Retailers and distributors recognized by the Certified Angus Beef® brand for their leadership

NASHVILLE, Tenn., 2017-Oct-05 — /EPR Retail News/ — As consumer demand for great-tasting beef continues to grow, retailers play an important role in satisfying their needs. Retailers and distributors were recognized by the Certified Angus Beef ® brand for their leadership in product quality, marketing and sales at the group’s annual conference in Nashville on Sept. 27-29. Brand partners, including meat processors, distributors, chefs, retailers and cattle ranchers, gained strategies to nurture their focus on delivering premium beef to consumers.

“Quality and integrity unite their focus on delivering the finest beef,” says John Stika, the beef brand’s president. “They are stars in their markets for bringing the Certified Angus Beef ®brand’s ranching heritage and focus on quality and integrity to their customers, and ultimately, consumers.”

  • DeMoulas Market Basket, Tewksbury, Mass., earned the Retailer of the Year The retailer offered bold product features, generous point-of-sale displays and team training to provide customer assistance at the meat case. Through the retailer’s all-around focus on quality and value, DeMoulas also received the Top Retail Sales Volume Increase award.

 

 

  • K-Va-T Food Stores, Abingdon, Va., was named Retail Large Chain Marketer of the Year. Food City chefs share beef recipes on television shows to bring fresh ideas to customers. Promotions, like Fresh Fridays, encourage trust in Food City’s dedication to quality and service.

 

 

  • Cermak Fresh Market, Chicago, Ill., received the Retail Small Chain Marketer of the Year Cermak excels at serving customers with fun promotions and attention to detail. Training at the Certified Angus Beef ® Culinary Center energized the team for a meat manager contest that helped Cermak also receive Top Average Volume Retail Store with more than 10 stores.

 

  • Longo’s, Vaughan, Ontario, was recognized as the International Retail Marketer of the Year. Beef 101 training for Longo’s meat managers supported a successful summer promotion. Cooking classes and ads in the retailer’s Experience magazine also offered beef meal solutions to customers.

 

  • Caraluzzi’s, in Bethel, Conn., is the Independent Retail Marketer of the Year. Caraluzzi’s has grown over the past two decades with the Certified Angus Beef ® brand in three stores. They offer the brand’s Prime, Natural and deli meat items for the ultimate selection of superior quality.

 

 

  • Angus Best, Hermosilla, Sonora, Mexico, was presented the International Retail Independent Marketer of the Year Angus Best dedicates its entire meat case to the brand, displays signage storewide and posts billboards. The retailer’s grab-and-go meat case offers beef cuts for easy dinners.

 

  • ShopRite, Edison, N.J., earned the Retail Value-added Products Marketer of the Year ShopRite offers a wide selection of premium beef items in the deli case and has ready-to-prepare meals. Frequent product features, social media posts and videos give customers more dinner ideas.

 

 

  • Gelson’s, Encino, Calif., received Retail Brand Extension Marketer of the Year Gelson’s excels at marketing the Certified Angus Beef ® brand and the brand’s Prime products. Seasonal promotions, product sampling and social media interaction explain product quality to shoppers.

 

 

  • Quality Food Centers, Bellevue, Wash., is the Retail Social Media Marketer of the Year. QFC used online contests, coupons, the brand’s Roast Perfect app and meat staff selfies to connect with customers. Food blogger events shared holiday roasting ideas to coincide with roast promotions.

 

  • Weis Markets, Sunbury, Pa., was named the Retail Rising Star. Weis Markets focused on the brand in its Fresh magazine and offered six items in the circular every week. Through social media posts and training, the team shared its pride in its beef offerings.

 

 

  • Associated Retail Operations, in Salt Lake City, was recognized as the Retail Rookie of the Year. Associated Retail powered up promotions to launch the brand in stores. Weekly features and in-store videos led customers to the meat case, where staff were trained in beef knowledge to assist them.

 

 

  • Meijer, based in Grand Rapids, Mich., earned Top Volume Large Chain Retailer. Meijer excelled at marketing the brand in stores, at community events and through a comprehensive digital campaign. Success is guided by ongoing training of their meat managers and specialists. 

 

 

  • H-E-B Mexico, Escobedo, Nuevo Leon, is the Top Volume Small Chain Retailer. H-E-B secured growing sales through extensive promotions online, on billboards, in television appearances, with in-store product sampling, in local lifestyle magazines and every week in its own publication.

 

 

Additional companies recognized for their success and dedication to offering Certified Angus Beef ® brand products were:

About the Certified Angus Beef ® brand
Founded in 1978, the Certified Angus Beef ® brand is the original, and the best, brand of Angus beef, which got its start when a group of family ranchers set out to create a brand of beef that delivers superior taste and tenderness. Today, the Certified Angus Beef ® brand remains true to its roots, providing consumers with superior beef through a gate-to-plate network of family ranchers, chefs and retailers worldwide. Renowned for its exceptional quality, each cut meets 10 exacting standards to make it more selective than USDA Choice and Prime. For more information, visit CertifiedAngusBeef.com, or look for the brand on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and LinkedIn.

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Contact:

Crystal Meier
Certified Angus Beef LLC
330-345-0427
cmeier@certifiedangusbeef.com

SOURCE: EPR Network

Bridge Street Market to deliver convenient, fresh neighborhood grocery option for West Side and downtown Grand Rapids residents

Bridge Street Market to deliver convenient, fresh neighborhood grocery option for West Side and downtown Grand Rapids residents

 

Community Grocery Store Anchors Development on the West Side

Grand Rapids, Mich., 2017-Jun-27 — /EPR Retail News/ — West Side and downtown Grand Rapids residents today (June 26, 2017) celebrated the groundbreaking of Bridge Street Market, a unique grocery store coming to the city’s West Side on the bustling corner o-f Bridge St. and Seward Ave.

The new 37,000-square-foot store will feature 22-foot ceilings, open air elements and a pedestrian-friendly design. Bridge Street Market is a first-of-its-kind store in the region opened by Meijer and intended to deliver a convenient, fresh neighborhood grocery option for those who live, work and play downtown.

The community grocery store will anchor a development spanning a city block located amidst the city’s current hub of collaboration and mixed-use development, and will reside alongside apartments, a parking deck, and an office and retail building. The mixed-use project commenced with the deconstruction of the original buildings in May, clearing the way for future development.

“We are eager to share Bridge Street Market with the Grand Rapids community and are excited about what our team will be able to accomplish through this location,” Meijer President & CEO Rick Keyes said. “We believe in the West Side’s heritage and authenticity, and are excited to have a core presence in the heart of such an inspiring part of our city. We think there’s no better place to launch this new neighborhood market than in our hometown and on the West Side.”

Bridge Street Market will feature fresh produce, full grocery offerings, a deli, fresh-cut meat, a bakery, basic cleaning items and paper products.

The grocery store is expected to open its doors and produce stalls in the early fall of 2018.

About Bridge Street Market

Bridge Street Market is a new urban neighborhood grocery store opened by Meijer focused on fresh-food service and essential items merchandised in a market-like setting. As the anchor of a unique mixed-use development on Grand Rapids, Michigan’s west side, Bridge Street Market will serve as a model for future neighborhood-friendly development in the area while providing residents and businesses alike access to fresh food and easily accessible convenience items in a one-of-a-kind store.

Contact:

Amanda Passage
616-233-0500
apassage@lambert-edwards.com

Source: Meijer

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Food Marketing Institute supports Shoptalk’s new program for the grocery and consumer packaged goods industries

NEW YORK, NY and ARLINGTON, VA, 2017-Jun-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — Shoptalk, the organizer of the world’s most important events for retail and ecommerce innovation, announced today the launch of Grocerytalk, a new program for the grocery and consumer packaged goods industries to take place during Shoptalk on March 18-21, 2018, at the Venetian in Las Vegas. Grocerytalk will include content, networking and other unique experiences that focus on the evolution of how consumers discover, shop and buy groceries and consumer packaged goods in a digital age, including the latest technologies, trends and business models. FMI will support the development and marketing of Grocerytalk.

Shoptalk is an unprecedented platform for large retailers and brands, venture-backed direct-to-consumer startups, tech and Internet companies, investors, media, Wall Street analysts and others to come together in an open and friendly environment to learn, collaborate and evolve. Through Shoptalk’s unique Hosted Retailers & Brands Program, individuals from established retailers and brands who engage with Shoptalk exhibitors and sponsors in up to eight 15-minute meetings (that’s just 2 hours over 4 days at Shoptalk) can apply for complimentary tickets to attend Shoptalk as well as a $750 travel/hotel reimbursement. Shoptalk expects more than 1,000 retailers and brands to participate in the Hosted Program, across more than 5,000 meetings.

“Since we launched Shoptalk just over two years ago, we’ve created an entirely new and modern retail and ecommerce narrative and community of innovators, breaking down major, now-stale silos across the industry,” said Anil D. Aggarwal, founder and chief executive officer of Shoptalk. “Our third U.S. event is tracking for over 7,500 attendees up from 5,600 in 2017 and 3,100 in 2016—making Shoptalk the largest American conference for retail and ecommerce innovation.”

Aggarwal continued, “We are excited to partner with FMI, which will support us on all aspects of Grocerytalk as we bring innovation in the grocery and consumer packaged goods industries together with many other verticals for a comprehensive view of disruption. Working with FMI is a breath of fresh air in an industry where many have not even started the critical transition from the legacy normal to an obvious and imminent new normal.”

“In sunsetting our traditional trade show, FMI Connect, FMI promised its members a bolder and more deliberate events strategy. Just as technology evolves, so too will FMI and its portfolio of member services and benefits,” said FMI president and chief executive officer, Leslie G. Sarasin. “Quite bluntly, moving our tech focus into the context of Shoptalk with the launch of Grocerytalk allows us the best of two worlds – maintaining the capacity to focus on the unique retail and ecommerce needs of food, but doing so in the grander, more possibility-rich context of the retail world’s exploration of the topic.”

About Shoptalk

Shoptalk organizes the world’s most important events for retail and ecommerce innovation. Shoptalk events represent unprecedented gatherings of individuals and companies reshaping how consumers discover, shop and buy. Each event provides a platform for large retailers and branded manufacturers, startups, tech companies, investors, media and analysts to learn, collaborate and evolve. The next U.S. event will be held on March 18-21, 2018 at the Venetian in Las Vegas. For more information, visit www.shoptalk.com. Follow @shoptalk. Get tickets for Shoptalk here: http://shoptalk.com/register

Food Marketing Institute proudly advocates on behalf of the food retail industry. FMI’s U.S. members operate nearly 40,000 retail food stores and 25,000 pharmacies, representing a combined annual sales volume of almost $770 billion. Through programs in public affairs, food safety, research, education and industry relations, FMI offers resources and provides valuable benefits to more than 1,225 food retail and wholesale member companies in the United States and around the world. FMI membership covers the spectrum of diverse venues where food is sold, including single owner grocery stores, large multi-store supermarket chains and mixed retail stores. For more information, visit www.fmi.org and for information regarding the FMI foundation, visit www.fmifoundation.org.

Contacts:

Rob Wells
Media Relations
rob@shoptalk.com
Berns Communications Group
Stacy Berns/Michael McMullan
(212) 994-4660
sberns@bcg-pr.com / mmcmullan@bcg-pr.com

Heather Garlich
FMI, media@fmi.org
(202) 220-0616

Source: FMI

Amazon-Whole Foods Deal to Heighten Industry Competition

Amazon-Whole Foods Deal to Heighten Industry Competition

The acquisition will further immerse Amazon in the $611.9-billion Supermarkets and Grocery Stores industry, where Whole Foods holds a 2.7% market share.

Los Angeles, CA, 2017-Jun-16 — /EPR Retail News/ —This morning, Amazon announced plans to acquire Whole Foods Market in a $13.7 billion deal. The acquisition will further immerse the e-tailer in the $611.9-billion Supermarkets and Grocery Stores industry, where Whole Foods holds a 2.7% market share.

According to IBISWorld Industry Analyst Madeline Hurley, “Although industry revenue is only set to rise at an annualized rate of 0.8% over the five years to 2022, the transaction will allow the online retail giant to boost not only its grocery sales, but expand its brick-and-mortar presence.”

This is not the first time Amazon has dabbled in brick-and-mortar retailing. In 2015 the company  opened a physical book store in Seattle and now operates a total of eight locations nationwide. Over the next five years as the retail sector becomes even more competitive, retail powerhouses like Amazon and Walmart are expected to invest in both online and physical stores in order to maximize their market share.

About IBISWorld Inc. Recognized as the nation’s most trusted independent source of industry and market research, IBISWorld offers a comprehensive database of unique information and analysis on every US industry. With an extensive online portfolio valued for its depth and scope, the company equips clients with the insight necessary to make better business decisions. For more information, visit www.ibisworld.com or call 1-800-330-3772.

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Starbucks Rewards Loyalty Program Introduces New Way to Earn Stars in the Grocery

Starbucks Rewards Loyalty Program Introduces New Way to Earn Stars in the Grocery

 

Seattle, 2017-May-08 — /EPR Retail News/ — Members of Starbucks Rewards™ loyalty program have a new way to earn Stars as the program expands down the grocery aisle to now include Starbucks® K-Cups® Packs and ready-to-drink beverages.

The expansion more than triples the number of products eligible for Stars through the Starbucks Rewards™ loyalty program at grocery, where customers can now earn Stars on a wide range of Starbucks® K-Cup® Packs, individual ready-to-drink Starbucks®  beverages and Starbucks® Multi-Serve Chilled Coffees in addition to Starbucks® packaged roast & ground coffee, Starbucks VIA® Instant Coffee, and Starbucks VIA Instant Refreshers TM beverages.  Stars collected on eligible products are added to Starbucks Rewards™ members’ accounts and can be used to redeem Rewards at participating Starbucks® retail locations. To learn how to sign up for Starbucks Rewards™ and earn Stars in the grocery aisle, visit starbucks-stars.com and a full list of qualifying products can be found at https://members.starbucks.com/#in-grocery.

Through Starbucks Rewards™, members earn Stars for eligible purchases of coffee, food, drinks and merchandise, by registering a Starbucks Card or downloading the Starbucks® Mobile App.  After registration, members begin earning Stars and receive benefits including a free birthday beverage; free same-day in-store refills; and access to Mobile Order & Pay, which lets customers order and pay for their beverage via mobile device, prior to arriving at their selected, participating store.

After earning 300 Stars, customers reach Gold status. Gold members earn Rewards (a free drink or food item from the menu*) for each additional 125 Stars they collect. They also receive additional benefits including a Starbucks Gold-colored Card with their name on it, and access to exclusive perks like Double-Star Days.

Since its introduction in 2009, Starbucks Rewards™ loyalty program has allowed the company to introduce new ways and platforms to stay connected with customers. Starbucks has continued to evolve and expand the program to offer even more benefits to customers. More information about Starbucks Rewards can be found at https://members.starbucks.com/.

MEDIA CONTACT:

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

SOURCE: Starbucks Corporation

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Dunkin’ K-Cup® pods among the Rising Stars in Food & Beverage according to IRI Market Advantage market research

CANTON, MA, ORRVILLE, OH and WATERBURY, VT, 2016-Jul-20 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: DNKN,) The J.M. Smucker Company (NYSE: SJM) and Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. (Keurig) (NASDAQ: GMCR) today announced that more than 300 million Dunkin’ K-Cup® pods were sold in the first year since being made available at retail outlets nationwide, with sales totaling nearly $220 million in IRI retail scanned data. IRI Market Advantage, a market research company focused on the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry, reported the results and included Dunkin’ K-Cup® pods on its list of Rising Stars in Food & Beverage.

According to IRI’s April 2016 report, New Product Pacesetters: Harvesting the Fruits of Innovation Done Right, over 10,000 new CPG products hit retail shelves each year with generally less than 10 new products capturing more than $100 million in their first year of sales and only half of those reaching the $200 million mark.

“We were extremely pleased with the successful launch of Dunkin’ Donuts varieties in K-Cup pods. Dunkin’ Donuts coffee consumers had been requesting this launch for quite some time and, as shown by consumer repeat rates, they are continuing to embrace the ability to purchase Dunkin’ Donuts K-Cup pods wherever they shop for groceries,” said Steve Oakland, The J.M. Smucker Company Vice Chair and President U.S. Food and Beverage. “The momentum behind the brand remains strong and we are excited to expand our K-Cup portfolio by bringing consumers two new offerings, including Dunkin’ Dark and Pumpkin Spice, two varieties that are consumer favorites.”

“The success of Dunkin’ K-Cup pods speaks directly to consumers’ love for the Dunkin’ brand and the great tasting, consistent experience they get from their Keurig brewing system,” said Mark Wood, Keurig Green Mountain’s Chief Business Development and Partner Officer. “The wide availability of Dunkin K-Cup pods has created new Dunkin’ fans, making it possible for them to enjoy their beloved Dunkin’ brand with Keurig quality and convenience.”

“The launch of Dunkin’ K-Cup pods in the retail channel went much more quickly than we expected and was very well received by retailers and consumers as evidenced by these remarkable sales results,” said Paul Carbone, Dunkin’ Brands Chief Financial Officer. “We are delighted that through our partnership with The J.M. Smucker Company and Keurig Green Mountain that in our first year of sales we were able to get hundreds of millions of cups of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee in the hands of new and existing customers.  As we continue into the second year of our partnership with the Smucker Company and Keurig, we look forward to continuing to build Dunkin’ Donuts’ brand equity and to reinforce our brand’s overall coffee leadership.”

In support of the goal to drive its coffee leadership, the companies also announced that this summer two new K-Cup® pod varieties – Dunkin’ Dark® and Pumpkin Spice – would be available at grocery stores and retailers nationwide. Dunkin’ Dark coffee features a bold, rich taste with the signature smoothness expected from Dunkin’ Donuts coffee. New Pumpkin Spice offers a seasonal blend of favorite fall flavors including pumpkin, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Both K-Cup® pod varieties are made with 100% premium Arabica coffee, and will be available at select retailers throughout the U.S. beginning this month.

In addition to retail outlets, Dunkin’ K-Cup® pods are also made available for sale online at OnlineStore.Smucker.com and Keurig.com, as well as DunkinDonuts.com. Dunkin’ Donuts K-Cup® pods are available in several varieties, including Original Blend, Dunkin’ Decaf®, French Vanilla and Hazelnut. Dunkin’ Donuts Bakery Series® Chocolate Glazed Donut, Dunkin’ Dark and Pumpkin Spice K-Cup® pods are available exclusively at retailers nationwide and select varieties are available at Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants.

To learn more about Dunkin’ Donuts packaged coffee, visit DunkinAtHome.com or DunkinDonuts.com, or follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/DunkinDonuts), Instagram (www.instagram.com/DunkinDonuts) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/DunkinDonuts).

About Dunkin’ Donuts
Founded in 1950, Dunkin’ Donuts is America’s favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods. Dunkin’ Donuts is a market leader in the hot regular/decaf/flavored coffee, iced coffee, donut, bagel and muffin categories. Dunkin’ Donuts has earned a No. 1 ranking for customer loyalty in the coffee category by Brand Keys for 10 years running. The company has more than 11,800 restaurants in 44 countries worldwide. Based in Canton, Mass., Dunkin’ Donuts is part of the Dunkin’ Brands Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: DNKN) family of companies. For more information, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com.

About The J. M. Smucker Company
For nearly 120 years, The J.M. Smucker Company has been committed to offering consumers quality products that bring families together to share memorable meals and moments. Today, Smucker is a leading marketer and manufacturer of consumer food and beverage products and pet food and pet snacks in North America. In consumer foods and beverages, its brands include Smucker’s®, Folgers®, Jif®, Dunkin’ Donuts®, Crisco®,Pillsbury®, R.W. Knudsen Family®, Hungry Jack®, Café Bustelo®, Martha White®, truRoots®,Sahale Snacks®, Robin Hood®, and Bick’s®. In pet food and pet snacks, its brands include Meow Mix®, Milk-Bone®, Kibbles ‘n Bits®, Natural Balance®, and 9Lives®. The Company remains rooted in the Basic Beliefs of Quality, People, Ethics, Growth, and Independence established by its founder and namesake more than a century ago. For more information about the Company, visit jmsmucker.com.

The J.M. Smucker Company is the owner of all trademarks referenced herein, except for the following, which are used under license: Pillsbury® is a trademark of The Pillsbury Company, LLC and Dunkin’ Donuts® is a registered trademark of DD IP Holder LLC.

Dunkin’ Donuts® brand is licensed to The J.M. Smucker Company for packaged coffee products sold in retail channels such as grocery stores, mass merchandisers, club stores, and drug stores.  This information does not pertain to Dunkin’ Donuts® coffee or other products for sale in Dunkin’ Donuts® restaurants. Keurig® and K-Cup® are trademarks of Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. used with permission.

About Keurig Green Mountain, Inc.
Keurig Green Mountain, Inc. (Keurig) is reimagining how beverages can be created, personalized, and enjoyed, fresh-made in homes and workplaces. We are a personal beverage system company revolutionizing the beverage experience through the power of innovative technology and strategic brand partnerships. With an expanding family of more than 70 beloved brands and 445 beverage varieties, our Keurig® hot beverage system delivers great taste, convenience, and choice at the push of a button. As a company founded on social responsibility, we are committed to using the power of business to brew a better world through our work to build resilient supply chains, sustainable products, thriving communities, and a water-secure world. Keurig is a private business owned by an investment group led by JAB Holding Co.

MEDIA CONTACT
Michelle King
Phone: 781-737-5200
Email: press@dunkinbrands.com

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Dunkin’ K-Cup® pods among the Rising Stars in Food & Beverage according to IRI Market Advantage market research
Dunkin’ K-Cup® pods among the Rising Stars in Food & Beverage according to IRI Market Advantage market research

Source: Dunkin Donuts

ALDI to Open 10 New Stores on Thursday, April 21

One of America’s Favorite Grocers* to Open 10 New Stores on Thursday, April 21

Batavia, Ill., 2016-Apr-07 — /EPR Retail News/ — Residents in Los Angeles and Orange Counties will soon be able to experience a whole new way to grocery shop at ALDI, one of America’s favorite grocers. On Thursday, April 21, ALDI will open 10 new Southern California locations, six of which are in Los Angeles County, three in Orange County and one new store in San Bernardino County. The easy-to-shop food market takes a simple approach to grocery shopping that translates into big savings for ALDI shoppers. In fact, shoppers have found that switching from national brands to ALDI exclusive brands can save them up to 50 percent** on their grocery bill.

“California customers who are new to ALDI might not recognize our brands, but they definitely will recognize the great taste and quality, and will love our everyday low prices,” said Gordon Nesbit, Moreno Valley division vice president for ALDI. “It’s clear shoppers throughout the country, including those in the Southland, appreciate saving money on the groceries they buy the most, including everything from fresh meat, fruits, vegetables, dairy and bakery items to organic and gluten-free foods. And it’s our approach to making great quality groceries affordable that has helped ALDI become one of the fastest growing retailers in the US. We look forward to our continued expansion across Southern California.”

The April grand openings are the next step in the grocery retailer’s plan to open approximately 45 stores in Southern California by the end of 2016, eight of which opened last month. The Southern California store openings play a significant role in the company’s strategic plan to expand to nearly 2,000 ALDI stores from coast-to-coast by the end of 2018.

Now Accepting Credit Cards at Stores Nationwide
ALDI recently announced plans to accept credit cards – including Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express – at all of its stores nationwide. The move to accept credit cards is yet another way ALDI is making grocery shopping as simple and enjoyable as possible for its more than 30 million customers each month.

ALDI Grand Opening Celebrations
Stores celebrating their grand opening on April 21 will host an official ribbon-cutting ceremony at 8:45 a.m. The first 100 shoppers to arrive at each store will receive a golden ticket redeemable for an ALDI gift certificate of various amounts, and all shoppers will be invited to enter an on-site sweepstakes for a chance to win Produce for a Year. Additionally, shoppers on April 21, 22, 23 and 24 will receive a complimentary ALDI reusable eco-bag, while supplies last.

“Great-quality groceries and everyday low prices make for an unmatched combination that shoppers love, and that couldn’t be more true than it is right here in California,” said Gordon Nesbit, Moreno Valley division vice president for ALDI. “We are thrilled to be part of the SoCal community and are humbled by the very warm welcome that we’ve received so far. We encourage everyone to stop by and check us out… and start getting fresh groceries for less. ”

About ALDI Inc. A leader in the grocery retailing industry, ALDI operates nearly 1,500 US stores in 33 states. More than 30 million customers each month save up to 50 percent** on their grocery bills, benefiting from the ALDI simple and streamlined approach to retailing. ALDI sells the most frequently purchased grocery and household items, primarily under its exclusive brands, which must meet or exceed the national name brands on taste and quality. ALDI is so confident in the quality of its products, the company offers a Double Guarantee: If for any reason a customer is not 100 percent satisfied with any ALDI food product, ALDI will gladly replace the product and refund the purchase price. ALDI was honored with the 2015 Supermarket News Retail Achievement Award, recognizing the company for its ongoing business expansion and product evolution. For more information about ALDI, visit aldi.us.

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*According to a survey of US consumers conducted in April 2015 by Market Force Information. **Based upon a price comparison of comparable products sold at leading national retail grocery stores

 

Contacts:
Eniko Bolivar
(310) 854-8292
ebolivar@webershandwick.com

Allison Wilson
(310) 854-8261
awilson@webershandwick.com

Sheetz opens new restaurant/grocery concept store for the students and local community of State College, PA

ALTOONA, Pa., 2015-9-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Sheetz, one of America’s fastest growing family-owned and operated convenience store chains, will open a new restaurant/grocery concept store for the students and local community of State College, PA on Monday, September 28, 2015. This location will have a complete focus on the food and beverage offerings at the store and will be located at 129 S Pugh St., State College, PA, 16801.

During the grand opening event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., activities will include a ribbon cutting and celebration featuring free self-serve coffee, fountain drinks and samples as well as games, music and prizes. Giveaways include z cards and Sheetz Swag winners with the grand prize of the ultimate tailgate package featuring a tent, Yeti cooler, grill, chairs. Additionally, during the week of the grand opening, 15% of any menu item ordered on Sheetz’ signature MTO screens, up to $10,000, will be donated to Thon, a Penn State student-run fundraising effort aimed at raising awareness for the fight against pediatric cancer.

“We are proud to open the second Sheetz restaurant concept at Penn State, my Alma Mater,” says Ryan Sheetz, Director of Brand for Sheetz. “At Sheetz, we are constantly reinventing ourselves and bringing innovation to our industry. This new restaurant concept is just one example of how Sheetz will continue to push the envelope this year.”

With only one other fuel-free location companywide located at West Virginia University, this new concept will have a heavy focus on Sheetz’ traditional Made-to-Order selections, sandwiches and salads, prepared food and bakery items, and the newly launched Sheetz Bros. Coffee. The new location will be open 24/7, can accommodate 144 people with indoor and outdoor seating and boasts a Sheetz “beer cave.” Furthermore, the physical space, spanning over 5,000 square feet, will create 35-40 jobs for the area.

At 6 p.m. on October 5, 2015 Sheetz will present a check to the representatives of Thon at the Pugh location, awarding the donations raised from the week long grand opening event. Additionally, the winner of the ultimate tailgate package and 5 $100Z-cards will be announced.

To continue the momentum around the opening, Sheetz will launch a Shwipe and Win campaign that will run from October 9 through November 9, 2015. This promotion will give entrants the opportunity to win prizes such as an Xbox, Beats by Dre™ Headphones‎, Beats Pill Portable Speaker, an iPad mini and more. A winner will be announced on every Monday during the allotted month.

Sheetz is deeply committed to the communities each store serves. The Sheetz For the Kidz® annual holiday event has provided more than 85,000 underprivileged children with new toys, clothes and necessities each holiday season since 1992. Sheetz partners with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, sending over 40 families of seriously ill children on dream vacations to Disney World each year. As part of every grand opening, Sheetz will make a donation of $2,500 to Special Olympics Pennsylvania, a cause that is valued by the company and employees. Sheetz has been a proud supporter of the Special Olympics for more than 20 years with both financial and product support as well as providing event volunteers.

About Sheetz, Inc.
Established in 1952 in Altoona, Pennsylvania, Sheetz, Inc. is one of America’s fastest growing family-owned and operated convenience store chains, with more than $6.9 billion in revenue and more than 16,000 employees. The company operates over 500 store locations throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Ohio and North Carolina. Sheetz provides an award-winning menu of MTO® sandwiches and salads, which are ordered through unique touch-screen order point terminals. All Sheetz convenience stores are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. For more information, visit www.sheetz.com or follow us on Twitter @sheetz, on Facebook (www.facebook.com/sheetz) and on Instagram (instagram.com/sheetz).

SOURCE Sheetz, Inc.
For further information: Tarah Arnold, tarnold@sheetz.com

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Sheetz opens new restaurant/grocery concept store for the students and local community of State College, PA

Sheetz opens new restaurant/grocery concept store for the students and local community of State College, PA

Associated Food Stores celebrates 75 years and is committed to strengthening the grocery experience for independent retailers

Local Wholesaler Has Served Independent Retailers since 1940

Salt Lake City, Utah, 2015-7-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — For Associated Food Stores 75 years is just the beginning. The Salt Lake City based grocery wholesaler recently celebrated the milestone anniversary and is committed to strengthening the grocery experience for independent retailers. The company supplies groceries and other goods to more than 400 independent retailers throughout the Intermountain West and continues to grow its membership with new stores and retailers each year.

Associated Food Stores was established in 1940 during a time when competition from large chain stores and unfair and inconsistent supplier costs drove many smaller grocers out of business. To fight the challenge, 34 independent Utah grocers joined together to create a warehouse that would enable them to survive the competitive nature of the grocery industry. They understood that the only way to survive was to combine their buying power and opened a warehouse that would allow them to benefit from lower costs while maintaining their independence. That same fighting spirit continues to drive Associated Food Stores 75 years later and has enabled the company to grow and serve retailers in Utah, Idaho, Montana, Colorado, Wyoming, Nevada, Arizona and Oregon.

Members of the grocery wholesaler benefit from more than just combined buying power. Member stores have access to store development, retail technology and marketing assistance among other resources through the company. Associated Food Stores entered into retail operations in 1999 and operates 42 stores under the Macey’s, Dan’s, Dick’s Market, Lin’s and Fresh Market banners. With more than 5,500 employees in their corporate offices, distribution center and retail stores, they are one of the largest employers in Utah.

The grocery wholesaler is committed to giving back to the communities they serve in more ways than simply supporting the “little guy.” AFS works to fight food insecurity with regular donations to Utah Food Bank and Catholic Community services. They also support American Heart Association, Muscular Dystrophy Association and United Way and many other local charities. As part of the 75th anniversary celebration, they worked with their vendors to donate 750 personal care kits to Volunteers of America Utah’s homeless youth unit.

“We have had an incredible past and look forward to a bright future filled with many more opportunities to serve our retailers and communities,” Said Neal Berube, President and CEO of Associated Food Stores.

For more information about Associated Food Stores, visit www.afstores.com.

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Associated Food Stores is an independent retailer-owned warehouse based in Salt Lake City, Utah, which provides complete warehouse facilities and services to over 400 grocers throughout the Intermountain West. Visit www.afstores.com to learn more about Associated and the retailers they serve.

 

Petrol Price Hike Presents High Street Christmas Shoppers with £78 Million Bill – Before They Have Even Hit the Shops

Soaring fuel prices are forcing more consumers to shop on their computers rather than on the high street this Christmas, according to independent price comparison and switching service, uSwitch.com. A 15% rise in petrol prices since last November has pushed the bill for driving to the shops and parking the car up to a staggering £78 million – and that’s before any presents have been bought. As a result, despite the postal strikes that were widely predicted to drive consumers back onto the high street, research amongst uSwitch.com’s consumer panel reveals that over 7 out of 10 (72%) people are doing their Christmas shopping online this year.

The price of petrol, which has climbed from 95p to 109p per litre over the last 12 months has done nothing to help consumers struggling through a tough year. While pressure remains on oil companies to lower prices, the situation is not set to improve imminently. The AA has warned that end of the VAT cut will add an estimated 2.4p per litre to pump prices from January. As a result, shoppers heading onto the high street this Christmas could face fuel bills of up to £8million.

However, it is the cost of car parking that is really set to send shoppers in a spin this Christmas. With the average trip costing £9 in parking fees, consumers will be spending a staggering £70 million parking their cars to go Christmas shopping this year – nearly 10 times the cost of the fuel they use for their round trip. Of the UK’s top ten largest cities it comes as no surprise that Londoners are stung the most, paying an average of £18 for up to four hours parking, while shoppers in Bradford are charged a fifth of the price – a meagre £3.50.

In total, uSwitch.com estimates that Christmas shoppers are set to spend £78 million driving to the shops this Christmas– a bill that could be cut by staying at home and buying gifts on the internet. According to research amongst uSwitch.com’s consumer opinion panel, the recession has given rise to a new generation of online shoppers. And, contrary to speculation that postal strikes and high street discounts are preventing people from logging on, 1 in 5 (19%) consumers say they have increased the amount of web-based purchases made since the downturn began. A further quarter (26%) are planning to increase the amount of purchases they make via the web this Christmas and 6 out of 10 (59%) believe there are better bargains to be had online than on the high street.

According to the research, internet shopping has varied appeal. 75% appreciate the ease and convenience of surf-shopping compared with trudging the high street, whilst 44% cite the ability to purchase specialist items that aren’t available anywhere else as the web’s main plus point. In addition, nearly three quarters of consumers (72%) state that they find it easier to stick to a budget when shopping online – as they are more aware of the mounting totals and are less likely to succumb to the temptation of browsing. Books are the most popular items purchased on the web – hardly surprising considering the top ten bestselling paperbacks are currently offered online with a 55% discount on the recommended retail price.

Online retailers have seen a 14% growth in year on year sales with UK consumers spending an estimated £31 billion online between January and August. Amazon ranked as the number one online retailer last Christmas, and with new initiatives such as free delivery on almost all orders, looks set to hit the 36% sales growth forecast for Q4 this year.

London and Northern Ireland lead the way when it comes to online bargain hunting, spending an average of 1.48 hours shopping online every week. This is closely followed by Wales (1.46 hours), the South West (1.43), and Scotland (1.41 hours). Web users in the North East are the least frequent online shoppers, spending just 1.23 hours a week browsing for bargains.

Ann Robinson, Director of Consumer Policy at uSwitch.com, says: “Consumers are fighting an ongoing battle to make their money go further. This year they have had no choice but to take a hard look at their spending and adapt their lifestyles to cope.

“Christmas shoppers heading onto the high streets are being stung not once but twice, with high prices at the pump and astronomical car park fees. It’s no wonder that many are ditching the high street and choosing to shop from the comfort of their own home. Nearly 17 million homes now have broadband – a massive jump from 7 million just three years ago – and it’s getting cheaper and faster to use. With broadband as cheap as £5.99 a month it’s easy to see why we as consumers have wholeheartedly embraced online shopping.”

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British Site Which Saved Consumers $87m Throughout The Recession Officially Launches In The US

Former Gordon Ramsay protégé Mark Pearson is the founder of CouponCodes4U.com, a discount coupon site that has officially launched today and is aiming to save Americans millions of dollars. Mark Pearson worked as a sous chef under celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay at the prestigious Claridges restaurant in London. MyVoucherCodes is officially the UK’s most popular discount voucher code website in the UK.

Discount site CouponCodes4u.com officially launches today, and looks set to follow in the footsteps of UK-based sister website MyVoucherCodes.co.uk, which 15% of Brits use every month to save money on purchases ranging from supermarket shopping to money off on holidays and other one off purchases.

During the recession, MyVoucherCodes was responsible for nearly £1/2bn worth of sales in the UK, the equivalent of $787m. Throughout this period, Brits saved the equivalent of $87m USD, and the company hopes to repeat this sort of success across the Atlantic.

CouponCodes4U already features thousands of discounts and offers from top retailers keen to establish themselves on the site due to Mark’s background, with current deals including $75 off at Dell, 55% off at Amazon, $50 off at Sears, 35% off at Macy’s and many more.

In pre-launch beta testing, the site managed to amass a following of over 300,000 unique users a month, with no formal marketing in place. Over 15,000 retailers are listed on the site, all of which provide discount coupons, which are redeemable at online checkout.

CouponCodes4U.com has over 100,000 coupon codes, deals and discounts live on the site, and regularly generates over $1m in sales every month, all of which point to great success in the long run for the site.

CouponCodes4U is the Stateside birth-child of one of the UK’s leading young entrepreneurs, Mark Pearson. Since the recession, MyVoucherCodes, officially the UK’s leading discount website has saved Brits over $87m in the last year, and Mark hopes to bring his award-winning style to America.

Although there are many discount coupon sites which have popped up since the Credit Crunch, Managing Director Mark Pearson said,

“The discount coupon industry in the States is in desperate need of a shake-up, as too many US websites offer codes that they don’t actually have on the site, or that are already expired.

“Consumers deserve to see the discount coupon codes that retailers are releasing, and deserve to benefit from them too. In the UK, the rules around the discount sector are quite stringent, and I’m looking to bring the same discipline that has made MyVoucherCodes such a success to the US.

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Four in Ten SME’S seeing signs of Economic Recovery

 

Greenshoots: 42% of SMEs are seeing some signs of economic recovery – but only 1% say the signs are strong

•Recovery time: 27% of SME owners predict six months to a year for their business to recover f r o m the recession, but 26% say it will take more than a year to get back on their feet again

•Growing confidence: 81% of SMEs think they will survive the recession – a 5% increase since February this year

•Trading conditions: 58% still finding it tough, but a small increase in the number now saying that the current trading environment is OK

•Recession headache: cutting costs remains the biggest issue for SMES, but cashflow concerns now taking over f r o m worries about falling demand.

Over four in ten SME owners (42%) report seeing some signs of economic recovery, with a further 1% saying that these signs are strong, according to new research f r o m uSwitchforBusiness.com.

And while the Government has been forced to acknowledge that Britain is still in a recession that is likely to be longer and deeper than originally feared, the findings reveal a small increase in the number of small businesses confident that they will survive. 81% now think that they will get through the downturn, compared with 76% in the first quarter of this year.

However, small business owners expect the recession to have a long lasting impact. Over a quarter (27%) say that it will take their business between six months and a year to get back to normal again, while 26% say that it will take them more than a year. Incredibly though, 32% say it will only take up to six months to recover with 14% of these saying it will take them no time at all to get back on their feet.

The findings come f r o m the latest uSwitchforBusiness.com SME Confidence Survey, which tracks small business confidence over time and highlights current issues and concerns facing Britain’s small traders. It shows that, despite increased optimism, 58% of small companies are finding trading conditions difficult (59% in Q1). However, there has been a small increase in those saying that current trading conditions are OK (40% compared with 38% in Q1).

Earlier in the year, cutting costs was the biggest issue for SMEs and this remains the case today with 58% of companies actively looking for ways to cut back. Similarly, the number of small companies reporting a drop in demand remains unchanged f r o m Q1 (34%). However, 35% are now experiencing cashflow concerns (up f r o m 33%) making cashflow the second biggest concern facing SME owners today.

In Q1, 19% said that the recession was having no impact on their business at all. Today this has dropped to 14%. Overall though, 62% of SME owners report that the recession has been tough, but manageable. Only 18% say that it has been very damaging to their business.

Looking forward to 2010, and with many clearly believing that there is light at the end of the tunnel, SMEs say that their biggest challenges will be increasing sales/turnover (39%), getting over the recession (19%), dealing with regulation and red tape (15%) and overcoming issues with late payments and cashflow (12%).

Jake Ridge, small business expert at www.uswitchforbusiness.com, says: “Despite having the odds stacked against them, Britain’s SMEs have battled to stay afloat and to survive the recession. It has meant making tough decisions and inevitably most small businesses have felt some pain, whether having to lay off staff, find ways to cut costs or learning to combat cashflow concerns. In the first quarter of 2009, 59% were looking for ways to cut costs and this strategy seems to have paid off as most small businesses are now feeling confident about surviving this downturn.

“Small business owners are not feeling complacent though – 43% can see signs of recovery but they know they are not out of the woods yet. They are continuing to keep a tight lid on costs and know that the next challenge comes at the end of the recession when they begin the task of building their businesses back up again.

“In this climate, shopping around for your next energy contract makes sense as no business can afford to be paying more for their energy than competitors. Once they are paying the lowest possible price for the energy they use, businesses can then focus on using less of it – these two simple steps will help them reduce costs substantially and will be a good habit to get into for the challenging times ahead.”

uSwitchforBusiness can save your business money by helping you make smarter decisions about your business electricity, communications and insurance.

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Shared Online Coupon Codes At CouponChief.com

Several shops and stores create schemes to attract consumers into purchasing their products; you name it, f r o m food to fashion. One of the best schemes that have gotten the attention of consumers for so many years has been coupons. Coupons used to be found in newspapers and interested shoppers used to cut them out and bring them to their desired store and buy their discounted items. Coupons gives consumers the best deal at the same time giving the stores good sales because of the amount of people coming due to the coupons.

Coupons are now brought into a whole new level. One does not need to search for newspaper coupon clippings and cut them out. Coupons can now be found through the internet—the online coupons. There is only one site of this caliber where one can get reputable brand name online coupons, and that is at CouponChief.com.

When coupons were only available at newspapers, there is no one you could ask or confirm if the coupons are actually worth their sale or discounts. Wrong information usually wastes time and energy. Several ads even commit false advertising. So how does CouponChief.com help makes these common mistakes better?

At CouponChief.com, everyone is involved. This is not only a place where you can obtain Online Coupons. This website also allows its members to comment on the online coupons available. Sharing of knowledge and information greatly helps other consumers on whether the coupon is a good sale or not, or if the quality or services are good, etc.

CouponChief.com is always u p d a t e d. When a certain coupon reaches the expiry date, it is removed f r o m the site. In this manner, consumers will not have a misconception that an online coupon is still valid for the item for sale or an available service.

The online coupons are called the coupon codes. Since coupons are found online rather than on a piece of paper, coupons are now inputted into codes. Coupon codes are easy to obtain as newspaper coupons. All you have to do is visit CouponChief.com, and it will allow you to search for available coupons of almost every and nay item for sale, such as jewelries, toys, gardening materials, clothes, health, sporting goods, furniture, gadgets, etc.

Krissy Lim is an active and satisfied member of CouponChief.com. She has also shared numerous Coupon codes to other members, which made her enjoy the 2% revenue earnings. With CouponChief.com, there is nothing to lose.

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New Research Reveals That 31 Million (73%) Shoppers Are Taking Matters Into Their Own Hands By Opting For Supermarket Own Brand Labels In Order to Save Money

As food price increases start to slow down, it’s not just the supermarkets that are busy battling the pricing war. New research from uSwitch.com reveals that 31 million (73%) shoppers are taking matters into their own hands by opting for supermarket own brand labels in a bid to save money on the weekly shop. This figure has tripled since August 2008 when just a quarter (25%) of shoppers were ditching premium labels to lighten the financial load of the weekly trolley dash.

Much of this increase can be attributed to supermarkets expanding their own brand products in a bid to stop consumers switching to cheaper chains. This includes the launch of the Waitrose ‘Essentials’ own label range, Tesco’s ‘Discounter’ range and Sainsbury’s ‘switch and save campaign’ which calculates own brand savings. Not only has this activity secured repeat visits from existing customers, according to the recent TNS Worldpanel report it has also slowed the rapid growth of overseas competitors such as Aldi, Iceland and Lidl over the past few months.

Overall, this research has revealed that nine out of ten (90%) UK adults now use recession-busting shopping strategies when they do the weekly shop. Money off vouchers have also reached the top of the shopping list with the number of frugal consumers’ regularly using these has also shot up to 74%, compared with 26% last year. In addition, a fifth of shoppers (20%) now compare prices online before taking a trip down the aisles, this has more than tripled from just 6% in August 2008.

When it comes to shopping online 6.4 million consumers now claim to avoid the hustle bustle of their local supermarket by carrying out their weekly food shop online. Again, this has tripled from just 5% of consumers in August 2008. In fact, this is becoming so popular with consumers, industry commentators predict that the value of online food sales could hit £8 billion by 2011.

These recessionary cut backs could also have positive lifestyle implications for many savvy shoppers as they revert to the good life. Almost a fifth of consumers have now taken to growing their own fruit and vegetables, up from just 8% in August 2008. This has created a waiting list for allotments across the country amongst those who do not have the option at home. Just this week, Tesco has applied for planning permission to create allotments for rent at its Dobbies Garden Centre – they also plan to sell allotment starter kits.

As a result of ‘pinching the pennies’ becoming very much the new ‘splashing the cash’, figures suggest supermarkets may turn out to be one of the few winners in the recession. For example, Morrisons has just surprised the market with an unscheduled trading update indicating full year profits would be £70 million ahead of expectations. Share prices in Sainsbury’s and Tesco have also experienced a rise.

Rumina Hassam, personal finance expert at uSwitch.com, says: “In the face of uncertain economic forecasts, continued volatility in the housing market, and worrying increases in national unemployment, Brits are making savvy cutbacks to their fundamental spending routine to beat the recession at its own game.

“The number of Brits making basic changes to their weekly food shopping patterns has increased dramatically since last year, as the effects of the recession continue to amplify. However, despite the economic outlook remaining uncertain, consumers may find they have the last laugh – as the lessons learnt from the schooling in savviness they are currently experiencing as a result of the recession will remain vital, even long after the economy recovers.”

About uSwitch:
uSwitch.com is a free, impartial online and telephone-based comparison and switching service, helping consumers compare prices on gas, electricity, water, heating cover, home telephone, broadband, digital television, mobile phones, personal finance products and car insurance.

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Finally, Grocery Delivery Service Is Available In Houston, TX From Lonestarshopping.Com!!!

Its been an incredibly long time since Houston, TX had grocery delivery. Failed supergiant Webgrocer failed Houston almost a decade ago. The only grocery delivery that’s been available is from Rice Epicurean, a brick and mortar niche grocery store that serves a limited region of houston with $7 grocery deliveries.

LonestarShopping.com boasts an online shopping cart of over 10,000 products, with shoppers that live near you ready to go shop at your local HEB. Or, if you want them to go to a different store like Whole Foods you can just type your list in from scratch and tell the shopper/driver to go get it!!

This is not a traditional warehouse style grocery delivery service, nor is it one that is allied with a few brick and mortar grocery stores around town. Instead LonestarShopping.com links independent work from home shoppers with customers who need grocery delivery service in Houston, TX.

LonestarShopping provides a shopping cart simlator: a web portal for customers to have the experience of shopping online. The end result however is a textbox with a grocery list in it for for the local shopper/driver to go and pick at a local supermarket. Aside from providing the shopping cart simulator lonestar also provides innovative web page to help process payments between shoppers and customers, back end shopper software, and generalized electronic facilitation of the online grocery shopping and delivery process. LonestarShopping also keeps feedback reports from customers and manages the independent grocery shoppers to some extent.

The LonestarShopping staff are actually self-employed work from home grocery shoppers, and they constitute the bulk of the company’s public interaction. These independent “Lonestar” shoppers can each have their own rates for grocery delivery and they each cover different regions of Houston. Prices for delivery vary according to delivery – often the minimum delivery fee is around $25 which is less than you’d probably pay for a taxi to the grocery store. And remember unlike ordering from Rice Epicurean there are absolutely NO product mark ups – you pay what the local supermarkets are charging (either HEB if you build your list using the shopping cart, or any other store if you type your list in manually).

Order online at www.LonestarShopping.com

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City Sackers Online Grocery Store Looks To Provide Fast, Reliable And Inexpensive Grocery Delivery To Austinites

Now all citizens of the greater Austin area are able to shop for thousands of groceries, without leaving their home. City Sackers Inc., an Austin based online grocery store, looks to revolutionize the way Austinites live and go about their daily errands.

City Sackers has compiled thousands of items into their website’s database to better serve the needs of their customers. Almost any and all varieties of general items found in a grocery store can also be found at their website. In addition to these grocery items, City Sackers has also included numerous organic, household, fitness, and pet products into their inventory.

To many Austinites, the rigors of school or work encompass the majority of their daytime. After the day’s responsibilities have been fulfilled, the last thing anyone wants to do is fight through the crowded lines and aisles of a grocery store. Instead, potential customers can now simply log onto www.citysackers.com and select the groceries they want delivered to their door. Schedule a time that is most convenient for the groceries to be delivered and City Sackers will bring them right to your doorstep. Its that simple.

The underlying benefit of City Sackers is the convenience they bring to their customers. Those without cars would have to comply with rising cab fares in order to get to and from their local grocery store. And most mass transit available in Austin is not conducive to people bringing fresh groceries. With both of those options, people must comply with the schedule of the transporter in order to accomplish their grocery shopping. With City Sackers, they will adjust to your convenience and your schedule.

Competitive product prices and low delivery cost make City Sackers online grocery delivery a true asset to those living in Austin.

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Waitrose, The UK Supermarket Chain, Has Confirmed It Has Exchanged Contracts To Open Its First Shop In Colchester, Essex

Waitrose, the food shops of the John Lewis Partnership, has announced that it has entered into agreement with developers, St. Andrew’s Avenue LLP (assisted by Aquila Developments Ltd.), for the former Glyn Webb DIY store site in St. Andrew’s Avenue, Colchester to be turned into their newest store. The initial exchange of contracts was conditional to formal approval of the application by the Council, which has now been received, so work will now proceed.

While Waitrose only signed up in August, the developers already had an application to open a supermarket on the site recommended for approval by Colchester Council’s Planning Officers. This deal continues to build on the food shop’s ambitious expansion plans, which have seen the supermarket develop into a national brand over the last five years.

The new Waitrose supermarket will have a retail area of 23,000sq ft and will offer 222 car parking spaces for shoppers. Work will start on converting the store in January 2009 with an anticipated opening in October next year. Up to 150 job opportunities will be created for the local community. As employees in the John Lewis Partnership, they will be entitled to a share in annual profits, shopping discounts and a say in how the business is run.

Waitrose Director of Development, Nigel Keen, said: “There is a real passion forquality food here and we welcome the opportunity to bring Waitrose to Colchester for the first time so people can discover more about our brand. We pride ourselves on becoming part of the fabric of a town and we look forward to playing an important role in adding to the vibrancy of the town and offering more choice for the local community.”

Tony Chambers, on behalf of the developers, added: “We are delighted Waitrose has committed itself to the scheme. We believe this will create a real focal point for people in Colchester and provide them with key services at the heart of their community.”

The shop will offer a wide range of quality fresh foods and groceries, an award-winning wine collection, specialist meat, fish and cheese counters together with a bakery and delicatessen.

About Waitrose:
Waitrose has 191 branches in its estate including stores in Wales and Scotland and has just been named Britain’s Best High Street Retailer at the Which? Awards 2008 and Supermarket of the Year by the RSPCA at its Good Business Awards in 2008. The food shop has won more major wine awards than any other retailer and was named Supermarket of the Year 2007 at the Decanter World Wine Awards.

Waitrose sells over 1,700 organic products, over 60 different types of fish and seafood and more than 100 different cheeses. The food shop also enjoys one of the best reputations for dealing with farmers and suppliers

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