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AMC GROUP SHOWCASES UNIQUE PLANT-BASED AND ALLERGEN-FREE PRODUCTION FACILITY

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AMC Group has unveiled its first purpose-built factory for freshly-squeezed juice and a variety of plant-based and free-from products in Skelmersdale, Lancashire.

The new 55,000 sq ft site has created over 100 jobs and aims to supply the growing demand for healthier food options.

Build on the £11M facility started in February 2018 and production of dairy-free products, baby food and soups started in August. The new juice facility, which has the capability to provide the whole of the UK with freshly-squeezed juice, came online in April 2019.

In order to meet this demand, the bespoke plant can squeeze 960 oranges per minute, delivering 50% of the fruit weight as juice via six juice extractors. The unique juicing process ensures there is consistency in the volume of pulp within the final product, which has historically been an issue with freshly-squeezed juice.

Now fully operational, AMC Group has secured Sainsbury’s as its first customer for freshly-squeezed juice and has just started production of a number of premium lemonades for Waitrose’s Truly Scrumptious summer range.

In addition to providing juice to large retailers and wholesalers, the site is producing dairy-free and allergen-free yoghurt for Rebel Kitchen, and healthy, plant-based soups for brands including Bol.

Mike Bullock, Fresh Foods Director at AMC Group, commented: “There’s an exciting future in store for the site. Plant-based products are in huge demand and there is a gap in the market for a dairy-free factory producing fresh, quality products at scale. Freshly-squeezed juice is in double digit growth in the UK compared to a relatively flat juice market and we can deliver in terms of consistency way better than ever before.”

Sustainability was an important part of the build as Terry Haigh, Managing Director of the new factory, added: “Everything has been purpose-built so, not only do we have the latest technology for food manufacturing, we also have solar panels to provide a fifth of the site’s energy and we have a ‘zero to landfill’ commitment to environmentally responsible practices. All our waste water is recycled after particles are sieved out and the fruit peels will be used for animal feed or fuel pellets.”

Further modern technology on the site includes the ability to control equipment via mobile phones, for example temperature and CCTV, and the state-of-the-art machinery has unique capabilities to set it apart from other facilities.   

The site has been designed with efficient processes in mind, including the innovative design of an access for engineering and maintenance, in that all services have been placed in a maintenance void allowing essential engineering works to be carried out outside of the production environment.

AMC Group is based in Spain and has sites across 50 countries including the UK. The company provides products to major supermarkets, wholesalers and food service providers across fresh produce, flowers and natural beverages.

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Holiday Inn London- Kensington Forum unveils new multi-million pound refurbishment

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Holiday Inn London-Kensington Forum, the landmark hotel on Cromwell Road, today unveils a fresh new look following a multi-million pound refurbishment programme; with significant upgrades to the guest bedrooms, restaurant and lobby.

The ground floor of the property has been transformed with the implementation of the Holiday Inn Open Lobby Concept. This flexible space brings a sleek new look to the hotel, reflecting modern styles, and offering an environment where guests can eat, drink, work, meet, relax and socialise. As part of this new concept, Kensington Forum is also delighted to introduce Ashburn S.W.7, the hotel’s brand new lobby restaurant. Offering all day dining with a focus on pure, simple honest food and international favourites, Ashburn creates a welcoming environment for guests to share great food and good wine with friends, family and colleagues alike.

The changes in the public spaces have also been reflected across the guest bedrooms which have been redesigned in a simple yet contemporary style, enhancing the natural light that each room enjoys. As one of the largest hotels in London for both leisure and business travellers- the hotel benefits from 2,750sq meters of conference space across 11 meeting rooms – this refurbishment further cements the property’s reputation as one of London’s most iconic hotels.

The hotel, the largest Holiday Inn in Europe, also benefits from a superb business lounge, a well-equipped gym, a traditional pub, lounge and bar area and a designated crew lounge. 

This refurbishment comes following the recent acquisition of Kensington Forum by Queensgate Investments LLP, and Patrick O’Connell, Head of Hotels for Queensgate Investments has commented, “Whilst we have long term plans to redevelop the hotel, and indeed have recently secured planning permission, this current refurbishment demonstrates our commitment to continuing to deliver a world-class hotel with exceptional conference facilities in the immediate future. We want to stress that in a time where large scale conference facilities in London are scarce, Kensington Forum is very much open for business.”

Located in the heart of Kensington & Chelsea, Kensington Forum has been part of one of London’s most luxurious neighbourhoods for almost 50 years. The hotel is within walking distance of many of the city’s notable visitor attractions whilst also within 30 minutes of London Heathrow making it popular with visitors and locals alike.

Holiday Inn London – Kensington Forum

97 Cromwell Rd, Kensington, London SW7 4DN

Tel 0871 942 9100

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UK start-up meets manufacturers’ need for speed in new product innovation

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Formeric Ltd puts supercomputing into the hands of chemical manufacturers for faster, cheaper and more innovative new products.

24 June 2019 – For chemical manufacturing companies, speed to market for developing, testing and improving product formulations is critical against a tough, highly competitive market environment. Access to high performance computing can drastically speed up time-to-market, but is a complex process and can be a daunting task without an in-house specialist. 

Eco-friendly cleaning products and fuels, more sustainable crop protection products and breakthrough personal care products – these are just some of the consumer and industrial goods that will benefit from this capability. Company needs can be very different, but they all have in common the need to understand the ingredients they use as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Now, UK start-up company Formeric is meeting this need for speed with a revolutionary cloud-based app that puts supercomputing into the hands of manufacturers to develop new products, with no supercomputer specialist required.

Formeric is a spin out of the world leading expertise and supercomputing technologies of the Hartree Centre, part of the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).  Located at STFC’s Daresbury Laboratory, at Sci-Tech Daresbury in the Liverpool City Region, the Hartree Centre’s key mission is to transform the UK industry through high performance computing, data analytics and artificial intelligence technologies.

Formeric’s platform application, which connects to the Hartree Centre, enables manufacturers and materials scientists to use the latest high performance and cloud computing technologies to accurately predict the behaviour and structure of different concentrations of liquid compounds.  It will also show how they will interact with each other, both in the packaging, throughout shelf-life and in use.  It means that a single simulation can be requested in seconds, helping researchers to plan fewer and more focussed experiments, reducing time to market.

STFC’s Dr Rick Anderson, a founder of Formeric, said: “STFC, through its Scientific Computing Department and Hartree Centre, is well known for its expertise in modelling and simulation that can be used to benefit UK companies competing on an international scale.  Formeric has been a few years in the planning since concept, so I’m thrilled that our cloud-based app is now ready to speed up design processes and reduce manufacturing costs. The resulting advances in materials chemistry will bring significant benefits to consumers, the environment and the wider economy.”

Dr Elizabeth Kirby, Director of Innovation at STFC, said: “Manufacturing companies are seeking to embrace digital technologies more and more in their efforts to deliver increasingly efficient and profitable products in a global market.  Formeric can now provide these companies with valuable access to supercomputing capabilities, without the need for the specialist skills, in their efforts to embrace digital transformation. I’m excited that we have harnessed the commercial potential for digital transformation from our innovative research by creating this new business.”

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Queen of Hoxton Celebrates 10 Years in Shoreditch

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One of East London’s original party starters, Queen of Hoxton on Curtain road is celebrating turning 10 years old this July. The much-loved three floor venue is a stawart of East London, and continues to thrive dispite numerous club closures in London.

If you can feature this or would like to interview Andy the owner further to his quotes below give me a shout?  

On Saturday 13th July, they will be throwing a huge birthday party, with Garage ‘Night Has it Come to This’ featuring Zed Bias and Plastician. Expect a night ‘loaded’ with old-school classics and underground sounds, sprinkled with ‘a little bit’ of cutting edge future garage. As you’d expect from a 10 year brithday, there will also be cake, balloons, face painting, confetti cannons and suprise gifts!

Owner Andy Maddocks says:

How does it feel to have Queen of Hoxton reach its 10th birthday?

I am immensely proud of how far we’ve come. I think its fair to say that if you haven’t been to the Queen you have at least heard about it! I’d like to think we have a reputation for having one the best rooftop bars in London, as well as offering something a bit different to the London club scene. From garagenights to brass bands via Ukulele Hootenannys and Neon Naked Life Drawing, these walls have seen it all!  

How have you seen Shoreditch change in the last 10 years and what was it like when you first opened?

Shoreditch is unrecognisable from when we oppened 10 years ago. Back then we were one of the more upmarket venues, now we have the Nobu Hotel around the corner! One of the amazing things about Shoreditch is that it does continue to grow and develop. I’d like to think that, although its different now, a night out in Shoreditch can still offer a bit of something for everyone – whether your looking for underground garage in our basment or cocktails in Nobu!

What challenges do you face as a nightclub owner in London?

How long do you have?! We are continually being squeezed. Landlords who hike the rents, sometimes by 100%, councils who place more and more restrictions on your licence, the  business rates are shooting up but we still have pay a late night levy!  I can understand why there is increased legislation but I think it’s unfair that it is continually directed towards late night venues when it is off licences that are the cause of much of the on street drinking and anti social behaviour

What are the rewards of working in the night time industry?

My job is to make people happy! Who has a better job than that? Its one of the best feelings in the world is to see the look of delight on customers faces when they arrive onto the roof at the Queen after we have spent weeks preparing it for a new season. Or to be in the basement club when its packed and everyone is dancing, singing and smiling. It’s magic!

Visit http://queenofhoxton.com/ for more information

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Calling all, foodies! Newmarket Food and Drink Festival is back for its fifth outing

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Newmarket town centre in Suffolk is set to be transformed into a foodie wonderland during the weekend of 14th and 15th September as it celebrates the finest food and drink from across East Anglia with tasty food, delicious drinks, celebrity chef demonstrations, live music and family entertainment.


The Newmarket Food and Drink Festival, a much-loved free event that welcomes approximately 10,000 visitors from the region every year, takes place in the heart of Newmarket across Palace Street, Sun Lane and the site of the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art at Palace House.


Topping the bill on the main stage, the setting for a range of demonstrations to teach audiences new skills and offer inspiration in the kitchen, is celebrity chef and TV presenter Rosemary Shrager, and Tristan Welch a regular on BBC 1’s Saturday Kitchen and Chef Director at Parker’s Tavern in Cambridge. Wine tipster Helen Nicklin, a wine and spirits writer, wine consultant, TV presenter and judge for several international wine awards also makes an appearance. Further celebrity chefs are set to be announced in the coming weeks.


Commenting on her return to Newmarket, Rosemary Shrager said: “I’m delighted to be returning to the Newmarket Food and Drink Festival again this year. It’s such a wonderful event and a joy to be involved with. I had so much fun at last year’s festival!”


Regional chefs include Sci Daniels, Senior Sous from Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa in Newmarket; Chris Martin, chef lecturer from Suffolk New College; and Mark Elvin, Head Chef at Barnham Boom Hotel in Norfolk.
Visitors can sample and buy from over 40 food and drink stalls from across the region, offering an array of locally grown produce, wines, spirits and beers, street food from around the world, vegan foods, and artisan grocery products. This year’s stalls include Archangel Distillery’s handcrafted gin and WhataHoot gin from Norfolk, Giffords Hall Vineyard from Suffolk, multi-award-winning Brockleby’s Pies, Ely Fudge Company, The Handmade Doughnut Company, The Norfolk Cheese Company, and the multi-award-winning Three Counties Field Kitchen – a husband and wife team who use produce from Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire and Norfolk – amongst many more. It truly is a regional Festival that caters to all tastes.


In addition to the food and drink stalls, a variety of exhibitors are selling bespoke cookery utensils and equipment, crockery and other cooking paraphernalia. Visitors can also enjoy the alfresco dining area, a selection of bars selling prosecco, cocktails or beers – including Gentleman Jim’s mobile bar, a finalist in the Cambridge News Food & Drink Awards 2017, and Suffolk’s Finest Horsebox prosecco bar, The Fizzy Fillies – a perfect fit for Newmarket!


The live music stage hosts a sterling line-up of artists and bands performing across a range of genres, including The Cracklin’ Griffins who have been pouring out the party music to thirsty punters from their almost bottomless barrel of Pogues and traditional Irish folk songs and tunes. Meanwhile, children can delight in a range of entertainment, including face painting, hair braiding, and garden games.


Speaking ahead of this year’s Newmarket Food and Drink Festival, Chairman, Noel Byrne, commented: “The East of England boasts some fantastic talent and our aim is to celebrate and showcase both the existing and emerging stars, from the producers and growers of local food, to the chefs and musicians. Every year, we welcome thousands of people to Newmarket to enjoy what promises to be a fun-packed weekend for everyone. We look forward to doing the same this year, which will be our biggest and best yet.”


The Festival is supported by Newmarket Racecourses and the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art. Sponsors for the event include Corney and Barrow, Newmarket Town Council and G’s Fresh. The Festival also proudly raises money for the local charities supported by the Newmarket Open Weekend, which takes place on the weekend of 21st – 22nd September. More details below.


The Newmarket Food and Drink Festival opens each day at 11am and finish at 6pm on Saturday and 5pm on Sunday.

Keep up to date with the Festival on social media via Facebook: @nktfoodanddrink and Instagram: @nktfoodanddrink

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From Cornwall to Cumbria, Happerley takes to the road.

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From Cornwall to Cumbria, Happerley takes to the road to celebrate English food and drink provenance

Farmer-led food provenance champion Happerley has today announced its plan to tour every English county this summer, in its ongoing bid to deliver transparency across the food and drink industry.

The tour, involving more than 40 feasts at Happerley Transparent hotel and restaurants from Cornwall to Cumbria, kicks off on Friday, 12th July at Happerley HQ, Willow Hill Farm, Apperley, in Gloucestershire.

Hosted by TV presenter and farmer Adam Henson, the media and VIP launch event will be a chance for passionate foodies to celebrate and savour some the of the county’s finest produce, amongst a backdrop of beautiful countryside.

The tour will also feature the launch of Happerley’s ‘Gold Standard’, which is only accorded to food and drink producers who are able to name the exact sources of their core ingredients back to the primary producers. 

As part of the exciting road trip, hotels, pubs and restaurants who are not Happerley certified are encouraged to join the movement by becoming a host venue, where they will be able to celebrate and champion unique regional recipes that showcase only ingredients from named local producers from their respective counties.

Chefs passionate about provenance will create a menu for a lunch or dinner that will include special guests and speakers. Each meal on the tour will then be compiled into a Happerley England recipe book and the tour will also be filmed for a TV documentary to be released later in the year.

With this summer’s planned activities, Happerley hopes to highlight the importance of knowing where the food is from and who and how it has been produced.

Henson, who will be speaking at some of the venues, said: “This journey begins a big project to celebrate and connect the diversity and wealth of food and drink from every single region to the consumer, delivering total transparency. It has never been done before.”

Founded by farmers, Happerley is working on behalf of the whole UK food industry and all consumers to develop and implement a means to secure provenance, honesty and transparency, gifting the consumer with the knowledge of the journey their food has taken.

Matthew Rymer, CEO and founder of Happerley, said:We’re touring every English county from July to November to seek and celebrate the finest of English food and drink provenance. It will involve the finest Gold Standard English food and drink producers and create a county-by-county debate on what each region stands for.”

As well as being the official kick-off event of Happerley England on Tour, Adam and a national team will also be revealing exciting plans long in the development for a national centre for food and drink provenance. It is set to champion English provenance and is being described as the ‘Eden Project’ for food and drink.

Members of the public wishing to attend can claim a place for just £10.

Any venues interested in hosting future events should contact Happerley on 01242 222848. 

Alternatively, visit www.happerley.co.uk for more information.

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The weight is over!

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Gtech launches what they believe to be the lightest, most compact, environmentally friendly vacuum cleaner the world has ever seen … the Gtech HyLite

The company that is known for its quality cordless vacuum cleaners is now launching a brand new vacuum that is super small, super lightweight with super high performance.  

The Gtech HyLite is ideal for modern homes and is packed with design and technology features that make usage and storage simple and environmentally friendly.  It weighs just 1.5kg, has 20 minutes running time* and the handle extends and retracts instantly, transforming the HyLite from an upright to a handheld vacuum in seconds.  

The HyLite uses bags for a more hygienic cleaning solution.  Breathable bags are more environmentally friendly.  There is no dust cloud when you empty and no need to use a plastic bag each time.  Also, with the HyLite the bag is the filter – each time you change the bag you get a new filter. The triple layered bags can hold up to three times their volume of dirt due to cleverly designed compression levels, so that each 0.3L bag can hold 1L of dirt resulting in less frequent disposal.

 The HyLite uses just 90 watts of power, but packs a punch when it comes to its cleaning capacity, making its power and resource consumption extremely low.  It’s also been designed and made to last … its modular construction means that if you break a bit it’s easily replaceable (new parts can be delivered to your home the next day) and, as it has no tubes or inner workings, there is less likelihood of debris accumulating and blocking up the path the dirt takes from floor to bag.

The HyLite adapts effortlessly to all floor surfaces, upholstery and stairs and the cordless technology means no plugs or sockets either, so cleaning your home couldn’t be simpler, especially as the reclining handle allows you to reach under sofas and beds without having to move heavy furniture.

 Storage is easy … the HyLite is so compact it can be kept in a kitchen drawer but is ready to use in seconds which makes it perfect for homes where space is limited. 

The Gtech Hylite is available now at www.gtech.co.uk RRP £199.99

*run times may vary depending on surfaces being cleaned

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PREVENT BREAST CANCER LAUNCHES PARTNERSHIP WITH THE TIM BACON FOUNDATION

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Manchester-based charity, Prevent Breast Cancer has entered a partnership with The Tim Bacon Foundation, which was established in honour of Living Ventures founder Tim Bacon, who sadly passed away in April 2016. The Tim Bacon Foundation will be donating £100,000 to Prevent Breast Cancer, to support its research into the prevention of the disease.

Australian-born Tim – who originally started out as an actor in Australia, before becoming a restauranteur – founded the Living Ventures restaurant group with his business partner, Jeremy Roberts, in 1999. Living Ventures has been behind many of Manchester’s best-loved bars and restaurants over the years, including The Living Room, Australasia and The Oast House, as well as successful nationwide brands, The Alchemist, GUSTO and The Botanist.

Tim was first diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma in 2000, after finding a lump at the age of 36. Fourteen years later, after a period of remission, he was diagnosed with stage III melanoma cancer. Despite his health problems, Tim continued to work and live life to the full until his passing in April 2016 at the age of 52.

The Tim Bacon Foundation was created in Tim’s name by Jeremy Roberts, to recognise his achievements and to carry on his legacy and spirit of generosity. With the help and support of the Living Ventures Group and Tim’s friends and family, Jeremy set up the foundation to support charities for people living with cancer. Its first appeal raised £500,000 for the UK’s first Proton Beam Therapy centre at The Christie Hospital, which was matched with European research funding worth £1.5m. The Foundation also supports Maggie’s Centre at the hospital, which offers practical, emotional and social help for cancer patients and their families.

The donation to Prevent Breast Cancer this year will fund Prevent’s research into breast density, the second-highest risk factor for developing breast cancer, after age. Having a high level of breast density can lead to cancer going undetected on a mammogram and also increases individual risk of developing the disease. Although women who are affected are up to six times more likely to face a diagnosis of breast cancer, little is understood about why this is.

Prevent Breast Cancer trustee, Diana Harris, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in her 40s, said: “Having gone through breast cancer myself, I joined the board of trustees at Prevent because I was drawn to its focus on finding ways to create a future free from breast cancer – I have two daughters, and I never want them to experience what I went through. Despite it being such a strong risk factor, there has been relatively little research into breast density. It can help predict which women are more at risk of developing breast cancer, so if Prevent can find new treatments that can stop cancers from forming, fewer women will have to go through what I faced.”

The funding from The Tim Bacon Foundation will be going towards two research projects, based at the University of Manchester. Both projects aim to help scientists better understand this risk factor to protect future generations from the disease. One project examines both high- and low-density breast tissue from women who are undergoing surgery, and the other investigates the specific changes to DNA that lead to cancer developing.

The two projects funded by The Tim Bacon Foundation will pave the way for further discoveries which could improve the screening process for breast cancer and lead to new avenues for prevention of the disease, such as the development of drugs to reduce breast density levels.

By teaming up with the Tim Bacon Foundation, Prevent Breast Cancer hopes to increase awareness about breast density as a risk factor for developing the disease. As part of the partnership, the charities will be hosting joint events over the course of the year, as well as collaborating on online content.

Jeremy Roberts, chair of the Foundation, said: “Tim was always vibrant, inspiring and generous. He faced his personal battle with cancer with the exact same courage and strength that he carried with him throughout his life. I am inspired by him every day, and I wanted to ensure that his spirit was not forgotten. The Tim Bacon Foundation aims to help charities who have research projects that make a real difference and who offer help and support for anyone that has been affected by cancer.

“Prevent Breast Cancer do incredible work, funding ground-breaking research into the prediction and prevention of the disease. Our donation will be directly funding the research into breast density, one of the biggest predictors for breast cancer. It’s amazing that there is such a substantial gap in research in order to help prevent the disease for future generations.”

Nikki Barraclough, executive director at Prevent Breast Cancer, said: “Tim’s story is so inspiring, and the Tim Bacon Foundation is truly keeping his legacy alive by offering an incredible level of support to charities that help those who have been affected by cancer. We are excited to be partnering with a fellow Manchester-based charity that we can work together with to make a difference. By supporting our ground-breaking research, The Tim Bacon Foundation will be helping us change lives.

“Despite breast density being a key risk factor for developing breast cancer, there’s been little research into why that is – the generous donation from the Tim Bacon Foundation will be funding two key research projects to give a better understanding into breast density.

“We’ll also be hosting some exciting joint events over the next year, so keep an eye out for what we have planned!”

Prevent Breast Cancer is the UK’s only charity dedicated to the prediction and prevention of breast cancer, carrying out vital research at The Nightingale Centre in Wythenshawe. To find out more about Prevent Breast Cancer, its events, fundraising and research, visit: https://preventbreastcancer.org.uk.

To find out more information about the Tim Bacon Foundation, its events, fundraising and who we have funded, visit https://timbaconfoundation.co.uk

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Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa & Casino

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Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa & Casino is active for 30 years in the Caribbean. In the last 11 years, the one who steered the resort is Ricky Tromp. The key location of the casino is the Palm Beach strip, which is convenient to dining, shops and pedestrian traffic. The casino business is primarily drawn from the US, it has over 110 employees, all drawn from Aruba. The casino has 13 table games and 240 slot machines.

Plans For The Future

Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa & Casino has recently went through renovation. In addition, the guests already enjoyed the enhanced rooms, suites, Regency Club Lounge and also the popular 8.000 square-foot pool complex.

The renovation project still has to go further with transforming a separate beachfront space into a beautiful, three-story pool. The three-story pool is the biggest renovation that happened. The resort is going from time to time under aspect updates in order to keep the amenity offering and the overall look and feel to be fresh and relevant. This is one of the biggest projects the resort has implemented.

The resort’s casino was included in the overall enhancement of the resort. They created a sports book lounge, which allows sports enthusiasts to watch the game and get into action. And every year, the casino adds more products to keep the casino ahead of the competition.

About The Casino

The casino opens at 10 am with slots, and in the afternoon there are table games until 4 am. The casino also has on the upper floor a recently renovated bar that welcomes its visitors with live music entertainment. The casino offers 13 table games and more than 200 slot machines and a new sports book lounge. The resort also has an on-site casino where visitors can connect for more info about the casino and to play online slots

Not many casinos claim to have a beachfront location, however Hyatt regency Aruba is known to have one of the best beach locations on the island. The resort has a nice bar that is on a pier over the water, the bar has exotic drinks and offers the best sunset people can imagine. The casino also has a very welcoming entrance on the Palm Beach strip that allows to attract many visitors.

The difference between Hyatt regency Aruba Resort Spa & Casino and other casinos on the island is that the resort has a very friendly staff that supplies a number of excellent services. In addition, their location is within walking distance of a variety of bars, restaurants, lounges and malls. They also feature a unique bar where guests can enjoy a beverage and play poker slots. The casino also offers daily events, such as daily happy gaming hour, slot tournaments and more.

The One Steering The Resort

Ricky Tromp started to work at the Hyatt Regency Aruba in late 2008, which gave him the opportunity to learn and grow with the company. Hyatt Regency Aruba taught him its unique culture, and how to provide constant care for people so they can be their best. The biggest challenge in running a casino on Aruba is that Aruba today is not the same as a decade ago, when Aruba was known as the Monte Carlo of the Carribbean.

Aruba has grown into a well-known tourism destination, with beautiful beaches, sunny days most of the year, great gaming and great culinary options. Ricky Tromp is very proud and enjoys working at the Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort Spa & Casino. The resort is a premiere island resort where employees are treated like family.

Ricky’s rules model is Colin Powell, and reading his books inspired him. One of Colin’s quotes that Ricky likes the most is “Triumph is the result of perfection, hard work, learning from failure, loyalty and persistence”. The best advice Ricky has received is to strive to be the best and to never let anything get in the way. 

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Shake it Loud + Proud for Pride 2019!

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Shake Shack will sell a limited-edition Pride Shake at Shacks in the UK,3rd – 31st July*, with £1 from each shake donated to Mosaic LGBT Youth Centre

Proud to show our true colours!  Shake Shack is proud to be spinning up the limited-edition celebratory Pride Shake – a cake batter shake dreamed up in honour of Pride month, topped with rainbow glitter sprinkles.

In keeping with Shake Shack’s commitment to give back to the community, £1 from the sale of every Pride Shake will benefit Mosaic LGBT Youth Centre.  Mosaic supports, educates and inspires the young LGBT+ community of London, aged thirteen to nineteen, and delivers outstanding, focused services to assist our young persons in achieving their full potential.

*The Pride Shake will be available at Shacks in the UK, from 3rd July to 31st July, with the exception of Cardiff, where customers will be able to purchase Pride Shakes from 1st – 31st August to coincide with Pride Cymru.

A critically acclaimed, modern day “roadside” burger stand, Shake Shack has earned a cult like following around the world. A fun and lively community gathering place, Shake Shack is known for its 100% Aberdeen Angus beef burgers, griddled flat-top dogs, fresh-made frozen custard and crispy crinkle cut fries, beer and wine, and more.

Shake Shack operates ten Shacks in the UK, most recently opening at intu Lakeside, Essex.

Learn more at: shakeshack.co.ukfacebook.com/shakeshackuk| t: @shakeshackuk| IG: @shakeshackuk

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