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Heather Iafrate of Norseland Inc. Named to IDDBA 2020-21 Board of Directors
DARIEN, Conn., Nov. 18, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- The International Dairy Deli Bakery Association (IDDBA) has elected Heather Iafrate, General Manager, Marketing of Norseland Inc. to the 2020-21 IDDBA Board of Directors. She will serve a three-year term alongside other industry leaders.  In addition to now serving on the IDDBA Board of Directors, Heather serves on multiple IDDBA advisory committees, including Events, Next Generation, What's in Store Live and Market Research.  IDDBA provides its members with opportunities for professional dialogue, education, exchange of industry data and selling opportunities. Heather is the General Manager of Marketing at Norseland, Inc. managing partner brands and new business ...
The Growing GC Buying Group Announces Valuable Additions to the Team
DALLAS, November 18, 2020 –  New programs and opportunities have led GC Buying Group to strengthen the GC team in order to expand support for Store and Vendor Members. Industry veteran Ethan Hamme has joined GC to oversee the newly opened Dallas Market Center showroom and to serve as liaison between the DMC and GC. “Ethan has a diverse background that extends from tabletop and gift to home and housewares, making him the ideal choice for working alongside GC vendors and retailers,” stated Janis Johnson, president and founder of GC Buying Group/Gourmet Catalog. “Ethan’s immediate responsibilities will range from developing ...
Mars Acquires KIND North America
MCLEAN, VA and NEW YORK, NY  (November 17, 2020) – Mars, Incorporated, a family-owned global pet food, veterinary care, confectionery, snacking and food business, and KIND, a healthy snacking leader, today announced the next step in their strategic partnership, with Mars acquiring KIND North America.  KIND North America will join KIND International to create one organization operating across 35 countries, functioning as a distinct and separate business within the Mars Family of Companies. This provides the opportunity to further the KIND Promise, a set of nutrition principles that have guided the company’s innovation since its founding, and KIND’s mission to create a kinder world. ...
Temporary Gift and Home Exhibits Return January ‘21 to Las Vegas Market In New Expo Center Facility
LAS VEGAS, N.V. – (November 19, 2020) – Las Vegas Market announced today that its temporary exhibits will return for Winter 2021 Market – running Jan. 24 – Jan. 28 – with hundreds of innovative and emerging gift and home décor resources showcased in the brand-new Expo at World Market Center Las Vegas. “The gift and home temporaries will be a key source of discovery at Las Vegas Market, presenting a variety of market favorites as well as new and emerging brands,” said Scott Eckman, IMC’s chief revenue officer. “Presenting the temporaries in the state-of-the-art facility creates a new experience for ...
Prepara Announces Licensing and Distribution Deal with Catamount Glass
Montclair, NJ (October 31, 2020) – Prepara is pleased to announce it has signed a licensing and distribution agreement with Catamount Glassware of Bennington, Vermont.  For 38 Catamount Glassware designed and manufactured high quality borosilicate glass cookware setting the standard in the industry. After the untimely passing of its founder Alain Karyo in August of 2019, Catamount shut down operations.  Prepara has been part of the kitchenware industry for more than 10 years with many trailblazing and exceptional products from everyday essentials to innovative kitchen tools.  Seeing a natural fit with the Prepara assortment, they entered into an exclusive agreement ...
Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America 2021 Editions Postponed
Portland, Maine (2 November 2020) - Today, Diversified Communications, organizer of Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America and Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global, has determined that the continued magnitude of the public health and safety issues caused by COVID-19 requires the postponement of the spring events to later dates in 2021.  “We have been closely monitoring the world health situation, government regulations and travel restrictions while carefully considering the concerns that have been addressed to us by customers and attendees,” said Liz Plizga, Group Vice-President, Diversified Communications. “It has become evident that it was necessary to reschedule these events.”  Seafood ...
IMC Expands Marketing And Customer Outreach Teams To Prioritize Omnichannel Business Needs
ATLANTA / HIGH POINT / LAS VEGAS – (October 29, 2020) – International Market Centers (IMC) today announced a significant expansion of its customer outreach, marketing and brand strategy teams to support the company’s rapid development of omnichannel solutions for the gift, home and apparel industries. The company-wide and customer-centric strategy includes the expansion of its buyer services and customer success teams as well as the creation of a new brand strategy team dedicated to supporting the launch of its Juniper suite of digital solutions, powered by IMC_di (IMC’s Digital Innovations division).  “As IMC’s business transforms to include all channels of ...
Health and Safety Concerns Prompt GC Buying Group Date Change
Amid the continuing concerns for the health and safety of members, GC has moved the 2021 Start the Year Annual Conference from its usual January schedule to March, 2021. The event hosted by GC will be held at the Dallas Market Center in Dallas, Wednesday, March 24 and Thursday, March 25. Store and Vendor Members have embraced the new timing and eagerly anticipate the opportunity to network and review product assortments.  “Kicking off the year a little later will fit the plans of our store and vendor members, giving both the chance to get ready for a year coming out ...
OGGI Corporation Appoints Industry Veteran Will Symonds To Be President Of The Company
OGGI Corporation is pleased to announce that Will Symonds, formerly President of the Swiss Company DKB Inc., has been appointed to the position of President of the OGGI Corporation effective November, 1st, 2020. In his new role as President, Mr. Symonds will take over the Global Development of OGGI's growing eCommerce business through enhanced execution in major marketplaces, direct-to-consumer channels and omni-channel retail. In addition Will will revamp and develop the OGGI US and International commercial strategy as well as overseeing the day-to-day operations at the campus in Anaheim, Ca.  As the former President  of DKB, Will comes to OGGI with a ...
Far Niente Family Of Wineries & Vineyards Expands With Launch of Post & Beam Winery
OAKVILLE, Calif., Oct. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Far Niente Family of Wineries and Vineyards (FNFWV), announces today the launch of Post & Beam Winery. Named for the simple yet elegant barns that dot the American landscape, Post & Beam wines represent craftsmanship, tradition, legacy and purity in winemaking. The winery is the latest addition to the Far Niente Family of Wineries and Vineyards, joining Far Niente, Dolce, Nickel & Nickel, EnRoute, and Bella Union. Post & Beam will debut with two wines—a 2018 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon (SRP $50), and a 2019 Napa Valley Chardonnay (SRP $35).  "We are excited to be able ...
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