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March 14, 2017

CHEEMO Introduces Unconventional PerogiesTM Brand

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - March 14, 2017) - In a move to reflect the ever-changing tastes of Canadians, Heritage Frozen Foods Ltd. is introducing a new line of CHEEMO Perogies - Unconventional Perogies™. The first flavour available in this new brand is South Asian Style Curry. This is a vegetarian perogy filled with a savoury and delicately spiced curried potato, with cheese, carrots and cilantro.

"For over 45 years our family has provided Canadians with high quality, great tasting perogies at a reasonable cost," says Joe Makowecki, President of Edmonton-headquartered Heritage Frozen Foods.

"With the introduction of our Unconventional Perogies™, we continue to provide our customers with premium perogies that reflect the very nature of our multi-cultural society. CHEEMO's Unconventional Perogies™ represent Canada's changing ethnic landscape and our customers' growing interests in international cuisine."

"CHEEMO's Unconventional Perogies™ enable Canadians to experience the taste of Canadian Fusion - a blend of international cuisines - while maintaining our ongoing dedication to quality and value that has been a hallmark of our family-owned company from its inception."

Heritage Frozen Foods is a Canadian family-owned and -operated company that has been providing its customers with high quality value-priced perogies since 1972. For great CHEEMO recipes, visit

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Vinexpo announces major New York exhibition
of international wines and spirits, March 5-6, 2018  



NEW YORK – March 14, 2017 – The leading international exhibition for wine and spirits professionals is bound for the U.S. with Vinexpo New York, March 5-6, 2018. Produced in association with Diversified Communications, the show is expected to host exhibitors from all wine-producing regions around the globe to the world’s largest wine-consuming market – a distinction the U.S. has held since 2010. Show organizers aim to propose a new type of event for the wine and spirits industry, which will be adapted to the fast-evolving US market. Vinexpo New York will be open exclusively to the national trade. Targeted visitors are importers, distributors, retailers, brokers, e-commerce, on-trade buyers and sommeliers.


Held in the Javits Center’s 45,000-square-foot, glass-enclosed River Pavilion, Vinexpo New York will feature two days of business meetings, tastings, conferences, master classes and networking events. Its exhibition will showcase the newest wines and spirits introduced to the U.S. market.


“The time is right to bring Vinexpo to the U.S. market, which leads the world in wine consumption and whose influence only continues to grow,” said Guillaume Deglise, CEO of Vinexpo, which has held bi-annual exhibitions in Bordeaux since 1981 and has expanded into Asia since 1998, with shows in Hong Kong and Tokyo. “Vinexpo New York will present American buyers with an unmatched opportunity to experience, on their own turf, wines and spirits from international markets, including a number of products that have never before been available in the U.S. market.”


“We’re excited to combine forces with Vinexpo to bring the international world of wine and spirits to New York – the trade capital of the U.S.,” added Mary Larkin, Executive Vice President of Diversified Communications. A leading international media company based in Portland, Maine, Diversified produces trade events across the globe for a wide range of industries.


A catalyst for international wine and spirits business, France-based Vinexpo draws thousands of exhibitors and tens of thousands of buyers, importers, sommeliers, distributors, retailers and other qualified professionals to its exhibitions in Bordeaux and Asia.  Its June 2017 show in Bordeaux will be no exception, with as many as 2,300 exhibitors and 48,000 trade visitors from 151 countries expected to descend on the city’s Parc des Expositions, June 18-21.


Vinexpo New York attendee registration will open in September 2017. For more information, visit

Published Date

March 13, 2017


 2017 Nightclub & Bar convention and trade show Hosts fourth Annual shake it up competition in partnership with the united states bartenders’ guild


The top 20 mixologists in the United States travel to Las Vegas to win a spot to compete in the 2017 World Cocktail Competition


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 Tweet It: #ShakeItUp w/ top mixologists from around the #USA as they compete @NightclubBar Show 3/28!


 LAS VEGAS – For the fourth year, Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show has partnered with the United States Bartender’s Guild to host the Shake It Up Classic and Flair competitions, hosted on Tuesday, March 28 from 1 to 5 p.m. Mixologists from across the United States will travel to Las Vegas to compete for the chance to represent the United States at the World Cocktail Competition later this year.


 Attendees will have the opportunity to witness these expert mixologists as they are challenged to concoct new and innovative cocktails in front of a panel of judges made up of top industry leaders. 


 The afternoon will feature two competitions; the Classic Competition, which will test each mixologist’s ability to create a premium cocktail with the ingredients provided; and the Flair Competition, which will test each competitor on their ability to entertain guests with a variety of tricks while creating the perfect cocktail.


 Classic Competitors include:


*         Giancarlo Aversa, Greater Detroit


*         Jarmel Doss, Chicago


*         Jonathan B. Howard, Nashville


*         David Martinez, Greater Detroit


*         Conor McDermott, Denver


*         Justin Park, Hawaii


*         Egor Polonskiy, Chicago


*         Ryan Puckett, Indianapolis


*         Eli Sanchez, Indianapolis


*         Nathaniel Smith, Minneapolis – St. Paul




Fair Competitors Include:


*         Ryan Clark, Las Vegas


*         Rodrigo Delpech, Las Vegas


*         Mariano Gil, Houston


*         Colby Ashton Good, Las Vegas


*         Michael Guzman, Las Vegas


*         Will Isaza, Boston


*         Ram Ong, Miami


*         Danilo Oribe, Las Vegas


*         Luis Ortiz, Las Vegas


*         Hector Rangel Marquez, Houston


 For more information on the Shake It Up Competition, visit the Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show website <> .


 The Nightclub & Bar Show, March 27-29, 2017, is the world’s largest gathering of bar, nightlife and beverage professionals. The show offers industry professionals the opportunity to connect with suppliers, network with new businesses, discover new products and gain critical skills to ensure their success in the dynamic bar and nightclub industry. For those interested in attending the show or for more information, please visit <> .

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Avanti Commerce, the company behind Subway® Restaurant’s impressive, global entry into mobile ordering have announced the launch of their software as a cloud-based platform, making mobile ordering and payment possible for any restaurant chain.

Consumer demand for mobile ordering and payment continues to soar. Major brands such as Starbucks, Subway and Panera Bread have firmly established market leadership, leaving smaller chains scrambling to keep up. Avanti’s newly launched platform will directly address this emerging need, allowing restaurants of any size to establish a mobile ordering offering.

No stranger to the space, the leadership behind Avanti was involved in initial trials of mobile commerce for Starbucks, Panera Bread and McDonald’s. With Subway® Restaurants, Avanti built and launched a sophisticated, global mobile ordering platform, in a franchised environment, with multiple payment and POS systems. A build out of this scale and complexity has shaped Avanti into one of the most experienced in the mobile ordering and payments space. In late 2016, Subway acquired a custom version of the Avanti platform, providing the opportunity for Avanti to re-emerge and continue to address the market needs.

Avanti has now tailored their platform, taken the most powerful parts of it and adapted it for use among restaurants of any size, from large international chains to small local coffee shops.

The Avanti platform offers the following unique features:

  • The fast, secure platform can be up and running in a matter of weeks, including customized brand, menu and design incorporation, without having to invest in creating the technology and infrastructure from scratch.
  • The platform is not limited by size, traffic or location and can work for any brand at any scale.
  • It can be extended seamlessly to multiple currencies and multiple languages.
  • It is delivered at a price point for everyone, starting at a basic plan and allowing brands to add the features they need.
  • The platform can be used across multiple channels (“omni-channel”), increasing the customer’s experience.


“We’ve been working in the mobile space since 1999, when we were involved in the first North American mobile commerce trials for some of the biggest brands,” said Jason Strashek, Avanti founder and CEO. “Mobile ordering is no longer just a shiny ‘nice to have’ capability for businesses - it’s becoming a necessity for the fast-moving modern consumer and a powerful way to drive engagement and sales.”

As part of the company’s launch, James Christensen has been brought onto the management team as VP of Business Development, bringing with him a wealth of experience in the industry. “I am excited to be joining a company that has been at the forefront of mobile commerce for nearly two decades, and can’t wait to bring my expertise to the table to help contribute to the ongoing success of the company.”

For more information about Avanti, please visit:

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March 9, 2017 (West Kelowna, BC):  A pillar in the Kelowna business community for over 25 years, Quails' Gate Winery is honoured to receive the prestigious Canada's Best Managed Companies designation. The 2017 Best Managed program recognizes the best-in-class of Canadian-owned and managed companies with revenues over $15 million demonstrating strategy, capability and commitment to achieving sustainable growth.  


"We are absolutely thrilled to be recognized among such renowned businesses across the country," remarks Quails' Gate's CEO Tony Stewart. "From the beginning, our family has always strived not only to be good stewards of the land and our community, but also to create exceptional wine and culinary experiences for our guests. We are extremely proud to have such an incredible team that has been able to execute our family's vision and reinforce our reputation as one of Canada's leading family-owned estate wineries."


As one of the original estate wineries in the Okanagan, Quails' Gate and the Stewart family have helped shape the development of the wine industry in Canada for over 50 years by taking a collaborative approach to build and promote the wine industry both nationally and internationally. This approach positioned Quails' Gate as a respected, knowledgeable and pioneering winery with strong support from the community, and was one of the defining principles that led to its recognition as one of Canada's Best Managed Companies.


This year, only 45 companies across the country received this prestigious recognition. "It's much more than just financial performance," said Peter Brown, Partner, Deloitte and Co-Leader, Canada's Best Managed Companies program. "The ingredients to success also include overall business performance and sustained growth. It takes dedication and commitment from the entire organization."

Established in 1993, Canada's Best Managed Companies is one of the country's leading business awards programs recognizing Canadian-owned and managed companies for innovative, world-class business practices. Applicants are evaluated by an independent panel made up of judges from Deloitte, CIBC, Canadian Business, Smith School of Business and MacKay CEO Forums. Best Managed companies share an emphasis on culture and people, innovation, sustained performance and strong financial results.


2017 winners of the Canada's Best Managed Companies award will be honoured at a gala in Toronto on April 19, 2017.


Suggested Tweet: Congrats @Quails_Gate named one of @DeloitteCanada #BestManaged Companies #Wine #Canada 2017


About Quails' Gate Winery: As one of Canada's foremost family owned and operated estate wine producers, we are dedicated to crafting outstanding quality wines and creating memorable wine and food experiences for our guests. With our award-winning restaurant, luxurious lake front accommodations and a variety of tour and tasting experiences, we look forward to helping our guests create their perfect Okanagan moment.




Media contact:  

Lindsay Kelm, Quails' Gate Winery

Communications & Marketing Manager

P- 250.769.4451 ext. 268

C- 250.718.2070

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