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Expanded Housewares Show Sees Success as U.S. Retail Sales Rise BY A.J. FLICK
The success of this spring’s sold-out International Home + Housewares Show and its inaugural fourth day is shored up by encouraging figures on March retail sales. In keeping with the economic times and home-cooking trends, cookware that makes food preparation easier was prevalent on the IH+HS show floor. Silicone paired with non-stick coatings was the magic combination used for bakeware from Kuhn Rikon’s IHA Innovation Award-winning PushPan, which eliminates the leaky spring-
form bakeware, to Aussie celebrity Chef Curtis Stone’s Pop Outs, which allow bakers to gently push out baked goods from pans. This year, the not-for-profit International Housewares Association, which owns and operates the IH+HS, opened the gates on Saturday with a half-day. “The show’s new fourth day was well received and well used based on reports from both buyers and exhibitors,”
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Pumped for Pumpkin: Traditional Fragrances Trending for Fall BY NANCY POWAGA
Fall beckons a return to colder weather and thus, a return to days and nights spent inside. One way for consumers to make a home especially cozy during crisp weather is to indulge in a seasonal home fragrance. According to www.etherea-aromatics.com, home fragrance sales are expected to reach upwards of $6 billion in 2012. Consumers simply want their homes to smell nice, therefore in 2007, 80 percent of adult
Americans purchased an air care product. These products include candles, candle accessories, sprays, plug-ins, room fresheners, potpourri, air fresheners and air purifiers. Americans have learned that their homes can smell good all year round and not just during the holiday season. After all, who can resist the smells of fall? Fall conjures memories of hot pumpkin pie in the oven, Continued on Page 30
Pressure Cookers Gain Market Steam With Home-Cooking Trend BY NANCY POWAGA
Since their invention more than 300 years ago, pressure cookers have gained steam in kitchens around the world. Pressure cookers seal ingredients in a vessel that does not allow air or liquids to escape. This process increases the boiling point—allowing liquids such as water or broth to reach a temperature higher than its boiling point. Some popular foods to cook in a pressure cooker include dried beans, lentils, vegetables, chicken and stews. Hugh
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Manufacturers Association said the market for pressure cookers runs in eight-year cycles, with this year being the beginning of an upswing. “Right now, our lives are robbed of time,” Rushing said, “and consumers are looking for a shortcut. Many view the pressure cooker as this shortcut.” Thirty years ago, 72 percent of main dishes Continued on Page 27
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General News NSF International Launches Program to Test, Certify Kitchen Products, Appliances NSF International, an independent global organization that writes standards, tests and certifies products for the food, water and consumer goods industries, has launched the NSF Home Product Certification Program to test and certify home kitchen products and appliances. NSF announced the program at the International Home and Housewares Show in Chicago. Product categories covered by the NSF Home Products Certification program include coffee makers, slow cookers, blenders, food storage containers, cookware and more. NSF regulatory and public health experts worked with retailers, manufacturers and regulatory experts to develop protocols for each product category, which incorporate all relevant regulatory and retailer requirements. NSF’s scientists and engineers then verify that a product complies with the protocol by evaluating its quality, performance and material safety. The process also includes a packaging review and testing to substantiate
performance and marketing claims and an audit of the facility in which the product is made. Products that comply with the requirements will bear the NSF “Certified for Home Use” certification mark. Many retailers and industry groups are already using the NSF Home Product Certification program including Costco, Jarden Consumer Solutions and the Cookware Manufacturers Association. Jarden Consumer Solutions’ Crock-Pot Slow Cooker, Oster Blender and Mr. Coffee Coffee Maker are the first products to earn NSF Home Product Certification. The new NSF Home Product Certification builds on NSF’s protocol development, testing and certification experience to help ensure the safety and quality of consumer products and appliances used in and around the home. In addition to providing consumers added assurance regarding the safety and performance of their appliances, the program enables manufacturers to streamline regulatory and retailer-specific
China Court Rules for Joseph Joseph in Patent Infringement Case Joseph Joseph, the award-winning U.K.-based design company known for its stylish and contemporary kitchenware products, has won a landmark victory in China over a group of Chinese companies that not only produced copies of Joseph Joseph’s Index Chopping Board, but claimed to own the design and brand name. The two-year court case involved Ningbo John and its subsidiaries: Ningbo Jiangbei Golden Mate Imp & Exp Co., Ningbo Jiangbei Infull International Trading Co., Ningbo Jiangbei Dollar General International Industrial Co. and Ningbo Evertop Industrial Co. Ningbo John patented the Index board in China three years ago, used that patent to get buyers and exported the product around the world, helping to take its turnover to $40 million, records show. Now, a Chinese court has found in favor of Joseph Joseph on the key design features of the iconic Joseph Joseph Index™ Cutting Boards, and the patent owned by Ningbo John has been revoked. “This is an unprecedented victory in China for Joseph Joseph,” said Richard Joseph, Managing Director for Joseph Joseph. “It
was such a blatant rip-off of our brand name and trademark that this was a significant win. We’ve taken many Chinese companies to task over product infringement, but this was the first time they’d dared to register our design and brand name as their own. “When we challenged them on it,” Joseph said, “they actually threatened to sue us because the products were their design. They claimed to customers that they owned the design registration and brand name and therefore could sell the copies, which is just a blatant lie.” Joseph said that there is still “a long list of infringers” of Joseph Joseph products waiting to be challenged. Joseph Joseph employs an in-house intellectual property lawyer because cases like these have become such a critical issue for the company. “We’re totally committed to fighting copies head on wherever they appear and are determined to win however long that takes,” continues Joseph. “This case also forcefully demonstrates the necessity of fighting to the bitter end: if you really care about your brand name and design you fight until you win.”
product specifications into one set of testing requirements, which helps increase a product’s speed to market and can reduce overall testing costs. “The new NSF Home Product Certification Program benefits suppliers because it uses a single set of transparent and retailer-accepted testing requirements. Streamlining this process saves manufacturers time and costs associated with meeting multiple retailer requirements while verifying product quality for both retailers and suppliers,” said Tony Satcher, Director of Sales Operations, Team Costco, Jarden Consumer Solutions. “We believe that the NSF Home Product Certification program will benefit manufacturers, retailers and consumers in helping to standardize product testing across channels, helping to control testing costs and reduce lead time between design, production and shipment of product,” said Doug Reigle, COO of Regal Ware and the 2012 President of the CMA.
Target Introduces New Design Program Building on its legacy of making great design accessible to all through innovative retail partnerships, Target is introducing a new design program, The Shops at Target. Through this ongoing program, Target will partner directly with the shop owners of specialty stores and boutiques to co-create affordable, limited-edition collections for consumers. The first flight of The Shops at Target features five exclusive collections from five U.S. specialty stores: The Candy Store, Cos Bar, Polka Dog Bakery, Privet House and The Webster. The collections reflect each shop owner’s unique perspective, offering Target customers the opportunity to experience each shop’s distinct aesthetic simply by visiting their local Target store or Target.com beginning May 6.
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NY International Gift Fair Gearing Up With Educational Programs, Special Events A series of free educational programs and special events will be among highlights of the summer 2012 debut of Artisan Resource™ at the New York International Gift Fair® (NYIGF®). Value-added activities, which include seminars for both exhibitors and attendees and onsite receptions, will be offered over four full days—Aug. 18-21—at New York City’s Passenger Ship Terminal Pier 92. Artisan Resource is a first-of-its kind show offering U.S.-based volume importers, direct import retailers and wholesalers the opportunity to meet with international artisanal producers. It will run concurrently with NYIGF, offering a production-sourcing venue for overseas artisan enterprises to showcase their products and production capabilities – at export terms – from their country of origin. “Artisan Resource programming will add real value for both exhibitors and attendees,” said Christian Falkenberg, NYIGF director and GLM vice president. “Exhibitor sessions will help to orient and prepare international artisans for successful business activities in the United States, and attendee sessions will provide an essential overview
of volume importing basics.” Two exhibitor education sessions will be presented on Aug. 18, the day before the market officially opens, with topics including U.S. tradeshow etiquette and the importance of a product’s “backstory.” During the show, additional sessions on U.S. design trends, U.S. product development and global handmade product marketing also will be offered for exhibitors. On each morning of the three-day tradeshow, an “Importing 101” primer will be presented at Pier 92 for Artisan Resource attendees. Carol MacNulty, a specialist in handmade and artisanal production and handcraft importing, will address the logistics, vocabulary and the roles and responsibilities of both exporter and importer. Participants will learn how to build international business relationships, and to assess the risks and opportunities inherent in the international marketplace. Pre-registration is required for the free session. Two evening receptions will be hosted on the Artisan Resource exhibit floor. On Aug. 19, NYIGF will host a reception for all exhibitors and attendees. The
preview reception on Aug. 18 is open by invitation pnly. Artisan Resource participants also may register for NYIGF’s extensive seminar series, which addresses color and design trends, social media, sustainability and retail strategies, as well as social events such as NYIGF’s popular “Night on Broadway,” which features specially priced tickets to the Aug. 20, performance of “Ghost.” Information and registration is available online at www.nyigf.com/programs. Artisan Resource, which will be managed by GLM and organized with ByHand Consulting, will feature 50 exhibitors in the inaugural show. In other NYIGF happenings: • 100 Days of Design, a community-based blog published by the NYIGF, will return for the summer 2012 edition, with a modified format highlighting the designdriven products at NYIGF, as well New York City attractions and entertainment. The blog, which is accessible at www.100DaysofDesign.com, will be published twice weekly beginning on May 1 through the summer NYIGF. • A monthly series of free “Market Readiness” webinars—addressing marketing and selling strategies, tradeshow operations and lead followup—is being offered to exhibitors. Produced jointly by NYIGF and Right Angle Strategies, the series includes four pre-show webinars, one
post-show webinar, and free, 15-minute business consultations during NYIGF. As an added benefit, Right Angle Strategies will offer all webinar participants a free, in-booth 15-minute business consultation upon request during NYIGF. Registration is available online at www.nyigf.com/Exhibitors/ExhibitorEduc ation.aspx#registration • A new “Open House” exhibit will showcase 2013 home furnishings trends— from materials and color to commerce and branding. Presented in partnership with One Kings Lane, Sandow Media and Pantone, the display will illustrate products in six key trend categories, followed by an online flash sale of featured merchandise to benefit Gift For Life, the home, gift and stationery industries’ sole charity partner. In connection with the display, a seminar titled “Open House— What’s Hot in Home Design?” will explore trends influencing home products, from materials and color to commerce and branding. The session is scheduled for Aug. 19, from 8:30-9:30 a.m. • New York’s Newest, one of 10 divisions, will move from Pier 92 to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center for the summer 2012 market. This shift coincides with the repositioning of Artisan Resource. New York’s Newest will run Aug. 18-21, in the Javits Center’s Hall 1E. For exhibitor information, contact Allison Rober, sales manager, at GLM, at 914.421.3212) or email@example.com. Attendee information is available by calling 800.272.SHOW (7469) or 212.204.1060. Additional information and registration is available online at www.artisanresourceny.com.
Summer Fancy Food Show Features History of Specialty Food in America The Summer Fancy Food Show returns to Washington, D.C., with the latest in chocolate, cheese, olive oil, spices, snacks and natural and organic products from 2,400 food artisans and entrepreneurs from across the U.S. and around the world. The show, now in its 58th year, will take place June 17-19 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. It is the largest marketplace devoted exclusively to specialty foods and beverages in North America. Registration is at www.fancyfoodshows.com. Buyers representing the top names in retailing and restaurants from 125 countries from Argentina to Vietnam are expected to attend the show to spot trends, discover emerging flavors and connect with new food producers. “The specialty food industry is thriving, and so is the spirit of innovation from our exhibitors, whether industry veterans or emerging food entrepreneurs,” said Ann
Daw, President of the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade Inc. (NASFT) the show’s owner. “We are seeing renewed energy and growing interest from suppliers and buyers alike.” The show takes place as the NASF T celebrates its 60th anniversary. A show highlight will be an interactive exhibit tracing the history of specialty food in America. This year’s best products will be in the spotlight at a red-carpet ceremony hosted by noted Chef José Andrés, who will present the NASF T’s 40th annual sofi™ Awards for the outstanding specialty foods and beverages of 2012. A sofi Award is the top honor in the specialty food industry. • The Summer Fancy Food Show relocated to Washington, D.C., last year from its longtime home at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York due to ongoing construction. It is slated to be held in New York again in 2013.
GLM Names Falkenberg Show Director of NYIGF Christian Falkenberg, a GLM Vice President and 20-year trade show industry veteran, has taken the helm of the New York International Gift Fair® (NYIGF®) as Show Director. Falkenberg, who has been NYIGF Show Manager since 2008, reports directly to Charles McCurdy, CEO of GLM. Falkenberg will have comprehensive oversight
of the NYIGF, including strategic development, brand positioning, sales, audience marketing, public relations and operations, as well as day-to-day management of the fair’s 15-person sales team. “In recent years, the NYIGF has undergone a series of strategic refinements to enhance the overall product offering, cross-category synergy,
Cuisinart, Illycaffè Announce Global Partnership Agreement Cuisinart, a dominant leader in coffeemakers and other culinary appliance categories, and illycaffè, a worldwide leader in premium specialty coffee, have announced a global partnership to develop a new line of espresso machines designed and manufactured by Cuisinart. The collection, co-branded Cuisinart for illy, will feature illy’s proprietary iperEspresso capsule system, a patented two-stage extraction process producing exceptional results through rapid infusion and extraction during the brewing cycle. The partnership leverages Cuisinart’s
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preeminent status as an innovative coffeemaker brand across all segments of the product category and aligns it with illy, the company that pioneered the modern espresso method and the world’s first singleserve espresso pods, now an industry standard. The Cuisinart for illy product line is scheduled to debut by the first quarter of 2013 at Cuisinart and illy’s retail channels, encompassing department and specialty stores, including online segments. “Cuisinart has maintained a dominant market share in the coffeemaker category since the introduction of our first auto-drip unit in 1994,” said Ron Diamond, President of
market differentiation and presentation, to better serve the needs of our customers,” said McCurdy. “Christian has played a key role in the fair’s evolution. Given his deep experience within the gift and home industry, and the NYIGF specifically, the fair’s growth and success will thrive under his guidance.” “I am looking forward to bringing the fair through the next phase of Focus Forward 2013, launching Artisan Resource Market this summer, and strengthening the NYIGF’s position as the premier marketplace in the gift, home and lifestyle Conair Corp., Cuisinart’s parent company. “By collaborating with illy on this new line of espresso machines, we are utilizing the expertise and resources of both companies to provide consumers with innovative products from two trusted and highly regarded brands.” “Illy maintains unsurpassed quality standards, and it was clear that Cuisinart was the ideal partner for us,” said Andrea Illy, Chairman and CEO of illycaffè. “It is a privilege to partner with Cuisinart on a high-caliber collection of espresso machines made especially for illy’s iperEspresso capsules. Illy’s mission is to delight coffee lovers; aligning with a highly respected partner like Cuisinart will help take our mission further.” Cuisinart is a market leader in its class of trades, and the coffeemaker category is by far the largest in the small appliance business,
industry,” said Falkenberg.’ Falkenberg joined GLM in 1992. During his tenure, he has held sales and management positions with the International Hotel, Motel + Restaurant Show®, Las Vegas International Hotel & Restaurant Show, AH&MA Lodging Expo and the Air & Waste Management Association Conference and Expo. He was promoted to Vice President in 2003. Falkenberg holds a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Hamilton College and is a member of the International Association of Exhibitions & Events. where Cuisinart has a dominant presence. The company’s success stems largely from a deep dedication to quality and innovation, combined with strong consumer insights and marketing expertise. Partnering with illy, long known for its dedication to the highest-quality coffee, innovation and an innate sense of design, will culminate in an exciting collection of singleserve espresso machines that will deliver cup after cup of exceptional espresso, representing the product features and aesthetics most important to consumers around the globe. Under the terms of the agreement, Cuisinart will initially develop products designed for use with illy’s iperEspresso capsules. Other terms and conditions of the licensing agreement were not disclosed.
Next Big Thing National Product Search Finalists Announced Dallas Market Center has announced the finalists of The Next Big Thing, a national product search contest: Brobe, Accessory Connectz and PotBra. The finalists will exhibit before an estimated 50,000 attendees during the FINDS Dallas Temp Show, June 21-24. Brobe is a robe with a built in bra for personal and medical use. There are three types of Brobes: The Original “O” Brobe for extra support and
coverage, the Mommy Brobe for the nursing mother, and the Recovery Brobe for women who have undergone mastectomy or breast reconstruction. For more information, visit www.thebrobe.com. Accessory Connectz makes accessorizing flip flops, headbands and pet collars simple and fun. The product is a strap device that allows customers to clip, pin or button on their
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favorite accessories to their items. In addition to the straps, Accessory Connectz offers a line of button on flowers. Accessory Connectz is a product that allows customers to get the look they desire in a matter of seconds on a budget. For more information, visit www.accessoryconnectz.com. PotBra is a unique kitchen gadget designed for food transportation. Made out of a silicone rubber, the band has three cut outs that can stretch to fit any pot or pan to prevent the food from spilling during transport. For more information, visit www.potbra.com.
Judges include members of the media and industry experts who will select the winner during market based on the finalists’ product design and ability to sell. The winner will receive a prize package worth more than $12,500 including $2,500 in cash, exhibit space at the January 2013 Dallas Total Home & Gift Market, a profile in one of Dallas Market Center’s award-winning custom publications, consultations from leading industry experts regarding branding, public relations, visual merchandising and more. The Dallas Market Center website is available at www.dallasmarketcenter.com.
Keurig Vue Brewer to Carry Starbucks-Branded Packs
Grammy Winner Kenny Loggins to Perform at Icon Honors
Starbucks Coffee Co. and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters have expanded their partnership to include the manufacturing, marketing, distribution and sale of Starbucks-branded Vue packs for the recently introduced Keurig Vue Brewer.
Grammy-winning singer/songwriter and guitarist Kenny Loggins takes the stage and steps into the AmericasMart spotlight at Icon Honors 2012 as featured musical entertainer.
Green Mountain introduced the Vue, which is designed to brew larger, stronger and hotter beverages, in February. This move is an extension of the partnership between the two companies which began last year, with the launch of Starbucks-branded K-Cups for Keurig brewers last fall. The agreement establishes
Keurig as the exclusive low-pressure, single-cup brewing system offering Starbucks coffee and Tazo tea. The Starbucks Vue packs are slated to appear in specialty stores, department stores and mass retailers in the United States, and Green Mountain’s consumerdirect websites, by fall. Earlier this year, Starbucks unveiled its agreement with Germany-based Krueger to market the Verismo system by Starbucks, a single-serve espresso maker, along with Starbucks-sourced arabica coffee and milk pods.
Loggins’ hits over four decades and 12 platinum albums reveal his lifelong passion for exploring the endless power of song. He is best known for the hits”This Is It,” “I’m Alright” from “Caddyshack,” “Footloose” from its namesake movie and “Danger Zone” from “Top Gun.” The concert shares the Icon Honors 2012 main stage with honors presented to home and gift retailers, manufacturers, sales agents and service providers from across the industry, plus a nationally acclaimed
keynote speaker. “Kenny Loggins is iconic in his own right as the essential creative force in music spanning the range of human emotion,” said Jeffrey L. Portman Sr., President and Chief Operating Officer of Icon Honors co-sponsor AmericasMart Atlanta. “His songs are drawn from the mosaic of life experiences in the same way that Icon Honors captures the hopes and dreams of those we celebrate.” The Icon Honors 2012 celebration is scheduled for July 14 at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis as the premier event of the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market. Please visit www.americasmarticonhonors.com for details.
Richard Kaplan Assumes New Leadership Role for Tervis Tervis, the leader in insulated drinkware since 1946, has promoted Richard Kaplan to President, Chief Brand Officer. Board member Patrick Redmond was also recently named President and Chief Executive Officer of Tervis Tumbler Co. “At Tervis, we put a strong emphasis on bringing in top-notch talent to elevate the company,” said Owner Norbert Donelly. “It’s talented people such as Rich and Pat who will continue to lead Tervis on a path of strategic growth.” Over the past four years, Kaplan played a significant role in growing the company. As Chief Sales & Marketing Officer, he led the sales force, the direct-to-consumer channel (Tervisowned stores and tervis.com), licensing and the marketing and product development teams. In his new position, he’ll continue to lead those areas while
also playing a more substantial role in driving Tervis’ strategic direction. Kaplan led the product development team’s expansion beyond the traditional Tervis tumbler with the introduction of the already wildly popular new 24-ounce water bottle (introduced in January) along with a variety of new sizes and accessories within the drinkware line. This past year, Kaplan led the marketing team’s firstever, national advertising campaign, resulting in significant increases in brand awareness - a key strategic objective for the company. Redmond has served on the Tervis Board of Directors since 2010. For the past 17 years, Redmond held business development and financial leadership positions at Jabil Circuit, a $17 billion contract manufacturing and design services company based in St. Petersburg, Fla.
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One on One Alessio Alessi CEO, Alessi USA BY A.J. FLICK
It’s the first full day of the International Home + Housewares Show and the show floor is teeming with activity. Above the din of thousands of buyers, retailers and manufacturers making deals, a live band bursts into New Orleans jazz music and onlookers cheer as a celebrated chef takes to a stage. Alessio Alessi, scion of the iconic Alessi Italian design factory, is oblivious to the babble, which isn’t to say he’s not excited. Alessi gets animated as he caresses ... a pasta pot. “It’s a new way to cook pasta!” Alessi says of the popular cookware—created in collaboration with famed French chef Alain Ducasse and designer Patrick Jouin—that uses the pasta water instead of discarding it. “You can also bring it to the table. It’s not an object that’s better not to be seen,” Alessi said, though it’s really unnecessary
to voice the company’s mission of making function stylish. Alessi, the company, came from the IH+HS this year with yet another accolade: a Global Innovator Award for its new Ape aperitif collection by Giulio Iacchetti. This month, the company will reopen its flagship Soho store with an installation from the Cranbrook Academy of Art, from a partnership that started with a workshop and will result in manufactured designs now in production. Kitchenware News & Housewares Review asked Alessi, a married father of four who enjoys golfing in his spare time, about the family business. Q: Your grandfather, Giovanni Alessi, founded the company in 1921 and your father, Carlo Alessi, established Alessi as a powerhouse as an “Italian Design Factory.” How do you and your family maintain that tradition yet remain viable in today’s marketplace?
A: Actually, my father, Carlo, was the man who started the collaboration with external designers and his great success was to contribute to the company’s development—from the production to the distribution. There are two important issues coming from the third generation. Starting from the middle of the ‘70s, my oldest brother, Alberto, introduced the design strongly and from the end of the ‘70s, all the new products have been the result of the collaboration with the most important international design representatives. This has made Alessi into one of the leading Italian design factories. The second important success came from the distribution. At the beginning of the ‘90s, Alessi changed its distribution in its main markets, building an important presence through its own organization. This gave us the possibility to operate on the market directly and to bring to the market the exact meaning of the brand. It also allowed us to strongly decrease the retail prices and make the Alessi products more affordable for a larger public. Q: Alessi products are in more permanent museum collections than any other design company. Is there a piece in your current kitchenware collection that we could,
perhaps, someday see in a museum? A: Yes, more than one. But I would like to mention as an example for all, the espresso coffee maker designed by Richard Sapper because it was the first product that, in 1979, became part of MoMA permanent collection. Q: Alessi has worked with hundreds of talented designers from many cultures since it began and distributes products to more than 60 countries. What is the Alessi thread that gives such diverse products universal appeal across generations? A: Actually, today we have a catalog that shows different design languages and it could generate a confusion between them; but, somehow, all are linked by a common identity. I think that the *fil rouge* (common thread) is the high quality of the project, starting from the design but involving also the production quality. A good design gives added value to the objects on the market. Q: Are there any classic Alessi kitchenware/houseware items that you would like to re-envision for contemporary consumers? A: Nothing is a new invention. In the most fortunate cases, we succeed in revamping old and forgotten typologies. As, for example, the new folding cake stand (Anna Gong) by Alessandro Mendini. It was an old typology that disappeared from our catalog in the ‘90s and we relaunched in 2010 with great success. Another way is to work on the traditional typologies, which represent the Eastern world, and to translate these for a more friendly Western use. Q: In addition to being responsible for Alessi’s market presence and development, you are charged with tending the relationship between family and company. How do you do all that and manage to have a life? A: I could say that I have one foot in the company but keep one eye on the future. Of course, I am interested in developing today’s Alessi at best, but I am also interested in preparing the future of the young Alessi family members at their best. And one thing helps the other. Q: Imagine someone is being introduced to Alessi for the first time. What would you say to them about Alessi? A: Do you mean a general person? In that case, I would make him understand that Alessi is a dream factory, one of the few companies that work to meet typologies, the needs of art and poetry of the people, applied on everyday use objects.
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Retailer Profile The West Sells Kitchenware to Fund Charitable Projects BY LORRIE BAUMANN
The West isn’t your average kitchenware store. About half the merchandise in the 2,000 square-feet of display space consists of needlework supplies, while the other half offers a mix of kitchenware and gift ware. All of the net revenue from the shop goes to support women’s and children’s charities in Tucson, Ariz. The shop is owned by The West, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation, and operated by a dedicated band of volunteers who support the shop and its charity activities with their time and membership dues. The organization was founded in 1968 by a Junior League auxiliary group with the goal of operating a shop to help fund the Brewster Home for Unwed Mothers. The group affiliated with the Woman’s Exchange Society, a national society founded in the Nineteenth Century to organize commercial operations that would allow women to
earn money by selling their hand-made needlecraft products and started a shop to sell their hand-made products. Eventually, the store evolved to sell needlework supplies rather than the hand-made products and eventually added gifts and housewares to its stock, as well as a large selection of greeting cards and notes. The nonprofit organization has since ended its association with the Brewster Home and now the 100 active members contribute service hours to operate the shop and 50 associates who pay dues support the organization’s various charitable projects. The West grants funds for eight or nine projects a year through other local charities serving women and children. Most of these organizations don’t have a lot of other funding resources to meet their extraordinary needs, said Linden Hickey, The West’s public relations chairman. Recent projects funded by The West included air conditioning for schools, smart boards for a child abuse
prevention center that conducts parenting classes, and a roof repair materials for Miracle Square, which provides lowincome housing for disabled adults. The total amount of the grants to these organizations varies from year to year, depending on how much revenue the shop brings in, but last year’s grants totaled more than $60,000, and the organization expects to grant over $80,000 this year. The West is the only remaining independent needlecraft shop in Tucson. Most customers are women who come to the shop, located on East River Road in Tucson, in search of needlecraft supplies, but it has also become a destination for those looking for special cards and hostess gifts. A lot of the stitchers shop on impulse, so the display area packs many oneof-a-kind items into a small space. “If you come into The West and you don’t know what you’re looking for, you’ll probably find it,” Hickey says. “We’ve got this really eclectic bunch of merchandise that makes us a destination for people who are coming to look for that hard-tofind item.” All of the shop’s buyers are volunteers whose merchandising strategy is an
amalgam of intuition and experience, and the products chosen for the store are bought in small quantities. The West counts on rapid turnover of its stock to keep customers coming back to see what’s new. “We don’t buy in bulk. Our customers expect to find new things every time they come in,” Hickey says. “There’s something new here almost every day.” Stock includes educational toys and games for infants and children, especially books by local children’s authors, featuring titles about the Southwest, a selection of cookbooks from Junior League chapters in other areas, books focused on family cooking, and gluten-free and diabetic cookery. The Cooking with Trader Joe’s series of books is particularly popular, according to Hickey. There is a large selection of greeting cards, especially those from local designers and U.S. makers, including cards from Design DESIGN and Oatmeal Studios. The kitchenware in the shop emphasizes products whose suggested retail price is less than $10, including kitchen tools from Harold Import Company and Norpro. Also in the kitchenware section of the store are a small selection of kitchen textiles and aprons, as well as gourmet food items from Stonewall Kitchens, Coventry Gardens soup mixes and Gourmet Village dip mixes.
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Product Reviews Fire Wire Flexible Skewers a Cool Way to Grill BY A.J. FLICK
Grilling should be fun, not an ordeal. Anything that allows a griller to focus on the company and food—rather than the process of grilling—is a plus. The name practicallys says it all with the Fire Wire® Flexible Grilling Skewers. Made of stainless steel cablelike ropes, there’s a tip at one end and loop at the other, so you can save space in the cooler by marinading in a baggie or bowl. On the grill, the 31-inch skewers hold twice as much food as most skewers and can be used in either a loop or line. No more bamboo skewers that you have to soak (or forget to soak) but end up getting burned on the ends. Plus, no more worries about splinters in the food. Fire Wire’s stainless steel doesn’t react
with marinades and because you can soak the Flexible Skewers in marinade, you only have to touch the food once before you put it on the grill. Long, rigid skewers that you to transport to the grilling party can poke holes in whatever you’re carrying them in (or the person toting them!). Most of my grilling is done over a campfire, and the Fire Wire Flexible Skewers are a lot
VitaClay: Next Best Thing to Hiring a Personal Chef BY A.J. FLICK
I like to watch cooking shows as much as the average person does. I especially love "Top Chef" and marvel at how the contestants can whip up gourmet meals quickly and still have time to add creative touches to make the dishes look incredible. I'm not that kind of cook. I'd like to be, but I don't think I ever will be. When I had the chance to test the VitaClay 6 Cup Smart Multicooker, I got excited. For one thing, as impatient as I get preparing food, once the dish is assembled, I don't want to fuss over it constantly nor do I want to wait half a day while it cooks. VitaClay claims that it reduces the cooking time of other slow cookers; if a traditional slow cooker recipe calls for four hours on a high setting or eight hours on a low setting, the VitaClay will cook it in two hours in its unglazed, natural clay pot. The VitaClay also claims to be great for cooking rice. OK, I will admit right here that I'm a bit of a rice snob. I spent half of my childhood in the Philippines and one thing that every member of my family came back with was the knowledge of how to cook a pot of rice properly. I never understood why friends struggled so hard with the concept: take an ordinary pot, pour in rice, rinse the rice until the water is clear, stick a finger in the middle of the rice and pour water until it reaches a level equal to the rice (usually one knuckle to the next), bring rice to a boil, cover
it and simmer on low for about 12 minutes. What's so hard about that? Sure, once in awhile it boils over, but it isn't rocket science. Well, then the rice cooker boom began and I was amazed at how many people jumped on the bandwagon, including an Asian relative. What wimps! I would never get a rice cooker, I vowed. My first test of the VitaClay was: Prove your worthiness, rice cooker! And it did. The rice was perfectly done each time. I can still use the finger-measuring trick to appease myself that I am *not* cheating when I use the VitaClay to cook rice. Brown rice, too, because you don't have to pre-soak when you cook in the VitaClay. Of course, we cannot live by rice alone and the VitaClay has more functions than just cooking rice. The VitaClay comes with a bunch of recipes and there are more on the website, www.essenergy.com. Emboldened by the success of the rice experiment, I decided to make a white chili chicken dish with things I had on hand, including a can of white beans. After a couple of hours stewing in the chicken-broth mixture with beans and rice, the chicken breasts came out incredibly tender. The beans didn't fare so well; they sank to the bottom and got scorched. Lesson learned; be careful with beans. Second lesson was a good surprise: Even though the beans scorched the bottom of the clay pot, it didn't take much effort to clean.
easier to store in the camping equipment than the rigid skewers. (They save shelf space for retailers, too, in their flat, envelope-style packages.) Once the Flexible Skewers are on the grill, you can hang the loop or tip off the grill and flip the skewer with your bare hands because the metal remains cool to the touch. Fire Wire Flexible Skewers are dishwasher safe, won’t rust and come with a lifetime guarantee. Suggested retail price is $14.99 for a set of two. For more information, call 620.229.9800 or visit www.firewiregrilling.com. The VitaClay instructions tell you in case of a hard residue, soak the pot overnight. I just let it soak for an hour or so and was able to clean the pot with no problem. For the next experiment, I played it safe and made the Chicken Cacciatore recipe provided with the VitaClay (without capers, though, because I avoid them for the sodium). Great success! Again, the chicken was tender. I threw in some bow-tie pasta toward the end and truly had my one-pot meal. With confidence, then, I decided to put the VitaClay to test with beef. Could it make a tender pot roast in two hours? It does. I didn't use any special recipe, just threw in some chuck roast, beef broth, garlic, onion, carrots, potatoes and seasonings to taste. The VitaClay Smart Multicooker has become
my go-to appliance for meal-making. I am collecting all sorts of recipes to try next. The 6-Cup VitaClay is great for cooks like me, who don't want to spend hours fussing over food, but do want to make healthy meals at home from scratch. Its size is perfect for making dishes of about four to six servings. The VitaClay Smart Multicooker has multiple settings for white rice, brown rice, sweet rice, stew and soup with extended settings for beans, porridge and other dishes. It boasts energy savings of 50 percent over other slow cookers and has programmable settings from 10 minutes to five hours with 10-minute increments. It has a preset timer and 24-hour clock. The VitaClay comes with a limited oneyear warranty and has a suggested retail price of $149.99. For more information, go to www.essenergy.com.
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IH+HS (Cont. from Page 1) said Phil Brandl, IHA President. “Our research shows more buyer visits, which exhibitors told us led to more relaxed and meaningful meetings.” The 2012 IH+HS not only was a sold-out affair for exhibitors, but showed a 6.8 percent increase in total buyer attendance—with a significant increase of international buyers. “We are hearing very positive feedback from both exhibitors and attendees,” said Brandl. “With tens of thousands of new product introductions, over 500 new exhibitors and the introduction of our new IHA Innovation Awards, buyers found newness and innovation at every turn.” The IHA Innovation Awards acknowledge cutting-edge housewares design. Besides Kuhn Rikon, other winners were: Harold Import for Blossom Trivet (tabletop), Veridian Healthcare for iBaby Monitoring System (personal care and home healthcare), Browne USA for Date Dial Sealing Lids (kitchenware), Rush3 for Kebo (kitchen hand tools and cutlery), Jura Capresso for Impressa J9 One Touch TFT (kitchen electronics), Humanscale for Horizon LED Task Light (household electronics and home environment), Energizer Household Lighting
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for Ambiana Desk Light (home decor and gifts), Clean Cubes for Clean Cubes (home organization and storage), Gleener for The Ultimate Fuzz Remover (bath and personal care), Casabella Holdings for Quick Scrub Double Sided Microfiber Spray Mop (cleaning) and Rowenta Groupe for Delta Force Stick Vacuum (floor and carpet care).
“The strength in spending arises from the improving labor market and increased consumer confidence, but work remains to support efforts to create more American jobs. We must keep up this momentum toward an economy that is built to last— and that means standing up for the middle class and making our tax system fairer.”
Across the country, surveys and retails sales seem to indicate U.S. consumers are primed to start shopping more.
The National Retail Federation released similar figures for March retail sales, citing an 0.8 percent seasonal increase from February and 6.6 percent unadjusted year-over year for sales that excludes automobiles, gas stations and restaurants. The NRF attributed the increases in part to an early Easter holiday and unseasonably warm weather.
Minneapolis-based Ginger Consulting released its fourth “What Women Want” survey, which shows personal finances are improving and “everyday luxuries” will return to women’s budgets. The survey reflects opinions of so-called “Alpha women,” covering the economy and shopping habits of affluent and influential women and may indicate what mainstream U.S. shoppers will be doing six months from now. Retail and foodservice sales—excluding automobiles—amounted to $338.1 billion, up 0.8 percent from February, compared with private sector expectations for 0.5 percent, and up 6.1 percent from March 2011, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. “Retail sales posted another strong gain in March, exceeding private analysts’ expectations, and following solid growth in January and February of this year,” said U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson.
“Consumers have demonstrated the desire and ability to spend on discretionary items, further helping to spur economic and retail sales growth in the first quarter of 2012,” said NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay. “While retailers will wait until the end of April to gauge the success of the spring shopping season, it’s evident that consumers are holding their own against rising gas prices and other economic concerns.”
“Moderate retail sales growth in March will help to offset murkier recent economic employment data,” NRF Chief Economist Jack Kleinhenz said. “We expect to see gains through the all-important summer months, but job and weak income growth coupled with stubbornly high gas costs will continue to force consumers to make tough, price-sensitive choices.” The 2013 International Home + Housewares Show is set for March 2-5 at McCormick Place, Chicago, with another Saturday opening. For more information, please visit www.housewares.org.
MASTRAD MULTI-FUNCTIONAL MEASURING UTENSILS
Mastrad, creator of stylish and innovative kitchenware products, has revolutionized the cooking world yet again—revealing its latest additions: the Thermo-Sensor Spoon and Cooking Thermometer. Sleek and as easy on the eyes as they are to use, both of these products are superb tools to utilize while cooking as they alleviate extra steps and make time spent in the kitchen easier for recreational cooking enthusiasts and professionals alike. Mastrad’s Thermo-Sensor Spoon is a combination of a removable spoon, perfect for stirring food and an electronic kitchen thermometer. The thermometer calculates the temperature of the food to the exact degree and constantly monitors its temperature while it cooks, while the spoon offers a high quality version of a
DEXAS WATERMELON CUTTING & SERVING BOARD, MELON SLICER
Watermelon is a heavyweight when it comes to health and nutritional benefits and Dexas has innovative, new kitchen tools that add even more benefits to the experience. According to the National Watermelon Promotion Board, watermelon is the “lycopene leader” among all fruits and vegetables, containing up to 20 mg in a 2-cup serving. That’s 40 percent more than tomatoes! Watermelon also contains healthy amounts of vitamins A and C, and potassium. Dexas has created the new Watermelon Cutting & Serving Board and the new Melon Slicer, adding a creative touch to healthier eating at home. The Dexas Watermelon Board has a non-slip, raised green edge that performs two functions: holding the board firmly in place on the counter, while retaining juice and seeds on the board. The propylene surface is dishwasher safe and like all Dexas cutting boards, it won’t warp, crack or peel. The Dexas Melon Slicer is 11" serrated knife with a soft-grip TPE handle. It easily slices through watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew. The red blade is made of high carbon stainless steel, while a protective sheath protects both hands and the knife during storage. Dexas [tel] 469.635.8100 www.dexas.com
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basic kitchen necessity. Perfect when used separately, or as one piece, the Thermo-Sensor Spoon is a must-have item for any cook. Mastrad’s Cooking Thermometer is an exceptionally unique kitchen tool that has the utmost accuracy in calculating the precise temperature of any food item. Coming with a handy clip that helps to keep the thermometer readily accessible while cooking, this product also comes with its own cover, which protects the thermometer probe and keeps it from getting damaged when not in use. Less
clunky and more visually appealing for any kitchen, both of these utensils memorize the minimum and maximum temperatures of the most recent food dish made, making it much simpler and more time efficient when preparing multiple batches of the same dish. Suggested Retail Price: $30, Thermo-Sensor Spoon; $25, Cooking Thermometer Mastrad [tel] 800.358.0608 www.mastrad.us
LAZY DANIEL 13 GALLON TRASH BAG DISPENSER
Make removing your trash bags easier than ever! Introducing a game-changing product for the masses. The new Lazy Daniel 13 Gallon Trash Bag Dispenser with 24 Bags is a simple way to dispense and release trash bags. The Velcro adhesive or screw mounts gives the dispenser versatility, so you can put it anywhere. With a patented dispensing mechanism and tear-away thumb, bags separate and release with ease. A .9mm thick trash bag with drawstring also gives customers what they want in a quality trash bag. The Lazy Daniel Trash Bag dispenser promotes cleanliness and convenience, supporting a healthy family environment. Putting bags into the bottom of the trash can automatically saves that box space under the kitchen sink. The durability of the housing of the dispenser has the strength to withstand heavy garbage and sharp items. This gives piece of mind that consumers can store this in the bottom of the trash can. Holes are located on the bottom of the dispenser that act as drainage, in case of an accident. The refills are simple to use and easy to reload. By removing the perforated opening to the box, fish out the bag and feed it through the opening of the dispenser. The refill only fits the configuration and design of the opening of the dispenser. Lazy Daniel followed the general razor blade and razor theory to create a situation of customer following for refill profits. Lazy Daniel [tel] 858.539.3004 www.lazydaniel.com
NOGENT EXPERT RANGE
The Nogent Expert Range Chef’s knife incorporates an ergonomic polypropylene handle that is molded to the blade and guaranteed not to come off. For the first time, Nogent is injecting exciting colors into the Expert Range offering the doubleedged peeler, paring knife and steak knife in vibrant pink, fresh green and turquoise blue. These will certainly add a bit of fun to your food preparation. All Nogent products are manufactured in France. Suggested Retail Price: $60 Nogent www.nogent3etoiles.com
LINDEN SWEDEN PIPING BAG SET BY JONAS OF SWEDEN
The Jonas of Sweden’s Piping Bag Set contains three different decorating tips and 10 commercial-quality disposable decorating bags. Of the three tips, one is of commercial size—ideal for foods other than frosting such as for stuffing chicken or decorating with mashed potatoes or other delightful creations. The piping bags offer unique non-slip “grippers” on the exterior to ensure complete control and accuracy. They are microwavable, exceptionally strong and flexible, and produced of food-safe material. The interiors are hygienic and sterile. At 16", the triangular-shaped bags are sized and designed to fit comfortably in the hands. The bags may be washed and reused. Produced in produced of low-density polyethylene (LDPE). Suggested Retail Price: $10.50 Linden Sweden [tel] 608.756.8741 www.lindensweden.com
PRODYNE PLEASE COLLECTION
Please your guests with this beautiful, new collection of crystal clear acrylic serveware and pantryware. These coordinated pieces will add style and charm to any kitchen. All items are BPA free and packed in attractive coordinated Please-branded color boxes. The line includes: Appetizers Please: Three-compartment serving tray; Butter Please: Covered butter dish with stylish curved handle and arched base; Salt & Pepper Please: Leaning salt & pepper set. Fun, gravity-defying design; Cheese Please: Covered cheese keeper with dome lid; Candy Please: Candy dish with lid. Elegant, diamond-cut design; Tea Please: Three-compartment tea service bar keeps your teabags and sweeteners organized. Includes lid and two spoons; Sugar Please: Sugar jar with lid and spoon. Choose from three attractive models; Cream Please: Creamer jar with lid. Suggested Retail Price: $9.99-17.99 per piece Prodyne Enterprises [tel] 909.484.1212 www.prodyne.com
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LE PARFAIT FRENCH JARS AND TERRINES
These classic French canning jars and terrines are known as Le Parfait (the perfect). This popular product line includes six sizes of jars and six sizes of terrines. The sturdy, well-made jars are mostly used for canning of fruits, vegetables, pickles, preserves and pie fillings. The tapered terrines are mostly used for canning of meat and fish pates. The jars and terrines are designed to maintain a vacuum after the packing process is completed. They are extremely reliable and very easy to use. These jars and terrines are widely used in France and other European countries. Le Parfait jars and terrines are also popular for use as home storage containers, for tabletop uses and for packing other items that don’t require a vacuum. Some of the products that have been marketed successfully in Le Parfait are candles, bath salts, body creams, scrubs and lotions, candy, nuts and popcorn. Le Parfait is perfect for many items. The clarity of the glass makes the product highly visible. The jars and terrines have many household storage uses and can be resealed for a lifetime of use. Bannex [email] firstname.lastname@example.org www.bannex.com
FULL CIRCLE SMART RACK
The Smart Rack adjustable and foldable dish rack is a one-of-a kind innovation that makes using your dish rack possible for any combination of pots, pans, glasses, dishes and virtually anything you clean in your sink! The four rows of prongs collapse to cater to the different shapes and sizes of all your kitchenware. Slide the drying tray out from underneath for glasses and mugs, collapse all four rows for pots and pans, or stack dishes, cups, bottles and more all at the same time. The rack completely folds into itself for quick and convenient storage. What more could you ask for? Suggested Retail Price: $34.99 Full Circle [tel] 866.259.0727 www.fullcirclehome.com
CORE BAMBOO THE CHEESY BOARD
This adorable cheese set was exclusively designed with cheese lovers in mind. Designed to look like a wedge of cheese, this cheesy board comes with a cheese knife to slice up all of your favorite cheeses. The large cutting surface is perfect for slicing cheese and serving with fruits, crackers, breads and more. Ideal for those who love to entertain, this set is constructed of 100 percent organically grown bamboo, and is perfect for those who love cheese and love serving it to their friends too! Core Bamboo [tel] 646.845.6000 www.corebamboo.com
Snapi® had already built a reputation for being the fun way to serve food when it discovered the joy of giving. After joining the social network, Snapi gained attention on Facebook with giveaways. “The biggest prize for the number of ‘likes’ to date,” Francis said, “was an iPad, given in January. Now, to celebrate Snapi’s first anniversary, we’re introducing a new contest. Everyone who submits a photo of Snapi visiting anyplace in the world will be eligible to win a two-night stay at a Marriott hotel.” See our facebook page (www.facebook.com/kitchenhappy) for details. The next campaign is in the planning stage, Francis said. This one will be even bigger and better as it will benefit the fight against breast cancer. Snapi is designed to serve salads, fruit, pasta, veggies and other food with one hand. It comes in seven colors: Grape, Tangerine, Mango, Ice, Kiwi, Watermelon and Berry. It has an open/close locking mechanism for easy storage and is dishwasher safe. Retailing for under $10, Snapi is available in point-of-purchase counter, floor and clip strip displays. Follow Snapi on Twitter: @kitchenhappy. KitchenHappy [tel] 248.453.5177 http://wholesale.kitchenhappy.com
When was the last time you made a truly nutritious home-cooked meal for the whole family? What if you had the time and energy to prepare delicious, whole food meals every day? Think you’d need to hire a personal chef? Think again! Let VitaClay create hearty, nutritious meals while you work, sleep, or take a walk—talk about multi-tasking! Cook grains, soup or economy cuts of meat to perfection without effort, hassle or expense. VitaClay’s got dinner tonight! World-renowned nutritionist and author Jonny Bowden of “The 150 Healthiest Slow Cooker Recipes on Earth” rated VitaClay his top rice and slow cooker: “This cooker has a natural clay pot insert that allows you to cook perfect grains every time. It doubles as a rice cooker and does something unique and wonderful to stew beef.” Tired of nonstick coating? Looking for perfect rice, grains, steel oats, broth, beans and stew every time? Discover the wonder of clay: no need for added water or oil, the clay naturally preserves texture, flavor, vitamins and taste. Whether cooking for a few or the whole crew, your nutritious, whole meal is just minutes away with VitaClay. VitaClay [tel] 877.877.9121 www.vitaclaychef.com
FRANMARA ZIP-N-GO NEOPRENE WINE BAG SET
Great for picnics and events. This handy neoprene sleeve snugly holds a 750ml bottle of wine, which includes a zipper closure and carrying handle. The neoprene bag insulates your bottle of wine for hours. The bottom of the bag is gusseted and includes a handy side accessory pocket. The set also includes a Traveler’s Corkscrew & Bottle Opener, which is an easy-to-use opener for wine bottles and beer bottles. Available in all black or black-and-red combination. Measures 10-1/2" high by 4-1/2" diameter. Suggested Retail Price: $5.99 each Franmara [tel] 800.423.5855 www.franmara.com
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HIGHWAVE BREWFISH TEA INFUSER
The latest addition to the Swiss Classic collection features a four-piece prep set. The functional set includes a paring knife, utility knife and peeler with microserrated edge for effortless peeling. Anchoring the set is a mini cutting board, providing compact convenience for any kitchen. The ergonomic, slip-resistant design is dishwasher safe, while the mirrored polish finish on the high-carbon stainless steel blade is equivalent to our durable commercial-grade blade. The entire collection is made to the highest sanitary standards, earning the NSF (National Sanitary Foundation) seal of approval. Cutting Board: 6" x 8" with burned cross & shield on wood. Suggested Retail Price: $44
Brewfish is a patented tea infusion brewing and drinking design. Brewfish uses the entire glass for infusion. The innovation simply shuts off the tea brewing 100 percent when you press to drink. The unique design keeps out all sediment by forcing the flow into the center of the filter and eliminating the pole found in the middle of all other presses. The very fine mesh, stainless filter allows fine teas and is insulated with U.S. and European food-safe silicone. Tilt the top to drink and vent; tea stays hot until the last sip for full enjoyment. The mouthblown double wall borosilicate glass adds to keeping the heat in the tea and the silicone base goes everywhere for a long life. Microwave in the glass, if desired, and dishwash the glass and filter when done.
Victorinox [tel] 800.243.4045 www.swissarmy.com
Highwave [tel] 800.444.4928 www.highwave.com
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CILIO BY FRIELING MORTAR AND PRESTLE
Want to make that birthday, girl’s night or anniversary even more special? Place LSArt’s new Cupcake Bottle Stopper— with a personalized message—to the top of your wine bottle and make an ordinary bottle stopper extraordinary! Celebrate any occasion by writing on one of the included cards and placing your personalized message in the bottle stopper clasp. These bottle stoppers will be a hit at your next get-together. Suggested Retail Price: $9.99
Cilio by Frieling expands its mortar and pestle line with the new Atlas in beautiful white granite with a smooth finish, offering a durable and functional tool to crush and mix spices. Each Cilio mortar and pestle is cut from one solid piece of natural granite, providing extra durability and strength. The heavy and comfortable pestles crush, grind and mix herbs or spices with ease while the tall, narrow walls keep contents inside. One of the most underused tools in the kitchen, the mortar and pestle lets the user grind fresh ingredients, enhancing the flavor of any recipe. Suggested Retail Price: $55
LSArts Inc. [tel] 954.722.1750 www.lsarts.com
Frieling [tel] 800.827.2582 www.frieling.com
LSARTS PERSONALIZED CUPCAKE BOTTLE STOPPERS
WESTON PRODUCTS SAFE SLICE MANDOLINES
Weston Products has partnered with Celebrity Chef Michael Symon to create the “Live to Cook” series of Safe Slice Mandolines. The series of “Live to Cook” Safe Slice Mandoline Slicers was designed to make kitchen prep work safer and easier. Each mandoline has a safety trigger that keeps the stainless steel blades tucked away when the slicer is not in use, but is easily exposed when you are ready to slice. The HandHeld Mandolines are available in two styles: one featuring a flat blade for uniform slices and another for making up to 17 4mm julienne strips. The core of the Safe Slice Series is the stand model of the Safe Slice Mandoline Slicer. This Mandoline can make cuts in varying thickness from 2mm to 5mm. Not only does this slicer make consistent slices with its flat blade, but it also includes a retractable julienne blade to slice up to 17 4mm wide strips. Suggested Retail Price: $29.99 for the stand model; $14.99 for the hand-held models
Weston Products LLC [tel] 800.814.4895 www.westonproducts.com
Innova Products Ltd. [tel] 800.884.4543 www.clickclack.com
ZING! KITCHEN GADGETS
KUHN RIKON SIDE-WIND SAFETY LIDLIFTER
ClickClack prides itself on making stylish, functional kitchenware that’s user friendly, airtight, durable and with a quality design. ClickClack Cubes are pleasing to the eye with their sleek, modular design. The Cubes come with clear bodies and white, black or red soft-toggle lids. They are designed to stack when in use or nest when not. Cubes come in sets of three: one with .9 L/1 qt., 1.9 L/2 qt., 3.3 L/3.5 qt.; and one with 1.4 L/1.5 qt., 2.8 L/3 qt., 4.3L/4.5 qt.
With its vibrant hues and playful design, Zing! brightens up the personality of any kitchen environment with an extensive collection of tools and gadgets. Kitchen Gadgets include essential items needed for every home chef such as peeler, pizza cutter, can opener, 10" silicone tip whisk, ice cream scoop, 11" silicone basting brush, lettuce knife, paring knife, bottle opener/tab puller, and eight-piece set of measuring cups (4) and measuring spoons (4) on a single storage ring. Suggested Retail Price: $2.99-8.99
Get a grip on safety and style with the new Side-Wind Safety LidLifter® from Kuhn Rikon. Designed by awardwinning Swiss designer Philipp Beyeler, it features a new side knob design that makes opening cans easier on wrists. The Side-Wind Safety LidLifter is the newest addition to Kuhn Rikon’s awardwinning line of openers that offer superior function, quality and safety at an affordable price. Available in Black, Red, White and Green. Suggested Retail Price: $20
Robinson Home Products www.robinsonus.com
Kuhn Rikon www.kuhnrikon.com.
STARFRIT CAT CORA HEAVY GAUGE FORGED NON STICK COOKWARE SET
With practical, oversized sauce pans and a steamer ideal for healthy cooking, the Cat Cora by Starfrit 10piece Heavy Gauge Forged Non Stick Cookware Set is sure to become an essential part of the home kitchen for years to come! The heavy gauge, forged, non-stick set features an extrathick base that browns meat perfectly and has a scratch-resistant, PFOAfree inner coating that is eco-friendly and a breeze to clean. The pieces are designed to allow the user to deliver professional results at home and are sure to bring out the inner chef. Due to its heavy gauge forged base, the set is durable enough for everyday use while providing even
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heat distribution and even cooking. The exclusive riveted stainless steel and silicone handle is heat resistant up to 392°F/200°C, providing a secure grip. The glass lids allow the user to watch the food without lifting the lid. The stunning set is available in blue, red and black and includes a limited lifetime warranty. “I believe cooking delicious, nutritious meals for friends and family should be fun and stressfree. That’s what inspired me to create a cookware set for home chefs that is both high-performance and low-maintenance,” says Iron Chef Cat Cora. Suggested Retail Price: $229.95 Starfrit [tel] 514.871.1671 www.catcora.com
Step onto WellnessMats®, the premier anti-fatigue floor mats, and step into comfort. It’s all in the name: WellnessMats, floor mats for health and wellness. An exploding category in the housewares marketplace, WellnessMats are the only anti-fatigue mats that are ergonomically engineered and medically proven to provide unsurpassed comfort, safety, relief and well-being. Don’t outsource your comfort; WellnessMats are 100 percent Made in the U.S.A. and come with an impressive seven-year warranty. For you and your customers, it is that simple. Encourage customers to step onto WellnessMats; experience the cushioned, lasting comfort and support they provide (for feet, knees, hips and back) and the sale is made. As
WellnessMats slogan goes, “standing is believing.” WellnessMats are perfect for the kitchen (at the stove, sink or oven), vanity, garage and even laundry (fold and iron in comfort!). WellnessMats have been providing comfort and support to professional and residential kitchens for years—chefs, hotels, airports, salons and spas and retailers all over the world. Yes, those are WellnessMats you stand on while going through airport security. Plus, they are always adding new designs, new sizes and new customizations to the collection of anti-fatigue mats. Now your customers can bring that comfort and relief home with more than 60 decorative mats to choose from. WellnessMats [tel] 800.981.4979 www.wellnessmats.com
CHEF PRO WET & DRY GRINDER
Chef Pro is pleased to announce the arrival of a new, powerful grinder that can grind dry as well as moist foods— all in only a few seconds. Grind coffee beans for fresh coffee. Grind flaxseed into powdery consistency. Grind spices to make unique spice rubs. Crush nuts into powder. Make peanut butter at home. Purée basil to make fresh pesto sauce. Grind garbanzo beans to make fresh hummus. Whip up many exotic foods with this very versatile wet and dry grinder. A must for every kitchen. Chef Pro wet and dry grinder is made of stainless steel and has a powerful 350-watt motor. The stainless steel cup does not retain odor from previously ground foods. The grinder cup and cover are removable any of food being processed. Safety features include that the motor does not turn on until the lid is locked in to its position. Suggested Retail Price: $79.99 Mercantile International NA [tel] 855.243.3776 www.chefprousa.com
VINAROZ 4 PIECE STEAMER POT/PASTA COOKER
Stainless steel pans are chosen by professional chefs because they have many advantages. Stainless steel pans are durable. The pots last a lifetime. They are also extremely hard and will not chip, rust or stain. Another characteristic is they are non-porous. In addition, stainless steel pans do not react with acidic foods. You’re safe to cook any type of food. Stainless steel pans will not interfere with the flavor of food. Vinaroz’s collection of stainless steel cookware includes the 8-quart pasta cooker and steamer. It features a durable, rolled pot and rims for dip-resistant pouring. As with all of Vinaroz’s stainless steel cookware, the steamer/pasta cooker is durable, hygienic, non-reactive, made of high-quality stainless steel, has rapid and even heat distribution and is dishwasher safe. Vinaroz [tel] 323.585.3090 www.vinarozcookware.com
JEWELSTIK DIAMOND KNIFE SHARPENER
FIESTA DINNERWARE FLAMINGO
Each spring, the Homer Laughlin launch of the new Fiesta Dinnerware color brings much anticipation among Fiesta enthusiasts, retailers, and color aficionados. This year, a cheery, inviting hue enters the Fiesta spectrum: Flamingo, which was introduced at the International Home + Housewares Show. Nearly all standard dinnerware pieces will be available in Flamingo, including 4- and 5- piece sets and a variety of plates, platters, bowls, cups, vases, the signature disk pitcher, and serving pieces (sold separately). Fiesta dinnerware has a five-year chip replacement warranty, is made in the USA, microwave and dishwasher safe, and consistently at the top of bridal registries nationwide. Suggested Retail Price: $50 (for 4- and 5-piece place settings) Homer Laughlin China Co. www.homerlaughlin.com
JewelStik Diamond Knife Sharpeners have been quite a hit. Hewlett Manufacturing has been making the ever-popular diamond oval knife sharpener for almost 50 years and its top priority is U.S.A.-made quality. Hewlett is proud to always have been entirely produced, assembled and packaged in Pennsylvania since its inception almost 50 years ago. New customers are still seeking to carry the JewelStik as an addition to their cutlery line and are pleased to offer an American-made product. The JewelStik 1-2-3 series is unique by offering three diamond grits on one handle. A coarse grit, which will give an edge to any dull blade, should not be used on a regular basis. The medium grit is standard in the industry for maintaining a consistent edge. The fine grit is supreme for fine-honing your thin blades used for slicing or skinning. JewelStik is an entire line of sharpening needs, oval two sided or three side or flat sharpeners. All styles are available in lengths of 5", 10", 12" and 14". Hewlett Manufacturing [tel] 814.683.4762 www.jewelstik.com
FRANKLIN CHEF™ MULTI-USE, SAUTÉ RICE COOKER
With more than 55 years of pressure cooker experience, Fissler presents the next step in “fast food”: Vitaquick®, an original pressure cooker, redesigned from the ground up. Cooks will love the German innovations that make pressure cooking more user-friendly by increasing speed, improving appearance and eliminating old pressure cooking fears. A sleek, conical shape allows all Vitaquick pressure cookers of the same diameter to stack together for compact storage. There is a size for every household: four deep cookers plus two sizes in Fissler’s unique pressure skillet shape. A large blue indicator shows the cooking setting. A metal tongue on the lid makes it easy to correctly position the lid on the cooker. And it can be closed effortlessly due to the newly designed rim. An audible “click” and a color display in the handle indicate that the cooker is securely closed and ready to begin cooking. Only then can the pressure start to build up. When cooking is done, releasing pressure is as easy as pressing a button. The Fissler Euromatic safety mechanism prevents excess pressure build up and keeps the cooker from being opened if there is any pressure remaining within.
Franklin Chef™ is adding a new, multiuse, sauté rice cooker to its premium appliance collection. Designed to sauté vegetables such as onions, shallots and garlic, and to perfectly brown meats prior to cooking, this new sauté function offers an effortless solution to creating great tasting, healthy meals. The new Franklin Chef multi-use rice cooker incorporates an easy-to-use push button that begins sautéing foods immediately, which automatically switches to “warm” mode when cooking is done. Features include: a removable, non-stick bowl for easy clean up, a tempered glass lid that allows for monitoring food while it’s cooking, a classic rice paddle and a measuring cup. Additionally, the 20-cup model will come with a stainless steel basket for healthy, steamed vegetables and fatfree meals. Franklin Chef incorporates this sauté function in a variety of models and sizes that range in cooking capacity from 4 to 42 cups. The new models will come in an assortment of vibrant color choices, including red, white, black and stainless steel. Suggested Retail Price: $39-49 Franklin Chef [tel] 305.403.8517 www.franklinchefusa.com
Fissler USA [tel] 888.347.7537 www.fissler.com
BOSTON WAREHOUSE BAKED GOODS COLLECTION
Always equally innovative and practical, this manufacturer of sought after kitchen utensils, entertaining/service ware, and bar/ wine accessories is well known for putting the “fun” in functional. Boston Warehouse’s cleverly designed “Baked Goods” collection is sure to please longtime BW devotees as well as bring in new fans of the brand. Boston Warehouse www.bwtc.com
CUISINART ICE CREAM AND GELATO MAKER
Make lusciously rich gelato and ice cream right at home! The Cuisinart Ice Cream and Gelato Maker has a commercial quality compressor-freezer, so it’s always ready to go. Separate paddles for gelato and ice cream, and fully automatic operation with a 60minute countdown timer, ensure perfect consistencies and professional results. Cuisinart [tel] 800.726.0190 www.cuisinart.com
WÜSTHOF CLASSIC 6-INCH EXTRA WIDE COOK’S KNIFE
Wüsthof’s best-selling Classic collection of precision forged, full tang knives expands with the addition of the versatile Classic 6-inch Extra Wide Cook’s Knife (model 4584/16). Increasingly, 6inch cook’s knives are becoming more popular, particularly among chefs and home cooks with smaller hands. Unveiled at the recent 2012 International Home and Housewares Show in Chicago, the newest Classic knife is available at retail nationwide. The wider and heavier blade of the Classic 6-inch Extra Wide Cook’s Knife offers additional heft compared to standard models for more effortless chopping, dicing, mincing and slicing of a wide variety of ingredients. The new knife’s wider blade surface also makes it easier and more efficient to scrape and carry prepped
ingredients from the chopping block to pans, bowls and other vessels. In addition, the new knife’s extra wide handle—larger than the standard Classic 6" Cook’s Knife, and comparable in size to the best-selling Classic 8" Cook’s Knife—ensures optimum power with minimum effort. The new, heftier Classic 6" Extra Wide Cook’s Knife allows cooks who enjoy the agility and control of a shorter blade knife, the same degree of effortless strength delivered by knives with longer blades. All Classic knives feature Wüsthof’s patent-pending Precision Edge Technology (PEtec). All Wüsthof knives are fully guaranteed to be free of defects in craftsmanship. Suggested Retail Price: $119.99 Wüsthof-Trident of America Inc. [tel] 203.295.3807 www.wusthof.com
ISLAND BAMBOO™ PRE-PACKED UTENSIL TRAY
Food moves seamlessly from marinade to the grill and 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. Simply place the Fire Wire® skewers loaded with an assortment of meat and vegetables into your favorite marinade in a baggie or a bowl. Excess space won’t be required in your cooler or refrigerator and you won’t have to handle the food after it’s been marinated. Take your Fire Wire straight from the marinade to the grill. By putting the skewer tip outside the grill, no tools are required to turn or remove the skewers. The unique stainless steel design won’t conduct heat, so the tips left outside the grill will remain the ambient temperature. Measuring 31" in length, Fire Wire skewers can hold about twice as much food as a standard straight skewer. Stainless steel will not react with marinades and won’t burn like bamboo skewers. Fire Wire is dishwasher safe and has a lifetime guarantee.
Island Bamboo™ utensils are just right when disposable plastics flop and silverware imparts a noticeable metallic flavor that just won’t do. Larger than your standard plastic utensil set, these 7” forks, spoons and knives are comfortable in your hand and will add enjoyment to any meal. Sturdy, portable and reusable Island Bamboo utensils are the perfect choice for enjoying foods anytime and anywhere including BBQs, picnics, campsites, kids lunches, RVs and boats. The Island Bamboo Pre-Packed Utensil Tray includes 20 each of our 7" bamboo forks, spoons and knives. Each is individually bar coded and retails for $1.49 each. Countertop displays are a great way to introduce new products to your customers, and with this one they will come back for more. Once empty, you may order bulk refills in quantities of 30 each. Help your customers put an end to plastic waste with reusable utensils that will decompose in four to six months if they find their way to the landfill. Visit us online and browse our 2012 Product Catalog to find complementary products including our utensil caddy and bamboo veneer plates that are available in three sizes. Island Bamboo has the largest selection of eco-friendly bamboo kitchenware. Wholesale Price: $39
Inno-Labs [tel] 620.229.9800 www.inno-labs.com
Island Bamboo [tel] 949.492.9921 www.islandbamboo.com
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PARASIA INTERNATIONAL MAN LAW BBW TOOLS
Man Law: Good Fire, Good Beer, Good Tools. Grilling: It’s the perfect confluence of art and science, engineering and craft, mind and spatula. The French sauté, braise, poach. They do not grill. Men grill. Since the first dawn of man, there has been honor and responsibility in providing for one’s family. In order to truly appreciate this honor, all men must abide by the code that comes with it. This code is known as Man Law. The proper grilling of a $23 porterhouse is a feat to rival the erection of the Great Pyramids, the Hoover Dam and the brother-in-law’s yard shed. Grilling fish or fowl, mere weenie or edible plant life is a serious endeavor. Grilling, thus, requires the proper tools. Tools crafted and honored with the care of a surgeon operating on his fantasy team’s QB. Tools, that blessing with long ago distinguished man from animal. The highest quality tools with a sense of humor.
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BELLA TAVOLA FONDUE & CHAFING BURNER
The easy-to-use, automatic ignition Fondue & Chafing Burner is perfect for professional chefs or entertaining at home. The Fondue & Chafing Burner is part of the Bella Tavola line, a butanepowered culinary tool line by Wall Lenk Corp. This compact, butane-powered burner features an adjustable flame control lever, safety mechanism turn off stopper, built-in pressure release valve, non-tip wide base and refillable reservoir. The small, lightweight burner can last up to 90 minutes on the low setting. It is ideal for use with fondue pots, chafers, stone grills, raclette sets, soup tureens and coffee and beverage urns. It can also be used as a cooktop with the optional Bella Tavola Cooking Platform. Suggested Retail Price: $39.99 Wall Lenk Corp. [tel] 252.527.4186 www.wlenk.com www.bellavolatools.com
Parasia International [tel] 763.267.7900 www.manlawbbq.com
MÜKITCHEN 2 IN 1 ULTIMATE SCRUB SPONGE SET, SINGLE PACK CLEANING STICK
From the makers of The Original Whirley Pop Stovetop Popcorn Popper comes an outdoor gift that is a “must have” for every fisherman, hiker, camper, tailgater or backyard enthusiast: the Open-Fire Pop popcorn popper. The Open-Fire Pop is all about convenience and fun. Weighing in at only 1.5 pounds and combined with a quick release, telescoping handle, this popper makes packing and storing a breeze. The popper comes with 3 All-Inclusive OpenFire Pop Popping Kits, so when you’re ready for fun, just open the package, pour, shake, and pop! The best part is that cleanup is effortless. Just wipe with a paper towel and get back to your other outdoor fun. An added bonus is the interactive packaging that invites customers to pick up the popper, stretch the handle, and imagine the next outside event with friends and family.
MÜkitchen’s new 2 in 1 Ultimate Scrub Sponge set contains one multi-color printed microfiber sponge plus one solid yellow microfiber sponge. Both are super-soft microfiber backed with a durable woven scrubber. The scrubber side is tough on stains, but safe for use on non-stick surfaces. The counter display unit holds eight twopack sets of sponges and will add a bright spot to your checkout area or shelf. Check out the new singlepackage Super Durable Cleaning Stick! Available in four eye-catching colors, it is sure to make a splash. The crystal clear handle fits the hand perfectly to make cleaning almost fun. Available in Indigo, Grass, Orange or Eggplant, the Cleaning Sticks can be hung by a hook or displayed on a shelf for maximum shop-ability. Call or go online to request a new 2012 catalog today to see all that MÜ has to offer your store for 2012. Suggested Retail Price: $5.99/set for 2 in 1 Ultimate Scrub Sponge Set; $7.99 each for Single Pack Cleaning Stick
Wabash Valley Farms [tel] 877.888.7077 www.wfarms.com
MÜkitchen [tel] 866.544.2224 www.mukitchen.com
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TALISMAN BEECHWOOD NATURE SPREADERS
The new Vinturi Spirit™, the first bar tool of its kind, makes enjoying undiluted spirits better than ever before. The company’s newest aerator instantly decants fine liqueurs and spirits, immediately unleashing their full potential. From whiskey, scotch, cognac, port and tequila to bourbon, vodka, gin, rum, brandy, sake and a variety of liqueurs, aerating with the Vinturi Spirit results in enhanced aromas; intensified and balanced flavors; and a smooth and extended finish. Simply pour into the integrated jigger with convenient ounce markings, hold over your glass, then press the button to release. Your spirit is perfectly aerated as it flows into the glass. The patent-pending Vinturi Spirit is available at key retailers nationwide. Suggested Retail Price: $39.95
Spread cheese, jams, mustards and more with these uniquely shaped spreaders. Made from 100 percent solid beechwood, each spreader’s laser-etched design was created exclusively for and by Talisman Designs. There are two styles: Nature and Pop Art. Each style comes in a set of four and both have matching Beechwood Cheeseboards that are sold separately. These natural-wood spreaders will not scratch or harm serving plates/dishes nor will they impart any odors or color onto food. They have an FDA-approved natural oil finish that helps enhance the longevity of the spreader. Hand washing is recommended. Beechwood Spreaders fast facts: 100 percent solid beechwood; laser-etched design will never fade; two different themed styles— Pop Art, Nature. Suggested Retail Price: $15.99-17.99
Vinturi [tel] 877.846.8874 www.vinturi.com
Talisman Designs [tel] 952.681.2866 www.talismandesigns.com
KITCHENWARE BY DAVID BURKE
Kitchenware by David Burke is an eclectic kitchenware line that includes cookware, cutlery, tools and gadgets. Celebrated Chef David Burke has licensed the collection to Continuum Sales and Marketing. It debuted at the Housewares Show. The line includes cookware, induction cooker and coordinating nonstick sauté pan, enameled cast iron dutch oven with self basting lid, stainless steel tea kettles, quirky Safe-T Graters with and versatile silicone accented tools and gadgets. David Burke www.davidburke.com
ZOOMBO BODEAUX COOKWARE
Bodeux’s 5-ply copper bonded base technology means a sheet of solid copper is reinforced with two layers of aluminum that allow for the quickest heat-up time, maximum temperature control and rapid, even heat distribution. The result is exceptional cooking performance and induction suitability. Zoombo [tel] 905.882.1881 www.zoombous.com
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Marketwatch Pressure Cookers (Cont. from Page 1) on an American dinner table were homemade, according to research from the NPD Group, which has been keeping a continuous watch on U.S. eating behavior. These days, NPD says, 59 percent of entrees are homemade, though many Americans use ready-to-eat and frozen foods to save time. “The fast and hectic pace of the lives we lead has had the single greatest impact on this country’s eating behaviors,” said Mark East, President of The NPD Group’s North American food and beverage unit. “It’s clear by the changes we’ve observed over the past 30 years that the Google generation wants things now.” Enter the pressure cooker. NPD’s Kitchen Audit 2011 found that 20 percent of U.S. households own a pressure cooker. Pressure cooking requires much less time to braise or simmer various recipes. The reduction in time it takes to cook something also means a reduction in the energy output used opposed to cooking methods such as
boiling, steaming or baking. Kuhn Rikon’s Duromatic Pressure Cooker uses 60 percent less energy than regular cookware. In today’s market, savings on time and energy mean pressure cookers are a hot commodity. The pressure cooker’s increased cooking temperature doesn’t just decrease the amount of time that it takes to prepare favorite dishes, the technique also uses less water. In addition, food prepared in a pressure cooker has increased nutritional benefits. When food is cooked at a temperature higher than its normal boiling point, the heat kills off more harmful microorganism. Further, a pressure cooker’s tightly sealed lid prevents nutrients from boiling off, thus preserving a food’s vitamins and minerals. The advantages to a pressure cooker literally stack up. These appliances have the capacity to cook several different foods at once. Manufacturers Cuisinart and Breville include racks and stacked steamer baskets so the user can cook different foods at the same time in separate compartments. These racks end up saving time and space in the kitchen. Chris Wert, Marketing Manager for Fissler, said there are many preconceptions about
pressure cookers that retailers must face. In an effort to shed the somewhat dusty, prosaic image that pressure cookers hold in many people’s minds, Fissler has retooled the cookers from the ground up. The company worked hard to increase the pressure cooker’s speed, improve its appearance and eliminate some fears surrounding the tool, Wert said.
pieces,” or products whose functionality and durability outweigh their relatively higher prices. This trend is especially apparent among young people, Wert said. Millennials are less likely to have preconceptions about the pressure cooker and more willing to do research and purchase premium-end cookware like Fissler, he said.
In order to reach out to consumers concerning product misconceptions, Fissler hosts chef showcases highlighting the pressure cooker. At the 2012 International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago, brothers Michael and Bryan Voltaggio— known for their appearances on Season 6 of Bravo’s “Top Chef ” as well as their signature restaurants—featured Fissler’s new Vitaquick pressure cooker. These chefs proved to wary trade-show attendees that it’s possible to make endless dishes in pressure cookers—from bread pudding and barbecue pulled pork to pasta and no-stir risotto. Wert said the response to these demonstrations was phenomenal.
Hugh Rushing seconded this. “The next generation of cooks are discovering the pressure cooker as a way to prepare fresh, local foods.”
That response matches a “15 to 20 percent increase in pressure cooker marketplace presence this year,” Wert said. He said more people are in the market for “investment
“Consumer media contacts show that pressure-cooker recipe searches on sites like allrecipes.com are on the rise,” Wert said. “This only means that pressure cookers represent a huge opportunity for growth.” Indeed, allrecipes.com extols the benefits of pressure cookers. “Thanks to modern safety modifications, newer pressure cookers are just as safe as your other kitchen appliances,” according to the website’s “7 Reasons to Buy a Fast Cooker.” “This isn’t your father’s pressure cooker ... but you can use it to make your father’s potato soup.”
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BUYERS GUIDE Wine Yoke Wine Glass Holder
picnicware & travel mugs
The WineYoke™ hands free wine glass holder is the perfect accessory for wine tasting or wine events. The WineYoke™ offers you hands-free holding of your wine glass while you enjoy hors d’oeuvres and socializing with friends. The WineYoke makes a perfect gift for any wine lover. The WineYoke™ is lightweight and stores conveniently in a purse or pocket. Bring it with you when you travel to visit wineries or even bring it with you to your friends’ home parties. Your WineYoke will be the talk of the party, and everyone will want to buy one. The rubber base stretches to accept stemware base. The 38" lanyard attaches to two universal swivel, snap-on hooks. Available in Black or Pink and Burgundy. Available on retail card or bulk. You can even have your logo printed on them. Suggested Retail Price: $3.99 each
Franmara [tel] 800.423.5855 www.franmara.com • www.wineyoke.com
What better endorsement can you get for a large, wide-base travel mug than an Alaska fisherman who uses nothing but the MoJOEmo from Highwave to keep him and his coffee toasty for eight hours? Rob from Kodiak appreciates the 22-ounce vacuum mug because when he takes to the sea, the MoJOEmo and its silicone, no-slip base will stay where he puts it. The MoJOEmo also features a leak-tight top to keep every hot drop safely contained. The MoJOEmo is the official mug of the Tall Ships Association and makes for a great companion whether you’re an ice fisherman in Minnesota or morning commuter with a classic car (1984 or earlier) whose dashboard can handle the mighty MoJOEmo. Made of stainless steel with a choice of four colors or black on the base, so you and your buddies won’t pick up the wrong mug. Exclusive design from Highwave California. Suggested Retail Price: $25
Highwave [tel] 800.444.4928 www.highwave.com
Epic Products Beach Bummin’ Cheese Server Gift Set
Talisman Designs 1-Piece Adjustable Pie Shield
Talisman Designs’ one-piece pie shield prevents pie crust from burning. It’s perfect for homemade and frozen pies. This unique pie shield is the first of its kind. Simply adjust the size by sliding the lock into the notch as needed. Pie shield remains in place during baking. Fits any size of pie between 8" and 10". Easy to adjust, easy to use, easy to wash and store. It creates the perfect pie crust every time. Heat resistant up to 500-degree Fahrenheit. Made of 100 percent FDA silicone, the pie shield is dishwasher safe. Suggested Retail Price: $7.99
Talisman Designs [tel] 952.681.2866 www.talismandesigns.com
Leave it to bubba brands to break the mold. Creating a masterful blend of thermal hydration expertise and stylized creativity, bubba brings haute to hydration with the new envy tumbler. A portable savior, the envy safeguards hot contents for three hours and conserves cold contents for up to five hours. The unparalleled dual-wall design traps air between the two layers, creating a formidable force in the fight for temperature preservation. Available in 17ounce and 24-ounce sleekly stylized variations, the dishwasher envy tumbler makes fashionable convenience inevitable.
bubba [tel] 678.255.2107 www.bubbabrands.com
Evriholder Sesame Street Thermals
Evriholder Products is excited to announce the launch of its first Sesame Street licensed items including Sesame Street Plastic Thermals. These new thermals are made of BPA Free plastic and feature engaging graphics of Elmo and some of his favorite buddies. Available in assorted colors, each thermal holds 10.5 ounces and is perfect for keeping food or liquids hot or cold on-thego. They are easy to fill and clean (hand washing recommended). Available in open stock, clip strips, counter displays, end caps and side caps. Suggested Retail Price: $5.99
Evriholder Products [tel] 800.975.0335 www.evriholder.com
Picnic Time Concavo Cheese Board and Cheese Tools Set
Host a beach party this summer with Epic Products New Beach Bummin’ Cheese Server Gift Set. Tied with a bow, this gift set embraces vibrant and playful beach images and includes a cheese spreader, (20) 3-ply beverage napkins and a tempered glass cheese server/cutting board (7.5" x 14"). Treat as the perfect gift or save for entertaining.
This product measures 13.5" x 8" x 2" and has a dark bamboo cutting surface and pull-out tools drawer with zebra wood panels/tray handles on either side. It includes three cheese tools, three porcelain cheese markers and a wet erase pen. Suggested Retail Price: $55.95
Epic Products [tel] 800.548.9791 www.epicproductsinc.com
Picnic Time [tel] 888.742.6429 www.picnictime.com
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BUYERS GUIDE Inno Labs Drink Flair
Parties will be a lot more fun, conversational, and green with Inno Lab’s new Drink Flair reusable drink identifiers. Anne Werth developed Drink Flair in 2009 one night at a party after exclaiming “Hey, that’s my drink!” Drink Flair’s cleverly designed reusable static cling label marks the glass as your own, solving the problem of identifying your beverage. Then there’s the fun. Drink Flair identifiers are produced in a variety of conversation-starting verbal and visual cues. Imagine you’ve just put the “Flirt” label on your glass. You’ll attract conversation from would-be admirers—or label your glass with the tattoo you always wished you had. Drink Flair is easily removed and leaves no sticky residue on any surface. The FLAIR clings to glass, plastic, cans and bottles.
Inno Labs [tel] 620.229.9800 www.drinkflair.com
Ravi Foldable Ice Bucket
Ravi Solution, maker of modern and unique wine accessories, is proud to release the Foldable Ice Bucket. It’s designed to take almost no space, but it’s a full-sized ice bucket. Made of resistant PVC, it can be folded to fit almost anywhere or stored flat like a sheet of paper. Once unfolded, simply fill it with ice and water to chill your favorite wine or champagne. Choose from four colors: red, gold, blue or clear. Suggested Retail Price: $7.95-8.95
Ravi Solution [tel] 514.312.8476 www.ravisolution.com
Sistema Plastics Klip It To Go Lunch Cube
This product is designed with integral compartments to keep food separate on the go. Each container is made in New Zealand from BPA free plastic with the signature Klip It clip fastening that is both easy to use and keeps containers sealed securely during transit. Suggested Retail Price: $6
Sistema [tel] 707.795.9060 www.sistemaus.com
Cat Cora by Starfrit Lunch SaCC
The Cat Cora by Starfrit Lunch SaCC is roomy enough to carry your lunch, snacks and drinks in style. Two small pockets keep a wallet and cell phone organized, a lobster claw clip keeps keys close at hand and the larger pocket snugly fits your favorite tablet computer. The removable lunch pouch is lined with high-performance insulation plus a radiant barrier that helps keep food and drinks cold. The easy-clean, leakproof lining ensures no surprise messes in your Lunch SaCC. Available in Cat Cora signature print in black or taupe. Suggested Retail Price: $24.95
Starfrit [tel] 514.871.1671 www.catcora.com
picnicware & travel mugs
SunnyLIFE Picnic Basket
Inspired by the best of Australian living—the environment, love of the “good life” and Aussies’ distinct style—SunnyLIFE looks to create accents that convey summer’s tone for every season. The Summer 2012 collection includes beach towels and accessories, outdoor living, kitchen, dining and home fragrance. Suggested Retail Price: $89.99 (picnic basket for two), $129.99 (for four)
sunnyLIFE [tel] 800.600.3458 www.karenalweilstudio.com
The VinniBag is designed to cushion fragile items during travel by suspending them in an air cushion, providing protection against impact and leaks. Contents are isolated and secured with a reusable liquid dry-seal. VinniBag is TSA friendly and has been independently tested for fluctuations in altitude and temperature. Stores flat, rolled or folded when not in use. Suggested Retail Price $28
VinniBag [tel] 800.915.8599 www.vinnibag.com
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Giftware home fragrance
FRAGRANCE (Cont. from Page 1) bonfires in the back yard and leaf piles to jump into. With a little bit of help from home fragrance products, consumers can create an unmatched ambiance in the home.
notes of cinnamon or other spices to get a warm, cozy ambiance in their home. In terms of what will trend for fall 2012 fragrances, it will be those tried and true, warm and spicy fragrances with unique twists.”
Home fragrances also make wonderful gifts. According to the National Candle Association, there has been a growing willingness in consumers to pay more for candles to give as gifts. Therefore, many consumers now search specialty stores and home decor stores hoping to find more upscale choices in home fragrances.
More specifically, Weymouth said that fragrances containing hints of chocolate will trend this fall. People have strong associations with chocolate and other food smells. In addition, fall marks the beginning of the holiday baking season. “This makes gourmand fragrances, including those with notes of chocolate, very popular and well-suited to the season,” Weymouth said.
As for Fall 2012 scent trends, “In the fall, people tend to crave traditional fragrances,” said David Weymouth, Scentsy Fragrance Manager. “It really boils down to the fact that when the weather turns cold, people turn to fragrances with
In terms of air freshening, innovation is the name of the game this fall. Dervilla Campbell, Brand Manager for Kaz, said Honeywell and Febreze have partnered to create the Freshness Cool & Refresh Fan. This innovative product is a mini
JASON WU LUXURY SCENTED CANDLE
luxury scented candle. Orchid Rain features a unique and exotic fragrance combination of fruity and modern floral notes created by acclaimed perfumer Christophe Laudamiel. Orchid Rain combines white orchid with nashi pear, pomegranate and goji berry. The fruityfloral essences are enhanced with blonde birchwood and hints of pink pepper and coconut. Suggested Retail Price: $48
Fashion designer Jason Wu and Laura Slatkin, founder and CEO of Nest Fragrances, announce the launch of Wu’s first fragrance, Orchid Rain, in a
Nest Fragrances [tel] 212.759.0047 www.nestfragrances.com
tower fan that works like a conventional fan to circulate air around the home. The fan is compatible with Febreze Set & Refresh cartridges, air fresheners designed to provide continuous, longlasting freshness and odor elimination. The cartridges come in 11 scents and consistently release scented oils without the use of plugs or batteries. The Freshness Cool & Refresh Fan is a one-of-a-kind product that offers scent control with variable settings. These settings allow the consumer to adjust the scent level in their home to create a user-friendly home-freshening experience. All in all, people generally like to hunker down once the weather turns cold. This combined with the economic downturn
GLADE SCENTED OIL DECORATIVE GLASS HOLDERS
New Glade Scented Oil Candle Decorative Glass Holders emit a radiant display of light and shadow
means that more people will spend time at home this fall. “Anybody who has a home, a bedroom, an office or even a dorm room is a potential customer. People create an ambiance in their space using colors, textures and fragrance,” Weymouth said. while quickly filling the room with fragrance. Glade Scented Oil Candle Decorative Glass Holders have a unique warming plate to melt the candle into a pool of scented oil wax that quickly fills the room with fragrance. The holder and refills are available in the air-care aisle of food, drug and mass-merchandise stores such as Target, Wal-Mart and many more. Suggested Retail Price: $3.49 Glade [tel] 800.494.4855 www.glade.com
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Upcoming Events Trade Show Buzz BY LORRIE BAUMANN
The big news this month out of the Dallas Market Center is that it has started construction to expand the Gourmet Market in time for the June Total Home & Gift Market, which will be the 20th through the 26th. I sat down for a talk with Cole Daugherty, Vice President of Communications for the Dallas Market Center, and he was bubbling over with excitement about it. “We anticipate more demand for products carried in the Gourmet Market, both gourmet foods and housewares items,” he said. “Our country is obsessed with gourmet food and entertainment these days.” The idea behind the expansion is to create a welcoming atmosphere and more space to show off gourmet products to the
ADVERTISER INDEX America Fei Tian ...............................................16 American Mechantile........................................30 Bannex International.........................................30 Click Clack/Innova...........................................19 Core Bamboo .....................................................20 Dexas International ...........................................18
buyers who come to the Market Center for its nine markets a year—four home and gift markets and four apparel and accessories markets. The Dallas Market Center is already the only permanent, shared-exhibit showroom for manufacturers, brokers and distributors in the gourmet industry. It is staffed and open Mondays through Fridays during non-market times and open every day of the nine annual markets. Daugherty said the Market Center’s research shows that buyers who come to those markets looking for new products for their home and clothing shops are also looking to expand their horizons and display some gourmet goodies as well—and the Dallas Market Center is responding with a bold move to make the center a year-round destination for retailers.
Fissler USA............................................................2 Franklin Chef USA ...........................................16 Full Circle............................................................14 Hewlett Manufacturing....................................10 Highwave Inc......................................................29 KitchenHappy ....................................................24 Lazy Daniel dba Forney Industries ................25 Linden Sweden...................................................22 Mastrad...................................................................9 Parasia.....................................................................3
MAY 2012 19-22 International Contemporary Furniture Fair Jacob K. Javits Convention Center New York, NY, 800.272.SHOW www.icff.com 19-22 International Contemporary Furniture Fair Jacob K. Javits Convention Center New York, NY, 800.272.SHOW www.icff.com 20-23 National Stationery Show Jacob K. Javits Convention Center New York, NY, 914.421.3200 www.nationalstationeryshow.com JUNE 2012 1-4 Kansas City Gift Show Gift Mart of Kansas City Kansas City, KS, 913.687.8059 www.giftmartofkansascity.com
Parrish Cake........................................................15 Pragotrade ...........................................................17 Prodyne................................................................21 Regent Products Corp ......................................21 Starfrit ..................................................................22 Talisman Designs .................................................4 Tribest.....................................................................8 Victorinox ...........................................................32 Vinaroz.................................................................25 Vinturi..................................................................11 Vita Craft ............................................................14
2-4 American Craft Retailers Expo Las Vegas Convention Center Las Vegas, NV, 888.427.2381 acrelasvegas.com 10-11 Market Square’s The Buyers Cash & Carry Greater Philadelphia Expo Center Oaks, PA, 717.796.2377 www.marketsquareshows.com 11-13 NEOCON World’s Trade Fair The Merchandise Mart Chicago, IL, 800.677.6278 www.neocon.com
Wellness Mats .....................................................23 Wilshire..................................................................5 Wüsthof..................................................................6
To make the market more welcoming, a new entry will be extended into the center’s atrium. Best of all, there will be new prep and demonstration kitchens so guest chefs can entertain and educate about products that are available in the Gourmet Market. The new demonstration kitchen will be movable so it can be brought outside the front entrance for special events and inside into the atrium to reach out into the most heavily trafficked part of the marketplace—
assuring the kitchenware and gourmet food manufacturers that they’ll reach a wide audience with the appeal of a celebrity chef or the savory aromas from fabulous food. The availability of that demonstration kitchen is bound to attract kitchenware manufacturers like the ones that brought to this year’s International Home + Housewares Show “Top Chef ” celebrities including the Voltaggio brothers, representing Fissler, and Bialetti’s Fabio Viviani—who seemed this year to be trading less on his Italian looks and fabulously fractured English and more on his serious culinary expertise—and the always fabulous Mario Batali, who’s put his name on a new line of cookware from DANSK, as well as Cat Cora, with her new line from Starfrit. Lots of potential there to draw retailers who want to sample some great gourmet food as well as add a little star power to their shops, and the Dallas Market Center’s new space sounds like it’s getting ready to cater to the trend.
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The construction that’s going on now is Phase I of a bigger project that brings the Gourmet Market to 30,000 square feet of space and will add even more space over the next couple of years. Look for more than 1,500 product lines of gourmet specialty foods, kitchen accessories, casual tabletop and gourmet gadgets. Talk about foodie paradise! Along with the addition of space, the Gourmet Market is undergoing a general spruce-up and rebranding—with new flooring and updated paint.
12-14 Licensing International Expo Mandalay Bay Convention Center Las Vegas, NV, 310.857.7620 www.licensingexpo.com
17-19 Summer Fancy Food Show Walter E.Washington Convention Center Washington, DC, 212.482.6440 www.specialtyfood.com 20-26 Dallas Total Home & Gift Market Dallas Market Center Dallas, TX, 800.DAL.MKTS www.dallasmarketcenter.com 22-24 Dwell on Design Los Angeles Convention Center Los Angeles, CA, 415.373.5100 http://dod.dwell.com 25-31 California Gift Show L.A. Mart Los Angeles, CA, 800.LAMART4 www.lamart.com www.californiagiftshow.com JULY 2012 11-18 Atlanta International Gift, HomeFurnishings & Holiday Market AmericasMart Atlanta Atlanta, GA, 800.ATL.MART www.americasmart.com 17-23 CMC Gift & Home Market California Market Center Los Angeles, CA, 213.630.3600 www.californiamarketcenter.com 19-25 Chicago Market Merchandise Mart Chicago, IL, 800.677.6278 www.shopchicagomarket.com 22-25 Philadelphia Gift Show Greater Philadelphia Expo Center Oaks, PA, 678.285.3976 www.philadelphiagiftshow.com
25-31 California Gift Show L.A. Mart Los Angeles, CA, 800.LAMART4 www.lamart.com www.californiagiftshow.com 30-Aug. 3 Las Vegas Market World Market Center Market Las Vegas, NV, 866.229.3574 www.lasvegasmarket.com AUGUST 2012 3-6 Kansas City Gift Show Gift Mart of Kansas City Kansas City, KS, 913.687.8059 www.giftmartofkansascity.com 12-15 CGTA Gift Show Toronto International Centre & Toronto Congress Centre Toronto, Canada, 800.611.6100 www.cgta.org 18-23 New York International Gift Fair + Gourmet Housewares Show Jacob K. Javits Convention Center New York, NY, 800.272.SHOW www.nyigf.com 19-22 Alberta Gift Show Northlands Agricom Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, 877.281.0005 www.albertagiftshow.com 26-29 Montreal Gift Show Place Bonaventure Montreal, Quebec, Canada, 877.281.0005 www.montrealgiftshow.com SEPTEMBER 2012 8-10 Dallas Total Home & Gift Market Dallas Market Center Dallas, TX, 800.DAL.MKTS www.dallasmarketcenter.com