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Speyside whisky finalists named

SIX whiskies have been shortlisted for the finals of the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Awards. Aberlour a’bunadh, The Balvenie Signature 12 year old, The Glenlivet 15 year old, The Glenlivet 18 year old, The Balvenie Portwood 21 year old and Glenfiddich 30 year old will battle it out in three categories. Winners will be decided by a public vote at the Spirit of Speyside Whisky Festival on Thursday April 28.

Supplier Eyes trade customers

PUB supplies company Kelly’s Eye has launched its 2011 trade catalogue.

Designed specifically for the licensed trade, the brochure contains a diverse range of products, including pool balls, picnic benches and pint glasses. Parent company Sceptre Leisure, which also supplies coin-operated pool tables, jukeboxes and fruit machines, said its Kelly’s Eye catalogue is designed to help operators save time and money.

Ad space 1/4 page Placements aim to encourage development at all levels of industry

Scholars revealed at HIT conference

By Dave Hunter

MORE than 100 hospitality scholarships were awarded last week when the Hos- pitality Industry Trust (HIT) Scotland hosted its seventh annual Emerging Tal- ent conference. Nearly 450 delegates attended the

event at Edinburgh’s Corn Exchange, where 110 scholarships were presented, including two special SLTN awards, cho- sen from more than 300 applicants. Scott McCartney, restaurant and bars manager at the Apex Waterloo Place Hotel in Edinburgh, will head to the In- ternational Hotel School in Lausanne, Switzerland, on the SLTN middle-man- agement scholarship.

He described the placement as a “great opportunity”. “It’s obviously something that doesn’t come along every day and so you have to grab it with both hands,” he said.

“It’s such a prestigious school to go

and train in. “But it’s not just the training, it’s seeing

that there’s another way to do things, not just the way you do it yourself.” Daniel Richardson, who has worked

at the Tennent’s Training Academy and is currently training staff for Glasgow- based G1 Group, will visit vineyards in France to learn more about wine and Champagne production for his HIT- SLTN placement. “I personally see Champagne as the epitome of high class drinking, and it’s one thing in Scotland that I think we could do with learning more about in general,” he said. “When you live on bar salaries you

don’t get to drink a lot of Champagne and so it’s great to have a scholarship to fund my education.” Speaking to SLTN at the event, HIT Scotland chief executive David Co- chrane said although the name of the conference is Emerging Talent, the goal of the scholarships is to encourage de- velopment at all levels of the industry. “We have senior managers who are

getting some big senior scholarships to- day,” he said. “We’ve also got some people who are just starting out and it might be a schol- arship for them to work in a bar or a ho- tel or visitor attraction. “It’s across the board, providing op-

Award winning, traditionally smoked wild game and meat

from the heart of Royal Deeside New for 2011.

Handmade raised smoked game pies.

Encouraging staff development: David Cochrane.

portunities for people who may find it difficult to manage, afford or plan them- selves. In a nutshell it’s the industry helping itself.” This year’s Emerging Talent confer- ence heard from a range of speakers, including Debbie Zmorenski, formerly of the Disney Institute and now at LSA Partners, and Michael Levie of Dutch hotel group CitizenM.

Stella makes move into cider market

THE international brewer behind Stella Artois is to diversify the brand with a move into the cider category. Available to the on and off-trades from

next month, Stella Artois Cidre is de- scribed as a “crisp and refreshing” apple cider.

Visit us on stand 4124 6 - SLTN - February 17, 2011

AB InBev said the new 4.5% ABV prod- uct, which will be packaged in 568ml bottles and 440ml cans, will be ferment- ed in Belgium and imported to the UK. Designed to be served over ice, the cider will be the focus of a major marketing campaign. Stuart MacFarlane, president of AB In- Bev UK, said the cider complements the brewer’s existing portfolio and “widens the footprint” of the Stella Artois brand. “This is another demonstration of our commitment to innovation and invest- ment in Stella Artois, and we’re very ex- cited about introducing it to you today,” he said at a launch event this month. “We feel that Easter is the ideal time to launch Stella Artois Cidre as it will

Stella Artois Cidre has an ABV of 4.5%.

hit the shelves in time for the summer, when sales of cider are at their peak.”

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