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Aptly Named After Rum Pioneer, “JOY” a Fitting Tribute to Visionary and Craftswoman Extraordinaire within the Spirits Community

ST. ELIZABETH, JAMAICA (MARCH 8, 2017) – In a year when the spotlight is shining on women more brightly than in recent memory, Appleton® Estate is proud to shine its light on a woman who has helped shape the spirits universe and defied expectations through a storied and remarkable career – Master Blender Joy Spence. Appleton Estate, the world’s leading Jamaican premium aged rum announced the debut of its limited 25 Year–Old release in honor of Joy and her 20th Anniversary as Appleton Estate’s Master Blender.

Two decades ago, Spence shattered the spirits industry’s glass ceiling when she was appointed the world’s first female Master Blender – a title that few women share twenty years later. To commemorate Joy’s anniversary and pay homage to her years at Appleton Estate, the distillery is releasing “JOY,” its first 25-Year-Old Rum – a fitting tribute to the visionary who has spent much of her career perfecting it.

“For my anniversary blend, I simply set out to create the rum that I’d like to sip while watching the colors of my garden change in the warm glow of the Jamaican sunset,” said Master Blender Joy Spence. “It includes two rum marques, which are of particular sentimental significance to me: The first of these marques was laid down to age in 1981 - the year I joined the Appleton Estate team, and the second is my favorite marque of pot still rum. The final blend is a wonderful rum that I hope Appleton Estate fans will enjoy.”

These two distinct rums are the heart of the JOY Anniversary release, and are combined with other hand-selected marques of rum that perfectly complement the complex flavors of the aged liquid to create a blend that is impeccably balanced with subtle mellow oak notes. On the palate, JOY opens with Appleton Estate’s trademark delicate orange peel, leading into a delicious mix of ginger, spice, warm vanilla, butterscotch, and coffee, with lingering layers of almond and toasted oak. With an exceptionally smooth finish of brown sugar, the new release is sure to please all those that have the privilege of sipping it.

As the ultra-premium rum category experiences respectable growth at approximately 10 percent (Nielsen Data – 12/31.16), the Jamaican Rum segment has a unique opportunity to define and shape the category at large as it becomes a more compelling proposition with bartenders and consumers interested in aged spirits. In 2016, Appleton Estate – with Joy Spence at the helm – saw a surge in 9L case volume with 15 percent growth across its portfolio. With a range of expressions for different palates and price points, such as cocktail-centric spirits like Appleton Estate Reserve Blend and Appleton Estate Signature Blend to sipping rums, such as the Appleton Estate Rare Blend 12 Year Old and Appleton Estate 21 Year Old, these rums are part of the legacy of the Jamaican people. As Ms. Spence celebrates this milestone in her career, the “JOY” release is another example of the brand expanding its offerings to keep the rum category fresh and engaging. 

As a woman in a traditionally male dominated industry, Joy is nothing short of a pioneer. At a very young age, Joy fell in love with the field of Chemistry and dreamed of working in a field where she could bring that passion to life. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and with a Master of Science in Analytical Chemistry – a rarity for a Jamaican woman at that time - she joined Appleton Estate in 1981 as Chief Chemist, and quickly became enthralled with the process of blending rum. 

Over the next 16 years, under the expert guidance of then Master Blender, Owen Tulloch, Joy honed her sensory skills, developing an unrivalled palate and excellent sense of smell, until she herself was named Master Blender in 1997. Throughout her tenure, Joy has been decorated with a myriad of awards, starting with honorary doctorate degrees from both alma maters, and culminating with a national award from the Jamaican government for her contribution to the rum industry.  Both an artist and a scientist, Joy has spent the last twenty years creating some of the finest rums the world has ever tasted, and the “JOY” Anniversary Blend may be her greatest triumph yet. 

In her 36 years with the distillery, Spence has spearheaded the brand’s legacy of quality, care and dedication. She is an industry pioneer with unparalleled skills at creating premium blended rums, which is in every bottle produced. This latest and exclusive honorary release is a reflection of a remarkably resilient and passionate woman who embodies grace, devotion, intelligence, perseverance, and, above all else, joy. Born in Jamaica, Joy enjoys cooking and gardening and is even renowned within her native country for creating her own face cream - yet another example of her skill blending the finest ingredients.
Appleton® Estate’s “Joy” Anniversary Blend is bottled at 90 proof (45% alc./vol.) and retails for an MSRP of $250.

Blend: A select blend of aged rums each matured a minimum of 25 years, including rum aged up to 35 years.
Appearance: Beautiful coppery gold color with shimmering highlights.
Bouquet: Opening with Appleton Estate’s trademark delicate orange peel as a top note and intertwined with ginger and spice, this special blend finishes with warm vanilla, butterscotch, coffee and lingering layers of almond and toasted oak.
Finish: Exceptionally smooth with an elegant finish of brown sugar.

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2017 Nightclub & Bar convention and trade show Announces unparelleled speaker lineup


Tweet It: Learn from the world’s most successful industry leaders @NightclubBar 2017! Full speaker schedule: <> 


 LAS VEGAS – The 2017 Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show, which returns to the Las Vegas Convention Center Monday, March 27 through Wednesday, March 29, will host some of the world’s top food and beverage and nightlife industry leaders for innovative and current speaker sessions that touch on some of the most on-trend and thought-provoking topics today.


 The diverse speaker lineup allows attendees the opportunity to learn from experts in a variety of specialty fields, including:


 Bartending & Mixology


*         Bob Peters, The Punch Room


*         Charlotte Voisey, William Grant & Sons


*         Erick Castro, Possessed by Spirits


*         Michael Tipps, BarTipps


*         Natalie Migliarini, Beautiful Booze


*         Tenzin Samdo, Tavern Road


*         Trevor Frye, Wash Line LLC


 Beer Food & Wine


*         Chef Brian Duffy, Duffified Group


*         Colleen McClellen, Datassential


*         JR Wheeler, Odell Brewing Company


*         Larry McGinn, iMi


*         Scott Hempstead, Boston Beer


 Management Liability & Legalities


*         Emma Vaughn, Main Street Hub


*         Izzy Kharasch, Taffer Dynamics


*         Robert Smith, Nightclub Security Consultants


*         Sarah Longwell, American Beverage Institute


*         Tobin Ellis, BarMagic


*         Trevor Estelle, The TIPS Program


 Marketing & Promotions


*         Andrew Corbett, The Bull and Barrel, The Pubclub, Level 3 Vodka Emporium and The City Grill


*         Eric Olsen, Fasturtle


*         Mauricio Reyes, Constellation Brands


*         Ron Cates,


*         Whitney Larson, Vēmos


 On-Premise 360


*         Jeff Kahler, Service That Sells!


*         Mike Ginley, Next Level Marketing


*         Richard Welcovitz, Walt Disney World


*         Ryan Ruiz, Tilted Kilt


*         Wayne Partello, San Diego Padres


 Operations & Profitability


*         Brad Bohannan, Turtle Bay


*         Brian Warrener, Johnson & Wales University


*         Cleo Clarke, Eataly


*         Frank Martucci, Twin River Casino


*         Robert Byrne, Technomic, Inc.


*         Ryan Esko, Smokey Bones


*         Sandy Rivas, Microsoft



Social Media


*         Apple Elgatha-Wells, Fork, Knife and Spoon


*         Louie LaVella, La Vella Nightlife


*         Paul Ramondo, Ramondo Media


*         Ram Krishnan, Buzztime


This year, guests will have the opportunity to attend a variety of special conference features, which includes speaker sessions and panels that are guaranteed to make attendees develop new ideas they never thought of before. Industry leaders participating in these sessions include:


 *         Freddie Wyatt, Munch & Company


*         Nik Kundra, Partender


*         Ronn Nicolli, Wynn Nightlife


*         Ryan Klaasen, element HOSPITALITY


*         Salvatore Wise, Hakkasan Group


 In addition to the speaker sessions, convention attendees will have the opportunity to work directly with industry leaders to learn tips of the trade directly from the source with a hands-on experience during a variety of workshops. Workshop leaders include:


*         Bob Brown, Bob Brown Service Solutions


*         Bobby Heugel, Anvil Bar & Refuge


*         Christine Van Rooy, VANROOY Design


*         David Scott Peters, The Restaurant Expert


*         Jerry Van Rooy, VANROOY Design


*         Jonathan Pogash, The Cocktail Guru


*         Ron Cates,


*         Terry Williams, Anvil Bar & Refuge


For the full list of speakers, more information on each session and a full convention schedule, visit the Nightclub & Bar Show website <> . For those interested in attending the show or for more information, please visit <> .

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Nightclub & Bar Media Group Names

 2017 Nightclub & Bar Award Winners


Las Vegas -Nightclub & Bar Media Group has selected winners across 15 different categories for the 2017 Nightclub & Bar Awards.


North America's premier industry awards program recognizes both individuals and establishments from across the nation who demonstrate a remarkable talent of skill and expertise while driving the industry to a new level of success.

 "The number of nominations we received for this year's Nightclub & Bar Awards far exceeded last year's program," said Bob Stewart, Vice President, Nightclub & Bar Media Group. "There were some really close nominations, which is why we ended up expanding one of the categories to recognize two winners. The winners of this year's program showed an outstanding dedication to innovation and professionalism, but overall each of our winners had an elite sense of setting the industry standard while creating an outstanding hospitality experience."

 For several years, the Nightclub & Bar Awards have served as the industry's most prestigious awards program, dedicated to honoring individuals and venues that are identifying industry trends, as well as showcasing excellence in bar, nightclub and lounge concept development, operations, innovations and success.

 2017 Nightclub & Bar Award Winners:

 *         Bartender of the Year

 Chris Hannah, Arnaud's French 75 (New Orleans, LA)

 *         Beer Bar of the Year

 Tap 30(Petoskey, MI)

 *         Brunch Venue of the Year

 Flying Squirrel Bar (Chattanooga, TN)

 *         Cocktail Bar of the Year

 Trick Dog (San Francisco, CA)

 *         Dance Club of the Year

 Love+Propaganda (San Francisco, CA)

 *         Dive Bar of the Year

 Pre Flite Lounge (Sacramento, CA)

 *         Hotel Bar of the Year

 1 Hotel South Beach (Miami Beach, FL)

 *         LGBTQ Venue of the Year

 The Abbey (West Hollywood, CA)

 *         Live Music Venue of the Year

 The Fillmore Philadelphia (Philadelphia, PA)

 *         Lounge of the Year

 I|O Godfrey at The Godfrey Hotel Chicago (Chicago, IL)

 *         New Concept of the Year

 CATCH LA (West Hollywood, CA)

 *         Restaurant Bar of the Year

 La Coctelera (San Juan, PR)

 *         Speakeasy of the Year

 Himitsu (Atlanta, GA)

 *         Sports Bar of the Year

 o   Hospitality Group Operated Sports Bar of the Year

 The Fifty/50(Chicago, IL)

 o   Single Proprietor Sports Bar of the Year

 Blake Street Tavern (Denver, CO)

 In addition to being featured on, individual winners and venues will be celebrated during an awards ceremony at the upcoming Nightclub & Convention and Trade Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center, March 27-29.

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Featured in the WHAT'S HOT! WHAT'S COOL!(r) New Product Gallery at the NAFEM Show, February 9-11 in Orlando, FL.


ORLANDO, FL.  (February 21, 2017) - Nor-Lake, designer and manufacturer of refrigeration equipment for foodservice, scientific and industrial markets, is proud to announce that the new Keg Management System was be featured in the WHAT'S HOT! WHAT'S COOL!(r) New Product Gallery during the NAFEM Show, February 9-11, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. The WHAT'S HOT! WHAT'S COOL!(r) New Product Gallery features products intended to provide foodservice operators with equipment, products and technology designed to simplify their job.


Nor-Lake's Keg Management System (KMS) combines a custom walk-in cooler with a built-in hoist to lift beer kegs providing the ideal solution for keg lifting and storage in bars, craft breweries, nightclubs and many other applications. The system is designed to reduce the risk of work related back injuries by providing a safe solution to prevent employees from manually lifting and handling kegs. The KMS integrates a track system with an electric hoist into the walk-in infrastructure; this hoist is designed to lift and stack kegs anywhere within the beer cooler making it easy for one person to safely move kegs to any point inside the walk-in structure.


The KMS is designed to optimize keg storage footprint and organize keg rotation while providing convenient solutions to common problems associated with traditional keg storage systems. The system's integrated cantilever shelving for storage eliminates obstructions on the walk-in floor allowing for additional keg storage.


The KMS is fully configurable to fit any size walk-in and available with a number of additional options designed to meet the needs of each customer. The optional LED lighting strip can be mounted to the bottom of the shelving system making it easier to see and tap lower kegs. The system is available with an optional digital scale designed to take the estimation out of calculating partial kegs for precise inventory control. The optional heavy-duty handle assembly provides added convenience for lifting and moving kegs. Nor-Lake's KMS integrated walk-in ships from the factory with all the necessary components, reducing installation costs.


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