Retail Industry Leaders Association praised nominations of Marvin Kaplan and William Emanuel to the NLRB

Arlington , VA, 2017-Jul-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (June 28, 2017), the Retail Industry Leaders Association (RILA) praised the nominations of Marvin Kaplan and William Emanuel to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB). President Trump nominated Kaplan who currently serves as a counsel at the Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission and Emanuel, an attorney with the law firm Littler Mendelson.

“We are thrilled to see Marvin and William nominated to the NLRB. A full and complete NLRB has been one of the top priorities for companies that are grappling with the misguided decisions of the previous Board,” said Evan Armstrong RILA’s Vice President of Government Affairs. “The Board’s decisions that created micro unions, ambush elections, and a new joint employer standard threaten the flexibility and upward mobility that retail employees value. It is critical that the Board is made whole so it can begin the important work to interpret the law in a way that supports innovation, growth, and opportunity. We encourage Senate leadership to move swiftly and look forward to a smooth and seamless confirmation process.”

RILA is the trade association of the world’s 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.

SOURCE: Retail Industry Leaders Association


Christin Fernandez
Vice President, Communications
Phone: 703-600-2039


Carrefour hosted series of initiatives to celebrate diversity and equal opportunities

Carrefour celebrates inclusiveness with its 384,000 employees and takes stock of its progress in equal opportunities

Boulogne-Billancourt, France, 2017-Jul-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — On 30 June, for the 2nd year running, Carrefour celebrates diversity and equal opportunities with a series of initiatives across 10 different countries. The company is also celebrating the daily commitment of its 384,000 employees to inclusiveness. With 12,000 stores which are reflections of the neighbourhoods and communities in which they trade, Carrefour has been a signatory of the Diversity Charter since 2004. All year round, it implements initiatives specifically designed to tackle various local issues, ensuring that diversity is a key feature of all the company’s professions and at all levels.

A balanced gender mix at all levels of the company and across all professions:
+10.7% increase in women in managerial roles since 2011 – women now account for 39.2% of management

Carrefour supports the professional development of its employees and attaches particular importance to the role that women – who make up 57.5% of its staff – play within the company. In a bid to help them get promoted to senior management level, Carrefour launched the “Women Leaders” programme in 2011. While embodying an ambition shared by all countries where the Group operates, this programme is also tailored to cater to specific local situations, encouraging people to share examples of best practice. These initiatives have a tangible impact: there has been a 10.7% increase in the numbers of women in managerial roles – they now account for 39.2% of the Group’s management. Female representation on the Board of Directors is 42%.

  • The Women Leaders programme is implemented on various fronts in various countries with the support of UN Women, with mentoring schemes in France, Italy and Argentina, and the appointment of careers committees whose job is to identify female talent, create women’s networks (France and Italy, Brazil) and enterprise crèches, and prevent gender violence (France, Italy, Argentina, Spain).
  • Carrefour Argentina has introduced a flexible shift scheme incorporating a salary lock with phased return from maternity leave, allowing women to work part time for a full-time salary for up to 6 months after their return to work. Carrefour has also extended its paternity leave allowance to one full week (the law stipulates just 2 days). Carrefour Argentina has doubled the amount of female employees in managerial positions in just two years, with women now accounting for 40% of managerial positions (against 23% in 2014).

Disability, inclusion and keeping people in employment:
+28% employees with disabilities working at Carrefour since 2011, and +8.3% since 2016.

To promote the employment of people with disabilities and keep them in their jobs, Carrefour has implemented initiatives in all the countries where it operates. Carrefour meets and exceeds all legal requirements on this matter, and in countries where no such legal provisions exist, implements action on an ad hoc basis. As a founding member of the ILO’s Global Disability Network, Carrefour employs 12,200 people with disabilities (end 2016). Some examples.

  • In France, employment of people with disabilities in hypermarkets is above the 6% legal threshold, with disabled staff accounting for up to 14% of the workforce in certain hypermarkets. The “Mission Handicap” agreement was launched in 1999 and has been renewed six times since. Agreements and initiatives have also been launched in Carrefour Market stores over the last 10 years, as well as across the supply chain. Carrefour also helps those with mental disabilities, working with the French armed forces to provide immersion traineeships to wounded military personnel. Carrefour also promotes the professional integration of young adults with Asperger’s syndrome (coaching sessions, simulations etc.).
  • In Belgium, Carrefour launched the “Duo Day” programme in 2015, organized in partnership with AWIPH (Walloon agency for the integration of disabled persons). Under this scheme, employees are asked to work in tandem with a disabled person for several days. The campaign is an opportunity for people with disabilities to find out about life in the workplace, and to raise people’s awareness of how these people – who are full of potential – can be employed.
  • In Poland, Carrefour has been working with the Ekon association since 2010 on the professional integration of people with disabilities. Created in 2003, the scheme gives disabled people the chance to take vocational training and helps them join or return to partner companies (of which Carrefour is one). Ekon also provides social supervision, allowing people with disabilities to regain their self-confidence and learn their rights. Carrefour employs 600 people with disabilities, which is 5% of its total workforce.
  • In Brazil, all Carrefour stores employ people with disabilities. Carrefour has deployed the “Eu pratico a inclusão” (I support inclusion) programme, together with the “Meu amigo e especial” (My friend is special) scheme to help them integrate into the company. This volunteer-based policy has increased the number of disabled employees to over 2300.

Youth employment:
34% of Carrefour’s employees are under the age of 30 – that’s 130,500 people. The Group supports employment of young people from all backgrounds, with or without qualifications.

In all the countries where Carrefour operates, it supports initiatives to integrate and include young people through apprenticeship schemes and training programmes.

  • In Brazil, 2700 apprentices have been recruited under Carrefour’s Young Talents programme. And 2000 young people living in shanty towns have been given the opportunity to visit stores, find out about the various jobs available in retail and attend workshops on food-related professions through the Rede Cidade association.
  • In Argentina, Carrefour’s Jovenes con futuro (Youths with Future) programme is designed to provide job opportunities to young people from deprived areas who have had to abandon their studies.
  • In France, Carrefour hired 20,000 young people under the age of 26 in 2016. 6000 of these were on permanent contracts, and 5500 on work/study programmes, with some of them awarded professional qualifications and hired by the Group on completion of their courses. Every year, the retailer holds a Youth Employment Day and a competition to find the best apprentice butcher or baker. Carrefour also supports initiatives to integrate vulnerable young people via its own Employment Centre, in collaboration with training and integration bodies, such as Apprentis d’Auteuil, Tremplins des Restos du Cœur and Ecole de la Deuxième Chance.

Carrefour is also implementing wide-ranging initiatives aimed at young, high-potential graduates. Its Graduate Programmes in France, for example, enable 40 young graduates every year to take on fully-fledged roles at international level, while at the same time receiving customized support. This quickly equips them with the managerial and commercial skills they need. These Graduate Programmes are available for various job functions: managers, digital professions, logistics, hypermarket manager, supermarket manager, etc.

Promoting diversity with labour representatives
Every year, Carrefour enters into nearly 200 agreements with its labour representatives in France and other countries on issues such as employment, disability and gender equality. These include an international agreement formalized in 2015 with international union federation UNI Global Union on the promotion of social dialogue, diversity and respect for basic human rights.

Carrefour joins the Alliance for Apprenticeships
In 2017, Carrefour joined the European Commission’s Alliance for Apprenticeships. In signing the pledge for apprenticeship, Carrefour undertakes to employ young people on work experience programmes and apprenticeships, improve recruitment opportunities on the completion of these initiatives and offer young people international appointments. Carrefour has also introduced an international mentoring charter designed to cultivate the talents of young recruits and their trainers.

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

. By phone:

Switchboard: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 00

For journalists: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 17

. By e-mail: presse_groupe@

Source: Carrefour Group

Carrefour Market makes debut in the Ivory Coast

Carrefour Market makes debut in the Ivory Coast


Ivory Coast, 2017-Jul-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Our partner CFAO is continuing to grow in the Ivory Coast. Following the opening of a first shopping centre incorporating a Carrefour hypermarket in Abidjan in December 2015, a second shopping centre – PlaYce Palmeraie – has just opened and features a Carrefour Market.

The store has a sales area of 2400 sq.m. and stocks a wide selection of local products (sourced from 200 or so local suppliers), as well as Carrefour-brand and national-brand products. Customers can also lunch at the Food Court in one of the shopping centre’s four restaurants before continuing their shopping in its 24 stores.

The Carrefour/CFAO partnership
This partnership began in May 2013 and involves a joint-venture company 55% of which is controlled by CFAO and the remaining 45% by Carrefour. The company operates supermarkets and hypermarkets in PlaYce shopping centres in eight countries throughout the region (Cameroon, Republic of the Congo, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Ghana, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Senegal).
This opening marks another step in a major development plan involving Carrefour, CFAO and other partner brands that will be deployed over the next few years in eight African countries.

Carrefour stores located in PlaYce centres can be of a number of different formats: neighbourhood retailers, supermarkets or hypermarkets.

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

. By phone:

Switchboard: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 00

For journalists: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 17

. By e-mail: presse_groupe@

Source: Carrefour Group


Nordstrom to close Dulles Town Center full-line store in Dulles, Va.; will serve customers through September 8, 2017

DULLES, Va., 2017-Jul-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Nordstrom today (June 30, 2017) announced plans to close its Dulles Town Center full-line store in Dulles, Va., a suburb of Washington D.C. Originally opened in September 2002, the store will serve customers through Friday, September 8, 2017.

“Our strategy is focused on our customers. When it comes to store investments we feel it makes the most sense to look at the total market area versus individual stores. In looking at the greater D.C. market, we feel we can serve our customers better at our other area stores and online,” said Jamie Nordstrom, president of stores for Nordstrom. “We’ve been fortunate to build great relationships with our customers and employees at our Dulles Town Center store for the past 15 years however, our operating agreement is set to expire and closing this store is the best decision for us.”

The store closure will impact about 150 non-seasonal employees. “Given the number of stores in the area, we will be able to offer roles to anyone who wants to stay on with us,” said Nordstrom. Eligible employees who work at the store through their last scheduled shift will be eligible for a separation package.

Nordstrom will continue to serve greater D.C. area customers at five other full-line stores: Tysons Corner Center, Montgomery Mall, Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, Annapolis Mall and The Mall in Columbia. The company also operates 12 Nordstrom Rack stores in the area: Dulles Town Crossing, Fair Lakes Promenade, Tysons Corner, Gaithersburg, Friendship Center, Springfield Town Center, Pentagon Centre, Downtown D.C., 12th Street, Potomac Mills, Columbia Crossing and Annapolis Harbour Center. Nordstrom will also continue to serve customers online at with free shipping and returns.

“Our local market assets, our stores, salespeople, product and services, represent the core of our brand. We’re fortunate to have a high quality portfolio of full-line stores, with all of our stores open more than a year generating positive cash flow,” said Nordstrom. Since 1990, Nordstrom has opened 298 stores and closed 17. The retailer has three full-line stores and 12 Nordstrom Rack stores scheduled to open this fall including a Rack store at Woodmore Towne Center in Glenarden, Md.

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

Jennifer Tice Walker
Nordstrom, Inc.

SOURCE: Nordstrom, Inc.

S Group’s regional cooperatives to acquire Stockmann Delicatessen business operations in Finland

S Group’s regional cooperatives to acquire Stockmann Delicatessen business operations in Finland


Helsinki, Finland, 2017-Jul-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Stockmann and S Group have signed an agreement on the transfer of the Stockmann Delicatessen business operations in Finland to S Group’s regional cooperatives. The purpose of the transaction is to develop the Delicatessen stores into European top-level flagship stores.

The transaction is pending approval from the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority. The goal is to get the approval granted latest by the end of 2017. If approval is granted by that time, the transaction can be executed on 31 December 2017. If the transaction is implemented, all Stockmann Delicatessen employees in Finland will transfer to S Group as existing employees, and the Delicatessen stores will remain in all the Stockmann department stores.

“This is a historic moment for S Group and three of our cooperatives: HOK-Elanto, the Tampere Regional Cooperative and the Turku Regional Cooperative. Everyone in Finland is familiar with the strong Stockmann Delicatessen brand, and we hold it in extremely high regard as well,” says Arttu Laine, Executive Vice President at SOK.

“Stockmann Delicatessen is an institution and a key part of our department stores, now and in the future. We have found an excellent partner that has the willingness and resources to further develop Delicatessen in a competitive manner and to ensure that our customers will continue to have access to excellent service and selections,” says Lauri Veijalainen, CEO of Stockmann.

“A learning opportunity for S Group”

According to Laine, the integration of the Delicatessen stores into S Group would be in line with the Group’s current strategy, which was announced in 2015. S Group aims to improve its range of products and quality of service.

“Our goal is to develop the Delicatessen stores into S Group’s flagship stores. We are aiming for the top level in Europe, and the Delicatessen stores’ highly competent employees will play a crucial role in this respect. We have a great deal to learn from them,” says Laine.

“And the prices will decrease,” he adds.

In accordance with its strategy, Stockmann has been looking for partners that complement the product mix at its department stores and offer new services and experiences for its customers.

“Changes in procurement and logistics operations in particular have affected Stockmann Delicatessen’s competitiveness and accelerated our search for a partner. We are confident that our customers will continue to have access to the best grocery store services in Finland,” says Veijalainen.

What will Delicatessen be like in the future?

S Group is not allowed to participate in Delicatessen’s business operations or their development while approval from the Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority is pending. Furthermore, Stockmann cannot comment on future plans and wishes directed to S Group concerning Delicatessen.

“We want to understand Delicatessen’s customers and their hopes and thoughts. We invite them to discuss the Delicatessen of the future with us. First, we will listen very carefully, and we will engage in active dialogue once the transaction has been approved by the Competition and Consumer Authority,” says Laine.

In the planned transaction, the Delicatessen stores in the centre of Helsinki, Tapiola and in the Itis and Jumbo shopping centres will be transferred to HOK-Elanto. The Delicatessen store in Turku will be transferred to the Turku Regional Cooperative, and the store in Tampere to the Tampere Regional Cooperative.  The Stockmann Delicatessen chain operations will be transferred to SOK. The Stockmann Delicatessen kitchen, which prepares Stockmann Meals foods, will be transferred to Meira Nova, a subsidiary of SOK. The Delicatessen business operations in the Stockmann department stores in the Baltic countries will remain with Stockmann.

More information:

Arttu Laine
Executive Vice President
tel. +358 10 76 81011

Lauri Veijalainen
CEO, Stockmann
tel. +358 9 121 5062

Source: S Group


Intershop named as Company of the Year 2017 by Quadrant Knowledge Solutions

  • Intershop Commerce Suite praised for supporting multiple brands, countries, and touchpoints
  • Intershop highlighted as best-in-class vendor with leadership in strategy, business, and growth performance excellence

Jena, Germany, 2017-Jul-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Intershop Communications AG has been recognized as Company of the Year 2017 in the global digital commerce platforms market by global market research and consulting firm, Quadrant Knowledge Solutions. The Quadrant research identifies Intershop as a best-in-class vendor that ‘exhibits leadership in strategy, business, and growth performance excellence, and has the potential to cause major disruption in the marketplace’.

The research firm analyzed Intershop’s technological capabilities and strengths as part of a comprehensive market study, titled ‘Market Outlook: Digital Commerce Platforms, 2017-2022, Worldwide’. In a Knowledge Brief, published by Quadrant on 6 June 2017, the consultants stress the ability of Intershop’s integrated digital commerce platform to enhance customer relationships across various sales channels including retail, wholesale, mobile, and social media.

The Knowledge Brief highlights the complete set of digital commerce functionalities provided by the Intershop Commerce Suite – from online retail management to customer experience management to order management and fulfillment –, the platform’s operational excellence, as well as the fact that it can be implemented on-premise, in the cloud, or as a managed service.

According to Quadrant Knowledge Solutions, ‘Intershop’s flexible and integrated digital commerce suite is well positioned to help businesses from multiple industry sectors and sizes in overcoming their unique challenges in creating a successful and competitive commerce solution’.

Piyush Dewangan, Industry Research Manager, Quadrant Knowledge Solutions said: “Technology disruption, digital transformation, and the widespread adoption of mobile devices means that organizations are increasingly facing challenges to drive growth. To stay competitive, brands should transform their commerce processes with the customer experience in focus, while streamlining their commerce operations for maximum efficiency. Intershop with its extensive and highly scalable platform is well positioned to enable business growth for companies with multiple brands, countries, and touchpoints, which is why we nominated them Company of the Year in this market.”

Axel Köhler, COO of Intershop Communications AG, said: “We are delighted to be recognized as a leader by Quadrant Knowledge Solutions. Digitalization is opening exciting new opportunities for companies in all industries. Our focus is on supporting our customers in the successful transformation of their commerce processes and customer relationships. A comprehensive, powerful and adaptable platform is key in driving this transformation.”

Quadrant’s research study also provides detailed competitive positioning of other major commerce platform vendors. It can be downloaded here:

About Intershop

Intershop Communications AG (founded in Germany 1992; Prime Standard: ISH2) is the leading independent provider of omni-channel commerce solutions. Intershop offers high-performance packaged software for internet sales, complemented by all necessary services. Intershop also acts as a business process outsourcing provider, covering all aspects of online retailing up to fulfillment. Around the globe more than 300 enterprise customers, including HP, BMW, Würth, and Deutsche Telekom run Intershop solutions. Intershop is headquartered in Jena, Germany, and has offices in the United States, Europe, Australia, and China. More information about Intershop can be found online at

This news release contains forward-looking statements regarding future events or the future financial and operational performance of Intershop. Actual events or performance may differ materially from those contained or implied in such forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties that could lead to such difference could include, among other things: Intershop’s limited operating history, the unpredictability of future revenues and expenses and potential fluctuations in revenues and operating results, significant dependence on large single customer deals, consumer trends, the level of competition, seasonality, risks related to electronic security, possible governmental regulation, and general economic conditions.

SOURCE: Intershop Communications AG

Intershop Public Relations
Head of Corporate Communication
Phone: +49 3641 50-1000
Fax: +49 3641 50-1309

Kesko completes transaction with Yamaha Motor Europe N.V.

Helsinki, 2017-Jul-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Konekesko Ltd, a Kesko Corporation subsidiary, has sold its Yamarin boat business to Inhan Tehtaat Oy Ab, a subsidiary owned by Yamaha Motor Europe N.V. At the same time, the transfer of the representation of Yamaha’s recreational machinery in Finland from Konekesko Ltd to Yamaha Motor Europe N.V. was also completed.

On 19 December 2016, Kesko Corporation announced in a press release that it would sell its Yamarin boat business and Yamaha representation in Finland. The Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority (FCCA) announced on 20 April 2017 that it would approve the transaction. There were no conditions imposed on the completion of the transaction in the decision.

The transaction includes Konekesko Ltd’s Yamarin boat business, the import of Yamaha products and the representations of certain other brands. In 2016, the aggregate pro forma net sales of the operations being sold amounted to €61 million. The parties have agreed that the transaction price will not be disclosed.

Further information:
Investors and analysts:
Kia Aejmelaeus
VP Investor Relations
tel. +358 105 322 533

Riikka Toivonen
Head of Financial Communications
tel. +358 105 323 495,

Source: Kesko Corporation

Kesko and Oriola finalise establishment of joint venture; New chain’s name, concept to be announced

First stores and the online store of the new chain specialising in health, beauty and wellbeing will be opened in the autumn 2017.

Helsinki, 2017-Jul-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — In March of this year, Kesko and Oriola announced their intention to establish a new store chain specialising in comprehensive wellbeing across Finland. Finland’s Competition and Consumer Authority approved the establishment of the joint venture on 26 June 2017 and the establishment of the company has now been finalised. Both parties own 50 per cent of the new company.

The first phase objective is to build a chain of 100 stores and an online store. The plan is to expand the business to include pharmaceuticals if the legislation is amended. Approximately 15 stores will open by the end of 2017. The new chain is estimated to create 1,000 new jobs in Finland.

“Together with Oriola we will build a leading health, beauty and wellbeing chain that Finns can trust. Kesko has extensive experience in the grocery trade and a strong K consumer brand. Oriola, for its part, is a highly valued distributor of health and wellbeing products and an expert in the pharmaceutical sector. We will announce the chain’s name, concept and the location of the first stores in the next few months,” says Jorma Rauhala, Kesko’s Executive Vice President and President for the grocery trade.

“We are delighted that the establishment of the joint venture has now been finalised and its operation can begin. The preparations of the joint venture’s operation together with Kesko have proceeded extremely well and the first stores will be opened in the autumn,” says Kimmo Virtanen, Oriola’s Executive Vice President.

In the first phase, Kesko and Oriola will make a total investment of approximately €25 million in the joint venture.

Kesko and Oriola announced the joint venture with a stock exchange release on 13 March 2017. The future company’s management group will be that, which was named during the spring. Finland’s Competition and Consumer Authority gave permission to establish the company on 26 June  2017.

K Group

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


Oriola is a Finnish listed retail and wholesale company that distributes pharmaceuticals and health and wellbeing products. Oriola has a strong position in the pharmaceuticals market in Sweden, Finland and the Baltics. We promote people’s wellbeing by ensuring safe and efficient distribution of pharmaceuticals and healthcare consumer products and services to our customers. Oriola’s net sales are €1.6 billion, the company has 2,821 employees and 325 pharmacies in Sweden and Latvia. The company is headquartered in Espoo.

Further information:

Karoliina Partanen
Vice President
Kesko grocery trade
tel. +358 40 584 5298

Leena Lahti
Communications Manager
Oriola Oyj
tel. +358 50 367 3304

Source: Kesko Corporation

Kesko completes divestment of Indoor Group to a company owned by Sievi Capital Oyj

Helsinki, 2017-Jul-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kesko Corporation has sold Indoor Group, which is responsible for the Asko and Sotka furniture trade chains, to a company owned by Sievi Capital Oyj, three franchising entrepreneurs from the Sotka chain and Etera Mutual Pension Insurance Company. The debt free price of the sale, structured as a share transaction, was €67 million.

Kesko’s strategic objective is to achieve growth in the Finnish grocery trade, growth and expansion within the building and technical trade in Europe as well as growth in the car trade.

In 2016, the net sales of Indoor Group were €187 million and the operating profit was €9.8 million. The debt free price of the divestment was €67 million of which €62 million was paid in cash and €5 million as an interest bearing loan that the seller grants to the buyer. Kesko Corporation will record a profit of approximately €15 million on the divestment in the second quarter financial results for 2017.

Further information:
Investors and analysts:
Kia Aejmelaeus
VP Investor Relations
tel. +358 105 322 533

Riikka Toivonen
Head of Financial Communications
tel. +358 105 323 495

Source: Kesko Corporation

H&M brand Arket to open its first store in Stockholm in spring 2018

H&M brand Arket to open its first store in Stockholm in spring 2018

ARKET will open its first store in Stockholm (0 0 4 0 0 8 – 9 4 0 ) in spring 2018, following openings in London, Brussels, Copenhagen and Munich, and the launch of the online store in autumn 2017.

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2017-Jul-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Located at Biblioteksgatan 9, in the heart of Stockholm’s shopping district Bibliotekstan, ARKET will offer essential products for men, women, children and the home. The store will also include a café based on the New Nordic Food Manifesto. ARKET’s mission is to democratise quality through widely accessible, well-made, durable products designed to be used and loved for a long time.

The new store will be housed in a building that dates from 1897 and boasts a number of distinctive features of Sweden’s ‘National Romantic’ style. But apart from its architectural pedigree, the building also has an interesting history. It accommodated the original shop of Svenska Hem (Swedish Home), the women’s food cooperative founded in 1905 by the famous Swedish educator and women’s suffragist Anna Whitlock. Members included the Nobel-prizewinning author Selma Lagerlöf, singer-actress Harriet Bosse (wife of the playwright August Strindberg) and the early Swedish feminist Ellen Key.

“We are very fortunate to be opening our first hometown store on Biblioteksgatan, where we’ll find ourselves in great company,” says Managing Director Lars Axelsson. “The Stockholm ARKET store opens spring 2018, but the brand will be present online in Sweden as well as 17 other countries from the first day of our launch on Regent Street in London this autumn.”

For more information, please contact

SOURCE: H & M Hennes & Mauritz AB

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

EROSKI y LUFTHANSA alcanzan un acuerdo para ofrecer nuevas ventajas a los usuarios de la tarjeta de crédito EROSKI Club

EROSKI y LUFTHANSA alcanzan un acuerdo para ofrecer nuevas ventajas a los usuarios de la tarjeta de crédito EROSKI Club


Las compras de cualquier vuelo de Lufthansa pagado con la tarjeta de crédito generarán un ahorro del 5% que será ingresado en la tarjeta EROSKI Club para canjearlo en las próximas compras

ELORRIO, España, 2017-Jul-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — EROSKI y la compañía aérea Lufthansa han alcanzado un acuerdo para incorporar más ahorro y nuevas ventajas a los titulares de la tarjeta de crédito EROSKI Club-Mastercard recientemente lanzada por la cooperativa. El acuerdo ha sido rubricado por el director general de Lufthansa Group para España y Portugal, Carsten Hoffmann, y el director de Viajes EROSKI, Mikel Goienetxe.

A partir de ahora, y hasta el 30 de noviembre, las personas que adquieran cualquier vuelo operado por Lufthansa con la tarjeta de crédito EROSKI Club-Mastercard generarán un ahorro del 5% de importe del vuelo (sobre la base de la tarifa neta, excluyendo tasas) que será ingresado en su tarjeta EROSKI Club para canjearlo en próximas compras en la red de hipermercados y supermercados EROSKI.

Quienes deseen acogerse a esta nueva ventaja de la tarjeta EROSKI Club- Mastercard dispondrán de hasta 90 días desde la fecha de compra del billete para solicitar el ingreso en su tarjeta EROSKI Club.

“En EROSKI continuamos dando pasos para una mayor vinculación con nuestros Socios y Socias Cliente, queremos ofrecerles nuevas soluciones de ahorro y ventajas directas que les hagan la vida más fácil. Este acuerdo nos permite ofrecerles más ahorro a través de la tarjeta de crédito, recientemente lanzada, EROSKI Club-Mastercard”, ha afirmado la directora de EROSKI club, Itxaso Cuesta.

Por su parte, Carsten Hoffmann, director general de Lufthansa, ha señalado que “estamos muy satisfechos de poder colaborar con EROSKI en esta iniciativa y ofrecer a tantos clientes comunes en el País Vasco todavía más ventajas a la hora de disfrutar de los productos y servicios de calidad que ofrece Lufthansa”.

EROSKI lanzó a finales de mayo una nueva tarjeta de crédito EROSKI Club en colaboración con Mastercard y Santander Consumer Finance, con el objetivo de ofrecer nuevas posibilidades de ahorro a los consumidores. Entre las ventajas que ofrece la nueva tarjeta, la posibilidad de convertir en ahorro para su titular el 1% del importe de las compras pagadas fuera de EROSKI* ingresando ese dinero en su tarjeta EROSKI club asociada, como saldo disponible por el Socio Cliente para sus compras en cualquier supermercado, hipermercado, gasolinera, óptica, agencia de viaje o tienda online de la cooperativa.

Además, permite a su titular disponer de hasta 300 euros en efectivo cada día en cualquier tienda EROSKI sin comisión,  contra el límite disponible del titular y en su forma de pago habitual. Atendiendo a la estrategia multicanal de EROSKI, la nueva Tarjeta EROSKI Club-Mastercard ofrece también un servicio gratuito de Compra Segura en internet, además de un seguro gratuito frente a accidentes.

Totalmente gratuita y sin costes de emisión ni mantenimiento, la nueva tarjeta es válida en todo el mundo y tampoco tiene comisiones por cambio de moneda. Permite, asimismo, una total flexibilidad en las formas de pago, en las modalidades de pago inmediato o fin de mes sin ningún coste para todas las compras realizadas con la tarjeta, tanto en EROSKI como en cualquier otro establecimiento ajeno. Además, los Socios Cliente titulares de la nueva Tarjeta de crédito EROSKI Club-Mastercard contarán con campañas especiales de financiación para sus compras en EROSKI, una ventaja adicional especialmente relevante en determinadas épocas del año como las vacaciones, la vuelta al cole o la navidad.

*Quedan excluidas las compras en Hipermercados y sus gasolineras, Supermercados y sus gasolineras, tiendasde Alimentación, usos relacionados con el juego o apuestas y extracciones y disposiciones de efectivo, al no seroperaciones de compra de bienes o servicios. El importe a devolver se calcula sobre las compras netas (restados abonos y devoluciones) según tipología de actividad comunicada por el establecimiento vendedor. ** Hasta 300 € diarios contra tu límite disponible y en tu forma de pago habitual.


EROSKI es el primer grupo de distribución de carácter cooperativo de España y operador de referencia en las regiones de Galicia, País Vasco, Navarra, Cataluña y Baleares. Cuenta con una red comercial de más de 1.800 establecimientos, entre supermercados, hipermercados y cash&carry, además de gasolineras, ópticas, oficinas de viajes, perfumerías y tiendas de equipamiento deportivo. Cuenta más de 33.870 socios cooperativistas y trabajadores.


Lufthansa es la compañía aérea que ofrece mayor número de asientos en rutas internacionales desde Bilbao.  Cuenta cada día con 6 vuelos entre Bilbao y sus hubs de Frankfurt y Múnich, respectivamente, a través de los cuales brinda óptimas conexiones con su red mundial, destacando los enlaces a destinos como Shanghai, México, Bombay o Tokio, entre otros.  Para la temporada de invierno que comienza a finales de Octubre, está prevista la introducción de un nuevo cuarto vuelo diario entre Bilbao y Múnich.  En cuanto al resto de aerolíneas de Lufthansa Group que operan en Bilbao, Brussels cuenta con 4 vuelos diarios entre Bilbao y Bruselas y SWISS con 8 vuelos semanales a Zúrich.

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

Source: Eroski


EROSKI incorpora 311 socias y socios trabajadores a la cooperativa en 2016

EROSKI incorpora 311 socias y socios trabajadores a la cooperativa en 2016


  • Actualmente, y tras las incorporaciones, se elevan a 8.046 sus Socias y Socios Trabajadores
  •  Las Socias y Socios Trabajadores, por su condición de propietarios, son partícipes en la gestión y resultados de la cooperativa
  •  Los nuevos cooperativistas han completado el programa de inserción ”Singular” para acompañarles en la adquisición de conocimientos cooperativos

ELORRIO, España, 2017-Jul-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — EROSKI ha incorporado a 311 trabajadores como socios cooperativistas en 2016 elevando la cifra total de Socias y Socios Trabajadores de la cooperativa matriz a cierre del pasado ejercicio a 8.046 personas. Se suman a las 166 de 2015 que fueron las primeras tras cinco años sin nuevas incorporaciones.

El 79% de las incorporaciones son mujeres. Casi el 93% de las nuevas socias y socios desarrollan su actividad en los hipermercados y supermercados EROSKI, el resto corresponde a Viajes EROSKI, plataforma logística y estructura central. El 95% realiza su actividad en puntos de venta, en su mayor parte en las secciones de frescos donde el modelo comercial “contigo” apuesta por una mayor atención personalizada al cliente.

“Es un motivo de satisfacción continuar extendiendo el modelo cooperativo entre los trabajadores que han manifestado su voluntad y decisión de entrar a participar en la propiedad, en la gestión y en los resultados económicos demostrando su confianza y apoyo al proyecto EROSKI y adquiriendo el protagonismo inherente a la figura del socio trabajador en nuestro modelo empresarial”, ha asegurado el Director General Social de EROSKI, Iñigo Eizaguirre.

En EROSKI las decisiones de mayor calado son debatidas y tomadas en los órganos de gobierno y representación de la cooperativa, en algunos casos, tras realizar también amplios referéndum en los que tienen derecho a participar todas las Socias y Socios Trabajadores.

Los 311 nuevos Socios y Socias Trabajadores han completado el programa de inserción “Singular” que trata de informar, acoger e integrar a los participantes en lo que es y significa el modelo empresarial cooperativo y sus valores, así como el conocimiento de los derechos y obligaciones que se corresponden con sus principios. Durante el programa se imparten contenidos que abarcan desde una visión general de la organización con información sobre el Grupo EROSKI y sus principales señas de identidad, hasta el modelo “contigo” o la gestión franquiciada. Se profundiza también en los aspectos que dan sentido a los comportamientos, a los modos de organizarse y a la manera de interpretar los símbolos del modelo cooperativo.

Estas incorporaciones preservan y fortalecen el singular modelo de gestión cooperativo de EROSKI y deben llevar a ganar en eficiencia y competitividad al conjunto del Grupo por el mayor compromiso que, en adelante, asumen los trabajadores como socios propietarios y, por tanto, partícipes en la gestión y resultados de su empresa.

EROSKI comienza a cerrar el círculo de las señas del nuevo ciclo que ha arrancado y que en su comienzo está marcado por la vuelta a los beneficios de la cooperativa, el regreso a la inversión en aperturas de tiendas propias y la incorporación de nuevos Socios y Socias Trabajadoras.

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

Source: Eroski


H&M Group signs The Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety for another 3-year period

The Bangladesh Accord on Fire and Building Safety is essential in the work to improve the Bangladeshi garment factories. Since fire and building safety is extremely important to us and we want to continue to play an active role, we re-signed the Accord for yet another 3-year period on June 29th.

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, 2017-Jul-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — We are convinced of the positive impact of the work being done within the Accord and that it will reach its long-term aim: to make the textile industry in Bangladesh safer. We see continuous progress, but to further speed up the work and to be able to work on a wider level together with a joint force to reach the whole textile industry in Bangladesh, the work within the Accord is important. We will continue working closely together with IndustriALL to use our combined leverage where needed.

The new Accord agreement will be applicable from June 2018 and continues to consist of a broad coalition of international buyers, trade unions and factories, addressing fire and building safety in the ready-made-garment industry in Bangladesh. It will also continue to add on to our existing sustainability program and strict requirements on our suppliers. One addition in the new agreement is the promotion of freedom of association, another that trade unions are now included in the health and safety trainings.

The remediation work on fire safety in textile factories in Bangladesh is continuously showing progress. The new additional requirements from the Accord are gradually solved at more factories. Please visit the Accord web site or at the H&M web site to see detailed information on the progress.

Camilla Emilsson Falk
+46 8 796 39 95

Source: H&M

IKEA breaks ground for its future Milwaukee-area store slated to open Summer 2018 in Oak Creek, Wisconsin

OAK CREEK, WI, 2017-Jul-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — With company representatives, Oak Creek Mayor Dan Bukiewicz, local officials, and community leaders on-hand, IKEA, the world’s leading home furnishings retailer, today (06/28/2017) officially broke ground for its future Milwaukee-area store that is slated to open Summer 2018 in Oak Creek, Wisconsin. Until then, local customers can shop at the closest IKEA stores: Chicago-area IKEA Bolingbrook and IKEA Schaumburg, and Twin Cities-area IKEA Bloomington, MN; or online at

The 291,000-square-foot future IKEA Oak Creek and its approximately 1,000 parking spaces will be built on 29 acres at the northwestern corner of Interstate 94 and Drexel Avenue, approximately 12 miles south of downtown Milwaukee. IKEA has contracted with Pepper Construction to build the project, and store plans reflect the same unique architectural design for which IKEA stores are known worldwide. In addition, IKEA will evaluate potential on-site power generation to complement its current U.S. renewable energy presence at nearly 90% of its U.S. locations.

“This location will help bring the unique IKEA family-friendly shopping experience closer to many Milwaukee-area customers who currently can shop only at IKEA stores elsewhere or online,” said Lars Petersson, IKEA U.S. president. “The store also will attract new customers from throughout Wisconsin who value good design, good function and affordable prices, but have not had a chance yet to shop at IKEA.”

The future IKEA Oak Creek will feature nearly 10,000 exclusively designed items, 50 inspirational room-settings, three model home interiors, a supervised children’s play area, and a 300-seat restaurant serving Swedish specialties such as meatballs with lingonberries and salmon plates, as well as American dishes. Other family-friendly features include a ‘Children’s IKEA’ area in the Showroom, baby care rooms, play areas throughout the store, and preferred parking. In addition to the more than 500 jobs that are expected during the construction phase, approximately 250 coworkers will join the IKEA family when the new store opens. IKEA Oak Creek also will provide significant annual sales and property tax revenue for local governments and schools.

Candidates interested in working at this employer of choice should begin looking online next year at, where they can apply for diverse positions available in home furnishings sales, interior design, customer service, safety and security, cashiers, maintenance, goods flow, receiving, warehouse and stock replenishment. Among its total coworkers, IKEA Oak Creek also will offer more than 50 food service opportunities in its Restaurant, Swedish Foodmarket, Café Bistro and coworker cafeteria.

Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 390 IKEA stores in 48 countries, including 44 in the U.S. IKEA has been included in rankings of “Best Companies to Work For” and, as further investment in its coworkers, has raised its own minimum wage twice in two years. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information see, @IKEAUSA, @IKEAUSANews, or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.


Joseph Roth
Expansion Public Affairs
(610) 834-0180, x6500

Source: IKEA

Belk announces Southern Designer Showcase winners

CHARLOTTE, N.C., 2017-Jul-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Belk announced the winners of its Fifth Annual Southern Designer Showcase this evening during a poolside, catwalk-style fashion show. The winning collections will be featured in select Belk stores and online in March 2018.

The Southern Designer Showcase began in 2012 to celebrate the regional Southern designers who embody Belk’s Modern. Southern. Style. This year’s five winners were selected out of 13 finalists from dozens of applicants. Tonight’s celebration was the first step of a nine-month journey to potential stardom for these up-and-coming designers.

“This competition allows us to help aspiring individuals accomplish their dreams, while also giving us access to the latest and greatest in southern fashion,” said Nadine Rauer, Belk executive vice president and general merchandising manager of feminine apparel.

This year’s Southern Designer Showcase winners are:

  • Symbology: Marissa Heyl; Grapevine, Texas, women’s apparel
  • Agape Gems: Courtney Johnson; Atlanta, Georgia, women’s accessories
  • Natalie Wood Designs: Natalie & Ken Wood, Irving, Texas, women’s accessories
  • Gigi Carreras: Mia Carreras; Snellville, Georgia, women’s apparel
  • Veronica Ramirez: Veronica Ramirez; Sharpsburg, Georgia, women’s apparel

Southern Designer Showcase winners receive a cash prize and the opportunity to learn about the fashion industry from a brand with more than 125 years of experience. Their designs are sold in store and online next to top names in fashion. From concept to production and merchandising, the Southern Designer Showcase winners will refine their lines for the Belk shopper, learn about production at scale and experience in-store and online merchandising firsthand.

“We could not have chosen a better group of designers who truly embody Belk’s vision,” said Nir Patel, Belk executive vice president and general merchandising manager of men’s, kid’s, home and online. “We are very proud of this year’s results and look forward to offering our customers these phenomenal collections in 2018.”

About Belk, Inc.

Belk, Inc., a private department store company based in Charlotte, N.C., is where Southern customers shop for their perfect Sunday dress, the Saturday night outfit, and where family and community matter most. But Belk is more than shopping – it’s where you find your own unique way to express who you are. It’s where Southern style lives. Shop Belk in 16 Southern states and on to find an assortment of national brands and private-label fashion, shoes and accessories for the entire family, along with top-name cosmetics, a wedding registry and southern style for the home.

For further information:
Andy Izquierdo

Source: Belk, Inc.

Price Rite Supermarkets introduces Wholesome Pantry, a new private-label line of free-from and organic products

Price Rite Supermarkets introduces Wholesome Pantry, a new private-label line of free-from and organic products


Keasbey, NJ, 2017-Jul-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Price Rite Supermarkets, known for its everyday low prices and shopper friendly format, is making it easy for customers to find affordable organic and nutritious products.  The supermarket today (June 30, 2017) announced the addition of Wholesome Pantry, a new private-label line of free-from products, including a variety of USDA-certified organic products, available at all of its more than 60 Price Rite stores in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Maryland, Virginia and New Jersey.

The Wholesome Pantry line features food items made with simple, clean ingredients without artificial additives, flavors, colors and preservatives and packaged with easy-to-read labels. Wholesome Pantry includes organic foods that comply with standards set by the USDA National Organic Program, and the entire product line-up offers shoppers more wholesome, nutritious options to fuel their families at the affordable price points that Price Rite is known for.

“Price Rite is committed to providing our customers with outstanding customer service, variety, value and low prices,” said Neil Duffy, president of Price Rite Supermarkets. “With the introduction of Wholesome Pantry to our stores, we are able to give shoppers accessible, convenient products that they can feel good about giving to their families, without breaking the bank.”

From snacks to frozen foods to pantry staples, Wholesome Pantry extends across the store, with over 30 products currently available on shelves – including almond butter, peanut butter, milk and a variety of frozen fruit and leafy greens – with more slated to be introduced over the course of this year.

Price Rite stores feature a wide selection of fresh produce, organic products and a variety of private label and national grocery brands – at about half the cost of a traditional supermarket. The supermarket chain employs a shopper-friendly, convenient format, including packaged meats; baked goods; a variety of private label and national grocery brands; and dairy and frozen food.

For more information, please visit

About Price Rite
Price Rite is a registered trademark of Wakefern Food Corp., a retailer owned cooperative based in Keasbey, NJ and the largest supermarket cooperative in the United States. Price Rite opened its first store in West Springfield, MA in 1995 and currently operates 63 grocery stores while employing more than 4,000 people in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Maryland, and Virginia. Price Rite offers expanded produce departments and a curated selection of quality food products at exceptional prices. Through its support of local food banks, the annual Check-Out Hunger fundraising campaign and partnership with Feed The Children, Price Rite is a committed member of its local community.  For more information, please visit


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

Maureen Gillespie
Phone: 732-906-5295

Source:  Price Rite Supermarkets


Gap Inc. expands This Way Ahead program to Miami and Vancouver; doubles participation in its 10-week paid internship program

San Francisco , 2017-Jul-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — This month, 1,200 teens and young adults between the ages of 16 and 24 started a 10-week paid internship with Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) at select Gap, Old Navy and Banana Republic stores in the U.S., Canada and the U.K. Gap Inc.’s This Way Ahead program was launched in 2007 to help young people gain the skills and experience needed to land their first job. This year, the company’s summer jobs training program expanded to Miami and Vancouver, and has doubled the number of interns participating from last year. About 300 Gap Inc. stores in 15 cities will host interns this summer.

In 2016, over 70 percent of This Way Ahead graduates received job offers from Gap Inc. after completing their internships. The company created This Way Ahead in response to the ongoing challenges facing unemployed youth. Research shows that getting a first job as a teenager has a profound impact on an individual’s long-term earning potential. For example, being unemployed young can reduce earnings by as much as 20 percent for up to two decades.

The program has also generated proven talent and business benefits for the company. This Way Ahead graduates stay with the company twice as long as their peers and have higher engagement scores than their co-workers. Additionally, the Gap, Banana Republic, and Old Navy employees who volunteer to coach interns develop leadership and mentoring skills. Last year, the company announced its commitment to hire five percent of all new entry-level store employees from graduates of This Way Ahead by 2025.

Prior to beginning their store internships this month, interns participated in job readiness and training sessions with nonprofit organizations. In each city, Gap Inc. partners with local nonprofits that have strong ties to their communities and a track record of running effective job training and life skills programs. Course curriculum includes fundamentals such as resume writing and time management, supplemented by workshops facilitated by Gap Inc. employee volunteers.

About This Way Ahead

Launched in 2007, Gap Inc.’s This Way Ahead program currently operates in 15 cities, including Atlanta, GA; Austin, TX; Boston, MA; Chicago, IL; Houston, TX; Los Angeles, CA; Miami, FL; New York, NY; Philadelphia, PA; San Francisco, CA; Toronto, Canada; Vancouver, Canada; Birmingham, England; London, England; and Manchester, England. By 2020, the company expects 10,000 teens and young adults will have participated in This Way Ahead, receiving job coaching and critical first job experience. To learn more about This Way Ahead, visit

About Gap Inc.

Gap Inc. is a leading global retailer offering clothing, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, and children under the Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Athleta, Intermix and Weddington Way brands. Fiscal year 2016 net sales were $15.5 billion. Gap Inc. products are available for purchase in more than 90 countries worldwide through about 3,200 company-operated stores, about 450 franchise stores, and e-commerce sites. For more information, please visit


Source: GAP Inc.

Dierbergs recalls various Deli Products due to undeclared fish and undeclared milk

Dierbergs recalls various Deli Products due to undeclared fish and undeclared milk


St Louis, 2017-Jul-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dierbergs is recalling various Deli Products with multiple use by dates in all retail stores because undeclared fish (anchovy) in a Caesar dressing and undeclared milk in 2 Santa Fe wraps. People who have allergies to fish and dairy run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

All of the packages have been removed from store shelves. No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem. Product was distributed to all Dierbergs Markets retail locations in eastern and central Missouri and western Illinois.

All ‘Use By’ dates of the following products are included in this recall:

# Retail Products Reason for recall USE-BY-DATE
Grilled Chicken Caesar Wrap 10oz Undeclared Fish
Misbranded; Caesar Dressing has the incorrect ingredients listed
7/2/17 and earlier
Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad 14oz Undeclared Fish
Anchovies are listed but fish is not declared as an allergen
7/1/17 and earlier
Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad 8.5oz Undeclared Fish
Anchovies are listed but fish is not declared as an allergen
7/1/17 and earlier
Classic Pinwheel Appetizer Wrap Platter 12ct Undeclared Fish
Misbranding;  Caesar Dressing has the incorrect ingredients listed
7/2/17 and earlier
Santa Fe Grilled Chicken Wrap 11oz Undeclared Dairy
Misbranding;  Chicken (contains a dairy based additive) and cheese  are not listed as an ingredient on the label
7/2/17 and earlier
Santa Fe Grilled Veggie Wrap 12oz Undeclared Dairy
Misbranding;  Cheese (contains dairy) is not listed as an ingredient on the label
7/2/17 and earlier

The recall was initiated after it was discovered the fish containing (Caesar Dressing) and Dairy containing (Wraps) product was distributed in packages that did not reveal the presence of fish and milk respectively. Subsequent investigation indicated the omissions were the result of ingredient changes in the products. Production of the named products is suspended until FDA and Dierbergs are certain the labeling has been corrected. No other Dierbergs Markets branded products are affected by this recall. To date, Dierbergs Markets have received no reports of illnesses or allergic reactions associated with the recalled products.

Dierbergs Markets is asking consumers who have packages of the product to return them unopened to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact Dierbergs Markets at 1636-532-8884 Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm CDT.

Consumers Contact:
Dierbergs Markets

Media Contact:
Todd Vasel

Source: FDA


Babies“R”Us partners with Huggies to support the No Baby Unhugged initiative

Wayne, NJ, 2017-Jul-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — One in three U.S. parents suffer from the inability to provide fresh, clean diapers for their baby, according to a study by Huggies. To help raise awareness of the nation’s growing diaper need, Babies“R”Us is partnering with Huggies to support the No Baby Unhugged initiative to help ensure some of the 5.3 million babies in the U.S. who live in poor or low-income families benefit from the basic necessities such as diapers and wipes, that all babies need. During the months of July, August and September, Babies“R”Us and Huggies will donate a day’s worth of diapers to the National Diaper Bank Network (up to 1.5 million diapers), when a customer purchases or adds a Value Box of Huggies diapers to their registry in-store or online at

“There is a harsh reality that millions of babies in the U.S. do not have access to basic necessities like clean, dry diapers,” said Robert Magarino, Vice President General Business Manager, Babies“R”Us. “Babies“R”Us is deeply committed to partnering with organizations that lead the way in helping keep children healthy and safe – which is why joining Huggies and the No Baby Unhugged initiative was a natural fit. We are grateful for the chance to work with Huggies to generate awareness and do our part to address a need in the communities where we work and live.”

“Since 2010, our No Baby Unhugged program has donated more than 200 million diapers and wipes to families in need,and yet there is still more to be done,” said Guisy Buonfantino, president of Kimberly-Clark Baby and Child Care North America. “We are excited to partner with Babies“R”Us and the National Diaper Bank Network to help raise awareness for this issue, and donate up to 1.5 million diapers to provide families with the resources they need to care for their babies.”

Here’s How You Can Help
During the months of July, August and September, shoppers who visit a Babies“R”Us store or have the opportunity to help provide families in need with clean, dry diapers. By purchasing or adding a Value Box of Huggies diapers to a registry, Babies“R”Us and Huggies will donate one day’s worth of diapers (up to 1.5 million) to the National Diaper Bank Network, particularly in states that need it most, including New York, Florida and Texas. The No Baby Unhugged program was developed by Huggies in 2010 and works to combat diaper need – the inability to provide fresh, clean diapers for baby. According to Huggies’ Every Little Bottom study1 , diaper need is a struggle that one in three American families face, often times leading to health risks in children caused by reuse of soiled diapers, as well as child development delays due to exclusion from early childhood education programs.

Learn more about closing the diaper gap: Babies “R”Us and Huggies Provide 1.5 Million Diapers to Babies In-Need

1Huggies, Huggies Every Little Bottom Study: Diaper Need in the U.S. and Canada (Huggies: June 2010), 1-48.

About Toys“R”Us, Inc.

Toys“R”Us, Inc. is the world’s leading dedicated toy and baby products retailer, offering a differentiated shopping experience through its family of brands. Merchandise is sold in 883 Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us stores in the United States, Puerto Rico and Guam, and in 795 international stores and 254 licensed stores in 37 countries and jurisdictions. With its strong portfolio of e-commerce sites including and, the company provides shoppers with a broad online selection of distinctive toy and baby products. Toys“R”Us, Inc. is headquartered in Wayne, NJ, and has an annual workforce of approximately 60,000 employees worldwide. The company is committed to serving its communities as a caring and reputable neighbor through programs dedicated to keeping kids safe and helping them in times of need. Since 1992, the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund, a public charity affiliated with Toys“R”Us, Inc., has donated more than $130 million in grants to children’s charities. For more information, visit or follow @ToysRUsNews on Twitter. Follow Toys“R”Us and Babies“R”Us on Facebook at and and on Twitter at and

Charitable Giving at Toys“R”Us

Toys“R”Us, Inc. is a global partner in philanthropic programs that advocate for the safety and happiness of all children. The company places a strong focus on partners and programs that provide basic necessities and opportunities for children in-need. Together with its charitable arm, the Toys“R”Us Children’s Fund, Toys“R”Us has contributed more than $230 million to changing the lives of children around the globe.

About the Huggies Brand

Huggies believes deeply in the Power of Hugs. That’s why every Huggies diaper and wipe is inspired by parents’ hugs. For nearly 40 years, Huggies has been helping parents provide love, care and reassurance to help babies thrive. No Baby Unhugged is Huggies promise to ensure babies get the care they need to thrive – from innovative everyday products, growing hospital hugger programs and specially-designed products for the tiniest of babies, to diapers and wipes donations. Huggies is the fastest growing diaper brand in hospitals and partners with NICU nurses to develop diapers and wipes that meet the specific needs of pre-term infants. For more information on Huggies No Baby Unhugged program visit the “Why Huggies?” page at

About Kimberly-Clark

Kimberly-Clark (NYSE: KMB) and its well-known global brands are an indispensable part of life for people in more than 175 countries. Every day, nearly a quarter of the world’s population trust Kimberly-Clark brands and the solutions they provide to enhance their health, hygiene and well-being. With brands such as Kleenex, Scott, Huggies, Pull-Ups, Kotex and Depend, Kimberly-Clark holds the No.1 or No. 2 share positions in 80 countries. To keep up with the latest news and to learn more about the Company’s 145-year history of innovation, visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.


Taylor O’Donnell
Toys”R”Us Public Relations

Jessica Offerjost
Toys “R”Us Public Relations

Source: Toys “R”Us  Inc.

Sequential Brands expands its lifestyle brand Heelys® with activewear for children

NEW YORK, 2017-Jul-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sequential Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:SQBG) (“Sequential” or the “Company”) announced today ( June 29, 2017 ) a key category expansion for its lifestyle brand Heelys® as it entered into a long-term license agreement with Sugar Plum NY to produce a line of activewear for children.

Heelys first activewear collection will launch in Spring 2018 and feature girls’ skorts, leggings, shorts, capris, tank tops, tee shirts and hoodies in a variety of unique and sassy prints, vibrant solids and dynamic combinations of both. A line of boys’ active apparel will launch Holiday 2018.

“In the past four years, Sequential has reinvigorated the Heely’s brand, more than doubled the core business in footwear with our partner BBC, and expanded to new categories, first in backpacks and now in activewear.  We believe the brand is well positioned for continued growth, and this new launch will further strengthen Heelys as a lifestyle brand in the global market,” said Chad Wagenheim, EVP, Strategic Development at Sequential.

“We are thrilled to partner with Sequential to bring children fun athleisure wear in quality fabrics. Our collection of pants, shorts, tops and hoodies in eye-catching colors complement the Heelys footwear styles we know children will love to wear,” added Michael Fallas, President and Owner of Sugar Plum NY, a leading children’s apparel distributor.

The Heelys Activewear Collection will be on display at Sugar Plum NY’s booth at Children’s Club from August 6 — 8 at the Jacob Javits Center in New York and at Children’s Club Magic from August 14-16 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

In addition, Heelys Footwear Collection will be on display at BBC International’s booth at FN Platform, the footwear trade forum also taking place August 14-16 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Founded in 1999, Heelys quickly became a breakout success in the world of action sports among children and teens with its innovative wheeled footwear. Heelys core product is patented dual-purpose footwear that feature a removable wheel located in the heel, transforming the shoes into stealth skates and giving users the freedom to seamlessly transition from walking or running to skating by shifting their weight to their heel. When the wheels are easily removed, the shoe performs just like any other shoe. For more information, visit

Sequential Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:SQBG) owns, promotes, markets, and licenses a portfolio of consumer brands in the home, fashion, and active categories. Sequential seeks to ensure that its brands continue to thrive and grow by employing strong brand management, design and marketing teams. Sequential has licensed and intends to license its brands in a variety of consumer categories to retailers, wholesalers and distributors in the United States and around the world. For more information, please visit Sequential’s website at: To inquire about licensing opportunities, please email:

Media Contact:
For Sequential Brands Group
Katherine Nash
(512) 757-2566

Source: Sequential Brands Group/globenewswire

Golub Corporation opens its latest Market 32 store in Clifton Park, N.Y.

Clifton Park, N.Y., 2017-Jul-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Golub Corporation cut the ribbon today (June 27, 2017 ) on its latest Market 32 that was built from the ground up in Clifton Park, N.Y., which serves as another showcase of the chain’s contemporary new supermarket concept.

“Market 32 is a contemporary, food-focused store that reflects what our customers have told us they want in a modern and convenient shopping experience,” said Scott Grimmett, Golub Corporation president and CEO. “We continue to evolve our Market 32 brand, incorporating the offers, enhanced service and technology that are resonating most with today’s customers.”

Located at the corner of Route 146 and Vischer Ferry Road, this Market 32 is nearly twice the size of the Price Chopper that was formerly located on this lot and is the centerpiece of a redesigned Clifton Park Plaza and a new parking area that is being developed by Nigro Companies. This is the second Market 32 located in Clifton Park; Market 32 in Clifton Shoppers World, further east on Route 146, opened in 2015.

Golub Corporation Executive Chairman Neil Golub, President and CEO Scott Grimmett, Vice Chairman Jerry Golub, and Store Manager Ed Gendron, NYS Assemblywoman Mary Beth Walsh, Deputy Chief of Staff to Senator Jim Tedisco Christopher Rhodes, Senior Constituent Representative to Congressman Paul Tonko Cora Schroeter, Clifton Park Town Supervisor Phil Barrett, Developer John Nigro of Nigro Companies, President of MLB Construction Jim Dawsey, President of the Southern Saratoga Chamber Pete Bardunias and other elected officials and civic and business leaders joined hundreds of local residents for an official ribbon-cutting ceremony. The American flag was raised by members of VFW Post #1498.

This is the 15th Market 32 to open since the company announced its plans to develop the new brand across the majority of its stores. To date, 11 of the company’s Price Chopper stores have been converted to Market 32,
while four have been built from the ground up in Sutton, Mass. (opened in October 2015); Oxford, Conn. (in September 2016), Fort Edward, N.Y. (in January 2017), and Clifton Park. Several conversions are currently in motion
across the chain’s six-state footprint in East Greenbush, N.Y.; Burlington and Brattleboro, VT; and Worcester, Mass. The Golub Corporation also expects to break ground on a new Market 32 in Maynard, Mass. this summer.

The look and feel of Market 32 is distinctively more modern than Price Chopper, though many of the differences are subtle. Marked by open space, a décor filled with soft earth tones and product-focused displays, murals and lighting, the brand emphasizes convenient, ready-to-eat foods; fresh, handcrafted and locally grown, produced and manufactured products; and intuitive product/department adjacencies (e.g., greeting cards next to the
floral department).

“Our newest Clifton Park Market 32 is a grocery store for all generations. And while we remain focused on quality, value, and a high standard of service, we’ve enhanced the shopping experience with modern conveniences and a host of signature categories, items and offers – from customized prepared foods to drive-thru pharmacies,patisseries, cafés equipped with WIFI and growler stations that raise the bar in meeting the needs of today’s
customers,” said Grimmett.

The 52,400-square-foot store employs nearly 160 full- and part-time teammates, reflecting a significant increase in the size of the workforce, which has also become a signature of the chain’s new brand. Some of the
departmental features of the new Clifton Park Market 32 include:
• A Center Store (Grocery and General Merchandise) department features PICS – Market 32’s exclusive line of high-quality, value-priced products; a customizable ‘pick 24’ on single-serve PICS brand coffee pods; an expanded craft beer section with a ‘Pick 6’ and large variety of local N.Y. favorites; locally sourced products (both dry packaged and dairy); natural and organic offerings integrated into their relative categories; and an expansive gluten-free section.
• A full-service, Fresh Meat Department offers an extensive variety of high-quality Certified Angus Beef steaks and roasts, including specialty restaurant cuts such as the tomahawk rib steak and bone-in filet. Our exclusive
Chiappetti brand offers 100% Grass Fed & Grass Finished Antibiotic Free beef along with all natural and hormone-free lamb and veal. Convenient, value-added offerings include panko-encrusted cutlets and marinated meats, along with the option to season or marinate any of our USDA Grade chicken, beef and pork products for free by our in-store expert butchers.
• A wide-ranging, colorful and Fresh Produce Department features an abundance of unique items such as heirloom tomatoes, fresh bunches of herbs, a wide variety of exotic mushrooms and a large selection of many different types of peppers. Market 32 is dedicated to finding local providers for produce (as possible, given growing seasons) and is committed to an expanded assortment of organic produce. Additionally, customers will find an assortment of prepared, ready-to-cook and grab-n-go fruit and vegetables.
• The Fresh and Healthy Seafood Department offers the most extensive assortment of salmon found in a supermarket, including wild caught, farm raised, Scottish, cedar planked, marinated portions, stuffed pinwheels, and a delectable, exclusive New Zealand King Salmon – all in all, more than three dozen varieties from which to choose. The extensive fin fish selection includes sea bass, halibut portions, tilapia, haddock; the varieties of shellfish include lobster, clams, shrimp and crab. Fresh seafood selections fried or steamed to order, with classic sides such as coleslaw and French fries, top a menu of full prepared meals, while selections dredged in free seasoning rubs, or those that have been breaded or stuffed offer simple, ready-to-cook
• A Fresh Deli Department features quality sliced meats and cheeses that help to create healthy meal solutions, such as those from McKenzie Natural Artisan Deli, whose offerings include turkeys sourced from local family farms, raised with no antibiotics and no growth hormones, and hams with no nitrates.
• An expanded Specialty Cheese Department features Market 32’s signature Cheese Shop with more than 200 varieties of unique cheeses, including those from local makers. Our knowledgeable cheese mongers are there to help customers sample and select the right cheese every time, whether for entertaining or snacking.
• Convenient, Delicious and Healthy Prepared Foods are available throughout the store so shoppers can bring home full meals or supplement meals without sacrificing freshness or value. Offerings include a full-service
Starbucks; a made-to-order salad station where shoppers can customize their salad; classic NYC-style deli sandwiches; fresh-baked Corner to Corner and Tavoletta pizzas; a variety of hot and cold soups; an in-store smoker that slow cooks ribs, brisket, chicken and pulled pork with Market 32’s signature rub; sushi and Aburi (toasted sushi) made fresh in store; Grab & Go and Heat & Eat meals; and, a unique Chef’s Case that offers entrees and sides, giving shoppers the opportunity to customize their meal combinations.
• A colorful and aromatic Floral Department with flowers to brighten any room or occasion greets Market 32 shoppers as they enter the store. As the largest florist in the Northeast, Market 32 has a wide array of assorted fresh flowers and plants. With custom design services, Market 32 floral experts can help customers design the perfect flowers for all of life’s occasions.
• A warm and inviting Bakery Department provides delicious store-made breads and desserts, signature Vienna breads and decadent individual deserts such as fruit tarts and cupcakes, as well as dessert and special
occasion cakes.

Throughout Market 32, customers will notice a commitment to supporting local manufacturers and growers, sourcing authentic imports, and expanding varieties of gluten-free, organic and natural products.

“We’re very proud of this store and pleased to continue to invest in and be a part of this community,” said Grimmett.

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

Mona Golub
The Golub Corporation/Market32

Jonathan M. Pierce,APR
Pierce Communications

Source: Price Chopper and Market 32

CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. announces promotion of Alan Lebovitz to SVP – management

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., 2017-Jul-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBL & Associates Properties, Inc. (NYSE:CBL) announced today (June 30, 2017) that Alan Lebovitz has been promoted to senior vice president – management, effective July 1st. He succeeds Jerry Sink who recently retired from CBL after a 25 year career with the company.  As SVP of CBL’s management division, Lebovitz is responsible for overseeing the staff and operations of the Company’s 123 properties representing 76.9 million square feet and approximately 300 personnel.  He will spearhead CBL’s strategic initiatives to provide superior experiences for customers as well as efforts to generate additional revenues and income throughout the portfolio.  In addition, Lebovitz will continue to oversee the company’s third party and asset management services.

“Alan is well-respected for his enthusiastic hands-on and team-centric management style,” said Stephen Lebovitz, president & chief executive officer. “His breadth of experience in various divisions throughout his tenure at CBL makes him the ideal candidate to lead our management division into the future. Alan has in depth knowledge of the CBL portfolio and strong relationships with the mall teams.  We look forward to Alan bringing new ideas to our management area including ways to improve the customer experience and greater use of technology for communication and analytics.  Alan is well respected as a leader within the organization and we are pleased to recognize his accomplishments and contributions through this well-deserved promotion.”

Lebovitz joined CBL in 1995 as assistant general manager and tenant coordinator at WestGate Mall in Spartanburg, South Carolina. He relocated to CBL’s corporate headquarters in Chattanooga in 1997 as a project manager in the development division and worked on both new mall, community center and outparcel development as well as redevelopment projects. After progressing through various positions in development, leasing and management, Lebovitz was promoted in 2002 to VP – Asset Management and in 2009 was promoted to SVP – Asset Management and focused on strategic planning and growth initiatives. Prior to joining CBL, Lebovitz worked with Goldman, Sachs & Co in New York in real estate asset management and as a retail demographic analyst in Chicago, Illinois. Lebovitz received his BA from Northwestern University and his MBA from Vanderbilt’s OWEN Graduate School of Management.

About CBL & Associates Properties, Inc.
Headquartered in Chattanooga, TN, CBL is one of the largest and most active owners and developers of malls and shopping centers in the United States. CBL owns, holds interests in or manages 123 properties, including 80 regional malls/open-air centers. The properties are located in 27 states and total 76.9 million square feet including 5.9 million square feet of non-owned shopping centers managed for third parties. Additional information can be found at

Source: CBL & Associates Properties, Inc.

FOCUS Brands appoints Kat Cole as Chief Operating Officer and President, North America

ATLANTA, 2017-Jul-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — FOCUS Brands, the franchisor of iconic brands Auntie Anne’s® , Carvel®, Cinnabon®, McAlister’s Deli®, Moe’s Southwest Grill® and Schlotzsky’s®, continues on the path of industry leading growth by today (June 19, 2017) announcing that Kat Cole has been named Chief Operating Officer and President, North America.  In this new position, Kat will lead the company’s domestic franchise brands in addition to its licensing division.

“Leveraging her deep industry experience and track record of achieving step-change in previous assignments at FOCUS Brands, Kat’s thought leadership, broad executive experience and exceptional communication skills position her well to enable our brand leaders to drive our business with accelerated energy,” said Steve DeSutter, CEO, FOCUS Brands. “Those who have ever met Kat know that she is a uniquely skilled leader. She’s purpose-driven and has the demonstrated ability to bridge the worlds of franchising, large global brands, innovation and entrepreneurship with her collaborative management style.”

Paul Damico, who previously held the position of President, North America, has been named Chief Executive Officer of Naf Naf Grill. “Over the past nine years, in his role as President of Moe’s Southwest Grill and most recently as the leader for all of our brands domestically, Paul had made a big impact on our business and helped us achieve impressive results,” said DeSutter. “It has been a pleasure to work with him, and we truly wish him the best as he takes on this next new role.”

FOCUS Brands is poised for growth in the industry. As a leading developer of global multi-channel foodservice brands, FOCUS has more than 5,000 locations globally and is experiencing growth that is being driven by its focus on consumers, technology, and multichannel development to grow existing markets and bring its concepts to new markets in exciting and relevant ways.

Cole joined FOCUS Brands seven years ago as President of Cinnabon and for the past three years has served as President of FOCUS Brands Global Channels group. Cole has had a central role working in partnership with DeSutter to design and deploy the company’s multi-brand and multi-channel operating model designed to accelerate growth by leveraging the strength and collective power of the company’s multiple brands.

“There has never been a more dynamic time for our brands to stand out in their respective categories. Being bold, purpose driven, authentic and results oriented are central to optimizing our opportunities and impact,” said Cole. “I’m thrilled to leverage the company’s talent, technology and capabilities to connect with our fans, stand for something that’s clear and connected through all we are and do, and drive growth of our amazing brands and businesses with our franchisees and licensees.”

Cole has a long leadership history within the industry, including on the Women’s Foodservice Forum (WFF) Board of Directors since 2009, Executive Committee from 2012 to 2015, and Chair of the Board in 2015 and 2016.  She has a deep connection to purpose and global impact through humanitarian work globally, serves as a member of the United Nations Global Entrepreneur’s Council, and participates in organizations and initiatives in the U.S. and in Africa to help individuals and villages elevate themselves out of poverty.

Recognized for her ongoing impact, Cole was named one of FORTUNE Magazine’s “40 under 40”, named to CNBC’s top 25 Disruptors, Innovators and Leaders, and received the Distinguished Young Alumni award from Georgia State University J. Mack Robinson School of Business. She received her MBA from Georgia State University and honorary doctorate from Johnson and Wales University.

About FOCUS Brands Inc.

Atlanta-based FOCUS Brands Inc. is a leading developer of global multi-channel foodservice brands. FOCUS is the franchisor and operator of more than 5,000 ice cream shoppes, bakeries, restaurants and cafes in the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and 60 foreign countries under the iconic brand names you know and love: Carvel®, Cinnabon®, Schlotzsky’s®, Moe’s Southwest Grill®, Auntie Anne’s® and McAlister’s Deli®, as well as Seattle’s Best Coffee® on certain military bases and in certain international markets. FOCUS is also the sixth largest food and beverage licensor in the world, extending its brands into alternative channels through grocery, consumer products, foodservice and ecommerce. Please visit for more information.

Source: FOCUS Brands Inc.

Medewerkers Albert Heijn 8 weken op expeditie in Afrika

Zaandam, Netherlands, 2017-Jul-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Al jaren haalt Albert Heijn groente en fruit uit Afrika. Maar waarom zo ver? En hoe staat het met de kwaliteit en levert het ook wat op voor de lokale gemeenschap? Vier jonge winkelmedewerkers van Albert Heijn gaan het met eigen ogen ontdekken. Erik, Esmee, Sander en Esmee werkzaam bij Albert Heijn Nijmegen, Tiel, Nootdorp en Amstelveen vertrekken a.s. zondag 2 juli voor acht weken naar Ghana, Kenia, Zimbabwe, Zambia en Zuid-Afrika voor Expeditie AHFRIKA. Elke week krijgen ze een challenge en strijden ze in twee teams tegen elkaar. Op zoek naar de verhalen over Albert Heijn in Afrika, en over de Albert Heijn Foundation die dit jaar 10 jaar bestaat. Expeditie AHFRIKA is vanaf 12 juli wekelijks te volgen via

De AH Foundation

In 2007 heeft Albert Heijn samen met ontwikkelingsorganisaties ICCO en Fair Match Support de AH Foundation opgericht. De Foundation investeert in projecten op het gebied van huisvesting, medische zorg, onderwijs en economische ontwikkeling. Jaarlijks doneren Albert Heijn en zijn leveranciers een percentage van de omzet in de Foundation. Deze intensieve samenwerking met leveranciers levert naast een voortdurende kwaliteit en beschikbaarheid van mooie producten ook nieuwe kansen voor lokale gemeenschappen en kleine boeren op.

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Source: Albert Heijn

Bundestafel-Treffen 2017: REWE und PENNY spenden Tafeln rund 25 Tonnen langhaltbare Lebensmittel

Koln, Deutschland, 2017-Jul-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Die REWE Group unterstützt gemeinsam mit REWE und PENNY das diesjährige Bundestafeltreffen in Potsdam. Den Auftakt der Veranstaltung in der Metropolishalle machte gestern (30.06.) die Mitgliederversammlung der Tafeln (9:00 bis 16:00 Uhr) sowie ab 18:30 Uhr eine festliche Abendveranstaltung, bei der dann die über 1.000 ehrenamtlichen Tafel-Helfer im Mittelpunkt standen. Die REWE Group stellte als Dankeschön für den Einsatz der Ehrenamtlichen Lebensmittel und Getränke kostenlos zur Verfügung. Heute (01.07.) gibt es ab 11 Uhr die traditionelle Lange Tafel, in diesem Jahr auf dem Luisenplatz. Dorthin sind alle Bürger eingeladen, gemeinsam bei einem Grillfest zu essen und sich über die Arbeit der Tafeln – neben der Potsdamer gibt es im ganzen Bundegebiet noch rund 900 weitere – zu informieren. Die insgesamt über einhundert Meter Lange Tafel sehen Schirmherr Potsdams Oberbürgermeister Jann Jakobs und Jochen Brühl, Vorsitzender des Bundesverbands der Tafeln, als starkes Zeichen der Solidarität und Mitmenschlichkeit. Auch hier stellt die REWE Group Lebensmittel und Getränke kostenlos zur Verfügung. Unterstützt wird das Fest durch das örtliche DRK und Überraschungsstars der Vorabendserie „GZSZ“.

„Wir arbeiten mit den Tafeln und dem Bundesverband seit 1996 zusammen. Über die Jahrzehnte ist ein enges und vertrauensvolles Miteinander daraus erwachsen. Uns eint der Anspruch, Menschen, die unsere Unterstützung benötigen, schnell und unbürokratisch zu helfen. Uns verbindet auch, dass wir uns gemeinsam gegen die Vernichtung von Lebensmitteln stellen. REWE und PENNY verkaufen mittlerweile im Jahresdurchschnitt 99 Prozent ihrer Lebensmittel. Das Gros des verbleibenden Prozents spenden wir den Tafeln“, sagt Martin Brüning, Leiter der REWE Group-Unternehmenskommunikation.

Spannend wird es ab 13:15 Uhr. Denn dann wird bekannt gegeben, wie die Stadtwette ausgegangen ist. Am 6. April hatten Jann Jakobs und Jochen Brühl gewettet, ob die Potsdamer es schaffen binnen eines Tages, unterstützt von den Spielerinnen von Turbine Potsdam, maximal 2019 (Jann Jakobs) oder mehr als 2020 Tore (Jochen Brühl) zu schießen. Verliert der OB die Wette, wird er die Potsdamer Tafel einen Tag lang aktiv unterstützen. Mehr noch: REWE und PENNY haben sich verpflichtet, in diesem Fall jeweils pro Tor zehn Kilogramm Lebensmittel zu spenden und das Ergebnis auf maximal 25 Tonnen aufzustocken. Die Spende setzt sich speziell aus langhaltbaren Lebensmitteln zusammen wie Mehl, Reis, Nudeln, Zucker oder Konserven. Hilfe, die die Tafeln dringend benötigt, denn nicht zuletzt wegen der Flüchtlingsströme ist die Anzahl derjenigen gestiegen, die auf die Unterstützung der Tafeln angewiesen sind.

„Wir können die Folgen von Armut zwar lindern, aber nicht deren Ursachen beseitigen. Über 1,5 Millionen Menschen kommen regelmäßig zu den Tafeln, davon 24 Prozent Rentnerinnen und Rentner. Diese Zahl hat sich seit 2007 verdoppelt und wir gehen davon aus, dass sie noch weiter steigen wird. Mit der öffentlichen Langen Tafel in Potsdam zu unserem 22. Bundestafeltreffen möchten wir unter anderem auf diese Missstände aufmerksam machen und die Politik an ihre Aufgaben erinnern und zum Handeln auffordern“, sagt Jochen Brühl, Vorsitzender des Bundesverbands Deutsche Tafel

„Als selbstständiger REWE-Kaufmann kenne ich die Situation in Potsdam sehr gut. Ich weiß, dass trotz voller Regale und praller Einkaufskörbe für viele Mitbürger dieser Stadt es nicht selbstverständlich ist, regelmäßig etwas zu essen zu haben. Daher unterstütze ich seit Jahren die Potsdamer Tafel mit Spenden. Umso mehr freue ich mich, heute stellvertretend den Tafeln symbolisch den REWE-Wetteinsatz von 12,5 Tonnen Lebensmitteln zu überreichen. Verlieren kann auch Spaß machen“, so REWE-Kaufmann Michael Batz, der seit 2006 einen modernen 2.200 Quadratmeter großen Supermarkt an der Ludwig-Boltzmann-Straße 8 betreibt.

Daniel Perpeet, Vertriebsleiter der PENNY-Region Großbeeren, ergänzt: „PENNY verfügt als Discounter über ein fokussiertes Sortiment. Dennoch engagieren wir uns seit 2007 aktiv für die Tafeln. Wir zeigen damit einerseits unsere Solidarität mit Menschen, die unsere Unterstützung benötigen. Und wir setzen uns damit aktiv gegen Food Waste ein. Lebensmittel sollen den Menschen zugutekommen und nicht vernichtet werden, nur weil sie eine Druckstelle haben oder das Mindesthaltbarkeitsdatum in einigen Tagen abläuft. Auch wir sind stolze Verlierer und spenden unseren 12,5 Tonnen schweren Einsatz sehr gerne.“

Seit 1996 Unterstützung für die Tafeln
Die REWE Group engagiert sich seit Jahrzehnten erfolgreich dafür, dass so wenig Lebensmittel wie möglich vernichtet werden müssen. Denn verantwortliches Handeln im Sinne der Gemeinschaft ist für die genossenschaftlich organisierte REWE Group integraler Bestandteil der Unternehmenskultur.

Mittlerweile verkaufen die Supermärkte (REWE) und Discountfilialen (PENNY) im Jahresdurchschnitt bis zu 99 Prozent ihrer Lebensmittel. Das Gros des verbleibenden Prozents stellt die REWE bereits seit 1996 (PENNY seit 2007) kostenlos den bundesweit rund 900 lokalen Tafel-Initiativen zur Verfügung. Das gilt für Lebensmittel, die nicht mehr verkauft, aber dennoch bedenkenlos verzehrt werden können. Das ist beispielsweise der Joghurt, dessen Mindesthaltbarkeitsdatum zeitnah abläuft, oder der Apfel mit einer Druckstelle. Grundsätzlich handelt es sich um frische und/oder unverpackte Lebensmittel wie Milch, Joghurt sowie Obst und Gemüse.

Nicht an die Tafeln abgegeben werden Lebensmittel, die verdorben sind, die ein Verbrauchsdatum haben (z.B. Frischfleisch oder -fisch) oder aber – aufgrund ihrer Kühlpflichtigkeit – nicht von den Tafeln angenommen werden können. Diese Lebensmittel müssen entsprechend der gesetzlichen und hygienischen Vorgaben sachgerecht entsorgt werden. Moderne Prognosesysteme – teilweise unter Berücksichtigung von Wettervorhersagen – und automatisierte Bestellverfahren unterstützt durch die kaufmännische Erfahrung der Mitarbeiter ermöglichen schon heute eine sehr gute und bedarfsgerechte Versorgung der Märkte mit frischer Ware. Kurze Transportwege zwischen Lagerstandorten und den Märkten, eine lückenlose Kühlung von der Herstellung bis ins Regal, aber auch regelmäßige Schulungen der Mitarbeiter, tragen dazu bei, die Verlustquoten auf ein Minimum zu reduzieren. Die Mitarbeiter in Märkten kontrollieren nach marktindividuell festgelegten Intervallen täglich die Mindesthaltbarkeitsdaten der Produkte. Produkte, die das Mindesthaltbarkeitsdatum in wenigen Tagen erreichen, werden bei REWE und PENNY bis zu 30 Prozent preisreduziert angeboten.

Über die REWE Group

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

Für Rückfragen:
REWE Group-Unternehmenskommunikation
Tel: +49 221 149 1050
Fax: +49 221 138898

Source: REWE Group

Foodstuffs stops selling microbead products in all stores

It’s July 1 and Foodstuffs New World, PAK’nSAVE and Four Square stores are now microbead free
• 12 months ahead of a proposed government ban
• Microbead Amnesty in all New World stores starts July 10

Auckland, New Zealand, 2017-Jul-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Foodstuffs is doing their bit for the oceans and marine life by refusing to sell microbead products in any stores. The tiny beads of plastic used as an exfoliating agent in many skin cleansing products have been finding their way into drains and ultimately the marine environment where they can be consumed by marine animals.

It takes a collective approach to make such a change. “We’ve had a fantastic reaction from our suppliers and customers to the news that we’ve banned microbeads. It’s just one of the many things we’re doing to have a positive impact on our environment. That said, there’s more work to be done and we are working on new ways to reduce our impact across a range of areas,” says Steve Anderson, Managing Director, Foodstuffs New Zealand.

From 10 July customers will be able to take one microbead product in any condition into their local New World supermarket and swap it for a free full sized sample of microbead-free Essano Rosehip Gentle Facial Exfoliator. A schedule of dates and times for when the Amnesty is happening at each New World store is available online at

Foodstuffs is pushing ahead on a number of environmental initiatives including waste minimisation at store, food donation, recyclable packaging, natural refrigeration and electric vehicle roll out. As a foundation partner of the Packaging Forum’s Soft Plastics Recycling Programme, Foodstuffs is diverting over five tonnes a week of packaging away from NZ landfills and into new products such as street furniture and decking.

The product collected in the Microbead Amnesty will be recycled and the surrendered microbeads will be turned into an exciting product – yet to be revealed, which will ensure that none of the beads end up in the ocean.

Tel: +64 4 472 6435
Fax:+64 4 472 6412

Source: Foodstuffs NZ

Make your pet’s birthday special with PetSmart’s first-ever Birthday Collection

Dog Party Author, DIY Expert, Kimberly Schlegel Whitman, Gives Additional Entertaining Tips for a Great Pup Gathering

PHOENIX, Ariz., 2017-Jul-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — According to the 2016 American Pet Products Association (APPA) National Pet Owners Survey, nearly 30 percent of pet parents buy their dogs birthday gifts. PetSmart is here to serve pet parents across North America with the launch of its first-ever Birthday Collection, an assortment of festive toys, treats, apparel and accessories available year-round to celebrate birthdays and “Gotcha Days” – the day a pet was adopted.

The collection is available at all the 1,500-plus PetSmart stores across North America and at the Birthday Shop, with items starting at just $4. Included in the festive line are puppy party hats, an “It’s My Birthday” bandana, “Happy Birthday to Me” and “Woof it Up! It’s My Birthday!” tees, plush and vinyl squeaker toys featuring colorful cupcakes, a birthday cake complete with candles and gift boxes, as well as a range of treats like the “Happy Birthday” frosted bone cookie, Birthday Cake Bites, the Pup-Pie Dog Treat, and the Molly’s Barkery at-home decorating kit with biscuits, icing and sprinkles.

“The PetSmart Birthday Collection features a range of items to make birthday or Gotcha Day celebrations even more festive and fun with our pets,” said Kimberly Schlegel Whitman, DIY expert and author of Dog Parties: Entertaining Your Party Animals. “I love the colorful and fun items in the collection.  Whether you are looking for a great gift for a pet, a treat for a four-legged friend or for ways to enhance your next pet party, PetSmart has it all!”

Schlegel Whitman also offered these practical and celebratory tips to throw the perfect dog birthday bash:


  • Create a fun dog-themed invitation to set the tone for the party. Consider a headline like “Calling All Party Animals” or “Please Join the Pawty.” Use graphical treatments like paw prints, dog bones or dogs donning party hats. Set expectations in your invite with “please join us with your dog on his/her favorite leash.”

Keeping it Friendly:

  • Limit your dog guests to 10-12 for small breed and a max of eight for larger breed dogs.
  • Invite guests you know, including dogs with whom your pup has socialized, so it’s not a first-time meeting at the party.

The Space:

  • Contain the doggie space with a fenced in area. Consider using inexpensive, easy-to-install white picket fencing to create the dedicated pup birthday space.

Play Fun Games:

  • Musical Sit is like Musical Chairs. Use hula hoops in lieu of chairs laid out in your backyard and play Elvis’ famed hit, Hound Dog. When the music stops, pet parent and dog must be in the hoop with the dog sitting, which also reinforces the sit command. As the rounds continue, a hula hoop is removed each time until there is one remaining pup – the winner of the game.
  • Trick for Treat: Set up a dog treat table with 3-4 different types of treats and have each pet parent show off their dog’s skills from sitting to more elaborate tricks like dancing.


  • Create a shareable pupsicle. Take a large pail and fill with water and some low-sodium chicken broth. Place colorful toy items from the PetSmart Birthday Collection and freeze in layers. Tip the large pupsicle out onto a low-standing silver platter and place it on the ground. This will offer a tidier option for puppy hydration than bowls of water and lots of fun as the dogs together lick their way to festive birthday-themed toys.
  • Serve up this sharable Pup-Pie Cake complete with birthday candles and a group sing-along of Happy Birthday To You!
  • Offer delicious pet-themed food for humans – like bone shaped tea sandwiches or chili dogs and a specialty drink like the Salty Dog.
  • Keep the doggie and human fare separated. Today’s dog treats look so delicious, it’s hard to tell them apart!


  • Create dog-themed décor like flower vases trimmed with bone-shaped doggie biscuits using a colorful ribbon to affix the biscuits to the vase or create a gift table swagged with a DIY pennant streamer featuring dog faces. Simply cut craft paper ears and tongues, use a marker to make eyes and a nose, add pipe cleaner whiskers and attach them to a classic pennant, transforming the triangles into doggie faces.
  • Set up a “photo booth” area with hats, apparel, bandanas, toys and more from the PetSmart Birthday Collection. Use a large picture frame with “Pup’s First Birthday” using colorful Styrofoam letters as an old-fashioned frame-up for the solo or duo-dog photos. This is also the perfect spot to shoot a fun social-worthy group photo of all the doggie guests in their festive birthday party hats with the birthday dog front and center.
  • Create a take-home Doggie Bag with festive items from the PetSmart Birthday Collection like the Squeaker Cupcake Toy, Happy Birthday Cookie and Birthday Hat. Keep the Doggie Bags by the door for guests to take as they depart the party.

About PetSmart®

PetSmart, Inc. is the largest specialty pet retailer of services and solutions for the lifetime needs of pets. At PetSmart, we love pets, and we believe pets make us better people. Every day with every connection, PetSmart’s passionate associates help bring pet parents closer to their pets so they, together, can live more fulfilled lives. This vision impacts everything we do for our customers, the way we support our associates and how we give back to our communities. We employ approximately 55,000 associates, operate more than 1,500 pet stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, as well as more than 200 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities. PetSmart provides a broad range of competitively priced pet food and products, as well as pet-focused services such as dog training, pet grooming, pet boarding, PetSmart® Doggie Day Camp® and pet adoption. PetSmart, together with non-profits PetSmart Charities® and PetSmart Charities™ of Canada, invite more than 3,000 animal welfare organizations to bring adoptable pets into stores so they have the best chance possible of finding a forever home. Through this in-store adoption program and other signature events, PetSmart has facilitated more than 7.4 million adoptions – more than any other brick-and-mortar organization. The company’s portfolio of digital resources for pet parents includes,,,,,, AllPaws, an online pet adoption platform that helps potential pet parents find the perfect pet to adopt based on their home, family and lifestyle, as well as BlogPaws, the world’s first pet blogger and influencer network. Through these digital platforms, PetSmart offers the most comprehensive online pet supplies and pet care information in the U.S. In celebration of its 30th anniversary, PetSmart launched its Buy a Bag, Give a Meal™ program in March 2017. For every bag of cat or dog food purchased March 1 – Dec. 31, 2017, PetSmart will donate a meal to pets in need and expects to donate more than 60 million meals in 2017*.

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*Ends 12/31/17.  5 oz. dog food, 1.5 oz. cat food donated to PetSmart Charities to feed dogs and cats in need.  See details at The actual number of meals donated is based on dog and cat food bags sold.  The meal donation estimate is based on historic sales for similar time periods. No guaranteed amount. Rescue Bank and Feeding America will help distribute a large portion of the pet food donation in the U.S.

Source: PetSmart Inc.