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April 28, 2021 (Vancouver, BC) – The BC Hospitality Foundation (BCHF) is delighted to announce that Hillside Winery will donate $1 from every bottle of its 2019 Muscat Ottonel sold online and in the wine shop during May 2021.

All of Hillside’s wines are terroir-driven, small-lot productions, and they’re made exclusively from Naramata-grown grapes. Winemaker Kathy Malone takes a low-intervention approach that allows the unique character of the grapes to shine through. Muscal Ottonel was the first white variety planted at the Hillside farm (in 1984), and has been a favourite ever since. The refreshing 2019 Hillside Muscat offers floral aromas followed by hints of spice on the palate, making it an ideal summer quaffer.

Shelann Sleegers of Hillside Winery says the Hillside team was pleased to come forward with this initiative to support the BCHF, which is the only charity of its kind in Canada. “We know they make a real difference in the lives of our colleagues, and we want to support organizations that play a positive role in our community.” The charity’s Executive Director, Dana Harris, notes the BCHF is “deeply grateful for the donation. We were founded on the idea that we in the hospitality industry work together to help our own, and initiatives like the one from Hillside can make a big difference. We offer people in dire situations not only financial help, but hope.

The donation applies only to direct-to-consumer sales, so please place your Hillside Winery Muscat order online or at the winery to support this initiative. The winery offers free shipping on orders of 6 bottles or more.

Funds raised by the initiative will help the BCHF continue to provide last-resort assistance for hospitality workers in financial crisis due to a serious health condition. The charity also offers a scholarship program that fosters the next generation of hospitality industry leaders. 

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CALGARY (April 22, 2021) – Wild Tea Kombucha (WTK) is proud to announce the expansion of their brand new Hard Kombucha Cider, a first for them with a whole new range of alcoholic kombuchas. The new Hard Kombucha Ciders are dry and tart in flavour profile that are easily drinkable and have a unique flavour profile not currently found on the market. Naturally fermented, these Hard Kombucha’s have no added spirits, and no sulphites, as well as being gluten-free.

Wild Tea kombucha has been brewing kombucha commercially since 2015 in Calgary, and their two lines of non-alcoholic kombucha are widely distributed through Canada. Since the inception of Wild Tea Kombucha, it’s been Co-Founders Emily Baadsvik and Brigette Freel’s dream to brew an alcoholic kombucha. The female founders were inspired by some of the brands creating the product already in Southern California.

“We tested the market at a variety of events including Rocky Mountain Wine and Food Festival as well as The Mashing in Calgary. The response was overwhelming, and it was amazing to get the feedback from the community”, says Co-Founder and CEO Emily Baadsvik. “We were pleasantly surprised that all sorts of palates from the hardcore beer purists to non-beer drinkers, to wine drinkers all enjoyed the taste profile of this better-for-you alcoholic option”.

“We’re also so lucky to have so many friends and mentors in the industry that have helped and guided us along the way, it was truly a labour of love and we’re so proud of how far we’ve come”! says Brigette Freel Co-Founder and COO.

WTK initially launched two flavours: Blueberry Hibiscus and Ginger Lime, and a year later has launched a new flavour, Mango Passionfruit. They’ve also made some important changes to the labelling, including nutritional call outs, nutritional label, and list of ingredients which although not required for alcoholic products, consumers in this segment have told us this is something 

they’re looking for.  WTK has also reduced the alcohol level from 6% to 5% due to customer feedback.

Hard Kombucha Cider is currently carried at approx. 100 Liquor stores across Alberta, and the team is working hard on expanding to new Canadian markets, including British Columbia and Saskatchewan. In March 2020, the team launched an E-COMMERCE store and is currently shipping direct to consumer. For the most up to date list of retailers in your area as well as more information about Wild Tea Kombucha, please visit

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The official health orders for the restrictions which take effect at 12:01am April 28th have been released.

The orders provide some clarity to the recently announced restrictions.

Many of our members and operators across the industry had wondered whether restaurants in food courts would be required to fully close. The orders clarify that food court seating will be closed, and food court restaurants may open for take-out and delivery. Please see sections 5(4) and 5(5).

As well, we had heard some confusion surrounding gatherings indoors at businesses versus in private settings. The orders also clarify this. For example, weddings may still be held at restaurants or similar venues at the limit of ten people, other than the officiant and photographer, if the operator of the premises takes reasonable measures to ensure people attending can maintain a separation of two meters, and if the restaurant/business follows all other orders set out in the health orders. See all of sections 2 and 3 for more information.

As announced previous by the province, the only updates to these orders for restaurants and licensed establishments (sections 6 and 7) are that patio seating is now restricted to four per table, rather than the previous six.

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PORTLAND, Maine – April 27, 2021 – Diversified Communications and Vinexposium today announced two co-located events—Vinexpo America and Drinks America—that will reunite the beverage alcohol industry in person, under one roof, in 2022.  The trade-only expos will be held March 9-10, 2022, in the new Hall 3 at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Together, they promise to attract top buyers and decision makers from across North America, the largest and fast-growing beverage-alcohol-consuming market in the world.


Vinexpo America is a repositioning of the former Vinexpo New York, which for three years served as the premier international exhibition for wine and spirits professionals in North America before a 2021 pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In its new form, Vinexpo America will focus exclusively on wines, with representation from all of the world’s top-producing regions.

Drinks America is a brand-new expo created in response to a forecasted continuing rise in consumption of spirits and ready-to-drink beverages. It will feature a wide array of spirits, beer and sake from producers across the globe as well as beverage alcohol accessories and services.

Both events will provide U.S. and Canadian buyers access to new and established brands that are looking to expand distribution, network and meet with existing customers in North America. From conferences to master classes, two full days of educational programming will address issues relevant to both the wine and spirits worlds.

For attendees, Vinexpo America | Drinks America offers the advantage of one registration for full access to both shows’ exhibits, programming and events—a great value that also optimizes efficiency as they can meet with producers from around the world in one location over two days.

Exhibitors will benefit from visibility to all buyers, decision makers and influencers from both events, plus unlimited free guest invitations. A new business matchmaking service will facilitate one-to-one meetings during the two-day exhibition.


“We’re excited to renew our partnership with Vinexposium and come back to New York in 2022 with a brand-new, greatly enhanced offering,” said Mary Larkin, president of Diversified Communications USA. “Bringing together Vinexpo America and Drinks America in a single meeting place will enable us to serve the entire U.S. wine and spirits communities—an especially welcome opportunity after the COVID-19 pandemic forced the cancellation of the industry’s major exhibitions in 2021.”

“The launch of our events in the United States in 2022 is designed to coincide with the resumption of trade between Europe and the USA. Under a new name, Vinexpo America aims to embrace the entire North American market, alongside Drinks America. It has become crucial to offer our customers a comprehensive business platform that matches the scale of the American continent and includes spirits, craft drinks and beers alongside wine,” stresses Rodolphe Lameyse, CEO of Vinexposium. 

More information regarding the 2022 event will be announced in the coming months.

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April 15, 2021 - With the prospect of an imminent recovery, professionals in the Hospitality and Foodservice sector are expressing a strong need for reconnection, discussion, exchange and support. Even if the exhibition medium remains a priority for reviving the sectors, the Hospitality & Food division of Reed Expositions France, which organizes the EquipHotel, Sandwich & Snack Show and Parizza trade shows, is responding to this demand and launching its digital platform: eh! ONLINE, which provides continuous access to products and services from French and international suppliers as well as exclusive industry content. The official opening of this platform is scheduled for 3 May 2021.

The only digital platform that accompanies and supports a sector in the throes of change.

As the restaurant industry accelerates its digitalization and converts to new modes of consumption, the hotel industry is reinventing itself and becoming more responsible, more digital while remaining human and experiential. In response to these changes, eh! ONLINE is designed for professionals in all sectors of the Hospitality and Foodservice industries, all year round, beyond the physical trade shows. This new digital platform accompanies them in France and abroad, from the discovery of the product to the design of their project.

Organized around 3 key dynamics, eh! ONLINE offers: a directory of international suppliers, the online presentation of their most innovative products and solutions, as well as a program of exclusive, regular content in response to the current concerns of professionals.

A permanent link between professionals in the Hospitality and Foodservice sector

With free access for professionals, eh! ONLINE's objective is to allow hoteliers, restaurateurs and specifiers in the sector to connect with their suppliers throughout the year and thus strengthen their visibility. The platform has been designed to facilitate the user experience. Equipped with a search engine for fluid and intuitive browsing, the various headings and nomenclatures correspond to the Hospitality and Foodservice value chain according to 5 main areas: Foodservice, Renovation & Design, Technology, Wellness and Franchise & Services.

Each supplier has a complete personalized profile (contact details, company description, visuals & product sheets, news) which makes it easy to make contact.

A 365 media, source of inspiration and a networking tool

eh! ONLINE is also designed as a source of inspiration and a tool for dialogue, exchange of ideas and best practices between professionals. Thus, the eh! Daily section will regularly offer free access to a series of contents in French and English, referring to one or several sectors of the Hospitality industry: Foodservice, Renovation & Design, Technology, Wellness and Franchise & Services. Conceived as a 365 medium, eh! Daily offers in collaboration with a selection of partners:

- eh! Talks, a monthly video program recorded on TV sets where experts highlight current issues

- Word of an expert, presenting the views of key players in the sector - Hot Spot, highlighting new Parisian establishments, focus on professional know-how, new concepts, innovations and services...

- Selections, made by industry prescribers the first selection/trend will be presented by Oscar Lucien architect and interior designer.

- Interviews with key players of the sector and white papers deciphering societal evolutions.

Click here for a first overview of the eh! ONLINE platform

Reminder of the next Hospitality events:

May 3, 2021: Launch of eh! ONLINE

October 13-14, 2021: Sandwich & Snack Show and Parizza – Paris Porte de Versailles

November 6-10, 2022: EquipHotel – Paris Porte de Versailles


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