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T R A D E  S H O W  N E W S

ToyFest West 2017

ToyFest West 2017 offers the biggest toy show west of the Mississippi on March 5-7, 2017, at the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa in Las Vegas, Nev.,South PointExhibit Hall, Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Monday and Tuesday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For buyers, this is a great opportunity to spend time with reps and vendors, learning about new products and programs in place for 2017. Manufacturers will be offering terrific specials to help fill shelves with exciting new items in addition to tried and true sellers. Each purchase order written at the show qualifies as an entry to the daily raffle of cash prizes.

Attendees can spend Sunday evening meeting and greeting friends and colleagues at the WTHRA-hosted Annual Gala Dinner. All show participants are welcome and encouraged to attend. After cocktails and dinner, the event’s Retailer of the Year, Adventure Toys in Los Altos, Calif., will be recognized and Wayne Depaulo, Jan Fox, Irv Kipper and Barbara Lillich will be inducted into the WTHRA Hall of Fame. Monday night, buyers are invited to the very popular Game Night, where attendees can learn new games to demo in their stores while enjoying pizza and beverages.

Buyers are also invited to attend the annual seminar on Sunday morning before the show opens. This year’s presenter, Heidi Butzine, is a best-selling author, marketing strategist and speaker, bringing together 25 years of career experience in business management and marketing. Founder of, she helps raise consumer awareness about the importance of local businesses and helps small businesses with marketing strategies to attract their neighborhood customers.

There is still time to take advantage of the ToyFest West Hotel Special when booking at the South Point Hotel Casino and Spa. Book your room for Saturday and Sunday night through the link at, and receive Monday night for free. There are a limited number of rooms for this special, so book now.

For more information, visit, call 909-899-3753 or email

Emerald Expositions

Emerald Expositions Acquires American Craft Retailers Expo (ACRE)

Emerald Expositions, LLC, announced late last year that it has acquired the American Craft Retailers Expo from IndieMe, Inc.

Founded in 2006, ACRE is a premier wholesale craft exposition in North America, consisting of two shows that take place annually in Las Vegas, Nev., and Philadelphia, Pa. The events connect wholesale American and Canadian makers of handmade products with national and international buyers from art and fine craft galleries, modern gift and home stores, independent retailers, guilds and arts institutions, e-retailers, national retail chains, museums and other key influencers in the home, gift and lifestyle marketplace.

ACRE features hundreds of juried artists among six distinct showcases, with an emphasis on carefully selected emerging artists highlighted throughout. Product categories primarily fall within the following areas of focus: Handmade Gifts & Accessories, The Gallery of Fine Crafts, Handmade Jewelry, High Design Jewelry, Handmade Wearable Art and Retailer Resources.

ACRE Philadelphia, will take place February 18 20, 2017 at the Philadelphia Convention Center. ACRE Las Vegas, celebrating its 11th anniversary, will take place during Las Vegas Jewelry Week in early June.

“I’m so proud of how far we’ve come with the ACRE events, and what we’ve done to help all constituents within the Maker Movement,” said Nancy Vince, president of IndieMe and founder of ACRE. “The timing was right for IndieMe to focus on our online marketplace, while handing over the ACRE reins to a first-class event company that can help it grow and add value for all who exhibit and attend.”

“We are delighted to bring ACRE into our portfolio of leading handmade and jewelry events, which include NY NOW and COUTURE,” said Chris McCabe, executive vice president at Emerald. “Nancy is a passionate supporter of the artisan community and she and her team have built a great business over the last 10 years. By leveraging Emerald’s scale, capabilities and experience, plus our adjacent and highly complementary brands, we expect to bring new and greater benefits to the shows’ exhibitors and attendees.”

Urban Expositions

Philadelphia National Candy, Gift & Gourmet Show
DThe Linnea's booth at the Philadelphia National Candy, Gift & Gourmet Show.

Despite snow and chilly winter temps, retail confectioners and other industry members from throughout the Tri-State/ Mid-Atlantic region and beyond headed to the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center to see the newest product innovations, trends and educational programming at the January 7-9, 2017 Philadelphia National Candy, Gift & Gourmet Show. Building upon a successful 2016 collaboration, the Retail Confectioners Association of Philadelphia (RCAP) once again teamed up with Urban Expositions to co-locate with the Philadelphia Gift Show (January 6-9, 2017) in Oaks, Pa.

“We were very pleased to see so many of our loyal buyers from key states in the region, like New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, New York, Delaware, as well as other parts of the country ranging from Florida to Washington State,” said Paul Esposito, RCAP president and owner, Victoria’s Candies. “We also saw nice traffic from gift show buyers seeking new candy lines and other impulse items, which is exactly what we were hoping for with this co-location.”

Special presentations and tastings of chocolate products were offered by Pennsylvania College of Technology Culinary Department students and School of Business & Hospitality Department Head Charles R. Niedermyer II at the candy show.

“Our second run alongside the Philadelphia National Candy, Gift & Gourmet Show certainly reinforces our belief that these two events are an ideal match,” added Ron Mathews, vice president of Foodservice Group, Urban Expositions, producers of the Philadelphia Gift Show. “The complementary product mix, together with new business opportunities, travel savings and easy accessibility, make the co-location a win-win for buyers and exhibitors alike.”

As the nation’s largest show dedicated to the retail confectioner, the semi-annual Philadelphia National Candy, Gift and Gourmet Show attracts specialty retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers seeking the latest offerings in the category, including candy, chocolate and gourmet specialties to candy-making equipment, packaging and plush items.

A Jelly Belly booth at the Philadelphia National Candy, Gift & Gourmet Show.

In addition to product resources, January show buyers had the opportunity to attend educational seminars led by industry leaders. Buyers also had the chance to enter daily cash price giveaways, take advantage of show specials offered by many of the Candy Show exhibitors, and explore the all-category Philadelphia Gift Show.

A display of Victoria's Chocolates at the Philadelphia National Candy, Gift & Gourmet Show.

The next edition of the Philadelphia National Candy, Gift & Gourmet Show will return to the Atlantic City Convention Center in Atlantic City, N.J., from September 10-12, 2017. For more information, visit

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