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NRF: Independence Day’s Mid-Week Celebration To Slow Sales

With this year’s independence holiday falling mid-week, according to the National Retail Federation and research partner Prosper Insight & Analytics, consumers in the U.S. plan to spend $6.9 billion on food for Fourth of July cookouts and picnics.

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Sophistiplate Completes Simply Baked Acquisition

Sophistiplate has completed the acquisition of Simply Baked by Christy Designs, a Bend, Oregon-based company that designs disposable entertaining items. The company’s product line includes categories such as serveware, barware, cookware and bakeware, and includes eco-friendly and bio-degradable options.

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Store Tour: AndThat! Creates Treasure Hunt Experience

Bed Bath & Beyond continues to develop and expand its AndThat! concept, which evolved from the company’s Christmas Tree Shops banner as a growth vehicle that offers consumers a lively shopping environment and provides the parent company a format that can compete with other treasure hunt-oriented retailers.

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Ikea Promotion Highlights Holiday Entertaining

Ikea has launched a holiday entertaining promotion that links furniture and housewares in a manner that lets the company promote seasonal goods in a timely context. The promotion also reminds consumers that it offers not only furnishings but a range of housewares.

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Crate & Barrel Partners With Reese Witherspoon

Crate & Barrel has teamed up with actress and producer Reese Witherspoon as the brand’s newest ambassador. The ongoing partnership, which will also incorporate Witherspoon’s own lifestyle and fashion brand Draper James, kicks off with the launch of Crate & Barrel’s holiday advertising campaign.

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BJ’s Promotes Party Planning

A survey conducted by Wakefield Research for BJ’s Wholesale Club found that 65% Americans have attended a holiday party or gathering that ran out of entertaining essentials such as food, cups, plates, utensils, napkins or alcohol.