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Food for Thought

Oggi

Health has become a prime driver in purchases of food-storage products By David Gill In choosing food-storage products, consumers are voting (with their dollars) for options that are healthy, according to marketers of these products on both the vendor and retail sides. By “healthy,” the marketers mean products that use materials other than plastics, suchMore »

Groupe SEB First-Half Net Falls 52 Percent

Groupe SEB

ECULLY CEDEX, France-Groupe SEB posted first-half net income of €25 million (about $34.1 million based on exchange rates for that period), down 52 percent from first-half net income for 2013. Net sales for the period totaled €1.8 billion (about $2.5 billion), slipping by 0.5 percent. Thierry de La Tour d’Artaise, Groupe SEB’s chairman and CEO,More »

Swiffer Effect Campaign Features “Modern Family’s” Stonestreet

Eric Stonestreet

CINCINNATI-Eric Stonestreet, star of the television series “Modern Family,” has joined Swiffer’s Swiffer Effect campaign, which features stories of real-life families and how they tackle everyday cleaning challenges. Stonestreet joined Dr. Michelle Callahan at Gary’s Loft in New York City yesterday to spotlight unexpected cleaning conversations among today’s modern families and the “transformative effect” SwifferMore »

iRobot Q2 Net Edges Up 2.8 Percent

iRobot Posts Loss in Q4; Net Falls 57 Percent for Year

BEDFORD, Mass.-Strong growth from the home-robot business plus reduced expenses brought a 2.8 percent gain in second-quarter net income for iRobot, to $8.5 million. Revenue in the quarter, which ended on June 28, totaled $139.8 million, up 7.2 percent from last year’s second quarter. Colin Angle, iRobot’s chairman and CEO, cited the increase in home-robotMore »

Joseph Joseph Names Turano North American President

Don Turano

NEW YORK–Joseph Joseph has appointed housewares industry veteran Don Turano to the newly created position of North American president. Turano has more than 15 years of experience in the consumer goods arena, including a stint as vice president of sales and marketing for All-Clad. The new Joseph Joseph appointment is part of the company’s globalMore »

Newell Rubbermaid to Acquire Ignite Holdings

Newell Rubbermaid

ATLANTA-Newell Rubbermaid has signed a definitive agreement to purchase Ignite Holdings, parent of the Contigo and Avex beverage-container brands. A Newell Rubbermaid statement set the purchase price at $308 million, subject to customary working-capital adjustments. When the deal closes, which is expected to take place by the end of this year’s third quarter, the ContigoMore »

Keurig Launches Cafe Bustelo K-Cups

Cafe Bustelo

ORRVILLE, Ohio-Keurig Green Mountain has introduced a line of Cafe Bustelo K-Cup packs, as part of its recent multiyear agreement to extend the brewer brand’s partnership with Cafe Bustelo parent J.M. Smucker. The new line comes in two single-serve varieties, Espresso Style and 100% Colombian Coffee. John Whoriskey, president of Keurig’s U.S. sales and marketing,More »