Albertsons to offer same-day grocery delivery service through partnership with Instacart

Agreement offers faster, more convenient same-day delivery choices.

Boise, ID, 2017-Dec-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Albertsons Companies, one of the nation’s largest grocery retailers, today (November 28, 2017) announced it will increase customer convenience through an agreement with Instacart, the technology driven, nationwide on-demand grocery delivery service, by offering same-day deliveries in as little as an hour.

When the platform is fully developed, Instacart customers will be able to choose from Albertsons Companies banner stores across key market areas, for a speedy, convenient option to receive their groceries, furthering Albertsons Companies’ mission to reinvent the way consumers discover, purchase, receive and experience food.

“Instacart’s extensive delivery network combined with Albertsons Companies existing home delivery services and established, robust e-commerce offering creates a fantastic customer proposition,” said Shane Sampson, Albertsons Companies Chief Marketing and Merchandising Officer. “Customers can shop how, when and where they choose, with the convenient option of quick delivery straight to their doorsteps.”

Under the agreement, Instacart’s delivery service is expected to be available in more than 1,800 of Albertsons Companies’ customers’ favorite stores across the country by mid-2018. The company’s commitment to meeting customers where and how they want to shop demonstrates an unparalleled pledge to innovation. This year, Albertsons Companies began rolling out same day delivery and Drive-up & Go, and acquired meal kit company Plated.

“Families across the nation trust and rely on Albertsons Companies’ stores for their fresh groceries and everyday essentials,” said Apoorva Mehta, Founder and CEO of Instacart. “We couldn’t be more excited to work with the company’s legendary brands from coast-to-coast to offer customers a new convenient, time-saving option for shopping at their neighborhood store.”

Albertsons Companies current home delivery network and digital programs will continue to serve its growing customer base in existing markets.

About Albertsons Companies

Albertsons Companies is one of the largest food and drug retailers in the United States, with both a strong local presence and national scale. We operate stores across 35 states and the District of Columbia under 20 well-known banners including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market, Haggen and Carrs, as well as meal kit company Plated based in New York City. Albertsons Companies is committed to helping people across the country live better lives by making a meaningful difference, neighborhood by neighborhood. In 2016 alone, along with the Albertsons Companies Foundation, the company gave nearly $300 million in food and financial support. These efforts helped millions of people in the areas of hunger relief, education, cancer research and treatment, programs for people with disabilities and veterans outreach.

About Instacart

Instacart helps people cross grocery shopping off their to-do lists with just a few clicks. Customers use the Instacart website or app to fill their virtual shopping cart with items from their favorite, local stores and Instacart connects them with shoppers who hand pick the items and deliver them straight to their door. Founded in San Francisco in 2012, Instacart has quickly scaled to over 150 markets and partnered with retailers across North America, including popular national chains as well as local, regional grocers. By combining a personal touch with cutting-edge technology, Instacart offers customers a simple solution to save time and eat fresh food from the most trusted grocery brands. Instacart is the only grocery service that can meet today’s on-demand lifestyle by delivering in as little as one hour. First delivery is free at www.Instacart.com.

Important Notice Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

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

Media Contact:

For Albertsons Companies
Christine Wilcox
Christine.Wilcox@albertsons.com

For Instacart:
Dacyl Armendariz
Dacyl.Armendariz@Instacart.com

Source: Albertsons Companies

Albertsons distributes 1.7 cents cash per Contingent Value Right related to Property Development Centers sale of the assets

Holders to receive 1.7 cents cash per PDC Contingent Value Right

Boise, ID, 2017-May-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Albertsons Companies announced today (May 8, 2017 ) that it is distributing 1.7 cents cash per Contingent Value Right (a total of approximately $4 million) related to the sale of the assets of Safeway’s property development subsidiary, Property Development Centers (PDC). The Contingent Value Rights, or CVRs, were issued on January 30, 2015 to former holders of common stock of Safeway Inc. in connection with the merger of Safeway into a wholly owned subsidiary of Albertsons. The PDC CVRs represent the right to receive certain net proceeds from the sale of PDC.

The shareholder representative is seeking to collect additional net proceeds of approximately 0.03 cents per CVR with respect to PDC; however, the timing and amount, if any, of any future distribution is uncertain and it is possible that no further distribution will be made with respect to the PDC CVR.

Holders of CVRs should consult their tax advisors as to the tax treatment of the PDC CVRs and any distributions thereon. For tax reporting purposes, Safeway reported that the fair market value of the PDC CVR at the time of the merger was $0.0488 per share, based on a third-party valuation. This amount was reflected on Forms 1099-B issued by the paying agent with respect to the merger consideration.

Today’s announcement has no effect on the CVRs issued in connection with the merger with respect to the sale of Safeway’s interest in Mexico-based food and general merchandise retailer Casa Ley.

Albertsons will provide more information on the PDC CVR and the Casa Ley CVR when it has more clarity on the amount and timing of distributions with respect to the CVRs.

Albertsons is deeply saddened to announce that T. Gary Rogers, former Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Safeway Inc. passed away on May 2, 2017. Since the completion of the merger, Mr. Rogers served as member of the shareholder representative with respect to the CVRs. The shareholder representative has appointed Thomas Herman to replace Mr. Rogers in that position.

About Albertsons Companies

Albertsons Companies is one of the largest food and drug retailers in the United States, with both a strong local presence and national scale. We operate stores across 35 states and the District of Columbia under 19 wellknown banners including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market, Haggen and Carrs. Albertsons Companies is committed to helping people across the country live better lives by making a meaningful difference, neighborhood by neighborhood. In 2016 alone, along with the Albertsons Companies Foundation, the company gave nearly $300 million in food and financial support. These efforts helped millions of people in the areas of hunger relief, education, cancer research and treatment, programs for people with disabilities and veterans outreach.

Contact:

Christine Wilcox
christine.wilcox@albertsons.com
208-395-4163

Source: Albertsons Companies

Albertsons Companies launches new store brand, Signature

  • Signature Offers a Wide Range of Quality Products Helping Customers Create Their Own Signature Moments with Pride

BOISE, Idaho, 2016-Apr-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Albertsons Companies today is celebrating the launch of its new store brand, Signature, the largest private label across all 2,286 of its stores. Signature is a multi-category brand developed to address consumers’ growing appetite for quality private label products from stores they trust.

The Signature line includes more than 4,000 items – from coffee to juice, soup to cereal, fresh produce to fried chicken, and delicious prepared foods to paper towels, among other trusted home staples – all with a 100% money back guarantee. The Signature line is exclusive to Albertsons Companies and is carried by all 18 banners.

“Our customers take great pride in selecting foods that put their own special signature on meals and create meaningful moments for family and friends, and we have equal pride in putting our name behind the Signature family of brands,” said Shane Sampson, Chief Marketing and Merchandising Officer. “At Albertsons Companies, we won’t put our Signature label on just anything; a product has to meet rigorous quality standards and be an exceptional value to carry the Signature brand. We’re watching customer buying trends and striving to meet them where we can help most: where their grocery budget meets their desire for fantastic foods and quality household products.”

Albertsons Companies has created quality items for the Signature brand across six product sectors – Signature SELECT, Signature Kitchens, Signature Farms, Signature Cafe®, Signature Home, and Signature Care. The line includes a wide assortment of pantry staples, prepared foods, fresh produce and ingredients that bring delight to any dish, as well as a broad range of paper goods, laundry products, personal care, and other items. Signature is right at home in every home. Most importantly, all Signature products come with a 100% money-back guarantee.

To further celebrate the Signature launch, actress and Cooking Channel host Tiffani Thiessen has teamed up with Albertsons Companies to inspire shoppers with her tips and recipes for Signature meals and moments. Now in the second season of her popular TV show “Dinner at Tiffani’s,” Thiessen will lead a number of marketing efforts supporting the Signature family of brands.

“Whether I’m developing a new recipe for my cooking show, spending time with my family or having a night in with girlfriends, my life is all about creating special moments and memories,” said Thiessen. “I love sharing a meal with the people I care about, and the value and quality of the products in the new Signature line help me come up with delicious signature dishes – and experiences – that everyone can enjoy.”

Thiessen will be sharing her own personal signature moments and dishes on social media, featuring the #MySignatureMoments hashtag. Consumers are invited to join the conversation and can visit the Albertsons Facebook (www.facebook.com/albertsons) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/Albertsons) pages to submit their own Signature stories, photos and videos, as well as draw inspiration from other shoppers’ unique Signature Moments.

About Albertsons Companies
Albertsons Companies is one of the largest food and drug retailers in the United States, with both a strong local presence and national scale. We operate stores across 35 states and the District of Columbia under 18 well-known banners including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market and Carrs.

CONTACT: 

Brian Dowling
Vice President, Public Relations
925-467-3787

Source: Albertsons

Albertsons awarded Kalyani Namilikonda with brand new 2016 Ford Escape as the winner of its Best Road Trip, Ever! Sweepstakes

Arlington, Texas, 2015-12-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Christmas came early for the Southern Division’s Best Road Trip, Ever! Winner! Albertsons awarded Kalyani Namilikonda with a brand new 2016 Ford Escape for being selected as the winner of the store’s Best Road Trip, Ever! Sweepstakes. Santa Clause himself was there to deliver the Ford Escape to Kalyani at the store on  South Cooper Street in Arlington.

“We’ve had a blast with the Best Road Trip promotion,” said Clarissa Hebert, Store Director at the local Albertsons. “Customers love to be creative and it’s so much fun to read the entries. We’re excited that Kalyani has won and that our store gets to present her with a new Ford Escape!”

Kalyani shares, “As a homemaker and the wife of a Graduate student who is doing his PhD studies I cannot imagine buying a new car in this situation. We love our current Ford, which is 21 years old and is showing signs of giving up, and this new car cannot come at a better time! This is just unbelievable! I thank Albertsons for The Best Road Trip Ever Sweepstakes and for the opportunity.  This is the best Christmas gift I have ever received. Thank you Albertsons!”

In this month-long contest, customers were invited to create a story by captioning four Instagram-style product images. Each time an entry was submitted, “miles” were added toward the value of the grand prize. As more “miles” were accumulated the value of the car increased, resulting in the prize of a Ford Escape.

A special thanks to our sponsors for helping us make this year’s road trip possible:

 

About Albertsons: www.albertsons.com
The Southern Division of Albertsons Companies currently  operates 106 stores in North Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas under the Albertsons and Tom Thumb banners.  Albertsons is one of the largest food and drug retailers in the United States, with both a strong local presence and national scale. The company operates more than 2,200 stores across 33 states and the District of Columbia under 18 well-known banners including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market and Carrs.

 

About Our Lead Vendor Partners for 2015 Best Road Trip, Ever!

Chevron

Chevron is one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies, with subsidiaries that conduct business worldwide. The company is involved in virtually every facet of the energy industry. Chevron explores for, produces and transports crude oil and natural gas; refines, markets and distributes transportation fuels and lubricants; manufactures and sells petrochemical products; generates power and produces geothermal energy; provides energy efficiency solutions; and develops the energy resources of the future, including bio-fuels. Chevron is based in San Ramon, Calif. More information about Chevron is available at http://www.chevron.com


Frito-Lay North America
Frito-Lay North America is the $13 billion convenient foods business unit of PepsiCo (NYSE: PEP), which is headquartered in Purchase, NY. Learn more about Frito-Lay at the corporate website, http://www.fritolay.com/, the Snack Chat blog, http://www.snacks.com/ and on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/fritolay.

 

PepsiCo
PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated more than $66 billion in net revenue in 2014, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker, and Tropicana. PepsiCo’s product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales.

At the heart of PepsiCo is Performance with Purpose—our goal to deliver top-tier financial performance while creating sustainable growth and shareholder value. In practice, Performance with Purpose means providing a wide range of foods and beverages from treats to healthy eats; finding innovative ways to minimize our impact on the environment and reduce our operating costs; providing a safe and inclusive workplace for our employees globally; and respecting, supporting, and investing in the local communities where we operate. For more information, visit www.pepsico.com. 

The Quaker Oats Company
The Quaker Oats Company, headquartered in Chicago, is a unit of PepsiCo, Inc., one of the world’s largest consumer packaged goods companies. For more than 130 years, Quaker’s brands have served as symbols of quality, great taste and nutrition. Holding No. 1 positions in their respective categories, Quaker Oats, Quaker Rice Cakes and Quaker Chewy Granola Bars are consumer favorites. For more information, please visit www.QuakerOats.com. Follow Quaker Oats on Facebook and Twitter.

 

SOURCE: Albertsons, LLC

 

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Albertsons awarded Kalyani Namilikonda with brand new 2016 Ford Escape as the winner of its Best Road Trip, Ever! Sweepstakes

Albertsons awarded Kalyani Namilikonda with brand new 2016 Ford Escape as the winner of its Best Road Trip, Ever! Sweepstakes

Haggen opens the first of 20 stores in Oregon it plans to acquire and convert to the Haggen brand in the first half of 2015

Regional grocery chain takes ownership of first acquired store in Oregon at 12:01 a.m. Friday, March 20 

Bellingham, Wash., 2015-3-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — West Coast regional grocery chain Haggen will take ownership of the Albertsons store at 16199 Boones Ferry Road in Lake Oswego, at 12:01 a.m. Friday, March 20. The new Haggen is scheduled to open its doors to Lake Oswego shoppers at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 21.  The store is the first of 20 stores in Oregon it plans to acquire and convert to the Haggen brand in the first half of 2015.

Once the acquisition is completed, Haggen will expand from 18 stores with 16 pharmacies to 164 stores with 106 pharmacies; from 2,000 employees to more than 10,000 employees; and from a Pacific Northwest company with locations in Oregon and Washington to a major regional grocery chain with locations in Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada and Arizona. The 26 Washington store conversions began in mid-February, and 83 California store conversions will begin in mid-March. The Nevada and Arizona stores will be the last to convert in the late spring. Each week, between one and 12 stores will be converted.

John Clougher, Haggen CEO Pacific Northwest, said, “We’re excited about the changes we’re making to enhance these stores, and we’re confident customers will like the new look, the new offerings, and their new full-service grocery destination.”

Haggen will take ownership and convert the 20 stores across Oregon in March, April, May and June, based on the following tentative sequence and schedule:

March

  • Lake Oswego (16199 Boones Ferry Road; former Albertsons)
  • West Linn (1855 Blankenship Road; former Albertsons)
  • Milwaukie (10830 SE Oak; former Albertsons)
  • Beaverton (8155 SW Hall; former Albertsons)
  • Tigard (14300 SW Barrows Road; former Albertsons)
  • Tigard (16200 SW Pacific Hwy; former Albertsons)
  • Clackamas (14800 SE Sunnyside Road; former Albertsons)
  • Sherwood (16030 SW Tualatin Sherwood Road; former Albertsons)
  • Springfield (5415 Main Street; former Safeway)

April

  • Keizer (5450 River Road N; former Albertsons)
  • Eugene (3075 Hilyard Street; former Albertsons)
  • Eugene (1675 W 18th Avenue; former Albertsons)
  • Grants Pass (1690 Allen Creek Road; former Albertsons)
  • Klamath Falls (211 North Eighth Street; former Safeway)
  • Klamath Falls (2740 S 6th; former Safeway)
  • Grants Pass (340 NE Beacon Drive; former Albertsons)
  • Ashland (585 Siskiyou Boulevard; former Safeway)

May

  • Bend (61155 S Hwy 97; former Albertsons)
  • Bend (1800 NE 3rd Street; former Albertsons)

June

  • Baker City (1120 Campbell Street; former Albertsons)

NOTE: The conversion schedule is subject to change.

The conversion schedule for each store will follow a similar timeline. The Safeway or Albertsons store will close down at 6 pm. Haggen will take ownership of the store just after midnight and begin the conversion. Both interior and exterior signage will change at all locations and every store interior will receive a fresh coat of paint.  Then about two days after the closure, the store opens as Haggen.

Clougher noted that the store offering will also change. “Haggen has built its 81-year-old business on providing excellent, locally sourced, fresh produce and high quality meats and seafood. That focus will definitely be reflected in the new stores.”

Opportunity for Communities to Meet Haggen Leaders

Haggen’s commitment to being local extends beyond its sourcing and into the communities around its stores. To get to know its neighbors and these neighborhoods better, Haggen is inviting community members that are interested in partnering with the brand to meet with company leaders soon after the conversions of the acquired stores. At these informal, public meetings, local farmers and producers can discuss selling their wares on Haggen’s shelves, non-profit organizations can learn about Haggen’s community giving, and small businesses can explore co-marketing programs.

“We hope community members will join us for a fun evening to learn about how we can work together to strengthen our community,” said Clougher.

Additionally, with each grand opening, Haggen plans to partner with five local non-profits, donating $1,000 to a single organization on the first day the store opens and 2% of daily sales to four additional organizations on four consecutive Saturdays.

Clougher said, “We have a long history of giving back to the communities we serve. We want to demonstrate that commitment as soon as we open our doors.”  

About Haggen
Founded in 1933 in Bellingham, Washington, Haggen has built its business on providing guests the freshest and most local products with genuine service, while supporting the communities it serves. The company currently operates stores in Washington and Oregon, and is in the process of acquiring an additional 146 stores. With this acquisition, Haggen will expand from 18 stores with 16 pharmacies to 164 stores with 106 pharmacies; from 2,000 employees to more than 10,000 employees; and from a Pacific Northwest company with locations in Oregon and Washington to a major regional grocery chain with locations in Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada and Arizona. Throughout its eight decades in business, the company has supported regional farms, ranches, fisheries and other businesses, creating a lasting and sustainable local food economy. The company remains focused on building local, sustainable food economies as it expands. For more information about what’s happening at Haggen, visit haggen.com.

Media Contact
Deborah Pleva
deb@weinsteinpr.com
(503) 250-4750

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Haggen opens the first of 20 stores in Oregon it plans to acquire and convert to the Haggen brand in the first half of 2015

Haggen opens the first of 20 stores in Oregon it plans to acquire and convert to the Haggen brand in the first half of 2015

Albertsons and Safeway Inc. announce new senior leadership team and division leaders for the newly merged company

BOISE, ID and PLEASANTON, CA, 2014-9-22— /EPR Retail News/ — AB Acquisition LLC (Albertsons) and Safeway Inc. (NYSE: SWY) announced today the new senior leadership team and division leaders  for the combined company that will take effect upon the closing of the proposed merger transaction, which is pending customary regulatory approvals.

“We’re drawing on the strong talent within both companies to build an innovative, customer-focused and growth-driven company,” said Safeway President and Chief Executive Officer, Robert Edwards, who will serve as the combined company’s president and CEO.  “We are confident in this team’s ability to build a great company that’s positioned to win over the long term by earning the loyalty of grocery shoppers in every market we serve and delivering superior operational and financial results.”

After regulatory approval and closing of the transaction, the new company will have the following leadership team:

  • Bob Gordon, Executive Vice President & General Counsel
  • Shane Sampson, Executive Vice President, Marketing & Merchandising
  • Andy Scoggin, Executive Vice President, Human Resources, Labor Relations, Public Affairs & Government Affairs
  • Jerry Tidwell, Executive Vice President, Supply Chain & Manufacturing
  • Lee Wilson, Executive Vice President & Chief Administrative Officer
  • Bob Dimond, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, reporting to Mr. Wilson
  • Justin Ewing, Executive Vice President, Corporate Development & Real Estate, reporting to Mr. Wilson
  • Barry Libenson, Interim Executive Vice President & Chief Information Officer, reporting to Mr. Wilson.  Mr. Libenson is expected to be with the new company through March 2015, at which time a successor will be named.
  • Wayne Denningham, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, South Region
  • Justin Dye, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, East Region
  • Kelly Griffith, Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, North Region

The new company will be comprised of three regions and 14 retail divisions. The company will keep the focus and financial responsibility at the division level, but take full advantage of the expertise, vision and core capabilities of the corporate team.  The 14 divisions will be supported by corporate offices in Boise, ID, Pleasanton, CA, and Phoenix, AZ.

The division presidents for the new company, who will report to the chief operating officer for their respective regions, will be:

  • Dennis Bassler, Portland Division, North Region
  • Paul McTavish, Denver Division, North Region
  • Susan Morris, Intermountain Division, North Region
  • Tom Schwilke, Northern California Division, North Region
  • Dan Valenzuela, Seattle Division, North Region
  • Shane Dorcheus, Southwest Division, South Region
  • Scott Hays, Southern Division, South Region
  • Sidney Hopper, Houston Division, South Region
  • Lori Raya, Southern California Division, South Region
  • Robert Taylor, United Division, South Region
  • Steve Burnham, Eastern Division, East Region
  • Jim Perkins, Acme Division, East Region
  • Jim Rice, Shaw’s Division, East Region
  • Mike Withers, Jewel-Osco Division, East Region

No banner changes are planned.

“We know the best way to grow our business is to have the highest quality fresh departments, lower prices, clean, well-stocked stores and the best customer service in the market,” said Bob Miller, Albertsons current CEO, who will become Executive Chairman of the combined company upon completion of the transaction.  “Our teams will focus on delivering what customers want locally, and we will give our store teams more flexibility to make decisions that are right for their neighborhoods.  The division teams will have the responsibility to have the right assortment for their markets.”

Safeway shareholders approved the proposed merger agreement on July 25, under which AB Acquisition LLC, an affiliate of Albertsons, will acquire all outstanding shares of Safeway.  The transaction is under review by the Federal Trade Commission and is expected to close in the fourth quarter of this year, pending FTC approval.

About Safeway Inc.
Safeway Inc., which operates Safeway, Vons, Pavilions, Randalls, Tom Thumb, and Carrs stores, is a Fortune 100 company and one of the largest food and drug retailers in the United States with sales of $35.1 billion in 2013. The company operates 1,331 stores in 20 states and the District of Columbia, 13 distribution centers and 19 manufacturing plants, and employs approximately 138,000 employees. The company’s common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol SWY. For more information, please visit www.Safeway.com.

 

About Albertsons
Established in 2006, AB Acquisition LLC (“Albertsons”), which operates ACME, Albertsons, Jewel-Osco, Lucky, Shaws, Star Market and Super Saver, and stores under the United Family of stores, Amigos, Market Street and United Supermarkets, is working to become the favorite food and drug retailer in every market it serves. The company is privately owned by Cerberus Capital Management, Kimco Realty Corporation, Klaff Realty, Lubert-Adler Partners, and Schottenstein Stores Corporation, and operates 1,081 stores and 14 distribution centers in 29 states and employs approximately 115,000 associates. For more information, please visit www.Albertsons.com.

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Media Contacts:

Christine Wilcox
christine.wilcox@albertsons.com | 208-395-4163

Brian Dowling

brian.dowling@safeway.com | 925-467-3787