BNP Media has acquired the Professional Services Division of Ascend Media, which includes the Food, Beverage and Packaging Group and the Gaming Group of magazines, conferences, web sites and events.

Clear Seas Research, BNP Media’s market research company, is concurrently announcing their entrance into these industries. “Clear Seas will present unparalleled, custom market research in the food, beverage, packaging and gaming industries via our combination of online communities, industry knowledge and superior analysis. We look forward to creating research solutions for all companies wishing to gain competitive advantage in these arenas,” said Mitchell Henderson, co-ceo of BNP Media.

The Food, Beverage and Packaging Group, based in Deerfield, Ill., are vertically integrated food industry and retailing information businesses which are accessible to customers through a combined marketing, advertising and rate program available to take advantage of targeted market penetration.

The Gaming Group is based in Las Vegas, Nevada and is comprised of two leading magazines and the industry’s premier trade shows and events.

BNP Media, a family-owned B2B media company, specializes in the food, beverage, packaging, manufacturing, gaming, architecture and construction, mechanical systems and safety, and security markets.

BNP owns and operates more than 60 magazines, 40 events and 75 websites. Incorporated in 1926, BNP Media is headquartered in Troy, Mich., with offices around the country. For more information, visit www.bnpmedia.com.

Ascend Media, formed and incorporated in 2002, is headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas. For additional information, visit www.ascendmedia.com.