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                                                                                       New Products Span
                                                                                                                            MAY 2010

                                                                                       Fantasy to Function
                                                                                                                        by Joanne Friedrick
                                                                                       An economic upturn can be marked by several
                                                                                       factors, including investment in the future. That’s
                                                                                       what the people who attended the International
                                                                                       Home + Housewares Show in Chicago experienced
                                                                                       when thousands of new products were put on display.

                                                                                       After what many conceded was a year of living
                                                                                       cautiously, suppliers returned to the show for 2010
                                                                                       with plenty of introductions. However, there was
                                                                                       still an air of cautiousness as many products stressed
                                                                                       functionality and multiple uses, embracing the
                                                                                       mantra of “more bang for the buck.”

                                                                                       “Just the right piece for the job,” is how Jeff Reigle,
                                                                                       CEO of Regal Ware Worldwide, described his
                                                                                       company’s introduction of Unity cookware, which
                                                                                       features different construction based on the task.
                                                                                       For sauces, there are tri-ply pans made of aluminum
                                                                                       and stainless steel; for sautéing and frying there are
                                                                                       stainless steel pans, some coated with a nonstick
                                                                                       surface; and for long, slow cooking the option is
                                                                                       nonstick cast aluminum.
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                                                                                       Digital Culture Promotes
                                                                                       Tech-Savvy Kitchens
                                                                                                                               by Carrie Bui
                                                                                       As consumers grow tech savvier, manufacturers are
                                                                                       integrating that demand into their appliances. “I think
                                                                                       that’s a responsibility of manufacturers to keep up with
                                                                                       the pace that people are living,” said Paul McCormack,
                                                                                       public relations director for Miele.

                                                                                       As people spend more time cooking and entertaining,
                                                                                       the kitchen has evolved to become an integral aspect
                                                                                       to the overall design of a home. “As the trend toward
                                                                                       great rooms and open living spaces continues to grow,
                                                                                       kitchens are becoming rooms that we live in, as well
                                                                                       as cook in,” said Sue Bailey, director–major appliance
                                                                                       product management for Viking Range Corp. “Thus,
                                                                                       kitchen design and the appliances chosen are an
                                                                                       important part of the home.”

                                                                                       Kevin Gillboe, head of design with KitchenAid, said
                                                                                       he thinks consumers will start taking a more whole
                                                                                       kitchen approach. Right now, he said, products are still
                                                                                       sitting by themselves. Design considerations such as
                                                                                       how the major appliances and the small appliances
                                                                                       complement each other aesthetically and how they
                                                                                       work together functionally will become determining
                                                                                       factors in kitchen design as consumers begin to
                                                                                       question how the pieces can share information.
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                                                                                                      quality concerns sometimes associated with
Create Chilled Beverages With Omnifrio                                                                packaged beverages. “For the youngster,
                                                                                                      supporting an active life with vitamin/mineral
                                                                                                                                                          TV Chef Fieri
Omnifrio® Beverage Creations gives families
a healthy and nutritional beverage at just a
                                                 including sparkling flavored water, vitamin-
                                                 flavored water, sugar-free soda with vitamins,
                                                                                                      enhanced beverages, to the aspiring athlete
                                                                                                      craving sport and energy drinks, to mom and dad,
                                                                                                                                                          Cuts a Deal
push of a button.                                herbal gourmet soda, sports drink, energy
                                                 drink, natural-flavored herbal tea, sparkling
                                                                                                      grandma and grandpa seeking herbal gourmet
                                                                                                      sodas and healthy teas, Omnifrio® has something     With Ergo ChefFriedrick
                                                                                                                                                                     by Joanne
Some soda and sports drinks are high in          sodas and Spanish sodas. Each category               for everybody,” said Carl Santoiemmo,
sugar and sodium, and these beverages do         includes a number of flavors conveniently            Omnifrio® founder/inventor/president, in a          With three TV
not have a very long shelf life in terms of      packaged in an “Insta-Fresh S-Cup™.” Next,           prepared statement.                                 shows on the Food
maintaining nutritional value. The               users choose the 8-ounce or 16-ounce size and                                                            Network and a
Omnifrio® system offers a wide variety of        whether they want to drink sparkling or non-         Omnifrio® beverages come in a variety of flavors    hosting job on
sugar-free beverages that contain all natural    sparkling. The next step is to press the “Create”    including lemon, raspberry, grape, orange, berry    the network game
flavors and are rich in vitamins.                button and watch as it dispenses in the glass.       pomegranate, orange tangerine and many more.        show “In It to
                                                                                                      Made in the USA, this simple to clean beverage      Win It,” Guy Fieri
The process of creating individual beverages     While being environmentally responsible, users       machine is aesthetically pleasing and fits easily   has now expanded
is very simple and takes less than one minute.   enjoy the convenience of their favorite chilled      on a kitchen countertop. For more information,      into the kitchen
Select from eight beverage categories            beverage without the waste, storage, transport and   visit                          products field with
                                                                                                                                                          his own line of
                                                                                                                                                          knives produced by
                                                                                                                                                          Ergo Chef.

                                                                                                                                                          Introduced during a press conference at the
                                                                                                                                                          International Home + Housewares Show in
                                                                                                                                                          March, Fieri, sporting spiked bleached hair
                                                                                                                                                          and sunglasses, said he only gets involved in
                                                                                                                                                          things about which he is passionate, cooking
                                                                                                                                                          being chief among that. With his popularity
                                                                                                                                                          and exposure on TV, Fieri said he was
                                                                                                                                                          approached several times in the past to
                                                                                                                                                          endorse products, but waited until he found
                                                                                                                                                          something that fit his standards.

                                                                                                                                                          “I work my knives,” he explained, and has
                                                                                                                                                          encountered products in the past that didn’t
                                                                                                                                                          hold up. After trying Ergo Chef knives
                                                                                                                                                          during and after an event in Atlantic City,
                                                                                                                                                          Fieri said he began working with the
                                                                                                                                                          company to develop his Knuckle Sandwich
                                                                                                                                                          Series, which includes four knives: The “Big
                                                                                                                                                          Stick” 8-inch chef ’s knife; “Chopper” 5.5-
                                                                                                                                                          inch Santoku; Dragon Dagger 5.5-inch
                                                                                                                                                          utility; and “Lil’ Guy” 4-inch paring knife.
                                                                                                                                                          The knives are made of high-carbon
                                                                                                                                                          German stainless steel and have a patented
                                                                                                                                                          ergonomic design for comfort.

                                                                                                                                                          Beyond fitting with Fieri’s cooking needs,
                                                                                                                                                          the knives are distinctive in their design,
                                                                                                                                                          featuring red, black and silver handles with
                                                                                                                                                          a flame and star design and flames etched
                                                                                                                                                          on the blades, along with Fieri’s signature.

                                                                                                                                                          “I wanted to make a knife that I would look
                                                                                                                                                          at and it would be mine,” he said. “It has to
                                                                                                                                                          feel right in your hand; it has to be real.”

                                                                                                                                                          Fieri said he limited the set to four knives
                                                                                                                                                          initially, “because I think in a set, each knife
                                                                                                                                                          has to be useful.” He is now working with
                                                                                                                                                          Ergo Chef on a set of steak knives. Also
                                                                                                                                                          available is the “Battle Station,” Fieri’s
                                                                                                                                                          description of the knife block that has room
                                                                                                                                                          for his knives along with spots for other
                                                                                                                                                          necessary tools such as a digital
                                                                                                                                                          thermometer, rasper and kitchen shears.

                                                                                                                                                          While functionality is the key to his knives,
                                                                                                                                                          Fieri conceded the product “has to look
                                                                                                                                                          cool” as well. “Why is it when you put
                                                                                                                                                          cutlery on the table, you give all the love to
                                                                                                                                                          the fork?” he asked. Fieri said he drew on
                                                                                                                                                          his “hot rod roots” when creating the design.
                                                                                                                                                          But at the heart of it, he said, is the quality
                                                                                                                                                          of the steel and the ergonomic properties
                                                                                                                                                          that make the knives meet his standards.
                                                                                                       may 2010
                                                                                                        contents                               6     GUEST COLUMN
                                                                                                                                                      by Bernard Schnacke, Frieling USA

                                                                                                                                               8     RETAILER PROFILE

                                                                                                                                              18     PRODUCT REVIEW

                                                                                                                                              20     BUYERS’ GUIDE

                                                                                                                                              22     AD INDEX


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Curious Chef, Handstand Kids Join Forces on Cookbooks
Curious Chef, a kitchen utensil brand for      foods and give them tools to work with         In addition to utilizing Curious Chef
children, announced it has launched a          mom and dad on the meal preparations.”         cooking tools in their food preparations,
collaborative effort with The Handstand                                                       there are a variety of plans in the              c                                        d
Kids Cookbook Co.                              The Handstand Kids Cookbooks explore           works for this unique collaboration.
                                               the recipes of a country while offering        “The possibilities are endless. This joint
Handstand Kids Cookbook Co. creates            children an introduction to their primary      effort is a win-win for everyone,” Wilde
international cookbook kits to introduce       language, currently including Chinese,         stated. “But most importantly, together,
children to the culture, language and          Italian and Spanish. Each of the               we can teach kids the joys of cooking and                                                      f
cuisine of a new country. “Working with        ingredients and utensils are translated into   instill healthy habits that will last a
Handstand Kids is a wonderful fit for our      the country’s language throughout the          lifetime,” he said.
product line,” noted John Wilde, president     cookbook, and these translated words are
of Curious Chef, in a prepared statement.      used throughout the book to actually teach     The Curious Chef brand is a registered
“Together we will introduce kids to new        kids the language as they cook.                trademark of Tailor Made Products Inc.          ON THE COVER
                                                                                                                                                    TOASTESS INTERNATIONAL
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TV Chef Cat Cora, Starfrit Team Up on Product Line                                                                                        

                                                                                                                                                    KIRCH & CO.
Starfrit, which celebrates its 25 th           will provide tools “that elevate at-home       international sales and marketing director,
                                                                                                                                               b    George Nelson Wall Clock
                                                                                                                                                    [tel] 631.249.1726
anniversary this year, has marked the          cooking, applying Cat’s ‘go-with-what-         in a prepared statement. “Designing and     
occasion with news of a partnership            you’ve got’ philosophy to create simple,       building each piece of the collection
                                                                                                                                                    BODUM USA INC.
between the Canadian kitchenware and           yet sensational meals as part of a busy        together with her has been an extremely          c    Bodum Picnic Grill
food preparation products company and          lifestyle.” In addition to developing          gratifying experience.”                               [tel] 877.992.6386
Cat Cora of “Iron Chef America.”               products for everyday use, the Cat Cora by                                                 

                                               Starfrit Collection will feature non-          Cora joined the Food Network’s “Iron Chef             LE CREUSET OF AMERICA INC.
Cora, who is also an author and                traditional materials such as ceramics and     America” show in 2005 and has remained its       d    Le Creuset Stoneware Pitcher
                                                                                                                                                    [tel] 800.827.1798
restaurateur, is collaborating with Starfrit   acacia wood.                                   first and only female Iron Chef. She is also
for a line of cookware, cutlery and kitchen                                                   executive chef for Bon Appetit and received
tools called Cat Cora by Starfrit. The         “We are so happy to be working with a chef     the magazine’s Teacher of the Year Award              FRIELING USA INC.
                                                                                                                                               e    Frieling Joy iPod Docking/Charging Station
collection will debut in fall 2010.            of Cat’s caliber for our new line,” said       in 2006. Cora’s third cookbook, Classics With         and Kitchen Scale
According to the company, the collection       Juanita Coumbias, Starfrit USA’s               a Twist, will be published in June.                   [tel] 800.827.2582

                                                                                                                                                    BUNN-O-MATIC CORP.
                                                                                                                                               f    Bunn Phase Brew Coffee Brewer
                                                                                                                                                    [tel] 800.637.8606

                                                                                                                                              features       JUNE
                                                                                                                                                       Cookware Update
                                                                                                                                                       Licensed Products
                                                                                                                                                       Nostalgia Products
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                                           publisher’s                                                                                                   &      KITCHENWARE NEWS

                                                                                                                                                                      Housewares Review

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                                                                                                                                                                       PUBLISHER   Karen Taylor
                                           Still basking in the glow of the success of the International Housewares
                                                                                                                                                                                   [tel] 323.397.9507
                                           Association show this year, I’m impressed with the palpable optimism
                                           experienced not in just one area, but across the board. All indicators signaled an economic comeback:
                                           increased attendance; strong vibrant product introductions; expanded SKUs and COLOR. If purple                                 EDITOR   Joanne Friedrick
                                           doesn’t reign with confidence, I don’t know what does!                                                                        
                                                                                                                                                                                   [tel] 207.780.8656
                                           Prominent also was true innovation in products. A new generation BPA-free plastic was used in
                                           partnership with a handful of companies and introduced in Chicago. Functionality is part of the
                                                                                                                                                              ASSOCIATE EDITORS    Carrie Bui
                                           innovation, addressing the retailers’ need to entice consumer spending with products that perform
                                           multiple tasks, like the kitchen scale that served as an iPod dock.

                                           Our May issue features coverage of product design, another dominant feature exhibited at the                                            JoEllen Lowry
                                           show. Design is important in bringing elements of modernism and functionality to kitchenware                                  
                                           at all levels of retail and again, adding value for the consumer. As we trend back to increased
                                           consumer spending, especially in the kitchen area of the home, all these elements become
                                                                                                                                                                                   Megan Wadding
                                           important in the purchasing decision.
                                           This month in New York City retailers, architects and interior designers gather to seek inspiration
                                           from the very latest designs at The International Contemporary Furniture Fair. Originally showcasing               CREATIVE DIRECTOR    Valerie Wilson
                                           furniture and case goods, this show has broadened significantly and serves as inspiration for                                 
                                           manufacturers of products across all areas of the home. Housewares have become an important new
                                           lifestyle category.
                                                                                                                                                               GRAPHIC DESIGNER    Yasmine Brown
                                           Our May manufacturer guest column is submitted by Bernard Schnacke, president of Frieling                                     
                                           Inc. who discusses how technology has shaped his business over the past 20-plus years. Bernard’s
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                                           Karen Taylor, Publisher                                                                                           KITCHENWARE/HOUSEWARES ADVERTISING
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                                           Within this issue and over the next several months, you’ll have the opportunity to view many of the
                                           new products that now fill up my office. I’m excited to share them with all of you, and I’m eager to
                                           hear what great finds you discovered walking the aisles at the IH+HS.

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                                                      How Technology Changed
                                                      in the World of Business
                                                      by Bernard Schnacke, President
                                                      Frieling USA
                                                      Two decades ago, when my wife Monika            Excel spreadsheet open on my right
                                                      and I founded Frieling USA Inc.,                monitor. Not only do I see both at the
                                                      computers had just entered the business         same time, it makes copying and pasting
                                                      world, and the fax machine with big, smelly     easy, too. This
                                                      rolls of thermo paper was born. Funny           sounds a lot more
                                                      how, just 20 years later, the fax machine       sophisticated
                                                      doesn’t get much use anymore. And               than it is; all
                                                      typewriters—what’s a typewriter?                new computers
                                                                                                      can do this. All
                                                      I’ve always had a knack for technology          you need is a
                                                      though, so first order of business for our      video card that
                                                      start-up company was to buy a computer.         supports a multi-
                                                      A fancy one with a 40 MB hard drive, no         monitor option,
                                                      less! We also got a dot matrix printer, a       or you can very
                                                      multi-line phone system and even one of         inexpensively add
                                                      those brand new telefax machines to             a second card into
                                                      communicate with our German factory.            one of the free
                                                      There weren’t many businesses yet with a        expansion slots for less than $40 plus the
                                                      fax machine. I vividly remember people’s        additional monitor.
                                                      comments: “Oh, I don’t have a fax machine,
                                                      but the gas station down the street does.       Is your computer system prepared in case of
                                                      You can send your fax there, and I’ll swing     a natural disaster? I don’t believe one can be
                                                      by tonight and pick it up.”                     100 percent prepared for all eventualities,
                                                                                                      but our set-up is close: Not only are we
                                                      Every Saturday, it was feeding time for         permanently connected to our home office,
                                                      our computer. I sat there with a cup of         but also—via remote access software—can
                                                      coffee and slowly fed our computer 50-plus      operate most of our office functions from
                                                      floppy disks to back-up all the data. One       almost anywhere. Because we didn’t want to
                                                      Saturday, I decided to do something else        be crippled during a long-lasting power
                                                      instead, only to be rewarded with an            outage, we have a high output power
                                                      unrecoverable hard drive crash the next         generator to keep us humming if needed.
                                                      week. Since that day I am a strong believer
                                                      in back-ups. Every hard drive will fail.        If you are about my age, you will remember
                                                      The question is not if, but when. Why put       that each business got a book from United
                                                      your entire business at risk today when         Parcel Service in which to enter the day’s
                                                      backing up is swift and easy—nothing like       outgoing boxes with shipping addresses,
                                                      the tedious process from 20 years ago.          box weights, shipping method, etc. It is so
                                                                                                      much easier today where your Internet
                                                      Over time, our business grew into a             shopping cart can be integrated with your
                                                      sophisticated computer network consisting       FedEx/UPS programs to avoid keying in
                                                      of two high-speed servers with redundant        all data twice.
                                                      power supplies and a fully automated back-
                                                      up system that even changes the media.          Other things that improved over the years
                                                      There are also master back-ups in the bank      are our high-speed 50ppm color MFS
                                                      safe and monthly offsite back-ups at our        copy/fax/scanner/printer/e-mail document
                                                      house. We use hard drives in raid               server and our IP-based telephone system.
                                                      configuration that mirror each other so
                                                      that if one drive fails it can be hot-swapped   A hint of nostalgia sets in when I think of
                                                      without losing data. Our servers are            the many label sheets we’ve fed into our
                                                      connected to a dedicated power outlet that      typewriters, only to lose a sticker down
                                                      is connected to a huge uninterrupted power      and behind the drum. How could we
                                                      supply. They feed a bank of workstations,       function today without a high-speed
                                                      each of which has a UPS of its own as well.     barcode printer for price stickers, UPC
                                                                                                      codes and UCC 128 labels. Those printers,
                                                      At every desk, we have two 19-inch LCD          although quite robust, have a tendency to
                                                      monitors. Gone are the days where we had        break down when you can least afford it,
                                                      to toggle between screens, only to have         so in my opinion, it is worth it to have a
                                                      forgotten the information from the other        back-up printer available, especially when
                                                      screen the very second we switched. For         you have a lot of ticketing to do, or need
                                                      example, I may be writing an email on my        to print a lot of mailing labels.
                                                      left monitor while I make reference to an                               Continued on Page 8

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                                           Retailer Profile
                                           Mrs. Cook’s                                 by Joanne Friedrick

                                           From a 500-square-foot shop in an out-of-         use and entertaining as well, with
                                           the-way strip mall to its current 3,000-square-   most SKUs in the wine and
                                           foot location in Seattle’s University Village,    barware category.
                                           Mrs. Cook’s has crafted its independent
                                           kitchenware store model by serving the            The shop-local movement has
                                           neighborhood in which it resides.                 impacted Seattle as it has other parts of the
                                                                                             country, said Bromel. “People are very               big gift time.” She probably sells more
                                           “We started as a neighborhood store, and we       knowledgeable about what they want and where         cookbooks during the holidays, she said, but
                                           wanted to stay that way,” explained Owner         it comes from,” she said. Seattle, which is home     most customers are looking for regular
                                           Carol Bromel, who founded Mrs. Cook’s 34          to Pike Place Market and its seafood and fresh       merchandise, not holiday-themed products.
                                           years ago. Over that time, says Bromel, the       food stalls, “has been ahead of the curve” in that
                                           store has grown and evolved until it landed       area, she noted. “Seattle has always been            Thanksgiving is another big draw, she said,
                                           in its current destination shopping location      ecologically minded, so there is certainly a         so Mrs. Cook’s doesn’t start promoting
                                           17 years ago.                                     movement to shop with local stores,” even if it      Christmas until after Thanksgiving.
                                                                                             isn’t organized as such, she said.
                                           The store is named after Hylie Cook, the                                                               As for buying products for the store, Bromel
                                           grandmother of Bromel’s husband, who              To distinguish itself from the competition,          relies on her manufacturer’s reps for
                                           presented her with a collection of family         Bromel said they not only stock a broader            information, as well as what she scouts out
                                           recipes upon her marriage. Its customer base,     array of merchandise, but also keep the look         at shows like the International Home +
                                           while diverse, is made up of a core               fresh with professionally created displays           Housewares Show in Chicago.
                                           constituency of well-educated female              every other week. “For me, it’s about
                                           shoppers, she said, in the 32 to 60 age range.    freshness,” said Bromel. How products are            Bromel said these days people are willing to
                                                                                             displayed definitely impacts what they are           make due with what they have, so she isn’t
                                           However, noted Bromel, “we’re seeing more         buying, she said. Some stores, she said, have        as interested in bringing in new products
                                           young people” and the store has sponsored         a hardware store look with everything neatly         unless they are truly useful. “If it has good
                                           bridal events to tap into this customer.          stacked on shelves. “But if it’s just sitting        function, it makes sense, but not just because
                                           “There’s a move to a younger demographic,”        there, it’s not as enticing.”                        it is new,” she explained.
                                           she said, as more 20-somethings rediscover
                                           cooking at home.                                  Bromel likes to keep the center of the store         Her store “is on the bandwagon for color,”
                                                                                             “spiced up all the time.” And it doesn’t             she said, but again within specific areas,
                                           When it comes to stocking her store,              necessarily have to be new items that are            such as Emile Henry or Le Creuset
                                           Bromel said she differentiates Mrs. Cook’s        featured. “You can take products that are            cookware. “We don’t feel we need to have
                                           from the shopping center’s other cookware-        languishing and put them in a new display            our Microplane graters in every color,” she
                                           oriented tenants—Williams-Sonoma and              and it affects the way people see the product.”      said. “We have to make choices.” And if
                                           Crate & Barrel—by having several lines                                                                 customers want a KitchenAid mixer in one
                                           within different categories. “We try to offer     Over the three-plus decades she has operated         of the colors they don’t stock, there’s always
                                           quality, but we don’t exclude those who           Mrs. Cook’s, Bromel said trends have come            the opportunity for a special order, she said.
                                           don’t have a big budget,” she said. “Ours         and gone and come back around again. In
                                           is a broader range,” she said, supplemented       cookware, she noted, cast iron was strong,           While Bromel said she enjoys the
                                           by special orders, so customers can get           then it was anodized aluminum then stainless         kitchenware industry, it’s the overall aspect of
                                           whatever they want.                               steel “and now its back to cast iron.”               running a retail store that appeals to her. “It’s
                                                                                                                                                  fun to learn new things about accounting,
                                           Additionally, she said, the store is focused on   “Things go in cycles with consumers,” she            human resources and displays,” she said. Mrs.
                                           stocking the kitchen, with a smattering of        said, or evolve with the trend. In Seattle,          Cook’s employs 14 to 15 people, mostly on
                                           everyday dinnerware and glassware. Mrs.           where coffee is still king, Bromel doesn’t sell      a part-time basis, with holiday help raising
                                           Cook’s is a top seller of Emile Henry             many espresso machines, but rather does a            those numbers to 25 to 30.
                                           bakeware, and also carries dinnerware by that     good business in stovetop espresso makers.
                                           brand. In addition, they offer Tag dinnerware                                                          She also feels fortunate that she can turn to
                                           in various colors and some basic white tabletop   The fourth quarter continues to be the biggest       her two long-time managers, one of whom
                                           items. Most people are either trying to fill in   sales time at Mrs. Cook’s, she said, although        has been with the store for 32 years and
                                           their current dinnerware selection, she said,     bridal registry and related sales continue to        another who began sweeping floors at age
                                           or they are collectors of brands such as Emile    grow. Bromel said she brings in some items           12. “If you give people responsibility, they
                                           Henry. Glassware is geared toward everyday        just for the holidays, “but it’s more that it’s a    will rise to the occasion,” she said.

                                           GUEST COLUMN (cont. from 6)                       of cake. My photography hobby comes in               and the pace is getting even faster. Those
                                           In today’s environment EDI is becoming            handy as we can quickly produce any type             big “car phones” evolved into cell phones,
                                           increasingly important as many of our             of photo needed in my in-house studio.               and now there are smartphones. Is it a
                                           customers are using this system. On the                                                                blessing or a curse that we can email from
                                           multimedia side, I also consider an FTP           Are you tired of email spam? So was I, which         the road and even abroad? My wife is
                                           server, a live video set-up and a fast T1         is why I went on a mission to reduce it. It is       convinced one day a real luxury is to be “out
                                           telephone line equally important. We often        amazingly easy: Change your email address            of reach” again, to turn the smartphone off
                                           remind ourselves that customer service is         from, say,, to an            for a weekend or an entire vacation. But
                                           No. 1, and to do it right, we must be able        address that is a bit more encrypted, such as        why would I? Let me tell you about my
                                           to rely on top-notch technology. Busy    Those nasty spam                  iPhone and my favorite apps…
                                           phone lines just won’t do the trick, and an       generators try every possible name
                                           email system that collapses, or large             combination in front of your domain name             Bernard Schnacke is president of Frieling
                                           messages that can’t go through aren’t             until they get it right. Under no                    USA Inc., a vendor of specialty products
                                           acceptable either. Providing product              circumstances should you reply to those              for gourmet stores, consumers, hospitality
                                           photos or videos to our customers and             emails, or you’ll get even more spam.                and foodservice operations and creator of
                                           up/downloading artwork for catalogs, gift                                                              the MILKchiller. Frieling is based in
                                           boxes or promotional materials is a piece         It is truly amazing how things changed,              Charlotte, N.C.

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                                       { headlines }
New Design Trends at International Contemporary Furniture Fair                                                                                                      by Carrie Bui

Every May, interior designers, architects       expects about 500 exhibitors and 25,000         a continued interest in experimenting         special feature of the show is ICFF Studio
and retailers descend on New York City to       attendees. Nearly half of the 500 exhibitors    with non-wood materials. The Materials        Bernhardt, which connects eight to 12
attend the International Contemporary           are international companies, and 90             Matter category at the show is showing        young       product      designers     with
Furniture Fair.                                 percent of the show’s attendees comprise        positive growth. Show attendees can           manufacturers. Said Robinson, “What
                                                architects, designers and retailers. The last   find companies selling a variety of           they’re trying to do is hook on with a
ICFF showcases contemporary design              day of the show is open to the general          materials for furniture and architectural     manufacturer, either to design product for
products in categories such as furniture,       public. “We do feel that it’s important to      projects within this exhibit category, from   the manufacturer or to get them to put into
lighting, seating, accessories, textiles, and   educate the end user, aka the consumer, to      polymers or ceramics to how Swarovski         production a design collection they may
kitchen and bath for residential and            contemporary design,” said Robinson.            crystals can be used for furniture or in a    have put together. It’s that unique element
commercial interiors. Retailers can take        “That’s always been an element since the        project. Robinson said bath is standing       of large mainstream companies alongside
advantage of ICFF to see the new                show first started.”                            out very well as an exhibit category this     the up and coming designer.”
collections and find new companies to                                                           year as well.
carry in their stores.                          While still early to be predicting the trends                                                 The International Contemporary Furniture
                                                that designers and retailers can see at this    ICFF is committed to advancing what           Fair happens May 15-18 at Jacob K. Javits
Phil Robinson, show director for ICFF,          year’s ICFF, Robinson said they are seeing      Robinson called “the design discussion.” A    Convention Center.

Chantal Sponsors
Sara Moulton
Book Tour
Chantal has joined forces with celebrity
chef, food editor and TV host Sara
Moulton to sponsor the tour for her latest
book Sara Moulton’s Everyday Family
Dinners, which debuted April 6.

Moulton, who was one
of the premier chefs
on the Food Network,
most recently hosted
a 20-episode series
on public TV called
“Sara’s   Weeknight
Meals.” She also
served as executive
chef for Gourmet magazine for 23 years
and is the food editor on “Good
Morning America.”

During her book tour, Moulton will be
introducing Chantal’s Copper Fusion
cookware line and its Make & Take
Bakeware. The cookware fuses copper
between carbon steel plates and then
encases it with non-reactive enamel. The
bakeware line features custom lids with a
removable silicone seal.

The book tour for the third book by
Moulton with Simon & Schuster kicked off
in Paramus, N.J., on April 10 and continues
through an appearance June 12 in Austin,
Texas. In all, there are more than 20 stops
on the Moulton/Chantal book tour.

In other news, Chantal announced that it
has contributed more than $100,000 to
the Lance Armstrong Foundation via its
LIVESTRONG by Chantal line of
ceramic mugs, tea kettle and aluminum
water bottle. All the items in the line are
in the signature golden yellow of
LIVESTRONG            and     bear      the
organization’s logo. Chantal’s CEO and
Founder Heida Thurlow is a cancer
survivor for nearly two decades.

Chantal has partnered with the Lance
Armstrong Foundation since 2007.                                                                                                             Kitchenware News & Housewares Review • MAY 2010     9
NEW PRODUCTS (cont. from 1)                      increase last year. Along with the upscale         Hydration was the buzzword at the show as
The days of the one-size-fits-all cookware set   scales were cleaning products, a good-better-      dozens of manufacturers offered different
has passed, said Reigle, and today’s consumer    best range of coffee filters, teapots, bakeware    options for drinking on the go. Design for
wants just those pieces that will work for       and a line of reusable water bottles that are      Living’s bottle made of Tritan and stainless
them and serve a specific purpose. While the     acid resistant.                                    steel was created so the drinking surface didn’t
company had all the different configurations                                                        include the threads that keep the cap on the
in its lineup, this is the first time they are   Beauty plus function is often found in the         bottle. A to-go mug from Cuisinart offered
offering smaller sets and more mix-and-          cutlery arena, with high-concept designs           360-degree drinkability, so there was no
match opportunities.                             melded with the latest blade-making                longer the need to find the spout.
                                                 technology. Nina Dols, marketing
Function is certainly at the heart of many       communications manager at Zwilling JA              The trend toward stainless steel drinkware
of the new items found in the Frieling           Henckels presented the Miyabi 600 MC and           was displayed by the Aladdin company, which
USA lineup, which offered scales that not        600 Pro Series with amboyna burl wood              also offered bottles made of recycled plastics,    the hot dog and burger stuffers from
only weigh food, but have added features         handles. The knives, developed with Chef           BPA-free materials and lunch kits for diners       Farberware to its rock-paper-scissors kitchen
such as a timer and clock, iPhone and iPod       Masaharu Morimoto, are made with German            on the move. Takeya USA’s high-end water           shears. There was no shortage of products
nano charger, and another that weighs            steel that is shipped to Japan where they are      bottle is a combination of glass with a colorful   meant to tackle tasks related to preparing
liquids and solids and has a detachable,         then created, she said. The wood used in the       silicone jacket as protection.                     fruits and vegetables. Under the KitchenAid
dishwasher-safe mug.                             handle is the same as found on the dashboards                                                         brand was a footed garlic slicer/grater and
                                                 of Rolls-Royce cars, she added. But like many      While function reigned at many booths, in          interlocking corncob holders. Misto offered
In all, said President Bernard Schnacke, the     companies, a lower-priced line of similar          the gadget area in particular, manufacturers       a lettuce chopper with a squeegee attachment.
company introduced 180 new items at the          knives, the 600 S Series is also offered to span   let their imaginations soar with “why didn’t       Farberware had various peelers that could
show after experiencing a 17 percent sales       the needs of retailers and consumers.              I think of that” products. This ranged from        stack, save the peelings or tackle hard or soft
                                                                                                                                                       skin produce. Pedrini’s grater was a three-in-
                                                                                                                                                       one version that twisted to offer different
                                                                                                                                                       grating surfaces. Dutch company Vacu Vin’s
                                                                                                                                                       kitchen tools included a strawberry huller,
                                                                                                                                                       citrus peeler and an egg pillow.

                                                                                                                                                       Color is often considered the flair element in the
                                                                                                                                                       kitchenware industry, and many lines showed
                                                                                                                                                       that fashion flair with colorful introductions.

                                                                                                                                                       Homer Laughlin China Co., makers of the
                                                                                                                                                       Fiesta line of dinnerware and accessories,
                                                                                                                                                       debuted paprika as its new color, combining
                                                                                                                                                       it in place settings with existing hues of ivory,
                                                                                                                                                       chocolate, lemongrass and turquoise. There
                                                                                                                                                       were also additions to its anniversary line,
                                                                                                                                                       which marks the 75th year of business for the
                                                                                                                                                       company. The limited edition line in marigold
                                                                                                                                                       was extended with a two-piece prep bowl set.

                                                                                                                                                       Over at Lifetime Brands, they showcased
                                                                                                                                                       new KitchenAid colors, including candy apple
                                                                                                                                                       red, wineberry, artichoke, sangria and wild
                                                                                                                                                       mushroom. Meyer’s KitchenAid teakettles
                                                                                                                                                       debuted in soft colors such as lilac, cantaloupe
                                                                                                                                                       and sky blue.

                                                                                                                                                       Imusa, a line started in Colombia and aimed
                                                                                                                                                       at the Hispanic market and those interested
                                                                                                                                                       in traditional Latin cooking, spiced up its
                                                                                                                                                       color assortment with tropical blue, saffron,
                                                                                                                                                       cilantro and pepper.

                                                                                                                                                       French-style stoneware from Bonjour took on
                                                                                                                                                       the primary palette in shades of red, yellow,
                                                                                                                                                       blue and chocolate.

                                                                                                                                                       But champagne-colored bakeware from
                                                                                                                                                       KitchenAid found at the Meyer booth
                                                                                                                                                       raised baking cookies to a new level of
                                                                                                                                                       sophistication. The color is used in the
                                                                                                                                                       Architect series, which is one of the top lines
                                                                                                                                                       in a good-better-best array of bakeware.
                                                                                                                                                       Architect cookware repeated this fashion note
                                                                                                                                                       with three sets in stainless with copper, hard
                                                                                                                                                       anodized and stainless clad that featured a
                                                                                                                                                       cocoa metallic band on the silver cookware.

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&              K ITCHENWARE RNvEWS
                             e iew
                           S E RV I N G K I T C H E N WA R E , H O U S E WA R E S A N D TA B L E T O P M A R K E T S

                                                                                                                              MAY 2010
                                            small electrics                         Kitchenware News & Housewares Review • MAY 2010   11
                                     small electrics
                                                                                                                               JURA CUP WARMER
                                                                                                                               This countertop unit warms coffee cups
The Cuisinart PerfecTemp Cordless
                                                                                                                               to the ideal temperature, minimizing
Programmable Kettle is operated using
                                                                                                                               temperature loss of your coffee. The
one-touch controls on its handle that
                                                                                                                               cup warmer features two individually
offer six preset settings: delicate, green,
                                                                                                                               heated cup drawers with integrated
white, oolong, French press and black.
                                                                                                                               temperature controls. The drawers can
The Keep Warm, Start and Open
                                                                                                                               be programmed for the desired amount
controls are on the handle as well, and
                                                                                                                               of heating time, and an automatic
all controls have blue LED indicators.
                                                                                                                               on/off setting adds convenience and
Also, the 1.7-liter kettle has a two-minute
                                                                                                                               energy savings. The Jura Cup warmer
memory feature that allows it to be
                                                                                                                               can hold up to three cappuccino cups,
removed from the base without shutting
                                                                                                                               four coffee cups and five espresso cups.
off or interrupting the brewing process.
                                                                                                                               Suggested Retail Price: $299
In addition, Cuisinart’s kettle has 1500
watts of power for fast heat-up, auto
shut-off and boil dry protection.
                                                                                                                               [tel] 800.767.3554
Suggested Retail Price: $99.95
[tel] 800.726.0190                                                                   WEST BEND’S                                                                    BOASTER BAGEL TOASTER
                                                                                     The Boaster is designed to use
                                                                                     the space of a two-slice
ALL-CLAD INDUCTION BURNER                                                            toaster, while preparing four
The new All-Clad Induction Burner can be used as an extra burner, a hot plate        bagel halves. Enclosed
for entertaining or used tableside. Induction offers precise temperature control,    chambers on either side
faster response, energy efficiency, and safe and easy clean up. The burner is        properly toast the cut side
compatible with magnetic cookware with a base diameter of 6" to 12". The             of the bagel while also
induction burner has 10 heat settings and seven cooking functions—melt, keep         warming the back side. Slots
warm, slowlo, slowhi, boil, fry and sear. Currently available at Sur La Table, and   on top can prepare the
beginning in July, available at Williams-Sonoma and Bloomingdale’s.                  additional bagel halves. The
Suggested Retail Price: $799.99                                                      stainless steel toaster is just 7.5"
                                                                                     wide. Other features are a variable       West Bend/Focus Electrics LLC
All-Clad                                                                             browning control, crumb tray and          [tel] 224.513.2326
[tel] 800.255.2523                                                                   cord storage.                   

                                                                                                                               WARING PRO PROFESSIONAL
                                                                                                                               10-SPEED HAND MIXER
                                                                                                                               The Waring Pro Professional 10-Speed
                                                                                                                               Hand Mixer has a powerful 250-watt
                                                                                                                               motor, 10 speeds and a count-up timer
                                                                                                                               for precision mixing. The hand mixer’s
                                                                                                                               beaters easily eject and are designed for
                                                                                                                               faster aerating, mixing and whipping. The
                                                                                                                               black unit also has an ergonomic shape
                                                                                                                               and a compact design that allow for
                                                                                                                               maximum power and balance. The
                                                                                                                               mixer’s 10 speeds allow consumers to
                                                                                                                               seamlessly shift from ultra-slow mixing to
                                                                                                                               high-speed whipping with the touch of
                                                                                                                               a button. The mixer’s digital speed
                                                                                                                               settings are also easy to read, thanks to
                                                                                                                               the blue LCD speed and running time
                                                                                                                               display on the handle. The count-up
                                                                                                                               timer is activated as soon as the mixer is
                                                                                                                               turned on and shown in the LCD display.
                                                                                                                               Suggested Retail Price: $39.99

                                                                                                                               [tel] 800.492.7464

                                                                                     KITCHENAID COUNTERTOP OVENS               chamber for steam cooking. Other
                                                                                     KitchenAid        debuted     its  new    special features on the 13" model are
                                                                                     countertop ovens at the International     digital controls, pre-programmed
                                                                                     Home + Housewares Show in                 cook times and a 13" pizza stone. All
                                                                                     March. Three versions will be             of the ovens have 60–120-minute
                                                                                     available in late summer: one with        timers as well as the ability to bake,
                                                                                     traditional cooking capabilities, one     broil and toast.
                                                                                     that adds convection capabilities         Suggested Retail Price:
                                                                                     and one that adds convection and          $99-159 for 10" and 12" models
                                                                                     steam-assisted cooking. A traditional     $279 for 13" model
                                                                                     countertop oven is available in
                                                                                     10", 12" or 13". The 12" and 13" models   KitchenAid
                                                                                     are available with convection, and        [tel] 800.541.6390
                                                                                     the 13" model includes a water  
12     Kitchenware News & Housewares Review • MAY 2010                                                                                 
                                  small electrics
TOASTESS CAROUSEL                           or an entire roast, and dual racks allow
Toastess International introduces a
                                            dishes to be cooked simultaneously.
                                            Temperature ranges from 250 degrees
                                                                                       Sensio, Gordon Ramsay Launch Line
Carousel Convection Oven/Broiler to         Fahrenheit to 450 degrees Fahrenheit,
its Silhouette line of upscale kitchen
electric appliances. Made of stainless
                                            and the oven features a 90-minute
                                            timer, automatic shut-off, two wire
                                                                                       of Small Kitchen Appliances
steel, this countertop oven bakes,          racks and three rack levels. Baking        Celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay introduced       I am excited to introduce a range of
broils and toasts with convection. A        pan, broiling drip tray and removable      his small kitchen appliance lines, set to     professional grade kitchen products—all
motorized pizza carousel rotates as it      crumb tray are included. Available for     hit U.S. retail stores in fall 2010, at the   tested to meet my high standards—and
cooks to ensure evenly baked pizzas.        August shipping.                           March International Home + Housewares         designed to make your life much easier in
Heat is circulated throughout the oven,     Suggested Retail Price: $149.99            Show. Partnered with Sensio Inc., a           the kitchen.”
reducing cooking time by up to 30                                                      manufacturer of kitchen appliances,
percent and using less energy than a        Toastess International
                                                                                       Ramsay has developed two lines of high-
conventional oven. The oven can             [tel] 514.685.2820
                                                             quality cooking and food preparation tools.
accommodate a 12" by 12" baking pan
                                                                                       The Gordon Ramsay Professional Range
                                                                                       is a premium line of die-cast products.
                                                                                       The Gordon Ramsay Everyday Range is
                                                                                       a stainless steel mid-range collection
                                                                                       affordable for any kitchen. Both
                                                                                       Professional and Everyday product
                                                                                       ranges will include hand blenders,
                                                                                       grill/griddles, two- and four-slice
                                                                                       toasters and other cooking tools
                                                                                       priced from $29.99-$199.99.

                                                                                       “In a domestic kitchen, having a
                                                                                       quality set of time-saving tools can
                                                                                       make a big impact on both speed and
                                                                                       efficiency,” said Ramsay in a
                                                                                       prepared statement. “This is why

Bunn’s eight-cup programmable
coffee brewer uses heat-and-release
technology to produce more flavorful
coffee. Water is brought to the ideal
temperature during a six-minute
heating phase, and then the four-
minute brewing phase begins. Water
is released through the spray head
to shower the coffee grounds evenly
with water. The brewer includes a
stainless brew funnel, water fill window,
cleaning indicator and is available in
glass and thermal carafe models.
Suggested Retail Price: $119.95

Bunn-O-Matic Corp.
[tel] 800.637.8606                                                                                                   Kitchenware News & Housewares Review • MAY 2010   13
14   Kitchenware News & Housewares Review • MAY 2010
MAJOR APPLIANCES (cont. from 1)                      that every piece, from refrigerator to toaster,           choose everything around it, or maybe you want           colors,” said Duran-Wolff. She added that
Major appliances have undergone a digital            coordinates in an aesthetically pleasing and              it to be your focal point.”                              today’s kitchens are tending toward sleek,
upgrade to keep up with an increasingly              complementary way. Lorraine Hitchcock,                                                                             utilitarian looks and that people are looking
technological culture. Gillboe imagines              owner of Beyond Pots and                                                                                           for performance. “The major workhorses in
kitchen products working together in the             Pans in Stockton, Calif.,                                                                                          the kitchen are very streamlined and very
future as a unified system, able to network          said she thinks her                                                                                                color coordinated.”
major kitchen appliances with small kitchen          customers are shopping
electrics, the TV and even the iPhone. “The          with a coordinating design                                                                                         Instead of letting the appliance dictate design,
next step is to make sure (the appliances)           in mind. For instance, she                                                                                         some homeowners opt for a more integrated
integrate with each other on a more                  said, “One thing I see,                                                                                            design approach. McCormack said they still
sophisticated level. How can the whole               when someone puts in a                                                                                             see a desire from consumers to hide utilitarian
system work together is the question we’re           Viking kitchen, they buy                                                                                           appliances. Miele offers the option to disguise
going to be solving in the near future,” he said.    Viking small appliances.”                                                                                          appliances with the use of cabinetry. For
                                                                                                                                                                        people who prefer the look of stainless steel,
Major appliance makers have already                  DiCorpo said customers of                                                                                          Miele’s CleanTouch stainless steel is
incorporated sensor technology, touch                his Atlanta, Ga.-based                                                                                             fingerprint-resistant and easy to clean.
controls and advanced preset digital functions,      store do seek out
making the appliance more convenient,                complementary designs for The Viking Designer Series offers a full line of appliances and products for a premium   Coordinating details in the design of
efficient and easier to use.                         their large and small kitchen. Photo courtesy of Viking Range Corp.                                                appliances and small electrics so they tie back
                                                     appliances, opting for                                                                                             into one another is another whole kitchen
Marni Hale, public relations manager for             similar looks and finishes. However, in this       Color is a tried and true method of updating                    design method. Viking products, from
BSH Home Appliances, representing Bosch              economy, unction has become a determining          the look of a home or coordinating a design                     appliances to cookware, features the same
and Thermador, said the advanced                     factor and customers are looking for items         theme. Hitchcock said stainless steel is still                  “robust, sturdy construction” in a professional-
technology from Thermador and Bosch is               that multi-task. And when it comes to              No. 1 at her store, but color options are                       grade quality, said Bailey.
designed to make cooking “more of an                 function, consumers are seeking products           available for a consumer looking to branch
experience, less of a chore.” That experience        that can stand up next to their appliances. out. Viking has responded to consumer                                  Said Gillboe, “We’re already designing
is aided through sensor technology, available        For example, he suggested, customers with          interest in color for appliances by offering 23                 them so they all complement each other
on both Bosch and Thermador cooktops.                powerful stovetop ranges are looking for           colors of powder-coated finishes in addition                    in an aesthetic way.” KitchenAid applies a
The Sensordome from Thermador monitors               quality cookware, products that will               to traditional stainless steel, said Bailey.                    consistent treatment to the KitchenAid
the temperature inside the pot and maintains         withstand the 15,000 BTU of a stove.                                                                               nameplate, and consistent lighting color, such
that temperature throughout the cooking                                                                 Nikki Smith, kitchenware buyer, and Amalia                      as the indicator lights and control back
process. Bosch’s AutoChef feature in the             Two types of looks prevail when it comes to        Duran-Wolff, director of the cooking school,                    lighting, on its products.
cooktop senses the temperature within a pan          major kitchen appliances—appliances that grab      for Everything But The Kitchen Sink in
to maintain an even, consistent temperature.         your attention when you walk in the room or        Hockessin, Del., agreed they’ve noticed a                       “We’re starting to see that the way you create
                                                     appliances that blend into the rest of the room.   trend toward color crossing the kitchenware,                    those connections between these completely
Major appliance manufacturers, such as                                                                  small electrics and major appliance categories.                 different products is by focusing on the details
Miele, Viking, Bosch and Thermador, have             “Appliances can make a bold statement that         “Color has become really big in everything                      and creating extra value,” said Gillboe. “I
also included induction cooktops into their          sets the tone. The first thing you’re going to see kitchen,” said Smith.                                           think that extra value will be through
product lines. Because of the electromagnetic        is this bold, beautiful professional range,” said                                                                  advanced networking technology. When we
properties of induction cooktops, magnetic           Hale. “By choosing that range, you kind of         Consumers are looking for “coordination of                      get to that point you’ll see a very real tie-in.”
cookware needs to be used on the top. The
cookware industry responded to consumer
needs for induction-friendly products and
some brands, such as Swiss Diamond, have
released induction cookware collections, said
David DiCorpo, general manager for The
Cook’s Warehouse Brookhaven store. “It’s a
nice symbiotic relationship where one part of
the market responded to the other.”

“I would say small products respond to
appliances,” said DiCorpo. He offered examples
such as containers designed to maximize space
in a refrigerator and pans designed to work
within steam ovens. Hale and McCormack said
they’ve noticed a growing interest in steam
ovens, and both Thermador and Miele have
introduced the product into their appliance
collections. DiCorpo said pans are being
designed shallower and wider to fit into steam
ovens and the popularity of silicone bakeware
and hot pads should grow alongside steam ovens,
because of silicone’s ability to respond to higher
temperatures and prevent a steam burn.

Removing the guesswork completely sums up
the future potential of appliances and
kitchenware products. Gillboe provides an
example of what he imagines as the future of
kitchen products and appliances. He suggested
that a homeowner might one day be able to input
a recipe from a TV cooking show directly into
the kitchen appliances. He imagines the stand
mixer being able to read the recipe and mix a
batter per the show’s recommendations, then the
oven taking that recipe and baking it exactly
according to the show’s specifications.

As part of a whole kitchen approach, people
are beginning to also design the kitchen so                                                                                                                                   Kitchenware News & Housewares Review • MAY 2010             15
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                  Dry Spice Offers Climate Control
Highlight of Show for Dry Goods in the Kitchen
Omnifrio Introduces                                                                                 It’s an everyday story, in an everyday                 and texture smooth. In its complexity, it offers
                                                                                                    kitchen…spices and dry goods suffering from            convenience, maintains superior quality and
New Products at IH+HS                                                                               moisture infiltration after a new product is
                                                                                                    first opened, and then used day to day.
                                                                                                                                                           saves customers money.

Omnifrio® experienced a continuous flow of       everybody in the form of a cold sparkling or                                                              In a never-ending parade marching through
visitors and positive responses during the       non-sparkling beverage.                            Most companies take great pains to ensure              the kitchens are spices, herbs, salts and
three days of the International Home +                                                              their food products reach consumers in the best        peppers, sugars, coffees, teas, nuts and grains,
Housewares Show. The company shared its          At the IH+HS Show, attendees watched               possible condition. However, that commitment           chips and crackers, candy and chocolates,
exciting new product line—Omnifrio               demonstrations of the Omnifrio Beverage            ends the second consumers open a package for           vitamins, medications…even fertilizers and
Beverage Creations and Insta-Fresh S-Cup         System creating superior quality beverages,        the first time, breaking its air-tight seal. Despite   garden seeds. For all of these, Dry Spice
Natural Flavors—with show attendees.             in less than a minute. Once the cup was            efforts to re-close the containers                                       offers protection and
                                                 raised, the aroma of flavor signaled all-          effectively, even a tight-fitting lid                                    simplicity concerning the
What the major single-serve coffee brewers       natural freshness.                                 on a jar or a zip-seal atop a bag                                        adverse effects of moisture
are creating on the hot side of beverages,                                                          of chips still allows moisture to                                        on dry ingredients. And
Omnifrio is doing on the cold side.              It was further confirmation of the market          seep in, allowing food to go stale                                       while its benefits and uses
Additionally, Omnifrio offers many beverage      acceptance of a newly created beverage             and spices to clump. Apart from                                          seem endless, it could not
categories and beverage types. A new market      category, single-serve cold beverage system.       heat-sealing the containers, as                                          be simpler to use.
category has been created: a single-serve cold   With Omnifrio Beverage Creations and               they do at the factories,
beverage system.                                 Insta-Fresh S-Cup Natural Flavors, the             consumers’ hands are tied.                                               Sold in packages of 10
                                                 company has high expectations in its ability                                                                                Flavor       Savors,    each
With many Omnifrio systems working, the          to fulfill the consumer demand for a healthier     Dry Spice is designed specifically                                       individually sealed canister
staff of six was busy making refreshing and      beverage and top-quality appliances. With          to take up that slack. Dry Spice sustains the          can be popped out of its tray and dropped into
healthy beverages for all who came to the        years of development, its U.S. and                 store-bought quality of herbs and spices, as           any container, and will treat up to 5 ounces of
booth. From herbal green teas and vitamin-       international patent-pending products are          well as an endless array of dried goods,               product for up to one year.
flavored waters to sugar-free energy drinks      ready to deliver to a carefully selected network   preserving their texture, flavor and integrity
and all-natural flavored sport drinks,           of distribution.                                   while extending shelf life and effectiveness.          For more information, call 707.498.9592,
Omnifrio appealed to many tastes.                                                                                                                          email, visit www.dryspice
                                                 For further information visit the website,         In its simplicity, Dry Spice is a small food-          .com or contact Harold Import Co. by
That is how it will be when the Omnifrio, call 888.525.OMNI             safe canister, or “Flavor Savor,” which is just        calling 800.526.2163 or via email at
enters a home; There is something for            or email                 dropped into spices to keep the flavors fresh

16      Kitchenware News & Housewares Review • MAY 2010                                                                                                               
                  { i h + h s w ra p - u p }
ZipBin From Neat-Oh! International Wins Again
Just when they finished updating their website and print   allows children to access toys inside without the usual
collateral, they win another award—now they have to        dumping and inevitable scattering of toys. When play
update everything again.                                   is done, the toys zip back inside to store and/or
                                                           transport. This ability to transform back and forth
Founded in 2005, Neat-Oh! International LLC,               from playmat to toy storage/transport is unique, and
manufacturer of ZipBin® toy totes and toyboxes, has        protected by issued and pending patents.
won more than 38 awards. The addition of the 2010
Design Defined Honoree Award makes 39. And four            Despite Neat-Oh!’s young age and fast growth, ZipBin®
of those 39 awards are the Designed Defined                designs have continually been recognized as innovative and
Honoree Awards. Just one week earlier, Neat-Oh!            market changing. Co-founder Wayne Rothschild has more
received the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal             than 60 issued and pending patents throughout his career.
Award 2010.                                                And, the creative process continues to evolve. In late 2009
                                                           Neat-Oh! announced licensing agreements with the
Neat-Oh! is a young company that fills demands for         LEGO Group and Mattel Inc. LEGO® brand and Hot
products in more than 50 countries around the world.       Wheels® brand ZipBin® products join 50 other products,
And Neat-Oh!’s business is continuing to expand            including ZipBin® Classic products, ZipBin® Minis,
largely because of the unique, innovative and patented     ZipBin® Shapes and ZipBin® Playpack,™ which all
design. Unlike other storage containers, unzipping         transform into playmats.

                                                           MENO TRIGGER GRIP™ KITCHEN UTENSILS                           The Trigger Grip™ Kitchen Utensils originated
                                                           Introducing the new MENO Trigger Grip™ Barbeque               when Todd Hannon met Peggy Mineau and
                                                           Set. The barbecue set comes in attractive                     learned about her patented handle for rug
                                                           packaging with individual grill tongs, a spatula with         hooking, developed because of hand pains
                                                           bottle opener and a grill fork.                               from multiple sclerosis.

                                                           All Meno Trigger Grip™ cooking tools are designed             More information about Peggy Mineaucan be
                                                           with a patented handle and proven curvature that              found at
                                                           makes them easy to use and to grip comfortably                Suggested Retail Price:
                                                           and securely for positive feeling and control.                $5.99 to $13.99 for individual items
                                                                                                                         $29.95 for a five-piece barbecue set
                                                           Other Meno products include 9" and 12" kitchen
                                                           tongs, ceramic peeler, paring knife, mini-spatula,            TODCO/The Hannon Group
                                                           pizza cutter and ice cream scoop. Meno Trigger                [tel] 262.537.2191
                                                           Grip™ is a product of The Hannon Group Ltd.                                                                                                             Kitchenware News & Housewares Review • MAY 2010   17
Product Review                                                                                        by Carrie Bui

Romertopf 111 by Reco International Corp.
This month Kitchenware News & Housewares             meatloaf recipe. To compare the Romertopf            mushrooms. Same as the fish, I
Review decided to test out the Romertopf 111,        fairly against regular baking dishes, I cooked       tested the meatloaf recipe first in
a covered clay baking dish, from Reco                each recipe twice, once in a regular baking          a dark metal loaf pan, following
International Corp.                                  dish and then again in the Romertopf.                the recipe and baking it at 350
                                                                                                          degrees Fahrenheit for 85 minutes.
The Romertopf 111 is Reco’s most popular clay        First, I made a baked tilapia in a glass baking      That meatloaf was a nice,
pot. It’s a 3-quart pot that holds a maximum of      dish, per the recipe’s suggestion. The tilapia was   evenly cooked loaf—a very
6 pounds. Meals cooked in clay pots are              marinated in olive oil, dill, lemon zest, salt and   straightforward, tasty meatloaf.
supposed to be moister, more flavorful and more      pepper then placed in a glass dish with fresh                                                               first time with any recipe, but cooking always
tender. According to Reco, this clay pot is          lemon juice squeezed over the fillets and a pat      I made the same meatloaf again two nights              tends to be a trial-and-error process.
versatile enough to cook anything, from a            of butter on each fillet. I baked the fish in a      later using the Romertopf. I decided to test out
roasting chicken to fish and vegetables. Cooking     preheated oven at 450 degrees for about 15–20        the estimated formula on the Romertopf                 Cleaning instructions included with the
with the Romertopf can also be a healthier           minutes. The fish was flaky with a pleasant          instructions and increased the temperature to          Romertopf say to clean the pot with hot water,
option because it doesn’t require fatty additives,   flavor of lemon and butter to it.                    450 degrees Fahrenheit and baked the meatloaf          a stiff brush and baking soda to remove grease
such as oil.                                                                                              for about 45 minutes. I pulled the Romertopf           spots. The Reco website recommends filling
                                                     I prepared the fish again the next day, following    out of the oven, making sure to place it on a          the top and bottom with water, adding baking
Before each use the Romertopf needs to be            the same recipe, but swapped out the glass           couple of dish towels, and pulled off the lid to       soda or vinegar and scrubbing with a plastic
soaked for at least 10 minutes. The clay dish        baking dish for the Romertopf. It’s important        discover the meatloaf half submerged in liquid.        sponge. Reco also suggests placing it in the
absorbs the water, then tiny water particles are     to remember to avoid sudden changes in               This made checking the meatloaf difficult              oven and letting the water and baking soda or
released during the cooking process, to keep         temperature with the Romertopf, and when             because we couldn’t see down to the center of          vinegar combination boil for 10 minutes for a
food moist and flavorful, according to Reco’s        you pull it out of a hot oven, the pot should be     it clearly. After slicing it up, I realized that the   deeper cleaning. Cleaning the Romertopf after
website. Place food inside the pot, cover with the   placed on a towel, hot pad or wooden board           loaf needed a little more time to cook, probably       the fish was fairly simple, but I did have to soak
lid and pop the Romertopf directly into a cold       rather than a cold surface. My dining companions     another 10 minutes.                                    the pot overnight after making the meatloaf,
oven. The included Romertopf instructions            and I noticed that the fish baked in the                                                                    not much different than having to soak any
suggest that recipes usually can be converted for    Romertopf pot was noticeably moister than the        My assessment of cooking with the                      other pan. Over time, the pot takes on a
clay pots by increasing the cooking temperature      previous fish, and the tilapia was more flavorful,   Romertopf is that food prepared in it came             seasoned patina.
by 100 degrees Fahrenheit and deducting a half       with the lemon juice coming through much             out moister and more flavorful. It definitely
hour from the cooking time.                          more prominently than it had in the glass dish.      would have cut cooking time down on the                While the pot needs to be soaked in water
                                                                                                          meatloaf if my timing hadn’t been off. I do            before every use, which adds time to the process,
I tested the Romertopf twice, once with a            The second recipe I decided to try was a             think it would have to be a bit of a trial-and-        the Romertopf lived up to its promise of moister,
baked tilapia recipe and then again with a           meatloaf, made with ground beef, onions and          error game when using the Romertopf for the            more flavorful meals.

18      Kitchenware News & Housewares Review • MAY 2010                                                                                                                      
kitchen clocks

Kirch & Co. introduces the patented George Nelson Metal Spoons and Forks
Wall Clock, featuring a retro-style using real spoons and forks as a sunburst
and a fork and knife as the hands. The clock measures approximately 15" in
diameter and about 2¾" deep. A quartz movement provides accurate time.
Suggested Retail Price: $39.99

Kirch & Co.
[tel] 631.249.1726

                                             BAI KITCHEN TIMER WALL CLOCK                INFINITY INSTRUMENTS
                                             The Bai Kitchen Timer Wall Clock-280        CHEF POISSON WALL CLOCK
                                             Series features retro modern styling        This decorative glass wall clock adds a
                                             that fits any kitchen décor. The 8" x 12"   bit of flair to your kitchen with a fun
                                             x 3" battery-operated clock and             outline of a chef and the use of Arabic
                                             timer is made of spray-painted and          numbers at 3, 6, 9 and 12. The hands are
                                             chrome-plated thermo ABS plastic            made of metal and operates on a
                                             with a glass lens and metal hands. It       quartz movement. One AA battery
                                             has a built-in one-hour analog timer.       required. The clock measures 9.5" high,
                                             Colors available are black, chartreuse,     14.8" wide and 2.13" in diameter.
                                             ivory, red, silver and turquoise.
                                             Suggested Retail Price: $29.95              Infinity Instruments
                                                                                         [tel] 888.346.9544
                                             Bai Design Inc                    
                                             [tel] 914.271.5023 (for orders)

Ibon Ltd.’s ShakeAwake Clock
provides a combination of vibration,
light and sound as an alert. It features
a large, easy-to-read display; powerful
vibrating motor; extra loud audible
sound and LED backlight. The front
cover folds to become a clock stand
or closes to protect the front panel.
Suggested Retail Price: $24.95

Ibon Ltd.
[tel] 703.757.5775

Twelve of the most popular North American birds are featured on this 13"
Audubon Singing Bird Clock framed in green matte. To add ambiance, the
authentic song of that particular bird announces each hour. A light sensor
deactivates the songs when the room is dark. The National Audubon Society
officially licenses this product.
Suggested Retail Price: $19.95

Mark Feldstein & Associates Inc.
[tel] 800.755.6504

20     Kitchenware News & Housewares Review • MAY 2010                                                                    
                      { n e w p ro d u c t s }
                                               ESCALI PICO MINI SCALE
                                               The Pico from Escali measures
                                               just 4.5" by 3.75" by 1" high and
                                               can handle up to 11 pounds.
                                               It displays measurements in
                                               ounces, pounds or grams. Other
                                               options are tare and hold
                                               features, automatic shut-off to
                                               save battery life and a
                                               counting       feature.     The
                                               portable, storable scale
                                               comes in several colors.

                                               [tel] 800.467.6408

The Kuhn Rikon Cool Gripper provides
a no-slip grip on cookie sheets,
casseroles and other items. Use one for
lighter items such as cookie sheets, or
two for heavier items such as casseroles
or pizza stones. It is especially ideal for
lifting items without handles. The Cool
Gripper is designed with a sturdy plastic
handle and non-slip silicone gripper
that is heat resistant up to 500 degrees.
It is available in red, black and purple.
Suggested Retail Price: $11.95

Kuhn Rikon
[tel] 415.883.1101

Takeya’s Flash Chill Tea Maker features
a fresh, modern design that makes it
easy to brew tea. The tea maker’s 24-
ounce pitcher is made of AcraGlass,
which offers glass-like clarity that
doesn’t stain or hold odors like regular
plastics. It is BPA-free, dishwasher safe
and handles hot water and cold
temperatures. The tea maker’s infuser
attaches to the removable rotating lid.
Tea is placed in the infuser, and hot
water is poured into the pitcher. The tea
is brewed in full view so it is easy to
observe the strength and color of the
tea. The tea is then poured into the
chilling pitcher filled with ice, the lid is
closed and the pitcher gently shaken.
The tea is ready to serve or store. The lid
on the chilling pitcher is airtight so the
pitcher can stand upright or lay down
in the refrigerator.
Suggested Retail Price: $39.99

Takeya USA
[tel] 714.374.9900                                                        Kitchenware News & Housewares Review • MAY 2010   21
                        { news in brief }
Art and industry collided in an exhibition    keynote speaker at the gala sofi Awards        greatest opportunities we have as a market,   well as silicone kitchen tools and its
of 200 fine china plates, presented in a      ceremony at the 56th Summer Fancy Food         challenging us as our customers and as        Grainware line of acrylic serveware,
gallery format, on the 14th floor of          Show in New York City. The show is June        stewards of the industry to deliver even      barware, gifts and accessories.
Forty One Madison during the Spring           27 to 29 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention     more,” said Joan Ulrich, senior vice
New York Tabletop Show in mid-April.          Center. The sofi Awards recognize              president, Merchandise Mart Properties        Annette Hall Quezada has been named
The exhibition called Tectonic Plates         excellence in specialty foods and beverages    Inc., in prepared remarks. Euroline Ltd. is   project manager for the Housewares
was organized and presented by The            in 33 categories and are considered the        an industry leader in the distribution of     Training & Information Group, known
New English Co., Barlaston, U.K. The          top honor in the $60 billion specialty         Polish glass and metal décor to retailers     as HTI. Quezada has an extensive
assemblage of plates is considered to be      food industry. Barber, a prominent figure      across North America. Under Borejsza’s        background        in      retail     buying,
the world’s largest exhibition of its kind    in the artisan and local food movement,        direction, Euroline has exhibited at more     merchandising, marketing and sales.
with 100 artists, textile and product         was named one of Time’s 100 most               than 65 gift/furniture trade shows in the     Quezada will work with HTI’s team that
designers, photographers, architects and      influential people of 2009. He is co-owner     past six years. Through his extensive trade   creates the 40-page four-color catalog
other creative people contributing from       of the restaurants Blue Hill in New            show experience, Borejsza believes he will    published biannually and the store sales
around the world. Paul Bishop, founder of     York and Blue Hill at Stone Barns in           provide valuable insight that will help the   flyers published four times each year. In
the The New English Co. and originator        Pocantico Hills, N.Y., and is a board          board improve the Chicago Gift & Home         addition, she will manage the proprietary
of the concept, explained ceramics hold       member of the Stone Barns Center for           Market. Midwest-CBK is a leader in home       database of products featured in the
universal appeal and are a medium for         Food & Agriculture. In honor of Barber’s       accents, holiday, gift and candles, known     publications and on member stores’
expression. “Our aim is to inject a new       appearance at the sofi Awards, NASFT           for its outstanding design and style.         websites. In naming her to the post, Robert
look and feeling into the world of            will donate his speaking fee to City           Contino has more than 30 years of diverse     Coviello, president of HTI, cited
tabletop and rethink ceramics for a new,      Harvest, New York’s food rescue                sales, marketing and general management       Quezada’s success in retail. “Annette brings
media and design-savvy market, thirsting      program and the Fancy Food Show’s              experience in a wide variety of businesses.   strong organizational skills to the position,
for new product,” he said in a prepared       charity of choice for the past 20 years, and                                                 particularly her expertise in developing
statement. Noting this is the first time      to the Stone Barns Center. The sofi            Sheri Tye joined William Bounds Ltd.          marketing strategies and managing
Forty One Madison has held an art             Awards will be presented June 28 at 5 p.m.     Grainware in the newly created position       advertising and marketing vehicles across
exhibition during the Tabletop Market,        at the Javits Center.                          of national sales manager. Tye’s focus will   the 350 branch stores of the May
Laurie Burns, senior vice president and                                                      include planning and implementing sales       Company,” he said in a prepared statement.
director of the building said: “We invited    The Chicago Market: Living and                 strategy and working to increase revenue      “As a Filene’s buyer, she was in the top tier
Paul to bring this inspiring, fresh, often    Giving has named Paul Borejsza of              growth for the William Bounds and             of companywide performers in inventory
whimsical, gallery-style presentation to      Euroline Ltd. and Frederic (Rick) Contino,     William Bounds Grainware U.S.                 turn and gross margins. Her knowledge
New York for the spring show. I predict it    president of Midwest-CBK to its                distribution channels. She reports to         will be very helpful to both retail and
will generate lots of ‘buzz’ among everyone   Executive Advisory Board. The Executive        Sharon Bounds. Before joining William         vendor members of HTI.” HTI is a
in our business.”                             Advisory Board is made up of key gift          Bounds, Tye served for nine years as          membership group that provides affiliated
                                              industry leaders and was founded to            regional manager for PSP-USA &                independent kitchenware retailers access to
The National Association for the              address strategic issues in Chicago and the    Swissmar Imports. William Bounds offers       training, information and resources to
Specialty Food Trade announced that           broader gift industry. “The Executive          more than 200 pepper, salt and spice mills    improve sales and increase profits while
Executive Chef Dan Barber will be the         Advisory Board actively addresses the          and a variety of gourmet ingredients, as      maintaining their independence.

                                                                                                                                           ADVERTISER INDEX
                                                                                                                                             Accusharp Knife Sharpeners............................. 6

                                                                                                                                             AmericasMart Atlanta ..................................... 24

                                                                                                                                             B.I.A. Cordon Bleu Inc...................................... 9

                                                                                                                                             D & H Distributing............................................ 2

                                                                                                                                             DRY-SPICE ...................................................... 17

                                                                                                                                             Dydacomp ............................................................ 8

                                                                                                                                             Escali LLC.......................................................... 13

                                                                                                                                             Fagor America Inc. ........................................... 19

                                                                                                                                             fusionbrands ...................................................... 14

                                                                                                                                             GLM - NYIGF.................................................... 7

                                                                                                                                             Howard Naturals .............................................. 14

                                                                                                                                             Italian Trade Commission................................. 5

                                                                                                                                             Kyocera Advanced Ceramics.......................... 16

                                                                                                                                             Linden Sweden .................................................... 6

                                                                                                                                             Parrish’s Cake Dec. ........................................... 21

                                                                                                                                             Prodyne............................................................... 22

                                                                                                                                             Rising Phoenix....................................................18

                                                                                                                                             Santé Cookware ................................................ 23

                                                                                                                                             SCI Scandicrafts.................................................. 4

                                                                                                                                             Starfrit ................................................................. 10

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

                                                                                                                                             Todco LLC/Hannon Group ......................... 16

                                                                                                                                             Tribest ................................................................. 15

22     Kitchenware News & Housewares Review • MAY 2010                                                                                                                 
              { t ra d e s h o w b u z z }
Trade Show Buzz                                     by Megan Wadding and Carrie Bui
                                                                                                       2010 TRADE SHOW CALENDAR
                                                                                                                   MAY 2010                         23-29 Dallas Total Home & Gift Market
                                                                                                                                                             Dallas Market Center
Increased numbers of exhibitors and buyer             America’s 22nd Annual Exposition &                15-18 International Contemporary                  Dallas, TX, 800.DAL.MKTS
                                                                                                                  Furniture Fair               
participation appears to be up at trade shows,        Symposium held in Anaheim, Calif., saw more
                                                                                                        Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
and the high turnouts have exhibitors and             than 8,000 specialty coffee professionals in        New York, NY, 800.272.SHOW                              JULY 2010
attendees alike feeling confident about the rest      attendance and featured more than 700             
of the year.                                          exposition booths. Thousands of international                                                    14-21 Atlanta International Gift &
                                                                                                                  JUNE 2010                               Home Furnishings Market
                                                      coffee professionals from more than 40                                                                 AmericasMart Atlanta
The 2010 International Home + Housewares              countries converged at the Convention Center      8-10 Licensing International Expo                 Atlanta, GA, 800.ATL.MART
Show, which took place in early March in              to focus on the most innovative trends and          Las Vegas, NV, 212.951.6612            
Chicago, fared quite well. The show saw a             products in the coffee marketplace.          
                                                                                                                                                                AUGUST 2010
total of 1,960 exhibitors, up 13 percent from                                                           14-16 NEOCON World’s Trade Fair
last year. Nearly 550 of those exhibitors were        With overall increased attendance at these              The Merchandise Mart                   14-19 New York International Gift Fair
new. The Show saw total buyer participation           shows and plenty of ingenious marketing ideas,       Chicago, IL, 800.677.MART                    Jacob Javits Convention Center
                                                                                                                                 New York, NY, 800.272.7469
increase by 10.5 percent, according to a              we can only hope that other trade shows will                                                   
prepared statement from the International             be as creative and successful as these.
Housewares Association.

Perry Reynolds, vice president, marketing
and trade development for IHA, said he
has noticed, through conversations with
buyers and sellers, a sense that the consumer
is returning. “The housewares industry is
extremely well-positioned to be at the
forefront of the economic recovery,” said
Reynolds. The recession shifted people’s
habits toward spending more time at home,
and the consumer’s attention is now more
focused on making the home more
functional, he explained.

The New York Home Fashions Market, in
early March, saw a rise in attendees and the
building was buzzing with traffic. Overall,
those operating showrooms throughout the
building agreed this was one of their best
market weeks to date. In a prepared statement,
Hilton Gbolie, director of sales at Ocean Exim
said, “This was a fabu-tastic show for us. The
buyers that showed up meant business.”

Attendees enjoyed special amenities and
services offered during the week, such as free
massages, complimentary breakfast and lunch
at the lobby Antique Café as well as free
chocolate tastings offered by Dove Chocolate
Discoveries in the buyer’s lounge.

Over in Düsseldorf, Germany, the ProWein
2010, International Trade Fair Wines and
Spirits saw 3,300-plus exhibitors and 36,000
trade visitors—both record-breaking figures.
The show also saw an increase in
international trade visitor participation, with
every third attendee from outside of
Germany. Trade visitor quality was also high
with two-thirds holding executive titles.

The show included almost 150 wine-growing
estates from 15 nations and 86 percent of the
attendees gave the variety good ratings.

“No other trade fair offers the wine and spirits
industry such an international and professional
environment. The good results this year have
shown that it is as important as ever to actively
make contacts and stay informed about
developments on the global market, especially
in difficult times for retail and catering.
ProWein offers the best conditions for this,”
said Wilhelm Niedergöker, managing director
of Messe Düsseldorf, in a prepared statement.

The Specialty Coffee Association of                                                                                                               Kitchenware News & Housewares Review • MAY 2010         23

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