Bait firm gets go-ahead for expansion
Dec24

Bait firm gets go-ahead for expansion

Donald Cooke, the company with major fishing brands Rod Hutchinson & Bait-Tech within its portfolio, has been granted planning permission to expand its factory in Sheffield, England. The new building will hold over 400 pallets for stocks of tackle and manufactured goods ready for sale and 60 tonnes of silo space for bulk ingredients. Construction was due to start in January. The plans will also see it increasing its undercover...

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Great American Outdoors retail boost with acquisition
Dec24

Great American Outdoors retail boost with acquisition

The private company behind Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s and White River Marine Group has grown its retail portfolio further with the purchase of Sportsman’s Warehouse. It means the Great American Outdoors Group will add the retail giant’s 112 stores to its 169 outlets under the Bass Pro and Cabela’s brands. With about 44 million shares and an offer of $18 per share in cash, the deal values Sportsman’s Warehouse at about $800 million. It...

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G Loomis updates warranty and returns service
Dec16

G Loomis updates warranty and returns service

Rod maker G Loomis has enhanced its commitment to get its customers back on the water fast, with an improved warranty program and an easy-to-use Xpeditor Service for rods replacement. The firm’s continued effort to provide anglers with service long after the sale has now been extended to a ‘Born On’ serial number on all new rods. Dave Brinkerhoff at G Loomis said: “We completely understand the frustration anglers experience from...

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Ben Miller to lead sales and operations for VMC Inc
Dec11

Ben Miller to lead sales and operations for VMC Inc

Ben Miller has been named director of sales and operations for VMC Inc, beginning on January 1st, 2021 reporting to VMC president, Cyrille Viellard, as successor to longstanding colleague Cyrille Mathieu. “Ben is the very best fit for this position which is a natural expansion of his former assignments from the retail side these past 11 years into new responsibilities with OEM/ODM existing and future new customers. I am confident that...

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FishingFest 21 Japan goes online
Dec05

FishingFest 21 Japan goes online

Also known as the Yokohama Fishing Festival, this year’s (2021) event has already been announced as a virtual, online show and is organised by the Japan Fishing Tackle Manufacturers Association. It will run from January 22nd to 24th, 2021 and is designed to introduce new tackle from major Japanese names. Among the 94 exhibitors already signed up are Jackall, Hayabusa, Megabass, Daiwa, Chowari, Shimano, Varivas, Fishing Vision,...

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Showroom unveiled for Fairpoint’s fishing brands
Dec03

Showroom unveiled for Fairpoint’s fishing brands

Danish based Fairpoint A/S, owner of the trade’s fastest growing brands Westin and Kinetic Fishing, has unveiled their latest resource for UK and Irish retailers. The showroom, based in Dublin, will offer UK and Irish retailers the opportunity to see all products, either by traditionally visiting the showroom or via its new virtual service. UK & Ireland sales manager Gareth Whittington told us: “Covid made us be more proactive and...

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