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IHA Adding Food to Mix in 2004

The 2004 International Housewares Show will expand in scope with a new category focusing on gourmet food and food preparation products. The International Housewares Association said retailers who sell or wish to sell gourmet food and preparation products have grown in numbers at recent Housewares Shows and GOHO, the Gourmet Home District, has been created with their needs in mind.

GOHO, "From Seasoned Street to the Upper Eats Side," will include food-prep demonstrations, celebrity chefs, entertainment and store setting presentations of gourmet food items, according to Phil Brandl, president of IHA. Of the nearly 20,000 buyers who will be in attendance at the 2003 show, more than 55 percent classify themselves as specialty retailers, IHA said. Many already include a food component in their assortment.

Pumpkin Masters Drops Stewart Suit

Pumpkin Masters, which sells pumpkin-carving kits, has dropped its patent infringement lawsuit against Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia Inc. The lawsuit had claimed that Martha Stewart Living was marketing and selling pumpkin-carving kits that violated its patent. Pumpkin Masters was seeking unspecified damages. According to public court documents, attorneys for Denver-based Pumpkin Masters moved to dismiss the case, a day after it was filed in U.S. District Court.

Maytag to Close Distribution Center

Maytag Corp. announced plans to close its regional distribution center in Newton, Iowa, by the end of the year and lay off about 20 employees. A spokesman for the company said the closing is part of continuing efforts to consolidate Maytag and Amana operations. Operations at the Newton center will be phased out beginning in December and will close by the end of the year. Distribution centers in Denver and a former Amana center in Coralville, Iowa, will serve the upper Midwest region previously served by the Newton center.

In other company news, Ralph F. Hake, chairman and chief executive officer, has been elected to the board of directors for ITT Industries Inc. His appointment, effective Dec. 2, brings the number of ITT Industries board members to 10.
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Title Annotation:appliance industry
Publication:HFN The Weekly Newspaper for the Home Furnishing Network
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Date:Nov 11, 2002

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