New York — The Anti-Defamation League’s National Consumer Technology Industry divisio
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.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.
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.”
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.