SPAR Austria introducES new organic SPAR enjoy ice tea range

Austria, 2017-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — After the successful launch of the SPAR enjoy super fruit juice range earlier this year, SPAR Austria has tapped into another beverage trend with the introduction of its new organic SPAR enjoy ice tea range, which comes in various delicious flavour combinations: Turmeric & Ginger, Rooibos & Herbs and Barley & Spearmint. The range is now available in all SPAR, EUROSPAR and INTERSPAR stores across the country.

The ice tea is produced in a small tea factory in Upper Austria, where great attention is given to the quality of ingredients. The 100% carefully selected and harvested organic and Fairtrade herbs and spices include South African rooibos tea, regionally produced herbs, Austrian-grown barley and exotic mint. The unique combination of flavours give SPAR enjoy organic ice tea an incomparably refreshing and delicious taste.

The ice tea range contains only 5.5 grams of organic cane sugar per 100ml. This once again underlines SPAR’s efforts to reduce sugar in its own brand products. Less sugar not only means fewer calories, it also means that one gets a better appreciation of the natural ingredients used.

SPAR Austria’s new ice tea range doesn’t just impress through its unique taste, but also through its environmentally friendly packaging – coming in 330ml glass bottles, which are re-sealable and re-usable.

Read about the SPAR enjoy superfruit juice range launched earlier this year.

About SPAR Austria

The origins of SPAR in Austria date back to 1954 when the first SPAR organisation was established, after being granted the licence to operate the SPAR Brand by SPAR International. The current SPAR AG was created in 1970 when the original founding families joined with other regional wholesalers to form SPAR Austria AG – a 100% privately owned Austrian company.


SPAR International
Tel: +3120 626 6749

Source: Spar International

Sainsbury’s partners with etiquette experts Debrett’s for a guide to Christmas gift-giving

Sainsbury’s partners with etiquette experts Debrett’s for a guide to Christmas gift-giving


Debrett’s new guide to festive faux pas says a text message thank you isn’t enough; don’t Insta-boast and always bring a bottle for the host – but don’t expect to drink it yourself.

London, 2017-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sainsbury’s has teamed up with etiquette experts Debrett’s to help party-goers through the festive season with a guide to Christmas gift-giving, being the perfect host, and how to win at being a guest.

The guide – alongside research into the worst social faux pas – has highlighted where we’re getting it right (and wrong) over the Christmas period. It has been designed to help the half (56%) of the population who say they feel unsure of festive social etiquette. Generous Britons, millions of whom will gift friends and acquaintances from their hairdressers and postmen to their priests with a bottle of something delicious this Christmas, admit that they feel clueless when it comes to correct gifting protocol.

According to the bastion of British manners, many millions of us will fall foul of what they’ve proclaimed to be etiquette blunders this Christmas: 3 million of us will post pictures of presents to Instagram, 33 million will shun stationery for a text message thank you and 4 million will deconstruct hampers to re-gift their contents.

However, guests will be relieved to know that you “officially” can’t go wrong giving food and drink, as nearly half of those questioned think it’s the safest choice for the widest array of people (49%), and a quarter (23%) say a bottle of booze is their go-to gift for hard-to-buy-for friends and family – above books, clothes, jewelry and electronics. In fact, nearly two thirds (62%) will give an alcoholic gift this Christmas and more than a quarter would like to receive food (27%) or a bottle of drink (29%) over any other gift this Christmas, with posh chocolates and whisky topping their lists.

But, while seven in ten (71%) will follow the guidelines and bring a bottle for their host over Christmas, three quarters who do so (73%) will also expect to drink it. According to Debrett’s, it’s perfectly acceptable for a host to serve a bottle given to them by a guest, but it is the host’s decision to do so so guests musn’t feel offended either way.

Lucy Hume, Associate Director at Debrett’s and author of the guide, said: “Sainsbury’s research shows that many of us are still unsure about the etiquette of giving gifts at Christmas. Thankfully, it might be a whole lot simpler than we think, with the majority of us saying we prefer both to give and to receive items of food or drink. There are still some pointers to bear in mind, however, so we’ve joined forces with Sainsbury’s to help answer those gift-giving dilemmas this Christmas.”

Paul Mills-Hicks, Food Commercial Director, Sainsbury’s said: “We want to help our customers live well this Christmas, and that’s why we’ve teamed up with Debrett’s on this fun guide to help our customers navigate the seasonal social complexities. We know that almost a fifth of Brits buy presents for their friends and family from the supermarket and lots will be gifting chocolates or a bottle of something nice to everyone from their relatives to their postman. We’ve got gifts to suit all budgets and tastes – as well as the all-important thank you notes!”

Sainsbury’s and Debrett’s have created the ten-point plan to help guide anxious shoppers through the socially perilous season.

Sainsbury’s and Debrett’s Guide to Christmas Gift-Giving:

Saying Thank You: The handwritten thank you letter may be on the decline but that doesn’t mean you can get away without a show of gratitude – if there’s no headed stationery available, then digital thanks are better than no thanks at all.

Bringing a bottle: Don’t expect to drink a bottle you bring to a party, but do be prepared to open one you’re given.

Social Strife: Posting presents on social media is bad form, as well as unseemly gloating you could also risk outing a re-gifter.

Re-presenting: A hamper you won’t eat all of? Unfortunately, a re-gifted paté or jar of piccalilli just won’t cut the mustard when it comes to good gift-giving etiquette – splash out and buy them their own biscuits, luxury oils or box of chocolates.

Sweet Treats: Christmas, sadly, doesn’t mean a free-for-all on confectionery for everyone. It’s polite to check with parents before unloading sweet treats on their children.

Alcoholic Alternatives: You can’t go wrong with a bottle of booze, but make sure to put some thought into the choice – with cocktails on the rise, spirits can make a fun alternative to wine or whiskey, but stick to port for those traditionalists.

Bearing Gifts: Always come bearing gifts. A bottle of wine or a box of chocolates are customary but if it’s a longer stay over Christmas think about something more substantial.

All wrapped up: You should wrap food and wine to elevate it from a practical contribution to a thoughtful gift.

Making a match: You can have a go at matching the wine to a meal if going over for dinner, but more importantly, just make sure you bring a bottle.

Media contact:
0207 695 7295

Source: Sainsbury’s

Loch Lomond brewery to supply three of its ales to Co-op food stores across Scotland

MANCHESTER, UK, 2017-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Loch Lomond brewery has brewed-up a contract win to supply three of its ales to Co-op food stores across Scotland.

Based in Alexandria, the brewery founded by Fiona and Euan MacEachern marks its sixth anniversary this month after they turned their hobby for home brewing into an award winning business, and they celebrate by raising a glass to securing a deal to supply 90 of the community retailer’s stores.

The brewery will supply the Co-op with its: Loch Lomond Bonnie ‘n’ Blonde ale; Silkie Stout and, Southern Summit – a hoppy extra pale ale.

Fiona MacEachern co-founder and Managing Director of the brewery, said:

“We are delighted. Working with the Co-op will increase the availability, awareness and accessibility of our beers – opening up new markets and making our beers available in communities across Scotland.”

The Co-op is committed to championing local suppliers and, Charlotte Bleasdale, Ranging Manager for the Co-op in Scotland, explained:

“The combination of innovation, tradition, quality and passion make these ales prized and much sought after locally. We know that food provenance really matters to our customers. Quality and trust are key for consumers and the Co-op is committed to investing in its local communities, providing opportunities to showcase, support and celebrate great food and drink.”

Jake Woods, Co-op Beer Buyer, added:

“Locally produced ale is an exciting category – we see significant potential for sustainable growth, and we are delighted to champion local beers which use great local ingredients, draw their inspiration from their environment, and are brewed with pride and passion to deliver consistently great quality and taste.”

Further information:

Andrew Torr
Co-op Press Office
M: 07702 505 551

Source: Co-op UK

Mars will take a minority stake in healthy snacking leader KIND

  • KIND will remain independent and led by Founder & CEO Daniel Lubetzky, with Mars taking a minority stake in the company
  • Partnership will bring KIND’s products and promise to more consumers globally, allowing the company to scale its social impact work
  • Partnership will strengthen Mars’ reach and commitment to the growing healthy snacks category

NEW YORK, NY and MCLEAN, VA, 2017-Dec-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — kind (KIND) a healthy snacking leader, and mars, incorporated, a family-owned global pet care, confectionery and food business, today (November 29, 2017) announced a strategic partnership whereby Mars will take a minority stake in KIND. As part of the agreement, the two companies will partner to grow KIND’s product offerings and business globally, utilizing each other’s strengths.

The partnership will allow KIND to continue to drive positive change in the food industry while fulfilling – on a worldwide scale – its kind promise, a set of nutrition principles that have guided the company’s innovation since its founding. KIND will provide Mars with a pioneering and trusted brand to anchor a newly formed global health and wellness platform, while Mars will provide KIND with its proven international model to expand into new markets. KIND will continue to operate independently, led by its majority stakeholders, founder Daniel Lubetzky and the KIND team, with its existing headquarters in New York, NY. As part of the agreement, Mars will lead the growth of the business outside the U.S. and Canada, partnering with KIND in accordance with the KIND Promise.

The partnership will enable KIND to accelerate its dual mission to make its healthy and tasty foods available to more people across the globe and make the world a little kinder through meaningful social impact initiatives. It will also enable KIND to expand into new categories.

“When we introduced our first whole nut & fruit bar in 2004, we set out on an ambitious mission to do things differently and challenge false compromises by offering snacks that were healthy and tasty as well as wholesome and convenient. It’s been exciting to see the reach and impact of our mission, and with our partnership with Mars, we’re looking forward to continuing on this journey as we empower more people to make healthy eating decisions across the globe. We remain fully committed to our guiding principles, including our commitment to always use a nutritious food as the first and predominant ingredient in every food product,” said Daniel Lubetzky, Founder and CEO of KIND. “We’re proud to partner with Mars, a family-owned, principles-driven company with a proven track record of holding a long-term view, and look forward to working with them to make this a better world for future generations.”

“This is a partnership built on mutual admiration and a shared vision for growth,” said Grant F. Reid, CEO and President of Mars. “We believe there is tremendous opportunity to build on the success of KIND’s product portfolio in new markets. As we continue to expand our business and broaden our portfolio to address evolving consumer needs, we’re delighted to partner with a respected leader in the health & wellness space.”

Every day millions of people do the KIND thing for their bodies by eating KIND’s snacks. As KIND continues to expand, it will fulfill its KIND Promise by:

  • Always using a nutritious food as the first and predominant ingredient in every food product;
  • Never using artificial sweeteners or sugar alcohols;
  • Using as little sugar as possible while achieving great taste;
  • Creating foods that are both healthy and tasty;
  • Being transparent about everything from ingredients to labeling;
  • Crafting foods made with minimally processed, real ingredients; and
  • Treating its foods and people with integrity.

The partnership will also empower KIND to scale its social mission and fulfill its vision to use business as a vehicle for social change. In that spirit, Daniel Lubetzky plans to donate $25 million to The KIND Foundation, a separate philanthropic entity that aims to foster kinder and more empathetic communities.

To learn more, visit


BDT & Company and Centerview Partners served as KIND’s financial advisors, and Goodwin Procter LLP acted as KIND’s legal advisor.

Morgan Stanley & Co. LLC served as Mars’ financial advisor, and Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP acted as Mars’ legal advisor.

About KIND

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

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

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

About Mars

Mars is a family-owned business with more than a century of history making diverse products and offering services for people and the pets people love. With almost $35 billion in sales, the company is a global business that produces some of the world’s best-loved brands: M&M’s®, SNICKERS®, TWIX®, MILKY WAY®, DOVE®, PEDIGREE®, ROYAL CANIN®, WHISKAS®, EXTRA®, ORBIT®, 5™, SKITTLES®, UNCLE BEN’S®, MARS DRINKS and COCOAVIA®. Mars also provides veterinary health services that include BANFIELD® Pet Hospitals, Blue Pearl®, VCA® and Pet Partners™. Headquartered in McLean, VA, Mars operates in more than 80 countries. The Mars Five Principles – Quality, Responsibility, Mutuality, Efficiency and Freedom – inspire its more than 100,000 Associates to create value for all its partners and deliver growth they are proud of every day.

For more information about Mars, please visit Join us on facebooktwitterlinkedininstagram and youtube.

About the KIND Foundation

The KIND Foundation is a philanthropic entity established by KIND. Its mission, which is to foster kinder and more empathetic communities, is brought to life through a variety of programming meant to celebrate and inspire positive action. The Foundation recently announced a $20 million multi-year initiative called empatico. An online learning tool that connects kids worldwide and helps them develop skills like curiosity and kindness, Empatico endeavors to reach more than one million students by the end of 2020. To learn more, visit


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Alshaya: Chef Johnny Di Francesco debuts his 400 Gradi Italian restaurant in the Middle East at The Avenues Bahrain

Alshaya: Chef Johnny Di Francesco debuts his 400 Gradi Italian restaurant in the Middle East at The Avenues Bahrain

Bahrain, Middle East, 2017-Nov-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Award-winning Australian chef Johnny Di Francesco has debuted his 400 Gradi Italian restaurant brand in the Middle East with the opening of the first restaurant at The Avenues Bahrain, in partnership with international retail franchise operator M.H. Alshaya Co.

The opening of the first 400 Gradi restaurant outside Australia was celebrated by Mr. Domenico Bellato, Italy’s Ambassador to Bahrain; Ian Toal, the President of Alshaya’s Food Division; Nigel Doughty, the Vice President of Food Retail at Alshaya; and chef Di Francesco, the founder of 400 Gradi.

400 Gradi is a Naples-inspired Italian restaurant that was created by chef Di Francesco, the first Australian ever trained in Naples to the Associazione Verace (AVPN) and President of AVPN Australia. It offers a wide variety of deliciously handcrafted Italian cuisine, using the finest Italian ingredients to give guests the most complete Neapolitan experience outside of Naples.

In 2014, chef Di Francesco was named the ‘world’s best pizza maker’ during the World Championships in Italy for his authentic Napoletana-style pizza, which is cooked for only 90 seconds at a temperature of 400 degrees – hence the name 400 Gradi.

Along with this Napoletana-style pizza, the restaurant offers an array of freshly cooked traditional Italian dishes, including its famous handmade gnocchi, succulent lamb and pistachio cutlets, traditional artisan Italian gelato and delicious desserts.

Commenting on the new partnership, chef Di Francesco said: “This is a groundbreaking milestone for the Gradi Group. Expanding to the Middle East is an exciting step forward, especially with Alshaya, who are a pioneer in franchising international brands. We are delighted with this partnership and we look forward welcoming guests to enjoy the ultimate Italian dining experience.”

400 Gradi plans to expand to Kuwait, Dubai and other strategic locations in the GCC.

For more exciting news, follow 400 Gradi on Facebook and Instagram @400GradiME or call them on 17110616.

SOURCE: M.H. Alshaya Co. W.L.L.


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Whole Foods Market announces 50 percent off sale on the cookie bar from Dec. 1 to Dec. 4

Whole Foods Market announces 50 percent off sale on the cookie bar from Dec. 1 to Dec. 4


AUSTIN, Texas, 2017-Nov-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — To celebrate National Cookie Day, Whole Foods Market is having a 50 percent off sale on the cookie bar from Dec. 1 to Dec. 4.

Whole Foods Market cookie bars boast seasonal offerings and frosted treats unique to each store, showcasing the creativity of Whole Foods Market bakers and decorators. Just in time for holiday parties and gift exchanges, shoppers can visit the cookie bar to fill a limited edition cookie tin designed by artist, Ryn Frank.

Whole Foods Market has strict standards for the ingredients used in store bakery departments. All baked goods are made with cage-free eggs and non-bleached or bromated flour, and they contain no artificial preservatives, colors, sweeteners or hydrogenated fats.

This offer is valid from Dec. 1, 2017 through Dec. 4, 2017, while supplies last.


Source: Whole Foods Market


Co-op to open its newest food store in Hemsby on Thursday, 30 November

MANCHESTER, UK, 2017-Nov-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Co-op is set to serve-up its newest food store this week (Thursday, 30 November), in Hemsby, near Great Yarmouth, following a £1.2M investment.

The new store – located in Kings Way, Hemsby – provides 24 full and part-time jobs, and will bring a funding boost for local good causes through its Membership scheme – Members receive a 5% reward on the purchase of own-branded products and services, with a further 1% benefitting local good causes.

Children from Hemsby Primary School will be among the guests of honour on launch day, cutting the ribbon and declaring the Co-op open for the community.

The school is to receive a £500 donation as part of launch day celebrations, the money will be used to support its healthy food programme. A further donation of £500 will be made to the Hemsby Parish Church appeal.

The store includes an in-store bakery alongside its focus on fresh, healthy foods, meal ideas, award winning wines and essentials.

Samantha Winter, Area Manager, said:

“We are delighted to have undertaken such a significant investment in Hemsby, and proud to be part of the community. We are looking forward to unveiling a great new look and improvements to the site with which to serve the community – we are looking forward to welcoming the community into their Co-op. The Co-op is moving forward with a clear purpose and momentum, and our ambition is to ensure the store is a local hub and an asset for the community.

“We also want shoppers to know that they can become a co-owner and member of their Co-op. And, that we are also giving back to the community. Our members make a difference locally, simply by swiping their membership card when they shop with us they are raising much needed funding for organisations in their area who contribute to improving local life.”

There are offers and promotions in and around the store to mark its launch. And, students in Hemsby holding a NUS extra card receive a 10% discount at the Co-op to support them during their studies.

Last month, the Co-op won the title of Convenience Retailer of the Year at the Retail Industry Awards.

Further information about the benefits of Co-op membership and, its Local Community Fund, is available by visiting:

Further information:

Andrew Torr
Co-op Press office
M: 07702 505 551

Source: CoopUK

Poundland announces £1 “Twin Peaks’ chocolate bar to go on sale across the UK on Monday 4 December

Poundland announces £1 “Twin Peaks’ chocolate bar to go on sale across the UK on Monday 4 December


  • Poundland To Launch £1 ‘Twin Peaks’ Chocolate Bar In December
  • The First 500,000 Original Bars to Hit Shelves Across the UK on December 4

Willenhall, United Kingdom, 2017-Nov-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Poundland today (24 November 2017) confirmed its highly anticipated “Twin Peaks’ £1 chocolate bar will go on sale across the UK for the first time at 8.00 am on Monday 4 December.

The 180g bar that sent Britain barmy when it was first unveiled in June, had its launch unexpectedly delayed – but Poundland will finally launch Twin Peaks in brand new packaging in its 850 UK stores next month.

Customers will then be able to choose a bar for £1 that has 20 per cent more chocolate than Poundland’s best-selling Toblerone.

Created in Birmingham, the home of British chocolate, by specialist Walkers Chocolates, the Poundland original chocolate bar has a distinctive British flavour compared to Toblerone’s Swiss chocolate nougat.

Inspired by Shropshire’s Wrekin and Ercall hills, Twin Peaks will offer a taste sensation, receiving rave reviews in secret blind taste tests* with two in three customers preferring it to Toblerone.

Kraft (also the owners of Cadburys) complained about the shape of Twin Peaks.  In recent years Kraft has fought hard to keep Nestle from registering the KitKat shape, but this summer it argued that it had similar rights in the Toblerone shape. Poundland disagreed with this.

Following positive discussions, the first 500,000 bars, which will be on sale for £1 throughout December in their original shape, are set to be a collectors’ item. After this Poundland will revise the shape so it better represents the outline of the Wrekin and Ercall hills – the inspiration behind Twin Peaks as a British alternative to Toblerone and offering 30g more chocolate.

“In the last 12 months we believe our customers alone have missed out on 250 tonnes of chocolate after the size of their favourite item was chopped,” said Poundland trading controller Chris Burns.

“That’s why we began development on Twin Peaks in the first place”.

“Although it’s been a longer climb than we expected, we’re pleased customers will finally get to taste our Twin Peaks – 180g of delicious, British-made chocolate, for just £1”.

Editors’ Notes

* Taste Tests were conducted for the ITV programme ‘Trouble in Poundland’ using kitchen samples in the Wolverhampton Poundland store on 19 May 2017, with approximately two out of three people preferring the taste of Twin Peaks over Toblerone from a sample of around 100 customers .

The Wrekin is a hill in east Shropshire with a summit of 407 metres (1,335 feet). Standing alongside The Wrekin, the Ercall Hill’s highest point is 140 metres (460 feet). The two peaks are a well-recognised landmark in the Midlands and the Wrekin and Ercall form part of the Church Stretton Complex where different geological terrains meet.

About Walkers Chocolate

Birmingham based Walkers Chocolate Limited has been making well-loved British chocolate since 1977 and produces 8000 tonnes of confectionery products per year. Poundland has traded with Walkers Chocolates for over a decade delivering popular lines such as Mint & Turkish Nights.

About Poundland

From opening its first store in Burton-upon-Trent in 1990, Poundland, has built a network of almost 900 stores in the UK and the Republic of Ireland, offering top brands and great quality own brand products, that provide customers with amazing value every day.

Named Discount Retailer of the Year in 2015, it now has over 18,000 colleagues who serve over seven million customers every week from Wick to Weymouth, Londonderry to Lowestoft and Holyhead to Hastings.

At the 2015 Grocer Gold Awards, Poundland was singled out for Own Label Range of the Year for its Make Up Gallery cosmetics line, symbolic of its promise to customers – thousands of quality products in store with over 1,000 well-known brands in 17 shopping categories including food and drink, health and beauty, household, gardening, DIY, Pet, Stationery, Books, DVDs and Toys.

In 2017 Poundland began to roll out PEP&CO ‘shop-in-shops’ offering customers a full range of women’s, men’s and kids’ fashion.  Already available in over 130 of its stores. PEP&CO is bringing new style to Poundland with simple low pricing on family fashion that’s hard to find on local high streets.  Prices at PEP&CO start at £1 and 95 per cent of the range is under £10.00

In September 2016, Poundland became part of the Steinhoff International family an integrated manufacturer and retailer with operations in Europe, Australasia, Africa and the United States.

For further information, please contact the Poundland PR team on 020 3793 3842 or email

Source: Poundland


DAVIDsTEA Inc. to host Q3 2017 financial results conference call on Thursday, December 7, 2017

MONTREAL, QUEBEC, 2017-Nov-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — DAVIDsTEA Inc. (NASDAQ:DTEA) today (11/28/17) announced that its financial results for the third quarter fiscal 2017 will be released after market close on Thursday, December 7, 2017. The Company will host a conference call at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time that day to discuss the financial results.

Details of the Conference Call

Via telephone: 1-866-521-4909 or 647-427-2311

Via the internet at:, in the “investor relations” section.

An online archive of the webcast will be available within two hours of the conclusion of the call and will remain available for 30 days.

About DAVIDsTEA Inc.

DAVIDsTEA is a retailer of specialty tea, offering a differentiated selection of proprietary loose-leaf teas, pre-packaged teas, tea sachets and tea-related gifts, accessories and food and beverages, primarily through 236 company-operated DAVIDsTEA stores throughout Canada and the United States as of July 29, 2017, and its website, The Company is headquartered in Montréal, Canada.

Investor Contact:
Pierre Boucher
514-731-0000, x237

Source: DAVIDsTEA Inc.

Support a charity this holidays with limited-edition Starbucks Cards

Support a charity this holidays with limited-edition Starbucks Cards


Seattle, 2017-Nov-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starting Nov. 28, Starbucks and Spotify will debut three limited-edition Starbucks Cards featuring Chance the Rapper, Lady Gaga, and Metallica. In the spirit of Starbucks ‘Give Good’ holiday campaign, which encourages goodness of all kinds throughout the holiday season, Starbucks and Spotify are donating a total of $1 million divided among these iconic artists’ three charities that benefit youth empowerment, education and veterans.

The collectible cards will be available at participating company-operated U.S. Starbucks stores with a minimum load of $25, while supplies last. Customers who buy or receive the card as a gift are also eligible for a Spotify Premium trial offer.*

Starbucks and Spotify are encouraging customers to show their support by purchasing the limited-edition Starbucks Cards featuring the three artists. Here are the three charities that will benefit from this partnership:

Chance the Rapper and Social Works

Grammy-winning musician and producer Chance the Rapper has been a social activist, helping connect young people to jobs and raising more than $2.2 million for Chicago Public Schools. His non-profit SocialWorks helps empower youth through the arts, education and civic engagement in his hometown of Chicago.

“Our goal at SocialWorks is to empower the youth through the arts, education, and civic engagement,” said Chance the Rapper. “Many thanks to Starbucks and Spotify for working with us to create more opportunities to build dreams, inspire creativity, and let the youth be themselves!”

Lady Gaga and Born This Way Foundation

Named after her 2011 multi-platinum album, Lady Gaga co-founded the Born This Way Foundation to support the wellness of young people and empower them to build a kinder, braver world. Her courageous and innovative work, which included working with Starbucks for the Cups of Kindness collection, has helped create more positive environments. Initiatives include Channel Kindness, a platform featuring stories of kindness as documented by youth reporters from around the country, and the Kind Communities survey which explored how a young person’s mental wellness is impacted by their relationships and environments.

“A kinder and braver world is urgent, and it is possible. Our work at Born This Way Foundation is to support the wellness – mental, social and emotional – of young people and build strong, resilient communities,” said Lady Gaga. “We’re grateful for our partnership with Starbucks and Spotify this holiday season!”

Metallica and All Within My Hands Foundation

Metallica, one of the biggest selling acts in American history, has long been a favorite among military service members. Metallica’s All Within My Hands Foundation was established by the band members to support a variety of charities, including The Mission Continues, a non-profit organization that supports and empowers veterans adjusting to life at home to find purpose through community impact.

“We are super psyched and grateful for the generous donation Starbucks and Spotify have made to All Within My Hands to help us support veterans as they adjust to life at home and find purpose through community impact,” said Metallica.

To join Starbucks and Spotify with a donation please visit the artists’ foundation websites to learn more.


Phone: 206 318 7100

SOURCE: Starbucks Corporation


SONIC® Drive-In announces limited-time specials at great prices starting from $1.49

SONIC® Drive-In announces limited-time specials at great prices starting from $1.49


OKLAHOMA CITY, 2017-Nov-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — SONIC® Drive-In (NASDAQ: SONC) is easing holiday budgets this season by offering a variety of limited-time specials at great prices for guests to save on favorites. Guests may kick-off their morning with easy on-the-go Lil’ Breakfast Burritos for $1.49, enjoy the classic taste of The Double Feature™ for $3.99 or celebrate with buy one, get one free Boneless Wing every Thursday evening during Wing Night in America®.

More details on the holiday specials include:

  • Lil’ Breakfast Burritos – Helping with guest’s breakfast burrito craving in a smaller size is the new Bacon, Onion and Tomato Lil’ Breakfast Burrito, made with crispy bacon pieces, sliced tomato, and diced onions all over a fluffy egg, or the Cheesy Potato Lil’ Breakfast Burrito, filled with warm, melty cheese over an egg with golden crispy Tots, each for $1.49. With our full menu available all day, Lil’ Burritos are the perfect breakfast, lunch, dinner or snack anywhere in between.
  • The Double Feature – Offering classic SONIC items at an unbeatable value, The Double Feature gives guests high-quality bundle meal. The Double Feature is a fan-favorite SONIC Cheeseburger, made with melty American cheese, crinkle-cut pickles, chopped onions, fresh shredded lettuce & ripe tomatoes on a perfectly seasoned, 100% pure beef patty with your choice of mustard, mayo or ketchup, all paired with any small hand-mixed Classic or Master Shake, all for just $3.99.
  • Wing Night in America – With daring flavors like Honey BBQ, Asian Sweet Chili and Buffalo, the perfect Boneless Wings experience happens every Thursday from 5 p.m. to close with buy one, get one free Boneless Wings, for a limited time only.

“Great quality and convenience at a terrific value are important to our guests and to SONIC,” said Lori Abou Habib, chief marketing officer for SONIC. “With the hustle and bustle of the holiday planning, parties and events, Lil’ Burritos, The Double Feature and Wing Night in America offers our guests multiple ways to enjoy a delicious meal without breaking the bank.”

These one-of-a-kind values are only available for a limited time at any time of the day, so stop by your local SONIC Drive-In this holiday season for deals that will spread cheer with the whole family.

About SONIC®, America’s Drive-In®

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

Rebeka Mora

Source: SONIC Drive-In


Asda introduces the ultimate showstopping dessert — the NEW Foot-Long Chocolate Éclair

Asda introduces the ultimate showstopping dessert — the NEW Foot-Long Chocolate Éclair


Leeds, UK, 2017-Nov-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — The colossal choux pastry creation lands just in time for Christmas. Inspired by an emerging trend spotted in the crème de la crème of Parisian patisseries. The decadent dessert is the ultimate showstopping centrepiece for only £5.

Christmas just got choux-persized with Asda’s NEW Foot-Long Chocolate Éclair – the ultimate showstopping dessert to impress your guests this festive season.

The mammoth masterpiece is made with deliciously light choux pastry, filled with fluffy Belgian chocolate mousse and sticky caramel sauce and topped with a chocolate fondant. For the finishing touch of festive magic, it’s then drizzled with even more delectable caramel and dusted with gold.
The decadent delight is the brainchild of Asda’s bakery team, born during a recent innovation trip to Paris. Whilst chomping their way through the crème de la crème of Parisian patisseries, they uncovered an emerging trend for oversized sharing desserts. Reminiscent of pastries from the beautiful boulangeries of the Champs-Elysees, a delicate French favourite has been transformed into a celebration-sized Christmas centrepiece for the whole family to enjoy.

Building on the mania of a French meringue favourite, Asda has also launched a giant Marie Antoinette inspired Macaron cake. The pretty in pink frozen gateau is stuffed with a white chocolate mousse, topped with raspberries and a light sprinkling of pistachios for a delicious finish. Perfect for sharing, the supersized creation combines artisanal quality and instant wow-factor for a showstopper that is sure to take centre-stage this Christmas.

Claire Reed, product development manager for chilled bakery, said: “Straight from the streets of Paris to Asda shelves, traditional French favourites can now be enjoyed by the whole family this Christmas. Our experts have lovingly hand finished our striking new desserts, adding the final touch of affordable luxury to your seasonal soirée – sure to leave your loved ones saying Oh La La!”.

Asda’s new Giant Éclair will be available in Asda stores from 14th December with a RRP of £5.00.
Asda’s new Extra Special Raspberry & White Chocolate Macaron Cake will be available in Asda stores from 13th November with a RRP of £8.00.
For more on the inspiration behind Asda’s new festive desserts, head to the blog.

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. and 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 for more information.

Source: Asda Stores Ltd.


7-Eleven introduces newly revamped, redesigned and even more rewarding 7Rewards

7-Eleven introduces newly revamped, redesigned and even more rewarding 7Rewards


IRVING, Texas, 2017-Nov-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — While a Slurpee® is sweet, and a Big Gulp® is chill, there’s more to the 7‑Eleven® experience than bountiful beverages.

That’s why 7Rewards®  – the mobile customer loyalty app that earns users a free beverage for every six cups purchased – has expanded to enable customers to earn rewards points for hundreds of other 7‑Eleven product purchases! After extensive successful testing in Canada, the updated 7Rewards app has landed in the U.S. The 7Rewards app has not only been revamped and redesigned, but is now even more rewarding for our customers.

On Nov. 8, 7Rewards expanded its program so customers could earn points on a wide range of eligible purchases – from a Big Gulp to chips to fresh food, and more. Approximately 80% of products are available in-app for redemption. Plus, customers can earn 7Rewards bonus points on select items, as well as receive digital coupons. Now, those enrolled don’t have to have the coupons in their basket. Instead, customers simply scan an applicable item and the digital coupons will be immediately applied allowing customers to get their rewards much faster.

“Variety is important to 7‑Eleven customers. You can see it in the ever-increasing assortment of products and services offered throughout our 8,900 U.S. locations,” said Scott Albert, 7‑Eleven Director of Digital Products. “Now, we have extended that flexibility to 7Rewards, which gives our most loyal customers the chance to reap even greater benefits beyond what they earn from beverage purchases.”

Besides earning more points from more products, 7Rewards users can redeem their points on a wide menu of top-selling items (including the free beverage offered with the original 7Rewards program) found within the app.  The points program now offers several new ways to earn besides the in-app option. To sign up and earn points, customers can either download the app—which is available on the Apple store or Google Play—visit the 7Rewards online mobile website at, or chat the 7‑Eleven bot on Messenger.

“Over 9 million users were enrolled in the original 7Rewards program encouraging 7‑Eleven to expand and enhance the program to a points program,” said Tarang Sethia, 7‑Eleven Senior Director of Loyalty and CRM. “The 7Rewards Points program gamifies the customer experience, allowing consumers to earn while purchasing.”

The enhancements to 7Rewards are key aspects of a company-wide initiative to create greater customer engagement by personalizing and customizing the customer experience, both in-store and through digital technologies. 7‑Eleven updated the app specifically to make their customer’s experiences in and out of the store more even enjoyable.

“Our intent is to make every customer interaction valuable and delightful,” said Gurmeet Singh, 7‑Eleven Chief Digital Officer. “We are customer focused and constantly striving to find opportunities that create effortless interactions with the 7‑Eleven brand.”

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Loyalty app users now earn points and freebies on various product purchases

About 7‑Eleven, Inc.

7‑Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience-retailing industry. Based in Irving, Texas, 7‑Eleven® operates, franchises and/or licenses more than 63,000 stores in 18 countries, including 10,900 in North America. Known for its iconic brands such as Slurpee®, Big Bite® and Big Gulp®, 7‑Eleven has expanded into high-quality salads, side dishes, cut fruit and protein boxes, as well as pizza, chicken wings, cheeseburgers and hot chicken sandwiches. 7‑Eleven offers customers industry-leading private-brand products under the 7-Select® brand including healthy options, decadent treats and everyday favorites, at an outstanding value. Customers also count on 7‑Eleven for bill payments, self-service lockers and other convenient services. Find out more online at www.7‑, via the 7Rewards® customer-loyalty platform on the 7‑Eleven mobile app, or on social media at FacebookTwitter and Instagram.


7‑Eleven, Inc.
Corporate Communications

Source: 7‑Eleven, Inc.


Costa Coffee named the ‘Most Ethical Brand’ in Europe at the annual Allegra Coffee Symposium

London, 2017-Nov-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Costa Coffee, the UK’s Favourite Coffee Shop, has been awarded the title of ‘Most Ethical Brand’ in Europe at the annual Allegra Coffee Symposium. The award was collected by members of the Costa team at a ceremony in Warsaw on Tuesday 21st November, 2017.

This award was voted for by over 500 trade professionals across the coffee sector, and was a highly competitive category. Costa was up against strong contenders from the independent coffee market, who have already achieved a strong reputation in this area.

The judges recognised Costa for its ambitious and impactful Sustainability programme, called ‘Force For Good’, and highlighted in particular the following initiatives:

  • The opening of the new sustainable Roastery in Basildon, Essex, which was award BREEAM rating “Outstanding” to the 2014 standard with final score of 89.1%
  • The launch of the cup recycling scheme in all UK stores, which recovers and recycles all takeaway paper cups from Costa, competitors and independent
  • The WISE programme, which provides a great opportunity for people to take a progressive journey of self-improvement and personal development with Costa. The programme offers a range of opportunities including Work Experience Placement Employment Placements and Apprenticeships
  • Supporting the Costa Foundation to fund the building of 75 schools, improving the social and economic welfare of coffee-growing communities though education. The Costa has recently celebrated it’s 10th birthday, opening a school in it’s 10th market, Zambia

When collecting the award, Sandy Gourlay, Costa Charity and Communtiy Manager said, ‘This award is incredible recognition for all the work that our teams are doing all over the world to make a positive difference to the environment, and communities near and far’.

About Costa

Founded in London by Italian brothers Sergio and Bruno Costa in 1971, our quality coffee was the premium choice for boutique hotels and restaurants across the city. Today we continue to roast the original Mocha Italia recipe with our 100% Rainforest Alliance certified coffee remaining at the core of our quality coffee credentials.

With over 2,000 coffee shops in the UK and more than 1,240 in 30 overseas markets, we are the fastest growing coffee shop business in the UK. We’re proud to be the UK’s favourite coffee shop, having been awarded “Best Branded Coffee Shop Chain in the UK and Ireland” by Allegra Strategies for seven years running (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016).

Our people are the heart of our business and we employ over 30,000 people worldwide, with a target of 5,000 new jobs in the UK by 2020. Last year, we increased Barista pay by c.10%. Our Pay for progression model was introduced in October 2015, and our training rate of £7.20 was launched well ahead of National Living Wage.

As a popular, mainstream food and beverage brand, we can make a positive contribution towards customer health and wellbeing by investing in safe sourcing, new product development and consumer education. Health and wellbeing remains a strategic business focus area and we will continue to evolve our product offer over the coming years. We are working to reduce added sugar in our drinks by 25% by 2020 and will reduce salt in our sandwich range by a further 5% by 2017.

We care about the communities we operate in with our store teams volunteering over 12,000 hours of their time to lend support to over 2,000 local community projects.

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

Costa is also committed to tackling the UK’s literacy challenge and is proud to have signed the Vision for Literacy Business Pledge 2016. In continuation of this commitment, and inspired by the Costa Book Awards and the ongoing work of the Costa Foundation, Costa launched its inaugural Reading Week in September 2016 in conjunction with over 500 schools across the UK.

For further information, please contact:

Isabella Highett
Costa UK & Ireland Press Officer
+44 (0) 7824081791

Source: Costa Coffee

Delivery Hero Q3 2017 results: revenues increasing 60% YoY on a like-for-like basis to EUR 137.9 million

Berlin, 2017-Nov-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Delivery Hero Group (“Delivery Hero”), the leading global online food ordering and delivery marketplace, continued its growth trajectory in the third quarter of 2017 with revenues increasing 60% year-over-year on a like-for-like basis to EUR 137.9 million (Q3 2016: EUR 86.1 million). All segments continued to contribute to the group’s growth. Delivery Hero generated revenues of EUR 384.4 million in the first nine months of 2017, an increase of 64% year-over-year on a like-for-like basis compared to the first nine months of the previous year.

Niklas Östberg, CEO of Delivery Hero, said:

“We have had another strong quarter and saw an impressive order and sales growth in all our markets. Overall, we are benefitting from a combination of structural market growth and the results of our ongoing investments in technology, marketing and the customer experience.”

Group financial performance nine months 2017 and Q3 2017:

  • Gross Merchandise Value (GMV) increased 48% year-over-year (like-for-like) in the first nine months of 2017 as Delivery Hero processed 206.1 million orders, an increase of 48% year-over-year, with a total GMV of EUR 2,727.9 million. In the third quarter of 2017 orders and GMV increased by 52% and 45% year-over-year, respectively (like-for-like).
  • Revenues grew in the first nine months of 2017 by 64% year-over-year (like-for-like) to EUR 384.4 million (9M 2016: EUR 235.0 million), driven by a strong order growth and an increase in take-rates. In Q3 2017 revenues were up 60% year-over-year (like-for-like).
  • On a constant currency basis, revenues increased by 69% year-over-year in the third quarter of 2017 on a like-for-like basis.
  • Growth across all regions on a like-for-like basis with nine months 2017 revenues in Europe growing by 39% (Q3 2017: +46%), in the MENA region (Middle East and North Africa) by 88% (Q3 2017: +91%), in Asia by 73% (Q3 2017: +47%) and in the Americas by 103% (Q3 2017: +80%).
  • Group take-rate improved in the first nine months of 2017 reaching 14.1% (9M 2016: 12.8%). Take-rates also increased across all regions: 17.3% in Europe (9M 2016: 16.1%), 10.8% in MENA (9M 2016: 9.2%), 15.6% in Asia (9M 2016: 13.7%) and 12.5% in the Americas (9M 2016: 10.3%).
  • Adjusted EBITDA has been developing as planned across all segments.
  • During the three months ended Sept 30 2017 the financial position of the group was primarily affected by the repayment of shareholder loans of EUR 190m and bank loans of EUR 110m.

Outlook confirmed and narrowed

Based on the strong business development during the first months of 2017, Delivery Hero confirms and narrows its full-year guidance with revenues at the top end of the guided range by approximately EUR 540 million and an adjusted EBITDA margin approximately -17% for the financial year 2017.

Disclaimer and further information

This information also contains forward-looking statements. These statements are based on the current view, expectations and assumptions of the management of Delivery Hero AG (“Delivery Hero”). Such statements are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties that are beyond Delivery Hero’s control or accurate estimates, such as the future market environment and the economic, legal and regulatory framework, the conduct of other market participants, the successful integration of newly acquired companies and the realization of expected synergy effects, as well as measures by public authorities. If any of these or other uncertainties and imponderables materialize, or if the assumptions, on which these statements are based, prove to be incorrect, actual results could differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements. Delivery Hero does not warrant or assume any liability that the future development and future actual results will be consistent with the assumptions and estimates expressed in this report. Delivery Hero does not intend or assume any obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect events or developments after the date of this report, except as required by law.

Due to rounding, it is possible that single figures in this and other documents do not add up exactly to the specified sum and that the percentages shown do not exactly reflect the absolute values to which they relate.

This document is also published in German. In the event of discrepancies, the German version of the report shall take precedence over the English translation.

About Delivery Hero

Delivery Hero is the leading global online food ordering and delivery marketplace with number one market positions in terms of restaurants, active users and orders in more countries than any of its competitors and online and mobile platforms across 40+ countries in Europe, the Middle East & North Africa (MENA), Latin America and the Asia-Pacific region. Delivery Hero also operates its own delivery service primarily in 60+ high-density urban areas around the world. The Company is headquartered in Berlin and has over 6,000 employees in addition to thousands of employed delivery drivers.

For more information, please visit

Media Enquiries:

Bodo v. Braunmühl
Head of Corporate Communications

Investor Relations Enquiries:

Duncan McIntyre
Head of Investor Relations

Source: Delivery Hero Group

Tops Friendly Markets extends annual Food for Families campaign until December 16, 2017

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y., 2017-Nov-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — For the past twelve years, the term Little Brown Bags of Hope has become synonymous with Tops Friendly Markets and the annual Food for Families campaign. What began as a one day campaign in Buffalo, NY to benefit the Food Bank of WNY has since expanded across the entire chains footprint reaching into Rochester, and Syracuse, NY as well as Erie, PA working with 11 food banks across all of the chains market and impacting more than 1.3 million people in need. Once again the Food Bank of North Eastern New York will benefit from this year’s campaigns efforts.As TOPS enters into its fourth season of the campaign it is seeking the communities support to surpass its corporate goal of 1.5 million meals, giving hope to families in need this holiday season. The campaign, which has been expanded to run an entire month, officially kicked off November 19 and will run until December 16, 2017. New in 2017, customers will now be able to purchase a Little Brown Bag of Hope paper icon at the register. Organizers moved away from the physical bags of food this year to increase efficiencies, allowing the Food Bank to expedite donations from the store to their operating facilities and then into the market. At the register customers will now be asked if they want to support the campaign by buying a $5 Breakfast, $10 Lunch, and/or $20 Dinner for someone in need in our community.

Also new in 2017 TOPS has introduced the virtual Little Brown Bag of Hope. Customers will now able to purchase the same $5 Breakfast bag, $10 Lunch bag, and/or a $20 Dinner bag online by simply visiting so no matter what the weather, a donation can be made right from their phone, tablet, or desktop.

Many locals love the tradition of bringing or purchasing their donation at the store and joining in on the festivities which will take place throughout the week with TOPS team members, local media sponsors Finger Lakes Media, and volunteers week December 11-14. The traditional Little Brown Bags of Hope will be available, along with the new donation elements, at the following Tops Friendly Market locations:

352 West Genesee Street, Auburn 321 Liberty Street, Penn Yan 2140 Walworth-Penfield Rd., Walworth 6179 NY RT 96, Farmington 504-1/2 Franklin St., Watkins Glen 1963 Kingdom Plaza, Waterloo

“From Plattsburgh to Newburgh, in urban, rural, and suburban communities, the Food Bank provides over 30 million pounds of food a year to 1,000 agencies,” said Mark Quandt, executive director, Food Bank of North Eastern New York. “When you serve that many people in over 23 counties a program like Food for Families is vital in replenishing the supplies necessary to meet the growing needs of the community. We are grateful to have the partnership with Tops Friendly Markets and our local media partners. This campaign provides a great venue in which our community can support such a vital need in our community.”

Tops Markets, LLC, is headquartered in Williamsville, NY and operates 171 full-service supermarkets with five additional by franchisees under the Tops banner. Tops employs over 15,000 associates and is a leading full-service grocery retailer in New York, northern Pennsylvania, western Vermont, and north central Massachusetts. For more information about Tops Markets, visit the company’s website at


Kathy Romanowski

Source: Tops Friendly Markets

Kroger launches television and radio ads to boost awareness of its Zero Hunger | Zero Waste initiative

Kroger launches television and radio ads to boost awareness of its Zero Hunger | Zero Waste initiative


CINCINNATI, 2017-Nov-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today (Nov. 24, 2017) announced it has introduced television and radio ads in 191 media markets across the U.S. to increase awareness of its Zero Hunger | Zero Waste initiative, established last September.

“Yesterday millions of families came together to enjoy Thanksgiving,” said Jessica Adelman, Kroger’s group vice president of corporate affairs. “Kroger and our family of stores love being a part of America’s Thanksgiving celebrations. At the same time, we acknowledge the absurdity that one in eight people struggle with hunger while 40 percent of the food produced in the U.S. each year goes to waste. That just doesn’t make sense to us. And this season, we are grateful for our associates and trusted partners who are committed to doing something about it.”

Zero Hunger | Zero Waste is aimed at ending hunger in the communities Kroger calls home and eliminating waste across its company by 2025. Across the U.S., 42 million Americans struggle with hunger. At the same time, an estimated 72 billion pounds of food ends up in a landfill every year.

Earlier this month, Kroger launched a strategic media campaign and introduced television and radio advertisements in key markets to boost its customers’ awareness and engagement with the initiative. The campaign will run through the holiday season supported by store-level customer giving programs benefiting local food banks and hunger-relief organizations and Kroger’s year-round, industry-leading, fresh food donations program.

“Our Purpose is to Feed the Human Spirit™ by uplifting each other, our customers and our communities. Kroger is inviting everyone who is passionate about feeding people and protecting the planet to join us in helping us realize our vision of Zero Hunger | Zero Waste,” Ms. Adelman added.

Kroger has partnered with Feeding America and World Wildlife Fund to achieve its vision, and is crowdsourcing for solutions and asking communities, partners and other stakeholders for ideas, feedback and best practices.

Follow the journey and join the conversation at and #ZeroHungerZeroWaste.

About Kroger

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

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.


SSP teams up with café-bar and restaurant brand Grind to open outlets at key London locations

SSP teams up with café-bar and restaurant brand Grind to open outlets at key London locations


London, 2017-Nov-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, has partnered with fast-growing café-bar and restaurant brand Grind and plans to open an outlet at a key London location within the next 12 months, with a pipeline of additional locations in both air and rail under discussion.

Grind launched in Shoreditch in 2011, and the brand has since established itself as a best-in-class operator, ‘burning the candle at both ends’ to serve coffee, food and cocktails – to a killer soundtrack.

Grind’s coffee, roasted daily at their Shoreditch Roastery and HQ, is renowned as being amongst the very best in the UK and their cocktails, particularly the Grind Espresso Martini, have also established an enviable reputation. Grind also runs a recording studio at the original Grind in Shoreditch, as well as a late-night club-bar in Clerkenwell.

Simon Smith, CEO of SSP UK and Ireland said; “Grind is an outstanding brand and we are delighted to be able to include it in our brand portfolio. The concept is great for the travelling consumer looking for excellent coffee and food, as well as for locals who want to grab a drink or a bite to eat. It is the ideal complement to our other coffee brands.”

David Abrahamovitch, CEO and founder of Grind, was similarly enthusiastic about the new collaboration. “Grind has always been about serving high quality coffee and cocktails to busy Londoners who demand the best – and we’re incredibly excited to be partnering with SSP to bring Grind into airports and train stations nationally for the first time.”

If you are a journalist and have a press enquiry, please call Templemere Public Relations on +44 (0) 1306 735574 or

Source: SSP


SSP announces partnership with Gordon Ramsay to operate a premium grab and go concept for airports worldwide

SSP announces partnership with Gordon Ramsay to operate a premium grab and go concept for airports worldwide


London, 2017-Nov-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, is pleased to announce a global partnership with Gordon Ramsay in an exclusive deal to operate a premium grab and go concept for airports worldwide.

The new concept will be called Gordon Ramsay Plane Food To Go and will represent a significant innovation in the grab and go category in travel.

Mark Angela, chief commercial officer for SSP said; “Gordon Ramsay has some iconic dishes for which he is known across the world and we’re very excited to be working closely with his team to make sure these become an integral part of the Gordon Ramsay Plane Food To Go customer experience.

“Gordon pioneered the idea of quality take-on-board meals with his Plane Food picnics eight years ago. He’s got lots of ideas about creating high quality, healthy food to take on the plane in easy to eat formats, and together we’re going to take that to the next level.

“Our customers will have a unique opportunity to experience stand out dishes, all given the Gordon Ramsay Plane Food To Go twist as the team re-create them specifically for the grab & go market. Gordon Ramsay Plane Food To Go will give customers travelling through airports around the globe a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience interesting and innovative dishes with a twist from within his extensive portfolio.”

Gordon Ramsay said “I’m excited to be partnering with SSP to develop and bring my global vision of Plane Food To Go to the busy traveller. Plane Food To Go is a truly revolutionary concept that will roll out worldwide and build upon the massive success of the original Plane Food dining experience from London Heathrow’s Terminal 5. As someone who is always in a different airport terminal every week, I know first-hand how much Plane Food To Go will enhance every on-the go travellers dining experience”.

If you are a journalist and have a press enquiry, please call Templemere Public Relations on +44 (0) 1306 735574 or

Source: SSP


Carrefour Belgium invites customers to bring their own bags and reusable boxes when shopping from traditional food counters

Carrefour Belgium invites customers to bring their own bags and reusable boxes when shopping from traditional food counters


Belgium, 2017-Nov-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — In an initiative to provide sustainable solutions and reduce the use of packaging, Carrefour Belgium is inviting Carrefour Hypermarket and Carrefour Market customers to bring their own bulk bags and reusable boxes to package their purchases from traditional food counters (butchery, fishmonger, delicatessen). At the same time, 16 stores will be testing reusable fabric bags for fruit and vegetables. Carrefour Belgium will launch the two initiatives this week in conjunction with European Week for Waste Reduction.

The original pilot project was launched at the Carrefour Hypermarket in Bierges (near Wavre) in early November. Now – scarcely two weeks later and following a surge of positive customer reaction – the test project has been rolled out to every food counter in the Carrefour Hypermarkets and Carrefour Markets operated by Carrefour Belgium.

The principle is simple and sustainable: customers bring their bulk bags or reusable boxes with them and use them to pack the products they buy from traditional food counters. The person serving them alters the scales so as to exclude the weight of the container and affixes a price label in the same way as they would to classic plastic packaging. It is obviously vital that customers provide only clean, dry boxes suitable for foodstuffs. If food safety cannot be guaranteed, a store employee may refuse to use the container in question. To prevent cross-contamination, different types of meat, cheese and/or processed meat will always be packed in different boxes.

Test: reusable fabric bags for fruit and vegetables

Monday 20 November sees the start of another test at the Carrefour hypermarket in Bierges, this time involving the use of sturdy reusable fabric bags for fruit and vegetables. The bags are washable, sufficiently robust to be reused a number of times and accept price labels easily. They will be sold at €2.40 for five, i.e. €0.60 per bag. A week later, the bags will be available in a further 15 test stores.

The two initiatives will begin this week, to coincide with European Week for Waste Reduction.

As you will remember, Carrefour launched reusable bags at its store checkouts in 2004, and these new test projects see Carrefour Belgium going above and beyond current statutory requirements. Carrefour also reviews the packaging of 800 to 1,000 products every year, assessing it particularly with regard to sustainability. These initiatives clearly show that the Belgian retailer intends to play a pioneering role in reducing packaging by providing its customers with sustainable, practical solutions.

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

. By phone:

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

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

. By e-mail:

Source: Carrefour Group


Waitrose the first supermarket to ensure all of its branded and own-label canned tuna is 100 percent responsibly sourced

London, 2017-Nov-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Waitrose has become the first supermarket to ensure that all of its branded and own-label canned tuna is either Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified or pole and line caught, meaning it is 100 percent responsibly sourced.

The achievement is the result of work over the last year with branded tuna suppliers to improve their sustainability credentials. All Waitrose own-label canned tuna has been pole and line caught since 2009 and MSC certified since 2013, while all the tuna in own-label ready prepared products such as sandwiches and pâtés is also pole and line caught.

The commitment to 100 percent responsible tuna coincides with the launch of a new range of MSC-certified John West canned tuna products. The ready-to-eat, ‘no drain’ cans will be available exclusively at Waitrose for six months.

Jeremy Ryland-Langley, Waitrose’s Aquaculture and Fisheries Manager, said: ‘Sustainability is at the heart of what we do and we are proud to have such a strong record in ensuring that our own-label tuna is caught in the most responsible way possible. When they buy a can of own-label tuna, our customers know that they are always buying a product which has been responsibly sourced – and now they have the same assurance when it comes to buying a branded product.’

Toby Middleton, MSC’s Programme Director, added: ‘It’s great to see Waitrose expand the range of MSC labelled tuna products on sale in their stores with these new John West MSC labelled cans. Extending their own sustainable seafood strategy to also apply to the brands they stock shows how seriously Waitrose treat the health of the world’s oceans.’

Notes to editors

Waitrose has 352 shops in England, Scotland, Wales and the Channel Islands, including 66 convenience branches, and another 27 shops at Welcome Break locations. It combines the convenience of a supermarket with the expertise and service of a specialist shop – dedicated to offering quality food that has been responsibly sourced, combined with high standards of customer service. Waitrose also exports products to 58 countries worldwide and has eight shops which operate under licence in the Middle East. Waitrose’s omnichannel business includes the online grocery service,, as well as specialist online shops including for wine and for plants and flowers.

Waitrose was awarded the much-coveted European-wide Compassion in World Farming ‘Best Retailer Award’, Soil Association’s ‘Best Organic Supermarket Award 2017′ and The Drinks Business’ ‘Retail Buying Team of the Year Award’.

For further information please contact:

Kerry Davies
Communications Manager, Corporate
Telephone: 01344 824325

Source: Waitrose

Maxima grupė submits tender offer to acquire 100% of Stokrotka’s shares on Warsaw Stock Exchange

Vilnius, Lithuania, 2017-Nov-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Maxima grupė has signed an investment agreement with Emperia Holding and is submitting a tender offer to acquire 100% of company’s shares on Warsaw Stock Exchange. Emperia Holding controls a Polish retail chain Stokrotka.

“Stokrotka is one of the leading food retail chains in the Polish market. We believe that attractive store formats and strong management team provide necessary foundations for successful chain’s development in the future. Emperia group also owns a portfolio of real estate properties that supplements its retail business well. Therefore Maxima Grupė is excited about prospects of acquiring Emperia and the opportunity to increase our exposure to the growing Polish food retail market, – comments Petras Jašinskas, chairman of the board at Maxima Grupė.”

Maxima Grupė offers a price of 100 zloty for one share of Emperia Holding and the total price for all company’s shares amounts up to 1,192 million PLN (approx. 283 million EUR). Tender offer conditions also stipulate that Maxima Grupė may withdraw from the tender offer if less than 66% of shares are submitted or if other pre-agreed conditions are not met.

“The offer to acquire shares is valid till the end of February, 2018. Afterwards, the transaction will be closed if pre-conditions are met and a positive ruling is received from Office of Competition and Consumer Protection. We strongly believe that we will successfully close the tender offer and acquire the control of the Company.” – says Petras Jašinskas.

Stokrotka network in Poland is composed of 410 stores and it has a market share of approx.  20% in the proximity store segment. Emperia group employs 8.2 thousand employees and had consolidated turnover of 2,451 million PLN at the end of year 2016.

At the moment Maxima Grupė controls retail chains under brands Maxima (in Baltics states), Aldik (in Poland), T-Market (in Bulgaria) and an electronic online shop of food and daily consumer goods Barbora. In year 2016 consolidated turnover of Maxima Grupė amounted to 2,693 million EUR.

For more information:

Ernesta Dapkienė
Head of Corporate Affairs
Mobile  +370 611 43 548


Asda introduces NEW Extra Special Triple Lamb Crown

Asda introduces NEW Extra Special Triple Lamb Crown


Leeds, UK, 2017-Nov-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Fare-thee-well to mediocre cuts of meat this Christmas and welcome the mother of all show-stopping festive centrepieces, Asda’s NEW Extra Special Triple Lamb Crown. The medieval meat masterpiece is inspired by the opulent feasting banquets seen on popular TV series Game of Thrones and inspired by the trend for ‘tear and share’ style dining.

The lavish creation consists of three Welsh-sourced lamb racks that form the structure of a Christmas crown, filled with festive fruit stuffing, drizzled with a pork and mint jus and decorated with botanical rosemary sprigs for the final flourish. The sumptuous showstopper is best devoured alongside golden roast potatoes, parsnips and paired with a goblet of robust red wine.

An Asda spokesperson, said: “The fictional banquet halls of Game of Thrones and times gone by are set to inspire festive feasting this Christmas and impressive joints of meat will take centre stage. Our Triple Lamb Crown is a striking showstopper that will be sure to knock the socks off your loved ones and add a whole new level of luxury and indulgence to your Christmas banquet.”

The mouth-watering creation is the brainchild of the winner of the 2017 Golden Apron competition, 18-year-old Zacharias Abbot from York. The competition seeks to find

Yorkshire’s best young chef and the win gave Zacharias the opportunity to design a range of Christmas products for Asda, and so the Triple Lamb Crown was born.

Asda’s Extra Special Triple Lamb Crown with festive Fruit Stuffing & Port & Mint Jus is available from XXX November nationwide with an RRP of £XXX.
For more information on the inspiration behind the product, head to Asda’s blog INSERT LINK.

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. and 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.


0113 826 2829

Source: Asda Stores Ltd.


NEW ZEALAND: Foodstuffs announces big reduction in sugar and sodium content across Pams and Value products

NEW ZEALAND: Foodstuffs announces big reduction in sugar and sodium content across Pams and Value products


Auckland, New Zealand, 2017-Nov-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Foodstuffs revealed today (24 November 2017) that it has implemented a massive drop in sugar and sodium content across a wide range of Pams and Value products – ranging in some cases from a 26% reduction in sugar to an 80% reduction in sodium.

Chris Quin, CEO Foodstuffs North Island, says, “Foodstuffs has made huge strides in delivering on our commitment to reduce Childhood Obesity.  We have several programmes in place including our very effective Food for Thought nutrition education programme, but we’ve made spectacular headway in reformulating hundreds of our Pams and Value products to reduce sugar and sodium content.

“To date we have removed 4,000 tonnes of sugar and 8,000 tonnes of sodium across our private label range, this equates to 740 Asian elephants’ worth of sugar and 76,000 All Blacks worth of salt (based on their average weights).  That’s a staggering saving – all going towards ensuring our community has access to healthier foods.”

Foodstuffs has committed to reviewing and reformulating all private label products and is also encouraging suppliers to do the same.  “Our research shows that customers are looking for healthier options – and we’re working very hard to deliver on that expectation.  It’s a vast job to review each product across New Zealand’s largest grocery brands, but we are totally committed.”

The results form part of a report to the Ministry of Health later this year which captures all the initiatives Foodstuffs has put in place to enhance the health and well-being of the community.

Quin says, “Foodstuffs believes that we have a duty of care to look after every New Zealander. A core part of that promise is to ensure that all New Zealanders have ready access to fresh, affordable, healthy food.

“We are delivering on our pledge to support the Government in their drive to reduce childhood obesity; reducing sugar and sodium content in our products, expanding the reach of our Food for Thought Programme, extensive support for the Starship Foundation with a focus on healthy food education and partnerships with foodbanks throughout New Zealand. However, we’re committed to doing more.

“We have made a significant investment in the Eat My Lunch programme – which aims to deliver 25,000 healthy lunches, per week, to children in need throughout New Zealand.  This will ensure more children have full tummies so they can unlock their potential.

Foodstuffs is excited about the inroads we have made already and the plans in place to help New Zealanders enjoy a healthy future.”

Source: Foodstuffs


Co-op expands its local sourcing programme with a total of 20 local breweries across Scotland

Co-op expands its local sourcing programme with a total of 20 local breweries across Scotland


MANCHESTER, UK, 2017-Nov-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Scottish breweries are set to top sales of 500,000 pints at the Co-op as the community retailer expands its commitment to supporting smaller, local, producers.

A total of 20 local breweries are to supply Co-op food stores across Scotland with around 45 different ales – tapping in to forecasted sales in excess of half-a-million pints over the coming year as part of the community retailer’s local sourcing programme.

Burnside Brewery has brewed-up a contract win to supply two of its ales to Co-op food stores across Scotland. Based in Laurencekirk, Gary and Dave Metcalfe turned their hobby for home brewing into an award winning business and have secured their largest contract to date supply approaching 40 of the community retailer’s stores. The brewery will supply its Wild Rhino ale – a craft brewed light blonde beer and, its Golden X Best Bitter.

Gary Metcalfe, co-founder of Burnside Brewery, said:

“We are delighted. Our mission is quite simple really – great tasting beers. This contact win is our largest yet and, will play a part in raising awareness of our brand in new markets, making our beers available in communities across Scotland.”

Fierce Brewery of Dyce, Aberdeen – which won Breakthrough Brewery of the Year at this year’s Scottish Beer Awards after selling its first ales last June – will supply 35 of the Co-op’s stores with three of its ales: Easy Shift; Day Shift and, Moose Mousse. Louise Grant, said:

“We are delighted to be working with the Co-op, its support for local producers fits well with our ethos of sourcing locally – such as a local chocolatier providing ingredients for our Moose Mousse chocolate stout. The reach and exposure of the Co-op’s community-based stores comes at a great time in our business development, supporting our brand awareness and opening markets among residents and visitors alike.”

Other recent brewers to win new Co-op contracts include: Stephen Crossland, MD of Deeside Brewery, which is based in Banchory, Royal Deeside, said:

“Securing a deal with the Co-op is fantastic for the brewery. We’re keen to increase our presence within the growing craft beer drinker community and we are really pleased that Deeside brews are now an option for those shopping in Scottish Co-op stores. We’re passionate about our quality products – each of which is hand crafted on site – and we’re confident that our three signature brews will be well received by Co-op consumers.”

Alan Mahon of Brewgooder – which donates 100% of its profits to clean water projects and recently won a contract to supply 100 Co-op stores, said:

“We are delighted to secure this listing, we feel there is a real synergy given the Co-op’s community locations, heritage and ethical trading and, passion for quality beers. Not to mention its existing work to support clean water projects. This is our largest listing into the convenience sector, and one we are looking forward to growing in the coming months. It will provide a boost to our brand awareness and business development at a key time, while having an impact on thousands of people facing water poverty through our essential clean water projects.”

Charlotte Bleasdale, Ranging Manager for the Co-op in Scotland, explained:

“The combination of innovation, tradition, quality and passion make these ales prized and much sought after locally. We know that food provenance really matters to our customers. Quality and trust are key for consumers – Scottish food and drink is world-renowned and the Co-op is committed to investing in its local communities, providing opportunities to showcase, support and celebrate great Scottish food and drink.”

Jake Woods, Co-op Beer Buyer, added:

“Locally produced ale is an exciting category – we see significant potential for sustainable growth, and we are delighted to champion local beers which use local ingredients and are brewed with such pride and passion for their consistent quality and taste.”

The Co-op operates around 350 food stores in Scotland, the move comes as the Co-op expands its commitment to the local sourcing of food and drink.

Breweries to win new contracts to sell ale at the Co-op include: Alechemy Brewing, Edinburgh; Brewgooder; Burnside Brewery, Laurencekirk; Cairngorm Brewery; Deeside Brewery; Eden Mill Brewery; Fierce Beer, Dyce; Fyne Ales; Jaw Brew; Knops Brewery, Dirleton; Loch Lomond Brewery; Six Degrees North, Laurencekirk; Tempest Brewing, Tweedbank; Thistly Cross, Dunbar; West Brewery and Windswept Brewing, Lossiemouth.

Further information:

Andrew Torr
Co-op Press Office
M: 07702 505 551

Source: Coop UK


Yum! Brands announces the appointment of Tanya L. Domier to its Board of Directors

Louisville, KY, 2017-Nov-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE: YUM) today announced the appointment of Tanya L. Domier to its Board of Directors, effective January 1, 2018. Ms. Domier is Chief Executive Officer of Advantage Solutions (Advantage), a leading North American provider of outsourced sales, marketing and business solutions to consumer goods manufacturers and retailers.

“Tanya’s extensive sales and marketing background, along with her leadership experience successfully running a customer-driven business, make her an excellent addition to the Yum! Brands Board,” said Robert Walter, Non-Executive Chairman of Yum! Brands. “We’re thrilled to have Tanya join us during this exciting and transformative time for our company as we continue to evolve as the restaurant industry’s leading global franchisor.”Greg Creed, Chief Executive Officer of Yum! Brands, said, “Tanya is a talented executive with a customer-focused and growth mindset. We look forward to the insights she will bring as we rapidly transform into a more focused, more franchised and more efficient company in order to strengthen and grow KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell globally and deliver more growth to our shareholders.”

Ms. Domier, 51, was named Advantage’s CEO in January 2013 after serving as its President and Chief Operating Officer since 2010. Under Ms. Domier’s leadership, Advantage is developing digital technology solutions to help support brands and retailers in addressing the challenges they face in today’s omni-channel world. After the recently announced, pending acquisition of Daymon Worldwide, Advantage will constitute the only global solutions company with both brand-centric and retailer-centric services. Earlier in her career, Ms. Domier led the formation of Advantage’s marketing division, which has risen to become the top-ranked promotions and experiential agency in the U.S. according to Ad Age.

Ms. Domier joined Advantage in 1990 from The J.M. Smucker Company and has held a variety of executive-level positions in sales, marketing and operations. In addition to her duties as CEO, Ms. Domier is a member of the Board of Directors of Nordstrom, Inc. and of Enactus, an international nonprofit organization promoting entrepreneurship for college students.

Yum! Brands, Inc., based in Louisville, Kentucky, has over 44,000 restaurants in more than 135 countries and territories and is one of the Aon Hewitt Top Companies for Leaders in North America. In 2017, Yum! Brands was named to the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index and among the top 100 Best Corporate Citizens by Corporate Responsibility Magazine. The company’s restaurant brands – KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell – are the global leaders of the chicken, pizza and Mexican-style food categories. Worldwide, the Yum! Brands system opens over six new restaurants per day on average, making it a leader in global retail development.

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Colorado Nut Company recalls Cashew Cranberry Cherry Jubilee, Oat Bran Nutty Crunch, Honey Nutty Granola, Peanut Delight, and Frontier Trail Mix that may contain undeclared Milk

Silver Spring, MD, 2017-Nov-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Colorado Nut Company of Denver, CO is recalling Cashew Cranberry Cherry Jubilee, Oat Bran Nutty Crunch, Honey Nutty Granola, Peanut Delight, and Frontier Trail Mix, because they may contain undeclared Milk. People who have an allergy or severe sensitivity to Milk run the risk of serious or life-threatening allergic reaction if they consume these products.

The Trail Mixes were distributed from June 1, 2017 through November 7, 2017 with a sell by date range from December 1, 2017 through May 7, 2018 to AR, AZ, CA, CO, IA, IL, KS, MO, MT, NE, NM, OK, TX, UT, WA, WY, to car washes, hospitals, colleges, retail stores, national parks, and liquor stores via UPS, FedEx or direct deliveries.

The product can be identified as an 8oz. bag with either Colorado Nut Company label on the front of the bag or a private label with “Distributed by Colorado Nut Company” on the bottom right hand corner of the back label. The item name and numbers are: Cashew Cranberry Cherry Jubilee UPC 018142352161, Oat Bran Nutty Crunch UPC 018142352130, Honey Nutty Granola UPC 018142352147, Peanut Delight UPC 018142352512, and Frontier Trail Mix UPC 018142352987 (Frontier Trail Mix is sold on Frontier Airlines).

No illnesses have been reported to date in connection with this problem.

The recall was initiated after it was discovered that product containing “Milk” was distributed in packaging that did not reveal the presence of (Milk). Subsequent investigation indicates the problem was caused by a temporary breakdown in the company’s production and packaging processes.”

Consumers with questions may contact the company at 303-733-7311 (Burgess D. Goodman) Monday – Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm MST.

SOURCE: U.S. Food and Drug Administration


Burgess D. Goodman

The LVMH Group to acquire 60% stake in Colgin Cellars

The LVMH Group to acquire 60% stake in Colgin Cellars


Paris, 2017-Nov-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ann Colgin, Founder of Colgin Cellars, and her husband Joe Wender, have chosen to partner with the LVMH Group, with the will to preserve their long-term commitment to the quality of their Cabernet and Syrah wines, as well as the spirit of excellence that has inspired them and their team for a quarter century.

Under the terms of the agreement, Ann Colgin and Joe Wender will sell a 60% stake to the LVMH Group while continuing to hold 40% equity in the business and maintaining their leadership functions. Their talented winery team will continue to be led by Ann Colgin & Joe Wender along with COO, Paul Roberts and Winemaker, Allison Tauziet.

Founded by Ann Colgin in Napa Valley 25 years ago, Colgin Cellars’ reputation is rooted in the unmatched quality of its four wines – “Tychson Hill” Cabernet Sauvignon, “Cariad” Napa Valley Red Wine, “IX Estate” Napa Valley Red Wine and “IX Estate” Syrah – which have developed an iconic status among wine collectors. The winery is located at the northern end of IX Estate in the Pritchard Hill area of Napa Valley – untouched by the recent Napa Valley fires – and offers inspiring views of Lake Hennessey.

Since its creation, excellence and quality have been at the heart of Colgin Cellars’ entrepreneurial journey. The winery’s success was built on its ultra-premium, limited production wines, all of which are consistently highly rated by several industry sources. The wines are sold primarily through an exclusive client list and also distributed to high-end restaurants and retailers in the US and over thirty countries globally.

“After a social introduction to Mr. Arnault several months ago and discussions with the LVMH team, I realized that I could not find a better partner for Colgin Cellars to preserve our founding spirit and our exquisitely handcrafted red wines, into the future. We are happy to join the LVMH Group to continue to offer our loyal customers the unique and high-end experiences we’ve been creating for them, for over a quarter of a century.” Ann Colgin, Founder of Colgin Cellars.

“We share with Colgin Cellars the same desire to offer the very best quality products. I am therefore delighted to welcome Colgin’s unique heritage into LVMH, reaffirming our strategy of selective acquisition of the best existing terroirs, and enriching our collection of iconic wines such as Château Cheval Blanc, Château d’Yquem or Domaine du Clos des Lambrays.” Bernard Arnault, Chairman and CEO of LVMH.

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USDA FSIS offers tips and resources to make this Thanksgiving safe and stress-free

WASHINGTON, 2017-Nov-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — More than 45 million turkeys are eaten on Thanksgiving Day, with a never-ending list of side dishes and desserts. The Thanksgiving meal is by far the largest and most stressful meal many consumers prepare all year, leaving room for mistakes that can make guests sick. But never fear, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) is available with tips and resources to make this Thanksgiving safe and stress-free.

“Turkey and other meat and poultry may contain Salmonella and Campylobacter that can lead to serious foodborne illness,” said acting FSIS Administrator Paul Kiecker. “By properly handling and cooking your turkey, you can avoid these harmful pathogens and ensure your family has a safe and healthy Thanksgiving feast.”

Begin by following these five steps:

Wash your hands, but not your turkey

Washing your hands before cooking is the simplest way to stop the spread of bacteria, while washing your turkey is the easiest way to spread bacteria all over your kitchen. According to the 2016 Food and Drug Administration Food Safety Survey, 68 percent of consumers wash poultry in the kitchen sink, which is not recommended by the USDA. Research shows that washing meat or poultry can splash bacteria around your kitchen by up to 3 feet, contaminating countertops, towels and other food. Washing doesn’t remove bacteria from the bird. Only cooking the turkey to the correct internal temperature will ensure all bacteria are killed.

The exception to this rule is brining. When rinsing brine off of a turkey, be sure to remove all other food or objects from the sink, layer the area with paper towels and use a slow stream of water to avoid splashing.

To stuff or not to stuff

For optimal food safety, do not stuff the turkey. Even if the turkey is cooked to the correct internal temperature, the stuffing inside may not have reached a temperature high enough to kill the bacteria. It is best to cook the stuffing in a separate dish.

Take the temperature of the bird

Although there are various ways to cook a turkey, the only way to avoid foodborne illness is to make sure it is cooked to the correct internal temperature as measured by a food thermometer. Take the bird’s temperature in three areas — the thickest part of the breast, the innermost part of the wing and the innermost part of the thigh — make sure all three locations reach 165ºF. If one of those locations does not register at 165ºF, then continue cooking until all three locations reach the correct internal temperature.

Follow the two-hour rule

Perishable foods should not be left on the table or countertops for longer than two hours. After two hours, food falls into the Danger Zone, temperatures between 40-140ºF, where bacteria can rapidly multiply. If that food is then eaten, your guests could get sick. Cut turkey into smaller slices and refrigerate along with other perishable items, such as potatoes, gravy and vegetables. Leftovers should stay safe in the refrigerator for four days.

When in doubt call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline

If you have questions about your Thanksgiving dinner, call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) to talk to a food safety expert. You can also chat live at, available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, in English and Spanish.

If you need help on Thanksgiving Day, the Meat and Poultry Hotline is available from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET.

Consumers with food safety questions can visit to learn more about how to safely select, thaw and prepare a turkey. For more Thanksgiving food safety tips, follow FSIS on Twitter, @USDAFoodSafety, or on Facebook, at


Food Safety Education Staff
Press (202) 720-9113
Consumer Inquiries (888) 674-6854

Source: USDA

SSP Group announces financial results for the year ended 30 September 2017

London, 2017-Nov-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — SSP Group, a leading operator of food and beverage outlets in travel locations worldwide, announces its financial results for the year ended 30 September 2017.


  • Underlying operating profit1 of £162.9m: up 27.0% at constant currency2, and 34.2% at actual exchange rates
  • Revenue of £2,379.1m: up 11.7% at constant currency, and 19.5% at actual exchange rates
  • Like-for-like sales3 up 3.1%: driven by growth in air passenger travel and retailing initiatives
  • Significant net gains4 of 6.0%: strong performances in North America and the Rest of the World
  • Underlying operating margin (excluding Indian joint venture, TFS) up 50 basis points at constant currency to 6.5%: as our strategic initiatives continue to deliver
  • Indian joint venture, TFS, added 2.9% to revenue and £12.9m to operating profit: resulting in a combined group underlying operating margin of 6.8%
  • Underlying profit before tax of £148.7m: up 38.3%. Reported profit before tax of £144.8m, up 37.1%
  • Underlying earnings per share of 20.3 pence: up 31.0%. Reported earnings per share of 19.5 pence, up 28.9%
  • Final dividend of 4.9 pence per share, bringing the full year dividend to 8.1 pence per share: up 50.0%, reflecting an increase in the payout ratio to 40%
  • Underlying operating cash inflow5 of £103.5m, after our highest level of investment in the business to date
  • Proposed c.£100m special dividend and share consolidation
  • Encouraging pipeline of new contracts

Commenting on the results, Kate Swann, CEO of SSP Group, said:

“SSP has delivered another good performance in 2017. Operating profit was up 27.0% at constant currency, driven by good like-for-like sales growth, substantial new contract openings and further operational improvements. We have grown our presence across the world, particularly in North America and Asia and we are pleased with the performance of our new business in India. We have invested significant capital in the business this year, our highest to date, and at the same time we are returning cash to shareholders.

The new financial year has started in line with our expectations and, whilst a degree of uncertainty always exists around passenger numbers in the short term, we continue to be well placed to benefit from the structural growth opportunities in our markets.”

1 Stated on an underlying basis which excludes the revaluation of the obligation to acquire an additional 16% ownership share of TFS by the end of calendar year 2018 and the amortisation of intangible assets arising on the acquisition of the SSP business in 2006. In the prior year the underlying basis only excluded the amortisation of intangible assets arising on the acquisition of the SSP business in 2006.

2 Constant currency is based on average 2016 exchange rates weighted over the financial year by 2016 results.

3 Like-for-like sales represent revenues generated in an equivalent period in each financial year in outlets which have been open for a minimum of 12 months. Like-for-like sales are presented on a constant currency basis.

4 Net contract gains / (losses) represent the net year-on-year revenue impact from new outlets opened and existing units closed in the past 12 months. Net contract gains / (losses) are presented on a constant currency basis.

5 Stated on an underlying basis after capital expenditure, net cash flows to/from associates and non-controlling interests, acquisitions and tax, and excluding underlying items.

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