PROOF & COMPANY WELCOMES WAUBS HARBOUR DISTILLERY TO OUR PORTFOLIO


AUSTRALIA, 23 AUGUST – With Proof & Company’s ongoing commitment to broadening the spectrum of extraordinary spirit brands within the Australian market, we are excited to unveil our partnership with Waubs Harbour Distillery in Tasmania. It brings us immense joy to undertake the distribution of their exquisite collection of single malt whiskies throughout Australia.

Waubs Harbour Distillery, Tasmania

Founded by brothers Tim and Rob Polmear and Tim’s wife Bec, Waubs Harbour Distillery is the result of Rob using his extensive distilling experience to create a whisky using ‘the best equipment in the perfect location’. The team now creates maritime Tasmanian single malt whisky, that is made, matured and bottled just metres from the ocean on the far east coast of Tasmania, Australia.

Waubs Harbour Distillery joins the Proof & Company portfolio of premium brands that include Ferrand Cognac, Plantation Rum, Never Never Distilling Co Gin, The Everleigh Bottling Co., Mancino Vermouth, Arquitecto Tequila and more. The new partnership is described as ‘the perfect pairing of two independent, passionate and strategically run businesses’.

Damian Kaehler, General Manager, Proof & Company, Australia, said: “I am proud to welcome Waubs Harbour to the Proof & Company family. Their dedication to producing an exceptional maritime single malt whisky, rooted deeply in the rich provenance of Tasmania, perfectly aligns with our commitment to craft and quality.

It’s a testament to their courage and meticulous approach that they’ve harnessed the rugged beauty of Tasmania, distilling not just whisky, but the very essence of its origin. Here’s to celebrating what makes Tasmanian whisky rare, premium, and unparalleled.”

Brothers Tim and Rob Polmear, and Tim’s wife, Bec

Port Storm from their Flagship Series of Single Malt Whiskies

The Waubs Harbour Distillery team is also excited about the new partnership, “Waubs Harbour is thrilled to be partnering with a well-respected company that has similar high standards to our own. We look forward to building Waubs Harbour together domestically in Australia and beyond.”

The Waubs Harbour Distillery range of single malts comprises Original Single Malt Whisky, Port Storm Single Malt Whisky, and Founder’s Reserve Single Malt Whisky, with all now available to any bar, hospitality venue, or bottle shop through your local Proof & Company representative.


ABOUT WAUBS HARBOUR DISTILLERY

Sparked by a vision conceived during a fireside conversation, Tim Polmear’s question, “If you could make whisky your way, using the best equipment in the perfect location, how would you do it?” started the creation of Waubs Harbour Whisky in 2017.

Guided by this reverence, Waubs Harbour Distillery discovered the perfect location – an aged oyster hatchery on Tasmania’s eastern coastline, nestled at the ocean’s edge. This choice resonated harmoniously with the distillery’s vision of provenance. This vision is now actualized in the form of a truly maritime Tasmanian single malt whisky, designed to thrive in the wild embrace of coastal surroundings. Every drop crafted at Waubs Harbour Distillery carries an intention – an intention to create an authentically distinctive character that mirrors the coastal embrace of its surroundings.

For more information, please visit Waubs Harbour Distillery


PROOF & COMPANY AND MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL FORGE STRATEGIC SPIRITS PARTNERSHIP IN CHINA


CHINA, 17 JULY – Proof & Company, one of Asia Pacific’s leading independent spirits companies, announces a partnership with Marriott International, as their “Strategic Spirits Partner”. The partnership will place Proof & Company as a major player in the premium spirits offering at select hotels across the mainland and SARs. With a strong emphasis on ecoSPIRITS – the low carbon, low waste distribution technology for premium spirits pioneered by Proof & Company – the partnership will also raise sustainability efforts in the Marriott International hotels across the region.

Michael Malik, Chief Operations Officer, Greater China

“We are very pleased to start this meaningful partnership with Proof & Company. Based on Marriott Bonvoy’s extensive F&B portfolio, the partnership underscores our commitment to continuously refining each detail of our offerings. It also enables us to introduce more ways to reduce our carbon footprint, which is a testimony of our long-standing ambition to practice sustainability in every aspect.”

Kickstarting the partnership, Proof and Company CEO Paul Broadbent delivered a key speech at the 2023 Marriott International Greater China Food and Beverage Conference in Sanya on Hainan Island in mid-April. As well as supplying the range for the hotel group’s new spirits programme, Proof & Company will also provide consultancy on drinks concepts and experiences, spirits education and training via Proof Creative, their award-winning team of drinks evangelists.

“We’re thrilled to be partnering with this iconic hotel chain across different cities in China,” said Paul Broadbent, CEO of Proof & Company, “not only because it allows us to harness our extensive logistics and supply network to support their spirits offering, but also because it engages our award-winning ‘Proof Creative’ team with their hotels to elevate the beverage experience. We can’t wait to get started and are particularly excited to be embedding the ecoSPIRITS technology into such a large platform, helping to reduce waste and carbon emissions, something we are all striving to achieve in today’s world.”

The new partnership marks a major strategic expansion in Proof and Company’s hospitality spirits distribution in the Greater China market and officially began at the start of this month.


ABOUT MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of more than 8,500 properties under 31 leading brands spanning 138 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company offers Marriott Bonvoy®, its highly awarded travel program.

For more information, please visit Marriott.


PROOF & COMPANY WARMLY WELCOMES THE EVERLEIGH BOTTLING CO.


AUSTRALIA, 1 JUNE– As Proof & Company continues to expand our portfolio of extraordinary spirit brands to service the Australian market, we proudly announce our partnership with The Everleigh Bottling Co. This new collaboration brings together two independent, passionate, and creative businesses in a perfect pairing.

Everleigh Bottling Co. Martini Bottled Cocktail

The Everleigh Bottling Co. is part of the Made in the Shade group that unites a number of Melbourne-based venues and brands, owned and operated by Michael and Zara Madrusan. The duo are long-standing members of the hospitality industry who have significantly elevated the service and drinking experience in Australia, with establishments like The Everleigh, Bar Margaux, Heartbreaker, Connie’s Pizza, Everleigh Bottling Co., and Navy Strength Ice Co.

“We are excited about our new partnership with Proof & Company. It was very important for us to work with a partner who has a deep connection with the drinks and hospitality industry. We have long admired the work they have done with luxury brands and look forward to this new partnership coming to life,” says Michael and Zara Madrusan.  

Michael and Zara Madrusan, Founders of Made In Shade

Damian Kaehler, General Manager of Proof & Company Australia, warmly welcomes The Everleigh Bottling Co. into our portfolio of premium products, including Plantation Rum, Never Never Distilling Co., Sullivans Cove Whisky, Mancino Vermouth, Arquitecto Tequila, and Widges Gin.

“We are honoured to partner with The Everleigh Bottling Co. and warmly welcome them into our portfolio for distribution. Michael and Zara are passionate individuals who have significantly impacted our industry. They have successfully curated an extraordinary suite of brands that brings the bar to your home. Their story has deep synergies with Proof and Company; we’re of the same DNA and look forward to what’s to come from this partnership.”

Classic Cocktails Range

Sparkling Cocktails Range

Drawing inspiration from their renowned cocktail bar, The Everleigh, each cocktail crafted by The Everleigh Bottling Co. undergoes meticulous hand-crafting and bottling with the same spirits and attention to detail that has earned the venue its global reputation. The premium products embody the old-world elegance of classic cocktail culture, seamlessly transitioning from bar to bottle. Ideal for bars, hospitality venues, and bottle shops, these offerings enhance any setting. Proof & Company and The Everleigh Bottling Co. strive to provide well-constructed cocktails for all occasions, including at-home enjoyment in both on-premise and off-premise settings.

From June 1st, 2023, Proof & Company offers an exquisite selection of Classic Cocktails, including Martini, Manhattan, Negroni, and Old Fashioned, along with the light and lively Sparkling Cocktails featuring Americano, Fruit Cup, French 75, Palomita, Guava Margarita, and Bellini. Additionally, a Non-alcoholic range comprising Bellini, Guava Margarita, and the soon-to-be-released Non-alcoholic Venetian Spritz will be available. For more information and to order, please reach out to your local Proof & Company representative.


ABOUT THE EVERLEIGH BOTTLING CO.

Founded by hospitality stalwarts Michael and Zara Madrusan, The Everleigh Bottling Co. is part of Melbourne’s Made in the Shade group which includes The Everleigh, Heartbreaker, Bar Margaux, Connie’s Italian Diner and Navy Strength Ice Co.

Setting the bar for fine drinking in Australia since 2011 and pioneering bottled cocktails since 2015, The Everleigh Bottling Co. can be found in major and independent retailers, boutique and five-star hotels, arts venues, airport lounges, on tap at large-scale arenas and in the home bars of the most discerning drinkers across the country. Inheriting their name, recipes and ethos from the internationally-renowned cocktail bar, The Everleigh in Melbourne, every cocktail is hand-made and bottled with the same spirits and distinctive attention to detail which settled her a reputation as one of the best bars in the world.

For more information, please visit The Everleigh Bottling Co.


CANEROCK JAMAICAN SPICED RUM MADE WAVES IN AUSTRALIA


AUSTRALIA, 7 JUNE – Maison Ferrand, one of the world’s premier boutique producers of fine spirits, has come together with Proof & Company, an acclaimed distributor in Asia Pacific, to launch their latest creation in Australia: Canerock Jamaican Spiced Rum. The introduction to Canerock was a series of engaging activities, highlighting the brand’s heritage, unique spice profile, and commitment to environmental conservation.

Canerock Jamaican Spiced Rum

The festivities commenced with an exciting cocktail competition held on Friday, May 26th. Participating bars were challenged to craft original Canerock drinks, drawing inspiration from the brand’s rich history. A panel of esteemed judges from Proof & Company meticulously evaluated each creation, ensuring that the cocktails aligned with Canerock’s essence of savouring life and taking it slow. The judging panel, embodying the spirit of unity akin to the Caribbean islands, travelled through the city and connected the competing bars in a memorable journey.

After careful consideration, Callum McKay from Bar Brutus emerged as the winner of the Canerock Cocktail Competition with his sensational creation, “Turtle-y Tiki.” This winning drink combines the bold palate of Canerock Jamaican Spiced Rum with the refreshing notes of Aperol, puréed mango, puréed yuzu, lime, and a pinch of salt. The cocktail is garnished with a seriously busy mint sprig, adding a visually striking element to the presentation. In addition, Mitchell Blanch Cobbler West End secured the runner-up position with his delightful creation, “Coco Bongo.” This cocktail artfully blends Canerock Jamaican Spiced Rum, wattleseed-infused Mr Black, coconut Xucca, and charred orange oleo, delivering a harmonious fusion of flavours.

The week-long celebration culminated in the grand official launch event held at Jungle Bar in Brisbane. This exclusive gathering saw an impressive number of cocktails, served to delight the senses of over 60 esteemed guests. As a special tribute to World Turtle Day, Proof & Company pledged to donate one dollar to the Sea Turtle Foundation of Australia for every bottle of Canerock Jamaican Spiced Rum sold. The collective effort and support resulted in a meaningful donation of $6,000, a testament to the commitment of Proof & Company in contributing to the well-being of these flippered friends.

“I am delighted to announce the introduction of Canerock to the Australian Market,” states Pia Lehman, Senior Brand Manager (ANZ). “With its rich character, inspired by the lush landscapes of Jamaica, Canerock is a perfect match for Australia’s zest for life and love for diverse rum spirits. As a brand, we are excited to join Australia’s extraordinary rum culture and bring a slice of Jamaica’s sunshine to your glasses. Here’s to creating #slowandsteady moments that celebrate the vibrant spirit of Canerock.”

Canerock Launch Activity in Brisbane, Australia

Winning drink by Bar Brutus’ Callum McKay, Turtle-y Tiki

Canerock is, at its core, an ode to its birthplace: Jamaica. Crafted using traditional methods and harnessing the expertise of the two famous distilleries of the island – Long Pond and Clarendon, both well-known for their immense knowledge in Jamaican rums that have been passed on for generations, Canerock Jamaican Spiced Rum find the perfect equilibrium between subtlety and potency. It is a blend of rums distilled in both pot and column stills, incorporating high-ester rums that have been aged between five to ten years.

Canerock’s distinct character is derived from three essential elements: its legacy of savoir-faire, superior ingredients, and patience. These values have inspired its turtle icon: a symbol of resilience and unhurried progress. In accordance, Canerock aims to encourage the art of slowing down and savouring every moment. Each element of the experience has been carefully constructed, from the beech wood bottle adorned with a turtle carving, to the natural cork stopper, to the sublime liquid.

After three long years of experiments and more than 90 tests, the optimal ingredients for emphasizing the unique personality of the rum were identified: vanilla beans from Madagascar, fresh coconuts from the Caribbean, and a pinch of Jamaican ginger. Every aromatic is steeped separately to make sure it produces its finest aromas, before being combined with the rum. As opposed to other synthetically flavoured rums, Canerock uses only carefully selected natural spices, individually infused to make sure that the full spectrum of its scent is extracted before blending.

“We are ecstatic to launch Canerock with Proof & Company in the Asia-Pacific region! After spending three years researching the ideal combination of ingredients, this spiced rum was created to honour the terroir of Jamaica. It contains a blend of aged rums from Long Pond and Clarendon, finished in ex-Pedro Ximénez sherry casks.

We were committed to utilizing only natural spices instead of synthetic flavours (which are frequently used in most spiced rums nowadays). We chose ingredients like the rare and highly valued vanilla, Caribbean-grown coconut for a hint of richness and texture, and Jamaican wild ginger from Wait-a-Bit village. The result is Canerock – a balanced, flavourful spirit, perfect for spicing up your rum game this year,” Maylis Berger, Asia-Pacific Senior Brand Manager, Maison Ferrand shares.

Now available in Australia and New Zealand and coming soon to Singapore this year. For more information on Canerock and the ordering process, please contact your respective sales representative to get that taste of adventure.


ABOUT MAISON FERRAND

Maison Ferrand is the result of the encounter in 1989 between Alexandre Gabriel and one of the oldest winegrowing families in the Cognac region. Alexandre Gabriel’s intention was to breathe new life into Maison Ferrand and make it the world’s best cognac. He wanted to maintain age-old, craft-based production methods which were worlds apart from mass production techniques and sought to bring back to market the true expression of Grande Champagne’s – known as Cognac’s finest region – great terroir.

Alexandre Gabriel then continued with a mission to preserve age-old, craft production methods that capture the true expression of the spiritand a commitment to revisit the classics while advancing innovation. Today, consumers around the globe appreciate the company’s fine spirits brands, which are distributed in more than 89 countries in some of the world’s most prestigious outlets.

For more information, please visit Maison Ferrand and Canerock Jamaican Spiced Rum.


PROUD TO WELCOME NEW INVESTOR, BLUEBELL GROUP


ASIA PACIFIC, 3 MAY – Proof & Company is excited to announce its partnership with Bluebell Group, Asia’s premier omnichannel brand distributor and operator with over 150 luxury brands including Moschino, Manolo Blahnik, Bvlgari Fragrance and more.

The inherent synergies between Bluebell Group and Proof & Company create new opportunities for both companies to strengthen market positioning and further expansion across Asia. Bluebell Group’s stake will allow it to expand its offering in the spirits category with access to our diverse portfolio of products, educators and disruptive approach to beverage distribution. We will gain access to Bluebell’s broad customer base, wide distribution footprint and operational know-how across ten Asian markets.

Ashley Micklewright

“Sharing similar values as brand curators focused on delivering luxurious products and experiences to Asian consumers, we are thrilled to be an investor in Proof & Company. This partnership will allow us to offer our customers a wider range of premium spirits and hospitality, while also opening our extensive network of customers and retail expertise across Asia to Proof & Company.”

As a pioneer in the industry, our commitment to sustainability aligns perfectly with Bluebell Group’s vision for the future, showcasing their shared dedication to positive change and the highest standards of quality and service. With a combined focus on excellence, innovation, and customer satisfaction, both companies are well-positioned to make a lasting impact in the spirits industry. Through this collaboration, we look forward to continuing its legacy of working with extraordinary brands, delivering unparalleled experiences, and further expanding its presence throughout the Asia Pacific and beyond.

Paul Broadbent

“We couldn’t be more excited about the new partnership with Bluebell Group. They bring a wealth of experience and talent in the Asia market for luxury goods and their company culture and aspirations are aligned with ours. For a long time we have admired what they do in the region and now we get to strategically collaborate and grow together.”


ABOUT BLUEBELL GROUP

Bluebell Group has pioneered building successful brands in Asia since 1954. As Asia’s partner of choice, Bluebell Group is present in Japan, South Korea, Mainland China, Hong Kong SAR, Taiwan, Macau SAR, Singapore, Malaysia, Cambodia and Australia. The Group’s distribution network includes flagship stores, shop-in-shops, counters, its own multi-brand concepts, as well as a highly selective wholesale network, together with both direct e-commerce and marketplaces, covering both domestic and Travel Retail. The Group operates across multiple product categories: Accessories, Footwear, Apparel, Fragrance, Beauty, Gourmet, Jewellery, Watches, and Tobacco. A family-owned group, Bluebell Group today has over 3,800 staff, 650 points-of-sale, and US$2b in turnover.

For more information, please visit Bluebell Group.


PROOF & COMPANY WELCOMES AWARD-WINNING N.I.P GIN BRAND


HONG KONG, 14 MARCH Proof & Company is excited to announce its new partnership with Hong Kong’s multiple gold-award-winning gin, N.I.P Gin. N.I.P Rare Dry Gin is a premium craft gin made from 21 carefully selected botanicals that showcase the city’s rich heritage and diverse flavours. The brand was created to embody the “Hong Kong Spirit,” showcasing the founders’ belief that anything is possible through resilience, faith, and daring to take that giant step, even without tradition or exclusive privilege. Co-founders Nic Law and Jeremy Li have created a line of award-winning gin varieties that have received numerous prestigious accolades, including the crowning achievement of a Gold medal at the Global Gin Masters of the Drinks Business. 

Our General Manager of Proof & Company Hong Kong, Adrian Chung, and Nic Law, co-founder of N.I.P Gin, discussed how the partnership came about and their vision for N.I.P. 

N.I.P Rare Dry Gin

How did the partnership between N.I.P Gin and Proof & Company come about?

Nic Law: It’s the first time that N.I.P has partnered up with a distributor since its launch, despite numerous approaches and queries over the past three years. We believe that it is important, as a new brand, for us to present the brand and tell the story by ourselves from the ground up, as we know first-hand how difficult it was to start a distillery in Hong Kong. The challenges we faced during the COVID-19 pandemic only reinforced this belief, as resources were scarce and survival was difficult.

However, as we enter a new year, we’re excited to work with Proof & Company and see what opportunities they can bring to the table. Collaborating with industry experts is a significant milestone for our brand, and we’re optimistic about the potential for a breakthrough year in 2023 and beyond.

Adrian Chung: We have always been drawn to provenance, craft, and community. We love the idea of having a local Hong Kong Gin that has all of these qualities. More than that, I really believe that we can add a lot of value to the brand. N.I.P all about getting down and dirty, involved and showing people that everyone can do great things. We are big advocates of that and we want to keep that identity. Just like us, they’re engaged in hands-on production and that’s an ideal starting point for taking them to the next level and becoming a leading brand in the region. Sometimes, it’s easy to spot a perfect fit and this is certainly one of those cases.

N.I.P Distilling

What is the overall vision for N.I.P Gin and how do you envision Proof & Company supporting this?

Nic Law: N.I.P, or “Not Important Persons”, is a brand that strives to inspire people to strive for the extraordinary and defy the odds, no matter their background or status. The vision of N.I.P is to show the various facets of Hong Kong, such as its culture, spirit, and ingredients, to the people of Hong Kong and, eventually, the rest of the world.

N.I.P Gin has always been in search of a distributor that can embody our brand identity, both in its local and global markets. Considering Proof & Company’s substantial exposure to both the Hong Kong and international market, especially in the Asia Pacific area, we believe they can help to take the brand to a whole new level through long-term collaboration and present the flavours of Hong Kong globally.

Adrian Chung: By joining forces with N.I.P Gin, Proof & Company Hong Kong can proudly offer our clients the first-ever local Hong Kong Gin in our collection, which is a momentous accomplishment. We have always been devoted to recognising local craftsmanship and granting our customers access to extraordinary spirits.

Fortunately, we also have established an excellent network within our community, which enables us to extend support to those in need. We are thrilled to invite NIP to join our family and be a part of this thriving network. The partnership aims to create renewed energy and excitement within the industry and to make a positive impact on the community by fostering strong relationships with like-minded partners.

Moreover, we are proud of our tight-knit network which allows us to help those in need. We are thrilled to welcome N.I.P Gin to our family and be part of this thriving community. We truly believe our partnership will spark new enthusiasm within the industry and have a positive effect on the community by fostering positive relationships with our shared vision.

Nic Law & Jeremy Li

Sandeep Kumar & Nic Law

Where can we expect N.I.P Gin to be distributed in the Asia Pacific?

Adrian Chung: We plan to build N.I.P Gin into a force to be reckoned with in Hong Kong. Our primary focus right now is to establish N.I.P Gin as a dominant brand in Hong Kong and to integrate it with the local drinking culture. We want to create a connection between the brand and its customers that goes beyond just drinking. Once we achieve this, we plan to expand our presence in other markets, starting with Mainland China due to its proximity and connection to Hong Kong. Drinking is always a great way to bring people together, I think that’s a good place to start.

At Proof & Company, we are committed to supporting local craft and quality products, and N.I.P Gin is no exception. Our partnership with ecoSPIRITS allows us to offer our customers a more sustainable and affordable way to enjoy N.I.P Gin. If our friends and partners want to use N.I.P Gin on ecoSPIRITS, then it’s twice the love! We believe that high quality doesn’t always come with a high price tag, and ecoSPIRITS offers a unique combination of sustainability, affordability, and excellent spirits. By providing our customers with this sustainable format, we hope to make N.I.P Gin more accessible to everyone who wants to experience its exceptional quality.

Driven by quality and dedicated to celebrating the true Hong Kong spirit, N.I.P Gin is determined to become one of the most recognised and sought-after brands in the region. You can already find N.I.P Gin in Hong Kong – and soon in other places too. Contact our Proof team to discover something truly unique and extraordinary.


ABOUT N.I.P. Distilling

Created by two “not-important-persons”, N.I.P. represents a value that the brand firmly believes in – through grit, belief and persistence, anyone can achieve their dreams and passion as long as one is willing to take that leap of faith, even in a place like Hong Kong where a conforming mindset dominates.  This also lays the background for the story of their founders, who came from humble backgrounds and set out to pursue their passion in creating the first true Hong Kong spirit – their own interpretation of a gin that was truly made in Hong Kong which integrates the flavours and tradition of the city with the traditional techniques of gin distillation.

For more information, please visit N.I.P Distilling


HILTON APPOINTS PROOF CREATIVE TO CREATE UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCES FOR WALDORF ASTORIA HOTELS GLOBALLY


MCLEAN, Va., 17 November – With a focus on innovating and evolving for tomorrow’s traveller, Proof Creative, the award-winning bar and beverage consultancy of Proof & Company, Asia Pacific’s Leading Independent Spirits Company announced a partnership with Hilton, a global leader in hospitality, to reimagine the beverage experience across Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts Peacock Alley locations around the world.

Proof Creative will work alongside Hilton’s Global Food & Beverage and Waldorf Astoria Brand teams to create a timeless and memorable beverage ritual and elevated bar concept that celebrates the iconic brand and its landmark hotels and resorts. This partnership also marks Proof Creative’s expansion into the U.S. market.

Adam Crocini

“At Hilton, we are focused on elevating food and beverage experiences for guests and pride ourselves on identifying partners that are both cutting-edge and industry-leading to bring the most innovative ideas to our collection of iconic bars around the world.

We’re excited to match the creativity and esteem of Proof Creative with the precision and passion of our beverage experts to create a new ritual and revitalized bar concept that’s both memorable and distinctly Waldorf Astoria.”

Jason Williams

“Proof Creative has had a significant influence on this ‘Second Golden Age of Fine Drinking’ through its thoughtful bar consulting throughout Asia Pacific. We’ve collaborated on some remarkable bar projects, iconic hotels, and some of the world’s best bars, however few can compare to the opportunity to work on such a prestigious hotel re-opening such as Waldorf Astoria, in NYC.

As enthusiastic students of cocktail history, we have long admired and studied The Old Waldorf Astoria Bar Book. We relish the opportunity to celebrate Waldorf tradition whilst evolving the brand’s experience with contemporary and engaging cocktail moments.”

This evolution of the brand experience, which is slated to be complete by early 2024, will reimagine the Peacock Alley guest experience and offerings. This includes a new, branded beverage ritual that presents a theatrical moment-in-time where guests engage with Peacock Alley and its luxurious storied past, as well as an elevated bar concept, inclusive of a review and refresh of Peacock Alley cocktail menus, glassware, lighting, ambience and more.

“Innovation in food and beverage has been at the core of Waldorf Astoria since the very beginning. The brand has been credited with the creation of hallmark dishes and cocktails which have become standards in the industry,” said Dino Michael, senior vice president and global category head, luxury brands, Hilton. “This new partnership also further captures our forward vision to bring only the best-in-class with offerings that leave an indelible mark in the hearts and minds of our guests.”

Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam

Waldorf Astoria Dubai Palm

The Waldorf Astoria brand began in New York City in 1893, redefining world-class hospitality excellence through the invention of 24-hour room service and daring culinary innovations of the times, including the Waldorf salad, Thousand Island dressing, red velvet cake, Robert “Bobby” Burns whiskey cocktail and the classic eggs Benedict. Today, the brand continues this tradition through distinctive dining experiences across the portfolio. From the Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi, which features 11 unique dining concepts like Terra, where guests can dine among the treetops in one of seven bamboo nests, and The Rock, an intimate dining experience for 12 in a cave-like dining room built from Jordanian limestone to Waldorf Astoria Amsterdam, which offers innovative dishes combined with proud Dutch heritage. In addition, the brand plays host to several Michelin-starred restaurants and James Beard Award-winning chefs, working with the biggest culinary stars in the industry.

Waldorf Astoria Bangkok

At the heart of every Waldorf Astoria is a tribute to the original and iconic Peacock Alley — the grand corridor connecting the original New York Waldorf Hotel to its sister, The Astoria — where the glamorous gathered to see and be seen and where dreamers gathered for inspiration. Today, each distinctive Waldorf Astoria Hotel & Resort offers a sophisticated modern reflection of that first 300-foot marble Peacock Alley. Whether serving as a bar, lounge, café, terrace, or some creative combination of spaces, Peacock Alley brings people together, creating a connection to its grand heritage and luxurious storied past. Serving as a testament is The Waldorf Astoria Bar Book, published in 2016 by former bar manager Frank Caiafa from the Waldorf Astoria New York. The essential guide offers a read on the history, recipes, and how-to creations of the world’s greatest cocktails from the legendary Peacock Alley and the author’s own awarding-winning creations like the Cole Porter, an enhanced whiskey sour rendition named for the famous Waldorf Astoria resident himself.

To learn more, visit Stories.Hilton.com/WaldorfAstoria or Proof & Company. To start planning 2023 travel, visit Hilton.com.


ABOUT HILTON

Hilton (NYSE: HLT) is a leading global hospitality company with a portfolio of 18 world-class brands comprising more than 7,000 properties and more than 1.1 million rooms, in 123 countries and territories. Dedicated to fulfilling its founding vision to fill the earth with the light and warmth of hospitality, Hilton has welcomed more than 3 billion guests in its more than 100-year history, earned a top spot on Fortune’s 100 Best Companies to Work For list and been recognized as a global leader on the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices for five consecutive years. Hilton has introduced several industry-leading technology enhancements to improve the guest experience, including Digital Key Share, automated complimentary room upgrades and the ability to book confirmed connecting rooms. Through the award-winning guest loyalty program Hilton Honors, the nearly 146 million members who book directly with Hilton can earn Points for hotel stays and experiences money can’t buy. With the free Hilton Honors app, guests can book their stay, select their room, check in, unlock their door with a Digital Key and check out, all from their smartphone. Visit stories.hilton.com for more information, and connect with Hilton on FacebookTwitterLinkedInInstagram and YouTube.

 

ABOUT WALDORF ASTORIA HOTELS & RESORTS

Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts is a portfolio of more than 30 iconic properties that creates a unique sense of place with a relentless commitment to elegant service, one-of-a-kind experiences and culinary expertise in landmark destinations around the world. Inspired by their timeless environments and sincerely elegant service, Waldorf Astoria hotels deliver an effortless experience seamlessly, creating a true sense of place for guests through stunning architectural features, brand rituals, the famous Peacock Alley, refined art collections and elevated in-room amenities. In addition to the brand’s world-class hotel offerings, Waldorf Astoria boasts a global residential portfolio that provides the comfort of a private home combined with unsurpassed amenities and high-touch service. Waldorf Astoria is part of Hilton, a leading global hospitality company. Experience an unforgettable stay at Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts by booking at waldorfastoria.com or through the industry-leading Hilton Honors app. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits. Learn more about Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts at stories.hilton.com/waldorfastoria, and follow the brand on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.


PROOF & COMPANY CELEBRATES THE LAUNCH OF ROOTS ECO DRY GIN IN AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND


AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND, 1 NOVEMBER – Award-winning Marlborough-based distillery, Elemental Distillers, has partnered with Proof & Company, one of Asia Pacific’s leading independent spirits distributors, and ecoSPIRITS™ to launch their latest premium dry gin in Australia & New Zealand — Roots Eco.

Roots Eco Dry Gin is created with two things in mind; an amazing yet affordable juniper-forward dry gin that can compete against any house pour and carry a strong sustainability message. Distilled on the estate at Elemental Distillers Ltd with 43% and from 6 core botanicals, it boasts all the hallmarks of its predecessor: herbal aromatics; fresh juniper taste; crisp citrus notes. With an easily accessible price point, Root’s Eco Dry Gin is guaranteed to be popular amongst bars or venues that want to offer sustainable drinks without sacrificing quality and flavours.

Ben Leggett, Director and Distiller of Elemental Distillers

“Elemental Distillers is built around belief in delivering premium spirits with full transparency and sustainability. By being able to partner Roots Dry Gin through the ecoSPIRITS distribution technology, we’ve not only decreased our environmental impact, but allowed bars and restaurants to operate more sustainably, while retaining access to a locally made product at an affordable price.”

Crafted to represent the style and character of award-winning Roots Marlborough Dry Gin, Roots Eco will be available exclusively for bars and venues in a 4.5L ecoTOTE™. Empty pre-labelled bottles will be supplied complimentary to be refilled when the supply is running low – making it simple to establish a routine of sustainable drinking plan.

Dan King, Commercial Manager, Proof & Company (New Zealand)

“Proof & Company and ecoSPIRITS are proud to be partnering with Elemental Distillers to bring a low waste, low carbon, low cost, high quality, locally produced house pour gin to the hospitality venues of Aotearoa. Elemental’s dedication to sustainability and quality is a perfect fit with the ecoSPIRITS closed loop packaging technology.”

Proof & Company also distributes Roots Marlborough Dry Gin which has received multiple international awards, including Double Gold at the SIP Awards 2022 and the Trophy for Best Overall Gin at the NZ Spirits Awards 2021. For more information on Roots and the ordering process, please contact your respective Australia and New Zealand Proof Representatives.


ABOUT ECOSPIRITS

ecoSPIRITS is a circular economy technology company that has developed the world’s first low carbon, low waste distribution technology for premium spirits and wine. Our patent-pending closed loop system nearly eliminates all packaging waste in the supply chain. By dramatically reducing packaging and transport, ecoSPIRITS provides both a powerful cost advantage and a transformative carbon footprint reduction. Founded in Singapore in 2018, the ecoSPIRITS technology is now available in 11 countries and 30 cities across the Asia Pacific. Europe and the Americas. More than 1,000 leading bars, restaurants and hotels have adopted the technology, including Michelin-starred restaurants, World’s 50 Best and Asia’s 50 Best bars and iconic hotels. ecoSPIRITS is now rapidly building a global network of closed loop services, with coverage in 18 countries worldwide by late 2022. Together with our brand partners, importers, distributors, wholesalers and venues, we are already making a difference. Each year, ecoSPIRITS and our partners eliminate hundreds of tons of single-use glass waste, plant tens of thousands of trees, and inspire others to change.

For more information, please visit www.ecospirits.com or follow @ecospirits.global on Instagram.

ABOUT ROOTS DRY GIN

Produced in the heart of New Zealand’s internationally recognised wine region, Elemental Distillers is a Marlborough-based craft distillery, founded by Ben Leggett and Simon Kelly. Bringing decades of combined international drinks experience, Ben and Simon believe in delivering premium craft spirits and liqueurs with complete transparency of all ingredients, processes and production, from the root – to cup.

Elemental Distillers delivered Roots Marlborough Dry Gin, a bold juniper-forward gin with only six core botanicals. Most sourced directly in New Zealand, from either wild, organic, native or family-owned farms and co-operatives. ROOTS Dry Gin is produced entirely onsite at their very own bespoke container distillery; resulting an a quality crisp and robust ‘London Dry’ style gin.

For more information, please visit Elemental Distillers.


PROOF & COMPANY PIONEERS ‘SMARTKIOSK’ TECHNOLOGY IN SINGAPORE


SINGAPORE, 19 SEPTEMBER – Proof & Company, one of Asia Pacific’s leading independent spirits distributors, is the world’s first to pioneer the new patent-pending SmartKioskTM technology for ecoSPIRITS in partnership with DFI Retail Group. This new innovation represents the next step in ecoSPIRITS’ Intelligent CircularTM roadmap and marks its first foray into circular packaging solutions for the retail channel; making sustainable reuse of branded spirits bottles available to consumers.

ecoSPIRITs SmartKIOSK at Cold Storage, Tanglin Mall

Proof & Company, ecoSPIRITS’ licensed operator for Singapore, Hongkong SAR, China, Australia and New Zealand, is the first partner in the world to own and operate a fleet of SmartKiosk across the Region. Partnering with DFI Retail Group for the Singapore launch, Proof & Company has deployed the first SmartKiosk in CS Fresh, Tanglin Mall, Singapore, with four more locations pinned for launch later this year.

The new CS Fresh SmartKiosk will offer Singapore’s shoppers access to sustainable refills of a selection of craft spirit brands, including gins from the island’s own Brass Lion Distillery. Other spirits available will include Tried & True Straight Wheat Vodka, Widges Gin, Mackintosh Blended Malt Scotch Whisky and Los Arcos Destilado de Agave. By placing their bottle under an intelligent pouring system with brand authentication through a novel Verified Sustainable RefillTM feature and using a touch screen, customers can accurately refill with their favourite spirits. Each sustainable refill offers significant environmental benefits, eliminating an average of 550g of carbon emissions and more than 700g of single-use packaging waste. Consumers will also save up to 20 per cent over the same spirit in single-use packaging formats.

Brandon Grusd, General Manager, Southeast Asia

“Proof & Company is proud to be the very first operator of the SmartKiosk technology globally. Having first pioneered ecoSPIRITS in the on-premise channel back in 2018, it’s a natural fit for our growing network of retailers across Asia Pacific. It also provides a wonderful opportunity for our brand partners, such as Brass Lion Distillery and True Believers, to be at the forefront of consumer innovation. DFI and CS Fresh should be commended for their sustainability leadership in pioneering such a unique shopper experience.”

This technology debut with Singapore’s leading premium grocer aligns with the city state’s Singapore Green Plan 2030, which commits to reducing landfill waste per capita per day by 30% by 2030. As part of their collaboration, for each refill purchased, ecoSPIRITS, Proof & Company and DFI will jointly plant one tree in the CS Fresh Forest under the ecoSPIRITS’ Forest Program.

Paul Gabie, CEO, ecoSPIRITS

“Circular retail for spirits and wine presents enormous opportunities and equally great challenges. Retail purchases make up the largest volume segment for our industry and the largest source of single-use glass waste. As such, it is incumbent upon all of us to find more sustainable ways to serve consumers. Helping shoppers adapt to novel consumption patterns is not easy, but in the face of global waste and climate crisis, adaptation is a must. Together with trailblazing partners like Proof & Company and DFI Retail Group, we can build a future beyond single-use packaging.”

Additional SmartKiosks will be deployed in ecoSPIRITS markets around the world in the coming months. For more information on Proof & Company and its leading Asia Pacific spirits distribution platform, please contact info@proofandcompany.com.

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ABOUT ECOSPIRITS

ecoSPIRITS is a circular economy technology company that has developed the world’s first low carbon, low waste distribution technology for premium spirits and wine. Our patent-pending closed loop system nearly eliminates all packaging waste in the supply chain. By dramatically reducing packaging and transport, ecoSPIRITS provides both a powerful cost advantage and a transformative carbon footprint reduction. Founded in Singapore in 2018, the ecoSPIRITS technology is now available in 11 countries and 30 cities across the Asia Pacific. Europe and the Americas. More than 1,000 leading bars, restaurants and hotels have adopted the technology, including Michelin-starred restaurants, World’s 50 Best and Asia’s 50 Best bars and iconic hotels. ecoSPIRITS is now rapidly building a global network of closed loop services, with coverage in 18 countries worldwide by late 2022. Together with our brand partners, importers, distributors, wholesalers and venues, we are already making a difference. Each year, ecoSPIRITS and our partners eliminate hundreds of tons of single-use glass waste, plant tens of thousands of trees, and inspire others to change.

For more information, please visit www.ecospirits.com or follow @ecospirits.global on Instagram.

ABOUT THE NEW SMARTKIOSK 1.0S

The new SmartKiosk 1.0S is an intelligent circular retail technology that makes secure, sustainable reuse of branded spirits bottles possible for the first time. Wifi-enabled and powered by ecoSPIRITS’ cloud-based CircularONETM software platform, each SmartKiosk 1.0S is equipped with a large high-definition touchscreen, bottle, and brand authentication through a novel Verified Sustainable RefillTM feature, and fast, accurate refills using ecoSPIRITS’ existing SmartPourTM technology. As an extension of ecoSPIRITS’ existing portfolio of closed-loop technologies, the SmartKiosk enables retailers to leverage existing ecoTOTETM distribution in their local market and offer a scalable, cost-effective refill solution to consumers.

Each SmartKiosk 1.0S unit supports sustainable refill for a range of six spirit products, supported by a two-level merchandising display for branded refill bottles and a rear cabinet for convenient restocking of ecoTOTEs.  SmartKiosks feature a Microsoft Windows CE-based operating system and live content and data powered by the CircularONE software platform. This software integrates a range of intelligent features possible, including a large 125cm touch screen display, NFC-based bottle authentication via Verified Sustainable Refill, and fast, accurate dispense using the proven SmartPour system. Kiosks also feature programmable dispense volumes, stainless steel drip trays and locking wheels for ease of handling.


PROOF CREATIVE ANNOUNCES ITS FIRST MAJOR PROJECT IN EUROPE


GENEVA, 22 AUGUST – Geneva will be home to the first Proof Creative project in continental Europe with the opening of Silverback slated for spring of 2023.

Construction is underway on this highly anticipated venue, located inside a stunning 16th-century building in the Old Town of Geneva. The Old Town or “Vieille Ville”, is an ancient maze of cobblestone-lined streets and picturesque squares, filled with art galleries, and historical sights telling the stories of Geneva’s long and colourful history. Silverback is conveniently located in the heart of the historical centre, just a short stroll from the city’s central shopping district and just a stone’s throw from popular outdoor cafes and restaurants. This archaeological treasure is being restored and provides the interior backdrop to the dual-level bar.

Geneva's Old Town, Switzerland

Silverback will house a monumental back bar of spirits with a special focus on Scotch Whisky, Bourbon, Rye, and whiskies of the world including boutique bottlings found in non-traditional whisky-making countries such as Germany, Sweden and of course Switzerland. It will be supported by a sharp list of European wines, high-quality beers and an inspired offering of seasonal cocktails aimed to provide a cocktail for any palate.

“My dream for Silverback is to indulge clients in a unique atmosphere of historical significance whilst offering 500 fabulous whiskies as well as great live music,” says Jean Michel Aubry, the founder of the project. Director of Operations, Roderick Boerma, adds, “This will be a one-of-a-kind project housing an enormous amount of energy. The excitement of being able to do what you love in this historical venue is just incomparable.”

Charlie Ainsbury, Senior Bar Consultant at Proof Creative

“We can see this bar being the ambassador for fine, convivial drinking in Geneva. We want Silverback to be the go-to for anyone looking for a good time in Geneva. A place where the locals, as well as visitors, can freely pull up a barstool to talk to the friendly bartenders or take a cosy banquette and feel like they have their own little corner of Geneva.

Geneva has incredible potential to be a bar destination. It’s an international city with many global companies calling it home so the population is there. Its proximity to other great cocktail cities like Paris and Zurich as well as all its neighbouring countries makes it an ideal weekend destination too. We are very much looking forward to contributing to the F&B landscape here.”

The floor below, in the centuries-old cellars of the building, will house the darker, and seductive sibling of Silverback that will come alive with a revolving live music program featuring local and international musicians. The drinks offering of Silverback will be extended to the floor below with an additional focus on Champagne.

Silverback will share the ground floor of this magnificent edifice with two other venues; a bright, contemporary neighbourhood wine bar as well as a yet-to-be-named restaurant next door, occupying the final tenancy. This multi-venue building will cement itself as a must-visit destination for the city.

Silverback's Work in Progress

Proof Creative’s involvement began in late 2021 and will implement its renowned ’20 Pillar’ creative process which includes early conceptual development, bar functional layout, major equipment sourcing, OS&E curation, spirits curation, drinks development and pre-opening support and training.

The Proof Creative team is busy at work bringing Silverback to life so stay tuned for more on this next year.