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Serta to Donate to Fisher House Foundation

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HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill.-Serta will give $50,000 in product and monetary donations to Fisher House Foundation, which runs a network of homes where military and veterans families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving medical treatment. The initiative, called the “Serta Comfort Tour,” is part of the first year of the mattressMore »

Last updated: December 18, 2014

Wolfgang Puck Coffee to Move Single-Serve Cups from Keurig to RealCup

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MISSISSAUGA, Ontario-Wolfgang Puck Coffee will transition its Keurig K-Cup-compatible coffee capsules to the RealCup single-serve capsules beginning in 2015, as part of the celebrity chef’s brand relaunch. Starting early next year, Wolfgang Puck Coffee roasts and blends will appear in RealCup capsules in multiple retail channels. The initial launch will involve four blends: Rodeo Drive,More »

Last updated: December 18, 2014

Hudson’s Bay Tabs Storch as CEO

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TORONTO-Gerald Storch, former chairman and CEO of Toys “R” Us and former vice chairman of Target, will become CEO of Hudson’s Bay Co. on Jan. 6. Storch will succeed Richard Baker, who will continue as the retailer’s governor and will become executive chairman. Together, Baker and Storch will comprise the Office of the Chairman. WhenMore »

Last updated: December 17, 2014

Blog: Ma Lauded, Lampert Dissed

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HANOVER, N.H.-This year’s list of best and worst CEOs has come out, with Jack Ma of Alibaba finishing on the positive side and Eddie Lampert of Sears Holdings among the negatives. The two lists are provided each year by Sydney Finkelstein, professor of management at Dartmouth University’s Tuck School of Business and author of “ThinkMore »

Last updated: December 17, 2014

Vitamix Debuts ‘Engineered to Change Your Life’ Campaign

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CLEVELAND-Vitamix has launched the “Engineered to Change Your Life” campaign, a fully integrated marketing and advertising campaign that includes television, digital, social media and print. The new effort presents stories revolving around how Vitamix blenders can play a role in helping consumers improve their health and well-being. Four commercials and digital videos address what theMore »

Last updated: December 17, 2014

Hamilton Beach Acquires Weston Products

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RICHMOND, Va.-Hamilton Beach Brands has swung a deal to acquire Weston Products from Highgate Capital, an investment firm. Weston Products will become Weston Brands under Hamilton Beach. The company offers specialty food-processing products, including appliances and accessories under the Weston brand and private-label brands for consumers who are hunters, gardeners and food enthusiasts interested inMore »

Last updated: December 16, 2014

IHRA’s Grob to Receive Gift For Life Award

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ROSEMONT, Ill.-John Grob, chairman of the International Housewares Representatives Association, will receive the Chuck Yancy Lifetime Achievement Award from Gift for Life during the organization’s Party for Life on Feb. 2 in New York City. Grob is the founder of J. Grob Associates, whose lines include upscale housewares and gift supplies. He is a memberMore »

Last updated: December 16, 2014

Newell Rubbermaid Closes Baby Jogger Deal

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ATLANTA-Newell Rubbermaid has completed its acquisition of Baby Jogger Holdings from private equity firm Riverside Co. The purchase price was $210 million. Baby Jogger designs and markets infant and juvenile products focusing on activity strollers and related accessories. A Newell Rubbermaid statement said Baby Jogger is expected to bring in about $90 million in netMore »

Last updated: December 16, 2014