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From August 2 to 7, 2017, two dollars from the sale of any Eggs Benny at a Ricky's in BC will be donated to the Canadian Red Cross

VANCOUVER, July 31, 2017 /CNW/ - From August 2 to 7, all Ricky's BC locations, including Ricky's All Day Grill, Ricky's Cafe and Ricky's Country, will be donating $2 from the sale of any Eggs Benny to the Canadian Red Cross, to support the BC Wildfire relief efforts.

"We believe in supporting the communities our guests, employees, family and friends work and live in, along with the brave members of the firefighters and first responders teams," says Stacey Hansson, senior vice-president of Ricky's Group of Family-style Restaurants. "When we reached out to our BC franchisees they were all adamant in the decision to provide support."

The Canadian Red Cross is supporting the province of British Columbia and local authorities in providing assistance to those affected by the wildfires. Donations will help provide immediate relief such as cots, blankets, family reunification and financial assistance for food, clothing and personal needs. Beyond meeting immediate needs, donations may also help re-entry and go towards more long-term recovery, resiliency and preparedness*.

A listing of Ricky's BC locations is available at

* Reference: Canadian Red Cross

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STAMFORD, Conn., July 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Importer US Beverage announces Innis & Gunn will be introducing two small batch, limited edition beers in the upcoming months. These beers will inaugurate two new series; Latitude and Longitude launching this month and Vanishing Point, available this fall.

The Latitude and Longitude series takes inspiration from the best loved beer styles from around the world, adding an Innis & Gunn twist. The first of the series is a Raspberry Saison. "We've stayed true to the Saison style, brewing the beer with ale and acid malt, then fermenting it with a wild yeast," stated Neil Innis Sharp, General Manager USA. "Then we've matured the beer in bourbon barrels to which we added heaps of Scottish raspberries. The Raspberry Saison is delicious, refreshing, and unique, perfect for warm weather days. There is an amazing raspberry and elderflower aroma, and depth and warmth from the barrel maturation, with a clean, flinty finish."

"As the pioneers of barrel-age brewing, Innis & Gunn continues in their quest to brew innovative, delicious beers that showcase the very best of Scottish brewing craft. We are delighted to work with our wholesaler and retail partners to bring these beers to the American beer drinker," commented Georgia Homsany, Sr. Brand Director at US Beverage.

Soon to follow will be Vanishing Point 01, an Imperial Stout matured in first fill bourbon barrels for six months. The barrels and brewing ingredients are hand selected, top quality and chosen with one thing in mind – FLAVOR. The beer is big, rich and bursting with flavors of fresh ground coffee, dark chocolate, coconut and vanilla.

Both beers will be served in 500 ml bottles in gift boxes. Innis and Gunn is imported into the US by United States Beverage and their products can be found at <>

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Monterey, CA – July 24, 2017 – Jacks Monterey, new lobby restaurant located within the Portola Hotel & Spa in Monterey, CA has been awarded the Wine Spectator’s 2017 Award of Excellence for its wine program.

Wine Spectator’s Restaurant Awards recognize restaurants whose wine lists offer interesting selections, are appropriate to their cuisine and appeal to a wide range of wine lovers.

The Award of Excellence is Wine Spectator Restaurant Awards’ top honor, in which a restaurant offers at least 90 selections, features a well-chosen assortment of quality producers, along with a thematic match to the menu in both price and style.

“We are very honored to have received the 2017 Wine Spectator’s Award of Excellence,” said Brian Hein, Portola Hotel & Spa’s Food and Beverage Director. “This award shows that our wine list is not only diverse with a variety of selections but is also designed to accommodate the most discriminating connoisseurs’ palate while simultaneously satisfying all wine lovers.”

The wine selection at Jacks Monterey includes an impressive selection of wines with 30% being local, Monterey County Wines including Top Tier Wines such as Hahn Chardonnay and Boegenoogen Pinot Noir all served by the glass. Jacks Monterey offers wine on draft from 10SPAN Vineyards including their Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. 10SPAN supports the Ventana Wildlife Society’s mission to conserve the native wildlife and habitats of California’s Central Coast.

Portola Hotel & Spa opened its new restaurant and lobby bar, Jacks Monterey earlier this year, at the culmination of its $6 million dollar lobby renovation. In its entirely reimagined new space located in the Portola's lower lobby, Jacks Monterey continues to be a leader in its diverse wine program highlighting different flavor profiles to cultures from around the world.

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Heaven Hill Brands has signed an agreement to acquire Carolan's Irish Cream Liqueur and Irish Mist Liqueur through the purchase of 100% of the share capital of TJ Carolan & Son Ltd., a wholly owned subsidiary of Gruppo Campari. The sale is expected to close August 1, 2017. 

The agreed acquisition of Carolan's and Irish Mist complements Heaven Hill Brands’ robust and growing portfolio. Carolan's is the second-largest selling Irish cream whiskey liqueur world-wide. The product is produced in Ireland from the finest Irish ingredients including fresh cream, honey and Irish whiskey.  Irish Mist has a long heritage as the first liqueur to be produced in Ireland. The Liqueur is a blend of Irish whiskey, honey and natural aromatic spices. Carolan's and Irish Mist were acquired by Gruppo Campari in 2010. 

“We are excited to add to Carolan's and Irish Mist to our portfolio of leading brands,” said Max L. Shapira, president, Heaven Hill Brands. “The historic brands are certainly complementary fits for a Heaven Hill portfolio built on quality and innovation. We look forward to building on the success these brands have achieved both in the US and around the world.” 

The Cream Liqueur segment of the industry has been a significant and stable category for decades. Representing approximately 3,000,000 cases, the cream category’s largest brands are nearly 20 percent of the total imported liqueur market in the U.S. Carolan's has grown over six percent since 2010 outpacing the bulk of the Cream Liqueur category. 

Likewise, the Irish Whiskey category, with which Irish Mist is closely related, has experienced similar growth dynamics to American Whiskey.  Since 2010, the category is up over 150 percent and expected to continue that significant growth for many years to come. A companion Irish Mist Blended Irish Whiskey was introduced in 2014.  

Carolan's Irish Cream was developed in 1978 and first launched in the UK in July 1979. Since then the brand has grown steadily and established itself as the world’s no. 2 Irish Cream Liqueur with sales in over 40 countries. Its superior taste is derived from the subtle blending of flavors, including natural honey sourced from the Clonmel area in Ireland – the word “Clonmel” derives from the Gaelic “Cluain Meala” which means Vale of Honey. Carolan's Irish Cream is named after the celebrated 17th century harpist, Turlough O’Carolan, a legendary travelling musician of that time. 

Irish Mist was the first liqueur to be produced in Ireland at Tullamore, County Offaly. The company history goes back to 1829 when the Tullamore Distillery was founded to produce Irish whiskey. 

Irish Mist is a blend of Irish whiskey, honey and natural aromatic spices. It was the first liqueur to be produced in Ireland and, while the bottle has changed a number of times over the years, the liqueur itself has remained true to its origins – the recipe has not changed, so you can be sure of the warming whiskey and honeyed sweetness, beautifully counter balanced by aromatic spices, that gives Irish Mist its wonderfully complex flavor and taste experience. 

Heaven Hill has been exceptionally active over a long period of time in expanding its portfolio through internal product innovation and acquisitions. Prior to the current agreed acquisition of Carolan's and Irish Mist, in 2015 the company acquired Deep Eddy Vodka, one of the fastest growing Vodkas in the U.S. 


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