March 4, 2015 Last Updated 8:52 am

Emerald Expositions acquires events, B2B magazines in two separate transactions

Company buys Healthcare Design Conference from Vendome Group and International Pizza Expo and the trade magazine Pizza Today from Macfadden Communications Group

The San Juan Capistrano based events company Emerald Expositions, LLC has acquired two different trade show businesses, along with their magazines, in separate transactions.

HCDmag-front-featureFrom Vendome Group, LLC Emerald bought Healthcare Design Conference and Expo, Healthcare Design Magazine, Environments For Aging, and Construction SuperConference operated under the Vendome Healthcare Media division.

The brands are based in Cleveland, OH and led by Ron Lowy, who will now report to Joe Randall, EVP Design, Healthcare, Antiques & Military.

“We have said consistently that we planned to supplement our organic growth with tuck-in acquisitions that met our strategic criteria,” David Loechner, Chief Executive Officer of Emerald, said. “I am delighted we were able to add these two growing businesses, each with leading brands in their respective markets, to the Emerald portfolio.”

PT-cover-300From Macfadden Communications Group Emerald acquired International Pizza Expo and the trade magazine Pizza Today. Macfadden was among the first U.S. B2B publishers to release a native digital edition for their trade magazine, releasing an Apple Newsstand app using the Mag+ digital publishing platform for Pizza Today in April of 2012 (see this original TNM post on the app here).

The pizza event and magazine is based in Louisville, KY and is led by Peter Lachapelle, who will also report to Joe Randall.

“This is Emerald’s first tradeshow acquisition in the foodservice industry and we are exceptionally pleased that the International Pizza Expo is such a strong, vibrant and growing show. We look forward to supporting the team in the continued entrepreneurial building of the business,” Randall said.

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