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March 18, 2019

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Toronto, ON (March 12, 2019) – District Ventures Capital is delighted to announce it has closed a Series A equity investment round with Walter Craft Caesar, the producers of Canada's most popular premium Caesar cocktail mix.


Founded in 2013 as the country’s first all-natural Caesar mix, the company has grown exponentially over the past five years, is on shelf in over 2,500 stores and can be found in popular restaurants and bars across the country.This investment comes on the heels of Walter’s launch of two new Caesar mix flavours, Vegan and Smoky Maple, bringing the Walter product line-up to five products, including Walter Classic Caesar Mix, Walter Mild Caesar Mix, and Walter Craft Caesar Rim.


“We are very excited to partner with the team at District Ventures,” said Walter Co-Founder Aaron Harowitz. "We’ve always believed that having experienced and dedicated partners is absolutely crucial to the success of our business.” Adds Walter Co-Founder Zack Silverman, “In District Ventures, we have a real value-add partner who not only understands where we are as a brand today, but also shares our vision for Walter Caesar in the future.” 


Walter uses only natural, premium ingredients, is Canada’s first Ocean Wise™ recommended Caesar Mix, and is proudly made in Canada in small batches.


“Our fund is on a mission to find and fund the growth of the most innovative food and beverage companies in the market. We work with them and surround them with all the resources they need to become household names,” said Arlene Dickinson, General Partner, District Ventures Capital. “With Walter Craft Caesar, we found a dedicated and driven entrepreneurial team that has laid a strong foundation for rapid growth. We are excited to partner with them and help them take their company to the next level.”


It is estimated more than 375 million Caesars are consumed annually in Canada – approximately 10 per Canadian. In a market saturated with mass-market commercial mixes high in unnatural ingredients, Walter Craft Caesar has seized the opportunity to attract the modern, health-conscious Canadian looking to make a better, tastier Caesar cocktail.

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LAS VEGAS – The 2019 Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show has selected three winners for its Entrepreneurs Awards program, including Jorge Hidalgo, Co-Founder of LIBRE Spirits; Tealye Long, Partner of Chufly Imports; and Richard Lee, CEO of Basic Straws.


“The Entrepreneur Awards program is one that we are particularly proud to bring back to the 2019 NCB Show,” said Tim McLucas, Group Sales Director of Nightclub & Bar Show. “We received dozens of entries, but these three brands represented a select group of small businesses that are spearheading the creation of innovative products that are going to change the face of the bar and nightlife industry.”


LIBRE Spirits was created in the mind of an ex-Mormon Mexican immigrant, organized by a North Carolina native and funded by a successful blue-collar family business man. LIBRE Tequila has designed products that combine the highest quality of 100 percent Weber Blue Agave Tequila and infused it with non-traditional, natural flavors to produce a truly radical tequila experience. LIBRE Tequila’s production is so clean, so direct that it is offered completely raw and un-cut.


"With our feet firmly planted in a rich tradition of quality Tequila production, LIBRE was formed to create a totally NON-Traditional Tequila experience. Our traditional offering of Silver, Anejo and rarely-offered-by-others Super Silver cement our pedigree as a true-blue highland Tequila first. We then take preconceived notions of Tequila and shatter them with our non-traditional expressions, which gently re-introduce Tequila to those who had previously written it off with a bad college experience. Our unique blends also entice those from other categories of liquor with a side-door entrance to the wonderful world of Tequila,” said Jorge Hidalgo, LIBRE Spirits.


Chufly Imports represents premium Bolivian wine and Singani that offers nearly 500 years of wine-making tradition at some of the highest elevations in the world in every bottle. The company’s mission is to make a difference beyond the traditional business model and hopes to create socioeconomic impact in South America’s poorest country through the distribution of its products.


“The wine and spirits industry is crazy competitive, flush with immense marketing budgets, and absolutely packed with dope entrepreneurs. For Chufly Imports, the Entrepreneur Award is proof a small, social-impact business can resonate in America’s crowded booze industry. Most importantly, this Award will help us reach our end-goal of lifting hundreds of families from extreme poverty through Bolivia’s finest wine and Singani,”said Chufly Imports, Ramón Escobar & Tealye Long.


Basic Straws is dedicated to promoting environmentally friendly alternatives in the food and beverage supplies industry. The company provides premium quality paper straws to restaurants, resorts, event spaces and bars across the United States.


“Winning the 2019 Entrepreneur of the Year award is a huge milestone for the company. What an honor it is for Basic Straws to be sharing the national stage with the best and most innovative companies at the 34th Annual NCB show,” said Richard Lee, Basic Straws.


Each winner receives a 10x10 ready-to-expo booth space on the show floor during the 2019 Nightclub & Bar Show, visit with Jon Taffer, Chairman of Nightclub & Bar and star of “Bar Rescue,” two (2) VIP Passes for the Nightclub & Bar Show conference program and nightly events, and an award with photo opportunity.


A limited number of passes are still available at the</a> website. To access the full schedule of Nightclub & Bar Show events, visit the Nightclub & Bar Show website <a href="">here

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MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, March 7, 2019 – Kruger Products L.P. earned a prized place on the 2019 Best Managed Company list for the second consecutive year. The Company was recognized because of its overall performance. This distinction is a testament that Kruger Products, a leader in the consumer and away-from-home tissue categories, is making everyday life more comfortable. 


“We’re approaching our business with new thinking,” says Dino Bianco, CEO, Kruger Products. “We are evaluating all aspects of our value chain and looking for inspired ways to evolve our business, and that takes great people with exceptional ideas.” The Company credits its strong performance to its people, who are the visionaries creating innovation.


In addition to a place on the Best Managed Companies ranking, Kruger Products has recently been named a GTA Top Employer, which recognizes companies that lead the way with the most progressive human-resources policies and initiatives. Kruger Products has been part of this list for seven consecutive years. It was also recognized on the Forbes Canada’s Best Employers list, which identifies companies doing the most for their employees to support employee retention and attraction. Kruger Products has been included in this ranking for three consecutive years. 


Kruger Products believes in empowering its people because empowered employees grow their capabilities and feel comfortable to ask the tough questions, which often ignite discussion around changing the status quo. Ultimately, this constant idea-generation strengthens the company’s performance. 


To see the full list of Best Managed Companies, click here. 

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MISSISSAUGA, ON (06/03/2019) – RATIONAL, the leading manufacturer of combi technology, is pleased to announce it is the recipient of a prestigious 2019 Kitchen Innovations® award for its UltraVent Plus portfolio of ventless hoods.

The National Restaurant Association ® Show Kitchen Innovations (KI) awards recognize progressive equipment that advances the way commercial kitchens operate. A fifteen-year tradition in the industry, the KI award program has earned a reputation for defining the gold standard of foodservice equipment innovation.

Delivering greater value and benefit to customers is a key driver of the RATIONAL innovation tradition. Since launching the first RATIONAL combi-steamer in 1976, the company has vigorously pursued research and development projects to improve commercial kitchen operations. The RATIONAL UltraVent Plus ventless hoods build upon this tradition.

Relying upon recirculating venting technology the UltraVent Plus captures vapor, grease and lingering smoke enabling operators to install RATIONAL equipment in smaller kitchens and customer-engaging front cooking areas without investments in vented hoods. The UltraVent Plus hoods work for the popular RATIONAL SelfCookingCenter® Combi-Duo, or stacked combi oven configurations, and retrofitting on existing equipment also is possible.

“Since its launch, the UltraVent Plus and proven enormously popular,” said Markus Glueck, executive vice president for RATIONAL North America. “Kitchen consultants and customers alike are impressed with its performance, flexibility and cost-savings potential.”

The RATIONAL UltraVent Plus ventless hood will stand among the 2019 KI recipients in the interactive Kitchen Innovations Showroom, booth #2440, at the 2019 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show®, on May 18-21, 2019 in Chicago at McCormick Place. RATIONAL USA invites show attendees to see the UltraVent Plus in action at the live cooking demonstrations held at the RATIONAL USA exhibit, booth #4260.


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