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Sogu has launched its first KickStarter Campaign

SOGU COOLER KICKSTARTER CAMPAIGN IS OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED

San Antonio, TX, 2017-Jul-24 — /EPR FOOD & BEVERAGE NEWS/ — The Sogu Cooler keeps liquids cold in their bottle for up to 6 hours!

Sogu (www.sogucooler.com) has launched its first KickStarter Campaign to raise the funds necessary to pay for the tooling for the next version Sogu 2.0 Cooler. The patented Sogu Cooler keeps drinks cold for up to 6 hours while still in their original bottle. No ice needed!!! The Sogu Cooler prevents condensation from soaking your clothes or table cloths and is perfect for work, sports and restaurants.

“Our Sogu Cooler is a great addition to your home, restaurant or travel gear to keep your drink cold or hot!” – Michael Van Steenburg, Sogu President

While the Sogu 1.0 Cooler is ready for market now and fits most 1.0 to 1.5 liter bottles, the new Sogu 2.0 version will be even more modular and adjustable to fit an even wider variety of plastic and glass bottles. Sogu 2.0 also features additional technical features such as an optional reusable ice pack and vacuum insulation that increases the available cooling time up to 24 hours.

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If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Michael Van Steenburg at sales@sogucooler.com.

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Straight Up New York Craft Spirits Festival

Warwick, New York, 2016-Jun-22 — /EPR FOOD & BEVERAGE NEWS/ — On Saturday, July 9, 2016 Black Dirt Distillery will host its 2nd Annual Straight Up New York craft spirits festival, from 12pm-5pm. The event will take place at Warwick Valley Winery & Black Dirt Distillery (114 Little York Rd. Warwick, NY 10990), located in the heart of Hudson Valley.

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Tickets to participate are $40.00 and can be purchased at: www.blackdirtdistillery.comAdmission for designated drivers is $15.00. Transportation from NYC and general admission is $90.

Straight Up New York features nearly two-dozen of the state’s leading craft spirits producers, who are coming together to celebrate the New York craft spirits industry. Gourmet food and spirits will be available for tastings and purchase, as well as tours of Black Dirt Distillery. Attendees can enjoy live music while getting the opportunity to meet the pioneers shaping the beverage landscape with their unique brands. In addition to the expansive list of local distilleries; farmers, authors, musicians and chefs will fill this tented event a top the scenic orchards of Warwick Valley Winery. Tractor rides with picturesque views will be offered exclusively to those joining Straight Up New York; participants will receive a souvenir “Straight Up New York Rocks” glass.

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Craft spirit distillers in attendance include: Albany Distilling Company, Atsby Vermouth, Barrows Intense, Black Button, Black Dirt Distillery, Brooklyn Gin, Copper Sea, Denning’s Point Distillery, Finger Lakes Distillery, Greenhook Ginsmiths, Harvest Spirits, Hillrock Estate Distillery, Lockhouse Distillery, Long Island Spirits, New York Distilling Company, Orange County Distillery, Orchard Hill, Port Morris Distillery, Prohibition Distillery, Taconic Distillery, Tirado, Tuthilltown Spirits, Van Brunt Stillhouse, 5Spoke Creamery, Black Sheep Cheese Farm and many more!

Contact-Details: Heather Dolland/ 600 3rd Ave, 2nd Floor New York, NY 10016/646.460.1679/heather@allthetastesofnewyork.com www.allthetastesofnewyork.com

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Smart mini beer brewing appliance is going to change the brewing game

Los Angeles, CA, 2016-Apr-03 — /EPR FOOD & BEVERAGE NEWS/ — The ArtBrew beer brewing control system – designed, developed and marketed by an international-based team comprised of the world’s top engineers and brewers – has been officially launched at Kickstarter as an “inspired innovation” that will “change the concept of beer brewing.”

As of this writing, ArtBrew’s Kickstarter campaign has already got full funded within two days of being activated. And it will arrive at 200% of target very soon.

Boasting a premium structure that keeps both brewing and fermentation in one chassis and which automates nearly the entire process, the ArtBrew is the world’s newest, smartest beer brewing appliance featuring a unique mobile app that provides users another way to control the machine beyond the button on the 400 x 240 pixels LCD screen, either nearby or remotely with a Wi-Fi connection. This also allows for status tracking and access to a massive database containing a plethora of recipes from across the world.

Through ArtBrew’s innovative app, users can customize their own recipes while taking advantage of the social networking platform to obtain and share recipes they may not have had previous access to.

“The ArtBrew solution is going to change the brewing game not only because of its ability to keep the brewing tank and fermentation tank in one common chassis – one that boasts excellent structural design – but also because it’s a formidable control system with a myriad of sensors to control and provide feedback on the different processes,” states an ArtBrew spokesperson.

“What’s more, in this day and age of worldwide social networking, the ArtBrew app provides users an alternative control method for the machine, coming fully loaded with a recipe library that contains hundreds of recipes collected from the world’s most famous breweries, access to brewing process tracking with a real time curve, market access to all ArtBrew products and accessories, user notification of machine status and much more. To say the ArtBrew product is a forward-thinking, easy-to-use brewing solution is something of an understatement.”

A six-liter MiniKeg can represent a serving keg that the user simply leaves inside the machine to access the beer, or can work as a fermentation keg which the user can store in a refrigerator for fermentation purposes. Further, ArtBrew recipes are sorted in various categories, providing the user an easy way of finding the desired recipes while allowing the search process to commence by keyword or name. Users can create their own recipes and can also change or modify the original ArtBrew recipes to create a new one, free to then use/brew them or share with the public.

SOURCE: EuropaWire

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A Sweet Spin on Moonshine for Bloomery Distillery

Charles Town, West Virgina, July 03, 2015 — /EPR FOOD & BEVERAGE NEWS/ — FlipKey.com, the vacation rental company of leading travel site TripAdvisor has published its list of the 50 most loved and most talked about food and drink tours in almost every state across the U.S. And in West Virginia, the winner is Bloomery Plantation Distillery.

Capitalizing on the craving for locally sustainable craft distilleries and the nostalgia for moonshine, Bloomery’s SweetShine line of naturally flavored liqueurs are handcrafted from farm-fresh roots, fruits, and nuts.

The freshness of the line’s ingredients cannot be questioned, with all agricultural ingredients grown at the distillery’s own farm, local neighboring farms or other small American farms.

To date, more than 60,000 premium drink devotees have toured the distillery to savor an artisanal cocktail – whether it’s the ‘moonshine milkshake’ innovatively called Cremma Lemma or the chilled Chocolate Raspberry (a shot in hot coffee is bound to change one’s morning routine). With more than twenty-one international awards and too many cocktail enthusiast praises to count, the company is doing its part to take the restaurant, bar and hospitality industries to tasty new levels.

The entire process of creating the SweetShine line is handcrafted – from the hand-zesting of every lemon to the hand-chopping of the ginger to the hand-making of syrups to the actual handwriting that goes on every bottle of every label. Company founder Linda Losey claims with pride, “Consumers like a little bit of the unusual and appreciate our whimsical approach, but quality and taste are paramount – this is why we grow our own Italian lemons and Hawaiian ginger as well as our own black walnuts, pumpkins, and raspberries. Losey goes on to say, “Our fans trust our brand…and are comfortable and confident that when they grab a bottle of SweetShine, they can add it to any of their current cocktails and they’ll create a fresher, higher quality, premium cocktail that was a breeze to make.”

Bloomery SweetShine is currently distributed to retailers, bars and restaurants in 42 states and is on the fast track to further expand distribution.

About Bloomery SweetShine
Since opening as a mini-distillery in the agri-tourism industry in September of 2011, Bloomery Plantation Distillery has been capitalizing on the craving for locally sustainable craft distilleries, the nostalgia for the prohibition-era and the explosion of fruit flavored liqueurs through its hand-crafted, award-winning SweetShine line. With a sweet spin on moonshine, the company makes moonshine drinkable through its award-winning liqueurs that are hand-crafted from farm-fresh fruits, roots and nuts. To date, more than 60,000 premium drink devotees have visited the distillery to enjoy a SweetShine artisanal cocktail of their own amid affable company.

The distillery boasts a wildly unique, imaginative and fiercely dedicated staff led by company founder, Linda Losey. For staffers, SweetShine represents far more than just a product line but rather is regarded as a foundational philosophy—an adventurous and even risk-taking way of doing things…a spirited and amusing outlook on life. This viewpoint guides everything the company creates, and Bloomery’s passionate one-of-a-kind team attracts customers from around the world who believe in, connect with and trust the SweetShine brand.

The distillery, located two miles east of Charles Town, West Virginia, is situated on a 12-acre parcel of land where they grow farm-fresh ingredients used in the elixirs, including ginger, raspberries and lemons, among others. Putting their unique spin on the process of making moonshine, Bloomery’s all natural SweetShine is crafted using time-honored recipes with 190 proof ‘shine, pure cane sugar and garden-grown ingredients. The entire process is hand-crafted—from the hand-zesting of every lemon, to the hand-chopping of the ginger, to the hand picking of raspberries, to the hand-making of its syrups, to the handwriting that goes on every bottle of every label. Each batch is individually proofed; the finished liqueurs range from 40° to 70°. Truly handcrafted. And it shows. Just a touch of SweetShine quickly creates a classic cocktail with a twist—goodbye to boring unadventurous drinking! Bloomery SweetShine is currently distributed to retailers, bars and restaurants in 42 states, and continues to expand distribution nationally.

Learn more about the brand and its admirable approach online at www.BloomerySweetshine.com

Contact-Details: Merilee Kern
Ascendant Group Branding
merileekern@ascendantgroupbranding.com
858-577-0206

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Raw Milk Bill Scheduled for Vote in the Texas House

Austin, TX, May 05, 2015 — /EPR FOOD & BEVERAGE NEWS/ — Texas lawmakers will have the opportunity to make it easier for consumers to buy raw milk on Thursday, when House Bill 91 is scheduled to come up for a vote on the floor of the House.

The bill, which was approved by the Public Health Committee, will loosen the current regulations that only allow raw milk to be sold on the farm by allowing dairy farmers to sell raw milk at farmers’ markets and to make delivery arrangements with their customers.

“Currently, Texans have to travel to a licensed dairy to buy raw milk,” explained Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance Executive Director Judith McGeary. “This bill reduces costs and hassle for consumers, while allowing farmers a fair opportunity to market their products,” she continued.

Kris Errickson, whose 13-year old daughter testified to the Public Health Committee in favor of the bill, explained the impact raw milk had on her daughter’s health. “My daughter suffered from food allergies and eczema for much of her life. Her condition changed for the better after implementing a strict diet including raw milk. However, for the past two years my husband battled terminal brain cancer. Driving hours for raw milk was too burdensome, so she had no milk during this time, and her eczema recently returned.”

Texas State Rep. Dan Flynn(R-Canton), the bill’s sponsor, has called it a “free-enterprise” bill. “If you have a legal product, it seems like you should be able to sell it at a farmer’s market,” Flynn told committee members at a hearing on April 21.

Mark Hutchins, a second generation raw milk dairy farmer from Greenville who also testified at the hearing, encouraged the full House to pass the legislation. “The House should affirm that licensed, regulated and legal raw milk is a safe product that ought to be more readily available to interested consumers.

“As a raw milk producer myself, I know how hard raw milk farmers work to ensure the safety, health and wellbeing of their loyal customers, and how much it means to customers to be able to access this product. I urge the Texas House to quickly pass HB 91 and support the freedom of farmers and consumers to choose what is best for their families’ health and safety.”

A fact sheet on HB 91 is available at: http://farmandranchfreedom.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Fact-sheet-HB91-floor-vote.pdf

About Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance
Farm and Ranch Freedom Alliance (FARFA) is a national organization that supports independent family farmers and protects a healthy and productive food supply for American consumers. FARFA promotes common sense policies for local, diversified agricultural systems.

Contact-Details: Judith McGeary, 512-484-8821, Judith@FarmAndRanchFreedom.org

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First of Kind Sports Drink – Break Through for Athletes

“A beverage that was developed with “natural” ingredients accelerates an athlete’s recovery from workouts, practices and competitions”

 

Ridgefield, WA, October 28, 2014 — /EPR FOOD & BEVERAGE NEWS/ — 2MAC, created by an athlete 60 years young, uses natural ingredients to restore the energy and hydration generators depleted during high intensity competition or practice. The greatest chapter in this story may be that there are no chemicals required to achieve this result.

“We were tired of using sugary, salty, artificial tasting drinks as a recovery beverage after a workout. As athletes we wanted something that really did taste great, contained no artificial additives and restored the amino acids, antioxidants, electrolytes, vitamins and minerals we burned while exercising. The drinks on the market were missing the big picture as they were too narrowly focused on remedies for one or two segments of this equation. It was very frustrating,” said development director, Mike McDaniel at 2MAC’s Vancouver, Washington headquarters.

The body does not restore these elements on its own, they must be consumed. The longer a person waits to recharge their body the longer their recovery time will be. Waiting to resupply lost nutrients reduces the benefits from a workout or extends the recovery time from an event. While consuming water or a high sugar and salt sports drink will cure a roaring thirst, that alone will not remedy the more important issue of depleted nutrients and body reserves. These elements must be replaced to rejuvenate muscles and energy.

“2MAC’s formulas, which are characterized by a great taste profile, are designed to be absorbed rapidly into an athlete’s system, reduce muscle inflammation and oxidative stress while minimizing insulin release. To effectively reverse the effects of physical stress, 2MAC should consumed during, or within 30 minutes of ending, the exercise period,” McDaniel stated.

Introducing 2MAC to a sports drink market that is defined by long entrenched brands is a challenging task. That is why 2MAC has decided to seek funding in two stages through the Kickstarter process which features an all or nothing model. Stage one is designed to verify taste demographics while a stage two Kickstarter campaign will be utilized to launch a nationwide rollout of the product. Be sure to follow us at the following Kickstarter link. Those who pledge will be among the first to experience the benefits of this natural solution to dehydration and nutrient loss.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1944575035/2mac-nutrition-company-recharging-bodies-that-work?ref=category

If you would like more information about 2MAC products contact Mike at his AOL email address and please peruse our blog.

Contact-Details: Mike McDaniel
Cell: 360.608.3458
Email: Mimcdani3@aol.com
Blog: www.2macnutrition.com

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UK’s most comprehensive and innovative catering show returns for biggest event to date

Manchester , UK, 2014-6-20 — /EPR Food & Beverage News/ — “The Show” organised by the country’s leading distributor of catering equipment, Lockhart Catering Equipment, is arriving in Manchester on Wednesday 25th June for its first event outside of London.

In its fifth successful year “The Show” can proudly call itself one of the UK’s most comprehensive and innovative catering shows, and has attracted industry experts including mixologist James Trevillion from Bonzer and TV chef and food consultant Andy Bates from Brazilian Street Feasts to its first northern event.

Having been well received with customers and suppliers alike, the event will offer up its winning recipe of demonstrations, the unique opportunity to see new product ranges before anyone else and the chance to network with over 30 leading suppliers.

The innovation zone is a must visit for any industry professional who likes to stay one step ahead of innovative tools where there will be the chance to see the latest equipment in action, and not to be missed tasting sessions. Delegates will also be offered a tour of the world famous football stadium.

“The Show” will return to Wembley later in the year, with dates to be announced in the coming months.

Attendance is by pre-registration only, so to reserve your place or if you have any queries, email the.shownorth@bunzl.co.uk, call 03701 678678 or register directly here.

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Exhibitors and customers network at last year’s show.
Exhibitors and customers network at last year’s show.
Lockhart’s representative mixing things up at last year’s show at Wembley.
Lockhart’s representative mixing things up at last year’s show at Wembley.

For more information please contact Lisa Kelly (lisa.kelly@silverbean.com) or Layla Grant (layla.grant@silverbean.com) of Silverbean on 0191 406 1200

Notes to editor

Lockhart Catering is country’s leading distributor of catering equipment, supplying the largest range of light and heavy equipment available to the UK caterer. Lockhart is not affiliated to particular manufacturers, allowing them to offer a wide range of options and, more importantly, advise what’s right for specific client requirements.

This Easter, get your chocolate fix with a delicious cup of teapigs Chocolate Flake Tea

Easter is synonymous with bunnies, treasure hunts and lots and lots of chocolate. In fact around 80 million Easter eggs are eaten in Britain each year — that’s a lot of chocolate!

And while we love nothing more than digging into a delicious Easter egg, sometimes we want the indulgent chocolatey taste without the calories, teapigs chocolate flake tea is the perfect alternative, warming, yummy and totally guilt free. So this Easter, try a cup of our lovely chocolatey tea for something a little bit different. It makes a nice Easter gift too!

The teapigs range contains only the very best whole leaf tea, not the dust found in a normal tea bag. The teas come in their special tea temples, a biodegradable mesh bag that gives the leaves lots of room to infuse, so you get all the taste of loose tea but with the convenience of a bag.

teapigs are available in the following flavours: everyday brew, Darjeeling earl grey, chai tea, chilli chai, chocolate flake tea, mao feng green tea, green tea with mint, popcorn tea, jasmine pearls, silver tips white tea, tung ting oolong, rooibos, rooibos creme caramel, spiced winter red, lemon and ginger, chamomile flowers, peppermint tea, pure lemongrass, super fruit, liquorice and peppermint, yerba mate, organic matcha.

Where to find teapigs: www.teapigs.co.uk, Waitrose, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, John Lewis Food Hall and Whole Foods Market.

teapigs have a shop online and each blend comes in a range of sizes and prices.

For further P.R. information on the products or images please contact: Jessica Filbey at team TASTE on 0207 242 2844 or jessicaf@taste-pr.com

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MITIE’s Catering Business Rebrands to Gather & Gather

MITIE, the FTSE 250 strategic outsourcing company, has announced the launch of a new brand for its catering business: Gather & Gather.

Based around a culture of bringing food and people together, the new identity will feature as the new trading name and customer facing identity for MITIE’s catering business.

Gather & Gather focuses on bringing together the best ideas, ingredients, recipes and inspiration from the food industry so that customers can gather together to enjoy them in the workplace.

Two years ago MITIE recruited a new management team to lead its catering business under an entrepreneurial investment model. Since then, the business has more than trebled its turnover through new contract wins and the acquisition of award winning hospitality company Creativevents, making it the fastest growing caterer in the UK and Ireland.

The rebrand to Gather & Gather marks an important step in the evolution of MITIE’s catering business. Developing this ethos has been an integral culture shift for the team behind the business, and now forms a keystone for the brand.

The rebrand combines a new approach to marketing with a learning and development programme for all staff, to understand the values that underpin the name change.

Allister Richards, managing director of Gather & Gather, who has led from the front over the past two years, said:

‘Gather & Gather is a reflection of our business maturing from focusing on what we do, to how we do it. Bringing the ideas and creativity of a dynamic team together, and translating that into delivering great service.

“We’re readdressing the balance between client, customer and caterer, and putting the customer at the heart of what we do, offering something truly different to the marketplace.”

Gather & Gather will roll out throughout the spring from 1 May 2013. Full details of the brand experience will be shared at the launch event on Tuesday 23 April, at The Brewery in central London.

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Try Something New This Winter And Warm Up With An Authentic Chai Latte

Premium tea company teapigs are encouraging tea drinkers to try something different with their cuppa this winter and cosy up with an all-natural, authentic, make-at-home chai latte.

The online tea shop they have contains a wide range of teas including some fantastic herbal and green teas but by delving a little deeper into the website, customers will find some great tasting teas including peppermint tea and the authentic chai latte tea.

teapigs only use the best quality ingredients in their chai tea – whole leaf black Assam tea blended with whole cardamom pods, cloves, real pieces of ginger and cinnamon. These real, all natural ingredients mean great taste without artificial flavourings and sweeteners. teapigs teas come in ‘tea temples’ – a special biodegradable mesh bag which makes brewing and enjoying top quality tea easy and convenient.

Making a delicious chai latte at home is really easy using teapigs chai tea temples:

• take one teapigs chai tea temple and place in your mug or latte glass
• cover 1/3 glass with hot water – enough to cover your temple
• let it brew for 3-5 minutes
• while your chai brews heat up some milk (ideally froth with a milk frother)
• top up the Chai tea concentrate with the milk and add brown sugar or honey to taste and some cinnamon on top for a little extra spice

teapigs tea taster Louise says: “Every vendor, in every city, in every region of India offers their own version of Chai Masala – the aromatic, spiced milky tea that has been the Indian drink of choice for hundreds of years. This is our version – a rich, malty, warming blend which is great to make at home on a cosy winter’s night. It’s a satisfying, healthy drink that captures the vibrancy and colour of India in a cup.”

A pack of 15 chai tea temples from £4.00. Available from Harvey Nichols, Selfridges, Waitrose, Wholefoods and online at www.teapigs.co.uk.

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Redefining The Modern Wine Experience

Josh McFadden, the 31 yr. old Creative Director and Founder of Proof Wine Collective (a creative company dedicated to developing small-production, critically-acclaimed wineries) has big plans for a space of his own. The self-taught entrepreneur has spent over ten years mastering the ins and outs of the wine industry: working harvest, sommelier at restaurants, wine buyer, wine shop clerk, cellar rat, cook, server, and wine label designer… He’s been there!

After 4 years of building Proof from the ground up, Josh is ready to catapult himself into the next big project. Turncoat Wine Co. will be a wine bar located in the center of the rapidly growing wine region that is the Central Coast of California. Not only will it be a wine bar, the 4000 sq. ft. space will also offer a full service restaurant, wine shop, lesson room for tastings, and also act as an event location. Turncoat will create a much larger wine presence in the small downtown of San Luis Obispo, and put the area on the map as a top destination for lovers of wine, art and food. It is set to open its doors in early 2013.

The space will be a “living gallery”, as Josh describes it. “Imagine the most interesting party you’ve ever been to: you are meeting fascinating people, including awesome winemakers, offering you wines you’ve never seen, you are being offered food from the season you’ve never tasted, and you have at your disposal over 500 wines from wineries located everywhere in the world. The place will be a display of sensations, and the play between all of them: an interpretation-gasm.”

Needless to say, Josh is intent that Turncoat will be a work of art in itself. His repertoire includes labels on display at the SF MOMA, Trader Joes, as well as for many of the top wine producers of Paso Robles and Santa Barbara like Herman StorySans LiegeField RecordingsAlta Maria, and Force of Nature.

“The winemakers I’ve worked with, just like myself, don’t come from money or privilege.” Josh brings up. “We’ve had to make our own way and we couldn’t have made it this far without the support from our friends.”

In preparation for Turncoat, Proof Wine Collective has put together a compelling campaign to raise money and awareness on the crowd-funding site Kickstarter.com. They’re trying to raise $25,000 by Dec. 3rd in order to help fund some of the initial start up costs of the wine bar. Rewards for support vary from graphic t-shirts, fine art prints, and custom art pieces inspired by yourself. “One print we made is called Wine Pangea which is my attempt to simplify and beautify the world of wine; and the other is called Presidential Drugs of Choice it’s a print detailing every drug/vice done by each President,” explained Josh.  Both the prints reflect Proof’s unique creative style which reappropriates vintage engravings with colors, elegant typography, and new information.

Proof Wine Collective was founded in 2008 in order to create a world where curious and creative spirits may fall in love with wine. Visit their website atwww.proofwinecollective.com.

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Golden Spoon Unveils New Website to Revitalize Brand

Golden Spoon, the popular Southern California frozen yogurt company, unveiled their hip new website highlighting the chain’s Southern California roots, it’s famous creamy taste, and even the frozen yogurt’s health benefits. “ We’ve only just begun to renew our brand and bring it back to life; the website is a reflection of what is to come,” said Golden Spoon’s CEO Roger Clawson.

Golden Spoon is Southern California’s original frozen yogurt. The look of the new website is simple and fresh, just like their ingredients, with classic Southern California beach images highlighting Golden Spoon’s heritage. It started in 1981 as a remodel of a health food store in Tustin, California, and has grown into a worldwide brand with an extremely loyal following. You can read all about the journey in the “About Us” section on the site.

The website spotlights the healthy attributes of Golden Spoon’s product made with real fruit and real milk , including full nutritional information for both low-fat and non-fat flavors. Another handy feature allows you to compare the nutritional value of Golden Spoon frozen yogurt to other foods such as ice cream, granola bars and smoothies.

The website is also a great place to find out about new flavors and new additions, like thenew eco-friendly yogurt cups, which biodegrade in only 21 days. Along with the new design and eco-friendly cups, Golden Spoon is also introducing a revolutionary new pricing method, one without scales. Most competing frozen yogurt stores provide one over-sized cup for customers to fill with yogurt and toppings, and the cup is priced based on the total weight. You never know what your dessert will cost you until it is too late, and it’s very easy to go over-budget.

Golden Spoon is changing all that with an innovative, industry-first pricing structure they have trademarked as “Weightless Pricing.” Customers pay a single, fixed price for one of three cup sizes, then fill it with as much yogurt and as many toppings as they wish. Three stores, including Irvine, La Costa and Carlsbad, will launch the new store concept on May 12, 2012 with free yogurt all day.

And, if all the flavors and toppings are not enough variety, customers can also choose their service level. Tell a Golden Spoon “concierge” employee what you have in mind, and then relax as they swirl your yogurt and bring it to your table. Or, you can opt for a “hands-on” experience and create your own masterpiece.

“My father, Jeff Barnes, is the founder of Golden Spoon.  Since I can remember, the stores have always looked the same,” said Reed Barnes, Golden Spoon’s Director of Training.  “As an

owner of two stores, including the original Golden Spoon location in Lake Forest, I love the new direction, the new look and the new store concept.  It couldn’t be a better time to be a part of Golden Spoon Franchising.”

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Golden Spoon Expands To Qatar

Golden Spoon Franchising, the franchising arm of the largest frozen yogurt brand in Southern California, announced the signing of an agreement with the M.H. Al Mana Group of Companies to develop the Golden Spoon franchise throughout Qatar. The agreement is for the opening of eight or more stores over the next five years. Three stores are currently open in the Doha market area with five more to follow. The fourth location is expected to be open by April 30th with two more slated for the end of June 2012. The final two will open by the end of August 2012 for a total of eight stores.

“Signing the agreement to enter the Qatar market demonstrates our commitment to make Golden Spoon a leading global brand,” said Golden Spoon Franchising CEO Roger Clawson. “Our successful launch into Japan and the Philippines helped validate Golden Spoon’s international expansion into the Middle East Region and built our brand’s exposure worldwide. We look forward to replicating that success in Qatar with the M.H. AL Mana Group and throughout the GCC with other professional, multi-unit franchise developer groups.” Clawson said he plans to continue the health-conscious frozen yogurt brand’s worldwide expansion by signing master franchise agreements in the UAE, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait within the next 12 months. Golden Spoon also has its sights on key markets in Asia such as China, India and Vietnam.

“Golden Spoon is the only worldwide brand selling authentic frozen yogurt. Unlike most of our worldwide competitors, we insist that all of our products are produced and shipped from our dairy. The rest of the industry falls short by generally serving a reconstituted powdered mix that attempts to taste like their original U.S. product. The difference in taste, quality and overall value has set us apart for almost 30 years. One taste and you will know why we have led the industry since 1983,” said Clawson.

“Signing with the M.H. Almana Group of Companies is a great win for Golden Spoon,” Clawson said. A proven multi-unit developer and operator, the M.H. Almana Group of Companies has already developed a famous U.S. restaurant brand in Qatar. The M.H. Almana Group of Companies has many years of successful experience in retail operations. “We explored many franchising opportunities to add to the M.H. Almana Group of Companies family, and Golden Spoon matched well with our focus on bringing in brands that will be of value to the people in Qatar,” Abdulaziz Al Mana stated. “We feel Golden Spoon’s focus on local communities and its commitment to providing premium products at a great price creates an opportunity that is too good to pass up.” Golden Spoon’s community-centric focus adapts their model and flavors to fit varying cultures across the globe, all while maintaining a consistent and credible quality product.

When asked if any flavors would be developed to cater to the local taste palette, Clawson said apricot and additional regionally popular flavors would soon be added to the current menu. “However, we anticipate that our traditional Western flavors will also be popular.”

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Legacy Wines Debut with ‘The Gathering’

The recently launched Legacy Wines impulse, export and on-trade division of Manchester-based Kingsland Wines and Spirits has announced its first new brand launch.

‘The Gathering’ is Legacy’s contemporary brand inspired by the spirit of people coming together and the philosophy that good wine is best enjoyed when shared with friends. Three 2011 vintage South African wines initially make up the range; a Shiraz/Grenache, Chenin/Chardonnay and Pinotage Rose, a great selection of South African red wine, white wine and rose.

The range is available from a number of stockists including Landmark members, Nisa retailers, selected Spar stores in the South West and Filshill in Scotland; with many more retailers coming throughout the year.

The Gathering’s launch, with an RRP of £6.99 and upcoming promotions, marks the start to an exciting year for Legacy Wines, who are also planning further brand releases in 2012; including other sharing and dinner party wines from New Zealand and California showcased at this year’s coming ProWein and LIWF exhibitions.

Legacy Marketing Manager Laura Delooze commented on the launch: “We are delighted to announce the launch of ‘The Gathering’; the first of a number of new brands we are developing for the Impulse, On Trade and European export channels. The wine quality and innovative branding, supported by a bespoke website and social media pages, have already been well received resulting in strong listings.”

For further details on Legacy Wines including news on future launches, please visit the Legacy Wines website www.legacywines.co.uk, or for further news on The Gathering, please visit the newly launched website (www.gatheringwines.co.uk), Facebook page (facebook.com/GatheringWines) and Twitter page (@GatheringWines).

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Nationwide Coffee Announces a New Range of Coffee Machines for Lease

Nationwide coffee is pleased to announce its new range of lease coffee machines. Operating since 2007 the company has over 3 years of commercial success in coffee machine leasing and selling as well as refill and coffee bean selling itself. The new ranges of coffee machines are designed to maximise user ease and provide the highest quality coffee of any models on the market.

Interestingly, hiring coffee machines and other amenities has become standard practice for most commercial companies in the last decade. Even multi-national conglomerates are increasingly using hire machines, over purpose bought models. Whilst this may seem surprising there is actually some sensible business thinking behind this strategy.

Firstly, a hired machine has the obvious advantages of offering an extended payment plan. Machines cost as little as £2.50/day compared to a one off cost of £500 and upwards. Whilst this seems to be a case of bad mathematics as £500 for a machine that lasts a few years is only equal to 200 days of hire there are a number of other considerations to take into account. Most notably coffee machines require regular care and servicing – once every six months at a minimum. If a company buys the machine themselves they will typically need to pay £100 or more for a service, which over two years greatly increases the costs of the machine. In juxtaposition a hire contract will include the costs of servicing and replacing the machine should it break.

Secondly, a hired machine is tax deductible. If a company hires a large variety of coffee or any other coffee machines these are completely tax deductible meaning that machine hire doesn’t reduce profits – unlike purchasing machines individually.

Finally machine hire plans have better warranties and offer instant machine replacements should anything impair the machines effectiveness or prevent it from working. This means they offer a quick and efficient service that ensures machines work in the optimal way.

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Perlage Systems, Inc. To Release Cocktail Carbonating System

On July 20th, Perlage Systems, Inc. will launch the Perlini Cocktail Carbonating System, at New Orleans’ Tales of the Cocktail. Perlini is the first and only carbonation product designed by and for professional bartenders, specifically for use in commercial environments, and specifically tailored to the needs of bars and restaurants.

“The craft of making cocktails has been around for over two centuries, so it’s rare when something comes along that is entirely new,” says Jamie Boudreau, noted mixologist.” Perlini is that rare, truly revolutionary product. Perlini gives us a whole new set of techniques, flavors, and textures to work with , and that is very exciting to the profession.”

Currently, sparkling cocktails are created by the addition of an effervescent component, like soda or Champagne. This results in a lightly carbonated drink that is diluted by that added carbonated beverage. Perlini, by contrast, infuses all the ingredients in the drink with effervescence —including the alcohol– creating a vigorously sparkling cocktail with persistent bubbles, as with a fine Champagne.  Perlini create s a multitude of unexplored options by using carbonation to create an entirely new category of cocktail.

“In 2004, on a whim, I showed the owners of the ZigZag Café in Seattle how to make a sparkling Cosmopolitan with an early prototype of the Perlage Champagne Preservation System,” says Evan Wallace, founder and president of Perlage Systems, Inc. It was kind of meant as a joke, but t hey just about flipped. Their enthusiasm spurred us to start working on a device specifically designed to carbonate cocktails, and that’s how the Perlini concept was born,” “Perlini was conceived in a bar, and we designed it from the ground up with constant input and feedback from professional bartenders to create the perfect tool—one that would work in the chaotic environment of a busy bar without impacting the traditional workflow of cocktail production.”

Even beyond the realm of mixology, the Perlini has a multitude of uses in the workplace as well as in the home. With its commercial and home versions, this product allows anyone and everyone to get in touch with their creative side. Chefs are finding dozens of uses for this device ranging from carbonating garnishes and marinating chicken, to creating sauces and more . From creating your own sparkling water, to carbonating cocktails, juices and even your coffee, there is an infinite number of possible concoctions—limited only by the imagination.

Perlini retails for $199 and comes with shaker, pressurizing filler, and 12 CO2 cartridges in an aluminum attaché case.

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VitaBrew Coffee Certifies Eight O’Clock Coffee and GNC Ultra Mega for FDA Label Compliant Vitamin Fortified Coffee Recipe

VitaBrew Coffee LLC released its Free Certified Healthy Coffee recipe to the general public with its Independent Consumer laboratory Approved ingredients. VitaBrew Coffee Founder, Edward Mugits, has placed the FDA compliant Ingredient label copy of their recipe for Eight O’Clock Coffee and GNC Ultra Mega Vitamin and Mineral fortified Coffee online for the general public and Crohn’s Disease help.

VitaBrew Coffee promotes online healthy recipes to encourage the intake of critical nutrients through the most commonly consumed beverage in the world. “For many, coffee is a staple, states Edward, it’s breakfast with or without a donut, muffin, toast or anything else, and for those who follow this dietary routine, the vast majority intake no supplements at all. I am one of those who placed less importance on nutrient intake than my morning coffee, and that morning brew took a lot more time than it takes to swallow a supplement. Is it a stigma with taking a pill, for many yes, but I call it lazy because I didn’t take them regardless of a reason, so I developed a Healthy Coffee for my nutritional intake and those who suffer from Crohn’s Disease. Living with Crohn’s disease is a whole different ball game, there are so many people afflicted with Crohn’s Disease who simply cannot digest the supplements that Coffee, for those who can consume it, is a perfect vehicle to improve their nutrient intake through their mucous linings and digestive tract if liquefied and diluted.

Look on my viatabrewcoffee website and you will see other unique sources of nutrient intake vehicles, such as Vitamingum, a vitamin fortified chewing gum by Vitaball LLC, made for those who may not take supplements but chew gum and those who simply cannot take them orally. That little piece of gum was never developed for Crohn’s Disease help or support, but it is helping and we thank Vitaball LLC for their continued expanse in healthy products for those in need .

Why GNC? because their natural supplements are the most effective formulations that we found compared to 8 other leading manufacturers. GNC provides the consistent quality control that actually exceeds GMP standards and their supplements were the only one that passed 3 consecutive Independent Consumer laboratory tests through the High temperature brewing process. GNC continues to improve its formula and results may vary with the evolving Ultra Mega supplements. It was at GNC where we found the Vitamin Fortified Gum”.

These statements are not endorsed by GNC, Eight O’Clock Coffee or the FDA, the FDA does not control the supplement requirements other than label claim. The Vitabrew Coffee recipes and the products and or information it places online are not to be construed as a cure, treatment or something prescribed to heal, treat or supplement any medically administered program, When in doubt, seek a physician’s advice prior to trying anything new.

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5pm.co.uk Announces That Nominations For The 2011 Scottish Restaurant Awards Are Now Open

5pm.co.uk, the restaurant reservation and reviews website, and free business newspaper Business7 have announced that nominations for The Scottish Restaurant Awards 2011, which take place on Monday 28th February 2011 at the Glasgow Science Centre, are now open.

Dining out is a multi-million pound industry in Scotland and a big part of daily life, with the restaurant trade a vital component both as an employer and as a service provider to millions of customers every year. The Scottish Restaurant Awards celebrate and reward Scotland’s very best eating establishments, whether they offer fine dining or simple, good value family meals. The awards span sixteen categories, allowing the best restaurant in each field to stand out and be recognised. Nominations are invited from both the restaurant trade and diners to help potential contenders gain the exposure they deserve.

The awards, now in their 4th year, reflect the outstanding creativity, customer service and top-quality dining that is on offer throughout Scotland. The 2010 winners reflected the culinary diversity of modern Scotland and covered a wide geographical spread, with representation from Edinburgh Glasgow, Perth, Inverness, Fife and many other parts of the country. The top accolade of Restaurant Of The Year was won by The Peat Inn in Fife, while its chef/proprietor, Geoffrey Smeddle was handed the hotly contested Chef of the Year crown in a double victory for the establishment.

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5pm.co.uk Gets A Makeover

5pm.co.uk, the country’s top restaurant reservation and review site has been given an exciting makeover and sees the launch of its brand new Health & Beauty section.

For almost ten years, 5pm.co.uk has enabled it’s users to dine out for less in restaurants across the country. Now the site will show consumers that less is most definitely more in the world of health and beauty by offering exclusive offers, discounts and deals on treatments at top spas and salons.

The health & beauty offers will initially be in Glasgow only but will be rolled out across the country in the coming months. Some of the top brands and salons that have already signed up are: Isis Crowne Plaza, Russell Cowie Hairdressing, Aveda @James Dun’s House, Aveda @ Mar Hall, 29 Royal Exchange Square and Beti Reilly.

The site will feature profile pages for salons and spas with descriptions of facilities and photographs meaning people can feel more relaxed about trying somewhere new because they’ve been able to have a peek inside. Users will also be able to review and rate their experiences on the site to gain loyalty points in the same way that they currently can with restaurant bookings.

Gillian O’Hara, Health & Beauty Manager at 5pm.co.uk said: “Everyone likes to look good and whether you’re going for that long needed trim or treating yourself or a loved one to a spa day, you no longer need to break the bank. We have partnered with some fantastic establishments to offer an incredible range of deals and we will be adding to them over the coming weeks.”

The innovative new section is yet another development in the already booming business of 5pm.co.uk headed up by Chairman Charles Shaw, who commented: “5pm.co.uk has always been a simple business model that works extremely well for both restaurateurs and consumers. Restaurants fill tables that would otherwise be empty and consumers can eat in great restaurants every day of the week for less money.

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5pm.co.uk Announce Joint Promotion With Bunnahabhain Scotch Whisky

5pm.co.uk, Scotland’s leading online restaurant reservation site, has announced its new promotion in conjunction with Bunnahabhain Single Malt Scotch Whisky which gives 5pm diners the opportunity of sampling a free dram of Bunnahabhain 12 Year Old Malt Whisky as they dine.

The promotion is running at 75 Glasgow and Edinburgh restaurants from 30th April 2010 to 30th May 2010.

Bunnahabhain, from the Isle of Islay, is quite distinct from the other single malts from the area, given the unique, wonderfully gentle and delicate taste profile for which it is known. It has been created using lightly peated malted barley in a time-honoured distillation process and takes advantage of the pure spring water that flows freely underground away from the peaty moorlands.

Charles Shaw, Chairman of 5pm.co.uk said: “This Bunnahabhain promotion gives our diners even better value from the already great 5pm deals. Diners booking through the 5pm.co.uk site get the opportunity of trying one of Scotland’s finest 12 Year Old Malt Whiskies. When booking online all the diner has to do is indicate the number of complimentary drams they’d like – one per diner is available – it’s that easy.”

The 5pm trial and tasting mechanism is revolutionary in the sector as it is effectively a promotion which is run by the consumer.

For Bunnahabhain the joint promotion with 5pm.co.uk offers it the opportunity to have its brand tried and tasted in the best ambience; when diners are in the right mood and have the whisky served to them in style, thus keeping the customer’s attention for a longer period than other traditional tasting promotions would allow.

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