America voted lemon as Krispy Kreme Doughnuts®’ next, all-new Glazed Doughnut flavor

America voted lemon as Krispy Kreme Doughnuts®’ next, all-new Glazed Doughnut flavor


WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., 2018-Jan-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — America dreamed, debated and, now … has decided. After casting nearly two million votes online over a week, America selected lemon as Krispy Kreme Doughnuts®’ next, all-new Glazed Doughnut flavor.

Krispy Kreme’s innovation team will craft and perfect the Lemon Glazed Doughnut flavor, which will be made available this spring for a full week at participating Krispy Kremeshops.

The #VoteForGlaze campaign was the first time Krispy Kreme let America decide an all-new Glazed Doughnut flavor for the brand’s iconic Original Glazed® Doughnut. Fans selected from four flavors – blueberry, caramel, lemon and maple – January 16 through 22 at

Lemon was America’s top choice, garnering 36 percent of the vote. Caramel received 26 percent of the vote, blueberry received 20 percent followed by maple, which received 18 percent.

“Lemon won the vote, but we can’t glaze over the fact that the other three flavors all received a lot of support, even beyond the votes. Our fans’ passion for these flavors – and others – came through loud and clear on social media. So while the polls are closed, our minds are not,” said Jackie Woodward, Chief Marketing Officer of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts®.

Krispy Kreme will announce this spring the exact dates the all-new Lemon Glazed Doughnut will be available.

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

Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation
Cassie Williams, 336-733-3793
Manager of Integrated Communications

Source: Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation


Whole Foods Market to open a new store in Spring House on Wednesday, March 14

SPRING HOUSE, Pa., 2018-Jan-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market will open a new store in Spring House at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 14 at 1111 North Bethlehem Pike. This store will be a relocation of the Whole Foods Market in North Wales, which will close March 12. Opening-day shoppers with be greeted with doorbuster sales, product demonstrations and samples. The new store will be almost twice the size of the North Wales store and will feature products from over 100 local vendors.

“Whole Foods Market Spring House will offer customers a new, elevated shopping experience, with expanded offerings in every department and a great pub and café area,” said Drew Goldschmidt, the store team leader. “The store will be a showcase for local suppliers and a warm, welcoming gathering place for the community.”

Every item sold in the store meets Whole Foods Market’s rigorous quality standards and is free of artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners, preservatives and hydrogenated fats.

The 44,000 square-foot store includes:

  • An in-store pub and full-service coffee bar that will offer coffee, cold-pressed juice, kombucha on tap and beer & cocktails, as well as a lunch and dinner menu and a seating area.
  • More than 100 local supplier products ranging from chocolate and honey to goat and cow milk cheese.
  • Expanded produce department featuring seasonal produce such as local mushrooms from Phillips Mushrooms and Mother Earth, as well as tropical fruit like jackfruit, dragon fruit and rambutan.
  • Full-service meat and seafood departments featuring Global Animal Partnership 5 Step Animal Welfare-rated meat and sustainable seafood staffed by expert butchers and fishmongers.
  • Made in-house specialties including: hand-tossed & Sicilian pizza, hickory or applewood-smoked fish, and a selection of dips such as rutabaga, collard green and guacamole.
  • A homewares section featuring cutting boards, dish towels, coasters and ceramics from local suppliers Half and a Third and DuTill and Daughters.
  • Over 400 varieties of wine and 90 varieties of craft beer, including a large local beer selection.

The Whole Foods Market location at 1210 Bethlehem Pike in North Wales will close on March 12.


Source: Whole Foods Market

Ahold Delhaize announces the appointment of Johan Boeijenga as Brand President of Super Indo

Ahold Delhaize announces the appointment of Johan Boeijenga as Brand President of Super Indo


Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2018-Jan-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold Delhaize announced the appointment of Johan Boeijenga as Brand President of Super Indo, effective April 1, 2018.

Johan joins from the Dutch drugstore chain Kruidvat, with operations in the Netherlands, Belgium and France and part of A.S. Watson B.V, serving as Chief Operating Officer and board member.

He has been in the retail industry for two decades, and started his career with Albert Heijn in the Netherlands in 1988. Since then he has held several positions at Albert Heijn and Ahold, most recently as CEO Ahold Central Europe, Czech Republic and Slovakia until 2009. He also served as CEO TOPS Royal Ahold in Indonesia from 2000 to 2003. Before joining Kruidvat in 2014, Johan worked among others at Jumbo supermarkets in the Netherlands and had his own consultancy firm.

Ellen van Ginkel
Director External Communications
+31 88 6595134

SOURCE: Ahold Delhaize


Xcel Brands appoints Deborah Weinswig to its board of directors

NEW YORK, 2018-Jan-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Xcel Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ:XELB) announced today (Jan. 25, 2018) the appointment of Deborah Weinswig to its board of directors. A leading global retail analyst, Weinswig is the Managing Director of FGRT (Fung Global Retail & Technology), the think tank for the Hong Kong-based Fung Group.

Robert D’Loren, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Xcel Brands, Inc. said, “We are thrilled to add Deborah to our board of directors. She is a highly respected innovator in retail and technology and brings deep expertise and thought leadership to our organization. I look forward to working together to drive change and develop new solutions for today’s retail challenges.”

As Managing Director of FGRT, Weinswig built the team’s research capabilities and provided insights into the advanced technologies that are changing the global retail industry. Earlier, Weinswig served as Head of the Global Staples & Consumer Discretionary Team at Citi Research. She was ranked as the #1 analyst by Institutional Investor for 9 consecutive years, and in 2012 was named one of Business Insider’s “36 Best Analysts on Wall Street.”

“It is exciting to be joining the board of Xcel Brands, a company I have long admired for its bold leadership in disrupting the retail environment,” commented Weinswig. “The combined forces of Xcel’s senior executive team and board of directors will continue to leverage breakthrough technologies that expand the business and create greater value to shareholders, retail partners, and consumers.”

Weinswig is a member of the advisory board of numerous accelerators including Alchemist Accelerator, where she serves as faculty mentor; The Cage, a Hong Kong–based accelerator powered by The Lane Crawford Joyce Group; Entrepreneurs Roundtable Accelerator; Grand Central Tech; New York Fashion Tech Lab; Plug and Play; Revtech Accelerator; Techstars; TrueStart (UK); and XRC Labs. Weinswig also serves as an advisor to companies such as Eventable, Enterworks, Fashwire, LincGlobal, Nanopay, Rich Receipts, Smartzer, Tooso, SupplyAI, TigerTrade, and TRIVVER.

Weinswig was named among the top five retail influencers of 2018 and 2017 by Vend, the cloud-based point-of-sale and retail platform, and is a recipient of the Asia Retail Congress’s Retail Leadership Award.
In addition, she serves as an e-commerce expert for the International Council of Shopping Centers’ (ICSC’s) Research Task Force and was a founding member of the Oracle Retail Industry Strategy Council. She is a member of the board of directors of Kiabi (affiliated with the Auchan Group); an executive board member of The Terry J. Lundgren Center for Retailing at the University of Arizona; and an advisory board member of the World Retail Congress and a founding member of the Goodwill Retail Advisory Council.  She also serves on the boards of numerous philanthropic organizations, including GoodXChange and Street Soccer USA.

Ms. Weinswig’s appointment to Xcel’s board fills a vacancy following the retirement of Edward Jones.  In accordance with Xcel’s board procedures, Ms. Weinswig will be a candidate for re-election to the board at the company’s annual meeting of stockholders.

About Xcel Brands (
Xcel Brands, Inc. (NASDAQ:XELB) is a media and consumer products company engaged in the design, production, licensing, marketing and direct-to-consumer sales of branded apparel, footwear, accessories, jewelry, home goods, and other consumer products, and the acquisition of dynamic consumer lifestyle brands. Xcel was founded by Robert W. D’Loren in 2011 with a vision to reimagine shopping, entertainment and social as one. Xcel owns and manages the Isaac Mizrahi, Judith Ripka, H Halston, C. Wonder and Highline Collective brands, pioneering an omnichannel sales strategy which includes the promotion and sale of products under its brands through direct-response television, internet, brick and mortar retail, and e-commerce channels. Headquartered in New York City, Xcel Brands is led by an executive team with significant technology, design, merchandising, production, marketing, retailing, and licensing experience and a proven track record of success in elevating branded consumer products companies. With a team of over 100 professionals focused on design, production, and digital marketing, Xcel maintains control of product quality and promotion across all of its product categories and distribution channels. The total lifetime retail sales of its brands exceed $7.5 billion.

Stephanie Taylor

Source: Xcel Brands, Inc/globenewswire

DFS brings BVLGARI’S new Serpenti Passion Red collection at DFS airport stores and T Gallerias

DFS brings BVLGARI’S new Serpenti Passion Red collection at DFS airport stores and T Gallerias


HONG KONG, 2018-Jan-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — DFS Group, the world’s leading luxury travel retailer and the magnificent Italian High Jeweler, BVLGARI, are delighted to introduce the new Serpenti Passion Red collection, available exclusively at DFS airport stores and T Gallerias from January 1, 2018.

This exclusive collection introduces four new brilliant BVLGARI pieces, immediately recognizable by their unmistakable Italian design reflecting 2,700 years of Roman history, and embracing stylistic audacity and a penchant for rich, vibrant color.

The collection features two Serpenti Twist Your Time watches with interchangeable straps crafted in calf and Karung leather in pink and red or burgundy and black, a Serpenti Seduttori pendant with a ruby eye, and a Serpenti Forever ruby red handbag in brushed metallic calf leather with a red and white Serpenti head and onyx eyes.

Christophe Chaix, DFS Group Senior Vice President Fashion, Watches, Jewelry and Accessories said the introduction of the new collection symbolizes DFS Group’s appreciation of BVLGARI’s unrivaled commitment to high-end quality.

“We are delighted to continue our unique partnership with BVLGARI, whose name is synonymous with a luxurious lifestyle,” said Christophe. “These stunning new designs are a perfect complement to DFS’ belief that life should be lived beautifully. We are sure our discerning traveling customers will be thrilled to find Serpenti and Seduttori in our collection of fine watches and jewelry.”

Lelio Gavazza, Executive Vice President Sales and Retail BVLGARI, said the new collection signifies what BVLGARI is and has always been about; homage to legacy, and the grace of uniquely designed jewelry, watches and bags.

“BVLGARI is pleased to present this exclusive capsule collection to DFS. This premium network represents the ultimate luxury retail shopping experience in travel retail channel. With BVLGARI‘s unique products combined with DFS expertise in delivering customized customer experience, we are certain to satisfy various travelers’ needs, especially during the coming Chinese New Year holiday. ”

DFS brings BVLGARI’S new Serpenti Passion Red range to global travelers, luxury shoppers and particularly to customers in Hong Kong, China, Macau and Japan who value high-quality luxury fashion and jewelry.

BVLGARI’s Serpenti Passion Red will be available for purchase at T Galleria by DFS stores worldwide until 31 December 2018.

Details of the new BVLGARI Serpenti and Seduttori range:

• BVLGARI Serpenti Twist Your Time 27mm Watch with Pink and Red Interchangeable Straps in calf and Karung leather: Watch size 27 mm in steel case, Mother of Pearl dial sourced from Australia and Indonesia, pink bracelet calf with two loops, hour/minute display, quartz stones, waterproof up to 30 metres and Crown with Rubellite

• BVLGARI Serpenti Twist Your Time 27mm Watch with Burgundy Red and Black Interchangeable Straps in calf and Karung leather: Watch size 27 mm in steel case, red dial, bordeaux bracelet calf with two loops, hour/minute display, quartz stones, waterproof up to 30 metres and Crown with Rubellite

• BVLGARI Seduttori Pink Gold Pendant with Ruby: Pink gold necklace with .24 ct pear ruby in a round mounted setting

• BVLGARI Serpenti Forever Nappa Handbag Ruby Red Limited Edition: Flap Cover, Serpenti Forever Accessories, brushed metallic calf leather in ruby red and light gold with 100% Nappa Ruby Red lining.


Source: DFS Group


Paradies Lagardère commits to source exclusively cage-free eggs by 2025

ATLANTA, 2018-Jan-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Paradies Lagardère, the North American division of Lagardère Travel Retail, commits not to distribute, throughout its whole network, any product containing egg or egg product, produced by hens raised in cages, by 2025.

This decision, taken in unison by all of Lagardère Travel Retail’s subsidiaries, concern all the restaurants and points of sales operated by Lagardère Travel Retail, in railway stations and airports, in Europe, North America, the Middle-East, and in Asia-Pacific.

The Group’s Italian and German subsidiaries have already put an end to their supply in cage eggs and are now using cage-free eggs exclusively.

This very significant step is part Lagardère Travel Retail’s global and pro-active strategy supporting sustainable development. The Group notably considers extending the principles of this decision to other product categories.

Dag Rasmussen, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer, Lagardère Travel Retail, said: “This decision shows our commitment to provide our customers with products of the highest possible quality. Lagardère Travel Retail thanks The Humane League for their perseverance that has been instrumental in significantly improving the conditions in which animals are raised.”

Alexandria Beck, Manager, Open Wing Alliance, declared: “Open Wing Alliance member organizations applaud Lagardère Travel Retail for committing to eliminate cruel cages from its global supply chain. As a pioneering global leader in the travel retail industry, this policy to source exclusively cage-free eggs will set a new standard for the travel industry worldwide.”

About Paradies Lagardère:

Paradies Lagardère, the travel retail and restaurateur leader in North America, operates more than 850 stores and restaurants in 98 airports. The company specializes in three airport concessions areas: Travel Essentials, Specialty Retail and Food and Beverage, and has expertise in international, national and local brands. Paradies Lagardère’s commitment to exceptional customer service, superior design and award-winning store and restaurant operations and management, has earned the company numerous accolades from the travel industry, including being named Best Airport Retailer for 22 consecutive years by Airport Revenue News magazine. Paradies Lagardère’s headquarters is in Atlanta, Ga., with an office in Toronto, Ontario. For more information, visit

About Lagardère Travel Retail:

One of the four divisions of Lagardère Group, Lagardère Travel Retail is a pioneering global leader in the travel retail industry. Operating 4,500 stores across Travel Essentials, Duty Free and Foodservice in airports, railway stations and other concessions in 33 countries, Lagardère Travel Retail generates a €4 bn sales (managed 100%).Lagardère Travel Retail has a unique holistic approach aimed at exceeding travelers’ expectations throughout their journey and optimizing landlords’ assets and partners’ brands.


Nicole V. Linton
Marketing Communications Manager
P: 404 494 3419
M: 470 455 1843

Source: Paradies Lagardère

Paradies Lagardère’s Remembrance Day initiative raised more than $16,000 CAD for the Royal Canadian Legion’s Poppy Trust Fund

ATLANTA, 2018-Jan-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Paradies Lagardère, the travel retail and restaurateur leader in North America, donated a portion of the sales from the stores in its 13 airports throughout Canada to honor veterans for Remembrance Day, November 11. The company raised more than $16,000 CAD ($13,000 USD) from November 10 through November 11, which will go to the Royal Canadian Legion’s Poppy Trust Fund.

Paradies Lagardère’s customers overwhelmingly supported the initiative; there was a 10 percent increase in transactions during the two-day program over last year during the same time frame.


“Paradies Lagardère is thrilled with the results for the Remembrance Day initiative,” said Gregg Paradies, president and CEO, Paradies Lagardère. “It’s not only important to us to give back to the community, but we always seek ways to say thank you to service men and women and veterans throughout North America for their sacrifice. We’re proud of this program, along with our Treat Our Troops initiatives in the U.S.”

Additional details:

The Royal Canadian Legion is Canada’s largest veteran support and community service organization. More than 300,000 members in 1,400 branches across Canada make a difference in the lives of veterans and their families, provide essential services within our communities, and remember the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Through donations to the Poppy Trust Fund, the Royal Canadian Legion provides financial assistance and support to veterans, including Canadian Armed Forces and RCMP, and their families. The Poppy Trust Fund supports food and heating costs, clothing, prescription medication, medical appliances and equipment, essential home repairs, and emergency shelter. Learn more by visiting

Paradies Lagardère specializes in three key airport concessions areas: Food and Beverage, Travel Essentials and Specialty Retail. Within Travel Essentials and Specialty Retail, we offer a diverse mix of categories including fashion, luxury, electronics, convenience, sports, luggage, jewelry, and souvenirs. We also deliver high-end restaurants, quick-serve and casual restaurants, and quality bars, including local, national and international brands that provide travelers delicious dining options. Paradies Lagardère was recently recognized for excellence in specialty retail, earning ARN Awards for Best Specialty Retail Brand Operator for its Brooks Brothers concept, and Best Airport Retail Store Design for Dylan’s Candy Bar at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport.

Paradies Lagardère delivers the very best solutions – a favorite local concept or a highly-desirable international brand – that exceeds expectations for our airport partners and travelers.


Nicole V. Linton

Marketing Communications Manager
P: 404 494 3419
M: 470 455 1843

Source: Paradies Lagardère

PetSmart announces creation of the Healthy Pet Advisory Council to advance pet nutrition, health and wellness

PHOENIX, 2018-Jan-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — To address the rapidly evolving area of pet nutrition, PetSmart, Inc. announced today (Jan. 25, 2018) it has formed the Healthy Pet Advisory Council, a community of experts that will support PetSmart’s efforts to lead the pet retail industry in pet nutrition, health and wellness. The council will focus on three key areas: research, innovation and education.

“At PetSmart, we love pets, and we want them to lead happy and healthy lives,” said Paul Hunt, PetSmart’s senior vice president of sourcing and product development. “The goal of the council is to advance the health and wellness of pets across North America through pet nutrition research and innovation. This research will help enhance PetSmart’s proprietary pet food formulations and educate pet parents in line with advances in pet nutritional science.”

“We sought out some of the most innovative thought leaders in this area, including veterinarians, researchers and nutritionists to join our effort, and we look forward to providing new options for pets and pet parents in the future,” Hunt continued.

Initial appointments to the council include:

  • Joseph Wakshlag, DVM, Ph.D., associate professor, Section Chief of Clinical Nutrition at Cornell University;
  • Kelly Swanson, Ph.D., professor of Comparative Animal Nutrition in the Department of Animal Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign;
  • Tony Buffington, DVM, Ph.D., DACVN (emeritus), clinical professor, Department of Medicine and Epidemiology, UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine and emeritus professor of Veterinary Clinical Sciences, The Ohio State University;
  • Randy Johnson, Ph.D. in Animal Nutrition;
  • And PetSmart consultants and associates who are experts in their fields of veterinary medicine, nutrition, research, regulations and food safety

The council will explore new ingredients and manufacturing technology to improve pet food formulations that provide optimal nutrition for pets. The council’s key findings will be applied to PetSmart’s proprietary pet food brands, including Authority®, Simply Nourish™, Grreat Choice® and Dentley’s®. Education efforts will focus on PetSmart retail associates and pet parents to enhance their knowledge on crucial topics such as nutrition and ingredient functionality. The council will launch an informative public website to aid in its education efforts to help pet parents better understand and navigate the best nutritional choices to meet the needs and lifestyle of their pets.

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 1,600 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 3,500 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 7.6 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 May 2017, PetSmart acquired, a leading online retailer of pet food and products in the U.S., which operates as an independent subsidiary.

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Turn your passion for pets into a career you’ll love! Visit careers.petsmart.comto learn more about corporate, retail store, and Distribution Center opportunities.

Virginia Hock
Golin for PetSmart

Source: PetSmart Inc.