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-- BACARDI has released The Spirit of BACARDI -- a graphic novel that tells the stories behind the Bacardi family and Company origins in Cuba
-- Created by legendary graphic novel talent; a unique collaboration between writer Warren Ellis and artist Michael Allred
-- Drops of BACARDI rum added to the inks used to illustrate the novel
-- Available to download now from BACARDI.COM/SPIRITOFBACARDI
HAMILTON, Bermuda, Aug. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- For more than 150 years, BACARDI has been a brand with incredible stories to tell. Since 1862, the Bacardi family has faced earthquakes, fire, revolution, prohibition, and exile, none of which could tame their irrepressible spirit.
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To bring these stories to life, BACARDI has collaborated with two of the most iconic names in the world of graphic novels -- writer Warren Ellis and artist Michael Allred -- to create The Spirit of BACARDI, a graphic novel that tells the stories behind the iconic brand and its origins in Cuba.
The Spirit of BACARDI focuses on Emilio Bacardi -- son of founder Don Facundo Bacardi Masso -- and his tireless work for Cuban independence in the late 1800s. Emilio Bacardi was repeatedly imprisoned and exiled for his belief in an independent Cuba, but persevered, eventually becoming the first freely-elected Mayor of Santiago de Cuba.
The graphic novel also touches upon early challenges the Bacardi family faced and overcame -- including an earthquake that destroyed their city and a fire that ravaged their distillery -- and ends with the creation of the original Cuba Libre cocktail in 1900.
The bold attitude of BACARDI even extends to the way in which the graphic novel was created. Drops of BACARDI Gold rum were added to the inks artist Michael Allred used to illustrate The Spirit of BACARDI.
"Working on this project gave me the chance to bring to life a time and a place I've never worked with before - Cuba in the late nineteenth century," said Allred. "I loved the idea of adding BACARDI rum to the ink to make it a real part of the graphic novel's DNA. It's something I have never done before and makes the artwork unique."
Ellis said, "Storytelling requires great characters, and in Emilio Bacardi we have exactly that. Emilio was a patriot, passionate about his homeland of Cuba. My focus was to bring his drive and determination to life."
Andy Gibson, Chief Marketing Officer of Bacardi, said, "We see The Spirit of BACARDI as a fantastic way to tell the stories behind "BACARDI Untameable Since 1862," our new global marketing campaign that inspires consumers to pursue their passions no matter what -- much like the Bacardi family did -- encouraging camaraderie and strength of character."
"Authenticity is increasingly important to our consumers, especially millennials. While first and foremost we want the graphic novel to be entertaining, we are also saying something important about our brand; that we have the heritage to back up our attitude," added Gibson.
To download The Spirit of BACARDI and for more information on "BACARDI Untameable Since 1862," BACARDI rum and cocktail recipes, visit BACARDI.COM.
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About Warren Ellis
Warren Ellis is an award winning English writer of graphic novels and film. Most recently, Ellis has written The Spirit of BACARDI – a graphic novel that tells the stories behind BACARDI rum and its origins in Cuba. Prior to The Spirit of Bacardi, Ellis wrote RED and RED 2 which were both adapted into movies starring Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren and Morgan Freeman. Before the RED series, Ellis started British magazine Deadline, worked for Marvel on Hellstorm and then went on to write for DC where he wrote Gen, Transmetropolitan and Planetary. Ellis has also written for Vice, Wired UK and Reuters on technological and cultural matters. Warren has been called "one of the most high-profile comic book writers of the past two decades".
About Michael Allred
Michael Allred is an American artist and writer. Most recently, Allred has been central in the creation of The Spirit of BACARDI - a graphic novel that tells the stories behind BACARDI rum and its origins in Cuba. Allred is most famous for his creation, Madman, a superhero that appears in graphic novels published by Image. He has also illustrated numerous characters across Marvel and DC - two of the largest graphic novel publishers. Michael's work is renowned
for its retro 1950s pop art style and he has been nominated for multiple awards including the Harvey's, the Eisners and the Eagles. Michael lives near Portland with his wife Laura who frequently works as his colorist.
About BACARDI Rum - The World's Most Awarded Rum
In 1862, in the city of Santiago de Cuba, founder Don Facundo Bacardi Masso revolutionized the spirits industry when he created a light-bodied rum with a particularly smooth taste – BACARDI. The unique taste of BACARDI rum inspired cocktail pioneers to invent some of the world's most famous recipes including the BACARDI Mojito, the BACARDI Daiquiri, the BACARDI Cuba Libre, the BACARDI Pina Colada and the BACARDI Presidente. BACARDI rum is the world's most awarded spirit, with more than 550 awards for quality, taste and innovation. Today, BACARDI rum is made in Puerto Rico and Mexico where it is crafted to ensure the taste remains the same today as it did when it was first blended in 1862. www.bacardi.com
The BACARDI® brand is part of the portfolio of Bacardi Limited, headquartered in Hamilton, Bermuda. Bacardi Limited refers to the Bacardi group of companies, including Bacardi International Limited.
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Ausnutria’s Shares Resumed Trading Today: Price Soared 47.26 % to HKD2.15 Compared to Shares before Suspension
Benefit from Outstanding Annual Results and Overseas Factories Being Approved as the First Batch of Registered Overseas Dairy Products Producers in the PRC
HONG KONG, Aug. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Ausnutria Dairy Corporation Ltd ("Ausnutria" or the "Company", together with its subsidiaries, the "Group"; stock code: 1717), a paediatric milk formula company with its production facilities principally based in the Netherlands and engaged in the dairy industry with activities ranging from the research and development, milk collection, processing, production, packaging in the Netherlands and marketing and sales of dairy products to the PRC, Europe, North America, Middle East and other overseas countries, has fulfilled all the resumption conditions. The shares resumed trading from 9:00 a.m. today and the share price reached the highest at HKD2.4, up 64.38%. The stock closed at HKD2.15, up 47.26% or HKD0.69.
The share price of Ausnutria performing well is in part attributable to management's efforts in the past two years to fulfill the resumption requirements. Ausnutria also achieved outstanding performance in 2013 with significant turnover and net profit growth at 24.9% and 81.5%, respectively, when compared with 2012. Meanwhile, Ausnutria's factory in the PRC was among one of the first batch of factories in the PRC that succeeded in obtaining the renewed production license and the three factories in the Netherlands were among one of the 41 worldwide manufacturers that succeeded in being approved as the first batch of registered overseas dairy products producers that were granted the registrations for exporting their products to the PRC under the New Policies. Furthermore, all the brands of the Group (including the series of Allnutria, Best Choice, Hyproca 1897, Kabrita, Puredo, Mygood, Lacfor, Eurlate, Neolac, etc.) are listed as the first batch of brands to be granted the approval for exporting the paediatric formula milk into the PRC. The Company has excellent development prospects.
The Company considers that under the leadership of the recent Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Bartle van der Meer who has ample international experience in banking, investment and paediatric nutritional products, together with the overseeing role of the independent non-executive Directors, the Group is now managed by a team of professional executives who have a strong background and diversified experience in paediatric nutritional products, consummating the internal governance of the Group.
Mr. Yan Weibin, Chairman of the Company, said, "I am pleased to inform the Shareholders that the Company's shares have resumed trading on 4 August 2014 after fulfilling the resumption conditions set out by the Exchange. This is attributable to the support and efforts by our management and the patience and understanding by the Shareholders of the Company. The past two years were complicated and challenging to the Group. While it is the Board's priority to deal with the issues leading to the Suspension, the Company has taken strategic move to comply with New Policies launched by the PRC government and at the same time to build the Group's upstream production and procurement capability in order to capture the growing momentum in the PRC and other overseas markets. We believe that the New Policies launched by the PRC government will improve the national standard for the safety of dairy products and accelerate the consolidation of the paediatric milk powder industry and would eventually lead to the elimination of small and medium enterprises in this industry. We believe that the Group is the only Chinese corporation which possesses a comprehensive production chain in the industry from milk collection, production and packaging to marketing and sales. Looking ahead, we will further strengthen the relationships with our customers and distributors in the PRC; continue the strategy of upward integration; increase the production capacity in the Netherlands; launch goat milk and cow milk based infant formula to other overseas countries; continue to work with Beijing University for the joint research and development on products and utilizing the production and distribution tracking systems, in order to cater for the long term growth and demand of paediatric nutritional products as well as to fulfill the requirements of government policies and regulations. Last but not the least, the Group will continuously and proactively strengthen its corporate governance so as to establish a solid foundation for future growth and enhance the confidence of shareholders and potential investors. The Group will continue to strive for the highest returns and value to the Shareholders in the long run."
About Ausnutria Dairy Corporation Ltd
Ausnutria Dairy Corporation Ltd is a leading paediatric milk formula company with its production facilities principally based in the Netherlands and engaged in the dairy industry with activities ranging from the research and development, milk collection, processing, production, packaging in the Netherlands and marketing and sales of dairy products to the PRC, Europe, North America, Middle East and other overseas countries. For the year ended 31 December 2013, revenue of Ausnutria amounted to approximately RMB1,688 million, representing an increase of approximately RMB337 million from approximately RMB1,351 million for 2012. Despite of the share suspension since April 2012 and the New Policies as implemented by the PRC government, the Group was able to maintain a steady growth in both its turnover and operating results for the past two years.
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LONDON, Aug. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --
CHARLES JOLY BEATS 47 PEERS TO BE CROWNED THE DIAGEO RESERVE WORLD CLASS™ BARTENDER OF THE YEAR 2014
After a week of fierce competition, incredible craftsmanship, unrivalled creativity and exceptional cocktails, Charles Joly from The Aviary in Chicago, USA, beat 47 of the best mixologists from around the globe to be crowned the DIAGEO RESERVE WORLD CLASS™ Bartender of the Year 2014.
Charles mesmerised the judges from the very first cocktail but it was his unique and show-stopping signature serve that will help cement his name in cocktail history. His signature cocktail Above the Clouds, crafted for the final Punch and Glass challenge, blew the judges away. Throughout the week Charles consistently proved his winning credentials to the esteemed panel of judges that included legends and luminaries of the cocktail scene such as Dale DeGroff, Salvatore Calabrese, Julie Reiner, Steve Olsen and Gaz Regan.
"Wow, I just feel totally overawed by this. I know it sounds like a cliche but to be announced as the DIAGEO RESERVE WORLD CLASS™ BARTENDER OF THE YEAR 2014 is like a dream. The other finalists really are the best bartenders in the world today so for the judges to pick me as the winner is incredible" said Charles Joly.
"This journey didn't start today at the ceremony, it started many years ago when I first started working in a local bar. I make drinks with my heart and it makes me happy to see customers happy. The possibilities open to a bartender are limitless, not just in terms of your career but your creations - the only limit is your imagination."
Matteo Fantacchiotti, Global Vice President Commercial, DIAGEO RESERVE, said: "Right from the beginning Charles Joly's passion, creativity and unrivalled mixology skills captivated the judges. His desire to create unique serves that combined sophisticated tastes with innovative modern twists never faltered at any stage of the competition. It's a real honor to have Charles as our 2014 Diageo Reserve WORLD CLASS™ ambassador."
Charles Joly will now become a global ambassador for Diageo Reserve WORLD CLASS™, a role which will see him travel the world, educating and inspiring new talent whilst developing his own skills and knowledge through the different tastes and techniques they experiences along the way.
The 2014 WORLD CLASS™ Finals consisted of a series of innovative challenges staged around Great Britain, starting in Gleneagles, Scotland, before travelling via the iconic Orient Express to London. Discovery was at the heart of the competition, a theme brought to life by the series of innovative challenges that immersed the 48 finalists in Great British culture and inspired them to create premium serves, using the world's finest spirits.
This year, for the first time ever, consumers were also invited to participate in the WORLD CLASS™ Global Final and discover a world of fine drinking culture at the WORLD CLASS™ House where masterclasses run by world-renowned bartenders, unique cocktails and food tasting sessions that made the WORLD CLASS™ House the spiritual home of fine drinking experiences this summer.
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HONG KONG, Aug. 2, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- G.H.MUMM, a brand known for glorifying iconic moments, is celebrating with Paris Saint-Germain on its first trip to Asia. The prestigious House of champagne became the official international* champagne sponsor for the legendary Paris Saint-Germain football club in 2013. The deal sees a five-year international partnership between the two iconic French brands.
The official Asia Summer Tour began with a pre-season game in Hong Kong against the local and undefeated league champion's team, Kit Chee, on 29th July, 2014 at the Hong Kong Stadium.
G.H.MUMM celebrated the team's arrival in the region by auctioning a G.H.MUMM Jeroboam - a global icon of victory, signed by the Paris Saint-Germain team. The event took place at the prestigious Hublot Gala dinner held at the Ritz Carlton, Hong Kong. All proceeds will go to the Hong Kong Jockey Club Football programme - a social initiative co-organised by Hong Kong Jockey Club and Kit Chee Football Club which helps the youth football development programmes in Hong Kong.
Paris Saint-Germain General Manager Jean-Claude BLANC said: "G.H.MUMM is a great symbol of victory and we are delighted with our long-term partnership with such an iconic leading House of Champagne."
Philippe GUETTAT, Chairman and CEO for G.H.MUMM House of Champagne, said: "We are delighted to be part of Paris Saint-Germain's success and inaugural journey into Asia. Our international partnership is a natural fit for us. G.H.MUMM shares the same values of victory, and quest for excellence."
Many Asian fans are already familiar with G.H.MUMM Champagne through its successful 14-year sponsorship of Formula 1 ®. This new partnership with Paris Saint-Germain represents an exciting phase for G.H.MUMM as it continues its presence in the international scene and growth within the APEC region.
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G.H.MUMM is part of Martell Mumm Perrier-Jouet, the prestigious cognac and champagne business of Pernod Ricard, world's co-leader in Spirits & Wines. With its distinguished heritage dating back to 1827, G.H.MUMM is the leading international champagne House in France and third worldwide*. G.H.MUMM Cordon Rouge, recognisable by its red ribbon-a symbol of excellence-is the perfect embodiment of the spirit of the House: it stands out through the freshness and intensity of its style, which successive generations of cellar masters have successfully maintained and handed down. * IWSR 2012. Website: http://www.ghmumm.com/
About Paris Saint-Germain
Three years ago, Paris Saint-Germain set itself the goal of becoming a global sports brand by embodying in everything it does and in all its communications the values of elegance, excellence and respect that are associated with Paris whose name its brand so proudly bears.
French champions and quarter-finalists in the UEFA Champions League during the 2014 season for the second consecutive year, the first stages of the club's project bear witness to its aim to join the very top flight European clubs. Paris Saint-Germain is very active in the media sector, particularly through PSG TV, available on the Internet in 3 versions (French, English and Spanish), and PSG.fr published online in 8 versions which attracts a total of 15 million page views and 1,5 million one-off visitors on average per month (with over 18% from overseas). Paris Saint-Germain is the top-ranked French club on social networks with over 20 million fans and followers (club, teams and players combined).
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