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Victorinox Celebrates 125th Anniversary, Partners with Chef Humm by Karen Martin, Managing Editor Victorinox kicked off its 125th year in business with an announcement of a new partnership with world-renowned Executive Chef Daniel Humm of New York City’s Eleven Madison Park. Victorinox executives plan to involve Chef Humm in advertising, appearances and other activities that showcase Victorinox knives to home chefs. “Victorinox is proud to partner with Chef Daniel Humm – we see this collaboration as a unique opportunity to showcase the strength of our cutlery collection as it relates to the home cook,” said Victorinox Swiss Army President Rick Taggart. “Our goal is to showcase the versatility of our cutlery collection through the skills and culinary expertise of a distinguished and sophisticated chef, and we feel that Chef Humm is the perfect partner for this mission.”

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Barbecue Industry Sizzles as Outdoor Entertaining Increases by Jenna Crisostomo, Associate Editor Although many find turning to a restaurant cuts the hassle of preparing a meal, others are resorting to outdoor entertainment, in particular barbecuing, as an economical way to not only cook a meal that’s easy, quick and worry-free, but as a forum to host family and friends. “Studies show that people are spending more time at home, based on either necessity or choice,” said Jeffery Sears, CEO of Barbeques Galore, Inc. “Either way, Americans are thinking of ways to enjoy what they have at home rather than spend money on travel and restaurant dining.” Retailer and manufacturer of its own brands, such as Turbo, Turbo Elite and Grand Turbo, the Carlsbad, Calif.-based Barbeques Galore sells a range of barbecues and products for outdoor living. The company was also the first to design and manufacture the infrared grilling system – Crossray.

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s h o r t s IH+HS Exhibitors, Buyers Take Aggressive Path to Business Growth Rosemont, IL – More than 20,000 buyers and 2,000 suppliers from around the world are expected to attend the International Home + Housewares Show (IH+HS), set for March 22-24 at Chicago’s McCormick Place.

challenging economic times, newness is one of the best ways to buck the trend. The Housewares Show is where OXO tries to launch its most significant products for the year. We are looking forward to a great Show.”

“The buyers have told us that they will be aggressively seeking new opportunities to grow their business in answer to these challenging times,” said Phil Brandl, president of the International Housewares Association (IHA), the Show’s owner and operator. “And the Show’s exhibitors understand this is their time to shine with innovative new products and merchandising programs.”

Janis Johnson, President, Gourmet Catalog (US Buying Group) told IHA, “Each of us has a real responsibility to our customers (and to our businesses) to know firsthand what’s going on. Because retailing can be such a lonely business, there is nothing like a show to revitalize you. Our store members are very upbeat and optimistic and are now eagerly awaiting the Chicago Housewares Show.”

In quotes provided by IHA, key retailers and exhibitors commented that they are looking forward to new product launches and new ideas in hopes of reviatlizing sales. Alex Lee, OXO president told IHA, “In these most

For more information about the Show, its educational seminars, special events and exhibits, please visit www.housewares.org.

Polder Receives 2008 Good Design Award Port Chester, NY – Polder received a 2008 Good Design™ award from The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design for the Polder Grocery Bag Trash Can (model no. WB-1300). The Polder Grocery Bag Trash Can allows consumers to reuse plastic bags distributed through supermarkets and convenience stores without sacrificing style. The trash can is designed with built-in handles that serve as a handlecatch to hold the plastic bag in place. As a result, the trash can hides any excess bag that hangs down the outside of the container. A plastic lid covers the top and creates a finished, elegant design that completes the look. Kerry Cooper, vp of marketing and sales for Polder, said, “We are honored to receive a Good Design award for

the Grocery Bag Trash Can. Aside from developing products that look great and work well, we take seriously the need to address more global issues, like reuse and recycling in our new products. It is great for us to receive an award for a product that has both functional and aesthetic appeal as well as eco-friendly features.” Polder’s trash can allows consumers to use and discard the bags as fully-functional trash bags in a more traditional manner. In addition, the trash can is only 14” high so it is compact enough to fit in virtually any home space. The Polder Grocery Bag Trash Can is designed with brushed stainless steel and plastic for durability and a high-end home décor look. The unit is available in two different versions: black and stainless, and white and stainless.

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Around 12 years ago, Faith Popcorn coined the phrase “cocooning.” Cocooning was the trend of spending time, lots more time, peacefully I hope, at home.

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Jenna Crisostomo

My vision of cocooners had the TV on, the fridge well stocked and lot’s of soft textures. Easy on the nerves. Cocooners loved their kitchenware; they loved single dish meals like beef stew and pot-pies; they screened all calls. I think I became immersed in cocooning and never left, but that’s another story. I think of cocooners as the kind of folks that never eat celery unless it is a stalk stuffed with cheese whiz or cream cheese. The cocooners defined comfort food.

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Around 2005 or so, we saw the advent of “hiving.” Yes, hiving was introduced, and the hivers were decidedly different from cocooners.

Valerie Wilson val_w@oser.com

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For one thing, they seemed to have a lot more energy. They worked at home, they started neighborhood “watches,” bought family cell phone plans, started “scrap-booking,” knitting and even played board games. I am pretty sure they entertained a lot, being the busybee types. They probably had a couple of fitness machines. They liked things organized.

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Now, I am not sure where the empty-nesters and DINKS (double income no kids) fit into these marketing profiles - they’re probably taking it all in from the back deck. And, let’s not forget the Baby Boomers, Generation X’s and all the rest.

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I am pretty sure there is a current “handle” on our societal trends, I just haven’t “Googled” hard enough to uncover it. I do detect a trend in my neighborhood of “worried but thankful.” We are worried about our friends, ourselves, our family, our companies, but we also know things will get better. It’s just a matter of when.

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Will the “recovery” happen in time for the 2009 holiday season or spring 2010? We wonder and worry a bit. But, we’re thankful for having work, having friends, family and companies that support us.

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I’ve been to two shows this year and am preparing for my third show, the International Home + Housewares Show (IH+HS). What I’ve seen so far is that buyers are buying and exhibitors are showing new product. The most frequent comment that I’ve heard from trade show exhibitors, thus far, is, “It’s not as bad as I feared.” I’m not, by any means, trying to say that we’re not facing a monumentally hard time in the housewares business. Even those of us with genetically built-in optimistic natures can’t avoid the nagging feeling of uncertainty about the business outlook for 2009.

Karen Martin

I am pointing out that, regardless of when we begin to feel the “recovery,” we’ve got businesses to run. A crucial part of running the business of housewares is the need for new products, services and programs. Where do you find new products, services, programs, inspiration and some camaraderie – at the shows. If the IH+HS will be your first show of the year, I’m hoping you’re in for a pleasant surprise - finding that both retailers and vendors are if not thriving, at least surviving. I also think that both retailers and vendors will be open to innovative approaches to surviving in 2009. Everyone will be watching their inventory closely to avoid the drastic price cuts that occurred in the fourth quarter of 2008. I suspect that all the vendors will want to talk with retailers about strategies to keep inventory tight and product assortment fresh. (For more info on the IH+HS, turn to our special Show Product Guide which begins on page 39.) There’s the good news. Retailers and vendors working together, providing the consumer a great value in 2009. Karen Martin, Editor kdmartin@kitchenwarenews.com

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news on 6 Linden Sweden, Inc. has announced a new president for the American/US headquarters based in Edina, Minn. Linda Arnesen replaced Jens Sorensen as President of Linden Sweden, Inc. effective Feb. 1. Arnesen has been employed with Linden Sweden for 2.5 years. She was hired as Sales Manager then accepted the position of National Marketing Director in 2008. Mr. Sorensen is President of Linden International, Linden Sweden’s parent company. Sorensen will continue to focus on international marketing and sales. Linden International manufactures and markets kitchen and household gadgets and wares for the commercial and consumer markets primarily of stainless steel and plastic. Mastrad received a utility patent from the US Patent and Trademark Office for one of its most popular products – the rigid and easy grasp handles on its Orka® silicone bakeware. The Mastrad rigid handles prevent the spilling mishaps that used to inhibit the performance of silicone bakeware. The Orka design helps the cook easily move the baking pan from counter to stove without the wobble of silicone pans without a rigid handle. iSi North America, Inc., appointed Judiaann Woo as executive director – culinary development. “We are pleased to have Judiaann Woo join our executive team in this newly created position,” said President and CEO Richard Agresta. “Judiaann is a highly motivated industry professional. She not only brings tremendous culinary knowledge to our existing team, she also has a vision for the brand and how iSi can maintain its position

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as an innovator in the field,” said Agresta. “Her extensive industry knowledge and keen understanding of online marketing will not only help us to further provide solutions, but will allow us to be more proactive with existing customers and future prospects.” She brings with her over 15 years of experience in the areas of brand development, creative content, management, media and culinary expertise. Most recently, she served as Executive Director and founding Editor-In-Chief of The French Culinary Institute’s popular Web site and online community, PastryScoop.com. Woo will be based in New York City and will report to iSi’s President and CEO Richard Agresta. GelPro, a provider of premium gel filled anti-fatigue floor mats, announced the launch of its first television campaign and unveiled a redesigned Web site. GelPro also introduced Cohn & Wolfe, Emblem Creative, Southwest Media Group and Square One as new strategic agency partners. These agencies, in addition to longstanding partner WMI will be responsible for evolving the integrated marketing communications efforts on behalf of the GelPro brand. The first television campaign began airing in early November and will continue to run on leading consumer networks such as Fine Living, Food Network and HGTV. In coordination with this expanded advertising effort, GelPro worked with Austin-based Emblem Creative to design and implement a new web experience at www.gelpro.com. Emblem Creative also enhanced the GelPro site with an easier shopping process and interactive tools including a virtual kitchen. Robb McMahan, founder and

CEO of GelPro said, “Our new partners have demonstrated a commitment to understanding the fundamentals of the GelPro brand and have provided a vast amount of knowledge, creativity and counsel already.” Stone America Licensing, LLC (www.stoneamerica.com) announced that Nadia Geller (www.nadiageller.com), on-air television lifestyle designer, will launch a comprehensive lifestyle home décor licensing program. Nadia Geller is the co-host of TLC's ‘Home Made Simple.’ She has also appeared regularly on ‘While You Were Out’ and ‘Trading Spaces,’ and with legions of dedicated fans, is a breath of fresh air for home lovers everywhere. The licensing program will expand on Nadia’s family-friendly lifestyle creations by offering her designs, style and products for licensing in major categories including home décor, textile, domestics, kitchen, garden and more. “Nadia’s brand evokes an extraordinary, unique lifestyle and environment. Her collection appeals to a wide cross section of people who appreciate the quality and feel of her timeless designs,” said Robert Stone, president of Stone America. “I am confident that the licensing and retail community will respond to her innovative, family-friendly, functional and costeffective vision by expanding Nadia’s leadership in home and lifestyle design.” Bodum USA, Inc. announced expanded service coverage in Canada. As of Feb. 1, Bodum brought Groupe Marketing and The Carron Company on board as representatives in Canada “We are very

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excited about our partnership with these agencies” said Thomas Perez, president of Bodum. Together, Gilles Legault of Groupe Marketing and Ron Zalopany of The Carron Company bring more than 60 years of experience to our organization. Legault is the principal of Groupe Marketing, based in Montreal. The Groupe Marketing team is comprised of six sales people and three bilingual customer service associates. They currently represent Cuisinart, Alessi, Zwilling JA Henckel, Umbra and many other brands. Before starting his own firm, Legault held executive positions with Waterford Crystal and Danesco. Groupe Marketing will service Bodum customers based in Ottawa, Quebec and East. Ron Zalopany, principal of The Carron Company based in Toronto, was most recently Vice President of Waterford Wedgwood Canada Zalopany has also held senior level positions at other major brands including, president of Pfaltzgraff Canada and Fox Run Canada. Zalopany is working with Bodum customers in Manitoba and Ontario. Jeff Malkasian, vice president of sales for Bodum explained, “We are excited about this new direction as it will allow us to have representatives in the local provinces to frequent customers, keeping them up to date on our latest offers and product launches.” Rachel Litner announced that Rachel Litner Associates recently launched a newly updated Web site. Litner stated, “I am proud to share the newly updated RLA Web site, www.rlitner.com, which reflects our increased focus on housewares and all things food.” In addition, Litner has a new blog at http://rlitner.typepad.com.

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CUISIPRO’S FLOUR SIFTER The Cuisipro Flour Sifter is easy and smooth to use, requires no effort to clean and is so tidy it can be brought to the table to sift onto individual servings of pie or cake. The single hand scoop lets a baker scoop up measured flour right into the sifter with one hand. The onehanded trigger mechanism is on the handle, and its ergonomic shape is easy to squeeze. The angle of the soft handle and the angle of the

interior rake mechanism forces the sifter to do the work, not the baker. The curved handle is designed so the flour sifter can hang over the edge of a mixing bowl so a baker can use both hands to add other ingredients or walk away to do something else.

neatly into a bowl or onto a dessert rather then sprayed out in a large circle. Suggested Retail Price: $14 Cuisipro [tel] 302-326-4802 [fax]302-326-4810 [email] sales@cuisipro.com www.cuisipro.com

The sifter also features a tidy, mesh opening shaped at an angle so the flour, sugar or cocoa is released

XTRAORDINARY HOME PRODUCTS’ PARTY TRAVELER The new Party Traveler by Xtraordinary Home Products is an all in one entertaining/travel set. Whether you want to make cupcakes, cookies, pie, deviled eggs, cake, muffins, vegetable platter or chips and dip, this set will enable you to not only display the food nicely in your home for your guests but also transport it to another home as well. Simply insert the desired tray onto the base of the unit, insert your food, and if you want to store or travel with the tray, just place the see-thru lid over the device, lock down the clamps on either side of the lid and go. The set contains a tray for cookies, cakes, or pie’s, a tray for 16 cupcakes or muffins, a tray for 24 deviled eggs, a tray for four types of chips and dip or vegetables and dip as well as the lid with folding handle. All pieces nest together for storage so no parts are lost. Suggested Retail Price: $29.99 Xtraordinary Home Products, Division of Focus Products Group [tel] 631-244-1447 [email] lori.puccia@xtraordinaryhome.com www.xtraordinaryhome.com

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TEROFORMA LOFT TABLE TOOLS Loft tools are designed by Norwegian Thea Mehl and handcarved for Teroforma by Blueberry Hill Treenware in the United States. Made from fallen Pennsylvania hardwoods (no trees were harmed), the series comprises five items: jam spoon, chutney fork, pâté paddle, spreader and cheese knife.

Industrial designer Mehl was drawn to craft from childhood, when she watched her grandfather build model airplanes in his attic workshop. The utensils’ graceful sweep and flow are directly influenced by her memory of the model propellers. Two sets are available: the Condiment Set featuring the jam spoon, chutney

fork and spreader and the Hors D’oeuvre Set featuring a pate paddle and cheese knife. Suggested Retail Price: Sets $55-$60 Teroforma [tel] 877-899-1190 [email] ask@teroforma.com www.teroforma.com

LSARTS’ ART GLASS COCKTAIL FORKS Enjoy your favorite hors d’oeuvres with these handcrafted cocktail forks with art glass accents. Choose from eight different styles (shown “Fish” Design). All designs are packaged in sets of six. Suggested Retail Price: $10 LSArts, Inc [tel] 954-722-1750 [email] info@lsarts.com www.lsarts.com

KOLLER CRAFT EASY CARVER Koller Craft introduces its patented Easy CarverCarving Tray. This easy grip carving tray makes slicing any size food safer and easier. The built in tray catches juices that can then be distributed into a bowl or pan via the side pouring spout. This innovative Tray offers a nonmessy solution for year-round slicing and carving that cannot be found on other carving trays in today’s market. The Easy Carver has non-slip rubber feet and is dishwasher safe. Carving Tray size is 18.0” x 12.0” x 2.5”. Suggested Retail Price: $17.99 Koller Craft [tel] 602-758-8287 apmintl@earthlink.net www.kollercraft-products .com 9


h e a d l i n e s Robinson Home Products Debuts New Crock-Pot® Cooking Tools at the International Home + Housewares Show 2009 Buffalo, NY – Thirty-seven years after the first Crock-Pot® slow cooker was invented, Robinson Home Products Inc. announces the launch of the first-ever line of utensils specifically designed to facilitate slow cooking. The Crock-Pot branded utensils will be unveiled in Chicago at the International Home + Housewares Show 2009 (booth S-433). The tools, designed for slow cooking needs such as transferring ingredients from skillet to Crock-Pot and for scraping along curved edges during serving, make this cooking method easier and more efficient. The six tools - two spoons, two “shovel turners,” a ladle and tongs - come in classic black or red and each are packaged with a Crock-Pot recipe utilizing the tool. CrockPot tools will be sold individually as well as in boxed sets.

Crock™ Spoon/Crock™ Slotted Spoon (retail price $4.99) - The steep angled handle of the spoons makes it easier to maneuver inside the slow cooker. The Crock Spoon has a flat edged bowl and front corners that are particularly useful for scooping along the bottom and getting into the tight edges of the pot. The Crock Slotted Spoon’s wide bowl is helpful while stirring and the slots allow for the separation of meats and vegetables from juices before serving.

“With the decades-long popularity of slow cooking, it’s hard to believe that complementary tools were never created before,” said John Granelli, brand manager, Robinson Home Products. “We’re excited to collaborate with the Crock-Pot brand, the leading manufacturer of slow cookers, in developing products that deliver on the consumer’s expectation for quality, ease and convenience.”

Crock™ Ladle (retail price $4.99) - The angled arm is ideal for maneuvering inside the slow cooker. The deep head allots a generous serving size with one lip slotted for straining liquid.

The tools are designed specifically for use while slow cooking, but testing among consumers found that they are also extremely useful in everyday cooking. Current tools in the Crock-Pot Collection include:

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Crock™ Turner/Crock™ Slotted Turner (retail price $4.99) - Both “shovel turners” have a wide head and walled back and sides to ease the transfer of ingredients from a skillet to a slow cooker. The Crock Slotted Turner has slots to allow draining of liquid.

Crock™ Tongs (retail price $9.99)Exceptionally generous-sized tong heads are ideal for gripping a whole roast with ease. The stainless steel arms have a pull tab locking mechanism. The head has a round profile to cradle roasts and teeth on the inside help grip meats. The tongs bottom edge can be used to pinch smaller items such as vegetables or potatoes. All of the tools and tongs are made with

nylon that is heat resistant to 400°F.

evolved from a manufacturer of cutlery, kitchen tools, scissors and fine edged industrial components into a marketer of on-trend, quality kitchen utensils and food preparation tools and became employee owned in 2007.

Boxed sets are also available: three-piece set for $19.99 - Crock Spoon, Crock Slotted Turner, Crock Tongs, Four-piece set for $24.99 - Crock Spoon, Crock Slotted Turner, Crock Tongs, Crock Ladle, and five-piece set for $29.99 Crock Spoon, Crock Slotted Turner, Crock Tongs, Crock Ladle, Crock Slotted Spoon. The Crock-Pot Cooking Tools are designed and manufactured by Robinson Home Products Inc., an employee owned company and developer and marketer of branded housewares products, under a licensing agreement with Sunbeam Products, Inc. d/b/a Jarden Consumer Solutions the owner of the registered trademark Crock-Pot® and the trademark Crock™. Founded in 1921, Robinson

earthNOWexpo Cancels June Show earthNOWexpo, scheduled for June 1-2, 2009 at the Las Vegas Convention Center has been cancelled. In a statment prepared by earthNOWexpo, organizers cancelled the June show “due to the poor economy and other reasons beyound the control of show management.” Circumstances listed as beyond show management include the reluctance of green product manufacturers and service suppliers to invest marketing dollars for a trade show

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at this time and the decline in convention attendance over the past two years. While trade shows remain a viable sales and marketing tool, organizers felt that budget cuts will limit the resources spent on trade shows over the next 18 months. Companies contracted for exhibit space for earthNOWexpo 2009 will receive a letter regarding booth space refunds. No future show dates or location have been announced.

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PRODYNE’S ICED CARAFE Prodyne will introduce its new Iced Carafe Double Wall Re-Freezable Carafe at the International Home + Housewares Show. Keep beverages cold with this double wall acrylic carafe with nontoxic re-freezable liquid sealed between the walls. An ice shell is

created when the carafe is placed in the freezer. Keeps pre-chilled wine, juices, milk and more refrigerator cold for hours. Also use the carafe to chill white wines from room temperature to ideal temperature in 20 minutes. It will also give a nice chill to red wines in about five minutes before transferring to decanter. Perfect

for all entertaining, indoors or outdoors, it holds 27 oz. (800 ml) and is 10" high. Suggested Retail Price: $19.99 Prodyne Enterprises [tel] 800-822-4776 [fax] 909-484-0802 [email] info@prodyne.com www.prodyne.com

LYNNE’S WHIM’S APRONS Lynne’s Whim produces old fashioned aprons with a modern edge. A signature feature of Lynne’s aprons is the convenient removable hand towel. Aprons are available in a full hostess apron as well as a threepocket Bistro Apron. Coordinating Oven Mitts in coordinating patterns are also available. Suggested Retail Price: Aprons - $23.05-$39.95 Lynne’s Whim [tel] 781-599-8186 lynneswhim@yahoo.com lynneswhim.com 11


KOLLER CRAFT FRUIT RIPENER Koller Craft introduces its new Fruit Ripener Bowl. This special bowl promotes natural ripening of markethard fruit faster while making them sweeter and juicier without shriveling. The innovative Fruit Ripener Bowl design creates an ideal climate and environment for year-round ripening of

fruits, plus it is perfect for rising dough for homemade breads. This 10” vented bowl has family size capacity and is made of durable acrylic plastic. Suggested Retail Price: $9.99 Koller Craft [tel] 602-758-8287 [email] apmintl@earthlink.net www.kollercraft-products.com

PREPARA COOL POPS No more fussing with a big clunky mold! Add your favorite ingredients – fruit, candies, whipped cream, strawberries and cream, chocolate, sprinkles and tons more – to Prepara’s Cool Pop Molds. Make all four or just one at a time, it’s up to you! It’s small footprint saves valuable freezer space. Built in Sippin’ Lip lets you drink the pop-melt from the drip bowl. Mold design features let you hold the frozen treat under a tap for easy Popsicle release. Prepara [tel] 888-878-8665 [email] sales@prepara.com www.prepara.com

WARING PRO’S PROFESSIONAL POPCORN MAKER Waring’s Professional Popcorn Maker holds up to 8 cups of popped corn, the perfect amount for movie parties, children’s birthday festivities or other large gatherings. It requires a minimum amount of oil to produce great-tasting popcorn: one tablespoon of oil to a half cup of kernels. Other features include a pivoting kettle, a removable serving tray and a magnetized door which will detach for easy cleanup. Suggested Retail Price: $99.95 Waring [tel] 203-975-4609 [fax] 203-975-4660 www.waringproducts.com 12


LAMSON & GOODNOW’S KITCHEN NECESSITIES LINE Lamson & Goodnow Mfg. presents GoodNow™ Recycled Kitchen Necessities, a collection of professional quality kitchen tools made from recycled materials. The handles are made from 100 percent post consumer recycled paper and the head/tang for each tool is made from 90 percent recycled steel.

The collection of 6 popular tools are made from hardened and tempered high-carbon, cutlery grade steel. The tools are made with a full tang that runs the entire length of each tool rather then just half way through the handle. The blades on the turners features a beveled, tapered edge.

colored with organic pigments and are comfortable to the touch. The new collection is backed by a lifetime warranty. Suggested Retail Price: $23.99 - $34.99 Lamson & Goodnow [tel] 800-872-6564 [fax] 413-774-7776 www.lamsonsharp.com

The GoodNow collection is dishwasher safe. The handles are

MSC INTERNATIONAL’S JO!E DOUBLE PEELER The Jo!e Double Peeler from MSC International features two facing peeler blades with trigger action design. The peeler quickly skins two sides of a vegetable at once with minimal effort. Simply pull the trigger, insert your veggie, peel and release. Each double-edged floating peeler uses razor sharp stainless steel blades that easily cut through most any long, slender produce. The blades will stay sharp for many years. Available in trendy blue, orange or green, the Jo!e Double Peeler brings function and style to every contemporary home chef’s kitchen. Available April 2009. Suggested Retail Price: $6.99 MSC International [tel] 888-603-3023 [email] info@msc-international.com www. msc-international.com

TEROFORMA AVVA SERVING BOARDS Designed in-house in an unusual shape – slabs cut on the bias – the boards continue a core theme of complementary angles consistent with Teroforma’s Avva tumblers and dinnerware. Three sizes, 12 x 7”, 12 x 12” and 12 x 19”, are handcrafted by Breakfast Woodworks in the United States from conscientiously-sourced local beech. Suggested Retail Price: $55-$95 Teroforma [tel] 877-899-1190 [email] ask@teroforma.com www.teroforma.com

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SANTÉ’S SUSHEZI Santé, a Utah-based manufacturer of cooking equipment, introduced a new, easy way to make sushi: the Sushezi. The patented design on the Sushezi provides perfectly formed sushi each and every time.

The Sushezi can also be used for a variety of dessert items. Walnut rolls, fudge rolls, cake rolls and biscuit cookies are just a few of the possibilities. Kids will also love to make their own rice crispy rolls, and will enjoy being able to make their own personal dessert sushi.

With easy-to-follow instructions, Sushezi creates perfectly formed sushi quickly and reliably with no guesswork and no trial and error.

Santé [tel] 888-726-8348 stevem@santecookware.com www.santecookware.com

DMT FIVE CARAT WHETSTONE Regardless of a knife or tool’s function and size, Diamond Machining Technology’s (DMT®) new Dia-Sharp Five Carat Diamond Whetstone provides the largest continuous diamond surface available from DMT which assures consistent, even sharpening every time. Ideal for long and short knives and almost every landscaping, woodworking and outdoor tool imaginable, the Five Carat Diamond Whetstone provides a 4” wide, 10” long diamond sharpening surface that delivers cutting-edge performance for a quick, keen edge even on small contact areas or pointed tool edges. Designed to take the mystery out of properly sharpening any knife or tool, the Five Carat Diamond Whetstone enables the user to have complete confidence regardless of the edges function. DMT has one of the broadest line of diamond sharpening products in the industry. Suggested Retail Price: $113.54 Diamond Machining Technology [tel] 800-666-4368 [email] mlynch@mageusa.com www.dmtsharp.com

MAGNET WORKS COLORUGS The beauty and quality of Magnet Works’ outdoor products come indoors with Colorugs™, a new line of mixed-use rugs. These attractive, yet durable rugs feature licensed artwork from some of the most popular artists today, reproduced in vibrant, long-lasting color. Perfect for kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms and protected entryways, this newest product addition is very versatile. The rugs measure 20” x 37” and are made of 100 percent polyester. Suggested Retail Price: $29.95 Magnet Works, Ltd. [tel] 314-333-5001 [email] milliesz@sbcglobal.net www.magnetworks.com 14


MISTRAL IMPORTS’ VIVEVINO

the bottle is opened.

Suggested Retail Price: $139

The ViveVino is a wine dispenser that protects the remaining wine in the bottle from exposure to oxygen. Users of the ViveVino inject inert Nitrogen gas to dispense wine through the stainless tube into the wine glass. This method keeps the wine oxygen-free from the moment

Once the ViveVino stopper is in the bottle, wine is no longer in contact with the air that oxidizes it. With no plastic tubes, the ViveVino is safe from contamination hazards and easily cleaned. Wine is preserved up to seven days. Comes gift boxed with extra gas chargers.

Mistral Imports, Inc. [tel] 214-559-6808 info@mistralimports.com www.mistralimports.com

HEARTHWARE NUWAVE OVEN Hearthware Home Products expands its popular line of Nuwave® Pro Infrared Ovens with a new SKU with an updated look and new configuration. This is the first model in the collection with red accents on a white body for colorful visual appeal in today’s kitchens. The new oven comes with an extender ring that expands its capacity to accommodate larger dishes, a reversible 1 1/4-inch Cooking Rack and a 12-inch enamel Liner Pan. Making it easy for the consumer, it comes complete with a Quick & Easy Cooking Guide, Recipe Book and Owner’s Manual. Suggested Retail Price: $149.99 Hearthware Home Products Inc. [tel] 888-689-2831 [fax] 847-775-8131 sales@hearthware.com www.hearthware.com 15


LODGE GRILL & PANINI PRESS Lodge Cast Iron is introducing a Grill Pan and Panini Press to their Lodge Color: Porcelain Enamel on Cast Iron line of cookware. Since its introduction to the market in 2007, the moderately priced Lodge Color has gained wide acceptance throughout the United

States and internationally. “Lodge Color is a major success story,” said Lodge CEO-Chairman Bob Kellermann. “The reasonable price, appearance and cooking has led to superior sales for all of our customers.” Imported from China, Lodge Color features four gradated colors – red (Island Spice), brown (Café), blue

(Caribbean) and green (Emerald). Additionally, the base of the Dutch ovens and Casseroles have looped handles for ease of use on the stove top, or placing the cookware in the oven. Lodge Manufacturing [tel] 423-837-7181 [email] info@lodgemfg.com www.lodgemfg.com

PEDRINI® 3-IN-1 GARLIC PRESS The Pedrini 3-in-1 Garlic Press features three blade options that make it easy to switch from slicing to mincing to pressing garlic with a simple sliding motion. This garlic gadget has not only three functions but also an innovative update. When the blade is moved forward, an undercut edge scrapes off the residual garlic from the bottom of the press — no knife required! A handy brush stored inside makes cleaning even easier. The Pedrini 3-in-1 Garlic Press can process unpeeled garlic, and it has a roomy bowl that fits up to three cloves. The peel remains inside the press, and only the crushed garlic and juice are pressed out. The “smasher” blade crushes the garlic and lets fine pieces of garlic and juice through the holes. The “grid cut” blade minces the garlic. The “slicer” blade cuts the garlic into thin slivers. Each blade locks into place during use, and the entire sliding blade removes for cleaning. The plunger lifts out, and the chamber and holes clean easily under hot, soapy water. Made of sturdy cast aluminum, the Pedrini 3-in-1 Garlic Press will be available at retail stores beginning in spring 2009. Patent pending. Suggested Retail Price: $19.99 Lifetime Brands [tel] 800-252-3390 [fax] 516-683-6161 www.lifetimebrands.com 16


HIGHWAVE’S BREWFISH Highwave in California has a new product that brews superior coffee but looks like a fish. Brewfish does not use a plunger; it uses two lightweight flexible spring stainless steel fins that guide the BrewFish fine mesh filter safely into the designed cup after you stir in coffee

or tea and infuse. The finest stainless filter mesh keeps the sediment out of your drink. A round silicone disc is located over the filter mesh and held down by the bottom of the fins as a part of the system and stops the brewing after being pressed. The super light structural stainless steel elements are encapsulated in food safe insulating silicone that meets the

European standard and exceeds FDA for food safety while preventing heat loss. The silicone also seals perfectly around the edges of the container to stop sediment from escaping into the coffee or tea. The top functions with a set of simple hinges. Brewfish works with any style ground coffee and tea.

The French Press tradition is endangered for the sake of function with the evolution of this new system, to brew in the mug one cup at a time. Highwave, Inc. [tel] 800-444-4928 [email] gary@highwave.com www.highwave.com

FISSLER’S ORIGINAL PRO WOK The German designers at Fissler have added a stunning flat-bottomed wok to the best-selling Original Pro Collection line of cookware. Originally developed by professionals for professionals, the international success of the Original Pro Collection is due to its classic style and versatility in the kitchen. The 13.8 inch wok, like all pieces in the Original Pro Collection, is made from heavy-gauge, hygienic 18/10 stainless steel complete with a brushed finish which provides the ultimate resistance to water spots, staining and scratching. Highly-polished handles and accents complete the timeless, award-winning look. This wok is also equipped with Fissler’s exclusive Novogrill frying surface, which allows for food to be fried, grilled or seared using less oil than traditionally required, and also reduces food adherence. Professional cooks around the world have been using Origina Pro Collection cookware for over 30 years, and now they have a wok to add to the collection. Suggested Retail Price: $250 Fissler USA [tel] 888-FISSLER [fax] 323-731-9585 www.fisslerusa.com 17


KUHN RIKON MORTAR & PESTLE The Kuhn Rikon Mortar & Pestle, a combination of porcelain and bamboo, has won the prestigious 2008 Good Design Award from the Chicago Athenaeum. The Mortar & Pestle was designed exclusively for Kuhn Rikon by Swiss designer Phillip Beyeler.

The Kuhn Rikon Mortar & Pestle was recognized for its design that embodies the highest form, function and aesthetic. It features two mortars – one in bamboo and a porcelain mortar than can nest inside the bamboo – plus a porcelain pestle. The porcelain bowl, perfect for wet ingredients, is equipped with a pouring spout. The

bamboo bowl is designed for grinding dry spices. Suggested Retail Price: $50 Kuhn Rikon [tel] 800-662-5882 kuhnrikon@kuhnrikon.com www.kuhnrikon.com

ESPRESSIONE INTERNATIONAL’S SUPREMMA BEVERAGE CENTER Supremma Super Automatic Coffee/Beverage Center features a professional brewing system developed by Bianchi – the renowned Italian manufacturer of vending machines. This well designed, full featured, super automatic coffee center is ready to serve your every coffee need with a simple press of a button. Whether for one shot at home, business meeting or social event, this all in one coffee power-house requires minimal maintenance. This automatic beverage center is fully programmable with an incorporated professional ceramic doser and grinder. The large 1.8 liter removable water tank on the side has a visible water level and is easy to clean. The system includes a powerful cappuccino milk frothing device for making perfect Cappuccinos and Lattes. The Coffee Essence System (CES), a pre-infusion that extracts and boosts the aroma and flavor of the coffee, works with either ground coffee or whole beans. Suggested Retail Price: $999 The Smith Agency, LTD. [tel] 770-509-3006 [fax] 770-509-8736 espressione@smithagy.net


T-FAL’S ACTIFRY® T-fal® is launching a new concept called Nutritious & Delicious for healthy, pleasurable food.

With ActiFry, you can preserve the quality of the natural ingredients, limit the use of fats and oils, and reduce the time spent on meal preparation.

The first small appliance under the Nutritious & Delicious concept is ActiFry. which is designed to increase both the nutritional value of the food and enhance the flavor and taste.

Thanks to the patented technology from T-fal, you can make 2 lbs of fresh cut French fries with only one tablespoon of oil. The heat pulse and optimized hot air circulation evenly cooks the food

while the paddle gently stirs the food. The removable aluminum pan has a non-stick coating for easy cleaning, and the pan, lid and paddle are all dishwasher-safe. T-fal [tel] 800-395-8325 www.t-falusa.com

BETTER HOUSEWARE’S CLEANSTEP Better Houseware's new cleanSTEP (Step-Up Pail) is two products in one: a twostep stool which reverses to a 3-gallon bucket with a handle. The patent pending design also contains a small, lidded storage compartment to hold cleaning supplies such as rags, sponges, etc., with ventilation cutouts for practical as well as aesthetic functions. The cleanSTEP measures 155/8” x 15-3/8” x 11-1/2”H and has calibrations molded into the inner design of the bucket, for accurate measuring of cleaning products. The curved exterior design of the calibrations follows the symmetry of the step stool. The stepstool has raised, non-slip treads on its two steps. The cleanSTEP is available in white or silver, with black TPR treads. It is cleverly crafted for small spaces such as kitchens, offices, workrooms, dormitories, boats, RVs, etc. The Step-Up Pail is part of a new line of compact products designed by Better Houseware. Better Houseware [tel] 718-392-2123 [tf] 800-232-6867 sales@betterhouseware.com www.betterhouseware.com 19


WMF’S KIDS WORLD COLLECTION WMF Americas, Inc. caters to mini chefs with the debut of its Kids World collection featuring child-sized versions of some consumers’ favorite European-designed WMF, Kaiser Bakeware and Alfi products.

end. Featuring a removable base that can be filled with a surprise, these unique dishwasher-safe plates come in blue with a pirate theme for boys (shown) or pink with a princess theme for girls. Suggested Retail Price: $17.90

WMF’s Surprise Plates are sure to delight little ones who earn their place in the “clean plate club” and find a prize at the

WMF of America, Inc. [tel] 800-999-6347 www.wmf-usa.com

CHICAGO METALLIC’S LASAGNA TRIO™ Have it your way. That's what the creators of Chicago Metallic's new Lasagna Trio pan had in mind when they designed this pan. The pan is divided into three completely separate channels, each the length and width of a lasagna noodle. This makes lasagnabuilding virtually effortless. Now you can truly make it personal and build your own individual lasagna with or without cheese, with or without meat, with or without vegetables simultaneously. The Lasagna Trio makes it simple to create and bake one to three individual lasagnas. The pan Includes a custom-fit Lasagna Spatula.The Non-stick coating assures easy removal and effortless clean-up. This Dishwasher safe pan measures 12" x 15" x 3". The Lasagna Trio is one of Chicago Metallic’s new 2009 Savory additions. Other Savory items include the Fusion Roaster™ and Meatball Baker™. Suggested Retail Price: $29.99 Chicago Metallic [tel] 800-238-2253 [fax] 847-938-3899 www.focuspg.com

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BODUM’S NERO COFFEE COAT For all coffee lovers who like their coffee to remain piping hot, the Nero Coffee Coat does the trick! Bodum ®, manufacturer of the original Chambord French Press Coffee Maker, introduces the solution to keeping Bodum pressed coffee at the perfect temperature

to preserve its taste. Made of neoprene, the Nero Coffee Coat features insulating properties that conserve the heat within a Bodum Press. The Nero Coffee Coat is available in two sizes to accommodate the 32 oz. and 48 oz. Bodum presses.

Available colors will include black, violet, red, pink, green, brown, grey and white. Suggested Retail Price: $14.95-$19.95 Bodum Inc. [tel] 877-992-6386 [fax] 262-884-4655 [email] sales@bodumusa.com www.bodum.com

ZAK’S WALT DISNEY TABLETOP One of the most talked about lines in the Walt Disney Signature Tabletop Collection launched by Zak Designs in 2008 is Fresco. Zak will use the same pearlized finish on a new line of solid-green products designed to complement the decorated Fresco pieces. Available in the same assortment of products that make up the Fresco line, the pearlized green pieces give consumers more options for accenting their tables. When used together, the solid green pieces bring out the vibrance of the leaves in the Fresco pieces. Zak Designs [tel] 800-331-1089 [fax] 509-244-0704 [email] cogley@zak.com www.zak.com 21


CHEF’SCHOICE® CORDLESS SMARTKETTLE Chef’sChoice® SmartKettle™, the world’s most advanced electric kettle, quickly heats water to either boiling or precisely to temperature known to be ideal for preparing sensitive teas such as green and white. The

SmartKettle

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water

faster than a microwave or stove top and uses less than half the energy compared to an electric stove top. Advanced electronics and a smart microcomputer control heats to desired temperature accurate to 1°F, and the “Keep Warm” mode maintains it until ready to pour. Features stainless steel construction, concealed

heating element and 360° swivel cordless design. EdgeCraft Corporation [tel] 800-342-3255 [fax] 610-268-3545 service@edgecraft.com www.edgecraft.com

WMF’S CERAMILL® Sleek and durable, WMF’s Black Salt & Pepper Mill features the superb Ceramill grinding mechanism made of highgrade, high-tech ceramics. Abrasion-resistant and strong, the Ceramill Black Salt & Pepper Mill comes with a 10-year guarantee. Enjoying freshly ground salt and pepper with WMF’s mill is easy. Set the grind precisely from coarse to fine by simply adjusting the wheel at the bottom of the mill. This resilient work of functional tabletop art made of black lacquered wood also can be used to grind dried and crushed spices. Available in two sizes: 19.5 inches and 23.5 inches. Suggested Retail Price: $79.90-$99.90 WMF of America, Inc. [tel] 800-999-6347 info@wmf-usa.com www.wmf-usa.com 22


DANESCO’S ECO BOTTLES Danesco Introduces the H2O Eco Bottle to its line of eco-conscious products. A 27 oz. reusable bottle made of high quality, 100 percent recyclable 18/8 stainless steel, inside and out. This lightweight bottle is a safe and environmentally sound choice to reduce waste and stay healthy. It will not alter the taste of

any beverage you put inside which makes it ideal for water, juices, milk and more. In addition the two poly-propylene caps are BPA free. Each bottle comes with a handy clip that hooks onto anything. The bottles are dishwasher safe and are available in Ocean Blue, Grass Green and Natural Stainless.

Danesco International [tel] 514-694-9111, 800-667-6543 [fax] 514-695-5201 sales@danescoinc.com www.danescoinc.com

SWISSMAR’S SPACHÉLLO Swissmar’s newest utensil, the Spachéllo, is an all in one spatula and serrated knife. This new “slice and spread” utensil is perfect for cutting a bagel and then spreading the cream cheese or butter on it. The serrated side is made of stainless steel and easily can cut a baguette, cheese, tomato and cold meats. The silicone spatula side is perfect for spreading jam, peanut butter, mayo or mustard. The silicone handle creates a comfortable grip. The Spachello is 10.5 inches long, which is long enough to reach the bottom of most any jar. Holes in the utensil prevent food from sticking to the blade. The Spachello is available in Green, Black and Orange. Suggested Retail Price: $25 Swissmar Inc. [tel] 800-387-5707 [fax] 905-764-1123 www.swissmar.com 23


h e a d l i n e s Starfrit Introduces New Gourmet Line for Specialty Stores

Browne & Co. Acquires Duncan Industries

Montreal, Canada – Atlantic Promotions introduces a new collection of gourmet products aimed at both gourmet gift and kitchenware specialty stores. Starfrit Gourmet which includes best sellers from the Starfrit line, made its debut across Canada in early spring, in new, design-forward packaging.

assortment of silicone gadgets, spatulas, spoons, flippers and featuring utensils with the patented Quick-Fix. High precision digital and nutritional scales are also available. The nutritional scales have seven nutritional values such as calories, fat, carbohydrates, sodium and others.

US Buyers will see the new line at the International Home + Housewares Show. Store buyers will have an exceptionally large choice of products at different price points under the Starfrit Gourmet banner.

No gourmet line would be complete without electric and manual grinders for salt, pepper and other spices featuring ceramic grinding mechanisms.

Markham, Ontario, Canada – Effective immediately, Browne & Co. of Markham, Ontario, Canada has acquired the assets of Duncan Industries, LLC of Tustin, California for an undisclosed sum. The new company, Duncan Kitchen Grips Inc., will remain in Tustin, Calif. Deborah Flynn has been named director of sales of Duncan Kitchen Grips, Inc. and will report to Neal Ho, vice president of the company. Browne & Co. currently serves both retail and foodservice markets in more than 40 countries.

Among the products featured under the Starfrit Gourmet banner will be an extensive array of kitchen gadgets including Lock Block Safe Knife Storage Block, Garlic Genius Garlic Extractor, MightiGrip Jar Opener, Securimax and Securimax Auto Can Openers and battery-operated table cleaners. Starfrit Gourmet will also feature a wide

Rounding out the line will be cookware. From their Heritage line, Starfrit Gourmet will offer Eco Art, an eco-friendly cookware collection, In Luv, with stainless steel tri-ply finish, Quicklean, made of easy care stainless steel and Renaissance, enamel on cast iron cookware. For more information please contact Starfrit at [tel] 800-361-6232, www.starfrit.com or [email] information@starfrit.com.

Duncan Industries, founded in 1985, has been a manufacturer of a large selection of patented kitchen gloves and enhanced protective wares for both the consumer and foodservice markets. Duncan products include kitchen gloves, pot holders, oven mitts and barbeque mitts. The company is most well known for

its award winning Le Petit Jr. Chef Kitchen Grips. “With this acquisition, Browne & Co now offers one of the broadest, comprehensive portfolios of innovative products in the marketplace. This acquisition is consistent with our corporate growth strategy to offer recognized quality brands and products throughout our international distribution network,” said Peter Browne, president of Browne & Co. “The addition of the Duncan brand will provide us an even more extensive range of value added and innovative, solution driven products. We currently offer more than 1,000 innovative products through our Browne, Donvier, Berard and Cuisipro brands.” For more information on the Duncan product line, visit www.kitchengrips.com.

METROKANE’S WINE STOPPERS Metrokane introduces their new Rabbit® Wine Stoppers. The Wine Stoppers are designed and priced for impulse sales. They seal wine and soda bottles air-tight. Their happy colors and shiny stainless tops make them downright irresistible. The Counter Display Unit contains twelve “2-packs.” Suggested Retail Price: $3.99-“2-pack” Metrokane [tel] 212-759-6262, 800-724-4321 [fax] 212-759-8630 www.metrokane.com

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h e a d l i n e s Whitford Worldwide Purchases Akzo Nobel Elverson, PA – Whitford Worldwide and Akzo Nobel announced that the Akzo Nobel Non Stick Coatings LLC division (ANNS) has been purchased by Whitford and the two companies have already begun to integrate, a process that is expected to take a few months to complete.

Whitford and ANNS have had remarkably similar histories. ANNS, originally as Coatings and Chemicals Company (C&CC), was purchased by Kanti Gandhi and a partner in the 1980s and dedicated itself to the fluoropolymer and high-temperature bakeware market, later moving into

nonstick coatings for cookware and small appliances. ANNS was formed in 1998 when Akzo Nobel’s Italian business was merged into C&CC, then headquartered in Chicago. Mr. Gandhi and his family managed the new company for several years before moving on to other opportunities.

Whitford was founded in 1969 as the outgrowth of a compounder of solid PTFE materials. Whitford has dedicated itself to nonstick coatings for both industrial and consumer markets, with its corporate headquarters in Pennsylvania. Whitford’s first venture into the international market took place in 1971 with the opening of Whitford Plastics Ltd. in the north of England. Both companies grew over time to have a worldwide presence, focusing primarily on the nonstick coating market. “This merger is a particularly good match” said Whitford President David P. Willis, Jr. “We are both in the same business, but with strengths in different geographical markets. Our products are similar, but nevertheless have significant differences that make many of them unique. ANNS’ best people offer backgrounds that complement rather than duplicate those of our people. We could not be happier.” Said Leif Darner, Akzo Nobel board member responsible for Performance Coatings, “Our nonstick coatings operation does not have the scale for it to become a true market leader globally. In the hands of the new owners, however, it offers good growth oppor-tunities and we are convinced our employees are joining an ambitious and successful company.” Both companies made it clear that there will be no changes in the product mix. All ANNS and Whitford products will continue to be manufactured and offered to customers around the world. ANNS products will be tolled in their present facilities for some time until they are slowly phased into Whitford facilities, with the prime objective of maintaining the same quality and on-time delivery of product. ANNS trade names are part of the purchase, and will become part of Whitford’s portfolio. Product designation codes will be maintained to prevent confusion. Added Willis, “We are convinced that combining these two companies will provide additional strength, experience and efficiency to the merged entity, which should be beneficial to Whitford’s and ANNS’ customers who are, after all, the ones who matter most.” For additional information, visit Whitford on the Web at whitfordww.com.

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AMERICAN METALCRAFT’S SAUCE CUPS

the contoured bowl.

There's a fine line between sauce cups that serve and sauce cups that serve with style. American Metalcraft defines that line with these Porcelain Ribbed Sauce Cups that join the company's product line in 2009. The distinctive ribbed lines accentuate the classic shape of

Available in 3 sizes from 4.25" diameter to 5" diameter and capacities that range from 8.5 oz. to 16.9 oz., they serve much more than sauces. Try small portions of soup, individual appetizers, french fries, fresh fruit or dips. They also match nicely with all six of American

Metalcraft's smaller Ribbed Porcelain Sauce Cups and Trays. American Metalcraft [tel] 800-333-9133 [email] info@amnow.com www.amnow.com

LIFETIME BRANDS’ ODOR-ABSORBING SPLATTER SCREEN Lifetime Brands unveiled a new concept in kitchen gadgets and cookware: OdorAbsorbing Splatter Screens. Instead of masking cooking odors with scented sprays, home chefs can now eliminate unwanted aromas safely and naturally. Odor-Absorbing Splatter Screens are perfect to use when cooking fish, fried chicken, bacon, sautéed onions and garlic, and other foods that create pungent odors and splatters. Cooking odors are absorbed and trapped inside an activated carbon fiber filter that is sandwiched between two layers of stainless steel screen. And, this kitchen tool can go directly into the dishwasher for easy cleanup. Featuring comfortable ergonomic handles in several styles, the OdorAbsorbing Splatter Screen is available with an 11-inch or a 13-inch flat screen under the Farberware ® and Pedrini® brands. Suggested Retail Price: $19.99 Lifetime Brands [tel] 800-252-3390 [fax] 516-683-6161 www.lifetimebrands.com 27


VICTORINOX (continued from page 1) Renee Hourigan, director of advertising and public relations at Victorinox said, “We’ve been making cutlery since 1884, and we’re a big provider of commercial quality, performance products. It was important to us to find a chef that genuinely loved the product. When we went through the discovery phase of meetings with Chef Humm, we learned that he had prior use of the product. We knew he could easily and passionately discuss Victorinox.”

Vice president of sales for Victorinox cutlery, Tom Lawler, added, “We humbly say that we are an authority in making fine cutlery. We were looking for that quality in a chef, and Chef Humm's an authority on sophisticated French cuisine.” If Lawler and Hourigan were looking for an authority in a chef, they must be pleased with Chef Humm. A year after Chef Humm came to Eleven Madison Park, the restaurant earned its first Three-Star review from The New York Times. In 2008,

Eleven Madison Park won a James Beard Foundation award for “Outstanding Wine Service in America,” and earned a Five-Star review from The Daily News. Eleven Madison Park was selected as the only stand-alone restaurant in North America to be newly inducted as Grand Chef Relais & Châteaux in 2008. And, if these credentials were not enough, it turns out that Chef Humm is Swiss-born. Lawler explained that they weren’t looking for a Swiss chef, but it was a nice bonus for a company with a similar origin. In a statement prepared by Victorinox, Chef Humm said, “I have always been a fan of Victorinox, and I’m incredibly excited to partner with this long-standing and world renowned brand. We’re passionate about using the highest quality ingredients at Eleven Madison Park and, of course, only work with the best cutlery as well. That is why I use Victorinox.” Hourigan and Chef Humm are still working out the details of his appearances, but Hourigan said that he would play a pivotal role in communicating directly with consumers in a number of different ways. “We have so many ideas for Chef Humm and Victorinox that we will be confirming over time,” Hourigan noted. “There are many things we can do to introduce both these brands – Chef Humm and Victorinox via events.”

They will take Chef Humm on the road during the 2009 celebration of the 125th anniversary of the company. The Taste of Chicago is Chef Humm’s first event, followed by the Boston Chowderfest. On the Chef ’s list of activities will be cooking demonstrations and catering some VIP dinners. When asked what products the Chef will be promoting, Lawler commented, “Chef Humm will the face of Victorinox Professional Cutlery. The Forschner name is going to be evolving strictly to Victorinox. You will have two professional choices: forged or stamped.” Lawler added that the Forschner name has been evolving over time, but they plan to be a little more aggressive in 2009. Lawler wrapped up by talking about the Victorinox heritage, “We are an authority on quality cutlery; we work very hard at being good stewards of the brand and the cutlery products.” Chef Humm will be busy helping Victorinox communicate this heritage to Chef Daniel Humm the consumer. partners with Victorinox to promote brand.

Chef Humm works with the Fibrox 8" Chef 's Knife.

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ARGEE’S CHOP KEEPER The Chop Keeper has 1/2 inch raised sides that keep juices and crumbs from spilling out onto the countertop and getting between the countertop and tray. Great for transporting meat and vegetables to the grill. The Chop Keeper is made from FDA approved plastic. The innovative design and shape allows the board to flex and form an easy funnel guide so food will slide right

BASE BRANDS’ WATERWEEK™ Base Brands adds to its WaterWeek lineup with a set designed for kids. Available this spring, the WaterWeek for Kids is a set of five 10 oz. reusable, BPAfree, dishwasher safe water bottles. The bottles come with a specially-designed tray that fits neatly in a refrigerator.

into a bowl, plate or cooking pan. Three dishwasher-safe Chop Keepers are included in each package. Argee Corporation [tel] 800-449-3030 [fax] 619-449-8392 [email] argeecorp@sbcglobal.net www.argeecorp.com

Kids will love the fun designs while parents will enjoy the convenience and savings of buying juices in bulk. WaterWeek is one of several ecofriendly home products in the Reduce™ suite of inventions by Base Brands. Base Brands [tel] 404-733-5454 [email] rhett@basebrands.com www.basebrands.com

POMEGRANATE’S PALM BEACH COLLECTION Pomegranate Inc. introduces an the Palm Beach collection of table linens and accessories for the home for Spring and Summer 2009 that is both chic and natural! The collection is a fresh, fun and affordable way to bring style to the table. The Palm Beach collection was Inspired by the calm and relaxing ambiance and chic style of Palm Beach, The collection includes: Palm Beach Floral – foliage and branches in white on a Chocolate, Kelly Green or Daffodil background; Geometrics – an all-over white geometric pattern available on a Chocolate, Kelly Green or Light Blue background; Sanibel – Coral branches in Royal Blue are printed on a solid white background; Sea Life - beautiful pale blue shells and starfish on a white background. These motifs are made to be mixed and matched with each other or with any of the Pomegranate patterns. Pomegranate Inc. [tel] 800-948-5188 [fax] 859-293-5659 retailsales@pomegranateinc.com www.pomegranateinc.com. Kitchenware News & Housewares Review • MARCH 2009

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BARBECUE (continued from page 1) “Entertaining outdoors is my ideal form of hosting guests because my backyard is an extension of my indoor living space,” said Sears. “There’s nothing better than bringing family and friends together for great food and fresh air in a safe, intimate environment.” Sears added, “The popular trends in grilling are quite similar to those trends which are relevant throughout the world. People are grilling homegrown produce, along with locally raised meats.” “We find that more barbecue-lovers enjoy hosting family and friends in their outdoor living areas with the grill or smoker the center of the event,” said Deidra Darsa, manager, Media and Public Relations for the Virgnia-based Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association (HBPA). Not only does extending your kitchen and dining room outside create a great gathering place, Darsa said, “Exciting, new accessories that make cooking foods easier–such as flippers to turn meats, special baskets for grilling vegetables, pizza stones and even clip-on lights for night

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grilling–make grilling and barbecuing more fun and enjoyable.” In addition to considering outdoor entertainment “a way of life in the Midwest,” Owners of the Mankato, Minn.-based My Sister’s Kitchen, Tiffany Ausdemore and Andrea Robbins, have noticed a heightened “flavor” trend in the barbecue industry, where consumers are requesting and purchasing products that spice up meats, chicken and fish. “With the economy and people cooking at home, there’s a big trend towards flavor,” said Robbins. “People ask for grilling planks, smokers, wraps…thin pieces of wood that you wrap around your meat, fish or chicken, like apple wood, cherry. Also, Minnesota Steak Seasoning, that’s popular, and has done fabulous for us.” Created by the family-owned, Minnesota-based Wayzata Bay Spice Company, the Minnesota Steak Seasoning is just one of several gourmet blends the company offers. According to the HPBA Barbecue Lifestyle, Usage & Attitude Study for the 2007 State of the Barbecue Industry Report, “Four in ten consumers who cook on a charcoal grill (39

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percent) normally use barbecue sauce to add flavor to their dishes. Most popular flavors include hickory (65 percent), mesquite (49 percent) and honey (49 percent). When charcoal grilling, over half of consumers (56 percent) use marinades, and dry meat rubs are popular among consumers. In fact, dry rub usage has increased to 59 percent in 2007 from 21 percent in 2003 among gas grill owners.”

As stated in the HPBA Study, there has been a rise in grill shipments, usage and ownership. In 2007 alone, more than 17.4 million grills were shipped, an increase of 13 percent from 2000; grill owners used their grills more often, “an increase of four percent over 2003”; almost eight out of 10, or 77 percent, of households own a smoker or grill, “a five percent increase from 2003”; and “68 percent of households own a gas grill, followed by charcoal (37 percent) and electric (2 percent),” the study states.

In addition to viewing a shift to more flavorful products that aid in outdoor entertaining, cooking, Ausdemore and Robbins also agreed that consumer interest in grilling accessories has increased.

The study also states that outdoor grilling areas are being viewed as a “functional area” by grill owners, and utensil usage and popularity have increased as well. According to the study, “Multi-purpose utensils such as long handled tongs and forks are the most popular utensils used by gas grill owners, followed by a grill cleaning brush and long handled spatula.”

Robbins noted that compared to grilling tools made in earlier years, new grilling accessories are now more “aesthetically pleasing.” New products for the year include grill lights, fans–that clip on the side of the grill keeping the fire hot–baskets, trays for vegetables or fish, and more. Darsa noted, “People are finding complete outdoor kitchens…you have a grill, fridge, sink, and many manufacturers offer components, so you can start with a grill,

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“I think it (outdoor entertainment/barbecue segment) will fare very well,” said Darsa, “and the reason for that is people are worried about money and that equates to turning their backyard into an outdoor resort to entertain.”

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CHOCOLATE FIESTA® INTRODUCTION The Homer Laughlin China Company™ introduces Chocolate Fiesta to its existing offering of 14 contemporary colors. The new neutral offers yet another colorful story to everyday dinnerware décor; Chocolate Fiesta can be used as a stand-alone statement with individual decadent place settings, or as an accent with like

neutral Ivory or cool blues: Cobalt, Peacock and Turquoise. Unlike its 14 companion colors, Chocolate Fiesta will be offered in four and five piece place settings, along with select shapes deemed “best sellers.” Select Chocolate shapes include: the traditional size Mug and oversized Java version, Oval Platter, Fruit and various size Bowls, Mugs, Luncheon, Salad and Dinner Plates,

large and small Disc Pitchers, Salt and Pepper Shakers, Individual Oval Casserole and Gusto Bowl. Homer Laughlin China Company [tel] 800-452-4462 [fax] 304-387-0593 hlc@hlchina.com www.hlchina.com

CIA MASTERS COLLECTION ADDS CHEF’S FAVORITE SET The Culinary Institute of America Masters Collection® kitchenware line, designed by the Certified Master Chefs of the CIA, adds to the line of Instant Gourmet Kitchen Sets. In addition to the 80-piece Instant Gourmet Kitchen, 50-piece Master’s Set and 20-piece Instant Gourmet Kitchenette, which all launched in 2007/2008, this year the CIA Masters Collection adds the 35-Piece Chef’s Favorites Set. The set includes cookware, cutlery and tools. For cookware, the set includes a 10” Sauté, One Quart

Saucier with Cover, 2 Quart Saucier with Cover, 3 Quart Sautoir with Cover, 8 Quart Stock Pot with Cover, 5 Quart Colander, Steamer Insert and Pasta/Colander Insert. For cutlery the set includes a 3-1/2” Paring Knife, 6” Boning Knife, 7” Fillet Knife, 8” Chef’s Knife, 9” Bread Knife, 10” Slicing Knife, 4-Piece Steak Knife Set and Cutlery Drawer Storage. For tools the set includes a Silicone Chef’s Spatula, 4-ounce Ladle,

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Stainless Steel Basting Spoon, Stainless Steel Perforated Spoon, Griddle Turner, Nonstick Slotted Turner, 2-Cup Liquid Measure, Wood Pot Spoon, Wood Stirring Spoon, Round Basting Brush, 10” Sauce Whisk and Stainless Steel Tool Caddy. Suggested Retail Price: $999 Robinson Home Products, Inc. [tel] 716-206-1100 [email] sales@robinsonus.com www.robinsonus.com

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ROBINSON HOME PRODUCTS’ ONEIDA MANDOLIN SET Robinson Home Products Inc. introduces several Oneida ® product extensions for the IH+HS. The new products, which include barware, serveware, tools, cutting boards and additions to the cutlery collection continue to reflect Oneida’s longstanding tradition of superior design, quality and performance.

The 7-piece Mandolin Bowl Set with four slicing blades (large julienne, small julienne, thick slice and thin slice) and a large stainless steel bowl with a secure fit lid. Suggested Retail Price: $19.99 Robinson Home Products, Inc. [tel] 716-206-1100 [fax] 716-685-4916 [email] sales@robinsonus.com www.robinsonus.com

MUMBO-JUMBO SEASONING Mumbo Jumbo {no-nonsense seasoning} is inspired by the owners’ passion for great food. All products are blended using high quality herbs and spices, and are formulated with a delicate balance of flavors to make your food flavorful and satisfying. Making great, no-nonsense meals without the fuss has never been easier. The Java Seasoning adds a rich savory flavor to meat, fish or vegetables. The Java seasoning is also part of a gift set which also includes Everyday, Mesa and Elegance seasonings. Suggested Retail Prices: $6.95 - single, $24 - set Mumbo-Jumbo {no-nonsense seasoning} [tel] 404-323-0185 service@mumbojumboseasoning.com www.mumbojumboseasoning.com

COSMODA’S MARIO BATALI TOTE BAG The Bucatini Market Tote is covered in a Mario collage graphic (MA14COG) that combines everything to do with Mario – restaurants, food, cookbooks and crocs. The 14” x 5” x 15” bag has a fully insulated interior with two large exterior insulated pockets. The drawstring closure, shoulder strap and easy to wipe lining makes this bag a perfect market tote. Lunch bags in various styles are also available. Suggested Retail Price: $45 Cosmoda Corporation [tel] 416-633-6303 [fax] 416-633-7089 [email] mara@cosmoda.com www.cosmoda.com 32

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NRF Forecasts 0.5% Decline in Retail Sales for 2009 Recession Should Give Way to Second Half Growth Washington, January 27, 2009 – The National Retail Federation (NRF) released its 2009 economic forecast, projecting retail industry sales (which exclude automobiles, gas stations and restaurants) will decrease 0.5 percent from last year. According to its quarterly Retail Sales Outlook report, NRF sees more challenges ahead as consumers continue to shift their spending priorities.

The first half of the year will see a continuation of the weakness that was felt in most of 2008. First half sales are expected to decline 2.5 percent. There will be some improvement in the third quarter with sales decreasing 1.1 percent. In the fourth quarter, sales are expected to improve 3.6 percent due to easy comparisons to last year as well as a strengthening economy.

“Most of the consumer behavior we saw in 2008 will continue well into this year,” said NRF Chief Economist Rosalind Wells. “Shoppers will be seeking value and trading down to discount and offprice retailers in order to stretch their purchasing power.”

Wells said, “We are in a pretty bad recession, and it has deepened in the last five months. This downward cycle will not be easy to break. We expect the economy to contract in the first half. But the economic stimulus package should lead to improvement in the second half.”

When asked about strategies for retailers to cope with declining retail sales, Rachelle Bernstein, NRF vice president and tax counsel, explained that NRF supports a two fold public approach - longer term investment in targeted infrastructure spending and short term proposals to stimulate consumer spending. NRF will be supporting a proposal for three national tax holidays. Wells cautioned, “Certainly by itself the tax holiday won’t turn the economy around, but this type of short term stimulus will help consumers psychologically to get back in the stores.” Bernstein commented, “There are 17 states that have tax holidays along with

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The National Retail Federation is a retail trade association, with membership that comprises all retail formats and channels of distribution including department, specialty, discount, catalog, Internet, independent stores, chain restaurants, drug stores and grocery stores as well as the industry's key trading partners of retail goods and services. fresh new monogram collection from Thirstystone Resources, Inc. coordinates with the best-selling Polka Dotted Monogram coaster collection introduced in June 2008. Brightly colored polka dots and bold script create a fabulous product and an eye-catching display at retail. Sized to fit nearly any vehicle’s cup holders, these absorbent Carsters offer customers a fun, easy way to personalize their cars. Suggested Retail Price: $4.99-set of 2

Arzberg now presents the “Gourmet” collection, the contemporary porcelain design by Heike Philipp Prechtl. Melding flowing forms with clear-cut lines, the designer creatively combines the understated with the statement - perfect, familiar proportions with refreshingly “tweaked” forms. Made in Germany, “Gourmet” is constructed to withstand the demands of hospitality and home. Arzberg [tel] 314-351-2622 [fax] 314-351-4244 [email] psuth@eudesignllc.com www.eudesignllc.com.com

Washington, D.C. Sales tax holidays bring a great boost to spending. They may see a spike as high as 35 to 40 percent over a regular period. Our CEO’s that have proposed this package thought it would be a better way to get people spending, rather than a tax rebate.” March, July and October are the suggested time periods for the tax holidays. The federal government could not mandate the tax holidays, but they would encourage states to participate by reimbursing for the missed taxes.

THIRSTYSTONE’S CARSTERS Laura Kelly’s Original Polka Dotted Monograms© are now available on Carsters – coasters for your car! This

Thirstystone Resources [tel] 520-623-1396, 800-829-6888 [fax] 520-770-1554 www.thirstystone.com

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SIEGER’S MY CHINA! PLATTER

should look like. The recipes are labeled in one of two ways including “Roasted Garlic Express Approved” or “Created for the Roasted Garlic Express.”

Sieger adds two distinctive platters to the My China! collection by Furstenberg. These platters are available in all the My China styles including White, Emperor’s Garden, Treasure Platinum and Treasure Gold. They are available in two sizes, 15” x 11.6” and 8.7” x 6.7”.

“Some consumers don’t realize there are many other uses besides roasting garlic for our line of four TODCO Roasted Garlic Expresses,” explained Todd Hannon, president of The Hannon Group. “So, we developed a recipe book with some alternate creative ways to use this unique appliance that we want to share with our customers. We felt that if we are going to market the appliance, then we should provide the many ways to use it, which is where the recipe book idea came from.”

TODCO’S RECIPE BOOK A one of a kind recipe book that includes garlic and other food recipes that can be cooked in any of the four TODCO-brand Roasted Garlic Expresses® from The Hannon Group are included free with any purchase. Exclusively designed for TODCO, the book includes recipes for garlic and a variety of other dishes such as Stuffed Mushrooms, Meat ‘N Taters, Quick Bread Pudding, Peach Soup, Spinach Dip, Breakfast Strada and Garlic Brochette. Each dish has detailed directions and ingredient lists. All are accompanied with a photo of what the finished dish

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Sieger [tel] 314-351-2622 [email] psutherlin@eudesignllc.com www.eudesignllc.com

CASABELLA ECLIPSE LINE Casabella introduces Eclipse, a new line of eco-friendly cleaning tools. The line includes a Microfiber Floor Mop & Wringer, Broom, Microfiber Floor Duster, Microfiber Hand Duster and a bucket all made from 100 percent recycled soda bottles and made in the USA.

Besides the home, the electric garlic roasters can also be used in restaurants, culinary schools and other professional environments. The Roasted Garlic Express from TODCO lets consumers roast up to three bulbs of garlic in only 27 minutes rather than the one to two hours it takes in a conventional oven. The line of garlic roasters comes in four colors including Stainless Steel, Glossy White, Matte Terra Cotta and Matte Black to fit with any home or restaurant décor. Suggested Retail Price: $34.95-$59.95

The products are not only made from recycled material but are also recyclable. The crescent shaped aluminum pole, made from 30 percent recycled material, is interchangeable with all of the heads, so that only one pole is needed.

TODCO/The Hannon Group [tel] 262-537-2191 [fax] 262-537-4765 www.roastedgarlicexpress.com

Casabella [tel] 845-348-0012 [email] info@casabella.com www.casabella.com

Casabella received the Silver Level certification from Cradle to Cradle(SM) for the Eclipse Line.

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Dallas Market Center Announces ARTS Award Winners Dallas, TX – Dallas Market Center announced that its recent Total Home & Gift Market showed steady attendance. Additionally, the 20th annual ARTS Awards were held presenting winners in 25 home décor categories, and “The Next Big Thing” product search winner was announced. The market ( Jan. 14–20) offered more than 25,000 lines of gift products, decorative accessories, lighting, floral, gourmet, furniture, toys and seasonal items. “We experienced a solid market considering the current economic challenges. Buyers were cautiously optimistic and seeking new products,” said Bill Winsor, president and CEO, Dallas Market Center. “Overall we are pleased and confident about the future.” On Saturday evening, Dallas Market Center and the Accessories Resource Team (ART)

held the 20th annual ARTS Awards during a gala event in The Grand Pavilion at the Trade Mart. More than 500 guests attended the ceremony which featured the presentation of ARTS Awards in 25 categories as well as recognition of Academy of Achievement honoree Murray Feiss, chairman of the board at Generation Brands and a lighting industry leader. Among the attendees were a wide range of home décor retailers, manufacturers, sales representatives, media and designers from across the country. For a complete list of winners, please visit www.dallasmarketcenter.com. “The Next Big Thing” contest winner was announced on Saturday: SIPATINIZ™, a spill-resistant martini glass with a curved rim. Renee Williams, founder of SIPATINIZ, noticed the martini was frequently the drink of choice while attending social and business events. She always loved the sophistication of a martini

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glass but hated the spills; as a result she designed a glass that she could enjoy and share with others. To learn more about SIPATINIZ, visit www.sipatiniz.com. Williams was awarded a prize package worth more than $10,000 including exhibit space at the Dallas Total Home & Gift Market, a profile in one of Dallas Market Center’s award-winning publications and consultations from leading industry experts regarding branding, public relations, visual merchandising and much more. Dallas Market Center will host the next contest during its Total Home & Gift Market in June. Information on the contest is available at www.dallasmarketcenter.com. The Total Home & Gift Market offered dozens of educational opportunities for buyers including: “Techniques for Trumping Tough Times: More Money,

Less Stress,” was presented by Bob Negen on Friday, Jan. 16. Retail marketing guru Bob Negen discussed how to put aside your inner timid so that you can triumph in this challenging economy. “International Christmas Style,” was presented by Jim Marvin, AIFD, president of Jim Marvin Enterprises, Ltd. on Saturday, Jan. 17. January Market also featured several showroom openings and expansions including the new showroom daniel richards in the Trade Mart. Other showroom openings included: KAM & Company, Lampe Berger, Maharani, Mario & Associates, and Reed & Barton. Also, the FINDS Dallas Temp Show grew to almost 600,000 square feet showcasing leading products. The next Dallas Total Home & Gift Markets will take place on March 12–15 and June 24–30. Attendees may contact the Dallas Market Center’s in-house travel agency, Market Travel®, for substantial travel and hotel discounts by calling 800-DAL-MKTS.

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The Show is expected to draw 400 exhibitors and some 4,000 buyers who understand their customers' love of food and entertaining. The Gourmet Housewares Show is held concurrently with the summer San Francisco International Gift Fair®, owned and managed by GLM, a dmg world media business, which features 1,200 exhibitors and 16,000 attendees.

Gourmet Golds Competition Calls for Entries White Plains, NY – Showcasing the gourmet products industry for 33 years, the Gourmet Housewares Show announced that they are accepting entries for the 2009 Gourmet Golds Awards. The deadline for all entries is June 1.

With increasing momentum and advances in the global green movement, the Green by Design category will have more stringent criteria to ensure that the Gourmet Golds recognize the best of the best in this important category.

All exhibitors of the Gourmet Housewares Show are eligible to enter new products, launched to the trade between March and August, into the Gourmet Gold competition and display. Six award categories are Cookware/Bakeware; Kitchen Electrics; Tabletop & Textiles; Gourmet Gifts & Specialty Foods; Gadgets, Cutlery, Accessories; and Green by Design. Best of Show honors will be bestowed upon the product receiving the highest overall score.

Overall entries will be pre-screened by a select industry panel including editors from both trade and consumer publications who will narrow entries down to the top 100. These 100 entries will be displayed at the Gourmet Housewares Show. Finalists and award winners will be announced on Saturday, Aug. 8 at the show.

MESSERMEISTER’S STEALTH CHEF’S KNIFE

Although it weighs only 1 ounce less, the spine thickness on this blade is noticeably thinner and the cutting edge is very sharp. This knife is still made of the finest German steel alloy and now has a stealth-like profile that makes the elite edge, the sharpest edge of all forged

Messermeister created their new Stealth Chef’s Knife by grinding the blade of their 8” Meridian Elite Chef’s Knife to a thinner profile. By doing so, they have created the thinnest, sharpest Messermeister knife, ever.

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Penny Sikalis, GLM vice president and show manager, looks forward to seeing

topnotch innovation from Gourmet Housewares Show exhibitors saying, “The Gourmet Golds Competition is our way of encouraging and recognizing innovative products in the elite gourmet products industry. Ongoing product creativity is essential to the sustained success of the industry.” Exhibitors are invited to visit the Gourmet Housewares Show Web site, www.thegourmetshow.com, for more Gourmet Golds rules, criteria and entry form. Entries can be submitted online or mailed in to: The Gourmet Housewares Show, Attn: Allison Rober - Gourmet Golds, 1133 Westchester Avenue Ste N136, White Plains, NY 10604-3547.

For exhibitor information, contact Marc Delman, sales manager, at GLM, 1133 Westchester Avenue, White Plains, NY 10604; email: marc_delman@glmshows .com; Tel: 914-421-3260; Fax: 914-9486180. Attendee information is available by contacting GLM's Customer Service Department at 800-272-SHOW (7469) or 914-421-3206. Additional information and registration is available online at www.thegourmetshow.com.

German Knives, the most efficient Messermeister knife edge. Suggested Retail Price: $133 Messermeister [tel] 805-640-0051, 800-426-5134 [fax] 805-640-0053 www.messermeister.com

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FUSIONBRANDS’ COOKHOOK™ The Cookhook keeps a towel handy out by the grill, in the kitchen or anywhere you go. Just clip your favorite towel or cloth between the magnets and hook it just about anywhere. In the Kitchen the Cookhook keeps a towel at your side- no more going to the hanging towel, no more towel sliding off of the oven handle. Available in Black, White or Gray.

Suggested Retail Price: $5.99 FusionBrands [tel] 404-525-7775 [fax] 404-523-1984 [email] info@fusionbrandproducts. com www.thefoodloop.com

PMI’S ECYCLE LINE eCycle is PMI’s proprietary mix of postconsumer recycled plastics. They are making recycled mugs with 100 percent recycled plastic that is FDA-compliant, dishwasher safe, and contains as much as 25 percent post consumer content and 75 percent pre-consumer recycled content. Each and every product made in this line is FDA tested and safe. All of their recycled material is made from FDA food-grade recycled plastics and cleaned and processed to meet the highest standards of quality. Aladdin-PMI [tel] 800-456-1233 [fax] 615-370-0546 [email] info@aladdin-pmi.com www.aladdin-pmi.com

LINDEN SWEDEN’S NEW GRINDER COLORS The Tulip Spice Grinder will be available in new 2009 trendy colors! Orange and Olive will be added summer of 2009 to the popular colors Red, Black & White. The Tulip Spice Grinders features Allgrind®, the ceramic grinding mechanism from the maker’s of Crushgrind. As the name implies, the ceramic Allgrind mechanism grinds all spices, herbs, salt, pepper and even flax seed. The easy to use spice wheel is triangle shaped for a great grip when adjusting from coarse to fine. The Tulip grinds upside down leaving no mess on the table or counter. It has an easy refill system and can be cleaned in water. The Tulip Spice Grinder is ergonomically designed and is easy to use and easy to fill with a twist off grinder cap and large mouth spice jar. The grinder’s whimsical design allows it to be part of festive occasions as well as every day dining.

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Tyler Florence, Lee Eiseman and Freakonomics Author Steven D. Levitt Serve as Keynote Speakers at IH+HS Rosemont, IL – Getting tired of all the talk on the economy? Get a unique – and often amusing - perspective on the current recession from best-selling author and economist Steven D. Levitt at the annual Industry Breakfast sponsored by the

International Housewares Association. The Breakfast begins at 7 a.m. Tuesday, March 23 in Room S100/Grand Ballroom, Level 1, South Building, during the International Home + Housewares Show. Levitt will offer a candid assessment of the current state of the global economy. Levitt, who co-wrote the groundbreaking book “Freakonomics” with New York Times columnist Stephen J. Dubner, is the Alvin H. Baum Professor of Economics at the University of Chicago, where he is also director of The Becker Center on Chicago Price Theory. In 2004, he was awarded the John Bates Clark Medal, which recognizes the most influential economist in America under the age of 40. More recently, he was named one of Time magazine's "100 People Who Shape Our World." Levitt received his B.A. from Harvard University in 1989, his Ph.D. from M.I.T. in 1994 and has taught at the University of Chicago since 1997.

Anyone who has read the book knows to expect the unexpected from Levitt, whose unconventional approach to economics has included the following probing questions: What is more dangerous, a gun or a swimming pool? What do schoolteachers and sumo wrestlers have in common? Why do drug dealers still live with their moms? How much do parents really matter? There really is method to the seeming madness, as Levitt and Dubner use odd questions, mounds of data and convincing answers to show that economics is “at root, the study of incentives – how people get what they want , or need, especially when other people want or need the same thing,” according to the book’s Web site. “Freakonomics establishes this unconventional premise: If morality represents how we would like the world to work, then economics represents how it actually does work. It is true that readers of this book will be armed with enough riddles and stories to last a thousand cocktail parties. But Freakonomics can provide more than that. It will literally redefine the way we view the modern world.” In addition to Levitt’s talk, IHA Chairman Jeff Siegel, president and CEO of Lifetime Brands, will offer a state-of-theAssociation message. Tickets for the Breakfast are $25 each or $250 for a table of 10 with priority seating. They can be ordered at www.housewares.org.

Celebrity Chefing is Hard Work Tyler Florence and his message of simple food seem to be everywhere these days – and he works at it. Hear him talk about his life “Beyond the Stovetop” and the business of being a celebrity chef in his keynote address at the 2009 Show. He is the star of numerous Food Network shows: “How to Boil Water,” a cooking show for novices; “Food 911,” a hugely popular recipe rescue show; and “Tyler Ultimate,” his newest show. He also is a frequent contributor to national television, radio and Internet programs, and is the author of several recipe books. Through his tireless devotion to all things food, Florence has developed a unique perspective on how Americans like to eat and cook. He is a champion of uncomplicated recipes, bright flavors and fresh food, which he believes is the type of food that comes from a “real kitchen” – a place dedicated to culinary honestly. Florence graduated with honors from the College of Culinary Arts at Johnson & Wales University in South Carolina, where he was later awarded an honorary doctorate (2004) and had a scholarship established in his name. His presentation begins at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, March 22 in Room S100/Grand Ballroom, Level 1, South Building. No ticket or reservation is needed. Top Trends for 2010 Who knows the consumer marketplace better than those at ground zero? Retailers are where the rubber meets the road in housewares. This year, hear a panel of leading retailers talk about what they see as the six most important trends in the consumer marketplace and how those trends will influence the industry over the next few years. Moderated by Tom Mirabile, vice president for global trends and design for Lifetime Brands, the panel will look at the economic social and environmental crosscurrents that will be driving consumer behavior for the foreseeable future. The panel discussion will begin at 7:30 a.m. Monday, March 22 in Room S100/Grand Ballroom, Level 1, South Building. No ticket or reservation is needed. Color & Design Trends In many ways, at many levels, color and design trends are synonymous with Leatrice (Lee) Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute and director of the Eiseman Center for Color Information and Training. Every year, Eiseman brings her savvy to the Show, reflecting on current trends and the underlying reasons behind them like no one else. This year, Eiseman’s color and trends seminar focuses on “Demystifying Future Forecasts,” with a presentation on

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E-CLOTH’S CLEANING SYSTEM Reduce your paper towel and chemical usage by reusing a washable E-cloth® to clean your kitchen counters, windows, bathroom and more. The original E-cloth System uses no chemicals, instead relying on proven microfiber technology and just water! E-cloth is made from millions of tiny

fibers which naturally clean at a deep microbial level. Especially effective on glass, chrome and stainless steel, E-cloth® can replace a cabinet full of chemical cleaners.

water. Not only will your home or office be completely clean, but you can remove up to $180 a year from your yearly budget when purchasing cleaning chemicals.

E-cloth can help remove that haze from windows or mirrors and those discolorations and smudges from stainless steel and chrome, using just

TADgreen Inc. [tel] 603-421-2571 [email] inquiry@tadgreen www.ecloth.com

LARIEN’S NEW BAGEL BITER Larien Products announced that their Bagel Biter, The Original Bagel Guillotine ®, will be available in an alternative contemporary color scheme for 2009. Larien’s unit for the home, The Bagel Guillotine, has been available only in white since it was first introduced in 1994. This popular manual bagel slicer design uses guillotine action to slice fresh bagels safely. The base section self-centers the bagel while the pointed stainless steel blade cuts the bagel in half as the user simply pushes down. Clear view guards safely isolate fingers from the slicing action. The freestanding base section on Larien’s new model is molded in a gloss black color that con-trasts smartly with the silver gray handle and nonstick coated stainless steel blade assembly. The brass cutlery rivets are nickel plated to better coordinate with this new look. Suggested Retail Price: $24.95

Larien Products [tel] 800-462-9237 [fax] 413-585-0101 [email] jdodge@larien.com www.larien.com

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combinations, styling and integration of merchandise that resonates with customers and helps nail the sale. Eiseman will open the session by showing examples of merchandise from around the world guaranteed to stop customers in their tracks with original and innovative concepts. DuLaney will then take the podium to show how visual merchandising bridges the gap between selling product, educating and inspiring the client and translating in-store ideas into home décor elements with simple yet expressive every-day products like paper. His example will span the mundane to the marvelous. The presentation begins at Noon, Tuesday March 24 in Room S100/Grand Ballroom, Level 1, South Building. No ticket or reservation is needed. For more information about educational programs and speakers at the 2009 Show, please visit www.housewares.org.

PROGRESSIVE INTERNATIONAL’S TWIST ASSIST The Twist Assist Jar Opener by Progressive International features an innovative suction cup design, providing the needed leverage to open tight lids with ease. The suction cup features a polished silicone surface that attaches securely to jar lids by moving the comfort grip handle into the locked position. An incorporated tooth on the handle removes plastic safety seals in one easy motion. It also features a stainless steel friction plate for durability and the base wraps around the handle for extra strength and support when in use. The Twist Assist Jar Opener stores flat in drawers and is dishwasher safe. Progressive International Corp. [tel] 253-850-6111, 800-426-7101 [fax] 253-852-2611 www.progressiveintl.com

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Guest Editorial: Harold Import Company (HIC) Describes Role in Retailer-Supplier Relationship The best partners in business know each other well. As a supplier, our relationships with our customers need to go further than saying, “Here is our best item. You should stock it.” There needs to be an actual conversation involved. The information contained in this article cannot replace the face to face (phone, fax, email…) communication and cultivation of relationships that begin when working with one another, but in general, I hope this will help you to understand the value of “HIC” enough to give us a call…or fax…or email…or smoke signal. Harold Import Company stocks a product line of over 3,000 products. Our low, $60 buy in, gives you, the Retailer: the flexibility to choose only the right products for your store the mobility to stay in stock on items that are turning quickly and the sensible ability to control both your cash flow and inventory simultaneously HIC (Healthy, Inventory, Control) has always operated, logistically, in a way that services the independent retailer while stocking products and brand names that appeal to many different types of retailers of all sizes. Our mix of product allows you to consolidate and filter hundreds of vendors all through one source, packed and shipped concisely, quickly, to arrive on time. One shipping point…one shipment…one packing

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slip…one invoice and one big customer service department to answer questions and provide support who understand clearly what Gandhi was talking about when he said, “[A customer] is not an interruption to our work. He is the purpose of it.” Product categories include: White porcelain dinnerware, bake ware and tableware, stainless steel flatware and serve ware, teapots, tea infusers and accessories, coffee accessories, POP displays, garnishing tools, peelers, kitchen gadgets, mortar & pestles, salt and pepper grinders, strainers, tenderizers, cutlery, wood spoons in beech wood (olive wood and bamboo), Asian cookware and accessories, cookbooks, seafood, grilling tools, racks for roasting, baking and cooling, thanksgiving, thermometers, food scales, measuring tools, spatulas, whisks, rolling pins, baking accessories, French tin – steel bake ware, spring forms, Spanish silicone bake ware, children’s baking, canning accessories, wine accessories, gifts, openers, cleaning accessories, and a full line of textiles including aprons, mitts, potholders and kitchen towels.

Kitchen, Kitchen Friends, House of Prill. We also stock these fine, brand names: Aerolatte, Illy espresso, MSC, Fusionbrands, Alligator, Bron, Jaccard, Talisman, Atlas, Dexas, M.E. Heuck, Taylor, Salter, Polder, Escali, Rubbermaid, Tovolo, Vic Firth, Ateco, Regency Wraps, Patisse, Gobel, Lekue’, Silpat, Hutzler, Ghidini, Vacuvin, Built NY, Swing-a-way, Evriholder, Springmill, Jokari, Plink, Siege, Brushtech, Lola and more. Call today to request our catalog. Once

you have had a chance to go through it, give us a call to discuss how best we can work together. We are not asking you for your business, only the opportunity to earn it. Thank you for the opportunity. HIC For more information, contact: HIC – Harold Import Company 747 Vassar Avenue Lakewood, NJ 08701 [tel] 800.526.2163 [fax] 732.364.3253 www.HaroldImport.com IH+HS Booth #S1450

HIC brands we stock: Helen’s Asian Kitchen, Grill Friends, Mrs. Anderson’s Baking, Gourmet Classics textiles, HIC Porcelaine, Harold’s Coffee & Tea, HIC Stainless Steel Flatware and Serve Ware, Harold’s

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New Capresso Plexiglass Display Features Grinders Closter, NJ – To spur sales of its growing line of premium coffee grinders, Capresso presents a new countertop Plexiglas Grinder Display that showcases its three-tiered product offering of blade, burr and conical burr grinders. Under the banner “The Right Grind for Every Taste,” the display makes the purchase decision easy by showcasing the advantages of each grinder type.

The Capresso collection includes two new Disk Type Burr Grinder SKUs, each with 17 grind settings from espresso fine to coarse. Both feature insulated lids for lownoise grinding and a highly functional vertical grinding design with an ample 14ounce capacity. This model comes in Stainless Steel (actual retail $59.99) or Black (actual retail $49.99).

“This is an opportunity to merchandise grinders as an ideal gift or add-on sale, as well as educating consumers at store level on the different types of coffee grinders. Capresso has the largest assortment of grinders, with the most variety, the most price points and the best quality. We want to help retailers take advantage of the consumer trend toward brewing gourmet coffee at home,” said David Shull, vice president of Sales and Marketing of Jura-Capresso. The attractive new Plexiglas Grinder Display can house Capresso Cool Grind Blade Grinders, Burr Grinders and Infinity Conical Burr Grinders, with the black units ranging from $19.99 to $89.99 actual retail, and the

stainless steel/polished chrome units ranging from $24.99 to $139.99 actual retail. Capresso offers six different grinder SKUs to accompany its high-end coffeemaker assortment. The new Plexiglas Grinder Display is offered to participating Jura-Capresso retailers. For more information, contact Jura-Capresso at 201-767-3999 or email contact@capresso.com.

FULL CIRCLE SCOOP SPONGE Full Circle is fresh on the housewares scene and set to launch their full line of sustainable cleaning tools at the International Home + Housewares Show. The Scoop is a sponge made from cellulose. The arch design not only helps with scooping crumbs off your countertop, but allows the sponge to air dry, keeping bacteria and soap scum off your countertop. The Scoop will naturally biodegrade. Full Circle [tel] 732-993-5572 [email] heather@fullcirclehome.com www.fullcirclehome.com

AMCO HOUSEWORKS’ GUACAMOLE MASHER Amco Houseworks introduces a quick and easy way to prepare avocados for guacamole. The new Guacamole Masher is a three-in-one tool: first, use the nylon loop to remove the pit from the halved avocado. Then use the side of the base to scoop out the tender fruit, and mash the fruit with the base to create the perfect consistency for authentic guacamole. The Masher is also great for fruit, homemade baby food and beans. The masher measures 2" L x 2.5" W x7.5" H. Suggested Retail Price: $12 Amco Houseworks [tel] 877-310-9102 [email] amcohouseworks@focuspg.com www.amcohouseworks.com 44

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REVOL’S IMPULSE COLLECTION Revol introduces a new tabletop collection called Impulse. This collection encompasses several sizes of porcelain bowls, trays, pots and plates, plus they have blended in an extra dimension by adding several glass pieces.

Combining functionality with design, Impulse adds an extra ingredient with its beneficial ergonomics. The design allows for easy carrying as it rests your finger and thumb in such a way that it is both easy and stylish to transport.

tapas and home entertaining in style. Suggested Retail Price: $9.95-$79.95 Revol [tel] 404-944-0085 [email] jonathan@revol-usa.com www.revol-usa.com

All of the products are oven-totable, perfect for buffets, finger food,

LINDEN SWEDEN’S JONAS POTATO PEELER The Jonas peeler is so much more than “just” a potato peeler. After 55 years the Jonas stainless steel peeler is a perfect example of what happens when function and quality merge. The original Jonas ® potato peeler with precision ground swivel head blade is guaranteed not to rust for 10 years. In the Linden Sweden line, they have several examples of items that are simple yet functional and are as right for today’s consumer as they were at their introduction. Suggested Retail Price: $4.95 Linden Sweden, Inc. [tel] 952-465-0052 [fax] 952-465-0054 info@lindensweden.com www.lindensweden.com

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ADVERTISER INDEX COMPANY

IH+HS BOOTH* Page

41 Madison NYMM

4

Argee

S1957

Cameron's Professional Cookware

COMPANY

IH+HS BOOTH* Page

Enrico Products

S1784

6

36

Ergo Chef

S2287

S4116

28

Escali

Component Design Northwest

S1435

32

Danesco International

S2469 –

Dydacomp

COMPANY

IH+HS BOOTH* Page

Highwave

S1566

39

32

IMUSA

S4219

25

S2160

35

International Housewares Association

11

Fissler USA

S3012

35

Jascor

48

FusionBrands

S1450

10, 43

31

Harold Import Company

S1450

5

S1262

18, 44

Kitchen Resource

L13131

12

Koller Craft

N6937

29

Kyocera Advanced Ceramics

S1745

39

Lancaster Colony

S3225

28

Larien Products

S1557

31

Linden Sweden

S2172

37, 43

Lodge

S3218

7

LSArts

S455

33

Messermeister

S1826

13

Microthin

S3475

2

Mistral Imports

S4067

3

Mosa North America

S1368

30

MUkitchen

S557

6

New Metro Design

S1364

30

Out of the Woods of Oregon

S1569

37

Parrish's Cake Dec.

26, 46

Picnic Time

S1706

3

Prodyne

S957

8, 44

PSP USA

S3243

24

R.S.V.P. International

S1963

34

Robinson Home Products

S433 15, 19, 21 47

Roscan

S2077

16, 43

Santé Cookware

S4015

27

SCI Scandicrafts

S2135

34

Signature Housewares

S1871

20

Smith’s The Edge Experts

S765

38

Starfrit

S1473

23

Swissmar

S3239

28

TADgreen

S424

33

Talisman Designs

S3862

37, 40

Taylor Precision Products

L12315

Tervis Tumbler Company

32, 40

Toastess International

L13113

17, 45

TODCO – The Hannon Group

L11016

37

Tribest

L12250

9, 10, 41

Vic Firth

36

S1674

14, 42

Victorinox – Swiss Army Brands Inc. S2033

22

Vita-Mix

L12225

42

S2269

24

Zak Designs

*Booth number subject to change. Visit www.housewares.org for updated listings.


2009 TRADE SHOW CALENDAR MARCH 2009 1-3 Virginia Beach Gift Show, Virginia Beach Convention Center, Virginia Beach, CA, 678-285-3976, www.urban-expo.com 1-3 Vancouver Gift Show, BC Place Stadium, Vancouver, British Columbia, 800-633-8332, www.vancouvergiftshow.com

KITCHENART’S BOTTOMSUP BottomsUp from KitchenArt is a new storage compartment that adjusts in size to accommodate upside down, large ketchup bottles, skinny shampoo bottles, wide mustard, and mayonnaise or relish bottles. Now you can store and pour without shaking a bottle to get the food to flow to the top. With BottomsUp, the cap is already full and the bottle is ready to be gently squeezed. It’s an easy, economical way to get to the last drop. BottomsUp fits on the shelf of most refrigerator doors, making it the ideal place to store condiments. BottomsUp can be taken to the counter, table or even to the picnic. BottomsUp is dishwasher safe. Suggested Retail Price: $4 KitchenArt [tel] 800-239-8090 [email] kurtz@kitchenart.com www.kitchenart.com

8-11 Montreal Gift Show, Place Bonaventure, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 888-823-7469, www.montrealgiftshow.com 12-15 Dallas Total Home & Gift Market Dallas Market Center, Dallas, TX, 800-DAL-MKTS, www.dallasmarketcenter.com

14-16 Atlanta Spring Gift, Accessories & Holiday Market, AmericasMart Atlanta, Atlanta, GA, 800-ATL-MART, www.americasmart.com

22-24 International Home + Housewares Show, McCormick Place, Chicago, IL, 847-692-0109, www.housewares.org

15-17 Spring L.A. Mart Market, LA Mart, Los Angeles, CA, 800-LAMART4, www.lamart.com

28-31 Boston Gift Show, Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Boston, MA, 800-272-SHOW, www.bostongiftshow.com



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