USDA FSIS: Maxi Canada, Inc., recalls breaded chicken products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens

WASHINGTON, 2017-Jun-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Maxi Canada, Inc., a Quebec, Canada establishment, is recalling an undetermined amount of breaded chicken products due to misbranding and undeclared allergens, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today (June 24, 2017). The products may contain milk, a known allergen, which is not declared on the product label.

The frozen breaded chicken items were produced on various dates between June 1, 2016 and June 1, 2017. The following products are subject to recall: 

  • 38-oz. boxes containing Yummy brand “100% ALL NATURAL CHICKEN BREAST FRIES WITH WHOLE GRAIN Breading CHICKEN BREAST PATTY FRITTERS WITH RIB MEAT,” with barcode 064563223177 printed on the box, and lot codes 170514, 170684, 170686, 170588, 161396, 161486, 170006, 170140, 170158, 170283, 170371, 170514 and 170609 printed on the internal bag.
  • 26-oz. boxes containing Yummy brand “100% ALL NATURAL CHICKEN BREAST FRIES WITH WHOLE GRAIN Breading CHICKEN BREAST PATTY FRITTERS WITH RIB MEAT,” with barcode 064563223160 printed on the box, and lot numbers 170109, 170581, 161657, 170087, 170279, 170490, 170513 and 170628 printed on the internal bag.
  • 24-oz. boxes containing Yummy brand “ALL NATURAL CHICKEN FRIES Chicken Breast Patty Fritters with Rib Meat,” with barcode 064563223320 printed on the box, and lot numbers 170368 and 161527 printed on the internal bag.
  • 24-oz. boxes containing Yummy brand “All Natural Chicken Breast Nuggets Chicken Breast Patty Fritters with Rib Meat,” with barcode 064563225058 printed on the box, and lot number 170365 printed on the internal bag.
  • 61-oz. boxes containing Yummy brand “Chicken Breast Nuggets Nugget-Shaped Chicken Breast Patty Fritters with Rib Meat 100% All Natural,” with barcode 064563225027 printed on the box, and lot numbers 170618, 170858, 170058, 170161, 170301 and 170322 printed on the internal bag.
  • 26-oz. boxes containing Yummy brand “CHICKEN BREAST NUGGETS NUGGET-SHAPED CHICKEN BREAST PATTY FRITTERS WITH RIB MEAT 100% All Natural,” with barcode 064563225720 printed on the box, and lot numbers 161545, 161624, 170057, 170192 and 161632 printed on the internal bag.
  • 38-oz. boxes containing Yummy brand “Chicken Breast Nuggets Nugget-Shaped Chicken Breast Patty Fritters with Rib Meat 100% All Natural,” with barcode 064563225782 printed on the box, and lot code 170128 printed on the internal bag.
  • 25.2-oz. boxes containing Yummy brand “Yummy! Yummy! Alpha Buddies Chicken Breast Nuggets Chicken Breast Patty Fritters with Rib Meat,” with barcode 064563227908 printed on the box, and lot numbers 170174, 170319, 170243, 170182, 170534, 170816 and 170638 printed on the internal bag.
  • 38-oz. boxes containing Yummy brand “Yummy! Yummy! Alpha Buddies Chicken Breast Nuggets Chicken Breast Patty Fritters with Rib Meat,” with barcode 064563227915 printed on the box, and lot numbers 170488, 161131, 170306, 161567, 170062, 170388, 170476, 170535, 161403, 170543, 161578 and 170123 printed on the internal bag.
  • 80-oz. boxes containing Yummy brand “Yummy! Yummy! Dino Buddies Chicken Breast Nuggets Dinosaur-Shaped Chicken Breast Patty Fritters with Rib Meat 100% All Natural,” with barcode 064563226574 printed on the box, and lot numbers 170284, 170421, 170422, 170437, 170025, 170330, 170449, 170594, 170601, 161614, 161494, 160774, 161418, 170094, 170008, 170054, 170113, 170053, 170101, 170167, 170112, 170710 and 161563 printed on the internal bag.
  • 61-oz. boxes containing Yummy brand “Yummy! Yummy! Dino Buddies Chicken Breast Nuggets Dinosaur-Shaped Chicken Breast Patty Fritters with Rib Meat 100% All Natural,” with barcode 064563226406 printed on the box, and lot numbers 161248, 170176, 161248, 170028, 170176, 170213, 170462 and 170497 printed on the internal bag.
  • 24-oz. boxes containing Yummy brand “Yummy! Yummy! Dino Buddies Chicken Breast Nuggets Dinosaur-Shaped Chicken Breast Patty Fritters with Rib Meat 100% All Natural,” with barcode 064563226536 printed on the box, and lot numbers 170183, 161484, 161621, 161633, 170015 and 170556 printed on the internal bag.
  • 80-oz. boxes containing Yummy brand “Yummy! Yummy! Dino Buddies Chicken Breast Nuggets Dinosaur-Shaped Chicken Breast Patty Fritters with Rib Meat,” with barcode 064563226635 printed on the box, and lot numbers 161415, 161566, 170031, 170194 and 161036 printed on the internal bag.
  • 61-oz. boxes containing Yummy brand “Yummy! Yummy! Dino Buddies Chicken Breast Nuggets Dinosaur-Shaped Chicken Breast Patty Fritters with Rib Meat,” with barcode 064563226086 printed on the box, and lot numbers 170216, 170323, 161654, 170026 and 170249 printed on the internal bag.
  • 42-oz. boxes containing Yummy brand “Yummy! Yummy! Dino Buddies Chicken Breast Nuggets Dinosaur-Shaped Chicken Breast Patty Fritters with Rib Meat,” with barcode 064563226079 printed on the box, and lot codes 170308, 170384, 161555, 170005, 170029, 170080, 170477, 170119, 170202, 170290, 170391, 170374, 161333, 161399, 161457, 170033, 161026, 161290, 170007, 170129, 170225, 170304, 170220 and 170456 printed on the internal bag.
  • 24-oz. boxes containing Yummy brand “Yummy! Yummy! Dino Wheels Chicken Breast Rings Wheel-Shaped Chicken Breast Patty Fritters with Rib Meat,” with barcode 064563221302 printed on the box, and lot numbers 161485, 170173, 170175 and 161485 printed on the internal bag.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “348” inside the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations nationwide.

The problem was discovered when the company received notification from an ingredient supplier that the breading products used in the recalled products potentially contained undeclared milk.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution lists will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Chantal Jacques, Maxi Canada, Inc., at (450) 439-9616. Media with questions about the recall can contact Dave Kellogg, Maxi Canada, Inc., at (630) 258-3371.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

USDA Recall Classifications
Class I This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.
Class II This is a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.
Class III This is a situation where the use of the product will not cause adverse health consequences.

Contact:
Congressional and Public Affairs
Sarah R. Lichtman
(202) 720-9113
Press@fsis.usda.gov

Source: USDA

Overhill Farms, Inc. recalls chicken bites products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials

WASHINGTON, 2017-Jun-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Overhill Farms, Inc., a Vernon, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 54,630 pounds of chicken bites products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically bone, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today (June 24, 2017).

The frozen chicken bites were produced on Aug. 30, 2016, Feb. 1, 2017, Feb. 9, 2017 and April 25, 2017. The following products are subject to recall:

  • 3-oz. boxes containing “yummy spoonfuls chicken carrot bites,” with “Best Before” dates of 02/01/18, 02/09/18 and 4/26/2018.
  • 3-oz. boxes containing “yummy spoonfuls chicken sweet potato bites,” with “Best Before” dates of 02/01/18 and 02/09/18.
  • 3-oz. boxes containing “yummy spoonfuls chicken broccoli bites,” with “Best Before” dates of 08/30/17, 02/20/18 and 4/10/18.
  • 30-lb. bulk cases containing Overhill Farms brand “FULLY COOKED ORGANIC CHICKEN BROCCOLI BITES CHICKEN AND VEGETABLE PATTY,” with case code 320422 and packaging date 08/30/16.
  • 30-lb. bulk cases containing Overhill Farms brand “FULLY COOKED ORGANIC CHICKEN CARROT BITES CHICKEN PATTIES WITH CARROTS AND CAULIFLOWER,” with case code 320460 and packaging date 02/09/17.
  • 30-lb. bulk cases containing Overhill Farms brand “FULLY COOKED ORGANIC CHICKEN SWEET POTATO BITES CHICKEN PATTIES WITH SWEET POTATOES, QUINOA & PEAS,” with case code 320430 and packaging dates 02/09/17 and 04/25/17.

The products subject to recall bear establishment numbers “P2824,” “P6009” or “P44058” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations nationwide.

The problem was discovered after the firm received consumer complaints involving bone found in the recalled product.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Yummy Spoonfuls Customer Support, at (844)-986-6948. Media with questions about the recall can contact Katy Saeger, CEO of HARMONICA, at (310) 597-2337.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

USDA Recall Classifications
Class I This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.
Class II This is a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.
Class III This is a situation where the use of the product will not cause adverse health consequences.

Contact:
Congressional and Public Affairs
Sarah R. Lichtman
(202) 720-9113
Press@fsis.usda.gov

Source: USDA

Ein Jahr im Zeichen der Schweizer Berge

BASEL, SWITZERLAND, 2017-Jun-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Heute Morgen wurde auf der Fluonalp im Kanton Obwalden der Alpenparcours der Coop Patenschaft für Berggebiete eröffnet. Anlass dafür bot die Jubiläums-Auftaktfeier der Coop Patenschaft für Berggebiete, die dieses Jahr ihr 75-jähriges Bestehen feiert. Auf einem gemütlichen Rundweg, der über drei Alpen führt, können während des ganzen Sommers knifflige Fragen gelöst und spannende Preise gewonnen werden. Abgerundet wird das Jubiläumsjahr mit einer exklusiven Alpen-Trophy auf der Alp Glaubenbielen im Kanton Obwalden.

Seit 75 Jahren unterstützt die Coop Patenschaft für Berggebiete Projekte von Schweizer Bergbauernfamilien und hilft, deren Existenzgrundlage zu sichern. Allein in den letzten zehn Jahren sind über 42 Millionen Franken zusammengekommen. Dazu trägt auch die Verknüpfung mit der Coop-Eigenmarke «Pro Montagna» bei: Seit 2007 sind durch den Verkauf dieser Produkte über 8,7 Millionen Franken zusammengekommen. «So schliesst sich ein sinnvoller Kreislauf, um das Beste für die Schweizer Bergregionen zu leisten», erklärt Irene Kaufmann, Verwaltungsratspräsidentin der Coop Patenschaft für Berggebiete.

Alpenwanderung für die ganze Familie
Aus Anlass des 75-jährigen Bestehens der Coop Patenschaft für Berggebiete können sich Natur- und Wanderliebhaber vom 23. Juni bis 8. August 2017 auf einen erlebnisreichen Alpenparcours begeben. Der Weg führt über die drei Alpen Jänzimatt, Fluonalp und Glaubenbielen – letztere zwei bewirtschaften nebst ihren Hauskäsereien auch ein Bergbeizli. Auf der insgesamt zwölf Kilometer langen Strecke können passionierte Wanderer die Coop-Eigenmarke «Pro Montagna» auf spielerische Art und Weise kennenlernen, ihr Bergwissen testen und dabei attraktive Preise gewinnen.

Alpen-Trophy zu gewinnen
Die Coop Patenschaft für Berggebiete rundet das Jubiläumsjahr mit einer exklusiven Alpen-Trophy auf der Alp Glaubenbielen ab. Auf über 1’560 m. ü. Meer erwartet Jung und Alt ein spannendes Programm, bei dem kreative Parcours die Fähigkeiten der ganzen Familie testen. Verlost werden Ziegenpatenschaften, Geissen-Bücher von Linard Bardill und vieles mehr. Wer den Sommer über am Alpenparcours teilnimmt, qualifiziert sich automatisch für die Teilnahme am Wettbewerb.

Mehr Informationen zum Jubiläumssommer finden Sie unter dem folgenden Link: www.coop.ch/patenschaft

Kontaktpersonen

Urs Meier
Leiter Medienstelle
Tel. +41 61 336 71 10

Ramón Gander
Mediensprecher
Tel. +41 61 336 71 67

Andrea Bergmann
Mediensprecherin
Tel. +41 61 336 67 37

Angela Wimmer
Mediensprecherin
Tel. +41 61 336 71 87

Source: coop.ch

DIE MIGROS TRITT AUS DER BRANCHENORGANISATION MILCH AUS

DIE MIGROS TRITT AUS DER BRANCHENORGANISATION MILCH AUS

 

Zürich, Switzerland, 2017-Jun-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Die Migros nimmt ihre Verantwortung in der Milchbranche künftig eigenständig und unabhängig wahr und tritt per Ende 2017 aus der Branchenorganisation (BO) Milch aus. Ihren Produzenten wird die Migros weiterhin einen Milchpreis zahlen, der höher ist als der durchschnittlich ausbezahlte Preis für Molkereimilch.

Die Migros ist über ihre Molkerei ELSA eine bedeutende Verarbeiterin von Milchprodukten. Mit ihren Produzenten pflegt die Migros über die ELSA eine enge Partnerschaft, die sich in langjährigen Verträgen und einem überdurchschnittlich hohen Produzentenpreis widerspiegelt. Die Migros hat sich auch im Rahmen der BO Milch seit deren Gründung für die Förderung der Milchwirtschaft auf allen Stufen der Wertschöpfungskette eingesetzt.

Die Migros zahlt als einziger grosser Verarbeiter konsequent den Richtpreis der BO Milch von 65 Rappen/kg. In der BO Milch hat sie sich stets für zukunftsgerichtete Lösungen eingesetzt und sich an die gemeinsam festgelegten Regeln gehalten. Leider muss die Migros heute feststellen, dass ihre konstruktive und loyale Haltung von einzelnen Mitgliedern der BO Milch nicht mitgetragen wird. Verschiedene Akteure haben die Diskussion um den Milchpreis für ihre Partikularinteressen genutzt und sich dabei wiederholt nicht an Abmachungen gehalten.

Für die Migros sind aber konkrete Taten wichtig, von denen die Bauern und Konsumenten profitieren. Aus diesem Grund wird sie ihre Energie in Zukunft dort einbringen, wo sie Wirkung erzielen kann, und überlässt Profilierungsversuche und Ränkespiele den anderen. Dabei ist sich die Migros ihrer wichtigen Rolle in der Schweizer Milchwirtschaft bewusst und sie wird auch in Zukunft ihre Verantwortung gegenüber den Schweizer Milchbauern wahrnehmen. Ebenso wird sie die Entwicklung des Milchmarkts auch ausserhalb der BO Milch aufmerksam verfolgen und den konstruktiven Dialog mit allen pflegen, die an einer positiven Entwicklung des Schweizer Milchwirtschaft interessiert sind.

Für die Milchlieferanten der Migros ändert sich durch diesen Entscheid nichts. Ihnen wird die Migros weiterhin einen Milchpreis bezahlen, der höher ist als der durchschnittlich ausbezahlte Preis für Molkereimilch gemäss der Erhebung des Bundesamtes für Landwirtschaft. Auch der Ladenpreis für Milch bleibt unverändert. Die Kundinnen und Kunden der Migros haben auch in Zukunft die Gewähr, dass die Milchlieferanten der Migros überdurchschnittlich entschädigt werden und sie vom besten Preis-Leistungsverhältnis profitieren.

Contact:
Luzi Weber
Migros-Genossenschafts-Bund
Mediensprecher Migros
TEL: 058 570 38 21 / Mobile 076 366 96 36
E-MAIL: luzi.weber@mgb.ch

Source: Migros

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Starbucks Reserve® bar makes debut in Chile; the first in Latin America

Starbucks Reserve® bar makes debut in Chile; the first in Latin America

 

Seattle, 2017-Jun-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — A mural evokes Santiago’s city life. Ceilings and walls exude the warmth of Aromo wood from Chile’s Maule Region. Local marble represents the ancient caves of Patagonia.

It took Starbucks designer Jeremiah Bailey and his team more than a year to bring the space to life, and now in Santiago, Chile’s vibrant culture is on display at the first Starbucks Reserve® bar in Latin America.

“When designing, we try to uncover unique elements and ideas about a place through our research,” Bailey said. “We can’t be overt about it – we have to find a way to be respectful and humble about learning different cultures and then finding ways to represent them in our designs.”

“We knew that local materials would infuse the space with the DNA of Santiago to make the store feel like home.”

The new store, located in the El Golf neighborhood, features an interactive coffee bar that highlights rare, small-lot Starbucks Reserve coffees from around the world. Baristas are all certified Coffee Masters who handcraft beverages using a variety of state-of-the-art brewing techniques like siphon, Black Eagle manual espresso machines and Nitro Draft Cold Brew taps to bring out the coffees’ flavors. Customers can enjoy the classic Starbucks menu in addition to specialty beverages inspired by the Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Seattle including Sparkling Espresso with Mint and Nitro Cold Brew with Sweet Vanilla Cream. Starbucks® stores with Reserve coffee bars will make up 20 percent of the company’s global store portfolio over time.

Bringing the history of Chile to life through art

The mural, on a massive concrete wall 30 feet wide by 13 feet tall, is a focal point in the café. Bailey found the work of Nicolas Arroyo online and knew right away that his artistic style could tell Chile’s story.

“There is a distinct graphic quality in Santiago seen particularly with street art,” he said. “Nicolas uses this same style, which features bold, thick lines. I had a strong sense that his work would resonate with customers.”

Arroyo grew up in Santiago, the only child of a classical guitarist and nurse, which meant he spent a lot of time alone. He marked his home with drawings on furniture, on walls and in cabinets, which was a segue into graffiti art, which he mastered as a teenager.

Today, Arroyo owns Bespoke, a strategic and foresight design firm in Copenhagen, Denmark, and continues to create fine art, which he displays on social media and in galleries.

“I liked the concept of the mural right away and loved that it was in my hometown of Santiago. I knew that I could represent the history of Chile and many of the cultural norms and behaviors that only those who have lived in the city would know,” Arroyo said. “I now live in a country that is not my own, so when I come home to Santiago, I notice all of the changes in the city. I have an old image of the city, but I also see new things that helped me create a visual collage.”

Arroyo sketched the mural before transferring his work, using Posca markers from Japan for the outline and metallic copper paint to introduce color.

“Given that Starbucks is an international brand, it’s important that the company’s stores have a sense of something local to provide that local context,” Arroyo said. “When you live in a place, you sometimes take it for granted. Santiago is a wonderful city. It’s beautiful and I hope the mural helps remind Chileans just how beautiful it really is.”

“Ultimately, the store is for the customers, but it’s also for the partners,” Bailey said, referring to Starbucks employees in the store. “It was so wonderful to watch partners look around the space for the first time and see their eyes light up. It’s now their new home and they have the chance to bring it to life.”

MEDIA CONTACT:

Global
Phone: 206 318 7100
Email: press@starbucks.com

SOURCE: Starbucks Corporation

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Tesco increases pay deal for hourly paid store colleagues by 10.5% over the next two years

Tesco increases pay deal for hourly paid store colleagues by 10.5% over the next two years

 

CHESHUNT, England, 2017-Jun-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco has today (23 Jun 2017) announced a significant new pay deal for hourly paid store colleagues which will see hourly rates increase by 10.5% over the next two years, from the current rate of £7.62 to £8.42 an hour by November 2018.

These increases, alongside Tesco’s benefits package which includes colleague bonus plan and pension, will take the average store colleague to an equivalent hourly rate of £9.52 by November 2018.

The retailer is also announcing a significantly improved maternity package from October 2017 which will see an additional 14 weeks’ half pay for all colleagues. The eligibility period for this will also reduce from two years to one year from July 2018.

Matt Davies, CEO of Tesco UK, said:

“This reward package sees our biggest investment in store pay for a decade, and gives colleagues a sustainable pay deal that rewards them for everything they do, while allowing us to also attract new talent.

“We also want to do all we can to help working parents and that’s why we are proud to offer a much improved maternity package to our colleagues.”

Hourly pay for store colleagues will increase in three stages:

  • From its current level of £7.62 to £8.02 in November 2017;
  • From £8.02 to £8.18 in July 2018; and
  • From £8.18 to £8.42 in November 2018.

Bucking the trend across the retail sector, Tesco will continue to offer premium payments for Sunday and bank holiday shifts as colleagues have said these are valuable to them. Colleagues will continue to receive time and a half for these shifts until July 2018, when the payments will change to time and a quarter. Under the new agreement 97% of colleagues will be better off. However, any colleagues negatively impacted by the changes will be supported with a lump sum transition payment worth 18 months of the difference in pay, paid in July 2018.

Tesco worked with union, Usdaw and elected colleague representatives to agree the deal.

Notes to editors

As part of the agreement the established rate of pay will now apply to colleagues at three months instead of the current nine months from July 2017.

Source: Tesco

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John Lewis seeks Partners (staff) to fill 300 positions for its new Oxford shop

London, 2017-Jun-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — John Lewis will be welcoming applications for around 300 new jobs, created by its new Oxford shop in the Westgate development, from 23 June.

The retailer is looking for Partners (staff) to fill full-time and part-time positions within the shop, from sales and services assistants, to visual merchandisers to customer support Partners.

As part of John Lewis’s unique Partnership structure, successful applicants will become Partners and co-owners of the business, and will receive a host of benefits including an annual bonus, access to holiday and leisure facilities, and opportunities to build skills outside of work. The Partnership offers some of the best opportunities for people to get into work and get on in life, providing Partners with the opportunity to develop their skills throughout their career.

The recruitment drive demonstrates John Lewis’s long-term commitment to Oxford. The 120,000 sq ft shop represents an £18m investment in Oxford by the retailer, and will open alongside other shops at the Westgate Oxford development on 24 October 2017.

Julie Blake, Branch Manager, John Lewis Oxford: ‘Having joined John Lewis at 18 as a Management Trainee, I know how committed the business is when it comes to investing in its Partners and providing brilliant opportunities for career development. Every John Lewis shop has a unique local identity and Oxford will follow this tradition. We always aim to recruit our hard working, enthusiastic Partners directly from the local community and I look forward to meeting the fantastic team who will launch this shop in October.’

All applicants for roles at John Lewis Oxford should apply via www.jlpjobs.com.

Notes to editors

John Lewis – John Lewis operates 48 John Lewis shops across the UK (34 department stores, 12 John Lewis at home and shops at St Pancras International and Heathrow Terminal 2) as well as johnlewis.com. It is part of the John Lewis Partnership, the UK’s largest example of worker co-ownership and all 30,000 John Lewis staff are Partners in the business. John Lewis,  ‘Best In-Store Experience 2017’, ‘Best Furniture Retailer 2017,’ ‘Best Homewares Retailer 2017’1, typically stocks more than 350,000 separate lines in its department stores across fashion, home and technology. Johnlewis.com stocks over 280.000 products and is consistently ranked one of the top online shopping destinations in the UK. John Lewis Insurance offers a range of comprehensive insurance products – home, car, wedding and event, travel and pet insurance and life cover – delivering the values of expertise, trust and customer service expected from the John Lewis brand.

1Verdict Consumer Satisfaction Awards 2017

You can follow John Lewis on the following social media channels:
www.johnlewis.com/twitter
www.johnlewis.com/facebook
www.johnlewis.com/youtube.

Enquiries
For further information please contact:

Elli Share
Communications Officer, Corporate
Telephone: 020 7798 3145

Source: John Lewis

X5 Retail Group appoints Svetlana Demyashkevich as Chief Financial Officer

Moscow, 2017-Jun-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — X5 Retail Group N.V. (“X5” or “the Company”), a leading Russian food retailer (LSE ticker: “FIVE”), announces that Svetlana Demyashkevich has been appointed as Chief Financial Officer effective from 29 June 2017. Dmitry Gimmelberg has decided to leave the Company, but will temporarily stay on as Advisor to the CEO in order to facilitate a smooth transition.

X5 Retail Group CEO Igor Shekhterman said:

“I would like to thank Dmitry Gimmelberg for his meaningful contribution to the further development of the Company’s financial management function, including improvements to controls and budgeting, as well as streamlining of the investment process.

Svetlana has multifaceted experience in financial management in the banking and corporate sectors. She has worked on setting up and improving the efficiency of business planning, reporting and financial control systems, while also developing successful cooperation with major international financial institutions. With her qualifications and personal qualities,Svetlana will be able to quickly find her place in the X5 team and contribute effectively to the achievement of our strategic goals.”

Svetlana Demyashkevich graduated with honours from the Financial University of the Government of the Russian Federation and is an ACCA qualified accountant. She audited financial institutions at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and was the Financial Controller at UNICEF Russia. Since 2005, Svetlana has held several senior positions at Alfa-Bank, including head of audit and IFRS reporting. She also created and led the financial control service, investor and rating agency relations, the business intelligence centre, and the centralised purchasing service. In her most recent post as Deputy CFO, Svetlana also chaired the tender committee and the credit committee for small- and medium-sized corporate clients, and was involved in the activities of the Boards of Directors of several of the bank’s subsidiaries.

Contact:

Oleg Poletaev
T​: +7 (495) 662-88-88, ext. 22-209

Source: X5 Retail Group

SUPERVALU acquisition of Unified Grocers now complete

MINNEAPOLIS, 2017-Jun-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — SUPERVALU INC. (NYSE: SVU) today (Jun. 23, 2017) announced it has completed the previously announced acquisition of Unified Grocers, Inc. in a transaction valued at $390 million, comprised of $114 million in cash to Unified Grocers’ shareholders for 100 percent of the outstanding stock of Unified Grocers plus the assumption and pay-off at closing of Unified Grocers’ net debt of approximately $276 million.

“The completion of this transaction is a significant step forward for SUPERVALU and the growth of our wholesale business,” said Mark Gross, SUPERVALU’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our teams are fully engaged in the important work of integrating these two great organizations with a continued focus on delivering for our customers and stockholders. We’re excited about working with the many talented associates to supply and serve our expanded and highly diverse customer base.”

About SUPERVALU INC.
(The following information on sales, store counts and employees is as of SUPERVALU’s last fiscal year end and does not include Unified Grocers)

SUPERVALU INC. is one of the largest grocery wholesalers and retailers in the U.S. with annual sales of approximately $12 billion in fiscal 2017. SUPERVALU serves customers across the United States through a network of 2,363 stores including 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.

Founded in 1922, Unified Grocers is a wholesale grocery distributor that supplies independent retailers throughout the western United States. Unified and its subsidiaries offer independent retailers all the resources they need to compete in the supermarket industry.

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.

Albert Heijn en staatssecretaris Klijnsma bundelen krachten voor gezonde voeding in armoedewijken

Albert Heijn en staatssecretaris Klijnsma bundelen krachten voor gezonde voeding in armoedewijken

 

Zaandam, Netherlands, 2017-Jun-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Staatssecretaris Jetta Klijnsma en Albert Heijn directeur Wouter Kolk troffen elkaar vandaag in de Utrechtse wijk Kanaleneiland. Naast de inzet van Wajongers kwam ook het onderwerp armoedebestrijding ter sprake. Albert Heijn wil zich meer gaan inzetten om gezonde voeding beter bereikbaar te maken voor kinderen uit gezinnen met een smalle beurs. Klijnsma en Kolk spraken elkaar eerder over dit onderwerp in het TV programma Jinek.

De afgelopen periode is gekeken hoe bestaande gezonde initiatieven van Albert Heijn, zoals het scholenprogramma ‘Ik eet het beter’ en de samenwerking met Jongeren Op Gezond Gewicht (JOGG) een bijdrage kunnen leveren aan het beleid van de staatssecretaris. Wouter Kolk: “Gezonder eten moet voor iedereen toegankelijk zijn. Met meer dan 900 winkels in Nederland willen wij daarin graag een rol spelen, ook in buurten waar minder te besteden is. We gaan daarom graag met JOGG en lokale gemeenten aan de slag om gezonde initiatieven op te zetten in armoedewijken”.

Afdeling mediarelaties:
pers@ah.nl
088 6590 2020

Source: Albert Heijn

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