Wegmans Food Markets delivers two tractor trailers with 40 pallets of food to FeedMore

ROCHESTER, NY,  2016-Jul-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — At 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 21, two tractor trailers from Wegmans Food Markets will deliver 40 pallets of food to FeedMore. The donation of 35,498 pounds of nonperishable food will include pantry staples like cereal, soup, peanut butter, pasta, canned tuna, canned vegetables, baking ingredients, and meal starters and side dishes.

“While donations during the summer months are typically lower, for the food-insecure folks we help, hunger is a year-round issue,” said Doug Pick, FeedMore chief executive officer.  “We are thankful for our growing partnership with Wegmans and grateful for their dedication to our mission of providing our region’s vulnerable populations with one of the most basic necessities.  We believe that Wegmans will be a tremendous asset to our community for years to come.”

When the Wegmans tractor trailers arrive at FeedMore, Short Pump Store Manager Todd Strassner will be on hand along with a team of employees from both the Midlothian and Short Pump locations to help unload the trucks and stock the shelves.

“We’re proud to partner with FeedMore in serving the needs of our new neighbors in Greater Richmond because food banks build healthier communities,” said Strassner. “We recognize that food banks see increased need during the summer months when many children who have access to free or reduced-cost meals at school are home.”

Helping feed the hungry is a community giving priority for the Rochester, N.Y. based supermarket chain.  When Wegmans Midlothian opened in May, the store began daily donations of perishable food to FeedMore, including produce, bread and dairy items. Wegmans Short Pump will also begin perishable food donations when it opens on Aug. 7.

“One of our values is to make a difference in every community we serve, and it’s a privilege to begin contributing even before the new store opens,” said Strassner.

Where: 1415 Rhoadmiller Street in Richmond. Media is welcome to attend.

Last year, Wegmans donated 14.5 million pounds of food to area food banks across all of its market areas.

About FeedMore
FeedMore is Central Virginia’s core hunger-relief organization comprised of programs like the Central Virginia Food Bank, Meals on Wheels, the Mobile Pantry and Kids Cafe. Spanning nearly one-third of the state, across 34 counties and cities, FeedMore serves nearly 200,000 individuals in the region’s most vulnerable populations –children, families and seniors. Working together to efficiently and effectively fight hunger, FeedMore’s multi-tiered approach and comprehensive programs are dedicated to nourishing the community while empowering lives. For additional information, please visit FeedMore.org, find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

About Wegmans
Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is an 89-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, recognized as an industry leader and innovator, is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2016. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 19 consecutive years, ranking #4 in 2016.

Contact Information:

Jessica Howe
FeedMore Public Relations Manager

Jo Natale
Wegmans Vice President of Media Relations

Source: Wegmans

The Rite Aid Foundation’s KidCents program donates $25,000 to the Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program

CAMP HILL, Pa., 2016-Jul-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Rite Aid Foundation’s KidCents program announced today a $25,000 donation to the Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program, a Detroit-based nonprofit that empowers Detroit youth to be positive and productive members of society through education, athletics, mentorship and intervention. The donation, which was announced during today’s episode of RACHAEL RAY, will support program operations as it works towards helping its students stay on the right path through mentorship and academics. The Rite Aid Foundation also provided the organization with $5,000 worth of school, office, first aid and cleaning supplies.

“It’s clear that Rachael Ray shares Rite Aid’s core value of being a caring neighbor, which is why we are thrilled to partner with her in supporting the Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program,” said Ken Martindale, CEO of Rite Aid stores, president of Rite Aid Corporation and president of The Rite Aid Foundation. “This unique organization is truly making a difference in the lives of every child who walks through its doors and we hope our donation will help them continue serving Detroit youth through the coming year.”

The Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program (DBG) is a free after school educational resource for Detroit youth. The organization currently serves 110 students between the ages of 5 and 18, with more than 600 on a waiting list. To date, the organization has seen a 100% high school graduation rate and most of those students go on to college. For more information, visit DBGYP.org.

“Thanks to the generous donation provided to us by The Rite Aid Foundation we are able to help our members learn, grow and realize their full potential,” said Khali Sweeney, Founder of Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program. “Partners like The Rite Aid Foundation and Rachael Ray are helping us positively impact each and every child we have the opportunity to work with, promoting our children’s long-term health and the stability of the overall community.”

In Michigan, Rite Aid employs more than 4,300 at its 274 stores and distribution center, including 183 associates at its 11 stores in the city of Detroit.

KidCents was developed by The Rite Aid Foundation to provide Rite Aid customers an opportunity to do even more to help the kids in the communities Rite Aid serves. Through KidCents, members of Rite Aid’s wellness+ with Plenti program can round up their in-store or online purchases to the nearest dollar and give their change to one of more than 360 nonprofit organizations focused on improving the health and wellbeing of children.

Nonprofit organizations interested in participating in The Rite Aid Foundation’s KidCents program can visit www.kidcents.com/apply to submit an application. To be eligible, an organization must be classified as exempt from federal tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code and meet the KidCents program guidelines. For more information, visit www.kidcents.com.

Since its inception in 2001, The Rite Aid Foundation has awarded more than $25 million to non-profit organizations. Additionally, Rite Aid, through the efforts of its customers, supplier partners and associates, has also raised more than $75 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country since 1994.

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 2016 annual revenues of $30.7 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

Since 2007, Downtown Boxing Gym Youth Program, – now housed at 6445 E. Vernor Highway – has provided a safe haven for children ages 5 to 18. Much more than just boxing, Founder and Program Director Khali Sweeney developed a place for students to learn how to study through tutoring, a gym that teaches discipline through boxing and a community center that instills pride in all who participate through voluntary service. For more information, visit DBGYP.org.

You can also like them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/downtownboxing and follow them on Twitter https://twitter.com/dtownboxingprog.

Now in its 10th season, RACHAEL RAY is a daily, one-hour, syndicated show and among the top-ranked daytime programs on television and was the No. 1 syndicated strip launched in the 2006-07 season. RACHAEL RAY won the Outstanding Talk Show-Entertainment Emmy® in 2009 and 2008 and was nominated for one 2015 Daytime Emmy® award, five 2014 Daytime Emmy® awards, a 2013 Daytime Emmy® award, three 2012 Daytime Emmy® awards, two 2011 Daytime Emmy® awards, and three 2010 Daytime Emmy® awards. RACHAEL RAY is distributed and produced by CBS Television Distribution in association with Harpo Productions, Scripps Networks and Watch Entertainment. Janet Annino is the Executive Producer. CBS Television Distribution is a unit of CBS Corp.


Kristin Kellum

Source: Rite Aid

PAK’nSAVE donates $5,000 to the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation

Auckland, New Zealand, 2016-Jul-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — PAK’nSAVE has concluded its superhero-themed birthday celebrations by donating $5,000 to one of the country’s most important charities, the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation.

Throughout last week, the home of New Zealand’s lowest prices became the headquarters of Super Stickman and his sidekicks – all in the name of raising funds for very worthwhile cause.

Anyone who dressed up as a superhero and took their photo in-store with Super Stickman went into the draw to win a $1000 grocery gift card, and earned a donation for the Foundation.

Steve Bayliss, Group General Manager Marketing, Foodstuffs (NZ) Ltd, says the customer response was impressive, with a wide array of costumes worn in-store and photos uploaded to Facebook.

“As expected, our stores were visited by a lot of Superboys and Spidergirls, and it’s certainly brought a lot of colour and character to our aisles during these wintry school holidays,” says Bayliss.

“The most impressive entry, however, was that sent in by Sade Murray, who not only got dressed up herself but also got five kids in costume and to pose with Super Stickman.”

“As a result of this superhero effort, Sade has won the $1000 gift card from PAK’nSAVE, which she says will be used to feed the children she looks after through her home-based child care business.”

In addition, Bayliss says PAK’nSAVE will donate $5000 to the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation.

“This year’s birthday celebration was all about recognising the work the Foundation does to combat a disease that affects far too many Kiwis and their families.”

“While they may not see themselves as heroes, but in our view, just one life saved is an act of heroism, and hopefully our $5000 will go a little way towards helping the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation achieve just that.”

NZ Breast Cancer Foundation chief executive Evangelia Henderson says the $5000 donation will be used to support more of the work the Foundation does.

“This includes helping to fund research into breast cancer treatments, provide support services for those with the disease, and the ongoing promotion of breast cancer awareness.”

Foodstuffs North Island Support Centre (Auckland)
60 Roma Road, Mt Roskill, Auckland 1041
PO Box 27-480, Mt Roskill, Auckland 1440
DX Box CX 15021, Mt Roskill, Auckland 1440

Phone:+64 9 621 0600
Fax:+64 9 621 0601


PAK'nSAVE donates $5,000 to the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation
PAK’nSAVE donates $5,000 to the New Zealand Breast Cancer Foundation

Source: Foodstuffs North Island Limited

Foodstuffs North Island Limited appoints David Stewart as General Manager Merchandise

Auckland, New Zealand, 2016-Jul-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Foodstuffs North Island Limited has announced the appointment of David Stewart as General Manager Merchandise – a transition that follows six successful years as Chief Financial Officer with the co-operative.

Foodstuffs North Island’s CEO Chris Quin says Stewart has done an “outstanding job” as a CFO, first for Foodstuffs Auckland Ltd, and most recently Foodstuffs North Island.

“Our co-op is in excellent financial health,” says Quin. “Our auditors have confirmed to the board that the performance of our commercial operation’s team is right up there with the best, and there’s no doubt that David’s leadership has been a key factor in this.”

“We’re now entering an exciting time for the merchandise team, and under David’s direction we will continue to employ effective and integrated merchandise practices that will enrich our customer’s retail experience.”

“David’s strategic thinking, commercial acumen and strong leadership will be hugely beneficial in making shopping easier for customers, saving them time while innovating to provide inspiration about what to buy via the channel that’s most convenient for them.”

For his part, Stewart says he’s enjoying the shift in focus away from raw figures to consumer trends.

“In essence, my new role is all about ensuring we’re stocking the products our customers want,” says Stewart. “That means identifying early on where they may be shifting their spending habits to, and working with suppliers on new product innovations.”

“We know, for example, that shoppers are thinking more about healthy options and increasingly looking for products that have been sourced sustainably. We’ve got to respond to those demands while at the same time continuing to offer great value and range.”

Stewart’s appointment is effective immediately, though his last official duty as CFO won’t be until 11 August 2016, when he delivers the Foodstuffs North Island Group’s financial results at its AGM in Wellington.

In the meantime, the hunt is on for a new CFO for an organisation with more than $7.5bn in annual store sales, assets worth over $2.5bn, and current capital expenditure in excess of $100m.

“David Ison, currently the business’ Group Financial Controller, will be our acting CFO until the recruitment search is over. He has very strong financial expertise and has played a critical role in steering the financial integration of the legacy businesses.”

Quin praised outgoing GM Merchandise Baden Ngan Kee for his hard work and dedication.

“Under Baden’s leadership, the merchandise team has excelled, keeping on top of consumer trends and delivering innovative solutions across our banners at a time of increasing focus on e-commerce.”

Foodstuffs North Island Support Centre (Auckland)
60 Roma Road, Mt Roskill, Auckland 1041
PO Box 27-480, Mt Roskill, Auckland 1440
DX Box CX 15021, Mt Roskill, Auckland 1440

Phone:+64 9 621 0600
Fax:+64 9 621 0601

Source: Foodstuffs North Island Limited

Harris Teeter announces opening of its Falls Church, VA location on July 27, 2016

Matthews, NC, 2016-Jul-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Harris Teeter is proud to welcome shoppers to its West Broad location on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 at 8 a.m. as the company celebrates its grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony and in-store sampling.

In each of its stores, Harris Teeter strives to offer customers an excellent shopping experience, which begins with customer service and features high-quality products, variety and selection.  Harris Teeter also works to be a true community partner by supporting local schools and youth sports organizations, among other non-profit organizations.

Store Address West Broad
301 West Broad
Falls Church, VA 22046
Grand Opening Date Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Grand Opening Time 8 a.m., ribbon cutting, store open immediately following
Store Hours 24 hours/7 days a week
Pharmacy Hours Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sun. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Check-Out Lanes 10 checkouts and 8 express checkouts




Harris Teeter announces opening of its Falls Church, VA location on July 27, 2016
Harris Teeter announces opening of its Falls Church, VA location on July 27, 2016


Source: Harris Teeter

Hy-Vee, Inc. voluntarily recalls limited quantity of Hy-Vee No-Salt-Added Black Beans due to potential presence of plastic and/or metal pieces

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, 2016-Jul-22 — /EPR Retail News/ —  Hy-Vee, Inc., based in West Des Moines, Iowa, is voluntarily recalling a limited quantity of Hy-Vee No-Salt-Added Black Beans across its eight-state region due the potential presence of plastic and/or metal pieces within the product. The presence of small pieces of plastic and/or metal has the potential to cause a choking hazard and may cause adverse health consequences, including injury.

The voluntary recall is limited to 15-ounce cans of Hy-Vee No-Salt-Added Black Beans with the code “Best By 04 APR 2019 258F2 095 16 XXXX” and UPC number of 0075450105190. The product was sold at Hy-Vee stores in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin between April 22, 2016, and July 18, 2016.

To date, no injuries have been reported in connection with this product.

The potential for contamination was discovered after Faribault Foods, Inc., Hy-Vee’s supplier, announced it was issuing a recall after one consumer reported finding a partial ink pen in one container. The product was manufactured at the company’s Faribault, Minnesota, facility, which supplies several major retailers across the United States. Faribault Foods, Inc. has determined this to be an isolated incident.

Out of an abundance of caution, Hy-Vee is recalling the product from all of its stores. No other Hy-Vee food items are impacted by this recall.

Customers who purchased this product should discard it or return it to their local Hy-Vee store for a full refund.

Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating 240 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of $9.3 billion annually. Hy-Vee ranks among the top 25 supermarket chains and the top 50 private companies in the United States. Supermarket News, the authoritative voice of the food industry, has honored the company with a Whole Health Enterprise Award for its leadership in providing services and programs that promote a healthy lifestyle. For more information, visit www.hy-vee.com.

Consumers with questions may contact Hy-Vee Customer Care representatives 24 hours a day, seven days a week at 1-800-772-4098.

Source: Hy-Vee, Inc.

Barnes & Noble the most powerful retail brand in Tenet Partners’ 2016 Top 100 Most Powerful Brands Reports

New York, NY , 2016-Jul-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the nation’s largest retail bookseller and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today announced that it was named the most powerful retail brand in Tenet Partners’ 2016 Top 100 Most Powerful Brands Reports (www.tenetpartners.com). Tenet Partners is a leading brand innovation and marketing firm, and its annual study of approximately 10,000 consumers and influential business decision-makers found that Barnes & Noble’s brand familiarity is at its highest point since 2010, while the Company’s brand favorability remained constant year-over-year. Barnes & Noble ranked number 32 in the overall Top 100 list, a full 13 points ahead of the closest retail competitor and 22 points ahead of Amazon.

“Barnes & Noble is proud to be named the most powerful retail brand in America by Tenet Partners, which is a clear reflection of how important our bookstores are to consumers across the nation,” said Ron Boire, Chief Executive Officer of Barnes & Noble. “As a company we’re on the cutting edge of experiential retailing, providing our customers with experiences and products that no other retailer in their community can match. We’ve also got the best employees in retail and today’s acknowledgement is largely due to the hard work and dedication of our booksellers.”

In the 2016 Top 100 Most Powerful Brands report, Tenet Partners highlighted Barnes & Noble’s marketing and advertising efforts as a key driver of the Company’s brand power, including the highly successful “You Never Know Who You’ll Meet at Barnes & Noble” 2015 holiday advertising campaign featuring Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga.

The Company has also rolled out several successful events in 2016 including its B-Fest teen book festival (BN.com/B-FEST) and an expanded Summer Reading Program (BN.com/SummerReading), and is currently mid-way through its annual Get Pop-Cultured with Barnes & Noble celebration (BN.com/getpop-cultured). Additionally, stores nationwide will host Harry Potter “Countdown to Midnight Magic” parties on July 30 at 8 p.m. in preparation for the release of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child on July 31 at midnight, which the Company expects to be its biggest book of the year (BN.com/harrypotterevents).

Barnes & Noble also recently announced it would open four new concept stores in Fiscal 2017, complete with a new restaurant featuring an expanded menu along with a beer and wine offering. In addition to opening the first new store in Eastchester, NY, this October, the Company plans to open stores at the Edina Galleria in Edina, MN, at the Palladio in Folsom, CA, and at One Loudoun in Ashburn, VA.

For more information on everything that’s happening at Barnes & Noble, visit BN.com or follow Barnes & Noble on Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and Facebook.

About Barnes & Noble, Inc.
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) is a Fortune 500 company, the nation’s largest retail bookseller, and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products.  The Company operates 640 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s premier e-commerce sites, BN.com (www.bn.com).  The Nook Digital business offers a lineup of popular NOOK® tablets and eReaders and an expansive collection of digital reading and entertainment content through the NOOK Store®. The NOOK Store features more than 4 million digital books in the US (www.nook.com), plus periodicals and comics, and offers the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices through Free NOOK Reading Apps™ available for Android™, iOS® and Windows®.

General information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be obtained by visiting the Company’s corporate website at www.barnesandnobleinc.com.

Barnes & Noble®, Barnes & Noble Booksellers®, Barnes & Noble.com® and Discover Great New Writers® are trademarks of Barnes & Noble, Inc. or its affiliates. NOOK® and the NOOK logos are trademarks of Nook Digital, LLC or its affiliates.

For more information on Barnes & Noble, follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Tumblr, and like us on Facebook. For more information on NOOK, follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook.


Mary Ellen Keating
Senior Vice President
Corporate Communications
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
(212) 633-3323

Alan McNamara
Senior Director
Corporate Communications
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
(212) 633-3379

Source: Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Bar-S Foods Company of Altus, Okla. recalls 372,684 pounds of chicken and pork hot dog and corn dog products

WASHINGTON, 2016-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Bar-S Foods Company, an Altus, Okla. establishment, is recalling approximately 372,684 pounds of chicken and pork hot dog and corn dog products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. The ready-to-eat, chicken and pork hot dog and corn dog items were produced on July 10, 11, 12, and 13, 2016. The following products are subject to recall:

  • 16-oz/1-lb. packages of “BAR-S Classic BUN LENGTH Franks MADE WITH CHICKEN, PORK ADDED” with “Use By” date of 10/11/2016 and case code 209.
  • 12-oz. packages of “BAR-S CLASSIC Franks MADE WITH CHICKEN, PORK ADDED” with package code 6338, “Use By” date of 10/10/2016 and case code 6405.
  • 24-oz./1.5-lb. cartons of “SIGNATURE Pick 5 CORNDOGS – 8 Honey Batter Dipped Franks On A Stick” with a “Use By” date of 4/6/2017 and case code 6071.
  • 42.72-oz./2.67-lb. cartons of “BAR-S CLASSIC CORN DOGS – 16 Honey Batter Dipped Franks On A Stick” with “Use By” dates of 4/7/2017 and 4/8/2017 and case code 6396.
  • 48-oz./3-lb. cartons of “BAR-S CLASSIC CORN DOGS – 16 Honey Batter Dipped Franks On A Stick” with package code 14054, “Use By” dates of 4/6/2017 and 4/9/2017, and case code 14038.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. P-81A” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations nationwide.

Bar-S Foods notified FSIS’ Dallas District Office on July 19, 2016, of its intention to recall five chicken and pork hot dog and corn dog products that could potentially be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. The firm has not received test results forListeria monocytogenes in connection with the recalled products, but due to recurring Listeria species issues at the firm, it has decided to remove the products from commerce as a precautionary measure. There have been no confirmed reports of illnesses or adverse reactions due to consumption of these products.

Consumption of food contaminated with L. monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a serious infection that primarily affects older adults, persons with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women and their newborns. Less commonly, persons outside these risk groups are affected.

Listeriosis can cause fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. An invasive infection spreads beyond the gastrointestinal tract. In pregnant women, the infection can cause miscarriages, stillbirths, premature delivery or life-threatening infection of the newborn. In addition, serious and sometimes fatal infections in older adults and persons with weakened immune systems. Listeriosis is treated with antibiotics. Persons in the higher-risk categories who experience flu-like symptoms within two months after eating contaminated food should seek medical care and tell the health care provider about eating the contaminated food.

FSIS and the company are concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase.

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers.

Members of the media with questions regarding the recall can contact Manuel Rivera, Bar-S Foods’ Vice President of Marketing, at 1-888-241-6102. Consumers with questions regarding the recall can call the Bar-S Foods Consumer Hotline at 1-888-965-6134.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day


USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline
1-888-MPHOTLINE or visit www.fsis.usda.gov

Wash hands with warm, soapy water before and after handling raw meat and poultry for at least 20 seconds. Wash cutting boards, dishes and utensils with hot, soapy water. Immediately clean spills.

Do not eat hot dogs, luncheon meats, bologna or other deli meats unless reheated until steaming hot.

Do not eat refrigerated paté, meat spreads from a meat counter or smoked seafood found in the refrigerated section of the store. Foods that do not need refrigeration, like canned tuna and canned salmon, are safe to eat. Refrigerate after opening.

Do not drink raw (unpasteurized) milk and do not eat foods that have unpasteurized milk in them.

Do not eat salads made in the store, such as ham salad, chicken salad, egg salad, tuna salad or seafood salad.

Do not eat soft cheeses, such as Feta, queso blanco, queso fresco, Brie, Camembert cheeses, blue-veined cheeses and Panela, unless it is labeled as made with pasteurized milk.

Use precooked or ready-to-eat food as soon as you can. L. monocytogenes can grow in the refrigerator. The refrigerator should be 40º F or cooler and the freezer 0º F or colder Use an appliance thermometer to check the temperature of your refrigerator.

USDA Recall Classifications
Class I This is a health hazard situation where there is a reasonable probability that the use of the product will cause serious, adverse health consequences or death.
Class II This is a health hazard situation where there is a remote probability of adverse health consequences from the use of the product.
Class III This is a situation where the use of the product will not cause adverse health consequences.


Congressional and Public Affairs
Maria Machuca
(202) 720-9113

Source: USDA

Carphone Warehouse: Sales of Powerbank units up 60% since launch of Pokémon Go

London, 2016-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Carphone Warehouse accessory sales of portable Powerbanks saw a 60% increase over the weekend, indicating herds of Pokémon trainers headed to stores to avoid running out of phone battery at critical moments on their quest to catch Pokémon.

Stores in Devon and Cornwall saw the biggest increase in sales, suggesting many Pokémon trainers were hitting the coast at the weekend to enjoy the weather whilst continuing to try and ‘catch ‘em all’. Carphone Warehouse is offering the Kit Powerbank 2,000mAh for just £9.99 or the more powerful PNY 4,400mAh Powerbank for just £12.99 which will provide another full charge.

For customers looking for a plan to include more data to continue their quests, Carphone Warehouse is offering two data heavy SIM Only deals online, from iD and O2:

  • iD – 30-day plan £15/mth for 6GB, 2000 minutes, 5000 texts
  • O2 – 12mth plan £18/mth for 10GB, on O2 Unlimited min, Unlimited text

Steve Bell, Commercial Marketing Director at Carphone Warehouse commented: “Pokémon Go fever has gripped the nation and it’s easy to see why. You can have all the tips, cheats and shortcuts in the world but you’ll never catch ‘em all if your battery runs out.

“Pokémon Go inevitably drains battery life as it uses the camera, GPS and data connection at the same time. Turning on the phone’s power-saver mode will definitely help but having a charger or a power pack in your back pocket to revive your phone battery is a must-have for all true fans.”

For further information on Carphone Warehouse’s accessories range please head to https://www.carphonewarehouse.com/accessories.html

About Dixons Carphone:
Dixons Carphone plc is Europe’s leading specialist electrical and telecommunications retailer and Services Company, employing over 40,000 people in 9 countries.

Focused on helping customers navigate the connected world, Dixons Carphone offers a comprehensive range of electrical and mobile products, connectivity and expert after-sales services from the Geek Squad and Knowhow.

Dixons Carphone’s primary brands include Carphone Warehouse, Currys and PC World in the UK and Ireland, Elkjøp, El Giganten, Gigantti and Lefdal in the Nordic countries, Kotsovolos in Greece, Dixons Travel in a number of European airports and Phone House in Germany, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and Sweden. Our key service brands include Knowhow in the UK, Ireland and the Nordics, Geek Squad in the UK, Ireland and various other European markets.

Business-to-business services are provided through Connected World Services, PC World Business and Carphone Warehouse Business. Connected World Services aims to leverage the Group’s existing expertise, operating processes and technology to provide a range of services to businesses.

For more information about Dixons Carphone plc, please visit www.dixonscarphonegroup.com

Follow us on Twitter: @DixonsCarphone

Please contact Carphone Warehouse Press Office at M&C Saatchi PR for further information:
Gabriella Smith Gabriella.Smith@mcsaatchi.com
Imogen Turner Imogen.Turner@mcsaatchi.com
Press Office carphonewarehouse@mcsaatchi.com

For further information:

Dixons Carphone Brunswick
Hannah Collyer, Head of Media Relations Rachael Layfield/Helen Smith
07834 256775 020 7404 5959

Source: Dixons Carphone

The Save Mart Companies: Marie Callendar’s product voluntarily recalled

Modesto, CA, 2016-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — The following Marie Callendar’s product is being voluntarily recalled out of an abundance of caution because it may be potentially contaminated with E. coli.

Product Name UPC Size Best By Date
Marie Callendar’s Cheese Biscuit Mix 7596814015 7oz 3/22/17 & 5/17/17

The Save Mart Companies has received no reports of health complaints linked to this product. Customers who purchased any of the above listed products with matching UPC and impacted date codes may bring the unused portion to the store where the product was purchased for a full refund.

Customers who have additional questions should contact Joanna Fraire of International Commissary Corporation at 408-792- 3123, Monday through Friday, from 9 AM to 4 PM Pacific, or contact The Save Mart Companies Customer Care at (800) 692-5710.

Source: Foodmaxx

Southern California-based Food 4 Less to support after-school education programs

LOS ANGELES, 2016-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Southern California-based Food 4 Less is pleased to announce that it is raising funds at the checkstands in its supermarkets to support after-school education programs. In addition, the supermarket chain’s Foods Co Division is collecting donations for after-school programs.

Food 4 Less and Foods Co customers and associates can support after-school programs through the supermarket chain’s nonprofit arm, The Food 4 Less/Foods Co Fund, by donating their spare change in collection canisters located at the checkstands in their neighborhood Food 4 Less stores in Southern California and greater Chicago, and Foods Co supermarkets in Central and Northern California. The after-school program fund-raising campaign will run from July 20 through October 11, 2016.

“The support of after-school programs is an important cause to Food 4 Less, Foods Co and our customers,” said Bryan Kaltenbach, president of Food 4 Less/Foods Co. “By simply donating their spare change into the donation canisters located at each checkstand in our stores, Food 4 Less and Foods Co customers will be able to make a huge difference in supporting after-school programs that inspire and empower young people in our communities.”

Together with their customers, Food 4 Less and Foods Co contributed more than $70,000 in 2015 to programs focused on educating our youth, including after-school enrichment programs, in communities served by Food 4 Less stores in Southern California and the greater Chicago area, and those served by Foods Co stores in Central and Northern California.

About Food 4 Less
Headquartered in Los Angeles, Food 4 Less operates 131 price-impact, warehouse-format supermarkets under the banners Food 4 Less in Southern California, Illinois and Indiana, and Foods Co in Central and Northern California. Last year, Food 4 Less and Foods Co combined to contribute more than $4 million to support education, hunger relief, women’s health and local nonprofit organizations. Food 4 Less is a subsidiary of The Kroger Co., (NYSE:KR), one of the nation’s largest grocery retailers, headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. For more information about Food 4 Less, please visit our website at www.food4less.com.


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Corporate Switchboard
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Southern California-based Food 4 Less to support after-school education programs
Southern California-based Food 4 Less to support after-school education programs


Source:  The Kroger Co.


Ralphs Grocery Company to raise funds to support after-school education programs in Southern California

LOS ANGELES,, 2016-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ralphs Grocery Company is pleased to announce that it is raising funds to support after-school education programs in Southern California.

Ralphs customers and associates can support after-school programs through the supermarket chain’s nonprofit arm, The Ralphs Fund, by donating their spare change in collection canisters located at the checkstands in their neighborhood Ralphs supermarket. The After-School Education Program fundraising campaign will run from July 20 through October 11, 2016.

“Ralphs’ commitment to education goes back to the very beginning of our company,” said Donna Giordano, president of Ralphs Supermarkets. “We are continuing that commitment today. Our checkstand canister fundraising program and the generosity of our customers and associates allow us to provide support to numerous youth development organizations as well as a broad range of after-school and physical education programs.”

Together with its customers and associates, Ralphs contributed more than $150,000 in 2015 to programs focused on educating our youth, including after-school enrichment programs, in Southern California communities served by Ralphs stores.

Ralphs Grocery Company was founded in 1873 and currently operates 198 supermarkets from its headquarters in Los Angeles. Last year, Ralphs contributed more than $6 million to support education, hunger relief, women’s health and local nonprofit organizations in the communities served by the company’s stores. Ralphs is a subsidiary of The Kroger Co., (NYSE:KR), one of the nation’s largest food retailers, based in Cincinnati, Ohio. For more about Ralphs, please visit our web site at www.ralphs.com.


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Ralphs Grocery Company to raise funds to support after-school education programs in Southern California
Ralphs Grocery Company to raise funds to support after-school education programs in Southern California


SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

Taco Bell statement regarding Hepatitis A outbreak on Oahu, Hawaii

IRVINE, Calif, 2016-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — On July 1, The Hawaii State Department of Health announced a Hepatitis A outbreak on Oahu. This week, the Department of Health confirmed that an employee of one our franchisees has tested positive for Hepatitis A.

Ensuring the health and wellbeing of customers and team members is our highest priority, and we and our franchisee are taking this matter very seriously. The employee is on medical leave for the time being and all employees have been re-trained and re-certified on our strict hand-washing, glove, food safety, and illness policies. We and our franchisee are following all protocols established by the Department of Health, and we will continue to work closely with them to protect the health of the public.

Taco Bell Corp., a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc., (NYSE: YUM), is the nation’s leading Mexican-inspired quick service restaurant. Taco Bell serves made to order and customizable tacos, burritos, and specialties such as the exclusive Doritos® Locos Tacos, gourmet-inspired Cantina Power® Menu, lower calorie Fresco options and is the first QSR restaurant to offer American Vegetarian Association (AVA)-certified menu items. Taco Bell Breakfast offers portable, classic items such as the A.M. Crunchwrap, Biscuit Taco and signature breakfast burritos. The company encourages customers to “Live Más,” both through its food and in ways such as its Feed The Beat® music program and its nonprofit organization, the Taco Bell® Foundation™. Taco Bell and its more than 350 franchise organizations have nearly 6,000 restaurants across the United States that proudly serve more than 40 million customers every week.

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Public relations inquiries please call 949-863-3915 or e-mail at media@tacobell.com

Source: Taco Bell


Gossau, Switzerland, 2016-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Heute kennt es in der Schweiz jedes Kind: Das Birchermüesli. Bis es aber zur Mischung von Getreide und frischen Früchten kam, dauerte es seine Zeit. Wir sind der Geschichte des Birchermüeslis auf die Spur gegangen.

Bereits seit mehr als zweitausend Jahren ernährt sich der Mensch auch zum Frühstück von Getreide und dessen Erzeugnissen. Schon 400 vor Christus empfiehlt ein griechischer Arzt einen “Brei aus Getreideschrot” zur Erhaltung der Gesundheit. Die Idee, das Getreide mit frischen Früchten und Milchprodukten anzureichern, ist aber noch nicht so alt: Erst 1900 stellte ein junger Schweizer Arzt das Rezept im Rahmen seiner Ernährungslehre vor. Sein Name: Maximilian Oskar Bircher-Benner.

Von den Alpen in die Welt

Der Legende nach soll Dr. Bircher-Benner das Müesli nicht selber erfunden haben. Vielmehr hat er es auf einer Bergwanderung in einer Alphütte von einer freundlichen Sennerin serviert bekommen. Und hat das Gericht, auf welches das Hirtenvolk schon länger schwörte, direkt in seine Gesundheitslehre integriert. Am Anfang nannte er seine Entdeckung noch «d Spys». Von der Schweiz aus setzte das inzwischen nach ihm benannte Birchermüesli schliesslich zu seinem Siegeszug in die ganze Welt an.

Zutaten im Wandel

Die entscheidende Frage ist: Was macht denn ein Birchermüesli aus? Was muss drin sein, damit ein Müesli den Namen Bircher tragen darf?

Im Originalrezept setzt Dr. Bircher-Benner auf eine Mischung aus Hafer, Äpfel, Nüssen, Zitronensaft und gezuckerter Kondensmilch. Heute ist man bei der Zubereitung freier. Es existieren deshalb unzählige Rezepte und jeder Koch und jede Köchin hat eigene Geheimtipps und Vorlieben. Grundsätzlich aber enthält ein Birchermüesli eine Art von Getreide, meist frische Früchte und ein Milch- oder Milchersatzprodukt, das die Mischung sämig macht. Ist doch ganz simpel, oder?

Wenn sie doch lieber nach Rezept mischen: http://saison.ch/de/basiskochen/birchermuesli/




Source: Migros

ConAgra Foods expands voluntary recall of P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Brand products

WASHINGTON, 2016-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — ConAgra Foods is expanding a voluntary recall of P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Brand products due to the potential presence of small metal fragments (2-9 mm) in the sugar used in the sauce. This voluntary action is being undertaken because of impacted sugar from a supplier.

Foodborne foreign objects that are not hard and sharp and less than or equal to 7 mm in length may cause minor injuries such as temporary reflexive choking and irritation of the gastrointestinal system. There have been no reports of adverse reactions or injuries due to consumption of these products to date.

An initial recall was issued on July 7, 2016 after a ConAgra employee observed metal fragments while dispensing sugar from a supplier for a P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Brand sauce ingredient. On July 14, 2016, ConAgra Foods was notified by the supplier of additional production lots of sugar that were impacted, such that the initial recall needed to be expanded to include additional P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Brand meals.

Products covered by this recall were distributed in the U.S., specific product names and information are listed below. No other ConAgra Foods are impacted by this recall and these products are not served in P.F. Chang’s restaurants. Meals in P.F. Chang’s restaurants are made fresh every day and in every restaurant.

Item Description UPC MFG/Lot Code Best By Date
P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Brand Signature Spicy Chicken 22 oz 31000-67023 Original: 5006616500
Original: June 8, 2017
Additional: May 26, 2017
P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Brand Mongolian Style Beef 22 oz 31000-67000 Original: 5006617400
Original: June 17, 2017
Additional: June 1, 2017
P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Brand
Beef with Broccoli 22 oz
31000-67001 5006616100 June 4, 2017
P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Brand
Shrimp Lo Mein 22 oz
31000-67005 5006616700 June10, 2017
P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Brand
Sweet & Sour Chicken 22 oz
31000-67006 5006616000 June 3, 2017
P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Brand
General Chang’s Chicken 22 oz
31000-67007 5006616000 June 3, 2017
P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Brand
Garlic Chicken
with Dan Dan noodles 22 oz
31000-67008 5006616500 June 8, 2017
P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Brand
Grilled Chicken Teriyaki
with Lo Mein Noodles 22 oz
31000-67010 5006616700 June 10, 2017

Consumers who have purchased these items are advised not to consume them and return them to the store where originally purchased. ConAgra Foods is cooperating with both the FDA and USDA on this recall and is working with customers to ensure the packages are removed from store shelves and are no longer distributed. Consumers with questions should call our Consumer Affairs hotline at 1-800-252-0634, open 9 am through 7 pm CDT, Monday through Friday.

Consumer Affairs hotline

Kristine Mulford

Source: USDA

Agave Dream of Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA recalls 389 cases Cappuccino Ice Cream

WASHINGTON, 2016-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Agave Dream of Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA is recalling 389 cases Cappuccino Ice Cream because it has the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

Product was distributed across the United States through retail stores receiving product from KeHE Romeoville, Illinois warehouse, DPI NW, Americold L.A., IWI Franklin Indiana warehouse, Haddon House Richburg, SC.

Recalled product is Agave Dream Cappuccino ice cream pints packed in a brown paper pint size container with “Agave Dream” printed front of carton with Best By date 07/04/17, UPC 899349002048.

No illnesses have been reported to date.

The recall is the result of a routine sampling by the state of WA which revealed that the finished products contained the bacteria. The company has ceased the production and distribution of the product as FDA and the company continue their investigation as to what caused the problem.

Consumers who have purchased Agave Dream Cappuccino ice cream with “Best By” date 07/04/17 are urged to return it to the place of purchase for a full refund. Consumers with questions may contact the company at 866-993-4438 or agavedream@sbcglobal.net. Monday – Saturday, 9am PST – 5pm PST.

Agave Dream


Agave Dream of Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA recalls 389 cases Cappuccino Ice Cream
Agave Dream of Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA recalls 389 cases Cappuccino Ice Cream


Source: USDA

Starbucks launches handcrafted Teavana® Shaken Iced Teas in stores across Mexico

Seattle, 2016-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks today unveiled its handcrafted Teavana® Shaken Iced Teas in more than 500 Starbucks stores across Mexico.

With tea consumption in the country expected to increase 16.7% between 2015 and 2018, according to a report by Euromonitor International, the launch of Teavana tea beverages in stores is an opportunity for Starbucks to meet customers’ growing interest in specialty teas.

“The tea category in Mexico is well positioned for innovation and rapid growth,” said Marc Branet, director for Starbucks Mexico. “Just as Starbucks pioneered a new retail experience for coffee and espresso, the expansion of the Teavana experience here in Mexico provides the opportunity to do the same with more consumers looking for a unique and personalized tea experience.”

Teavana® Shaken Iced Teas are freshly brewed from high-quality pure teas and botanicals. Starbucks baristas carefully handcraft each iced tea, which is shaken at least 10 times to help ensure all the ingredients are quickly chilled and mixed perfectly to bring out their distinct flavors. Starbucks customers in Mexico can enjoy Teavana® Shaken Iced Teas in two bold and refreshing flavors.

Teavana Iced Strawberry Green Tea Lemonade
Developed exclusively for the Mexico market, this beverage is made with freshly brewed iced Teavana® green tea, which is lightly sweetened with a strawberry sauce, classic syrup and a splash of lemonade.

Teavana Iced Mango Black Tea Lemonade
This beverage is a blend of freshly brewed premium black tea, mango, a hint of sweet passion fruit, and a splash of lemonade. It is also available in the United States, Canada and Europe.

Following the launch of Teavana® Iced Tea this summer, Starbucks Mexico will add a selection of Teavana’s handcrafted hot tea beverages to enjoy in stores or at home in the fall.

In addition to Mexico, a select number of stores in Guatemala, Costa Rica, Panama, El Salvador, Aruba, Curaçao and Puerto Rico, are now offering Teavana® Iced Tea.

Additional markets in Latin America and the Caribbean will begin carrying Teavana iced and hot tea beverages later this year.

Media contact:

Phone: 206 318 7100
Email: press@starbucks.co


Starbucks launches handcrafted Teavana® Shaken Iced Teas in stores across Mexico
Starbucks launches handcrafted Teavana® Shaken Iced Teas in stores across Mexico


Source: Starbucks

Starbucks in Kuala Lumpur partners with The Society of Interpreters for the Deaf open store to provide jobs for Deaf partners

Seattle, 2016-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — A Starbucks in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, looks like many other stores in the region. Baristas are handcrafting beverages with the rich aroma of coffee lingering in the air. However, when customers reach the counter to order a drink, they’ll notice something different. Instead of calling out beverage orders, baristas use sign language.

Berjaya Starbucks Coffee Company Sdn. Bhd. (“Starbucks Malaysia”) in collaboration with The Society of Interpreters for the Deaf (SID), are opening a store dedicated to providing employment opportunities for Deaf partners (employees). Located in the busy Bangsar Village II shopping mall, the store is the first-of-a-kind for Starbucks globally.

“We are proud to support people with disabilities through fulfilling work to create a culture of empowerment and to bring new perspectives to the workplace, which ultimately makes us a better company,” said Sydney Quays, managing director, Starbucks Malaysia. “We have a rich history of creating opportunities for underrepresented groups and our aim is to raise public awareness of the value people with disabilities bring to the workplace and to enrich the lives of many more Deaf partners.”

Related: GIFs: American Sign Language Words to Describe Coffee

In an effort to provide a better career path and sense of belonging for Deaf partners, Starbucks selected SID to help develop the store. Founded in 1990, SID strives to enable the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community an opportunity for equal rights and access to information and communication.

“We are proud to be working with Starbucks to provide job opportunities for Deaf people,” said Alvin YM Wong, Chairman of the Society of Interpreters for the Deaf (SID), Selangor and Federal Territory, Malaysia. “Through Starbucks, these Deaf partners are trained and empowered to move forward in their careers, which will give them a sense of pride and accomplishment in the long run.”

SID provided Starbucks with two sign language interpreters to translate during hiring, training and coaching for Deaf partners. They will also teach sign language to hearing partners at the store.

Finding a Rewarding Career
The store employs 10 Deaf partners and three hearing partners including store manager Evonne Lo, who joined Starbucks three years ago.

“When I first heard of this initiative, I immediately signed up for the position and the challenge,” said Lo. “I think it will be a truly rewarding experience.”

Lo will be supported by Mohammad Aizad Bin Ariffin, a Deaf partner who will serve as the store’s shift manager.

“Since I joined Starbucks three years ago as a barista, my goal has been to become Starbucks Malaysia’s first Deaf store manager and after my recent promotion to shift manager, I’m well on way to achieving this dream,” said Ariffin. “It’s an incredible feeling to share my journey and help develop other Deaf partners.”

Building the Store Experience
The Bangsar Village II Starbucks provides a welcome environment for Deaf and hearing customers alike. It is equipped with a Starbucks Card kiosk to enable visitors to check their card balance and rewards before requesting drinks and food items on a Starbucks order ticket. Baristas will key in the order, which is displayed on a point-of-sale dual screen, so customers can see that the order is accurate. Customers then collect their beverages and food when their order number is displayed on a large screen above the pick-up counter.

Starbucks Malaysia’s commitment to excellence in the workplace has resulted in recognition as a leading employer by several prominent organizations. The company received Employer of Choice by the Malaysia HR Awards 2015, Best Companies to Work for in Asia 2015 by HR Asia and Best of the Best Award, Malaysia’s Best Employer 2015 by Aon Hewitt.

Media contact:

Phone: 206 318 7100
Email: press@starbucks.co


Starbucks in Kuala Lumpur partners with The Society of Interpreters for the Deaf open store to provide jobs for Deaf partners
Starbucks in Kuala Lumpur partners with The Society of Interpreters for the Deaf open store to provide jobs for Deaf partners


Source: Starbucks

Tesco announces the appointment of Jane Lawrie as Group Communications Director

CHESHUNT, England, 2016-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco is pleased to announce that Jane Lawrie will join the Executive Committee as Group Communications Director from 10 October 2016.

Jane has over 25 years’ experience of corporate, financial, colleague and digital communications, and will be joining from Coca Cola, where she leads European public affairs and communications. She has significant experience in advising businesses on trust and corporate reputation, including previous roles at Diageo and Boots the Chemist.

Dave Lewis, Tesco Group Chief Executive, said:
“We’re really pleased to welcome Jane to Tesco. Over the last eighteen months we’ve made good progress in restoring trust in our brand and our business, and Jane will help to continue this improvement. She has huge expertise and experience, as well as extremely strong values. We’re really looking forward to having her in the team.”

We are a team of 480,000 in 11 markets dedicated to serving shoppers a little better every day.

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on
01707 918 701


Tesco announces the appointment of Jane Lawrie as Group Communications Director
Tesco announces the appointment of Jane Lawrie as Group Communications Director

Source: Tesco

Carolina Reaper the hottest chilli pepper in the world goes on sale exclusively at Tesco

CHESHUNT, England, 2016-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — The world’s hottest chilli pepper, the Carolina Reaper, will go on sale today at Tesco stores across the UK.

  • Carolina Reaper is the world’s hottest chilli pepper
  • It’s now being commercially grown in the UK for the first time ever
  • It goes on sale exclusively at Tesco stores across the UK from tomorrow

Lovers of extreme hot food – you have been warned!

If you thought the notorious Komodo Dragon – a chilli pepper launched last year by Tesco – was hot stuff then just wait till you try the Carolina Reaper which goes on sale at the supermarket tomorrow.

It’s officially the hottest chilli pepper in the world according to the Guinness Book Of Records, measuring an average 1.5 million Scoville units*.

However another independent test is reported to have recorded the heat level of the Carolina Reaper – which is being commercially grown in Bedfordshire – at an incredible, mouth numbing 2.2 million Scovilles.

To give some idea of the phenomenal heat – it is about more than 400 times hotter than a jalapeno, the chilli pepper commonly used on spicy take away or supermarket made pizzas.

Tesco chilli pepper buyer Phoebe Burgess said:

“The Carolina Reaper is absolute meltdown material – it’s one for absolute hot food connoisseurs.

Despite it being astonishingly hot it also has a wonderful fruity taste. Only a sliver is needed to add exciting flavour to your favourite curry.

“Last year the Komodo Dragon became our most popular chilli pepper ever and since then we’ve been inundated with requests from customers to see if we could go one better and thanks to the fantastic growing skills of our chilli producer we’ve done that.”

The Carolina Reaper is being grown by the UK’s largest producer of chilli peppers, Salvatore Genovese whose seven acre farm is based in Blunham, Bedfordshire.

Salv, as he is known , only started growing chilli peppers 15 years ago after he took over his parents’ cucumber business.

Since then chilli peppers have become so popular that Salv now grows about one million, or 15 tonnes, each week just to satisfy UK demand.

Salv said:

“Chilli pepper culture has become very popular in the UK over the last five years and on the back of the acclaim I’ve received from supplying Tesco I now get requests from all over the world.

“The fantastic success of the Komodo Dragon proved that Brits are among the world’s greatest lovers of chilli peppers.

“But I wonder if the Carolina Reaper will test British palates just a touch too much?”

Tesco has become well known for its top of the heat range chilli peppers and over the last few years has stocked the Trinidad Scorpion, Bhut Jolokia and Bedfordshire Super Naga.

The Carolina Reaper will be on sale in more than 130 Tesco stores across the UK and will cost £1 for a packet containing two to three chilli peppers.

Note to editors:

The level of heat in a chilli pepper is measured in Scoville units. The Komodo Dragon, which is also on sale again this year at Tesco, has a 1.4 million Scoville heat rating.

The Carolina Reaper will be sold as part of Tesco’s new Komodo Dragon brand of super-hot chilli peppers and will be marked with a blue flash label.

We are a team of 480,000 in 11 markets dedicated to serving shoppers a little better every day.

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on
01707 918 701


Carolina Reaper the hottest chilli pepper in the world goes on sale exclusively at Tesco
Carolina Reaper the hottest chilli pepper in the world goes on sale exclusively at Tesco


Source: Tesco

Kindle launches Singles Classics — for hard-to-find and long-lost articles and stories written by iconic authors

SEATTLE, 2016-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — (NASDAQ: AMZN)—Today, Kindle announced the launch of Singles Classics—a way to make iconic articles, stories and essays from well-known authors writing for top magazines and periodicals available in digital form, many for the first time. Readers can now enjoy easy access to hard-to-find and long-lost articles and stories written by some of their favorite authors. Singles Classics are priced from $0.99 and available for free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers.

Launching with more than 140 essays and stories, Singles Classics includes works from writers like Susan Orlean, Norman Mailer, Gloria Steinem,Lawrence Wright, Margo Jefferson, Gay Talese and Chang-rae Lee, and short stories from best-selling authors like John le Carré and Kurt Vonnegut. Singles Classics features memorable work originally published in celebrated magazines like TIME, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Esquire, The Atlantic and Playboy. From magazine cover stories that defined a generation, to award-winning articles that challenged the status quo and short stories by revered writers, Singles Classics pays tribute to the lasting power of the written word.

“Some writing is meant just for the moment, but much of it—the best of it—is worth reading and rereading,” said New York Times best-selling author Susan Orlean. “Singles Classics finally gives us a way to enjoy those timeless pieces. As a reader, I’m thrilled to have access to the stories that mattered the most to me and ones that I somehow missed the first time around. As a writer, this is a really exciting innovation. It’s a chance to revitalize past work, to introduce it to today’s readers, and to give it both new immediacy and a true permanence.”

“Today’s readers might never have the opportunity to discover great works like Ron Rosenbaum’s ‘The Secrets of the Little Blue Box,’ Marcelle Clements’ ‘The Dog Is Us’ or TIME Magazine’s legendary 1966 cover story ‘Is God Dead?,’” said David Blum, Editor of Kindle Singles. “With Singles Classics, we are making these seminal works easy to find and afford – by a student writing a term paper or by readers in search of short works by the writers they love.”

Kindle Singles launched in 2011 to showcase great fiction and nonfiction between 5,000 and 30,000 words – compelling ideas expressed at their natural length. Now with Singles Classics, readers have access to the articles and stories that have shaped decades of conversation and thought.

With Singles Classics, writers and publishers sell their previously published work via Kindle Direct Publishing, which will earn them up to 70% royalties from the sale of every copy and allow them to retain the rights to their work.

Customers can download and read Singles Classics on their Kindle E-readers, Fire Tablets, and the free Kindle app for iOS, Android, PC and Mac. To learn more about how Kindle helps you read anything, anytime, anywhere

About Amazon
Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon.

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Macy’s announces new Thalia by Leonisa collection of intimates

NEW YORK, 2016-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Macy’s today announced that international superstar Thalia Sodi, whose eponymous fashion and accessories line is sold exclusively at the retailer, has expanded into the intimates category, offering a range of chemises, robes and pajamas that inspire women to feel glamorous and comfortable. In addition to sleepwear, the new Thalia by Leonisa collection of shapewear and bras flatter and highlight women’s curves in a celebration of self-love and confidence.

“My collection is all about bold and exciting items that make women feel strong and confident, but also comfortable as they lead their dynamic lives,” said Thalia Sodi. “Intimates were a natural next step for the line. The pieces make women feel sexy and alluring, and it’s just for them, not anyone else.”

With slinky wrap robes, flirty negligees and cozy pajama sets, the Thalia Sodi intimates line is rendered in a diverse color palette, ranging from classic black and ivory hues to soft pastels, coquettish florals and jewel tones, with the beloved iconic cheetah print also appearing throughout the assortment. A bridal narrative is also told through the collection, with chemise and robe matching sets in gorgeous ivory and blush shades, as well as feminine floral and leaf print motifs. Delicate lace trim and appliques, along with dainty bow embellishments lend an ethereal bent to the collection, while subtle slits and cutouts elevate the sensual air of the more tantalizing pieces. The sets can also be broken up to mix-and-match for even more options, and the pieces need not be limited to the boudoir—layer a blazer over a slip paired with jeans to partake in the hot lingerie as ready-to-wear trend of the moment.

“The Thalia Sodi line for Macy’s inspires the idea of easy glamour,” said Marc Mastronardi, Macy’s EVP/GMM – Center Core. “The ‘throw on and go’ sensibility of the collection is modern, beautiful and resonates with women everywhere, and we’re thrilled to extend this into the realm of intimates for our customers.”

The Thalia by Leonisa shapewear and bras are designed to accentuate the body and enhance a woman’s natural shape. The collection of contouring bras, bodysuits, briefs, shorts, leggings, arm shapers and waist trainers will provide smoothness and support to help women look and feel amazing in their wardrobe favorites. Comfort remains a priority throughout the line, with multi-way straps, thoughtful seaming and flat enclosures ensuring that the wearer can go through her day and night fabulously with ease.

The Thalia Sodi intimates line ranges in price from $27 to $54 and will be available this month, while Thalia by Leonisa will retail from $25 to $80 and will be available in August. Both will be sold exclusively in Macy’s stores and on macys.com.

About Macy’s
Macy’s, the largest retail brand of Macy’s, Inc. (NYSE:M), delivers fashion and affordable luxury to customers at approximately 734 locations in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and Guam, as well as to customers in the U.S. and more than 100 international destinations through its leading online store at macys.com. Via its stores, e-commerce site, mobile and social platforms, Macy’s offers distinctive assortments including the most desired family of exclusive and fashion brands for him, her and home. Macy’s is known for such epic events as Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks® and the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®, as well as spectacular fashion shows, culinary events, flower shows and celebrity appearances. Macy’s flagship stores — including Herald Square in New York City, Union Square in San Francisco, State Street in Chicago, and Dadeland in Miami and South Coast Plaza in southern California — are known internationally and are leading destinations for visitors. Building on a more than 150-year tradition, and with the collective support of customers and employees, Macy’s helps strengthen communities by supporting local and national charities giving more than $69 million each year to help make a difference in the lives of our customers.

For Macy’s media materials, including images and contacts, please visit our online pressroom at macys.com/pressroom.

Media Relations:

Julie Strider Fukami

Billy Dumé,646-429-7449


Thalia Sodi has expanded her Macy’s collection with a line of intimates. Thalia Sodi Animal Cupped Chemise, $36.98, exclusively in Macy’s stores and on macys.com (Photo: Business Wire)
Thalia Sodi has expanded her Macy’s collection with a line of intimates. Thalia Sodi Animal Cupped Chemise, $36.98, exclusively in Macy’s stores and on macys.com (Photo: Business Wire)


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Opti fitness range now available at Argos

Milton Keynes, UK, 2016-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — If you’re keen to shed a few pounds or simply tone up ahead of your eagerly-anticipated summer holiday, but can’t justify the expense of the gym, then the Opti fitness range is now available at Argos and is the perfect choice.

Opti has everything you need to complement and enhance your fitness routine from neoprene dumbbells to wrist and ankle weights.

Opti plans to build on this initial launch and introduce a wider range of fitness and sports products, including powered fitness from the end of this year, in time to help customers with their New Year fitness resolutions.

Tom Coles, Brand Manager for Opti said: “Whether you want to run faster, feel fitter or try a new sport, Opti helps you reach your personal best. We want to encourage people to realise the benefits of doing a little bit more every day whether walking in the park, cycling or taking an exercise class.

Physical activity is a vital part of a healthy lifestyle, so anything that can help more people become more active, more often is a fantastic step in the right direction. Busy modern lives make it more difficult for many people to make the active choice so it’s great to see the Opti range making it easier for individuals to get active.”

For further information about Opti Fitness visit www.argos.ie

About Argos
Argos is Ireland’s leading general merchandise retailer and provides a unique offer of choice and convenience. It sells general merchandise and products for the home from 40 stores in the Republic of Ireland and around 700 stores in the UK.

Argos opened its first stores in the Republic in January 1996 in Limerick and Dublin; there is now an Argos catalogue in approximately three quarters of all Irish homes.  Argos is already one of the largest retail employers in the country with around 1,100 employees. In 2005, Argos launched its Irish website, www.argos.ie, which now has over 25,000 products online.

For more information, please contact Aoife Sweeney, PR Manager, Argos Republic of Ireland on email: aoife.sweeney@argos.co.uk Follow us on Twitter @ArgosIreland_PR


Opti fitness range now available at Argo
Opti fitness range now available at Argo


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Auntie Anne’s® kicks off its fifth annual in-store fundraising campaign to support Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

LANCASTER, Pa., 2016-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Auntie Anne’s®, the world’s largest hand-rolled soft pretzel franchise, today announced the start of its fifth annual in-store fundraising campaign to support Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF). Between now and September 11, 2016, the famed pretzel twisters hope to raise more than $500,000 to help fund childhood cancer research.

Guests who visit Auntie Anne’s during the fundraising window can show their support in the fight to end childhood cancer by purchasing paper pretzel ribbon icons for $1. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the ribbons will be donated to ALSF. As a token of appreciation to guests who help “give hope” via the ribbon campaign, Auntie Anne’s will provide a $1 off coupon for their next purchase of any pretzel product or drink.

“From the start, Auntie Anne’s has been rooted in a culture of caring for others. Auntie Anne and Jonas Beiler founded the company in 1988 to raise funds for a family counseling center that they later opened, and this tradition of giving back continues today with our amazing Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation partnership,” said Heather Neary, president of Auntie Anne’s. “We are proud and honored to partner with ALSF and support the mission of the foundation’s founder, Alex Scott – a cure for childhood cancer.”

Both based in Southeastern Pennsylvania and known for their lemonade, Auntie Anne’s and ALSF began their partnership in 2011. Since then, Auntie Anne’s has helped ALSF raise more than $2.4 million through in-store fundraising campaigns, coin canisters, local events, and the annual Auntie Anne’s C.A.R.E.S. Charity Golf Tournament. These donations have funded more than 48,000 hours of cancer research.

About Auntie Anne’s®:
At its more than 1,600 locations around the world, Auntie Anne’s mixes, twists and bakes pretzels from scratch all day long in full view of guests. Auntie Anne’s can be found in malls, outlet centers, and Walmarts, as well as in non-traditional spaces including universities, airports, travel plazas, amusement parks, and military bases. In addition, it has extended the brand onto retailers’ shelves and also serves as a distributor for fundraising products. Available at select retailers nationwide, pretzel fans can enjoy Auntie Anne’s prepare-at-home products, from frozen Classic and Cinnamon Sugar Soft Pretzels and Pretzel Nuggets, to frozen Pretzel Dogs and Pretzel Pocket Sandwiches, to a versatile Pretzel Baking Kit. For more information, visit www.auntieannes.com, or follow on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

About Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004). In 2000, 4-year-old Alex announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. Since Alex held that first stand, the Foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement, complete with thousands of supporters across the country carrying on her legacy of hope. To date, Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a registered 501(c)3 charity, has raised more than $120 million toward fulfilling Alex’s dream of finding a cure, funding over 550 pediatric cancer research projects nationally. For more information on Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, visit AlexsLemonade.org.

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Auntie Anne’s® kicks off its fifth annual in-store fundraising campaign to support Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation
Auntie Anne’s® kicks off its fifth annual in-store fundraising campaign to support Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation


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Inditex announces the launch of mobile payment in all of the its retail brands’ stores in Spain from September

Arteixo, Spain, 2016-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Inditex’s shareholders met today at the company’s headquarters in Arteixo for the Annual General Meeting.  During the meeting, Pablo Isla, the Group’s chairman and chief executive, reviewed Inditex’s earnings performance for 2015, noting that revenue and profits reached €20.9 billion and €2.89 billion, respectively, leading to a dividend payout of €0.60 per share. He also noted that the Group’s store count has now exceeded 7,000 across 88 markets with an online presence in 29 of those markets.

During his presentation, Mr Isla announced the launch of mobile payment in all of the Group’s stores in Spain from September. This new customer offering will be made available within the online apps of all eight of Inditex’s retail brands (Zara, Pull&Bear, Massimo Dutti, Bershka, Stradivarius, Oysho, Zara Home and Uterqüe), as well as via a new Inditex app, InWallet, which shoppers will be able to use to pay for purchases made in any of the Group’s stores in Spain. In both instances, the service will enable online and offline receipts, facilitating the elimination of paper receipts.

The new service has been designed to enhance the shopping experience and aims to significantly simplify the purchase and returns process. Customers can activate the service directly from the online app, adding the payment cards they want to use on the account in a safe and secure way.

The app has been developed entirely in-house by Inditex, as part of the Group’s efforts to continually upgrade technology to improve the overall customer experience. In the same vein, Mr Isla also noted the status of the RFID technology rollout across all Zara stores, which is on track for completion by the end of this year and due to be rolled out in the rest of the Group’s brands starting next year.

2,000 garment recycling containers in Spain

During his presentation, Inditex’s chairman also emphasized the progress made over the past four years through the Group’s 2011-2015 Environmental Strategy Plan. Specifically, he highlighted the following milestones:

  • Traceability of the production supply chain and monitoring initiatives throughout the Group’s supply chain, from raw material procurement to the end of the garments’ useful life.
  • Significant growth in the use of more sustainable raw materials.
  • Pioneering the implementation of environmental sustainability procedures for wet processes (dyeing and washing).
  • Development of the eco-efficient store model, which has already been implemented in 3,700 Group stores.

Building on this progress, Mr Isla unveiled Inditex’s new 2016-2020 Environmental Strategy Plan, which further builds on the circular economy model in all phases of the product cycle.

One of the initiatives outlined by Mr Isla includes the development of Inditex’s collection, reuse and recycling programme for end-of-life garments. In September, Zara will implement a scheme for free at-home collection of used clothing when delivering online orders. This pilot test – which is being conducted in collaboration with the Spanish charity Cáritas and transportation firm Seur – will initially trial in Madrid with the aim of gradually introducing the scheme all over Spain.

In addition, Inditex will install between 1,500 and 2,000 garment collection containers in Spain’s main cities, also in collaboration with Cáritas. The charity will sort the clothing to further the garment’s life through its distribution channels or allow for recycling for the development of new textile raw materials. Inditex will donate €3.5 million over two years to this project, which will also encompass the modernisation of Cáritas’s garment sorting and treatment plants. In parallel, Inditex will also place new containers throughout its stores, adding to the existing network, in order that all its bricks and mortar stores in Spain will have a container by September.

Research into and development of cutting-edge recycling technologies

In addition, as part of the Group’s commitment to the circular economy model, it continues to work hard to support the development of textile recycling technology for the creation of new raw materials.

As part of this, Inditex has signed an agreement with Lenzing, the Austrian producer of the plant-based sustainable textile fibre Lyocell TENCEL, for the manufacture of premium textile raw materials from textile waste generated by Inditex.

Throughout the project, Inditex will provide Lenzing with fabric for recycling into new materials. The pilot will start with a contribution of around 500 tonnes of textile waste, with the aim of raising this to around 3,000 tonnes within a few years. This is enough fabric to enable Lenzing to produce around 48 million garments.

Inditex is also championing research into technology for the creation of new textile fibres from recycled garments together with MIT and specific Spanish universities.

Group growth
During the presentation to shareholders, Pablo Isla also emphasised the Group’s sharp growth in all geographies, the progress made within the integrated offline-online store model and the pace of job creation in 2015, a year in which Inditex created 15,800 new jobs, some 4,120 of which were in Spain. In his closing remarks, Pablo Isla referred to Inditex as a people-centred company focused on creative talent, community investment and a sustainable growth strategy.

The company’s shareholders also ratified the 2015 financial statements, the re-election of Flora Pérez Marcote as a member of the Board of Directors and the appointment of Baroness Denise Kingsmill CBE as an independent director.


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Inditex announces the launch of mobile payment in all of the its retail brands' stores in Spain from September
Inditex announces the launch of mobile payment in all of the its retail brands’ stores in Spain from September


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Whole Foods Market announces the opening of its newest store in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on Tuesday, July 26

BROOKLYN, N.Y., 2016-Jul-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market, the nation’s leading natural and organic foods supermarket, is thrilled to announce the opening of its newest store on Tuesday, July 26 at 9 AM in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (238 Bedford Ave.). The highly anticipated Williamsburg store will be Brooklyn’s second Whole Foods Market location, featuring a vast selection of new and exclusive goods from favorite local vendors. Opening day will kick off with the company’s traditional bread breaking ceremony at 8:45 AM followed by an array of tastings, vendor samplings, sales, and giveaways!

In line with Whole Foods Market’s commitment to the local community, the Williamsburg store has named the Brooklyn Public Library as the 5% Community Giving Day Partner. The Brooklyn Public Library will receive 5% of the store’s sales from opening day to benefit the library’s eco-learning programs before the 2018 opening of its Greenpoint Library and Environmental Education Center. Additionally, Whole Foods Market Gowanus will also be donating 5% of its sales on July 26th to the Library.

To give shoppers something more to be excited about, Whole Foods Market Williamsburg is partnering with Brooklyn-based natural colorist and fashion designer Audrey Louise Reynolds to giveaway a custom, one-of-a-kind tote bag to the first 250 shoppers on opening day. Dubbed as the “fashion world’s artisanal fabric dyer” by The New York Times, Reynolds will also be launching her line of sustainable dyes (ALR Dyes) within the store’s Whole Body department.

Social media savvy shoppers should keep an eye on the store’s various channels (@wfmbrooklyn) for giveaways with local favorite, PINTRILL. Whole Foods Market Williamsburg has partnered with the pop-culture savvy pin company to create two pins featuring an Avocado Toast and a Kale Tattoo made exclusively for the store opening. To purchase these pins, simply visit PINTRILL.com or the company’s flagship location in the area.

At 51,000 square feet, Whole Foods Market Williamsburg will be providing local residents with a vast and unparalleled selection of high quality natural and organic goods, in addition to a variety of unique dining and first-to-market store innovations. All products meet the retailer’s strict quality standards.

“Having lived in and around Williamsburg for the last decade, I’m thrilled to be opening a Whole Foods Market in the neighborhood my family and I call home,” said Store Team Leader, Sam Baris. “The team has put a lot of thought and hard work into creating a store that really caters to the diverse community, and we hope that’s apparent in everything from the store’s design and prepared food offerings to each and every single product on shelves.”

Whole Foods Market recently announced the vast variety of in-store venues that will make up the “WFM Food Hall.” Specifically, shoppers can expect to find some of New York City’s most beloved and up-and-coming favorites such as Luke’s Lobster’s Tail Cart, No. 7 Veggie, and East Coast Poke. Neighborhood favorite OddFellows Ice Cream Co. will be offering shoppers a rotating menu of its seasonal flavors served from its signature ice cream cart. Paying homage to Williamsburg’s storied roots, the retailer is also introducing a new venue concept called N4—a restaurant and tap room offering an all-natural take on the traditional Jewish delicatessen. N4 will feature an array of exclusive wines on draft from Red Hook Winery, craft cocktails featuring New York state liquors, and menu items such as Fried Matzo Balls, Pastrami Hash & Egg, and Portobello Pastrami.  The store will also offer, Layered, a breakfast and snack concept focused on vegan and paleo options, and classic prepared food offerings including pizza, sushi, coffee, juice and other daily chef-made creations.

In addition, every department will be featuring an unrivaled selection of premium and locally sourced goods and first-to-market innovations. For a full list of product exclusives, go here.

  • Grocery: With so many amazing local producers in Brooklyn, it’s no wonder that this store is filled with new and exclusive products such as an all-butter, ready-to-bake frozen pie crust from Four & Twenty Blackbirds, artisanal waffle cones from The Konery, Vista Hermosa corn tortillas made fresh daily at Tacombi Flatiron, and freshly milled flours available in the Bulk section from Brooklyn Bread Lab and Maine Grains.
  • Produce: There will be a variety of ways to improve the way you shop for produce at the Williamsburg store. Baldor Specialty Foods will launch a digital kiosk giving shoppers the opportunity to special order unique culinary items typically only available to the metro area’s top chefs. Gotham Greens will be introducing fresh pesto, available in both classic and vegan varieties, plus fresh Thai and Purple Basil. Gotham Greens will also introduce “Ugly Greens,” greens and herbs that are slightly imperfect on the outside and perfectly delicious on the inside. To help further reduce food waste and generate additional revenue for farmers, the store will be introducing an “Imperfect Produce” program, offering customers the opportunity to purchase select “cosmetically-challenged” produce at a lower price.
  • Bakery: The Williamsburg store will house an in-store bakery creating breads, cakes, pastries and more! In addition, it will be a new home to Roberta’s array of baked goods and pastries, including a sunflower spelt loaf and their incredibly popular and delicious sticky buns.  The store will also be using flour provided by the Brooklyn Bread Lab to create a variety of new and exclusive items.
  • Meat: Shoppers can rest assured knowing that all meat sold in stores were raised to the retailer’s strict standards and have been certified to the 5-Step™ Animal Welfare Rating System. Get to know the skilled butchers behind the counter who can cut to order and help you choose the best meat for your occasion based on your budget. As a special feature to this location, shoppers can expect a full and expanded variety of ready-to-cook meat items.
  • Seafood: Whether you’re interested in sustainably caught wild seafood or Responsibly Farmed, Whole Foods Market’s fishmongers have the freshest, highest quality seafood. Fans of ceviche will be pleased to know that they can choose their choice of fish and the store’s knowledgeable fishmongers will add the marinade.
  • Specialty: In addition to some of the finest cheeses sourced locally, domestically and from around the world, the Williamsburg location will be offering five new cheeses from Crown Finish Caves, based out of Crown Heights. Beer aficionados can rejoice as Brooklyn Brewery will be launching a special “West coast-style” IPA called Area 291 specifically for this opening. Transmitter Brewing will also be launching a hoppy, Belgian-style ale called WF-1 that will be packaged in single, 25 oz. bottles with a cork. Coffee enthusiasts can enjoy the exclusive “Williamsburg” blend from local favorite Toby’s Estate, roasted specially for preparation as a cold brew.
  • Whole Body: The department will feature a variety of products sourced from local vendors including fun food pun cards designed by artist Jenny Acosta, as well as additional personal care and beauty items with top-of-the-line natural and organic ingredients, nutritional supplements, herbal remedies, and baby care items.

For additional information and future announcements, please visit the store’s social media channels: Facebook.com/wholefoodsbrooklyn  and Twitter & Instagram @wfmbrooklyn


Michael Sinatra
551.574.8031 (cell)

Jessica Ventura
212.829.0002 ext.104

Source: Whole Foods Market

Whole Foods Market and PBS KIDS to bring “Wild Kratts” inspired products to stores across the U.S.

AUSTIN, Texas , 2016-Jul-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market is partnering with PBS KIDS’ top-rated show, “Wild Kratts,” to bring series-inspired products to stores across the U.S.

Beginning this month, Whole Foods Market will offer a variety of new products, including: Wild Kratts Organic Creature Crackers, Wild Kratts Creature Power Multi-Vitamin Gummies, Wild Kratts Foaming Body Wash, Wild Kratts Bubble Bath and Wild Kratts Insulated Lunch Totes. These back-to-school products will be easily recognizable to fans and will include images of “Wild Kratts” characters Aviva, Chris, Martin—and some of their animal friends. Items in the “Wild Kratts” line will range in price from $3.99 to $9.99.

“We are very excited to be partnering with a brand like ‘Wild Kratts,’ which is dedicated to getting children excited to learn about animals and their habitats,” said Brianna Blanton, brand manager for Whole Foods Market’s store brands. “Our goal is to bring the contagious energy of this animal-centric show to our shelves for our young shoppers and their families to enjoy.”

In “Wild Kratts,” Chris and Martin Kratt travel the world on creature adventures and teach viewers about the unique animals they encounter. They explain basic physics, biology and chemistry topics while developing observation and investigation skills.

“The partnership between Wild Kratts and Whole Foods Market is a truly natural one.” Says Chris Kratt, creator, producer and co-star of Wild Kratts and co-founder of The Kratt Brothers Company. “Whole Foods Market is a leader in delivering the kind of wholesome, healthy products that can sustain any active ‘creature adventurer’ young or old!”

“Wild Kratts” is a favorite among 6- to 8-year-olds in 180 countries and is broadcast in 18 different languages. In 2016, the TV series was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for “Outstanding Writing in an Animated Program,” which was its fifth Emmy nomination since the show debuted in January 2011. “Wild Kratts,” produced by The Kratt Brothers Company and 9 Story Media Group, airs daily on PBS.


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Audrey Louise Reynolds debuts her sustainable dyes at Whole Foods Market Williamsburg opening July 26, 2016

BROOKLYN, N.Y., 2016-Jul-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dubbed “the fashion world’s artisanal dyer,” by The New York Times, Audrey Louise Reynolds is making her sustainable dyes available for purchase for the first time ever at Whole Foods Market Williamsburg (238 Bedford Ave.), opening Tuesday, July 26, 2016 at 9:00AM. ALR Dyes, which Reynolds’ makes by hand in her Red Hook, Brooklyn studio will come in orange, yellow, pink, grey, and ecru.

“I am overjoyed to be making my natural dyes available to the public,” said Audrey Louise Reynolds, designer and owner of ALR. “It’s a process that I’ve always loved and I’m so excited to see what people create with my colors whether it be families, budding fashion designers or home décor enthusiasts.”

In addition to selling her dyes, Reynolds has created a custom, one-of-a-kind tote bag that will be given away on opening day to the first 250 shoppers at Whole Foods Market Williamsburg. The bags, which are Fair Trade Certified, are unique in their make-up and craftsmanship, with each one treated with sustainable and natural ingredients to soften, texturize and color the recycled cotton. Reynolds begins the process by washing the tote bags with mineral and ocean water. The bags are then hand dyed in rainwater and a mix of ALR pigments. No two will be alike, and their individuality will be further solidified when each one is hand-signed, stamped and numbered by Reynolds herself.

Outside of Whole Foods Market, fans of Reynolds’ designs can find her signature hand-dyed t-shirts available for purchase at any of Bird’s three Brooklyn boutiques. In conjunction with the new store opening, both Bird and Whole Foods Market are committing to donate a percentage of sales to the Brooklyn Public Library. Specifically, 5% of sales from Whole Foods Market Williamsburg and Gowanus on July 26, and all proceeds from sales of a special-edition t-shirt by ALR, available at Bird, will be donated. The partnership will be highlighted with a special book and floral ALR, Whole Foods Market, and Brooklyn Public Library window display at Bird’s Williamsburg location (203 Grand St.).


Michael Sinatra
551.574.8031 (cell)

Jessica Ventura
212.829.0002 ext.104

Source: Whole Foods Market


Audrey Louise Reynolds debuts her sustainable dyes at Whole Foods Market Williamsburg opening July 26, 2016

Audrey Louise Reynolds debuts her sustainable dyes at Whole Foods Market Williamsburg opening July 26, 2016

JCPenney launches new back-to-school multimedia marketing campaign

PLANO, Texas , 2016-Jul-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — This back-to-school season, JCPenney has curated the best assortment of trend-right apparel, shoes and accessories so every kid can start the new school year with a look that’s #SoWorthIt. “So You. So Worth It” is the inspirational tagline behind the Company’s new back-to-school multimedia marketing campaign, debuting July 24. And to help make back-to-shopping even easier, the Company has launched a redesigned JCPenney mobile app which offers a simplified shopping experience, as well as expanded its ‘Buy Online, Pick Up In Store Same Day’ option to all stores nationwide. Over 150,000 items on jcp.com are now available for same-day pick up at any JCPenney store, giving customers a head start on their back-to-school shopping lists.

“Back-to-school represents a fresh start and an opportunity for Mom to prepare her kids for the new school year ahead. She wants her kids to feel confident and the key to doing that is to let them be themselves. At JCPenney, we have the styles and trends that allow kids to best express their personalities – and all at budget-friendly prices,” said Mary Beth West, chief customer and marketing officer for JCPenney. “Our marketing campaign and promotions will be aimed squarely at the modern American mom, who will be planning multiple shopping trips to take advantage of great savings, must-have styles and convenient digital experiences that make JCPenney worth shopping the entire back-to-school season.”

JCPenney continues to emphasize customer value by offering a range of promotions throughout the popular back-to-school shopping period. The retailer is kicking off the season with its “Power Penney Days” this week, showcasing a variety of $3, $5, $7 and $9 deals on key items, along with various “buy one, get one” for a penny offers on brands found only at JCPenney.

On July 22 and 23, JCPenney shoppers will be greeted with an envelope containing a coupon worth $10 off $10, $20 off $20, or $100 off $100 or more purchase, while supplies last. Additionally, on July 23 and Aug. 7, JCPenney store associates will surprise and delight customers by giving away a limited quantity of colorful, “penny” notebooks. The notebook will include a back-to-school checklist that highlights all the clothing and gear kids need, along with a coupon that Mom can use up to six times throughout the season.

Kids ages 12 and under can take advantage of $10 haircuts now through the end of August at all jcp salons and the Salon by InStyle. To complete the back-to-school look, eyeglasses for kids ages 16 and under are available for $39.99 at all JCPenney optical locations.

Hot trends for teen girls heading back to school include Victorian lace, corduroy skirts, varsity sweaters and babydoll dresses while teen guys will see plaids, hoodies, jogger pants and moto jackets dominate their new school year style. The back-to-school shop on jcp.com features these top looks and more in an easy-to-shop format. To provide even more shopping inspiration, JCPenney has created “Outfits You’ll Love,” found on jcp.com, featuring eight stylish pieces that can be mixed into two week’s worth of outfits for each school-age group.

JCPenney is the ultimate shopping destination when it comes to back-to-school trends, with the styles and brands that students want and the quality and value Moms deem #SoWorthIt. Here are just a few examples:

  • Denim must-haves: A new school year is synonymous with a new pair of jeans and JCPenney has the latest denim trends including flare, skinny, destructed, high-waisted, patchwork and jegging to get the school year started in style. With top brands such as Levi’s®, The Original Arizona Jean Company® and Total Girl®, kids and teens will find the brands, sizes and fashion to fit their personalities.
  • Always active: For kiddos on the move, JCPenney has a huge assortment of active wear from key brands including Xersion™, City Streets® and Nike®. Xersion and Nike are now available for preschoolers in select JCPenney stores and jcp.com, allowing even the youngest students to dress just like the big kids.
  • New kicks: JCPenney has the shoes to help any kid put their best foot forward with popular brands such as Nike, Converse® and Vans®. Brand new this year, Xersion athletic shoes for boys and girls are perfect for playing kickball during recess or just hanging out with friends.
  • Special sizes: Complementing the vast selection of plus and husky sizes for kids available in stores and at jcp.com, JCPenney is expanding its new juniors plus size assortment for the new school year. Teen girls who are seeking the latest trends to fit curvier figures will find even more fashion and athleisure choices in juniors plus apparel from Decree®, Arizona and City Streets.
  • School uniforms: JCPenney continues to be the year-round headquarters for school uniforms, offering polos, pants, shorts, skirts, sweaters and more from IZOD® and Arizona in stores. A vast selection of special size uniforms can be found in stores, with an expanded selection at jcp.com from IZOD, Arizona and French Toast®.
  • Dorm shop: For college-bound students, the Dorm Shop at JCPenney has everything they need to make a dorm room feel like home, such as extra-long bedding from Home Expressions™ and IZOD, small appliances from Cooks by JCPenney Home™ and Keurig® and colorful décor.
  • Inspire imagination: The Disney® shop inside JCPenney helps little ones get a magical start to the new school year. Lunchboxes, backpacks and pencil boxes feature some of Disney’s most popular characters from Finding Dory, Frozen, Sofia the First, Cars and Toy Story, to name a few

JCPenney is connecting with millions of tech-savvy teens as the exclusive retail sponsor of Full screen Live’s annual “Girls Night In” national tour. Featuring some of YouTube’s top fashion, performance and lifestyle gurus, Alisha Marie, Niki & Gabi DeMartino, Alyson Stoner and Jessie Paege, these popular vloggers have a combined fan base of over 20 million followers. During the 24-city national tour, the girls will perform an interactive variety show with games, sketches, contests, musical and dance performances, and even custom JCPenney styling sessions with lucky members of each audience. JCPenney stores in Phoenix, Denver and Seattle will host three events where a Girls Night In star will participate in a Q&A session, discuss fashion trends and showcase her favorite back-to-style looks, found only at JCPenney. During the last stop, the Girls Night In social media stars will take over the JCPenney Snapchat account giving followers exclusive behind-the-scenes access.

JCPenney is expanding its 20-year partnership with the YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) this back-to-school season by donating $1, up to $250,000, for every pair of Arizona jeans sold now through Sept. 2. This donation will support the Y’s academic achievement programs, which helps kids across the country reach their full potential. JCPenney will also host a back-to-school community event at a local Y branch in Los Angeles, offering an Arizona denim bar, complimentary haircuts, optical exams, entertainment, games and more. Separately, JCPenney Cares, a 501(c)3 public charity, will support the Y with an additional $250,000 donation.

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For back-to-school trend images, please visit the Back-to-School 2016 look book:

About JCPenney:
J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE:JCP), one of the nation’s largest apparel and home furnishings retailers, is on a mission to ensure every shopping experience is worth the customer’s time, money and effort. Whether shopping jcp.com or visiting one of over 1,000 store locations across the United States and Puerto Rico, customers will discover a broad assortment of products from a leading portfolio of private, exclusive and national brands. Supporting this value proposition is the warrior spirit of over 100,000 JCPenney associates worldwide, who are focused on the Company’s three strategic priorities of strengthening private brands, becoming a world-class omnichannel retailer and increasing revenue per customer. For additional information, please visit jcp.com.

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PREIT announces the grand opening of Primark at its Willow Grove Park Mall in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA, 2016-Jul-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — PREIT (NYSE: PEI) today announced the grand opening of Primark, a leading European fashion retailer, at its Willow Grove Park Mall in the Philadelphia suburb of Willow Grove, PA. This is the second Primark location in the Philadelphia region and the fifth in the Northeastern United States.

Primark is one of the largest clothing retailers in Europe, offering up-to-the-minute styles at value-for-money prices. This new location will occupy 58,300 square feet space previously occupied by Sears  on the second and third floors of the southwest side of the mall. Focused on fashion, value and customer service, the retailer’s newest store will feature 59 fitting rooms and 47 registers, recharge areas, as well as a trend room, elevating the shopper experience for PREIT’s Willow Grove Park customers with added convenience and innovative experiences.

With a range of fashion products – including womenswear, menswear, children’s apparel, home goods and beauty products – Primark Willow Grove is a leading example of PREIT’s commitment to diversifying its tenant mix and welcoming contemporary anchor stores to its portfolio.

“Retailers like Primark, delivering fashion and value that is limited to the brick-and-mortar format, are in high demand in today’s retail environment, meeting the evolving needs of consumers.  New anchors, along with a unique roster of retailers, diverse dining, entertainment and experiential offerings are the keys to success in today’s mall setting,” said Joseph F. Coradino, CEO of PREIT. “By capitalizing on our concentration in sought-after markets, like Philadelphia, our properties attract new and exciting merchants, of which Primark’s second Philadelphia location is a prime example.”

As consumer shopping behaviors continue to fuel the evolution of the mall, PREIT is differentiating the shopper experience by bringing new, diversified tenants to its properties. Over the past several years, the company has focused on strategic anchor redevelopment, enhancing its portfolio quality with the addition of niche retailers and “retailtainment” offerings.  Earlier this year, PREIT executed a lease to bring DICK’s Sporting Goods and Field & Stream to its Viewmont Mall in Scranton, PA, as well as Round 1 Entertainment – offering billiards, ping pong and bowling – at its Exton Square Mall. Additionally, the company announced the development of a LEGOLAND Discovery Center at the Plymouth Meeting Mall, marking one of nine locations in the country and the only one in the state.

A grand opening for Willow Grove Park Mall’s Primark store will be held this morning. Primark currently has 312 stores in 11 countries.

PREIT (NYSE:PEI) is a publicly traded real estate investment trust specializing in the ownership and management of differentiated shopping malls. Headquartered in Philadelphia, Pa., the company owns and operates over 25 million square feet of retail space in the eastern half of the United States with concentration in the Mid-Atlantic region’s top MSAs. Since 2012, the company has driven a transformation guided by an emphasis on balance sheet strength, high-quality merchandising and disciplined capital expenditures. Additional information is available at www.preit.com, on Twitter or LinkedIn.

Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains certain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements relate to expectations, beliefs, projections, future plans, strategies, anticipated events, trends and other matters that are not historical facts. These forward-looking statements reflect PREIT’s current views about future events, achievements or results and are subject to risks, uncertainties and changes in circumstances that might cause future events, achievements or results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements.  Important factors that might cause future events, achievements or results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by PREIT’s forward-looking statements include those discussed in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015 in the section entitled “Item 1A. Risk Factors.”  PREIT does not intend to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect new information, future events or otherwise.

Heather Crowell
SVP, Corporate Communications and Investor Relations
(215) 454-1241