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Measuring Tools Updated to Include New Features by Carrie Bui A staple in every kitchen, consumers have more choices than ever in deciding the types of measuring tools to use for their cooking and baking needs. From steak thermometer sets to liquid measuring beakers, manufacturers are offering tools that are designed to be as functional and accurate as possible. Elizabeth Burns, Senior Marketing Manager for Cuisipro, said measuring tools still must fulfill certain basic needs, including if it measures properly and fits into smaller openings. “What we try to do is make sure it works well and make sure it makes the job easier for home cooks.” Measuring tools are a signature item for Cuisipro, and remain a top seller in the company’s product line-up. Their stainless steel measuring cups and spoons remain a classic favorite, but in the past, Cuisipro introduced plastic tools and a liquid measuring cup with an indicator as a nod to new trends and bringing in different price points. Continued on Page 6

Popularity of Outdoor Lifestyle Spurs Creative Product Lines by Joanne Friedrick Whether it is grilling, picnicking or just dining al fresco, the trend toward an outdoor lifestyle when it comes to mealtime and entertaining is definitely catching on. Part of it is attributed to the more casual style that has entered all aspects of a person’s life, from dress-down Fridays to beachy destination wedding. If people aren’t dressing up in their everyday life, they are less likely to be formal in their home entertaining. As a result, picnics and barbecues aren’t reserved for the summer holidays, but have been incorporated into weeknight dining as well and, where appropriate, as part of a yearlong practice. Continued on Page 10

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Q Squared Design Opens Showroom at 41 Madison Q Squared Design, the two-year-old home goods company with a design team in Italy and its own manufacturing facilities in China, has established its U.S. presence at 41 Madison in New York with a 1,200square-foot showroom on the 19th floor.

player offering refreshing and inventive concepts for a new generation of consumers. This is a resource buyers

should make note of and, come April, New York Tabletop Market attendees will definitely want to visit.”




The company introduced its melamine tableware during the showroom’s opening for The New York Gift Show, which ran Jan. 29 to Feb. 3. “We take ordinary household objects and transform them into the extraordinary,” said Nancy Mosny, Managing Partner and CEO of Q Squared Design, citing the company’s efforts to reinvent melamine plates and bowls to take on a look that is hip and fashionable yet practical and even luxurious.


Laurie Burns, 41 Madison’s Senior Vice President Director, said, “We are so excited to welcome such a forward-thinking company to Forty One. We first spotted Q Squared at a few of the overseas shows, and they’ve quickly emerged as a hot new

Helen of Troy Ltd. Announces Closing of Kaz Acquisition Helen of Troy Ltd., an El Paso, Texas-based designer, developer and worldwide marketer of brand-name household consumer and personal care products, announced it has completed the acquisition of Kaz Inc.

and non-invasive thermometers, blood pressure monitors, hot/cold health care therapy, air purifiers, seasonal humidifiers, heaters, fans, and dehumidifiers, and lawn and garden products.

Based in Southborough, Mass., Kaz is a world leader in providing health care and home environment consumer solutions. Kaz markets its products under a variety of brand names, including Vicks and Braun under license from Procter & Gamble, Honeywell under license from Honeywell, and Stinger, Softheat and Kaz, owned by Kaz Inc. Product categories include vaporizers, humidifiers, digital, infrared

Kaz products are sold in the U.S. and throughout the world. Sales for the next 12 months ending Dec. 31, 2011, are expected to exceed $400 million.

Gerald J. Rubin, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Helen of Troy, stated in prepared remarks, “We are very pleased to announce the closing of the acquisition and welcome the

management and employees of Kaz to Helen of Troy. Through the addition of Kaz, Helen of Troy will continue to pursue our goal of being a world-class organization dedicated to serving our consumers in meeting their everyday needs.” Helen of Troy’s household products include kitchen tools, cutlery, bar and wine accessories, household cleaning tools, tea kettles, trash cans, storage and organization products, gardening tools, kitchen mitts and trivets, barbecue tools, rechargeable lighting and baby-toddler products sold under the OXO, Good Grips, OXO tot and Candela brand names.


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As this issue of Kitchenware News & Housewares Review goes to press, we’re at the biennial show of the National Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers in Orlando. The weather here is rainy, but the daytime high temperatures are up in the high 60s, so we hear a lot of talk about how happy folks are to be here and out of the snow and cold that most of the rest of the country has been experiencing this winter. The vendors who are here at this trade show are displaying equipment for commercial kitchens and foodservice operations – much of it big brothers to some of the wares we’ll be seeing this month at the International Home + Housewares Show. We’re talking about food processors bigger than the range in a home kitchen, blenders that’ll whiz up enough frozen juice drinks to put smiles on the faces of whole schools of children, and freezers that could hold an iceberg. What’s significant here for the readers of Kitchenware News & Housewares Review is that there’s also optimism on the show floor that reflects much more than happiness about the Florida weather. What we hear is that although business has been very tough for the past few years, the outlook now is a little better. The general sense is that, as far as the American economy is concerned, we’ve been in the valley of the shadow of death for quite a while, but, although the way ahead still looks long and hard, we’re beginning to see a little sunshine too. I don’t want to overplay the significance of this to the housewares industry or to the retailers who depend on it for their livelihood: this trade show’s market is the foodservice industry, which has been through some of the hardest of hard times and has only just begun to see some signs of improvement. But as we look forward to IH+HS, a lot of us seem to be a little nervous and in need of any positive auguries we can find. Even if applying the happy sound of serious business being done in the exhibit hall here at the NAFEM show to the health of the housewares industry is taking optimism a bit too far, we’ll do it until we get to Chicago to take the pulse of our industry for ourselves. I suppose that it’s way too much to hope that the Chicago weather will be as kind to us as Orlando’s has been, but I do hope that the business environment will prove just as clement.


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In this industry, the trade show season gets off to an early start. Already this year I’ve attended the preview for the International Home + Housewares Show and the New York International Gift Fair. It’s always great fun to see what new ideas suppliers have come up with, as well as to be introduced to companies that are just entering this market. There are certainly plenty more “why didn’t I think of that” items hitting the marketplace than those that leaving you scratching your head and wondering what the thinking was behind it. At the gift show, after checking out the companies with which I am familiar, I enjoy exploring the aisles that aren’t designated for housewares or tabletop and seeing what hidden treasures I might find. The area set aside for global design always produces some unique objects, whether it’s a fruit basket made in China from recycled chopsticks or a bowl made from cork burls found in Portugal. One of my favorite finds at the show is featured in the outdoor living article. The Hot-Pot BBQ from Black + Blum demonstrates just how clever product designers can be, while still keeping functionality in mind. While keeping an eye out for new gadgets, tableware, cutlery and linens at NYIGF, there’s also the opportunity to experience the latest candle scents, Christmas ornaments and jewelry. The gift show really is a little bit of everything. And come this summer, there will be even more kitchenware on display as the Gourmet Products Show is incorporated into the gift fair. This month, however, it’s all about the IH+HS and the thousands of new items being put forth by the major players who stock the department, big box and independent kitchenware stores. You can see some of what’s new in the pages of this issue, with more to come in future months. As the economy continues to turn around, it seems that more companies are putting the emphasis again on product development and innovation. That’s certainly good for retailers, who are always on the lookout for something new and for the customers who want to be surprised and delighted when they do set out on a shopping trip. Here’s hoping that everyone who attends the Housewares Show finds one or two “wow” items to bring a smile to their customers.


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Wilshire Industries Joins the Gourmet Catalog

The “Best of the Best” honorees for the 2011 Housewares Design Awards embody three of the strongest consumer trends, focusing on consumers’ desires for comfort and cleanliness in the home, health and wellness, and convenience and simplicity in the kitchen.

Wilshire Industries, San Clemente, Calif., has joined the Gourmet Catalog & Buying Group. “Our specialty retail customers are trend setters. The cornerstones of our business, they are the first to carry our new products and provide valuable feedback for product development,” said Dan Sudakoff, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Wilshire Industries, in a prepared release.

Bringing home the Best of the Best—Gold for 2011 is the Air Multiplier from Dyson Inc. Featuring a first-of-its-kind bladeless design that revolutionizes the electric fan category, the Air Multiplier maximizes air capacity in a fan, while offering smooth and uninterrupted air every second.

Maker from Soda Club USA Inc. Products judged were introduced to the U.S. market between Oct. 1, 2009, and Sept. 30, 2010. The Housewares Design Awards are presented by HomeWorld Business with educational support from the International Housewares Association and sponsorship by the New York International Gift Fair. The awards program, in its eighth year, signals the importance of superior design as a driving force in the housewares industry.

Through membership in the Gourmet Catalog & Buying Group, Wilshire Industries

family of products, including Island Bamboo, HUE Bamboo, HUE Kitchen and Island Hand Carved, will be readily accessible by more than 225 independent retailers along with personalized print and online catalogs, preferred pricing and promotions. The Gourmet Catalog & Buying Group negotiates merchandise discounts, freight allowances and special dating for members, providing solutions for competition and alleviating big box advantages.

Weighing in with the Best of the Best— Silver honor is Perfect Portions Food Scale + Nutrition Facts from Design Manufacture Distribution LLC. Offering personalized tracking and customization features, the Perfect Portions Scale is designed to help consumers make healthy choices when it comes to eating. The Best of the Best—Bronze was presented to the 4-inch Ceramic Paring Knife from Mastrad Inc. With ergonomic design and a durable ceramic blade, the paring knife is the perfect choice for the kitchen, picnics and camping. Best of the Best winners were announced Feb. 2 at the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square. Thirteen Best in Category winners were also announced, and winners of the “Green House” Design Award were honored. Best in Category winners are: Cookware and Bakeware: Zoku LLC’s Quick Pop Maker Frozen Treat Maker Cooking Electrics: Eades Appliance Technology LLC’s SousVide Supreme Water Oven Cutlery & Accessories: Mastrad’s 4-inch Ceramic Paring Knife Floor Care Electrics: Miele Inc.’s Cat & Dog Vacuum Food Preparation Electrics: Design Manufacture Distribution LLC’s Perfect Portions Food Scale + Nutrition Facts Furniture: Z-Line Designs Inc.’s Alta Wall Furniture Home Environment Electrics: Dyson’s Air Multiplier AM01 Home Organization, Laundry & NonElectrics Cleaning: PD Worx LLC’s Dsolv Compostable Yard Waste Collection System Kitchen Hand Tools & Barbecue Accessories: Fusionbrands’ Foodpod Silicone Cooking Pod Kitchenware & Barware: Browne USA’s Kitchen Grips Petite Chef ’s Mitt Lighting, Home Décor & Outdoor Décor: Umbra LLC’s FishHotel Fishbowl Personal Care, Health & Garment Care: Jarden Consumer Solutions’ Sunbeam Convertible Iron + Steamer Tabletop & Beverageware: Nice Reusables Inc.’s ALEX Hydration Bottle “Green House” Design Award Winners: Pro XE Composter from NatureMill Inc., Dsolv Compostable Yard Waste Collection System and Soda Stream Crystal Home Soda

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MEASURING TOOLS (Cont. from p. 1) A well-reviewed item, said Burns, is the Cuisipro liquid measuring cup that features a unique red clip on the inside of the cup so consumers can look overhead instead of on the side when measuring.The indicator can be switched from the metric side of the cup to the imperial side. In a nod to space-saving and fashion-forward design, Chef ’n introduced a family of new and updated measuring items as part of its SleekStor line. The measuring tools include cups, prep bowls, spoons and beakers. Chef ’n wanted to update and reinvent the tools, originally introduced in 2006, said Michael Purcell, National Sales Manager. For measuring dry ingredients, Chef ’n changed the frame technology of its measuring cups.The cups still collapse for easy storage—an important feature to consumers—but the frame of the cups can now be pinched to create a pucker and control the pouring of ingredients.“It’s basically a feature enhancement of the original product,” said Purcell. Updating the cups led to a discussion on how to update the rest of their tools. The company took its measuring spoons and made them long and narrow, able to fit into any spice jar. After updating the dry measuring tools, they looked at the possibilities for liquid measuring tools. Chef ’n created new nested liquid measuring prep bowls and liquid measuring beakers. Purcell said the nested bowls were one of the company’s most highly received products. The bowls have clearly marked measurements on the inside of the bowl, and the outer frame can be pinched for controlled pouring. In crafting the beakers, “we looked at what’s


happening,” said Purcell. “People definitely like things that are cylindrical, nest together, are very fashion-forward.” The silicone measuring beaker from Chef ’n features a nylon frame that creates rigidity and still allows control of the beaker, even with hot liquids. The user-friendly beakers feature metric and imperial measurements and nest together for easy storage. The tools are available in fun colors, offering a trendy look to a kitchen staple. Purcell said one of their most popular colors is the refreshing green tonal palette, which moves from green to yellow. Their trend color palette includes a mixture of fashion-forward colors from arugula to wasabi to radicchio purple to blue. Jan Murtagh, President of Component Design Northwest, shared some of the new thermometers and timers that her company will release this year. CDN will introduce its first set of steak thermometers in the spring as a result of customer requests. The steak thermometers feature silicone grips around the top and come in four different colors. CDN also upgraded its temperature fork this year. You can set a temperature with the rotary dial, and the fork features a light that goes down to the end of the fork and makes it easy to use in lowlight conditions. The fork fits right into the trend of outdoor grilling and barbecuing, said Murtagh. She hopes to be able to help retailers target these products for consumers looking for grilling accessories. In the area of kitchen scales, Escali studied consumer demands and trends to help guide its

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introduction of new scales for 2011.This year’s introductions feature touch sensor technology. “Things are changing on the scale market, and we are definitely on the forefront with that,” said Owner Theo Prins. “We’re trying to see what customers like within their homes these days. It’s all basically inspired by what Apple has done with their iPhone and iPad.” Consumers are also demanding digital technology, and Prins estimates nine of 10 people are looking for a digital scale. Another key feature for scales, said Prins, is the tare feature, where the scale can be reset to zero

and multiple ingredients can be added. One of Escali’s new products is the Arti scale, which can weigh liquids and solids, and the display is 50 percent larger than commonly found on kitchen scales. Operated by touch sensor technology, the multipurpose Arti scale comes in nine colors. “We’ve always had good results with color,” said Prins. He believes there is still a market demand for color, especially red, as long as the price point remains reasonable. As scales become more expensive, people lean toward neutral colors such as black, white and silver.

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Retailer Profile Gretchens

Situated an hour’s drive from both Seattle and Vancouver, Gretchens in Mt. Vernon, Wash., serves a community of locals and tourists who come for the tulip and bald eagle festivals and summer art fair. Owner Donna Toepfer, who purchased Gretchens from its namesake about five years ago, said she has been careful to keep things pretty much status quo with her clientele. In fact, she noted, some are only just now aware that the store changed hands. “I didn’t make changes for the longest time,” said Toepfer, who adds that all of the staff stayed on. “We didn’t even announce the change in ownership because sometimes people get nervous about that.” At 4,000 square feet, Gretchens has room for a cooking school and all the departments expected in a kitchenware store, ranging from cookware and bakeware to gadgets and cutlery. Local chefs and caterers present the classes, which have been part of Gretchens since it began 13 years ago. There is also a bridal registry, although Toepfer notes people have been having fewer big weddings in recent years, which has influenced her buying and sales for the tabletop department.


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Toepfer said her background in retail at Duty Free Shoppers prepared her for the buying and negotiating aspects of running her store. “If you have good skills, you can buy anything,” she said. In addition to the International Home and Housewares Show, Toepfer visits the gift show in Seattle and works with manufacturers’ reps on her assortment. “I’m always trying to find new items,” she said. Toepfer does rely on her skilled staff for input and has hired someone to handle the displays. Her buying philosophy, said Toepfer, is to provide good, better and best choices, but to narrow the selection in each of those categories. If what she stocks doesn’t fit the bill, Toepfer will do special orders for customers.

Because gadgets and accessories are such a big part of the business, Toepfer said she continues to look for ways to make shopping that section easier and more interesting. Right now, like items are grouped so there are special sections or end caps devoted to baking, pizza making and in the fourth quarter, stocking stuffers. Over the years, said Toepfer, fourth-quarter buying has evolved to “giving the illusion of the holidays” without buying a lot of Christmas-specific merchandise. The reason, said Toepfer, is that retailers, especially big box stores, have begun discounting seasonal merchandise so quickly that shoppers have changed their buying habits and retailers have responded. “As retailers, we have destroyed the seasons by giving it away too early. We’re missing the ‘wow’ factor,” she said.

This year, Toepfer said she has started working on revamping the store’s website and is continuing to expand into social media by using Facebook. The goal with the Internet site, she said, is to make it more active, although she doesn’t plan to sell online.

In addition to the holidays and the local events that draw in customers, Toepfer said Gretchens conducts two special discounted shopping days a year on the first Saturday of May and October. Everything in the store is 25 percent off, except electrics, wine and food, which is discounted at a lower percentage.

Other recent changes are the addition of wine pairings to go with the cooking classes. A representative from a wine distributor works with the chefs to come up with appropriate selections.

But even this type of event, said Toepfer, “used to be a bigger deal.” The recent dip in the economy forced retailers to cut prices so much that a 25 percent discount doesn’t seem as big anymore, she said.

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Toepfer said she continues to look for ways to reach out to and draw in customers. She does advertise locally in newspapers, bridal magazines, phone directories and programs for various theater and art events. The improved website and social networking also will be used to reach potential and existing customers. Many shoppers mention that they look online for information, said Toepfer, noting “the Internet is one of our biggest competitors.” The misconception with the Web, she said, is that people assume online stores offer better prices. But Toepfer said not only is Gretchens competitive on pricing, but a bricks-and-mortar retailer can offer service and information that websites don’t. Gretchens has proven to be a bit of a social hub for the area, she said, with people calling the store not only about kitchenware products but to find out about events in town, restaurant recommendations and the like. “We’re a bit of a satellite for the community,” she said. “People are comfortable calling the store and asking us questions.”

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OUTDOOR LIVING (Cont. from p. 1) Suppliers have responded to this outdoor living trend with products that make the experience more enjoyable and easier to achieve. Yet, many also are trying to preserve a sense of style, albeit a less elegant one. The backyard barbecue, which used to be unearthed for Memorial Day and stored by Labor Day, now holds a position on the decks and balconies of households everywhere. According to the 21st Annual Weber Grillwatch Survey released in March 2010, 27 percent of grill owners said they were cooking outside more often than they were just a year previously. The average grill user spends 4.7 hours a week cooking outdoors, and about 1/3 of respondents spend from five to six hours barbecuing. Nearly a third of those taking the survey said they also use some type of grill accessory, whether it’s a meat thermometer, special tray or other grilloriented product. That focus on making the grilling experience easier has given rise to a host of new products, including the Kingsford charcoal caddy from Buddeez. Matt Holz, Vice President-Business Development for the company, said Buddeez has had the license for the Kingsford brand for several years and initially developed a caddy to hold a 22-pound bag of charcoal. But consumers that grill aren’t just living in suburbia and using large equipment. Rather, the outdoor cooking trend encompasses those in big cities with small lots or condo-sized terraces. To fit that market, Buddeez introduced for the International Home and Housewares Show a smaller unit that will hold from 9 to 16 pounds of charcoal. The unit features the Buddeez bag gripper, which allows users to keep the charcoal in the bag within the closeable container. That cuts down on the mess, said Holz, while improving the FIRE WIRE Fire Wire ® is a company that understands retailers and the retail environment. Its innovative product, a stainless steel flexible grilling skewer, generates an enthusiastic fan base with consumers. The features of the product solve problems and make grilling with skewers easier than ever before. The flexible stainless steel design allows grillers to marinate the food in a zip-close bag after it has been loaded on the skewer. By putting the tip outside the grill, no tools are required to turn or remove the skewers. Fire Wire is dishwasher safe and comes with a lifetime guarantee. To tell the story at retail, Fire Wire offers a merchandising kit

appearance and keeping the bag safe from the elements. Reusable, resealable containers, which are part of the company’s overall line, lend themselves to outdoor living in general, said Holz, whether it’s for grilling or camping. Resealable units that house cereal and snacks keep them safe from moisture and insects. In addition to the Kingsford license, Holz said Buddeez also offers products under the KOA line, a name linked with the KOA campgrounds. Easy, space-saving grilling was also the idea behind the recently introduced HotPot BBQ from Black + Blum, a British company that exhibited at the New York International Gift Fair. Dan Black, one of the principals of the firm, said the planter/grill was inspired by the rainy British weather that limits the number of grilling days. Rather than having a unit that sits out all the time, the Hot-Pot BBQ looks like a terra cotta planter when it isn’t in use, with a removable plant holder on the top that owners can use to grow herbs. When that is removed, there is a compact grill with a stainless steel base covered in ceramic paint so it won’t rust. The tongs are stored in the unit as well. Anyone with a small space that wants to cook outdoors would be a candidate for the Hot-Pot BBQ, which was a best product award recipient at the show as well. While ease of use and space saving are one component that outdoor product designers strive for, Paolo Cravedi, Manager Director at Alessi, said they also want to allow people to entertain outdoors with a sense of style. “In Italy,” said Cravedi, “if it isn’t raining, we live outdoors. For us, it’s part of our everyday life. But it’s more important to do that includes an actual grill with a full color advertisement wrap, red rope lights (coals!), a Fire Wire skewer loaded with fake foods, and a 7" video screen that loops the Fire Wire sales video. The Fire Wire Marinating Kit is an all-natural blend of herbs and spices, and is a great companion to the skewers. Take advantage of this merchandising package and Fire Wire will give you enough free skewers to offset your cost. For more about Fire Wire, or to preview the Fire Wire video, visit or email Fire Wire [tel] 620.229.9800

it (outdoor entertaining) with style. There’s no reason when entertaining outdoors to be less smart or less elegant. You can do it in a design-savvy way.” Alessi’s product line reflects this melding of function for outdoor living with high style, offering beautiful, yet functional pieces. One of the key pieces, said Cravedi, is the Chiringuito Wine Cooler. Originally inspired by a request from the Pellegrino water company to create a product that would hold bottles of still and sparkling water, the unit hooks to the table and is made of a plastic resin material. Other Alessi items combine high design with functionality for holding paper cups, plates and napkins within stainless steel or aluminum wire units. Even plastic utensils are taken to the next level with Future System Flatware. This product was conceived for the airline industry, noted Cravedi, but with airlines dropping meals from most flights, the blue, green or yellow dishwasher-safe utensils are great picnicware instead. Among its newest products, Alessi has created the Miriam Mirri condiment tray, which marries a plastic base with stainless steel and has a whimsical bird and fence design. While known for its powder-coated stainless, Cravedi said they are also bringing in high-quality plastic resin. “Stainless is our forte, and there is an element of durability to it,” he said. “It will be beautiful today and for years to come.” Style and function is also at the heart of BUILT NY ’s line of totes and bags. “We make innovative products for people on the go,” explained John Roscoe Swartz, CEO and Co-Founder. The company’s first launch was a two-bottle wine tote, inspired by images of picnics on the lawn and people “living the good life.” Although not specifically geared to the

The Max Burton® Mr. Max Table Top Burner #8254 is ideal for backyard entertaining, picnicking and camping. Used next to the barbecue as an extra burner or on a buffet to keep food hot, it operates just like a standard gas burner with a piezoelectric ignition and flame control dial for precise cooking control, but in a portable design.The Mr. Max is designed with a heavy gauge metal body with a porcelain enamel finish for durability. The burner comes with a plastic carrying case to make it easy to tote around. The burner has 10,000 BTUs, stringent built-in safety

The environmentally responsible Verde line helps make grilling a little greener.It’s not just smart—it’s eco-smart. It’s made from 100 percent sustainable materials (including packaging),recycled stainless steel and farm-raised bamboo handles. Kitchenware News & Housewares Review • MARCH 2011

The lifestyle design brand has moved from the wine tote to bottle carriers, lunch sacks and camera and laptop bags, said Swartz, noting most outdoor events these days are incorporating mobile electronics. “Outdoor events are about family and friends, and most often people want to take pictures,” he said. Products that mimic the nature around them have also been popular for outdoor dining. Diane Seidle, President of Mustardseed & Moonshine, has a range of serving pieces in the forms of flowers and fruits that can bring life, color and style to the outdoor table. Among her newest items are orchid teapots and ramekins, a calla lily pitcher, a set of four trillium mugs and platters and bowls with a gladiola design that also reminds users of palm fronds. More rustic for outdoor entertaining are some of the imported products from Bitters Co., a store and design studio in Seattle. Operators Amy and Katie Carson bring in products from Portugal, Mexico and elsewhere that reflect those countries’ al fresco lifestyles. Among the items are Barro Negro bakeware, an unglazed pottery that can be used for roasting, baking and serving. And Mexican recycled glassware is ideal for serving lemonade or other drinks. Also designed to add interest to the outdoor table are cork burl bowls from Portugal that can be used to present food and are cleanable with soap and water. Outdoor living, said Katie Carson, “is about sunshine and fresh air. And you don’t have to limit yourself to just summer.”




outdoors, Swartz said the neoprene materials used in BUILT’s line are functional and workable for outdoor use, but can also be cut into great shapes and married with colors and patterns for high style.

devices and is UL listed for outdoor use. Fuel source: Max Burton® Butane Fuel Cartridge #1215 UL approved can. Aervoe Industries Inc. [tel] 800.227.0196

The spatula’s tapered face and flex performance precisely handles even the most delicate, hard to flip foods. Suggested Retail Price: $10.99 Fox Run Brands [tel] 215.675.7700

{ headlines } Zak Designs Plans Nambé Inks Crystal Licensing Partnership with Rogaška 35th Anniversary Initiatives Zak Designs of Spokane, Wash., is celebrating its 35th anniversary in 2011. From a small company selling fun and unique oven mitts to the global leader in licensed children’s dinnerware and a recognized authority on trend-focused housewares, it’s been quite a ride for Zak Designs. “I’m extremely proud of where we’ve come from as a company, and what we’ve accomplished along the way,” said Irv Zakheim, President and CEO of Zak Designs, in a prepared release. “But I’m even more excited about what we’ve yet to achieve.”

Effective in May, Nambé, has entered into a licensing partnership with Rogaška for the distribution and expansion of its Crystal Collection. Rogaška, which has always been the producer of Nambé Crystal, will continue to manufacture the current collections in its facility in Slovenia.The company will also handle sales, distribution activities for the Nambé line, as well as shipping from its Connecticut warehouse.

“We are pleased to announce this new partnership with Rogaška,” said Robert Varakian, CEO of Nambé, in a prepared statement. “This partnership creates a perfect alignment in several strategic areas—first and

foremost, it allows Nambé to continue to focus on and grow our core metal business. Rogaška—as the long-time producer of Nambé Crystal and the manufacturer of the best-quality crystal in the world—is the most valid partner for this venture. We are also pleased that Rogaška will continue to use the existing Nambé sales representatives, and is already working with the Nambé design team. We are confident that Rogaška will grow the Nambé crystal business to new levels, and we look forward to working with them. Going forward, we will also be reviewing licensing opportunities for Nambé branded cookware.”

As part of a seamless transition, the packaging, price points and branding of the Nambé Crystal Collection will remain unvaried. Additionally, Rogaška will introduce an expanded assortment at the New York Tabletop Show in April. “Rogaška will dedicate all resources to successfully expand distribution of Nambé crystal,” said Bostjan Leskovar, President of Rogaška America. “Moving forward, Rogaška will make a clear distinction between Nambé branded crystal and other crystal lines in the Rogaška assortment. Rogaška is committed to maintaining the modern design that Nambé is known for.”

In keeping with that idea, the theme of Zak’s 35th anniversary is “The Best is Yet to Come.” Instead of taking a retrospective approach to the celebration, Zak is using its anniversary as a way to kick off new initiatives that will help shape the company’s future. “It’s more than just new products, it’s a new philosophy, a new commitment. And we are extremely excited about it,” Zakheim said. Zak’s celebration of its 35th anniversary begins at the International Home and Housewares show in Chicago. Throughout the year, Zak will begin releasing details about its new initiatives and the products that will help the company accomplish its new overarching goals. ROMA BY WESTON RAVIOLI ROLLING PIN Making homemade ravioli is easy with Roma by Weston’s Ravioli Rolling Pin. This versatile tool doubles as a rolling pin and a ravioli pin. Simply roll out dough sheets using the rolling pin, then remove the rolling pin cover to expose the ravioli pin. The cover comes off easily by simply unscrewing one end and sliding it off of the rolling pin. And the best part is it takes up no more room than a single rolling pin in your kitchen drawer. Also from Roma by Weston is the Electric Tomato Strainer, a powerful tool to process large quantities of tomatoes or other produce.The Tomato Strainer’s powerful motor removes skins and seeds from fruits and vegetables while making fresh sauces,purees,juices— even mashed potatoes and salsa. The Ravioli Rolling Pin along with the full Roma by Weston product line will be displayed at the 2011 IHA show.Visit Weston Products at booth S2183 to see this and the many exciting products from Weston. Weston Products

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Product Review

Bordeaux Wine Aerator From LSArts Kitchenware News & Housewares Review was especially excited for this month’s product review. Who doesn’t enjoy a good reason to have a glass of wine? I had the pleasure of trying out the Bordeaux Wine Aerator from LSArts this month, and this handy little wine tool exceeded expectations. The aerator made its debut at the Atlanta and New York gift shows, and will be on display during this month’s International Housewares Show. According to LSArts, the aerator should fit onto any open bottle of wine, and the wine is decanted as you pour it from the bottle. Simple to use, the aerator indeed fits into any opened bottle of wine. LSArt’s Bordeaux aerator is made of high-quality glass, with a spiral base to insert into the opening of a wine bottle. We tried the aerator in three different bottles of red wine, and each time it fit tightly without any problems. The aerator is a bell-shaped glass, about 2½ inches tall, and wine is poured directly from the bottle, through the aerator, and into your glass. My colleague tested the aerator out with a bottle of Merlot one evening, and said the experiment went very well. She was most impressed by how


the aerator enhanced the aroma of the wine, and said the scent of it was just beautiful after pouring. I tried the aerator with a bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon. The aerator worked beautifully. I agreed with my co-worker that it enhanced the wine’s aroma, and I found that it actually mellowed the wine’s bite. When you fail to let a red wine breathe, its flavor becomes sharp and biting. Despite having just been opened, wine poured through the Bordeaux aerator was mellow, creating a smoother flavor that was more enjoyable. I was really impressed that this small, easy-to-use tool could have such a significant impact on the flavor of the wine. I’ve also never been known as the most patient person, and so I’m definitely a fan of eliminating that half-hour or hour breathing period.

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use. And what is I’m sure the best proof of a great review, my friend asked for the price of the aerator because he was interested in purchasing one for himself. The suggested retail price for the wine aerator is $10. Its reasonable price tag

makes it an appealing buy for even casual wine drinkers, and retailers can attractively cross-merchandise it with wine to create a bigger sale. I think a bottle of red wine and the Bordeaux aerator is going to be my next go-to hostess gift. I’m giving the Bordeaux red wine aerator two thumbs up.

I then brought the aerator to a party to get some additional thoughts, and we tried it with a bottle of Shiraz. My friends agreed that the aerator removed the initial bite, and loved how the aerator speeded up the typical breathing process. One of my friends, a big wine fan, said though his glass of wine benefited from a few additional minutes of breathing after pouring, the aerator still did a great job of decanting the wine without being overly complicated to

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knhr @ ih+hs show Housewares Show Welcomes New, Returning Exhibitors by Carrie Bui This year’s International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago promises to be fresh and exciting, with 1,900 exhibitors signed up at the end of January. “We are very pleased to say that the show is nearly sold out and that we have very limited floor space available,” said Phil Brandl, President of the International Housewares Association, in a press release. The association signed up more than 400 first-time companies as well as exhibitors returning after a brief absence. One new exhibitor to the show this year is Creative Tops Ltd. (booth S655/S656), a British tabletop company. Creative Tops will be showing a new collection from designer Katie Alice, a contemporary cookware range designed by Chef Justin Capp as well as some extensions to collections. “Obviously, we hope that our products would appeal to this market. But really, this is a bit of a knowledge-building exercise,” said Clare Farthing, Marketing and PR Manager for Creative Tops. “We already do a bit of business with certain retailers in the U.S., but we consider ourselves new to this market. It’s very important that we gather as much information as possible so we hope to meet


with relevant tabletop buyers from key department stores in the region. It’s also a fantastic opportunity for us to understand what sort of tabletop products are popular, what sort of colors and surface patterns are preferred and also what type of route to market option we need to take.” The annual show is when most retailers debut new products and collections. Contigo plans to show new products within its thermal, hydration and kids’ product lines. “Recognizing that consumers value double-wall plastic drinkware for on-the-go use, Contigo is launching two new Autoseal products that feature this construction—the Contigo Autoseal Bella travel mug and Martinique water bottle,” said Sami Elsaden, CEO. Featuring new products is also part of EuroPro’s plan for this year’s show, including the new Ninja Professional Blender, Ninja Kitchen System, Shark Professional Steam Pocket Mop, Shark Navigator Lift-Away and the Shark Press & Refresh Garment Care System. The blender and the garment care system are finalists for the 2011 Housewares Design Awards. “Building on the success of the original Ninja

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Master Prep Professional, the Ninja product line will grow in 2011 to a full range of kitchen products spanning five different categories,” said Mark Rosenzweig, CEO for Euro-Pro. Some companies choose to use the housewares show as a way to showcase the company and its existing product lines. This is the focus for Tailor Made Products and Curious Chef. Tailor Made is a plastic injection molding company that also manufactures Curious Chef, a line of children’s cooking tools. Instead of showing what’s new, Tailor Made will focus on its production capabilities, said Megan Manis, Director, Sales & Marketing for Tailor Made and Curious Chef. Curious Chef focuses on how cooking tools for kids give them a safe way to participate in the kitchen and develop healthy eating habits. “The Curious Chef line of children’s utensils gives parents the perfect platform to instruct their children about the importance of good nutrition,” said Shelly Schumacher, Communications Manager for Curious Chef. “When a child is able to really contribute in meal preparation, they are much more willing and excited to experiment and try the foods they have created.”

2056 ULTIMO WING CORKSCREW FIRST 3-IN-1 WING CORKSCREW At last,the ultimate Wing Corkscrew that does it all. This new patented corkscrew is the first ever to have a built-in foil cutter and still include a strong bottle opener in it.Of course,this wing corkscrew is also the strongest and best-selling wing corkscrew from Italy. Just squeeze the two buttons on the top to engage the cutting wheels to remove the foil capsule off the top of the bottle Available in all chrome, black or burgundy body. Suggested Retail Price: $7.99 Franmara [tel] 831.422.4000


SIMPLE CREATURES BEVERAGE NAPKINS Simple Creatures™ line of beverage napkins uses bold colors and simple sayings with the just the right amount of whimsy to make the perfect napkin for your event. They are understated and friendly, and may be the first printed cocktail napkin that you can get a room full of guys to use that women will also like. Many different sayings and themes for nearly any holiday or event are available. A free napkin spinner is offered with your first purchase of a starter package for your store. Contact Fortis Design for a catalog or customdesigned napkin. Made in the U.S. and of the highest quality, each pack includes 20 3-ply napkins, 4 7/8" square, and each carton holds 12 packs of napkins. Suggested Retail Price: $5 per pack

Weston Products has partnered with celebrity Chef Michael Symon to introduce the Live to Cook product line. This set of products offers the necessary tools to prepare fresh, homemade dishes by processing foods from your own garden or the local market. The star of this line is a multi-function grinder to turn fresh meat into burgers, sausages and other dishes. With a 0.5 horsepower motor, this workhorse will become an enviable addition to any kitchen. And its brushed stainless steel finish makes it an attractive appliance to keep on your countertop. Additional attachments include a Fruit & Vegetable

Strainer, Shredder/Slicer and Pasta Press/Cutter. The Live to Cook Vacuum Sealer is perfect to help store freshly made entrees, extend the life of leftovers or prepare food for sous-vide cooking. This easy-to-use sealer will handle any sealing chore. Its 11" wide sealing tray is the right size for vacuum sealing any dish for elongated storage. Visit Weston Products at the 2011 IHA Show (booth S2183) to see the entire Live to Cook line and more products from Weston. Suggested Retail Prices: $299.99 for grinder; $199.99 for vacuum sealer Weston Products

Fortis Design Inc. [tel] 919.341.0420 [email]

CUCINA PRO CLASSIC WAFFLE BAKER CucinaPro is proud to announce its full line-up of Classic Waffle Bakers will be available in early April. CucinaPro President Pat Dittoe said,“We brought two upscale waffle irons about two years ago, a four-square Belgian at a $79.99 retail and a Round Heart at a $59.99 retail. They sold very well but many of our customers asked for round waffle bakers at $49.99 or even $39.99 and a four square at $59.99 or $49.99. As usual, the customer was right. Our three Round Waffle Bakers (heart, Belgian and classic) sold very well this fall. We will have our Belgian/American four at a time in stock soon.” These bakers all have between six and seven heat settings for individual waffle browning control, Xylan nonstick coating for easy release and between 1100 and 1200 watts of cooking power. They are all designed by Gene Vitantonio of VillaWare fame. Cucina Pro [tel] 216.351.3002

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


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

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

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

Tribest Corp. [tel] 714.879.7150

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knhr @ ih+hs show VITACLAY’S “LAZY GOURMET” The recent news in health and nutrition has people worried. With obesity and early-onset diseases on the rise, the media has pointed out problems with the way we are feeding our families. Fast food and microwave meals are not giving us what we need nutritionally, and it’s not only unhealthy: it’s making us sick. We know we should cook whole food meals from fresh ingredients, but where is the time to prepare these foods for our families? The award-winning VitaClay® Rice N’ Slow Cooker combines convenience with great taste and healthy cooking all in one. Voted as “Top Rated Slow Cooker” from Good Housekeeping in March 2009, the exclusive, mineral-rich

MARINEX BOTANIC TABLEWARE Lancaster Colony Commercial Products introduces fresh, new Marinex® selections for the U.S. retail market at the IHA Saint-Gobain Booth S3225, including the new, eco-friendly, fully tempered Botanic tableware collection. The Botanic items are all made of 100 percent recyclable glass and include tumblers, tall drinking glasses, dinner plates, salad bowls, dessert plates, cups and bowls. Show attendees can also view the latest Marinex clear borosilicate bakeware classics and premium products, such as roasters in many different sizes with and without glass lids, molds,

clay pot not only cooks grains, soups and stews to perfection, it keeps meals warm without using added electricity! The programmable electronic housing allows for convenient, push-button controls that give you the freedom to cook now or later, and your meal is ready when you are. Most meals take between 30 minutes and two hours, saving you time and energy. For quick, nutritious, convenient meals that save you time and money, think VitaClay! Suggestions and comments are welcomed by phone or email. Essenergy [tel] 877.877.9121 [email]

casseroles, specialty servers and more. Marinex fully tempered glass tableware and storage collections will also be displayed, including canisters with BPA-free color plastic lids in heights for convenient storage as well as on-the-go sizes complete with a durable, easy-to-grip handle lid with drink spout. Marinex square, tempered glass storage bowls with color plastic lids are available individually in several sizes, as well as six-piece packaged sets. Lancaster Colony Commercial Products [tel] 800.292.7260

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knhr @ ih+hs show PLATYPUS DESIGNER DUCT TAPE The world’s most versatile tape becomes a lot more fun with Platypus Designer Duct Tape. Strong and beautifully printed, each pattern is seamless, both horizontally and vertically, making it perfect for crafting and design work in addition to all of the regular uses for duct tape.It’s great for marking luggage, making wallets, bracelets, bags, flowers, accent décor,covering cabling and any project you can think up. Available now in 10 cool, classic and organic patterns with new ones frequently introduced. Firsttime customers get a point-of-purchase

display that really helps sell the product.This cloth-backed,weatherproof adhesive tape is 32" x 2". Platypus Designer Duct Tape has been featured in such venues as Disney, Rachael Ray, The Today Show, WGN-TV with Frank Fontana and others. For more information check out Platypus Designer Duct Tape page on Suggested Retail Price: $8 per roll


Casabella’s new line of Keith Haring Artist Collection Cleaning Tools combines Haring’s popular, animated art with everyday products. The line includes a broom, mop, microfiber floor duster, extendable filament duster, dustpan and brush set, sponges, microfiber cloths and round brush scrubbers.

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

Casabella Holdings LLC [tel] 800.841.4140

Evriholder [tel] 800.975.0335

Fortis Design Inc. [tel] 919.341.0420


PET FOOD CAN The simplehuman Pet Food Can is available in two sizes: 25-liter, which stores approximately 20 pounds of food and a 30-liter model for up to 25 pounds. Both cans feature a large, ergonomic lock-tight handle that forms an airtight seal to keep food fresh. A scoop attaches under the lid for easy access. The cans are equipped with built-in wheels and a removable, food-grade inner bucket. Suggested Retail Prices: $99.99 and $119.99


simplehuman [tel] 888.988.8880

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Baby Chef’s Ultimate Baby Food Center is the essential kitchen helper for parents. It blends, chops, warms, steams and reheats. Foods can be steamed and pureed at the same time in side-by-side jars. It also functions as a bottle warmer and occupies minimal counter space. The containers are BPA-free. Suggested Retail Price: $149.99

The newest addition to the Elevate Collection, the Elevate Carousel Set features six essential multi-colored Elevate kitchen tools and a specially designed rotating storage stand. The unit is made of ABS plastic and has a non-slip rubber base. The unit rotates by twisting the soft-grip knob at the top. Suggested Retail Price: $50 Joseph Joseph [tel] 44.297.2611800

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SUPERMARKET SMARTY DRY ERASE GROCERY LIST VIVID WIRELESS WALL SCONCES From It’s Exciting Lighting™ this batterypowered, wireless wall sconce accent lights is easy to install. There are no holes to cut, no wires to run and most importantly, no expensive electrical installation costs. The “Vivid” line of Wireless Wall sconces feature a highquality look at a very affordable cost. The sconce shades are available in a variety of patterns that emulate stone, granite, burl wood and other attractive finishes. This innovative, exclusive and proprietary wireless accent light is an ideal lighting solution for the kitchen, bar, bathroom, hallway or any area that needs accent lighting. The product features, long lasting, eco-friendly LEDs that create an attractive

ambiance with warm rich illumination. Runs on six AA batteries (not included) with more than 200 hours on one set of batteries. For more information, visit Inventures Products at booth S3650.

The Supermarket Smarty reusable dry erase grocery list uses symbols to guide shoppers to make healthy food choices. The list, which opens in a horizontal, accordion style, includes all the major supermarket categories.Colorful symbols highlight the nutritional benefits of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and healthy fat. When folded, the list is thin and compact and fits easily into a purse or pocket. There is also an embedded magnifying lens for reading the small print of food packaging labels. Other features are a meal planner, coupon pocket, retractable dry erase marker and magnetic clip. Suggested Retail Price: $9.99

Inventures Products [tel] 800.381.3919

S Squared Investments LLC [tel] 609.638.2112

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The Blend and Cook Soup Maker features a thermal shock-resistant blender jar that holds up to 48 ounces of hot liquids and 56 ounces of cold liquids. The unit provides 900 watts of power and offers four blending speeds, plus pulse and stir functions as well as high, medium and low heat settings. There is a push-button digital control for temperature and an easy-to-read LED 30-minute countdown timer. An internal heater ensures soup is kept at optimum temperature. The jar has a nonstick interior and comes with a cleaning brush. Suggested Retail Price: $199

In the spring of 2010, Pillivuyt France introduced the Eden bakeware with handles,first in gleaming white and then in a striking black. These pieces have been well-received on the market, especially as they can be used on the grill (as can any Pillivuyt bakeware) with the added advantage of having the handles to help remove the dish from the grill easily using an oven glove. This style was followed by the addition of the new Sancerre deep bakers,suitable for bread, casseroles,loaf cakes and a host of other recipes.These unique bakers offer a new shape and elegant, different look to atthe-table presentations of hot dishes and baked goods. Coming to the Pillivuyt booth at the Chicago show will be several new bakeware items,and they’re so unique the factory has declined to share exactly what they are. So we are waiting with anticipation for the new shapes and items related to baking and roasting to be introduced at the Chicago Housewares show this month. No matter what these pieces are, we can be sure they will be the same high-quality porcelain with all the flexibility and versatility customers have come to expect from Pillivuyt France. Visit them at booth S4333 as these surprise items are unveiled.

ZOJIRUSHI VACUUM COOKING POT The Stainless Steel Thermal Vacuum Cooking Pot uses vacuum insulation, rather than electricity, for cooking. By heating the inner cooking pan and then placing it in the vacuum insulated outer container and closing the lid, users can slow cook a meal without electricity. By creating a vacuum within the container, heat loss is minimized and the contents remain hot for hours. Thermal cooking provides energy efficiency, reduced energy costs and helps food retain shape and texture.The Thermal Vacuum Cooking Pot is available in a 6-liter or 8-liter capacity. Suggested Retail Prices: $318 and $358

Cuisinart [tel] 800.726.6247

Zojirushi America Corp. [tel] 800.264.6270

BUILT WATER BOTTLE TOTE BUILT’s new Water Bottle Tote is available in three sizes and four colors and patterns: black, scuba blue, city grid and scatter dot. Each insulating neoprene tote features a convertible clip strap that allows users to attach the bottle to backpacks, gym bags or strollers for quick access. The strap can also be used as an easy-grip handle that stays out of the way when drinking. Sizes are 12-18 ounces, 20-30 ounces and 32-40 ounces. Suggested Retail Prices: $14.99, $17.99 and $19.99 BUILT [tel] 212.227.2044

Pillivuyt [tel] 952.938.1672

TERRIFIC TURKEY TIMER Make sure your fowl doesn’t become foul. Just insert probe into the center of the turkey and place the timer on the counter or stovetop/oven door.The light flashes and alarm sounds when the turkey is done. Two batteries are included with the timer. The Terrific Turkey features a magnetic back and extra long 36" cable. Suggested Retail Price: $14.99 Parasia International Ltd. [tel] 763.267.7901 eng/home.php


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knhr @ ih+hs show VICTORINOX CERAMIC KNIVES OUTSET POTATO THERMOMETER No more handling a hot potato,piercing with a fork or prematurely slicing in half to check for doneness. The new dishwasher-safe potato thermometer, nicknamed “Spud Bud™,” reads the internal temperature of a potato and indicates when it is ready to eat. Spud Buds are sold in a set of four, or are available in a counter display unit that holds 20 single-packed thermometers. Suggested Retail Price: $19.99 (Set of 4) Fox Run Brands [tel] 215.675.7700

HUROM ORIGINAL SLOW JUICER Change the way you get your vitamins with this one-of-a-kind new and improved juice extractor. You can enjoy more antioxidants, better flavors and freshness without the common problems of heating, foaming or separation. You can even make your own homemade soy milk, wheatgrass juice, almond milk or tofu. The original patented Hurom Slow Juicer stands apart from conventional juice extractors with its many unique features. It is practically silent with its quiet, slowrotating induction motor. It has all of the performance of a masticating, single-auger juicer, but with much less space required and lighter in weight than typical centrifuge-style juicers. It also only uses 150 watts, making it the most energy-efficient juice extractor on the market. The screw-like auger and the juice strainer are both now made from the ultra-strong GE Ultem material and are BPA-free. Furthermore, the Hurom’s self-cleaning feature allows for continuous juicing and hassle-free care. See the difference by watching the demo video at The motor comes with a 10-year warranty. Made in Korea. Suggested Retail Price: $359 Roland Products [tel] 800.321.2226

For more than 100 years, Victorinox Commercial Cutlery has become the tool of choice for professionals, and the brand continues to innovate with the introduction of the new ceramic blade collection featuring proprietary Fibrox handles. Ceramic blades have recently gained popularity because of their outstanding edge retention and resistance to corrosion and acids.

The ceramic blades are manufactured from high-purity zirconium oxide powder, compressed at very high pressures and sintered in furnaces at temperatures of more than 2700° F. The result is an extremely hard blade that is comparable to the hardness of a diamond. Each knife is then equipped with the Classic Victorinox Fibrox handle with signature textured grip, helping

reduce the chance of slippage. And with the handle designed to minimize wrist tension while still providing legendary cuts, it’s no wonder that Victorinox Commercial Cutlery remains the “choice of professionals.” The 4¾" ceramic utility knife is a lightweight, low maintenance tool whose blade is resistant to corrosion and acid. It is durable, extremely sharp and does not transfer taste or odor. The proprietary Victorinox Fibrox handle was created with the needs of the home chef in mind. Suggested Retail Price: $80 Victorinox Commercial Cutlery [tel] 800.442.2706

knhr @ ih+hs show ATLAS 150 WELLNESS DELUXE PASTA MACHINE BY MARCATO SCI is introducing the Atlas 150 Wellness Deluxe Pasta Machine made by Marcato in Italy. It’s the first pasta machine where every part is made with materials that do not release harmful heavy metals onto the dough. The body of the machine is made of anodized aluminum, and the rollers are made of light aluminum alloy and are completely nickel and chrome free, giving you nothing but pure pasta. Only the finest materials paired with excellent workmanship make this a wonderful addition to any kitchen. Available in red, black and silver.

VITA CRAFT COOKWARE Vita Craft Corp. announced the newest addition to its family of quality cookware, The Wahaus Collection. The Wahaus Collection, pronounced “Way House,” is designed to travel seamlessly from cooktop to the family table.The 5-ply stainless steel induction capable cookware is not only for effortless cooking but for serving as well. Features include “stay cool” tubular stainless steel handles with glass or optional stainless steel covers, which utilize stainless steel knobs and finger guards. Named after true “Vita Crafters” Richard Wahaus, former Vice President of Manufacturing and his wife Sharie, a customer service legend, the Wahaus Collection showcases their drive for quality, durability and innovation. Vita Craft also will be featuring its Neova

by Vita Craft line of 5-ply stainless steel cookware in booth S4413. In 2010, Vita Craft entered the retail market in the U.S.The introduction of Neova cookware was selected for the kitchen and gourmet specialty store.“We are pleased with the response and look forward to providing quality cookware worldwide,” said Gary E.Martin,Vita Craft’s President. Since 1939, Vita Craft Corp. has manufactured quality cookware for the home, proudly extending a lifetime guarantee against defects in material and workmanship.Vita Craft is made in Shawnee, Kan. Vita Craft Corp. [tel] 800.359.3444

SCI Cuisine Internationale [tel] 800.966.5489

CONFETTI EGG TRAYS Truly functional serveware does more than just provide people with a way to pass hors d’oeuvres at social events, it brings a touch of color and functionality to parties, creates a conversation piece for guests and gives hosts the versatility to use it for any occasion. Zak Designs’ Confetti Egg Tray is designed to do all this and more. Available in white or yellow, the Confetti Egg Tray holds 18 eggs in decorative floral patterns that are both fun and functional. Whether it’s holiday gatherings or backyard barbecues, the Confetti Egg Tray can coordinate with any occasion, and the durable construction is perfect for both indoor and outdoor functions. Like all of Zak’s Confetti products, the Egg Trays are made with recycled melamine using a patented process, so they’re not just good for parties, they’re good for the planet, too. Talk about giving guests something to talk about. Suggested Retail Price: $14.99 Zak Designs [tel] 800.331.1089

THE WALLY The Wally bottle opener lives in your wallet right next to your credit cards. It makes the perfect groomsman gift or graduation present, especially when personally engraved. The Wally is an exquisite little bottle opener, the exact size of a credit card. Made of highquality brushed stainless steel, the Wally will last much longer than the other cards in your wallet. Suggested Retail Price: $12 Fortis Design Inc. [tel] 919.341.0420 22

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knhr @ ih+hs show COLLAPSIBLE SALAD SET The Collapsible Salad Set packs and stores flat. It includes a 72-ounce bowl and three 4-ounce ingredient containers. The leak-proof containers keep ingredients separated and the dual-action colander allows users to clean and pack greens. The set is BPA free and dishwasher safe. Suggested Retail Price: $24.99 PMI/Aladdin [tel] 800.456.1233

MINI DUTCH OVEN SET Fagor America offers a new line of cookware and cutlery from celebrity chef Michelle Bernstein under the Michelle B label. Available is a four-piece Mini Dutch Oven Set crafted with a multicoated exterior designed to ensure strength and heat resistance as well as protection from rust, chipping and cracking.The interior coating requires no additional seasoning unlike other cast iron pieces. Each set features four samecolored 0.25-quart mini Dutch ovens that can be used for soups, appetizers or desserts. The sets are available in red, blue and lemon-lime beginning in April. Suggested Retail Price: $89.99

JUMBO GLASS STORAGE JAR OGGI Corp.’s round ribbed jumbo glass storage jar features a stainless steel twistoff lid. The jar is available in three sizes in clear, green and amber. Suggested Retail Prices: $11.95-15.95 OGGI Corp. [tel] 714.449.0733

Fagor America Inc. [tel] 800.207.0806

MASTRAD PASTRY BAG SET WITH STAND Mastrad’s Pastry Bag Set With Stand is designed for easy use and easy clean up. The pastry bag’s open end folds down over the stand top, enabling users to easily fill the bag and keep the filling end of the bag clean for handling. Made of silicone, the clear bags can be washed by hand or in the top rack of the dishwasher. The set comes with two 12" silicone pastry bags, one 9" silicone bag, the 12" stand, five decorating tips, one infuser tip for filling pastries or donuts, a tip cap to keep the bag’s contents moist between uses, a cleaning brush and a bag clamp. The charcoal gray stand stores the set between uses. Suggested Retail Price: $20 Mastrad Inc. [tel] 800.358.0608 24

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SORRENTO DIP CHILLERS Sorrento Dip Chillers will make their official introduction at the Housewares Show. Like all Sorrento products, they are stoneware and microwave and dishwasher safe. The dip bowl has a 12ounce capacity and is generously sized at a 5.5" diameter and a 4" high body for ample ice capacity. The dip chillers will be available in ivory, wheat/gold, sage/green and ruby red and will start shipping to retailers by May 15. Suggested Retail Price: $24.99 Signature Housewares [tel] 805.484.6666

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

New for the 2011 International Home + Housewares Show, the CoffeeStack is a unique space-saver that organizes 40 K-Cups in the kitchen cabinet. “The CoffeeStack is the perfect accessory for single-serve coffee makers,” said Lauren Greenwood, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for YouCopia Products Inc., maker of the CoffeeStack. “It’s the only K-Cup holder designed specifically for the kitchen cabinet so the consumer can free up space on the countertop and stay organized.” The CoffeeStack measures just over 5" wide and fits in all standard kitchen cabinets. Four drawers hold a total of 40 K-Cups, making the CoffeeStack the highest-capacity K-Cup

organizer on the market.To use, pull the drawer out until it is extended and lower it to resting position at eye-level. Because all the K-Cups labels face out, it’s easy to select the coffee of choice. Refill with new K-Cups by dropping each pod into an empty holder. CoffeeStack’s black and silver colors match the most popular coffee machine models. No assembly is required. Non-skid rubber feet hold CoffeeStack securely in place in the cabinet and units can be stacked. Durable plastic is easy to clean with a damp cloth. Suggested retail price is $29.99. Also on display are the Original SpiceStack and Super SpiceStack. Holding

18-plus and 27-plus spice bottles respectively, the two organizers feature three drawers that pull out and lower to resting position so spices are displayed for easy selection. The Exact SpiceStack’s “tool drawer” includes a 10-piece set of professional stainless steel measuring cups and spoons, as well as a leveler for precise measuring. Two more drawers hold 18 full-size or 36 half-size spice bottles. The CoffeeStack will be available in April 2011. Visit booth S4265 for pricing and availability or email YouCopia can also be contacted at 773.252.0710 or

MAX BURTON DELUXE INDUCTION COOKTOP The Max Burton® Deluxe Induction Cooktop #6200 is a high-powered 1800W model within a sleek stainless steel tabletop design. It features 10 power settings from 500W to 1800W or 10 temperature settings from 140°-450°.With the 180-minute timer,cooking time can be controlled automatically. The Induction Interface Disk #6010 is an accessory that allows users to use cookware that is not induction rated.The disk is an 8" diameter stainless steel accessory that is placed between the induction cooktop and the cookware to achieve the required interface. The combination of these two items allows formerly inappropriate cookware such as copper, glass and aluminum to be used with the Induction Cooktop. All items are available separately or as Induction Set #6050. Suggested Retail Prices: $119.90 for cooktop; $49 for interface disk; $165 for induction set

Aervoe Industries Inc. [tel] 800.227.0196


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knhr @ ih+hs show LIFE-TAMERS INC. FRIDGE-TAMER SWING-OUT SHELF Designed to make hidden food in the back of the fridge instantly accessible, without moving and juggling arms full of stuff from the front. The FridgeTamer™ instantly installs with four heavy-duty suction cups into fridges that have glass shelves. Save time by instantly accessing leftovers for a quick and easy meal. It’s easy to use by everyone, including kids, seniors and people with disabilities. No more bending and straining to the back of a lower shelf.“Everybody has a fridge and just about everyone has problems finding food in the back or in tight spaces. The Fridge-Tamer installs on any level of the fridge, or either side. If you have a wider fridge, you can even put two beside each other on one shelf. It has been designed to customize every fridge and will swing out from the right or left depending on consumer preference,” explained Keith Cumming, President of LifeTamers Inc., product manufacturer. Stop by booth S1267 at the show for more information. Suggested Retail Price: $24.99

FUSIONBRANDS FOODPOD The foodpod is a modern silicone cooking tool designed to save time when boiling, blanching or steaming by conveniently containing, removing and draining foods like eggs,veggies,seafood and more in one easy-to-use vessel. Simply place foods in the foodpod and put in water to cook. Lift from water and let drain. The foodpod helps save time and water when preparing a meal. The pod keeps food together for quick and easy removal, and the nonstick silicone protects delicate foods and pot surfaces. It is top rack dishwasher safe and microwave safe. Life-Tamers Inc. [tel] 866.802.0678


SCRAP HAPPY SCRAP COLLECTOR & FREEZER COMPOST BIN Full Circle’s Scrap Happy scrap collector and freezer compost bin solves two problems in one. First, the wire rim hooks over a drawer so you can scoop your kitchen scraps right in, keeping your counters neat and tidy. No more carrying your cutting board full of scraps across the room. Once full, the Scrap Happy turns into a compost bin. Simply pop the bin in your freezer and your scraps remain frozen until compost time. That means no mess, no smell and no flies. And because the container is made from silicone it can fit anywhere in the freezer, even on the door. This makes it great for even the smallest apartments, which normally do not have space for large compost bins.The flexible material also makes emptying it a cinch—simply invert the container, push on the bottom and out come your frozen scraps. The container is dishwasher safe so keeping it clean between uses is convenient. Doing your part for the planet was never this lowmaintenance. Suggested Retail Price: $15 Full Circle [tel] 866.259.0727 [email]

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knhr @ ih+hs show COLLAPSIBLE PRODUCE KEEPER Progressive’s 4-quart Collapsible Produce Keeper allows users to wash and store produce in a single container. The container doubles as a colander and can even store smaller portions when collapsed. A water reservoir keeps produce fresh and a clear lid helps to quickly identify the contents. There is also an adjustable vent to ensure proper airflow. Suggested Retail Price: $17.99 Progressive International [tel] 800.426.7101

JELLYBEAN KITCHEN RUGS Colorful designs by Mary Engelbreit, Sally Stetson and other popular designers make these washable accent rugs by Jellybean perfect for the kitchen. In front of the sink, stove or door, these new designs are machine washable. They are created from a blend of polypropylene and acrylic fibers made from 35 percent recycled materials and are suitable for use indoors or outdoors. The rugs measure 22" by 34". Suggested Retail Price: $29.99

WELCOME HOME BRANDS’ PAPER BAKEWARE Welcome Home Brands introduces an extensive and innovative line of paper bakeware. Made of food-grade paper, this disposable bakeware makes it easy to bake,serve,store and give.It eliminates the need for metal pans and is extremely convenient to use. There is no need for pre-greasing or messy clean-up of baking pans. Produced in partnership with one of the world’s leaders in the category, this paper bakeware is oven safe to 400°F and freezer safe,so users can bake and freeze in the same paper pan. The extensive line includes cupcake and muffin cups, dessert cups, loaf pans, cake pans, heart-shaped pans and round muffin/tart/quiche pans. They come in many decorative designs as well as seasonal Christmas and Halloween collections. Welcome Home Brands [tel] 914.205.3040

Jellybean/Home Comfort Inc. [tel] 800.782.1198


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knhr @ ih+hs show CONTATA SINGLE-SERVE BEVERAGE SYSTEM Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf’s single-serve beverage system allows users to make their own espresso, coffee, tea and specialty beverages at home. The Contata features automatic proportioning and a twin measure system with high pressure for espresso and low pressure for coffee and tea. It can accommodate a variety of cup sizes and has easy capsule insertion and automatic ejection. A large capsule drawer holds 10 used capsules. Other features include an energysaving function, electronic temperature control, diagnostic lights and removable water tank. The Contata measures 13.75" long by 7" wide by 10.5" high and is available in gray/black. Suggested Retail Price: $129.95 Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf [tel] 888.520.2285

MCKENZIE HALF APRON The McKenzie Half Apron from Peking Handcraft is 100 percent cotton and measures 20" by 19". Suggested Retail Price: $14 Peking Handicraft Inc. [tel] 800.872.6888

EMILE HENRY PIZZA STONE The Emile Henry Pizza Stone is designed to make brick-oven style pizzas in home ovens and on backyard grills. Made in France of Flame-Top technology, this 14" ceramic round stone absorbs moisture from the pizza dough while distributing heat evenly throughout the pie. The result is evenly cooked pizza

dough that doesn’t burn on the bottom before the toppings have cooked. This stone is glazed so it is easy to clean, leaving no food, stain or odors. Suggested Retail Price: $50 Emile Henry [tel] 302.326.4800

VITAMIX PROFESSIONAL SERIES 200 The Professional Series 200 is designed to entice more consumers to this premium line of professional-grade blenders by letting anyone achieve gourmet results with the speed and precision of a professional chef. The Professional Series emulsifies, blends, grinds, chops and purees with ease. The continuous variable speed dial has a range from 1,000 to 24,000 rpm for greater control, and a patented tamper makes it easy to process thick or frozen mixtures. The unit comes with a powerful 2+ peak horsepower motor and a maximum

blade speed of 240 mph (1,380 watts), which performs with speed and consistency. It features an oversized 64-ounce BPA-free container and is available in an onyx finish that is fingerprint-resistant and easy to clean. The Professional Series 200 includes Create, a cookbook with more than 300 recipes. The one-hour instructional DVD, hosted by celebrity chef Michael Symon, includes 16 bonus recipes. Vitamix [tel] 877.848.2649

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knhr @ ih+hs show BODUM BISTRO LOCKING LID STORAGE CONTAINERS Bodum expands its colorful, attractive Bistro kitchen collection with the introduction of the Locking Lid Storage Containers. This functional storage solution allows users to adjust the airflow level of each container—from breathable to airtight—with a simple turn of the locking-lid dial, ensuring appropriate storage for any dry or liquid ingredients, as well as cooked meals and leftovers. To maximize refrigerator space, the storage containers are either rectangular or square and easily stackable.The lids, accentuated by the Bodum signature dotted touch pad design, feature a transparent center so users can see the contents from all sides, regardless of positioning within the refrigerator or drawer. Made of BPA-free

PASTRY BOARD AND MEASUREMENTS Core Bamboo’s new addition to its extensive kitchenware collection is a fun and functional pastry board with measurements. The home baker and professional pastry chef alike will appreciate having the dimensions marked right on the pastry board’s rolling surface. Marked with circles for pie crusts and edged with a ruler for bread or other square or rectangular dough, this board has everything needed to prep with perfection. Artfully hand crafted of 100 percent organically grown bamboo, this board is durable enough for food


prep and a great addition to every bakeware collection. Bamboo is one of the strongest yet lightest materials, making it ideal for kitchenware products such as this pastry board with measurements. The over-thecounter-edge stability lip will keep this board from slipping no matter what you are doing. Not only is this board ideal for pastry, the smooth reverse side is also great for everyday food preparation. Suggested Retail Price: $66 Core Bamboo [tel] 646.845.6000

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plastic, silicone and stainless steel, this new storage collection will be available in red, green, orange and off-white in a variety of sizes and capacities. Suggested Retail Prices: $9.95-39.95 Bodum USA Inc. [tel] 877.992.6386

DESIGN-IT-YOURSELF CLOCK Buyers of this clock can bring out their designer by inserting favorite photos, personalized art or favorite quotations into the 12 individual black display frames, one for each hour. The mechanical dial can be mounted to any wall surface and then surrounded with the display frames to finish the clock. Suggested Retail Price: $19.95 Mark Feldstein & Associates Inc. [tel] 800.755.6504

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Harold Import Co. continues the tradition of providing quality porcelain with its new line of fine porcelain dinnerware, the Classic Coupe and Traditional Rim—both elegant enough for special occasions yet casual enough for everyday use. Pieces in each style include matching cups and saucers, bread and butter plates, salad plates, soup bowls, dinner and buffet plates and oval serving platters. Suggested Retail Prices: $1.99-$24.99

Make a statement in the kitchen by cooking a beautifully flavored stew in this flame red tagine. The shape of the lid helps to preserve moisture in the food as the steam condenses on the inside of the lid. The shape of the lid also creates circulation within the dish, infusing the food with spices and exotic flavors. The lid can be removed, with the based used for serving. The tagine is available in two sizes. The tagine is made from stoneware with a flameware base so it can be placed in the oven. Each tagine also comes with a recipe book by Justin Capp. They are dishwasher and microwave safe.

HIC-Harold Import Co. [tel] 800.526.2163

Creative Tops Ltd. [email]

OLISO VACUUM SEALER The Oliso PRO-1000 Vacuum Sealer offers the same power as units three times its size. The compact sealer works with reusable zipper-top bags. It features variable settings for moist and dry foods and a function that prevents crushing fragile foods. Suggested Retail Price: $149.99 Oliso Inc. [tel] 415.864.7600



CORDOBA STAINLESS STEEL FLATWARE The Cordoba flatware set includes a stylish and practical case to reduce the risk of dust and damage. The highquality 24-piece set is dishwasher safe and made of 18/10 stainless steel with an extra mirror polish. The elegant wooden storage case holds six tablespoons, six dinner forks, six dinner knives and six teaspoons. Suggested Retail Price: $49.99


Magefesa [tel] 866.643.7872

Liteware recyclable products allow for beautiful food presentations that are convenient and hassle free. The pieces are made from high-quality recyclable material featuring smooth edges and a sleek finish. Their unique designs and shapes create a beautiful setting for any food dish. The Rosseto Trio & Tray with 12 dessert forks is a unique, attention-grabbing display and serving piece for all mini bites, hors d’oeuvres, desserts and more. Suggested Retail Price: $9.99

SASAKI ARIA FLATWARE Sasaki Aria flatware features a truly distinctive shape. With its bold styling and premium stainless steel design, Aria is for the forward-thinking consumer who wants to create a unique, organic table. The 45-piece set contains eight salad forks, eight dinner forks, eight dinner knives, eight dinner spoons, eight teaspoons and a

Rosseto [tel] 847.763.1215

five-piece hostess set that consists of a tablespoon, cold meat fork, pierced tablespoon, sugar spoon and butter serving knife. Suggested Retail Price: $150 for a 45-piece set Lifetime Brands [tel] 800.747.0475

ALAIN SAINT-JOANIS FLATWARE The Dedale flatware from Alain SaintJoanis’ Prestige Collection features black lacquered handles with a silverplated head. The flatware is sold in five-piece sets consisting of a dinner knife, dinner fork, salad fork, soup spoon and teaspoon. Suggested Retail Price: $790 per 5-piece set Alain Saint-Joanis [tel]

CORE BABMOO UTENSILS Core Bamboo’s wide selection of utensils are a must-have for every kitchen.Available in a variety of colors and sizes, the utensils work for all types of food preparation. Not only are they fun to use, but you can rely on these bamboo utensils to be scratch resistant on all of your fine cookware. Core Bamboo’s bestseller is its functional and stylish 14 Piece Utensil Set. This set includes 13 kitchen tools in a beautiful storage caddy, all made from 100 percent organically grown bamboo. Everything you need to prepare your favorite foods is included in this set. From a variety of spatulas and spoons for flipping and 32

stirring, to tongs and a pasta paddle for more delicate preparations, this set is great for home cooks and professional chefs alike. Keep on your countertop for easy access and make working in your kitchen a breeze. Durable and functional, this set is something everyone can use in their kitchen. Core Bamboo [tel] 646.845.6000

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ALESSI FLATWARE SET With its pure lines and straightforward functionality, the KnifeForkSpoon set created by Jasper Morrison is a minimalist masterpiece. Deliberately stripped of all stylistic overlay, the design reduces the idea of cutlery to its most essential form. This minimal sensibility makes KnifeForkSpoon a classic example of Morrison’s work. The collection also includes serving pieces such as a ladle and cake server. The cutlery set is composed of one tablespoon, one table fork, one table knife and one coffee spoon in 18/10 stainless steel. Suggested Retail Price: $44 Alessi


CONTORNO FLATWARE Ricci Argentieri’s Contorno flatware is made of 18/10 stainless steel. A fivepiece place setting includes a salad fork, dinner fork, dinner knife, dinner spoon and teaspoon. Suggested Retail Price: $85 Ricci Argentieri [tel] 718.418.1000

SUPREME FLATWARE This set of flatware comes with a 12" stand for holding each piece. It is very practical and will modernize your kitchen. The set of 20 pieces provides service for four people. The flatware is made of 18/8 forged stainless steel and imported from China. Hand washing is recommended to keep the original finish, but it is dishwasher safe. Suggested Retail Price: $49.95 Supreme Housewares [tel] 510.226.1898


Reminiscent of mid-century European design, Cestello has clean lines and a modern flair. This sleek pattern is contemporary, yet will never go out of style. Heritage Mint flatware is expertly crafted and precision tooled by seasoned craftsmen who maintain in definition and consistency workmanship in every detail of the pattern design. This steel is a special alloy, containing 18 percent chromium to resist rust and 10 percent nickel to ensure a beautiful luster and satiny sheen. Cestello is part of the Heritage Mint Flatware Transcendent Collection. Suggested Retail Price: $5.99 for a three-piece place setting of knife, teaspoon and dinner fork

From classic and traditional to transitional, contemporary and beyond, eye-catching flatware designs under the Oster brand are positioned for gourmet consumers in search of quality. Mirror polish, satin finish, twotone engraved and more, Gibson’s newest flatware collection makes use of the most advanced techniques. The Oster line includes Highspire (shown) as well as Miramonte, Classic Belmonte, Dream Weaver, Lansford and Zamora. The flatware is available gift-boxed in 20-piece or expanded 45-piece set compositions. Suggested Retail Prices: $29.99-79.99 per set

Heritage Mint Ltd. [tel] 480.860.1300

Gibson Overseas Inc. [tel] 800.281.2810

{ news in brief } Pacific Dry Goods, the country’s leading manufacturer of ecological and economical towels, wipes and sponges and the Smiley oral care line is excited to announce the appointment of Preston Hurd as its new Vice President of Sales. The position became available with the pending retirement of Phil Brown. “Preston will have some big shoes to fill, but we are confident that he is the perfect choice to move our company forward,” said Pacific Dry Goods President Brian Hudson. “He has a keen understanding of how to blend current sales practices with today’s cutting edge technology.” Hurd brings extensive experience to Pacific Dry Goods that includes managing design, packaging, product development, sales and distribution. He has a wealth of sales management experience including the development of systems that maximize the efficiency of the sales process by more closely matching the needs of retailers with specific sales force skills to provide retailers with increased levels of service and, of course, profits. Following approval by Colombian competition authorities in early December, Groupe SEB, headquartered in France, confirmed it signed a contract on Dec. 17 with the main shareholders of Colombiabased Imusa to acquire a majority interest in the company. Specializing in small household equipment, Imusa manufactures and markets cookware, which accounts for two-thirds of its sales, as well as plastic food containers and household products. The company holds major positions in Colombia and has expanded its business to foreign markets, in particular other Latin American countries and the U.S. Groupe SEB’s portfolio of kitchenware brands includes Tefal, Rowenta, Moulinex, All-Clad, Lagastina, Krups, AirBake, Mirro, Regal and WearEver. Gene Vitantonio, Italian housewares specialist and one of the founders of VillaWare, died in January at age 88. Vitantonio’s housewares career began in 1956 when he joined his father Luigi at the family’s Vitantonio Mfg. Co. From Cleveland’s Little Italy, the company manufactured kitchen products for Italian cooking, primarily hand-operated noodle machines. Vitantonio’s father had been in the business since 1920, and in 1906 his grandfather Angelo received the first U.S. patent for a noodle machine. Primary customers in those days were then thriving Italian imported food stores. In the 1970s,Vitantonio designed the company’s first electric products, including pizzelle bakers and Belgian wafflers. In the mid’80s, the company began to serve the then burgeoning gourmet kitchenware store market. In 1986, he left the Vitantonio Mfg. Co. and together with his three sons started the VillaWare Mfg. Co. In 2000, he introduced a successful UNO series of waffle bakers to Williams-Sonoma. Vitantonio spent more than 40 years in housewares product design and manufacture, retiring in 2004. 34

Arc International North America, a subsidiary of Arc International, appointed Ron Biagi to the newly created position of V.P. Sales and Marketing North America reporting to Fred Dohn, CEO Americas. In his new post, Biagi will assume responsibility for the Consumer Goods Division and marketing function and will succeed Scott Baum who left the company in December. Biagi, who joined Arc International in 1986, has been serving as V.P. Sales of Business to Business since 2003, and will continue leading this group. In a related move, Tena Hall, National Sales Manager Business to Business, will now also assume the same responsibilities within Consumer Goods in the U.S. market. Luc Gervais will continue in his role of National Sales Manager-Canada. Both individuals will report to Biagi. “The moves are part of a reorganization intended to leverage assets and enhance efficiencies to better serve our customers,” said Dohn in a prepared statement. Arc International employs 12,200 people worldwide including 8,000 in France. The group covers the consumer goods and foodservice markets through a portfolio of brands, including Luminarc, Arcoroc, Cristal d’Arques Paris, Pyrex and Chef & Sommelier. 2011 marks 25 years of business for Mark Feldstein & Associates, a product development company and importer of unique giftware, housewares and electronics. “With the ever-changing buying trends in today’s market, we are constantly researching and developing unique and trend-setting products, always keeping one step ahead of our competition. We appreciate the support we’ve received from employees, rep groups, customers and suppliers, and we look forward to many more years of success,” said Mark Feldstein, President, in prepared remarks. One of MFA’s most well-known products is the Original Singing Bird Clock, which was first introduced in 1997. Since that time, MFA has sold more than 8 million units to retail stores. MFA has partnered with Harley-Davidson, Audubon, Thomas Kinkade, PEANUTS, John Deere, General Motors, NASCAR, Jenson and many others to develop decorative clocks with different authentic sounds announcing each hour. Mark Feldstein & Associates, located in Maumee, Ohio, offers a wide range of products for home, office and personal use. The company is a supplier to more than 3,000 retailers worldwide.

years of success with them,” said Joan Ulrich, Senior Vice President, MMPI. MMPI announced the promotion of Jim Gooding to Vice President and General Manager of the Washington Design Center in the nation’s capitol. In his new role, Gooding will be responsible for overseeing the operations and leasing efforts for the 60 showrooms and office tenants housed at the Washington Design Center. Gooding will also develop the strategic positioning for the facility, while overseeing and maintaining tenant relations at the Design Center. Gooding comes to the Washington Design Center with more than 25 years of experience in the home furnishings industry. Most recently, Gooding was Vice President of Sales for MMPI’s six properties in High Point, N.C. In that position, Gooding oversaw the leasing efforts for more than 125 home furnishings showrooms,

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Bradford License India has entered into a brand management agreement to represent The Sharper Image licensing initiatives in India. New York-based The Sharper Image offers diverse products in many categories including home and small kitchen appliances, health and wellness, electronics, luggage and travel accessories and more. “The Indian market is growing rapidly, and The Sharper Image has already received strong interest from manufacturers and retailers alike, said Federico de Bellegarde, SVP of The Sharper Image in a prepared statement. “We are pleased to have selected Bradford License India as our partner for India due to their significant relationships and resources in this emerging market.”





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Basic Line Inc.



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Brooklyn Bagel Slicer



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Core Bamboo



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S1805, N6924


Fire Wire

Evriholder Products Inc.



Fissler USA


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Innovia Home



Howard Natural

Insignia Trading Inc.



Inventures Products



Kyocera Advanced Ceramics



Lancaster Colony Commercial Products



Linden Sweden



Mastrad Inc.






Parrish’s Cake Dec. Pillivuyt USA

Marking 25 years in business, DNA, a multi-line gift rep agency housed in the Chicago Merchandise Mart, celebrated its success at the January 2011 Chicago Market Living and Giving. DNA unveiled a new logo to commemorate the milestone. “There may be a new look, but DNA continues to offer the same great service and merchandise as it has for 25 years,” said Dennis Nemcek, President of DNA, in a prepared statement. Founded in 1986 DNA brought back the 1980s for an ‘80s Night party during Chicago Market. “DNA is a destination showroom and a valued partner for both the Chicago Market and the Chicago Merchandise Mart. We are thrilled to be celebrating 25

encompassing more than 2 million square feet. The Washington Design Center houses wholesale residential, commercial and building products showrooms.

Pragotrade Inc.



S1267, N8141





SCI Scandicrafts



Prime Way Companies Ltd.

Signature Housewares






Victorinox Swiss Army Brands Inc.



Vita Craft



Wall Lenk Corp.



Welcome Home Brands



YouCopia Products Inc



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

Trade shows are in full swing, and positivity abounds as the shows report increased numbers in attendees and exhibitors, as well as expanded showrooms and new categories. Web numbers were already hinting at the increased interest for the New York Gift Show. The website,, experienced an increase in traffic leading up to the Jan. 29Feb. 3 event. The site was used as a registration and planning tool, and had a record number of product searches and appointment setting. Key improvements were made to within the past six months, including an upgrade of the exhibitor search tool and the addition of a new mobile application for easy on-site reference. “The enhancements made in the last six months to our website’s search and way-finding tools give buyers a more robust planning tool and provides us a more detailed picture of who is coming to NYIGF and what products they are looking to source at the market,” said Dorothy Belshaw, NYIGF Director and GLM Senior Vice President. “NYIGF is no longer a five-day trade show; it is a five-month lead generation, product research and sales platform.” Fair trade was the buzz for MMPI, the producers of the Chicago Market and the California Gift Show. Attendees to these markets were offered the chance to see and buy high-quality Fair Trade products within the growing Fair Trade pavilions. New Fair Trade exhibitors to the California Gift Show included Swahili Imports, Art Aids Art and Zen Zen GARDEN & HOME. The Chicago Market welcomed Baskets of Cambodia, Mata Traders and Women of the Cloud Forest to the Fair Trade pavilion. The International Housewares Association will host a nearly sold-out show this month. More than 1,900 exhibitors were signed up by the end of January, including more than 400 first-time companies and exhibitors returning to the show after a brief absence. “We are very pleased to say the show is nearly sold out and that we have very limited floor space available,” said Phil Brandl, President of IHA, which sponsors and manages the show. “The buyers will find a breadth of new at the show, including the hundreds of first-time exhibitors; thousands of product offerings; a new category, Discover Design, with more than 60 suppliers of products on the leading edge of the design spectrum; and our colocation with The Travel Goods Show, offering buyers another new destination for new products and strategies to increase sales and build customer traffic.” Looking ahead, baking professionals are excited for the launch of the new trade show All Things Baking, Oct. 2-4. The show was developed by the Retail Bakers of America, American Bakers Association and Bakery Equipment Manufacturers & Allieds. All Things Baking will serve as the industry’s

annual marketplace during the two-year gap between the triennial International Baking Industry Exposition. “Today’s consumer trends favor independent bakeries, cafes and catering companies that are agile, flexible and in tune with their customer base,” said Rick Boone, Owner of Rick’s Bakery and President of RBA. “All Things Baking focuses on giving them the timely educational and exhibit offerings to make the most of their opportunities.”

MARCH 2011 6-8 International Home & Housewares Show McCormick Place Chicago, IL, 847.292.4200

6-9 Montreal Gift Show Place Bonaventure Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 877.281.0005 19-21 Portland Gift & Accessories Show Oregon Convention Center, Portland, OR, 800.346.1212

20-23 Spring Gift + Home Market L.A. Mart Los Angeles, CA, 800.LAMART4 24-27 Dallas Total Home & Gift Market Dallas Market Center, Dallas, TX, 800.DAL.MKTS 27-30 Boston Gift Show, Boston Convention & Exhibition Center Boston, MA, 678.285.3976

Kitchenware News March 2011  

Kitchenware News & Housewares Review - Serving Kitchenware, Housewares and Tabletop Markets

Kitchenware News March 2011  

Kitchenware News & Housewares Review - Serving Kitchenware, Housewares and Tabletop Markets