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Weiss Markets names CEO

BY CSA STAFF

Sunbury, Pa. — Weiss Markets named Jonathan Weis as president and CEO. Weis, 46, will also retain his role as vice chairman of the chain.

Weis has been serving as the company’s interim CEO since David Hepfinger departed in September. He is the son of Robert F. Weis, who remains chairman of Weis Markets.

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Report: Data breach hits Tesco

BY Dan Berthiaume

Cheshunt, U.K. — Major British supermarket chain Tesco plc has reportedly been the victim of a data breach. According to CNBC, hackers have gained access to the personal data of more than 2,000 Tesco customers and posted it online.

Tesco has reportedly deactivated some customers’ online accounts after discovering their login information was posted on a text-sharing website. Hackers reportedly took online login data stolen in other breaches and discovered that many Tesco customers used the same information for their Tesco accounts as they did for other accounts.

In an email, a Tesco spokesperson told CNBC that the company has notified customers who are affected and will issue replacement vouchers.

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Starbucks expands in Southeast Asia

BY Dan Berthiaume

Seattle — Starbucks Coffee Company is opening its first store in Brunei, the company’s 64th global market, and its 100th store in Singapore, which will give people with autism the opportunity for employment and skills.

“The Starbucks China and Asia Pacific region continues to be at the forefront of the company’s global expansion initiatives, and we continue to be humbled by the warm reception we receive from our customers,” said John Culver, group president, Starbucks Coffee China and Asia Pacific, Channel Development and Emerging Brands.

Starbucks will open its first store in Brunei on Feb. 16 at Mabohai Mall. The first Brunei Starbucks store has been designed to reflect Starbucks 43-year coffee heritage, while embracing the country’s distinctive local traditions and culture. Key features in this magnificent space include a “slow bar” which serves coffee, using the traditional Pour-Over brewing method, and a floor-to-ceiling glass window. In addition, this store features locally-sourced furnishings, including traditional baskets from the local markets which have been repurposed as decorative artwork within the store.

In addition, Starbucks’ nearly decade-long alliance with the Autism Resource Center (Singapore) provides an opportunity for members of the community to receive the necessary job training and support that enable people with autism to join the workforce and lead more independent lifestyles. At the time of the 100th store opening in Singapore, six partners with autism have been hired to work at the store, with the goal to expand the relationship with the Autism Resource Center in the coming years.

The company is on track to expand its footprint by adding approximately 750 stores across Starbucks China and Asia Pacific region in 2014. Southeast Asia will play a significant role in this growth, driven both within existing markets, including Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand and the Philippines, as well as new markets such as Brunei.

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