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O2COOL® Expands Family of Brands With LunchBots® Acquisition
CHICAGO — O2COOL®, LLC announces the acquisition of LunchBots®, which designs and markets innovative stainless steel bento boxes, thermoses, dip containers, salad bowls and more to simplify lunch for healthy eating on the go. LunchBots was founded in 2008 by Jacqueline Linder, a mom who wanted a quality lunchbox that was organized, reusable, dishwasher-safe and sustainable, reducing the need for disposable plastic food bags. The line has grown dramatically, and so has its following, thanks to a strong online and social media presence and word of mouth. With the O2COOL acquisition, LunchBots is scaling up for major retail outreach targeting ...
American Cheese Society Announces Virtual 38th Annual Conference
DENVER, Feb. 23, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- The 38th Annual American Cheese Society (ACS) Conference, originally to be hosted in Des Moines, Iowa, has been transitioned to a virtual educational and networking event to be held on July 28-30, 2021. Addressing critical concerns, the theme of this year's event is "Moving Forward Together with Purpose." The ACS will provide a wide range of online interactive opportunities to foster community, help members successfully navigate the changing industry, and celebrate accomplishments in artisan cheesemaking.  "Our top priority is the health and safety of our community," said Jeremy Stephenson, board president of ACS. "A virtual conference ...
Las Vegas Market Pre-Registrations Surge for April Staging
LAS VEGAS, N.V. – (March 4, 2021) – Momentum and anticipation are building for the April 2021 Las Vegas Market, running April 11 – April 15, at World Market Center Las Vegas, with buyer registration pacing at 80% above Summer 2020 levels. Based on historical trends, International Market Centers (IMC) anticipates an exponential increase in daily registrations in the six weeks before market.“We are looking forward to welcoming buyers and suppliers back to our Las Vegas campus in April,” said Bob Maricich, IMC CEO. “These strong pre-registration numbers show excitement surrounding our market, reflect demand for fresh, in-stock product and signal ...
The Inspired Home Show 2021 To Not Proceed Amid Ongoing Pandemic
ROSEMONT, IL (March 1, 2021) – As state restrictions prohibiting large gatherings remain in effect for the foreseeable future, and government travel restrictions continue to significantly impede domestic and international travel, the International Housewares Association’s Board of Directors have made the difficult but necessary decision that The Inspired Home Show 2021, scheduled to take place Aug. 7-10, 2021 at McCormick Place in Chicago, cannot proceed as planned. “Over the last year, we have been closely watching the status of large events from a health and public safety perspective, and have consistently sought feedback from our industry about how travel restrictions and ...
UNFI Becomes a Distributor of KOIOS™ and Fit Soda™ Functional Beverages
DENVER and VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Feb. 10, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Koios Beverage Corp. (CSE: KBEV; OTC: KBEVF) (the "Company" or "Koios") is pleased to announce that it has entered into a distribution agreement with United Natural Foods, Inc. (NYSE: UNFI) (“UNFI”), the largest publicly traded wholesale distributor of organic, natural, and specialty food in the United States and Canada1. Under UNFI’s distribution agreement with the Company dated February 8, 2021, UNFI will carry KOIOS™ and Fit Soda™ functional beverages (collectively, “Koios Beverages”) in the United States. With operations dating back to 19762, UNFI has acquired several players in natural and organic food and ...
JuniperMarket Momentum Builds After Successful Atlanta Market Preview
February 1, 2021 – Juniper finished the recently concluded Atlanta Market on a high note with 7,500+ buyer registrations generating major excitement for the spring 2021 launch of JuniperMarket, a new B2B e-commerce marketplace for the gift, home and apparel industries powered by International Market Centers (IMC). “Response from buyers has been extremely positive and just three weeks of buyer outreach yielded 7,500 JuniperMarket registrations,” said Eric Dean, president of IMC_di, IMC’s digital innovations division. “It’s proof of the robust universe of the IMC audience and reflects the strong level of trust within the customer base already connected to IMC’s physical ...
Colangelo & Partners Elevates Three Senior Members to Junior Partner, Adds Vice President of Digital, Brand Strategy & Creative, to Strengthen Senior Team
NEW YORK, Feb. 11, 2021 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- Colangelo & Partners, the leading fine wine and spirits agency in the US, announces that three long-term senior employees have earned junior partner status. Sara Gorelick, who has been with the agency nearly since its founding more than 14 years ago, is now Vice President, Spirits, Junior Partner. Paul Yanon, who has helped build the agency's credentials as the US leader in fine wine PR, is now Vice President, Wine Education, Junior Partner. Juliana Colangelo, who in just five years since moving to the Bay Area has built the agency's enviable roster of leading ...
HIC — Harold Import Company Launches Redesigned Website
(February 2021) – HIC— Harold Import Co. launches a redesigned website presenting consumers with the full line of kitchen tools and gadgets, while offering the company’s B2B customers enhanced capabilities for building sales. The goal of the B2C site is to provide home chefs with the ability to browse HIC’s full line of product, including the company’s Family of Brands (HIC Kitchen, Mrs. Anderson’s Baking, Helen’s Asian Kitchen, Fante’s, Beyond Gourmet, Cutlery Pro, Maine Man and Fino), and exclusive brands (aerolatte and Marcato), in addition to a host of quality kitchen tools and accessories from some of the best-known brands ...
Peter Giannetti Joins International Housewares Association
ROSEMONT, IL (Feb. 18, 2021) –The International Housewares Association announced today that Peter Giannetti will join the organization as Director, Editorial, Content and Education. In this role, Giannetti will oversee development and delivery of industry-wide content and resources intended to inform, educate and inspire.             Giannetti joins IHA after serving for 14 years as Editor-in-Chief and 14 years before that as Editor of HomeWorld Business, a leading print and digital B2B publication for the home and housewares business. He has covered the home and housewares industry since joining HomeWorld Business in 1990. Giannetti also served as Vice President /Publishing and Editorial Operations for ICD ...
IHA Announces Connect SPRING, New Virtual Industry Event
ROSEMONT, IL (Feb. 11, 2021) – The housewares industry and consumer trends post-pandemic, the now normal, post-COVID retailing, diversity and inclusion, the future of the smart home, and seasonal and holiday trends for 2021 are some of the topics featured during Connect SPRING, an IHA virtual event, set for March 16-26.  Beginning on Tuesday, March 16 and running every weekday through Friday, March 26, Connect SPRING will offer a mix of keynote and education sessions, virtual product demonstrations, IHA Market Watch trends and Ask the Experts consultations. IHA created the event in partnership with The NPD Group and Springboard Futures. “The primary goal ...
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