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The Bank of Canada is reminding you to be vigilant in checking bank notes this holiday season. 

Counterfeiters see frantic shoppers and busy retail line-ups as a prime opportunity to pass fake notes. The Bank's advice: don't let them.

Remember: Routinely checking all bank notes allows you to intercept counterfeits, keeping them out of the till and out of Canadian's change. 

Always look at two or more security features when checking bank notes.

Here are the quick and easy ways to check the security features on polymer notes. 

  • Feel the raised ink. Feel the smooth, unique texture of the note. It's made from a single piece of polymer with some transparent areas.
  • Look for transparency through the large window and the outline of the frosted maple leaf window.
  • Look at the details in the metallic portrait and building. Flip to see the metallic images repeated in the same colour and detail on the other side.
  • Look at the small numbers in the large window that match the note's value. Look at the word "Canada," which is transparent and feels slightly raised.

Remember: All five denominations in the Polymer series have the same security features.

If you have doubts when verifying a note, refuse it, ask for another note and check it too. 

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LAS VEGAS – The Nightclub & Bar Convention and Trade Show, known for its unparalleled speaker sessions every year, has unveiled the speakers on the 2018 lineup, complete with some of the world’s leading industry professionals. The educational program offers attendees face-to-face access to some of the greatest minds in the country, who will give insight, tips of the trade, and insider knowledge of some of the most innovative and trending topics seen across each industry today.

Sessions include titles such as “Are You Serving the Right Music?” “Menu Design Mind Jedi Mind Tricks: Using Psychology to Increase Sales,” “Give Your Sports Enthusiasts What They Really Want and Need on Game Day,” and “The Shift from Millennials to Gen Z.” This year’s speakers who will give personal insight, knowledge and experiences on these topics and many more include:

Beverage Programming

  • Charlotte Voisey, William Grant & Sons
  • Harold Johnson, Hooters Casino Hotel Las Vegas
  • Michael Shetler, Breakthru Beverage
  • Raymond Kanehailua Jr., Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

Customer Interaction & Experience

  • Jamie Carawan, Twin Peaks Restaurants
  • Michael Tipps, Invictus Hospitality
  • Richard Welcovitz, Walt Disney World
  • Ricki Kline, Ricki Kline | Design + Build
  • Tony Abou-Ganim, The Modern Mixology
  • Will Ramadan, KnowleDJ
  • Wyatt Magnum, Magnum Music Group

Food Programming

  • Adam Teeter, VinePair
  • Chef Brian Duffy, Duffified Experience Group
  • Donald Burns, CMRC, Off The Range Ventures, LLC

Liability Legalities & Security

  • David Scott Peters,
  • Robert Smith, Nightclub Security Consultants
  • Sarah Longwell, American Beverage Institute

Marketing & Promotions

  • Allison Wallace, Baja Sharkeez Restaurant Group
  • Andrew Corbett, The Bull & Barrell
  • Chris Lewellen, Lew’s Grill & Bar
  • Jason Mitchell, RMD Group
  • Joseph Bravo, Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas
  • Ram Krishnan, Buzztime
  • Scott Ward, Tap House Grill

Operations Management & Profitability

  • Dale Willerton, The Lease Coach
  • Derek Gamlin, Gamlin Restaurant Group
  • Donna Hood Crecca, Technomic Inc.
  • Jason Jelicich, Barmetrix
  • Kelley Jones, Kelley Jones Hospitality
  • Lindsay Laubenstein, Heidelberg Spirits Marketing Group
  • Sean Finter, Barmetrix
  • Wayne Partello, The San Diego Padres

Tech Talks

  • Chris Tunstall, A Bar Above
  • Nikhil Kundra, Partender
  • Sarah Murphy, IMI Agency

 Trends & Movements

  • Amin Benny, The Bar Host
  • Daron Garrett, Hakkasan Group

 In addition to the wide variety of speaker sessions, convention attendees will have the opportunity to work hands-on with industry leaders to learn the newest trends, tips and skills that will help them succeed with a variety of workshops, including:

  • Bob Brown, Bob Brown Service Solutions
  • Bob Peters, The Punch Room
  • Chris Lenahan, Edge Group USA
  • David Scott Peters,
  • Rob Cates, The Ron Cates Companies
  • Tobin Ellis, BarMagic

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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NEW YORK, Dec. 1, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Hennessy, the world's best-selling Cognac, is proud to announce the opening of The X.O Odyssey Experience, the brand's first engraving kiosk and multisensory brand experience dedicated to the original X.O Cognac. Just in time for the holidays, consumers can visit The X.O Odyssey Experience at The Shops at Columbus Circle in New York City to learn more about the iconic brand and receive complimentary engraving on the Hennessy X.O decanter, making it the perfect holiday gift. 


The X.O Odyssey Experience, open daily through December 12th, features an immersive, gallery-inspired journey of the senses that bring to life the seven sensory chapters of Hennessy X.O, an exceptionally aged Cognac blended to be both smooth and bold.

Originally created in 1870 for the personal enjoyment of fourth-generation family member Maurice Hennessy's family and friends, Hennessy X.O is the world's first X.O Cognac – a true original. X.O captures a smooth and full sensation of power with a hint of cocoa and a warm fruity finish expressing the complexity of the Cognac's blending and long aging process. 

Shoppers are invited to purchase a bottle of Hennessy X.O at one of several nearby retailers before bringing it to the X.O Odyssey Experience for custom engraving and gift wrapping.

The Hennessy X.O Odyssey Experience is located at The Shops at Columbus Circle on the 1st floor of the Time Warner Center and is open daily from 10:00 am to 10:00 pm through Tuesday, December 12th. Hennessy X.O retails for approximately $200 and can be purchased nearby at Oak & Steel, 58 Wine & Liquor and Columbus Circle Wines & Spirits locations in New York.

Hennessy invites consumers not in New York to visit to engrave and ship their own X.O bottle for personal enjoyment, or to gift family and friends this holiday season.

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November 30, 2017

SAINT PAUL, Minn.  ¾ BevSource, a leading beverage development and operations company, announced today the appointment of Todd Geisness to President. This addition comes as current owner and former President and COO, Janet Johanson, takes on the role of CEO. 

Geisness comes to BevSource with a 20+ year background in the beverage industry with extensive experience in beverage operations, contract manufacturing, and the alcoholic market. The last two and half years, he worked for Laird and Company, a leading United States distillery and distributor, improving the financial and operational performance of the company in sales/marketing effectiveness, packaging strategies, and production processes. Before his time at Laird and Company, Geisness was recruited by U.S. Distilled Products Company (USDP), a global producer and distributor of various alcoholic beverages, as the Financial Controller. He quickly ascended to General Manager then President and Acting Co-Chief Executive Officer. During his 19 years with USDP, he played a major role in positioning the company as a major market player.

“I am looking forward to being part of an amazing team and helping drive BevSource forward,” stated Geisness. “I believe in the passion and mission of this company and cannot wait to bring my experiences in the spirits industry to the table.”

With Geisness joining the team, Johanson will be able to concentrate on growing and expanding the business. She will be exploring further service-offerings for our clients to deliver a fully turnkey experience for their beverage brands. 

“BevSource has been thirsting for our next chapter,” cited Johanson. “We’ve done well for the past 15 years, but we are looking forward to growing even more to exceed our clients’ expectations.”

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CHICAGO, Nov. 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Jim Beam, the maker behind the world's best-selling bourbon and last year's groundbreaking Jim Beam® Apple Watch, is making history yet again, taking its knack for innovation to create the first-ever "smart decanter."

A "HomeBar" engineered with more than 200 years of bourbon know-how, "JIM" is advancing the technology of shot pouring and drinking, providing bourbon lovers a high-tech way to enjoy America's Native Spirit. A preview of the whiskey world's most innovative piece of technology can be viewed on YouTube, and is available in limited quantities to those 21 years of age or older for pre-order on www.JimBeam.comfor $34.90. Unlike other smart home devices, "JIM" not only answers life's most important questions, but also offers groundbreaking shot pouring functionality that allows legal drinking age consumers to serve up a drink from the comfort of their couch. 

Voiced by 7th Generation Master Distiller Fred Noe, the decanter-turned virtual voice assistant includes a sleek compartment for bourbon storage and voice command capabilities. While he can't turn off the lights or sing you a song, "JIM" bridges the gap between Silicon Valley and Kentucky with unique artificial intelligence that will answer your questions… and pour you a glass of bourbon. 

"At Jim Beam, we're in the business of evolving the way people drink delicious bourbon," said Noe. "For decades, we produced unique limited-edition decanters that are now collectors' items. And now, we're introducing a smart decanter that lets fans enjoy their bourbon on demand with friends and family."

For a limited time only, "JIM" will be available for pre-order at www.JimBeam.comwhile supplies last. While modern smart devices have been known to retail upwards of $349, "JIM" will cost just $34.90.

The Jim Beam family has been answering questions about bourbon for more than 200 years. Jim Beam® is a Kentucky Straight Bourbon that's aged twice as long as required, delivering an oak vanilla, spicy backdrop with a toasted oak, sweet finish. It is sold at the suggested retail price of $17.99 for 750mL, and in bars and retail locations nationwide. Price varies by market and product size, which includes 50mL, 100mL, 375mL, 750mL, 1L and 1.75L. 


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