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Wusthof Promotes Garaghty

Wusthof Promotes Garaghty

NORWALK, Conn.–Annette Garaghty has been promoted to vice president of sales and marketing at Wüsthof-Trident of America, Inc., a newly formed position at the company. Garaghty continues to report directly to the company’s President of Sales and Marketing, Scott Severinson. “We’re delighted to recognize Annette’s significant contributions to our organization’s growth and success in becomingMore »

Yankee Candle Promotes Norris, Margala Klein

Yankee Candle Promotes Norris, Margala Klein

SOUTH DEERFIELD, Mass.-The Yankee Candle Company has promoted Deborah Norris to vice president and general merchandise manager for merchandise planning and allocation. In addition, Hope Margala Klein, senior vice president of brand, design and innovation, will assume responsibility for the gift and accessory development teams. Norris reports to Steve Farley, president of retail, and isMore »

KitchenAid Gains Brand-of-Year Honor from Harris Poll

KitchenAid Gains Brand-of-Year Honor from Harris Poll

NEW YORK-KitchenAid has been cited as the 2011 Harris Poll EquiTrend Brand of the Year in both small appliances and major appliances. The result came from an online study conducted by Harris Interactive, the polling organization, among 25,099 consumers aged 15 and older. In small appliances, KitchenAid finished ahead of number two Cuisinart and numberMore »

eBay to Acquire GSI Commerce

eBay to Acquire GSI Commerce

SAN JOSE, Calif.–eBay has struck a deal to purchase GSI Commerce, parent company of the Smart Bargains and Rue La La shopping websites, for about $2.4 billion. When the deal is closed, which is expected to take place in the third quarter, it will give eBay a larger foothold in home web retailing. Both SmartMore »

Kai USA Partners with Chef Chris Cosentino

Kai USA Partners with Chef Chris Cosentino

TUALATIN, Ore.–Shun Cutlery has named celebrity chef Chris Cosentino Shun brand ambassador and spokesperson. Cosentino will educate consumers about Shun cutlery and cooking sustainable foods in both traditional and social media campaigns as well as on blogs, in articles and in special appearances. He will also collaborate with Shun designers on product development. Cosentino isMore »

Electrolux to Report Small-Appliances Financials as Separate Group

Electrolux to Report Small-Appliances Financials as Separate Group

STOCKHOLM–Beginning with the first quarter of the current fiscal year, Electrolux will provide information on the financial performance of its small domestic appliances and floor-care products as its own business area, called small appliances. Previously, these figures had been included in the company’s consumer-durables operations. An Electrolux statement said its floor-care operations have developed toMore »

Blog: Lighting, Rugs and Accessories Abound at High Point

Blog: Lighting, Rugs and Accessories Abound at High Point

HIGH POINT, N.C.–With the start of High Point Market this past weekend, manufacturers launched a number of new licenses and other programs to retailers. The Dick Idol collection launched at Crestview in lighting, wall decor, accessories and accent pieces. Before, these categories were split among manufacturers but now “we get to merchandise the category together,”More »

MVP Group Acquires Midwest-CBK

MVP Group Acquires Midwest-CBK

CHARLESTON, S.C.–Candle and home fragrance maker MVP Group International has agreed to acquire Midwest-CBK, a leading supplier of gifts, candles and home décor, from Blyth, Inc. for an undisclosed sum. The closing is expected before May 31, 2011. The sale enables Greenwich, Conn.-based Blyth to focus on its direct-to-consumer channels with its brands, which includeMore »