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Dec 12, 2016

 
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As you may have heard, Viola Desmond’s portrait will be featured on Canada’s next regularly circulating $10 bank note, expected in late 2018.

As announced on 8 December, the selection of Viola Desmond by the Minister of Finance is the final step in a comprehensive public consultation process to select an iconic Canadian woman to appear on this new note.

The reverse side of this new $10 note will depict symbols and images that complement Viola Desmond’s achievements and reflect the broader themes of social justice and the struggle for rights and freedoms. You can read about plans for the portrait subjects of other bank notes in the new series here.

The Bank is proud to have engaged with Canadians on the subject of who should appear on the new bank note, and delighted that this process raised awareness and got people talking across the country about so many iconic women.

To learn more about Viola Desmond and the #bankNOTEable process, please visit www.bankofcanada.ca/banknoteable.

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December 7, 2016

TouchBistro iPad POS Awarded Patent for Its Feature to Easily and Quickly Split Bills Between Customers

TouchBistro's unique, powerful tool enables restaurants to split and calculate bills by leveraging iPad touch and swipe capabilities

NEW YORK, NEW YORK and TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Dec. 7, 2016) -  TouchBistro, the company that created the #1 grossing iPad point-of-sale (POS) App for restaurants, has been granted a patent for a feature that enables restaurants to easily and quickly split bills between customers. The United States patent number 9514427 - entitled "Graphical Interface and Input Method for Allocating an Invoice Amongst a Plurality of Accounts" - was issued on December 6.

The patented feature provides restaurant staff with a powerful tool to correctly allocate whole (or partial) ordered items to individuals, or to be shared by everyone at the table. The feature leverages the tablet's touch and swipe capabilities to designate which diner is to pay for items ordered, or how individuals are to be grouped on a bill. By simply swiping between two seats on a graphical interface showing seats around the table, the software instantly splits the bill among customers and calculates all related taxes and tips. 

As splitting bills between customers is one of the more time-consuming and challenging functions regularly requested of waiters, TouchBistro focused on designing a feature to accelerate and simplify the process. The patented graphical interface with simple swipe input and automated calculation eliminates a primary stressor for serving staff, reduces billing errors, and helps increase table turns.

"This patent, along with our recent New York Design Award, demonstrates that we are design and thought leaders in our space. Unlike a generic register App, TouchBistro has been designed specifically for restaurants, enabling them to automate or simplify processes that ultimately increase revenue and improve the user and customer experience alike," said Alex Barrotti, CEO and founder of TouchBistro. "We are committed to continually investing in technology development to address the unique challenges restaurants face. We are honored to be recognized for our invention and innovation in the market."

TouchBistro provides an innovative mobile iPad POS for full service restaurants, quick service restaurants, food trucks, and coffee shops and bars. Waiters use the TouchBistro iPad app to take tableside customer orders and instantly transmit them to the kitchen and bar, eliminating much of the time-consuming running back and forth that slows service and table turns. The feature-rich solution helps restaurants manage and improve operational efficiency and their bottom line.

This quarter, TouchBistro announced a new $17 million Series B round of funding, bringing TouchBistro's total funding to date to $30 million. TouchBistro is the top grossing iPad restaurant point-of-sale (POS) app in 37 countries. The company has experienced significant month-over-month growth over the past year, and now has deployed approximately 19,000 terminals across 7,000 restaurants around the world. Its POS solutions process Gross Merchandise Volumes in excess of $4 billion annually. In the last quarter, TouchBistro launched in Spanish and French, and integrated with QuickBooks and Square.

About TouchBistro

With offices in New York and Toronto, TouchBistro is a leader in iPad point-of-sale technology for restaurants, cafes, bars, food trucks, and other food and drink venues. The TouchBistro app has been ranked as the number one top-grossing food and beverage app in 37 countries on the Apple® App Store(SM). TouchBistro was named 2016 Best POS System for Restaurants by Business News Daily in its annual review of dozens of point-of-sale (POS) systems, a Gold Winner of the 2016 New York Design Awards and International App of the Year 2015 by Best in Biz Awards. TouchBistro offers a 30-day free trial that can be converted to a no-contract subscription. Additional information is available at www.touchbistro.com.

 

 

 
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TORONTO, Nov. 30, 2016 /CNW/ - Today, Hendrick's® Gin revealed a whimsical spectacle unlike anything the world has ever seen before. Throughout the day on November 30th and December 1st, holiday shoppers prone to wonder and curiosity are advised to keep an eye out for the Hendrick's® CORGAN, or rather, the Cucumber Organ of Remarkably Glorious Auditory Nirvana.

The Hendrick's® CORGAN is the first of its kind, built completely from scratch using technology created specifically for this occasion. Hendrick's uses two very different types of stills in the production of their small-batch gin - an antique Bennet from 1860 and a rare Carter-Head still. Both hail from the opulent Victorian era, which is where they drew their inspiration for the design of this extraordinary apparatus. The actual organ keys are made of real, whole cucumbers - 49 to be exact - which harness the energy of touch to translate electric currents from the organist's fingertips though each individual cucumber, and the result is a glorious composition of notes arranged into some of the worlds most beloved and unusual melodies.

"We promise not to be offended by long stares or funny looks, and if you want to call it bizarre we will accept the accolade with pride," says Alvin Ramchurn, Canadian Hendrick's® Gin Brand Ambassador. "It would be silly not to expect an unusual reaction to such a peculiar contraption, because after all, that is what Hendrick's® Gin is all about!"

Set to unfold in the epicentre of the Toronto Eaton Centre, one of city's most popular tourist destinations, the Hendrick's® CORGAN delivers a never-before seen botanically-inspired, odditory experience, featuring some of Toronto's most highly decorated organists performing an array of fanciful holiday tunes. Accompanied by cucumber carolers distributing delightfully wrapped cucumbers and dainty red roses, Canadians can ease the chaos of holiday shopping by imbibing in a remarkably tiny and tasty Hendrick's® Gin & Tonic in miniature tea cups.  

"We exist not only to tempt and tantalize the taste buds, with our essence of rose and cucumber, but also to open the mind to experiences typically attributed to those with A-typical tendencies," continued Ramchurn. "The CORGAN is a true manifestation of the unusual, the unimaginable, the whimsical, and  peculiar persona that sets Hendrick's® Gin apart, and we wouldn't have it any other way."

Designed to captivated the hearts and imagination of thousands of holiday shoppers, the Hendrick's® CORGAN will call the Toronto Eaton Centre home for two days only between 10:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. on November 30th and December 1st. But that's not all. Not only is this a first endeavor for the world of instrumentals, it is an Eaton Centre first as well. During the afternoons, between 2:00 p.m.  – 8:00 p.m., adult (legal drinking age) shoppers will have the opportunity to experience the first-ever consumer facing alcoholic beverage tasting to take place inside the shopping centre.  Fancy that!

To learn more about Hendrick's® Gin, or if you're just in need of some cocktail inspiration, visit https://us.hendricksgin.com/.

 
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Everywhere, USA, November 29, 2016 – Since 2012, #GivingTuesday has come to represent a worldwide effort to inspire the spirit of giving during the holiday season, raising $116.7 million online just last year. Today, in celebration of that spirit, Crown Royal Canadian Whisky is proud to introduce its new campaign, titled “Live Generously and Life Will Treat You Royally.” With a mission to inspire generosity in all of its many forms, the campaign embodies the belief that a generous life is a life well-lived and that the road to royalty is paved with integrity, charity and passion.

Crown Royal’s generous roots can be traced back to its creation in 1939 when a Canadian spirits entrepreneur welcomed the visiting King and Queen of England with a one-of-a-kind gift: a blend of his fifty finest whiskies presented in an intricate decanter and the now-iconic purple bag. Seventy-seven years later, Crown Royal upholds its legacy of producing the finest whisky, while continuing philanthropic partnerships and honoring individuals with a noble spirit.

“Live Generously” is rooted in the belief that a magnanimous approach to life is infinitely rewarding. At a time when traditional symbols of status and luxury are increasingly unattainable, Crown Royal believes that generosity reigns supreme as the greatest status symbol of all. The campaign will be powered by The Generosity Engine, a proprietary data platform currently in beta, which looks to highlight and facilitate real-time acts of generosity across the country. As we examine the facets of generosity across America, the brand seeks to reward those who are living generously.

“The notion of generosity is at the heart of Crown Royal,” said Sophie Kelly, SVP of Marketing for DIAGEO North American Whiskies. “As one of America’s most-loved, most-shared and most-gifted whiskies, we have a fortunate role in culture and with this effort, we’re using our platform to put generosity on the throne where it belongs. We hope to inspire others to share their talents, their time, their resources or simply a smile.”

The launch comes at an exciting time for Crown Royal, as the brand experiences significant growth, due in part to successful new products such as Crown Royal Regal Apple and Crown Royal Northern Harvest Rye, and a continued emphasis on innovative marketing. As the category leader, Crown Royal sold 5.2 million nine-liter cases in 2015, an 18% increase over 2014, according to Impact Databank.

The “Live Generously” campaign will feature real people, places and moments that exemplify those who live generously, no matter how big or small. Some highlights include Dallas-based country musician Ray Johnston who received a lifesaving bone marrow transplant from a complete stranger and pays it forward by sharing the gift of music with local hospital patients; military hero Omar Valentine who serves as an ambassador for Atlanta-based Healing4Heroes, which connects wounded veterans with service dogs; and bartender Brian Floyd who created the Barman’s Fund to inspire his fellow barkeeps to donate their tips to local charities in their cities.

In celebration of our campaign launch on #GivingTuesday, Crown Royal is partnering with GoodWorld, a tech startup that fuels charitable giving on social media. Together we’re encouraging people to support worthy causes by commenting #donate on participating charities’ Facebook posts, tweeting #donate at a cause’s username or by signing up at GoodWorld.me to trigger real-time donations.

As an incentive, Crown Royal will donate $1 to our longstanding partners at Packages From Home for every person who registers with GoodWorld between #GivingTuesday and the end of the year, up to $50,000. Crown Royal and Packages From Home have worked together to send nearly half a million Crown Royal Care Packages to active duty troops overseas over the past five years.

The campaign and its elements were developed in collaboration with Anomaly New York, Taylor Strategy, Vayner Media, Colangelo Synergy Marketing, starpower, Carat, Just Marketing International, Lush Life, Wasserman and Western Unlimited. “We’re incredibly proud of this work and our growing partnership with Crown Royal,” said Karina Wilsher, Anomaly New York CEO. “This is a true brand purpose. We want to inspire people to live with exceptional generosity. It’s something we should all do, now more than ever."

And as the holiday season surrounds us with the spirit of giving, Crown Royal reminds drinkers that living generously means drinking responsibly or volunteering to be a designated driver.

 

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