LuLu Group joins charity drive to distribute Ramadan Charity Cards to families in need throughout the UAE

LuLu Group joins charity drive to distribute Ramadan Charity Cards to families in need throughout the UAE


Abu Dhabi, UAE, 2017-May-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — LuLu Group joins Ramadan charity drive with Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Charity & Humanitarian Foundation Launches Ramadan Charity Cards Worth Dh. 4 million this year

DUBAI: Retail major Lulu Group joined the charity drive by partnering with the Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Charity and Humanitarian Foundation to initiate a Ramadan project that aims to distribute shopping cards to deserving Emirati and expatriate families throughout the UAE.

At a press conference held at the Foundation’s head office in Dubai, a Memorandum of Understanding MoU in this regard was signed between Saleh Zaher Al Mazroai, General Manager, Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian & Charity Est. and Yusuff Ali M.A, Chairman and Managing Director of Lulu Group in the presence of Birg./ Ali Mohammed Al Shamali , Director of General Department of Correctional Institutions, Mr. Salim MA, Director of Lulu Group and other top officials.

More than 8,000 deserving families in all the seven emirates will be given charity cards during the month of Ramadan. The cards will have denomination amount of Dhs 500 to be redeemed for food products throughout Ramadan at any Lulu group hypermarkets in the country. This is the 10th year of joint initiative being carried out by Lulu Group and Mohamed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Charity and Humanitarian Foundation together and a total amount of AED 28 million worth of Charity cards has so far been issued including the current year.

Under the directives of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Charity and Humanitarian Foundation engages in charity work within and outside the UAE during the Holy Month of Ramadan. As part of its constant drive to deliver necessary support to various segments of the society, funds are offered to needy UAE nationals and residents and to people in a number of friendly countries around the world.

Commenting on this initiative, Saleh Zaher Al Mazroai, General Manager, Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Humanitarian & Charity Est said: “This year more families will benefit from this project and is of great importance to the Foundation as it cooperates with its partners in charity within the UAE for the distribution of the smart cards. On this occasion, we also extend our gratitude to Lulu Group for partnering with us for this noble cause.

Mr. Yusuff Ali MA said: “It’s indeed an honour for us to be able to part of such a noble cause and we thank His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai for choosing us for his vision to bring happiness in the lives of under privileged during the holy month of Ramadan.”


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Shop Your Way and Time Inc. to provide access to over 300 magazines with full subscription price awarded back in Shop Your Way points

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill.,, 2017-May-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Shop Your Way, a business unit of Sears Holdings (NASDAQ: SHLD) announced today (May 25, 2017) a strategic partnership with Time Inc. (NYSE: TIME) and its division, Synapse Group, Inc., to provide access to over 300 magazines with the full subscription price awarded back in Shop Your Way points. The partnership launches this summer.

Magazine titles will be available on and, where Members will be able to choose an unlimited number of subscriptions and receive 100 percent of the cost back in points. Shop Your Way will leverage its data analytics and marketing engines to create personalized magazine recommendations based on a Member’s preferences, interests, and purchase behavior throughout the entire Shop Your Way ecosystem. This unique level of personalization offers great convenience to Shop Your Way Members and allows them to engage more deeply with the wide range of publications in the Time Inc. / Synapse network.

“We’re delighted to be working with Shop Your Way on this rewarding program that will attract readership and reward Shop Your Way Members,” said Sebastien Bilodeau, CEO at Synapse Group, Inc.

“At Shop Your Way, we are always working to partner with top brands to deliver more meaningful benefits to our Members each and every day,” said Robert Naedele, Chief Commercial Officer, Shop Your Way. “Being able to offer our Members 100 percent of their subscription cost back in points on a large portfolio of magazines and publications, is just another example of the power of our ecosystem to deliver meaningful value to our Members’ lives, every day.”

Time Inc. joins thousands of businesses on the Shop Your Way rewards and loyalty platform, where Members can earn and redeem points on everyday purchases.

About Time Inc.

Time Inc. (NYSE:TIME) is a leading content company that engages over 170 million consumers every month through our portfolio of premium brands across platforms. By combining our distinctive content with our proprietary data and people-based targeting, we offer highly differentiated end-to-end solutions to marketers across the multimedia landscape. Our influential brands include PEOPLE, TIME, FORTUNE, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, INSTYLE, REAL SIMPLE and SOUTHERN LIVING, as well as approximately 60 diverse brands in the United Kingdom. Time Inc. has been extending the power of our brands through various acquisitions and investments, including Viant, an advertising technology firm with a specialized people-based marketing platform; The Foundry, Time Inc.’s creative lab and content studio; and the PEOPLE ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY NETWORK (PEN). The Company is also home to celebrated events, such as the TIME 100, FORTUNE MOST POWERFUL WOMEN, PEOPLE’S SEXIEST MAN ALIVE, SPORTS ILLUSTRATED’S SPORTSPERSON OF THE YEAR, the ESSENCE FESTIVAL and the FOOD & WINE CLASSIC in Aspen.

About Shop Your Way

Shop Your Way® is a free social shopping destination and rewards program offering millions of products, personalized services, and advice. The program rewards members for buying the products and services they want every day. Through an extensive network, members can shop thousands of top brands and earn points to use on future purchases. Members also have access to special pricing, sales and digital coupons that can be loaded directly into their account.

It’s free and easy to become a Shop Your Way member and begin enjoying benefits immediately when you visit Download the free Shop Your Way app on iTunes or Google Play.

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Amazon to bring Steven Soderbergh’s newest film Logan Lucky to Prime Video customers during its exclusive first-run US streaming window

Logan Lucky hits US theaters on August 18, 2017 and is expected to be released on Prime Video during the first quarter of 2018

Soderbergh returns from a self-imposed four-year retirement to direct the heist comedy starring Channing Tatum (Magic Mike), Daniel Craig(Skyfall), Adam Driver (Amazon Original Paterson), Seth MacFarlane (Ted), Hilary Swank (Million Dollar Baby), Riley Keough (Mad Max: Fury Road), Katherine Waterston (Alien: Covenant), Katie Holmes (Batman Begins) and Sebastian Stan (Captain America: Winter Soldier)

SEATTLE, 2017-May-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon today (May 25, 2017) announced a deal to bring Steven Soderbergh’s newest film to Prime Video customers during its exclusive first-run US streaming window. Logan Lucky will hit theaters on August 18, 2017 and is expected to be released on Prime Video during the first quarter of 2018. Additionally, Amazon has signed an exclusive two-year first-look deal with Fingerprint Releasing on its theatrical film projects. Fingerprint is the new US film distributor formed by Soderbergh and piloted by Dan Fellman, former long-time President of Domestic Distribution for Warner Bros., with Amazon providing strategic P&A financing to augment the marketing of Fingerprint’s theatrical releases.

Says Soderbergh, the Oscar- and Emmy-winning director known for box office and critical successes such as Ocean’s Eleven, Erin Brockovichand Magic Mike, “The deal with Amazon is the final, crucial piece of the puzzle. The scale of this endeavor required a fearless, flexible co-conspirator, and Amazon has shown they have the appetite and vision to help us navigate these semi-unchartered waters. I’m both relieved and excited, which is one of my favorite states of being.”

“We’re thrilled to be working with the Fingerprint Releasing team,” said Jason Ropell, Amazon’s Vice President of World Wide Movies. “The combination of a pioneering director, a compelling script and an A-list cast made this an easy decision. We strive to work with partners who bring innovative ideas to our service; with Fingerprint Releasing, Steven is creating a new paradigm for indies which can seriously compete with major studios on director and star-driven projects, and we’re excited to support that vision.”

Other companies partnering with Fingerprint on the film’s US distribution include Bleecker Street and Universal Home Entertainment. Milan Records will be distributing the film’s soundtrack album. FilmNation Entertainment is handling the film’s international deals.

Logan Lucky was written by Rebecca Blunt, produced by Gregory Jacobs, Mark Johnson, Reid Carolin and Channing Tatum, and executive produced by Michael Polaire, Dan Fellman, and NASCAR’s Zane Stoddard. Trying to reverse the infamous Logan Family Curse, brothers Jimmy Logan (Channing Tatum) and Clyde Logan (Adam Driver), along with sister Mellie Logan (Riley Keough) hook up with accomplice Joe Bang (Daniel Craig) to execute an impossibly elaborate robbery during the Coca-Cola 600, the biggest NASCAR race of the year. In addition to Tatum, Craig, Driver, MacFarlane, Swank, Keough, Waterston, Holmes and Stan, Logan Lucky also stars Dwight Yoakam (Amazon Original Goliath), David Denman (13 Hours), Macon Blair (Gold), Jack Quaid (The Hunger Games) and Brian Gleeson (Snow White and the Huntsman) and features cameos from six NASCAR drivers.

About Amazon Video

Amazon Video is a premium on-demand entertainment service that offers customers the greatest choice in what to watch, and how to watch it. Amazon Video is the only service that provides all of the following:

  • Prime Video: Thousands of movies and TV shows, including popular licensed content plus critically-acclaimed and award-winning Amazon Original Series and Movies from Amazon Studios like Transparent, The Man in the High Castle, Love & Friendship and kids series Tumble Leaf, available for unlimited streaming as part of an Amazon Prime membership. Prime Video is also now available to customers in more than 200 countries and territories around the globe at
  • Amazon Channels: Over 100 channel subscriptions that Prime members can add to their membership, including HBO, SHOWTIME, STARZ, Cinemax, PBS KIDS, Acorn TV and more, plus Anime Strike – the first curated on-demand subscription by Amazon Channels. To view the full list of channels available, visit
  • Rent or Own: Hundreds of thousands of titles, including new-release movies and current TV shows available for on-demand rental or purchase for all Amazon customers
  • Instant Access: Instantly watch anytime, anywhere through the Amazon Video app on TVs, mobile devices, Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire tablets, or online. For a list of all compatible devices visit
  • Premium Features: Top features like 4K Ultra HD, High Dynamic Range (HDR) and mobile downloads for offline viewing of select content

In addition to Prime Video, the Prime membership includes unlimited fast free shipping options across all categories available on Amazon, more than two million songs and thousands of playlists and stations with Prime Music, secure photo storage with Prime Photos, unlimited reading with Prime Reading, unlimited access to a digital audiobook catalogue with Audible Channels for Prime, a rotating selection of free digital games and in-game loot with Twitch Prime, early access to select Lightning Deals, exclusive access and discounts to select items, and more. To sign-up for Prime or to find out more visit:

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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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Walmart expands its military leave of absence policy offering differential pay to eligible military associates

Company announces more than 170,000 veteran hires since 2013 and grants $100,000 to Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)

Bentonville, Ark., 2017-May-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (May 23, 2017), Walmart announced expansions to its military leave of absence policy, offering differential pay to all eligible military associates taking on assignments lasting more than three days and through the duration of leave – including basic training. With the enhancements going into effect June 24, Walmart has offered differential pay since 2008, meaning that if an associate’s military salary is less than what they were making at their job at Walmart, the company will pay them the difference while they are on a military leave of absence. In 2016, Walmart associates took more than 4,400 military leave of absences.

Walmart is one of the first major retailers to apply differential pay to include basic training, so associates who are considering enlisting in the armed forces can make that decision without fear of losing wages. In addition, Walmart is taking steps to streamline and simplify the internal process required to obtain differential pay – with the goal of making it easier on associates and their families, so they can spend less time on paperwork and more time on their service.

“At Walmart, we’re turning jobs into fulfilling careers for veterans, active service members and their families, and we’re making it easier for them to work, live and serve,” said Retired Brigadier General Gary Profit, senior director of military programs for Walmart. “We believe that anyone who wants to serve in our Armed Forces should be able to do so without fear of losing wages or leaving their family in a lurch. The changes we’re making will remove financial barriers for all associates serving their country, including those who are starting their service journey through basic training.”

The changes build upon Walmart’s already-robust support for veterans, military members and their families.

According to the U.S. Department of Defense, in 2016, more than 200,000 men and women serving in the military transitioned to civilian life, and many find it difficult to navigate multiple agencies offering job placement and other services. To date, Walmart hired more than 170,000 veterans since it announced its Veterans Welcome Home Commitment in May 2013*. Of those veteran hires, more than 22,000 have been promoted to jobs with higher pay and greater responsibility.

On Memorial Day 2013, Walmart introduced the Veterans Welcome Home Commitment, which guaranteed a job offer to any eligible, honorably discharged U.S. veteran who was within 12 months of active duty. The initial goal was to hire 100,000 veterans by the end of 2018. In May of 2015, Walmart announced the expansion of that original projection, with the goal of hiring 250,000 veterans by the end of 2020. Walmart has also changed the eligibility from within 12 months of active duty, to any veteran who has been honorably discharged since the announcement of the commitment in May 2013.

In addition to its commitment to hiring veterans, Walmart also ensures their family members can build long-lasting careers. Walmart’s Military Family Promise guarantees a job at a nearby store or Sam’s Club for all military personnel and military spouses employed by Walmart and Sam’s Club who move to a different part of the country because they or their spouse have been transferred by the United States military. Walmart also participates in the U.S Chamber of Commerce’s Hiring Our Heroes Program, recruiting tens of thousands of veterans through career fairs.

This Memorial Day, Walmart is also announcing a $100,000 grant to the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), the national organization that offers help, hope and healing to all those grieving the death of a loved one serving in the Armed Forces. The grant will enable TAPS to reach more survivors through their Casework and Emergency Assistance Programs.

“As a military widow, I know how isolating it can be to lose a loved one,” said Bonnie Carroll, TAPS president and founder and a 2015 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient. “The critically needed support provided by Walmart will enable TAPS to offer assistance to military families when they need it most, after the loss of their hero. We are grateful for our partnership with Walmart, which engages their employees across the nation and brings the strength of their brand to positively impact the lives of the families of America’s fallen heroes. On behalf of over 70,000 surviving military families who receive support from TAPS, we thank Walmart for leading the way in caring for those who have sacrificed for our nation’s freedoms.”

Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have a long history of supporting veterans, service members and their families. In 2011, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation committed $20 million by 2015 to support veterans and their families with assistance for programs that provide job training, transition help and education. With the early completion of the commitment in May 2014, Walmart and the Walmart Foundation renewed the commitment, announcing an additional $20 million through 2019 to support job training, education and innovative public/private community-based initiatives that address challenges many veterans face when returning to civilian life.

For more information about Walmart’s commitment to veterans, service members and military families, please visit: or and follow on Twitter @WalmartToday.

*Editor’s Note: These projections and reported hires/promotions include veterans hired under our original and expanded Commitment as well as other veterans hired by Walmart in this time frame. While we think it is particularly important to support service members as they make the transition to civilian life, Walmart believes all veterans deserve our respect and support, no matter when they left active duty.

About Walmart
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better – anytime and anywhere – in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, over 260 million customers and members visit our 11,695 stores under 59 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2017 revenue of $485.9 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2.3 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting on Facebook at and on Twitter at

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Tesco to help customers enjoy the heatwave with a British BBQ weekend

Tesco to help customers enjoy the heatwave with a British BBQ weekend


CHESHUNT, England, 2017-May-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Shoppers are gearing up for what could be the biggest British BBQ weekend in living memory.

With predictions of 27C temperatures over the Bank Holiday Tesco will be helping customers enjoy the heatwave with a host of quality food and drink ideal for outside dining.

Demand for BBQ food at Tesco looks set to soar over the weekend, and fresh fruit like strawberries, as well as ice cream and ice lollies are also already high on customers’ shopping lists.

Tesco BBQ meat range buyer Suzanne Eldridge said: “Not only is this the longest wait in living memory for the British BBQ season to start but the arrival of great weather also coincides with a Bank Holiday – a rarity in itself!

“Shoppers are already starting to buy with the long weekend in mind and it looks very much as though many people will be dining outdoors with family and friends over the holiday.”

Based on growing early demand Tesco predicts over the course of the Bank Holiday it will sell:

  • More than 1 million packs of sausages
  • 500,000 packs of burgers
  • 600,000 chicken wings and drumsticks
  • More than 600,000 salmon fillets
  • I million packs of BBQ meat including chicken wings, beef kebabs and sweet BBQ pulled pork
  • More than 2m packs of burger and hot dog rolls
  • 5m punnets of strawberries
  • 3m bags of bagged salads
  • 400,000 packs of Halloumi and Feta cheese
  • 5 million ice lollies
  • More than 2 million tubs of ice cream
  • 24 million bottles/cans of beer
  • Nearly 5 million bottles of wine
  • Nearly 80,000 bags of charcoal

Added Tesco’s Suzanne Eldridge:

“This season we’ve brought in some really mouth-watering gourmet BBQ treats such as Teriyaki Steak Strips; succulent Salt and Chilli Pork Belly Slices and Pineapple and Coconut Mini Chicken Fillets to help customers dine in style.”

With the warm weather predicted to last until early June Tesco is bracing itself for demand to continue next week and has allocated extra shelf space for popular BBQ foods.

Notes to editors:

May Bank Holiday deals at Tesco

  • 25 per cent off six or more bottles of wine excluding Scotland
  • £55 6 piece Hawaii garden furniture set
  • Selected fruit now only 49p
  • 3 for £10 BBQ Products

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

Source: Tesco


EROSKI ha entregado 30.000€ a Càritas Mallorca, obtenidos con la campaña “Compromís per la dignitat”

EROSKI ha entregado 30.000€ a Càritas Mallorca, obtenidos con la campaña “Compromís per la dignitat”


Esta mañana en Eroski Center de Aragón 206 (Palma) ha tenido lugar el acto de entrega de los donativos recaudados en los supermercados Eroski de Mallorca a través de la campaña solidaria a beneficio de Càritas Mallorca, que ha contado con la colaboración de Rotary Club Mallorca.

ELORRIO,España, 2017-May-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Con el lema “Compromís per la dignitat”, se ha llevado a cabo esta iniciativa, consistente en ofrecer a los clientes de los supermercados Eroski de Mallorca 30.000 pulseras de tela rojas serigrafiadas con dicho lema, a cambio de 1 euro por pulsera.

La solidaridad de los clientes de Eroski y el esfuerzo de sus trabajadores ha hecho posible el éxito de esta campaña, que ha logrado distribuir la totalidad de las pulseras.

Alfredo Herráez, director de Eroski en Baleares, ha hecho entrega a Margalida Maria Riutort, directora de Càritas Mallorca, del talón de 30.000€, que esta organización benéfica destinará a ayudar a personas sin recursos, para que puedan hacer frente a les necesidades tan esenciales como la vivienda, los alimentos y los artículos de primera necesidad.

Herráez ha agradecido la solidaridad mostrada por los clientes de Eroski y ha elogiado la gran labor que vienen desarrollando Càritas Mallorca en nuestras islas.

Riutort ha destacado la importancia de esta campaña, “que supone una contribución muy significativa al desarrollo de los programas de Càritas Mallorca en favor de las personas más vulnerables de nuestra isla” y ha agradecido la gran solidaridad de los clientes de Eroski.

Juan Fageda, socio fundador de Rotary Club, ha expresado la voluntad de esta organización de seguir colaborando con iniciativas de Eroski y Càritas a favor de las personas más necesitadas de esta isla.

Han asistido al acto:

Por parte de Càritas: Margalida Maria Riutort, directora y Joan Bassa, responsable de donantes y colaboraciones de empresas.

Por parte de Rotary Club Mallorca: Juan Fageda, socio fundador y ex-presidente del club y Fernando Mulet, miembro del Comité de Proyectos de Servicio.

Por parte de Eroski: Alfredo Herráez, director territorial, así como diversos directivos de la compañía en Baleares.

Datos de contacto con el Departamento de Comunicación:
944 158 642

Source: Eroski


EROSKI logra diez premios internacionales “Salute to Excellence Awards”

EROSKI logra diez premios internacionales “Salute to Excellence Awards”


  • Diez de sus productos han sido galardonados en la edición 2017 en la que optaban a premio casi 700 productos de 83 minoristas de 27 países
  • Los “Salute to Excellence Awards” reconocen la excelencia de los productos de marca de distribuidor introducidos el pasado año en el mercado europeo

ELORRIO,España, 2017-May-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — EROSKI ha recibido diez galardones en la última edición de los premios internacionales “Salute to Excellence Awards”, entregados recientemente por la Private Label Manufacturers Association (PLMA) en Amsterdam. En concreto, han sido premiados cinco de sus productos alimentarios, tres no alimentarios y dos vinos lo que ha convertido a EROSKI en el minorista europeo más premiado de esta edición.

Los productos de EROSKI ganadores han sido el surtido de galletas especialidades EROSKI SeleQtia en la categoría de galletas; los pimientos del piquillo confitados EROSKI SeleQtia, en la de ingredientes, la cerveza Aurum-Radler 0,0% en la de bebidas sin alcohol, las tortitas de maíz con quinoa EROSKI en la categoría de snacks saludables y la pizza congelada de verduras asadas EROSKI SeleQtia en la categoría de pizzas. A esos galardones en el ámbito alimentario se suman el vino tinto Crianza Setién La Mancha 2014 y el verdejo YELA 2013 Rueda en la categoría de selección especial de vino. En el ámbito no alimentario han sido premiados el Tratamiento Concentrado Flash Belle en la categoría productos para el cuidado del cabello y el stick árnica y harpagofito EROSKI en la categoría de medicamentos sin receta y productos para la salud y las pastillas efecto lejía EROSKI en la de productos de limpiadores para el hogar.

Los “Salute to Excellende Awards” reconocen la excelencia en la calidad, innovación y envase de los productos de marca de distribuidor introducidos el año pasado en los supermercados, hipermercados, tiendas de descuento, droguerías y tiendas especializadas de toda Europa. El certamen ha analizado en esta edición casi 700 productos alimentarios y no alimentarios de 83 minoristas de 27 países.

Las candidaturas han sido sometidas a evaluación para valorar su sabor, aspecto, envase, presentación, concepto de producto y relación calidad-precio. Los premiados han sido seleccionados por un jurado formado por expertos de la industria, incluyendo chefs, maestros enólogos, antiguos minoristas, académicos, nutricionistas, periodistas y especialistas en envases.

En la anterior edición 2016 de  los “Salute to Excellence Awards” fueron premiadas las Hélices Cocción Rápida EROSKI, en la categoría de salsas y pastas; el Champú Oro Mágico belle, en la de cuidado del cabello y las Cápsulas Fregasuelos Love Aloe Vera EROSKI, en la de productos de limpieza del hogar. En  2015 el aceite desmaquillante Asian Sensations belle fue galardonado en la categoría de cuidado facial. Y, en 2014, la cerveza Aurum Hefe-Weissbier de trigo 0,5L y el acondicionador instantáneo bifásico purificante belle de 400 ml para el cuidado del cabello fueron distinguidos por su calidad, innovación y envase.

Datos de contacto con el Departamento de Comunicación:
944 158 642

Source: Eroski


Lowe’s reports net earnings of $602 million and diluted earnings per share of $0.70 for 1Q 2017

MOORESVILLE, N.C., 2017-May-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) today (May 24, 2017) reported net earnings of $602 million and diluted earnings per share of $0.70 for the quarter ended May 5, 2017, compared to net earnings of $884 million and diluted earnings per share of $0.98 in the first quarter of 2016.

The first quarter results included a $464 million pre-tax loss on extinguishment of debt in connection with the company’s previously announced $1.6 billion cash tender offer.

Excluding the loss on extinguishment of debt, adjusted diluted earnings per share1 increased 18.4 percent to $1.03 from adjusted diluted earnings per share1 of $0.87 in the first quarter of 2016.

Sales for the first quarter increased 10.7 percent to $16.9 billion from $15.2 billion in the first quarter of 2016, and comparable sales increased 1.9 percent. Comparable sales for the U.S. business increased 2.0 percent.

“A solid macroeconomic backdrop, combined with our project expertise, drove above average performance in indoor projects. We also continued to advance our sales to Pro customers, delivering another quarter of comparable sales growth well above the company average,” commented Robert A. Niblock, Lowe’s chairman, president and CEO.

“Our employees are the foundation of our business and I would like to thank them for their hard work and commitment to anticipating and serving customer needs,” Niblock added.

Delivering on its commitment to return excess cash to shareholders, the company repurchased $1.2 billion of stock under its share repurchase program and paid $304 million in dividends in the first quarter.

As of May 5, 2017, Lowe’s operated 2,137 home improvement and hardware stores in the United States, Canada and Mexico representing 213.8 million square feet of retail selling space.

1 Adjusted diluted earnings per share is a non-GAAP financial measure. Refer to the “Non-GAAP Financial Measures Reconciliation” section of this release for additional information as well as reconciliations between the Company’s GAAP and non-GAAP financial results.

A conference call to discuss first quarter 2017 operating results is scheduled for today (Wednesday, May 24) at 9:00 am ET.  The conference call will be available by webcast and can be accessed by visiting Lowe’s website at and clicking on Lowe’s First Quarter 2017 Earnings Conference Call Webcast.  Supplemental slides will be available fifteen minutes prior to the start of the conference call. A replay of the call will be archived on until August 22, 2017.

Lowe’s Business Outlook

The company reaffirms its operating outlook for Fiscal Year 2017; however, diluted earnings per share have been updated to reflect the loss on extinguishment of debt and resulting lower interest expense.

Fiscal Year 2017 — a 52-week Year (comparisons to fiscal year 2016 — a 53-week year; based on U.S. GAAP)

  • Total sales are expected to increase approximately 5 percent
  • Comparable sales are expected to increase approximately 3.5 percent
  • The company expects to add approximately 35 home improvement and hardware stores.
  • Operating income as a percentage of sales (operating margin) is expected to increase approximately 120 basis points. 2
  • The effective income tax rate is expected to be approximately 37.8%.
  • Diluted earnings per share of approximately $4.30 are expected for the fiscal year ending February 2, 2018; reflective of the loss on extinguishment of debt and resulting lower interest expense.

2 Includes the 12 basis points benefit of the net gain on the settlement of the foreign currency hedge entered into in advance of the company’s acquisition of RONA (1Q 2016 and 2Q 2016), the 44 basis points impact of the non-cash charge associated with the joint venture with Woolworths in Australia (3Q 2016), the 15 basis points impact of project write-offs that were a part of the ongoing review of the company’s strategic initiatives (3Q 2016), the 12 basis points impact of goodwill and long-lived asset impairment charges associated with the company’s Orchard Supply Hardware operations (3Q 2016), as well as the 13 basis points impact of severance-related costs associated with the company’s productivity efforts (4Q 2016).

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This press release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Statements including words such as “believe”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “plan”, “desire”, “project”, “estimate”, “intend”, “will”, “should”, “could”, “would”, “may”, “strategy”, “potential”, “opportunity” and similar expressions are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve estimates, expectations, projections, goals, forecasts, assumptions, risks and uncertainties.  Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about future financial and operating results, Lowe’s plans, objectives, business outlook, priorities, expectations and intentions, expectations for sales growth, comparable sales, earnings and performance, shareholder value, capital expenditures, cash flows, the housing market, the home improvement industry, demand for services, share repurchases, Lowe’s strategic initiatives, including those relating to acquisitions by Lowe’s and the expected impact of such transactions on our strategic and operational plans and financial results, and any statement of an assumption underlying any of the foregoing and other statements that are not historical facts.  Although we believe that the expectations, opinions, projections and comments reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, such statements involve risks and uncertainties and we can give no assurance that such statements will prove to be correct. Actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in such statements.

A wide variety of potential risks, uncertainties and other factors could materially affect our ability to achieve the results either expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements including, but not limited to, changes in general economic conditions, such as the rate of unemployment, interest rate and currency fluctuations, fuel and other energy costs, slower growth in personal income, changes in consumer spending, changes in the rate of housing turnover, the availability of consumer credit and of mortgage financing, inflation or deflation of commodity prices, and other factors that can negatively affect our customers, as well as our ability to: (i) respond to adverse trends in the housing industry, a reduced rate of growth in household formation, and slower rates of growth in housing renovation and repair activity, as well as uneven recovery in commercial building activity; (ii) secure, develop, and otherwise implement new technologies and processes necessary to realize the benefits of our strategic initiatives focused on omni-channel sales and marketing presence and enhance our efficiency; (iii) attract, train, and retain highly-qualified associates; (iv) manage our business effectively as we adapt our traditional operating model to meet the changing expectations of our customers; (v) maintain, improve, upgrade and protect our critical information systems from data security breaches, ransomware and other cyber threats; (vi) respond to fluctuations in the prices and availability of services, supplies, and products; (vii) respond to the growth and impact of competition; (viii) address changes in existing or new laws or regulations that affect consumer credit, employment/labor, trade, product safety, transportation/logistics, energy costs, health care, tax or environmental issues; (ix) positively and effectively manage our public image and reputation and respond appropriately to unanticipated failures to maintain a high level of product and service quality that could result in a negative impact on customer confidence and adversely affect sales; and (x) effectively manage our relationships with selected suppliers of brand name products and key vendors and service providers, including third party installers. In addition, we could experience impairment losses if either the actual results of our operating stores are not consistent with the assumptions and judgments we have made in estimating future cash flows and determining asset fair values, or we are required to reduce the carrying amount of our investment in certain unconsolidated entities. With respect to acquisitions, potential risks include the effect of such transactions on Lowe’s and the target company’s strategic relationships, operating results and businesses generally; our ability to integrate personnel, labor models, financial, IT and others systems successfully; disruption of our ongoing business and distraction of management; hiring additional management and other critical personnel; increasing the scope, geographic diversity and complexity of our operations; significant integration costs or unknown liabilities; and failure to realize the expected benefits of the transaction. For more information about these and other risks and uncertainties that we are exposed to, you should read the “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations—Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates” included in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) and the description of material changes thereto, if any, included in our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q or subsequent filings with the SEC.

The forward-looking statements contained in this news release are expressly qualified in their entirety by the foregoing cautionary statements. The foregoing list of important factors that may affect future results is not exhaustive. When relying on forward-looking statements to make decisions, investors and others should carefully consider the foregoing factors and other uncertainties and potential events. All such forward-looking statements are based upon data available as of the date of this release or other specified date and speak only as of such date. All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to us or any person acting on our behalf about any of the matters covered in this release are qualified by these cautionary statements and in the “Risk Factors” included in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and the description of material changes thereto, if any, included in our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q or subsequent filings with the SEC. We expressly disclaim any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, change in circumstances, future events or otherwise, except as may be required by law.

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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 more than 2,370 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

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IKEA to host ‘Feeding the Future’ in-store program from June 1 – 30 to support local Feeding America member food banks

Conshohocken, PA, 2017-May-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA announced today (05/25/2017) that it is collaborating with Feeding America®, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, to sponsor an in-store program, ‘Feeding the Future,’ which runs June 1 – 30, to support local Feeding America member food banks.

Through the ‘Feeding the Future’ program, IKEA U.S. will donate $1 to local Feeding America food banks for every healthy kids meal purchased in any IKEA U.S. restaurant. Additionally, IKEA customers can add $1 donations * to the Feeding America network at all IKEA store registers at cash lanes, customer restaurants, IKEA Bistros and Swedish Food markets. The five healthy kids meals in the ‘Feeding the Future’ program include:

1.Organic penne pasta with organic marinara sauce
2.Grilled chicken with baby carrots, strawberries and string cheese
3.Vegetable Ball with steamed vegetables
4.Chicken Ball with steamed vegetables
5.Swedish meatballs mashed potatoes and steamed vegetables

“Everyday, millions of Americans, including children, are struggling with hunger. IKEA U.S. is dedicated to supporting our local communities and customers by supporting our store markets local food banks. Collaborating with the Feeding America network, along with our commitment to healthy eating, benefits many in need,” commented Evamay Lawson, IKEA Community Relations Manager.

This year marks the fourth year of the ‘Feeding the Future’ program. To date the program has helped to secure almost 9 million meals to people who struggle with hunger.

•According to Feeding America, more than one out of six US children live in a household with food insecurity, which means they do not always know where they will find their next meal.

•At IKEA, children are the most important people in the world, so IKEA looks to support programs that make a difference in the lives of the many children. For this reason, IKEA is partnering again in 2017 with Feeding America to sponsor an annual in-store program – ‘Feeding the Future’ – which supports national local food banks.

•This partnership is a great way for IKEA US to reach local communities, support Feeding America’s child hunger programs, encourage healthy eating, as well as give our customers the opportunity to make a difference.

Feeding America Network of Food Banks
The process of getting food to people who struggle with hunger in America requires a dynamic infrastructure and sophisticated management. Feeding America secures donations from national food and grocery manufacturers, retailers, shippers, packers and growers – and from government agencies and other organizations. Feeding America then moves donated food and grocery product to member food banks.

The food banks in turn distribute food and grocery items through food pantries and meal programs that serve families, children, seniors and others who struggle with hunger. Last year alone, the Feeding America network distributed more than 4 billion meals to people in need.

The Feeding America nationwide network of 200 food banks also supports programs that improve food security among the people served; educates the public about the issue of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry.
*.IKEA guarantees a maximum donation of $50,000 to Feeding America and member food banks from June 1 to June 30, 2017

About IKEA Group
Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at low prices. The IKEA Group operates 340 IKEA stores in 28 countries, including 42 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 Feeding America
Feeding America is a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 61,000 food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit Find us on Facebook at or follow us on Twitter at


Mona Astra Liss
IKEA US Corporate PR Director

Source: IKEA

C C Land completes acquisition of The Leadenhall Building from British Land and Oxford Properties

C C Land completes acquisition of The Leadenhall Building from British Land and Oxford Properties


London, 2017-May-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — British Land and Oxford Properties (the global real estate arm of OMERS, the pension plan for Ontario’s municipal employees) today (25 MAY 2017) announce that they have completed the sale of The Leadenhall Building to C C Land.

The terms of the transaction are as set out in the press release issued on 1 March 2017 announcing the exchange of contracts. The sale was conditional on C C Land obtaining shareholder approval for the transaction. This was obtained at a Special General Meeting of C C Land’s shareholders on 18 May 2017.

British Land and Oxford Properties owned The Leadenhall Building in a 50/50 joint venture formed in 2010. The headline price achieved of £1.15 billion represents a premium to the valuation preceeding exchange of contracts. The sale marks the end of a very successful partnership between British Land and Oxford Properties to develop and lease this world class building.

British Land and Oxford Properties were advised by Cushman & Wakefield, Eastdil Secured, Mayer Brown and Herbert Smith Freehills.

About British Land
Our portfolio of high quality UK commercial property is focused on Retail around the UK and London Offices. We own or manage a portfolio valued at £19.1 billion (British Land share: £13.9 billion) as at 31 March 2017 making us one of Europe’s largest listed real estate investment companies.

Our strategy is to provide places which meet the needs of our customers and respond to changing lifestyles – Places People Prefer. We do this by creating great environments both inside and outside our buildings and use our scale and placemaking skills to enhance and enliven them. This expands their appeal to a broader range of occupiers, creating enduring demand and driving sustainable, long term performance.

Our Retail portfolio is focused on Regional and Local multi-let centres, and accounts for 48% of our portfolio. Our Offices portfolio comprises three office-led campuses in central London as well as high quality standalone buildings and accounts for 49% of our portfolio. Increasingly our focus is on providing a mix of uses and this is most evident at Canada Water, our 46 acre redevelopment opportunity where we have plans to create a new neighbourhood for London.

Sustainability is embedded throughout our business. Our places, which are designed to meet high sustainability standards, become part of local communities, provide opportunities for skills development and employment and promote wellbeing. Our industry-leading sustainability performance led to British Land being named a European Sector Leader in the 2016 Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark for the third year running.

In April 2016 British Land received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Sustainable Development, the UK’s highest accolade for business success for economic, social and environmental benefits achievements over a period of five years.

Further details can be found on the British Land website at

About Oxford Properties Group
Oxford Properties Group is one of the world’s premier real estate investment, development and management companies. Established in 1960, Oxford manages over C$40 billion of real estate assets on behalf of its co-owners and investment partners, with a global portfolio spanning over 60 million square feet. We have offices across Canada and in London, Luxembourg, Boston, Washington DC and New York, with regional investment, development and management professionals who have deep real estate expertise and local market insight. Oxford now has approximately C$7bn of assets under management in Europe, with a focus on core office and high street retail assets in Central London and Paris. Oxford is the global real estate arm of OMERS, the pension plan for Ontario’s municipal employees.

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British Land  
Investor Relations:
Jonathan Rae
British Land
020 7467 2938

Pip Wood
British Land
020 7467 2838

Guy Lamming
Finsbury Group
020 7251 3801

Gordon Simpson
Finsbury Group
020 7251 3801

Oxford Properties

Sally Saadeh
Oxford Properties
020 7822 2844

Neil Maitland
020 7379 5151

Source: British Land


UK’s GDP in 1Q: second estimate shows slower growth, from 0.3% to 0.2% on the previous quarter

London, 2017-May-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — The second estimate of the UK’s GDP in quarter one has revealed that growth so far this year has been slower than the first thought, dropping from 0.3% to 0.2% on the previous quarter.

The data, released earlier today (May 25, 2017) by the Office for National Statistics, show that GDP grew 0.2% in Q1 on the previous quarter, one basis point lower than the first estimate of 0.3%. A closer look reveals that the main reason for this slowdown is a sharp drop in household expenditure growth, which decelerated to its slowest rate since the end of 2014. This is definitive evidence that the strong consumer spending of the second half of 2016 evaporated in early 2017.Household final consumption expenditure grew just 0.3% in Q1 on the previous quarter, over two times slower than the rate of growth in Q4 2016 and the slowest rate since Q4 2014. This picture from the ONS aligns with that we’ve received from the retail sales data so far this year – namely that consumer spending has dropped off significantly. So far this year food sales have outpaced non-food growth, which has been stagnant for a number of months.

While at first glance this may be encouraging to food retailers, when price increases are taken into account it is clear that UK consumers are shopping in fairly tricky conditions. The impact of sterling devaluation in June is now starting to filter through to prices, the Shop Price Index recorded rising food prices from February onwards, the first time there have been three-months of consecutive food price inflation since 2014. Shoppers are buying the same amounts of food and drink but are having to pay more for it, taking funds from the kitty they have to spend on discretionary items and ‘luxuries’. The average regular wage rate has grown slowly for a number of months, and in the three months to March actually dropped below the rate of inflation. With inflation likely to increase further in the coming months, the problem is unlikely to go away. Conditions for retailers are set to become more difficult.

Despite this weakness, the GDP release also showed an increase in investment in the first quarter of 2017. Gross Fixed Capital Formation, which measures the amount of investment in the economy, grew at 1.2%, its fastest rate since the second quarter of 2015. With the pound still weak, 11% lower than its value on June 23rd 2016, it remains an attractive proposition for companies and individuals abroad to invest in UK business and infrastructure. On top of this the manufacturing industry continues to report solid growth, and has likely used the favourable conditions to plough back some of its profits into investment. Conditions in the wider UK economy remain healthy enough, particularly for importers, who have all to gain from a weaker pound making their goods more competitive abroad.

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Asda to stock Thirsty Farmer ciders in stores across England & Wales

Asda to stock Thirsty Farmer ciders in stores across England & Wales


LEEDS, England, 2017-May-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — The trend for craft beer and cider continues, particularly for a small Craft Cider Maker in Nottinghamshire, which is celebrating after securing two regional listings with Asda that will stock two craft ciders in 50 of its stores in England.

Asda will be the first national supermarket to stock the Premium cider, which will be hitting the shelves together with the Medium cider from Monday 22 May.

Thirsty Farmer is considered the ‘original Nottinghamshire Cider’, taking the family’s Somerset farming heritage to the Nottinghamshire- Leicestershire border.

The Fear family has been making Cider for generations, but it wasn’t until 1880 before the first commercial batch was sold by Mr Metford Fear to a public house in Weston Super Mare.

For many years, the same cider was made for friends, family and colleagues by Mr John Fear on his farms in the South West and John continues to help his son, Andrew, to make the cider today, having passed down the art of real cider making.
In 2005, Andrew settled in Sutton Bonington and began to produce the Cider, as “Thirsty Farmer Cider”, which was awarded two Gold Stars by the Guild of Fine Food in the 2011 & 2012 Great Taste Awards.

Andrew Fear, Cider Maker at Thirsty Farmer, commented: “We are delighted to have secured two regional listings with Asda.
“We are very excited to be able to offer customers the option of purchasing their favourite Craft Cider whilst doing the weekly shop, whilst also reaching out to new customers and spread the Thirsty Farmer word.
“This new deal is a great example of the supermarket’s commitment to supporting local suppliers, no matter how big or small the brand.

The new deal will see the following lines stocked in stores across England and Wales:
Premium cider (6% vol, 500ml) – a long fermented farmhouse cider that has been filtered and carbonated to produce a refreshing, slightly sparkling, crisp, clear and distinctive, bittersweet apple taste.
Medium cider (4.5% vol, 500ml) – a more traditional long fermented, still farmhouse cider, rich amber in colour and slightly cloudy with a rich, ripe apple scent.

Alan Jackson, Buying Manager – Local BWS and Core Ambient, said: “It’s clear that customers are trading up to more premium products, particularly ones which come from local cider makers, so we are delighted to be the first national supermarket to list the Premium Cider line.

a“Cider is traditionally made in the West Country, Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Kent, however Thirsty Farmer are really embracing Nottinghamshire and continue to invest in local orchards to reduce reliance on cider apple varieties trucked in from Herefordshire and the West Country.”

0113 826 2829

Source: ASDA


GQ’s 2017 Best New Menswear Designers goes international: The Coolest Designers on the Planet to collaborate with Gap on limited-edition collection


New York, N.Y., 2017-May-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — GQ announced today (05/25/2017) the return of the Best New Menswear Designers program for the eleventh year—for the first time ever with an international twist—celebrating the Coolest Designers on the Planet. The project, established in 2007, traditionally recognizes the best young menswear designers in the country and works to advance the talented up-and-comers. This year, GQ editor-in-chief Jim Nelson and creative director Jim Moore took the program international, curating young talent from Paris, Tokyo, and Brooklyn. The Coolest Designers on the Planet will be featured in the June 2017 issue of GQ, and will collaborate with Gap on a limited-edition collection, to be sold in the fall exclusively at select Gap stores around the world.

GQ’s 2017 Best New Menswear Designers:

AMI: French designer Alexander Mattiussi used to work for Dior and Givenchy, so he knows how to make clothes that look and feel luxurious, even if his own designs are looser and more playful. “When you’re a designer for a big brand, you can’t afford the pieces you’re designing. My goal is to imagine the clothes I’m designing now on real people I might come across on the street, on the subway, on the terrace at the café.”

Kinfolk: Kinfolk built their name in 2010 with an event space-slash-café and thengot into fashion, designing tees and hoodies indebted to skate crews, graffiti, and the beastie Boys. “Clothes are as much a part of our DNA as nightlife is,” says creative director Jey Perie. “It’s easier to sell a gin-and-tonic than a $1,000 jacket, but in terms of how we shine in the world, our clothing brand has a much bigger reach.”

United Arrows: Yasuto Kamoshita and the streetwear icon known as Poggy orchestrate the Tokyo shop United Arrows, where tailored suits and cutting-edge casualwear somehow happily co-exist. “Our relationship is a bit like father and son,” says Poggy. “The son, who loves recent street culture, wouldn’t talk about the latest trend with him—yet the father is a great figure for the son to rely on for advice on life and the essence of things.”

“We’re proud of the decade of support and creativity that this program has generated in the fashion world, celebrating the brightest lights and freshest talents in the business, and we intend to keep the collaborations surprising and vibrant,” says Nelson. “So to launch our next decade, we decided to take the whole thing global.”

“Gap is excited to continue our partnership with GQ and celebrate the top emerging menswear talent from all over the world,” says Wendi Goldman, Gap executive vice president and chief product officer. “As a global brand it feels like a natural evolution of our partnership with GQ to tap into emerging design talent internationally as well as within the U.S.  We look forward to bringing their unique design perspectives to our discerning customers.”

As part of the Best New Menswear Designers Coolest Designers in America project, GQ will work with each designer as they create an affordable exclusive line that will be available this fall at select Gap stores in more than seven countries, as well as at Additionally, pieces from the collection will be featured in the October 2017 issue of GQ.

About GQ

GQ is the leading men’s general-interest magazine, with a monthly readership of 7 million readers. It is available in print, online at, and as an app at The magazine is published by Condé Nast, a division of Advance Publications. Condé Nast operates in twenty-five countries and is the world leader in exceptional content creation.

About Gap

Gap is one of the world’s most iconic apparel and accessories brands and the authority on American casual style.  Founded in San Francisco in 1969, Gap’s collections are designed to build the foundation of modern wardrobes – all things denim, classic white shirts, khakis and must-have trends.  Beginning with the first international store in London in 1987, Gap continues to connect with customers online and across the brand’s about 1,700 company-operated and franchise retail locations around the world. Gap includes Women’s and Men’s apparel and accessories, GapKids, babyGap, GapMaternity, GapBody and GapFit collections.  The brand also serves value-conscious customers with exclusively-designed collections for Gap Outlet and Gap Factory Stores.  Gap is the namesake brand for leading global specialty retailer, Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) which includes Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta, Intermix and Weddington Way. For more information, please visit


Source: Gap Inc.

California Sun Dry Foods recalls Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto due to mislabeling incident resulted in undeclared allergens

California Sun Dry Foods recalls Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto due to mislabeling incident resulted in undeclared allergens


Danville, CA., 2017-May-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — California Sun Dry Foods today (May 25, 2017) issued a voluntary recall of California Sun Dry Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto because of a potentially incorrect back label on some jars. This mislabeling incident resulted in undeclared allergens (Almonds and Milk). People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to tree nuts and milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

The front of the jar is correctly labeled California Sun Dry Sun-Dried Tomato Pesto, 8.5 oz. However, the back of some jars may be incorrectly labeled California Sun Dry Sun-Dried Tomato Garlic, UPC# 7-38203-10911-3. One Code Date is affected: PTP0567A USE BY 25FEB2019 printed on the cap.

The recall was immediately initiated after a California Sun Dry Foods employee discovered a mislabeled jar at the store while building a display case.

The product involved was distributed through retail stores nationwide.

No illnesses have been reported to date in association with this product.

Consumers can return the product to their place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions can contact California Sun Dry Foods at 1 (800) 995-7753 8am to 5pm PDT, Monday-Friday.

Consumers Contact:

California Sun Dry Foods

Source: FDA


Krispy Kreme celebrates National Doughnut Day with free doughnut from the entire menu all day long On Friday, June 2

Krispy Kreme celebrates National Doughnut Day with free doughnut from the entire menu all day long On Friday, June 2


WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., 2017-May-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is celebrating National Doughnut Day the best way – your way. On Friday, June 2, customers can select one free doughnut from the entire menu – any doughnut, all day long, at participating shops in the United States and Canada.

“National Doughnut Day is one of our favorite days because we choose to celebrate each customer’s individually sweet experience with our brand,” said Jackie Woodward, Chief Marketing Officer of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. “When everyone is able to participate by enjoying a Krispy Kreme doughnut of their choice for free, the experience is truly priceless.”

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts believes that National Doughnut Day is best experienced when guests can enjoy a delicious treat made fresh daily, just for them. That’s why we are encouraging everyone to participate by choosing their own favorite. Customers can select from dozens of Krispy Kreme varieties like the classic, mouthwatering Original Glazed®doughnut or specialty flavors like the Chocolate Iced Kreme™ Filled Doughnut or Strawberry Iced Doughnut, depending on shop availability.

With dozens of Krispy Kreme flavors to choose from, how will guests pick their favorite one to enjoy for free? Visit Krispy Kreme’s Facebook and Twitter pages for interactive assistance. Then, show your friends how #youdoyou on #NationalDoughnutDay by posting a photo with your favorite doughnut and tagging Krispy Kreme on June 2.

About Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation

Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation is a global retailer of premium-quality sweet treats, including its signature Original Glazed doughnut. Headquartered in Winston-Salem, N.C., the Company has offered the highest-quality doughnuts and great-tasting coffee since it was founded in 1937. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is proud of its Fundraising program, which for decades has helped non-profit organizations raise millions of dollars in needed funds. Krispy Kreme doughnuts can be found in approximately 12,000 grocery, convenience and mass merchant stores in the U.S. The Company has more than 1,300 retail shops in 31 countries. Connect with Krispy Kreme Doughnuts at, or on one of its many social media channels, including, and


Sarah Roof
Manager of Corporate Communication

Source: Krispy Kreme Doughnuts


Cooking School @ Market Bistro announces June cooking classes

Latham, N.Y., 2017-May-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Cooking School @ Market Bistro will offer a variety of classes that range from basic cooking to more advanced recipes and skill levels, including; ethnic foods, quick meals, appetizers, baking and pastry classes. The registration fee for classes range from $40 to $60 per person

Thursday, June 1; 6 to 9 pm
Hands On & Dine: Keep Cool and Carry On with No Bake Desserts
Keep it cool in the kitchen with these delicious no-bake desserts. Recipes include: peanut butter pie, Black Forest ice cream sandwich cake, pink lemonade icebox pie squares, and no-bake cheesecake. (Registration: $60 per student (wine served))

Saturday, June 3; 4 to 7 pm
Hands On & Dine: Flavors of India
These dishes are as easy to make as any other meal. Let’s demystify Indian cooking. Recipes include: chickpea Chloe with naan, chicken Tandoori, Indian cucumber salad, and kulfi. (Registration: $60 per student (wine or beer served))

Wednesday, June 7; 6 to 9 pm
Hands On & Dine: Power Bowls
Learn how easy it is to build a nutritious meal in a bowl. Recipes include: Hoisin-caramelized salmon and soba noodle bowl, Korean BBQ wheat berry bowl, and vegetable quinoa bowl. (Registration: $60 per student (wine served))

Saturday, June 10; 1 to 4 pm
Hands On & Dine: Quintessence Chicken Teriyaki
Join us for one of our most popular classes as we recreate these restaurant favorites. Recipes include: chicken Teriyaki, spinach fettuccine, Quintessential salad, and crepes. (Registration: $60 per student (wine or beer served))

Wednesday, June 14; 6 to 9 pm
Hands On & Dine: Have Your Beer and Eat It Too!
Beer is refreshing to drink and great to cook with. If you love beer, this is the class for you. Recipes include: beer can chicken, beer macaroni and cheese, green beans in beer sauce with bacon, and chocolate Guinness mousse. (Registration: $60 per student (beer served))

Saturday, June 17; 11 am to 1 pm
Hands On & Dine: Cooking with Dad (adult and child (ages 5 plus) class)
Families that cook together, eat better! This class is perfect for an early Father’s Day treat. Recipes include: chicken or beef fajitas, homemade tortillas, tortilla chips with guacamole and salsa, and sopapillas. (Registration: $80 per pair, one adult/one child)

Wednesday, June 21; 6 to 9 pm
Hands On & Dine: Summer Meals in Minutes
Quick and delicious meals are perfect for dining al fresco on a long summer evening. Recipes include: prosciuttowrapped shrimp with watermelon-tomato salad, grilled herb encrusted chicken with garden pasta, and soy-glazed beef skewers with ginger slaw. (Registration: $60 per student (wine served))

Friday, June 23; 6 to 9 pm
Hands On & Dine: Cooking with Herbs
Knowing how to use fresh herbs is a sure fire way of taking your dishes to the next level. Recipes include: grilled
shrimp with lemon herb compound butter, basil pesto orzo salad, chicken Saltimbocca, and rosemary potatoes.
(Registration: $60 per student (wine served))

Tuesday, June 27; 6 to 9 pm
Hands On & Dine: Jamaican Me Crazy! Transport your taste buds to an exotic climate with an authentic Jamaican meal. Recipes include: plantain chips with mango salsa, Jamaican jerk chicken, Jamaican rice and peas (coconut rice and red beans), and Jamaican pineapple upside down cake. (Registration: $60 per student (wine or beer served))

Wednesday, June 28; 6 to 9 pm
Hands On & Dine: Not Your Granny’s Salads
Hot weather calls for cool meals. Here are some fresh ideas for light and easy weeknight dinners. Recipes include: champagne chicken salad, salmon sesame salad, and chickpea panzanella salad with capers. (Registration: $60 per student (wine served))

Thursday, June 29; 6 to 9 pm
Hands On & Dine: Cooking with Jack
All you need is a shot or two of Jack Daniel’s to make foods worthy of this favorite American whiskey. Recipes include: smoky Jack burgers, Jacked-up baked beans, honey Jack onions, and bananas fanning. (Registration: $60 per student (wine or beer served))

Friday, June 30; 6 to 9 pm
Hands On & Dine: Quintessence: Chicken Teriyaki
It’s baaack! This popular Quintessence menu is requested time and time again. Recipes include: chicken Teriyaki, spinach fettuccine, Quintessential salad, and crepes. (Registration: $60 per student (wine or beer served))

Pre-registration for all classes is required. Register online at or by visiting The Cooking School @ Market Bistro.

Located in the Latham Price Chopper (873 New Loudon Road, Latham, NY 12110), the Cooking School @ Market Bistro is a state-of-the-art kitchen equipped with hands-on cooking stations where attendees can learn to cook or expand cooking expertise. Each station is fully stocked with appliances, knives, and cooking equipment designed to resemble a home kitchen. Both hands-on and demonstration cooking classes are offered, including classes for children. With a wide variety of themes, classes will be taught by a member of Price Chopper’s Cooking School Culinary Team, as well as guests such as local chefs, nutrition experts, and cookbook authors.

About The Golub Corporation:
Based in Schenectady, NY, the Golub Corporation owns and operates 136 Price Chopper and Market 32 grocery stores in New York, Vermont, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The American owned, family-managed company prides itself on longstanding traditions of innovative food merchandising, leadership in community service, and cooperative employee relations. Golub’s 20,000 teammates collectively own more than 44% of the company’s privately held stock, making it one of the nation’s largest privately held corporations that is predominantly employee-owned. For additional information, visit

Maureen Murphy

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