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.”

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

Source: SSP

LuLu launches newly rebranded Private Label products

LuLu launches newly rebranded Private Label products

 

Abu Dhabi, UAE, 2017-Dec-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — LuLu, the top retailer in the Middle East today (Dec 12,2017) launched their newly rebranded Private Label products during the ongoing SIAL ME 2018. LuLu products which was introduced 10 years back in select categories is today a top seller across 140 stores of LuLu group across the ME, India and the Far East.

The rebranded and enhanced range of LuLu products are sourced from best companies in more than 40 countries and tested and certified by some of the top global regulatory authorities.

Speaking to media after the launch Yusuff Ali M.A., Chairman of LuLu Group said “we have been constantly innovating and upgrading the quality and offerings of our LuLu products and we are delighted to note the tremendous boost we have been receiving from the market. Initially our plan was to sell few products in select categories, but with each passing year we have been adding new categories and product range. Our primary goal has been “highest quality products at most affordable prices”. Consumers are always looking for better value for money and we are committed to providing better price by limiting our overheads and “middle men”.

Currently LuLu sells almost 2500 products under its own label, from fresh food to dairy, packed food, confectionary and frozen food. In non-food category, it has hygiene and home care products.

“As we are on a fast expansion mode, we expect to double our product range in the next 2 years. We also are focusing on sourcing more locally produced products to support the UAE food processing industry and today we launched cooking oil produced in Abu Dhabi” Yusuff Ali added.

On the sidelines of SIAL ME, LuLu also signed a licensing agreement with Warner Brothers to sell a range of products with famous cartoon characters such as Looney Toons, Tom & Jerry, Superman, etc.

CONTACT:
+971 2 4182000
+971 2 6421716
headoffice@ae.lulumea.com
marketing@ae.lulumea.com

SOURCE: LuLu Group International

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Foodstuffs North Island: New Zealand summer stonefruit season is here!

The summer stonefruit season is only 10 weeks long, from mid-December to March, but New Zealanders certainly make the most of it.

Auckland, New Zealand, 2017-Dec-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Figures from Summerfruit NZ show that in the 2016-17 season, New Zealanders consumed 4,064 tonnes of nectarines; 3,579 tonnes of peaches; 2,366 tonnes of plums; 1,737 tonnes of apricots and 1,683 tonnes of cherries.

Export volumes are much lower – apart from cherries, which do well in Asian countries. Around 66% of New Zealand’s cherries are exported – some 3,396 tonnes last year.
“Stonefruit is very much a summer product, and there’s a sense of urgency about it, because by the end of March it’s all gone,” Chairman of the Yummy Fruit Company John Paynter says. “When the weather is warm, people love summerfruit, it sells so well.”

Over those 10 weeks, the Yummy Fruit Company produces 2 million kilos of stonefruit from its Hawkes Bay orchards. Of this, 70 percent is sold through Foodstuffs’ supermarkets – New World, PAK’nSAVE and Four Square.

“We have a long-standing relationship with the Yummy Fruit Company,” Foodstuffs North Island’s GM Merchandise David Stewart says. “The quality of the stonefruit they provide us with is superb – our customers really look forward to it,” he says.

John Paynter and his sons are the fourth and fifth generation of Paynters to be involved in this family business.

“My family started growing fruit in Nelson in 1862, so that’s 155 years. I founded the Yummy brand in 1974. It’s a story of survival really. You don’t do this for the money – if you didn’t enjoy it, it would be really hard work. I have 100 people on my role of honour, who’ve been with the company for five years or more. There are some who’ve been with us for 40 years. The corporate knowledge is immense. You learn it on the job, it’s not something you learn at university. They are unbelievably dedicated people, and I want all of them to treat the business as if they own it.

“Our staff work six days a week over the summer, and long hours. The vagaries of the weather affect the dynamics of the business. You can have the best-laid plans, and then it’s wet in the morning. So our staff have to be very dedicated.

“During the harvest we have up to 600 people working for us, and 300 in the off-season. Some come back to work for us every season.

“Most of my friends are retired, but I still enjoy what I do. I still do a lot of store visits myself. Last year, we did 100 around Auckland. I know all the produce managers and they know me.

“A stonefruit tree lasts 15 years, so every year we produce new trees in our company nursery.

The company has eight orchard operations covering some 600ha of the Heretaunga Plains.
“When I started in the business, we only had five hectares,” John says.
“We are always combing the world for new varieties of nectarines from Europe and America to bring to New Zealand. It takes 10 years to get it into production from when we first see it. We’re always looking for better taste, bigger fruit and nicer colours – all the things that appeal to consumers.

“In the last few years we’ve introduced nectarines with different flavour profiles and colourings. We have a range of yellow and white flesh nectarines. Some of them taste like the nectarines of old – these are our Classic range. Then there are our sweeter nectarines – our Hunny range – which are not as tart. They have a broad appeal and are now our number one stonefruit product. We also have white flesh pearl nectarines.”

Schoolchildren know the Yummy brand well, because they can collect the Yummy stickers from their fruit on behalf of their school. The schools then exchange the stickers for new sports equipment every year.

John Paynter and his team are hoping for a long, hot Auckland summer.
“When the weather is warm in Auckland, summer fruit sells really well. It’s such a great feeling when you can’t keep the retail shelves full.”

Contact:

Foodstuffs Communications Team Phone:
0800 376 3342

Source: Foodstuffs NZ

Wendy’s High School Heisman® Scholarship recipients announced

Wendy’s High School Heisman® Scholarship recipients announced

 

NEW YORK, 2017-Dec-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — The most prestigious award in high school athletics has named Soleil Gaylord, a Mountain Runner from Colorado, and Jackson Destine, a Wrestler from Florida, as National Winners of Wendy’s® High School Heisman® Scholarship. Chosen from high school seniors at more than 30,000 schools around the country, Soleil and Jackson will take home a $10,000 college scholarship.

“The outstanding commitment, perseverance and compassion Soleil and Jackson possess is remarkable,” said Todd Penegor, President and CEO of The Wendy’s Company. “We’re honored to welcome these two students into the Wendy’s family and are so proud of all their achievements.”

Female Winner
Soleil Gaylord, Telluride High School
Telluride, CO

Surmounting any obstacle, she faces is a way of life for Soleil Gaylord. At 6’1″, her height presents challenges when it comes to running, but she has made “Tall Is Strong” her mantra. Soleil has won five state track and field titles, two state cross country titles, competed in the World Mountain Running Championships three times, became a World Champion snowshoe runner, and was named a Colorado Sportswoman of the year. She has also overcome selective mutism, and today she speaks out loud and clear in many capacities. Soleil is Student Body President, an Ambassador for American Trail Running, hosts her own radio show and regularly presents to her town government about a native species garden that she designed and maintains for the community.

Male Winner
Jackson Destine, Atlantic High School
Delray Beach, FL

Jackson Destine is proof that life’s circumstances do not define a person; grit and determination do. Despite a challenging upbringing, Jackson finds ways to pursue a bright future. When a lack of discretionary income threatened his ability to keep playing sports, Jackson started his own candy business to raise money for the athletic fees. He has set fifteen school records in three sports while maintaining a 4.0 GPA and working twenty hours a week to help his grandmother with bills. Jackson also composes original raps with a powerful message: All teens have choices, even if they are growing up in tough environments. He wrote his school’s official song and a song for Florida Governor Rick Scott’s Math Nation program, and he has performed both in front of the school board and local media.

Wendy’s and the Heisman Trophy Trust have honored more than 650,000 of the nation’s most esteemed student-athletes since the two partnered in 1994. Year after year, they celebrate those students who exemplify the common set of values they share, wherein going above and beyond is the norm. Wendy’s Heisman aims to profile the stories of these outstanding students as a way to inspire the tomorrow’s senior class. Overall, one hundred students will receive a total of $150,000 in scholarships, with National Finalist each receiving $5,000 and the National Winners receiving $10,000.

The other eight Wendy’s High School Heisman National Finalists are:

Name Gender High School City State
Audrey Ernst Female St. Charles North High School St. Charles Illinois
Karsten Householder Male Chaparral High School Scottsdale Arizona
Wells Johnstone Female Madison Academic Magnet High School Jackson Tennessee
Ian McGrory Male Queen Anne’s County High School Centreville Maryland
Natalie MacEwan Female El Camino Real Charter High School Woodland Hills California
Brendan Siefker Male Ottoville High School Ottoville Ohio
Laura Murphy Female East Greenwich High School East Greenwich Rhode Island
Brandon Staple Male Longmont High School Longmont Colorado

For more information about the 2017 Wendy’s High School Heisman and the National Winners and National Finalist, as well as to view photos, please visit www.WendysHeisman.com.

About Wendy’s High School Heisman

Wendy’s High School Heisman was created by Wendy’s founder Dave Thomas in 1994.  Dave Thomas dropped out of high school when he was 15 years old in order to work full-time and went on to become one of the most successful entrepreneurs in history.  While this nontraditional path led to his prosperity, it always worried Dave that others would follow in his footsteps and expect to achieve similar fame and wealth by not finishing high school or attending college.

Faced with this dilemma, at 61 years old, Dave enrolled at Coconut Creek High School in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., and received his General Equivalency Diploma (GED). Inspired by this moment and with a desire to celebrate the outstanding achievements of youth in America, he launched the Wendy’s High School Heisman program.

Twenty-three years later, Wendy’s High School Heisman has honored more than 600,000 of the nation’s most esteemed high school seniors who share Wendy’s values of giving back to their communities, treating people with respect, continuing education and excelling on the athletic field.

Wendy’s High School Heisman is a joint program between Wendy’s and the Heisman Trophy Trust, host and custodians of the Heisman Memorial Trophy®.

About Wendy’s

The Wendy’s Company (NASDAQ: WEN) is the world’s third largest quick-service hamburger restaurant chain. The Wendy’s system includes more than 6,500 restaurants in 30 countries and U.S. territories. For more information, visit www.aboutwendys.com.

The Wendy’s name and design and the Wendy’s High School Heisman and design are trademarks of Quality Is Our Recipe, LLC.  The Heisman Memorial Trophy, Heisman name and Heisman Trophy figure are registered trademarks of the Heisman Trophy Trust, used with permission.

Contact:
Bry Roth
bry.roth@wendys.com

SOURCE: The Wendy’s Company

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Subway® consolidates its U.S. and Canadian media and creative business, with Dentsu Aegis Network

Milford, 2017-Dec-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Subway® restaurants announced today (Dec. 11, 2017) – a major shift in its marketing strategy. For the first time in more than 25 years, the sandwich chain is consolidating its U.S. and Canadian media and creative business, with Dentsu Aegis Network. Beginning in early 2018, The Franchise @ Dentsu Aegis Network North America, a customized team powered by talent across the Dentsu Aegis Network, including Carat NY and mcgarrybowen NY, as well as Carat Canada and DentsuBos, will lead the company’s strategy to drive efficiency and effectiveness across all channels.

An integrated Dentsu Aegis team of QSR experts will lead a customer centric, people based marketing approach to help Subway drive its business transformation across the region. The team will grow Subway’s brand vitality with consumers, with talent based in New York, Toronto, and Montreal.

“This is a pivotal time for Subway as we are accelerating our transition to becoming a modern marketing organization,” said Karlin Linhardt, Senior Vice President of Marketing for North America at Subway. “We selected Dentsu Aegis because it is a data-driven organization with the resources, strategic vision and creativity needed to drive consistent value for our customers and our franchisees across all channels.”

“Subway is an iconic brand, and we are proud that they have chosen Dentsu Aegis Network as their integrated marketing partner to help drive their growth across North America. We look forward to innovating the way Subway engages with consumers with expertise across data, creative, and media,” said Nick Brien, CEO, Americas, Dentsu Aegis Network.

Subway initiated its comprehensive U.S. and Canada national agency review in July 2017. The review did not impact the company’s specialty and local agencies, or agencies outside the United States and Canada.

Subway retained the services of MediaLink to assist in the agency review process.

About Subway® Restaurants
Subway® offers a fresh alternative to traditional fast food, serving 7 million made-toorder sandwiches a day. Guests choose from 37 million combinations of quality proteins, fresh vegetables, and bread baked daily. The world’s largest restaurant chain serves nutritious and delicious subs, soups, and salads at more than 44,000 restaurants in 113 countries. The Subway® experience is also delivered online at www.Subway.com and through the Subway® App, available in select markets at the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Founded by then 17-year-old Fred DeLuca and family friend Dr. Peter Buck more than 52 years ago, Subway® is still a family-owned business today working with more than 21,000 dedicated franchisees in communities around the world.

Source: Subway

Co-op extends its local sourcing programme across its stores in Derbyshire with four breweries

Co-op extends its local sourcing programme across its stores in Derbyshire with four breweries

 

MANCHESTER, UK, 2017-Dec-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Four breweries in Derbyshire are raising a glass to new contract wins with the Co-op as the community retailer extends its local sourcing programme across its stores in Derbyshire.

The Co-op – which last year returned to its iconic “clover leaf” designed logo – is to stock the new range in 30 of its food stores across the region.

Brewers involved in the programme include the Dancing Duck Brewery. Based in Payne Street, Derby, the deal marks Dancing Duck’s largest order to date as it celebrates its seventh anniversary of brewing this month. The award winning Dancing Duck Brewery now employs eight people, and will supply the Co-op with three of its ales; Ay Up, 22 and, Dark Drake – a beer that has previously won the accolade of Champion Stout of Britain.

Rachel Matthews, founder of Dancing Duck Brewery, said:__ “This is an exciting development for Dancing Duck, a move which supports our business development and brand awareness. Our philosophy is one of using the finest ingredients – a passion for quality which we know is shared by the Co-op – and it is this passion which goes into every pint.”

Derventio Brewery – based in Darley Abbey and named after the Roman fort and settlement at Little Chester – estimates that the deal could be worth up to 20,000 pints to them over a 12 month period. The brewery will supply its: Cleopatra; Gold and Barbarian – a stout with flavours of chocolate, Liquorice and coffee.

Pete Nash of Derventio Brewery, said: “This comes as great news. Working with the Co-op provides further potential to extend our reach and brand awareness, it is an exciting development and further supports our business development as the home market for ale continues to grow.”

Simon Dryell, Head of Local Sourcing at the Co-op, explained:“Locally produced ale is an exciting category, we see significant potential for sustainable growth, and we are delighted to champion these beers which are brewed with pride and passion to deliver consistently great quality and taste.”

The Derby Brewing Co will also supply six of its award winning ales to the Co-op. The award-winning family-run microbrewery based in Nottingham Road will supply ales including: Business As Usual; Wild Bear and, Quintessential – a crisp golden ale.

And, Bakewell-based brewery, Thornbridge, will supply three of its ales: White Swan – a white gold pale ale; Lukas Helles Lager – a traditional Bavarian style beer and, its Jaipur India Pale Ale.

Simon Dryell, continued: “The innovation, passion, quality and drive that goes into these products is what makes them special. They are prized and loved brands locally. Our customers tell us that food provenance really matters to them, with quality, trust, convenience and value key for consumers. Backing local produce – which is made with local ingredients where possible – is about much more than just ‘hanging out the bunting’. As a community retailer, the Co-op is committed to investing in its local communities, supporting local economies and providing opportunities to showcase, support and celebrate great local produce.”

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

Source: Co-op

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Co-op partners with FareShare to provide 100,000 meals to vulnerable people this Christmas

MANCHESTER, UK, 2017-Dec-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Co-op has pledged to provide 100,000 meals to vulnerable people in the run-up to Christmas through its partnership with food redistribution charity FareShare.

The move follows news that since 2013, the community retailer has supplied almost 1,300 tonnes – enough to provide over 3,085,000 meals to those in need – by redistributing surplus food through its UK-wide network of nine depots.

Meat, fruit, vegetables, ready meals and chilled items are all passed to FareShare who then allocate it to local charities and community groups so they can provide balanced and nutritious meals.

The volume of Co-op surplus food redistributed from January to November is 435 tonnes, which equates to approximately 1,000,000 meals. With just two weeks to go until the end of the year, the Co-op will redistribute an additional 40 tonnes, which is equivalent to another 100,000 meals – taking the total to 1.1 million.

Over 1,135 charities and community groups have received Co-op food through FareShare this year. They include includes children’s breakfast and after school clubs, youth centres, hostels and supported housing for people suffering from homelessness, community cafes, older people’s services to tackle social isolation, food banks, and family and children’s centres.

Cathryn Higgs, head of food policy at the Co-op, said: “We’re very proud of our partnership with FareShare which has enabled us to provide over three million meals to vulnerable people in just four years. Our long-term ambition is that no food fit for consumption should go to waste and that’s why we are why we are working hard to provide an extra 100,000 meals in the run up to Christmas – a time of year that is so strongly associated with the enjoyment of food. Whilst so many people in the UK still aren’t able to get access to a nutritious cooked-meal we must do whatever is necessary to support the work of FareShare and put an end to unnecessary food waste.”

Lindsay Boswell, Chief Executive of FareShare, said: “FareShare is undergoing a period of rapid growth at present, coupled with unprecedented demand for food from the voluntary sector. The food we receive from the Co-op has been critical to our ability to supply thousands more charities on the front line helping those in need. We congratulate the Co-op for providing over three million meals so far and give thanks to all those involved in ensuring this valuable food continues to reach us week in week out.”

In April, the Co-op launched a 60-store trial to redistribute food from its food stores.

Source: Co-op

Wine.com announces the eleventh annual Wine.com 100

San Francisco, CA, 2017-Dec-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wine.com, the nation’s leading online wine retailer, today announced the eleventh annual Wine.com 100. Reflecting the top wines purchased on the website during the first 11 months of 2017, the Wine.com 100 is the industry’s only list based exclusively on consumer purchasing behavior. With 32,400 unique wines purchased at Wine.com in 2017, the Top 100 is an exclusive group representing the best-selling 0.3% of available labels.  The list provides insight into consumers’ online wine-buying patterns, highlighting popular producers, regions and varietals. The complete 2017 Wine.com 100 list is available online at www.wine.com/100.

2017 Wine.com 100 highlights:

  • For only the second time in 11 years, a white wine lands the #1 spot: This year, Kendall Jackson 2015 Vintners Reserve Chardonnay beat out 3,000 other Chardonnays, highlighting a classic wine with great brand awareness.
  • New Zealand popularity over-indexes. While California was the leading region again with 49 wines on the list, New Zealand over-performed with 8 wines, including Kim Crawford 2016 Sauvignon Blanc at #5 and last year’s winner, Brancott Sauvignon Blanc, at #18.
  • Long Tail Gains Prominence. In the years since the Wine.com 100 was first introduced, its share of Wine.com’s business has decreased from 38% to 19%, as consumers have enjoyed discovering wine off the beaten path that they aren’t able to find in their local stores.

“One of the best parts of my job is to see the smile on the face of people who enjoy Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay.  For the past 25 years, it has been my pleasure to craft this wine from some of the best coastal vineyards in California along with the finest French and American oak barrels,” said Randy Ullom, Winemaster for Kendall-Jackson. “Cheers to our K-J fans who helped us top the Wine.com Top 100 list.  It is an honor.”

“Our wine expansion has given customers a massive assortment to choose from, representing nearly every growing region and varieties from mainstream to obscure,” said Michael Osborn, Founder and VP of Merchandising.  “We also continue to enhance our Live Chat Sommelier Service, available 7 days/week, to help our customers navigate this huge selection and find something that suits their individual needs.”

A look back at the Wine.com 100 #1 wines:
2017:   Kendall Jackson 2015 Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay (California)
2016:   Brancott 2015 Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand)
2015:   Meiomi 2013 Pinot Noir (California)
2014:   Caymus 2012 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (California)
2013:   Viña Eguia 2007 Reserva (Spain)
2012:   Columbia Crest 2009 Two Vines Cabernet Sauvignon (Washington State)
2011:   Tilia 2009 Cabernet Sauvignon (Argentina)
2010:   d’Arenberg 2008 Stump Jump Shiraz (Australia)
2009:   Cambria 2006 Julia’s Vineyard Pinot Noir (California)
2008:   Veramonte 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon Reserva (Chile)
2007:   Hogue 2003 Genesis Cabernet Sauvignon (Washington State)

The 10 most popular sellers on the Wine.com 100 this year:
1. Kendall Jackson 2015 Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay (California)
2. Columbia 2014 Crest Grand Estates Cabernet Sauvignon (Washington State)
3. Veuve Clicquot Brut Yellow Label (France)
4. Los Vascos 2015 Cabernet Sauvignon (Chile)
5. Kim Crawford 2016 Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand)
6. Decoy Sonoma 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon (California)
7. Caymus 2014 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (California)
8. Meiomi 2016 Pinot Noir (California)
9. La Marca Prosecco (Italy)
10. Simi 2014 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (California)

About Wine.com
About Wine.com Wine.com is the nation’s leading online wine retailer, offering selection, guidance and convenience not found in brick and mortar stores. The company provides its customers access to the world’s largest wine store, with live chat wine experts available 7 days a week on its mobile and full websites. With multiple fulfillment centers and the most sophisticated retail wine distribution network in the United States, Wine.com delivers in 1-2 days to most addresses, offering date-certain delivery and the convenience of shipping for local pickup at 10,000 Walgreens and FedEx Office locations nationwide. The company’s popular StewardShip program provides unlimited wine delivery and exclusive access to new releases for $49 per year. Recently launched, the Wine.com iOS app allows users to scan, rate and purchase wines on the go. Wine.com’s mission, to inspire the wine lifestyle through innovation, is captured in its brand manifesto video, viewable here.  For more information, visit the company’s website at http://www.wine.com.

Press Contact:
Gwendolyn Osborn
Gwendolyn@wine.com
415-248-4402

SOURCE: Wine.com

Sainsbury’s launches its first in-store Zizzi pizza counter

Sainsbury’s launches its first in-store Zizzi pizza counter

Sainsbury’s has unveiled its latest innovative partnership – the supermarket is launching its first in-store Zizzi pizza counter, serving up the brand’s freshly-made, restaurant-quality hot pizzas to go.

LONDON, UK, 2017-Dec-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — The move is part of Sainsbury’s commitment to offer customers a distinct and differentiated choice of quality food for every occasion and follows the successful introduction of Sushi Gourmet counters, Patisserie Valerie products and a Crussh counter to its stores over the last year.

The Sainsbury’s Balham store will be the first to offer shoppers the Italian brand’s pizzas to takeaway, with Zizzi chefs firing up the revolving, stone base pizza oven from Thursday 7th December. The counter will offer a selection of Zizzi’s hand-stretched, stone-baked Rustica pizzas, including vegan options and topping customisation, alongside garlic breads. They will also feature a “Pizza of the Month” special.

Sainsbury’s customers will be able to order the premium pizzas either in store or via Click & Collect on the Zizzi website, paying for the products quickly and easily from a dedicated takeaway check out at the store’s hot food counter. Ready to eat Zizzi pizza from the Sainsbury’s Balham store will also be available to Deliveroo users via the Deliveroo platform. The food delivery market, which includes delivery brands such as Deliveroo as well as traditional takeaways, is expected to increase by 10 per cent a year to £53bn by 2020.

In November, Sainsbury’s also became the first UK supermarket to trial a hot own brand pizza pre-ordering service in three stores – Redhill, Cambridge Eddington and Bradford.

Balham shoppers will be able to bring the pizzeria experience to the comfort of their home, with the added convenience of being able to pick up their favourite grocery products for the perfect meal in at the same time. When asked, Zizzi customers said they’d choose a bottle of Pinot Grigio, bagged salad and a dessert to dine on alongside their freshly prepared pizza.

The partnership with Zizzi strengthens Sainsbury’s mission to innovate within its stores to offer customers a wide range of great quality food for every occasion. The retailer is in the process of rolling out Sushi Gourmet counters to another 30 stores following a successful 20-store trial – on the same day the Zizzi counter launches, the Balham store will also be opening a new Sushi Gourmet counter. In June, Sainsbury’s opened a Crussh counter in its Pimlico store in London, selling premium ‘fit food’ and freshly made juices, smoothies and coffees. Following its initial success, Sainsbury’s also recently extended the roll out of Patisserie Valerie cakes on its bakery counters, with 28 stores now offering the luxury patisserie brand.

Sainsbury’s Director of Fresh Food, Adrian Cook said, “We’re committed to offering our customers an even greater choice of delicious, high-quality food in our stores and, by working with some of the best high street food brands such as Zizzi, we’re attracting new shoppers. We think customers will love the convenience of being able to pick up their ready to eat, restaurant-quality pizza alongside their other favourite foods for a special meal, all under one roof.”

CEO of Zizzi, Steve Holmes said, “We are extremely excited about our new partnership with Sainsbury’s. Changing consumer lifestyles have created opportunities within casual dining and we have seen delivery sales grow rapidly behind the increased demand for restaurant quality food enjoyed at home. Offering our signature Rustica Pizzas to go in Sainsbury’s is a natural progression in offering another convenient way for customers to purchase their favourite pizza, ready to eat”.

SOURCE: Sainsbury’s

MEDIA CONTACT

press_office@sainsburys.co.uk or call 0207 695 7295.

Sainsbury’s opens its first standalone Festive Fizz Bar in Central London

Sainsbury’s opens its first standalone Festive Fizz Bar in Central London

23rd December will be ‘Sparkling Saturday’, with Sainsbury’s shoppers set to buy nearly half a million bottles in a single day. Retailer kicks off the fizz-tive season by opening first standalone ‘Festive Fizz Bar’ in London

LONDON, UK, 2017-Dec-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sainsbury’s is forecasting that 23rd December 2017 will be known as “Sparkling Saturday” as shoppers will buy 489,000 bottles of fizz in a single day.  With Christmas Day falling on a Monday, sales are set to “pop” as shoppers do their final preparations for the big day that weekend.

To get party-goers in the mood, Sainsbury’s is opening its first standalone Festive Fizz Bar in Central London, showcasing a range of five different styles of sparkling wine by the glass.

The opportunity could not have come at a better time. As Britain’s love for Prosecco continues – accounting for over 65% of Sainsbury’s annual fizz sales – it has paved the way for British drinkers to explore alternative sparkling wines, such as Crémant de Loire which is hailed to be the next big thing.

French sparkling wine but without the Champagne price tag, Sainsbury’s forecasts 2017 to be the “year of Crémant”.  Made using the same traditional method as Champagne, Sainsbury’s Crémant hails from the chalky soils of Saumur in the Loire Valley, where the conditions are perfect for producing a distinctive Blanc de Blancs style. Sainsbury’s expects December to be a bumper month for the sparkling newcomer. After a 528% rise in sales in the past year alone, demand has led to the introduction of an impressive magnum, just in time for Christmas.

Elizabeth Newman, Head of Beers, Wines and Spirits at Sainsbury’s says: “While Champagne sales peak at this time of year, the alternative sparkling wine market is really booming. Prosecco continues to be an area of strong growth for us (our Taste the Difference variety is up 23% year on year) but its rise has also opened Brits’ eyes to the breadth of sparkling wines out there – from Crémant de Loire, to our English sparkling wine, there really is something for every palate and pocket at Sainsbury’s this festive season.”

To celebrate its diverse range of sparkling wines available in-store this Christmas, Sainsbury’s is launching the Festive Fizz Bar – a pop-up bar in Central London, where a curated menu of five premium sparkling wines from the Taste the Difference range will be on offer by the glass for temptingly tasty prices. Alongside the bubbles, there will also be a selection of antipasti and charcuterie sharing platters on offer.

Elizabeth Newman concludes: “Our first pop-up Festive Fizz Bar gives people the opportunity to taste a range of different styles, so they can purchase with confidence.”

Book a space at the Festive Fizz Bar (from 7th – 9th December) via Eventbrite. There will be limited cover for walk-ins and guests are advised to book to avoid disappointment.

SOURCE: Sainsbury’s

MEDIA CONTACT

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Majid Al Futtaim and Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates to host ‘Annual Stollen Charity Cake Sale’ on Friday 8 December

Majid Al Futtaim and Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates to host ‘Annual Stollen Charity Cake Sale’ on Friday 8 December

 

Mall of the Emirates and Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates ring in the festive season with the UAE’s largest charity cake sale 

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 2017-Dec-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Majid Al Futtaim – the leading shopping mall, communities, retail and leisure pioneer across the Middle East, Africa, and Asia – has announced the return of the ‘Annual Stollen Charity Cake Sale’ at Mall of the Emirates in partnership with Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates on Friday 8 December.

Now in its 12th year, the highly anticipated festive family event is set to be bigger and better than ever and takes place in the mall’s Central Galleria from 10am onwards, with the goal of selling a record amount of the festive German Cake. All proceeds from the sale will go to the Emirates Red Crescent and will be used to provide essential support promoting humanitarian work on both domestic and international levels.

Under the leadership of Sudqi Naddaf, Executive Chef at Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates, a team of 30 chefs will spend weeks preparing and baking around the clock to create the largest string of stollen made to-date. With the help of over 50 volunteer team members, the Annual Stollen Charity Cake Sale is set to be a huge success once again.

By the day of the sale, they will have used more than 2,210 eggs, 600 kilograms of flour, 278 kilograms of raisins and 55 kilograms of marzipan to create this mouth-watering delicacy. Moreover, 120 kilograms of lemons and 131 kilograms of oranges will be zested, giving a burst of citrus flavor.

The sixty-centimetre-long stollen loaves can be bought whole for AED100 or just AED5 for a delicious slice. Pre-sales will start from 7 December at Aspen by Kempinski, the hotel’s luxury lobby lounge.

Mohammad Abdullah Al Haj Al Zarouni, manager of Emirates Red Crescent said, “In this ‘Year of Giving’, we pledge continuous assistance and thank Mall of the Emirates and Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates for their continuous support towards Emirates Red Crescent’s projects, particularly in the field for Special Needs and will be used to provide essential education and therapy, as well as assisting parents with annual fees. Through this charitable initiative, we can raise awareness about the condition and provide moral and monetary support to Special Needs.”

Hussain Moosa, Director for Mall of the Emirates at Majid Al Futtaim – Properties said, “We are delighted to once again provide a platform for community initiatives with our partners and the talented team of chefs at Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates to deliver one of the most anticipated festive events of the year. Mall of the Emirates’ #bakeasmile campaign is a wonderful way to kick off the festive season with great moments, and for people to give back to the community. This event is a highlight on our yearly calendar and we would like to thank our colleagues who volunteer their time to assist selling every last slice of cake.

Each year we set a new challenge to raise more for charity than ever before, and in this ‘Year of Giving’ we hope to achieve a fundraising record to support the Emirates Red Crescent. We applaud the Emirates Red Crescent for their continuous efforts and look forward to gifting a healthy sum towards their humanitarian work.”

Slim Zaiane, General Manager of Kempinski Hotel Mall of the Emirates, said: “The annual Stollen Charity Cake Sale is a great way for us to mark the festive season, with special thanks going to Executive Chef Sudqi Naddaf and his amazing team for all the passion and energy they have put into making this event a success, and to our many colleagues who will be volunteering on 8 December to help sell a record amount of cake in support of the amazing work done by Emirates Red Crescent on both domestic and international levels.

“While we may be coming towards the end of the Year of Giving, this past 12 months has been incredibly inspiring, and we are delighted that the annual Stollen Charity Cake Sale will also be the launchpad for #KempinskiKares, a new initiative created to support our continued efforts to do more for good causes in our local community.”

For more information, please visit: www.malloftheemirates.comwww.facebook.com/MallOfTheEmirates, or www.instagram.com/malloftheemirates.

www.kempinski.com/dubai or www.facebook.com/ kempinskihotelmalloftheemirates

Media Contact:

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Source: Majid Al Futtaim

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Sheetz launches new skill for Alexa now available using interactive voice activated technology

Sheetz continues its mission to provide the ultimate convenience to customers

ALTOONA, Pa., 2017-Dec-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sheetz, one of America’s fastest growing family-owned and operated convenience chains, is proud to announce customers can now order their favorite Made-to-Order food without even getting up from the couch. Sheetz created a new skill for Alexa which is now available using interactive voice activated technology to enable Sheetz customers, for the first time ever, to place an order by using just their voice.

“We could not be more excited to bring this next generation of innovation to our customers and industry,” said Ryan Sheetz, AVP of Brand Strategies for Sheetz. “From the inception of our MTO menu more than thirty years ago, to the introduction of touch-screen ordering in 1993, to the launch of the voice activated ordering today, our goal has always been to continue to innovate and reinvent ourselves in order to provide the ultimate convenience to our customers.”

Customers who have a Sheetz online ordering account and an Alexa-enabled device can use the new Sheetz skill for Alexa.

How it works:

  • First, log into your account on the Sheetz website (www.sheetz.com) and select your favorite order and saved store for pickup.
  • Then, search for and enable the Sheetz ordering skill through any Alexa-enabled device or Alexa App.
  • Say: “Alexa, Start Sheetz”, or “Alexa, Order My Favorite From Sheetz”
  • Let Alexa guide you the rest of the way

Ordering through the Sheetz skill for Alexa is now available at all of Sheetz’s 564 locations throughout the Mid-Atlantic.

For more information, please visit: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0723HGVBV.

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.

Asda offers the perfect frozen feast for only £4.29 per head

Take the pressure out of prepping Christmas dinner with Asda’s Frozen family feast for only £4.29 per head

Leeds, UK, 2017-Dec-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Christmas day feast is the most anticipated meal of the year, but for those preparing the seasonal spread; Christmas day can also be quite stressful. With a table full of hungry people to feed, and a mountain of veg to chop and peel, it’s no wonder we feel the pressure.

To save customers the sleepless nights over peeling parsnips, Asda is offering the perfect frozen feast with all the trimmings for £17.15 – that’s just £4.29 per head for a family of four.

Not only are you getting bang for your buck, using frozen pre-prepared produce can save you hours in the kitchen, giving you more time to spend with loved ones. What’s more, you can beat the bustling crowds before the shopping frenzy hits full force and stock up early on everything you need.

Product Price
Turkey Crown (1.5kg) £10.00
Roast Potatoes £0.95
Pork Stuffing £2.50
Brussel Sprouts £0.95
Roast Parsnips £1.00
Grand Total £17.15

An Asda Spokesperson commented: “We’re always looking for ways to make life easier for our customers. Our frozen Christmas dinner means you’ll spend less time in the kitchen and more time joining in the festivities with friends and loved ones – all for less than £5 per head too!”

Turkey Crown
This class A turkey crown will get you off to a flying start this Christmas.
RRP: £10

Roast Potatoes
Ready to roast potatoes in a crispy coating, the perfect pairing for any turkey.
RRP: £0.95

Extra Special British Pork, Sage & Caramelised Onion Stuffing
Extra special Gluten free pork sausage meat stuffing with sage, caramelised onion and blossom honey – finished off with a pinch of thyme.
RRP: £2.50

Pigs in Blankets
Deliciously succulent pork sausages wrapped in smoked, streaky bacon. No festive plate is complete without them.
RRP: £1.75

Brussel Sprouts 
Keep your plate looking festive with freshly frozen Brussel Sprouts – is it really Christmas without them?
RRP: £0.95

Ready to Roast Parsnips
These ready to roast parsnips add a sweet and nutty taste to your plate.
RRP: £1.00

NOTES TO EDITORS

High res images and samples available upon request.

About Asda Stores Ltd.
Founded in the 1960s in Yorkshire, Asda is one of Britain’s leading retailers and helps customers save money and live better in stores, online and through their mobile devices.
Each week more than 18 million customers visit its 645 stores – including 30 Supercentres, 392 Superstores, 155 Supermarkets, 33 Asda Living stores, and 35 standalone petrol stations – and websites, and are served by 153,000 colleagues. www.asda.com and www.george.com deliver to 99% of the UK’s homes and to its 538 click and collect sites across the UK.
Its main office is in Leeds, Yorkshire and its George clothing division is in Lutterworth, Leicestershire. Asda joined Walmart, the world’s number one retailer, in 1999.

Please contact: asdafoodanddrink@mischiefpr.com for additional information.

Source: Asda Stores Ltd.

Asda introduces vegan friendly mince pies

Asda introduces vegan friendly mince pies

 

Carrying the Vegan Trademark, the pies are an accessible festive dessert or snack for the growing British vegan population

Leeds, UK, 2017-Dec-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without mince pies. This year, Asda is ensuring there is a pie for every plate with the introduction of vegan friendly mince pies, providing those following a vegan diet with a taste of festive cheer.

Asda’s 6 Mince Pies are the first to carry the Vegan Trademark, the most credible vegan label on the market to help identify products that are free from animal ingredients. With the nation having already spent £4m on mince pies by mid-October*, Asda’s vegan-friendly versions aim to increase the number of national mince pie nibblers, catering to a diet previously untouched by supermarkets.

Asda predicts 18 million individual vegan mince pies will be gobbled down this Christmas.

Ciara Loker, Bakery Product Developer at Asda, said: “This festive season, Asda is proud to announce we now offer mince pies that are suitable for vegans and have been accredited by the Vegan Society.

“At Asda, we are committed to innovation and developing the best quality products that can be enjoyed by everyone.

Asda’s vegan-friendly mince pies are just 89p for a box of 6.

Asda’s mince pie range, includes:
· Extra Special Crumble Mince Pies 6pk
· Extra Special Christmas Tree Puff Pastry Mince Pies 4pk
· Extra Special Mini Mince Pies 12pk
· Extra Special Mince Pies 6pk
· Asda Mince Pies 6pk (vegan Friendly)
· Asda Iced Mince Pies 6pk

Shoppers can also purchase freshly-baked mince pies at the in-store bakery, with the pies available in 4 for £1, or £1.50 for 4 Extra Special Deep Fill.

About Asda Stores Ltd.
Founded in the 1960s in Yorkshire, Asda is one of Britain’s leading retailers and helps customers save money and live better in stores, online and through their mobile devices.
Each week more than 18 million customers visit its 645 stores – including 30 Supercentres, 392 Superstores, 155 Supermarkets, 33 Asda Living stores, and 35 standalone petrol stations – and websites, and are served by 153,000 colleagues. www.asda.com and www.george.com deliver to 99% of the UK’s homes and to its 538 click and collect sites across the UK.
Its main office is in Leeds, Yorkshire and its George clothing division is in Lutterworth, Leicestershire. Asda joined Walmart, the world’s number one retailer, in 1999.

Source: Asda Stores Ltd.

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Krispy Kreme Doughnuts introduces The Gingerbread Glazed Doughnut, available only on National Gingerbread House Day, Dec. 12

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts introduces The Gingerbread Glazed Doughnut, available only on National Gingerbread House Day, Dec. 12

 

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C., 2017-Dec-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is sweetening the season by introducing a first-time, one-day seasonal take on its iconic Original Glazed® Doughnut. The Gingerbread Glazed Doughnut is available on National Gingerbread House Day, Tuesday, Dec. 12, at participating shops in the U.S. and Canada.

The Gingerbread Glazed Doughnut has a perfectly spiced gingerbread dough with hints of cinnamon and ginger, covered in a warm gingerbread molasses glaze. This is the first time that Krispy Kreme Doughnuts is transforming both the dough and glaze to create an all new holiday favorite.

“Gingerbread is a classic holiday flavor, and now there’s a delicious new way to enjoy it with the classic qualities of our Original Glazed doughnut,” said Jackie Woodward, Chief Marketing Officer of Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. “We take the holiday fun of gingerbread houses and celebrate it with the never-ending fun of Original Glazed doughnuts.”

A delectable take on a holiday favorite, the Gingerbread Glazed Doughnut is infused with cinnamon and ginger, complemented with a delicate molasses glaze. To find a participating shop, visit www.krispykreme.com/gingerbreadglaze.

Show Krispy Kreme Doughnuts how you celebrate holiday joy with the Gingerbread Glazed Doughnut by using the hashtag #GingerbreadGlaze and tagging @krispykreme.

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

Contact:
Cassie Williams
336-733-3793
Manager of Integrated Communications
cwilliams@krispykreme.com

Source: Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corporation

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Baskin-Robbins adds new Winter Wonderland Cake and December Flavor of the Month, YORK® Peppermint Pattie to its lineup of treats this holiday season

Baskin-Robbins adds new Winter Wonderland Cake and December Flavor of the Month, YORK® Peppermint Pattie to its lineup of treats this holiday season

 

Invites guests to enjoy December lineup of treats that celebrate the classic flavors of the holiday season

CANTON, Mass., 2017-Dec-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Baskin-Robbins, the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, today (December 4, 2017) announced a festive lineup of treats to help guests celebrate the holiday season. Baskin-Robbins is kicking off its holiday lineup with the debut of its new Winter Wonderland Cake, which is an ice cream cake decorated with elegant blue icing, a white dipping chocolate drizzled edge and is topped with sparkling glitter.

Additionally, the December Flavor of the Month, YORK® Peppermint Pattie, is a returning favorite which features mini YORK® peppermint patties and a rich dark chocolate mint-flavored ribbon swirled in mint-flavored ice cream. Guests can enjoy YORK® Peppermint Pattie as a Warm Brownie Sundae during a cold winter night or sip it in a Milkshake or Cappuccino Blast® to keep the season bright.

“We’re excited to celebrate this special time of year both with new product innovations and returning favorites,” said Katy Latimer, Vice President of Culinary Innovation, Dunkin’ Brands. “Our elegant new Winter Wonderland Cake is sure to be an eye-catching and delicious addition to any holiday party dessert table. We’re also looking forward to sharing a wide variety of seasonal ice cream flavors with our guests, including our YORK® Peppermint Pattie Flavor of the Month, and seasonal favorites like Egg Nog and Winter White Chocolate®.”

To help spread even more holiday cheer, Baskin-Robbins will also offer guests its Fudge Yule Log Cake, which features Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream and chocolate cake rolled together with white icing, then topped with a holly leaf decoration and three red candles. The Fudge Yule Log Cake and the Winter Wonderland Cake are available for pre-order both in-store or online at www.baskinrobbins.com/onlineordering.

Baskin-Robbins is also inviting guests to celebrate the end of the year in the sweetest way with its “Celebrate 31” promotion on Sunday, December 31. On this day, all regular and kid-sized scoops will be $1.50*. Finally, for guests looking to give the gift of ice cream this holiday season, Baskin-Robbins gift cards can be purchased in-store or through the Baskin-Robbins mobile app.

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).

The YORK® trademark and trade dress are used under license.

* Offer valid on October 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/.

MEDIA CONTACT:

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

Source: Baskin-Robbins

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Tesco expands its vegetarian and vegan food offering this Christmas

Tesco expands its vegetarian and vegan food offering this Christmas

 

Welwyn Garden City, UK, 2017-Dec-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Changing UK diets have prompted Tesco to double its vegetarian and vegan centrepiece festive food offering this year.

And that should be good news for the growing number of people who don’t eat or want to cut down on meat or dairy foods. It also shows customers that however they do Christmas – everyone’s welcome at Tesco.

In the last year demand for vegetarian and vegan food has soared and Tesco is seeing the effect of lifestyle choices like Meat Free Mondays and flexitarian diets with sales of chilled vegetarian ready meals and meat substitutes growing by 25 per cent.

For vegetarians there’s a Portobello Mushroom Wellington made with spinach and bursts of cranberry in rich puff pastry and also a Festive Nut Roast with a mulled wine and cranberry glaze.

And for the first time ever Tesco has two vegan Christmas dinner centrepieces – a sumptuous Turmeric Spiced Cauliflower Wellington and a festive Pecan and Peanut Roast with maple-roasted carrot and parsnip.

Tesco recently announced that chef Derek Sarno would be joining the retailer as director of plant-based innovation, with a focus on helping customers enjoy more plant-based food by putting it centre stage like never before.

Derek is now working with suppliers, farmers and chefs on developing exciting new foods that go on sale over the coming year.

Chef Derek Sarno said:

“These are changing times and vegetable dishes have now become centrepiece heroes in their own right on dinner tables up and down the country.

“We think that our Portobello Mushroom Wellington is so delicious that it may tempt diners to try something different this Christmas.

“This year, Tesco’s Christmas campaign celebrates the many ways we come together at Christmas, and with the quality of vegetarian and vegan food now so good there may even be squabbles across the dinner table over who gets what.”

Tesco has been catering for the increasing amount of vegan customers throughout the year and is offering its biggest ever range of vegan products.

It recently increased its range of dairy free cheeses to nine and among the new additions are a melty red Leicester for cheese on toast, Mozzarella to top pizzas, a jalapeno Cheddar, a blue cheese, and Cheddar.

It has also launched eight new milk free desserts to cater for vegans.

According to a British Social Attitudes report published last year, three in 10 people in Britain (29 per cent) say they have reduced the amount of meat they eat in the past 12 months.

And nearly half (44 per cent) of people either do not eat meat, have reduced the amount of meat they eat or are considering reducing the amount of meat they eat.

Lynne Elliot, Chief Executive, the Vegetarian Society commented:

“With demand for vegetarian and meat-free alternatives rising, it’s great to see supermarkets across the UK like Tesco working hard to keep their customers happy and increasing their vegetarian range.

“Offering customers a better choice is especially welcome at Christmas.”

As part of Tesco’s commitment to increase the amount of vegetables in people’s diets and encourage healthier eating, it has recently pledged to increase the amount of vegetables used in recipes and also offer more vegetable options amongst its ready meal deals.

Notes to editors:

  • Tesco signed up to The Food Foundation’s Peas Please pledge, focused on making it easier for more people to eat more vegetables, in October. More here.

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

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

Source: Tesco

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Starbucks launches its biggest giveaway ever with Project Give Good

Starbucks launches its biggest giveaway ever with Project Give Good

 

Starbucks is giving a little extra good to its customers this holiday with its biggest surprise giveaway ever, handing out $1 million in Starbucks Cards, giving the gift of Starbucks Rewards® Gold status, and offering a chance to win Starbucks for Life

SEATTLE, 2017-Dec-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) is giving a little extra good to its customers this holiday. Starting Monday, Dec 4, Starbucks is launching its biggest giveaway ever with Project Give Good. Starbucks will surprise customers by handing out $1 million worth of Starbucks Cards throughout the month of December, grant instant Gold status in Starbucks Rewards to anyone who makes a purchase using their mobile app or a registered Starbucks Card, and launch its fourth annual Starbucks For Life Sweepstakes.

Starbucks “Give Good” squads deliver $1 million in Starbucks Cards

Good is happening everywhere, from tree lighting ceremonies and local caroling to recognizing community heroes like volunteers, Veterans and teachers for the good they do year-round.

Starbucks “Give Good” squads will be out and about in their red and green aprons to deliver surprise gifts of $20 Starbucks Cards during community celebrations across the United States during the month of December.

“The inspiration behind Project Give Good is simple, we want to brighten the holidays and delight our customers,” said Kris Engskov, executive vice president of U.S. Retail for Starbucks. “We hope the gift of a Starbucks Card will give customers the opportunity to take a break or catch up with a loved one over coffee.”

Throughout the month of December, Starbucks baristas across the country will be giving away a total of 50,000 $20 Starbucks Cards at community celebrations such as tree lighting ceremonies to local caroling events. The locations and dates of the Starbucks Card giveaways will vary.

Want a Give Good squad to visit your community event? Visit your local store between Dec 4 – 8 to share ideas with our baristas. Give Good Squads will be out in the community from Dec 11 – 23 delivering Starbucks Cards. Follow  along on Starbucks.com/givegood or #GiveGood on social media to see Project Give Good in action.

“The holidays are here and good is in the air. We hope Project Give Good will continue all the good in our communities and keep it going and growing, because good is contagious and giving is too,” Engskov said.

Give the Gift of Gold

Anyone who makes a purchase at Starbucks using their mobile app or a registered Starbucks Card in December will automatically earn Gold status in Starbucks Rewards for a year.* This gift is the fastest way to earn free food and drinks at participating Starbucks® stores. Gold members earn rewards by collecting Stars, that are redeemable for free food and drinks. To learn more visit Starbucks.com/givegood.

Starbucks for Life

There are a few more surprises in store this holiday with Starbucks favorite sweepstakes, Starbucks for Life**. Starting tomorrow (Dec. 5), Starbucks Rewards members have an opportunity to win prizes, including Starbucks for Life, Starbucks for a Year, Starbucks for a Month, Starbucks for a Week, and millions of Bonus Stars. This year, there are new ways to earn bonus game plays with new challenges and ways to instantly win prizes such as food, beverages and select merchandise. Also new this is year, Starbucks customers who are not Starbucks Rewards members can enter their email for a chance at one Starbucks for Life prize.  For more information about Starbucks for Life visit starbucksforlife.com.

*Some restrictions apply. See Starbucks.com/terms for details. Make a purchase with your registered Starbucks Card/app from 12/4/17 to 12/31/17 at a participating Starbucks® store and attain Gold level for one year. Offer excludes members already at Gold level. Excludes alcohol and Starbucks Card purchases.

** NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 50 UNITED STATES (D.C.) 18 AND OLDER AND WHO ARE MEMBERS OF THE STARBUCKS REWARDS™ LOYALTY PROGRAM AT THE TIME OF ENTRY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Starbucks Partners are not eligible to win prizes. Participating stores only. Promotion ends 1/8/18. For Official Rules, how to enter without purchase, prizes, and odds, visit https://www.starbucksforlife.com. Sponsor: Starbucks Corporation, 2401 Utah Ave. S, Seattle, WA 98134.

“Starbucks for Life” means the winner will receive a daily credit for 30 years for one free food or beverage item redeemable at participating Starbucks® stores in the U.S. Alcoholic beverages excluded. Winner must present a registered Starbucks Card. Credits are non-transferable and expire within 24 hours.

Entrants can receive a maximum of 2 plays per day, plus, other bonus opportunities to earn additional plays.

MEDIA CONTACT:

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

SOURCE: Starbucks Corporation

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Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Shanghai opens Dec. 6

Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Shanghai opens Dec. 6

 

New multi-sensory retail experience offers customers an immersive:

•   manufacturing and cafe environment including roasting, packaging and brewing;
•   integrated offline and online augmented reality (AR) digital experience; and
•   debut of food freshly baked onsite by Italian food purveyor, Rocco Princi for the first time ever in China

China is Starbucks fastest growing market with a store opening every 15 hours, marking immense opportunity across the country which is unparalleled for any other global consumer brand

The Starbucks Foundation and Starbucks China reaffirms commitment to the China market announcing a social impact commitment of $20 million USD (RMB 132 million) over the next five years

SHANGHAI, 2017-Dec-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks Reserve Roastery in Shanghai, the first fully immersive coffee experience in Asia, will celebrate its historic opening tomorrow, Dec. 6, culminating in Starbucks most ambitious project ever. When the doors open to the world’s second Starbucks Roastery, created three years after the inaugural Seattle Roastery, customers will be greeted by a multi-sensory coffee experience in an interactive coffee and retail destination like no other.

The Roastery is the epitome of coffee and retail innovation for Starbucks in China, the company’s fastest-growing market with more than 3,000 stores across 136 cities, unprecedented for any global consumer brand and with immense growth opportunity. Starbucks already has more than 600 stores in Shanghai – the largest number of stores in any city where Starbucks (NASDAQ: SBUX) has a presence.

As customers enter the Roastery and step through the front doors of the 2,700-square-meter (30,000-square-foot) building, they’ll be greeted by the stunning sight of a two-story copper cask, adorned with more than 1,000 traditional Chinese chops, or stamps, hand-engraved to narrate the story of Starbucks and coffee. As part of their experience, customers can visit many attractions including one of three coffee bars offering multiple brewing methods, explore specially-crafted teas at the 3-D printed tea bar, enjoy freshly baked Italian artisanal food by Princi, and marvel at the ceiling made of 10,000 handmade wooden hexagon-shaped tiles, inspired by the locking of an espresso shot on an espresso machine.

And, all along the way, customers can point their mobile devices around the Roastery for even more moments of discovery as they immerse themselves in the augmented reality (AR) experience.  Integrating this technology into the store, located at 789 Nanjing Road W., in one of the world’s busiest shopping destinations, makes it one of the most advanced digital locations for Starbucks in the world.

“The affinity we have built with our partners (employees) and customers over the past 18 years in China is special and we knew we must bring the Reserve Roastery, our boldest, most premium store ever, to Shanghai, China’s bustling metropolitan hub and one of the world’s most dynamic retail destinations, as well as a gateway to customers from across Asia and the world,” said Howard Schultz, executive chairman of Starbucks Coffee Company. “We’ve created a space that both recognizes and celebrates our 46-year history of coffee leadership and retail innovation with China’s rich, diverse culture.”

A Theater of Coffee with a Chinese Focus

For the first time ever, unique, small-lot Reserve coffee which Starbucks sources from more than 30 countries around the world, including coffee from China’s Yunnan Province, will be roasted in China by eight highly trained Chinese coffee roasters – passing on 46 years of Starbucks roasting expertise to the first batch of Chinese roasters. Customers can watch the green beans as they are roasted, then sent through copper “symphony” pipes (named because of the musical sound the beans make as they travel through them) directly to silos at the coffee bars, where customers can enjoy a fresh cup of Reserve coffee, or to the in-house pack line to be packaged for distribution across Starbucks Reserve® stores in China.

The three wooden coffee bars, including one that is 27 meters (88 feet) long – the longest at any Starbucks – are handcrafted by premiere Chinese artisans and reference the unique roasting curve of individual coffee beans, executing the Roastery’s design vision of Liz Muller, senior vice president of creative global design for Starbucks. The bars serve as the stage where hundreds of baristas will handcraft some of the rarest, small-lot coffees in the world using one of six brewing methods: ModBar® Pour Over, Chemex, Coffee Press, Siphon, Espresso and the proprietary Clover-brewed coffee.

The Yunnan Reserve coffee, grown in Pu’er in Yunnan Province, is roasted and available exclusively at the Roastery in Shanghai. It’s the culmination of Starbucks ongoing, deep commitment to Chinese growers. Since 2012, agronomists at the China Starbucks Farmer Support Center have worked closely with farmers and the government to provide resources and expertise to improve quality and promote sustainable coffee-growing practices. Like the Shanghai Roastery, the Yunnan Reserve coffee truly is made “In China, For China.” The introduction of Yunnan Reserve coffee also signifies an important step in completing the Starbucks China supply chain, delivering premium coffee from bean-to-cup, and now introducing a rare, exquisite, yellow honey-processed cup of Yunnan coffee to a global audience.

A Groundbreaking Digital Experience

The Shanghai Roastery will become the first Starbucks location, and the first-of-its kind in China, to seamlessly integrate a real-time, in-store and online customer experience. Roastery customers are invited to immerse themselves in the first Starbucks augmented reality (AR) experience – accessible through the custom-designed Roastery digital web-app platform or on Alibaba’s Taobao app – by simply pointing their mobile devices at key features around the Roastery to bring to life information about the Starbucks bean-to-cup story. To help customers create their personal Roastery discovery journeys, the Roastery digital web-app platform also incorporates a digital menu and will, intuitively through AR technology, share details of the coffee bars, brewing methods, as well as other not-to-be-missed unique online and offline experiences. Each step of the way, customers unlock a virtual badge and once all badges are earned, they receive a custom Roastery filter to commemorate the moment and share on social media. The Shanghai Roastery digital experience is designed by Starbucks and powered by Alibaba Group’s scene-recognition technology.

This experience also extends to Alibaba’s online marketplace, Tmall, allowing customers to purchase Shanghai Roastery and Reserve branded merchandise and whole bean coffee for delivery directly to their homes, or to register for specially curated coffee tasting experiences that can be enjoyed at the Starbucks Roastery in Shanghai.

Princi, Italian Artisan Bakery Comes to Asia

At the Shanghai Roastery, acclaimed baker Rocco Princi combines the craft of bread baking, exceptional ingredients and the “Spirito di Milano” to bring his artisanal offerings to Asia for the first time. Princi, famed for bakeries in Milan and London, joins the premium Starbucks Reserve® brand as the exclusive food pairing to its rare, small-lot coffees. Princi is the exclusive food offering in all Starbucks Roastery locations, including Seattle, Shanghai and upcoming locations.

“Rocco and his team’s passion for handcrafted food and artisanal baked goods at Princi mirrors how I feel about our coffee,” said Schultz. “His attention to detail, meticulous care in selecting the freshest, high-quality ingredients and the artistry of preparation creates an Italian food experience that perfectly pairs with our most premium coffees. I look forward to seeing Princi’s success in Seattle further extend to our Roastery in Shanghai.”

In Shanghai, a team of more than 30 skilled Chinese bakers and chefs bring artisan baking to life using exceptional ingredients sourced specifically for each fresh food offering. Much like Rocco’s European locations, the Shanghai site is centered around ovens, with more than 80 different menu items – from flaky cornetti to focaccia sandwiches filled with Parma ham and Italian mozzarella – for breakfast, lunch and dinner, baked fresh onsite. A Commessa (or culinary concierge) will guide customers through the breadth of offerings.

A tribute to China’s tea culture

The new Shanghai Roastery features China’s first Starbucks® Teavana Bar, an entirely modern tea experience specifically designed for Chinese customers. While demonstrating deep respect for the thousands of years of Chinese tea tradition, the Starbucks® Teavana Bar reimagines a modern tea experience for customers who increasingly seek new and different tastes and experiences. Customers to the tea experience bar can select a Teavana signature pure tea or blend, served either hot or iced. Using only the finest tea ingredients in the world, tea curators handcraft unexpected creations with tea mixology as well as nitrogen and tea. For those interested in experiencing a whole new brewing method, the Steampunk brings together science and theater. Watch tea leaves dance in the water, while steam extracts every nuanced flavor in one of tea’s most dynamic moments.

Inspired by the traditional clay teapots in China, the tea experience bar is a light jade color with dark shadows to represent tea stains formed in a teapot over time. It is also the only tea bar created from recycled materials using a 3-D printer, measuring 7.5 meters (25 feet) in length.

Our responsibility and commitment to the country’s future

Starbucks takes its responsibility to contribute and give back to communities seriously. Today, the company announced another milestone in its commitment to China: contributing meaningful and enduring social impact through poverty alleviation by creating opportunities for groups facing barriers, strengthening partner-driven and locally relevant community engagement, and improving lives of Yunnan coffee farmers and their families.

The Starbucks Foundation and Starbucks China plan to make charitable donations totaling approximately $20 million USD (RMB 132 million) over the next five years to drive social impact in communities across China.

“We firmly believe it is our role and responsibility to use our scale to give back to the communities as we continue to grow in China, and with the people of China,” said Belinda Wong, chief executive officer of Starbucks China. “Our commitment, together with our Roastery opening, epitomizes how Starbucks is doubling-down on the unprecedented opportunities we see in the future for Starbucks and China.”

The Starbucks Foundation’s charitable donation is part of its ongoing global commitment to giving back.

“The Starbucks Foundation was established 20 years ago to strengthen communities around the world.  We are proud to have supported communities across China for many years and look forward to deepening our commitment in the years to come,” said Vivek Varma, president of The Starbucks Foundation.

Starbucks entered China in 1999 and these series of commitments reaffirm the strategic role of the China market and highlight Starbucks ongoing aspiration to elevate its partners, customers, suppliers and neighbors to create an environment where everyone can thrive. The Starbucks Roastery is another firm demonstration of Starbucks confidence and optimism in its long-term growth in China.

About Starbucks Coffee Company

Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing and roasting high-quality arabica coffee. Today, with more than 27,000 stores around the globe, Starbucks is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every customer through every cup. To share in the experience, please visit our stores or online at news.starbucks.com and Starbucks.com.

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.

MEDIA CONTACT:

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

SOURCE: Starbucks Corporation

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Co-op expands its local sourcing programme across the North East with three breweries and a tea maker

MANCHESTER, UK, 2017-Dec-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Three breweries and a tea maker are among a host of producers in the region to raise a glass, and a cup, to new contract wins with the Co-op.

The move will see nine businesses supply a new range of over 20 products as the Co-op extends its local sourcing programme across its stores in the North East.

The Co-op – which last year returned to its iconic “clover leaf” designed logo – is to stock the new range in approaching 60 of its food stores across the region.

Brewers involved in the programme include the Tyne Bank Brewery, which moved to an old Victorian warehouse on Walker Road last September after successfully crowd-funding and attracting over 360 small investors.

Tyne Bank estimates that the deal could be worth an estimated 100,000 pints to the award-winning brewery over a 12 month period, and it will supply three of its ales to approaching 60 Co-op food stores in the region, its: Monument Ale; Motueka Blonde and Northern Porter.

Julia Austin, a former Chemical Engineer, fell in love with craft breweries on a holiday in Vancouver and, founded the Tyne Bank brewery in 2011.

Julia, said: “We are delighted, the Co-op are lovely store to be in, and it feels like a real partnership approach with the Co-op. It gives our customers a chance to buy beer where they could not previously get it. The move really does support local breweries, as a smaller business it’s important to find these partnerships, and supplying the Co-op opens up new markets, raises awareness of our brand and helps to build our business.”

Northumberland-based Allendale Brewery is to supply five of its ales to the Co-op: Pennine Pale; Wagtail; Tall Stories; Wayfarer and Wilderness. And, the Sonnet 43 Brew House, from Coxhoe, County Durham, which will supply its Raven Bourbon Milk Stout; Seraphim Blonde Beer and, Abolition Amber Ale.

The famous Jesmona “Old Fashioned Black Bullets” sweets – believed to have originated in the North East at the turn of last century will also be stocked in almost 60 stores. Along with Beanies flavoured coffee of Darlington which will supply its Amaretto; Choc Orange and Irish Cream flavour instant coffee. Manomasa Snacks from Gateshead, established in 2012 will supply the Co-op with three of its tortilla snacks.

Kenspeckle Northumbrian Confectionary will supply its vanilla fudge; vanilla toffee and cinder toffee coal. Northumberland Tea will supply tea bags –supported by family-friend and brand ambassador Jack Charlton OBE its packs state it is the “best cup since 1966”. And, Consett-based Love Popcorn will supply is Origonal Salty Sweet and, Fiery Salsa popcorns.

Helen Logan of Northumberland Tea, said: “We’re delighted to have agreed a deal with the Co-op that will see Northumberland tea in stores ranging from Teesside to Berwick, which will extend the tea’s reach to many new areas and tea lovers across the north.’’

“The Co-op is at the heart of community life and this development raises awareness of our brand and reaches new markets. We sold our small café business to look after my father, who lost his battle with cancer in 2012 and then decided to set up Northumberland Tea. We drank so many cuppas during my father’s illness that we felt well qualified! This contract is another huge milestone for us, and will help us to raise further funds to support the wonderful work that is carried out by the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation finding better ways to detect and treat cancer.”

Charlotte Bleasdale, Ranging Manager for the Co-op in the North East, explained: “It is the innovation, traditions, quality and passion which makes these prized and locally loved brands – our customers tell us that food provenance really matters to them – with quality, trust, convenience and value key for consumers. Backing local produce is about much more than just ‘hanging out the bunting’ – as a community retailer, the Co-op is committed to investing in its local communities, supporting local economies and providing opportunities to showcase, support and celebrate great food and drink from the North East.”

Hannah Keating, Co-op Buyer for Local Produce – talking about working with local breweries, added: “Locally produced ale is an exciting category – we see significant potential for sustainable growth, and we are delighted to champion these beers which use local ingredients and are brewed with pride and passion to deliver consistently great quality and taste.”

Backing British produce is a cornerstone of the Co-op’s food strategy. In May the retailer announced that it would source only 100% own-brand British fresh meat – including lamb and bacon. The Co-op is also the only major retailer to use only British meat in all its own-brand chilled ready meals, pies and sandwiches.

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

Source: Co-op

Northumberland Tea wins contract with Co-op food stores

MANCHESTER, UK, 2017-Dec-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Northumberland Tea “bags” a contract to supply approaching 60 Co-op food stores across the North East.

World Cup winner Jack Charlton OBE – a friend of the Logan family and honorary ambassador for Northumberland Tea – brewed-up further interest by popping to his nearby Co-op in Ponteland this week to showcase the tea which bears his image and states that it’s “the best cup since 1966.”

The Corbridge-based business was set up four years ago by Helen and Bill Logan. A donation from every pack sold goes to the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation, a charity which supported Helen’s father.

Helen Logan, said: “We’re delighted that we have agreed a deal with the Co-op that will see Northumberland tea in stores ranging from Teesside to Berwick, which will extend the tea’s reach to many new areas and tea lovers across the north.’’

“The Co-op is at the heart of community life and this development raises awareness of our brand and reaches new markets. “We sold our small café business to look after my father, who lost his battle with cancer in 2012 and then decided to set up Northumberland Tea. We drank so many cuppas during my father’s illness that we felt well qualified! “This contract is another huge milestone for us, and will help us to raise further funds to support the wonderful work that is carried out by the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation finding better ways to detect and treat cancer.”

The move comes as the Co-op expands its local sourcing programme into approaching 60 of its food stores across the North East.

Charlotte Bleasdale, Ranging Manager for the Co-op in the North East, said: “We are thrilled to sell locally loved products such as Northumberland Tea – food provenance and trust is important to our customers. “It is the passion, quality and innovation involved in developing these products which makes them stand out, they are part of the fabric of local community life and we are proud to give them pride of place at the Co-op.”

Sir Bobby Robson launched his Foundation in 2008 and it has gone on to raise over £11 million to find more effective ways to detect and treat cancer.

The work funded directly benefits cancer patients in the North East and Cumbria and plays a significant role in the international fight against the disease.

Working within the NHS, the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation does not employ professional fundraisers to proactively raise money and relies completely on third party, volunteer fundraisers and the incredible generosity of the general public.

Pauline Buglass, from the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation said:“We’re so pleased that Northumberland Tea is now going to be available to Co-op customers all across the North East. “With every purchase, tea-lovers will not only be getting a great cuppa, they’ll be helping us continue the work Sir Bobby began when he launched his charity. We’re grateful for the support we receive from Northumberland Tea.”

Further information:

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

Source: Co-op

12 Days of Cheese: Whole Foods Market to feature an artisan cheese each day from Dec. 8 to 19

12 Days of Cheese: Whole Foods Market to feature an artisan cheese each day from Dec. 8 to 19

 

AUSTIN, Texas, 2017-Dec-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market is celebrating the 12 Days of Cheese by highlighting an artisan cheese each day from Dec. 8 to 19, offering customers an excellent opportunity to try some of the highest quality cheeses available at a significant discount. Each of the selected cheeses will be 50 percent off for one day during the 12-day period.

These distinctive cheeses were chosen by Whole Foods Market’s global cheese buyer with help from the company’s Certified Cheese Professionals. This highly trained group has been certified by the American Cheese Society for their expertise in cheese storage and handling, nutrition, distribution, raw materials, the ripening process, the making process, and on categories and types of cheeses.

“We have selected a flavorful and diverse set of cheeses for every holiday celebration,” said Whole Foods Market’s Global Executive Coordinator of Specialty and Product Innovation & Development, Cathy Strange. “We’re thrilled to offer these exciting cheeses at a great value, so customers can enjoy these special items while stretching their dollar.”

Whole Foods Market’s Master Sommelier, Devon Broglie, paired each cheese with a wine from the Sommelier Selects list available in stores throughout the holiday season. This specially curated group of wines were chosen to pair exceptionally well with seasonal flavors. They offer exciting, foolproof choices for shoppers and most are less than $20 per bottle.

The featured wines and cheeses include:

Cheese Wine
Cypress Grove Humboldt Fog The Federalist Barrel-Aged Zinfandel

Mendocino Co, CA

Epoisse selected by Herve Mons DeMorgenzon DMZ Chardonnay

Western Cape, South Africa

Bonne Bouche Vermont Creamery Holy Snail Touraine Sauvignon Blanc

Loire Valley, FR

Cheddar Montgomery’s from Neal’s Yard Dairy Criterion Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon

Coonawarra, Australia

Eraptured Blue from Rogue Creamery, organic Undaunted Columbia Valley Malbec

Columbia, Washington

Gabietou selected by Herve Mons Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau

Burgundy, FR

Grand Cru Reserve, organic Empire Estate Finger Lakes Dry Riesling

New York, NY

Rapin Le Marechal Monterustico Piemonte Bianco

Piedmonte, Italy

Cellars at Jasper Hill Hartwell De Chanceny Brut Rosé Cremant de Loire

Loire Valley, FR

Ubriaco del Piave Domaine de Petroni Corsican Red

Corsica, FR

Pleasant Ridge Reserve Uplands Cheese J. Lassalle Champagne Brut Premier Cru

Champagne, France

Truffle Gouda Klare Melk from Dutch Cheesemasters Banshee Sonoma Pinot Noir

Sonoma County, CA

Contact:

SOmedia@wholefoods.com

Source: Whole Foods Market

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Wendy’s rolls out door-to-door delivery service powered by DoorDash

Wendy’s rolls out door-to-door delivery service powered by DoorDash

 

Customers Can Now Order Baconators, Frosty Desserts and More Wendy’s Favorites Right to Their Door

DUBLIN, Ohio, 2017-Dec-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starting today (Dec. 1, 2017) Wendy’s and DoorDash are partnering to bring fans what they’ve been craving: Wendy’s deliciously different menu DELIVERED right to their door. Say bye-bye to sitting in traffic and hello to more free time because there’s no need to leave home when your favorite food is delivered right to you.

Wendy’s is partnering exclusively* with DoorDash, the technology company that connects customers with the best local businesses through door-to-door delivery. With delivery from Wendy’s serving 48 major markets nationwide and growing, Wendy’s lovers can get their fix just about anywhere, anytime.

“Rolling out delivery has quickly progressed, along with demand for convenience and delivery trends,” said Liz Geraghty, Wendy’s Vice President of Customer Activation. “And there’s no better partner for Wendy’s than DoorDash – one of the fastest growing delivery platforms and one with a reputation for maintaining food quality and high customer satisfaction – both top priorities for us. Whether fans order straight to their door or via Wendy’s drive thru, we want the Dave’s Single to be hot and juicy every time.”

Dashers, who deliver on DoorDash, use thermal bags to keep food hot or cold. DoorDash also limits the radius a customer can order from a Wendy’s restaurant to ensure food stays fresh and deliveries are as fast and efficient as possible.

“DoorDash has quickly become the industry standard for on-demand delivery, with more top 100 restaurants choosing to build their delivery business with DoorDash than with any other delivery platform,” said Tony Xu, CEO and Co-founder of DoorDash. “We’re excited to be offering delivery from Wendy’s restaurants, adding another family favorite to our network.”

Wendy’s and DoorDash piloted a partnership earlier this year in Columbus, Ohio, and Dallas across 135 restaurants, which resulted in highly rated customer satisfaction scores. While Wendy’s staples – the Baconator and Frosty – proved to be popular menu items during the test, fans will be able to choose from a variety of menu items.

*Exclusive in the U.S. markets DoorDash serves.

About The Wendy’s Company
The Wendy’s Company (NASDAQ: WEN) is the world’s third largest quick-service hamburger restaurant chain. The Wendy’s system includes more than 6,500 restaurants in 30 countries and U.S. territories. For more information, visit www.aboutwendys.com.

About DoorDash
DoorDash is a technology company that connects customers with their favorite local and national businesses in more than 600 cities across the United States and Canada. Founded in the summer of 2013, DoorDash empowers merchants to grow their businesses by offering on-demand delivery, data-driven insights, and better in-store efficiency, providing delightful experiences from door to door. By building the last mile delivery infrastructure for local cities, DoorDash is bringing communities closer, one doorstep at a time. Read more on the DoorDash blog or at www.doordash.com.

CONTACTS:
Bry Roth
614-764-3138
Bry.Roth@wendys.com

Amy Baker
214-259-3408
Amy.Baker@Ketchum.com

Eitan Bencuya
415-255-5521
eitan@doordash.com

SOURCE: The Wendy’s Company

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Subway® appoints Len Van Popering as Vice President of Global Brand Management and Innovation

Milford, CT, 2017-Dec-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Subway® restaurants announces Len Van Popering has joined the company as Vice President of Global Brand Management and Innovation. Van Popering is charged with driving Subway’s ongoing global transformation through food innovation (including core menu items, snacks and beverages), brand positioning, visual identity, and channel development (including delivery, catering and mobile ordering).

“We are evolving our Global Marketing Team to reflect the contemporary vision we have for the company,” said Joe Tripodi, Chief Marketing Officer for Subway restaurants. “Len’s diverse background, collaborative approach and shared enthusiasm for Subway will help us expand the innovation and creativity so critical to our brand.”

“Few brands have the opportunity to impact dining habits worldwide as much as Subway does,” Van Popering commented. “I’m excited for the challenge to contribute to the transformation of this iconic brand.”

Van Popering brings more than 20 years of marketing, innovation and strategic planning experience from multiple brands in the food and beverage, apparel, retail, and paper and packaging spaces. He previously served as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Product Innovation for Arby’s Restaurant Group, as Chief Marketing Officer at Logan’s Roadhouse and as Director of Strategic Planning and Business Development for Russell Corporation.

About Subway® Restaurants
Subway® offers a fresh alternative to traditional fast food, serving 7 million made-to order sandwiches a day. Guests choose from 37 million combinations of quality proteins, fresh vegetables, and bread baked daily. The world’s largest restaurant chain serves nutritious and delicious subs, soups, and salads at more than 44,000 restaurants in 113 countries. The Subway® experience is also delivered online at www.Subway.com and through the Subway® App, available in select markets at the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Founded by then 17-year-old Fred DeLuca and family friend Dr. Peter Buck more than 52 years ago, Subway® is still a family-owned business today working with more than 21,000 dedicated franchisees in communities around the world.

Subway® is a registered trademark of Subway® IP Inc.

Contact:
Subway:
Bob Brown
press@subway.com

Ruder Finn:
Emily Rossi
rossie@RuderFinn.com

Source: Subway

Cold Stone Creamery spreads the joy this holiday season with new seasonal flavors and cakes that are perfect for entertaining

Seasonal Flavors, Featured in Two Signature Creations™ and Cakes, Available for a Limited Time

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., 2017-Dec-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Cold Stone Creamery® (www.ColdStoneCreamery.com) offers good tidings and cheer this holiday season with its new Caramel Chocolate Cheesecake Ice Cream as well as the return of Dark Chocolate Peppermint Ice Cream, both featured in festive combinations; plus two holiday cakes that are perfect for entertaining, all available for a limited time only, beginning November 24.

Caramel Chocolate Cheesecake Ice Cream is an indulgent new flavor that goes great with Fudge, Whipped Topping, Graham Cracker Pie Crust and OREO® Cookies to create the Gooey Chocolate Cheesecake™ Creation™. Dark Chocolate Peppermint Ice Cream makes its comeback in the Chocolate Peppermint Perfection™ Creation, which features OREO® Cookies, Whipped Topping and Fudge for a magical holiday treat.

“This season, it’s all about spreading joy with our comforting holiday flavors, Creations and cakes,” said Kate Unger, senior vice president of marketing at Cold Stone Creamery. “We all know holiday celebrations aren’t complete without the perfect dessert and we’ve got two delicious options to help achieve a flawless holiday gathering with family and friends. Our Caramel Chocolate Cheesecake Wonderland™ cake and Chocolate Covered Peppermint™ cake will delight your guests and add some flare to your table.”

Caramel Chocolate Cheesecake Ice Cream and Dark Chocolate Peppermint Ice Cream, as well as the other promotional holiday items, will be available at Cold Stone Creamery November 24, 2017 through January 9, 2018.

Promotional Creations™:
 Gooey Chocolate Cheesecake™ – Caramel Chocolate Cheesecake Ice Cream, Fudge, Whipped Topping, Graham Cracker Pie Crust and OREO® Cookies
 Chocolate Peppermint Perfection™ Dark Chocolate Peppermint Ice Cream with OREO® Cookies, Whipped Topping and Fudge

Promotional Holiday Cakes:
 Caramel Chocolate Cheesecake Wonderland™ – Layers of moist Devil’s Food Cake and Caramel Chocolate Cheesecake Ice Cream with Graham Cracker Pie
Crust wrapped in fluffy White Frosting
 Chocolate Covered Peppermint™ – Layers of moist Red Velvet Cake and Dark Chocolate Peppermint Ice Cream with OREO® Cookies wrapped in rich Fudge
Ganache

Customers can also order cakes online at www.ColdStoneCakes.com.

To share the Ultimate Ice Cream Experience® this holiday season, gift cards are available for purchase in stores and online. Holiday-themed gift cards are available online and in stores through the holiday season. Please visit www.ColdStoneCreamery.com/giftcardsretail.

About Cold Stone Creamery
Cold Stone Creamery® delivers the Ultimate Ice Cream Experience® through a community of franchisees who are passionate about ice cream. The secret recipe for smooth and creamy ice cream is handcrafted fresh daily in each store, and then customized by combining a variety of mix-ins on a frozen granite stone. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Cold Stone Creamery is owned by parent company Kahala Brands™, one of the fastest growing franchising companies in the world, with a portfolio of 22 quick-service restaurant concepts. The Cold Stone Creamery brand operates approximately 1,500 locations in over 28 countries.

For more information about Cold Stone Creamery, visit www.ColdStoneCreamery.com.
For more information about Kahala Brands, visit www.KahalaBrands.com.

CONTACT:
Jessica Benedick
Cold Stone Creamery
480.362.4837
jbenedick@kahalamgmt.com

Source: Cold Stone Creamery

SSP Group PLC to acquire Stockheim travel catering business

London, 2017-Dec-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP Group PLC, a leading operator of food and beverage outlets in travel locations worldwide, has agreed1 to acquire part of the Stockheim group2, a travel concessions business based in Germany. The business operates 25 food and beverage outlets in airports and railway stations, including at Düsseldorf and Cologne, and had sales in 2016 of approximately €30m. The acquisition of these outlets will further strengthen SSP’s presence in travel locations across Germany, and is expected to complete in early 2018.

Commenting on the deal, Oliver Dörschuck, CEO of SSP Germany, Switzerland, Austria and France said; “We are delighted to have acquired Stockheim. The business has some great brands operating in some key locations across Germany.”

(1)     The agreement is subject to prior clearance by the German anti-trust authorities

(2)     Stockheim (Hbf.-Köln) GmbH and Stockheim Systemgastronomie GmbH & Co. KG

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

Source: SSP Group

Tesco own-label wines win 99 medals at the International Wine Challenge

Tesco own-label wines win 99 medals at the International Wine Challenge

 

Welwyn Garden City, UK, 2017-Dec-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco own-label wines have been awarded 99 medals by the industry leading International Wine Challenge.

Beating the competition, the retailer scooped two golds for the Tesco finest* Premier Cru Chablis and Tesco finest* Vintage Port, 31 silver and 28 bronze medals.

Over 80% of the wines entered by the team picked up a medal.

Following the announcement of the results, Rob Cooke, Category Director for Beer, Wine & Spirits commented:

“We are delighted with the latest results at the International Wine Challenge and thrilled to be leading the medal count with our own-brand wines.

I’m very proud of the team’s success and all the work they do to deliver fantastic quality wines to our customers.”

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

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

Source: Tesco

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Dom Pérignon collaborates with Japanese artist Tokujin Yoshioka to revisit the bottle and coffret of Dom Pérignon Vintage 2009

Dom Pérignon collaborates with Japanese artist Tokujin Yoshioka to revisit the bottle and coffret of Dom Pérignon Vintage 2009

 

Paris, 2017-Dec-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — As the 2017 holiday season begins, Dom Pérignon has unveiled a new creative collaboration with Japanese artist Tokujin Yoshioka. Tokujin Yoshioka has designed a limited-edition coffret and reinterpreted the emblematic shield on the bottle, celebrating the exceptional nature of Dom Pérignon Vintage 2009.

Following renowned artists including Marc Newson, Karl Lagerfeld, David Lynch and Iris van Herpen, Dom Pérignon invited Japanese artist Tokujin Yoshioka to revisit the bottle and coffret for Dom Pérignon Vintage 2009.

Produced in a year of prodigious sunlight and heat, the 2009 vintage of Dom Pérignon is a luminous, solar champagne that resonates perfectly with the stunning beauty of light that characterizes Tokujin Yoshioka’s work. His creation revisits this exceptional Dom Pérignon vintage, evoking its radiant vibration to the eye and the palate, says Dom Pérignon  Chef de Cave Richard Geoffroy: “The artistic affinity Tokujin shares with Dom Pérignon was evident to me from our first encounter. As we tasted the champagne, he instinctively expressed a strong connection with the solar character of Dom Pérignon Vintage 2009.”

To express the singular potential of this vintage, Tokujin Yoshioka presents an installation of three crystal blocks that form a prism to embrace the champagne bottle. “The notions of light, transparency and brilliance are especially relevant for this vintage,” says the artist. As an expansion of his installation, Tokujin Yoshioka  also revisited the Maison’s emblematic shield, which is reprised on the coffret along with the artist’s signature.

The Dom Pérignon edition by Tokujin Yoshioka will be available in a limited edition by special order for the 2017 year-end holiday season. The artist has also created a reinterpretation of Dom Pérignon Rosé 2005.

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Contact:

LVMH Moët Hennessy – Louis Vuitton
22, avenue Montaigne, 75008 Paris – France
Tel: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 22
Fax: +33 (0)1 44 13 22 23

Source: LVMH

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Sainsbury’s trials new coffee bar in its supermarkets

Sainsbury’s trials new coffee bar in its supermarkets

 

Sainsbury’s is branching into the coffee-to-go market by trialling a new coffee bar at the front of six of its supermarkets. 

London, 2017-Dec-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — The bars, called ‘1869 Coffee’ in reference to the year that Sainsbury’s opened its first shop, enable customers to order Sainsbury’s Own Brand coffees and teas, as well as pastries and cakes (hot panini’s will be available in selected coffee bars) to take away.

Run by a Sainsbury’s colleague with specialist barista training, the menu offers a wide range of hot drinks with each store spicing it up and adding their own seasonal specials throughout the year. In the run up to Christmas customers can get their hands on new blends including a honeycomb latte, black forest hot chocolate and gingerbread latte. Mince pies will also be on offer for those looking for a festive treat.

Mintel’s latest reports reveal that the UK coffee shop market has risen by 37% over the last five years[1] and coffee-to-go is high in demand. Sainsbury’s new coffee bar format will look to tap into this market by giving customers their instant caffeine hit while on the move.

Customers in Sainsbury’s West Green, Cambridge Eddington, Slough, Watford and Alton can already pay a visit to the bars, with Sainsbury’s Armada Way store in Plymouth due to kick off the service this week. The bars will be open seven days a week with opening times varying from store to store.

Adrian Cook, Director of Fresh Foods at Sainsbury’s commented, “We want to help all of our customers to live well for less and as part of this we’re continually looking at new ways to be there for our customers, providing a range of convenient and high quality services at their fingertips.

“By giving our customers the chance to grab and go a range of hot drinks and snacks at the front of the store, we are differentiating our in-store offer and delivering a great value takeaway experience. It’s an exciting opportunity for us to listen and understand how our customers respond to a new trial like this.”

Media contact:
press_office@sainsburys.co.uk
0207 695 7295

Source: Sainsbury’s

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Dunkin’ Donuts serves up free coffee on weekdays from December 1st through December 20th

Dunkin’ Donuts serves up free coffee on weekdays from December 1st through December 20th

 

  • On weekdays from December 1st through December 20th, select U.S. Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants
  • will each offer up to 500 guests free medium hot coffees
  • In each “Brewing Joy” market, local Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees will donate $1,000 to organizations helping bring joy to sick or hungry kids

CANTON, MA, 2017-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the second year in a row, Dunkin’ Donuts is saying thank you to its guests and local communities by brewing a little extra joy for the holiday season with free coffee through its “Brewing Joy” program. On weekdays between Monday, December 1 and Wednesday, December 20, at least one Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant somewhere in the U.S. will serve up to 500 free medium-sized cups of its signature hot coffee. Dunkin’ Donuts is bringing the “Brewing Joy” program to approximately 40 Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants in December.

Additionally, in each market where a Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant is “Brewing Joy” with free coffee, area franchisees will donate $1,000 to a local organization aligned with the Joy in Childhood Foundation’s mission to bring joy to children whose lives are affected by health issues or hunger. In total, Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees will donate more than $25,000 to local organizations through the “Brewing Joy” program.

The “Brewing Joy” program kicks off December 1 at perhaps the most appropriate Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant in the U.S., in Mount Joy, Pennsylvania. The full schedule of participating Dunkin’ Donuts locations hosting “Brewing Joy” events can be found on the brand’s blog.

According to Tony Weisman, Chief Marketing Officer, Dunkin’ Donuts U.S., “We put the word ‘Joy’ on our holiday cups each year to represent the gratitude, giving and cheer that marks the season. In that same spirit, we are celebrating our guests by serving free coffees in select stores across the country and giving back to our local communities through our second annual ‘Brewing Joy’ program.”

Dunkin’ Donuts earlier this season also introduced two sweet deals to bring further joy throughout the holiday season. Now through the end of the year, Dunkin’ Donuts’ signature Hot Chocolate is available for only $1.99 for a medium or larger sized cup*. Dunkin’ Donuts’ packaged coffee is also available at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide for the special price of three pounds for $19.99**.

Dunkin’ Donuts’ holiday menu includes the new Frosted Sugar Cookie Donut, new Gingerbread Cookie Donut, Snowflake Sprinkle Donut and Snowflake Sprinkle MUNCHKINS®. For coffee lovers, the returning holiday flavors include Peppermint Mocha and Brown Sugar Cinnamon. Both coffee flavors are available for a limited time hot or iced, including lattes, macchiatos and Frozen Dunkin’ Coffee. This holiday season, Dunkin’ cups once again feature a festive design and the simple word, “Joy” to convey the happiness and spirit of the season. Learn more about the innovation behind the brand’s holiday lineup on the Dunkin’ Donuts blog here.

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

*Any flavor except for Vanilla Chai

**Plus Applicable Taxes. Single bag or box of coffee at regular price.

About Dunkin’ Donuts

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

About the Joy in Childhood Foundation 
The Joy in Childhood Foundation 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 $14 million to hundreds of national and local charities across the country.

MEDIA CONTACT:

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

Source: Dunkin’ Donuts

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