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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 https://bchospitalityfoundation.com/act-now/ongoing-fundraising-campaigns/bc-our-beautiful-backyard-lottery/ 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 damrakgin.com, 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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TORONTO, September, 2020 – As countries around the world, including Canada, consider the future of single-use plastics, Corby Spirit and Wine is getting ahead of the game.

 

Along with its parent company Pernod Ricard, Corby is committed to be using only 100 per cent recyclable, reusable or compostable packaging within five years — and it is nearly there. More than 99 per cent of the primary containers used are recyclable.

 

“Sustainability is at the heart of what we are doing at Corby,” says Kim Leis, Senior Manager of Logistics, Product Development and Innovation Commercialization at Corby. “We’ve reduced the use of single-use plastics for promotional items, and by next year that will be phased out. Almost all of our plastic bottles are recyclable, we have moved to using lighter weight glass where possible to further lower our carbon footprint.”

 

The move to reduce the amount of plastics used and move to 100% Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) material for areas where plastic is still needed is a key pillar in Corby’s Sustainability and Responsibility strategy. Across North America, some 47 million bottles containing Corby or Pernod Ricard spirits are now made with PCR resin.

 

Corby has also changed up the tamper-proof shrink seal on its bottles to a recyclable PET on an estimated 240,000 bottles a year.

 

On the promotional side of the business, Corby has eliminated the use of plastic straws and promotional materials for Corby customers are printed on recycled paper or cardboard with vegetable-based ink. When it comes to cups used at events or for promotions, Corby is battling more of a habits problem, than a materials one.

 

Every cup used by Corby is plastic (and made in Canada, which reduces carbon emissions during shipping), but is fully recyclable.

 

“People feel good about saying they are using compostable cups,” says Carol McKenzie, Manager of Merchandising Services at Corby. “But compostable cups are not like food. You can’t just toss them in with the eggshells. They cannot be treated like household food waste.  They must be processed separately from both recycling and trash. Recyclable cups are still the best option as the plastic is re-used multiple times. The challenge is making sure our clients and patrons at events know there is a recycling process in place.”

 

Corby, through Pernod Ricard, is also a signatory to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy with a commitment to improved packaging recyclability.

 

Improved packaging is a key part of Circular Making, one of four pillars in Corby/Pernod Ricard’s Sustainability and Responsibility plan. Some achievements in this area include:

 

  • Sourcing more production close to home to reduce the carbon footprint, such as sourcing Canadian company Rock Spirits for canning Lamb’s Sociable ready-to-drink beverages in Canada. 
  • Absolut Vodka is a key partner in an initiative to create a paper bottle that is 100 per cent bio-based.
  • Jameson Irish Whiskey bottles are made from 80 per cent recycled glass.
  • Water reduction across the company’s global operations has dropped 22 per cent in the past decade.
  • Use of alternative energy sources is growing throughout the company, including a solar farm at an Australian winery and 100 per cent renewable energy use at French sites as well as all Chivas Brothers and Irish distilleries.

The other pillars of the S&R Plan are Nurturing Terroir, Valuing People and Responsible Hosting.

 
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TORONTO, September 16, 2020 – As countries around the world, including Canada, consider the future of single-use plastics, Corby Spirit and Wine is getting ahead of the game. 

Along with its parent company Pernod Ricard, Corby is committed to be using only 100 per cent recyclable, reusable or compostable packaging within five years — and it is nearly there. More than 99 per cent of the primary containers used are recyclable.

“Sustainability is at the heart of what we are doing at Corby,” says Kim Leis, Senior Manager of Logistics, Product Development and Innovation Commercialization at Corby. “We’ve reduced the use of single-use plastics for promotional items, and by next year that will be phased out. Almost all of our plastic bottles are recyclable, we have moved to using lighter weight glass where possible to further lower our carbon footprint.” 

The move to reduce the amount of plastics used and move to 100% Post-Consumer Recycled (PCR) material for areas where plastic is still needed is a key pillar in Corby’s Sustainability and Responsibility strategy. Across North America, some 47 million bottles containing Corby or Pernod Ricard spirits are now made with PCR resin. 

Corby has also changed up the tamper-proof shrink seal on its bottles to a recyclable PET on an estimated 240,000 bottles a year. 

On the promotional side of the business, Corby has eliminated the use of plastic straws and promotional materials for Corby customers are printed on recycled paper or cardboard with vegetable-based ink. When it comes to cups used at events or for promotions, Corby is battling more of a habits problem, than a materials one.

Every cup used by Corby is plastic (and made in Canada, which reduces carbon emissions during shipping), but is fully recyclable. 

“People feel good about saying they are using compostable cups,” says Carol McKenzie, Manager of Merchandising Services at Corby. “But compostable cups are not like food. You can’t just toss them in with the eggshells. They cannot be treated like household food waste.  They must be processed separately from both recycling and trash. Recyclable cups are still the best option as the plastic is re-used multiple times. The challenge is making sure our clients and patrons at events know there is a recycling process in place.”

Corby, through Pernod Ricard, is also a signatory to the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s New Plastics Economy with a commitment to improved packaging recyclability.

Improved packaging is a key part of Circular Making, one of four pillars in Corby/Pernod Ricard’s Sustainability and Responsibility plan. Some achievements in this area include:

·         Sourcing more production close to home to reduce the carbon footprint, such as sourcing Canadian company Rock Spirits for canning Lamb’s Sociable ready-to-drink beverages in Canada.  

·         Absolut Vodka is a key partner in an initiative to create a paper bottle that is 100 per cent bio-based. 

·         Jameson Irish Whiskey bottles are made from 80 per cent recycled glass.

·         Water reduction across the company’s global operations has dropped 22 per cent in the past decade. 

·         Use of alternative energy sources is growing throughout the company, including a solar farm at an Australian winery and 100 per cent renewable energy use at French sites as well as all Chivas Brothers and Irish distilleries.

The other pillars of the S&R Plan are Nurturing Terroir, Valuing People and Responsible Hosting.

 

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