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John Lewis predicts Rainbow trend for Christmas

John Lewis predicts 2018 will be the Year of the Rainbow Christmas tree. The department store group said: ‘Filled with must-have baubles, this imaginative look is the perfect way to combine all seven colour collections from John Lewis this season. To ensure your festive look is #trending, recreate the ombre …

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Horwood launches ‘Tastes of the World’ campaign

Housewares supplier Horwood has revealed details of a new biannual campaign for its Stellar and Judge brands. Each Spring and Autumn. Horwood will be creating a seasonal initiative which will be supported by in-store displays, merchandise, recipes, and social media graphics and support. Horwood marketing manager James Robinson said: “By …

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Outdoor cooking and party products perform well for John Lewis

Total sales for John Lewis last week (to Saturday August 11) were down 1.8% on the same week last year. Simon Coble, trading director of the department store group, said: “The hot weather in the first part of the week continued to impact trade. “Home sales were down 7%. However, …

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Waitrose shoppers enjoy a taste of Italy

Divisional sales at Waitrose excluding fuel were up 1.6% last week (to Saturday August 11) compared with the same week last year. The supermarket chain’s retail director Ben Stimson said: “Shoppers getting ready for their summer breaks stocked up on suncare which saw sales rise by 75%, and travel products, …

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PHA KitchEssentials appoints Katie Holloway as London and south-east rep

Housewares distributor PHA KitchEssentials has announced the appointment of Katie Holloway as its representative for London and the south-east. PHA managing director Paul Hargreaves said: “Katie has a wealth of experience in the housewares industry from her time at [London cookshop] Divertimenti and we are very excited she is now …

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Valerie Graham to distribute SWIG drinkware

Valerie Graham has been appointed as the exclusive distributor for the UK and Ireland of the SWIG range of hydration products. Available in six colours, the collection includes stemless wine/drinking cups, mugs, tumblers, bottles and kids’ bottles. There is also a range of lids, caps and accessories. SWIG drinkware uses …

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IHA appoints new president

Derek Miller has been named president of the International Housewares Association (IHA), succeeding Phil Brandl who will retire at the end this year. He is currently IHA’s vice president, global marketing, and will take up his new role of president on October 1. Phil will remain at IHA until December …

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Hotpoint takes ‘Fresh Thinking For Forgotten Food’ campaign on the road

Following the launch of Hotpoint’s ‘Fresh Thinking for Forgotten Food’ campaign with brand ambassador celebrity chef Jamie Oliver last month, the company is touring the country with its ‘Fresh Thinking’ mobile kitchen roadshow. Since July 27, the mobile kitchen has been showcasing tips that help to reduce and prevent food …

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DKB announces new structure

Housewares supplier DKB has announced that Will Symonds has been appointed ceo of DKB Manual Appliances with immediate effect. He succeeds Pierre Thomas, previously head of DKB Manual Appliances, who is leaving the business to pursue other interests. Will Symonds is well known in the global housewares industry due to …

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Tefal launches ‘ground-breaking’ marketing campaign

Tefal has launched a ‘ground-breaking’ marketing campaign which aims to educate consumers on the ‘many uses and versatility’ of the garment steamers category. The company said: ‘In a first for Tefal, we’ve taken a unique and attention-grabbing angle to hit our target audience, in the form of animated characters depicting …

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