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TORONTO, ONTARIO, March 5, 2019Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of Canada (“Southern Glazer’s”)—a division of Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits, the world's pre-eminent distributor of beverage alcohol—today announced the launch of a new wine division focused on growing the Company’s wine business across the Canadian market. The division includes a dedicated wine sales team, highly trained to sell and represent wine suppliers to on-premise and retail customer accounts.

“We have an enormous opportunity to grow the wine business with our extensive customer base in Canada,” said Doug Wieland, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Canada, for Southern Glazer’s. “Wine is an important part of our overall growth strategy in the market and we’ll continue to leverage our strength in this segment and make investments that bring even more focused attention to wine in Canada.”

“We have the most highly-trained salesforce in the industry,” commented Mel Dick, Senior Vice President of Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits and President of the Company’s Wine Division. “Our Wine Education team and the training we provide to our employees is second to none and allows us to better serve the needs of both our supplier partners and our customers.”  

Southern Glazer’s has made significant investments to position the Company as a leader in wine. Its industry-first Wine Education team works hand-in-hand with its selling divisions to bring highly-specialized resources supporting wine sales. The Company also has more certified wine experts than any other North American wine and spirits distributor. Its employees have successfully completed more than 8,000 wine, sake and spirits education programs, from introductory to master-level achievements.

“The new wine division is one of several new initiatives we’ll be launching to drive continued growth and long-term profitability in Canada,” added Scott Oppenheimer, President of Control States and Canada for Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. “I’m excited to have this new dedicated wine team hit the streets and begin to serve our valued customers across our Canadian footprint.”

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NAPA VALLEY, CA; March 4, 2019) – On Saturday, February 23rd, wine professionals from around the world attended a sold-out Premiere Napa Valley, expressing their keen interest in wines made exclusively for the Premiere Napa Valley label to the melodic tune of nearly $3.7 million.

Blackbird Vineyards’ lot marked our 15th Anniversary with Blackbird Vineyards' Winemaker Aaron Pott as chairman of this year's event. Blackbird's 2017 Premiere Napa Valley Cuvée was an elegant and age-worthy blend of 50% Cabernet Sauvignon from Red Hen Vineyard, 40% Cabernet Franc from Stagecoach Vineyards, 5% Merlot and 5% Petit Verdot from Star Vineyard.

The barrel lot garnered a winning bid of $32,000 from Gary's Wine & Marketplace in New Jersey. The vintner events leading up to Saturday’s auction were considered “must attend” tasting opportunities for influential trade, such as retailers, restauranteurs, distributors and media.

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TORONTO, ON, March 1 , 2019: Northern Maverick Brewing Co. is running with the wolves as a new official sponsor of the Toronto Wolfpack rugby team and its new centre, Ricky Leutele. The one year partnership , which kicks off in March, will provide Wolfpack fans with a number of exciting events and collaborations throughout the season. The local brewery will also have a presence in the Lamport Stadium Beer Garden for a number of games offering fans the finest craft beer Toronto has to offer.

The partnership commences on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, onsite at Northern Maverick Brewing Co. with the first Wolfpack viewing party as the Wolfpack take on the Batley Bulldogs. In honour of the game and the festive holiday, Northern Maverick Brewing Co. will be offering $5 tulips of stout, $5 Irish whiskey, and traditional English pie. Kick off takes place at 1:00 p.m. (EST) and the first 100 guests to arrive at the viewing party will receive a Northern Maverick Brewing Co. X Toronto Wolfpack T-shirt. Fans are encouraged to show their Wolfpack pride as the event will also feature contests, giveaways, Wolfpack trivia and music by DJ Benjamin. 2019 Wolfpack season memberships and jerseys will also be available for purchase on-site. 

One of six new signings to the Wolfpack, this season, Leutele was highly sought after by top clubs in the UK. Previously playing for the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks from 2010-2018, Leutele played in 128 National Rugby League games. Leutele brings his impressive skill to the strong Wolfpack squad, and it was his electrifying pace and footwork that made him a natural fit for Northern Maverick Brewing Co.’s first player sponsorship.

We’re honoured to have a professional sports team, like the Toronto Wolfpack, supporting locally brewed Ontario craft beer”, says Northern Maverick Brewing Co. Founder and Owner Jason Kaptyn. “High calibre teams often sell their taps to larger macro-brew companies. We’re excited to have the opportunity to show fans that nothing pairs better with live sports than independent craft beer”.

Committing to the Wolfpack both on and off the field this season, Northern Maverick Brewing Co. will have a presence in the Beer Garden as a new vendor for 2019. An essential part of the Wolfpack game-day, the Beer Garden sets the Canadian team apart when it comes to the fan experience. With live music, an opportunity to meet players, and a variety of food and beverage offerings, Northern Maverick Brewing Co. will offer fans a selection of the city’s finest craft brews. 

The Beer Garden has created an atmosphere for home games unlike any other, and the addition of Northern Maverick Brewing Co. will bring that unique experience to another level. We enjoy working with partners who share our values and those who we can work with to create an interactive and enjoyable experience on and off the pitch” added Audrey Bouman, Toronto Wolfpack Strategic Partnerships Executive. “We know this partnership is one that our fans will enjoy throughout the season, with a number of player appearances and family events to be hosted at Northern Maverick Brewing Co.”

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Milan, 28 February 2019– Be inspired by big datafor new designs, bring the values of wellness & lifestyleinto your project and integrate it into new urban scenarios. Discover the new luxurytechnological solutionsfor hotels and the requirements of new generations.


These are the highly topical themes which will be covered at the Design Talksthis year's big new eventin the context of Smart Label, the Host Innovation Award: seven refresher seminars for architects, experts and industry professionals, guided by an innovative user-centred approach and with a focus on digital transformation. 


But this is not the only new way Fiera Milano and POLI.designwill be recognising innovation in the hospitality industry: at Host 2019 – at fieramilano from 18 to 22 October this year – they will also be awarding three categories of prizes: SMART labelfor products characterised by innovative content, Innovation SMART Labelfor products which change the directions of conventional trends, and Green SMART Labelfor products which stand out for their eco-sustainability. There will also be two types of special mention, for the applications of new materialsand for the introduction of digital connectivity in the service of the Internet of Things.


The international jury is composed of 5 members, including university professors, professionals and experts with enormous experience in design, hospitality and energy saving. The commission will assess the candidate products, services and projects in the light of the following criteria: efficient functions of products and services, efficacy of products and ease of use of services, and innovative usability, technologies and benefits for users. 


Over the last three editions, SMART Label, the Host Innovation Award,has awarded over 150 prizes and 20 special mentionsto leading actors in Italian and international hospitality. These include a domotic handlewith advanced, customisable functions, tables which revolutionise settingsin star rated kitchens, wall-mounted minibarswith the thinnest profiles in the world, hi-tech decanters which enhance the aroma of their contents, oxygen barrier capsuleswhich preserve the flavour and aroma of coffee - to mention just a few of the prize-winning intelligent solutions from previous years. Awarded companies include: Adventys, Bizerba, BIT, Capsul’in Pro, CEI Systems, DeManincor, Distform, Dolphin Fluidics, Gourmet Services, Halton, IDEA, Ilcar (Bugatti), Indel B, Küppersbusch Großküchentechnik, Print2Taste, Rieber, Sanitars, TFT14 and Vito.


With this new edition of SMART Label, the Host Innovation Award,and its other initiatives showcasing the most advanced innovations, Host 2019confirms its place as the event at which companies and professionals can discover the offerings that promise to change the world of hospitality. Over 40 editions, HostMilanohas forged a name for innovation in professional hospitality and, with these new initiatives, its recent editions have further reinforced its position as the trendsetting event for layout, design, formatsand technologies.



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