2018 Spring Scoop: US Foods highlights 26 new products from its Serve Good program

Company Grows Serve Good® Program to Help Independent Restaurants Meet Diner Demand for Sustainable Menu Options

ROSEMONT, Ill., 2018-Mar-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — US Foods Holding Corp. (NYSE: USFD) announced today (February 26, 2018) the launch of its 2018 Spring Scoop, dedicated to highlighting 26 new products from the company’s award-winning Serve Good program. Diners today care more than ever about the stories behind how their food is grown and raised. In fact, 67 percent of consumers state that they would have a better impression of a restaurant that offered sustainable foods and at least 80 percent of diners say they want to know more about their food source. As part of the company’s commitment to helping independent restaurants meet the growing demand for responsible menu options, all Serve Good products meet rigorous criteria for responsible sourcing or waste reduction. Additionally, all products are delivered in packaging developed according to strict packaging standards that help reduce waste and prioritize the use of recycled material.

Since launching with 24 products in 2016, the company’s Serve Good program now boasts more than 300 versatile products that fall into one of several categories including sustainable seafood, organic, non-GMO, animal care, responsible disposables or waste reduction, and many come with third-party certifications.

The portfolio is also supported with a pipeline of select seafood products within the company’s Progress Check™ initiative. Progress Check is a program that is designed specifically for the seafood category and highlights vendors that are on the path toward achieving the sustainable certifications required to be a part of the Serve Good program.

“Sustainable menu options are more than a trend, they’re a movement that’s here to stay. With Serve Good, we are committed to delivering a responsible approach to foodservice while equipping independent restaurants with high quality products diners will pay a premium for,” said Stacie Sopinka, vice president of product development and innovation, US Foods. “As we continue to deliver on our Great Food. Made Easy. strategy, our Serve Good portfolio empowers foodservice operators to source a wide variety of food and non-food items that have been carefully developed to help them succeed.”

Sustainable Seafood on the Menu

The term ‘sustainable’ has increased more than 300 percent on seafood menus in the past decadei.As the global demand for seafood continues to grow, responsibly sourced seafood is a key area of interest for diners and operators. Spring Scoop highlights several seafood offerings that meet leading third-party certifications, such as Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) and Marine Stewardship Council (MSC):

  • Harbor Banks® Coho Salmon: Four-star BAP-certified, this salmon is fed fish protein combined with nutrient dense algae, so it produces more fish protein than it uses while retaining top-quality flavor, texture and nutrition.
  • Harbor Banks® Yellowfin Tuna Loin: MSC-certified, sashimi grade, ready to cut and serve with minimal prep required.

Continued Demand for Transparency

Increasingly, diners want to know more about how their food is made, and where it comes from. Over the past decade, the growth of non-GMO, organic and products that are raised without antibiotics have surged, and today, consumers are less willing to compromise these preferences when they dine out. For example, more than half of consumers are concerned about GMOs within their food and beveragesi while the term ‘organic’ has grown on menus by 130 percent over the last 10 yearsi. Spring Scoop highlights include:

  • Monarch® Non-GMO Ripened Sliced Sweet Plantains: Non-GMO Project Verified plantains imported from Ecuador that can be fried, pan-seared or baked.
  • Metro Deli® All Natural* Prosciutto Raised Without Antibiotics: An artisanal prosciutto made with only pork and Nova Scotian coarse salt and aged for nine months according to centuries-old Italian techniques. Perfect for charcuterie boards, sandwiches, salads, and pizzas.
  • Cross Valley Farms® Organic Fingerling Potato Blend: This first-to-market, versatile Fingerling Potato Blend is USDA-Certified Organic and includes colorful yellow, red and purple potatoes.

Beyond the Center-of-the-Plate

Responsibility comes in many forms beyond the center-of-the-plate, including beverages, disposables and desserts. Spring Scoop highlights several products that promote fair treatment of producers and the planet. Highlights include:

  • Devonshire® Premium Banana Chocolate Swirl Cake Made with Rainforest Alliance Certified™ Bananas and Fair Trade Certified™ Chocolate: Inspired by a Minnesota State Fair award-winning recipe, this cake is made with Fair Trade Certified semisweet chocolate and cocoa powder from Callebaut, Fair Trade Certified granulated and powdered sugar and Rainforest Alliance Certified banana purée.
  • Rituals® Moroccan Mint Iced Tea with Rainforest Alliance Certified Green Tea: No artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. Made from mint grown in Oregon, the tea is infused with spearmint, lemongrass and peppermint.
  • Monogram® Sustainable Cutlery Kit: A kit featuring a napkin and cutlery that are Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI)-certified compostable. The napkin and band are also Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) Certified. This is a time-saving product that is ideal for to-go orders, catering, delivery and outdoor dining occasions.

Better Websites, More Business

Spring Scoop also features a new partnership with BentoBox, which is designed to help independent restaurants attract new customers with more functional mobile-ready restaurant websites. US Foods customers can now receive exclusive discounts and support from BentoBox. Learn more about this offering and other value added services here.

To learn more about the Spring Scoop 2018 lineup or to request a product demonstration visit www.usfoods.com/great-food/scoop_.

About US Foods

US Foods is one of America’s great food companies and a leading foodservice distributor, partnering with approximately 250,000 restaurants and foodservice operators to help their businesses succeed. With nearly 25,000 employees and more than 60 locations, US Foods provides its customers with a broad and innovative food offering and a comprehensive suite of e-commerce, technology and business solutions. US Foods is headquartered in Rosemont, Ill. and generates approximately $24 billion in annual revenue. Visit usfoods.com to learn more.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Sara Matheu
Director of Media Relations
847-720-2392
Sara.Matheu@usfoods.com

Source: US Foods

US Foods welcomes David Works as Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

ROSEMONT, Ill., 2018-Mar-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — US Foods Holding Corp. (NYSE: USFD) announced today (February 26, 2018) that David Works has joined the company as Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, reporting to Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Pietro Satriano.

“I’m pleased to welcome David, a seasoned chief human resources officer and business executive, to our executive leadership team,” said US Foods Chairman and CEO Pietro Satriano. “Employees are the driving force behind our Great Food. Made Easy. strategy, and David’s leadership will be invaluable as we work to attract, develop and engage the right talent now and in the future.”

Works joins US Foods from Hackensack Meridian Health, where heserved as chief human resources officer for the not-for-profit health care organization. Previously, Works led the HR organizations at Windstream and Sears Holdings. He also served as the president of the Enterprise Business Unit at Windstream. Works spent the first seven years of his career as an officer in the U.S. Navy’s submarine force. He began his post-Navy career as an engineer at Motorola, followed by time at McKinsey & Company and ghSMART, a firm which specializes in talent assessment and leadership development.

Works holds degrees in Finance and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

About US Foods

US Foods is one of America’s great food companies and a leading foodservice distributor, partnering with approximately 250,000 restaurants and foodservice operators to help their businesses succeed. With nearly 25,000 employees and more than 60 locations, US Foods provides its customers with a broad and innovative food offering and a comprehensive suite of e-commerce, technology and business solutions. US Foods is headquartered in Rosemont, Ill., and generates approximately $24 billion in annual revenue. Visit www.usfoods.com to learn more.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Sara Matheu
Director of Media Relations
847-720-2392
Sara.Matheu@usfoods.com

Source: US Foods

Federal Realty Investment Trust President and CEO Donald C. Wood to present at the Citi 2018 Global Property CEO Conference

ROCKVILLE, Md., 2018-Mar-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Federal Realty Investment Trust (NYSE: FRT) announced today (Feb. 27, 2018) that Donald C. Wood, President and Chief Executive Officer, will present at the Citi 2018 Global Property CEO Conference in Hollywood, Florida on Monday, March 5, 2018 from 7:30 AM ET to 8:05 AM ET.

Event: Federal Realty Investment Trust Presentation at Citi 2018 Global Property CEO Conference

When: 7:30 AM ET, Monday, March 5, 2018

Live Webcast: FRT Citi Global Property CEO Presentation or under the Investors tab at www.federalrealty.com

A replay of the webcast will be available on Federal Realty’s website at www.federalrealty.com through June 3, 2018.

About Federal Realty

Federal Realty is a recognized leader in the ownership, operation and redevelopment of high-quality retail based properties located primarily in major coastal markets from Washington, D.C. to Boston as well as San Francisco and Los Angeles. Founded in 1962, our mission is to deliver long term, sustainable growth through investing in densely populated, affluent communities where retail demand exceeds supply. Our expertise includes creating urban, mixed-use neighborhoods like Santana Row in San Jose, California, Pike & Rose in North Bethesda, Maryland and Assembly Row in Somerville, Massachusetts. These unique and vibrant environments that combine shopping, dining, living and working provide a destination experience valued by their respective communities. Federal Realty’s 104 properties include approximately 3,000 tenants, in approximately 24 million square feet, and over 2,300 residential units.

Federal Realty has paid quarterly dividends to its shareholders continuously since its founding in 1962, and has increased its dividend rate for 50 consecutive years, the longest record in the REIT industry. Federal Realty shares are traded on the NYSE under the symbol FRT. For additional information about Federal Realty and its properties, visit www.FederalRealty.com.

Investor Inquires:
Leah Andress
Investor Relations Associate
301.998.8265
landress@federalrealty.com

Media Inquiries:
Andrea Simpson
Vice President, Marketing
617.684.1511
asimpson@federalrealty.com

SOURCE: Federal Realty Investment Trust

Wegmans Food Markets announces local leadership team managing its new Natick Mall store opening on Sunday, April 29

On-The-Spot Job Interviews are Offered Wednesdays and Saturdays at Wegmans’ Framingham Hiring Office

NATICK, MA, 2018-Mar-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wegmans Food Markets today (February 27, 2018) announced the local leadership team managing its new Natick Mall store, which opens at 7 a.m. on Sunday, April 29. The group consists of the store manager, executive chef, and three area managers who each supervise several departments within the store.

“This team brings an incredible background of knowledge and experience to Natick, and we’re still hiring and training for a number of open positions,” said Marybeth Stewart, Wegmans human resources manager.

Wegmans is offering on-the-spot job interviews at its Framingham hiring office, located at 10 Speen St., Wednesdays from 2 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. An additional Wegmans employment office is open daily in Natick Mall and job applications are accepted online at Wegmans.com/careers.

The Wegmans Natick store leadership group is as follows:

Store Manager Rich Boscia
Rich Boscia has been in the supermarket business since he was a teenager in New Jersey, working his way from part-time maintenance employee and cashier to assistant store manager. He joined Wegmans in 2001 as a merchandising area manager and was promoted to perishable area manager several years later. After moving to Massachusetts, he helped open Wegmans’ Northborough store, the family-owned company’s first foray into New England. In 2012, Boscia was promoted to store manager. He’s currently focused on hiring and training for the 550 employees that will serve the Natick community. Boscia has an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University and resides in South Grafton.

Executive Chef Brendan Newhart
Brendan Newhart’s grandfather owned a grocery store and his father owned a deli and pizzeria, so going into a culinary profession was a natural fit for him. A graduate of Paul Smith’s College with a degree in Culinary Arts and Service Management, he began his career with Wegmans in Rochester, NY as a culinary team leader in 2010. The following year, he relocated to New England as a sous chef and worked his way up to executive chef at the Westwood store. At Natick, he plays a key leadership role for some 130 culinary employees who will make Wegmans’ unmatched variety of restaurant-quality prepared foods.

Perishable Area Manager Dan Jackson
Dan Jackson began working at Wegmans in 2001 as a full-time cook for Asian cuisine in Wegmans’ Elmira, NY store. He brings prior experience as a service team leader and department manager for bakery, deli, and prepared foods. Jackson also worked as a business analyst before relocating to the Burlington, MA store as service area manager. He was later promoted to perishable area manager at Wegmans in Chestnut Hill. At Natick, Jackson will oversee the produce, floral, bakery, seafood, meat, cheese, and deli departments, where customers will find the freshest ingredients and employees will offer easy meal solutions.

Merchandising Area Manager Will Mitchell
Will Mitchell joined Wegmans as a part-time cashier and Helping Hand parking lot attendant in 1999. He went on to work full time in frozen foods and became a service team leader before managing the grocery and produce departments. Most recently, he was merchandising area manager at Wegmans in Burlington. In Natick, Mitchell will supervise each of the departments found on the first level of the unique two-story location, including grocery, dairy, frozen foods, health and wellness, bulk, wine, liquor, beer, and home and entertaining.

Service Area Manager Megan Ruby
Megan Ruby started her Wegmans career in 2004 as a part-time cashier and customer service desk employee. A Wegmans Employee Scholarship recipient, she also completed two internships and worked as a business analyst. She continued her employee development as a service team leader and front-end manager. As service area manager in Natick, Ruby will lead the front end, service desk, maintenance, Helping Hands parking lot attendants, and accounting office. She will also oversee local community giving, carrying out Wegmans’ commitment to make a difference in every community it serves.

Wegmans entered New England with its Northborough location in 2011 and currently operates five stores within the state. The Natick store is a 146,500-sq. ft. supermarket spanning two floors, including in-store café seating and two restaurant concepts: The Burger Bar and Blue Dalia Mexican Restaurant & Tequila Bar.

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is a 95-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, recognized as an industry leader and innovator, celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2016. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 21 consecutive years, ranking #2 in 2018.

Press Contact:

Valerie Fox
Media Relations Coordinator
585-720-5713
valerie.fox@wegmans.com

Source:  Wegmans Food Markets

Whole Foods Market teams up with Jewish food authority Joan Nathan this Passover

Whole Foods Market teams up with Jewish food authority Joan Nathan this Passover

 

Dishes from Nathan’s cookbook, King Solomon’s Table, will be available for pre-order March 4

AUSTIN, Texas, 2018-Mar-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — This Passover, Whole Foods Market is partnering with James Beard Award-winning cookbook author and Jewish food authority Joan Nathan to offer selected innovative, new recipes from her cookbook, King Solomon’s Table, for customers to pre-order in-store and online. Nathan’s Passover meal for eight will be available at shop.wfm.com for pre-order beginning March 4.

“I am thrilled to partner with Whole Foods Market to feature some of my favorite recipes for Passover,” said Nathan. “Each dish highlights the diversity of Jewish cuisine, and will be a delicious addition to any Seder table.”

The recipes featured in the Passover meal for eight include: Double-Lemon Roast Chicken, Sicilian Eggplant Caponata Jewish-Style, Fried Artichokes Jewish-Style, Tunisian Carrot Salad with Cumin, Coriander and Caraway, Spinach with Pine Nuts and Currants and Brazilian Haroset with Apples, Dates and Cashews. Dishes will be available for in-store pick-up from March 28 through April 7.

“We’re honored to be able to share Joan’s delicious and authentic recipes with our customers,” said Tien Ho, head of culinary innovation at Whole Foods Market. “Each of her dishes includes a modern twist on a traditional Jewish recipe and is a great addition to any Passover celebration.”

Nathan is the author of numerous award-winning cookbooks, including her most recent, King Solomon’s Table, which just won the IACP International Cookbook Award. It is available on Amazon.com and will be sold in select Whole Foods Market stores beginning March 12.

This marks the third collaboration between Nathan and America’s Healthiest Grocer®. In September and December, 2017, Whole Foods Market featured High Holiday and Hanukkah dishes from King Solomon’s Table on store hot bars, in chef’s cases and for pre-order in Whole Foods Market’s Mid-Atlantic Region in time for Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Hanukkah.

Contact:
SOmedia@wholefoods.com

Source: Whole Foods Market

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Sequential Brands Group and QVC® announce new additions to Martha Stewart’s existing collection

America’s Most Trusted Lifestyle Expert Grows Existing Collection with New Products

NEW YORK, 2018-Mar-02 — /EPR Retail News/ —  Sequential Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:SQBG) (“Sequential” or the “Company”) and QVC® announce new additions to Martha Stewart’s signature QVC line, which spans multiple categories. This spring, Martha is set to introduce Martha Stewart Pets, and will also unveil the latest offerings from her Gourmet Food and Garden collections.

“From her very first appearance, Martha has impressed QVC customers not only with her carefully curated collection of products, but with her incomparable passion for helping others find easy solutions to everyday problems,” said Doug Howe, Chief Merchandising Officer for QVC Group. “Our customers trust in Martha’s expertise entirely and truly regard her as a lifestyle expert and teacher, and we know our customers are going to love Martha’s new items as much as we do.”

Tune in to QVC on Thursday, March 15 at 3PM (ET) for the premiere of “Martha Stewart – Pets” as Martha demonstrates distinctive ideas for grooming, feeding, outfitting, and playing with pets. After successfully launching Martha Stewart Wine Co., Martha’s curated wine collection, in January, Martha is scheduled to further expand her Gourmet Food collection with items ranging from pastries and seafood to seasonal offerings. Following the successful pre-sale of Martha Stewart’s 90th book, Martha’s Flowers, Martha is set to introduce her latest tools and products perfect for preparing any backyard or outdoor space for spring.

“The Martha Stewart brand is devoted to informing and inspiring people to live more beautiful and functional lives, and I’m thrilled to introduce new products that do just that,” said Martha Stewart. “QVC allows me to engage directly with consumers and share my signature collection with millions of shoppers around the country. I look forward to further expanding my line with QVC customers.”

“Since launching on QVC, the Martha Stewart brand has experienced a great deal of success across multiple categories,” said Karen Murray, CEO of Sequential Brands Group. “We believe QVC, a multi-platform retailer, to be a perfect fit for the Martha Stewart brand and are excited to grow our business. QVC is truly unmatched when it comes to offering an American icon like Martha Stewart, who can span so many different categories, from food and garden to skincare and apparel, and we are excited to debut our new categories.”

Items from the Martha Stewart collection are available, while supplies last, through QVC.com, the QVC apps or by calling 800.345.1515. For the latest news and happenings at QVC, please visit the QVC Newsroom at newsroom.qvc.com.

About Martha Stewart
Martha Stewart is an Emmy® Award-winning television show host, entrepreneur, bestselling author of 90 books, and America’s most trusted lifestyle expert and teacher. Millions of people rely on Martha Stewart as a source of useful “how-to” information for all aspects of everyday living—cooking, entertaining, gardening, home renovating, collecting, organizing, crafting, holidays, healthy living and pets. Currently, the Martha Stewart brand reaches approximately 100 million consumers across all media and merchandising platforms each month.

About Sequential Brands Group, Inc.
Sequential Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:SQBG) owns, promotes, markets, and licenses a portfolio of consumer brands in the fashion, active, and home categories, which includes the Martha Stewart media and merchandising properties. 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.

About QVC 
QVC exceeds the expectations of everyone we touch by delivering the joy of discovery through the power of relationships. Every day, in nine countries and counting, QVC engages millions of shoppers in a journey of discovery through an ever-changing collection of familiar brands and fresh new products, from home and fashion to beauty, electronics and jewelry. Along the way, we connect shoppers to interesting personalities, engaging stories, and award-winning customer service. Based in West Chester, Pa. and founded in 1986, QVC has more than 17,000 employees and has retail operations in the U.S., Japan, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy, France, and through a joint venture in China. Worldwide, QVC engages shoppers over 14 broadcast networks reaching nearly 360 million homes, seven websites, and 195 social pages. Visit corporate.qvc.com to learn more.

QVC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Interactive Corporation and is attributed to the QVC Group tracking stock (NASDAQ: QVCA, QVCB). QVC, Q, and the Q Ribbon Logo are registered service marks of ER Marks, Inc. For more information on Liberty Interactive Corporation, visit www.libertyinteractive.com.

Media Contacts:
Sequential Brands Group, Inc.
Dana Miller
212-827-8347
dmmiller@marthastewart.com

QVC
Katie Dougherty
Katie.Dougherty@qvc.com

Source: Sequential Brands Group, Inc./globenewswire

Sequential Brands Group announces the appointment of Peter Lops as Chief Financial Officer

Viacom Executive to Join Company’s Management Team

NEW YORK, 2018-Mar-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sequential Brands Group, Inc. (“Sequential” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ:SQBG) today (Feb 28, 2018) announced the appointment of Peter Lops as Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Lops joins Sequential from Viacom Media Networks where he served as the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer for the Distribution and Business Development division.

In this position, Mr. Lops will be responsible for the Company’s financial operations. He assumes the role from President and Interim CFO Andrew Cooperwho will continue to serve as President.

In announcing the appointment, CEO Karen Murray stated, “Peter has a robust skill set, including extensive public company experience in finance and operations. His background as well as his deep understanding of the licensing business, make him a great addition to the team. We’re thrilled to have him join us.”

Mr. Lops brings with him 20 years of financial and operational experience in the licensing business. In his most recent role at Viacom, he was an integral part of the leadership team that delivered industry leading double-digit growth for nine consecutive years. Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis of Viacom Media Networks. Before joining Viacom, Mr. Lops was Vice President of Finance for Fox Television Stations, Inc. For nine years, he held financial roles at the National Football League serving as Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis, Finance Director and Controller. Early in his career, he worked at Andersen LLP, where he led the IPO of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia.

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.

Investor Relations & Media Contact:

Katherine Nash
knash@sbg-ny.com
(512) 757-2566

Source: Sequential Brands Group, Inc./globenewswire

Costa Coffee teams up with Keep Britain Tidy to support the Great British Spring Clean

Costa Coffee teams up with Keep Britain Tidy to support the Great British Spring Clean

 

LONDON, 2018-Mar-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Costa Coffee, the nation’s favourite coffee shop brand, is gearing up for their biggest-ever litter-pick by teaming up with Keep Britain Tidy this month to support the Great British Spring Clean.

Team members from around 300 stores across the country will join a nationwide army of #LitterHeroes who have had enough of other people’s rubbish and are willing to do something about it.

The snow and ice has not put a damper on their enthusiasm and events originally planned for this weekend are now being rescheduled throughout March.

Working together, Keep Britain Tidy and Costa Coffee, through the Great British Spring Clean, are inspiring 400,000 people to get outdoors, get active and help clear up the rubbish that lies around us.

Allison Ogden-Newton, Chief Executive of Keep Britain Tidy said: “I am delighted that Costa Coffee are one of the headline partners supporting this year’s Great British Spring Clean.

“It’s great to see Costa Coffee so fully engaged with the campaign and getting staff from 300 stores out there, more than any other partner.

“By getting hundreds of team members from stores around the country participating in the Spring Clean and helping clean up their local communities, they are once again demonstrating their desire to make a real difference on the ground.’

“We continue to work closely with Costa Coffee on a range of initiatives aimed at preventing waste and reducing litter. In particular, I’m pleased to see the brand championing recent measures such as Refill and also moving to ban plastic straws.

Victoria Moorhouse, Head of Sustainability at Costa Coffee said: “We’re delighted to be supporting Keep Britain Tidy for the third year running and are proud of the commitment that team members have shown in taking part in their local events this weekend as part of the Great British Spring Clean.

“At Costa Coffee we are committed to making a positive impact in our local communities and look forward to the 12 months ahead as we continue to support Keep Britain Tidy in their ongoing activity across the UK.”

The Great British Spring Clean runs, officially, from 2nd to 4th March 2018 but due to the current extreme weather events rearranged up to 25 March will be counted as part of this year’s campaign.

For more information, to register, to find out what events are happening or to set your own up clean-up visit www.keepbritaintidy.org/gbspringclean

Founded in London by Italian brothers Sergio and Bruno Costa in 1971, Costa is now part of Whitbread PLC, which this year celebrates its 275th Anniversary as a great British business.

With over 2,200 coffee shops in the UK and more than 1,200 in 29 international markets we are the fastest growing coffee shop business in the UK and are proud to be the UK’s favourite coffee shop, having been awarded “Best Branded Coffee Shop Chain in the UK and Ireland” by Allegra Strategies for seven years running (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015 and 2016).

Looking after coffee growers is extremely important to us, which is why we established The Costa Foundation, a registered charity with the aim to relieve poverty, advance education and the health and environment of coffee-growing communities around the world. So far, The Costa Foundation has funded the building of 72 schools and improved the social and economic welfare of coffee-growing communities.

Source: Costa Coffee

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Perry Ellis International announces license agreement for men’s ophthalmic glasses and sunglasses under the Farah® brand

MIAMI, 2018-Mar-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Perry Ellis International (Nasdaq:PERY) announced today (Feb. 27, 2018) that it has entered into a license agreement with INSPECS Group for men’s ophthalmic glasses and sunglasses under the Farah® brand.  The new collection will launch in optical retail channels, boutique independent opticians and larger optical retail chains.  Sunglasses distribution will be spearheaded via the travel retail sector alongside Farah’s existing key retail partners and department stores.  The new Farah eyewear collection will be available to view from the international eyewear platform of MIDO Milan.  Farah eyewear product will be in stores from Q4 2018.

The Farah brand is rooted in rich heritage and bolstered by street credibility, leveraging creative ambassadors to drive success. These extraordinary individuals are empowered to become product developers, storytellers and educators inspiring millions of consumers. For fashion-minded hipsters in East London and international artists alike, the name Farah represents a melding of bold style and solid quality that resonates with youth of all walks.  Farah products are sold internationally through major retailers and company-owned retail stores, as well as on www.Farah.co.uk.

Perry Ellis International Chief Executive Officer & President Oscar Feldenkreis remarked, “We are truly delighted to partner with the INSPECS group.  This partnership will combine decades of experience to deliver high quality, fashionable timeless classics and must-have fashion forward pieces under our iconic Farah brand.”

Founder and CEO Robin Totterman said: “We are absolutely delighted that INSPECS have been appointed as partner of choice to extend the Farah brand into the specialist eyewear market. We look forward to our continued work with the Farah brand team and Perry Ellis International, and to welcoming this much-coveted brand to our portfolio of brands. We see Farah as a key building block in our strategy for INSPECS’ strong growth in the coming years. It is clear that Farah is the menswear brand to watch, with its massive upward trajectory both via online and brick-and-mortar fashion retailers.”

For more information about Perry Ellis International, Inc. and the company’s entire portfolio of brands, please visit. www.PERY.com.

About Perry Ellis International
Perry Ellis International, Inc. is a leading designer, distributor and licensor of a broad line of high quality men’s and women’s apparel, accessories and fragrances. The Company’s collection of dress and casual shirts, golf sportswear, sweaters, dress pants, casual pants and shorts, jeans wear, active wear, dresses and men’s and women’s swimwear is available through all major levels of retail distribution. The Company, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, owns a portfolio of nationally and internationally recognized brands, including: Perry Ellis®, An Original Penguin® by Munsingwear®, Laundry by Shelli Segal®, Rafaella®, Cubavera®, Ben Hogan®, Savane®, Grand Slam®, John Henry®, Manhattan®, Axist®, Jantzen® and Farah®. The Company enhances its roster of brands by licensing trademarks from third parties, including: Nike® and Jag® for swimwear, and Callaway®, PGA TOUR®, and Jack Nicklaus® for golf apparel and Guy Harvey® for performance fishing and resort wear.  Additional information on the Company is available at http://www.pery.com.

About INSPECS GROUP
INSPECS Group (established 1988) licenses, designs, manufactures and distributes branded eyewear products (optical frames, sunglasses, safety eyewear) with a portfolio of well-recognised brands, both owned and licensed (including FARAH, Superdry, Radley, O’Neill, CATERPILLAR, NASCAR and Santana).

INSPECS serves the largest optical retailers, smaller boutique opticians, travel retail and its brand partners’ retail outlets.

Contact:
Anthony Pessok
Anthony.pessok@pery.com
Tel: 3531 405 38 40

Imane Maghrani
Press and PR enquiries
Imane.maghrani@inspecs.com

Andy Matthews
Commercial Director
Andy.matthews@inspecs.com

Source:  Perry Ellis International/globenewswire

Harris Teeter launches donation card campaign in support of Muscular Dystrophy Association

Harris Teeter launches donation card campaign in support of Muscular Dystrophy Association

 

Matthews, N.C., 2018-Mar-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (March 1, 2018), Harris Teeter launched a donation card campaign in support of Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Cashiers in Harris Teeter stores will ask shoppers and associates to purchase a $1, $3, and $5 “Live Unlimited” donation card. The sales of the donation cards will directly benefit MDA in raising funds to continue its mission of finding treatments and cures for neuromuscular diseases, including ALS and other related life-threatening diseases.

The company has donated over $1.5 million to MDA thanks to generous contributions from Harris Teeter customers and associates over the last 10 years.

“Each donation card sold is a symbol of strength, independence and life for kids and adults with life-threatening diseases who count on MDA to find answers and provide support,” said Amy Meyers, Executive Director of MDA: Charlotte.  “Thanks to the generosity of Harris Teeter associates and shoppers, we can help MDA invest in lifesaving research and support programs for these individuals so they can live the life they’ve always imagined and experience the world without any limits.”

To learn more about Harris Teeter’s commitment to help MDA in the fight against neuromuscular disease, please click here.

About MDA
MDA is leading the fight to free individuals, and the families who love them, from the harm of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases that take away physical strength, independence and life. MDA uses their collective strength to help children and adults live longer and grow stronger by finding research breakthroughs across diseases; caring for individuals from day one; and empowering families with services and support in hometowns across America.

Source: Harris Teeter

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