Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Most of Rogers's b2b titles now sold; a few titles remain in play

Canadian Grocer, one of Canada's oldest magazines (started 130 years ago) has been sold by Rogers Media to a U.S. based company. It was one of a number of Rogers b2b titles Chicago-based Ensemble IQ acquired, including Pharmacy Practice +Profession Santé and The Medical Post. The purchased titles complement some of the company's U.S.-based titles Progressive Grocer, Shopper Marketing, Retail Leader, Convenience Store News and The Gourmet Retailer as well as Canadian titles Pharmacy Business,  PharmacyU.ca , and Your Convenience Manager. Ensemble IQ is a subsidiary of RFE Investment Partners (RFEIP). 

Rogers announced in September that it was selling off its b2b titles and its French-language magazines. So far, in addition to the announced sale above, Marketing magazine, CARDonline and the National List of Advertisers were sold to Brunico Communications, publishers of the rival Strategy, and Cosmetics and Cosmetique were sold to the Canadian Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association. 

Still in play are  Canadian Insurance Broker, Benefits Canada, Advisors Edge, Advantages, Corporate Risk and Conseiller.

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