Paradies Lagardère to bring TripAdvisor, Mach1Medical and Drugs & More at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

TripAdvisor, Mach1Medical and Drugs & More provide unique new retail and service offerings in Terminal 4

ATLANTA, 2017-May-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Paradies Lagardère, the travel retail and restaurateur leader in North America, was awarded a new travel essential store and a specialty service location at the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX). After careful consideration of the needs of PHX, its employees and its passengers, Paradies Lagardère created a winning bid that not only addresses the airport’s specific objectives and goals, but also creates memorable and positive shopping and customer service experiences for passengers.

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“We are thrilled and very appreciative of this opportunity to continue expanding our long-standing relationship with Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport and deliver these concepts in Terminal 4,” said Gregg Paradies, president and CEO, Paradies Lagardère. “These specialty service and travel essential offerings will be a great complement to the airport and a strong fit for the passengers in this market.”

Additional details:

The travel essential store and specialty service location proposed in Paradies Lagardère’s winning bid for Terminal 4 include:

  • TripAdvisor® is the world’s largest travel website and app with more than 390 million unique visitors monthly. The TripAdvisor travel essential store will offer consumers a convenient, one-stop shop that covers all of a traveler’s needs, sell products such as toiletries, neck pillows and beverages, and could include some TripAdvisor-branded products. The PHX TripAdvisor store location will also support local, regional and state businesses and national vendors. Air travelers will be able to purchase local favorites such as Sonoran Kettle Corn and Cactus Candy, and souvenirs from Southwest Ornaments, Dos Damas Designs and Hand N Hand Designs.
  • Mach1Medical is a state of the art, on-demand medical clinic that will be located in Terminal 4. Created by Dr. John Shufeldt, Mach1Medical will serve travelers experiencing non-life threatening medical conditions, as well airport employees experiencing minor health issues. The revolutionary concept uses a Six Sigma-driven process to rapidly evaluate and treat patients in a high-quality, patient-centric manner.
  • Drugs & More will also be offered with Mach1Medical, providing travelers with newspapers, magazines and travel accessories. Over-the-counter medication, electronic accessories, gourmet snacks, ice-cold beverages, luggage, and apparel will also be available for purchase.

Paradies Lagardère is also supporting the local community through partnerships with the Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center (SARRC) and My Brother’s Keeper. SARRC is an internationally-recognized nonprofit organization dedicated to autism research, education, evidence-based treatment, and community outreach. Its mission is to advance research and provide a lifetime of support for individuals with autism and their families. In February 2014, President Obama launched the My Brother’s Keeper initiative to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and ensure that all young people can reach their full potential. Paradies Lagardère has employed associates from both programs.

Paradies Lagardère specializes in three key airport concessions areas: Food and Beverage, Travel Essentials and Specialty Retail. Within Travel Essentials and Specialty Retail, we offer a diverse mix of categories including fashion, luxury, electronics, convenience, sports, luggage, jewelry, and souvenirs. We also deliver high-end restaurants, quick-serve and casual restaurants, and quality bars, including local, national and international brands that provide travelers delicious dining options. Paradies Lagardère was recently recognized for excellence in specialty retail, earning ARN Awards for Best Specialty Retail Brand Operator for its Brooks Brothers concept, and Best Airport Retail Store Design for Dylan’s Candy Bar at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport.

Paradies Lagardère delivers the very best solutions – a favorite local concept or a highly-desirable international brand – that exceeds expectations for our airport partners and travelers.

Contact:

Nicole V. Linton
Marketing Communications Manager
P: 404 494 3419
M: 470 455 1843
mailto: nicole.linton@paradies-na.com

Source: Paradies Lagardère

Paradies Lagardère to host its Treat Our Troops program between Memorial Day and Independence Day

Popular program thanks U.S. military for service and sacrifice

ATLANTA, 2017-May-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Paradies Lagardère, the North American travel retail and restaurateur leader, will once again offer free meals to U.S. military personnel through its Food and Beverage Division’s Treat Our Troops program. Between Memorial Day and Independence Day, Paradies Lagardère invites active or retired U.S. military to receive this special form of gratitude from its customers in these participating airport restaurants:

Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) – Blue Ridge Tavern Long Beach Airport (LGB) – The Boathouse, Long Beach Marche, 4th Street Vine
Austin–Bergstrom International Airport (AUS) – Ruta Maya Coffee, ThunderCloud Subs Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport (XNA) – Auntie Anne’s Pretzels, Core Brewing Co., CNBC Arkansas Traveler, Jammin’ Java, Say Si Bon! Gourmet Market, Smokewood American Grill
Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) – Abacus, Hickory, Whitetail Bistro Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) – Bar Symon, Bottega dei Sapori
Denver International Airport (DEN) – Auntie Anne’s Pretzels, Big Bowl, The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, The Magic Pan, Say Si Bon! TravelMart, Steve’s Snappin’ Dogs Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) – Big Bowl, The Magic Pan, Say Si Bon! Gourmet Market, Washington Pour Bar, Wow Bao, U Street Pub
Eagle County Regional Airport (EGE Eagle, Colo.) – Alpenglo Grille, Alpenglo Express Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD) – Pei Wei Asian Diner
Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) – Sweet Auburn Market

Active and retired U.S. military service personnel can show their military identification when ordering or checking out. Paradies Lagardère will donate one menu item such as an entrée, sandwich, appetizer or salad, and a non-alcoholic beverage. Troops can enjoy a variety of culinary experiences from customer favorites such as the Pepper Crusted Beef Brisket, prepared from an in-house smoker at Hickory at DFW, or the classic Honey Seared Chicken at Pei Wei at IAD.

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“Providing free meals in our airport restaurants to U.S. military personnel through the Paradies Lagardère Food and Beverage Division’s Treat Our Troops program is our way of saying thank you for serving our country,” said Bill Casey, senior vice president, Food and Beverage, Paradies Lagardère. “In exchange for all that they do, we want to serve them for a change.”

Additional details:

High-end restaurants, quick-serve restaurants, bars and coffee shops are all a part of Paradies Lagardère’s Food and Beverage concepts. Brands have been tailored to entice travelers with the same familiar quality, variety, taste, and atmosphere as their favorite “at home” dining spots, while maintaining the highest levels of quality and service.

Paradies Lagardère was recently recognized for excellence in Food and Beverage. The USA Today 10 Best Awards recognized Long Beach Airport, where Paradies Lagardère manages the full restaurant program, as its Best Airport for Dining two years in a row. Bar Symon, at Pittsburgh International Airport, also earned a spot in the top five for the USA Today 10 Best awards for Best Airport Bar and Best Airport Bar Waitstaff.

Contact:

Nicole V. Linton
Marketing Communications Manager
P: 404 494 3419
M: 470 455 1843
mailto: nicole.linton@paradies-na.com

Source: Paradies Lagardère

Dollar Tree announces its participation in the RBC Capital Markets Consumer and Retail Conference

CHESAPEAKE, Va., 2017-May-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dollar Tree, Inc. (NASDAQ: DLTR), North America’s leading operator of discount variety stores, today (May 25, 2017 )announced its participation in the RBC Capital Markets Consumer and Retail Conference on May 31, 2017. Kevin Wampler, Chief Financial Officer, and Randy Guiler, Vice President – Investor Relations, will attend this conference.

The Company’s presentation will begin at approximately 3:20 p.m. ET on May 31, 2017. A webcast of the presentation will be available on the Company’s website at http://www.dollartreeinfo.com/investors/news/events/, and an archive of the webcast will be accessible for thirty days.

Dollar Tree, a Fortune 200 Company, now operates more than 14,400 stores across 48 states and five Canadian provinces. Stores operate under the brands of Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, and Dollar Tree Canada. To learn more about the Company, visit www.DollarTree.com.

Contact:
Randy Guiler
757-321-5284
Vice President, Investor Relations
www.DollarTree.com

Source: Dollar Tree, Inc.

PetSmart Charities supports Boston Children’s Hospital’s animal assisted therapy program with $360,000 grant

Grant Will Help Double the Number of Therapy Dogs Supporting Pediatric Patients, Family and Staff From 17 To 34 Dogs, and Serve an Additional Three Satellite Locations by 2019

PHOENIX and BOSTON, 2017-May-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Boston Children’s Hospital and PetSmart Charities today (May 25, 2017) announced that the Hospital received a $360,000 grant from PetSmart Charities, the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, to support Pawprints, the Hospital’s 14-year-old animal assisted therapy program.

The Pawprints program, now supported by PetSmart Charities, provides a welcome diversion from patients’ normal hospital routines, giving them and their families a sense of security and normalcy, a diminished sense of isolation, and an increased level of positive communication. With the help of this generous grant, the Hospital expects to double the number of dogs participating in the program from 17 to 34 to serve thousands of patients at three satellite locations in Peabody, Waltham and the Martha Eliot Health Center by 2019.

The Hospital’s animal assisted therapy program was launched with the first Boston Children’s therapy dog, Stella, a mild-mannered yellow Labrador retriever, by her inaugural visit in 2003. Since then, there have been more than 12,000 patient visits by dozens of therapy dogs over the past 14 years.

“We’re so grateful for this generous support from PetSmart Charities,” says Carola Cadley, vice president of Corporate Development & Special Events at Boston Children’s Hospital Trust. “The emotional boost our Pawprints dog/handler teams give to our patients and their families is significant, and we’re excited to now be able to extend these services to even more patients and families around our main hospital campus, while also introducing therapy dog visits to our satellite facilities!”

Today, Pawprints pet/handler teams are selected through a careful screening process, including an interpersonal interview with the handler, an offsite behavioral evaluation, Occupational Health volunteer clearances, canine medical clearances and an on-site behavioral evaluation. In order to participate, each dog is required to be at least 2 years old, registered with a therapy dog organization, in good physical health, and current on all vaccinations, and to have a calm, consistent and obedient temperament to provide unconditional love to bedridden patients.

It is patients like Julie Milunsky, now 21, who has been treated for most of her life at Boston Children’s for a connective tissue disorder called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS), who benefit from this program. Most recently, she was in the hospital for her uncontrollable shoulder dislocation. After an extensive surgical procedure, she was put into a half-body cast, minimizing her range of motion and her independence. Waiting for her after the procedure was a therapy dog from the Pawprints program to greet her in her hospital room.

“It was so powerful for me because it took me out of my head, out of my anxiety and got me in the moment to realize that everything was going to be okay,” said Milunsky. “I got to focus on the dog for that moment, which ended up decreasing my pain and anxiety, both wins in my book. The Pawprints program also showed me that there are ways to interact with my own dogs at home despite my casts.”

PetSmart Charities, the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, recently expanded its mission to include finding lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets together. This new mission allows the organization to support animal welfare programs in more ways than ever before, and even reach other nonprofits, like Boston Children’s Hospital, that help connect people and pets. The new “Enhancing the Quality of Life Through Pets” grant category, open year-round for applications, supports programs that train pets to become service animals for military veterans or people with disabilities and for pet therapy programs at places such as hospitals, schools, and senior homes.

“Boston Children’s Hospital has made tremendous strides to leverage the healing power of pets and provide unconditional love to its patients, families and staff through its long-standing Pawprints animal assisted therapy program,” said David Haworth, DVM, Ph.D., and president of PetSmart Charities. “With the help of this grant from PetSmart Charities, we are thrilled to help them expand the services and smiles that this program delivers in addition to the comfort for those who need it most.”

For more information on PetSmart Charities, please visit PetSmartCharities.org. For more information on the Pawprints Animal Assisted Therapy Program, please visit ChildrensHospital.org.

About Boston Children’s Hospital

Boston Children’s Hospital, the primary pediatric teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School, is home to the world’s largest research enterprise based at a pediatric medical center. Its discoveries have benefited both children and adults since 1869. Today, more than 2,630 scientists, including nine members of the National Academy of Sciences, 14 members of the National Academy of Medicine and 11 Howard Hughes Medical Investigators comprise Boston Children’s research community. Founded as a 20-bed hospital for children, Boston Children’s is now a 415-bed comprehensive center for pediatric and adolescent health care. For more, visit our Vector and Thriving blogs and follow us on social media @BostonChildrens, @BCH_Innovation, Facebook and YouTube.

About PetSmart Charities®

PetSmart Charities, Inc. is a nonprofit animal welfare organization with a mission to find lifelong, loving homes for all pets by supporting programs and thought leadership that bring people and pets together.  In addition to finding homes for almost 500,000 shelter pets each year through its in-store adoption program in all PetSmart stores across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, PetSmart Charities provides funding to nonprofits aligned with its mission through four key areas of grant support:  Preventing Pet Homelessness; Helping Shelter Pets Thrive; Supporting the Bond Between People and Pets; and Emergency Relief and Disaster Support. Each year, millions of generous PetSmart shoppers help pets in need by donating to PetSmart Charities using the pin pads at checkout registers inside PetSmart stores.  In turn, PetSmart Charities efficiently uses 90 cents of every dollar donated and has become the leading funder of animal welfare in North America, donating about $300 million to date. PetSmart Charities, a 501(c)(3) organization, has received the Four Star Rating from Charity Navigator, an independent organization that reports on the effectiveness, accountability and transparency of nonprofits, for the past 14 years in a row — placing it among the top one percent of charities rated by this organization.  To learn more visit www.petsmartcharities.org

Follow PetSmart Charities on Twitter: @PetSmartChariTs
Find PetSmart Charities on Facebook: Facebook.com/PetSmartCharities
See PetSmart Charities on YouTube: YouTube.com/PetSmartCharitiesInc

Contact:

PetSmart Charities
Phone:623.587.2177
PetSmart Charities Newsroom

Source: PetSmart Inc.

Greggs thanks customers and colleagues for making North East Children’s Cancer run a success

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom, 2017-May-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Greggs were incredibly proud to once again support the North East Children’s Cancer run, where this year over 8,000 runners completed either the 5 mile run or the children’s mini 1 mile run.

This year the event celebrated its 35th year, and throughout this time has pioneered cancer research in the North East through the following areas:

Clinical Trials

Scientists at Northern Institute for Cancer Research are currently working on clinical trials to develop new therapies to improve survival rates and treatment intensity for patients with Leukaemia.

Individualisation of treatment

NECCR has been researching ways to provide individual treatment to children with an aggressive type of brain cancer to ensure the final outcome is as positive as possible.

New Therapies

Funding from NECCR has been fundamental in the discovery of a less aggressive medical approach to treating childhood Leukaemia’s, the most frequent cancers in children.

Thank you to our customers, colleagues and other supporters whose dedication and commitment continue to make this event an incredible success.

Contact:

Havas PR
0161 236 2277
prgreggs@havas.com

Source: GREGGS

RetailNext to be the in-store analytics solution provider for natural cosmetics beauty firm 100% PURE

SAN JOSE, Calif., 2017-May-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (May 25, 2017), RetailNext Inc., the worldwide expert and market leader in IoT smart store retail analytics for optimizing shopper experiences, announced it has entered into a multi-year agreement to be the in-store analytics solution provider for 100% PURE, a natural cosmetics beauty firm providing healthy and pure lines of nourishing personal care products. The comprehensive RetailNext platform is being deployed at 100% PURE’s retail stores throughout the United States.

“The 100 PURE shopping experience is intended to deliver a fully immersive, personalized experience,” said Ric Kostick, chief executive officer at 100% PURE. “By integrating RetailNext’s SaaS platform, 100% PURE is able to better understand the core elements that make up customers’ shopping journeys, in turn allowing us to further create exceptional and memorable shopping environments and experiences. RetailNext is a high return on investment expenditure for our stores, and it gives us the data to better compete in an environment where data is king.”

Founded in a Napa, California farmhouse in 2005, 100% PURE is a natural cosmetics beauty firm focused on providing healthy skin care, color cosmetics, and bath and body products – all 100% cruelty-free and 100% free of artificial colors, artificial fragrances, synthetic chemical preservatives and all other toxins. 100% PURE currently owns and operates 12 stores in the United States and engages their strong online community at www.100percentpure.com.

100% PURE joins RetailNext’s rapidly growing global customer list of over 300 retail brands, and represents a growing segment of new, best-in-class retailers – including large online retailers, right-sized stores and small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) – who have entered or expanded physical footprints in the brick-and-mortar channel of today’s omnichannel retail industry.

“RetailNext is pleased and proud to be selected by 100% PURE as its smart store solution provider as it enters the brick-and-mortar format,” said Alexei Agratchev, co-founder and chief executive officer of RetailNext. “Over the past several years, there has been an exponential growth in the deployment of IoT retail analytics platforms, with innovative and creative brands like 100% PURE recognizing the value associated with deep insights into today’s shoppers and their values, behaviors and preferences, and in turn developing extraordinary shopping experiences, both online and offline, as a means to showcase their brands.”

About RetailNext

The first retail vertical IoT platform to bring e-commerce style shopper analytics to brick-and-mortar stores, brands and malls, RetailNext is a pioneer in focusing entirely on optimizing the shopper experience. Through its centralized SaaS platform, RetailNext automatically collects and analyzes shopper behavior data, providing retailers with insight to improve the shopper experience real time.

More than 350 retailers in over 70 countries have adopted RetailNext’s analytics software and retail expertise to better understand the shopper journey in order to increase same-store sales, reduce theft and eliminate unnecessary costs. RetailNext is headquartered in San Jose, Calif. Learn more at www.retailnext.net.

Media Contacts:
Ray Hartjen
RetailNext, Inc.
(925) 895-5441
ray.hartjen@retailnext.net

Source: RetailNext, Inc.

Sainsbury’s launches new pilot project – Fairly Traded

Sainsbury’s launches new pilot project – Fairly Traded

 

London, 2017-May-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sainsbury’s has today (23 May 2017) launched an innovative pilot project – Fairly Traded – on key lines of bySainsbury’s tea. This new approach to sourcing will guarantee a minimum price and social premium while also, crucially, making farmers’ businesses more resilient against the mounting challenges of the 21st Century.

  • Sainsbury’s unveils ambitious pilot – Fairly Traded – that will strengthen sustainability standards and secure future supply of the UK’s favourite product – the great British cuppa.
  • Pilot marks new approach to sourcing, guaranteeing a minimum price and social premium – while also supporting farmers in the developing world to meet the challenges of the 21st Century.
  • Scheme will be underpinned by a new set of world-class Sustainability Standards and overseen by a new expert advisory board.

Fact Sheet: Sainsbury’s Sustainability Standards

Fact Sheet: Fairly Traded Pilot

Farmers and producers in the developing world are facing increasingly complex issues – from climate change, drought and diseases, to volatile prices, global competition and wider political instability. By guaranteeing a minimum price and a social premium, and enhancing this funding with long-term relationships, advanced data and individually-tailored practical advice, Fairly Traded aims to boost tea farmers’ resilience and ability to adapt to these challenges.

At the same time, the new sourcing model secures a sustainable supply chain of the UK’s favourite drink for the future.

Sainsbury’s Group Chief Executive, Mike Coupe said: “I’m immensely proud to be launching the Fairly Traded pilot today, alongside the new Sustainability Standards and advisory board. Ethical and sustainable sourcing are at the heart of our business and as the world changes we cannot stand still. That’s why this innovative pilot will build on our existing work and relationships and we’re aiming to deliver significant benefits for our farmers, our business and our customers.

“The business case is clear. Our farmers and growers can expect financial security through long-term relationships and a greater level of support to help them plan for their futures. At the same time we safeguard the future quality and availability of the great British cuppa for our customers.”

The Fairly Traded pilot project will be launched in conjunction with:

  • A new advisory board, composed of experts who will lead sustainable sourcing work and develop the support projects, called the Sainsbury’s Foundation programmes, to support farmers and growers. Advisory board members will include independent specialists from charities, academics and NGOs and will be set-up and run by Sainsbury’s.
  • A new Sainsbury’s Sustainability Standards programme across key crops and ingredients. Using farm data and modelling, the programme will provide a framework for farmers and producers to help advance understanding of their strengths and vulnerabilities, and to jointly develop responsive strategic action plans.

Mike Coupe, added: “We cannot ignore that the 21st Century presents complex problems for our suppliers. We most certainly don’t pretend to have all the answers – far from it –and that’s why this project is about testing and developing new approaches, collaborating with expert partners and listening to our farmers and producers – finding out what works, and what can be taken to scale and adopted to secure a sustainable supply chain that benefits both our suppliers and our customers.”

Austin Changazi, General Manager, Sukambizi Association Trust, Malawi (a Sainsbury’s tea producer), said, “We wholeheartedly welcome the idea of working with Sainsbury’s on the Fairly Traded initiative.”

Sainsbury’s Fairly Traded Red Label Tea will hit the shelves in stores across the country from June.

Contact:

press_office@sainsburys.co.uk
020 7695 7295

Source: Sainsbury

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Sainsbury’s to boost support for hundreds of thousands of farmers and workers

Sainsbury’s to boost support for hundreds of thousands of farmers and workers

 

London, 2017-May-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sainsbury’s has today (23 May 2017) announced an ambitious new approach to the way it sources key crops and ingredients, from tea and prawns to coffee and bananas. It will empower its farmers to build more resilient businesses and improve the quality of life of their communities in the face of increasing environmental and economic challenges – thereby securing their long-term future and the supply of great quality products on the supermarket’s shelves.

  • Sainsbury’s will boost support for hundreds of thousands of farmers and workers – helping them to become more resilient in the face of escalating challenges from climate change to global competition, health and geo-political tensions
  • Plan includes the roll-out of new Sainsbury’s Sustainability Standards across key crops and ingredients, the pilot of a new sustainable sourcing approach for tea farmers and the set-up of an expert advisory board
  • The tea pilot will empower farmers by providing a minimum price and social premium, in addition to the guarantee of a long-term relationship, the provision of expert advice, training and bespoke information to help secure their future livelihoods
  • The plan will be underpinned by close collaboration with expert advisors, and its progress monitored through independent audits

Fact Sheet: Sainsbury’s Sustainability Standards

Fact Sheet: Fairly Traded Pilot

At its heart is cutting-edge data and insight, linked to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, delivered in part through the launch of a new Sainsbury’s Sustainability Standards programme – a brand new management framework to support farmers of its 35 key crops and ingredients in meeting the highest sustainability standards. Farmers will, for the first time, be able to identify their strengths and weaknesses via robust data collection across the breadth of social, economic and environmental metrics and have visibility of best practice amongst peers. The insight will enable farmers to develop strategic action plans to improve their business performance and the well-being of their workers.

The Sainsbury’s Sustainability Standards, which build on and recognise existing certifications, have been co-authored with specialist advisors and peer-reviewed by 50 independent experts and will be independently audited. They have been piloted on prawns in Thailand and Belize and will now be piloted on other key crops such as tea, wheat, potatoes, sugar and bananas.

One of their imminent applications is with tea farmers in Africa as part of a pilot on key lines of bySainsbury’s tea, called Sainsbury’s Fairly Traded – a new way of working that will enable tea farmers in Africa to strengthen their businesses and communities as they tackle ever growing challenges, such as the impact of climate change and associated droughts, soil erosion and crop diseases.

The pilot provides tea farmers with a guaranteed minimum price for their crop along with a social premium, with the additional opportunity to build long-term relationships with Sainsbury’s and receive tailored strategic advice, data and practical support to help them respond to their specific challenges.

Practical support programmes, called Sainsbury’s Foundation programmes, will be funded through the Social Premium, and be directly linked to farmers strategic action plans, informed by insight from their Sainsbury’s Sustainability Standards and their own specific needs, as well as country-specific information linked to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Example programmes could include training in the latest agricultural techniques, to advice on reducing energy costs to improved health and education facilities for farming communities. Where required, support will be delivered on the ground by best-in-class experts, chosen for their capability in addressing specific issues.

The support programmes and the application of the Social Premium funds will be independently audited by a ‘Big 4’ auditor, and frequently evaluated by Sainsbury’s to ensure effectiveness. One of the first newly-labelled tea to arrive on shelves will be Red Label Tea in June 2017.

Sainsbury’s Group Chief Executive, Mike Coupe, said: “Sourcing with integrity has always been at the heart of Sainsbury’s business – offering customers high quality products with a provenance they can trust. As our farmers and their communities face mounting challenges, we want to advance the way we work with them over the long-term – so that we can secure their businesses, providing them and their communities with a better quality of life and in so doing secure the future supply of great products our customers love for many years to come.

“We have gained a lot of experience empowering our farmers to build resilient businesses and strengthen communities over the last decade – both internationally through our work with the Fair Development Fund and Comic Relief, and in the UK via our Farm Development Groups, such as dairy. We have learned what works and what is of real value to farmers. Starting with tea, we are taking this knowledge to make a further step-change to our sourcing approach by introducing new ways to utilise data and insight to help farmers improve their business performance and the well-being of their workers.

“The business case for the tea pilot is clear. Our farmers will receive a minimum price for their tea and the Social Premium, with added support, skills and resource tailored to their needs and delivered by experts as well as the security of a long-term relationship with us. All underpinned by the highest levels of data, independent audit and evaluation.

“Customers can drink our tea with the peace of mind that comes from knowing it has been sourced to the highest sustainability standards and know that they are helping farmers and communities prosper for many years to come.”

The Fairly Traded pilot and the associated Sainsbury’s Foundation support programmes, will be overseen by a new advisory body which will bring together independent specialists with senior Sainsbury’s colleagues. Independent advisory board members will include leading charities, academic institutions and NGO’s and be independently chaired.

Sainsbury’s will seek to attract further funding from external sources, including existing multi-stakeholder programmes, to extend reach and impact.

Mike Coupe, added: “We don’t pretend to have all the answers – far from it – and that’s why these pilots are about testing and developing new approaches, collaborating with expert partners and listening to our farmers. In this way we can find out what works, and what can be taken to scale and adopted elsewhere, be it internationally or here in the UK, to secure sustainable supply chains that benefit our farmers and their communities and our customers too.”

Austin Changazi, General Manager, Sukambizi Association Trust, Malawi (a Sainsbury’s tea producer), said, “Sainsbury’s has been our friend in need for the past eight years. Their development work with us, through the Fair Development Fund, has improved our product quality and yield and helped us achieve higher incomes. As a result, this has improved our lives – we can now build decent houses, send children to school and buy motorcycles. We wholeheartedly welcome the idea of working with Sainsbury’s on the Fairly Traded initiative.”

Contact:

press_office@sainsburys.co.uk
020 7695 7295

Source: Sainsbury

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Kesko sells seven store sites in Estonia and Latvia to UAB Baltic Retail Properties

Helsinki, 2017-May-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kesko has sold seven store sites used by Kesko Senukai in Estonia and Latvia to the property investment company UAB Baltic Retail Properties. At the same time, Kesko has acquired a 10% shareholding in the property investment company.

UAB Baltic Retail Properties’ main shareholder is CPA:17 – Global, a property investment fund managed by the US based W. P. Carey Inc., with a 70% ownership interest. The three owners of the property investment company remain in the company as minor shareholders with a total shareholding of 20%.

UAB Baltic Retail Properties has already earlier been an important lessor to Kesko Senukai in Lithuania. In connection with the arrangement, Kesko Senukai has once again leased store sites, which the investment company had already previously owned, as well as new store sites, which have now been transferred to the investment company for its use on 15-year leases with extension options.

The entire deal is valued at approximately €174 million. The selling price of the properties owned by Kesko was €64 million, generating a profit of €50 million on the divestment. Kesko Group’s net cash inflow from the arrangement before tax is approximately €58 million. Kesko Group leases a total of 19 store sites from the property investment company and as a result of the arrangement, lease liabilities increased by approximately €124 million. The arrangement will not have any significant impact on profit.

Kesko Senukai is the Kesko Group company responsible for building and home improvement trade operations in the Baltics and Belarus. Kesko Senukai is the clear market leader in the in the region with 54 stores. In 2016, Kesko Senukai’s sales were close to €600 million.

Kesko and K-retailers form K Group, whose sales total over €13 billion. K Group is the third largest retail operator in Northern Europe and it employs approximately 45,000 people. Kesko operates in the grocery trade, the building and technical trade and the car trade. Its divisions and chains act in close cooperation with retailer entrepreneurs and other partners. Kesko’s net sales are €10 billion and it employs approximately 30,000 people. Kesko has over 2,000 stores engaged in chain operations in Finland, Sweden, Norway, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Belarus and Poland. Kesko is a listed company and its shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki. The company’s domicile and main business premises are in Helsinki. Kesko is the world’s most responsible trading sector company (The Global 100 Most Sustainable Corporations in the World). www.kesko.fi

Further information:

Jukka Erlund
Executive Vice President
Chief Financial Officer
jukka.erlund@kesko.fi
tel. +358 105 322 113

Riikka Toivonen
Head of Financial Communications
riikka.toivonen@kesko.fi
tel. +358 105 323 495

Source: Kesko Corporation

M&S: Miranda Curtis to step down from the Board at the end of her second term on 1 February 2018

London, 2017-May-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Marks and Spencer Group plc (“M&S”) announces that following her appointment as Lead Non-Executive Director of The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (“FCO”) in April 2017, Miranda Curtis will step down from the Board at the end of her second three-year term on 1 February 2018.

Since her appointment in February 2012, Miranda has served on the Remuneration, Audit and Nomination Committees.

Robert Swannell, Chairman of M&S said: “We are delighted that Miranda will be with us until the end of her second term in February 2018. I would like to take this opportunity to thank her for her significant contributions to the M&S Board and its Committees over the last six years.  Her experience, challenge and insights have been invaluable. We wish her well in her new role at the FCO”.

Miranda Curtis said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed being part of this fantastic business and to have played a part in shaping this brand for its future”.

Media enquiries:
M&S Corporate Press Office
0208 718 1919

SOURCE: M&S

M&S Energy launches £300,000 Community Energy Fund to support energy projects and technologies across the UK

LONDON, 2017-May-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the third year, M&S Energy is today (22 May 2017) launching the M&S Energy Community Energy Fund, with up to £300,000 available to support community energy projects and technologies across the UK.

Any not for profit organisation that wants to use renewable energy to provide community benefits can apply, whether a community energy group, sports club, library, amateur dramatic society, village hall or school – the judges are looking for innovative and inspiring projects that support the local community’s needs.

Following the initial application and shortlisting process the winners will be decided by public vote giving customers and community members the opportunity to get involved with the initiative and back their favourite project.  Projects that go to the public vote can also seek to raise additional funds through crowdfunding alongside gathering voter support.

Around 80,000 people voted in last year’s competition and 26 projects, including schools, sports clubs and a community pub, were awarded grants and over £28,000 was crowdfunded. The competition highlights the hard work people up and down the country put into improving their local community.

Applications are now open and will close on Friday 23rd June.

Jonathan Hazeldine, Head of M&S Energy said, “Each time we open the M&S Energy Community Energy Fund for new applicants, we are incredibly impressed by the time and commitment so many people give to the community projects that matter to them. Last year’s applicants upped their game with their campaigning and marketing efforts, and we are looking forward to starting the search for this year’s winners. As a 100% green energy provider, this fund is a great way for us to take our commitment further by getting involved with our communities and helping them become more environmentally and financially sustainable.

Dawn Bebe, Director, Energyshare said “Energyshare is delighted to help support the M&S Energy Community Energy Fund campaign for the third year in a row. We hope projects across the UK will once again compete from additional funds and use the opportunity to crowdfund even more funds for their projects to make them happen.”

Amongst last year’s winners was The Angler’s Rest, a community pub with a Post Office in the Peak District, that had faced closure but was saved by the local community who raised money through a local share scheme. This enthusiasm paid off again, with the M&S Energy Community Energy Fund judges awarding it £12,500 for solar panels which will help reduce its energy bills. The judges were equally impressed with Toxteth Food Central, a community-led food hub with an affordable food store, cafe, training space and garden. The judges were inspired by how this project has brought the local community together and awarded funding for solar panels to power the eco-friendly. Entering the competition for the second time, Papworth Trust in East Anglia, which offers care to disabled and older people, was also awarded funding, having demonstrated clear progress towards becoming a more sustainable organisation through LED installations and refurbishments using recycled materials.

Competition details

The M&S Energy Community Energy Fund will be awarded as follows:

  1. Regional funding awards for projects across Great Britain that require a maximum of £12,000, determined by the public vote
  2. Judges’ Prizes of at least  £20,000 awarded to the most innovative or inspiring projects selected from those that do not win through the public vote

Applications are now open and will close on Friday 23rd June.  Applicants will be shortlisted by a panel including M&S, SSE, Energyshare and an independent judge, projects will be considered based upon their social and environmental impact and on meeting a variety of criteria, including:

  • Having a clear business case that gives value for money
  • An engaged and supportive community
  • A measurable community benefit

Full details on how to enter are available at https://www.mandsenergyfund.com/

The public vote will open on Monday 4th September and closes on Friday 20th October.

The winners will be announced in November.

About M&S Energy

M&S launched M&S Energy in 2008, working with SSE, one of the UK’s leading energy companies. M&S Energy offers customers great value gas and electricity, with simple tariffs and excellent customer service from a brand they already know and trust. Like M&S, SSE champions environmental responsibility and works hard to cut carbon emissions and reduce energy use: SSE continues to be the UK’s leading generator of electricity from renewable sources and the largest generator of electricity from wind across the UK and Ireland.

The electricity consumed by M&S Energy customers is matched by electricity that has the Renewable Electricity Guarantee of Origin (REGO). The annual consumption of electricity used by M&S Energy customers is matched with the equivalent amount of electricity generated from large scale hydro sources input to the National Grid.

Media enquiries:
M&S Corporate Press Office
0208 718 1919

SOURCE: M&S