Housewares

An Extra Day for the Show

An Extra Day for the Show

By David Gill The addition of a half day to next year’s International Home + Housewares Show is prompting a general response from the industry that “change is good.” The International Housewares Association, sponsor and manager of the show, said the 2012 International Home + Housewares Show will open at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, MarchMore »

Curtis Stone Debuts Kitchen Solutions

Curtis Stone Debuts Kitchen Solutions

By Allison Zisko Many American kitchens are surprisingly ill-equipped for cooking, according to chef Curtis Stone. While filming episodes for the television show “Take Home Chef” on which he stars, Stone discovered that many people lacked basic kitchen prep items, like cutting boards. So Stone got to work creating a line of carefully crafted andMore »

Panasonic, UNESCO in Partnership

Panasonic, UNESCO in Partnership

OSAKA, Japan–Panasonic and UNESCO World Heritage Centre have formed a strategic partnership to promote sustainable development through World Heritage conservation and environmental education. Under this agreement, Panasonic will launch communication and educational activities that promote the conservation of World Heritage sites, and raise awareness of the 40th anniversary of the UNESCO World Heritage Convention nextMore »

Haier America Announces Realignment of Strategic Product Business Divisions

Haier America Announces Realignment of Strategic Product Business Divisions

NEW YORK–Haier America has realigned its business structure, creating three product business divisions to better focus its areas of business: the Air Conditioning Group (ACG), the White Goods Group (WGG), and the Digital Products Group (DPG). Each division will be fully responsible for profit and loss, product development, sales and marketing, quality, service, compliance, planningMore »

Mikasa Launches Branding Video

Mikasa Launches Branding Video

GARDEN CITY, N.Y.—Mikasa has launched a branding video entitled “Making Life Memorable” targeted to brides and grooms registering for tabletop items. The video will be used for bridal and training events, online selling sites and web-based outreach including distribution on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and blogs. Heather Schall, senior vice president marketing communications, said, “Our brandingMore »

Capresso Froth PRO Nominated for American Business Award

Capresso Froth PRO Nominated for American Business Award

CLOSTER, N.J.–The Capresso froth PRO has been named a finalist for the 2011 American Business Awards in the New Product or Service of the Year – Consumer Products category. The froth PRO is also eligible for the American Business Awards People’s Choice Award for favorite new products, with voting open to the general public onlineMore »

Panasonic Tabs Noonan to Head Marketing, Branding in North America

Panasonic Tabs Noonan to Head Marketing, Branding in North America

SECAUCUS, N.J.–Peggy Noonan has been appointed to lead Panasonic North America’s marketing branding functions. Noonan, who reports directly to Joseph M. Taylor, chairman and CEO of Panasonic North America, serves concurrently as vice president of marketing and brand management of Panasonic North America and as senior vice president of marketing for Panasonic Consumer Electronics. InMore »

Umbra and Pratt Award Three Student Designers

Umbra and Pratt Award Three Student Designers

NEW YORK–The laser-cut Clutch Clip won top prize for student Jeff Rubio in the seventh annual Umbra | Pratt Design Competition, which took place recently during the Pratt Show, a juried show of the work of graduating seniors. Rubio received $500 and a $500 Umbra gift certificate for first place. Second place — and $350More »