Dunkin’ Donuts declares donuts now artificial dyes free

Dunkin’ Donuts declares donuts now artificial dyes free

  • Milestone is part of brand’s pledge to eliminate artificial dyes from food and beverages by end of 2018
  • Dunkin’ Donuts introduces Snow Flurries Donut as a new donut variety to begin the New Year

CANTON, MA, 2018-Jan-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Donuts is kicking off 2018 with news sure to give donut fans a sweet start to the New Year. The brand has removed artificial dyes from its donuts in the U.S., declaring donuts now sold at Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide are no longer being made using colors from artificial sources*. As part of the company’s ongoing efforts to offer guests great-tasting, high-quality products and cleaner menu labels, Dunkin’ Brands Group, the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, previously pledged to eliminate artificial dyes from all of its food and beverages in the U.S. by the end of 2018.

According to Tony Weisman, Chief Marketing Officer, Dunkin’ Donuts U.S., “We are pleased to start the New Year with exciting and important donut news for our guests. Eliminating artificial dyes from our donuts is an incredible milestone moment for a fun brand whose products are synonymous with bright, colorful confections. After years of research and development, we are thrilled to be taking such a big step in providing guests with simpler ingredients while still delivering the delicious taste and vivid colors expected with our donuts. We look forward to sharing a sweet 2018 with more donut news and innovative new flavors in the months ahead.”

Weisman added that customers will be hard pressed to see the color difference in the new donuts. For example, a cool new addition to Dunkin’s donut offerings, the Snow Flurries Donut, features a frosted donut with wintry blue icing and special snowflake sprinkles, all without colors from artificial sources. The Snow Flurries Donut is available at participating Dunkin’ Donut restaurants throughout the country for a limited time.

By the end of this year, Dunkin’ Donuts will remove artificial dyes across its menu, including frozen beverages such as COOLATTA® frozen beverages, baked goods, breakfast sandwiches and coffee flavorings. Similarly, Dunkin’ Donuts’ sister brand Baskin-Robbins will remove synthetic dyes from its menu, including ice cream sold both at its restaurants and in quarts and pints at retail locations, as well as its syrups, sauces, sprinkles and beverages, including Cappuccino Blast®. The exceptions on both brands’ menus include select supplier-branded ingredients produced by other companies that are used as toppings, ice cream inclusions or decorative elements. Additionally, Baskin-Robbins will take a longer period of time to find replacements for the decorative elements on its ice cream cakes.

Dunkin’ Donuts has been serving guests signature donuts for 68 years. Dunkin’ Donuts is the #1 retailer of donuts in America, and sells 2.7 billion donuts and MUNCHKINS® donut hole treats annually worldwide. Within the United States, Dunkin’ Donuts offers more than 70 varieties of donuts, including beloved flavors such as Boston Kreme, Glazed, Chocolate Glazed Cake and Chocolate Frosted. Additionally, some Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants also feature regional favorites like the Sour Cream Donut in Chicago, and the Peanut Stick in upstate New York.

To learn more about Dunkin’ Donuts, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com, or subscribe to the Dunkin’ Donuts blog to receive notifications at https://news.dunkindonuts.com/blog.

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About Dunkin’ Donuts
Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned a No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for 11 years running. The company has more than 12,400 restaurants in 46 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.

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*Toppings for limited edition and custom image donuts may contain synthetic dyes

SOURCE: Dunkin’ Donuts

Baskin-Robbins brings back Bobsled Brownie® as the January Flavor of the Month

Baskin-Robbins brings back Bobsled Brownie® as the January Flavor of the Month

Offers lineup of BRight Choices flavors for guests looking to enjoy better-for-you frozen treats as they ring in the New Year

CANTON, MA, 2018-Jan-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Baskin-Robbins, the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, today announced a returning favorite – Bobsled Brownie® – as the January Flavor of the Month. Bobsled Brownie is a combination of Butter Caramel flavored ice cream and Milk Chocolate Mousse-flavored ice cream with blonde brownie pieces and a fudge crackle swirl throughout. Guests can warm up during one of the coldest months of the year and double down on the blonde brownie-goodness by enjoying Bobsled Brownie® as a Warm Brownie Sundae.

Baskin-Robbins is also helping guests who are looking for better-for-you options in the New Year with its selection of BRight Choices flavors. These better-for-you flavor varieties include fat-free, dairy-free and no sugar added options in satisfying flavors like No Sugar Added Peanut Buttery Bar Blast, Miami Vice Sorbet and Maui Brownie Madness Frozen Yogurt, all of which can be enjoyed in a cup, cone, Milkshake or Cappuccino Blast®. These flavors are just a few of the wide variety of BRight Choices options that will be available at Baskin-Robbins locations nationwide throughout the year.

“With fun flavors like Bobsled Brownie and our wide selection of BRight Choices options, Baskin-Robbins is ringing in the New Year in the sweetest way possible,” said Katy Latimer, Vice President of Culinary Innovation, Dunkin’ Brands. “We know our guests are always looking for variety when they visit their Baskin-Robbins shop, and we are thrilled to help them kick off the New Year with a wide range of frozen treat options as they welcome 2018.”

In 2018, Baskin-Robbins will continue its Celebrate 31 promotion, which invites guests to enjoy all regular and kids-sized scoops for $1.50 on the 31st of each month.* The special “Celebrate 31” deal is available on any of Baskin-Robbins’ ice cream flavors, including seasonal favorites such as Winter White Chocolate®, New York Cheesecake and Orange Sherbet.

For more information about Baskin-Robbins’ wide variety of premium ice cream flavors and frozen desserts, visit www.BaskinRobbins.com or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BaskinRobbins), Twitter (www.twitter.com/BaskinRobbins) or Instagram (www.instagram.com/BaskinRobbins).

* Offer valid on January 31st. Participation may vary. Scoop offer good on every size scoop. All listed flavors are optional amongst Baskin-Robbins’ stores. Waffle cones and toppings are extra. Cannot be combined with other offers. Plus applicable tax.

About Baskin-Robbins
Named a top ice cream and frozen dessert franchise in the United States by Entrepreneur magazine’s 38th annual Franchise 500® ranking in 2017, Baskin-Robbins is the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops. Baskin-Robbins creates and markets innovative, premium hard scoop ice cream, a full range of beverages, and a delicious lineup of desserts including custom ice cream cakes, the Polar Pizza® Ice Cream Treat and take-home ice cream quarts and pints, providing quality and value to consumers at more than 7,900 retail shops in 52 countries worldwide. Baskin-Robbins was founded in 1945 by two ice cream enthusiasts whose passion led to the creation of more than 1,300 ice cream flavors and a wide variety of delicious treats. Headquartered in Canton, Mass., Baskin-Robbins is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit https://www.baskinrobbins.com/.

SOURCE: Baskin-Robbins

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Motor Fuel Group (MFG) appoints Paresh Patel as new IT director

Motor Fuel Group (MFG) appoints Paresh Patel as new IT director

Hertfordshire, UK, 2018-Jan-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Top 50 Indies forecourt operator, Motor Fuel Group (MFG) is pleased to announce the appointment of Paresh Patel as its new IT director.

Paresh joins us from convenience and forecourt EPOS, payment and loyalty solutions provider HTEC Ltd. Starting with Indigo Retail as director of service in 2006, Paresh was promoted to head of major accounts when Indigo was acquired by HTEC in 2013 and for the last 10 months he held the position of director of forecourt sales.

Jeremy Clarke, MFG’s chief operating officer said: “This is a key appointment for our growing organisation where the measurement and performance of our retail offer and the demands for corporate governance are becoming more and more important.

“Another big plus is that Paresh has worked with MFG since we started in 2011 and has been instrumental in the architecture of our IT systems both at head office and forecourt level.”

SOURCE: Motor Fuel Limited

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NCR’s financial services and retail solutions win four 2017 GOOD DESIGN™ Awards

NCR’s financial services and retail solutions recognized for excellence in product design

DULUTH, Ga., 2018-Jan-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR), a global leader in omni-channel solutions, today announced that it has won four 2017 GOOD DESIGN™ Awards. Founded in Chicago in 1950, the awards program is one of the oldest and most prestigious for design excellence worldwide.

NCR’s SelfServ 80 Series, an award-winning family of ATM solutions launched in 2017 designed to re-invent the banking experience for consumers and financial institutions, and NCR’s FastLane SelfServ™, retail technology providing consumers with convenient checkout options, were recognized for their excellence in product design and innovation category. NCR will showcase the award-winning self-checkout technology at NRF 2018 Retail’s Big Show at booth #3121 from January 14 to 16, 2018.

“NCR has consistently invested in innovations to deliver built for purpose smart edge devices that, in conjunction with our software and services, deliver exceptional customer experiences, and these awards are another recognition of this,” said Bob Ciminera, NCR’s executive vice president, Hardware Product Operations. “We are committed to continuing to develop products and solutions that set the standards in connected financial and retail technology that will enable new levels of productivity gains for our customers.”

NCR won a total of four awards for the following designs. Each category and description of the award can be read here:

In 2017, the award program received submissions from several thousand of the world’s leading manufacturers and industrial and graphic design firms representing the most important and critical mass of influential corporations in the design industry from over 55 countries. This year marked the most significant year for GOOD DESIGN™ with foremost design firms comprising critical mass from FORTUNE 500 companies participating.

All awards are posted on the Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design’s  websites at www.good-designawards.comwww.chi-athenaeum.org and www.europeanarch.eu

About NCR Corporation

NCR Corporation (NYSE: NCR) is a leader in omni-channel solutions, turning everyday interactions with businesses into exceptional experiences. With its software, hardware, and portfolio of services, NCR enables nearly 700 million transactions daily across the financial, retail, hospitality, travel, telecom and technology industries. NCR solutions run the everyday transactions that make your life easier. NCR is headquartered in Duluth, Ga., with about 30,000 employees and does business in 180 countries. NCR is a trademark of NCR Corporation in the United States and other countries. NCR encourages investors to visit its website which is updated regularly with financial and other important information about NCR.

Web site: www.ncr.com
Twitter: @NCRCorporation

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Rakesh Aulaya
NCR Public Relations
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SOURCE: NCR CORPORATION

The Bon-Ton Stores appoints Michael Culhane EVP, Chief Financial Officer

YORK, Pa., 2018-Jan-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. (OTCQX:BONT) today announced the appointment of Michael Culhane to the position of Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer of the Company, effective immediately. Mr. Culhane will be responsible for Accounting, Treasury, Tax, Credit, Investor Relations, Legal and Internal Audit.  He succeeds Nancy Walsh, who is leaving the Company effective as of January 22, 2018, to take a position at another company.

Mr. Culhane brings more than 30 years of finance and accounting experience and a deep knowledge of the retail industry to Bon-Ton, having held several roles at retail companies throughout his career, including as Chief Financial Officer.  He was most recently President and Co-founder of TMAG, Inc., providing CFO consulting services.  Prior to TMAG, Inc., he served as Chief Financial Officer at Hudson’s Bay Company and has also held various executive roles with Lord & Taylor and May Department Store Group. Mr. Culhane has a B.B.A. in Accounting from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Commenting on Mr. Culhane’s appointment, Bill Tracy, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “We are very pleased to welcome Mike to our executive leadership team. We look forward to leveraging his extensive financial expertise and significant department store retail experience as we continue to execute on our initiatives to drive improved performance and strengthen our financial position. We are confident he will be an asset to our team as we continue to engage with our debt holders in our efforts to establish a sustainable capital structure for the Company.”

Mr. Tracy continued, “On behalf of the entire Board and management team, I want to thank Nancy for her service and many contributions as CFO over the past two years. We wish her all the best in her future endeavors.”

About The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. 
The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc., with corporate headquarters in York, Pennsylvania and Milwaukee, Wisconsin, operates 260 stores, which includes nine furniture galleries and four clearance centers, in 24 states in the Northeast, Midwest and upper Great Plains under the Bon-Ton, Bergner’s, Boston Store, Carson’s, Elder-Beerman, Herberger’s and Younkers nameplates. The stores offer a broad assortment of national and private brand fashion apparel and accessories for women, men and children, as well as cosmetics and home furnishings. The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc. is an active and positive participant in the communities it serves. For further information, please visit http://investors.bonton.com.

CONTACT:

Christine Hojnacki
414-347-5329
Christine.hojnacki@bonton.com

Source: The Bon-Ton Stores, Inc./GLOBE NEWSWIRE

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Camilla Harfeld Petersen appointed new Country Manager for Lindex Norway

Camilla Harfeld Petersen appointed new Country Manager for Lindex Norway

Göteborg, Sweden, 2018-Jan-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Camilla Harfeld Petersen has been appointed new Country Manager for Lindex Norway. Camilla has a solid experience from the fashion industry and comes from Bestseller, as Country Manager for Vero Moda. Camilla starts her position at Lindex in the beginning of April.

Camilla has been working in the retail industry almost her entire professional life. She comes from Bestseller Retail, where she has been working for nine years within several different manager positions. Most recent as Country Manager for Vero Moda and before then Country Manager for the Jack&Jones stores in Norway.

I’m very happy to welcome Camilla Harfeld Pedersen to Lindex. Camilla’s solid experience within the fashion industry, combined with her fantastic commitment and sense for the customer meeting will be very valuable in our development and to strengthen Lindex position in Norway, says Elisabeth Peregi, interim CEO of Lindex.

Camilla has a strong leadership and a wide experience within retail. She is passionate about creating a positive shopping experience and to meet customer needs. Another strong driving force for Camilla is how stores and e-commerce complement and strengthen each other.

“It is incredibly exciting and I am so delighted! I’m impressed over the journey and development Lindex has done. I think that with my experience and passion, together with Lindex competent team, we have the best conditions to drive Lindex forward”, says Camilla Harfeld Pedersen.

Today Lindex Norway has 99 stores and e-commerce and are planning to open three new stores during the spring.

SOURCE: LINDEX

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Sheetz to open its new store in Parkersburg, WV on Thursday, January 11

Altoona, PA, 2018-Jan-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sheetz, one of America’s fastest-growing family-owned and operated convenience retailers for more than 65 years, today announced the upcoming opening of its new store in Parkersburg, WV. The opening is scheduled for Thursday, January 11, at the new store located at 306 Ann Street.

This new location will welcome customers by offering free stainless steel coffee mugs while supplies last as well as free self-serve coffee and soda for a limited time. Sheetz will continue to offer its award-winning MTO® menu on its unique touch-screen order terminals where customers can order any of Sheetz’s customized specialty drink or food items around the clock.

The grand opening festivities will begin at 10 a.m. with multiple prizes awarded, including the giveaway of a $1,000 Sheetz gift card and two $250 Sheetz gift cards. No purchase is necessary to win. A Sheetz family member will be on hand for the grand opening ceremony, set for 10:45 a.m., just before the store’s opening at 11 a.m.

Sheetz is committed to supporting the local communities it serves. During the store’s grand-opening ceremony, Sheetz will donate $2,500 to Special Olympics of West Virginia. As a proud supporter of Special Olympics for over 20 years, Sheetz extends its support through financial contributions, product donations and event volunteers.

Sheetz currently operates 565 store locations across Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio and Maryland, with all locations open 24/7, 365 days a year.

About Sheetz, Inc.
Established in 1952 in Altoona, Pennsylvania, Sheetz, Inc. is one of America’s fastest-growing family-owned and operated convenience store chains with more than 17,500 employees and more than $5.6 billion in annual revenue. The company operates over 565 store locations throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Ohio and North Carolina. Sheetz provides an award-winning menu of M•T•O® sandwiches and salads, which are ordered through unique touch-screen order point terminals. All Sheetz convenience stores are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For, Top 12 Best Places to Work for Women and Top 35 Best Workplaces for Millennials, Sheetz is committed to offering employees sustainable careers built on an inspiring culture and community engagement. For more information, visit www.sheetz.com or follow us on Twitter (@sheetz), Facebook (www.facebook.com/sheetz) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/sheetz).

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Lowe’s Canada opens new model Lowe’s store in Gloucester

Lowe’s Canada celebrates the opening of the first new model Lowe’s store in the Greater Ottawa Area

Boucherville, QC, 2018-Jan-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lowe’s Canada opened today its fifth store under the new model of Lowe’s stores in Canada which offers an enhanced shopping experience. The store, located at 1880 Innes Road in Gloucester, was converted from the former RONA Home and Garden. It was designed by taking the best of Lowe’s and RONA’s offering to create the new model of Lowe’s stores. This is the first new model Lowe’s store to open in the greater Ottawa area.

“We are thrilled to kick off the New Year with the grand opening of this new model Lowe’s store in Gloucester, which combines the best of what RONA and Lowe’s have to offer across the country,” says Guy Beaumier, Interim Executive President, Lowe’s Canada Big Box Retail. “In 2018, we will continue Lowe’s Big Box evolution to bring our enhanced shopping experience, which includes brand new features to better serve our commercial clientele, to even more Canadian customers.”

The store underwent an extensive 16-week physical transformation from the former RONA which involved construction, departmental sequencing of new racking and re-merchandising, branding and IT conversion, as well as a significant investment in our people with exhaustive training focused on new product knowledge and customer service.

New Retail Experience
The new Gloucester Lowe’s will offer an enhanced retail experience, including:

  • A wider assortment of seasonal products such as patio, Halloween and items for the Holiday season in line with the latest fashion trends.
  • The introduction of entirely new product categories such as appliances, Lowe’s private labels, and top brands such as John Deere, Husqvarna, and Cub Cadet.
  • A broader selection of fashion plumbing products such as tubs, showers, toilets, vanities, sinks and faucets with the introduction of high-profile brands such as Kohler and Grohe.
  • Floor displays featuring the latest fashions in wood flooring and tiles with larger displays at eye level allowing customers to better visualize their projects and better experience the texture of flooring products.
  • Access to more than 100,000 products on www.lowes.ca

Enhanced Contractor Experience
The new Gloucester location offers an enhanced shopping experience for pros and commercial customers, including:

  • The introduction of the Contractor Rewards Program (i.e. loyalty and pricing program)
  • Access to a drive-through lumber yard where contractors can load their vehicles directly to save time, as well as have access to a broader lumber assortment.
  • The Gloucester store is the fifth Lowe’s store in Canada to introduce charge accounts that will allow commercial customers to shop at any RONA corporate store and new model Lowe’s store in Canada and receive a single monthly invoice.
  • Introduction of corporately owned and operated delivery trucks to provide a more personalized level of service for deliveries to contractors.
  • Enhanced assortment in key contractor categories including lumber, building materials, millwork, tools, hardware, etc.

The new Gloucester Lowe’s marks the company’s 61st store in Canada under the Lowe’s banner and fourth Lowe’s location in the Greater Ottawa market. The store represents a local investment in excess of $5.16 million and created 35 new jobs – in total the store has 150 permanent positions and approximately 35 seasonal roles.

The store offers about 40,000 products in-stock to meet customers’ home improvement needs, and features retail offering space totaling more than 169,000 square feet, including 74,965 square feet of retail sales space, an adjacent garden centre of 30,706 square feet, a covered lumberyard of 25,698 square feet, and an additional outdoor drive-through lumberyard of 37,940 square feet.

Today, local dignitaries and Lowe’s executives joined employees from the store to celebrate the grand opening through an official board cutting ceremony and community grant presentation. Lowe’s donated $5,000 to the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario to fund the purchase of oxygen blenders for the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

Grand Opening Events
Grand opening activities for the new store, where customers can enjoy free sessions, giveaways and contests, will continue until Monday. These include:

  • Children’s Workshop for families on Saturday, January 6 at 10 a.m.
  • Live in-store radio remote with Hot 89.9 on Saturday, January 6, with a draw for a $250 Lowe’s gift card and a small appliance.
  • Giveaways including: Char-Broil spatula (first 75 customers, Thursday only); Sylvania A19 LED 60-watt light bulb (first 1,000 customers, Friday only); $25 Lowe’s gift card (first 200 customers, Saturday only) and a DeWalt 4-pce. spade bit set (first 200 customers, Sunday only).
  • Customers can also enter to win 1 of 4 grand prizes.
  • Contractor exclusive VIP event on Monday, January 8 from 12 to 2 p.m. There will be a draw to win 1 of 3 $250 Lowe’s gift cards and contractors can fill out a ballot to win 1 of 4 tool prizes. To register, contractors can call the store at 613.741.6331 and ask to speak with the Contractor Specialist to request an invite.

About Lowe’s Canada
Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) is a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company serving more than 17 million customers a week in the United States, Canada and Mexico. With fiscal year 2016 sales of $65.0 billion, Lowe’s and its related businesses operate or service more than 2,370 home improvement and hardware stores and employ over 290,000 people. Based in Boucherville, Quebec, Lowe’s Canadian business, together with its wholly owned subsidiary, RONA inc., operates or services more than 600 corporate and independent affiliate dealer stores in a number of complementary formats under different banners. These include Lowe’s, RONA, Réno-Dépôt, Marcil, Dick’s Lumber and Ace. In Canada, the companies have more than 25,000 employees, in addition to nearly 5,000 employees in the stores of RONA’s independent affiliate dealers. For more information, visit Lowes.ca.

For more information, please contact:

Valérie Gonzalo
Media Relations
514.626.6976
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Kroger expands its Simple Truth® brand

Largest natural and organic brand in the country continues to lead the industry

CINCINNATI, 2018-Jan-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) announced today the expansion of its Simple Truth® brand and launch of its largest-ever Our Brands customer sales promotion, featuring savings on thousands of Simple Truth® and Simple Truth Organic® items.

“We’re proud of the high-quality ingredients that go into our Simple Truth® products. We’re equally proud of what’s not in these foods. Simple Truth® products are free from 101+ artificial preservatives and ingredients,” said Robert Clark, Kroger’s senior vice president of merchandising. “Instead of GMOs and antibiotics, Simple Truth® offers clean labels and fantastic flavors. Kroger has led the way for more than a decade in making natural and organic products more mainstream and accessible. We’ve always believed that our customers shouldn’t have to pay higher prices just because a product is natural or organic. The truth is, we’ve always been affordable.”

Kroger introduced Simple Truth® in its fourth quarter 2012, and the brand now offers over 1,400 unique products across multiple categories, including grocery, meat, produce, deli, bakery, baby, household essentials and personal care. Simple Truth® also offers more Fair Trade Certified™ products than any other private label grocery brand in the country.

With the help of 84.51° insights, Simple Truth® will continue to innovate and introduce new affordable items in 2018 that align with customer trends, including increasingly popular categories like beverage, snacking and non-animal proteins. These growing trends have already inspired the Our Brands innovation team to develop exciting new items like Simple Truth Organic® sports drinks, Simple Truth Organic® sparkling coconut waters, Simple Truth® fruit and nut bars and Simple Truth® meatless entrees.

In Kroger’s third quarter 2017, Our Brands delivered strong performance, making up 28.2 percent of unit sales and 25.6 percent of sales dollars, excluding fuel and pharmacy. Simple Truth continued to grow in popularity the same quarter, with sales growing 19 percent.

Our Brands is shaping the way we are redefining the grocery customer experience as outlined in our Restock Kroger plan,” Mr. Clark continued.

Simple Truth products are exclusive to the Kroger Family of Stores and customers can purchase the brand in a variety of ways: in a store; through ClickList; or Vitacost.com for ship-to-home delivery.

To learn more about Simple Truth, customers can visit www.simpletruth.com to download over $100 in digital coupon savings and view recipes, product reviews and nutrition advice.

At The Kroger Co., we are dedicated to our purpose: to Feed the Human Spirit™. We are 453,000 associates who serve nearly nine million customers every day in 2,793 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Our Family of Companies operates an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized order online service – in addition to 2,258 pharmacies, 783 convenience stores, 307 fine jewelry stores, 222 retail health clinics, 1,472 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Our Company has been recognized as one of America’s most generous companies for our support of more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners, breast cancer research and awareness, the military and their families, and more than 145,000 community organizations including schools. As a leader in supplier diversity, we are a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

SOURCE The Kroger Co.

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Hy-Vee pharmacies supports Iowa Department of Public Health in its fight against substance abuse and addiction issues

New Consolidated Website and Helpline Established by State of Iowa to Help Those in Need

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, 2018-Jan-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hy-Vee, Inc. announced today that all Hy-Vee pharmacies in Iowa will partner with the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) to provide patients and employees with information on how they can get help for opioid and other substance abuse issues.

In a statewide initiative, all 104 Hy-Vee pharmacies in Iowa will post information about a new website recently launched by the IDPH called YourLifeIowa.org to bring awareness and offer help to those individuals and families dealing with substance abuse and gambling addiction, as well as assist with suicide prevention. In addition, a new 24-hour helpline is in place: (855) 581-8111. Counter cards and information tear pads will be located at each Hy-Vee pharmacy, and informational posters will be located in Hy-Vee employee break rooms.

“There are Iowans who are facing adversity and need help when it comes to substance abuse and other addictions,” said Kristin Williams, Hy-Vee’s senior vice president and chief health officer. “As a pharmaceutical leader in Iowa, we want to direct our patients and employees to a place where they can get help for themselves or for loved ones, and YourLifeIowa is an excellent starting point.”

YourLifeIowa.org incorporates information previously found on the IDPH Suicide Prevention website, as well as the 1-800-BETS OFF and DrugFreeInfo (formerly the Iowa Substance Abuse Information Center) websites. In addition to the 24-hour telephone helpline (all three previous toll-free numbers will still be active), the new YourLifeIowa system offers mobile-friendly Internet-based communications (e.g., online chat) and texting capabilities.

One of the major enhancements of the site is a facility locator, which allows treatment facilities to feature a welcome video, contact information, services offered, map, picture and description.

All services offered by YourLifeIowa are free and confidential.

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Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating more than 245 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of $10 billion annually. The supermarket chain is synonymous with quality, variety, convenience, healthy lifestyles, culinary expertise and superior customer service. Hy-Vee ranks in the Top 10 Most Trusted Brands and has been named one of America’s Top 5 favorite grocery stores. The company’s 85,000 employees provide “A Helpful Smile in Every Aisle” to customers every day. For additional information, visit www.hy-vee.com.

SOURCE: Hy-Vee Inc.

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