Cheers Names Allied Domecq Best Spirits Supplier

    NORWALK, Conn., Feb. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Cheers, a top trade magazine
 covering beverage trends for large restaurants, hotels, nightclubs and bars
 confirmed today that the magazine's editorial board had picked Westport,
 CT-based Allied Domecq Spirits as the industry's best spirits supplier for
 2003.
     An initial report, released several days ago, incorrectly identified the
 award as going to three companies, tied in the voting.  Cheers editors and
 publishing staff emphasized today that Allied Domecq won the voting by a clear
 margin.
     The judges for the awards are all employees involved in the beverage
 programs of large, well-known restaurant companies including Outback
 Steakhouse, The Cheesecake Factory, Legal Seafood, Bennigan's, Red Lobster,
 Chili's Grill & Bar, T.G.I. Friday's and about a score of others.
     Allied Domecq Spirits is the exclusive U.S. marketer for such well-known
 consumer brands as Beefeater Gin, Stolichnaya Vodka, Sauza Tequila and Makers
 Mark bourbon. Other brands include Courvoisier cognac, Kahlua, Irish Mist, and
 Midori liqueurs, Carolans Irish Cream and Canadian Club whisky.
     The award was presented last week at the annual Cheers Beverage
 Conference, held in Irvine, CA, where almost 500 restaurant industry
 executives and their beverage suppliers gathered for a two-day conference.
     Also singled out by the Cheers board for honorable mention in the best
 spirits supplier category were Bacardi USA, Miami, FL; Diageo, Stamford, CT;
 Future Brands, Deerfield, IL; Schieffelin & Somerset, New York, NY; and Skyy
 Spirits, San Francisco, CA.
     Each one of these companies was cited by the board for the quality of
 service and support that they provided to their restaurant, hotel, nightclub
 and bar customers.
     For further information about the awards contact Jack Robertiello,
 718-857-3660.
 
 

SOURCE Cheers magazine

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