The brewery giant Anheuser Busch Inbev continues to consolidate its brand portfolio. In Germany AB Inbev sold the brands Diebels and Hasseröder.
The businesses are bought by Daniel Deistler’s CK Corporate Finance (CKCF) with a team of German AB Inbev managers.
The transaction shall be closed by Mid-2018.
According to this report, VF Corporation is selling its brand Nautica to the Authentic Brands Group, LLC.
Nautica is licensed among others for outerwear, watches, furniture, perfume, swim wear, home textile, accessories and underwear.
The acquisition will be finalized during the first half of 2018.
Longchamp, originally best known for its iconic handbags and luggage, has signed a brand licensing agreement for the development, production and distribution of Longchamp eyewear collections.
The licensee is Marchon, the territory is global, licensed product will be optical frames and sunglasses.
Distribution will be through Longchamp boutiques, specialty retail, multi-brand fashion channels, and travel retail locations.
Since take over and relaunch of Mini, the parent company BMW has engaged in brand extensions.
According to W+V (in German), a new property for live and work is in development under the sub label “Mini Living” in Shanghai.
Partner is the Chinese developer Nova Property Investment.
A former paint factory will be transformed into office – and residential space with apartments, shared and individual office space, as well as cultural and leisure space.
Bacardi Ltd., owner of famous brands like Barcadi, Dewars, Martini, Bombay Sapphire, Grey Goose, and Molinari, acquires the owner of Patron Tequila.
The deal is valuing the company at US$5.1 billion.
Diageo Plc paid $1 billion to acquire George Clooney’s startup Casamigos in 2017. And Pernod Ricard SA acquired the Del Maguey brand in June.
While Becle SAB, producer of Jose Cuervo tequila, raised US$790 million in an initial public offering a year ago.
According to LTO, EQT is selling the CBR Fashion Group. CBR is the parent company of the brands Street One and Cecil.
Alteri Investors is the buyer together with Joint-Venture-Partner Apollo Global Management.
In November 2017 CBR Fashion Group issued bonds of €450 millions. EQT bought CBR in 2007 from Cinven and Apax, which acquired it 2004 from the founders.
Black + Decker has licensed pet products.
The licensee is Wagz.
Licensed products track your dog and include a collar, a feeder and a door. Each product can be controlled through the Black + Decker App for iPhone and Android.
Reportedly, Kodak licensed its brand for 3D printing.
The licensee is Smart International.
Smart International will develop a Kodak 3D printing system, including a Kodak Portrait 3D Printer and Kodak 3D printing filament.
Via Keurig Green Mountain Inc. JAB Holding will buy Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc.
The transaction is valued at US$21+ billion.
Among the brands changing hands are Dr. Pepper, Snapple , 7UP, Sunkist, Orangina, and Schweppes.
Keurig Green Mountain was taken private by a JAB-led investor group, including Mondelez, for about US$13.9 billion in 2016.
It created a global coffee company owning brands like Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Inc. with the Godiva license, Jacobs, Kaffee Hag, Maxwell House, Tassimo, Onko, Carte Noire, Tassimo, Douwe Egberts, L’Or, and Senseo.
Ferrero expands the product range for its brand Kinder with ice cream.
The licensee is Unilever subsidiary Langnese, which also holds the Chupa Chups license.
Germany, France, Austria and Switzerland are the launch markets.