BACARDÍ® Announces Two New Flavors To Shake Up Your Summer Entertaining

The King of Rums Launches BACARDÍ Grapefruit and BACARDÍ Raspberry with Share-worthy Punch Recipes

BACARDÍ®, the world’s most awarded rum, has unveiled its plans to heat up the season with the debut of two new flavors – BACARDÍ Grapefruit and BACARDÍ Raspberry flavored rums. For those looking to mix up refreshing BACARDÍ Grapefruit or BACARDÍ Raspberry cocktails at home, the rum brand will be offering monthly specialty cocktails available to purchase through Cocktail Courier, a premier online cocktail delivery service.

BACARDÍ Grapefruit is a white rum infused with pink grapefruit flavors to create a sour and semi-sweet fresh taste, while BACARDÍ Raspberry is infused with citrus raspberry flavors to create a mouth-watering taste mixture of sweet and tart. Both new flavors are now available in 750ML size for a suggested retail price of $12.99, in addition to 50ML, 200ML, 375ML, 1L and 1.75L sizes.

With the official start of summer around the corner, the new flavors will be highlighted in signature punch cocktail recipes. Punch cocktails make entertaining and shared experiences with friends easy. In addition, large-format cocktails are the solution to frenzied hosting – make it ahead of time, and then savor party moments with friends as they happen.

BACARDÍ Grapefruit and BACARDÍ Raspberry will join the rum leader’s portfolio of popular flavored rums including the core flavor lineup of BACARDÍ Tangerine, BACARDÍ Limón, BACARDÍ Pineapple, BACARDÍ Coconut, BACARDÍ Mango and BACARDÍ Dragon Berry. Each offering in the BACARDÍ flavored rum lineup begins with the recipe for BACARDÍ Superior, which uses the time-honored methods of founder Don Facundo Bacardí Massó, whose innovative use of distillation and charcoal filtration set the precedence for modern rum-making.

BACARDÍ Grapefruit and BACARDÍ Raspberry are easily mixable in any type of cocktail, and traditional flavors like citrus and berry continue to grow in popularity. (According to the Nielsen Pert White Spirits A&U study from March 2014, traditional flavors now represent 85% of flavored spirit volume–versus non-traditional fruit flavors–and two-thirds of flavored spirits volume is coming from millennial consumers.

Throughout the summer, BACARDÍ Grapefruit and BACARDÍ Raspberry will be served at BACARDÍ House Party events across the country, including Governors Ball in New York City. The rums will be offered in their signature serves, the BACARDÍ Citrus Party Punch and the BACARDÍ Red Rum Punch.

BACARDI Citrus Party Punch

BACARDI Citrus Party Punch (PRNewsFoto/BACARDI)

BACARDÍ Citrus Party Punch

1 part BACARDÍ Grapefruit

1 part BACARDÍ Limon

2 parts orange juice

1 part grapefruit juice

4 lime wedges

METHOD: Pour all ingredients into a serving glass filled with ice. Squeeze two lime wedges into drink. Stir with a bar spoon. Garnish with an orange slice.

BACARDI Red Rum Punch

BACARDI Red Rum Punch (PRNewsFoto/BACARDI)

BACARDÍ Red Rum Punch

1.5 parts BACARDÍ Raspberry

1.5 parts BACARDÍ Limon

1.5 parts BACARDÍ Superior

1 part Grenadine

4 parts Sweet & Sour

1 part cranberry juice

METHOD: Pour all ingredients into a mixing glass and fill with ice. Cap with a tin and shake. Strain into a serving glass filled with ice. Garnish with a mint sprig and lemon wedge.

The new flavors, BACARDÍ Grapefruit and BACARDÍ Raspberry, will cool down all your warm weather occasions, especially in fun summer cocktails like punch,” said Juan Coronado, National Brand Ambassador, BACARDÍ rum. “Punch is a communal way to reconnect with friends and share a fun bonding experience over a great cocktail.”

For more information on BACARDÍ rum and flavored rums and cocktail recipes, visit

Talenti® Gelato & Sorbetto Unveils Six New Flavors For 2016

Nutty, Savory And Sweet Profiles Lead This Year’s Flavor Journey

Talenti® Gelato & Sorbettothe best-selling gelato in the United States based on retail sales results for 2015 annual sales period ending 12/19/2015— is unveiling six new flavors for 2016. Talenti, the company, began as a gelateria in 2003 and has since grown into the best-selling packaged gelato in the United States. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Unilever, Talenti is committed to using artisanal methods and uses only the finest, carefully sourced ingredients — Belgian Chocolate, fresh whole Tahitian vanilla beans from Papua New Guinea, select coconuts from the Philippines, and real Argentine dulce de leche are just a few of the many fine ingredients used to create Talenti gelatos and sorbettos.

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Talenti(R) Gelato & Sorbetto (PRNewsFoto/Talenti Gelato & Sorbetto)

Talenti is committed to using only the good stuff when creating their multitude of sorbetto and gelato flavors. Farm-fresh milk and fine, pure cane sugar are blended with ingredients sourced from around the globe, and locally, whenever possible. With this, the company uses artisanal cooking methods designed to create robust flavor profiles and experiences. The end result is scooped into the signature Talenti clear, recyclable, resealable and BPA-free containers. Sorbetto options are also part of the ever-evolving product line.

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Talenti(R) Gelato & Sorbetto unveils six new flavors for 2016 including Chocolate Sorbetto, Coconut Almond Chocolate Gelato, Key Lime Pie Gelato, Peanut Butter Pretzel Gelato, Vanilla Caramel Swirl Gelato and Wild Blackberry Gelato. (PRNewsFoto/Talenti Gelato & Sorbetto)

Beginning this month, the new varieties will appear in grocery store freezers and include delicious, hand-crafted flavors just in time for the warmer spring and summer months:

Chocolate Sorbetto: No milk? No problem. A sophisticated cocoa sorbetto that delivers a smooth, simple and rich chocolate taste.

Coconut Almond Chocolate GelatoCoconut shreds, semi-sweet chocolatey flakes, and salted roasted almonds all blended into coconut gelato.

Key Lime Pie GelatoRefreshing key lime gelato with a textured graham swirl and graham cracker pieces.

Peanut Butter Pretzel GelatoPeanut butter gelato with a peanut butter ripple and chocolatey peanutty crunchy pretzel balls.

Vanilla Caramel Swirl GelatoClassic vanilla bean gelato with a generous swirl of decadent Talenti dulce de leche.

Wild Blackberry GelatoAn elegant blackberry gelato with a smooth blackberry swirl.

We’re always finding ways to innovate our flavor lineup, and we’re really proud of these inventive twists and fresh flavor combinations,” said Josh Hochschuler, founder of Talenti. “This year’s flavors are made with real ingredients you can see — like coconut shreds, layers of graham crackers and ribbons of peanut butter — and we’re excited for our fans to discover these latest creations.”

The newest flavors will debut at this year’s Natural Products Expo West show in Anaheim, Calif., which ends this weekend. Consumers can find the new Talenti flavors at major retailers nationwide for a suggested retail price of $4.99-$5.99. For a full list of Talenti products and to find retail locations

California Wine Exports Set Sales Record in 2015: Worldwide Demand Grows, Despite Strong Dollar

According to The Wine Institute, U.S. wine exports, 90% from California, reached $1.61 billion in winery revenues in 2015, an all-time record and a 7.6% increase from 2014. Volume was up 4.1% from the previous year to 461 million liters or 51.2 million cases. Since 1985,the Wine Institute has served as the administrator of the Market Access Program, a cost-share export promotion program managed by the USDA‘s Foreign Agricultural Service.

California wines appeal to consumers across the globe who recognize the unique quality and excellent Wine Institute logovalue of our wines.  Consumers are also attracted to California’s trend-setting lifestyle, innovative cuisine, beautiful wine country destinations and emphasis on environmental responsibility—all of which are reflected in our wines,” said Robert P. (Bobby) Koch, Wine Institute President and CEO.

Of the top 10 export markets for California wines, the European Union’s 28-member countries were the largest, accounting for $622 million, followed by Canada, $461 million; Hong Kong, $97 million; Japan, $96 million;China, $56 million; Nigeria, $29 million; Mexico, $26 million; South Korea, $23 million; Switzerland, $21 million; and Singapore, $15 million.

More than 170 California wineries participate in Wine Institute’s California Wine Export Program and export to 138 countries supported by 15 representative offices around the world which develop markets in 25 countries,” said Wine Institute Vice President International Marketing Linsey Gallagher. “California wine exports have increased 91% by value in the last decade and we’re seeing a “premiumization” trend with dollar sales outpacing volume growth.  This growth is occurring despite heavily-subsidized foreign competitors, high tariffs and strong dollar.” US_Wine_Exports_in_Dollars

Wine Institute’s six Regional Trade Directors in key export markets reported on 2015 exports:


California wine sales continued to be strong in Canada last year despite unfavorable exchange rates. In 2015, U.S. wine sales surpassed wines from France and Italy for the first time to claim the largest share of import table wines in the Canadian market,” said Rick Slomka, Canadian Trade Director for the Wine Institute. “California wines have built a solid consumer base and enjoy substantial momentum in this market. California wineries have invested significantly to develop their business in Canada and anticipate continued growth, although at a slower pace.

Continental Europe

Despite a strong U.S. dollar and fierce competition from Old and New World wine countries, nearly all export markets in Continental Europe showed an increase. It is especially encouraging to see that our educational and promotional efforts in Germany, our largest market on the continent, are paying off with an increase of 32% in revenues,” said Paul Molleman, Wine Institute Trade Director for Continental Europe.The 28-member European Union countries accounted for nearly 40% share of total U.S. wine exports in 2015.

United Kingdom

The United Kingdom has always been a receptive market for California wines, and a quarter of all U.S. wine exports by volume come to this country. Value increases are now out-stripping volume growth, with U.S. wine export value to the UK rising by 28% last year. The wine trade here has shifted emphasis to restaurants and casual dining, and a burgeoning independent retail sector, leading to increased interest in premium wines from the Golden State. California is better placed here than it has ever been before, and we expect further growth in 2016 and beyond,” said Wine Institute United Kingdom Trade Director John McLaren.


California wine has been selling well in Japan but supply was a major challenge in the first quarter of 2015 due to the slowdown at the ports along the U.S. west coast. Japan’s California wine imports in January 2015 were down 40.5% by volume from the previous year, and the situation prevented Japanese importers from promoting our wines. After April 2015, the port issue was resolved and supply was back in line with growing demand,” said Ken-ichi Hori, Wine Institute Japan Trade Director.

Once the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement goes into force, the import duty on U.S. wines will be completely abolished in eight years which will help the entire California category grow in Japan. This is critical for the California wine industry, since our competitors, Chile and Australia, already have free trade agreements with Japan, and benefit from a duty advantage over California wines.”


With no reliable country-wide sales data, the 2015 numbers based on import/export data for China don’t tell the whole story on California wine performance, and, in fact, are misleading. Looking at consumption of California wines in the premium and super premium categories, the price range for most California wines, sales were up last year. The export decline was due to a drop in less expensive wines being imported following excessive importation in 2013-2014. Sales of higher-priced wines are quite healthy, while even lower-priced wines are selling through as depletions continue. The export data to Hong Kong shows a healthy 41% increase by value in exports, and we know that a portion of volume shipped to Hong Kong is destined for China. The market for California wines in China remains healthy and more consumer driven than in years past when gifting and group purchasing were significant drivers of sales,” said Christopher Beros, Wine Institute Trade Director for China.

Emerging Markets

The strong dollar and difficult trading conditions affected California wine’s performance in emerging markets. However, the region produced clear success stories in 2015, such as Hong Kong, Mexico and South Korea where export value grew 41%, 7% and 5% respectively,” said Eric Pope, Wine Institute Regional Director for Emerging Markets.

Removing obstacles to trade and ensuring that California wines have fair and equal access to international sales channels remain our top focus,” said Tom LaFaille, Wine Institute Vice President and International Trade Counsel.  “Unfortunately, more and more countries and provinces are “modernizing” their laws to benefit only local wine producers.  Wine Institute works closely with the U.S. government to continue to lead initiatives against discriminatory trade barriers which violate international agreements.”

 The Wine Institute‘s Export Program offers many tools to support California Wines category building efforts around the world, including a consumer website in eight languages, social media campaigns in 16 countries, an educational California Wines PowerPoint tool, educational and entertaining video assets, and a strong partnership with Visit California to increase tourism to California wine regions.  The program organizes California’s participation in international trade shows and trade missions, hosts master classes and seminars as well as tastings for trade, media and consumers worldwide.  Last year’s active schedule of California wine country visits brought in 150 international media and wine buyers from 15 countries. For more information, see: Wine Institute’s California Wine Export Program

LifeStyles® Condoms Undergoes Major Rebrand and Unveils New Products

Rebrand Includes Packaging Updates and Website Re-Design for LifeStyles and SKYN® Condoms

Ansell, a global leader in protection solutions and the makers of LifeStyles® and SKYN® Condoms (“SKYN”), announced today a major design overhaul, including packaging updates and website redesign for both brands.

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LifeStyles(R) Condoms Unveils New Products and Packaging (PRNewsFoto/LifeStyles Condoms)

The iconic LifeStyles brand condoms have been updated with vibrant designs and colors reflective of the product attributes within. Each new box displays unique graphics with product details overlaid to outline the specific benefits of each variety in an easy-to-read format. This redesign was initiated to build excitement surrounding safe sex, highlight pleasure enhancing product attributes, and appeal to the brand’s key millennial demographic with a bold new look.

In addition to the core LifeStyles-brand products, the first-ever polyisoprene, non-latex SKYN brand of condoms by LifeStyles will also debut an updated design for its product range. Widely known as “the closest thing to wearing nothing,” SKYN packaging has been re-invigorated to further showcase the key attributes and new messaging for SKYN, enabling users to “Feel Everything(TM).” The SKYN logo has been updated with a circular design reminiscent of the look of an unfurled condom. This design, which is color coded for each SKYN variety, will help facilitate instant identification of the brand, both in communication materials and on store shelves, helping users easily identify varieties in the SKYN range, ultimately making the selection of the most suitable product for each consumer quicker and easier.

In conjunction with the overall rebrand, LifeStyles has also completed an update to their current online presence with a brand new website hosted at To complement the new packaging design, the website reflects a sleek and modern look. It has been reinvigorated with a strong focus on custom content including infographics, videos, articles, sex tips, tricks, and more. In addition to a fresh visual appeal, the new website delivers on a core consumer need by providing relevant, useful, down-to-earth content about sex and relationships that they are seeking.

As part of this redesign, LifeStyles is also introducing seven products to the core LifeStyles latex condom collection. These introductions include updated designs and re-brands for Ultra THYN(TM), KYNG(TM), Everlast Intense and Turbo, with brand new products including BareBack(TM), Ultra Studded, Ultra Ribbed and the Ultra Trial Pack, which comes in three sizes. Continue reading

Pepsi Paints the Bay Area Blue for Super Bowl 50

Sponsor Of The Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show Provides Unique Fan Experiences Around Biggest Pop Culture Moment Of The Year

Pepsi, the official sponsor of the Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show, unveiled activations the brand will execute around California’s Bay Area and across the country, to get consumers excited for Halftime and Super Bowl 50 leading up to the big game.

Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Janelle Monae

Pepsi’s Super Bowl 50 commercial starring Janelle Monae celebrates the brand’s heritage in music (Credit: Rachel Murray / Getty Images) (PRNewsFoto/PepsiCo)

Returning for the 14th consecutive year as the official soft drink partner of the NFL, Pepsi will bring a number of activations and content to the Bay Area in celebration of Super Bowl 50, including:

  • Pepsi Super Bowl Advertisement, “Joy of Dance”
  • Kola House at Pier 70
  • Pepsi and DIRECTV celebrate three nights at Pier 70
  • The Pepsi Rookie of the Year Award
  • Pepsi Helmets at NFL Experience
  • The Pepsi Fan Deck at Levi’s Stadium

PEPSI SUPER BOWL ADVERTISEMENT, the “Joy of Dance“: Starring R&B singer and actress Janelle Monáe, Pepsi’s Super Bowl 50 advertisement, which was released online earlier today, celebrates the brand’s heritage in music by paying homage to music greats past and present. The spot will also air during Super Bowl 50 on February 7.

Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Janelle Monae

Pepsi’s Super Bowl 50 commercial starring Janelle Monae celebrates the brand’s heritage in music (Credit: Rachel Murray / Getty Images) (PRNewsFoto/PepsiCo)

KOLA HOUSE AT PIER 70: Pepsi will hold an exclusive preview of Kola House – a new experiential lounge and event space, launching its flagship in NYC’s Meatpacking District this spring. The centerpiece of Kola House is a full service Kola Bar – a place where guests will discover the origins, functionality and true flavor of the kola nut. Décor exhibited comes from a partnership between PepsiCo Design and interior design firm, Kravitz Design Inc. Music will be curated by Swizz Beatz and a live art installation from two legendary local San Francisco artists – Jeremy Fish and Sam Flores – will be displayed at the party. Pepsi will celebrate this first-of-its-kind space and inviting media to enjoy specialty elixirs designed by Kola House resident cocktail creator and flavor chemist Alex Ott, along artisanal bites inspired by the Flagship menu.

PEPSI PARTNERS WITH DIRECTV TO PROVIDE ULTIMATE EXPERIENCE AT PIER 70: Pepsi and DIRECTV are joining forces in San Francisco to bring fans three unforgettable days of music, technology and art around the biggest sporting event of the year.

Pepsi and DIRECTV will provide fans with the ultimate experience at San Francisco’s Pier 70, when they host three nights of live concert performances featuring Dave Matthews Band (Thursday), Pharrell (Friday), Red Hot Chili Peppers (Saturday) and more. The innovative and premium space will be designed specifically for never-before-seen fan engagement and features state-of-the-art sound systems, unique artistic designs and projection-mapped photo walls for an immersive social media experience.

PEPSI ROOKIE OF THE YEAR AWARD: Again this year, Pepsi will announce the NFL Rookie of the Year at the Pepsi Friday Night Live event on Friday, February 5 at Pier 70. The five finalists were selected for their outstanding performances throughout the 2015 NFL season and the 2015 Rookie of the Year will be in attendance at the event to accept his award. Continue reading

Build-A-Bear Workshop® Debuts Scented Sweet Hugs Furry Friends And 2016 Share Your Heart Program

New Furry Friends and Accessories Arrive to Kick off Partnership for Save the Children

As the leading expert on children, we inspire and achieve lasting impact for millions of the world’s most vulnerable girls and boys. By transforming children’s lives now, we change the course of their future and ours.”

Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc., an interactive destination where guests can create personalized furry friends, has introduced a new collection of scented, make-your-own Sweet Hugs gifts just in time for Valentine’s Day. The new Build-A-Bear Workshop Sweet Hugs Heart Bear, Sweet Hugs Swirl Bear and Sweet Hugs Pup have candy-scented fur made possible by Celessence™ Technologies microencapsulation, a license of Genius Brands International, which uses touch to release an irresistible fragrance. The more you hug them, the sweeter they smell.

Build-A-Bear Workshop Sweet Hugs Group

Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc. has introduced a new collection of scented, make-your-own Sweet Hugs gifts just in time for Valentine’s Day. The new Build-A-Bear Workshop Sweet Hugs Heart Bear, Sweet Hugs Swirl Bear and Sweet Hugs Pup have candy-scented fur made possible by Celessence(TM) Technologies. (PRNewsFoto/Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc.)

Each Sweet Hugs friend can transform into a unique, huggable Valentine with the addition of a Build-A-Sound® recordable chip featuring a personalized message, plush conversation hearts, and customized clothing.

From sweet scents to sweet dreams, the new Build-A-Bear Workshop 2 Fun 2 Sleep slumber party line includes new furry friends, a make-your-own Rainbow Hugs Stuffable Pillow, plus matching pajamas for kids and furry friends.

Build-A-Bear Workshop guests with a sweet tooth can also indulge in an assortment of all-natural, premium chocolate bars from PRAIM Group, Froose co-branded fruit snacks, Clever Cookie iced and mini cookies, as well as new co-branded NECCO® Sweethearts® candies.

Build-A-Bear Workshop is starting the New Year in yet another sweet way by inviting guests to support Save the Children through the company’s Share Your Heart program in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. From now through March 2, Build-A-Bear Workshop guests can share their heart by donating to Save the Children‘s Journey of Hope program in stores or online at

Save the Children invests in childhood – every day, in times of crisis and for our future. In the United States and around the world, they are dedicated to ensuring every child has the best chance for success. Their pioneering programs give children a healthy start, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm; and their advocacy efforts provide a voice for children who cannot speak for themselves.

Launched in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, Save the Children’s Journey of Hope program empowers children of all ages to identify their own strengths, build coping skills, self-esteem and overall resilience. The program has since been delivered to more than 85,000 children in the United States, Australia, Canada, Italy, Spain,New Zealand and the United Kingdom.

The Build-A-Bear Foundation will match all U.S. guest donations up to $100,000. At Build-A-Bear Workshop U.K. and Canadalocations, guests can purchase a purple satin heart, $1 of which will be donated to Save the Children.

We want to make it easy for guests to start the New Year on a positive note by sharing their hearts and doing something good for others,” said Gina Collins, chief marketing officer, Build-A-Bear Workshop, Inc.We believe all children deserve a chance at a great future and our partnership with Save the Children will help young people in the Journey of Hope program to thrive.”

At all Build-A-Bear Workshop locations, guests can fill out a special Share Your Heart card to send positive thoughts and encouragement to children in the Journey of Hope program.

Following disasters and other traumatic experiences, children often struggle to move forward, and they need support to develop coping skills and strategies to deal with their emotions in healthy ways,” said Natalie Vega-O’Neil, Save the Children’s acting vice-president for U.S. Programs.With the support of Build-A-Bear Workshop, we will work with communities to build on children’s strengths and resiliency as we expand the program and reach even more children in need.”

For more information, visit and follow the brand on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.


The Republic of Tea to Debut Twelve Innovative Premium Teas and Herbs (and More) at 2016 Winter Fancy Foods Show in San Francisco

Highlights include all-new Coconut Water Iced Teas and Gift Teas, U-Matcha® Charcoal, expanded Biodynamic and SuperHerb® Tea Collections

The Republic of Tea, a leading purveyor of premium teas and herbs, will debut a variety of innovative and delicious new teas for 2016 at the Winter Fancy Foods Show, January 17-19, in San Francisco, Calif. Offerings include all-new Coconut Water Iced Teas and Gift Teas collections as well as expanded selections for the U-Matcha®, Biodynamic, and SuperHerb® collections. Additionally, The Republic of Tea added 12 new full-leaf teas and herbs to its overwrap tea bag program, with updated packaging


These and other unique teas from The Republic of Tea are on display and available for sampling at the Moscone Convention Center throughout the show at Booth #1370.

Created with a blend of coconut water, green rooibos tea, and tropical fruits, these iced teas offer a refreshing taste of vacation no matter the locale. Great for parties or for everyday sipping, each pouch steeps one quart of iced tea. NEW Coconut Water Iced Tea blends include the light and refreshingly sweet Mango Coconut Water Iced Tea and the bright, juicy Pineapple Coconut Water Iced Tea.Gift-Teas

The Republic of Tea’s new Gift Teas collection offer Citizens the opportunity to send a message of well-wishes and appreciation ‘Sip by Sip’ with personalized teas for special occasions. Borrowing flavors from some of its Citizens’ favorite teas, The Republic of Tea’s Gift Teas are the ideal treat to delight and inspire tea drinkers everywhere. Gift Tea blends include all-NEW CELEBRATE With a Cuppa Cake Tea, THANKS You’re a Peach Tea, MOM You’re the Berry Best Tea, and Enjoy a Cup of CHEER Tea.UMatcha-Charcoal-Teapot

U-Matcha is unlike regular green tea; these tender, shade-grown leaves are ground to a fine powder. Instead of being steeped, U-Matcha teas are blended into water and sipped (ground powder and all). This exceptional tea is abundant in nutrients and has the balanced flavors of what is referred to as umami (literally, “yummy” in Japanese). Each U-Matcha tea from The Republic of Tea is Gluten-Free certified and is also ideal for cooking and baking. This enticing line of teas includes U-Matcha Natural, U-Matcha Ginger, U-Matcha Yuzu, U-Matcha Roasted Rice, and the NEW U-Matcha Charcoal.Biodynamic Hibiscus Tea

This line of premium, organic teas is sourced from a variety of Certified Biodynamic farms around the world that are committed to certain sustainable practices that improve the health of the farm’s entire ecosystem. The collection of 100% Biodynamic teas includes Kosher certified, USDA Organic, Gluten Free Biodynamic Heirloom Chamomile Tea, Biodynamic Darjeeling Tea (tea bag and full leaf), Biodynamic Ginger Tea, Biodynamic Turmeric Cinnamon Tea, Biodynamic Breakfast Green Tea, and the all-NEW Biodynamic Hibiscus Tea. All Biodynamic teas are Non-GMO Project Verified


The Republic of Tea’s line of fortifying SuperHerb® Teas are all-natural, caffeine-free, Certified Gluten-Free herbal teas that contain various nutrients and antioxidants. Each of these teas assist in attaining peak performance, strength, longevity and can be an easy and satisfying part of a daily wellness regimen. The collection is comprised of seven unique and innovative blends: Moringa, Baobab, organic Dandelion, organic Elderflower, and the NEW organic Reishi Mushroom, organic Thai Ginger, and organic Milk Thistle SuperHerb Teas.downton-tins

Each of these all natural calorie-free, gluten-free teas are inspired by the award-winning TV series, Downton Abbey, which has entranced millions of viewers and become a global phenomenon. The expanded collection is now comprised of 13 delicious options: English Rose Tea, Grantham Breakfast Blend, Downton Estate Blend (exclusive to Cost Plus World Market), Mrs. Patmore’s Pudding Tea, Lady Cora’s Evening Tea, Bates’ Brambleberry Tea, Butler’s Pantry Tea (exclusive to Cost Plus World Market), the limited edition Downton Christmas Tea, and the new Mrs. Patmore’s Blueberry Scone Tea (exclusive to Cost Plus World Market), limited edition Holiday Cheer Tea, Afternoon Garden Tea, Crawley Sisters Tea, and the NEW Collector’s Edition Downton Legacy Tea, which celebrates the show’s sixth and final season.Stackable TinsStackable Tins 2

The Republic of Tea’s collection of Stackable Tins equals a trio of delicious, complementing teas in each batch, all certified Gluten-free. Whether striving to detox or simply add vibrant flavor to the day, the Stackable Tins are designed to give Citizens a variety of invigorating experiences with a balanced offering of three teas. Selections include Get Clean, Day of Tea, Organic Double Teas, Harvest, Holiday, and the NEW Get Lost Stackable Tins.
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CES 2016: Whirlpool Unveils Revolutionary, Pantry-Inspired Smart Home Refrigerator

Award-Winning French Door Refrigerator is the Industry’s[i] Easiest to Organize with Unique Shelving System for More Storage


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For more than one hundred years, the Whirlpool brand has been inspired by how people care for their families and the brand is known for designing home appliances that are focused on improving how families give and get the care they need with the latest technologies and innovations – whether that means most flexible refrigerator storage for all types of family needs, induction technology for efficient cooking and easier cleaning, or laundry pairs that sense and adapt to clothes with the latest in connected technologies.

Completely and intuitively re-imagined on the inside, the pantry-inspired layout in the re-designed WHIRLPOOL® SMART FRENCH DOOR REFRIGERATOR ($3,800.00) is designed to use space more efficiently with a unique shelving system for families to fit and find all their edible favorites, making it the easiest refrigerator to organize.¹

With pantry shelves that store 30 percent more¹, the refrigerator won top honors with two 2016 CES Innovation Awards in the Smart Home and Home Appliances categories.

The market has traditionally provided stagnant, similarly spaced interiors, and has not been responding with new designs that account for which items people reach for most often,” said Shannon Blakely, brand manager, Whirlpool brand. “Based on global food trends and family observations about how they store food, a team of Whirlpool consumer researchers, designers and product engineers helped design an interior space that moves the least-used, small items out of the way to create easier access to larger items, improves visibility of all items and reduces the need for re-shuffling.”

The Industry’s¹ Easiest to Organize Refrigerator Based On A Radically New Interior Configuration,

Whirlpool® designers considered everything from the grocery store produce aisle to the modern kitchen pantry in developing this refrigerator that does more than keep food cold.

Every section, every shelf, every bin in the French Door Refrigerator was re-designed to deliver smart organization with greater access and better visibility to change the way families think about storing food. Key innovations include:

INFINITY SLIDE SHELVES line the perimeter of the fridge, so families can move small items to the edges and make room for big, high-use items front and center. The shelves are precisely spaced apart based on common sizes of food packaging so that yogurts, spaghetti jars, 12-pack soda boxes and egg cartons fit perfectly. And, they glide just as far as needed to accommodate taller items like corked wine bottles and pitchers.

INDUSTRY-FIRST “FLIPPERS” allow families to adjust the shelves up or down without having to clear the shelves completely.

— With an understanding of what families buy most, the PERFECTPLACES(TM) SYSTEM has just the right spot reserved for every item, so the refrigerator and freezer spaces no longer become a dumping ground with overflowing bins.

GALLON DOOR BINS give families the most gallon door bin storage in the industry.[ii]

— From chocolate to cheese to kid’s snacks, a SMALL ITEMS BIN and TREASURE(TM) BIN help keep the little items in clear sight.

ASYMMETRICAL CRISPERS are designed with dividers to display fresh produce like bell peppers up front, and store bags of apples in the back. The biggest crispers in the market³ were thoughtfully designed to hold common foods and packaging like unwieldy long and wide celery stalks and large plastic lettuce containers.

— A full-width “PLATTER POCKET” SHELF, which slides out entirely to get to favorite foods easier. It’s spaced from the other shelves at a height specifically for wide, flat items so families have a special spot for brownie pans, lasagna dishes and pizza boxes.

BRIGHT LED UNDERSHELF LIGHTS in the EASYVIEW(TM) SYSTEM boast 40 percent more brightness under the shelf to help illuminate even those far-back corners where half-filled condiment jars have been known to hide for years.

— The STORERIGHT(TM) SYSTEM‘s dual cooling allows for fresh and frozen foods to be maintained at the perfect temperatures using sensor technology. Dual cooling also measures humidity levels and adjusts the temperature automatically, without the need to manually adjust.

— Always be ready for unexpected guests with the ReadySet(TM) system with dual icemakers that make more than twice the ice.[iii] Continue reading

More than Two Dozen Policymakers, Regulators To Speak at CES 2016

The Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™, formerly the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, announced that 27 international, federal, state and local government officials will speak at CES 2016®. Among the policymakers delivering remarks or speaking on panels: Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Michael Huerta, every member of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Federal Trade Commission (FTC), U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith, Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Michelle Lee, Sens. Dean Heller (R-NV) and Mark Warner (D-VA), Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and France’s Minister of Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs, Emmanuel Macron. In total, more than 160 top policymakers, regulators and staff are expected to attend. Owned and produced by CTA, CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technology.Print

CES has become a must-attend event for government officials who sit at the intersection of public policy and  technology,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, Consumer Technology Association. “CES is the ideal gathering place for policymakers and regulators to engage with the tech companies and entrepreneurs driving innovation and the global economy. As an industry, the tech sector understands the importance of showing government officials how emerging and disruptive technologies are improving our world and changing the way we live and work. And we understand the need to explain that pro-innovation policies allow for the next generation of tech breakthroughs.”

A full listing of all government officials speaking at CES 2016 conference sessions follows:

Tuesday, January 5

Hyperdata and the Mobile Future
Peter Marx, CTO, City of Los Angeles

Roadmap to FDA Approval: What You Need to Know

Bakul Patel, associate director for digital health, Center for Devices and Radiological Health, FDA

Wednesday, January 6

FAA Press Conference featuring CTA, 3D Robotics, DJI and Google

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta

SuperSession: Insights with the FTC and FCC 

FTC Chairwoman Edith Ramirez

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler

SuperSession: An Inside Look: Industry Innovators and Government Join Forces

Tom Kalil, deputy director for policy, White House OSTP

U.S. CTO Megan Smith, White House OSTP

Internet of Things: Myriad Benefits and New Challenges 

U.S. Senator Dean Heller (R-NV)

Alan Davidson, director of digital economy and senior advisor to the secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce

FTC Commissioner Julie Brill

Germany’s State Secretary for Justice and Consumer Protection Gerd Billen

When Bad Things Happen to Good Companies

Ann Barron Di Camillo, director of US-CERT, Department of Homeland Security
2016 Preview: FTC and FCC Commissioner Roundtable 

FTC Commissioner Julie Brill

FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn

FTC Commissioner Terrell McSweeny

FTC Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen

FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly

FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai

FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel

Cyber Security Starts at the Top

Suzanne Spaulding, under secretary, Department of Homeland Security

Thursday, January 7

Beyond Smart Cities: The Future of Urban Mobility 

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx

Innovating Privacy: New Frameworks for Changing Technology

FTC Commissioner Maureen Ohlhausen

SuperSession: Global Innovation

France’s Minister of Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs, Emmanuel Macron

U.S. Senator Mark Warner (D-VA)

Rules for Drones: Best Policies and Practices

Marke “Hoot” Gibson, senior advisor, UAS Integration, FAA

Managing Low-Altitude Airspace for Safety and Privacy

Parimal Kopardekar, Ph.D., principal investigator, Unmanned Aerial Systems Traffic Management (UTM), NASA Ames Research Center

LIT Reception and Dinner

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval

Friday, January 8

What’s Next for Patents? Promoting Innovation and Preventing Abuse

U.S. Representative Darrell Issa (R-CA) 

Michelle Lee, Under Secretary, U.S. PTO

CES 2016: A Star-Studded Show

Celebrity Guests To Promote Latest Innovations And Trends At Global Stage For Innovation

CES® 2016 will feature Hollywood stars, professional athletes, TV personalities and celebrity chefs discussing and promoting technology that is revolutionizing the way consumers live, work and play. Owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)™ – formerly the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®CES 2016 is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies, and will run January 6-9, 2016, in Las Vegas, NV.
YouTube vloggers turned entrepreneurial powerhouses, Justine Ezarik, aka iJustine, and Joey Graceffa, will serve as Ambassadors for the Entertainment Matters Program at CES. Presented by Variety, Entertainment Matters is the CES program designed to help the Hollywood community navigate the most influential technology show in the world.

TV/ radio host, producer and entrepreneur Ryan Seacrest will participate in a headliner conversation with Bob Pittman, chairman and CEO, iHeartMedia during the Entertainment Summit, presented by Variety, on Thursday, January 7, from 2:15-2:45 PM in the LVCC, North Hall, Room N258.

The C Space Storyteller conference track features actor, entrepreneur and radio/ TV personality Nick Cannon and celebrity Chef Morimoto. Morimoto will share his story on Tuesday, January 5, from 2:45-3:15 PM, while Cannon returns to CES on Wednesday, January 6 from 4-4:30 PM to reveal how digital media has influenced his brand and enabled career-changing opportunities. Both events will take place in ARIA, Level 1, Pinyon 5.

Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, and studio analyst for Turner Sports Shaquille O’Neal, will participate in the Tech Investing in Sports conference as part of the Sports Business Forum, presented by Turner Sports. The session will be moderated by CNN news anchor Brooke Baldwin on Thursday, January 7, from 11:30 AM-12:10 PM in Venetian, Level 2, Hall D. O’Neal will also participate in the NBA on TNT Live Broadcast with host Ernie Johnson, and fellow analysts Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith. The broadcast will take place on Thursday, January 7, from 4-5 PM in Venetian, Level 2, Hall D and is open to all CES attendees.
The Sports Business Forum also will host The Commissioner’s Panel on Sports and TechnologyRobert Manfred, commissioner of the MLB, and Adam Silver, commissioner of the NBA, will participate in a discussion moderated by Turner Sports studio host Ernie Johnson on Thursday, January 7, from 9-9:40 AM in Venetian, Level 2, Hall D.

Under Armour will host a plethora of athletes and Olympians at their booth (Sands, Hall C, #74316) including: Tony RomoMichael PhelpsBuster PoseyCal Ripken Jr., Georges St-PierreDeion SandersNastia LiukinJake Dalton and Brandon Wynn.

The founder of The Chopra Foundation, Dr. Deepak Chopra, M.D., will participate in Harnessing the Power: Precision Medicine and Genomics, part of the Digital Health Summit, presented by Living in Digital Times. The session runs Thursday, January 7, from 1:45-2:45 in Venetian, Level 4, Lando 4303.

ABC’s Shark Tank and CEO, FUBU and Shark Branding Daymond John is among the panelists in the Making Disney Magic: Connecting Digital and Physical Worlds SuperSession, presented by the Consumer Technology Association, on Thursday, January 7, from 1-2 PM in LVCC, North Hall, Room N257.

Actress and singer Christina Milian will be at Monster’s booth (LVCC, Central Hall, #9405) on Friday, January 8, from 12-3 PM to discuss her relationship with Monster and her latest endeavors.
Retired NBA players Larry Johnson and Larry Nance, and retired Vincentian-American NBA player Adonal Foyle will all make appearances at ZTE’s booth (LVCC, South Hall 3, #31706) between Wednesday, January 6 and Friday, January 8.  The NBA National Championship trophy will also be on display at ZTE’s booth all day Thursday, January 7.

Celebrity magician Penn Jillette is partnering with Withings to discuss his recent weight loss – not with any of his famed magic tricks but with a strict diet, exercise and use of several smart, connected devices from Withings. Jillette will reveal his secrets at Withings’ booth (Sands, Hall C, #74300) on Thursday, January 7, at 11 AM.

Hell’s Kitchen Season 10 finalist Chef Dana Cohen will present a cooking demonstration at Haier America’s booth(LVCC, Central Hall, #12814) every hour from 10 AM-4 PM Wednesday, January 6Friday, January 8.

NFL legend and FitStar personal trainer Tony Gonzalez will be at FitBit’s booth (Sands, Halls C, #74108) for photo opportunities on Wednesday, January 6 from 1:30-2:30 PM.

Actress, best-selling author and activist Jenny McCarthy will conduct a live broadcast of her Sirius XM show followed by an autograph session at FCA’s Uconnect booth (LVCC, North Hall, #3534) on Thursday, January 7, from 1-3:30 PM.

CES is the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technology. It has served as the proving ground for innovators and breakthrough technologies for almost 50 years—the global stage where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace. As the largest hands-on event of its kind, CES features all aspects of the industry. And because it is owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)TM – formerly the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® – the technology trade association representing the $285 billion U.S. consumer technology industry, it attracts the world’s business leaders and pioneering thinkers to a forum where the industry’s most relevant issues are addressed.

LG To Unveil LG Signature Premium Lineup At CES 2016


Stunning New Brand Reimagines LG Home Appliances and Consumer Electronics As Never Been Seen Before

Ridley Scott’s RSA Films to Produce Super Bowl 50 Spot Positioning LG OLED TV as New Era in TV Technology

LG Electronics (LG) is planning to shake up the home entertainment and appliance market with the launch of new premium lineup at CES 2016. The new high-end products from LG will be a differentiated brand, featuring innovations unique to LG SIGNATURE. The new lineup will be introduced for the first time at CES with sales to commence in key target markets in North America, Europe and Asia soon after.LG-SIGNATURE

The LG SIGNATURE lineup was carefully selected and designed by a special team within the company with input from leading design experts and will initially consist of a television, refrigerator, washing machines and air purifier, with more products to be added as the brand expands.LG-SIGNATURE-LOGO_B

The visualization of “essence” was the inspiration behind the design philosophy of the LG SIGNATURE brand. To achieve the streamlined look of LG SIGNATURE, the products were stripped of all features that detracted from the brand’s spirit. The result is a family of products of the finest quality that delivers a sense of exclusivity to its owners.

All are encouraged to visit for a sneak preview before CES.

By drawing on the best of LG’s incredible technology and design innovation, the LG SIGNATURE brand will open up new opportunities for high-end appliances and consumer electronics,” said Brian Na, executive vice president and LG’s global marketing officer. “LG’s leadership in both brown and white goods gives us a unique advantage that very few companies have. Who better to introduce such a brand than LG?

Jake Scott and Ridley Scott

Jake Scott and Ridley Scott

LG Electronics (LG) also announced that the company’s first-ever Super Bowl commercial will be produced by Ridley Scott’s production company, RSA Films. Jake Scott will direct the spot that showcases LG’s widely acclaimed OLED TV technology. As part of the company’s aggressive marketing effort, LG’s Super Bowl 50 commercial spot will illustrate the company’s commitment to exploring new technologies and communicate the bold message that OLED TV isn’t just a new TV, it signifies a whole new era in television technology.

LG’s commercial draws upon the expertise and creativity of this father and son collaboration. Ridley Scott’s The Martian recently won the 2015 Best Director Award from the National Board of Review, as well as garnering a Golden Globe nomination for best picture. He is also known for his breakthrough 1984 commercial for Macintosh, named the best Super Bowl ads of all time by Forbes. Not to be outdone by his father, Jake has six Super Bowl commercials under his belt, including Budweiser’s ‘Lost Dog’, USA Today’s highest rated commercial from last season.

Jake Scott and Ridley Scott

Jake Scott and Ridley Scott

When I first saw OLED TV’s, I was mesmerized by its staggering picture quality,” said Ridley Scott. “With 1984, audiences were introduced to a technological advancement that promised to change everything,” said Jake. “I see a similar kind of disruption with LG OLED TV.”

We are extremely excited to work with Ridley and Jake Scott on the OLED TV Super Bowl commercial project,” said Lee Jeong-seok, vice president of Marketing Communication at the LG Electronics Home Entertainment Company. “LG will continue to offer consumers the opportunity to witness OLED TV’s abilities for perfect black levels and exceptional color representation, which come together to create a whole new viewing experience.”

KitchenAid Bringing PANTONE® Color of the Year 2016 to Kitchen Countertops

KitchenAid, the pioneer in bringing color to the kitchen, today announced that both newly designated 2016 Color of the Year selections – Rose Quartz (PANTONE 13-1520) & Serenity (PANTONE 15-3919)– from the Pantone Color Institute will be represented in its collection of iconic Stand Mixers. Guava Glaze, a warm pink tone based on PANTONE 13-1520 Rose Quartz, will be added to the Stand Mixer color palette in July of next year. Stand Mixers in Cornflower Blue, a blue shade that parallels PANTONE 15-3919 Serenity, are currently available.

Pantone LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of X-Rite, Incorporated, is the global color authority and provider of professional color standards for the design industries. Through the Pantone Color Institute, Pantone continues to chart future color direction and study how color influences human thought processes, emotions and physical reactions.

Each year, color experts at the Pantone Color Institute select a color of the year, a “color that reflects what’s taking place in our global culture at this moment in time,” according to the Institute. This year, PANTONE is celebrating Rose Quartz and Serenity as a dual color selection representing “a harmonious pairing of inviting shades that embody a mindset of tranquility and inner peace.”

Color has been a huge part of the KitchenAid brand’s success story ever since we introduced Antique Copper, Island Green, Petal Pink, Satin Chrome and Sunny Yellow appliances in 1955,” said Beth Robinson, Senior Manager Of Brand Experience for KitchenAid. “As a brand committed to combining high performance with eye-catching design, we’re constantly refreshing both our engineering and our color palette to stay ahead of the curve.”

According to Fei Wang, Lead Color Designer on the KitchenAid Global Consumer Design team, Pantone color selections are an important input into the brand’s product development process.

Our color introductions are based on a great deal of brand research into global cultural, societal and consumer trends, incorporating everything from fashion, home decor and consumer electronics to what and how consumers are cooking,” she notes. “As a designer responsible for translating this data into creative choices, I consider Pantone an incredibly important resource for predicting which colors will resonate with consumers.”

Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute, applauded KitchenAid on its decision to incorporate PANTONE Colors into its constantly changing color palette.

It’s such a pleasure to work with brands that understand the power of color, like KitchenAid, which continues to be at the cutting edge of color trends,” she said.  “This is the brand, after all, that started enlivening the kitchen with color and making appliances a home fashion statement. Continue reading

Consumer Report: Keep Coffee Hot And Your Morning Commute Clean

Contigo® Expands America’s Number One Selling* Line of AUTOSEAL® Travel Mugs with Premium Commuter-inspired Design to Keep Out Dirt

Cramped buses and crowded trains may taint your morning commute, but there’s no reason why your morning coffee routine should suffer. Contigo®, a leading producer of innovative travel mugs, water bottles and kids bottles, is building off of their best-selling AUTOSEAL® collection of travel mugs with urban commutes in mind. The new AUTOSEAL Metra Travel Mug protects against dirt and debris to deliver a clean and convenient on-the-go drinking experience.

Metra is the newest addition to the Contigo AUTOSEAL family, which is America’s number one selling* line of travel mugs. Metra combines the spill-free solution consumers love about AUTOSEAL with a

Contigo(R) AUTOSEAL(R) Metra Travel Mug (PRNewsFoto/Contigo)

Contigo(R) AUTOSEAL(R) Metra Travel Mug (PRNewsFoto/Contigo)

commuter-inspired CleanGuard(TM) spout cover that rotates to close off the drinking area when not in use, so users are protected from their fellow commuters’ dirt and debris. Simply press the AUTOSEAL button to drink, then release to close the opening between sips. For added protection, users can rotate the CleanGuard cover over the opening to help keep it sanitary while not in use. Twisting the CleanGuard cover also locks the AUTOSEAL button to prevent users from accidentally pressing it.

Our designers watched commuter hubs and found that commuters frequently wiped off their travel mugs’ opening with their sleeves or napkins to clean it off prior to drinking. Our commitment to continuous improvement is evident in this top-of-the-line travel mug, which combines our new CleanGuard innovation to keep out dirt with our best-selling AUTOSEAL technology that eliminates spills,” said Todd Starr, Vice President of Marketing and Product Development at Contigo, a Newell Rubbermaid business. “Metra lets these commuters take their coffee anywhere and everywhere, and be protected from all the dust and crumbs along the way.”

Contigo‘s easy-clean lid also ensures the mug is simple to clean with a unique mechanism that snaps back to allow the AUTOSEAL technology to rise up and away from the spout. Users simply push a tab inside the lid and the mechanism hinges away from the spout. Just rinse it, then place it open in the top rack of the dishwasher for a thorough cleaning.

In addition to a concealed drinking spout and spill-proof confidence, Metra offers several other premium features for coffee lovers:
– Thermal Insulation: With double-wall, vacuum insulated Thermalock(TM) technology, warm beverages, such as coffee or tea, stay hot for up to five hours and cold beverages remain chilled for up to 12 hours
– Modern Styling: Made with high-quality materials, available in a flat, matte finish and decorated with a modern, multi-colored comfort grip, Metra is the perfect accessory for the savvy urban commuter
– 16-Ounce, Thoughtful Design: Metra is equipped a with a no-slip, quiet bottom pad to keep it muted in the board room and conveniently fits under most single-serve brewers and in most car cup holders.

The 16-ounce AUTOSEAL Metra Travel Mug will be available this fall at Target, and for a suggested retail price of $24.99.

*Based on total branded travel mug sales, excluding private label. Source: Nielsen ScanTrack Drinkware Container and Set report for U.S. Food, Drug, Mass and Information Resources (IRI) Costco CRX report for the 52 weeks ending 7/5/14.

Nestlé Nespresso SA Introduces George Clooney As New U.S. Brand Ambassador

Partnership and Multi-Channel Marketing Campaign Spotlight Nespresso’s Quality Coffee Credentials and Sustainability Efforts; Encourage Americans to “Experience a cup above”

This is the 1st U.S. TV commercial for Clooney and the 10th TV commercial internationally.

Nespresso, the worldwide pioneer and reference in premium, single-serve coffee, has announced that George Clooney — American actor, screenwriter, producer, director and activist — will extend his relationship with the company by becoming the new brand ambassador in the U.S. Beginning November 2nd, Clooney will be featured in Nespresso’s new integrated marketing campaign in the U.S., which brings to life Nespresso as “a cup above” across television, print and digital advertisements, a partnership web film, social media and a dedicated microsite. The campaign will also run in Canada. This is the first branded television advertising campaign in North America to feature Clooney.

George Clooney on the set of the new Nespresso “Experience a cup above” advertising shoot in Los Angeles, CA

George Clooney on the set of the new Nespresso “Experience a cup above” advertising shoot in Los Angeles, CA

Nestlé Nespresso SA is the pioneer and reference for highest-quality portioned premium coffee. Headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland, Nespresso operates in 62 countries and has more than 10,500 employees. In 2014, it operated a global retail network of over 400 exclusive boutiques.

Extended Partnership to the U.S. Solidifies Clooney as Global Ambassador for Nespresso

As Nespresso’s U.S. brand ambassador, Clooney will share with American consumers Nespresso’s heritage of quality coffee, innovative design, leading sustainability and customer service. Clooney has been a long-term partner with the brand in Europe and other international markets, charming fans and coffee aficionados in broadcast and print campaigns since 2006. He also serves as a member of the Nespresso Sustainability Advisory Board, collaborating on ideas and solutions towards improving the lives and futures of coffee farmers.

We are thrilled that George Clooney is expanding his relationship with Nespresso by becoming the new U.S. brand ambassador. We are very proud of the work we have done together and we look forward to extending the partnership to bring our brand story and high quality, sustainable coffee to more and more people in the U.S.,” said Guillaume Le Cunff, President, Nespresso USA and member of the Nespresso Sustainability Advisory Board.

Danny DeVito on the set of the new Nespresso “Experience a cup above” advertising shoot in Los Angeles, CA

Danny DeVito on the set of the new Nespresso “Experience a cup above” advertising shoot in Los Angeles, CA

In the 30- and 60-second television ads, Clooney dressed in a war General costume is in a movie studio commissary lined up for coffee where he meets Danny DeVito, wearing a Napoleon costume. Danny is pouring himself a coffee from an antiquated coffee pot while George brews himself a fresh Nespresso. Danny, and various other characters in costume, is intrigued with George’s coffee selection and proceeds to ask Clooney to introduce him to Nespresso. Clooney, in his characteristic wit and charm, agrees to train Danny in the art of good taste – from his coffee selection to the beauty of tango dancing to a finely tailored suit. In the end, George himself is even impressed. Through their entertaining and comedic interplay, Clooney and DeVito demonstrate how everyone can “Experience a cup above.”

Danny DeVito, with supporting actor, Helena Mattsson, on the set of the new Nespresso “Experience a cup above” advertising shoot in Los Angeles, CA

Danny DeVito, with supporting actor, Helena Mattsson, on the set of the new Nespresso “Experience a cup above” advertising shoot in Los Angeles, CA

The statement is an invitation into Nespresso’s elegant lifestyle and the company’s commitment to deliver the highest quality sustainable Grand Cru coffees to its consumers. Only 1-2 percent of the world’s coffee crops match the brand’s strict quality requirements and aroma profiles. Continue reading

Citizen Watch Company of America: Time, Space and Innovation

Company Celebrates Launch of Two New Timepieces

On Tuesday evening, October 20th, Citizen Watch Company of America celebrated the launch of a new technologically advanced satellite timepiece: the Satellite Wave-World Time GPS. Alongside its companion, the Satellite Wave F900, the Satellite Wave-World Time GPS features the fastest GPS sync time to date, with worldwide reception.

In 2011, Citizen was the first watch brand to create a light powered satellite timekeeping watch, the Eco-Drive Satellite Wave, with capabilities of syncing to satellites in space to display accurate time anywhere in the world. Since then, the brand has focused on developing a better Eco-Drive Satellite Wave model. In 2013, Citizen introduced the Satellite Wave Air, with a three-layered dial inspired by jet engines and the first light powered satellite timekeeping watch in a full metal case. In 2014, Citizen launched the thinnest and fastest satellite watch, the Satellite Wave F100. The launch of the Satellite Wave F900 and World Time GPS in 2015 takes this technology and innovation to a new level, for not only CITIZEN, but the entire watch industry Once again, the brand continues to build on the “Better Starts Now” brand statement with inspiring new offerings.

Satellite Wave World Time GPS Timepiece

Satellite Wave World Time GPS Timepiece

A truly technologically advanced satellite timepiece, the Satellite Wave-World Time GPS model includes worldwide reception, with a 3-second reception time, in 27 cities (40 time zones). One of the most significant advantages of the Satellite Wave-World Time GPS is once fully charged it will stay powered for up to 2 years. “The driving goal at Citizen is always to do things better and to make technology more accessible to everyone,” said Jeffrey Cohen, President of Citizen Watch Company of America. “This new timepiece will bring satellite technology to a broader market of watch enthusiasts.”

Citizen Eco-Drive Satellite Wave F900

Citizen Eco-Drive Satellite Wave F900

To celebrate the launch of these remarkable timepieces, Citizen this evening hosted a historic “Time, Space and Innovation” event in their Flagship store located in the heart of Times Square, NYC.

Event highlights included:

Brian Greene is a professor at Columbia University, and the Cofounder and Chairman of the World Science Festival joined us to speak about "Time and Einstein". (PRNewsFoto/Citizen Watch Company of America)

Brian Greene is a professor at Columbia University, and the Cofounder and Chairman of the World Science Festival joined us to speak about “Time and Einstein”. (PRNewsFoto/Citizen Watch Company of America)

Brian Greene kept the audience rapt with his perspective on “Time and Einstein.” He is a professor of physics and mathematics at Columbia University, and is recognized for a number of groundbreaking discoveries in his field of superstring theory. His books, The Elegant Universe, The Fabric of the Cosmos and The Hidden Reality, have collectively spent 65 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list; and were the basis of two award-winning NOVA mini-series, which he hosted. Professor Greene co-founded the World Science Festival in 2008 and serves as Chairman of the Board.

Oded Aharonson joins us from the Weizmann Institute of Science along with New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning to honor "Science Star of the Future" Michelle Baird. Michelle is a senior at Bergen County Technical School. Oded also gave us an up-to-the minute perspective on telling time in space. (PRNewsFoto/Citizen Watch Company of America)

Oded Aharonson joins us from the Weizmann Institute of Science along with New Jersey Center for Teaching and Learning to honor “Science Star of the Future” Michelle Baird. Michelle is a senior at Bergen County Technical School. Oded also gave us an up-to-the minute perspective on telling time in space. (PRNewsFoto/Citizen Watch Company of America)

Oded Aharonson, Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel, provided an illuminating up-to-the-minute perspective on telling time in space. Professor Aharonson has served as an investigator in many NASA flight missions including the Mars Exploration Rovers and the Cassini Mission to Saturn.

Images by award winning photographer, writer, curator and filmmaker Michael Benson.  We are honored to be able to premiere his latest photo before it is shipped off to appear in the Great Hall of the London Museum of Natural History in December. (PRNewsFoto/Citizen Watch Company of America)

Images by award winning photographer, writer, curator and filmmaker Michael Benson. We are honored to be able to premiere his latest photo before it is shipped off to appear in the Great Hall of the London Museum of Natural History in December. (PRNewsFoto/Citizen Watch Company of America)

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How Was Your Force Friday?!

Well, it has begun. With Force Friday!, Disney/Lucasfilms has opened the merchandizing floodgate to the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens toys, collectibles, gadgets, and more from the upcoming, sure-to-be-a major blockbuster film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. With merchandizing announcements from a wide range of partners, here is just an abbreviated list of all the marketing partners and their wares.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Kylo Ren Force Friday Poster

Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Kylo Ren Force Friday Poster

(STAR WARS and related properties are trademarks and/or copyrights, in the United States and other countries, of Lucasfilm Ltd. and/or its affiliates. © & (TM) Lucasfilm Ltd.)

Fun Lights-&-Sound Vehicle Models for ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ – New from Revell. Snap-Together Vehicles for Ages 6+ Also Feature Moving Parts from Wings to Landing Gear

'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' - Vehicle Models New from Revell.  Now available at Target.  (PRNewsFoto/Revell Inc.)

‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ – Vehicle Models New from Revell. Now available at Target. (PRNewsFoto/Revell Inc.)

What’s almost as much fun as watching the Empire and the Resistance duke it out in a galaxy far, far away? Building plastic models that let you simulate the action – and now kids can do precisely that with Revell‘s just-released vehicle assortment of snap-together, interactive model kits from the “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” movie set to hit theaters December 18.

Each of the Revell SnapTite(R) Build & Play(TM) model kits has 15 to 20 pre-decorated parts with no need for glue, paint or tools, takes roughly 30 minutes to assemble, and can keep kids engaged for hours after the last piece is clicked into place. (PRNewsFoto/Revell Inc.)

Each of the Revell SnapTite(R) Build & Play(TM) model kits has 15 to 20 pre-decorated parts with no need for glue, paint or tools, takes roughly 30 minutes to assemble, and can keep kids engaged for hours after the last piece is clicked into place. (PRNewsFoto/Revell Inc.)

Revell's first four kits in the series deliver hyper-realistic replicas of the new movie's Millennium Falcon(TM), Poe's X-Wing Fighter(TM), Resistance X-Wing Fighter(TM) and First Order Special Forces Tie Fighter(TM) - complete with moving parts like retractable landing gear, open/close cockpit hatches, wings that open into attack mode, and even battle action lights and sounds. (PRNewsFoto/Revell Inc.)

Revell’s first four kits in the series deliver hyper-realistic replicas of the new movie’s Millennium Falcon(TM), Poe’s X-Wing Fighter(TM), Resistance X-Wing Fighter(TM) and First Order Special Forces Tie Fighter(TM) – complete with moving parts like retractable landing gear, open/close cockpit hatches, wings that open into attack mode, and even battle action lights and sounds. (PRNewsFoto/Revell Inc.)

Aimed at ages 6 and up, the first four kits in the series deliver hyper-realistic replicas of the new movie’s Millennium Falcon(TM), Poe’s X-Wing Fighter(TM), Resistance X-Wing Fighter(TM) and First Order Special Forces Tie Fighter(TM) – complete with moving parts like retractable landing gear, open/close cockpit hatches, wings that open into attack mode, and even battle action lights and sounds.

Each of the four SnapTite® Build & Play(TM) model kits has 15 to 20 pre-decorated parts with no need for glue, paint or tools, takes roughly 30 minutes to assemble, and can keep kids engaged for hours after the last piece is clicked into place. They are also the first to use Revell’s new DuraMod(TM) snap design, an innovation in the model market highlighted by extra durability, easy handling and assembly, a high level of detail, and interactivity not available in traditional models.

Five additional Star Wars SnapTite kits will be released in October for ages 8 and up. That will be followed in November with Revell’s introduction of The Master Series(TM) consisting of three classic Star Wars paint and glue kits from Fine Molds(TM) for serious Star Wars model enthusiasts. The Master Series(TM) Fine Molds line will include1:48 scale X-Wing(TM) fighter and Tie(TM) Fighter and 1:72 scale Millennium Falcon(TM) models with piece counts up to 900, providing the highest degree of detail of any model kit available.

All Revell Star Wars models for “The Force Awakens” are designed with the same computer data used to create the movie props, resulting in strikingly accurate facsimiles of the vehicles that moviegoers will experience on the big screen. All four kits are available at both Target and Toys R Us stores, at $19.99 each. Batteries are included.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Full Cast Poster

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Full Cast Poster

The Force is Strong with Kay® Jewelers as it Launches the Star Wars(TM) Collection

Kay® Jewelers will launch of the Star Wars(TM) collection. Available at Kay® Jewelers stores nationwide and online at beginning Friday, September 4th, the Star Wars collection is being introduced as part of the popular Charmed Memories® collection, which features hand crafted charms that allow guests to celebrate special moments, interests and passions.

The Force is Strong with Kay(R) Jewelers as it Launches the Star Wars(TM) Collection. (PRNewsFoto/Kay Jewelers)

The Force is Strong with Kay(R) Jewelers as it Launches the Star Wars(TM) Collection. (PRNewsFoto/Kay Jewelers)

The collection features some of the most popular Star Wars characters, including Darth Vader, R2-D2 and the storm troopers, as well as iconic quotes and themes from the films on stylish charms that can be combined to create a unique bracelet or added to an existing one to reflect one’s fandom of the film series. While launching as part of Charmed Memories®, the Star Wars collection will be expanding into other fine jewelry categories at Kay® later this year.

Star Wars is one of the most beloved brands of all-time and we are thrilled to be able to bring it to the fine jewelry category,” said Stuart Lee, Executive Vice President, Merchandising, Kay® Jewelers. “One of the most exciting things for us in launching this program was the unique challenge of offering a collection that the fans, who are so knowledgeable and passionate, will truly appreciate. We are confident that we did just that with this collection and we can’t wait to share all of the exciting news we will have as we expand the program moving forward.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Stormtroopers "Force Frida" Poster

Star Wars: The Force Awakens Stormtroopers “Force Frida” Poster

Walt Disney Records Announces Star Wars: The Force Awakens Original Motion Picture Soundtrack From Oscar®-winning Composer John Williams


STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS logo (PRNewsFoto/Walt Disney Records)

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS logo (PRNewsFoto/Walt Disney Records)

Five-time Academy Award®-winning composer John Williams has recorded the score for the original motion picture soundtrack Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The soundtrack is available now for pre-order at Lucasfilm and J.J. Abrams join forces to take you back again to a galaxy far, far away as Star Wars returns to the big screen with Star Wars: The Force Awakens.. The soundtrack will be available wherever music is sold on December 18, 2015. For more information on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, please visit

H&M Releases Inspiring Film Starring Iggy Pop, Pardeep Singh Bahra, Loza Maleombho, And Daniel Lismore To Highlight Global Recycling Initiative

To Celebrate, H&M and Launch “Close the Loop College Cup” Competition Across the U.S.

Our mission is to close the loop on fashion. By collecting old clothes and turn them into new updated styles, instead of letting them go to waste, we can completely change the way fashion is made.”

H&M, Hennes & Mauritz, released an inspiring film emphasizing that there is only one rule in fashion – to recycle your clothes! Starring icons Iggy Pop,Pardeep Singh Bahra, Loza Maleombho, and Daniel Lismore, the piece supports H&M‘s Close the Loop collection and Global Recycling initiative, which to date, has recycled more than two-hundred sixty billion pounds of unwanted clothing. Aligning with the brand’s efforts to create a more sustainable fashion future, H&M has also teamed up with to launch the “Close the Loop College Cup” competition, focusing on recycling amongst U.S. college campuses.

The film clearly shows that there are no rules in fashion but one, to recycle your clothes. H&M‘s mission is to create a closed loop in fashion, with the ambition to emphasize that you can break the fashion rules as long as all unwanted clothes do not go to waste. Singer Iggy Pop narrates and stars in the film, alongside additional influencers such as Blogger Pardeep Singh Bahra, emerging Designer Loza Maleombho, and Artist Daniel Lismore. By collecting old clothes and turning them into new, updated styles, instead of letting them go to waste, we can completely change the way fashion is made. This will reduce the need for virgin resources; as well as minimize the impact fashion has on our planet. In 2013, H&M was the first fashion company to launch a global Garment Collecting initiative.close the loop 648x365

The “Close the Loop College Cup” competition, running September 3rd through October 1st, has invited fifty colleges from around the country to compete to collect the most clothing to recycle at local H&M stores through H&M’s Garment Collecting initiative. Ambassadors from each school will lead their teams and classmates by collecting and recycling unwanted clothing around their campuses to be eligible to win a $2,000 scholarship, new laptops, and other compelling prizes for their teams and school.

Coming off the heels of H&M and‘s second annual Comeback Clothes campaign this spring, the companies are excited to announce that cumulatively, Comeback Clothes has prevented nearly one million pounds of clothing from ending up in landfills. Rising star, Victoria Justice, served as the face of the second annual “Comeback Clothes” campaign, and starred in the Public Service Announcement as well as recycled her own clothes.cq5dam.web.648.486

All H&M stores globally accept clothing and textiles of any brand, in any condition, year round that can be recycled in their garment recycling boxes. H&M encourages everyone to spread the word, and don’t let fashion go to waste, by sharing the film socially.

To view H&M’s new Garment Collecting video featuring Iggy Pop, click here
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UGG Opens Pop-Up Shops in Boston & New York Areas

Temporary Retail Locations in Major Metros highlights the Growing Demand for UGG in the lead up to its holiday season.

The UGG® brand, a division of Deckers Brands, today announced the opening of two pop-up stores featuring Infinite UGG®, a seamless online integration that grants access to an “endless aisle” of merchandise not found in store, in Boston and Elizabeth, New Jersey, across the river from New York City. Just in time for back-to-school and holiday shopping seasons; both locations will offer 500-550 SKUs featuring an array of UGG® products including: footwear, loungewear, handbags and accessories.

Boston and the New York City metro represent two important regions for UGG so we feel the

UGG Australia Logo (PRNewsFoto/UGG Australia)

UGG Australia Logo (PRNewsFoto/UGG Australia)

addition of these pop-up locations will make the brand more accessible to consumers as they seek out their favorite back-to-school and holiday shopping items,” said Vice President of North America retail for Deckers Brands, Gerard Marceda.When consumers are fully immersed in the comfort and luxury of UGG they immediately feel the warmth, comfort and unparalleled craftsmanship and high-quality materials that go in to creating this legacy brand.

Founded in 1978 in California, the UGG® brand has built a reputation on luxury and comfort by using only the finest materials in the world, employing the highest standards of craftsmanship, and delivering new and innovative styles. The brand is recognized as a premium lifestyle brand with more than $1 billion in annual sales, offering men’s, women’s and kid’s footwear as well as loungewear, outerwear, home products, cold weather accessories and handbags. The brand’s concept and outlet stores offer the ultimate brand experience with 137 locations worldwide, including New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Paris, London, Tokyo, Shanghai and Beijing.

The Faneuil Hall Pop-Up, open now, carries a selection of must-have merchandise and is located in the heart of Boston at Faneuil Hall (4 South Market Building, Space 2045, Boston, MA). The location offers 1,764 square feet of retail space and is nearby permanent UGG® brand locations on Newbury Street in Boston and the UGG® Outlet at the Wrentham Village Premium Outlets.

The Jersey Gardens Pop-Up Outlet store is located at 651 Kapkowski Road, Suite 2442, Elizabeth, New Jersey, just outside of New York City. The store, which opens to the public on September 3rd, has 1,429 square feet of selling space and is the perfect companion to the four UGG® brand concept shops located in Manhattan.

The pop-up stores will be open through early 2016. More details on the pop-up stores and other UGG® locations, including store hours, can be found at:

Macy’s Welcomes Back “American Icons” This Summer

Macy’s offers fashion from America’s favorite brands, early summer events and a partnership with Got Your 6 in support of America’s veterans

From May 13 to July 4, share photos using #AmericanSelfie for a chance to be included
in the national broadcast of Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks®

Macy’s announces the return of “American Icons,” launching this week in celebration of America‘s Independence Day (July 4th) and the American landscape, the people, places and things that make this country great. The campaign will kick off with #AmericanSelfie, a social media initiative inspiring customers to share photos of what America means to them, as well as fashions from celebrated designers and icons, in-store events and a special program in support of America’s veterans.

(Image courtesy of Macy's)

(Image courtesy of Macy’s)

American Icons is a meaningful program that offers Macy’s a chance to connect with our customers in celebration of our great country,” said Martine Reardon, Macy’s chief marketing officer. “With #AmericanSelfie, they can show us why they love America while supporting Got Your 6, a nonprofit organization that serves to empower veterans and strengthen communities. We are also rolling out the latest fashion from the country’s most beloved brands and hosting fun summertime events to make this year’s tribute to America more special than ever.”

From now to July 4, Macy’s is inviting customers to use #AmericanSelfie to share their favorite “selfie” photos that capture the faces, places and things they love on Instagram and Twitter, to show people nationwide what they enjoy most about this country. In support of America’s military veterans, with each use of #AmericanSelfie, macys_on_black_se_8540Macy’s will donate $1, up to $250,000, to Got Your 6, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping our returning service members make America stronger. Plus, #AmericanSelfie will be part of Macy’s annual 4th of July Fireworks show, the nation’s largest Independence Day display telecast nationally on NBC.

Got Your 6 is a campaign that unites nonprofit, Hollywood, and government partners and believes that veterans are leaders, team builders, and problem solvers who have the unique potential to strengthen communities across the country. As a coalition, Got Your 6 works to integrate these perspectives into popular culture, engage veterans and civilians together to foster understanding, and empower veterans to lead in their communities. The organization also knows that most veterans leave the military seeking new challenges, and the campaign ensures that there are opportunities for them to continue their service.

In the military, “Got your six” means “I’ve got your back.” The saying originated with World War I fighter pilots referencing a pilot’s rear as the six o’clock position. It is now a ubiquitous term in the military that highlights the loyalty and cooperation found in military culture. The Got Your 6 campaign chose this term, because it is emblematic of the many skills that veterans bring back into their communities when they return home.

Through entertainment industry partners, Got Your 6 works to normalize the depictions of veterans on film and television to dispel common myths about the veteran population. Through nonprofit and government partners, Got Your 6 likewise ensures successful veteran reintegration and empowers veterans to lead here at home. Together, Got Your 6 and its partners are shifting public perceptions so that veterans’ leadership and skills are recognized and utilized at home to strengthen communities.

Each year, around a quarter-million service members exit the military and re-enter civilian life. It is essential that Americans see the potential for veterans to strengthen our communities. Got Your 6 works to ensure that veterans return home to be seen as leaders and civic assets. For the past decade, our country has framed “veteran reintegration” as a major societal problem or struggle. On the contrary, Got Your 6 believes that it is crucial for Americans to see veteran reintegration as an opportunity, because veterans are uniquely suited to solve some of our nation’s most difficult challenges.

The average American has little first-hand connection to the military and often believes that, in general, veterans are much more likely than civilians to experience unemployment, substance abuse, homelessness, and various other issues. These notions are largely misconceptions. They paint a picture of veterans as “broken.” As a result, veterans often say they feel more pity than respect from the civilian population. When veterans fail to successfully reintegrate back into American society, it is often because their communities do not expect them to succeed or excel. Got Your 6 believes that if the country does not call upon returning veterans, then we will miss out on a generation of leaders.

Macy’s is continuing its partnership with Got Your 6 to help empower military veterans and families to make America stronger. In addition to the contribution made through the #AmericanSelfie initiative, Macy’s will host “Got Your 6 Saturday” on May 16, when customers can give $3 at any register and receive a savings pass, with 100 percent of the purchase price donated to Got Your 6. With this pass, shoppers will receive a 25 percent discount all day on purchases, exclusions and restrictions apply. Beyond “Got Your 6 Saturday,” Macy’s shoppers can still support America’s veterans from May 17 through May 25 by giving $3 for a 15 percent/20 percent discount savings pass to drive additional donations to Got Your 6 and its nonprofit partners.

Star-Studded Fashion
Macy’s has lined up an all-star cast of brands to offer shoppers the most covetable clothing and accessories – just in time for the warm weather season. Macy’s customers will be treated to collections by Calvin Klein, I.N.C. International Concepts, Tommy Hilfiger, Michael Kors, Martha Stewart Collection, Locker Room Lids, Thalía Sodi, Ryan Seacrest Distinction and the lovable characters from PEANUTS®, among others, for the hottest trends in fashion all summer long. This year’s talent and brands will be featured in the new print, digital and in-store American Icons advertising campaign, as well as a 112-page direct mail book of curated merchandise, also available at


Set against the ultra-modern backdrop of the new Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, Calvin Klein continues its tradition of cutting-edge, minimal designs. Featuring sleek silhouettes and a black-and-white color palette, the range is crisp and contemporary. Spring’s athletic vibe manifests in a dynamic way with moto-jackets and slide sandals, allowing for both fit and function.


I.N.C. International Concepts celebrates 30 years of fashion-forward designs, and has tapped world-renowned models Heidi Klum and Gabriel Aubry to lead the festivities. For women, the collection boasts eclecticism, featuring prints, colors, and details like fringe that give off a worldly vibe. For men, lightweight blazers, printed wovens and fitted jeans comprise a collection that emanates relaxed sophistication.


American Icons - Coast to Coast  - Thalia Sodi

With a landmark Art Deco hotel in the heart of South Beach as a backdrop, the Thalía Sodi collection for American Icons exudes energy and excitement. Just in time for hot summer nights, Thalía Sodi offers customers a bold, vibrant collection of clothing, jewelry and footwear that is simply head-turning. Figure-flattering and feminine, the collection’s dresses and separates make women feel confident and beautiful. The use of bright colors and vivid prints reflects the vivacity of Thalía, and the use of gold throughout the statement footwear and jewelry highlight the glamour and opulence of the range.


Ryan Seacrest


Ryan Seacrest has proven to be a media powerhouse in broadcast and radio, all while impeccably dressed. Through his eponymous line, Seacrest brings the same polish and sophistication to men throughout the country. The Ryan Seacrest Distinction collection for American Icons features tailored suits, sport coats, trousers and shirting that are bold and clean. Ties, cufflinks and pocket squares provide the perfect finishing touches, creating undeniably stylish looks perfect for any occasion. Continue reading

Ben & Jerry’s Rolls Out The BRRR-ito, a Brand New Way to Eat Ice Cream


Ben & Jerry’s has created the ultimate solution to satisfy the summertime munchies for ice cream lovers. On April 20th the company will roll out a revolutionary new way for fans to eat their ice cream with The BRRR-ito, available at Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shops nationwide. Where did the BRRR-ito come from? Ben & Jerry’s flavor gurus are always searching for new, fun and quirky ways to make eating ice cream extraordinary and the rest is magic. Imagine the ultimate case of the munchies. Heck, maybe you’re experiencing a mad case of the munchies right now. What on Earth is going to cure the craving? For the times when no ordinary snack solution will do, they have created the ultimate answer: Ben & Jerry’s BRRR-ito, which includes two scoops of ice cream plus chocolate cookie crumbles and a fudge drizzle, all rolled up in a soft waffle wrap.

1. Start with a Soft Waffle Wrap.  The foundation of any great burrito—or BRRR-ito—is a soft, delicious wrap or tortilla. They take the burrito concept to the next level with a waffle wrap. It’s the perfect flexible, foldable…forum?…for your favorite flavors.


2. Two Scoops…Yes, TWO! Step two is the perfect time to mention 2 SCOOPS. You’re not seeing double. Pick your favorite flavor or mix and match. Two delicious scoops go right on that soft waffle wrap. Your BRRR-ito is starting to take shape!


3. Top That! Don’t forget the toppings! Every taco truck and bastion of burritos have their special blend of toppings for a signature kick. Ben and Jerry’s Scoop Shops are no exception. You can top every BRRR-ito with sweet chocolate cookie crumbles and a delectable fudge drizzle.


4. Getting Excited Yet? With a quick wrap, it’s ready to go. Grab it and take a big bite of soft waffle wrap, delicious ice cream, cookie and gooey fudge indulgence. 


Like co-founder, Jerry Greenfield famously said, “If it’s not fun, why do it?

For first-timers, Ben & Jerry’s suggests the Half Baked BRRR-ito, with one scoop each of Cookie Dough and Chocolate Fudge Brownie drizzled with chocolate fudge, topped with a crunchy cookie crumble, and rolled to perfection in a chewy crepe-like wrap. Fans can also personalize their BRRR-ito by choosing two scoops of any favorite flavor combo. From the first bite to the last, your taste buds will experience a euphoria that will have you wanting for more. Snacking will never be the same.


Building on our understanding of how much people love our homemade waffle cones, we have created a wrap that has all the ridgey goodness of their more crispy cousins – yet are slightly less sweet and provide the chewy satisfaction of the BRRR-ito eating experience”, said Alison Gilbert, Ben & Jerry’s, Sr. Brand Manager, Scoop Shops.

Ben & Jerry’s believes in a greater calling than simply making a profit for selling its goods. The company produces a wide variety of super-premium ice cream, yogurt and sorbet using high-quality ingredients. Ben & Jerry’s incorporates its vision of Linked Prosperity into its business practices in a number of ways including a focus on values-led sourcing. Ben and Jerry’s products are distributed in 35 countries in supermarkets, grocery stores, convenience stores, franchise Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shops, restaurants and other venues.


KitchenAid Launches Magnetic Drive Blender And New Business Unit

In a move that could prove transformative for the fast-growing premium blender category, KitchenAid has introduced a first-of-its-kind Magnetic Drive Blender for home use (at the 2015 International Home and Housewares Show (in Chicago, Ill.) and launched a newly formed global business unit that will focus entirely on blenders. The new KitchenAid Magnetic Drive Blender, dubbed Torrent(TM), uses an interlocking magnetic drive system, instead of a traditional coupler mechanism, to power its blades and safely secure its jar.

The new blender uses magnets to secure the pitcher to the motorized base and drive the blades, resulting in an easy front-load, slide-in design. Helpful pre-programmed, hands-free settings for juices, soups and sauces, milkshakes, and icy drinks and smoothies take the guesswork out of blending and remove the need to constantly monitor the blender. Features also include variable speed controls and a pulse setting for added flexibility in a range of blending tasks.

A thoughtfully located ingredient feed on the top of the blender allows for the addition of ingredients at any point during the blending process, while an intuitive Intelli-Speed® Control system automatically optimizes blade speed to efficiently complete blending tasks like crushing ice or pureeing vegetables.

The KitchenAid Magnetic Drive Torrent(TM) blender features a powerful 1.8HP motor capable of tackling homemade nut butters and icy drinks. It also incorporates the brand’s exclusive Diamond Blending System with patented stainless steel blades and a diamond-shaped pitcher that creates a powerful vortex for thorough and efficient blending. All high performance KitchenAid blenders, including Torrent(TM), will be assembled at the brand’s Greenville, Ohio manufacturing plant, which is expanding to accommodate growth in the brand’s global 2015_show_logo_dates_HiRessmall appliance business.

We wanted to launch the new business unit with a product that had never before been available for consumer use,” says Kay Oswald, global business unit director for KitchenAid Blenders. “Thoughtful marketing partnerships coupled with a blender offering unprecedented performance will ensure that KitchenAid becomes a leader in the premium blender category.”

The blender is not only powerful but also exceptionally easy to use compared to traditional models,” said Beth Robinson, senior manager of brand experience for KitchenAid. “The ability to add ingredients, select a program button and walk away make this product an incredible game-changer for the home blending experience. With its sleek design and wide array of blending tasks, the Torrent(TM) blender was designed to be a versatile statement piece for the kitchen counter


The KitchenAid Magnetic Drive Torrent(TM) Blender will be available this April in Candy Apple Red, Frosted Pearl, Onyx Black and Sugar Pearl Silver at a suggested retail price of $599.99.

KitchenAid® Craft Coffee Line Brings The Coffeeshop Experience Into Home Kitchens

New Stand Mixer Color Dazzles at International Home + Housewares Show 2015

KitchenAid continues to bring the coffee house experience into the home with three new additions to its Craft Coffee portfolio: the Siphon Coffee Brewer, Precision Press Coffee Maker and Burr Grinder. Inspired by the careful technique and precision of baristas, the brand’s newly expanded line of brewers offers a range of craft brewing methods celebrated within coffee house culture. Beginning with the Pour Over Coffee Brewer and Pro Line® Series Espresso Maker and the forthcoming new products, consumers can bring a range of barista techniques that deliver nuanced flavors, aromas and expert consistency of a high-end craft coffee house into their kitchens.The new additions to the line were formally introduced at the 2015 International Home and 2015_show_logo_dates_HiResHousewares Show, presently happening in in Chicago, Ill.

Available now, the KitchenAid® Pour Over Coffee Brewer– having earned a Home Brewer Certification from the Specialty Coffee Association of America, which enforces some of the country’s toughest guidelines on home coffee brewing equipment– emulates the technique of an expert barista with a pre-infusion stage that pours just enough water to wet the coffee grounds, then pauses long enough to allow the fresh coffee to “exhale” before the final brewing stage. This technique creates the “bloom” that marks a great cup of pour over coffee, without the need to watch, wait and hover over the cup.

The brewer also boasts a carefully designed shower head that fully saturates the fresh grounds, and an intermittent brewing cycle that mimics the natural pauses in a handmade pour over brew. In addition, it features multiple brewing temperature settings calibrated for both light and dark roast coffees, and an adjustable cup setting that optimizes the brew for different batch sizes.

KitchenAid Pour Over Coffee Brewer

KitchenAid Pour Over Coffee Brewer

KitchenAid Pro Line Series Manual Espresso - Empire Red

KitchenAid Pro Line Series Manual Espresso Maker – Empire Red

French press is a popular coffee brewing technique known for resulting in rich, full bodied flavor,” notes Beth Robinson, senior brand experience manager for KitchenAid. “The features built into this new coffee maker help optimize flavor without requiring the skills or tools of a barista.”

The forthcoming KitchenAid® Siphon Coffee Brewer,  available in Onyx Black, Silver and Slate, reimagines the theater of classic vacuum pot brewers with modern engineering, simple setup and fewer parts, combining the richness of total-immersion brewing methods with the clean flavor profile of filter-brewed coffee, all without the need for an actual filter.  The new KitchenAid® Siphon Coffee Brewer features vacuum technology that fully immerses the grounds in water to create a more complex flavor profile. The new brewer uses vapor pressure to create a vacuum and draw hot water from the carafe, up through a stainless steel siphon tube, and into the upper brew unit. Here, the grounds are fully immersed and evenly saturated with hot water, extracting the coffee’s full range of flavors. When the brewing temperature is reached, the heat turns off and vacuum is lost, causing the freshly brewed coffee to stream down through a reusable stainless steel mesh filter and empty back into the carafe.

KitchenAid Siphon Coffee Brewer - Onyx Black

KitchenAid Siphon Coffee Brewer – Onyx Black

The brewer is constructed of premium glass with stainless steel accents. An included reusable stainless steel filter is simple to clean and eliminates the waste disposable filters create. A strong magnetic interlock system secures the top and bottom carafes together to ensure a tight seal for brewing, while a dual-purpose lid sits on top of the unit during brewing and can then be conveniently attached to the carafe for pouring. An angled cleaning brush makes the unit easy to clean between uses.

Making siphon-brewed coffee by hand is a complicated process requiring precise timing and frequent temperature adjustments over an open flame,” said Robinson. “Our new brewer eliminates this tedious process with simple setup and fewer parts, while maintaining the unmistakable flavors of siphon-brewed coffee. Despite its ease of use, the brewer provides coffee lovers with a rich sensory experience. Watching the brew method, enjoying its complex aromas and tasting the end product make for a very satisfying ritual.Continue reading

TOMS Launches Its Fourth One for One® Product, The TOMS Bag Collection, To Address Maternal Health

TOMS – the company known for starting a global movement through its One for One® business model – has launched its fourth and newest product, the TOMS Bag Collection, addressing the issue of maternal health worldwide. With every TOMS bag purchased, TOMS will help provide a safe birth for a mother and baby in need. The announcement was made today by TOMS Founder Blake Mycoskie.

The TOMS Bag Collection features three distinct bag lines including Artisan, Travel-inspired, and Campus and Tech, in canvas, leather and global prints ranging from $28-$298 USDollar and will be made available at as well as select retailers worldwide.
The Artisan line is hand-crafted, hand-beaded and hand-sewn using special construction techniques that have been passed down from generations. The Travel Inspired line draws on TOMS’ employee’s experiences as world travelers, and are extremely lightweight, utilitarian, multi-functional in design and are built to wear-in beautifully with everyday and travel use. The Campus and Tech line is colorful and multi-textured and is designed to carry computers, iPads, tablets and more in style, with many of the offerings being unisex. Key silhouettes for this collection include the tote, baby bags, bucket and the hobo crossbody.

Image courtesy of TOMS (PRNewsFoto/TOMS)

Image courtesy of TOMS (PRNewsFoto/TOMS)

Infection is a leading cause of death among mothers and newborns worldwide, and by providing clean birth conditions and skilled birth attendants, nearly half a million lives can be saved each year. (Source: UNFPA and Every Newborn Action Plan, 2014). Each year, 40 million women around the world give birth each year without the help of a skilled birth attendant (Source: Millennium Development Goals Report, 2014), but with the training of skilled birth attendants and proper materials to help provide a safer delivery, women are up to 80% less likely to develop an infection and nearly half of newborn deaths can be prevented (Source: UNFPA, 2015).

TOMS Maternal Health. Photo credit Jared Chambers (PRNewsFoto/TOMS)

TOMS Maternal Health. Photo credit Jared Chambers (PRNewsFoto/TOMS)

After years in the field, I recognized a need for advancements in maternal health,” said Mycoskie, “so we developed a program with our Giving Partners to identify two key ways TOMS can aid in safer birthing conditions. Being able to give in this way – one that helps save the lives of mothers and newborns – is incredibly special. The issue of maternal health is very close to my heart, as I just became a father this past December. I truly believe people around the world will be amazed at what these bags can do.”

Of the potential impact the TOMS Bag Collection can have around the world, Mycoskie added, “While in the field, I’ve met mothers and entire families who have been affected by the physical and emotional repercussions of giving birth alone, or in unsafe environments. We feel it’s our responsibility to change this through the TOMS business model, and we’re so proud to be able to present the first One for One product that can actually help save lives.”

Funds from TOMS bag purchases will help provide safe births in Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Haiti and India. This work will be done by a network of TOMS Giving Partners involved in maternal and child health programs, who will help provide training for skilled birth attendants, along with a safe birth kit that includes vital materials like soap, gloves, gauze, a cord clamp, surgical blade and a clean surface, to help a woman safely give birth. TOMS’ Giving Partners in this area include respected organizations such as United Nations Population Fund, BRAC and ayzh. In addition, TOMS has selected Every Mother Counts as its maternal health advocacy partner.

UNFPA ( is the lead UN agency for delivering a world where every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe and every young person’s potential is fulfilled. Since 1969, UNFPA has been working in over 150 countries that are home to 80% of the world’s population. BRAC ( is a development organization founded in Bangladesh in 1972 and a global leader in creating opportunities at scale as a means to end poverty. With more than 102,000 employees, it is the world’s largest non-governmental organization, touching the lives of an estimated 135 million people in 12 countries. A for-profit social venture, ayzh ( provides health and livelihood solutions to impoverished women worldwide. This includes developing low-cost, appropriate technology designed to meet the unique needs of women in resource-poor settings. Every Mother Counts (, founded by global maternal health advocate Christy Turlington Burns, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to making pregnancy and childbirth safe for every mother. Every Mother Counts informs, engages, and mobilizes new audiences to take actions and raise funds that support maternal health programs around the world. The organization supports programs in Haiti, Uganda, Malawi, Indonesia, India, Tanzania and the United States that address three critical barriers to maternal health care: lack of education, transportation and supplies.

The TOMS story is one worth retelling. In 2006, American traveler Mycoskie befriended children in a village in Argentina and found they had no shoes to protect their feet. Wanting to help, he created TOMS, a company that would match every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need. One for One®. Since then, TOMS has given over 35 million pairs of new shoes around the world. Realizing that One for One® could serve other global needs, TOMS launched TOMS Eyewear in 2011 to help restore sight to persons in need with every purchase of sunglasses and optical frames. Since then, TOMS has helped restore sight for over 300,000 people worldwide. In 2014, TOMS Roasting Co. launched with the mission to provide clean water to developing communities with the purchase of premium coffee. Since its debut, TOMS Roasting Co. has provided over 67,000 weeks of safe water to communities in need in seven countries.


World’s First Swarovski Starburst Light Show Spectacular Debuts On Las Vegas Strip

Images provided by Marina Nicola and Erika Pope/Vox Solid Communications for Swarovski

Created for Swarovski’s custom pavilion and six-story-tall Starburst, the Swarovski Midnight Celebration was designed to be the centerpiece of the new Grand Bazaar Shops.

Visitors to Las Veags now has a brand new feature to the town-that-never-sleeps to look forward to and be excited about. Last night, at midnight, the Las Vegas Strip welcomed its newest outdoor entertainment spectacle: the Swarovski Midnight Celebration at Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally’s Las Vegas, a dazzling three-minute-long light-and-sound show designed to mark the dawn of a new day, which was envisioned as a way to bring the annual New Year’s Eve-style excitement to the Strip every night of the year. The production incorporates the Swarovski Starburst–a one-of-a-kind, 14-foot-diameter structure composed of 911 custom-cut Swarovski crystal spheres–as well as a large video screen embedded into the multi-faceted facade of the Swarovski pavilion. Evocative scenes from exotic bazaars, together with the Starburst’s more than 1,800 points of LED light, are choreographed to a dramatic original score featuring enchanting beats of world music.


The Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally’s Las Veags (an outdoor shopping –and dining– mecca at the heart of the Las Vegas Strip inspired by the world’s legendary great open-air markets, located at the busiest pedestrian intersection in Las Vegas) also opened its outdoor shopping attraction earlier that morning, featuring unique international retailers and well-known merchants at the heart of the Las Vegas Strip. The dynamic mix of tenants and must-see attractions offers visitors a one-of-a-kind retail experience in Las Vegas that is very much a signature of the town itself. A list of current retailers, service provider and dining establishments can be found at

World's First Swarovski Starburst Light Show Spectacular Debuts On Las Vegas Strip. Swarovski Midnight Celebration to Dazzle Shoppers Each Night at New Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally's Las Vegas.

World’s First Swarovski Starburst Light Show Spectacular Debuts On Las Vegas Strip. Swarovski Midnight Celebration to Dazzle Shoppers Each Night at New Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally’s Las Vegas.

Representing a first for Swarovski, the 400-square-foot boutique is a free-standing pavilion whose exterior is composed of dozens of large, angular facets designed to make the structure resemble a cut crystal. Inside, the boutique boasts hand-selected finishes–such as linen, paper and burlap forms and inlays–throughout, as well as eye-catching, crystal-enhanced glass spheres playfully suspended from the ceiling. Specially crafted panels provide an artful platform for the presentation of Swarovski jewelry and decor.

World's First Swarovski Starburst Light Show Spectacular Debuts On Las Vegas Strip. Swarovski Midnight Exterior Shot of the new Swarovski Boutiqe at the New Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally's Las Vegas.

World’s First Swarovski Starburst Light Show Spectacular Debuts On Las Vegas Strip. Swarovski Midnight Exterior Shot of the new Swarovski Boutiqe at the New Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally’s Las Vegas.

World's First Swarovski Starburst Light Show Spectacular Debuts On Las Vegas Strip. Interior Shot of the new  Swarovski boutique at the New Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally's Las Vegas.

World’s First Swarovski Starburst Light Show Spectacular Debuts On Las Vegas Strip. Interior Shot of the new Swarovski boutique at the New Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally’s Las Vegas.

World's First Swarovski Starburst Light Show Spectacular Debuts On Las Vegas Strip. Interior Shot of the new  Swarovski boutique at the New Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally's Las Vegas.

World’s First Swarovski Starburst Light Show Spectacular Debuts On Las Vegas Strip. Interior Shot of the new Swarovski boutique at the New Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally’s Las Vegas.

World's First Swarovski Starburst Light Show Spectacular Debuts On Las Vegas Strip. Interior Shot of the new  Swarovski boutique at the New Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally's Las Vegas.

World’s First Swarovski Starburst Light Show Spectacular Debuts On Las Vegas Strip. Interior Shot of the new Swarovski boutique at the New Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally’s Las Vegas.

In keeping with the Grand Bazaar theme, the boutique features Swarovski’s first-ever “bartering window,” allowing passersby to negotiate the price they pay for select items. Among the items slated to be featured in the barter window are limited-edition pieces such as crystallized Beats Headphones; a Martin custom-designed crystal classic acoustic guitar; a Gibson Les Paul electric guitar and crystallized white, black and pink skulls. Specific items for which visitors can barter will change from day to day.

The Grand Bazaar Shops and the Swarovski boutique (3641 Las Vegas Blvd. South) will be open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m. For more information, go to Grand Bazaar Shops at Bally’s Las Vegas and for Swarovski, go to

2015 CES Mobile Keynote To Feature Top Executives from Electrolux, General Motors, Philips and Qualcomm

Startups Set To Shift to the Next Gear at 2015 International CES

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) ® announced that executives from Electrolux, General Motors, Philips and Qualcomm will take part in a panel discussion regarding How Mobile is Fundamentally Changing Our World at the 2015 International CES®. Owned and produced by CEA, the 2015 CES, the world’s gathering place for all who thrive on the business of consumer technologies, will run January 6-9, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The 2015 CES will feature more than 3,500 exhibitors unveiling the latest consumer technology products and services across the entire ecosystem of consumer technologies.

The mobile keynote panel — scheduled for 1 PM Tuesday, January 6 in the Westgate  (formerly Las Vegas Hilton) Theater — will feature top executives including Jan Brockmann, CTO and SVP, Electrolux, Phil Abram, Chief Infotainment Officer, General Motors, Jeroen Tas, CEO, Healthcare Informatics, Solutions and Services, Philips and Steve Mollenkopf, CEO, Qualcomm Inc. The panel discussion, moderated by CNBC’s co-host of “Squawk Alley” Jon Fortt, will explore how mobile will fundamentally change our definitions of categories like smart home, wearables, automotive and healthcare. The panel will also examine how innovators like Qualcomm, GM, Philips and Electrolux are at the forefront of these disruptive changes.

“Wireless and mobile devices are changing how we live, play and work as global ownership and usage of smartphones and tablets continues to grow,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA. “We are thrilled to have these top leaders with us to discuss how mobile is disrupting and changing the way we live our lives.”

Jan Brockmann, CTO and SVP, Electrolux. Brockmann is responsible for product related functions including research and development, design and sustainability. With more than 3,000 people at R&D and design centers worldwide, the organization is spearheading innovation in areas like modularization, energy efficiency and connectivity. Brockmann previously held a number of senior management positions within the Volkswagen Group from 2001-2010. He then joined Electrolux as Head of R&D Major Appliances, and was appointed Group Chief Technology Officer in 2011. His earlier career includes management positions within Valeo Group, 1994–1999, and a position as Project Manager in Roland Berger Strategy Consultants GmbH, 2000–2001.

Phil Abram, Chief Infotainment Officer, General Motors. Abram is responsible for setting and implementing a global infotainment strategy for Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick, GMC, OnStar, Opel, Vauxhaul and Holden. Abram joined GM in January 2012, after serving as president and chief operating officer for Sonos, Inc., a wireless music system for homes. At Sonos, Abram headed up product management, worldwide sales and marketing, inventory, logistics and sales operations. From 1996 to 2007, Abram held a number of positions in business development, product management and engineering.  From 2005 to 2007, he was vice president and senior general manager, marketing for Sony Electronics, responsible for Sony’s television business in the US. Prior to that, he held a number of positions at Sharp Electronics and Eastman Kodak.

Jeroen Tas, CEO, Healthcare Informatics, Solutions and Services, Philips. Jeroen Tas has over 30 years of global experience as an entrepreneur and senior executive in information technology. Previously he was the Group CIO of Royal Philips, leading IT worldwide to become a fundamental enabler of growth for Philips as a real-time, connected company through internet enabled services like the recently announced HealthSuite digital platform and device cloud services for third parties. He co-founded and served as President, COO and vice-chairman of the Board for MphasiS, an IT and Business Processing Outsourcing company. In the mid-nineties he led Citibank’s Tech Lab, Transaction technology Inc.

Steve Mollenkopf, CEO, Qualcomm Inc. Mollenkopf began his career at Qualcomm as an engineer and for more than 20 years, has helped define and implement Qualcomm’s strategy and technologies. He also serves on the company’s board of directors. Mollenkopf has held a variety of leadership positions including President & COO and President of QCT. As the leader of the Company’s chipset business, Mollenkopf launched the Companies 4G/LTE systems; and drove Qualcomm’s technology leadership position in smartphones.

Jon Fortt, Co-host, Squawk Alley, CNBC.  Fortt is co-host of CNBC’s “Squawk Alley” and an on-air editor based at CNBC’s global headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, N.J. Fortt joined CNBC as technology correspondent in July 2010, working from CNBC’s Silicon Valley bureau where he covered the companies, start-ups and trends that are driving innovation in the industry. He also contributes to

This keynote panel is part of the 2015 International CES keynote lineup. Other keynoters will include CBS Corp. president and CEO, Leslie Moonves, Ford Motor Co. president and CEO Mark Fields, Samsung Electronics’ president and CEO, Boo-Keun Yoon, chairman of the board of management of Daimler AG and Head of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Dr. Dieter Zetsche and Intel CEO, Brian Krzanich. Additional details are available at

The 2015 International CES® will also spotlight startup entrepreneurs and innovation across the technology spectrum in an expanded Eureka Park Marketplace at CES Tech West. The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® today also announced new areas and events at CES dedicated to the startup community, including the Startup Stage. Owned and produced by the CEA, the 2015 CES will run January 6-9, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

An anchor for the startup community at CES, the 2015 Eureka Park Marketplace will feature more than 375 exhibitors, 59 percent more than the 2014 CES. Presented by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and UP Global, Eureka Park provides a platform for new companies to introduce their innovations to venture capitalists, media and buyers. Eureka Park also features concentrated exhibits from startups originating in France and Israel, as well as exclusive exhibits from Indiegogo and TechCrunch’s Hardware Battlefield finalists.

“CES is becoming known as the key event for innovative startups to increase their exposure and become successful,” said Karen Chupka, senior vice president, International CES and corporate business strategy, CEA.” No other event provides the breadth and depth of exposure to potential customers, investors and media as CES. The growth of Eureka Park is testament to the fact that CES is the ultimate providing ground for companies of all sizes and the place to network and expand your business.”

The Startup Stage, presented by UP Global, in partnership with Magna, will showcase the startup community via four days of programming at CES. The Startup Stage will feature panels with entrepreneurs, VCs, media and other young companies. This destination in Eureka Park also features office hours, pitching and networking. View the full schedule at

Watch ten of the most innovative startups in the world compete live on stage in the Extreme Tech Challenge at CES for the opportunity of a lifetime: to pitch Sir Richard Branson on his private Necker Island. CEA President and CEO Gary Shapiro will lead the all-star judging panel on Thursday, January 8.

TechCrunch is bringing the premiere startup launch competition, Hardware Battlefield, to CES on Thursday, January 8. Sixteen startups will reveal a brand-new product for the first time to a panel of industry experts and investors while competing for $50,000 and the coveted Metal Man trophy. The must-see competition can be watched live at the LVCC, Central Plaza, within TechCrunch’s broadcast tent.

ABC’s “Shark Tank” will host an open call on January 8 at CES for entrepreneurs who wish for the chance to appear on the television show. The open call will be held in section J of the Venetian Ballroom at The Venetian starting at 8 AM. Floored within Eureka Park, the University Innovations Marketplace showcases technologies that stem from colleges, universities, and academic research centers. Along with startups in the beginning stages of development, Eureka Park also will host more established, mid-stage startup companies looking to expand their growth.

For more information on the 2015 CES, visit

2014 Architectural Digest Home Design Show A High Design Hit

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The 13th annual Architectural Digest Home Design Show (ADHDS), March 20-23, annually held at Pier 94 in New York City, was (and is) a premier showcase for luxury products and cutting-edge designs from close to 400 brands. The four-day fair showcased the best in the home design and luxury market and features more than 300 exhibitors and close to 400 premium brands and covers a range of categories including: furniture, accessories, art, kitchen and bath products, flooring, rugs, electronics, ceramics, stone and tile, wall covering, lighting, outdoor products, and more. From product launches, theater programming, and special events, the show is (and was) a must-attend for the industry’s top professionals and discerning consumers. Next year’s show dates are March 19-22, 2015.

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More than 40,000 attendees from across the globe took to the aisles to discover distinctive items for their projects, visit the Jenn-Air Master Class Studio for exciting seminars presented by Architectural Digest and The New York Times, and experience the Shops at ADHDS, a new curation of cash-and-carry storefronts, and the first-ever outdoor pavilion. Exhibitors noted the marked increase in attendance, including a remarkable 55 percent increase in the number of design trade attendees, and came away with productive leads from both discerning industry professionals and consumer visitors.

Farrow and Ball Ltd.

Farrow and Ball Ltd.

Giulio Capua, vice president and publisher, Architectural Digest credits the show’s wide range of offerings for helping to set the tone for a successful weekend. “We’ve continued to innovate the show experience and programming by creating a showcase in step with industry trends,” he said. “This year, attendees experienced a wealth of great design—from of one-of-a-kind artisan pieces to new product launches from top manufacturers and design studios to important technologies leading the smart home revolution.”

A showcase of some of the finest home furnishings manufacturers and leading designers present their latest lines and projects. A wide range of exquisite offerings from around the world including contemporary and classic furniture, lighting, carpets, decorative accessories, textiles, art and more. The juried MADE galleries showcase the work of craftsman, artists and designers of limited edition and one-of-a-kind objects and furnishings. Internationally renown and newly emerging talent present unique, beautiful and imaginative works in a range of mediums. The largest collection of luxury and premium kitchen, bath and building products in North America. reFRESH offers international product debuts, innovations in technology, state-of-the-art design and culinary demonstrations from leading chefs. Appliances, cabinets, tile & stone, bath fittings & fixtures, windows, doors, hardware, security systems, smart home technology and more.  Continue reading

Panasonic Showcases Innovative Home, Personal Care Products at 2014 International Home & Housewares Show

 Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company is showcasing its latest in innovative consumer products for the home at the 2014 International Home & Housewares Show being held in Chicago’s McCormick Place, Saturday March 15 through Tuesday March 18.  Based in Newark, NJ, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company is a division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation. The company offers a wide range of consumer solutions in the U.S.including products from VIERA Life+ Screen, Blu-ray players, LUMIX Digital Cameras, Camcorders, Home Audio, Cordless Phones, Home Appliances, Wellness and Personal Care products and more. 

The Panasonic booth (#L12505) will offer convention-goers an interactive look at some of the company’s popular home products; a stylist station will provide women with on-site hair styles and touch-ups; and a barber station will offer men hair cuts and shaves with the company’s award-winning men’s grooming tools.  All of the products featured in the Panasonic booth are available immediately on

For Beauty and Grooming

Panasonic will display the large selection of men’s grooming, women’s beauty and oral care products currently available.  The interactive styling station will offer hair styling by appointment with the nanoe™ Hair Dryer and nanoe™ Flat Iron, products that are effective in enhancing hair’s smoothness and shine. Attendees will also be able to view Panasonic’s full range of Compact Beauty Tools, designed for on-the-go beauty needs, and the new Facial Ionic Steamer.  Offering a quick 3-minute or 6-minute steam session, the Facial Ionic Steamer utilizes ultra-fine nano steam particles to supplement moisture in the skin.

The booth’s barber station will offer hair cuts using Panasonic’s award-winning Wet/Dry Beard/Hair Trimmers, including the ER-GB40, and close, luxurious shaves with the new ES-LV95 Arc5 Men’s Shaver.  Designed to provide men with the ultimate shave, the new Arc5 Men’s Shaver offers a five blade cutting system, a 14,000-cycles per minute linear motor drive and new shave sensor technology which automatically detects beard density to adjust motor speed for a powerful yet gentle shave.

For the Home

Panasonic offers a full range of appliance products for the home – from the kitchen to the living room.  The Genius Prestige Microwave Ovens with Inverter Technology will be a focal point in the booth along with the classic FlashXpress Toaster Oven, a favorite among consumers, and the new Immersion Blender, which will all be available in late 2014.  The sleek and modernBreakfast Collection (Toaster, Kettle and Coffee Maker) will once again be on display and will be joined by the new Espresso Machine providing show-goers delicious coffee concoctions throughout the four days of the event.

From cooking to cleaning, Panasonic has got home appliances covered.  A colorful array of Panasonic vacuum cleaners will be included in the booth display, including the new MC-UL429 bagless JetForce vacuum which features a lightweight design and uses JetForce technology to separate dust and air via centrifugal force in combination with the unique hour–glass dust container. 


For home communication, Panasonic will offer a hands-on look at the newest premium cordless phones now available.  The Panasonic Premium Design Series, including the KX-PRL262BKX-PRX-120WKX-PRW130WKX-PRW120W, and the new Link2Cell phone models, including the KX-TGH263B and KX-TGE275S. These models offer sleek new designs coupled with enhanced technologies including Link2Cell, which allows users to make and receive cell phone calls from their cordless handset with or without a landline;  Talking Text Sender alert which announces the name and number of an incoming text message; key detector, and an integrated baby monitor which alerts other handsets when baby starts crying.

For more information on Panasonic’s full line of consumer products for the home please visit

KitchenAid Unveils New Colors and Vastly Improved Appliances at At 2014 International Home + Housewares Show



KitchenAid Reinvents The Blender

KitchenAid, the pioneer in bringing color to countertop appliances, is adding two new colors to its Artisan® and Artisan® Design Series stand mixer collections, called Bordeaux and Sea Glass.  An additional color, Lavender, will round out the brand’s suite of pastel colored appliances called Ice Cream Suite.

The newest color addition to the Artisan® Design Series, Sea Glass, offers a playful touch to any neutral kitchen space.  The captivating hue has a luminous and glossy finish, and will be available for the Artisan® Design Series Stand Mixer ($459.99) beginning in June.

Bordeaux is the latest color to join the KitchenAid® Artisan® Series color palette.  The blue-based red hue is both timeless and glamorous, and adds a rich, luxurious touch to the countertop.  It is suited especially well with rich wood or dark colored countertops.  It will be available for the Artisan® Series Stand Mixer ($429.99) beginning in September.

In addition, Lavender joins Ice, Majestic Yellow and Pink to form the Ice Cream Suite, a collection of pastel colored countertop appliances. Lavender is a soothing shade of pastel purple that brings a soft, fresh element to any kitchen space, pairing especially well with white or stainless steel appliances.  The Ice Cream Suite colors, with the exception of Ice, will be available for the Artisan® Series stand mixer, 3.5-cup food chopper ($49.99), 2-speed hand blender ($59.99) and 5-speed hand mixer ($49.99) beginning in March.  Ice will be available beginning in June.

As kitchen designs are evolving, so are the color options for accompanying countertop appliances,” says Beth Robinson, senior manager of brand experience for KitchenAid.  “Appliances can help enrich a kitchen space by adding a pop of contrasting color or enhancing an existing color palette.

As they have for 95 years since the brand’s iconic stand mixer was introduced, the engineers at KitchenAid have been busy coming up with new ways for cooks to harness the power of this versatile kitchen workhorse. The latest results of their efforts, introduced here this week at the International Home + Housewares Show, include food processor and juicer attachments that closely mimic the capabilities of free standing countertop appliances, while taking up a fraction of the countertop and storage space.

The iconic KitchenAid Stand Mixer with Juicer and Sauce Attachment.  (PRNewsFoto/KitchenAid)

The iconic KitchenAid Stand Mixer with Juicer and Sauce Attachment. (PRNewsFoto/KitchenAid)

Similar to the brand’s freestanding food processors, the new food processor attachment for the stand mixer features the brand’s exclusive ExactSlice(TM) System, which adjusts the thickness of slicing with a simple slide of the external lever.  Its 2-in-1 wide mouth feed tube easily accommodates foods such as apples, carrots and potatoes with little prep beforehand.  The base model comes with a reversible shredding disc, as well as julienne and slicing discs. The premium model includes a storage case with all of the discs included in the base model, as well as a new commercial-style dicing attachment that quickly and precisely dices foods like tomatoes and cucumbers for salsas or vegetable salads. The base and premium food processor attachments will carry suggested retail prices of $179.99 and $249.99 respectively, and are scheduled to be available in June.

The new Juicer and Sauce attachment features a 2-in-1 feed tube that easily accommodates small foods such as strawberries, carrots, and halved apples.  The stainless steel blade first pre-slices foods, and then processes them at a low speed.  The attachment includes three pulp screens to customize juices using high or low pulp levels, and can easily make sauces or purees with the sauce screen. The Juicer and Sauce attachment is scheduled for availability in August at a suggested retail price of $249.99.

As with the brand’s other attachments, these new attachments fit securely into the multi-purpose hub found on the front upper body of all stand mixer models and are powered by the stand mixer motor. Continue reading

Bud Light Lime Expands Successful Ritas Franchise With Two New Flavors

Bud Light Lime introduces Mang-O-Rita, Raz-Ber-Rita and four flavor Mix-A-Rita variety pack in time for spring and summer entertaining

The popular Bud Light Lime Ritas franchise is doubling. The brand is introducing two new permanent flavors – Bud Light Lime Ritas Mang-O-Rita and Raz-Ber-Rita – as the third and fourth flavor profiles in the Bud Light Lime Ritas family, which also launched a fifth flavor – Bud Light Lime Cran-Brrr-Rita – as a  limited-time season offering  in 2013.

Bud Light Lime introduces Mang-O-Rita, Raz-Ber-Rita and four flavor Mix-A-Rita variety pack in time for spring and summer entertaining.  (PRNewsFoto/Anheuser-Busch)

Bud Light Lime introduces Mang-O-Rita, Raz-Ber-Rita and four flavor Mix-A-Rita variety pack in time for spring and summer entertaining. (PRNewsFoto/Anheuser-Busch)

The brand anticipates continued success with the launch of Bud Light Lime Mang-O-Rita and Raz-Ber-Rita. The new Ritas are 8%* alc/vol flavored malt beverages that blend the refreshment of Bud Light Lime with the taste of authentic mango and raspberry margaritas, respectively.

Lime-A-Rita and Straw-Ber-Rita are two of our most successful innovations to-date. They allowed us to introduce the Bud Light brand into occasions it hadn’t traditionally played in,” said Rob McCarthy, vice president, Bud Light. “We anticipate Raz-Ber-Rita and Mang-O-Rita to continue extending the brand successfully into the popular margarita space. With four permanent Rita flavors to choose from, and our new convenient mixed pack featuring them all, we’re excited to see consumers experiment and create their own “Mix-A-Rita” combinations.

To encourage mixology, the brand is offering a four-flavor Mix-A-Rita 18-pack.

The new Ritas join the popular Bud Light Lime Lime-A-Rita, Straw-Ber-Rita and seasonal Cran-Brrr-Rita. Over the past two years, Lime-A-Rita and Straw-Ber-Rita have combined to drive the most share growth and become one of the most successful new innovations in the beer industry. Straw-Ber-Rita was the largest share gainer in the beer industry in 2013; Straw-Ber-Rita and Lime-A-Rita represented the No. 1 and No. 2 brands in the FMB category**. Combined, the Ritas are larger than the category’s next seven brands**. Additionally, Cran-Brrr-Rita, which launched this past winter season to positive reviews from consumers, exceeded expectations and effectively extended the seasonality of the Ritas family.

Bud Light Lime Ritas are best enjoyed over ice and are an ideal choice for parties and outdoor refreshment, especially as the weather gets warmer. Mang-O-Rita and Raz-Ber-Rita are available in three pack sizes: 12-pack 8 oz. cans; four-pack 16 oz. cans; and 24 oz. individual cans. The Ritas are also available in a Mix-A-Rita 18-pack, which includes six Lime-A-Ritas, four Straw-Ber-Ritas, four Mang-O-Ritas and four Raz-Ber-Ritas.

For more information on Bud Light Lime Mang-O-Rita and Raz-Ber-Rita, visit or

Brisk Iced Tea Continues To Provide Fans Authentic And Exclusive Access To Music, Art And Culture Through Bodega Platform Lens

New “Not Half Bad” Ad Campaign Taps Real Consumers to Introduce Half & Half Iced Tea Lemonade in Next Phase of Program

Brisk, the iced tea brand known for its bold flavors, announced today the next phase of its Brisk Bodega platform, including a new marketing campaign—”Not Half Bad“—as a part of its evolution to better connect to its core consumer base. The new stripped-down, honest direction comes after conducting deep ethnographic research on the demographic, which provided insights Brisk has infused into all 2014 activations.

The biggest evolution comes with Brisk’s shift from leveraging borrowed equity (as done in the past with iconic properties and big-

Brisk Iced Tea Half & Half.  (PRNewsFoto/Brisk)

Brisk Iced Tea Half & Half. (PRNewsFoto/Brisk)

time sporting events) to developing an owned equity platform in—a digital portal of original and curated content the brand launched nine months ago in partnership with VICE Media and Noisey. offers consumers access to today’s hottest music talent, a behind-the-scenes look at the Brisk Bodega tour, and a loyalty program with incentives like premium headphones and custom watches.

This new direction is refreshingly honest,” said Eric Whitehouse, Director of Marketing, Brisk Iced Tea. “We’re not trying to be louder than all of the brands around us—we’re connecting with our fans in an authentic and relatable way, and letting the consumers and products speak for themselves.”

“Not Half Bad” Campaign
The new advertising campaign kicks off today, and supports the brand’s new product line Half & Half—a millennial twist on the iconic, old-timey tea and lemonade combination. The ads, which humbly proclaim the tagline, “It’s Not Half Bad,” didn’t have the typical production process. There were no scripts, stylists or green rooms. Instead, Brisk brought in real people from its core consumer base and asked for their real reactions to the newest additions to the flavor family.

Our approach for engaging with our target hinges on co-creation and self-expression. Not only are we involving our target in our ad creative, but we’re operating under these principles across all platforms,” said Whitehouse. “Some of our top-performing Facebook posts are ‘Epic Comments,’ re-posts of the best comments left by our original, creative community.

The campaign includes radio, OOH, mobile and digital, appearing on, as well as an under-the-cap/under-the-tab promotion on one-liter bottles and 24-ounce cans beginning May 19. Prizes include more than 4,000 custom premiums and one lucky grand prize winner will have a chance to win a 2014 Chevy Avalanche truck with a custom paint job by Crooks & Castles.

Brisk Bodega: SXSW and Beyond
In celebration of new Half & Half, Brisk will return to SXSW under the Brisk Bodega umbrella, this time teaming up with Roc Nation recording artist and producer DJ Mustard to create an unexpectedly exciting lineup of activities. At only 23 years old, Los Angeles native DJ Mustard is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after producers in the business, and has landed on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart five separate times since the year began. In addition to DJ Mustard, SXSW attendees will have the chance to visit the Brisk Bodega experience beginning at 8 p.m. on March 13 to watch performances by recording artists TY$, YG, Deniro Farrar and more.

The SXSW event will kick off the Brisk Bodega summer music series, which will include a six-city tour featuring up-and-coming and established talent, curated by industry-standout DJ Mustard. Additionally, Brisk has partnered with urban apparel brand Crooks & Castles to co-create an exclusive line of items (sunglasses, shirts and accessories) to be available at SXSW and the Brisk Bodega series.

This year, Brisk and VICE Media will continue to push out more regular, themed content to, including:

  • Rap PSAs: A play off the classic PSAs from the 90s, episodes range from how to drive safely, to how to dress well, with illustrations to exaggerate each anecdote.
  • Live from the Streets: Leveraging one of Noisey’s more popular shows; the inspiring stories focus on young rappers who are passionate about both where they came from, and where they’re going.
  • Call Your Mom:We’ll ask rappers to call their moms on speakerphone, and see what happens. It’s hard to think of a conversation more intimate.

New Brisk Half & Half line is available now in 24-ounce cans and 1 liter bottles, and in three flavors: Iced Tea & Lemonade, Iced Tea & Cherry Limeade and Iced Tea & Tropical Lemonade.

For more information about Brisk Iced Tea, visit and