Chain Beverage Buzz: November 12, 2012

Red Robin Joins Heinz to Honor Veterans on Monday, Nov. 12
In honor of Veterans Day, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Inc. (Red Robin) is giving away one free Tavern Double to all guests who show their military ID, proof of service or who are in military uniform on Monday, Nov. 12th. Red Robin is also supporting the Heinz "Our Turn to Serve" Campaign to assist in raising funds for the Wounded Warrior Project®. In addition, Red Robin will make a donation of $10,000 to Wounded Warrior Project. MORE>>

Restaurants Are High on Millennials’ Spending Lists
BCG's Center for Consumer and Customer Insight, in partnership with Service Management Group (SMG) and Barkley, surveyed 4,000 U.S. Millennials (defined as those 16 to 34 years old) and 1,000 non-Millennials (ages 35 to 74) to find out how their attitudes and spending habits differ. The results appear in a new article ,
which is available at According to the survey, U.S. Millennials love to spend on away-from-home food and fashion. They dine and shop in groups; crave exciting, exotic dining experiences and experiential, lifestyle shopping environments; want to share their experiences with friends; and exert a strong influence over others -- family, friends, and even total strangers -- thanks to their intense use of social media. MORE>>

David S. Taub
David S., Beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away on November 8, 2012 after a long and hard battle with kidney disease. Born December 30, 1939, the second son of Martin G. Taub and Frances Israel Taub, David graduated from Great Neck high school in 1957, and earned his bachelor's degree from Boston University in 1961. After completing his military service, David joined his father in the family business, Gallo Wine Distributors of New York in 1962. While the distributorship enjoyed success, David built the company into the fully integrated wine and spirits enterprise, Premier Wine and Spirits. MORE>>


Garbanzo Takes Off in Texas with First Franchised Unit
Denver-based Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill, a fast-casual restaurant concept offering an authentic, fresh, and healthy Mediterranean menu, announced its first franchisee-owned location is opening November 14, 2012, in San Antonio in the Huebner Oaks shopping center. This will be the company’s 15thlocation to open to date and the first outside the state of Colorado. MORE>>

American Restaurant Concepts, Inc. Announces Appointment of Fred Alexander to Its Board of Directors
American Restaurant Concepts, Inc. (OTCBB: ANPZ), the operator and franchisor of America's award-winning Dick's Wings® restaurants, announced today that Fred Alexander
has been appointed to the Company's Board of Directors to help lead the operational improvements and forward growth strategies for the Company. Mr. Alexander is an accomplished business executive who currently serves as the Vice President of Business Development for Blue Victory Holdings, Inc.  MORE>>

Tilted Kilt President Ron Lynch Details ‘Undercover Boss’ Experience
Ron Lynch, president of the Tilted Kilt Pub & Eatery, will make appear Friday on the CBS hit television series “Undercover Boss,” an acting gig that he says allowed him to learn more about his business. The developer of the 70-unit Tempe, Ariz.-based sports pub, which falls into the growing “breastaurant” category, joins other restaurant executives who have appeared on the show. MORE>>


Tim Hortons Ramps Up Coffee Chain Wars
Coffee and doughnuts chain Tim Hortons is getting a little less Canadian and a little more — Americano. The iconic chain announced Wednesday they will soon sell cappuccinos, espressos and lattes at 3,000 locations across Canada in the near future. "Starting at $2, the new drinks offer guests a delicious, fast and convenient choice for lattes, at a value price," the TSX-listed company said in a release Wednesday. MORE>>

Some Bars Offer a Taste of Pap’s Gin
AH, 1950: a very good year for Gordon’s gin. What’s that? Gordon’s gin is Gordon’s gin, you say, whether from 1950 or 2012. Spirits aren’t like wines, which vary from vintage to vintage and evolve over time. Distilled liquor is made from the same formula year after year, and once put in the bottle, it’s done — preserved in amber. MORE>>

Restaurants Missing Out on Ethnic Menu Opportunities
As Americans’ exposure to the world’s food cultures continues, consumers are increasingly craving ethnic eats. Unfortunately, chain restaurants aren’t meeting the demand for new foods and flavors. Only a quarter of consumers polled for a recent study from Chicago-based research firm Technomic say they are satisfied with the availability of ethnic offerings at limited-service and full-service chains, which translates into opportunities for operators to differentiate their menus and gain market share with globally inspired offerings. MORE>>

Americans Rediscover the Kick of Hard Cider
A couple hundred years ago, hard apple cider used to be the drink of choice for thirsty Americans. It was easy to make and easy to find. But as people moved into cities, and beer became more popular, cider fell out of fashion. Now it's come roaring back. U.S. hard cider sales are up 65 percent over last year, and just about all the big beer companies sell it, as well as many artisan brewers. Finding cider at your local bar is often no longer a problem. MORE>>

California Rejects Labeling of Genetically Modified Food; Supporters Vow to Fight On
What a difference $46 million in TV ad spending can make. At least that was the consensus in the wee hours of the morning at the Yes on Proposition 37 party, held at a performance art space in San Francisco's Mission District, even before the final votes were tallied. Outspent many times over, "we couldn't get up on the air," organizer Stacy Malkan told The Salt when it appeared the measure was going down. "You need a certain saturation to have an impact." MORE>>

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