Casino Group becomes RelevanC’s sole shareholder

Saint-Étienne, France, 2018-Mar-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — RelevanC, the start-up created on 11 October 2017 by the Casino Group and RedPill, offers mining and analytics services for high quality, relevant data, based on both consumers’ actual in-store purchases and their online behaviour.

Mining these data makes it possible not only to conduct in-depth consumer studies, but also to roll out targeted digital advertising campaigns and measure their impact on actual brick and mortar sales.

RelevanC’s initial launch phase, led by recently appointed Chief Executive Officer Adrien Vincent, has now been completed.

Specifically:

  • the web platform for interfacing with advertisers, media agencies and research institutes has been designed and is now fully up and running;
  • consumer data from the Casino Group’s banners (Cdiscount, Monoprix, Géant, Casino Supermarkets, Franprix, etc.) have been enriched, thanks to partnerships formed with premium media, including TF1, Aufeminin.com, France Télévisions and Amaury Media;
  • the performance measurement application, which determines the impact of a digital advertising campaign on actual in-store buying behaviour, has been developed and the initial outcomes with major food brands are promising.

After this successful incubation phase, Casino and RedPill decided to amend their agreements in order to launch the company’s growth phase.

The Casino Group has now become RelevanC’s sole shareholder and is reaffirming its goal of positioning itself in this new, fast-growing business by actively mining all the potential of its data.

PRESS CONTACT:
Agence IMAGE SEPT
Tel.: +33 (0)1 53 70 74 84
Karine Allouis – kallouis@image7.fr
Grégoire Lucas – gregoire.lucas@image7.fr

Source: Casino Group

Macerich to participate in the Citi 2018 Global Property CEO Conference in Hollywood, Florida

SANTA MONICA, Calif., 2018-Mar-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Macerich® (NYSE: MAC) today (03/05/18) announced that Art Coppola, CEO and Chairman, Ed Coppola, President and Tom O’Hern, Senior Executive Vice President and CFO will participate in the Citi 2018 Global Property CEO Conference in Hollywood, Florida.

Macerich will participate in a roundtable discussion from approximately 2:55 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time, on Monday, March 5, 2018.  Interested parties can listen to a live audio only webcast of the discussion on the Macerich website at www.macerich.com (Investing Section). To listen, please go to the website, at least fifteen minutes prior to the start of the discussion in order to register.  An online replay of the webcast will be available one hour after the conclusion of the live event and will be available until May 1, 2018.

Macerich, an S&P 500 company, is a fully integrated self-managed and self-administered real estate investment trust, which focuses on the acquisition, leasing, management, development and redevelopment of regional malls throughout the United States.

Macerich currently owns 53 million square feet of real estate consisting primarily of interests in 48 regional shopping centers. Macerich specializes in successful retail properties in many of the country’s most attractive, densely populated markets with significant presence in the Pacific Rim, Arizona, Chicago and the Metro New York to Washington, DC corridor.

A recognized leader in sustainability, Macerich has earned NAREIT’s prestigious “Leader in the Light” award every year from 2014-2017. For the third straight year in 2017 Macerich achieved the #1 GRESB ranking in the North American Retail Sector, among many other environmental accomplishments. Additional information about Macerich can be obtained from the Company’s website at www.macerich.com.

Contact:

Jean Wood
Vice President
Investor Relations
(424-229-33

SOURCE: Macerich

JCPenney announces 4Q 2017 financial and full year results

  • Fourth Quarter Comparable Sales Increase 2.6%
  • Outstanding Debt Reduced by Over $600 Million in 2017

PLANO, Texas, 2018-Mar-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE: JCP) today (Mar. 2, 2018) announced financial results for its fiscal fourth quarter and full year ended Feb. 3, 2018. Comparable sales increased 2.6 % for the fourth quarter and increased 0.1 % for full year 2017. Fourth quarter earnings per share was $0.81 and full year net loss per share was ($0.37). Fourth quarter adjusted earnings per share was $0.57 and full year adjusted earnings per share was $0.22. A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP financial measures is included in the schedules accompanying the consolidated financial statements in this release.

Marvin R. Ellison, chairman and chief executive officer said, “We are encouraged by our results for the fourth quarter and for fiscal 2017. Through the hard work and dedication of the entire JCPenney team, we delivered our second consecutive year of positive adjusted earnings. For 2017, we improved adjusted earnings per share by 175 %, reduced our outstanding debt levels by over $600 million and generated over $200 million of free cash flow. During the fourth quarter, we delivered our strongest positive sales comps and achieved our largest gross margin improvement for the year. Our fourth quarter gross margin improvement, combined with our continued commitment to expense discipline, helped us generate adjusted earnings per share of $0.57 for the quarter.”

Ellison continued, “In 2018, we will intensify our market share efforts in Appliances, Mattresses and Furniture, while continuing to take steps to modernize our apparel assortment and omni-channel. Our strategy and plan is clear and consistent, and we remain focused on two critical factors – to operate the business for growth and deliver profitable earnings. I would like to thank our nearly 100,000 associates around our company for their hard work and more importantly, for their commitment to JCPenney.”

Fourth Quarter 2017 Results
Total net sales for the 14 weeks ended Feb. 3, 2018 increased 1.8 % to $4.03 billion compared to $3.96 billion for the 13 weeks ended Jan. 28, 2017. Comparable sales increased 2.6 % in the fourth quarter and were on the same 13 week basis as the fourth quarter last year.

Jewelry, Home, Sephora, Footwear and Handbags and Salon were the Company’s top performing divisions during the quarter. Geographically, the Southeast and Gulf Coast were the best performing regions of the country.

Cost of goods sold, which excludes depreciation and amortization, was $2.68 billion, or 66.4 % of sales, compared to $2.65 billion, or 66.9 % of sales in the same period last year. The improvement was primarily driven by decreased promotional activity during the quarter resulting from an improved inventory position. This improvement was partially offset by the continued growth in the Company’s online and major appliance businesses and higher shrink rates.

SG&A expenses were $943 million compared to $925 million for the same period last year. As a percentage of sales, SG&A expenses were 23.4 % and flat compared to last year. Reductions primarily in store controllable costs and marketing spend were partially offset by lower credit income and higher incentive compensation.

Net income was $254 million, or $0.81 per share, compared to net income of $192 million, or $0.61 per share in the same period last year. The improvement was primarily due to a $75 million tax reform benefit recorded in the fourth quarter this year.

Adjusted net income was $179 million, or $0.57 per share, for the fourth quarter this year. Adjusted net income for the fourth quarter last year was $202 million, or $0.64 per share, which included a gain of $62 million, or $0.20 per share, associated with the sale of the Company’s home office.

Full Year 2017 Results
Total net sales decreased (0.3) % to $12.51 billion compared to $12.55 billion last year. Comparable sales increased 0.1 % for full year 2017. The slight decline in total net sales was primarily due to store closures in 2017, most of which closed in the first half of the year, and was partially offset by incremental sales for the 53rd week.

For the year, cost of goods sold, which excludes depreciation and amortization, was $8.17 billion, or 65.4 % of sales, compared to $8.07 billion, or 64.3 % of sales last year. This increase was primarily driven by the liquidation of both closed store and slow-moving inventory, the continued growth in the Company’s online and major appliance businesses and higher shrink rates.

SG&A expenses declined 2 % or $70 million to $3.47 billion, or 27.7 % of sales, a decrease of 50 basis points as a percentage of sales compared to last year. These savings were primarily driven by reductions in store controllable costs and marketing efficiencies, which were partially offset by lower credit income and higher incentive compensation.

Net loss was ($116) million, or ($0.37) per share, compared to net income of $1 million, or $0.00 per share last year. This reduction was driven primarily by restructuring charges associated with the fiscal 2017 store closures and voluntary early retirement program.

Adjusted net income increased $44 million to $68 million, or $0.22 per share, compared to adjusted net income of $24 million, or $0.08 per share, last year.

Adjusted EBITDA was $972 million compared to $1.01 billion last year.

Inventory at year-end was $2.76 billion, a decrease of 3.2 % compared to last year-end. Capital expenditures for the year, net of landlord allowances, were $375 million. Free cash flow was a positive $213 million for full year 2017, an increase of $210 million versus last year.

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of year were $458 million. During fiscal 2017, the Company reduced its outstanding debt position by over $600 million. The Company ended the fiscal year with liquidity in excess of $2.3 billion.

Outlook
The Company’s 2018 full year guidance is as follows:

  • Comparable store sales: expected to be 0.0 % to 2.0 %; and
  • Adjusted earnings per share1: expected to be $0.05 to $0.25.

1 A reconciliation of non-GAAP forward-looking projections to GAAP financial measures is not available as the nature or amount of potential adjustments, which may be significant, cannot be determined at this time.

Fourth Quarter and Full Year Earnings Conference Call Details

At 8:30 a.m. ET today, the Company will host a live conference call conducted by Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Marvin R. Ellison and Chief Financial Officer Jeffrey Davis. Management will discuss the Company’s performance during the quarter and take questions from participants. To access the conference call, please dial (844) 243-9275, or (225) 283-0394 for international callers, and reference 6887218 conference ID or visit the Company’s investor relations website at http://ir.jcpenney.com. Supplemental slides will be available on the Company’s investor relations website approximately 10 minutes before the start of the conference call.

Telephone playback will be available for seven days beginning approximately two hours after the conclusion of the conference call by dialing (855) 859-2056, or (404) 537-3406 for international callers, and referencing 6887218 conference ID.

Investors and others should note that we currently announce material information using SEC filings, press releases, public conference calls and webcasts.  In the future, we will continue to use these channels to distribute material information about the Company and may also utilize our website and/or various social media to communicate important information about the Company, key personnel, new brands and services, trends, new marketing campaigns, corporate initiatives and other matters. Information that we post on our website or on social media channels could be deemed material; therefore, we encourage investors, the media, our customers, business partners and others interested in our Company to review the information we post on our website as well as the following social media channels:

Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/jcp) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/jcpnews).

Any updates to the list of social media channels we may use to communicate material information will be posted on the Investor Relations page of the Company’s website at www.jcpenney.com.

About JCPenney: 
J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE:JCP), one of the nation’s largest apparel and home furnishings retailers, combines an expansive footprint of approximately 875 stores across the United States and Puerto Rico with a powerful e-commerce site, jcp.com, to connect with shoppers how, when and where they prefer to shop. At every customer touchpoint, she will get her Penney’s worth of a broad assortment of products from an extensive portfolio of private, exclusive and national brands. Powering this shopping experience is the customer service and warrior spirit of approximately 100,000 associates across the globe, all driving toward the Company’s three strategic priorities of strengthening private brands, becoming a world-class omnichannel retailer and increasing revenue per customer. For additional information, please visit jcp.com.

Forward-Looking Statements 
This release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as “expect” and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements, which include, but are not limited to, statements regarding sales, cost of goods sold, selling, general and administrative expenses, earnings, cash flows and interest expense. Forward-looking statements are based only on the Company’s current assumptions and views of future events and financial performance. They are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are outside of the Company’s control that may cause the Company’s actual results to be materially different from planned or expected results. Those risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, general economic conditions, including inflation, recession, unemployment levels, consumer confidence and spending patterns, credit availability and debt levels, changes in store traffic trends, the cost of goods, more stringent or costly payment terms and/or the decision by a significant number of vendors not to sell us merchandise on a timely basis or at all, trade restrictions, the ability to monetize assets on acceptable terms, the ability to implement our strategic plan including our omnichannel initiatives, customer acceptance of our strategies, our ability to attract, motivate and retain key executives and other associates, the impact of cost reduction initiatives, our ability to generate or maintain liquidity, implementation of new systems and platforms, changes in tariff, freight and shipping rates, changes in the cost of fuel and other energy and transportation costs, disruptions and congestion at ports through which we import goods, increases in wage and benefit costs, competition and retail industry consolidations, interest rate fluctuations, dollar and other currency valuations, the impact of weather conditions, risks associated with war, an act of terrorism or pandemic, the ability of the federal government to fund and conduct its operations, a systems failure and/or security breach that results in the theft, transfer or unauthorized disclosure of customer, employee or Company information, legal and regulatory proceedings and the Company’s ability to access the debt or equity markets on favorable terms or at all. There can be no assurances that the Company will achieve expected results, and actual results may be materially less than expectations. Please refer to the Company’s most recent Form 10-Q for a further discussion of risks and uncertainties. Investors should take such risks into account and should not rely on forward-looking statements when making investment decisions. Any forward-looking statement made by us in this press release is based only on information currently available to us and speaks only as of the date on which it is made. We do not undertake to update these forward-looking statements as of any future date.

Media Relations: 
(972) 431-3400
jcpnews@jcp.com
Follow us @jcpnews

Investor Relations: 
(972) 431-5500
jcpinvestorrelations@jcpenney.com

Source: J. C. Penney Company, Inc.

JCPenney announces leadership appointments

Company initiates personnel actions to streamline job functions and reduce expenses

PLANO, Texas, 2018-Mar-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE: JCP) today (March 2, 2018) announced the appointment of Joe McFarland as executive vice president and chief customer officer, a newly-expanded role that includes responsibility for merchandising, as well as leading all JCPenney store operations. To ensure the positive momentum of its merchandising transformation, Jodie Johnson has been promoted to head of merchandising for women’s, beauty and family footwear; and James Starke has been promoted to head of merchandising for men’s, children’s, home and jewelry, both reporting to McFarland. Additionally, Therace Risch, will assume the combined titles of Chief Information Officer and Chief Digital Officer to reflect her added responsibility for omnichannel retail. As a result of this appointment, Mike Amend will be leaving the Company.

“Joe, Therace, Jodie and James are remarkable executive leaders who have demonstrated their ability to spearhead critical tasks and drive results and efficiencies along the way. Joe is a dedicated advocate for our associates, and knows first-hand how successful we can be when associates are empowered to deliver the best shopping experience possible. Jodie and James are credited for leading the turnaround of our merchandising strategy, and will continue to advance this effort by delivering the best assortment of style and value offered by any retailer. Appointing both Jodie and James to lead our merchant teams will ensure that we push merchandising decisions closer to the division heads and buyers for increased speed and efficiency. Furthermore, Therace understands the power of technology, and how it can significantly influence and enhance the way consumers shop and ultimately, be the point of differentiation on where they choose to buy,” said Marvin R. Ellison, chairman and chief executive officer for JCPenney. “By merging these critical retail functions under the oversight of four proven leaders, we can better align our operations to ensure every aspect of the business is focused on the customer experience.”

Home Office and Field Actions
As part of ongoing efforts to manage expenses, simplify operations and streamline workload in support of the Company’s long-term growth and profitability, approximately 130 Home Office positions were eliminated across various departments. Additionally, JCPenney recently restructured its group, regional, district and store support teams. This restructure eliminated bureaucracy, reduced support positions and reallocated store headcount to customer-facing positions. While the restructuring enabled the vast majority of impacted associates to assume a new role or leadership position within the stores organization, approximately 230 positions were subsequently eliminated. The annual cost savings generated from the home office and store reorganization are estimated at approximately $20-$25 million.

“As the Company continues to make progress on its strategic framework and implement new processes and organizational efficiencies, it is imperative that we maintain a thoughtful approach to managing expenses, while effectively supporting the needs of the business,” added Ellison. “I would like to thank Mike Amend for his service with the Company and wish him well in his future endeavors. Through his hard work, JCPenney has advanced its omnichannel capabilities, laying the groundwork for further innovation and growth.”

About JCPenney:
J. C. Penney Company, Inc. (NYSE:JCP), one of the nation’s largest apparel and home furnishings retailers, combines an expansive footprint of approximately 875 stores across the United States and Puerto Rico with a powerful e-commerce site, jcp.com, to connect with shoppers how, when and where they prefer to shop. At every customer touchpoint, she will get her Penney’s worth of a broad assortment of products from an extensive portfolio of private, exclusive and national brands. Powering this shopping experience is the customer service and warrior spirit of approximately 100,000 associates across the globe, all driving toward the Company’s three strategic priorities of strengthening private brands, becoming a world-class omnichannel retailer and increasing revenue per customer. For additional information, please visit jcp.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
This release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as “expect” and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements, which include, but are not limited to, statements regarding sales, cost of goods sold, selling, general and administrative expenses, earnings, cash flows and interest expense. Forward-looking statements are based only on the Company’s current assumptions and views of future events and financial performance. They are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which are outside of the Company’s control that may cause the Company’s actual results to be materially different from planned or expected results. Those risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, general economic conditions, including inflation, recession, unemployment levels, consumer confidence and spending patterns, credit availability and debt levels, changes in store traffic trends, the cost of goods, more stringent or costly payment terms and/or the decision by a significant number of vendors not to sell us merchandise on a timely basis or at all, trade restrictions, the ability to monetize assets on acceptable terms, the ability to implement our strategic plan including our omnichannel initiatives, customer acceptance of our strategies, our ability to attract, motivate and retain key executives and other associates, the impact of cost reduction initiatives, our ability to generate or maintain liquidity, implementation of new systems and platforms, changes in tariff, freight and shipping rates, changes in the cost of fuel and other energy and transportation costs, disruptions and congestion at ports through which we import goods, increases in wage and benefit costs, competition and retail industry consolidations, interest rate fluctuations, dollar and other currency valuations, the impact of weather conditions, risks associated with war, an act of terrorism or pandemic, the ability of the federal government to fund and conduct its operations, a systems failure and/or security breach that results in the theft, transfer or unauthorized disclosure of customer, employee or Company information, legal and regulatory proceedings and the Company’s ability to access the debt or equity markets on favorable terms or at all. There can be no assurances that the Company will achieve expected results, and actual results may be materially less than expectations. Please refer to the Company’s most recent Form 10-Q for a further discussion of risks and uncertainties. Investors should take such risks into account and should not rely on forward-looking statements when making investment decisions. Any forward-looking statement made by us in this press release is based only on information currently available to us and speaks only as of the date on which it is made. We do not undertake to update these forward-looking statements as of any future date.

Media Relations:
(972) 431-3400
jcpnews@jcp.com
follow us at @jcpnews on Twitter.

Investor Relations:
(972) 431-5500
jcpinvestorrelations@jcpenney.com

Source: J. C. Penney Company, Inc.

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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Taubman Centers declares a regular quarterly dividend of $0.655 per share of common stock

BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich., 2018-Mar-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Board of Directors of Taubman Centers, Inc. (NYSE: TCO) today (03/02/2018) declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.655 per share of common stock, an increase of 4.8 percent. The common dividend is payable March 30, 2018 to shareholders of record on March 15, 2018. Since the company went public in 1992 it has never reduced its regular common dividend and has increased its dividend 21 times.

The Board of Directors also declared quarterly dividends of $0.40625 on its 6.5% Series J Cumulative Preferred Shares (NYSE: TCO PR J) and $0.390625 on its 6.25% Series K Cumulative Preferred Shares (NYSE: TCO PR K). The preferred dividends will be payable March 30, 2018 to shareholders of record on March 15, 2018.

About Taubman

Taubman Centers is an S&P MidCap 400 Real Estate Investment Trust engaged in the ownership, management and/or leasing of 27 regional, super-regional and outlet shopping centers in the U.S. and Asia. Taubman’s U.S.-owned properties are the most productive in the publicly held U.S. regional mall industry. Founded in 1950, Taubman is headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. Taubman Asia, founded in 2005, is headquartered in Hong Kong. www.taubman.com.

For ease of use, references in this press release to “Taubman Centers,” “company,” “Taubman” or an operating platform mean Taubman Centers, Inc. and/or one or more of a number of separate, affiliated entities. Business is actually conducted by an affiliated entity rather than Taubman Centers, Inc. itself or the named operating platform.

This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements reflect management’s current views with respect to future events and financial performance. Forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as “will”, “may”, “could”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “believes”, “intends”, “should”, “plans”, “estimates”, “approximate”, “guidance” and similar expressions in this press release that predict or indicate future events and trends and that do not report historical matters. The forward-looking statements included in this release are made as of the date hereof. Except as required by law, the company assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements, even if new information becomes available in the future. Actual results may differ materially from those expected because of various risks, uncertainties and other factors. Such factors include, but are not limited to: changes in market rental rates; unscheduled closings or bankruptcies of tenants; relationships with anchor tenants; trends in the retail industry; challenges with department stores; changes in consumer shopping behavior; the liquidity of real estate investments; the company’s ability to comply with debt covenants; the availability and terms of financings; changes in market rates of interest and foreign exchange rates for foreign currencies; changes in value of investments in foreign entities; the ability to hedge interest rate and currency risk; risks related to acquiring, developing, expanding, leasing and managing properties; competitors gaining economies of scale through M&A and consolidation activity; changes in value of investments in foreign entities; risks related to joint venture properties; insurance costs and coverage; security breaches that could impact the company’s information technology, infrastructure or personal data; costs associated with response to technology breaches; the loss of key management personnel; shareholder activism costs and related diversion of management time; terrorist activities; maintaining the company’s status as a real estate investment trust; changes in the laws of states, localities, and foreign jurisdictions that may increase taxes on the company’s operations; and changes in global, national, regional and/or local economic and geopolitical climates. You should review the company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including “Risk Factors” in its most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent quarterly reports, for a discussion of such risks and uncertainties.

Contact:
Ryan Hurren
Taubman, Director, Investor Relations,
248-258-7232
rhurren@taubman.com

Maria Mainville
Taubman, Director, Strategic Communications
248-258-7469
mmainville@taubman.com

Source: Taubman Centers, Inc.

CBL Properties President and Chief Executive Officer Stephen D. Lebovitz to present at the Citi 2018 Global Property CEO Conference

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn., 2018-Mar-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — CBL Properties (NYSE: CBL) today (3/2/2018) announced that it will provide an online audio webcast of the presentation given by its President and Chief Executive Officer, Stephen D. Lebovitz, at the Citi 2018 Global Property CEO Conference in Hollywood, Florida. The presentation will take place on Monday, March 5, 2018, at 8:50 a.m. ET.

The live webcast of CBL’s presentation will be available online at cblproperties.com. The online replay will follow shortly after the presentation ends and continue for 30 days.

About CBL Properties
Headquartered in Chattanooga, TN, CBL Properties owns and manages a national portfolio of market-dominant properties located in dynamic and growing communities. CBL’s portfolio is comprised of 119 properties totaling 74.4 million square feet across 27 states, including 76 high-quality enclosed, outlet and open-air retail centers and 12 properties managed for third parties. CBL continuously strengthens its company and portfolio through active management, aggressive leasing and profitable reinvestment in its properties. For more information visit cblproperties.com

Contact:

CBL Properties
Katie Reinsmidt
423-490-8301
Executive Vice President & Chief Investment Officer
Katie.Reinsmidt@cblproperties.com

Source: CBL Properties

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

Harris Teeter integrates North Carolina Controlled Substance Reporting System across its pharmacies in North Carolina

Matthews, N.C., 2018-Mar-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — Harris Teeter announced today (Mar. 01, 2018) enhancements to its North Carolina pharmacy operations. Harris Teeter Pharmacies across North Carolina can now instantly review a patient’s controlled substance use through the State’s Prescription Monitoring Program, known as the North Carolina Controlled Substance Reporting System (“NCCSRS”).

“With the opioid crisis our state and nation are facing, this is an important and exciting tool that our pharmacists in North Carolina can now use to instantly access the prescription drug monitoring program data and ultimately help deter prescription drug abuse,” said Dr. Mandy Cohen, secretary of the NC Department of Health and Human Services. “Our thanks to Harris Teeter for joining this potentially life-saving effort at no cost to the state.”

Integration allows busy pharmacists the ability to quickly review patient data within their workflow to prevent the abuse and misuse of controlled substance medications. Immediate access to prescription drug monitoring programs within the pharmacy workflow puts the best information and insights available into the hands of our pharmacists to ensure the safety of our patients and to comply with state and federal regulations.

Harris Teeter operates 110 pharmacies throughout its home state of North Carolina; the company also partners with local law enforcement to host annual “Take Back” programs in select stores, where shoppers are encouraged to return unused or expired medications to their Harris Teeter pharmacy.

www.harristeeter.com

Source: Harris Teeter

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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Walgreens partners with YouTube influencer Judy Travis to create a signature cosmetic bag line

Walgreens partners with YouTube influencer Judy Travis to create a signature cosmetic bag line

 

Influencer Creates Custom Cosmetic Bags with Walgreens

DEERFIELD, Ill., 2018-Mar-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Walgreens is collaborating with beauty enthusiast and YouTube influencer Judy Travis to create a signature cosmetic bag line. Known for her popular YouTube channel, “ItsJudyTime,” Travis is extending her personal brand to a new line of six cosmetic bags available at Walgreens, retailing from $12.99 to $29.99.

“This is a project we’ve been working on for over a year now and I’m excited to see the collection available at Walgreens,” said Travis. “Some of the designs are inspired by my Filipino roots, incorporating the smooth bamboo and the national flower, the Sampaguita (aka white jasmine). The other designs are timeless with a hint of my favorite metal, gold! I hope you enjoy this collection as much as I enjoyed designing them!”

Travis tapped into her signature taste while designing the cosmetic bags, featuring spring colors such as navy and pink, and classic floral and marble patterns, among others.

“We’re excited to collaborate with Judy,” said Lauren Brindley, group vice president and general merchandise manager, Walgreens. “Between her loyal fan base and classic style, we are thrilled to carry these exclusive designs at Walgreens and this collaboration is just another example of how Walgreens continues to deliver new and exciting brands to give our beauty customers more reasons to shop our store.”

The six cosmetic bags will be available in select stores beginning at the end of February 2018 and can be purchased at www.walgreens.com.

Walgreens beauty offers products such as makeup, skincare, fragrances, hair care, professional hair tools, nail and more. The company also offers Beauty Enthusiast, a beauty club within its Balance® Rewards loyalty program, which provides cardholders who register for Beauty Enthusiast with additional rewards on beauty and personal care items, as well as other benefits. Signup is free, and Beauty Enthusiast members will receive 5,000 Balance Rewards points for every $50 spent on cosmetics, skincare, haircare, oral care, grooming, sun care, fragrance and bath product purchases*. Beauty Enthusiast members will have opportunities to receive free samples and will get exclusive promotions and coupons, as well as special beauty offers, new product information and expert tips throughout the year. For more about Walgreens beauty, please visit www.walgreens.com/beauty.

About Walgreens

Walgreens (walgreens.com), a provider of trusted care in communities since 1901, is included in the Retail Pharmacy USA Division of Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (NASDAQ: WBA), the first global pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing enterprise. Approximately 8 million customers interact with Walgreens in stores and online each day, using the most convenient, multichannel access to consumer goods and services and trusted, cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice. Walgreens operates 8,100 drugstores with a presence in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, along with its omnichannel business, Walgreens.com. Approximately 400 Walgreens stores offer Healthcare Clinic or other provider retail clinic services.

* Every qualifying purchase adds up to the $50 spend requirement. A qualifying beauty purchase includes products from the following categories: fragrances, cosmetics, skin care, hair care, oral care and grooming products. Excludes prescriptions, baby hair care, baby skin care and baby oral care products. The qualifying beauty spend total is calculated before taxes and after discounts, redemption dollars and store credit have been applied. Complete details at walgreens.com/beautyenthusiast.

Contact(s):

Walgreens
Emily Hartwig-Mekstan
847-315-3316
emily.hartwig@walgreens.com
http://news.walgreens.com
@WalgreensNews
facebook.com/Walgreens

Source: Walgreens

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Amazon announces season three premiere of the Emmy-winning docuseries All or Nothing on Friday, April 27

  • Emmy-winning actor Jon Hamm returns as narrator of the eight-episode season
  • Seasons one and two of All or Nothing are available for Prime members to stream on Prime Video

SEATTLE, 2018-Mar-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon today (Mar. 1, 2018) announced that season three of the Emmy-winning docuseries All or Nothing, a Prime Original series produced by NFL Films, will launch on Friday, April 27. All or Nothing: The Dallas Cowboys,once again narrated by Emmy-winning actor Jon Hamm (Baby Driver, Mad Men), follows the Cowboys through their tumultuous 2017 season, which they enter with Super Bowl aspirations and exit with disappointment, one game short of the playoffs after a rollercoaster of controversy and emotion. All eight episodes will be available for Prime members on April 27.

All or Nothing, winner of the 2017 Sports Emmy Award for Outstanding Serialized Sports Documentary, is the first series to take viewers inside the locker room, on the sidelines and off the field for an unprecedented look inside an NFL franchise’s complete season. Season three, All or Nothing: The Dallas Cowboys, begins with much reason for optimism. Owner Jerry Jones has been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the team is operating out of its glistening new headquarters in Frisco, Texas, and head coach Jason Garrett is the reigning NFL Coach of the Year. But a cloud hangs over everything: after a yearlong investigation, running back Ezekiel Elliott has been suspended for six games by the NFL for conduct detrimental to the league. The team never quite finds its footing, alternating between winning and losing streaks.

Being the Dallas Cowboys means being the center of the NFL universe in good times and bad. The Elliott suspension, the team’s response to the players’ social justice protests during the national anthem, and even the fortunes of Jerry Jones’s grandson – a star Texas high school quarterback – dominate national headlines. It all adds up to a wild season even by the lofty standards of America’s Team. And NFL Films is there for it all, providing the immersive coverage that has made the Emmy-winning All or Nothing a new gold standard for all-access sports programming.

“We are excited to announce that the third season of All or Nothing will feature the Dallas Cowboys. One of the best known and most captivating teams in the NFL, the Cowboys have a rabid fan base,” said Heather Schuster, Head of Unscripted, Amazon Originals. “This season will once again provide Prime members with incredible access, compelling drama and plenty of football action to entertain fans until next season.”

“We are thrilled to have the Dallas Cowboys as the featured team in the third season of the Prime Original series All or Nothing,” said Maryann Turcke, President of NFL Media. “An enormous amount of thanks goes out to the Cowboys organization for their cooperation in filming throughout the season. The team at NFL Films continuously delivers high-quality, engaging content for viewers, and through our collaboration with Amazon, the third season of All or Nothing will give football fans incredible access into one of the league’s most iconic and celebrated clubs.”

The April 27 launch of All or Nothing also coincides with the 2018 NFL Draft, which will take place Thursday, April 26 through Saturday, April 28 in Dallas, TX.

Here’s what customers are saying:

  • “Absolutely amazing documentary. I can’t wait to see this show and the unique style continue.”
  • “Wasn’t into football. Now I’m into football.”
  • “The in-depth look at how teams operate behind the doors is astounding to see.”
  • “I LOVE THIS SHOW! WAITING FOR SEASON 3!”

Produced by NFL Films, All or Nothing: The Dallas Cowboys is executive produced by Maryann Turcke, Ross Ketover (Hard Knocks, Inside theNFL), and Pat Kelleher (Hard Knocks, 30 for 30 – The Two Bills). The showrunner is Keith Cossrow (A Football Life). Directors are Shannon Furman, Jay Jackson, Steve Trout, and Terrell Riley. Supervising producer is Bennett Viseltear and senior producer is Nick Mascolo.

Prime members will be able to stream the series via the Prime Video app for TVs, connected devices including Fire TV, mobile devices and online at amazon.com/allornothing. Members can also download the series to mobile devices for offline viewing at no additional cost to their membership.

Customers who are not already Prime members can sign up for a free trial at www.amazon.com/prime. For a list of all Prime Video compatible devices, visit www.amazon.com/howtostream.

About Prime Video

Prime Video is a premium on-demand entertainment service that offers customers the greatest choice in what to watch, and how to watch it. Prime Video is the only service that provides all of the following:

  • Prime Video: Thousands of movies and TV shows, including popular licensed and self-published content plus critically-acclaimed and award-winning Prime Original series like The Grand Tour, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Sneaky Pete, and kids series Tumble Leaf, and Amazon Original Movies such as Academy Award-winning Manchester by the Sea and The Salesman, and Academy Award-nominated The Big Sick,available for unlimited streaming as part of an Amazon Prime membership. Prime Video is also now available to customers in more than 200 countries and territories around the globe at www.primevideo.com.
  • Live Sports: Sporting events, including AVP volleyball and ATP tennis, are available to watch live on Prime Video in more than 200 countries and territories around the globe
  • Amazon Channels: Over 140 channel subscriptions that Prime members can add to their membership, including HBO, SHOWTIME, STARZ, Cinemax, PBS KIDS, Acorn TV and more. To view the full list of channels available, visit www.amazon.com/channels
  • Rent or Own: Hundreds of thousands of titles, including new-release movies and current TV shows available for on-demand rental or purchase for all Amazon customers
  • Instant Access: Instantly watch anytime, anywhere through the Prime Video app on TVs, mobile devices, Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Fire tablets and Apple TV or online. For a list of all compatible devices visit www.amazon.com/howtostream
  • Premium Features: Top features like 4K Ultra HD, High Dynamic Range (HDR), X-Ray and mobile downloads for offline viewing of select content

In addition to Prime Video, the Prime membership includes unlimited fast free shipping options across all categories available on Amazon, more than two million songs and thousands of playlists and stations with Prime Music, secure photo storage with Prime Photos, unlimited reading with Prime Reading, unlimited access to a digital audiobook catalogue with Audible Channels for Prime, a rotating selection of free digital games and in-game loot with Twitch Prime, early access to select Lightning Deals, exclusive access and discounts to select items, and more. To sign-up for Prime or to find out more visit: www.amazon.com/prime.

About Amazon

Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Alexa are some of the products and services pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit www.amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews.

About NFL Films

NFL Films, the most honored filmmaker in sports television history with 126 Sports Emmy Awards – remains a groundbreaking leader in sports television, providing unprecedented access to and legendary storytelling about the sport of professional football. With more than 100 million feet of film in its library, NFL Films is the historical backbone of NFL Network and a key supplier of the network’s programming, including the three-time Emmy-nominated series A Football Life, offering untold stories into the lives of some of the NFL’s most recognizable icons, and The Timeline, chronicling seminal moments that formed the NFL’s storied past, shape the present and, in some cases, set the stage for the future.

NFL Films is a part of NFL Media, the owned and operated media division of the National Football League which is comprised of NFL Network, NFL Films, NFL.com, NFL Now, NFL Mobile from Verizon and NFL RedZone.

Media Hotline:

206-266-7180
www.amazon.com/pr

Source: Amazon.com, Inc.

CVS Health Foundation announces $1 million new grants to 49 Free and Charitable Clinics across the country

WOONSOCKET, R.I., 2018-Mar-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — As part of its ongoing effort to making quality health care convenient and affordable for more Americans, the CVS Health Foundation, a private charitable organization created by CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), today (March 1, 2018) extended its commitment to the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics (NAFC) with $1 million in new grants to 49 Free and Charitable Clinics across the country. The new grants will focus on improving health outcomes for patients managing chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension.

“The rising cost of health care can make finding quality and affordable care harder to come by for many Americans,” said Eileen Howard Boone, president of the CVS Health Foundation. “Through our support of the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics, we’re able to increase access to quality care, improve chronic disease management and care coordination to help improve health outcomes for the most vulnerable patients and reduce health care costs in the communities we serve.”

The new funds, which bring the Foundation’s total contribution to NAFC to more than $4.5 million since 2015, will support increased access to quality care, as well as chronic disease management and prevention services. Grants, ranging from $10,000to $20,000, will be distributed to 49 free and charitable clinics in Arizona, California, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin and West Virginia.

“The NAFC and our network of charitable health care providers are beyond grateful for the continued support and unwavering commitment we receive from the CVS Health Foundation,” said Nicole Lamoureux, NAFC CEO. “Diabetes and hypertension are the top two diagnoses found among our patient population. This year’s funding will allow our Free and Charitable Clinics to focus on improving their patients’ health outcomes for these chronic conditions, and in turn improving the health of communities across the country.”

For more information on how the Free and Charitable Clinics will be utilizing their grants to improve community health, please visit www.cvshealth.com/NAFC.

About the CVS Health Foundation

The CVS Health Foundation is a private charitable organization created by CVS Health that works to build healthier communities, enabling people of all ages to lead healthy, productive lives. The Foundation provides strategic investments to nonprofit partners throughout the U.S. who help increase community-based access to health care for underserved populations, create innovative approaches to chronic disease management and provide tobacco cessation and youth prevention programming. We also invest in scholarship programs that open the pathways to careers in pharmacy to support the academic aspirations of the best and brightest talent in the industry. Our philanthropy also extends to supporting our colleagues’ spirit of volunteerism through Volunteer Challenge grants to nonprofits where they donate their time and fundraising efforts. To learn more about the CVS Health Foundation and its giving, visit www.cvshealth.com/social-responsibility.

About the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics

The National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics (NAFC) is the only nonprofit 501c(3) organization whose mission is solely focused on the issues and needs of the medically underserved throughout the nation and the more than 1,200 Free and Charitable Clinics that serve them. Founded in 2001 and headquartered near Washington, D.C., the NAFC is working to ensure that the medically underserved have access to affordable quality health care and strives to be a national voice promoting quality health care for all. The NAFC has earned the Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar and a Four Star Ranking with Charity Navigator.

For more information about the NAFC, please visit www.nafcclinics.org. Follow the NAFC on Twitter at https://twitter.com/NAFClinics and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/NAFCClinics.

Media Contact:
Mary Gattuso,
mary.gattuso@cvshealth.com
401-770-9811

SOURCE: CVS Health Foundation

Lindex opens its first Click & Collect store in Iceland

Sweden, 2018-Mar-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — Now Lindex opens the doors to the fashion retailer’s first Click & Collect store. Here Lindex takes its omni channel strategy to new levels and offer a shopping experience out of the ordinary.

The launch is realised together with the Icelandic franchise partner LDX 19, who today runs the seven Lindex stores in Iceland. The concept store is in central Reykjavik and is Lindex first of its kind. The premises has until now offered Lindex Lingerie but has now been given a new suit and will be Lindex first Click & Collect store.

We are very happy to welcome our customers to a new type of Lindex store. Here the customer gets the service and feeling which often follows with shopping in a small store, at the same time as she gets access to the big stores wide assortment and flexibility. Here she gets the real omni channel experience, says Albert Thor Magnusson, CEO at LDX 19.

In the store there is a selection of women´s wear, kids’ wear and lingerie meanwhile the complete assortment is available through large touch screens on the wall. Thanks to the Click & Collect service the customer orders the garments and choose home delivery or pick up in the store of choice. If the order is done online or in store before 3 pm on a weekday, the garments can be picked up in the new concept store at 5 pm the same day.

Just as Lindex, LDX 19 is driven by the customer experience. Both wants to offer inspiring and easy shopping in all channels and here the customer really gets a seamless shopping experience. LDX 19 is a brilliant partner with an enormous driving force so it’s very exciting to do this together with them, says Johan Isacson, Director of Lindex Franchise.

Lindex first store in Iceland opened in 2011. Today there are seven stores and two more are planned to open during 2018. The concept store in Reykjavik will open March 1 2018.

For more information:
Albert Thor Magnusson
CEO LDX 19
phone +354 691 3101

Johan Isacson
Director of Lindex Franchise
phone +46 31 739 50 30

Eva Jonasson
Media Relations Responsible
Lindex
Phone: 46 (0)31 739 50 60
E-mail: press@lindex.com

Source: Lindex

Baskin-Robbins announces free sample of its Mint Chip ‘n OREO® Cookies Milkshake on St. Patrick’s Day

Baskin-Robbins announces free sample of its Mint Chip ‘n OREO® Cookies Milkshake on St. Patrick’s Day

 

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and Easter with Baskin-Robbins’ spring lineup of ice cream treats

Canton, MA, 2018-Mar-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — This St. Patrick’s Day, Baskin-Robbins’ guests will find themselves luckier than ever because at participating shops nationwide the brand will be offering a free sample of its Mint Chip ‘n OREO® Cookies Milkshake on Saturday, March 17 from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. Baskin-Robbins struck gold with this milkshake flavor combination which is made with two of its most popular flavors – Mint Chocolate Chip and OREO® Cookies ‘n Cream – blended into a rich, minty treat that guests will love.

The Mint Chip ‘n OREO® Cookies Milkshake is just one of Baskin-Robbins’ featured milkshake flavor combinations, and with the brand’s wide variety of premium ice cream flavors, the milkshake possibilities are endless. Guests are encouraged to become “milkshake mixologists” and create new milkshake flavors all their own by blending two of their favorite ice creams into one tasty shake. They can also share their milkshake flavor combinations with Baskin-Robbins on social using the hashtag #BRShakeItUp.

For those looking for additional inspiration, guests can try the following milkshake flavor mash-ups featuring combinations of Baskin-Robbins’ famous ice cream flavors:

  • Chocolate-Covered Strawberry: World Class® Chocolate and Very Berry Strawberry ice creams come together to mimic this classic treat in every sip.
  • Caramel Nut Coffee: Combines two Baskin-Robbins favorites, Jamoca® Almond Fudge and Pralines ‘n Cream, into a delicious caramel nut coffee flavored milkshake.
  • Cookie Dough and OREO® Cookies: The perfect option for all cookie-lovers in a mash-up of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough and OREO® Cookies ‘n Cream ice cream.

“Baskin-Robbins’ milkshakes are classic treats that our guests know and love, but one thing they may not know is that they can combine any two ice cream flavors into a single milkshake to create a whole new flavor combination all their own,” said Katy Latimer, Vice President of Culinary Innovation at Dunkin’ Brands. “One of the flavor combinations we’re most excited about is Mint Chip ‘n OREO® Cookies, which is why we can’t wait to offer guests a free sample of this festive milkshake on St. Patrick’s Day.

Those looking for another way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day can purchase a St. Patrick’s Day Cake, decorated with green icing, a vibrant rainbow and a pot of gold. Baskin-Robbins is also offering other sweet, seasonal treats this month including the March Flavor of the Month, OREO® ‘n Caramel, which is made with salty caramel ice cream, OREO® cookie pieces and a caramel swirl. This flavor can be enjoyed in a cup, cone or blended into a milkshake or Cappuccino Blast®.

Additionally, Baskin-Robbins is introducing the new Bunny Stripe Cake, which will be hopping into stores nationwide just in time for Easter. This festive dessert features a classic chocolate bunny atop a pastel striped cake that can be customized with any ice cream flavor and white or chocolate cake.

Finally, ice cream lovers can celebrate the start of spring with Baskin-Robbins’ March “Celebrate 31” promotion. On Saturday, March 31, guests can enjoy all regular and kids-sized scoops for $1.50.* This promotion can be enjoyed on any flavor, including seasonal favorites like Bananas Foster, Tax Crunch® and Triple Grape Ice.

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

OREO is a trademark of Mondelēz International group, used under license.

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

About Baskin-Robbins

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

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

Source: Baskin-Robbins

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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

Stockmann presents CSR review 2017

Helsinki, Finland, 2018-Mar-05 — /EPR Retail News/ —  In 2018, Stockmann focuses on inspiring the customers with even more responsible choices. The department store invests especially in the sustainability of its own brand product range and the reduction of its environmental impact. The just released CSR review 2017 tells about our efforts towards more responsible business.

Stockmann will significantly increase the use of sustainable materials such as organic cotton, lyocell and recycled fibers this year, in its own brand of clothing for women, men and children.

Even more organic cotton

The use of sustainable materials has increased rapidly as already 30% of Stockmann’s own brands 2018 spring collection is produced with sustainable materials, compared with 10% in 2017. Also Stockmann’s Casa collection with own brand home products will include linens made of organic cotton in the summer. Responsible products in the home merchandise area are featured in a pop up shop in the Helsinki department store until the beginning of April.

In 2017, already 55% of Lindex garments were made of sustainable materials, and 95% of the cotton used was sustainably produced. In 2017, Lindex launched an upcycled collection that was redesigned from Better Denim garments from previous seasons and an even more sustainable Even Better Denim collection that uses less water, energy and chemicals.

Stockmann’s own brand products and Lindex’s fashion products with less environmental impact are identified with a hangtag or given in the product information in the online store. In addition, the Design from Finland label in Stockmann’s own brand products tells that the product has been designed inFinland by Stockmann’s own Design Studio.

Carrier bag consumption declined

In 2017, Stockmann and Lindex also put emphasis in sustainable materials in carrier bags and reducing their amount. According to the Society’s Commitment to Sustainable Development, Stockmann started charging customers for carrier bags in department stores in Finland and Riga in September 2017 and in Tallinn as of 1 January 2018. The demand of carrier bags was reduced by hundreds of thousands of bags on monthly level and during the Crazy Days Campaign it was halved.

Lindex campaigned to reduce the number of carrier bags consumed with the One Bag Habit initiative, which aims to reduce the consumption of bags and increase information about the negative impacts of carrier bags. The initiative started in the stores in Sweden in June 2017 and also in the stores in Finland starting from February 2018.

Human rights principles to strengthen supply chain sustainability

Respect for human rights is fundamental in the Stockmann Group’s values and operations. In February 2018, Stockmann’s Board of Directors approved the Group’s Human Rights Principles.

Stockmann commits to carry out further human rights due diligence as required in the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, in order to identify, prevent and mitigate adverse human rights impacts resulting from or caused by our business activities. The policy complements the Stockmann Code of Conduct and is a continuum to Stockmann’s long term work on responsible, transparent and traceable supply chains.

Stockmann’s targets and progress towards more responsible business are presented in the CSR review 2017, which is part of Stockmann’s annual reporting.

More information:
Johanna Stenbäck
CSR Manager
+358 9 121 3757

Source: Stockmann

2018 Spring Scoop: US Foods highlights 26 new products from its Serve Good program

Company Grows Serve Good® Program to Help Independent Restaurants Meet Diner Demand for Sustainable Menu Options

ROSEMONT, Ill., 2018-Mar-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — US Foods Holding Corp. (NYSE: USFD) announced today (February 26, 2018) the launch of its 2018 Spring Scoop, dedicated to highlighting 26 new products from the company’s award-winning Serve Good program. Diners today care more than ever about the stories behind how their food is grown and raised. In fact, 67 percent of consumers state that they would have a better impression of a restaurant that offered sustainable foods and at least 80 percent of diners say they want to know more about their food source. As part of the company’s commitment to helping independent restaurants meet the growing demand for responsible menu options, all Serve Good products meet rigorous criteria for responsible sourcing or waste reduction. Additionally, all products are delivered in packaging developed according to strict packaging standards that help reduce waste and prioritize the use of recycled material.

Since launching with 24 products in 2016, the company’s Serve Good program now boasts more than 300 versatile products that fall into one of several categories including sustainable seafood, organic, non-GMO, animal care, responsible disposables or waste reduction, and many come with third-party certifications.

The portfolio is also supported with a pipeline of select seafood products within the company’s Progress Check™ initiative. Progress Check is a program that is designed specifically for the seafood category and highlights vendors that are on the path toward achieving the sustainable certifications required to be a part of the Serve Good program.

“Sustainable menu options are more than a trend, they’re a movement that’s here to stay. With Serve Good, we are committed to delivering a responsible approach to foodservice while equipping independent restaurants with high quality products diners will pay a premium for,” said Stacie Sopinka, vice president of product development and innovation, US Foods. “As we continue to deliver on our Great Food. Made Easy. strategy, our Serve Good portfolio empowers foodservice operators to source a wide variety of food and non-food items that have been carefully developed to help them succeed.”

Sustainable Seafood on the Menu

The term ‘sustainable’ has increased more than 300 percent on seafood menus in the past decadei.As the global demand for seafood continues to grow, responsibly sourced seafood is a key area of interest for diners and operators. Spring Scoop highlights several seafood offerings that meet leading third-party certifications, such as Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) and Marine Stewardship Council (MSC):

  • Harbor Banks® Coho Salmon: Four-star BAP-certified, this salmon is fed fish protein combined with nutrient dense algae, so it produces more fish protein than it uses while retaining top-quality flavor, texture and nutrition.
  • Harbor Banks® Yellowfin Tuna Loin: MSC-certified, sashimi grade, ready to cut and serve with minimal prep required.

Continued Demand for Transparency

Increasingly, diners want to know more about how their food is made, and where it comes from. Over the past decade, the growth of non-GMO, organic and products that are raised without antibiotics have surged, and today, consumers are less willing to compromise these preferences when they dine out. For example, more than half of consumers are concerned about GMOs within their food and beveragesi while the term ‘organic’ has grown on menus by 130 percent over the last 10 yearsi. Spring Scoop highlights include:

  • Monarch® Non-GMO Ripened Sliced Sweet Plantains: Non-GMO Project Verified plantains imported from Ecuador that can be fried, pan-seared or baked.
  • Metro Deli® All Natural* Prosciutto Raised Without Antibiotics: An artisanal prosciutto made with only pork and Nova Scotian coarse salt and aged for nine months according to centuries-old Italian techniques. Perfect for charcuterie boards, sandwiches, salads, and pizzas.
  • Cross Valley Farms® Organic Fingerling Potato Blend: This first-to-market, versatile Fingerling Potato Blend is USDA-Certified Organic and includes colorful yellow, red and purple potatoes.

Beyond the Center-of-the-Plate

Responsibility comes in many forms beyond the center-of-the-plate, including beverages, disposables and desserts. Spring Scoop highlights several products that promote fair treatment of producers and the planet. Highlights include:

  • Devonshire® Premium Banana Chocolate Swirl Cake Made with Rainforest Alliance Certified™ Bananas and Fair Trade Certified™ Chocolate: Inspired by a Minnesota State Fair award-winning recipe, this cake is made with Fair Trade Certified semisweet chocolate and cocoa powder from Callebaut, Fair Trade Certified granulated and powdered sugar and Rainforest Alliance Certified banana purée.
  • Rituals® Moroccan Mint Iced Tea with Rainforest Alliance Certified Green Tea: No artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. Made from mint grown in Oregon, the tea is infused with spearmint, lemongrass and peppermint.
  • Monogram® Sustainable Cutlery Kit: A kit featuring a napkin and cutlery that are Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI)-certified compostable. The napkin and band are also Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) Certified. This is a time-saving product that is ideal for to-go orders, catering, delivery and outdoor dining occasions.

Better Websites, More Business

Spring Scoop also features a new partnership with BentoBox, which is designed to help independent restaurants attract new customers with more functional mobile-ready restaurant websites. US Foods customers can now receive exclusive discounts and support from BentoBox. Learn more about this offering and other value added services here.

To learn more about the Spring Scoop 2018 lineup or to request a product demonstration visit www.usfoods.com/great-food/scoop_.

About US Foods

US Foods is one of America’s great food companies and a leading foodservice distributor, partnering with approximately 250,000 restaurants and foodservice operators to help their businesses succeed. With nearly 25,000 employees and more than 60 locations, US Foods provides its customers with a broad and innovative food offering and a comprehensive suite of e-commerce, technology and business solutions. US Foods is headquartered in Rosemont, Ill. and generates approximately $24 billion in annual revenue. Visit usfoods.com to learn more.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Sara Matheu
Director of Media Relations
847-720-2392
Sara.Matheu@usfoods.com

Source: US Foods

US Foods welcomes David Works as Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

ROSEMONT, Ill., 2018-Mar-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — US Foods Holding Corp. (NYSE: USFD) announced today (February 26, 2018) that David Works has joined the company as Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, reporting to Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Pietro Satriano.

“I’m pleased to welcome David, a seasoned chief human resources officer and business executive, to our executive leadership team,” said US Foods Chairman and CEO Pietro Satriano. “Employees are the driving force behind our Great Food. Made Easy. strategy, and David’s leadership will be invaluable as we work to attract, develop and engage the right talent now and in the future.”

Works joins US Foods from Hackensack Meridian Health, where heserved as chief human resources officer for the not-for-profit health care organization. Previously, Works led the HR organizations at Windstream and Sears Holdings. He also served as the president of the Enterprise Business Unit at Windstream. Works spent the first seven years of his career as an officer in the U.S. Navy’s submarine force. He began his post-Navy career as an engineer at Motorola, followed by time at McKinsey & Company and ghSMART, a firm which specializes in talent assessment and leadership development.

Works holds degrees in Finance and Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, as well as a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Connecticut and a Master of Business Administration from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

About US Foods

US Foods is one of America’s great food companies and a leading foodservice distributor, partnering with approximately 250,000 restaurants and foodservice operators to help their businesses succeed. With nearly 25,000 employees and more than 60 locations, US Foods provides its customers with a broad and innovative food offering and a comprehensive suite of e-commerce, technology and business solutions. US Foods is headquartered in Rosemont, Ill., and generates approximately $24 billion in annual revenue. Visit www.usfoods.com to learn more.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Sara Matheu
Director of Media Relations
847-720-2392
Sara.Matheu@usfoods.com

Source: US Foods

Federal Realty Investment Trust President and CEO Donald C. Wood to present at the Citi 2018 Global Property CEO Conference

ROCKVILLE, Md., 2018-Mar-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Federal Realty Investment Trust (NYSE: FRT) announced today (Feb. 27, 2018) that Donald C. Wood, President and Chief Executive Officer, will present at the Citi 2018 Global Property CEO Conference in Hollywood, Florida on Monday, March 5, 2018 from 7:30 AM ET to 8:05 AM ET.

Event: Federal Realty Investment Trust Presentation at Citi 2018 Global Property CEO Conference

When: 7:30 AM ET, Monday, March 5, 2018

Live Webcast: FRT Citi Global Property CEO Presentation or under the Investors tab at www.federalrealty.com

A replay of the webcast will be available on Federal Realty’s website at www.federalrealty.com through June 3, 2018.

About Federal Realty

Federal Realty is a recognized leader in the ownership, operation and redevelopment of high-quality retail based properties located primarily in major coastal markets from Washington, D.C. to Boston as well as San Francisco and Los Angeles. Founded in 1962, our mission is to deliver long term, sustainable growth through investing in densely populated, affluent communities where retail demand exceeds supply. Our expertise includes creating urban, mixed-use neighborhoods like Santana Row in San Jose, California, Pike & Rose in North Bethesda, Maryland and Assembly Row in Somerville, Massachusetts. These unique and vibrant environments that combine shopping, dining, living and working provide a destination experience valued by their respective communities. Federal Realty’s 104 properties include approximately 3,000 tenants, in approximately 24 million square feet, and over 2,300 residential units.

Federal Realty has paid quarterly dividends to its shareholders continuously since its founding in 1962, and has increased its dividend rate for 50 consecutive years, the longest record in the REIT industry. Federal Realty shares are traded on the NYSE under the symbol FRT. For additional information about Federal Realty and its properties, visit www.FederalRealty.com.

Investor Inquires:
Leah Andress
Investor Relations Associate
301.998.8265
landress@federalrealty.com

Media Inquiries:
Andrea Simpson
Vice President, Marketing
617.684.1511
asimpson@federalrealty.com

SOURCE: Federal Realty Investment Trust

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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Sequential Brands Group and QVC® announce new additions to Martha Stewart’s existing collection

America’s Most Trusted Lifestyle Expert Grows Existing Collection with New Products

NEW YORK, 2018-Mar-02 — /EPR Retail News/ —  Sequential Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:SQBG) (“Sequential” or the “Company”) and QVC® announce new additions to Martha Stewart’s signature QVC line, which spans multiple categories. This spring, Martha is set to introduce Martha Stewart Pets, and will also unveil the latest offerings from her Gourmet Food and Garden collections.

“From her very first appearance, Martha has impressed QVC customers not only with her carefully curated collection of products, but with her incomparable passion for helping others find easy solutions to everyday problems,” said Doug Howe, Chief Merchandising Officer for QVC Group. “Our customers trust in Martha’s expertise entirely and truly regard her as a lifestyle expert and teacher, and we know our customers are going to love Martha’s new items as much as we do.”

Tune in to QVC on Thursday, March 15 at 3PM (ET) for the premiere of “Martha Stewart – Pets” as Martha demonstrates distinctive ideas for grooming, feeding, outfitting, and playing with pets. After successfully launching Martha Stewart Wine Co., Martha’s curated wine collection, in January, Martha is scheduled to further expand her Gourmet Food collection with items ranging from pastries and seafood to seasonal offerings. Following the successful pre-sale of Martha Stewart’s 90th book, Martha’s Flowers, Martha is set to introduce her latest tools and products perfect for preparing any backyard or outdoor space for spring.

“The Martha Stewart brand is devoted to informing and inspiring people to live more beautiful and functional lives, and I’m thrilled to introduce new products that do just that,” said Martha Stewart. “QVC allows me to engage directly with consumers and share my signature collection with millions of shoppers around the country. I look forward to further expanding my line with QVC customers.”

“Since launching on QVC, the Martha Stewart brand has experienced a great deal of success across multiple categories,” said Karen Murray, CEO of Sequential Brands Group. “We believe QVC, a multi-platform retailer, to be a perfect fit for the Martha Stewart brand and are excited to grow our business. QVC is truly unmatched when it comes to offering an American icon like Martha Stewart, who can span so many different categories, from food and garden to skincare and apparel, and we are excited to debut our new categories.”

Items from the Martha Stewart collection are available, while supplies last, through QVC.com, the QVC apps or by calling 800.345.1515. For the latest news and happenings at QVC, please visit the QVC Newsroom at newsroom.qvc.com.

About Martha Stewart
Martha Stewart is an Emmy® Award-winning television show host, entrepreneur, bestselling author of 90 books, and America’s most trusted lifestyle expert and teacher. Millions of people rely on Martha Stewart as a source of useful “how-to” information for all aspects of everyday living—cooking, entertaining, gardening, home renovating, collecting, organizing, crafting, holidays, healthy living and pets. Currently, the Martha Stewart brand reaches approximately 100 million consumers across all media and merchandising platforms each month.

About Sequential Brands Group, Inc.
Sequential Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:SQBG) owns, promotes, markets, and licenses a portfolio of consumer brands in the fashion, active, and home categories, which includes the Martha Stewart media and merchandising properties. Sequential seeks to ensure that its brands continue to thrive and grow by employing strong brand management, design and marketing teams. Sequential has licensed and intends to license its brands in a variety of consumer categories to retailers, wholesalers and distributors in the United States and around the world. For more information, please visit Sequential’s website at: www.sequentialbrandsgroup.com. To inquire about licensing opportunities, please email: newbusiness@sbg-ny.com.

About QVC 
QVC exceeds the expectations of everyone we touch by delivering the joy of discovery through the power of relationships. Every day, in nine countries and counting, QVC engages millions of shoppers in a journey of discovery through an ever-changing collection of familiar brands and fresh new products, from home and fashion to beauty, electronics and jewelry. Along the way, we connect shoppers to interesting personalities, engaging stories, and award-winning customer service. Based in West Chester, Pa. and founded in 1986, QVC has more than 17,000 employees and has retail operations in the U.S., Japan, Germany, United Kingdom, Italy, France, and through a joint venture in China. Worldwide, QVC engages shoppers over 14 broadcast networks reaching nearly 360 million homes, seven websites, and 195 social pages. Visit corporate.qvc.com to learn more.

QVC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Liberty Interactive Corporation and is attributed to the QVC Group tracking stock (NASDAQ: QVCA, QVCB). QVC, Q, and the Q Ribbon Logo are registered service marks of ER Marks, Inc. For more information on Liberty Interactive Corporation, visit www.libertyinteractive.com.

Media Contacts:
Sequential Brands Group, Inc.
Dana Miller
212-827-8347
dmmiller@marthastewart.com

QVC
Katie Dougherty
Katie.Dougherty@qvc.com

Source: Sequential Brands Group, Inc./globenewswire

Sequential Brands Group announces the appointment of Peter Lops as Chief Financial Officer

Viacom Executive to Join Company’s Management Team

NEW YORK, 2018-Mar-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sequential Brands Group, Inc. (“Sequential” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ:SQBG) today (Feb 28, 2018) announced the appointment of Peter Lops as Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Lops joins Sequential from Viacom Media Networks where he served as the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer for the Distribution and Business Development division.

In this position, Mr. Lops will be responsible for the Company’s financial operations. He assumes the role from President and Interim CFO Andrew Cooperwho will continue to serve as President.

In announcing the appointment, CEO Karen Murray stated, “Peter has a robust skill set, including extensive public company experience in finance and operations. His background as well as his deep understanding of the licensing business, make him a great addition to the team. We’re thrilled to have him join us.”

Mr. Lops brings with him 20 years of financial and operational experience in the licensing business. In his most recent role at Viacom, he was an integral part of the leadership team that delivered industry leading double-digit growth for nine consecutive years. Prior to that, he served as Senior Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis of Viacom Media Networks. Before joining Viacom, Mr. Lops was Vice President of Finance for Fox Television Stations, Inc. For nine years, he held financial roles at the National Football League serving as Vice President of Financial Planning and Analysis, Finance Director and Controller. Early in his career, he worked at Andersen LLP, where he led the IPO of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia.

About Sequential Brands Group

Sequential Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:SQBG) owns, promotes, markets, and licenses a portfolio of consumer brands in the active, home and fashion categories. Sequential seeks to ensure that its brands continue to thrive and grow by employing strong brand management, design, and marketing teams. Sequential has licensed and intends to license its brands in a variety of consumer categories to retailers, wholesalers, and distributors in the United States and around the world.

For more information, please visit Sequential’s website at: www.sequentialbrandsgroup.com. To inquire about licensing opportunities, please email: newbusiness@sbg-ny.com.

Investor Relations & Media Contact:

Katherine Nash
knash@sbg-ny.com
(512) 757-2566

Source: Sequential Brands Group, Inc./globenewswire

Costa Coffee teams up with Keep Britain Tidy to support the Great British Spring Clean

Costa Coffee teams up with Keep Britain Tidy to support the Great British Spring Clean

 

LONDON, 2018-Mar-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Costa Coffee, the nation’s favourite coffee shop brand, is gearing up for their biggest-ever litter-pick by teaming up with Keep Britain Tidy this month to support the Great British Spring Clean.

Team members from around 300 stores across the country will join a nationwide army of #LitterHeroes who have had enough of other people’s rubbish and are willing to do something about it.

The snow and ice has not put a damper on their enthusiasm and events originally planned for this weekend are now being rescheduled throughout March.

Working together, Keep Britain Tidy and Costa Coffee, through the Great British Spring Clean, are inspiring 400,000 people to get outdoors, get active and help clear up the rubbish that lies around us.

Allison Ogden-Newton, Chief Executive of Keep Britain Tidy said: “I am delighted that Costa Coffee are one of the headline partners supporting this year’s Great British Spring Clean.

“It’s great to see Costa Coffee so fully engaged with the campaign and getting staff from 300 stores out there, more than any other partner.

“By getting hundreds of team members from stores around the country participating in the Spring Clean and helping clean up their local communities, they are once again demonstrating their desire to make a real difference on the ground.’

“We continue to work closely with Costa Coffee on a range of initiatives aimed at preventing waste and reducing litter. In particular, I’m pleased to see the brand championing recent measures such as Refill and also moving to ban plastic straws.

Victoria Moorhouse, Head of Sustainability at Costa Coffee said: “We’re delighted to be supporting Keep Britain Tidy for the third year running and are proud of the commitment that team members have shown in taking part in their local events this weekend as part of the Great British Spring Clean.

“At Costa Coffee we are committed to making a positive impact in our local communities and look forward to the 12 months ahead as we continue to support Keep Britain Tidy in their ongoing activity across the UK.”

The Great British Spring Clean runs, officially, from 2nd to 4th March 2018 but due to the current extreme weather events rearranged up to 25 March will be counted as part of this year’s campaign.

For more information, to register, to find out what events are happening or to set your own up clean-up visit www.keepbritaintidy.org/gbspringclean

Founded in London by Italian brothers Sergio and Bruno Costa in 1971, Costa is now part of Whitbread PLC, which this year celebrates its 275th Anniversary as a great British business.

With over 2,200 coffee shops in the UK and more than 1,200 in 29 international markets we are the fastest growing coffee shop business in the UK and are proud to be the UK’s favourite coffee shop, having been awarded “Best Branded Coffee Shop Chain in the UK and Ireland” by Allegra Strategies for seven years running (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015 and 2016).

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

Source: Costa Coffee

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Perry Ellis International announces license agreement for men’s ophthalmic glasses and sunglasses under the Farah® brand

MIAMI, 2018-Mar-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — Perry Ellis International (Nasdaq:PERY) announced today (Feb. 27, 2018) that it has entered into a license agreement with INSPECS Group for men’s ophthalmic glasses and sunglasses under the Farah® brand.  The new collection will launch in optical retail channels, boutique independent opticians and larger optical retail chains.  Sunglasses distribution will be spearheaded via the travel retail sector alongside Farah’s existing key retail partners and department stores.  The new Farah eyewear collection will be available to view from the international eyewear platform of MIDO Milan.  Farah eyewear product will be in stores from Q4 2018.

The Farah brand is rooted in rich heritage and bolstered by street credibility, leveraging creative ambassadors to drive success. These extraordinary individuals are empowered to become product developers, storytellers and educators inspiring millions of consumers. For fashion-minded hipsters in East London and international artists alike, the name Farah represents a melding of bold style and solid quality that resonates with youth of all walks.  Farah products are sold internationally through major retailers and company-owned retail stores, as well as on www.Farah.co.uk.

Perry Ellis International Chief Executive Officer & President Oscar Feldenkreis remarked, “We are truly delighted to partner with the INSPECS group.  This partnership will combine decades of experience to deliver high quality, fashionable timeless classics and must-have fashion forward pieces under our iconic Farah brand.”

Founder and CEO Robin Totterman said: “We are absolutely delighted that INSPECS have been appointed as partner of choice to extend the Farah brand into the specialist eyewear market. We look forward to our continued work with the Farah brand team and Perry Ellis International, and to welcoming this much-coveted brand to our portfolio of brands. We see Farah as a key building block in our strategy for INSPECS’ strong growth in the coming years. It is clear that Farah is the menswear brand to watch, with its massive upward trajectory both via online and brick-and-mortar fashion retailers.”

For more information about Perry Ellis International, Inc. and the company’s entire portfolio of brands, please visit. www.PERY.com.

About Perry Ellis International
Perry Ellis International, Inc. is a leading designer, distributor and licensor of a broad line of high quality men’s and women’s apparel, accessories and fragrances. The Company’s collection of dress and casual shirts, golf sportswear, sweaters, dress pants, casual pants and shorts, jeans wear, active wear, dresses and men’s and women’s swimwear is available through all major levels of retail distribution. The Company, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, owns a portfolio of nationally and internationally recognized brands, including: Perry Ellis®, An Original Penguin® by Munsingwear®, Laundry by Shelli Segal®, Rafaella®, Cubavera®, Ben Hogan®, Savane®, Grand Slam®, John Henry®, Manhattan®, Axist®, Jantzen® and Farah®. The Company enhances its roster of brands by licensing trademarks from third parties, including: Nike® and Jag® for swimwear, and Callaway®, PGA TOUR®, and Jack Nicklaus® for golf apparel and Guy Harvey® for performance fishing and resort wear.  Additional information on the Company is available at http://www.pery.com.

About INSPECS GROUP
INSPECS Group (established 1988) licenses, designs, manufactures and distributes branded eyewear products (optical frames, sunglasses, safety eyewear) with a portfolio of well-recognised brands, both owned and licensed (including FARAH, Superdry, Radley, O’Neill, CATERPILLAR, NASCAR and Santana).

INSPECS serves the largest optical retailers, smaller boutique opticians, travel retail and its brand partners’ retail outlets.

Contact:
Anthony Pessok
Anthony.pessok@pery.com
Tel: 3531 405 38 40

Imane Maghrani
Press and PR enquiries
Imane.maghrani@inspecs.com

Andy Matthews
Commercial Director
Andy.matthews@inspecs.com

Source:  Perry Ellis International/globenewswire

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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Levi Strauss & Co. announces new operating model that will create a more sustainable supply chain and a cleaner jean

Global jeanswear leader introduces digital manufacturing capability that will eliminate potassium permanganate and other chemicals that have been used industrywide for decades in jeans finishing

SAN FRANCISCO, 2018-Mar-01 — /EPR Retail News/ — Levi Strauss & Co. (LS&Co.) today (February 27, 2018) announced a transformative new operating model that will create a more sustainable supply chain and a cleaner jean. Called Project F.L.X. (future-led execution), this new model replaces manual techniques and automates the jeans finishing process, allowing the company to reduce the number of chemical formulations used in finishing from thousands to a few dozen.

Traditionally, denim finishing – which creates worn, faded design elements on jeans – has been a highly manual, labor-intensive and chemical-reliant process. Digitization enables a responsive and sustainable supply chain at an unparalleled scale.

“Thirty years ago, jeans were only available in three shades: rinsed, stonewashed and bleached. Today those three shades have exploded into endless variations, all produced with very labor-intensive jobs and long lists of chemical formulations,” said Bart Sights, vice president of technical innovation at Levi Strauss & Co. and head of the company’s Eureka Innovation Lab. “We’re designing a cleaner jean for the planet and the people who make Levi’s® jeans, and we’re doing it on a scale that no one else has achieved to date.”

This new operating model is a major step forward in LS&Co.’s commitment to achieving zero discharge of hazardous chemicals by 2020 and accelerates the elimination of many chemical formulations that the company’s Screened Chemistry program identified as “phase outs.” Among the chemicals that will be eliminated is potassium permanganate, an oxidizer that is used industrywide to replicate authentic vintage finishes.

“This is a significant win for the industry,” said Robert Strand, executive director for the Berkeley-Haas Center for Responsible Business. “It’s inspiring to see how LS&Co. used constraints to drive innovation, paving the way for a more sustainable apparel industry. This is an important step forward that I hope others will follow.”

Beyond eliminating many chemicals, Project F.L.X. is expected to reduce textile waste by more accurately making what the market needs and may also provide the opportunity to save water in the future. The company has already proved it can use nearly 100 percent recycled water in the final manufacturing stages with Project F.L.X. and is exploring the possibility of rolling out this water recycling capability more broadly over time.

To help unlock the benefits of digitally enabled design and development, LS&Co. turned to long-standing partner Jeanologia, a leader in eco-efficient solutions for fabric and garment finishing. Since 1993, Jeanologia has operated with the ambition of advancing sustainable apparel manufacturing by delivering disruptive technologies, including ozone, laser and e-flow finishing systems. The company’s like-minded focus on scalability was essential to supporting LS&Co.’s end-to-end, transformative vision.

For more information about Project F.L.X., view the press release on LeviStrauss.com.

About Levi Strauss & Co.
Levi Strauss & Co. is one of the world’s largest brand-name apparel companies and a global leader in jeanswear. The company designs and markets jeans, casual wear and related accessories for men, women and children under the Levi’s®, Dockers®, Signature by Levi Strauss & Co.™, and Denizen® brands. Its products are sold in more than 110 countries worldwide through a combination of chain retailers, department stores, online sites, and a global footprint of approximately 2,900 retail stores and shop-inshops. Levi Strauss & Co.’s reported fiscal 2017 net revenues were $4.9 billion. For more information, go to http://levistrauss.com.

LS&Co. Contact:

Amber McCasland
Levi Strauss & Co.
(415) 501-7777
newsmediarequests@levi.com

Source: Levi Strauss & Co.