BJ’s Restaurants debuts its new Brewhouse Slow-Roasted Menu

BJ’s Restaurants debuts its new Brewhouse Slow-Roasted Menu

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., 2017-May-16 — /EPR Retail News/ —  BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ:BJRI) announced today (May 15, 2017) the debut of its new Brewhouse Slow-Roasted Menu featuring items such as prime rib, turkey, pork ribs, pork shoulder and a double bone-in pork chop. Using ovens increasingly seen in five-star kitchens, BJ’s is setting a new standard of excellence for the casual dining segment in how it is slow roasting these new menu offerings.

These new menu items are slow-roasted for as long as eight hours and hand carved to order. They give even the finest steakhouses a run for their money in both tenderness and flavor but at lower prices in line with BJ’s legendary value. To maintain the highest quality, BJ’s is preparing its slow-roasted menu items in limited quantities each day.

“If you’ve dined at a high-end restaurant in the last five years or so, you’ve most likely enjoyed slow-roasted or sous-vide cooking,” said Greg Trojan, President and CEO of BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. “The process of cooking meat in a precise temperature-controlled and humidity-controlled environment has been evolving fine dining across America, and we are excited to bring this level of quality to BJ’s guests.”

The state-of-the-art ovens maintain exact temperatures to ensure every piece of beef, poultry and pork is browned on the outside and tender and juicy throughout. The innovative technology ensures consistent results and allows each BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse® to control the temperature, taste and texture of every bite.

“After a long series of taste tests and tweaks, we have perfected our Brewhouse Slow-Roasted entrees and sandwiches, delivering amazing taste at an affordable price,” said Trojan. “We spend hours slow-roasting every cut of meat so that our guests can spend every second enjoying it.”

BJ’s new Brewhouse Slow-Roasted Menu includes:

PRIME RIB: 15 oz. of prime rib slow-roasted for over four hours, au jus, creamy horseradish, choice of two housemade sides, choice of soup or salad, and choice of Pizookie®.

DOUBLE BONE-IN PORK CHOP: Slow-roasted pork chop, Big Poppa Smokers’ Sweet Money Championship Rub, and choice of two housemade sides.

BABY BACK PORK RIBS: Slow-roasted overnight baby back ribs, Big Poppa Smokers’ Sweet Money Championship Rub, BJ’s Peppered BBQ sauce, and choice of two housemade sides.

CLASSIC PRIME RIB DIP: Sliced, slow-roasted prime rib, hoagie roll, au jus, creamy horseradish, and fries.

HAND-PULLED TURKEY DIP: Slow-roasted herb turkey breast, Swiss cheese, caramelized onions, hoagie roll, au jus, horseradish aioli, and fries.

BARBEQUE PULLED PORK: Hand-pulled pork shoulder, BJ’s Peppered BBQ sauce, crispy onion strings, creamy BBQ ranch dressing, toasted Parker House bun, BJ’s signature coleslaw, and fries.

About BJ’s Restaurants, Inc.
BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. currently owns and operates 192 casual dining restaurants under the BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse®, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery®, BJ’s Pizza & Grill® and BJ’s Grill® brand names. BJ’s Restaurants offer an innovative and broad menu featuring award-winning, signature deep-dish pizza complemented with generously portioned salads, appetizers, sandwiches, soups, pastas, entrees and desserts, including the Pizookie® dessert. Quality, flavor, value, moderate prices and sincere service remain distinct attributes of the BJ’s experience.  All restaurants feature BJ’s critically acclaimed proprietary craft beers, which are produced at several of the Company’s Restaurant & Brewery locations, its two brewpubs in Texas and by independent third party craft brewers.

The Company’s restaurants are located in the 24 states of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington. Visit BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. on the Web at for locations and additional information.

SOURCE: BJ’s Restaurants, Inc.

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Tesco’s adds Spoon Guru’s innovative online technology and expertise in nutrition into its online shopping platform

Tesco’s adds Spoon Guru’s innovative online technology and expertise in nutrition into its online shopping platform

CHESHUNT, England, 2017-May-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco today (May 15, 2017) has announced a partnership with Spoon Guru to help its customers with specific diets and tastes quickly and easily find food suitable when shopping online. It marks the latest step in Tesco’s efforts to make healthier choices a little easier for customers, colleagues and communities across the UK.

By adding Spoon Guru’s innovative online technology and expertise in nutrition to Tesco’s leading online shopping platform,, shoppers can more easily make food choices that exactly fit their individual food preferences.

The partnership is a first for UK grocery retail and will provide Tesco customers with a unique online and mobile shopping experience free of charge.

When shopping online Tesco customers will be able to filter their food searches, including food intolerances, such as lactose or nuts, and specific dietary requirements including vegetarian, vegan, low fat, and low salt.

The new service will be available on the mobile app from today before being rolled out to its full online platform in the summer.

Alessandra Bellini, Tesco Chief Customer Officer comments:

“We want to make it easy for customers to shop with us online and help them make the right food choices, so we’re really excited to be working with Spoon Guru.”

“Adding their technology to is another little help for customers, and we hope it will make a big difference to those with specific diets and tastes.”

Markus Stripf, CEO of Spoon Guru, comments:

“We know from our own research that 54% of UK adults followed a diet in 2016. Whether due to a lifestyle choice, allergies or intolerances, Britain’s dietary needs are vast and using technology like Spoon Guru, retailers can make shopping much simpler, easier and a more pleasurable experience.”

“From inception our goal at Spoon Guru was to support the millions of people who struggle with intolerances, allergies and specific dietary needs and we are thrilled that Tesco recognises this and is partnering with us to evolve a game-changing solution for the population’s changing dietary needs.”

Earlier this month, Tesco launched its ‘Little Helps to Healthier Living’ campaign, including lower prices on hundreds of products, including fruit and vegetables, and helpful ‘little swaps’, many of which contain lower levels of salt, fat and sugar than the standard alternative.

Notes to editors

 The Nielsen Global Health and Ingredient-Sentiment Survey was conducted March 1-23, 2016, and polled more than 30,000 online consumers in 63 countries throughout Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East/Africa and North America. (Nielsen Survey)

Spoon Guru covers over 180 food preferences including an array of wellbeing diets, lifestyle diets, food allergies and intolerances (such as Celery free, Egg free, FODMAP, Fish free, Gluten free, Halal, Kosher, Lactose free, Low fat, Low salt, Low sugar, Milk free, Mustard free, Nut free, Paleo, Pulses, Sesame free, Shellfish free, Soya free, Sulphite free, Vegan, Vegetarian (incl. Ovo, Lacto and Pescetarian).

Spoon Guru Diets covered by Tesco at launch: Lactose free, Dairy free, Gluten free, Vegetarian, Vegan, Low fat. Spoon Guru diets covered by Tesco Phase 2: Lacto-vegetarian, Low sugar, Organic, Ovo-vegetarian, Paleo. Pescetarian, Kosher, Halal, Low salt, Low sugar, Low saturate.

For press information, images and interview requests contact:

Lily Cunningham, Cherish PR – – Tel: 02036260282

Rebecca Oatley, Cherish PR – – Tel: 02036260282

About Spoon Guru 

Spoon Guru is a powerful food preference management solution that enables its B2B clients to help their customers easily find the food they want. Spoon Guru supports an array of wellbeing, lifestyle and medical diets, accurately matching foods and recipes to people’s unique dietary needs.

The Spoon Guru app allows users to search hundreds of thousands of products and recipes and comes equipped with a powerful barcode scanner. It can be downloaded free of charge in the Google or Apple stores.

Spoon Guru takes the fuss out of finding the right food, by combining world leading expertise in nutrition and dietetics with state of the art machine learning and research science to deliver relevant food choices that exactly fit consumers’ individual food preferences.

We are a team of 480,000 in 11 markets dedicated to serving shoppers a little better every day.


For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on 01707 918 701


Tesco’s ‘Free Fruit for Kids’ initiative provided 20 million pieces of fruit since its launch in July last year

Tesco’s ‘Free Fruit for Kids’ initiative provided 20 million pieces of fruit since its launch in July last year

Tesco’s ground-breaking ‘Free Fruit for Kids’ initiative has proved a real hit with children and parents, after the retailer revealed it has given out 20 million pieces of free fruit since its launch in July last year.

CHESHUNT, England, 2017-May-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — The scheme, which was the brain child of Customer Assistant Maria Simpson, launched last summer in over 800 stores across the UK and has seen kids enjoy over six and a half million apples, eight million bananas and five and half million oranges so far.

New research by Tesco and Mumsnet has highlighted the positive effect the initiative has had, with a third of participating parents saying their children have eaten more fruit thanks to the scheme.

The research, which surveyed over 1,400 Mumsnet users with at least one child also found three quarters of participating parents feel the initiative has made their shopping trip easier, with nine out of ten parents saying they feel more positive towards Tesco as a result.

The ‘Free Fruit for Kids’ initiative is just one of the ways Tesco is helping customers make healthier choices.

Earlier this month, Tesco launched its ‘Little Helps to Healthier Living’ campaign, including lower prices on hundreds of products, such as fruit and vegetables, and helpful ‘little swaps’, many of which contain lower levels of salt, fat and sugar than the standard alternative.

Matt Davies Tesco UK CEO said,

“As the UK’s largest green grocer, and with millions of customers shopping with us every week, we have a unique opportunity to help them live healthier lives.

“Our Free Fruit for Kids initiative plays a really important role in this, helping to create healthy eating habits that will stay with children as they grow up. We’re incredibly proud that kids across the UK have already been able to enjoy more than 20 million pieces of free fruit so far”

Justine Roberts, Mumsnet CEO and Founder said,

“Small things – like encouraging healthy eating – can occupy a lot of headspace for parents. Helping children towards their five-a-day while at the same time making the weekly shop less stressful is a thoughtful move from Tesco and one that Mumsnet users have given an unequivocal thumbs up to.

Notes to editors:

  • Tesco’s Free Fruit for Kids initiative is part of its continued commitment to making it easier for customers and colleagues to live more healthily. It has already removed over 8,000 tonnes of sugar, fat and salt across a range of 2,000 products including breakfast cereals, yoghurts, and ready meals through the ongoing reformulation of its own label products.
  • Tesco was the first major supermarket to comply with the UK government’s sugar levy across all its own label soft drinks. In 2014, Tesco committed to removing sweets and chocolates off its checkouts, in all its stores. In 2015 Tesco announced that all the children’s lunchbox-sized soft drinks it sells would have no added sugar in them.
  • Tesco is working with its three health charity partners, the British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research UK and Diabetes UK throughout their health campaign. In May, Tesco colleagues are aiming to move a million miles to support these charities, in the Tesco Million Mile Challenge. Tesco will match each mile with £1, up to a total donation of £1 million.
  • Tesco is also be offering customers free diabetes risk assessments and blood pressure check-ups in 375 Tesco pharmacies, and will be supporting 330 Race for Life events across the UK in partnership with Cancer Research UK.
  • Tesco has also increased the number of healthier options at Tesco Cafés, making it easier for customers to have an affordable, healthier meal while shopping in store.
  • Referenced research is based on an online survey with 1,440 Mumsnet users between 28 April and 8 May 2017.

About Mumsnet

  • Mumsnet is the UK’s largest network for parents, with over 10.5 million unique visitors per month clocking up over 100 million page views. It has 170 local sites and a network of 10,000 bloggers and vloggers. It regularly campaigns on issues including support for families of children with special educational needs, improvements in miscarriage care and freedom of speech on the internet.
  • A new survey published today by Tesco, reveals that a third of participating parents believe their kids have eaten more fruit as a result of the Tesco Free Fruit initiative.
  • The survey, carried out with over 1,400 Mumsnet users with at least one child, also found that three quarters of participating parents feel it has made the shopping trip easier, with nine out of ten parents saying they feel more positive towards Tesco as a result.
  • Referenced research is based on an online survey with 1,440 Mumsnet users who had at least one child, between 28 April and 8 May 2017.

We are a team of 480,000 in 11 markets dedicated to serving shoppers a little better every day.


For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on 01707 918 701


MFG voted The Shopper’s Favourite Forecourt Retailer at the 2017 CTP Awards

MFG voted The Shopper’s Favourite Forecourt Retailer at the 2017 CTP Awards


London, 2017-May-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — At this year’s CTP Awards organised by HIM Research & Consulting, MFG was voted The Shopper’s Favourite Forecourt Retailer.

The Convenience Tracking Programme (CTP) remains the biggest in-depth study in shopping behaviour in the UK, HIM speak to over 20,000 shoppers face to face in convenience stores and thousands of store managers and staff each year.

The 2017 Awards took place at the renowned music venue, the Roundhouse in Camden, London.


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Tennessee’s finest Creole cooking restaurant Blue Orleans implements the latest version NCR Aloha POS

Long-lasting client calls on NCR to boost restaurant operations after challenges faced implementing another system

DULUTH, Ga., 2017-May-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — When Tennessee’s finest Creole cooking restaurant, Blue Orleans, was recently faced with massive productivity delays caused by their new point of sale (POS) system, the owners turned to NCR (NYSE: NCR), a global leader in omni-channel solutions. Blue Orleans had used NCR Aloha POS technology for over nine years before making the decision to switch systems. After less than two weeks of constant complications with the new system, the owners returned to NCR and had the latest version of NCR Aloha POS installed in a matter of days.

Blue Orleans’ decision to replace their original NCR Aloha solution with an alternative system unleashed a proverbial avalanche of operational malfunctions at their new downtown location, creating a bad impression for many of their new customers. The local NCR Aloha channel partner, Hospitality Control Solutions, quickly replaced the system with a new NCR Aloha POS solution that was more feature-rich and intuitive than their previous installation, along with new terminals and printers. The new solution dramatically improved operations because it was more complete, far faster, more flexible and user-friendly than the system it replaced. NCR Aloha technology quickly went to work the way it always does, giving management the ability to streamline food preparation and delivery, bring gift cards back online and easily run promotions again with simplified back-office management.

Incorporating the NCR Aloha POS software had Blue Orleans back up and running like a well-oiled machine overnight. Not only did NCR’s technology get the staff back to full productivity, but the software exceeded the restaurant’s expectations by helping them serve their customers faster and easier than ever before.

“We should have never switched providers,” said Cherita Adams, owner of Blue Orleans. “NCR knows the restaurant business inside and out and continuously aims to help restaurant operations run smoothly and efficiently. Thanks to Aloha, we were able to focus on what we do best – efficiently and flawlessly serving up the finest Creole cooking.”

“Restaurants need quick, flexible and productive operations, driving them to find the right solution to boost customer satisfaction,” said Don Zimmerman, general manager, Hospitality at NCR. “Our innovative, multi-functional POS platform delivers operational efficiency for restaurants to better manage client demands and meet their business goals. We are thrilled with our renewed partnership with Blue Orleans and look forward to supporting their growing business.”

Blue Orleans is a Creole seafood restaurant in the heart of Chattanooga, TN. Created in 2007, owners Mike and Cherita Adams are dedicated to serving their family-style, Louisiana cooking to the Chattanooga community.

About NCR Corporation
NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is a leader in omni-channel solutions, turning everyday interactions with businesses into exceptional experiences. With its software, hardware and portfolio of services, NCR enables nearly 700 million transactions daily across retail, financial, travel, hospitality, telecom and technology, and small business. NCR solutions run the everyday transactions that make your life easier.

NCR is headquartered in Duluth, Ga., with over 30,000 employees and does business in 180 countries. NCR is a trademark of NCR Corporation in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are property of their respective owners.

NCR encourages investors to visit its website, which is updated regularly with financial and other important information about NCR.

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Twitter: @NCRCorporation

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Tim Henschel
NCR Corporation

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NCR integrates Console Advanced Reporting with its Aloha platform giving restaurants comprehensive reporting at their fingertips

Console Advanced Reporting solution improves restaurant operations with easy-to-use management tools in one time-saving dashboard

DULUTH, Ga., 2017-May-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), a global leader in omni-channel solutions, today (May 15, 2017) announced the integration of its cloud-based back office product, NCR Console Advanced Reporting, with its NCR Aloha platform. This technology helps restaurants improve reporting across all work streams and is available now in the U.S and Canada.

The Console Advanced Reporting solution offers detailed reporting and easy-to-use management tools in one time-saving dashboard. With an integrated calendar, sales intelligence down to the finest detail and automated forecasting, restaurants have comprehensive reporting at their fingertips.

“Visibility into every part of your operations is a must-have for anyone in the restaurant business,” says Don Zimmerman, general manager at NCR Hospitality. “With highly visual reports that support drillable, progressive analytics, Console Advanced Reporting gives valuable time back to managers, franchisors, franchisees and IT leaders to spend in other areas of the business.”

NCR Console’s advanced reporting functionality helps restaurants get the data they need as activity occurs in the restaurant.  Its user-friendly dashboard provides comparative reports, illustrating detailed trends at corporate, franchise and store levels. Console Advanced Reporting’s functions and data analysis address a number of business challenges including, data consolidation across multiple stores, too much time spent on manual processes and day-to-day operations visibility. Simple displays allow management to analyze overall performance and help make informed business decisions.

Console Advanced Reporting also has an operational calendar where you can overlay activities and metrics, like sales, product data and, even displaying integrated factors like weather.

“Console Advanced Reporting has made everything easier for us,” says Mike McKinley, franchise owner of Whit’s Frozen Custard. “We have 4 locations in multiple cities, so the cloud connectivity means we can access it from anywhere. The reporting and data functions are the most valuable to us, as it allows us to view sales trends at various times and locations to easily keep us informed of what’s going on with our business”

Console Advanced Reporting fits seamlessly into the NCR Hospitality portfolio, providing additions and improvements to enrich every step in the restaurant managing and operating process. Console is a back office reporting solution that is designed to be used without any system administration or setup. This is unusual for back office systems. Console leverages a real-time data feed and is a browser application, meaning that is available from any laptop or tablet device – so operators can be on the go, outside of the store to view and interact with rich store reporting.

With its launch, NCR shows its commitment to continuing the technological development of the user experience.

About NCR Corporation
NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is a leader in omni-channel solutions, turning everyday interactions with businesses into exceptional experiences. With its software, hardware and portfolio of services, NCR enables more than 700 million transactions daily across retail, financial, travel, hospitality, telecom and technology, and small business. NCR solutions run the everyday transactions that make your life easier.

NCR is headquartered in Duluth, Ga., with over 30,000 employees and does business in 180 countries. NCR is a trademark of NCR Corporation in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are property of their respective owners.

NCR encourages investors to visit its website, which is updated regularly with financial and other important information about NCR.

Web site:
Twitter: @NCRCorporation

Source: NCR Corporation

Al Meera starts this year’s Ramadan Campaign; participates at the ‘Meerat Ramadan at Katara’ festival

Al Meera starts this year’s Ramadan Campaign; participates at the ‘Meerat Ramadan at Katara’ festival


In line with the campaign, Al Meera participates in Katara’s month-long ‘Meerat Ramadan’ festival

DOHA, Qatar, 2017-May-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Held under the slogan ‘an abundance of good, in the month of goodness’, Al Meera Consumer Goods Company (Q.S.C) has officially kicked off this year’s Ramadan Campaign with the introduction of 1438 consumer goods at cost price to the patrons of 35 of its branches across the country, in addition to Géant Hypermarket. In line with the campaign, Al Meera is currently participating at the ‘Meerat Ramadan at Katara’ consumer goods festival, for the duration of the Holy Month.

As part of this year’s campaign, the patrons of 35 of Al Meera branches, as well as Géant Hypermarket, will be able to purchase at cost price, 1438 high quality products that have been carefully selected to cater to the specific needs of shoppers in the Holy Month. Shoppers will be able to spot these products through special shelf talkers.

Commenting on the launch of the campaign, Mr. Cobus Lombard, Al Meera’s Acting CEO, Sales and Operations Director, said:

“Since inception, Al Meera has been at the heart of the community and has spared no effort to make a real difference in the shopping experience of consumers across the country. As part of our unwavering commitment towards the welfare and prosperity of the community we serve, every year, Al Meera makes sure to run massive promotions on hundreds of food and non-food items catering to the needs of all families celebrating every iftar and suhour”.

He added: “This year, we are pleased to extend our Ramadan campaign with Al Meera’s participation in Katara’s ‘Meerat Ramadan’ festival as a token of appreciation and gratitude for the continuous support of our patrons and to share the country’s families in their celebration of the Holy Month. In addition to that, we are also offering 1438 consumer goods at cost price, as a tribute to the Islamic Year 1438. The way we see it, there is no better way to celebrate the Holy Month with our customers, than by sharing with them in their precious moments of gathering.”

Held at the Cultural Village Foundation from May 11 till June 29, ‘Meerat Ramadan’ festival hosts more than 30 local food supply companies offering a wide variety of Ramadan culinary staples and grocery items at low prices, in order to help families around the country in their preparations for welcoming the Holy Month.

Throughout the duration of the ‘Meerat Ramadan’ festival, Al Meera is offering Katara’s visitors a rich variety of Ramadan specials, essential food items and a selection of the 1438 consumer goods that are currently on shelves at cost price at several branches of Al Meera. The interior design of Al Meera’s shop at the festival has been decorated to reflect the Company’s internal colours at its newly opened branches, in addition to replicating the latest innovations and modern shelving setup, in line with the company’s identity.

Al Meera’s Ramadan campaign comes in the framework of the Company’s inclusive CSR program, as well as in the context of providing consumers in Qatar with high quality products at the best price, living up to Al Meera’s motto of being everyone’s ‘Favourite Neighbourhood Retailer’.

Al Meera will also provide adequate quantities of “Tamween” items for Qatari nationals at 34 of its shopping centers across the country, during the Holy Month. In addition to that, Al Meera is currently working with its local suppliers on providing its customers with attractive offers on a variety of consumer products and home appliances at its stores.

In order to keep consumers informed about all initiatives during Ramadan, Al Meera will make use of special labels to designate around the products that will be priced by the Ministry of Economy and Commerce.

The Company is continuously collaborating with its local and overseas suppliers to supply and import the best products from the company’s various sources prior to the Holy Month, including Turkey, Thailand, Vietnam, the United States and the United Kingdom, among others.

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Source: Al Meera


Jen Gotch and Starbucks introduce their + Starbucks® Designer Collection

Jen Gotch and Starbucks introduce their + Starbucks® Designer Collection


Seattle, 2017-May-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — When Jen Gotch traveled to Tokyo and Kyoto, Japan, during a week-long vacation last summer, she was captivated by the people, architecture and aroma of the city, which provided inspiration for a project she was working on back home in Los Angeles.

“From the culture to the five-story art stores, floral-shaped cotton candy, rich history and traditions, it was everything I thought it would be and more,” she said. “I knew that I would come back someday to explore other countries in Asia.”

Just two months before her trip, Gotch, the Chief Creative Officer of the prominent lifestyle brand, a design house that creates everything from clothes to jewelry to 3-D iPhone cases, had received an unexpected call from Starbucks to collaborate on a merchandise collection for the company’s stores across Asia.

“I was extremely excited to get the call to work with Starbucks,” she said. “It was definitely cool that the project coincided with my first trip to Asia.”

After only two months of working together, trading design themes, patterns, color selections and packaging ideas, Gotch and Starbucks are introducing their + Starbucks® Designer Collection, available at participating Starbucks® stores across Asia starting May 16, while supplies last. The limited-edition merchandise includes drinkware and accessories with bright, colorful designs inspired by tropical vibes, laid-back vacation fun and a retro Los Angeles beachside look and feel.

“We admire the brand for its vibrant and playful merchandise,” said Michele Waits, vice president of marketing & category for the China and Asia Pacific region. “We had a strong feeling that working with Jen and her team would result in a special collection of items for our customers to enjoy.”

Options in the collection

Customers can select merchandise with three lively design patterns: Tropical Floral, showcasing delicate, hand-painted flowers, Good Times, which captures the feeling of cheerful summertime days and Beach Stripe, which highlights a classic retro poolside aesthetic. The collection includes: + Starbucks® Double Walled Mugs: These 12-ounce, New Bone China, double-walled mugs, feature plastic crescent lids with real gold hand-painted rims. The double-walled construction keeps beverages hot or cold and reduces condensation to keep hands dry. They are available in the Tropical Floral and Good Times designs. + Starbucks Cold Cups: Each cup holds 16 ounces of cold liquid and is available in both Tropical Floral and Good Times designs. The double-walled construction keeps beverages cold and reduces condensation. + Starbucks Lifestyle Accessories: Tropical Floral, Good Times and Beach Stripe designs are featured on canvas totes, coasters, pencil pouches, luggage tags, passport holders, notebooks and cold to-go lids.

“All of the designs were based on the idea that we were bringing a little slice of L.A. sunshine to the other side of the world,” said Gotch. “Each design is compelling on its own, but they also complement one another and work great as a set.”

Introducing fashion designers to Starbucks customers

Gotch founded with her friend, Jamie Coulter, in 2008. With no prior business experience, they transformed it from a small vintage hair accessories company into a multimillion dollar brand. Gotch said the partnership with Starbucks works well since the two companies share similar values.

“Some of our core values are togetherness, nostalgia and fun, all values we feel are aligned with Starbucks mission,” said Gotch. “We’re also super passionate about our products and focus on connecting with our customers to create a welcoming community for them.”

Starbucks has a history of working with up and coming designers. The company collaborated with the acclaimed French fashion house Paul & Joe to develop a 2016 and 2017 spring collection of mugs, tumblers and totes. In 2013, alice + olivia contributed designs for Starbucks winter holiday and earlier this year, helped the company with its Valentine’s Day merchandise.

“By working with acclaimed fashion designers, we hope to inspire our customers and further connect them with our brand,” said Waits. “What better way to kick off the summer season and put a smile on customers’ faces this year than with the fresh and fun limited-edition collection?”


Phone: 206 318 7100

SOURCE: Starbucks Corporation


New Nordstrom Rewards Visa® credit card expands Nordstrom’s loyalty program in Canada

SEATTLE, 2017-May-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Nordstrom, Inc. announced it is expanding its loyalty program in Canada, providing customers with a new opportunity to earn points for their purchases and access to exclusive perks. Beginning today, Canadian customers can apply for the Nordstrom Rewards Visa® credit card and earn points on their purchases wherever they shop. The Nordstrom Rewards Visa will be offered through MBNA, a division of The Toronto-Dominion Bank and the leading provider of co-branded and affinity credit card programs in Canada.

“We’re continually looking for ways to enhance our customers’ shopping experience and provide greater value for our loyalty program,” said Michelle Haggard, Vice President and Regional Manager for Canada. “Our Nordstrom Rewards Visa (credit card) is the must-have loyalty card for every fashion enthusiast. Canadian cardholders can start earning points on their spring wardrobe purchases and then redeem them in the summer when they’re looking for a new vacation outfit.”

“We’re excited to extend this valuable partnership to Canada,” said Megan Jones, VP, Credit Cards, MBNA. “Nordstrom’s rewards program delivers the rewards and redemption options all fashion lovers will value.”

All customers who use their Nordstrom Rewards Visa® credit card will earn two points for each dollar spent on purchases made at Nordstrom locations*. In addition, cardholders earn one point per dollar on purchases made outside of Nordstrom anywhere Visa credit cards are accepted. For every 2,000 points earned, customers receive a $20 Nordstrom Note in their inbox that can be redeemed at all Nordstrom stores in Canada for any merchandise or services that they choose.

Nordstrom Rewards Visa® cardholders will also be able to take advantage of exclusive benefits including:

Bonus Point Events – Cardholders have access to Triple Points events throughout the year, where they can earn six points per dollar for eligible Nordstrom purchases. Customers only have to spend $334 during a Triple Points event to earn a $20 Nordstrom Note.

Anniversary Sale Early Access – Every July, Nordstrom Rewards Visa® credit cardholders get to shop the Anniversary Sale – the retailer’s biggest sale of the year – before it opens to the public. The sale features brand-new, just-arrived styles for men, women and kids at super-sale prices for a limited time. When the event ends, all sale items return to their original prices.

Holiday Events- Nordstrom Rewards Visa® credit cardholders will have access to holiday events where they can earn more points while shopping for gifts for everyone on their list.

Customers are invited to apply for the card in Nordstrom stores at CF Pacific Centre in Vancouver, BC; CF Chinook Centre in Calgary, AB; CF Rideau Centre in Ottawa, ON; CF Toronto Eaton Centre and Yorkdale Shopping Centre in Toronto, ON; or online at

*Nordstrom locations include Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, Trunk Club clubhouses, as well as,, and

About Nordstrom
Nordstrom, Inc. is a leading fashion specialty retailer based in the U.S. Founded in 1901 as a shoe store in Seattle, today Nordstrom operates 354 stores in 40 states, including 122 full-line stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico; 221 Nordstrom Rack stores; two Jeffrey boutiques; and two clearance stores. Additionally, customers are served online through, and HauteLook. The company also owns Trunk Club, a personalized clothing service serving customers online at and its seven clubhouses. Nordstrom, Inc.’s common stock is publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol JWN.

SOURCE: Nordstrom, Inc.


John Bailey
Nordstrom, Inc.
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Carrefour to host “Tech2Grow” on 19, 20 & 21 May in Paris

Carrefour to host “Tech2Grow” on 19, 20 & 21 May in Paris


Paris, 2017-May-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the second edition of the event – at the IO Factory in the capital’s 13th arrondissement – start-ups, developers, data scientists, designers and other innovative people will be asked to focus on digital pathways over the three-day period and develop dedicated solutions for local products and solutions designed to improve customers’ in-store experience.  Attendees will be supported by Carrefour mentors, the aim being to develop a solution in record time.

The event will feature two challenges:  
> Design fast, simple tools so our producer-partners can more effectively present their products at a bricks-and-mortar and digital marketplace within the store, the aim being to boost their business and enhance the consumer experience.
> Design tools, platforms or applications to help our in-store teams better understand and interact in real time with customers… and improve their experience.

Attendees will be supported over this 48-hour period by mentors specialised in data, e-commerce, information systems and the customer experience. They will also have access to Carrefour’s data, or the data of its partners, such as Waze. Throughout the whole event, they will all have free (1) and Microsoft Azure (2) accounts – Tech2Grow’s official partners.

Up for grabs: 6 weeks of business incubation for the 5 selected projects, and €10,000 to be shared among the winners.

The event will take place in Paris’ largest fablab: the IO Factory in the 13th arrondissement (181 rue du Chevaleret).  In September 2016, “Back2Hack” was attended by 103 people and resulted in 18 projects. The 6 finalists were given 10 weeks of incubation support.

(1) is a cloud-based platform designed to provide secure access to the APIs and data which make up the Carrefour ecosystem – both for developers and for the group’s trusted partners as part of an open innovation approach.
(2) Microsoft Azure is an open, flexible cloud computing platform for developers.

For all request about the Carrefour Group (sales, financial results, governance, international,…), please contact the Carrefour Group media relations office:

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### launches its 2017 Summer Toy List launches its 2017 Summer Toy List


Customers can now browse top toys for this summer, including popular categories such as STEM, Water Everything, Backyard Play, and more

SEATTLE, 2017-May-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — today (May 15, 2017) announced the launch of its 2017 Summer Toy List (, a curated list of more than 400 of the most popular toys that will help fill customers’ summer days with non-stop fun. Customers can browse through relevant categories created by Amazon toy experts for inspiration and find the perfect toys by utilizing intuitive search filters like brand, age, price range, reviews, and discount.

Movie-themed toys continue to be popular, and the 2017 Summer Toy List can help keep movie buffs satisfied with newer releases like the Moana Disney Activity Table, Ravensburger Disney Cars 3 Dueling Cars Shaped Floor Puzzle, and Ozobot Evo and Marvel’s The Avengers Master Pack-Captain America. Inflatables are also a summer favorite – last summer, the Intex River Run Sport Lounge was a top-seller, with customers purchasing enough of these inflatables to stretch across 358 Olympic pools. This year, customers can go bigger and quirkier with 2017 releases such as the Swimline Personal Pizza and the Intex Mega Flamingo. Nerf has been a classic for years and kids can now blast cars through pretend rings of fire with one of their newest products, Nerf Nitro DuelFury Demolition.

“Our team of toy experts are excited about all the new, top-selling and highly-rated toys for this summer season,” said Eva Lorenz, Category Leader of Toys & Games for “Perhaps more than any other season, parents are looking to engage and entertain their children during the summer while they’re out of school. Our goal is to make finding that perfect toy as easy and convenient as possible for customers, whether they’re looking for a STEM toy that keeps them learning or a water toy for those extra hot days.”

Customers can shop the following categories in the 2017 Summer Toy List:

  • Backyard Play: Summer usually involves getting outside where kids can be as rambunctious as they’d like. Top picks in Backyard Play include the Gazillion Incredibubble Wand, Nerf Lazer Tag, and Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Verdie Chameleon Beanbag Toss.
  • Active Play: Riding around or playing catch in the summer is a favorite childhood memory for many. Children can ride and play into summer in style with the Power Wheels Wild Thing 2, Schwinn Roadster 12-Inch Trike, Space Scooter Ride On, Franklin Sports Go Pro Youth Football Goal Post Set, and Fisher-Price Grow-to-Pro Basketball.
  • STEM in the summer: Just because school is out doesn’t mean the learning has to stop. Parents can keep their kids engaged and learning with the Osmo Coding, 4M Water Rocket Kit, and National Geographic Break Open 10 Geodes and Explore Crystals Science Kit.
  • Outfit Your Backyard: The backyard is the place to be during those hot summer months, and parents can make it a place to relax, play, imagine, and more with top picks like the Swing-n-Slide Orbiter, Little Tikes Jump ‘n Slide Bouncer, Little Tikes Fountain Factory Water Table, and Swing-N-Slide Monster Web Swing.
  • Rainy Day Fun: Sometimes it rains, even in the summer, but kids can still let those imaginations run wild inside with the Roller Coaster Set, Easy Playhouse Castle, and Wildkin Canvas Teepee Playhouse, and everyone can spend some quality time together with picks like the HedBanz Game and Children’s Globe 3D Puzzle.
  • Water Everything: Families will surely be hitting the beach, pool, river, lake, or any body of water they can find on those super warm days. Customers can prepare for a full day of fun in the sun with the CoolerZ X3 Inflatable Island 3-Person, Kelsyus Floating Hammock, and Bunch O Balloons – Instant Water Balloons.
  • Imagination Station: It’s important to keep those wheels turning in the summer and top picks like the Melissa & Doug Wooden Snacks and Sweets Food Cart, Melissa & Doug Scoop and Stack Ice Cream Cone Magnetic Pretend Play Set, LEGO Star Wars Y-Wing Starfighter 75172 Building Kit, and Disney Mickey Mouse Activity Mats will do just that.

Customers can also discover toys sold exclusively by Amazon on the Summer Toy List, including:

  • Paw Patrol Mission Paw – Air Patroller
  • Play-Doh 24-Pack of Colors
  • Kid Trax Charger Police Car, 12-Volt
  • Power Wheels Dune Racer, Chrome
  • Fisher-Price Rock, Roll ‘n Ride Trike
  • Power Wheels Thomas and Friends Thomas with Track
  • Nerf N-Strike Elite Strongarm Blaster
  • Little Tikes Easy Score Basketball Set

Customers who shop the Summer Toy List will also find the same tools and helpful information they have come to know and love from Amazon, including fast and free shipping options – unlimited Free Two-Day Shipping with Amazon Prime, Prime FREE One-Day Shipping and Prime FREE Same-Day Delivery in more than 5,000 cities and towns – millions of helpful customer reviews, best-sellers, and personalized product recommendations. For more information on the Summer Toy List, please visit

About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit and follow @AmazonNews.

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Lowe’s Christiansburg, Va. store pilots lightweight wearable robotic suit to support employees

Lowe’s Christiansburg, Va. store pilots lightweight wearable robotic suit to support employees


MOORESVILLE, N.C., 2017-May-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lowe’s and Virginia Tech have joined forces to develop an exosuit—a wearable robotic suit with lift-assist technology— for Lowe’s store employees. Currently in pilot at Lowe’s Christiansburg, Va. store, the lightweight exosuit is designed to support employees by helping them lift and move product through the store more efficiently, to aid against muscle fatigue that can result from repetitive motion.

“Our employees ensure our stores are always ready for customers,” said Kyle Nel, executive director of Lowe’s Innovation Labs, the company’s disruptive technology hub. “As a way to support them, we found a unique opportunity to collaborate with Virginia Tech to develop one of the first retail applications for assistive robotic exosuits.”

As part of Lowe’s Innovation Lab’s narrative-driven approach, the team works with science fiction writers to envision the future, using storytelling as inspiration for innovative initiatives. The Lab envisioned a future where the use of technology could provide special superpowers to employees and maximize performance. To bring this narrative to life, Lowe’s engaged Dr. Alan Asbeck, assistant professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, and a team of eight graduate and undergraduate students from Virginia Tech’s Assistive Robotics Laboratory.

Together, Lowe’s and Virginia Tech designed and developed an exosuit prototype after months of lab testing. The outcome was a light-weight wearable exosuit that reinforces proper lifting form, and is intended to make lifting heavy objects easier. The exosuit is designed to accomplish this by absorbing energy and delivering it back to the user, enabling them to exert less force to complete certain movements. As they bend and stand, carbon fiber in the suit’s legs and back act like a taut bow ready to launch an arrow, helping them spring back up with greater ease. As a result, commonly lifted objects, like a bag of concrete or a five-gallon bucket of paint, feels significantly lighter to the user.

“Over the past couple years, human assistive devices have become an area of interest,” Asbeck said. “But, our technology is different, not only because of the suit’s soft, flexible elements, but because we’re putting the prototype in a real world environment for an extended period of time.”

The first four suits are currently in use by the stocking team at the Christiansburg store. During the coming months, Asbeck and his team will work with Lowe’s to assess the physical impact of the suit. Lowe’s will also lead employee engagement studies to better understand the impact of the exosuit on the work experience.

About Lowe’s
Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) is a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company serving more than 17 million customers a week in the United States, Canada and Mexico. With fiscal year 2016 sales of $65.0 billion, Lowe’s and its related businesses operate or service 2,365 home improvement and hardware stores and employ over 290,000 people. Founded in 1946 and based in Mooresville, N.C., Lowe’s supports the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects. For more information, visit

About Virginia Tech
Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $513 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.

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IKEA U.S. focuses on disadvantaged homeless at this year’s product donation program to the American Red Cross

Conshohocken, PA, 2017-May-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Now in its third year, IKEA U.S. continues its product donation program to the American Red Cross running May 15th – 31st. This year, IKEA is focusing on the vulnerable and disadvantaged homeless in its 45 local markets through its donation of 4,500 ‘Care Kits for the Homeless.’ These kits consist of backpacks packed with necessity items such as a poncho, washcloths, towels, water and food. Each designated location will receive 100 ‘Care Kits for the Homeless’; backpacks, packed by IKEA co-workers to be distributed nationally.

“IKEA wants to help create a better life for the many people and communities touched by our business,” said Evamay Lawson, Head of IKEA US Community Affairs. “Through our partnership with the American Red Cross, we are hoping to extend a hand of help to the homeless families and individuals in our local communities without access to basic necessities.”

Last year, IKEA worked with the Red Cross and donated over 4,000 care packages for the Disaster Responder Program. These comfort care packages consisted of everyday home items, such as: sheets, pillows, towels and toys to help families get back on their feet.

“We are grateful for the IKEA partnership and their focus on helping homeless and vulnerable populations,” said Barb Larkin, American Red Cross Senior Director of Corporate Relationships. ”These kits will provide comfort to thousands of people – including support for the homeless veteran standowns that the Red Cross supports across the country and vulnerable people who have experienced emergencies.”

The Red Cross depends on the generous support of the American public to fulfil its crucial mission. By making a charitable donation to the Red Cross, you are there for millions of people who face emergencies every year and help as they rebuild their lives. Visit or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make a donation.

About IKEA:
Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 392 IKEA stores in 48 countries, including 43 in the U.S. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information see, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or, or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.

Mona Astra Liss
IKEA US Corporate Public Relations Director
(610) 834.0180/ext. 5852

American Red Cross:
Anthony Tornetta
Communications Director @atornetta
(267) 246.4375

Source: IKEA

H&M supports The Circular Fibers Initiative

At the Copenhagen Fashion Summit the Ellen MacArthur Foundation launched a new initiative, bringing the industry together with the aim of a new system for textiles which is based on the principles of a circular economy instead of the traditional linear one. H&M is one of the supporters in the initiative.

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2017-May-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Our 100% circular vision and our goal to only use recycled or other sustainably sourced materials by 2030 plays a key role in our sustainability agenda. We are aware that our vision means a big change from on how fashion is made and enjoyed today and if we want to take the lead in this challenge, collaboration and accelerating innovation towards a circular systems together with the industry is crucial. The Circular Fibers Initiative will define a shared vision for a new global textile system and it will be an important foundation for collaboration to accelerate the journey towards a circular textile industry,” says Anna Gedda, Head of Sustainability, H&M Group.

“The way we produce, use, and reprocess clothing today is inherently wasteful, and current rising demand increases the negative impacts. The Circular Fibres Initiative aims to catalyse change across the industry by creating an ambitious, fact-based vision for a new global textiles system, underpinned by circular economy principles, that has economic, environmental, and social benefits, and can operate successfully in the long term,” says Dame Ellen MacArthur, Founder, Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

Other supporters are Core Philanthropic Funder, the C&A Foundation, Core Corporate Partners and NIKE. A consortium of organisations, including the Danish Fashion Institute, Fashion for Good, Cradle to Cradle, MISTRA Future Fashion and the Sustainable Apparel Coalition also supports the initiative.

Consumers keep their clothing for half the time that they did 15 years ago and after use a majority ends up in landfill. This characteristically linear economy puts high demand on land, energy and other resources. The participants in the Circular Fibres Initiative will work together to address the drawbacks of the ‘take-make-dispose’ model. The new system for textiles will be based on the principles of a circular economy, generating growth that benefits citizens and businesses, while phasing out negative impacts such as waste and pollution – an economy fit for the 21st Century.


Head of Media Relations
Camilla Emilsson Falk
+46 8 796 39 95

Source: H&M

CVS Pharmacy launches new campaign to increase awareness on skin health, sun safety and the importance of proper skincare

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2017-May-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Launching this month from CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), is the new multi-platform Long Live Skin campaign aimed at increasing awareness around skin health, sun safety and the importance of proper skincare.

The Long Live Skin Campaign kicks off today (May 15, 2017) on and on CVS Pharmacy social handles with a video where women share “advice to their younger self.” The women offered their guidance on a variety of life topics including love, loss, courage, and embracing both inner and outer beauty. The campaign was designed to inspire advice sharing across generations of women and will also include shorter videos that focus on skincare and beauty routines. Women are invited to join the conversation with @CVSPharmacy by using the #AdviceToMyYoungerSelf hashtag on Instagram and Twitter.

The Long Live Skin campaign will start by focusing on proper sun safety during May, which is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. The campaign will continue throughout the summer and will include in-store signage with information and tips on sun protection and skincare, additional videos with skincare advice shared via social, digital and radio, as well as special weekly ExtraCare offers on skincare, sun care and more.

“We are proud to launch the Long Live Skin campaign to educate and engage consumers around skincare, and this program is a natural extension of CVS Pharmacy’s ongoing efforts to help customers on their path to better health,” said Judy Sansone, Senior Vice President of Front Store Business & Chief Merchant at CVS Pharmacy. “Taking good care of your skin is part of taking care of your health, so we’re making it easier than ever for our shoppers to access the information and products they need, including those with greater skin health benefits.”

In addition, CVS Pharmacy and Johnson & Johnson have partnered with the American Cancer Society to create exclusive content for in store signage, and the CVS Pharmacy circular. CVS Pharmacy Beauty Consultants will share the information and tips on the importance of proper sun care and skin health with customers. Johnson & Johnson will donate $1 for every Neutrogena or Aveeno product with SPF 15 or higher purchased from June 18-24 to the American Cancer Society to help prevent skin cancer.

“We applaud CVS Pharmacy for working on a campaign to educate and empower consumers to be more proactive regarding skin health,” said Dr. Richard Wender, American Cancer Society Chief Cancer Control Officer. “We are thrilled to participate in this partnership that focuses on skin cancer prevention and early detection to help ensure a healthy and safe summer for everyone.”

The Long Live Skin campaign is also supported by other initiatives focused on healthy skincare and the importance of sun protection:

  • CVS Pharmacy is the only national retailer to remove all sun care products with SPF lower than 15 from shelves, and has added more than 30 new SPF+/broad spectrum products that either meet or exceed FDA standards.
  • By the end of 2019, all parabens, phthalates and formaldehyde donors in beauty and personal care products within the CVS Health, Beauty 360, Essence of Beauty, Promise Organic and Blade store brand product lines will be removed.
  • 70% of CVS Pharmacy pharmacists address patient questions related to skin concerns each day. In response, CVS Pharmacy is launching a new Skin Solution section in the pharmacy checkout in 4,000+ stores on June 25 with education and dermatologist-recommended products for top chronic/episodic skin conditions like acne, rosacea, scarring, rashes, sunburn and more.
  • New brands with greater skin health benefits are launching throughout 2017, from preventative and proactive skincare with increased SPF, to more dermatological-approved options as well as additional natural and organic products.

To learn more, To join the Long Live Skin conversation online, share your best skincare advice with #AdviceToMyYoungerSelf on your social channels.

About CVS Pharmacy

CVS Pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), is America’s leading retail pharmacy with over 9,700 locations. It is the first national pharmacy to end the sale of tobacco and the first pharmacy in the nation to receive the Community Pharmacy accreditation from URAC, the leading health care accreditation organization that establishes quality standards for the health care industry. CVS Pharmacy is reinventing pharmacy to help people on their path to better health by providing the most accessible and personalized expertise, both in its stores and online at General information about CVS Pharmacy is available at

Press Contact:
Erin Pensa
CVS Pharmacy
T: 401.770.4786

SOURCE: CVS Pharmacy

FCL partners with Kitsaki Management Limited Partnership to meet demand for refurbishing and re-valving expired tanks

Saskatoon, SK, 2017-May-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) is proud to announce its partnership with Kitsaki Management Limited Partnership to meet the demand for refurbishing and re-valving expired tanks.

Kitsaki will refurbish Co-op’s commercial and domestic propane tanks. This partnership is a result of the new regulation, that was introduced in 2015, to implement a maximum servicing interval of 25 years on propane tanks that are 1,000 gallons or less. Under this regulation, the pressure relief valve must be replaced in order for tanks to remain in service.

Kitsaki CEO Russell Roberts said, “Northerners have a great tradition of taking care of themselves. Propane has kept us warm for many years and it only makes sense that we do the work to maintain the tanks we use for our homes and businesses. This partnership with FCL is one that can grow as the years go by.”

This partnership will stimulate economic growth to provide employment opportunities to indigenous peoples of the communities involved.

A perfect partnership

With thousands of tanks across Western Canada, this partnership facilitates FCL’s ability to maintain compliance. Kitaski’s facility in La Ronge, Sask., has the ability to sandblast, paint and install valves and decals. Most importantly, reducing travel and freight costs for FCL, Kitsaki can also move their equipment and travel to remote locations, if required.

“The value of this partnership extends beyond the growth it offers to the economy, “ said Rob Carr, Propane Area Manager for Northern Sask. Region. “It also allows Co-op to build relationships with those who are in our own backyard.”

Kitsaki is an organization owned by Lac La Ronge Indian Band. Lac La Ronge Indian Band’s mission is to build a diverse network of businesses to improve economic future for its members, other Aboriginal people and all other stakeholders.



Source: Coop

Khalid as the face of Forever 21 Men’s line summer digital campaign

LOS ANGELES, CA, 2017-May-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Forever 21, one of the most recognized and largest independent fashion retailers in the world, announces artist Khalid as the face of their summer digital campaign for #F21XMUSIC and the Forever 21 Men’s line. With nearly half a billion streams worldwide and a rapidly growing social media following, Khalid’s authentic voice perfectly aligns with Forever 21 to connect with and inspire consumers.

“We’re so excited to collaborate with Khalid, a young artist whose music and style resonates with a large, diverse audience. The #F21XMUSIC platform is all about highlighting true talent with fresh, compelling voices and Khalid fits perfectly,” says Linda Chang, Vice President of Merchandising for Forever 21. “His youthful authenticity and sense of style embody the spirit of both Forever 21 and our customers.”

“Personal style is really important to my everyday life, so it’s really cool to be partnering with Forever 21 and F21XMUSIC this summer to spread the message and music of American Teen,” says Khalid. “I made this album to freeze-frame where I am in life, at the beginning of young adulthood, and celebrating lots of incredible milestones for the first time.”

The Forever 21 Men’s Collection includes a wide range of fashion-forward and affordable products, including apparel, shoes, and accessories.  The Summer Collection features Forever 21’s private label items as well as an extensive variety of brands. The campaign showcases the breadth of the brand’s menswear and the versatility of the collection, highlighting the summer staples of denim jackets, swim trunks, and t-shirts.

Also included in the campaign is a digital & film lookbook shot by rising photographer Renell Medrano, who was selected by the brand for her raw imagery and storytelling.

The Forever 21 Men’s Summer collection ranges in price from $14-$37 and launches on on Monday, May 15, 2017.


Forever 21, Inc., headquartered in Los Angeles, California, is a fashion retailer of women’s, men’s and kids clothing and accessories and is known for offering the hottest, most current fashion trends at a great value to consumers. This model operates by keeping the store exciting with new merchandise brought in daily. Founded in 1984, Forever 21 operates more than 815 stores in 57 countries with retailers in the United States, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Israel, Japan, Korea, Latin America, Mexico, Philippines and United Kingdom. For more information please visit:


Forever 21 Public Relations

Source: Forever 21

FMS and NGA release their annual “Independent Grocers Financial Survey

Independent Grocers Financial Survey reveals the independent supermarket industry faced challenges in 2016 due to deflation

ARLINGTON, VA, 2017-May-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — FMS Solutions Holdings LLC (FMS) and the National Grocers Association (NGA) today (May 15, 2017)  released their annual “Independent Grocers Financial Survey,” the latest edition covering fiscal year 2016. The study, now in its 12th year, found Independent grocers reported that their sales were down 1.62 percent in 2016 compared to 2015.

Food at home deflation across all categories, especially in meat and dairy, had a negative impact for US retailers. As a result, independent grocers’ net profits were lower than one percent, at 0.98 percent compared to 1.44 percent in fiscal year 2015.Margins held steady at over 27 percent and expenses came out at 23.04 percent of sales in 2016. Independent grocers were able to manage their expenses despite labor and benefits increasing to its highest percentage of sales at 14.84 percent. The top 25 percentile, or the profit leaders, managed to grow their net profits over the previous year, showing an increase of 4.7 percent.

“While 2016 was a disappointing year for net profits, the independent grocer has proven its ability to recover in the past,” said Robert Graybill, president and CEO of FMS. “We expect to see some continued consolidation as a result of tough competition from both online and new brick and mortar retailers, but the flexibility and ingenuity of the independent is clear by the results of the profit leaders and serves as a beacon of direction that others can follow to excel as well.”

Falling unemployment and a higher turnover is one reason independents’ labor and benefits continue to increase. Independent grocers rated competition from other retailers as the biggest factor affecting their bottom line, and health care costs as the second most cited concern.

“The supermarket business is not for the faint of heart. Low profit margins and constantly changing consumer preferences make it challenging even for the best operators,” said Peter J. Larkin, president and CEO of NGA. “But as independents continue to invest in their local communities and work diligently to stay ahead of rapidly changing consumer trends, they are differentiating themselves in a fiercely competitive marketplace to become shoppers’ stores of choice.”

The survey covered over 100 retailers in 33 US states and seven Canadian provinces. The study’s goals are to gauge the financial performance of independent grocers and put it context with economic, political, and competitive factors. This report also examines how the profit leaders operate their business differently, such as their inventory and shrink, and generate more net profit.

To view the executive summary of the report, click HERE.
To purchase the full survey, click HERE.

About FMS: 

FMS Solutions Holdings LLC — Since 1974, FMS has helped independent retail grocers succeed by transforming historic accounting activities into timely, accurate decision support tools. The company’s keen understanding of the challenges the industry faces has positioned it as the National Grocers Association’s (NGA) preferred provider of industry benchmarking, best practices and mission-critical decision support. To learn more about FMS, please visit

About NGA: 

The National Grocers Association (NGA) is the national trade association representing the retail and wholesale grocers that comprise the independent sector of the food distribution industry. An independent retailer is a privately owned or controlled food retail company operating a variety of formats. The independent grocery sector is accountable for close to one percent of the nation’s overall economy and is responsible for generating $131 billion in sales, 944,000 jobs, $30 billion in wages, and $27 billion in taxes. NGA members include retail and wholesale grocers, state grocers associations, as well as manufacturers and service suppliers. For more information about NGA, visit

Tel: (703) 516-0700
Fax: (703) 516-0115

Source: NGA

Allergy Alert: Undeclared Egg In “Chef Luca’s Lasagna Al Forno – Baked Cheese Lasagna”

Allergy Alert: Undeclared Egg In “Chef Luca’s Lasagna Al Forno – Baked Cheese Lasagna”


Merrick, NY, 2017-May-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Italian Gluten Free Food Cl Issues Allergy Alert On Undeclared Egg In “Chef Luca’s Lasagna Al Forno – Baked Cheese Lasagna”

Italian Gluten Free Food CL of 1899 Bushwick Avenue, Merrick, NY 11566, is recalling its 15 ounce packages of “Chef Luca’s LASAGNA AL FORNO BAKED CHEESE LASAGNA” food because they may contain undeclared egg. People who have allergies to eggs run the risk of serious or life- threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

The product comes in a 15 ounce – (425 grams), Black and Goldish Yellow in color cardboard / Paper sleeve with a picture of the product and stating Chef Luca’s LASAGNA AL FORNO “Gluten Free” and “All Natural,” No Preservatives, Lower Calorie, Lower Cholesterol with a 15 ounce (425 grams) portion size marked with the following lot number(s).

Product Code: CL-LAS

Lot Number 0387 – Expiration Date: (02/07/2018)
Lot Number 0527 – Expiration Date: (02/21/2018)
Lot Number 0547 – Expiration Date: (02/23/2018)
Lot Number 1147 – Expiration Date: (04/24/2018)

The recalled “LASAGNA AL FORNO – BAKED CHEESE LASAGNA” were distributed MA, CT, NY, NJ, VA, DE, PA, MD, DC through Distributors and Retail stores: “KeHe Distributors, River Valley Foods, Wegmans, H.E.B. stores, and Uncle Giuseppe’s” retail stores.

The firm received one (1) report of Anaphylaxis has been reported on or about May 12th, 2017. Individual was treated and released.

The recall was initiated immediately upon discovering that an individual became ill. Egg containing product was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of eggs. Production of this product has been suspended until FDA and the company are certain that the problem has been corrected.

Consumers who have purchased 15 ounce packages of “Chef Luca’s LASAGNA AL FORNO – BAKED CHEESE LASAGNA” are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-800-498-8911 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. 9 (EST).

Consumers Contact:

Source: FDA


BJ’s celebrates opening of its newest BJ’s Gas® station with donation of a year’s supply of gas and tires to Meals on Wheels Summerville

BJ’s celebrates opening of its newest BJ’s Gas® station with donation of a year’s supply of gas and tires to Meals on Wheels Summerville


SUMMERVILLE, S.C., 2017-May-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — In recognition of its newest BJ’s Gas® station, BJ’s Wholesale Club today (May 15, 2017) announced a donation of a year’s supply of gas and tires to Meals on Wheels Summerville, a community-based senior nutrition program dedicated to addressing hunger and isolation. The donation will help Meals on Wheels Summerville deliver over 800 hot, nutritious meals per week to 180 homebound people in the community.

“BJ’s is committed to helping families meet basic needs, such as access to quality food and wellness, which is why we’re proud to support Meals on Wheels Summerville,” said Dawn Albright, general manager of BJ’s Wholesale Club in Summerville. “Together, we can bring a fresh approach to nourishing our communities and improving the quality of life for our homebound neighbors.”

BJ’s Wholesale Club celebrated the grand opening of its newest BJ’s Gas® location on Saturday, May 13th, by offering Members a special discounted price of $0.99 per gallon of regular fuel. BJ’s Summerville Founding Members also received an additional 10 cents off per gallon. In addition to the new Summerville location, BJ’s operates a total of 131 gas stations through its footprint in the eastern United States and Ohio.

“Proper nutrition is essential to disease prevention and overall good health, but not everyone has access to fresh, quality food,” said Betsy Luke, executive director of Meals on Wheels Summerville. “Our volunteers at Meals on Wheels Summerville seek to bridge this gap by using their own vehicles to deliver hot, nutritious meals to the homes of over 180 people. That’s why BJ’s donation of gas and tires is essential to continuing our mission and meet the growing needs of our community.”

The BJ’s Wholesale Club is slated for opening in June 2017 and will provide affordable fresh food options to the community that are up to 25 percent lower than grocery store prices. Additionally, through its Feeding Communities® program, the Club will donate unsold produce, meat, poultry, seafood, dairy and bakery products daily to reduce food waste and provide wholesome, fresh food to neighbors in need.

The BJ’s Wholesale Club will be located at the intersection of Interstate 26 and North Main Street, Summerville’s primary retail corridor. The Club will be the first in South Carolina, expanding BJ’s footprint to 16 states and marking club #215 for the company. The Club will also feature a BJ’s Gas® station and BJ’s Tire Center®, saving Members even more.

  • BJ’s offers excellent value.
    • BJ’s beats supermarket prices on national brands every day, saving families up to 25 percent off grocery store prices every day.
    • The company is the only major wholesale club that accepts all manufacturers’ coupons, offering families another great way to save.
    • Its exclusive brands, Berkley Jensen and Wellsley Farms, let families save without sacrificing quality or fun.
  • BJ’s biggest advantage is fresh food – produce, dairy, meat and deli.
    • BJ’s offers a delicious variety of produce, meats, deli and bakery items includes everything you need for weekly shopping.
    • BJ’s is the only major wholesale club to offer a full-service deli with premium meats and cheeses.
    • Members can have fresh meats cut to their specifications. BJ’s butchers will recut and repackage at no additional charge.
  • A BJ’s Membership is filled with added convenience.
    • BJ’s accepts all forms of payment, including EBT.
    • Members can research, shop and install electronics with help from BJ’s Tech Advisors™.
    • BJ’s Pick Up & Pay® program allows shoppers to stock up by reserving items online and then picking up in-club.
    • Members can save time and money by filling up their tanks at BJ’s Gas®. BJ’s gas prices are among the lowest around.

Based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer surveys on household spending, the Summerville BJ’s Wholesale Club could save area shoppers more than $40 million a year.

Shoppers can learn more about BJ’s Wholesale Club by going to

About BJ’s Wholesale Club, Inc.
Headquartered in Westborough, Massachusetts, BJ’s is the leading operator of membership warehouse clubs in the Eastern United States. The company currently operates 214 clubs and 130 BJ’s Gas® locations in 15 states.

BJ’s provides a one-stop shopping destination filled with top-quality, leading brands, including its exclusive Wellsley Farms and Berkley Jensen brands, along with USDA Choice meats, premium produce and delicious organics, many in supermarket sizes. BJ’s is also the only major membership warehouse club to accept all manufacturers’ coupons and, for greater convenience, BJ’s accepts all forms of payment, including EBT.

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BJ’s is wholly owned by affiliates of Leonard Green & Partners, CVC Capital Partners and its management team.

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Jennie Hardin

SOURCE: BJ’s Wholesale Club



Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2017-May-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold Delhaize has repurchased 638,098 of Ahold Delhaize common shares in the period from May 8, 2017 up to and including May 12, 2017. The shares were repurchased at an average price of €19.51 per share for a total consideration of €12.4 million. These repurchases were made as part of the €1 billion share buyback program announced on December 7, 2016.

The total number of shares repurchased under this program to date is 18,991,245 common shares for a total consideration of €376.5 million.

Download the share buyback transactions excel sheet for detailed individual transaction information under “Files to download” (on the right).

Visit for a complete overview of all Ahold Delhaize share buyback programs.

Phone: +31 88 659 9111

Source: Ahold Delhaize

CBRE expands its presence in South Florida with the acquisition of Brenner Real Estate Group

Acquisition bolsters CBRE’s capabilities in South Florida

Los Angeles, 2017-May-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE: CBG) today (May 15, 2017) announced that it has acquired the business of Brenner Real Estate Group (BREG), a full-service commercial real estate services firm in South Florida. The acquisition bolsters CBRE’s capabilities in South Florida, where the company is a premier provider of integrated solutions for property investors and occupiers.

Founded in 1987, the firm is led by Scott Brenner, and includes a team of more than 20 professionals, based in Ft. Lauderdale, Boca Raton and Melbourne, Florida. BREG’s team is well-integrated into the South Florida market and provides comprehensive real estate services including leasing brokerage, investment sales and property management.

“The BREG professionals are a great complement to our capabilities in South Florida,” said Arden Karson, senior managing director for South Florida, CBRE. “They have a strong reputation for excellence in client service and will add particular expertise and resources in Broward and Palm Beach counties, and in our law firm, land services and healthcare specialty groups. We are very excited about our enhanced offering for South Florida clients.”

“We are excited to join CBRE and will benefit significantly from the wide range of expertise and resources that are now available to us,” said Mr. Brenner, president and CEO, Brenner Real Estate Group. “CBRE’s national and global footprint and broad service offering will enable us to meet more of our client needs and expand opportunities for our professionals.”

Forward-Looking Statements
Certain of the statements in this release regarding the acquisition of Brenner Real Estate Group (BREG), that do not concern purely historical data are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are made based on our management’s expectations and beliefs concerning future events affecting us and are subject to uncertainties and factors relating to our operations and business environment, all of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond our control. Accordingly, actual performance, results and events may vary materially from those indicated in forward-looking statements, and you should not rely on forward-looking statements as predictions of future performance, results or events. Numerous factors could cause actual future performance, results and events to differ materially from those indicated in forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, our ability to successfully integrate BREG with our existing operations in the U.S., as well as other risks and uncertainties discussed in our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Any forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this release. We assume no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect actual results, changes in assumptions or changes in other factors affecting forward-looking information, except to the extent required by applicable securities laws. If we do update one or more forward-looking statements, no inference should be drawn that we will make additional updates with respect to those or other forward-looking statements. For additional information concerning factors that may cause actual results to differ from those anticipated in the forward-looking statements and other risks and uncertainties to our business in general, please refer to our SEC filings, including our Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2016 and our Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2017. Such filings are available publicly and may be obtained from our website at or upon request from the CBRE Investor Relations Department at

About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (based on 2016 revenue). The company has more than 75,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate investors and occupiers through approximately 450 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers a broad range of integrated services, including facilities, transaction and project management; property management; investment management; appraisal and valuation; property leasing; strategic consulting; property sales; mortgage services and development services. Please visit our website at


Robert McGrath

SOURCE: CBRE Group, Inc.

Eerste volledig elektrische trucks de weg op voor Albert Heijn

Eerste volledig elektrische trucks de weg op voor Albert Heijn


Zaandam, Netherlands, 2017-May-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Vandaag nam Abdeluheb Choho, wethouder Duurzaamheid van de gemeente Amsterdam, de eerste e-trucks in gebruik die Albert Heijn-supermarkten in Amsterdam gaan bevoorraden. De volledig elektrische trucks zijn uitstootvrij en heel stil. Het is voor Albert Heijn, Simon Loos, Ginaf en de gemeente Amsterdam een kroon op het werk van hun gezamenlijke duurzaamheidsinspanningen.

Met de ingebruikname van twee volledig elektrische vrachtwagens zet Albert Heijn een volgende stap in het verduurzamen van het transport naar winkels. ‘Het gebruik van e-trucks sluit goed aan bij onze ambitie te rijden met trucks die zuiniger, stiller en schoner zijn’ vertelt Peter Leegstraten, senior consultant transport van Albert Heijn. ‘We rijden al met 150 truck-trailer combinaties op vloeibaar aardgas (LNG). Die geven significant minder uitstoot dan dieselwagens en zijn een stuk stiller. We onderzoeken ook de mogelijkheden om op Bio-LNG te gaan rijden. E-trucks vormen een mooie aanvulling. In deze gewichtsklasse rijden nu nog nauwelijks elektrische trucks. Onze verwachting is dat het op grote schaal toepassen van elektrische aandrijving nog enkele jaren duurt. We gaan nu vooral leren en ervaren hoe bevoorrading met e-trucks werkt’.

Simon Loos, logistiek partner van Albert Heijn sinds de jaren ’60, gaat met de emissieloze bakwagens Albert Heijn-supermarkten in het centrum van Amsterdam bevoorraden. De e-trucks rijden dagelijks vijf tot zes keer heen en weer vanaf het distributiecentrum in Zaandam. Na een uitgebreid ontwikkel- en testtraject gaan de e-trucks nu de weg op, de een in Albert Heijn-stijl en de ander in Simon Loos-kleuren.

Vergelijkbaar met een diesel zonder uitstoot en geluid

De nieuwe e-trucks komen uit de stal van Ginaf, fabrikant van vrachtauto’s voor zwaar transport en pionier op het gebied van elektrisch vervoer. Voor de ontwikkeling van de nieuwe elektrische trucks werd flink geïnnoveerd om een compromis te vinden tussen flexibiliteit en actieradius enerzijds, en het laadvermogen anderzijds. Het resultaat is een laadcapaciteit die vergelijkbaar is met die van dieseltrucks, ondanks het iets hogere eigen gewicht van de wagen. Door bijladen van de accu’s tijdens het inladen van de trucks op het DC en gedurende de pauzes kunnen de trucks vrijwel continu worden ingezet. De elektrische bakwagens kunnen zich dus goed meten met hun dieselbroertjes, maar zijn volledig uitstootvrij en stil.


Ook voor de gemeente Amsterdam is ‘zero emissie’ een belangrijk onderwerp. Schone lucht is één van de zogenoemde transitiepaden richting een duurzaam Amsterdam. Abdeluheb Choho, Wethouder Duurzaamheid van de stad: ‘Amsterdam is koploper in elektrisch vervoer. In 2025 willen we dat het verkeer binnen de ring A10 helemaal uitstootvrij, of in ieder geval zo schoon mogelijk is. Een stevige ambitie, en dan is het goed om te zien dat bedrijven zoals Albert Heijn het initiatief nemen om hieraan bij te dragen. Als gemeente bieden we natuurlijk graag de helpende hand, bijvoorbeeld in het vergunningenproces of door te kijken welke subsidies beschikbaar zijn.’

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Op de foto: Abdeluheb Choho, Wethouder Duurzaamheid van Amsterdam, neemt de eerste e-truck in gebruik.

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Source: Albert Heijn


SM Markets the first retailer to bring fresh local oyster mushrooms to the supermarket


SM Markets the first retailer to bring fresh local oyster mushrooms to the supermarket


Pasay City, Philippines, 2017-May-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — SM Markets becomes the first retailer to bring fresh local oyster mushrooms to the supermarket in support of Go Negosyo’s initiative to help engage local farmers.

Sourced from Trophy Farm, a Leyte-based mushroom farm, the initial order of mushrooms is already available on the shelves of SM Supermarket Cebu, SM Supermarket Seaside, Savemore Market Parkmall, and Savemore Market Tacloban since early this May.

SM Markets has always been supportive of Small and Medium Enterprises (SME). Before sourcing mushrooms, SM Markets recently helped the farmers of Nueva Ecija move their locally grown red and white onions. For fresh oyster mushrooms, SM Markets dealt with the Leyte-based Trophy Farm as endorsed by Go Negosyo. SM Markets’ and Go Negosyo’s objective is to help farmers develop their entrepreneurship by connecting them to local food retailers and suppliers to better move their produce.

Apart from supporting Go Negosyo’s campaign, SM Markets also develops SMEs suppliers’ expansion by hosting weekend bazaars, offering opportunities to supply for SM Bonus, and helping farmers become sustainable through training under SM Foundation’s Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan program.

According to SM Markets, SMEs add more variety to SM’s offerings and in turn, their products are displayed among more popular varieties giving them the same exposure as multinational corporations. SM Markets will help augment mushroom sales through communication efforts in enjoining its shoppers to help support the initiative.

Source: SM Investments Corporation


Co-op Welsh stores roll-out new sport nutrition drink developed by former Olympic gold medalist Darren Campbell

MANCHESTER, England, 2017-May-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — A sport nutrition drink developed by former Olympic gold medalist Darren Campbell has secured a listing with the Co-op.

South-Wales based Pro Athlete Supplementation (PAS) developed the Pro Iso drink for the Wales rugby team and was last month confirmed as an official supplier to the British & Irish Lions.

Pro Iso was developed by performance nutritionist Jon Williams and former Olympic sprinter Darren Campbell, together with the Powys-based Radnor Hills Mineral Water Company.

The Co-op will initially roll-out the drink to 80 of its Welsh food stores from this month (May 2017) as part of its commitment to sourcing local produce.

Darren Campbell, who moved to Wales from Manchester almost 25 years ago and, lives in Rogerstone, near Newport, said:

“I have always been empowered by positive thinking, all I had was belief, instilled by my mother – even teachers said I would amount to nothing. My career now is all about helping others to fulfil their potential, whether that is through PAS or coaching.

“We are delighted with the listing at the Co-op, the first national retailer to stock our drinks. The move will support our business growth and ongoing development and help to raise awareness of our brand in local communities.”

Chris Butler, national accounts manager for Radnor Hills Mineral Water Co – which uses an underground aquifer at the Heartsease Farm where the family-run firm was founded, said:

“We estimate that the listing could be worth more than 70,000 bottles of the Pro Iso drink over twelve months, in addition, the Co-op’s locations in local communities also support our taste tests on the road, a key part of our approach to reach new customers.”

Twelve other producers have also been awarded contracts to supply 80 Co-op stores in Wales at the same time as Pro Iso, there are also new listings for: Welsh Lady Preserves, Bryn; Jones Crisps of Conwy; Welsh Brew tea and coffee from Newton, near Swansea; Matt and Ben’s Proper Fudge, Pwllheli; Daioni Organic milk from Ffosyficer Farm, Dyfed; CNWC Crackers, Ceredigion; Aberffraw Biscuit Co, Llanrwst; Parsons Pickles, Burry Port; and Coco Pzazz hand-poured chocolate from Caersws.

Simon Dryell, Ranging Manager for the Co-op, added:
“Our commitment to investing in local produce is gathering momentum and consumers are responding – quality and trust are key for consumers. Sourcing local produce is about much more than just ‘hanging out the bunting’ it’s a cornerstone of our food strategy, and we are proud to celebrate and showcase great British food and drink and give it pride of place in store.”

Media Contact:

Andrew Torr
Co-op Press Office
M: 07702 505 551

Source: Coop

Chick-fil-A introduces backyard barbecue-inspired menu items available for a limited time

Chick-fil-A introduces backyard barbecue-inspired menu items available for a limited time


ATLANTA, 2017-May-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Chick-fil-A is embracing the flavors of summertime with two new backyard barbecue-inspired menu items available for a limited time. From May 15 until August 19, customers can order a new Smokehouse BBQ Bacon Sandwich and Watermelon Mint Lemonade in restaurants nationwide.

The restaurant company’s first seasonal entrée, the Smokehouse BBQ Bacon Sandwich features Chick-fil-A’s signature grilled chicken along with new ingredients, including bacon coated in a brown sugar pepper blend. The sandwich is served on a new Hawaiian style bun with Colby-Jack cheese, green leaf lettuce and a zesty Smokehouse BBQ Sauce crafted specifically for the entrée.

“We know our customers love the flavors of our grilled menu, and we are excited to offer two items this season that will give them something new to try,” said David Farmer, Chick-fil-A vice president of menu strategy and development. Barbecue has wide appeal among Americans, with more than 95 percent of U.S. consumers saying that they like it and nearly one-third saying they eat barbecue or barbecue-sauced items in any given week.

“The new Smokehouse BBQ Bacon Sandwich is delicious and unlike anything we have on the menu. It was incredibly popular in test markets. I hope our customers are as excited as I am to get this kind of high quality sandwich at the drive-thru,” Farmer said. “We hope customers will enjoy the new ingredients and flavor combinations in our Smokehouse BBQ Bacon Sandwich and Watermelon Mint Lemonade all summer long.”

The Watermelon Mint Lemonade, which was made specifically to complement the flavors of the new Smokehouse BBQ sandwich, is a refreshing summertime hand-crafted beverage made with Chick-fil-A’s fresh-squeezed Lemonade (or Diet Lemonade) mixed with watermelon and mint flavors free from artificial colors or flavorings. A small starts at $1.85 and has 200 calories when made with regular Lemonade.

The Smokehouse BBQ Bacon Sandwich has 500 calories and starts at $5.59.

As seasonal menu items, both the Smokehouse BBQ Bacon Sandwich and Watermelon Mint Lemonade will be available nationwide beginning May 15 through August 19, 2017.

For more information about Chick-fil-A and stories about the company’s food, people and customers across the country, visit

About Chick-fil-A, Inc.
Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A, Inc. is a family owned and privately held restaurant company founded in 1967 by S. Truett Cathy. Devoted to serving the local communities in which its franchised restaurants operate, and known for its original chicken sandwich, Chick-fil-A serves freshly prepared food in more than 2,100 restaurants in 46 states and Washington, D.C.

Chick-fil-A system sales reached nearly $8 billion in 2016, which marks 49 consecutive years of sales growth. In 2017, Chick-fil-A received the top score among fast food brands and one of the top 10 scores overall for customer experience in the Temkin Experience Ratings survey. In 2016, Chick-fil-A was named the Technomic Consumer’s Choice for “providing value through service,” named the “the most polite restaurant in the country” in QSR Magazine’s annual drive-thru report and was the only restaurant brand named to the Top 10 “Best Companies to Work For” by 24/7 Wall Street. More information on Chick-fil-A is available at

Media Hotline:
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Twitter: @ChickfilANews

Source: Chick-fil-A, Inc.