“These outstanding beverage suppliers, through their awesome beverage innovation, product support and development of our team members, were recognized as the ‘best of the best’,” said George Barton, vice president of beverage and bar innovation for T.G.I. Friday’s. “We are pleased to honor these exceptional beverage supplier partners, all of whom have shown extraordinary support and commitment to the T.G.I. Friday’s USA brand.”
The awards and honorees included the following:
- Skyy Spirits – Beverage Innovation
- Constellation Brands – Development/Education
- E. & J. Gallo – Development/Education
- Diageo – Product Innovation and Support
With more than 900 restaurants in 61 countries, including approximately 600 restaurants in the U.S., T.G.I. Friday’s offers great food, innovative drinks and a unique experience filled with flair and a Thank God It’s Friday’s™ attitude. Friday’s authentic, engaging atmosphere makes it the perfect place to escape, socialize and connect with people while getting a rejuvenating second wind. Members of Give Me More Stripes®, Friday’s guest recognition program, receive free stuff and special perks year-round. As the original casual dining restaurant, T.G.I. Friday’s has a rich food and beverage heritage which includes being credited with popularizing Happy Hour, Long Island Iced Tea and Loaded Potato Skins. T.G.I. Friday’s is also famous for its flair bartenders, approximately 7000 of whom compete annually for the title of T.G.I. Friday’s World Bartender Champion.
Carlson Restaurants Worldwide Inc., the parent company of TGI Friday’s Inc., is a privately held company owned by Minneapolis-based Carlson, a world leader in the hospitality and travel industries. As of July 2010, Carlson Restaurants Worldwide owns, operates, franchises or licenses more than 1,000 restaurants in 61 countries. For more information, visit http://www.fridays.com.