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.
Rubie’s Costume Company is planning a raft of new costumes, accessories, wigs and masks inspired by Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, which hits theaters May 1.
Retailer Meijer has teamed with lawn care and garden brand Scotts-MiracleGro to create a Garden Marketplace inside 27 of its stores across the Midwest.
Little League Baseball and Softball has promoted three executives within its marketing department to focus on licensing and merchandising.
Jewel Branding & Licensing has partnered with Prestige Paints to launch a new collection featuring brands such as the New York Botanical Garden and Shell Rummel.
Plumbing and drain cleaning brand Roto-Rooter has teamed with Metro Design USA to develop a line of branded plumbing plungers for residential use.
Hormel Foods' Spam brand has kicked off the cross-country Spamerican Tour with Food Network chef Sunny Anderson.
Hockey icon Wayne Gretzky has teamed with Sears Canada to launch a casual menswear brand under his name.
Cherokee Global Brands has teamed with Sears Canada to bring the Liz Lange maternity and sportswear brand to Canada.
Ace Hardware and OPI are continuing their exclusive partnership with the addition of new nail lacquer-inspired colors in Ace's Clark+Kensington paint line.
Sony Pictures Consumer Products has tapped Beeline Interactive to develop the new match-three puzzle battle game "Ghostbusters Puzzle Fighter.”
Irish apparel retailer Primark is planning to open its first U.S. store in Boston, Mass.
The U.S.-based non-profits Kids In Distressed Situations and Fashion Delivers have successfully completed their merger.
Drexel University has extended its partnership with The Collegiate Licensing Company, the licensing affiliate of IMG College.
MerryMakers has tapped University Games for a range of puzzles and games featuring the Pete the Cat publishing brand.
Global brand extension agency Beanstalk has launched a new consulting division -Blueprint–Powered by Beanstalk.
The University of Connecticut has had a full year in the sports arena as evidenced by a booming licensed product sales.
Spin Master will roll out its line of Paw Patrol toys inspired by the Nickelodeon preschool series exclusively at Toys ‘R’ Us in the U.S. Sunday.
4K Media is celebrating the launch of the new Yu-Gi-Oh! website in the U.S. with a sweepstakes for four prize packages of Yu-Gi-Oh! merchandise.
Jo Rose, creator of the U.K. brand Deer Little Forest, has appointed Think Tank Emporium as licensing agent for the brand in the U.S. and Canada.
American soda brand Big Red is hosting a promotion for Paramount Pictures’ upcoming film Transformers: Age of Extinction.
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