De’Longhi Barista Partner Wins Championship

Laila Ghambari

UPPER SADDLE RIVER, N.J.-Laila Ghambari, director of coffee at Seattle’s Cherry Street Coffee House and partner barista with De’Longhi, has been named 2014 United States Barista Champion by the Specialty Coffee Association of America. The association’s competition, which took place from April 24-27, scored baristas on a range of qualities from flavor to foam forMore »

Wüsthof Adds Chefs to “Defining the Edgë”

Wüsthof Edge Campaign

NORWALK, Conn.-Chefs Ann Kim of Pizzeria Lola in Minneapolis, Sam Gorenstein of My Ceviche of Miami and Clayton Chapman of The Grey Plume in Omaha, Neb., have joined Wüsthof’s “Defining the Edgë” marketing campaign. The additional chefs are part of phase three of the campaign, a multiplatform consumer marketing initiative debuted in 2012. Kim, whoseMore »

Kevin Dundon to Launch New Housewares Collection on ShopHQ

Dundon with some of his current cookware pieces, sold on HauteLook

NEW YORK–Irish celebrity chef and television host Kevin Dundon will debut his new range of cookware and other items on ShopHQ, a television, online and mobile retailer, next week. The introduction includes two new categories for Dundon: small electrics and cutlery. Currently, Dundon’s ceramic-coated cookware has color on the exterior of the pan. The newMore »

Housewares Show Benefits Local Charities


ROSEMONT, Ill.-Five local charities received product donations as a result of this year’s International Home + Housewares Show. For the 2014 Housewares Show, 225 exhibitors donated products to the local charities, 29 percent more than at last year’s show, according to the International Housewares Association, owner and operator of the show. The charities that participatedMore »

Spectrum Global Batteries & Appliances Boosts Q2 Profit by 6.8 Percent

Spectrum Brands

MIDDLETON, Wis.-Spectrum Brands Holdings’ Global Batteries & Appliances segment, parent of its personal-care and small-electrics lines, posted a 6.8 percent gain in second-quarter segment profit, which totaled $44.2 million. Net sales for the quarter, which ended on March 30, reached $480.9 million, up 2.6 percent from last year’s second quarter. Net sales of the segment’sMore »

Housewares Export Group Changes Name

International Business Council

ROSEMONT, Ill.-The Housewares Export Council, a special-interest group of members of the International Housewares Association which sell their products internationally, has changed its name to the International Business Council (IBC). The new name, which coincided with the start of IHA’s 2015 membership year on April 1, better reflects the global activities of the association’s internationalMore »

Newell Rubbermaid Q1 Net Slips 2.4 Percent

Newell Rubbermaid

ATLANTA-Weak sales of home products and higher costs both played a part in reducing Newell Rubbermaid’s first-quarter profit and sales. Net income in the quarter, which ended on March 31, fell 2.4 percent to $52.9 million. Net sales were down 0.7 percent to $1.2 billion. Sales in Newell’s Home Solutions segment were down 5.2 percent,More »

Lifetime Q1 Loss Jumps; Sales Gain 20 Percent

Lifetime Brands

GARDEN CITY, N.Y.-Although sales rose by a robust 20 percent, Lifetime Brands’ first-quarter net loss reached $2.9 million, compared to a net loss of $632,000 in its first quarter of last year. Net sales totaled $118.4 million in the quarter, which ended on March 31, and gross margin gained 63 basis points to finish atMore »