Housewares

Spectrum Brands Hires Martin as CFO

Douglas Martin

MIDDLETON, Wis.-Douglas L. Martin will join Spectrum Brands Holdings as executive vice president and chief financial officer on Sept. 1. Martin will succeed Tony Genito, who announced in April that he would leave Spectrum Brands by the end of this year to return with his family to the Southeast. Martin comes to the company, theMore »

Frieling USA Names Chad Price Vice President, Sales & Marketing

Chad Price

FORT MILL, S.C.–Chad Price has joined Frieling USA as vice president, sales and marketing, a new position created to accelerate the expansion of the company’s sales and support, the company said. He is tasked with managing the sales force and increasing sales and distribution of the company’s gourmet kitchenware and tabletop lines. He reports toMore »

Keurig Hikes Portion Pack Prices

Keurig Green Mountain

WATERBURY, Vt.-Keurig Green Mountain has instituted a 9 percent increase in the prices of all portion packs it sells for use in Keurig brewing systems, effective Nov. 3. According to a company statement, the increase is a direct response to several factors that have affected costs of coffee and consumer packaged goods. These include aMore »

Electrolux, GE in Talks for GE Majap Business

Electrolux

STOCKHOLM-Electrolux and General Electric are in discussions regarding a possible acquisition of GE’s major appliances business, according to statements from both parties. The Electrolux statement said that, while confirming the talks are taking place, no agreement has been reached yet and “there can be no assurances that an agreement will be reached. Any further announcementsMore »

August Retail Import Volume Projected for Record

Retail Container Imports

WASHINGTON-Import volume at the major U.S. container posts is expected to hit an all-time record this month, as retailers attempt to rush through merchandise for the holiday season in fear of an impasse in the contract talks between the Pacific Maritime Association and the International Longshore and Warehouse Union. The most recent contract expired onMore »

iRobot Names Stacy to Board

Michelle Stacy

BEDFORD, Mass.-Michelle Stacy, former president of Keurig, has been appointed to the iRobot Corp. board of directors. Stacy—who, along with heading Keurig for five years, served as vice president and general manager of Gillette at Procter & Gamble—was cited in an iRobot statement for her “wealth of experience leading consumer business and building global brands.”More »

Copeland Named to Head Haier Air Quality Business in the Americas

Haier America

NEW YORK-Haier America has appointed Gina Copeland senior vice president of air quality, making her responsible for the company’s home comfort products in the Americas. Copeland’s role is a new position for Haier America. She reports directly to Adrian Micu, president and CEO of Haier America. Haier America’s home comfort products include dehumidifiers and airMore »

Keurig Green Mountain Net Up 33.4 Percent in Q3

Keurig Green Mountain

WATERBURY, Vt.-With sales of the company’s single-cup brewing products continuing to drive growth, Keurig Green Mountain posted net income of $155.2 million, an increase of 33.4 percent, in its fiscal third quarter ending on June 28. Net sales gained 5.7 percent to finish the quarter at $1 billion. Much of the top-line increase came fromMore »