Newell Rubbermaid Acquires Ignite

Contigo water bottles

ATLANTA–Newell Rubbermaid has acquired Ignite USA, maker of hydration bottles and thermal mugs, from private equity firm New Castle Partners for approximately $308 million. Ignite’s brands, Contigo and Avex, are expected to generate more than $125 million in net sales in 2014, according to Newell Rubbermaid. “We are excited to welcome the Ignite team toMore »

Last updated: September 5, 2014

Dallas Market Center Releases Future Dates

Dallas Market Center

DALLAS–Dallas Market Center has released the dates for its Total Home & Gift Markets and International Lighting Markets through the year 2018. The market dates are consistent with its practice to follow the Atlanta market in January and lead the summer show cycle as the first market in June. “Dallas Market Center has a long-standingMore »

Last updated: September 4, 2014

Harris Resigns from Swiss Gourmet USA

Mark Harris

CHARLOTTE, N.C.–Mark Harris has resigned from his post as president of Swiss Gourmet USA. He has held his position since the company was founded in February 2011. At this time there is no plan to name a replacement, the company said. Swiss Gourmet USA’s Jason Ledbetter was promoted to vice president of sales from nationalMore »

Last updated: September 4, 2014

Zak Charity Event Raises More than $500K

Zak Designs

SPOKANE, Wash.–The recently held Zak! Charity Open, now in its 15th year, raised more than $560,000. Proceeds from the event, held in late July here in Spokane, will benefit the Rypien Foundation and Boys & Girls Clubs of Spokane County. The Rypien Foundation was founded by Superbowl MVP Mark Rypien, who lost his three-year-old son,More »

Last updated: September 4, 2014

Andis Adds Arends to Marketing Staff

Al Arends

STURTEVANT, Wis.-Andis has named Al Arends marketing product manager. Arends, who reports to Karen Formico, vice president of marketing, will be responsible for overseeing products from inception to the market and working across the organization to develop and meet the company’s overall strategic product plan. Arends succeeds Cheri Grabowski, who decided not to return afterMore »

Last updated: September 3, 2014

AmericasMart Announces Market Dates


ATLANTA–AmericasMart yesterday confirmed dates for the January and July editions of its Atlanta International Gift and Home Furnishings Markets through calendar year 2018. The dates’ confirmation follows extensive review of customer scheduling and timing requirements and preferences, and sustains Atlanta’s long-standing first-market position in both the January and July show cycles, according to Jeffrey L.More »

Last updated: September 3, 2014

Keurig Green Mountain Adds Coca-Cola’s Reyes to Board

Jose Octavio Reyes

WATERBURY, Vt.-Jose Octavio Reyes Lagunes, retired vice chairman of The Coca-Cola Export Corp., has been appointed to Keurig Green Mountain’s board of directors. The naming of Reyes increases Keurig Green Mountain’s board to 12 members, 11 of whom are independent. He retired as Coca-Cola Export’s chairman in April of this year after a two-year stintMore »

Last updated: August 29, 2014

Celebrating a Milestone, Wüsthof Focuses on the Long Term


By Allison Zisko As it celebrates its 200th anniversary this year, cutlery maker Wüsthof has found itself with an almost enviable predicament: its business is getting bigger despite efforts to keep it small. “We see growth but don’t pursue growth,” said René Arnold, CEO of the company’s American division, from its headquarters in Norwalk, Conn.More »

Last updated: August 28, 2014