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ST. LOUIS (Aug. 9, 2021) – For four generations, the famed González family has produced exceptional tequila. The family’s latest limited-edition offering, El Mayor Extra Añejo Sherry Cask Aged, continues their honored and extraordinary tequila-making tradition. El Mayor Extra Añejo Sherry Cask Aged is aged 38 months in sherry casks, resulting in a liquid with a golden amber color and an exceptionally smooth and balanced finish of oak, vanilla and caramel.

“The sherry cask enhances the full-body extra añejo, producing a liquid that is beautifully complex and elegant,” said Graciela González, fourth-generation distiller and daughter of Rodolfo González, master distiller at Destiladora González Lux. “From the dried-fruit-and-spice nose to the smooth finish of vanilla and cooked agave, this is an outstanding tequila that is sure to please even the most discriminating of tastes.”    

As with every bottle of El Mayor, this limited-edition tequila is made with 100% estate-grown, blue agave from the valley area of Jalisco, Mexico. For this ultra-premium variant, only hand-selected agaves were cut, using the Jica Jima process for a smooth taste.

El Mayor Extra Añejo Sherry Cask Aged is packaged in an embossed bottle inside a decorative secondary box. Approximately 5,000 bottles will be available on an allocated basis, with a suggested retail price of $129.99 per 750-ml. bottle. Distilled and produced at Destiladora González Lux, the limited-edition tequila will be available nationwide in September.

“As demand for ultra-premium tequila grows and consumers continue to show preference for fewer but better drinks, El Mayor is positioned for ongoing market growth with its superior, award-winning tequila varieties and specialty releases,” said Chelsi Hofmeister, assistant brand manager for El Mayor.

For more information about El Mayor and the limited edition Extra Añejo Sherry Cask Aged, or to find a retailer, visit elmayor.com</a>.</p>"

 
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The Foodservice Packaging Institute released its second Consumer Perceptions on Foodservice Packaging Report to better understand the general consumer’s use and perception of single-use foodservice packaging. To discover those consumer perceptions and provide feedback to its members, FPI commissioned a third-party to conduct a survey to find out how frequently people use single-use packaging and their perceptions and behavior choices related to foodservice packaging, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The spotlight has grown and remains focused on single-use foodservice packaging, particularly throughout the past year,” said Natha Dempsey, president of FPI. “We wanted to better understand consumer perceptions around these packaging products and compare them to our first consumer survey conducted in 2019. We also wanted to find out how, or if, the pandemic affected their perceptions of foodservice packaging.”

In the survey, respondents were asked if the COVID-19 pandemic influenced their perception of potential benefits, concerns or attributes of single-use foodservice packaging items. In both the U.S. and Canada, the clean and sanitary nature of single-use foodservice packaging items increased in importance for the highest percentage of respondents, followed by the protective/tamper-proof properties, although less than 40% said this would continue after the pandemic.

Reaffirming results from 2019, being leak- or spill-proof and stopping oil or grease from soaking through and staining clothes, car seats, etc. remain the most important attributes of single-use foodservice packaging for U.S. and Canadian respondents.

Results also showed that more than 50% of adults in the U.S. and Canada use single-use foodservice packaging at least once a week. This represents a slight decrease from 2019 results for U.S. and Canadian respondents. Within U.S. respondents, survey results in both 2021 and 2019 show that those with the highest income remain the most likely to use single-use foodservice packaging every day, and higher education appeared to correlate to higher use.

Participants were asked questions about how frequently they use single-use foodservice packaging; their beliefs about the importance of performance attributes in single-use foodservice packaging; benefits and concerns they have about single-use foodservice packaging and their reusable counterparts; their behavior choices related to foodservice packaging; environmental issues; and, new in 2021, the influence of the COVID-19 pandemic. Each question was analyzed looking for significant differences in responses across demographic groups and frequency of using single-use foodservice packaging, and from the 2019 survey.

The final report includes input from 800 respondents in the United States and Canada balanced across income, education level, gender and region. This sample provides a statistically representative view of the beliefs of these populations with a 95% confidence rate with a plus/minus 5% margin of error.

FPI members and contributing participants received complete survey results. A complimentary executive summary of the report is available on FPI’s website. Please contact FPI’s Natha Dempsey with any questions.

 
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EcoSmart Supply Co., is pleased to announce the launch of its first and highly anticipated product aimed at eradicating single-use plastics, The Rice Straw.

EcoSmart Supply Co. is an up-and-coming distribution company of eco-friendly alternatives to single-use plastics.  The company’s mission is to eradicate single-use plastics by replacing them with all-natural options made from rice.  Since its inception in 2020, EcoSmart Supply Co. has developed relationships with the best like-minded manufacturers in the world who care about sustainability, the world’s oceans, and the longevity of humanity.

In the company’s latest news, EcoSmart Supply Co. has officially launched its first product – The Rice Straw. The Rice Straw is an edible straw made from rice materials using high quality production to ensure quality, hygiene, food safety, and environmental sustainability.  The product’s rice and tapioca starch ingredients are 100% natural, organic, biodegradable, and last longer than any other eco-friendly single-use plastic on the market.  

“Unless you’ve watched the popular documentary Seaspiracy on Netflix, or unless you’re up-to-date on legislation to ban single-use plastics, you may not know that it takes a plastic straw up to 400 years to decompose,” says founder of EcoSmart Supply Co., Ben Bright.  “In fact, more than 8 million tons of plastic enters the ocean every single year, with the U.S. alone using 500 million plastic straws.  This is alarming to say the least.  That being said, consumers don’t have to make big changes to make a dramatic impact.  Small steps, such as utilizing our rice-based product, The Rice Straw, can help to inspire others and protect our planet.”

According to Bright, consumers also need to be aware of the fact that not all eco-friendly products are beneficial for the environment.  For example, a study done by the CBC in 2019 found that too many single-use coffee pods, often marketed as compostable, are ending up in landfills – due to the lack of composting services offered by municipalities.

“Let’s face it, coffee pods are not all-natural products and do not simply decompose in a matter of days or weeks,” Bright states.  “As such, there is a lot of damage done to the planet and wildlife, though these companies will make you believe otherwise.  Consumers should feel confident to know that The Rice Straw is 100% natural and sustainable, fully biodegrading in just 90 days.  It is our mission to reject single-use plastics, and it should be yours, too.”

The Rice Straw is available on the company’s website in bulk quantities of 50, 100, 150, or 1000.

For more information about EcoSmart Supply Co., or to order, please visit ecosmartsupply.co.

 
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Guelph, Ontario: August 9, 2021 – Dixon’s Distilled Spirits is hosting a live, half-hour Instagram Cocktail Creation on August 12th at 7 p.m. EST with some of North America’s top female hockey professionals. Players Erica Howe and Samantha Isbell will join host Rae Kelly, of Virgin Radio’s popular Cash & Rae morning show, to create fun, flavourful and simple cocktails. The event will stream via Dixon’s Instagram platform @dixonsdistilledspirits and be available for viewing post-event.

“Our lifestyles are all about balance. Even as a professional hockey player, I enjoy kicking back and relaxing,” says player Erica Howe. “I love new challenges and can’t wait to try my hand at mixing up some of Dixon’s recipes – bring it on!”

Recipes will be posted prior to the event: attendees can follow along and create the cocktails at home as well as ask questions or post comments: those who participate will be entered into a draw for one of two $50 LCBO gift cards. A bonus entry can be earned if a participant shares their favourite spirit in the comments or tags a friend.

This is the second live Instagram event that Dixon’s is hosting as part of its 2021 sponsorship of the PWHPA. The first was a live Q&A with players Natalie Spooner, Sarah Nurse and Loren Gabel.

“Events like these and partnerships with sponsors like Dixon’s are excellent opportunities to increase visibility of women’s hockey,” says Jayna Hefford, Lead Operations Consultant, PWHPA. “It doesn’t hurt when we have fun and create delicious recipes at the same time.”

Dixon’s Distilled Spirits was founded in 2013 and is known throughout Ontario for creating unique and award-winning gins, vodka and whisky using the highest-quality, locally-grown ingredients. Their hand-crafted, hand-bottled and 100% Canadian-made products are available at LCBOs and online. These are the type of spirits that will be used during the event, to learn more recipes that you can enjoy this summer.

“We’re thrilled that our partnership with PWHPA helps to support awareness of their amazing players,” says Jeremie Dixon, co-owner of Dixon’s. “We’re excited to show off what can be done with our unique spirits, and share some off-ice skills with Erica and Samantha.”

Winners will be drawn from accumulated entries and notified on Aug. 19. Only those who are 19 years or older are eligible to win. Full contest rules are available at dixonsdistilledspirits.com/promotions</a>.</p>"

 
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How does Steam Whistle rank against other Premium Beers? 

In honour of #InternationalBeerDay we’re calling on beer enthusiasts everywhere to take the #SteamWhistleChallenge!

Enter for a chance to WIN a Biergarten experience for 2 and our NEW Craft Beer Crate.

Step 1:

Take the Challenge! Blind taste test the following beers and rank them,
Gold

 

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