Yes.. we worked over the Thanksgiving holiday!
L-tryptophan, in substantial
quantities, is a natural sedative. It is normally found in turkey meat, and
many people believe it to
be the cause of a sleepiness common after a Thanksgiving feast.
Ripley and Romeo, always
eager to support the scientific community, took part in an important study this
past Thursday evening involving canine ingestion of leftover turkey and the resultant
onset of fatigue symptoms.
Their work was successful [see photo below] and we're all appreciative of this contribution. They are, after all, working dogs.
"The restaurant world has returned to the art of
hospitality. For owners, the low-hanging fruit of $500 bottles of wine has all
but disappeared from the bottom line, but now new customers can have a crack at
joining the most privileged group in a restaurant's data base: regulars.
Use this time to become one - you might get a taste of a special before
it's on the menu, a last-minute table, or an occasional gratis glass of
wine we're trying out. Everyone is trying to develop new regulars where
the Bernie Madoff clients used to sit."
- Mario Batali
Global Partners, LLC is a wine producer and importer whose core
business is creating and building new wine brands for its clientele of
retail chains, restaurants, hotel/resorts, corporations,
meetings/events - and individual brand owners.
offices in Philadelphia, PA and wine-making capabilities throughout the
world's great viticulture regions, KDM's turnkey brand-building
capabilities are unparalleled: packaging design, regulatory approvals,
warehousing and distribution (to all 50 states and overseas)...all
varietals, price points, low case minimums.
The world of wine
production, distribution and sale is evolving quickly, creating
compelling opportunities for businesses of all types.
| New 187ml Wine Product is a "Game Changer" for Airlines, Sports Franchises, Arenas, Hotel/Resorts, Food Service Organizations and Retail Chains
KDM Global Partners' new combination 187ml PET plastic bottle and attached drinking glass will be
a "game changer" for most on-premise businesses, including airlines,
professional sports franchises, arenas, food service organizations and
stylish and contemporary feel, this single-serve unit offers convenience and
freshness, together with inventory and freight efficiencies never before
offered in the wine industry. http://bit.ly/28r8vD.
KDM has plans to
introduce a broad market wine brand utilizing this compelling new packaging
product in 2010. Watch for it!
information or for distribution inquiries: info@KDMGlobalPartners.com.
Hotels and Resorts Turning to Wine as a Significant Profit
Many believe that the hospitality industry is a bellwether
of the overall economy - restaurant spending, hotel stays and discretionary
travel are some of the first things to be sacrificed when people and businesses
are uncertain about the future. Thus, it is no surprise that on-premise
wine sales are down, apparently a reflection both of fewer customers and
For over a year now - and likely for the foreseeable future -
the squeeze is on.
Hotels and resorts are battling back. They are discovering
under-exploited - and painless - ways to locate hidden margin opportunities and
profit centers to substitute for lost income - and to significantly improve the
Food & Beverage operation's bottom line.http://bit.ly/kT5Ms.
One such opportunity is private label wine programs. For all
aspects of a hotel/resort's wine sales (restaurant wine menu,
wines-by-the-glass, catering, room service, meetings & events, pool
beverage service), serving a proprietary "own brand" wine delivers multiple
benefits while actually costing less than comparable 'national brands:'
profit margins on house pour
the property's "branding"
from the competition - serve a wine that is only
available at your establishment!
- Eliminates "sticker shock" by your restaurant patrons when they recognize a wine they are
familiar with and have purchased at retail - and notice that the
restaurant/hotel is charging 300% more (typical on-premise margin) ... 'Not a
recommended way to enhance customer loyalty in a bad economy!
for banquet pour and events.
price points, varietals and packaging are available with private label
These programs are not only effective "survival tools" for
hotel Food & Beverage operations but are also expected to become program
staples - even after the economy comes back. They are "no brainer" opportunities
that are here to stay. http://bit.ly/5YkDfd.
Retailers Admonished by Grant
Thornton Report to Embrace
The recession-weary retail landscape will continue to have
its casualties as we transition into the year 2010. Consumer spending is
substantially down and, even where there appears to be a re-awakening of select
market segments, consumers are focused on savings ...and that has an adverse
impact on the performance of retailers.
Grant Thornton principal Scott Davis is advising retailers to take concrete
steps such as assessing return on investment on all pricing and inventory,
redesign of signage and point-of-sale (POS) displays and also exploring
opportunity for private label (proprietary) products.
Consumers are growing increasingly fond of retailers'
private label brands - instead of buying the heavily-promoted and ubiquitous
No longer deemed to be "generic" and thus inferior, consumers now attribute the
same brand characteristics to PL offerings as they do to any other product.
Thus, retailers have the opportunity to offer PL products at various quality
levels, price points and packaging styles. Not only do these products provide
branding and differentiation to the retailer but the margins earned on these
products are typically much higher than those earned on the ubiquitous national
brands, where much of the available profit margin is eaten up by the producer's
promotion and advertising budgets.
Wine retailers are no different. The successful wine shops -
including those that are surviving, even prospering during the recession, are
those that have embraced private label. Larger retail chains (both wine shops
and, where permitted by law, supermarkets, big box stores, club stores and
convenience stores) often have multiple PL brand selections, different price
tiers and varietal selections - each brand designed to cater to a particular
customer demographic. http://tinyurl.com/ygc3vsd.