ASI Study Says Pot Industry Fueling High Promo Product Sales in Colorado

2015 promo products sales in the West soar by 5.1%, the most of any U.S. region

TREVOSE, PA – April 20, 2016 –A new research study from the Advertising Specialty Institute® (ASI) reports sales of promotional products in Colorado are increasing at a faster rate than in any other state in the country, fueled in large part by the burgeoning legal marijuana industry.

A state-by-state review of promo product growth in 2015, published by ASI’s Advantages® magazine, shows promo product sales in Colorado increased nearly 10% in 2015. And the Western region of the U.S., driven by gains in Colorado, Utah and Oregon, soared by 5.1%, the most of any region.

Colorado has strict dispensary regulations in place for TV, radio, Internet and outdoor advertising, providing a lucrative opening for advertising on promotional products, which is not restricted. Logoed promotional products like pens, caps and T-shirts, along with marijuana grinders and lighters, are being distributed by dispensaries and other businesses in the marijuana industry to help advertise their brand.

Over the next four years, analysts expect the U.S. cannabis industry will grow into a $40 billion opportunity, with Colorado as the epicenter.

“ASI’s Advantages magazine provides a valuable business blueprint for salespeople throughout the promotional products industry, showing exactly which states and regions are growing and what new markets – like legal marijuana – to tap into,” said Timothy M. Andrews, president and chief executive officer of ASI. 
Nationally, according to Advantages’ annual State and Regional Sales Report, sales of promo products increased by 3.4% in 2015, to over $22.2 billion, continuing a six-year upward trend. Findings from the report were analyzed in the mid-April issue of Advantages, a B-to-B publication that provides distributor salespeople with new products, new ideas and sales strategies.

The study also reports that businesses and organizations in the South led the nation in money spent on promotional products, for a total of $7.8 billion in 2015. More than 45% of total U.S. petroleum refining capacity is located along the Gulf Coast, and the largest monthly increases in employment in the U.S. occurred in Florida, Texas and North Carolina.

The issue contains a state-by-state look at promo product growth in 2015 along with regional breakdowns, charts showing growing industries, forecasts from distributors, suppliers and end-buyers, as well as case studies, demographic shifts and hot new products.

“As important as it is to look at the big picture, smart salespeople must look deeper at the data and the trends to stay ahead, and that’s what this special issue is all about,” said Advantages Editor Dave Vagnoni. “As we detail in our story, the legalized marijuana industry is a flourishing market that has tremendous growth potential. Distributors need look no further than Advantages to learn how to jump right in and make more money.”

To read the Advantages issue, click here. Below are additional regional highlights from the report:

  • East. The region produced 2015 promo product sales of $5 billion, up 1.8%, bolstered by higher education, medical firms and an array of startups. Many of the top major banks and investment service companies are headquartered in the East, with their combined annual profits totaling over $50 billion.
  • Midwest. Despite slipping agriculture and commodity prices, promotional product sales in the Midwest region rose 1.5% in 2015, generating $4.7 billion in ad specialty sales.
  • West. Sales in the West grew by 5.1% to $4.6 billion, with growing tech hubs like San Francisco, Seattle, Portland and Denver showing a greater affinity for branded tech products.

For more information, contact Advantages Editor Dave Vagnoni at [email protected]. For info on advertising, contact Matt Barnes, ASI’s vice president of publishing and media services, at[email protected].

About ASI
The Advertising Specialty Institute (ASI®) serves a network of 25,000 suppliers, distributors and decorators in the $22 billion promotional products industry. ASI’s flagship product, the technology platform ESP®, manages the industry’s entire supply and marketing chain. ASI also produces award-winning digital and print content, live events and educational programs that enable companies in 61 countries to be more efficient, productive and profitable. ASI’s Counselor magazine provides the most authoritative business content in the industry, and the ASI Certification Program features 500+ live and online education courses for over 40,000 professionals. The company, family owned and operated since 1962, is proud to have been consistently ranked among the “Best Places to Work” in Philadelphia and Bucks County, PA. For more