Alain Bouchard of Alimentation Couche-Tard named the 2014 NACS Insight International Convenience Leader of the Year

LONDON, 2014-6-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Alain Bouchard, president and CEO Alimentation Couche-Tard, has been named the 2014 NACS Insight International Convenience Leader of the Year, sponsored by PepsiCo. The award was presented during the 2014 NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe in London on June 4.

Bouchard has led Couche-Tard’s growth as the leader in the Canadian convenience store industry and the second largest independent convenience store operator in terms of number of stores in North America.

Today, Couche-Tard’s convenience store network spans more than 6,200 stores in North America; 2,300 stores across Scandinavia, the Baltics, Poland and Russia; and, through licensing agreements, more than 4,200 stores in Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.

Bouchard has contributed, along with his team, in transforming the image of the convenience store in the minds of North American consumers.

The stores in the Couche-Tard network are well established, according to social-demographic data and precise local knowledge, and Bouchard makes it a point of knowing in-depth customers’ needs and the quality of service they seek.

He also contributes to improving the quality of life of his fellow citizens through his support of social, humanitarian and cultural causes and has developed a sense of leadership that continues to inspire others.

Judges said Bouchard was a transformational leader and a very worthy winner of the inaugural International Convenience Leader of the Year Award.

Bouchard also delivered the keynote address at the NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe, sharing key inflection points in the company’s history, the characteristics leading to its success and his perspectives on the future of convenience retailing.

Note to editors: Images available upon request.

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About Insight Research
Insight Research (insightresearch.co.uk) is a U.K.-based strategy, publishing and events business specializing in the international convenience and fuel retailing industry. It offers international retailers strategic advice in developing effective and profitable convenience retail concepts and new store formats, based upon international benchmarking. Insight Research also publishes Global Convenience Store Focus, a monthly industry newsletter, and broadcasts television programs on the sector through its Retail Vision video platform (retailvision.tv).

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Founded in 1961 as the National Association of Convenience Stores, NACS (nacsonline.com) is the international association for convenience and fuel retailing. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 151,000 stores across the country, posted $696 billion in total sales in 2013, of which $491 billion were motor fuels sales. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,600 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.

U.S.-based convenience store chain Rutter’s won the 2014 NACS Insight International Convenience Retailer of the Year Award

LONDON, 2014-6-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — U.S.-based convenience store chain Rutter’s (York, Pennsylvania) has won the 2014 NACS Insight International Convenience Retailer of the Year Award, sponsored by Imperial Tobacco. The award was presented during the 2014 NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe in London on June 4.

Judges said Rutter’s delivered a world-class convenience store through its focus on people, technology, rewards and food.

“Rutter’s clearly recognizes people make all the difference. Building on its heritage, it lives and breathes this every day throughout every aspect of the business,” said Ramon Kuijpers, international key accounts manager at Imperial Tobacco. “Rutter’s perfectly blends traditional values with modern marketing solutions, putting shopper needs first. Given its successful and sustainable sales track record, customers clearly acknowledge this.”

Joe Bona, president, retail division, CBX, was equally impressed. “The QSR modeled food format and quality ingredients combined with world class operations and best in class social and mobile technology make Rutter’s a real standout in the competitive field of convenience retailing,” he said.

“Proprietary initiatives like their ‘Remember me’ ordering technology that tracks your previous 12 purchases helps to improve speed of service and facilitates the ordering process. The company’s green initiatives and industry recognition for customer service and mobile technology make them an ideal best practice retailer,” added Bona.

Fellow award nominee, BP M&S Simply Food was also highly commended for the revitalization of its BP M&S Simply Food offer with a new, customer-led proposition. “The fresh range is of high quality and provides extensive meal solutions throughout all day parts,” said judges, adding, “The warmth and authentic use of textured materials make Wild Bean Café a featured and complementary department for busy customers on the go and, having a separate till, provides even greater convenience for customers.”

The NACS Insight International Convenience Retailer of the Year Award was launched in 2009. The award recognizes excellence in convenience and forecourt retailing on an international stage and celebrates the best convenience retail formats from around the world.

Note to editors: Images available upon request.

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About Insight Research
Insight Research (insightresearch.co.uk) is a U.K.-based strategy, publishing and events business specializing in the international convenience and fuel retailing industry. It offers international retailers strategic advice in developing effective and profitable convenience retail concepts and new store formats, based upon international benchmarking. Insight Research also publishes Global Convenience Store Focus, a monthly industry newsletter, and broadcasts television programs on the sector through its Retail Vision video platform (retailvision.tv).

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Founded in 1961 as the National Association of Convenience Stores, NACS (nacsonline.com) is the international association for convenience and fuel retailing. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 151,000 stores across the country, posted $696 billion in total sales in 2013, of which $491 billion were motor fuels sales. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,600 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.

Kate Walsh of Herlihy’s Centra Fermoy in Ireland won 2014 NACS Insight International Store Manager of the Year Award

LONDON, 2014-6-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kate Walsh, store manager of Herlihy’s Centra Fermoy in Ireland, has won the 2014 NACS Insight International Store Manager of the Year Award, sponsored by TCC. The awards was presented during the 2014 NACS Insight Convenience Summit – Europe in London on June 4.

Walsh has worked at the Herlihy Group for more than seven years and has progressed through the ranks as grocery manager to assistant manager, and then from fresh food manager to her current role, which she assumed in April 2013.

She studied food business and completed a trainee management program with Musgrave as part of a work placement opportunity. A diploma in human resources, meanwhile, has provided insight into people management and the skills to motivate and lead a team.

Judges found that Walsh’s knowledge and training in the fresh food arena has given her the key skills to develop the business.

In addition, award nominee Serena Guihen was highly commended for her performance at Centra Moycullen, Ireland. Guihen was appointed store manager in February 2009 on a three-month trial after eight years in the supermarket business. During her tenure store sales have grown by 43% and Guihen has turned around a loss making business, transforming an unhappy workplace into an enthusiastic, energetic and willing team.

Commenting on the entries for the 2014 Store Manager of the Year Award, David Ringer, regional director, TCC Global, said: “Retail is a people business and what unites all of these entries is the fantastic, positive impact that these managers have upon their colleagues, their communities and their store. All managers are facing pressure on margins, increased competition and less loyal shoppers. What differentiates this year’s nominees is their ability to tackle these issues and achieve so much more by bringing together their teams to fulfill their local community’s needs.”

Note to editors: Images available upon request.

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About Insight Research
Insight Research (insightresearch.co.uk) is a U.K.-based strategy, publishing and events business specializing in the international convenience and fuel retailing industry. It offers international retailers strategic advice in developing effective and profitable convenience retail concepts and new store formats, based upon international benchmarking. Insight Research also publishes Global Convenience Store Focus, a monthly industry newsletter, and broadcasts television programs on the sector through its Retail Vision video platform (retailvision.tv).

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Founded in 1961 as the National Association of Convenience Stores, NACS (nacsonline.com) is the international association for convenience and fuel retailing. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 151,000 stores across the country, posted $696 billion in total sales in 2013, of which $491 billion were motor fuels sales. NACS has 2,100 retail and 1,600 supplier member companies, which do business in nearly 50 countries.

Gap Inc. and USAID to provide growth and economic opportunities for women in Burma

As first American retailer in Burma, Gap Inc. invests in women’s advancement program

Rangoon, Burma, 2014-6-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today at a signing ceremony attended by U.S. Ambassador to Burma, Derek J. Mitchell, and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)/Burma Mission Director, Chris Milligan, Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS) announced that the company is partnering with USAID to invest in the social and economic growth of Burma. By producing its products from two factories in Rangoon, Gap Inc. becomes the first American retailer to enter the Burma market. The company’s partnership with USAID will help lay the foundation for Gap Inc. to provide growth and economic opportunities for women in the country.

The garment industry stands poised to become a significant source of jobs, exports and opportunity for the people of Burma.  Similar to its entry into other new markets over the past few decades, Gap Inc. is applying industry-leading best practices, which include audits by a well-respected non-governmental organization, to ensure that internationally recognized human rights and labor standards are upheld in the factories from which the company is sourcing.

As part of this commitment, Gap Inc. will partner with CARE International in Burma to deliver its award-winning women’s advancement program, P.A.C.E. (Personal Advancement & Career Enhancement), in the factories in which it does business by the end of this year, and in select communities where CARE is involved.  Started in 2007, P.A.C.E. aims to promote the advancement of female garment workers by providing life skills education and technical training to help them become more successful both personally and professionally.

Through its partnership with USAID, Gap Inc. will work with Indiana University and Hewlett-Packard (HP) to further expand the P.A.C.E. Community Program. By leveraging their shared knowledge and expertise, the partnership will recruit and engage participants in HP LIFE Centers in multiple communities throughout the country.

“USAID is pleased to partner with Gap Inc., one of America’s leading corporations, to improve the economic well-being of the people of Burma.  Through partnerships, such as this one today, we are working together to ensure that communities benefit from an economy reentering the international marketplace.  Through this effort and other initiatives, we are encouraging responsible investment to improve the welfare of all people of this country,” said Chris Milligan, USAID/Burma Mission Director.

These efforts are consistent with Gap Inc.’s efforts to improve working conditions and build local capacity in garment factories around the world.

“This is a historic moment for Burma and we are committed to working with the U.S. government and local government alongside local and international NGOs, to help create the economic opportunities that the citizens of Burma so richly deserve. By entering Burma, we hope to help accelerate economic and social growth in the country, and build on our track record of improving working conditions and building local capacity in garment factories around the world,” said Wilma Wallace, Vice President, Global Responsibility, Business and Human Rights, Gap Inc.

Gap Inc.’s decision to source garments from Burma was taken after a rigorous due diligence process which saw the company engaging extensively with US government officials, industry and union representatives and international and local NGOs in Burma in order to better understand the opportunities and challenges of doing business in the country.

As part of the company’s commitment to transparency, Gap Inc. will voluntarily disclose and publish information about its practices in Burma consistent with the United States Government’s reporting procedures.  Gap Inc.’s vendors in Burma will be bound by the company’s Code of Vendor Conduct.

Gap Inc. clothing made in Burma will be available in stores this summer.

About Gap Inc.
Gap Inc. is a leading global retailer offering clothing, accessories, and personal care products for men, women, and children under the Gap, Banana Republic, Old Navy, Piperlime, Athleta, and Intermix brands. Fiscal year 2013 net sales were $16.1 billion. Gap Inc. products are available for purchase in more than 90 countries worldwide through about 3,100 company-operated stores, over 350 franchise stores, and e-commerce sites. For more information, please visit www.gapinc.com.

About P.A.C.E.
Launched in 2007, Gap Inc.’s P.A.C.E. program creates opportunities for women to advance in their careers and personal lives. The garment industry is one of the world’s largest employers of low-skilled women workers.  Despite their large numbers in the workforce, relatively few female garment workers advance to management positions, as many do not have access to the education and training that will propel their professional advancement.  Research shows that P.A.C.E. graduates have lower rates of absenteeism, advance faster in the workplace and are more productive than factory workers who do not participate in the program.  Not only do the women participating benefit from the program, but the factories also benefit by developing a more skilled and reliable workforce.

P.A.C.E. was designed and developed in partnership with Swasti Health Resources and the International Center for Research on Women (ICRW).  CARE International is a key implementing partner.  To date, more than 25,000 female garment workers have participated in the program in 7 countries.

For more information on Gap Inc.’s P.A.C.E. program and other community investments, please visit www.gapinc.com/socialresponsibility.

Download hi res images of our P.A.C.E. participants from around the world.

About USAID
USAID is the lead U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential.

Meijer opened 190,000-square-foot supercenter in Bowling Green, Kentucky

190,000-square-foot store features fresh produce delivered daily, a free prescription program and pharmacy services promoting family health

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2014-6-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer opened a supercenter today in Bowling Green, Ky., marking its southernmost location, Co-Chairman Hank Meijer announced. The 190,000 square-foot store at 1676 Westpark Dr. has created more than 270 new jobs and will provide local residents with fresh produce delivered daily, affordable, high-quality merchandise and a full-service pharmacy that makes family health care a priority.

“We are very excited to finally bring the Meijer experience to our neighbors in Bowling Green and the surrounding communities,” Hank Meijer said. “This supercenter reinforces our commitment to meeting the needs of families by providing positive solutions to everyday problems. As our 10th store in Kentucky, it represents continued growth and investment in the Midwest.”

Meijer kicked off its opening celebration with a ribbon-cutting event inside the store, followed by remarks from Meijer officials and local dignitaries, and the presentation of a $25,000 check to help fund Warren County Public School’s new Synergy Center.

As a pioneer of one-stop shopping, the Grand Rapids-based retailer opened its first store in 1934 and has grown steadily by continuing to focus on fresh grocery options and on community partnership. Each year, Meijer donates more than 6 percent of its net profit to charitable organizations and works with local food pantries and banks to help fight hunger in local communities. Since 2008, its Simply Give program has donated more than $9 million to stock the shelves of food pantries in the communities it serves.

The new Bowling Green store is built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards and features more than 600 high quality varieties of fresh produce, a meat department offering neighborhood butcher shop service with custom cuts and a bakery carrying fresh bread baked four times daily.

In addition to the retailer’s traditional grocery and merchandise offerings and garden center, the new pharmacy will offer the company’s free prescription program, as well as clinical services and immunizations designed to promote family health. The prescription program includes leading oral generic antibiotics with a special focus on prescriptions most often filled for children, prenatal vitamins and medications for those with diabetes and high cholesterol. Since its inception in 2006, the Meijer free prescription program has filled more than 19 million free prescriptions, saving Meijer customers more than $284 million.

“Our team has worked very hard to get this store ready and we’re excited to bring one of our stores to Bowling Green,” said Bill Thompson, store director of the Bowling Green Meijer. “We always strive to offer variety to our customers and look forward to bringing our fresh offerings to the Bowling Green area. Whether you’re looking for fruits and vegetables delivered daily, getting your yard ready for summer or seeking answers about a nagging health concern, we look forward to providing value to anyone who steps through our door.”

About Meijer
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 208 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. As the inventor of the “one-stop shopping” concept, Meijer stores have evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive electronics departments, garden centers and apparel offerings. For more 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.

Contact: Joe Hirschmugl, 616-791-3943, joseph.hirschmugl@meijer.com

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Meijer opened 190,000-square-foot supercenter in Bowling Green, Kentucky

Meijer opened 190,000-square-foot supercenter in Bowling Green, Kentucky

SM Supermalls wins the Platinum Reader’s Digest Trusted Brand Award for the Shopping Mall category in the Philippines for 2014

Pasay City, Philippines, 2014-6-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — SM Supermalls clinched, for the second year, the Platinum Reader’s Digest Trusted Brand Award for the Shopping Mall category in the Philippines for 2014. As the ultimate seal of consumer approval, the Trusted Brand Award reflects SM Supermalls’ commitment to trustworthiness and credibility, quality, value, understanding of customer needs, innovation and social responsibility.

SM Supermalls adheres to basic tenets of shopping center management rooted in providing the highest level of service to its shoppers which include well-curated local and global fashion brands through partnerships with the world’s best retailers; a well-planned mix of food tenants giving the market a taste of the best in the local and global scene; a wide array of entertainment options; architectural eco-friendly designs and a warm and welcoming ambience that allows shoppers from all walks of life to feel safe, comfortable and happy.

Winning this award reaffirms SM Supermalls’ commitment to constant innovation and responsible mall development. The company’s duty goes beyond serving its customers inside the malls as it is also implements sustainability programs benefitting the communities where an SM mall is located. This award motivates SM Supermalls to work even harder in order to maintain the trust and bond with its customers have given the brand. And one important reason why SM Supermalls is the Filipinos’ most trusted mall brand is perhaps because it’s never veered away from what it’s been known for through the years – quality, affordable luxury and a shopping experience second to none. This is what SM Supermalls is all about.

In just over five decades, SM Supermalls became the Philippines’ most patronized chain of malls, rapidly growing from just one store into 49 malls in the country, three of which (SM North EDSA, SM Megamall and SM Mall of Asia) are among the biggest malls in the world. SM Supermalls also owns and operates five malls in China.

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For further information, please contact:

Ms. Patricia Mendoza
Sr. Marketing Manager
SM Supermalls
+63917 809 06 53

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SM Supermalls received the Platinum in the Reader’s Digest Trusted Brand Award 2014 for the Shopping Mall category last June 4, 2014 at Crowne Plaza Manila. (L-R) Sue Carney, Editor-in-Chief, Readers Digest Asia Pacific with the SM Supermalls team, Steven Tan, Senior Vice-President for Operations, Annie Garcia, President, Grace Magno, Vice-President for Advertising and Sheron White, Group Advertising Director, Readers Digest Asia Pacific.

SM Supermalls received the Platinum in the Reader’s Digest Trusted Brand Award 2014 for the Shopping Mall category last June 4, 2014 at Crowne Plaza Manila. (L-R) Sue Carney, Editor-in-Chief, Readers Digest Asia Pacific with the SM Supermalls team, Steven Tan, Senior Vice-President for Operations, Annie Garcia, President, Grace Magno, Vice-President for Advertising and Sheron White, Group Advertising Director, Readers Digest Asia Pacific.

Willie Nelson to perform songs from his latest album on QVC during the “Willie Nelson Q Sessions Live” broadcast on June 12

The Multimedia Retailer to Offer Country Music Legend’s Latest Album

WEST CHESTER, Pa., 2014-6-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — To celebrate the release of his upcoming album Band of Brothers,Willie Nelson is scheduled to make a special appearance on QVC during the “Willie Nelson Q Sessions Live” broadcast on Thursday, June 12 at 8 PM (ET). During the hour-long show, Nelson will treat fans to a performance of songs from his latest album, as well as a few of his best-known hits. Viewers will also have the opportunity to order Band of Brothers, which will be bundled withClassic Willie, a greatest-hits bonus CD compiled especially for QVC.

“Not only is Willie Nelson a legend in the music industry, he is also a fan favorite among QVC viewers,” said Ken O’Brien, vice president of merchandising at QVC. “We are excited to once again offer customers the chance to witness a performance by one of the greatest entertainers of our time, as well as the opportunity to order Nelson’s new album before street date.”

Band of Brothers, the highly anticipated successor to To All The Girls…, released in October 2013, is Nelson’s first album in nearly two decades to feature predominantly new, original music. Featuring an impressive 14 tracks ranging from reflective to rip-roaring, Band of Brothers is one of Nelson’s most personal albums yet. The QVC broadcast will allow viewers to preview new singles including “Band of Brothers,” “The Wall” and “Wives and Girlfriends,” as well as fan favorites including “On the Road Again” and “Always on My Mind.”

With a career spanning six decades and a catalog of over 200 records, Willie Nelson is an iconic singer-songwriter and the creative mastermind behind some of the most poignant and enduring songs in both country and pop music. A seven-time Grammy Award winner, Nelson’s numerous achievements and accolades include American Music Awards, Country Music Awards and Country Music Association Awards, among others. Nelson was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1993.

The two-CD set containing Band of Brothers and Classic Willie will be available, while supplies last, beginning June 5 through QVC.com, the QVC apps or by calling 800.345.1515.

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About QVC
QVC, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Interactive Corporation (NASDAQ: LINTA, LINTB), is the world’s leading video and ecommerce retailer. QVC is committed to providing its customers with thousands of the most innovative and contemporary beauty, fashion, jewelry and home products. Its programming is distributed to approximately 300 million homes worldwide through operations in the U.S.JapanGermanyUnited KingdomItaly and a joint venture in China. West Chester, Pa.-based QVC has shipped more than a billion packages in its 27-year history and the company’s website, QVC.com, is ranked among the top general merchant Internet sites. QVC, Q, and the Q Ribbon Logo are registered service marks of ER Marks, Inc.

Two produce managers from the Defense Commissary Agency honored in the annual United Fresh Produce awards

FORT LEE, Va., 2014-6-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the fourth consecutive year, two produce managers from the Defense Commissary Agency have been honored in the annual United Fresh Produce awards.

Michele Parks, from McClellan Commissary, Calif., and Robert Tanaka, from Los Angeles Commissary, were chosen from hundreds of nominations to make the list of the Top 35 Retail Produce Managers.

One has spent an entire career managing produce departments; the other just six years. Both share a passion for managing a part of the grocery store that has taken center stage as Americans have become more aware of the health benefits of fresh fruits and vegetables.

Parks, who has been a produce manager since 2008, finds satisfaction in seeing the department ready for the day.

“Produce breathes, which makes ordering and stocking it different from working with other merchandise in the store,” she said. “One of the best parts of my day is seeing the department fully stocked in the morning and ready for business and how our produce team keeps the displays looking beautiful all day.”

Tanaka, who has 30 years of experience managing produce departments, clearly enjoys his job. “Along with keeping the displays fresh and appealing all day, we have fun hosting in-store events,” he said. “Some events we hosted in 2013 were children’s tours, seminars by the base dietitian and an annual salad-making contest. All highlighted the value of eating fruits and vegetables.”

Sponsored by Ready Pac Foods, this year’s produce award winners represent 32 different supermarket chains, commissaries and independent retail stores in 20 states. Nominees were evaluated on criteria including efforts to increase produce consumption through excellence in merchandising, special displays and promotions, community service and commitment to customer satisfaction.

“Michele and Robert deserve this national recognition for their dedication and amazing creativity in promoting the value, variety and health benefits of fresh produce,” said DeCA Director and CEO Joseph H. Jeu. “They represent the produce professionals in our commissaries worldwide who strive to deliver quality fresh fruits and vegetables to our patrons.”

NOTE: Photos of Michele Parks and Robert Tanaka are available on our Flickr page.

About DeCA: The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Authorized patrons purchase items at cost plus a 5–percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. Shoppers save an average of more than 30 percent on their purchases compared to commercial prices – savings amounting to thousands of dollars annually. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil

Tesco initiative to teach British primary schoolchildren where their food comes from

  • Research shows three quarters of primary school teachers currently find cost a barrier to taking children on trips

Cheshunt, England, 2014-6-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — British primary schoolchildren will be transported through special online field trips to places as far away as the Italian countryside and the rice fields of India as part of a new initiative to teach them where their food comes from.

The technology, pioneered in the US, is being brought to UK schoolchildren and tailored to the national curriculum. It has already been used by NASA to connect schoolchildren to astronauts in space.

The Online Field Trips have been created by Tesco, working closely with teachers and using Google+ technology, as part of the retailer’s Eat Happy Project. They will allow primary school children to learn about food by talking directly to food growers and producers both in the UK and thousands of miles away, live from their own classroom.

The first Trips took place today [Thursday 5th June] and saw children transported to Italy, where Giuseppe Di Martino, a pasta producer in Naples, guided them through a 30 minute lesson on the pasta he makes and answered questions from the pupils.

The Online Field Trips have been launched as new research published today shows that a cheaper way of giving children access to overseas field trips would be of huge benefit to parents, children and teachers.

The research finds that:

  • Over a third of UK parents of five to 11 year olds find it difficult to pay towards field trips for their children;
  • One in five (21 per cent) primary school teachers have taken fewer field trips this year compared to last year; and
  • Seven out of ten teachers surveyed were also conscious of not wanting to have to make too many requests to parents for money.

The research also found that UK primary school teachers are big believers in the benefits of school field trips. Over three quarters (83 per cent) strongly agreed that school trips are an important element of a child’s academic learning. Nine out of 10 teachers also strongly agree that seeing things with their own eyes helps children put the things they learn into context with the real world.

It’s a view backed by the UK’s parents, with 90 per cent believing that field trips are an important part of their children’s education.

The children taking part will also be able to interact with other classes from around the UK during the trip. Future trips will see children connect with suppliers including rice growers in India, cheese farmers in Yorkshire and strawberry farms in Kent.

Tesco UK Managing Director, Chris Bush, said:

“We know from talking to teachers that cost can be a real barrier to taking their pupils on field trips. We want to help by offering all UK primary schools the chance for pupils to make virtual visits to places they wouldn’t normally be able to go and learn more about the food they eat.

“We think these Online Field Trips will complement traditional school trips, such as our Farm to Fork Trails – 120,000 children have so far visited farms, factories and Tesco stores. The new online Trips mean even more children will get a better understanding of where their food comes from.

“We hope that what we’re doing will improve the next generation’s relationship with food, and help them go on to lead healthier lives.”

Paul Walker, Chair of National Primary Heads said:

“Field Trips are an important part of school life that support the curriculum by allowing pupils to learn first-hand about the world around them.

“The introduction of Online Field Trips is hugely exciting as it will also give pupils the opportunity to explore parts of the world that are out of reach to the vast majority of schools.

“The cost of taking 30 children and four teachers to Naples on a field trip would be a huge commitment in time and money that would easily run into thousands of pounds. For children and teachers to have access to these first hand experiences without leaving their classroom is invaluable.”

Tesco is committed to helping young people live healthier lives. In response to feedback from customers and parents, Tesco last month announced that it would become the first major retailer in the UK to remove sweets and chocolate from checkouts across all its store formats.

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Notes to editors

  • Online Field Trips are part of The Tesco Eat Happy Project, which launched at the end of February and saw Tesco open farms, factories and stores to primary schools around the country on Farm to Fork Trails.
  • Tesco’s ambition is to give every primary school in the UK the opportunity to go on the Trails and Online Field Trips, to learn about where food comes from, and, through food, support learning across the wider curriculum.
  •  Schools can find out more, register their school and book a trail now at www.eathappyproject.com
  • Families will be able to see how Tesco suppliers produce their food this Sunday [8 June] thanks to a number of local farms opening themselves up for Open Farm Sunday. For more information about Tesco supplier farms taking part, please contact the Tesco press office or visit www.farmsunday.org.

Upcoming Online Field Trips include:

Thursday 5th June  2014 – ‘Perfect Pasta’ live from Naples, Italy.

Thursday 12th June 2014 – ‘Shimmering Sardines’ live from Newlyn, Cornwall.

Thursday 19th June 2014 – ‘Marvellous Mushrooms’ (location tbc)

Wednesday 27th June 2014 – ‘Cracking Cheese’ – live from The Wensleydale Creamery in the Yorkshire Dales.

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For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on
01992 644645

We are a team of over 500,000 people in 12 markets dedicated to providing the most compelling offer to our customers.

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Tesco initiative to teach British primary schoolchildren where their food comes from

Tesco initiative to teach British primary schoolchildren where their food comes from

Tesco announced the launch of ‘Operation Brazil’ project

Cheshunt, England, 2014-6-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — There’s still days to go before the first ball is kicked but the World Cup is already having a major effect on high street retail sales.

While party food and beer sales are set to rocket during the course of the tournament in Brazil demand for giant TVs, Brazilian snacks and collectable Panini World Cup stickers are already soaring.

World Cup fever at Tesco so far have seen demand for:

  • Widescreen TVs almost double
  • Brazilian snacks and drinks rise by 40 per cent
  • Collectable Panini stickers shoot up with 5 million packets already sold –  enough to fill the pitch at Wembley 10 times over

As excitement for the biggest sporting event in the world grows, Tesco has put in place a massive distribution operation to ensure stores across the UK are ready for extra high demand on food and drink throughout the four week tournament.

Codenamed ‘Operation Brazil’, the project involves thousands of staff and suppliers working hard to ensure that shelves are fully stocked during the one month long tournament.

Tesco beer category spokeswoman Natasha Pitman said: “The World Cup is the biggest sporting event on the planet and will create a month long carnival-like atmosphere for millions of football fans at home, which is why we’ve set up a massive operation to ensure stores are fully stocked at all times.

“We know from previous tournaments that on days when England play demand for beer, pizzas, and other snacks rockets and continues to rise with each successive round.

“Ready meals and pizzas are in high demand during the tournament as football fans don’t want to fuss around too much in the kitchen before a game starts.

“Demand for widescreen TVs is also rocketing as many people use the event as an opportunity to get themselves a new set.”

During the tournament Tesco expects to see the following sales rises:

  • Beer – sales to rise by at least 100 per cent
  • BBQ foods – up by 25 per cent
  • Snacks such as crisps, tortillas and nuts – up by 25 per cent
  • Pizzas –up by 15 per cent
  • Soundbars to enhance television sound – up by as much as 500 per cent
For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on
01992 644645We are a team of over 500,000 people in 12 markets dedicated to providing the most compelling offer to our customers.

Britain’s biggest petrol retailer Tesco cuts the cost of diesel by up to 2p per litre

Cheshunt, England, 2014-6-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — Britain’s biggest petrol retailer has today cut the cost of diesel by up to 2p per litre at all of its petrol stations. The cut is in addition to savings customers can make through Fuel Save, which can be worth up to 20p off a litre. The more customers shop with Tesco, the more money they can save on fuel.

Tesco’ s network of filling stations is the largest of all UK supermarkets and this means millions of motorists across the country can take advantage of these new lower prices.

Tesco fuel director Peter Cattell said:

“From tomorrow morning, we’ll be cutting the price of diesel at all of our Petrol Filling Stations by up to 2 pence per litre. As Britain’s biggest fuel retailer this means more motorists can make real savings. We also offer Clubcard points and savings through Clubcard Fuel Save, which saves our customers up to 20 pence per litre.”

For more information about Fuel Save, please click here: http://www.tescoplc.com/index.asp?pageid=17&newsid=941

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on
01992 644645
We are a team of over 500,000 people in 12 markets dedicated to providing the most compelling offer to our customers.

Carrefour Brazil launched its 138th recyclable materials drop-off station in São Paulo

São Paulo, Brazil, 2014-6-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — On June 4th, 2014, Carrefour Brazil launched today in São Paulo its 138th recyclable materials drop-off station, as part of its sustainability program “Recycling Stations”, which is carried out in partnership with the multinationals Mondelēz and Tetra Pak.

The three companies invested around 4 million Reais in the renovation of 44 existing drop-off stations and the installation of another 85 (138  in total) in Carrefour stores spread through 13 Brazilian states (47 cities). As a result of such expansion, the collection capacity grew from 350 tons  to over 1,000 tons per month. The stations can receive waste including paper, plastic, metal, glass and Tetra Pak packaging. The program is aligned with the National Solid Waste Policy, which sets the guidelines for public-private partnerships to address this issue in Brazil.

The project is aimed not only to expand the collection of recyclable materials in Brazil, but to educate future generations about the need to preserve  the planet. For this reason, the program’s mascot is a friendly, blue creature called “Ecomilão”.

During the event,  an interactive artistic installation by the artist Eduardo Srur, called Mobiles,  made of recycled materials was also inaugurated today. It aims to encourage awareness of recycling by showing how “everything that is disposable can turn into something creative and interesting, providing new meaning to waste,” says the artist.

The “Recycling Stations” program is part of Carrefour’s extensive work in the sustainability front. For more than 20 years and in the countries where it operates, Carrefour has people focused on reducing the impact of our business on the environment.

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Carrefour Brazil launched its 138th recyclable materials drop-off station in São Paulo

Carrefour Brazil launched its 138th recyclable materials drop-off station in São Paulo

World Cup Savings: Carrefour Italy to refund 100% of the cost of all products promoted on flyers every time Italy wins

Milan, Italy, 2014-6-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — From June 5 to July 13, Carrefour will refund 50% of the cost of all products promoted on flyers and thousands of products in store. Every time Italy wins the refund will be 100%

During Italy’s World Cup matches, shopping in Carrefour will be 100% rewarding. This is the idea behind Operation World Cup Savings by Carrefour Italy, a promotion tied to every match played by the Italian national team, in all Carrefour, Carrefour Market and Carrefour Express stores from 5 June to 13 July.

By purchasing products included in the flyer or chosen from among thousands of other partner products in store and belonging to all categories of goods, the customer will receive two shopping coupons, one for 100% of the amount spent and usable if the national team wins the game immediately following the date of purchase and one for 50% in case of a defeat or draw. The promotion will be repeated for each game played by the Azzurri and, even in the event of their exit from the tournament, a refund of 50% is guaranteed for the entire duration of the World Cup.

The vouchers can be combined with each other, can be used without a minimum spending limit in the issuing store and are valid for seven days after the Italy game.

“During the soccer World Cup – says Grégoire Kaufman, director of sales and marketing for Carrefour Italy – the whole country takes to the field and every Italian takes part in the event. Carrefour Italy will do the same with this initiative, giving a double victory to those rooting for the Azzurri.

We believe that the promotion, which combines the sporting fate of the Azzurri with unprecedented savings on spending, can make the matches of the national team even more compelling  and at the same time give practical help to Italian shoppers.

The “Operation World Cup Savings” promotion is supported by an advertising campaign on television, the web and social networks.

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