SPAR now operates 1,000 stores in Spain

Spain, 2017-Apr-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — There are now more than 1,000 SPAR stores in operation in Spain with a cumulative sales area of over 400,000m2. Both on the mainland and the islands, our partners in Spain continue to invest in the expansion and modernisation of their stores – ensuring that the core values of SPAR are consistently delivered and customer needs are always met.

Recent store openings by six different partners

One of the most exciting new store openings took place on the island of Gran Canaria in January with the launch of the first SPAR Natural store by partner, SPAR Mogán. SPAR Natural is a new health store concept that specialises in organic foods as well as vegan, vegetarian, gluten, dairy and wheat free products. The food ranges are complemented by an array of hygiene products and cosmetics. Covering an area of 240m2, the store also has a consultation area where customers can book sessions with professional nutritionists, physiotherapists and various other experts from complimentary disciplines.

In the town of Manresa, a Grupo Miquel store has been completely refurbished and now includes a wider assortment and better service departments. A special feature is the bakery department, which includes a ‘Casa Espiga’ oven, ensuring that traditional breads and pastries can be produced using a longer fermentation process thereby keeping the bread crisper for longer. The completely refreshed layout was designed around quick shopping missions, delivering all-round convenience. The store has a selling area of 200m2 and opening hours that target shoppers needing food-for-now or food-for-later. For busy customers, there is also a home delivery service available.

SPAR Partner, Ignacio De Las Cuevas, S.A., which has an exclusive licence to operate in the regions of La Coruña, Lugo, Ourense and Pontevedra, has opened a new SPAR EXPRESS store in the town of Beade, in the Ourense province in northwest Spain. Open Monday to Saturday, the convenience store has been designed to meet customer needs. The 2,000 SKUS available in the 150m2 store comprise both SPAR Own Brand and A-Brand products. In addition to the good ambient range, there is a delicatessen and a greengrocer, offering great fresh solutions.

In Tenerife, partner Agrucan S.L., has launched a new SPAR convenience store, open every day of the week from 8:30 to 21:30, meeting the needs of both residents and tourists. The store is located in a very touristic area with many visitors familiar with the SPAR Brand. The new SPAR store, which has a retail sales area of 185m² and offers over 3,500 products, utilises modern and efficient equipment such as LED lighting.

A Grupo Upper supermarket located in Cartagena, in the province of Murcia has been fully refurbished and re-launched to offer a better shopping experience. Customers visiting the new SPAR store can find a wide assortment of high quality products. To celebrate the re-opening, a number of special offers were enjoyed by shoppers.

And last but not least, Líder Aliment, the SPAR Partner for the provinces of Seville, Badajoz, Córdoba, Cáceres and Huelva has also celebrated two new store openings recently. Both are small convenience stores, offering a range of around 3,000 products to customers and are enhanced by specialised departments including a butchery, bakery, fresh fish section and fresh fruit and veg.

Contact:

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

Source: Spar International

Lowe’s and Habitat for Humanity worked together to build 1,000 homes for families across the U.S. in 2016

 

FORT WORTH, Texas, 2016-Dec-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — This holiday season will be particularly special for more than 1,000 families, many of whom will – for the first time – be able to create memories in their own homes. Throughout 2016, longtime partners Lowe’s and Habitat for Humanity have worked toward a yearlong goal to build or repair 1,000 homes alongside families across the U.S. to help them realize their dreams of safe, affordable homeownership.

At a culminating event in Fort Worth, Habitat and Lowe’s will revitalize 58 homes and string holiday lighting with 19 families, while celebrating surpassing that goal and bringing the joy of experiencing holiday traditions in the comfort of their homes to families in more than 300 communities nationwide.

“Homeownership and access to safe, decent and affordable housing is a struggle for many families in communities across the country,” said Colleen Finn Ridenhour, deputy director, Corporate and Foundation Relations, Habitat for Humanity International. “This year Lowe’s made a tremendous commitment to address this issue. Thanks to both a $4.5 million financial commitment, as well as the hands-on support of nearly 4,000 Lowe’s Heroes volunteers, many Habitat homeowners’ lives have been positively impacted.”

Stable housing is foundational to building strength, stability, self-reliance and living a quality life, but in communities across the country, having access to a decent and affordable house is a challenge for many families. Nearly one in four households in the U.S. pays more than 30 percent of their income for housing, making it difficult to affording necessities such as food or clothing.1

Lowe’s Heroes volunteers across the country provided their expertise and assistance to touch the lives of incredible families from across the nation including the Rico family from Fort Worth. Shelby Rico, a single mother of three children, thought homeownership was out of her reach until Trinity Habitat for Humanity accepted her application through its homeowner partner program. This year, after putting in more than 200 hours of sweat equity, including time actually framing her house during National Women Build Week, Shelby and her kids will celebrate Christmas morning together in their very first home.

“Lowe’s has partnered with Habitat for Humanity for over a decade because we believe that a safe, stable home is a source of strength, pride and independence for families, and essential for building our communities,” said James Frison, Lowe’s director of community relations. “The holidays are a particularly meaningful time of year to spend in your home and that’s why we committed to helping make that a reality for more than 1,000 families.”

Lowe’s and Habitat for Humanity launched the Home for the Holidays initiative in March at the Kobalt 400 and worked throughout the year to reach their goal through a variety of partnership events such as National Women Build Week, neighborhood revitalizations and Lowe’s volunteer days.

Since 2003, Lowe’s has committed more than $63 million to Habitat and helped more than 5,500 families improve their living conditions. Lowe’s partners with Habitat for Humanity to build homes and revitalize communities around the country. Anyone interested in volunteering can learn more at Habitat.org/Lowes.

About Lowe’s in the Community
Lowe’s, a FORTUNE® 50 home improvement company, has a 50-year legacy of supporting the communities it serves through programs that focus on K-12 public education and community improvement projects.  Since 2007, Lowe’s and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation together have contributed nearly $250 million to these efforts, and for more than two decades Lowe’s Heroes volunteers have donated their time to make our communities better places to live. To learn more, visit the Lowe’s Open House digital newsroom at newsroom.lowes.com.

About Habitat for Humanity
Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in nearly 1,400 communities throughout the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat.org.

1 “The State of the Nation’s Housing 2016” by the Joint Center for Housing Studies, Harvard University

Media Inquiries:

704-758-2917
PublicRelations@Lowes.com

SOURCE: Lowe’s

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USDA’s FSIS: U.S. Cado Holdings, Inc. Recalls 1,650 pounds of imported, frozen Swai fillets products

WASHINGTON, 2016-Jul-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — U.S. Cado Holdings, Inc., a Santa Ana, Calif. establishment, is recalling approximately 1,650 pounds of imported, frozen Swai fillets products that were distributed into U.S. commerce without meeting federal importation requirements, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today. [View Labels(PDF Only)]

The Deep Water Sea Food brand Frozen Swai fillets were produced on April 5, 2016. The following products are subject to recall:

  • 15-lb. boxes containing bulk pieces of “Frozen Swai Fillets” with the label DEEP WATER SEA FOOD, “Production Date: 04/05/2016,” and “Best Before Date: 10/05/2017.” The products subject to recall bear the Factory Number UCH001 on the box and bear the lot number 1683475. These items were shipped to institutional locations in Puerto Rico. The boxes are marked as “9/11 oz.”

The problem was discovered when the customer and import establishment notified FSIS personnel of Swai products entering U.S. commerce without meeting FSIS regulatory requirements for imported Siluriformes. The products were imported from Vietnam and failed to comply with FSIS requirements concerning residue sampling and testing prior to entry into United States commerce. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a healthcare provider.

Details of the first expansion are: June 25, 2016— U.S. Cado Holdings, Inc., a Santa Ana, Calif. establishment recalled approximately 2,235 pounds of imported, frozen Swai fillets produced and packed on March 1, 9, and 16, 2016 in Vietnam by Golden Quality Seafood Corporation. The following products are subject to recall:

  • 15-lb. boxes containing individually wrapped pieces of “Skinless and Boneless Swai Fillets” with the label DELTA’S BEST BASA BRAND and the lot number 023015 and 023021, and best by dates of 03-01-2018, 03-09-2018, and 03-16-2018.

The products subject to recall bear no plant number on the box, but do bear the lot number 023015 and 023021, and best by dates of 03-01-2018, 03-09-2018, and 03-16-2018. These items were shipped to retail locations in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas.

The problem was discovered when the customer and imported establishment notified FSIS personnel of Swai products entering U.S. commerce without meeting FSIS regulatory requirements for imported Siluriformes. The products were imported from Vietnam and failed to comply with FSIS requirements concerning residue sampling and testing prior to entry into United States commerce. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a healthcare provider.

Details of the first recall are: June 20, 2016– U.S. Cado Holdings, Inc., a Santa Ana, Calif. establishment, recalled approximately 25,760 pounds of imported, frozen Swai fillets products that were distributed into U.S. commerce without meeting federal requirements.

The skinless and boneless Sea Queen brand Swai Fillet items were produced and packed on March 30, 2016, in Vietnam by Golden Quality Seafood Corporation. The following products are subject to recall:

  • 2-lb. (32-oz.) packages containing individually wrapped pieces of “Skinless and Boneless Swai Fillets.”

The products subject to recall bear plant number FN1158, lot number SW1601-02-16090, and have a “best by” date of March 30, 2018. These items were shipped to Aldi distribution centers in Connecticut, Georgia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee.

The problem was discovered when the customer and import establishment notified FSIS personnel of Swai products entering U.S. commerce without meeting FSIS regulatory requirements for imported Siluriformes. The products were imported from Vietnam and failed to comply with FSIS requirements concerning residue sampling and testing prior to entry into United States commerce. There have been no confirmed reports of adverse reactions due to consumption of these products. Anyone concerned about a reaction should contact a healthcare provider.

Consumers who have purchased these products are urged not to consume them. These products should be thrown away or returned to the place of purchase. Consumers and Media with questions about the recall can contact Paul Nguyen, U.S. Cado Holdings Inc., Manager, at (714) 973-2272.

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

 Under the Federal Meat Inspection Act and implementing regulations, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) ensures that Siluriformes fish and fish products in foreign and domestic commerce are safe, wholesome, and not adulterated or misbranded. FSIS samples imported product for drug, pesticide, and other chemical residues. For more information, please visit: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/inspection/siluriformes/operations-inspection under Hold-and-Test Sampling Protocol for Shipments of Siluriformes Fish/Fish Products from Foreign Establishments that Export Product that Contains a Violative Chemical Residue(s) as Identified by FSIS Border Sampling and Testing.

Consumers with food safety questions can “Ask Karen,” the FSIS virtual representative available 24 hours a day at AskKaren.gov or via smartphone at m.askkaren.gov. The toll-free USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline 1-888-MPHotline (1-888-674-6854) is available in English and Spanish and can be reached from l0 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern Time) Monday through Friday. Recorded food safety messages are available 24 hours a day. The online Electronic Consumer Complaint Monitoring System can be accessed 24 hours a day at: http://www.fsis.usda.gov/reportproblem.

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

EDITORS NOTE:
This release is being reissued as an expansion of the June 20, 2016  and June 25, 2016 recalls to include additional products, production dates, and distribution area. The first recall 052-2016 on June 20, 2016 involved 25,760 pounds of frozen swai fillet products. The recall expansion on June 25, 2016 involved an additional 2,235 pounds of Individually Quick Frozen (IQF) Swai fillet products. The second recall expansion on July 14, 2016  involved an additional 1,650 pounds of frozen Swai Fillets. The combined number of recalled product from June 20, 2016 to July 14, 2016 is 29,645 pounds of frozen Swai imported from Vietnam.

Contact:
Congressional and Public Affairs
Nina A. Anand
(202) 720-9113
Press@fsis.usda.gov

Source: USDA

Amazon.com will open a new fulfillment center in Kansas City, Kansas; 1,000 full-time roles will be created

SEATTLE, 2016-Jul-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ:AMZN) announced it will open a new fulfillment center in Kansas City, Kansas. The new facility, the second large-sized fulfillment center Amazon has announced within a span of four months, will create over 1,000 full-time roles. In addition to the new fulfillment center in Wyandotte County and the upcoming facility in Edgerton, Amazon has existing Kansas facilities in Lenexa.

“We are thrilled to continue investing in Kansas, proud of our ability to create great jobs, and most importantly, excited to better serve our customers throughout the Midwest,” said Akash Chauhan, Amazon’s vice president of North American operations. “Together with the addition of the Kansas City and the Edgerton fulfillment centers, there will be 2,000 new Amazon jobs in Kansas and none of this would be have been possible without the support we’ve received from state and community leaders.”

Governor Sam Brownback stated, “Strategically located in the middle of the country, Kansas is an ideal home for businesses looking for a skilled workforce and pro-growth environment. The state is dedicated to attracting companies and helping them grow and create jobs. I am proud that Amazon has chosen to once again expand its footprint in the state and am confident this continued partnership will benefit all Kansans.”

Amazon employees at the 855,000-plus-square-foot Kansas City fulfillment center will pick, pack, and ship smaller customer items, such as books, electronics and toys.

Full-time employees at Amazon receive competitive hourly wages and a comprehensive benefits package, including healthcare, 401(k) and company stock awards, starting on day one. Amazon also offers regular full-time employees maternity and paternal leave benefits and access to innovative programs like Career Choice, where it will pre-pay up to 95 percent of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon. Since the program’s launch, employees are pursuing degrees in game design and visual communications, nursing, IT programming, and radiology, to name a few.

“This is a transformative capital investment in our city. It continues the growth Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas, has enjoyed for more than a decade, building on its status as a leading job creator in the state,” said Kansas City Mayor and Unified Government CEO Mark Holland. “But most significantly, it is transformative because of the quality employment opportunity Amazon will offer. Our residents will now have access to a career pathway that includes not only a job, but a chance at an education. I’m thrilled to welcome Amazon to our community.”

Greg Kindle, President of Wyandotte Economic Development Council, said, “The investment Amazon is making in Wyandotte County is more than an economic development success, it is also a key component to solving the employment gap. Bringing new jobs and the opportunity for career paths toWyandotte County is essential to growing our local economy.”

“This exciting project again demonstrates how important Wyandotte County is to the overall Kansas economy and why the Unified Government is recognized as a progressive, innovative and business friendly local government,” said Doug Bach, Unified Government County Administrator.

To learn more about working at an Amazon fulfillment center, visit www.amazondelivers.jobs.

The project is being developed by Seefried Industrial Properties and USAA.

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.

Media Hotline:

206-266-7180
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Source: Amazon.com, Inc.