Canusa, parent company of Robert Kennedy Publishing which produced magazines Muscle Mag International, Reps!, Oxygen, American Curves and Clean Eating as well as hundreds of books (New York Times best sellers: Hardcore Bodybuilding, Reps!, RockHard!, Beef It!, Pumping Up! and the Eat-Clean Diet Series) has ceased business operations by officially closing its doors last Friday.
It is has been well-reported that the publishing industry has been hit hard in the last decade in the face of free digital access, resulting in a consistent sharp decline in sales of traditional print publishing. Additionally, this industry as a whole has been adversely affected by consumers increasingly choosing tablet computers over e-book reading, e-books and hard-copy printed materials. These factors along with the soft economy have pushed many businesses into bankruptcy particularly in the publishing world.
Additionally, Canusa’s founder, Robert “Bob” Kennedy, passed away suddenly last year and the company has struggled tremendously in his absence unable to shoulder the burdens left behind. Kennedy’s wife Tosca Reno states “As many of you know, last year I lost my husband of 8 years and reluctantly took the helm of the distressed publishing business he built. Robert was a tremendous visionary who grew a unit of bodybuilding, health, fitness and clean-eating magazines and books, that were global staples, in its long-distant prime days.” Reno continues, “Due to many years of financial difficulty, I was forced to make the decision to restructure the business as a whole in order to allow our brands, Oxygen, Cleaning Eating and The Eat-Clean Diet to possibly find a new home, where my hope is they can thrive again. I’m so grateful for the outpouring of support I have received during this very difficult time.”
Reno states, “One of the most difficult factors was knowing our dedicated employees are facing this reality now, too, though I laboured long and hard to avoid my ultimate decision. I have done everything I can to preserve and respect the brands by working with some exemplary individuals for whom I am deeply grateful.”
Robert “Bob” Kennedy’s life work, dedication and impact on bodybuilding, health and fitness have been a source of inspiration to tens of millions of people worldwide.