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Kitchenware News August 2018

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News ..............................................3 Ad Index .......................................23 GENERAL NEWS Ellembee 3 AROUND THE TABLE 6 RETAILER PROFILE Kitchen A La Mode 15 FINDS FROM LAS VEGAS MARKET 12 AUTHENTIC ITALIAN 16 FOODIES FOCUS ON VALUES 18 VOLUME 24, NUMBER 8 AUGUST 2018 n $7.00 Continued on PAGE 8 Let Them Eat Kimchi BY GREG GONZALES Fermenting foods adds a year or two of life to otherwise wasted abundance, gives home cooks a chance to try new and forgotten flavors and save grocery money, and to play with food in entirely new ways. With the rise of local food movements and increasing interest in food preser vation, along with developments in microbiology, the Western world is learning day by day that making fermented foods at home can help support the microbiome in the human gut. On top of all that, retailers can be the go-to place for people to learn about fermentation and pick up basic supplies to start their own umami-packing journeys. At its most basic scientific definition, fermentation is anaerobic metabolism, or microbes consuming sugars and starches without a need for oxygen. Sandor Katz, author of "The Art of Fermentation" and fermented foods revivalist, explains that fermented foods require a bit broader of a definition. "Most of the foods we would describe as fermented Continued on PAGE 3 Tips for Avoiding the Retail Apocalypse BY LORRIE BAUMANN W hile retailers like Sears, JC Penney and Macy 's have all announced massive store closures over the past few years, there are retailers who have continued to grow. The strategies that they're using to thrive their way through the retail apocalypse are available to you too, says Brian E. Gracon, President of Brian Gracon & Associates, Inc. and author of "Meconomics 101." " The retail apocalypse: everybody's heard about it, and you might think it's impossible to fight," he told an audience during Sweets & Snacks 2018. "The good news is that the same techniques that can help you fight the apocalypse will also help you grow your business." Sweets & Snacks 2018 was held May 22 through 24 in Chicago, Illinois. You can follow the examples set by recession-proof retailers like Starbucks and Ulta Beauty and focus your marketing messages around three important ideas: your customers' self-images, www.kitchenwarenews.com KITCHENWARE NEWS & Housewares Review Kitchen A La Mode: Small Store With Huge Personality Tools and Gadgets See PAGE 22 See PAGE 15 VitaClay 7-in-1

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