Breaking news from the gift industry
LOS ANGELES, CA – Just in time for the summer show season, Fine Lines and Jenny Hammons Co. will enter their third, and final, phase of business integration: the culmination of a partnership forged in June 2015. As of June 1, 2017, the two companies and their collective resources will be known simply as Fine Lines, a West Coast agency powerhouse representing 80 lines across a territory stretching from Las Vegas to Los Angeles to Seattle. More
C&F Enterprises, a gift and home accessories company with over 40 years of global sourcing and manufacturing experience, announces the purchase of Beachcombers Coastal Life. This marks the second wholesale acquisition for C&F Enterprises in the last 12 months, expanding on their market leadership in seasonal, gift and home décor. More
Global sales of licensed products and services continued their solid growth pace in 2016, rising 4.4 percent to $262.9 billion, according to the 2017 International Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association’s (LIMA) Annual Global Licensing Industry Survey. More
Nicole Braden Gifts / Divinity Boutique LLC has acquired Oak Patch Gifts, a leading supplier of distinctive women’s fashion accessories and unique gift products. Oak Patch Gifts product lines encompass a broad range of product categories including jewelry and accessories. More
April 25, 2017 -- The Conference Board Consumer Confidence Index®, which had increased in March, declined in April. The Index now stands at 120.3 (1985=100), down from 124.9 in March. The Present Situation Index decreased from 143.9 to 140.6 and the Expectations Index declined from 112.3 last month to 106.7. More
PROVIDENCE, RI – Artist Suzy Toronto has joined CA Gift, bringing her artwork to the Providence-based company. Her artwork features “quirky and uplifting messages on a colorful lineup of fun and functional giftware,” as described by Toronto. More
NEW YORK – Portmeirion Group has acquired Lighthouse Holdings, one of the U.K.’s largest home fragrances manufacturers, in a deal worth more than $19.9 million. More
NEW YORK - Helsinki-based 5th Wave Brands, the global licensing agent for Finlayson, has appointed Knockout Licensing to launch and manage licensing for the popular Scandinavian design and fabric brand across the United States and Canada. More
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AmericasMart ICON Honorees
Excellence and superior achievement in the home and gift industry were recognized in July at AmericasMart's eighth annual ICON Honors. Enjoy these video stories celebrating the 2017 award recipients: Spicher and Company, Bloomingville, Wolf Gourmet, Her Majesty's English Tea Room, Kurt S. Adler, Inc., and Chris Rosse, Rosse and Associates.
According to a June 2017 report entitled “Top Trends in Prepared Foods in 2017,” six percent of Americans identify as vegan, a 500 percent increase from 2014. This rising trend means that consumers are increasingly searching for meat-free and animal by-product alternatives. With that in mind, these picks will help you cater to the vegan consumer base.