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Fruit of the Loom launches 'Fruitful Futures' sustainability plan Beth Wright | 2 Oct 20

Apparel, intimates and athletic clothing maker Fruit of the Loom has outlined a new global sustainability plan to reduce the environmental impact of its global supply chain, with goals including sourcing 100% of its cotton sustainably by 2025 and using 30% recycled polyester by 2030.

Fashion industry efforts to address global PPE shortages – Update just-style | 27 Jul 20

Texollini, Chargeurs*PCC Fashion Technologies, and Crystal International are among the latest fashion firms to mobilise their production facilities and supply chains to help address the global shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE), including face masks and hospital gowns, amid the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. 

Fruit of the Loom joins The Sustainability Consortium Beth Wright | 18 Jul 17

Athletic apparel and intimates manufacturer Fruit of the Loom has joined The Sustainability Consortium (TSC) as part of its commitment to help improve the environmental, social and economic performance of the textile value chain.

Fruit of the Loom names Burgess-Taylor CEO Beth Wright | 2 Dec 16

Melissa Burgess-Taylor has been named chairman and CEO of apparel maker Fruit of the Loom following the sudden and unexpected passing of Rick Medlin earlier this week.

Fruit of the Loom CEO Medlin dies suddenly Leonie Barrie | 28 Nov 16

Rick Medlin, president and CEO of apparel maker Fruit of the Loom Inc, passed away suddenly at the weekend, after suffering what was thought to be a heart attack.

Fruit Of The Loom awarded for CSR efforts in Honduras Leonie Barrie | 31 Oct 16

Apparel manufacturer Fruit of the Loom has been recognised for its corporate social responsibility efforts in Central America for the eighth year in a row.

Fruit of the Loom awarded Wal-Mart supplier of year Michelle Russell | 2 Mar 16

Apparel manufacturer Fruit of the Loom has received two awards from retail giant Wal-Mart, including omni-channel supplier of the year. 

Deal close for Fruit of the Loom lingerie business Stuart Todd | 24 Jun 15

French investment firm Perceva has confirmed that it has entered into exclusive negotiations with US apparel manufacturer, Fruit of the Loom, for the acquisition of its loss-making European lingerie business,Vanity Fair Brands Europe (VFBE).

Apparel firms call for passage of tariff bill Katie Smith | 30 Jan 15

US textile and apparel manufacturing companies are calling on Congress to pass the Miscellaneous Tariff Bill (MTB), which they say would eliminate or reduce import duties on products not available in the US.

Fruit of the Loom forms yarn partnership with Parkdale Leonie Barrie | 31 Oct 14

Fruit of the Loom has agreed a deal with Parkdale America that will see it sell its US yarn spinning operations to the company which will then provide new state-of-the-art cotton and cotton blended yarns for its underwear and casualwear products.

Alliance and Accord urged to harmonise efforts in Bangladesh Leonie Barrie | 19 Sep 14

A review of the work carried out so far by the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety says the group has made "significant and laudable progress" over the past 12 months - but pulls no punches when it comes to the many challenges that still lie ahead.

SOURCING: Alliance members buying more products from Bangladesh Leonie Barrie | 23 Jul 14

The group of North American brands and retailers - including Wal-Mart Stores, Gap Inc and VF Corporation - working to improve safety in Bangladesh's ready-made garment factories appears to be sourcing more products from the country as efforts to upgrade the industry take hold. But one year on, progress is "far from over", with the total cost likely to be in the region of $150m and take 12-18 another months to complete.

BANGLADESH: Alliance doubles compensation for displaced workers Katie Smith | 14 Jul 14

The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety has extended compensation for garment factory workers displaced due to factory remediation from two months' up to four months' wages.

US: Fruit of the Loom invests in Berkeley facility expansion Michelle Russell | 3 Jul 14

Apparel manufacturer Fruit of the Loom is investing in doubling the size of its Berkeley County distribution centre, as the company continues its efforts to align its global supply chain.

BANGLADESH: Alliance inspections reveal "dozens of deficiencies" Leonie Barrie | 28 May 14

The first round of inspection reports released by the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety show that "dozens of deficiencies" have been identified in every garment factory. And the group now has just six weeks to release data on the remaining 600 factories supplying its member companies.

BANGLADESH: Alliance seeks five factory closures over safety Leonie Barrie | 6 May 14

The Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety says it has so far sought the immediate suspension of production in five factories following concerns about the safety of the buildings where they are located.

THE FLANARANT: Following fashion isn't the best sourcing strategy Mike Flanagan | 30 Apr 14

Retailers and brands are increasingly engineering their operations to make the most of changing trends affecting everything from sourcing to sales. But as Mike Flanagan points out, the model that works for one company is unlikely to work for another. Here he gives some examples.

BANGLADESH: Alliance inspections more than 50% complete Richard Woodard | 22 Apr 14

Inspections have been completed on more than half of the nearly 700 Bangladesh factories used by members of the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety - which is also pledging to help pay the wages for workers at factories closed for renovation.

US: Fruit of the Loom to cut 600 jobs with plant closure Katie Smith | 7 Apr 14

Apparel manufacturer Fruit of the Loom is to lay off more than 600 workers with the closure of its facility in Jamestown, Kentucky.

US/AUSTRALIA: Cotton Leads programme continues to garner interest Michelle Russell | 17 Mar 14

A new programme set up by the Australian and US cotton industry to supply responsibly-produced cotton is continuing to gain interest amongst global textile businesses.

UK: PAG Leisurewear adds commerce software suite Katie Smith | 13 Mar 14

UK apparel wholesaler PAG Leisurewear is adopting NetSuite SuiteCommerce software to help grow its omni-channel business.

US: Cornell University joins Bangladesh Accord pledge Richard Woodard | 13 Feb 14

Cornell University has become the latest higher education establishment to require apparel licensees sourcing from Bangladesh to join the country’s Accord on Fire and Building Safety.

US: Support doubles for responsibly-produced cotton scheme Michelle Russell | 30 Jan 14

The number of textile companies from the US, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Europe that have signed up to new programme that supplies responsibly-produced cotton has now more than doubled.

US: Supply chain supports responsibly-produced cotton Leonie Barrie | 2 Jan 14

Thirty textile companies from the US, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Europe have signed up to a new programme that supplies responsibly-produced cotton.

US: Fruit of the Loom implements data analytics tool Leonie Barrie | 17 Jul 13

Fruit of the Loom is to measure and monitor data flowing across its business operations with a new analytics platform that will help it stay one step ahead of a changing environment.

CANADA/US: Gildan Activewear, Russell Brands settle lawsuit Katie Smith | 5 Mar 13

Canadian apparel maker Gildan Activewear has reached a US$1m settlement with Russell Brands, a Fruit of the Loom company, to resolve a trademark infringement lawsuit.

US: Russell Brands to cut 190 jobs in restructuring Katie Smith | 7 Jan 13

US sporting goods manufacturer Russell Brands today (7 January) said it plans to lay off 190 workers as it looks to restructure its apparel decoration operations in Alexander City, Alabama.

2012: A year in review - Sourcing winners and losers MJ Deschamps | 14 Dec 12

Textile-making countries came up against a range of labour, economic and environmental issues in 2012, including the worsening Eurozone crisis which dampened demand in key export markets. While some struggled to cope, others became increasingly competitive as exports rose.

Global: Brands accused of "fuelling modern-day slavery" Petah Marian | 20 Nov 12

A number of major clothing brands have been accused of "fuelling modern-day slavery" through their failure to address child and forced labour in their supply chains, according to a report released by the Not For Sale campaign.

UZBEKISTAN: Cotton ban gains momentum with apparel firms Leonie Barrie | 9 Nov 12

More than 120 international apparel brands and retailers have now pledged to ban the use of cotton from Uzbekistan as part of efforts to stop the country using forced and child labor to harvest its cotton crop.





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