2014 was year of big successes (Frozen), milestones (Hello Kitty’s 40th) and industry-changing innovations (3D printing). Here’s a recap of the news that shaped the year.
Meredith Corp.'s publishing and lifestyle brand Better Homes and Gardens has partnered with Lakeside Development Company to build the Innovation Home.
Walls Outdoor Goods will include DuPont Kevlar materials in its new line of outdoor workwear designed for durability in demanding conditions.
The National Geographic Society and First Bankcard, a division of First National Bank of Omaha, have launched the National Geographic Visa card.
Overstock.com is collaborating with recording artist and reality TV star Bret Michaels for a curated e-store and branded products.
Hatfield & McCoy Family brand whiskey has launched in new markets after receiving a silver metal from the Beverage Testing Institute.
CJ Products is creating an exclusive line of plush products featuring characters from Hasbro's TV series "My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic."
Licensing agency Brandberry has launched the new social expressions brand Beary Sweet with an innovative promotional campaign.
Swimming equipment manufacturer Aqua Sphere and Olympian Michael Phelps are launching the MP brand of competitive swim gear.
The Joester Loria Group has brokered a deal to bring The World of Eric Carle to a line of 365 Everyday Value juices at Whole Foods Markets across the U.S.
Canadian broadcaster Corus Entertainment has signed a long-term agreement with the Disney/ABC Television Group to launch the Disney Channel in Canada.
Spin Master has filed a civil lawsuit in California to stop the manufacture and sale of Stafly toys, which it claims infringe on its Flutterbye toy.
Dylan’s Candy Bar has launched a limited edition candy collection to celebrate the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz.
McDonald’s will feature Pokémon XY in Happy Meals across the U.S. next month.
While 2013 U.S. retail dollar sales of toys remained relatively flat compared to 2012, licensed toys experienced an increase of 3 percent to $5.3 billion.
The Joester Loria Group has been appointed to represent the Constellation beer portfolio for licensing in the U.S.
T-shirt manufacturer and licensee Junk Food Clothing has opened its flagship store in Venice, Calif.
Bulldog Licensing’s U.S. division has signed on to represent Outfit7’s app brand Talking Tom and Friends in the U.S. and Canada.
Despite nicer spring weather, consumers tempered their spending in the month of April, according to the National Retail Federation.
License! Global has a preview of the exhibitors and the wide breadth of brands and properties they represent attendees can expect to find at Licensing Expo 2014.
Licensing industry veteran and former HIT Entertainment director Stacey Reiner has formed her own full-service licensing and branding agency.
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