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Exhibitors, Retailers Head to Gourmet Housewares Show with Holiday Sales in Mind by Karen Martin, Managing Editor Retailers and manufacturers are scrambling to find the right balance of new product, flexible terms and acceptable inventory levels as they head into the ever important fourth quarter. And, in the gourmet market, many retailers and manufacturers are counting on the Gourmet Housewares Show, in its new August time slot, to facilitate some holiday magic. “I think the timing of the Gourmet Show is perfect for fourth quarter independents and major specialty retailers to take advantage of truly innovative companies with fresh new products,” said Bob Trinque, president of Innovation Specialists, which provides sales and management assistance to manufacturers in the housewares industry. “This show is about style, innovation and quality gourmet housewares for upscale retailers who should want to offer their customers exciting new experiences in their stores and catalogs.”

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POS Systems Gain ‘Traction in the Retail Space’ by Jenna Crisostomo, Associate Editor Technology evolves and changes everyday, and point of sale (POS) systems are no different. With an array of POS options out there, retailers and consumers alike seek technology options, functionality and convenience. “Integrated POS systems are gaining traction in the retail space, due to the decrease in costs of hardware and software, as well as a multitude of applications that help merchants more effectively run and manage their business,” said Russell Bird, senior vice president, First Data. “Examples are inventory control, employee management and various types of payment support such as gift card, credit cards, debit cards, checks, loyalty, etc.”

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s h o r t s Travel Goods Show to Co-Locate with International Home + Housewares Show in 2011 Rosemont, IL – The International Housewares Association (IHA) and The Travel Goods Association (TGA) announced that The Travel Goods Show will co-locate with the International Home + Housewares Show beginning March 2011. The Travel Goods Show is the world’s largest trade show for travel goods, including luggage, briefcases, travel bags and accessories. “The Travel Goods Show’s decision to co-locate with the International Home + Housewares Show broadens the homegoods purchasing options for the audiences of both shows,” said Phil Brandl, president of IHA, which owns and operates the show. “Our buying audience has consistently asked us to maximize the value of their show visit by making additional key home categories available to them. We believe

this is a meaningful step in that direction.” “As we walked the International Home + Housewares Show in March, we were encouraged by the potential value to both audiences that will derive from this co-location,” said Michele Marini Pittenger, president of TGA. Buyers’ badges will allow admittance to either show. Each show will be operated autonomously with separate exhibit halls, registration and events. For more information on attending or exhibiting at the International Home + Housewares Show, visit For more information on The Travel Goods Show, visit

Tervis Tumblers Featured in Signature FIESTA Colors Newell, W.VA – The Homer Laughlin China Company™ announced an exclusive licensing agreement between its brand of Fiesta® Dinnerware and Tervis Tumbler; Fiesta insulated tumblers will make their debut in Tervis’ booth at the Gourmet Housewares Show in San Francisco, Aug. 8-10, booth 3355. “We are pleased to announce the addition of Tervis Tumbler to the Fiesta family of licensed products,” said Rich Brinkman, FIESTA Dinnerware. “Like the dinnerware brand, Tervis enjoys a strong customer following. The partnership is a natural extension of our quality line of licensed products, which now includes everything from cutlery, to glassware, linens, flatware and more. The insulated tumblers truly round out the brand.” Sharing a similar long-term history of American-made

products, Tervis Tumbler, headquartered in North Venice, Fla., has been producing insulated tumblers since 1946; Fiesta Dinnerware has produced its colorful dishes since 1936 (and Homer Laughlin has been in business since 1870). “We expect the partnership between us to be an overwhelming success,” said Laura Spencer, CEO, Tervis Tumbler. “Fiesta is a well-respected brand name that represents the American-made tradition that we too pride ourselves on. This, in addition to a shared expectation of exceptional quality, will bring an exciting product to new and existing customers alike.” Look for FIESTA tumblers and ice buckets in stores and online as early as Fall 2009 and online at

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h e a d l i n e s Color in the Kitchen: Retailers Stock Classics, Not Trends in Down Economy by Anna Wolfe As consumers continue to ward off restaurants in lieu of cooking at home, many kitchenware retailers are getting back to the kitchen—and sprucing up their surroundings with color. At Kitchen Kaboodle in the Clackamas Town Center in Oregon, customers are brightening up their kitchens with color, said Kate Summers, the store manager. “People like a lot of color,” said Summers. “Red is really popular, and orange is catching on. Green is doing well too, especially chartreuse, even in appliances” such as the KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer. Hues of greens and blues are popular with the clientele at Kitchen Collectables Inc. in Omaha, Neb. Al Turman, who co-owns the kitchenware shop with his wife Lesley, said items such as colored measuring spoons in greens and blues, and the Chef ’N line of silicone tools are popular with its customers seeking to color coordinate their kitchens. Red, the official color of the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers, is also a favorite, Turman said.

Brightly colored gadgets, linens and tabletop wares are hot sellers at Mrs. McGarrigles Fine Foods, a gourmet food and kitchenware store about an hour outside of Ottawa in Merrickville, Ontario. Janet Campbell, owner, said her customers’ mantra is “the brighter the better.” Campbell has been in gourmet retail for 16 years and opened a second store last month. She opened her first store during a recession and sees no correlation between the lackluster economy and her customers’ color choices. “When I started 16 years ago, you couldn’t sell anything red,” she said. Back then, her customers preferred black, stainless steel and “staid and boring colors” such as sage green, she said. Almost 20 years later, Campbell’s customers have embraced the color wheel. Celadon Green, she said, is extremely popular with her clientele. “People want a nice hit of color.”

Campbell who said her business, which includes manufacturing a mustard line of the same name, is up 15 percent over last year, which she described as a “good year.” She’s seen the shift to more cooking at home, she added.

More customers are eating at home, so consumers are learning how to cook or expanding their cooking skills. “The message rings true with us,” said Songer. “We just want to get you cooking.”

The trend of cocooning at home has morphed into burrowing, said Leatrice “Lee” Eiseman, at her color trends seminar at the International Home + Housewares Show in March.

Songer said she hasn’t seen much in the way of color trends at the two stores recently. “We’re not seeing a lot trends,” said Songer. “It speaks to where the economy is right now.” Instead, The Chopping Block’s urban clientele is flocking to cooking classes that the two locations offer every day of the week. “In a down economy, our classes are doing well at both locations,” she said. A recent pie making class included an Emile Henry baking dish with the registration fee.

“Customers are burrowing as they look for more household diversions,” she said. And that’s a “ray of sunshine for housewares retailers.” Retailers interviewed by Gourmet News have seen the effects. “People are not spending $300 in restaurants,” said Mrs. McGarrigle’s Campbell. “They’re entertaining at home more. It is not human nature to completely deprive yourself of everything,” Campbell said. Instead of buying an inferior can opener, her customers are investing in a quality tool, she said. In Chicago at The Chopping Block locations, shoppers are interested in getting back to basics and are investing in quality items. Liz Songer, director of retail, said customers are not buying low-end gadgets. They’re coming to this kitchenware store and saying “‘I need a good tong. I need a pot.’ That’s where our business is now,” she said.

Knowing your customers and focusing on the basics, not the next trend, is a good strategy for this upcoming holiday season. Bob Trinque, president of Innovation Specialists, a sales and management strategy firm serving the housewares industry, said now more than ever retailers—and manufacturers—have to manage inventory tightly. “They can’t get stuck with a large inventory. It’s [the economy] going to change the types of products that are out there. They will have to cut assortments, so manufacturers can’t come up with 50 colors anymore.” In this economy, Trinque said “smaller manufacturers can win because they don’t have the overhead. A small manufacturer that can personalize their product and offer lower MOQ’s [minimum order quantities] can win the business. They can find the holes in the market [that aren’t being served].” Anna Wolfe is the editor of Gourmet News. She can be reached at

as a trivet, potholder (two smaller sizes) or utensil rest. The interlocking trivets are in three convenient sizes: small (six-inch), medium (eight-inch) and large (nine-inch diameter). They fit together easily in an interlocking shape that stores flat. The non-slip surface keeps dishes secure. Color combinations include turquoise, white and green; red, orange and red; brown, green and yellow; as well as black, white and black. Suggested Retail Price: $20

knife on the sides as needed. Unlike using conventional steel that trues a knife’s blade, the Norton steel removes metal thus imparting a new edge. The steel can be used without water or oil although the steel should be wiped clean after use. With a 10-inch rod, it is suited for most kitchen knives. It will fit conveniently into a knife block, can be hung up or stored in the drawer. Easy to use for all skill levels. Suggested Retail Price: $25.99

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We here at Kitchenware News & Housewares Review and at Gourmet News would like to take this opportunity to offer our warmest congratulations to the winners of the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade’s annual sofi Awards, which recognize outstanding innovation in the specialty foods industry.

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You can see the full list of the winners by visiting and clicking your way to the press room. The contest drew 1,997 entries this year. This spring, a panel of experts narrowed the field to 128 finalists, and balloting at the Summer Fancy Food Show produced the slate of gold winners.

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We’d like to point out a few of them for your special attention, inasmuch as you’ve seen their products in the pages of Gourmet News recently. Dave’s Gourmet took home the sofi award for best pasta sauce with their Dave’s Gourmet Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce.

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Kitchen Table Bakers won the sofi for Diet and Lifestyle Product for their new Aged Parmesan Mini Crisps.

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Lucini Italia’s Delicate Cucumber & Shallot Artisan Vinaigrette took home the sofi for the best salad dressing, and O Olive Oil’s O Balsamic Vinegar Trio took home the award for best food gift.

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Sarabeth’s Kitchen won the sofi award for a classic specialty foods product with its Blood Orange Marmalade.


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Altogether, this year’s Summer Fancy Food Show was truly a magnificent showcase for both innovation and quality, and these products are splendid examples of how a passion for excellence enlivens the marketplace. The NASFT’s recognition for these folks is richly deserved and, once again, warmly congratulated. [tel] (520) 721-1300


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The awards in 33 categories were presented this year by Chef Ming Tsai at a red-carpet event held during the Summer Fancy Food Show at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York.

From the Editor Heading into the fourth quarter, we all know that the business of retail changed this year. The economy was the catalyst, but other factors figured into the mix such as concerns over product safety, sustainability and maybe, product overload.

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For my cover story this month I spoke with industry expert Bob Trinque, president of Innovation Specialists, regarding the Gourmet Housewares Show’s new time slot and what to expect for the fourth quarter. Bob reminded me that despite all the external pressures on retail, the retail industry is still about making money, and to do that, you have to know your customers.

Bob explained that retailers are looking for suppliers who can work with them—let them order smaller quantities, have shorter lead times and offer flexible terms. While retailers may be cautious, they still need fresh product for the fourth quarter. And, you have to be in front of your customer. For suppliers, you’ve got a great opportunity to be in front of your customer for the all-important fourth quarter ordering opportunities by attending the August shows. In this issue we’ve focused on the Gourmet Housewares Show and its move to the new August time slot. Last month we profiled the New York International Gift Fair and its growing selection of kitchenware and tabletop. Perhaps just as important as the new time slot for the Gourmet Housewares Show is the new location, or should I say old location? Penny Sikalis, Gourmet Housewares Show Manager, said it best when she told me that she feels that the show has returned “home.” I know many in the industry agree. Getting back to my original thought—that the business of retail is changing—it seems to me that Gourmet Housewares Show can be a chance for retailers and suppliers to really work as a team to figure out the future of retailing together.

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news on 6 The new Cuisipro Herb Keeper garnered a Great Gear™ of the Year Award from Shape You. According to Shape You, the Herb Keeper is an economical smart kitchen storage tool to get the most out of fresh herbs when they are in season. Stalk vegetables like asparagus and celery also stay fresh and crisp in the Cuisipro Herb Keeper. Visit the Shape You Gear Awards at The Halloween Industry Association (HIA)

announced its endorsement of the Halloween & Party Expo beginning in 2010. The Halloween & Party Expo (H&P) connects a global audience of buyers and sellers of Halloween and party products and accessories. The 2010 show is scheduled for Jan. 23-26 in Houston, Texas. “HIA is a non-profit trade organization incorporated for the purpose of building and promoting the celebration of Halloween, which aligns with the efforts of the Halloween & Party Expo,” said H&P Expo organizer

Jonathan Erwin. “This agreement represents the cooperative spirit and partnership between not only our two organizations, but within the entire industry.” Michele Biordi, executive director of HIA said, “HIA is excited to partner with the H&P Expo for the next two years. This agreement provides HIA with the opportunity to strengthen its efforts to benefit the industry and the organization’s members by facilitating the buying process for both Halloween exhibitors and buyers.” For more information about HIA, contact the national headquarters at 856-439-0500. Cuisinart, a leader in the housewares industry has joined the Facebook community. The company’s open Facebook group was created to provide consumers with a forum in which to share ideas and recipes, and a quick and easy way to ask questions about their Cuisinart products. Cuisinart’s Facebook group fosters an interactive experience with a discussion board that allows nearly 3,000 Cuisinart Facebook fans to converge and share information on entertaining, cooking trends, recipe ideas and anything else food-related. The group gives consumers a way to access Cuisinart’s culinary expertise, while participating in an ongoing series of company contests and events. The Cuisinart Facebook group is currently featuring the “Get Cooking! Recipe Contest,” in which home cooks are invited to submit their own recipes to be created and judged by the company’s chefs. The winner will receive a “Go Healthy & Green” Collection of products, which is comprised of a Vertical Rotisserie, a PowerEdge 700 Blender and a 12-Piece GreenGourmet™ Cookware set. Cuisinart’s new Facebook group is part of the company’s extensive Web marketing program, that encompasses “how-to” video recipes on the Cuisinart Web site, a dedicated Stand Mixer blog and baby blog www.cuisinart .com/baby/blog/, and an online recipe widget that consumers can download directly onto any Mac or Windows-based computer desktop for access to Cuisinart’s podcasts, recipe box and videos. The Cuisipro Donvier Yogurt Cheese Maker was named the “Best Yogurt Cheese Maker” by The yogurt cheese maker creates thick, creamy yogurt cheese in two to 24 hours. According to, “Yogurt has become a mainstay for dieters and health-conscious consumers. A new kind of extra-thick ‘Greek’ or ‘European’ yogurt is gaining in popularity. And many cooks like using thickened yogurt cheese in recipes or as substitutes for everything from mayonnaise to sour cream. You can buy already made Greek-style yogurt in supermarkets, or make your own simply by removing a lot of the water content and whey. Cooks have used a variety of strainers and cheese cloths for this, but the best yogurt cheese maker is the Cuisipro Donvier Yogurt Cheese Maker.”


|, a consumer information Web site on “the best of everything,” has named the 5-Quart Duromatic Pressure Cooker the “Best Pressure Cooker” for its culinary versatility, quality construction and energy efficiency. The site notes that the Kuhn Rikon Duromatic Pressure Cooker cooks quickly and safely, while saving both time and energy. This is one of many media venues that have praised the Swiss-made Kuhn Rikon Duromatic Pressure Cooker, called “the Mercedes-Benz of pressure cookers,” by the New York Times and an "appliance for the ages," by Kiplinger's Personal Finance. Kuhn Rikon offers 15 models ranging from a small pressure frypan to a 12-Quart Stockpot. For more information, contact Kuhn Rikon at 800-662-5882 or visit iSi North America recently threw a festive bash titled Sugar & Whips, to celebrate the official launch of the brand new iSi Creative Whip. Held at the Astor Center in partnership with Citysearch, the event featured sumptuous desserts, all made using an iSi whipper, by pastry chefs including Dominique Ansel of Daniel, Heather Bertinetti of Convivio, Alto, and Marea, Johnny Iuzzini of Jean Georges, Michael Laiskonis of Le Bernardin, Robert Truitt of Corton, and Nancy Olson of Gramercy Tavern, with a signature carbonated cocktail by David Arnold of The French Culinary Institute. In addition to sweet offerings and sparkling refreshments, guests sampled savory creations made using the new iSi Creative Whip and were entertained with a musical interlude by seven-foot tall pastry chef Martin Howard moonlighting as Chocolatina, “Queen of the Dessert.” The iSi Creative Whip designed specifically for home chefs, introduces the latest in a full line of high-quality products for professionals and consumers. For more information, contact iSi North America at 800-447-2426 or visit When the production company for the Discovery Channel’s new show, “How Stuff ’s Made,” wanted to know how to make cookware, they came to Regal Ware. It took two days of filming to cover the many activities inherent in manufacturing cookware. “How Stuff ’s Made” is a new show that will premier in fall 2009. It is expected to be similar in format to a show currently shown on the channel entitled “How It’s Made.” A full day was spent taping the steps involved to manufacture American Kitchen™ stainless steel cook-ware, a new retail line introduced by Regal Ware. The second day of taping was conducted at Regal Ware’s Kewaskum, Wisconsin facility and focused on the start-to-finish production of Kitchen Fair®, a cast aluminum product sold exclusively through direct to the consumer sales by independent distributors. Exact air dates for the cookware segments on “How Stuff ’s Made” are not yet available. For more information, visit Regal Ware online at

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ATELIERS D’ART DE FRANCE FEATURES FRENCH COMPANIES Ateliers d’Art de France, who promotes contemporary French artisans globally, will be featuring more than 20 exhibitors in the French Pavilion during New York International Gift Fair. One of those companies will be Alain Saint-Joanis, a family-owned company located in the heart of France. For several generations, top quality flatware and cutlery has been designed and crafted in the region of with a single concern in mind: quality. Alain Saint Joanis collections combine silver, gold and steel with wood, resin or enamel. All collections are made in France and are dishwasher safe. Ateliers D’Art De France/Alain Saint Joanis [tel] 33 4 73 51 42 97 [fax] 33 4 73 51 44 88

NORPRO’S BAMBOO BOWLS Norpro’s eco-friendly Bamboo Bowls are durable, moisture resistant, sturdy and lightweight. They will create a stunning presentation on a table or kitchen counter. The bamboo bowls are great for mixing and serving salad, pasta and much more. Display fruit in the large bowl on a kitchen counter. Norpro offers four sizes to choose from, six-inch, eight-inch, 10-inch and 12-inch. Hand washing is recommended. Norpro Inc. [tel] 425-261-1000 [email]

PRODYNE’S PREP & SLICE COMBO Perfect for both barbecue and everyday kitchen use, the Prep & Slice Cutting Board and Utility Tray Combo features a reversible cutting board which nests atop an easy-carry utility tray. Made of high density polypropylene, the board and tray are dishwasher safe. Use bottom tray to season or marinate steaks, chops, seafood, chicken, etc. Use top cutting board to slice and dice meat, seafood and veggies or shape and season burgers. The combo set can be used to carry the seasoned feast right to the barbecue. After cooking, place food on cutting board, flipped clean side up or in the tray. Slice meat as desired on the cutting board as juices drip through open slots around the edges into the bottom tray, keeping countertops clean. Use for all everyday cutting board tasks with no countertop mess. Use one side for meat the other for veggies. Peel, cut and chop fruit, veggies, etc., while pushing un-wanted peelings out of the way through open slots at each end. Suggested Retail Price: $29.99 Prodyne Enterprises [tel] 800-822-4776 [email]

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EVRIHOLDER’S CORN COBBR® Evriholder Products’ new patented corn cobbr removes the corn from the cob whether the corn is cooked or raw. The stainless steel blade of the corn cobbr is concave in shape and follows the curvature of the corncob cutting closely to the cob with virtually no waste or mess. In addition, the design enhances the removal of each kernel while controlling the flow of cut corn all the while safely protecting hands from the sharp

cutting surface of the “blade.” Ergonomically designed handle can be used by either left or right handed cooks. And, at just seven inches long and 2.25 inches wide, it packs quite a punch for a handheld kitchen gadget. Top rack dishwasher safe. Suggested Retail Price: $4.99 Evriholder Products LLC [tel] 714-490-7878, 800-975-0335 [email]

RUFFLE WINE COASTER BY ANNIEGLASS An extension of the immensely popular Ruffle collection, Annieglass introduces the Ruffle wine coaster with its wide, handpainted rim. A favorite of wine connoisseurs, the seven and one-half-inch ruffle wine coaster adds a bold and stunning accent to any table. This multipurpose piece can also double as a dramatic candy or nut dish and is a must-have for the holiday season. Available in Gold and Platinum. Suggested Retail Price: $71 Annieglass [tel] 888-761-0050 [email]

BODUM’S BRAZIL FRENCH PRESS The new Brazil French Press from Bodum is available in the same eight bold colors that are part of the 2009 BODUM collection–red, pink, green, purple, grey, brown, black and white. This French Press features a prominent Bodum logo integrated into the design. It is available in both an eight-cup and three-cup version. Suggested Retail Price: $19.95-$24.95 Bodum Inc. [tel] 877-992-6386 [fax] 262-884-4655 [email] 8

DANESCO DISTRIBUTES LOOK COOKWARE Danesco is now the exclusive North American distributor of Look Cookware, a collection of high quality, pressure cast aluminum, nonstick cookware. This line boasts a unique inside/outside nonstick surface, reinforced with titanium for superior performance and durability. The cookware is ideal for low fat or fatfree cooking for a healthier lifestyle. In 2008 Look Cookware eliminated

PFOA from its products following an obligation and commitment to environmental responsibility. All Look cookware is ultra-dense, making it 100 percent warp-free. Extra heavy 3/8-inch bases ensure rapid and even heat distribution with no “hot spots.” The ergonomic handles remain cool to the touch on the stovetop and are guaranteed ovenproof to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. Heat-tempered, see-through lids have handy steam vents that can

be opened or closed for convenient cooking. To complete their earthfriendly approach, Look cookware is packaged using environmentally safe standards. Danesco International [tel] 514-694-9111, 800-667-6543 [fax] 514-695-5201 [email]

FAGOR INDUCTION CHAFING ENTERTAINER SET Fagor introduces the home chafing dish system that works with the flameless technology of induction cooktops. The precise and even heat control of induction as the heat source eliminates the use of open flames. It also ensures even heating with no hotspots. This chafing dish is an add-on concept to Fagor’s portable induction cooktop launched in 2008. Nominated for a 2009 Housewares Design Award, the portable induction cooktop is the ultimate in versatility and energy efficiency. The chafing set, which is entirely constructed of stainless steel, includes a main entrée tray, an alternative divided tray for serving two dishes at once, a lid and outer pan clad with an induction compatible base that can be used for dual purposes. It can be used to cook foods as well as serving as the outer water bath pan for chafing. The chafing dish can accommodate up to six quarts of food at once. The chafing dish is designed for use with Fagor’s portable induction cooktops but can be used on any other induction cooktop surface as well. Suggested Retail Price: $59.99 Fagor [tel] 800-207-0806 [fax] 201-804-9898 [email] 9



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SKOY CLOTHS The SKOY cloth is an absorbent, biodegradable and multi-use cloth, great for most surface areas in the home or office. SKOY cloth can be used in place of sponges, washcloths or paper towels. A European made product, SKOY cloth is 100 percent biodegradable because it is made from a natural cotton and wood-based cellulose pulp. SKOY cloth is a chlorine-free product using waterbased colors and inks. After an independent composting test, SKOY cloth broke down completely within five weeks. Using a SKOY cloth is equivalent to using 15 rolls of paper towels in an average home. It dries quickly, so it is not a breeding ground for bacteria. The cloth is dishwasher and washer/dryer safe. Suggested Retail Price: $5.99-pack of four

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KUHN RIKON EURO BAKING SCOOPS Get the scoop for breakfast, lunch and dinner with new Euro Baking and Ice Cream Scoops from Kuhn Rikon. These fun and functional scoops–in one, two and three tablespoon sizes–make a multitude of food preparation tasks easier while enhancing the presentation of special dishes. Designed like a mini ice cream scoop, Euro Baking & Ice Cream Scoops can serve up mini decorative scoops of ice cream or sorbet, allowing the consumer to mix and match flavors. Additionally, they can be used to make mini muffins for breakfast, dish up tuna fish for lunch, make meatballs for dinner and bake cookies for dessert. These high-quality scoops make it fast and easy to measure out cookie dough, and the uniform size and shape means that homemade cookies bake at the same pace. They come in three different colors to make it easy to grab the right size for the task. The highquality Swiss design makes the scoops easy and comfortable to use, even with repetitive motion. Designed for one-handed operation, they require little effort, and the ergonomically-designed plastic handle is comfortable and keeps hands from slipping. Colorful silicone accents at the base of the scoop can be tapped on the side of a bowl for easy release when needed. Suggested Retail Price: $20-$24 Kuhn Rikon [tel] 800-662-5882 [fax] 415-883-5985 [email] Kitchenware News & Housewares Review • AUGUST 2009



BASE BRANDS’ REDUCE COMPACTOR TRASH CAN The Reduce Compactor Trash Can allows consumers to compact two times more trash in the same bag. This high quality, 40-liter stainless steel kitchen can has a patented compacting disk built neatly into the lid. As your trash gets full, you simply push down on the lid to create more space for more trash. You’ll make fewer trips to take out the trash, save money by using fewer trash bags and won’t need to touch or compact trash with bare hands. Includes modern features like a stainless steel frame, soft close lid and heavy duty step pedal. Suggested Retail Price: $199 Base Brands [tel] 770-435-7979 [email]

FRIELING’S MILK2FROTH™ Frieling USA presents the convenient MILK2froth, a small countertop refrigerator for milk that keeps it on hand for frothing or steaming. Designed as an accessory for most home espresso machines, it keeps milk fresh, cold and at the perfect temperature. It connects to any espresso machine that has a frothing nozzle and milk adaptor, regardless of brand. The milk is held in a refillable, dishwasher-safe container that can store up to 1½ quarts of milk, yet it has a compact footprint (seveninches wide, 11½-inches high and 10½-inches deep). The milk container is angled to access the last drop, ensuring that no milk is wasted. The MILK2froth comes with flexible tubing that reaches from the espresso machine’s cappuccino attachment to the bottom of the container. The MILK2froth is CFC free and energy efficient, running on approximately 50 watts of electricity, less than a standard light bulb. Suggested Retail Price: $175-$199 Frieling USA Inc. [tel] 704-329-5100, 800-827-2582 [fax] 704-329-5151 [email] 12


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VINTURI WHITE WINE AERATOR Toast the holidays with a more enjoyable glass of wine using the new Vinturi White Wine Aerator, exclusively designed for white wine. Built on the same patented design principles as the Vinturi Red Wine Aerator, the new Vinturi White Wine Aerator employs a different aeration engine specifically calibrated to enhance white wine. Just pour wine through the aerator and into the glass for a better wine experience. Vinturi mixes just the right amount of air into the wine for a better bouquet, enhanced flavors and a smoother finish, reducing or eliminating any bitterness or bad after taste.

An attractive stand and travel pouch are included. It is a long-standing myth that white wine does not need to breathe. White wine displays the same improvements with aeration as red wine. The Vinturi Wine Aerator accelerates the breathing process offering peak enjoyment of white wine from the very first sip. Suggested Retail Price: $39.95 Vinturi [tel] 877-846-8874

KAMENSTEIN’S REVOLVING SPICE RACK Kamenstein’s 16-Jar Revolving Spice Rack with Spice-Dispensing Bottles provides a new way to dispense and store spices. This skillfully designed spice rack features bottles that conveniently dispense spices in ¼-teaspoon increments to simplify measuring plus pop-up “sift and pour” caps. The rack includes 16 premium spices and spice labels for easy identification. Suggested Retail Price: $39.99 Lifetime Brands [tel] 800-252-3390 [fax] 516-683-6161 13

G O U R M E T H O U S E WA R E S S H O W - N E W P R O D U C T S FISSLER’S COOKSTAR INDUCTION PRO Fissler’s CookStar Induction Pro cooks anywhere there is an outlet. For dinner in the dorm, warming at the buffet, as an extra burner in the kitchen or patio meals by the barbecue, the CookStar Induction Pro goes everywhere. The German technology features 1500 watts of power (powerful enough to boil water in less than a minute), automatic pan detection, overheating protection, touch-sensitive buttons, a whisper-quiet fan and a three year warranty. In addition, German designers have created the ultimate in minimalism: flat, frameless surface means one-wipe clean up.

Touch-sensitive controls on the glassceramic surface are easy to use and easy to clean. One-touch “booster” and “keep warm” functions offer speedy cooking and buffet serving capabilities. The “booster” pumps 20 seconds of full power to quickly bring food to the boiling point, while “keep warm” maintains a safe level of 145 degrees Fahrenheit for as long as the party lasts. Nine additional power levels cook from 155 degrees to 430 degrees Fahrenheit. Other features in the UL safety certified Induction Pro include an integrated 120 minute timer. Suggested M.A.P. Price: $299 Fissler USA [tel] 888-FISSLER



This Sushi knife from Kyocera is great for slicing long pieces of fish and vegetables. Similar to those used by Japanese sushi chefs, the thin blade is sharpened on the right side only. A single edge cuts cleaner and faster than a double-edged knife.

Linden Sweden’s Anita Prep Board now has a snug-fitting cover. The prep boards are ideal for cutting or serving. Each measurse 9 5⁄8” x 5 7⁄8”. Also pictured are the Spreaders that are 7 ¼ inches in length. They are available in a selection of colors to brighten up a table or buffet including: Yellow, Blue, Red, Pink, Sage Green, Lime, Orange, Light Blue, Purple, White and Black. The polythene cutting boards are dishwasher safe and will not dull your knife. The cover helps keep food fresh. Made in Sweden, the boards, spreaders and cover are dishwasher safe. Suggested Retail Price: $9-Cover, $4.75-Board, $2-Spreader

The seven-inch advanced ceramic blade is chemically inert, so no transfer of taste or smell. It will never rust. The knife comes packaged in a convenient lidded black box for easy access and storage.

Linden Sweden Inc. [tel] 952-465-0052 [email]

No home maintenance is required. When the knife eventually does need sharpening, it is complimentary. Customers pay only shipping and handling ($10 for up to two knives). The knives are professionally sharpened on a diamond wheel. The knife is then returned with a factory–new edge from Costa Mesa, Calif. Suggested Retail Price: $249.95 Kyocera [tel] 714-428-3710 [email] www.kyoceraadvancedceramics. com



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the food is getting close. Easy to program to a type of meat, doneness level or a custom temperature, a time function is also included when there are many courses to juggle. Perfect for the grill or the oven, the large readout and blue backlight make this the new must-have kitchen accessory.

Allowing the home cook the freedom of movement from the kitchen, Taylor introduces a Wireless Cooking Thermometer that allows the cook to roam anywhere within 200 feet of the oven and grill, all while monitoring the progress of the roast, turkey or casserole, the handy remote pager will light up, sound an alarm and vibrate when the food is cooked to the target temperature. Plus, there are two pre-alerts when

Taylor USA [tel] 630-954-1250 [email]

MISTRAL IMPORTS’ CHILL WARM WRAP™ Mistral Imports’ Chill Warm Wrap can be chilled for wines or warmed in the microwave for cognac or sake. Made with a patented German sports gel that stays flexible even when frozen, the wrap chills in minutes and holds for hours. Great for picnic hampers to keep food warm or cold. More durable material than neoprene and does not drip from condensation. Patented stitching process ensures it will never leak. Suggested Retail Price: $16.99 Mistral Imports Inc. [tel] 214-559-6808 [email]

PRODYNE’S FRUIT NEST BASKET Prodyne introduces their new Fruit Nest Expansion Fruit Basket for 2009. Fruit and veggies stay fresh longer in the open air design of the new Fruit Nest Expansion Fruit Basket. The metal spiral design expands with the addition of fruit. It has an easy carry handle and can fold flat for easy

storage. The Fruit Nest also makes an attractive centerpiece. Suggested Retail Price: $24.99 Prodyne Enterprises [tel] 800-822-4776 [fax] 909-484-0802 [email]

IN DEPTH: YouCopia’s Exact SpiceStack with Measuring Tools YouCopia Products Inc., expanding its line of innovative SpiceStacks, has introduced the Exact SpiceStack, a sleek, space-saving unit that solves two major kitchen dilemmas— storage of spices and measuring tools—with one clever organizer. The Exact SpiceStack puts a stop to digging through cluttered cabinets and drawers by placing spices and measuring tools in a tidy location at home cooks’ fingertips. The Exact SpiceStack, which fits into standard kitchen cabinets, features a “tool drawer” that includes a 10-piece set of professional stainless steel measuring cups and spoons, as well as a leveler for precise measuring every time. Two more drawers hold a total of 18 full-size spice bottles. To use, simply pull Kitchenware News & Housewares Review • AUGUST 2009


the drawer out until it’s extended, lower it to resting position at eye-level, choose and use the necessary tools or spices, and then replace to stay organized. All SpiceStacks are made in the USA. The line, which is currently sold through catalogs and e-commerce, is now available to retail customers. More than 100,000 Original and Super SpiceStacks have been sold. YouCopia Products Inc. is dedicated to designing and manufacturing ah-ha! home products that help people cope with life’s little problems. YouCopia Products Inc. [tel] 773-252-0710 [email] 15

G O U R M E T H O U S E WA R E S S H O W - N E W P R O D U C T S GHS (Cont. from page 1) Asked about predictions for the fourth quarter, Trinque said, “I am cautiously optimistic that this fall will be better than expected, since we basically have nowhere else to go but up. I hope!” Frances Ro, president of Fissler USA knows that the August time frame is critical to buyers and vendors. “August is the perfect time to see new products and get show specials from vendors,” explained Ro. “The spring shows are great for Spring/summer introductions, and then a late summer show is prime for holiday preparation. Many vendors also introduce products in spring but don’t have stock until later in the year, so an August show is a much-needed refresher course on all the new products.”

stocking up, but introducing brand new items, giftable products, and multi-purpose pieces. They need to show their loyal customers that they are still ahead of the game.”

to change the types of products that are offered; retailers and suppliers will both cut their assortments. “They won’t be able to offer 50 colors anymore,” he said. “No one wants to be stuck with inventory!”

Trinque agrees with Ro that retailers will need to stock up on new items for the holidays. And, he thinks the Gourmet Housewares Show is a great place for small to medium manufacturers to shine with the specialty retailers. “The boutique manufacturers may be willing to offer better programs than ever before to get placement. These smaller manufacturers can win in this economy because they don’t have the overhead of some of the larger suppliers,” said Trinque.

move back to San Francisco. “I think the industry loves San Francisco and loved the show being in San Francisco. The show’s roots are where the culinary world started— in San Francisco. The show facility is wonderful, and it has the benefit of there being a real saturation of retailers in the area,” Sikalis said. She’s also counting on the more relaxed environment of the show to facilitate some much needed collaboration between suppliers and retailers. Allowing time to build relationships is integral to the success of the show according to Sikalis.

When asked how to make the best use of the show, Sikalis replied, “Retailers will Image from previous Gourmet Housewares Show - KitchenAid demonstrates products at their booth. have a chance to see product that Regardless of the size of the is actually in stock and ready for immediate Penny Sikalis, vice president and show supplier, success in the fourth quarter and delivery. They will know what they need manager for the Gourmet Housewares success at the Gourmet Housewares Show for the fourth quarter, so they can take a look Show, knows her retailers and suppliers are will depend on good communication at everything that the show has to offer— being cautious about their inventories. She between the retailers and suppliers about fill holes, look for excitement in the echoed Trinque’s assessment of the industry, the new retail product selection.” commenting, “Retailers are placing smaller, environment. Trinque multiple reorders, but, at the same time, predicted, “Anybody For those suppliers and retailers who plan to they are looking for merchandise that will who’s offering terms sit out the rest of the show season, Sikalis be exciting and different,” said Sikalis. will get the business. wants them to know that “it’s so important Retailers are looking to be in front of your customers and to stay Knowing that this year is a challenging time for people who will visible and not retrench.” She’s urging for the industry factored into the planning work with them. retailers to break away, even if it’s just for a of the Gourmet Housewares Show. Sikalis They will order day to attend the show. wanted to make sure that the show offered smaller quantities, both buyers and suppliers a cost effective and need shorter lead With all the changes in the industry, there efficient show, adding there are some times for orders and is one thing that Sikalis wants to make sure great travel deals available through the want flexible terms.” everyone knows: the Gourmet Housewares show’s Web site. Show will remain in San Francisco for 2010. Trinque added that Image from previous Gourmet Housewares Show - An aerial view shows exhibitors and attendees. the economy is going Sikalis declared, “San Francisco is home!” A major factor in the show planning was the Ro thinks that most buyers will be “desperate for some new products” by the time August rolls around. “So many have held off on bringing in new goods this year as a way to maintain inventory levels during the slower part of the year. I think most buyers understand, especially this year, that they need to prepare for the holidays by not only



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New Metro Introduces a New BeaterBlade Pro Series New Metro Design introduces BeaterBlade Pro, a new series designed to withstand the rigorous use of mixers in professional kitchens. BeaterBlade Pro will be unveiled and demonstrated at the 2009 Gourmet Housewares Show in San Francisco (Aug. 8-10). “We’re thrilled to offer professional chefs and bakers, as well as avid home cooks who seek out professional-grade equipment BeaterBlade Pro, an improved, industrial-strength version of our original product,” said Gary Fallowes, inventor of the BeaterBlade+ and founder of New Metro Design. The idea for the original BeaterBlade+ came to Gary Fallowes one day as he was preparing a cheesecake recipe in his kitchen. “Frustrated by how often I had to stop the mixer to scrape down the bowl by hand, it occurred to me that avid bakers, including professional chefs and consumers, needed a more efficient attachment to get the job done faster and effortlessly,” said Fallowes. Designed for use with KitchenAid ® stand mixers, new BeaterBlade Pro improves on the functionality of standard flat beaters by offering an enhanced blade with flexible rubber “wings” down the entire length of both sides of the blade. The durable, food-grade edging

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Kitchen Resource is the exclusive distributor of the Bosch line of mixers. The Universal Plus model features 800 Watts of power, four speed settings plus momentary switch, cord storage and a wide range of optional accessories. The large six and a half quart mixing bowl can accommodate almost any job— large enough to handle up to 15 pounds of dough. The rim at the top of the bowl provides ergonomic handling. The Bosch Universal Plus mixer works just as well with small quantities, as little as one egg white. The removable drive shaft makes this mixer easy to clean and the whisk holder is dishwasher safe. Optional equipment includes slicer/shredder attachments, food processor attach-

simulates the action of a powerful spatula to gently, yet thoroughly scrape the bowl clean.

Kitchen Resource [tel] 800-692-6724 [email]

line of sustainable cleaning tools for the home includes brushes with bamboo handles and replaceable, biodegradable heads, as well as fully bio-based and biodegradable sponges and towels.

Crafted in dishwasher-safe materials, BeaterBlade Pro is made in the United States of high-grade plastic and rubber, and includes UL® Certified to ANSI/NSF 2 Food Service Equipment for commercial sanitation. Distinguished from the white colored BeaterBlade+, the new bright yellow BeaterBlade Pro will be available to retailers and the food service industry in September for three different types of popular KitchenAid mixers— Tilt-Head model ($30 suggested retail), Lift-Bowl 5-Quart model ($35 suggested retail) and Lift-Bowl 6-Quart model ($40 suggested retail).


For further information on BeaterBlade Pro, visit the company’s Web site at

Exhibiting at the Gourmet Housewares Show for the first time, Full Circle will show its full line of sustainable cleaning tools. Their


ments, blender, cookie paddles, batter whisks, stainless steel bowls, cereal mill and food/meat grinder. Suggested Retail Price: $479.99

Pictured are the Ring Vegetable Brush and the Slice Cleaning Mitt. The Ring Vegetable Brush features 85 percent bamboo handle and 15 percent natural fiber bristles. Natural bristles are tough enough to remove dirt, yet soft enough not to bruise. The Slice Cleaning Mitt cuts through dirt and grime with a natural loofah on one side, soft absorbent bamboo fiber on the other and shaped to reach into corners. Suggested Retail Price: $3.99 Ring Brush, $2.99 Slice Mitt Full Circle [tel] 732-993-5572 [email]


COUNTERTOP APPLIANCES BIALETTI’S HOT CHOCOLATE MAKER Bialetti’s electric Hot Chocolate Maker produces incredibly rich and creamy cups of hot chocolate with very little effort. Simply fill the clear upper chamber with milk (two percent is recommended) and shaved chocolate or cocoa of choice and watch as the mixture is heated, blended and frothed to delectable perfection. The 32-ounce Hot Chocolate Maker is

also ideal for holiday gatherings, since it can make enough steaming hot chocolate to hand out to the crowd. The interior of the Hot Chocolate Maker features a paddle that continuously rotates to produce the perfect creamy consistency. An exterior timer can be set for just the right temperature and amount of froth, and an Auto On-Off switch is added for safety. Designed with a soft touch black exterior and chrome-plated accents, Bialetti’s Hot Chocolate Maker makes a stylish gift choice for the holidays or anytime the weather calls for a warm drink on a cold day. Gourmet Show booth 4170. Bialetti USA [tel] 800-421-6290 [email]


HAMILTON BEACH CANDY APPLE KETTLE Equally suitable for entertaining or everyday use, the Candy Apple Kettle from Hamilton Beach heats water fast. The kettle has a 360 degree cordless base so the kettle can be removed from the base for easy serving. In just minutes, 1.75 quarts of water are boiled and ready to use. The dome-style kettle shuts off automatically once the water begins to boil, providing boil-dry protection. The stylish red kettle is made of stainless steel and is powered by 1500 watts of power. Suggested Retail Price: $39.99 Hamilton Beach [tel] 800-851-8900, 804-273-9777

The Cuisinart Vertical Rotisserie is equipped to roast up to eight pounds of food at one time, using five preset oven temperature settings: 325 degrees Fahrenheit, 350 degrees Fahrenheit, 400 degrees Fahrenheit, 425 degrees Fahrenheit and 450 degrees Fahrenheit. The new rotisserie goes beyond traditional product functions with four accessories that make indoor roasting a multifaceted experience. The unit has an eightpiece skewer set for kebabs, a roasting rack for beef tenderloin or leg of lamb, a poultry tower for chicken or Cornish hens, and a multipurpose basket for more delicate items like salmon, chicken wings and shrimp. Cuisinart’s new rotisserie is designed with programmable touchpad controls, an LCD readout and a three-hour countdown timer with auto shutoff to guarantee precise and thorough cooking, regardless of the food type. Additionally, the removable chrome insert (which reflects heat for more even cooking) and all four rotisserie accessories are dishwasher safe for expedient cleanup. Suggested Retail Price: $199 Cuisinart [tel] 800-726-6247 [fax] 203-975-4660 [email]

microcomputer and precision thermostat, create micro pressurecooking that results in cooking efficiency and energy savings. The automatic and programmable settings are available for savory stews, porridge, soups, fluffy rice, brown rice and sticky rice. The delayed timer automatically keeps food warm for up to 12 hours. The slow cooling time can be programmed up to five hours with 10-minute increments. Available in two sizes. Rice paddle and measuring cup included.

VITACLAY RICE AND SLOW COOKER PRO BY ESSENERGY Essenergy brings clay cooking to the slow cooker with their VitaClay® Rice and Slow Cooker Pro. Cooking at a perfectly computerized balance of 18

temperature within Natural Zisha clay from southern China enhances the texture and flavor of food. The unglazed cooking surface is free of aluminum and added lead. The double lid design combined with |

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The Reversible Health Grill & Griddle (DLHG-443) is a multi-purpose appliance appropriate for any meal. Holes in the 15” x 9.5” grill & griddle drain fat into a removable drip tray. The griddle and drip tray are immersible and dishwasher safe with the temperature control removed. The patented grill/griddle design has a safety interlock system and a 1500-watt embedded heating element for quick cooking and even heat. Suggested Retail Price: $129.99

EdgeCraft’s new Chef’sChoice PizellePro® Express Bake Model is easy-to-use and makes two traditional size pizzelles in less than 30 seconds. Features include a baking indicator light, even heating, instant temperature recovery, non-stick easy release coating, easy open and close handle. Homemade recipes are also included.

Suggested Retail Price: $49.99

Toastess International [tel] 514-685-2820 [email]

L’EQUIP’S NUTRIMILL FROM KITCHEN RESOURCE Mill fresh flour with L’equip’s Nutrimill from Kitchen Resource. The mill has a 20-cup capacity with a variable, highspeed mill. The multi channel airflow design provides for better motor cooling and a longer mill life. This mill can grind variable textures, from fine flour to meal. The surgical quality stainless steel micro burst milling heads grind non-oily grains including wheat, rye, spelt, millet, rice, corn, beans, quinoa, amaranth and oats. The mill is ideal for milling bread flour with a one to one ratio (one hopper of grain equals one bowl of flour). The mill is ultra quick, milling 20 cups of grain in five minutes. The mill is easy to use and stores with the hopper extension fitting into the flour bowl. The mill chamber is self-cleaning. Kitchen Resource offers a limited lifetime warranty. Suggested Retail Price: $289.99

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EdgeCraft Corporation [tel] 800-342-3255 [email]

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POS SYSTEMS (Cont. from page 1) First Data, a Greenwood Village, Colo.based company, provides transaction processing services for businesses worldwide. With the cost of hardware declining, said Bird, “functionality has increased. We have also seen terminals with more specialized applications tailored to various types of industries, streamlined support, onboard diagnostic tools and greater ease of use for training new employees,” added Bird.

“The way that retailers do business has changed significantly in the past 15 years and technology has had to change along with it…” said Robert Coon, President of Dydacomp, which specializes in multichannel software solutions for e-commerce, catalog, DRTV and traditional point-ofsale business. “The thing we hear the most from our clients is that they want more business automation. The ability to run all business operations with one system is top of mind for owners and managers trying to do more with less and maximize profit,” said Coon. “Retailers today are managing multiple channels (e-commerce, POS, mail order, etc.) and want to be able to efficiently process, fulfill and ship from one integrated system. This desire for automation and efficiency extends to consumers who are looking for convenience and ease of use.” Some of First Data’s POS terminal options include the FD200, FD300, FD400 and their new system, the FD30. “In selecting a POS system, it is important that kitchenware retailers do their research and decide what terminal is best for their business needs today and into the future,” said Bird. “Consumers today are seeking choice and convenience at the POS, and you can obtain a low cost solution that offers a variety of payment options as well other functionality that will help efficiently run your business.”

different payment types, latest feature functionality, security at the POS and expanded management functions and controls,” said Bird. “With minimal up-front investment, new POS terminals can provide lower infrastructure costs, shorter customer wait times and more reliable/secure transaction processing.”


advantage of greater efficiency and increased transaction speed.”

“The more tech-savvy users are, the more they can do themselves which can present costsaving opportunities…” said Dydacomp’s Coon. First Data’s FD200 is an “all-in-one” system that supports multiple payment types. For those merchants that regularly accept checks, the FD200 “eliminates the need to use several devices to process different forms of payment,” according to First Data. “The FD200 offers multiple TeleCheck processing products including electronic check acceptance, which converts paper checks to electronic transactions at the POS.” Additional features of the FD200 include check imaging technology, dual-CPUs— one for checks and another for other services—and more.

With POS systems, retailers and consumers have a selection of terminals to choose from that offer functionality and convenience. As with any technology, POS systems will continue to evolve. “The future will bring an increased awareness and requirements to secure information at the POS to prevent fraud, additional price compression on hardware and software, new features and functionality, expanded adoption of contactless transactions, wireless inventory controls and inventory tags,” said Bird. “There is also a large movement towards wireless solutions in general— mobile, Wi-Fi networks, Bluetooth, etc.” FD300

If you have more than one business at the same location, First Data’s FD300 can keep track of all sales from each business. According to First Data, “Its (FD300) multi-merchant capability allows the merchant to designate which business the sale is applied to at the time of purchase with one terminal.” Though it may seem as everyone may have constant access to the Internet via their phone or computer nowadays, not everyone does. First Data’s FD400 is a portable, wireless POS terminal for those retailers who don’t have that regular Internet or phone access/connection.

FD30 For those retailers seeking POS terminals that accept contactless payments, First Data’s FD30 offers just that. The FD30 “supports cardholder-initiated, contactless, PIN-based debit and traditional magnetic stripe transactions” that offer merchants and consumers a convenient and secure way to process a transaction. Consumers can maintain “control of their card during the entire process,” according to First Data.

Suited for on-the-go merchants, the FD400 “offers a one-stop solution for wireless payment processing including credit, debit, gift card, loyalty, check and electronic benefits transfer,” according to Firs Data. “It is also a 3G terminal, which means, where a 3G network is available, it can take

The FD30 accepts debit cards, credit cards— Visa®, MasterCard®/Diners Club®, Discover® Network and JCB®—electronic benefits transfer, gift cards and more. Being up-to-date with POS technology is inevitable, as is with any form of technology.


“There are many reasons that retailers should be up-to-date with their POS technology; it enables them to take advantage of all



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COUNTERTOP APPLIANCES KITCHENAID’S NEW BLENDER KitchenAid introduces a new blender available in classic black or white and featuring a generous 40-ounce glass jar, three speeds (low, medium and high) and simple, intuitive controls. Other selling points include two features not generally found in blenders at this price: specific buttons for each function, including a smoothie setting and an automatic ice chopping feature that pulverizes ice cubes in seconds. For added safety, a locking collar and blade assembly prevents the blade from spinning if the jar is not attached. The KitchenAid blender collection includes three-speed and five-speed models with various finishes, colors and jar designs, from 40 to 56 ounces, at suggested retail prices of $79.99, $99.99, $149.99, $169.99 and $179.99. A fivespeed pink model with a suggested price at $149.99 generates a $15 donation to Cook for the Cure®, a KitchenAid initiative that has raised $7 million for Susan G. Komen for the Cure®. Suggested Retail Price: $79.99 KitchenAid [tel] 269-923-5000, 800-541-6390

VITA-MIX ADDS PREPROGRAMMED SETTINGS TO NEW MODEL Vita-Mix introduces the new Professional Series 500 model that brings the best of commercial technology to the home kitchen. The new 500 model features preprogrammed settings for smoothies, hot soups and frozen desserts. The settings produce consistent results while being convenient and easy-to-use. An all-new pulse feature provides more processing control while the variable speed control provides total versatility with low to high speeds in one smooth motion. The 500 model has a custom-created brushed stainless steel finish for a premium gourmet look. The surface is scratch-resistant and easy-to-clean. As with all Vita Mix machines, the 500 model has a commercial grade 2+ peak horsepower motor, a largecapacity 64-ounce BPA-free container, a spill-proof vented lid and a patented accelerator tool for faster processing. A full seven-year warranty backs up the Vita-Mix Professional Series 500. Available in September. Suggested Retail Price: $549 Vita-Mix [tel] 877-848-2649 [email]


TODCO’S ROASTED GARLIC EXPRESS IN STAINLESS STEEL Todco’s Stainless Steel Roasted Garlic Express® comes equipped with a digital timer that counts down the minutes to assure perfectly roasted bulbs of garlic. Two small buttons on the unit allow adding or subtracting minutes from the roasting time for customized garlic bulbs to suit individual taste. The new Stainless Steel Roasted Garlic Express has an upscale, contemporary design. The electric garlic roaster lets consumers roast up to three bulbs of garlic in only 27 minutes to two hours in a conventional oven. Todco, a division of the Hannon Group, also offers a first recipe book for the Garlic Express.

The Expressa by Oranfresh allows consumers to watch as oranges are cut and squeezed. The internal mechanical controls calibrate pressure so that no bitter peel oil is release into the juice, producing three to four glasses of healthful juice in just one minute. The Expressa is brought to the home market by an Italian company specializing in citrus technologies and commercial juicers. Expressa incorporates commercial durability into a unit that is small enough to sit on a kitchen counter or an outdoor entertainment counter. To use, just place whole oranges in to the juicer, push the button and the machine will provide filtered, sweet juice. Expressa can process 11 oranges or three to four glasses of juice per minute. The squeezing unit is removable for easy cleaning. Distributed in U.S. by Healthy Juice Inc. [tel] 877-572-5027 [email]

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SLOW COOKER MATE The Slow Cooker Mate™ allows you to cook an entire meal with one appliance. The large capacity base crock is removable for easy serving and clean-up. The stoneware divided insert allows you to cook two more items at the same time. Each side is large enough to hold four cups of veggies or an entire 16-ounce bag of frozen veggies.

attractive ceramic dish. The stainless steel cooking base features wrap around heat for even cooking and electronic controls. Cooking times can be programmed for up to 18 hours. At the end of the programmed cooking time, it will automatically switch to the keep warm setting. The lid and stoneware crocks are all microwave and dishwasher safe.

When it is time for dinner, use the large handles to easily lift the divided dish out of the 6L crock and take it to the table. Serve directly out of this

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h e a d l i n e s Organized Retail Crime Activity Jumps by Eight Percent, According to NRF Washington – As another illustration of the wide effect of the down economy, retailers and consumers are increasingly being victimized by organized retail crime groups. According to NRF’s fifth annual Organized Retail Crime survey, nine out of ten retailers (92 percent) report that their companies were victims of organized retail crime during the past year, up eight percent from 2008. Nearly three-fourths (73 percent) of retailers also reported the level of organized retail crime activity has increased over the past 12 months, an increase of 11 percent from 2008. Loss prevention executives from 115 companies, including department, discount, drug, grocery, restaurant and specialty retailers, completed the survey last month. “The unfortunate economic events of the past year have played an intricate role in how

criminals continue to rip off the retail industry,” said Joe LaRocca, NRF senior asset protection advisor. “Organized retail crime rings have realized that tough economic times present new business opportunities by stealing valuable items from retailers and turning around to sell the merchandise to consumers looking for bargains.” Even with the economy forcing retailers to cut staff and do more with less, 42 percent of retailers say their company is allocating additional resources to address organized retail crime. According to the survey, the average retailer spends approximately $215,000 annually just on labor costs to fight organized retail crime. Some retailers surveyed spend far more, with six percent of respondents spending more than $1 million dollars a year to employ loss prevention executives devoted to organized retail crime.

The fight against organized retail crime would be futile without the support of top management. According to the survey, nearly half (49 percent) of respondents believe senior management in their company understands the seriousness of the issue. For the first time in the survey’s history, NRF also asked loss prevention executives whether they felt law enforcement had a firm grasp on the issue; 38 percent agreed that police officers, detectives and federal law enforcement understood the complexity and severity of organized retail crime. Thanks to the new partnerships formed with Federal and local law enforcement officials, retailers have had some success identifying stolen merchandise or gift cards at physical fence locations such as pawn shops and temporary stores (60 percent) and through online e-fencing operations (60 percent), where stolen merchandise is sold through online auction sites. Organized retail crime is not only an isolated problem in a handful of areas across the country. According to the survey, a

New Customers with Eastman Tritan Copolyester Applications Join Branding Program ™

Kingsport, TN – Eastman Chemical Company announced that its customers Key Baby, LLC and Lock&Lock have joined the company’s Ingredient Branding Program. The program, launched in August 2008, helps its customers showcase the competitive advantage of using Eastman Tritan copolyester in their products. Key Baby, an infant care manufacturer,

recently introduced a new product line— WeilBaby™—that includes five- and nineounce bottles and a variety of sippy cups made from Eastman Tritan EX401 copolyester. Additionally, Lock&Lock recently launched a new line of food storage containers and water bottles made with Tritan. According to an Eastman Chemical Company press release, both companies chose Tritan because it is manufactured without bisphenol-A (BPA) and offers a

unique balance of properties, including toughness, clarity, chemical and heat resistance, and dishwasher durability. “Since launching Eastman Tritan copolyester in the reusable sports water bottle market, we have worked closely with our customers across multiple industries to help them respond to evolving consumer needs for high-performance products that are BPAfree,” said Dante Rutstrom, vice president

staggering 72 percent of retailers have identified organized retail crime syndicates who are exporting goods outside of the U.S. or across state lines. Additionally, 28 percent found that criminal groups under current investigation have connections to street gangs with international connections. When asked how they would rank organized retail crime as a threat to their company, nearly one-third (29 percent) of retailers gave organized retail crime a “four” or “five” rating, identifying the problem as severe or significant. On average, retailers gave organized retail crime a rating of 2.87 on a five-point scale. The National Retail Federation is a retail trade association, with membership that comprises all retail formats and channels of distribution including department, specialty, discount, catalog, Internet, independent stores, chain restaurants, drug stores and grocery stores as well as the industry's key trading partners of retail goods and services. For more info, go to

and general manager, Specialty Plastics Business, Eastman Chemical Company. “The Tritan brand provides a great opportunity for companies to differentiate their products, and our branding program provides the tools to help maximize this potential by delivering consistent and positive messages about Tritan.” Eastman Tritan copolyester has launched in the reusable sports water bottle, infant care, appliance and housewares, medical and sign markets. The Ingredient Branding Program comprises more than 10 member companies, including Thermos, LLC, KOR Water, Hourglass Coffee, Key Baby, Lock&Lock and others. Through the branding program, Eastman provides its clients with marketing materials and language to enhance the brand impression and brand attributes of the end product with the goal of ultimately adding to the product’s value in the marketplace. Members of the Ingredient Branding Program have access to brand management tools, including hangtags, logos, key messages, guide-lines and graphics, to help communicate the benefits of Eastman Tritan copolyester. Additionally, a Web site from Eastman,, provides consumers with information on Tritan, showcases products made with Tritan, and offers background and links to Ingredient Branding customers. “For years, Eastman has widely been recognized as a plastic pellet company that is invisible to the consumer, but with a product as innovative as Eastman Tritan copolyester, we have worked with brand owners to actively promote applications made with our materials directly to consumers,” Rutstrom said. For more information about Eastman Tritan copolyester, visit



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h e a d l i n e s Regal Ware Recognized for ‘Vision for Tomorrow’ Kewaskum, WI – Regal Ware Worldwide™ joined the ranks of Avon, Longaberger, The Pampered Chef and others in recognition for their “Vision for Tomorrow” at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the Direct Selling Association held in Washington, D.C. May 30 through June 3. The “Vision for Tomorrow” recognizes Direct Selling companies for their charitable giving efforts. Regal Ware’s Saladmaster® Division committed a portion of each sale to the GK777 project. Participating Saladmaster dealers and consultants throughout the world have raised enough funds to build 30 homes (through 2008) in Pototan, Iloilo, Philippines. Participating sales consultants commit a fixed dollar amount from their proceeds of each sale to be donated to the Saladmaster Village. GK777 stands for “Gawad Kalinga” – translated in English it means “to give care.” The “777” designation represents their goal to build 700,000 homes in 7,000

locations in 7 years (2003-2010). GK’s vision for the Philippines is a slum-free, squatter-free nation attained through a simple strategy of providing land for the landless, homes for the homeless, food for the hungry. The organization is not based on charity, but rather, on building values in the poor. According to GK spokesman Dylan Wilk, “Poverty is not just an absence of money but an absence of community and values. You can’t just take away the slums; you also have to take away the slum mentality of the people who live there. It’s very important to give people back dignity and hope.” The organization has been so successful in eliminating poverty that the United Nations is studying the GK model to integrate into UN programs. Keith Peterson, president of the Arlington, Texas-based Saladmaster Division, said, “December 2007 heralded groundbreaking for the “Saladmaster Village” as part of the GK777 initiative. In so doing, Regal Ware’s

Saladmaster Division joined powerhouses such as Coca Cola, McDonald’s, Nike and others who have built these villages to provide a new start in life for people displaced by war and poverty.” Regal Ware President and CEO Jeffrey Reigle said, “Through the GK777 project the Saladmaster Village takes a holistic approach to changing lives of people – donors and recipients alike. It’s not just about the money – it is about reminding each other of the value we have as human beings – it is about restoring dignity to people who have lost hope – it is about building a local community and, in turn, building a community that crosses borders. It is the Vision for Tomorrow.” About Regal Ware Worldwide Headquartered in Kewaskum, Wis., Regal Ware Worldwide manufactures high quality stainless steel cookware in the United States. Regal Ware’s product offerings include stainless steel cookware and cast

aluminum cookware available through both the direct selling and retail sales channels; and drinking water treatment systems for the home. Regal Ware products are made in the USA at manufacturing facilities located in West Bend and Kewaskum, Wis. For more information on Regal Ware, visit About the Direct Selling Association DSA is the national trade association for firms that manufacture and distribute goods and services sold directly to consumers. For more information on direct selling, DSA and its Code of Ethics, visit the DSA Web site at About GK777 Gawad Kalinga (GK) is now in the process of transforming poverty stricken areas with the goal of building 700,000 homes in 7,000 locations in 7 years (20032010). To date, GawadKalinga is in more than 900 communities (see www.ancopusa .org). For more information on the GK777 project, visit


h e a d l i n e s Anolon® Sponsors The Edible Garden at NY Botanical Garden Polder Names New National Sales Manager Vallejo, CA – Anolon announced its partnership with The New York Botanical Garden to present The Edible Garden. The New York Botanical Garden’s inaugural, summer-long exhibitions of growing great food will include cooking demonstrations in the Conservatory Kitchen equipped with the latest collections of Anolon cookware, bakeware, cutlery, kitchen tools and gadgets.

“We’re delighted to partner with New York’s prestigious institution, and the largest botanical garden in any city in the country, in making The Edible Garden a resounding success,” said Suzanne Murphy, vice president of marketing at Meyer Corporation, U.S. “The event’s intriguing blend of informative exhibits, seminars and demonstrations linking the importance of fresh food from the garden with cooking perfectly aligns with our brand’s educational campaign, Creating a Delicious Future with Anolon™.” Anolon is a major sponsor, and the official kitchenware sponsor of The Edible Garden, which begins on Saturday, June 27 through Sunday, Sept. 13. During this time, visitors to the Botanical Garden in the Bronx can enjoy numerous exhibits about food plants, and watch renowned and up-and-coming chefs cooking in the Conservatory Kitchen. The stellar lineup of acclaimed chefs and television personalities appearing at The Edible Garden includes Martha Stewart, Emeril Lagasse, Lidia Bastianich, Daisy Martinez, Aida Mollenkamp, Sunny Anderson, Anne Burrell, Dan Barber and others. Chefs scheduled to demonstrate their favorite recipes, courtesy of Anolon, include Michael Anthony of Gramercy Tavern, Peter Hoffman of Savoy and Back Forty,

and Keith Snow of Harvest

“We’re thrilled to have the support of these esteemed chefs who are all at the forefront of today’s sustainable cuisine movement,” said Murphy. “We’re also very excited that our latest and most innovative cookware and kitchen tools will be used by some of today’s most influential chefs, and viewed by thousands of consumers who are passionate about growing and preparing good food at home.”

Anolon introduced at retail this year Anolon Ultra Clad and Anolon Chef Clad Cookware–two cookware collections featuring professional-style, permanently bonded clad metal craftsmanship with stainless steel cooking surfaces. Both collections will be prominently displayed and used in the Conservatory Kitchen, along with new Anolon Advanced Bronze Cookware, Bakeware and Cutlery, and assorted Anolon tools and gadgets. Adjacent to the Conservatory Kitchen on the Conservatory Lawn, Anolon will display a full assortment of kitchenware products in a tented 15 x 15 foot area during three weekends: the opening and closing festival weekends ( June 27-28 and Sept. 12-13), and in mid-August (15-16). Tentatively scheduled for the opening and closing weekends are cooking demonstrations with student chefs from the Culinary Institute of America in New Hyde Park, N.Y. Consumers will be able to meet with Anolon cookware experts, learn more about Creating a Delicious Future with Anolon, and have a chance to win product in an hourly drawing. During The Edible Garden, Anolon will display Anolon Ultra Clad and Anolon Chef

Clad Cookware in Shop in the Garden, The New York Botanical Garden’s prime destination for purchasing plants, gardening tools, decorative home products and other upscale and delightful objects. Visitors will have an exclusive opportunity to purchase all Anolon products at a special savings of 20 percent off the suggested retail price while the event is on. Free shipping will be added to all orders more than $50.

About Anolon Anolon offers a wide range of distinctive cookware collections. To kick-off the launch of Creating a Delicious Future with Anolon, an educational campaign to foster a return to eating delicious foods prepared simply at home using fresh, seasonal, local ingredients, Anolon became the exclusive kitchenware sponsor of Slow Food Nation. Anolon is also the exclusive kitchenware sponsor of Slow Food USA, the nonprofit national organization. Anolon is the premier brand offered by Vallejo, Calif.-based Meyer Corporation. In addition to Anolon, brands sold by Meyer Corporation, U.S. include Circulon®, Farberware®, KitchenAid®, Rachael Ray®, Paula Deen® and SilverStone®. About The New York Botanical Garden The New York Botanical Garden is a museum of plants, an educational institution and a scientific research organization. The Edible Garden is an exhibition that exemplifies, through horticulture, education and science programming, the essential role that The New York Botanical Garden plays in researching, understanding and educating the public about the significance of edible plants. For more information, visit or call 718-817-8700.

Oxford, CT – Neil J. Crumley has recently been hired as the national sales manager at Polder, a leading high-end housewares company. Crumley will be responsible for the national sales efforts in Polder’s multiple category home business, and will report to Kerry Cooper, vice president of sales and marketing. “Neil is a seasoned professional who brings invaluable expertise in brand-building sales and strategy, as well as sales force management, to the Polder team,” said Cooper. “His knowledge of the high-end home business will serve as a major asset, and we are happy to welcome him to the company.” Crumley’s broad-based experience in the home industry encompasses everything from operations and product development to sales and marketing. Crumley joins Polder following 18 years with Wusthof where he was instrumental in growing the German knife brand from the ground floor up. Under Crumley’s leadership, Wusthof expanded its retail distribution from independent retailers only to include national department and specialty stores as well. Additionally, Wusthof ’s market share grew significantly, making it the industry’s leading cutlery brand. “I am thrilled to be joining a company that is continually growing, and one that consistently delivers quality and industry-first products to its customers,” stated Crumley. “I look forward to playing a part in furthering such an established and well-respected brand.” About Polder Polder, based in Oxford, Conn., offers everything from kitchen timers, thermometers and scales, to laundry, ironing and bath products, and a variety of other storage solutions. Making everyday household tasks easier is at the core of Polder’s philosophy, which is rooted in the company’s European heritage. For additional information, visit



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h e a d l i n e s Gourmet Housewares Show® Partners with the Golden Gate Restaurant Association and SF Chefs. Food. Wine. Weekend White Plains, NY – The Gourmet Housewares Show formed a partnership with the Golden Gate Restaurant Association allowing for show participants to take advantage of a 10 percent discount to San Francisco’s premier culinary event, SF Chefs. Food. Wine., and enjoy the weekend’s events and happenings for foodies, a perfect tie in with the Gourmet Housewares Show which takes place Aug. 8-10. Celebrating local flair and regional flavor in the epicenter of culinary innovation, Gourmet Housewares Show attendees can take pleasure in a multitude of the following events at discounted ticket prices: Friday Day Pass: Show participants can further education and networking at all SF Chefs. Food. Wine. sessions on Friday, Aug. 7 before the start of the Show. Opening Reception: A party featuring Rising Star Chefs and Bar Stars where attendees can sample food created by the newest generation of San Francisco chefs

and Food Network’s Tyler Florence, sip sparkling wine from Domaine Chandon, enjoy cocktails and sample wines from Northern California’s distinct appellations while listening to great area music. Dinner at E & O: Attendees can join epicurious Editor-in-Chief, Tanya Steel, with chefs Arnold Eric Wong (E & O Trading Co.), Charles Phan (The Slanted Door) and Martin Yan (Yan Can Cook), as well as featured farmers at a reception and dinner celebrating local interpretations of Pacific Rim flavors. Relax while enjoying hors d’oeuvres as the chefs prepare dinner in an open kitchen. This dinner benefits Feeding America. Gala Dinner: Chefs Gary Danko and Traci Des Jardins collaborate on a multi-course dinner while Patrick O’Connell hosts what promises to be a unique and memorable evening honoring culinary pioneers from the Bay Area. Guests will attend the reception at Victor’s and the dinner at Alexandra’s, both magnificent rooms on the 32nd floor of the Westin St. Francis

CDN Releases New Booklet On Tea Making Tips Portland, OR – CDN, The Time & Temperature Company®, presents a colorful new 8-page booklet, Tea Times, Tips & Temps. Designed for consumers to enrich their tea experience, it can also serve as a training tool for sales associates that can help increase sales of tea and tea accessories such as thermometers and timers. As more and more people opt for tea as their beverage of choice, consumers are exploring adventurous new tea blends and learning more about tea traditions and trends. As with wine, chocolate and other gourmet delights, learning about the complexities of tea will reward the connoisseur with the ultimate in taste. Tea Times, Tips & Temps offers easy tips in a beautifully illustrated format. The booklet explains that brewing time, temperature and water quality can be

overlooking Union Square. SF Chefs Rock Union Square: Experience the synergy of soulful food and music in an evening featuring bluesy dance music by the Back Burner Blues Band, musicians and chefs with ties to the Bay Area. Show participants can join in on an evening full of hearty fare by local chefs including Robert Price (Buckeye Roadhouse), Randy Lewis (Best O Burger), Jay Foster (Farmer Brown), Sarah Schafer (Anchor & Hope), Joseph Manzare ( Joey & Eddies and Tres Agaves) and Bill Berkowitz (Max’s Restaurants) as well as specialty cocktails. Chocolate Enchantment: Extend the evening and sweeten the night at a latenight after party at Victor’s on the Imperial Floor atop The Westin St. Francis featuring chocolate confections by executive pastry chef Jean-Francois Houdre, inspired cocktails and music. Visit for additional updates and more detailed information.

The Gourmet Housewares Show is held concurrently with the summer San Francisco International Gift Fair®, owned and managed by GLM, a dmg world media business, which features 800 exhibitors and 11,000 attendees. SF Chefs. Food. Wine. is a four day food and wine event celebrating the unique flavor, diversity and bounty of Northern California. The event supports three charities. Feeding America is a major sponsor of the San Francisco Food Bank, which provides food to needy families in the community. Meals on Wheels provides food and meal delivery especially to seniors and others with mobility issues. The Golden Gate Restaurant Association Scholarship Foundation provides funding for culinary and hospitality students based upon economic need. Visit .com for more information. The Golden Gate Restaurant Association (GGRA) is a non-profit trade association founded in 1936 to promote, extend and protect the interests of the broader restaurant industry, and to serve members in the San Francisco Bay Area. More information on the Golden Gate Restaurant Association can be found at

Twice is Nice: IceOrb® Wins fusionbrands® Back-to-Back I.D. Design Award

as important as the type of tea you select. To ensure brewing perfection, it recommends the CDN Digital Tea Thermometer & Timer (TT1), which is preprogrammed for precision brewing of 18 types of loose, ball or bagged tea, with a choice of eight different brew strengths.

New York – For the second year in a row, fusionbrands was presented with an award from the annual I.D. Design Review. This year at the 55th awards show, the IceOrb, the world’s first vertical ice tray, was the honored product.

For more information, contact Component Design Northwest at 800-338-5594 or

The annual I.D. Design Award Competition, presented by I.D. Magazine, was established to identify the best in

A revolution in the way ice is made, the patented vertical design of the IceOrb enables it to make, store and chill ice all in the same device. This design means the IceOrb can also be used as a wine or champagne chiller and as a mini cooler to keep foods such as ice cream, salads and dips chilled. Perfect for indoors and out, the IceOrb is air-tight, spill proof and available for a suggested retail price of $15.99.

product, furniture, graphic and environment design. The award winners are chosen each year by a jury of design authorities who review the large amount of submissions and select a group that best reflects the current state of design. This year, of the more than 2000 entries, the IceOrb was one of just 130+ honored products. At the 2008 competition, alongside the Best of Category winning iPhone, the fusionbrands® poachpod®, a modern silicone tool meant for poaching eggs, baking and molding, was awarded an honorable mention in the ‘Consumer Products’ category of the Annual Design Review. The winners will be published in the July/August issue of I.D. Magazine and will also be available on their Web site, For more information on fusionbrands, visit

Karyo Joins Casabella to Expand Kitchen Product Line Congers, NY – Michael Karyo, formerly of Silicone Zone™, joined Casabella Holdings LLC in July to manage and further expand its kitchen line business. The new product lines will now include silicone and various other materials. Karyo will work closely with Casabella®’s product development department to create products such as cutting boards, pot holders and bake mitts. In a prepared statement, Bruce Kaminstein, Kitchenware News & Housewares Review • AUGUST 2009

CEO of Casabella Holdings LLC said, “Casabella is excited to have Michael as part of our team. Over the years, we’ve followed and admired Michael’s innovative and creative ideas. His expertise will help us to expand our current kitchen line and better serve the gourmet trade.” In a phone interview with Kitchenware News, Karyo commented, “I’ve known Bruce for years, and I’ve admired what Casabella has done with their product lines. They’ve |

used function-driven design to take a product category to the next level.” As head of product design and sales for SiliconeZone, Karyo was known as a leader in developing innovative approaches to the silicone Housewares category. According to Karyo, Casabella has dabbled in kitchenware, but the company is looking to grow that category. He said, “Developing this new category with Casabella is an excellent opportunity.”

Karyo is also an admirer of Casabella’s commitment to sustainable principles. “Casabella has had a real commitment to sustainable practices and has set an industry standard. I’ve been involved in environmental politics, and it’s a subject near and dear to my heart,” explained Karyo. Karyo hopes to have new product ready within 60 to 90 days. Karyo can be contacted at 845-348-0012, ext. 111.


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Eco Choice Awards Debut at NYIGF White Plains, NY – Retailers will have a decisive role in selecting winners of the firstever Eco Choice Awards, voting to decide the gift and home industries’ best “green” products in three categories: “Most Innovative,” “Most Sensitive Use of Materials,” and “Most Sellable.” Judging will take place Aug. 15-20 at the New York International Gift Fair® (NYIGF®). Co-sponsored by GREENRetailer magazine and NYIGF, the awards will recognize innovative, environmentally-responsible products featured in the fair’s SustainAbility: design for a better world® display, a special curated exhibit showcasing “green” gift and home products. The summer 2009 display will showcase more than 175 products

created from recycled, recyclable, sustainable or indigenous materials, and selected for inventiveness, newness, aesthetics and functionality. A complete list of summer 2009 display participants will be available online at “NYIGF’s SustainAbility display exists to showcase the industry’s best examples of ‘green’ product design,” said Dorothy Belshaw, NYIGF director and GLM senior vice president. “We're taking it a step further by asking retailers to identify those products which they find particularly compelling.” All retailers who vote will receive a free gift courtesy of GREENRetailer magazine. Voting will take place Saturday through

Thursday at the SustainAbility display, with the winners announced at the conclusion of NYIGF on Thursday, Aug. 20. Winners will be announced online and published in the Fall 2009 issue of GREENRetailer magazine. “GREENRetailer magazine’s core mission is to help raise awareness of eco-friendly business practices in the gift and home furnishings industry,” said Patricia Norins, publisher. “The Eco Choice Awards will recognize those companies who are already leading by example.” GREENRetailer is a publication of GIFT SHOP magazine. NYIGF launched its SustainAbility program in 2006 to recognize and encourage the integration of environmental responsibility with profitable business practices. The twopart program features an environmentallyfocused exhibit, curated by Ilene Shaw of

Urban Expositions to Acquire San Francisco and Seattle Trade Shows Atlanta – Urban Expositions announced its acquisition of the San Francisco International Gift Fair® (SFIGF) and the Seattle Gift Show® from dmg world media. The ownership transition will take place following the August 2009 editions of the semi-annual shows. The acquisition adds a strategic western region presence to Atlantabased Urban Expositions’ growing portfolio of trade shows. “We have been looking for growth opportunities in the Western US for some time now and felt that the San Francisco and Seattle shows offered the perfect complement to our show roster,” explained Doug Miller, president, Urban Expositions. “These shows now join our growing Las Vegas Souvenir & Resort Gift Show and new LA editions of the Material World & Technology Solutions textile shows to expand and strengthen our position out west. We look forward to building upon the outstanding efforts of dmg world media and GLM® - the shows’ current producer - to bring even more new business growth and development opportunities to the region’s gift community.” “Urban Expositions is ideally suited to take over the management of the San Francisco

and Seattle shows,” said Alan Steel, EVP, business-to-retail, dmg world media, which sold its annual Boston Gift Show to Urban Expositions in 2008. “The Urban team has built a solid reputation over the years for its hands-on management style and commitment to customer service. Urban’s leadership has a strong understanding of the specialized needs of these events, their buyers and exhibitors, and we know they will bring continued success to the shows in years to come.” Urban Expositions will assume all management duties from dmg world media following completion of the Aug. 8-11 San Francisco and Aug. 22-25 Seattle events. At that time, the company will take over all sales, marketing, operations and other dayto-day duties for the Jan. 23-26, 2010 Seattle Gift Show, the Feb. 6-10, 2010 SFIGF and all future editions of the two shows. Held semi-annually at Moscone Center, the SFIGF attracts some 11,000 retailers ranging from small specialty stores and boutiques to big box retailers including Pottery Barn and Cost Plus World Market; from museum stores to wineries and much more. The show features more than 600 exhibitors who represent more than 3,000 lines.

Shaw + Co!, and educational programming related to “green” business practices for the gift and home industries. In August 2009, two “green”-themed seminars—one featuring Josh Dorfman, writer and host of the Sundance Channel Original Series THE LAZY ENVIRONMENTALIST, and the other addressing organic beauty trends with Rona Berg, editor-in-chief/founding editor of Organic Beauty. Details and registration are available online at NYIGF is a gift, home and lifestyle marketplace, with 2,900 exhibiting companies featuring an extraordinary breadth and depth of design-driven home fashion products and complementary giftware. Some 30,000 attendees from all 50 states and around the world are expected. For information and registration, visit

ADVERTISER INDEX Dydacomp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

The Seattle Gift Show® at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center and the permanent showrooms of the Pacific Market Center come together twice a year to host Seattle Market Week, featuring10,000 national product lines. “We plan to hit the ground running with both of these shows,” added Urban’s Miller. “Buyers and exhibitors can be assured that we’ll maintain the same level of customer service and innovation they’ve come to expect from both of these shows. And, we’re already working on a number of new programs, promotions and product resources to help take these shows to the next level.” For information on the upcoming August shows, buyers and exhibitors should contact GLM, a dmg world media business, 888 S. Figueroa Street, Suite 700, Los Angeles, CA 90017, call 213-430-2300 or fax 213-362-5660. For exhibitor, buyer or other show information on the Winter 2010 events, contact Urban Expositions, 1690 Roberts Blvd, Ste 111, Kennesaw, GA 30144, 800-318-2238 or 678285-3976, visit or email

EdgeCraft . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Enrico Products . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Fissler USA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 fusionbrands . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Harold Import Company . . . . . . . . . . . 5 H.T.I. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Jascor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Kitchen Resource . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Lancaster Colony . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Linden Sweden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 Mistral Imports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 New York International Gift Fair . . . . 10 Out of the Woods of Oregon . . . . . . . . 3 Parrish's Cake Dec. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Prodyne . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 R.S.V.P. International . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Revol . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24 SCI Scandicrafts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Signature Housewares . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9


Starfrit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Taylor Precision Products . . . . . . . . . . 17

AUGUST 2009 1-4 Orlando Gift Show Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL, 678-285-3976,


16-19 Alberta Gift Show, Northlands, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, 800-633-8332,

8-10 Gourmet Housewares Show, Moscone Center, San Francisco, CA, 914-421-3206,

SEPTEMBER 2009 12-14 Atlanta Fall Gift & Home Furnishings Market and The Atlanta Gourmet Market® AmericasMart Atlanta, Atlanta, GA, 800-ATL-MART,

15-20 New York International Gift Fair, Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York, NY, 800-272-SHOW,

12-14 Dallas Total Home & Gift Market Dallas Market Center, Dallas, TX, 800-DAL-MKTS,

Tervis Tumbler Company . . . . . . . . . . .14

13-15 Fall L.A. Mart Market, LA Mart, Los Angeles, CA, 800-LAMART4,

Toastess . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Todco LLC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22

OCTOBER 2009 13-16 New York Tabletop Market, New York Showrooms, 41 Madison, 7 West 34th, 230 Fifth Ave., New York, NY, 212-686-1203, 212-279-6063, 800-698-5617,,,


Tribest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Vic Firth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Vita-Mix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Zak! Designs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

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