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NEW YORK, September 7, 2018 – Founded in 1808, Champagne Henriot is one of the few remaining family-owned Champagne houses, with more than 200 years of independence and heritage. Known for its luminous Chardonnay-driven style, Champagne Henriot today introduces Cuvée Hemera 2005, the first prestige cuvée produced by Chef de Caves, Laurent Fresnet, and Vintage Brut 2008, which marks the house’s bicentenary with its 200th vintage offering. Both new wines will be available nationwide in the U.S. beginning this month.


Since 2006, Fresnet has overseen Champagne Henriot’s small-scale production, which includes 87 acres of family-owned and cultivated vineyards and a talented group of dedicated growers. Guided by the pursuit of the purest expression of Chardonnay grapes selected from the finest terroirs in the Côte des Blancs and Montagne de Reims, Fresnet has been recognized by the International Wine Challenge in 2018, earning the Lens Evans Trophy for excellence and consistency, and in 2015 and 2016, when he received the title of “Sparkling Winemaker of the Year.” Each Champagne Henriot cuvée is mostly sourced from Premier and Grand Cru Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, while a propensity towards low-dosage also helps to preserve the purity of the exceptional fruit, and a higher percentage of Chardonnay in each blend results in the luminous house style that defines Champagne Henriot.


Cuvée Hemera 2005 is a homage to the Greek Goddess of daylight, Hemera and Greek mythology painted on the walls of the Champagne Henriot house. An equal proportion of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the Grand Cru vineyards are blended with four other prestige vineyards in Champagne to create the Cuvée Hemera 2005: Chardonnay grapes from Chouilly, Avize and Mesnil-sur-Oger, and Pinot Noir grapes were from the north of the Montagne de Reims, from Mailly Champagne, Verzy and Verzenay – each representing the unique terroir that produces exceptional grapes. The character of these prestigious vineyards reveals itself as an intense balance and freshness.


“Slowly ripening over time, the finest terroirs bestow Cuvée Hemera with the luxury of light and time, enhancing the work that together man and nature have created,” says Fresnet. “After 12 years of aging in the darkness and silence of our cellars, this champagne bears the finesse and liveliness of spring, while the mineral freshness of the finest Chardonnay heightens the delicious accents of the very best Pinot Noir.”


Cuvée Hemera 2005

Yellow and gold-tinged in appearance, this wine offers full-flavored fruitiness, notes of apricot, stewed citrus fruits and pate de fruit on the nose. Roasted notes are peppered with a toasty and acacia honey-like quality. On the palate, Pinot Noir picks up the mantel, offering a velvety structure and delicate intensity. Fruit flavors come to the forefront, with notes of fresh and slightly candied citrus fruit. The aromatic intensity continues on the palate with subtle, honeyed and toasted notes. The resolutely low dosage plays its part in retaining and enhancing the natural beauty of its primary ingredients. Can be enjoyed immediately as an aperitif or kept for 5-10 years in the safety of a dark cellar to allow the Champagne to further flourish over time.


Also produced from the Côte des Blancs vineyards, the Vintage 2008 Brut harvest illuminates Champagne Henriot’s elegant style and the six years spent in the cellars naturally enhanced the blend’s quality. It is Fresnet’s first Champagne Henriot vintage champagne that he has overseen from vineyard to bottle in its entirety.


Vintage 2008 Brut 

A refreshing burst of fresh white flowers and citrus fruits, followed by the silky, light elegance of candied lemon and honey notes on the palate. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir sourced exclusively from Premier and Grand Cru vineyards, each reveal exceptional freshness and rare elegance, unfurling a breadth of aromas against a magnificent mineral surround.

“To celebrate our 200th anniversary, we are delighted to share an exceptional vintage, Brut Vintage 2008,” says President of Maisons & Domaines Henriot, Gilles De Larouzière, the eighth generation of the Henriot family to oversee this revered house. “This release exemplifies the pure brilliance of a style, a harvest year, and a new chapter for Champagne Henriot. Time is our legacy and the Vintage Brut 2008 release carries our two-century-old story that has perpetuated and enhanced the blend’s graceful quality.”

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September 10, 2018

Grant's, the world's number three Scotch whisky, today announces a global brand refresh which includes striking new packaging with a renaming of its signature blend, a refined core range and a new direction for its communications campaign. Launching globally from July 2018, Grant's Triple Wood is a new way of communicating the superiority of the liquid through its whisky making process for a smooth, rich and mellow taste.

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"While other blended whiskies are declining, Grant's continues to go from strength to strength, leapfrogging others to become the world's number three Scotch whisky. As the whisky that holds the family name, we have big ambitions to be the most distinctive player in Scotch whisky and are proud to celebrate our Triple Wood maturation, the key to our exceptional taste, with a new global brand refresh." - Philip Gladman, Grant's Chief Marketing Office

About Triple Wood 

The use of wood plays an important role in the creation of Grant's. Using the same formula for the last 130 years, 60% of its flavour is drawn from cask influence, rather than being aged in just one type of cask. Grant's Triple Wood liquid is rested in three types of cask - Virgin Oak which provides spicy robustness, American Oak lending subtle vanilla smoothness and Refill Bourbon bringing brown sugar sweetness - for a truly rich, smooth and mellow taste.

Also using the Triple Wood process, Grant's Triple Wood Smoky is matured in three types of casks. Master Blender, Brian Kinsman increases the addition of peated whiskies within the blend, resulting in a smooth, rich and subtly smoky taste.

A Simplified Range: Ale Cask, Rum Cask and 8 year old Sherry Cask Editions 

Grant's Master Blender, Brian Kinsman and his team have spent decades experimenting by pairing Grant's traditional whisky blends with unusual flavour profiles. The result was Grant's Cask Editions - three blended Scotch whiskies finished in a carefully selected final cask for greater depth of flavour.

Enjoyed for twenty years, Grant's Ale Cask is the first blended Scotch to be finished in barrels that have previously held ale. Clean and fresh on the nose with creamy maltiness, it offers maple syrup, red apples and honey with hints of oak to the taste.

Combining the traditional whisky blend with exotic flavours from the Caribbean, Grant's Rum Cask Edition is matured in oak barrels before ageing further in barrels that previously held rum. Vibrant and sweet with tropical fruits and a hint of banana reveal rich vanilla oak and a touch of sweet spice.

Grant's 8 Year Old Sherry Cask Finish spends eight years ageing in oak barrels before it matures further in Oloroso Sherry casks handpicked from Spain by Brian Kinsman. An immediate oaky vanilla sweetness is counterbalanced with rich malty notes. A few drops of water bring out deep, dried fruits and subtle woody spices.

"The Triple Wood process is at the very heart of what we create here at Grant's. As a result of ageing our whiskies in three different casks our Triple Wood is distinctive to taste, with a balance of qualities drawn from the character of the wood. I love the complexity of spice, smooth vanilla and the sweet edge gathered from that combination of three casks." - Brian Kinsman, Master Blender

About Grant's 

In life, some try to go it alone. At Grant's, we prefer to make it together. Since 1887 William Grant has been making whisky to a unique formula, with passion and expertise shared over five generations. We mature Grant's Triple Wood in three different types of wood, for a smooth, rich, more mellow taste. Today we are the world's number three Scotch whisky. Drink Grant's responsibly.

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TORONTO, Sept. 10, 2018 /CNW/ - Like great whisky, friendships get better with time. J.P. Wiser's launches a new national campaign with personalized billboards and radio spots, giving friends the opportunity to toast each other in a big way.


In July 2018, the Canadian whisky brand collected over 1,000 messages via from people across the country who felt their friends deserved recognition. Now, a handful of these public toasts are live across Canada.

"Our aim is to allow friends to show appreciation for one another by encouraging them to call out the qualities that make their friendships unique," says Sam Jacobs, Brand Manager Canadian Whisky. "J.P. Wiser's is honoured to share ad space with people who genuinely care about their friends," he adds. The public toasts express everything from tongue-in-cheek shout-outs, to heartfelt messages.

Up to 80 of these messages will air on radio stations, and 165 custom billboards and transit shelter posts in specific neighbourhoods across Canada now display the personal messages.

The targeted ads will appear as a surprise to the unsuspecting 'toastee' as they stroll through their neighbourhood, ride public transit, listen to the radio on their way to work, or check their social media.

In the spirit of the 'Hold It High' campaign, J.P. Wiser's Whisky is bringing the public toast to your town. The Canadian whisky brand will activate its first ever toast-recording studio and whisky bar in a customized shipping container set to travel across Canada. The portable studio is designed to give everyone the chance to record their own custom toast, and instantly share it with their friends on social media.

The first stop for the toast recording studio will be at one of North America's most anticipated night-time gatherings, Nuit Blanche, on Saturday, September 29th, 2018 in Toronto, ON.

Guests will also be invited to sample the newly released J.P Wiser's Old Fashioned Whisky Cocktail and enjoy live music at the pop-up.

Prior to the campaign's launch, J.P. Wiser's invited friends on both sides of the Detroit River to make a toast to the longstanding friendship between the border cities. The unprecedented gesture saw guests on the Windsor side at the J.P. Wiser's Distillery raise a glass of whisky to a crowd gathered on Detroit's Belle Isle. Both groups simultaneously called out the campaign's slogan, 'Hold It High' to their friends across the border. 

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Milan, September 5 2018– With just under 15 months to go before the ribbon is cut, preparations have already been underway for some time for HostMilano, the leading professional hospitality event organised by Fiera Milano. And now they are getting into top gear, ready to launch this 41th editionof the event, offering even more business opportunities, at fieramilano October 18 through 22, 2019

975companieshave already confirmed their participation, 46% of which come from more than 40 foreign countries; the best  represented countries include Germany(16%of all international exhibitors), Spain (14%),France (9%), theUS (8.2%) and the UK (6%). In terms of macro-areas, Professional Catering – Bread, Pizza and Pastaaccounts for 48%of all exhibitors, while Bar, Coffee Machines, Vending Machines – Ice Cream, Pastry Shops – Coffee and Tearepresents 23%and Tableware, Furnishings & Technologyaccounts for the remaining 18%

In parallel, scoutingcontinues under a partnership with ITA Agency, bringing more than 1,500 buyers from 80 different countriesto Host 2019. With a high turnover rate of 80%, the focus is on particularly interesting markets such as the USCanada, the Middle East, theUAEChina andRussia.

Fiera Milano will also be participating in a series of workshops, events and trade fairs to present the event and keep an eye on the markets that appear to be the most consolidated or promising for HostMilano. Significant stops on the promotional tour include, in addition to a number of Italian cities, Mexico CityDubaiLimaMunich, Moscow, and the US cities of Boston, ChicagoLas Vegas and Orlando.

Three macro-areas will represent key sectors of the economy

On the whole, there will be more opportunities for the three related sectors to complement and cross-influence each other. thanks to the concept of organisation by macro-areas, one of the event’s major strong points, which is being constantly refined to to reflect as many dynamic sectors of the Italian and international economy.

According to data from the Ulissesystemprocessed by Host Observatory, world trade in Professional Catering Machinery, Equipment and Accessories was worth 52.8 billion euroin 2017, with an average annual growth rate of 6.1%over the 2009-2017 period. An additional 3.8%annual increase is expected between now and 2021. With more than 3.54 billion euroby value and a market share of 6.7%of world exports, Italy is the third-biggest exporter in the industry, after China (€19.08 billion, 36%) and Germany (€4.22 billion, 8%), but ahead of the US (€2.76 billion, 5.2%) and France (€1.67 billion, 3.2%). The biggest importers are the US (€9.08 billion, 17.2%), Germany (€3.93 billion, 7.4%) and France (€2.26, 4.3%), while the principal destinations for Italian products are France (€457 million), Germany (€395 million) and the United Kingdom (€183 million).

In Ice Cream-Pastries, a market worth a world-wide total of about 2.4 billion euroItaly leads the packin exports, with a value of 664 million euroand a 27.8%market share, followed at a distance by Germany (203 million, 8.5%) and the Netherlands (200 million, 8.4%). The annual growth rate in the segment between now and 2020 is expected to be +3.2%

World trade in the Coffee – Coffee Machines – Vending Machinescluster totals 17.3 billion euro. The average annual growth rate between 2009 and 2017 was +9.1%, and growth is expected to continue at a rate of 4.9%until 2021. Global exports are dominated by three countries with similar values and market shares: Germany (€2.74 billion, 15.8%) is just ahead of Italy (€2.63 billion, 15.2%), followed by Switzerland (€2.56 billion, 14.8%). 

In detail, world trade in the Vendingsector is worth 870.6 million euroand is expected to growth 2.1%between now and 2021. Italy is well ahead of the packin this sector, with exports worth 292.5 million euroand a market share of about 33.6%.

Lastly, the world trade in the Home Furnishings-Tablewaresector was worth 165.8 billion euro in 2017 and grew at an annual rate of 5.3%in the years from 2009 to 2017. It will continue to grow between 2018 and 2021 and mark a rate of +3.5%per year. Italy is the world’s fourth-largest exporter, with a value of 6.9 billion euro and a market share of 4.2%, confirming its vocation to target the high end of the market rather than mass production. 

The most recent figures from ANIMA, the mechanical industry employers’ association that includes Assofoodtec, the cluster for manufacturers of machinery and equipment for food and hospitality, confirm the positive trend in the year 2018. Production (+2.7%)exports (+2.9%)and investment (+8.2%)are all growing. The productionvalue is expected to reach 48.74 billion eurothis year, while exports will be worth 29.65 billion. The USAis the top export market, growing another 6.7% in 2017. Italy’s exports to North America are worth 3.18 billion euro. Chinais growing at double-digit rates and was up 19.6%last year to pass the one billion euromilestone, while Russiais also on the upswing, with a dramatic growth rate of +24.8%in 2017, up to895 million euroInvestmentwas particularly strong in the area of food technologies in 2018, growing at  rate of more than 7%in the year.

The calendar of events is already packed 

Events will be featured on the menu at the upcoming edition of HostMilano, with a packed programme of at least 500 workshops, presentations of figures and studies, tastings, educational initiatives and thrilling contests; the fair becomes a multisensorial experience thanks to presentations at corporate stands and cooking shows by award-winning chefs, the amazing creations of pastry chefs and cake designers and performances by top baristasand bartenders.


The focus will be on a partnership with for the identification and promotion of innovation in products, services and formats; SMART Label will be back under a partnership with ADI - Associazione per il Disegno Industrialerevealing and confirming the trade’s ability to continue renewing its range: 497 candidacies collected over the past three editions, 156 companies awarded the SMART Label, more than 20 special recognitions with the Innovation SMART Label, and the same number of products marking significant milestones in the sectors represented.


The selection process has begun for the finalists who will participate in the 2019 edition of the FIPGC Cake Designers World Championships and the FIPGC World Trophy of Pastry, Ice Cream and Chocolate organised by the International Federation of Pastry, Ice Cream and Chocolate. These championships, held every two years, will for the third time be held during HostMilano, on October 19 and 20 2019 and October 21 and 22, 2019, respectively. This year’s fascinating theme for both championships isArt and Tradition of your Nation: a celebration of different flavours and colours in which each national team brings different flavours and ingredients to the competition, reinterpreting their local traditions in a modern way. Dozens of other events are being planned, and details will be announced in the months to come.

All updates are available at:, @HostMilano, #Host2019.

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September 11, 2018

BARDSTOWN, Ky. – Evan Williams Bourbon today launched a new marketing campaign titled “Bourbon Done Right.” The flagship Bourbon brand of Heaven Hill Distillery, the world’s second largest holder of aging Bourbon, will utilize the new positioning to showcase real, everyday satisfaction from a real, everyday Bourbon.

As the second largest selling Bourbon in the world, the new campaign conveys the commitment to quality and the esteem with which consumers have held Evan Williams over the last decade. The new campaign showcases people enjoying their hobbies, whether building a deck or polishing their car, it shows how Evan Williams Bourbon can be used to celebrate the small moments of satisfaction that are found in everyday life and the pride that comes with it. The Bourbon Done Right campaign is brought to life across all programming platforms including a new national cable TV spot, social media, point of sale materials, and updated website at National cable TV advertising will run on MLB World Series coverage on ESPN, ESPN2, TBS/TNT, MLB Network, as well as on the History Channel. Watch the new Evan Williams TV spot hitting screens this fall here.

Evan Williams is among the leaders in the rapidly growing American Whiskey segment. Evan Williams is a proud sponsor of Major League Baseball and the World Series, first forming a partnership with the national pastime in 2016. As an American-made and American-owned brand, Evan Williams has recognized true American heroes through their exceptional stories of honor and bravery on special edition American-Made Hero labels for the past four years. The Evan Williams Bourbon Experience ( celebrates the legacy of Evan Williams through an immersive visitor’s center experience which brings to life the history and tradition of Kentucky's native spirit as an official stop on the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

“As a leader in the category, Evan Williams is a prime example of commitment to excellence and quality when it comes to Bourbon,” said Julie Cole, Evan Williams Brand Manager. “The new campaign establishes Evan Williams as the Bourbon that provides satisfaction for the consumer on their own time and in their own terms. Evan Williams invites fans to celebrate their passions with ours.”

At a suggested retail price of $14.99 for the 750ml size, Evan Williams Black is a smooth, easy to drink Bourbon named after Evan Williams who, in 1783, opened Kentucky's first commercial distillery along the banks of the Ohio River. Today, Evan Williams is distilled at Heaven Hill Distillery’s Bernheim facility, the largest single-site Bourbon distillery in the world, located just a few blocks from the site where Evan himself built his distillery.


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