SONOMA, Calif., May 15, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Enologix, Inc., Organizers of Bordeaux In America: The Climate Disruption, expect to draw 100 of the top winegrowers and climate experts to attend the inaugural climate conference on June 7, 2018 at Ramekins Event center in Sonoma, CA. Climatologist and Viticulture expert Greg Jones of Linfield College will present the keynote address.

The conference is intended to foster collaboration and develop solutions to the current and future impact of climate change on luxury winegrowing. This one day event will gather leaders in climatology, phenology, economics and winegrowing to predict future spatial distribution of temperatures, phenology fit of cabernet vines to future Napa Valley climate and bottled wine quality. Confirmed speakers include:

  • Dr. Greg Jones, Linfield College - Director, Evenstad Center for Wine Education Professor, Department of Environmental Studies
  • Dr. Elizabeth Wolkovich, University of British Columbia - Associate Professor, Forest & Conservation Science
  • Dr. Dan Sumner, UC Davis - Professor Agriculture and Resource Economics
  • Dr. Daniel Cayan, Scripps Institute of Oceanography, UC San Diego

"Our overall mission behind Bordeaux in America: The Climate Disruption is to find winegrowing solutions to problems we will face caused by increased Growing Season Temperature in Napa Valley and other famous California winegrowing regions," says Leo McCloskey, Founder of Enologix, Inc. "Eventually the varietal mix in Napa Valley will change, as will cultural practices and new vineyard installations. We want to show which varieties will leave and which will remain."


VANCOUVER, May 15, 2018 /CNW/ - Koios Beverage Corp. (CSE: KBEV; OTC: SNOVF) (the "Company" or "Koios"), is pleased to announce the appointment of CoorsMiller executive Josh Luman to its Advisory Board. The Advisory Board's purpose is to advise the Company from time to time on issues as requested by the Company, including advising and assisting with business development by and for the Company, and facilitating introductions between the Company and third parties who may be in a position to assist in furthering the goals of the Company.

Luman, the general manager of CoorsMiller affiliate Blue Moon Brewing Company in Denver, Colorado, brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in the beverage industry to Koios. In addition to being an executive with the second-largest brewer in the U.S., Luman co-founded his own brewery, the River Dog Brewing Co. in Ridgeland, South Carolina. He has vast experience building and operating a company, helped by an MBA in marketing.

"We are very excited that Josh has agreed to join our Advisory Board," said Chris Miller, CEO of the functional beverage company. "He has built his own beverage brand and is an executive at one of the biggest beverage brands in the world.  His expertise, wisdom and industry experience are priceless for Koios. 

"Josh's presence on the team not only provides cutting-edge industry knowledge, but his connections in distribution and sales will hopefully open many doors for the Koios brand."

Added Luman: "The functional beverage market is exploding and I am thrilled to be coming along for that ride," he said. "This is the go-to drink-of-choice among a new generation of consumers who want low-calorie, nutrient-dense options. Koios's products are the best on the market and are delicious."

In connection with Mr. Luman's appointment, the Company entered into an Advisory Board Agreement dated May 15, 2018, whereby, among other terms, the Company agreed to grant Mr. Luman 50,000 stock options at the exercise price of $0.38 per common share until expiry on May 15, 2021.

Grant of Stock Options

The Company announces that it has granted 50,000 stock options to Mr. Luman for the purchase of up to an aggregate 50,000 common shares of the Company, pursuant to its Stock Option Plan, at a price of $0.38 per common share. Each option granted to Mr. Luman is exercisable until expiry on May 15, 2021. These stock options vest as follows: 12,500 stock options vest on November 15, 2018, 12,500 stock options vest on May 15, 2019, 12,500 stock options vest on November 15, 2019, and 12,500 stock options on May 15, 2020.


(PLAYA CONCHAL, Costa Rica)Reserva Conchal – the gated resort community in picturesque Guanacaste – will host the Wine World Festival Sobre las Olas on May 19.

The family-friendly event, which begins at noon, will occur at the community’s private beach club. Guests will enjoy world-renowned wines from around the world (with the opportunity to buy at the winery prices), outdoor cuisines from the best chefs in the Guanacaste region, gin and tonic mixology and wine tasting, and a live concert at sunset. Tickets cost $35 and can be purchased online.

“We are thrilled about hosting the Wine World Festival Sobre las Olas,” says Irene Jimenez Gonzalez, marketing manager for Reserva Conchal. “Visitors will not only get a chance to sample the best wines from all over the world, but also experience the serene and beautiful beaches our residents and members enjoy daily.”

Set within Reserva Conchal’s vast 2,300 acres is the all-inclusive Westin Golf Resort & Spa, featuring a 60,000-square-foot private Beach Club. Highlights of the resort include an extensive swimming pavilion, modern workout facilities, fine dining, an exquisite spa and a Robert Trent Jones II-designed championship golf course.

Later this year, the W Costa Rica, Reserva Conchal will open and place this part of Costa Rica among the elite in world-class destinations. The W will offer 151 guestrooms, and contemporary luxury touches and amenities such as a W Living Room lifestyle lounge, specialty restaurants, meeting space, a destination bar and lounge, an infinity edge pool and spa.

Residents of Reserva Conchal can be as busy or carefree as they desire – and this “Pura Vida” lifestyle that embodies Costa Rica also characterizes the community. Property owners have access to Reserva Conchal’s Beach Club facilities – pool, gym, restaurants and spa.

In addition to the Wine World Festival Sobre las Olas, weekly social events occur at the Beach Club, and nearby activities for the entire family include hiking the numerous trails found inside the community, partaking in many events and happenings at the resort, or enjoying the nearby white-sand beaches and tranquil waters of the Pacific Ocean.

Reserva Conchal is ideal for both primary and vacation home ownership. Only 40 minutes from Liberia International Airport (LIR), it is close to exemplary schools, quaint restaurants, supermarkets, hospitals and endless outdoor activities. The famed beach towns of Guanacaste – Tamarindo and Flamingo – are just minutes away, and World Property Journal recently named Costa Rica the “Best Place to Live and Retire in 2018.”


Mississauga, ON (May 14, 2018) – The iconic Schneiders brand is undergoing comprehensive changes to reinforce its market leading position for craftsmanship. Drawing heavily on the principles on which the iconic brand was founded in 1890, Schneiders is leveraging “old world” methods like traditional hardwood smoking and original recipe formulations, and has undergone extensive packaging changes across the brand’s product portfolio.

Schneiders will be increasingly differentiated as the leading craft meats brand in Canada by staying true to the provenance of craftsmanship, authenticity, and irresistible taste.

Drawing from 128-year-old recipes and using only its premium cuts of meat, Schneiders has renovated its product portfolio to offer consumers extraordinary taste with elevated artisanal flavours.

“As Canadians, we love our food. We love to connect with friends over flavourful dishes,” said Adam Grogan, senior vice president, marketing and innovation. “Schneiders is the perfect brand for people who love to share incredible food with others, and savour indulgent meats, knowing that they’ve been crafted with all the time required to make them just right.”

To signal its commitment to making food better than ever and deliver on its brand promise, a culinary panel of experts was established for Schneiders – 14 respected Canadian restauranteurs, chefs and food critics – who conducted blind taste tests of more than 100 Schneiders products, over nearly a year-long period. This panel of experts was asked to provide their perspective on a full set of sensory attributes (appearance, smell, texture and taste) of Schneiders products in comparison with the most artisanal competitors on the market. Panelists were also asked for their opinion on what could be improved in the products they sampled, to ensure they lived up to the high quality and taste standards established for the Schneiders brand.No product went to market that was not signed off by this panel for authenticity and taste.

Resetting the entire product lineup, Schneiders features new distinct packaging with mouth-watering food photography, celebrates the recently redesigned iconic “Dutch girl” logo and is anchored in the midnight blue that the brand is known for.

“Our team has worked extraordinarily hard to make Schneiders meats better than ever – juicier, smokier, spicier – whatever the original recipe warrants,” said D’Arcy Finley, vice president, integrated marketing. “To honour that authenticity, and the provenance of these premium products, we wanted our marketing campaign to be as genuine as possible. The creative team traveled to Schneiders facilities to see firsthand how the food is made. Whether it’s hand-rolling salamis or slow-smoking bacon, our craftsmanship credentials are worth celebrating. This hard work is reflected in how we are marketing the brand.”

Beginning now, and rolling out through the year, Schneiders’ renovated products can be found in grocery stores throughout the country. Canadians will also find Schneiders at various community events across the country this summer and autumn. 


TORONTO, May 10, 2018 /CNW/ - On the heels of a successful launch in Ontario, McDonald's Canada announced today that it will be expanding its new McCafé bagels to participating restaurants across the country. The new offering aligns with Canadians' love of bagels as the recent Ontario launch performed better than expected.  

McCafé bagels are baked fresh daily and toasted to order in restaurants and are available in four varieties: plain, multigrain, cinnamon & raisin, and everything, with a choice of three spreads: Philadelphia regular cream cheese product, Philadelphia herb & garlic cream cheese product, and spreadable real butter. In Quebec, the everything bagel choice was swapped with sesame seed due to consumer insights on local preferences. 

A recent McCafé / VIGA* survey found that Canadians' bagel preferences vary coast to coast. Except when it comes to spreads, Canadians are traditionalists with plain cream cheese (83%) edging out butter (70%) with all other spreads far behind.

Additional survey findings:

  • Over half (53%) of Canadians who have tried McDonald's new bagels said they would recommend them to a friend or family member – the highest of all QSRs in Canada included in the survey.
  • Everything bagels top the charts in most provinces (55%) apart from Quebec, where Sesame Seed is number one (71%). In Ontario, Everything Bagel has also been the most popular McCafé bagel choice (39%).
  • 61% of Canadians would order a coffee with their bagel and prefer to get their bagel at the same time and place that they get their coffee (53%).
  • One in four bagel-loving Canadians (about 24%) eat their bagels in the car on a regular basis.

Other Key Facts

  • Canadians can enjoy McCafé bagels with their favourite coffee at participating McDonald's locations in communities across the country.
  • There are nearly 290 million bagels served in Canada each year.


"McCafe bagels have been an incredibly exciting addition to our menu," said Nicola Pitman, Director, Menu Innovation at McDonald's Canada. "We're proud of how the new McCafé bagels have caught on throughout Ontario, and we're looking forward to sharing the love with the rest of the country."


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