Overall Winter Holiday Spending Up 16%

New York — Consumer spending during this past winter holiday season was up 16 percent compared with the year prior, with the average shopper outlaying $711 on gifts and holiday-related purchases, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)….

Small Business Owners Optimistic Going Into 2017

Framingham, MA — Small business owners say 2017 is going to be a good year, based on the Staples National Small Business Survey, conducted by Wakefield Research. The survey finds 85 percent of American small business owners are “optimistic” about the small business climate in…

Amplify Snack Adds Three To Executive Team

Austin, TX — Mike DeGrace has been appointed senior vice-president of sales, North America, for Amplify Snack Brands, Inc., which also promoted CFO Brain Goldberg to the new role of chief strategy officer (CSO) and executive vice-president of corporate development….

Palsgaard Acquires Brazilian Supplier Candon Aditivos

Juelsminde, Denmark — Palsgaard A/S has purchased Candon Aditivos para Alimentos, a Brazil-based supplier of special ingredients, premixes and bakery emulsifiers, according to the acquiring firm. Candon founder Cassandro Rufino will continue as minority shareholder and CEO of the company,…