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Despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, exhibitor registration for ProWine China 2020, International Trade Fair for Wines & Spirits, has been very good. Individual exhibitors will include renowned names such as Les Grands Chais de France (GCF), Schmitt Söhne and Henkell Freixenet. 14 major wine-growing nations will be represented with their own country pavilions: France (Business France), Spain (ICEX and Prodeca), Portugal (Wines of Portugal), Italy (Consorzio Vini Mantovani), Germany (Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture), German Wine Institute (DWI), Austria (Wirtschaftskammer Österreich), Slovenia (Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry and Food), Australia (Wine Australia) and Argentina (Wines of Argentina) as well as Brazil (Apex-Brasil), Chile (Wines of Chile), the U.S. (California Wine Institute) and Japan (Japan Sake and Shochu Makers Association). Due to the current travel restrictions many of these fair stands will be manned by the respective importers and/or the local representatives. ProWine China will be held from November 10 – 12, 2020 at the Shanghai New International Expo Center (SNIEC).

For the industry, the 3-day trade fair will be an important trend barometer, showing how the wine market will develop under the influence of COVID-19. Despite international travel restrictions and social distancing measures there is every indication of a successful event. The market in China is next to being sold out and most dealers are ready to place new orders for the coming year after months of hesitation. A comprehensive hygiene concept according to the authorities has been established for ProWine Asia 2020, allowing buyers from all over China to safely visit the event.

Unique Diversity of Wines and Spirits

Whether in Düsseldorf, Germany at ProWein or in Shanghai at ProWine – Chinese wines are attracting more and more attention in the sector. This year many wine-growing estates from the most important wine-growing regions will again present the diversity of Chinese wines at the stand of UP-Chinese Wine. In addition, the Yinchuan Helan Mountain Eastern Foothills Wine Industry Alliance will be presented for the first time with several wine estates from the region. Also taking part in ProWine China, for the third time, will be the market leader COFCO Great Wall.

Varied Ancillary Program

Since the start seven years ago, ProWine China has placed great emphasis on education and training and offered a varied program of events during the exhibition. This year, the ancillary  program will consist of over 30 high-caliber events. Professor Li Demei will continue to chair the industry forum at ProWine China 2020 under the heading “The Effects of the Coronavirus Pandemic on Wine Consumption – Opportunity and Reaction of the Industry”.  Other events will include the 3-day WSET Masterclass as well as a wide range of tasting courses at the country pavilions.. The courses will be hosted by renowned figures in the Chinese wine industry, including Lu Yang, the world’s first Chinese Master Sommelier, and Gus Zhu, the first Chinese Master of Wine. The largest blind tasting competition for sake in China will take place on the last day of ProWine Asia.  For those unable to travel to Shanghai, WSET and the California Wine Institute as well as other exhibitors will stream their events live. For those unable to travel to Shanghai, WSET and the California Wine Institute as well as other exhibitors will stream their events live

For further information on visiting or exhibiting at  ProWine China 2020, contact Messe Düsseldorf North America; Telephone: (312) 781-5180; E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; Visit and

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ST. PAUL, Minn. – Oct. 30, 2020 – Ecolab, the global leader in water, hygiene and infection prevention solutions and services, received approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its Sink & Surface Cleaner Sanitizer. The product is the first registered by the EPA to kill the virus that causes COVID-19 in 15 seconds – the fastest product available. The Sink & Surface Cleaner Sanitizer is one of the innovative solutions powering the new Ecolab Science Certified™ program, advancing the program’s mission to help deliver a higher level of cleanliness to the places people stay, eat and shop, like hotels, restaurants and grocery stores.


Ecolab’s advanced chemistries, including Sink & Surface Cleaner Sanitizer, are key to helping restaurants and other businesses meet heightened expectations for cleanliness and more stringent regulations to help reduce the risk of exposure to the virus that causes COVID-19 and other viruses. Sink & Surface Cleaner Sanitizer is a concentrated, no-rinse, 2-in-1 cleaner and sanitizer designed for use on any hard, non-porous food contact surface – from the front of the house to the kitchen.


Leveraging Ecolab’s extensive expertise and science-based public health and food safety knowledge, this versatile cleaner sanitizer has been tested and proven effective against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Ecolab offers the concentrated product for use in spray bottle or electrostatic spray applications. It is one of only three electrostatic spray products proven effective against SARS-CoV-2. 


“Restaurants, hotels and foodservice facilities are working harder than ever to ensure cleaner, safer environments that help protect people and build consumer confidence,” said Michael Johannsen, Ecolab executive vice president and general manager of Global Institutional, the Ecolab division that serves the hospitality industry. “In addition to simplifying hygiene procedures, Ecolab’s Sink & Surface Cleaner Sanitizer provides unmatched sanitizing efficacy, killing the virus that causes COVID-19 faster than any other product on the market.”


Ecolab’s Sink & Surface Cleaner Sanitizer, one of the innovative solutions powering the new Ecolab Science Certified™ program, simplifies restaurant hygiene procedures by combining an effective cleaner and sanitizer into one solution without the need to rinse between cleaning and sanitizing or before contact with food. When used in an electrostatic spray application at a disinfection concentration, it can disinfect large indoor spaces efficiently and effectively, from destination dining locations and hotel restaurants to food prep areas behind the customer counter.


Developed using insights from proprietary Ecolab consumer research and informed by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, Ecolab Science Certified is a comprehensive, science-based program that combines hospital disinfectants, food-contact sanitizers and other cleaning products with a detailed training program and a periodic auditing process conducted by highly trained Ecolab field specialists. After meeting rigorous program criteria, customers can display the Ecolab Science Certified seal to let consumers know about their commitment to world-class hygiene.


Ecolab has one of the broadest product portfolios for use against SARS-CoV-2. Including the Sink & Surface Cleaner Sanitizer, Ecolab offers 12 products tested and proven effective against SARS-CoV-2 and registered by the EPA. And Ecolab offers more than 50 products that are listed on the U.S. EPA List N for use against SARS-CoV-2. In addition, Ecolab products are proven effective for use against SARS-CoV-2 in dozens of countries around the world, including the U.S., Canada, Australia, Brazil, and throughout Europe.


For more information about Ecolab’s Sink & Surface Cleaner Sanitizer or to order, contact your local Ecolab representative or visit To see how the Ecolab Science Certified program works, visit

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October 7, 2020 (Toronto, Ont.) - Hounds Vodka, the leading North American black vodka brand, announced today the release of Canada’s first-ever mineral infused black vodka sodas. Providing Canadians with a one-of-a-kind black vodka beverage to complement its existing premium spirit, Hounds Black Vodka Sodas are available in three aromatic flavours, Cucumber Mint, Clementine Hibiscus and Guava Lime. These refreshing vodka sodas will provide consumers with a brand new, elevated ready to drink experience for fall.

“With increasing demand from consumers for new and exciting ready to drink alcoholic beverages, we saw an opportunity to create something truly unique with our premium, Canadian vodka,” says Andrew Kirby, Co-Founder and President of Hounds Vodka. “Hounds is dedicated to challenging the status quo, and this addition to our product line allows us to continue our commitment to beverage innovation with a sophisticated and game-changing vodka soda offering.”

These brand new thirst-quenching refreshments combine light and energetic flavours with Hounds Vodka’s exceptional black vodka, delivering a deliciously smooth vodka beverage with a sweet, flavourful taste. A premium Ontario craft vodka produced in Niagara, Ontario, Hounds Vodka’s showstopping black colour is created by the infusion of fulvic minerals and humic acids to produce a velvety finish.

Hounds Vodka’s black vodka sodas will be available for purchase today in Canada for $59.99 per 24-pack on to be distributed in liquor stores across Canada in 2021.

Hounds Vodka is currently available at BC Liquor Stores, the LCBO and La Saq, and online at

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Holiday hosting may look a little different this year, but we want to make it feel the same. 

Between the tree trimming, gift shopping and house cleaning, your holiday duties are no easy task. With the drive to create a fun and entertaining atmosphere even when the holiday parties may not be as big as we are used to, we can’t forget the importance of holiday drinks to set the mood! 

This year, keep the holiday spirit alive with a signature drink using RISE Kombucha’s 1-litre bottles to easily prepare and refill your festive beverage. This year has been filled with many stressful changes, make sure your holidays reflect the peace and love you wish to celebrate by making your at-home holidays an easy celebration. With the eight different flavours included in RISE’s classic collection, you can enjoy a signature drink and provide options to choose from as the night rolls on. 

Creating a great holiday atmosphere does not need to break your bank or your energy. RISE Kombucha’s 1-litre bottles make party time drinks accessible and affordable. The fizz and fun of RISE Kombucha makes it easy to create amazing drinks with or without alcohol. 

Holiday Recipe Guide:

Blueberry & Maple Cocktail

  • 1/3 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 oz bourbon
  • ½ oz lime juice
  • 2 oz Blueberry & Maple RISE Kombucha

Orange & Turmeric Mocktail

  • 3 oz Orange & Turmeric RISE Kombucha
  • 1.5 oz soda water
  • Orange peel
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 spring rosemary


  • 2 oz vodka
  • 8 oz Fresh Ginger RISE Kombucha
  • 2 fresh lime wedges

We hope you are inspired by these festive cocktail recipes for the holiday season ahead!

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NEW YORK, NY (October 27, 2020)  Hot on the heels of its distillery launch last year, the team behind The Dublin Liberties Distillery is finally launching its four, new, aged expressions to the US market with one blended Irish whiskey aged 5-years called Oak Devil, and 3 others, all single malt Irish Whiskies, which  include The 10 year-old Copper Alley, the 13 year-old Murder Lane and the 16 year-old Keeper’s Coin. Created by renowned Master Distiller, Darryl McNally — considered the Rockstar of Irish Single Malts — the four, small batch, aged expressions are inspired by the stories, the streets and the people from the historic quarter of old Dublin where distilleries, weaving mills, forges, printing-presses, tanneries, illicit taverns, and dens of ill repute were abound. An area known for centuries as Hell, this wild and wayward quarter of old Dublin was notorious for mayhem and riotous behavior with danger and intrigue waiting around every cobbled corner. 

The award-winning, luxury range — Liberties Irish Whiskey — celebrates aged single malt, offering rare, aged liquid with unique cask finishes. It features small batch, higher quality ingredients, which result in a sensorial range, brimming with sophistication and substance. Not only is single malt the oldest, most traditional way of making whiskey in Ireland — although mash bills over the years have become more widespread — it epitomizes Irish Whiskey, because after all, it was the Irish who taught the rest of the world how to make great whiskies. Resurrecting this tradition was important to McNally not only for its historical significance, but because using malted barley, which is of the utmost quality, results in a better more flavorful final product. 

Through their evocative names and intricate illustrations, each whiskey in the Dublin Liberties series tells a legendary story from the Liberties colorful history in the 17th and 18th Century, where the distillery is located. With the new range, Master Distiller Darryl McNally and his team at the Dublin Liberties Distillery are aiming to bring a fresh, new perspective to Irish whiskey-making and reinvigorate the high end of the category, as McNally explains:

 “Irish whiskey is my passion and to be able to play a part in continuing its growth is a real honor for me. I see innovation in the super premium plus segment as key to continuing the impressive growth Irish whiskey has seen in recent years, so with The Dublin Liberties, we’re embracing an experimental approach with unique finishes for our aged malts unlike anything else on the market. We’re incredibly proud of the new expressions we’ve created!” 

In Dublin, The Liberties became known as hell. To enter hell, you needed to walk under an archway where a carved oak devil stood, and this is where the brand’s tale begins:

On the label of the youngest expression named Oak Devil (SRP $44.99 - $49.99), the devil stands watching proudly over the first of The Liberties Irish Whiskeys.  The 5-year-old blend of malt & grain whiskey is liquid gold. Full of aromas of baked apples, fresh hay & warm brown sugar, give way to flavors of toffee apples, cider & caramel before a finish full of gentle nutmeg, cinnamon & lingering sweetness, imparted by years in the highest quality American oak casks.

Now lost to the ages, Copper Alley was the oldest street in Dublin, named after the coin that was first minted there in the 17th century. The label is inspired by the color of those minted coins and their Celtic Irish origins. The Copper Alley 10-year-old Single Malt (SRP $59.99-$64.99) abounds with sweet aromas of delicate honey & powdered sugar with floral notes of apple blossom & red fruits. The whiskey has been finished in 30-year old Oloroso sherry casks which imbue deep fruit notes of baked plums, ripe red grapes & give the liquid its deep amber hue.

The Murder lane 13-year-old Single Malt (SRP $89.99) has been called after an unmarked alleyway known as murdering lane, that connects Bow Street and James Street. There is evidence and lore to show that in the early 1600’s many men, women and children met a very unfortunate end on that lane. Murder Lane brims with sweet aromas of almonds, marzipan & vanilla imparted by thirteen years in American oak. The whiskey is then finished in rare Hungarian oak casks previously seasoned with Tokaj, imbuing rich flavors of ripe apricot flesh, white peach, and a hint of coconut. The finish adds a gentle spice to the experience. 

In the 1600’s, under Christchurch Cathedral, there were a series of crypts that were used as illicit drinking dens. The cellar keepers each had their own coins and casks — which is where the name keeper’s coin is derived from. Excavations under the Cathedral unearthed a purse full of silver coins and several leather bottles still containing alcohol.  The Keeper’s Coin 16-year-old Single Malt (SRP $159.99) is full of aromas of soft toffee, fudge, toasted hazelnuts, and baked banana with sea salt caramel. On the palate, poached pear and big fruity notes of dried apricots dominate. Sixteen years in American oak casks bestow a substantial wood influence giving a salted butter mouthfeel. The dark, auburn hue is imparted by Pedro Ximénez 250-liter hogshead casks in which the whiskey finally rests. The finish is smooth and rounded with honeyed sweetness.

The Dublin Liberties Irish Whiskey collection is the culmination of inspiration of over 400 years of Irish history and distillation excellence, a true testament to The Distillery’s unwavering commitment to produce only the finest and most special Irish Whiskey in the world, making it the perfect choice for today’s Irish whiskey connoisseur. Liberties Irish Whiskies can be purchased at select and high-end liquor retailers in New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Colorado, Washington, Michigan, and Minnesota.


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