Marks & Spencer trials fresh sushi counters in partnership with sushi experts Wasabi

LONDON, 2017-Aug-04 — /EPR Retail News/ — Today (Wednesday 2nd August) Marks & Spencer has announced a trial of fresh sushi counters in partnership with sushi experts Wasabi – bringing customers expertly prepared fresh products and improving the in-store experience with a touch of theatre.

The counters, located in the Foodhall, will sell an extensive range of Wasabi’s products, with focus on the expertly prepared fresh raw sushi and hot meals. All the products meet M&S’s ethical sourcing standards. As a concession service, customers will order at the Wasabi counters and pay at the M&S checkout, allowing them to easily purchase from both brands.

The partnership will begin with a five store trial, four of which are in London, with all of the counters due to open before Christmas. It comes as M&S develops it’s offering in London, with its new Bishopsgate store opening last week – one of seven that will open over the coming year in the Capital.

As a co-branded partnership it is the first of its kind for both M&S and Wasabi. The companies share a passion for offering customers the very best fresh, healthy and convenient food, alongside delivering effective operations and the very best service for customers. The companies will be listening carefully to customer feedback to develop the roll out of this exciting partnership.

Mr Dong Hyun Kim, Founder of Wasabi said, “This partnership is extremely exciting for Wasabi. Our customers know that they can expect high quality, affordable sushi and hot food from us. We’re delighted to have the opportunity to bring our expertise and innovation to Marks & Spencer customers as well.  M&S has been a sign of quality for 133 years and I am confident that this partnership will lead to more success for both businesses.”

Andy Adcock, Food Director at M&S said, “At M&S we put the customer at the heart of everything we do and we’re excited that this partnership will see us bring new products and a new experience to our customers. Health, convenience and food on the move are all growing areas of our business and by working with an expert partner we know we can offer our customers the very best.”

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Marks & Spencer commissioned the RSPCA to audit every single M&S dairy farm to RSPCA Assured Standards

All 40 farms to be audited

RSPCA standard set to become minimum M&S requirement

LONDON, 2017-Apr-03 — /EPR Retail News/ — Marks & Spencer has today announced that it has commissioned the RSPCA to audit every single M&S dairy farm to RSPCA Assured Standards and committed to publishing the results on its website.

In a full announcement made today, Director of Food Andy Adcock confirmed that all 40 UK farms (known as the M&S Milk Pool) will be audited by RSPCA assessors as soon as possible.

The move comes in advance of the retailer adopting RSPCA Assured Standards as its minimum requirement which will see the farms assessed annually.

RSPCA Assured Standards are the highest welfare standards in the industry and cover all aspects of milk production including calf rearing, cow welfare, accommodation, health planning, transport, feed and grazing.

The farms will still be required to be Red Tractor Assured (the current minimum standard) and M&S will continue its own twice yearly Select Farm Assurance audits.

Andy Adcock, M&S Director of Food, said: This is a significant strengthening of our animal welfare standards. We are already recognised by leading animal charities but are always looking to improve and RSPCA Assured is the best in the business. Very few farms operate to that level of animal welfare and adoption of these standards will set M&S dairy farms apart – and thats what our customers want and expect from us.

The M&S Milk Pool was set up in 2000 to give M&S farmers the stability to enable them to invest for the future. At the time, it was an industry first and today has 40 farms spread across the UK delivering regionally sourced fresh milk into M&S stores and cafes.  M&S pays its pool farmers a price above the cost of production and one of the highest prices of any high-street store or supermarket.

Tim Lock, Chairman of the M&S Milk Pool and dairy farmer in West Sussex, said: We are proud of the standards that the M&S Milk Pool has worked to achieve over the past 17 years, but also we recognise that third-party endorsement strengthens our pool and provides a significant point of difference for our farmers. In addition to the pride we have in our standards, we take great pride in our cows who produce the fresh milk that M&S puts in front of its customers each day and we believe it is a great product that is the best in the business.

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Marks and Spencer Group plc announces that John Dixon, Executive Director, General Merchandise will leave to pursue career opportunities outside of the company

LONDON, 2015-7-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Marks and Spencer Group plc (“M&S”) today announces that John Dixon, Executive Director, General Merchandise, has decided to leave the business to pursue career opportunities outside of the company. He will step down from the Board with immediate effect and leave the company on a date to be agreed.

In line with our succession plans, Steve Rowe will take on responsibility for General Merchandise and Andy Adcock, currently Trading Director, Food, will step up to be Director of Food, reporting to Marc Bolland on an interim basis.

Steve has been with M&S for over 26 years, starting his career in store management. He has significant experience having worked in many areas of M&S with roles in Food, Retail, General Merchandise and Ecommerce. In his current role as Executive Director, Food, Steve has been instrumental in ensuring that M&S has maintained its specialist positioning and continued to outperform in a challenging market.

Commenting on the announcement, Robert Swannell, Chairman of Marks and Spencer Group plc said: “On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank John for his service over many years and his many contributions to the business in that time. I am delighted that Steve has been appointed to head up General Merchandise and wish him every success in his new role.”

Marc Bolland, Chief Executive Officer, said: “On behalf of the team and all our colleagues at M&S, I would like to thank John for his contribution to the business. I am delighted to appoint Steve to the role of Executive Director, General Merchandise. Steve has outstanding experience working across the business and is well placed to take the General Merchandise business forward. I look forward to continuing to work closely with him.”

John Dixon said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed many happy and successful years at M&S. I now have the opportunity to become a Chief Executive and have therefore resigned from this great company. I wish it, and all my colleagues, every continued success.”

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