Blendtec’s Dickson Still Creating After All These Years

Blendtec Tom Dickson

Marks 40 years as a housewares inventor By David Gill In 1968, a young engineer named Tom Dickson received an avocado blender for a wedding present, which broke immediately afterward. The gift and the fact that it broke right away would set off a number of innovation fireworks in Dickson’s mind and eventually lead toMore »

Last updated: December 2, 2014

Show and Tell

Housewares Show to Stay in Chicago

The trade show calendar begins with a bang in January as retailers have lots of opportunities to look for the next big thing. Here is HFN’s Trade Show Preview for the first half of the year.­—HFN Staff Report JANUARY Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market Jan. 6-13 Atlanta International Area Rug Market Jan. 7-10 ForMore »

Last updated: December 2, 2014

Keurig Allies with Community Coffee on K-Cups

Keurig Green Mountain

WATERBURY, Vt.-Keurig Green Mountain has reached a multiyear licensing, manufacturing and distribution agreement with Community Coffee Co. which will bring Community-branded coffee K-Cup portion packs to retail for Keurig’s hot-brewing systems. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed. The Community coffee K-Cups are slated to launch at retail in spring 2015, with extensions intoMore »

Last updated: December 1, 2014

Perez Becomes CEO of Alpha Dominche

Thomas Perez

SALT LAKE CITY-Alpha Dominche, a maker of specialty coffee machines, has named former Bodum executive Thomas Perez as its CEO. Perez has succeeded Khristian Bombeck, who has left the company to pursue other ventures. Perez served as president of Bodum’s North and South America operations for seven years before leaving the company earlier this year.More »

Last updated: November 26, 2014

Casabella’s Neon Line Wins Three Packaging Awards


CONGERS, N.Y.-The Neon line of cleaning tools from Casabella has received three awards for its packaging. The first is the award for the Packaging Design-Consumer Product Packaging Multiple Pieces category from the Art Directors Club of New Jersey. The second and third were awarded by the New Jersey Packaging Executives Club and included a bronzeMore »

Last updated: November 26, 2014

Winix Moves European Office to Amsterdam


AMSTERDAM-Winix Europe has relocated its headquarters from Bordeaux, France, to here. The manufacturer of healthy-home appliances had opened its European office in Bordeaux in 2012. “It was always our intention to eventually operate the business from Amsterdam,” said Tony Kircher, president of Winix America and Winix Europe. “However, we recognized that during our startup phase,More »

Last updated: November 26, 2014

Nicholas McKay, Lint Roller Inventor, Dies

Nicholas McKay

MARLBOROUGH, Mass.-Nicholas D. McKay Sr., who invented the lint roller, died on Nov. 15 at the age of 93. According to a statement from Butler Home Products, which acquired McKay’s company, The oneCARE Co., McKay invented the lint roller in 1956 and founded HelMac Products Corp. in Flint, Mich. (The company’s name came by combiningMore »

Last updated: November 25, 2014

Holstein Housewares Founder to be Honored

Vanessa Valera Nolte

MIAMI-Holstein Housewares Co-founder Vanessa Valera Nolte has received the International Business Woman of the Year Award from OWIT (the Organization of Women in International Trade) South Florida. OWIT South Florida strives to enhance the status and interest of women and men in the field of international trade through a worldwide network. Valera Nolte will beMore »

Last updated: November 25, 2014