The 2019 World Premix Award winners have now been announced and new comer Blue Marble Cocktails from the USA has taken the over-all win with the title World’s Best PREMIXED Cocktail and overall Best Style win.
Following the final tasting in London, Blue Marble’s Bloody Mary beat out global submissions and clearly showed you don’t need to reinvent the wheel when it comes to great tasting cocktails, you just need to perfect it. With the perfect balance of robust tomato juice, premium vodka, saltiness and heat, it pleases the most discerning Bloody Mary aficionado. In the ever more diversified spirits industry, taste is not everything though. A product these days needs to be able to stand out of the sheer crowd on the shelve saying ‘Buy me’ and Blue Marble’s Coconut Island says exactly that and walks away with World’s Best Style award. The style design is clean, inviting, and says “you’re on vacation anywhere anytime”.
Alan Miller, founder and CEO of Blue Marble Cocktails had to say this about the announcement, “I am absolutely stunned and honored. The premixed cocktail market is extremely competitive and as the new company competing with the smallest to the biggest, I just can’t say enough how proud I am of our team. My family and I were frustrated consumers who wanted something better, premium, and without all of the chemicals, dyes and preservatives we saw in other premixed cocktails. 3 years ago, we didn’t know a thing about the industry or how to make them. We simply knew if we used the best ingredients, we could make the best cocktails. With lots of research, passion, trial and error, and of course a big dose of fun, we built our own state-of-the-art factory from the ground up, have national distribution, and have worked as a family to share our success in donating our time and money to keep our earth, the blue marble, blue. We are honored that some of the biggest clients in the world serve our drinks and being named World’s Best is icing on the cake.”
The World Premix Awards are the global awards selecting the very best in all internationally recognized styles of Premix. Presented by TheDrinksReport.com, the world’s Number 1 online resource for drinks professionals, the World Premix Awards select, reward and promote the world’s best Premix to consumers and trade across the globe. The result was the new winner of the World Premix Awards: 2019 World’s Best PreMixed Cocktail as well as 2019 Best Style Winner, both awarded to Blue Marble Cocktails.
Las Vegas, Nevada - July 1, 2019 – More than 30 spirit industry leaders and upwards of 500 spirits brands participated in the inaugural PR%F Awards and PR%F Awards Design Distinction during a two-day blind-tasting point-rating competition in Las Vegas June 16-18, 2019.
Blue Marble Cocktails was awarded a total of 9 medals and 2 gold medals at the 2019 PR%F Awards, a spirits competition designed to crown the leading spirits with accolades, recognition and an entryway into the marketplace. The event was held at Tivoli Village in Las Vegas.
The awards competition was open to spirits brands, domestic and international, with nearly 100 categories to enter. In addition, a selection of spirits brands also participated in a design award program to crown top labels, bottles and creative marketing. All spirits were rated on a proprietary 100-point system crowning medals to those who scored 70 points or above. (Bronze: 70 – 79 (Daily Drinker); Silver: 80-89 (Praise); Gold: 90-95 (Highly Recommended). All spirits were evaluated in NEAT, the official judging glass, scientifically designed to deliver the best aromas for evaluation and enjoyment.
“It was an remarkable two days of introducing new spirits brands to buyers and collectively discussing the current trends of the beverage industry with the most talented minds in the industry,” said Michele D. Tell, Executive Director of the PR%F Awards. “We are honored to have crowned so many brands with medals and accolades,” she said. “We look forward to continuing our PR%F Awards program in the Summer of 2020.
The idea behind the PR%F Awards was to create an avenue to introduce spirits brands to key decision makers in the liquor industry, and therefore, all PR%F judges were mainstream liquor buyers, distributors, and industry leaders with buying decision capability. Our judges hailed from 11 different states and hospitality arenas – Delta Sky Clubs/Delta Airlines, Young’s Market Company, The Sugar Factory, Hard Rock International, Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits, Spec’s, Breakthru Beverage Group, Good Spirits Distribution, BevStrat, Inc., Liquid Distributors-GA, Burke Distribution, RLED, LLC, Caesars Palace, Boyd Gaming, Sheraton, ARK 1521, The Strat Casino Hotel & Tower, Downtown Project-DTP, Alicart Restaurant Group (Carmine’s Italian, Virgil’s BBQ), Giordano’s Pizza-Corporate and Marque Media.
“The beverage industry is ever-changing and we saw those trends firsthand with the amount of flavored whiskeys, ready-serve cocktails, gins and organic/kosher and health-based products that entered the PR%F Awards 2019,” said Michael S. Politz, publisher of Food and Beverage Magazine, title sponsor of the PR%F Awards. “It’s an exciting time to be a part of the beverage industry,” he said.
Alan Miller, founder and CEO of Blue Marble Cocktails, said, “ Myself along with the entire Blue Marble Cocktails team are thrilled about the news of all 9 of our Blue Marble Cocktails flavors winning medals in this prestigious award competition. This is an incredible victory for Blue Marble and the fact that industry leaders decided our triumph is even more remarkable.”
The PR%F Awards is the premiere spirits awards program and PR%F Awards Design Distinctions is headquartered at 3900 Hualapai Avenue, Las Vegas, Nev. 89123. The competition will be held annually
For more information, visit PR%F AWARDS.
Food & Beverage Magazine is the premiere worldwide destination multi-platform medium for global restaurants and hospitality, ideas trends, and quality (10 million monthly readers noted by Amazon’s Alexa rating system, and noted as the most progressive resource in the F&B industry); – located at 1930 Village Center Circle, #3197, Las Vegas, Nev., 89134
For more information, visit Food & Beverage Magazine.
The 2019 Green Sports Alliance Summit is set to take place June 19-20 at the home of the Philadelphia Eagles, Lincoln Financial Field. This Summit is the largest and most influential gathering for the sports community to unite around sustainability and brings together hundreds of industry stakeholders to learn and share better practices as well as the latest innovations in greening operations, advancing the supply chain, engaging fans, and more.
Blue Marble Cocktails is just one of many brands that will be there supporting the sustainability feature of the Green Sports Alliance Summit. Blue Marble Cocktails uses SFI certified packaging as well as recyclable materials to make their 200 ml cans. Along with their packaging much of Blue Marble’s merchandising is made of eco-friendly materials including their t shirts which a portion of the material includes recycled material. Alan Miller, founder and CEO of Blue Marble, stated, “We are so fortunate to make our cocktails with all-natural ingredients from our blue marble so how could we not support this fantastic summit that has the same ideals as we do.”
Blue Marble Cocktails maker of all-natural ready to drink cocktails places again at this year’s Los Angeles International Spirits Competition. Blue Marble’s Coconut Island took home Gold adding to their already impressive award lineup. Spirits and mixers were judged by 21 judges from around the world. Judges tasted spirits, mixers and looked at packaging label designs over two days in May at the Fairplex and determined winners using a point system. The Los Angeles International Spirits Competition received 399 spirit entries this year from 147 producers.
This year’s competition received spirits from 24 different countries including Mexico, Poland, Australia, Germany, France, Canada, Belarus, Brazil, Japan, United Kingdom, Ireland, England, Caribbean Islands, Barbados, Puerto Rico, Panama, Venezuela, USA, Myanmar, Netherlands, Scotland, Philippines and Italy.
The public had their first chance to try the award winning cocktails from Blue Marble Cocktails at Cheers Wine, Spirits & Beer Festival on June 22. Cheers featured all the Gold medal winners from all of the 2019 Los Angeles International Competitions along with a night filled with delectable bites from local restaurants. Tastings will also be available at the LA County Fair Aug. 30 – Sept. 22. The weather was wonderful, the crowd was amazing and the experience for all was great. With 1,000 people in attendance for the evening, Blue Marble’s Coconut island received rave reviews. The Cheers ticket purchases and silent auction benefits The Learning Centers at Fairplex, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that, in partnership with Fairplex, provides a wide spectrum of innovative and enriching educational experiences that bring learning to life, benefit our diverse communities, and prepare our participants for success. The 2019 Cheers event raised $132,000 for The Learning Centers.
Alan Miller Jr, VP of National Accounts, stated, “It is always amazing to see Blue Marble Cocktails enjoyed out in places and see people’s reactions when they try it. This brand has grown so much over the past year and this is only the beginning. We have so much we cannot wait to share with you all”.
Once a year, Tennis Serves Others hosts its TSO Grand Gala and Tournament. This charitable event is a competitive tennis tournament with prizes, superb auction items, music, delicious food, and of course amazing cocktails. The proceeds from this event are distributed to beneficiaries chosen by Tennis Serves Others members in an annual vote. This year, the TSO Grand Gala and Tournament was a huge success thanks to our sponsors and generous members who donate their time and money to ensure that a great time is had by all.
Blue Marble Cocktails had a presence and served their delicious, ultra-premium ready-to-drink cocktails for attendees to enjoy. With the help of sponsors like Blue Marble Cocktails, Tennis Serves Others raised over $35,000, benefiting the Good Shepherd Shelter - housing abused women and their children, Caterina’s Club – feeding and educating hungry children, and the TSO GiveBack program – supporting youth tennis programs in low-income areas and providing basic living necessities to orphans around the world.
In this grand event’s third year at Laguna Niguel Racquet Club in Southern California, the 80-person tournament occurred on Saturday, April 13th, and participants enjoyed the fancy-dress gala on the Friday evening prior to the tournament. Attendees put on their dancing shoes, exercised their auction bidding arms, and heard the moving stories of lives that they and Tennis Serves Others will support with the fundraising proceeds.
Danyelle Rabine, Co-founder and EVP of Blue Marble Cocktails said, “It’s great that we are among a select few businesses involved in this charitable event; we hope that we can inspire more businesses to be involved in helping out fellow citizens on our blue marble.”
Tennis Serves Others is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that unites tennis ladies to organize and promote charitable activities benefiting needy individuals, groups or other non-profits in our local communities and throughout the world. Through TSO GiveBack, Round Robins, Service Projects, the Annual Grand Gala & Tournament , Tennis Supplies Others, and our Tennis Soles for Others programs, we perform different acts of community service that affect change and allow us to work toward transforming our local and international communities.
For more information on the Tennis Serves Others, visit Tennis Serves Others.
The YPCI Charity Golf Outing at Eagle Creek Golf Course was on May 31st. It was a great time networking with new friends while giving back to the community as YPCI raised funds for the Hawthorne Community Center. This is the largest young professional golf outing in the state of Indiana. With sponsors on every hole to interact with over 100 players were out to enjoy the event.
Through fundraising and the raffling off over $1200 worth of prizes YPCI was able to raise over $2,000 for Gleaners Food Bank in 2018. This year YPCI had an even larger dollar goal to raise money for a deserving charity on the west side of Indianapolis. They sold mulligans, string, and raffle tickets to help surpass the goal of $5,000 in charitable donations.
Blue Marble Cocktails was on the green serving its delicious cocktails featuring the flavors of: Cosmo, Bloody Mary, Marble-Rita, and Moscow Mule. Alan Miller, fellow Hoosier and founder of Blue Marble Cocktails said, “It is an honor to be able to give back and be involved in these local community events. YPCI was a great turnout of incredible people. To be able to raise funds for this deserving charity in Indiana feels good and is just one way we try to give back to the blue marble.”
It all started when a group of YPs back in 2000 had a vision to connect professionals and promote the value of networking at an earlier point in one’s career. Back then, there were around 30 members. A year later, the group officially took on the name “YPCI” and quickly grew to over 100 members. YPCI is all about helping create the brightest business future for central Indiana as possible. This is best accomplished through fostering positive business relationships and professional opportunities as young professionals. For more information visit YPCI.
The mission of the Hawthorne Community Center is to provide or facilitate services and programs that meet the economic, educational, financial, social, recreational and civic needs of the entire Hawthorne Community. The Hawthorne Community is located between Downtown Indianapolis and Speedway. For more information visit Hawthorne Center.
The EatingWell & Health Fit Foodie Festival & 5K, the most delicious run and fitness festival ever, benefitting No Kid Hungry®, announces dates and registration for its 2019 series.
The Festival & 5K, and an additional 10K in Denver, brings the EatingWell and Health brands to life at the most delicious run and fitness festival. In 2019, the Fit Foodie heads to Austin (Round Rock), Texas on June 1; Denver Metro, Colorado on August 3; and San Diego, California on October 12. At all of these locations you can find delicious, all-natural Blue Marble Cocktails.
The Fit Foodie Festival & 5K celebrates the balance of a delicious, healthy and active lifestyle as participants eat their way to the finish line with bites along the course, and then celebrate with Blue Marble Cocktails at the post-run Food and Fitness Festival.
At the Food and Fitness Festival, participants are rewarded for making healthy choices with tastes from some of today’s hottest and emerging health and wellness brands, the EatingWell & Health Wellness Pavilion, local restaurants, beer garden, mini-workout classes, cooking demonstrations, and more.
The Fit Foodie Festival & 5K benefits No Kid Hungry, a campaign of the national anti-hunger organization Share Our Strength. Runners can form a team and fundraise in an effort to support No Kid Hungry’s mission to end child hunger in America.
Danyelle Rabine, co-founder and EVP, stated, “We are so proud to be a part of this incredible event. Blue Marble Cocktails has a mission to give back and the Fit Foodie Festival & 5K has such a great mission that truly benefits the people of our Blue Marble. We are honored and excited for all the upcoming dates.”
The EatingWell & Health Fit Foodie Festival & 5K, the most delicious run ever, is the ultimate celebration of food, fitness and fun. In 2019, the series will be held in Austin (Round Rock), Texas (June 1); Fairfax, VA (June 22); Denver Metro, CO (August 3); and San Diego, CA (October 12). The Fit Foodie Festival & 5K celebrates the balance of delicious, healthy food and a fun, active lifestyle as runners eat way their way to the finish line with bites along the course, then celebrate at the post-run Food and Fitness Festival. The post-run Festival features bites from local restaurants, beer garden, mini-workout classes, cooking demonstrations, and more. For more information, visit www.fitfoodierun.com.
No child should go hungry in America, but 1 in 6 kids will face hunger this year. Using proven, practical solutions, No Kid Hungry is ending childhood hunger today by ensuring that kids start the day with a nutritious breakfast, eat healthy summer meals, and families learn the skills they need to shop and cook on a budget. When we all work together, we can make sure kids get the healthy food they need. No Kid Hungry is a campaign of the national anti-hunger organization Share Our Strength. For more information, visit NoKidHungry.org.
In 2009 a small group set out to tear down the walls between consumers and the innovative brands that make up the life’s blood of the spirits industry. They saw a marketplace suffocated by antiquated status-quo and insider-dominated accolades. By cutting out the middleman, they sought to bring the spirits to the people. Enter the Spirits International Prestige (SIP) Awards; the only international spirits competition judged by consumers. One of the product consumers are missing out on is Blue Marble Cocktails. Blue Marble Cocktails walked away with one of SIP Awards coveted medals for their Mojito. Blue Marble’s Mojito is made with ultra-premium rum mixed with all-natural lime juice, and a hint of mint. The judges clearly agreed that this cocktail needs to be tried.
Alan Miller, founder and CEO of Blue Marble stated, “Our Mojito is the impeccable mix ultra-premium rum mixed with all-natural lime juice, and a hint of mint. It is perfect for the beach, by the pool, at a resort, the possibilities are endless. Some of the biggest companies, hotels, and arenas in the world serve our mojito. Myself and the Blue Marble team could not be more proud.”
“We started the SIP Awards because we believe that spirits should be judged by those who enjoy them, and not just by those who have a vested interest or bias in selling them” - SIP Awards Founder & CEO Paul Hashemi.
The SIP Awards 146 judges are selected to ensure demographic diversity and screened for any potential spirit brand affiliation. A proprietary algorithm is used to mitigate any palate inconsistencies. The results for the amazing diversity of entries, ranging anywhere from $2 a bottle to $1,600 a bottle, are judged specifically by industry outsiders and one of those brands was Blue Marble Cocktails.
“It’s a way for brands to test the market without breaking the bank. Accolades like those handed out at the SIP Awards signify to consumers what they are missing out on; The first thing consumers do when the results are announced is look up the winners and search out the products they haven’t tried. It’s really a win-win on both sides”- Industry Insider George Manska, Founder of Neat Glass.
The SIP Awards have uniquely positioned themselves in an exploding spirits industry as the preeminent path for brands to reach their target consumers to get effective brand exposure, along with real, unbiased feedback from those who will be making the ultimate votes with their wallets; the consumers. As the only blind tasting competition of its kind, the SIP Awards offers a fair platform for top brands to showcase their products to their most discerning audience.
For a complete list of the SIP Awards categories, winners, photos, venue partnerships and event info, visit: SIP Awards
The 3rd Annual Veteran's Memorial Tennis Tournament is a nationally recognized Open Tennis Tournament, one of the most prestigious of its kind in the nation.
This elite event is run in combination by the Orange County Grand Prix and Newport Beach Tennis Club and benefits the Wounded Warrior Project. The tournament includes 3.0- Open Play in Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Divisions. The Men’s Open Doubles Championship is dedicated to TONY PRODAN, an Orange County Tennis Hall of fame inductee. Prodan was one of the most respected tennis professionals and directors of his time. Tony passed away in 2012, yet his memory lives on.
The Men's Doubles draw includes many of the top ranked players in the West, with some players currently or previously ranked in the top 50 of the world. Prize Money for the Open Men's Doubles is $10,000.00. Major donors of the tournament are Wells Fargo Advisors & Hittelman Strunk Law Group.
Blue Marble Cocktails was one of the companies on site proudly sponsoring and supporting this amazing cause. Danyelle Rabine, EVP and co-founder of Blue Marble cocktails stated, “We are so happy to give back in the local community where we live. I love tennis and the entire Blue Marble Cocktails team are active individuals. This was a perfect event to be apart of, give back, as well as have people try our delicious, ultra-premium cocktails.”
2019 Stuttgart International Spirits Competition (Stuttgart ISC) has just wrapped up, and the results are in! The Stuttgart International Spirits Competition is an opportunity for international brands to position their spirits in front of the most distinguished professionals in the industry. Combining the expertise of a judging panel from the United States and Europe, both old-guard Mixologists and some of the newest millennial tastemakers, this competition gives international brands the opportunity to showcase their products and gain significant recognition among both experienced spirits enthusiasts as well as millennials just entering the spirits scene.
Held in the beautiful City of Stuttgart, Germany, distilleries who win over the palates of some of the most discerning tastemakers in the industry will then have an opportunity to showcase their winning evaluations with the marketing of their spirits. After two days of blind tastings, judges evaluated the merits of each spirit entered and determined which submissions are worthy of medallions. Blue Marble Cocktails Marble-Rita was awarded the coveted gold medal.
Alan Miller Founder and CEO of Blue Marble Cocktails stated, “Winning this prestigious gold medal shows once again we are giving the consumer exactly what they want: an all-natural, ultra-premium, and award winning ready to drink cocktail.”