Housewares

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

Retail Scorecard: Small Appliances

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NEW YORK-Macy’s has a huge number of deals this week. It is offering the KitchenAid Artisan 5-Quart Stand Mixer and the KitchenAid Architect 5-Quart Stand Mixer each for $349.99; both qualify for an unspecified rebate. The Keurig 2.0 K350 Brewer is available for $149.99, and the Keurig K45 Single Serve Brewer is being sold forMore »

Last updated: December 15, 2014

Keurig, Caribou Renew Partnership Agreement

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WATERBURY, Vt.-Keurig Green Mountain and Caribou Coffee have extended their partnership with a new 10-year agreement for the manufacturing, marketing, distribution and sale of Caribou Coffee in Keurig pack formats for Keurig’s consumer and commercial hot-brewing systems. The partnership began in January 2007. With the new agreement, the two companies have extended and broadened theirMore »

Last updated: December 15, 2014

Swiss Diamond Reports Strong Black Friday Growth

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CHARLOTTE, N.C.—While the National Retail Federation reported Black Friday sales as falling 11 percent, Swiss Diamond experienced a 36 percent increase in orders placed, the cookware company said. Swiss Diamond said visits to its e-commerce sites increased 192 percent while new visits increased 146 percent. From a product standpoint, Swiss Diamond sauce pans saw theMore »

Last updated: December 11, 2014

iRobot Debuts Robot Platform for STEM

iRobot Posts Loss in Q4; Net Falls 57 Percent for Year

BEDFORD, Mass.-iRobot has launched an update to its Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) educational outreach program which includes the debut of Create 2, a pre-assembled robot platform based on the company’s Roomba vacuum robot. The new platform is designed to give educators, students and developers first-hand robotic programming experience, according to an iRobot statement.More »

Last updated: December 11, 2014

O2Cool Acquires Better Things

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CHICAGO-O2Cool, manufacturer of battery-operated fans, misting fans and misting drinking bottles, recently acquired the assets of Florida-based Better Things, maker of consumer products for use around the home, patio, pool and beach. Terms were not disclosed. In a statement, O2Cool said the acquisition diversifies and expands its product offerings, strengthens its retail relationships and enhancesMore »

Last updated: December 10, 2014

Housewares Retail Scorecard: Small Appliances

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NEW YORK-Editor’s Note: Each Monday, HFN will publish the Housewares Retail Scorecard, a weekly tracker of retail advertising in key categories. This week’s Housewares Retail Scorecard focuses on deals for small appliances from last week’s circulars. Sears offered a number of items at $24.99, including the Black & Deck four-slice toaster oven, the Hamilton BeachMore »

Last updated: December 8, 2014

Frieling USA Hires Harris as EVP, Sales

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FORT MILL, S.C.–Frieling USA has expanded its management team, appointing Mark Harris as executive vice president, sales, a new position, and promoting Yung Lindenbeck to vice president, sales and marketing. Harris will direct the growth of the company’s expanding gourmet kitchenware and tabletop lines. He has 25 years of sales, marketing, key account and projectMore »

Last updated: December 5, 2014