AdAge: 8 Trends Ahead for the $263 Billion Licensing Industry

June 1, 2017 | By Michael Stone and Allison Ames With the Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association announcement that global sales of licensed merchandise grew by just over 4%  in 2016 to $262.9 billion, the annual International Licensing Expo took place last week in Las Vegas (May 23-25). 

Trend Alert – Clicks Now Wanna Be Bricks

May 16, 2017 | By Allison Ames It was bound to happen. And it is, step by step, or should I say brick by brick? The world of online retail is tiptoeing into the physical format to try its hand at brick and mortar.

Yildiz Holding Appoints Beanstalk as Brand Extension Agency for Godiva, McVitie's, FLIPZ, and TURTLES Brands in Key Strategic Territories

New York, New York, May 15, 2017 – Global food company Yildiz Holding has appointed Beanstalk as its exclusive brand extension agency for the Godiva, McVitie’s, FLIPZ and TURTLES brands in key strategic territories

Beanstalk Client TGI Fridays™ Expands International Licensing Programme

London, United Kingdom, May 2nd, 2017 — Leading global brand extension agency, Beanstalk, is working with TGI Fridays™ to expand its licensing programme internationally with a focus on the business’s top performing markets including the UK, Australia, Taiwan and South Korea.

Forbes: Legal Beef: Benihana In A Licensing Battle Over The 'Beni Burger'

May 1, 2017 | By Oliver Herzfeld It all started with an unauthorized hamburger. Well, actually, it all started in 1964 when Hiroaki “Rocky” Aoki opened a chain of iconic Benihana restaurants. The restaurants feature teppanyaki cooking, a dinner entertainment style of cuisine where chefs theatrically prepare meals at an iron griddle located tableside. Sometime after Aoki’s death in 2008, his family sold Benihana Inc. (BI) to an investment firm.