Very Important Beverage Professionals Chain Beverage Buzz: July 22, 2013

Red RobinRed Robin Appoints New Chief People Officer, Senior VP
Cathy Cooney has been appointed senior vice president and chief people officer for Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc., the company said Wednesday. Cooney replaces Bill Streitberger as CPO, but the senior vice president role is new to the position, the company said. Before joining Red Robin, Cooney served as executive vice president of human resources for Carefusion, a medical technology company. MORE>>

Restaurant Sales Dip for Second Month in a RowNational Restaurant Association
Restaurant sales continue to slow, according to preliminary figures from the U.S. Census Bureau. Eating and drinking place sales totaled $45.3 billion in June on a seasonally-adjusted basis, down 1.2 percent from May’s revised sales volume of $45.8 billion. MORE>>

LeeIn Memory of Elmer T. Lee 1919-2013
It is with a very heavy heart that this news is shared with you; the beloved Master Distiller Emeritus Elmer T. Lee, 93, passed away July 16, 2013 after a short illness. In the world of making really fine whiskey the role of Master Distiller is pivotal, but Elmer’s meaning to those he met, came to know, and worked with closely extended far beyond that of a Master Distiller. Elmer defined, in the simplest terms, what it means to be a great American – hard working, self-made, courageous, honest, kind, humble, and humorous. MORE>>

Outback SteakhouseOutback Steakhouse Opens Prototype Unit in North Texas
Outback Steakhouse has brought its prototype building to the North Texas market with the opening of a new unit this week in the Dallas-Fort Worth suburb of Hurst. The new 245-seat unit, which was built from the ground up, replaces a 1991 unit that had its parking lot truncated by highway construction. It is owned by Ronan McCaffrey, who has been an Outback operator for more than 20 years. MORE>>

Hooters Redesigns Signature Owl Logo
Hooters has redesigned its signature owl logo as part of an ongoing brand overhaul, the company confirmed Thursday. The new logo takes on a sleeker, more modern look, just like the company’s redesigned stores. The goal of the overall brand refresh is to attract more customers and to welcome more people — women, men, baby boomers, families and teenagers — to the Hooters brand, said chief marketing officer Dave Henninger. MORE>>

DiageoDiageo Launches New Online 'Think How You Drink' Campaign
Diageo, the producer of Smirnoff, Captain Morgan and Guinness, today launches a new pan-European online campaign ‘Think How You Drink’ to remind young people that drinking to excess can lead to shame and embarrassment. The business aims to reach more than one million young people across Europe and help them to think about whether their drinking habits are healthy and safe. MORE>>

wineOn-Premise Wine Sales Up
Restaurant Sciences LLC, an independent firm that tracks food and beverage product sales throughout the foodservice industry, unveiled that May on-premise wine sales were estimated at $1 billion. Annually, May is the top month for on-premise wine sales, with 6 percent more volume sales compared to an average month. MORE>>

TechnomicTechnomic and UniPro Foodservice Announce Strategic Alliance
Technomic, the foodservice industry’s leading research and consulting firm, and UniPro Foodservice, the largest foodservice distributor cooperative, have created a multifaceted strategic alliance designed to enhance the competitive position and effectiveness of UniPro’s 650 member companies in North America and abroad. The alliance will focus on developing and executing high-impact programs to demonstrably improve assortment, pricing, operating efficiency, vendor relationships and customer engagement. MORE>>

buffalo wild wingsBuffalo Wild Wings' Spin on Game Changer
Buffalo Wild Wings launches Game Changer in its 925 locations nationwide. The pale ale designed by Redhook Brewery is aptly named, as it not only relates to the beer’s intended purpose as a brew to pair with eating wings while watching sports on the 50 or so screens found in any Buffalo Wild Wings, but also it changes the way restaurant operators and adult beverage suppliers work together. We spoke with Buffalo Wild Wings Beverage Innovation Director Patrick Kirk about the launch and the new direction of the concept’s beer program. MORE>>


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