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The Penny Drop, a restaurant in Melbourne, Australia designed by Golden, and Westlight, a bar in New York, USA designed by Studio Munge are the Overall winners of the 2017 Restaurant & Bar Design Awards.

Another 35 category winners (including Best UK Winners) were revealed at the Restaurant & Bar Design Awards winners ceremony, which took place at London’s King’s Cross on the 5th October.

The Awards ceremony was attended by over 700 of the UK and world’s best designers, and their clients responsible for the design of the most innovative food and beverage spaces.

Link to the Winning projects <>

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Link to 'The Winners' Press Release <>

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'Soundscape' Set design & build

‘Soundscape’ Set design & build

The theme for this year’s Awards ceremony was ‘Soundscape’. Three Restaurant & Bar designers (SHH, Design Command and Haptic Architects) each created a cutting edge space inspired by ‘Sound’, with the spaces theatrically revealed on the night of the Awards.

Build partners were Oakwoods, Ecsec, Firecracker & Fabrico Interiors.

Restaurant & bar operators were Boxpark, Browns, Fucina, Treves & Hyde, Uli and Yoobi.

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TORONTO, Oct. 5, 2017 /CNW/ - Recognized around the world as a purveyor of good times and promoter of inclusivity, Smirnoff is launching a new marketing campaign – "Stay Open" – that is designed to spotlight Canada as a global leader of inclusivity.

Smirnoff believes good times are better when everyone is invited, and through this new campaign, the brand is hoping to lend its voice to a broader message of global inclusivity.

Through a collection of inspiring real-life stories, "Stay Open" brings a uniquely Canadian perspective to Smirnoff's global platform and brand campaign, We're Open.

The Canadian "Stay Open" campaign was created to highlight the open-mindedness, open-heartedness and fun-loving spirit at the heart of Canada's culture. Whether it's someone who was born and raised here, or a recent immigrant who chose to make Canada their new home, Smirnoff believes in the power of bringing people together through shared experiences and celebrations, 365 days a year.

"Globally, Smirnoff stands for inclusive good times, but nowhere in the world do we see that come to life like in Canada," said Mark Phillips, Brand Leader, Smirnoff Canada. "These core values are ingrained in the lives of Canadians, and Smirnoff believes they always deserve to be celebrated, even though Canadians have been historically humble in their assertion of them. Smirnoff is on a mission to promote inclusivity through the power of good times."

The "Stay Open" film celebrates the true spirit of what it means to be Canadian and the idea that no matter who you are, where you're from, or who you love, you're welcome here. With "Stay Open," Smirnoff is hoping to cement the brand's belief that "good times" get better when people come together to celebrate inclusively, and that Canadians are leading by example in this regard. By sharing a mix of authentic experiences from real Canadians, Smirnoff is revealing a rich and compelling snapshot of what makes up the mosaic that is Canada. The stories highlighted in the campaign are meant to inspire others around the world to embrace individuals the way our country has always been known to do.

As part of a multipronged national strategy, Smirnoff is amplifying the campaign through traditional, social, digital, and out-of-home media placements. The film hit the air last night and will be followed by digital and out-of-home media placements later this month. This will be a continuous evolution through the end of this year, and beyond.

Please visit Smirnoff Canada on YouTube to view the film online.

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Milan, 3rd October 2017 - The best solutions, materials, and lines. Whatever the world of Furniture & Tableware involves, from interior design and outdoor furniture to next generation formats and trends, will be, once again, displayed at HostMilano 2017 (in Fieramilano from 20 to 24 October) in an area that is expected to be a true success, as never before. Still one month to go and the figures are already clear. This year is going to be as successful as ever. Over 1,500 international buyers, 2,081 companies, 1,255 of which are Italian (60.3%) and 826 (39.7%) from over 51 countries (a 3.5% increase compared to 2015) will make this event unique. The Furniture, Technology, and Tableware pavilion confirms its unstoppable growth. In fact, its weight in terms of offering touches 20% (18.8% exactly), against 43.7% of the professional catering and Bread, Pizza, and Pasta micro-sectors, and 37.5% of Coffee Tea Bars - Coffee Vending Machines - Gelato and Pastry sectors.

Italy’s products keep growing: export increased by 1.9% in 2017

Between new entries and old friends, many companies of the Furniture industry have already confirmed their presence at HostMilano 2017. For the Tableware sector, there will be Abert, Arc International, Bormioli Rocco, Celtex, De Buyer, Giblors, Ginori, Gold Plast, Masa, Mepra, Pasabahce, Pinti, Rak, Revol, Rivolta Camignani, Sambonet, Schoenwald, Siggi, Tognana, Zwiesel. For the Furniture sector, there will be Afa Arredamenti, Baero, Brianza Tende, Calligaris, Cierreesse, Costa Group, Emu, Fluidra, Kartell, Mise en Demeure, Myyour, Ombrellificio Veneto, Pedrali, Serralunga, Slide, Tecnoarredamenti, Vondom, Wallpepper, Zucchetti. And Cei System, Gewiss, Gruppo Buffetti, Indelb, Vimar, and Zucchetti will represent the Technology sector.

After all, Italy’s figures confirm the healthy state of this sector. In fact, according to Fiac/ANIMA – the Italian association of household companies – the Household sector recorded a slight increase in 2016 (€ 865 million) with a +0.3% compared to 2015. But that’s not all, because the positive trend shows how this increase can further improve throughout 2017, as it can mark an extraordinary +2%. Good news is also coming from the export compartment (worth € 568 million) to which 66% of the production is destined. In 2016, exportations increased by 0.5% compared to the previous year, and expectations for 2017 are high (+1.9%). As for the international demand, France is still leading the compartment with its € 105.6 million, followed by Germany, United States, Switzerland, and Spain. EU-28 still leads this special ranking (59%), followed by Asia (11.1%) and North America (8.4%).

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Sydney, Australia , October 4, 2017 ( - Vino-lovers rejoice, the world’s most awarded wines and wineries have been revealed in the much anticipated release of the 2017 World Rankings of Wines & Spirits (WRW&S) Report.

Released annually by the World Association of Wine Writers and Journalists (WAWWJ), the report is a definitive ranking of the world’s most awarded wines, wineries and wine regions. The ranking is the only one of its kind to benchmark wines on a global scale.

The report details the top 100 wineries in 2017, the top 10 countries of 2017, the top 100 wines of 2017, rankings by individual variety and the individual reports for the top 5 countries.

“The annual list aims to reward the efforts of the World Wine Companies who compete and demonstrate consistency across the numerous wine shows around the world,” said WAWWJ Chairman Leonardo Castellani.

“Out of 700,930 wines evaluated in the competition, 150 wines received the prestigious accolade for ‘Wine of the Year’. This is the main distinction of the WRW&S and is only given to those wines that receive 125 points minimum over the course of the year.”

The top five wineries of 2017 include: Wakefield Wines (known as Taylors Wines in Australia); Gonzalez Byass S.A. (Spain), Casa Santos Lima – Companhia Das Vinhas S.A. (Portugal), Wolf Blass Wines (Australia), and Sogrape Vinhos de Portugal S.A. (Portugal).

The top five wines of 2017 include: Taylors / Wakefield Jaraman Shiraz 2014 (Australia), Taylors / Wakefield St Andrews Shiraz 2013 (Australia), Noe Pedro Ximenez Vors (Spain), Taylors / Wakefield St Andrews Shiraz 2014 (Australia), and Casa Perini Moscatel (Brazil).

Of the competing countries, France, USA, Spain, Italy and Australia rounded out the top five.

Commenting on being named the ‘Most Awarded Winery in the World’, Mitchell Taylor, Third- Generation Winemaker and Managing Director of Wakefield Wines said:

“We are incredibly proud to be recognized as the world’s most awarded winery as well as the world’s most awarded wine. Since the beginning we’ve sought to make wines that can take on some of the best.

“International wine competitions and rankings like the WRW&S are proof of just how exciting Australian wine is becoming internationally. Through our tastings and events across the country, we’ve found US wine drinkers to be very open and interested in trying wines from all over the world.”

The WAWWJ compiles the rankings in the report by totaling the trophy and medal results from a selection of 80 international wine shows around the world. These shows make up the top wine competitions from the more than 495 competitions around the world, with competing wines from more than 5 countries. The results are then tabulated and scored independently by the WAWWJ and posted to the organization's website each year.

The results in the 2017 WRW&S consist of award shows from the start of February 2016 to the end of January 2017.

The 2017 World Ranking of Wines and Spirits Report <


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