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November 14, 2019

On the announcement by William Grant & Sons that its Hendrick's gin brand is launching an absinthe in the UK;

Olly Wehring, Drinks Editor at GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company, provides his view:

“In its 20th year, Hendrick's is breaking out of its comfort zone, adding an absinthe expression to the gin stable. The move isn't as bold as it looks, though. Nor does it suggest dissatisfaction with the performance of the gin brand on William Grant's part.

“Hendrick's has been a remarkable success story for the UK-headquartered group. More recently, as the gin boom has taken hold, the brand continues to hold its own among newcomers, refreshing it’s offering this year through the addition of extensions such as Midsummer Solstice and Amazonia this year.

“Had William Grant launched a Hendrick's vodka, for example, then William Grant could be justifiably accused of panicking. A niche product such as an absinthe, however, suggests fun is being had rather than alarm bells being heard.

"Besides, with its 'Victorian-esque' positioning, Hendrick's works far better in absinthe than, say, Tequila."

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Toronto, November 12, 2019 – Canadian businesses are responding positively to a new company created to make the music licensing process more convenient. Since its launch in July 2019, Entandem, a joint venture between RE:SOUND and SOCAN, has simplified the music licensing process for a growing number of Canadian businesses – to date, a remarkable 3,300 – that use live and recorded music to help attract and keep customers, clients and employees.

So far, Entandem has collected more than $5-million in music-licensing revenue1, demonstrating its effectiveness in making it convenient for Canadian businesses to use music ethically, legally, and responsibly, while ensuring the creators and owners of the music receive fair compensation for the use of their valuable work.

"The businesses we work with clearly appreciate the convenience of completing both RE:SOUND and SOCAN music licenses at once," said Amadou Tall, director, Entandem Licensing. "Not only is this great for business, it's a positive development for rightsholders. The fair royalties they have earned allow them to maintain and build their careers and keep bringing us the music we love."

By law, whether they use live or recorded music, Canadian businesses must pay for the music they use so that those who made the music can be fairly compensated. Just as restaurants pay food suppliers and nightclubs pay for the liquor they serve to make their business better, music is an important, and often vital, piece of the customer, client or employee’s overall experience.

The money collected from RE:SOUND and SOCAN music licenses through Entandem is distributed as royalties to songwriters, composers, music publishers, artists, and record labels.

Entandem simplifies the completion of both RE:SOUND and SOCAN licenses, previously managed separately by each organization, into a single, jointly-operated business comprising 35 full-time employees whose work is an essential part of the Canadian music ecosystem. Entandem is headquartered in Toronto with a branch office in Montréal.

With Entandem, retailers, restaurants, nightclubs, fitness clubs and myriad other organizations that use music can complete their legally required music licenses in a single transaction.

Businesses seeking more information about the music licenses they may require can visit

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November 5, 2019

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ingressohost19 engThe world came to HostMilano this year. This, the 41st edition welcomed professionals from all over the world, and thus confirmed the fair’s ranking as the world’s leading hospitality event. There were over 200,000 presences: 8% more than in 2017. And it was a very international affair, as demonstrated by the fact that four visitors out of ten came from abroad, from no fewer than 171 countries. And not just from Europe, although naturally enough the old world did dominate, with many visitors from Spain, Germany, France, the UK and Switzerland. But there were also large delegations from the USA, China, the Middle East and the Far East. The furthest any one country had to travel to get to Milan was from the Fiji Islands.
Everyone had good reason to come: there, waiting for the professional visitors were 2,249 exhibitors (up 3.8% on 2017), 1,360 of them were Italian and 889 came from 55 foreign countries. They were made up of not just the big players, but also small-scale innovative concerns and start-ups full of ideas.
So the halls of the fair were a veritable babble of languages, in what was a decidedly cosmopolitan atmosphere.
The main reason everyone was there, of course, was to do business. And they did not go away disappointed: there was a substantial growth in the meetings that took place with operators and hosted buyers, who came to Milan thanks also to collaboration from ITA-ICE from all over the world, but most notably from the USA and Canada, Russia and the United Arab Emirates. There was a high level of satisfaction with the proposals that came out of these encounters.
But Host 2019 also turned out to be a unique opportunity to exchange know-how and experiences, thanks to a calendar of initiatives that has never been fuller: over 800 events in all sectors, from coffee and pastries to bread baking and catering. Another key factor was the partnerships with sector associations. These involved professionals, consultants and experts from all over the world who tackled topical issues like sustainability and 4.0 Technology, Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things.

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BALTIMORENov. 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Ever since its gates officially opened in 2018, the Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Baltimore has made it clear that, in addition to brewing everything from IPAs to sours to stouts, a particular focus was going to be placed on barrel-aged beers. Continuing to make good on that promise, Guinness today announces its second nationally available barrel-aged beer: Guinness Stock Ale Aged in Bulleit Bourbon Barrels. The announcement comes on International Stout Day – a holiday near and dear to the hearts of Guinness brewers in Baltimore and Dublin alike.


A stock ale is traditionally a blend of two different beer styles. Guinness Stock Ale Aged in Bulleit Bourbon Barrels is the endgame of a Guinness Barleywine and a Guinness Imperial Stout – both brewed in Baltimore and aged in Bulleit Bourbon barrels before being blended together. The high gravity stout and malty barleywine lead to a hearty and full-bodied beer with notes of nutty chocolate, raisins, roasted barley and sweet dark fruit with an ABV of 10%. Aromas of vanilla, coffee, stone fruit and ripe berries come off of this intense and luxuriant stock ale. The best way to enjoy all of these complex flavors and aromas is to sip the beer slowly and savor it at a leisurely pace – with respect to its double digit ABV.


"One of the really cool things about brewing a stock ale is that you actually get to brew two completely separate beers with unique traits and their own identities, and then blend them together to create a beer that takes on some of both, but also has a life of its own," said Senior Brewer at the Guinness Open Gate Brewery in BaltimoreSean Brennan. "When you consider all of the flavors coming from the wood of the barrels thanks to Bulleit's subtle spice and oaky richness, there's a lot of powerful influences to take note of and process in the final beer. As we say, it's one to sip."

Wooden barrels are a critical piece of Guinness history. During a span of nearly two centuries, every Guinness beer worldwide was stored and shipped in barrels. Fast forward to today; our brewers in both Baltimore and Dublin are bringing that tradition back to life, using their creativity to marry the best flavors of beer and wood.

Guinness Stock Ale Aged in Bulleit Bourbon Barrels goes on tap today at the Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Baltimore and can be found on shelves at specialty beer stores across the U.S. in 4-packs of 11.2oz bottles for a limited time beginning November 15th for a suggested retail price of $19.99.


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