Food & Drink

FDA Expands Dangerous Hand Sanitizer List to 163, Adds New Criteria
August 19, 2020 at 2:16 pm

The FDA has expanded its list of potentially harmful hand sanitizer products, as well as adding a new component that qualifies a product for the list. Previously, the list only included products containing methanol or manufactured in facilities containing methanol, but it now includes the ingredient 1-propanol and some ineffective products...

HPG Combines 'Foodie' Appeal and Hard Goods With Batch & Bodega Brand Launch
August 13, 2020 at 11:27 am

HPG this week announced the launch of Batch & Bodega, a new brand that brings the supplier into the food gift category, bundling exclusive edible products from across the country with popular hard goods from HPG’s catalog to create unique kits. Customization is a huge part of these “batches,” and customers can choose design elements like high-end retail packaging and handwritten notecards for added personal detail...

Some Distilleries That Pivoted to Hand Sanitizer Are Now Struggling to Sell It
August 6, 2020 at 2:18 pm

For months after the start of the pandemic, hand sanitizer was in short supply. In response, many alcoholic beverage distilleries stepped up to make it. And they made a lot of it. They made so much that, with the hand sanitizer supply starting to catch up and prices per gallon dropping, they now have more than they know what to do with...

Our 5 Favorite Promotional Products of the Week: KFC Lipstick, LEGO Nintendos and More
August 5, 2020 at 1:17 pm

Remember how excited we were about Major League Baseball being back? Hope everyone else is having fun, because we haven’t been able to watch our Phillies much since their games keep getting postponed. Ah, well. In the meantime, we’ve been occupying ourselves by keeping up with some fun branded and promotional items, and we have quite a haul for you this week...

Chipotle Is Using 300 Million Avocado Pits to Make Dye for Its New Branded Apparel Line
August 5, 2020 at 11:21 am

Chipotle is keeping things very on-brand and eco-friendly for its next round of merchandise by using avocado pits as dye for its branded apparel. According to Nation’s Restaurant News, Chipotle is using about 300 million avocado pits from its food supply and creating a plant-based dye for T-shirts, sweaters and tote bags...

QR Code Menus: The Touchless Revolution In Restaurants and Hospitality
August 3, 2020 at 11:24 am

Rather than picking up a menu, restaurant patrons scan a QR code. From there, the menu loads on your smartphone. This has helped against surface contamination during the ongoing fight against the spread of COVID-19, but it’s reduced the need for physical menus. Still, QR code stickers could be a source of new business for promo distributors...

Starbucks Rewards Promo Has South Korea Going Crazy Over Branded Merchandise
July 27, 2020 at 11:59 am

The folks in charge of Starbucks Korea’s summer rewards program, which includes a branded suitcase and folding chair, might not have expected to see lines out the door at Starbucks with customers drinking as much as possible as quickly as possible to make sure they get the rewards. But that's what happened... Creates Unique Program to Help Small Businesses Affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic
July 21, 2020 at 11:45 am

​, Medley, Fla., has created a small business assistance program to help businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Six diverse businesses were selected in South Florida and awarded a combined $12,000 in customized promotional items from These items vary from face masks, contactless thermometers, hand sanitizer, shirts, coffee mugs, backpacks and tote bags with…