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TORONTO, September 23, 2020 

Distilled at the historic Hiram Walker & Sons facility in Windsor, the triple barreled corn and rye whisky is the fastest growing Canadian whisky in the largest Canadian whisky market in the European Union.

Over the past year, Swedish sales of J.P. Wiser’s 10 Year Old have jumped 21 per cent ahead of a strong whisky category performance of nearly 12 per cent. Only introduced in Sweden in 2018, Wiser’s has already established a four per cent share of the whisky market in the Nordic country — nearly double what is held by fellow Canadian competitor Seagrams VO.

“Our success in Sweden with J.P. Wiser’s 10 Year Old demonstrates that there are key markets in Europe where Canadian whisky is hugely popular and long-established brands have remained relatively unchallenged,” says Dave Mitton, Global Brand Ambassador, International Canadian Spirits. “We believe that the quality of our age statement liquid is superior to similarly priced established brands. Our year-on-year growth demonstrates that once consumers have had the opportunity to trial our product, it leads to repeat purchasing.”

Some of the key actions that have contributed to the brand’s success include:

  • Increased Distribution — The Swedish Systembolaget has 418 stores throughout Sweden, and similar to Canada all stores are owned and operated by the government. J.P. Wiser’s performance has facilitated a distribution increase from 60 per cent distribution in the network to 75 per cent distribution on 700ml bottles.
  • Social Media Activity — Corby has supported Pernod Ricard Sweden in developing J.P. Wiser’s banners that have been geotargeted in Sweden on Facebook and local market management of the J.P. Wiser Facebook page.
  • Establishing Premium Price ‑— Successfully implemented a price increase to 231SEK (CAD$35) with Systembolaget which established J.P. Wiser as premium to both Lord Calvert  (219SEK) and Black Velvet (229SEK).
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September 23, 2020

Here are 10 ways that a mobile-based, contactless, in-seat ordering, tipping, and payment solution with full POS integration can help to drive revenue and manage the guest experience:


  1. Provides a True In-Seat Elevated Guest Experience — To thrive, full-service restaurants must excel at offering their guests an elevated dining experience. A mobile contactless guest ordering and payment solution must replicate and compliment that experience. Guests require the flexibility to identify allergies and assign names to each guest in their party. They require the ability to order multiple times throughout their visit, review their evolving guest check, and pay at the end from their mobile device. To fill the need for an in-seat guest solution during these unprecedented times, some providers have rebranded their online delivery/takeout solutions for in-seat use. Unfortunately, those solutions require guests to order and pay with each session, effectively turning their visits into an online delivery experiences within the restaurant. A true purpose-built in-seat solution is necessary to elevate the dining experience and keep the guests coming back.


start="2" /> <li><strong>Facilitates Flexible Food Prep Timing</strong> — When a party of four visits a full-service restaurant, they want their meals prepared and served at the same time. The flexibility in having a mobile contactless solution that can intelligently merge and time ordered items by course will go a long way in satisfying the service standards and expectations of the guest. Enabling multiple guests at the same table to order individually from their own mobile devices, and have those individual orders merged, held, and released by a server/team member to the kitchen for prep and timing is essential.</li> </ol> <p> </p> <ol start="3"> "<li><strong>Ensures QR Code Security</strong> — QR Codes have experienced a rebirth with the release of new contactless solutions. They are now used to browse restaurant menus, order food and beverages, and pay with a mobile device while seated in a restaurant. While static table-based QR codes are simple and convenient, they create significant security risks. Unique order-based QR codes presented to guests at each table is necessary to avoid the following potential pitfalls, including:</li> </ol> <ul> <li>Pictures of Static QR codes used from anywhere, making it possible for someone outside the restaurant to access and view live checks.  </li> <li>Pictures of Static QR codes used from anywhere. making it possible for someone outside the restaurant to place orders on live checks.  </li> <li>Hackers/third-parties can develop software to monitor sales activity and disrupt your business.</li> </ul> <p> </p> <ol start="4"> l>&"t;strong>Minimizes Shared Touch Points</strong> — Amidst a pandemic and likely for the very distant future, minimizing shared touch points is paramount to guest comfort. Offering a safe and contactless solution that enables your customers to view the menu, order, and pay through their personal device will go a long way towards building consumer confidence.</li> </ol> <p> </p> <ol start="5"> "<li><strong>Expands Acceptance of Mobile Payments</strong> — According to <a href=""><"a>, there were approximately 441 million Apple Pay Users worldwide in Sept of 2019 and growing quickly. Based on the figures from December 2019, Google Pay and Samsung Pay combined were still expected to have fewer users worldwide than Apple Pay. A seamless and frictionless payment experience with the global mobile wallet leader ensures expanded acceptance and adoption. Accepting all credit cards is a must but accepting the world’s No. 1 mobile wallet will speed the payment process and reduce the potential of credit card fraud associated with presenting a physical credit card.</li> </ol> <p> </p> <ol start="6"> <li><"trong>Maximizes Labor Cost Savings</strong> — A traditionally low margin industry is now faced with challenges that even contingency plans couldn’t have prepared for. Offering an effective contactless platform will lead to increased adoption by your guests. Guest adoption of these solutions provides an opportunity to reduce labor costs without affecting the guest experience.</li> </ol> <p> </p> <ol start="7"> <"i><strong>Enables Seamless POS Integration</strong> — Deployment and ongoing management of a contactless platform is more palatable with the right point-of-sale integration. As an operator, do you want to force your guests to order from the mobile device or from a server? Do you want to want to make menu changes on your POS and then make the same changes again on a third-party non-integrated platform? The answer should be “No” to both. Enabling both servers and guests to interchangeably add to an order will undoubtedly lead to a better experience. Sharing menus across all your platforms (fixed POS, mobile POS, guest-facing contactless) will create obvious efficiencies and happy managers.</li> </ol> <p> </p> <ol start="8"> l><"strong>Speeds Table Turns & Increases Check Averages</strong> — Pre-pandemic, deploying solutions to speed table turns and increase averages were a priority for restaurants. In the current environment — with capacity restrictions in many regions — this is mandatory to optimize the business. The industry must provide an exceptional contactless experience with server interaction on request and then flip the table for the next group as quickly as possible. Industry stats show an <a href="">8 pe"cent to 17 percent decrease</a> in guest stay when using a guest facing device at the table and a <a href="">10 percent to 21"percent increase</a> in check amount.</li> </ol> <p> </p> <ol start="9" /> <li /><strong />Simplifies Cust"mization</strong> — The in-seat guest solution must minimally offer enough customizable options to match the restaurant’s unique branding. Flexibility must exist for colors, fonts, pricing, food-and-beverage images, and long descriptions for menu items. Guests will adopt a contactless solution that is easy to navigate and enhances the dining experience.  </li> </ol> <p> </p> <ol start="10" /> &"t;<strong>Drives Loyalty</strong> — Restaurant patrons will want to feel valued, and operators will want them coming back. Providing customers with the opportunity to automatically earn and redeem loyalty points through a mobile platform is critical for retention and reducing customer acquisition costs. </li> </ol> <p> </p> <p>To welcome people back to restaurants safely and responsibly, there needs to be a solution in place that will support restricted on-premise dining, limit contact between guests and staff, and actively demonstrate the operator’s commitment to safety and sanitation. A purpose-built, customizable, mobile in-seat ordering, tipping and payment platform not only provide the 10 benefits listed above, but it also goes a long way towards building customer confidence and driving revenues for restaurant operations in today’s post-COVID environment. With most restaurants still operating at 50 percent capacity or less, this is critical to their financial stability and the future of hospitality.</p>""""
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September 22, 2020 (Vancouver, BC) – The BC Hospitality Foundation (BCHF) is pleased to announce that tickets for its online lottery will go on sale Tuesday, October 13, 2020. Prizes for the “Our Beautiful Backyard” Lottery include first-class food, drink, and accommodations in Whistler, Greater Vancouver, Vancouver Island, and the Okanagan.

Tickets will be available for less than 3 weeks, as sales close at midnight on Sunday, November 1st. The roster of 15 prizes features a selection of mini vacations, a personal chef at your home, and gift cards and pub packs in Vancouver and Victoria. All trips are redeemable in 2021.

  • Okanagan Wine Getaway - Dinner for 2, 2 nights’ accommodation at the Naramata Inn, 2 VIP tours and lunch at Okanagan Crush Pad and TIME Winery and Kitchen, and more! Value $1,375 
  • Victoria in Style - 2 nights for 2 in a Chateau Victoria penthouse, with culinary gift certificates to 10 Acres Bistro and Nautical Nellies Steak and Seafood House. Value $1,300
  • Rich and Famous in Downtown Vancouver - Dinner for 2 at Hapa Izakaya a Fairmont Waterfront suite complete with bubbly and chocolate-dipped strawberries, and breakfast the next day. Value $1,100
  • Penticton Beer Retreat - 2 nights for 2 at the Penticton Lakeside Resort and Conference Centre, a Penticton Ale Trail gift pack, and gift certificates for cuisine at the Barley Mill Brew Pub & Bistro and The Black Antler. Value $1,125
  • Sea to Sky Adventure - 2 nights’ stay at the Listel, dinner for 2 at the Red Door Bistro, and gift certificates to 21 Steps Kitchen + Bar and the PEAK 2 PEAK Gondola. Value $950
  • Fraser Valley Getaway - 2 nights at Surrey’s Sheraton Vancouver Guildford Hotel, dinner for 2 at the MIXT Lobby Lounge, and gift certificates to Coquitlam’s Pasta Polo, Rail & River Bistro and Zythos Greek Mediterranean Grill in Langley. Value $1,300
  • Seaside Stay in Sooke - 2 nights at Vancouver Island’s Prestige Oceanfront Resort. Value $650
  • Downtown Vancouver - Dinner for 2 at Lift Bar | Grill | View and 1 night at Delta Hotels Vancouver Downtown Suites. Value $600
  • Victoria Area Pub Pack - Includes gift certificates to 328 Taphouse + Grill, Brentwood Bay Brewsky Taphouse, Canoe Brew Pub, The Loghouse Pub, and The Stone House Pub. Value $500
  • Lower Mainland Pub Pack - Includes gift certificates to each of the following: Central City Brew Pub (Surrey), Fox & Fiddle (Surrey), The Fort Pub & Grill (Langley), Milltown Bar & Grill (Richmond), and Sundowner Neighbourhood Pub (Delta). Value $500
  • Stay at the Quay - 2 nights for 2 at New West’s Inn at the Quay and a gift certificate for the Boathouse Restaurant. Value $350
  • Dine Out at Home! - The Ephemere Supper Club will provide a chef who will prepare a 4-course tasting menu for 4 guests in your own home. Value $500
  • Best Buy Gift Cards - Indulge in the ultimate “staycation” by upgrading your home entertainment system, purchasing music and movies, an espresso machine…the sky’s the limit! Value $500
  • Times Square Suites Hotel and Hook Seabar - Dinner for 2 at Hook Seabar and 1 night at the West End’s Times Square Suites Hotel. Value $325
  • Times Square Suites Hotel and Revolving Restaurant - Dinner for 2 at the Top of Vancouver Revolving Restaurant and 1 night at the Times Square Suites Hotel. Value $325

Our Beautiful Backyard Lottery

October 13 - November 1, 2020

Tickets are available in the following packages:

  • 1 for $5
  • 3 for $10
  • 8 for $20
  • 25 for $50

The BC Hospitality Foundation's "Our Beautiful Backyard" Lottery starts October 13 and runs through to midnight November 1st, 2020. The final prize draw will take place at noon on November 2nd. The event’s gaming license number is 126737. Please visit for prize details and watch for the direct link to purchase tickets on the BCHF webpage.

The BCHF thanks all the businesses that generously donated the amazing prizes for the venture. Proceeds from the lottery will support the BCHF’s charitable work, which includes providing financial assistance to hospitality workers in financial crisis due to extraordinary health conditions, as well as administering a scholarship program to foster the development of the next generation of hospitality industry workers and leaders.

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NEW YORK (September 21, 2020) Lucas Bols, a leading global cocktail and spirits brand based in Amsterdam, launches Damrak Virgin 0.0 this October in the United States. The non-alcoholic alternative contains the recognizable botanicals, including citrus peels, lavender, and coriander seeds, that its alcoholic counterpart, Damrak Original Gin, is known for. Damrak Gin will also relaunch with a full rebrand reflective of its sister product. Both Damrak Virgin and Damrak Gin are available for nationwide shipping via, as well as in traditional retailers across the United States. Damrak Virgin 0.0 will be available via Amazon. Damrak Virgin 0.0 retails at $24.99 for a 700ml and Damrak Original retails at $22.99 for a 750ml; taxes and fees may be added per state and retailer policies.

Damrak is the first gin brand to launch a non-alcoholic alternative, with Lucas Bols’ master distiller Piet van Leijenhorst spending two years perfecting the zero proof formula, ensuring that even at 0% alcohol, the spirit can stand out in a cocktail and mirror Damrak Gin’s flavor profile. Damrak Virgin 0.0, a gluten-, sugar-, and calorie-free distilled spirit, was the highest rated in the 2020 Ultimate Spirits Challenge Non-Alcoholic Spirit category. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that, worldwide, the rate of alcohol drinkers fell by nearly 5% over the past several years, creating the perfect window of opportunity for Damrak to introduce this non-alcoholic variant.

“As a spirits company with a vast portfolio and global reach, we found it to be of the utmost importance to create a product that was relevant with the changing times, yet remained true to our historic roots,” said Brett Dunne, Lucas Bols’ North America Managing Director. “Bringing Damrak Virgin 0.0 to market is one of our most exciting launches to date, and it is a true reflection of its highly regarded alcoholic counterpart, Damrak Gin.”

The launch of Damrak Virgin has provided the ideal opportunity for the line’s namesake signature product, Damrak Gin, to undergo a brand refresh. Lucas Bols’ signature gin, highly regarded for its citrus-forward flavor, has received accolades including winning the Gold Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition. As a nod to its Amsterdam roots, the gin is named for the Damrak, the mooring place for merchant ships bringing herbs and spices into Amsterdam in the mid-16th century, when Lucas Bols was founded, now the city’s central square. Damrak Gin’s fresh citrus notes stand in contrast to a London dry gin. The gin is not only well rounded, but accessible, making it a perfect spirit for connoisseurs and novices alike.

Whether customers want an alcoholic or non-alcoholic Gin & Tonic, Damrak’s duo offerings are the ideal spirit to include. To make a Damrak (Vir)Gin & Tonic, combine one-part Damrak Gin or Virgin and three-parts good quality tonic. Garnish with an orange wheel or two.

Handcrafted in the heart of Amsterdam, Damrak Virgin 0.0 is distilled from 10 botanicals, including Valencia & Curacao orange peels, ginger, lavender, cinnamon, and lemon peel. Citrus-forward classic gin-inspired flavors with pronounced orange and refreshing lemon are easy going and refreshing. While there are difficulties in creating a high-quality, non-alcoholic drink without compromising on flavor, Damrak Virgin 0.0 is truly artisanal. After two years of mixing, blending, and perfecting the recipe, master distiller Piet van Leijenhorst felt the product was ready to be introduced to the world. Without losing the unique Damrak taste, even at 0% alcohol, customers can enjoy a mocktail without the buzz.

Damrak Gin has an unmistakably unique flavor profile. Balancing the traditional juniper notes of a quality gin with fresh citrus notes, the spirit is easily approachable for non-gin drinkers. On the nose, Damrak starts off with an aroma of sweet oranges. Shortly after a subtle spiciness of the gin botanicals breaks through, completed by a touch of sweetness of the juniper. On the palate, the character of citrus withholds, to be completed by juniper, coriander, and a floral touch of lavender. Warm, earthy tones of ginger and cinnamon initiate the smooth and sweet finish. Damrak Gin features 17 botanicals including Valencia orange, coriander seed, lavender, cinnamon, lemon peel, curaçao orange, and more.

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MONTREAL, Sept. 21, 2020 /CNW/ - Esteemed champagne house Veuve Clicquot, known for celebrating boldness, creativity, and entrepreneurial spirit turns the spotlight on female business leaders with the introduction of BOLD by Veuve Clicquot, an international program dedicated to supporting female entrepreneurship.

In an effort to better understand the trajectory of women-led businesses, Veuve Clicquot commissioned its first International Women Entrepreneurship Barometer.  The study conducted by Market Probe in 14 countries examined the common prejudices and barriers women face in their professional life and offers solutions on how to overcome them.  

Canadian study findings reinforced the need for female entrepreneurship, with 88 per cent of female entrepreneurs indicating they believe mentorship is essential to success, and 84 per cent of respondents signifying having a role model is key. 

BOLD by Veuve Clicquot presents an opportunity to not only recognize women who are making significant contributions in business but also to shed light on the barriers that hinder their success.  Formerly known as the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award (BWA), the program was created as a tribute to the brand's founder Madame Clicquot and her entrepreneurial business spirt. In 1805 Madame Clicquot demonstrated great courage and tenacity when she took the reins of the House after the death of her husband, at a time when women could neither work nor hold a bank account. 

"Our mission is to empower female entrepreneurs and to identify the role models of today and tomorrow," said Alexis de Calonne, managing director of Moët Hennessy Canada. "BOLD by Veuve Clicquot recognizes trailblazing women who embody our founder's entrepreneurial spirit, courage and business savoir-faire."

For over 50 years, BWA celebrated and awarded women in business who have built, taken on or developed a business. To date, 350 women in 27 countries have been honoured.

Past recipients of BWA include an illustrious list of trailblazing business leaders including hotelier Christiane Germain, beauty visionary Lise Watier, restaurateur Cora Tsouflidou, and Claudia Sjoberg, founder and president of Pedalheads Group.

Redesigned for more inclusion and international visibility, the Bold Woman Award and Bold Future Award is open to females, aged 25 years and above, who meet defined criteria and whose daring, enterprising and indefatigable approach to business has directly impacted its success. Up to five finalists in each category will be selected by an esteemed jury and will be invited to attend The BOLD Woman Award ceremony where one laureate in each of the categories will be designated by a grand jury.

Each laureate will receive a Veuve Clicquot-inspired award and will travel to Reims, France for a three-day immersion in the history, tradition, and luxury of Maison Veuve Clicquot.

BOLD by Veuve Clicquot registration for Canada is open until December 31, 2020. 

The BOLD by Veuve Clicquot Forum will take place April 2021 in Toronto followed by the BOLD Woman Award ceremony. Ticket information for the BOLD Forum and Award Ceremony will be announced at later date.  Please visit BOLD by Veuve Clicquot for details.

The BOLD by Veuve Clicquot Forum's mission is to help change and balance the discussion about female entrepreneurship and to share the Barometer results. It is to take the stories of difficulties, obstacles and injustices women face in their professional life and steer the conversation towards success stories of female entrepreneurs and emphasize how starting their own business changes their lives for the better.


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