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Fruit of the Loom launches 'Fruitful Futures' sustainability plan

2 October 2020 | Beth Wright

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.... read more

Fashion industry efforts to address global PPE shortages – Update

27 July 2020 | just-style

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. ... read more

Fruit of the Loom joins The Sustainability Consortium

18 July 2017 | Beth Wright

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.... read more

Fruit of the Loom names Burgess-Taylor CEO

2 December 2016 | Beth Wright

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.... read more

Fruit of the Loom CEO Medlin dies suddenly

28 November 2016 | Leonie Barrie

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.... read more

Fruit Of The Loom awarded for CSR efforts in Honduras

31 October 2016 | Leonie Barrie

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.... read more

Fruit of the Loom awarded Wal-Mart supplier of year

2 March 2016 | Michelle Russell

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

Deal close for Fruit of the Loom lingerie business

24 June 2015 | Stuart Todd

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).... read more

Apparel firms call for passage of tariff bill

30 January 2015 | Katie Smith

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.... read more

Fruit of the Loom forms yarn partnership with Parkdale

31 October 2014 | Leonie Barrie

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.... read more

Alliance and Accord urged to harmonise efforts in Bangladesh

19 September 2014 | Leonie Barrie

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.... read more

SOURCING: Alliance members buying more products from Bangladesh

23 July 2014 | Leonie Barrie

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.... read more

BANGLADESH: Alliance doubles compensation for displaced workers

14 July 2014 | Katie Smith

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.... read more

US: Fruit of the Loom invests in Berkeley facility expansion

3 July 2014 | Michelle Russell

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.... read more

BANGLADESH: Alliance inspections reveal "dozens of deficiencies"

28 May 2014 | Leonie Barrie

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.... read more

BANGLADESH: Alliance seeks five factory closures over safety

6 May 2014 | Leonie Barrie

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.... read more

THE FLANARANT: Following fashion isn't the best sourcing strategy

30 April 2014 | Mike Flanagan

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.... read more

BANGLADESH: Alliance inspections more than 50% complete

22 April 2014 | Richard Woodard

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.... read more

US: Fruit of the Loom to cut 600 jobs with plant closure

7 April 2014 | Katie Smith

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

US/AUSTRALIA: Cotton Leads programme continues to garner interest

17 March 2014 | Michelle Russell

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.... read more

UK: PAG Leisurewear adds commerce software suite

13 March 2014 | Katie Smith

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

HONDURAS: AEC Narrow Fabrics renames and expands TESA plant

27 February 2014 | Leonie Barrie

Elastics and trims supplier AEC Narrow Fabrics, formerly known as Asheboro Elastics, has renamed its TESA plant in Honduras to reflect its expansion over the past two years.... read more

US: Cornell University joins Bangladesh Accord pledge

13 February 2014 | Richard Woodard

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.... read more

US: Support doubles for responsibly-produced cotton scheme

30 January 2014 | Michelle Russell

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.... read more

US: Supply chain supports responsibly-produced cotton

2 January 2014 | Leonie Barrie

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

CHINA: Lectra expands fashion team in Greater China

20 September 2013 | Leonie Barrie

Technology firm Lectra is expanding its team in Greater China to help firms improve their fashion design and development capabilities as they move from manufacturing to developing their own brands.... read more

US: Fruit of the Loom implements data analytics tool

17 July 2013 | Leonie Barrie

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.... read more

Software solutions: ERP/PLM use grows in emerging markets

1 July 2013 | Lee Adendorff

Emerging markets, with their major outsourcing sectors, offer an excellent marketplace for operational software vendors. This is especially the case as American and European markets mature.... read more

Software solutions: ERP systems offer apparel-specific options

1 July 2013 | Lee Adendorff

Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software solutions have become powerful and numerous, allowing apparel companies to manage vast amounts of complex data under one umbrella, from finance, stock and manufacturing processes to distribution.... read more

US: Lectra names Cumming as fashion sales VP

29 May 2013 | Petah Marian

Technology company Lectra has named Shane Cumming as vice president of sales, fashion, for North America, responsible for strengthening Lectra's relationships with its fashion customers and helping them to develop future strategies.... read more

CANADA/US: Gildan Activewear, Russell Brands settle lawsuit

5 March 2013 | Katie Smith

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.... read more

US: Russell Brands to cut 190 jobs in restructuring

7 January 2013 | Katie Smith

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.... read more

2012: A year in review - Sourcing winners and losers

14 December 2012 | MJ Deschamps

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.... read more

Global: Brands accused of "fuelling modern-day slavery"

20 November 2012 | Petah Marian

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. ... read more

UZBEKISTAN: Cotton ban gains momentum with apparel firms

9 November 2012 | Leonie Barrie

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.... read more