Tabletop company Artland has been named the exclusive United
States distributor for Ritzenhoff of Germany, beginning with the New
York Tabletop Show next month.
Ritzenhoff is best known for its single-boxed, high-style glassware.
The company, whose products are sold in 56 countries, will celebrate
its 20th anniversary in 2012. Artland is a glassware company that
also offers ceramic serveware and accessories, and recently signed a
distribution agreement with designer Laurie Gates. William Flaherty,
executive vice president of Artland, said the agreement with Ritzenhoff
is a “great fit” for Artland due to the strong gift appeal of Ritzenhoff
and its ability to expand Artland’s distribution.
a managing director at Investcorp. “We believe that Sur La Table is
well positioned in its existing markets and has multiple opportunities
for growth, including new store expansion and e-commerce.”
Jack Schwefel, CEO of Sur La Table, said, “I am very excited about our
new partnership and our future growth opportunities with Investcorp.
Sur La Table is the leading destination for those with a passion for
cooking and a love for food, and will maintain the values that reflect
our character and commitment to our customers, our employees and
the communities in which we live and work.”
represented. Speakers announced to date include PHA honorary
vice-chairs Newark’s Mayor Cory Booker and former U.S. Senate
majority leader, Bill Frist.
Breakout sessions during the two-day event will include tracks to
discuss making childcare healthier for children; creating opportunities
for people to buy healthier foods in supermarkets; increasing physical
activity; and working with schools to create a healthier learning environment. The full agenda and registration information are available
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IHA Board of Directors Welcomes Four New Members
Progressive, Reibl worked for Melitta North America from 1987-’94,
where he served as senior vice president of sales and marketing for the
marketer of coffee and coffee brewing accessories. Reibl also served as
director of marketing & merchandising for Bulova Watch Company from
1986-’87. He began his career in retailing as a buyer for Gimbel’s, where
he worked from 1977-’82. He was elected to IHA’s board in 2006 and
reelected in 2009. He served as treasurer in 2010-’ 11.
Magerman joined Quickie Mfg. in 2005, which designs, manufactures
and markets a variety of cleaning tools, including brooms, brushes (from
kitchen to bathroom to car washing), mops, scrubbers, scouring pads,
dust pans and squeegees. Before joining Quickie, Magerman was senior
director at Centre Partners, a private equity firm, from 1999-2005 and
president/CEO of Odyssey Golf, a golf club manufacturer. He was elected
to IHA’s board in 2009.
Also serving on the IHA board are: Evan Dash, CEO, StoreBound; David
E. Elliott, general manager/KitchenAid Small Appliances, KitchenAid;
Steven Fraser, CMO, SAI Home Products, Inc.; Sheldon Goodman,
president, Spectrum Diversified Designs, Inc.; Keith Jaffee, Focus
Investments; Bruce Kaminstein, CEO, Casabella Holdings LLC and
immediate past IHA chairman; Gavin Lam, CEO, Lynns Concepts Inc.;
Joseph Mallof, president/CEO, World Kitchen, LLC; Daniel Oehy, president, Swissmar; Alvise Ricoveri, managing director, De’Longhi America,
Inc.; Gary Seehoff, CEO, Evriholder Products, LLC; and Jenna Sellers
Miller, president, Architec.
Serving on the executive committee of the board are Richard Boynton,
Bill Reibl, Michael Magerman, Bruce Kaminstein and David Elliott.
• 41. 9 percent of parents waited for bigger sales and delayed their
back-to-school shopping for Labor Day weekend.
• Parents said they looked for more specials this Labor Day weekend
at a 29.0 percent level, up from 17. 4 percent last year.
• Since 60 percent of Americans have been paying off credit card
debt with their IRS tax refunds in the last four tax seasons, credit
card debt is reportedly lower.