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Austin, Texas (April 8, 2021) - The team behind CANTEEN Spirits is pleased to announce CANTINA tequila soda, a line of new ready-to-drink canned cocktails. Made with real tequila for the highest-quality taste, the better-for-you beverages are made from premium blue weber agave in the heart of Tequila, in Jalisco Mexico. 


After the incredible success of CANTEEN Spirits, a ready-to-drink vodka soda that sold over 517,000 cases and won the 2020 Impacts Hot Brands awards, the team that brought you CANTEEN Spirits has done it again with CANTINA, expanding the brand portfolio with this new innovative beverage launching this April. The timing couldn’t be more precise; tequila has become the fastest-growing spirit category in the U.S., with growth almost twice the rate of the total spirits segment and canned, pre-mixed cocktails setting the spirit world on fire with over 120% growth in 2020 (IRI 1.21).

Debuting with three flavors, Ranch Water, Grapefruit Paloma, and Watermelon Margarita, each 12 oz. can is 99 calories, low carb, and 0 sugar with all-natural flavors perfectly mixed and ready for enjoyment. The refreshing and thirst quenching flavors are crafted with precision and passion by the finest artisans and ingredients. 


“CANTINA is more than a drink; it celebrates those who are explorers in both mind and spirit,” says Brandon Cason, who founded the brand in addition to acting as CEO. “We created CANTINA to deliver an artisanal spirit for today’s generation of cultural trailblazers who love quality tequila. Based on our previous success and continued growth with CANTEEN in the vodka space, we are confident we will make just as a significant mark in the tequila space right out of the gate.”


Sales and demand for tequila-based, canned pre-mixed cocktails are gaining in momentum, proven by the latest twelve-weeks sales showing this category growing over +164%. Tequila is the 3rd largest segment in dollar sales, achieving this with less than half of the distribution of the top two segments (IRI 1.21).


CANTINA is now available in select stores and online; and will be available nationwide by May. CANTINA will retail for the suggested SRP of $9.99 per 4-pack and has an ABV of 5.6% per can. To learn more, visit and follow CANTINA on Instagram @cantinaspirits.

Prepare yourself for an adventure of taste and spirit.

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MEIKO Clean Solutions Canada is pleased to announce that TLC Marketing, a well-known manufacturers' sales and marketing agency, has joined us as our newest representative. TLC will serve MAFSI Region 26b, covering Alberta.

For almost 40 years, TLC has worked closely with restaurants, bars, consultants and representatives from the healthcare, education, entertainment, food-production, industrial and hospitality segments – all business segments where MEIKO customers can be found.

The company represents manufacturers of commercial foodservice equipment, parts, tools, tabletop supplies and cleaning products. TLC also provides sustainable solutions that support MEIKO’s business objectives and goals. They’re committed to providing true value and professional representation for their clients through knowledge and solutions, training and support, and the creation of product demand.

MEIKO customers are as varied as their industries. From restaurants to hotels, bars, hospitals, schools, universities, wineries, airports, stadiums and convention halls – you can find MEIKO anywhere food is served.

With similar philosophies and uncompromising standards of quality and customer service, TLC Marketing will represent the MEIKO brand well. We welcome our newest valued partner to the team!

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Canada’s own, Alberta Pure Vodka has won a couple of prestigious awards on the international stage, taking home “Best Canadian Vodka of the Year” at the 2021 World Vodka Awards and winning a double gold at the 2021 International Spirits Competition. Crafted and distilled by the artisans at Alberta Distillers, Alberta Pure continues to drive Canadian Vodka on to the world stage. 

Using Saskatchewan grain, Alberta Pure is triple distilled through carbon columns and has sparkling clarity and a clean, smooth character. A versatile vodka, with aromas of faint smoke, a mild sweetness and creamy bread-like notes. On the palate, hints of tropical fruit and a light but round mouthful with a fruity finish, making it the perfect addition to any cocktail or simply served on its own.

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Today, more than ever, the world needs the power of creative freedom. A force to open up new horizons, to move us forward. A force that brings Lady Gaga and Dom Pérignon together for a collaboration.

This is the celebration of how pushing boundaries of creation, constant reinvention and passionate dedication to one's craft can elevate us, individually and collectively.

Starting April 6, in the shape of an artistic project comprising an advertising campaign by Nick Knight, limited edition bottles and a sculpture designed by Lady Gaga… Emerges an invitation to enter the shared universe of two iconic creators.

Because Dom Pérignon wholeheartedly embraces the causes of the artists it collaborates with, this alliance will empower meaningful support for Lady Gaga’s Born This Way Foundation.

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TORONTOMarch 31, 2021 /CNW/ - WORLD CLASS CANADA showcases top bartenders from across the country who compete for the opportunity to represent Canada at the WORLD CLASS Global Finals in Madrid, Spain later this year. After a series of virtual regional challenges from across the country, 11 immensely talented bartenders were shortlisted to battle it out for the winning title in the WORLD CLASS CANADA National Finals from March 28-30, 2021 in Toronto, Ontario.

All candidates were judged on their bartending and hosting techniques by previous WORLD CLASS CANADA winners, including Jeff SavageChris EnnsKaitlyn StewartShane Mulvany and Grant Sceney, in addition to Lauren Mote, Diageo Reserve and WORLD CLASS Global Cocktailian (and 2015 WORLD CLASS CANADA Bartender of the Year), David Ríos, 2013 WORLD CLASS Global Bartender of the Year, Dan Morrow, Senior Vice President of Food and Beverage at Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE), and Rebecca FelgateToronto-based digital content creator. With a commitment to facilitating a safe environment during the competition, all participants, judges and organizers adhered to local government requirements as well as additional guidelines to ensure a safe and comfortable experience for everyone involved.  

After the final round of fierce competition, WORLD CLASS CANADA crowned James Grant from Edmonton, Alberta as its Bartender of the Year 2021. Originally from Melbourne, Australia, James is currently a bartender at Little Hong Kong in Edmonton.

"Winning World Class Canada Bartender of the Year is an honour to represent the Canadian bartending community and compete on the global stage," said James Grant, WORLD CLASS CANADA Bartender of the Year 2021. "It's been an incredible five-year journey and I can't wait to showcase my passion and creativity at the Global Finals this summer."

Both the winner and runner-up of the WORLD CLASS CANADA National Finals will attend an educational trip to Edinburgh, Scotland, home of Johnnie Walker Princes Street, an upcoming whisky experience for visitors.

James Grant will compete against top bartenders from across the globe in July at the WORLD CLASS Global Finals in Madrid, Spain. James will create cocktails with luxury spirits, such as Johnnie Walker Blended Scotch Whisky, Tanqueray No. Ten Gin, Bulleit Bourbon, Don Julio Tequila, Ketel One Vodka and more. James will be contending for the highly regarded title of WORLD CLASS Global Bartender of the Year 2021.

Since 2009, over 325,000 bartenders across 60 countries have brought their passion, culture, flavour and personal stories to the world through the World Class program.

"World Class plays an important role in driving the industry forward with education and tools to help bartenders achieve their goals and transform fine drinking and cocktail culture," said Michael Armistead, WORLD CLASS CANADA lead with Diageo Canada. "As one of the most prestigious bartending contests in the world, World Class continues its mission to inspire people to drink better and create unforgettable experiences in the process. We're excited for James as he prepares for the Global Final in Madrid, Spain and represents Canada."

In addition to the WORLD CLASS CANADA National Finals, WORLD CLASS Cocktail Festival Toronto kicked off on March 28 and runs until April 2, offering up an array of virtual pairings, tastings and masterclasses, led by some of Canada's top bartenders. For more information, visit

When experimenting with your own mixology skills or enjoying award-winning cocktails from your favourite local bartender, WORLD CLASS CANADA reminds you to drink responsibly.



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