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Richmond, B.C. (May 21, 2019) — WorkSafeBC is raising awareness about the risk of hearing loss in the service industry, and has alerted employers and workers with a new safety bulletin.

Regular exposure to noise levels above 85 decibels (dBA) can cause permanent hearing loss in unprotected workers, yet studies have found pubs and nightclubs in Vancouver and Victoria regularly exceed that during a regular shift.

“Noise is a serious and widespread problem in many workplaces, and this includes the service industry,” said Dan Strand, Director of Prevention Services at WorkSafeBC. “Our research has found that most service sector workers and employers are not aware of the risk of hearing loss in their industry.”

In addition to the safety bulletin, WorkSafeBC has several new online resources to raise awareness and understanding about noise-induced hearing loss, including three new videos: What Noise Does to Your Ears, Intensity and Duration of Noise, and How to Use Earplugs; and the recently published publication: Preventing noise-induced hearing loss at work.

WorkSafeBC emphasizes that occupational hearing loss can be prevented if employers, supervisors and employees work together to control noise exposure.

While hearing protection is key in the service industry, WorkSafeBC cautions that bartenders, servers, and other workers are often reluctant to use hearing protection because they believe it will make it difficult to communicate with customers. In fact, this is not the case.

Hearing protection devices protect workers, while still allowing them to hear clearly — usually even better than without them. WorkSafeBC notes that bartenders and servers should pick a style of hearing protection they like and that is most comfortable.

“Studies show that when noise levels reach 90 decibels or higher, hearing protection actually improves your ability to hear speech,” said Strand. “We need to change how we think about hearing protection in the service industry.”

Key Facts:

  • If noise levels exceed 85 decibels over an eight-hour shift, employers are required by regulation to have a noise control and hearing conservation program. Key elements of such a program include noise measurement, hearing protection and annual hearing tests for workers.
  • Between 2008 and 2017, WorkSafeBC accepted 3,343 disability claims for noise-induced hearing loss in B.C.
  • Each year in B.C., there are more than 2,000 hearing-loss claims where health care benefits are paid in the form of hearing aids and accessories.
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May 21, 2019

Smirnoff Ice has a groundbreaking new announcement – launching today the delicious and ready-to-drink beverage is available in… ALUMINUM CANS! Not actually that groundbreaking? We know, and that’s why the brand is bringing levity to an otherwise not-innovative announcement with a playful yet pointed campaign centered around the extreme hype of brand innovation. You can check out the launch creative and digital teaser here


While, yes, aluminum cans are of course not the break-through, scientific invention of 2019, we are a brand about having fun and not taking life too intensely – whether that be staying on top of the latest ‘hot’ tech purchases or being bummed upon seeing a ‘No Glass’ sign at your summer shindig while holding your bottle of Smirnoff Ice Margarita. 


Smirnoff Ice took a page from companies known for innovation – such as the tech and auto industries – with teaser creative announcing that the hottest innovation and sleekest new item of the summer was coming soon. And today, following the teaser campaign, the news was revealed that “the future is aluminum” and Smirnoff Ice is now available in cans.


Smirnoff Ice Cans will be available in 12-packs including a variety pack of Original, Raspberry, Strawberry and Margarita, and an LTO pack of the summer favorite Smirnoff Ice Red, White & Berry. The suggested retail price of the 12-packs is $15.99.

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Pompano Beach, Fla. (May 16, 2019) – Building on the success of its GP-100 Glass Polisher, Bar Maid Corporation released a new CP-7000 Cutlery Polisher. This pair of polishing machines makes glassware and cutlery polishing fast and easy, while reducing labor costs, risk of injury and unhygienic handling associated with hand polishing.

Bar Maid’s top-selling GP-100 Glass Polisher is fast and efficient… at least five times faster than hand polishing, easily paying for itself with huge labor savings and more sanitary than using a bar rag to polish glassware. But since its release, the number one reason customers say they are buying it is… SAFETY! With the GP-100 there’s virtually no glass breakage or associated injuries resulting in considerable savings in glassware and potential Workers Compensation claims. Many major hospitality chains now specify it. Bar Maid now offers a 2-Year Limited Warranty on GP-100 Glass Polishers (requires registration with Bar Maid).

The PH-5S standard polishing machine heads are so versatile they polish most sizes and shapes of glassware. For customers who need to polish tall glassware, Bar Maid offers the GP-552 long polishing machine heads that are sold separately and included on the GP-100-LB model glass polisher. The specialized champagne flute polishing head is perfect for polishing tall champagne flutes.

While the GP-100 is key to sparkling glassware, Bar Maid’s new CP-7000 Cutlery Polisher is indispensable for quickly turning wet, clean cutlery into dry, spot-free, sparkling cutlery. Water-spotted cutlery can make patrons question its cleanliness. The CP-7000 can polish up to 4000 pieces/hour depending on the operator and cutlery being polished, removing water spots and eliminating unsanitary hand polishing.

“These glass and cutlery polishing machines are the perfect polishing partners,” says George Shepherd, president of Bar Maid. “Busy restaurants, hotels and banquet providers are going to love the time-saving efficiency and sparkling results.”

Simply insert 8-10 pieces of cutlery in the top chute every 5 to 10 seconds. Cutlery vibrates through warmed organic granulate (150-170˚F) drying and polishing cutlery. UV-C exposure sanitizes before cutlery exits helping to eradicate any potential bacteria remaining from the washing process. Polished, dry, sanitized cutlery exits from the side chute into a clean bus pan or rack, ready to impress your customers.

CP-7000 Cutlery Polisher has a relatively small footprint to fit most work tables. Use the handy CP76 Wheeled Cart to increase ease of portability for cutlery polishing.

Other New Products for 2019:

·       Rimmer Refills – Margarita and Bloody Mary Salts in a bulk bag are a hassle to work with, often spoil or get "lumpy" from humidity. Rimmer Refills are the perfect solution with a sealed storage bag containing 10 perfectly portioned refill packs for Glass Rimmers. Available in 4 varieties: Hawaiian Black Lava Salt (CR-103HBL), Natural Key Lime Salt (CR-103KL), Natural Margarita Salt (CR-103W), Bloody Mary Salt (CR-103BM).

·       Liquor Pourer Caps – Convenient, low cost covers for Bar Maid's 285 style pourers. Extended with a "grip spot" making it easy to put on or off. CR-285CAP

·       pH Test Paper – 3 - 5.5 for foodservice applications in a convenient dispenser. DIS-402

·       Chlorine Sanitizer Test Strips – 100 quantity in an economical vial. DIS-303

Visit Bar Maid in BOOTH #11225 at the National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago - May 18-21, 2019 to see all the company's great products, including the GP-100 Glass Polisher and CP-7000 Cutlery Polisher in action! #100YearsofWow #nrachicago2019

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NORWALK, Conn., May 2, 2019 – Zero sugar, one-hundred percent flavor and three new variants – if it sounds too good to be true, that’s probably because you haven’t tried new Smirnoff Zero Sugar Infusions yet. The new line from Smirnoff comes just in time for the warmer months and as a more balanced lifestyle is top of mind for many. In fact, seventy-seven percent of people are reporting cutting back on added sugars.1 Smirnoff Zero Sugar Infusions offers a zero sugar option with all the flavor, perfect for those who want to have their (sugar-free) cake and eat it too!

Infused with natural flavors, the brand-new Smirnoff Zero Sugar Infusions lineup features three flavor variants, Cucumber & Lime, Watermelon & Mint and Strawberry & Rose, which will give vodka enthusiasts 21+ a delicious, sugar-free option without sacrificing taste. Whether brunching with your besties or hosting a backyard gathering of friends and family, it’s guaranteed to bring the flavor and fun to any daytime party or occasion!

To support the launch of Smirnoff Zero Sugar Infusions, Smirnoff is working with longtime brand partner, actor and producer Ted Danson and Saturday Night Live cast member Cecily Strong to create several TV spots highlighting all the fun and flavor that Smirnoff Zero Sugar Infusions brings. The spots depict the pair with Smirnoff Zero Sugar Infusions cocktails in-hand, “oohing” and “ahhing” over each of the three new flavor variants. The films are available to view on YouTube here and will air on national television starting in June.

“As a leader in the vodka category, Smirnoff has built a reputation for creating breakthrough innovations based on consumers’ evolving taste preferences,” said Jay Sethi, Vice President, SMIRNOFF, Diageo North America. “Now more than ever, consumers are demanding lower sugar options that are still delicious. With the launch of new Smirnoff Zero Sugar Infusions, we are proud to embrace the zero sugar trend in order to grow the category and give everyone 21+ an accessible way to enjoy a zero sugar spirit.”

Smirnoff will kick off celebrations for new Smirnoff Zero Sugar Infusions at a launch event in New York City later this month for media and influencers. The event will pair delicious zero sugar cocktails with zero sugar summertime bites and will be hosted by singer/songwriter, author and fashion entrepreneur Jessie James Decker and Choppedjudge Chef Amanda Freitag, who is curating the menu.

With new Smirnoff Zero Sugar Infusions (60 proof, 30% Alc/Vol), the brand stays true to its values of providing great quality products – and now great quality zero sugarproducts – at an affordable suggested retail price. It has never been easier to make sugar free cocktails at home that are packed with natural flavor. Smirnoff Zero Sugar Infusions are refreshing-tasting options, perfect for mixing simple, crowd-pleasing cocktails that are one-hundred percent delicious, without all of the sugar. Smirnoff Zero Sugar Infusions is gluten free and made without artificial flavors or colors.* The new line will land on shelves across the nation this month and will be available at a suggested retail price of $11.99 per 750mL bottle.

Smirnoff encourages you to soak up the summer sun on your porch at home with a cocktail in hand, surrounded by friends and family, and always sipping responsibly.

Smirnoff Zero Sugar Infusions Signature Serve

  • 2 ounces Smirnoff Zero Sugar Infusions (any flavor variant)
  • 4 ounces soda water

Pour soda water into a stemless wine glass over ice then add Smirnoff Zero Sugar Infusions. Depending on which flavor variant is being used, garnish with either a cucumber slice and lime wedge, a watermelon slice and mint sprig, or a strawberry slice and rose petal. Sip and enjoy!

*Smirnoff Zero Sugar Infusions Flavor Variants

  • Cucumber & Lime: The crisp, cool flavor of a fresh cucumber paired with the bright citrus notes of lime. Average Analysis per 1.5oz serving: Calories 72; Carbohydrates 0 G; Fat 0 G; Sugar 0 G.
  • Watermelon & Mint: Juicy watermelon flavor balanced with the taste of fresh mint for a refreshing-tasting finish. Average Analysis per 1.5oz serving: Calories 72; Carbohydrates 0 G; Fat 0 G; Sugar 0 G.
  • Strawberry & Rose: A delicate & slightly sweet strawberry flavor with a light rose petal finish. Average Analysis per 1.5oz serving: Calories 72; Carbohydrates 0 G; Fat 0 G; Sugar 0 G.
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May 16, 2019


BC RYE Whisky is Back!
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Purchases before May 31 receive a complimentary Glencairn Whisky glass!
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Fresh lime for Garnish
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