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Gourmet Housewares Show Comes ‘Home’ by Karen Martin, Managing Editor Innovation, made in the U.S.A. and order writing rose to the top of the list of themes from the 2009 Gourmet Housewares Show held last month in San Francisco. Retailers from 40 different states came to the show to take advantage of holiday ordering, show specials and quality time with the vendors. “I love this show,” said Peter Burback, owner of Cooks Corner, a kitchenware retailer based in Green Bay, Wis. “The story I see is innovation. There are all of these individual inventors. These guys are focused on my store, and I loved having the time to hear everyone’s story. My customers want the fresh new items that can’t be found anywhere else.” Burback’s enthusiasm must have been catching.

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On the Upswing: Gift Giving for the Home by Jenna Crisostomo, Associate Editor With the holiday season approaching, gift giving remains on the radar not only for consumers, but for retailers readying their holiday items. Affordable, high-quality and great-value products are in demand, and using those products for home entertaining has become a popular trend. “Entertaining at home is surely on the upswing,” said Janis Johnson, president, Gourmet Catalog Buying Group, “and this is the ideal time for customers to review their kitchen tools and equipment, and add items that will make entertaining worry-free.” Founded in 1981 as a catalog-only program, the Dallas-based Gourmet Catalog Buying Group expanded in 1998 to include buying services for its membership. The group has grown to 224 kitchenware store locations throughout the country, and provides optional catalogs—spring/summer, fall/winter and an online catalog through

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MISTRAL IMPORTS’ COOL CADDIE ® From the inventor of the Winesceptre®, Mistral Imports brings you the Cool Caddie—designed to be a cost-effective and colorful solution to keeping any type of beverage (wine, beer, water, juice) chilled at the table. The stainless steel caddie has a well-designed drip stop and holds interchangeable vinyl backs. Simply slide the freezer

insert into the back of the Cool Caddie and add your bottle. Available in solid blue, red, black and white or customize with a brand or image.

home use and branding options make the Cool Caddie a nice value for corporate gifts. Suggested Retail Price: $34.95, gift-boxed

The Cool Caddie keeps a prechilled bottle cool for over one hour and also chills down a beverage. The caddie adds color to the table while showing off the label instead of hiding it. A great product for

Mistral Imports Inc. [tel] 214-559-6808 [email]

ZOJIRUSHI’S HYBRID WATER BOILER A smooth, stainless steel skin wraps up to four- liters of hot water in the new VE Hybrid Water Boiler and Warmer from Zojirushi. The Hybrid Water Boiler and Warmer can boil water and keep water at consistently high temperatures using a traditional AC cord. The battery-operated, cordless dispensing feature gives this new model the portability to dispense hot water anywhere, anytime. Updated technology maintains water temperature in an energy efficient non-electric manner, ensuring consistently hot water with the touch of a button. The model comes with a Café Drip dispensing more suitable for brewing drip coffee and a steam-save function that reduces power to the unit to lessen steam emissions from the unit’s steam vent. The VE Hybrid will be available in October. Suggested Retail Price: $265 Zojirushi [tel] 800-733-6270 [fax] 310-323-5522 2

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Vita-Mix Wins Best in Show at the 2009 Gourmet Housewares Show San Francisco, CA – Vita-Mix Corporation won the Gourmet Gold “Best in Show” award at The 2009 Gourmet Housewares Show for their Professional Series 500 Mixer. Penny Sikalis, vice president and Gourmet Housewares Show manager, presented the Gourmet Golds during an evening reception on the show’s opening night, Saturday, Aug. 9 in San Francisco.

Green by Design: Winner: Roland Products Inc.—Goodbye Detergent! Finalists: Full Circle and Pacific Dry Goods Kitchen Electrics: Winner: Fissler USA—CookStar Induction Pro Portable Cooktop Finalists: Greystone and Nespresso Tabletop Textiles: Winner: Mastrad Inc.—Vegetable Keep Sack Finalists: Calibowl and Coastline Imports

Along with the “Best in Show” award, Gourmet Gold awards were presented in the following categories: Cookware and Bakeware: Winner: Minden Grill Company Inc.—Minden Master Range Top Grill Finalists: Kuhn Rikon and Lodge Manufacturing Gadgets and Cutlery Accessories: Winner: Inno-Labs—Fire Wire™ Finalists: EdgeCraft and New Metro Designs Gourmet Gifts and Specialty Foods: Winner: Highwave Inc.—Australian Beer Glass Finalists: Zojirushi and Wine Things Unlimited

In a prepared statement, Sikalis said, “We are extremely pleased with the quality of entries into the Gourmet Golds. Each year the products continue to heighten the level of the competition, and it has truly developed into a preview of the best the show has to offer.” More information on the Gourmet Gold’s can be found at

DuoGlide™ by Dexter Awarded ‘Ease-of-Use Commendation’ by the Arthritis Foundation ®


Dexter was awarded the Ease-of-Use Commendation by the Arthritis Foundation for creating their new DuoGlide line of cutlery. The state-of-the-art blade geometry, combined with maximum sharpness, provides an easier cut with superior control over conventional knives. DuoGlide features an optimal sized, soft-touch grip designed to accommodate multiple hand positions for a custom and comfortable fit. The knife is available through Harold Import Company with a suggested retail price of $49.99.

by the Foundation to encourage manufacturers to design user-friendly products and packaging. Products are tested by an independent lab experienced in the design and evaluation of products that are accessible to people with functional limitations due to the effects of arthritis.

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GOURMET GIFTS AND SPECIALTY FOODS: HIGHWAVE Australian Beer Glass [tel] 800-444-4928


GREEN BY DESIGN: ROLAND PRODUCTS Goodbye Detergent Scrubs! [tel] 800-321-2226


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TABLETOP TEXTILES: MASTRAD INC. Vegetable Keep Sack [tel] 800-358-06088


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news on 4 Smith’s Edgeware™ announced the appointment of Melissa Moore to the newly created position of Housewares Marketing Manager for their Edgeware™ Brand of products. She reports directly to Dan Glidden, CEO. Moore served in a similar position at Microplane® and has more than 10 years of progressive and results-oriented experience in the Housewares industry. “We are excited about the addition of Melissa to the Smith’s team.” said Glidden. “Melissa has the experience and determination to help us build upon our leadership within the global Housewares market.” Smith’s® is a leader in the design and manufacture of a full line of manual and electric knife, scissors and tool sharpeners and edge care products. For further details on the complete line of Smith’s products, contact the company at 1700 Sleepy Valley Rd., Hot Springs, AR, 71901-9017, call 800-221-4156 or visit In celebration of its long standing traditions, history and heritage

Le Creuset introduced www.truelecreuset .com, the official new community Web site for friends and fans of Le Creuset. Members of the True Le Creuset community will be able to upload pictures, create their own profile, comment on product ideas and share their stories. The Web site also features a variety of interactive sections including: What’s Cooking—fun facts and updates about what’s going on at Le Creuset; Kitchen Talk—cooking techniques and tips; Deep Roots—heritage stories from Le Creuset; Recipes—share favorites; Upcoming Events; Good Reads—Great book recommendations about cooking, chefs, and food; and Store locator—where to buy Le Creuset cookware. The Web site is designed to bring foodies, families and fans together. Pier 1 Imports Inc. announced that Catherine David has joined Pier 1 Imports as executive vice president - merchandising. David brings more than 24 years of retail experience to Pier 1 Imports. Most recently, she served as president and chief operating

officer for Kirkland's Inc., in Jackson, Tenn. In that role, she led the merchandising, planning, marketing and store teams. Previously, she held vice president and general manager positions with Sears Essentials, Sears Grand, and The Great Indoors and was also the president of the Burnes Group, a photo frame and accessories supplier. Prior to that, she spent 13 years with the Target Corporation, where she held various positions in buying, planning and stores. When she left Target, she was the vice president and general manager of Alex Smith, Pier 1 Imports’ President and CEO, commented, “We are excited to welcome Cathy to our executive team. She brings great retail expertise and is extremely well prepared to lead our merchants in continuing to develop a best in class buying organization that creates merchandise assortments that exceed our customers’ expectations.”’s Annual Summit and NRF’s Annual Convention have been named two of the

fastest-growing tradeshows by Tradeshow Week Magazine. This is the second year in a row NRF and have landed on the list. The TSW Fastest 50 honors the 50 fastest-growing shows in North America based on total net square footage growth and percentage of growth between 2006 and 2008. “NRF and are thrilled to have landed a spot on this coveted list for the second year in a row,” said Susan Newman, NRF vice president of conferences. “This accomplishment illustrates the commitment by our associate and retail members, who continue to support NRF and by attending our events throughout the year.”’s 2008 Annual Summit featured 160 exhibiting companies with 23,000 net square feet, growing from 12,136 net square feet in 2006. NRF’s 2008 Annual Convention EXPO grew from 131,600 square feet in 2006 to 167,800 square feet in 2008 and featured more than 585 exhibiting companies on the EXPO floor. NRF’s 2008 Annual Convention also landed on the Tradeshow Week 200 list, which ranks conventions and events throughout the United States and Canada by total net square feet of paid exhibit space.

KAI USA Hires Zanner for New Position Tualatin, OR – KAI USA Ltd. hired Kurt Zanner as senior sales and marketing manager, Housewares Division. This is a new position and Zanner will report to Jack Igarashi. Zanner joins the Housewares Division sales management team that includes Marc Wade, national sales manager and Jason Ledbetter, regional sales manager. “Mr. Zanner is a veteran housewares executive who brings to the position a wealth of experience in the industry,” said Igarashi.


“We’re pleased to have hired him to help take our housewares division to next level.”

distributor of disposable razors, surgical tools, personal care products and housewares in Japan.

Zanner has worked in the housewares industry for 26 years, most recently with KitchenArt and just prior to that, Lamson & Goodnow.

In the United States, KAI has established several brand names all controlled by the Kai USA Ltd. division run by Jack Igarashi. The brands managed by KAI USA Ltd. are Shun cutlery and housewares, Kershaw sporting knives and Zero Tolerance military knives.

KAI Corporation, a family-owned company located in Seki City, Japan, celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2008. It is privately held and is run by Koji Endo, the third generation to run the company. KAI is the major manufacturer and


Zanner can be reached at 503-682-1966, ext. 1145 or

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Kitchenware News & Housewares Review and Gourmet News take great pleasure in welcoming Karen A. Taylor as the new publisher of Kitchenware News & Housewares Review. Karen joins us from the staff of HFN magazine, where she was associate publisher from 2000 to May of this year.

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Karen A. Taylor [tel] (323) 397-9507


Karen D. Martin


Jenna Crisostomo

Incidentally, we do apologize for the confusion we’re creating by hiring a publisher named Karen for a magazine edited by another Karen, but when we heard that Ms. Taylor was available, we just couldn’t let a little thing like that get in our way. We’ll just all have to work together to keep the two of them sorted out. It might help that Karen Taylor will be based on the West Coast, while editor Karen Martin will continue to be based in Maine. CONTRIBUTING EDITOR

Anna Wolfe


The Gourmet Housewares Show has just been the latest in a busy season of tradeshows. Earlier this summer, we were privileged to be present at the International Dairy-Deli-Bakery Association’s annual conference and show, where the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board did a superlative job of demonstrating how specialty retailers can use cheese as the focal point for an event at which they could thank their best customers, educate new customers, and, not coincidentally, sell more cheese. The key is to create great food with simple recipes that people can duplicate successfully, said James Robson, WMMB’s CEO.

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Highlighting the conference portion of the IDDBA event was a presentation by Executive Director Carol Christison in which she discussed the food trends that are shaping our market. Ms. Christison pointed out that American consumers are cutting back on spending by buying more store brands and value brands and, important to us, cooking at home more often. She quoted an article by Dr. Liz Sloan in Food Technology Magazine that pointed out that our customers are eager to try new cuisines and flavors, that 53 percent of adults like to cook for a hobby, and that 16 percent of them take their cooking very seriously and have advanced cooking skills. The IDDBA will have further news on food trends in its What’s In Store 2010 publication coming this fall, which will be all about data and consumer trends in dairy, deli, bakery, cheese, meals and supermarket foodservice categories. Call 608-310-5000 for information on volume discounts or to place pre-publication orders.


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As we go to press, Karen Taylor and editor Karen Martin are meeting many of you in San Francisco at the Gourmet Housewares Show. Ms. Taylor tells us that she’s really enjoying the opportunity to meet friends both old and new and that she’s really looking forward to working with all of you in the future. Do give her a call at 323-397-9507 to welcome her into our world.

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From the Editor Peter Burback, an independent kitchenware retailer out of Green Bay, Wis., came by our booth at the 2009 Gourmet Housewares Show last month and said, “Karen, I love this show!” Peter pulled out sell sheets from a dozen or so different vendors saying, “I bought this, and I bought this, and I bought all of these…”

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His passion for the Gourmet Housewares Show, along with his orders, gave show management cause for celebration.

The back story to Gourmet Housewares has always been about the specialty retailer having more face time with vendors. But Peter pointed out another aspect of the show. He sees this show as the place to find the little guys with new ideas, as well as a place to get face time with the larger companies like Cuisinart. For me, it was Peter who made the show. Here was an owner of a specialty, independent retailer, taking time to come to a show and loving every second he was on the show floor. He saw new products and companies; he ordered at the show, and he had the enthusiasm of a kid in a toy store. In a year that has been particularly difficult for this industry, talking to Peter gave me a better outlook than any economic forecast. And as I talked to other vendors, it was clear that Peter was not the only one buying at the show. I talked to many vendors who said they were having a good show and writing more orders than they anticipated. I ran into one vendor that said, “I’ve written more orders at this show than any other show this year.” Add in the fact that Gourmet Housewares is back in San Francisco and I think you have a show that has found its niche again. Welcome home Gourmet Housewares Show! Karen Martin, Editor

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h e a d l i n e s IN DEPTH: CORK POPS VinOair Uses Dual Oxygen Chamber Novato, CA – Cork Pops introduces their new patent pending vinOair, a wine aerator with a specially designed venturi chamber with a dual oxygen chamber. The dual oxygen chamber is designed to pull a 20-inch vacuum. Most venturi style aerators pull a 10inch vacuum. The vinOair has a sleek ergonomic design that allows the user to place it into the wine bottle where it is secured by the food grade rubber ring which makes an airtight seal. The edge of the vinOair acts as a drip stopper. Because the vinOair functions as an aerator, a pourer and a drip stopper, no stand is needed. Another feature of the vinOair design is its size. The pocket sized aerator can be easily transported in a travel bar, taken to restaurants/tastings, and also be easily carried along with an opener by wait staff. It isn’t the size of the

aerator that determines how effective it is—it’s the vacuum pull of the venturi in the aerator that determines the success in opening up wines.

going to stock the item because of the large number of guests asking where they can purchase the aerator.”

The vinOair was tested by several San Francisco Bay Area chefs/restaurant owners during its development. The vinOair scored high in all blind taste tests and was praised due to the ability to leave the aerator in the bottle and not risk drips on the table as the aerator is moved to another glass—and it was not necessary to hold the aerator steady over either a glass or a decanter. The solid food grade plastic of the vinOair was found superior to silicon since it did not retain any aroma from the pouring.

“The vinOair is the complete package—aerator, pourer and drip stopper,” commented Chef Munther Massarweh of The Pump Room/The Wild Fox.

Marinitas’ Chef Patrick Coll said, “It is the one item (outside of wine glasses) that we need at our restaurant to do a top-level job with wine. The vinOair is so impressive tableside that we are

“The vinOair combines the best features of an aerator with a non-drip pourer. The result is a great wine tool that allows the wine to ‘open’ and reveal the bouquet and nuances in much less time than traditional decanting. The best wine tools are those that I use in both my restaurant and my home— and the vinOair has a prominent spot in both places,” said Chef Blake Andros, Izzy’s Restaurant.

The wholesale cost of the vinOair is $9.50 for the Nicholas Packaging and $8.50 for the Giovanni Carded Collection. For more information on vinOair, visit

Eastman Chemical Receives Product Awards Kingsport, TN – Eastman Chemical Company announced that one of its housewares’ product applications made with Eastman™ copolyesters picked up an award at the 2009 International Plastics Design Competition held June 24 during NPE2009 in Chicago. The awards, sponsored by the Alliance of Plastics

Processors, allowed designers and manufacturers of components and finished products to display their most innovative achievements before tens of thousands of plastics professionals. Among the awards, the KOR ONE Hydration Vessel was recognized with the Sustainable Consumer Product Award.

The KOR ONE Hydration Vessel is a refillable water bottle designed to inspire consumers to reduce plastic bottle waste going into landfills and embrace the idea of reuse. Made with Eastman Tritan™ copolyester, the KOR ONE offers consumers a tough, long-lasting product manufactured without bisphenol-A

(BPA). The bottle’s design offers an intuitive, one-handed operation. With just the press of a thumb, the latch releases, freeing the lid to hinge back and stay put to give unobstructed access to the mouthpiece. “By working with KOR Water and design firms like RKS, we are able to provide the resources and tools to utilize versatile plastic materials that allow differentiated design and unique products,” said Gaylon White, manager, Design Industry Programs, Eastman Chemical Company. “We continually reach out to the industrial design community to offer strategic and innovative material options that fit their design needs.” Eastman also won additional awards for the Hospira’s iSecure Syringe which is a tamper-evident, single-dose, readyto-use, disposable syringe. “We are pleased that both of these product applications have been recognized for their commitment to innovation and sustainability,” White said. “These awards are evidence of the importance of choosing innovative materials for product design, and Eastman strives to be a strategic materials supplier that works with customers to help them achieve these results.” For more information on the International Plastics Design Competition and a complete list of winners, visit For more information on KOR Water, visit



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h e a d l i n e s G-SPOUT REMOVEABLE SPOUT AND STRAINER The g-Spout attaches to containers such as skillets, pans, mixing bowls and double boilers. Made of high temperature food grade silicone, it withstands the rigors of the kitchen, but is also suited to the craft room, garage or work shop. The flexible silicone spout clips onto many different sized containers to make pouring liquids and batters easier and more

accurate. The G-Spout is microwave and dishwasher safe and comes with a lifetime guarantee against defects. It is currently available in a variety of colors, and a stainless steel version is being developed. Suggested Retail Price: $12.99 G-Spout [tel] 303-835-7399 [email]

Recovery Act Includes SBA Loans for Stressed Small Businesses by Anna Wolfe, Contributing Editor For small businesses having problems making ends meet, there may be some relief available. In June, the Small Business Administration (SBA) began accepting loans for a temporary new program called America’s Recovery Capital (ARC) through the billion-dollar Recovery Act. “It’s no secret the economy for the last several months has been stalling. This administration has been trying to help get the economy back on track,” said David Hall, spokesperson for the SBA. “The backbone of this economy is small businesses, and small businesses have been struggling because of the economy. It’s important we do everything we can to help small businesses get back on their feet.” Small businesses with an “immediate financial hardship” can apply for ARC loans of up to $35,000. Hall pointed out “this is a program that was designed specifically to help viable businesses who are currently struggling because of the state of the economy” and the loans are to “help them gain time to get finances back on track.” Unlike the “Cash for Clunkers” program that blew threw $1 billion in six days, ARC loan monies were available at press time. As of July 26, 806 loans for $26.2 million had been funded, said Hall. There isn’t a deadline for applications. “As long as we have the funds, businesses can apply,” Hall explained. He stressed that the for-profit businesses must be viable— meaning businesses need to prove they were in the black for two or three years before the recession. If approved small businesses can use the ARC loans to make their principal and interest payments on existing and qualifying business debt. The loans are not to be used as working capital or anything else, Hall said. ARC loans are 100 percent guaranteed by the SBA and have no SBA fees associated with them. SBA will pay the interest on ARC loans to the lenders. For the borrower repayment begins 12 months after the final disbursement. After the 12-month deferral period, borrowers will pay back the loan principal over a period of five years. ARC loans will be made by commercial lenders, not SBA directly. Interested companies should go to their local lender and inquire about the program, Hall suggested. For more information on ARC loans, visit Anna Wolfe is the editor of Gourmet News. She can be reached at Kitchenware News & Housewares Review • SEPTEMBER 2009



Thermometers TAYLOR’S WIRELESS COOKING THERMOMETER 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 the food is getting


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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. Taylor USA [tel] 630-954-1250 [fax] 630-954-1275 [email]

thermometer and timer products in time for the fourth quarter selling season. PRO-TEMP Professional Thermometer—the ProTemp pro-

fessional thermometer features a large and easy to read LCD in reverse light. The unit uses a type K Thermocouple for exceptional speed and accuracy and gives a temperature accurate to 212 degrees Fahrenheit in under three seconds. The unit is perfect for the demanding chef and for professional applications where there are a lot of different temperatures to be taken. In addition, the new Maverick unit is

water resistant to IP44 standard and shockproof. It takes regular AAA batteries and can be used in both Fahrenheit and Celsius. The unit will be NSF approved and will be shipping in September. Suggested Retail Price: $99 Maverick Industries [tel] 732-417-9666 [fax] 732-417-9673

CDN’S PROACCURATE® NSF® APPROVED THERMOMETER A new essential for kitchens, the new NSF approved CDN ProAccurate Quick-Read® Thermometer (DTQ450X) is quick, precise and handy. With its large digital readout and easy-to-press buttons, this professional-grade thermometer provides accurate temperature measurements in just six to eight seconds, in a wide range from -40 to +450 degrees Fahrenheit (-40 to +230 degrees Celsius). A temperature guide on the sheath offers instant guidance for a variety of foods and liquids, for food safety and best culinary results. The five-inch stem, with a 2.5 mm reduced tip, enables the thermometer to be easily inserted into food. Suggested Retail Price: $19.99 Component Design Northwest [tel] 800-338-5594 [email]

KITRICS’ SIGNATURE MEAT THERMOMETER Grill, roast and broil fearlessly with Kitrics Meat Thermometer. The on-dial cooking guide will lead the way. A protective storage case displays USDA cooking guidelines. The thermometer’s oversized dial is easy to read. Stainless steel construction means clean-up is easy. Suggested Retail Price: $12.99 DMD LLC/Kitrics [tel] 314-991-8494 [email] 8


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h e a d l i n e s IN DEPTH: VITACLAY Rice and Slow Cooker Voted ‘Top Rated’ by ‘Good Housekeeping’ ®

Essenergy brings clay cooking to the slow cooker with their VitaClay Chef Gourmet Rice and Slow Cooker Pro. The award-winning VitaClay Rice and Slow Cooker Pro combines convenience with great taste and healthy cooking all in one. Voted as “Top Rated Slow Cooker” from Good Housekeeping in March, VitaClay is made of natural, unglazed, highly prized Zisha clay that brings out the true flavor and preserves natural nutrients. Natural Zisha™ clay, the secret behind the new VitaClay Chef Gourmet Rice and Slow Cooker, was formed over thousands of years by cleansing rainfalls that scrubbed the mountains in southern China, releasing minerals into lakes and forming huge beds of Zisha, known as the “Pride of China.” It is free of non-stick chemical glazes, so none of the harmful chemicals

come in contact with your food. The VitaClay Chef Gourmet Rice and Slow Cooker Pro is totally convenient and fully programmable, thanks to the computerized clay heating technology. The unique clay-cooking bowl with clay lid cover design uses its natural heat retention property to promote uniform cooking that result in tender and flavorful food. When it comes to slow cooking, the VitaClay Chef Gourmet Rice and Slow Cooker lives up to its gourmet name. It quickly brings food to boil— two times faster than any of conventional slow cookers; then, reduces heat to simmer for the desired time. This cooking process retains the texture of food, shortens cooking time by half while maintaining food’s great flavor. The rice and slow cooker comes with pre-programmed multiple cooking functions for cooking

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savory stews, bean pots, creamy porridge, soups, fluffy rice, brown rice, sticky rice. The cooker can steam food in less than 30 minutes. The cooker is easy to operate and eliminates guesswork. 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.

VitaClay Chef Gourmet Rice and Slow Cooker is a “green” kitchen tool that not only saves time in the kitchen with the programmable timer, auto start and keep warm, but also saves energy. Simply set and leave the rest to VitaClay. For a full line of VitaClay chef cookers, call 877-877-9121, email sales@essenergy .com or visit


HOUSEWARES (continued from page 1) “I couldn't be more pleased with the show—the time of year, the location and the timing,” said Kurt Zanner, senior sales and marketing manager from Kai U.S.A. “There's just no other place to see so many customers in such an efficient and effective way. We were able to show the whole line to people—not just a few pieces.” “It’s about delivering innovation to the market,” said Bob Trinque of Innovation Specialists. “The little guys are willing to work terms and do deals on a handshake.”

people were writing orders. Retailers are finding innovative products. We've had nearly 50 new vendors.” Linda Arnesen, national sales manager for Linden Sweden, took advantage of the colocation of the Gourmet Housewares Show with the San Francisco Gift Show. She said, “Because of the gift show, I think we saw more gift buyers than usual looking for practical stocking stuffers. The buyers were interested in items like our Cut ‘N’ Roll pizza cutter and other small, practical items.”

Innovation is great, but order writing is also important. Bob Stonhaus, owner of Storvino, said that he paid for his booth twice by the second day with new orders. “I’ve never sold so many new accounts at a show before,” he added.

Ron and Shirley Szabo from SCSR Innovations also appreciated the gift buyers. About half of their orders for their Andreas Decorative Silicone Trivets came from the gift buyers crossing over from the San Francisco Gift Show. Ron Szabo said, “Sunday, we were so busy that I was exhausted!”

Such comments on order writing were music to the ears of show management. Penny Sikalis, vice president and show manager for the Gourmet Housewares Show, reported, “We are thrilled with the response of the vendors and the retailers. They are telling us that traffic is heavy and

Made in the U.S.A. was another common theme. McGowan Manufacturing specializes in tempered glass cutting boards and knife sharpeners. Mike McGowan said, “We often make product 24 hours before we ship. We've done some importing from China, but for the most part our

Dan Koch, national sales manager at Vita-Mix poses with his Gourmet Gold for “Best in Show.”

Bob Stonhaus said that he signed many new accounts at the show.


product is made right here Tucson [Ariz.]. Our cost to bring multiple designs made in the USA to market in low quantities was almost the same as China. We opted to make the product here since controlling the inventory made sense.” Alex Tennant agreed with McGowan on controlling the inventory. Tennant serves as general manager of Aerobie®, makers of the AeroPress™ Coffee and Espresso Maker. “We like the flexibility of making our product in the U.S. We believe in the ‘if you need more, make more’ philosophy.” Tennant added, “It’s easier to make things in the U.S. than people think. I don’t think people give enough effort to figuring out how to work here in the U.S.”

sense of community within this industry. Schnacke explained that his neighbor’s house was hit by lighting and burned down about two weeks before the show. They lost everything. He talked to some of his fellow vendors, and a care package of products was underway. “It was so wonderful that my fellow vendors came through with an outpouring of help. We have competitors that we see at the show— but we don’t think of them as competitors. We think of them as companies in the same field. They donated generously to the care package. I called my neighbors to tell them what was happening, and they were humbled by the generosity of people here at the show,” Schnacke said.

Angela Nardis also makes her Baker’s Sto ‘N Go here in the U.S. Although Nardis has not had as easy of a time getting her product made here as Tennant, she is still committed to jobs in the U.S.A. Nardis confirms, “Everything is done here in the U.S.A.”

When asked about next year, show management is clear. The show is here to stay in San Francisco. Show dates of Aug. 7-9, 2010 were announced. Expect to see more improvements on the show Web site and a more year-round approach to the show through the Web.

Bernard Schnacke, from Frieling U.S.A. had a more personal take on the Gourmet Housewares Show. He talked about the

Sikalis summed up the show and said, “People are passionate about this show. Vendors who were not here missed out.”

The Erdmans brought their new Dry Spice product to the Gourmet Housewares Show.

Bob Trinque talks with the representative from Beka Cookware.


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Mill fresh flour with L’equip’s Nutrimill from Kitchen Resource. The mill has a 20-cup capacity with a variable, high-speed 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. Kitchen Resource offers a limited lifetime Warranty. Suggested Retail Price: $289.99

The 1,500-watt Cloer Electric Water Kettle heats water faster than a microwave oven. The kettle features a brushed aluminum and plastic casing and has a seven-cup capacity. The locked safety lid opens automatically at the touch of a button. When the appliance is turned on, the inside of the housing lights up. The kettle is cordless and lifts easily off the electric base. The kettle is protected from overheating and has a run-dry safeguard. Suggested Retail Price: $59.99



The Bosch Universal Plus Kitchen Machine features 800 Watts of power, a 6.5 quart bowl and a six-cup blender. The large mixing bowl will hold up to 15 pounds of dough, but will also whip a single egg white. The removable drive shaft makes the Universal Plus easy to clean. The Whisk holder is dishwasher safe. The dough hook is designed to replicate hand kneading with 100 percent gluten development in minimal time. Suggested Retail Price: $469.99

With 550 watts of power, the L’equip Stick Blender crushes, mixes, chops, blends, whips, purees and minces with ease. The slim ergonomic design has an easy grip handle. The stainless steel housing and construction makes this blender durable. Standard accessories include a chopping blade, beater, aerator blade, the mincing blade, the French whisk, the chopper a bracket and an optional beaker. Suggested Retail Price: $79.99

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PARRISH’S CAKE DECORATING SUPPLIES Parrish’s Cake Decorating Supplies is an industry-leading supplier of professional-quality bakeware, candy-making supplies, novelties and wedding cake supplies. Headquartered in Gardena, Calif., the family-owned and operated company was established in 1927 and is celebrating 80 years in the business. A fifth generation is now training in this family baking business.

MAGIC LINE® TINY-TIER CAKE PANS Magic Line tiny-tier cake pans from Parrish’s Cake Decorating Supplies are available in aluminum or oven-safe silicone. These three-tier forms are great for baking unique miniature wedding cakes or for special occasion cakes. It’s easy to remove chocolate which is molded inside the silicone pans or to make chilled desserts such as ice cream or gelatin. Fill the 1" x 1", 2" x 1" and 3" x 1" tiers for a single-serving dessert or fill just two tiers for a smaller portion. The silicone forms are designed for use in the oven, microwave or freezer, and are dishwasher safe.

3-INCH LOOSE-BOTTOM CHEESECAKE PAN Knowing how popular individual desserts are, Parrish now offers an unusual threeinch cheesecake pan. Instead of the spring-form type cheesecake pan, it has a removable plate and a hole in the bottom of the pan so you can push it out along with the cheesecake.

MAGIC LINE® COOKIE SHEETS Simplicity is the key with a Magic Line Cookie Sheets. These cookie sheets are made from heavy commercial gauge aluminum which promotes even, consistent baking without burning. Available in open or closed sides.

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DYDACOMP SOFTWARE SOLUTIONS FOR DIRECT MARKETING AND WEB COMMERCE The National Retail Federation estimates that one-fifth of all U.S. retail sales are holiday sales and last year was no exception. So whether your business is kitchenware, housewares, tabletop or food and beverage, these four tips from Dydacomp, developer of Mail Order Manager (M.O.M.) and SiteLINK solutions for online and multichannel merchants, will help you have your most successful holiday season yet! BEGIN DISCOUNT AND INCENTIVE PROGRAMS EARLY According to survey research, one in five shoppers said they would begin holiday shopping early in the season. Nearly 35 percent indicate that they would start shopping by Halloween. In response, many retailers will begin their first wave of promotions and incentives by November. Offers of cash discounts, conditional free shipping, or a free gift are popular incentives that help to increase average cost per order. MAIL TO CAREFULLY SEGMENTED, CLEAN LISTS Catalogs remain a great source of holiday revenues for retailers, often manifesting in an online purchase. However, with rising postage rates, your ROI depends upon your ability to manage house lists and target those most likely to purchase. Create lists based on demographic information, last purchase date or source

FISSLER USA PRODUCTS key to make the most of your each postage dollar. Once you have chosen your target audience, run your list against the most recent USPS address database to cut down on carrier imposed correction charges and catalog waste incurred from bad addresses. MAKE RETURNS EASY Some shoppers are deterred from buying online because they do not want to deal with having to return merchandise. By making your return policy clear, simple and easily accessible to the online shopper you will not only encourage them to purchase from your online store over the holidays, but positively impact future sales. Behind the scenes, ensure efficient returns processing by making sure your entire warehouse and customer service teams are familiar with internal return procedures including entering them in your order management system and processing refunds or issuing credits. BE PREPARED FOR LATE SHOPPERS Know and clearly post the carrier’s deadlines to get gifts to your customer’s doorstep by Christmas Day. Similarly, be sure that inventory counts and availability are updated at all times. Ideally, your ecommerce and order management systems should provide your customers and CSRs all the information they need to make sure that gifts arrive on time.

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BLUE POINT PRESSURE PAN SET: THE ONE GIFT THAT DOES IT ALL Grill, sear, fry, sauté, braise and pressure cook with the Blue Point Pressure Pan set. The extra-large 4.2-quart skillet is equipped with the Novogrill frying surface for low-oil grilling, the energy-saving CookStar all-stove base and comes with a pressure lid, glass lid and steamer basket for maximum versatility. Completely silent under pressure, the set is dishwasher-safe and induction-compatible. MAP: $255

COOKSTAR INDUCTION PRO Imagine making flambé or grilling kabobs right at the dinner table, having a warming plate for parties, or making chili beside your barbeque grill, all while saving energy. Fissler’s CookStar Induction Pro is perfectly suited for the kitchen, dining table, buffet or patio. Unique one-touch “Booster” and “Keep warm” functions offer speedy cooking and buffet serving capabilities. The CookStar Induction Pro is powerful enough to boil water in less than a minute and its multi-functional uses make it ideal for any modern home. Made in Germany with a three year warranty. MAP: $299

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This exquisite, oversize party tub has a stylish angular design that will be admired by all. It holds lots of ice and up to eight wine bottles or plenty of beer and soda. The tub features easy-carry, cut-out handles and raised center bottom to keep the bottles upright and steady. It is made of shatter-proof, break resistant acrylic, measures a generous 16” x 11” x 9” and comes with color photo label. Suggested Retail Price: $29.99

Something for everyone—the Tervis crystal clear 10ounce JR-T® Tumbler showcases designs for a myriad of interests. Shown here are the new tiedyed peace sign,“Eat, Drink & Be Merry,“ and everpopular 19th Golf Hole emblems. All Tervis tumblers are guaranteed for life to keep cold drinks colder and hot drinks hotter. Made in the U.S.A. Suggested Retail Price: $10

PRODYNE’S FRUIT INFUSION™ NATURAL FRUIT FLAVOR PITCHER Enjoy refreshing lemon water, raspberry iced tea and more in Prodyne’s Fruit Infusion Natural Fruit Flavor Pitcher. This crystal clear acrylic pitcher has removable fruit infusion rod that screws into lid. Open slots in the rod allow liquid and fruit to mix naturally. Fill the rod with cut lemons, limes, raspberries, etc. Pitcher may be continually refilled without having to replace the fruit. 92 oz., 2.9 Qt. (80 oz., 2.5 qt. with tube). Suggested retail price: $24.99

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CUPPA, CUPPA, CUPPA The Tervis 17 oz. Mug is not just for a frosty beverage, but it is also a great way to serve soups and chilis. Shown here with all new designs—Down The Hatch Parrot, Bloody Mary and redesigned Pineapple. All Tervis mugs are guaranteed for life to keep cold drinks colder and hot drinks hotter. Made in the U.S.A. Suggested Retail Price: $13

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The Toastess International Smokeless Health Grill (THG-489) is a multi-purpose appliance that can be used for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Drip tray fills with water for virtually smokefree cooking. Dishwasher safe grill, base and drip tray for easy cleaning. There is a built-in adjustable temperature control that automatically regulates the cooking temperature. Fat drains away from food for healthy family meals. Two rack levels for cooking of delicate foods. Available for immediate shipping. Suggested Retail Price: $59.99

In response to a desire to be part of the fight for the cure of breast cancer, Vic Firth Gourmet has added specialty Pink Ribbon pepper and salt mills to its growing line of top-quality mills. Ten percent of the sales price of the Pink Ribbon mills is donated to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The new Pink Ribbon pepper and salt mills come in two of Vic Firth Gourmet’s most popular styles, the Mario Batali 7” and the Kismet 7”. Vic Firth Gourmet. Thoughtfully designed, meticulously crafted, guaranteed for life. Suggested Retail Price: $44.95

DIGITAL COUNTDOWN TOASTERS Toastess International’s Digital Countdown Toasters in brushed stainless steel have a visible digital countdown LED timer that indicates when the toast is ready with an audible ring when finished. The toasters feature variable browning control, cancel, reheat and defrost functions and a removable crumb tray. The bagel function toasts the cut side of the bagel and warms the outer crust. Concealed heating elements ensure even toasting. Available in 2 slice and 4 slice models for immediate shipping. The first generation countdown toasters one a Consumers Digest Best Buy Award. Suggested Retail Prices: $49.99 and $79.99

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VIC FIRTH GOURMET BORDER GRILL PEPPER MILL Protecting the environment has always been a priority for Vic Firth, founder of Vic Firth Gourmet. In addition to using Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified wood in their professional gourmet tools whenever possible, the company also uses recyclable packaging, employs alternative and energy efficient power sources, and recycles water and wood waste at their factory in Newport, Maine. Proudly made in Maine from the finest American hardwoods, more than 180 Vic Firth Gourmet pepper mills and salt mills are available in 22 different finishes. Pictured is the Border Grill Pepper Mill, shown here in cherry. Suggested Retail Price: $39.95

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EMSON THE SHARPER IMAGE® CITRUS JUICER The Sharper Image Citrus Juicer extracts the maximum juice from all citrus fruits bringing a Vitamin C boost to the day. The juicer comes complete with a juicing cone that fits all size citrus fruits from limes to grapefruits. Just press down to activate the motorized extractor to begin juicing. Press down again, and it will operate in reverse, extracting even more juice, down to the last drop. The strainer separates seeds and pulp from the juice as it collects right in the pitcher for easy serving. Three separate adjustable pulp settings are available on the juicer. The pitcher conveniently holds up to 40 ounces of juice.

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ENRICO PRODUCTS CAMPHOR LAUREL CUTTING BOARDS Enrico’s Camphor Laurel cutting boards are made from trees considered a nuisance in Australia. The Camphor Laurel trees are being actively eradicated to stop their encroachment on useful land. Each of the organically shaped items in the new collection is hand-crafted from this reclaimed lumber source. Camphor Laurel wood has gorgeous grain patterns and gives off a wonderful light camphor scent. It is a medium-hard wood and stands up very well to use without damaging cutlery. Independent university studies have also shown that it has naturally high anti-bacterial properties. As a beautiful and environmentally sound material, Camphor Laurel fits well with Enrico’s mission to draw from eco-intelligent sources in unique and interesting ways.

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ERGO CHEF GUY FIERI’S KNUCKLE SANDWICH SERIES KNIVES After using Ergo Chef knives on stage during his demos, Guy Fieri teamed up with Ergo Chef to design the Guy Fieri Knuckle Sandwich Knives. The blades are precision heat-treated to 56RC to keep a great edge. The patented ergonomic design is created to be an extension of your hand for natural comfort. The knives are made of high carbon German stainless steel (X50CrMoV15). Available Nov. 15. Suggested Retail Pricing: 8” Chef Knife $75.99/5½” Utility Knife “Dragon Dagger” $44.99

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FLIRTY APRONS NEW LINE OF WOMEN’S APRONS Flirty Aprons introduces its new line of designer women's aprons. By merging the latest styles with a classic concept, Flirty Aprons has brought the apron back to the forefront of high fashion while successfully appealing to the modern woman. Each of Flirty Aprons’ products has been specially designed to fit all body types. Extra long waist ties, scooped sides and a perfectly sized bib make Flirty Aprons a wonderful fit for every woman. Flirty Aprons is committed to having the highest-quality aprons on the market, with a perfect soft-cotton feel. It uses strong fabrics, precise stitching and quality dyes that won't fade with use. The company backs all of its products with a one-year consumer warranty. Flirty Aprons is leading the charge in helping women to rediscover what it means to look and feel cute, fun and sexy in the home.

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GINKGO INTERNATIONAL GINKGO PRODUCTS GINKGO International has worked with designers and stainless flatware contractors from the United States, Europe and Asia to produce patterns of the highest quality and value for more than 25 years. The Baby Goods collection of 18/10 stainless steel flatware features “Lafayette,” Ginkgo’s most popular hammered design. Three Baby Goods sets are available, all produced in the U.S. These sets make popular shower gifts. Suggested Retail Price: $15-$30

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KYOCERA KYOCERA CELEBRATES 25 YEARS PRODUCING ADVANCED CERAMIC CUTLERY Kyocera ceramic is celebrating their 25th anniversary. After a quarter century spent continuously enhancing the material and design of ceramic knives, Kyocera has been steadily optimizing its ceramic blades. “Made in Japan” stands for exclusive quality, and a specially developed processing method makes the blades resistant and robust. In the 25 years of their existence, the products have established a good reputation and gained respect around the world for their outstanding characteristics. Since 1984, Kyocera has sold more than five million ceramic knives in more than 35 countries in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. To celebrate the 25-year mark, Kyocera is offering retailers one of the top seller’s: The Revolution 5.5” Santoku Knife at a retailer cost of $25 and MSRP of $50 (regularly $79.95). This popular knife will come in a special anniversary gift box. Supplies are limited.

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LINDEN SWEDEN BAKER’S COOLING RACK Linden Sweden makes holiday baking easier with the Baker’s Cooling Rack. The rack features four arms that may be folded out for increased countertop space. You can alternate arms to accommodate a deeper dish. Each arm can hold up to ten pounds. The rack is great for arts and crafts projects as well as baking. Suggested Retail Price: $20

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PLANETARY DESIGN NEW TABLE TOP FRENCH PRESS LINE In an economically complex year, the coffee and tea industry have proven to be uncomplicated. Daily consumption of coffee has remained consistent in 2009. It seems no matter what the nation is experiencing consumers still see that cup of coffee or tea as a fundamental part of their day or in some cases a vital ingredient to their morning routine. Recently, coffee preparation at home has increased. Now is the perfect time to introduce Planetary Design’s new Fall colors and a contemporary design in their Table Top French Presses. After winning “Best New Product” at the SCAA Show for their 20 oz. coffee press, the company continued with the same approach and patented press technology for a 32 oz. and 48 oz. size French Press. The double wall design uses 18/8, restaurant grade stainless steel. Adding vacuum insulation resulted in a Press with exceptional heat retention and durability. Another design feature is the patented double filtration system. This process ensures grounds or loose tea leaves do not pass through the spout into your cup of coffee or tea. The 20 oz. (3 cup) size has remained a consistent favorite, but now that a greater part of coffee drinkers are taking homebrewed coffee to go, the 32 oz. (5 cup) and 48 oz. (7 cup) sizes will undoubtedly gain in popularity. The presses are offered in Green Tea, Mocha, Paprika and Chrome.

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SCI SCANDICRAFTS EGG SHAPERS SCI Scandicrafts introduces the Silikomart egg shapers. Made of silicone, these egg shapers can be used right in the pan to add fun shapes to egg dishes. Made of high quality food-safe silicone, the egg shapers come in a variety of shapes. The heart and house shapers measure a little over five-inches by 4.5-inches. The shapers are dishwasher safe.

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SUE LEE ENTERPRISES SO-E-Z CLEANING TOOL The SO-E-Z is a windshield-cleaning tool designed to make cleaning chores easier. The initial concept began with the effort it takes to clean the inside of the windshield on the car or truck. The handle was designed to be an easy grip for those with arthritis. This tool allows you to use your own cleaning products, such as a paper towel, pre-moistened towelette or a rag. You simply remove the pad, fold the towel around it, reattach to the handle and you are ready to wipe. Spray the windshield and wipe away the grime, all from the sitting position behind the wheel. The SO-E-Z leaves no streaks. The SO-E-Z is flat, so it leaves a clean path as you wipe. SO-E-Z is also great for many other household uses including household windows, mirrors, countertops, stainless steel appliances and sanding flat surfaces. So-E-Z is made in the USA. Suggested Retail Price: 14.95

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VITA-MIX PRE-PROGRAMMED SERIES 500 The new Vita-Mix Professional Series 500 combines professional performance with pre-programmed convenience. The addition of three programmed settings (Smoothie, Hot Soups and Frozen Desserts) means home chefs can prepare delicious gourmet foods with amazing ease. After filling the container, Vita-Mix Professional Series 500 owners simply set the dial for the desired setting and start the machine which will automatically shut off when processing is complete. It also offers a new pulse feature for more precise control over the texture and process of foods. Pulse can be used alone or in combination with the programmed settings or the variable speed control. It is available in a new Brushed Stainless Finish. Suggested Retail Price: $549

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ZAK DESIGNS APPLE FUN LINE It can be difficult to make fruit seem fun, but Zak Designs makes it look easy with their new Apple Fun line. The line includes a divider with stainless steel blades and high-set handles that keep knuckles from banging on countertops, and a corer with a stainless cutting center and sculpted handle. To add even more whimsy to the line, Zak has included shaped sticks and plates ideal for making caramel apples. Keeping the doctor away has never been so fun.

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2009 HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE GIFT GIVING (continued from page 1) The Gourmet Catalog Buying Group’s fall/winter catalog mails Oct. 15 and is “filled with great gifts for the holiday season from inexpensive, functional gadgets to cookware that will serve for a lifetime,” said Johnson. Amy J. Ruis, president and owner of Art of the Table is looking forward to the holiday season. “I think people will be hunting for gifts that their receiver will truly enjoy,” she said. “‘Empty’ giving is just old; people are looking for that thing someone asked for. They want to please and surprise each other in their gifts. “I think when we opened six years ago it seemed people were buying whatever for whomever. That has changed to the more thoughtful gift,” added Ruis.

Though Art of the Table hasn’t experienced a large decrease in sales, said Ruis, “I think that a few (consumers) are really watching their dollars.” As retailers take into consideration the “wants and needs of their specific markets,” said Johnson, they are also “making awareness an important function of the relationship. “While no one wants to be guilty of focusing on fluff during difficult economic times, the perception of what truly is needed and what falls within the category of desire may change somewhat,” added Johnson. “They (consumers) are stopping to think about the coffee they buy outside the home, creating a good opportunity for the super automatic coffee makers that previously fell within the luxury category. Make your own fancy coffee drink at home.” Adding to the idea of gift giving for home entertaining, Ruis said she’s seen “a lot of people giving ‘experiential’ gifts” such as customers purchasing food and wine for a wine tasting party.

The Grand Rapids, Mich.-based Art of the Table was established in 2003 and specializes in tabletop accessories, gourmet foods, beer, wine and liquors.

“One of my customers even purchased for her sister an entire wine tasting party for eight,” added Ruis. “The sister and she made the food (which they bought mostly from me) and then she came in and purchased wine and a wine expert went in to educate them on the wines. It has resulted in major return sales of the eight people who ‘experienced’ her gift.”

This holiday season, Art of the Table’s focus will be on “serving pieces and foods to put on them; things that help (make) entertaining at home easier and more beautiful,” said Ruis. “We will look toward fun serving items, ethnic cooking, too; Paella pans and the rice and saffron. Pasta bowls with the pasta and sauce.

Luxury chocolate has also been a big hit at Art of the Table for gift giving. Ruis carries chocolates by Taza, Chuao and Vosges, as well as products from a local chocolatier, Patricia’s Chocolate, “who makes amazing chocolate ganache squares,” said Ruis. “In the fourth quarter of 2008, we sold over 4,000 squares of her chocolates at $2.30 a square. These kinds of gifts that they (consumers) can’t find anywhere else are amazing sellers for us.”

“Things that can combine to make fun, meaningful gifts give people the inspiration to cook and entertain,” added Ruis.

Stacy Burrus, Stonewall Kitchen’s marketing manager, anticipates this year’s trends for gift giving “will be similar to

last. People are consistently looking for value and giving gifts that may be smaller or less expensive but at the same time high quality,” she said. Established in 1991, Stonewall Kitchen produces specialty and gourmet foods, kitchenware, tableware and more. The company now has nine retail stores, a café, 6,000 wholesale accounts across the country and internationally, and a cooking school that opened in 2008. Food items, “gifts that are consumable is a trend that goes along with the times,” said Burrus. “Our specialty foods also help our customers entertain elegantly and easily at home and allow them to create meals in their own kitchens that are as good as dining out.” Another trend Stonewall Kitchen has seen is an increase in the last year is the purchase of “affordable” gifts during the holiday season— gifts that don’t lack quality and value. “Our customers have historically shopped for gifts of quality and value … customers are looking for foods and items for the home that allow them to spend more time at home,” said Burrus.

and grilling, and boxed confections coupled with boxed gifts that feature sparkle and glow patterns. “Glittering snow flakes, trees shimmering with snow and classic wintry colors make these gift boxes beautiful, and they need no additional wrapping saving people time and money,” said Burrus. “Inside the gift boxes are wonderful assortments of some of our top selling products. Perfect for any occasion, this year’s packaging is designed to be perfect throughout the season.”

Some gifts that Stonewall Kitchen will offer during the holiday season includes baskets, totes, baking mixes, products for roasting

COMPONENT DESIGN NORTHWEST CDN’S PROACCURATE® WATER RESISTANT THERMOMETER Slim, accurate and waterresistant, the new CDN ProAccurate Quick-Read® Water-resistant Pocket Thermometer offers added functionality and convenience for measuring the temperature of food in the kitchen. Featuring CDN’s exclusive Quick-Read six to eight-second response, this handy thermometer can withstand moisture and humidity and will continue to work accurately even if accidentally submerged. It is shatterproof and high-heat resistant, featuring a wide temperature range from -40 to +450 degrees Fahrenheit. The 2 3⁄4-inch long stem, made of 304 stainless steel, is designed with a slimmer 2.5 mm tip that allows for easy insertion into the food. The stem’s protective sheath can double as a handle extension. The handle features a temperature guide for easy reference and the large, easy-to-push buttons add to its ease of use. Suggested Retail Price: $14.99

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The Crew from Tribest was busy demonstrating products at the show.

Linda Arnesen, national sales manager from Linden Sweden, said that the gift buyers were looking for small and practical gifts like the Cut ‘n Roll.

Terri Pendleton brought her colorful, All U Can Handle tabletop line to the show.

Joseph and Heather Hansen showed buyers their original fabrics used to make the Flirty Aprons.

Erin Petit from Mistral Imports shows how easy it is to use the new Cool Caddie.


Ethan Hamme and Chelcea Dressler show off the new patterns on their knife luggage.

Joann Maniquis from the Hannon Group models the latest design from the Sachi insulated lunch totes.

Bob Kellerman of Lodge welcomes Karen Taylor as the new publisher of Kitchenware News & Housewares Review.

DaysAgo inventor Kathleen Whitehurst showed the counter to buyers at the Harold Import Company booth.


Ron and Shirley Szabo wrote a lot of orders for their trivets from gift buyers attending the San Francisco Gift Show.

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Forty One Madison Announces Fall Market Seminar: ‘The Future of the Luxury Marketplace’ New York, NY – Four leading luxury marketers will assemble at Forty One Madison on Wednesday morning, Oct. 14 to discuss what changes are ahead for luxury products as the economy begins to recover. A continental breakfast will begin at 8 a.m. followed by a roundtable discussion, moderated by Greg Furman, founder and director of The Luxury Marketing Council, 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Level. The seminar takes place during The New York Tabletop Market®, which opens at Forty One Madison, Tuesday, Oct. 13 and runs through Friday, Oct. 16. Panelists include Jill Rudnick, vice president of marketing for departures reporting on the results of a proprietary survey of home trends, conducted by American Express Publishing;

Lisa Holladay, manager of Brand Experience Marketing at Mercedes-Benz USA; Larry Califano, vice president, Montblanc and Steve Nobel, founder the Luxury Home Alliance and author of Aiming at Affluence: Marketing Interior Design to Luxury Clients. Furman noted that retailers and manufacturers alike will benefit from learning what successful luxury marketers are doing now to prepare for the economic recovery; the issues, trends and best marketing strategies. “Each panelist is involved in iconic, high-end brands and services that have inspired, evolved and endured even in the face of recessionary times. Our goal is to share some of the issues and tactics that work for these companies and can cross-over and benefit the tableware

and gift industries.”

ADVERTISER INDEX CDN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Double U Products . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Dydacomp . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14, 22

Laurie Burns, senior vice president and director of Forty One Madison commented: “Many design trends and marketing initiatives begin at the high end and trickle down. Regardless of where a manufacturer or retailer is positioned, everyone will benefit from spending one hour during the Show hearing from the people who are influencing the marketplace. Greg’s lively and witty repartee combined with his global knowledge of the subject will make this time well spent at Forty One!” Reservations for the complimentary breakfast and seminar are recommended by Friday, Oct. 9. Call 212-686-1203 or email for more information.

Emson . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Enrico Products . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Ergo Chef . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Essenergy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Fissler USA . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Flirty Aprons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Ginkgo International . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Harold Imports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Jascor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Kitchen Resource . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2, 12 Kyocera Advanced Ceramics . . . . . . . . 18 Linden Sweden . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19 Parrish’s Cake Dec. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7, 13

Messe Frankfurt’s ‘Talents’ Program Will Cover Tabletop and Kitchenware in 2010 The “Talents” program, sponsored by Messe Frankfurt and designed to provide young designers with a springboard to launch their careers, will cover tabletop and kitchenware for the first time at Ambiente 2010. Messe Frankfurt will be making 20 trade fair stands available free of charge to newcomers in each of the two areas at Ambiente which will take place Feb. 12-16, 2010. The new “talents” section will be located in Hall 4.0, among the “Table Contemporary Design” products, at the center of

contemporary table design and luxury living. “With the extension of the young talents program to the ‘Dining’ fair, Messe Frankfurt is sending out a clear signal: young design and fostering young designers are close to our hearts. With ‘Talents,’ we are laying the foundation stone for a design scene of the future which will remain lively and full of variety,” said Nicolette Naumann, Director of Ambiente. Twice a year since 2001, Messe Frankfurt’s program to foster young talent has been a

This year’s show features more than 200 companies in the gourmet market section. Events include live demonstrations in the new, state-of-the-art gourmet kitchen, gift and gourmet collections and the latest home furnishings—in both the temporaries and permanent showrooms. The market is perfectly timed to be “the last order-writing markets of the year,” according to a prepared Americasmart statement. Together, the Atlanta Fall Gift & Home Furnishings Market and the Atlanta Gourmet Market are the “last chance to secure new lines and restock current ones” before the 2009 holiday season.

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SCI Scandicrafts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8, 19 Signature Housewares . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Starfrit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

Students, graduates, university project teams and young design consultants have until Oct. 20 to apply for the youngtalents program and to exhibit at the Ambiente 2010.

Vic Firth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

Sue Lee Enterprises LLC . . . . . . . . . . 20 TADgreen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Tervis Tumbler Company . . . . . . . . . . 15 Toastess . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10, 16 Tribest . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9

Vita-Mix . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Zak Designs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10, 20

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

Events include: Gift Basket University Sept. 12-13, Times TBA Building 1, Floor 7 Gift basket gurus and industry experts demonstrate the fundamentals of basket building, from perfect foundations and gifts to affordable enhancement and decorating techniques. The designs are yours to keep in this hands-on workshop. Admission is $40 per session, pre-registration is recommended. Best of Atlanta Reveal Reception Sept. 12, 2:30 p.m. The Best of Atlanta winning gourmet products are unveiled. Enjoy refreshments and see the products winners in all 10 categories: Candy, Chocolate, Beverage, Condiment, Dessert, All-natural, Jam/Preserve, Snack, Extra and Soup. To determine the winners a panel of independent judges will evaluate and review the gourmet products, selecting a “best of ” winner in each category.

Prodyne . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4, 15

draw for young designers. Organized as part of Ambiente and Tendence trade fairs, the program opens doors to the international business world for up-andcoming designers. The “Talents” areas also become a meeting point for wholesalers, retailers and manufacturers looking for new product ideas.

Gourmet Market Readies for Holiday Buyers at AmericasMart Atlanta – Poised to be a last-chance buying event for the upcoming holiday season, the Atlanta Fall Gift & Home Furnishings Market together with the Atlanta Gourmet Market gets underway here at AmericasMart Sept. 12-14.

Planetary Design . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19

12-14 Dallas Total Home & Gift Market Dallas Market Center, Dallas, TX, 800-DAL-MKTS, Attendees learn about the finer points of wine tasting at a seminar in AmericasMart’s gourmet demonstration kitchen during the July market.

Atlanta Celebrity Chef Cooking Demonstration Sept. 12, noon Building 2, WestWing Floor 8, Gourmet Kitchen For more information about the upcoming markets, visit

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


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