The 2014 Eric Carle Honors

Eric Carle Honors

The Eric Carle lithograph presented to the honorees. Image via https://www.facebook.com/CarleMuseum

Eric Carle, one of the most acclaimed children’s book authors and illustrators, world-renowned for his award-winning series of children’s book titles including the iconic The Very Hungry Caterpillar, opened The Eric Carle Museum in Amherst, Mass, in 2012.  In support of the museum, the Eric Carle Honors annual gala and fundraiser celebrates the talented people who have played an instrumental role in making children’s books a vibrant and influential art and literary form in America

The 9th Eric Carle Honors took place at Guastavino’s in New York City last month, with awards presented to four highly regarded recipients.  The Mentor Award went to Henrietta Mays Smith for her work as a librarian and professor at the School of Information at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Smith is also a dedicated and active American Library Association member. The Angel Award was presented to Reach Out and Read, a nonprofit organization. Françoise Mouly received the Bridge Award for her work as art editor at the New Yorker and publisher and editorial director of TOON Books. Finally, renowned children’s book illustrator Jerry Pinkney was honored with the Artist Award. One very special guest in attendance was Eric Carle’s long lost friend Florence, Carle’s inspiration for his recent book, “Friends.”

The impact and appeal of Eric Carle’s works have extended beyond his publishing franchise and his contribution to the recognition of storybook art, to a collection of award winning children’s product.  The World of Eric Carle toys, games, apparel, accessories, gift, and juvenile products educate, entertain and delight children with Carle’s iconic art, characters and themes from his 70 plus books.   The Joester Loria Group is proud to be the global licensing agent for The World of Eric Carle and is a proud supporter of The Eric Carle Museum.

The Joester Loria Group Partners Kellogg’s with Hallmark

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The Joester Loria Group has brokered a licensing deal for Kellogg’s with Hallmark, the largest manufacturer of greeting cards in the U.S., to release a series of collectible ornaments featuring the brand’s most notable characters and advertising icons.

The first ornament in the series is a vintage Tony the Tiger holiday ornament which debuted on October 4th at Hallmark Gold Crown Stores and on Hallmark’s website, retailing for $14.95. Tony the Tiger has been on breakfast tables across the country for more than 50 years and this collectible ornament will bring a bit of nostalgia to any holiday gathering, a grrrrreat gift!

Hallmark will release a new Kellogg’s ornament every year through 2016 giving customers the opportunity to collect the entire three-piece series. The ornaments will be sold at all 2,400 Hallmark locations, online and at select specialty retailers nationwide.

This exciting new licensing deal for Kellogg’s was featured in License! Global.

Progressive Preschool Awards Finalists Announced

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The Joester Loria Group develops global marketing initiatives that deliver brand enhancement and engagement for its clients.  A recent example developed for The World of Eric Carle was nominated for The Progressive Preschool Awards in the UK. In Spring of 2014, the Giant Wiggle was launched in partnership with UK charity Action for Children, as a fundraising campaign that brought children under five together in caterpillar conga lines and encouraged them to play and develop their imaginations through storytelling and creativity.  The event was tied to the brand’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s 45th anniversary celebration and is a finalist in the Progressive Preschool Awards marketing category.

The Progressive Preschool Awards highlight creativity in the preschool industry in the UK. The awards include ten retail categories, nine product categories and one marketing award. The retail categories include best supermarket retailer, best mixed retailer, the best multiple retailer, the best department store retailer, best online retailer, best retail initiative, best independent nursery retailer, best independent toy retailer, best independent apparel retailer and the best independent gift retailer.   A full list of this year’s finalists is available on the Progressive Preschool site. Winners will be revealed at this year’s award ceremony, which will take place on Thursday, November 13 at The Dorchester Hotel in London.

The finalists were selected by an independent validation panel made up of marketing and communication experts who thoroughly discussed each initiative before the campaigns were voted on to arrive at the six finalists and eventual winner.

New Apparel Collections for Mountain Dew & Pepsi

The Joester Loria Group brokered deals for new lines of apparel for its clients Pepsi and Mountain Dew which recently launched at retail.

The newest additions to the Mountain Dew apparel collection consists of a long sleeve printed tee from licensee Fifth Sun and a polyester pullover fleece as well as a pullover heather fleece hoodie from licensee Dynasty.

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The relaxed-fit long sleeve t-shirt affords wearers the ultimate in cotton comfort, featuring a splashy neon logo at the chest, across the back and tilted down the sleeve. With its laid-back banded neckline and loose sleeves, the shirt can be worn casually or even for light workouts with a pair of sweats. It’s currently available online at Urban Outfitters for a suggested retail price of $34.

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The Mountain Dew Polyester Pullover Fleece features a contrast hood lining, rib and drawstring for ultimate protection and warmth; front kangaroo pocket to keep hands warm or to store any gear and an enviable Mountain Dew graphic. The sweatshirt is available at Shopko stores with a suggested retail price of $59.99.

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Whether you’re an action sports newbie or just want a piece of Mountain Dew nostalgia, the new Heather Fleece Hoodie is sure to quench your thirst. The soft, midweight fleece features a throwback-worthy distressed soft-screen print and a full, loose fit that frees wearers up for a full range of motion and comfort while blocking out wind and cold. The hoodie is available at K-Mart stores with a suggested retail price of $29.99.

Meanwhile, Pepsi’s new apparel line in partnership with JC Fits will be cycled seasonally to keep pace with the latest trends. The range will include everything from stylish separates to textured fashion tops and simple tanks and tunics featuring nostalgic soft-screen print Pepsi logos. Some of the latest pieces are pictured below with more coming soon to juniors fashion departments at specialty, boutique and department stores for the 2014 holiday season.

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The Joester Loria Group Expands The World of Eric Carle’s Licensing Program

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The Joester Loria Group brokered a new deal for their client, The World of Eric Carle, to expand on their current licensing program with additional categories including stationery, craft and activity paper products and confections for the U.S. and Canada.

Through the deal, Primary Colors will develop an extensive line utilizing the much-loved The Very Hungry Caterpillar along with other iconic characters from Carle’s beloved books to create a collection of stationery, craft and school supplies, which will arrive at retail Spring 2015.

Capturing the playful theme of the World of Eric Carle, the new line will emphasize the iconic collage art in a wide variety of products including:  coloring pouches, coloring packs, craft kits, activity pads, stickers, markers, crayons, glue sticks, scissors and flash cards.

Additionally, Primary Colors will be developing everyday and seasonal confections including gummies and fruit snacks along with cookies and crackers.  The cookies and crackers will be made in America.

Distribution of the new products will target a wide range of outlets, such as grocery stores, independent specialty stores, specialty chains, mass market retailers and online stores.

License! Global broke the news of this exciting new collaboration for The World of Eric Carle.

The Latest In Sustainable Consumer Products

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As a full-service brand licensing agency, The Joester Loria Group is constantly monitoring the latest consumer product trends for our clients. Currently, sustainable consumer products that provide environmental and social benefits are gaining in popularity across all consumer segments.

While sustainable products have been in demand for quite some time, the beauty industry has only recently adopted the trend. Just last month, The Chicago Tribune reported on a Beauty and Personal Care Products Sustainability Summit hosted by Wal-Mart, Target and Forum For The Future, a pro-sustainability organization. The goal of the meeting was to encourage a wide range of participants like Johnson & Johnson to develop and produce more sustainable beauty and personal health care products. The summit was the result of growing consumer demand for organic and natural products, which Target said is growing at a rate of almost 20 percent.

Suncoat is one brand already meeting consumers’ demands for sustainable beauty products. Suncoat is a pioneer in non-toxic nail polish made from vegan, mineral-based ingredients and water. The brand recently debuted new positioning, branding and packaging with the help of Territory, an agency dedicated to strategy branding and implementation. With Territory’s marketing and branding guidance coupled with growing consumer demand, Suncoat has great potential.

Sustainable products will continue to be an important category for both the beauty industry as well as other sectors. The Joester Loria Group has developed a number of sustainable brand extensions for a range of clients including a full collection of products for the BBC’s Planet Earth and currently selling at Walmart, Waste Management garbage and recycling bags.

Pepsi Introduces Remote Controlled Cooler

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The Joester Loria Group brokered a new deal for its client, PepsiCo, to introduce an exciting new brand extension that perfectly complements its beverages: a Pepsi remote controlled cooler! Just in time for tailgate season,  the RC cooler is fully functional and can drive forward and reverse and turn left or right.  It can be used within a 175 feet range and is designed to operate over various terrains.

The cooler includes three speed settings to ensure your beverages get where they need to go as fast as possible. Party-goers won’t go thirsty as the Pepsi Remote Controlled Cooler is able to store approximately 32 cans.

Additional features include: speakers with MP3 cable, bright LED headlights, two cup holders and foam insulation that keeps ice cool for days.

This innovative new product is available at http://shop.pepsi.com with a suggested retail price of $374.99.

The cooler debuted last month and has been generating a lot of buzz in outlets including Gizmodo, USA Today, Splash and The Daily News.

Mountain Dew’s Latest Brand Extensions

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It’s been a busy month for the Mountain Dew brand with the latest stop on the Dew Tour and a new Green Label Exclusives collaboration.

The Dew Tour made its first ever stop in Brooklyn from September 18-21, drawing approximately 17,000 fans to the Toyota City Championships. Athletes battled it out for the top prize over two days of competition, demonstrating their creativity and technical skills on courses inspired by iconic New York City skate spots. Garrett Reynolds claimed the top spot in BMX, while Dew Tour newcomer Trevor Colden earned his first Dew Cup in skateboard streetstyle.

In addition to the Dew Tour, another major brand initiative for Mountain Dew is the Green Label Exclusives (GLX ) program. On behalf of their client, The Joester Loria Group has brokered another GLX collaboration which debuted at the event.

The GLX x Girl capsule collection designed by Kevin Lyons for Dew skater Sean Malto will launch in late October at Zumiez and select specialty stores nationwide including online at Crailstore and The Berrics Canteen.  The collection includes a skate deck, five panel hat, pocket tee and wallet featuring the unique and custom designs from Lyons.  Limited quantities will be available and will range in price from $20 – $55.

In addition to designing a line for the GLX program, Lyons also curated the Green Label Gallery Brooklyn installation at the Dew Tour’s latest stop in Brooklyn. The gallery featured more than 40 artworks from young artists selected by Lyons. Additionally, a hashtag gallery on Instagram will showcase pieces from more than 80 artists. Work from Lyons was also displayed in the gallery. A full interview with Lyons is featured on Green-Label.com.

Mountain Dew’s Green Label Exclusives Program brings artists and athletes together with top designers and brands to produce one-of-a-kind and limited edition lifestyle product inspired by the Dew brand.  Each collaboration is supported with video content that helps tell the story of the collaboration and gives consumers a behind-the-scenes look at how it all comes together.

New Licensing Deals for Kellogg’s

The Joester Loria Group is expanding Kellogg’s presence in the kitchen with a new deal for home textiles and the launch of microwavable cookware at Walmart.

On behalf of its client, Kellogg’s, The Joester Loria Group has brokered a licensing deal for hand towels, oven mitts, pot holders, aprons, scrubbers, drying mats, and other kitchen accessories with Dophes, a leading manufacturer of home textiles. The line was designed to celebrate Kellogg’s heritage while keeping a more modern feel in order to complement any type of kitchen.

Dophes Kellogg's Licensing

The Kellogg’s kitchen textiles collection debuted at this month’s New York Market Week and will be available at mass and mid-tier retailers starting in Spring 2015. Dophes joins an established Kellogg’s licensing program with product currently available throughout retail.

Kellogg's All Bran Muffin Maker

Another brand extension for the Kellogg’s brand is the All Bran Microwave Muffin Maker from leading housewares company and Kellogg’s licensee, Evriholder, which just launched at Walmart this fall.

This industry leader for on-the-go impulse products has developed a simple, easy-to-use Muffin Maker for All-Bran Muffins, Kellogg’s #1 most downloaded recipe.  Consumers can combine Kellogg’s All-Bran cereal and a few basic ingredients to create these scrumptious muffins in minutes using their microwave. The All-Bran Microwave Muffin Maker is currently available at Walmart for $5.99.

 

Highlights from ABC Kids Expo

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Earlier this month the juvenile products industry gathered in Las Vegas for ABC Kids Expo. This year’s show featured 1,000 exhibitors and 3,300 booths with an expanded focus on eco-friendly and made in the U.S.A. products.

According to Gifts and Decorative Accessories, functional fashion was a prominent trend at the event and was present across a wide variety of categories including diaper bags, toys, furniture and accessories.

Gifts and Decorative Accessories also highlighted some of the brands who showcased innovative, design-driven and functional products:

*Cao Ocho presented their line of natural teethers in playful shapes like pizza slices, whales, elephants and necklaces.

*Infant Tech showed plush dolls featuring live broadcast cameras. The dolls can be clipped to a car seat so parents can keep on eye on their little ones while driving.

*Digipuppets showed fun finger puppets that can be used to control touchscreen devices. There’s also a dedicated interactive app for the puppets.

*Skincare products were also a hot topic at the show. Top brands included Honest Company, Reese and Luke and Babyganics.

The Joester Loria Group’s client The World of Eric Carle was also on display at the show. Licensee Levels of Discovery showcased its new line of decorative children’s furniture inspired by The World of Eric Carle. The collection includes a rocker, bench seat and revolving bookcase all adorned with Eric Carle’s vibrant collage artwork.

Expanding on their successful line infant travel and safety items launched in 2013, H.I.S. Juveniles debuted a new collection of World of Eric Carle blankets, soft bath products including washcloths, towels and mitts, as well as burp cloths, packaged layette and bibs that will be available in early 2015. The new line includes a wide variety of fabrications and enhancements that are sure to make The Very Hungry Caterpillar and friends come to life.

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Kids Preferred, one of the world’s largest manufacturers of plush toys and gifts, unveiled its new line of World of Eric Carle™ preschool toys.  This latest collection of early preschool toys offers a variety of colors, activities and adventures for little learners including The Very Hungry Caterpillar™ Developmental Toy with Music & Lights & The Very Hungry Caterpillar ™ Rattle with Teether.

Additional World of Eric Carle licensees with product on display included Creative Baby with foam table and chair set with interactivity, along with floor jumpers and walkers on display and Oopsy Daisy Fine Art showcasing canvas wall art and night lights that utilize the much loved The Very Hungry Caterpillar along with other fun characters from Carle’s beloved books.