New partnership brings SPAR brand to Cyprus

Cyprus, 2017-Jul-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — SPAR International has announced an exciting new partnership with Ermes Department Stores PLC, a member of The Cyprus Trading Corporation PLC, the largest and most diversified listed Group in Cyprus. The new entity, SPAR Cyprus, aims to become the leading wholesale and retail service provider to independent retailers in Cyprus, through expert leadership, cooperation and support. The brand will be developed with local adaptation to global best practice.

The partnership between the world’s largest voluntary food retail chain and Cyprus’s leading retail company will bring a new dynamic to the competitive retail market in the country. Both entities bring a wealth of experience and expertise to this new venture. SPAR, which has 12,545 stores in 44 countries, recently reported sales of €33.1 billion for 2016.

Today (JULY 10, 2017), Ermes is the leading retail company in Cyprus in Apparel, Cosmetics, DIY and Electronics, operating more than 90 retail shops, seven of which are in Greece, with over 75,000sq m of retail space. Ermes retail brands portfolio includes Debenhams, NEXT, Oviesse, Forever 21, Armani Exchange, Tommy Hilfiger, Diesel, Superdry, Desigual, Pepe jeans, Springfield, Cortefiel, Oasis, Warehouse and many more.

SPAR Cyprus will focus on the opening of company owned food retail outlets, whilst in parallel expanding the SPAR footprint of stores through actively partnering with independent retailers. The first SPAR stores to open in Cyrus are planned for Q1 2018 with a target of opening of more than 20 SPAR Supermarkets over the coming five years. The stores will be both independent retailer conversions to the SPAR brand and new company owned greenfield SPAR Supermarkets to be developed by Ermes.

SPAR International is providing support through retail layout and design, own brand product procurement, retail staff training and development, supply chain optimisation, retail location assessment, project management, retail operations, and brand building marketing campaigns. This access to international SPAR best practice will be combined with local expertise and skills to provide independent retailers with a full package of solutions and tools to enable them to thrive and survive in a very competitive market. The range of international support services to independents does not currently exist within the other buying groups in the market.

Speaking about the announcement, Managing Director of SPAR International Tobias Wasmuht said “The introduction of SPAR to Cyprus provides the leading independent retailers of Cyprus the possibility to respond to growing market concentration in Cyprus of national and international chains, whilst meeting the needs of both local and international tourist shoppers. Unifying together as SPAR Cyprus permits the progressive independent retailers of Cyprus to maintain their independence, whilst seizing the benefits of a strong international food retail brand with the scale benefits of a buying group operating on both a national and international level. We are delighted to partner with the Ermes Group to bring SPAR to Cyprus and are confident in the future success of our partnership”.

Marios Shacolas of the Ermes Group said “The Ermes Group’s Vision for the future is to maintain market leadership in Cyprus and through new strategic alliances and associations create the right framework for continued profitable growth without compromising our social responsibility. Whilst we will benefit from the SPAR global network and support services, we will not lose sight of our need to strengthen local manufacturers, distributors and retailers, giving back to our local economy. This new partnership with SPAR is the perfect opportunity to achieve this vision and we are very confident in this new venture.”


SPAR International
Tel: +3120 626 6749

Source: Spar International

SPAR Hungary announces further expansion in the first half of 2017

Hungary, 2017-Jul-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — SPAR Hungary has announced impressive growth figures for 2016, growing partnerships with independent retailers and further expansion in the first half of 2017.

2016 marked SPAR’s 25th anniversary in Hungary. During the year, SPAR Hungary announced the opening of 46 new stores across the country, including 22 SPAR Express forecourt outlets. The number of independent retailers rose by an impressive 25%, bringing the total to more than 80.

Mark Maczelka, Head of Communications for SPAR Hungary, said that 2016 was “especially significant for the expansion of the network” and noted that investment in stores, staff training and refurbishment of the meat processing plant at Bicske delivered a 4.6% growth in sales for Hungary to €1.65 billion.

SPAR Hungary has continued this upward trajectory in 2017, focusing in particular on the hybrid of petrol stations and SPAR stores and sub-licencing arrangements with independent Hungarian retailers. During the first five months of 2017, this network of 129 shops welcomed 13 new additions, providing jobs to almost 1,500 employees and generating a turnover of more than 30 billion HUF per annum.

Bringing quality convenience to the consumer is an integral pillar of SPAR’s continued expansion in Hungary. Six of the new stores are integrated within petrol forecourts and open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. A further seven spread across Budapest, Cegléd and Csólyospálos, bring the SPAR brand to shoppers enthusiastic to access SPAR Own Brand, promotional offers and service focus.

Sub-licencing to independent retailers continues to be an attractive business model, providing a range of key advantages to Hungarian retailers: a diverse choice of goods, six deliveries of products each week, marketing, advertising and promotional support as well as use of SPAR’s IT system and the SuperShop loyalty initiative.


SPAR International
Tel: +3120 626 6749

Source: Spar International


Metro Inc. to release its 3Q 2017 financial results on August 15th, 2017

Montreal, 2017-Jul-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Metro Inc. will be releasing its financial results for the Third Quarter of 2017 on August 15th, 2017. This release will be followed by a conference call at 9:00 a.m. EDT.

Mr. Eric R. La Flèche, President & CEO and Mr. François Thibault, Executive Vice President & CFO will hold the conference call intended for investors and financial analysts to review the financial results. This conference call will be followed by a question and answer period and is expected to last approximately 60 minutes.

The analysts and institutional investors are invited to access the conference call, by dialing 647.427.7450 or 1.888.231.8191 (access code 51081346) or via the website by clicking here. The journalists as well as the public may access this conference via a listen mode only. A replay will be available approximately one hour after the call at 1.855.859.2056 (access code 51081346) or via the website by clicking here, until 23:59 EDT on September 14, 2017.

Metro Inc.
With annual sales of over $12 billion and over 65,000 employees, METRO INC. is a leader in the food and pharmaceutical distribution in Quebec and Ontario, where it operates a network of more than 600 food stores under several banners including Metro, Metro Plus, Super C and Food Basics, as well as over 250 drugstores under the Brunet, Metro Pharmacy and Drug Basics banners.

For further information:

Roberto Sbrugnera
Vice President, Treasury, Risks and Investor Relations
Metro Inc.
514 643-1000

Source: Metro Inc.

DC Aviation Al-Futtaim starts offering jet fuel from its base in Dubai South at Al Maktoum International Airport

DC Aviation Al-Futtaim starts offering jet fuel from its base in Dubai South at Al Maktoum International Airport


Dubai, UAE, 2017-Jul-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starting this month, DC Aviation Al-Futtaim (DCAF), the joint venture between DC Aviation Group and Al-Futtaim, is offering its private and business jet clients competitively priced jet fuel from their base in Dubai South at Al Maktoum International Airport.

With the addition of this new service, DCAF offers its customers a full turnkey solution including Aircraft Management, Maintenance, FBO and Ground handling services as well as Business jet charter.

“Providing excellent service and highest level of convenience has always been the cornerstone of our business. By expanding our services to include the sale of Jet A-1 fuel at a competitive price, we are in a position to offer the full range of services to our customers,” said Holger Ostheimer, Managing Director of DC Aviation Al-Futtaim.

For more information on DCAF’s facilities and services, please visit or call +971 4 870 1800.

Source: Al-Futtaim


The all new 2018 Toyota Corolla arrives at Al-Futtaim Motors

The all new 2018 Toyota Corolla arrives at Al-Futtaim Motors


Dubai, UAE, 2017-Jul-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Al-Futtaim Motors, leader in sustainable mobility and exclusive distributor of Toyota in the UAE, has announced the launch of the 2018 Toyota Corolla, with two efficient and enjoyable engines, including a choice of 1.6-litre and a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engines, combining great fuel economy with driving pleasure.

Keeping the dynamic and modern design unveiled with the 2017 Corolla, the latest iteration of this crowd favourite features a premium interior, outstanding fuel efficiency offering up to 27% better efficiency than its nearest competitor thanks to its efficient engine choices and the Multi Drive 7S transmission, in addition to a host of new standard safety features across the range.

“For more than fifty years, Corolla has been the workhorse that many Emiratis have depended on for their daily commutes around the UAE. It is a symbol of the quality, durability and reliability that has become synonymous with Toyota,” said Saud Abbasi, Managing Director of Toyota at Al-Futtaim Motors.

“For 2018, customers can expect to get even more value for their money, with more engine choices, more grades and a host of standard features that will make their driving experience even more enjoyable, while maintaining Corolla’s legendary fuel efficiency and driving pleasure.”

All new 2018 Corolla comes with a host of new standard safety features, including Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Tire Pressure Warning System (TPWS) and Rear Fog Lamps.

The Corolla SE 1.6-litre comes with Wireless Door Lock, 4-speaker Audio with CD, Auxiliary, USB and Bluetooth, steering wheel controls for audio and telephone, Dual Front Airbags, Cruise Control, and Rear Parking Sensors.

The Corolla SE+ 1.6-litre adds 15-inch alloy wheels, while the Corolla Limited 1.6-litre comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, a leather-trimmed steering wheel, Smart Entry and Push Start Button, Optitron speedometer with TFT Display, front fog lamps, folding door mirrors, chrome door handles, and a 6-speaker sound system.

The 2.0-litre equipped Corolla SE comes equipped with all the standard amenities available on the 1.6-litre variant, in addition to 15-inch alloy wheels and a 6-speaker sound system, while the SE+ also adds 16-inch alloys and a 6-speaker sound system with addition steering wheel MID controls.

The top of the range 2.0-litre Corolla Limited comes with standard Daytime Running Lights (DRL), LED headlights, auto headlight levelling, sunroof and auto air conditioning.

The 2018 Corolla is offered in 8 different exterior colours, with standard fabric seats across the range.

Prices start at AED 67,500 for the 1.6-litre Corolla SE, AED 69,900 for the 1.6-litre Corolla SE+, and AED 73,900 for the 1.6-litre Corolla Limited. The 2.0-litre Corolla SE is priced at AED 71,500, while the 2.0-litre Corolla SE+ comes in at AED 74,900, and AED 78,900 for the 2.0-litre Corolla Limited.

For more information about the new 2018 Toyota Corolla and available offers, or to book a test drive, please visit

Source: Al-Futtaim


BJ’s Restaurants teams up with DoorDash to launch on-demand delivery service

Doorstep in Minutes Now offering on-demand delivery from 61 BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse® locations in 12 metro areas

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., 2017-Jul-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ:BJRI) announced a new partnership with DoorDash, the on-demand delivery platform operating in more than 500 cities nationwide, with lunch, dinner and late night delivery. Guests now have access to BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse’s entire menu of food and beverages that can be delivered directly to their doorsteps as late as 1 a.m. in select cities.

The initial launch of the delivery partnership will be available at 61 BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse® locations throughout Northern California, Southern California, Las Vegas, Dallas/Ft. Worth, Houston, San Antonio, Denver, Indianapolis, Washington D.C., Miami, Columbus and Seattle.

“We are excited to combine BJ’s vast selection of food and beverages with the convenience and reliability of DoorDash,” said Greg Trojan, President and CEO of BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. “This partnership gives us tremendous opportunity to bring our broad menu to new and existing guests, who are looking for a variety of items to meet their delivery needs.”

“We are excited to partner with BJ’s to provide families across the U.S. with simpler and more convenient ways to get their favorite pizzas, entrees and drinks,” said Tony Xu, CEO of DoorDash. “Our goal is to offer delivery from the very best restaurants in every city and our partnership with BJ’s brings us one step closer to meeting that vision.”

Guests can fully customize their orders online or with the tap of the DoorDash app. DoorDashpromises food and drink for delivery within an hour, though most orders arrive in 30 minutes or less.

To get started with BJ’s delivery, visit or download the DoorDash app for Android or iOS.

About BJ’s Restaurants, Inc.
BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. currently owns and operates 194 casual dining restaurants under the BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse®, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery®, BJ’s Pizza & Grill® and BJ’s Grill® brand names. BJ’s Restaurants offer an innovative and broad menu featuring award-winning, signature deep-dish pizza complemented with generously portioned salads, appetizers, sandwiches, soups, pastas, entrees and desserts, including the Pizookie® dessert. Quality, flavor, value, moderate prices and sincere service remain distinct attributes of the BJ’s experience.  All restaurants feature BJ’s critically acclaimed proprietary craft beers, which are produced at several of the Company’s Restaurant & Brewery locations, its two brewpubs in Texas and by independent third party craft brewers.

The Company’s restaurants are located in the 24 states of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington. Visit BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. on the Web at for locations and additional information.

About DoorDash:
DoorDash is a technology company that connects customers with their favorite local and national businesses in more than 500 cities across the United States and Canada. Founded in the summer of 2013, DoorDash empowers merchants to grow their businesses by offering on-demand delivery, data-driven insights, and better in-store efficiency, providing delightful experiences from door to door. By building the last mile delivery infrastructure for local cities, DoorDash is bringing communities closer, one doorstep at a time. Read more on the DoorDash blog or at

Media Contacts:
BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse
Lauren Hendeles

Eitan Bencuya

Source: BJ’s Restaurants, Inc./globenewswire




Schönbühl, Switzerland, 2017-Jul-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — 206 Lehrabgängerinnen und Lehrabgänger der Migros Aare feierten am 7. Juli ihren Abschluss. Das entspricht einer Erfolgsquote von hohen 98 Prozent. 10 Lernende platzierten sich gar in den eidgenössischen Rängen. 110 von den Lehrabgängern haben innerhalb der Migros Aare eine Stelle gefunden und werden im Unternehmen weiterbeschäftigt.

Diesen Abend werden die Lernenden der Migros Aare noch lange in Erinnerung behalten. Der Apéro Riche und die After-Party waren bloss die Krönung der stilvollen Lehrab­schluss­feier im Pavillon im Gurten – Park im Grünen. Zuvor fanden Ehrungen statt. Anton Gäumann, Geschäftsleiter der Genossenschaft Migros Aare, sprach zu den jungen Berufsleuten und gratulierte zu den erfolgreichen Abschlüssen.

98 Prozent waren erfolgreich
Die Zahlen, die anlässlich der Feier präsentiert wurden, sind eindrücklich: Geehrt wurden insgesamt 206 Lehrabgängerinnen und Lehrabgänger. Das entspricht einer Erfolgsquote von hohen 98 Prozent. Die beste Gesamtnote (5,7) erreichten Celine Fankhauser, Büroassistentin, OBI Thun Panoramacenter und Lea Loretz, Detailshandelsassistentin, VOI Trimbach. 9 Lernende aus der Migros Aare und 1 Lernende VOI platzierten sich gar in den eidgenössischen Rängen. Zur Feier fanden sich auch 213 Gäste ein – darunter Berufsbildende, Kaderleute und Mitarbeitende. Sie alle trugen zum Erfolg bei, indem sie die Lernenden während ihrer Ausbildung mit Rat und Tat unterstützten und gleichzeitig ihre Talente förderten.

Neue Mitglieder in der Migros-Aare-Familie
Als grösste private Arbeitgeberin der Region mit knapp 12‘000 Mitarbeitenden werden bei der Genossenschaft Migros Aare (Aargau, Bern, Solothurn) über 600 Lernende in 23 verschiedenen Berufen ausgebildet. 110 von den Lehrabgängern haben innerhalb der Migros Aare eine Stelle gefunden und werden im Unternehmen weiterbeschäftigt. Im August treten Stand heute 279 Frauen und Männer die Nachfolge der nun erfolgreich gewesenen Lehrabgängerinnen und Lehrabgänger an. Als jüngste Mitglieder der Migros-Aare-Familie lassen sie sich in den kommenden Jahren zur Detailhandelsfachfrau, zum Informatiker oder zum Restaurationsfachmann ausbilden – um nur ein paar wenige Berufsbeispiele zu nennen.


Andrea Bauer
TEL: +41 58 565 87 08

Source: Migros


Walgreens Healthcare Clinics in 17 new markets will be able to prescribe PrEP for HIV Prevention

Company broadly expands prevention efforts following successful rollout in April

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2017-Jul-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walgreens today (July 10, 2017) announced that beginning July 13, providers at Walgreens Healthcare Clinic locations in 17 new markets will be able to prescribe PrEP (Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis), a medication protocol for people who don’t have HIV to help proactively protect against HIV infection.  The markets include Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus (Ohio), Dallas, Denver, Kansas City, Knoxville, Las Vegas, Louisville, Memphis, Nashville, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Tucson, Washington D.C., and Wichita.

“In late April, we began prescribing PrEP at our Walgreens Healthcare Clinic locations in the Houston area,” said Pat Carroll, MD, chief medical officer for Walgreens Healthcare Clinics. “Over the past few months, local AIDS organizations across the Houston area have referred patients to our clinics. In addition, our patients in Houston have commended us for giving them an easy option to learn more about PrEP and, if applicable, after a consultation, to get a prescription from one of our providers.”

In addition, also in late April, Walgreens Healthcare Clinics in these and other locations began offering evaluation and testing for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), including HIV, Hepatitis B and C, chlamydia, gonorrhea and other conditions, as well as treatment, counseling and referral, as applicable.

Following an initial PrEP consultation with a patient, Healthcare Clinic providers will be able to conduct tests for HIV and other STIs, as needed.  Upon review of test results, providers will conduct a follow-up visit and may prescribe PrEP, as necessary.   When taken daily as directed, PrEP can reduce the risk of HIV infection by more than 90 percent when used consistently.

“As we continue to help improve the comprehensive health and wellbeing of our patients, while also supporting communities across the nation that are impacted by HIV, we are looking forward to rolling out our prevention initiative more broadly,” said Dr. Carroll.

About Walgreens
Walgreens (, one of the nation’s largest drugstore chains, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. More than 10 million customers interact with Walgreens each day in communities across America, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,175 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, along with its omnichannel business, Approximately 400 Walgreens stores offer Healthcare Clinic or other provider retail clinic services.


Scott Goldberg

Source:: Walgreens

Starbucks to increase its investments in agronomy and technology training to support the next generation of Colombian coffee farmers

Starbucks to increase its investments in agronomy and technology training to support the next generation of Colombian coffee farmers


  • In partnership with the United States Agency for International Development, Starbucks will provide skills training and technological tools to 1,000 young coffee farmers in Colombia’s post-conflict zones
  • Starbucks will contribute $2 million to a farmer loan program focused on smallholder women coffee farmers in collaboration with Inter-American Development Bank
  • Strategic investments build on Starbucks comprehensive approach to ethical sourcing and advancing efforts to make coffee the world’s first sustainable agricultural product 

Medellín, COLOMBIA , 2017-Jul-11 — /EPR Retail News/ —Building on four decades of sourcing, roasting and serving Colombian coffee worldwide, Starbucks today (July 10, 2017) announced that it will increase its investments in agronomy and technology training to support the next generation of Colombian coffee farmers. Through a new smallholder farmer loan initiative with the Inter-American Developmental Bank (IDB) directed toward a women-led coffee cooperative, and an expanded partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) aimed at helping young coffee farmers in post-conflict zones build greater resiliency and expertise, Starbucks will help create opportunities in some of Colombia’s most vulnerable coffee growing communities.

Both of these partnerships will advance the work of the Starbucks Farmer Support Center in Manizales, which the company opened in 2012 to help connect farmers with trained agronomists and technical assistance, and expand its C.A.F.E. Practices program, which is Starbucks third-party verified sustainability program developed with Conservation International more than 15 years ago. Each of these initiatives are part of the company’s comprehensive approach to ethical sourcing, an open-sourced program supporting industry efforts to make coffee the world’s first sustainable agricultural product and improve the lives of millions of coffee farmers, families and workers around the world.

“While we have always worked with the Colombian coffee community to ensure access to the right tools and information they need to maintain and grow successful businesses, there is a significant opportunity to support the next generation of coffee farmers in new ways,” said Kelly Goodejohn, director for Starbucks ethical sourcing programs. “By partnering with organizations like USAID and IDB, as well the Colombian government and the FNC, we can be even more intentional about ensuring that young men and women get more advanced technology and financial assistance to create a future for their families for generations to come”

“We support efforts like those that Starbucks is making in Colombia to work with farmers to advance sustainability, especially in post-conflict areas that need it most,” said Roberto Vélez, CEO of the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation. “Starbucks efforts to work with young farmers complements the work of the FNC and allows us to scale our impact and reach for generations to come.”

From Conflict to Prosperity: Supporting Young Coffee Farmers in Post-Conflict Zones

Coffee farmers in Colombia faced challenges maintaining their crops during the country’s 50-year civil conflict, and the Colombian government, its people and the international community are working together to provide more opportunities to communities impacted the most, and help farmers focus on coffee quality.

Starbucks and USAID, through the U.S. Embassy in Colombia, have a common goal to bring economic stability to those coffee growing communities. Since forming a public-private partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in 2013 with a $1.5 million investment, Starbucks has helped positively impact 20,000 farmers and expanded the collaborative program to the Tolima, Cauca, Valle and Antioquia growing regions to benefit up to 10,000 more coffee farmers. In Colombia’s North Cauca region, agronomists at the Farmer Support Center have expanded C.A.F.E. Practices to more than 1,200 indigenous coffee growers.

By extending this USAID Global Development Alliance (GDA) grant by an additional $519,000 for one more year, Starbucks will focus its support on:

  • Engaging 1,000 young coffee farmers in the country’s post-conflict zones across Cauca and Tolima
  • Offering technical assistance, agricultural training, and access to improved technologies such as laptops to help run their businesses.
  • The development of three native tree nurseries, benefiting at least 150 coffee farmers and indirectly about 1,000 people in communities across Caldas, Huila, and Cauca, through reforestation and climate resiliency programs

New Farmer Loan Program to Empower More Women Coffee Farmers in Colombia

Starbucks is also working with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to contribute to the economic and social empowerment of 2,000 women-led smallholder coffee growers in the Colombian departments (states) of Antioquia and Chocó.

This $4 million farmer loan project will include a contribution of $2 million from Starbucks Global Farmer Loan Fund (which has a commitment to distribute $50 million in farmer loans worldwide by 2020), and up to $2 million from IDB through its Multilateral Investment Fund (MIF).

“Climate change is real for these women and the farmers from the Andes region. In order to face this challenge and become more resilient, strategic investments need to happen at the farm level,” said Alejandro Escobar, Lead Operations and Investment Officer for the IDB. “This loan program implemented with Cooperandes and in collaboration with Starbucks, will enable these women farmers to invest in their coffee farms, thus making them more productive and improving their livelihoods for the long term.”

This program will establish:

  • A system for the members of the Cooperandes co-op, most whom are women, to access financing needed to enhance coffee yields and quality among member producers.
  • An opportunity to provide short and long term assistance through a unique financing model that provides low-risk loans to farmers for renovation, with complementary technical assistance being provided.
  • This innovative approach to financing brings together multiple actors within the supply chain from the supplier (COEX), the cooperative (Cooperandes) and Starbucks, who not only provides counterpart financing for the loan, but will also guarantee market access for the loan recipients, through its C.A.F.E. Practices methodology.

Starbucks Global Commitment to Ethical Sourcing

To date, Starbucks investments in coffee farming communities, with the goal of having impact on the lives of more than one million farmers, families and workers includes:

  • Ethical Sourcing Standard: 99% of coffee sourced by Starbucks has been verified as ethically sourced through its C.A.F.E. Practices standards developed with Conservation International more than a decade ago.
  • Healthy Coffee Trees:  The donation of enough funds to plant 30 million rust-resistant coffee trees with the first phase of distribution including 10 million healthy coffee trees sent to farmers in need across El Salvador, Guatemala and Mexico.  More than 6,200 farming families received new coffee trees helping to rehabilitate more than 2,500 hectares of farmland and nearly 800 temporary jobs were created to support the initial distribution.
  • Farmer Financing:  Committing $50M in affordable credit for coffee farmers and cooperatives by 2020 so that farmers can reinvest in their farms.
  • Agronomy Support:  Investing $20 million in open-source agronomy through a network of eight Farmer Support Centers to train 200,000 coffee farmers by 2020, leveraging the research at Hacienda Alsacia, Starbucks global agronomy center in Costa Rica.
  • Sustainable Coffee Challenge: Founding member of The Sustainable Coffee Challenge alongside a growing coalition of industry leaders of the Sustainable Coffee Challenge, a call to action led by Conservation International to make coffee the world’s first sustainable agricultural product.

About Starbucks

Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting high-quality arabica coffee. Today, with more than 25,000 stores around the globe, Starbucks is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup. To share in the experience, please visit our stores or online at and


Phone: 206 318 7100

SOURCE: Starbucks Corporation


Tesco expects a record amount of English-grown apricots to be available in its stores this summer

Tesco expects a record amount of English-grown apricots to be available in its stores this summer


CHESHUNT, England, 2017-Jul-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Apricot lovers are in for the sweetest of summers this year, after Tesco announced it expects a record amount of English-grown apricots to be available in its stores over the summer season.

Apricots flourish in continental climates with cold winters,  but without spring frosts. So traditionally they have grown in countries like Spain, France, Morocco, Turkey and Iran.

Tesco were the first UK retailer to start selling English grown apricots and started working on a production partnership with one of the UK’s largest stone fruit producers from Kent back in 2010.

With the first of the season’s English apricots about to hit Tesco stores this week, there’s great news with an incredible 180 tonnes expected to be picked over the summer- the largest amount ever grown in the UK.

Tesco stone fruit buyer Karen Bee said:

“Apricots are fast becoming one of the summer fruits of choice across the UK. Bursting with flavour, our English apricots are really sweet, have a beautiful orange blush and are firm yet juicy – everything that a classic apricot should be.

“The English variety are every bit as good as imported apricots and joins the ranks of British strawberries, cherries, apples and pears , as some of the best quality and tasting fruit grown in the world.

“The arrival of great quality English apricots over the last few years has helped  to invigorate the demand for this stone fruit.”

In the last year UK demand for apricots has rocketed by an unprecedented 75 per cent, making it one of Britain’s most in demand fruits.

Apricot trees still need a lot of sunshine and as a result all the production at the moment is in the southern counties, with growers based either in Kent or the Isle of Wight.

Until the late noughties English apricot production was not thought possible because of our cooler temperatures.

But the arrival on the market of apricot cultivars or tree hybrids bred especially for climates like the UK’s, that would flower later in the spring, have made English apricot production possible.

Nigel Bardsley, of Bardsley Farms in Kent, a partner supplier to Tesco and the UK’s largest apricot grower said:

“This year we have had pretty much perfect growing conditions with a cool winter needed to allow the trees to rest, a warm spring and lots of summer sunshine with a bit of rain in between.”

The number of UK producers commercially growing apricots has doubled in recent years to eight.

We are a team of 480,000 in 11 markets dedicated to serving shoppers a little better every day.

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

Source: Tesco


First Data Corporation to release its 2Q 2017 financial results on Monday, August 7, 2017

NEW YORK, 2017-Jul-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — First Data Corporation (NYSE: FDC) will release its second quarter 2017 financial results before the market opens on Monday, August 7, 2017. The release will be available at

The company will host a conference call and webcast to review these results on Monday, August 7, 2017 at 8 a.m. ET. To listen to the call, dial +1 (844) 826-3033 (U.S.) or +1 (412) 317-5172 (outside the U.S.). The call will also be webcast on the Investor Relations section of the First Data website at along with a slide presentation to accompany the call.

A replay of the call will be available through September 7, 2017, at +1 (877) 344-7529 (U.S.) or +1 (412) 317-0088 (outside the U.S.); passcode 10109727 and via webcast at

About First Data

First Data (NYSE: FDC) is a global leader in commerce-enabling technology and solutions, serving approximately six million business locations and 4,000 financial institutions in more than 100 countries around the world. The company’s 24,000 owner-associates are dedicated to helping companies, from start-ups to the world’s largest corporations, conduct commerce every day by securing and processing more than 2,800 transactions per second and $2.2 trillion per year.


Peter Poillon
Investor Relations
First Data

Liidia Liuksila
Public Relations
First Data


Waitrose to make all of its own-label tea products Fairtrade certified by October 2017

London, 2017-Jul-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Waitrose has today ( 10 July 2017) announced it will be extending its commitment to Fairtrade produce by making 100% of its own-label tea Fairtrade certified by October 2017.

This will mean all 46 Waitrose tea products will be Fairtrade, which clearly symbolises to customers that the tea farmers are benefiting from good working conditions, a fair deal and funds to spend on their local community. Farmers can choose how to spend the Fairtrade Premium generated – whether on developing their business or on community projects such as schools, health clinics or leisure facilities.

Forty-three of Waitrose’s own-label tea products are already Fairtrade certified with the exception of its three Earl Grey tea lines, which will complete the conversion in October.

Rupert Thomas, Commercial Director at Waitrose, said: ‘We’re proud supporters of the Fairtrade Foundation and have seen first-hand their strong track record of supporting farmers who most need it.

‘We’ve found that our customers are extremely loyal towards Fairtrade products and appreciate our long-standing and continued commitment – it highlights the investment in and support for the people, communities and businesses that produce our food.’

Emma Mullins, Tea Supply Chain Manager at Fairtrade Foundation, said: ‘This move means all Waitrose’s own label black and green tea will be 100% Fairtrade. This is fantastic news that will help improve the lives of some of the poorest tea farmers in China, who have previously invested their Fairtrade Premium in schools, sanitation, and tea quality and productivity projects, benefiting farmers and the wider community.

‘Congratulations to Waitrose for taking another vital step in making their supply chains sustainable and making a great cup of tea even greater.’

The retailer currently stocks 250 Fairtrade-certified products. 100% of its own-label speciality sugars are certified Fairtrade, along with the majority of its own-label block chocolate, including its Waitrose 1 Indian Ocean Bar with Coconut, which was recently awarded the much-coveted Gold award in the 2017 Academy of Chocolate Awards. Waitrose was also the first retailer to switch 100% of its bananas to Fairtrade in 2007.

Waitrose first committed to the Fairtrade Foundation in 2007 and both work collaboratively to share best practice, experiences and a joint ambition to build upon their sustainable supply chain models.

Notes to editors

Waitrose – winner of the Best Supermarket¹ and Best Food and Grocery Retailer² awards – currently has 354 shops in England, Scotland, Wales and the Channel Islands, including 64 convenience branches, and another 27 shops at Welcome Break locations. It combines the convenience of a supermarket with the expertise and service of a specialist shop – dedicated to offering quality food that has been responsibly sourced, combined with high standards of customer service. Waitrose also exports its products to 58 countries worldwide and has seven shops which operate under licence in the Middle East. Waitrose’s omnichannel business includes the online grocery service, for wine, and for cookware, utensils and kitchen gadgets.

¹ Which? Customer Survey
² Verdict Customer Satisfaction Awards


For more information, please contact:

Laura Blumenthal
Press Officer, Corporate, Waitrose
Telephone: 01344 826774

Source: Waitrose

NRF: imports could set new record as merchants enter back-to-school season and begin to stock up for the holiday season

WASHINGTON, 2017-Jul-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — July and August should be two of the busiest months ever seen for imports at the nation’s major retail container ports, possibly setting a new record as merchants enter the back-to-school season and begin to stock up for the holiday season that will follow, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today (July 10, 2017) by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

“We’re expecting retailers to import some of the largest volumes of merchandise ever,” NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold said. “That’s a good indicator of what could be ahead for consumer demand and retail sales, and it’s a sign that retail is going strong despite what you might read in the headlines.”

Ports covered by Global Port Tracker handled 1.72 million Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units in May, the latest month for which after-the-fact numbers are available. That was up 7.3 percent from April and up 6.2 percent from May 2016. One TEU is one 20-foot-long cargo container or its equivalent.

June was estimated at 1.66 million TEU, up 5.3 percent from the same time last year. July is forecast at 1.71 million TEU, up 5.1 percent from last year; August at 1.75 million TEU, up 2.2 percent; September at 1.66 million TEU, up 4.3 percent; October at 1.71 million TEU, up 2.2 percent, and November at 1.6 million TEU, down 2.7 percent from last year.

The August figure would be the highest monthly volume recorded since NRF began tracking imports in 2000, topping the 1.73 million TEU seen in March 2015. The 1.7 million-plus numbers seen in May, July, August and October represent four of the six busiest months in the report’s history.

The first half of 2017 is expected to total 9.63 million TEU, up 7.1 percent from the first half of 2016. Cargo volume for 2016 totaled 18.8 million TEU, up 3.1 percent from 2015, which had grown 5.4 percent from 2014.

NRF has forecast that 2017 retail sales – excluding automobiles, gasoline and restaurants – will increase between 3.7 and 4.2 percent over 2016, driven by job and income growth coupled with low debt. Cargo volume does not correlate directly with sales because only the number of containers is counted, not the value of the cargo inside, but nonetheless provides a barometer of retailers’ expectations.

Hackett Associates Founder Ben Hackett, an internationally known economist who prepares Global Port Tracker for NRF, said the increases in imports have come despite threats by the Trump administration to impose new limits on international trade.

“Some actions to date appear to have alienated traditional allies and are causing them to work more closely together, leaving the United States on the sidelines,” Hackett wrote in his monthly editorial comment in the report. “ ‘America First’ may well result in protectionist actions that will cut the United States off from the benefits of the global value chain and economic growth for U.S. importers and exporters.”

Global Port Tracker, which is produced for NRF by the consulting firm Hackett Associates, covers the U.S. ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach, Oakland, Seattle and Tacoma on the West Coast; New York/New Jersey, Hampton Roads, Charleston, Savannah, Port Everglades and Miami on the East Coast, and Houston on the Gulf Coast. The report is free to NRF retail members, and subscription information is available at or by calling (202) 783-7971. Subscription information for non-members can be found at

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

Hackett Associates provides expert consulting, research and advisory services to the international maritime industry, government agencies and international institutions.


J. Craig Shearman
(202) 626-8134
(855) NRF-Press

Source: NRF

Kimco Realty acquires Jantzen Beach an open-air shopping center in Portland, Oregon for $131.8 million

NEW HYDE PARK, N.Y., 2017-Jul-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE:KIM) today (7/10/2017) announced the post-second quarter acquisition of Jantzen Beach, a 96%-occupied, 746,000-square-foot, open-air shopping center on 67 acres in Portland, Oregon, for $131.8 million, or $177/square foot, substantially below replacement cost. Jantzen Beach is the company’s eighth property in the Portland-Vancouver-Hillsboro MSA, expanding Kimco’s concentration in a top 25 market where it also maintains a regional office.

“Jantzen Beach is a flagship asset located in a coastal, in-demand market with significant barriers to entry,” said Ross Cooper, President and Chief Investment Officer of Kimco Realty. “This asset exemplifies a key component of our strategic 2020 Vision to upgrade the quality of our portfolio with selective acquisitions funded by disposition proceeds.”

The center features a prime collection of national tenants in today’s strongest retail categories, including Home Depot, Target, TJ Maxx, HomeGoods, Ross Stores, Burlington, Petco, Best Buy, DSW and Michaels. Jantzen Beach sits along Portland’s busy I-5 artery, with traffic counts of over 128,000 cars per day. As one of the only major shopping centers in the region, the center’s trade area extends over 10 miles, reaching into neighboring Washington State, and its sales tax-free shopping attracts approximately five million visits per year. Furthermore, Jantzen Beach is located within the Urban Growth Boundary of Portland, which serves to control urban expansion and poses a formidable barrier to entry in this desirable market.

The Jantzen Beach acquisition will expand the company’s future redevelopment pipeline through potential outparcel development of two 6,000-square-foot pad buildings, and mixed-use densification opportunities supported by flexible zoning. The center also offers strong mark-to-market upside from several below-market anchor leases.

Kimco also reported its transaction activity for the second quarter of 2017:

Acquisitions: The company acquired a parcel adjacent to its Augusta Exchange shopping center in Augusta, Georgia, for a gross purchase price of $700,000. The land acquisition is an excellent redevelopment opportunity for an outparcel that will complement the existing tenant mix. Kimco’s share of the purchase price was $340,000.

Dispositions: Kimco disposed of interests in nine shopping centers, totaling 892,000 square feet, and two land parcels for a gross sales price of $155.8 million. Kimco’s share of the sales price was $128.1 million. With these dispositions, the company has exited the states of Maine and Louisiana.


Kimco Realty Corp. (NYSE: KIM) is a real estate investment trust (REIT) headquartered in New Hyde Park, N.Y., that is one of North America’s largest publicly traded owners and operators of open-air shopping centers. As of June 30, 2017, the company owned interests in 510 U.S. shopping centers comprising 84 million square feet of leasable space across 32 states and Puerto Rico. Publicly traded on the NYSE since 1991, and included in the S&P 500 Index, the company has specialized in shopping center acquisitions, development and management for more than 50 years. For further information, please visit, the company’s blog at, or follow Kimco on Twitter at


The statements in this news release state the company’s and management’s intentions, beliefs, expectations or projections of the future and are forward-looking statements. It is important to note that the company’s actual results could differ materially from those projected in such forward-looking statements. Factors which may cause actual results to differ materially from current expectations include, but are not limited to, (i) general adverse economic and local real estate conditions, (ii) the inability of major tenants to continue paying their rent obligations due to bankruptcy, insolvency or a general downturn in their business, (iii) financing risks, such as the inability to obtain equity, debt or other sources of financing or refinancing on favorable terms to the company, (iv) the company’s ability to raise capital by selling its assets, (v) changes in governmental laws and regulations, (vi) the level and volatility of interest rates and foreign currency exchange rates and management’s ability to estimate the impact thereof, (vii) risks related to the company’s international operations, (viii) the availability of suitable acquisition, disposition, development and redevelopment opportunities, and risks related to acquisitions not performing in accordance with our expectations, (ix) valuation and risks related to the company’s joint venture and preferred equity investments, (x) valuation of marketable securities and other investments, (xi) increases in operating costs, (xii) changes in the dividend policy for the company’s common stock, (xiii) the reduction in the company’s income in the event of multiple lease terminations by tenants or a failure by multiple tenants to occupy their premises in a shopping center, (xiv) impairment charges and (xv) unanticipated changes in the company’s intention or ability to prepay certain debt prior to maturity and/or hold certain securities until maturity. Additional information concerning factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those forward-looking statements is contained from time to time in the company’s SEC filings. Copies of each filing may be obtained from the company or the SEC.

The company refers you to the documents filed by the company from time to time with the SEC, specifically the section titled “Risk Factors” in the company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016, as may be updated or supplemented in the company’s Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and the company’s other filings with the SEC, which discuss these and other factors that could adversely affect the company’s results. The company disclaims any intention or obligation to update the forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise

David F. Bujnicki
Senior Vice President, Investor Relations and Strategy

Source: Kimco Realty Corporation

Coborn’s, Inc. recalls Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Bars that were incorrectly labeled as Gluten Free Fudge Brownies

St. Cloud, Minn., 2017-Jul-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Coborn’s, Inc. of St. Cloud, Minn. is recalling packages of its Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Bars, some of which were incorrectly labeled as Gluten Free Fudge Brownies. The Gluten Free Fudge Brownie label does not indicate the product contains milk, however the Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Bars that are incorrectly labeled as Gluten Free Fudge Brownies do contain milk. People who have allergies to milk run the risk of a serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

The recalled products were distributed and sold at Coborn’s and Cash Wise stores in Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota, as well as Marketplace Foods stores in Wisconsin, and Coborn’s Delivers in the Twin Cities Metro area. An internal review found a limited number of packages were sold. These products were sold between July 4, 2017 and July 6, 2017 and list an expiration date of July 10, 2017. Products with an expiration date of July 10, 2017 are the only products affected. The UPC is 7-33147-20522-8. Guests who are allergic to milk should destroy this product or return it to the store where it was purchased for a full refund.

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The recall was initiated July 6 after it was discovered the Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Brownies were incorrectly labeled with a Gluten Free Brownie label. The problem has since been corrected and all packages going forward will contain the correct label.

Consumers with questions may contain the MORE Rewards Helpline at 1-844-700-MORE (6673).

Consumers Contact:

1-844-700-MORE (6673)

Source: FDA

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts’ Original Glazed® doughnut is celebrating its 80th birthday on Friday, July 14

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts’ Original Glazed® doughnut is celebrating its 80th birthday on Friday, July 14


Customers to join celebration by enjoying a dozen Original Glazed® doughnuts for just 80 cents with purchase of any dozen at regular price

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., 2017-Jul-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Krispy Kreme Doughnuts will celebrate the 80th birthday of its iconic Original Glazed® doughnut Friday, July 14, a day after Krispy Kreme opened its doors for the first time in 1937. Guests can enjoy a dozen Original Glazed doughnuts for just 80 cents with the purchase of any dozen at regular menu price that day at participating shops in the United States and Canada.

“The joy created by our Original Glazed doughnut and its secret recipe spans generations, and that is certainly something to celebrate,” said Jackie Woodward, Chief Marketing Officer of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. “It’s remarkable that for 80 years, Krispy Kreme’s commitment to delivering world-class doughnuts the Krispy Kreme way – hot, fresh and now – has not changed.”

Guests are invited to show how they celebrate Krispy Kreme’s #OriginalGlazed on July 14 by posting a photo with the Original Glazed doughnut and tagging @krispykreme. Krispy Kreme’s franchisee, Shaquille O’Neal, is celebrating 80 years of the Original Glazed doughnut by throwing a surprise birthday party with customers. Check it out here:

Krispy Kreme also recently announced the return of the ultimate party doughnut – Krispy Kreme’s Cake Batter doughnut is filled with a yummy blend of yellow cake batter and White Kreme™ filling and topped with yellow icing and confetti sprinkles. The Birthday Batter doughnut will remain a menu item at participating shops in the United States and Canada.

About Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation

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


Sarah Roof
Manager of Corporate Communication

Source: Krispy Kreme Doughnuts


Whole Foods Market announces one-day sale on Ben & Jerry’s ice creams on July 16

AUSTIN, Texas, 2017-Jul-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — On July 16 and in celebration of National Ice cream Day, all Whole Foods Market stores will have a one-day sale on Ben & Jerry’s ice creams, frozen yogurts and non-dairy frozen treat pints. Customers can choose two of any of Ben & Jerry’s euphoric and uniquely flavored pints for just $6.

Whole Foods Market will also host “Sundae Fundae” sampling events in select stores nationwide. Check your neighborhood Whole Foods Market for more details.

This offer is valid on July 16, 2017, while supplies last.


Source:  Whole Foods Market


Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2017-Jul-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold Delhaize has repurchased 1,638,156 of Ahold Delhaize common shares in the period from July 3, 2017 up to and including July 7, 2017. The shares were repurchased at an average price of €16.67 per share for a total consideration of €27.3 million. These repurchases were made as part of the €1 billion share buyback program announced on December 7, 2016.

The total number of shares repurchased under this program to date is 29,207,562 common shares for a total consideration of €566 million.

Download the share buyback transactions excel sheet for detailed individual transaction information under “Files to download” (on the right).

Visit for a complete overview of all Ahold Delhaize share buyback programs.


Ellen van Ginkel
Director External Communications
+31 88 6595134

Source: Ahold Delhaize

Meijer store-to-door service now include beer, wine and spirits in Michigan

Meijer store-to-door service now include beer, wine and spirits in Michigan


Personalized shopping service now offers Michigan customers beer, wine and spirits as part of store-to-door delivery

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich, 2017-Jul-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer and official home delivery partner Shipt announced that customers in Michigan can now have beer, wine and spirits delivered from local stores as part of its popular store-to-door service.

Beginning tomorrow, July 11, Shipt members will be able to add items from the retailer’s large assortment of craft beers, wines and spirits as part of more than 55,000 grocery and daily essential items available at local Meijer stores. Meijer launched the membership-based, home delivery service in the Detroit area last year and has continued to expand the service throughout Michigan, including Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, Traverse City and West Lakeshore communities.

“We’ve received an incredible amount of feedback from customers wanting to take advantage of our large selection of craft beers and wine,” said Art Sebastian, Vice President of Digital Shopping for Meijer. “We think this enhances the level of convenience our home delivery customers in Michigan can enjoy and allows them to take more advantage of what our stores have to offer.”

Customers who order groceries as part of the membership-based service are required to provide valid identification to place an order that includes alcohol. Shipt Shoppers must be at least 21 years of age and certified to deliver alcohol. Shoppers must also verify the member receiving the order is 21 or older and has proper identification demonstrating legal drinking age when the order is delivered. Michigan is currently the only state where alcohol is included as part of Meijer’s home delivery service.

Customers can sign up for the membership-based service and can shop online for groceries and everyday essentials and perishables -including fresh produce, frozen items, baby care products and pet food. Personal shoppers hand-pick items from local Meijer stores offering Shipt’s home-delivery service and deliver orders within a preferred one-hour time window.

To sign up for home delivery, Meijer customers can sign up for annual or monthly Shipt memberships. Annual memberships are $99 per year and monthly memberships are $14 per month. For a limited-time new members will also receive $25 off their first order. Delivery is free for orders over $35; a flat $7 delivery fee is added to any orders under $35.

About Meijer:

Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates more than 230 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, and Wisconsin. A privately-owned and family-operated company since 1934, Meijer pioneered the “one-stop shopping” concept and has evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, pet departments, garden centers, toys and electronics. For additional information on Meijer, please visit Follow Meijer on Twitter and or become a fan at

About Shipt:

Shipt, the nation’s fastest growing online grocery marketplace, works with leading retailers and local stores to deliver groceries via a community of shoppers and a convenient app. Since its founding in 2014, Shipt has been rapidly expanding and now offers quality, personalized grocery delivery to over 25 million households in 51 markets across the country. Shipt offers unlimited grocery deliveries to members for $99 per year. The company currently has offices in Birmingham, AL, and San Francisco, CA. For more information, visit


Joe Hirschmugl

Source: Meijer


CBRE-managed properties win International TOBY Awards at the 2017 BOMA International Conference & Expo

Los Angeles, 2017-Jul-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBRE announced that two buildings managed by the company—HESS Tower in Houston, Texas, and 6525 The Corners in Peachtree Corners, Georgia—were recipients of the International TOBY (The Outstanding Building of the Year®) Award at the 2017 Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International Conference & Expo in Nashville, Tenn.

HESS Tower won in the “Corporate Facility” category. The property is managed by CBRE and owned by H&R REIT. HESS Tower also is a BOMA 360 Performance Program® building. 6525 The Corners won in the “Under 100,000 Square Feet” category. The property is managed by CBRE and owned by Glenfield Capital.

“We are honored to accept multiple TOBY® Awards on behalf of our clients this year,” said Mary Jo Eaton, CBRE’s Global President for Asset Services. “These awards validate our partnership with our clients and our ability to provide them with world class operational excellence in the management of their assets.”

The TOBY Awards are the commercial real estate industry’s highest recognition honoring excellence in commercial building management and operations in specific categories of building size or type. To win an International TOBY Award, a property first must win both local and regional competitions. Judging is based on community impact, tenant and employee relations programs, energy management systems, accessibility, emergency evacuation procedures, building personnel training programs and overall quality indicators. A team of expert industry professionals also conducted comprehensive building inspections.

About CBRE Group, Inc.
CBRE Group, Inc. (NYSE:CBG), a Fortune 500 and S&P 500 company headquartered in Los Angeles, is the world’s largest commercial real estate services and investment firm (based on 2016 revenue). The company has more than 75,000 employees (excluding affiliates), and serves real estate investors and occupiers through approximately 450 offices (excluding affiliates) worldwide. CBRE offers a broad range of integrated services, including facilities, transaction and project management; property management; investment management; appraisal and valuation; property leasing; strategic consulting; property sales; mortgage services and development services. Please visit our website at


Robert McGrath

SOURCE: CBRE Group, Inc.

New World expands Just Cook It meal kits to more stores in Auckland

Auckland, New Zealand, 2017-Jul-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — New World is responding to a growing trend for quick and healthy home-cooked dinners, allowing shoppers to get creative in the kitchen without the effort involved in planning and preparing a meal.

Just Cook It meal kits are prepared fresh in-store daily with pre-measured ingredients including meat or fish, vegetables, spices and sauces. Each week there are new recipes to try. The kits come with easy-to-follow recipe cards and start at $22.99 for a two-person serving.

“Everything you need is in the kit, aside from a few pantry staples such as oil and salt,” Group General Manager Marketing, Foodstuffs (NZ) Ltd Steve Bayliss says.
The Just Cook It kits have been available since mid-February at New World Eastridge, Stonefields and Howick in Auckland, and at New World Thorndon in Wellington. Thorndon also offers a delivery service. Foodstuffs South Island are trialling a similar meal kit called Love Food Box in select stores.

“So far we’ve trialled all sorts of Just Cook It recipes, from Salmon Spaghetti with Capers & Rocket, to BBQ Lamb Rump with Rustic Greek Salad. We’re now looking at some more adventurous, playful and kid friendly options,” Bayliss says.

“Just Cook It was born out of the desire to make dinnertime easy for time-poor Kiwis,” Bayliss says. “We wanted to help take the stress out of deciding what to have, and the time it takes to cook it. We’re all about helping real New Zealanders cook something tasty that doesn’t require any thinking time. We’ve done all the hard work for you.

“The kits have proven popular so far, particularly when we promote them to local customers through social media,” Bayliss says.

“Customers of our Constellation Drive store will be the next to see Just Cook It kits on the shelves, followed by Mt Roskill New World customers in mid-July. Shoppers at our refurbished Alberton Ave store will also be able to get Just Cook It kits, when the store reopens in late August. We hope to be able to roll this concept out to other stores in other parts of the country soon.”

The kits were created in response to research that shows how New Zealanders’ dinner-time habits are changing.

Foodstuffs asked 2,478 household shoppers from around the country to take a 20-minute survey, and conducted a parallel survey with 1,756 Foodstuffs panel members.
“What the research shows is that there are changing pressures that are reshaping how New Zealanders organise their lives and shop – specifically how they plan, purchase, prepare and eat dinner,” Bayliss says.

“Our dinner planning is becoming increasingly spontaneous as our busy and complicated lives make it difficult to be fully prepared. Supermarkets can play a key role in supporting these spontaneous dinner decisions,” Bayliss says.

“In an ideal world, people want to cook a dinner that is healthy; good quality and fresh; value for money and delicious. However our research shows that there’s a disconnect between what people want, and what they achieve at dinner time.

“What they actually cook tends to be something that tastes delicious and fills everyone up, is satisfying and value for money. The reason for that disconnect is the time and effort involved in preparing a healthy dinner. So we see an opportunity to help our customers by making healthy home-cooked meals that much quicker and easier. That is the premise behind our Just Cook It kits.

“The people feeling the most pain are people in the 25-34 age bracket, with young families in middle income households – particularly where both parents work. Dealing with dinner preparation and small children when you have limited time to spend together as a family is particularly stressful. The big problem for Kiwis is not willingness, it’s often inspiration,” Bayliss says.

“Think of Just Cook It as your friend in the kitchen. We’re here when you need us, ready to help you cook something easy and delicious.”

What the research shows

– Planning for dinner is often spur of the moment. When asked about their general approach, more than half demonstrate an unstructured dinner planning approach. Only 26% knew what they were having for dinner at the start of the day.

– Of the 74% of shoppers who decide their dinner on the day, 40% decide before 2pm, 32% decide between 2-5 pm and 29% decide after 5 pm

– 13% of shoppers (representing almost 200,000 New Zealand households) will shop for dinner on the day. Some will do this as part of a top-up shop (6%) while others are on a dinner-only shopping mission (7%)

However eating a fully prepared meal at home is still the norm.

– The great majority (93%) of dinner occasions still take place at home, involve the whole household (65% of occasions) and are created from scratch (72% of occasions).

– Those who eat at home spend 37 minutes on average, preparing and cooking their meal and 19 minutes on average cleaning up.

Dinner time is still very traditional:

– Of those who cooked at home, 26% ate before 6pm, 42% ate between 6 and 7pm, and 31% ate after 7pm.

– Of those that cooked at home, 36% cooked meat (or fish) and veg; 27% cooked an Indian or Asian meal (curry, stir fry); and 19% cooked something Italian (pasta, lasagna).

– In terms of protein choices, the dominant choices are chicken (32%) and beef (25%)

There is a gap between what people want, and what they’re actually having for dinner. Below are the dinner outcomes that people said were important to them, ranked in order, versus their evaluation of what they actually ate for dinner last night.

Desired dinner outcome vs Actual dinner outcome

Desired outcome
1. A healthy option
2. Good quality and fresh
3. Value for money
4. Tastes delicious
5. Quick to put together
6. Fills everyone up
7. Satisfying
8. Easy solution
9. Offers variety

Actual Dinner outcome
1. Tastes delicious
2. Fills everyone up
3. Satisfying
4. Value for money
5. Good quality and fresh
6. Easy solution
7. Offers variety
8. Quick to put together
9. A healthy option

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

Source: Foodstuffs NZ

PetSmart opened 18 new stores in the U.S. and Canada in the first quarter of 2017

Phoenix, 2017-Jul-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — PetSmart, Inc. today ( July 10, 2017 ) announced it has opened 18 new stores in the U.S. and Canada for the fiscal quarter ending May 1, 2017. The company opened 70 net new stores in 2016 and expects to open more than this number in fiscal year 2017. This continued expansion supports PetSmart’s commitment to be the most convenient, best-in-class retailer of products and services for pet parents.

New stores were opened in the first quarter in the following locations:

  • Auburn, Calif.
  • Bourne, Mass.
  • Burien, Wash.
  • College Station, Texas
  • Duluth, Minn.
  • East Aurora, N.Y.
  • Foley, Ala.
  • Hadley, Mass.
  • Hinesville, Ga.
  • Huntington Beach, Calif.
  • Lakeville, Minn.
  • Maple, Ontario
  • Mississauga, Ontario
  • North Augusta, S.C.
  • Reynoldsburg, Ohio
  • Roseville, Calif.
  • Spring, Texas
  • Tulsa, Okla.

“We continue to execute our real estate strategy to engage new customers and improve our competitive position,” said Brian Amkraut, executive vice president of real estate, strategy, store operations and services for PetSmart. “Our new stores capitalize on exciting trends in the pet industry, including new service offerings like Dog Therapy Training, while providing a unique in-store customer experience for pet parents. Expanding our retail footprint is a key component of PetSmart’s omnichannel strategy focused on convenience, including same-day and scheduled at-home delivery, as well as the popular buy online pick up in store option.”

PetSmart now operates 1,542 stores in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico, as well as 205 in-store PetSmart® PetsHotel® dog and cat boarding facilities.

In celebration of PetSmart’s 30th anniversary, it has launched the Buy a Bag, Give a Meal™ program, where any and every bag of dog or cat food purchased in its stores and online through December 31, 2017, PetSmart will give a meal to a pet in need. With a goal of 60 million meals, the unprecedented program is the largest philanthropic initiative in PetSmart’s 30-year history.

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.

Erin Gray

Source: PetSmart Inc.