Pampered Chef

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Pampered Chef
Subsidiary
Industry Kitchen and Food products
Founded 1980; 37 years ago (1980)
Headquarters Addison Township, DuPage County, Illinois, United States
Area served
United States, Canada, Germany
Key people
Tracy Britt Cool (CEO)
Doris Christopher
(Chairman & Founder)
Parent Berkshire Hathaway
Website www.pamperedchef.com

Pampered Chef, Ltd. is a global multi-level marketing company that offers a line of kitchen tools, food products, and cookbooks for preparing food in the home. They also offer some products to help transport some of their products and gardening tools.[1] It has a worldwide direct sales force of about 35,000 in addition to 400 corporate staff.[2] The company is headquartered in Addison, Illinois and operates in three countries: United States, Germany and Canada.

History[edit]

Founded in 1980 by Doris Christopher, the company began in the basement of Christopher's home. The company started to sell items to housewives on the party plan, a system in which a homemaker invited her friends over for a social event at which the products were demonstrated and sold, a concept first popularized by Tupperware. The company expanded to Canada in 1996, the UK in 1999, and Germany in 2000.[citation needed]

The company was acquired in 2002 by Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway corporation.[3] On October 30, 2014, Berkshire Hathaway appointed long time advisor Tracy Britt Cool to the position of CEO.[4]

The company closed its UK business, and wound down operations as of 31 December 2015.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Gregory Karp, "The fine line between legitimate businesses and pyramid schemes", Chicago Tribune, 10 February 2013
  2. ^ "Pampered Chef Company Facts". Pampered Chef. Retrieved 2016-03-26. 
  3. ^ "Berkshire Hathaway to acquire The Pampered Chef". Berkshire Hathaway. Retrieved 2002-09-23. 
  4. ^ Noah Buhayar, "Buffett’s Assistant Cool Named CEO of Pampered Chef Unit", Bloomberg, 30 October 2014
  5. ^ "Pampered Chef winding down UK operations". PamperedChef.