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(April 8, 2020, New York, NY) – Breakthru Beverage Group, a leading North American beverage distributor with operations across the United States and Canada, today announced a $500,000 commitment to partner with local nonprofit organizations, restaurants, and restaurant groups to purchase meals for front-line responders battling the COVID-19 outbreak and vulnerable populations affected by it, such as children and the elderly. This includes a contribution to the Restaurant Workers' Community Foundation (RWCF) in addition to supporting Breakthru’s 13 U.S. markets and Canadian operations by partnering with non-profits, local restaurants and restaurant groups.  


Breakthru is proud to partner with the RWCF, a 501c3 nonprofit created by and for restaurant workers whose mission includes advocacy and support of those in the industry. Funds directed to RWCF during the COVID-19 crisis will offer relief to individual out-of-work restaurant workers through non-profit organizations serving restaurant workers in crisis.


“During these uncertain times, we have been inspired and motivated by the camaraderie of our industry. Together, we are resilient, and I am confident that we will overcome the challenges we’re currently navigating through partnership,” said Greg Baird, President and CEO of Breakthru Beverage Group. “We want to thank the Restaurant Workers' Community Foundation for the support they offer to this critical industry and employees during this crisis and year-round. Their commitment to those who help our industry thrive is inspiring and we are honored to support their efforts.”


“With thousands of restaurants closed in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, we’ve seen the devastating impact it has had on restaurant workers and their families across the country,” said John deBary, RWCF Co-Founder and Board President. “Breakthru Beverage has truly stepped up to support struggling restaurant workers and we’re grateful for their partnership and generosity.”


Across its local U.S. markets and Canada, Breakthru Beverage Group is also providing financial support to local nonprofit organizations, restaurants or restaurant groups that provide meals for front line responders including healthcare workers and vulnerable populations such as children or the elderly during these challenging times.


“Across our footprint, our support for local communities has been a defining characteristic of Breakthru for generations,” added Baird. “We recognize that we are in a unique position to leverage our scale and resources to offer relief and feel honored to help support those who have put their lives on the line and those who are particularly vulnerable today.”


As the impacts from the COVID-19 public health crisis continues to unfold, Breakthru Beverage Group remains committed to serving as a responsible and attentive partner across its North American footprint. Breakthru will continue to evaluate opportunities to make a positive impact in the communities in which its associates live and work while keeping the health and wellness of its associates and partners at the center of its decisions. Additional information regarding Breakthru’s market efforts will be shared locally concurrent with related activities.

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Highlander Brewery will continue to supply beer to all our customers and friends, keep all our employees working and remain a destination in South River with a little help from our friends.


You are a friend and we need your support now more than ever. 

Stay safe at home and let us bring the beer to you:The month of April is critical for Highlander Brewery. We are asking your support for the brewery by purchasing a case of beer and by telling others about our beer and our service.

<a href="" target="_blank">Order on line  

We will deliver anywhere in the province of Ontario. We are currently shipping with a courier but sometimes the only option we have is Canada Post and you will have to pick it up at your local post office as they are currently not doing home delivery. You will receive a tracking notice when you order ships that will detail which option we used. 

Join our beer club 

You will get a series of shipments over the next year. Purchase a 6 or 12 month subscription, add the shipping details and we will send out 24 assorted Highlander beers at the beginning of every other month. The first case includes a Highlander Cookbook! We will also include a coupon* for a free 6 pack (redeemable at our on site Retail Store) with every case shipped!!

For those of you from outside Ontario who plan to visit during the summer you can join the beer club now and pick up when you visit.

Gift cards are available to purchase at our retail store. Coming April 12 we will have gift cards available to purchase online. These can be used on our website, at our retail store or given as a gift!

Buy online and pick up at the brewery!

We now offer roadside pick up!!

Simply order your beer at 

and note in the comment section the date and time you would like to pick up. Someone will call you back and confirm.

Our retail store continues to be open during our regular hours. We are practicing all of the recommended procedures as set out by Health Canada to keep you and our employees safe. Please ring the doorbell and a friendly Highlander staff member will be happy to serve you.

Special Prize draw:

Purchase a 24 case of beer on line in the month of April and be entered into a draw to win


Highlander Hoodie

2 branded glasses

Highlander BBQ sauce 

 Six pack of your choice


Retail value $100.00

Join us on Monday April 6,2020 at 11 AM  We will be broadcasting live on Instagram from our brewery as we brew Smoked Porter. This is our first of several LIVE INTERACTIVE brewery events. Our Brewmaster, Brian Wilson, will be answering questions live as you watch us brew!  

Watch our socials for more information on dates and events!

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TORONTO, April 2, 2020 /CNW/ - Corby Spirit and Wine Limited has once again shown its expertise in crafting fine Canadian whisky, having been adorned with four notable awards and a number of gold medals at the 2020 World Whiskies Awards.

On the strength of the four awards — led by J.P. Wiser's Alumni Series Whisky crafted in honour of Hockey Hall of Famer Darryl Sittler, named the World's Best Canadian Blended Whisky — Corby / Hiram Walker & Sons was also named the Distiller of the Year in the Icons of Whisky – Rest of World category.

"Corby continues to establish itself as Canada's premier crafter of fine whisky," says Keeshan Selvakumar, Brand Director, Canadian Whisky. "We are proud of the strong portfolio of exceptional whiskies we have developed across our brands. They are a clear reflection of the passion and innovation that happens in our distillery, resulting in a beautiful whisky in each bottle."

Presented by, the World Whiskies Awards select the very best whiskies from around the world among the internationally recognized styles. Judging was conducted in early February by 50 industry experts from around the world. Recognition by the World Whiskies Awards rewards and promotes the world's best whiskies to consumers and trade across the globe. is the world's no.1 online resource for drinks professionals.

In addition to the formal awards, Master Blender Dr. Don Livermore was given a "Highly Commended" designation in the Master Distiller/Blender of the Year for the Rest of World region.

"Canadian whisky is the most innovative, adaptable and creative style of whisky in the world," Dr. Livermore said. "Like the country they come from, Canadian whiskies are diverse. We start with quality ingredients from our farmers then our team comes together to make it a great whisky. We have done it a lot over the years, and I am proud of the work we do."

The 2020 World Whiskies Awards winners from Corby are (with the judges' notation):

Best Canadian Blended — J.P. Wiser's Alumni Whisky Series: Darryl Sittler

"Dark amber in colour. Nose is quite oaky, herbal, lots of tobacco. Palate is dark caramel. Very little spice. Pleasant. Finish is medium length, peppery. Semi sweet on the nose with a vanilla backbone. Integrated and smooth on the palate. Very good rye notes, grassy on the finish with a splash of citrus."

Best Canadian Blended Limited Release — J.P. Wiser's 23 Year Old Cask Strength Blend

"Bright amber colour. A polished nose with beautiful rye grains, burnt caramel, mint and clotted cream. The palate brings toffee, more mint and dark chocolate, with a late blast of chest-warming spices. Finish is long and spicy. Very well balanced."

Best Canadian Corn — J.P. Wiser's 18 Years Old

"Medium golden colour. Wood smoke, barbecue, corn on the cob. Delicious palate, full bodied with rich maple sugar. Bright, buttery. Spicy flavour but not overly complex. A well-balanced sweet corn whisky."

Best Canadian Rye — Lot No. 40 Cask Strength: Third Edition 

"Dark amber colour. Aromas of rum and raisin. Lots of rye character that is polished on the nose but sizzles on the palate. Dates, dark rum, fruitcake, rye spice and brown sugar. Finish is oaky."

Gold Medals

Canadian Blended (12 Years & Under) – Alumni Whisky Series: Paul Coffey

Canadian Blended (No Age Statement) – J.P. Wiser's Triple Barrel Rye

Canadian Blended (No Age Statement) – Gooderham & Worts Four Grain

Canadian Blended Limited Release (13 to 20 Years) – Gooderham & Worts 49 Wellington

Canadian Blended Limited Release (13 to 20 Years) – Pike Creek 21 Year Old Oloroso Cask Finish

Canadian Rye (No Age Statement) – Lot No. 40 Cask Strength: Third Edition

Canadian Rye (No Age Statement) – Lot No. 40

Corby's Canadian whisky brands are produced at the Hiram Walker & Sons distillery in Windsor, Ont. Corby's award-winning whiskies are entirely Canadian-made from local grains.

For a complete list of winners in the 2020 World Whiskies Awards, please visit


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April 2, 2020

Further to the Province’s announcement on March 30th 2020 and a subsequent conversation between the MRFA and Minister Jeff Wharton on April 1st 2020, we are proud to be your voice and announce the enactment of this new revenue stream. This temporary measure will be voted on by full cabinet in the next few weeks and we look forward to a more permanent implementation of this legislation. Please see the attached member release for details on this new initiative. We have compiled a list of guidelines and have provided them below. This information is also available on our blog.
Under this temporary order for the take-out and delivery of liquor from restaurants: 

  • only sealed beer, wine, cider and coolers can be taken out or delivered (no spirits or cocktails).
  • food must be purchased with the alcohol order; no specific food amounts have been regulated.
  • the sale of liquor for take-out and delivery must comply with existing regulations, meaning continuing to serve these types of alcohol in accordance with each establishment’s liquor license (types of licenses and their regulations vary and operators should refer to your liquor licenses).
  • deliveries with liquor as a component must be handled and delivered by someone of legal drinking age and they must possess a current Smart Choices certification. See this link for requirements.
  • delivery and take-out pricing for liquor must be at or higher than current menu pricing that is offered in the licensed establishment.

Your MRFA team continues to be your one voice in the food service industry, so please continue to utilize all the MRFA website and communications tools to keep yourself updated on this and any new information effecting our industry. Any questions on liquor delivery and take-out can be forwarded to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and one of our team will be more than happy to assist you.

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March 31, 2020

The Manitoba government will authorize the sale of liquor with take out and delivery meal service by licensed establishments, Crown Services Minister Jeff Wharton announced today.

The MRFA is proud to have represented our members' interests to government and helped to get this legislation passed which will aid our industry during this difficult time.

During this time, the MRFA is opening up our emailing list to non-members and making our new Blog posts public. We do this with the hope that the more information is shared throughout our industry, the better we can weather this storm together. We are dedicated to providing information and resources as they become available.

Please encourage your colleagues and other food service industry professionals to visit our site and sign up for our emailing list, view our blog, engage with us on social media, and share information with us so that we may in turn share information with everyone in our industry. 

If you have information you believe we should share, please contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 204-783-9955.


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