Cigna and CVS Health launch new personalized health and wellness program for Cigna self-funded employer-sponsored health plans

BLOOMFIELD, Conn. and WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2017-Jun-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Cigna (NYSE: CI) and CVS Health (NYSE: CVS) announced today (June 8, 2017) the launch of Cigna Health WorksSM: a new collaboration, that aligns Cigna-administered health benefits with CVS Pharmacy and CVS MinuteClinic retail health care services to deliver an innovative consumer-friendly experience for Cigna self-funded employer-sponsored health plans.

This collaboration brings together the health benefits insights of a global health service company with the deep knowledge of retail consumer behaviors of a leading national retail pharmacy and retail health care provider to help patients get the most from their health benefits at their local CVS Pharmacy, including:

  • Customer engagement and personalized pharmacy support using Health Tag Messages on the prescription bag to advise patients of needed health actions by the pharmacist or clinician, and provide information on available Cigna Health and Wellness Coaching services included in their Cigna plan at no additional cost
  • Contracted discounts at CVS MinuteClinic for select preventive and acute care, including biometric screenings for blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar as well as diagnosis and treatment for minor illnesses such as bronchitis, ear infections and strep throat
  • A CVS ExtraCare Health card that provides an exclusive 20 percent discount on CVS Health brand over-the-counter health related products, including pain relievers, vitamins, digestive health products and more, at CVS Pharmacy locations nationwide
  • Plus, this program can be coupled with Cigna 90 Now, which offers 90-day refills for maintenance prescriptions to help improve patient adherence to their medication regimen, cost savings and satisfaction.

This new personalized health and wellness program is now being offered on a select market basis for U.S. Cigna-administered employer-sponsored medical plans.

“Cigna Health Works flips the traditional health care experience on its head to help make health benefits more effective, affordable and user-friendly,” said Michele Paige, Vice President and General Manager of Cigna Onsite Health. “This new model is based on how the customer wants to consume health care — it’s about creating value and a new way for health care consumers to get more from their health plan, by ensuring that we are there for them at the places they prefer to go for convenient care.”

“This new level of collaboration with Cigna is a part of the growing trend toward consumer-directed care,” said Helena Foulkes, President of CVS Pharmacy. “By providing information and cues for CVS customers and patients to help them get the most from their Cigna-administered health benefits, we also help them improve their health and reduce their health care costs in a way that’s easy and convenient.”

Improving Health, Costs and Care Connectivity

According to Ms. Paige, Cigna Health Works provides both the opportunity to improve health care quality, while reducing employer and individual health care costs as well as potential gaps in care.

Notably, the Cigna Health Works initiative offers the opportunity for significant health care cost savings by offering an effective and appropriate alternative to Urgent Care and Emergency Room visits. Cigna data show that roughly 45 percent of their customers’ Urgent Care facility visits could have been conducted at retail health care clinics, potentially reducing their health care costs by 81 percent per visit.1

“As the popularity of retail health care continues to rise, Cigna Health Works is designed to help improve health care quality and address potential gaps in care. In some markets, up to one-third of Cigna customers have used some form of retail health care within a year’s time,2” Ms. Paige said.

Cigna Health Works can help address important health concerns such as lack of a primary care physician or access to a pre-diabetic health screening. Through Cigna Health Works, CVS MinuteClinic nurse practitioners can offer Cigna-administered plan customers immediate access to acute episodic care at discounted rates, as well as low cost A1C blood sugar testing, while CVS pharmacists provide affordably priced medications.

Also if a Cigna Health Works patient does not have a primary care physician, the MinuteClinic staff will provide them with a list of Cigna-contracted physicians from the health plan’s provider network.

For Cigna customers who have a designated primary care physician, Cigna Health Works connects to their physician by ensuring an electronic record of each visit to CVS MinuteClinic is sent to their office by the nurse practitioner.

“By connecting all constituents in the care continuum, Cigna Health Works is designed to close potential gaps and improve the quality of care our customers receive,” Ms. Paige said.

1 Cigna Next Gen Access Opportunity Analysis Report, Greater South Florida, 1/2015 12/2015

2 Cigna Next Gen Access Opportunity Analysis Report, Chicago and Greater South Florida, 11/2013 10/2014

Cigna

Cigna Corporation (NYSE: CI) is a global health service company dedicated to helping people improve their health, well-being and sense of security. All products and services are provided exclusively by or through operating subsidiaries of Cigna Corporation, including Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company, Connecticut General Life Insurance Company, Life Insurance Company of North America and Cigna Life Insurance Company of New York. Such products and services include an integrated suite of health services, such as medical, dental, behavioral health, pharmacy, vision, supplemental benefits, and other related products including group life, accident and disability insurance. Cigna maintains sales capability in 30 countries and jurisdictions, and has more than 95 million customer relationships throughout the world. To learn more about Cigna , including links to follow us on Facebook or Twitter, visit www.cigna.com.

About CVS Health

CVS Health is a pharmacy innovation company helping people on their path to better health. Through its nearly 9,700 retail locations, more than 1,100 walk-in medical clinics, a leading pharmacy benefits manager with nearly 90 million plan members, a dedicated senior pharmacy care business serving more than one million patients per year, expanding specialty pharmacy services, and a leading stand-alone Medicare Part D prescription drug plan, the company enables people, businesses and communities to manage health in more affordable and effective ways. This unique integrated model increases access to quality care, delivers better health outcomes and lowers overall health care costs. Find more information about how CVS Health is shaping the future of health at https://www.cvshealth.com.

CIGNA CONTACT:
Joe Mondy
Corp. Com
Joseph.Mondy@cigna.com
860-226-5499

CVS CONTACTS:
Carolyn Castel
Corp. Com
Carolyn.Castel@CVSHealth.com
401-770-5717

Nancy Christal
IR
Nancy.Christal@CVSHealth.com
914-722-4704

SOURCE: CVS Health

Kroger to webcast the annual meeting of shareholders on Thursday, June 22, 2017

CINCINNATI, 2017-Jun-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) announced today (une 8, 2017) it will webcast the annual meeting of shareholders beginning at 11 a.m. (ET) on Thursday, June 22, 2017.

The meeting will be broadcast online at ir.kroger.com. Click on “Events, Presentations & Webcasts” to access the event. An on-demand replay of the webcast will be available at approximately 1 p.m. (ET) Thursday, June 22.

Every day, the Kroger Family of Companies makes a difference in the lives of eight and a half million customers and 443,000 associates who shop or serve in 2,796 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Kroger and its subsidiaries operate an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized, order online, pick up at the store service – in addition to our 2,255 pharmacies, 784 convenience stores, 319 fine jewelry stores, 220 retail health clinics, 1,445 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Kroger is recognized as one of America’s most generous companies for its support of more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners, breast cancer research and awareness, the military and their families, and more than 145,000 community organizations including schools. A leader in supplier diversity, Kroger is a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

Shopify announces highlights from its Annual Shareholders Meeting

Ottawa, Canada, 2017-Jun-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Shopify Inc. (NYSE:SHOP)(TSX:SHOP) (“Shopify” or the “Company”), the leading cloud-based, multi-channel commerce platform designed for small and medium-sized businesses, today (Jun 8, 2017) announced the results from its Annual Meeting of Shareholders (the “Meeting”) which took place yesterday. All director nominees were re-elected to the Board of Directors and PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP was appointed as auditors.  Shareholders approved the advisory resolution on the approach to executive compensation disclosed in the Company’s management information circular dated May 2, 2017.

Following the Meeting, the Board of Directors selected Tobias Lütke to continue to serve as Chair of the Board of Directors, and Robert Ashe to continue to serve as Lead Independent Director.

About Shopify

Shopify is the leading cloud-based, multi-channel commerce platform designed for small and medium-sized businesses. Merchants can use the software to design, set up, and manage their stores across multiple sales channels, including web, mobile, social media, marketplaces and physical retail locations. The platform also provides merchants with a powerful back-office and a single view of their business. The Shopify platform was engineered for reliability and scale, making enterprise-level technology available to businesses of all sizes. Shopify currently powers hundreds of thousands of businesses in approximately 175 countries and is trusted by brands such as Tesla, Nestle, GE, Red Bull, Kylie Cosmetics, and many more.

SOURCE: Shopify

Tesco to participate at four major agricultural shows this summer

Tesco to participate at four major agricultural shows this summer

 

CHESHUNT, England, 2017-Jun-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco is set to celebrate its commitment to working in partnership with British farmers at four major agricultural shows this summer.

The retailer will have a flagship presence at the Royal Cornwall Show, the Royal Highland Show, the Great Yorkshire Show and the Royal Welsh Show.

At each of the shows, visitors to the Tesco stand will have the opportunity to:

  • Learn all about how Tesco is working in partnership with British farming through groundbreaking initiatives like the Tesco Sustainable Dairy Group, Future Farmer Foundation and Fair For Farmers Guarantee;
  • Hear first-hand the stories behind the food on Tesco shelves by meeting local suppliers;
  • Sample a wide variety of British fruit and vegetables, local cheeses and regional meats as well as learn all about cooking delicious and nutritious family meals, and preparing cuts of meat through butchery demonstrations; and
  • Vote for a local community project to receive funding through the Tesco ‘Bags of Help’ scheme.

In addition, there will be plenty of opportunity to learn about the work Tesco is doing to reduce food waste and make healthier choices a little easier for families.

Tesco is absolutely committed to improving its relationship with its suppliers, who have reported year-on-year improvements over the past three years in terms of Tesco being transparent and easy to deal with, a good communicator and treating suppliers fairly. Almost 80% of suppliers reported being happy with their engagement with Tesco last year and 98% of dairy farmers say they have benefited from being part of the Tesco Sustainable Dairy Group, which helps make sure farmers receive a fair price for their milk. The Tesco Sustainable Dairy Group has been running for the past ten years, and lamb and potato groups have also now been established too.

Tesco also came first in the latest survey capturing feedback on supplier and retailer performance run by independent market research company Advantage, up from sixth in 2014.

Barney Kay, Head of Agriculture for Tesco said:

“We’re going to celebrate our long-term partnership with British farmers and suppliers at these agricultural shows by telling the story of how we work together with real experts in their fields to bring affordable, fresh, quality food that’s fair for all.

“British farmers produce some of the best food in the world, and we believe that if we invest in farming for the long-term, customers will get better quality, fresh, affordable food today and tomorrow.

“There will be lots of opportunities to learn about how we work with the farming community as well opportunities to sample local produce, so if you’re planning to attend the shows make sure you come and say hi to us at the Tesco stand!”

Notes to editors

Key aspects of the relationship between Tesco and UK farming

  • We establish long term contracts and guaranteed prices with our farmers through Tesco Sustainable Farming Groups. Our most established group is the Tesco Sustainable Dairy Group, but we’ve established lamb and potato groups too. The groups are great for sharing insight on customer needs as well as helping farmers share new ways of working.
  • Our Fair for Farmers guarantee demonstrates how every pint of milk sold at Tesco is 100% British, and every farmer gets a fair price. All our dairy farmers receive a fair, industry-leading fixed-price to ensure they have a stable income, no matter what happens in the market.
  • We’re investing in the next generation of farmers through our Future Farmer Foundation. The programme offers a mix of activity designed to give young farmers’ careers a kick-start by providing expert mentoring and training.  Our young farmers come from every sector of the farming industry, every corner of the UK, and work with a variety of supermarkets – not just Tesco.
  • We’re working with farmers, growers and suppliers to reduce food waste. Our advanced forecasting and ordering systems help us reduce waste, and we work to make sure our customers benefit from bumper crops too. We’re also working hard to broaden our specifications, This allows us to take much more of the crop, helping us give our customers the best quality food at affordable prices.
  • We want to help people understand the people and practices that go into creating great quality fresh food. Through our Eat Happy Project, over one million children have visited farms or factories and gone on in-store Farm to Fork trails, to learn more about where their food comes from.

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

Source: Tesco

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Family history and consumer genomics leader Ancestry to migrate all of its applications and data to AWS

Global leader in family history and consumer genomics migrates to AWS to support its continued growth and gain important advantages in scalability, performance, security, and privacy

SEATTLE, 2017-Jun-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Jun. 8, 2017), Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), announced that Ancestry, the global leader in family history and consumer genomics, will migrate all of its applications and data to AWS. By choosing the cloud with the most functionality, including a wide range of analytics and machine learning capabilities, Ancestry will be able to achieve superior scalability, performance, reliability, security, and privacy as it continues its global growth.

For its over 2.6 million paid subscribers, Ancestry analyzes and compares billions of historical records, tens of millions of family trees, and millions of existing customer DNA profiles to deliver data-driven insights that help customers develop a new sense of self. The company requires a highly scalable and secure IT infrastructure on which to store and analyze large volumes of sensitive information. Ancestry’s goal is to empower people to take their own journey of self-discovery, providing actionable insights that have meaningful impact. It offers customers a deeper view into their ethnic backgrounds, hints about their family history, and connections to possible genetic cousins.

“We’re providing consumers with insights that can transform their lives. By enabling people to dive deeper into themselves and the lives of the people and cultures that led to them, we help customers change their perspective on who they are and how they fit into the world that surrounds them. Accomplishing that requires that we securely manage and analyze an incredible amount of unique, personal data on a daily basis,” said Nat Natarajan, Executive Vice President of Product and Technology at Ancestry. “With our continuing growth, migrating to the cloud provides us with clear scalability and security advantages. AWS also provides us with the flexibility we need to stay at the forefront of consumer genomics, as the science and technology in the space continue to rapidly evolve. We’re confident that AWS provides us with unmatched scalability, security, and privacy, and we’re excited to move our data and applications to AWS.”

“Ancestry is doing amazing work to reinvent how people discover themselves through a unique combination of historical records, family trees, and DNA,” said Mike Clayville, Vice President, Worldwide Commercial Sales at AWS. “Because AWS offers much more functionality than any other infrastructure provider, Ancestry can easily move existing apps, develop any new app their builders dream up, and leverage AWS’s expansive analytics and machine learning offerings to understand their data better and infuse their applications with more intelligence. We look forward to working with Ancestry as it goes all-in on AWS over the next year.”

Ancestry joins the growing list of customers going all-in on AWS, including 3M Health Information Systems, AOL, Acquia, Atlassian, Australia Health District, Blackboard, Change Healthcare, Discovery Communications, Dole, City of McKinney Texas, Clark Construction, DigitalGlobe, Edmunds.com, Ellucian, Eliza Corporation, Enel, Fast Retailing, FINRA, GameStop, Hertz, Intuit, Juniper Networks, Kempinski, LexisNexis, Live Nation, Magazine Luiza, Matson, MetGlobal, Ministry of Justice UK, MPAC, Motorola, National Democratic Institute, Netflix, Nordstrom, Pristine, Qlik, Smiles, Sony New Media Solutions, Splunk, Suncorp Group, Talen Energy, The Guardian, Time Inc., Trainline, Twilio, University of Notre Dame, Vend, Vidyard, and Zillow.

About Amazon Web Services

For 11 years, Amazon Web Services has been the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. AWS offers over 90 fully featured services for compute, storage, networking, database, analytics, application services, deployment, management, developer, mobile, Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), security, hybrid, and enterprise applications, from 42 Availability Zones (AZs) across 16 geographic regions in the U.S., Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and the UK. AWS services are trusted by millions of active customers around the world – including the fastest growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agencies – to power their infrastructure, make them more agile, and lower costs. To learn more about AWS, visit https://aws.amazon.com.

About Amazon

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

About Ancestry

Ancestry, the global leader in family history and consumer genomics, harnesses the information found in family trees, historical records, and DNA to help people gain a new level of understanding about their lives. Ancestry has more than 2.6 million paying subscribers across its core Ancestry websites and more than 4 million people in the AncestryDNA network. Since 1996, more than 20 billion records have been added, and users have created more than 90 million family trees on the Ancestry flagship site and its affiliated international websites. Ancestry offers a suite of family history products and services including AncestryDNA, Archives, ProGenealogists, Newspapers.com and Fold3.

Media Hotline:
Amazon-pr@amazon.com
www.amazon.com/pr

Source: Amazon.com, Inc.

Amazon to open new fulfillment center in North Haven, Connecticut

New 855,000-square-foot facility brings Connecticut presence to three facilities

SEATTLE, 2017-Jun-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) today (Jun. 8, 2017) announced plans for a new 855,000-square-foot fulfillment center in North Haven, Conn. The new site will create more than 1,500 new, full-time jobs with opportunities for employees to engage with advanced robotics. The company currently has facilities in Wallingford and Windsor.

“Five years after announcing our first fulfillment center in Connecticut, we’re excited to open a new, state-of-the-art fulfillment center in North Haven, creating 1,500 full-time jobs that offer wages 30 percent higher than traditional retail roles and include comprehensive benefits on day one, bonuses and stock awards,” said Akash Chauhan, Amazon’s Vice President of North America Operations. “We’ve found an abundance of talent in Connecticut’s workforce, and we are so happy to have this opportunity to expand in the state to serve customers.”

“This is a significant win for our state’s taxpayers and our economy. Amazon’s investment to expand operations in Connecticut is proof positive that when we work with companies and bring our collective ingenuity to bear, we deliver on creating jobs for the hardworking residents of our state,” said Governor Dannel P. Malloy. “With plans to nearly double their Connecticut-based employees, Amazon’s decision to open a third facility here is a testament to the high quality and productivity of our workforce.”

Amazon employees at the North Haven fulfillment center will pick, pack and ship customer items such as electronics, books and toys. The facility will feature innovative technology such as Amazon Robotics that will assist employees in fulfilling customer orders.

“This is exciting news for the state of Connecticut and town of North Haven. I thank the governor’s administration and town officials for working in collaboration with all parties including state lawmakers and community members to show Amazon the remarkable potential of our town to be a new hub for business growth,” said State Senator Len Fasano, Senate Republican President Pro Tempore. “After seeing this piece of property remain vacant for so many years, this new development is a major accomplishment. I welcome the new jobs and opportunities, and I look forward to continuing to work with Amazon as a new local partner to bring new development, growth and vitality to our entire region.”

Full-time employees at Amazon receive highly-competitive pay, health insurance, disability insurance, retirement savings plans and company stock. The company also offers up to 20 weeks of paid leave and innovative benefits such as Leave Share and Ramp Back, which give new parents flexibility with their growing families.

“We are very pleased to be able to announce that Amazon is now part of our North Haven community. This has been a very important economic development initiative that has been worked on for almost 2 years and is an important economic development success for the Town of North Haven, the greater New Haven region and our state of Connecticut,” said Town of North Haven First Selectmen Michael Freda. “I would like to acknowledge the collaborative efforts of our local state legislators, the governor’s office, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Administrative Services, and the Department of Economic and Community Development for working with my office and the Town of North Havento help us bring this exciting announcement forward.”

Amazon also offers hourly employees its Career Choice program which helps train employees for in-demand jobs at Amazon and other companies so that they can prepare for the future and take full advantage of the nation’s innovation economy. The program pre-pays 95% of tuition for courses in high-demand, high-wage fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a future career at Amazon. Over 9,000 employees have participated in Career Choice and more are signing up every day.

To learn more about working at an Amazon fulfillment center, visit www.amazondelivers.jobs.

About Amazon

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

Media Hotline:
Amazon-pr@amazon.com
www.amazon.com/pr

Source: Amazon

Sainsbury’s to host Open Farm Sunday events at farms across the UK on 11th June

Sainsbury’s to host Open Farm Sunday events at farms across the UK on 11th June

 

  • As part of its commitment to supporting British farmers Sainsbury’s sponsors events at farms across the UK including
  • Visitors encouraged to take part in on-farm family activities
  • Open Farm Sunday takes place on 11th June

London, 2017-Jun-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Farms across the UK will throw open their gates to the public on 11th June to celebrate Open Farm Sunday. The Sainsbury’s sponsored event will encourage visitors to discover the world of British farming and promises to be a great day out for all of the family.

For the second year running, Sainsbury’s is sponsoring events at eight farms which supply Sainsbury’s with a range of products including dairy, poultry and fresh produce:

  • Goldsland Farm – Cardiff
  • Uncle Henry’s Farm – Lincolnshire
  • G’s Fresh Farm – Cambridgeshire
  • Triptree Farm – Colchester
  • Greenfield Farm – Gloucestershire
  • Frogmary Green Farm – Somerset
  • North Farm – Dorset

Colleagues from the nearby stores will pop on their wellies and join farmers to run an action packed series of activities throughout the day including scarecrow building and seed planting – great fun for families with children. Visitors will also be able to sample some tasty products at the Sainsbury’s stand including British strawberries, Taste the Difference Best of British cherry tomatoes and a refreshing Elderflower pressé.

Beth Hart, Sainsbury’s Head of Agriculture & Sourcing, said: “Sainsbury’s has a long heritage supporting British farming and we’re really excited to be sponsoring Open Farm Sunday again. We strive to source as much British produce as possible and we’re really proud to be welcoming customers onto local farms.

“This year we’ve planned some really fun activities for visitors of all ages and we’ll have colleagues rolling up their sleeves and talking to people about British farming and the journey food takes from field to fork.”

Open Farm Sunday, the farming industry’s annual open day, is managed by LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) and provides an opportunity for the public to meet farmers and build their knowledge and trust in British farming and food.

Now in its twelfth year, Open Farm Sunday has welcomed more than 1.8 million visitors to sites across the UK since it started in 2006.

For more information about Open Farm Sunday visit: https://farmsunday.org/

Contact:

press_office@sainsburys.co.uk
020 7695 7295

Source: Sainsbury

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EROSKI invita a sus socios consumidores a celebrar su día grande este fin de semana

EROSKI invita a sus socios consumidores a celebrar su día grande este fin de semana

 

  • La cooperativa EROSKI aglutina a más de un millón de Socios Consumidores en País Vasco, Navarra, La Rioja y Cantabria que están convocados a celebrar este fin de semana sendas Juntas Preparatorias en San Sebastián y Bilbao de cara a la Asamblea General del próximo 21 de junio
  • Los productos locales, el ahorro a través de EROSKI Club y la promoción de una alimentación saludable, señas de identidad de EROSKI, serán los protagonistas de la jornada
  • La cooperativa celebrará durante la jornada el 40 aniversario del lanzamiento pionero de su marca propia

ELORRIO, España, 2017-Jun-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — EROSKI celebra este fin de semana “El día grande del Socio” en Bilbao y en Donostia. Un encuentro abierto al más de un millón de Socios consumidores de la cooperativa en el País Vasco, Navarra, La Rioja y Cantabria, de los que más de 733.000 residen en la Comunidad Autónoma del País Vasco.

En el marco de esta celebración, están convocadas sendas Juntas Preparatorias de Socios Consumidores, previas a la Asamblea General de la cooperativa, prevista para el día 21 de este mes. La primera Junta tendrá lugar en el Kursaal en San Sebastián el sábado 10 de junio a partir de las 12:00 horas, y la segunda al día siguiente en el Palacio Euskalduna de Bilbao a partir de las 18:00 horas. Estas Juntas Preparatorias permitirán a los Socios Consumidores conocer de primera mano la evolución de la cooperativa y los principales proyectos llevados a cabo en el último ejercicio.

EROSKI ha organizado además para el domingo en Bilbao varias actividades dirigidas a todos los públicos, que el pasado año congregó a más de 4.000 personas. A partir de las 11:30 y hasta las 20:00 horas las personas que se acerquen al Palacio Euskalduna, podrán conocer EKilibria, un programa pionero de diagnóstico nutricional personalizado complementado con recomendaciones parar realizar una alimentación saludable, gratuito y accesible para todos los socios de EROSKI Club.

Los asistentes disfrutarán también de exposiciones interactivas, catas y  demostraciones de cocina en directo, así como talleres sobre alimentación tanto para adultos como para niños que se completarán con otras sorpresas y actividades como sorteos y juegos.

EROSKI dará a conocer durante esta jornada sus últimos dos lanzamientos dentro de su programa de fidelización. Así la cooperativa presentará  la nueva tarjeta de crédito EROSKI Club Mastercard con la que ofrece nuevas soluciones de ahorro y ventajas personalizadas y directas a sus Socios Cliente. También dará a conocer su nuevo espacio reservado para los amantes del vino, la VINOTEKA.

Asimismo, la cooperativa ha incluido en el programa la celebración del 40 aniversario del lanzamiento de su marca propia, pionero en España. Para ello, ha preparado un espacio interactivo en el que se repasará la historia  y evolución de estas cuatro décadas de existencia marcadas por hechos tan relevantes como la incorporación del semáforo nutricional, la eliminación de las grasas parcialmente hidrogenadas y el lanzamiento de una gama de productos nutricionalmente más equilibrados bajo la marca EROSKI Sannia.

Gobierno corporativo en EROSKI

La participación de los Socios Consumidores en la vida de la cooperativa se articula a través de 21 Comités Consumeristas presentes en el País Vasco, Navarra, La Rioja y Cantabria. Estos órganos introducen consignas para la mejora continua de las tiendas y gestionan fondos para el desarrollo de actividades de transformación social, propias de una cooperativa, como la promoción de una alimentación equilibrada y un estilo de vida saludable, de información y formación al consumidor, de sostenibilidad medioambiental y de solidaridad para una sociedad más cohesionada y con mayor igualdad de oportunidades.

El gobierno corporativo en EROSKI se desarrolla de forma paritaria entre los Socios Trabajadores y los Socios Consumidores de la cooperativa. Así, tanto la Asamblea General con 250 representantes de cada comunidad, como el Consejo Rector, formado por 12 miembros de forma igualmente paritaria, son elegidos democráticamente y ocupan cargos no retribuidos, al igual que los miembros del resto de órganos del gobierno corporativo como son el Consejo Social, el Consejo Consumerista, el Consejo de Recursos y el Consejo de Vigilancia.

En EROSKI, las decisiones de mayor calado son debatidas y tomadas en foros de representación cooperativa, en algunos casos, tras realizar también amplias consultas internas.

Datos de contacto con el Departamento de Comunicación:
944 158 642
comunicacion@eroski.es

Source: Eroski

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Marks & Spencer releases 2016/17 Plan A highlights

London, 2017-Jun-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Marks & Spencer (M&S) has today (08 Jun 2017) published its 2017 Plan A report, detailing progress against its sustainable business plan for financial year 2016/17.

2016/17 Plan A highlights

  • 4/5 M&S products now have an eco or ethical quality above market norm;
  • Healthier food now accounts for 41% of M&S Food sales;
  • Food, Home and Beauty suppliers added to interactive supply chain map;
  • 93% of Sparks card holders have chosen a charity to support and £1.8 million donated in 2016/17;
  • M&S ranked 2nd overall and top in Food and Clothing sectors in first Corporate Human Rights Benchmark;
  • Supply chain training passes 800,000 target;
  • 28% reduction in UK and ROI waste;
  • Significant expansion of food surplus redistribution scheme;
  • Stores, offices and warehouses raised £1.4 million for local charities and £6.9 million raised for health and wellbeing charities;
  • All the electricity M&S procures classified as renewable.

64 of the Plan A 2020 commitments set in 2014 have been achieved with 25 progressing on plan, 11 behind plan and six commitments have not been achieved. 107* Plan A commitments were set in 2014 with deadlines ranging from 2017 to 2020.

During the year M&S continued to operate as a zero waste to landfill business (first achieved in 2012) and remains the only carbon neutral major retailer (four years in a row).

Mike Barry, Plan A Director at M&S, said: “In a year of change at M&S, Plan A has once again made a significant contribution to M&S and made good progress in making our products, stores and supply chains better for people, planet and communities.

“There are some outstanding achievements in the 2017 report and solid progress across our commitments. As will always be the case with an ambitious, stretching plan, some of our goals are behind plan, but in every case we have an action plan to address the challenges and hit our commitment targets.”

Plan A is now in its 10th year and a new ambitious, customer focused version of the plan, Plan A 2025, launched last week. The new plan focuses on helping to transform 1,000 communities, helping 10 million people live healthier happier lives and making M&S a zero-waste business. There are 100 bold commitments due to be completed over the next eight years.”

Mike Barry continued: “We’ve achieved so much over the last decade, but I’m very clear that it was just a dress rehearsal for the disruptive steps M&S will take over the next decade as Plan A 2025 helps transform M&S into a truly sustainable business.”

2016/17 Plan A highlights in more detail

4/5 M&S products now have an eco or ethical quality above market norm

79% of all M&S products sold worldwide now have an eco or ethical quality above the market norm such as Fairtrade, cruelty free beauty products or recycled packaging (target is 100% by 2020).

Healthier food now accounts for 41% of M&S Food sales

The Eat Well range was improved and expanded last year and the Balanced For You and Count on Us ranges continue to go from strength-to-strength. New products launched in 2016/17 include new healthy convenience choices such as Nourish Bowls and 41 products were added to the Made Without range. In total, healthier food now accounts for 41% of total M&S Food sales.

Food, Home and Beauty suppliers added to interactive supply chain map

Customers and stakeholders can now see where M&S Clothing, Home, Beauty and Food products are made or produced on the M&S supply chain interactive map.  A total of 1,539 suppliers are listed. The map is updated every six months.

93% of Sparks card holders have chosen a charity to support and £1.8 million donated in 2016/17

93% of customers that hold a Sparks membership card have chosen one of ten charities to support. M&S donates a penny to the customer’s chosen charity every time they shop at M&S and donations were £1.8 million in 2016/17 (since the card was launched the figure is £2.4 million). Charities benefitting include Macmillan Cancer Support, Great Ormond Street and Shelter.

M&S ranked 2nd overall and top in Food and Clothing sectors in first Corporate Human Rights Benchmark

The recently published Corporate Human Rights Benchmark, which ranked 98 global companies on human rights performance, saw M&S ranked 2nd overall and top in both the Clothing and Food sectors.

Supply chain training passes 800,000 target

M&S passed its target of training 800,000 people (since 2010) in its supply chain in 2016/17 (now 890,000). Workers across the world have benefited from training on subjects such as employee rights, healthcare, numeracy and literacy.

28% reduction in UK and ROI waste

M&S has reduced the amount of waste it produces every year by 28% against a 2007 baseline. All the waste produced has been recycled since 2012 using a range of different material and energy recovery techniques.

Significant expansion of food surplus redistribution scheme

M&S’ food surplus redistribution scheme was significantly expanded in 2016/17. Nearly 600 charities benefited from the redistribution of surplus fruit, vegetables, bread, cakes and other groceries. 757 tonnes of surplus foods were donated (this compares to 168 tonnes in 2015/16). M&S works in partnership with Neighbourly, the social network for social good, to connect local charities with their local M&S store.

Stores, offices and warehouses raised £1.4 million for local charities and £6.9 million raised for health and wellbeing charities

In 2016/17 M&S stores, offices and warehouses raised £1.4 million for local charities – the majority coming through stores adopting a ‘charity of the year’ through the Neighbourly social network. Additionally, £6.9 million was raised last year for health and wellbeing charities such as Breast Cancer Now (£2.8m) and Macmillan Cancer Support (£3.5m) through fundraising, events and product sales.

All the electricity M&S procures classified as renewable

In 2016/17 all the electricity purchased for M&S stores, offices and warehouses in the UK and ROI came from green tariff renewable sources or on-site generation, or was supported by other market-place instruments. Additionally, 27% of M&S’ gas consumption has been replaced with bio-methane.

For the full report please visit  http://corporate.marksandspencer.com/

* One of the Plan A commitments set in 2014 has subsequently been cancelled, as detailed in the 2015 Plan A report.

Contact: 

Daniel Himsworth
Marks & Spencer Press Office
0208 718 1919
daniel.himsworth@marks-and-spencer.com

Source: Marks & Spencer

Tyra Banks and Kobe Bryant joins the list of speakers at NRF’s Shop.org conference

WASHINGTON, 2017-Jun-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Celebrities Tyra Banks and Kobe Bryant will join executives from Disney, TechStyle, theSkimm, DSW, Ashley Stewart, Affirm and Peloton to headline the list of speakers this fall at the National Retail Federation’s Shop.org conference, NRF announced today (June 8, 2017). The conference, which is the digital retail industry’s top networking event for technologists, executives and thought leaders, will be held September 25-27 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

“We are excited to have industry leaders and executives from brands that continue to reinvent,” NRF Senior Vice President for Conferences Susan Newman said. “These pioneers continue to transform the ever-changing retail and digital environment and will give our attendees new ways to reinvent their businesses during this crucial time in the industry.”

“These powerful speakers are just one element of the experience retailers and attendees will have at the show. We will also be offering curated one-on-one meetings for retailers, roundtable lunches and exclusive outings for those who want access to a unique LA experience,” said Newman.

On September 26, more than 4,000 retail, e-commerce and multichannel executives will gather to hear remarkable stories of reinvention. Opening the show, supermodel-turned-entrepreneur and CEO Tyra Banks will speak on mastering the art of “pivoting” and discuss the transformation from modeling career to entertainment and business mogul, as well as share tips on how to stand out in today’s extremely competitive market.

Following Banks, Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media’s Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President Michael White will address how the division is preparing its technology workforce to succeed in the digital commerce space, with a focus on artificial intelligence and machine learning.

Also on September 26, TechStyle Fashion Group co-founder and co-CEO Adam Goldenberg will address how his company has changed the way consumers shop online with its growing fashion and technology brands including Fabletics, ShoeDazzle and JustFab. Goldenberg will also cover how the company continues to evolve personalization tools and its membership model to succeed in the fast-paced e-commerce world.

That afternoon, the keynote stage will highlight female entrepreneurs including Beautycounter founder and CEO Gregg Renfrew, Minted founder and CEO Mariam Naficy and theSkimm co-founders and co-CEOs Danielle Weisberg and Carly Zakin.

To kick off the last day of the show on September 27, L2 founder and New York University Stern Business School professor Scott Galloway will discuss the biggest winners and losers in digital and their impact on society.

Later that morning,  former CEO of HSNi Mindy Grossman will host a fireside chat with Wharton School of Business professor and author Adam Grant after he presents insights from this bestselling book “Originals.” Grant and Grossman will explore how to recognize and champion new ideas, overcome fear and doubt and build cultures that welcome diverse perspectives and honest feedback.

In the afternoon of September 27, the keynote stage will focus on the art of reinvention and customer loyalty, starting with Ashley Stewart CEO James Rhee and DSW CEO Roger Rawlins. The topic will be explored further in a session moderated by Affirm founder and CEO Max Levchin featuring Tradesy founder and CEO Tracy DiNunzio and Peloton co-founder Graham Stanton.

Kobe Bryant, an 18-time All-Star professional basketball player who won five NBA championships while playing with the Los Angeles Lakers, will close out the show as he discusses the evolution of his personal brand, directing his own NIKE and BodyArmor commercials, establishing his Kobe Inc. content creation studio and forming his own media, technology and data venture fund after retiring from the NBA.

To learn more about the conference, visit www.shop.org. Complimentary registration is available to editorial members of the news media as well as accredited retail analysts and bloggers. To register, visit the Shop.org media registration page.

About NRF
NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs — 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy.

Contact:
Ana Serafin Smith
(202) 626-8189
press@nrf.com
(855) NRF-Press

Source: NRF

RILA announces support for the Financial CHOICE Act

Arlington , VA, 2017-Jun-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today ( 6/8/2017), the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) announced its support for the Financial CHOICE Act, urging lawmakers to take an important first step in addressing regulatory reform in the financial services sector. Austen Jensen, vice president for government affairs, issued the following statement regarding the retail community’s support for the House vote.

“In the wake of the financial crisis it was vital for Congress to act to assure the American people that our financial markets were stable and that a new regulatory apparatus would prevent another systemic problem. While well intended, several of these regulations have had a negative impact on community banks and other financial institutions that were never at the root of the financial collapse in 2008. The CHOICE Act takes the first step toward reconciling the need to treat mega-banks and Wall Street differently than Main Street financial institutions.

“Preserving swipe fee reform was a big win for retailers and consumers across the country. No retailer—big or small—received a bailout during the Great Recession, and we support provisions of the CHOICE Act that seek to ensure that Americans are never again forced to bail out failing financial institutions.”

RILA is the trade association of the worlds largest and most innovative retail companies. RILA members include more than 200 retailers, product manufacturers, and service suppliers, which together account for more than $1.5 trillion in annual sales, millions of American jobs, and more than 100,000 stores, manufacturing facilities, and distribution centers domestically and abroad.

Contact:
Jason Brewer
Executive Vice President, Communications & State Affairs
Phone: 703-600-2044
Email: jason.brewer@rila.org

Source: RILA

FCL wins two Canadian Grand Prix New Product Awards for CO-OP® GOLD Buttercrunch Toffee Chocolate and Co-op Gold Sorbetto

FCL wins two Canadian Grand Prix New Product Awards for CO-OP® GOLD Buttercrunch Toffee Chocolate and Co-op Gold Sorbetto

Saskatoon, SK, 2017-Jun-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — The organization recently picked up two more Canadian Grand Prix New Product Awards for CO-OP® GOLD Buttercrunch Toffee Chocolate (private-label confectionary and shelf stable desserts) and Co-op Gold Sorbetto (private-label desserts: fresh, refrigerated or frozen).

This follows FCL’s first two awards last year for its Co-op Gold Caramel Whisky Sauce and CO-OP GOLD PURE® Dark Chocolate.

“We continually seek to develop and provide new innovative food products to Co-op members and customers,” said Sav Bellissimo, Store Brands Manager with Federated Co-operatives Limited. “These awards recognize the quality of our products, which can compete with any other brand on the market.”

The awards, organized by the Retail Council of Canada, have been celebrating innovative new products now for 24 years. A judging panel comprised of consumers, food journalists, packaging designers and marketing executives reviewed 100 product finalists, o

Bellissimo attributed the success to the efforts of the Store Brands Team as well as the Marketing and Communications’ Design Team, led by Marie-Louise de la Harpe. De la Harpe was proud her team could be part of this award in addition to a separate packaging award presented earlier this year.

“Our goal is to continually push the envelope and deliver progressive, industry-leading design. Trust and great collaboration is the secret to our success,” de la Harpe said. “Our team is invested in developing and growing our store brands program and are encouraged by the progress.”

Co-op Gold Fruit Vinegar, Co-op Gold Pure Organic Coconut Peanut Butter and Co-op Gold Pure Sustainable Seafood Steelhead Trout were also finalists for the awards.

A complete list of finalists and winners is available at rccgrandprix.ca.

Contact:
PHONE: 306.244.3311
FAX: 306.244.3403
Email: inquiries@fcl.ca
Human Resources: careers@fcl.ca

Source Coop

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Happy Sprout Inc. recalls soybean sprouts that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Happy Sprout Inc. recalls soybean sprouts that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

 

Springfield, VA, 2017-Jun-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Happy Sprout Inc. of Springfield, VA is voluntarily recalling all packages of soybean sprouts because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections to individuals with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The following products are being recalled by the firm.

  1. 1-lb bags of soybean sprouts in clear plastic bags labeled “GOODSEED Soy Bean Sprouts” “Keep Refrigerated” with a UPC Code of “21111 10035” produced on or after May 1, 2017.
  2. 2-lb bags of soybean sprouts in clear plastic bags labeled “GOODSEED Soy Bean Sprouts” “Keep Refrigerated” with a UPC Code of “21112 58772” produced on or after May 1, 2017.
  3. 10-lb bags of soybean sprouts in black plastic bags labeled with a sticker “GOODSEED Soy Bean Sprouts” produced on or after May 1, 2017.

These items were distributed to retail stores in Virginia, Maryland and New Jersey.

The potential for contamination was noted after routine surveillance sampling by the Virginia Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety Program and subsequent testing by the Virginia Division of Consolidated Laboratory Services revealed the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in sampled product. No illnesses have been reported to date.

Individuals who purchased GOODSEED brand soy bean sprouts distributed by Happy Sprout Inc. should return the product to the place of sale for a full refund.

Consumers with questions may contact the company directly at 703-832-1232 or the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Food Safety Program at 804-786-3520.

Consumers Contact:

Happy Sprout Inc.
 703-832-1232
 804-786-3520

Source: FDA

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Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give opens tournament to collegiate athletes for the fourth consecutive year

Fourth year Meijer LPGA Classic opens tournament to collegiate athletes

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2017-Jun-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the fourth consecutive year, the Meijer LPGA Classic for Simply Give opened its tournament to collegiate athletes as sponsor exemptions, representing Meijer and their respective universities in the professional tournament.

This year, three exemptions were awarded to Allyson Geer, of Michigan State University; Megan Kim, of the University of Michigan; and August Kim, of Purdue University.

“We are so excited to be able to provide these young athletes the opportunity to compete with the best women golfers in the world,” said Cathy Cooper, Director of the Meijer LPGA Classic. “We think this is a great opportunity for these athletes to show their talent while supporting the Meijer brand.”

Allyson Geer just finished her freshman year at MSU, and has been ranked the No. 1 Michigan junior golfer since 2013. Upon entering MSU, she was ranked 12th in the Golfweek Girls Junior Rankings and 16th in the Junior Golf Scoreboard rankings. To view her full bio, please visit: http://www.msuspartans.com/sports/w-golf/mtt/allyson_geer_1035263.html

August Kim will be the Big Ten sponsor exemption, and is a recent graduate of Purdue University.  Kim was named First Team All-America by the Women’s Golf Coaches Association in the 2016-2017 season and won the 2016 Big Ten Championship, setting the tournament record for 54 holes at nine-under, 207.  To view her full bio, please visit:  http://www.purduesports.com/sports/w-golf/mtt/august_kim_864546.html

Megan Kim is a junior at the University of Michigan, and one of four Wolverines to start all 11 tournaments in the 2016-2017 season. Kim made two consecutive NCAA Team Championships appearances, as well as two consecutive NCAA Team Regional appearances. To view her full bio, please visit: http://www.mgoblue.com/sports/w-golf/mtt/megan_kim_912389.html

The 2017 Meijer LPGA Classic will host a full field of 144 of the best women golfers for 72 holes of stroke play over four days of competition. Proceeds from the tournament – and each of the week’s festivities – will once again benefit the Meijer Simply Give program that restocks the shelves of food pantries across the Midwest. To date, the Meijer LPGA Classic has generated more than $2.1 million for food pantries in the communities it serves.

About Meijer:

Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates more than 230 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. A privately-owned and family-operated company since 1934, Meijer has a fundamental philosophy aimed at strengthening the communities it serves and proudly donates more than 6 percent of its net profit each year to charities throughout the Midwest. With hunger as a corporate philanthropic focus, Meijer partners with hundreds of food banks and pantries through its Simply Give and food rescue programs. Meijer also supports education, disaster relief, and health and wellness initiatives. For additional information on Meijer philanthropy, please visit www.meijercommunity.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

About Blythefield Country Club:

Located just north of Grand Rapids, Blythefield has been providing families the best golf and social experience in West Michigan since 1928. With the Rogue River flowing through, Blythefield boasts one of the most beautiful championship layouts in Michigan. Previously, Blythefield has hosted the 1953 Western Amateur, the 1961 Western Open, won by Arnold Palmer, and the 2005 Western Junior won by Rickie Fowler. Beginning in 2014, Blythefield is honored to host the Meijer LPGA Classic. Learn more about Blythefield Country Club at www.blythefieldcc.org.

Contact:

Christina Fecher
616-540-6108
Christina.Fecher@meijer.com

Source: Meijer

X5 Retail Group joins Social Cards for Ulyanovsk Region Residents project

Moscow, 2017-Jun-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — X5 Retail Group (“X5” or the “Company”), a leading Russian food retailer (LSE ticker: FIVE), announces the signing of a letter of intent with the government of the Ulyanovsk region. The document was signed by Ulyanovsk region Governor Sergey Morozov and Х5 Retail Group Government Relations Director Stanislav Naumov.

Pursuant to the letter, the parties will cooperate on a programme to provide assistance for socially disadvantaged parts of the population as part of the Social Cards for Ulyanovsk Region Residents project. The parties have agreed to develop and implement electronic social certificates (ESCs) that could be used to pay for food products at the more than 90 Pyaterochka stores in the region. X5’s expertise and experience with a similar project in Moscow will be helpful for the successful launch of the Social Certificates for Ulyanovsk Region Residents project.

The Moscow government launched a project to provide social assistance to pensioners and multi-child families using ESCs in October 2013, and X5 was the first retailer to start accepting the certificates at its stores. In 2016, 250,000 Muscovites used ESCs to buy 480,000 items worth over RUB 260 million. An ESC can be obtained by submitting an application to the Moscow Department of Labour and Social Protection. If a decision is made to issue a certificate worth RUB 1,000, this information will appear on the Moscow resident’s social card. The cardholder can then use the certificate to pay for goods (excluding tobacco and alcohol) by scanning it at the checkout.

Moscow is the only Russian city currently offering ESCs, which are a cost-effective and convenient alternative to food baskets, the traditional method of providing food aid. The certificates give Muscovites an opportunity to choose when and what to buy using social subsidies. According to the Russian Public Opinion Research Centre (VCIOM), most of the Russian population approves of substituting food baskets with ESCs.​

Note to Editors:
X5 Retail Group N.V. (LSE: FIVE, Fitch – ‘BB’, Moody’s – ‘Ba2’, S&P – ‘BB’) is a leading Russian food retailer. The Company operates several retail formats: the chain of proximity stores under the Pyaterochka brand, the supermarket chain under the Perekrestok brand, the hypermarket chain under the Karusel brand and Express convenience stores under various brands

As of 31 March 2017, X5 had 9,817 Company-operated stores. It has the leading
market position in both Moscow and St. Petersburg and a significant presence in the European part of Russia. Its store base includes 9,002 Pyaterochka proximity stores, 544 Perekrestok supermarkets, 90 Karusel hypermarkets and 181 convenience stores. The Company operates 36 DCs and 2,293 Company-owned trucks across the Russian Federation.

For the full year 2016, revenue totalled RUB 1,033,667 mln (USD 15,420 mln),
Adjusted EBITDA reached RUB 79,519 mln (USD 1,186 mln), and net profit for the period amounted to RUB 22,291 mln (USD 333 mln). In Q1 2017, revenue totalled RUB 293,078 mln (USD 4,981 mln), EBITDA reached RUB 22,167 mln (USD 377 mln), and net profit amounted to RUB 8,355 mln (USD 142 mln).
X5’s Shareholder structure is as follows: Alfa Group – 47.86%, Intertrust Trustees Ltd (Axon Trust) – 11.43%, X5 Directors – 0.06%, treasury shares – 0.01%,
Shareholders with less than 3% – 40.63%.

Forward looking statements:
This announcement includes statements that are, or may be deemed to be, “forward looking statements”. These forward-looking statements can be identified by the fact that they do not only relate to historical or current events. Forward-looking statements often use words such as “anticipate”, “target”, “expect”, “estimate”, “intend”, “expected”, “plan”, “goal”, “believe”, or other words of similar meaning.

By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to future events and circumstances, a number of which are beyond X5 Retail Group N.V.’s control. As a result, actual future results may differ materially from the plans, goals and expectations set out in these forward-looking statements.

Any forward-looking statements made by or on behalf of X5 Retail Group N.V. speak only as of the date of this announcement. Save as required by any applicable laws or regulations, X5 Retail Group N.V. undertakes no obligation publicly to release th results of any revisions to any forward-looking statements in this document that may occur due to any change in its expectations or to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this document.

Elements of this press release contain or may contain inside information about X5
Retail Group N.V. within the meaning of Article 7(1) of the Market Abuse Regulation (596/2014/EU).

Contact:
Maxim Novikov
Head of Investor Relations
Tel.: +7 (495) 502-9783
e-mail: Maxim.Novikov@x5.ru

Andrey Vasin
Investor Relations Officer
Tel.:+7 (495) 662-88-88 ext. 21-456
e-mail: Andrey.Vasin@x5.ru

Source: X5 Retail Group

SUPERVALU completed refinancing of its existing senior secured term loan credit agreement

MINNEAPOLIS, 2017-Jun-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — SUPERVALU INC. (NYSE: SVU) today (Jun. 8, 2017) announced it has successfully completed the refinancing of its existing senior secured term loan credit agreement. The new seven-year senior secured term loan credit agreement provides for an initial term loan facility of $525 million, which was used to refinance outstanding loans under the prior term loan credit agreement, and a delayed draw term loan facility of $315 million which is expected to be drawn down in full for the purpose of consummating the acquisition of Unified Grocers, Inc. The acquisition is currently expected to close in late June, and remains subject to customary closing conditions.

Borrowings under this new term loan credit agreement will bear interest at the rate of LIBOR plus 3.50 percent with a floor on LIBOR set at 1.00 percent, reflecting a 1.00 percent rate reduction compared to the prior term loan credit agreement for LIBOR based loans. The new term loan credit agreement will mature on June 8, 2024. However, if the Company has not repaid its 6.75 percent senior notes due June 1, 2021 or its 7.75 percent senior notes due November 15, 2022 by the date that is 91 days prior to the respective maturity date of such notes, the term loan will mature on the date that is 91 days prior to the maturity date of such notes. In addition, the covenants in the new term loan credit agreement were modified to give the Company additional strategic and operational flexibility.

Goldman Sachs Bank USA, RBC Capital Markets, Barclays, Credit Suisse, BMO Capital Markets and Citigroup acted as joint lead book-runners and joint lead arrangers while Wells Fargo Securities, U.S. Bank N.A., Rabobank and Natixis Securities acted as co-managers on the refinancing.

About SUPERVALU INC.

SUPERVALU INC. is one of the largest grocery wholesalers and retailers in the U.S. with annual sales of approximately $12 billion. SUPERVALU serves customers across the United States through a network of 2,363 stores composed of 1,902 stores operated by wholesale customers serviced primarily by the Company’s food distribution business and 217 traditional retail grocery stores operated under five retail banners in six geographic regions (store counts as of February 25, 2017). Headquartered in Minnesota, SUPERVALU has approximately 29,000 employees. For more information about SUPERVALU visit www.supervalu.com.

Investor Contact:
Steve Bloomquist
952-828-4144
steve.j.bloomquist@supervalu.com

Media Contact:
Jeff Swanson
952-903-1645
jeffrey.s.swanson@supervalu.com

Source: SUPERVALU INC.

Dove Right On Girls scholarship winners announced

Middletown, NJ, 2017-Jun-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — ShopRite and Dove recognized four exceptional young women, including a teen from Middletown, NJ, as Dove Right On Girls scholarship winners during a ceremony June 6 at the ShopRite of Middletown in Middletown, NJ.

The contest sponsored by Unilever in partnership with ShopRite grants college scholarships to young women who devote their talent and time to their communities.

Emily Calabro, 14, of Middletown, was one of four winners from New Jersey, New York, Connecticut and Delaware who was recognized during the ceremony June 6 at the ShopRite of Middletown, where she accepted a check for $4,000.

A cancer survivor, Emily spends time mentoring young people as a volunteer religious education assistant, algebra tutor and dance instructor for children. She is also a varsity cheerleader, dancer, honor student and member of Team IMPACT, a group that “drafts” chronically ill children to become members of local college athletic teams.

  • Tara Lynch, 16, was just 11 years old when she created her own initiative called Run the World: Building Confidence and Character in Girls.
  • Caroline King, 17, was born with a congenital diaphragmatic hernia and endured many medical procedures and major surgeries — an experience that left her wanting to help others. Through her Girl Scouts membership, Caroline started a nonprofit to help sick and underprivileged children.
  • Isabella Rose Sapio, 16, earned the Silver Girl Scouts Award for successfully lobbying her township to pass a law prohibiting the use of tobacco products within 50 feet of a playground, ballfield or town owned building.

About ShopRite

ShopRite is the registered trademark of Wakefern Food Corp., a retailer-owned cooperative based in Keasbey, NJ, and the largest supermarket cooperative in the United States. With more than 270 ShopRite supermarkets located throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland, ShopRite serves more than six million customers each week. Through its ShopRite Partners In Caring program, ShopRite is dedicated to fighting hunger in the communities it serves. Since the program began in 1999, ShopRite Partners In Caring has donated $43 million to food banks that support more than 2,100 worthy charities. As a title sponsor of the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer, ShopRite has donated $30 million to local organizations, hospitals and community groups. For more information, please visit www.shoprite.com.

Contact:

Karen O’Shea
Phone: 732-906-5932
Communications Specialist

Maureen Gillespie
Phone: 732-906-5295
Manager

Source: ShopRite

BJ’s Wholesale Club to open its new location in Summerville, South Carolina on Saturday, June 10

BJ’s Wholesale Club to open its new location in Summerville, South Carolina on Saturday, June 10

 

BJ’s will host grand opening for the Summerville community on Saturday, June 1

SUMMERVILLE, S.C., 2017-Jun-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — BJ’s Wholesale Club will celebrate the grand opening of its new location in Summerville, South Carolina on Saturday, June 10. The Summerville Club marks BJ’s expansion into South Carolina, building the company’s footprint to 16 states and 215 clubs.

“We’re thrilled at the excitement over our newest Club and for the warm welcome BJ’s has received in Summerville,” said Dawn Albright, general manager of BJ’s Wholesale Club in Summerville, S.C. “We look forward to bringing our assortment of fresh food, unbeatable value and smart savings to South Carolina.”

At the Summerville grand opening celebration on Saturday, June 10, Members and the public will have the opportunity sample food and beverages from top-quality, leading brands including BJ’s exclusive Wellsley Farms® brand.

The BJ’s Wholesale Club is located at the intersection of Interstate 26 and North Main Street, Summerville’s primary retail corridor. Based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer surveys on household spending, the BJ’s Wholesale Club in Summerville could save area shoppers more than $40 million a year. The Club also features a BJ’s Gas® station, offering Members even more savings.

Recently, BJ’s announced that its continuing its expansion plans with a new Club in Hanover Township, New Jersey in Summer 2018. Based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics consumer surveys on household spending, the BJ’s Wholesale Club in Hanover Township could save area shoppers nearly $40 million a year.

BJ’s Wholesale Club brings a number of benefits to the community:

  • BJ’s offers excellent value.
    • BJ’s beats grocery store prices, saving families up to 25 percent on national brands every day.
    • The company is the only major wholesale club that accepts all manufacturers’ coupons, offering families another great way to save.
    • Its exclusive brands, Berkley Jensen® and Wellsley Farms, let families save without sacrificing quality or fun.
  • BJ’s biggest advantage is fresh food – produce, dairy, meat and deli.
    • BJ’s offers Members much more fresh food variety than other clubs.
    • BJ’s is the only major wholesale club to offer a full-service deli with premium meats and cheeses.
    • Members can have fresh meats cut to their specifications. BJ’s butchers will recut and repackage at no additional charge.
  • A BJ’s Membership is filled with added convenience.
    • BJ’s offers the most payment options of any major wholesale club.
    • Members can research, shop and install electronics with help from BJ’s Tech Advisors.
    • BJ’s Pick Up & Pay® program allows shoppers to stock up by reserving items online and then picking up in-Club.
    • Members can save time and money by filling up their tanks at BJ’s Gas. The company’s gas prices are among the lowest around.
    • Members approved for a My BJ’s Perks® Mastercard® earn up to 5 percent cash back1 at BJ’s and beyond, plus save 10¢/gal. at BJ’s Gas every day.

Additionally, through BJ’s Feeding Communities® Program, the Club will donate unsold produce, meat, poultry, seafood, dairy and bakery products on a daily basis to reduce food waste and provide wholesome, fresh food to neighbors in need.

Shoppers can learn more about BJ’s Wholesale Club by going to www.bjs.com.

1Subject to credit approval. My BJ’s Perks Program is provided by BJ’s Wholesale Club, Inc. and its terms may change from time to time. Some exclusions apply. Visit BJs.com/perksterms for Program Terms. Cash back is in the form of electronic awards issued in $20 increments that are used in-Club at the register and expire 6 months from the date issued. Cash back can be requested in the form of a check prior to awards expiring by contacting Member Care at 800-BJs-CLUB.

My BJ’s Perks® Mastercard® is issued by Comenity Capital Bank pursuant to a license from Mastercard International Incorporated. Mastercard and the Mastercard Brand Mark are registered trademarks of Mastercard International Incorporated.

About BJ’s Wholesale Club, Inc.
Headquartered in Westborough, Massachusetts, BJ’s is the leading operator of membership warehouse clubs in the Eastern United States. The company currently operates 215 clubs and 132 BJ’s Gas® locations in 16 states.

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

Visit www.BJs.com, and for exclusive content find us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

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

For further information:
Kristy Houston
khouston@bjs.com
774-512-5086

SOURCE: BJ’s Wholesale Club

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Stater Bros. supports service members by preparing and sending care packages to deployed local military members

San Bernardino, California, 2017-Jun-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Over 150 members of the Stater Bros. “Family” of Employees, friends, suppliers and representatives from Operation Community Cares (a local organization that supports our troops) gathered to prepare over 1,000 care packages for local military members currently serving overseas.

The pack event took place on Saturday, June 3, 2017 on the campus of Stater Bros. Corporate Offices and Distribution Center in San Bernardino, California.

“We at OCC are so excited to work together with Stater Bros Charities to continue the mission to boost morale for our men and women overseas. The feedback we continue to get has been overwhelming as to how much a care package can do,” said Ryan Orr, Founder/President of Operation Community Cares. “To think some simple items, sent with love, can lift spirits and bring smiles! We are told it saves lives! God Bless Stater Bros. and all they do for our community,” Orr further added.

“The Stater ‘Family’ is grateful to our supplier friends – Frito Lay, Hershey, General Mills, Dr. Pepper Snapple Group and Mondelez International – who donated product for this event,” stated Pete Van Helden, President and CEO of Stater Bros. Markets.  “Stater Bros. has a long-standing commitment of unwavering support for our country’s veterans and service members, and I can’t think of a better way to show that support than by preparing and sending care packages from the Heartland for our local military members to let them know we’re thinking of them and praying that they come home safe . . . and come home soon,” Van Helden continued.

The care packages are sent to local servicemen and women currently deployed.  In addition, a total shipment of 500 care packages is being sent to two U.S. 7th Fleet Aircraft Carriers, the USS Carl Vinson and the USS Ronald Reagan.

About Operation Community Cares:

Operation Community Cares is an organization that proactively supports the health and welfare of our American Servicemen and Women across the globe. Far too often, the commitment of our service people is forgotten and OCC specializes in programs that help service people to communicate and connect with family, friends and loved ones through the unique web-based environment. They have various programs that aim to support the troops’ personal needs. Best of all, OCC carries its commitment to service people that are at home as well. For some, returning home can be a very trying and stressful experience. Our troops deserve the very best.

About Stater Bros. Charities:

Stater Bros. Charities is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that supports critical needs in the communities where Stater Bros. employees live and work.  Since 2008, Stater Bros. Charities has provided funding to countless local organizations and causes that benefit hunger relief, children’s well-being, education, health, and help for our nation’s veterans and active service members.  Funds are raised throughout the year from generous customers, supplier friends, and caring members of the Stater Bros. Supermarket Family.  For more information visit staterbros.com

Stater Bros. Charities ~ Caring For The Communities We Serve!

Contact:

1.855.STATERS
1.855.782.8377

Source: Stater Bros.

Albert Heijn zet de bordjes buiten met serviesspaaractie

Albert Heijn zet de bordjes buiten met serviesspaaractie

 

Zaandam, Netherlands, 2017-Jun-09 — /EPR Retail News/ —  Niets is fijner dan eten in de buitenlucht. Albert Heijn maakt dat deze zomer nog leuker met zijn nieuwste spaaractie: ‘Sparen voor stijlvol buitenservies’. Klanten kunnen sparen voor bordjes, dipschaaltjes en serveerschalen in trendy kleuren. De spaaractie start maandag 12 juni en duurt tot en met 13 augustus 2017.

Met het mooie weer in zicht wordt het straks weer gezellig eten of barbecueën in de tuin en picknicken in het park. Speciaal voor deze lekkere zomerse dagen ontwikkelde Albert Heijn samen met Royal VKB stijlvol buitenservies. De collectie bestaat uit handige borden, kleine schalen en grote serveerschalen voor bijvoorbeeld salades. Ze zijn verkrijgbaar in trendy kleuren en zijn gemaakt van licht en sterk melamine.

Bij deze spaaractie, die tot en met 13 augustus duurt, krijgen klanten bij elke € 10,- één servieszegel. Bij een volle spaarkaart met twintig zegels koop je met bijbetaling van € 1,99 tot € 4,99 de borden en schalen. Sneller sparen kan ook, bijvoorbeeld met de extra servieszegels die je bij verschillende Bonusaanbiedingen krijgt. Of door samen te sparen met familie en vrienden. Zo wordt buiten eten nog leuker deze zomer!

Voor meer informatie, kijk op https://www.ah.nl/buitenservies.

Afdeling mediarelaties:
pers@ah.nl
088 6590 2020

Source: Albert Heijn

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Thomas Børglum Jensen named new CFO in BESTSELLER

Thomas Børglum Jensen named new CFO in BESTSELLER

 

BRANDE, Denmark, 2017-Jun-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — We are proud to welcome Thomas Børglum Jensen as new CFO in BESTSELLER. Thomas joins BESTSELLER with more than 10 years of international experience from the global pharmaceutical company Novo Nordisk.

In BESTSELLER we are constantly striving to deliver results, and we work to continuously improve our business and challenge ourselves to be better. In this light, we are pleased to announce Thomas as our new CFO as of 1 August.

Thomas is bringing with him a sound international experience from Novo Nordisk, where he has been responsible for divisions in both Malaysia and Switzerland, and most recently fulfilled the role as CFO of their Product Supply division.

“Thomas will have some big shoes to fill, but I feel confident that he is the right person to do so, and I look forward to working closer with him, hopefully for many years to come,” says Anders Holch Povlsen, and continues: “Thomas is a very solid and likeable person with a great personality and the right operational experience and mindset to lift our CFO organisation and our company even further.”

“Naturally, I’m very excited to take on the CFO responsibility in BESTSELLER, but I’m also very thankful and humble when looking at the tasks entrusted to me by Anders and BESTSELLER. BESTSELLER is a great company with ambitions, but from what I learned so far about the culture, and especially the people I have met, I’m sure that I’ll be surrounded by a very competent team. I look forward to starting the journey with BESTSELLER and to getting to know my new colleagues,” says Thomas Børglum Jensen.

LISE KAAE TO HEARTLAND

Thomas will take over the responsibility from our former CFO, Lise Kaae, who is going to be heading Anders Holch Povlsen’s holding company Heartland. “I’d like to take the opportunity to thank Lise for the great effort she has put into BESTSELLER, and I look very much forward to continue working with her in her new role,” Anders finishes.

CONTACT:

E-mail: contact@bestseller.com
Phone: + 45 99 42 32 00

Source: BESTSELLER

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Paradies Lagardère the first in the industry to launch full Mobile Point of Sale tool at its Food and Beverage locations

ATLANTA, 2017-Jun-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Paradies Lagardère, the travel retail and restaurateur leader in North America, is the first in the industry to launch a full Mobile Point of Sale (mPOS) tool at its Food and Beverage locations. mPOS allows servers to conduct financial transactions in place, improving the customer service experience and providing another option for busy travelers to make a full payment beyond a dedicated POS countertop. The tool also allows dining establishments to remain PCI compliant.

The mPOS was tested at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) at several of Paradies Lagardère’s bars and restaurants, such as Wow Bao and Washington Pour Bar. Used during the lunch and dinner rush periods for several weeks, sales went up at Wow Bao by 10 percent and Washington Pour Bar by almost 17 percent.

“We’re committed to incorporating technology and innovation into our business operations,” said Bill Casey, senior vice president, Food and Beverage, Paradies Lagardère. “Airport travel can be stressful and harried, and tools such as the mPOS at our dining establishments not only lead to increased customer satisfaction, but increased sales as well.”

Additional details:

Paradies Lagardère has long worked to implement technology to help travelers in airports throughout North America. The company partners with Grab, an open platform mobile app that connects airport restaurants, retailers, and services to travelers. The largest e-commerce platform in U.S. airports, Grab allows users to explore dining menus, evaluate restaurant wait times, and place and pre-pay for meal orders all from their smartphone. Paradies Lagardère put server pager technology in its bars and restaurants, allowing customers that need an extra drink, the bill or just have a question to quickly page a server. Guest texting is also available, allowing Paradies Lagardère restaurants to let travelers know when their table is ready.

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 10Best 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

REWE und PENNY testen neuartiges Graspapier für alternative Verpackungen

REWE und PENNY testen neuartiges Graspapier für alternative Verpackungen

 

Getrocknetes Gras ersetzt Holz bei der Produktion von Verpackungsmaterial

Koln, Deutschland, 2017-Jun-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Fast vier Jahre tüftelten die Entwickler einer Hennefer Papierfabrik an der Herstellung eines völlig neuartigen Verpackungsmaterials. Das Besondere daran: Das Papier besteht zu 40  Prozent aus sonnengetrocknetem Gras und nur zu 60 Prozent aus Holz. Als erster Lebensmittelhändler in Deutschland testet die REWE Group ab kommender Woche das neue Verpackungsmaterial bei Bio-Äpfeln in einigen Vertriebsregionen der REWE- und allen PENNY-Märkten in Deutschland.

Der besondere Vorteil von Gras als Rohstoff liegt an der vergleichsweise guten Ökobilanz. Gras ist ein schnell nachwachsender Rohstoff und benötigt bei der Verarbeitung zu Graspellets weniger Wasser und Energie als für die Herstellung von Frischfaser oder Altpapier benötigt wird. Chemie kommt bei der Herstellung der Graspellets gar nicht zum Einsatz. Zudem verursacht die Produktion von Graspapier weniger Treibhausgase als die Herstellung von herkömmlichem Papier aus Frischfaser oder Altpapier. Der Rohstoff für die Graspellets stammt zukünftig von ungenutzten Ausgleichsflächen aus der näheren Umgebung der Papierfabrik. Insgesamt könnten so zukünftig bei 1 Million Verpackungseinheiten über eine halbe Tonne Treibhausgase (CO2-Äquivalente) im Vergleich zu bestehenden Apfelverpackungen (Trays) eingespart werden. Ebenso kann ca. 10 Prozent Energie eingespart werden.

„Mit Papier aus Gras betreten wir völliges Neuland in der Branche“, sagt Dirk Heim, Bereichsleiter Nachhaltigkeit bei der REWE Group. „Gras wächst im Gegensatz zu Holz viel schneller und ist zum Teil sogar ein Abfallstoff, der somit sinnvoll genutzt werden kann. Mit der Umstellung auf diese neue Verpackung testen wir nun, wie sich das Produkt in der Praxis bewährt und wie die Verbraucher diese ökologischere Variante annehmen“, so Heim weiter.

Sowohl REWE als auch PENNY arbeiten intensiv daran, überflüssige Verpackungen insbesondere bei Obst und Gemüse abzuschaffen, Verpackungen zu reduzieren oder zu ersetzen und sind offen gegenüber unkonventionellen Verfahren. Mit dem Lasern von Bio-Avocados, -Süßkartoffeln und -Wassermelonen  testet die REWE Group ebenfalls als bisher einziger Lebensmittelhändler in Deutschland dieses Verfahren, um Verpackungen zu sparen.

Die genossenschaftliche REWE Group ist einer der führenden Handels- und Touristikkonzerne in Deutschland und Europa. Im Jahr 2016 erzielte das Unternehmen einen Gesamtaußenumsatz von über 54 Milliarden Euro. Die 1927 gegründete REWE Group ist mit ihren 330.000 Beschäftigten und 15.000 Märkten in 19 europäischen Ländern präsent. In Deutschland erwirtschafteten im Jahr 2016 rund 240.000 Mitarbeiter in rund 10.000 Märkten einen Umsatz von 39 Milliarden Euro.

Zu den Vertriebslinien zählen Super- und Verbrauchermärkte der Marken REWE, REWE CENTER, REWE CITY und BILLA, der Discounter PENNY sowie die Baumärkte von toom und B1 Discount Baumarkt. Hinzu kommen die Bio-Supermärkte (TEMMA), innovative Convenience-Märkte (REWE To Go), das Gastrokonzept „Oh Angie!“ und E-Commerce-Aktivitäten REWE Lieferservice sowie Zooroyal, Weinfreunde und Kölner Weinkeller. Zur Touristik gehören unter dem Dach der DER Touristik Group die Veranstalter ITS, Jahn Reisen und Travelix sowie Dertour, Meier’s Weltreisen, ADAC Reisen, Kuoni, Helvetic Tours, Apollo und Exim Tours sowie die Geschäftsreisesparte FCM Travel Solutions und über 2.400 Reisebüros (u.a. DER Reisebüro, DERPART, Kuoni), die Hotelmarken lti, Club Calimera, Cooee, PrimaSol und Playitas Resort und der Direktveranstalter clevertours.com.

Für Rückfragen:
REWE Group-Unternehmenskommunikation
Tel: +49 221 149 1050
Fax: +49 221 138898
Mail: presse@rewe-group.com

Source: REWE Group

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Harris Teeter to open its Sedgefield Shopping Center location on Tuesday, June 20

Harris Teeter to open its Sedgefield Shopping Center location on Tuesday, June 20

 

Matthews, NC, 2017-Jun-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Harris Teeter is proud to welcome shoppers to its Sedgefield Shopping Center location on Tuesday, June 20 at 5 p.m. as the company celebrates its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony and Taste of Teeter sampling event. This event is a complimentary, in-store sampling of Harris Teeter’s most unique products. Store registers will be open for sales.

The store, located in the Historic South End neighborhood of Charlotte, will have many unique features including: an extended hot foods bar in the Fresh Foods department; a wine and beer bar, which features 16 beers on tap; and an events station which will feature weekly meal specials.

“Harris Teeter is a Charlotte-born brand, and we are extremely excited to be back in the Sedgefield neighborhood with our brand new store,” said Danna Robinson, communication manager for Harris Teeter. “As we are returning to the exact block where the original South Blvd location stood nearly 30 years ago, we decided to embrace the nostalgia of our 1960’s roots by incorporating one of the company’s original logos on the exterior of the building. We hope our hometown shoppers will feel the nostalgia, while also enjoying the modern, convenient offerings inside.”

In each of its stores, Harris Teeter strives to offer customers an excellent shopping experience, which begins with customer service and features high-quality products, variety and selection. Harris Teeter also works to be a true community partner by supporting local schools and youth sports organizations, among other non-profit organizations.

Fast Facts

Store Address: Sedgefield Shopping Center 2717 South Blvd. Charlotte, NC 28209

Grand Opening Date: Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Grand Opening Time: 5 p.m., ribbon cutting; sampling event immediately following

Store Hours: 6 a.m. – midnight, daily

Store Square Footage: 53,000

Check-Out Lanes: 8 checkouts, 4 self-checkouts and 2 express checkouts

Pharmacy Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Store Features and Departments
Full-service Butchers Market with Rancher Beef, HT Reserve Angus Beef and USDA Certified Very Tender Beef • Fresh Store made sausage and burgers • Full-service Fishermans Market • Shrimp Party Trays • Fresh Made Lobster Rolls • Friday Fish events • Farmers Market Produce • Produce Party Trays • Fresh Fruit Bar • Trail Mix Bar •  Salad Bar  •  Expanded organic and specialty produce • Full-Service Floral and Custom Floral Arrangements • Full-service Fresh Foods Market Deli/Bakery • Sushi • Self-Serve Olives • International Cheeses • Custom Cakes and Ice Cream Cakes • Sub Shop • Made to Order Sandwich Program  • Artisan Breads • Boar’s Head Meats and Cheeses  • Fresh Made Pizza • Hot Foods Bar • Asian Hot Bar • Party Trays • Home Meal Replacements • Natural and Organic Foods • Expanded Specialty Foods • Peanut Butter Grinders • Pharmacy • Private, Professional Pharmacist Consultations • Drug Interaction/ Allergy Screening • Double Coupons • Club 60 Discount • Carryout Service • Parcel Pick-up •  USCAN • Western Union • Coinstar • Rug Doctor • ExpressLane Online Shopping • Red Box DVD Rental Kiosk •  Starbucks •Sit-down eating area • ATM • Beer and Wine Bar • Build Your Own 6- packs • Growlers

Source: Harris Teeter

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ascena retail group appoints Marc Lasry and Stacey Rauch as members of its Board of Directors

MAHWAH, N.J., 2017-Jun-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — ascena retail group, inc. (NASDAQ:ASNA), today (Jun. 8, 2017) announced that, after an extensive search, Marc Lasry and Stacey Rauch have been appointed as members of ascena’s Board of Directors, effective immediately.

MARC LASRY re-joins the Board, having previously served as a member of the Board from February 2004 until October 2006. Since 1995, Mr. Lasry has served as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Avenue Capital Group, a global investment firm that focuses on private and public debt, equity and real estate markets in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Mr. Lasry is currently a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has served on the boards of advisors or directors of both for-profit and not-for-profit public and private companies.

“Mr. Lasry brings a macro perspective of the business environment and tremendous depth and experience with capital allocation strategies. Marc’s insight, enhanced by his prior experience with the company, will undoubtedly add significant value,” said Kate Buggeln who leads the board’s Leadership and Corporate Governance Committee.

STACEY RAUCH joins the Board with extensive experience in retail, strategy, marketing, merchandising, global expansion and multi-channel management. Ms. Rauch is a Director Emeritus of McKinsey and Company (“McKinsey”) where she was a leader in McKinsey’s Retail and Consumer Goods Practices, served as the head of the North American Retail and Apparel Practice, and acted as the Global Retail Practice Convener. A 24 year veteran of McKinsey, Ms. Rauch led engagements for a wide range of retailers, apparel wholesalers, and consumer goods manufacturers in the US and internationally. Ms. Rauch also has noteworthy board experience, including her former membership on the ANN INC. board and her current roles as non-executive Chairman of the board of directors of Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc. and non-executive director of Land Securities, PLC, the UK’s largest commercial property company, where she sits on its Audit and Nomination Committees.

“We selected Ms. Rauch to serve as a director based on her extensive experience across business, strategy, marketing, merchandising and operations in the retail, consumer and apparel sectors. Stacey brings an invaluable strategic perspective of the changing consumer environment that we will leverage as ascena continues its evolution,” said Ms. Buggeln.

“Both Stacey and Marc bring tremendous experience to ascena,” said David Jaffe, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of the ascena retail group. “Their collective expertise will be an excellent complement to our Board and we look forward to working with both of them as we continue to grow ascena in this highly competitive marketplace.”

About ascena retail group, inc.

ascena retail group, inc. (NASDAQ: ASNA) is a leading national specialty retailer offering apparel, shoes, and accessories for women under the Premium Fashion segment (Ann Taylor, LOFT, and Lou & Grey), Value Fashion segment (maurices and dressbarn), Plus Fashion segment (Lane Bryant and Catherines), and for tween girls under the Kids Fashion segment (Justice). ascena retail group, inc. operates ecommerce websites and over 4,800 stores throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

For more information about ascena retail group, inc. visit: ascenaretail.com, AnnTaylor.com, LOFT.com, louandgrey.com, maurices.com, dressbarn.com, lanebryant.com, cacique.com, Catherines.com, and shopjustice.com.

For Investors:
ICR, Inc.
James Palczynski
203-682-8229
Partner

For Media:
ascena retail group, inc.
Sue Ross
218-491-2110
EVP
ascena Corporate Affairs
sue.ross@ascenaretail.com

Source: ascena retail group, inc.

Majid Al Futtaim Properties announces first solar power deal with Enova

Majid Al Futtaim Properties announces first solar power deal with with Enova

 

Dubai, UAE, 2017-Jun-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Enova – the regional leader in integrated energy and multi-technical services – will supply solar power to four Majid Al Futtaim malls, delivering expected savings of AED 80 million.

Enova’s first solar power deal with Majid Al Futtaim Properties was signed on World Environment Day, the United Nations’ annual initiative to promote sustainability.

The deal is set to cut the four malls’ carbon dioxide emissions by 3,200 tons per year – the equivalent of taking 700 cars off the roads– and will see the technology installed at Dubai’s Mall of the Emirates, City Centre Deira, City Centre Mirdif and City Centre Fujairah. Following City Centre Me’aisem and My City Centre Al Barsha, the first malls to be fitted with solar panels a year ago, this new agreement covering four more UAE malls strengthens Majid Al Futtaim’s pioneering role in the region and is the first solar project to involve Enova.

Solar panels contain photovoltaic cells, which absorb energy from the sun and convert it into electricity. The power generated is then fed directly into the malls’ electrical network. Under this deal, about 12,500 panels will be installed across the buildings, covering an area of 25,000 square metres, including 1,020 car ports. Feasibility studies are underway with a view to rolling the project out across other assets. The scheme will enable Majid Al Futtaim Properties to generate 6,000 MWhof electrical energy annually, earning it points with the LEED certification system (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), the globally recognised green building benchmark.

Enova’s CEO, Anne Le Guennec, said: “Every day throughout the Middle East, Enova helps firms achieve their best performance and environmental targets, freeing them to concentrate on their core business activities. Our energy management solutions are based on a comprehensive package of services, including design, commissioning, strategy and long-term maintenance – and when parts eventually expire we’ll take them away for recycling.”

Benefiting from the global experience of its parent company, Veolia, Enova is able to offer a holistic and circular solution for when the solar panels will need to be replaced after an expected lifespan of around 25 years. The French firm, which created Enova in 2002 in partnership with Majid Al Futtaim Ventures, has helped previous clients recycle worn parts from its renewable energy systems in compliance with environmental legislation such as the European Union’s WEEE (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) directive, which requires solar panel importers and manufacturers to collect and process end-of-life equipment.

Fuad Mansoor Sharaf, Managing Director (UAE, Bahrain & Oman) – Property Management, Shopping Malls for Majid Al Futtaim, said: “Investing in renewables aligns with Majid Al Futtaim’s commitment to become a regional leader in environmental stewardship, set out in its ambitious Net Positive strategy and Renewable Energy White Paper. We want to lead by example by applying international best practices across our portfolio and have a positive impact on the communities we serve.”

Ibrahim Al-Zu’bi, Head of Sustainability at Majid Al Futtaim – Holding, said: “At Majid Al Futtaim our sustainability mission is to enhance people’s lives through sustainable real estate. We aim to slash water and energy consumption, creating more of these resources than we consume by 2040, and at least 5 per cent of energy used will come from renewable sources by 2018.”

Al-Zu’bi added, “We have made a concerted effort to apply best-practice global green building standards across our premises across the region and have already introduced several energy efficiency measures thanks to the support of Enova. Majid Al Futtaim is excited to keep on building on the partnership with Enova to lead the way towards a more sustainable future.”

Contact:
Phone: +9714 2949999

Source: MAJID AL FUTTAIM

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Delaware North Sportservice extends food, beverage and retail services contract at Target Field in Minneapolis

Delaware North Sportservice extends food, beverage and retail services contract at Target Field in Minneapolis

 

Long-term contract encompasses array of food, beverage and retail services at the ballpark

BUFFALO, N.Y. and MINNEAPOLIS, 2017-Jun-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Delaware North Sportservice, a global leader in sports hospitality and food service, and the Minnesota Twins have agreed to a long-term contract extension at Target Field in Minneapolis. Since Target Field opened in 2010, Delaware North Sportservice has provided a full breadth of food and beverage services in concessions, suites, catering and premium areas, as well as retail management.

“The Twins are a first-class organization, and we look forward to continuing this strong partnership,” said Carlos Bernal, president of Delaware North Sportservice. “We are extremely proud of the work we have done at Target Field, making it one of the top ballpark destinations in the country while also creating a game-day experience that reflects the very best of the Twin Cities.”

Over the past several years, Delaware North Sportservice has worked with the Twins to introduce new and distinctive dining options at the ballpark, including opening Minnie and Paul’s, a popular Twins-themed pub under the iconic center field celebration sign, and CATCH, an all-inclusive club on the mezzanine level that provides a one-of-a-kind game experience. Other additions to the ballpark have included the Barrio bar inside Gate 6, which was created in partnership with a Minneapolis-based Latin restaurant and tequila bar, and the Taste of Target Field food truck, which brings popular game-day dishes outside of the ballpark to destinations all across the Twin Cities.

“The Minnesota Twins are thrilled to be in partnership with Delaware North Sportservice,” Twins President & CEO Dave St. Peter said. “Delaware North is the global leader in enhancing fan experience through superior customer service and the presentation of the best in food and beverage. Their commitment to excellence has helped make Target Field one of America’s great sports destinations.”

Expanding the number of local food items has also been a focus at Target Field, with regional brands such as Kramarczuk’s Sausages, Andrew Zimmern’s Canteen, Izzy’s Ice Cream and Red Cow becoming mainstays at the ballpark. The local food presence has earned praise both locally and nationally, as did the venue’s hosting of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game in 2014.

Beyond enhancing the game-day experience for fans, Delaware North Sportservice has worked extensively with the Twins to be a leader among professional sports teams with its sustainability efforts. Through its companywide environmental stewardship platform, GreenPath®, Delaware North Sportservice has worked to achieve a nearly 80 percent waste diversion rate and helped Target Field become the first team in pro sports to achieve LEED gold certification for its operations.

The Twins also partnered with Delaware North’s travel division to open the Twins Grill at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport in 2017. The eatery offers a distinctive dining experience by serving classic ballpark fare in an atmosphere designed to look and feel like Target Field.

Delaware North Sportservice operates food, beverage and retail operations at more than 50 sports and entertainment venues across the world — including TD Garden in Boston, Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Lambeau Field in Green Bay and Wembley Stadium in London. The company has been serving MLB fans since 1930 and currently provides hospitality services at 11 MLB ballparks.

About Delaware North
Delaware North is one of the largest privately-held hospitality and food service companies in the world. Founded in 1915, Delaware North has global operations at high-profile places such as sports and entertainment venues, national and state parks, destination resorts and restaurants, airports, and regional casinos. Delaware North has annual revenue of $3 billion in the sports, travel hospitality, restaurants and catering, parks, resorts, gaming, and specialty retail industries. Learn more about Delaware North, a global leader in hospitality and food service, at www.delawarenorth.com.

Contact:

Victoria Hong
Director-Corporate Communications
250 Delaware Ave.
Buffalo, New York 14202
Email: vhong@delawarenorth.com
Phone: 716-858-5420
Fax: 716-858-5125

Source: Delaware North

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NorgesGruppen fortsetter arbeidet med å redusere saltinnholdet i matvarer

NorgesGruppen fortsetter arbeidet med å redusere saltinnholdet i matvarer

 

Samarbeidet i bransjen om å redusere salt i matvarer, har gitt resultater. NorgesGruppen har vært sentral, blant annet ved å fjerne all salt i kjøttdeiger og redusere salt i brød. Arbeidet fortsetter for fullt. Målene er ambisiøse.

Oslo, Norway, 2017-Jun-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Mandag 29. mai var sentrale aktører i næringslivet igjen samlet hos helseminister Bent Høie. Her ble en statusrapport fra Saltpartnerskapet fremlagt av Helsedirektoratet, og den viste at saltinnholdet i sentrale matvaregrupper allerede ligger på nivå med saltmålene for 2018. Dette gjelder blant annet en rekke brød- og kjøttprodukter.

– Matvarebransjen har vist at samarbeid bidrar til en bedre folkehelse. Jeg er fornøyd med grepene som er tatt så langt, sier helse- og omsorgsministeren i en pressemelding fra Regjeringen.

Matvarer som bidrar mest
– For oss har det vært viktig å starte med de matvarene som bidrar mest til salt i kostholdet, hvilket blant annet er kjøttprodukter og brød, nettopp fordi vi spiser så mye av dette, sier Aina Marie Lien, fagsjef sunnhet og ernæring i NorgesGruppen.

Fjerningen av salt i alle kjøttdeigene i NorgesGruppens butikker, dvs. KIWI, MENY, Spar og Joker, innebærer en årlig saltreduksjon på 115 tonn, hvis resten av bransjen følger etter er potensialet ytterligere 140 tonn. Mindre salt i brødene (fra Bakehuset) utgjør en saltreduksjon på drøye 15 tonn per år.
– Det har vært viktig for oss å redusere saltet i alle de brødene vi selger mye av, slik som First Price kneip og KIWI-brødet. Reduksjoner her monner og treffer den jevne forbruker, sier Lien.

Saltreduksjonen i brødene er gjort gradvis for at brødene skal oppleves som like gode på smak., Eksempelvis er Norsk Fjellbrød fortsatt Norges mest solgte brød etter en reduksjon fra 1,3 gram til 1,0 gram pr 100 gram brød (23% reduksjon).

Krydder, supper og sauser
I NorgesGruppen fortsetter arbeidet med å redusere saltinnholdet i matvarer. Målet er å redusere saltinnholdet med 20 prosent innen 2020, noe som tilsvarer 200 tonn per år.
– Målene er ambisiøse. Vi fortsetter å se på kjøtt og brød, men følger også opp de konkrete målene som er satt for rundt hundre ulike matvarekategorier. Nå prioriterer vi krydder, sauser, supper og ferdigretter, fordi disse varegruppene står for en stor andel av det totale saltinntaket, sier Lien.

– Målet vårt er å redusere saltinnholdet med 20 prosent innen 2020, sier Aina Lien, fagsjef sunnhet og ernæring i NorgesGruppen.

Her finner du mer informasjon om vår helsesatsing.

FAKTA

  • Det daglige saltinntaket er i dag i snitt 10 gram per person. Tallet er noe lavere for kvinner enn menn. Det er stor variasjon fra person til person.
  • Anbefalt daglig inntak er 5 gram per person.
  • Ca. 3/4 av saltet kommer fra industribearbeidede matvarer og mat spist på serveringssteder. En reduksjon i saltinnholdet i maten vi kjøper eller får servert vil gjøre en stor forskjell.
  • En nedgang i saltinntak kan gi betydelige helsegevinster.Sideinnhold For mye salt fører til økt blodtrykk, og høyt blodtrykk er en av de viktigste risikofaktorene for redusert folkehelse.
  • I Saltpartnerskapet, helseminister Bent Høies samarbeidsprosjekt med aktører i dagligvarebransjen, er målet 15% redusert saltinntak innen 2018. Fra 2018 settes nye mål for videre saltreduksjon i matvarer. Det langsiktige målet er gjennomsnittlig saltinntak skal reduseres med 30 prosent innen 2025.

KONTAKTPERSON:
Nina Horn Hynne
Kommunikasjonsrådgiver produkt og trender
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Source: NorgesGruppen ASA

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