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December 6, 2012
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  Industry Update 
  • Bunn-O-Matic debuts Trifecta brewer
    Bunn-O-Matic has introduced Trifecta, a coffee and tea brewer with 25 settings. "Leveraging 25 unique settings to bring out the very best flavor based on coffee's distinct origins represents an entirely new concept for home brewing that encourages simple, but highly personalized flavor and taste refinement of specialty coffees," said senior vice president Aimee Markelz Tracy. Drinks Business Review (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Spoutnik microwave brings space age to the kitchen
    The Fagor Spoutnik spherical-shaped microwave comes outfitted with an LCD display and variable power levels. The device, available in blue, green and violet, also features a turntable mechanism and viewing window. CNET (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Innovations 
  • Kuhn Rikon pan helps produce perfect shapes
    Kuhn Rikon’s PushPans are designed to help home cooks produce perfectly shaped cheesecakes, tarts and quiches every time. The pan, made from stainless steel, features a non-stick coating and a silicone gasket to keep the pan from leaking. Boston Herald (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Suck UK cookie cutters bring dinosaurs to life
    Suck UK’s 3D Dinosaur Cookie Cutters are designed to give home baking traditions a new twist. The sets, which come in Triceratops, Stegosaurus, Brachiosaurus, and T-Rex designs, feature pieces with interlocking slots that form the dinosaurs after baking. CNET (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail News 
  • Lowe's moves ahead with expansion, transformation plans
    Lowe’s is moving forward with plans to transform the company’s offerings and expand the number of stores it operates. "This next phase of our transformation is focused on our associates and their relationship with customers. It is a shift from a transaction-oriented culture to a project-oriented culture with a particular focus on lead conversion and average ticket growth,” says Chief Operating Officer Rick Damron. Retailing Today (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Finance & Policy 
  • Lawmakers promise to push forward on sales tax bill
    Senate supporters of the Marketplace Fairness Act say they won't drop efforts to pass the bill this year, but it probably wouldn't be part of legislation addressing the "fiscal cliff." "There'll be other bills that come up before the end of the year. We'll look for a vehicle," said Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo. The Hill/On the Money blog (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  IHA News 
  • IHA offers specialty retailer consulting
    IHA's Gourmet Home is offering specialty and independent retailers free, confidential online consulting, an expansion of the consulting sessions offered at the International Home + Housewares Show. Experts on Call is available on housewares.org. E-mail your question confidentially and receive an answer within 2 to 3 days. Experts include Linda Cahan, author and contributing editor, Gifts & Decorative Accessories, on creating a store image that will attract, sell and retain customers; Catherine Yen, business financial consultant, on the business of running a retail operation; and Ed Taylor, Internet marketing consultant and author, on websites, e-commerce and social media. Sign up today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Minimize your environmental impact while maximizing profitability
    Sustainability is a critical issue in the housewares industry, and with the FTC's recent guidelines on greenwashing, suppliers need as much information as possible on this important business strategy. IHA offers members access to experts in sustainability certification, environmental innovation, eco-assessment and eco-lifestyle branding. Learn how these services can help your company maximize its profitability, grow market share and enhance your competitive advantage, all while minimizing your environmental impact. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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