Milan, 28 February 2019– Be inspired by big datafor new designs, bring the values of wellness & lifestyleinto your project and integrate it into new urban scenarios. Discover the new luxurytechnological solutionsfor hotels and the requirements of new generations.

These are the highly topical themes which will be covered at the Design Talksthis year's big new eventin the context of Smart Label, the Host Innovation Award: seven refresher seminars for architects, experts and industry professionals, guided by an innovative user-centred approach and with a focus on digital transformation. 

But this is not the only new way Fiera Milano and POLI.designwill be recognising innovation in the hospitality industry: at Host 2019 – at fieramilano from 18 to 22 October this year – they will also be awarding three categories of prizes: SMART labelfor products characterised by innovative content, Innovation SMART Labelfor products which change the directions of conventional trends, and Green SMART Labelfor products which stand out for their eco-sustainability. There will also be two types of special mention, for the applications of new materialsand for the introduction of digital connectivity in the service of the Internet of Things.

The international jury is composed of 5 members, including university professors, professionals and experts with enormous experience in design, hospitality and energy saving. The commission will assess the candidate products, services and projects in the light of the following criteria: efficient functions of products and services, efficacy of products and ease of use of services, and innovative usability, technologies and benefits for users. 

Over the last three editions, SMART Label, the Host Innovation Award,has awarded over 150 prizes and 20 special mentionsto leading actors in Italian and international hospitality. These include a domotic handlewith advanced, customisable functions, tables which revolutionise settingsin star rated kitchens, wall-mounted minibarswith the thinnest profiles in the world, hi-tech decanters which enhance the aroma of their contents, oxygen barrier capsuleswhich preserve the flavour and aroma of coffee - to mention just a few of the prize-winning intelligent solutions from previous years. Awarded companies include: Adventys, Bizerba, BIT, Capsul’in Pro, CEI Systems, DeManincor, Distform, Dolphin Fluidics, Gourmet Services, Halton, IDEA, Ilcar (Bugatti), Indel B, Küppersbusch Großküchentechnik, Print2Taste, Rieber, Sanitars, TFT14 and Vito.

With this new edition of SMART Label, the Host Innovation Award,and its other initiatives showcasing the most advanced innovations, Host 2019confirms its place as the event at which companies and professionals can discover the offerings that promise to change the world of hospitality. Over 40 editions, HostMilanohas forged a name for innovation in professional hospitality and, with these new initiatives, its recent editions have further reinforced its position as the trendsetting event for layout, design, formatsand technologies.

Candidatures for the awards are reserved for registered exhibitors at Host 2019, and may be submitted until 29 April 2019 on

For further information about SMART Label:

For the latest news about the event:, @HostMilano, #Host2019.


NORWALK, Conn., Feb. 27, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Whether someone can trace their entire ancestry back to the Emerald Isle, has no Irish blood at all or falls anywhere in between, St. Patrick's Day is a time for everyone to enjoy. Guinness wants to make it as easy as possible to have fun during the festive weekend by releasing the Guinness Guide to St. Patrick's Day – a collection of digital content, real life experiences and physical takeaways designed to help make this March 17th the best one yet.

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"There are countless ways to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, but I'll let you in on a little secret: as long as you're celebrating with a pint of Guinness, you're doing it right," said Guinness Brand Director, Emma Giles. "You might be spending time at home with family, grabbing a cab to the pub or stopping by a party to see some old friends and meet some new ones. Whichever way you choose to celebrate, we promise that with the help of the Guinness Guide to St. Patrick's Day, this will be one to remember."

So, what can one expect from the Guinness Guide to St. Patrick's Day?

The Irish word for a 'good time' is craic, so dial it up – literally. Step into a green Guinness phone booth and connect live with an 'expert' at the Guinness brewery at St. James's Gate via video chat to ask all the burning questions about St. Patrick's Day, Guinness and what it means to really be Irish. The booths will be available free of charge to guests 21+ at the Magnificent Mile in Chicagoon March 1st from 12pm-2pm CST and at the Madison Square Park triangle, across from the Flatiron Building, in New York on March 13th from 12pm-2pm EST.

From getting the perfect Guinness 'Stache, to toasting like a native Gaelic speaker, to how to dress for the occasion, to pairing each beer in the Guinness family with the perfect Irish cuisine, a suite of digital videos and content starring a brewery ambassador from St. James's Gate will be available through @GuinnessUS on InstagramTwitterFacebook and Pinterest. Think of them as helpful tips for the big day on March 17th.

These Guinness t-shirts are a whole lot truer to the heritage than that "Kiss Me I'm Irish" shirt. Imprinted with iconic fixtures from the Guinness brewery at St. James's Gate like the harp plaque on Vathouse No. 2 or the cobblestones from Rainsford Street, the shirts are available in a very limited quantity on the Guinness Webstore

That great 'Stache can do some good. For the third consecutive year, adult beer lovers can take part in the Guinness #StacheForCharity initiative from now through March 31, 2019 by sharing photos of their 'Staches – self-grown and groomed, drawn-on, or Guinness-enhanced – on social media (tagging @GuinnessUS and, of course, using #StacheForCharity). For each 'Stache shared, Guinness will donate $1 (up to $100,000) to the Guinness Gives Back Fund*, which supports nonprofits that contribute to the common good in our communities, like Team Rubicon – an organization of veterans and first responders, who are some of the first boots on the ground when natural disasters occur.

For those lucky enough to live in the Maryland area – or those enthusiastic enough to make the trip – the Guinness Open Gate Brewery in Baltimore will be celebrating its first official St. Patrick's Day in 2019 (after its grand opening in August of last year). Complete with its own Guinness phone booth, the Open Gate Brewery will host ticketed celebrations in support of local charities with classic Guinness favorites and a special locally-brewed St. Patrick's Day stout on tap. Keep up with what's brewing in Baltimore at www.GuinnessBreweryBaltimore.comand @GuinnessBreweryUS on Instagram and Facebook.

Nobody needs the official Guinness Guide to St. Patrick's Day to know that drinking responsibly is always a good idea. On March 17th and every other day of the year, drink like a brewer, and respect the beer.

*The Guinness Gives Back Fund is a corporate donor advised fund administered by Fairfield County's Community Foundation. The Fund's mission is to support local charitable organizations which are classified under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code that are aligned with the corporate focus areas of Diageo North America, Inc.


TORONTO, Feb. 26, 2019 - For an increasing number of Canadians seeking delicious, plant-based options, Quesada Burritos & Tacos is excited to announce it will launch the Beyond Meat® Burrito made with Beyond Meat’s Feisty Crumbles, available nationally at nearly 120 restaurants across Canada starting tomorrow. Through the partnership, Quesada becomes the first national chain in the Mexican quick service restaurant category, in Canada to partner with the revolutionary plant-based foodservice company, Beyond Meat.

“More of our customers are identifying as flexitarians and requesting plant-based options so we’re thrilled to be Canada’s first Mexican chain to offer the Beyond Meat Burrito,” said Steve Gill, Founder and Chief Recipe Officer, Quesada Burritos and Tacos. “Beyond Meat’s Feisty Crumbles perfectly replace animal protein with plant protein that’s juicy and satisfying to anyone - no matter their dietary preferences.”

Quesada’s house-made recipe for the Beyond Meat burrito combines an authentic blend of Mexican flavours with the spicy heat of Habanero pepper, giving that extra flavour kick for which the national Canadian chain has become known. Quesada’s Beyond Meat Burrito can be customized with an array of options that include its homemade Mexican slaw, famous guacamole and made fresh daily Mexican salsas.

Beyond Meat’s 100% plant-based Feisty Crumbles are made from pea protein. The product is the only gluten-free and soy-free crumble on the market, with half the saturated fat of ground beef and no cholesterol or antibiotics. The crumbles are made using simple plant-based ingredients that when combined with Quesada’s sauces and toppings, make for a delicious and satiating burrito.

"We pride ourselves in creating delicious, sustainable protein for the center of the plate that enables consumers to continue eating what they love, in this case satisfying tacos and burritos, while enjoying the health and environmental benefits of plant-based meat," said Ethan Brown, Beyond Meat Founder & CEO. "We are excited to expand our Canadian presence by partnering with Quesada – a true success story in menu and flavour innovation.


Edmonton, Alberta, Feb. 12, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Today, Restaurants Canada, which represents more than 30,000 foodservice and hospitality businesses across Canada, unveiled a campaign to raise awareness about the troubling realities that restaurants in Alberta are facing and policy solutions for the next provincial government.

“Since 2015, restaurants across Alberta have been battling a perfect storm of operational cost increases from a variety of policy changes, against the backdrop of a weakened economy,” said Mark von Schellwitz, Restaurants Canada Vice President, Western Canada. “Working together with Restaurants Canada, Alberta’s next government has an opportunity to improve conditions for foodservice businesses so that they can continue serving communities across this province.”

For years, Alberta’s restaurant sector led the nation, contributing to jobs, tourism, investment and spaces for people to come together. Alberta’s foodservice sales growth now ranks second-to-last of all the provinces in Canada due to several setbacks caused by operational cost increases from legislative and regulatory changes.

Policies that were intended to boost earnings and reduce the cost of living for Albertans have instead resulted in a foodservice crisis, including:

• A loss of more than 10,000 foodservice and accommodation jobs.
• A decline in the average number of workers per unit from 13 to 11.7.
• A 9.1 per cent drop in average sales per unit (adjusted for menu inflation).

(SOURCE: Statistics Canada)

Restaurants Canada is inviting everyone who cares about Alberta’s foodservice and hospitality community to visit to get informed about the key issues, share policy recommendations with local candidates and join in the conversation on social media with the hashtag #RestaurantRealities.


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