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Milan, xx July 2018. Furnishings and Tableware, but that’s not all. There will even be authentic formats, in addition of course to all the latest trends in one of the most important segments of the Ho.Re.Ca sector as a whole. At HostMilano, the Furniture, Technology & Tableware area will once again take centre stage in an event that, from the layouts and furnishings to accessories and ‘turnkey’ solutions for stores, is increasingly attracting the attention of leading manufacturing companies in terms of contract, technology, textiles and tableware. This is demonstrated, by way of example, by data pertaining to the 2017 edition, when the macro-area dedicated to the sector saw an increase in terms of relative importance, which in relation to the type of goods from the companies present, equated to almost 20% (18.8% to be precise): growth both in terms of numbers and quality of the exhibition offering, which, more so in the tableware segment, was represented by high-end manufacturing companies renowned the world over.

Made in Italy: Italy is the fourth largest global exporter 

A prosperous sector in which Made in Italy manufacturing continues to grow. The Tableware boom, for example, is also being substantiatedyear upon year by Fiac/ANIMA data, which for 2017, has forecast a continuation of this positive trend, with a 2% increase in production for Italian companies, subsequent to 2016, which saw an increase of 0.3% for an overall turnover of 865 million euros compared to 2015. And that’s not all! There’s good news too for the export industry, with overall numbers hovering around 568 million euros, with 66% of production destined for export; 2017 forecasts are predicting a 1.9% rise, following an increase of just 0.5% between 2015 and 2016. The Italian furniture industry is also thriving, as demonstrated by 2017 FederlegnoArredo Research Centre data - the industry has comprehensively recorded production values equating to 41 billion euroswith a 1.4% increase; exports, above all, have seen substantial growth with a 2.2% rise compared to 2016 with approximately 16 billion euros, equivalent to 39% of total production, with this figure amounting to 53% in the furniture sector. The positive numbers analysed by Host, from data provided by Ulisse, further underline the vitality of the Furniture and Tableware sector. In the context of global sector trade, which in 2017, exceeded 165 billion euros (with a 5.3% rise in the average annual growth rate in the period from 2009-2017 and a 3.5% increase forecast for the period from 2018 to 2021), Italy is the fourth largest global exporter(after China, Germany and Poland), while the USA is the largest importer by far, ahead of Germany, the United Kingdom and France.

Attention to detail and personalisation are the new essentials

Hybrid and cross-cutting spaces that present different corners with different functions all in the same ambient. In addition to practical and eco-friendly furniture without foregoing desirable design features. Fusion and hybrid also become the latest watchwords in the contract and tableware sectors, in an industry such as the Furniture & Tableware segment, which over the years, has become the ideal territory for innovation and experimentation. In terms of furniture, everything is mixing: bakeries, patisseries and ice-cream shops are opting for equipment designed to aid the store manager, which can also be adapted to suit various different types of spaces and layouts, in addition to creating an attractive and healthy environment for the customer. An example? An unrefined table made by a local craftsman in a ‘mix & match’ with designer chairs manufactured by an international brand, as well as furnishings that evoke tradition, which have been re-invented with a few modern touches. We are also seeing a focus on technology: from interactive tables to tablets and apps, everything is being designed to make the individuals entering a store feel more comfortable. This is the case with colour, an aspect that can transmit a sensation of freshness and naturalness, both indoors and outdoors.

If attention to detail and personalisation are the new essentials for the Furniture sector, then the same goes for the Tableware industry.Indeed, the container or ‘dish’ and everything that surrounds it becomes something that is (almost) as important as its ‘content’. Yet always with practicality, aesthetics and eco-sustainability in mind, whether we are referring to tableware or work wear. Because beyond the individual products, lies the philosophy that underpins the design, which must contribute to offering the visitor an immersive ‘food entertainment’ experience; relatively similar to what happens in restaurants, where the chef becomes the table stylist to all intents and purposes and is attentive to all aspects of the restaurant, from the kitchen to the dining room.

HostMilano has everything: from contract to format

So much more than contract. Increasingly becoming a global hub for everything and anything relating to Furniture & Tableware, year on year Host confirms its status as the ideal stage to get up close and personal with all the latest evolution in the format and ‘turnkey’ store solution sectors.If the numbers pertaining to the space dedicated to Furniture, Technology and Tableware are constantly increasing (with respect to the previous edition, Host 2017 saw a 16% rise in macro-area companies), then the same can be said for the attention that the sector is dedicating to the most innovative of ideas for the professional hospitality industry.

Authentic formats, devised respecting and re-interpreting the culture of both the space and people who work within it, or inspired by the pure and simple creativity linked to sustainability, in the case of shopping centres, stations and airports. Since, if the furniture in a space is one of the elements that essentially creates the ‘dish’, and enhances it, the same concept can be applied when designing large, highly frequented spaces, such as hotel lobbies, airport shopping arcades and the new shopping districts.

The Tablewareindustry companies already registered to take part in the 2019 edition of HostMilano include:  Abert SPA, Alessi, Arc International, Arcturus group, BIT, Bormioli Luigi, Dibbern, Libbey, Masa, Mepra, Rak, Richard Ginori, Robert Welch, Siggi, Schoenwald, Tognana. TheFurniture industry companies already registered to take part in the 2019 edition of HostMilano include:  Armett, Calligaris, Emu, Gaber, Infiniti, Indelb, Nardi, Pedrali, Scab design, Style Lab, Vama, Vondom, The Flame.

All updates are available at:, @HostMilano, #Host2019.

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LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. — After years of diving the most renowned areas of the world’s “sugar cane” belt, internationally renowned marine life artist Wyland developed a taste for the fine rums in those regions. Now, he has created his own blend of rum, carefully sourced from the finest Caribbean distilleries for unique flavor and smoothness.

Hand-crafted in small batches, Wyland Ultra-Premium Rum is aged eight years for the rum connoisseur who appreciates careful craftsmanship. The limited release product retails for $69 per 750 ml bottle and features Wyland’s iconic art on Bruni Italian premium glass bottles.

“Art and spirits go together perfectly,” Wyland says.  “I’ve always tried to create the greatest marine life art in the world, so I thought why not create the ultimate rum to go with it.”

Wyland Ultra-Premium Rum will be sold through select retailers in California, Florida, and Hawaii, and online at The rum is also featured on-premise on Norwegian Cruise Lines’ fleet of sixteen cruise ships, including the new $1 billion Breakaway-Plus class ship, Norwegian Bliss, with custom hull art work designed by the artist.

The silky smooth, 80 proof dark rum can be enjoyed by itself or slightly chilled.  For Wyland, the art of rum is another way to connect with the more than 500,000 collectors who enjoy his art and for the millions of others who simply appreciate a premium drinking experience. It’s also about making connections to something even closer to his heart. “The success I’ve had as an artist not only gives me the opportunity to share my art, but to support the work of my non-profit Wyland Foundation, which is having a global impact in the effort to protect our oceans and waterways.”

Wyland’s Ultra-Premium Spirits line is also slated to include vodka, whiskey, and tequila, each with its own signature Wyland image, as part of the collection. To learn more, about Wyland Ultra-Premium Rum, visit For wholesale and retail opportunities, contact Ed Lukosavich at 702-510-9852.

For more information, or for an interview with Wyland, please contact Jonathan Abramson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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CLERMONT, Ky., Sept. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Freddie Noe, eighth generation Beam distiller and creator of Little Book® Whiskey, is proud to announce the second installment in his annual, limited-release series of blends – "Little Book Chapter 2: Noe Simple Task."

Like last year's inaugural Little Book release, Little Book "Noe Simple Task" is an embodiment of Noe's passion for blending high quality spirits as a means to discover unique taste profiles unlike any others on the market. The 2018 chapter delivers on this vision, featuring an expertly balanced blend that marries the bold and spicy Kentucky straight rye characteristics from Noe's home roots and the more delicate flavors of aged Canadian whiskies that he came to admire following a trip to Alberta, Canada as part of his ongoing development as a Beam family distiller. "Noe Simple Task" is crafted with three uncut and unfiltered1 whiskies, including: 8-year old Kentucky straight rye whiskey, 13-year-old Canadian rye whisky and 40-year-old Canadian whisky made from 100% corn.

"For Little Book Chapter 2, I was inspired to work with the extra-aged Canadian whiskies I tasted while visiting our Canadian distilleries last year, but I knew I had my work cut out for me," said Noe. "The floral, fruit notes Canadian whiskies achieve really intrigued me, along with the aging and production styles that are so different from what we do here in Kentucky. It was a step outside my comfort zone to bring these two worlds of whisk(e)y together, and I'm really proud of the unique blend I was able to achieve."

As the name implies, crafting the final blend for Little Book "Noe Simple Task" was a long journey that tested Noe's skills as a blender. After experimenting with nearly 40 different blends, Noe selected recipe number 29 as the blend that met his precise vision for his second release. Balancing the strong flavor and high proof of the 40-year-old Canadian whisky, in particular, proved to be the biggest challenge; yet, like his grandfather Booker Noe, Noe's curiosity and innovative spirit guided him through to the end.

"Freddie is really coming into his own as a Beam distiller, and it makes me proud to watch him explore his passion for blending and the unique taste profiles he can achieve with each Little Book release," said Fred Noe, Freddie's father and Beam's seventh generation master distiller. "Freddie is a real perfectionist, and he doesn't rest until he's completely satisfied with the final product. I really enjoy his latest labor of love, and I can't wait to see what he comes up with next."

Little Book "Noe Simple Task" was developed by Freddie Noe with the following characteristics:

  • Blend Overview: 13-year-old, uncut and unfiltered1 Canadian rye whisky at 111.9 proof 
    • 8-year-old, uncut and unfilteredKentucky straight rye whiskey at 119.8 proof
    • 40-year-old, uncut and unfiltered1 Canadian whisky at 137.8 proof
  • Proof: 118.8
  • Tasting Notes: Little Book "Noe Simple Task" features floral and fruity notes that balance out the spice from the rye whiskies in the final blend. The finish is long, lingering and spicy with notes of caramel.
  • Sipping Suggestions: Neat, over ice, or with a few drops of water

Already an award-winning whiskey, having received a Double Gold medal at the 2018 New York World Wine and Spirits Competition, Little Book "Noe Simple Task" will be available nationwide beginning in September in limited quantities with a Suggested Retail Price of $99.99 for a 750mL bottle. 

For more information about Little Book "Noe Simple Task" and Freddie Noe's work as a Beam distiller, please visit: visit us on Instagram @littlebookwhiskey.


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(NEW YORK, NY – August 20, 2018)The Fladgate Partnership is excited to debut  two new limited-edition wines this September, Taylor Fladgate Historical Collection Reserve Tawny and Croft 430th Anniversary Reserve Ruby, in honor of the Port Houses’ rich history.

“Taylor Fladgate and Croft are two of the oldest Port houses in the world and have helped to shape the Douro Valley,” says Adrian Bridge, CEO of The Fladgate Partnership. “We wanted to honor that legacy by creating special editions that represent traditional, elevated styles to produce the best available wines.” 

Having been founded more than 300 years ago, Taylor Fladgate remains a benchmark of quality and style amongst regional producers. The Historical Collection Reserve Tawny showcases the producer’s long history and mastery of the art of cask aging and blending. The limited-edition wine was carefully blended from specially selected Ports from Taylor Fladgate’s extensive aged Tawny stocks, aged in seasoned oak Port casks. It has a unique character that balances the signature richness of the producer with a distinctive grip on the finish. The new release features a commemorative, early 18th Century style bottle to further pay homage to the producer’s long legacy.

As the oldest Port house in the world, Croft Port is celebrating its founding in 1588 with a limited edition 430th Anniversary Reserve Ruby. The wine was made with grapes sourced from the highest quality in the Douro Valley. The label displays a reproduction of the work “Sinking of the Spanish Armada in 1588” by the Dutch artist Jan Luyken, which is part of the collection of the Rijks museum in Amsterdam. The bottle comes housed in a distinctive outer tube, making it the perfect gifting item.

Taylor Fladgate Historical Collection Reserve Tawny

20% ABV, 750ml, $59.99 SRP

TASTING NOTES: A core of deep brick red fading to russet on the rim. A beautifully mature and complex nose, full of evocative, subtle nuances. Aromas of plum, fig and raisin blend with a mellow redolence of marzipan and butterscotch. Hints of cigar box, cedarwood and leather add an exotic dimension to the nose. The wine is seductively round and smooth with discreet, beautifully integrated tannins adding an attractive dryness and grip. The wine is full of rich, fruit cake flavors with some fresh plum character emerging on the long finish.

Croft 430th Anniversary Reserve Ruby

20% ABV, 750ml, $24.99 SRP

TASTING NOTES: Deep ruby black colour with a narrow purple rim. The nose opens with a fine crisp fruitiness, black cherry, blackberry and cassis, and aromas of fresh plum. Delicate floral notes of rose petal and violets emerge to provide elegance and complexity.

The wine has the typical Croft roundness and smoothness offset by a fresh acidity and firm but well integrated tannins. The palate is crammed with intense berry fruit and finishes with luscious flavours of strawberry and cherry. A superb reserve Port, displaying all the fine fruit character which is a hallmark of the Croft             style.

For more information, please visit Taylor Fladgate</a> or <a href="">Croft Port. High-resolution images and samples are available upon request.


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