Rite Aid raised $613,555 during its 2013 fundraising campaign for United Way of the Capital Region

Member of Pillar Society, Company also Honored with Inaugural $500,000 Club Award

Camp Hill, PA, US, 2014-1-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid announced today that associates in its corporate offices located throughout the greater Harrisburg area raised $613,555 during its 2013 fundraising campaign for the United Way of the Capital Region. Rite Aid is one of the largest supporters and has raised more than $6.4 million for the United Way of the Capital Region since it began holding a corporate campaign in 2002.

At a reception marking the end of the campaign Jan. 16, the United Way of the Capital Region (UWCR) announced that it raised more than $11.8 million during its 2013 campaign. At the reception, Rite Aid was once again named to the Pillar Society, which recognizes organizations that contribute at least $100,000 in combined corporate and employee giving and was also one of three companies to receive the inaugural $500,000 Club Award for its level of giving.

“Rite Aid associates in the corporate offices have long-supported the United Way of the Capital Region and I know I speak for the entire team when I say we are proud to partner with them in their efforts to assist and improve the lives of those in our community,” said Ken Martindale, Rite Aid president and chief operating officer and president of The Rite Aid Foundation. “Our 2013 campaign, which included a $20,000 increase over the prior year’s campaign, truly highlights the passion of our team and our commitment to being a caring neighbor.”

Rite Aid’s associate giving campaign kicked off on Sept. 24. The company also raised money during its 2013 campaign through a silent online auction, a departmental basket challenge and a series of pancake breakfasts and pizza parties across its corporate offices.

“Each year, the United Way of the Capital Region makes a profound impact in the lives of many by addressing specific needs and providing critical resources to partner agencies in Cumberland, Dauphin and Perry counties, but that wouldn’t be possible without the support of companies like Rite Aid,” said Timothy B. Fatzinger, United Way of the Capital Region president and CEO. “It’s clear that Rite Aid associates share our mission and are dedicated to making a difference, and we’re so thankful for their generous support.”

In addition to its campaign each fall, as a Corporate Cornerstone Company, The Rite Aid Foundation underwrites a portion of the costs for the production and printing of the United Way of the Capital Region’s campaign materials, which are used by companies conducting associate giving campaigns. Rite Aid associates also participate in the organization’s “Day of Caring” program, the areas’ largest one-day event set aside for volunteer opportunities at local non-profit agencies and are involved in the Bridges Society and the Women’s Leadership Network, two organizations within the United Way of the Capital region focused on volunteerism and philanthropy.

The United Way of the Capital Region’s mission is to help change lives in Dauphin, Cumberland and Perry counties by raising money through a community-wide campaign, identifying long-term and emerging needs, finding solutions to address those needs, and measuring results that show donors how their dollars are making a difference. For more information on The United Way of the Capital Region, visit http://www.uwcr.org/.

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2013 annual revenues of $25.4 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.



Media: Kristin Kellum 717-975-5713

S-Group: retailers can make a difference to fix unfair working conditions in high-risk countries

Helsinki, Finland, 2014-1-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — There is no quick fix to the problem of unfair working conditions in high-risk countries, but we are moving in the right direction, says S-Group Corporate Responsibility Director Lea Rankinen.

S-Group has made major efforts over the last year to enhance supply chain monitoring for foodstuffs.

“Customers expect us to know the supply chain of the products that we sell in our stores, and they expect it to stand up to close scrutiny. Transparency is our watchword,” Rankinen explains.

Although monitoring formerly extended only as far as the manufacturing stage in high-risk countries, it has now been enlarged to include raw material production, even when the final product is made in Finland or in another well-regulated country. S-Group has ensured that its suppliers are fully familiar with social responsibility requirements for suppliers of raw materials, and with its expectations of compliance in this respect. “Traceability and human rights are now progressing through the supply chain at a good pace, but it takes time and patience to implement new operating practices,” Rankinen stresses.

Transparent supply chains are good for everyone

Rankinen is not surprised at the findings of Finnwatch reports published both recently and a year ago, and she expects to see similar anomalies exposed in future as the spotlight focuses on supply chains all the way to the raw material source.

Visiting Thailand in August 2013, the S-Group food trade management team met all of the suppliers whose operations were highlighted in the previous Finnwatch report. The visit also included personal contact with public authorities and government representatives. All of these meetings focused on correcting identified shortcomings in working conditions.

“This is a long-term undertaking in which progress is made in small steps,” explains Jari Simolin, Sourcing Director for Groceries at S-Group. “Boycotts are not the solution, but instead we must work together with local operators and international regulatory control mechanisms.”

The work of the S-Group fact-finding team in Thailand last year was extensively reported through the Finnish-language Patarumpu information service:







For further details please contact:

Lea Rankinen, Director, Corporate Reponsibility at S-Group, tel. +358 10 768 2453

Jari Simolin, Sourcing Director for Groceries at S-Group, tel. +358 10 768 7030

Meijer announced photo contest for its youngest shoppers for co-starring role in new TV commercial

Photo contest will pair iconic penny horse with retailer’s youngest shoppers

Grand Rapids, MI, US, 2014-1-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer is offering its younger customers a chance for a co-starring role in an upcoming television commercial at the cost of one cent. The commercial is scheduled to debut across the Midwest retailer’s five-state footprint in 2014, and will feature images of children riding its iconic penny horse, Sandy, over several generations.

Meijer is asking customers to submit photos featuring their children or their younger selves riding Sandy through a “Star with Sandy” contest application on the Meijer Facebook page. Ten winners will receive $100 Meijer gift cards and all photos have the chance to appear in the commercial, announced Nicole Laughlin, vice president of brand development for the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer.

“Sandy is unique to Meijer and we’re pleased to have her as part of our shopping experience,” Laughlin said. “We look forward to sharing these special moments in our advertising, to help us say ‘hello’ to new neighbors and bring a smile to seasoned Sandy riders in the communities we’ve served for much longer.”

The iconic mechanical horse made its debut with the opening of Thrifty Acres in 1962, when the late Fred Meijer, who had a long history with horses, learned of 10-cent pony rides at a supermarket in Nebraska. Fred thought a dime was a lot of money and decided to charge one penny, a price which has since become a symbol of family shopping at reasonable prices.

“If you can put a penny in you can be a hero to the kids for a penny, or for three cents for three kids,” said Fred in “Fred Meijer: In His Own Words.”

Sandy has been a fixture at the front of all Meijer stores across the Midwest for decades, and is often the last thing a child remembers on the way out of the store. The only time Fred Meijer felt bad for having ponies in the store was in 1964, when the Greenville, Mich. store burned down. He remembered children were crying because they thought the horse had burned up.

“My dad believed in making things affordable for our customers and that included Sandy,” Meijer Co-Chairman Doug Meijer said. “Riding Sandy is a memory shared by so many children and parents who shop at our stores. But the real magic happens when those children grow up and bring their own kids back for a ride.”

The Star with Sandy contest is open through Feb. 6. Entries can be submitted at www.Facebook.com/Meijer.

About Meijer: Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 204 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. As a pioneer 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. Additional information on Meijer and the ability to shop for more can be found at www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

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


Meijer announced photo contest for its youngest shoppers for co-starring role in new TV commercial

Meijer announced photo contest for its youngest shoppers for co-starring role in new TV commercial


Russia’s largest retailer Magnit expands its greenhouse complex

Krasnodar, Russia, 2014-1-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — OJSC “Magnit”, Russia’s largest retailer (the “Company”; MICEX and LSE: MGNT) announces the expansion of its greenhouse complex.

Please be informed that “Magnit” has begun construction on the expansion of its “TK Zelyonaya Liniya” (Green Line) greenhouse complex, which is located in the village of Plastunovskaya in the region of Krasnodar Kray. In 2014, Magnit plans to add an additional 40 hectares (99 acres) of greenhouses, which will be comprised of 2 structures of 20 hectares each. The 1st block will be operational in the Autumn of 2014 with the 2nd block coming on-line in the beginning of 2015. It is expected that the CapEx for the additional 40 hectares will be approximately 3.6 billion Rubles ($104 million USD).

As of the end of 2013, “TK Zelyonaya Liniya” (Green Line) operated 43 hectares, comprised of 40 hectares of greenhouses (8 structures of 5 hectares each) and 3 hectares of seedling hotbeds. The vegetables currently grown in the greenhouses are cucumbers, tomatoes, greens (lettuce, dill, parsley), and cherry tomatoes.

Please see the photo below for a birds-eye view of the “TK Zelyonaya Liniya” greenhouse complex. The photo was taken on January 18th, 2014.

For further information, please contact:

Timothy Post
Director, Investor Relations
Email: post@gw.tander.ru
Office: +7-861-277-4554 x7600
Mobile: +7-961-511-7678
Direct Line: +7-861-277-4562

Dina Svishcheva
Deputy Director, Investor Relations
Email: Chistyak@gw.tander.ru
Office: +7-861-277-45-54 x5101
Mobile: +7-961-511-0202
Direct Line: +7-861-277-4562

Company description:
Magnit is Russia’s largest retailer. Founded in 1994, the company is headquartered in the southern Russian city of Krasnodar. As of December 31, 2013, Magnit operated 22 distribution centers and over 8,000 stores (7,200 convenience, 207 hypermarkets, and 686 cosmetics) in more than 1,868 cities and towns throughout 7 federal regions of the Russian Federation.

In accordance with the unaudited IFRS management accounts for 2013, Magnit had revenues of $18,202 million USD and an EBITDA of $2,032 million USD. Magnit’s local shares are traded on the Moscow Stock Exchange (MICEX: MGNT) and its GDRs on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: MGNT) and it has a credit rating from Standard & Poor’s of BB. Measured by market capitalization, Magnit is now Europe’s 2nd largest retailer.


Target to open nine new stores in Canada in 2014

Mississauga, ON, Canada, 2014-1-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Target announced today that it will continue its Canadian expansion in 2014 by adding another nine store locations to the 124 Target stores now open in all ten provinces.  The majority of the new stores will open in Ontario, with single store additions planned for Quebec, Manitoba, Alberta and B.C.

“The past year marked a major milestone for Target as we delivered on the unprecedented goal of opening 124 Target stores across ten provinces in 2013,” said Tony Fisher, president, Target Canada.  “As we head into 2014, we will continue to enhance the guest experience at all stores, while continuing to expand our presence in new Canadian neighbourhoods.”

The new Target stores that will open in 2014 include:

Spring 2014:

The Stockyards, Toronto, Ontario

Kingsway Mall, Edmonton, Alberta

Hillside Centre, Victoria, British Columbia


Summer 2014

Erin Mills Town Centre, Mississauga, Ontario

Park Place, Barrie, Ontario

Carrefour Candiac, Candiac, Quebec


Fall 2014:

St. Laurent, Ottawa, Ontario

Sheridan Centre, Mississauga, Ontario

Polo Park, Winnipeg, Manitoba


Target provides Canadian guests with a one-stop shopping destination for stylish, quality products at unbeatable prices, including beauty, apparel and accessories, home, grocery, personal care and more.  Each store carries an extensive range of Target owned and exclusive brands, including C9 by Champion, Circo, Cherokee, Merona, Mossimo Supply Co., Mossimo Black, Xhiliration, Thershold, Room Essentials, Pixi, Archer Farms, Market Pantry and up & up; exclusive, limited time collaborations and ongoing collaborations such as the Nate Berkus Collection, the Sonia Kashuk Collection, Liz Lange Maternity for Target and Giada De Laurentiis for Target. Target also offers local products specific to each market, including the Aliments du Quebec product offering in Quebec.

Target Canada is proud to employ an average of 150 team members at each of its Canadian locations, including the nine additional stores announced today. For more information on store locations, please visit target.ca.

About Target
Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,921 stores – 1,797 in the United States and 124 in Canada – and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit through community grants and programs; today, that giving equals more than $4 million a week. For more information about Target’s commitment to corporate responsibility, visit Target.com/corporateresponsibility.


IKEA Group’s net income increased by 3.1% to $4.2 billion in FY2013

The IKEA Group net income increased by 3.1% to EUR 3.3 billion ($4.2 billion*) for the financial year 2013**; and market conditions continued to improve with strong growth in China, Russia and the US. IKEA US FY13 comparable store sales grew by 6.7%.

Conshohocken, PA, US, 2014-1-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — “Consumer spending is improving in many countries. While the challenging economic situation may not be over, there are positive signs. Important consumer markets such as the US are coming back and Europe in general is starting to recover. Even some of the challenging markets in Southern Europe are showing good signs of activity”, says President and CEO, Peter Agnefjäll.

Sales increased by 3.1% from last year to EUR 27.9 billion ($36.2 billion*) and the IKEA Group gained market share in almost all markets. Together with the rental income from our shopping centers, the total revenues amounted to EUR 28.5 billion ($37 billion*)(+3.2%). The largest markets were Germany, the US, France, Russia and Sweden.

“This indicates that value for money is increasingly important. I’m especially happy to see customers embracing our range of products designed to help them live a more sustainable life at home. For example, customers bought more than 22 million LED products in FY13 alone, saving them energy and money”, continues Peter Agnefjäll.

The IKEA Group has an ambitious growth agenda, aiming for EUR 50 billion ($65 billion*)in sales by 2020. The large emerging markets are important sources of future growth. In FY13, the IKEA Group opened two more stores in China – another step in the expansion on the Chinese market.

“We have a long-term focus. We’ll keep developing better products at lower prices, improving the shopping experience and becoming more accessible to our customers, for example through an improved service offer, e-commerce and continued expansion. Our ownership structure and sound financial principles give us independence and the possibility to grow in a balanced and sustainable way”, says Peter Agnefjäll.

* Dollar to Euro calculated at $1.33, Average for August 2013.
**FY13 = Financial year 2013 encompasses the period between September 1, 2012, to August 31, 2013.

IKEA US FY13 Highlights

“We are pleased with the fiscal year 2013 results of IKEA US. People continue to choose IKEA as their destination for home furnishings and accessories. This has resulted in strong sales, as well as growing membership in our IKEA Family loyalty program. IKEA expansion in the US also continues with one store opening in FY14 and another opening in FY15*. Additionally, we are increasing our overall purchasing from US suppliers. All this demonstrates that the IKEA offering of good value, good design and functional furniture at affordable prices is relevant and desirable for US consumers,” commented Mike Ward, IKEA US President.

US Sales and Services: US comparable store sales grew by 6.7%. E-commerce grew 65%. Strong sales were a result of e-commerce sales (including expanded e-commerce offering of home furnishing accessories) also, lowering prices on some best selling items and expanded service offering with focus on kitchen services.

In FY13, IKEA US continued to lower prices on some of its best-selling items, including a 40% reduction on EKTORP sofa w/SVANBY covers and a 20% reduction on HAMPEN rugs (5’3”x7’7’’). Services introduced in FY12 (home delivery, picking, picking with delivery, assembly, assembly with delivery and kitchen installation) contributed to FY13 success with the number of home deliveries increasing 75% from FY 12. Picking and delivery grew 30% over FY12. Assembly and delivery expanded to cover all store markets.

IKEA Family (IKEA customer loyalty program) membership grew 85% in FY13 to 4.3 million, up from 2.3 million members in FY12.

Reinvesting in IKEA US Stores: IKEA US is currently in the process investing in total remodels of the Marketplaces in US stores, where home furnishing accessories are sold. During FY13, 17 more storess across the US received Marketplace remodels, with four others to be completed in FY14. The goal of these remodels is to improve the customer shopping experience and show a wide range of home furnishing accessories in a better way. In FY13, IKEA began the process for expanding its Boston-are store in Stoughton, MA., where construction is expected to conclude Summer 2014.

Expansion: IKEA US officially broke ground in 2013 on two stores slated to open in 2014; its second South Florida store will open this summer in Miami- Dade County and a Kansas City-area store will open this Fall in Merriam, KS. Additionally, IKEA recently announced plans to open a St. Louis store in Fall 2015.*

US Sustainability Initiatives ~ Renewable Energy: IKEA US is in the midst of investing $150 million in Photovoltaic systems. IKEA is currently the 2nd largest private commercial solar US owner/user. During FY13, IKEA installed solar panels atop 8 more US locations. Total IKEA US units now covered is 39 out of 44 (90%). For FY14, IKEA US will expand the solar installations atop 3 locations as well as install an array atop its future Miami-Dade store set to open in Summer 2014. For FY14, IKEA US will be constructing a geothermal project to heat and cool the future Kansas City-area store opening Fall 2014 in Merriam, KS. FY14 plans include to further these investments into other alternative energy technologies.

*IKEA opens one store in FY14, and another store FY15. Both stores -Miami and Kansas City- open in calendar year 2014. Fall 2015 store opening will be St. Louis, FY16 for IKEA.

The IKEA vision is to create a better everyday life for the many people. Our business idea supports this vision by offering a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products at prices so low that as many people as possible will be able to afford them. There are currently 305 IKEA Group stores in 26 countries. There are 38 IKEA stores in the US. In FY 13, the IKEA Group had 135,000 co-workers, 684 million visitors to the stores and 1.3 billion visitors to IKEA.com. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment.The Yearly Summary FY13 and the IKEA Group Sustainability Report FY13 are available on IKEA-USA.com, facebook.com/IKEAUSA, @DesignByIKEA, and http://pinterest.com/IKEAUSA/.

For further information, please contact:
Mona Astra Liss, US Corporate PR Director, Mona.Liss@IKEA.com, 610.834.0180, ext. 5852
Ylva Magnusson, Media relations IKEA Group, Ylva.Magnusson@IKEA.com+46 723 527 220,

IKEA Group released its Sustainability Report for fiscal year 2013

Conshohocken, PA, US, 2014-1-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — The IKEA Group Sustainability Report for fiscal year 2013 *, released today, shows strong progress on its People & Planet Positive strategy, building on its long history of working with sustainability. This is the first year IKEA Group reports progress against this new sustainability strategy.

Highlights from FY13:

  • IKEA Group has committed to own 137 wind turbines and installed 550,000 solar panels, taking the company a step closer to producing more renewable energy than the total energy it uses by 2020.
  • Sold 22.4 million LED products including 12.3 million LED bulbs. The LED bulbs alone save each customer $9.45 (€7)** in electricity costs per bulb, per year compared with incandescent. Customers will save a combined total of $116.1 million (€86 million) per year from the LED bulbs sold.
  • $54 million (€40 million) saved through energy efficiency efforts in stores and warehouses since FY10.
  • IKEA Group is one of the world’s largest buyers of FSC-certified wood in the retail sector, and almost 1/3 of its wood was FSC certified or recycled in FY13. All wood was sourced from suppliers that meet the IKEA forestry standard.
  • The share of cotton from more sustainable sources used in products more than doubled, increasing from 34% (FY12) to 72% (FY13).
  • 47% of managers are women.
  • The IKEA Foundation donated $136.3 million (€101 million) in 2013 to projects that support millions of children in some of the world’s poorest communities, a 21% increase from 2012.

“Everyone, including IKEA, has a part to play in tackling the expected shortages of resources and the impacts of climate change while providing people with a good quality of life. With our vision of creating “a better everyday life for the many people,” I am convinced there is no other way of doing business than in a sustainable way,” said Peter Agnefjäll, President and CEO, IKEA Group.

“One year on from the launch of our People & Planet Positive strategy, we are making good progress – more than doubling the amount of cotton we buy from more sustainable sources, investing in renewable energy, and enabling millions of people to live more sustainably at home. The 22 million LED products we sold during the year show that more sustainable products have great appeal when customers can understand the savings they can make from day one,” said Steve Howard, Chief Sustainability Officer, IKEA Group. *FY13 = Financial year 2013 encompasses the period between Sept. 1, 2012, to August 31, 2013. ** Dollar to Euro = $1.35 dollar to one euro.

IKEA US FY13 Highlights

IKEA US Sustainability Initiatives ~ Renewable Energy:

  • In the midst of investing $150 million in Photovoltaic systems.
  • Currently the 2nd largest private commercial solar US owner/user.
  • During FY13, IKEA US installed solar panels atop 8 more US locations. Total IKEA US units now covered is 39 out of 44 (90%). For FY14, IKEA US will expand the solar installations atop 3 locations as well as install an array atop its future Miami-Dade store set to open in Summer 2014.
  • When all projects are complete, total generating capacity will be 38 mega-watts with a yearly output of 49 gigawatts of electricity, the equivalent of powering more than 4,200 homes annually. This will mean 33,000 less tons of CO2 being created and is equivalent to removing 6,600 cars from the road.
  • For FY14, IKEA US will be constructing a geothermal project to heat and cool the future Kansas City-area store opening Fall 2014 in Merriam, KS. FY14 plans include furthering these investments into other alternative energy technologies.
  • In April 2013, IKEA US signed CERES, a Climate Declaration, in coordination with BICEP (Business for Innovative Climate and Energy Policy) with other major businesses – a declaration to tackle climate change.

US Social Program Initiatives

  • IKEA US supported thousands of Hurricane Sandy victims through the donation of IKEA home furnishing products as well as cash donations. These projects included:
    • American Red Cross and Save the Children in-kind donations.
    • Solar installation on Brooklyn Community Center, partnering with Global Green.
    • Furniture donations through Stephen Siller Tunnels to Towers Foundation.
    • Save the Children furnishing donations and children’s play products for early learning centers.
    • Cash donations to American Forests Disaster ReLeaf to plant trees in Asbury Park, NJ (a heard hit area by Hurricane Sandy). Money was raised by customer store donation program and IKEA match dollar donation.
  • IKEA US Soft Toy Program FY13 raised over $1 million and $16.2 million globally, impacting 10 million children to have access to a quality education.

The IKEA vision is to create a better everyday life for the many people. Our business idea supports this vision by offering a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products at prices so low that as many people as possible will be able to afford them. There are currently 305 IKEA Group stores in 26 countries. There are 38 IKEA stores in the US. In FY 13, the IKEA Group had 135,000 co-workers, 684 million visitors to the stores and 1.3 billion visitors to IKEA.com. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment.The IKEA Sustainability Report FY13 is available at www.IKEA.com (under About IKEA, People & Planet.). For more information, see facebook.com/IKEAUSA, @DesignByIKEA, and http://pinterest.com/IKEAUSA/.

For further information, please contact:
Mona Astra Liss, US Corporate PR Director, Mona.Liss@IKEA.com, 610.834.0180, ext. 5852


7-Eleven Inc. in the game to win piece of the pie on pizza’s biggest sales day of the year

Dallas, TX, US, 2014-1-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Eleven, Inc. is in the game to win a piece of the pie on pizza’s biggest sales day of the year, which happens to coincide with the biggest football game of the year. The convenience retailer is offering pizza-loving sports fans and sports-loving pizza fans piping-hot, large Pepperoni and Triple Cheese pizzas for just $5.55 each and a large Deluxe Meat pizza for $6.99.

Customers can get an even better deal when they purchase a 2-liter bottle of any brand of soft drink and save another dollar, lowering the already-low prices of the pizzas to $4.55 and $5.99, respectively. The fresh-baked, 14-inch pizzas are available for takeout at participating stores nationwide.

For fans who can’t decide between pizza or that other super game food – chicken wings, 7-Eleven® stores offer a combo deal that includes a large pizza and 10 chicken wings … or a large pizza, five chicken wings and four mozzarella sticks for just $10.

“7-Eleven will have delicious, hot pizza for take-out before, during and after the game, whether your team is winning or losing,” said Kelly Buckley, 7-Eleven vice president of Fresh Food Innovation. “Customers can choose their pizza variety, and we’ll bake it fresh for you, on the spot anytime, day or night.

“Fans can grab their favorite hot pizza, wings, cheese sticks and everything else they need for the big game – beer, wine and soft drinks, ice, chips and dips,” added Buckley. “Where else can you order and have hot pizza ready in just a couple of minutes, anytime 24/7, while grabbing your favorite beverage for the game?”

Besides the self-explanatory large pepperoni pizza, 7-Eleven’s Deluxe Meat pizza is topped with pepperoni, Canadian bacon, beef, pork sausage and diced bacon, while the Triple-Cheese pizza includes melted mozzarella, cheddar and parmesan cheeses. Wings are available in three flavors – Barbecue, Spicy and Asian-style Dragon wings. Crispy, breaded mozzarella sticks come with a side of marinara sauce.

Not only is Sunday, Feb. 2, the biggest day for pizza sales, it also is the day chicken wings fly off the proverbial shelves. While pizza restaurants talk about the number of slices sold for the day as being in the millions, the number of chicken wings consumed over the game weekend is well over 1 billion, according to the National Chicken Council.

Other top-selling pizza days are Halloween, Thanksgiving Eve, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. For 7-Eleven, add Christmas Day to that list when pizza sales showed a dramatic spike. At just $5.55 for a large, hot pizza, the convenience retailer expects another jump in pizza sales during the big game weekend when ice sales triple, and beer, chips and dip sales double.

More than 5,200 U.S. 7-Eleven stores sell hot foods.

About 7-Eleven, Inc.
7-Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience retailing industry. Based in Dallas, Texas, 7-Eleven operates, franchises or licenses some 10,200 7-Eleven® stores in North America. Globally, there are close to 51,700 7-Eleven stores in 16 countries. During 2012, 7-Eleven stores generated total worldwide sales close to $84.8 billion. 7-Eleven has been honored by a number of companies and organizations recently. Accolades include: #2 on Franchise Times Top 200 Franchise Companies for 2013; #3 spot on Entrepreneur magazine’s Franchise 500 list for 2012, and #3 in Forbes magazine’s Top 20 Franchises to Start. 7-Eleven is No. 3 on Fast Company magazine’s 2013 list of the “World’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in Retail” and among the Top Veteran-Friendly Companies for 2013 by U.S. Veterans Magazine and on GI Jobs magazine’s Top 100 Military Friendly Employers for 2014. Hispanic Magazine named 7-Eleven among its Hispanic Corporate Top 100 Companies that provide the most opportunities to Hispanics. 7-Eleven is franchising its stores in the U.S. and expanding through organic growth, acquisitions and its Business Conversion Program. Find out more online at www.7-Eleven.com.

Margaret Chabris
7-Eleven, Inc.


7-Eleven Inc. in the game to win piece of the pie on pizza’s biggest sales day of the year


J. C. Penney Company, Inc. amends and extends existing stockholder rights plan to protect tax benefits

Plano, TX, US, 2014-1-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE: JCP) (the “Company”) today announced that its Board of Directors has acted to protect the Company’s valuable net operating loss carryforwards (“NOLs”) by amending and extending the Company’s existing stockholder rights plan.

The Company has over $2 billion in NOLs, which can be used in certain circumstances to offset future taxable income and reduce federal income tax liability. The Company’s ability to use its NOLs would be substantially limited if an “ownership change” under Section 382 of the Internal Revenue Code were to occur. Ownership changes under Section 382 generally relate to the cumulative change in ownership among stockholders with an ownership interest of 5% or more (as determined under Section 382’s rules) over a rolling three year period. The amended rights plan was adopted by the Board to reduce the likelihood of an “ownership change” occurring.

The amendments to the Company’s rights plan include extending the plan’s expiration date from August 20, 2014 to January 26, 2017, and lowering the beneficial ownership threshold for a person or group to become an “acquiring person” under the plan from 10% to 4.9%. Under the amended rights plan, if any person or group acquires 4.9% or more of the outstanding shares of common stock of the Company without the approval of the Board of Directors, there would be a triggering event causing significant dilution in the ownership interest of such person or group. However, existing stockholders who currently own 4.9% or more of the outstanding shares of common stock will trigger a dilutive event only if they acquire additional shares, subject to specified exceptions.

The purpose of the amended rights plan is to protect stockholder value by preserving the Company’s ability to fully use its NOLs. The amended rights plan is similar to plans adopted by other public companies with significant net operating losses.

The amended rights plan, which takes effect immediately, will continue in effect until January 26, 2017, subject to earlier expiration in specific circumstances. The Company expects to submit the amended rights plan to a vote at the next annual meeting of stockholders in May 2014. If stockholders do not approve the amended rights plan, it will be terminated. The full text of the amended rights plan will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Concurrently with the amendment and extension of the rights plan, the Board of Directors has adopted certain amendments to the Company’s certificate of incorporation which are also designed to preserve the Company’s ability to use its NOLs. The charter amendments would generally void transfers of shares that would result in the creation of a new 4.9% stockholder or an existing 4.9% stockholder acquiring additional shares. The Company expects to submit the charter amendments to a stockholder vote at the 2014 annual meeting. If stockholders do not approve the charter amendments, they will not become effective.

Media Relations:
(972) 431-3400 or jcpnews@jcp.com

Investor Relations:
(972) 431-5500 or jcpinvestorrelations@jcpenney.com

About JCPenney:
J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE: JCP), one of the nation’s largest apparel and home furnishing retailers, is dedicated to becoming America’s preferred retail destination for unmatched style, quality and value. Across approximately 1,100 stores and at jcp.com, customers will discover an inspiring shopping environment that features the most sought after collection of private, national and exclusive brands and attractions. For more information, please visit jcp.com.

Use of Social Media:
Investors and others should note that we currently announce material information using SEC filings, press releases, public conference calls and webcasts. In the future, we will continue to use these channels to distribute material information about the Company and may also utilize our website and/or various social media to communicate important information about the Company, key personnel, new brands and services, trends, new marketing campaigns, corporate initiatives and other matters. Information that we post on our website or on social media channels could be deemed material; therefore, we encourage investors, the media, our customers, business partners and others interested in our Company to review the information we post on our website as well as the following social media channels: Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/jcp) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/jcpnews).

Any updates to the list of social media channels we may use to communicate material information will be posted on the Investor Relations page of the Company’s website at www.jcp.com.

Forward-Looking Statements:
This release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as “expect” and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements, which include, but are not limited to, statements regarding sales trends, year-end liquidity and cost savings. Forward-looking statements are based only on the Company’s current assumptions and views of future events and financial performance. They are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are outside of the Company’s control that may cause the Company’s actual results to be materially different from planned or expected results. Those risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, general economic conditions, including inflation, recession, unemployment levels, consumer confidence and spending patterns, credit availability and debt levels, changes in store traffic trends, the cost of goods, more stringent or costly payment terms and/or the decision by a significant number of vendors not to sell us merchandise on a timely basis or at all, trade restrictions, the ability to monetize non-core assets on acceptable terms, the ability to implement our turnaround strategy, customer acceptance of our new strategies, our ability to attract, motivate and retain key executives and other associates, the impact of cost reduction initiatives, our ability to generate or maintain liquidity, implementation of new systems and platforms, changes in tariff, freight and shipping rates, changes in the cost of fuel and other energy and transportation costs, increases in wage and benefit costs, competition and retail industry consolidations, interest rate fluctuations, dollar and other currency valuations, the impact of weather conditions, risks associated with war, an act of terrorism or pandemic, the ability of the federal government to fund and conduct its operations, a systems failure and/or security breach that results in the theft, transfer or unauthorized disclosure of customer, employee or Company information and legal and regulatory proceedings. There can be no assurances that the Company will achieve expected results, and actual results may be materially less than expectations. Please refer to the Company’s most recent Form 10-Q and subsequent filings for a further discussion of risks and uncertainties. Investors should take such risks into account and should not rely on forward-looking statements when making investment decisions. Any forward-looking statement made by us in this press release is based only on information currently available to us and speaks only as of the date on which it is made. We do not undertake to update these forward-looking statements as of any future date.


Apple posted record revenue of $57.6 billion for its fiscal 2014 1st quarter ended December 28, 2013

Cupertino, CA, US, 2014-1-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Apple® today (January 27, 2014) announced financial results for its fiscal 2014 first quarter ended December 28, 2013. The Company posted record quarterly revenue of $57.6 billion and quarterly net profit of $13.1 billion, or $14.50 per diluted share. These results compare to revenue of $54.5 billion and net profit of $13.1 billion, or $13.81 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. Gross margin was 37.9 percent compared to 38.6 percent in the year-ago quarter. International sales accounted for 63 percent of the quarter’s revenue.

The Company sold 51 million iPhones, an all-time quarterly record, compared to 47.8 million in the year-ago quarter. Apple also sold 26 million iPads during the quarter, also an all-time quarterly record, compared to 22.9 million in the year-ago quarter. The Company sold 4.8 million Macs, compared to 4.1 million in the year-ago quarter.

Apple’s Board of Directors has declared a cash dividend of $3.05 per share of the Company’s common stock.  The dividend is payable on February 13, 2014, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on February 10, 2014.

“We are really happy with our record iPhone and iPad sales, the strong performance of our Mac products and the continued growth of iTunes, Software and Services,” said Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO. “We love having the most satisfied, loyal and engaged customers, and are continuing to invest heavily in our future to make their experiences with our products and services even better.”

“We generated $22.7 billion in cash flow from operations and returned an additional $7.7 billion in cash to shareholders through dividends and share repurchases during the December quarter, bringing cumulative payments under our capital return program to over $43 billion,” said Peter Oppenheimer, Apple’s CFO.

Apple is providing the following guidance for its fiscal 2014 second quarter:

  • revenue between $42 billion and $44 billion
  • gross margin between 37 percent and 38 percent
  • operating expenses between $4.3 billion and $4.4 billion
  • other income/(expense) of $200 million
  • tax rate of 26.2 percent

Apple will provide live streaming of its Q1 2014 financial results conference call beginning at 2:00 p.m. PST on January 27, 2014 at www.apple.com/quicktime/qtv/earningsq114. This webcast will also be available for replay for approximately two weeks thereafter.

This press release contains forward-looking statements including without limitation those about the Company’s estimated revenue, gross margin, operating expenses, other income/(expense), and tax rate. These statements involve risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ. Risks and uncertainties include without limitation the effect of competitive and economic factors, and the Company’s reaction to those factors, on consumer and business buying decisions with respect to the Company’s products; continued competitive pressures in the marketplace; the ability of the Company to deliver to the marketplace and stimulate customer demand for new programs, products, and technological innovations on a timely basis; the effect that product introductions and transitions, changes in product pricing or mix, and/or increases in component costs could have on the Company’s gross margin; the inventory risk associated with the Company’s need to order or commit to order product components in advance of customer orders; the continued availability on acceptable terms, or at all, of certain components and services essential to the Company’s business currently obtained by the Company from sole or limited sources; the effect that the Company’s dependency on manufacturing and logistics services provided by third parties may have on the quality, quantity or cost of products manufactured or services rendered; risks associated with the Company’s international operations; the Company’s reliance on third-party intellectual property and digital content; the potential impact of a finding that the Company has infringed on the intellectual property rights of others; the Company’s dependency on the performance of distributors, carriers and other resellers of the Company’s products; the effect that product and service quality problems could have on the Company’s sales and operating profits; the continued service and availability of key executives and employees; war, terrorism, public health issues, natural disasters, and other circumstances that could disrupt supply, delivery, or demand of products; and unfavorable results of other legal proceedings. More information on potential factors that could affect the Company’s financial results is included from time to time in the “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” sections of the Company’s public reports filed with the SEC, including the Company’s Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 28, 2013 and its Form 10-Q for the quarter ended December 28, 2013 to be filed with the SEC. The Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements or information, which speak as of their respective dates.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad.

Press Contact:
Steve Dowling
(408) 974-1896

Investor Relations Contacts:
Nancy Paxton
(408) 974-5420

Joan Hoover
(408) 974-4570

Apple, the Apple logo, Mac, Mac OS and Macintosh are trademarks of Apple. Other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective owners.

Apple Media Helpline (408) 974-2042 media.help@apple.com

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Philippines’ mall developer and operator SM Prime Holdings transforms SM Megamall into The Philippines’ largest mall

Pasay City, Philippines, 2014-1-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — SM Prime Holdings, Inc., the Philippines’ dominant mall developer and operator is opening its doors to the Mega Fashion Hall, SM Megamall’s game changing new wing, on January 28, 2014. According to Mr. Steven Tan, Vice-President for SM Supermalls Premier Division, Mega Fashion Hall cements SM Megamall’s identity as a premier shopping, dining, and lifestyle destination. It is home to the flagship stores of the world’s most popular fashion brands Uniqlo, Zara and the much awaited Swedish retailer H&M, which will open its first store in the Philippines in the middle of the year.

The Mega Fashion Hall sets the standards for premier leisure and entertainment. Many new global brands will be opening their first store in the Philippines at the new wing, including Denmark’s Vero Moda, Spain’s Pull & Bear and Uno de 50, LA based Joe’s Jean’s, London’s Savile Row and Burton, French shoe brand Nao de Brasil, and US skincare label Philosophy. The Mega Fashion Hall brings together some of the most exciting international dining concepts – Hong Kong’s Michelin Star dimsum restaurant Tim Ho Wan, the first Saint Marc’s Café of Tokyo, and gyoza specialist Osaka Ohsho. Foodies will also love homegrown specialty restaurants like Abe, artisanal pastries at Chez Karine, and the hearty Viking’s Buffet. And of course, the Mega Food Hall opens up a whole new world of dining possibilities.

Spanning an additional gross floor area (GFA) of 101,000 square meters (sqm), SM Megamall is now the largest mall in the Philippines todate. Here, film enthusiasts can enjoy the larger than life IMAX Theater, as well as private screening functions at the Director’s Club, which has its own butler service. An Olympic- sized ice skating rink and a fully computerized 14- lane Bowling Center complete the new mega lifestyle experience.

SM Prime is the holding company of the SM Group in the property business. It is among the largest integrated property developers in the region with offerings spanning across diverse sectors of mall, office, residential, hotel and leisure development. For more information about SM Prime, visit www.smprime.com


For further information, please contact:
Ms. Teresa Cecilia R. Agsalud
Vice President, Finance
SM Prime Holdings, Inc.
E-mail: teresa.cecilia.reyes@smprime.com
Tel. no.: 831.1000 loc. 7820

Wegmans introduced “Return To Sender. (Don’t Trash It!)” Bags

Rochester, NY, US, 2014-1-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — There’s a new message on carry-out plastic bags from Wegmans stores: “Return To Sender. (Don’t Trash It!)” It’s a little reminder to customers that the best thing to do with the bag that carried home the groceries is to bring it back to the store on a return trip. Customers who put the bags in collection areas at entrances to all Wegmans Food Markets are preparing their used bags for a second life as brand new bags, with 40 percent recycled plastic content.

“People have been  recycling for years, but it’s still not  easy to know what you’re supposed to do,” says Wegmans Sustainability Coordinator Jason Wadsworth. “Many communities have curbside recycling for paper, cans and bottles, but beyond those items, it’s not always clear what can be recycled. One way for Wegmans to make a difference is by helping to make recycling easier to understand and easier to carry out, with strong, simple messages and convenient drop-off spots for the items we can accept.”

The new bags, Wadsworth says, are the latest step in that direction. One side tells what happens after customers return bags to the store:  They’re made into new plastic bags of 40 percent recycled materials. The bags also include a How2Recycle logo, spelling out where to take them: “Store Drop-off.” A Wegmans video offers more detail about the journey bags take after collection, and tells how employees and customers can keep millions of pounds of plastic out of landfills. In fact, every Wegmans store now uses on average 4,000 fewer plastic carry-out bags per day compared with 2007, the year Wegmans introduced reusable bags and began reformulating its carry-out plastic bags. That’s 120 million fewer bags each year!

Wadsworth, who also serves on a Food Marketing Institute committee for sustainability practices in the retail food industry, sees momentum for recycling picking up as partnerships emerge between different sectors. “Private companies and not-for-profits are now working together toward better recycling solutions,” he says. An example is the Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC), an environmental advocacy group focused on packaging and recycling. That group created the How2Recycle labels starting to appear on products from food to toys to cosmetics. The labels make it easier to tell whether a product can be recycled and where to bring it to be recycled.

Wegmans is also placing new signs next to plastic bag recycling bins near the store’s entrance to educate customers about other similar types of plastic bag materials the store will accept for recycling and those not accepted. Examples:

  • Accepted: Clean plastic bags – including bread wrappers, cereal box liners, newspaper bags, bath tissue wrap, plastic outer wraps, shipping pillows, dry cleaning bags, food storage bags, produce bags, grocery bags, and bags from other retailers.
  • Not Accepted: wet or dirty bags and plastic film, frozen food bags, cups, takeout food packaging.

Forming practices that best protect the environment is always a work in progress, Wadsworth says. “We discover new solutions as we go along, but even if we think some options are better than others, it’s still important to meet customers where they are and give people choices.”

When it comes to bags, customers have lots of choices at Wegmans. The section on wegmans.com titled “We have a bag for that” shows different reusable bags available. “Using reusable bags every time you shop probably comes out best among choices, environmentally,” Wadsworth says. “Yet some customers do prefer plastic or paper, or don’t always remember to bring the reusables along. So the frequently asked questions section nearby answers common questions about plastic and paper bags.”

This is an environmental issue more complicated than it looks at first, he says. “Want bags to be biodegradable? Unfortunately, most biodegradable plastic only breaks down into smaller particles of plastic, rather than into elements that are reabsorbed into the chain of life on earth. But if you ban plastic, what usually happens is that there’s a switch to paper. Paper bags are not a better step, if your environmental analysis includes the impacts of manufacturing and shipping paper bags, and the fact that they don’t biodegrade in landfills.”

“Whether customers use plastic or paper,” says Wadsworth, “the most important thing is to recycle those bags, so they don’t end up in landfills or become litter.”

One thing Wadsworth says he’s learned over the years he has worked on sustainability issues is that little steps do add up and make a difference over time. “When you can say truthfully that customers and employees working together recycled over three million pounds of plastic in one year, that’s impressive – and we can do even more!”


Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 83-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, founded in 1916, is recognized as an industry leader and innovator. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 17 consecutive years. In 2014, Wegmans ranked #12 on the list.

Contact Information:  Jo Natale, Wegmans’ director of media relations, 585-429-3627

Carolina Hurricanes Anton Khudobin teams up with Harris Teeter to debut his personally designed Signature Sub Sandwich

Matthews, NC, US, 2014-1-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Khudobin to Sign Autographs, Sample Signature Sub Sandwich, Introduce Fans to Must-Have Meal for Lunch

Date:       Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014

Time:       5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Where:    North Hills East
                    Harris Teeter
                    120-100 St. Albans Dr.
                    Raleigh, N.C.  27609

 Interviews are available.  Live shots are welcomed!

Wednesday, Feb. 5 Carolina Hurricanes goalie Anton Khudobin will team up with Harris Teeter to debut Khudobin’s personally designed Signature Sub Sandwich which is guaranteed to fill even the largest appetite.

Khudobin’s sandwich “Dobby’s Butterbrot” is a must-try for Harris Teeter shoppers. For only $3.99, fans can satisfy their appetite with “Dobby’s Butterbrot” which features grilled chicken, topped with lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers and ranch dressing on wheat bread. Shoppers can make it a lunch pack for only $4.99. The lunch pack includes “Dobby’s Butterbrot” sandwich and your choice of one Chocolate Chunk, Macadamia Nut, Oatmeal Raisin or Cranberry Nut Cookie.

“Dobby’s Butterbrot” will be available in the Fresh Foods Market Sandwich Shop in all Raleigh-area Harris Teeter stores.  Wednesday only, however, Khudobin will make an appearance at the North Hills East Harris Teeter to personally introduce shoppers and fans to his Signature Sub Sandwich.  He will also be signing autographs.

Harris Teeter’s Fresh Foods Market offers made-to-order sandwiches and wraps daily and is proud to introduce “Dobby’s Butterbrot,” Harris Teeter’s first Signature Sub Sandwich of the season.  Be on the look-out for additional Signature Sub Sandwiches this season.


Carolina Hurricanes Anton Khudobin teams up with Harris Teeter to debut his  personally designed Signature Sub Sandwich

Belk to hold series of events and campaigns with saving opportunities during February to benefit American Heart Association

  • Month-long campaign features interactive website at belk.com and in-store events designed to promote heart disease awareness and education to customers and associates
  • Belk offers 20% off coupons for sale merchandise Feb. 2-8 for $1 or more donation to AHA; also, customers receive 20% off purchase of regular and sale-priced items with limited exclusions on Feb. 3 for Healthcare Appreciation Day and on Feb. 25 for Healthy Living Day
  • Customers can remember loved ones on their local store’s Wall of Hearts

Charlotte, NC, US, 2014-1-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Belk today announced plans for its annual storewide “Our Heart to Yours” campaign to be held in February during American Heart Month. The campaign will benefit the American Heart Association (AHA) and its My Heart. My Life.™ initiative to promote health, wellness and fitness and increase heart disease awareness and education.

Belk stores in 16 states across the South will host a variety of in-store events and activities, and Belk’s “Our Heart to Yours” website (belk.com/heart) will offer an online interactive heart health educational experience throughout the month.

Customers will have several savings opportunities during the month as part of the campaign:

  • Feb. 2-8: Customers who donate $1 or more will receive three 20% off coupons good for the purchase of three single sale-priced items
  • Feb. 3:  Customers receive 20% off the purchase of regular- and sale-priced items with limited exclusions during Healthcare Appreciation Day
  • Feb. 25: Customers receive 20% off the purchase of regular- and sale-priced items with limited exclusions during Healthy Living Day 

In addition, every store will create a Wall of Hearts where, with a donation of $1 or more, customers can express their love to a friend or family member with a personalized paper heart that will be displayed throughout the campaign.

Belk will host campaign activities and events throughout the month and customers may contact their local Belk store for more details. Customers are also invited to visit Belk’s informational micro website, belk.com/heart, where they will find an online donation link, ideas for getting involved in the campaign, and links to the AHA’s interactive heart score assessment and personalized healthy living plan.

“Belk is pleased to partner with the American Heart Association again this year in their fight against heart disease,” said Jon Pollack, Belk, Inc. executive vice president, sales promotion, marketing and e-commerce. “It’s the leading killer of women in America, and our company-wide campaign strives to educate customers and associates on the importance of leading healthier lifestyles. Our goal is to create awareness and provide heart health education in our stores and on the “Our Heart to Yours” website on belk.com.”

All funds raised through Belk’s in-store efforts will support the American Heart Association’s My Heart. My Life. ™ initiative aimed at helping Americans live healthier lives.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for Americans and stroke ranks fourth. The American Heart Association’s My Life Check™ empowers you to take a big step toward a healthier life. In just a few minutes, you can get your personal heart score and a custom plan with Life’s Simple 7™, the 7 simple steps you need to start living your best life. Visit belk.com/heart for more information.

About Belk, Inc.
Charlotte, N.C.-based Belk, Inc. (www.belk.com) is the nation’s largest family owned and operated department store company with 300 Belk stores located in 16 Southern states and a growing digital presence. Founded in 1888 by William Henry Belk in Monroe, N.C., the company is in the third generation of Belk family leadership. Belk has been committed to community involvement since its inception. Each year, the company gives 2.5 percent of its pretax income back to the communities it serves. In the fiscal year ending Jan. 31, 2013, the company and its associates, customers and vendors, donated more than $19 million to those communities.

For further information: Jessica Graham, vice president, corporate communications and community relations, 704-426-8333, Jessica_graham@belk.com



Eddy Anemian won the H&M Design Award 2014

The winner of the H&M Design Award 2014 is Eddy Anemian, a 24 year-old student at La Cambre in Brussels. Today, in Stockholm, the winning collection was presented with a fashion show at Mercedes-Benz Stockholm Fashion Week. In addition to the show, Eddy has won €50,000 and the opportunity to sell pieces developed from his collection in selected H&M stores and online later this autumn.

Stockholm, Sweden, 2014-1-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — The H&M Design Award jury included fashion designer Erdem, actress Michelle Dockery, style expert Michelle Harper, executive fashion editor of Vogue UK Serena Hood, senior fashion editor of Vogue Italy Sara Maino, as well as H&M’s creative head of design Ann-Sofie Johansson, and H&M’s creative advisor Margareta van den Bosch.

“All of the judges fell in love with Eddy’s collection, both the romance of how it looks when it is worn, and the extraordinary skill of his work seen up close. He is a worthy winner, and a bright new star for fashion’s future,” says Ann-Sofie Johansson, H&M’s creative head of design.

“Eddy’s work was very beautiful. The textile techniques used were interesting, as well as the elegant silhouettes he created. The future is very bright for him. I’m excited to see what he will do next,” says fashion designer Erdem.

Eddy, from Saint Chamond in France, won the H&M Design Award 2014 with his fourth-year collection titled They Can Cut All The Flowers, They Cannot Keep Spring From Coming. It was inspired by Tilda Swinton in the movie I Am Love, and the French painter Ingres, with floral upholstery fabrics cut and reconstructed into fluid shapes, contrasted with flounces of waterproof fabric with the effect of marble. Eddy is now in his final year at La Cambre, and hopes to one day have his own label.

“I was so very happy to win the H&M Design Award, and the chance to show my collection at Mercedes-Benz Stockholm Fashion Week. I’ve wanted to be able to start my own label for such a long time, and now maybe with this prize I will have the chance to do it,” says Eddy Anemian.

The winner of this year’s People’s Prize has been announced as Henriette Tilanus who has studied at ArtEZ Institute of the Arts in Arnhem. Visitors to the H&M Design Award website voted for their favourite from the eight finalists, with the winner receiving a three-month internship at fashion designer Erdem’s studio in London.

This is the third year of the H&M Design Award, founded to encourage and support young fashion talent at the very beginning of their careers. Students from 32 design schools competed to be one of the eight finalists whose work was then presented to the grand jury. Today’s winning show by Eddy was streamed live at designaward.hm.com, where footage from the entire awards process can be seen, to inspire future generations to help move fashion forward.

Visit designaward.hm.com to read more about the prize.


Copyright: © Kristian Löveborg / MBFW Stockholm Description: The winner of the H&M Design Award 2014 is Eddy Anemian, a 24 year-old student at La Cambre in Brussels. Today, in Stockholm, the winning collection was presented with a fashion show at Mercedes-Benz Stockholm Fashion Week.

© Kristian Löveborg / MBFW Stockholm

The winner of the H&M Design Award 2014 is Eddy Anemian, a 24 year-old student at La Cambre in Brussels. Today, in Stockholm, the winning collection was presented with a fashion show at Mercedes-Benz Stockholm Fashion Week.


Sobeys Inc’s CFO Paul Jewer to leave the company as of February 14, 2014

Stellarton, NS, Canada, 2014-1-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sobeys Inc. today announced that Paul Jewer, Chief Financial Officer for the company, will leave the organization effective February 14, 2014, to accept a role outside the organization.

François Vimard, Executive Vice President, Sobeys Inc. and Chief Financial Officer for Empire Company Limited will assume Mr. Jewer’s responsibilities on an interim basis.

Mr. Jewer joined Sobeys Inc. in 2003 as Vice President Finance & Treasury. He was appointed Chief Financial Officer in October 2011.

“Paul has made a significant contribution to the growth and development of Sobeys over the past 11 years and we wish him well as he prepares to take on a new role,” said Mr. Vimard.

About Sobeys Inc.
Proudly Canadian, with headquarters in Stellarton, Nova Scotia, Sobeys has been serving the food shopping needs of Canadians for 106 years. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Empire Company Limited (TSX:EMP.A), Sobeys owns or franchises more than 1,500 stores in all 10 provinces under retail banners that include Sobeys, Safeway, IGA, Foodland, FreshCo, Thrifty Foods, and Lawton’s Drug Stores as well as more than 330 retail fuel locations. Sobeys and its franchise affiliates employ more than 124,000 people. The company’s goal is to be widely recognized as the best food retailer and workplace environment in Canada. More information on Sobeys Inc. can be found at www.sobeyscorporate.com.

Media Contact 
Andrew Walker
Senior Vice President
Communications & Corporate Affairs
Sobeys Inc.
(905) 214-6711

Investor Contact 
Stewart Mahoney
Senior Vice President
Treasury & Investor Relations
Sobeys Inc.
(902) 755-4440 ext.3499


Wincor World 2014 in numbers: 7,000 visitors from 90 countries, 47 exhibitors, 500 exhibits and 50 specialist presentations

Paderborn, Germany, 2014-1-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — More than 7,000 visitors from 90 countries took the opportunity to find out about the latest IT solutions and service offerings from Wincor Nixdorf and 46 well-known partner exhibitors at “Wincor World 2014” – through more than 500 exhibits and in 50 specialist presentations. The event, which spanned three days and was held at the A2 Forum in Rheda-Wiedenbrück, not far from Wincor Nixdorf’s head office in Paderborn, attracted IT experts and managers from across the banking and retail industries.

The impressions of Wincor World 2014 were very positive – by both those responsible for the event and visitors alike: “Our customers traveled from far afield across the globe to experience our innovations live. And it was well worth it, as we heard again and again in many personal discussions,” said company spokesman Andreas Bruck.

The focus of the trade show was on innovative hardware, software and services that enable banks and retailers to do business in a customer-oriented and efficient way as well as on ideas for tomorrow’s bank branches and retail stores. One of the key areas on display was the processing of cashless and mobile transactions. The attendees showed great interest in innovative software solutions that allow customers to carry out their transactions via smartphone or tablet computer, such as cash withdrawals from ATMs using a smartphone. What is more, it was demonstrated that cutting-edge software can help retailers combine the shopping experience of a retail outlet with the online world. Wincor Nixdorf also premiered a marketplace for Android-based apps that enables retailers to handle sales and payment processes online.

In addition, the company presented new service options that enable banks to enhance the experience they create for their customers. Sample applications revealed how the range of self-service options can be expanded when staff use video or tablet computers to help clients with certain transactions.

The organizers also recorded a high level of interest in the BEETLE mobile POS, a new tablet solution for retail applications that can be deployed as a fully functional stationary checkout or for mobile payments, when advising customers on the shop floor, carrying out administrative tasks or doing inventory.



Ahold repurchased 2,445,000 Ahold common shares for € 31 million between 20 and 24 January, 2014

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2014-1-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ahold has repurchased 2,445,000 Ahold common shares in the period from January 20, 2014 up to and including January 24, 2014.

The shares were repurchased at an average price of € 12.7317 per share for a total consideration of € 31.13 million. These repurchases were made as part of the € 500 million share buyback program announced on February 28, 2013 as increased by € 1.5 billion to a total amount of € 2 billion announced on June 4, 2013.

The total number of shares repurchased under this program to date is 72,201,047 common shares for a total consideration of € 913.18 million.

During the share buyback program, Ahold publishes a press release every Monday with a weekly update. Click here to view all the relevant information of these these weekly updates. Separate weekly press releases are available upon request. Please send an email to communications@ahold.com if you would like to receive one or more of these weekly releases.


Waitrose holds its first corporate social responsibility board meeting

Bracknell, UK, 2014-1-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Waitrose will today hold its first corporate social responsibility board meeting – made up of distinguished independent experts from a diverse range of specialisms.

The board’s aim will be to challenge and influence business activity at the highest level, supporting senior Waitrose management1 with an outside perspective on all elements of the retailer’s CSR strategy.

External board members are:

  • Chair – Rt Rev Bishop James Jones: Bishop of Liverpool until 2013
  • Dame Fiona Reynolds DBE: Master of Emmanuel College, University of Cambridge; previously Director-General of the National Trust
  • Baroness Floella Benjamin OBE: actress, author, independent producer, working peer and Chancellor of Exeter University; an active advocate for diversity and equality issues and the welfare, care and education of children throughout the world
  • Lord Donald Curry: renowned agricultural expert and Chair of Waitrose farm The Leckford Estate
  • Elizabeth Buchanan: Special Advisor to Waitrose
  • Professor Wayne Powell: Director, Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences, University of Aberwystwyth
  • Paul Vallely: Visiting Professor of Public Ethics at the University of Chester, and co-author of the report of the Commission for Africa.

The board will meet quarterly, with each meeting focusing on one of the four ‘pillars’ of the Waitrose CSR strategy: Treating People Fairly; Treading Lightly; Living Well; and Championing British.

Today’s meeting will discuss the retailer’s commitment to ‘treating people fairly’ and how this can be further developed. Already the retailer encourages Partners (staff) to volunteer, while being fully paid by the business – and makes significant donations to good causes local to its shops through the Community Matters (green tokens) scheme.

Says Waitrose managing director Mark Price: ‘Our aim with the CSR board is to challenge ourselves and set even higher standards for responsible business practice. CSR isn’t something we do it is everything we do. That is why we have drawn leading experts from various fields to help shape our future thinking.’

Says Rt Rev Bishop James Jones, Chair of the Waitrose corporate social responsibility board: ‘The role of retailing is constantly adapting to a rapidly changing world. The retailer bridges the relationship between suppliers and the customers and their communities. The board will build on the Waitrose Way, treading the earth lightly, treating people fairly, trading locally and enabling all stakeholders to travel well through life. The expertise of the new CSR board will be harnessed to ensure Waitrose stays in the vanguard of being socially responsible and commercially effective.’

Notes to editors
1 – Waitrose panel members:

  • Mark Price, Managing Director
  • Mark Williamson, Commercial Director
  • Rupert Thomas, Marketing Director
  • Nigel Keen, Development Director
  • Helen Hyde, Personnel Director
  • Benet Northcote, Head of Corporate CSR, the John Lewis Partnership
  • Connor Shaw – Waitrose branch Partner and team leader
  • Secretary – Quentin Clark, Head of Sustainability and Ethical Sourcing, Waitrose.

Waitrose – Waitrose, Britain’s favourite supermarket*, has 303 shops in the UK and Channel Islands and is consistently achieving sales growth significantly ahead of the market**. Its strong performance has been driven by the success of the essential Waitrose range, Brand Price Match, an unmatchable top tier of products and free delivery for online shopping, as well as a long term commitment to sourcing the UK’s finest local and regional foods. Waitrose combines the convenience of a supermarket with the expertise and service of a specialist shop – dedicated to offering quality food that has been responsibly sourced combined with high standards of customer service.

* Which? Annual Supermarket Satisfaction Survey, Favourite Food & Grocery Retailer at Verdict’s annual Consumer Satisfaction Awards; Favourite Supermarket at Good Housekeeping Awards
** Kantar Worldpanel

You can follow Waitrose on the following social media channels:


For further information please contact:

Jess Hughes
Corporate Communications Manager, Waitrose
Telephone: 01344 824294
Mobile: 07764 676850

Sainsbury’s is part of new UK government initiative to improve lives of workers and farmers in supply chains around the world

London, UK, 2014-1-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sainsbury’s is part of a new £4 million UK government initiative to improve the lives of workers and farmers in supply chains around the world.

Judith Batchelar, Director of Sainsbury’s Brand, says:

“As part of Sainsbury’s commitment to creating a positive impact in the countries we source from, we are proud to be partnering with DfID on two new projects in Africa.

An innovative radio show will give thousands of small scale farmers, workers and communities in Kenya access to vital education and skills to address challenging social issues.Coupled with the delivery of a training programme for fruit supply chain workers in South Africa, both projects will contribute to securing healthier lives and more sustainable livelihoods for those that need it most.

By investing in nurturing skills, supporting development and encouraging healthier lives, Sainsbury’s is ensuring our customers will have the best quality fresh products today and in the years ahead.”

In Kenya, we are embarking on a ground-breaking project involving over 26,000 farmers and workers – plus their families and communities – who supply our vegetables, flowers and tea. An exciting and informative radio show will be broadcast over 6 months (by partner Well Told Story), addressing issues such as financial literacy, nutrition and health, giving listeners valuable knowledge and skills for healthier lives and more secure futures. We will also work with local NGO Real Impact, to construct a demonstration farm where workers can learn more about how to grow and cook more nutritious food to feed themselves and their families.

An ambitious project involving workers in Sainsbury’s fruit supply chains across five regions in South Africa, we will be working with the National Training Institute to deliver courses to provide skills and opportunities for participants to gain better and more secure jobs. Some of those involved will have the chance to travel to the UK to see what happens when the apples, pears, grapes and nectarines they pick or pack, reach our stores.


Sainsbury’s is part of new UK government initiative to improve lives of workers and farmers in supply chains around the world

Sainsbury’s is part of new UK government initiative to improve lives of workers and farmers in supply chains around the world

Children in UK to learn about where food comes from with The Tesco Eat Happy Project’s initiative Farm to Fork

Farm to Fork visits open to every primary school in the UK

Cheshunt, England, 2014-1-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Every primary school in the UK will be given the chance to learn more about food and where it comes from as part of a major new food education programme launched today.

Farm to Fork, the first initiative from The Tesco Eat Happy Project, is backed by supporters including Diabetes UK, the Children’s Food Trust and the NFU. From the end of February kids will be able to go on educational Farm to Fork trails in factories, on farms and in supermarkets, for practical demonstrations of where food comes from and how it is made.

The ambition is to take one million of the five million primary school children in the UK on the Farm To Fork trails in the project’s first year.

Through technology, classes will also have the opportunity to talk to food suppliers across the world, for example banana growers in Costa Rica, through Google+ hangouts and live video chats, using Google’s Connected Classrooms. Tesco is also partnering with Sorted Food, Europe’s largest social media cooking channel to engage children with content that makes cooking fun and accessible.

The Tesco Eat Happy Project is a commitment to improving children’s relationship with food and it forms part of the company’s wider ambition to help and encourage all of its customers and colleagues to lead healthier and more active lives. With eating habits starting in early childhood, Tesco aims to help primary school children learn and have a healthier relationship with food.

The project launches as new research from the Future Foundation reveals that even though 90 per cent of kids say they know which foods are healthy, fewer than ten per cent achieve their five-a-day target. More than half (52 per cent) believe potatoes count towards the total, and one in ten (10 per cent) also count carrot cake.

The Future Foundation report highlights British parents’ concerns about their kids’ relationship with food: two-thirds believe children eat much more convenience food than they did and an astounding eighty per cent say their kids are less healthy than they used to be as kids. Half of parents fear the impact of their children’s diet on long-term health.

In light of these findings, Tesco is pledging £15 million to the Eat Happy Project in the first year alone.

Farm to Fork is the first initiative of the Eat Happy Project. Developed in close working with teachers and in line with the curriculum, Farm to Fork will involve:

  • Specially trained colleagues in more than 700 Tesco stores across the UK teaching kids about different foods and giving practical demonstrations, for example baking bread, tasting new fruits and vegetables and learning all about fish.
  • Food suppliers across the country opening their farms and factories to teach kids how, for example, milk is produced, where eggs come from and how lettuce grows.
  • Tesco partnering with Sorted Food, Europe’s largest social media cooking channel.  The Sorted team will help to engage people with content that makes cooking social, fun and accessible.
  • An innovative new partnership with Google’s Connected Classrooms, through which Tesco will become the first company in the UK to offer educational “virtual field trips” for primary schools to talk to producers and Tesco colleagues around the world.
  • A dedicated website with lesson plans, recipes and “how to” videos for children, parents and teachers.

The Farm-To-Fork trails and Connected Classrooms will be open to every primary school in the UK.

Tesco UK Managing Director, Chris Bush, said:

“We know parents are concerned that kids don’t always understand how food is made and where it comes from, which is important to developing a strong positive lifelong relationship with food.  Working closely with teachers, our suppliers and a number of partners including the Children’s Food Trust, we want to help make the relationship primary school kids have with food better, and that’s the aim of the Eat Happy Project. It’s part of our ambition to help all of our customers and colleagues lead healthier lives and just one of the ways we are using our scale to help communities across the UK.”

The second phase of The Tesco Eat Happy Project, to launch later in the year, will involve cookery courses for kids in stores, working with the Children’s Food Trust.

Peter Kendall, President of the NFU said:

“The NFU welcomes this initiative which encourages children to learn more about where their food comes from and the important role British farming has in producing traceable and sustainable food. Children of today will become the food-buyers of the future and we hope this scheme helps to increase loyalty and support for British farmers and the high quality food we produce.”

Pete Mountstephen, Chair of the Primary Heads Association, said:

“The key to reconnecting kids’ knowledge of food to what they eat is getting them excited, at a young age, about where their favourite food comes from and how it gets to their plate.  Schoolchildren across the UK definitely have the appetite to learn, engage and understand more about the provenance of their favourite meals and in particular discover and explore the farms and other suppliers of that food.

“I’m hugely excited about the Farm-to-Fork initiative and the aims of the Tesco Eat Happy Project and I have no doubt the UK’s primary schoolchildren will thoroughly enjoy their experiences on the Farm-to-Fork trails.”

Simon O’Neill, Diabetes UK’s Director of Health Intelligence said:

“The Tesco Eat Happy Project is a great initiative that will help children understand the importance of eating a healthy balanced diet. The best way to reduce the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes in the future – whatever age you are – is to maintain a healthy weight by eating a healthy, balanced diet and by being regularly physically active.  Making sensible food choices and adapting your eating habits can also help people with diabetes to better manage their condition and avoid complications.”

Carmel McConnell, Founder of children’s education and health charity, Magic Breakfast, said:

“Most children need active encouragement to go outside their favourite food habits, to try different types of food, in the correct proportions, in order to have a healthy and well-balanced diet. However many families don’t have the money, or time, or food awareness to be able to do this successfully, which can mean children miss out on vital nutrients, as well as the chance to discover new flavours and recipes.  So, in trying to broaden the food horizons of a million primary school children, the Tesco Eat Happy project looks like a welcome and ambitious new approach to children’s food education and I am pleased to be able to give my support to a great scheme encouraging healthier family eating.’

Marvin Chow, Global Marketing Director for Google+ said:

“We’re delighted to work with Tesco on their food education programme through Google+ Connected Classrooms to bring their virtual field trips to classrooms in the UK and globally via Google+ Hangouts. It’s great to see a brand use Google+ technology to educate children on where food comes from, helping them develop a healthier relationship with it.”

Jamie Spafford, Sorted Food said:

“Sorted’s mission has always been to get young people into the kitchen cooking up great food. The Eat Happy Project seems like a great way to get that message out to more people, and helps to kick start the health of the next generation.”

Linda Cregan, Chief Executive of the Children’s Food Trust said:

“Everyone at the Children’s Food trust is looking forward to working with Tesco on this exciting new project. Improving the diets of our children should be a priority for all of us. Parents, schools and food retailers and manufacturers all have a responsibility to make sure our children are eating healthy, nutritious food. If our children grow up with an understanding and interest in both cooking and eating healthy food they have the best opportunity to reach their full potential.

“Being overweight or obese from an early age puts our children at a massive disadvantage from the word go and we can all support parents in safeguarding their children’s health.

“As the country’s biggest supermarket chain it is fantastic Tesco are taking the initiative to make this change. Encouraging the nation to improve its diet is a huge challenge and we need companies like Tesco to get involved if we are going to make a change. With their influence, resources and reach we’re sure they can make a big difference to our children’s diet.”

Notes to editors

  1. Schools should register their interest now for the Farm to Fork Trails (which start on 25 February) at www.tesco.com/eathappyproject
  2. Amongst the food suppliers already signed up to participate are: Arla (dairy), Greenvale (potatoes), Noble Foods (eggs), Gs Produce (vegetables and salad) and Berryworld (fresh berries).
  3. Tesco is also building a new tool to help give customers better information about the nutritional content of their shopping baskets. The Healthy Little Choices Tracker will also help Tesco better understand how promotions and offers can help to encourage healthy choices.
  4. The Future Foundation report, “The Current State of Kids’ Health: The Nutrition Gap”, was commissioned by Tesco with research carried out between August and September 2013.
  5. Tesco has provided financial support for an update of a British Nutrition Foundation Briefing Paper “Diet, Nutrition and Schoolchildren: an update“, written by Dr Elisabeth Weichselbaum and Professor Judith Buttriss, published today in Nutrition Bulletin, 39, 9–73, 2014. Tesco has also consulted the British Nutrition Foundation on the development of the project, and the cooking skills and recipe support has been developed in collaboration with the Foundation.
  6. Tesco is committed to using its scale for good in order to make a positive difference to some of the biggest challenges facing the world. Tesco has set three big ambitions in areas where it can make a real contribution and create value for society as a whole: creating opportunities for young people; helping and encouraging customers and colleagues to lead healthier lives; and leading in reducing food waste globally. To read more about these ambitions, visit the Tesco plc website.

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

We are a team of over 530,000 people in 12 markets dedicated to bringing the best value, choice and service to our millions of customers each week. Our core purpose is ‘we make what matters better, together’.


Meijer unveils the top five fruits and veggies shoppers bought in 2013

Grand Rapids, MI, US, 2014-1-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Each year a few rising stars in the produce department capture the public’s attention and are touted by friends, foodies and food bloggers alike. But what are consumers actually buying at the grocery store? Two experts from Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer Meijer – Produce Buyer Scott Calandra and Healthy Living Advisor and Registered Dietitian Melissa Hehmann – share what fresh produce shoppers bought in Meijer stores across the Midwest and predict what to watch for this year.

Top-selling Produce in 2013

1. Power Greens 

Kale is the leafy green veggie that took the nation by storm in 2012 and continued to enjoy strong growth in 2013. Kale’s “Power Green” cousins Brussels sprouts, organic salads, and bagged greens topped the retailer’s highest-selling produce list. Bagged baby kale saw the biggest growth in 2013 with a nearly 200 percent sales jump from 2012, according to Meijer Produce Buyer Scott Calandra.

Why the big jump? It’s all about nutrition, explains Meijer Healthy Living Advisor and Registered Dietitian Melissa Hehmann. “The leafy, nutrient-dense foods in the Power Green category pack a big nutritional punch without a lot of calories – a great combination,” she said. “The popularity of bagged Power Greens is all about convenience – less time spent on washing, trimming and chopping.”

2. Fresh Herbs

As consumers gravitate toward more nutritional options at mealtime, they don’t necessarily want to compromise on taste. At the same time, consumer palates are becoming more sophisticated.  Home cooks, who would have previously added salt, are more often using fresh herbs like basil and cilantro to enhance flavor.

“Salt used to be the go-to way to bring out the taste of foods,” said Hehmann, “but we’re trying to educate consumers to limit their sodium intake to reduce the risks associated with high blood pressure. Herbs are a great alternative, and another excellent source for antioxidants.”

3 Portabella Mushrooms

With trends like “Meatless Monday,” Meijer is seeing more and more consumers swapping out meats for veggie alternatives. “The meaty texture and savory flavor of portabella mushrooms make them a good option for someone looking for a meat substitute,” Calandra said. Families aren’t just replacing meat, but finding ways to make it stretch further, such as mixing chopped mushrooms into ground beef. “Which, coincidentally, is also a great way to sneak more vegetables into your family’s diet,” Hehmann added.

4. Sweet Potatoes

Consumers have moved on from carbohydrate avoidance to acceptance and are now looking for healthier varieties of carbs, according to Hehmann. “Sweet potatoes offer more vitamins and fiber than traditional white potatoes, and add a vibrant color to dishes. And research has actually shown that the fiber gained from eating steamed or boiled sweet potatoes can help reduce the blood sugar of people with diabetes,” Hehmann said.

5. Clementines 

Sales of the mandarin and sweet orange hybrid at Meijer more than doubled in 2013. Clementines are an easy-to-peel fruit, which makes them a “healthy low calorie snack for kids and adults alike,” Hehmann said.

Produce Predictions for 2014

Meijer predicts that kale’s popularity will continue to pave the way for other Power Greens like Swiss chard and turnip greens this year. “Consumers are being more adventurous in produce choices, so if they liked kale, they may reach for another unfamiliar green,” Hehmann said. In addition to trying new produce, consumers are rethinking traditional staples like cauliflower. “Cauliflower can be mashed like potatoes, grilled like steak, and used as a gluten-free option for things like pizza crust.”

Meijer also expects to see continued growth in organics and the Meijer Locally Grown program, which supplies Meijer stores around the Midwest with fruits and vegetables from more than 100 local growers in Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and Kentucky. “Organics is one of our fasted growing categories in the Meijer produce department,” Calandra said. “And Meijer shoppers enjoy shopping produce grown near their community and around the Midwest.”

About Meijer
Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 204 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky. As a pioneer 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. Additional information on Meijer and the ability to shop for more can be found at www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

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Meijer unveils the top five fruits and veggies shoppers bought in 2013

Meijer unveils the top five fruits and veggies shoppers bought in 2013


Dunkin’ Donuts to open 13 new restaurants throughout Oklahoma City with franchise partner OKD Holdings

Canton, MA, US, 2014-1-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Donuts, America’s all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, announced today the signing of a multi-unit store development agreement with existing franchise group, OKD Holdings, to develop 13 new restaurants throughout Oklahoma City, Okla. The first of the planned restaurants will open in 2015.

Together, this team led by second generation Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee Misha Goli and his partners will manage and oversee the company’s daily operations for each restaurant. Goli currently owns four restaurants throughout Oklahoma City and has a vast knowledge of the QSR industry.

“We are excited to continue to expand Dunkin’ Donuts’ presence throughout Oklahoma City and play an important role in the daily lives of people who live, work and visit here,” said Misha Goli, Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee. “We have a passion and loyalty for the brand and look forward to the opening of our Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the years to come.”

Opportunities still remain available throughout Oklahoma in Tulsa as well as outside the Oklahoma City metropolitan area. To drive its expansion efforts, Dunkin’ Donuts has aligned its strategy to support the growth opportunities and consumer needs of individual markets.

Dunkin’ Donuts’ new look includes four distinct restaurant design options for franchisees, each featuring variations in layout, color schemes, graphics, textures, furniture and/or lighting. These designs enhance the current restaurant appearance, environment and layout to serve people all day long. Unlike other quick-service restaurants, Dunkin’ Donuts allows franchisees to select individual elements from any of the four options, creating a restaurant design that reflects their personal tastes and preferences, and best serves their specific restaurant size and location.

Building a solid network of stores within a market enables Dunkin’ Donuts to invest in a distribution model that provides consistent, high-quality products that guests expect. In an effort to keep the brand fresh and competitive, Dunkin’ Donuts offers flexible concepts for any real estate format including free-standing restaurants, end caps, in-line sites, gas and convenience, travel plazas and universities, as well as other retail environments.

“Our secret to success is our passionate franchisees who provide a high-level of customer service to our guests every day,” said Grant Benson, CFE, vice president of global franchising and business development, Dunkin’ Brands. “We believe these existing franchise partners will become an important part of the local communities they serve.”

Since the 1950s, Dunkin’ Donuts has been a daily ritual for millions of people. For more than 60 years, Dunkin’ Donuts has offered delicious food, beverages, and friendly service at a great value. To best serve its guests, Dunkin’ Donuts offers an all-day menu including iced coffee, flavored coffees, lattes, Dunkin’ Donuts K-Cup® Packs, Coolatta® frozen drinks, muffins, bagels, breakfast sandwiches, and a DDSMART® menu featuring better-for-you items.

To learn more about Dunkin’ Donuts, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/DunkinDonuts) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/DunkinDonuts).

About Dunkin’ Donuts  
Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned the No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for seven years running. The company has more than 10,500 restaurants in 31 countries worldwide. For the full-year 2012, Dunkin’ Donuts’ restaurants had global franchisee-reported sales of approximately $6.9 billion. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.


Target and Shakira partner to release exclusive deluxe edition of the award-winning Latin powerhouse’s new album

Minneapolis, MN, US, 2014-1-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Target® Corp. (NYSE: TGT) and international pop sensation Shakira are teaming up to release an exclusive deluxe edition of the award-winning Latin powerhouse’s new album, “Shakira.” The partnership is Target’s first major artist collaboration of 2014 and continues Target’s commitment to working with fan-favorite musicians to bring guests more content from the artists they love. The exclusive deluxe edition will include three bonus tracks and is available for pre-order now at Target.com.

“There were three special songs I recorded for ‘Shakira’ that I decided to save for the version of the album available only at Target,” said Shakira.

The exclusive deluxe edition of “Shakira” will be available in all U.S. Target stores and at Target.com on March 25, 2014. Fans got their first look at the Target and Shakira collaboration with the debut of a broadcast spot during the 56th Annual GRAMMY Awards® on CBS.

“With three special bonus songs on our exclusive album, Shakira joins an unparalleled group of remarkable artists that partner with Target to give our guests more music,” said Anne Stanchfield, divisional merchandise manager of entertainment, Target. “Shakira is an international icon with an enormous following of fans that love her distinctive voice, boundless energy and hallmark dance moves. Guests will be thrilled with the three bonus tracks that can only be found at Target.”

For the latest news about Shakira’s Target exclusive deluxe edition, fans can visit ABullseyeView.com.

Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,921 stores – 1,797 in the United States and 124 in Canada – and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit through community grants and programs; today, that giving equals more than $4 million a week. For more information about Target’s commitment to corporate responsibility, visit target.com/corporateresponsibility.

For more information, visit Target.com/Pressroom.


Target and Shakira partner to release exclusive deluxe edition of the award-winning Latin powerhouse’s new album


Ingles Markets to provide real-time online webcast and rebroadcast of its first quarter earnings conference call on February 3, 2014

Asheville, North Carolina, US, 2014-1-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ingles Markets, Incorporated (NASDAQ: IMKTA) will provide an online, real-time webcast and rebroadcast of its first quarter earnings conference call on February 3, 2014. Ingles plans to release earnings for its first quarter ended December 28, 2013, on February 3, 2014.

The live broadcast of Ingles Markets’ quarterly conference call will be available on-line at: www.ingles-markets.com on February 3, 2014 beginning at 9:00 a.m. (Eastern Time). The online replay will follow immediately and continue for 90 days. To hear the Company’s conference call live, dial 913-312-0958. A replay will be available from 12:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on February 3 until 12:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on February 9. To listen to the playback, call 719-457-0820, reservation number 6126051.

Ingles Markets, Incorporated is a leading supermarket chain with operations in six southeastern states. Headquartered in Asheville, North Carolina, the Company operates 203 supermarkets. In conjunction with its supermarket operations, the Company operates neighborhood shopping centers, most of which contain an Ingles supermarket. The Company also owns a fluid dairy facility that supplies Company supermarkets and unaffiliated customers. The Company’s Class A Common Stock is traded on The NASDAQ Stock Market’s Global Select Market under the symbol IMKTA. For more information, visit Ingles’ website at www.ingles-markets.com.

Ron Freeman
Chief Financial Officer
(828) 669-2941 (Ext. 223)


Wegmans Food Markets the first grocer to join Sustainable Packaging Coalition’s How2Recycle Label program

Rochester, NY, US, 2014-1-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wegmans Food Markets is the newest participant, and the first grocer, to join the Sustainable Packaging Coalition’s How2Recycle Label program. With the addition of Wegmans, the How2Recycle Label surpassed its 2013 goal of 20 participating companies.

Wegmans is the fifth How2Recycle participant and first retailer to receive a sponsorship from the American Chemistry Council’s (ACC) Flexible Film Recycling Group (FFRG) for use of the Store Drop-off Label on their plastic carryout bags. FFRG sponsorships remain available.

“Wegmans has accepted used plastic bags and wrapping material for recycling at our stores since 1994 as a way to help make a difference in the communities we serve. Our adoption of the How2Recycle Label is a step in the right direction as we try to clear up the confusion surrounding recycling,” said Jason Wadsworth, Sustainability Coordinator for Wegmans.

Wegmans customers will initially see How2Recycle’s Store Drop-off Label on plastic carryout bags, with plans to expand to various flexible plastic materials throughout their stores, including deli and produce bags.

Furthering their goal to educate shoppers about plastic film recycling and to direct them to the correct bin, Wegmans is also displaying a prominent educational poster near store entrances. The FFRG designed a similar poster that retailers and grocers are able to download for free.

“We have enjoyed our collaboration with Wegmans. Their well-rounded approach is exactly what we hoped for when we developed the How2Recycle Label program,” said Anne Bedarf, Senior Manager at GreenBlue. “Wegmans’ strategy will provide benefit not only for their own stores and customers, but also for How2Recycle’s larger goals, by acting as a positive example for the grocery and recycled film industries overall.”


About How2Recycle
How2Recycle is a program of GreenBlue’s Sustainable Packaging Coalition. GreenBlue’s goal is for the How2Recycle Label to appear on the majority of consumer goods packaging by 2016 and to provide participating companies with detailed information regarding the recyclability of their packaging. Any company interested in joining How2Recycle or obtaining a fee sponsorship should visit www.how2recycle.info/how2join and contact Anne Bedarf at anne.bedarf@greenblue.org.

Fee sponsorships remain available and are made possible through the support of the Flexible Film Recycling Group (FFRG) of the American Chemistry Council and sponsorships remain available for companies using How2Recycle for plastic bags, wraps, and films.

About the Sustainable Packaging Coalition and GreenBlue
GreenBlue® is an an environmental nonprofit that shapes the business of sustainability by equipping individuals with the science, resources, and technology needed to make business more sustainable. The Sustainable Packaging Coalition®, a project of GreenBlue, is a membership group that brings together business, educational institutions, and government agencies to collectively broaden the understanding of packaging sustainability and develop meaningful improvements for packaging solutions.

About Wegmans
Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 83-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, founded in 1916, is recognized as an industry leader and innovator. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 17 consecutive years. In 2014, Wegmans ranked #12 on the list.

Contact Information:  

Michelle Doty, GreenBlue communications coordinator, michelle.doty@greenblue.org

Jo Natale, Wegmans’ director of media relations, 585-429-3627


Auchan’s Alcampo to supply food and other products to 118 BP petrol stations shops throughout Spain

Croix, France, 2014-1-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — BP and Auchan have signed an agreement for the supply of BP shops, allowing BP to offer clients a wide choice of food and other products distributed by Auchan, and including both manufacturer and Auchan brand goods.

This three-year agreement will be implemented from next January in 118 in BP petrol stations shops throughout Spain, with the ultimate goal of covering the country’s entire BP network.

This initiative is in line with both companies’ service policy and customer approach. BP aims to provide clients with added value through an offer matching their requirements available everywhere in its network of petrol stations. For Auchan, the goal is to pursue its commitment to improve purchasing power and quality of life for the greatest number of customers.

More about Alcampo on www.alcampo.es


LS travel retail to operate 25 new stores at Warsaw Chopin Airport

Paris, France, 2014-1-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — LS travel retail announces that it has won two major calls for tender, to operate 25 new stores, by way of its local subsidiary HDS Polska, in Warsaw Chopin Airport.

These calls for tender concerned Duty-Free & Luxury, Travel Essentials and Food Service operations. New brands are to be introduced by LS travel retail in Warsaw Chopin Airport, such as Aelia Duty Free, Victoria’s Secret, Ralph Lauren, Samsung, Mc Donald’s, Mc Café, amongst others.

In a year from now, HDS Polska, a subsidiary of LS travel retail, will operate 15 new Duty Free&Luxury and 10 new Food Service and Gourmet Food stores, in the Terminal A of Warsaw Chopin Airport, after its modernization works are complete. The lease duration of these stores is 10 years.

The Duty Free & Luxury stores will span over almost 3,000 sqm. They will include, amongst others, two Aelia Duty Free stores (alcohol, tobacco, perfume & cosmetics), a Le Connaisseur store (high-quality alcohol and cigars), and new exclusive brands, such as Victoria’s Secret, Ermenegildo Zegna, Armani, Salvatore Ferragamo, Ralph Lauren. A Jubitom jewelry store will also be available, offering a large range of watches, like Tag Heuer, Longines, Ulysse Nardin and Carl F. Bucherer.

A Samsung store will open as well – one of the very few airport Samsung stores – offering to passengers the most recent models of the brand.

A toy store and an M&M’s confectionery store will also be available.

The Foodservice stores will cover a 2,100 sqm surface. They will comprise a Mc Donald’s restaurant, an Espressamente Illy and a Mc Café coffee. LS travel retail will also offer to travelers its specific concepts, such as the Bread & Co bakery and the Flame and Misa restaurants.

A food court will also open, offering 3 different cuisines – Polish, Italian and Fast-food.

Michal Marzec, General Director of Polish Airports and Director of Warsaw Chopin Airport, stated: “We asked the companies taking part in the calls for tender to present a consistent and detailed proposal for the commercial surface of the new part of the terminal. The HDS Polska company presented the best offer in both calls for tender, including the most innovative and attractive concepts”.

Andrzej Kacperski, President of HDS Polska declared: “We have enjoyed excellent cooperation with Warsaw Chopin Airport for years, and its consolidation is one of our strategic objectives in Poland. I am convinced that after the installation of the new commercial zone, we will be able to provide passengers departing from Warsaw with an exceptional offer, which will be very much appreciated and will contribute to the reinforcement of the leading position of Warsaw Chopin airport in Central Europe”.

Vincent Romet, Chief Operating Officer of LS travel retail EMEA, indicates that this success was the result of international cooperation between the Paris teams (Aelia and LS travel retail) and the local subsidiaries (HDS Polska and Aelia Polska), which perfectly complemented one another, to define the best possible offer, mixing leading international brands with local concepts and know how.

Dag Rasmussen, Chairman and CEO of Lagardère Services, added : “We are very pleased to reinforce our historical partnership with Polish Airports, and to demonstrate the relevance of LS travel retail’s strategy, which is to develop a global offer covering all the segments of the travel retail business : Duty Free, Travel Essentials and Foodservice. The ability that our teams have to globally understand the needs of the customers and to transform them into relevant commercial offers is one of the strengths of our Group.”


LS travel retail to operate 25 new stores at Warsaw Chopin Airport

LS travel retail to operate 25 new stores at Warsaw Chopin Airport


Banana Republic and Finnish fashion house Marimekko announce the Banana Republic Marimekko Collection 2014

Banana Republic Marimekko Collection Brings a Pop of Color to her Summer Wardrobe

New York, NY, US, 2014-1-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Banana Republic and Finnish fashion and design house Marimekko announce the Banana Republic Marimekko Collection – a limited-edition capsule that uniquely marries Banana Republic’s modern, American style with some of Marimekko’s most iconic textile designs – offering  a spirited collection of dresses, separates and accessories for women that will make her summer wardrobe “pop.” The women’s capsule collection launches exclusively at select Banana Republic locations worldwide and online beginning in late May 2014.

Marimekko first made headlines in the United States when Jacqueline Kennedy donned a number of the brand’s iconic printed dresses during the 1960 U.S. presidential campaign. Today, Marimekko’s vibrant designs still resonate with celebrity tastemakers and consumers alike.

The Marimekko brand has become world-renowned for an artistic approach to print-making. Marimekko’s team of artists juxtapose cheerful, fresh prints, creating whimsical patterns and textiles that are rich in variation, yet timeless in design.

“Marimekko’s unique design of pattern and color has always inspired me as a designer,” says Banana Republic Vice President of Women’s Design, Melloney Birkett. “With this summer capsule, we wanted to create a collection that marries Marimekko’s iconic prints with our signature silhouettes. We were inspired by Marimekko founder Armi Ratia’s motto of, ‘Stand out from the rest,’ and we designed a collection of must-have summer standouts.”

The near 25 piece apparel and accessories women’s collection blends some of the most signature items from both brands, including Banana Republic’s iconic Hampton pant in Marimekko’s heroic black and white polka dot print. Items range from an architecturally designed cotton tunic with a plunging neckline, to a billowing maxi dress, to a dramatic full skirt – offering a versatile summer capsule that marries culture with style.

The collection’s featured patterns, created by three of Marimekko’s storied designers, each tell a unique story through distinctive prints. From intriguing landscapes and folk-inspired art, to circular dots that dance in a single file, the prints splash the capsule with bright hues alongside classic black and white.

“At Marimekko, we are inspired by emotions. Life springs from opposing forces, and the desire to contradict emotions – happy with sad, energetic with relaxed – is what makes our prints so unique,” says Marimekko Creative Director, Minna Kemell-Kutvonen. “It was a delight to know Banana Republic finds our designs as striking as we do. Each of the iconic prints selected has a wonderful, joyful story – and with Banana Republic we are excited to continue to bring that joy to countless people around the world.”

Apparel includes petites and will range in price from $39.50 (tank top) – $140 (dress); accessories range from $39.50 (clutch) – $98 (shoes).

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Banana Republic is a global apparel and accessories brand focused on delivering modern American style. Dedicated to helping customers achieve their best in life’s moments big and small, both personally and professionally, Banana Republic offers covetable clothing, handbags, jewelry, eyewear and fragrance at accessible prices. Founded in San Francisco, Banana Republic is located in over 700 company-operated and franchise retail locations worldwide. Customers also can shop online or at (888) BR-STYLE. For more information about Banana Republic, a division of Gap Inc. (NYSE: GPS), please visit bananarepublic.com

Marimekko is a Finnish textile and clothing design company renowned for its original prints and colours. The company designs and manufactures high-quality interior decoration items ranging from furnishing fabrics to tableware as well as clothing, bags and other accessories. When Marimekko was founded in 1951, its unparalleled printed fabrics gave it a strong and unique identity. Marimekko products are sold in approximately 40 countries. In 2012, brand sales of Marimekko products worldwide amounted to approximately EUR 187 million and the company’s net sales were EUR 88 million. The number of Marimekko stores totaled 108 at the year end. The key markets are North America, Northern Europe and the Asia-Pacific region. The Group employs around 500 people. The company’s share is quoted on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd. www.marimekko.com


Benefit Cosmetics opens its very first store in France

Paris, France, 2014-1-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — After the US, Asia and the UK, Benefit Cosmetics is out to conquer Paris! The Californian brand is opening its very first store in France in the vibrant Montorgueil quarter, right in the heart of the capital. Pink wallpaper, two-tone stripes, delightfully quaint, old-fashioned characters: all the cult codes are in place to let customers live the Benefit experience in Paris!

Benefit fans will feel perfectly at home: everything the San Francisco brand is famous for will be there to enjoy at 56, rue Tiquetonne. The unique ambiance, of course, but also all Benefit’s iconic signature products, including “They’re Real” mascara, “The POREfessional” balm, and “Benetint” lip and cheek stain… Not to mention the essential brow bar! Indeed, the Paris store places a particular emphasis on the services that are part of Benefit’s successful formula, offering waxing, airbrush tans, false eyelash application, and make-up lessons between friends.

On Friday, January 24, at 10 am, the store will open its doors in the 2nd arrondissement of Paris. This represents the latest stage in Benefit’s development strategy in Europe, following recent store openings in London, Dublin and Madrid at the end of 2013. Already sold in France in the Sephora network, as well as via the brand’s on-line store, Benefit Cosmetics now has a new showcase!


Benefit Cosmetics opens its very first store in France

Benefit Cosmetics opens its very first store in France