IKEA U.S. to sell only cage-free eggs in all its U.S. restaurants

Conshohocken, PA, 2016-Sep-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA U.S. announced that as part of its commitment to sustainable food offerings, it will only be selling cage-free eggs* in all its IKEA U.S. restaurants. This supply chain improvement also supports the well-priced food offerings at all IKEA restaurants.

“At IKEA, we want to improve our contribution to a better everyday life through a wider offer of delicious, healthy food that is sustainably produced and well-priced. We trust this latest transition to offering cage-free eggs in all our restaurants will be meaningful to our customers while influencing the advance of animal welfare,” stated Gerd Diewald, IKEA US food manager.

“We are pleased to support IKEA in their transition to serving only cage-free eggs in their restaurants in the U.S. IKEA sets an impressive standard for businesses wanting to give their customers humane and wholesome options. They know that people want food choices that better reflect their core values including sustainability, positive impact, compassion and health. Making the switch to serving only cage-free eggs can deliver that. We applaud IKEA for giving hens in the U.S. a better life,” stated Darren Vanstone, corporate engagement manager for World Animal Protection.

Why cage-free eggs?
IKEA believes that good animal welfare practices is an important criteria for high quality food products, and offering cage-free eggs is integral to the food offering. It’s also good for people and the planet, and good for the business.

Cage-free eggs means the chickens are housed in an open concept barn with access to a nest box, perches and scratch area. The chickens are given 147 square inches of space per bird with plenty of room to move around, nest and roost. IKEA restaurants also serve chickens raised with no antibiotics.

IKEA announced in April 2015 that its restaurants would be serving a new veggie ball, GRÖNSAKSBULLAR, a good alternative to the popular IKEA meatball, offering tasty chunks of vegetables and a good protein level to support a main meal. Then later in September, IKEA announced it would only sell and serve fish and seafood in its stores from sustainable and responsible sources certified by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) and the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). This includes all IKEA salmon, certified by the ASC, and all wild caught fish and shrimp served and sold at IKEA, independently certified by the MSC.

*Came into effect August 2016. Whole egg products come from shelled eggs

World Animal Protection’s Top 10 facts about the flock
The inner lives of the intelligent and social hen and the real deal on the eggs they lay

  • A big impact: There are 300 million egg laying hens in North America (about 28 million in Canada and the rest in the U.S.) living in small cages
  • On most farms: Each hen is forced to live her life in a space smaller than an iPad. She has little room to stretch her wings or turn around
  • Be a hero for hens: We have a responsibility to treat the animals who produce our food with respect. Choosing cage-free eggs (organic, free range, free run) gives hens a better life and supports producers and businesses who are doing it right
  • What’s in a name: Cage-free/free run labels mean the hens who lay those eggs can move freely in a barn and express behaviors like dust bathing; free range labels mean hens may also get access to the outdoors
  • A positive trend: Changing consumer attitudes means that leading businesses and chefs are making the switch to cage-free.
  • More than Facebook friends: Chickens form complex social relationships and like hanging out with their peers. A hen can recognize and remember up to 100 other chickens and even tell people apart.
  • Almost an egg a day: The average hen lays over 300 eggs per year
  • A unique family tree: Chickens are the closest living relative to the Tyrannosaurus Rex. And a chicken was the first bird to have its genome sequenced.
  • Sweet dreams! Like people, chickens experience REM (rapid eye movement) sleep, which enables them to dream (probably about endless fields of worms!)
  • A global presence: Humans and chickens have lived together for thousands of years and chickens are one of the few domesticated animals found worldwide.

About IKEA Group
The IKEA vision is to create a better everyday life for the many people. Our business idea supports this vision by offering a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products at prices so low that as many people as possible will be able to afford them. There are currently 340 IKEA Group stores in 28 countries, and 40 franchises. There are 42 IKEA stores in the US. In FY 16, IKEA Group had 783 million visitors to the stores and 2.1 billion visitors to IKEA.com. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information, please visit www.IKEA.com, facebook.com/IKEAUSA, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA, http://pinterest.com/IKEAUSA/, www.youtube.com/IKEAUSA, www.theshare-space.com, www.theshare-space.com/en/Blog

Contact:
Mona Astra Liss
IKEA Corporate PR Director
Mona.Liss@IKEA.com
610.834.0180, ext. 5852

Source: IKEA

IKEA becomes one of the largest providers of ASC and AMC certified seafood globally

Conshohocken, PA, 2015-9-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA today announces that seafood sold and served in its stores comes from sustainable and responsible sources certified by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) and the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC). This commitment marks the next step toward a wider offer of healthier and more sustainable food in IKEA restaurants, bistros and Swedish food markets. With more than 23 different ASC and MSC certified species across stores in 47 markets, IKEA is now one of the largest food service providers of responsibly produced fish in the world and brings certified seafood to eight IKEA markets for the very first time.

IKEA Food is continuing to develop according to its new direction. The commitment to offer seafood that is certified by the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) and the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) marks a natural next step for IKEA and follows the introduction of veggie balls in April of this year.

“I am really proud that our customers can enjoy tasty fish that has been responsibly produced by people with good working conditions. This is a result of our high ambitions and commitment regarding the whole value chain, from fisheries and farms to training of our co-workers and certification of the restaurants,” says Michael La Cour, Managing Director of IKEA Food Services AB.

Seafood has a long tradition in Swedish kitchens and it is specifically enjoyed during Christmas, Easter and Midsummer celebrations. Being part of our Swedish heritage, it is sold and served every day at IKEA.

“The commitment to responsible seafood sourcing is an exciting next step in the progression of our food business. Offering healthy, tasty and sustainable food options at affordable prices follows our vision to create a better everyday life for the many people,” says Gerd Diewald, IKEA US Food Manager.

The MSC and ASC certification programs are globally recognised as the world’s most credible, science-based standards for sustainable and responsible seafood and ensure less water pollution, preservation of diversity of species, and good working conditions.

“IKEA is demonstrating global leadership in sustainability. By sourcing and selling only certified sustainable seafood, IKEA is powerfully inspiring consumer choices and influencing sustainable business practices around the world. IKEA’s significant commitment is already helping to ensure oceans teeming with life, and secure seafood supplies, for future generations,” says Nicolas Guichoux, Global Commercial Director, Marine Stewardship Council (MSC).

“I am delighted with IKEA´s decision to source ASC certified responsibly farmed seafood. The global IKEA commitment to the ASC programme is a game changer; introducing the ASC to consumers in many new markets. This is exceptional leadership in supporting the change necessary to promote the development of responsible aquaculture. Customers can now be assured that the salmon in IKEA’s restaurants and Swedish Food Markets comes from farms that respect the environment, the rights of workers and the interests of the local community,” says Chris Ninnes, CEO, Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC).

ASC* (Aquaculture Stewardship Council), is an international non-profit organisation that sets environmental and social standard for certifying responsible and well-managed fish farms. It contributes to ensuring availability of seafood, the health of the ocean and the livelihood of local communities that rely of the farms for the long term.

MSC (Marine Stewardship Council), is an international non-profit organisation that certifies sustainable fishery practises for wild caught fish. MSC certified fisheries must continually meet requirements for maintaining fish populations, reducing impacts on the environment and ensuring that the fishery is well managed.

* The ASC Salmon Standard was launched in 2012 as a result of the Salmon Aquaculture Dialogue that began in 2004, initiated by World Wildlife Fund (WWF). This Dialogue involved IKEA and other industry stakeholders.

IKEA will be making the following certified seafood species available to consumers in all IKEA markets:

1.Prawn (Northern) Pandalus borealis
2.Herring Clupea harengus
3.Salmon Salmo salar
4.Alaska Pollock Theragra chalcogramma
5.Cod (Atlantic) Gadus morhua
6.Hoki Macruronus novaezelandiae
7.Hake (cape) Merluccius capensis
8.Tilapia Oreochromis niloticus
9.Pangasius Pangasianodon hypophthalmus
10.Flounder Atheresthes stomias or Atheresthes evermanni
11.Saith Pollachius virens
12.Blue Mussel Mytilus medulis
13.Cod (Pacific) Gadus macrocephalus
14.North Pacific Hake Merlucius productus
15.Patagonian Grenadier Macruronus magellanicus
16.Golden Red fish Sebastes Marinus
17.Prawn (banana) Fenneropenaeus merguiensis
18.Scallop (Atlantic) Placopecten magellanicus
19.Sole (Southern rock) Lepidopsetta bilineata
20.Sole (yellowfin) Limanda aspera
21.Whiting (southern blue) Micromesistius australis
22.Salmon (chum) Oncorhynchus keta
23.Salmon (pink) Oncorhynchus gorbuscha

For further information, please contact:

Mona Astra Liss
US Corporate PR Director
Phone number: 610.834.0180, ext. 5852
Email address: Mona.Liss@IKEA.com

About IKEA Group
The IKEA vision is to create a better everyday life for the many people. Our business idea supports this vision by offering a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products at prices so low that as many people as possible will be able to afford them. There are currently 328 IKEA Group stores in 28 countries. Additionally, there are 40 IKEA stores run by franchises. There are 40 IKEA stores in the US. In FY 15, IKEA Group had 771 million visitors to the stores and 1.9 billion visitors to IKEA.com. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information, please visit www.IKEA.com, facebook.com/IKEAUSA, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA, http://pinterest.com/IKEAUSA/, www.youtube.com/IKEAUSA, www.theshare-space.com, www.theshare-space.com/en/Blog

IKEA’s Feeding the Future raised $351,605 in just one month to support Feeding America

Over $351,605 raised in just one month – enough to provide over 3 million meals

Conshohocken, PA, 2015-8-24— /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA US thanks its customers for their generous contributions to the IKEA in-store program ‘Feeding the Future’, a campaign that supports Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief organization. The campaign which ran June 1–30, 2015 to support local Feeding America food banks raised $351,605,* enough to buy over 3 million meals for children and their families in our local communities.

Each $1 donation from every IKEA healthy kids meal purchased in an IKEA restaurant during the ‘Feeding the Future’ campaign went to the ‘Feeding the Future’ program to support local Feeding America food banks. Additionally, IKEA customers were able to add $1 donations at all IKEA store registers at cash lanes, customer restaurants, IKEA Bistros and Swedish Food markets.

“We are quite pleased our US customers supported our ‘Feeding the Future’ program, in collaboration with Feeding America, and realized the value and importance of supporting our local community’s food banks. IKEA is committed to healthy eating and working along with Feeding America helps to not only support those in need, but gives our customers a opportunity to also get involved with their local food banks,” commented Gerd Diewald, IKEA US Food Manager.

*This number includes $307,634 from customer donations and $43,971 from healthy meals sold.

Feeding America Food Bank Network

The process of getting food to hungry Americans requires a dynamic infrastructure and sophisticated management. Feeding America secures donations from national food and grocery manufacturers, retailers, shippers, packers and growers – and from government agencies and other organizations. Feeding America then moves donated food and grocery product to member food banks.

The food banks in turn distribute food and grocery items through food pantries and meal programs that serve families, children, seniors and others at risk of hunger. Last year alone, the Feeding America network distributed more than 3 billion meals to people in need.

The Feeding America nationwide network of food banks also supports programs that improve food security among the people served; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry.

Hunger Facts

  • In many ways, America is the land of plenty. But for 1 in 6 people in the United States, hunger is a very real struggle. Many people believe that the problems associated with hunger are confined to small pockets of society, certain areas of the country, or certain neighborhoods, but the reality is much different.
  • Right now, millions of Americans are at risk of hunger. These are often hard-working adults, children and seniors who simply cannot always make ends meet and may be forced to go without food.
  • Research has shown that food insecurity and hunger are serious threats to children’s health, growth and development. The nation’s economic growth depends on the well-being of our children. As such, the existence of childhood hunger in the United States threatens future American prosperity.
  • In the United States, more than one out of five children lives in a household with food insecurity, which means they do not always know where they will find their next meal. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), in 2013, 15.8 million children under 18 in the United States live in this condition – unable to consistently access nutritious and adequate amounts of food necessary for a healthy life.

Contact: Mona Astra Liss, IKEA US Corporate PR Director. Mona.Liss@IKEA.com

About IKEA
The IKEA vision is to create a better everyday life for the many people. Our business idea supports this vision by offering a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products at prices so low that as many people as possible will be able to afford them. There are currently 315 IKEA Group stores in 27 countries. Additionally, there are 40 IKEA stores run by franchises. There are 40 IKEA stores in the US. In FY 14, IKEA Group had 716 million visitors to the stores and 1.5 billion visitors to IKEA.com. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information, please visit www.IKEA.com, facebook.com/IKEAUSA, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA, http://pinterest.com/IKEAUSA/, www.youtube.com/IKEAUSA, www.theshare-space.com, www.theshare-space.com/en/Blog

About Feeding America
Feeding America is a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 37 million people through 61,000 food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters 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 ttp://www.feedingamerica.org/. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FeedingAmerica or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/FeedingAmerica.

IKEA to sponsor an in-store program ‘Feeding the Future’ to support local Feeding America food banks

Conshohocken, PA, 2015-6-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — IKEA announced today that it is collaborating again with Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, to sponsor an in-store program ‘Feeding the Future’ that runs June 1 – 30 to support local Feeding America food banks.

The ‘Feeding the Future’ IKEA US program will donate $1 to local Feeding America food banks for every healthy kids meal purchased in any IKEA US restaurant. Additionally, IKEA customers can add $1 donations at all IKEA store registers at cash lanes, customer restaurants, IKEA Bistros and Swedish Food markets. Added donations will go to Feeding America and its network of food banks.* The three healthy kids meals in the ‘Feeding the Future’ program include:

  1. Organic penne pasta with organic marinara sauce
  2. Grilled chicken with carrot sticks, strawberries and string cheese
  3. Veggie meatballs with vegetables

(All healthy kids’ meals come with lingonberry, elderflower juice drink or a bottle of water.)

“There are 49 million people in America who struggle with hunger, including 12 million children. This is an issue that impacts every single county in the country” said Nancy Curby, vice president of corporate partnerships at Feeding America. “With IKEA’s commitment, our food banks will be able to better serve children and families who may not know where there next meal will come from.”

“Our ‘Feeding the Future’ program, in collaboration with Feeding America, is a way for IKEA US to support our local communities as well as Feeding America’s hunger programs. IKEA is committed to healthy eating and working along with Feeding America helps to support those in need, while also giving our customers the opportunity to support their local food banks,” commented Gerd Diewald, IKEA US Food Manager.

Feeding America Food Bank Network

The process of getting food to hungry Americans requires a dynamic infrastructure and sophisticated management. Feeding America secures donations from national food and grocery manufacturers, retailers, shippers, packers and growers – and from government agencies and other organizations. Feeding America then moves donated food and grocery product to member food banks.

The food banks in turn distribute food and grocery items through food pantries and meal programs that serve families, children, seniors and others at risk of hunger. Last year alone, the Feeding America network distributed more than 3 billion meals to people in need.

The Feeding America nationwide network of food banks also supports programs that improve food security among the people served; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry.

Hunger Facts

  • In many ways, America is the land of plenty. But for 1 in 6 people in the United States, hunger is a very real struggle. Many people believe that the problems associated with hunger are confined to small pockets of society, certain areas of the country, or certain neighborhoods, but the reality is much different.
  • Right now, millions of Americans are at risk of hunger. These are often hard-working adults, children and seniors who simply cannot always make ends meet and may be forced to go without food.
  • Research has shown that food insecurity and hunger are serious threats to children’s health, growth and development. The nation’s economic growth depends on the well-being of our children. As such, the existence of childhood hunger in the United States threatens future American prosperity.
  • In the United States, more than one out of five children lives in a household with food insecurity, which means they do not always know where they will find their next meal. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), in 2013, 15.8 million children under 18 in the United States live in this condition – unable to consistently access nutritious and adequate amounts of food necessary for a healthy life.

*IKEA donation up to a maximum of $50,000 not including direct customer contributions.

Contact: Mona Astra Liss, IKEA US Corporate PR Director. Mona.Liss@IKEA.com

About IKEA
The IKEA vision is to create a better everyday life for the many people. Our business idea supports this vision by offering a wide range of well-designed, functional home furnishing products at prices so low that as many people as possible will be able to afford them. There are currently 315 IKEA Group stores in 27 countries. Additionally, there are 40 IKEA stores run by franchises. There are 40 IKEA stores in the US. In FY 14, IKEA Group had 716 million visitors to the stores and 1.5 billion visitors to IKEA.com. IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives that benefit children and the environment. For more information, please visit www.IKEA.com, facebook.com/IKEAUSA, @IKEAUSANews, @IKEAUSA, http://pinterest.com/IKEAUSA/, www.youtube.com/IKEAUSA, www.theshare-space.com, www.theshare-space.com/en/Blog

About Feeding America
Feeding America is a nationwide network of more than 200 food banks that leads the fight against hunger in the United States. Together, we provide food to more than 37 million people through 61,000 food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters 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 ttp://www.feedingamerica.org/. Find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/FeedingAmerica or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/FeedingAmerica.