Archive | Food/Beverage

Horrific Hops

Limited-edition Halloween-themed craft beer collaborations have been on the rise over the past few years, with 2022 as active as ever in terms of the number of examples. Entertainment properties of the horror genre, candy brands used for trick-or-treating, and musical acts whose stage presence, lyrics, and/or graphics are Halloween-appropriate, are well represented: Entertainment. This […]

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Tea Party

An estimated 450,000-plus tea and tea-drink shops were operating in China at the beginning of this year, according to the China Tea Marketing Association. These include both traditional tea shops and new-style shops focused on flavored milk, fruit, bubble, and even cheese teas, with new-style chains growing quickly over the past several years (despite a […]

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Never Drink Alone

The food and beverage sector remains one of the most active categories in the licensing landscape, with no let-up in sight, and the beverage half of the equation has been particularly busy in 2022. While licensing and collaborations involving beverages are not new by any means, there is more white space for licensors to make […]

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Snacking While Streaming

Food and beverage-related brands have represented one of the key sectors involved in e-sports promotions over the past year and a half, partnering with e-sports teams and organizations for live events, streamed content, and sometimes merchandise sales or giveaways. Some examples: E-sports organization FaZe Clan paired with General Mills’ Totino’s brand to create special flavors […]

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Cheers To Canned Cocktail Collaborations

Licensors across property types have made their presence known across most categories of alcoholic beverage by this point, whether that be beer; wine; spirits including vodka, tequila, and whiskey; or hard seltzer. The hottest category for collaboration of late has been ready-to-drink cocktails, with a range of examples coming to market since January of this […]

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Spicing Up Food and Beverage Licensing

Spice and seasoning brands historically have played a relatively small part on the large and still growing food-and-beverage licensing stage, with some long-time exceptions (such as McCormick’s Old Bay brand). More recently, however, a growing number of players in this space have entered the field as licensors and/or licensees, some of them very actively. In […]

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An Appetite for Regional Restaurants

Restaurant properties have been among the most active in the corporate licensing space of late, as they partner for brand extensions, lifestyle collaborations, and novelty items for fans. For the most part, these are national (or international) chains with multiple locations and a high profile among mainstream consumers. Occasionally over the years, however, local or […]

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New Territory for Chef-Based Licensing

Recent deals for frozen and packaged foods have centered on chefs who hail from Africa, or have African roots, and are known for the African influences in their cooking and/or for promoting African flavors and recipes. Chefs of West African heritage have been particularly active. Such celebrity chefs, recognized from their TV appearances, cookbooks, and/or […]

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Tempting Treats

Cereal marketers’ increasing tendency to extend their brands into other food categories was noted here more than two years ago, but the trend has continued to intensify since then. Sales of these licensors’ core cereal product spiked during the early pandemic, but have since leveled off, due to a number of factors. They range from […]

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