ALDI introduces Little Journey line of baby products at prices that will save parents up to 50% on their grocery bills

Batavia, Ill., 2016-Aug-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — ALDI knows parenting can be hectic, but grocery shopping shouldn’t be. As one of America’s favorite grocery stores*, ALDI is helping busy moms and dads with Little Journey, the first full line of baby products hitting ALDI store shelves nationwide next week. The new line features award-winning** baby changing and feeding essentials, including organic puree pouches in a dozen varieties, at prices that will save parents up to 50 percent*** on their grocery bills. In honor of Little Journey supporting parents and little ones alike, ALDI also pledged more than $350,000 in the form of funds and baby changing essentials to the March of Dimes’ Give them tomorrow Campaign**** and Feeding America®.

“With the introduction of Little Journey, we’re thrilled to now provide parents with an easier, more affordable way to shop for quality baby essentials,” said Liz Ruggles, director of marketing, ALDI, and a mom. “Additionally, through our work with March of Dimes and Feeding America, we’re excited to be able to give back to our communities and further support parents and babies around the country.”

Passionate about saving shoppers time and money on weekly must-have items, Little Journey is another way ALDI is evolving to meet the varying needs of ALDI shoppers – and their growing families. ALDI is known for its simple, efficient approach to grocery shopping, and now that experience includes shopping for baby products. Little Journey helps parents save time and money in the grocery store, so they can spend more of both with the ones they love.

Even More to Love!
Starting this month, ALDI will be stocking its shelves with affordably priced, high-quality Little Journey diapers, snacks and wipes to help keep babies (and their parents’ wallets) happy. With many products in the line awarded the prestigious Parent Tested Parent Approved Seal of Approval™, parents can trust their children are getting the best.

Cozy Changes: Little Journey’s award-winning changing essentials have children and parents covered with gentle cleansing wipes, diapers in six sizes for growing little ones and training pants for on-the-go toddlers. For more information about Little Journey changing essentials, please visit: http://bit.ly/2bf7pHG

Friendly Feedings: ALDI understands every child’s feeding journey is unique. To help, the Little Journey range of powder formulas features four infant formulas, including sensitive and soybased, as well as one toddler formula to give tiny tummies the expert-recommended nutrition they need. For more information about Little Journey formulas, please visit: http://bit.ly/2b8fEIk

Sensible Snacking: As your child grows, so does Little Journey. The line’s award-winning infantto-toddler snacks are easy for little ones to chew and just the right size for little fingers to manage. Clearly labeled for every stage of a child’s development and with products including organic puree pouches, baked whole grain corn snacks, Yogurt Bites and more, Little Journey snacks are tasty treats little ones will love, made from ingredients parents will feel good about. For more information about Little Journey pouches and snacks, please visit: http://bit.ly/2aLzk2v

The Special Delivery Celebration
ALDI values every customer – especially the little ones. The grocer pledged a $100,000 donation to the March of Dimes in support of the nonprofit’s Give them tomorrow Campaign. Through the donation, ALDI will help the March of Dimes with its mission to improve the health and wellness of moms and babies across the US through healthy pregnancy and prenatal care programs.

Dedicated to giving back to its communities, ALDI also partnered with Feeding America to distribute more than $200,000 worth of changing essentials to Feeding America member food banks around the country. Each ALDI store will work with its local Feeding America chapter to help bring these high-quality products to babies and parents in ALDI markets. In addition, ALDI made a $50,000 gift to Feeding America to support hunger-relief efforts.

And the celebration doesn’t end there. This month, ALDI kicks off a multifaceted marketing campaign featuring TV spots, radio commercials, online banner ads and a mobile marketing tour. From August through November, Little Journey will hit the road with the Little Journey Little Ones Rest Stop, a mobile ‘pop-up’ changing and feeding station. The roaming rest stop will visit festivals, celebrations and events across the country to hand out product samples and provide a safe, clean place for event-going parents to change and feed little ones.

About ALDI Inc.
A leader in the grocery retailing industry, ALDI operates more than 1,500 US stores in 34 states. More than 32 million customers each month save up to 50 percent*** on their grocery bills, benefiting from the ALDI simple and streamlined approach to retailing. ALDI sells the most frequently purchased grocery and household items, primarily under its exclusive brands, which must meet or exceed the national name brands on taste and quality. ALDI is so confident in the quality of its products, the company offers a Double Guarantee: If for any reason a customer is not 100 percent satisfied with any ALDI food product, ALDI will gladly replace the product and refund the purchase price. ALDI was honored with the 2015 Supermarket News Retail Achievement Award, recognizing the company for its ongoing business expansion and product evolution. For more information about ALDI, visit aldi.us.

About March of Dimes
The March of Dimes is the leading nonprofit organization for pregnancy and baby health. For more than 75 years, moms and babies have benefited from March of Dimes research, education, vaccines, and breakthroughs. For the latest resources and health information, visit our websites marchofdimes.org and nacersano.org. You can also find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

About Feeding America Feeding
America is the nationwide network of 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 46 million people through 60,000 food pantries and meal programs in communities across America. Feeding America also supports programs that improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

*According to a survey of US consumers conducted in 2016 by Market Force Information.
**To see a complete list of Little Journey products that have been awarded the 2016 Parent Tested Parent Approved Seal of Approval visit http://ptpa.com/winners/.
***Based upon a price comparison of comparable products sold at leading national retail grocery stores.
****The March of Dimes does not endorse specific products or brands.

Contacts:

Kim Morrison
(312) 988-2244
kmorrison@webershandwick.com

Jodie Kehoe
(312) 988-2230
jkehoe@webershandwick.com

Source: ALDI

This summer Stater Bros. Markets will reduce its lighting energy use by 50% in all its supermarkets

San Bernardino, California, 2016-Jul-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — For over 80 years, Stater Bros. Markets has remained committed to giving back to the communities it serves and is furthering its commitment to those valued communities by voluntarily reducing lighting energy use by 50% in all 168 Stater Bros. supermarket locations during summer months.

This reduction will decrease electricity use by 425,000 kWh per month, which is the equivalent of powering 470 homes per month and also reduces the possibility of rotating outages during the summer.

“Every day during summer months, all 168 Stater Bros. supermarket locations will voluntarily reduce lighting energy use by 50%, from 12 noon to 6 p.m.” stated Pete Van Helden, President and CEO of Stater Bros. Markets.   “Energy use peaks during this time and our energy reduction efforts underscore Stater Bros.’ ongoing commitment to the environment, community and our employees,” Van Helden concluded.

Other environmentally friendly efforts at Stater Bros. include:

  • Closed-door cases and LED lighting reducing energy by 60% per refrigerated case in 85% of our supermarkets, working towards implementation in all supermarkets by 2018.
  • LED lighting for refrigerated cases in all stores and LED lighting for sales floor in remodels and new stores
  • Energy Management Systems in all stores that control energy usage and demand
  •  “Green Waste” program removed over 34 million pounds of waste to help produce biofuel, animal feed and compost for agriculture
  • Recycling cardboard – over 73 million pounds
  • Recycling plastic bags – over 2.5 million pounds
  • Meat rendering and grease – recycled over 9.5 million pounds to help produce products that are used in agriculture, oleo chemical and biofuels industry
    • Recycling Centers inside each supermarket for customers to recycle paper and plastic grocery bags
    • Printing the company’s weekly ad on recycled paper
    • Donations to local food banks (over 3 million pounds per year)

In addition, Stater Bros. Markets has received the “Best Emissions Rate” Award from the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) GreenChill Partnership for having the lowest corporate-wide refrigerant emissions rate of all the GreenChill partners.  The company is also the only grocer to have seven stores in California that have received the EPA GreenChill Gold Level certification.

“Stater Bros. has always believed in doing the right thing for the right reason and expanding our environmentally friendly business practices is simply the right thing to do,” stated Jack H. Brown, Executive Chairman of Stater Bros. Markets.   “As we celebrate 80 years of serving Southern California Families, we want to ensure that we are doing our part so that the values and legacy of our founders, Leo and Cleo Stater will be enjoyed for many generations to come,” Brown continued.

Stater Bros. was founded in 1936 in Yucaipa, California, and has grown steadily through the years to become the largest privately owned Supermarket Chain in Southern California and the largest private employer in both San Bernardino County and Riverside County.  The Company currently operates 168 Supermarkets, and there are approximately 18,000 members of the Stater Bros. Supermarket Family.  For more information, visit staterbros.com.

Press contact:
publicrelations@staterbros.com

Source: Stater Bros

 

 

 

Whole Foods Market to open its new 50,000-square-foot Santa Clara store on July 26

EMERYVILLE, Calif., 2016-Jul-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Whole Foods Market opens its new 50,000-square-foot Santa Clara store July 26 at 2732 Augustine Drive (corner of Scott & Bowers). Santa Clara Mayor Lisa M. Gillmor will join the company to host a bread-breaking ceremony for the store and ribbon cutting for Santa Clara Square Marketplace at 9:45 a.m. Doors open at 10 a.m.

For a first look at the store, members of the public can attend a Preview Party on July 23 from 5-7 p.m. The event includes cooking demos, food and product samples, games, raffle, and 3D chalk art photo booth. Tickets are $5; Whole Foods Market will donate all proceeds to Santa Clara Vanguard. RSVP at eventbrite.com.

This is the first Whole Foods Market location in Santa Clara, and the 44th in Northern California. The store brings an estimated 225 new jobs to Santa Clara.

“Whole Foods brings an offering that marries well with the tastes and lifestyles of Santa Clara and Silicon Valley residents,” said Dave Moore, president, Irvine Company Retail Properties, the developer of Santa Clara Square Marketplace. “We know the community will embrace the new store, especially features including an expanded prepared foods section, foods sourced from local vendors and even a Tap Room.”

“One of the best things about great food is gathering around it, and we want this store to become a community meeting place where our wonderful customers can meet their friends and make new ones,” said Eddie Ceballos, store team leader.

Highlights of the new store include:

TAP ROOM
Beer and Wine on tap – 16 taps feature local beers including brews from Camino Brewing Company, Santa Clara Brewing Company, and even Whole Foods Market’s own brewery in the San Jose Store. National favorites and wine on tap will be available as well.

Gathering space – There is indoor seating for about 60 guests, and outdoor seating (covered and/or heated as needed) for 40. Multiple TVs will show sports and news, and the food menu invites guests to stay for a snack or a full meal.

Signature Menu by Melissa King – Top Chef finalist Melissa King designed many of the items on the Tap Room menu, including the Seoul Burger with kimchi, arugula, and sesame-gochujang aioli; Tokyo Burger, with shiitake mushrooms, greens, caramelized onions, and yuzu miso aioli; Lemongrass Meatballs; Chicken Karaage; Gomae-Spinach Sesame Salad; Enoki Bacon (Enoki mushrooms wrapped in bacon and finished with togarashi); and simple Zucchini Rounds.

PREPARED FOODS
Sushi, Ramen, and Bao station – Genji will offer not only sushi, but also ramen bowls (order off a menu or customize your own), and bao (savory steamed buns).

Burma Superstar’s Tea Leaf Salad – The Bay Area favorite is getting packaged up to grab and go under Burma Superstar’s “Burma Love” label. Get it while you can in the Prepared Foods section.

Self-serve pizza, cakes, and sweet petites – This new store will offer self-serve slices of pizza, including signature Whole Foods Market pies like the Forest Fungi and Alpine Pig, and classic selections like cheese and pepperoni (guests can still order a custom pie). Whole cakes will also be available to “grab and go,” though a Bakery Team Member can still write a custom message on the cake the customer selects. Finally, the store will now offer self-serve “sweet petites” – no more waiting in line to satisfy a sweet tooth.

Coffee and smoothie bar with Sambazon acai bowls – The store’s “breakfast bar” features coffee, tea, and espresso drinks from Allegro Coffee Company. Customers can order a smoothie off the menu or build their own. Sambazon acai bowls are poured at the bar and topped with healthy ingredients like bananas, coconut flakes, fresh berries, and almonds.

Digital ordering – To reduce time waiting in line for sandwiches, burritos, and other prepared foods, customers can order at a digital kiosk (iPad) and watch their order progress on the screen above. Customers will pick up their completed order when it is ready at the Prepared Foods window.

THE SPECIALTY DEPARTMENT
Chromatic Coffee & Camino Brewing Company Collaboration Brew – The star of this store’s beer set is 22-ounce bottles of Chromatic Coffee and Camino Brewing Company’s Café Con Leche coffee stout. Whole Foods Market Santa Clara will be the only place to snag bottles of the tasty collaboration brew through the fall. Guests can browse among a large curated selection of international, national, local, and micro brews, too.

1,000 wines – Whole Foods Market Santa Clara will have nearly 1,000 varietals of wine, including local bottles from Bonny Doon Vineyards, Ridge Vineyards and more.

Pickle Bar – Customers will recognize the antipasti and olive bar, but the Santa Clara store will have an expanded selection of pickles available to mix and match as well. This is a new feature for Northern California stores.

Cheese and Chocolate – A cheese tasting table will feature frequent samples and pairing suggestions, and on-site cheese experts can recommend cheese for any occasion. Specialty chocolates, nuts, jams and other novelties round out the department.

IN THE AISLES
Local product selection – Some of the local products customers will find on shelves include:

  • Rabbit’s Foot Meadery (Santa Clara Valley)
  • Frontier Bites (San Jose) – nutrient-dense snacks
  • Uncie Ros’s (Santa Cruz) – New York-style wood-fired pizza
  • Small Bees Honey (Los Gatos)
  • Stueve Biodynamic and Organic Pasture-Raised Eggs (Oakdale)
  • Camino Brewing Company (San Jose)
  • Chromatic Coffee (Santa Clara)
  • Bonny Doon Vineyards (Davenport)
  • Ridge Vineyards (Cupertino)

More Vegan, Gluten Free, and Paleo options than ever before – The Produce section will house Whole Foods Market’s standard selection of top quality fruits and vegetables, as well as an expanded value added set with zucchini noodles, coleslaw mixes, stir fry veggie kits and ready-to-nosh platters. In the Bakery, Sugar Plum cookies are vegan, gluten free, and GMO free; they’re just one of the vegan and gluten free brands the store will sell. The Meat department will offer bacon cured without sugar, and in Prepared Foods customers will always find plenty of plant-strong items on the hot and salad bars.

Imperfect Produce – As part of Whole Foods Market’s ongoing commitment to reduce food waste, the company will feature its partnership with Imperfect Produce at the Santa Clara Store. Guests will find specially-packaged “ugly” fruits and veggies like potatoes and apricots on sale at great prices. Historically, small, misshapen, or otherwise cosmetically-flawed produce never makes it to market, but Bay Area startup Imperfect Produce and Whole Foods Market are helping it see its way to the shelf.

Meat and Seafood Market – Customers will find open market-style meat and seafood counters with lots of oven-ready options. On the seafood side, guests will find classic fillets and whole fish, stuffed seafood and house-smoked, salmon, trout and octopus. A shellfish wall will offer locally-sourced oysters, as well as crab, lobster tails (Whole Foods Market does not carry whole lobsters), mussels, and clams. Also: there will be salmon bacon, which the fishmongers make by slicing salmon bellies into strips and smoking them in “bacon-esque” flavors.

On the meat side, house-made sausages and cowboy burgers will be ready for the grill. Smoked pork, turkey, and brisket are quick and tasty options to take to any barbecue. Customers can also find dry-aged beef and ground meats made in house for ultimate freshness.

Whole Body natural makeup and body care – Tiger Nuts are the nutrient-dense superfoods are taking the fitness world by storm, and customers can find a new Tiger Nut Smoothie Mix in the Whole Body department. There will also be an expanded lifestyles section with aromatherapy infusers, yoga gear, organic and responsible clothing lines, and plenty of candles and books. This complements the store’s regular selection of natural makeup and body care lines like Andalou Naturals, Juice Beauty, Dr. Hauschka, Mineral Fusion, and Pacifica.

QUALITY STANDARDS
Industry-leading quality standards throughout the store:

  • No artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives
  • No high fructose corn syrup or hydrogenated oils
  • In Produce, “Responsibly Grown” indicates the grower uses farming practices that support human health, farm worker welfare, and the environment.
  • In the Meat department, Global Animal Partnership’s Step Rating shows how the animals were raised for the meat customers are buying. All the beef, pork, chicken, and turkey carried in the fresh and pre-packaged cases at all Whole Foods Market stores in the U.S. comes from farms that are rated according the program. And all of the meat sold throughout the store comes from animals raised without antibiotics or added growth hormones.*
  • In Seafood, all wild-caught selections come from fisheries certified by the Marine Stewardship Council or is rated green or yellow by the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch Program. Farm-raised seafood is sold under the “Responsibly Farmed” logo, which ensures farm operations have minimal impact on the ecosystem and do not use additives or antibiotics in feed.
  • In the Whole Body department, Premium Body Care indicates the item has met the company’s strictest standards for quality sourcing, environmental impact, results, and safety. There are more than 400 ingredients prohibited in the Premium Body Care standards; among them are parabens, triclosan, sodium laurel and laureth sulfates, and polypropylene.

COMMUNITY GIVING
Whole Foods Market Santa Clara will support local charities. The store’s first Nickels for Nonprofits recipient is JW House, which provides a comfortable “home away from home” for families facing medical crises. The store’s first 5% Day will support the Santa Clara Library Foundation.

DELIVERY SERVICE
The Bay Area-based retail delivery service Instacart will have shoppers dedicated to Whole Foods Market Santa Clara so local shoppers can have their groceries delivered extra quick. Order online at delivery.wholefoodsmarket.com.

BUILDING DESIGN
Green refrigeration system – The store features a new-to-the-industry refrigeration system that combines CO2 (a natural refrigerant that carries the lowest environmental impact of any refrigerant) with propane for an extra-efficient cooling system. This design also recaptures heat generated by its operation; the heat is then stored overnight to provide hot water for the store the next day.

Electric Vehicle Charging Stations – High-efficiency NRG eVgo fast charging stations and standard charging stations available.

Design and Architecture – Whole Foods Market worked with Thread Collaborative to evoke a Modern Mission theme for the store. Influenced by Latin culture, the design incorporates painted terra cotta tile, iron gates, and colorful textiles. Customers will see plenty of materials, geometric shapes, and colorful graphics taken from regional history and architecture.

STORE INFORMATION

Whole Foods Market Santa Clara
2732 Augustine Drive, Suite 100, Santa Clara, CA 95054
Tel. 408-562-9162
Store 8 a.m. – 10 p.m. daily. Tap Room 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Store Team Leader: Eddie Ceballos
Website: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/santaclara
Wi-Fi: Free wi-fi and phone charging stations
Careers: The store brings an estimated 225 jobs to Santa Clara. Apply at wfm.com/careers.
Catering: shop.wholefoodsmarket.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/wfmsiliconvalley
Instagram: @wfmsiliconvalley
Twitter: @wholefoodsnorca

Contact:

Beth Krauss
beth.krauss@wholefoods.com
510.428.7400

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Whole Foods Market to open its new 50,000-square-foot Santa Clara store on July 26

Whole Foods Market to open its new 50,000-square-foot Santa Clara store on July 26

 

Source: Whole foods

Rite Aid Foundation to help victims affected by West Virginia flooding with $50,000 donation to the American Red Cross

CAMP HILL, Pa., 2016-Jun-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Rite Aid Foundation announced today a $50,000 donation to the American Red Cross West Virginia Region to help the victims, families and communities affected by this week’s historic flooding.

“One of Rite Aid’s core values is to be a caring neighbor in the communities we serve and that’s especially true in times of need,” said Ken Martindale, Rite Aid CEO of stores, president of Rite Aid Corporation and president of The Rite Aid Foundation. “The need in West Virginia, where Rite Aid has had a presence for many years, is great and we are proud to partner with the American Red Cross as they work tirelessly to provide relief and support to so many in their hour of need.”

Rite Aid operates 104 stores and one distribution center in West Virginia. The Company employs nearly 1,900 associates across the state.

Since its inception in 2001, The Rite Aid Foundation has awarded more than $25 million to non-profit organizations. Additionally, Rite Aid, through the efforts of its customers, supplier partners and associates, has also raised more than $75 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the country since 1994.

Rite Aid Corporation (NYSE: RAD) is one of the nation’s leading drugstore chains with nearly 4,600 stores in 31 states and the District of Columbia and fiscal 2016 annual revenues of $30.7 billion. Information about Rite Aid, including corporate background and press releases, is available through the company’s website at www.riteaid.com.

Contact:

Media: Ashley Flower
717-975-5718

Source: Rite Aid