Housewares

SodaStream Debuts Ultimate Mixologist Contest

SodaStream Mixologist

MOUNT LAUREL, N.J.-SodaStream is launching its Ultimate Mixologist Contest in an effort to enable consumers to experiment and discover new beverages using its beverage carbonation products. Beginning today, the company is inviting consumers throughout the nation to create and submit custom cocktail or “mocktail” recipes, along with a brief video demonstration on either its FacebookMore »

AmericasMart Announces More New and Expanded Showrooms

AmericasMart

ATLANTA–Home, gift and rug exhibitors continue to enlarge their spaces at AmericasMart Atlanta in time for the summer market. Here are some of the new and expanded showrooms: Continental Art Center opens its first AmericasMart showroom featuring handmade home and garden decor in the Living. Outdoor/Indoor. The Gardens. on Building 2, Floor 9. Dekorasyon GiftsMore »

IHA to Debut Inspired Home for Consumers

IHA Inspired Home

ROSEMONT, Ill.–The International Housewares Association (IHA) will launch a new consumer engagement initiative this fall, called Inspired Home, designed to directly market its members’ housewares products to consumers. HFN reported on the initiative last month. The IHA officially announced the launch and the name of the program this week. IHA said it will continue itsMore »

The Legacy Companies Acquires Regal Ware’s Drinking Water Purification Business

Legacy Companies

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.–The Legacy Companies has completed the acquisition of Regal Ware’s Drinking Water Purification and Filtration Business Unit, headquartered in Kewaskum, Wisc. The acquisition of Regal Ware’s Water Purification business strengthens Legacy’s health and wellness appliance segment through the addition of brands such as DOL-FYN, Dove, Nautilus, Ultra Clean, Milennium (Canada), Aquavie (European Union,More »

Keurig to Offer Nestle Coffee-Mate K-Cups

Keurig Green Mountain

WATERBURY, Vt.-Keurig Green Mountain and Nestle USA have reached a multiyear agreement to offer Keurig K-Cup packs with Nestle Coffee-Mate-branded coffee with creamer. The two companies will debut the new Nestle Coffee-Mate 2 in 1 K-Cup packs in original and French vanilla flavors on keurig.com this fall, and in stores in spring 2015. The packsMore »

Helen of Troy Closes on Healthy Directions Acquisition

HelenOfTroy

EL PASO, Texas-Helen of Troy has completed its acquisition of Healthy Directions, the manufacturer of vitamins, minerals, supplements and other health products. The purchase price was about $195 million in cash, subject to certain customary closing adjustments. Julien Mininberg, Helen of Troy’s CEO, described the deal as “a great strategic fit” for the company. “TheMore »

George Foreman Grills Launch “Grillfriend” Campaign

George Foreman Grills

MIDDLETON, Wis.-The George Foreman grill brand has unveiled a multimedia advertising campaign titled “Meet My Grillfriend!” The initiative includes the brand’s first television spot in three years, along with mobile advertising and social-media efforts. It goes along with the launch of six new models of grills at retail, and will highlight the grills’ advanced features.More »

Ambiente Seeks Young Designers for Exhibit

Ambiente, The Show

FRANKFURT, Germany–Design students, university graduates and young designers with an interest in the fields of interior design, gifts, personal accessories and wining and dining have the chance to make presentations in the Talents portion at the next Ambiente fair, which takes place in Frankfurt, Germany, Feb. 13-17, 2015. Applications to participate will be accepted untilMore »