Water Container Recycle Problem Solved

Greenup, Kentucky, U.S.A., 2021-Jan-05 — /EPR RETAIL NEWS/ — Kentucky Pure Mineral Water comes in a 100% Biodegradable Container, so even if it DOESN’T get recycled properly, it won’t leave its mark on the earth forever the way typical plastic containers will.

Problem solved. Enough said!

Look for Kentucky Pure Mineral Water on store shelves soon!

Media contact:

River Rock Water LLC
16387 State Route 7
Greenup Ky 41144

SOURCE: EPR Network

River Rock Water introduces Kentucky Pure Mineral Water

VANCEBURG, KY, 2020-Oct-1 — /EPR Retail News/ — Some new kids on the block are emerging with a novel mineral water offering out of Kentucky, USA.

The company, River Rock Water LLC, is introducing its trademarked brand, Kentucky Pure Mineral Water. The brand offers exceptional taste and a unique, earth-friendly take on packaging. The company has been testing and developing this brand for five years to ensure the highest quality of “very light mineral” water available to consumers.

Kentucky Pure Mineral Water comes from an ancient aquifer that has been supplying the beautiful plains of Kentucky with its highly nutritional content for millions of years. As a testament to the water quality, 105 of the current 143 Kentucky Derby winners were raised on the nutritional grasses of Kentucky which were fed by these waters. Kentucky Pure lightly balanced mineral water is naturally packed with the optimum amount of minerals and trace elements required to promote biological health.

The founder, Tim LeMaster first drank from the well-head on a really hot day, sweating up a storm, and the water tasted so unique, the first words out of his mouth were, “Sweet Water”! As it turns out, farmers in the region had been saying that for centuries. Kentucky Pure Mineral Water has proven to be a real thirst quencher, satisfying the healthy need for refreshing hydration.

The entrepreneurial team behind Kentucky Pure are long time developers of new products. They have applied that product development experience to create a new development for water containers. Their design is 100% biodegradable, bypassing environmental concerns over the destruction and waste caused by traditional plastic water bottles.

Look for Kentucky Pure Mineral Water on store shelves soon.

SOURCE: EPR Network

Raley’s announces the promotion of Kevin Konkel to Chief Operations Officer and Paul Gianetto to SVP, Sales & Merchandising

Raley’s announces the promotion of Kevin Konkel to Chief Operations Officer and Paul Gianetto to SVP, Sales & Merchandising

Fair Oaks, CA, 2018-Mar-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Raley’s announced the promotion of two key leaders within the organization; Kevin Konkel’s promotion to a newly created role as Chief Operations Officer and Paul Gianetto’s promotion to Senior Vice President, Sales & Merchandising.

“This is an exciting time for Raley’s – we have built a strong leadership team that will support the advancement of our vision and purpose,” said Mark Foley, Chief People Officer.

Kevin Konkel previously held the title Senior Vice President, Operations and in his new role will lead operations in all Raley’s banners and pharmacy operations. He will also lead store design and construction, operations administration, distribution and asset protection. Konkel is a proven industry leader with nearly 40 years of service to the Raley’s organization.

Paul Gianetto will serve as Senior Vice President, Sales & Merchandising. Gianetto is an industry leader with more than 35 years in the grocery business and a graduate of the USC Food Industry Management program. He joined Raley’s in 2008 and has held many roles in merchandising. In 2017, Gianetto was promoted to Vice President of Center Store. In his new role, he will manage strategic pricing, private label, sales & merchandising for both center store and perishable departments.

“We are fortunate to have such experienced and proven leaders in Kevin and Paul. Both epitomize servant leadership and Raley’s family values,” said Keith Knopf, Raley’s President. “I am confident, Kevin and Paul will continue to help guide the organization toward our vision of infusing life with health and happiness.”

Konkel and Gianetto will continue to report to Keith Knopf, President who, along with Michael Teel, Chairman & CEO, will continue to lead the strategic direction for Raley’s.

Learn more about Raley’s Leadership team.

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

Source: Raley’s

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Kroger to host First Pitch and Town Hall events at the Natural Products Expo West event in Anaheim, California

CINCINNATI, 2018-Mar-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) is excited to announce its participation in the Natural Products Expo West event in Anaheim, California to continue building relationships with emerging brands.

“This is Kroger’s 16th year to participate in Expo West,” said Jill McIntosh, Kroger’s vice president of natural foods. “Through our exclusive First Pitch and Town Hall events, we are increasing our presence and accessibility at the Expo. This year is our biggest activation. We will have more than 40 Kroger representatives participate, ranging from buyers and category managers to merchandising executives.”

Kroger anticipates a robust number of suppliers engaging with the company’s representatives during its First Pitch event, which provides innovative, ready-to-go-to-market businesses the opportunity to present their products to the retailer.

“Our customers’ appetite for better-for-you products continues to grow year-over-year. The natural foods category has become mainstream—it is no longer a niche market,” added Ms. McIntosh. “Along with growing our Simple Truth® brand, which reached $2 billion in annual sales in 2017, we will continue to focus on developing new partnerships at micro and macro levels to expand this category. Innovation is key in this space and this is one of the reasons we have attended Expo West since 2002 and recently started our Natural Foods Innovation Summit series.”

Kroger’s Town Hall will focus on its merchandising leaders sharing the Restock Kroger plan along with hosting discussions about ecommerce and Kroger Precision Marketing powered by 84.51° in front of an anticipated group of 500 individuals representing more than 270 suppliers. During the event, industry leaders, including CPGs and Kroger’s own Simple Truth® and sustainability experts, will lead a panel about sustainable practices, a focus of the natural foods industry.

The Town Hall will also feature a celebrity chef tasting that spotlights Kroger’s Zero Hunger | Zero Waste initiative, which aims to end hunger in its communities and eliminate food waste in its company by 2025. Kroger is partnering with three distinguished chefs—Roy Choi, Phillip Frankland Lee and Chelsea’s Messy Apron—to host the event.

Kroger will host its third Natural Foods Innovation Summit this June in Cincinnati, Ohio.

At The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR), we are dedicated to our Purpose: to Feed the Human SpiritTM. We are nearly half a million associates who serve nine million customers daily through a seamless digital shopping experience and 2,800 retail food stores under a variety of banner names, serving America through food inspiration and uplift, and creating #ZeroHungerZeroWaste communities by 2025. To learn more about us, visit our newsroom and investor relations site.

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

Kroger EVP and CFO Mike Schlotman to present at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2018 Consumer & Retail Technology Conference

CINCINNATI, 2018-Mar-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR) today (March 7, 2018) announced that Mike Schlotman, Kroger’s executive vice president and CFO, will address investors at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2018 Consumer & Retail Technology Conference at 10:30 a.m. ET on Tuesday, March 13, 2018.

The presentation will broadcast online at ir.kroger.com.  Click on “Events, Presentations & Webcasts” to access the event.  The presentation will be available in an archived format for one week following the conference.

At The Kroger Co. (NYSE: KR), we are dedicated to our Purpose: to Feed the Human Spirit™. We are nearly half a million associates who serve nine million customers daily through a seamless digital shopping experience and 2,800 retail food stores under a variety of banner names, serving America through food inspiration and uplift, and creating #ZeroHungerZeroWaste communities by 2025. To learn more about us, visit our newsroom and investor relations site.

SOURCE: The Kroger Co.

ShopRite celebrates the grand opening of its newest supermarket in Philadelphia

ShopRite celebrates the grand opening of its newest supermarket in Philadelphia

Philadelphia, PA, 2018-Mar-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — ShopRite today (March 05, 2018) announced the grand opening of its newest full-service supermarket in Philadelphia on Sunday, March 4. A special luncheon to introduce the new store to the community was held Feb. 28.

Located at 5597 Tulip St., the ShopRite of Bridge and Harbison will be operated by the Ammons family and their Ammons Supermarkets, LLC, which also owns the ShopRite of Aramingo Avenue and a ShopRite store in Mullica Hill, NJ. The family’s newest store offers a large selection of freshly prepared foods, organic products and popular store brands, along with a community room, café, and store dietitian. To mark the opening, the Ammons family presented a $10,000 donation to the Philabundance Food Bank during Wednesday’s community luncheon.

The store, which will serve as the anchor of the Shoppes at Wissinoming, will bring affordable fresh food and produce to an area with little access to full service supermarkets. Planning for the store began five years ago, before the city’s beverage tax was proposed by the mayor and enacted in January 2017. That tax has led to beverage sale losses of nearly 60 percent for grocery store and supermarket operators in the city.

“Despite the challenging business climate in the city since the beverage tax was implemented, our family made a decision to move forward with this new store and keep our commitment to the community. We are excited to open another great ShopRite and are confident that this new, full-service supermarket will become a destination location in the neighborhood,” said Peter Ammons, who works alongside his father, brother and sister in the family’s supermarkets.

Customers who visit the new store will see that commitment fulfilled. The state-of-the-art supermarket includes fresh bake and floral shops; a seafood department with fresh, daily deliveries; meat department with trained butchers, and a large selection of organic and popular store brands such as ShopRite’s Wholesome Pantry line. An on-site dietitian will also be available to offer free, one-on-one consultations, store tours and meal planning for customers.

The store itself is anchored with a large produce department and food court with grill, pizza station and custom bake shop. A conference room at the supermarket will also be available to civic groups for meetings.
ShopRite of Bridge & Harbison will employ close to 300 full- and part-time workers when it opens and the new shopping center and supermarket is expected to stimulate more investment in the community while giving local residents more healthy food options.

The store officially opened Sunday, March 4, at 6 a.m. and will operate seven days a week, from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

About ShopRite 
ShopRite is the registered trademark of Wakefern Food Corp., a retailer-owned cooperative based in Keasbey, NJ, and the largest supermarket cooperative in the United States. With more than 270 ShopRite supermarkets located throughout New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland, ShopRite serves more than six million customers each week. Through its ShopRite Partners In Caring program, ShopRite is dedicated to fighting hunger in the communities it serves. Since the program began in 1999, ShopRite Partners In Caring has donated $43 million to food banks that support more than 2,200 worthy charities. As a title sponsor of the ShopRite LPGA Classic Presented by Acer, ShopRite has donated $30 million to local organizations, hospitals and community groups. For more information, please visit www.shoprite.com.

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

Source: ShopRite

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Morrisons and FareShare partnership saved over 100,000 meals from waste and diverted to charities

Bradford, UK, 2018-Mar-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Morrisons formalised a partnership between its food production sites and the food redistribution charity FareShare in April 2017, to use surplus food occurring at their manufacturing sites to benefit people in need. After nine months, the partnership has resulted in enough good quality food for over 100,000 meals being saved from waste and diverted to charities supporting vulnerable people across the UK.

Numerous Morrisons production sites have committed to work with FareShare, including the retailer’s fish processing plant in Grimsby which was the first to come on board, followed by their fruit packing house Cutler Heights and most recently, vegetable packing house Clayholes Farm in Carnoustie and the Gadbrook Regional Distribution Centre.

The recent addition of Clayholes Farm in December 2017 means that FareShare in Scotland now receives a regular supply of surplus potatoes. The Morrisons team recognised that potatoes used as quality samples could be collected and bagged up for donation to FareShare, rather than going to animal feed. The samples are now sent to FareShare Glasgow once a fortnight, where they are redistributed to local frontline charities.

The provision of off-cut grapes from the retailer’s fruit packing house Cutler Heights has grown from strength to strength since the project started in November 2017. FareShare now receives surplus grapes three times a week from the Bradford site, which are distributed nationwide to the charity’s network of Regional Centres. Three months since the project began, FareShare has received 40 tonnes of off-cut green grapes, which has directly benefited over 1,400 charities, including children’s breakfast clubs, day centres for older people and community centres in deprived areas. As of this week, the project has been expanded to include red surplus grapes, which is projected to significantly increase volumes donated.

Following the success of the partnership, Morrisons will work with Fareshare to embed the FareShare redistribution model further into their wider manufacturing network.

Lindsay Boswell, CEO of FareShare says: “We are incredibly proud of our partnership with Morrisons. Thanks to collaboration across multiple production sites, FareShare is able to access a range of fresh, nutritious food that is in such high demand by the thousands of frontline charities we support – items like fresh fish, potatoes and fruit. These types of surplus foods go a long way to helping local charities provide hot, nutritious meals for those who might otherwise go without. The fact that we have already reached a milestone of providing over 100,000 meals is testament to Morrisons commitment to putting their surplus food to the best possible use.”

Steven Butts, Head of Corporate Services at Morrisons says: “As a foodmaker that makes most of the fresh food we sell, our manufacturing sites represent the best opportunity to make a real difference by working with FareShare. We want more and more people to be able to eat well and that means ensuring as little as possible is wasted. Working with FareShare means we get surplus food made into wholesome meals where they are needed.”

For further information contact:

Morrisons Press Office
0845 611 5111

Source: Morrisons

John Lewis Partners undergo theatrical training with National Theatre

LONDON, 2018-Mar-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Over 500 John Lewis Partners are being trained in theatrical skills by actors working for the National Theatre to help them deliver outstanding customer service at the retailer’s new shop at White City, Westfield which opens later this month.  The initiative forms part of the retailer’s plans to respond to growing customer expectation for its shops to be inspiring places where customers go for style advice, exciting events and beauty treatments, as well as to buy products.

Every Partner recruited to work at the new shop from those who work in the stockroom to the Head of Branch is undergoing the training, which is run by Theatreworks, the National Theatre’s training service. John Lewis has turned to theatrical training because actors are outstanding communicators, and skilled at being on show and using their voices for long periods of time as people in retail do.  The training covers voice and body language skills used by actors to communicate authentically with confidence.

Peter Cross, Customer Experience Director for John Lewis said: ‘Retailers have talked about ‘retail theatre’ but as shopping habits change this has never been more important.

‘We’re investing in this training with one of the world’s leading theatre companies because actors are outstanding communicators and that’s an important element in offering outstanding personal service.’

The training sessions are led by experienced actors including Sarah Thom who originally trained with Jacques Lecoq in Paris and regularly works for BBC Radio 4, playing the character of Joan in the long-running comedy, ‘Clare in the Community’ and has often appeared on TV and on stage. Her TV credits include ‘Taboo’, Home Fires’, ‘Not Going Out’, ‘Doctors’ and ‘Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle’.

Sheila Chawla from the National Theatre who manages the training, said: ‘Our training sessions focus on the idea that communication is made up of not just what you say but how you say it.  So body language, voice and expression are all as important as our words.  We all find it more engaging when someone brings some of their personality to a conversation, meeting or presentation – and our training is all about giving you the confidence and the tools to do that.  It’s all about being yourself just with a bit more skill. We’re excited to be working with John Lewis on this project and to be able to share skills from the theatre that can help John Lewis Partners engage with customers in a fresh and authentic way.’

John Lewis’s White City, Westfield shop is the anchor shop of the new £600m extension at Westfield London, which has built a reputation as a world-leading shopping experience and entertainment destination.

Over four floors, the shop will include features not offered in other John Lewis London shops, including Loved& Found – a stand-alone boutique for new and contemporary brands – and &Beauty, John Lewis’s spa concept. The fashion floor will also showcase a new look including a dedicated personal styling studio, which is just one of the 23 services customers will be able to book via the new Experience Desk, offering a  a ‘concierge style’ service to help them make the most of the shop and its services.

Notes to editors

John Lewis – John Lewis operates 49 John Lewis shops across the UK (35 department stores, 12 John Lewis at home and shops at St Pancras International and Heathrow Terminal 2) as well as johnlewis.com. John Lewis,  ‘Best In-Store Experience 2017’, ‘Best Furniture Retailer 2017,’ ‘Best Homewares Retailer 2017’1, stocks around 350,000 separate lines in its department stores and johnlewis.com across fashion, home and technology. Johnlewis.com is consistently ranked one of the top online shopping destinations in the UK.  John Lewis Finance offers a range of comprehensive financial services products – including Insurance, Foreign Currency, International Payments and the Partnership Card – delivering the values of expertise, trust and customer service expected from the John Lewis brand. www.johnlewisfinance.com

1Verdict Consumer Satisfaction Awards 2017

You can follow John Lewis on the following social media channels:
www.johnlewis.com/twitter 
www.johnlewis.com/facebook 
www.johnlewis.com/youtube.

Enquiries:

For further information, please contact:

Mandy Pursey
Communications Manager, Corporate
Telephone: 07889 230522
Email: mandy.pursey@johnlewis.co.uk

Source: John Lewis

Whole Foods Market 365 to open its first store in Long Beach on Wednesday, April 25, 2018

LONG BEACH, Calif., 2018-Mar-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market 365 will open its first store in Long Beach and eighth store nationwide on Wednesday, April 25, 2018. The 28,000 square foot store at 3881 Lakewood Boulevard will be the third Whole Foods Market 365 location in Southern California, joining Santa Monica and Silver Lake. Whole Foods Market 365 stores offer exceptional value, in a fun and convenient new format, all while maintaining Whole Foods Market’s rigorous quality standards.

That means all products sold in the store are free of artificial flavors, colors, sweeteners, preservatives, hydrogenated fats and high-fructose corn syrup. The store will feature an array of organic products, GAP 5-Step Animal Welfare rated meat, sustainable seafood, freshly prepared grab-and-go items and a variety of products tailored for individuals with special diets.

“We are very excited to serve the Long Beach community with this new Whole Foods Market 365 store,” said Jeff Turnas, president of Whole Foods Market 365. “Customers will find a fun and modern take on the neighborhood grocery store, with great deals and convenient shopping options.”

The store will also include a dedicated restaurant by Yellow Fever and café by Groundwork Coffee as part of the Friends of 365 program. Through the program, the company partners with outside chefs, food and lifestyle brands and culinary influencers to bring shoppers innovative in-store experiences. These Friends share Whole Foods Market’s quality standards and have unique expertise in a cuisine, concept or product.

For more, visit the Whole Foods Market 365 websiteFacebookInstagram and Twitter.

Contact:

NCmedia@wholefoods.com

Source: Whole Foods Market

Amazon and Whole Foods Market launch Prime Now free two-hour delivery in Atlanta and San Francisco

Amazon Now Delivery at Whole Foods Market Lamar in Austin, Texas on February 5, 2018.

Prime customers can enjoy free 2-hour delivery for orders over $35 from Whole Foods Market; Ultrafast delivery from Whole Foods Market is now available in six cities through Prime Now, more to come in 2018

AUSTIN, Texas and SEATTLE, 2018-Mar-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon and Whole Foods Market today (March 6, 2018) launched free two-hour delivery of natural and organic products from Whole Foods Market through Prime Now in Atlanta and San Francisco. Starting today, Prime customers in neighborhoods of Atlanta and San Francisco can shop through Prime Now for bestselling items including fresh produce, high quality meat and seafood, everyday staples and other locally sourced items from Whole Foods Market. The service first launched last month in Austin, Cincinnati, Dallas and Virginia Beach with plans for continued expansion across the U.S. throughout 2018. Customers can start shopping from Whole Foods Market selection at www.primenow.com or by using the Prime Now app available on Android and iOS devices.

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

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

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

Contact:
SOmedia@wholefoods.com

Source: Whole Foods Market

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Albertsons Companies welcomes Jim Donald as President and Chief Operating Officer

Boise, Idaho, 2018-Mar-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Albertsons Companies announced today (Mar 05, 2018) that Jim Donald, former President and Chief Executive Officer of Starbucks, has been appointed President and Chief Operating Officer of Albertsons Companies, effective immediately. Donald is an experienced retail operator with extensive knowledge of Albertsons Companies, having previously held senior leadership roles at both Albertson’s, Inc. and Safeway, Inc. Donald also served as a member of the Board of Directors of Rite Aid from 2008 to 2013.

As President and Chief Operating Officer, Donald will have responsibility for the operations of the retailers’ 2,300+ store portfolio and help with the acceleration of the company’s growing omnichannel platform. Following the close of the recently announced merger with Rite Aid, subject to customary regulatory approvals and approval by Rite Aid shareholders, Donald will continue in this role and work alongside the rest of the combined company’s leadership team. Donald replaces Wayne Denningham, who retired earlier this year. Susan Morris, who was named Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer in January 2018, will continue in her role.

“Jim Donald has built an exceptional career in retail. His knowledge of our company and industry is unmatched, and I know his contributions will be invaluable as we enter the next chapter of Albertsons Companies,” said Bob Miller, Albertsons Companies Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We look forward to tapping his expertise in leading large consumer brands as we work every day to meet our customers’ needs, both in-store and online.”

Most recently, Donald served as Chief Executive Officer of Extended Stay America, a large US-based hotel chain, from 2012 to 2015. From 2009 to 2011, Donald served as President and Chief Executive Officer of food and pharmacy retailer Haggen, Inc. Prior to that, he spent six years at Starbucks, leading the company through a period of strong growth and performance, working his way up from President of its North America Division to President and Chief Executive Officer of Starbucks Corporation. Earlier in his career, Donald led Pathmark Stores, Inc. and held a variety of senior management positions with Albertson’s, Inc., Safeway, Inc. and Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Said Donald, “Having first worked at Albertsons 42 years ago, I have watched as an insider and from afar how their keen focus on customer service maintained a solid foundation for their team through the years. Their acquisitive nature combined with their recent innovation efforts and strong Own Brands portfolio have helped them to build an even stronger company today. I look forward to being a part of the team that takes this great company into the future and continues to serve the food, health, and wellness needs of today’s busy customers.”

About Albertsons Companies

Albertsons Companies is one of the largest food and drug retailers in the United States, with both a strong local presence and national scale. We operate stores across 35 states and the District of Columbia under 20 well-known banners including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market, Haggen and Carrs. Albertsons Companies is committed to helping people across the country live better lives by making a meaningful difference, neighborhood by neighborhood.

Important Notice Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about our perspectives and expectations, are forward looking statements. The words “expect,” “believe,” “estimate,” “intend,” “plan” and similar expressions, when related to the Company and its subsidiaries, indicate forward-looking statements. These statements reflect the current view of management and are subject to various risks and uncertainties. These statements are based on various assumptions and factors, including general economic, market, industry and operational factors. Any changes to these assumptions or factors may lead to practical results different from current expectations. Excessive reliance should not be placed on those statements. Forward-looking statements relate only to the date they were made, and the Company and its subsidiaries undertake no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date they were made.

MEDIA CONTACT:

208-395-6200

Source: Albertsons Companies/globenewswire

British Land: Eataly to open its first UK location at Broadgate’s 135 Bishopsgate in 2020

British Land: Eataly to open its first UK location at Broadgate’s 135 Bishopsgate in 2020

 

LONDON, 2018-Mar-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — British Land and Eataly, the Italian marketplace, announce that Eataly is to open its first UK location at Broadgate’s 135 Bishopsgate in 2020. Eataly has signed an agreement for lease for 42,000 sq ft on the ground and first floors of the building.

Eataly’s original idea is very simple: to gather all the high-quality Italian foods under one roof, where you can eat, shop and learn. With a selection of the best Italian products, restaurants, bars, quick services, exciting on-site production laboratories, and a cooking school, Eataly will add to the already popular restaurant and bar offering at Broadgate, bringing many opportunities to learn about Italian food and culture though courses, guided tastings, demonstrations and special events.

The letting marks yet another positive step in Broadgate’s evolution into a mixed-use neighbourhood for London, and sets the tone for the world class retail destination that British Land is delivering at the campus.

135 Bishopsgate’s refurbishment is part of British Land’s wider focus on enhancing the environment for Broadgate’s workers and visitors and attracting businesses from a range of sectors to the campus. The upgraded building will deliver high quality office space for occupiers, who will benefit from a roof terrace with views over London, as well as an in-house catering offer and a café, both provided by Eataly. British Land is making significant improvements to the public realm on Bishopsgate, one of London’s busiest streets.

Eataly’s marketplace will be accessible from both Bishopsgate and Broadgate’s Exchange Square which is due to be transformed into a new park for the campus. These additional entrances will significantly improve the campus’ permeability and its connections with the lively surrounding areas of Spitalfields and Shoreditch.

Claire Barber, Head of Central London Retail and Meadowhall, British Land said: “Eataly’s decision to take space at Broadgate is a fantastic endorsement of British Land’s strategy to create a vibrant, world class neighbourhood at the campus.

“Along with arrival of the Elizabeth Line at 100 Liverpool Street this year, and the high quality retail space due to open at 100 Liverpool Street in 2019, Eataly will really put Broadgate on the map as an exciting destination for Londoners to enjoy seven days a week.”

Luca Baffigo, CEO, Eataly said: “Visiting Borough Market before opening our first Eataly in Italy was a source of great inspiration for our concept. This is why opening a place in London where people can buy, eat and learn is a very important and exciting milestone for us. Being able to bring our model into a place that is so significant for us fills us with satisfaction and stimulates us to create in London a wonderful multifunctional experience.”

This letting is the most recent in a series of commitments from a range of occupiers at Broadgate, including cyber security and data management company Mimecast, which is taking 79,000 sq ft at 1FA (currently undergoing a major refurbishment), and Japanese bank SMBCE which is taking 161,000 sq ft at 100 Liverpool Street.

For further details on Broadgate, visit www.broadgate.co.uk.

About British Land

Our portfolio of high quality UK commercial property is focused on Retail around the UK and London Offices. We own or manage a portfolio valued at £18.1 billion (British Land share: £13.5 billion) as at 30 September 2017 making us one of Europe’s largest listed real estate investment companies.

Our strategy is to provide places which meet the needs of our customers and respond to changing lifestyles – Places People Prefer. We do this by creating great environments both inside and outside our buildings and use our scale and placemaking skills to enhance and enliven them. This expands their appeal to a broader range of occupiers, creating enduring demand and driving sustainable, long term performance.

Our Retail portfolio is focused on Regional and Local multi-let centres, and accounts for 49% of our portfolio. Our Offices portfolio comprises three office-led campuses in central London as well as high quality standalone buildings and accounts for 49% of our portfolio. Increasingly our focus is on providing a mix of uses and this is most evident at Canada Water, our 46 acre redevelopment opportunity where we have plans to create a new neighbourhood for London.

Sustainability is embedded throughout our business. Our places, which are designed to meet high sustainability standards, become part of local communities, provide opportunities for skills development and employment and promote wellbeing. Our industry-leading sustainability performance led to British Land being awarded a five star rating in the 2017 Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark for the second year running.

In April 2016 British Land received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Sustainable Development, the UK’s highest accolade for business success for economic, social and environmental achievements over a period of five years.

Further details can be found on the British Land website at www.britishland.com.

About Eataly

Eataly, which in the last year generates sales of roughly EUR 400 million, has 40 shops in 12 countries, offering to more than 30 million of visitors the best cottage-industry products at sustainable prices, limiting the distribution chain to the utmost and creating direct contact between the producer and the final distributor, skipping the intermediate stages in the chain. The main goal is to increase the percentage of those who eat with awareness, choosing high-quality Italian products and paying special attention to the source and processing of raw materials.

The philosophy adopted by Eataly is twofold: on the one hand, it offers products, both for sale and used as ingredients in catering; on the other hand, it offers education, including cooking classes, tastings, encounters with great chefs, important wine or beer producers or craftsmen, free education for children and senior citizens. The latter aspect summarises the true originality of Eataly and represents the starting-point in leading consumers to perceive quality, which can encourage the sense of taste and enjoyment that makes a human being more satisfied and happier. More on www.eataly.com

Enquiries:
Investor Relations:
David Walker
British Land
020 7467 3418

Media:
Claire Turvey
FTI Consulting
020 3727 1000

Source: British Land

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Maxi named Serbia’s favorite supermarket brand at the eighth annual “My Choice” awards

Maxi named Serbia’s favorite supermarket brand at the eighth annual “My Choice” awards

Belgrade, Serbia, 2018-Mar-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Our great local brands in Serbia got some great news last week with the selection of Maxi as Serbia’s favorite supermarket brand. Maxi received a “My Choice 2018″ award in the retail category during a ceremony in Belgrade, while Tempo came in second.

Organized by the “My Serbia” association and the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Serbia, the eighth annual “My Choice” awards honor the best domestic products and brands based on a survey of consumers. The survey included more than 1,900 people in 10 cities in Serbia who voted for their favorites in 24 categories.

“When consumers recognize you as their first choice and confirm that Maxi is their first recommendation, you have greater responsibility and an obligation to be even better. At the same time, this is a sign that they truly recognize our efforts to become an even better place to shop and to be an even better neighbor to them every day,” said Quentin Royer, COO of Delhaize Serbia. “We will continue to improve our offer so customers can choose from a broad assortment of quality products, allowing them to make the healthiest choices for themselves and their families.”

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

Source: Ahold Delhaize

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NEW ZEALAND: Foodstuffs North Island acquires Highland Park Shopping Centre

AUCKLAND, New Zealand, 2018-Mar-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Foodstuffs North Island Ltd is excited to announce the purchase of the well-established Highland Park Shopping Centre, with a view to eventually bringing a new shopping option to the high growth East Auckland area.

The Centre will be redeveloped over time. The redevelopment will be designed to accommodate existing retailers and to ultimately include a PAK’nSAVE supermarket. The co-operative believes the proposed redevelopment will offer locals the opportunity to enjoy New Zealand’s lowest food prices.

The current owners, Highland Centre Limited, have owned the Highland Park Shopping Centre for 20 years. Over this time, they have come to know many of their tenants personally, as such, the decision to sell was given a great deal of thought.

“After all these years we are pleased to be able to sell to a 100% New Zealand owned company which is committed to providing a valuable service to the Highland Park and wider East Auckland community,” says Mark Townsend, Director, Highland Centre Limited.

Lindsay Rowles, Foodstuffs North Island General Manager, Property Development says, “The purchase is an exciting milestone for the Co-operative. While we are still very much in the planning and evaluation stage, we are considering adding a PAK’nSAVE to the Highland Park and wider Eastern Bays area, which ultimately means we are able to offer customers more choice.”

“The details are still to be worked through. Our focus right now is on working with the existing tenants to ensure they have all the information they need as the redevelopment begins to take shape.”

The rights and interests of existing tenants will be taken into account, including the Countdown supermarket in the Centre which is not directly affected by the current redevelopment proposal.

Colliers has been appointed by Foodstuffs North Island as the managing agent for the Highland Park Shopping Centre. They are handling the process on behalf of Foodstuffs and are responsible for all property, facilities and marketing management associated with the site.

“We know the news that Foodstuffs has purchased the Shopping Centre could mean uncertainty for its current tenants, and we are very mindful of this”, says Rowles.

“The Foodstuff team wants all tenants, some of whom have been here for many years, to feel supported and, with Colliers, are endeavouring to make this process as seamless as possible.

MEDIA ENQUIRIES:
Foodstuffs Communications Team Phone: 0800 376 3342

Source: Foodstuffs North Island Ltd

Carrefour brings together Brazil’s largest technology specialists, leaders and companies on its first “Innovation Forum” in São Paulo

Carrefour brings together Brazil’s largest technology specialists, leaders and companies on its first “Innovation Forum” in São Paulo

 

Brazil, 2018-Mar-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Between 19 and 20 February, Carrefour Brazil launched its first “Innovation Forum” in São Paulo, bringing together Brazil’s largest technology specialists, leaders and companies. Over two days, best practices and digital solutions were presented and discussed with a view to meeting the main needs of the retail sector. The event was in line with the company’s global strategy – “Carrefour 2022” – a plan unveiled in January in which the digital transformation was revealed as one of the Group’s mainstays for the next five years.

The programme included conferences chaired by ten innovation, digital transformation and entrepreneurship specialists, including Guga Stocco, a renowned specialist in digital platforms and creator of Banco Original, Gustavo Caetano, founder and CEO of Samba Tech, Eco Moliterno, Director of Creation in Latin America for Accenture Interactive, Sílvio Meira, scientist, teacher and software and innovation engineering entrepreneur and Michel Sciama, Head of Performance Products at Google.

The event was also attended by the Carrefour Group’s largest technology partners, who provided an overview of current trends in the retail sector, as well as the services and new digital solutions available: Accenture, Cisco, Dielbold Nixdorf, Dimension Data, Intel and Oracle as well as MasterCard, Unilever and IBM.

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

. By phone:

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

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

. By e-mail: presse_groupe@carrefour.com

Source: Carrefour Group

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Carrefour introduces the first free range chicken reared without antibiotic treatments in Spain

Carrefour introduces the first free range chicken reared without antibiotic treatments in Spain

 

Spain, 2018-Mar-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Carrefour Spain has launched the first free range chicken reared without antibiotic treatments in the country as part of the strategy announced by Carrefour Group to make our company a reference in food transition. This chicken is sold under the “Calidad y Origen Carrefour” (Carrefour Quality and Origin) brand.

With the highest standards of animal well-being.
The free range chicken has been reared without the use of antibiotic treatments and to the highest standards of well-being. The chickens are reared using preventative treatments based on phytotherapy, in which plant extracts are used in their feed. This type of livestock farming encourages the development of animals’ natural resistance.

In addition, the chicken is produced according to environmentally sustainable parameters. The birds are reared on farms located in Galicia (Spain) and what’s more, aspects such as vegetation, which must be indigenous, or the livestock farming model, which must be traditional, are taken into account. Also, these birds are free to roam the fields and are given 100% plant-based feed, including 70% cereals, 50% of which is corn.

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

. By phone:

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

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

. By e-mail: presse_groupe@carrefour.com

Source: Carrefour Group

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Lenta introduces Bonvida, its first private label aimed at the small business customer

Saint Petersburg, Russia, 2018-Mar-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lenta (LSE, MOEX: LNTA), one of the largest retail chains in Russia, announces the launch of Bonvida – a private label for small business ‘professional’ shoppers.

A year after the launch of the Lenta PRO program, Lenta launches Bonvida – its first private label specifically aimed at the small business, or ‘professional’, customer. The label offers products in the following categories available in Lenta stores: cheeses, sausages, coffee, fish (salmon, herring), water, caramel, chocolate, tea/coffee cups/lids, milk, cream, gel shampoos, and sugar. For the moment, the Bonvida range offers 33 product items. The initial product range was selected based on concrete insights about products that are most in demand by Lenta’s small business customers, and will be gradually expanded going forward. Bonvida-labelled products are manufactured by Lenta’s trusted partners and are available in small-scale wholesale packaging at competitive prices.

Herman Tinga, Lenta Commercial Director, said:
“Having analysed the data collected from purchases by Lenta’s customers, we came to a conclusion that a significant number of products in our stores are purchased not only for personal consumption, but also for business purposes. So we decided to offer our ‘professional’ customers a specialised service and a dedicated loyalty program, PRO. Today, we are enhancing this program by adding a new private label developed specifically to meet the needs of our customers. Bonvida offers quality everyday products by leading producers which our customers can purchase without having to pay a brand markup, offering a discount of up to 9% in the process. I am confident that our customers will appreciate these products highly and will promptly put them on their must-buy lists.”

Lenta implemented its initiative for small business customers across all its hypermarkets in February 2017. Upon registering with the Lenta PRO program, legal entities and individual entrepreneurs can pay for their purchases in hypermarkets at dedicated checkouts and receive full invoices to account for expense claims and VAT refunds. The initiative is targeted towards HORECA, small independent retailers, and buyers of office supplies.

About Lenta
Lenta is the largest hypermarket chain in Russia and the country’s third largest retail chain. The Company was founded in 1993 in St. Petersburg. Lenta operates 232 hypermarkets in 84 cities across Russia and 99 supermarkets in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg and the Central region with a total of approximately 1,388,603 sq.m of selling space. The average Lenta hypermarket store has selling space of approximately 5,600 sq.m. The average Lenta supermarket store has selling space of approximately 900 sq.m. The Company operates seven owned distribution centres.

The Company’s price-led hypermarket formats are differentiated in terms of their promotion and pricing strategies as well as their local product assortment. The Company employed approximately 40,383 people as of 30 June 20171.

The Company’s management team combines a mix of local knowledge and international expertise coupled with extensive operational experience in Russia. Lenta’s largest shareholders include TPG Capital and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, both of which are committed to maintaining high standards of corporate governance. Lenta is listed on the London Stock Exchange and on the Moscow Exchange and trades under the ticker: ‘LNTA’.

A brief video summary on Lenta’s business and its Big Data initiative can be seen here.

For further information please visit www.lentainvestor.com

Contact:

Lenta
Maria Filippova
Public Relations and Government Affairs Manager
Tel.: +7 812 380-61-31 ext.: 1892
E-mail: maria.filippova@lenta.com

NW Advisors
Russian Media
Anton Karpov & Victoria Afonina
Тel:+7 495 795 06 23
E-mail: lenta@nwadvisors.com

FTI Consulting
International Media:
Leonid Fink & Victor Pomichal
Тel: +44 7497 783 705
E-mail: Leonid.Fink@fticonsulting.com
victor.pomichal@fticonsulting.com

Source: Lenta

Wegmans Food Markets announces local leadership team managing its new Natick Mall store opening on Sunday, April 29

On-The-Spot Job Interviews are Offered Wednesdays and Saturdays at Wegmans’ Framingham Hiring Office

NATICK, MA, 2018-Mar-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Wegmans Food Markets today (February 27, 2018) announced the local leadership team managing its new Natick Mall store, which opens at 7 a.m. on Sunday, April 29. The group consists of the store manager, executive chef, and three area managers who each supervise several departments within the store.

“This team brings an incredible background of knowledge and experience to Natick, and we’re still hiring and training for a number of open positions,” said Marybeth Stewart, Wegmans human resources manager.

Wegmans is offering on-the-spot job interviews at its Framingham hiring office, located at 10 Speen St., Wednesdays from 2 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. An additional Wegmans employment office is open daily in Natick Mall and job applications are accepted online at Wegmans.com/careers.

The Wegmans Natick store leadership group is as follows:

Store Manager Rich Boscia
Rich Boscia has been in the supermarket business since he was a teenager in New Jersey, working his way from part-time maintenance employee and cashier to assistant store manager. He joined Wegmans in 2001 as a merchandising area manager and was promoted to perishable area manager several years later. After moving to Massachusetts, he helped open Wegmans’ Northborough store, the family-owned company’s first foray into New England. In 2012, Boscia was promoted to store manager. He’s currently focused on hiring and training for the 550 employees that will serve the Natick community. Boscia has an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University and resides in South Grafton.

Executive Chef Brendan Newhart
Brendan Newhart’s grandfather owned a grocery store and his father owned a deli and pizzeria, so going into a culinary profession was a natural fit for him. A graduate of Paul Smith’s College with a degree in Culinary Arts and Service Management, he began his career with Wegmans in Rochester, NY as a culinary team leader in 2010. The following year, he relocated to New England as a sous chef and worked his way up to executive chef at the Westwood store. At Natick, he plays a key leadership role for some 130 culinary employees who will make Wegmans’ unmatched variety of restaurant-quality prepared foods.

Perishable Area Manager Dan Jackson
Dan Jackson began working at Wegmans in 2001 as a full-time cook for Asian cuisine in Wegmans’ Elmira, NY store. He brings prior experience as a service team leader and department manager for bakery, deli, and prepared foods. Jackson also worked as a business analyst before relocating to the Burlington, MA store as service area manager. He was later promoted to perishable area manager at Wegmans in Chestnut Hill. At Natick, Jackson will oversee the produce, floral, bakery, seafood, meat, cheese, and deli departments, where customers will find the freshest ingredients and employees will offer easy meal solutions.

Merchandising Area Manager Will Mitchell
Will Mitchell joined Wegmans as a part-time cashier and Helping Hand parking lot attendant in 1999. He went on to work full time in frozen foods and became a service team leader before managing the grocery and produce departments. Most recently, he was merchandising area manager at Wegmans in Burlington. In Natick, Mitchell will supervise each of the departments found on the first level of the unique two-story location, including grocery, dairy, frozen foods, health and wellness, bulk, wine, liquor, beer, and home and entertaining.

Service Area Manager Megan Ruby
Megan Ruby started her Wegmans career in 2004 as a part-time cashier and customer service desk employee. A Wegmans Employee Scholarship recipient, she also completed two internships and worked as a business analyst. She continued her employee development as a service team leader and front-end manager. As service area manager in Natick, Ruby will lead the front end, service desk, maintenance, Helping Hands parking lot attendants, and accounting office. She will also oversee local community giving, carrying out Wegmans’ commitment to make a difference in every community it serves.

Wegmans entered New England with its Northborough location in 2011 and currently operates five stores within the state. The Natick store is a 146,500-sq. ft. supermarket spanning two floors, including in-store café seating and two restaurant concepts: The Burger Bar and Blue Dalia Mexican Restaurant & Tequila Bar.

Wegmans Food Markets, Inc. is a 95-store supermarket chain with stores in New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Virginia, Maryland, and Massachusetts. The family-owned company, recognized as an industry leader and innovator, celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2016. Wegmans has been named one of the ‘100 Best Companies to Work For’ by FORTUNE magazine for 21 consecutive years, ranking #2 in 2018.

Press Contact:

Valerie Fox
Media Relations Coordinator
585-720-5713
valerie.fox@wegmans.com

Source:  Wegmans Food Markets

Whole Foods Market teams up with Jewish food authority Joan Nathan this Passover

Whole Foods Market teams up with Jewish food authority Joan Nathan this Passover

 

Dishes from Nathan’s cookbook, King Solomon’s Table, will be available for pre-order March 4

AUSTIN, Texas, 2018-Mar-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — This Passover, Whole Foods Market is partnering with James Beard Award-winning cookbook author and Jewish food authority Joan Nathan to offer selected innovative, new recipes from her cookbook, King Solomon’s Table, for customers to pre-order in-store and online. Nathan’s Passover meal for eight will be available at shop.wfm.com for pre-order beginning March 4.

“I am thrilled to partner with Whole Foods Market to feature some of my favorite recipes for Passover,” said Nathan. “Each dish highlights the diversity of Jewish cuisine, and will be a delicious addition to any Seder table.”

The recipes featured in the Passover meal for eight include: Double-Lemon Roast Chicken, Sicilian Eggplant Caponata Jewish-Style, Fried Artichokes Jewish-Style, Tunisian Carrot Salad with Cumin, Coriander and Caraway, Spinach with Pine Nuts and Currants and Brazilian Haroset with Apples, Dates and Cashews. Dishes will be available for in-store pick-up from March 28 through April 7.

“We’re honored to be able to share Joan’s delicious and authentic recipes with our customers,” said Tien Ho, head of culinary innovation at Whole Foods Market. “Each of her dishes includes a modern twist on a traditional Jewish recipe and is a great addition to any Passover celebration.”

Nathan is the author of numerous award-winning cookbooks, including her most recent, King Solomon’s Table, which just won the IACP International Cookbook Award. It is available on Amazon.com and will be sold in select Whole Foods Market stores beginning March 12.

This marks the third collaboration between Nathan and America’s Healthiest Grocer®. In September and December, 2017, Whole Foods Market featured High Holiday and Hanukkah dishes from King Solomon’s Table on store hot bars, in chef’s cases and for pre-order in Whole Foods Market’s Mid-Atlantic Region in time for Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Hanukkah.

Contact:
SOmedia@wholefoods.com

Source: Whole Foods Market

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Harris Teeter launches donation card campaign in support of Muscular Dystrophy Association

Harris Teeter launches donation card campaign in support of Muscular Dystrophy Association

 

Matthews, N.C., 2018-Mar-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (March 1, 2018), Harris Teeter launched a donation card campaign in support of Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Cashiers in Harris Teeter stores will ask shoppers and associates to purchase a $1, $3, and $5 “Live Unlimited” donation card. The sales of the donation cards will directly benefit MDA in raising funds to continue its mission of finding treatments and cures for neuromuscular diseases, including ALS and other related life-threatening diseases.

The company has donated over $1.5 million to MDA thanks to generous contributions from Harris Teeter customers and associates over the last 10 years.

“Each donation card sold is a symbol of strength, independence and life for kids and adults with life-threatening diseases who count on MDA to find answers and provide support,” said Amy Meyers, Executive Director of MDA: Charlotte.  “Thanks to the generosity of Harris Teeter associates and shoppers, we can help MDA invest in lifesaving research and support programs for these individuals so they can live the life they’ve always imagined and experience the world without any limits.”

To learn more about Harris Teeter’s commitment to help MDA in the fight against neuromuscular disease, please click here.

About MDA
MDA is leading the fight to free individuals, and the families who love them, from the harm of muscular dystrophy, ALS and related muscle-debilitating diseases that take away physical strength, independence and life. MDA uses their collective strength to help children and adults live longer and grow stronger by finding research breakthroughs across diseases; caring for individuals from day one; and empowering families with services and support in hometowns across America.

Source: Harris Teeter

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Lenta launches co-branded loyalty programme with AO Raiffeisenbank

St. Petersburg, Russia, 2018-Mar-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Lenta, (LSE, MOEX: LNTA) one of the largest retail chains in Russia, is pleased to announce the opening of its twenty sixth supermarket in Saint Petersburg.

The new store is a Lenta supermarket located in Shlisselburg, Leningrad region, 4 Zhuka street. The store has a total area of 1,084 sq.m with 668 sq.m of selling space and is open from 08.00 am to 11.00 pm, seven days a week. A broad product assortment of 5,500 SKUs has been selected specifically for residents of Shlisselburg and includes Lenta’s private labels and federal product ranges alongside local produce. The store has 6 cash registers. The property is leased by Lenta.

This opening in Shlisselburg is Lenta’s second supermarket opening in 2018 and brings the total number of Lenta stores to 232 hypermarkets in 84 cities across Russia and 99 supermarkets in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg and the Central region.

About Lenta
Lenta is the largest hypermarket chain in Russia and the country’s fourth largest retail chain. The Company was founded in 1993 in St. Petersburg. Lenta operates 232 hypermarkets in 84 cities across Russia and 99 supermarkets in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg and the Central region with a total of approximately 1,388,603 sq.m of selling space. The average Lenta hypermarket store has selling space of approximately 5,600 sq.m. The average Lenta supermarket store has selling space of approximately 900 sq.m. The Company operates seven owned distribution centres.

The Company’s price-led hypermarket formats are differentiated in terms of their promotion and pricing strategies as well as their local product assortment. The Company employed approximately 40,400 people as of 30 June 20171.

The Company’s management team combines a mix of local knowledge and international expertise coupled with extensive operational experience in Russia. Lenta’s largest shareholders include TPG Capital and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, both of which are committed to maintaining high standards of corporate governance. Lenta is listed on the London Stock Exchange and on the Moscow Exchange and trades under the ticker: ‘LNTA’.

A brief video summary on Lenta’s business and its Big Data initiative can be seen here.

For further information please visit www.lentainvestor.com

Contact:

Lenta
Maria Filippova
Public Relations and Government Affairs Manager
Tel.: +7 812 380-61-31 ext.: 1892
E-mail: maria.filippova@lenta.com

NW Advisors
Russian Media
Anton Karpov & Victoria Afonina
Тel:+7 495 795 06 23
E-mail: lenta@nwadvisors.com

FTI Consulting
International Media:
Leonid Fink & Victor Pomichal

Тel: +44 7497 783 705
E-mail: Leonid.Fink@fticonsulting.com
victor.pomichal@fticonsulting.com

Source: Lenta

Walmart Canada to utilize Food-X warehouse and delivery platform for online grocery shopping deliveries for Vancouver-area in summer 2018

Food-X, a subsidiary of Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery (SPUD), helps reduce waste and lower carbon footprint of growing home grocery delivery market

VANCOUVER, 2018-Mar-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walmart Canada and Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery (SPUD) announced today (February 21, 2018) an agreement to offer SPUD’s food delivery platform, Food-X Urban Delivery Inc. (Food-X), to Walmart.ca customers in Metro Vancouver. Food-X helps Walmart fulfill last mile home delivery and — through shared warehousing and consolidation of orders — reduces waste, truck trips and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Walmart Canada will begin using the Food-X warehouse and delivery platform for online grocery shopping deliveries for Vancouver-area Walmart.ca customers in summer 2018.

“Consumer demand for online grocery shopping is growing and that means more trucks on the road.” said Peter van Stolk, CEO at SPUD. “We have built a best-in-class platform to get food from the supplier to the kitchen while reducing waste, lowering emissions and lowering cost. Now we’re offering Food-X to other companies who share a commitment to sustainability, efficiency and strong customer service.”

Food-X comprises of a soon-to-be completed 74,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art warehouse with proprietary technology SPUD has been refining for the past 20 years, providing SPUD customers in the Vancouver-area with local, healthy food and produce. The facility will also have several bio-digesters used to compost meat, produce, and compostable packaging. Food-X is part of the larger SPUD ecosystem that includes home delivery, small store retail, commissary/food preparation services and distribution. SPUD will continue to operate its facility on East Hastings and SPUD customers will continue to benefit from a world class online grocery service.
This agreement also expands on Walmart Canada’s commitment to make grocery shopping easier for customers in urban centres like Vancouver – where there may not be convenient access to a Walmart Supercentre – and for customers who prefer to shop online.

“We are always looking for new ways to offer convenience and choice to our customers so they can shop when they want and how they want at Walmart’s unbeatable prices,” said Lee Tappenden, CEO and President at Walmart Canada. “Our strategic collaboration with Food-X allows us to serve customers in the heart of Vancouver in an environmentally friendly and sustainable way.”

When the service is up and running in summer 2018, Walmart customers will shop online at www.walmart.ca for Walmart products at Walmart’s low prices every day – all backed by a 100% satisfaction money-back guarantee. Product assortment will include fresh groceries, including fruits and vegetables, 100% Canadian AAA Angus beef, pork and chicken and seafood, dairy, baked goods, deli and frozen foods. Customers will also have a selection of organic items to choose from. A Food-X truck will deliver groceries directly to customer’s home, as early as next-day.

About Food-X Urban Delivery Inc.
Food-X Urban Delivery Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sustainable Produce Urban Delivery Inc. (SPUD). Founded in 1997 in Vancouver, SPUD has expanded into one of the largest online grocery companies in Canada, employing over 600 people across all its markets delivering fresh, local, organic produce and groceries. With a mission of changing the world one bite at a time and passion for a sustainable food system, SPUD’s goal is to use its connection to local and organic food to help improve the places where we live and work. From this vision, Be Fresh Local Market was proudly cultivated by SPUD, with the first store opening in Vancouver’s Kitsilano neighbourhood in 2015. Be Fresh currently serves five local communities in Vancouver. In 2017, Blush Lane Organic Market joined the SPUD family supporting Edmonton and Calgary across five locations. SPUD is a leader in Western Canada’s local and organic food movement. For more information, visit www.foodx.ca.

About Walmart Canada
Walmart Canada operates a growing chain of 410 stores nationwide serving more than 1.2 million customers each day. Walmart Canada’s flagship online store, www.walmart.ca, is visited by 600,000 customers daily. With more than 85,000 associates, Walmart Canada is one of Canada’s largest employers and is ranked one of the country’s top 10 most influential brands. Walmart Canada’s extensive philanthropy program is focused on supporting Canadian families in need, and since 1994 Walmart has raised and donated more than $300 million to Canadian charities. Additional information can be found at walmartcanada.cafacebook.com/walmartcanada and at twitter.com/walmartcanada.

Media Contacts:

Food-X:
Peter van Stolk
peter@foodx.ca

Walmart Canada:
Anika Malik
anika.malik@walmart.com

Source: Walmart Canada

Tops Friendly Markets surpasses goal of helping provide over 3 million meals through Little Brown Bags of Hope and Checkout Hunger campaigns

Williamsville, N.Y., 2018-Mar-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — TOPS is committed to helping end hunger in its local communities. Its partners like Food Bank of WNY, Foodlink, Food Bank of Central New York, and six additional are thankful for the tremendous success of the recent Little Brown Bags of Hope holiday campaign as well as the just completed Checkout Hunger, as Tops Friendly Markets announces surpassing their goal of helping provide over 3 million meals! Three million meals – equal to 30 tractor trailer trucks of food – will impact hundreds of thousands of people across the company’s three state footprint.“Both of these campaigns offered us the opportunity to come together as a community and show our support for those in need – showing that together we can truly make an amazing difference in so many people’s lives” said Frank Curci, chief executive officer for Tops Friendly Markets. 100% of the donations stayed local to the store where the donations were made. In total nine food banks across the chain’s footprint in upstate New York, northern Pennsylvania and Vermont benefit from these efforts.

The method behind the magic of the chains largest and most successful giving campaign lies in its Little Brown Bags of Hope, a term that has become synonymous with giving to the Food Banks during the holiday season. Organizers moved away from the physical bags of food during this year’s campaign in order to increase efficiencies, allowing the Food Banks to expedite donations from the store to their operating facilities and then into the market as quickly as possible. At the register, customers were asked if they wanted to support the campaign by buying a $5 Breakfast, $10 Lunch, and/or $20 Dinner for a family in need in our community.

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

The chain’s annual Check out Hunger winter campaign ran in a similar fashion where customers were asked by their cashier if they would like to round up their bill, or make a donation of $2, $3, or $5. This year alone, Tops Friendly Markets, along with its media partners, have worked together to help provide over 1.7 million meals to families in need through the Check Out Hunger Campaign.

“The Food Bank of WNY is grateful for the continued support of Tops Friendly Markets. Their year-round generosity makes an incredible difference in the lives of hungry children, families and seniors in our community. We are thankful for their partnership as we continue to fight hunger one day at a time,” Tara A. Ellis, president and CEO of the Food Bank of WNY, said.

Tops Markets, LLC, is headquartered in Williamsville, NY and operates 169 full-service supermarkets with five additional by franchisees under the Tops banner. Tops employs over 14,000 associates and is a leading full-service grocery retailer in New York, northern Pennsylvania, and Vermont. For more information about Tops Markets, visit the company’s website at www.topsmarkets.com.

CONTACT:

Kathy Romanowski
7166355577

Source: Tops Friendly Markets

SPAR Croatia reduces amount of salt in its bread by 1.4%

SPAR Croatia reduces amount of salt in its bread by 1.4%

Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 2018-Feb-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — SPAR Croatia has reduced the amount of salt in its bread baked daily at the INTERSPAR bakery by 1.4%, in line with the World Health Organisation’s dietary recommendations.

Customers can now find bread baked with a lower volume of salt on the shelves of all INTERSPAR and SPAR stores in the country. The amount of salt in all 30 bread varieties has been reduced by 2% to the recommended 1,4% and in some cases even lower than the recommended amount. All the other ingredients remain the same – no additives were used to replace the salt and the bread is of the same high quality and taste.

“Through revising the recipe, SPAR Croatia is enabling positive change in our customers’ eating habits,” said Helmut Fenzl, CEO of SPAR Croatia.

This is part of a larger strategic plan to reduce the consumption of kitchen salt in Croatia from the current daily intake of 11.6 grams to 9.3 grams by 2019. This will consequently reduce the prevalence of arterial hypertension, cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases.

Read more news from SPAR Croatia

About SPAR Croatia

The first SPAR Hypermarket opened in Croatia in mid-2005, following the signing of the licence agreement between ASPIAG (a subsidiary of SPAR Austria AG) and SPAR International in 2004. As a member of the ASPIAG group, SPAR Croatia has access to a wide range of own brand products. Brand development has primarily taken place through SPAR Supermarkets and INTERSPAR Hypermarkets, both through the take-over of existing chains and the opening of new stores.

SOURCE: SPAR International

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

Colruyt’s ‘Dinner is served at 1 -2-3 euros’ project reaches 100 towns and more than 2000 families

Halle, Belgium, 2018-Feb-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Colruyt reaches more than 2000 families with social project ‘Dinner is served at 1 -2-3 euros’ 100 th town joins the project Halle, 20 February 2018 . All told, one hundred towns have agreed with Colruyt Lowest Prices to make a tasty and balanced diet more accessible to families in financial difficulties. One year and a half after the start of ‘Dinner is served at 1 -2-3 euros’ about two thousand familie s are already participating. Every two weeks, they receive a budget -friendly booklet with 6 easy recipes costing maximum 1, 2 or 3 euros per portion. A balanced diet is a basic right for everyone and Colruyt thus hopes to offer extra inspiration.

Budget -friendly recipes
The ‘Dinner is served at 1 -2-3 euros’ concept is simple. Vulnerable families with kids are informed by their Social Service or organisations such as Child&Family, the Centre for General Well -being, House of the child , etc. Families can enr ol and will then receive a Colruyt cookery booklet every two weeks. It contains six easy and child -friendly recipes and the shopping lists. Each recipe is enough for three large portions and costs no more than 1, 2 or 3 euros per portion. This includes the price of the whole packaging, even if less is needed to make the recipe. It allows people to know in advance exactly what they will pay at the check -out. The cookery booklet also contains tips to let kids help and to turn leftovers into a tasty dish.

To support participants, some social organisations organise cooking demonstrations to prepare recipes together. Or they ask the local Colruyt store to organise a guided tour, during which store employees can give tips on efficient and cheap shopping.

“No gourmet cook”
Today, the project has about two thousand participants, thus reach ing the same number of families. Colruyt notices that at least 37% of the participants already used the cookery booklet in a Colruyt store and 24% are frequent participants. Of course, some participants may shop at other store formats.

People are often happy with the inspiration for daily cooking, without having to rack their brains over the price. “I am not a gourmet cook, and I wanted to let you know that, thanks to you, I succeed in conjuring up satisfactory, varied, affordable and delicious dishes. I simp ly wanted to tell you that this is a really interesting initiative, so thanks!” , says a participant from Kortrijk.

Feedback from coaches does Colruyt good as well. Kurt De Loor, chairman of the Social Service of Zottegem: “Putting a balanced meal on the t able every day is not a picnic. Especially when it is not easy for people financially. We hear this a lot from families who visit our Social Service. That’s the reason why we decided to join Colruyt’s project. It is an easily accessible way to inspire people to conjure up cheap yet healthy meals. I am convinced this project will be a success in Zottegem as well.”

Roll-out in the whole country
‘Dinner is served at 1 -2-3 euros’ started two years ago as a test project of Colruyt, in cooperation with the Socia l Service of Kortrijk. A group of 144 families with kids living at home tested the concept for six months. The reactions were positive and Colruyt decided to roll out the project on a national level. In the past year, things have been moving really fast. R ecently, Zottegem was the hundredth town to join and applications keep coming.

“More and more often, social organisations tell us there is a need for simple tools to work on a balanced diet. Today, many West -Flemish towns are participating, but cities lik e Sint -Niklaas and Ghent also joined. And Wallonia also shows an interest: Namur an d Charleroi recently joined the project and there is much enthusiasm” , says Colruyt coordinator Wim Verbesselt.

Productive partnership
Cooperation between private, local a uthorities and social organisations starts from their expertise. “Social organisations know the vulnerable families and their need for measures to combat poverty” , says Wim Verbesselt. “At Colruyt we have a lot of expertise in cooking tasty and balanced fo od. If we join forces, we can make a structural and sustainable differen ce for people in difficulties. We are very happy to be able to take away some of the concerns of families with children and to help them manage. It is one of the many ways in which we fulfil our corporate social responsibility.”

SOURCE: Colruyt Group

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Carrefour Poland’s C4 Retail Lab incubator recognised at the 2017 Heart Open Innovation Awards

Carrefour Poland’s C4 Retail Lab incubator recognised at the 2017 Heart Open Innovation Awards

Boulogne-Billancourt, France, 2018-Feb-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Carrefour Poland’s C4 Retail Lab incubator, which started up in 2017, has got through to the finals of the Open Innovation Awards in the “Initiative” category.

The C4 Retail Lab was set up last year as part of Carrefour Poland’s omnichannel strategy. Its purpose is to look for and implement innovations for the whole mass merchandising sector, as well as supporting the development of entrepreneurship in Poland and fostering young talent. The incubator already has 12 start-ups and five projects are in the test phase.One of the first companies to join the C4 Retail Lab was Smart Cart – a Polish company which has developed a system that involves traditional shopping trolleys and self-service checkouts. The award given by the Heart Warsaw is the first that Carrefour’s incubator has received.

The 2017 Heart Open Innovation Awards is a competition for companies which innovate in collaboration with start-ups. Their aim is to showcase companies which use sources of external innovation, setting up partnerships and implementing the best solutions. The competition was organised by The Heart Warsaw, the European centre for cooperation between major groups and start-ups.

SOURCE: Carrefour Group

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Sainsbury’s: Gemma Atkinson launches this year’s official Sport Relief merchandise

Sainsbury’s: Gemma Atkinson launches this year’s official Sport Relief merchandise

LONDON, 2018-Feb-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dancing queen, Gemma Atkinson, has a wheelie good time in Sainsbury’s for Sport Relief.

The stunt was promoting the Sport Relief merchandise, available now in Sainsbury’s stores and online with at least 50 per cent of every sale going to Sport Relief. Gemma put her own spin on the everyday task in a four-wheeled routine which dazzled unsuspecting Sainsbury’s shoppers.

For the first time ever, Sport Relief is challenging the nation to beat a billion steps a day, every day from 17th-23rd March, tracking their progress through the brand-new Sport Relief app and looking the part in the official merchandise.

Gemma, who racked up her steps using the app – downloadable via the app store or sportrelief.com, said: “Dancing with a trolley is not as easy as it might look! There were a few near misses, but I had a lot of fun. I hope today has shown just how easy it is to get active, raise money and change lives this Sport Relief.

“So, on your next trip to Sainsbury’s, cha-cha down those aisles to pick up your Sport Relief merchandise and look the part doing your steps.”

Gemma was paired up with one of the store’s trolley collectors in Sainsbury’s Ashton Moss store, Manchester to learn the basics, then let loose in the car park to put her coordination to the test, impressing shoppers with the unusual routine.

One Sainsbury’s colleague who Gemma put in a spin was Lee Mottershead, 23 from Ashton-under-Lyne who said: “I wasn’t expecting to be dancing when I came into work today, least of all with Gemma Atkinson! We do something for Sport Relief in store every year, but nothing quite like this. It’s been really fun, Gemma was a great dance partner.”

Rachel Carrington, Sponsorship Manager at Sainsbury’s said: “We’ve been proud partners of Sport Relief for many years. In 2016, Sainsbury’s colleagues and customers raised over £7 million, making a huge difference to those in need. We’re hoping that our efforts this year will make an even bigger difference and are delighted to have Gemma on board to give this year’s campaign an extra push.”

Sainsbury’s is the official retailer of the Sport Relief merchandise. A donation from each sale will go towards helping vulnerable people across the UK and the world to live happier, healthier and safer lives.

SOURCE: Sainsbury’s

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Meijer’s advertising team won 30 awards at the American Advertising Federation (AAF) of West Michigan’s annual ADDY® Awards

Retailer’s 2017 ad campaigns lauded by West Michigan’s advertising community

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., 2018-Feb-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — Meijer announced today that its advertising team won big at the American Advertising Federation (AAF) of West Michigan’s annual ADDY® Awards with a record 30 awards.

The retailer’s in-house creative team earned accolades for a variety of 2017 creative advertising campaigns in multiple categories, including The Hambassador social media campaign, Grocery Store Love Songs radio commercial, and its Come Home television commercial.

“I am incredibly proud of our talented Meijer creative team who delivered such a range of outstanding work that engaged and inspired our customers in 2017,” said Lisa Henriksen, Senior Vice President of Marketing. “It’s quite a testament to their talent, collaboration and hard work to be recognized to that extent by our industry colleagues.”

Meijer received the following ADDY Awards, which is the industry’s largest and most representative competition:

  • Gold, Photography Campaign: Halloween Food
  • Gold, Social Media Campaign: The Hambassador
  • Silver, Illustration Series: Holiday Gift Cards
  • Silver, Photography Campaign: Easter Ham Photography
  • Silver, Photography Campaign: Halloween Cocktail Photography
  • Silver, Social Media Single Execution: Coach McCarthy – Cans
  • Silver, Social Media Single Execution: Coach McCarthy – Garbage
  • Silver, Social Media Single Execution: The Hambassador – Basket
  • Silver, Social Media Single Execution: The Hambassador – Tablescape
  • Silver, Social Media Campaign: Coach McCarthy
  • Silver, Out-of-Home Multiple Installation: Halloween In-Store
  • Silver, Regional/National Television Commercial: Come Home
  • Silver, Regional/National Television Commercial: Meijer Beer – Founders
  • Silver, Regional/National Television Commercial: Meijer Beer – Leinenkugel’s
  • Bronze, Social Media Single Execution: Farmer to Table – Cabbage
  • Bronze, Social Media Campaign: Come Home
  • Bronze, Social Media Campaign: Halloween Scary Candy Scenes
  • Bronze, Social Media Campaign: Meijer Basket(ball)
  • Bronze, Social Media Campaign: Style for Every BODY
  • Bronze, Copywriting: Tender Meat Matching
  • Bronze, Website-Based App: Tender Meat Matching
  • Bronze, Point of Purchase: Purple Cow Display
  • Bronze, Branded Content & Entertainment: ArtPrize Palate
  • Bronze, Out-of-Home Multiple Installations: Meijer Little Caesars Arena
  • Bronze, Out-of-Home Multiple Installations: Mercato Italiano
  • Bronze, Print Campaign: Never Saw the Light of Day – Purple Cow
  • Bronze, Regional/National Radio Commercial :30 Seconds or Less: Grocery Store Love Songs Radio
  • Bronze, Integrated Advertising Campaign – Regional/National – Consumer: Mercato Italiano
  • Bronze, Integrated Advertising Campaign – Regional/National – Consumer: Oh My Gourd
  • Bronze, Cinematography: Farmer to Table: Cabbage

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.

SOURCE:  Meijer

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

Whole Planet Foundation launches its Annual Prosperity Campaign on March 1

AUSTIN, Texas, 2018-Feb-23 — /EPR Retail News/ — On Thursday, March 1, Whole Planet Foundation launches its Annual Prosperity Campaign to alleviate poverty around the globe for the world’s poorest people – mostly women – living in communities where Whole Foods Market® sources products. This year’s campaign goal is to raise $3 million to increase the foundation’s current reach of 72 countries and 16 U.S. cities.

“Shopper generosity during the Annual Prosperity Campaign is tremendous. Whole Foods Market customers are part of a global movement of empowering women to change their own lives through their own hard work,” said Joy Stoddard, Whole Planet Foundation development and outreach director. “A loan as small as $11 can shift a women’s self-perception and power her potential to see her own value, have the courage to become a businesswoman and generate income for herself and her family. This campaign enables us all to contribute.”  Because Whole Foods Market covers the foundation’s operational costs, 100 percent of every donation benefits microcredit clients.

The average first loan size supported by Whole Planet Foundation is $183 and the loans do not require a formal contract or collateral.  In some parts of the world where women are often marginalized with little say in decisions, these small loans make a mighty impact.  Microcredits cannot guarantee that a woman will escape poverty herself, but they provide a chance for her to become a participant in her community’s economy, improve her family’s living conditions, and increase nutrition and education for her children.

For example, Maimuna is a microcredit client of Whole Planet Foundation’s microfinance partner Reliance in The Gambia in West Africa.  Maimuna sells bread, dried fish and breakfast items in the village of Nyimina Dankunku where she lives with her family. With her loan of 5,000 Gambian Dalasis (about $117), Maimuna purchased ingredients for the food she prepares. On a good day, she can take home a profit of 300 Gambian Dalasis (about $6).  Microentrepreneurs in the United States run businesses including food carts, flower stands, artisan goods, mobile nail salons, and jewelry, shoes and clothing sales.

“Since 2006 we have funded 2.6 million microloans providing 14.5 million opportunities for a better life. The microfinance organizations we partner with are experts in poverty alleviation and we are seeing reductions in global poverty,” said Philip Sansone, Whole Planet Foundation president and executive director. “We couldn’t do this work without our generous supplier partners who have donated a remarkable ten million dollars for these critical efforts.”

Amplifying this year’s Prosperity Campaign, suppliers to Whole Foods Market are donating $1.2 million to fund 36,000 opportunities for low-income entrepreneurs around the world to change their own lives.  Suppliers donating $100,000 each include Allegro Coffee Company, Chobani, Frontier Co-op, Naked Juice, Papyrus-Recycled Greetings, and Wallaby. Suppliers donating $50,000 each include Alaffia, Bonafide Provisions, Boulder Brands, Hain Celestial, Hiball Energy, IZZE, ORGANIC INDIA, Sambazon, Seventh Generation, Traditional Medicinals and Weleda.

Learn more about the transformative power of microcredit at Whole Planet Foundation, watch the documentary Living On One Dollar to understand extreme poverty, and join the Prosperity Campaign in Whole Foods Market stores or online to power the potential of women entrepreneurs worldwide.

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Source: Whole Foods Market

ENGLAND: B&M opens new store in Bishop’s Stortford

ENGLAND: B&M opens new store in Bishop’s Stortford

 

LIVERPOOL, UK, 2018-Feb-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — B&M Stores continued its expansion today (21 February 2018) as a new store was officially opened in Bishop’s Stortford.

The addition to B&M’s portfolio in the region comes as a huge boost to the local economy, creating more than 40 jobs for people from the area.

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

As part of the opening celebrations, B&M employees invited local charity, Cancer Research UK, to be their VIP for the day. Local Deputy Mayor, Cllr George Cutting, was also in attendance.

The team volunteer in the local shop on Potter Street to raise money for the charity through selling pre-loved bargains to the local community. The charity relies on fundraising to carry out research into cancer and help beat the disease sooner. Last year the charity’s shops across the UK raised £80 million – this wouldn’t have been possible without their amazing volunteers.

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

The store manager, Hamza Khan, said: “The team from Cancer Research UK really stood out for us as they go the extra mile for local community, we wanted to give them some VIP treatment as a thank you for all the hard work they do.

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

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

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Source: B&M Store

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