Housewares

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 »

BSH’s Traub to Step Down

Michael Traub

IRVINE, Calif.-Michael Traub, president and CEO of BSH North America, will leave his post on Aug. 29, after a 21-year career with the manufacturer of small and major appliances. Traub has been president and CEO of the North American operation for the past six years. A BSH statement credited Traub with successfully managing the companyMore »

NY Now Partners with HGTV Magazine

Scott McGillivray

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.-NY Now has formed an alliance with HGTV magazine to bring two blogger initiatives to the summer show next month. The programs are HGTV magazine’s first-ever Blogger Block Party, which will include opportunities for bloggers to meet, craft and share their experiences, and which will take place on Aug. 18 from 12-8 p.m.More »

Electrolux Q2 Net Gains 27 Percent

Electrolux

STOCKHOLM-In spite of an overall sales decline, Electrolux bolstered its second-quarter bottom line by 27 percent to SEK815 million (about $124.3 million based on the conversion rate of Swedish kroners to U.S. dollars for the period). Expense controls provided some of the help to the bottom line in the quarter. Selling, general and administrative expensesMore »

Le Creuset, Kuhn Rikon, Fusionbrands Among Red Dot Winners

Fusionbrands' Grill Comb

ESSEN, Germany–The Red Dot Award: Product Design 2014 winners were presented last week at a gala event here. Seventy-two entries received the highest award of the Red Dot: Best of the Best, 1,120 products were awarded a Red Dot for outstanding product design and 123 works were given an honorable mention. In the tableware andMore »

Gourmet Catalog Members Give Summer School Top Marks

Gourmet Catalog Honors Best Vendors

DALLAS–More than 150 retailers and manufacturers in the gourmet kitchenwares industry gathered in Atlanta for the fifth-annual Gourmet Catalog Retail Summer School, which ran concurrently with the recently completed Atlanta Gift & Home Furnishings Market. The event provided members with interactive training and in-depth education on today’s top kitchenware products as well as direct feedbackMore »