FlowerAura Started Raksha Bandhan Prep Early, Says “Wants To Go Beyond Expectations”

Gururgram, Haryana, India, 2022-Jul-01 — /EPR Network/ — Even though the occasion of Raksha Bandhan is more than three months away, the Indian gifting giant, FlowerAura, has started its preparations with an official announcement right away.

The gifting brand makes Raksha Bandhan shopping easy for the customers as it serves gifts, return gifts, different types of rakhis, sweets, designer rakhi thalis, and combos through its online portal. There are brothers and sisters who don’t get to meet each other in person on the special festive occasion, and that’s when FlowerAura makes things easy for them. Not just one can buy Floweraura rakhi but can also choose from the plethora of rakhi varieties which are hard to find in the market elsewhere. From exploring rakhis and gifts to sending them to the preferred address, everything is taken care of by FlowerAura’s team.

Early preparations are a part of the business strategy that aims to go beyond the expectations of the customers. All the Raksha Bandhan products get delivered through prompt delivery services. “The team is getting connected with local artisans around the nation to get the new and unique rakhi designs and, in return, to help local artisans grow. A lot of focus from the early preparations is laid upon the deliveries and to expand the limit of delivery as many orders around the occasion.”, as per the official announcement.

FlowerAura is also adding more foreign countries where the deliveries can be made of Raksha Bandhan. Ordering rakhi gifts for brother gets easier being miles apart through online gifting options.

In a media conversation, Mr Himanshu Chawal, CEO of FA Gifts Pvt Ltd, said, “We are getting ready early this year as we want to go beyond expectations and want to go above the business numbers of all the previous years. Keeping customer satisfaction on top and making it possible to express emotions perfectly are the key-driven elements.”

SOURCE: EPR Network

Spicy Organics Launches New Website Expanding Their Reach With Exclusive & Quality Products Providing Diverse Options & 40 Years Of Experience

McKinney, Texas, 2021-May-24 — /EPR RETAIL NEWS/ — Spicy Organic, the top pick for organic spices, herbs, teas and essential oils online, today announced the official launch of their website and online shop. With an abiding reputation built on innovation and reliability, the company works with their own network of hundreds of farmers to cultivate lands. More than a spice company, Spicy Organics brings customers the highest quality products and premium service, while also ensuring a sustainable future for their growers, the new website will officially launch on May 24th.

The global organic spice market is anticipated to grow at an annual rate of 10% and estimated to be valued at almost 23 billion dollars by 2025. Organic farming is an agricultural system which originated early in the 20th century in reaction to rapidly changing farming practices. This type of farming uses new techniques to remove spices from bacteria, avoiding harmful pesticides. Spices are not used to merely add flavor and variety, they are also sought after for health benefits such as their antioxidant and antibacterial properties. Spicy Organic offers pure, great-tasting, high quality organic spices, herbs and more while supporting farmers and promoting organic agriculture around the world.

With a strong belief that organic food is an essential choice for personal as well as for environmental health, their products feature premier ingredients and are sourced from global brands. Unlike other spice markets or sellers, Spicy Organics maintains a traceability throughout the process so customers can easily trace their spices from farm to plate. Searching across the world for diverse flavors, the company works closely with farmers and distributors alike, to make sure each part of their supply chain aligns with their commitment to quality.

“Our story is a journey of passion and discovery – we’re enhancers of the culinary experience. Meal time is special as we congregate and share memories with friends and family and we strive to provide the products that allow you to savor those experiences.” said Sunil Kumar, founder of Spicy Organic LLC. “We are thrilled to launch the new website and strongly feel it lines up perfectly with our company core vision for growth and expansion in the future, and to support and promote organic farming.”

Over 40 years ago Kumar’s family, hailing from very humble beginnings, opened a single store in India. The family had a small farm on which they grew high quality spices and, gradually, their dedication to high standards, reliability and providing only the best to their customers grew into a sustainable retail business. Through the years, Kumar has acquired significant knowledge and understanding about organic farming, as well as selecting, growing, harvesting and processing premium organic spices and herbs.

“Spicy Organic is committed to help upgrade the standards of living, spreading awareness for increased environmental concerns and the rise in what can only be termed ‘health hazard diseases’ that come from eating nonorganic foods.” adds Kumar.

All of Spicy Organic’s products are validated through a USDA certification. They also acquire both organic and gluten free certificates, in their unwavering commitment to quality. Best selling products include turmeric, cardamom, Garlic, ginger powder, saffron and garam masala. The new website will showcase daily new arrivals and feature announcements regarding regional or local Annual Seed & Spice events – such as the State Fair of Texas – that Spicy Organics participates in. Customers can gain insights or special discounts and benefits by checking the website.

Though Spicy Organics have continued to expand through the years, they have literally stayed true to their “roots”, maintaining the same integrity the family has come to be known for.

For more information, please visit www.spicyorganic.com or email mediarelations@spicyorganic.com or call Linda Decann at (866) 256-6772

About Spicy Organic :
Founded In 1984 and based in McKinney- Texas, Spicy Organic offers a full line of organic products ranging from bulk organic spices, herbs and organic aromatherapy products. Spicy Organic is committed to deliver the highest quality organic spices and premium service to our customers while supporting and promoting sustainable organic farming and ensuring the better future of our farmers.

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SOURCE: EPR Network

Kentucky Pure® Mineral Water – A Proven Winner!

Greenup, Kentucky, U.S.A., 2021-Jan-13 — /EPR RETAIL NEWS/ — 108 Kentucky Derby Winners were raised on water from the same aquifer Kentucky Pure Mineral Water is drawn from.

Giddyup! Enough said!

Look for Kentucky Pure Mineral Water on store shelves soon!

Media contact:

River Rock Water LLC
16387 State Route 7
Greenup Ky 41144

SOURCE: EPR Network

One Container of Healthy!

Greenup, Kentucky, U.S.A., 2021-Jan-08 — /EPR RETAIL NEWS/ — Kentucky Pure Mineral Water comes naturally with all the minerals and elements needed to keep a body healthy and vital.

Sorry Doc, not today! Enough said!

Look for Kentucky Pure Mineral Water on store shelves soon!

Media contact:

River Rock Water LLC
16387 State Route 7
Greenup Ky 41144

SOURCE: EPR Network

Water Container Recycle Problem Solved

Greenup, Kentucky, U.S.A., 2021-Jan-05 — /EPR RETAIL NEWS/ — Kentucky Pure Mineral Water comes in a 100% Biodegradable Container, so even if it DOESN’T get recycled properly, it won’t leave its mark on the earth forever the way typical plastic containers will.

Problem solved. Enough said!

Look for Kentucky Pure Mineral Water on store shelves soon!

Media contact:

River Rock Water LLC
16387 State Route 7
Greenup Ky 41144

SOURCE: EPR Network

Mommy’s Time Out Wine, the perfect stocking stuffer for the Holidays

East Hanover, NJ, 2020-Dec-7 — /EPR RETAIL NEWS/ — Mommy’s Time Out Wine is the perfect stocking stuffer, and can be enjoyed by just about anyone on your adult stocking stuffer list. Mommy’s Time Out features four varieties including Mommy’s Time Out Pinot Grigio, Mommy’s Time Out Moscato, Mommy’s Time Out Delicious Red, and Mommy’s Time Out Delicious Pink. All are made from grapes grown in Italy and have wonderful fruity undertones. All the wines are fresh, fruity and well balanced, and are delicious for sipping with snacks or to complement a meal.

Being at Home during the Holidays has changed. Hasn’t it? It used to be the place where we all relaxed after a hard day at work. Not now. We may be home monitoring the virtual learning of our children. We might be working longer hours, because work is now remote, and we still have to monitor the virtual learning of our children. We might have to make them lunch because our kitchen is now the school cafeteria. The producers of Mommy’s Time Out Wine understand and have offered the following thoughts to make the holidays the most enjoyable time of the year.

Keep the Holiday’s Simple; Celebrate at Home with Mommy’s Time Out wine. Being a parent is difficult enough. Make Some Memories that will Last a Lifetime. New Year’s Day is a great day to make some family memories. Try taking a family photo with someone holding up a sign with the year. It’s also a great day to measure everyone against the door jam, so they can look back at their growth in years to come. Remind each other and your children of all the good things that happened, and teach your family how to appreciate what they have. One way to do this is to ask each family member to write down three things they were thankful for in 2020 and share them over dinner during the Holidays or on New Year’s Eve.

“No matter what stage you’re at when it comes to being a Mommy, it’s one of the toughest and most rewarding jobs there is. That’s why we believe Mommy deserves something special for herself now and then, with Mommy’s Time Out Wine.” says Mike Cincotta President of Selective Wine Estates, Inc.

Adults over the age of 21 should enjoy Mommy’s Time Out responsibly.

For more information on Mommy’s Time Out please visit www.mommystimeoutwine.com.

*Mommy’s Time Out is a registered trademark of Selective Wine Estates, Inc.

** For editorial samples, please contact Mike Cincotta at (973) 722-3305 or email media@mommystimeout.net **

SOURCE: EPR Network

River Rock Water introduces Kentucky Pure Mineral Water

VANCEBURG, KY, 2020-Oct-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — Some new kids on the block are emerging with a novel mineral water offering out of Kentucky, USA.

The company, River Rock Water LLC, is introducing its trademarked brand, Kentucky Pure Mineral Water. The brand offers exceptional taste and a unique, earth-friendly take on packaging. The company has been testing and developing this brand for five years to ensure the highest quality of “very light mineral” water available to consumers.

Kentucky Pure Mineral Water comes from an ancient aquifer that has been supplying the beautiful plains of Kentucky with its highly nutritional content for millions of years. As a testament to the water quality, 105 of the current 143 Kentucky Derby winners were raised on the nutritional grasses of Kentucky which were fed by these waters. Kentucky Pure lightly balanced mineral water is naturally packed with the optimum amount of minerals and trace elements required to promote biological health.

The founder, Tim LeMaster first drank from the well-head on a really hot day, sweating up a storm, and the water tasted so unique, the first words out of his mouth were, “Sweet Water”! As it turns out, farmers in the region had been saying that for centuries. Kentucky Pure Mineral Water has proven to be a real thirst quencher, satisfying the healthy need for refreshing hydration.

The entrepreneurial team behind Kentucky Pure are long time developers of new products. They have applied that product development experience to create a new development for water containers. Their design is 100% biodegradable, bypassing environmental concerns over the destruction and waste caused by traditional plastic water bottles.

Look for Kentucky Pure Mineral Water on store shelves soon.

SOURCE: EPR Network

Negev cuisine online store launches in Europe

LONDON,  2020-Aug-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — NegevMarket.eu is a Jewish-Bedouin partnership bringing Europe, homemade flavors from Israel as well as original Bedouin products. The Foodie Packs include special and sassy jams such as: cherry tomatoes in white port and cinnamon (Sweet Sherity), garlic, rum and basil (Ramon19 Spice), chili, port ruby and figs (Hot Osnat), apricots in brandy with ginger and chili (Degani Special Hot) and more.

NegevMarket.eu also markets a line of alcohol free (according to Bedouin tradition) products In separate packages, containing Bedouin-inspired spice blends, tahini spreads, spiced olive oil, complementary products and also original Bedouin hand embroidery.

The NegevMarket.eu online store markets its unique products such as chef upgrades in a jar, allowing the customer to “just add to the dish of your choice or sandwich”. Says Anat Avissar Koren, director of Negev Market LTD. According to Avissar Koren, NegevMarket “offers jams, syrups, fruit delicacies as well as seasoning mixes and traditional rice dishes adapted to European cuisine. The products are marketed directly to customers all over Europe and are also shipped to Israel.” It is a chef’s delight, ready in your home.”

The price range on the webstore starting from 18 EUR for foodie pack for 2 diners, 36 EUR for foodie pack for 4 diners and 70 EUR for foodie pack for 8 diners. All foodie packs are meant to upgrade any dish. Are easy to use as just adding to a dish of fish, chicken, beef, antipasti, or to put in a sandwich, and also be served to guests with the original hosting pack.

All products are vegan, without additional flavorings or artificial sweeteners. The products are sold over the website using the made per order model, shipped directly to the customer’s home without the need for warehouses or refrigeration since the packages are closed and include dry products that are marketed directly to the consumer. This marketing method is in line with European regulation and the entire site is compliant with the strict EU rules.

The singer Mira Awad had written and composed the Jingle for NegevMarket.eu and is also responsible for the slogan: “Negev Market – A Taste of Home”. Other Israelis who have joined the marketing campaign to accompany the launch are artist Daniel Chertkoff, designer and comic artist Irit Degani. The project is accompanied by digital product manager-consultant Uri Lifshitz, attorney Jonathan Klinger in charge of the international legal-commercial aspect, and international public relations expert Tom Wegner.

“Our partnership brings together in brine mushrooms, radishes, cucumbers, beets and even cherry tomatoes for our boutique pickles. We have managed to make sweet jam out of onion and garlic. It is very natural to combine cultures. We were able to bring together an impossible and very Israeli blend, between handmade Bedouin embroidery and assorted spice blends from the Negev, to a purple jam with glitter from chili, and make it available to every home in Europe. We plan to make the Negev kitchen into an international brand of exotic fragrances and intriguing flavors that every European consumer will want to try at least once.” Anat Avissar Koren concludes.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

RCH Group Cements its International Reach

RCH Group’s New German Headquarters for international strategy and market-specific TSE compliance

New German Headquarters for international strategy and market-specific TSE compliance

TREVISO, Italy, 2020-Jul-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — RCH Group SpA, leading provider of retail and restaurant POS solutions, announces the launch of RCH Germany based in Saarbrucken, Saarland Lander. Expanding upon the existing presence of RCH in the international markets, this new base will augment RCH’s operations in the German and Austrian Countries, as well as beyond.

RCH Group designs, manufactures and sells telematic recorders, fiscal printers, and POS (Point of Sale) hardware and software. Their products, all designed in Italy, are recognised in several markets for their advanced technology, intelligent design and ease of use.

As RCH continues to expand, they are committed to being able to provide country-specific support to regions where they are securing increasingly significant market share. Germany constitutes one such market – particularly in light of RCH’s growing provision of solutions which meet the recently implemented TSE fiscal reporting legislation. More than merely serving the German market though, the expansion of RCH in Germany is a step towards strengthening and growing the company’s customer portfolio across the continent.

By opening a new headquarters in Saarbrucken, RCH is able to keep its finger even closer to the pulse of market needs; particularly in the field of catering, restaurants and food and beverage service. RCH’s product offerings in this field help to not only ensure that businesses are TSE compliant, but also offer a host of benefits which can bring genuine competitive advantages to their users; providing levels of data analysis capable of completely revolutionising the entire supply chain process: from menu design and purchase, to stock control, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), full financial/tax compliance, and beyond.

This means that because of the exceptional value offered by RCH products, even small, single unit businesses can benefit from levels of commercial insight previously only available to large scale operations. However, by virtue of its cloud-based approach to information management and third party integrability, RCH systems are also ideal for coordinating the activities of large-scale, multi-outlet restaurants and retail businesses. RCH products are truly capable of catering to the full spectrum of operators.

“This is an exciting time for RCH Group and marks an important milestone for our company as we further expand our presence in the heart of Europe,” says Stefano De Pra, CEO of the company. “The German market is particularly suited to the nature of RCH products, which places a focus not only on technological innovation and intuitive user experience, but also pays heavy attention to solidity, style and aesthetics”.

This expansion has been possible due to the exceptional performance that RCH secured in the period of 2019-2020, seeing the launch of a number of new products across a range of new geographical markets, as well as the formation of a collaboration with Jeunes Restaurateurs d’Europe (JRE) – whose slogan of ‘endless passion’ echoes the mindset of RCH themselves.

This growing demand for RCH products and their increased recognition in the industry, combined with the need for centralized operations to manage all regional distribution and after-sales technical support, led RCH to choose Germany as a complimentary operational and strategic base to its existing offices in Treviso.

More information about RCH Group and RCH Germany is available at http://www.rch-group.com and http://www.rch-europe.de

About RCH Group

The RCH Group of companies offers advanced point of sale systems for the retail, food and beverage, entertainment, hospitality and franchising markets.The Group’s innovative products include cash registers, automatic cash desks and cloud-based back office services.

Founded in 1969, RCH Group has grown into a global organization, comprising of several companies with a presence in 40 countries worldwide. It is renowned for its successful combination of advanced product engineering with distinctive design. Headquartered in Northern Italy, RCH Group has operational offices in Austria, Vietnam, China, and Asia, as well as a vast network of partner resellers.

RCH Contact:

Nicola Cassoli

Director Marketing & Sales Italy

T. +39 0422365255

E. n.cassoli@rch.it

RCH Germany Contact:

info@rch-europe.de

T.+49 0681 9677 8752

Press Contact:

Fiorenza Mella

Xpresso Communications              

T. +31 715238210

E.: fiorenza@xpressocommunications.com

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Marine Stewardship Council launches global campaign on sustainable seafood

Marine Stewardship Council launches global campaign on sustainable seafood

LONDON, 8-Jun-2020 — /EPR Retail News/ — High levels of concern for our oceans are driving a new wave of consumer activism, research for the Marine Stewardship Council reveals, as consumers increasingly ‘vote with their forks’ to safeguard our oceans.

The largest survey of its kind involving more than 20,000 people across 23 countries, conducted by independent insights consultancy, GlobeScan, reveals that 6 in 10 seafood shoppers (58%) already made changes to the way they choose and buy seafood in the last year in order to protect fish in our oceans.

Consumer activism includes switching to brands or products that say they help protect the oceans or fish (23%), buying different seafood species (17%) and changing where they buy seafood (15%). Eight in 10 seafood consumers (83%) are prepared to take further action in the future to safeguard our oceans.

That action is being fuelled by the worry held by nearly 1 in 3 people globally (31%) that their favourite fish won’t be available to eat in 20 years’ time. A higher proportion of 18 to 24-year-olds (37%) fear their favourite fish will be off the menu by 2040 than the over 55s (27%). Young people and parents are also more likely to have taken action in the last year1 and be willing to take action in the future to protect fish and seafood2.

For plenty more fish to be left in the sea, two thirds (65%) of seafood lovers say buying fish and seafood from sustainable sources is vital, and two fifths (41%) say they notice ecolabelled products when shopping.

Oceans contain up to 80 percent of life on earth3, with seafood providing an important source of protein to more than 3 billion people across the world4. However, a third of fisheries around the world have been fished beyond sustainable limits, and a further 60% are fished to their maximum capacity5.

This World Oceans Day (8th June), the independent, not-for-profit Marine Stewardship Council is launching a new global campaign Little Blue Label, Big Blue Future. The aim is to encourage more consumers to switch to seafood certified to its rigorous ‘blue label’ standard.

Rupert Howes, Chief Executive at the Marine Stewardship Council said: “With overfishing, climate change and pollution putting increasing pressure on our oceans, the choices we make as consumers have never been more important. This survey shows people really do care where their seafood comes from and how it is sourced.

“At a time when the seafood industry is facing unprecedented challenges as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, we can all play a part in supporting fishers committed to sustainable practises, helping to protect marine ecosystems and safeguarding our seafood supplies for future generations. Choose certified sustainable seafood by looking out for the blue MSC label.”

SOURCE: EuropaWire

RCH’s partnership with Jeunes Restaurateurs d’Europe (JRE) to help develop the cash desks of the future

TREVISO, Italy, 2020-Apr-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — RCH continues to champion the highest level of restaurateurism by forming an alliance with Jeunes Restaurateurs d’Europe (JRE), one of the world’s most prestigious culinary institutes. This alliance will see JRE integrating the RCH brand into their social media and press statements, along with presence on the website and JRE annual guide.

In return, and in recognition that the creativity of gastronomy needs to be supported by effective business practices, RCH will be engaging in a range of collaborative activities with JRE to help encourage and develop the next generation of chefs and restaurateurs, both in terms of the creative and commercial ambitions. This will include both event sponsorship and product support.

JRE, one of the most prestigious culinary organisations in the world, brings together young Restaurateurs and Chefs who share their talent and passion for food with likeminded people. Founded in 1974 in France, JRE is now active in 16 countries with 350 affiliated restaurants and is looking to expand on a global scale. With over 180 Michelin stars and 4,000 Gault&Millau points between them, members of JRE combine a love of creativity and innovation with a respect for local products and tradition.

The key slogan for JRE is the idea of ‘never-ending passion’, and this closely echoes the mentality that RCH seeks to embody within their product range. In developing cash register systems for a number of industries, RCH seeks to get deeply involved in the intricacies of their clients’ operations – understanding how the EPOS process impacts the full business model, and not merely the cash-taking elements of operation.

Resultantly, RCH have developed products – such as the ATOS range – which are perfectly positioned to augment restaurant operations on nearly every level. Not only are RCH systems deisgned to compliment the aesthetics of the dining environment, but they also provide levels of data analysis that can completely revolutionise the entire restaurant process; from menu design and purchase, to wastage control, to Customer Relationship Management (CRM), to full financial/taxation conformance, and beyond.

A key aspect of the partnership with JRE will be RCH’s endeavours to develop parts of their ATOS system to specifically compliment the needs of JRE. In this way, RCH is able to develop a long-lasting, committed relationship with JRE, providing mutual benefits: RCH gains knowledge not just of existing market trends that could be integrated into future product updates, but the progressive, creative innovations that JRE are at the forefront of. Similarly, JRE are able to integrate top-level commercial technologies into their operations – significantly improving the efficiency of their booking and reservations processes, along with a whole host of other benefits.

Fillipo Saporito, President JRE Italy, says of the partnership: “When my wife and I opened the ‘La Leggenda dei Frati’ restaurant in 2002, the first big goal was to be part of this big family. Today I am proud to be the leader of this family, and I do so with commitment and passion, giving my deepest thanks to all of the partners who join us, and echo our own sense of passion and dedication.”

Stefano de Pra, President & CEO of RCH Group SpA, adds his own insight, stating that “It would be tempting to draw from our Italian roots as reason for why we are so committed to the forwardance of the restaurant community through our partnership with JRE – the Italians of course being famed for their exceptional cuisine. But in reality RCH is an international operation, and JRE has an international reach”. De Pra continues: “A love of good food is the language of every culture, not just ours. This collaboration sees us not just supporting upcoming restaurateurs, but benefiting from their verve, determination, insight and creativity to help us develop the cash desks of the future.”

RCH looks forward to developing its first collaborative event with JRE. Until then, it wishes all operators within the restaurant trade the best of luck and keep being inspired by passion.

More information about RCH Group Spa is available at http://www.rch-group.com/

About JRE
Jeunes Restaurateurs (JRE) is an association of young chefs in Europe which has been breathing new and fresh life to the culinary arts since 1974, in keeping with their slogan “Never-ending passion.” In doing so, JRE combines cuisine of the very highest standard with the courage to introduce innovations to the culinary tradition of the respective region. Jeunes Restaurateurs has restaurants in 16 European countries – around 80 of them in Germany alone. These include establishments run by famous chefs known from TV, such as Alexander Herrmann and Cornelia Poletto. More info to be found here: https://www.jre.eu/

SOURCE: EuropaWire

RCH Group to exhibit at EuroShop, February 16-20, 2020

RCH Group to exhibit at EuroShop, February 16-20, 2020

TREVISO, Italy, 2020-Jan-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — This February (16-20), RCH Group will be exhibiting at EuroShop, the world’s largest trade fair for retail investment requirements. On booth #G49 in Hall 6 the company will introduce a number of new POS solutions – responding to the future-oriented and dynamic trends of the retail industry and building upon the technological and aesthetic capabilities that sit at the core of RCH’s product development.

Improving the strategic abilities of small and medium operations with improved analytics and accountancy

A key element of RCH’s attendance at the show will be the international debut of the WALLE 8T – a product which aims to evolve the concept of Smart ECR and increase the ability of small and medium retail operations to engage in effective fiscal management and financial analytics.

WALLE 8T constitutes a POS unit that contains an 8″ TFT color video keyboard and capacitive touchscreen, with high brightness and 1024×600 resolution. It also includes a high quality graphic thermal printer. However, whilst the WALLE 8T contains all of the high-level physical specifications that are associated with RCH products standard, including a highly elegant design, what sets this new model apart is the high degree of interoperability that is facilitated by the use of Android-based software. This software provides exceptional usability by unifying interface and functionality, allowing businesses to create an adaptable, tailored, flexible solution to their money handling activities.

With intuitive front-end operability and highly flexible back-end analytics and accountancy features, even small retailers now have the opportunity to understand their business and make strategic decisions based on the data they generate.

In addition to the WALLE 8T, RCH will also be demonstrating a range of new product evolutions, with a focus on meeting the aesthetic needs of retail outlets.

Novelty with a Vintage look

Whilst RCH always prides itself on the technological developments that increase the functionality and usability of its products, there is also recognition that supporting the strategic goals of customers will not always spring exclusively from technological innovation alone. The aesthetics and atmosphere of retail venues are key strategic components for a business, and cash registers constitute an incredibly visible element within a store.

For this reason, RCH is proud to introduce the Cortina 59. With metal drawer and printer, the Cortina embodies a stylish, vintage design that fits well into retail environments that are seeking a more nostalgic aesthetic that reminds of past cash registers. Available in five different colours (white, black, blue, red, yellow), the Cortina 59 doesn’t just meet the functional needs of a commercial environment, but in itself becomes a beautiful centrepiece – actively contributing as a piece of decoration and functional furniture. Electronic based capabilities with all of the RCH functionality you expect, embodied in true mechanical charm.

NEW Robust POS product

For retail environments that do favour a modern and slick aesthetic, at the other end of the RCH design spectrum is the A-IRON. Part of the ATOS 15 range – and therefore embodying all of the usability, versatility and functionality expected from RCH’s signature line – the A-IRON combines aluminium and steel into the physical POS unit to enhance an image of modernity and elegance, with clean lines and a solid appearance.

President and CEO of RCH Stefano De Pra, stated: “Our path to innovation is a combination of creativity and market needs, elegant design and functional aspects. Technological innovation sits at the core of our products – as its beating heart, but a diverse range of beautiful external aesthetics makes them fit-for-purpose in a variety of retail contexts. The novel products we are introducing this year at EuroShop will meet the expectations of an international market that appreciates reliability, the use of resistant, robust materials and considered design that combines to create easy-to-use and decorative POS products.”

More information about RCH Group SpA and its products is available at http://www.rch-group.com/

SOURCE: EuropaWire

RCH’s newly launched WALLE 8T POS meets complex fiscal reporting laws

RCH’s newly launched WALLE 8T POS meets complex fiscal reporting laws

TREVISO, Italy, 2019-Oct-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — RCH Group, provider of advanced point of sale systems for the retail, food and beverage, and public administration sector has introduced an all-in-one solution for retail businesses seeking to streamline their POS and fiscal operations. The WALLE 8T promises to significantly improve the ability of small and medium retail operations to efficiently perform, manage and monitor their financial and fiscal operations, and access data which can be key in strategic development of the firm.

“With the WALLE 8T we are seeking to evolve the concept of Smart ECR and present new solutions which are particularly relevant for small and medium sized retail operations, who until recently have been limited in their access to effective fiscal management and financial analytics” said Stefano Di Pra, CEO and President of RCH Europe. “The ease of use, high levels of configurability and accessible range of data outputs – which can all be accessed remotely – mean that even small retailers now have the opportunity to understand their business and make strategic decisions based on the data they generate.”

Software that maximises flexibility, hardware that maximises usability

The WALLE 8T constitutes a physical POS unit that contains an 8″ TFT color video keyboard and capacitive touchscreen, with high brightness and 1024×600 resolution. It also includes a high quality graphic thermal printer. However, whilst the WALLE 8T contains all of the high-level physical specifications that are associated with RCH products, including a highly elegant design, what sets this new model apart is the high degree of interoperability that is facilitated by the use of Android-based software. This software provides exceptional usability by unifying the interface and functionality allowing businesses to create an adaptable, tailored, flexible solution to their money handling activities.

Remote and real-time access to data with the Cloud RCH store

Moreover, the Android software deployed on the WALLE 8T unit allows for complete cloud-based management of all front and back end operations. This means that all processes can be managed remotely providing much greater flexibility in the way that fiscal affairs can be handled – especially in operations which maintain multiple sales sites. Details of financial operations are collated and presented in accessible and easy-to-read graphs and charts, and updated on a real-time basis to facilitate more reactive and dynamic analysis of sales activities. Additional elements such as disaster recovery allow users a much greater peace of mind in maintaining undisrupted monitoring and reporting of performance.

Streamlined front-end operations, comprehensive back-end analytics

Certainly, the WALLE 8T system integrates all of the front-end usability which is to be expected of RCH POS products.  With its high degree of intuitiveness which places important functions front and center, and significantly reduces the training time needed to use the systems. But it is not just this which sets the WALLE 8T apart. Instead, it is the back-end analytics and accountancy features which make the WALLE 8T and cloud-based Android operating system an important development in RCH’s range of solutions. Particularly important for countries which are introducing new and increasingly complex fiscal reporting laws, the WALLE 8T system has the flexibility to deliver data in a functional and easy-to-understand way, adaptable to the needs of the business and their operational context.

More information about the WALLE 8T and RCH Group is available at http://www.rch-group.com/http://www.rch-europe.de/ and http://www.rch-europe.com/

SOURCE: EuropaWire

HARIO’s new Double Mesh Metal Dripper does not require a paper filter

HARIO’s new Double Mesh Metal Dripper does not require a paper filter

TOKYO, JAPAN, 2019-Jun-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — The new Double Mesh Metal Dripper by HARIO does not require a paper filter. The double layer, stainless steel filter is carefully etched (not pressed), trapping the coffee grounds inside while allowing the coffee oils to slowly pour through the filter and collect on the surface of the coffee. These oils give your coffee body, flavor, and a deep aroma.

You can use this new dripper in the same way as you do the HARIO V60. Thanks to the scale marks on the inside, there is no need for a measuring spoon. Made solely of stainless steel, the filter is light, easy to use, and nearly unbreakable. It is also very useful outdoors. With Hario’s new Double Mesh Metal Dripper, you can enjoy a flavorable cup of coffee anywhere, anytime.

The flavor, aroma and strength of your coffee will change depending on your brew method, even if you use the same coffee beans. Your mood and feelings will also affect how you experience and enjoy your coffee. At HARIO, we aim to make brewing a cup of your favorite coffee an easy and familiar part of your daily life with our broad range of dripping utensils. Enjoy your coffee with the new dripper from HARIO.

For roughly 100 years, HARIO has proudly produced stylish coffee brewing equipment for a modern lifestyle.

*Etching process: At HARIO we make fine holes through our special metal processing technique instead of pressing the mesh.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

HARIO introduces a coffee dropper with a new concept – Immersion dripper SWITCH

SWITCH Technical data

TOKYO, JAPAN, 2019-Apr-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — In the spring of 2019, HARIO introduced a new coffee drop-off called SWITCH.

The brewing method can change the taste, aroma and strength of the coffee, even if it is brewed from the same beans. There are two basic ways to brew coffee. In one, the ground coffee is filtered with a device such as the V60. In this process, hot water is poured over the ground coffee several times at regular intervals. In the other method, the French Press or Siphon method, the ground coffee is dipped in hot water for a certain time, after which the coffee and ground coffee are separated ,

The SWITCH is easy to use. Put a paper filter in the dripper, pour water over the ground coffee and wait about 2 minutes. Then press the switch and the brewed coffee will run down.

An attractive feature of the SWITCH is the easy way to customize the brewing conditions. Simply vary the degree of grinding of the ground coffee and the brewing time to your taste.

The SWITCH offers the rich aroma of the French Press method with the clear taste of paper drop brewing, giving you the best of both brewing methods in a single dropper.

With the SWITCH you can always prepare coffee under the same brewing conditions. It will be a pleasure for you to compare the flavors of different coffee beans in this way.

With the SWITCH, HARIO will familiarize many customers with the infusion of coffee and introduce the excellent taste of the infused coffee.

For more information, please visit:  https://www.hario.jp

SOURCE: EuropaWire (In German)

RCH Group Highlights at EuroCIS 2019: ATOS 15 Elegant; ABOX 3 2.0; ATOS Software and the Cash Desk K2 XL

RCH Group Highlights at EuroCIS 2019: ATOS 15 Elegant; ABOX 3 2.0; ATOS Software and the Cash Desk K2 XL

TREVISO, Italy, 2019-Feb-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — RCH Group SpA will again exhibit on EuroCIS 2019, which is the leading Trade Fair for Retail Technology taking place in Dusseldorf, Germany from February 19th to 21st, 2019.

The company’s highlights at EuroCIS 2019 will include:

ATOS 15 Elegant
Looking for top of the range elegance at your Point of Sale? Atos 15 Elegant combines pure elegance with high-end technology. Featuring all the functionality and connectivity of the Atos15M, the Atos 15 Elegant comes with a 16:9 fully adjustable monitor that is supported by the stability of a solid chrome-effect base.

ABOX 3 2.0
Bringing a smart revolution to the POS, Abox 3 2.0 is an 80-mm all-in-one Android solution that is bursting with potential. The unit comes pre-loaded with RCH’s renowned open-standard based on ATOS Android software allowing it to remotely connect with any compatible Android device, such as a printer, a tablet and so on. The Abox 3 2.0 has been intelligently designed to deliver heightened efficiency while saving a maximum of space at your sales point. The compact unit is integrated with a 10-inch, 16:9 capacitive touch screen which makes the monitor more responsive to gestures with your fingers such as swiping and pinching.

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ATOS Software: Easy Integration with Third Party Applications
RCH’s ATOS software-based Android solutions are founded on open standards and can be easily integrated with various third-party applications and systems (scales, payments, kitchen monitors). ATOS software and its extended modules are fully designed in-house by the company’s Research and Development teams, delivering efficient and streamlined technical support to fully communicate with third-party systems. This results in a secure, reliable and modular product for each market requirement.

Innovating in the evolution of electronic cash systems. Automation adding fast and safe transactions, advanced cash and staff management and innovative POS.

This year for the first time, RCH Group will have group-member, DATA4, exhibit its innovative payment systems on its stand. DATA4 manufactures advanced self-service and automatic systems for the payment of goods and services in cash or electronically. All of DATA4’s automatic payment solutions are based on open source technology and can be easily integrated with various third-party applications and systems. Each system is designed in-house by the company’s Research and Development teams, delivering efficient and streamlined technical support so that the payment terminals fully communicate with third-party systems. The result is a secure, reliable product for every system requirement.

The Cash Desk K2 range includes the XL, Slim and the most recent WALL version.

Cash Desk K2 XL
A payment kiosk can now be a valuable point-of-sale and an additional revenue generator thanks to the Cash Desk K2 XL. The device is integrated with a 43-inch monitor, digital signage technology and self-service payment capabilities. This innovative solution communicates each option and activity to the consumer via the screen, resulting in a more personalised experience in choosing and purchasing goods.

Cash Desk K2 XL is modern in design and style, yet elegant and simple, featuring a frontal area backlit by LED. Furthermore, its uninterruptible power supply ensures that all the transactions are safely executed for 20 minutes after a power cut occurs.

NEW at EuroCIS 2019

Cash Desk K2 WALL
Retaining all the features of a multi-payment kiosk for the issuance of receipts and/or tickets, this compact wall and desk version includes a 17″ monitor and a self-service electronic cash system that can be customised for different applications such as events, food & beverage, retail, wellness and sport facilities.

Across the product range, there are common themes: harnessing the most modern and flexible solutions – particularly making use of cloud-based technology, and increasing convenience and efficiency for the client, particularly in streamlining accounting and cash management processes. Innovative use of both hardware and software in combination drives a solution-based approach to POS cash management and electronic ticketing – and always with a focus on distinguished, stylish and modern Italian design. Enduring elegance, innovation and simplicity of function are what set RCH products apart, and will all be in evidence in Hall 9, Stand B51.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

Europe Halloumi Cheese Market: 76% of modern trade outlets and 92% of online grocery retailers had halloumi cheese in their offerings

DUBLIN 2, Ireland, 2018-Oct-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Glancing through the dairy segment of retail aisles in Europe offers a clear comparison of preference for halloumi cheese than other cheese varieties. According to a Fact.MR study on halloumi cheese market76% of modern trade outlets and 92% of online grocery retailers had halloumi cheese in their offerings.

Not only has the consumer base expanded, but per capita consumption of Halloumi cheese has also witnessed an increase

Ease of availability is a key factor that has led to an increase in halloumi cheese sales worldwide, particularly in Europe. The Fact.MR study includes an analysis on the sentiments of retailers who did not have halloumi cheese in their product offerings – nearly 48% of the Eastern European retailers mentioned ‘increased customer enquiry’ about the availability of halloumi cheese over the past two years.

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Furthermore, not only has the consumer base increased, but the per capita consumption has also surged in Europe. Apart from Cyprus, which is a clear outlier in terms of per capita consumption of halloumi cheese, average consumption in Europe stands slightly less than a pound per year.

Halloumi Cheese Demand Growing on the Backdrop of Specialty Cheese Preference

Along with increased consumer base and per capita consumption of halloumi cheese in Europe, there’s an another dimension that plays a critical role. “It’s the variety of specialty and halloumi cheese which consumers are inclined towards. “Organic” has become another buzzword these days, which is mostly due to increased health consciousness and lifestyle changes among consumers, says Mr. Shambhu Nath Jha, Senior Consultant at Fact.MR. “The selection process of grocery products has widely changed among several consumer clusters, as they are moving away from lucrative offers toward products with added health benefits. Labels and certifications on cheese products were not as important to consumers earlier as they have become now,” adds Mr. Jha.

Digital Visibility Acting as a Catalyst for Halloumi Cheese Sales in Europe

One of the key reasons for increasing demand for halloumi cheese is its increasing presence on e-commerce shelves. This has had a significant impact on awareness about the product.

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“Specialty online channels are gaining popularity across Europe, owing to significant consumer demand for specialty products from Tier II and suburban areas. Online grocery retailers have broadened the access of their offerings to reach a wider demographic. The ease of access provided by online channels has led to the multi-dimensional growth, which has augured well for the prospects of halloumi cheese producers,” opines Mr. Jha.

Halloumi cheese has been growing at double-digit growth rate through online retail, and it is further expected to increase in the years to come. Developing countries, especially India and China, have gained significant traction in the online grocery sales and due to this, several cheese manufacturers and traders have partnered with specialty online stores.

Brands are Positioning Halloumi Cheese as a Healthy Alternative to Conventional Cheese

“The reason halloumi cheese sells like hot cakes across Europe is because it’s so moreish. However, a question even avid consumers ask is, “It tastes so good, but can it, in some way, be healthy? And, the answers are encouraging. Halloumi cheese is an excellent source of calcium and protein, and moderate intake can be advantageous,” says Mr. Jha.

Halloumi cheese producers are leveraging these attributes of the product in marketing, and positioning it as a healthy alternative to conventional cheese. However, it’s worthwhile to note that halloumi cheese is high in saturated fats and salts, and too much of halloumi cheese consumption can aggravate certain health conditions. There are cheese variants that are healthier than halloumi – feta, mozzarella, and cottage cheese. However, halloumi is considered as a healthier option than goat cheese and cheddar cheese

Burgeoning Demand Exerting Pressure on Production Capacities

Halloumi cheese is native to Cyprus, however, the surge in its demand globally has encouraged the local dairy producers in other European and non-European countries to produce it domestically. As a result, foray of new players has been witnessed in the halloumi cheese market. The burgeoning demand for halloumi cheese in Europe, especially in the UK, has catalyzed efforts to implement a genomic scheme to boost production in Cyprus. “The way forward for greater halloumi production is industry-institution collaboration,” concludes Mr. Jha.

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SOURCE: EuropaWire

Non-Dairy Toppings Market: heightened penetration of dairy-free ice-creams across European retail stores and hypermarkets

DUBLIN 2, Ireland, 2018-Oct-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Europe non-dairy toppings market revenues continue to head north, as the growing vegan population ramps up demand for non-dairy ingredients. Shelves and aisles across European retail stores and hypermarkets have been observed with heightened penetration of dairy-free ice-creams. Higher visibility of non-dairy products on retail shelves substantiate the heightened demand for ingredients used to process such products, and non-dairy toppings are no different. Over the years, the number of Europeans preferring non-dairy dairy products has increased significantly, and by second quarter of 2018, over one percent of European population was identified to be vegan, says a report published by Fact.MR on non-dairy toppings market.

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A Potion out of Niche – Translating Vegan Folks to Value

The number of vegan population in the UK alone has increased by 350% within a decade. Among the people who have embraced veganism in the U.K., nearly 63% are women. Observing this shift, leading UK retailers such as Sainsbury’s and Tesco have introduced new range of vegan products. While the demand for vegan products and ingredients has amplified in Western Europe, frozen desserts and ice-creams are witnessing a surge in demand.

According to Fact.MR’s study, the popularity of non-dairy products is relatively higher in Germany, with over 60% of the Germans showing interest in non-dairy ice creams and frozen desserts wherein non-dairy topping is used for processing. Non-dairy ice cream ingredients which accounted for a mere 1% of the total ice cream ingredients demand in 2012, have grown up to sizeable 8% share in a span of five years in Western European countries.

The non-dairy toppings market has also been aided by celebrity endorsements and word-of-mouth by influencers on social media. This population base has translated into a sizable market for non-dairy topping producers, which have realigned their strategies to leverage the unfolded white space in European food & beverages market.

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Lactose-averse Individuals Supplementing Non-dairy Toppings Demand

People who opt for non-dairy topping based products had to compromise with their choice of food, and lactose intolerant population group forms the leading chunk of this population group. Lactose intolerant individuals are allergic to food that contains dairy products, and are on targeted dietary plan such as Whole30 and the Paleo diet. With about 65% of European population reckoned to be lactose intolerant, and North European countries leading the list, the widespread preference and adoption for non-dairy topping is evident.

Furthermore, companies engaged in production of dairy based products also received consumer feedback of introducing key brands in non-dairy variants, and a few handful of market actors considered. European food & beverages market witnessed over 35 such product launch in last six quarter with non-dairy claims and almost 15 of those using non-dairy toppings.

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NEW AT FAFGA 2018: ATOS NOW WITH STYLISH AND ROBUST VESA MOUNT AND ARM

NEW AT FAFGA 2018: ATOS NOW WITH STYLISH AND ROBUST VESA MOUNT AND ARM

TREVISO, Italy, 2018-Jul-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — Technology is revolutionising the way in which we live and do business. In the hospitality industry where speed and quality of service is critical, organisations must embrace the latest POS technology if they are to maintain a competitive edge in today’s fast-paced digital world. FAFGA is the leading trade fair for the hotel and catering sector, taking place in Innsbruck, Austria from September 10th to 13th 2018.

Following a very successful show in 2017, RCH Group is returning to FAFGA for a second year to fortify its presence in the region and to demonstrate how its hardware and software smart selling solutions are revolutionising the Point of Sale as we know it. This time though, RCH Group will be represented by RCH Europe, the European operation launched in January 2018 and headquartered in Innsbruck. In Hall B0 on Stand 62A, visitors will see and experience a number of powerful cloud-based solutions, catering specifically to one or more points in the sales cycle. Each RCH product is based on decades of research and development and capable of interoperating with third-party systems.

The opening of RCH Europe in Austria has quickly enabled RCH Group to provide more effective and faster local support to its customers and reseller partners, further enhancing the trustworthy business relationships and high level of customer service that the company is renowned for. The increasing European customer base coupled with the necessity to have centralised operations to handle all regional deployments and after-sales technical support made Austria the ideal location.

“We attended FAFGA for the first time in 2017 and quickly discovered the exceptional opportunity the fair provided in accessing the right people within the hotel and catering business,” said Paolo Biasone, Sales Manager Austria and Germany at RCH Europe. “RCH Group has a long-standing history in providing POS solutions to the global hospitality and food and beverage industries. Given the increase of our European client base, notably in Austria and Germany, it therefore made absolute sense to base our European Headquarters in Innsbruck, close to our local customers. We look forward to meeting with current and new contacts at this year’s show.”

NEW at FAFGA 2018:

ATOS NOW WITH STYLISH AND ROBUST VESA MOUNT AND ARM
In response to end-users increased need for space reduction, RCH Europe will be launching at FAFGA an upgrade to the ATOS product range, which now comes complete with a wall mount and arm in accordance with the VESA Mounting Interface Standard. This thin mounting bracket provides an excellent space-saving solution for all catering facilities, allowing traders to mount the ATOS screen directly on to a wall, thus creating a clutter-free workspace. As like all RCH products, this new VESA mount is a functional, easy to use and aesthetic tool that is beautifully designed with the elegant Italian touch.

Additional Products on display at FAFGA 2018:

ATOS 15 ELEGANT
ATOS 15 Elegant combines pure elegance with high-end technology and comes with a 16:9 fully adjustable monitor that is supported by the stability of a solid chrome-effect base. Efficient hardware coupled with intelligent software makes ATOS 15 Elegant the ideal tool for any Point of Sale. The unit comes with an optional rear customer display that completes its maximum expression of functional elegance. This customer display is available in two different sizes, allowing the merchant to either present the customer with a list of purchased items or alternatively to display its own graphics visualising the consumptions on sale. This back graphic display can be cleverly used as an advertising tool to broadcast the latest news and in-store promotions, giving added value to any POS.

Multiple connections including Ethernet, USB and Micro SD allowing the ATOS 15 Elegant to pair with printers, tablets and scanners are all standard. An NFC reader, an MFC magnetic card and an I-Button are additional options with this innovative and eye-catching POS system.

ABOX 3 2.0
Bringing a smart revolution to the POS, Abox 3 2.0 is an 80-mm all-in-one Android solution that is bursting with potential. The unit comes pre-loaded with RCH’s renowned open-standard based on ATOS Android software allowing it to remotely connect with any compatible Android device, such as a printer, a tablet and so on. The Abox 3 2.0 has been intelligently designed to deliver heightened efficiency while saving a maximum of space at your sales point. The compact unit is integrated with a 10-inch, 16:9 capacitive touch screen which makes the monitor more responsive to gestures with your fingers such as swiping and pinching.

ATOS SOFTWARE: EASY INTEGRATION WITH THIRD PARTY APPLICATIONS 
RCH’s ATOS software-based Android solutions are founded on open standards and can be easily integrated with various third-party applications and systems (scales, payments, kitchen monitors). ATOS software and its extended modules are fully designed in-house by the company’s Research and Development teams, delivering efficient and streamlined technical support to fully communicate with third-party systems. This results in a secure, reliable and modular product for each market requirement.

This year for the first time, RCH Group will have group-member, DATA4, exhibit its innovative payment systems on its stand. DATA4 manufactures advanced self-service and automatic systems for the payment of goods and services in cash or electronically. All of DATA4’s automatic payment solutions are based on open source technology and can be easily integrated with various third-party applications and systems. Each system is designed in-house by the company’s Research and Development teams, delivering efficient and streamlined technical support so that the payment terminals fully communicate with third-party systems. The result is a secure, reliable product for every system requirement.

Cash Desk K2 Slim 
Retaining all the features of a multi-payment kiosk for the issuance of receipts and/or tickets, Cash Desk K2 Slim is an automatic device specifically destined for electronic payments. Eliminating the task of handling cash transactions results in a product that’s thinner and smoother in the movements. The device boasts a fast and simple user interface, indicating each operation to be carried out step by step with the aid of visual indicators (LEDs). A multi-lingual and interactive menu allows customers to pay for their goods or services in three easy steps.

“RCH was the first European company to introduce an Android interface for use in POS,” said Paolo Biasone, Sales Manager Austria and Germany at RCH Europe. “The Point of Sale is shifting towards a cloud-based environment, allowing merchants to remotely monitor and manage their systems from any device. Our back office enables to monitor in real time the sales of each cash point from any device, such as a tablet, PC or smartphone and it also provides the full management of the system’s programming, including personal registry, operators, customers, system configuration, and so on.”

RCH’s products, characterised by a perfect combination of elegance with the simplicity of functionality, are conceived to be at the centre of the point of sale. Smart on the inside, each product has a distinguished and modern design made in Italy.

More information about RCH Europe and RCH Group is available at http://www.rch-europe.de/ and http://www.rch-europe.com/. Further information about DATA4 and its products is available at http://www.data4.it/?lang=en

SOURCE: EuropaWire

SSP America brings Liberty Diner at Newark Liberty International Airport

SSP America brings Liberty Diner at Newark Liberty International Airport

United States, 2018-Mar-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP America, a division of SSP Group, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, has opened an American diner at Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR). The units join two previously opened markets opened by SSP America in 2017.

Paul Loupakos, Vice President of Business Development commented, “Liberty Diner and our two markets have been tailored specifically for EWR and will result in quality passenger experience that draws higher throughput and ultimately maximizes revenue. The concept of Liberty Diner is on trend given a current focus on nostalgia and elevated comfort food, but it also is a classic concept with broad appeal.”

As the 16th busiest airport in North America, Newark Liberty International Airport welcomes over 40 million passengers per year, and employs approximately 21,000 people. The airport contributes an estimated $27.2 billion in economic activity to the New York-New Jersey metropolitan region, generating about 188,000 total jobs and $10 billion in annual wages and salaries.

“We’re excited to partner with SSP America to continue enhancing the traveler experience at Newark Liberty Terminal B,” said Iris Messina, Westfield Vice President, Leasing. “A tribute to a classic American diner, Liberty Diner will surely delight customers and put smiles on their faces.”

Brand Details

Gateside Fresh Market (two units—Terminal A):  Gateside Market is the traveler’s grab & go haven for healthy eating. At EWR Gateside Fresh Market delivers on the ever-present ethos of using the freshest foods possible to bring travelers a market laden with hand-picked, nutrition-packed, wholesome nourishment that today’s consumers seek. From artisan sandwiches packed with premium fillings, to whole fruits, top-shelf salads and a wide range of snacks and drinks, multiple grab & go options abound for hungry passengers with no time to waste.

Liberty Diner (Terminal B):  Created specifically for Newark Liberty International Airport, Liberty Diner offers a unique and inviting environment that pays full, glorious tribute to the iconic style of the traditional American diner.  Serving classic American dishes—from breakfast favorites of bacon, eggs, pancakes and waffles available all throughout the day, to double-fisted burgers, chocolate shakes, meatloaf sandwiches and expertly grilled sirloin steaks—Liberty Diner’s ample 3,853 square feet space, will sit proudly and majestically in Terminal B’s international, global showroom attracting all passenger demographics with its inviting atmosphere, abundant seating and guaranteed street pricing.  Liberty Diner serves as a gleaming star attraction—relaxed, receiving and retro— the way American casual dining began.

Source: SSP

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SSP opens new premium restaurant bar concept, called Sip & Stone at Belfast International Airport

SSP opens new premium restaurant bar concept, called Sip & Stone at Belfast International Airport

LONDON, 2018-Mar-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, is set to open a new premium restaurant bar concept, called Sip & Stone at Belfast International Airport.

The new bar, which will open at the beginning of March 2018, will feature a menu that has a focus on local dishes, recipes and ingredients and will offer steaks, burgers, sausages and bacon, all of which will be locally sourced.

The bar will serve international beers, on draft and in bottles, as well as boasting a modern international and eclectic wine list. It will also offer a range of premium spirits.

An in-house bakery will serve a variety of freshly baked cakes and muffins, along with grab and go sandwiches, and freshly ground barista coffee.

Drawing inspiration from Northern Ireland’s Giants Causeway, Sip & Stone highlights the history and heritage of the local area. The modern, contemporary and natural design of the new restaurant creates the perfect “sit back and relax” environment for passengers as they begin their journey at Belfast International Airport, and will be open all day from breakfast to the last flight.

Simon Smith, CEO of SSP UK and Ireland said: “SSP has innovated this space from a traditional food village, to a modern concept, with an environment that is in tune with the needs of the aspirational customer. In the development, we’ve worked closely with the airport to underscore Belfast’s culture and culinary traditions.”

Graham Keddie, managing director at Belfast International Airport, said; “Belfast International Airport is in an exciting phase of growth with over six million passengers expected to travel through the airport in 2018. It is essential to provide facilities that meet the growing needs of our leisure and business customers and we are pleased that SSP has invested in these new facilities.  I’m sure passengers will enjoy sampling some iconic culinary delights that will be on offer at Sip & Stone.”

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The Starbucks Foundation announces investment and partnership strategy with Malala Fund aimed at empowering women

The Starbucks Foundation announces investment and partnership strategy with Malala Fund aimed at empowering women
  • The Starbucks Foundation’s multi-year strategy will promote leadership and economic empowerment opportunities for women and families in coffee, tea and cocoa growing communities
  • Partnership with Malala Fund will expand the organization’s Gulmakai Network of education champions in India and Latin America
  • Malala Yousafzai curates an exclusive playlist for International Women’s Day to be played in 10,000 Starbucks® stores across the U.S. and Canada on March 8

SEATTLE, 2018-Mar-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — More than 130 million young women and girls around the world do not have the opportunity to go to primary or secondary school, representing a generation of young people with limited ability to access economic opportunities, create their own livelihoods, and become leaders in their communities[1]. In many rural, remote communities around the world, that challenge is made exponentially worse by poverty, conflict, and gender inequality. Recognizing this global crisis – and the opportunity to drive long-term impact and social change – The Starbucks Foundation announced today a multi-year investment and partnership strategy aimed at empowering at least 250,000 women and families in coffee, tea and cocoa growing communities globally by 2025.

To launch this effort, The Starbucks Foundation unveiled a new global partnership with Nobel Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai’s organization, Malala Fund, towards a shared vision that an investment in young women and families can have a transformative impact on communities. Through this partnership, Malala Fund will work with Starbucks to promote girls’ education and expand leadership opportunities for young women in coffee and tea growing communities in India and Latin America.

“I want to thank Starbucks for believing in my dream of a world where girls can choose their own future. With their support, Malala Fund will help educators and activists in developing countries get more girls in school,” Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Laureate and co-founder of Malala Fund.

The Starbucks Foundation’s partnership with Malala Fund will build on its ongoing investments in coffee, tea and cocoa growing communities worldwide with organizations like Mercy Corps, Eastern Congo Initiative, and Heifer International which since 2005 have collectively impacted more than 450,000 people. With a deeper focus on women and families, Starbucks will also be able to accelerate its broader goal to improve the lives of at least one million coffee farmers and workers by 2025.

Inspiring the Next Generation of Leaders

The Starbucks Foundation aims to promote leadership opportunities for women and families in coffee, tea and cocoa growing communities to break down barriers to education, clean water and sanitation, and economic opportunities. Through its multi-year strategic partnership with Starbucks, Malala Fund will expand its work in advocacy, investment, and amplifying young women and girls’ voices, including growing its Gulmakai Network of education champions to coffee and tea growing communities in India and Latin America. The partnership will help expand non-traditional educational opportunities in those communities and scale leadership opportunities for young women with a goal to inspire the next generation of civically engaged leaders. Starbucks also plans to connect partners (employees) with Malala Fund’s Gulmakai Network champions to create additional leadership and engagement opportunities.

“We believe women and families hold the key to long-term empowerment and social change,” said Virginia Tenpenny, executive director for The Starbucks Foundation and vice president, Global Social Impact at Starbucks. “Looking ahead, we want to ensure our partnerships connect women with education and leadership opportunities needed to create healthy homes and sustainable livelihoods – for themselves, their families, and future generations. We are proud to join with Malala Fund to invest in young women so they may become leaders in their communities and achieve their dreams and aspirations.”

Malala Yousafzai Creates Starbucks Playlist for International Women’s Day 

In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8, Starbucks today announced Yousafzai will share a specially curated playlist of songs by female artists from 16 countries to be played in more than 10,000 participating stores across the U.S. and Canada. The playlist is also available on the Starbucks page on Spotify.

Towards a Shared Future in Sustainable Coffee  

Starbucks has a long history of working with coffee, tea and cocoa origin communities to address their most critical needs such as access to water, sanitation, health and education. With The Starbucks Foundation’s focus on advancing leadership and economic opportunities for 250,000 women and families by 2025, the organization will build upon this work and help ensure even more families benefit. Through its global partnerships, Starbucks and The Starbucks Foundation are helping to improve the lives of at least one million people in coffee communities with the following initiatives:

  • A commitment to 100% ethically sourced coffee – through partnerships with Conservational International and the Sustainable Coffee Challenge, Starbucks is championing a global effort to make coffee the world’s first sustainable agricultural commodity.
  • More than $20 million in Origin Grants from The Starbucks Foundation since 2005 to organizations like Mercy Corps, Eastern Congo Initiative, Heifer International and others to support smallholder farming families with vocational training, increased access to water and health services, and greater economic opportunity in coffee and tea-growing communities.
  • A commitment to invest $50 million in the Starbucks Global Farmer Fund to provide financing to coffee farmers. By providing access to capital, farmers have the ability to make strategic investments in their infrastructure, offering the stability they need to manage ongoing complexities so that there is a future for them and the industry. To date, the Fund has invested more than $22 million in loans impacting more than 40,000 farmers.
  • Farmer Support Centers in key coffee producing countries around the world, including Costa Rica, Colombia, Mexico, China, Guatemala, Rwanda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Indonesia. There, farmers get free access to the latest findings of Starbucks top agronomists, including new varietals of disease-resistant trees, and advanced soil management techniques. Starbucks goal is to build upon traditional growing methods to help farmers continue to improve both the quality of their crops, and their profitability, ensuring the future of high quality coffees for everyone.

About The Starbucks Foundation

Established in 1997, The Starbucks Foundation has strengthened communities around the world by advancing opportunities for youth, veterans, refugees and coffee, tea and cocoa farmers and their families, supporting communities affected by disaster, and promoting civic engagement. The Starbucks Foundation is a U.S. 501 (c)(3) charitable organization under U.S. law, and receives funding primarily from Starbucks Corporation and private donations. Learn more at https://www.starbucks.com/responsibility/community/starbucks-foundation

About Malala Fund

Malala Fund is working for a world where all girls can learn and lead without fear. Learn more at www.malala.org.

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US Foods announces the appointment of Harvard Business School professor Sunil Gupta to the Board of Directors

ROSEMONT, Ill., 2018-Mar-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — US Foods Holding Corp. (NYSE: USFD) announced today (March 06, 2018) that Sunil Gupta, the Edward W. Carter Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, has been appointed to the Board of Directors effective March 1, 2018.

“Sunil is among the most sought-after experts in how technology is shaping business strategies in the digital era,” said Pietro Satriano, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of US Foods. “His experience working with companies across a variety of industries, in addition to the breadth and depth of his marketing insight, will bring a unique expertise to our board.”

“We’re excited to welcome Sunil to the board as an independent director,” said Robert Dutkowsky, Chairman of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. “His leadership in digital strategy and marketing will be a tremendous asset.”

Gupta joined Harvard Business School in 2006. He has served as the Chair of the General Management Program for senior executives, Co-Chair of the Driving Digital Strategy executive program since 2013, and served as the Chair of the Marketing department from 2008 to 2013. He is the author of the forthcoming book, Driving Digital Strategy: A Guide to Reimagining Your Business.

Before joining Harvard Business School, Gupta held positions at the Columbia University Graduate School of Business, including serving as the Meyer Feldberg Professor of Business. He’s served on the advisory boards of several startups, as well as the board of the American Marketing Association.

He received his Bachelor of Technology in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, a Master of Business Administration from the Indian Institute of Management, and holds a doctorate in marketing from Columbia University.

About US Foods

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

Contact:
Sara Matheu
Director of Media Relations
(847) 720-2392
Sara.Matheu@usfoods.com

Source: US Foods Holding Corp.

Morrisons and FareShare partnership saved over 100,000 meals from waste and diverted to charities

Bradford, UK, 2018-Mar-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Morrisons formalised a partnership between its food production sites and the food redistribution charity FareShare in April 2017, to use surplus food occurring at their manufacturing sites to benefit people in need. After nine months, the partnership has resulted in enough good quality food for over 100,000 meals being saved from waste and diverted to charities supporting vulnerable people across the UK.

Numerous Morrisons production sites have committed to work with FareShare, including the retailer’s fish processing plant in Grimsby which was the first to come on board, followed by their fruit packing house Cutler Heights and most recently, vegetable packing house Clayholes Farm in Carnoustie and the Gadbrook Regional Distribution Centre.

The recent addition of Clayholes Farm in December 2017 means that FareShare in Scotland now receives a regular supply of surplus potatoes. The Morrisons team recognised that potatoes used as quality samples could be collected and bagged up for donation to FareShare, rather than going to animal feed. The samples are now sent to FareShare Glasgow once a fortnight, where they are redistributed to local frontline charities.

The provision of off-cut grapes from the retailer’s fruit packing house Cutler Heights has grown from strength to strength since the project started in November 2017. FareShare now receives surplus grapes three times a week from the Bradford site, which are distributed nationwide to the charity’s network of Regional Centres. Three months since the project began, FareShare has received 40 tonnes of off-cut green grapes, which has directly benefited over 1,400 charities, including children’s breakfast clubs, day centres for older people and community centres in deprived areas. As of this week, the project has been expanded to include red surplus grapes, which is projected to significantly increase volumes donated.

Following the success of the partnership, Morrisons will work with Fareshare to embed the FareShare redistribution model further into their wider manufacturing network.

Lindsay Boswell, CEO of FareShare says: “We are incredibly proud of our partnership with Morrisons. Thanks to collaboration across multiple production sites, FareShare is able to access a range of fresh, nutritious food that is in such high demand by the thousands of frontline charities we support – items like fresh fish, potatoes and fruit. These types of surplus foods go a long way to helping local charities provide hot, nutritious meals for those who might otherwise go without. The fact that we have already reached a milestone of providing over 100,000 meals is testament to Morrisons commitment to putting their surplus food to the best possible use.”

Steven Butts, Head of Corporate Services at Morrisons says: “As a foodmaker that makes most of the fresh food we sell, our manufacturing sites represent the best opportunity to make a real difference by working with FareShare. We want more and more people to be able to eat well and that means ensuring as little as possible is wasted. Working with FareShare means we get surplus food made into wholesome meals where they are needed.”

For further information contact:

Morrisons Press Office
0845 611 5111

Source: Morrisons

Costa Coffee introduces innovative new Flat Family range

  • All new Costa Coffee Flat Family launches with Flat Mocha, Flat Black and Coconut Flat White joining the classic Flat White
  • All hail the mighty White Hot Chocolate; fan favourite makes a comeback for a limited time only
  • Easter Choc-O-Crunch and Lemon Layer Cake do the bunny hop onto the seasonal sweet menu

London, 2018-Mar-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Costa Coffee, the Nation’s Favourite Coffee Shop*, is springing into March with an innovative new Flat Family range, putting the smooth Flat White style centre stage. Proudly the first branded UK coffee shop to introduce the Flat White in 2010, the new range of styles and flavours offers exciting new ways to enjoy this speciality drink.

The Costa Coffee Flat Family includes the Flat Mocha, Flat Black, Coconut Flat White and of course the classic Flat White. Each member of the Flat Family is handcrafted by an expert barista using the purest coffee extraction method, a cortissimo shot – 21 grams of coffee extracted over 15 seconds to create a shorter extraction. This process ensures a shorter, purer espresso for a strong but smooth taste, blended with velvety milk that makes a Flat White heavenly and creamy.

Also, on the drinks list this spring is the White Hot Chocolate, making a triumphant return after customers mourned its absence from the Christmas menu. Sweet and warming, it’s the perfect chocolatey treat this Easter. Fans must be quick – it’s available for a limited time only.

Chocoholics will also rejoice as Lindt bunnies hop in store for Easter. Costa Coffee will be giving away a free golden Lindt bunny with the purchase of any hot chocolate.

The new Insta-worthy Easter Choc-O-Crunch is a pastel inspired treat topped with white chocolate in baby pink, powder blue and lemony yellow. Those with a sweet tooth could also choose a Lemon Layer Cake; a triple packed lemon-flavoured sponge, topped with lemon butter frosting and finished with a candied lemon peel kiss.

Costa Coffee will also be rolling out a scrumptious savoury addition to the menu. The Pork Sausage Roll makes the perfect partner for any hot drink at breakfast, lunch or dinner.

Gennaro Pelliccia, Master of Coffee at Costa said: “We’re bouncing into March with the launch of our new seasonal menu. At Costa Coffee we are constantly introducing innovative and exciting ways for customers to enjoy great coffee. We were the first branded coffee shop to introduce the Flat White to the UK in 2010 and we’re looking forward to now sharing new ways to experience the smooth and creamy coffee favourite with the introduction of the Flat Family. There’s something for everyone in the Flat Family – from the Flat Black, for those who prefer their coffee pure, to the Flat Mocha, for those who can’t resist a touch of chocolate.”

The Costa March menu is in stores now and can be viewed online here: www.costa.co.uk.

Drinks Menu

  • Flat Black – from £2.25 NEW!
  • Flat Mocha – from £2.90 NEW!
  • Coconut Flat White – from £2.95 NEW!
  • White Hot Chocolate – from £2.95 LIMITED EDITION!
  • Mango & Passion Fruit Cooler – from £2.95 NEW!
  • Pineapple & Coconut Fruit Cooler – from £2.95 NEW!
  • Red Summer Berries Fruit Cooler – from £2.95 NEW!

Food Menu

  • Easter Choc-O-Crunch – from £1.95 NEW!
  • Pork Sausage Roll – from £1.99 NEW!
  • Lindt Chocolate Rabbit – from 45p NEW!
  • Chocolate Cornflake Nest – from £1.95 NEW!
  • Lemon Layer Cake – from £2.55 NEW!

All new menu items are subject to availability.

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

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

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

Media enquiries:

CostaPR@whitbread.com

Source: Costa Coffee

DFS Group hosts its seventh Masters of Wines and Spirits event on March 24-25

DFS Group hosts its seventh Masters of Wines and Spirits event on March 24-25

HONG KONG, 2018-Mar-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — One of the most celebrated and revered events in the wine and spirits industry returns to Singapore this year, as DFS Group, the world’s leading luxury travel retailer, hosts its seventh Masters of Wines and Spirits event. On display will be more than 120 masterpieces from 60 of the world’s most legendary wine and spirits houses.

For the first time, the event will take place across two days; on Saturday March 24 and Sunday March 25 at The Warehouse Hotel, a meticulously-restored heritage building on the banks of the Singapore River. Once again, Masters of Wines and Spirits captures the heritage and craftsmanship of selected brands and pays tribute to DFS’ long-standing relationships with some of the world’s most exceptional wineries and distilleries.

This year’s event will highlight the influence of the distillers’ countries of origin, their personalities and unique and varied approaches to craft. As the only event where customers can purchase bespoke, rare, limited edition, first edition, and world-class wines and spirits in one location, the seventh Masters of Wines and Spirits offers an exclusive and immersive brand experience for DFS’ guests.

Masters of Wines and Spirits showcases a highly specialized and curated collection of products, many of which are DFS exclusives, celebrating the world’s finest industry expertise as well as the knowledge of DFS’ own merchants. New brands, as well as signature classics from legendary houses, will all be on display, reveling in rarity, heritage and innovation.

“DFS is delighted to bring the seventh Masters of Wines and Spirits to Singapore, a fitting location for us to host our esteemed guests, connoisseurs and collectors to experience a range of the best globally sourced Cognacs, wines and whiskies,” said Sibylle Scherer, DFS President Merchandising and Consumer Marketing.

“This year’s selection has been handpicked by our expert merchants at DFS to inspire and delight our customers. This really is a celebration of the diverse talents of the world’s most renowned distillers and winemakers, and a true adventure for the senses,” she said.

“At DFS, we take great pride in bringing together our valued brand partners and loyal customers in an intimate and exclusive environment that encourages sharing and discovery,” said Brooke Supernaw, DFS Group’s Senior Vice President Wines, Spirits, Tobacco, Food and Gifts. “The 2018 Masters of Wines and Spirits collection sets a new bar for this dynamic category, comparing the nuances between traditional versus craft and providing an opportunity for our guests to enjoy the very best products from around the world.”

Master Classes and Whisky Panel

The 2018 Masters of Wines and Spirits event will feature two exceptional master classes to inspire and enrich guests, as well as a whisky panel discussion featuring four of the world’s leading experts.

The first in this year’s Classes with the Masters is The Balvenie Master Class Workshop – Single Malt Whisky hosted by The Balvenie Malt Master, David C. Stewart MBE.

Mr Stewart will discuss how craftsmanship is brought to life at The Balvenie and guide guests through the entire Chapter 3 set of the DCS Compendium, including a tasting of the oldest Balvenie expression ever released. The second Master Class, the Château Latour Master Class Workshop – Wine, hosted by Rufus Beazley, Sales and Marketing Manager for Château Latour Asia Pacific, will take visitors through a vertical tasting across decades of exceptional Château Latour products.

Presented by The Whiskey House, The Whisky Panel will be moderated by DFS’ own Director of Spirits, Frederik Vanden Bulcke and will feature a panel discussion on whisky experts Stephanie MacLeod from John Dewar & Sons (Aultmore – Single Malt Whisky), Dr Kirstie McCallum from Bunnahabhain (Single Malt Whisky), Chole Wood from Bruichladdich (Single Malt Whisky) and David Croll from The Kyoto Distillery (Whisky and Gin).

The Collection

More than 30 Cognacs and whiskies include The Balvenie DCS Compendium Chapter 3: Secrets of the Stock Model, an eagerly anticipated release that pays tribute to Malt Master David C. Stewart MBE’s masterful skill, knowledge, and custodianship in managing The Balvenie’s precious aged stocks. The Model comprises five extremely rare single-cask single-malt bottling, ranging in age from 13 to 55 years.

The Jean-Paul Camus 1945 Private Reserve, an exclusive blend for DFS Masters of Wines and Spirits, comes in a hand-carved crystal carafe with silver details that recreates a model designed in 1883 by the Cristalleries de Baccarat for Jules Grévy, President of the French Republic. The outstanding Louis XIII Le Jeroboam with T.T. Trunks Paris piece is a contemporary design that brings a radical new twist to trunk accessories. The aluminum and steel structure holds three small cases made of okume wood, each encased in natural milled buckskin with Alcantara trimmings.

A rare cellar release from Japan is the Karuizawa 1960 Cask #5627. Possibly the oldest cask of Japanese whisky ever bottled, this 1960 single cask yielded just 41 bottles, achieving legendary status amongst connoisseurs and collectors.

From the world of Scotch Single Malts, The Aultmore 31 Year Old Exceptional Cask (Cask no. 1635) is part of John Dewar & Sons Fine Scotch Whisky Emporium which showcases the rare releases of some of the finest and most delectable single cask and single malt expressions. Specially created for Masters of Wines and Spirits, Aultmore Cask no.1635 has the color of antique leather and on the nose, the Oloroso sherry adds weight and complexity, complimented by notes of vanilla, butterscotch, and Seville oranges. The Bruichladdich Special Release showcases three exceptional distillery releases from 1988, 1989 and 1990, presented as the oldest and rarest whiskies of Bruichladdich. Created and bottled on the remote Hebridean island home of Islay, there are only six bottles per edition. From the Bunnahabain distillery, built in 1881, and deriving its name from the Gaelic, Bunnahabhain (Bu-na-ha-venn), meaning “mouth of the river”, comes the Bunnahabhain 1980 Canasta Finish. With only 20 units available, this rare cellar release offers a rich oakiness balanced with sweet dried fruit, treacle toffee, black coffee, cocoa, roasted nuts, and a hint of coastal brininess.

Also from Scotland is The Macallan Fine & Rare Master’s selection, specially created for Masters of Wines and Spirits, this unique collection features five fine and rare vintages in 70cl, complemented by savoring samples in 5cl miniatures. The Glenglassaugh Single Cask Collection 1972-1976 is an elegant, unique and rare selection of bottles, offering the whiskey connoisseur a lush, ripe Highland Single Malt Scotch whisky experience. A rare release from The Ladyburn distillery is the Ladyburn 1974, a single malt from William Grant & Sons’ treasured ancient reserves of maturing whisky.

More than 30 prestige wines and champagnes are showcased in this year’s collection, including the Harlan Estate Double Magnum 100 Point Trifecta from the United States, a special collection created for DFS as an exclusive release of three vintages in double magnum format and representing three of the most highly regarded vintages produced by Harlan to date. From Australia comes the Penfolds G3, a unique wine entwining three vintages of an Australia icon, Penfolds Grange, spanning seven years. French wines in this year’s collection include The Pavillon Blanc du Chateau Margaux 2010 Double Magnum; the epitome of great Pavillon Blanc vintages. A fine and elegant wine, the 2010 has an exquisite richness and a perfect balance on the palate, thanks to higher than average acidity. Chateau Latour’s Vertical Magnum release provides a rare opportunity to collect six of the most exceptional vintages produced by Latour; the 1996, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2009 and 2010.

With only one set being released of the Petrus Magnum Collection 2006, 2007 and 2011, one lucky wine lover will experience one of the famous wine labels in the world.

After March 25, the Masters of Wines and Spirits curated collection will be available for travelers and shoppers at DFS, Singapore Changi Airport’s Wines and Spirits Duplexes at Terminals 2 and 3.

DFS Masters of Wines and Spirits is part of the DFS Masters Series, a signature program of exhibitions that also includes the highly-anticipated 10th Masters of Time set to take place in Macau this December. The Masters Series is a showcase of the pinnacle of DFS’ leadership and innovation in curating and creating exceptional experiences across its five pillars of luxury: Wines and Spirits, Beauty and Fragrances, Watches and Jewelry, Fashion and Accessories, and Food and Gifts.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
press.enquiries@dfs.com

Source: DFS Group

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Chick-fil-A® introduces its newest seasonal menu item, Frosted Sunrise

Chick-fil-A® introduces its newest seasonal menu item, Frosted Sunrise

ATLANTA, 2018-Mar-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (March 5, 2018) Chick-fil-A® introduces its newest seasonal menu item, Frosted Sunrise, which is available at restaurants nationwide through June 2. The creamy and tart treat is a combination of Chick-fil-A’s signature vanilla Icedream® and Simply Orange® Juice. The treat launches in all restaurants following a successful test in Jacksonville, Fla. last fall.

Frosted Sunrise follows Chick-fil-A’s first frosted beverage, Frosted Lemonade, which was added to the menu in 2015 and was so popular that Chick-fil-A added Frosted Coffee, made with cold-brewed iced specialty coffee and Icedream, to the menu in 2016. Last year’s seasonal menu item, Frosted Strawberry Lemonade, a hand-spun combination of Chick-fil-A’s fresh squeezed Lemonade (or Diet Lemonade), Icedream and strawberry purée, was on the menu for a limited time as a seasonal offering. Icedream, inspired by founder Truett Cathy’s original recipe, is a delicious, dairy treat with an old-fashioned vanilla taste.

“Spring is the perfect time of year to introduce a new seasonal Frosted beverage. Our seasonal Icedream offerings have become customer favorites over the last few years,” said Amanda Norris, senior director of menu development for Chick-fil-A. “Frosted Sunrise combines simple but flavorful ingredients into a tasty treat that customers can enjoy throughout the day.”

Frosted Sunrise is available in small (14-ounce) and large (20-ounce) servings with prices starting at $2.85. A small is 320 calories and a large is 390 calories – both sweet treats have fewer calories than a milkshake.

For more information about Chick-fil-A and stories about the company’s food, people and customers across the country, visit thechickenwire.chickfil-a.com.

About Chick-fil-A, Inc. 

Atlanta-based Chick-fil-A, Inc. is a family owned and privately held restaurant company founded in 1967 by S. Truett Cathy. Devoted to serving the local communities in which its franchised restaurants operate, and known for its original chicken sandwich, Chick-fil-A serves freshly prepared food in more than 2,200 restaurants in 47 states and Washington, D.C.

Chick-fil-A reported over $9 billion in revenue in 2017, which marks 50 consecutive years of sales growth. A leader in customer service satisfaction, Chick-fil-A earned the Chicken Restaurant Brand of the Year honors for the fourth consecutive year in the 2017 Harris Poll EquiTrend Study. Chick-fil-A also received the top score among fast food brands and one of the top 10 scores overall for customer experience in the 2017 Temkin Experience Ratings survey, and was named one of the top 100 best places to work by Glassdoor. Continuing its founder’s legacy of generosity and service, in 2017 the company’s philanthropic Chick-fil-A Foundation awarded $1.23 million to 23 not-for-profit organizations across 13 states through the True Inspiration Awards and almost $9 million in scholarships to restaurant team members nationwide. More information on Chick-fil-A is available at www.chick-fil-a.com.

Media Hotline:

(800) 404-7196
Email: cfapressroom@chick-fil-a.com
Twitter: @ChickfilANews

Source: Chick-fil-A, Inc.

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SONIC® Drive-In launches new advertising campaign featuring comedic powerhouses Jane Krakowski and Ellie Kemper

Television and Film Stars and SONIC “Two Guys” collaborate in commercial spots

OKLAHOMA CITY, 2018-Mar-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — SONIC® Drive-In (NASDAQ: SONC) brings the laughter with the launch of a new take on its iconic advertising campaign featuring comedic powerhouses Jane Krakowski and Ellie Kemper. In collaboration with the iconic “Two Guys” – consisting of improvisational comedians Peter Grosz and T.J. Jagodowski – the two pairs will be showcased in TV and online advertising while enjoying one-of-a-kind SONIC menu items from the front seats of their cars.

“Jane and Ellie are the ideal pair to cast for this new chapter of the campaign with their strong representations of our brand personality and they bring a fresh female perspective,” said Lori Abou Habib, chief marketing officer for SONIC. “They exude the brand’s good-natured and fun-loving culture with their lively humor, in addition to being SONIC fans themselves. Jane and Ellie radiate authentic personalities ideal for the SONIC brand and audience.”

For more than a decade, the “Two Guys” have been synonymous with the brand’s amusing and energetic strategy to advertising. Krakowski and Kemper join the comedic, iconic campaign to mark an evolution of the SONIC commercials showcasing female comedians.

“Ellie and I have been the biggest fans of SONIC – and the hilarious commercials – for years. When we were presented with the opportunity to join a campaign that fully embraces comedy and improv, we knew right away this was going to be fun,” said Jane Krakowski. “We have always appreciated the comedy that Peter and TJ have brought to the SONIC ads and Ellie and I are honored to be the first female comedy duo to be in the SONIC car.”

The new commercial spots will feature upcoming SONIC products and promotions including the launch of the SONIC Signature Slingers, new cheeseburgers starting under 350 calories made with three simple ingredients: 100-percent pure beef blended with savory mushrooms and bold seasoning, becoming the first of its kind in fast food*.

“Joining the ranks of Peter and TJ feels momentous,” said Ellie Kemper. “Jane and I are so excited to share our take on a couple of friends hanging out at SONIC.”

Additionally, the spots will feature exciting new products throughout the summer and the SONIC Nights promotion, offering Half-Price Floats, Shakes and Ice Cream Slushes all made with SONIC’s Real Ice Cream, after 8 p.m. every day, starting today, March 5**.

*See menu for details
** For a limited time only at participating SONIC® locations. See menu for details.

About SONIC, America’s Drive-In

SONIC, America’s Drive-In is the nation’s largest drive-in restaurant chain serving approximately 3 million customers every day. Nearly 94 percent of SONIC’s 3,500 drive-in locations are owned and operated by local business men and women. For 64 years, SONIC has delighted guests with signature menu items, 1.3 million drink combinations and friendly service by iconic Carhops. Since the 2009 launch of SONIC’s Limeades for Learning philanthropic campaign in partnership with DonorsChoose.org, SONIC has donated $9.5 million to public school teachers nationwide to fund essential learning materials and innovative teaching resources to inspire creativity and learning in today’s youth. To learn more about Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ/NM: SONC), please visit sonicdrivein.com and please visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. To learn more about SONIC’s Limeades for Learning initiative, please visit LimeadesforLearning.com.

Contact:
Rebeka Mora
512-542-2804
Rebeka.Mora@Cohnwolfe.com

Source: SONIC

SONIC introduces guilt-free SONIC Signature Slingers cheeseburger

SONIC introduces guilt-free SONIC Signature Slingers cheeseburger

America’s Drive-In® introduces the first QSR mushroom-blended burger starting under 350 calories

OKLAHOMA CITY, 2018-Mar-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — SONIC® Drive-In (NASDAQ: SONC) revamped the traditional American cheeseburger with its new SONIC Signature Slingers, a first of its kind in fast food. The perfect-sized cheeseburger patty is made with three simple ingredients: 100-percent pure beef blended with savory mushrooms and seasonings to create a juicy, flavorful patty that is almost too good to be true. Starting under 350 calories, the SONIC Signature Slingers lets you get away with all the flavor of a cheeseburger with none of the guilt starting at $1.99*.

“The Signature Slingers is a first-of-its-kind fast food cheeseburger, which delivers the juicy savory deliciousness you expect from a burger in a way that makes you feel like you’re getting away with something,” said Scott Uehlein, vice president of product innovation and development for SONIC. “Adding mushrooms right into the burger patty amps up the incredible flavors of the 100-percent pure beef and seasonings you get in each bite. This burger truly raises the bar for every other restaurant.”

Beginning Monday, March 5, guests can enjoy two Signature Slingers cheeseburger options to satisfy their guilt-less burger cravings. The Classic SONIC Signature Slinger is topped with fresh lettuce and tomato, diced onions, crinkle-cut dill pickles, mayo and melted American cheese served on a bakery-quality brioche bun. The Bacon Melt SONIC Signature Slinger is made with crispy bacon, layered with melted cheese and mayo served on a bakery-quality brioche bun.

“We are excited to be a partner on the new Signature Slingers, which brings together the craveability of pure beef with the juiciness of mushrooms, creating a great tasting cheeseburger that guests will only be able to get at SONIC,” said Bart Minor, president of the Mushroom Council, which provides marketing and education on behalf of the nation’s mushroom growers and importers. “The trend of blending mushrooms into a burger patty has been atop a number of food trend lists this year and we can’t wait for guests to experience SONIC’s uniquely delicious creation.”

Guests can pair the new SONIC Signature Slingers with a SONIC Fruit Fizz™ for the ultimate lunch, dinner or snack, but only for a limited time.

* Tax not included. Classic SONIC Signature Slinger contains approximately 340 calories. See menu for details.

About SONIC®, America’s Drive-In®

SONIC, America’s Drive-In is the nation’s largest drive-in restaurant chain serving approximately 3 million customers every day. Nearly 94 percent of SONIC’s 3,500 drive-in locations are owned and operated by local business men and women. For 65 years, SONIC has delighted guests with signature menu items, 1.3 million drink combinations and friendly service by iconic Carhops. Since the 2009 launch of SONIC’s Limeades for Learning philanthropic campaign in partnership with DonorsChoose.org, SONIC has donated $9.5 million to public school teachers nationwide to fund essential learning materials and innovative teaching resources to inspire creativity and learning in their students. To learn more about Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ/NM: SONC), please visit sonicdrivein.com and please visit or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. To learn more about SONIC’s Limeades for Learning initiative, please visit LimeadesforLearning.com.

Contact:
Rebeka Mora
512-542-2804
Rebeka.mora@cohnwolfe.com

Source: SONIC Drive-In

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British Land: Eataly to open its first UK location at Broadgate’s 135 Bishopsgate in 2020

British Land: Eataly to open its first UK location at Broadgate’s 135 Bishopsgate in 2020

 

LONDON, 2018-Mar-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — British Land and Eataly, the Italian marketplace, announce that Eataly is to open its first UK location at Broadgate’s 135 Bishopsgate in 2020. Eataly has signed an agreement for lease for 42,000 sq ft on the ground and first floors of the building.

Eataly’s original idea is very simple: to gather all the high-quality Italian foods under one roof, where you can eat, shop and learn. With a selection of the best Italian products, restaurants, bars, quick services, exciting on-site production laboratories, and a cooking school, Eataly will add to the already popular restaurant and bar offering at Broadgate, bringing many opportunities to learn about Italian food and culture though courses, guided tastings, demonstrations and special events.

The letting marks yet another positive step in Broadgate’s evolution into a mixed-use neighbourhood for London, and sets the tone for the world class retail destination that British Land is delivering at the campus.

135 Bishopsgate’s refurbishment is part of British Land’s wider focus on enhancing the environment for Broadgate’s workers and visitors and attracting businesses from a range of sectors to the campus. The upgraded building will deliver high quality office space for occupiers, who will benefit from a roof terrace with views over London, as well as an in-house catering offer and a café, both provided by Eataly. British Land is making significant improvements to the public realm on Bishopsgate, one of London’s busiest streets.

Eataly’s marketplace will be accessible from both Bishopsgate and Broadgate’s Exchange Square which is due to be transformed into a new park for the campus. These additional entrances will significantly improve the campus’ permeability and its connections with the lively surrounding areas of Spitalfields and Shoreditch.

Claire Barber, Head of Central London Retail and Meadowhall, British Land said: “Eataly’s decision to take space at Broadgate is a fantastic endorsement of British Land’s strategy to create a vibrant, world class neighbourhood at the campus.

“Along with arrival of the Elizabeth Line at 100 Liverpool Street this year, and the high quality retail space due to open at 100 Liverpool Street in 2019, Eataly will really put Broadgate on the map as an exciting destination for Londoners to enjoy seven days a week.”

Luca Baffigo, CEO, Eataly said: “Visiting Borough Market before opening our first Eataly in Italy was a source of great inspiration for our concept. This is why opening a place in London where people can buy, eat and learn is a very important and exciting milestone for us. Being able to bring our model into a place that is so significant for us fills us with satisfaction and stimulates us to create in London a wonderful multifunctional experience.”

This letting is the most recent in a series of commitments from a range of occupiers at Broadgate, including cyber security and data management company Mimecast, which is taking 79,000 sq ft at 1FA (currently undergoing a major refurbishment), and Japanese bank SMBCE which is taking 161,000 sq ft at 100 Liverpool Street.

For further details on Broadgate, visit www.broadgate.co.uk.

About British Land

Our portfolio of high quality UK commercial property is focused on Retail around the UK and London Offices. We own or manage a portfolio valued at £18.1 billion (British Land share: £13.5 billion) as at 30 September 2017 making us one of Europe’s largest listed real estate investment companies.

Our strategy is to provide places which meet the needs of our customers and respond to changing lifestyles – Places People Prefer. We do this by creating great environments both inside and outside our buildings and use our scale and placemaking skills to enhance and enliven them. This expands their appeal to a broader range of occupiers, creating enduring demand and driving sustainable, long term performance.

Our Retail portfolio is focused on Regional and Local multi-let centres, and accounts for 49% of our portfolio. Our Offices portfolio comprises three office-led campuses in central London as well as high quality standalone buildings and accounts for 49% of our portfolio. Increasingly our focus is on providing a mix of uses and this is most evident at Canada Water, our 46 acre redevelopment opportunity where we have plans to create a new neighbourhood for London.

Sustainability is embedded throughout our business. Our places, which are designed to meet high sustainability standards, become part of local communities, provide opportunities for skills development and employment and promote wellbeing. Our industry-leading sustainability performance led to British Land being awarded a five star rating in the 2017 Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark for the second year running.

In April 2016 British Land received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Sustainable Development, the UK’s highest accolade for business success for economic, social and environmental achievements over a period of five years.

Further details can be found on the British Land website at www.britishland.com.

About Eataly

Eataly, which in the last year generates sales of roughly EUR 400 million, has 40 shops in 12 countries, offering to more than 30 million of visitors the best cottage-industry products at sustainable prices, limiting the distribution chain to the utmost and creating direct contact between the producer and the final distributor, skipping the intermediate stages in the chain. The main goal is to increase the percentage of those who eat with awareness, choosing high-quality Italian products and paying special attention to the source and processing of raw materials.

The philosophy adopted by Eataly is twofold: on the one hand, it offers products, both for sale and used as ingredients in catering; on the other hand, it offers education, including cooking classes, tastings, encounters with great chefs, important wine or beer producers or craftsmen, free education for children and senior citizens. The latter aspect summarises the true originality of Eataly and represents the starting-point in leading consumers to perceive quality, which can encourage the sense of taste and enjoyment that makes a human being more satisfied and happier. More on www.eataly.com

Enquiries:
Investor Relations:
David Walker
British Land
020 7467 3418

Media:
Claire Turvey
FTI Consulting
020 3727 1000

Source: British Land

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