Adult beverage suppliers rated as top performing partners by leading chain restaurant and hotel beverage professionals were recognized as Technomic presented the 2014 VIBE Supplier Awards during the VIBE Conference in Las Vegas last week. Continue reading
It’s no surprise that alcohol consumption and watching pro sports go hand in hand. But that’s especially true for the Chicago Blackhawks.
Two Stanley Cups in four years and a stronghold on the city’s sports consciousness have bolstered the team’s official bar program, which has more than doubled in size to 217 locations since its launch in 2009.
Originally designed to reinforce the Hawks brand with young fans in the city, the network of watering holes now stretches beyond the six-county area to 61 bars downstate. Continue reading
Hotel happy hours used to bring in the hordes to drink and eat as much as they could at cheap prices. Now it seems that the pendulum is swinging the other way as more bar managers are developing premium priced signature drinks to lure in guests as well as local customers.
A December report by the consulting firm Technomic showed hotel operators forecast 4.4 percent growth in their food and beverage sales in 2014. “Of the segments we track, hotel operators are among the most optimistic,” said Donna Hood Crecca, the senior director for the adult beverage resource group at Technomic.
“A number of hotel and lodging operations such as Fairmont, Marriott and Kimpton now offer unique drink menus including signature cocktails along with extensive spirits, wine and beer selections. It’s clear some hotels are prioritizing adult beverages as a way to differentiate their properties and drive traffic and sales,” added Hood Crecca.
“Hotel operators see opportunity in adult beverages,” observes her colleague David Henkes, Vice President at Technomic and leader of its Adult Beverage Practice. “A creative and operationally-sound drink program executed across the various outlets of a hotel property can add both value and enhanced experience elements for guests, as well as high-profit sales, all of which are particularly important in this challenging environment.”
Return to a by-gone era?
Before Prohibition, the hot spots for cocktail innovation were at the big-city hotels, such as the original Waldorf, The Plaza, the Hoffman House and the Knickerbocker. After Prohibition, the alcohol industry was run by the gangsters and all those bartender craft skills were lost.
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A syrupy-slow twang, the kind that takes its sweet time to draw out vowels, answers the phone.
The man on the line is Andy Jordan. Five months ago he and his wife, Debi Dupuis, founded Moonshine Marketers in Robinsville, a mountain town with a population of about 620 in western North Carolina. The former convenience store owners said they own — they’re unregistered with the state, so I have to take their word for it — a moonshine merchandise line and Continue reading
For decades, most people had never even seen a jar of moonshine, let alone tasted it. These days, you can find it at stores and restaurants around the country thanks to loosened liquor laws and changing consumer preferences. Even the industry’s biggest distilleries are experimenting with moonshine.
Moonshine has been distilled in backwoods Appalachia since the 1800s. By its most traditional definition, the term means “illegal spirit,” Continue reading
As restaurant operators look to make sure that beverages continue to be a strong and growing element of their businesses, there are plenty of drink suppliers, product developers, and manufacturers looking at ways to help them boost their sales.
Hundreds of them are showing their wares during the four-day National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show that continues its run in Chicago. A two-day sister confab, the International Wine, Spirits & Beer Event, also kicked off Sunday.
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Does the future of fast casual lie in alcohol?
Fast-casual restaurants were once able to claim premium food, modern décor, and all-around upscale service as hallmarks of their category. But with more quick-service chains retooling in those areas to compete for post-recession consumers, fast casuals have been left to search for new ways to differentiate their brands.
For many, that search has turned up something typically better suited to fine- and casual-dining joints: booze.
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