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Black + Blum starts new decade with new products

Housewares supplier Black + Blum has announced the launch of three new product ranges, designed to meet the needs of the modern-day consumer. The new Glass Lunch Bowl and Lunch Pot range (pictured) brings ‘a totally unique approach to the food on-the-go sector’, according to the company. It adds that …

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ProCook posts its biggest peak trading sales to date

Housewares chain ProCook has reported record sales levels for the eight-week peak trading season to January 5. During the period (which incorporates Black Friday and Christmas), the multi-channel retailer posted almost £10 million in sales – a 20% like-for-like increase on last year. The growth was driven by a 13% …

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Waitrose doubles vegan range for 2020

This January, Waitrose & Partners will add over 30 new own-label vegan products, doubling the range from last year to over 120 products in total. The supermarket chain says the new range includes a number of ‘first-to-market innovations’ such as vegan no egg fried rice, comprising cooked rice with tofu, …

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MAKE International joins the Forma House family

Housewares supplier Forma House has signed a deal to distribute MAKE international across the UK from January 2020. The brand joins a diverse portfolio of ranges under the Forma umbrella including Sagaform, Eva Solo, Zuperzozial and Dreamfarm. Forma House business development manager Simon Maghnagi said: “We’re thrilled to be taking …

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Home Hardware (Scotland) reveals Christmas window competition winner

Wholesaler Home Hardware (Scotland) runs an annual Christmas window display competition for its member stores throughout Scotland and the North of England – and has declared this year’s winner as Home & Gardens in Stranraer. The windows were judged by Lynne Eadie, national account manager of housewares supplier RKW. Home Hardware …

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Eddingtons announces new Paddington Bear licence

Housewares distributor Eddingtons has announced the launch of a new licensed homewares and gifting range based upon the well-known children’s storybook character Paddington Bear, created by Michael Bond. The range is focused around three key areas: Paddington ‘on the move’, ‘at breakfast’ and ‘baking accessories’. Eddingtons commercial director Richard Walker …

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Challenge 25 approved for use with bladed items

The British Home Enhancement Trade Association (BHETA) is to provide officially sanctioned Challenge 25 artwork to suppliers, retailers and delivery companies involved in the legitimate supply of age-restricted bladed items such as kitchen knives and DIY and garden tools. The collateral, which is available through BHETA’s member services team, includes …

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Gift of the Year shortlist announced

After four days of judging, hundreds of entries into the Gift of the Year 2020 contest organised by the Giftware Association (GA) have been whittled into a shortlist. GA said: “This is always an exciting day. And we’ve expanded the shortlists a little this year, which means more happy people! …

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Finalists of Housewares Innovation Awards 2020 revealed

The judging for all retailer and supplier categories has now taken place of the Housewares Innovation Awards 2020, and the shortlist can now be revealed in full. Following two days of judging and much discussion, the successful products, companies and initiatives that made the cut – and are now in …

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Homebase and B&Q fail to deliver in latest Which? survey

Homebase.co.uk has been rated the worst online retailer in the UK for 2019, according to the latest Which? annual online shops survey. The consumer association asked more than 7,500 members to rate the most popular online shops based on experiences they have had in the past six months. They were …

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