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Back to back determination for the Leukemia Foundation

Author: Hoshizaki Lancer / Published Date: 29 November 2012

Categories: U.G.L.Y. Bartender of the Year

Even though the U.G.L.Y. Bartender of the Year competition is over for 2012, we are excited to continue particular congratulations to Cooyar Hotel's very own reigning QLD U.G.L.Y. Bartender of the Year for both 2011 and 2012 - Karyn Williamson.

Cooyar, situated just two hours from Brisbane, is well known for its annual rodeo, camp draft, agricultural show and trail bike ride. Amongst these noteworthy local area happenings, the Cooyar Hotel has the reputation for being one of the friendliest pubs in Australia. Karyn's efforts are testament to the wider spread generosity and true kindness of the Cooyar locals.

As a major sponsor of the U.G.L.Y.Bartender competition,we are delighted to award Karyn and the Cooyar Hotel crew their very own Hoshizaki ice machine worth up to $7,5000! Hoshizaki ice machines create the world's best ice, and we hope Cooyar can now enjoy it too!

The IM240DME-21 on a LA200 Bin, produces and holds a whopping 217kg of exceptionally hard crystal clear cubes of ice per day. You can read a bit more about the exact ice machine specifications here.

Karyn managed to raise a whopping $15,000 for the Leukemia Foundation - we would like to thank Karen for her ongoing determination!

Read the full list of winners here.

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Congratulations to our 2012 U.G.L.Y. Bartenders!

Author: Hoshizaki Lancer / Published Date: 21 November 2012

Categories: Ice Machines, U.G.L.Y. Bartender of the Year

UGLY Bartender of the year logo 2012

Behold, the U.G.L.Y. Bartender of the Year winners for 2012!

This spectacular annual bar-tending event by the Leukaemia Foundation raises money to fund blood cancer research and support patients and their families affected by leukemia, lymphoma or myeloma diagnosis.

This year, bartenders all around Australia raised a total of $1,167,982 to help Australian families impacted by blood cancer, just by taking part in the fundraiser.

They did this by getting their local pubs behind the action, organizing auctions and quirky fundraising events, as well as selling awesomely exclusive U.G.L.Y. branded merchandise.

As a major sponsor of the U.G.L.Y. competition, we are delighted to award each of the above winners' venues with one of our Hoshizaki ice machines worth $7,500!

Let's take a look at the superb efforts made by each state and the winners of the 2012 U.G.L.Y. Bartender of the Year for each state (in no particular order)

  • Western Australian participants raised $164,920 and Lauren Shannon from The Pier Hotel raised $18,508
  • Tasmania raised $71,041. The highest participant, Jodie Hall (owner) from Kendals Hotel raised $16,220
  • Northern Territory raised $203,554. Belinda Marshall (owner) from Emerald Spring Roadhouse raised $60,336 and was the highest fundraising participant for 2012! Go Belinda!
  • South Australian participants raised $205,143. The highest participant, Hayley Harvey from Royal Oak Hotel in Clarendon raised $12,111
  • Victorian participants raised $107,709. The highest participant, Barney Spiers (owner) of Shamrock Hotel raised $12,111
  • New South Wales participants raised $181,881. The highest participant, Madeline Evans from Royal Hotel Moree raised $10,724
  • Also to recap on their earlier competition, Queensland participants raised $227,810. The highest participant, Karyn Williamson from the Cooyar Hotel raised $15,000.

As you can probably tell we are very much honored to be a sponsor of this event. We are eagerly anticipating the delivery and installation of each Hoshizaki ice machine to all the winning bartender's pubs very soon.

This competition also has major significance to Hoshizaki Lancer, as in April of 2012 we farewelled our New Zealand Manager – Michael Abraham – who lost his battle with cancer. The inaugural Michael Abraham Memorial Trophy is awarded to the highest overall fundraiser of the competition, who this year is Belinda Marshall from NT. We wish to congratulate Belinda on a truly outstanding effort for this competition.

So a massive high-five to all the bartenders who actively engaged with their local community to produce outstanding results that ultimately have the power to change someone's life.

Read about Hoshizaki Lancer's sponsorship of 2012 U.G.L.Y. Bartender of the Year

Read more about our range of Hoshizaki Ice Machines

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Keeping the fizz with a soft drink dispenser

Author: Lancer Beverage / Published Date: 16 November 2012

Categories: Soft Drink Systems

What's the best thing about sipping on an ice-cold soft drink? The fizz!

It might be that some outlets have an option for both packaged or post mix soft drink so let's have a look at some reasons to go down the soft drink dispenser path:

  • Great fizz, every time you've seen what happens when you open up a shaken bottle or can. This can happen as a result of everyday handling, or just being shaken up in transport. Whilst it can be funny seeing someone open one - our bet is you didn't finish a flat soft drink you started?
  • Hygienic this is a main driver for any food, beverage and hospitality operator. Some even offer individually wrapped straws to guarantee nothing has come into contact with what customers will ultimately consume!
  • Fresh taste the way that the soft drink dispensers work is a syrup is mixed with carbon dioxide and water to create an amazingly airy beverage (rjsodas.blogspot.com.au, 2012). Despite the ingredients being virtually the same from a can or bottle, we think the ratio is much crisper and generates a bit more freshness because they are being mixed and chilled right in front of your eyes!
  • Waste reduction recycling bottles and cans is certainly the way to go - but the beauty of this type of beverage system is potentially a dramatic reduction in waste if you aren't demanding more bottles being produced to begin with.

The best way to ensure a consistent and quality drink is with a soft drink dispenser… no-one likes flat soft drink!

You can read more about our Soft Drink Dispenser solutions here including the Slimline Towers (pictured) as well as some of the venues that are using them via our Case Studies.

This article was inspired by a post by rjsodas.blogspot.com.au

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