Keurig Buys Laughing Man Coffee and Tea Brand

Keurig Green Mountain

WATERBURY, Vt.-Keurig Green Mountain has swung a deal to acquire the Laughing Man Coffee and Tea brand from Laughing Man Worldwide. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed. A Keurig statement said it will introduce Laughing Man gourmet coffee and teas in its brand packs for use in Keurig brewers beginning in spring 2015. AtMore »

Last updated: December 4, 2014

Crock-Pot Names 2014 “Crock-Star”

Dan Lamoureux

BOCA RATON, Fla.-Dan Lamoureux, a video editor from Thornton, Ill., has been named the 2014 Ultimate Crock-Pot Crock-Star by Jarden’s Crock-Pot brand. Lamoureux won the award for his recipe “Red & Gold Beef Stew,” which earned him $5,000 and a feature on Entrants were invited to submit a one-minute video showing themselves preparing anMore »

Last updated: December 4, 2014

Ambiente Awash in Red, White and Blue

Ambiente The Show 2015

FRANKFURT, Germany-Nearly 100 American tabletop and housewares vendors are preparing their exhibits for the Ambiente fair here in February, where the United States will be the partner country and the focus will be on all things American. Among the 90 exhibitors expected from the U.S. are American Cookware, Chef’n, Design Ideas, Gibson, Hampton Forge, KitchenAid,More »

Last updated: December 2, 2014

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