Very Important Beverage Professionals Chain Beverage Buzz: June 24, 2013

Diageo's Walsh named Compass chairman
Compass Group, the world's biggest caterer, named outgoing Diageo chief executive Paul Walsh as its new Chairman on Thursday, to help drive the firm's overseas expansion. Walsh, who will be replaced at Diageo by Ivan Menezes on July 1 after some 13 years with the drinks group, will join Compass as a non-executive director next January and will become chairman on Feb. 6. MORE>>

MillerCoors to drop "non-core" economy labels, glass bottlesmillercoors
MillerCoors is to shake-up its low-margin beer category as it plans to dump its non-core brands and heavy glass packaging. The Molson Coors and SABMiller US JV did not specify which labels will go, but said the move will allow it to focus on other economy brands such as Keystone Light and Milwaukee's Best Light. The company will also expand the Coors Miller High Life and Hamm's brands, it said during an investors day call. MORE>>

Pflanz To Become Rémy Cointreau CEO In October, Inheriting Ambitious Goals
Frédéric Pflanz is succeeding Jean-Marie Laborde as CEO of Rémy Cointreau on October 1, 2013, the company said earlier today. Pflanz, 44, joined Rémy in 2010 as CFO, after spending more than a decade at L’Oreal, where he worked as a controller, regional CFO and, lastly, director of finance and controlling. Pflanz added the role of COO in December 2012, at which time Shanken News Daily reported that he was Laborde’s likely successor. MORE>>

Johnnie Walker Partners With Alfred Dunhill On Luxury Entryjohnnie walker
Johnnie Walker Scotch whisky has partnered with British luxury goods player Alfred Dunhill on a new limited edition range that has three products. Available at select retail outlets globally, the Johnnie Walker Blue Label Limited Edition Collection includes a Limited Edition Giftpack that features a map-inspired bottle designed by Alfred Dunhill. MORE>>

Aspen Food & Wine Classic 2013
The illuminati of the restaurant world descended on the town of Aspen, Colorado for the annual Food & Wine Classic. There was an Eater Lounge at the Limelight Hotel and all kinds of seminars, panels, special meals, parties, and other shenanigans. This year was the 25th anniversary of Food & Wine's best new chef program, which resulted in a gala on top of Aspen Mountain featuring food from the likes of top chefs. MORE>>

Beer flows again as remodeled Pabst brew house opens its hotel doorsPabst
It was 1996 when the brew house at the Pabst Brewery Complex last manufactured its trademark Blue Ribbon beer. On Thursday, the taps flowed once again — but as part of a much different enterprise. The Brewhouse Inn & Suites, the latest redevelopment project in a growing trend of transforming historic city buildings into modern-day commercial establishments, played host to a grand opening Thursday celebrating the first few months of the hotel's operation. MORE>>

Former Applebee's CEO Prepares to Open 1st Pie Five
Dave Goebel, of Kansas City, is about to do what he does best: open a restaurant. Most recently between Goodcents Deli Fresh Subs and Y-Leave Café, and his former job as CEO of Applebee’s, he knows the right ingredients for a successful restaurant. And this next one promises to be a hit. MORE>>

Bold Beer Cocktails an On-Trend Menu Addition
Given consumers’ increasingly adventurous tastes in beer and their interest in trying riffs on their favorite adult beverages (rosemary margarita, anyone?), it’s little surprise that beer cocktails are trending on menus nationwide. Just this month, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers debuted two new beer cocktails served in reusable beer cans. MORE>>

National Council of Chain Restaurants Launches New CampaignNCCR
The National Council of Chain Restaurants launched "Feed Food Fairness: Take RFS Off the Menu," a new grassroots campaign focused on repealing the federal Renewable Fuel Standard and the corn ethanol mandate. Coalition members joined with Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va. to expose the harmful economic effects of the RFS on American consumers, diners, and small business-owners and operators. MORE>>


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