World Food Day: X5 Retail Group partners with Rus Food Foundation

Moscow, 2015-10-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — X5 Retail Group, a leading Russian food retailer, has launched a partnership with the Rus Food Foundation, which provides food aid to vulnerable people across Russia. Ahead of World Food Day X5 has donated an initial consignment of goods worth approximately RUB 4 mln, with the Foundation taking delivery of 60 pallets for distribution among 2,000 families in Tver and Vyazma.

X5 plans to continue supporting families in need in collaboration with Rus Food, and will become the Foundation’s first partner to sell, collect and distribute food aid for low-income families through food drive campaigns at its retail chains.

Stephan DuCharme, CEO of X5, said: “We believe it is essential to help improve living standards across Russia in partnership with our customers, suppliers and dedicated foundations. Food banking is therefore going to be a priority direction for our corporate social responsibility efforts. I hope that this initiative will resonate in the hearts of our employees and customers, and help create a better life for Russian families in need.”

X5 first piloted the project in summer 2015, asking customers to donate RUB 100 or RUB 200 towards basic foodstuffs such as cereal grains, sugar, pasta, tinned meats, biscuits and cooking oil for families in need. X5 arranged collection and packaging with Rus Food managing distribution. In just one week, Karusel hypermarkets in Perm purchased 650 kg of food, which was donated to 60 families. X5 and Rus Food Foundation are planning a series of similar projects over the coming months at a number of X5 Group brand stores in cities across Russia.

“Organisations such as Rus Food engage people all over the world to collect food for low-income families as part of food drive campaigns,” said Yulia Nazarova, Acting President of Rus Food. “Our initiative with X5 has made a great contribution to achieving our key objective of establishing aid infrastructure for families in need across Russia. We hope that customers will support it, and we are truly delighted to have X5 as our first Russian infrastructure partner.”

Note to Editors:
X5 Retail Group N.V. (LSE: FIVE, Fitch – ‘BB’, Moody’s – ‘Ba3’, S&P – ‘BB-’) is a leading Russian food retailer. The Company operates several retail formats: the chain of proximity stores under the Pyaterochka brand, the supermarket chain under the Perekrestok brand, the hypermarket chain under the Karusel brand and Express convenience stores under various brands.

As of 30 September 2015, X5 had 6,512 Company-operated stores. It has the leading market position in both Moscow and St. Petersburg and a significant presence in the European part of Russia. Its store base includes 5,795 Pyaterochka proximity stores, 451 Perekrestok supermarkets, 84 Karusel hypermarkets and 182 convenience stores. The Company operates 34 DCs and 1,393 Companyowned trucks across the Russian Federation.

For the full year 2014, revenue totaled RUB 633,873 mln (USD 16,498 mln), EBITDA reached RUB 45,860 mln (USD 1,194 mln), and profit for the period amounted to RUB 12,691 mln (USD 330 mln). In H1 2015, revenue totaled RUB 382,608 mln (USD 6,666 mln), EBITDA reached RUB 27,518 mln (USD 479 mln), and net income amounted to RUB 7,942 mln (USD 138 mln).

X5’s Shareholder structure is as follows: Alfa Group – 47.86%, founders of Pyaterochka – 14.43%, X5 Directors – 0.05%, treasury shares – 0.01%, free float – 37.64%.

Rus Food Foundation is a charity organisation that provides food and non-food aid to socially vulnerable population groups across Russia. The Foundation accepts goods donated by Russian FMCG producers as well as cash contributions from individuals to purchase food as part of People’s Lunch, an all-Russian campaign. The aid is distributed through social services, Russian Orthodox Church parishes and private non-profit organisations. Every month, the Foundation helps 30,000 low-income people from various Russian regions. The key partners of Rus Food Foundation are PepsiCo, Unilever, Procter&Gamble, Kellogg’s, Nutricia, Mondelez International, Shake-Shack, Cargill, Bonduelle, Billa, Nestle and Genesys.

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Carrefour Foundation launches its 3rd international food collection campaign

10 countries are getting involved – kick-off is in Taiwan on 16 October!

Boulogne-Billancourt, FRANCE, 2015-10-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — In the run-up to World Food Day, the Carrefour Foundation is launching its third international food collection campaign with support from the European Food Bank Federation and The Global FoodBanking Network. Teams from some 2000 stores will be involved in the project which will run for nearly 2 months across 10 countries: Taiwan, then Romania, France, Spain, Italy,  Argentina, China, Poland, Brazil and finally Belgium. Employees, customers and volunteers will all be drawing on their resources and focusing on helping the world’s poorest people. Their target will be to beat last year’s result – the equivalent of 42 million meals donated and then redistributed to local branches of Food Banks.

From Taipei to São Paulo – nearly 2000 Carrefour stores are getting involved in 10 different countries

The collection will commence in Carrefour Taiwan on World Food Day, and will run until December. Collections will then get under way in Romania on 23 November, with France, Italy, Argentina and China following suite on 27 and 28 November. The campaign will then run in Carrefour Poland from 4 to 6 December, before Carrefour Brazil on 5 December and then Carrefour Belgium from 11 to 13 December.

In stores, several hundred volunteer Carrefour employees will be working out in the field, lending their support to Food Bank workers and helping to raise customers’ awareness, as well as receiving and sorting the various products donated. The foodstuffs collected at store checkouts will then be redirected to Food Bank warehouses for redistribution to various associations set up to help people in need.

In addition to this campaign, food is being donated from stores every day – the equivalent of 89 million meals donated and then redistributed to food aid organisations throughout the world.

Carrefour has been a partner of the Food Banks every day since 1994. Indeed, alongside these collection campaigns, Carrefour also donates foodstuffs to various associations on a daily basis – fresh products in France in particular, as well as in Belgium, Brazil, Argentina, etc. The equivalent of 89 million meals was distributed in 2014 throughout the world, making Carrefour the leading private donor to Food Banks in France.

Giving effectively: logistics support and a skills sponsorship programme

The Carrefour Foundation also provides the Food Banks with logistics support: it cofinances vehicles for transporting products – including fresh goods – and cold rooms for storing them. In 2015, a donation of €209,000 contributed to the purchase of 11 vehicles and 5 cold rooms in France. Since 1994, Carrefour has funded the purchase of 215 facilities for the Food Banks throughout the world. These include153 refrigerated vehicles, 31 cold rooms and cold cabinets.

The retailer also draws on its core business, sharing its logistics expertise: Carrefour France’s Supply Chain Division works alongside teams from the Food Banks through a skills sponsorship programme. The aim is to optimise the way in which warehouses are managed and orders prepared.