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.”


Sainte-Thérèse, March 4, 2019 Cora Breakfast and Lunch, Canada’s breakfast leader, is proud to announce the opening of a new Cora restaurant in Winnipeg. The new restaurant, located at 845 Dakota Street, will be welcoming its first guests on Monday, March 11, 2019.

The official Grand Opening will take place on March 13, 2019. Pioneering founder Cora Tsouflidou and local owner-franchisees will welcome dignitaries and guests for a true celebration: the Egg-Cracking Ceremony, during which the first symbolic omelette in the restaurant will be made.  

The new location is part of a nationwide expansion of the Cora network, making it the 3rd restaurant in Manitoba for the largest sit-down breakfast chain in Canada. Cora Breakfast and Lunch is also very pleased to announce the reopening of another one of its Winnipeg franchises. A true phoenix rising from the ashes, the Cora restaurant located at 840 Waverley Street reopened its doors on February 25 following a fire in 2018.

Madame Cora originated the concept in 1987 when, as a single mother of three in need of a career, she bought a small abandoned diner on Côte-Vertu Boulevard in Montreal’s St-Laurent area, focusing solely on breakfast (egg dishes, fresh fruit, cheese, cereal, omelettes, crêpes and French toast). The restaurant quickly became the talk of the town, often with lineups at the door. Madame Cora’s astute entrepreneurial instincts told her that this was a concept that could be franchised.

The Cora restaurant chain is famous for its breakfasts, boasting mounds of fresh fruit artfully prepared by specially trained on-site “fruiters.” Over the years, inspired by family traditions, customer requests and suggestions from her children, Madame Cora has conjured up more than 100 menu ideas, most of which still bear the names of the customers or family members who inspired her.


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.


VAUGHAN, ON, March 4, 2019 /CNW/ - What's the only thing that could make the Canadian exclusive revival of the Cheetos® Crunchwrap Slider more exciting, as well as more Canadian? Taking your first bite after barreling down a hill on a snow tube, that's what.

On Saturday, March 2, Taco Bell Canada reinvented the drive-thru experience in honour of Cheetos® Crunchwrap Slider with the world's first Slide-Thru. For one day only, Taco Bell fans at Horseshoe Resort near Barrie, ON, got the chance to place their orders at the top of a tubing hill, slide down and grab their Cheetos® Crunchwrap Slider from a custom-built take-out window at the bottom. Never has picking up lunch been so exhilarating!

The Cheetos® Crunchwrap Slider is a Canadian-exclusive combining two fan favourites, Taco Bell and Cheetos® Cheddar Jalapeño cheese snacks. Available only on this side of the border and for a limited time, it comes in three mouth-watering options: Beefy Cheddar, Spicy Chicken, and Supreme.

"Unique, exciting and off-the-wall events are an essential part of the recipe that makes Taco Bell what it is," says Veronica Castillo, Head of Marketing at Taco Bell Canada. "This fan-favourite deserves a celebration that's as audacious as the Crunchwrap itself, something wild and unexpected and has never been tried before."

Cheetos® Crunchwrap Slider will be available at Taco Bell locations across Canada on February 25, but fans who want the once-in-a-lifetime slide-thru experience can make their way to Horseshoe Resort (101 Horseshoe Valley Rd W, Barrie) on March 2. The slide-thru will be open from 11:30am-2:30pm, with the Cheetos® Crunchwrap Slider available on a first come, first serve basis. Get ready to slide on over!

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Toronto ON – March 4, 2019–Breakfast lovers and Beyond Meat fans have another reason to celebrate! Following the remarkable success of A&W’s Beyond Meat Burger, the Canadian company is partnering with Beyond Meat to introduce another innovation, the Beyond Meat Sausage & Egger, made with Beyond Meat’s 100% plant-based breakfast sausage, to its permanent breakfast menu on March 11th. A&W Food Services of Canada, Inc. will be the first restaurant chain to bring Beyond Meat’s newest creation to Canadians from coast to coast.

“We recognize Canadians are increasingly interested in including more plant-based proteins in their diets,” says Susan Senecal, A&W Canada’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Adding a plant-based protein option to our breakfast menu is the kind of innovation that we love. Just like our Beyond Meat Burger – this new breakfast sausage is packed with flavour and it’s hard to believe it’s made from plants. It’s delicious,” Senecal added.

Canadians love breakfast and A&W’s Beyond Meat Sausage & Egger is a delicious new option for those seeking more plant-based proteins to fuel their day. The classic recipe features Beyond Meat’s breakfast sausage patty served with an egg and a slice of real cheddar cheese on a burger bun or an English muffin. For those seeking a plant-based breakfast sandwich, A&W has you covered – they’ve named it Beyond Meat Sausage & Veggie and it’s made with Beyond Meat’s delicious plant-based breakfast sausage patty and served with lettuce and tomato.

“We couldn’t be happier to be expanding our partnership with A&W,” said Beyond Meat Founder and CEO, Ethan Brown. “The consumer response to the Beyond Meat Burger at A&W has been overwhelmingly positive, and we know fans will be excited to start their day with our newBeyond Breakfast Sausage. We applaud A&W’s forward-thinking approach and look forward to introducing Beyond Meat’s latest product innovation to Canadians nationwide.”


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