Panasonic Names Robin Wilson Brand Ambassador

Robin Wilson

NEWARK, N.J.-Panasonic has designated interior designer, product designer and author Robin Wilson as its brand ambassador for all of its home products, including its housewares and personal-care products. As part of the partnership agreement between Panasonic and Wilson, she will provide expertise on how Panasonic products work from a functionality and design perspective in differentMore »

Wüsthof Debuts in Dallas

Gourmet Collegiate Steak Knives

DALLAS–Wüsthof will exhibit for the first time at the Dallas Total Home & Gift Market, which takes place this week. The company will exhibit at a booth, WTC 180 – G3. “We want to further support our loyal independent retailers and make all of our exciting promotions during this 200 anniversary year even more accessibleMore »

Dallas Market Center Rolls Out Brand Refresh


DALLAS–Dallas Market Center has refreshed its brand to emphasize Dallas Market Center as “The Center of it all.” With retailers incorporating more of a complete lifestyle into their stores, the DMC is where they can buy home, gift, fashion, lighting and more in one single market. The new tagline, “Dallas Market Center of It All,”More »

LeFevre Assumes CFO Role at Jarden


MIAMI-Al LeFevre, previously chief financial officer of Jarden Consumer Solutions, has become executive vice president and chief financial officer of Jarden Corp., parent of the company’s housewares unit. LeFevre’s appointment, initially announced in March along with other executive moves, went into effect yesterday. Ian Ashken, who had been the previous chief financial officer and whoMore »

The Paula Deen Network to Launch This Fall

Paula Deen

SAVANNAH, Ga.–Paula Deen Ventures has announced the Paula Deen Network, an interactive, paid, subscription-based online offering, with an expected September launch. Viewers will be able to engage and access content any time they want on their computers, smartphones and tablets. Programs will feature both short- and long-form content and shows will have themes for everyMore »

Lékué Receives Patent for Citrus Spray

Lekue Citrus Spray

NEWCASTLE, Del.–Lékué, a Catalan kitchen utensils company, received a design patent for its Citrus Spray, which draws juice directly from the fruit. The design patent protection applies to the United States, China, Japan and Europe. Designed for Lékué Alberto Arza Moncunill and Jordi Olucha Soler, the Citrus Spray launched globally last year, said Xavier Costa,More »

Wahl Campaigns Cited for Golden Trumpet Awards


CHICAGO-The Publicity Club of Chicago awarded Wahl Home Products four awards for public relations and communications at its 55th annual Golden Trumpet Awards last week. The personal-care product manufacturer received a Gold award for its All-Star Facial Hair Campaign, which used a lighthearted approach to show that facial hair is a natural performance enhancer inMore »

Helen of Troy Deals for Healthy Directions


EL PASO, Texas-In an effort to bolster its health and wellness segment, Helen of Troy has agreed to purchase Healthy Directions, a manufacturer of premium doctor-branded vitamins, minerals and supplements (VMS). The price will be about $195 million in cash, subject to certain customer closing adjustments. The transaction is expected to close in Helen ofMore »