Housewares

Out of the Mainstream

Out of the Mainstream

By David Gill New messages and new media have become part of the marketing menu for the floor-care industry. This year, two of the industry’s biggest brands, Bissell and Hoover, have expanded their marketing efforts to include social media, cause marketing, direct-response television (DRTV) and other non-traditional methods. In April, Hoover launched a comprehensive marketingMore »

Labor Reform Ensures Housewares Show Savings

Labor Reform Ensures Housewares Show Savings

ROSEMONT, Ill.–Landmark labor reform legislation at McCormick Place will help exhibitors in the 2011 International Home + Housewares Show save up to 23 percent on electrical labor rates and service costs as well as reduce other overall costs, the International Housewares Association announced. The new labor changes include expanded exhibitor rights, a more flexible workMore »

SodaStream Prices IPO

AIRPORT CITY, Israel–SodaStream International, the manufacturer of home beverage carbonation systems, is pricing its initial public offering at $20 per share. The IPO consists of 5,447,368 shares, and the shares are slated to begin trading on the Nasdaq Global Select Market, under the ticker name SODA, today. J.P. Morgan Securities and Deutsche Bank Securities areMore »

The Color of Gadgets

The Color of Gadgets

By Andrea LilloWhen it comes to tools and gadgets, customers are seeing red—and other colors. The powerful pop of crimson is what consumers gravitate toward when shopping for kitchen tools and gadgets, most manufacturers in this category said, though a range of hues remains integral. While basic colors such as black and white are stillMore »

Spectrum to Distribute King of Shaves

Spectrum to Distribute King of Shaves

MADISON, Wis.—Spectrum Brands, parent company of the Remington shaver brand, has signed an agreement with British shaving brand King of Shaves to expand King of Shaves’ distribution to the United States and Canada. Under the terms of the multiyear agreement, Remington and King of Shaves will partner to introduce the Remington King of Shaves Azor,More »

Johnson & Wales to Dedicate Building to Cuisinart

Johnson & Wales to Dedicate Building to Cuisinart

STAMFORD, Conn.—The College of Culinary Arts at Johnson & Wales University will name its new 82,000 square-foot educational facility the Cuisinart Center for Culinary Excellence. The facility is located on Johnson & Wales’ campus in Providence, R.I., and the dedication ceremony for the building will take place on Dec. 12. It will contain 30 educationalMore »

Regal Ware Raises Funds for Local Food Pantries

Regal Ware Raises Funds for Local Food Pantries

KEWASKUM, Wis.—Employees at Regal Ware have raised nearly $7,000 and 2,900 pounds of food for two local food pantries. The company divided employees into eight teams, which then held a friendly competition to raise the most funds and collect the most food. The pantries were the Kewaskum Community Food Pantry here and the Full ShelfMore »

Jarden Net Climbs 9.4 Percent in Q3

Jarden Net Climbs 9.4 Percent in Q3

RYE, N.Y.—Third-quarter net income for Jarden Corp. totaled $80.6 million, 9.4 percent ahead of the bottom line in last year’s third quarter. The company accomplished this on a gain in net sales of 18.5 percent, to $1.6 billion. Martin Franklin, Jarden’s chairman and chief executive officer, said the sales pickup was led by a “solidMore »