My Very Hungry Caterpillar App’s Success Story

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The Joester Loria Group recently partnered our client The World of Eric Carle with StoryToys, a leading publisher of entertaining, engaging and educational apps for children, to create the My Very Hungry Caterpillar app. Since debuting in October, the app has received numerous accolades including the 2015 BolognaRagazzi Digital Award and an Appy Award nomination in the Games: Educational/Family/Kids category.

Check out these fun facts that demonstrate the My Very Hungry Caterpillar app’s continued popularity:  

·        There have been an average of 8,000 play sessions per day, with 1.3 million play sessions in total.

·        It takes three seconds for the Very Hungry Caterpillar to eat a single fruit. On average, five pieces of fruit are eaten per session, that’s 40,000 pieces of fruit a day.

·        In total, 6.9 million pieces of fruit have been eaten. That’s the equivalent of 13,228 lbs of apples.

·        A piece of fruit is eaten on average every two seconds. In a year, our Very Hungry Caterpillar will eat the equivalent of 1/8th of the world’s production of apples.

·        Since December 4, 96,500 butterflies have been created, which is an average of 665 per day.

·        2,040 butterflies were created on March 22nd, Very Hungry Caterpillar Day. That’s a new butterfly every 42 seconds.

·        Average lifetime minutes in the app per user is 138 minutes vs. an industry average of 20 minutes.

·        The average lifetime play session is 12 minutes vs. the  industry average of 2.5 minutes

My Very Hungry Caterpillar is a virtual character app that lets children nurture, care for and play with their very own Very Hungry Caterpillar. The 3D animation captures the unique style of Eric Carle’s award-winning art, delivering a wonderful experience for the millions of fans of the best-selling classic children’s book, first published 46 years ago. My Very Hungry Caterpillar is available in the App Store, globally priced at $3.99

As the exclusive brand licensing agency for The World of Eric Carle, this highly successful app is just one piece of the extensive, multicategory licensing program The Joester Loria Group has developed on behalf of our client.

The Joester Loria Group Adds Comics and Graphic Novels To SMOSH Licensing Program

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In a deal brokered by The Joester Loria Group, DEFY Media’s YouTube sensation SMOSH has licensed with Dynamite Entertainment to develop a series of comics and graphic novels. SMOSH, the powerhouse digital comedy brand with more than 30 million subscribers across multiple YouTube channels and over 20 million social media followers, launched in 2005 as the brainchild of Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla.  Founded in 20045, Dynamite Entertainment has become a leading comic publisher focusing on creating adaptations of top entertainment properties.  

The SMOSH graphic novels and comics will hit retail shelves Holiday 2015 and will retail for $3.99-$4.99 for comic books, $14.99-$19.99 for soft cover graphic novels and $24.99-$49.99 for hard covers.

Demonstrating the popularity of their brand, SMOSH creators Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla were the highest ranking public figures among teens 13-18 years old,  according to a 2014 survey commissioned by VarietyBusiness Insider has also profiled the duo and the powerful brand they have created based on their YouTube channels. 

This new addition to the Smosh licensing program will target the growing community of graphic novel and comic book enthusiasts in the young millennial demographic. According to estimates by Comichron’s John Jackson Miller and ICv2’s Milton Griepp, domestic sales of comics and graphic novels topped $870 million in 2013; a significant increase from $265 million in  2000.

An extension of DEFY Media’s SMOSH comedy brand, which includes multiple YouTube channels, a highly trafficked website, mobile, OTT and gaming apps as well as merchandising,  the comic and graphic novel series will give Hecox and Padilla a new platform for their distinct brand of humor, and will provide SMOSH fans with another way to connect with their favorite digital brand.

JLG Expands Car and Driver Licensing Program

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As the brand licensing agency for Hearst Publications, The Joester Loria Group has brokered a deal to extend the Car and Driver automotive accessories program with Argento SC with the addition of new products.

The expanded collection will build off the successful launch of the Car and Driver car care accessories program that launched in 2013 and introduce new categories such as automotive cleaning supplies, garage organization items, and pet products for automotive use.

The licensing partnership between Car and Driver and Argento SC brings a unique know-how to the car care accessories category, while delivering the quality and innovation that consumers seek in solution-based automotive gear. More than 10.7 million automotive brand loyalists trust the Car and Driver brand. From the initial launch of a core line of Car and Driver automotive accessories to now, Argento continues to deliver on the Car and Driver brand promise.

As the frequency of Americans traveling with pets increases, concern for their animal’s safety grows as well. As a result, car pet products, such as safety restraints, booster seats, portable steps, and barriers, are a main focus of the expanded product offering.

Look for the expanded Car and Driver automotive accessories program to hit retail later this year.

Another High Profile Lifestyle Collaboration for Mountain Dew

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Right on the heels of Dew’s highly successful Green Label Exclusives (GLX) collaboration with GIRL Skateboards, Dew launches its seventh GLX collaboration with Rastaclat.

Dew’s GLX program brings together top brands, artists and athletes to create the hottest limited edition releases.  Earlier this year, the GLX x Girl skatedeck sold out immediately and is now featured in the “Do The Dew” global ad campaign.  In this latest installment to the GLX program, The Joester Loria Group recently partnered its client Mountain Dew with accessories brand Rastaclat on a collaboration inspired by the Green Label philosophy of individuality. The line includes two new colorways of Rastaclat’s popular braided shoelace bracelets and a black and white bucket hat featuring accents in Mountain Dew’s signature shade of green. This exciting new collection is now available on and To help promote the new collaboration, Mountain Dew supported a social media push and a series of videos starring Dew professional skater Boo Johnson and Justin Schulte, that were featured by The Skateboard Mag.

The Joester Loria Group’s client Mountain Dew is a brand known for being high-energy, celebrating individuality and its close ties to action sports; Mountain Dew brand extensions highlight these values.  Look for more GLX collaborations to come in 2015.

The Joester Loria Group Expands The Amy Coe Brand

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The Joester Loria Group has brokered a new licensing deal to partner Amy Coe with Tawil & Associates for a multi-category clothing deal, expanding on her success as an exclusive designer for direct-to-retail licenses with Target and Babies R Us. The new collection will include layette, toddler, boys and girls apparel, sleepwear, swim and fashion accessories and will launch for spring 2016 at department, specialty and national retailers.

“I’m super excited to embark on this new partnership with JLG,” said Amy Coe. “Expanding the Amy Coe brand is a dream come true. My designs are embraced by moms everywhere — now it’s time to amplify the assortment.  I am always looking forward, evolving and thinking of what we could be doing next.  My goal is to create a curated collection that screams AMY COE, all with an independent attitude.  Tawil & Associates are experts in their field, which make them the ideal manufacturing partner.  We are anticipating many successful years at retail.”

High impact marketing support for the launch of the collection will position AMY COE as a fashion authority with a focus on hip, cool design with a downtown edge.  In addition to traditional print, TV and digital PR campaigns, specifically targeted social media and outreach to influential mommy and fashion bloggers will drive consumer engagement.

Amy Coe’s past partnerships include a six-year-exclusive retail partnership with Target for her Amy Coe Limited Edition collection, which featured adorable designs at affordable prices. Additionally, Amy Coe’s seven-year-exclusive retail partnership with Babies R Us was the largest product introduction by an exclusive designer in the company’s history. Coe’s collections boast a successful track record at retail with sales exceeding $200 million.

Recognized for her fresh approach to design, Coe celebrates pure color, exceptional detail, modern lines and always encourages individual style.  Inspired by a REBEL spirit and INDEPENDENT attitude, the line ranges from soft, cozy denim to rock & roll party dresses.

“We are thrilled to partner with Amy Coe to bring her distinctive designs to a larger audience,” said Mitchell Tawil, Executive Vice President of Tawil & Associates.  “We are really looking forward to working with both Amy and The Joester Loria Group to extend the brand at retail.”

The Joester Loria Group will continue to expand on Coe’s successful children’s apparel licensing programs, reintroduce Amy Coe accessories, bedding and décor, and develop Amy Coe Home for adult bedding and home goods. License! Global and aNb Media both covered Amy Coe’s latest brand extension.

New Licensing Deals for Kellogg’s

The Joester Loria Group brokered two new deals for Kellogg’s licensing program.

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The first brand extension will partner Rice Krispies with Brand Castle LLC for Rice Krispies treat making kits. Rice Krispies treat making has been a family tradition for more than four decades, in fact, 32% of Rice Krispies purchased are used for treat making!  Now Kellogg’s will offer seasonal kits to enhance the treat-making experience. The program will launch at Walmart for Halloween 2015 with a kit that includes a reusable plastic mold with two pumpkin shapes, Rice Krispies cereal, mini marshmallows, two colored icing pens and orange food color gel. The set makes 14 Rice Krispies pumpkin treats and will retail for $7.20.  Later in 2015, Christmas-themed treat making kits will launch and in 2016, Easter and everyday kits will be available at grocery, mass and specialty retailers.

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Additionally, The Joester Loria Group has enlisted R Squared Sales and Logistics to further expand Kellogg’s presence in the kitchen with a new line of tabletop and decor featuring iconic Kellogg’s characters.  R Squared will develop a collection of ceramic bowls, plates, mugs, glasses and canisters featuring vintage designs of Kellogg’s iconic characters including Tony the Tiger, Toucan Sam and Snap, Crackle and Pop. This Kellogg’s tabletop collection will launch at specialty, mid-tier, mass retailers and grocery retailers Fall 2015.

Gourmet InsiderHFN, and License! Global all covered Kellogg’s new licensing deals which joins other  home, housewares and kitchen categories as part of the Kellogg’s licensing program.

The Joester Loria Group Expands “Brain Games” Brand

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The Joester Loria Group, exclusive brand licensing agency for “Brain Games,” a top-rated National Geographic Channel series hosted by Jason Silva, has added Buffalo Games to develop high-quality adult and family board games and card games based on the popular show.

The initial product offering will bring the creativity and excitement of “Brain Games” into everyone’s living room as a game that will challenge your brain like never before! Players will attempt to complete a series of challenges and experiments that will test all aspects of their brain with five different categories of questions including – mind vs. body, illusions, language, logic, and head-to-head challenges.  The first player to successfully complete at least one challenge from each category will win the game!The game will retail for $19.99, launching at key specialty retailers and online accounts this Holiday 2015 and expand to leading mid-tier and mass accounts Spring 2016.

The Emmy-nominated series will blow your mind, make you gasp, and challenge the way you see and think about the world around you. Hailed by critics as “tremendous fun” that “makes science entertaining,” “Brain Games” turns your mind’s eye inwards for a fascinating journey into the three and a half pounds of tissue that has been controlling your every thought, memory, movement and emotion. The top-rated series garners millions of viewers per episode, and over-indexes with high income consumers and viewers with a college education.

Buffalo Games is an industry-leading jigsaw puzzle and party game manufacturer located in Buffalo, New York.  Buffalo Games products are available at all major retailers in the U.S.A. and Canada. Over the company’s almost 30 year history, Buffalo Games has sold more than 30 million puzzles and party games.

Green Label Exclusives Featured In Mountain Dew’s Latest Campaign

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As recently reported by The Wall Street JournalMountain Dew is reviving its famous “Do The Dew” slogan in a new global marketing campaign, which also features the latest collaboration in the Green Label Exclusives (GLX) program.

The Joester Loria Group brokered a deal for Mountain Dew to collaborate with skate brand GIRL to develop a signature capsule collection for  Dew professional skateboarder Sean Malto.  The limited edition collection included a custom skate deck, five panel hat, pocket tee and a wallet, all designed by artist Kevin Lyons.

The “Fireboard” global campaign features professional Dew skateboarder Sean Malto as he sparks a beach bonfire with the GLX skate deck.

The famous “Dew The Do” tagline first debuted 20 years ago and the brand hopes to capture the attention of a global, male, millennial audience with these new spots, which will air both on television and online.

PepsiCo hopes to grow the $9 billion Mountain Dew brand even further with this new marketing push. Most of that growth will come from markets outside the US including Western Europe, Canada, Latin America, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and India.  According to Beverage Digest, Mountain Dew is currently the third-biggest liquid refreshment beverage megabrand.

As Mountain Dew’s brand licensing agency, The Joester Loria Group will continue to build on the success of the GLX program.  Stay tuned for new collaborations coming in 2015.

Brand Updates From The World of Eric Carle

World of Eric Carle Brand Updates

It’s been an exciting month for The Joester Loria Group’s client The World of Eric Carle, the brand based on the award-winning, beloved children’s publishing franchise, which promotes the joys of playful learning through Eric Carle’s timeless stories and vibrant artwork.

The brand’s centerpiece, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, was recently named by Parents as the number one all-time best book for toddlers. This honor demonstrates the impact of Eric Carle’s work continues to have more than 40 years after its debut. This exciting news came just in time for The Very Hungry Caterpillar Day on March 20th. Several of The World of Eric Carle’s licensing partners celebrated VHC Day with exciting promotions.

Across the globe in Japan, a World of Eric Carle event space made its debut at Dot DNP, Digital Picture Book Museum  in Tokyo.  The theme of the event is “Let’s Play and Learn with Colors” and it provides a space where families can engage with the brand, learn about Eric and his art, and play with and learn about colors. The exhibit is running through August 29, 2015 and features craft workshops and a digital Very Hungry Caterpillar experience, where visitors can take photos and color in their own butterflies. Additional elements of the exhibit include a photo booth with a Very Hungry Caterpillar backdrop, a reading space, lithographs of Eric’s work as well as a message from Eric himself.

The Joester Loria Group is exclusive brand licensing agency for The World of Eric Carle. Stay tuned for more exciting brand updates from The World of Eric Carle.

Pepsi & Mountain Dew At SXSW


Earlier this month, South by Southwest (SXSW), the annual interactive, film and musical festival took place in Austin, Texas. The Joester Loria Group’s client Pepsi Beverages North America continued its sponsorship of the event for the seventh consecutive year. Pepsi offered a variety of interactive experiences to drive consumer engagement for several of its brands including Pepsi®and Mountain Dew®.

Mountain Dew offered a number of SXSW experiences including an immersive consumer experience called Green Label Live, which featured live performances by A-Trak and other Green Label Sound artists such as Joey Bada$$ and MNDR.  In addition, the Green Label Exclusives licensed product program was on hand at the Green Label house and seeded to press and influencers at an invite only media event.  GLX partner Rastaclat posted about the event as well .

As the exclusive North American licensing agency for PepsiCo, the Joester Loria Group has developed a variety of successful brand extensions for Pepsi and Mountain Dew including many popular Green Label Exclusives capsule collections for the Mountain Dew brand.  By integrating licensing into key brand initiatives, like SXSW, the brand is able to enhances its engagement with consumers and provide additional ways for fans to connect with their favorite brand.