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Housewares Show Broadens Selection with Discover Design by Joanne Friedrick From education to exhibitors, the International Home and Housewares Show in Chicago, March 6 to 8, provides retailers with opportunities to see the latest products and catch up on the hottest trends. Debbie Teschke, Manager of Public Relations and Marketing Communications for the International Housewares Association in Rosemont, Ill., said the approximately 2,000 exhibitors will showcase items viewed by 60,000 attendees, more than a third of whom are buyers. New this year, she notes, is the Discover Design section, located in the Dine + Design Expo, which highlights designs from around the world. The new section is showcasing about 50 companies that were recruited for their design and craftsmanship and selected based on retailer and industry expert review. Continued on Page 18

Safety, Function Are Key in New Picnicware, Portable Beverage Products by Carrie Bui When it comes to picnicware products and portable beverage containers, safety and function are the keywords for most kitchenware manufacturers these days. These two traits are at the top of the list when it comes to the design of new products. Today’s consumers, especially parents, are increasingly concerned with the use of potentially harmful chemicals within lifestyle products. When those products are the ones designed to hold food and drinks, the need for safety becomes doubly important. Continued on Page 8

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Vinturi Inc. Purchases 60,000-Square-Foot Building Vinturi Inc., makers of the Vinturi line of patented wine aerators, has purchased a 60,000-square-foot building of office and warehouse space for its rapidly growing business. “This is now the seventh largest owneroccupied building in Carlsbad (Calif.), and the largest owner/user purchase completed in Carlsbad in 2010 to date,” according to a prepared statement by Aric Starck of Cassidy Turley BRE Commercial, which represented Vinturi in the building purchase. The new building is a testament to the dramatic growth of the company and the success of the patented Vinturi Essential Wine Aerator, invented by Rio Sabadicci, Founder and CEO of Vinturi Inc. Just three years after the product was introduced in 2007 and named one of the “Revolutionary Inventions of 2007” by Entrepreneur magazine, Vinturi is endorsed and available at more than 200 wineries and a bestseller at retail, with accelerated

growth fueled by expanding national and international distribution and new products such as the Vinturi Deluxe Aerator Set and Vinturi Travel.

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Natural Home Products Line Has New Owner Ogden Publications acquired Cataluña Enterprises, the company responsible for introducing Ogden’s Natural Home line of kitchenware. Cataluña will be renamed Natural Home Products LLC and will continue to use Ogden’s brands to develop products for sale in retail stores and other markets. Natural Home Products currently sells sustainable kitchenware in Target and Meijer stores nationwide. “Our publications provide readers with the knowledge they need to live inspired sustainable lifestyles. Our new Natural www.kitchenwarenews.com

Home Products enterprise will allow us to explore conscientious sources for everyday products and to provide consumers with new products manufactured in ways that protect the environment and the workers who create them, around the world,” said Bryan Welch, Publisher and Editorial Director for Ogden Publications, in a prepared statement. Natural Home Products LLC will be based in Ogden’s Topeka, Kan., headquarters, with offices in Bentonville, Ark., and San Ramon, Calif. Andrew Perkins has been promoted to Director of Merchandising and Events, and will oversee product

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development, merchandising and marketing for the subsidiary. Bill Mitchell, Founder of Cataluña Enterprises, has joined Ogden and continues in his role running Natural Home Products. Ogden Publications Inc. is the leading information resource serving the sustainable living, rural lifestyle, farm memorabilia and classic motorcycle communities. Key brands include Mother Earth News, Natural Home, Utne Reader, Capper’s and Grit. Ogden Publications also provides insurance and financial services through its Capper’s Insurance Service division.

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As I write this, I’ve just returned from the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, and I’m still reeling in amazement from the advances in technology. CES 2011 featured the usual gaming, digital imaging and television displays, but this year, they also introduced a Connected Home Appliances Techzone. Our appliances now have the ability to connect with our smartphones and tablets; a robotic mop can navigate and clean a room using an internal GPS system; or a USB plug and a jump drive give us the opportunity to upgrade the settings on our washing machine. Those are just a few of the technological innovations that some of today’s leading appliance makers introduced at CES. I am excited to see how these products can be incorporated into the modern digital kitchen, and used in conjunction with our housewares gadgets and small appliances. Kitchenware News & Housewares Review has seen the 21st century kitchen, and we’re excited and impressed. We look forward to continuing to bring you the latest and greatest innovations in the kitchenware and housewares industry. Speaking of trade shows, I’m sure many of you are preparing for next month’s International Home + Housewares Show, and Editor Joanne Friedrick offers a look at what we can expect to see in Chicago next month. We also have a sneak peek at a number of the products you’ll be able to see at the show beginning on page 17. Thinking of next month reminds me that spring is just around the corner, and our Spring Gift Guide on page 11 can help you choose the right products for your shelves. You can also check out Associate Editor Carrie Bui’s article on picnicware items and portable beverage containers. She writes about how some manufacturers are responding to consumer safety concerns, as well as shares some of the new product offerings for this year. We look forward to seeing you next month in Chicago! Lee M. Oser, Publisher

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Throughout the holiday shopping season, stories blanketed the TV and newspapers regarding improved sales. People were spending more, they began shopping earlier and they maintained that momentum through Christmas Eve and then with the after-the-holiday sales. Whether that rosy outlook will continue into 2011 is yet to be determined, but after several rather dismal years, it was a relief to retailers to find people filling their stores and actually buying gifts for others and items for themselves as well. Even if the economy is coming around, this isn’t the time to let down your guard. Retailers may not have to work as hard for a sale, but it’s important to remain vigilant about customer service and value. Our guest column this month offers some ideas on how to make the shopping experience the best it can be, and our retailer profile about Function Junction in Kansas City shares the story of a kitchenware store operator who has been in business for more than 30 years. The longevity of that store is based on solid principles that influence buying decisions, employee training and customer interaction. But these store owners aren’t sitting back and resting on their laurels. Instead, they are coming up with new ideas to bring excitement to the store and yes, dipping their toes into social networking. They recognize that to be relevant today you not only need to stick with what worked, but also try something new. I hope you are able to take away some new ideas with each issue of Kitchenware News. And that you’ll let me know if there is something you’re doing that you want to share with others in the industry. Joanne Friedrick, Editor joanne_f@oser.com

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{ headlines } Kitchenware Store Closes Bend, Ore., Location Allyson’s Kitchen closed its Bend, Ore., store Dec. 31, citing repercussions from the recession and debt from the original owners as the main reasons for the closure. The store’s flagship location in Ashland, Ore., will remain open. Lynne Galligan, President, CEO and the majority owner of the store said in a prepared release: “Our staff has worked hard to try to meet customer needs and grow the business with some innovative new products and services, such as supporting local artists, selling refurbished KitchenAid products and adding our successful wine club. Unfortunately, it

hasn’t been enough and we were unable to absorb further losses. I am really sorry we had to make this decision. I will miss the great friends we have made in Bend.”

night wine tasting on Dec. 31. Gift card holders are able to redeem cards at the remaining store, via telephone or online at www.allysonskitchen.com.

Galligan took over Allyson’s Kitchen from Steve and Allyson Holt in January 2009 when the Holts were faced with significant financial trouble. Galligan hoped to ride out the recession after taking over the chain. While the Bend store never fully recovered, the Ashland store is showing steady sales and it will remain open. The Bend store offered merchandise on clearance its final week, and held a final Friday

The Holts started Allyson’s Kitchen in 2000 in Ashland. Devoted to the home chef and entertainer, Allyson’s Kitchen in Ashland is two floors of specialty kitchenware items, a deli, demonstration kitchen, cooking classes and gourmet foods. The Bend location opened in 2008 with the addition of new owners. Allyson’s Kitchen is owned by a group of Oregon investors called Neighborhood Gourmet Partners.

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column Building Customer Loyalty— And Your Bottom Line: Six Essential Moves to Make at Your Business by Micah Solomon In these still shaky economic times, it’s important to find a way to escape commodity-style pricing wars and strengthen the marketing backbone of your company. The most reliable and affordable way to achieve both these goals is by building a strong personal bond with your customers. Loyal customers see you as more valuable than a mere commodity, and can serve you as a powerful marketing arm, going out of their way to promote and defend your company online and off—for free. Here are six moves to make that will set the stage for building true, bankable customer loyalty. Completely nail your hellos and goodbyes. Customers remember the first and last minutes of a service encounter much more vividly—and for much longer—than all the rest of it, because of the way human memory works. Make sure the first and final elements of your customer interactions are particularly well engineered, because they are going to stick in the customer’s memory. Strive to remember—and acknowledge— each returning customer. Work to achieve the computer-assisted effectiveness of a beloved bartender, doorman or hairstylist—the kind who would know a customer’s preferences, the name of their pet, when they last visited your store. Superb client tracking systems—and an attentive staff—can create that same “at home” feeling in your customers, regardless of the size and price point of your business, and whether it exists online or off. Anticipate customer wishes rather than just responding to them. When a customer’s wish is met before the wish has been expressed, it sends the message that you care about the customer as an individual. This may seem like it requires wizarding knowledge, but in essence it is simply founded on paying attention and knowing your customers. And it’s well

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worth the effort: The cared-for feeling a customer gets when her wishes are anticipated is where you will generate the fiercest loyalty. The language you use matters. Don’t leave it up to chance. Develop and rehearse a list of vocabulary words and expressions that fit your business brand perfectly. For example, the expression “no worries" sounds fine if a clerk at an audio store says it, but would be exceedingly off-brand for a salesperson at Cartier. Equally important, search and destroy any vocabulary words that could hurt customer feelings. For example, your service team should never tell a customer “you owe us.” Do the hustle. Modern customers expect speedier service than did any generation before them. In this age of iPhones and Droids and Amazon.com, you may as well not deliver your product or service if you’re going to deliver it late. Be patient when filling positions in your organization. In an organization aiming for superb service, a single disagreeable or unresponsive team member can erode customer loyalty and team morale. That is why it can be better to leave a position unfilled rather than rushing to hire someone unsuitable. Customer excellence is most fully achieved once you become expert at recruiting, selecting, training, evaluating and reinforcing the efforts of service personnel. Micah Solomon is one of the top speakers to business on customer service issues and the co-author of the recent bestseller “Exceptional Service, Exceptional Profit: The Secrets of Building a Five-Star Customer Service Organization.” Information and resources from Solomon can be found at http://customerserviceguru.com.

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Picnicware (Cont. from p.1) One of the chemicals that has captured the public’s attention is Bisphenol A (BPA). The chemical is often used in hard plastic food containers, and while not yet proven to be harmful to adults and children, recent studies have reported some effects in lab animals, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ website. That’s enough reason for plenty of consumers to not take any chances, and many manufacturers are responding by offering products made with BPA-free materials. “A lot of people are turning toward BPA-free material. That’s probably the leading driver as far as outdoor entertaining products,” said Scott McArdle, Sales Director for Prodyne. Scott McCormack, Director of Sales and Marketing for Picnic Time, said the biggest change their company has seen within the category has been the focus on safety. Issues of safety, such as lead and cadmium content, as well as meeting the standards set by the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008, are “first and foremost right now.” “We test every item like it was made for children,” said McCormack. Thermos, a leading manufacturer of portable food containers, lists safety as a top priority for one of its consumer segments, “the purposeful mom.” Thermos has made a commitment to produce all of its products with BPA-free materials, and they’ve made third-party safety testing results of Thermos products available on their website.

In addition to safety, inspired functionality is always necessary to keep a category strong, and new outdoor entertaining and picnicware options this year are offering consumers even more reason to enjoy a backyard picnic. Prodyne’s introduced an acrylic Fruit Infusion Pitcher—BPA-free, of course—that makes infusing beverages easy. Add cut lemons, berries, mint or more into the fruit infusion rod and slide it into the pitcher. Open slots within the rod allow the flavor of the fruits or herbs to mix into the liquid. The pitcher also includes a removable freezer ice tube that can be screwed onto the lid and helps keep beverages chilled for a couple hours. The combination of nice, yet functional design at a reasonable price point has proved to appeal to customers. McArdle said that Prodyne’s various outdoor entertaining lines “have been very successful” and they “continue to see that as a strong category.” McCormack said 2010 was Picnic Time’s best year ever, thanks to a trend of shorter, more localized vacations. “People are looking for something that doesn’t cost a lot of money, but really has that inner fulfillment. Picnic Time emphasizes ease in its product offerings, and focuses on designing picnicware and outdoor entertaining products to meet people’s needs. Picnic goers often have their hands full, and Picnic Time designs products to address this problem, explained McCormack. “The ease of carrying those items is critically important so all of our items are designed for ease of carrying it,” he said. Easier carrying was a goal in the redesigned

Topanga cooler tote. Picnic Time made the bag slightly longer and deeper. Narrowing the tote allows it to fit comfortably over the shoulder and under the arm with a strap, and leaves hands free to carry another item. “(Picnicware) has expanded into more of a full range solution,” said McCormack. To meet the category’s changing needs, Picnic Time will introduce about 100 new items in 2011, from a bean bag throw game to an improved Oniva seat. The stadium-style Oniva seat was released three years ago, and allows for more comfort with a larger, padded adjustable back rest. “The Oniva and Ventura seats are very innovative. To have that level of comfort while you’re sitting on the ground was unheard of,” he said. The 2011 edition will incorporate armrests to the metalframed seat. They’ve also introduced a 48-can cooler, perfect for larger events and outings. Thermos will introduce a new line of products this year geared toward the “super commuter” segment. “An average of 35 percent of U.S. commuters are actually on the road for longer than 30 minutes,” said Julie Ryan, Senior Director of Marketing at Thermos. A study of super commuters revealed people were most concerned with having a hot cup of coffee or tea. Thermos developed the Sipp, a leakproof travel bottle. The new bottle incorporates a “new to market flip-top lid,” explained Ryan, “with a one-hand push button opening with a drink well.” The new lid controls the flow of liquid better, by allowing the liquid to fill the well first, avoiding spills and burns. The travel bottle offers a sleek, modernized design, in black, white, teal and purple. Hot beverages will stay hot in the 16-ounce bottle for up to 12 hours, and cold beverages should maintain their temperature for up to 24 hours. The Sipp line includes six products—the travel bottle, mug, tumbler, hydration bottle and two food jars. Every item is made of a vacuum-insulated stainless steel. As people bring more food from home out with them, there’s a need for safe food storage jars. A 16-ounce food jar keeps hot food for up to seven hours, and cold food up to nine hours.

PIANO CHEESEBOARD This exquisite grand piano-designed cheeseboard features a recessed juice groove on the piano lid, and two stainless steel cheese tools and a corkscrew are tucked neatly under the lid. The cheeseboard is made of dark bamboo. Picnic Time [tel] 888.742.6429 www.picnictime.com

CORN COBB’R This innovative and functional product removes corn from the cob safely and easily. With a specially designed handle for easy grip, your hands will never slip and your fingers are never exposed to the blade. The sharp blade comes with a plastic cover to protect fingers when not in use. The Corn Cobb’R makes cutting kernels off the cob an effortless, even fun task. This is the perfect accessory to any summer barbecue, picnic or party. Suggested Retail Price: $3.99 Evriholder [tel] 800.975.0335 www.evriholder.com

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With this patent-pending Ice Cream Keeper, frozen treats can be enjoyed anywhere summer takes you. Featuring foam-core insulation nestled between the double walls of durable plastic, the Ice Cream Keeper has the same properties as most heavy-duty coolers but in a much smaller container. The Ice Cream Keeper has a screw-off lid designed to be stored in the freezer. When frozen, the special gel in the lid helps keep ice cream cold for up to an hour-and-a-half, depending on the outside temperature. Available in white, kiwi, orange and turquoise. It’s large enough to hold a pint-sized container from the store, or more if filled with homemade ice cream or any other cold treat.

These beautifully handcrafted bamboo cheese boards are designed in the shape of a wine bottle and include a leather strap. They are environmentally friendly. Bamboo is harder than maple. Use them for cutting or even hang them on the wall. Franmara can laser the boards with your logo to make them more special. They are available in three sizes: Small (13" x 4" x 5/8"), Medium (171/2" x 5-5/8" x 5/8"), and Large (22" x 7-1/8" x 5/8"). Franmara [tel] 831.422.4000 www.franmara.com

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Retailer Profile Function Junction Guided by the same principles that were the foundation of Function Junction’s launch in 1977, the 2011 version of the store remains centered on quality, value and accessible kitchenware products, but has also adapted to changing times. Mary Merola and Rebecca Wilkie, CoOwners of the 5,500-square-foot store in Kansas City, Mo., realized that the gourmet evolution that began in the ’70s has matured and evolved, but the basics remain the same. “We still evaluate and select products based on those principles,” said Merola, adding that in the current economy, special attention is paid to the value. “We’re dealing with an economy now where people want value, but are more price sensitive,” she said. Merola, who founded Function Junction, said the store has stood the test of time because the focus has been on the products and customer service. “We put products front and center,” she explained. “There’s not a lot of elaborate shelving. The store is easy to shop, and shopability is important.” The store is open seven days a week, and is part of a shopping, entertainment, office and condo complex created by Hallmark called Crown Center. Function Junction employs 12 fulland part-time associates, all of whom have

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what Wilkie described as “a passion for cooking.” Along with evolving with the economic changes from year to year, Merola said she has also witnessed developments in competition, and has had to respond accordingly. The department stores that dominated the landscape in the 1970s have given way to the big box stores, national chains and, of course, the Internet. “The Internet forces us to be aware on a national level,” said Merola. “We have to be aware of people’s price sensitivity and be competitive.” Consumers aren’t only comparing prices locally, she noted, but are going online to search for the best deals. Although the Web represents just a small percentage of their business, Wilkie said they view it more as an information-giving tool for shoppers. The store stocks about 3,000 SKUs, of which just 500 to 600 are sold online. While shoppers may use the Internet for comparison shopping, there is still nothing that compares with having a tool in hand and trying it out. In 2010, Function Junction added a demonstration kitchen called the Culinary Studio. Wilkie said the store’s website informs shoppers about upcoming demos and classes. The employees also reinforce the message

that customers can try out products and gain firsthand knowledge by asking questions. “Our salespeople are more than cashiers,” said Merola. “They can talk intelligently about the products.” She and Wilkie also make a point of being available to help consumers, and Merola teaches some of the cooking classes. The Culinary Studio, said Wilkie, brings good food, fun and hands-on learning together “in a way that’s very successful.” Since it opened, the studio has been the site of a bachelorette party with a full Italian menu and team-building events for up to 30 people. “It’s been a great place to get together over food and have a great time,” said Wilkie. Both Merola and Wilkie acknowledge that while they are continuing to explore the options with the studio, they are also working on building their social networking skills. “We aren’t of the generations where Facebook and Twitter come easily,” said Wilkie, adding “we haven’t maximized the benefits of those tools. I know it’s vital, and we’ve put our toe into the water.” Even with more than 30 years in the business, Merola said “you’re forced to be cutting edge all the time, whether it’s a newsletter, a rewards program, Facebook or Twitter.” In August, Function Junction began its rewards program, collecting email and

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mailing addresses and birth months from customers. During the month of their birthday, they get a $10 rewards card. They can also accrue additional rewards by making purchases in the store and having those sales tracked. When they reach $250 in sales, they receive another discount card. Rewards customers are also invited to private shopping events during the year. Merola and Wilkie said they personally write out the letters that thank people for joining and sign all the birthday greetings. “People appreciate being recognized,” said Merola. “They are asked for their (personal) information so often, it’s nice to reward them for it.” Another recently launched program was the FJ Nooner, aimed at workers in the nearby office buildings. Wilkie said the store teamed with local restaurants to provide a $5 lunch for shoppers, then added in five daily treasures that were on special between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The items, said Wilkie, were marked down at or below cost, and clues to what the items might be were sent out via Facebook. “Every day we put a clue on the Facebook page about the daily treasure along with the menu,” she said. The whole event, said Wilkie, had a pirate theme that was reinforced in store with music and appeared on fliers that were distributed within Crown Center. The event ran in September and October and plans are to repeat it in the spring, she said. Function Junction has also gotten on the buy-local bandwagon, said Wilkie, in part to show support for area businesses. “People have really rallied around independent business owners and the push to buy local,” she said. “We carry several local vendors,” including coffee, barbecue sauce, cutting boards and Vita Craft cookware. Merola, who does the store’s buying, has vendor relationships that span the 30-plus years the store has been in business, and she noted she doesn’t change vendors easily. Buying locally-made items addresses consumer concerns about the influx of products from overseas, said Merola. “But they have to recognize that it will cost more,” she said. In the case of Vita Craft, she noted, “I can say with confidence and conviction it is worth the price.” And for any skeptics, Merola is happy to demonstrate the cookware in the store’s studio. She said the buy-local movement has a trickle-down effect: “You support us, we support Vita Craft and they can keep their jobs and spend money in the community.”

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spring gift guide ZAK DESIGNS PLASTIC CONTAINERS

SEDONA FOOD DEHYDRATOR BY TRIBEST Designed for making dehydration simple, the nine-tray Sedona ® Food Dehydrator by Tribest® is stylish yet easy to use. Sedona offers a digital control panel used to accurately set and monitor a single temperature between 86°F and 155°F and a drying time up to 150 hours, worry-free. Because not all recipes require nine trays, use less energy and eliminate excess waste by programming Sedona to use only one drying compartment. The ability to divide Sedona into two drying compartments, an upper and a lower, allows for drying up to four, five or nine trays of food at a time. Built with a glass see-through door topped with a piano

black finish, Sedona also comes with nine BPA-free plastic open trays, nine BPA-free plastic mesh screens and one BPA-free plastic closed tray. Additionally, Sedona utilizes dual fan technology that allows each fan to operate independently, distributing heated air evenly to dry foods more efficiently. The Sedona motor inverts AC power to DC power, offering quiet motor operation. Furthermore, Sedona can also be set from day mode to night mode for whisper-quiet operation during the evening hours. Suggested Retail Price: $399

Zak Designs’ durable plastic containers are made with a transparent material that provides for a quick visual confirmation of what each container holds. The containers are designed to stack securely, so whether consumers want to keep a consistent color statement across their counter, or mix and match to create a unique pattern in the kitchen, the containers keep essential ingredients within reach, without sacrificing valuable counter space for the sake of convenience. The organized baker in the family will love the stackability

of these containers along with the fact that they have a silicone airtight seal that keeps out moisture. The containers are great for storing and organizing items in the kitchen, bathroom or even office. They are available in 2.5-, 1.5-, and 1-quart sizes, and a mini 6.75-ounce size. Canisters come in clear, smoke and assorted bright colors. No matter where they’re used, these containers let consumers store in style. Zak Designs [tel] 509.244.0555 www.zak.com

Tribest Corp. [tel] 714.879.7150 www.tribest.com

BT-4601 BELLA TAVOLA FONDUE & CHAFING BURNER

FISSLER BLUE POINT PRESSURE PAN SET Grill, sear, fry, sauté, braise, and pressure cook with the Blue Point Pressure Pan Set. The extra-large 4.2 quart skillet is equipped with the Novogrill frying surface for low-oil grilling, the energy-saving CookStar all-stove base, and comes with a pressure lid, glass lid and steamer basket for maximum versatility. With all of Fissler’s safety systems, including the Euromatic safety valve, the Pressure Pan is completely silent under pressure, dishwasher safe and works on any stove including induction. Made in Germany with a lifetime warranty. Suggested Retail Price: $270

The easy to use, automatic ignition Fondue & Chafing Burner is perfect for professional chefs or just entertaining at home. This compact, butanepowered burner features an adjustable flame control lever, safety mechanism turn-off stopper, built-in pressure release valve, non-tip wide base and refillable reservoir. The small, lightweight burner can last up to 90 minutes on the low setting. It is ideal for use with fondue pots, chafers, stone grills, raclette sets, soup tureens, and coffee and beverage urns. It can also be used as a cooktop with the optional Cooking Platform (BT-46). The Fondue & Chafing Burner is part of the Bella Tavola line, a butane-powered culinary tool line by Wall Lenk Corp. The Bella Tavola line is the only complete program that includes butane. Suggested Retail Price: $39.99 Wall Lenk Corp. [tel] 252.527.4186 [email] catalog@wlenk.com www.wlenk.com www.bellatavolatools.com

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spring gift guide FIRE WIRE FLEXIBLE GRILLING SKEWERS Fire Wire® Flexible Grilling Skewers enable you to be a gourmet griller even on the go. Food moves seamlessly from marinade, to the grill, to the plate thanks to the flexible, stainless steel design that allows the griller to marinate the food after it has been loaded on the skewer. By putting the tip outside the grill, no tools are required to turn or remove the skewers. Fire Wire is dishwasher safe and comes with a lifetime guarantee. The product comes with excellent merchandising support. Their innovative merchandising kit includes an actual grill with a full color advertisement wrap, red rope lights, a Fire Wire skewer loaded with fake food, and a 7-inch video

COME CLEAN NATURAL CLEANING SET Full Circle’s Come Clean natural cleaning set is a must have this spring. With the continuing trend towards green cleaning and DIY in the home this is a perfect spring gift item. This make-your-own natural cleaning set comes with two spray bottles, a mixing container, a microfiber cloth and Clean House Green House, the complete guide to making a quick

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and easy transition to green cleaning. This book goes beyond vinegar and baking soda; however all ingredients can be found at your local grocery store. You will have the tools to clean your kitchen, bath, glass, upholstery, wood, furniture, silver, pet stains and your car. And because you use lemon in so many of the recipes (it’s a natural disinfectant) the bottles have the lemon juicer built in. The full set comes in a lovely carrying case that

screen that loops the Fire Wire instructional video. The Fire Wire Marinating Kit is an all-natural blend of herbs and spices and is a great companion to the skewers. Fire Wire and the marinating kits display nicely atop the display grill as the fake food “cooks.” Take advantage of this merchandising package and Fire Wire will give you enough free skewers to offset your cost. For more about Fire Wire, or to preview the Fire Wire video, visit www.firewiregrilling.com or email sales@firewiregrilling.com. Fire Wire [tel] 620.229.9800 [email] sales@firewiregrilling.com www.firewiregrilling.com

can merchandise on shelves or hang on a peg. There is also a single bottle option that comes with the cleaning cloth and book. Get it in stores now— the set will be featured in upcoming issues of Food & Wine and Martha Stewart Living. Full Circle [tel] 866.259.0727 [email] orders@fullcirclehome.com www.fullcirclehome.com

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spring gift guide POACHPOD STAINLESS

RABBIT FLIP-TOP BOSTON SHAKER

This stainless steel egg cooking tool from fusionbrands allows you to poach, bake and mold your eggs. The pod floats in water while poaching, and has a high heat resistance. The poachpod is nonstick and dishwasher safe. Available in a set of two. Suggested Retail Price: $14.99 fusionbrands www.fusionbrands.com

SILICONE CHOCOLATE MOLDS

SIGNATURE HOUSEWARES DOTS

Just like the true chocolate connoisseurs, you can now make perfect chocolates from the comfort of your own home. These flexible silicone molds are made in Italy. They are easy to use, long lasting and non-toxic. They are oven-, microwave-, refrigerator-, and freezer-safe. They can also be used as butter molds, and are available in many different styles. Suggested Retail Price: $11.95

DOTS from Signature Housewares is a fun and happy look that’s perfect for spring 2011. Your choice of five bold colors for dinnerware, baking dishes and fun accessories allow for a large statement, a single item or anything in between. This durable stoneware is dishwasher safe and microwave safe, lead-free and built to last. DOTS is available now. Suggested Retail Prices: $7.99-24.99

SCI Scandicrafts [tel] 800.966.5489 www.scandicrafts.com

Signature Housewares [tel] 805.484.6666 www.sighouse.com

The Boston Shaker is the cocktail shaker preferred by bartenders worldwide. Now Rabbit Barware has given it a flip-top lid with built-in strainer. And measurements are clearly printed on the glass shaker, so it’s easier than ever to measure, mix and serve cocktails at home with the Flip-Top Boston Shaker. It’s the newest addition to Metrokane’s successful line of patented Flip-Top Shakers. Includes a free recipe booklet that has recipes for all the most popular cocktails. Metrokane [tel] 212.759.6262 www.metrokane.com

CUPCAKE 2 GO Whether they’re homemade or storebought, the cupcake trend is evergrowing and always popular. Whether it’s for birthday parties, or just everyday fun, cupcakes are a growing expression of love and affection, and a great way to add fun and flavor too. And now, there’s a way to protect your cupcakes wherever you go. Evriholder Products, LLC introduces its new Cupcakes 2 Go—an adorable cupcake holder that is not only cute and whimsical, but will also keep your cupcake and frosting in perfect condition when you’re on the go. With a unique dome lid and prongs designed to hold the cupcake securely in place, the Cupcake 2 Go looks like a cupcake and has ample room to keep that delicious frosting in place and looking good. No more squished cupcakes with frosting everywhere but on the cupcake. This is the ultimate cupcake on-the-go solution. Suggested Retail Price: $2.99 Evriholder [tel] 800.975.0335 www.evriholder.com 14

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spring gift guide VOLUMETRIC SPOON SCALE Use this scale from Parasia International for portion control, international recipes, etc. The scale features both weight and volume measurements. It displays the volumetric weight of the nine most common ingredients (wine, syrup, milk, oil, salt, flour, brown sugar, powdered sugar and water). The displayed weight unit is selectable between grams and ounces. The volume units are cup, milliliters, tablespoon and teaspoon. Features two detachable/interchangable scoops for easy clean-up. (Scoops are dishwashwer safe.) The scale has a large, easy-to-read LCD display and features accumulative function for up to 105 ounces. A hold function can freeze the reading on the LCD. Includes low battery indicator and auto power off. Suggested Retail Price: $34.99

CUCINA PRO CLASSIC WAFFLE BAKER CucinaPro is proud to announce its full line-up of Classic Waffle Bakers will be available in early April. CucinaPro President Pat Dittoe said, “We brought two upscale waffle irons about two years ago, a four-square Belgian at a $79.99 retail and a Round Heart at a $59.99 retail. They sold very well but many of our customers asked for round waffle bakers at $49.99 or even $39.99 and a four square at $59.99 or $49.99. As usual, the customer was right. Our three Round Waffle Bakers (heart, Belgian and classic) sold very well this fall. We will have our Belgian/American four at a time in stock soon.” These bakers all have between six and seven heat settings for individual waffle browning control, Xylan nonstick coating for easy release and between 1100 and 1200 watts of cooking power. They are all designed by Gene Vitantonio of VillaWare fame.

Parasia International [tel] 763.267.7900 www.parasia-international.com

CRADLE ROUND BOWL This vessel is finely crafted to harmoniously fit both the modern and traditional tables. The wood and alloy pieces combine the warm natural blend of acacia wood with Nambé metal, ideal for fashioning a contemporary dining experience. Suggested Retail Price: $225 Nambé [tel] 800.443.0339 www.nambe.com

European products for distribution in the United States. The mills have been well received in the United States for their quality and design, offering more than 300 items in a rainbow of colors and variety of materials.

MARLUX MILLS In the spring of 2010, Pillivuyt USA added Marlux mills and grinders to its line-up of

Finally an electric mill that can grind pepper and salt in one unit! Stainless steel housing with solid state ceramic grinding mills does a great job in grinding pepper and coarse sea salt. With a touch of a button, you can grind either one. This two-compartment mill features peppercorns on one side and coarse sea salt on the the other side. Another great feature is that you can adjust the grind from fine to coarse, and it includes a cover on the bottom to keep the mill clean. Uses four AA batteries. Franmara [tel] 831.422.4000 www.franmara.com

DALOPLAST OF SWEDEN

Marlux is a small French factory that has been family-owned for the past 70 years. Products created from wood tap into sustainable managed forests and everything used for cleaning the steel parts is environmentally safe and ecologically sound. Marlux makes every effort to repair equipment rather than abandon it to avoid adding to technology “dumps.”

Mix and match your Anita cutting boards and covers, now available in a larger size, with the Swedish Spreader Knife. The cutting boards are made of polythene, will not dull knives and are dishwasher safe. A large board measures 13.25" by 9.75". Covers are clear acrylic. Suggested Retail Prices: $9.95 for large cutting board, $10 for cover, $1.75-$2.25 for knives

Pillivuyt USA [tel] 952.938.1672 www.pillivuytus.com

Linden Sweden [tel] 952.465.0052 www.lindensweden.com

MÜKITCHEN COTTON TOWELS

Parrish’s stocks the largest assortments of round cake pans with diameters from 2" to 24" and depths from 1" to 3½". All are made of heavy-gauge aluminum, which ensures even baking and outstanding durability.

Super utility meets classic kitchen flair with these two favorites—the flour sack and bar mops. The flour sack is extra soft and made of absorbent 100 percent cotton. Each set of two oversized towels includes one solid and one printed design. Lint-free towels are great for drying dishes, polishing glassware and covering dough. The Bar Mop Cloth and Towel is top quality 100 percent ribbed terry cotton and hemmed all around for extra durability. This is a must have basic for cleaning and drying. Both products are imported from India.

Parrish’s Cake Decorating [tel] 310.324.8277 www.parrishsmagicline.com

MÜKitchen [tel] 866.544.2224 www.mukitchen.com

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Cucina Pro [tel] 216.351.3002 www.cucinapro.com

COMBO DELUXE ELECTRIC PEPPER/SALT MILL

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tea kettles & accessories BUYERS’ GUIDE PRIMULA FLOWERING TEA GIFT SET The Primula Flowering Tea Gift Set includes a 40-ounce glass teapot with glass lid and tea infuser with six flowering green teas and three 25-gram packets of loose black, white and green teas. The teapot is made of hand-blown borosilicate glass. The flowering green teas are made of Grade AA full-length tea leaves

hand-sewn over a delicate flower that blossoms while brewing. Suggested Retail Price: $34.99 Epoca Inc./Primula [tel] 732.390.5600, ext. 12 www.primulaproducts.com

CORNISHWARE BLUE No one knows more about how to give a tea party than the British, and Pillivuyt USA is pleased to offer a UK classic line—Cornishware—with its charming and colorful tea accessories. Cornishware Blue is now offered in the U.S. and stocked in Pillivuyt USA’s warehouse in Wisconsin. Currently about 40 items are stocked in the U.S. and the company will be expanding their selection to include high-demand items such as the Blue Betty teapot, the honey/marmalade jar, the sugar bowl and the butter dish. Some of these items are available now, but look for a full-scale selection of the teapots and some of the tea accessories by late spring. Later this year, most of the line will also be introduced in red and white—a rich, vibrant red that will dazzle your tea party guests. Sorry to say, the felt tea party set is not one of the products Pillivuyt will have, but the real thing is so much fun that they expect it to be a smashing success and a great addition to your holiday collections. Pillivuyt USA [tel] 952.938.1672 www.pillivuytus.com

ZOJIRUSHI MICOM WATER BOILER & WARMER The Zojirushi Micom Water Boiler & Warmer is a countertop appliance that boils water and keeps it hot at a set temperature for as long as it’s plugged in. Four keep-warm temperature settings include 140°F for high-quality green tea, 175°F for other green teas, 195°F for oolong and white teas, and 208°F for black and herbal teas. Its energy-saving timer function automatically turns on the boiler at a later time to save electricity. In an elegant champagne gold finish, it is available in a 101-ounce/3-liter or 135-ounce/4-liter capacity. Suggested Retail Prices: $135 or $152 Zojirushi America Corp. [tel] 800.264.6270 www.zojirushi.com 16

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JOYCE CHEN COPPER HOBNAIL TETSUBIN The hobnail design of this tetsubin is reminiscent of the time-honored tradition of the Japanese tea ritual. The 24-ounce pot is crafted of hand-cast cast iron that is then enameled on the inside to prevent oxidation and to protect the delicate flavors of the tea. Cast iron also has excellent heat retention. The tetsubin is made in Japan. Suggested Retail Price: $100

OSKAR SOFTBREW TEAPOT The Sowden Oskar SoftBrew teapot is a high-quality porcelain teapot with a stainless steel micro filter for the best tasting tea. The advanced technology traps the tea leaves in the stainless steel filter and separates them from the water with enough brewing flow to capture the full taste. The hollow handle creates insulation so it does not get hot. It looks great with any table setting with its modern feel and simple lines. Available in two sizes: 17 ounces and 34 ounces. Suggested Retail Prices: $39.95-49.95

Joyce Chen Products/ Columbian Home Products [tel] 812.238.5000 www.columbianhp.com

NGL Associates [tel] 262.474.0454 www.sowden.co

PRIMO TEAPOTS WITH INFUSER BASKET

This decorative tea strainer features a celestial cutout motif along its rim. The infuser is specially designed for use with a teapot or cup. The strainer rests over the top of the teapot or cup with the decorative handle resting on the rim. It is made of stainless steel and has a top rim diameter that is 3.75" with a ½" rim to fit on the top of the teapot or cup. Suggested Retail Price: $8.99

Frieling’s Primo teapot unites the revered tea ceremony with state-of-the-art infusion technology. This all stainless steel teapot and infuser keeps tea hot longer and thereby preserves the tea’s aroma. The micro-etched infuser regulates the ideal water flow and lets the delicate flavor carriers through while holding back even the smallest tea particles. The folddown handle ensures easy insertion and removal of the infuser. All parts are dishwasher safe. Available in three sizes: 14, 22 and 34 ounces. Suggested Retail Prices: $34.95-44.95

Norpro [tel] 800.722.0202 www.norpro.com

Frieling USA Inc. [tel] 800.827.2582 www.frieling.com

TEA INFUSER WITH RIM AND HANDLE

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housewares preview ICE BAG COLLAPSIBLE WINE COOLER This amazing bag has become a top seller in France and has now arrived in America. The ICE BAG is perfect for parties, picnics and restaurant service. The ICE BAG works amazingly well at chilling bottles, and it folds down for easy storage. The ICE BAG is very strong and durable with sturdy loop handles. Just add ice and water and insert bottle, and you are ready to go. Available in clear, pink, purple, red and blue. Larger size available for champage. Franmara [tel] 831.422.4000 www.franmara.com

MAJES-TEA Available this spring, Liquid Solution from Pacific Cornetta introduces the Majestea. Made of BPA-free double-wall plastic, the Majes-tea retains heat longer than single-walled products. The stainless steel removable brewing basket allows loose leaf or bagged tea to begin the infusion process. A threaded sip lid decreases unwanted spills while the flip-closure offers quick access. A unique slatted opening prevents loose leaves from straying. The 12-ounce model is dishwasher safe. Liquid Solution/Pacific Cornetta [tel] 800.753.5647 www.liquid-solutions.com

POPSOME CANDY & NUT DISPENSERS Vacu Vin introduces the PopSome Candy & Nut Dispensers. These bright, fashionable bowls with the Oxiloc lid system keeps treats fresh at parties and in storage. The special lid makes the treats accessible while keeping the food uncontaminated from dirty hands, germs, dust or pet hair. The Oxiloc system ensures the bowl remains airtight. When the flexible lid is pulled up with a “pop,” an opening appears to dispense treats. Suggested Retail Price: $11.99 Vacu Vin [tel] 704.882.3521 [email] info.us@iicbrands.com www.vacuvin.com

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KRUPS INTUITIVE KETTLE This brushed stainless steel electric kettle features a water level indicator with blue lighting, auto shut-off and has a 1.8-quart capacity. Suggested Retail Price: $69.99 Groupe SEB/Krups [tel] 973.736.0300 www.groupeseb.com

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housewares preview Housewares (cont. from p. 1) All the participants in the Discover Design area are eligible for the Global Innovator Award, she noted, and can submit two products for consideration. These GIA contenders will be featured in the Discover Design Gallery on the exhibition floor. Retailers interested in previewing the Discover Design exhibitors can see them at youdiscoverdesign.org. Education is always a feature at the show, said Teschke, and this year’s keynote speaker is Phil Lempert, the Supermarket Guru, who will host a panel of retailers discussing “Cooking Up Bigger Profits With Housewares” at noon March 6. Lempert and the panel will focus on how supermarkets can promote housewares and build sales through dedicated housewares sections. Appearing with Lempert are John LaPierre, formerly of Wegmans and Bob Shelton, formerly of Safeway. “Top Trends for 2012: Thriving in a New Age of Anti-Consumerism” is the topic of Tom Mirabile’s talk at 7:30 a.m. March 7. Mirable, Senior Vice President-Global Trend & Design at Lifetime Brands, will discuss how retailers and suppliers can survive and even flourish, as consumers are trying to get by with less. Joining Mirable will be trend forecasters Susan Yashinsky of Sphere Trending; Michelle Lamb of The Trend Curve; and Robin Albing from Albing International

Marketing LLC. Color trends are a hot topic among housewares retailers and manufacturers, and Lee Eiseman, Consultant for Pantone Inc. and IHA’s color expert, will delve into the topic during her presentation “Color Directions: Twists, Turns and Trends” on March 7. She will also present an updated report on the top Pantone colors during a session at noon March 8 called “What Are Designers’ Top Color Choices?” There will also be seminars taking place on the show floor at noon March 6 and 7. Scheduled to appear are Brandon Wilson of Distant Horizon speaking on “Getting and Staying on the Internet Highway” and Alline Anderson of The Milkweed Mercantile covering “Keeping Your Bottom Line Green.” Throughout the exhibition center, various displays are set up to inform attendees as they walk the show. Among the displays offered are the ColorWatch by Pantone, the Student Design Competition winners, New Products Showcases, Green Directions: Going Green and the Inventors Corner. In the cooking theater in the South Building, Teschke said celebrity chefs will take the stage, preparing dishes and instructing attendees on the use of different cookware and cutlery. Among those

scheduled to appear are Casey Thompson, Dale Levitski, Cat Cora, Masahuru Morimoto, Todd English, Tony and Cathy Mantuano, Devin Alexander, Paula Deen, Michael Symon, Rick Bayless, Guy Fieri, Ming Tsai, Theo Kalgeracos and Rick Tarantino. Even before the show officially begins, retailers can sign up for the Specialty Retailer University on March 5. The all-day session will include a presentation by HTI Buying Group’s Bob Coviello, said Teschke, as well as cover topics such as social media and visual merchandising. The cost is $75 in advance, or $150 on site. Retailers also have access to free consulting sessions during the show, said Teschke. These 45-minute sessions take place throughout the show and feature presenters from the Retailer University as well as others. Interested retailers can sign up online at the IHA website.

BT-2310 BELLA TAVOLA KITCHEN TORCH The easy-to-use, butane-powered Kitchen Torch is perfect for professional chefs or just entertaining at home. Features include automatic ignition, child-resistant safety lever, continuous use locking mechanism, adjustable flame control lever, ergonomic grip, nontip wide base and refillable reservoir. The small, lightweight torch delivers a 2400°F high output blue flame. It is ideal for crème brulee, roasting peppers, melting cheese, browning meringues and caramelizing sugars. The Kitchen Torch is part of the Bella Tavola line, a butane-powered culinary tool line by Wall Lenk Corp. The Bella Tavola line is the only complete program that includes butane. See them at booth S148 at the Housewares Show. Suggested Retail Price: $29.99 Wall Lenk Corp. [tel] 252.527.4186 [email] catalog@wlenk.com www.wlenk.com www.bellatavolatools.com

Teschke said IHA has also improved its online directory this year, offering more features for retailers before, during and after the show. Housewares Connect 365, she said, “is a place where people can go to look for manufacturers and products.” Manufacturers have the ability to enhance their listing and can even send information to potential buyers and media, she said.

SINK SCOOP UP This flexible plastic scoop makes it easy to scoop peels and vegetable waste out of the sink. The scoop will take the waste straight from the sink to a compost bucket or the trash can, without messy hands or paper towels. Avoid clogging up drains and pipes with vegetable waste and prevents dulling of sink disposal blades. The scoop is top-rack dishwasher safe. Available in white, lime and light blue. Suggested Retail Price: $2.95 Linden Sweden [tel] 952.465.0052 www.lindensweden.com

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housewares preview FIRE WIRE Fire Wire ® is a company that understands retailers and the retail environment. Its innovative product, a stainless steel flexible grilling skewer, generates an enthusiastic fan base with consumers. The features of the product solve problems, and make grilling with skewers easier than ever before. The flexible stainless steel design allows grillers to marinate the food in a zip-close bag after it has been loaded on the skewer. By putting the tip outside the grill, no tools are required to turn or remove the skewers. Fire Wire is dishwasher safe and comes with a lifetime guarantee. To tell the story at retail, Fire Wire offers a merchandising kit

ZOKU QUICK POP MAKER Zoku’s Quick Pop maker freezes ice pops in minutes right on the countertop without electricity. Quickly make striped pops, yogurt pops or (for the first time ever at home) flavored core pops. To enjoy Quick Pops at a moment’s notice, simply store the compact base in the freezer. The kit includes one Quick Pop Maker, six reusable pop sticks with special drip guards for tidy eating, and a specially designed Super Tool that helps to quickly release the pops from their molds. The unit can make up to nine pops before refreezing. Zoku’s Quick Pop Maker has received extraordinary global recognition for its originality and innovation through

that includes an actual grill with a full color advertisement wrap, red rope lights (coals!), a Fire Wire skewer loaded with fake food, and a 7" video screen that loops the Fire Wire sales video. The Fire Wire Marinating Kit is an all natural blend of herbs and spices and is a great companion to the skewers. Take advantage of this merchandising package and Fire Wire will give you enough free skewers to offset your cost. For more about Fire Wire, or to preview the Fire Wire video, visit www.firewiregrilling.com or email sales@firewiregrilling.com. Fire Wire [tel] 620.229.9800 www.firewiregrilling.com

multiple U.S. and international design awards, as well as global media exposure in print, online and through major TV networks around the world. Zoku takes its intellectual property seriously and has a wide variety of intellectual property rights, including U.S. Patents, U.S. and International Utility Patent Applications and U.S. Design Patent Applications, U.S. and International Trademarks, Copyrights and Trade Secrets. Visit Zoku at The International Housewares Show booth 747. Suggested Retail Price: $49.95 Zoku [tel] 201.604.1252 www.zokuhome.com

FROST-EAZE The baking and cupcake trend is at an all-time high, and with both retailers and consumers looking for convenient and creative accessories, Evriholder Products’ new Frost-Eaze™ promises to be as popular as it is cute and functional. Frost-Eaze is an assorted frosting decorator set that includes an easy-tosqueeze plastic bottle, beautiful turquoise cap and various assorted stainless steel frosting tips including star, round, ribbon, basket weave and leaf tips. The collapsible body makes squeezing the frosting from the bottle quick, easy and effective. Now even the most novice baker can frost like a pro without the mess and fuss that comes with using traditional piping bags and the cumbersome clean-up that usually follows. Spark creativity in the kitchen by decorating a favorite cupcake with any design, in any colors, and at any time—and get the kids involved too. Suggested Retail Prices: $2.99-4.99 Evriholder [tel] 800.975.0335 www.evriholder.com

CUCINA PRO PIZZA STONE CucinaPro is excited to announce its new booth location for the upcoming International Home and Housewares Show. The booth will be front and center in the cook and bakeware exhibits at S3102. Stop by and see the new line of cooking tools including a pasta drying rack, marble rolling pin, marble cheese cutter, heat diffuser plate, pizza peel and two pizza stones. Both of the pizza stones are refractory ceramic, FDA approved and ¾" thick. A 16" x 14" square and a 16.5" round are available. The stones can also be left in the oven to help the oven heat circulate more efficiently on a day-to-day basis. Suggested Retail Price: $44.99 Cucina Pro [tel] 216.351.3002 www.cucinapro.com

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housewares preview FULL CIRCLE CLEANING PRODUCTS We all strive to be environmentally responsible, but we also want products that work well, especially when it comes to cleaning products. Full Circle’s line of sustainable cleaning tools are high quality, durable, affordable, and look great in your kitchen and bathroom. They’ve really made it easy to do your part in being green. Their newest

products feature a handy Potato Brush with built-in eye remover and a super tough Grout & Scrub Brush. The Potato Brush with Eye Remover fits perfectly in the palm and the unique corer tool is specially designed to remove potato eyes with a simple twist. The Grout & Scrub Brush is the perfect two-in-one solution. The wide bristles on the bottom scrub your tiles, while the tough, narrow bristles on top get

right into the grout. The ergonomic handle is perfect for applying pressure and the product stands up to air dry. Made from renewable bamboo and recycled plastic, both products are stylish and environmentally friendly.

FOODDAM

HUROM ORIGINAL SLOW JUICER

Use this fooddam from fusionbrands to keep food separated during cooking. The hinges snap together to fit from an 8" to a 14" pan. The fooddam is made of flexible high heat silicone. It can angle to fit the desired cooking area, and the tapered design flexes to fit a pan’s edge. Dishwasher safe. Suggested Retail Price: $9.99

Change the way you get your vitamins with this one-of-a-kind new and improved juice extractor. You can enjoy more antioxidants, better flavor, and freshness without the common problems of heating, foaming or separation. You can even make your own homemade soy milk, wheatgrass juice, almond milk or tofu. The original patented Hurom Slow Juicer stands apart from conventional juice extractors with its many unique features. It is practically silent with its quiet, slowrotating induction motor. It has all of the performance of a masticating, single-auger juicer, but with much less space required and lighter in weight than typical centrifuge-style juicers. It also only uses 150 watts, making it the most energy-efficient juice extractor on the market. The screw-like auger and the juice strainer are both now made from the ultra-strong GE Ultem material and are BPA-free. Furthermore, the Hurom’s self-cleaning feature allows for continuous juicing and hassle-free care. See the difference by watching the

demo video at www.slowjuicer.com. The motor comes with a 10-year warranty. Made in Korea. Suggested Retail Price: $359

fusionbrands www.fusionbrands.com

RABBIT BAMBOO WINE RACK Beautiful, durable and affordable, this handsome new bamboo wine rack from Metrokane holds eight wine bottles and folds flat for saving space on the retail floor. Made of furniture-quality bamboo with polished chrome hinges, this is the first wine rack with the famous Rabbit brand. Metrokane [tel] 212.759.6262 www.metrokane.com

ZAK MELLOW BATTER BOWLS Zak Designs introduces Mellow Batter Bowls. The lightweight material, nonskid bottom and functional design make these bowls some of the most sought after batter bowls on the market. Mellow Bowls were designed to be durable and functional mixing bowls that nest comfortably within each other for easy storage when they aren’t being used. The Mellow mixing bowls are made with a lightweight material that makes them easy to handle when mixing, and the non-skid ring on the bowls helps make sure that they stay on the counter when the mixing gets tough. But their versatility doesn’t end when the mixing’s done. Because they are 20

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Full Circle [tel] 866.259.0727 [email] orders@fullcirclehome.com www.fullcirclehome.com

Roland Products [tel] 800.321.2226 www.slowjuicer.com

dishwasher-, refrigerator-, freezer-, and microwave-safe, and come complete with snap-tight lids, these bowls are ideal for storing leftovers, softening butter or other ingredients, and even warming up soup at work. The bowls come in four sizes—3 quart, 2 quart, 1 quart, and half-quart—and are available in a set of eight, with one of each size and accompanying lids, as well as two-packs with either a 1quart and half-quart bowl or two halfquart bowls. The sets are available in two different color patterns: blue and white or orchid and kiwi. Zak Designs [tel] 509.244.0555 www.zak.com www.kitchenwarenews.com


housewares preview NOGENT OF FRANCE PROFILE KNIVES

ULTIMATE MAGNETIC APRON AND TOWEL SET Finally an apron and towel set that really stick together. Built-in powerful magnets located at the apron hip keep the towel always handy. Made of top-quality, 100 percent cotton imported from India, the apron features a chef’s pocket for extra storage. The towel is a super-soft absorbent jacquard cotton. Interactive packaging allows the customer to test the magnetic action in-store. MÜKitchen [tel] 866.544.2224 www.mukitchen.com

This unique new design was created by Sebastian Conran, a respected designer of healthcare and consumer luxury goods throughout Europe. The design blends the warmth of natural walnut with the crisp white of polyamide, making the knives appealing to the touch and creating a softer, less aggressive look than traditional high-end knives. The ergonomic design of the handles ensures a firm grip for ease of handling and greater control of the knife. The knives employ a technology unique to the Nogent brand—the patented Affidenté serration. The blades are first edged by machine, then the bevel is ground by hand on a whetstone. A final step creates the micro-serration (100 teeth per inch of blade) that stays sharp for the lifetime of the knife and allows for smooth, clean and effortless slicing of everything from tomatoes to steaks. The range of items in the Profile line consists of paring, utility, slicing, chef’s, Santoku, bread and steak knives. All are packaged in striking boxes and a freestanding display case is available to create an eye-catching display in the stores. Visit McCormick South booth S4333-S4334. Pillivuyt USA [tel] 952.938.1672 www.pillivuytus.com

MAX BURTON DELUXE INDUCTION COOKTOP The Max Burton® Deluxe Induction Cooktop #6200 is a high-powered 1800W model within a sleek stainless steel tabletop design. It features 10 power settings from 500W to 1800W or 10 temperature settings from 140°-450°. With the 180-minute timer, cooking time can be controlled automatically. The Induction Interface Disk #6010 is an accessory that allows users to use cookware that is not induction rated. The disk is an 8" diameter stainless steel accessory that is placed between the induction cooktop and the cookware to achieve the required interface. The combination of these two items allows formerly inappropriate

CHOP-A-LOT Chop-A-Lot, an all-in-one cutting board, is an indispensable kitchen tool that keeps multiple trays at your fingertips, allowing you to keep your food separated and organized during the prep process. The Chop-A-Lot set includes two large serving trays, three individual food trays, a strainer and a cutting board. Users

cookware such as copper, glass and aluminum to be used with the Induction Cooktop.All items are available separately or as Induction Set #6050. Suggested Retail Prices: $119.90 for cooktop; $49 for interface disk; $165 for induction set

Aervoe Industries Inc. [tel] 800.227.0196 www.aervoe.com pull the cutting board open, chop and place cut items into the removable food trays, eliminating the need for other dishes during food prep. Small food trays and strainer can be removed to expose the larger serving platter tray. The cutting board slides open at opposite ends to expose a full-size bottom tray to hold food scraps. Trays and drawers are microwave and dishwasher safe. Available in red, orange, lime, black and white. Chop-A-Lot will be featured at the Inventors Corner at the International Home and Housewares Show, South Building booth S4566. Suggested Retail Price: $29.95 VTT Products [tel] 760.636.5858 www.vttproducts.com

BARTULE The BarTule® is the ultimate bar accessory. It snaps together in a compact, elegant design that keeps everything you need organized, clean and in one place. This all-in-one bar tool is indestructible, dishwasher safe and made from 100 percent recyclable materials. The BarTule is constructed of high density polycarbonate, stainless steel and is made to last. The BarTule includes an ice bucket and chiller, salt rimmer, wine/champagne coaster, bottle opener, 4-ounce jigger and citrus juicer with pulp-removing handle and spout. Available in blue, clear, green, red, yellow and smoke. BarTule will launch four new products at the 2011 IHA Show, booth 3648. Suggested Retail Price: $49.95 BarTule [tel] 888.755.8853 www.bartule.com

MARCATO COOKIE PRESS This high-quality anodized aluminum cookie press by Marcato is a “must have” in the kitchen. It comes with 20 disks for various shaped cookies and two settings for thickness. You can use any of your favorite cookie recipes or use the one that comes with the press. It is easy to use and easy to clean. The cookie guns also come in gold, blue, black, red and silver. Suggested Retail Price: $39.99 SCI Scandicrafts [tel] 800.966.5489 www.scandicrafts.com

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{ news in brief } Hearthware Home Products Inc., Gurnee, Ill., promoted John Stewart to Vice President of Sales and Marketing. His responsibilities include management of the sales force, product development, packaging and promotion for the company’s growing line of products, including the original NuWave Pro Infrared Oven and the new NuWave Mini Infrared Oven. Stewart, who originally joined Hearthware Home Products in 2008, previously served as Vice President of Consumer Sales. Stewart has extensive experience in promotion and field sales management. Before joining Hearthware Home Products, he served as Director of Sales for Salton Inc. and Vice President of National Accounts of ERO Industries/Priss Prints. Stewart will report to Gene H. Kim, Vice President.

MMPI, the trade show and property management firm that manages 7 W New York in New York City and The Merchandise Mart in Chicago, named Nancy Michael as Senior Marketing and Strategy Director for the Gift and Home Décor Industry. In her new role, Michael will be based in Chicago working directly with Trisha Schultz, Marketing Director and the entire Chicago Market team, as well as coordinating and leveraging marketing in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York. She will be working with management teams for the California Gift Show, The Chicago Market and 7 W in the development, coordination and

implementation of all marketing efforts, which include advertising, special events, public relations, websites, direct mail programs, sponsorships, mailing lists, buyer relationships, directories and trade show cross-marketing for the industry. Before joining MMPI, Michael served as the Director of Marketing for tag ltd., for the last decade. In that role, Michael worked on every major tag initiative from launching new product categories to growing the tag brand. In addition, MMPI announced that Katherine Skelton was named the Director of Leasing for L.A. Mart Gift. In her new position, Skelton will play an integral role in all of the leasing and sales activity for L.A. Mart Gift. Skelton joins MMPI with 14 years of experience in specialty leasing at a variety of shopping centers. MMPI manages The Merchandise Mart, 350 W. Mart Center and 33 North Dearborn in Chicago; Market Square, the Suites at Market Square, Hamilton Market, Plaza Suites, Furniture Plaza and the National Furniture Mart in High Point, N.C.; the Architects & Designers Building and 7 W New York in New York; the L.A. Mart in Los Angeles; and the Washington Design Center and Washington Office Center in Washington. The International Council of Shopping Centers in New York announced that Jorge Lizan has been promoted to Vice President of Business Development. Lizan will continue to manage business activities and programs in Latin America, as well as other

new business initiatives for ICSC globally. Lizan has more than 15 years experience in the real estate industry and before joining ICSC he held the position of development manager of the Caribbean & Latin America region for Yum! Brands, the parent company of KFC, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell. ICSC is the global trade association of the shopping center industry. Michael Jeansson has joined NGL Associates, Sleepy Hollow, N.Y., as Partner and Vice President of Sales. Jeansson had been President of Sagaform USA since 2005 and previously worked for Orrefors Kosta Boda in various management positions in the United States and Sweden. At NGL, Jeansson will be responsible for the launch of three new clients: Sowden Soft Brew, a coffee brewing system; Cult Design, contemporary ceramic giftware; and Serene House, personal air care products. NGL currently represents Design House Stockholm USA, a Scandinavian lifestyle brand; ASA Selection USA, porcelain and ceramic tabletop products; and Stelton USA, Danish modern giftware. NGL Associates coordinates all sales administration and logistic service in cooperation with Leman USA in Sturtevant, Wis. Additionally, Debbie Truckey, Operations Manager, has also become a partner in the firm, joining Jeansson and Founder and President Nils Goran Lindblad. Hannon Group Ltd., Burlington, Wis., has

launched a separate website (www .sachi-bags.com) for its popular line of more than 40 Sachi Fashion Insulated Lunch Bags and two- or three-bottle capacity Sachi wine totes. The site divides the lunch bags into nine different styles and the wine totes into three colors and styles. Each item is described and is available for immediate retail order through the site. The site’s photo gallery shows the silver interior of the bags in detail as well as the variety of bags available. Background information and history of Hannon Group is also given. Bodum, a leader in home product design, has once again achieved distinction by winning the 2011 iF Product Design Award. This year, out of nearly 3,000 entries, 21 individual Bodum products, including items from the 2010 collection as well as some to be unveiled in 2011, were honored for this internationally renowned seal of excellence and quality, reasserting the company’s position on the cutting edge of design. This year, the winning products include kitchen electrics from the e-bodum collection, cutlery from the Bistro Ceramic Blade series as well as drinkware and kitchen storage accessories. Thomas Perez, President of Bodum USA, said in prepared remarks: “We are thrilled to be recognized by the design community in such a big way. As a company, we focus on innovating and bringing something new to the table. By thinking outside the box, we are able to bring exciting good design directly to our customers.”

ADVERTISER INDEX Aervoe Industries Inc. ....................................... 6 The Alison Group .............................................. 6 BarTule LLC ...................................................... 19 CucinaPro .......................................................... 21 Evriholder Products Inc ..................................... 9 Fissler USA......................................................... 24 Franmara............................................................. 13 Full Circle........................................................... 20 IHA Media Marketing....................................... 5 Linden Sweden .................................................... 4 LSArts Inc. ......................................................... 22 Mastrad Inc. ......................................................... 2 Metrokane ............................................................ 9 MÜKitchen ....................................................... 17 Parasia International LTD .............................. 12 Parrish’s Cake Dec. ........................................... 23 Picnic Time .......................................................... 8 Prodyne............................................................... 18 SCI Scandicrafts ............................................... 10 Todco LLC/Hannon Group ............................ 4 Tribest ................................................................. 14 VTT Products ..................................................... 9 Zoku LLC............................................................. 7

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{ t ra d e s h o w b u z z } 2011 TRADE SHOW C A L E N D A R Trade Show Buzz by Kelly Lewis

Just as winter turns to spring, the trade show world is beginning to awaken from a frosty slumber, upping the heat with the help of some strong coffee-based shows like Coffee Fest Chicago and the National Coffee Association Centennial Convention. In addition to learning techniques for improving their coffee bars, kitchenware retailers can find many coffee-related products at these shows. The National Coffee Association is celebrating its 100th anniversary, and have announced that the Colombian Coffee Federation, The J.M. Smucker Co. and Starbucks Coffee will be the official hosts of the NCA Centennial Convention March 16 to 19 in New Orleans.

In other news, AmericasMart Atlanta Building 1 celebrated its 50th anniversary at last month's Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market. The market welcomed 28 new exhibitors and introduced 22 expanded showrooms. And the Canadian Gift & Tableware Association will host Western Canada's largest giftware show, with more than 13,000 retailers in attendance, in Edmonton, Alberta, Feb. 20 to 23. A separate gift show will take place in Montreal, March 6-9.

FEBR UARY 2011 5-8 The Seattle Gift Show® Washington State Convention & Trade Center Seattle, WA, 678.285.3976 www.seattlegift.com 6-10 Spring Fair Birmingham National Exhibition Centre Birmingham, England, +44 (0) 8445 888 071 www.springfair.com 11-15 Ambiente Frankfurt Fair & Exhibition Center Frankfurt, Germany +49 69 75 75 0 www.messefrankfurt.com 21-24 Alberta Gift Show Northlands Agricom

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, 877.281.0005 www.albertagiftshow.com

MARCH 2011 6-8 International Home & Housewares Show McCormick Place Chicago, IL, 847.292.4200 www.housewares.org 6-9 Montreal Gift Show Place Bonaventure Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 877.281.0005 www.montrealgiftshow.com 19-21 Portland Gift & Accessories Show Oregon Convention Center, Portland, OR, 800.346.1212 www.portlandgift.com

“For 100 years, the National Coffee Association has served member needs as it champions the well-being of the U.S. coffee industry,” said NCA President & CEO Robert F. Nelson in a prepared statement. “NCA is honored to be recognized by members in this way as we celebrate this milestone with a dedicated Centennial Convention in 2011.” The three host companies are inviting members of the global coffee community to a multifaceted experience that will celebrate, educate, entertain and drive industry business. Special features and events will make the 2011 Centennial Convention a unique experience for all in the coffee business from tree to cup. To honor the occasion of its 100 years of service to the U.S. coffee industry, the National Coffee Association will hold a special edition of its annual meeting—the NCA Centennial Convention—in New Orleans. This unique convention experience is anticipated to attract coffee professionals from across the globe to learn, engage, share and build relationships at the Roosevelt Hotel. One of the largest convocations of coffee professionals from all sectors of the industry, NCA’s Centennial Convention will feature two days of professional development opportunities, along with special meetings and events steeped in the history of the occasion and the place. The Chicago Coffee Fest, Feb. 18 to 20 at Navy Pier, will feature a variety of competitions and workshops. The Single Brewing and Extraction Workshop, geared toward the intermediate specialty coffee retailer, explores the complicated world of extraction and a variety of single-cup brew methodologies. More information can be found at www.coffeefest.com.

KNHR Corrections The SRP of the fusionbrands crackpot in the Jan. 2011 issue is $11.99. www.kitchenwarenews.com

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