Malaysia: Giant to open six new stores and relaunch 28 existing stores nationwide

MALAYSIA, 2016-1-6 — /EPR Retail News/ — SHAH MAIM GCH Retail (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd (Giant) plans to open six new stores and relaunch 28 existing stores nationwide to provide a renewed shopping experience for customers next year.

Among the six new stores to be opened are in Setapak, Kuala Lumpur, ICangar, Kedah; Kota Baru, Kelantan; and Jeneh. Terenggam while the remaining two have yet to be revealed.

Giant operations director Ernest Potgleter said the company has decided to relaunch its stores after receiving complaints from customers that the stores have started to tool outdated.

‘Our customers said we look old. We have to revive the business. The stores have not been refurbished for the past five years and It Is time to give a new look.

“Giant Malaysia listens to customers and the transformation is tailored with the customer in mind, aiming at providing greater value and customer friendly lay out.

“We serve 23 million customers a week. You have to give them what they need and customers these days are very demanding. We have to be cheaper than other retailers and provide good service, good products and good environment in Giant stores,” he said at the relaunch of Giant Hypermarket Shah Alam, here, yesterday.

Potgleter said Giant spent RM2.5 million in capital expenditure to re-furbish the Shah Aim store and the amount would differ according to the size of the stores.

General merchandising director Lee Slew Mei said the relaunch embraced a change of layout making shopping a one-stop experience for customers.

“Children-related products are put together and We have a dedicated seasonal promotional area. Now, there is a back-to-school pro-motion running for six weeks and all back-to-school retatect products including stationery, school bags and uniforms are in one place,” she said.

At the same time, Lee said Giant has brought in many new ranges including those exclusive for Giant.

We have the O’Fresh range which comes directly from the farms in Cameron Highlands. The vegetables do not go through distribution cen-tres, therefore they are of better quality and the price is also lower,” she said.

Giant announced a special “Re-launch Promotion”, In conjunction with the relaunch of Giant Shah Alam from December 23 to January 31.

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Malaysia: Giant to plant trees and refurbish a whole classroom into a 21st Century Classroom

Hypermarket staff plant trees in compound and give classroom 21st-century look 

MALAYSIA, 2015-11-16 — /EPR Retail News/ — WHEN Rihana Hashim, principal of SMK Desa Cempaka, Nilai, received a call from GCH Retail (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd corporate affairs department, she was elated.

It was because Giant offered to plant fruit trees as well as bougainvillea and refurbish a whole classroom into a 21st Century Classroom.

“I was so happy. We have been trying to find a sponsor to help transform our best Form One classroom.

“I’m happy Giant called. And, it’s exciting to know that three years from now, we shall have rambutans to eat, plucked fresh from the tree in our own school!” she said.

Rihana believes that a well-maintained school makes a positive difference to a child’s learning development. There are over 1,200 students enrolled in SMK Desa Cempaka.

Thirty staff members from Giant Superstore Nilai led by their general manager Goh Chin Fock and the GCH corporate affairs team led by its corporate affairs director Roseta Mohd Jaffar arrived at the school with a lorry-Load of goodies, potted plants, fruit plants, paint and other materials.

They were received by over 80 teachers and students.

Together, they managed to complete their project before noon.

“Now, I will be more determined to study harder because my classroom looks so nice and beautiful,” said student Ameera Sofia Zailan, 13.

The activity is part of Giant Loves My School (GLMS) CSR programme by GCH Retail (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd which owns Giant and Cold Storage chains.

GLMS is a CSR programme that focuses on providing or enhancing school facilities and infrastructure.

GCH has allocated RM750,000 for 150 schools throughout 2015.To-date, more than 100 schools have benefitted from this programme.

SOURCE: GCH RETAIL

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Malaysia Giant to plant trees and refurbish a whole classroom into a 21st Century Classroom

ANTABAX raised funds for Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO) in collaboration with Malaysian retailer Giant

Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia, 2015-11-9 — /EPR Retail News/ — Company teams up with retailer to raise RM25,000 for women’s NGO

ANTABAX has raised funds for Women’s Aid Organisation (WAO) through its Shared Health, Shared Hope campaign, in collaboration with Malaysian retailer Giant.

The two-month campaign which started in June saw 5% of sales from the entire Antabax antibacterial personal care range from Giant and Guardian outlets nation-wide channelled to WAO in sup-port of its Refugee and Child Care Centre.

A total of RM25,271.60 was raised.

WAO supports women and children suffering from mental, physical and sexual abuse, and provides temporary refuge services that empower them to determine their own future.

Since its first corporate social responsibility campaign in 2009, Antabax has contributed more than RM1mil in cash and products to various non-governmental organisations to help those in need.

According to Lam Soon Edible Oils Sdn Bhd Sales and Marketing executive director Allan Khong, the brand is committed to support-ing organisations which provide services to those in need, through contributions towards specific projects, or in kind.

“We focus on a few core areas. For example, WAO’s work in combating domestic violence through their support services for victim survivors of violence is a cause that is dose to our consumers and to our brand.

“Antabax would like to thank our users for their support to the children and women at WAO,” he said during a cheque presentation at Lam Soon Edible Oils Sdn Bhd’s headquarters.

GCH Retail (M) Sdn Bhd Marketing general manager Norine Erica Majaman noted the importance of WAO’s work in combating domestic violence.

This is the second joint campaign in which Antabax and Giant are supporting the organisation.

“WAO’s need is great, and the work they are doing to give victims and survivors of domestic abuse a new start is life-changing.

‘This is why we decided on a second campaign in aid of IMO,” Majaman said.

WAO executive director Sumitra Visvana thanked Antabax, Giant and Guardian for their financial contributions to WAO through the campaign.

The WAO Refuge and Child Care Centre offer important services for women and children survivors as they are making the decision to break the cycle of violence.

“In 2014, the centre sheltered 329 women and children as they rebuilt their lives.

The 1,114.8sq m centre has five bedrooms, six bathrooms, a kitchen, an administration office and a storeroom,” she said.

She added that a minimum of RM1.2mil is needed annually for their programmes, and the funds mostly came from corporate and individual donors.

SOURCE: GCH RETAIL (M) SDN. BHD

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ANTABAX raised funds for Women's Aid Organisation (WAO) in collaboration with Malaysian retailer Giant

Giant’s digital content platform and magazine Savory Fast, Fresh and Easy recognized by Food Marketing Institute (FMI) with a 2015 Gold Plate Award

Giant’s Savory Fast, Fresh And Easy™ Platform Recognized By Food Marketing Institute Digital Content Platform and Magazine Make Being Healthy Easy and Affordable

Landover, Md., 2015-9-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — Giant Food of Landover, Md. and its parent company Ahold USA have been recognized by Food Marketing Institute (FMI) with a 2015 Gold Plate Award for its digital content platform and magazine, Savory Fast, Fresh and Easy™. The Gold Plate Awards recognize retailers who are helping their customers make family mealtime a regular occasion. Giant and Ahold USA were presented the award at FMI’s Health & Wellness Stakeholders Summit on Sept. 9, 2015.

“Giant is honored to be recognized by the Food Marketing Institute with the 2015 Gold Plate Award for Savory Fast, Fresh and Easy™,” said Gordon Reid, president, Giant Food of Landover, Md. “We created Savory™ not only to enhance our customers’ enjoyment of our products, but also to assist with healthy meal planning, so that our customers can spend more time with their loved ones.”

Launched in June 2015, Savory Fast, Fresh and Easy™ is a one-stop destination for easy meal planning and entertaining ideas that can be found in-store, on Giant’s website and the websites of Ahold USA’s retail divisions, or by downloading the free Savory Fast, Fresh and Easy™ app. The magazine, which is a component of the overall digital content platform, is free to customers who use their loyalty card and is also available online. Regular features include budget-friendly meals, recipes to cook once and eat twice and a “Take 5” feature which offers five ingredients for a fast meal.

Cathy Polley, RPh, FMI vice president of health and wellness, and executive director of the FMI Foundation said, “At FMI and the FMI Foundation, we are fortunate to work on behalf of an industry that lends their wholehearted support to the communities they serve. One of the many ways our industry enriches the lives of its community of customers is by providing families with ideas and resources to help them plan, prepare, and share more meals together at home. We proudly honor Ahold USA’s Savory Fast, Fresh and Easy magazine and online platform with a 2015 Gold Plate Award for the food retailer’s exceptional efforts helping shoppers overcome the barriers to family mealtime with healthy solutions that save both time and money.”

About Giant Food
Giant Food LLC, headquartered in Landover, Md., operates 168 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, and employs approximately 20,000 associates. Included within the 168 stores are 159 full-service pharmacies. Giant opened the first supermarket in the nation’s capital on February 6, 1936. Giving back to the community is a cornerstone that was instilled by the founders more than 79 years ago. The company’s core areas of giving include hunger, education, health and wellness, and supporting service members and military families. In 2014, Giant’s monetary and in-kind contributions exceeded $14.9 million, and the nation’s capital grocer helped partners provide more than 88 million meals. For more information on Giant, visit www.www.giantfood.com

Contact:
Jamie Miller
(301) 341-8776
jmiller@giantfood.com

Chef Robert Irvine’s new company of nutritionally improved food products exclusively at Giant’s 168 stores throughout the mid-Atlantic region

The cost-effective partnership was commemorated with more than $25,000 in donations and sponsorships to USO-Metro as part of the companies’ shared philanthropic mission

Washington D.C., 2015-7-3 — /EPR Retail News/ — Chef Robert Irvine and Giant Food of Landover, Md., announced today that the renowned Chef’s new company of nutritionally improved food products will initially be available exclusively at Giant’s 168 stores throughout the mid-Atlantic region. The announcement was made at the O Street Market Giant store in Washington D.C. today, where both Chef Irvine and Gordon Reid, president of Giant Food of Landover, Md. launched the partnership. The celebrated Chef joined Mr. Reid in presenting a $25,000 donation to USO-Metro, generated from Giant’s March Giving Campaign. As part of the ongoing commitment by both organizations to support our nation’s military and their families proceeds from product sales will be donated directly through Chef Irvine’s own 501c3 organization, the Robert Irvine Foundation. Additionally, Chef Irvine announced that his foundation would sponsor USO-Metro’s upcoming monthly Warrior and Family Center Chef Dinners.

“Building this company and launching these products is one of the most important projects of my career to-date. It allows me to finally share some of my favorite foods with a healthier approach. These foods are perfect for busy families across the country who strive to improve their diet, but lack the time or resources to do it on their own,” said Chef Irvine. “I’m also very excited to be launching the line with Giant Food, who share my appreciation for and dedication to the U.S. military. Our partnership is the perfect example of how smart and efficient business practices can be used to benefit a greater good.”

As part of the limited, exclusive partnership, Chef Irvine’s all-natural crab cakes, as well as his reduced fat and calorie cheesecakes will be available in the frozen food section of Giant Food stores in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, with plans to introduce additional products from the food line in the coming months.

“Giant is proud to partner with Chef Robert Irvine and offer, exclusively to our shoppers, an exciting product line of nutritious and delicious family favorites that are easy to prepare,” said Gordon Reid, president of Giant Food. “This partnership is a natural fit, as both our organizations prioritize quality and recognize the importance of assisting U.S. military members and their families. We’re looking forward to growing this fruitful relationship.”

Throughout its 79-year history, Giant Food has remained committed to providing the highest level of quality, value, and service to its customers. Partnering with Chef Irvine is another example of Giant’s dedication to offering customers new and exciting products at affordable prices. Giant’s commitment to being a better grocer also includes being a better neighbor in the communities it serves. Giant is proud to engage with its communities to alleviate hunger, enhance education programs and health and wellness initiatives, as well as support service members and their families through organizations like USO-Metro.

Chef Irvine started the company last year with the goal to recreate some of his most popular, quick-and-easy meals with full family appeal by using healthier ingredients and without compromising taste. To accomplish this, he committed to partnering with some of the industry’s leading culinary experts and nutritional research and development firms. And to take his commitment to quality and nutrition even one step further, Chef Irvine determined to hold every product to the same nutritional standards used by the Food Program administered by the U.S. Department of Defense. Additional products offered by the company include, ultra thin multigrain pizzas, oven-roasted wings with signature sauces, and the Chef’s top-rated FIT Crunch protein bars. These products, as well as other products currently in development will be available at Giant Food and eventually rolled out to other retail locations nationally. For more information on nutritional values on the full line of food products, please visit www.RoberIrvineFoods.com.

About Robert Irvine— With more than 25 years in the culinary profession, Chef Robert Irvine has cooked his way through Europe, the Far East, the Caribbean and the Americas, in hotels and on the high seas. As the host of one of the Food Network’s highest rated shows, Restaurant: Impossible, Irvine saves struggling restaurants across America by assessing and overhauling the restaurant’s weakest spots. Irvine was previously the host of Food Network’s Dinner: Impossible and Worst Cooks in America, has authored two cookbooks, Mission: Cook! and Impossible to Easy, and one healthy living book, Fit Fuel: A Chef’s Guide to Eating Well and Living Your Best Life. Irvine is currently on tour with his new, interactive live show Robert Irvine Live, and appears regularly as an expert guest on national morning and daytime talk shows. Irvine recently established the eponymously named non-profit organization, The Robert Irvine Foundation, in an effort to support military personnel and their families. For more information on Chef Robert Irvine, visit www.ChefIrvine.com.

About Giant Food of Landover, Md.
Giant Food LLC, headquartered in Landover, Md., operates 170 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, and employs approximately 20,000 associates. Included within the 170 stores are 156 full-service pharmacies. Giant opened the first supermarket in the nation’s capital on February 6, 1936. Giving back to the community is a cornerstone that was instilled by the founders more than 78 years ago. The company’s core areas of giving include hunger, education, health and wellness, and supporting service members and military families. In 2013, Giant’s monetary and in-kind contributions exceeded $13 million, and the nation’s capital grocer helped partners provide 64.6 million meals. For more information on Giant, visit http://www.giantfood.com/

MEDIA CONTACT: Jamie Miller
(301) 341-8776
jmiller@giantfood.com

Giant to support the Anacostia Watershed Society’s Annual Earth Day Celebration by cleaning up the Quincy Run area in Bladensburg, Maryland on April 25, 2015

Giant Supports Environment through Recycling and Food Waste Reduction Initiatives

Landover, MD, 2015-4-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — In celebration of Earth Day, Giant Food of Landover, Md. is teaming up with the Anacostia Watershed Society and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation to help protect and restore local lands and water. On April 25, 2015, Giant will support the Anacostia Watershed Society’s Annual Earth Day Celebration by cleaning up the Quincy Run area adjacent to the Bladensburg Waterfront Park in Bladensburg, Maryland. In addition, Giant will donate food and beverages to support the Earth Day Celebration and pass out free, reusable bags to more than 500 attendees to encourage them to reduce their ecological footprint. Working with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, volunteers from Giant will also help plant and restore wetland grasses at the former Naval Academy dairy farm, the largest organic farm in the state of Maryland, on May 30, 2015.

“Giant is committed to reducing our environmental impact and helping to preserve the natural environment in our surrounding communities,” said Jamie Miller, public and community relations manager, Giant Food of Landover, Md. “Earth Day reminds us that we all play a role in taking care of the environment, and we’re honored to support The Anacostia Watershed Society and Chesapeake Bay Foundation, which work to protect our parks, rivers, lakes, and streams every day.”

As part of its promise to be a responsible retailer, Giant is continuously working to expand its green efforts, from reducing the impact of its own operations to encouraging shoppers to make environmentally-friendly decisions. Giant has set a goal of getting to “zero waste” by 2020, defined as diverting 90 percent of waste going into landfills and incineration through the expansion of its organic recycling program and the creation of new opportunities for recycling cardboard and plastic. Giant stores and distribution centers recycled approximately 39,488 tons of cardboard in 2014. Part of Giant’s efforts to reduce waste in its operations is ensuring that safe and consumable foods, such as bakery items and frozen meat, are donated to food banks. Through Giant’s Meat the Needs program, the grocer freezes meat that is close to expiration and would otherwise go unsold and donates it to regional food bank partners. Last year, a total of 354,902 pounds of meat was provided to community members in need. Food that cannot be donated is reused as livestock feed or for compost.

Newer Giant stores continue to be built with innovative green building technologies that reduce energy consumption, conserve water and reduce the environmental impact of operations. These stores will be certified under Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. Four of Giant’s stores utilize solar panels which generate around 8 percent of the store’s electricity needs. Giant also continues to makes its existing stores more energy efficient by improving the efficiency of the refrigerated and frozen food cases and installing LED lighting.

About Giant Food of Landover, Md.
Giant Food LLC, headquartered in Landover, Md., operates 170 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, and employs approximately 20,000 associates. Included within the 170 stores are 156 full-service pharmacies. Giant opened the first supermarket in the nation’s capital on February 6, 1936. Giving back to the community is a cornerstone that was instilled by the founders more than 78 years ago. The company’s core areas of giving include hunger, education, health and wellness, and supporting service members and military families. In 2013, Giant’s monetary and in-kind contributions exceeded $13 million, and the nation’s capital grocer helped partners provide 64.6 million meals. For more information on Giant, visit http://www.giantfood.com/

MEDIA CONTACT: Jamie Miller
(301) 341-8776
jmiller@giantfood.com

Price comparison study reveals Giant’s prices were lower relative to Safeway, Shoppers and Harris Teeter in Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Maryland

Price Comparisons Show Giant Prices Lower for Frequently Purchased Products

Landover, Md., 2015-3-2 — /EPR Retail News/ — Giant Food of Landover, Md. is committed to providing customers with the highest quality products at great prices. Today, Giant announced the results of a price comparison study revealing that Giant’s prices were lower relative to Safeway, Shoppers and Harris Teeter, several of our top competitors in Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Maryland.

In its continuing efforts to ensure low, everyday prices for customers, Giant selected frequently purchased national and private label brand products and compared its prices against those of other leading supermarkets.

For a selection of groceries, which included store brand sugar, cucumbers, Philadelphia Cream Cheese, store brand shredded cheese, Barilla Pasta, Tide Liquid Detergent, Folgers Coffee, and ten other popular items, Giant prices were 23 percent lower than Safeway and 13 percent lower than Harris Teeter in Washington, D.C. (See flyer for the list of items and prices compared.)

“We know that customers have many options when it comes to shopping for groceries, and getting the best value for their hard-earned money is a top priority,” said Dean Wilkinson, vice president of sales and merchandising, Giant Food. “These price comparisons are just one example demonstrating how Giant is helping customers save. Giant has also lowered prices on thousands of items. We encourage them to compare for themselves and save.”

For more than 79 years, Giant has placed customer satisfaction at the heart of its business. Giant helps customers watch their savings stack up by offering Low Everyday Prices on thousands of their favorite everyday products;Bonus Buy Savings, featuring time-limited promotions that offer customers outstanding value; and our Gas Rewards promotions where customers can save up to $2.20 per gallon for up to 35 gallons per fill-up at participating gas stations. Giant is constantly improving the customer experience with enhanced offerings across the store including fresh, organic, local, and ethnic product lines, as well as quality own brand products that are a great value and rival national brands in quality.

Customers can find the best deals in Giant’s weekly circular—and, of course, at your local Giant store.

To learn more about Giant’s initiatives and how you can “Watch Your Savings Stack Up,” visit www.giantfood.com.

About Giant Food
Giant Food LLC, headquartered in Landover, Md., operates 169 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, and employs approximately 20,000 associates. Included within the 169 stores are 157 full-service pharmacies. Giant opened the first supermarket in the nation’s capital on February 6, 1936. Giving back to the community is a cornerstone that was instilled by the founders more than 78 years ago. The company’s core areas of giving include hunger, education, health and wellness, and supporting service members and military families. In 2013, Giant’s monetary and in-kind contributions exceeded $13 million, and the nation’s capital grocer helped partners provide 64.6 million meals. For more information on Giant, visit www.giantfood.com.

MEDIA CONTACT: Jamie Miller
(301) 341-8776
jmiller@giantfood.com

Giant Food nutritionists’ helpful tips for staying healthy through the holiday season

Ideas for Staying Healthy During Festivities

Landover, Md., 2014-11-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — The team of nutritionists from Giant Food of Landover, Md. is offering helpful tips for staying healthy through the holiday season. During a time of year that often calls for numerous holiday parties, large family meals, and get-togethers, Giant’s nutritionists are reminding customers they can stay healthy while still enjoying some of their favorite foods.

Try some of these healthier tips from Giant’s nutritionists at your next holiday party:

  • If you go to a party on an empty stomach, you will most likely end up eating more than you actually need or even really want. Instead, plan ahead. If you have a party that night, don’t skip meals in anticipation. Choose a high protein breakfast and a snack of lean protein, fruits and vegetables beforehand. Also, stay hydrated by drinking 8 to 16 ounces of water.
  • Move your body. Find an activity your family loves and do it before your big meal. Or, schedule in an extra half hour of exercise the morning of a party.
  • Allow yourself small portions or tastes of your favorite dishes. Choose a small cocktail-size plate for appetizers and limit yourself to one plate.
  • No small plate? Try using a napkin. You will only be able to fit enough food into the palm of your hand—ideal when you hit the sweets table.
  • Attending a cocktail party? Try to go for fruit and vegetable trays or lean meat options such as chicken skewers. Watch out for dips, sauces and anything fried, crunchy or crispy.
  • For dinner events, follow the MyPlate.gov guidelines. Make half your plate fruit and vegetables. One quarter of your plate can be a scoop of a starch such as mashed potatoes, rice or sweet potatoes. The rest of your plate should be lean protein (roast turkey, filet mignon, baked ham, etc.)
  • Contribute to the food table. This way, you can ensure that there is an item or two you can eat without guilt. Make a salad; bring fresh cut fruit, or a “lightened up” version of your favorite holiday side dish or appetizer.
  • Slow down at the buffet. It takes your brain about 20 minutes to recognize fullness.
  • Move your socializing away from the buffet or sweets table. Out of sight, out of mind.
  • Satisfy your sweet tooth with the three bite dessert rule. Choose a small piece, take three bites, and savor each bite.
  • Make a plan for the day after a big party of meal so you can get back on track quickly.

And if you’re the one in the kitchen, there are a number of simple swaps you can use in preparing your holiday favorites.

  • Use low fat dairy products.
  • Instead of oil use applesauce or ground flax.
  • Try ground turkey and turkey bacon.
  • Replace an egg with 1 Tablespoon ground flaxseed and 3 Tablespoons water in your baking dishes.
  • Use spices or herbs instead of salt to flavor food.
  • Add vegetables whenever you can. Try pureed butternut squash in mac and cheese and cauliflower in mashed potatoes.

For more healthy tips visit www.giantfood.com/live-well or stop into your local Giant Food to pick up the free holiday edition of Healthy Ideas Magazine.

Editor’s note: If interested in an interview with one of Giant’s nutritionists about navigating parties or healthy holiday entertaining, please contact David Bahr at (202) 414-0773 or dbahr@susandavis.com.

About Giant Food
Giant Food LLC, headquartered in Landover, Md., operates 170 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, and employs approximately 20,000 associates. Included within the 170 stores are 156 full-service pharmacies. Giant opened the first supermarket in the nation’s capital on February 6, 1936. Giving back to the community is a cornerstone that was instilled by the founders more than 77 years ago. The company’s core areas of giving include hunger, education, health and wellness, and supporting service members and military families. In 2012, Giant’s monetary and in-kind contributions exceeded $12 million, and the nation’s capital grocer helped partners provide 55.2 million meals. For more information on Giant, visit www.GiantFood.com.

MEDIA CONTACT: Jamie Miller
(301) 341-8776
jmiller@giantfood.com

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