Foodstuffs North Island: New Zealand summer stonefruit season is here!

The summer stonefruit season is only 10 weeks long, from mid-December to March, but New Zealanders certainly make the most of it.

Auckland, New Zealand, 2017-Dec-13 — /EPR Retail News/ — Figures from Summerfruit NZ show that in the 2016-17 season, New Zealanders consumed 4,064 tonnes of nectarines; 3,579 tonnes of peaches; 2,366 tonnes of plums; 1,737 tonnes of apricots and 1,683 tonnes of cherries.

Export volumes are much lower – apart from cherries, which do well in Asian countries. Around 66% of New Zealand’s cherries are exported – some 3,396 tonnes last year.
“Stonefruit is very much a summer product, and there’s a sense of urgency about it, because by the end of March it’s all gone,” Chairman of the Yummy Fruit Company John Paynter says. “When the weather is warm, people love summerfruit, it sells so well.”

Over those 10 weeks, the Yummy Fruit Company produces 2 million kilos of stonefruit from its Hawkes Bay orchards. Of this, 70 percent is sold through Foodstuffs’ supermarkets – New World, PAK’nSAVE and Four Square.

“We have a long-standing relationship with the Yummy Fruit Company,” Foodstuffs North Island’s GM Merchandise David Stewart says. “The quality of the stonefruit they provide us with is superb – our customers really look forward to it,” he says.

John Paynter and his sons are the fourth and fifth generation of Paynters to be involved in this family business.

“My family started growing fruit in Nelson in 1862, so that’s 155 years. I founded the Yummy brand in 1974. It’s a story of survival really. You don’t do this for the money – if you didn’t enjoy it, it would be really hard work. I have 100 people on my role of honour, who’ve been with the company for five years or more. There are some who’ve been with us for 40 years. The corporate knowledge is immense. You learn it on the job, it’s not something you learn at university. They are unbelievably dedicated people, and I want all of them to treat the business as if they own it.

“Our staff work six days a week over the summer, and long hours. The vagaries of the weather affect the dynamics of the business. You can have the best-laid plans, and then it’s wet in the morning. So our staff have to be very dedicated.

“During the harvest we have up to 600 people working for us, and 300 in the off-season. Some come back to work for us every season.

“Most of my friends are retired, but I still enjoy what I do. I still do a lot of store visits myself. Last year, we did 100 around Auckland. I know all the produce managers and they know me.

“A stonefruit tree lasts 15 years, so every year we produce new trees in our company nursery.

The company has eight orchard operations covering some 600ha of the Heretaunga Plains.
“When I started in the business, we only had five hectares,” John says.
“We are always combing the world for new varieties of nectarines from Europe and America to bring to New Zealand. It takes 10 years to get it into production from when we first see it. We’re always looking for better taste, bigger fruit and nicer colours – all the things that appeal to consumers.

“In the last few years we’ve introduced nectarines with different flavour profiles and colourings. We have a range of yellow and white flesh nectarines. Some of them taste like the nectarines of old – these are our Classic range. Then there are our sweeter nectarines – our Hunny range – which are not as tart. They have a broad appeal and are now our number one stonefruit product. We also have white flesh pearl nectarines.”

Schoolchildren know the Yummy brand well, because they can collect the Yummy stickers from their fruit on behalf of their school. The schools then exchange the stickers for new sports equipment every year.

John Paynter and his team are hoping for a long, hot Auckland summer.
“When the weather is warm in Auckland, summer fruit sells really well. It’s such a great feeling when you can’t keep the retail shelves full.”

Contact:

Foodstuffs Communications Team Phone:
0800 376 3342

Source: Foodstuffs NZ

Baskin-Robbins brings summer to a close with one more sweet deal: Celebrate 31

Baskin-Robbins brings summer to a close with one more sweet deal: Celebrate 31

 

CANTON, MA, 2017-Aug-29 — /EPR Retail News/ — Looking to end summer on a sweet note? Baskin-Robbins is bringing summer to a close with one more sweet deal: Celebrate 31. It is only fitting that this celebration take place on Thursday, August 31st, when all regular and kids-sized scoops are available for just $1.50.*

Guests can treat themselves to this special “Celebrate 31” deal on any Baskin-Robbins ice cream flavor, including favorites like Pralines ‘n Cream, Jamoca® Almond Fudge, Very Berry Strawberry and Mint Chocolate Chip, as well as seasonal flavors like Lemon Poppy Pound Cake, Miami Vice, and Peach of Cake..

How will you enjoy your Celebrate 31 deal? A new Baskin-Robbins survey identified personality categories based on ice cream eating preferences, including whether you enjoy your scoop in a cup or in a cone. See what personality category you fall under below.

The Optimist: People who prefer eating ice cream on a cone are idealists who lead with their heart.

  • Those who chose a Sugar Cone are considered the life of the party and are funny, edgy and performers.
  • Those who favor a Waffle Cone tend to be the host of the party, more traditional and nurturing caregivers.

Despite these differences, however, they both share the same core values: passion, peace, and purpose. The top ice cream flavors among Optimists are OREO® Cookies ‘n Cream and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough.

The Realist: Those who would rather enjoy ice cream in a bowl or cup are analytical types who are rational thinkers. They are responsible, dutiful, family-oriented and hard working. Their favorite ice cream flavor is Chocolate.

What flavor will you chose to Celebrate 31? Let us know on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

To stay up to date on all things Baskin-Robbins, sign up for our email news alerts at news.baskinrobbins.com/alerts.

* Offer valid on August 31st. Participation may vary. Scoop offer good on every size scoop. All listed flavors are optional amongst Baskin-Robbins’ stores. Waffle cones and toppings are extra. Cannot be combined with other offers. Plus applicable tax.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Dunkin’ Brands Media Relations
Email: press@dunkinbrands.com

Source: Baskin-Robbins

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ShopRite launches in-store campaign “Go H2O” to help customers stay hydrated this summer

Supermarket Program Helps Shoppers Stay Healthy and Hydrated All Season Long

KEASBEY, NJ, 2017-Jul-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — With summer heat advisories on the rise, consumers are continually searching for ways to keep cool and hydrated during the hot summer months.  With this in mind, ShopRite has announced the launch of “Go H2O,” an in-store campaign aimed at helping consumers find easy, delicious and unique ways to stay hydrated during the dog days of summer.

“Staying properly hydrated is so important to our overall wellbeing, especially during the summer when we tend to spend more time outdoors and run the risk of becoming dehydrated,” says Natalie Menza-Crowe, RD, MS, director of Health and Wellness at ShopRite. “Our new Go H20 campaign is all about educating shoppers on ways they can take advantage of our entire array of healthy beverages, water-rich fruits and vegetables. Plus, by consuming a variety of fluids, fruits and vegetables, shoppers can hydrate and fuel up with essential vitamins, minerals, electrolytes, and carbohydrates, at the same time.”

While young children and the elderly are particularly susceptible to the hazards of dehydration, experts advise that everyone should aim to fill up on fluids and water-rich foods during the hot summer months.  Extreme dehydration can cause possible medical issues such as heat exhaustion and, in some cases, heat stroke.

“Some of the hydrating products we are featuring might be items that everyone knows and loves, like watermelon, which is 92% water,” says Menza-Crowe, “But other products might be more surprising. For instance, we are highlighting drinks like unsweetened coconut waters and flavored seltzers, and suggesting other solutions, such as enjoying the ease of using frozen or canned vegetables and fruits, to stay satiated and hydrated.”

Officially set to launch on July 23, “Go H2O” is the latest entry into ShopRite’s Well Everyday themed initiative. The eight week campaign features fun colorful signage throughout the store, as well as messaging in the supermarket’s website, social media channels, and weekly circulars.

As part of the Go H2O program, ShopRite’s team of Registered Dietitians will be hosting in-store events and activities, plus offering recipes to drive home the message about the importance of staying hydrated during the season.  To see a complete list of events, visit here: http://www.shoprite.com/health-events/

Contact:

Karen O’Shea
Phone: 732-906-5932
Communications Specialist

Maureen Gillespie
Phone: 732-906-5295
Manager

Source: ShopRite

Asda: Scots expected to consume 75 tonnes of strawberries this summer

Asda: Scots expected to consume 75 tonnes of strawberries this summer

 

75 tonnes of strawberries consumed by Scots over summer, weighing in at the same amount as twenty hippos!

LEEDS, England, 2017-Jul-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Scots might not be getting the best of the summer sunshine but they are certainly making the most of the local seasonal fruits, after data from supermarket chain Asda and Scotty Brand revealed that strawberry sales were soaring.

Scotty Brand strawberries, which are grown by Bruce Farms in Perthshire, have become a family favourite over summer, particularly during Wimbledon season, with record numbers being sold across Asda stores.

Last summer Scotty Brand sold nearly 4 million of the juicy red berries, that’s 28.3 berries being sold per minute!

This summer it’s expected Scots will consume 75 tonnes of strawberries during the months of June to August, equating to 800kg of strawberries per day.

Michael Jarvis, Head of marketing at Albert Bartlett and Scotty Brand, said: “Demand for Scottish berries is growing, which is thanks to Scotland’s wonderfully temperate climate contributing to the deliciously sweet taste and quality of our strawberries.

“We work very closely with Bruce Farms to ensure our strawberries are tastier, fresher and keep better for longer. It’s fantastic to see customers continuing to opt for locally sourced Scottish produce, and it’s clear strawberries are the summer fruit of choice, whether being enjoyed simply by themself or with the added treat of cream and meringue!”

June Rose, fresh buyer for Asda Scotland, commented: “Year-on-year, we’ve seen sales of strawberries grow, with an expected peak around Wimbledon and the summer season.

“We are very proud to support local suppliers and in doing so offer our shoppers great tasting regional products at affordable prices, particularly around key seasonal trading times.”

Scotty Brand strawberry punnets are available in Asda stores across Scotland priced at £1.50.

Source: Asda

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Dunkin’ Donuts survey: two-thirds (67%) of adults are looking forward to summer more this year than in previous years

Dunkin’ Donuts survey: two-thirds (67%) of adults are looking forward to summer more this year than in previous years

 

  • Two-thirds of adults are looking forward to summer more this year, and nearly 40% would take a pay cut in exchange for more time off this summer
  • Dunkin’ will also host a special one-day only Snapchat Geofilter Sweepstakes for a chance to win $10,000

CANTON, MA, 2017-Jun-21 — /EPR Retail News/ — June 21 marks the first day of summer 2017, and a new survey commissioned by Dunkin’ Donuts, a summer beverage destination, shows that two-thirds (67%) of adults are looking forward to summer more this year than in previous years. In fact, nearly 40% say they would actually take a pay cut in exchange for more time off this summer. Rising temperatures can also equal rising FOMO, as nearly 40% also claim their “Fear of Missing Out” increases during the summer.

Dunkin’ Donuts, keeping guests energized with iced and frozen beverages all season long, commissioned the independent survey to take a closer look at the many ways people are making the most of their summer this year. Among some of the additional findings:

  • Why are people so psyched for summer? Top reasons include lack of time to see friends and family this year, working harder this year than in past years, and poor weather this spring.
  • What quintessential summer activities do Americans want to do most this season? Number one is a road trip with friends or family, with spending time at the beach or pool a close second, followed by summer barbecues or picnics.
  • Will coffee fuel folks’ fun this summer? Nearly two-thirds (65%) agree that a great cup of coffee makes their summer activities more enjoyable.
  • Sometimes summer fun is replaced by summer guilt, as more than one-third (34%) of adults admit always or sometimes feeling sorry about taking time off from their jobs during the summer.
  • Can you have summer fun without photos? One in six adults (17%) claim they would actually cut their vacation short if they couldn’t take or post photos from it.
  • For more survey results, visit the Dunkin’ Donuts blog at https://news.dunkindonuts.com/blog/Firstdayofsummer.

To celebrate the first day of summer, Dunkin’ Donuts has brewed a fun way to give fans a chance to win $10,000 to help make the most of their summer. Dunkin’ Donuts has created a special summer-themed Snapchat Geofilter available on Wednesday, June 21 only, exclusively at all U.S. Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants. Anyone who welcomes the start of summer 2017 by visiting a Dunkin’ Donuts restaurant and sending a Snap with the Geofilter to Dunkin’ Donuts (dunkindonuts) is entered for a chance to win a grand prize of $10,000. In addition, six lucky fans will win a summer’s worth of free Dunkin’ coffee. No purchase or payment or data usage necessary, legal U.S. residents, 18+. Void where prohibited. For additional terms and conditions, please visit www.dunkinpromotions.com.

On the longest day of the year, Dunkin’ Donuts is also creating the brand’s longest Instagram story ever. Fans are invited to check out the brand’s official Instagram page and follow along all-day long to see live adventures of a Dunkin’ Donuts coffee drinker celebrating the spirit of #SummerNotSorry and making the most of the season. The first day of summer is guaranteed to be filled with fun, visually-stimulating activities, all fueled by the flavors of Dunkin’ Donuts’ iced and frozen coffees.

Dunkin’ Donuts has a full lineup of iced and frozen coffee choices perfect for keeping energized throughout each and every summer day, including new Frozen Dunkin’ Coffee, iced coffee and espresso beverages, Cold Brew coffee, and ready-to-drink bottled iced coffees. For summer, Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants are serving delicious coffee flavors that perfectly capture the spirit of the season, including S’mores, Coconut Crème Pie and Butter Pecan.

Dunkin’ Donuts also has a special summer offer for its newest frozen beverage, serving a small Frozen Dunkin’ Coffee for the special price of $1.99 through July 2. Crafted to deliver the authentic taste of Dunkin’ Donuts’ Original Blend coffee, Frozen Dunkin’ Coffee is made with a special extract featuring 100% Arabica coffee to bring forward the signature flavor of the brand’s premium coffee, blended with ice and dairy for a rich, sweet and creamy beverage to keep guests energized any time of day.

To learn more about Dunkin’ Donuts, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com, or subscribe to the Dunkin’ Donuts blog to receive notifications at https://news.dunkindonuts.com/blog.

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 11 years running. The company has more than 12,200 restaurants in 45 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.

Survey Methodology

This survey was conducted online June 9 through June 10, 2017 among a representative sample of 999 US adults 18 years old or older by Toluna, an independent research provider, under the guidance of RF|Binder’s research team. The results are nationally representative according to the US Census Bureau statistics to accurately reflect the gender, age, income, ethnicity and region of the US general population.

Contact:

Lindsay Cronin
Dunkin’ Brands
781-737-5200
Lindsay.Cronin@dunkinbrands.com

Source:  Dunkin’ Donuts

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Cold Stone Creamery® celebrates summer with new Confetti Cupcake Ice Cream flavor

Confetti Cupcake Ice Cream and Party Like a Cupcake™ Creation are Available for a Limited Time Only

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., 2017-Jun-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — Cold Stone Creamery®
(www.ColdStoneCreamery.com) is getting the party started with a fun new flavor to help celebrate summer. Confetti Cupcake Ice Cream hits stores June 14 and is available for a limited time only.

Confetti Cupcake Ice Cream is a creative take on a classic party favorite that combines sweet and creamy Ice Cream with all the colors of the rainbow to create a delicious new summertime flavor perfect for any celebration.

“Cold Stone Creamery is ready to celebrate the summer with our family and friends and what’s more iconic for those warm summer months than the cool freshness of Cold Stone® Ice Cream shared with the ones you love? We very much look forward to seeing all our guests enjoy themselves all summer long in stores nationwide as we launch our much-anticipated Confetti Cupcake Ice Cream,” said Kate Unger, senior vice president of marketing for Cold Stone Creamery. “This new flavor is made with festive edible Rainbow Glitter and fluffy Frosting. It’s fun and fresh and with the rave reviews behind our new Confetti Cupcake Ice Cream, we’ve taken it up a few notches and created the perfect summer treat with our Party Like a Cupcake™ Creation featuring Confetti Cupcake Ice Cream mixed with Kit Kat®, Rainbow Sprinkles, Yellow Cake and Cake Batter™ Frosting. We’ve essentially fashioned the perfect way for everyone to cool off and celebrate this summer! Join us!”

Promotional Creations™:
 Party Like a Cupcake™: Confetti Cupcake Ice Cream mixed with Kit Kat, Rainbow Sprinkles, Yellow Cake and Cake Batter™ Frosting

Confetti Cupcake Ice Cream and the Party Like a Cupcake™ Creation will be available June 14, 2017 through September 12, 2017.

To add to the celebrations, gift cards are also available for purchase in stores and online yearround. Please visit www.ColdStoneCreamery.com/giftcardsretail.

In addition, Cold Stone Creamery cakes and cupcakes can be ordered online at
www.ColdStoneCakes.com.

About Cold Stone Creamery
Cold Stone Creamery® delivers the Ultimate Ice Cream Experience® through a community of franchisees who are passionate about ice cream. The secret recipe for smooth and creamy ice cream is handcrafted fresh daily in each store, and then customized by combining a variety of mix-ins on a frozen granite stone. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Cold Stone Creamery is owned by parent company Kahala Brands™, one of the fastest growing franchising companies in the world, with a portfolio of 22 quick-service restaurant concepts. The Cold Stone Creamery brand operates approximately 1,500 locations in over 28 countries.

For more information about Cold Stone Creamery, visit www.ColdStoneCreamery.com.

For more information about Kahala Brands, visit www.KahalaBrands.com.

CONTACT:
Jessica Benedick
Cold Stone Creamery
(480) 622-3349
jbenedick@kahalamgmt.com

Source: COLD STONE CREAMERY

NACS Consumer Fuels survey: Americans much more likely than in past years to hit the roads this summer

ALEXANDRIA, Va., 2017-Jun-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — American drivers are much more likely than in years past to be hitting the roads as summer drive season begins, according to the latest NACS Consumer Fuels survey.

Nearly three in ten (29%) consumers say they will drive more in the coming month, an 11-point jump increase from a year ago (18% in June 2016), and a record high for the month of June. NACS, which represents the convenience store industry that sells an estimated 80% of the fuel sold in the country, has conducted monthly surveys related to economic issues since January 2013.

Nearly three in five (58%) of gasoline consumers report feeling optimistic about the U.S. economy this month, down 2 points from last month. Consumer optimism has tracked between 57% and 61% for the past seven months. Consumers in the South are most optimistic (62%), though optimism remains high across all regions.

Relatively low gas prices are fueling both consumer optimism and the anticipated increase in driving. Fully four in five (80%) Americans say that gas prices impact their feelings about the economy.

“Continued strong optimism over the economy and an expected increase in summer driving is great news for convenience stores and other retailers who cater to summer travelers,” said Jeff Lenard, NACS vice president of strategic industry initiatives.

However, there are some looming concerns. While the median gas price reported by consumers remained $2.35 for the second month, nearly half of all consumers say that gas prices rose over the past month. Price increases were seen most in the West, where 53% say gas prices are higher than they were last month. By comparison, just 43% of gas consumers in the South report that higher gas prices are this month.

Given concerns over rising prices, consumers are slightly more open to considering behavior. Consumers say that if gas prices increased to $3.40 per gallon, they would try reduce the amount that they drive. This $1.05 difference between current prices and a price that would change behavior is the lowest recorded in more than a year.

The survey was conducted online by PSB (Penn Schoen Berland); 1,100 U.S. adults who purchase fuel for a vehicle such as a car, truck or van at least once per month were surveyed June 6-9, 2017. Summary results are available at nacsonline.com/fuelssurvey.

NACS advances the role of convenience stores as positive economic, social and philanthropic contributors to the communities they serve. The U.S. convenience store industry, with more than 154,000 stores nationwide selling fuel, food and merchandise, serves 160 million customers daily—half of the U.S. population—and has sales that are 10.8% of total U.S. retail and foodservice sales. NACS has 2,100 retailer and 1,750 supplier members from more than 50 countries.

Source: NACS

MARTIN’S Food Markets to close its remaining nine stores in the greater Richmond and Williamsburg communities this summer

Richmond, VA, 2017-May-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — MARTIN’S Food Markets today (May 18,2017) announced it will close its remaining nine stores in the greater Richmond and Williamsburg communities this summer.

“Throughout this difficult process, our top concern has been to take care of our associates and treat them fairly and with respect,” said Tom Lenkevich, president, GIANT/MARTIN’S. “We know our associates’ continued dedication to our customers will provide excellent service in the coming weeks. We are also making a best in class commitment to take care of our people with a strong severance package.”

The following stores will close on July 10:

  • 6401 Centralia Road, Chesterfield
  • 5201 Chippenham Crossing Center, Richmond
  • 11361 Midlothian Turnpike, Richmond
  • 4660 Monticello Avenue, Williamsburg

The following stores will close on August 2:

  • 253 North Washington Highway, Ashland
  • 12601 Jefferson Davis Highway, Chester
  • 200 Charter Colony Parkway, Midlothian
  • 7045 Forest Hill Avenue, Richmond
  • 5700 Brook Road, Richmond

“We want to thank our associates for their hard work and dedication over the years, and we are grateful for the loyalty of our many customers,” continued Lenkevich.

Contact:

Ellen van Ginkel
Director External Communications
media.relations@aholddelhaize.com
+31 88 6595134

Source: Ahold Delhaize

NRF monthly Global Port Tracker report: retail imports should see steady increases through the summer and into the fall

WASHINGTON, 2017-May-11 — /EPR Retail News/ — Imports at the nation’s major retail container ports should see steady increases through the summer and into the fall, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today (May 9, 2017) by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

“Regardless of whether the sales come in their stores or through their websites, retailers see that consumers are buying more this year and they’re importing the goods needed to meet the demand,” NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold said. “With unemployment at its lowest level in a decade and the economy adding jobs, retailers expect shoppers to continue to increase their spending.”

“In the United States, the economy continues to slowly grow,” Hackett Associates Founder Ben Hackett said. “Gross domestic product was lower than expected in the first quarter but unemployment has dropped to levels not seen since before the Great Recession and, best of all, labor employment has increased dramatically. Our view, therefore, remains unchanged: There is nothing to worry about in the first half of the year, and growth is expected to continue in the second half even if it comes at a slower rate.”

Ports covered by Global Port Tracker handled 1.53 million Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units in March, the latest month for which after-the-fact numbers are available. That was up 6.8 percent from February, when many Asian factories closed for Lunar New Year, and up 15.8 percent from unusually low numbers the same month a year ago, when Lunar New Year came a week later than this year. One TEU is one 20-foot-long cargo container or its equivalent.

April was estimated at 1.56 million TEU, up 8.3 percent from the same time last year. May is forecast at 1.66 million TEU, up 2.6 percent from last year; June at 1.62 million TEU, up 3.3 percent; July at 1.68 million TEU, up 3.1 percent; August at 1.74 million TEU, up 1.6 percent, and September at 1.65 million TEU, up 3.6 percent.

The first half of 2017 is expected to total 9.5 million TEU, up 5.6 percent from the first half of 2016. Cargo volume for 2016 totaled 18.8 million TEU, up 3.1 percent from 2015, which had grown 5.4 percent from 2014.

NRF has forecast that 2017 retail sales – excluding automobiles, gasoline and restaurants – will increase between 3.7 and 4.2 percent over 2016, driven by job and income growth coupled with low debt. Cargo volume does not correlate directly with sales because only the number of containers is counted, not the value of the cargo inside, but nonetheless provides a barometer of retailers’ expectations.

Global Port Tracker, which is produced for NRF by the consulting firm Hackett Associates, covers the U.S. ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach, Oakland, Seattle and Tacoma on the West Coast; New York/New Jersey, Hampton Roads, Charleston, Savannah, Port Everglades and Miami on the East Coast, and Houston on the Gulf Coast. The report is free to NRF retail members, and subscription information is available at www.nrf.com/PortTracker or by calling (202) 783-7971. Subscription information for non-members can be found at www.globalporttracker.com.

NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF.com

Hackett Associates provides expert consulting, research and advisory services to the international maritime industry, government agencies and international institutions. www.hackettassociates.com

Contact:
J. Craig Shearman
(202) 626-8134
press@nrf.com
(855) NRF-Press

Source: NRF

NRF/Hackett Associates report: Retail imports should continue to increase throughout spring and summer as economy improves

WASHINGTON, 2017-Apr-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Imports at the nation’s major retail container ports should continue to see strong increases throughout the spring and summer as the nation’s economy improves, according to the monthly Global Port Tracker report released today by the National Retail Federation and Hackett Associates.

“Consumers are spending more, and these import numbers show that retailers expect that to continue for a significant period,” NRF Vice President for Supply Chain and Customs Policy Jonathan Gold said. “This is a clear sign that the economy has long-term momentum regardless of month-to-month fluctuations. Whether it’s merchandise for store shelves or parts for U.S. factories, imports play a vital role in American prosperity.”

“Our view that imports will continue to be stable despite the uncertainties of the new administration’s trade policies remains unchanged,” Hackett Associates Founder Ben Hackett said. “Despite pre-election promises, there has been little real change in trade policy so far and little change is expected for the greater part of the year.”

Ports covered by Global Port Tracker handled 1.43 million Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units in February, the latest month for which after-the-fact numbers are available. That was a decrease of 14.3 percent from January as many Asian factories shut down for Lunar New Year, and down 7 percent from the same month a year ago. Coming after the winter holidays and before retailers stock up for summer, February is historically the slowest month of the year for imports. One TEU is one 20-foot-long cargo container or its equivalent.

March was estimated at 1.61 million TEU, up 21.5 percent from unusually low numbers last year, when Lunar New Year came a week later than this year. April is forecast at 1.59 million TEU, up 10.3 percent from last year; May at 1.68 million TEU, up 3.5 percent; June at 1.66 million TEU, up 5.3 percent; July at 1.71 million TEU, up 5.1 percent, and August at 1.74 million TEU, up 1.6 percent.

The first half of 2017 is expected to total 9.6 million TEU, up 7.3 percent from the first half of 2016. Cargo volume for 2016 totaled 18.8 million TEU, up 3.1 percent from 2015, which had grown 5.4 percent from 2014.

NRF has forecast that 2017 retail sales – excluding automobiles, gasoline and restaurants – will increase between 3.7 and 4.2 percent over 2016, driven by job and income growth coupled with low debt. Cargo volume does not correlate directly with sales because only the number of containers is counted, not the value of the cargo inside, but nonetheless provides a barometer of retailers’ expectations.

Global Port Tracker, which is produced for NRF by the consulting firm Hackett Associates, covers the U.S. ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach, Oakland, Seattle and Tacoma on the West Coast; New York/New Jersey, Hampton Roads, Charleston, Savannah, Port Everglades and Miami on the East Coast, and Houston on the Gulf Coast. The report is free to NRF retail members, and subscription information is available at www.nrf.com/PortTracker or by calling (202) 783-7971. Subscription information for non-members can be found at www.globalporttracker.com.

NRF is the world’s largest retail trade association, representing discount and department stores, home goods and specialty stores, Main Street merchants, grocers, wholesalers, chain restaurants and Internet retailers from the United States and more than 45 countries. Retail is the nation’s largest private sector employer, supporting one in four U.S. jobs – 42 million working Americans. Contributing $2.6 trillion to annual GDP, retail is a daily barometer for the nation’s economy. NRF.com

Hackett Associates provides expert consulting, research and advisory services to the international maritime industry, government agencies and international institutions. www.hackettassociates.com

Contact:

J. Craig Shearman
(202) 626-8134
press@nrf.com
(855) NRF-Pres

Source: NRF

Dunkin’ Donuts unveils refreshing beverage lineup for spring and summer

Dunkin’ Donuts unveils refreshing beverage lineup for spring and summer

 

  • Spring brings sweet and satisfying Coconut Crème Pie and Butter Pecan flavored coffees, introduction of Fruited Iced Teas and more
  • Dunkin’ offers two tasty new donuts for a perfect pairing with the brand’s beverages

CANTON, MA, 2017-Mar-24 — /EPR Retail News/ — Dunkin’ Donuts is readying for warmer weather with the reveal of a refreshing beverage lineup for spring and summer, led by new Coconut Crème Pie flavored iced coffee, the return of Butter Pecan flavored iced coffee, and the nationwide launch of Fruited Iced Teas. Dunkin’ Donuts also has two new delicious donuts designed specifically to feature ideal flavors for pairing with the brand’s coffee beverages. And, for breakfast lovers, Dunkin’ Donuts is unveiling a pretzel croissant as part of its new Pretzel Croissant Breakfast Sandwich.

Available at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide beginning Monday, March 27, the brand’s spring beverage menu includes:

  • Dunkin’ Donuts’ new Coconut Crème Pie flavored iced coffee offers a creamy combo of vanilla, coconut and sweet pie crust flavors. Returning fan favorite Butter Pecan flavored iced coffee features indulgent butter roasted pecan and sweet cream flavors. Both can be enjoyed hot or iced and in any coffee, latte or macchiato.
  • For a perfect beverage that balances refreshment and sweetness, Dunkin’ Donuts is introducing Fruited Iced Teas nationwide. Featuring freshly-brewed Black tea or 30% Rainforest Alliance Certified Green Tea mixed with real fruit juice and topped with real pieces of fruit, Fruited Iced Teas are available in two flavors, Mango Pineapple and Blackberry.
  • Hot winter beverages will turn to frozen, including Original Hot Chocolate, Dunkaccino, Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate and Mint Hot Chocolate at participating Dunkin’ Donuts locations throughout the country.

Just as specific wines pair well with cheese, certain donut flavors offer an excellent complement to coffee. Dunkin’ Donuts’ culinary team has created two new donuts designed to feature ideal flavors to pair with the brand’s coffee beverages. Flavor combinations, which will be featured by the culinary experts throughout the year, are intentionally designed to elevate guests’ overall taste and flavor experience in both the donuts and the coffee.

  • The new Chocolate Pretzel Donut, to be paired with the Butter Pecan Coffee, is a glazed chocolate cake donut topped with sweet caramel icing drizzle and salty crushed pretzels. The salty pretzel topping and sweet notes of chocolate and caramel provide the ideal balance to the sweet, creamy, toasted nut flavor of the Butter Pecan Coffee.
  • The new Peanut Butter Delight Croissant Donut, to be paired with Cold Brew Coffee, features a glazed croissant donut filled with peanut butter buttercreme and topped with a chocolate icing drizzle. The creamy peanut butter and chocolate icing elevate the subtle chocolate notes in Dunkin’ Donuts’ Cold Brew Coffee.

Also returning is the Spring Flowers Donut, a yeast ring donut frosted with light green icing and topped with flower sprinkles.

Dunkin’ Donuts is serving up a satisfying new breakfast option as well, introducing the new Pretzel Croissant Breakfast Sandwich. The sandwich features Cherrywood Smoked Bacon, egg and Wisconsin Aged White Cheddar Cheese, served on a new pretzel croissant that brings together the flaky, buttery goodness of a croissant with the salty deliciousness of a pretzel. The Pretzel Croissant Breakfast Sandwich can be enjoyed with a Dunkin’ Donuts hot coffee.

Finally, to kick off the season of iced coffee, Dunkin’ Donuts will offer its first-ever national Snapchat filter on March 30. To make it sweeter, the filter will feature four different themes based on time of day. Users will be able to get a different filter when they wake up, mid-morning, afternoon and evening. The Dunkin’ Donuts iced coffee Snapchat filter will be available one day only, on March 30, for all users throughout the country.

To learn more about Dunkin’ Donuts, visit www.DunkinDonuts.com, or subscribe to the Dunkin’ Donuts blog to receive notifications at https://news.dunkindonuts.com/blog.

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 11 years running. The company has more than 12,200 restaurants in 45 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.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Lindsay Cronin
Phone: 781-737-5200
Email: lindsay.cronin@dunkinbrands.com

Source: Dunkin Donuts

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Defense Commissary Agency to relaunch newly enhanced website this summer

Commissaries.com helps patrons maximize savings

FORT LEE, Va., 2017-Mar-06 — /EPR Retail News/ — For commissary shoppers such as Air Force Command Chief Master Sgt. Stuart M. Allison, the Defense Commissary Agency website is a GPS to even greater savings opportunities.

“My wife and I don’t step foot into a commissary until we’ve first gone on commissaries.com to check out what promotions, coupons and other discounts are available,” said Allison, the senior enlisted advisor to the DeCA director. He combines his web surfing with following the commissary on Facebook and Twitter. “The more I know before I enter the store, the more I maximize my benefit.”

Allison’s particular pre-shopping regimen involves logging on to the website on Mondays to the Exclusive Savings section under the Sales and Events page for a preview of special offers and promotions from DeCA’s industry partners. He also stays alert for the new sales promotional packages available every two weeks.

More and more commissary patrons like Allison are using the website to help them maximize their savings before they shop. Website visitors can access Commissary Rewards Card digital coupons, the sales flyer and the “Savings Aisle” for promotional prices and more. Commissaries worldwide now have in-store Wi-Fi services to help patrons access the agency’s Internet resources while they shop.

Based on commissaries.com analytics data as of Feb. 28, there was a monthly average of 300,000 visits to the website so far in fiscal 2017 alone. The top five viewed pages in order were the home page, the Commissary Rewards Card page, the Savings Aisle, the Store Locator page and Sales & Events. More than 60 percent of the visits to commissaries.com were done from a smartphone or tablet.

Here are some website highlights accessible from the menu bar at the top of the homepage:

Locations tab:

  • Patrons can plan shopping trips before they leave home by checking store hours, sale dates and special events on their store information page. Shoppers can also obtain local store news, telephone numbers, email addresses and directions to their commissary.

Shopping tab:

  • The Sales and Events page features the commissary sales flyer. Authorized shoppers can log in to see the biweekly sales flyer with discounted products; every two weeks it reflects products as they go on and off sale. The flyer also contains the “Thinking Outside the Box” recipe that uses products on sale as ingredients for a healthy meal. The page also contains a link to coupons, lists of new products and additional discounts from commissary vendors.
  • The Savings Aisle allows visitors to see every product on sale by store location after they confirm their shopping privileges.
  • Commissary Gift Cards allow individuals and organizations to give the gift of groceries to authorized patrons. They’re purchased in denominations of $25 or $50. As of Feb. 26 and since 2011, DeCA has sold nearly 750,000 cards worth nearly $26 million – more than $23 million have been redeemed.
  • Commissary Rewards Cards open the door to thousands of digital coupons redeemable at any commissary. Mobile applications for both Apple and Android platforms are available for download and allow customers to access to their account, review and select coupons, and find store information such as hours of operation and phone numbers. As of Feb. 28, more than 1.04 million cards have been registered, 90.9 million coupons downloaded and 10.5 million digital coupons redeemed for $11.6 million in coupon savings.
  • Case Lot sales, the Healthy Lifestyle Festival and Guard/Reserve On-site sales. Patrons should check individual commissary schedules for these special events.
  • Commissary Connection. Stay connected with the latest news, hot links to additional savings, shopping sprees, contests, commissary promotions, events and more.

Healthy Living tab:

  • DeCA supports Defense Department initiatives to educate the military community about health and nutrition. Visitors to this page can get information on healthy habits, nutrition, recipe suggestions, food safety and more. Information about how to use the agency’s new Nutrition Guide Program is also featured.

Customer Service tab:

  • Here, patrons can access Frequently Asked Questions that cover everything from “Advertising Prices” to the “Surcharge”; voice their concerns, compliments or suggestions by filling out a Customer Comment form; or inquire about doing business with DeCA.

The website also gives patrons access to DeCA’s social media platforms – Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Flickr and Pinterest. Regular visits to these sites keep patrons tuned in to emerging information on everything connected to their commissary benefit – sales flyers, food safety notices and more.

Later this summer, commissaries.com will relaunch with a new look and enhanced features and access to the resources patrons need to get the most from their commissary benefit.

“As a patron I appreciate what the commissary offers with the everyday savings on the groceries and household products my family needs,” Allison said. “But, if you take just a little time to use your smartphone, tablet or other device to hit the website before you shop, you will get much, much more for your benefit.”

About DeCA:

The Defense Commissary Agency operates a worldwide chain of commissaries providing groceries to military personnel, retirees and their families in a safe and secure shopping environment. Commissaries provide a military benefit and make no profit on the sale of merchandise. Authorized patrons save thousands of dollars annually on their purchases compared to commercial prices when shopping regularly at a commissary. The discounted prices include a 5-percent surcharge, which covers the costs of building new commissaries and modernizing existing ones. A core military family support element, and a valued part of military pay and benefits, commissaries contribute to family readiness, enhance the quality of life for America’s military and their families, and help recruit and retain the best and brightest men and women to serve their country.

Media Contact:
Kevin L. Robinson
(804) 734-8000, Ext. 4-8773
kevin.robinson@deca.mil

Source: Defense Commissary Agency

Starbucks Nitro Cold Brew makes its debut in London; with plans to roll out to up to 100 more stores in UK this summer

  • UK is first market in Europe to launch Nitro Cold Brew at the Starbucks Reserve Bar in London’s Covent Garden
  • Up to 100 further stores to roll out Nitro Cold Brew this summer

London, 2017-Feb-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — Starbucks has introduced Nitro Cold Brew on tap at its first location in the UK in London, with plans to roll out to up to 100 more stores around the country this summer. The launch of Nitro Cold Brew in the UK follows a successful nationwide launch of Starbucks Cold Brew in 2015.

Nitro Cold Brew takes the existing Starbucks Cold Brew recipe and infuses it with nitrogen to unlock the super-smooth, natural sweetness of the coffee, which then cascades from the tap with a velvety and creamy texture that customers can see and taste. It is deliciously cold and served unsweetened, without ice, to highlight the flavor the cold-brewing process brings out in the coffee.

The arrival of Nitro Cold Brew marks Starbucks next chapter of cold coffee innovation in Europe by offering customers a wider choice.

“This is an entirely different kind of cold coffee experience – one we think will revolutionize the category and the way our customers think about our cold coffee menu,” said Maria Sebastian, senior vice president Brand, Starbucks EMEA. “London is one of the most competitive coffee markets and so we’re delighted to bring this to our customers here first, with plans to bring it to more stores around the country this summer. We have an exciting year planned, bringing our expertise in hot coffee to cold, and demonstrating our investments in coffee-forward product innovations combined with the passion of our skilled baristas.”

Media Contact:

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

Source: Starbucks

Ahold USA divisions achieved the one billion bag reduction goal this summer

Ahold USA divisions achieved the one billion bag reduction goal this summer
Ahold USA divisions achieved the one billion bag reduction goal this summer

 

Zaandam, the Netherlands, 2016-Sep-22 — /EPR Retail News/ — In 2011, the Ahold USA divisions set a very ambitious goal – to eliminate a total of one billion paper and plastic grocery bags from landfills. And now we’re proud to report that they achieved the one billion bag reduction goal this summer, eliminating enough bags to circle the earth seven times. Now that’s a lot of bags!

Ahold USA and division associates have worked very hard to accomplish this goal through:

  • Better bagging techniques and increased items per bag
  • Placing items with handles directly in shopping carts (e.g., milk, pet food, detergent)
  • Promoting the use of reusable bags with customers

To celebrate this achievement, Ahold USA’s Sustainable Retailing Team is giving each Support Office associate a new reusable bag, to keep the momentum going and continue to eliminate bags from landfills. On September 17, the division stores also gave out 100 free reusable bags to their first 100 customers to keep supporting their positive contributions to this goal. By achieving the one billion bags goal, the Ahold USA divisions also helped us meet another target of our sustainable retailing strategy.

Conract:

Email: media.relations@aholddelhaize.com
Phone: +31 88 659 9111

Source: AholdDelhaize

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7‑Eleven and Redbox announce the return of their popular free movie night offer this summer

IRVING, TEXAS, 2016-Jul-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — 7‑Eleven, Inc., the world’s largest convenience retailer, and Redbox , America’s destination for new-release entertainment, are bringing back their popular free movie night offer this summer. Movie-lovers can receive a FREE Redbox movie night with every Big Gulp® fountain drink purchase, while supplies last. The exclusive offer runs through Aug. 31 at participating U.S. 7‑Eleven® stores and promo codes can be redeemed through October 31, 2016.

A peel-off label with a unique Redbox promo code is attached to the side of Big Gulp promotional cups. The codes for a free one-day DVD rental can be entered online or at any of Redbox’s nearly 35,000 U.S. locations.

Last summer, 20 million free Redbox movie rentals were available to movie-lovers who purchased their favorite Big Gulp soft drinks at 7‑Eleven stores. It was Redbox’s first promotion with 7‑Eleven and the biggest in the entertainment rental company’s history. Expanding on this success and consumer excitement, Redbox and 7‑Eleven are offering over 30 million free Redbox movie rentals.

“We are offering our Big Gulp customers a new level of value, a cold delicious Big Gulp drink at a great price and the ability to feed their desire to watch newly released summer movies.” said Laura Gordon, vice president of Brand Innovation and Marketing. “Customers can quench their thirst with a Big Gulp during the hot, busy summer days and relax with a Redbox movie at night.”

To find a nearby Redbox location, consumers can enter their ZIP codes at redbox.com/locations or download the Redbox app, which lets users find a location, browse and reserve movies in advance.

“Last year’s Big Gulp-Redbox movie nights exceeded all our expectations,” said Michael Wokosin, VP, digital marketing, CRM and partnerships at Redbox. “Summer is the season when studios release some of the year’s biggest action films for consumers to enjoy in the comfort of their homes. 7‑Eleven proved to be the perfect outlet to reach movie fans across the U.S.”

About 7‑Eleven, Inc.
7‑Eleven, Inc. is the premier name and largest chain in the convenience retailing industry. Based in Irving, Texas, 7‑Eleven® operates, franchises and licenses more than 10,700 7‑Eleven stores in North America. Globally, approximately 59,500 7‑Eleven stores serve customers in 17 countries. Find out more online at www.7‑Eleven.com.

About Redbox
Redbox, an Outerwall Inc. (Nasdaq: OUTR) brand, offers new-release DVD, Blu-ray Disc® and video-game rentals through its network of conveniently located, self-service kiosks. Redbox has rented more than 4 billion discs and is available at nearly 35,000 U.S. locations, including leading grocery, drug and convenience stores, and select Walgreens, Walmart and McDonald’s locations. For more information, visit www.redbox.com and for more information about Outerwall Inc., visit www.outerwall.com.

CONTACT:

Stephanie Shaw
Director of Communications
media@7-11.com

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7‑Eleven and Redbox announce the return of their popular free movie night offer this summer
7‑Eleven and Redbox announce the return of their popular free movie night offer this summer

 

Source: 7‑Eleven

This summer Stater Bros. Markets will reduce its lighting energy use by 50% in all its supermarkets

San Bernardino, California, 2016-Jul-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — For over 80 years, Stater Bros. Markets has remained committed to giving back to the communities it serves and is furthering its commitment to those valued communities by voluntarily reducing lighting energy use by 50% in all 168 Stater Bros. supermarket locations during summer months.

This reduction will decrease electricity use by 425,000 kWh per month, which is the equivalent of powering 470 homes per month and also reduces the possibility of rotating outages during the summer.

“Every day during summer months, all 168 Stater Bros. supermarket locations will voluntarily reduce lighting energy use by 50%, from 12 noon to 6 p.m.” stated Pete Van Helden, President and CEO of Stater Bros. Markets.   “Energy use peaks during this time and our energy reduction efforts underscore Stater Bros.’ ongoing commitment to the environment, community and our employees,” Van Helden concluded.

Other environmentally friendly efforts at Stater Bros. include:

  • Closed-door cases and LED lighting reducing energy by 60% per refrigerated case in 85% of our supermarkets, working towards implementation in all supermarkets by 2018.
  • LED lighting for refrigerated cases in all stores and LED lighting for sales floor in remodels and new stores
  • Energy Management Systems in all stores that control energy usage and demand
  •  “Green Waste” program removed over 34 million pounds of waste to help produce biofuel, animal feed and compost for agriculture
  • Recycling cardboard – over 73 million pounds
  • Recycling plastic bags – over 2.5 million pounds
  • Meat rendering and grease – recycled over 9.5 million pounds to help produce products that are used in agriculture, oleo chemical and biofuels industry
    • Recycling Centers inside each supermarket for customers to recycle paper and plastic grocery bags
    • Printing the company’s weekly ad on recycled paper
    • Donations to local food banks (over 3 million pounds per year)

In addition, Stater Bros. Markets has received the “Best Emissions Rate” Award from the United States Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) GreenChill Partnership for having the lowest corporate-wide refrigerant emissions rate of all the GreenChill partners.  The company is also the only grocer to have seven stores in California that have received the EPA GreenChill Gold Level certification.

“Stater Bros. has always believed in doing the right thing for the right reason and expanding our environmentally friendly business practices is simply the right thing to do,” stated Jack H. Brown, Executive Chairman of Stater Bros. Markets.   “As we celebrate 80 years of serving Southern California Families, we want to ensure that we are doing our part so that the values and legacy of our founders, Leo and Cleo Stater will be enjoyed for many generations to come,” Brown continued.

Stater Bros. was founded in 1936 in Yucaipa, California, and has grown steadily through the years to become the largest privately owned Supermarket Chain in Southern California and the largest private employer in both San Bernardino County and Riverside County.  The Company currently operates 168 Supermarkets, and there are approximately 18,000 members of the Stater Bros. Supermarket Family.  For more information, visit staterbros.com.

Press contact:
publicrelations@staterbros.com

Source: Stater Bros

 

 

 

Starbucks 10-ounce Mini Frappuccino available for a limited time this summer

SEATTLE, 2016-Jun-25 — /EPR Retail News/ — The 10-ounce Mini Frappuccino is available for a limited time this summer in participating Starbucks stores in the U.S. and Canada.

Did you know that Frappuccino® blended beverages can be customized more than 36,000 ways? That’s a lot of options.

For customers looking for lighter beverage options, Starbucks baristas suggest:

Skip the Whip – Ask for just a little or no whip to save between 80 to 110 calories, depending on the size of your drink.

Name Your Milk – Request nonfat milk for a beverage that’s lower in calories and fat.

Sugar-Free for Me – Select sugar-free syrup, available in vanilla, caramel, hazelnut and cinnamon dolce, for great flavor without added sugar.

Have a Light – Order a ‘light’ Frappuccino® blended beverage, available in Coffee, Caramel, Mocha, Java Chip and Café Vanilla, for at least 33 percent fewer calories.

Make it Mini – The Mini Frappuccino is 10 ounces and available this summer while supplies last.

Mini Frappuccino blended beverages under 150 calories:

Mini Mocha Light Frappuccino – Starbucks coffee with rich mocha sauce blended together with nonfat milk and ice. 80 calories, 15 grams of sugar.

Mini Java Chip Light Frappuccino – Mocha sauce and Frappuccino chips blended with Starbucks coffee, nonfat milk and ice. 110 calories, 18 grams of sugar.

Mini Coffee Frappuccino – Coffee, whole milk and ice blended together to create one of our original Frappuccino beverages. 120 calories, 24 grams of sugar.

Mini Caramel Frappuccino – Caramel syrup blended with coffee, nonfat or 2% milk, no whip, no caramel drizzle and ice. 120 calories, 26 grams of sugar.

Mini Vanilla Bean Crème Frappuccino – Rich and creamy blend of vanilla bean, milk and ice, ask for nonfat milk and no whip. 120 calories, 26 grams of sugar.

For more beverage ideas, see 10 Starbucks Cold Beverages 100 Calories or Less.

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Starbucks 10-ounce Mini Frappuccino available for a limited time this summer
Starbucks 10-ounce Mini Frappuccino available for a limited time this summer

 

Source: Starbucks

 

Starbucks introduces Sunset Menu available after 3 p.m. throughout the summer

SEATTLE, 2016-Jun-15 — /EPR Retail News/ — With sunlight long into the evenings, people make the most out of every minute of their day. Starting today (June 14) Starbucks is bringing new treats to savor as the sun goes down with its Sunset Menu, available after 3 p.m. in participating stores in the U.S. and Canada throughout the summer.

On the Sunset Menu are three new Starbucks® Granitas, a twist on the Italian icy treat, made with a scoop of finely shaved ice that is lightly sweetened and topped with bold espresso, white tea or limeade. Light and refreshing, Granitas are available in three flavors, Caramel Espresso, Teavana® Youthberry® White Tea, and Strawberry Lemon Limeade.

“We wanted something that was cool, but light,” said Michelle Sundquist from Starbucks beverage development team. “Our Sunset Menu is a refreshing way to jump-start your evening and take you into a long summer night.”

In addition to handcrafted Granitas, Starbucks Sunset Menu will also feature Trifles. The desserts are hand-prepared with layers of whipped cream and a mocha or strawberry drizzle. Trifles are available in two flavors, Chocolate Brownie and Strawberry Shortcake.

Teavana Youthberry White Tea Granita 

 

Refreshing lemonade flavored, finely shaved ice topped with Teavana® Youthberry® White tea that combines white tea, pineapple, acai and hibiscus.

Starbucks Caramel Espresso Granita 

 

A scoop of slightly sweetened, finely shaved ice topped with bold espresso shots, a splash of cream and finished with caramel drizzle.

Starbucks Strawberry Lemon Limeade Granita 

 

A scoop of lemonade flavored, finely shaved ice blended with strawberry slices and topped with house-made limeade.

Chocolate Brownie Trifle

 

A warmed double chocolate brownie topped with whipped cream and mocha drizzle.

Strawberry Shortcake Trifle 

 

Two petite vanilla bean scones layered with a strawberry drizzle and topped with whipped cream.

For more information on this news release, contact the Starbucks Newsroom

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Starbucks introduces Sunset Menu available after 3 p.m. throughout the summer

Starbucks introduces Sunset Menu available after 3 p.m. throughout the summer