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.

CONTACTS:

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

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

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

PREPARING PRODUCT FOR SAFE CONSUMPTION

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.

Contact:

Congressional and Public Affairs
Maria Machuca
(202) 720-9113
Press@fsis.usda.gov

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.

Contact:

Call Center
(Open Mon. – Fri. 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. EST)

1-866-221-4141

Mail
The Kroger Co.
Customer Relations
1014 Vine Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202-1100

Corporate Switchboard
(513) 762-4000

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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.

Contact:

Call Center
(Open Mon. – Fri. 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. EST)

1-866-221-4141

Mail
The Kroger Co.
Customer Relations
1014 Vine Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202-1100

Corporate Switchboard
(513) 762-4000

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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.

ABOUT TACO BELL® CORPORATION
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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MEDIA RELATIONS

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

Source: Taco Bell

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
Additional:
5006615200
Original: June 8, 2017
Additional: May 26, 2017
P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Brand Mongolian Style Beef 22 oz 31000-67000 Original: 5006617400
Additional:
5006615800
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.

Contacts:
Consumers:
Consumer Affairs hotline
1-800-252-0634

Media:
Kristine Mulford
kristine.mulford@conagrafoods.com
312-549-5522

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.

Contact:
Consumers
Agave Dream
agavedream@sbcglobal.net
1-866-993-4438

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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 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:

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

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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

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

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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

Carrefour launches Apple Pay at its stores in France

Boulogne-Billancourt, FRANCE, 2016-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ —Starting on 19 July 2016, Carrefour customers will be able to use Apple Pay – a new easy, secure and private way to pay – at hypermarkets, supermarkets and convenience stores operating under the Carrefour banner in France.

New service for a richer customer experience

Apple Pay is a new easy, secure and private way to pay for one’s shopping. Carrefour Banque is also offering this new service to its 2.5 million customers in France. MasterCard PASS holders are among the first customers to be able to use this service in France – they can now pay for their shopping quickly and easily while taking advantage of the Carrefour loyalty programme.

The new service will be available immediately in Carrefour hypermarkets and supermarkets, and is being rolled out across convenience stores in France.

Apple Pay’s launch marks another milestone in the deployment of Carrefour’s innovative strategy, together with further evidence of its commitment to providing its customers with a simplified, seamless and practical shopping experience.

With Apple Pay, there is no longer any need to fumble around for change or a debit or credit card. Once customers have added their MasterCard PASS card to Wallet, simply hold the top of their iPhone near the contactless reader while keeping a finger on Touch ID, with Apple Watch, double-click the side button then hold the display of the device up to the reader. There is no need to switch on the screen or open an app – the amount is displayed automatically and payment is authorized using Touch ID.

Security and privacy is at the core of Apple Pay. When you use a credit or debit card with Apple Pay, the actual card numbers are not stored on the device, nor on Apple servers. Instead, a unique Device Account Number is assigned, encrypted and securely stored in the Secure Element on your device. Each transaction is authorized with a one-time unique dynamic security code.

Apple Pay is easy to set up and users will continue to receive all of the rewards and benefits offered by credit and debit cards. In Carrefour stores in France, Apple Pay works with iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and later, iPhone SE and Apple Watch.

Online shopping in apps accepting Apple Pay is as simple as the touch of a finger with Touch ID, so there’s no need to manually fill out lengthy account forms or repeatedly type in shipping and billing information. When paying for goods and services within apps, Apple Pay is compatible with iPhone SE, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPad Air 2, iPad mini 3, iPad mini 4 and iPad Pro.

For all request about the Carrefour Group (sales, financial results, governance, international,…), please contact the Carrefour Group media relations office:

. By phone:

Switchboard: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 00

For journalists: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 17

. By e-mail: presse_groupe@carrefour.com

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Carrefour launches Apple Pay at its stores in France
Carrefour launches Apple Pay at its stores in France

 

Source: Carrefour

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.

Media Hotline:
206-266-7180
Amazon-pr@amazon.com

Source: Amazon.com, Inc.

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

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

 

Source: Argos

 

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.

Media Contact:

Chas Kurtz
Public Relations Manager
ckurtz@auntieannes.com
(717) 435-1561

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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

 

Source: Auntie Anne’s

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.

Contact:

Communication and Corporate Affairs Division
Edificio Inditex
Avda. de la Diputación s/n
15143 – Arteixo
A Coruña – ESPAÑA

Tlf: +34 981 185 400
Fax: +34 981 185 544
comunicacion@inditex.com

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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

 

Source: Inditex

GGP launches new parking app powered by INRIX

CHICAGO, 2016-Jul-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today GGP announced a new tool to give shoppers visibility into parking availability at its properties using historical and real-time data to predict parking accessibility. By using heat maps enabled by GPS data to show open parking spaces closest to shoppers’ favorite stores or restaurants, the industry-first parking feature provides shoppers with added convenience and solves one of their most pressing problems.

“Mall traffic continues to rise, and during peak shopping seasons, such as holiday and back to school, parking continues to be one of the largest pain points,” said Scott Morey, executive vice president of technology and marketing at GGP. “We’re always looking for opportunities to incorporate technology into our retail real estate to elevate the shopping experience. Providing more options for parking and promoting valet services are two ways we’re freeing up parking spaces for our shoppers. Combined with our new technology, our solutions are leading the way in providing mall shoppers with convenient and reliable parking.”

As shopping center traffic continues to increase and technology plays a larger role in the consumer experience, GGP is focused on creating new and innovative digital experiences that provide convenience, support and personalized engagement to its shoppers. According to a recent survey by the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), approximately threequarters (75 percent) of American adults went to a mall at least once in the past three months and approximately two-thirds (66 percent) of Americans use mobile devices while shopping in store. GGP’s first-to-market parking feature is the first in a series of updates planned to create digitally-enabled experiences at its properties.

“Technology, and specifically mobile, continues to play an important role in every shopper’s journey and GGP remains committed to leveraging it to provide shoppers with a more convenient, engaging and relevant experience,” said GGP chief executive officer, Sandeep Mathrani. “Parking is the very first and very last engagement we have with our shoppers. We see great potential in our ability to develop innovative digital tools that create quality shopping experiences.”

To instantly view parking availability, shoppers simply open the GGP app on their iOS or Android device, select a mall location and choose the parking option to view availability and plan their shopping trip. GGP is currently testing its parking technology through a pilot program at four malls across the country, including Oakbrook Center (Oak Brook, Illinois), Alderwood Mall (Seattle, Washington), Stonestown Galleria (San Francisco, California), and Ridgedale Center (Minneapolis, Minnesota).

Following analysis of the pilot program’s performance, a broader rollout to GGP malls will occur in the third quarter of 2016. By sharing its mapping information and parking data with its technology partners and third-party mapping companies, such as Google and Apple, GGP aims to bring its parking solution to consumers across different devices and services.

INRIX, a leading provider of on- and off-street parking information to automakers, transportation agencies, technology companies and drivers around the world. The INRIX Parking database includes more than 29 million off-street spaces in 65 countries – making it the most comprehensive source for parking intelligence.

“Parking is a major pain point in our daily lives, whether going to work, out to dinner or shopping,” said David Weld, general manager of enterprise at INRIX. “GGP’s new mobile app powered by INRIX is an innovative approach to provide timely, relevant parking information to enhance the mall shopping experience.”

GGP’s mobile app can be downloaded via the following:

About GGP
General Growth Properties, Inc. is an S&P 500 company focused exclusively on owning, managing, leasing and redeveloping high-quality retail properties throughout the United States. GGP is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, and publicly traded on the NYSE under the symbol GGP.

About INRIX
INRIX is the global leader in connected car services and movement analytics, a new approach that leverages big data and the cloud to help manage urban mobility. By aggregating a variety of sources and applying intelligence, INRIX delivers comprehensive data and solutions to help move people, cities and businesses forward. Our partners are automakers, governments, mobile operators, developers, advertisers, as well as enterprises large and small. We are literally everywhere with over 450 customers across 60 countries. INRIX has offices in Kirkland, Seattle, Santa Monica, London, Manchester and Munich.

Contact:
Lindsay Kahn,
GGP Public Relations Manager
312-960-2616

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GGP launches new parking app powered by INRIX
GGP launches new parking app powered by INRIX

 

Source: GGP

GGP reaffirms its industry-leading role as an environmentally responsible business in its 2016 sustainability report

CHICAGO, 2016-Jul-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — GGP, the owner and operator of 128 high-quality retail properties in the United States, released its annual sustainability report which reaffirms its industry-leading role as an environmentally responsible business and showcases the impacts of its efforts. The company’s sustainability strategy includes programs in areas such as operations and efficiencies, development and property management, community engagement, and workplace development and training.

“Sustainability is not just a buzzword or isolated program for GGP, it is at the core of our values and is embedded into every part of our business,” said Shobi Khan, chief operating officer at GGP. “We consistently strive to improve the efficiency of our properties and work side-by-side with each tenant to reduce our footprint and make substantial impacts to better the environment around us.”

Among the many highlights from 2015 sustainability initiatives, GGP made tremendous headway in the company’s five areas of focus:

  • Reduced overall carbon footprint by 23,200 metric tons of carbon dioxide; the equivalent of removing nearly 5,000 cars off the roads in the U.S.
  • Through the utilization of smart irrigation technology, reduced water consumption at properties by more than 64 million gallons; the equivalent of nearly 100 Olympic-sized swimming pools
  • Diverted over 54,300 tons of waste from landfills that could have otherwise filled more than 4,500 garbage trucks
  • Reduced electricity consumption by approximately 215 million kilowatt hours, which is enough electricity to power all of the home in Coral Gables, Florida for one year
  • Anticipated savings of approximately 44.5 million kilowatt hours per year by updating 500 inefficient roof-top common area heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) units with high-efficiency units

For a second consecutive year, GGP is recognized for making ecological, economic and social initiatives an integral part of its business with the highest possible real estate sustainability honor – a prestigious Green Star – by the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB). Furthermore, the company’s solar generation projects currently underway will rank GGP among the top 10 U.S. companies by solar capacity, according to 2015 Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) rankings.

“It is encouraging to see the progress of GGP and the broader commercial real estate sector as sustainability issues are becoming increasingly important for retailers and the end-consumer,” said Nils Kok, chief executive officer of GRESB. “Sustainability initiatives are directly reducing expenses and will lead to more competitive positioning of assets over the next couple of years.”

Contact:

Lindsay Kahn
GGP Public Relations Manager
312-960-2616

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GGP reaffirms its industry-leading role as an environmentally responsible business in its 2016 sustainability report
GGP reaffirms its industry-leading role as an environmentally responsible business in its 2016 sustainability report

 

Source: GGP

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.”

DEALS WORTH CATCHING
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.

TRENDS WORTH SHOPPING
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

STARS WORTH MEETING
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.

CAUSES WORTH SUPPORTING
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.

For store b-roll and a Spanish version of this release, please visit:
http://www.jcpnewsroom.com/news-releases/2016/0719_entices_back_to_school_shoppers.html

For back-to-school trend images, please visit the Back-to-School 2016 look book:
http://www.jcpnewsroom.com/lookbooks-bts2016.html.

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.

Media Relations:
(972) 431-3400
jcpnews@jcp.com;
Follow us at @jcpnews

Source: JCPenney

The Save Mart Companies: voluntarily recall of PF Chang’s Home Menu

Modesto, CA, 2016-Jul-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — The following PF Chang’s Home Menu Meals products are being voluntarily recalled out of an abundance of caution due to the potential presence of foreign material contamination in a sauce ingredient:

Product Name & Size UPC Size Lot Code Best By Date
P.F. Chang’s Home Menu
Signature Spicy Chicken
3100067023 22oz 5006616500 6/8/2017
P.F. Chang’s Home Menu
Signature Spicy Chicken
3100067023 22oz 5006615200 5/26/2017
P.F. Chang’s Home Menu
Mongolian Style Beef
3100067000 22oz 5006617400 6/17/2017
P.F. Chang’s Home Menu
Mongolian Style Beef
3100067023 22oz 3100067000 6/1/2017
P.F. Chang’s Home Menu
Beef with Broccoli
3100067001 22oz 5006616100 6/4/2017
P.F. Chang’s Home Menu
Sweet & Sour Chicken
3100067006 22oz 5006616000 6/3/2017
P.F. Chang’s Home Menu
General Chang’s Chicken
3100067007 22oz 5006616000 6/3/2017
P.F. Chang’s Home Menu
Garlic Chicken with Dan Dan Noodles
3100067008 22oz 5006616500 6/8/2017
P.F. Chang’s Home Menu
Grilled Chicken Teriyaki with Lo Mein Noodles
3100067010 22oz 5006616700 6/10/2017

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 ConAgra Foods for product replacement or questions at 800-252-0634, 9am to 7pm CDT, Monday through Friday, or contact The Save Mart Companies Customer Care at (800) 692-5710.

Source: Foodmaxx

Theo Chocolate of Seattle: voluntarily recall of 3 ounce Salted Almond 70% Dark Chocolate bars

Seattle, Washington, 2016-Jul-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Theo Chocolate of Seattle, Washington is voluntarily recalling 3 ounce Salted Almond 70% Dark Chocolate bars because they may contain undeclared milk. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume this product.

Salted Almond 70% Dark Chocolate was distributed to retail stores in AZ, CA, CO, GA, IA, ID, FL, MI, MT, ND, NH, OR, NJ, NY, PA, TX, WA, and WI.

The Theo Chocolate Salted Almond 70% Dark Chocolate bars have the affected lot 3037431 and the expiration date 05/2017 and they are found on the back side of the bar.

Theo Chocolate Salted Almond 70% Dark Chocolate bars are wrapped in a white paper envelope, weighs 3 oz., UPC is 8 74492 00170 4, and stored at room temperature. (See front label below.)

No illnesses have been reported to date.

The voluntary recall was initiated after the firm received a consumer complaint and discovered that the actual product inside the wrapper was milk salted almond bar and it contains milk. This product was mis-labeled as Salted Almond 70% Dark Chocolate and did not reveal the presence of milk.

This voluntaryrecall is being made with the knowledge of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Consumers who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to milk are urged not to consume this product and should return it to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumers with questions may contact Theo Chocolate at 1-206-632-5100 x1001 from 8:30am until 5:30pm PST, Monday-Friday.

Contact:
Consumers

Theo Chocolate
1-206-632-5100 x1001

Media
Dennis Macray
1-206-632-5100 x1001

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Theo Chocolate of Seattle: voluntarily recall of 3 ounce Salted Almond 70% Dark Chocolate bars
Theo Chocolate of Seattle: voluntarily recall of 3 ounce Salted Almond 70% Dark Chocolate bars

 

Source: USDA

Faribault Foods, Inc.: voluntary recall of a limited number of 15 ounce No-Salt-Added Black Beans

WASHINGTON, 2016-Jul-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Faribault Foods, Inc. of Faribault, MN, is initiating a voluntary recall of a limited number of 15 ounce No-Salt-Added Black Beans due to the potential presence of plastic and/or metal pieces within the product. This voluntary recall covers one specific production code and was distributed under the following labels:

  • Hyvee No-Salt-Added Black Beans
  • La Preferida Low Sodium Black Beans (Frijoles Negros Bajo En Sodio)
  • Our Family No-Salt-Added Black Beans
  • Sprouts No-Salt-Added Black Beans
  • Mrs. Grimes No-Salt-Added Black Beans
  • Kuner’s No-Salt-Added Black Beans (Frijoles Negros)
  • HEB Black No-Salt-Added Beans (Frijol Negro Sin Sal)

The voluntary recall is limited to the production code of 15 ounce product manufactured at the facility located in Faribault, MN with can code “Best By 04 APR 2019 258F2 095 16 XXXX.” To locate the production code, consumers should look at the bottom of the can. No other production codes, sizes or brands of Faribault Foods, Inc. products are affected by this recall.

No injuries have been reported. This has been determined to be an isolated incident. We are recalling these products because they may contain small pieces of plastic and/or metal that may cause injury. Although our investigation is ongoing, we believe the source of the plastic and/or metal was an ink pen that entered the product stream. Faribault Foods, Inc. is taking this action out of an abundance of caution after one consumer reported finding a partial ink pen in one container.

Consumers who may have purchased the products listed above should not consume them but should instead return them to the store where purchased for a refund or replacement.

The quality and safety of our products are the top priority for our company. We apologize to our retail customers and consumers and sincerely regret any inconvenience created by this recall. We are working with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on this voluntary recall and will cooperate with them fully.

For consumer support and product questions please call 1-888-201-6440, Monday – Friday from 8am – 5pm CST or email k.sevcik@faribaultfoods.com

Consumers and Media Contact:
Ken Sevcik
k.sevcik@faribaultfoods.com
1-888-201-6440

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Faribault Foods, Inc.: voluntary recall of a limited number of 15 ounce No-Salt-Added Black Beans
Faribault Foods, Inc.: voluntary recall of a limited number of 15 ounce No-Salt-Added Black Beans

 

Source: USDA

Baskin-Robbins announces $1.31 Ice Cream Scoops on July 31

CANTON, Mass.,2016-Jul-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Baskin-Robbins, the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, will end National Ice Cream Month on a sweet note by offering guests a special deal on their favorite ice cream flavors on the last day of the month. On Sunday, July 31st at participating Baskin-Robbins shops nationwide, guests can enjoy all regular and kids-sized scoops for just $1.31.* Baskin-Robbins’ “Celebrate 31” promotion celebrates the brand’s “31 flavors” heritage of offering a different ice cream flavor for every day of the month.

Guests can enjoy this special “Celebrate 31” deal on their favorite Baskin-Robbins flavors, including Pralines ‘n Cream, Mint Chocolate Chip and Jamoca® Almond Fudge, as well as seasonal flavors like Summer Breeze Cheesecake, S’more the Merrier, Berry Fruitful Greek Frozen Yogurt and Watermelon Splash. To honor the United Service Organization’s (USO) 75th anniversary, guests can also enjoy USO Patriot Pop, which features cherry, lemon and blue raspberry-flavored ices and is available for a limited time only.

“National Ice Cream Month is all about celebrating the joy that ice cream brings to our guests and people across the country, one scoop at a time. That’s why we’re excited to end our favorite month of the year with a sweet deal for our guests on July 31st as part of our ‘Celebrate 31’ promotion,” said Carol Austin, Vice President of Marketing, Baskin-Robbins. “We hope our guests come in and enjoy a scoop of ice cream with their friends and family as we continue our National Ice Cream Month celebrations.”

In addition, Baskin-Robbins recently announced a new addition to its frozen dessert menu with its Polar Pizza, an ice cream treat guests can eat like a pizza. Polar Pizza is available in four delicious featured combinations: OREO® Cookies ‘N Cream,Peanut Butter ‘n Chocolate and REESE’S® Peanut Butter Cup, Jamoca® Almond Fudge and HEATH®, and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. Guests also have the option to create a customized Polar Pizza by combining a tasty Chocolate Chip Cookie or Double Fudge Brownie crust with their favorite ice cream flavor and any combination of fun toppings.

For more information about Baskin-Robbins’ wide variety of premium ice cream flavors and frozen desserts, visit www.BaskinRobbins.com or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BaskinRobbins), Twitter (www.twitter.com/BaskinRobbins) or Instagram (www.instagram.com/BaskinRobbins).

* Offer valid on July 31st. Participation may vary. Scoop offer good on every size scoop. Waffle cones and toppings are extra. Excludes sundaes. Cannot be combined with other offers. Plus applicable tax.

About Baskin-Robbins
Named the top ice cream and frozen dessert franchise in the United States by Entrepreneur magazine’s 37th annual Franchise 500® ranking in 2016, Baskin-Robbins is the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops. Baskin-Robbins creates and markets innovative, premium hard scoop ice cream and soft serve, custom ice cream cakes and a full range of beverages, providing quality and value to consumers at more than 7,600 retail shops in nearly 50 countries. Baskin-Robbins was founded in 1945 by two ice cream enthusiasts whose passion led to the creation of more than 1,300 ice cream flavors and a wide variety of delicious treats. Headquartered in Canton, Mass., Baskin-Robbins is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For further information, visit www.BaskinRobbins.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Justin Drake
Phone: 781-737-5200
Email: press@dunkinbrands.com

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Baskin-Robbins announces $1.31 Ice Cream Scoops on July 31
Baskin-Robbins announces $1.31 Ice Cream Scoops on July 31

Source: Baskin-Robbins

Accenture research: retailers’ inflexible operating models are hindering their ability to be competitive and achieve growth

NEW YORK, 2016-Jul-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — New research from Accenture (NYSE: ACN) shows that retailers’ inflexible operating models are hindering their ability to be competitive and achieve growth. The findings highlight the need for retailers to become more agile – constantly learning about their customers and flexing to deliver relevant, engaging and useful interactions with consumers.

The research, Increasing Agility to Fuel Growth and Competitiveness, surveyed 700 executives across 13 industries in nine geographies about the challenges and opportunities associated with creating cost-competitive operating models and reinvesting in growth. Accenture also polled retail industry analysts on the industry environment and retailers’ performance, as well as their view of these challenges and opportunities.

The research found that the majority of retailers (88 percent) are focused on getting leaner to free up the funds necessary to reinvest in growth. When it comes to reinvesting those cost savings, most retailers see investing in digital and entering new markets as keys to driving growth. This is consistent with where industry analysts see growth opportunities. Just over half of retailers (52 percent) strongly feel their businesses are investing in innovation in order to gain a competitive advantage with primary areas of focus being expanding into new geographies (cited by 60 percent), digital technologies (54 percent) and enhancing customer experiences (52 percent).

“The retail industry is evolving faster than ever, and there are tremendous opportunities for retailers to increase adaptability and competitiveness,” said Courtney Spitz, managing director in Accenture Products’ Retail Practice. “It is encouraging that the majority of retailers are willing to use new business models, including partners for business services, shared services, and digital solutions, to drive value and growth. Digital – when part of the overarching business strategy – can simultaneously enhance flexibility and reduce operating costs as well as contribute to growth in new markets and channels.”

Opportunities to Achieve Growth
According to Accenture’s research, retailers see inflexible operating models as a core challenge, with only 17 percent (compared to 25 percent of other industry respondents) saying they have an agile operating model that can adapt to consistently deliver on strategy and execute activities that drive value for the organization. Barriers to advancing their operating models, according to retail executives surveyed, include technology (cited by 46 percent), the cost of the effort (42 percent) and experience to lead the transformation (42 percent).

The research also reveals that retailers are further challenged when it comes to executing cost reduction programs and prioritizing growth investments. Only 38 percent of retail executives surveyed said their companies are prioritizing reinvestment of cost savings in alignment with the business strategy, indicating they are likely weakening efforts and slowing progress.

How to Become an Adaptive Retailer
In order to achieve the adaptability necessary to spur and sustain growth, Accenture recommends retailers take the following three actions:

  1. Rethink the operating model: Digitizing operations and ensuring operating models are fully digital-centric will help enable adaptive retailing, reducing the lead time from product planning to sales, and in turn fuelling growth. Taking it a step further, operating in the cloud will grant businesses access to additional information and technologies.
  2. Make “digital inside” a key element of the business strategy: Digital should be infused in retailers’ core business strategy to help reduce operating costs and increase agility. Digital enhances retailers’ ability to gain and use customer insights to other personalized omni-channel experiences that seek to address customer needs. To be digital inside, retailers should embed analytics everywhere, enable talent with digital tools and adopt multi-speed IT, among other tactics.
  3. Gain everyone on board: Success boils down to leadership support, change management and governance. Retail businesses need to make sure leadership is aligned – from using data to support business decisions, to fully communicating the business strategy, value drivers and anticipated outcomes. Retailers should also organize a dedicated transition team throughout the transformation to becoming an adaptive retailer.

Methodology
Accenture conducted quantitative and qualitative research across 700 executives in 13 industries and nine geographies to analyze the challenges and opportunities associated with creating cost-competitive operating models and reinvesting in growth. In parallel, Accenture interviewed 65 industry analysts across these industries to understand what external stakeholders measure, value and expect from the companies they cover.

About Accenture
Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations. Combining unmatched experience and specialized skills across more than 40 industries and all business functions – underpinned by the world’s largest delivery network – Accenture works at the intersection of business and technology to help clients improve their performance and create sustainable value for their stakeholders. With more than 375,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries, Accenture drives innovation to improve the way the world works and lives. Visit us at www.accenture.com.

Contacts:

Aleks Vujanic
Accenture
+ 44 7500 974 814
aleks.vujanic@accenture.com

Source: Accenture

Schnucks warns customers of recalled ConAgra Foods’ select P.F. Chang’s frozen meals due to possible contamination of small metal fragments

St. Louis, MO, 2016-Jul-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — ConAgra Foods has recalled select P.F. Chang’s frozen meals because the products may contain small metal fragments which could be embedded in the sauce contained in frozen meals. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions or injuries from consumption.

Schnucks customers are urged to check their freezers for:

P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Sweet & Sour Chicken

22 oz.

UPC: 31000-67006

Best By: 6/3/2017

 P.F. Chang’s Home Menu Signature Spicy Chicken

22 oz.

UPC: 31000-67023

Best by: 5/26/2017

Customers may return any unused product to their nearest Schnucks for a full refund. Those with questions should contact Con Agra Foods at 1-800-252-0634 or the Schnucks Consumer Affairs department at 314-994-4400 or 1-800-264-4400.

Media Contact:

Paul Simon
314-994-4603
psimon@schnucks.com

Source: Schnuck

Carrefour Summerdrive returns for the 3rd year with a new application, Bip Bip

BELGIUM, 2016-Jul-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — This 3rd edition of Summerdrive is marked by the desire to reach out even further to the customer, in particular by offering more delivery possibilities with the new application, Bip Bip. To do so, Summerdrive has hired a dozen people to simplify customers’ life this summer.

As in the two previous years, Carrefour Summerdrive is moving into the same premises (on the Knokke dyke, at the corner of Place Van Bunnen) and decorating them again with its emblematic fuchsia-coloured facade. From 11 July until the end of the summer, everyone who passes through Knokke can stock up with provisions in a few clicks from among a choice of 15,000 references. On the menu: spit-roasted chicken, ultra-fresh sushis prepared by the sushi masters of Carrefour Market in Knokke, which once again provides the stewardship of the pop-up drive.

Bip Bip, it’s the cocktail hour
To organise a last-minute cocktail or down a soft ice without having to budge from the beach, on 13 July Carrefour Summerdrive launched Bip Bip, its new application which lets you choose from among 400 references (soft drinks, wines, snacks, etc.). Once the order has been entered, delivery takes place within half an hour, by electric car, to wherever the customer wishes! This service is free of charge for orders of €10 and over.

3 ways to place an order for Summerdrive:
To do their other shopping, the Summerdrive customer has 3 possibilities, by going to the drive.be site, on which they choose Carrefour Market, place their order and indicate under comments:
– Summerdrive, if they want to collect their order themselves on the spot (from 17h30);
– Summerdrive and their address, for a delivery to be made to their home (between 17h30 and 20 h).

They can also place the order by going directly to Summerdrive (open from 11h) where terminals are available for that purpose.

Finally, two hostesses are also present on the beach, with an iPad at the disposal of holidaymakers, who can do their shopping with their feet in the sand.

100% ecological delivery
To ease of ordering is also added the pleasure of having one’s purchases delivered to the home.   That’s why Carrefour Summerdrive has been equipped with 3 electric cars (2 Renault Zoés and one Renault Twizzy) as well as 2 bikes with trailer. Any order placed before 16h30 is delivered between 17h30 and 20h the same day (an SMS is sent half an hour before the arrival of the delivery person) free of charge for any basket of at least €20. For purchases of less than €20, a €5 delivery charge is added.

A Carrefour lounge on the beach
Doing one’s shopping is really becoming a party this year.  Opposite Summerdrive, on the beach, a Carrefour lounge will feature events around the bar and will invite its customers, via a short competition, to spend the day in its family space (with deckchairs, children’s games, etc.).

Reductions and gifts
Plus, Summerdrive is granting a 5% reduction on all orders and offering the same promotions as Carrefour Market. In fact there will be 2 Summerdrive folders this summer. What’s more, a goody bag (worth €15) is on offer for every order of €20, as well as beach games for children.  As for payment, nothing has changed, it is always made on receipt or on collection of the order exclusively by credit card (Visa, Mastercard, Bancontact).

For all request about the Carrefour Group (sales, financial results, governance, international,…), please contact the Carrefour Group media relations office:

. By phone:

Switchboard: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 00

For journalists: +33 (0)1 41 04 26 17

. By e-mail: presse_groupe@carrefour.com

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Carrefour Summerdrive returns for the 3rd year with a new application, Bip Bip
Carrefour Summerdrive returns for the 3rd year with a new application, Bip Bip

 

Source: Carrefour Group

Waitrose to remove microbeads in its cosmetic products and to change the stems of its own label cotton buds to paper by September 2016

LONDON, 2016-Jul-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — The retailer has pledged that by September 2016  no branded cosmetic products will contain microbeads. (The retailer’s own label range of beauty products has never contained any microbeads.)

One of the most commonly bought health and beauty items will also get a facelift in order to cut down on the use of plastics. Waitrose is the first supermarket to announce the change to stems of its own label cotton wool buds from plastic to paper this September – saving around 21 tonnes of plastic each year. The new stems will be biodegradable and made from an FSC source of paper. The additional cost will not be passed on to the customer.

Microbeads and plastic cotton bud stems are recognized as posing a serious threat to marine ecosystems by organisations such as Greenpeace, the United Nations and the Marine Conservation Society.

Tor Harris, Waitrose’s Head of Sustainability and responsible sourcing, said: ‘Minimising our impact on the environment is a top priority and this is absolutely the right thing to do. Although the changes we’re making don’t seem dramatic, they are likely to have a positive impact for marine life. We know there’s more work to be done and we will continue to see how we can reduce plastics across our ranges.’

Dr Clare Cavers manages The Cotton Bud Project1, which aims to see brands and consumers switching from plastic to paper cotton buds for good: ‘This is an excellent example of a major supermarket chain taking a lead, and we hope that more companies will soon follow suit.’

Notes to editors

1 The Cotton Bud Project is run by Fidra, a charity based in East Lothian Scotland. Fidra seeks to engage local concerns over current and emerging environmental issues, and use these to contribute to a wider dialogue at national and international levels. Fidra is a Scottish registered charity and SCIO no. SCO43895. Find out more at www.fidra.org.uk and www.cottonbudproject.org.uk

Waitrose – winner of the Best Supermarket1 and Best Food Retailer2 awards- currently has 350 shops in England, Scotland, Wales and the Channel Islands, including 61 convenience branches, and another 27 shops at Welcome Break locations. It combines the convenience of a supermarket with the expertise and service of a specialist shop – dedicated to offering quality food that has been responsibly sourced, combined with high standards of customer service.  Waitrose also exports its products to 58 countries worldwide and has eight shops which operate under licence in the Middle East. Waitrose’s omnichannel business includes the online grocery service Waitrose.com, as well as specialist online shops including waitrosecellar.com for wine and waitrosekitchen.com for cookware, utensils and kitchen gadgets.

¹ Which? Customer Survey
² Verdict Customer Satisfaction Awards

Enquiries:

For further information, please contact:

Laura Blumenthal
Press Office, Corporate
Telephone: 01344826774
Email: laura.blumenthal@waitrose.co.uk

Source: Waitrose

Walgreens Boots Alliance and Emart Company Ltd to create Boots branded pharmacy-led, health and beauty retail franchise in South Korea

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2016-Jul-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (Nasdaq: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise, today announced that it has signed an agreement to form a franchise partnership with Emart Company Ltd (a member of Shinsegae Group), South Korea’s number one hypermarket retailer. Together, they will create a Boots branded pharmacy-led, health and beauty retail franchise in South Korea.

Under the terms of the agreement, Boots branded stores will be opened in shopping malls, on high streets and within the outbound areas of Shinsegae department stores and Emart hypermarkets. The Boots stores will each feature an independent pharmacy and a range of Boots owned products and ‘exclusive to Boots’ brands as well as leading Korean brands.

“South Korea is considered a leading market for skincare and cosmetics products in Asia today.  We believe there is a significant opportunity to extend the reach of Boots own brands into this market and are thrilled to be doing so with Emart,” said Ornella Barra Co-Chief Operating Officer of Walgreens Boots Alliance. “Emart is the preeminent retailer in South Korea and their strong experience as well as their marketing expertise gives us great confidence in the long-term potential of this partnership.”

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to introduce the Boots brand, and offer pharmacy care as well as acting as a beauty and healthcare destination by also offering a wide range of both Korean and Boots product brands.” said Gab-Soo, Lee, CEO of Emart Inc.

The first stores are expected to open before the end of the first half of calendar year 2017 and will include Boots highly regarded and exclusive No.7 and Soap & Glory products.

Notes to Editors:

About Walgreens Boots Alliance
Walgreens Boots Alliance (Nasdaq: WBA) is the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise.

The company was created through the combination of Walgreens and Alliance Boots in December 2014, bringing together two leading companies with iconic brands, complementary geographic footprints, shared values and a heritage of trusted health care services through pharmaceutical wholesaling and community pharmacy care, dating back more than 100 years.

Walgreens Boots Alliance is the largest retail pharmacy, health and daily living destination in the USA and Europe and, together with its equity method investments*, employs more than 370,000* people and has a presence in more than 25* countries. Walgreens Boots Alliance is a global leader in pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing retail with over 13,100* stores in 11* countries. The company includes one of the largest global pharmaceutical wholesale and distribution networks with over 350* distribution centers delivering to more than 200,000** pharmacies, doctors, health centers and hospitals each year in 19* countries. In addition, Walgreens Boots Alliance is one of the world’s largest purchasers of prescription drugs and many other health and wellbeing products.

The company’s portfolio of retail and business brands includes Walgreens, Duane Reade, Boots and Alliance Healthcare, as well as increasingly global health and beauty product brands, such as No7, Botanics, Liz Earle and Soap & Glory.

* As at 31 August 2015 (without subsequent adjustment for business acquisitions or dispositions), including equity method investments
** For 12 months ended 31 August 2015 (without subsequent adjustment for business acquisitions or dispositions), including equity method investments

About EMART
EMART Co., Ltd. is a value creation company that pursues a satisfying lifestyle for its customers while simultaneously reaching to enhance development in local communities ever since its first store opening in Changdong.

EMART has reached over 100 stores with its acquisition of Walmart in 2006, and as of July 2016 operates a total of 157 (including ten Traders stores) domestic stores. It also manages eight stores in China and 1 store in Vietnam, expanding hypermarket business from national to international market, becoming a comprehensive global retail company.

The company’s main progression focuses on Korea’s first and largest hypermarket ‘EMART’, Korea’s number one online mart ‘EMART mall,’ and its discount warehouse store ‘Traders’. In addition, it is recently expanding its domain into category killer specialty stores that will match new lifestyle trends.

With a deep base in retail hypermarket, EMART is diversifying its business into ‘Everyday retail’, convenience store ‘With Me,’ ‘Shinsegae TV Shopping’, ‘Shinsegae Food’, ‘Shinsegae L&B’, ‘Starbucks Korea’, ‘Shinsegae E&C’, ‘Shinsegae I&C’, ‘Shinsegae Chosun Hotel’, as well as operating foreign branches in China and Vietnam to enhance international business.

Contacts:
Walgreens Boots Alliance Media Relations
USA
Michael Polzin
+1 847 315 2935

International
Laura Vergani
+44 (0) 207 980 8585

Walgreens Boots Alliance Investor Relations
Gerald Gradwell and Ashish Kohli
+1 847 315 2922

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Netflix becomes the exclusive premiere home of “Star Trek” television series in 188 countries

LOS ANGELES and AMSTERDAM, 2016-Jul-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Netflix and CBS Studios International today announced a landmark international licensing agreement for the new “Star Trek” television series. Netflix will be the exclusive premiere home of “Star Trek” in 188 countries (excluding the US and Canada). Each episode of the new series will be available globally within 24 hours of its U.S. premiere.

Additionally, all 727 existing episodes of the iconic “Star Trek” television library – including “Star Trek: The Original Series,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,” “Star Trek: Voyager” and “Star Trek: Enterprise” will be available on Netflix around the world by the end of 2016.

The all-new “Star Trek” will begin production in Toronto in September for its January 2017 premiere. The iconic and influential global franchise will return to television for the first time since 2005 with a new ship, new characters and new missions, while embracing the same ideology and hope for the future that inspired a generation.

“The launch of the new ‘Star Trek’ will truly be a global television event,” said Armando Nuñez, President and CEO, CBS Studios International. “‘Star Trek’ is already a worldwide phenomenon and this international partnership will provide fans around the world, who have been craving a new series for more than a decade, the opportunity to see every episode virtually at the same time as viewers in the U.S. Thanks to our world-class partners at Netflix, the new ‘Star Trek’ will definitely be ‘hailing on all frequencies’ throughout the planet.”

“‘Star Trek’ is one of the most iconic shows in television history and we’re thrilled to partner with CBS to bring the beloved series to Trekkies around the world,” said Sean Carey, Vice President of Global Television at Netflix. “The newest chapter of the story promises to continue the rich tradition of adventure and is sure to excite fans everywhere Netflix is available.”

In the U.S., the new “Star Trek” will launch with a special premiere episode on the CBS Television Network in January 2017. The premiere episode and all subsequent episodes will then be available in the United States exclusively on CBS All Access, the Network’s digital subscription video on demand and live streaming service.

As previously announced, the new “Star Trek” marks the first original series developed for U.S. distribution on CBS All Access, which provides viewers thousands of episodes of CBS’s current and past seasons on demand, plus the ability to stream their local CBS Television station live for $5.99 per month.

Alex Kurtzman and Bryan Fuller are co-creators and executive producers for the new “Star Trek,” based on Gene Roddenberry’s original series. Fuller launched his career writing for “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” and “Star Trek: Voyager.” Kurtzman is co-writer and producer of the blockbuster films “Star Trek” and “Star Trek Into Darkness.”

The series is produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Kurtzman’s Secret Hideout, Fuller’s Living Dead Guy Productions, and Roddenberry Entertainment. Alex Kurtzman, Bryan Fuller, Heather Kadin, Gretchen Berg & Aaron Harberts, Rod Roddenberry, and Trevor Roth will serve as executive producers.

About CBS Studios International:
CBS Studios International is the leading supplier of programming to the international television marketplace, licensing to more than 200 markets in more than 30 languages across multiple media platforms. The Studio participates in international channel ventures, currently comprised of 18 channels in 24 languages across more than 100 territories, reaching more than 70 million households worldwide. CBS Studios International also exports a diverse lineup of formats for local production around the world. The division distributes content from CBS Television Studios, CBS Television Distribution, Showtime, CBS News, CBS Films and a library of more than 70,000 hours of programming. CBS Studios International is a division of CBS Corporation.

About Netflix:
Netflix is the world’s leading Internet television network with over 81 million members in over 190 countries enjoying more than 125 million hours of TV shows and movies per day, including original series, documentaries and feature films. Members can watch as much as they want, anytime, anywhere, on nearly any Internet-connected screen. Members can play, pause and resume watching, all without commercials or commitments.

Source: Netflix