By Lisa Johnston
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Las Vegas – Premium majap makers Dacor and Viking took home the gold at this month’s Kitchen/Bath Industry Show (KBIS).
Dacor won Best in Show and Best of Kitchen: Gold for its Discovery iQ 30-inch wall oven, while Viking swept KBIS’s People’s Choice Awards with first, second and third place wins for its Professional line of cooking products.
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Las Vegas – Viking Range described its more than 50 new product introductions at this week’s Kitchen/Bath Industry Show (KBIS) as the company’s largest launch there in history.
The show, which opens here Tuesday in tandem with the International Builders’ Show (IBS), represents the premium brand’s first KBIS foray following its acquisition in December 2012 by The Middleby Corp., a manufacturer of commercial foodservice equipment.
Greenwood, Miss. – Viking Range has acquired Hadco, its largest independent distributor.
Viking has been buying up its distribution network for the past year and taking it in-house under a strategy formulated by The Middleby Corp., a manufacturer of commercial kitchen appliances that acquired Viking one year ago.
Hadco, in business for more than half a century, supplies in excess of 500 dealers in 21 Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and New England states with such premium brands as Asko, Electrolux, Faber, LG, Perlick, U-Line and Zephyr.
Greenwood, Miss. – Viking Range, which is moving to factory-direct distribution, has assumed control of its Midwest fulfillment from Distinctive Appliances Distributing.
The move, effective immediately, creates a new subsidiary, Viking Range Distribution Midwest, and relieves Distinctive of the Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, and Ohio markets.
Louisville, Ky. — GE is rolling out an expanded collection of slate-finish kitchen appliances next month.
Slate was introduced a year ago as a fashionable alternative to stainless steel. The low-gloss, warm metallic gray matte finish is resistant to fingerprints, and has exceeded GE’s expectations in sales and popularity.
Louisville, Ky. – GE Appliances has created a new Artistry series kitchen platform that targets millennials with its clean, simple design and affordable pricing.
Charlotte, N.C. — Electrolux has added a new French door fridge to its Frigidaire-brand Gallery collection.
The new unit, which is expected to hit retail floors this month, features Frigidaire’s unique organization system, which allows consumers to customize the arrangement of the refrigerator’s shelves and storage compartments to accommodate pots and pans, containers, and specialty food items of varying size.
Ridgefield Park, N.J. — Samsung Electronics has introduced a four-door refrigerator that dispenses sparkling water, an industry first for that configuration.
The 30.5-cubic-foot RF31FMESBSR features an automatic sparkling water system that’s integrated into the refrigerator’s ice and water dispenser.
Elgin, Ill. — Premium cooking manufacturer Viking Range has been acquired by foodservice equipment maker The Middleby Corp., for $380 million.
Viking joins Middleby’s roster of home appliance brands including TurboChef, Jade and MagiKitch’n.
Middleby chairman/CEO Selim Bassoul said the cash deal will allow the company to integrate its own patented technologies, such as speed cooking, induction and “truvection” into the Viking product line, which is expected to have “a huge appeal to consumers for their residential kitchens.”