UK: Asda, FareShare and The Trussell Trust team up to help one million people out of food poverty

UK: Asda, FareShare and The Trussell Trust team up to help one million people out of food poverty

Leeds, UK, 2018-Feb-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Asda and food redistribution charities FareShare and The Trussell Trust have today announced that they will be working together on a new partnership designed to help one million people out of food poverty over the next three years.

The programme will be funded by Asda, and see the supermarket invest at least £20 million in developing the infrastructure of FareShare, which operate a distribution network for food donations and The Trussell Trust, who are the UK’s biggest operator of foodbanks.

Asda’s investment will allow the two charities to develop their infrastructure and offer better services to those in need. Currently, both charities struggle to transport and store fresh food, which needs to be chilled, and means those using food banks are reliant on mainly tinned and packet foods. The investment will also fund support services in food banks, such as debt counselling and job advice, allowing people to begin to get themselves out of food poverty.

Asda has also committed to making sure all of its shops are able to donate surplus food to food banks by 2020.

The partnership will enable FareShare and The Trussell Trust to provide an additional 24 million meals every year, give 500,000 more people access to fresh food in the UK and help one million people get themselves out of food poverty over the next three years.

In a blog post published this morning, Andy Murray, Asda’s Chief Customer Officer, said: “Right now, in the UK 8.4 million people are struggling to afford to eat. One in 10 people in the UK are missing meals to pay their bills – and one in four of those are children. And yet, four million tonnes of perfectly decent food is wasted each year in the UK. We simply cannot – and will not – accept food being wasted whilst people in our communities go hungry. We’ve listened to our customers and want to take on their challenge to fight hunger and create change.”

Lindsay Boswell, Chief Executive of FareShare UK, said: “Based on my 25 years of senior experience in the Voluntary Sector, I believe that Asda’s investment in tackling hunger and food waste in support of front line charities has the potential to create such a multiplier effect that it could well be the largest single act of support since the creation of the National Lottery or the introduction of Gift Aid.”

Sam Stapley, Head of Operations for The Trussell Trust England, said: “The scale and nature of this funding is unprecedented. Asda’s investment means they can expand their reach and develop new projects bringing very real, tangible benefits to local communities and to anyone struggling with food insecurity in a way that simply has not been possible before.”

To read the full blog post from Andy Murray and find out more about the Asda Fight Hunger Create Change programme click here.

SOURCE: ASDA

Media contact: 0113 826 2829

Chipotle announces enhancements to its employee benefits

More than 71,000 hourly and salaried employees will receive a new suite of benefits as a result of changes in U.S. tax law
DENVER, 2018-Feb-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — In celebration of its dedicated employees, Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) announced enhancements to benefits that will reach all of its 71,000 employees. These enhancements, which include special cash and stock bonuses and enhanced paid parental leave, are part of the company’s ongoing commitment to advancing both the professional and personal lives of its employees. Resulting from savings due to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the new benefits have already begun rolling out to Chipotle employees.

“We have always been proud of our ability to attract and retain top talent who share our passion for cooking delicious food by hand and creating an extraordinary guest experience,” said Steve Ells, founder, chairman and CEO at Chipotle. “We’re giving back to these committed, motivated, and hardworking team members who have made Chipotle what it is today.”

Chipotle will reinvest more than one-third of its anticipated savings from tax law changes into its employees. The remainder of the reinvestment will be dedicated to improvement of restaurant facilities and operations. New employee benefits include:

  • Accelerated Training Programs. More training programs for employees, including a formalized classroom program with a dedicated faculty that will focus on a range of topics related to operational excellence and leadership.
  • Cash & Stock Bonuses. Qualified hourly and salaried restaurant employees will receive a special one-time cash bonus of up to $1,000. Qualified staff employees will receive a one-time stock grant.
  • Maternity/Paternity Coverage. Additional paid parental leave coverage for everyone from hourly managers to salaried employees.
  • Life Insurance and Short-Term Disability. The company has added life insurance and short-term disability insurance coverage for hourly restaurant managers.

These new offerings are in addition to a unique set of benefits the company already offers to employees, including both hourly and salaried workers. Chipotle currently provides twice annual merit increases for hourly employees, paid vacation and sick time, and stock awards to the restaurant manager level. Additionally, the company has made a significant investment in educational benefits for employees. Chipotle offers up to $5,250 in tuition reimbursement, and through a partnership with Guild Education, the company offers reduced-cost courses and degree programs at a number of colleges and universities. The educational program includes more than 10,000 class and program options and since the inception of the program, nearly 6,000 Chipotle employees have taken advantage of the program.

“We have always been committed to making Chipotle a great place to work with excellent compensation and benefits,” said Ells. “With these expanded offerings, we’re thanking our employees for their hard work and dedication to our company.”

ABOUT CHIPOTLE
Steve Ells, our founder, chairman and CEO, started Chipotle with the idea that food served fast did not have to be a typical fast food experience. Today, Chipotle continues to offer a focused menu of burritos, tacos, burrito bowls, and salads made from fresh, high-quality ingredients, prepared using classic cooking methods and served in an interactive style allowing people to get exactly what they want. Chipotle seeks out extraordinary ingredients that are not only fresh, but that are raised responsibly, with respect for the animals, the land, and the people who produce them. Chipotle prepares its food using real, wholesome ingredients and without the use of added colors, flavors or other additives typically found in fast food. Chipotle opened with a single restaurant in Denver in 1993 and operates more than 2,400 restaurants. For more information, visit Chipotle.com.

SOURCE Chipotle Mexican Grill

Chris Arnold, carnold@chipotle.com

Tractor Supply Company declares quarterly cash dividend of $0.27 per share of its common stock

BRENTWOOD, Tenn., 2018-Feb-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tractor Supply Company (NASDAQ:TSCO), the largest rural lifestyle retail store chain in the United States, today announced that its Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.27 per share of the Company’s common stock.

The dividend will be paid on March 13, 2018, to stockholders of record as of the close of business on February 26, 2018.

About Tractor Supply Company
Founded in 1938, Tractor Supply Company is the largest rural lifestyle retail store chain in the United States. Tractor Supply stores are focused on supplying the lifestyle needs of recreational farmers and ranchers and others who enjoy the rural lifestyle, as well as tradesmen and small businesses.  Stores are located primarily in towns outlying major metropolitan markets and in rural communities.  The Company offers the following comprehensive selection of merchandise: (1) equine, livestock, pet and small animal products, including items necessary for their health, care, growth and containment; (2) hardware, truck, towing and tool products; (3) seasonal products, including heating, lawn and garden items, power equipment, gifts and toys; (4) work/recreational clothing and footwear; and (5) maintenance products for agricultural and rural use. At December 30, 2017, the Company operated 1,685 Tractor Supply stores in 49 states and an e-commerce website at www.tractorsupply.com.

Tractor Supply Company also owns and operates Petsense, a small-box pet specialty supply retailer focused on meeting the needs of pet owners, primarily in small and mid-size communities, and offering a variety of pet products and services.  At December 30, 2017, the Company operated 168 Petsense stores in 26 states.  For more information on Petsense, visit www.petsense.com.

Tractor Supply Company
Investor Contacts:
Mary Winn Pilkington (615) 440-4212
Beth Thompson (615) 440-4102

Media Contacts:
Alecia Pulman/Brittany Rae Fraser, ICR (203) 682-8200

Source: Tractor Supply Company/ GLOBE NEWSWIRE

Carrefour Group completes the acquisition of a c17% strategic stake in Showroomprivé

Boulogne-Billancourt, France, 2018-Feb-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Showroomprivé, Europe’s second-largest online private sales player, announced that Carrefour Group had finalized the acquisition of a c17% strategic stake in the capital of Showroomprivé from Conforama, as announced on January 11 20181 .

Following the completion of this operation, Carrefour Group replaces Conforama in the existing shareholders’ agreement between the founders of Showroomprivé and Conforama. The founders retain a stake representing 27.17% of the capital and 40.42% of the voting rights of Showroomprivé and Carrefour Group acquires a 16.86% stake in the capital and 13.67% of the voting rights.

This operation was granted an exemption from the obligation to file a takeover bid by the Autorité des Marchés Financiers2 .

Carrefour Group will be represented on the Board of Directors of SRP Groupe, Showroomprivé’s head company, by Marie Cheval, Executive Director Customers, Services and Digital Transformation of Carrefour Group and Carrefour France, who will be a member of the Board3  and Frédéric Haffner, Executive Director Strategy and M&A of Carrefour Group, who will be censor of the Board of Directors4 .

 1 See press release of 11 January 2018.
2 See decision AMF 218C0201 of 23 January 2018.
3 Replacing Alexandre Nodale.
4 Replacing Andrew Bond.

SOURCE: Carrefour Group

MEDIA CONTACT
Switchboard: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 00
For journalists: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 17
By e-mail: presse_groupe@carrefour.com

Amazon and Whole Foods Market announce the introduction of Prime Now free two-hour delivery in Austin, Cincinnati, Dallas and Virginia Beach

Amazon and Whole Foods Market announce the introduction of Prime Now free two-hour delivery in Austin, Cincinnati, Dallas and Virginia Beach

Prime customers can enjoy free 2-hour delivery for orders over $35 from Whole Foods Market; Whole Foods Market groceries can be delivered through Prime Now to neighborhoods in Austin, Cincinnati, Dallas, and Virginia Beach

AUSTIN, Texas and SEATTLE, 2018-Feb-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon and Whole Foods Market today announced the introduction of free two-hour delivery of natural and organic products from Whole Foods Market through Prime Now, with plans to expand across the U.S. in 2018. Starting today, Prime customers in neighborhoods of Austin, Cincinnati, Dallas and Virginia Beach can shop through Prime Now for bestselling items including fresh produce, high quality meat and seafood, everyday staples and other locally sourced items from Whole Foods Market. Customers can start shopping from Whole Foods Market selection at www.primenow.com or by using the Prime Now app available on Android and iOS devices.

“We’re happy to bring our customers the convenience of free two-hour delivery through Prime Now and access to thousands of natural and organic groceries and locally sourced favorites,” said John Mackey, Whole Foods Market co-founder and CEO. “Together, we have already lowered prices on many items, and this offering makes Prime customers’ lives even easier.”

Prime customers can shop thousands of items across fresh and organic produce, bakery, dairy, meat and seafood, floral and everyday staples from Whole Foods Market available for free two-hour delivery. Select alcohol is also available for delivery to customers. Prime members receive two-hour delivery for free and ultra-fast delivery within one hour for $7.99 on orders of $35 or more.

Delivery from Whole Foods Market through Prime Now is available daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Customers can visit www.primenow.com or download the Prime Now app to enter their zip code to see if they are in the delivery area.

SOURCE: Whole Foods Market

MEDIA CONTACT
SWmedia@wholefoods.com

X5 and Rus Food Foundation to food drive events in Moscow, Yekaterinburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Kazan and Novosibirsk

MOSCOW, Russia, 2018-Feb-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — X5 Retail Group N.V. (“X5” or the “Company”), a leading Russian food retailer (LSE and MOEX ticker: “FIVE”), and Rus Food Foundation, the first Russian food bank, announce their transition to a new format for collecting food aid. In 2018, the partners plan to organise city-wide food marathons in Moscow, Yekaterinburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Kazan and Novosibirsk. The first marathon will take place in Kazan on 3 March 2018, with the Foundation’s volunteers collecting food aid for socially vulnerable senior citizens of the Republic of Tatarstan at all of Kazan’s Pyaterochka, Perekrestok and Karusel stores.

This approach is a scaled-up version of the food drive technique employed in the Basket of Kindness campaign. It will help to increase audience engagement and enable the organisers to gather more food. In 2017, X5 Retail Group and Rus Food Foundation staged Basket of Kindness events at 803 Pyaterochka, Perekrestok and Karusel stores, with customers buying and donating some 80 tons of non-perishable foods. The aid was provided to 6,000 low-income families and senior citizens from various Russian regions.

Food for the Villages, the first city-wide food marathon, took place on 2 December 2017 at 200 of Moscow’s Perekrestok supermarkets, as well as at some Dixy and Billa stores. Customers donated over 30 tons of food, which translated into gift sets for approximately 15,000 senior citizens in nine regions. The Moscow food marathon showed the effectiveness of city-wide actions, and this was chosen as the key format for the Basket of Kindness project.

In order to maximise engagement in the food aid drive, in 2018, X5 and Rus Food Foundation will continue promoting their online charity food store at корзинадоброты.рф. This website was launched in late November 2017, and in the first two months it had over 30,000 unique visitors from all over Russia. In addition to providing information about the project’s history and status, the website offers multiple ways to participate in the initiative, starting from submitting a volunteer application to donating food. It also enables visitors to buy a food set online and to donate goods ranging in price from RUB 150 to RUB 2,000. The sets include essentials for a family diet, including cereals, pasta, sunflower oil, canned goods, tea and sweets. In the first two months, the Basket of Kindness online charity store sold over RUB 300,000 worth of food sets. The aid recipients include elderly people living alone, single mothers, large families with extremely low income and orphans.

SOURCE: X5 Retail Group N.V.

For further details please contact:
Maxim Novikov
Head of Investor Relations
Tel.: +7 (495) 502-9783
e-mail: Maxim.Novikov@x5.ru

Andrey Vasin
Investor Relations Officer
Tel.:+7 (495) 662-88-88 ext.

Peapod expands its popular meal kit line to include six new recipes

Peapod expands its popular meal kit line to include six new recipes

Skokie, Illinois, United States, 2018-Feb-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Peapod, our online grocery business in the U.S., announced this week the expansion of its popular meal kit line to include six new recipes. Peapod began offering meal kits in 2014 as one of the first retailers to combine the convenience of meal kits with online grocery delivery. The expansion comes as the brand is seeing a 104% increase in new customer purchases year over year, with the meal kits receiving an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars.

“We know that our customers enjoy a home-cooked meal but also value shortcuts to help simplify the cooking process,” said Spencer Baird, Peapod Senior Vice President of Merchandising. “In fact, according to a recent survey we conducted, ready-to-serve and cook mixes are the most valued shortcut among home cooks with nearly one-third of adults planning to purchase a meal kit in 2018. By shopping on Peapod, you can complete your weekly grocery shop with all of the essentials and add in a meal kit for a busy weekday night.”

Each kit contains pre-measured, pre-cut and pre-washed fresh ingredients for a home-cooked meal without all of the prep time. All of the kits are affordably priced – many are less than $5 per serving – and range from two to six servings. Peapod’s delivery model also allows it to use significantly less packaging compared to other meal kit providers, eliminating ice packs or other insulation.

SOURCE: Ahold Delhaize

MEDIA CONTACT

Elizabeth Psaros
Marketing
+1 617 7708987
media@peapod.com

Meijer Simply Give program generated nearly $8.5 million in 2017 for Midwest food pantries

Meijer Simply Give program generated nearly $8.5 million in 2017 for Midwest food pantries

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2018-Feb-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Meijer Simply Give program set a record in 2017 with nearly $8.5 million – the equivalent of at least 84.8 million meals – for food pantries through the Midwest, bringing the program’s overall donation to more than $37 million since its inception in 2008.

The retailer’s most recent campaign – held during the holiday season – resulted in more than $3.1 million, or at least 31 million meals, alone for hungry families. It was the program’s best campaign ever.

“It’s inspiring to see friends and neighbors come together to take care of hungry families throughout the communities we serve,” Executive Chairman Hank Meijer said. “We cannot thank our customers, team members and food pantry partners enough for continuing to support this important program.”

The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer began its Simply Give program in 2008 as a way to help local food pantries throughout the Midwest achieve their mission of feeding hungry families. It runs three times a year when food pantries need it the most: spring, fall and holiday.

During each Simply Give campaign, customers are encouraged to purchase a $10 Simply Give donation card upon checkout. Once purchased, the donation is converted into a Meijer Food-Only Gift Card and donated directly to the local food pantry selected by the store for that campaign.

“Hunger is a local problem, which is why the funds given to Simply Give stay local,” said Cathy Cooper, Senior Director of Community Partnerships and Giving. “The Simply Give program gives everyone a chance to work together to ensure no one has to go without food.”

About Meijer:

Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 235 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 included 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 www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

SOURCE: Meijer

Contact: Christina Fecher, 616-735-7968, christina.fecher@meijer.com

AND1 marks its 25th anniversary with the signing of NBA legend Kevin Garnett as the creative director and global brand ambassador

New Multi-Year Partnership Kicks-Off Iconic Basketball Brand’s 25th Anniversary Initiatives

NEW YORK, 2018-Feb-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sequential Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:SQBG) (“Sequential”) announced today a multi-year partnership with NBA legend Kevin Garnett as the creative director and global brand ambassador for AND1, the iconic basketball brand which began in 1993. This year marks the brand’s 25th anniversary and kicks off with the signing of Garnett — who was one of the brand’s original ambassadors. Garnett resonates with the brand’s streetball roots and the fusion of sports, music, and style.

“For 25 years, AND1 has remained synonymous with the game of basketball and its street-ball lifestyle,” said Eddie Esses, President of Sequential’s Active Division. “As we look to the future, we’re excited to bring Kevin Garnett back to AND1 as the brand’s creative director, global ambassador and strategist, to widen the brand’s distribution channels and to expand into new territories. We’re looking forward to working with Garnett and rolling out the innovative programs we have planned for the year, which will further deepen the brand’s connection to consumers.”

AND1 will launch a capsule collection co-designed by Garnett and an accompanying campaign featuring footwear, apparel, and accessories.

“I’m thrilled to get back to my roots and partner with AND1, one of the best basketball brands in the industry,” said Kevin Garnett. “We have many initiatives underway that we’ll be launching, including my new capsule collection, which I’m particularly excited about.”

As an early AND1 ambassador, Kevin Garnett rose to stardom and changed the face of basketball forever. As one of the NBA’s youngest players, he entered the 1995 NBA draft and became the first NBA player drafted directly out of high school in 20 years. He was selected to 15 All-Star Games, won the NBA MVP award in 2004, and won the NBA Championship in 2008. In 2016, after playing 21 seasons in the NBA, Garnett announced his retirement from professional basketball.  Today, Garnett continues to be actively involved in the NBA as an analyst on “Area 21” on TNT, a studio show in which he hosts guests to discuss games and current events around the league

About AND1
AND1 is a premier basketball footwear and apparel brand that has remained synonymous with the game of basketball and its streetball lifestyle for nearly 25 years. AND1’s footwear, apparel and accessories can be found at select retailers around the world. For more information, visit www.and1.com.

About Sequential Brands Group

Sequential Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:SQBG) owns, promotes, markets, and licenses a portfolio of consumer brands in the active, home and fashion categories. Sequential seeks to ensure that its brands continue to thrive and grow by employing strong brand management, design, and marketing teams. Sequential has licensed and intends to license its brands in a variety of consumer categories to retailers, wholesalers, and distributors in the United States and around the world.

For more information, please visit Sequential’s website at: www.sequentialbrandsgroup.com. To inquire about licensing opportunities, please email: newbusiness@sbg-ny.com.

SOURCE: Sequential Brands Group / GLOBE NEWSWIRE

Media Contact:
Sequential Brands Group
Katherine Nash
knash@sbg-ny.com
(512) 757-2566