Wine.com triples the number of pickup locations to more than 10,000 sites nationwide

The world’s largest selection of wine now available for convenient pickup at Fedex Office and Walgreens stores nationwide

San Francisco, CA, 2017-Nov-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wine.com, the nation’s leading online wine retailer, announced that it has tripled the number of pickup locations to more than 10,000 sites nationwide.  This includes nearly 1,000 in California and over 500 in New York – both states where Wine.com now offers a larger selection of wine than any other store.  With this delivery option, customers don’t have to worry about being home to sign for delivery and can pick up their wine at their convenience.  Local pickup service has expanded beyond FedEx Office locations to include Walgreens, Duane Reade, Safeway, Shaws, Jewel-Osco, Albertsons, Fred Meyer and more.

Since wine requires a signature from someone over 21 years old, being home to wait for a delivery can be inconvenient for those who spend most of their day out of the house. This expansion means more locations and more flexible hours for pick up.  Most pickup locations are open nights and weekends with many offering 24/7 availability.  Your nearest local pickup sites can be found during the Wine.com checkout process.

Wine.com is the only online wine retailer that offers both date-specific delivery as well as local pickup options. “Customers love our massive selection, deep wine content, live chat sommeliers and free shipping membership,” said Rich Bergsund, Wine.com CEO.  “Now we’ll deliver to a location near you, for pickup on your schedule — no more waiting to sign for your wine delivery.  I use Wine.com local pickup for all my wine deliveries.”

Customer adoption to date has been strong with more than half a million bottles delivered via Wine.com’s local pickup service.  With this next phase of growth, customers have more local pickup options in closer proximity than ever before — ensuring most Wine.com customers have a pickup site at least as close as their nearest specialty wine shop. Learn more at www.wine.com/localpickup.

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

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

Source: Wine.com

Starbucks opens its first store in Jamaica

Starbucks opens its first store in Jamaica

 

  • Starbucks and Caribbean Coffee Baristas Limited, a consortium led by Margaritaville Caribbean Group, have opened Jamaica’s first Starbucks® store at Doctor’s Cave Beach in Montego Bay
  • Up to 15 Starbucks® stores expected to open over the next five years with a focus on creating local jobs, delivering a unique customer experience, and supporting the region’s coffee producers
  • Starbucks Reserve® Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee featured, marking key milestone in company’s long history of sourcing coffee from Jamaica
  • Starbucks Jamaica to work with MultiCare Youth Foundation to support job training for disadvantaged youth

Montego Bay, JAMAICA, 2017-Nov-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks today (November 21, 2017)  opened its first store in Jamaica and entered its 76th market globally, marking a historic milestone for the global coffee company’s Caribbean operations and its storied history of sourcing the highest quality coffee from the region going back more than four decades.

The new café, located at Doctor’s Cave Beach in Montego Bay, offers customers an inviting destination to relax, unwind and connect in one of the area’s most iconic neighborhoods. Featuring custom artwork by local artist Fiona Godfrey, the store’s unique design pays tribute to Jamaica’s history and rich coffee heritage. Customers can enjoy a wide range of Starbucks beverages and food, including its signature handcrafted hot and cold espresso beverages made with 100 percent arabica coffee. To mark this historic opening, the company is also featuring Starbucks Reserve® Jamaica Blue Mountain whole bean coffee, a long-time favorite with Starbucks customers in the U.S. and Canada.

“As a company that has worked for many decades with Jamaica’s coffee growing communities, we are honored to have the opportunity to work our local business partner Caribbean Coffee Baristas to open our first store in the beautiful island nation of Jamaica,” said Ricardo Rico, Starbucks general manager and vice president for Latin America and the Caribbean, who attended the opening celebrations in Montego Bay. “For Starbucks, this is an opportunity to build on more than forty years of the best in-store experience to customers around the globe that is rooted in high-quality coffee and our engaged, knowledgeable baristas. Our new Starbucks Jamaica partners (employees) are ready to welcome customers, as we mark the beginning of this exciting chapter in the Caribbean market.”

Starbucks® stores in Jamaica are operated by Caribbean Coffee Baristas Ltd., a joint venture between Ian Dear, Chief Executive Officer of leading restaurant management and franchise operator Margaritaville Caribbean Group and Adam Stewart, who is also Deputy Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sandals Resorts International. Together, they plan to open up to 15 locations in Jamaica over the next five years, with a shared commitment towards creating opportunities for Starbucks employees, delivering a unique and unmatched customer experience, and supporting the region’s coffee producers. Following Montego Bay, the company expects to open in Kingston in 2018.

“As a leading Caribbean hospitality group, our achievements have always been guided by listening, responding and delivering on our customers’ expectations,” said Dear. “Bringing Starbucks, a globally recognized and respected brand, to our Jamaican shores, is a natural progression for us.  We pledge to continue providing the high standards that we and Starbucks are known for. This is another occasion for us to create fantastic opportunities, for everyone involved, and to create another global platform for our locally-grown Blue Mountain Coffee.  We know that this venture will be highly successful, and we look forward to an exciting future with Starbucks.”

“We are thrilled to welcome Starbucks to Jamaica and bring the Starbucks Experience to customers on the island,” said Stewart. “Through our shared values, including our dedication to delivering the best customer experience, commitment to be an employer of choice, and operating responsibly in the communities we serve, we aim to create a truly unique coffeehouse experience here in Jamaica.”

“In addition, I believe that Starbucks, with its long-standing love of Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee, represents one of the greatest opportunities for the incremental growth in the export of our locally-grown coffee,” said Stewart.

Honoring Jamaica’s Rich Heritage through Coffee and Design

In celebration of Starbucks launch in the market, customers can now enjoy Starbucks Reserve® Jamaica Blue Mountain whole bean coffee – a rare and exceptional coffee grown by Amber Estate farms in the Blue Mountain region, and roasted exclusively at the state-of-the-art Starbucks Reserve™ Roastery in the company’s hometown of Seattle. The company also plans to source Jamaican coffee for single origin coffees and blends for its stores in other markets across Latin America, and connect agronomists and technical experts from the Starbucks Global Agronomy Center to coffee producers in Jamaica.

“This coffee is an opportunity for us to recognize and thank Jamaica’s coffee growing community for their continued partnership on this special single origin coffee, while introducing our first customers in Jamaica to a very special part of Starbucks own coffee journey – an amazing coffee that is roasted in our one and only Starbucks Reserve Roastery back home in Seattle,” said Rico.

In addition, through a unique store design, the new Starbucks café’ showcases the iconic brand while also celebrating the Jamaican people and their rich culture and heritage. The 1,200-sq.-ft. space sits within the protected Montego Bay Marine Park at Doctor’s Cave Beach, one of the most treasured and renowned beaches in Jamaica. The store features distinctly local design elements such as pickled-wood vaulted ceilings and louvered windows, preserved from their original state and enriched to create an authentic beachside café experience.

Custom artwork from locally based artist Fiona Godfrey is featured throughout the space. Godfrey, an Irish artist who has called Jamaica home for more than 25 years, created a custom mural for the new Starbucks® store featuring a lion, which she notes is the “perfect icon to create a sense of place in Starbucks Montego Bay” as well as the Doctor Bird, a national symbol for Jamaica. The juxtaposition of the small bird and the majestic lion, echo a popular expression in the country – “We likkle but we tallowah” – to show that while Jamaica is a small nation it has had a huge global impact across the arts, culture, sports, coffee and more. Godfrey also incorporated Jamaica’s famous misty blue mountains in the background of her mural – a bow to world-renowned Jamaican coffee.  A familiar local greeting of “hail up,” hand-painted by local company Carlton & Sons Signs and Graphix and local artist Sheridan Burgess, greets customers as they enter the store, and a well-wishing “walk good” meets customers at the end of the coffee bar.

The color palette of Godfrey’s mural draws from the colors of Jamaica – black, green, yellow and red – with touches of gold and ochre for the lion’s face. “Jamaicans love gold, and we win a lot of it,” said Godfrey. Similar gold touches can be found throughout the new store. The coffee bar is covered in walnut panels that feature subtle gold-painted reveals, the backwall granite is embedded with delicate gold flecks, and an excerpt from Jamaican poet Reginald M. Murray’s “The Song of the Blue Mountain Stream” is hand-painted in gold, serving as a backdrop as Starbucks baristas craft beverages at the Espresso Bar.

“Fiona did such a beautiful job on the mural for this store, and from the first conversation we had with her, we knew she would be the one to give this store its soul,” said Denise Rodriguez, design manager for the Starbucks store in Jamaica. “The lion is meant to represent the heart and spirit of the Jamaican people. He’s not a fierce or intimidating lion, he’s majestic and mighty, but gentle and caring – connecting eyes with the hummingbird, or Doctor Bird as it’s locally called, and embracing her, acknowledging her, and respecting her. The hummingbird is not threatened by the powerful lion, as they are proudly harmonious, much like Jamaica itself.”

Creating Opportunities for Jamaican Youth

Starbucks has a long history going back more than forty years of investing in the communities it serves worldwide by creating opportunities for young people, particularly those in underserved communities. The company plans to similarly partner with Caribbean Coffee Baristas Ltd. in Jamaica to support initiatives aimed at connecting young men and women in the community with the resources and support they need to succeed. Starbucks partners recently volunteered at the Garland Hall Memorial Children’s Home, painting and refurbishing the orphanage. The company is also looking at ways to support food donation and book and clothing drives.

In line with its global efforts to connect youth to economic opportunities, Starbucks plans to work with the MultiCare Youth Foundation to develop a Life and Work Skills training program for local youth from disadvantaged backgrounds, with a focus on 16- to 29-year-olds who are not in school or employed. With funding from The Starbucks Foundation, the program is intended to support youth in both Montego Bay and Kingston and will include customer service skills training to ensure youth are ready to access employment in the retail, service, or hospitality industries. By working with the MultiCare Youth Foundation, Starbucks also plans to include volunteer opportunities for partners to serve as mentors to participating youth.

Starbucks has operated stores in the Caribbean since 2002, when it opened its first store in Puerto Rico’s Old San Juan. It now operates in six Caribbean markets, including the Bahamas, Aruba, Curacao, Trinidad and Tobago, and now Jamaica. For Starbucks, which first opened in 1971 in Seattle’s historic Pike Place Market, the opening in Jamaica marks its 17th market in the Latin America and Caribbean region and 76th global market.

MEDIA CONTACT:

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

SOURCE: Starbucks Corporation

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Price Rite joins The Greater Boston Food Bank in its 7th Annual Chain of Giving event

Price Rite joins The Greater Boston Food Bank in its 7th Annual Chain of Giving event

 

Keasbey, NJ, 2017-Nov-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Price Rite associates took part in the 7th Annual Chain of Giving event this month hosted by The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB).

The event kicks off the holiday giving season of by bringing dozens of volunteers together to help unload turkeys at the food bank’s distribution center. Nearly 40,000 turkeys will pass through the GBFB enroute to families in need from now through December.

Price Rite, which donated store gift cards to GBFB to distribute to families, was happy to participate in the Chain of Giving. Associates and management teams, below, pose for a photo at the food bank this month.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Source: Price Rite

Asda introduces six show-stopping Magnums including the award-winning Châteauneuf Du Pape

The rich, premium red joins a line-up of six Magnum-sized bottles for the festive season

Leeds, UK, 2017-Nov-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — There’s nothing worse than pouring glasses for guests to find that halfway around the table, the bottle is already empty. To ensure there’s enough for everyone this festive season, Asda is introducing six show-stopping Magnums, including the award-winning Châteauneuf Du Pape for £24.00.

Historically reserved for The Pope and French royalty, shoppers can drink like a King this Christmas with the indulgent, quality red – perfect for sipping with a turkey and all the trimmings.

Now available in a 1.5L bottle – pouring up to 12 glasses – the internationally-acclaimed wine comes to just £2.00 per glass, making it the perfect choice for a luxury Christmas without the price tag.

Stuart Dolby, Asda Wine Buyer, comments: “When it comes to Christmas, bigger is always better. This year, our shoppers can add a little extra sparkle to the table with six affordable, quality Magnums, including the grand Châteauneuf Du Pape – perfect to impress guests and quench the nation’s thirst for great vino.

“With intense spice and leather aromas, and hints of strawberry, raspberry and liquorice, our big bottle of red is perfect for a cold, crisp winter night or as a gift for the discerning drinker. Plucked from vines in the Southern Rhone Valley, the wine provides a sip of extravagance without the bank-busting price tag.”

Alongside the Châteauneuf du Pape, Asda’s Magnums come in two fruity reds, an award-winning prosecco, an elegant sparkling rosé and a crisp Champagne – all perfect centerpieces for any Christmas party.

See below for the list of Magnums available at Asda and price information**:
Gran Colina Rioja – £10.00
Mateus Rosé – £10.00
DOT Malbec – £11.00
Fillipo Sansovino Prosecco – £14.00
Châteauneuf Du Pape – £24.00
Louvel Fontaine Champagne – £32.00

**Prices Relevant from 16th November-3rd January 2018

For more information, please contact the Asda press office at Mischief PR on 020 3128 6600 or email asdafoodanddrink@mischiefpr.com

NOTE TO EDITORS

About Asda Stores Ltd.
Founded in the 1960s in Yorkshire, Asda is one of Britain’s leading retailers and helps customers save money and live better in stores, online and through their mobile devices.

Each week more than 18 million customers visit its 645 stores – including 30 Supercentres, 392 Superstores, 155 Supermarkets, 33 Asda Living stores, and 35 standalone petrol stations – and websites, and are served by 153,000 colleagues. www.asda.com and www.george.com deliver to 99% of the UK’s homes and to its 538 click and collect sites across the UK.

Its main office is in Leeds, Yorkshire and its George clothing division is in Lutterworth, Leicestershire. Asda joined Walmart, the world’s number one retailer, in 1999.

Source: ASDA

Meijer reveals 2017 Thanksgiving Day picks for wine and beer from vineyards and breweries across the Midwest

Meijer reveals 2017 Thanksgiving Day picks for wine and beer from vineyards and breweries across the Midwest

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2017-Nov-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Historically, Meijer sells nearly 10 million bottles of wine and beer during Thanksgiving week, according to the Meijer beer and wine buyers. If you are looking for guidance and open to adding a local selection, the buyers have released their 2017 Thanksgiving Day picks that herald from vineyards and breweries across the Midwest.

2017 Local Wine Recommendations

According to wines.com, Thanksgiving is the one day of the year when wine is most likely to appear on American dinner tables. Turkey is one of the most versatile meats that can be paired with many types of wine. White wines and delicate reds complement white meat, while a bold red pairs nicely with dark meat. The pairing process gets complicated when you consider side dishes and desserts. Here are our wine buyers top local vintage picks by state that range from dry to sweet:

  • Michigan: From Chateau Grand Traverse, they prefer Mich Mash White Blend; Mich Mash Red Blend; and Mich Mash Riesling.
  • Wisconsin: From Door Peninsula Winery, they recommend Door County Blackberry Merlot; from WollerSheimWinery, its Prairie Fume; and from Cedar Creek Winery, its Cranberry Blush.
  • Illinois: From Illinois Cellars, they recommend Velvet Red; from Lynfred Winery, the top pick is Lynfred Cranberry; and from St. James Winery, its St. James Blackberry.
  • Indiana: From Oliver Winery & Vineyards, they prefer Oliver Riesling; from Mallow Run Winery its Rhubarb; from Easley Winery, the top choice is Jubilee Cranberry and from Huber Winery its Sweet Marcella.
  • Ohio: From Mon Ami Winery, they recommend Pink Catawba, Catawba White, and Concord; from The Winery at Versailles, its Rodeo Red; and from Vinoklet Winery its La Dolce Vita.
  • Kentucky: From Stonebrook Winery, they recommend Blackberry; and from Old 502 Winery, the top choice is Kentucky Lady.

2017 Local Beer Recommendations

For those looking to buck tradition, consider featuring some local brews at your Thanksgiving celebration. According to the Meijer beer buyers, the effervescence in beer cleanses the palate, which based on all of the textures and flavors offered in a Thanksgiving meal, drinking beer allows you to fully experience the flavors of each dish. During dinner, consider sticking with a pale ale or a session IPA.

  • Pale Ales: New Glarus Moon Man from Wisconsin; Lagunitas Little Sumpin Sumpin from Illinois/California; and Rhinegeist Crash from Ohio.
  • Session IPAs: Founders All Day IPA and Perrin No Problems, both from Michigan.

When it comes to dessert, the Meijer beer buyers suggest adding something a little more complex depending on the dessert, or try a cider, especially when enjoying apple pie.

  • Pumpkin Pie: Atwater Vanilla Java Porter; Bell’s Christmas Ale; and Vander Mill Totally Roasted, all of which are Michigan brews, and Great Lakes Christmas ale from Ohio.
  • Chocolate Cake: Founders Backwoods Bastard; New Holland Dragon’s Milk or The Poet; and Rochester Mills Milkshake Stout, all of which are Michigan brews. Kentucky Ale’s Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Stout, from Kentucky and Sun King Wee Mac from Indiana.
  • Apple Pie: Blake’s Wake Fire Cider from Michigan; and Redd’s Blueberry Ale from Wisconsin.

About Meijer:

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

Contact: 

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

Source; Meijer

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7‑Eleven and Coca-Cola team up to brighten the holidays with Slurpee® “Sip & Scan” sweepstakes

7‑Eleven and Coca-Cola team up to brighten the holidays with Slurpee® “Sip & Scan” sweepstakes

 

IRVING, TEXAS, 2017-Nov-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa Claus is coming to town, specifically to 7‑Eleven®stores in town, and he has $100,000 for one lucky Slurpee® drink-lover. 7‑Eleven, Inc. and Coca-Cola are brightening the holidays this year with a Slurpee® “Sip & Scan” sweepstakes that has a grand prize of $100,000. Weekly winners will receive a year of free Slurpee drinks. The holiday promotion ends Jan. 2, 2018.

Entering the sweepstakes is simple:

  1. Purchase one of the special holiday red, medium-size Slurpee cups* at a participating 7‑Eleven store.
  2. Open coke.com/711 on a smartphone and follow the links and instructions.
  3. Scan the “Sip & Scan” icon on the Slurpee cup using camera tool at coke.com/711 to enter for a chance to win the $100,000 grand prize or one of the weekly prizes.

Weekly winners will get free Slurpee drinks for a year (365 medium drinks). The $100,000 grand-prize winner will be announced in January of 2018.

“Slurpee drinks create delicious experiences year ‘round and the holidays are no exception,” said Laura Gordon, 7‑Eleven vice president of marketing and brand innovation. “This season, Slurpee lovers can make their holidays brighter—and more delicious—by sipping on a classic Coca-Cola flavored Slurpee while unlocking the chance to win some extra cash.”

The limited-time holiday Slurpee cup was created with Coke®’s classic red and white colors in the new Slurpee bubble and swirl design.

Adding to the holiday theme is a twisted candy cane Slurpee® straw. Limited-time specialty straws continue to be a popular add-on item.

Coca-Cola’s iconic Santa Claus, as imagined by the artist Haddon Sundblom , will grab attention on special signage at the Slurpee machine.

The holiday Slurpee sweepstakes can be entered one time per day.

*NO PURCHASE/SCAN NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. OPEN TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE 50 US STATES (AND DC), MUST BE 13 YEARS OR OLDER AND HAVE A COKE.COM ACCOUNT BEFORE PARTICIPATING.  AT PARTICIPATING LOCATIONS ONLY. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED. Runs from 11/8/17 to 1/2/18. Total ARV of all prizes is $104,000. For Official Rules, free method of entry, prize descriptions, odds disclosure, Entry Periods, and complete details, visit Coke.com/711.  Sponsor: The Coca Cola Company, One Coca-Cola Plaza, Atlanta, GA 30313.

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‑Eleven.com, via the 7Rewards® customer-loyalty platform on the 7‑Eleven mobile app, or on social media at FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

Contact:

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

Source: 7‑Eleven, Inc.

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Hy-Vee to open its first Wahlburgers restaurant franchise at the Mall of America® in Bloomington, Minnesota

Top tourist destination, shopping complex to feature newest location

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa, 2017-Nov-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hy-Vee, Inc. announced today (Nov. 21, 2017) that it will open its first Wahlburgers restaurant franchise at the Mall of America® in Bloomington, Minnesota, this summer.

The 5,500-square-foot Wahlburgers will be located on Level 2, North at Mall of America and will offer a unique dining experience featuring signature burgers, home-style sides, housemade condiments, fish, chicken and vegetarian options, and a full bar including specialty drinks such as adult frappes and floats.

“Hy-Vee is excited to launch the first of many new restaurants in partnership with Wahlburgers, and to bring a new dining experience to the Twin Cities,” said Randy Edeker, chairman of the board, CEO and president of Hy-Vee. “Families will enjoy great food in a fun atmosphere, served with the excellent customer service and hospitality that Hy-Vee and Wahlburgers are known for.”

Chef Paul Wahlberg created the franchise along with two of his brothers, actors Mark and Donnie, to please all tastes through both lighter and heartier menu offerings, served up in casual, music-filled atmosphere.

“Families will have a great time, and hopefully share a lot of laughs and love when they enjoy my family’s delicious recipes at our new Walburgers in one of the top tourist spots in America,” Chef Paul said. “Along with Hy-Vee, my family is committed to offering a unique culinary experience that goes beyond the basic burger, with customer service that will make you feel like family.”

Carrie Charleston, vice president of leasing for Mall of America, said the mall is committed to offering an eclectic mix of cuisine options – from fast food to fine dining.

“We are thrilled to be the first Wahlburgers location in Minnesota so our guests visiting from all over the world will have the opportunity to witness the top-notch dining experience the Wahlbergs have created,” said Charleston.

Wahlburgers currently operates 17 locations in nine states and Canada. In August, Hy-Vee announced that it plans to build, own and operate 26 Wahlburgers restaurants. Plans for another Wahlburgers franchise location, scheduled to open in 2018, are underway in West Des Moines, Iowa.

In addition to the location at Mall of America, Hy-Vee will soon offer Wahlburgers-branded menu items in its full-service Hy-Vee Market Grille restaurants across its eight-state region. Hy-Vee is also a proud sponsor of the “Wahlburgers” reality TV series on the A&E network which chronicles the brothers and the restaurant franchise.

Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating more than 245 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of $10 billion annually. The supermarket chain is synonymous with quality, variety, convenience, healthy lifestyles, culinary expertise and superior customer service. Hy-Vee ranks in the Top 10 Most Trusted Brands and has been named one of America’s Top 5 favorite grocery stores. The company’s 85,000 employees provide “A Helpful Smile in Every Aisle” to customers every day. For additional information, visit www.hy-vee.com

Founded by Executive Chef Paul Wahlberg, celebrity brothers Mark and Donnie and other investors, Wahlburgers debuted in October 2011 in Hingham, Massachusetts. The subject of an A&E reality show, Wahlburgers offers a fun, casual music-filled atmosphere where guests, like family, share great food, a few laughs and lots of love. While its walls celebrate the story through photos and words of the Wahlberg brothers’ life journeys from Dorchester, Mass. neighborhood kids to rising chef and international superstars, it’s the food at Wahlburgers that takes center stage. Crafted by Chef Paul and served with heartfelt hospitality, the chef inspired menu features a variety of fresh burgers, housemade condiments, crispy haddock, seared chicken and vegetarian options. Other signature items include Mom’s Sloppy Joe, thin crispy onion rings, tater tots and thick creamy frappes and floats. Gluten free options are available. Wahlburgers’ full-service bar is a popular gathering spot offering an impressive selection of adult frappes, cocktails, wines and beers including the signature Wahlbrewski – a Harpoon Brewery custom, unfiltered Pale Ale.  Dedicated to giving back, Wahlburgers is active in every community it serves. Open daily for lunch and dinner, Wahlburgers offers full-service dining, counter service, take out and a full-service bar. For locations and more information visit wahlburgersrestaurant.com

Mall of America (MOA) is the largest shopping and entertainment complex in North America. At 5.6 million square feet, MOA boasts more than 520 world-class retail stores and restaurants; Nickelodeon Universe, the nation’s largest indoor family theme park featuring 27 rides; SEA LIFE Minnesota Aquarium, home to sharks, sting rays and an amazing underwater tunnel; FlyOver America a 4D immersive flight adventure; Crayola Experience; Rainforest Café; Hard Rock Café; the nation’s longest indoor zip line and an 18-hole mini golf course. The Mall, a top American tourist and vacation destination, opened in August of 1992 and is located in Bloomington, Minn., just minutes from downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul and adjacent to the MSP International Airport. Mall of America hosts more than 400 events annually, including concerts, book signings, celebrity meet-and-greets and community-focused cultural events.

Source: Hy-Vee, Inc.

Dunkin’ Donuts celebrates the season with holiday goodies!

Dunkin’ Donuts celebrates the season with holiday goodies!

 

  • Cookie-flavored donuts, classic coffees, special value offers and sensational stocking stuffers highlight a holiday lineup now available at Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide
  • Guests can enjoy Dunkin’s Hot Chocolate for only $1.99 for a medium or larger sized cup; gift ideas include donut lip gloss and new Elf on the Shelf ornament

CANTON, MA, 2017-Nov-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — The holidays make their sweet return to Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants today (November 20, 2017), as the company celebrates the season with cookie-flavored donuts, classic coffees, special value offers on favorite beverages, and sensational stocking stuffers such as donut lip gloss and a new Elf on the Shelf ornament. Available today through the end of the year at participating Dunkin’ Donuts shops nationwide, the brand’s host of holiday goodies includes:

  • Now through the end of the year, guests at Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants can enjoy Dunkin’s Hot Chocolate for only $1.99 for a medium or larger sized cup*. Dunkin’ Donuts’ signature Hot Chocolate, including new Almond Joy flavored Hot Chocolate available for a limited time, is perfect for the onset of cooler weather, and a delicious treat for a break any time during the busy holiday season. To enjoy the cozy milk chocolate taste of Dunkin’ Donuts’ Hot Chocolate at home, Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants also offer Hot Cocoa K-Cup® pods.
  • For fun and affordable gifts to help anyone show their seasonal spirit Dunkin’-style, Dunkin’ Donuts has a variety of limited-edition branded holiday ornaments, including one that is new for 2017 featuring the famous Elf on the Shelf keeping watch from inside a box of MUNCHKINS® donut hole treats. Two new Elf on the Shelf ornaments, one featuring a boy elf and one featuring a girl elf available for the suggested retail price of $9.99. Other available stocking stuffers include Donut Lip Gloss / Lip Balm, an Espresso Cup Candle Gift Pack, branded mugs, tumblers, gift baskets and more. All are available exclusively at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide.
  • No place like home for the holidays? Dunkin’ Donuts’ packaged coffee is now available at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide for the special price of three pounds for $19.99**.

A holiday trio of seasonal donuts, revealed earlier this month and available beginning today, highlights Dunkin’s merry menu. The new Frosted Sugar Cookie Donut is a frosted donut with cookie dough flavored filling and topped with crumbled frosted sugar cookies, while the new Gingerbread Cookie Donut features a caramel frosted donut sprinkled with ginger snap cookie topping. Dunkin’ Donuts also has the Snowflake Sprinkle Donut, a frosted donut with red icing and special snowflake sprinkles, and Snowflake Sprinkle MUNCHKINS, featuring the brand’s chocolate glazed MUNCHKINS donut hole treats rolled in snowflake sprinkles.

For coffee lovers, Dunkin’ Donuts has brought back Peppermint Mocha, combining cool peppermint and rich chocolate flavors, and Brown Sugar Cinnamon, bringing together the sweet taste of brown sugar and the flavor of cinnamon. Both flavors are available in Dunkin’ Donuts’ hot or iced coffees, lattes, macchiatos and Frozen Dunkin’ Coffee. This holiday season, Dunkin’ cups will once again feature a festive design and the simple word, “Joy” to convey the happiness and spirit of the season. This year’s design incorporates seasonal graphic icons like snowflakes, peppermints, holly leaves and holiday trees to stir up the warm, nostalgic feelings associated with this special time of year.

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

About Dunkin’ Donuts

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

*Any flavor except Vanilla Chai.

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

Contact:

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

Source: Dunkin’ Donuts

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AmRest Holdings SE to hold Q3 2017 Investors Teleconference on November 22nd, 2017

Wroclaw, Poland, 2017-Nov-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Management Board of AmRest Holdings SE invites to the Q3 2017 AmRest Investors Teleconference. The teleconference will be held on November 22nd, 2017 at 4:00 pm (CET).

AmRest Q3 2017 Financial Statement will be published on November 21st, 2017, after the WSE session.

The presentation summarizing AmRest Q3 2017 financial results will be published on AmRest website (https://www.amrest.eu/en/investors/pesentations-for-investors) on November 22nd, 2017 before the teleconference.

All interested parties are requested to send the confirmation of the participation at dorota.surowiec@amrest.euby November 22nd, 1:00 pm.

Pursuant to the technical conditions the number of participants is limited. The teleconference access details will be distributed later.

Contact:

Dorota Surowiec
Investor Relations Specialist
dorota.surowiec@amrest.eu
T:+48 71 386 12 35

SOURCE: AmRest Holdings SE

Tesco launches new range of low alcohol wines

Tesco launches new range of low alcohol wines

 

Welwyn Garden City, UK, 2017-Nov-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Brits create record demand for low alcohol wines with sales at Tesco more than doubling in the last year.

But now the supermarket believes that number is set to grow even further after launching a range that is virtually indistinguishable in taste from its alcoholic counterparts.

The range includes five customer favourites – a Cabernet Tempranillo, a Grenacha-Rosé and a Sauvignon Blanc – the latter two in both still and sparkling varieties.

The taste improvement comes from a new innovative spinning cone technique that gently removes the alcohol without sacrificing the aroma, quality and flavour profile of the wine.

Until now most non-alcoholic wines have been fermented until they reach the point where they are about to turn alcoholic so the liquid never actually becomes wine.

Another popular method involves removing the alcohol but replacing it with a number of sugars and artificial flavours to bring back the flavours lost through the process.

Tesco wine expert Alexandra Runciman, who developed the range, said:

“Consumption of alcohol in the UK down is down by 18 per cent over the last decade and we’re seeing more customers looking for a quality wine drinking experience without the alcohol.

“In recent years we’ve seen improvements in the quality and range of low and no alcohol ciders and beers which have put the wine equivalent firmly in the shade.

“This is the first wine range of its kind sold by a supermarket which offers customers a real comparable alternative to popular varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache Rosé and Sauvignon Blanc, without any compromise on taste.”

The wines, which are nearly alcohol free – less than 0.5% – have been developed in partnership with leading international wine producers Felix Solis, and will be available in over 700 stores across the country and online and will be priced from £3.

In March 2017 Tesco became the first supermarket to bring together its entire range of alcohol free, or less than 0.5% ABV beers, wines and spirits in one place in stores across the UK.

Notes

Tesco Low Alcohol Sparkling Sauvignon Blanc £3.75 (750ml)

A light, citrusy and bright sparkling Sauvignon Blanc – great as an aperitif or pair with light fish dishes to enhance the delicate flavour.

Tesco Low Alcohol Sparkling Garnacha-Rosé £3.75 (750ml)

Bursting with beautiful raspberry and strawberry flavours, this sparking rosé is an elegant alternative to your favourite pink fizz. Try with a deliciously chocolate pudding.

Tesco Low Alcohol Sauvignon Blanc £3.00 (750ml

This light and citrusy Sauvignon Blanc is perfect with seafood and fish.

Tesco Low Alcohol Cabernet Tempranillo £3.00 (750ml)

Expertly ripened, this medium red is spicy and smooth and great with cold meats and cheeses.

Tesco Low Alcohol Garnacha-Rosé £3.00 (750ml)

Grown under the intense Spanish sun, the Garnacha grape is full of fragrant raspberry and strawberry flavours, making this rosé a sophisticated alternative to soft drinks. Enjoy chilled on its own, or with seafood.

We are a team of 480,000 in 11 markets dedicated to serving shoppers a little better every day.

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

Source: Tesco

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IKEA invites consumers to its annual Swedish Julbord smorgasbord on Friday, December 15, 2017

Discounted Tickets Available for IKEA FAMILY* Members for $12.99 Per Person / $2.99 for Kids 12 and Under

CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., 2017-Nov-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — As the holidays approach, IKEA invites consumers to celebrate the season during its annual Swedish Julbord smorgasbord on Friday, December 15, 2017 at participating stores nationwide**. A traditional Julbord is a highlight of Swedish cuisine, consisting of local and family specialties enjoyed with family and friends.

IKEA is inviting everyone to join the celebration with an all-you-can-eat buffet featuring traditional Swedish dishes. Tickets are available for only $16.99 per person / $4.99 for kids 12 and under, or at a discounted rate for IKEA FAMILY members ($12.99 per person / $2.99 for kids 12 and under).

“The Julbord buffet is at the center of the classic Scandinavian holiday celebration, uniting family and friends alike,” says Peter Ho, IKEA Food Range and Product Developer. “It is a much anticipated tradition in Sweden that we enjoy sharing with customers all over.”

The IKEA Julbord menu includes***:

    • Assortment of pickled herring
    • Gravad lax with mustard sauce
    • Hard boiled eggs
    • Swedish cucumber salad
    • Red beet salad
    • Swedish potato salad
    • Christmas ham
    • Swedish cheeses
    • Meatballs with lingonberries
    • Sautéed Red cabbage and apples
    • Mashed potatoes
    • Jansson’s temptations
    • Crispbread, thin bread, softbread
    • Assorted desserts
    • Glögg
    • Coffee, tea, fountain

beverages

Seating is limited, so those who are interested are encouraged to purchase tickets early at their local IKEA store. To locate and contact the nearest IKEA store for more details, including local seating times, visit the “Store Locator” page on IKEA-USA.com.

Those not able to make it to the event can still partake in the Swedish tradition at home. Visit the Swedish Food Market in IKEA U.S. stores to purchase select items from the Julbord menu, including SJÖRAPPORT salmon, or to explore, find and try ingredients for other Swedish recipes, such as Mustard Glazed Meatballs with Kale Chips and Lingonberry Chutney.

MUSTARD GLAZED MEATBALLS WITH KALE CHIPS AND LINGONBERRY CHUTNEY
Ingredients & Supplies

  • 5-6 large green kale leaves, whole
  • ½ Tbsp extra virgin olive oil or melted coconut oil
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp fine grain sea salt
  • 20 pcs of KOTTBULLAR meatballs
  • 2 Tbsp canola oil
  • Lingonberry chutney
  • 2 red onions
  • 3 Tbsp + 1 tsp salted butter
  • 1 jar of SYLT LINGON lingonberry preserves
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup coarse mustard
  • 2 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 5 tsp white or sherry vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 300°F.
  • Remove the stems and tear the kale leaves into 20 pieces, about 2-2.5″ big p/pc. Wash and thoroughly dry the leaves, preferably in a spinner. Gently massage the kale with virgin olive or coconut oil in a large bowl. All leaves should be lightly covered in oil (not soaked). Sprinkle with onion powder and salt and massage some more.
  • Spread a layer of kale onto a prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes then rotate the pan. Bake for another 12-15 minutes until it feels firm and crisp. Let the kale rest for a few minutes to really crisp up. Repeat for the rest of the kale.
  • For the lingonberry chutney, peel and cut the red onions into small pieces and fry them in a pot with butter over medium heat. When they are nicely caramelized, add the lingonberry preserves and let it come up to the boil. Keep warm.
  • Put all the ingredients for the glaze into a small pan. Stir together over medium heat and let it cook for about 10 minutes until it thickens. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Turn oven to 350°F.
  • Put meatballs onto a prepared baking sheet and toss with oil. When golden, pour over the glaze and mix well. Turn oven to 475°F and then roast in the oven for about 5-6 minutes, until the glaze has caramelized. Stir 1-2 times while in the oven.
  • Place the kale chips on a large tray or serving dish. Put one meatball on every chip. Serve together with the lingonberry chutney and a bunch of small forks or toothpicks.

* IKEA FAMILY is a benefits program that offers membership perks including special product discounts, sneak previews, free coffee and tea in the IKEA Restaurant, and more. Consumers can sign up for the free program online or in-store.
** IKEA Carson and IKEA Grand Prairie will not host a Julbord Party in 2017.
*** Menu is subject to change due to product availability.

ABOUT IKEA
Since its 1943 founding in Sweden, IKEA has offered home furnishings of good design and function at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 390 IKEA stores in 48 countries, including 46 in the U.S. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information see IKEA-USA.com, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA or IKEAUSA on Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.

Media Contact:
Christine Conti
Christine.Conti@ketchum.com

Source: IKEA

SONIC holds annual Unturkey Day on November 21: offers Half-Price Cheeseburgers all day!

SONIC holds annual Unturkey Day on November 21: offers Half-Price Cheeseburgers all day!

 

SONIC Offers Guests Half-Price Cheeseburgers on November 21 for Annual Unturkey Day

OKLAHOMA CITY, 2017-Nov-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — In honor of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, SONIC Drive-In Chief Marketing Officer, Lori Abou Habib, is taking a bold stand and pardoning all turkeys on Tuesday, November 21. Known by SONIC fans far and wide as Unturkey Day, this cherished holiday is a win-win for turkeys and guests alike with SONIC offering half-price SONIC Cheeseburgers all day.

“It is a well-known tradition to pardon a turkey on Thanksgiving, and since you won’t see a traditional turkey dinner on our menu today, our pardon extends to all the turkeys out there,” said Abou Habib. “To give these noble birds a short reprieve before Thanksgiving, consider gobbling up a Cheeseburger instead.”

SONIC Cheeseburgers are made with melty American cheese, crinkle-cut pickles, chopped onions, fresh shredded lettuce and ripe tomatoes atop a 100 percent pure beef patty. To complete the feast, guests can pair their SONIC Cheeseburger with a side of crispy Tots, Hand Made Onion Rings and a refreshing Holiday Mint Master Shake or Blast to get into the holiday spirit.

This offer is only available on Tuesday, November 21, so head to your nearest SONIC Drive-In to partake in Unturkey Day, order an extra helping and give turkeys everywhere a well-deserved break, even if it’s just for a day.

About SONIC®, America’s Drive-In®

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

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

Source: SONIC Drive-In

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Delhaize Belgium celebrates its achievements in tackling food waste

Delhaize Belgium celebrates its achievements in tackling food waste

 

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2017-Nov-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Delhaize Belgium has long been a leader in tackling food waste, including the donation of 7 million meals from unsold food products over the past five years. The brand marked its progress with a celebration on November 15 with associates, business partners and volunteers and pledged to achieve its 2020 goal to redistribute at least half of all unsold food to persons in need.

Reducing food waste has been high on Delhaize’s agenda for more than 26 years. The brand now works with about 200 food banks and other charitable associations in communities throughout Belgium and Luxembourg. In Belgium alone, 15% of people live below the poverty line and 144,000 turned to food banks for assistance last year.

In 2012, Delhaize became the first retailer in Belgium to donate fresh products – such as fruits, vegetables and bread – along with dry goods. The project is already being used in nearly all 130 Delhaize supermarkets as well as in its distribution centers. Further, over 400 of the independent Delhaize stores (AD Delhaize and Proxy Delhaize) have similar initiatives.

Delhaize is constantly looking to improve the process, from logistics to food safety, and is exploring new partnerships to donate even more products, which currently amount to 150 meals per supermarket per day. At the same time, Delhaize limits its own food waste as much as possible by monitoring and adjusting store-specific orders.

Sustainable development – including the goal of zero waste – is one of the pillars of Delhaize’s local strategy and supports key elements of the Ahold Delhaize Better Together framework.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Ellen van Ginkel
Director External Communications
media.relations@aholddelhaize.com
+31 88 6595134

SOURCE: Ahold Delhaize

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Meijer: day before Thanksgiving is the top sales day for pies for the entire year

Meijer: day before Thanksgiving is the top sales day for pies for the entire year

 

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2017-Nov-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — In less than a week, American’s love of celebration and feasting kicks into high gear with Thanksgiving. The Meijer Bakery team reports that traditionally, the retailer moves more than a quarter-million Meijer brand pies in the days before Thanksgiving. In fact, the day before Thanksgiving at Meijer is the top sales day for pies for the entire year.

However, if you live with diabetes or are trying to limit your sugar intake, this time of the year can be challenging to navigate through what seems like an endless parade of sweet tables and cookie exchanges. Here are some tips to remember on Thanksgiving, and throughout the season, so you can enjoy your slice of the pie.

  • Stick to the Classics: Pumpkin, apple and sweet potato pies are still top sellers, with pumpkin leading the pack. Sweet potato pie does outpace pumpkin sales in Indianapolis and the Metro Detroit area. If you are concerned about calories, pumpkin, apple and sweet potato are listed within the Top 10 as being healthier, ranging from 300-380 calories per slice, according to Eat This, Not That’s Top 25 Pies. Additionally, all three pies contain cinnamon, which has been noted to help control blood sugar. When it comes to mass-produced pumpkin pies, pay attention to the ingredients. Meijer Bakery buyers report that not all pies are created equal due to a sharp decline in sugar pumpkin production. Some pumpkin pies now contain a pumpkin squash mix, which can alter the flavor and the sugar content. Look for specific sugar pumpkin varieties on the label, including Baby Pam, Autumn Gold, Ghost Rider, New England Pie Pumpkin, Lumina (which are white), Cinderella and Fairy Tale.
  • Try a No-Sugar-Added Pie: Meijer continues to expand its selection of no-sugar-added treats and sources many from Illinois-based Hill & Valley Bakeries, which the retailer began working with in 2003. The top three sellers include: No Sugar Added (NSA) Pumpkin Pie, NSA Apple Pie and NSA Cherry Pie. Many no-sugar-added treats contain a combination of different kinds of sugar replacers, including sugar alcohols. Sugar alcohols are neither a sugar nor an alcohol. It is a hybrid between a sugar molecule and an alcohol molecule, and are considered a type of sweet carbohydrate that is a derivative of sugar. It is considered an excellent option in helping to control blood sugar levels. Unlike artificial and low-calorie sweeteners, sugar alcohols do contain calories, just fewer than plain sugar.
  • Take Advantage of Portion Sizes: Meijer now carries pie portions in various sizes, ranging from a 4-oz. slice to an 11-inch pie. The Meijer Bakery team found that many customers, particularly those with blood sugar issues, prefer traditionally-prepared pies, but opt to take a smaller portion because it allows them to indulge without going overboard. One option is to purchase different pies at smaller portions so guests can sample small bites.
  • Remember – It’s All About the “Slurry”: When it comes to pie, it’s all about filling – also known as the “slurry.” To reduce your calorie intake, forgo the sides that go along with the pie, which include the crust, the whipped topping and the ice cream. This small sacrifice is worth the price of enjoying the gooey-goodness that makes a pie memorable.

If you are looking to try new recipes this Thanksgiving or opting for some diabetes-friendly alternatives, go to More for A Healthier You and search “Thanksgiving.”

About Meijer:

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

Contact:

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

Source: Meijer

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Paradies Lagardère to hold Treat Our Troops program Thanksgiving weekend, Thursday, November 23, through Sunday, November 26

More than 20 restaurants in 10 U.S. airports will participate

ATLANTA, 2017-Nov-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Paradies Lagardère, the North American travel retail and restaurateur leader, will once again offer a special thanks to the country’s military personnel. Paradies Lagardère invites active or retired military to enjoy a free meal through its Food and Beverage Division’s Treat Our Troops program Thanksgiving weekend, Thursday, November 23, through Sunday, November 26, in these participating airport restaurants:

Asheville Regional: Blue Ridge Tavern Long Beach: Long Beach Marche
Austin–Bergstrom: Second Bar + Kitchen Long Beach: 4th Street Vine
Austin–Bergstrom: Ruta Maya Coffee Long Beach: The Boathouse
Austin–Bergstrom: ThunderCloud Subs Northwest Arkansas: Smokewood American Grill
Dallas Fort Worth: Whitetail Bistro Northwest Arkansas: Say Si Bon! Gourmet Market
Dallas Fort Worth: Abacus Northwest Arkansas: Auntie Anne’s Pretzels
Dallas Fort Worth: Hickory Northwest Arkansas: Core Brewing Co.
Denver: Say Si Bon! TravelMart Pittsburgh: Bar Symon
Denver: Auntie Anne’s Pretzels Pittsburgh: Bottega dei Sapori
Denver: Big Bowl Reagan National: Say Si Bon! Gourmet Market – Center Pier
Denver: The Magic Pan Crepe Stand Reagan National: Say Si Bon! Gourmet Market – North Pier
Denver: The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf Reagan National: The Magic Pan Crepe Stand
Denver: Steve’s Snappin’ Dogs Reagan National: Wow Bao
Eagle County: Townie Tavern Reagan National: Washington Pour Bar
Eagle County: Alpenglo Grille Reagan National: U Street Pub
Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta: Sweet Auburn Market

Active and retired military service men and women can simply show their military identification when ordering or checking out to take advantage of this promotion.

Quote:

“One of Paradies Lagardère’s Core Values is giving back to the community. Providing free meals in our airport restaurants to our country’s military personnel through our Food and Beverage Division’s Treat Our Troops program is our way of saying thank you for serving our country,” said Bill Casey, senior vice president, Food and Beverage, Paradies Lagardère. “We’ve fed thousands of service members since the program started in 2013, and this initiative during Thanksgiving is just a small way of showing our appreciation for all that our service members do.”

Additional details:

Treat Our Troops is a national program that facilitates customer donations in many of the U.S. airports in which Paradies Lagardère operates stores. Shoppers are given the opportunity to purchase a wide variety of useful items such as snacks, beverages, toiletries, reading materials, and electronics, which are then placed in a collection box. Working in conjunction with airports and the United Service Organization (USO), Paradies Lagardère coordinates packaging and delivery of these donations to USO offices across the country. In 2016, the program resulted in donations of more than 1.2 million products to military men and women worldwide.

Paradies Lagardère also offers free meals to U.S. military personnel between Memorial Day and Independence Day. Learn more about these and other initiatives by visiting www.paradieslagardere.com.

High-end restaurants, quick-serve restaurants, bars and coffee shops are all a part of Paradies Lagardère’s Food and Beverage concepts. Brands have been tailored to entice travelers with the same familiar quality, variety, taste, and atmosphere as their favorite “at home” dining spots, while maintaining the highest levels of quality and service.

Paradies Lagardère was recently recognized for excellence in Food and Beverage. The USA Today 10Best Awards recognized Long Beach Airport, where Paradies Lagardère manages the full restaurant program, as its Best Airport for Dining two years in a row. Bar Symon, at Pittsburgh International Airport, also earned a spot in the top five for the USA Today 10Best awards for Best Airport Bar and Best Airport Bar Waitstaff.

Source: Paradies Lagardère

Tesco to hold 2017 Food Collection from 30 November-2 December

Welwyn Garden City, UK, 2017-Nov-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Tesco’s second Christmas advert shines a light on the support given by Tesco colleagues and customers to help people in need through winter.

Tesco will this weekend release the second of five Christmas television adverts, highlighting how the retailer and its customers give people in need a little extra help during the festive season.

The advert shows a local charity bringing people together to celebrate Christmas and using food donations from a Tesco store to cook a traditional Christmas lunch.

Last year, Tesco together with its customers, provided more than 4 million meals to people in need over the festive period, through its annual Food Collection and ongoing food surplus redistribution scheme.

Alessandra Bellini, Tesco Chief Customer Officer, said:

“Our second television advert shines a light on the incredible generosity of our customers at Christmas time, and the little helps Tesco can give people in need during the festive season.

“We’re delighted to hold our 10th Food Collection in partnership with FareShare and The Trussell Trust this year, and additionally donate £1 for every fresh turkey purchased at Tesco. We know our customers and colleagues really care about food poverty and we want to do our bit to help.

“This year, our Christmas campaign celebrates the many ways we come together at Christmas, and how food sits at the heart of it all. We want our customers to know that however they choose to do Christmas, and no matter what they need, we can help – Everyone’s Welcome at Tesco.”

Tesco’s 2017 Food Collection will run from Thursday 30 November to Saturday 2 December in all stores.

In addition, Tesco will donate £1 for every fresh turkey bought instore or online, shared between FareShare and The Trussell Trust to provide much needed support over the festive period.

Notes to editors:

  • £1 from the sale of every fresh turkey in Tesco between 6 November 2017 and 25 December 2017 will be donated to FareShare and the Trussell Trust in equal proportions to help people in need this Christmas.
  • FareShare is a charity fighting hunger and its underlying causes by providing food to more than 6,723 local charities and community organisations across the UK. Click here for more info fareshare.org.uk
  • The Trussell Trust run a network of over 420 foodbanks across the UK that three days’ emergency food and support to people in crisis across. Click here for more info trusselltrust.org
  • Tesco runs an annual Food Collection in partnership with FareShare and The Trussell Trust, so that customers can donate long-life food to help people in need at Christmas time: tesco.com/foodcollection
  • Community Food Connection is the retailer’s surplus food redistribution scheme in partnership with FareShare, which connects stores with local charities to donate unsold food for free: tesco.com/community-food-connection
  • Since 2012, Tesco customers and colleagues have donated the equivalent of over 60 million meals to people in need.

We are a team of 480,000 in 11 markets dedicated to serving shoppers a little better every day.

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

Source: Tesco

Reed MIDEM announces MAPIC Food & Beverage in Milan, Italy on 23-24 May 2018

Cannes, 2017-Nov-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Reed MIDEM, organiser of MAPIC, MAPIC Italy, MAPIC Russia, MAPIC China Summit and MAPIC India, today (17 November, 2017) announces the launch of MAPIC Food & Beverage in May 2018.

The new two-day event will be held in Milan, Italy on 23-24 May 2018 at MiCo – Milano Congressi.

Since the EXPO 2015, creating a legacy with its focus on nutrition and sustainable food, Milan has established itself as the World Food Capital City and is today the main stage for events, projects and debate on food-related issues.

Food and Beverage has become a key factor in enhancing the customer experience within retail destinations. MAPIC Food and Beverage aims to be the most effective international marketplace dedicated to Food & Beverage players within the retail & real estate industry.

MAPIC Food & Beverage will offer an exhibition area where international F&B retailers can showcase their concept to real estate professionals looking at expanding their foodservice retail mix. In contrast to the MAPIC in Cannes, retailers will be the exhibitors and real estate professionals will come as visitors. MAPIC Food & Beverage will be a unique, international and powerful business platform.

“For the first time, we are launching a MAPIC event entirely dedicated to a specific segment, food and beverage, and not a local market,” explained Nathalie Depetro, Director of MAPIC markets. “MAPIC Food & Beverage and MAPIC Italy will be held on the same dates and in separate but connected venues. This new event will benefit from the dynamism of the Italian food & beverage sector, while being completely international.”

More information on MAPIC Food & Beverage on the website www.mapic-foodandbeverage.com

About Reed MIDEM:
Founded in 1963, Reed MIDEM is an organiser of professional, international markets that are essential business platforms for key players in the sectors concerned. These sectors are MIPTV, MIPDOC, MIPCOM, MIPJUNIOR in Cannes, MIP China in Hangzhou and MIP Cancun in Mexico for the television and digital content industries; MIDEM in Cannes for music professionals; Esports BAR in Cannes and in Miami for the esports business; MIPIM in Cannes, MIPIM UK in London, MIPIM Asia Summit in Hong Kong and MIPIM PropTech Summit in New York for the real estate industry; MAPIC in Cannes, MAPIC Russia in Moscow, MAPIC Italy in Milan, MAPIC China Summit in Shanghai and IRF brought by MAPIC in Mumbai for the retail real estate sector. www.reedmidem.com

About Reed Exhibitions: 
Reed Exhibitions is the world’s leading events organiser, with over 500 events in over 30 countries. In 2016 Reed brought together over seven million event participants from around the world generating billions of dollars in business. Today Reed events are held throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and Africa and organised by 38 fully staffed offices. Reed Exhibitions serves 43 industry sectors with trade and consumer events. It is part of RELX Group, a global provider of information and analytics for professional and business customers across industries. www.reedexpo.com

For more information, please contact:

My-Lan CAO – Press Director
Tel.: +33 (0)1 79 71 95 44
mylan.cao@reedmidem.com

Constance GARCIA Y SANTOS – Press Officer
Tel: +33 (0) 1 79 71 95 65
constance.garciaysantos@reedmidem.com

Source: MAPIC

7‑Eleven introduces its next exclusive single-origin coffee from Peru

IRVING, TEXAS, 2017-Nov-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — For its next exclusive single-origin coffee, 7‑Eleven, Inc.headed south to the Cajamarca region of Peru. As with its other single-origin, sustainably sourced coffee, the new brew from Peru is Rainforest Alliance Certified.

Made with 100 percent Arabica beans, the newest 7‑Eleven® single-origin coffee has bright citrus notes complimented by vanilla, cinnamon and berry undertones. To ensure the best quality and freshest taste, the Cajamarca region was selected, in part, for its prime harvest season between August and October. The hand-picked beans were grown in the region high in the Andes Mountains of Peru, known for its small family farms and artisanal farming methods. After harvesting, the fresh crop was authentically roasted to a medium level for a smooth rich taste. Peru is the eighth largest coffee producer in the world and one of the leading growers of certified coffees.

“Todays’ coffee-drinkers are more sophisticated and, in addition to wanting a great-tasting cup of coffee, many also are looking for something extra,” said Raj Kapoor, 7‑Eleven senior vice president of fresh food and proprietary beverages. “Millennials, in particular, want coffee crops that are sustainably grown, sourced directly from small farms, and made from single-origin beans rather than blends. Peruvian coffee is one that fits all those criteria, and Cajamarca is considered one of the best coffee-growing regions in the country.”

Many of Peru’s coffee farms are in the foothills of the Andes with processing mills on the Pacific side of the range. The Cajamarca region is in the highlands of the Andes in the northern portion of the country.

This is the third limited-time, single-origin coffee offered at 7‑Eleven, the fourth largest coffee retailer in the U.S. The others were from Matagalpa, Nicaragua, and Chiapas, Mexico. Available year-round, the retailer’s popular 100 percent Colombian coffee is now made with Rainforest Alliance Certified single-origin beans.

The Rainforest Alliance is an international nonprofit organization that seeks to conserve biodiversity and ensure sustainable livelihoods. Carrying the Rainforest Alliance Certified seal with the little green frog means the 100 percent Arabica beans for 7‑Eleven stores’ new coffee are sourced from coffee-growers whose farms are required to meet strict standards designed to protect the environment, conserve wildlife and promote the well-being of local communities.

7‑Eleven is working with Conservation International (CI) to set measurable corporate social responsibility (CSR) goals to reduce its environmental footprint. 7‑Eleven’s CSR mission has three focus areas – planet, products and people. The retailer is a member of CI’s Business and Sustainability Council, a forum for corporate leaders taking positive environmental actions in their businesses, to explore mutually beneficial ways to further reduce its environmental impact.

As part of its CSR objectives, 7‑Eleven will continue to seek out responsibly sourced coffees and other products and packaging with less environmental impact.

Like all its proprietary beverages sold in a cup, the new single-origin coffee qualifies for 7Rewards®, 7‑Eleven’s customer loyalty program. Through its mobile app, 7Rewards customers earn a free any-size drink after the purchase of six drink purchases. The 7‑Eleven app is available for download in Google Play and the App store.

Peru single-origin coffee from Cajamarca is available for a limited time at participating 7‑Eleven stores.

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‑Eleven.com, via the 7Rewards® customer-loyalty platform on the 7‑Eleven mobile app, or on social media at FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

About the Rainforest Alliance

The Rainforest Alliance is an international nonprofit organization and growing network of people who are inspired and committed to working together to achieve our mission of conserving biodiversity and ensuring sustainable livelihoods. Celebrating its 30th anniversary in 2017, the Rainforest Alliance aims to rebalance the planet through creative, pragmatic collaboration, building strong forests and healthy communities around the world. For more information, please visit http://www.rainforest-alliance.org.

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

Source: 7‑Eleven, Inc.

Delivery Hero welcomes CMA’s clearance for the sale of its UK business to Just Eat plc

Berlin, 2017-Nov-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Delivery Hero Group (“Delivery Hero”), the leading global online food ordering and delivery marketplace, welcomes the announcement by the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (the “CMA”) to unconditionally clear the sale of Delivery Hero’s UK business, Hungryhouse Holdings Limited (“Hungryhouse”), to Just Eat plc (“Just Eat”).

The unconditional clearance in the CMA’s final report is fully in line with Delivery Hero’s expectations and is consistent with the CMA’s provisional clearance decision of 12 October 2017.

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 www.deliveryhero.com.

Media Enquiries:

Bodo v. Braunmühl
Head of Corporate Communications
Delivery Hero
bodo.braunmuehl@deliveryhero.com

Investor Enquiries:

Duncan McIntyre
SVP Corporate Finance &amp
Investor Relations
Delivery Hero
duncan.mcintyre@deliveryhero.com

Source: Delivery Hero

Restaurant Brands International and Bridgepoint Advisers announce partnership to develop and strengthen the BURGER KING® brand in the United Kingdom

OAKVILLE, ON, 2017-Nov-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Burger King Europe GmbH (“BKE”), an affiliate of Restaurant Brands International Inc. (“RBI”), and Bridgepoint Advisers Limited (“Bridgepoint”) announced today (November 16, 2017) a master franchise joint venture agreement to further develop and strengthen the position of the BURGER KING® brand in the United Kingdom.

The Agreement will result in the establishment of a new BURGER KING® UK entity and Bridgepoint will simultaneously acquire Caspian UK Group, one of the UK’s largest BURGER KING® franchisees with 74 restaurants. As master franchisee, Bridgepoint will have exclusive development rights for the brand in the UK.

“We are thrilled to announce this agreement to increase the pace of growth for the BURGER KING® brand in the UK, one of the world’s largest quick service restaurant markets,” said José Cil, President of the BURGER KING® brand. “The Bridgepoint team has extensive experience in the UK market and a strong track record investing in and developing leading brands in the quick service restaurant industry, which positions them well for success.”

“BURGER KING® is a preeminent global consumer brand with a robust and growing presence in the UK market, well-liked by consumers,” said a Bridgepoint spokesperson. “We look forward to appointing a highly regarded management buy-in team to reinvigorate a much-loved brand and to grow the existing UK business.”

“BURGER KING® is an iconic global brand with a long-standing heritage in the quick service restaurant market,” said Martin Robinson, chairman designate of BURGER KING® UK. “Working with Bridgepoint and BKE, the team believes it can deliver growth and further opportunities for the brand to flourish in the UK market.”

Today, the BURGER KING® brand has a significant presence across a number of countries in Europe and approximately 500 restaurants in the United Kingdom. This joint venture will help to further increase the presence and strength of the BURGER KING® brand in the UK and Europe.

About Restaurant Brands International Inc.
Restaurant Brands International Inc. is one of the world’s largest quick service restaurant companies with more than $29 billion in system-wide sales and over 23,000 restaurants in more than 100 countries and U.S. territories. RBI owns three of the world’s most prominent and iconic quick service
restaurant brands – TIM HORTONS®, BURGER KING®, and POPEYES®. These independently operated brands have been serving their respective guests, franchisees and communities for over 40 years. To learn more about RBI, please visit the company’s website at www.rbi.com.

About BURGER KING®
Founded in 1954, the BURGER KING® brand is the second largest fast food hamburger chain in the world. The original HOME OF THE WHOPPER, the BURGER KING® system operates over 16,000 locations in more than 100 countries and U.S. territories. Almost 100 percent of BURGER KING® restaurants are owned and operated by independent franchisees, many of them family-owned operations that have been in business for decades. To learn more about the BURGER KING® brand, please visit the BURGER KING® brand website at www.bk.com or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

About Bridgepoint
Bridgepoint is a European private equity firm. With over €20 billion of capital raised to date, it typically focuses on acquiring well managed companies in attractive sectors helping companies and management teams by investing in expansion, operational transformation or via consolidating
acquisitions. Current investments in the food and casual dining sector include Zizzi & ASK Italian, Coco di Mama, Deliveroo and Pret A Manger.

The Firm operates three divisions:
1. Bridgepoint Europe, which concentrates on middle market companies across Europe typically valued between €200 million and €1 billion. It has offices in Europe, China and the United States in Frankfurt, Istanbul, London, Luxembourg, Madrid, New York, Paris, Shanghai and Stockholm. It is
currently investing a €4 billion fund, Bridgepoint Europe V.
2. Bridgepoint Development Capital, a separate ‘lower mid-cap’ or smaller buyout and growth capital business which focuses on the acquisition of companies in the UK, France and the Nordic region, typically valued between €50 million and €150 million. In 2016 it raised a new £600 million
fund, BDC III.
3. Bridgepoint Growth makes earlier stage growth capital investments in fast-growth smaller businesses, typically valued up to £30 million, seeking equity investment between £5 million and £15 million. It has a focus on the consumer, media, technology and business services sectors and in
particular on companies utilizing digital technologies to achieve transformational growth in their endmarkets.

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

For further information, please contact:
Restaurant Brands International
E: media@rbi.com

Bridgepoint
James Murray
Tel: +44 207 034 3555
E: james.murray@bridgepoint.eu

Instinctif Partners
Guy Scarborough, Damian Reece
Tel: +44 207 457 2020
E: guy.scarborough@instinctif.com or damian.reece@instinctif.com

SOURCE: Restaurant Brands International Inc.

FMI: New study reveals that 28% of American jobs are connected the food and agriculture sectors

More than one-fourth of American employment tied to the combined industries

WASHINGTON, 2017-Nov-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — A nationwide economic impact study released today (Nov 16, 2017) found that more than one-fifth (or 20.4%) of the nation’s economy is linked, either directly or indirectly, to the food and agriculture sectors and that more than one-fourth of all American jobs (28%) are similarly connected. Twenty-two food and agriculture organizations commissioned this research, available at www.FeedingTheEconomy.com.

Among the most important findings:

Total Jobs: 43,311,057

Total Wages: $1.9 trillion

Total Taxes: $894.13 billion

Exports: $146.32 billion

Total Food and Industry Economic Impact:  $6.7 trillion

“We have long understood that the food and agriculture industries play an absolutely vital role not only in feeding Americans, but also in feeding and growing the nation’s economy. This historic farm-to-fork economic analysis quantifies the impact of the jobs, wages, taxes and exports the industry makes possible,” said Leslie G. Sarasin, president and CEO of the Food Marketing Institute (FMI).  “As policymakers consider tax reform and other means to expand economic activity, I hope they will have a better understanding of how the food and agriculture sector not only feeds Americans, but also feeds the U.S. economy.”

To measure the total economic impact of the sectors, the analysis also includes the indirect and induced economic activity surrounding these industries, which captures upstream and downstream activity. For example, when a farm equipment retailer hires new employees because farmers are buying more tractors, experts consider the new salaries an indirect impact. Similarly, when a retail associate spends her paycheck, an induced economic impact occurs. Together, these have a multiplier effect on the already formidable direct impact of food and agriculture.

“These numbers tell an essential story, reminding us that food and agriculture remain absolutely central to our nation’s well-being. We not only produce three square meals a day for most Americans, that same work supports one in four American jobs — 28% of all U.S. employment can be tied to our industries,” said John Bode, president and CEO of the Corn Refiners Association. “Policymakers should keep this data in mind as they consider changes to tax and trade issues that might affect the food and agriculture sectors.”

“The release of today’s study further illustrates the powerful economic impact of the food and agriculture sector to the nation’s economy that is felt in every part of the country,” said American Bakers Association President and CEO Robb MacKie. “This study reinforces the previous Council for Economic Development study that listed the food and beverage industry as the largest manufacturing sector of our economy and has a significant positive trade balance impact. We hope policy makers will take this powerful economic impact into consideration as they make key decisions.”

The economic data was compiled by John Dunham & Associates and is available at www.FeedingTheEconomy.com. The analysis illustrates the direct impact of food and agriculture on jobs, wages, economic output, exports, and state and local business taxes. The interactive website also breaks out the data at the national, state and congressional district levels.

To learn more about the coalition behind this study visit http://feedingtheeconomy.com/aboutus.

The Corn Refiners Association (CRA) is the national trade association representing the corn refining industry of the United States. CRA and its predecessors have served this important segment of American agribusiness since 1913. Corn refiners manufacture sweeteners, starch, advanced bioproducts, corn oil and feed products from corn components such as starch, oil, protein and fiber.

ABA is the Washington D.C.-based voice of the wholesale baking industry.  Since 1897, ABA has represented the interests of bakers before the U.S. Congress, federal agencies, and international regulatory authorities.  ABA advocates on behalf of more than 1000 baking facilities and baking company suppliers.  ABA members produce bread, rolls, crackers, bagels, sweet goods, tortillas and many other wholesome, nutritious, baked products for America’s families.  The baking industry generates more than $102 billion in direct annual economic activity and employs over 706,000 highly-skilled people.

Food Marketing Institute proudly advocates on behalf of the food retail industry, which employs nearly 5 million workers and represents a combined annual sales volume of almost $800 billion. FMI member companies operate nearly 33,000 retail food stores and 12,000 pharmacies. FMI membership includes the entire spectrum of food retail venues; single owner grocery stores, large multi-store supermarket chains, pharmacies, online and mixed retail stores. Through programs in public affairs, food safety, research, education, health and wellness and industry relations, FMI offers resources and provides valuable benefits to almost 1,000 ­­­food retail and wholesale member companies and serves 85 international retail member companies. In addition, FMI has almost 500 associate member companies that provide products and services to the food retail industry.  For more information, visit www.fmi.org and for information regarding the FMI Foundation, visit www.fmifoundation.org.

Contact:
phone: 202-452-8444
fax: 202-429-4519

Source: Food Marketing Institute

SPAR South Africa holds KwaZulu Natal Junior Chef competition

South Africa, 2017-Nov-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Six young aspirant chefs took to their cooking stations recently in this year’s finals of the SPAR South Africa KwaZulu Natal Junior Chef competition.

The young primary school finalists battled it out for the first-place spot with twelve year old, Ryleigh Rutherford, taking home the honours with a delectable and flawless cheese cake. Twelve year old, Tiana Gangaram, was runner up with a superb tuna tart, which completely converted one non-fish eating judge.

The annual cook-off held in KwaZulu Natal saw the youngsters preparing a recipe that they had submitted as their competition entry, as well as a mystery dish – gingerbread men.

One of the judges, SPAR KwaZulu Natal Advertising and Promotions Manager, Nelene Rampersad who was instrumental in conceptualising the competition for SPAR in an effort to encourage young chefs, said: “I love that this year we had such a range of dishes from the finalists. This made judging difficult, and our taste-buds were put to the test, but after much deliberation, Ryleigh’s Cheese Cake came out tops. It was faultless – a great presentation, and top-class texture and flavour. Her gingerbread men were done to perfection with a crisp texture, with some fun iced decorations. Well done to all for the good food, great spirit and enthusiasm.”

Ryleigh won a R5,000 shopping voucher for her first-place position with runner up, Tiana receiving a R2,000 shopping voucher and all four remaining finalists each received a R500 SPAR shopping voucher. All finalists received a SPAR sweet hamper and a hamper packed with baking utensils to further their culinary aspirations.

“It was really fun,” said Ryleigh, who has always helped her mom in the kitchen ever since she can remember. “I enjoyed making my cheese cake here today. It was so exciting to work in a professional kitchen.”

To read more news from SPAR South Africa, follow this link.

About SPAR South Africa: 

SPAR South Africa was established in 1963 and operates four retail formats: SPAR, SUPERSPAR, KWIKSPAR and SPAR Express. South Africa was the first country outside of Europe to join the SPAR organisation.

The SPAR Partner grants licences to independent retailers to operate stores under one of the four formats, with almost all of the current store portfolio being independently owned. In 2016, sales per m2 increased by 6% in Euro terms, and sales for the year from SPAR South Africa’s 821 stores were €4.47 billion.

Contact:

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

Source: Spar International

Sainsbury’s trials hot pizza pre-ordering service

Sainsbury’s trials hot pizza pre-ordering service

 

In a UK supermarket first, Sainsbury’s is trialling a hot pizza pre-ordering service in three of its stores.

London, 2017-Nov-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — During the trial, customers will be able to order a personalised takeaway pizza by telephone and pick it up in-store just 30 minutes later.

Customers can order a 10 or 14 inch pizza and choose from stone-baked thin and crispy or deep pan bases with a range of toppings available including pepperoni, spicy beef, fresh peppers and roasted mushroom. Shoppers can even specify what time they would like to collect their pizza.

Customers can pay via card at the pizza counter and can also buy up to five associated items at the same time, such as wedges from the hot counter, salad and drinks. This option enables them to skip the checkout queue and keep their takeaway hot.

The service is currently live and being trialled in Sainsbury’s Redhill and Cambridge Eddington stores with the Bradford store due to kick off the service a week’s time. The trial will last for 12 weeks in each store and will be reviewed just after Christmas to assess how popular the service is with customers.

Nicola Goodall, Strategy Executive at Sainsbury’s commented, “We want to help all of our customers to live well for less and as part of this we’re continually looking at new ways to deliver high quality services that offer faster and more convenient options.

“By giving our customers the chance to pre-order personalised hot pizzas and pay at the counter we are saving them time and giving them a great value takeaway experience. As the UK’s first supermarket to test this service, this is an exciting trial for us to listen and understand how our customers respond.”

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

Source: Sainsbury’s

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M&S launches ‘extraordinary’ Christmas food campaign

  • Following the success of ‘Paddington and the Christmas Visitor’ M&S launches ‘extraordinary’ Christmas food campaign
  • Set to a festive re-working of Ed Sheeran’s Shape of You’ the first ad features special M&S Christmas food for hosting, as well as Percy and Penny Pig’s first on-screen kiss

London, 2017-Nov-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — M&S will today (Wednesday 15th November) debut its first Christmas food ad – ‘M&S Presents: An Extraordinary Christmas’.

Featuring exquisite M&S food perfect for hosting an extraordinary Christmas dinner, the ad will air on the M&S Youtube channel and Facebook page from 5 pm and run across ITV1 channels this evening.

And there’s a treat for Percy Pig fans. The ad’s end frame includes Percy kissing his ‘fiancé’ Penny Pig under the mistletoe – their first on-screen kiss.

Hero products featured in the ad include the Collection Oakham Turkey with Pork and Chestnut Stuffing Maple Bacon and Maple Glaze, Hot Seafood Medley, a spectacular Bone Marrow Pie, innovative Steak and Chips party food and the White Wreath Dessert. A festive re-working of Ed Sheeran’s Shape of You’ provides the soundtrack.

The ad continues the Spend it Well M&S brand philosophy designed to inspire and enable people to make every moment special by focusing on the quality experiences, people and things that really matter.

It is the first of two ads and kicks off an integrated campaign that extends to TV, social, digital, press, radio and in-store. A second ad, titled ‘Extraordinary Gifts’ and featuring food perfect for gifting, will hit screens on 29th November.

Zoe Hayward, Head of Food Brand & Marketing at Marks & Spencer, said: “The campaign is about making this Christmas extraordinary for our customers. We know our customers love the magic of Christmas and we want to make every moment they spend with family and friends special, especially when it comes to hosting and gifting. Customers want to be inspired, excited and for their lives to be made more fun, festive and even easier when it comes to these moments. As a result, we have focused our campaign on hosting and gifting, helping them spend it well this Christmas.”

The campaign was created by M&S’ creative agency, Grey London.

Matt Doman, Creative Director of Food at Grey London, said: “We want to turn the dining table into a stage this Christmas and help everyone put on a real show for the ones they love. That’s spending it well.”

The ads follow the success of M&S’ Christmas campaign for 2017, Paddington and the Christmas Visitor which hit TV screens, online and social media last week.

Notes to editors
Credits:

Creative Agency – Grey London
Chief Creative Officer – Vicki Maguire
Creative Director – Matt Doman
Creative – Angela Harding
Producer – Fritha Dickie
Group Business Director – Katie Jackson
Account Director – Fiona Bonar
Account Manager – Ross Keane
Senior Planner – Sarah Oberman
Directors – Food Films, Michael Rouiler and Phillippe Lhomme
Production Company – Town Productions
Editor – Michele DiFrancesco at Town Productions
Post Production – MPC
Sound – Jack Sedgwick at Wave

For further information, please contact:

M&S Corporate Press Office
0208 718 1919
corporate.press@marks-and-spencer.com

For ad images, please visit:
http://corporate.marksandspencer.com/media/multimedia-library and select ‘Christmas 2017’

For food images, please visit:

Landing

Source: M&S

Casa Sanchez Foods recalls “Real Guacamole” that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

Casa Sanchez Foods recalls “Real Guacamole” that may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes

 

Hayward, CA, 2017-Nov-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Casa Sanchez Foods of Hayward, CA, is recalling its 9-ounce containers of “Real Guacamole” because they have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes, an organism which can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Although healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The recalled “Real Guacamole” was distributed to retail stores throughout the California Bay Area and surrounding counties.

This recalled product is packaged in 9-ounce, clear plastic containers that are labeled with the following information:

Front Label – Casa Sanchez Foods, Real Guacamole, UPC # 0 78732 00412 2
Bottom Label – White sticker showing the manufacturing lot code 279 and the product expiration date of 11/10/17.

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

This issue was identified after FDA product sampling identified Listeria monocytogenes in the product.

The current manufacturing process of this product has been suspended while the FDA and the company continue to investigate the source of the issue.

Consumers who have purchased 9-ounce containers of “Real Guacamole” with manufacturing lot code 279 are urged to return them to the place of purchase for a full refund.

Consumers with questions may contact the company at 1-877-227-2726 between the hours of 8:00 am and 5:00 pm PST.

Consumers Contact:

1-877-227-2726

Media Contact:

Robert Sanchez
650-697-7525

Source: FDA

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New lower prices on additional best-selling grocery items and holiday staples at Whole Foods Market stores

Prime members to receive added discount on organic and no antibiotic turkeys throughout Thanksgiving; New lower prices are in addition to the reduced prices that customers are already enjoying

AUSTIN, Texas & SEATTLE, 2017-Nov-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market and Amazon today announced new lower prices on additional best-selling grocery items and holiday staples at Whole Foods Market stores, including a new lower price on organic and no antibiotic turkeys for all customers – and an even deeper discount on organic and no antibiotic turkeys for Prime members. This offer is a sneak preview of the special savings and in-store benefits Prime members can expect when Prime becomes the official rewards program of Whole Foods Market.

“These are the latest new lower prices in our ongoing integration and innovation with Amazon, and we’re just getting started,” said John Mackey, Whole Foods Market co-founder and CEO. “In the few months we’ve been working together, our partnership has proven to be a great fit. We’ll continue to work closely together to ensure we’re consistently surprising and delighting our customers while moving toward our goal of reaching more people with Whole Foods Market’s high-quality, natural, and organic food.”

All customers will be able to purchase select organic ($3.49/lb) and no antibiotic ($2.49/lb) turkeys at reduced prices, and just in time for Thanksgiving, Prime members will save even more on turkeys ($2.99/lb organic/$1.99/lb no antibiotic), while supplies last. All fresh turkeys sold at Whole Foods Market must meet the grocer’s strict quality standards, including no antibiotics, no animal by-products in their feed, and animal welfare audits by third-party certifiers like Global Animal Partnership. For more details about this promotion, or to sign up for free trial of Prime, visit www.amazon.com/turkey.

Whole Foods Market will also offer lower prices starting today on an additional selection of customer favorites across its stores, including: Value Pack Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts (Organic and No Antibiotic), Responsibly Farmed Raw Peeled Shrimp, and holiday favorites such as 365 Everyday Value Canned Pumpkin, Organic Broccoli, 1lb Organic Salad Mixes, Organic Russet Potatoes, and Organic Sweet Potatoes.

All customers will also see reduced prices on products from some of the most well respected natural and organic brands, including Organic Rice from Lundberg Family Farms, Organic Beans from Eden Foods, Organic Chicken and Vegetable Broths from Pacific Foods, Organic Eggs and Milk from Organic Valley, and Toothpaste from Tom’s of Maine. Whole Foods Market is also offering lower everyday prices on some of the most popular products from well-known brands such as Chobani Yogurt, California Olive Ranch EVOO, Siggis Yogurt, Applegate Hot Dogs, and Fage Yogurt.

Whole Foods Market customers are increasingly interested in buying eggs from hens that have access to pasture and so Whole Foods Market is excited to be able to offer lower prices on the entire line of Pasture Raised Eggs from Vital Farms, including their Vital Farms, and Alfresco Brands.

All of these lower prices are in addition to the reduced prices that customers are already enjoying on best-selling items such as conventional and organic bananas, farm-raised salmon, and no antibiotic NY strip steak.

Amazon’s acquisition of Whole Foods Market closed in August 2017 and today’s new lower prices and collaborative programs are another step forward in the integration between the companies. Whole Foods Market and Amazon will together continue innovating to provide customers with a great shopping experience, in-store offerings, and lower prices.

MEDIA CONTACT:
SOmedia@wholefoods.com

SOURCE: Whole Foods Market

Meijer announces its brand frozen turkeys at 48 cents per pound now through Nov. 25

Meijer announces its brand frozen turkeys at 48 cents per pound now through Nov. 25

 

All Meijer brand frozen turkeys priced at 48 cents per pound

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2017-Nov-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer is once again announcing aggressive pricing on Thanksgiving turkeys that are expected to lead the Midwest in low price.

When a Meijer customer spends $30, Meijer brand frozen turkeys are 48 cents per pound now through Nov. 25. The result: a 10-pound turkey will only cost $4.80*. The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer is even introducing its first ever antibiotic free, vegetarian fed True Goodness fresh turkey.

“Like many families who celebrate time-honored Thanksgiving traditions, offering ‘the bird’ at a great price continues to be our tradition at Meijer,” said Tod Pepin, Senior Vice President of Foods. “We know a Thanksgiving meal isn’t complete without the turkey, and so we are pleased to help our customers provide their families with the best holiday meal.”

Thanksgiving Day is one of the retailer’s busiest grocery shopping days of the year with customers often forgetting an item or two for their Thanksgiving feasts. The top five items sold at Meijer on Thanksgiving Day include:

  • Cream cheese
  • Cream of mushroom soup
  • Celery
  • Butter
  • Sweet potatoes

For customers who’ve forgotten a turkey, Meijer will offer a frozen turkey that cooks in a bag in as little as 2.5 hours. Customers don’t have to worry about thawing or cleaning this turkey that’s seasoned with sea salt.

Meijer Home Delivery will also be an option for customers who want the convenience of having those forgotten meal essentials delivered to their doors.

Meijer is also preparing for high sales of its ever-popular premade Thanksgiving dinners.

Meijer offers a deluxe turkey dinner for $49.99, which includes a 10- to 12-pound prebaked Butterball turkey, home-style stuffing, roasted turkey gravy, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and a dozen King’s Hawaiian dinner rolls. A deluxe ham dinner costs $49.99, and includes a 7- to 9-pound spiral ham, home-style stuffing, roasted turkey gravy, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and a dozen King’s Hawaiian dinner rolls. Both deluxe dinners can feed between 8-10 people.

While Meijer will work to accommodate any customer request, deli team members request customers place orders for those premade dinners by Nov. 22. Limited quantities are available per store.

*Turkey prices may vary by market.

To view an infographic featuring the top items customers forget for their Thanksgiving meals, and ultimately purchase on Thanksgiving Day at Meijer, can be viewed here: http://newsroom.meijer.com/Media/Default/images/Meijer%202017%20Turkey%20Infographic.jpg.

About Meijer:

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

Contact:

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

Source: Meijer

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7‑Eleven, Inc. launches chatbot platform that allows quick and easy conversation with customers

IRVING, Texas, 2017-Nov-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Nov. 15, 2017), 7‑Eleven, Inc. launches a trailblazing chatbot platform that is poised to propel the convenience retailing industry into a new era of “conversational commerce.”  The company has a compelling history of innovation, being the first company to sell fresh brewed coffee in to-go cups, operate 24 hours a day, and have a self-serve soda fountain. The retail giant’s culture of innovation only continues to expand, constantly reaching more customers in a way that makes engaging with 7‑Eleven delightful and effortless.

The 7‑Eleven Bot on Messenger allows millions of 7‑Eleven fans to engage with the brand from within one of the world’s most popular social channels, Facebook. Approximately 1.3 billion people use Messenger each month and 7‑Eleven saw a unique opportunity to reach customers in their online ecosystem by leveraging the Messenger app. The cutting-edge technology is driven by Conversable, a conversational intelligence software platform that leverages automation and machine learning technology.

Here’s how it works: Consumers using Messenger can engage in a conversation with the 7‑Eleven Bot by chatting with 7‑Eleven on Messenger.  The chatbot allows customers to engage with 7‑Eleven easily and quickly. Users can sign up for the 7Rewards® customer loyalty platform, find a store location near them, learn about the latest discount offers … and so much more, 24/7.

“Today’s digital-savvy consumers expect brands to be present when and where they choose, in an effortless manner, and 7‑Eleven Bot on Messenger allows that to happen,” said Gurmeet Singh, 7‑Eleven Chief Digital Officer. “We are launching a unique loyalty experience for our consumers through an intelligent BOT. Using groundbreaking technology, customers immediately receive a digital card in messenger and can scan to start earning points, check status as well as collect coupons when they choose. Bye-bye physical loyalty cards. This new form of customer experience proves that 7‑Eleven is redefining convenience through digital as well as pioneering a new era of loyalty programs. Our digital team constantly looks for new and innovate ways to surprise and delight our customers.”

This cutting-edge 7‑Eleven Bot on Messenger platform is the latest innovation for the 7‑Eleven Digital team, which is using a wide range of advanced technologies to appeal to the needs of on-the-go, time-starved and digital-reliant consumers, especially those in the Millennial and Gen Z demographics. The company is consistently developing new ways they can delight and surprise customers while researching even better solutions to consumer issues.

The 7Rewards loyalty program has recently expanded to gives members the opportunity to earn and redeem points—including bonus points—while they shop. This is in addition to the original “Buy 6 Cups-Get the 7th Free” 7Rewards offer on any 7‑Eleven® proprietary beverages such as coffee, Big Gulp® fountain drinks and Slurpee® semi-frozen drinks. Digital coupons are also redeemed through the 7Rewards app, which can be downloaded from the Apple Store or Google Play. Customers can earn, participate and get rewarded in more ways than before.

A few of 7‑Eleven’s many other customer-centric innovations: the growing availability of Amazon Lockers for package pickup; expansion of on-demand customer delivery service in 35 cities in collaboration with Postmates®; and an alliance with the PayNearMe® app to help cash users pay for a variety of bills within a 7‑Eleven® store.

Not only will the 7‑Eleven Bot on Messenger improve and advance, but the chatbot is just the beginning of 7‑Eleven’s digital innovation. The retail giant will continue to implement more ground-breaking digital revolutions to enhance the customer experience, solve more problems, and make engagements with 7‑Eleven even more delightful.

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‑Eleven.com, via the 7Rewards® customer-loyalty platform on the 7‑Eleven mobile app, or on social media at FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

About Conversable

Conversable is a conversational intelligence platform that powers the intersection of AI with messaging and voice. This AI-driven platform helps brands reach customers with automated experiences on all major messaging and voice applications. Global brands trust Conversable technology to enable conversational commerce, resolve common customer requests and deliver content on-demand to reach their customers where they are. Conversable was founded by Andrew Busey and Ben Lamm. The company is headquartered in Austin, Texas, with additional offices in Dallas. To learn more, please visit www.conversable.com.

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

Source: 7‑Eleven, Inc.

Build-A-Bear Workshop opens its first-ever Build-A-Bear Bakeshop

Retailer Translates Signature Make-Your-Own Experience into New Bakeshop Concept

ST. LOUIS, 2017-Nov-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — Build-A-Bear Workshop (NYSE:BBW), a global brand kids love and parents trust, today (NOVEMBER 14, 2017) announced the opening of the first-ever Build-A-Bear Bakeshop, a customized baked-goods experience that reflects the company’s beloved Make-Your-Own concept.

The Bakeshop opened today on Level 1 of West County Center in St. Louis and will offer a whole new flavor of fun with a variety of ready-made sweets baked locally by Sarah’s Cake Shop. Guests can choose from already-iced cakes and treats or decorate their own cupcakes with frosting, icing pens and sprinkles.

“For more than 20 years, Build-A-Bear Workshop has added a little more heart to life by inspiring kids and kids at heart to channel their creativity and make furry best friends that are uniquely their own,” said Louis Wachter, Chief Bakeshop Manager, Build-A-Bear Bakeshop. “We’ve put a sweet spin on the Make-Your-Own fun our Guests know and love with Build-A-Bear Bakeshop, with help from the talented team at Sarah’s Cake Shop. At Build-A-Bear Bakeshop, we can reserve an area for your scheduled private party. You can also create an edible, personalized gift, or just grab a sweet treat to enjoy on your shopping trip.”

The Build-A-Bear Bakeshop menu features cupcakes, cake pops, specialty cake pops, cookies, cakes, macarons and more – plus, several varieties of milk, including flavored options like chocolate, strawberry, cotton candy and root beer from Shatto Milk. Individual sweet treats start at $2, and a 6-inch cake is available for $17.50.

Build-A-Bear Bakeshop offers party packages for Guests to celebrate birthdays, graduations and all of life’s special moments in a unique, interactive way that’s layered with fun. During a Build-A-Bear Bakeshop party, a Party Host leads the group in decorating their own cupcakes, and the Guest of honor receives a special 3-inch cake.

Merchandise items—such as Bakeshop-themed mugs, thermoses and a water bottle—are also available for purchase at the shop.

More information about Build-A-Bear Bakeshop, including the store’s location, hours of operation and party package details can be found at buildabear.com/bakeshop.

For the latest brand news, visit buildabear.com and follow Build-A-Bear on FacebookTwitterYouTube and Instagram.

About Build-A-Bear
Founded in St. Louis in 1997, Build-A-Bear, a global brand kids love and parents trust, seeks to add a little more heart to life. Build-A-Bear Workshop has approximately 400 stores worldwide where Guests can create customizable furry friends, including company-owned stores in the United States, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom and China, and franchise stores in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Mexico and the Middle East. The company was named to the FORTUNE 100 Best Companies to Work For® list for the ninth year in a row in 2017. Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. (NYSE: BBW) posted a total revenue of $364.2 million in fiscal 2016. For more information, visit buildabear.com.

Source: Build-A-Bear Workshop

Sukhi’s Gourmet Indian Foods recalls chicken tikka masala products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes

WASHINGTON, 2017-Nov-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sukhi’s Gourmet Indian Foods, a Hayward, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 264 pounds of chicken tikka masala products that may be adulterated with Listeria monocytogenes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today (Nov. 14, 2017).

The cooked ready-to-eat (RTE) chicken tikka masala items were produced on Nov. 7, 2017. The following products are subject to recall: 

  • 11-oz. frozen microwaveable sealed containers of “Sukhi’s CHICKEN TIKKA MASALA with NAAN BREAD & BASMATI RICE” with a “USE BY” date of 11/07/2018 and lot number 83790.

The products subject to recall bear establishment number “P-44187” on the side of the individual product cartons. These items were shipped to a distributor in California.

The problem was discovered on Nov. 13, 2017 when the Alameda district office received notification that the firm shipped adulterated product into commerce. Specifically, a sample of the product was collected by FSIS personnel on Nov. 7, 2017 and was confirmed to be positive with Listeria monocytogenes on Nov. 13, 2017. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products.

Consumption of food contaminated with L. monocytogenes can cause listeriosis, a serious infection that primarily affects older adults, persons with weakened immune systems, and pregnant women and their newborns. Less commonly, persons outside these risk groups are affected.

Listeriosis can cause fever, muscle aches, headache, stiff neck, confusion, loss of balance and convulsions sometimes preceded by diarrhea or other gastrointestinal symptoms. An invasive infection spreads beyond the gastrointestinal tract. In pregnant women, the infection can cause miscarriages, stillbirths, premature delivery or life-threatening infection of the newborn. In addition, serious and sometimes fatal infections in older adults and persons with weakened immune systems. Listeriosis is treated with antibiotics. Persons in the higher-risk categories who experience flu-like symptoms within two months after eating contaminated food should seek medical care and tell the health care provider about eating the contaminated food.

FSIS and the company are concerned that some product may be frozen and in consumers’ freezers.

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

FSIS routinely conducts recall effectiveness checks to verify recalling firms notify their customers of the recall and that steps are taken to make certain that the product is no longer available to consumers. When available, the retail distribution list(s) will be posted on the FSIS website at www.fsis.usda.gov/recalls.

Media with questions regarding the recall can contact Storrie Johnson, Chief Supply Chain Officer, at (510) 316-9409. Consumers with questions regarding the recall can contact Donna Soares, Director of Customer Service, at (510) 336-8372.

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

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

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

Source: USDA