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TORONTODec. 19, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Jon Taffer, Executive Producer and host of Spike TV's "Bar Rescue" and renowned hospitality expert, announced a partnership with Sculpture Hospitality, the global leader in inventory control and the iconic Bevinco brand. Taffer has officially endorsed the company's full suite of inventory services; Bevinco, Bevinco Mobile, Bevchek and Measuring Cup, offered through their dedicated network of individual owners/operators. Taffer will work closely with Sculpture Hospitality to continue to enhance the suite products to better serve the market. Margins in the industry are shrinking so maximizing food/liquor profits are key to success and this collaboration will enable Sculpture to integrate impactful cost saving strategies, based on Taffer's years of experience.

"In my extensive experience, I can honestly say that Sculpture Hospitality's inventory solutions are world class and by far the most comprehensive in the industry," says Taffer. "The flexibility that operators have to pick and choose between options that satisfies their needs is unparalleled, choosing from their app to hiring a local representative to doing inventory management. They've even had clients fall in love with their solutions so much, they decided to purchase their own Sculpture Hospitality franchise. Now that is what I call customer satisfaction!"

Sculpture Hospitality revolutionized the bar industry over 30 years ago, with the advent of their Bevinco service that allows bar owners to see their business finances in full transparency through measured usage compared to sales. Over the years, they have continued to enhance the service, moving to a fully cloud-based platform that allows you to multitask on-site from anywhere in the world to reduce your inventory time. Inventory is performed using wireless handheld devices so you can work efficiently by scanning brand specific items or custom barcodes using your onboard camera or optional barcode scanner to reduce entry errors. Only the Bevinco platform accurately captures partial item weights wirelessly and weighs open items in the appropriate way ensuring the accuracy of every drop instead of tenthing.

Sculpture Hospitality's President, Vanessa De Caria speaks to the partnership: "Jon Taffer has his hand on the pulse of our industry and is the ideal partner to help us generate greater awareness for our family of brands. Through collaboration, we feel we can continually enhance our inventory solutions to best suit our customer needs. Our enhancements are driven by customer experience and few know the industry better than Taffer, which is why this partnership makes so much sense for us. Our accuracy is unparalleled and offers insights into ordering using our intelligent PAR and order system, that adjusts based on your historical data. We can digitally track stock transfers and requisitions between areas, export our reports to various outputs and integrate seamlessly with a large number of POS systems for automated sales transfer. We are also able to monitor draft beer in real-time with Bevchek's flow meter system that also fully integrates with Bevinco and most recently, we can monitor food using our proprietary food inventory software, Measuring Cup. Working with Jon Taffer can only help us to enhance the customer experience."

Sculpture Hospitality is a franchise-based system that has representation in every market in North America and significant parts of the globe. The franchisees are experts in their craft and provide hands-on consultation to bar and restaurant owners on a weekly basis. On-site inventory audits are conducted to identify the extent of loss, which averages 25% in our industry due to poor practices, over-pouring, waste and theft. Their team of experts work directly with management to ensure losses fall below 5%. Operators can easily monitor the health of their business finances through measured, detailed inventory reports that allows them to drill-down to brand specific data, on-hand inventory levels, cost usage and more. The reports are easy-to-read, accurate and the level of service you require is completely customizable. Operators can choose to outsource the inventory entirely to one of our resident experts or utilize the software on their own to conduct the audit in-house.

De Caria concludes, "We look forward in collaborating with Jon and his team on Season Six of Bar Rescue, where we will Shut It Down together to rescue a new bar every week and we anticipate some entertaining results."

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NEW YORK, NY (DEC. 21, 2017) Today, Highland Park is delighted to announce the global launch of their latest special edition, called THE DARK. This 17-year-old single-malt Scotch whisky has been exclusively matured in first-fill European oak sherry-seasoned casks and bottled at 52.9% ABV. It delivers a distinctly deep flavor packed with dried fruits, nuts and spices and overlaid with hints of smoky peat.

Jason R. Craig, brand director of Highland Park, commented, “THE DARK is the first of two special editions. It will be followed by THE LIGHT in spring 2018. Both editions share the story of the contrasting seasons of our Orkney islands home and the resulting perfect balance of Highland Park whisky.”

Highland Park THE DARK celebrates autumn and winter on Orkney. It’s a time to escape from the wild weather outside, to meet up with friends and family and enjoy sharing long evenings of conversation over a dram or two.

THE DARK is presented in jet-black bespoke glass; the serpent dragon embossed on the front takes its inspiration from Viking lore. THE DARK and THE LIGHT are inscribed in Viking runes on the bottle and oak cradle in a nod to the brand’s heritage. The rear of the glass bottle is embossed with “Made with Pride on Orkney” — a heartfelt tribute to the men and women of the distillery who create Highland Park single malt.

The oak cradle has two circles etched on the top and bottom to represent both the high sun of the summer solstice and the low sun of the winter solstice, key dates on the Viking calendar. They, in turn, embody the contrasting seasons and their influence on Highland Park whisky.

Highland Park’s award-winning whiskies deliver the perfect balance of smoky sweetness that is the product of Orkney’s climate and craftsmanship. The climate is mild, reaching highs of only 60 degrees Fahrenheit in summer and lows of around 35 degrees Fahrenheit in winter. The wild winds that assault the islands generate a landscape in which few trees survive. This creates the aromatic peat — woodless but rich in heather — which, when used to dry our malt, gives Highland Park whisky its distinctive flavor.

Tasting Notes: Highland Park THE DARK/17 Years Old/52.9% ABV

Natural Cask-Driven Color (no additives): Deep russet

Flavors:  Dried fruits | Cinnamon | Toasted almonds | Cedar wood | Fruitcake | Light peat smoke

Highland Park THE DARK will be available from specialty spirits retailers nationally and via and starting today, Dec. 21, at an SRP of $300/750 mL. 

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Toronto, December 13, 2017 – SOCAN – the Society of Composers, Authors & Music Publishers of Canada welcomes the House of Commons motion triggering the parliamentary review of the Copyright Act of Canada in 2018. This process, which was mandated as part of previous amendments to the Act in 2012, comes at a pivotal moment for authors, composers and music publishers.

"Canadian copyright legislation is lagging behind those of other G7 countries, and I hope that, through this review, Canada will want to assume a world leadership position on copyright, as it does on other issues," said Eric Baptiste, SOCAN’s Chief executive officer. "In a sector in turmoil, especially with the arrival of new ways to consume and listen to music, more than ever we need strong copyright protection to ensure that music creators and publishers are fairly compensated for their work."

SOCAN is Canada’s largest music organization and, with its combination of members and organizations licensed to play music, touches more than a quarter-million Canadian independent and small businesses. SOCAN is also Canada’s largest copyright collection organization, connecting more than four-million music creators worldwide as well as more than a quarter-million businesses and individuals in Canada. With a concerted use of progressive technology and a commitment to lead the global transformation of music rights, SOCAN is dedicated to upholding the fundamental truth that music has value.

SOCAN looks forward to working with the various parliamentary committees that will review the current law to provide expertise and bring the point of view of the songwriters, composers and music publishers.

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December 13, 2017

Glenfiddich Winter Storm (SRP: $250), the first-ever single malt Scotch to be finished in ice wine casks. The resulting liquid is a crisp, premium whisky aged 21 years, imbued with a unique layer of sweetness and complexity. Packaged in a striking white ceramic bottle and beautifully embossed presentation box, Glenfiddich Winter Storm is the newest release in the Glenfiddich Experimental Series, joining Glenfiddich India Pale Ale Cask Finish and Glenfiddich Project XX (twenty). 

Glenfiddich Project XX (SRP $79.99) is the result of a collaboration between 20 whisky experts and Glenfiddich’s Malt Master, Brian Kinsman, who together have developed one unexpected, extraordinary single malt. Going against normal whisky making conventions, Brian invited these experts from 16 countries around the world (the US, Canada, France, Germany, Taiwan, China, South East Asia, Ukraine, Brazil, England, Scotland, Mexico, The Netherlands, South Korea, Russia and South Africa), to explore and each select a cask, 20 in total, from a warehouse at the Glenfiddich Distillery in Dufftown. The experts – many of them the foremost authorities on Glenfiddich in their respective countries – have accumulated a wealth of whisky knowledge between them and spend their lives introducing single malts to whisky connoisseurs, enthusiasts and novices. Brian’s ambition was to create one remarkable single malt, by combining the curiosity and knowledge of these 20 experts.

Glenfiddich India Pale Ale Cask Finish ($70.00) Brian Kinsman, Glenfiddich’s Malt Master and a passionate creator and innovator, is constantly trying to push the boundaries in his field. For his latest experiment, Brian has teamed up with a small Speyside micro-brewer to craft something different, rich, bold and totally new to the Scotch whisky world. In the brewery, the collaborators created three separate brews, at different strengths and with different levels of hops, then filled the IPA into Brian’s hand-chosen empty American oak barrels. This resulted in the Glenfiddich India Pale Ale Cask, the first-ever single malt Scotch whisky finished in IPA craft beer casks. The nose includes a beautifully delicate balance of ripe green apple, William’s pear and spring blossom. Aromatic hops and fresh herbs complement the characteristic Glenfiddich fruitiness and sweet, vanilla oakiness, creating a taste that is vibrant and zesty. The finish is a long lasting sweetness with subtle green hops. SRP is $70.00, making this the perfect gift for the whisky lover in your life who loves to try the latest and greatest within the whisky world. For an unexpected twist, Glenfiddich recommends serving the whisky over ice with a squeeze of blood orange into the glass.

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[LEXINGTON, Ky.] – While Kentucky is known for bourbon, the state’s growth in craft distilleries has cast a spotlight on other locally produced spirits and handcrafted cocktails. Town Branch Distillery is at the forefront of this exciting trend and is set to release Town Branch Gin to round out its portfolio of spirits. 

One of the oldest distilled spirits, gin is typically flavored with juniper berries. Town Branch Gin is no different, but in addition to juniper, the distillery adds coriander, nutmeg, orange and lemon peels, and purple coneflower, which is native to the Central Kentucky region. These botanicals offer a clean, bright, refreshing finish. Town Branch Gin lends itself perfectly to a gin and tonic or can be highlighted in craft cocktails such as the Bitter Ginger, created by Jason Bartlett at Bluegrass Tavern in Lexington.

“We are excited to have begun experimenting with our distilled spirits,” said Mark Coffman, master distiller at Town Branch Distillery.  “With so many craft distilleries in Kentucky, it is great to collaborate with them on new ideas.”

Alltech is finding success in distilling both at home and abroad. Town Branch Gin is just the first step being taken to expand the spirits lineup from the Lexington distillery. Pearse Lyons Distillery at St. James in Dublin, Ireland, opened its doors this past June and is already seeing progress with its Pearse Irish Whiskey range and its Ha’Penny Gin. 

Town Branch Gin will be available for purchase at the Town Branch Distillery visitors center beginning on December 12, 2017, and will be moving into full distribution at the beginning of 2018. 

Follow the Town Branch Facebook page or @ TownBranch_KY on Twitter for updates, special events and product releases. 

For more information about Alltech Lexington Brewing & Distilling Co., visit


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