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NEW YORK, Sept. 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Johnnie Walker is excited to announce the official release of Johnnie Walker Black Label The Director's Cut – a limited-edition whisky developed in collaboration with visionary Blade Runner 2049 director Denis Villeneuve and Johnnie Walker Master Blender Jim Beveridge. The new blend comes thirty-five years after Johnnie Walker Black Label appeared in the original Blade Runner film as an iconic whisky of the future.

The unique, custom blend and the futuristic bottle were created in partnership with Blade Runner 2049, opening in theaters October 6. Both showcase Johnnie Walker's commitment to progress and Alcon Entertainment's dedication to maintaining the legacy of the original sci-fi classic. Fans first saw a peek of the new bottle at Alcon Entertainment's Blade Runner 2049 Experience presented by Johnnie Walker at San Diego Comic-Con. The bottle will also appear in the new film.

To celebrate the promotional collaboration surrounding the film, Johnnie Walker has released four digital vignettes featuring Villeneuve, who discusses the project. "Like many fans, I remember the Johnnie Walker bottle from the first film, so it was a unique privilege to collaborate with Johnnie Walker on designing a totally original, custom bottle for the new movie," he says. "It was also a once-in-a-lifetime experience to help create the limited-edition Director's Cut blend, which perfectly captures the complex and mysterious world of Blade Runner 2049."

Beveridge noted, "What we have created in Johnnie Walker Black Label The Director's Cut is something really special that fans will be able to relate to and whisky drinkers will love. I was truly inspired by Villeneuve's artistic vision for Blade Runner 2049 and how it could come to life in this new blend. I learned that filmmaking is much like blending--you have to constantly be committed to creating the best possible outcome. Johnnie Walker blending tradition dates back to 1820 and I'm honored to carry on the legacy and collective memory of our other past blenders to ensure that the same whisky enjoyed today can be enjoyed responsibly in 2049."

Johnnie Walker has created a series of cocktail videos featuring five innovative Blade Runner 2049-inspired cocktails: The Deckard; Ode to Dreams; Penicillin 2049; Quest; and Ahara. These custom cocktails are prepared by some of the country's leading bartenders, including Ezra Star and Tenzin Samdo of Boston and Sam Anderson of New York City, giving fans a taste of the upcoming film.

Only 39,000 bottles of Johnnie Walker Black Label The Director's Cut have been produced and will be available in select countries around the world while supplies last. The rich, smooth blend has aromatic and vanilla flavors, with clouds of smokiness and will be bottled at 49% ABV - a nod to the futuristic period in which Blade Runner 2049 is set.

Whatever the century, whatever the universe, Johnnie Walker's commitment to the spirit of human progress endures. As we toast to the future, the makers of Johnnie Walker remind you to enjoy your whisky responsibly.

Johnnie Walker Black Label The Director's Cut is available for Blade Runner fans in the US and other select countries with an SRP from $89.99. Prices may vary.

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TORONTO and NEW YORK, Sept. 07, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- TouchBistro was named the winner of a Gold Stevie® Award in the Mobile App – Food and Beverage category in the 14th Annual International Business Awards (IBA).

“It is tremendously rewarding to know TouchBistro has been reviewed by an esteemed panel of judges and deemed the best international mobile app in the food and beverage category,” says Alex Barrotti, Founder and CEO of TouchBistro. “Our exceptional product team goes way beyond the extra mile to understand what restaurant operators need for their success, and to build that functionality into an easy-to-use point-of-sale solution that streamlines a restaurant’s operations, improves the customer experience, and increases table turns and the bottom line.”

The International Business Awards SM are the world’s premier business awards program. All individuals and organizations worldwide – public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small – are eligible to submit nominations.  

The 2017 IBAs received more than 3,900 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry, across 60 nations and territories, breaking all previous submission records. Stevie Award winners were determined by the average scores of more than 200 executives worldwide who participated on 12 juries.

Here is what the judges had to say about TouchBistro:

  • “It's really nice on the way how everything is constructively designed and laid out. I love the atmosphere of the idea and the structure of the whole entire feeling. I found it most interesting among the other participants.”
  • “Very robust and well thought out app. Usable design with nice balance of form and function.”
  • “Easy to use and a simple UI.”
  • “I wish all restaurants used TouchBistro, especially when the dreaded splitting of the bill occurs. I love the detailed features, they seem very helpful for both servers, chefs, and restaurant owners.”
  • “Great App! Will save a lot of time and effort for restaurant staff, resulting in quick and efficient service to customers.”
  • “User friendly and easy to use. Very creative.”

“The IBA judges from across the world were highly impressed with the nominations they reviewed this year. With the level of achievement documented in the nominations from 60 nations, the Stevie Awards are proud to honor organizations that demonstrate a high level of achievement in a variety of industries,” said Michael Gallagher, president and founder of the Stevie Awards.

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NEW YORK, Sept. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The House of Rémy Martin has launched season four of the Producers Series. The contest provides a platform for up and coming producers to have their music heard and recognized.


The contest to find the next super producer kicked off with a preliminary event on August 17 in Chicago, before embarking on a national 13-city tour including New York, Los Angeles and Miami. The semifinals begin September 28 and the grand finale on November 9 will take place in Las Vegas. Contest participants submit their best tracks to for an opportunity to compete at the preliminary events. The preliminaries will yield 15 semifinalists who will advance to the five national semifinal events. Five finalists will be flown to Las Vegas, for the Grand Finale and a chance to win $4,900 from Guitar Center towards building their own personal music studio.

"Rémy Martin celebrates the many talents and creative artistry of music producers through the Producers Series," says Thomas Beraud Sudreau, Rémy Martin Director for Culture & Entertainment. "The contest features some of the biggest music producers in the world, sharing insights into their process and succeeding in the music business."

Rémy Martin has partnered with super producers DJ Drama, Pete Rock, Just Blaze, Honorable C.N.O.T.E. and Zaytoven, who most recently worked with Migos on their "Culture" album. "As a top music producer, partnering with Rémy Martin was a no brainer for me—they are one of the best cognac producers," says super producer Zaytoven. "We both push for excellence—to be the best. I respect that. I'm really looking forward to sharing my story and success with the next wave of top producers. This is a great opportunity for the innovators."

Each event will be hosted by radio DJ Jay Claxton. Contestants will be judged by the super-producer, radio personalities and deejays, and record label executives: Theo Brown, Rebe Espinosa and Vashon "Rap" Straws. Past seasons of the Producers Series have included Timbaland, Wyclef Jean, DJ Premier, Salaam Remi, Mike Will Made It, DJ Mustard, Jahlil Beats, and AraabMuzik.

Visit for more information, rules, and submission deadlines for the competition. 

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TORONTO, Sept. 6, 2017 /CNW/ -, Canada's premiere online destination for wine education, curation and home delivery, today announces that it has been nominated in the Pure Play of the Year category for the prestigious Canada Post E-commerce Innovation Awards, a program that recognizes innovation in online e-commerce offerings.


Launched in 2004, set out to make quality wines more accessible to wine lovers across Canada. Offering the best value and impeccable wines from the world's greatest regions, not only provides home delivery, it curates top notch selections while educating customers through a variety of means including its beautifully crafted Vineyard Stories series.

Offering an experience like no other, provides wine lovers with the ability to skip the line and purchase exclusive wines not otherwise found at their local store while having it delivered free of charge when a case is ordered.

" is a service that can't be beat," says Aaron Bick, Founder, "Customers who use our service quickly become repeat customers because there really is no other offering like ours on the market. Our selection can't be found anywhere else, and having the best wines curated for you and delivered right to your doorstep just makes perfect sense."

The Canada Post E-commerce Innovation Award finalists were selected by a panel of judges that includes Mohit Grover from Google Canada, Jan Gandhi from Facebook Canada, Jennifer Lee from Deloitte Canada, Amit Monga from CIBC World Markets Inc. and Stéphanie Aubin from Retail Council of Canada.

Winners of the Canada Post E-commerce Innovation Awards will be announced at a gala on Wednesday, September 20, 2017. 

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DOVER, NJ, August 7, 2017 – Casio America, Inc., is proud to announce its new point-of-sale product offering, CasioCPos, a cloud-based solution for V-R7000/7100 Android terminals running Casio’s QSR application software. The V-R7000/ 7100 are Casio’s 15.6” wide screen touch screen, open-platform Android terminals, and the optional QSR application software is designed for the hospitality and general retail markets. Casio will demonstrate the V-R7000, QSR software and the new CasioCPos at the Retail Solutions Providers Association’s RetailNOW® show from August 7-8 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“When it comes to innovation in the point-of-sale space, Casio continues to develop creative solutions that enable business owners and management to run their operations more efficiently,” said Lawrence W. Sampey, General Manager of Casio’s Systems Products Division. “Our new cloud-based CasioCPos is the next iteration of our innovative offerings and we are so proud at the opportunity to demonstrate its capabilities this week at the RetailNow show.”

CasioCPos offers single and multi-store owners the ability to view real-time sales in order to evaluate and make instant operation decisions. A convenient dashboard provides a quick snapshot of sales, comparisons, number of customers, the average transaction total, while a bar chart shows the daily sales for the last week. Additionally, CasioCPos allows the input of a monthly sales projection and a status of where the store stands in achieving the target with an odometer-type graph and a graph chart. The dashboard also provides links to the sales analytic section of CasioCPos which includes additional reports including: item, department, group, hourly, hourly item, gross profit, transaction, day of week and other reports all with date range/historical capabilities.

Multi-location users will have access to multiple dashboards, complete with user restrictions. There are store, region and corporate level color-coded dashboards with access based on security levels. Since sales can be viewed through the V-R7000 terminal, remote PC or mobile phone, having a PC on site at each location is not required.

Other sections of CasioCPos include a diagnostic page with a communication log, electronic journal, and a terminal status indicator. A programming section allows changes to be made to the items, departments, groups, operators, employees, tax, keyboard layout and other areas. Program changes can be automatically downloaded to the store upon the store’s opening or sent directly from the cloud to the store. Owners of multi-locations can control programming by store, region or group of stores such as when programming specifics like prices or tax may vary.

The V-R7000 QSR application has built-in safe guards to ensure data is captured to CasioCPos. An open business operation prior to the start of each business day before transactions can be entered that syncs the terminal up with the cloud. A message box on the operator display indicates whether the terminal is either online or offline. During times when Internet access is unavailable, the V-R7000 QSR application will store transaction information until access resumes, at which point transaction information will be automatically sent to the cloud. All of these provisions provide a sense of security to store owners that their sales data is being handled properly and accurately.

CasioCPos will be available to Casio dealers starting August 7th. For additional information on Casio’s full portfolio of point-of-sale and electronic cash registers, please visit


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