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The Certified Angus Beef® brand honors retail, distributor stars

NASHVILLE, Tenn., 2017-Oct-05 — /EPR Network/ — 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.”


15% Petrol Price Hike Presents High Street Christmas Shoppers with £78 Million Bill – Before They Have Even Hit the Shops

Released on: November 30, 2009, 12:08 pm
Author: uSwitch.com
Industry: Internet & Online

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.


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

Released on: November 10, 2009, 12:59 am
Author: Rich Leigh
Industry: Retail

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.

Discount site www.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.


Four in Ten SME’S seeing signs of Economic Recovery

Released on: November 9, 2009, 9:37 am
Author: uSwitchforBusiness.com
Industry: Retail

•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 from 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 from 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 from uSwitchforBusiness.com.


Big Deals In Shared Online Coupon Codes At CouponChief.com

Released on: October 8, 2009, 3:58 am
Author: Krissy Lim / CouponChief.com
Industry: Retail

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.


31 Million Brits Switch to Supermarket Brands

Released on: August 4, 2009, 4:43 am
Author: uSwitch.com
Industry: Consumer Services

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.


LonestarShopping.com brings grocery delivery back to Houston, TX


Released on: April 20, 2009, 2:31 am
Author: Justin Hays 
Industry: Food & Beverage

Finally, Grocery Delivery Service is available in Houston, TX fromwww.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


Contact Details: 5415 walnut grove dr
Austin, TX 78744

City Sackers Online Grocery Company Helps to Ease the Lives of Austin’s Citizens

Released on: September 9, 2008, 4:58 am

Press Release Author: Kris Green

Industry: Food & Beverage

Press Release Summary: City Sackers Online Grocery Store looks to provide fast, reliable and inexpensive grocery delivery to Austinites.

Press Release Body: Austin, TX September 4, 2008 – 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.

Web Site: http://www.citysackers.com

Contact Details: CustomerRelations@citysackers.com


Waitrose Set To Open First Shop in Colchester

Released on: September 8, 2008, 9:25 am

Press Release Author: Waitrose

Industry: Retail

Press Release Summary: Waitrose, the UK supermarket chain, has confirmed it has exchanged contracts to open its first shop in Colchester, Essex

Press Release Body: 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

Web Site: http://www.waitrose.com

Contact Details: PR Contact:
Charlotte Hutley
The SPA Way
4 Leathermarket Street
0207 403 6900

Tesco report British Shoppers Shun Single-use Carrier Bags


Released on: August 15, 2008, 4:00 am

Press Release Author: Hayley Simpson

Industry: Retail

Press Release Summary: Tesco has revealed the use of disposable plastic bags has dropped by 2 billion since August 2006

Press Release Body: Tesco, the UK supermarket giant, has announced that the use of disposable plastic bags is in steep decline as shoppers in their thousands switch to permanent shopping bags.

Tesco customers have saved a staggering two billion carrier bags since Green Clubcard Points were launched in August 2006. Carrier bag use by Tesco shoppers in the last month is 40% lower than for the same period two years ago.

Throughout the month of July in 2006, Tesco gave its customers approximately 350 million single-use carrier bags. In July 2008, that had dropped to just 200 million.

Lucy Neville-Rolfe, Corporate and Legal Affairs Director said, “We have helped our customers cut bag use by 40% without a bag tax adding to the cost of their weekly shop. In fact, our Green Clubcard scheme helps people save on their grocery shopping bills.

“Our customers have shown us how keen they are to break this environmentally-damaging habit of a lifetime – the “carrot” approach clearly works.

“It took more than 14 months to save the first billion bags but the second billion was achieved in less than 9 months, showing that the trend is rapidly gaining support.

“Even the most committed greenies occasionally forget to bring their shopping bags with them, so there will always be carrier bags available free of charge. We want to help our customers remember to reuse their bags, rather than punish them when they forget.”

Tesco Green Clubcard Points are awarded to customers for every bag they do not use. Using a large shopping bag could therefore result in a reward of 2 or 3 points.

The supermarket has already sent its 12 million Clubcard customers a new key fob which carries a reminder to bring their bags with them. There will also be ‘reminder banners’ in store car parks..

Tesco has also introduced a range of affordable and attractive reusable bags to make it more appealing for customers to make the switch. Tesco brought in Cath Kidston – one of Britain’s best-loved designers – to extend its range with bags made from recycled plastic bottles. Tesco originally commissioned six bag designs from Cath Kidston but, due to their huge popularity, has now extended that to eight, including a special design for Christmas.

The Tesco Charity of the Year, Marie Curie Cancer Care, receives a 50 pence donation for every bag sold. A new vintage-inspired bag design hits Tesco stores this week.

About Tesco:
Tesco plc, a UK-based international grocery and merchandising retailer, is Britain’s largest supplier and the world’s third largest grocery retailer, by both global sales and domestic market share.

Founded as a food specialist in 1929, Tesco has now expanded into diverse areas such as music downloads, wine, furniture, laptops, telecoms and even dishwashers. The company employs over 250,000 people, operates 1,779 stores across Europe and Asia and serves over 15 million customers.

Web Site: http://www.tesco.com/winestore

Contact Details: Hayley Simpson
Tesco Corporate & Legal Affairs
New Tesco House
Delamare Road
T: 01992 644645