Thermomix is finding strong sales results in Australia's Queensland despite a relatively high price tag compared to other countertop appliances. The multi-tasking machine has found its way into more than 25,000 homes since it first launched there in 2001, but only recently has it become a significant player in the countertop appliance market. Executives involved in developing market share look to expand brand presence in the state over the next several years.
German firm Donkey has unveiled the Rolognese utensil, designed to make easting spaghetti a mess-free experience. The stainless steel and wood "spaghetti fork" is designed for children and features a hand crank to roll spaghetti up onto the fork.
Home specialty retailer Kirkland’s reported net sales for the fourth quarter of $162.6 million, an increase of 9% over last year. Kirkland's opened 17 stores during the period and closed two, and saw a drop of 2.6% in comparable store sales.