Housewares Forecast 2015

Housewares Forecast

The housewares experts discuss their predictions and expectations for the new year. What ends have they prepared for? How will they innovate in 2015? This is the first part in a series of questions and answers from top level executives. Jeff Siegel CEO Lifetime Brands What’s the biggest challenge facing your company this year? “ProperlyMore »

Last updated: January 12, 2015

Lavit Tabs McCusker to Head Retail Sales

Jim McCusker

NEW YORK-Housewares industry veteran Jim McCusker has joined Lavit, a producer of beverage dispensers, as retail sales director. McCusker is the former president of De’Longhi America and founder of Viante Home Products Co. In his new role, he is responsible for leading Lavit’s home division. Gian Matteo Lo Faro, Lavit’s founder, said McCusker’s “knowledge andMore »

Last updated: January 12, 2015

Igloo Completes Cool Gear Acquisition, Names New President

Mark Parrish

WASHINGTON-Igloo Products Corp. said it has completed the purchase of Cool Gear International and that Mark Parrish has been hired as Igloo’s new president. Parrish succeeds Gary Kiedaisch, who is stepping down from day-to-day management. Kiedaisch will remain an investor in the company. Igloo acquired Cool Gear from RAF Industries, which along with Cool Gear’sMore »

Last updated: January 12, 2015

Retail Scorecard: Small Appliances


NEW YORK-Among Kohl’s offerings last week were 10 to 33 percent all kitchen electrics, plus an additional 10 percent off. These included the 1,700-Watt NutriBullet RX and the Ninja IQ Duo Blender (both sale-priced at $199.99), the Keurig 2.0 K350 Brewer (sale priced at $149.99), and the Oster 8-Speed Blender (sale priced at $39.99). FromMore »

Last updated: January 12, 2015

Hotlanta Lives


ATLANTA-Like much of the country, Atlanta is in the midst of a winter freeze. Despite the frigid temperatures, the city continues to earn its “Hotlanta” nickname with on-trend product offerings at the Atlanta Gift & Home Market, along with the Atlanta Rug Market at AmericasMart. Yesterday, Gourmet Catalog held its Start the Year Member ConferenceMore »

Last updated: January 9, 2015

Spectrum Brands’ Lumley to Retire

Spectrum Tabs Lumley as CEO; Hussey to Retire

MIDDLETON, Wis.-Dave Lumley, president and CEO of Spectrum Brands, will retire by the end of this year as part of a planned succession process, according to a company statement. The 60-year-old Lumley joined Spectrum in 2006 as president, North America, and was named president, general batteries and personal care in 2007. The following year, heMore »

Last updated: January 9, 2015

Snapware and Emeril Wage Soup Campaign

Emeril Lagasse

ROSEMONT, Ill.-Snapware is teaming up with chef Emeril Lagasse this month on a soup campaign and sweepstakes. January is National Soup Month, so Lagasse will share some of his favorite soup recipes on Snapware’s Facebook page, along with tips and tricks for perfecting soup. He will also promote Snapware storage containers as ideal for preparing,More »

Last updated: January 8, 2015

Study: SodaStream Use Pumps Water Consumption


MOUNT LAUREL, N.J.-Consumers who used SodaStream’s home carbonation systems significantly increased their water drinking, according to a study conducted for the company by Kathy Kaehler, celebrity fitness trainer and founder of the healthy-eating plan Sunday Set-Up. The study, the second that Kaehler has conducted for SodaStream, tracked the beverage consumption habits of 16 participants throughoutMore »

Last updated: January 8, 2015