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Coronavirus: Briscoe Group shuts NZ stores and cancels shareholders dividend

One of New Zealand’s major fishing tackle retailers has closed for a month as the COVID-19 pandemic hits the region. The Briscoe Group, the owner of the Rebel Sport chain, has closed all its stores, which covers the homewares and sporting goods segments, and also cancelled a final dividend payment to shareholders. Rod Duke, Group […]

Coronavirus: Rapala VMC Corporation cancels 2020 guidance

Global fishing tackle giant Rapala VMC Corporation has told investors it is impossible to estimate the impact to the group of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. As a result of that, its new President and Chief Executive Officer, Nicolas Warchalowski, said it was cancelling its financial outlook for 2020 which it issued in February. At the […]

Brazilian trade show bolstered by returnees and newcomers

Brazil’s fishing and outdoor trade show – Pesca & Companhia – has been bolstered by a number of returning exhibitors and newcomers to the event. The 14th running of the show will take place from August 26th to 29th in Sao Paolo, where the organiser expects to welcome more than 100 companies representing 600 national and […]

Coronavirus: NMMA takes Northwest Sportshow digital

The cancellation of its show due to take place this week because of the Coronavirus pandemic has not deterred the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) from putting on an event for its customers. It has replaced the Progressive Insurance Northwest Sportshow, which is sponsored by the likes of Rapala, Berkley, Northland Tackle and Lindy, with […]

Coronavirus: White River Marine Group lays off around 350 workers

The White River Marine Group (WRMG), the world’a largest manufacturer of fishing and recreational boats by volume, is laying off around 350 employees as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The group, owned by Bass Pro Shops founder, Johnny Morris, builds brands that include Tracker, Ranger, Triton, Sun Tracker, Regency, Tahoe and Mako. The lay-offs […]

Reuben Heaton’s Andrew Race is new ATA Chairman

Andrew Race, Managing Director of scales manufacturer Reuben Heaton, is the new Chairman of the UK’s Angling Trades Association (ATA). He succeeds former chairman John Loftus who has stepped down from the post following illness in his family. Race, a long-serving member of the ATA Board, has been in the tackle trade since 1989, when […]

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