Asda introduces a NEW Love Heart Pizza – the perfect meal for a cheesy night in on Valentine’s Day

Asda introduces a NEW Love Heart Pizza – the perfect meal for a cheesy night in on Valentine’s Day

 

Asda launches Love Heart Pizzas to help customers share more love on the most romantic day of the year

Leeds, UK, 2018-Feb-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Is your other half the object of your desire? Or is it oozing mozzarella and rich tomato on a deliciously doughy base that has you hooked? To help the nation decide with both their hearts and their tastebuds, Asda has introduced a NEW Love Heart Pizza– the perfect meal for a cheesy night in on Valentine’s Day.

Available from the pizza counters in Asda stores, Brits can win their partners over with a crispy heart-shaped base, generously sprinkled with their loved-one’s favourite toppings for a tasty meal on the most romantic day of the year.

Launching on February 7th, Asda’s Love Heart Pizzas are available in five favourite flavours:
· Cheese Meltdown
· Pepperoni Feast
· Very Veggie Supreme
· American Sizzler
· Mighty Meat Feast

For those looking for an extra-special evening, couples can even create their own pizza topping in select Asda stores. Whether a scattering of sweetcorn, pattering of peperoni or spray of sauce, couples can show their love for one-another with a personalised pizza created from their heart.

Katherine Tunnicliffe, Pizza Product Development Manager, comments: “We are, without doubt, a nation of pizza lovers, with the teatime treat recently named the most-popular choice for Brits. Our Heart Shaped Pizza is the ideal meal to further this love for our favourite doughy dish, sure to steal hearts this Valentine’s Day.

“For those revelling in singledom, the Love Heart Pizzas are also the perfect choice for any Palentine’s Day celebrations, where Brits can share the love they have for their friends over their favourite pizza toppings.”

Starting from £2, Asda’s Love Heart Pizzas are also launching in-time for National Pizza Day on February 9th.

Source: ASDA

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Rite Aid the one-stop shop to make sweethearts swoon this Valentine’s Day

Camp Hill, Pa., 2018-Feb-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Rite Aid is helping Cupids everywhere this Valentine’s Day by offering a wide assortment of gifts, cards and giftwrap to celebrate the season of love. Visit any Rite Aid location for one-stop shopping and gifts guaranteed to make sweethearts swoon this Valentine’s Day.

Sweet Confections
Nothing says Valentine’s Day like a heart-shaped box of chocolates. Rite Aid shelves are lined with a large assortment of boxed chocolate hearts in all shapes and s from favorites such as Dove, Ferrero Rocher, Russell Stover and Whitman’s. Little sweethearts will swoon over boxed chocolate and mini-plush gifts featuring Snoopy, hedge hogs and teddy bears. And fill the candy dish seasonal treats like Hershey Kisses, M&M’s and classic conversation hearts and bite-d chocolates from Ghirardelli and Lindt.

Say What You Feel 
Whatever you’re trying to say February 14, Rite Aid has a card for you this Valentine’s Day. From bold colors, contemporary accents and unique designs, no matter the sentiment, Rite Aid carries a wide selection of Valentine’s Day cards perfect for that special someone in your life. Don’t forget about the classroom exchange! Choose from kits with stickers or candy and favorite designs like Paw Patrol, Guardians of the Galaxy, My Little Pony and Cars.

Sweet & Snuggly 
Seasonal plush items include animated spinners, dancing animals and a 51-inch giant plush teddy bear with an embroidered heart. Or, pick up a Valentine’s Day themed puppy, bear, hippo, frog or monkey, available in a variety of colors and s. Novelty gifts include love coupon books, coffee mugs and tumblers make the perfect addition to any gift.

Gifts They’ll Love and Love to Use
Give the lady in your life a bottle of her favorite fragrance from brands like Calvin Klein, Vera Wang or Juicy Couture. For your number one man, choose a cologne from Burberry, David Beckham or Dolce & Gabbana. Gift cards are the perfect go-to-gifts for any uncertain cupid. Give the gift of style and shopping, spa services, travel or dinner and a movie thanks to Rite Aid’s assortment of over 200 gift cards.

Spread Love 
Let love be the heart of your home with Rite Aid’s wide assortment of Valentine’s Day decorations including red-foil heart-shaped wreaths, decorative wall art and gel clings.

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains fiscal 2017 annual revenues of $32.8 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

Contact:

Media:

Ashley Flower
717-975-5718

Source: Rite Aid Corporation

Meijer helps customers celebrate Chinese New Year with easy-to-make recipes

Meijer helps customers celebrate Chinese New Year with easy-to-make recipes

 

Meijer chefs share simple recipes to help you celebrate the Year of the Dog

Grand Rapids, Mich., 2018-Feb-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Spring Festival of Chinese New Year kicks off on Feb. 16, celebrating the Year of the Dog. Although celebrations vary by region and household, they all have one custom in common: creating dishes that give blessings in the New Year. Vegetables are staple items in many Chinese New Year dishes because they symbolize the coming of spring.

If you are looking to create your own celebration, the Meijer produce buyers and Meijer Test Kitchen Chefs Chad Beuter and Brian C. Williams put together a list of great fruits and veggies that are featured in many Chinese New Year dishes and created four easy-to-make recipes to try.

  • Bok Choy: This vegetable is a variety of Chinese cabbage with smooth, tapering leaves. Bok Choy is a variety of Chinese cabbage that’s high in vitamins A and C, and tastes great in a stir-fry, soups or served steamed as a side dish. The leaves have a hint of spice, while the stalks are crisp and sweet.
  • Kumquat: This fruit is quintessential to a Chinese New Year celebration. The Chinese were the first to cultivate the Kumquat. According to a post on SFGate.com, the Chinese often display Kumquats in their home during the Chinese New Year celebration because they symbolize prosperity and are often presented as gifts. As for taste, the Kumquatgrowers states that Kumquats have a distinct flavor that is both sweet and tart. It is the only citrus fruit that can be eaten “skin and all.”
  • Opo Squash: According to CooksInfo.com, Opo Squash is not actually a squash but a gourd. Its skin can be yellow to green and stays tough after cooking. Inside, it has white, firm flesh with edible seeds, similar to zucchini. Smaller and young Opo Squash are sweeter. Peel the skin from the Opo Squash before cooking and prepare it as you would a zucchini.

Try Bok Choy, Kumquats and Opo Squash together in Chilled Opo Squash Noodles with Spicy Shrimp & Bok Choy recipe. Watch the recipe demonstration video here.

  • Chinese Eggplant: Although often thought of as a vegetable, eggplant is actually a fruit. Chinese eggplant is long and thin in appearance, with dark purple skin that is tender and cooks fast. Its flesh is white, semi-firm and nearly seedless. Of all eggplant varieties, a Chinese eggplant is described as having a sweet and mild flavor. Chinese eggplant is known for its antioxidant properties due to containing rich levels of anthocyanins, a pigment that is responsible for the fruit’s deep purple skin coloring. Chinese eggplant is versatile and taste great braised, in stir fry, grilled, fried and baked. Recipe to try: Sweet & Sour Eggplant. Watch the recipe demonstration video here.
  • Chinese Long Beans: Chinese long beans are different from the common green bean. They grow as a vine and can grow more than a yard in length, hence the nickname, “yard beans.” Although, Chinese Long Beans have a similar taste to green beans, they have a different texture. Plus, green beans can be boiled, which doesn’t work for Chinese Long Beans. According to Serious Eats, Chinese Long Beans are best cooked with oil: sautéed, stir-fried or deep-fried. Their flavor intensifies and their texture remains tight and juicy. Recipe to try: Chinese Long Beans with Spicy Pork. Watch the recipe demonstration video here.
  • Ginger Root: Ginger Root is a common ingredient used in most Asian dishes and folk medicine. It adds a hot and fragrant kick, and is used to flavor many Chinese seafood, meat and vegetarian dishes. It is also widely recognized that Ginger Root aids in digestion. Recipe to try: Ginger & Shiitake Braised Chicken Thighs with Scallion Pancakes. Watch the recipe demonstration video here.

About Meijer:

Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 235 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. A privately-owned and family-operated company since 1934, Meijer pioneered the “one-stop shopping” concept and has evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel, home decor and pet departments, and garden centers. For more information on Meijer, please visit www.meijer.com.

Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

Contact:
Jennifer Rook
616-791-2794
jennifer.rook@meijer.com

Source: Meijer

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UK: Asda, FareShare and The Trussell Trust team up to help one million people out of food poverty

UK: Asda, FareShare and The Trussell Trust team up to help one million people out of food poverty

Leeds, UK, 2018-Feb-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Asda and food redistribution charities FareShare and The Trussell Trust have today announced that they will be working together on a new partnership designed to help one million people out of food poverty over the next three years.

The programme will be funded by Asda, and see the supermarket invest at least £20 million in developing the infrastructure of FareShare, which operate a distribution network for food donations and The Trussell Trust, who are the UK’s biggest operator of foodbanks.

Asda’s investment will allow the two charities to develop their infrastructure and offer better services to those in need. Currently, both charities struggle to transport and store fresh food, which needs to be chilled, and means those using food banks are reliant on mainly tinned and packet foods. The investment will also fund support services in food banks, such as debt counselling and job advice, allowing people to begin to get themselves out of food poverty.

Asda has also committed to making sure all of its shops are able to donate surplus food to food banks by 2020.

The partnership will enable FareShare and The Trussell Trust to provide an additional 24 million meals every year, give 500,000 more people access to fresh food in the UK and help one million people get themselves out of food poverty over the next three years.

In a blog post published this morning, Andy Murray, Asda’s Chief Customer Officer, said: “Right now, in the UK 8.4 million people are struggling to afford to eat. One in 10 people in the UK are missing meals to pay their bills – and one in four of those are children. And yet, four million tonnes of perfectly decent food is wasted each year in the UK. We simply cannot – and will not – accept food being wasted whilst people in our communities go hungry. We’ve listened to our customers and want to take on their challenge to fight hunger and create change.”

Lindsay Boswell, Chief Executive of FareShare UK, said: “Based on my 25 years of senior experience in the Voluntary Sector, I believe that Asda’s investment in tackling hunger and food waste in support of front line charities has the potential to create such a multiplier effect that it could well be the largest single act of support since the creation of the National Lottery or the introduction of Gift Aid.”

Sam Stapley, Head of Operations for The Trussell Trust England, said: “The scale and nature of this funding is unprecedented. Asda’s investment means they can expand their reach and develop new projects bringing very real, tangible benefits to local communities and to anyone struggling with food insecurity in a way that simply has not been possible before.”

To read the full blog post from Andy Murray and find out more about the Asda Fight Hunger Create Change programme click here.

SOURCE: ASDA

Media contact: 0113 826 2829

Chipotle announces enhancements to its employee benefits

More than 71,000 hourly and salaried employees will receive a new suite of benefits as a result of changes in U.S. tax law
DENVER, 2018-Feb-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — In celebration of its dedicated employees, Chipotle Mexican Grill (NYSE: CMG) announced enhancements to benefits that will reach all of its 71,000 employees. These enhancements, which include special cash and stock bonuses and enhanced paid parental leave, are part of the company’s ongoing commitment to advancing both the professional and personal lives of its employees. Resulting from savings due to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the new benefits have already begun rolling out to Chipotle employees.

“We have always been proud of our ability to attract and retain top talent who share our passion for cooking delicious food by hand and creating an extraordinary guest experience,” said Steve Ells, founder, chairman and CEO at Chipotle. “We’re giving back to these committed, motivated, and hardworking team members who have made Chipotle what it is today.”

Chipotle will reinvest more than one-third of its anticipated savings from tax law changes into its employees. The remainder of the reinvestment will be dedicated to improvement of restaurant facilities and operations. New employee benefits include:

  • Accelerated Training Programs. More training programs for employees, including a formalized classroom program with a dedicated faculty that will focus on a range of topics related to operational excellence and leadership.
  • Cash & Stock Bonuses. Qualified hourly and salaried restaurant employees will receive a special one-time cash bonus of up to $1,000. Qualified staff employees will receive a one-time stock grant.
  • Maternity/Paternity Coverage. Additional paid parental leave coverage for everyone from hourly managers to salaried employees.
  • Life Insurance and Short-Term Disability. The company has added life insurance and short-term disability insurance coverage for hourly restaurant managers.

These new offerings are in addition to a unique set of benefits the company already offers to employees, including both hourly and salaried workers. Chipotle currently provides twice annual merit increases for hourly employees, paid vacation and sick time, and stock awards to the restaurant manager level. Additionally, the company has made a significant investment in educational benefits for employees. Chipotle offers up to $5,250 in tuition reimbursement, and through a partnership with Guild Education, the company offers reduced-cost courses and degree programs at a number of colleges and universities. The educational program includes more than 10,000 class and program options and since the inception of the program, nearly 6,000 Chipotle employees have taken advantage of the program.

“We have always been committed to making Chipotle a great place to work with excellent compensation and benefits,” said Ells. “With these expanded offerings, we’re thanking our employees for their hard work and dedication to our company.”

ABOUT CHIPOTLE
Steve Ells, our founder, chairman and CEO, started Chipotle with the idea that food served fast did not have to be a typical fast food experience. Today, Chipotle continues to offer a focused menu of burritos, tacos, burrito bowls, and salads made from fresh, high-quality ingredients, prepared using classic cooking methods and served in an interactive style allowing people to get exactly what they want. Chipotle seeks out extraordinary ingredients that are not only fresh, but that are raised responsibly, with respect for the animals, the land, and the people who produce them. Chipotle prepares its food using real, wholesome ingredients and without the use of added colors, flavors or other additives typically found in fast food. Chipotle opened with a single restaurant in Denver in 1993 and operates more than 2,400 restaurants. For more information, visit Chipotle.com.

SOURCE Chipotle Mexican Grill

Chris Arnold, carnold@chipotle.com

Amazon and Whole Foods Market announce the introduction of Prime Now free two-hour delivery in Austin, Cincinnati, Dallas and Virginia Beach

Amazon and Whole Foods Market announce the introduction of Prime Now free two-hour delivery in Austin, Cincinnati, Dallas and Virginia Beach

Prime customers can enjoy free 2-hour delivery for orders over $35 from Whole Foods Market; Whole Foods Market groceries can be delivered through Prime Now to neighborhoods in Austin, Cincinnati, Dallas, and Virginia Beach

AUSTIN, Texas and SEATTLE, 2018-Feb-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon and Whole Foods Market today announced the introduction of free two-hour delivery of natural and organic products from Whole Foods Market through Prime Now, with plans to expand across the U.S. in 2018. Starting today, Prime customers in neighborhoods of Austin, Cincinnati, Dallas and Virginia Beach can shop through Prime Now for bestselling items including fresh produce, high quality meat and seafood, everyday staples and other locally sourced items from Whole Foods Market. Customers can start shopping from Whole Foods Market selection at www.primenow.com or by using the Prime Now app available on Android and iOS devices.

“We’re happy to bring our customers the convenience of free two-hour delivery through Prime Now and access to thousands of natural and organic groceries and locally sourced favorites,” said John Mackey, Whole Foods Market co-founder and CEO. “Together, we have already lowered prices on many items, and this offering makes Prime customers’ lives even easier.”

Prime customers can shop thousands of items across fresh and organic produce, bakery, dairy, meat and seafood, floral and everyday staples from Whole Foods Market available for free two-hour delivery. Select alcohol is also available for delivery to customers. Prime members receive two-hour delivery for free and ultra-fast delivery within one hour for $7.99 on orders of $35 or more.

Delivery from Whole Foods Market through Prime Now is available daily from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Customers can visit www.primenow.com or download the Prime Now app to enter their zip code to see if they are in the delivery area.

SOURCE: Whole Foods Market

MEDIA CONTACT
SWmedia@wholefoods.com

X5 and Rus Food Foundation to food drive events in Moscow, Yekaterinburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Kazan and Novosibirsk

MOSCOW, Russia, 2018-Feb-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — X5 Retail Group N.V. (“X5” or the “Company”), a leading Russian food retailer (LSE and MOEX ticker: “FIVE”), and Rus Food Foundation, the first Russian food bank, announce their transition to a new format for collecting food aid. In 2018, the partners plan to organise city-wide food marathons in Moscow, Yekaterinburg, Nizhny Novgorod, Kazan and Novosibirsk. The first marathon will take place in Kazan on 3 March 2018, with the Foundation’s volunteers collecting food aid for socially vulnerable senior citizens of the Republic of Tatarstan at all of Kazan’s Pyaterochka, Perekrestok and Karusel stores.

This approach is a scaled-up version of the food drive technique employed in the Basket of Kindness campaign. It will help to increase audience engagement and enable the organisers to gather more food. In 2017, X5 Retail Group and Rus Food Foundation staged Basket of Kindness events at 803 Pyaterochka, Perekrestok and Karusel stores, with customers buying and donating some 80 tons of non-perishable foods. The aid was provided to 6,000 low-income families and senior citizens from various Russian regions.

Food for the Villages, the first city-wide food marathon, took place on 2 December 2017 at 200 of Moscow’s Perekrestok supermarkets, as well as at some Dixy and Billa stores. Customers donated over 30 tons of food, which translated into gift sets for approximately 15,000 senior citizens in nine regions. The Moscow food marathon showed the effectiveness of city-wide actions, and this was chosen as the key format for the Basket of Kindness project.

In order to maximise engagement in the food aid drive, in 2018, X5 and Rus Food Foundation will continue promoting their online charity food store at корзинадоброты.рф. This website was launched in late November 2017, and in the first two months it had over 30,000 unique visitors from all over Russia. In addition to providing information about the project’s history and status, the website offers multiple ways to participate in the initiative, starting from submitting a volunteer application to donating food. It also enables visitors to buy a food set online and to donate goods ranging in price from RUB 150 to RUB 2,000. The sets include essentials for a family diet, including cereals, pasta, sunflower oil, canned goods, tea and sweets. In the first two months, the Basket of Kindness online charity store sold over RUB 300,000 worth of food sets. The aid recipients include elderly people living alone, single mothers, large families with extremely low income and orphans.

SOURCE: X5 Retail Group N.V.

For further details please contact:
Maxim Novikov
Head of Investor Relations
Tel.: +7 (495) 502-9783
e-mail: Maxim.Novikov@x5.ru

Andrey Vasin
Investor Relations Officer
Tel.:+7 (495) 662-88-88 ext.

Peapod expands its popular meal kit line to include six new recipes

Peapod expands its popular meal kit line to include six new recipes

Skokie, Illinois, United States, 2018-Feb-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Peapod, our online grocery business in the U.S., announced this week the expansion of its popular meal kit line to include six new recipes. Peapod began offering meal kits in 2014 as one of the first retailers to combine the convenience of meal kits with online grocery delivery. The expansion comes as the brand is seeing a 104% increase in new customer purchases year over year, with the meal kits receiving an average rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars.

“We know that our customers enjoy a home-cooked meal but also value shortcuts to help simplify the cooking process,” said Spencer Baird, Peapod Senior Vice President of Merchandising. “In fact, according to a recent survey we conducted, ready-to-serve and cook mixes are the most valued shortcut among home cooks with nearly one-third of adults planning to purchase a meal kit in 2018. By shopping on Peapod, you can complete your weekly grocery shop with all of the essentials and add in a meal kit for a busy weekday night.”

Each kit contains pre-measured, pre-cut and pre-washed fresh ingredients for a home-cooked meal without all of the prep time. All of the kits are affordably priced – many are less than $5 per serving – and range from two to six servings. Peapod’s delivery model also allows it to use significantly less packaging compared to other meal kit providers, eliminating ice packs or other insulation.

SOURCE: Ahold Delhaize

MEDIA CONTACT

Elizabeth Psaros
Marketing
+1 617 7708987
media@peapod.com

Meijer Simply Give program generated nearly $8.5 million in 2017 for Midwest food pantries

Meijer Simply Give program generated nearly $8.5 million in 2017 for Midwest food pantries

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2018-Feb-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Meijer Simply Give program set a record in 2017 with nearly $8.5 million – the equivalent of at least 84.8 million meals – for food pantries through the Midwest, bringing the program’s overall donation to more than $37 million since its inception in 2008.

The retailer’s most recent campaign – held during the holiday season – resulted in more than $3.1 million, or at least 31 million meals, alone for hungry families. It was the program’s best campaign ever.

“It’s inspiring to see friends and neighbors come together to take care of hungry families throughout the communities we serve,” Executive Chairman Hank Meijer said. “We cannot thank our customers, team members and food pantry partners enough for continuing to support this important program.”

The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer began its Simply Give program in 2008 as a way to help local food pantries throughout the Midwest achieve their mission of feeding hungry families. It runs three times a year when food pantries need it the most: spring, fall and holiday.

During each Simply Give campaign, customers are encouraged to purchase a $10 Simply Give donation card upon checkout. Once purchased, the donation is converted into a Meijer Food-Only Gift Card and donated directly to the local food pantry selected by the store for that campaign.

“Hunger is a local problem, which is why the funds given to Simply Give stay local,” said Cathy Cooper, Senior Director of Community Partnerships and Giving. “The Simply Give program gives everyone a chance to work together to ensure no one has to go without food.”

About Meijer:

Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 235 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. A privately-owned and family-operated company since 1934, Meijer pioneered the “one-stop shopping” concept and has evolved through the years to included expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel departments, pet departments, garden centers, toys and electronics. For additional information on Meijer, please visit www.meijer.com. Follow Meijer on Twitter @twitter.com/Meijer and @twitter.com/MeijerPR or become a fan at www.facebook.com/meijer.

SOURCE: Meijer

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

Dunkin’ Donuts to eliminate all polystyrene foam cups in its global supply chain beginning in spring 2018

Dunkin’ Donuts to eliminate all polystyrene foam cups in its global supply chain beginning in spring 2018

 

New double-walled paper cups to phase into U.S. restaurants beginning spring 2018

CANTON, MA, 2018-Feb-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — As part of its commitment to serve both people and the planet responsibly, Dunkin’ Donuts, a leading retailer of hot, brewed coffee, today (February 7, 2018) announced plans to eliminate all polystyrene foam cups in its global supply chain beginning in spring 2018, with a targeted completion date of 2020. In U.S. restaurants, Dunkin’ Donuts will replace the foam cup with a new, double-walled paper cup. The majority of Dunkin’ Donuts’ international markets are currently using paper cups, and the brand will work with its franchisees to eliminate foam cups from the remaining international markets by the 2020 goal.

The move complements Dunkin’ Donuts’ earlier commitments in the U.S. to have 80% of fiber-based consumer-facing packaging certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Standard by the end of this year; eliminate artificial dyes from its menu; build new, more energy-efficient restaurants; and partner with the Rainforest Alliance to source certified coffee.

The new, double-walled paper cup is already in use at Dunkin’ Donuts’ next generation concept store, which opened in mid-January in the company’s birthplace of Quincy, Mass. It will be introduced at all Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in New York City and California in spring 2018, and will be phased in across the U.S. as supplier manufacturing capabilities ramp up.

The double-walled paper cup is made with paperboard certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Standard and will feature the current re-closable lid that Dunkin’ customers know and love. Like Dunkin’ Donuts’ current hot beverage offerings, the new double-walled paper cup will come in four sizes — small, medium, large and extra-large — and will be used for all of the brand’s hot beverages, including coffee, lattes, macchiatos, tea and hot chocolate. With heat retention properties equal to the company’s foam cup, the new double-walled paper cup will keep beverages hot while keeping hands cool, without the need for a sleeve.

According to Karen Raskopf, Chief Communications and Sustainability Officer, Dunkin’ Brands, “With more than 9,000 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in the U.S. alone, our decision to eliminate foam cups is significant for both our brand and our industry. We have a responsibility to improve our packaging, making it better for the planet while still meeting the needs of our guests. Transitioning away from foam has been a critical goal for Dunkin’ Donuts U.S., and with the double-walled cup, we will be able to offer a replacement that meets the needs and expectations of both our customers and the communities we serve.”

In 2011, Dunkin’ Donuts announced that its number one sustainability goal was to find an environmentally friendlier coffee cup. Over the past several years, the brand has worked extensively to find a suitable replacement for the foam cup that met criteria for performance, environmental impact and cost.  Dunkin’ Donuts’ transition to paper cups will remove nearly 1 billion foam cups from the waste stream annually.

Dunkin’ Donuts remains committed to sustainable packaging and will continue to explore additional opportunities to increase recycled or certified content for other consumer-facing packaging. Since 2005, the brand has made a number of important packaging improvements in the U.S., including:

  • 2005: Began sourcing a four-cup carrier made of recycled newsprint.
  • 2009: Transitioned to napkins made with 100% recycled paper and added recycled content to espresso sleeves, cup carriers and Box O’ Joe®.
  • 2014: Transitioned to bagel bags made with 100% recycled paper, saving an estimated 20 million pounds of virgin paper per year.
  • 2015: Began transition of the lids for cold beverage cups from PET to recyclable #5 polypropylene, a change that will take 500,000 pounds of material out of the waste stream per year once completed in summer 2018.
  • 2016: Issued a new Sustainable Pulp and Paper Sourcing policy with a goal to source paperboard certified to the SFI Standard for 80% of its consumer-facing fiber-based packaging by the end of 2018.

Dunkin’ Brands, the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, continues to make important progress towards its corporate social responsibility goals, including:

·         Sustainable Building: In 2014, Dunkin’ Donuts launched DD Green™ Achievement, a program designed to help franchisees build sustainable, energy-efficient restaurants in the U.S. There are now approximately 186 DD Green Achievement restaurants around the country. Dunkin’ Brands has set a target to open 500 DD Green Achievement restaurants in the U.S. by the end of 2020. Additionally, the new next generation concept store now being introduced into the system is approximately 25% more energy-efficient than the previous restaurant model.

·         Sustainable Coffee: In 2017, Dunkin’ Donuts expanded its current work with the Rainforest Alliance to have all espresso beverages served at Dunkin’ Donuts U.S. restaurants and in approximately 16 international markets made with 100% Rainforest Alliance Certified™ beans. By the end of 2018, Dunkin’ Donuts Dark Roast Coffee will also be made with 100% Rainforest Alliance Certified™ beans. In European markets, Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants also serve Fair Trade certified espresso.

·         Sustainable Sourcing: As a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), Dunkin’ Brands continues to participate in multi-stakeholder efforts to advance sustainable palm oil sourcing and reissued its global Sustainable Palm Oil Guidelines in December 2017. In the U.S., Dunkin’ Brands has also committed to sourcing 100% of the eggs for its menu from cage-free sources by 2025 and 100% gestation crate-free pork by 2022. By the end of 2018, any chicken menu offerings in U.S. Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants will have been raised antibiotic-free.

·         Cleaner Labels: As part of the brand’s ongoing efforts to offer cleaner menu labels, Dunkin’ Donuts U.S. introduced donuts without artificial dyes in January. The brand is committed to eliminating artificial dyes from its national food and beverage menu in the U.S. by the end of 2018.

·         Menu Labeling: Dunkin’ Brands partnered with industry peers and consumer advocates in supporting a menu labeling mandate in the U.S. that provides guests with clear and consistent nutritional information when ordering.

About Dunkin’ Donuts

Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned a No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for 12 years running. The company has more than 12,500 restaurants in 46 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Michelle King
Phone: 781-737-5200
Email: press@dunkinbrands.com

Source: Dunkin’ Donuts

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Raley’s Food For Families holiday bag drive raised 3,759,535 meals, a 29% increase over last year

This year’s donation marks a 29 percent increase over last year, and totals nearly $4 million worth of donated food.

Fair Oaks, CA, 2018-Feb-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — For more than 140,000 families in communities surrounding Raley’s stores, this holiday season was a more fulfilling one. This year’s annual Raley’s Food For Families holiday bag drive, which provides wholesome food for northern California and Nevada families, culminated in a donation of 3,759,535 meals, representing a 29% increase over last year.

The Raley’s Food For Families holiday bag drive, in its 31st year, is an initiative that takes place across Raley’s family of stores to help nourish its community. From November 1 through December 31, Raley’s customers were encouraged to donate $10 for a bag of groceries worth almost $30 retail. The result: a historic drive, resulting in 144,597 total bags donated. Altogether, Raley’s customers donated $1,445,970, and Raley’s contributed more than $2.5 million- totaling more than $4 million in food donated!

Each holiday bag was comprised of more than 23 pounds of nourishing and good-for-you foods; enough to feed a family of four 26 meals. Raley’s team members specifically selected nutritious items for the bag that met one or more of the company’s Shelf Guide labels. In fact, 80 percent of the items met Raley’s nutrient-dense and minimally processed attributes. Items in the bag ranged from a gallon of milk and fresh bananas and potatoes to whole grain penne pasta and Raley’s Purely Made organic pasta sauce.

“Year after year, Raley’s goes above and beyond in supporting our families with quality food they can feel good about eating. This season’s donations are no different. And while we’re grateful for help over the holidays, hunger is a problem year-round,” says Dave Martinez, Executive Director of Placer Food Bank. “We thank Raley’s and its customers for being committed to helping our members’ health throughout the entire year.”

All of Raley’s 122 stores that were open at the time of the holiday bag program participated. They each worked with local food bank partners to distribute the bags to those in need in the community. Raley’s Food For Families accepts donations all year to cater to the needs of their nearby food banks.

“I cannot say enough how proud I am of Raley’s customers and team members for providing such tremendous support to the annual bag drive. The results demonstrate the power of teamwork and banding together to donate nourishing and much-needed food to bring health and happiness to our community,” said Becca Whitman, Community Relations Manager for Raley’s & Executive Director for Raley’s Food for Families.

The customers are the real heroes that Raley’s commends for stepping up to help their fellow community members. Raley’s could not have put food on as many tables or fed as many mouths without the support of the community. Over the past few weeks, a few customers have shared their inspiring stories:

  • Pauline Litchfield from Yuba City, CA, gathered her entire months’ worth of tips from her job to donate 7 bags to the drive.
  • Nob Hill Checker David Watkins donated more than 100 plush teddy bears (purchased by his customers) to children at local organizations like Santa Clara Medical, Kaiser Permanente and Argonaut Elementary School. Raley’s sells the teddy bears for $10 to fundraise for the Food For Families program.
  • TaxAudit, a partner of Raley’s Food For Families, had 76 team members participate in a Turkey Trot scavenger hunt to gather and pack 100 bags of food. Through their efforts, they felt they could make an impact in their local community during the holiday season.
  • Raley’s combined top ten checkers in this drive raised 321,776 meals for their communities, representing almost 10% of the total meals raised.

Raley’s Food For Families program runs 365 days of the year to cater to those in need. For more information and to learn how to donate, visit www.foodforfamilies.org.

For information about our stores, please contact Chelsea Minor, Director of PR and Public Affairs at CMinor1@raleys.com.

Source: Raley’s Food

SSP UK names its new Charity of the Year Macmillan Cancer Support

SSP UK names its new Charity of the Year Macmillan Cancer Support

 

LONDON, 2018-Feb-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP UK, a leading provider of food and drink concessions in travel locations, has named Macmillan Cancer Support as its new Charity of the Year. Macmillan provides emotional, practical, financial and medical support to people and their friends and families living with cancer.  During 2018, SSP colleagues across the company’s c.700 UK outlets will be raising much needed funds for the charity.

Colleague fundraising will take place across hundreds of SSP sites up and down the country, as well as its Birmingham and London offices.  SSP colleagues will join together to raise funds for the charity as part of four dedicated fundraising events throughout the year, including Macmillan’s well-known annual Coffee Morning.  Macmillan will also receive a third of the donations received into the SSP Foundation’s till-point collection tins, and a £100,000 grant from the SSP Foundation will give a further boost to the fundraising.

Gini Smith, Macmillan Cancer Support Corporate Partnership Manager, said, “We’re delighted to welcome SSP UK on board as a new corporate partner. Almost one in two of us will receive a cancer diagnosis by 2020, and Macmillan’s aim is to be there for everyone living with cancer when they need it most.  We rely on much-needed donations from companies such as SSP to be able to provide support during treatment or help with work and money worries.”

Simon Smith, CEO of SSP UK & Ireland, added, “We’re pleased to be working together with Macmillan to fund expert cancer support. We have around 10,000 colleagues across the country, which means that unfortunately, cancer will have affected many of us. But Macmillan is there to help people live life, and by fundraising for this important charity, our colleagues will help people get the support they need to face cancer. We are looking forward to a year of fun charitable events and hope to raise thousands for Macmillan in the process.”

MEDIA CONTACT:

Templemere Public Relations
+44 (0) 1306 735574
press.office@ssp-intl.com

Source: SSP

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Carrefour to suspend wild bass sales during its breeding period

Carrefour to suspend wild bass sales during its breeding period

 

Boulogne-Billancourt, France, 2018-Feb-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Carrefour’s aim is to become the leader of the food transition. Increasing our selection of sustainable fishing products is in line with this aim. Carrefour has set itself the target of selling the widest range of responsibly-caught fish on the market. And it would like half of all fish purchased at Carrefour to be responsibly sourced by 2020.

We have been warned about the risks that the wild bass is currently facing. In February and March, it is the breeding period for the wild bass. Catching it during this period disrupts its natural cycle and prevents stocks from being replenished.

To ensure that we are able to sell this product to our customers in the long term, we will suspend wild bass sales in February and March.
During these months, customers will be able to purchase farm-reared bass, including one organic variety.

This initiative is fully in line with Carrefour’s commitment to preserving the planet’s biodiversity and its marine resources, alongside withdrawing certain species under threat from sale, creating a range of certified fish and fish that have been responsibly reared, supporting local sustainable fishing and tackling illegal fishing.

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

. By phone:

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

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

. By e-mail: presse_groupe@carrefour.com

Source: Carrefour Group

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Auntie Anne’s brings back its beloved Heart-Shaped Pretzels this Valentine’s Day

Auntie Anne’s brings back its beloved Heart-Shaped Pretzels this Valentine’s Day

 

LANCASTER, Pa., 2018-Feb-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — This Valentine’s Day, sweet, salty and buttery love is in the air as Auntie Anne’s®, the world’s largest hand-rolled soft pretzel franchise, is bringing back their beloved Heart-Shaped Pretzels. On February 14, pretzel fans can share the love with a special twist on Original and Cinnamon Sugar Pretzels, available at Auntie Anne’s stores nationwide for that one special day only.

“At Auntie Anne’s, we are thrilled to offer a fun, delicious twist to the traditional red rose with Heart-Shaped Pretzels,” said Carol Pasquariello, Vice President of Marketing at Auntie Anne’s. “We find joy in knowing your loved ones can delight in a salty or sweet Valentine’s Day pretzel treat.”

To help further spread the love, Auntie Anne’s is offering a Heart-Shaped Pretzel Buy One, Get One (BOGO) promotion on February 14 for all My Pretzel Perks members. To receive the offer, guests need to download the app, which is available for free in Apple’s App Store and Android’s Google Play Store, before 12:00 p.m. EST on February 13.

For pretzel lovers looking to take things to the next level, Auntie Anne’s recommends pairing the Heart-Shaped Pretzels with one of their delicious dips:

·         Original Heart-Shaped Pretzel with Hot Salsa Cheese Dip for flames that keep sizzling

·         Original Heart-Shaped Pretzel with Marinara Dip for the hopeless romantic who wants red on Valentine’s Day

·         Cinnamon Sugar Heart-Shaped Pretzel with Sweet Glaze Dip for a sweet treat for your sweetheart

For the latest information about Auntie Anne’s products and company news, please visit AuntieAnnes.com and follow the brand on Twitter @AuntieAnnes, on Instagram @AuntieAnnesPretzels, and on Facebook at Facebook.com/AuntieAnnesPretzels. To get exclusive offers and information before anyone else, download the Auntie Anne’s My Pretzel Perks app.

About Auntie Anne’s®:

With more than 1,700 locations in 48 states and more than 25 countries, Auntie Anne’s mixes, twists and bakes pretzels to golden brown perfection all day long in full view of guests. Auntie Anne’s can be found in malls and outlet centers, as well as in non-traditional spaces including universities, airports, Walmarts, travel plazas, military bases, and food trucks. For more information, visit AuntieAnnes.com, or follow on FacebookTwitterand Instagram. To receive the latest offers – including a free pretzel for your birthday – download the My Pretzel Perks app.

Source: Auntie Anne’s

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Kroger’s organic produce business achieves $1 billion in annual sales

CINCINNATI, 2018-Feb-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) announced today (Feb. 1, 2018) its organic produce business has achieved $1 billion in annual sales.

“Kroger offers one of the largest organic produce departments in America, and we are proud to have led the way in making this category more mainstream, accessible and affordable,” said Robert Clark, Kroger’s senior vice president of merchandising. “We have a dedicated procurement team that partners with more than 300 organic produce growers and suppliers every year to bring our customers an exciting selection of organic fruits and vegetables.”

According to IRI, the U.S. organic produce market reached $5 billion in 2016 and it is growing.

“We know our customers want both organic and conventional choices,” Mr. Clark added. “Kroger makes it easy for our customers to shop how they want for their families. It’s just one more way we are redefining the customer experience as outlined in our Restock Kroger plan.”

Kroger’s top-selling organic produce includes bananas, apples, strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and bagged salads.

Kroger recently announced Simple Truth® reached $2 billion in annual sales, marking the growing popularity of its brand of natural, organic and free-from products.

At The Kroger Co., we are dedicated to our purpose: to Feed the Human Spirit™. We are 453,000 associates who serve nearly nine million customers every day in 2,793 retail food stores under a variety of local banner names in 35 states and the District of Columbia. Our Family of Companies operates an expanding ClickList offering – a personalized order online service – in addition to 2,258 pharmacies, 783 convenience stores, 307 fine jewelry stores, 222 retail health clinics, 1,472 supermarket fuel centers and 38 food production plants in the United States. Our Company has been recognized as one of America’s most generous companies for our support of more than 100 Feeding America food bank partners, breast cancer research and awareness, the military and their families, and more than 145,000 community organizations including schools. As a leader in supplier diversity, we are a proud member of the Billion Dollar Roundtable.

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

SSP France opens ‘Terroirs de Lorraine’ restaurant in Gare de Metz station with renowned chef Michel Roth

SSP France opens ‘Terroirs de Lorraine’ restaurant in Gare de Metz station with renowned chef Michel Roth

 

LONDON, 2018-Feb-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP France, a subsidiary of SSP Group PLC, a leading operator of food and beverage outlets in travel locations worldwide, has opened a new restaurant called ‘Terroirs de Lorraine’ in Gare de Metz station with renowned chef Michel Roth. The restaurant was created in partnership with SSP France and SNCF Stations & Connections.

At the restaurant, guests can enjoy meals from a bistro lunch to a gourmet evening meal. The menu, created by Roth, will be served by chef Xavier Pauly and his team of eight. Highlights include perch fish and chips, Lorraine stew, classic mehlknepfle egg, and Rossini beef fillet.

The restaurant has over 130 covers, with additional seating on a terrace which can be used in the summer. The décor, which features warm saffron golds and sumptuous cobalt blues, combines period features of the historic building with contemporary flair. The Gare de Metz, which has been a classified historic building since 1975, was granted the title of the most beautiful station in France in 2017.

Born in Sarreguemines in 1959, Michel Roth began cooking at the age of 15 and has worked in some of the most iconic restaurants and hotels across France. In 1991, he was named Meilleur Ouvrier de France as well as winner of the Bocuse d’Or, and to this day is the only chef in the world to have received both of these prestigious accolades. The reputation of national star Michel Roth, will contribute to the renewal and restoration proposed in this unique station.

Michel Roth said: “Terroirs de Lorraine is born of my passion for the region, and my roots are in Lorraine where my culinary career began at my family restaurant. The Gare de Metz is, for me, a symbol of homecoming, and I look forward to welcoming customers to enjoy authentic cuisine in a place that for me is full of history and memories. With my team, we have developed a simple and refined menu that fuses regional dishes emblematic of Lorraine and French gastronomy.With the opening of the Terroirs de Lorraine restaurant, I hope the Gare de Metz will be established as destination in its own right, as well as a gateway to the city.”

The new development is part of a wider programme to refresh the food offerings at stations across France, in partnership with star chefs whose craft is founded in regional gastronomy. The partnership formed by SNCF Gares & Connexions (a branch of SNCF which manages 3,000 French railway stations) SSP (specialists in the operation of food and beverage in travel locations) and chef Michel Roth, was founded with the aim to revitalise food and beverage at stations at Gare de Metz

Patrick Ropert, Managing Director of SNCF Gares & Connexions said; “It is essential to rethink station food and beverage by creating a real sense of place and by working with leading chefs from the region who will be able to draw on their culinary heritage, while adapting their food and service to the station envirnonement and its customers.”

Gerard d’Onofrio, MD of SSP France and Benelulx said; “We are particularly proud to be working in conjunction with Michel in this outstanding venture. It underscores our commitment to innovation and high culinary standards that can be seen across our offer to the travelling consumer.”

If you are a journalist and have a press enquiry, please contact Templemere Public Relations on +44 (0) 1306 735574 or press.office@ssp-intl.com

Source: SSP

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Starbucks and Chase make earning rewards easy for customers with the launch of Starbucks Rewards™ Visa® Card

Starbucks and Chase make earning rewards easy for customers with the launch of Starbucks Rewards™ Visa® Card

 

  • Seamless integration with Starbucks Rewards™ loyalty program brings customers fast, frequent Rewards earned through everyday spending
  • Starting today, the card unlocks the ability to earn Stars both in and out of Starbucks® stores wherever Visa is accepted worldwide

SEATTLE, 2018-Feb-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (February 1, 2018), Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) and Chase (NYSE: JPM) announce the availability of the Starbucks Rewards™ Visa® Card, a co-brand credit card integrated directly into the Starbucks Rewards™ loyalty program. Customers using the card earn Stars with every purchase both in and out of Starbucks stores wherever Visa is accepted worldwide, and can be redeemed for food and beverage items at more than 8,000 participating* Starbucks locations. Card members will also become members of the Starbucks Rewards loyalty program, receiving exclusive perks and benefits already enjoyed by more than 14 million members daily.

“It’s important to us to make earning Rewards as easy for our customers as possible, and the Starbucks Rewards Visa Card is a powerful tool for us to do that because of how easily it fits into their daily lives,” said Matt Ryan, executive vice president and chief strategy officer for Starbucks. “This credit card also makes every day more rewarding for Starbucks and Chase customers through the ability to quickly earn Stars and benefits – including more food and beverage Rewards for any occasion.”

“We want to give cardmembers who can’t live without their Starbucks beverage an easy way to earn more Rewards,” said Jennifer Roberts, head of Digital Products for Chase. “The Starbucks Rewards Visa Card lets them earn Stars on every purchase they make so their next cup is that much more rewarding.”

Cardmembers will receive a physical card within 7-10 days of their application being approved, and a digital card will be immediately loaded into the Starbucks® mobile app for customers to start earning Stars right away.

New cardmembers can enjoy the following benefits:

  • New Cardmember Offer: 2,500 Stars after spending $500 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening (equal to 20 food or beverage items)
  • Bonus Stars: 250 Stars when using their Starbucks Rewards™ Visa® Card to load their registered Starbucks Card within the Starbucks® mobile app for the first time
  • More Stars:
    • 1 Star for every $4 spent outside of Starbucks stores
    • 1 Star for every $1 digitally loaded to their registered Starbucks Card in the Starbucks® mobile app, using their Starbucks Rewards™ Visa® Card, in addition to the 2 stars per $1 earned when paying with their registered Starbucks Card as a member of the Starbucks Rewards™ loyalty program
  • Instant Gold Status: Cardmembers will automatically receive Gold Status within the Starbucks Rewards™ program
  • 8 Barista Picks: Curated food or beverage Rewards selected by baristas and automatically loaded to the cardmembers Starbucks Rewards account

Starbucks Rewards™ Visa® Card has an annual fee of $49. To apply for the Starbucks Rewards Visa credit card, visit starbucks.com/visacard.

The new credit card is an expansion of the ongoing relationship between the two companies. Chase Merchant Services is the payment processing partner for Starbucks stores in the U.S. and Canada, and Chase Pay is accepted at participating Starbucks stores in the U.S., as well as through the Starbucks mobile app. A second co-branded product, the Starbucks Rewards™ Visa® Prepaid Card will launch later this year.

For more information about the Starbucks Rewards™ Visa® Card, including pricing, terms and conditions, click here.

About Starbucks Coffee Company

Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting high-quality arabica coffee. Today, with more than 28,000 stores around the globe, Starbucks is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup. To share in the experience, please visit our stores or visit news.starbucks.com and Starbucks.com.

About Chase

Chase is the U.S. consumer and commercial banking business of JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM), a leading global financial services firm with assets of $2.5 trillion and operations worldwide. Chase serves nearly half of America’s households with a broad range of financial services, including personal banking, credit cards, mortgages, auto financing, investment advice, small business loans and payment processing. Customers can choose how and where they want to bank: 5,100 branches, 16,000 ATMs, mobile, online and by phone.

MEDIA CONTACT:

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

SOURCE: Starbucks Corporation

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7‑Eleven announces new, exclusive Hershey’s Gold caramelized crème cappuccino

7‑Eleven announces new, exclusive Hershey’s Gold caramelized crème cappuccino

 

IRVING, TEXAS, 2018-Feb-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — There’s a gold rush going on at 7‑Eleven®. On the heels of the launch of Hershey’s Gold bars, The Hershey Company’s first candy bar launch in 20 years, 7‑Eleven, Inc. strikes gold with its new, exclusive Hershey’s Gold caramelized crème cappuccino.

The limited-time beverage treat joins Hershey’s Goldbars, already available at participating 7‑Eleven stores. The Hershey’s Gold candy bar hit 7‑Eleven shelves in December and already has become one of its top-selling candy offerings.

Calling it “the fourth flavor of Hershey bars,” Hershey describes its new confection creation as creamy and crunchy, salty and sweet. The golden-colored bar is a mix of buttery-sweet caramelized crème and crunchy bits of pretzels and peanuts. Hershey’s Gold bars (standard and king-size) are also available at participating 7‑Eleven stores. Through Feb. 28, 2018, candy-lovers can get a FREE Hershey’s Gold standard bar with the purchase of two standard bars at participating 7‑Eleven stores.

“When Hershey approached us about creating a new cappuccino drink flavored like a delicious new candy bar, we jumped on board,” said Shawn Barnes, 7‑Eleven senior category manager. “Our customers choose 7‑Eleven cappuccino and hot chocolate drinks to treat themselves, and our goal is to offer rich, decadent flavors you can’t find anywhere else. Hershey’s Gold is exactly that, and people love it – both as a candy bar and a cappuccino.”

The new 7‑Eleven Hershey’s Gold cappuccino mimics the rich buttery salty sweet taste of its namesake candy.  The retailer began working months before the new candy bar launched to develop the exclusive flavored cappuccino.

About 7‑Eleven, Inc.
7‑Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience-retailing industry. Based in Irving, Texas, 7‑Eleven® operates, franchises and/or licenses more than 65,000 stores in 18 countries, including 11,600 in North America. Known for its iconic brands such as Slurpee®, Big Bite® and Big Gulp®, 7‑Eleven has expanded into high-quality salads, side dishes, cut fruit and protein boxes, as well as pizza, chicken wings, cheeseburgers and hot chicken sandwiches. 7‑Eleven offers customers industry-leading private-brand products under the 7-Select® brand including healthy options, decadent treats and everyday favorites, at an outstanding value. Customers also count on 7‑Eleven for bill payments, self-service lockers and other convenient services. Find out more online at www.7‑Eleven.com, via the 7Rewards® customer-loyalty platform on the 7‑Eleven mobile app, or on social media at FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Contact:
7‑Eleven, Inc.
Corporate Communications
media@7-11.com

Source: 7‑Eleven, Inc.

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ITV announces new partnerships with Costa Coffee and Co-op for Coronation Street

Co-op and Costa Coffee Storefronts To Appear On The Cobbles

LONDON, 2018-Feb-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — ITV today (Jan 30, 2018) announces that it has agreed two significant new partnerships with Costa Coffee and Co-op for Coronation Street. In an ITV first, viewers will see Co-op and Costa Coffee storefronts as part of a new extended Weatherfield set.

Both facades will be fully branded and open for business in Spring 2018 with other assets such as posters, bags and cups integrated across the iconic soap.

The new agreements also include digital and brand-licensing aspects for both brands, enabling them to use Coronation Street assets and extend the partnership off-air.

Mark Trinder, Sales Director, ITV said: “The expansion of the Coronation Street set has given us a great opportunity to feature branded shop facades as more of Weatherfield is opened up to viewers. Incorporating product placement on this scale is something we have wanted to do for some time and we’re delighted with this exciting opportunity. We’ve worked really closely with the Coronation Street team to make sure we’ve got a great brand fit for Co-op and Costa Coffee with the nation’s favourite soap while still ensuring editorial integrity.”

Alison Jones, Customer Director at Co-op said: “Coronation Street is all about community life and the Co-op is a retailer at the heart of local life and being close to the customer, which makes this a perfect match. We are excited about the opportunity to showcase our brand on the world’s most famous street by unveiling a Weatherfield store and having further brand placements with our shopping bags.”

Eric Tavoukdjian, commercial marketing director for Costa Coffee UK&I, said: “Costa Coffee is delighted to be welcomed to the famous cobbles of Coronation Street as part of this innovative partnership with ITV. As the nation’s favourite coffee shop and a presence on the UK high street for more than 40 years, we feel it’s perfect to have a presence on one of the nation’s favourite and most iconic soaps. We’re looking forward to partnering with the ITV team to integrate the Costa Coffee brand into Coronation Street as part of this exciting Weatherfield set extension.”

First broadcast in 1960, Coronation Street is the longest-running soap on British TV and the most watched soap in the country. Product placement (PP) was introduced in the UK in 2011 and ITV led the way with the very first PP on British screens. In the same year the first peak time product placement was introduced in Coronation Street and since then ITV has brought together brands and programmes with PP agreements across the ITV schedule.

About Costa Coffee

Founded in London by Italian brothers Sergio and Bruno Costa in 1971, Costa is now part of Whitbread PLC.

With over 2,380 coffee shops in the UK and more than 1,300 in 31 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 eight years running (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017).

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.

About ITV

ITV is an integrated producer broadcaster and the largest commercial television network in the UK. It is the home of popular television from the biggest entertainment events, to original drama, major sport, landmark factual series and independent news. It operates a family of channels including ITV, ITVBe, ITV2, ITV3 and ITV4 and CITV, which are broadcast free-to-air. ITV is also focused on delivering its programming via the ITV Hub, mobile devices, video on demand and third party platforms.

ITV Studios is a global production business, creating and selling programmes and formats from offices in the UK, US, Australia, France, Germany, the Nordics and the Netherlands. It is the largest and most successful commercial production company in the UK, the largest independent non-scripted indie in the US and ITV Studios Global Entertainment is a leading international distribution businesses.

About Co-op

The Co-op operates across food, funerals, insurance, electrical and legal services and has a clear purpose of championing a better way of doing business for you and your communities. Owned by millions of UK consumers, The Co-operative Group operates a total of 3,800 outlets, with more than 69,000 employees and an annual turnover of over £9.5 billion.

For further information, please contact:

The Costa Press Team
CostaPR@whitbread.com

Source: Costa Coffee

Costa names Inside the Wave by the late poet and author Helen Dunmore 2017 Book of the Year

London, 2018-Feb-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Inside the Wave by the late poet and author Helen Dunmore has been named winner of the 2017 Costa Book of the Year. The collection, Dunmore’s tenth, explores the borderline between the living and the dead – the underworld and the human living world – and the exquisitely intense being of both, and includes her final poem, ‘Hold out your arms’, written shortly before her death in June 2017, aged 64.

Dunmore is the second writer to take the overall prize posthumously in the Award’s 46-year history. Ted Hughes posthumously won the Poetry Award and Book of the Year in 1998 for Birthday Letters.

The announcement was made this evening (Tuesday 30th January) at an awards ceremony held at Quaglino’s in central London where Dunmore’s son, Patrick Charnley, accepted a cheque for £30,000, from Dominic Paul, Managing Director of Costa.

Wendy Holden, Chair of the final judges, said: “We all felt this is a modern classic; a fantastic collection, life-affirming and uplifting. The poems carry powerful messages that speak to all of us.”

Holden chaired a final judging panel that included Contributing Editor to British Vogue, Laura Bailey; author and presenter, Fern Britton; actor Art Malik; BBC presenter and journalist Sophie Raworth; writers Piers Torday, Freya North and Simon Garfield; and poet Moniza Alvi.

Inside the Wave, published by Bloodaxe Books, is the eighth collection of poetry to take the overall prize. Poetry has a strong record in the Costa Book Awards, often winning the overall prize several times in a row. Most recently, Christopher Reid won in 2009 with A Scattering, followed by Jo Shapcott with Of Mutabilitya year later in 2010. The 2016 Costa Book of the Year was Days Without End by Sebastian Barry, the first novelist ever to win the Book of the Year twice.

Inside the Wave beat the bookmakers’ favourite, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by bestselling debut novelist Gail Honeyman, family memoir, In the Days of Rain by author and academic Rebecca Stott, Reservoir 13 by novelist Jon McGregor and The Explorer by children’s author Katherine Rundell for to win the overall prize and a cheque for £30,000 at the awards ceremony.

The Costa Book Awards is the only major UK book prize that is open solely to authors resident in the UK and Ireland and also, uniquely, recognises the most enjoyable books across five categories – First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children’s Book – published in the last year.

Originally established in 1971 by Whitbread Plc, Costa announced its takeover of the sponsorship of the UK’s most prestigious book prize in 2006. 2017 marks the 46th year of the Book Awards.

Since the introduction of the Book of the Year award in 1985, it has been won twelve times by a novel, five times by a first novel, six times by a biography, eight times by a collection of poetry and twice by a children’s book.

Luan Goldie wins 2017 Costa Short Story Award

Also announced at the ceremony was the winner of the Costa Short Story Award. Primary school teacher and former business journalist, Luan Goldie from Newham in East London, won the public vote and £3,500 for her story, Two Steak Bakes and Two Chelsea Buns. Two runners-up, civil servant Chris Hunter from Teddington in South-West London and poet and short story writer, Frances Ainslie from Dunblane, Perthshire, received £1,000 and £500 respectively.

Established in 2012, this Award – run in association with the Costa Book Awards but judged independently of the main five-category system – is judged anonymously (ie without the name of the author being known throughout the process). It is for a single, previously unpublished short story of up to 4,000 words written in English by an author aged 18 years or over, and is open to both published and unpublished writers.

A shortlist of three stories was selected by a panel of judges – Sarah Franklin, Joe Haddow, Adele Parks, Simon Trewin and Kit de Waal – and then made available on the Costa Book Awards website for the public to download and vote for their favourite. Costa Managing Director, Dominic Paul, announced the winner and runners-up and presented them with their cheques.

For more information please visit www.costabookawards.com.

Notes for Editors:

About the Costa Book Awards:

The Costa Book Awards, formerly the Whitbread Book Awards, were established in 1971 to encourage, promote and celebrate the best contemporary British writing.

The total prize fund for the Costa Book Awards – including the Costa Short Story Award – stands at £60,000.

The award winners from the five categories – Novel, First Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children’s Book – each receives £5,000.

The overall Costa Book of the Year is selected from the five category Award winners with the winner receiving a further £30,000.

The 2016 Costa Book of the Year was Days Without End by Sebastian Barry (Faber).

For further information, please contact:

Amanda Johnson
Costa Book Awards Press and Publicity
Telephone: 07715 922 180
Email: amanda@amandajohnsonpr.com

Source: Costa Coffee

Dunkin’ Donuts helps football fans get ready for the game day with the RoaDD to 52 Sweepstakes

Dunkin’ Donuts helps football fans get ready for the game day with the RoaDD to 52 Sweepstakes

 

Fifty-Two Winners will Score Big with 52 Weeks of Free Coffee

CANTON, MA, 2018-Feb-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Donuts, the official coffee, breakfast sandwich, donut and hot chocolate of both the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles, is helping football fans get ready for Sunday with the RoaDD to 52 Sweepstakes. Beginning today, January 31 through Sunday, February 4, fans can enter the RoaDD to 52 Sweepstakes by uploading a photo to Twitter demonstrating their Patriots or Eagles pride and showing how they are gearing up for Sunday’s game using #RoaDDto52 and #Sweepstakes. Fifty-two lucky winners will score big with 52 weeks’ worth of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee to keep them running after game day and through 2018. No purchase necessary, 18+, US residents only. Ends 2/4/18. For official rules, please visit DDSweeps.com.

“Whether they are rooting for the New England Patriots or the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, we know our fans have a lot of team spirit,” said Tom Manchester, Vice President of Field Marketing at Dunkin’ Brands. “With our RoaDD to 52 Sweepstakes, we are looking forward to seeing how Dunkin’ Donuts fits into fans’ game-day superstitions, rituals and watch parties and are excited to award 52 fans with 52 weeks’ worth of Dunkin’ coffee.”

No matter what game day conditions are around the country, fans can stay energized with Dunkin’ Donuts’ lineup of hot or iced coffees, lattes, macchiatos and Frozen Dunkin’ Coffee. This winter, Dunkin’ Donuts also has two new seasonal flavors: Buttery Toffee Nut, which offers the taste of buttery toffee with toasty nut flavor and Winter White Chocolate, which combines creamy white chocolate and subtle vanilla flavors.

To learn more about Dunkin’ Donuts, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com, or subscribe to the Dunkin’ Donuts blog to receive notifications at https://news.dunkindonuts.com/blog.

About Dunkin’ Donuts

Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned a No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for 11 years running. The company has more than 12,400 restaurants in 46 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.

Media Contact:
Lindsay Cronin
Dunkin’ Brands
781-737-5200
Lindsay.Cronin@dunkinbrands.com

Source: Dunkin’ Donuts

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Dunkin’ Donuts again tops Brand Keys Customer Loyalty Engagement Index for the 12th consecutive year

Dunkin’ Donuts again tops Brand Keys Customer Loyalty Engagement Index for the 12th consecutive year

 

CANTON, MA, 2018-Feb-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Donuts can now boast an impressive dozen in customer loyalty. For the 12th consecutive year, Brand Keys has honored Dunkin’ Donuts as a coffee leader in providing guests with a superior customer experience. According to the 2018 Brand Keys Customer Loyalty Engagement Index®, Dunkin’ Donuts is once again a top brand for consumer loyalty in the out-of-home coffee category. Dunkin’ Donuts was also named a #1 brand for customer loyalty in the packaged coffee category for the sixth straight year.

Brand Keys’ 23rd annual Customer Loyalty Engagement Index, conducted by the New York-based brand engagement and loyalty research consultancy, paints a picture of the category drivers that drive in-market behavior and engender loyalty, identifying brands that are best able to engage consumers by meeting or exceeding their expectations. Brand Keys’ Customer Loyalty Engagement Index recognizes the brands that receive the highest loyalty and engagement assessments and surpass competitors by “delighting” customers. In the coffee restaurant and packaged coffee categories, consumer preferences were based on consistently meeting customer expectations for taste, quality, service and brand value.

According to David Hoffmann, President of Dunkin’ Donuts U.S. and Canada, “In support of our goal to be America’s most loved beverage-led, on-the-go brand, we maintain an unrelenting focus on coffee excellence, convenience, speed and restaurant excellence. We are delighted that our guests have recognized our efforts and are proud to be honored by Brand Keys as a #1 brand in earning customer loyalty for 12 years running. We have exciting plans for our brand in 2018, including new coffee choices and technology innovations to make running on Dunkin’ better than ever, and we look forward to continuing to delight customers with exceptional service each and every day.”

“Brand Keys congratulates Dunkin’ Donuts for its 12th year in a row being acknowledged by consumers as #1 in the out-of-home coffee category. That’s a tremendous feat given the rapid changes in consumer tastes, category values, and customer-experience expectations,” said Robert Passikoff, founder and president, Brand Keys. “These changes have altered the way brands need to deliver against exceptionally high expectations and, once again, Dunkin’ has done just that. The bottom line: customers expect the best, and Dunkin’ has delivered just that.”

Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, selling approximately 2 billion cups of hot and iced coffee and espresso-based beverages per year. The brand’s coffee lineup includes hot and iced coffees, Cold Brew coffee, lattes, macchiatos and Frozen Dunkin’ Coffee. Dunkin’ Donuts’ packaged coffee is also available at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in a 16-oz. bag for brewing at home, in flavors such as Original Blend, Dunkin’ Decaf® and Rainforest Alliance Certified™ Dark Roast.

Dunkin’ Donuts continues to reward loyal customers through its DD Perks Rewards Program, which has surpassed seven million members and remains one of the fastest growing loyalty programs in the quick service restaurant industry. With DD Perks, guests already earn five points for every dollar they spend on qualifying purchases at Dunkin’ Donuts when they pay using an enrolled Dunkin’ Donuts Card, either plastic or via the Dunkin’ Mobile® App. Once a member accrues 200 points, he or she receives a coupon for a free, any-size beverage of their choice, redeemable at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants. DD Perks members also receive a coupon for a free, any-size beverage upon enrollment and on their birthday.

DD Perks members can also use On-the-Go Mobile Ordering, giving them an opportunity to order ahead and speed pass the line in-store. With On-the-Go Mobile Ordering, DD Perks members can place a mobile order up to 24 hours in advance, select their desired location, and then simply confirm via the Dunkin’ Donuts Mobile App when they are ready to pick up their order inside the restaurant, or at the drive-thru.

To enroll in DD Perks, download the Dunkin’ Mobile App or visit www.DDPerks.com. To learn more about Dunkin’ Donuts, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com or subscribe to the Dunkin’ Donuts blog to receive notifications at https://news.dunkindonuts.com/blog.

About Dunkin’ Donuts

Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned a No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for 12 years running. The company has more than 12,400 restaurants in 46 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Justin Drake
Phone: 781-737-5200
Email: justin.drake@dunkinbrands.com

Source: Dunkin’ Donuts

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Bartell Drugs and Seattle Gourmet Foods/Dilettante Chocolates® team up to raise money for Seattle Children’s Hospital

SEATTLE, 2018-Feb-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — When Emmy was only 2 years old, she and her family received devastating news—the little girl had neuroblastoma, a cancer of the nervous system. What followed was a whirlwind of treatments, eventually leading to her remission. But the possibility of complete financial ruin for her family overlaid the joy of her prognosis.

Thanks to Seattle Children’s Hospital’s Uncompensated Care Fund, not only was Emmy feeling better, but her family’s fiscal future was sound.

To help support Emmy and the thousands of other children in need of vital healthcare, Bartell Drugs and Seattle-based Seattle Gourmet Foods/Dilettante Chocolates® products, are joining forces to raise money for Seattle Children’s in support of its vision to transform children’s health for generations to come.

During February, for each package of Dilettante Chocolates® products — TruffleCremes®, Chocolate-covered fruit, caramels, and toppings and sauces purchased at a Bartell location— a financial contribution will be made to the hospital with a total expected up to $25,000.

The fundraising effort by the two Northwest-owned companies reflects their long-time commitment to positively impact the lives of children and families living in the Puget Sound area.

“Seattle Gourmet Foods, manufacturer of Dilettante Chocolates®, is proud to support our Pacific Northwest community through this partnership with Bartell Drugs and Seattle Children’s Hospital,” says Mark S. Clark, Director, Seattle Gourmet Foods. “This collaborative fundraising effort focuses on supporting the important healthcare role that Seattle Children’s plays in our region.”

To drive additional awareness, Bartell locations will have major in-store and print promotions as well as advertising.

About Bartell Drugs
Family-owned since 1890, Seattle-based Bartell Drugs is proud of its more than 128-year history based here in the Northwest. Four generations of the Bartell family have continuously focused on the future – and how the drugstore chain could better serve its customers. Operating 67 locations in King, Snohomish and Pierce counties, it is the nation’s oldest family-owned drugstore chain. For more information on Bartell Drugs, visit www.bartelldrugs.com.

About Seattle Gourmet Foods
Premium Quality Gourmet Foods Since 1993
For 25 years Seattle Gourmet Foods has remained a family-owned business committed to manufacturing quality food and confections. Our focus remains on sourcing the finest ingredients and providing consistent premium quality throughout our diverse line of products. Our brands include — Dilettante Chocolates®, Myntz!, Merlino Baking, Maury Island Farms, Anna’s Honey, Buckeye Beans & Herbs, Quinn’s, and FungusAmongUs®. Visit us at www.seattlegourmetfoods.com

Media Contact: 
Ric Brewer
Senior Communications Manager
Bartell Drugs
206-933-9416
ric.brewer@bartelldrugs.com

Seattle Gourmet Foods
425-656-9076
www.seattlegourmetfoods.com

Source: Bartell Drugs

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts adds The OREO® Cookie’s & KREME™ Doughnut to its Valentine’s Day offerings

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., 2018-Jan-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Krispy Kreme Doughnuts today (January 29, 2018) announced the return of its joy-filled Valentine’s Day doughnuts, this year with a special addition: The OREO® Cookie’s & KREME™ Doughnut.

The new doughnut will be available alongside Krispy Kreme’s classic Valentine’s Day offerings – the Sprinkle Heart Doughnut, Happy Heart Doughnut and Chocolate Iced with Sprinkles Doughnut – Jan. 29 through Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14 at participating U.S. shops.

“Whether for a friend, family member, colleague or significant other, delicious Krispy Kreme doughnuts are perfect for sharing,” said Jackie Woodward, Chief Marketing Officer of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. “The new OREO Cookie’s & KREME Doughnut is a wonderful addition to our Valentine’s Day collection.”

The new OREO Cookie’s & KREME Doughnut is a delicious, unglazed heart doughnut filled with an OREO Cookie KREME, dipped in dark chocolate and topped with OREO Cookie Pieces and a red icing drizzle. The collection also includes:

  • The Sprinkle Heart – an unglazed heart doughnut dipped in white icing and topped with a Valentine’s sprinkle blend.
  • The Happy Heart – an unglazed heart doughnut dipped in pink icing, filled with white KREME and decorated with sugar piece eyes, hearts and a joyful chocolate smile.
  • The Chocolate Iced with Sprinkles – a chocolate iced doughnut topped with a festive Valentine’s sprinkle blend.

Show your friends how you celebrate Valentine’s Day with a delicious Krispy Kreme doughnut by using #ValentinesDay and tagging @krispykreme.

About Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation

Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation is a global retailer of premium-quality sweet treats, including its signature Original Glazed doughnut. Headquartered in Winston-Salem, N.C., the Company has offered the highest-quality doughnuts and great-tasting coffee since it was founded in 1937. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is proud of its Fundraising program, which for decades has helped non-profit organizations raise millions of dollars in needed funds. Krispy Kreme doughnuts can be found in approximately 12,000 grocery, convenience and mass merchant stores in the U.S. The Company has more than 1,300 retail shops in 31 countries. Connect with Krispy Kreme Doughnuts at www.KrispyKreme.com, or on one of its many social media channels, including www.Facebook.com/KrispyKreme, and www.Twitter.com/KrispyKreme.

Contact:

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts
Cassie Williams
336-733-3793
Manager of Integrated Communications
cwilliams@krispykreme.com

Source: Krispy Kreme Doughnuts

More stores in New York and New Jersey joins ShopRite’s free fruit program

Keasbey, NJ, 2018-Jan-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Thanks to a program aimed at encouraging youngsters to enjoy healthy snacks, kids have a new reason to be excited about shopping at ShopRite –  they’ll receive free fruit when they are at the supermarket.

ShopRite continues to expand its free fruit program, first launched in 2016, with 35 more stores now offering free fruit to children at select locations in New Jersey and New York. The program now exists in more than 75 ShopRite stores in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Maryland.

Under the program, kids 12 and younger receive a free banana, clementine or other seasonal fruit while shopping with a parent or guardian. The fruits are located in the produce aisle, and the program is overseen by the supermarket’s team of in-store dietitians.

“We are committed to providing healthier food choices for children while shopping in our stores,” says Natalie Menza-Crowe, Director of Health and Wellness at ShopRite. “We believe that teaching children to develop good eating habits at an early age is extremely important. We’re happy to provide our customers with an easy way to demonstrate to their children that fruit is fun and delicious.”

The free fruit program is part of ShopRite’s ongoing commitment to providing health and wellness offerings to its customers. ShopRite stores offer an extensive line of natural and organic products, and (in most locations), provide dedicated in-store registered dietitians who are on hand to assist customers at no cost.

ShopRite recently announced that 35 more stores in New York and New Jersey have joined the free fruit program and now offer a free healthy snack to their youngest customers.  The newest store locations offering the program, listed by state, are:

In NJ: in Middlesex County: ShopRite of Spotswood; in Sussex County: ShopRite of Montague; in Union County: ShopRite of Clark.

In NY: in Albany County: ShopRite of Albany, ShopRite of Colonie and ShopRite of Slingerlands; in Columbia County: ShopRite of Hudson; in Dutchess County: ShopRite of Fishkill, ShopRite of Lagrangeville and ShopRite of Poughkeepsie; in Orange County: ShopRite of Chester Plaza, ShopRite of Dolson Ave. and ShopRite of Wallkill in Middletown, ShopRite of Monroe, ShopRite of Montgomery,  ShopRite of Newburgh, ShopRite of Vails Gate, and ShopRite of Warwick; in Putnam County: ShopRite of Carmel; in Rensselaer County: ShopRite of North Greenbush; in Schenectady County:  ShopRite of Niskayuna; in Sullivan County: ShopRite of Liberty, ShopRite of Monticello; in Ulster County: ShopRite of Ellenville, ShopRite of Kingston, and ShopRite of New Paltz; in Westchester County: ShopRite of Bedford, ShopRite of Cortlandt, ShopRite of Croton, ShopRite of New Rochelle, ShopRite of Scarsdale, ShopRite of Thornwood, ShopRite of Greenway Plaza and ShopRite of Tuckahoe Rd. in Yonkers, and ShopRite of White Plains.

The above 35 stores in New York and New Jersey join dozens of other ShopRite stores already participating in the free fruit give away. Those stores, listed by state, include:

In NJ: in Atlantic County: ShopRite of Galloway, ShopRite of English Creek, ShopRite of Somers Point, ShopRite of Absecon, ShopRite of Hammonton; in Burlington County: ShopRite of Marlton, ShopRite of Union Mill Road, ShopRite of Mt. Laurel; in Camden County: ShopRite of Evesham Road, Garden State Pavilion; in Cape May County: ShopRite of Marmora, ShopRite of Rio Grande; in Cumberland County; ShopRite of Landis; in Essex County: ShopRite of East Orange, ShopRite of Livingston, ShopRite of Essex Green, ShopRite of Millburn; in Hunterdon County, ShopRite of Flemington, ShopRite of Clinton; in Middlesex County: ShopRite of Old Bridge; in Morris County: ShopRite of Greater Morristown, ShopRite of Chester, ShopRite of Chatham, ShopRite of Stirling; in Somerset County: ShopRite of Hillsborough, ShopRite of Somerset, ShopRite of Berndardsville, ShopRite of Watchung; in Union County: ShopRite of Garwood, ShopRite of Elizabeth, ShopRite of Union, ShopRite of Springfield; in Warren County; ShopRite of Greenwich, ShopRite of Washington.

In MD: in Baltimore County: ShopRite of Timonium; in Montgomery County: ShopRite of White Oak.

In NY: in Bronx County: ShopRite of Bruckner Blvd.

In PA: in Bucks County: ShopRite of Yardley; in Monroe County: ShopRite of Stroudsburg; in Northhampton County: ShopRite of Bethlehem.

Contact:

Karen O’Shea
Maureen Gillespie
Phone: 732-906-5295
Manager

Source: ShopRite

Martha Stewart teams up with Jack in the Box to kick-off the ultimate “foodie feud” during Sunday’s big game

NEW YORK, 2018-Jan-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sequential Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:SQBG) announced today (Jan. 30, 2018) that Martha Stewart is teaming up with Jack in the Box to kick-off the ultimate “foodie feud” during Sunday’s big game.

The Super Bowl spot, which was shot in the studios at Sequential Brand Group’s headquarters, is just the beginning of the social media battle between Martha Stewart and Jack Box. Viewers are encouraged to follow #JackvsMartha after the commercial airs to see how this brawl unfolds.

“We’re thrilled that Martha will be part of the Super Bowl commercial line-up again this year. It is such an incredible opportunity to reach an audience of that magnitude – underscoring the strength and popularity of her brand and its strong connection with consumers,” said Sequential Brands Group CEO Karen Murray.

Martha Stewart is one of the most high-profile celebrities in recent history to be featured in a Jack in the Box commercial. From menu variety to a one-of-a-kind marketing approach, Jack in the Box is best known for challenging convention. Partnering with Stewart continues the brand’s trend of delivering unexpected experiences to fans.

About Martha Stewart
Martha Stewart is an Emmy Award-winning television show host, entrepreneur, bestselling author of 90 books, and America’s most trusted lifestyle expert and teacher. Millions of people rely on Martha Stewart as a source of useful “how-to” information for all aspects of everyday living – cooking, entertaining, gardening, home renovating, collecting, organizing, crafting, holidays, healthy living and pets. The Martha Stewart brand reaches approximately 100 million consumers across all media and merchandising platforms each month. Her branded products can be found in over 70 million households and have a growing retail presence in thousands of locations.

About Sequential Brands Group, Inc.
Sequential Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:SQBG) owns, promotes, markets, and licenses a portfolio of consumer brands in the fashion, active, and home categories, which includes the Martha Stewart media and merchandising properties. Sequential seeks to ensure that its brands continue to thrive and grow by employing strong brand management, design and marketing teams. Sequential has licensed and intends to license its brands in a variety of consumer categories to retailers, wholesalers and distributors in the United States and around the world. For more information, please visit Sequential’s website at: www.sequentialbrandsgroup.com. To inquire about licensing opportunities, please email: newbusiness@sbg-ny.com.

About Jack in the Box Inc.
Jack in the Box Inc. (NASDAQ:JACK), based in San Diego, is a restaurant company that operates and franchises Jack in the Box® restaurants, one of the nation’s largest hamburger chains, with more than 2,200 restaurants in 21 states and Guam. Additionally, through a wholly owned subsidiary, the company operates and franchises QDOBA MEXICAN EATS®, a leader in fast-casual dining, with more than 700 restaurants in 47 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. For more information on Jack in the Box and QDOBA, including franchising opportunities, visit www.jackinthebox.com or www.qdoba.com.

Media Contacts:

Magrino Leigh Ann Ambrosi/ Mary Blanton Ogushwitz
T: 212-672-0353/212-259-0534
E: lambrosi@smapr.com / mary.blanton@smapr.com

Source: Sequential Brands Group, Inc./globenewswire

Co-op develops a fully biodegradable paper tea bag

Co-op develops a fully biodegradable paper tea bag

 

MANCHESTER, UK, 2018-Jan-31 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Co-op is brewing up a fully biodegradable paper tea bag, making it the first retailer to find a solution to the problem of plastic waste caused by the nation’s favourite beverage.

The convenience retailer’s famous own-brand 99 tea will be developed without polypropylene, which is an industry-wide method used to enable teabags to hold their shape. The move could save nine tonnes of plastic every year from being dumped into household rubbish and compost collections.

The Co-op, which sells around 4.6 million boxes of tea annually (around 367 million teabags) has joined forces with its tea supplier, Typhoo, and Ahlstrom-Munksjö, specialists in sustainable fibre solutions, to develop the new method of heat sealing bags which will eliminate the use of the more widely-used plastic seal.

The new bio-degradable bag which is due to undergoing rigorous testing in February, could be on shelves later this year. Intended to be rolled out across the Co-op’s entire own-label standard tea range, it will be fully compostable in food waste collections after use.

Jo Whitfield, CEO, Co-op Food, said: “Many tea drinkers are blissfully unaware that the teabag from their daily cuppa is sealed using plastic. Even though it’s a relatively small amount, when you consider the six billion cups of tea that are brewed up every year in the UK, we are looking at around 150 tonnes of polypropylene – that’s an enormous amount of accumulated plastic waste that is either contaminating food waste compost collections or simply going to landfill.

“A cup of tea is part of our national psyche, so we felt it was imperative that we fix the problem as soon as possible. We’re absolutely committed to reducing plastic in our packaging and want to ensure that tea lovers can enjoy a guilt-free brew.”

The Co-op is dedicated to reducing the environmental impact of its products and has a long-term ambition for 100% of its product packaging to be recyclable with an interim target of 80% by 2020. This includes reducing the use of unnecessary and hard-to-recycle plastic packaging and using more recycled content wherever possible.

Contact:

Craig Noonan
Head of Retail PR
Email: craig.noonan@coop.co.uk
Landline: 0161 6924284
Mobile: 07702 505 439

Source: Coop

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Dunkin’ Donuts’ famous festive heart-shaped donuts are back!

Dunkin’ Donuts’ famous festive heart-shaped donuts are back!

 

Dunkin’ Donuts’ heart-shaped donuts are back along with special sweet Valentine’s Day-inspired donut designs and names

CANTON, MA, 2018-Jan-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Donuts is ready for Valentine’s Day by showing a little extra heart at the donut case. Dunkin’ Donuts’ famous festive heart-shaped donuts return today, and this year the brand is bringing guests beloved Valentine varieties along with a special seasonal surprise of sweet new names for its donut and MUNCHKINS® donut hole treats.

Dunkin’ Donuts’ swoon-worthy selection of Valentine’s Day donuts includes the Vanilla Truffle Donut, a heart-shaped donut filled with vanilla-flavored buttercreme, frosted with vanilla icing and topped with semi-sweet chocolate curls. The Brownie Batter Crumble Donut is a heart-shaped donut filled with rich chocolatey brownie batter filling, frosted with chocolate icing and crumbled brownies, and Cupid’s Choice Donut is a heart-shaped donut filled with Bavarian Crème, frosted with strawberry-flavored icing and sprinkled with a festive mix of pink and white sprinkles. All are available at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide.

Select Dunkin’ Donuts locations will also serve new Lovestruck MUNCHKINS® donut hole treats, chocolate glazed MUNCHKINS® covered in pink and white sprinkles. Also available at select locations will be the Lovestruck Donut, a donut topped with strawberry icing, a chocolate drizzle arrow, and a Lovestruck MUNCHKINS® placed in the center.

Finally, Dunkin’s donut varieties will feature heartwarming new names and designs inspired by the love and romance of the holiday. The Valentine’s Day donut makeover includes:

  • Boston Dream: A dreamy version of Dunkin’s classic Boston Kreme Donut, featuring a heart-shaped shell and red icing drizzle
  • Pillow Talk: No need to wait for bedtime to enjoy this heart-shaped Vanilla Creme donut.
  • Donut Be Jelly: Eating this classic Jelly Donut in a heart-shaped shell is sure to make everyone around envious.
  • Roses are Red: Love blooms with this classic Vanilla Frosted Donut now featuring red icing topped with pink and white sprinkles.
  • Pretty in Pink: A Strawberry Frosted Donut topped with pink and white sprinkles tastes as delicious as it looks.
  • Chocolate Double Date: The perfect double date needs nothing more than Dunkin’s Double Chocolate Donut now decorated with white icing drizzle.
  • Choc Full O’ Love: Any donut lover will be filled with love with this Chocolate Frosted Donut topped with pink and white sprinkles.

For coffee fans looking to brew a little romance or show a latte love, Dunkin’ Donuts’ winter coffee flavors will remain available through February. These include Buttery Toffee Nut, offering the taste of buttery toffee with toasty nut flavor, and Winter White Chocolate, combining creamy white chocolate and subtle vanilla flavors. Both flavors can be enjoyed in Dunkin’ Donuts’ hot or iced coffees, lattes, macchiatos and Frozen Dunkin’ Coffee.

To learn more about Dunkin’ Donuts, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com, or subscribe to the Dunkin’ Donuts blog to receive notifications at https://news.dunkindonuts.com/blog

About Dunkin’ Donuts

Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned a No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for 11 years running. The company has more than 12,400 restaurants in 46 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.

Media Contact:
Heather McIntyre
Dunkin’ Brands
781-737-5200
Heather.McIntyre@dunkinbrands.com

Source: Dunkin’ Donuts

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Tesco to introduce new initiative to help reduce food waste

Tesco to introduce new initiative to help reduce food waste

 

Welwyn Garden City, UK, 2018-Jan-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco is set to introduce ‘Colleague Shops’ in all its UK stores to give colleagues the opportunity to take food approaching its expiry date, as part of its wider work to prevent good food from going to waste.

Dedicated storage areas and fridges will be set up in back-of-store colleague rooms to safely store quality food on its use by or best before date, and has the added benefit of providing Tesco colleagues with a bargain – helping to reduce food waste.

The move is part of Tesco’s ongoing drive to ensure that no food safe for human consumption will go to waste in its UK retail operations by the end of 2017/18. Colleague Shops will form an additional part of Tesco’s established approach to managing stock in store:

  1. Tesco uses sophisticated systems to predict and order the amount of food that customers are expected to buy in stores.
  2. The price of products are ‘reduced-to-clear’ as they approach their expiry date, to minimise surplus.
  3. If food cannot be sold, it’s offered to local charities and community food groups via Tesco’s surplus food redistribution initiative, Community Food Connection.
  4. Charities don’t always need everything offered to them, so any food left over will now be made available to colleagues.

Tesco’s Head of Food Waste Reduction Mark Little said: “We want to do everything we can to make sure perfectly good food doesn’t go to waste. Our Colleague Shops are a win-win, providing an additional step to support our efforts to tackle food waste in our own operations, and offer colleagues an extra little help at the end of their shift.”

Colleague Shops will be introduced to Tesco stores by the end of February. The surplus food will initially be made available for 1p before becoming free of charge in a few months’ time.

We are a team of over 450,000 colleagues dedicated to serving shoppers a little better every day.

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

Source: Tesco

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America voted lemon as Krispy Kreme Doughnuts®’ next, all-new Glazed Doughnut flavor

America voted lemon as Krispy Kreme Doughnuts®’ next, all-new Glazed Doughnut flavor

 

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., 2018-Jan-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — America dreamed, debated and, now … has decided. After casting nearly two million votes online over a week, America selected lemon as Krispy Kreme Doughnuts®’ next, all-new Glazed Doughnut flavor.

Krispy Kreme’s innovation team will craft and perfect the Lemon Glazed Doughnut flavor, which will be made available this spring for a full week at participating Krispy Kremeshops.

The #VoteForGlaze campaign was the first time Krispy Kreme let America decide an all-new Glazed Doughnut flavor for the brand’s iconic Original Glazed® Doughnut. Fans selected from four flavors – blueberry, caramel, lemon and maple – January 16 through 22 at www.voteforglaze.com.

Lemon was America’s top choice, garnering 36 percent of the vote. Caramel received 26 percent of the vote, blueberry received 20 percent followed by maple, which received 18 percent.

“Lemon won the vote, but we can’t glaze over the fact that the other three flavors all received a lot of support, even beyond the votes. Our fans’ passion for these flavors – and others – came through loud and clear on social media. So while the polls are closed, our minds are not,” said Jackie Woodward, Chief Marketing Officer of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts®.

Krispy Kreme will announce this spring the exact dates the all-new Lemon Glazed Doughnut will be available.

About Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation

Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation is a global retailer of premium-quality sweet treats, including its signature Original Glazed doughnut. Headquartered in Winston-Salem, N.C., the Company has offered the highest-quality doughnuts and great-tasting coffee since it was founded in 1937. Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is proud of its Fundraising program, which for decades has helped non-profit organizations raise millions of dollars in needed funds. Krispy Kreme doughnuts can be found in approximately 12,000 grocery, convenience and mass merchant stores in the U.S. The Company has more than 1,300 retail shops in 31 countries. Connect with Krispy Kreme Doughnuts at www.KrispyKreme.com, or on one of its many social media channels, including www.Facebook.com/KrispyKreme, and www.Twitter.com/KrispyKreme.

Contact:
Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation
Cassie Williams, 336-733-3793
Manager of Integrated Communications
cwilliams@krispykreme.com

Source: Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation

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