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(January 17, 2019– Oakville, Canada) Today, Peter Mielzynski Agencies (PMA) announced it has acquired Quebec-based LCC Wines & Spirits. The two companies have a long history of collaboration, and this agreement represents the latest move by PMA in its efforts to establish a leadership position in the Canadian beverage alcohol space.

LCC, established in 1985, quickly built a distinguished reputation thanks to its passion, experience and management philosophy based on responsibility and mutual respect. In addition to its strong brand portfolio, LCC has provided exceptional leadership for PMA’s supplier partners in Quebec, based on its insight, trusted relationships and strong family leadership.

With this acquisition, the majority of LCC’s team of professionals will join PMA, including current President and CEO Dominique-Ann Coffin who will assume the role of Vice President of Sales, East Region, overseeing Quebec and the Atlantic Provinces with PMA.

“Partnering with LCC was a natural fit. We share many of the same brands, as well as the same commitment to a highly-specialized and service-oriented approach in the market,” said John Donohue, PMA General Manager. “Our growth strategy has been very deliberate, and I look forward to working with Dominique-Ann and her team to channel LCC’s energy and passion to the PMA business.”

Founded in 1979, PMA brings its long-established relationships with shareholders William Grant & Sons, Distell Wine & Spirits, Gruppo Italiano Vini and, most recently, Breakthru Beverage Company.  PMA also brings exclusive long-standing supplier relationships that include spirit partners Jägermeister, Illva Disaronno, Goslings and Flor de Caña, beer partners Innis & Gunn and Asahi, and wine partners Norton, Emiliana, and Reh Kendermann.

PMA recently signed a national sales brokerage agreement with Brown-Forman, makers of Jack Daniel’s along with a strong portfolio of premium spirits and expanded its relationship with Distell. The Brown Forman agreement, along with the LCC acquisition, lifts PMA to the 4th largest selling agency in Canada by value and strengthens PMA’s national footprint, allowing an efficient route to market for the company’s full portfolio of brands. Last year, PMA formed a shared services partnership with Breakthru Beverage Group to invest in enhancing its analytics, trade marketing, training and sales capabilities. 

“PMA is an ideal partner with whom we share a long history of success in Canada. The mutual passion for the brands in our portfolio combined with PMA’s revitalized vision for the future make this a natural alliance,” explained Dominique-Ann Coffin, President and CEO of LCC. “PMA has made a number of strategic moves recently and really positioned itself strongly in the changing market. It’s very exciting.”

The acquisition is effective immediately. 

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January 16, 2019

Diageo is one of the 230 companies included in the 2019 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Index which distinguishes companies committed to transparency in gender reporting and advancing women’s equality.   

For a second year Diageo received recognition for the diversity of leadership within our Executive Committee and Board. We also scored highly for a number of policies we have in place to foster a diverse and inclusive culture, particularly around flexible working, family care and health care.

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Northbrook, IL: AmpliVox Sound Systems has introduced its first-ever karaoke player, an all-in-one entertainment option for personal use or public venues. The versatile, portable SK765 Karaoke Party Pro System delivers crystal clear sound for over 300 pre-loaded songs, with added connectivity to Bluetooth ™ devices or karaoke DVD/CDG sources for an unlimited selection of performance options.

Karaoke enthusiasts will enjoy using the AmpliVox system for its user-friendly design features. A Bluetooth™-equipped speaker pairs with included wireless microphones, allowing for complete freedom of movement during performances. The seven-inch TFT digital color screen displays sharp text that can be read from a distance. Vocal performances can be customized using onboard controls for microphone volume, analog echo, and balance, and can be recorded directly to an SD card. Connect the player to gaming consoles, big-screen televisions or home entertainment centers for even more dramatic effects. The unit includes a universal cradle for external devices with a built-in USB charger, two wireless microphones with dedicated storage, audio and video input/output ports with RCA cables, an AC power adapter for the player, and a battery-operated remote control.

“Karaoke continues to be a fun event activity that appeals to all ages, and our Party Pro system makes top-quality sound available to every kind of user,” notes Don Roth, AmpliVox CEO. “Professional singers can use the system to accompany them during performances, restaurants and clubs can bring in customers for karaoke events, and casual fans will enjoy sharing the experience with family and friends. This system is adaptable to a wide variety of settings, at an extremely affordable price point.”

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Las Vegas — Nightclub & Bar Media Group has selected the winners for North America’s premier industry awards program, 2019 Nightclub & Bar Awards, which recognizes an elite class of industry trailblazers and venues from across the nation that have shown expertise and innovation in evolving the nightclub and bar industry.

“Every year, the Nightclub & Bar Awards are presented to the top movers and shakers of the industry, and it is remarkable to see how these individuals and venues are changing the face of the hospitality world,” said David Klemt, Editor, Nightclub & Bar. “The industry has expanded so much since we launched the Nightclub & Bar Awards almost a decade ago. This year we felt it was necessary to add eight categories to the ballot in order to properly recognize the depth of the hospitality world.” 

2019 Nightclub & Bar Award Winners:

Individual Awards

               Bartender-Owner of the Year

  • Molly Wellmann from Cincinnati, OH

               Beverage Book & Author of the Year

    • The Aviary Cocktail Book by Grant Achatz, Nick Kokonas and Allen Hemberger

               Brand Ambassador of the Year

    • Megan Breier, West Coast Bourbon Ambassador, Beam Suntory

               Industry Book & Author of the Year

    • Your Restaurant Sucks! Embrace the Suck. Unleash Your Restaurant. Become Outstanding. by Donald Burns

               Industry Podcast of the Year

    • Bartender at Large, Erick Castro

               Influencer of the Year

    • Natalie Migliarini, Beautiful Booze


Venue Awards

               Beer Bar of the Year

    • Bittercreek Alehouse, Boise, ID

               Brewery Bar of the Year

    • Earth Brewing Company, Roswell, GA

               Cocktail Bar of the Year

    • The Monarch Cocktail Bar & Lounge, Kansas City, MO

               Country Bar of the Year

    • Stoney’s Rockin’ Country, Las Vegas, NV

               Dance Club of the Year

    • The Grand, Boston, MA

               Distillery Bar of the Year

    • Philadelphia Distilling, Philadelphia, PA

               Dive Bar of the Year

    • 2 Way Inn, Detroit, MI

               Hotel Bar of the Year

    • Midnight Rambler at The Joule, Dallas, TX

               LGBTQ Venue of the Year

    • Tracks, Denver, CO

               Live Music Venue of the Year

    • Jason Aldean’s Kitchen + Rooftop Bar, Nashville, TN

               Lounge of the Year

    • PX Lounge, Alexandria, VA

               New Bar Concept of the Year

    • Raised by Wolves, San Diego, CA

               New Lounge or Nightclub Concept of the Year

    • TAO Chicago, Chicago, IL

               Restaurant Bar of the Year

    • The Country Club, New Orleans, LA

               Rooftop Bar of the Year

    • Cindy’s, Chicago, IL

               Sports Bar of the Year

    • Big Sky Buckhead, Atlanta, GA

               Themed, Niche or Pop-up Bar of the Year

    • New Wave Bar, Bellflower, CA

               Tiki Bar of the Year

    • Hale Pele, Portland, OR

Upscale Bar of the Year

  • Sugar, 40th floor of EAST Miami, Miami, FL

In addition to being featured on, individual winners and venues will be celebrated during an exclusive awards event during the upcoming Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show in Las Vegas.

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Jan. 3, 2019

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Las Vegas— Jim Meehan, entrepreneur, bartender and the author of James Beard award-winning “Meehan’s Bartender Manual” will deliver the keynote “Your Work Family: Hiring, Training, Mentoring & Motivating Your Team for the Long Haul” during the 2019 Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show on Monday, March 25 from 1 to 1:45 p.m. at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Read more: Award-Winning Author and Bartender, Jim Meehan, to Deliver Keynote at 2019 Nightclub & Bar Show

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