Baskin-Robbins brings back Bobsled Brownie® as the January Flavor of the Month

Baskin-Robbins brings back Bobsled Brownie® as the January Flavor of the Month

Offers lineup of BRight Choices flavors for guests looking to enjoy better-for-you frozen treats as they ring in the New Year

CANTON, MA, 2018-Jan-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Baskin-Robbins, the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, today announced a returning favorite – Bobsled Brownie® – as the January Flavor of the Month. Bobsled Brownie is a combination of Butter Caramel flavored ice cream and Milk Chocolate Mousse-flavored ice cream with blonde brownie pieces and a fudge crackle swirl throughout. Guests can warm up during one of the coldest months of the year and double down on the blonde brownie-goodness by enjoying Bobsled Brownie® as a Warm Brownie Sundae.

Baskin-Robbins is also helping guests who are looking for better-for-you options in the New Year with its selection of BRight Choices flavors. These better-for-you flavor varieties include fat-free, dairy-free and no sugar added options in satisfying flavors like No Sugar Added Peanut Buttery Bar Blast, Miami Vice Sorbet and Maui Brownie Madness Frozen Yogurt, all of which can be enjoyed in a cup, cone, Milkshake or Cappuccino Blast®. These flavors are just a few of the wide variety of BRight Choices options that will be available at Baskin-Robbins locations nationwide throughout the year.

“With fun flavors like Bobsled Brownie and our wide selection of BRight Choices options, Baskin-Robbins is ringing in the New Year in the sweetest way possible,” said Katy Latimer, Vice President of Culinary Innovation, Dunkin’ Brands. “We know our guests are always looking for variety when they visit their Baskin-Robbins shop, and we are thrilled to help them kick off the New Year with a wide range of frozen treat options as they welcome 2018.”

In 2018, Baskin-Robbins will continue its Celebrate 31 promotion, which invites guests to enjoy all regular and kids-sized scoops for $1.50 on the 31st of each month.* The special “Celebrate 31” deal is available on any of Baskin-Robbins’ ice cream flavors, including seasonal favorites such as Winter White Chocolate®, New York Cheesecake and Orange Sherbet.

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

* Offer valid on January 31st. Participation may vary. Scoop offer good on every size scoop. All listed flavors are optional amongst Baskin-Robbins’ stores. Waffle cones and toppings are extra. Cannot be combined with other offers. Plus applicable tax.

About Baskin-Robbins
Named a top ice cream and frozen dessert franchise in the United States by Entrepreneur magazine’s 38th annual Franchise 500® ranking in 2017, Baskin-Robbins is the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops. Baskin-Robbins creates and markets innovative, premium hard scoop ice cream, a full range of beverages, and a delicious lineup of desserts including custom ice cream cakes, the Polar Pizza® Ice Cream Treat and take-home ice cream quarts and pints, providing quality and value to consumers at more than 7,900 retail shops in 52 countries worldwide. Baskin-Robbins was founded in 1945 by two ice cream enthusiasts whose passion led to the creation of more than 1,300 ice cream flavors and a wide variety of delicious treats. Headquartered in Canton, Mass., Baskin-Robbins is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit https://www.baskinrobbins.com/.

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Kroger expands its Simple Truth® brand

Largest natural and organic brand in the country continues to lead the industry

CINCINNATI, 2018-Jan-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) announced today the expansion of its Simple Truth® brand and launch of its largest-ever Our Brands customer sales promotion, featuring savings on thousands of Simple Truth® and Simple Truth Organic® items.

“We’re proud of the high-quality ingredients that go into our Simple Truth® products. We’re equally proud of what’s not in these foods. Simple Truth® products are free from 101+ artificial preservatives and ingredients,” said Robert Clark, Kroger’s senior vice president of merchandising. “Instead of GMOs and antibiotics, Simple Truth® offers clean labels and fantastic flavors. Kroger has led the way for more than a decade in making natural and organic products more mainstream and accessible. We’ve always believed that our customers shouldn’t have to pay higher prices just because a product is natural or organic. The truth is, we’ve always been affordable.”

Kroger introduced Simple Truth® in its fourth quarter 2012, and the brand now offers over 1,400 unique products across multiple categories, including grocery, meat, produce, deli, bakery, baby, household essentials and personal care. Simple Truth® also offers more Fair Trade Certified™ products than any other private label grocery brand in the country.

With the help of 84.51° insights, Simple Truth® will continue to innovate and introduce new affordable items in 2018 that align with customer trends, including increasingly popular categories like beverage, snacking and non-animal proteins. These growing trends have already inspired the Our Brands innovation team to develop exciting new items like Simple Truth Organic® sports drinks, Simple Truth Organic® sparkling coconut waters, Simple Truth® fruit and nut bars and Simple Truth® meatless entrees.

In Kroger’s third quarter 2017, Our Brands delivered strong performance, making up 28.2 percent of unit sales and 25.6 percent of sales dollars, excluding fuel and pharmacy. Simple Truth continued to grow in popularity the same quarter, with sales growing 19 percent.

Our Brands is shaping the way we are redefining the grocery customer experience as outlined in our Restock Kroger plan,” Mr. Clark continued.

Simple Truth products are exclusive to the Kroger Family of Stores and customers can purchase the brand in a variety of ways: in a store; through ClickList; or Vitacost.com for ship-to-home delivery.

To learn more about Simple Truth, customers can visit www.simpletruth.com to download over $100 in digital coupon savings and view recipes, product reviews and nutrition advice.

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.

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Yum China and Taco Bell announce the opening of two new Taco Bell restaurants in Shanghai, China

Yum China opens a new Taco Bell restaurant in Wu Jiao Chang, Shanghai in Dec 2017

Debuts exclusive dinner menu and table service Unique East meets West design integrates restaurants in local communities

Shanghai, China, 2018-Jan-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Yum China Holdings, Inc. (“Yum China”) (NYSE: YUMC), and Taco Bell Corp., the world’s largest Mexican-inspired restaurant chain, today announced the opening of two new restaurants in Shanghai, China. Following the successful opening of the first Taco Bell restaurant in China earlier this year in Shanghai’s Lujiazui area, Yum China has opened a new Taco Bell restaurant in a premium shopping mall in Wu Jiao Chang, close to some of Shanghai’s top universities, and expects to open a restaurant in Feng Sheng Li, a popular shopping precinct before the end of 2017.

“The response to our first Taco Bell store in Shanghai has been fantastic, and we are very excited to introduce two more unique restaurants to the city,” said Micky Pant, Chief Executive Officer of Yum China. “The new restaurants integrate Taco Bell’s signature brand and spirit into the local community, and bring both classic menu items and original recipes to cater to Chinese customers. We are excited to welcome more customers to experience Taco Bell in Shanghai and look forward to bringing this vibrant, global brand to other parts of China in 2018.”

In keeping with the “Live Mas” spirit of exploration and innovation, the Taco Bell restaurants will introduce a new dinner menu, exclusive to China, as well as a range of freshly grilled menu items to entice curious diners. Taco Bell’s chefs spent countless hours to come up with their new craveable lineup, including the Ribeye Steak & Mushroom Taco, Taco Salad Bowl (available with either Ribeye Steak or Grilled Chicken), Beef Kebab Nachos, and XL-Wing Nachos. To complement the freshly prepared dishes, the Wu Jiao Chang and Feng Sheng Li restaurants will unveil an array of alcoholic beverages, including the all new “Shanghai Cosmopolitan”, a refreshing and beautifully crafted cocktail inspired by mixologists.

The two new Taco Bell restaurants in Shanghai will also introduce a new service model, with orders delivered directly to designated tables, which will enable customers to relax and enjoy the company of their friends and fellow students without having to get back up to pick up their food.

“Bringing the Taco Bell experience to more customers globally in locally relevant ways is key to our continued growth,” said Brian Niccol, Chief Executive Officer of Taco Bell Corp. “These new restaurants have truly blended the Taco Bell brand within their communities through locally designed restaurants and customized food and service options. We are delighted to see the reception to Taco Bell in China and look forward to bringing the ‘Live Mas’ spirit to more consumers across the country.”

Taco Bell Wu Jiao Chang – A Creative Platform 

Taco Bell’s new restaurant in Wu Jiao Chang has its own distinct and vibrant DNA in terms of both architecture and design. Located in a prime shopping mall close to a number of Shanghai’s top universities, this newly upgraded commercial destination will serve to please the appetites of people living in the community as well as the thousands of students close by.

Inspired by the energetic and youthful vibe in this area, Taco Bell’s locally based design team has sought to combine its California roots with Chinese style and culture. The restaurant will feature one-of-a-kind artwork that encompasses the spirit of “Live Mas” by combining old with new, unique shapes, and vibrant colors.

Communal tables encourage students and urban professionals to congregate, study, socialize, and of course eat. Taco Bell has also gone one step further to offer a platform to inspire customers and their passion for the arts, music and other interests. Customers will be invited to display their artwork, poetry, designs, and other creative expressions on “Live Mas” walls, allowing them to express their individuality to other restaurant visitors. The restaurant will also provide a creative outlet for the community by hosting events to showcase talents.

Taco Bell Feng Sheng Li – East Meets West Fusion

Located in a historic residential area close to a popular Shanghai shopping precinct, the Feng Sheng Li restaurant is designed in the architectural style known as “Shikumen”, or literally “stone gate” buildings. A striking example of East meets West fusion, the Shanghai-style townhouse incorporates elements of Taco Bell’s signature look and feel while integrating with the local environment. Art featured in the restaurant combines images that represent both California and Shanghai – including the Shanghai Oriental Pearl Tower and Shanghai’s art deco buildings sitting comfortably among California palm trees and skateboards.

The neighboring alleyway, historically a place for residents to congregate, features customized street art that serves as a backdrop to the outdoor dining area. The alley space is also separated into clusters to cater to different group sizes and dining habits, and a canopy ensures that customers can enjoy Taco Bell rain or shine.

Currently, Taco Bell has more than 7,000 restaurants in the world with almost 400 in 26 countries outside of the United States. Taco Bell’s restaurants in China are part of the brand’s global growth strategy of reaching 1,000 restaurants internationally by 2022.

Photos of the new Taco Bell restaurants in Shanghai can be downloaded at the following link:http://www.yumchina.com/uploadfile/NewTacoBellRestaurants.rar

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About Yum China Holdings, Inc.  

Yum China Holdings, Inc. is a licensee of Yum! Brands in mainland China. It has exclusive rights in mainland China to KFC, China’s leading quick-service restaurant brand, Pizza Hut, the leading casual dining restaurant brand in China, and Taco Bell, which opened its first restaurant in China at the end of 2016. Yum China also owns the Little Sheep and East Dawning concepts outright. Yum China is well positioned for growth thanks to its strong competitive position, integration of its brands into Chinese popular culture and consumers’ daily lives, expanding geographic footprint in China and existing operational expertise. It has a strong capital position, no external debt and expects to continue growing its system sales and profit by adding new restaurants and through growing same-store sales. Yum China had more than 7,700 restaurants and more than 420,000 employees in over 1,100 cities at the end of August 2017. A new generation of younger consumers who are digitally sophisticated and brand driven are fueling growth in consumption in China. The ongoing growth of the middle class and urban population in China is expected to create the world’s largest market for restaurant brands, with Yum China poised to be the market leader.

ABOUT TACO BELL® CORPORATION

Taco Bell Corp., a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM), is the nation’s leading Mexican-inspired quick service restaurant (QSR) brand. From breakfast to late night, Taco Bell serves made-to-order and customizable tacos and burritos, among other craveable choices, and is the first QSR restaurant to offer American Vegetarian Association (AVA)-certified menu items. Taco Bell and its more than 350 franchise organizations proudly serve over 42 million customers each week through 7,000 restaurants across the nation, as well as through its mobile, desktop and delivery ordering services. Overseas, Taco Bell has over 250 restaurants, with plans to add 2,000 more restaurants internationally within the next decade. The brand encourages its fans to “Live Mas” and connects with them through sports, gaming and new music via its Feed The Beat® music program. Taco Bell also provides education opportunities and serves the community through its nonprofit organization, the Taco Bell® Foundation™, and connects fans with their passions through programs such as the Live Mas Scholarshipprogram. In 2016, Taco Bell was named as one of Fast Company’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in the World.

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Whole Foods Market features options and programs supporting plant-based, Whole30, Paleo and gluten-free special diets this January

January offerings to focus on special diets, nutrient-rich foods and products, and convenience for customers

AUSTIN, Texas, 2018-Jan-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market today announced exclusive partnerships with Melissa Hartwig of Whole30 and Michelle Tam of Nom Nom Paleo, as well as a series of health-focused in-store programs for shoppers trying to maintain their resolutions in the New Year. As part of their goal to help “Feed Your Resolution”, America’s Healthiest Grocery Store™ is offering convenient options and programs supporting plant-based, Whole30, Paleo and gluten-free special diets.

Whole Foods Market carries the largest selection of Whole30 products and will feature the top product picks from Whole30’s Hartwig that are compliant with her 30-day program for stress-free navigation throughout the store. Additionally, Nom Nom Paleo’s Tam identified her top product picks throughout the aisles, and Whole Foods Market will also exclusively feature Nom Nom Paleo’s Magic Mushroom Powder. Several recipes from Tam’s cookbook, ‘Ready or Not,’ will also be available on hot bars across the U.S. during the month of January.

“We are excited to provide support to those shoppers interested in focusing on a healthier lifestyle, be it our flexitarian fanbase trying out a new diet, to those with special dietary needs,” said Karen Christensen, global vice president of merchandising for perishables at Whole Foods Market. “The meal solutions and products our partners have selected offer convenient and delicious ways to eat healthier in the New Year, and our knowledgeable team members are always here to provide support along the way.”

In addition to paleo and Whole30 diets, plant-based eating is increasing in popularity among consumers and was named a top trend for 2018 by the experts at Whole Foods Market. The store not only features a variety of vegan-friendly products like the Engine 2 brand, but also educational resources like The Whole Foods Diet: The Lifesaving Plan for Health and Longevity, which empowers readers to make more informed food choices that promote health and vitality, co-written by Whole Foods Market co-founder and CEO, John Mackey.

For those with Celiac disease or gluten intolerances, Whole Foods Market will feature certified gluten-free products for a variety of needs, from pre-packaged snack to-go, to baking staples and cooking marinades.

The health-focused Feed Your Resolution campaign will roll-out across all U.S. stores beginning January 1, 2018.

SOURCE: Whole Foods Market

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UK: B&M opens new store on Parc Tawe Retail Park in Swansea

UK: B&M opens new store on Parc Tawe Retail Park in Swansea

LIVERPOOL, UK, 2018-Jan-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — There was plenty of excitement in Swansea today as B&M opened its new store on Parc Tawe Retail Park.

The addition to B&M’s portfolio in the region comes as a huge boost to the local economy, creating 70 jobs for people from the area.

Visitors to the store will be able to browse a wide range of branded and own label goods, including toys, groceries, health & beauty and pet ranges.

As part of the opening celebrations, B&M employees invited local charity, Ty Olwen Trust, to be their VIP for the day. Local Mayor, Cllr Philip Downing and his wife, Lilian, were also in attendance.

The charity aims to help people suffering from cancer and life-limiting diseases by providing amenities, equipment, services and facilities not normally provided by the NHS. They also support the family and dependents of patients who are facing financial circumstances as a result of these illnesses.

The foundation were handed £250 worth of vouchers to spend in-store as a thank you for their hard work in the community.

The store manager, Helen Buckley, said: “The team from Ty Olwen Trust really stood out for us as they go the extra mile for local community, we wanted to give them some VIP treatment as a thank you for all the hard work they do.

“We hope that our donation can help them to continue the great work they do.”

She also commented: The new team have been working really hard to get the store ready for opening day and we can’t wait to get the doors open Thursday and show customers their new B&M Swansea.”

SOURCE: B&M Retail Limited

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UK: B&M completes the relocation of its Stenhousemuir store

UK: B&M completes the relocation of its Stenhousemuir store

LIVERPOOL, UK, 2018-Jan-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — B&M’s relocation of its Stenhousemuir store was complete today as the new doors were opened for the first time.

The addition to B&M’s portfolio comes as a huge boost to the local economy, creating a further 15 jobs – and another 20 temporary roles – for people from the area.

Visitors to the store, located on Tryst Road, will be able to browse a wide range of branded and own label goods, including toys, groceries, health & beauty and pet ranges.

As part of the opening celebrations, B&M employees invited local charity, Kidney Kids Scotland, to be their VIP for the day. Local Deputy Provost, Cllr Ann Ritchie, was also in attendance.

The charity supports children with renal/urology illness, as well as their families, to enable them to receive treatment as close to home as possible and minimize disruption to their family unit. They also support and complements the amazing work of hospitals all over Scotland by supplying them with much needed equipment and funding.

They were handed £250 worth of vouchers to spend in-store as a thank you for their hard work in the community.

The store manager, Kevin Troy, said: “The team from Kidney Kids Scotland really stood out for us as they go the extra mile for local community, we wanted to give them some VIP treatment as a thank you for all the hard work they do.

“We hope that our donation can help them to continue the great work they do.”

He also commented: The new team have been working really hard to get the store ready for opening day and we can’t wait to get the doors open Wednesday and show customers their new B&M Stenhousemuir.”

SOURCE: B&M Retail Limited

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Tesco supports the first Public Health England Change4Life campaign to promote healthier snacking for children

Tesco supports the first Public Health England Change4Life campaign to promote healthier snacking for children

Welwyn Garden City, UK, 2018-Jan-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — As part of a wider approach to help colleagues and customers on health, Tesco has today stepped up plans to help make healthier choices a little easier for shoppers by backing the first Public Health England Change4Life campaign to promote healthier snacking for children.

Building on the success of Tesco’s 2017 ‘Little Helps to Healthier Living’ campaign which saw the biggest monthly increase in the healthiness of their customers’ baskets, the new initiative will help parents, shopping in-store and online, choose affordable healthier snacks that are 100 calories or less.

The campaign, which runs for the month of January, will appear in all Tesco stores and online at Tesco.com. It includes in-store point of sale promotional materials of healthier kids’ snacks featuring Change4Life branding. The snacks – which include Pink Lady Apple Snack Packs, Goodness Strawberry Cereal bars and Tesco Pineapple Pieces in Juice 120g – will be available at everyday low prices.

Online, Tesco will use innovative technology in partnership with SpoonGuru to allow customers to quickly and simply find 130 healthier snacks containing 100 calories or less.

Support for the Change4Life healthier snacking campaign is part of Tesco’s integrated approach to help colleagues and customers at a time of the year when healthier eating is front of mind. Other key initiatives include:

  • Helpful ‘little swaps’ – at the front of all large stores a helpful basket comparison will highlight ten ‘little swaps’ that are lower in sat fat, salt and sugar. Taken together the ten little swaps will be 18% lower in price than the less healthy alternative basket. Additionally, 60 healthier alternatives will be highlighted under a ‘Helpful Little Swaps’ banner in-store and online.
  • Weekly Little Helps – each week in January Tesco will offer lower prices on fresh fruit and vegetables in store and online, including apples, avocados and salad tomatoes.
  • Food Love Stories advertising – Tesco will promote the recipe for ‘Nana’s Magic Soup’, offering 2 of your 5 a day per portion, on TV and offer 25% off all ingredients – alongside other Food Love Stories spanning all meal occasions, offering inspiration on healthier cooking.
  • Free Fruit for Kids – increased communication of Tesco’s pioneering Free Fruit for Kids scheme in stores which has seen kids enjoy over 32 million pieces of fruit since launch in 2017.

Matt Davies CEO for UK and ROI said:

“We know that our customers want us to help them eat more healthily and it can be particularly difficult to encourage children to eat healthy snacks. By promoting a wide range of snacks, aligned with Public Health England’s campaign, we hope to make it easier for families to make a healthier start to the year. This is part of a wider programme to help our colleagues and customers stay healthy.”

Duncan Selbie, Chief Executive of Public Health England, said:

“Half of the sugar children eat and drink is coming from unhealthy snacks and sugary drinks. The Change4Life campaign is our way of giving parents a helping hand to make healthier choices for their children. We highly value Tesco’s support for Change4Life and its wider efforts to make it simpler to eat healthily.”

Further action Tesco has taken on health to help customers make healthier food choices every time they shop includes:

  • In 2014 Tesco announced it would remove sweets and chocolates from its checkouts across all store formats, including smaller convenience stores.
  • In 2015 Tesco announced that all the children’s lunchbox-sized soft drinks it sells would have no added sugar in them.
  • In 2016, Tesco introduced Free Fruit for Kids in over 800 Tesco stores across the UK. This is aimed at promoting healthy eating habits among kids that will stay with them as they grow up, and to make it easier for children to get the fruit they need.
  • For three years, Tesco has worked in partnership with Diabetes UK and the British Heart Foundation, raising £24m.
  • Tesco has also partnered with Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life since 2002 raising over £40m.
  • Tesco has also increased the number of healthier options at Tesco Cafés, making it easier for customers to have an affordable, healthier meal while shopping in store.
  • In May 2017, Tesco delivered integrated colleague and customer health events in all UK stores, with little helps to make it easy for consumers to choose healthier food, many of which have become permanent:
    • Permanent price reduction on over 200 healthier lines, including fresh fruit and vegetables.
    • Free Fruit for Kids offer always available in larger stores.
    • Increasing the number of promotions and the promotional space for healthier lines.
    • Making the healthier version of brands cheaper than less healthy option.
    • Front of store basket comparisons showing customers that swapping to healthier choices is cheaper as well as healthier.
    • Tesco’s food brand campaign, Food Love Stories featuring healthy, affordable recipes with prominence of ingredients in store.
    • In store fundraising for charities raising over £1m.
  • The event marked the biggest change seen in the healthiness of customers’ baskets in response to a campaign – Tesco saw customers choose more items lower in calories, fat, salt and sugar as a result.

Further details of Tesco’s health strategy can be found here: tescoplc.com/little-helps-plan/products-health/

ENDS

 

Notes to editors

  • Tesco’s Healthy Little Differences Tracker reports the nutrient profiling score (as defined by the Food Standards Agency) of the products it sells, and through this Tesco has been able to measure the impact of interventions on shopping behaviours. During the period of the 2017 ‘Little Helps to Healthier Living’ event, it saw a significant improvement in the score of the average shopping basket at Tesco: the biggest increase it has seen outside of seasonal changes.
  • In partnership with SpoonGuru, Tesco is helping customers quickly and easily search for healthy, dietary and lifestyle options through 13 new online filters, including low fat, gluten free and lactose free.
  • The Public Health England Change4Life campaign will run from Tuesday 2 January 2018 across England for 8 weeks and will be supported with an exciting new TV and radio advert, out of home and digital advertising, social media, partnerships and nationwide roadshows. nhs.uk/change4life

For more information please contact the Tesco Press Office on 01707 918 701     
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The Co-op to open 100 new food stores across the UK in 2018

MANCHESTER, UK, 2018-Jan-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Co-op has confirmed plans to open 100 new food stores across the UK in 2018, creating an estimated 1,600 jobs.

The community retailer will invest over £160 million in new stores and major makeovers for a further 150 of its outlets.

More than 20 new stores are set to open in London, and up to 18 stores are planned for Scotland including: stores in Glasgow; Edinburgh; Forres (Highlands) and Kilmacolm (Renfewshire).

Rhayader (Powys) and Bryncoch (Neath) will be the first of ten new stores which are set to open in Wales. While other new stores are lined up for Blackpool; Bristol; Chesterfield; Crewe; Leicester; Manchester; Nottingham; Plymouth; Southampton and York among other towns and cities.

The news follows twin announcements last month as the Co-op confirmed it had reached an agreement to become exclusive wholesale supplier to the 2,200 stores across the Costcutter Supermarkets Group network from spring 2018. While members of Nisa Retail also voted in favour of the Co-op’s offer to buy the delivered wholesale and convenience retail specialist, a move which is conditional on Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) approval.

Jo Whitfield, Chief Executive of Co-op Food said: “The Co-op is positively responding to the changes occurring within this dynamic sector. Our Food business is going from strength to strength in what is clearly a challenging retail market. We have the ambition for our stores to be at the heart of local life, bringing communities together and offering our Members and customers great quality products when and where they need them.”

Stuart Hookins, Co-op’s Director of Portfolio and Development, said: “The Co-op’s extensive acquisitions and refit programme is a fundamental part of our food strategy. Moving forward with a clear purpose and momentum, our expansion plans for 2018 will mean that the Co-op is on track to have opened at least 100 new stores in each of three consecutive years. With over one million new active Members joining us in the last year, we are always looking for new locations to get closer to where our Members and customers live and work and to meet their shopping needs conveniently. Our Members are now telling us where they would like to see a new Co-op store opening to serve their community through our suggest-a-site website.”

The new-look stores will see the Co-op – which this year won the title of Convenience Retailer of the Year in the Retail Industry Awards – focus on offering a wide range of fresh, healthy foods, meal ideas and essentials, alongside increased ranges of own-brand and locally-sourced produce.

The Co-op– which has reverted to its iconic “clover-leaf” design log, first used in the 1960’s – also brings a funding boost to good causes at each of its stores. Members receive a 5% reward when they buy own-brand products and services and, the Co-op donates a further 1% to local community groups. This year (2017), the Co-op shared £20M with around 8,000 local groups, charities and good causes who make a difference to community life.

Co-op Members can say where they would like to see a new store opening to serve their community by visiting: https://www.coop.co.uk/forms/suggest-a-site

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Andrew Torr
Co-op Press Office
M: 07702 505 551
E: andrew.torr@coop.co.uk

SOURCE: Co-operative Group Limited

Sonic Corp. to participate at the 20th Annual ICR Conference on January 8, 2018

OKLAHOMA CITY, 2017-Dec-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sonic Corp. (NASDAQ: SONC), the nation’s largest chain of drive-in restaurants, today announced that the company will be presenting at the 20th Annual ICR Conference on Monday, January 8, 2018 at the JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes in Orlando, FL.The presentation will begin at 2:00 PM ET.

Investors and interested parties can access the presentation by visiting the Company’s investor relations website at http://ir.sonicdrivein.com/.

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

Sonic Corp.
Corey Horsch, 405-225-4800
Vice President of Investor Relations and Treasurer

Source: Sonic Corp.

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NEW ZEALAND: Synlait Milk to become the exclusive supplier of Foodstuffs’ private label fresh milk and cream

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, 2017-Dec-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Synlait Milk (NZX: SML; ASX: SM1) is partnering with Foodstuffs South Island Limited to become the Cooperative’s exclusive supplier of its private label fresh milk and cream from early 2019.

Synlait intends to invest approximately $125 million in an advanced liquid dairy packaging facility to supply Foodstuffs South Island.

The investment establishes a platform for Synlait to pursue a range of dairy-based products for domestic and export markets in the future.

“Combined, the partnership with Foodstuffs South Island and investment in a new facility is a further and significant step towards our goal of being a more diversified and balanced business,” says John Penno, Managing Director and CEO.

“We believe this opens up a new category – everyday dairy – and has the potential to both leverage our current position and explore new customers and markets.”

“This category represents the dairy products people consume every day. Our long-term success in this category will be based on our ability to win customers in the New Zealand market first and today we’re taking a foundational step towards that.”

Synlait’s partnership with Foodstuffs South Island is strategic for both parties.

“We are very proud of our Canterbury dairy farmers and the way they farm. We are excited about making our farmers’ fresh milk available to everyone in the South Island, in partnership with Foodstuffs,” says Mr Penno.

Fresh milk and cream from Synlait will be packaged in Value and Pams branded products, which are available across New World, PAK’nSAVE, Four Square, Raeward Fresh and On The Spot stores.

“The partnership allows the Cooperative to provide high quality fresh milk and cream to our customers. The partnership allows us to give our customers surety around milk supply with an innovative New Zealand-based milk supplier,” says Steve Anderson, CEO Foodstuffs South Island.

“In time, we are looking forward to collaborating with Synlait to create a range of new and innovative dairy-based products that our customers will enjoy.”

Synlait’s research and development centre in Palmerston North, which is a collaboration with Massey University and FoodPilot, will provide the technical new product development expertise needed to establish, validate and deliver these capabilities at Synlait.

The expected $125 million investment in an advanced liquid dairy packaging facility is aimed at delivering a state-of-the-art liquid blending and packaging platform. It will allow Synlait to produce fresh milk and cream for domestic use and the ability to pursue a range of dairy-based extended and long-life consumer products in future.

“This will be one of the most sophisticated fresh milk and cream processing facilities in New Zealand.”

“By leveraging what we have learnt about milk quality and blending dairy products in our infant formula business, we will deliver a great facility at Synlait Dunsandel,” says Mr Penno.

“Our everyday dairy category offers many B2B and B2C opportunities in the established and growing export milk and cream market.”

With a minimum annual capacity of 110 million litres, the facility will be capable of producing:

  • High-specification pasteurised milk and cream for domestic use
  • Extended shelf life (ESL) dairy products
  • Long-life milk and cream for export
  • Ready to drink (RTD) liquid infant formula and toddlers milks
  • Other blended dairy-based beverage products

Mr Penno says Synlait has proven experience from establishing and rapidly growing a successful infant formula business.

“We’ve demonstrated that we can introduce new capability, manufacture world-class product, build a profitable business around it and provide a long-term strategy for sustainable returns. This will be no different.”

SOURCE: FOODSTUFFS NEW ZEALAND

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The Joy in Childhood Foundation announces new $2.7 million commitment to help bring joy to sick and hungry children

Funding Will Support Feeding America® and Nearly 200 Other Organizations Across the Country

CANTON, Mass., 2017-Dec-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — With the holidays upon us, the Joy in Childhood Foundation SM is making a special gift to help address critical child health and hunger needs. The Joy in Childhood Foundation, the charitable foundation supported by Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins, today (December 20, 2017)  announced a new $2.7 million commitment to help bring joy to sick and hungry children. As part of this commitment, a $1 million grant will be awarded to Feeding America®, the largest domestic hunger-relief organization, and $1.7 million in grants from local Joy in Childhood Foundation Chapters will be distributed to nearly 200 non-profit organizations in local communities, including Boston, Chicago, Miami, Philadelphia and New York, that address children’s health and hunger issues.

In 2017 alone, including this most recent grant, the Joy in Childhood Foundation has awarded over $5 million in grants to help bring joy to sick and hungry kids nationwide.

“The Joy in Childhood Foundation brings joy to kids year-round, but to have an opportunity to bring joy to kids facing hunger and health issues during the holiday season is very special to us,” said Karen Raskopf, Co-Chair, Joy in Childhood Foundation. “We know that this time of year can be difficult for children and their families and it’s also an especially busy time for the food banks and health organizations they rely on. Our new commitment will help ensure that children in our local communities who are facing hunger and health issues can experience the joy of the holidays – just like any other child – without having adult-like worries, such as where their next meal will come from.”

The $2.7 million in funding reinforces the Joy in Childhood Foundation’s commitment to bringing joy to sick and hungry kids nationwide. Earlier this year, the Joy in Childhood Foundation announced a three-year, $3 million commitment to Feeding America and Starlight Children’s Foundation®.

“We are very grateful for the generous support we have received from the Joy in Childhood Foundation and are proud of the impact we’ve been able to make in the lives of children facing hunger,” said Nancy Curby, Senior Vice President of Corporate Partnerships and Operations, Feeding America. “The holiday season is a critical time for our network of food banks.  The support we are receiving will help us provide programs that will bring joy to millions of children nationwide who face hunger and will help keep them healthy so they can reach their full potential.”

In the 2016 – 2017 school year, the Foundation helped provide more than 2.4 million pounds of food – the equivalent of more than 1.4 million meals – to children and families struggling with hunger in communities nationwide through grants made to the Feeding America network of member food banks. Feeding America and the Joy in Childhood Foundation have partnered together for over a decade to help fight hunger.

To learn more about the Joy in Childhood Foundation, visit http://www.dunkinbrands.com/foundation.

About the Joy in Childhood Foundation 
The Joy in Childhood Foundation, the charitable foundation supported by the Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins brands, provides the simple joys of childhood to sick and hungry kids. The Foundation brings together a wide range of stakeholders — including franchisees, crew members, employees, partners and guests — and partners with food banks, children’s hospitals, and nonprofit organizations directly committed to serving sick and hungry kids to fund joyful environments, joyful experiences and joyful expressions to ensure that children whose lives are compromised by hunger or sickness have the support and essential services to find joy in their daily lives. Since launching in 2006, the Joy in Childhood Foundation (formerly the Dunkin’ Donuts & Baskin-Robbins Community Foundation), has granted more than $16 million to hundreds of national and local charities across the country.

About Feeding America

Feeding America® is the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States. Through a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs, we provide meals to more than 46 million people each year. Feeding America also supports programs that prevent food waste and improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

Name: Lindsay Cronin
Phone: 781-737-5200
Email: press@dunkinbrands.com

Source: Dunkin’ Donuts

Sheetz to offer customers a free cup of coffee on both Christmas Day and New Year’s Day

ALTOONA, Pa., 2017-Dec-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sheetz, one of America’s fastest growing family-owned and operated convenience store chains, is pleased to announce that they will again celebrate the holidays by offering customers a free cup of freshly brewed Sheetz coffee on both Christmas Day, from 12 a.m. to 12 p.m., and New Year’s, from 4 p.m. on New Year’s Eve until 4 p.m. on New Year’s Day. Guests can walk into any one of Sheetz’s 564 stores in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland and North Carolina and receive a free cup of coffee.

“Offering free coffee during the holidays is our way of saying thank you to the communities we serve,” said Ryan Sheetz, AVP of Brand Strategies.  “Sheetz has been giving away free coffee on Christmas Day and New Year’s for more than 20 years. It is the perfect opportunity for us to show our appreciation to our loyal customers, and to celebrate the holidays with them.”

Customers also have the opportunity to make the holiday brighter for local children by donating to Sheetz For The Kidz at checkout. Sheetz For The Kidz is an employee-run charity providing toys, clothes and other basic needs to underprivileged children across Pennsylvania, North Carolina, West Virginia, Virginia, Ohio and Maryland. One hundred percent of customer donations go directly to supporting the children in our communities.

All Sheetz locations are open 24/7/365 to ensure customers can always get what they want, how they want it and when they want it. That commitment includes Christmas and New Year’s and every other day of the year. Sheetz invites customers to stop by this holiday season and enjoy a cup of coffee on them on Christmas and New Year’s.

About Sheetz, Inc.
Established in 1952 in Altoona, Pennsylvania, Sheetz, Inc. is one of America’s fastest-growing family-owned and operated convenience store chains with more than 17,500 employees and more than $5.6 billion in annual revenue. The company operates over 560 store locations throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Ohio and North Carolina. Sheetz provides an award-winning menu of M•T•O® sandwiches and salads, which are ordered through unique touch-screen order point terminals. All Sheetz convenience stores are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Recognized by Fortune as one of the 100 Best Companies to Work For, Top 12 Best Places to Work for Women and Top 35 Best Workplaces for Millennials, Sheetz is committed to offering employees sustainable careers built on an inspiring culture and community engagement. For more information, visit www.sheetz.com or follow us on Twitter (@sheetz), Facebook (www.facebook.com/sheetz) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/sheetz).

For further information:
Laura Hager
lhager@planitagency.com
667-219-2067

Source:  Sheetz, Inc.

 

Giant Tiger supports local food banks with $35,000 donation

Giant Tiger supports local food banks with $35,000 donation

 

Helping local families in communities across Canada

OTTAWA, 2017-Dec-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — This holiday season, Giant Tiger stores are committed to fighting hunger with a donation of $35,000 to local food banks in many of the communities it calls home.

“Community giving is not just what we do at Giant Tiger, it’s an integral part of our company DNA,” says Thomas Haig, President and COO, Giant Tiger Stores Limited. “With the holiday season being a particularly busy time for food banks, it is important for our stores to give back so that all members of the community have access to safe and nutritious food.”

According to Food Banks Canada, 13 per cent of Canadians live in a state of food uncertainty. Each month, over 850,000 people turn to food banks for help; more than one-third are children and youth.

“Donating to food banks is just one of the over 1,200 community initiatives that our stores support,” says Mr. Haig. “The local impact our donations have is something we are particularly proud of.”

About Giant Tiger
Giant Tiger is the leading Canadian owned family discount store, committed to providing on-trend family fashions, groceries and everyday household needs. Known as Canada’s best-kept secret, the privately held company has over 240 locations across Canada and employs over 8,000 team members. You can also shop online at gianttiger.com. All Giant Tiger locations are locally owned or operated by a team member who knows the community. The friendly stores with the iconic yellow logo are not only where Canadians shop more and spend less, but also are proud to be known as retailer of choice. #foryouforless #GTcommunityproud #GTCanadaproud

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SOURCE: Giant Tiger Stores Limited

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Raley’s eCart brings delivery service to Reno, Nevada

 Raley’s extends eCart personalized shopping service to include delivery in Reno

West Sacramento, California, 2017-Dec-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Raley’s eCart e-commerce platform is launching its third phase of delivery service to Reno, Nevada. The delivery service will allow healthy, fresh and high-quality offerings at affordable prices to be delivered to select zip codes in the Reno area.

This expanded service area is part of Raley’s commitment to making customers’ lives easier by delivering a personalized, time-saving digital shopping experience. This is the next step in the company’s investment in eCommerce, developed with the purpose of making grocery shopping more convenient for its customers. Last month, Raley’s expanded delivery to the greater Sacramento region.

“We know and understand our customers are seeking convenience,” said Deirdre Zimmermann, Head of E-Commerce and Marketing “Customers can expect the same great service of a Raley’s personal shopper, who hand-selects orders, while enjoying the convenience of having groceries delivered.”

Raley’s currently has 100 Raley’s, Bel Air Market and Nob Hill Foods stores that offer eCart curbside pickup. Now same-day delivery is also offered for an expanding list of zip codes in Reno, including: 89503, 89512, 89431, 89523, 89509, 89502, 89519, 89511, and 89521. All customers will receive FREE delivery on their first order.

To learn more about delivery and the zip codes where the service is available, please visit raleys.com/go/delivery. To shop on Raley’s eCart, simply go to shop.raleys.com.

SOURCE: Raley’s Family of Fine Stores

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

Kroger opens its 1,000th ClickList store and launches integrated digital shopping experience for ClickList

In Q3 2017, company’s 109 percent digital revenue growth was driven by ClickList

CINCINNATI, 2017-Dec-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Kroger announced today it has opened its 1,000th ClickList store and launched the latest seamless and integrated digital shopping experience for ClickList.

“As part of our Restock Kroger plan, we continually invest in redefining our customers’ grocery shopping experiences by bringing online and offline seamlessly together through digital innovation,” shared Yael Cosset, Kroger’s Chief Digital Officer. “Our customers tell us they want multiple ways to shop. We are committed to leveraging a combination of insights from 84.51˚, advanced technology and our digital platform to give our customers the ability to shop when and how they want to make their lives easier.”

The seamless digital experience focuses on providing Kroger customers with quicker and easier access to relevant products and recipes, digital coupons, weekly ads and shopping lists joined by an easy-to-use, fully integrated ClickList experience.

“Whether our customers are shopping with us in a store or online this holiday season for groceries, meal solutions, health and beauty products, seasonal items or flowers, we want it to be a simple, personalized experience that saves them time and money,” Mr. Cosset added.

Kroger introduced its first ClickList store in November 2014 in Liberty Township, Ohio. Over the last 3 years, Kroger has experienced tremendous growth and accelerated customer adoption across the country from coast to coast. Today, it is announcing its 1,000th location at its Milford, Ohio store near its headquarters in Cincinnati.

“This exciting milestone is a testament to the impact of our digital shopping platform as well as the consistent and rewarding experience delivered to our customers by our talented store associates,” Mr. Cosset said. “Next year, we plan to expand our seamless service to more markets, ultimately making this convenient shopping experience available to every one of the 60 million families who shop with us annually.”

At The Kroger Co., we are dedicated to our purpose: to Feed the Human SpiritTM. 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.

BJ’s Restaurant announces the opening of its restaurant in Taylor, Michigan

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., 2017-Dec-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — BJ’s Restaurants, Inc.(NASDAQ:BJRI) today announced the opening of its restaurant in Taylor, Michigan. The new BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse opened on Monday, December 18, 2017, on a free standing pad at the Southland Center and is part of a recent retail addition that includes a 50,000 square foot Cinemark theater. The restaurant is approximately 7,500 square feet, seats approximately 230 guests and features BJ’s extensive menu, including BJ’s signature deep-dish pizza, award-winning handcrafted beer and famous Pizookie® dessert. BJ’s unique, contemporary décor provides the perfect environment for all dining occasions. Hours of operation are from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight Sunday through Thursday, and 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. Friday and Saturday.

“We are excited to open our last restaurant of the year in Taylor, Michigan,” commented Greg Trojan, President and CEO. “Taylor is our 10th restaurant opened this year and our first restaurant in the state of Michigan. As we look into 2018, our restaurant pipeline is in excellent shape as we currently plan to open four to six restaurants.”

As with all of our new restaurant openings, BJ’s invited members of the Taylor community to attend a soft opening event prior to our grand opening. As our team members put the final touches on the restaurant, invited guests were treated to complimentary food and had the opportunity to make a voluntary donation to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, a very important charity to BJ’s. Additionally, BJ’s donated the proceeds of all alcohol purchases during the soft opening event to the BJ’s Restaurants Foundation.

BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. currently owns and operates 197 casual dining restaurants under the BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse®, BJ’s Restaurant & Brewery®, BJ’s Pizza & Grill® and BJ’s Grill® brand names. BJ’s Restaurants offer an innovative and broad menu featuring award-winning, signature deep-dish pizza complemented with generously portioned salads, appetizers, sandwiches, soups, pastas, entrees and desserts, including the Pizookie® dessert. Quality, flavor, value, moderate prices and sincere service remain distinct attributes of the BJ’s experience. All restaurants feature BJ’s critically acclaimed proprietary craft beers, which are produced at several of the Company’s Restaurant & Brewery locations, its two brewpubs in Texas and by independent third party craft brewers. The Company’s restaurants are located in the 26 states of Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and Washington. Visit BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. on the Web at http://www.bjsrestaurants.com for locations and additional information.

BJ’s Restaurants Foundation (the “Foundation”) is a registered 501(c)(3) qualified non-profit charitable organization principally dedicated to supporting charities that benefit children’s healthcare and education, with a primary focus on the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. In addition, the Foundation supports volunteer efforts of BJ’s team members across the country as they help give back to the communities in which our restaurants do business.

Certain statements in the preceding paragraphs and all other statements that are not purely historical constitute “forward-looking” statements for purposes of the Securities Act of 1933 and the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and are intended to be covered by the safe harbors created thereby. The “forward-looking” statements contained in this press release are based on current assumptions and expectations and BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. undertakes no obligation to update or alter its “forward-looking” statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Investors are referred to the full discussion of risks and uncertainties associated with forward-looking statements contained in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its recent reports on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K.

For further information, please contact Greg Levin of BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. at (714) 500-2400 or JCIR at (212) 835-8500 or at bjri@jcir.com.

SOURCE: BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. / GLOBE NEWSWIRE

Four celebrated local chefs teams up with SSP America to open Manufactory Food Hall at San Francisco International Airport

LONDON, UK, 2017-Dec-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Four celebrated San Francisco chefs—Elisabeth Prueitt and Chad Robertson of Tartine, Gabriela Cámara of Cala, and Pim Techamuanvivit of Kin Khao—are teaming up with SSP America, a division of SSP Group, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide to further enhance the airport dining portfolio of San Francisco International Airport. Opening Summer 2018 in SFO’s International Terminal, the Manufactory Food Hall will be a collaboration among these like-minded chefs who are inspired by one another’s creative instincts and are united in their mission to bring healthy, sophisticated, approachable food to an ever-wider audience. The project brings together three world-class women chefs and will offer international travelers fresh, inventive foods and cocktails as well as must-have pantry items.  All of the offerings will be made with seasonal ingredients sourced directly from the same local farms, ranches, and fisheries they tap for their San Francisco restaurants. 

Renowned for the creativity, innovation, and vibrancy of its food scene, there is no better city to welcome a chef-driven concept created for the modern traveler than San Francisco. Manufactory Food Hall will include three distinct fast-casual dining experiences, grab-and-go stations, a full-service bar, and a retail component showcasing beloved Bay Area products. 

Robertson and Prueitt will present a full-service concept inspired by their Mission District restaurant, Tartine Manufactory, and iconic bakery, Tartine. The seasonal menu will be based on popular Manufactory offerings including warm sandwiches, fresh salads and soups, as well as a full bar serving cocktails from all three concepts. A Tartine Bakery pastry counter will showcase signature handcrafted baked goods, including the beloved morning buns, seasonal tarts, and other viennoiseries. Tartine will offer diners the opportunity to enjoy a sit-down meal, as well as plenty of options for travelers with less time on their hands. Within the Manufactory Food Hall, Tartine’s Coffee Manufactory will be featured, with a full coffee bar, grab-and-go coffee, espresso based beverages and whole beans. Led by coffee industry veteran Chris Jordan, much of the Coffee Manufactory’s philosophy is the same as Tartine’s with a focus on sourcing fresh and seasonal ingredients from coffee farmers. 

“When presented with the opportunity to create this concept, we said we would only do it if we got to enlist colleagues who share our creative approach and philosophy,” says Prueitt of the decision to work with Cámara and Techamuanvivit.  “We are really excited to collaborate with close friends, bringing together some of the best ingredients California has to offer to international travelers.”

Drawing inspiration from her Civic Center taqueria, chef/owner Cámara will offer an elevated take on the foods of her native Mexico City.  As with Cala and Contramar, this concept will demonstrate Cámara’s commitment to using local produce and sustainable seafood. Menu highlights will include breakfast tortas, all day tacos and tostadas such as those popular at Civic Center’s Tacos Cala, and main course salads.

Chef/owner Pim Techamuanvivit of Michelin-starred Kin Khao will present a taste of her native Thailand using seasonal ingredients from local farms. The menu will offer an array of dishes that include rice bowls, noodles, salads, and grilled meats as well as tempting, satisfying vegan and sweet choices. All of the dishes are conceived with a special focus on portability, so that they can be enjoyed in place or taken on board for later. A small pantry counter will offer select ingredients and cookwares perfect for travelers looking to take a taste of Kin Khao home with them.

With the diversity of offerings to be found at Manufactory Food Hall, the journey will begin even before lift-off.

SOURCE: SSP The Food Travel Experts

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SSP opens Factory Bar & Kitchen at Birmingham Airport

SSP opens Factory Bar & Kitchen bar and restaurant at Birmingham Airport

LONDON, 2017-Dec-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, has opened a new bar and restaurant at Birmingham Airport. Called Factory Bar & Kitchen, the new concept has been inspired by Birmingham’s heritage, and pays tribute to the pivotal role the city played in the industrial revolution.

Factory Bar & Kitchen serves an array of British classics alongside local Birmingham favourites. The menu will include wood fire stone-baked pizzas with delicious crispy crusts that can be enjoyed in the restaurant, or can be ordered as take-away to enjoy on the flight. Among the choice on offer is a selection of dishes that are a nod to the Indian flavours at the heart of Birmingham’s food culture. A Balti pizza features Balti flavoured chargrilled chicken, cheese and chilli with a mint and coriander relish. There is also a Balti burger, made with succulent chargrilled chicken, citrus slaw, an onion bhaji, curried mayonnaise and a mint and coriander relish.

The restaurant will also provide a tempting breakfast menu and a selection of artisan coffees. The bar will offer a range of 13 premium draught beers, bottled beers and a carefully balanced selection of wines and spirits.

Simon Smith, CEO of SSP UK and Ireland said; “The Factory Bar & Kitchen has been designed in partnership with our clients at Birmingham Airport to offer all our customers a fantastic experience. We are delighted to provide local favourites to create a sense of place, all served in a warm and inviting environment. We look forward to welcoming all our guests to enjoy this great new concept.”

Jo Lloyd, Commercial Director of Birmingham Airport said; “We are delighted to be opening another fantastic catering outlet here at Birmingham Airport with SSP UK.  This new concept will be a welcome addition to the Departure Lounge, offering passengers even more choice as they start their holiday.”

SOURCE: SSP The Food Travel Experts

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Starbucks Puerto Rico opens its 25th location

Starbucks Puerto Rico opens its 25th location

  • Starbucks has opened its 25th store on the Island at the Metropolitan University campus of the Ana G. Méndez University System in San Juan – its first new location since Hurricane Maria forced widespread store closures in September
  • Company reaffirms its long-term commitment to Puerto Rico’s economic recovery and community rebuilding efforts

San Juan, PUERTO RICO, 2017-Dec-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks Puerto Rico is celebrating the opening of its 25th location on the Island, a new café on the Metropolitan University (UMET) campus in Cupey, which is part of the Ana G. Méndez University System (SUAGM). It is the first Starbucks® store to open since Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico in September, destroying homes, damaging the island’s critical infrastructure, and taking innocent lives.

As the long road to rebuilding continues, leaders from both Starbucks and the company’s local business partner, Baristas del Caribe, reaffirmed their commitment to continue working together to support the Island’s economic recovery. The two companies and their foundations have also collectively contributed more than $1.3 million toward emergency relief and long-term rebuilding efforts across the region. That includes the creation of the Tacita Verde Fund to provide emergency financial grants to local Starbucks partners (employees) and their families in need, as well as a Starbucks Foundation grant to match U.S. customer donations via the Starbucks mobile app and funding to World Coffee Research to begin the long-term work of supporting coffee farmers impacted by the hurricane.

“Our new store in San Juan, our 25th on the Island, is in honor of our Puerto Rican partners and customers, who continue to demonstrate incredible strength and resilience day after day since Hurricane Maria,” said Michael Conway, executive vice president for Starbucks Licensed Stores business across the Americas. “As we open our doors at UMET, and slowly begin to reopen all other stores across the island, we remain fully committed to our growth plans in the market as we work to create local jobs, serve our customers, and support the region’s coffee producers. I am very proud of the heroic ways in which our partners came together to support one another and their community, as well as the leadership, vision and compassion of our trusted business partner, Baristas del Caribe, led by the Fonalledas family in Puerto Rico. This will undoubtedly be a long road to recovery, and Starbucks is here for the long haul.”

“With this new opening we reaffirm that the Island is firmly on its way to recovery,” said Governor Ricardo Rosselló. “We thank Starbucks Puerto Rico for its commitment to create jobs and contribute to our economy at a time when the island needs it most. Likewise, we urge you to continue supporting your employees, as you are doing with the newly created Tacita Verde Fund.”

“Starbucks opening at the university is an example of our commitment to Puerto Rico,” said Jaime L. Fonalledas, president of Baristas del Caribe. “We remain focused on growing the brand, despite the setbacks caused by the hurricane. Our new store opening was made possible thanks to the strategic alliance established with the SUAGM system, a stable and progressive corporation, equally committed with the economic recovery of the Island.”

Starbucks intends for the new location at UMET, which is now open to the public, to become a meeting place on campus, while providing job opportunities to local students and contributing to the local economy.  Another Starbucks® store will open in Santa Isabel in early 2018.

“Today we make history by opening the first Starbucks in a higher education institution in Puerto Rico,” said José F. Méndez Méndez, president of SUAGM. “The economic development of the country is everyone’s responsibility and SUAGM will be present in any initiative that improves the quality of life of our people.”

Supporting Long-Term Relief and Recovery Efforts

In the wake of the devastating impacts of Hurricane Maria in September, Starbucks Puerto Rican partners, like the rest of the citizens on the Island, faced a long and difficult road to recovery. Many are still assessing damages to their homes and their communities, a task made much tougher due to the lack of power, limited connectivity, and long lines for necessities like water, ice, gas and food.

In response, Baristas del Caribe created the Tacita Verde Fund – its first-ever employee assistance fund dedicated to help Starbucks Puerto Rican partners and their families in need. Through an initial contribution of $50,000 from Starbucks Coffee Company, the Tacita Verde Fund is helping provide financial grants to partners with critical needs ranging from urgent home repairs to food or medical needs. The Fonalledas Foundation is also supporting the partners with donations.

In addition to the Starbucks Puerto Rico Tacita Verde Fund, Starbucks Coffee Company, Baristas Del Caribe, and its parent company Empressas Fonalledas Inc., have made the following contributions to support urgent and long-term rebuilding efforts in communities across Puerto Rico:

  • $125,000 from Starbucks Coffee Company to Unidos por Puerto Rico
  • $75,000 from The Starbucks Foundation to the Center for Disaster Philanthropy
  • $20,000 from The Starbucks Foundation to match donations by customers across the U.S. through the Starbucks mobile app. These funds will also support the Center for Disaster Philanthropy.
  • $27,000 from The Starbucks Foundation to World Coffee Research to support rebuilding of the Island’s coffee industry
  • Product/in-kind donations from the business, including bottled water and emergency supplies
  • $1 million from Empresas Fonalledas Inc. to various nonprofit organizations working on relief and recovery efforts across the Island, as well as assistance to employees. Among the nonprofit organizations are Red Cross, Para la Naturaleza, Habitat for Humanity, World Central Kitchen, Ricky Martin Foundation, Boys & Girls Club, Centros Sor Isolina Ferré, Centro para Puerto Rico and Unidos por Puerto Rico.

About The Starbucks Foundation
Established in 1997, The Starbucks Foundation has strengthened communities around the world by advancing youth leadership and community engagement. The Starbucks Foundation is a U.S. 501 (c)(3) charitable organization under U.S. law, and receives funding primarily from Starbucks Corporation and private donations.

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Whole Foods Market reveals the bestselling holiday staples to inspire home cooks for the hosting season

Includes customers’ top searched recipes, preferred products, and common Alexa questions during this holiday season

AUSTIN, Texas, 2017-Dec-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — As the holiday entertaining season continues, Whole Foods Market is revealing some of their customers’ foodie favorites for the season, including the most searched and top-rated recipes, favorite prepared foods, and the bestselling holiday staples featuring new lower prices to inspire home cooks for the hosting season.

Here’s a look at the top food-focused favorites:

Top recipes searched on wfm.com  

Whole Foods Market is constantly experimenting with new flavors and developing delicious recipes to create convenient meal solutions for their customers. This year, recipes for Dry Brined Citrus TurkeyClassic Butternut Squash Soup and Classic Gluten-Free Stuffing ranked among top customer picks, featuring fresh, unique ingredients, and easy-to-follow instructions to make anyone feel like a culinary innovator – right in their own kitchen.

Most popular prepared food picks

Whole Foods Market is renowned for its innovative prepared foods offerings and bakery items that are inspired by local flavors. For the holiday season, the brand’s global e-store menu featured items ranging from full turkey dinners with all the trimmings to exclusive offerings developed by local chef partners. According to customers, this year’s top prepared picks were: the nine-inch Bittersweet Chocolate Pecan Pie from cult-favorite Brooklyn-based pie shop, Four & Twenty Blackbirds, the Thanksgiving dinner for 12, and the vegan meal from the renowned Philadelphia vegan chefs at Vedge.

Favorite Whole Foods Market products on Amazon

Whole Foods Market’s 365 Everyday Value, high-quality private label products became available through Prime Pantry and Prime Now in August. Top-selling items for snacking and baking this holiday season through Prime Pantry and Prime Now include the 365 Everyday Value Organic Dark Chocolate with Coconut (3 ounce), 365 Everyday Value Organic Crunchy Pretzel Sticks, 365 Everyday Value Four Cheese Thin Crust Pizza and 365 Everyday Value Organic Fruit Strips, among others.

Common questions for sous-chef, Alexa!

This holiday season, customers turned to Alexa for their cooking queries and had sweet treats on their mind! The request, “Give me a recipe for hot chocolate” topped the list of most asked-for recipes, followed by “How do you make chocolate chip cookies?” at a close second.

Preferred price-reduced products at Whole Foods Market

Beginning immediately following the close of the acquisition, Whole Foods Market began rolling out lower prices on a selection of grocery staples across its stores, with the most recent wave focusing on best-selling holiday staples. This year, Whole Foods Market saw the highest amount of sales on turkeys and sweet potatoes – ever.

From fresh, seasonal ingredients for your holiday table, to cooking and baking advice from sous-chef Alexa, Whole Foods Market and Amazon have everything you need to make delicious memories this holiday season.

SOURCE: Whole Foods Market

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Whole Foods Market to replace its Pinecrest location with the opening of Dadeland store on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018

New store to replace Pinecrest location, offering community a more complete food experience

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., 2017-Dec-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market’s Dadeland store will open Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018 replacing the nearby Pinecrest location and providing the neighborhood a more elevated grocery shopping and dining experience. The store will open at 9 a.m. with a celebration featuring favorite local suppliers and hometown flavor.

“We are so excited to bring this community a beautiful new grocery store that offers them a true destination for celebrating food,” said Adrienne Hutchings, the store’s team leader. “We’ve proudly served Pinecrest for 19 years and this store will allow us to continue that tradition with even more bells and whistles. We can’t wait to open our doors!”

The 46,700 square foot store, located at 7930 Southwest 104th Street will offer a large selection of grab-and-go prepared foods, grocery items, including many local Florida products, and unique venues including:

  • El Bocadillo – A Miami-style mix of Latin and Caribbean flavors in a Whole Foods Market gastropub setting with comfortable seating and a carefully curated beer and wine selection.
  • Full service Allegro coffee bar
  • Self-service cold-pressed juice on tap
  • Amazon Lockers for convenient in-store package pick up and returns

Every item sold in the store meets Whole Foods Market’s rigorous quality standards and is free of artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners, preservatives and hydrogenated fats.

Whole Foods Market Dadeland will replace the smaller Pinecrest store located 1 mile south at 11701 South Dixie Highway, which will close Sunday, Jan. 7. The nearly 200 team members transferring from the Pinecrest store will be joined by approximately 70 new locally hired team members.

Whole Foods Market Dadeland’s regular hours of operation will be 8 a.m. – 10 p.m., daily.

For additional information and future announcements, please visit www.wholefoodsmarket.com.

SOURCE: Whole Foods Market

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ShopRite puts the spotlight on its team of highly trained butchers

ShopRite puts the spotlight on its team of highly trained butchers

Keasbey, NJ, 2017-Dec-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Every day, ShopRite butchers butterfly pork chops, thin slice chicken breasts, split steaks and custom grind cuts of meat, all to a customer’s taste. And this holiday season,  ShopRite is highlighting its team of highly trained butchers as in-house experts who can help customers make the most of holiday meals, whether barbecuing, roasting or stewing.

When it comes to the holidays – one of the busiest times of year for ShopRite’s meat departments – ShopRite stores take extra steps to ensure their customers are getting a premium service while saving them precious time. ShopRite butchers can help customers find the perfect size turkey for their guests, and shoppers can pre-order sausage for their stuffing or extra thighs and wings for gravy.

Special orders really ramp up in December, when many of the prime rib roasts in the meat case are loosened off the bone and hand-tied by ShopRite butchers who prepare the holiday roasts to meet increased demand.  Butchers are always available to take special orders and make suggestions on the best cuts of meat.

Few supermarkets offer both the expertise of in-store butchers and the guaranteed freshness of daily deliveries. But ShopRite offers both, with butcher service similar to the old-fashioned corner meat market.

ShopRite of Pearl River’s team of butchers in the ShopRite store in Pearl River, N.Y. has nearly 160 years of combined experience. It’s not uncommon for customers to ask for their favorite butcher at the ShopRite of Pearl River.

“Our ShopRite butchers provide great service with a real personal touch that our customers appreciate,” said ShopRite Pearl River Meat Manager Bill Scorzetti. “We want to give the best cut of meat to our customers because that means they will come back to us.”

Eighty-three-year-old Bernard Smith, who has worked at the Pearl River store for the last decade, stumbled into the trade more than 60 years ago when his mother wanted him to find a job. She got him a spot in a butcher shop in Manhattan and he never looked back.

“I love what I do, and I love working with customers. We take a lot of pride in our work,” said Smith, who is featured in a video on the ShopRite of Pearl River Facebook page.

At ShopRite of Hillsdale in Hillsdale, N.J., Tony Garcia, a third-generation butcher, also followed his family’s tradition in the trade.

“The first thing my dad said was, ‘You have to take care of the customer,” Garcia said. “That’s the key to the business. If you take care of the customer, you’ll be fine.”

The ShopRite of Hillsdale recently opened one the very first certified organic butcher service station in a supermarket. Butchers at the store will have the ability to prepare and custom cut organic beef, poultry and pork on a USDA-certified counter dedicated to organic food preparation.

More shoppers today are seeking grass-fed, organic, and pasture raised meats. ShopRite, which has expanded organic and natural sections in the meat department, also recently introduced Farm Promise, a line of beef and pork products that comes from family-owned farms in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware and upstate New York.

ShopRite stores were also recognized recently for being a top seller of high quality Certified Angus Beef (CAB), meeting strict standards for marbling, tenderness, appearance and taste when it comes to the CAB label.

Whether it’s seasoned burgers for shoppers needing a quick dinner solution, grass-fed, paleo-friendly meats, or the perfect roast for a holiday dinner, ShopRite’s butchers are committed to providing a robust selection, great service and the finest, freshest meat that’s really a cut above the rest.

For more information, visit www.shoprite.com.

About ShopRite 
ShopRite is the registered trademark of Wakefern Food Corp., a retailer-owned cooperative based in Keasbey, NJ, and the largest supermarket cooperative in the United States. With more than 270 ShopRite supermarkets located throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland, ShopRite serves more than six million customers each week. A long-time supporter of key community efforts, ShopRite is dedicated to fighting hunger in the communities it serves. Through its ShopRite Partners In Caring program, ShopRite has donated more than $43 million to 1,700 worthy charities and food banks since the program began in 1999. For more information, please visit www.ShopRite.com.

SOURCE:  Wakefern Food Corp

Taco Bell expands its drive-thru free restaurants with the first Cantina in Southern California

Taco Bell expands its drive-thru free restaurants with the first Cantina in Southern California

Opening Highlighted by exclusive Taco Bell Beer, walk-up window, local mural and ocean view

IRVINE, Calif., 2017-Dec-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Taco Bell’s expansion with drive-thru free restaurants is continuing its spread across the US with the first Cantina to open in Southern California. Newport Beach joins Wabash and Cincinnati as Cantina openings in the past month alone – bringing the total to 11. Additional city locations in Manhattan, Brooklyn, Chicago, Boulder, and Madison will be coming soon, adding to the continued urban development growth of 300 drive-thru free locations opening over the next 5 years.

The Newport Beach Cantina, which opens to the public Friday, December 15, will feature an exclusive Taco Bell beer, Twisted Freezes, open kitchen, local artist murals and a walk-up order window — all in the heart of the Newport Beach Peninsula. Initial hours of operation will be 7am to 2am.

In celebration of Southern California’s first Cantina, Taco Bell and Huntington Beach local Four Son’s Brewing have partnered to unveil an exclusive beer made specifically to complement the Taco Bell menu, a brand first. Together, Four Sons’ brewmasters and Taco Bell’s culinary chefs have joined forces to create Beach Bell, a Mexican-style Amber Lager made with a unique flavor profile to enhance and compliment Taco Bell’s food and flavors. The light, crisp, and refreshing beer has a smooth and robust taste with a clean finish that makes it the perfect beverage to pair with a Taco Bell meal. Beach Bell Amber Lager will only be available for a limited time at the Newport Beach Cantina.

This collaboration comes as Taco Bell continues to push into new urban locations across the country. Recently, Taco Bell announced continued expansion with a planned 300 drive-thru free locations opening over the next five years – many of which will serve alcohol. Taco Bell Cantinas feature a smaller footprint leveraging urban or in-line development, localized design and artwork as well as alcohol offerings, including beer.

For information about Four Sons Brewing, visit www.foursonsbrewing.com

ABOUT TACO BELL® CORPORATION
Taco Bell Corp., a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM), is the nation’s leading Mexican-inspired quick service restaurant (QSR) brand. From breakfast to late night, Taco Bell serves made-to-order and customizable tacos and burritos, among other craveable choices, and is the first QSR restaurant to offer American Vegetarian Association (AVA)-certified menu items. Taco Bell and its more than 350 franchise organizations proudly serve over 42 million customers each week through 7,000 restaurants across the nation, as well as through its mobile, desktop and delivery ordering services. Overseas, Taco Bell has over 250 restaurants, with plans to add 2,000 more restaurants internationally within the next decade. The brand encourages its fans to “Live Mas” and connects with them through sports, gaming and new music via its Feed The Beat® music program. Taco Bell also provides education opportunities and serves the community through its nonprofit organization, the Taco Bell® Foundation™, and connects fans with their passions through programs such as the Live Mas Scholarshipprogram. In 2016, Taco Bell was named as one of Fast Company’s Top 10 Most Innovative Companies in the World.

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Whole Foods salad bars to incorporate new composed and “build your own” salad recipes with focus on root-to-stem ingredients

Whole Foods salad bars to incorporate new composed and “build your own” salad recipes with focus on root-to-stem ingredients

AUSTIN, Texas, 2017-Dec-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market announced today that beginning Dec. 27, salad bars nationwide will incorporate new composed and “build your own” salad recipes with a focus on root-to-stem food preparation, seasonal produce and superfood ingredients.

“We’re refreshing our salad bars for the New Year to support shoppers who are looking for convenient, healthy dishes that don’t sacrifice quality or taste,” said Tien Ho, Culinary & Hospitality Executive Coordinator for Whole Foods Market. “Our stores are excited to celebrate peak season produce and serve up plant based, nutrient dense recipes that we know our customers crave this time of year.”

In November, buyers and culinary experts from Whole Foods Market revealed their top food trend predictions for 2018, including root-to-stem cooking, which makes use of the entire fruit or vegetable. Popular with those looking to experiment with new flavors or reduce food waste, this trend incorporates lesser used parts of produce such as stems, rinds, seeds and leaves.

This winter, Whole Foods Market salad bars will feature two new root-to-stem composed salads: roasted sunchokes with sunflower seeds, sprouts and chile dressing, and chopped fennel bulbs and stems tossed with lemon honey vinaigrette and honey crisp apples.

Whole Foods Market salad bars will also feature all the ingredients for a “build your own” power salad station including blueberries, wakame seaweed, turmeric sweet potatoes, broccoli florets, quinoa, roasted mushrooms, flax seeds, superfood salad dressing and power greens. Whole Foods Market chef-inspired salad stations are typically located at the end of the salad bar and updated seasonally, offering signature salads that shoppers can easily customize.

Shoppers can find recipes and healthy eating inspiration at wholefoodsmarket.com.

SOURCE: Whole Foods Market

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KIND kick-starts a conversation on what it takes to overcome the divisions that have torn America apart

  • Healthy snack company convenes filmmakers, thought leaders and the general public to capture the difference between being nice and being kind
  • Three-time Academy Award winning cinematographer, Emmanuel Lubezki, lends his creative take in powerful video

NEW YORK, 2017-Dec-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — With the launch of a powerful video that explores the courage it takes to be kind towards strangers, KIND seeks to kindle a conversation about what it will take to overcome the divisions that have torn our country apart.

The video release, in conjunction with a nationwide contest, is part of KIND’s effort to explore the difference between being “nice” and being “kind” – an oft overlooked distinction that has tangible implications on how we act towards one another.

“We’ve all been overwhelmed by the historic rifts tearing our country apart. The empathy and respect that are part of America’s DNA and part of what make our country so exceptional cannot be taken for granted,” said Daniel Lubetzky, Founder & CEO of KIND Healthy Snacks. “For years, KIND has explored how difficult it is to step out of one’s comfort zone and practice kindness – especially towards someone with whom you disagree. Now, more than ever, that extra effort is required to rediscover our shared humanity and tackle challenges related to misunderstanding and intolerance.”

To kick-start a conversation around the topic, KIND has released a storytelling series that illuminates this distinction and plays up the following themes:

  • Nice is polite but not always what we need to hear. Kind is honest and stands its ground.
  • Nice can be passive. Kind requires action and courage.
  • Nice doesn’t add to problems. Kind solves them.
  • Nice is something you say. Kind is something you do.
  • Nice doesn’t bully. Kind stands up to stop the bullying.

The latest video in the series was directed by Emmanuel Lubezki, three-time Academy Award winning cinematographer of Birdman, Gravity and The Revenant, with co-director Chris Wilcha. Titled “More Than Nice,” the piece visually captures Emmanuel’s personal interpretation of kindness through the eyes of volunteers who leave jugs of water across the US-Mexico border. The humanitarian group’s intention is to prevent suffering and death of migrants. The issue hits home not only for Emmanuel, but also for Daniel, his cousin: both are Jewish-Mexican immigrants and proud citizens of the United States who have used their respective platforms to connect people, expand understanding and strengthen communities.

“I was struck not just by the incredible courage but also by the tremendous empathy that these volunteers had, going out of their way to protect the well-being of fellow human beings they may never meet,” said Emmanuel Lubezki. “There is no sacrifice in nice, but being kind requires it. In the video, we attempt to portray the human element of such a polarizing issue in a way that transcends politics and reminds us all of the frailty of the human body and the invincibility of the human spirit.”

The other videos – including a study on the motivations of a war veteran and firefighter who dedicates his free time to help children that are burn victims – juxtapose nice and kind in a myriad of both practical and aspirational ways, but all circle around the same core beliefs.

KIND is inviting people to share their own take on the difference between nice and kind by submitting a written essay, photo or video. A panel of judges, made up of entrepreneurs, creative story tellers, journalists and activists, will select three winners. Those judges include:

  • Joel Fields – Executive Producer & Showrunner of The Americans
  • Alli Maloney – News & Politics Editor at Teen Vogue
  • Jeff Weiner – CEO of LinkedIn
  • David Isay – Founder of StoryCorps
  • Arianna Huffington – Founder and CEO at Thrive Global
  • Sophie Elgort – Photographer and Co-Founder of Through Our Lens

Winners will receive $25,000 to donate to the charity of their choice, along with cash prizes and photography/videography gear to help fund their next creative project. To learn more or enter the contest, visit www.kindsnacks.com/morekind.

About KIND Healthy Snacks

Since its founding in 2004, KIND® has been on a mission to make the world a little kinder one snack and one act at a time. KIND was born out of its founder’s desire to create a snack that was healthy and tasty, wholesome and convenient. What began as a line of premium Fruit & Nut bars sparked the creation of an entirely new healthier snacking category. Today, KIND has a family of snacks that offer solutions for a variety of different occasions.

Its recipes include nutrient-dense, simple and premium ingredients like whole nuts, seeds, whole grains, and pieces of fruit. All of its snacks are gluten free and do not contain genetically engineered ingredients.

Since day one, kindness has been at the core of its business. KIND was founded with a social mission, called the KIND Movement, which celebrates and inspires kindness through acts big and small. Today, the Movement is brought to life through both the brand and The KIND Foundation. To learn more about KIND and to join our Movement, visit kindsnacks.com.

Contact:

Kristi Kleila
KIND Healthy Snacks
O: (212) 616-3006, ext. 115
kkleila@kindsnacks.com

Source: KIND Healthy Snacks

Burger King AsiaPac and Nexus Point to develop and strengthen the presence of the BURGER KING® brand in Taiwan

OAKVILLE, ON, 2017-Dec-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Burger King AsiaPac Pte. Ltd. (“BKAP”) and Nexus Point Management Limited (“Nexus Point”) announced today (December 12, 2017) a master franchise agreement to develop and strengthen the presence of the BURGER KING® brand in Taiwan.

“Taiwan is one of the largest quick service restaurant markets in the Asia-Pacific region and we’re pleased to announce this agreement as it will help us further develop and grow the BURGER KING® brand locally,” said José Cil, President of the BURGER KING® brand. “We look forward to working with Nexus Point to drive scale and market penetration in this attractive market, so we can continue to seize great opportunities for the BURGER KING® brand.”

“Burger King is one of the most iconic brands in the world and has a successful track record of working with private equity partners,” said Kuo Chuan Kung, Managing Partner of Nexus Point. “We are excited to accelerate the opening of new restaurants in the market and make further investments in technology and operations to better serve our guests in Taiwan.”

Today, the BURGER KING® brand has a presence across a number of countries in the AsiaPacific region including China, South Korea and India. This new agreement will further expand the footprint of the BURGER KING® brand in Taiwan and strengthen its presence in the AsiaPacific region.

Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

About BURGER KING®
Founded in 1954, the BURGER KING® brand is the second largest fast food hamburger chain in the world. The original HOME OF THE WHOPPER®, the BURGER KING® system operates over 16,000 locations in more than 100 countries and U.S. territories. The BURGER KING® brand is owned by Restaurant Brands International Inc. (TSX,NYSE:QSR), one of the world’s largest quick service restaurant companies with more than $29 billion in system sales and over 23,000 restaurants. Almost 100 percent of BURGER KING® restaurants are owned and operated by independent franchisees, many of them family-owned operations that have been in business for decades. To learn more about the BURGER KING® brand, please visit the BURGER KING® brand website at www.bk.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Nexus Point
Nexus Point is an Asian private equity fund focused on Greater China. Nexus Point aims to generate superior long-term results for its investors by making control/buyout investments into companies where it can add significant strategic and operational value. Nexus Point’s investment team is focused on identifying opportunities arising from the growing spending power of middle-class consumers in Asia. To learn more about Nexus Point, please visit us at www.nexuspointcapital.com

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release includes forward-looking statements, which are often identified by the words “may,” “might,” “believes,” “thinks,” “anticipates,” “plans,” “expects,” “intends” or similar expressions and reflect management’s expectations regarding future events and operating performance and speak only as of the date hereof. These forward-looking statements include statements about BKAP’s expectations regarding the ability of Nexus Point to further develop  and grow the BURGER KING® brand in Taiwan by driving scale and market penetration. The factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from BKAP’s expectations are detailed in filings of Restaurant Brands International Inc. (“RBI”) with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and with the securities regulatory authorities in each province and territory of Canada, such as its annual and quarterly reports and current reports on Form 8-K and include the following: risks related to RBI’s ability to successfully implement its domestic and international growth strategy; and risks related to RBI’s ability to compete domestically and internationally in an intensely competitive industry. Other than as required under U.S. federal securities laws or Canadian securities laws, we do not assume a duty to update these forward looking statements, whether as a result of new information, subsequent events or circumstances, change in expectations or otherwise.

For further information, please contact: media@rbi.com

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Baskin-Robbins adds Winter Wonderland Cake to its expansive holiday ice cream cake lineup

Baskin-Robbins adds Winter Wonderland Cake to its expansive holiday ice cream cake lineup

 

CANTON, Mass., 2017-Dec-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — With the holidays right around the corner, it can be hard to cross everything off your list in time. With gift shopping, meal planning, decorating and sending out holiday cards, there are too many things to do and so little time. Here at Baskin-Robbins, we are getting ready for the festivities with our holiday ice cream cake lineup that makes it easy for guests to bring a winter wonderland feel to any holiday gathering.

New to the cake lineup this year is our Winter Wonderland Cake. This cake is decorated in beautiful icy blues, a White Dipping Chocolate drizzled edge, and topped with sparkling glitter. This cake is also customizable with guest’s favorite ice cream and cake flavors and serves 12-16 people.

To get the inside scoop on the latest culinary innovation, we spoke with Sara Cox, Research and Development Manager for Baskin-Robbins, who designed this sparkling masterpiece. The inspiration for this cake came from Sara identifying a need for a cake design that simply celebrates the winter season. Baskin-Robbins offers an expansive holiday ice cream cake lineup, which includes a Santa Cake, Snowman Cake, Elf Cake, and Chanukah Menorah Cake. The addition of the Winter Wonderland cake helped complete our holiday cakes lineup. To bring this cake to life she followed the drip cake trend and aimed to keep the design simple and elegant while incorporating standing rosettes made with butter crème to give the cake additional dimension.

We also have our seasonal favorite Fudge Yule Log Cake returning just in time for the holiday festivities. This cake combines Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream and chocolate cake rolled together with white icing, then topped with holly leaf decorations and three red candles. When speaking with Sara about the inspiration behind this cake, she noted that it’s a Baskin-Robbins twist on a classic design that evokes nostalgia during the holiday season.

When putting these two ice cream cakes together, it creates an instant winter wonderland feel. You can dress up your tablescape as we have done in the above image by adding powdered sugar, candy canes and Christmas lights to your cake display.

Both cakes are available to order online at www.BaskinRobbins.com/onlineordering or in your local Baskin-Robbins shop. They can be customized with your favorite Baskin-Robbins ice cream flavor, including the December Flavor of The Month, YORK® Peppermint Pattie.

How are you enjoying the holiday season with Baskin-Robbins? Let us know on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram!

To stay up to date on all things Baskin-Robbins, sign up for our email news alerts at news.baskinrobbins.com/alerts.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Dunkin’ Brands Media Relations
Email: press@dunkinbrands.com

Source: Baskin-Robbins

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Santa Fe Importers recalls pork salami products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials

WASHINGTON, 2017-Dec-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Santa Fe Importers, Inc. a Long Beach, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 143 pounds of pork salami products that may be contaminated with extraneous materials, specifically metal shavings, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today (Dec. 12, 2017).

The pork salami items were produced on Aug. 3, 2017. The following products are subject to recall: 

  • 3.5 to 4.0-lbs. random weight of plastic wrapped packages of “MARISA PREMIUM QUALITY GENOA SALAMI ITALIAN BRAND,” with a packaging date of Sept. 14, 2017 and a lot code of 257-100161 in the upper right hand corner.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “EST. 4118” inside the USDA mark of inspection. These items were shipped to retail locations in California.

The problem was discovered after the company received a complaint from their retail customer and notified FSIS on Dec. 11, 2017.

There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about an injury or illness should contact a healthcare provider.

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

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

Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Vincent Passanisi, president, at (562) 437-7775. Media with questions about the recall can contact Jorge Endara, general manager, at (562) 437-7775.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

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

Contact:
Congressional and Public Affairs
Autumn Canaday
(202) 720-9113
Press@fsis.usda.gov

Source: USDA

SPAR India launches online campaign #SayYesToMillets

India, 2017-Dec-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Once a staple food source in India, Millets have fallen out of fashion over the last few decades – replaced by rice and wheat. Now, with the increase in diabetes and allergies such as gluten intolerance, this group of small seed grasses that have been widely cultivated as cereal crops, are making a comeback.

Realising the potential of the hardy, ancient millet seeds, SPAR India introduced a 25 day-long campaign in all SPAR Supermarkets in the country to create awareness about the health benefits and nutritional excellence of millets. In each store, a special zone was set up highlighting the entire millet range available. Nutritional information and delicious recipes were also displayed.

Some 500 school children from all over the country visited the millet zones in the SPAR stores and were informed about why the grains should be part of their diets. In addition to the millet zones instore, SPAR India executed the online campaign #SayYesToMillets, regularly posting nutritional facts, recipes and health benefits of millets on its various social media platforms.

To promote local farmers, the SPAR Natural range offered instore features a variety of products containing locally grown grains. These include savoury, sweet and ready-to-cook SPAR Own Brand products like Dosa mix and Millet-based health drinks.

Millets are a smart way of farming and eating. They can grow on marginal land and under harsh weather conditions. They are rich in nutrients, minerals, and fibre and can reduce the risks of heart diseases and obesity. Millets are also an affordable alternative to trendy, more expensive ‘superfoods’ and SPAR India is delighted to once again be promoting this ancient group of grains.

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SPAR India

In August 2014, SPAR International and Max Hypermarkets entered into a partnership agreement to develop the brand across the country. Max Hypermarkets is operated by the Landmark Group, a retail group headquartered in Dubai. SPAR India has focused development on the SPAR Hypermarket format, rolling out into new cities and with tailored solutions to meet shopper needs.

Contact:

SPAR International
Email: info@spar-international.com
Tel: +3120 626 6749

Source: Spar International

SSP opens Ritazza coffee shop in Glasgow Prestwick Airport

London, 2017-Dec-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, will be opening its first Ritazza coffee unit in Scotland at Glasgow Prestwick Airport.

The coffee shop, which opened on 8th December, serves a range of hot and cold beverages from freshly brewed barista coffees and a range of English breakfast and herbal teas to refreshing iced lemonade. The food menu includes a host of sweet and savoury favourites including toasties, baguettes, breakfast rolls, pastries and cakes, all available to eat in or take away.

There is a seating area with 50 covers so that travellers can relax whilst enjoying a coffee or a meal before their flight. It will feature the new look and style that made its highly successful debut at London Euston station.

Commenting on the new openings, Simon Smith, CEO of SSP UK and Ireland said; “We have had great success with our rebranded Ritazza at London Euston station and we are delighted to be able to bring the Ritazza experience to Scotland. The brand is a perfect addition to the mix at the airport, with a great range of food and drink for customers to enjoy before they fly.”

Derek Banks, Glasgow Prestwick’s Finance and Commercial Director added; “We are delighted to work alongside SSP and open the first Ritazza coffee unit in Scotland, continuing our excellent partnership with SSP.

“This new brand gives our passengers and visitors a great choice and compliments our current facilities.”

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Source: SSP