Housewares

World Kitchen to Acquire Snapware Corporation

World Kitchen to Acquire Snapware Corporation

ROSEMONT, Ill.–Tabletop and housewares leader World Kitchen has agreed to acquire food storage company Snapware Corporation.  The acquisition is subject to regulatory and Snapware shareholder approval and is expected to be completed before the end of December. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Joe Mallof, president and chief executive officer of World Kitchen, whoseMore »

Dash Leaves Prepara; Chapman Becomes CEO

Dash Leaves Prepara; Chapman Becomes CEO

NEW YORK–Dean Chapman has become chief executive officer of Prepara, the housewares company founded in 2007, succeeding Evan Dash, who has left the company. Chapman, who is also president, owns the company with Ed Kilduff, who has become chief operating officer. Before Prepara, the two had a boutique industrial design firm called Pollen Design. “EdMore »

Ambiente Organizer: More Small Electrics in Frankfurt

Ambiente Organizer: More Small Electrics in Frankfurt

FRANKFURT, Germany–Key players in the small electrics category have returned to the Ambiente trade fair, which takes place here Feb. 11-15, 2011. Approximately 35 key players, such as BEEM, Bialetti, Espressi, Gastroback Kenwood, NOVIS and WMF, have registered as exhibitors at Ambiente 2011, according to show organizer Messe Frankfurt. Moreover, several exhibitors, including A. &More »

Sharper Image Expands Advertising Initiatives

Sharper Image Expands Advertising Initiatives

NEW YORK—The Sharper Image has unveiled a major advertising push for the upcoming holiday shopping season. The campaign will include national television advertising, prominent billboards, sports-arena signage and brand signage at airports. The TV ads have already begun airing on national and local cable stations throughout the country. Billboards in Times Square here have alsoMore »

Fox Run Acquires Outset

Fox Run Acquires Outset

IVYLAND, Penn.–Housewares company Fox Run has agreed to acquire Outset, a grilling and entertaining accessories company, for an undisclosed amount. “This is a great opportunity for Fox Run to add a few key components to our brand strategy — products we do not offer today, powerful high profile brands, and two people in Jeff NorlingMore »

Williams-Sonoma Net Rises Nearly 400 Percent in Q3

Williams-Sonoma Net Rises Nearly 400 Percent in Q3

SAN FRANCISCO–Healthy gains in both revenues and gross margin helped Williams-Sonoma to a 398.6 percent increase in net income for the third quarter, to $36.5 million. Net revenues in the quarter, which ended on Oct. 31, rose 12 percent to $815.5 million, reflecting double-digit sales gains in same-store sales at the company’s Pottery Barn, PotteryMore »

Keurig Launches Redesigned Website

Keurig Launches Redesigned Website

READING, Mass.–Keurig is unveiling its redesigned website today, with features intended to reinforce its brand positioning. Among the new features on the site, keurig.com, are enhanced search tools which enable visitors to search for K-Cup portion packs by brand, roast and type; tools for side-by-side comparison of brewer features and specifications; a store locator; consumer-engagementMore »