Helen of Troy Deals for Healthy Directions


EL PASO, Texas-In an effort to bolster its health and wellness segment, Helen of Troy has agreed to purchase Healthy Directions, a manufacturer of premium doctor-branded vitamins, minerals and supplements (VMS). The price will be about $195 million in cash, subject to certain customer closing adjustments. The transaction is expected to close in Helen ofMore »

Bormioli Rocco Promotes Donovan, Reorganizes Sales Team

Bormioli Rocco

NEW YORK-Glassware maker Bormioli Rocco has made additions and changes to its sales team. Michael Donovan has been promoted to director of sales and marketing. Donovan served as national sales manager, major accounts for Bormioli Rocco North America since 2012. In his new role, Donovan will be responsible for overseeing the company’s sales and marketingMore »

Keurig Allies with Subway for Hot Beverages

Keurig Green Mountain

WATERBURY, Vt.-Keurig Green Mountain has partnered with the Subway restaurant chain to bring Keurig’s single-serve brewers to Subway North American locations. At this time, more than half of Subway’s restaurants in the United States and Canada have already adopted a Keurig brewing system. David Zambory, Subway’s beverage manager, said Keurig brewers were introduced as anMore »

IHA to Target Consumers


ROSEMONT, Ill.–The International Housewares Association plans to unveil a consumer brand, along with a new website, to help facilitate interest in the category and ultimately spark sales for its members. IHA executives told HFN that the brand name and website will be announced next month. The website is expected to be up and running byMore »

MSLO to Hold American Made Program

Martha Stewart American Made

NEW YORK-For the third year, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia (MSLO) will present the Martha Stewart American Made program this fall. Voting for this year’s American Made Awards competition began yesterday and will culminate in November with the American Made Event, which will include the announcement of the 2014 award winners. The program celebrates small businessesMore »

Wahl: Dads Teaching Sons to Groom


STERLING, Ill.-One-half of all men learn to groom from their father or a father-like figure, according to research conducted for Wahl Home Products by Opinion Research Corporation. The study, which surveyed 500 adult men nationwide, also found that 62 percent of men aged 18-24 learned how to trim their facial hair from their fathers, andMore »

Housewares for the Holidays

IHA Zoku

NEW YORK-New products employing new materials and new ways of looking at housewares were showcased at an International Housewares Association-sponsored press event here yesterday. The IHA billed the event as a preview of “the hottest new products for the gift-giving season.” Among them was VMatter, a new cutlery company founded last August that crafts knivesMore »

Accorsi Named Bodum USA President

Patrick Accorsi

NEW YORK-Bodum has appointed Patrick Accorsi president and general manager of Bodum USA. Accorsi will begin his new role in charge of the Bodum’s North American division on July 1. He will succeed Thomas Perez, who has decided to leave the company after 14 years. Perez will remain active in the company until the transitionMore »