BevSource: Revolutionizing The World of Premium Cocktails, One Can at a Time

BevSource: Revolutionizing The World of Premium Cocktails, One Can at a Time

Revolutionizing The World of Premium Cocktails, One Can at a Time

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BevSource – June 12, 2020

A part of our Beverage Business Breakthrough Series, featuring stories, advice, and insights from beverage entrepreneurs who’ve broken down barriers to reach remarkable goals.

Imagine building a line of ready-to-drink cocktails, hard seltzers, spirits, a co-packing manufacturing business from the ground up, getting the largest distributor in the world to carry your products, and winning countless gold medals, including “World’s Best Pre-Mixed Cocktail.” Now picture accomplishing all of that with no prior beverage industry experience. Alan Miller, Founder, and Danyelle Rabine, Co-founder of Blue Marble Cocktails and Blue Marble Productions, are proof that passion for your product and smart business practices can turn obstacles into beverage building opportunities.

In Search of a Better Cocktail

A successful entrepreneur in the medical technology space, Miller’s journey into the beverage industry started when he couldn’t find a flavorful ready-to-drink cocktail.

“Danyelle and I just wanted a great-tasting cocktail we could easily serve to our friends on our boat,” says Miller. “We couldn’t find anything that wasn’t watered down, loaded with sugar, or poorly packaged.”

For Miller and Rabine, the gap in convenient cocktail options signaled an opportunity worth investigating. They spent a year researching the market to learn what it would take to be successful. They met with flavor houses and co-packers and worked on costing and business models. As they learned more about the intricacies of the beverage industry, they quickly realized what they needed to do to launch a successful product.

“The vision behind Blue Marble is to be a company that stands out with premium, all-natural ingredients, and superior products that help make the world a better place through our “keep the blue marble blue” donation program,” says Miller.

Beginning with The End in Mind

With the vision in place, Miller set out to gather his team and get investors. While looking for the right investors Miller invested himself personally and still owns nearly 68% of the company’s stock. Having skin in the game was one of the most important considerations he has for success. From his success in his previous businesses, he knew he needed people with established relationships for distribution and on-premise and off-premise sales. He also needed an exit strategy. It may seem counterintuitive to think about exiting when you’re just starting, but Miller explains why it’s essential for success.

“Having an exit strategy is like plugging in the address of your destination before you leave on a trip,” he says. “Once you know where you’re going, you can estimate how long it will take and measure how decisions will impact your journey.”

Miller has been open about his plan to build Blue Marble nationally and eventually position it for a buyout to expand globally.

Blue Marble curated a staff of industry experts with backgrounds in areas like product development, ingredient procurement, and distribution, as well as leaders from outside the beverage world who could bring in a fresh perspective.

“I don’t care about what’s been done in the past unless it’s applied to what consumers want now,” says Miller, who worked with his in-house PhD and Purdue University to formulate cocktails with ingredients like real lime concentrate. “We knew that with enough passion, talent, and bandwidth, we could navigate the challenges and end up with a dynamite product. And we wouldn’t settle for anything less.”

If You Can’t Find It, Build It

With distribution contracts in place from day one, the biggest challenge Blue Marble faced early-on was finding a facility with the quality standards and capacity to produce the product. When Miller reached out to find co-packers who could package his eight flavors into 200ml cans, he realized that the manufacturing partner he needed might not exist.

“The facilities I reached out to couldn’t do what we needed without a substantial upfront investment in building a new line,” says Miller. “There were canning lines for low-volume production, and there was high-volume capacity, running 1,000 cans per minute for companies like Molson Coors. There really wasn’t anything in between.”

So, Miller set out to build out a canning line in 60 days. He went to Pack Expo and bought machines and materials off the show floor. Blue Marble Productions started small with a 35,000 square foot facility producing 600 cases on a “big” day. But soon, they began receiving requests from other companies for 200ml – 355 ml cans. They upgraded the line and can now produce 350 cans per minute with the flexibility to easily switch between can-type and end-packaging.

“Consumers are changing,” says Miller. “It’s not just Coke and Pepsi in the running. This is the era of craft beverages and cocktails. Companies need more options to meet demand efficiently.”

Canning Gets an Upgrade

Starting a manufacturing company wasn’t originally in the plans. Still, Miller quickly saw the opportunity to bring his background producing medical-grade lasers to create a highly-technical and extremely flexible beverage manufacturing facility.

In addition to incorporating world-class practices in traceability, quality assurance, regulatory compliance, and accounting, Blue Marble Productions uses automation to advance beverage manufacturing innovation.

“We’ve gone outside the industry to look at robots, lasers, high-speed cameras, and other technology to improve efficiency and maximize output and quality,” says Miller. “We’re looking at everything to see how we can do it better with more flexibility and less cost.”

The company is also helping brands become more sustainable by reducing waste and introducing non-plastic packaging options like biodegradable, edible trays, and cornstarch wrap.

Blue Marble Productions is already producing for some of the top beverage companies in the world and bringing more processes in-house every day. From managing ingredients and packaging to label design, the ultimate goal is to make premium products more affordable by offering one-stop beverage production.

“I see Blue Marble Productions as a place where Google meets canning,” says Miller. “We have a top-of-the-line facility and a fun environment. We offer premium wages and creative incentives like corn-hole, go-kart racing, and tastings. Even as a relatively small company, we’re attracting top talent.”

What’s Next for Blue Marble

For Miller, it’s all about expansion. The new Blue Marble Productions facility (opening this summer) is 181,000 square feet and has enough room to house six complete lines including can sleeving, pasteurization, in-house batching, in-house laboratory testing, and 3PL services. Blue Marble is already canning alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages including sparkling/still water, energy drinks, kombuchas, spiked/hard seltzers, and of course, ready-to-drink cocktails. “We want to offer turnkey services to our co-packing clients including private labeling so we can lower their overall cost and give them more of a competitive pricing strategy to their distributors/retailers and ultimately the consumer. If we can help them be successful it means we are more successful,” says Miller. He’s excited about growing Blue Marble’s line of premium products, advancing its support of global conservation and environmental initiatives, and inspiring others.

Blue Marble’s line of beverages has already been expanded to include nine RTDs, four vodka-based hard seltzers, and their own ultra-premium vodka.

“With the onset of COVID-19 we have been approached by restaurants, bars, and more on-premise businesses like arenas, and golf courses, seeking a solution for no-touch or one-touch cocktail service for their patrons.

I am passionate about learning everything I can to advance the brand and our mission,” says Miller. “I want to use what I know and learn to help others succeed. So many people have helped me on my journey, and I am always looking for ways to pay it forward.”

As for advice for aspiring beverage entrepreneurs-Miller says it’s all about passion. “Be fully immersed in whatever you do and make sure you plan on having at least double the money for whatever is in your business plan,” Miller says. “There are no quick wins, but if you believe in what you’re doing and are passionate about it, that will carry you through.”

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Spoon University "Enjoy Virtual Happy Hour With Blue Marble's Pre-Mixed Cocktails" story

Spoon University "Enjoy Virtual Happy Hour With Blue Marble's Pre-Mixed Cocktails" story

Enjoy Virtual Happy Hour With Blue Marble's Pre-Mixed Cocktails

Spoon University – May 30, 2020

By Casey Clark

Raise your hand if you miss going to the bar on a Friday night? Well if you did, then you’re not alone. This quarantine has many people, myself included, missing their weekly social activities. As a way to maintain a sense of normalcy during this crazy time, more people are turning to ‘virtual happy hours’ to socialize and enjoy their favorite cocktails. While that sounds fun, making cocktails can be messy and time consuming, but Blue Marble is here to help.

Blue Marble's Pre-Made Cocktails

Blue Marble offers nine all-natural cocktails and four spiked seltzer flavors. Blue Marble’s drinks come pre-mixed, so there is not need to worry about not having all of the ingredients or making a mess in your tiny apartment or dorm room. The cocktails are made with natural juices, handmade sweet syrups and premium spirits distilled in-house. At 15 percent ABV, Blue Marble’s cocktails make it easier than ever to let loose and relax.

Blue Marble Cocktail Offerings:

Spiked Seltzers: Tropical Retreat, Pure Love, Citrus Joy, Berry Bliss

Marble-rita: Ultra-Premium Tequila, Handcrafted Triple Sec, and All-Natural Lime Juice

Moscow Mule: Ultra-Premium Vodka, Ginger Beer, All-Natural Lime Juice

Greyhound: Made with Ultra-Premium Vodka, and All-Natural Grapefruit Juice

Cosmo: Ultra-Premium Vodka, Handcrafted Triple Sec, All-Natural Cranberry Juice, All-Natural Lime Juice

Mojito: Ultra-Premium Rum, Natural Mint Flavor, and All-Natural Lime Juice

Coconut Island: Ultra-Premium Rum, All-Natural Pineapple Juice, All-Natural Lime Juice, All-Natural Coconut

Bloody Mary: Ultra-Premium Vodka All-Natural Tomato Juice, and All-Natural Spices

Screwdriver: Ultra-Premium Vodka, and All-Natural Orange Juice

Vodka Soda: Ultra-Premium Vodka, All-Natural Lime Juice, and Soda Water

Where To Buy Blue Marble's Pre-Made Cocktails

To find out where Blue Marble’s pre-mixed cocktails are available near you, check out product locator. Stay connected with Blue Marble by following the brand on Facebook and Instagram.

Please remember to drink responsibly.

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Forbes gives an inside look to how Blue Marble created nine ready-to-drink cocktail.

Forbes gives an inside look to how Blue Marble created nine ready-to-drink cocktail.

Forbes gives an inside look to how Blue Marble created nine ready-to-drink cocktails.

Forbes photo of Blue Marble cocktails

Forbes – May 5, 2020

By Katie Chang

I love cocktails, but there’s a big difference between bouncing over to The Commodore (my local watering hole) to knock back a few – and attempting to recreate that experience while sheltering at home during COVID-19.

 

For starters: I’m a lazy drinker. While I appreciate the boom of DIY cocktail content – and as much as I miss having a freshly-made libation in front of my face – I have zero interest in putting together an elaborate bar setup in my apartment. Not only is it time-consuming, it’s expensive. (And doesn’t spending excessive cash at the moment ring a little tone deaf?) Also, I’ve never been a fan of fussy drinks (or food, for that matter). While potent potables involving far-flung ingredients, rare spirits, and esoteric techniques have their staunch supporters, I’m not among them. So, after weeks of drinking cheap and readily available red wine and canned beer at home, I started craving something more – but something simple and straightforward, too.

Co-founded in 2015 by Alan Miller and Danyelle Rabine, Blue Marble specializes in premium, pre-mixed cocktails at a wallet-friendly price. Though the category is especially flourishing right now (thanks to the hard seltzer craze), the company has quietly been doing things the right way from the beginning. “Danyelle and I started Blue Marble because we wanted an all-natural, ready-to-drink cocktail that wasn’t watered down, but couldn’t find it anywhere,” explains Miller. 

It all begins with ingredients. Blue Marble cocktails are made with just three things: natural fruit juices, handmade syrups to sweeten, and quality spirits made in-house. In addition: the brand’s vodka – which is distilled a whopping ten times for a super-smooth finish – and gin are also available for purchase. The company’s hard seltzers, too, leave the competition in the dust by using its own vodka (rather than a malt base), and clocking in at just 95 calories per serving.

To dispel the myth that ready-made drinks don’t deliver the same punch as just-made ones, every cocktail contains 15% alcohol by volume. Just open, and pour over ice. But while Blue Marble endorses having a good time, it’s also acutely aware of the business it’s in. “Because we’re an alcohol company, promoting responsible drinking is extremely important to us,” says Miller.

As for the flavors, there’s nine of them, with a focus on the classic and tried-and-true. Marble-rita is Blue Marble’s spin on the margarita, while vodka fans have plenty to flip for, including a Moscow Mule, Cosmo, and Bloody Mary. And the rum-based mojito and Coconut Island will have you drifting off to a sunny, tropical destination after a single sip. Though the 200 milliliter cans are convenient if you’re drinking at home solo these days, they’ll come in just as handy when everyone’s out and about again (think tailgates, pools, even planes).

But most important: how do they taste? “As many companies looked to improve margins, we looked to give consumers an experience: the ‘wow’ factor,” says Miller. “When we compete in taste tests against other brands, participants always ask about what we use to set us apart. We truly believe that tasting is believing.” Need more proof? Then look no further than Blue Marble’s best-selling Bloody Mary, which was voted the World’s Best Ready to Drink Cocktail at the 2019 World Premix Awards in London.

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SUNSET International Spirits Competition 2019

SUNSET International Spirits Competition 2019

SUNSET International Spirits Competition 2019

Moscow Mule Sunset award

Los Angeles, CA – November 27, 2019

Sunset Magazine was pleased to officially announce the results of the 2019 SUNSET International Spirits Competition, produced by Wine and Spirits Competition Management & Production.  SUNSET is the leading media brand of the Western lifestyle. Sunseta’s International Sprita’s Competition makes its winning spirits part of the most influential spirit program in the country. Its judges are some of the most experienced professionals in the country, including many Master Sommeliers, Buyers and Media. An esteemed panel of top tier judges’ asses the entries and awarded gold medals.

One of the Gold medals was awarded to Blue Marble for their Moscow Mule in their Blue Marble Cocktails line. Alan Miller CEO and Founder of Blue Marble stated, “Every time we win another medal it feels just as incredible as the first time we won one. This medal from Sunset International Spirits Competition is no different. It brings myself and the entire Blue Marble Team great joy to know all of the hard work day in and day out and caring about every single ingredient that is going into our recyclable can is being recognized. Thank you for this honor.”

All winners will be posted on Sunseta’s website, thedatastill.com and winecompetitions.com

About Sunset Magazine:

SUNSET magazine is committed to promoting its winners in ways that no other competition can. The SUNSET International Spirits Competition remains a tour de force with winners gaining top level exposure through its magazine. Be sure to look for the Jan. / Feb. 2020 issue of SUNSET magazine as it showcases this yeara’s winners!

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BLUE MARBLE TAKES OVER TV'S NATIONWIDE

BLUE MARBLE TAKES OVER TV'S NATIONWIDE

BLUE MARBLE TAKES OVER TV'S NATIONWIDE

American Sitcom Modern Family

Los Angeles, CA – November 12, 2019

Blue Marble Cocktails was recently spotted on the incredible American Sitcom Modern Family. The hit TV show first aired in 2009 and is now on its 11th and final season. Season 11 is where Blue Marble Cocktails in seen with main actor Ty Burrell.

Alan Miller, CEO and founder of Blue Marble said, “This is such an amazing time for Blue Marble and this is definitely the icing on the cake. To see the product, Blue Marble Cocktails, that myself and my family put so much into on Modern Family is a surreal moment for our family business. There has been so much passion and hard work put into everything we do and so much more is coming that we cannot wait to share.”

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CHAMPION OF THE YEAR GALA

CHAMPION OF THE YEAR GALA

BLUE MARBLE TAKES OVER TV'S NATIONWIDE

CHAMPION OF THE YEAR GALA

Las Vegas, NV – November 9, 2019
6 PM – 10 PM
Caesars Palace, Augustus Ballroom


Champion of the Year is an annual fundraising competition organized by the Best Buddies staff, Event Committee and Advisory Board, featuring a select group of individuals, professionals and community leaders prominent in the community. These philanthropic trailblazers compete to raise the most funds for Best Buddies and earn the ultimate title of Champion of the Year.

By reaching out to the community to raise funds and spread awareness, candidates champion for Best Buddies, our mission, and people with intellectual and developmental disabilities throughout.
Following the twelve-week campaign, Best Buddies will recognize the candidate who has raised the largest amount in donations at the annual Champion of the Year Gala. By definition, that candidate will have surpassed all rivals in the competition; and therefore, becomes a champion. He or she will aptly receive the title of Champion of the Year! Blue Marble Cocktails will be a part of this incredible charity event.

Alan Miller, CEO and Founder of Blue Marble stated, “We are a family owned and operated business so with that we love to be involved in our local communities. Las Vegas has been so welcoming to us, so it is our honor to give back to a cause that means so much to Las Vegas. Our biggest hope is to inspire other individuals to get involved in their local communities. No matter how big or small involvement can be it all helps.”

About Best Buddies:
Best Buddies International is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to establishing a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

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INTREPID MUSEUM IS THE PLACE TO EXPERIENCE BLUE MARBLE

INTREPID MUSEUM IS THE PLACE TO EXPERIENCE BLUE MARBLE

INTREPID MUSEUM IS THE PLACE TO EXPERIENCE BLUE MARBLE

New York City, New York – October 20, 2019

Welcoming over one million visitors a year, Intrepid Museum includes the Space Shuttle Pavilion, home to Enterprise, the world’s first space shuttle that paved the way for America’s successful Space Shuttle Program. Also, on display are 28 authentically restored aircraft, including the Lockheed A-12, the world’s fastest military jet and spy plane, and the British Airways Concorde, the fastest commercial aircraft to ever cross the Atlantic Ocean. Rounding out the Museum are the submarine Growler, the only American diesel-powered strategic missile submarine open to the public, an 18,000 sq. ft. education center, Pier 86, a publicly accessible pier that is part of the Hudson River Park Trust, and the Exploreum, an interactive hall focused on themes of water, space, air and life at sea. Now, you can experience all of these amazing pieces of history while enjoying Blue Marble Cocktails.

The mission of the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is to promote the awareness and understanding of history, science and service through its collections, exhibitions and programming in order to honor our heroes, educate the public and inspire our youth. Alan Miller, CEO and Founder of Blue Marble Cocktails said, “It is an honor to be served at such an incredible site with historic blue marble moments in time. To be included in this incredible venue really is a testament to the quality of Blue Marble. We are honored to be seeing it all come to life on October 25th.”

On October 25th, guests can enjoy Blue Marble Cocktails on Hangar 4, as well as celebrate Halloween with a special Astronomy Night, and learn about the spookiest planets in the universe from American Museum of Natural History senior scientist Jackie Faherty. Following the talk, enjoy stargazing on the flight deck (weather permitting).

INTREPID MUSEUM

About Intrepid Museum:
The Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum is a non-profit, educational institution featuring the legendary aircraft carrier Intrepid, the space shuttle Enterprise, the world’s fastest jets and a guided missile submarine. Through exhibitions, educational programming and the foremost collection of technologically groundbreaking aircraft and vessels, visitors of all ages and abilities are taken on an interactive journey through history to learn about American innovation and bravery.

The Intrepid Museum was founded in 1982 with the acquisition of the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid, now a National Historic Landmark, which served tours of duty in World War II and the Vietnam War, and was a recovery vessel for the Gemini and Mercury space missions.

Free Fridays (overview): Beginning April 26, the Intrepid Museum will open its doors select Friday nights for FREE from 5:00pm–9:00pm! Explore the Museum and enjoy a variety of free after-hours programming including lively conversations, exciting performances, telescopes for viewing the night sky and movie nights on the flight deck!

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ILENE JOY, BLUE MARBLE COCKTAILS, AND TESSA HILTON CELEBRATE SUMMER IN THE HAMPTONS WITH A COCKTAIL PARTY TO BENEFIT CHARITY PARTNER, ANIMAL HAVEN

ILENE JOY, BLUE MARBLE COCKTAILS, AND TESSA HILTON CELEBRATE SUMMER IN THE HAMPTONS WITH A COCKTAIL PARTY TO BENEFIT CHARITY PARTNER, ANIMAL HAVEN

ILENE JOY, BLUE MARBLE COCKTAILS, AND TESSA HILTON CELEBRATE SUMMER IN THE HAMPTONS WITH A COCKTAIL PARTY TO BENEFIT CHARITY PARTNER, ANIMAL HAVEN

ilene joy

Montauk, New York

Ilene Joy and Blue Marble Cocktails celebrated summer in The Hamptons with cocktails and canapes in support of charity partner, Animal Haven. The event kicked off the weeklong Ilene Joy pop-up shop at Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa. The cocktail party highlighted Blue Marble Cocktails and Ilene Joy’s fine jewelry collections and showcased the one-of-a-kind high jewelry pieces in a silent auction. The silent auction included bespoke pieces such as Zoe Kravitz’ wedding earrings and other pieces of note. A portion of all proceeds from the cocktail event and pop-up was donated back to Animal Haven. HUMANMOSAIC, DJ duo Barron and Tessa Hilton, performed as well as Pamela Tick. Blue Marble Cocktails were served along with light bites by Gurney’s Montauk Resort & Seawater Spa and guests were flown in by Fly Foxtrot.

The event was attended by jewelry designers Ilene Joy and Rae Scheer, alongside co-host Tessa Hilton as well as Jane Krakowski, Kate Bock, Daphne Groeneveld, Megan Williams, Flaviana Matata, Barron Hilton, Pamela Tick, Marina Ingvarsson and Allie Rizzo, and amongst others.

Barron Hilton, VP of Brand Strategy stated, “Collaborating with different charities while getting the word out about Blue Marble is probably one of the most rewarding parts of this job. Last night we celebrated on the beach in support of our charity partners, Animal Haven, a non-profit organization very near and dear to my heart. This amazing charity aids in finding homes for animals that are either abused, abandoned or that have lost their homes to natural disasters. Witnessing this event come full circle was really something. It was a great turnout, and everyone loved Blue Marble. The Moscow-Mule was the hit of the night!”

ABOUT ILENE JOY FINE JEWELRY

Founded by seasoned jewelry designer Ilene Joy and her daughter, Rae Scheer, Ilene Joy is a fine jewelry brand focused on pushing the boundaries of tradition. Ilene’s collections speak to the bold, authoritative woman who is not afraid of expressing her true inner nature and celebrating the rebel within. Ilene and Rae teamed up with friend of the brand, actress and model Poppy Delevingne to star in their first campaign and formally kick off the brand launch on February 5 2019 in NYC. In the short time since, Ilene Joy has gained a cult following of celebrities and fashion heavyweights including Sienna Miller, Gigi Hadid, Jennifer Lawrence, Zoë Kravitz, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Christina Hendricks, Jane Krakowski, Miranda Lambert, Kat Graham, Louise Roe, Harley Viera Newton, Lauren Santo Domingo, Tabitha Simmons, Delilah Belle Hamlin, Josie Canseco, Leigh Lezark, Natasha Lyonne, Erin Foster, Alisia Boe, Marianne Rendon, Tessa Gräfin von Walderdorff Hilton, Afiya Bennett, Natalie Joos, Elizabeth Saltzman Walker, Erin Walsh, Joy Corrigan, Liz Turner, Zaina Gohou, Maria Hatzistefanis and Fabiola Beracasa. Every piece of Ilene Joy jewelry is handmade locally in New York City by her master jeweler and small team of artisans. Nothing is machine-manufactured and one-of-a-kind pieces take center stage.

ABOUT ANIMAL HAVEN:

Animal Haven works is a nonprofit animal rescue that works within New York City and Tri-State communities to find homes for abandoned dogs and cats. Our Rehabilitation & Training Program provides behavior intervention and our Community Engagement Program focuses on the human-animal bond, striving to keep people and their pets together. Founded in 1967, we operate a state-of-the-art animal rescue and adoption center in Manhattan’s Soho neighborhood.

ABOUT HUMANMOSAIC:

HUMANMOSAIC is a DJ duo comprised of husband and wife, Barron and Tessa Hilton. Tessa has been DJing a little over six years, delving deep into the underground sounds of techno and house while living in Berlin. Tessa and Barron both like to find ways to create a story through their sets. With Tessa graduating from Barron College with a degree in literature and Barron graduating from Loyola Marymount University with a degree in Film Production, they approach each set through a narrator’s voice, creating a journey for their listeners from beginning to end. Barron has always had a fascination with film scores, which he implements into his sets with the use of ambient and experimental tones.

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“ROCKIN BLUES” WITH BLUE MARBLE

“ROCKIN BLUES” WITH BLUE MARBLE

“ROCKIN BLUES” WITH BLUE MARBLE

Hi Times

Newport Beach, CA

For the 13th year in a row, over a thousand Orange County locals converged upon Hi-Time Wine Cellars’ parking lot on Sunday, August 11th from 12-5 p.m. for the annual Charity Chili Cook-Off benefiting the Boys and Girls Club of Central Orange Coast. This year’s theme was “Rockin’ Blues” and guests were encouraged to wear their favorite blues themed attire. Speaking of Blue, one of the favorite vendors from this year was Blue Marble Cocktails. It was Blue Marble’s first year supporting this charitable cause and with the incredible response they may be becoming a regular.

Attendees sampled chili and beverages from a wide variety of local businesses and organizations. Participating chefs competed for 1st through 4th place from a panel of esteemed judges along with People’s Choice Awards. The Slimtones & All Star Trio provided live entertainment. The annual event benefits the Boys and Girls Club of Central Orange Coast and has raised over $250,000 to date. Last year alone, the event raised over $25,000.

Danyelle Rabine, EVP of Blue Marble Cocktails, stated, “This event was remarkable. The Blue Marble Team won over the taste buds of event attendees and expressed that Blue Marble tastes better than the other alcohol and ready to drink vendors. They loved our family story, our commitment to giving back and repeatedly returned bringing friends to try the cocktails. We could not have asked for a better first time attending the Hi Times Chili Cook Off, but more importantly we were ecstatic to be involved in the local community and help give back to such an amazing cause.”

About Hi Times Wine Cellars:

Hi-Time Wine Cellars is a family-owned retail store located in Costa Mesa, California. Founded by Fritz Hanson and his brother-in-law Jim McVay, Hi-Time opened the cellar doors in 1957 at our original location on 17th and Irvine in Costa Mesa, California. In 1984, we moved to our nearby Ogle Street location in Costa Mesa where we built one of the largest underground temperature-controlled wine cellars in the U.S. Truly a family operation, you’ll find three generations working at the store on any given day, as well as a dedicated and knowledgeable staff, many who’ve been with the store for 20 years or more.

About The Boys & Girls Clubs of Orange Coast:

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Orange Coast provides a positive, healthy learning environment for children, and it’s what we’ve done locally since 1941. With each year that passes, our Club curriculum takes progressively longer strides toward strengthening the academic aptitude, the physical fitness, the health awareness, and the career ambitions of our members, preparing them to graduate high school and become productive citizens. Today, the youth of Central Orange Coast are growing up with extraordinary opportunities, some of which also present uncharted risks. With more than 200,000 youth under the age of 18 within our reach in the Central Orange Coast region, we are called to do everything we can to help as many as possible reach greatnes

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PUPPIES AND COCKTAILS

PUPPIES AND COCKTAILS

PUPPIES AND COCKTAILS

One Drunk Puppy Wine Tasting event.

Las Vegas, NV

Silverton Casino has partnered with The Animal Foundation for their annual One Drunk Puppy Wine Tasting event. Hundreds of guests enjoy appetizers, wine, entertainment, and let’s not forget cocktails while supporting the shelter. All proceeds benefited The Animal Foundation. One of the companies who joined the cause was Blue Marble Cocktails. Blue Marble brought their all-natural, ultra-premium, ready to drink cocktails for guests to enjoy while walking around the event with man’s best friend.

Pamela Jean Miller, Marketing Manager for Blue Marble Cocktails and fellow dog lover said, “We are thrilled to be a part of this event. Animals are such a stress reliever and bring so much happiness to us humans. It is only right we give back to make sure they are taken care of and are given that same happiness. While Blue Marble’s mission is to keep the blue marble blue, the mission is also to make sure that all of our beings on our blue marble are taken care of. With each event we do if we can help one person, one animal, clean one beach, plant one tree, and inspire others to do the same then our team has accomplished something.”

About The Animal Foundation:
The Animal Foundation, founded in 1978, is the highest volume single-site animal shelter in America. Our mission is to save all healthy and treatable animals in the Las Vegas Valley. Last year we saved over 20,000 lost, homeless, and often mistreated animals.

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