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Ganz Acquires Popular Midwest-CBK Gift, Holiday, Home and Outdoor Décor Brand

Industry leaders combine forces for strategic growth, new products to benefit retailers

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October 2012, Toronto, Canada - Midwest-CBK, leading holiday, gift and home décor designer and manufacturer, announces it has been purchased from MVP Group International, Inc., by Toronto-based gift company Ganz. The acquisition includes the Midwest-CBK brand name and popular holiday, gift, and home and outdoor décor business. MVP Group will retain the Colonial Candle®, Everybody’s Ayurveda, Genuine Monkeez & Friends™, Monkeez Makes a Difference™ and Goofballz™ brands, and Union City, Tenn. distribution facility and staff.

The Midwest-CBK product line and the MVP Group International brands of Colonial Candle, Everybody’s Ayurveda, Genuine Monkeez, Monkeez Makes a Difference and Goofballz, will continue to be available through the Midwest-CBK sales team.

“Midwest-CBK is a perfect addition to the Ganz family of brands, a company with a similar heritage, strong values, experience, vision and focus ,” says Scott Wehrs, president of Midwest-CBK “By combining forces, both Midwest-CBK and Ganz will continue to grow and provide the industry with exceptional new product design and development, and outstanding service.”

“This acquisition unites two renowned and highly respected market leaders, combining the strengths of both companies with best-in-class people, products, service and support for independent retailers,” says Howard Ganz, president of Ganz. Midwest’s and Ganz’s product development and sales teams will continue to operate independently thereby allowing each to focus on their strengths. “This strategy brings many benefits and opportunities to retailers through an unmatched selection of holiday, gift and home décor products, innovation in products and programs, depth of design and outstanding sales and support teams, backed by a company with the combined resources of Midwest-CBK and Ganz.”

For more information, please contact your Midwest-CBK account manager, visit www.mwcbk.com or call 800-394-4225.

About Midwest-CBK
Midwest-CBK is a national design leader in holiday, gifts and home and outdoor décor. Products feature excellent prices and terms designed to boost your margins; an experienced, dedicated sales team to assist you at the store level; award-winning display ideas; a drop ship program to provide incremental sales; and a website providing 24/7 access to account history 2 and online ordering. Please call 800-394-4225, visit www.mwcbk.com or contact your local Midwest-CBK account manager for more information, to request a catalog or to locate a showroom near you.

About Midwest-CBK
MVP Group International is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and distributors of candles. Brands include Colonial Candle premium home fragrance products and Everybody’s Ayurveda natural and Ayurvedic products, along with popular private label brands. With corporate headquarters based in Charleston, S.C., and plans to expand internationally, MVP Group has offices and manufacturing facilities worldwide including Elkin, N.C.; Union City, Tenn.; Hong Kong and Shenzhen, China.

About Ganz:
For over 60 years, Ganz has delivered some of the best gifts in the world. Most recently, Ganz created Webkinz® pets and Webkinz World™, the first web-enabled toy and kids' virtual world, In 2007 Ganz established the Webkinz Foundation, which has funded millions of dollars developing programs that benefit children. Corporate Headquarters are located in Toronto, Canada, with U.S. offices in Atlanta and Los Angeles, and overseas offices in Hong Kong and Shanghai.