San Antonio — The Progressive Retailers Organization was at the Westin La Cantera Hill Coun
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.”
Cleveland — LG Electronics has become the first white-goods manufacturer to have its refrigerators certified by CSA Group for meeting a new sustainability standard for household refrigeration appliances.
CSA is an independent, not-for-profit membership association, based here, that is dedicated to safety, social good and sustainability. The group worked closely with the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) and others to develop the environmental standard, which was announced in Washington in June.
New York — LG Studio, the premium kitchen appliance suite from LG Electronics, was showcased at the New York Museum of Arts and Design here yesterday amid a roundtable discussion about home design and the environment.
Participants included actor/filmmaker Adrian Grenier, interior designer and TV personality Thom Filicia, and LG Electronics’ marketing and go-to-market operations senior VP James Fishler.
Benton Harbor, Mich. – Whirlpool and LG Electronics have agreed to settle a trio of longstanding patent infringement suits regarding the companies’ refrigerator designs.
Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.
The suits and countersuits, which date back to 2008, involved proprietary technologies for in-door ice dispensers within side-by-side and French door refrigerators; refrigerator wall construction; and food compartment and door gasket designs, among other innovations.
Charlotte, N.C. — Electrolux will launch the first TV ad campaign for the Frigidaire brand in decades next week.
TV spots employ a 90-year timeline that highlights Frigidaire’s industry innovations, including the first electric refrigerator (1918), the first room air conditioner (1929), and the first compact electric range (1950).
The ads end in the present, with the introduction of the new Gallery Range with Symmetry double ovens that allow consumers to cook multiple dishes at different temperatures simultaneously.
Stockholm, Sweden – Electrolux has slated early 2013 for the U.S. launch of its new Grand Cuisine ultra-luxury range.
Introduced this week in Europe, the customizable cooking center offers nine separate elements: a combination convection and steam oven, a rapid-cool “blast chiller,” separate induction and gas cooktops, a searing plate, a vacuum sealer, a stand mixer and a Bespoke ventilation system.
Irvine, Calif. – A new nationwide survey by premium majap maker Thermador shows that 93 percent of homeowners looking to remodel their kitchens are interested in purchasing an induction cooktop.
Thermador, which was among the first manufacturers to introduce induction cooking to the U.S., surveyed homeowners ages 35 to 54 who are planning to undertake a kitchen remodel over the next 12 months.
Louisville, Ky. – GE Appliances has introduced a new majap finish designed to challenge stainless steel’s grip on the premium market.
Its new slate finish is a low-gloss, warm metallic gray that hits retail this month on two French door refrigerator models, two free-standing gas range models, two freestanding electric range models, two built-in dishwasher models and an over-the-range microwave oven.