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ICON Honors Awards Innovation in the Gift and Home Industry

Surya’s Satya Tiwari with his two awards

ATLANTA–The fifth-annual Icon Honors recognized the best in global innovation at a gala event during the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market, which ended earlier this week. More than 1,000 people attended the event, which included a musical performance by Heart. The Icon 2014 Innovation Honors went to  Surya for Technology Innovations and  LeftbankMore »

Select Comfort Q2 Net Falls 14.6 Percent

Select Comfort

MINNEAPOLIS-Rising expenses trumped a significant sales gain to send Select Comfort’s second-quarter net income down 14.6 percent, to $8.5 million. Sales, marketing, general and administrative expenses jumped 12.5 percent in dollars in the quarter, which ended on June 28, although they did drop 33 basis points as a percentage of sales. Gross margin fell 270More »

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 »

Home Textiles Sourcing Expo Debuts Mobile App

Home Textiles Sourcing Expo

ATLANTA-Next week’s Home Textiles Sourcing Expo will offer a complimentary mobile application designed to enhance the show experience for attendees. Those who download the app will be able to plan their days at the show with a personalized schedule. They will also be able to browse exhibitors and maps of the show floor, and willMore »

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 »

Urnex Debuts Cleaner for Keurig Brewers

The Urnex CleanCup

ELMSFORD, N.Y.-Urnex Brands has introduced CleanCup, a line of single-cup brewer cleaning cups for Keurig K-Cup brewers. The user places a CleanCup inside the brewer’s cup holder and sets the brewer to brew its largest cup size twice. After the two brewing cycles, the user removes the CleanCup and brews twice to rinse out theMore »

Escali Enhances SmartConnect Scales with Jawbone App

UP by Jawbone meal event

MINNEAPOLIS–The Escali SmartConnect Kitchen Scale now connects to the UP by Jawbone application, enabling users to update their body weight and meal logs with measurements gathered by the company’s kitchen and body scales. The SmartConnect Kitchen Scale will improve the accuracy of nutrition information stored in the UP application by calculating nutrition information from actualMore »

Tempur-Pedic Becomes PGA Tour Sponsor

TempurPedic

LEXINGTON, Ky.-The Tempur-Pedic division of Tempur Sealy has signed on as a sponsor of the PGA Tour in an agreement that will run through 2016. Under the terms of this agreement, Tempur-Pedic will receive designations as the PGA’s official mattress, bedding and pillow sponsor. A Tempur Sealy statement said this is the first national sportsMore »