Meijer helps customers celebrate Chinese New Year with easy-to-make recipes

Meijer helps customers celebrate Chinese New Year with easy-to-make recipes

 

Meijer chefs share simple recipes to help you celebrate the Year of the Dog

Grand Rapids, Mich., 2018-Feb-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — The Spring Festival of Chinese New Year kicks off on Feb. 16, celebrating the Year of the Dog. Although celebrations vary by region and household, they all have one custom in common: creating dishes that give blessings in the New Year. Vegetables are staple items in many Chinese New Year dishes because they symbolize the coming of spring.

If you are looking to create your own celebration, the Meijer produce buyers and Meijer Test Kitchen Chefs Chad Beuter and Brian C. Williams put together a list of great fruits and veggies that are featured in many Chinese New Year dishes and created four easy-to-make recipes to try.

  • Bok Choy: This vegetable is a variety of Chinese cabbage with smooth, tapering leaves. Bok Choy is a variety of Chinese cabbage that’s high in vitamins A and C, and tastes great in a stir-fry, soups or served steamed as a side dish. The leaves have a hint of spice, while the stalks are crisp and sweet.
  • Kumquat: This fruit is quintessential to a Chinese New Year celebration. The Chinese were the first to cultivate the Kumquat. According to a post on SFGate.com, the Chinese often display Kumquats in their home during the Chinese New Year celebration because they symbolize prosperity and are often presented as gifts. As for taste, the Kumquatgrowers states that Kumquats have a distinct flavor that is both sweet and tart. It is the only citrus fruit that can be eaten “skin and all.”
  • Opo Squash: According to CooksInfo.com, Opo Squash is not actually a squash but a gourd. Its skin can be yellow to green and stays tough after cooking. Inside, it has white, firm flesh with edible seeds, similar to zucchini. Smaller and young Opo Squash are sweeter. Peel the skin from the Opo Squash before cooking and prepare it as you would a zucchini.

Try Bok Choy, Kumquats and Opo Squash together in Chilled Opo Squash Noodles with Spicy Shrimp & Bok Choy recipe. Watch the recipe demonstration video here.

  • Chinese Eggplant: Although often thought of as a vegetable, eggplant is actually a fruit. Chinese eggplant is long and thin in appearance, with dark purple skin that is tender and cooks fast. Its flesh is white, semi-firm and nearly seedless. Of all eggplant varieties, a Chinese eggplant is described as having a sweet and mild flavor. Chinese eggplant is known for its antioxidant properties due to containing rich levels of anthocyanins, a pigment that is responsible for the fruit’s deep purple skin coloring. Chinese eggplant is versatile and taste great braised, in stir fry, grilled, fried and baked. Recipe to try: Sweet & Sour Eggplant. Watch the recipe demonstration video here.
  • Chinese Long Beans: Chinese long beans are different from the common green bean. They grow as a vine and can grow more than a yard in length, hence the nickname, “yard beans.” Although, Chinese Long Beans have a similar taste to green beans, they have a different texture. Plus, green beans can be boiled, which doesn’t work for Chinese Long Beans. According to Serious Eats, Chinese Long Beans are best cooked with oil: sautéed, stir-fried or deep-fried. Their flavor intensifies and their texture remains tight and juicy. Recipe to try: Chinese Long Beans with Spicy Pork. Watch the recipe demonstration video here.
  • Ginger Root: Ginger Root is a common ingredient used in most Asian dishes and folk medicine. It adds a hot and fragrant kick, and is used to flavor many Chinese seafood, meat and vegetarian dishes. It is also widely recognized that Ginger Root aids in digestion. Recipe to try: Ginger & Shiitake Braised Chicken Thighs with Scallion Pancakes. Watch the recipe demonstration video here.

About Meijer:

Meijer is a Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer that operates 235 supercenters and grocery stores throughout Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky and Wisconsin. A privately-owned and family-operated company since 1934, Meijer pioneered the “one-stop shopping” concept and has evolved through the years to include expanded fresh produce and meat departments, as well as pharmacies, comprehensive apparel, home decor and pet departments, and garden centers. For more information on Meijer, please visit www.meijer.com.

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Contact:
Jennifer Rook
616-791-2794
jennifer.rook@meijer.com

Source: Meijer

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Kmart makes it easy for Shop Your Way® members and shoppers to celebrate this Halloween in spooky style

HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., 2016-Oct-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — This Halloween, Kmart makes it easy for Shop Your Way® members and shoppers to celebrate the holiday in spooky style. From candy, costumes, décor and more, Kmart keeps it real with all the essentials at scary good prices.

“We love Halloween at Kmart! Did you know ‘samhainophobia’ is actually the fear of Halloween?! Well – there’s nothing to be afraid of here. Our prices on costumes and candy are unbelievable,” said Kelly Cook, chief marketing officer, Kmart. “The countdown to October 31st is on. I’m totally going as a Hipster Mermaid – which I got at Kmart, of course, for $10 after I redeemed my Shop Your Way points. We are the destination for all your Halloween memories!”

According to a recent survey conducted by the National Retail Federation (NRF), almost half of shoppers (47 percent) will visit discount retailers to buy their Halloween-related items this year. Shoppers are also planning to spend more this Halloween than they have in at least the last 11 years.

Be sure to make all things spooky with these top deals:

TRICK OR TREAT YO’ SELF EATS

  • $5 assorted medium Halloween bags (24.5-56 oz.)*
  • $4.99 assorted Halloween small bags (15.9-20.8 oz.)**
  • 15% off assorted Halloween larger bags (51.2-76.2 oz.)**
  • $19.99 assorted Halloween largest bags (70-96 oz.)**

HALLOWUUUT?! KMART HAS MORE THAN 5,000 COSTUMES ON KMART.COM

  • $7.99 Totally Ghoul children’s costumes, reg. $15.99*
  • 50% off all Halloween costumes, reg. $9.99-$49.99**
  • 25% off all Halloween wigs, reg. $7.99-$11.99**
  • 25% off all Halloween masks, reg. $3.99-$19.99**

DIG YOUR DÉCOR

  • 25%-50% off Halloween décor, reg. $1.99-$34.99*
  • $8.99Halloween doormats and pillows, reg. $12.99-$14.99*
  • 30% off Crazy Bonez™ and realistic skeletons, reg. $6.99-$69.99**
  • 30% off airblowns and outdoor décor, reg. $1.99-$99.99**
  • 30% off projection, strobe lights and fog machines, reg. $2.49-$39.99**

Plus, Shop Your Way® members get $5 in points when you spend $25 on both candy and a Halloween costume.***

FREEBIE Saturday
Don’t forget to bring the family to Kmart and take advantage of FREEBIE Saturdays. The youngest monsters [children 12 years of age and under] can receive fun treats during the month of October for free+:

  • Saturday, Oct. 15: Halloween stickers and 4pk. Halloween pencils
  • Saturday, Oct. 22: Halloween Giant coloring book and 4pk. crayons
  • Saturday, Oct. 29: Halloween pail

For more information, visit your local Kmart store, Kmart.com/Halloween or use the Kmart Mobile App

About Kmart 
Kmart is making shopping fun again. The retailer, a subsidiary of Sears Holdings Corporation (NASDAQ: SHLD), is bringing back the iconic Bluelight Specials, hosting Freebie Saturdays and in-store family events for its Shop Your Way members and customers. Kmart offers customers thrilling deals and amazing finds on quality products and exclusive brands including Jaclyn Smith, Joe Boxer, Route 66 and Smart Sense.

*Prices effective Sunday, October 16 thru Saturday, October 22, 2016, unless otherwise specified.
**Prices effective Sunday, October 23 thru Saturday, October 29, 2016, unless otherwise specified.
***Points valid for seven days. Members earn points on qualifying purchases, excluding sales taxes and other fees. Subject to full program terms available at www.shopyourway.com. Extra points are inclusive of, and not in addition to, any base points earned on qualifying purchases. When extra points offers are combined, total points earned will be less than the combined point totals for each individual offer. See www.shopyourway.com for details. Excludes role play costumes sold in Toys.
+Available at participating stores for kids 12 and younger while supplies last.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Andrea Abate
Zeno Group for Kmart
312-527-2SHC (2742)
Andrea.Abate@zenogroup.com

SOURCE: Kmart

Starbucks offers Pumpkin Spice Whip as free topping option to celebrate Pumpkin Spice Latte’s 13th birthday

Starbucks offers Pumpkin Spice Whip as free topping option to celebrate Pumpkin Spice Latte’s 13th birthday
Starbucks offers Pumpkin Spice Whip as free topping option to celebrate Pumpkin Spice Latte’s 13th birthday

 

Seattle, 2016-Oct-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — To celebrate Pumpkin Spice Latte’s 13th birthday, Starbucks is offering Pumpkin Spice Whip as a free topping option now (October 6) through the weekend at participating stores in the U.S. and Canada.

PSL, Starbucks most popular seasonal beverage of all time, made its official debut in stores on October 10, 2003. Now Starbucks is offering Pumpkin Spice Whip for the first time to add a bit of fall flavor to any Starbucks® beverage. It’s made with real pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, clove and nutmeg. The special topping will be served on Pumpkin Spice Latte and Pumpkin Spice Frappuccino® blended beverages during this limited time, or atop any other Starbucks beverage by request.

Customers in the U.S. who purchase a Pumpkin Spice Latte between October 6-10 can pick up a free Happy Birthday PSL pin, while supplies last. Available for a limited time at participating stores.

Media contact:

Global
Phone: 206 318 7100
Email: press@starbucks.com

Source: Starbucks

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Teavana and Evolution Fresh offer variety of options to celebrate National Lemonade Day on August 20

Teavana and Evolution Fresh offer variety of options to celebrate National Lemonade Day on August 20
Teavana and Evolution Fresh offer variety of options to celebrate National Lemonade Day on August 20

 

Seattle, 2016-Aug-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — From loose leaf tea lemonade to fruity, organic lemonade drinks, Teavana and Evolution Fresh offer U.S. customers a variety of options to celebrate National Lemonade Day on August 20.

Teavana® specialty retail locations offer a trio of caffeine-free loose leaf tea lemonades that are an excellent source of Vitamin C. They can be brewed and enjoyed alone or blended with other teas to create customized flavors.

From loose leaf tea lemonade to fruity, organic lemonade drinks, Teavana and Evolution Fresh offer U.S. customers a variety of options to celebrate National Lemonade Day on August 20.

Teavana® specialty retail locations offer a trio of caffeine-free loose leaf tea lemonades that are an excellent source of Vitamin C. They can be brewed and enjoyed alone or blended with other teas to create customized flavors.

Blueberry Lemonade Herbal Tea – This tea features sweet blueberries, strawberries and cranberries balanced with tart citrus lemon highlights. Blueberry Lemonade blends well with Berry Kiwi Colada Herbal Tea, Monkey Picked Oolong Tea and Hot Pink Lemonade Herbal Tea.

Summer Lemonade Herbal Tea – Well-balanced citrus with the perfect amount of sweet, makes the ultimate summer iced tea. This tea blends well with Emperor’s Clouds and Mist® Green Tea, Mango Black Flavored Tea and Berry Kiwi Colada Herbal Tea.

Hot Pink Lemonade Herbal Tea – Tangy lemon notes and lemongrass with sweet pineapple and vibrant hibiscus add a pink hue to a classic revival. For a refreshing variation of Hot Pink Lemonade, try blending with Beach Bellini Herbal Tea, Limeade Twist Herbal Tea or Monkey Picked Oolong Tea.

Lemonade Tea Sampler – Try all three caffeine-free lemonade teas in this sampler kit that includes two ounces each of Summer Lemonade Herbal Tea, Blueberry Lemonade Herbal Tea and Hot Pink Lemonade Herbal Tea. The sampler is currently available online at Teavana.com.

Juice Meets Lemonade
Evolution Fresh offers a ready-to-drink bottled lemonade beverage that features cold-pressed organic fruit and is available at Starbucks® stores across the U.S.

Organic Strawberry Lemonade – Sweet strawberries and tangy lemons join together in this balanced blend.

For creative ways to enjoy the taste of lemonade, Evolution Fresh collaborated with lifestyle bloggers from Peaches to Pearls and Eat Drink Shop Love to create two recipes featuring Organic Strawberry Lemonade – one for kids of all ages and the other specifically for adults.

Strawberry Lemonade Fruit Pops

Strawberry Lemonade Wine Slushie

Media contact:

Global
Phone: 206 318 7100
Email: press@starbucks.com

Source: Starbucks

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Barnes & Noble to host special “Vinyl Day” on August 13 to celebrate its growing selection of vinyl records

New York, NY, 2016-Aug-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS), the nation’s largest retail bookseller and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products, today announced that it will host a special “Vinyl Day” on Saturday, August 13, in celebration of its growing selection of vinyl records and related products such as turntables, music magazines and more (www.BN.com/VinylDay). An entire day dedicated to vinyl records and music, Vinyl Day will take place at all of Barnes & Noble’s 640 stores nationwide and will feature exclusive albums, signed vinyl editions and giveaways, with select stores hosting live music appearances and events. Exclusive special offers for Barnes & Noble customers will also be available on Vinyl Day, with details to be announced in the coming days.

“Barnes & Noble has become the ultimate destination for all things related to vinyl music. Our customers can shop an extensive selection of vinyl records, turntables and the leading lineup of magazines and books, at any of our stores nationwide. No other retailer can offer as comprehensive an experience when it comes to vinyl music,” said Chuck Gorman, Vice President of Music and Video at Barnes & Noble. “To celebrate our ongoing commitment to music, Barnes & Noble is excited to bring back our customer-favorite Vinyl Day on August 13, featuring offers on vinyl and turntables, as well as special events at select stores nationwide.”

Major events being held during Vinyl Day include the following:

Kiefer Sutherland at Barnes & Noble Union Square, NYC
Renowned 24 actor and musician Kiefer Sutherland will appear at the Union Square Barnes & Noble in New York City on Vinyl Day for a discussion of his first studio album,Down in a Hole, with Entertainment Weekly Editor Clark Collis. The event starts at 2 p.m. and fans will be able to have their vinyl edition of the recently released album signed by Sutherland.

Crosley Turntable Truck at Barnes & Noble in Louisville, KY
Barnes & Noble is one of the leading retailers of Crosley turntables, and to celebrate the great partnership between the brands, the Barnes & Noble store at the Paddock Shops in Louisville, KY (Crosley’s hometown) will host the Crosley Cruiser Mobile Record Store. The Crosley Cruiser is a 20ft box truck that has been transformed into the ultimate spinning record store. Customers can enter the truck to experience an air-conditioned oasis of sound, where they’ll be able to charge their phone, watch a big TV playing classic music clips, and try out three turntable listening stations. The truck also features one of Crosley’s Rocket Jukeboxes blasting music inside and out while customers flip through records and soak up the good vibes. To round out the experience, Barnes & Noble is creating a record pop-up shop at the store, featuring vinyl music and turntables for sale, as well as coffee and food from the Café. Any customer who makes a Crosley purchase at the pop-up shop will have the opportunity to pick out a free item from a special selection of merchandise. This event starts at 9 a.m. and will also feature giveaways of signed vinyl records from Megan Trainor, Gregg Allman and more.

Jordan Smith Signing Barnes & Noble Exclusive Vinyl Album at The Grove in Los Angeles
Jordan Smith, who showed the world his musical gift in 2015 when he became the best-selling artist in the history of The Voice and the winner of Season 9, is appearing at the Barnes & Noble store at The Grove in Los Angeles at 2 p.m. on Vinyl Day to sign copies of the vinyl edition of his debut album, Something Beautiful, available exclusively at Barnes & Noble. For more information, fans can visit www.BN.com/VinylDay or contact Barnes & Noble at The Grove.

Music Industry Expert Michael Fremer Speaking at Barnes & Noble in Paramus, NJ
Michael Fremer, the senior contributing writer to Stereophile Magazine and a vinyl record expert, audio critic and music reviewer, will appear at the Barnes & Noble in Paramus, NJ, on Vinyl Day at 2 p.m. Fremer will speak about the resurgence of vinyl, the state of the industry and will take questions from audience members on anything related to music. This event will also feature giveaways of signed vinyl records from Peter Gabriel, Megan Trainor, Greg Allman and more.

Founders of U-Turn Audio at Barnes & Noble in Burlington, MA
The founders of U-Turn Audio will appear at the Barnes & Noble in Burlington, MA, on Vinyl Day at 2 p.m. The trio will speak to customers about vinyl music and the importance of having the right turntable to get the full vinyl experience. U-Turn Audio was founded in 2012 with a mission to make great vinyl listening simple and more affordable. They build and test each turntable by hand in their Boston workshop, and their products are available at select Barnes & Noble stores nationwide.

Additional in-store events that will take place at Barnes & Noble stores nationwide, which will vary from market to market, will include “Guess That Side Trivia” where participants guess whether a song is from Side A or Side B of a vinyl record, a “Name the Album Cover” game and a “Freeze Dance” event for kids. Plus, stores will be booking special events including expert guest speakers from the local music scene, Vinyl Collectors’ Showcases where enthusiasts can display their collections, and school music group concerts. Customers should contact their local store or visit the Store Locator (www.bn.com/storelocator) to find out what activities will take place.

On Vinyl Day, customers that purchase any Crosley product, or any two vinyl records, will receive a free exclusive Crosley tote bag, while supplies last. Other exclusive special offers for Barnes & Noble customers will also be available on Vinyl Day, with details to be announced in the coming days. For more information on everything that’s happening at Barnes & Noble during Vinyl Day, visit www.BN.com/VinylDay or follow Barnes & Noble on Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr and Facebook.

About Barnes & Noble, Inc.
Barnes & Noble, Inc. (NYSE: BKS) is a Fortune 500 company, the nation’s largest retail bookseller, and a leading retailer of content, digital media and educational products.  The Company operates 640 Barnes & Noble bookstores in 50 states, and one of the Web’s premier e-commerce sites, BN.com (www.bn.com).  The Nook Digital business offers a lineup of popular NOOK® tablets and eReaders and an expansive collection of digital reading and entertainment content through the NOOK Store®. The NOOK Store features more than 4 million digital books in the US (www.nook.com), plus periodicals and comics, and offers the ability to enjoy content across a wide array of popular devices through Free NOOK Reading Apps™ available for Android™, iOS® and Windows®.General information on Barnes & Noble, Inc. can be obtained by visiting the Company’s corporate website at www.barnesandnobleinc.com.

Barnes & Noble®, Barnes & Noble Booksellers®, Barnes & Noble.com® and Discover Great New Writers® are trademarks of Barnes & Noble, Inc. or its affiliates. NOOK® and the NOOK logos are trademarks of Nook Digital, LLC or its affiliates.

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CONTACTS:

Mary Ellen Keating
Senior Vice President
Corporate Communications
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
(212) 633-3323
mkeating@bn.com

Alan McNamara
Senior Director
Corporate Communications
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
(212) 633-3379
amcnamara@bn.com

Source: Barnes & Noble, Inc.