Chain Beverage Buzz: August 8, 2011

Phillips Foods Inc., is adding two new full-service Phillips Seafood restaurants at the Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, N.J., and the Harrisburg International Airport in Harrisburg, Pa. The airport menus will feature classic Phillips dishes including Blackened Ahi Tuna Steak, Crab Cobb, Crab Ravioli and more. This brings the number of airport locations to nine. 

Phillips Seafood

P.F. Chang'sP.F. Chang’s China Bistro is including lower priced menu items as means drive traffic. Promotions such as the complimentary lettuce wrap offer to Facebook fans, the Triple Happiness happy hour menu with cocktails under $6, the sale of more traditional lunch items and dinner entrees ranging from $8 to $12 are all designed to pique the interest of budget-conscious diners. 

Denny Marie Post is the new Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) at Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. She replaces former CMO Susan Lintonsmith, who left the company in July. Post will be responsible for the development and execution of brand strategies, product innovation and will oversee the company’s internal marketing, research and development and communication teams. Post previously worked as a consultant for Sara Lee, ConAgra Foods Lamb Weston and Kerry Group.

Matt Wind has been promoted to VP of Sales & Marketing, Regal Division at Wirtz Beverage Illinois. Wind was the Regal Director of Corporate Accounts at Wirtz Beverage Illinois.

Kevin O’Neil is the new Executive Vice President of the distributor’s dedicated Diageo/Moet Hennessy Division at Charmer Sunbelt Group. O’Neil previously served as President and Chief Commercial Officer at Diageo North America.

Robert Johnson has been promoted from Southeast Sales Manager at The Blue Point Brewing Company to the company's National Sales Manager.

Randy RainRandy R. Rain has been named the Southwest Regional Manager at Heaven Hill Distilleries, where he’ll be responsible for management of the Heaven Hill product portfolio throughout Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico.

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