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Kitchenware News May 14

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UPDATE: HOUSEWARES SHOW WRAPUP SEE PAGE 15 COOKWARE: FISSLER SOLEA SEE PAGE 5 GADGET OF THE MONTH: VACU VIN COCONUT OPENER SEE PAGE 22 H o u s e w a r e s R e v i e w KITCHENWARE NEWS S E R V I N G K I T C H E N W A R E, H O M E D E C O R A N D G I F T W A R E M A R K E T S V O L U M E 1 9 , N U M B E R 1 0 PRODUCT REVIEW n WineO PAGE 7 THE KNIFE RACK n Laguiole line from Trudeau PAGE 8 SMALL ELECTRICS n Blendtec PAGE 10 HOUSEWARES WRAPUP n PAGE 13 SERENDIPITY n Cookbooks PAGE 23 HOME DÉCOR n Wall Clocks PAGE 24 TRADESHOW CALENDAR n PAGE 26 News ..............................................4 Ad Index .......................................26 www.kitchenwarenews.com VOLUME 20, NUMBER 5 MAY 2014 n $7.00 BY LORRIE BAUMANN More than 10,000 new products were displayed at this year's International Home + Housewares Show, and show organizers were jubilant about attendance and the reviews they heard from both buyers and sellers. The 2014 show's exhibit hall was sold out, with 2,100 exhibitors from 45 countries, and recorded an increase in total buyer attendance, including significant growth from outside the U.S. "The show's Saturday morning opening is a proven success and once again received high praise from our Retailer Advisory Councils as well BY JAC POLSGROVE Tess' Kitchen Store is located in an old, restored three-story J.C. Penney Co. store in downtown Grass Valley, Calif., in the western foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountain range about 65 miles north of Sacramento. The store, which moved to its new location two years ago, is the dream-come-true of owner Steve Rosenthal. The original Tess' opened for business in 1931 by original owner Tess' Kitchen Store Offers Foodies a Home in the Sierra Nevada Continued on PAGE 14 Continued on PAGE 5 Continued on PAGE 12 Continued on PAGE 11 Tess Hawkins, who ran it as a card shop and gift store until 2000. It changed owners multiple times and moved twice from 2000 until being purchased in 2010 by Rosenthal and moved for the third and final time to its current location. With the move from a smaller location to the 7,500-square-foot space Tess' Kitchen Store now occupies, product display space became more plentiful. However, a major part in making the move 100 yards down the street to the larger space was that it gave Rosenthal the room he needed to create a roughly 500-square- foot cooking school, he explains. While the numerous products may be what initially draw customers into the store, it's the cooking school that seems to have captured the community's heart and soul. "We will pretty much do about anything" customers want at the cooking school, BY LORRIE BAUMANN Fissler President Markus Kepka is passionate about pots and pans. He was at the International Home + Housewares Show this year to introduce the company's new collection called Solea as well as to talk about items that have been added this year to the company's original Pro collection. Solea, like its predecessors, is Solea Collection from Fissler: New Pots with Old Souls Strong Demand for KitchenAid Prompts Plant Expansion Housewares Show Products Respond to Food Trends born of the belief that Fissler's mission is to help people live happier and healthier lives by making it possible for them to prepare healthy meals easily, Kepka says. " We are convinced that people should treat themselves better with healthier food," he said. "Sharing a meal together brings the family together. If you share food, it's the best way to bring people together." To that end, Fissler makes high-quality cooking equipment so that consumers can prepare good food without adding a lot of extra fat, and the company guarantees it so that retailers will never have to worry about the quality of the Fissler pans they're selling, he said. The family-owned company as from Exhibitors," said Phil Brandl, President/CEO of the International Housewares Association. Many of the new products on display in the exhibit hall represented both the housewares industr y 's deep interest in innovation and in helping consumers make their kitchens into the hubs for both their family activities and home entertaining as well as a place in which to prepare healthier food that their families can enjoy away from home as well as around the kitchen table. Tribest offered a range of new or improved products for health- conscious consumers, including those who are trying out vegan diets. High-end vegan dieting was identified by Forbes magazine as one of the top 10 food trends of 2013, and those folks are among those who'll be most interested in Tribest 's Freshlife 3000 sprouter and Soyabella automatic soy milk maker. The Soyabella will also make almond milk, tofu and rice paste and models retail for $129.95 and $149.95, while the retail price for the Freshlife 3000 sprouter is $179.95. Whirlpool Corporation is planning to spend $40 million to expand the Greenville, Ohio plant where it makes KitchenAid small appliances. The expansion will nearly double the size of the plant and is expected to create up to 400 jobs during the next four years, bringing the plant 's workforce to about 1,400 workers. Jeff Fettig, Whirlpool's Chairman and CEO, said the Ohio expansion is another way Whirlpool is demonstrating its commitment to creating jobs in the U.S. "This expansion project recognizes the outstanding skills of our Greenville employees, as well as strong partnership and support from the state of Ohio, the city of Greenville and Darke County," Fettig said. "With several global options for this project, our decision to expand our Greenville, Ohio facility will ensure Greenville remains the manufacturing hub of our small appliance business." "Demand for KitchenAid stand mixers has grown dramatically – roughly doubling during the past five years," said Dave Elliott, Whirlpool's General Manager for Global KitchenAid Small Appliances. " While demand within the U.S. is growing rapidly, a good percentage of our KitchenAid stand mixer growth is also happening in other regions of the world, where the product use being adapted to various cultures." For example, Whirlpool introduced the stand mixer to the Asian culinary world through noted chefs, who found their own ways to use the product within their culinary tradition. "This gives consumers the opportunity to see those chefs using the KitchenAid stand mixers, thus creating awareness and aspiration," Elliott continued. "Seeing the product in action helps to educate consumers on its versatility. There are multiple uses for the stand mixer just as there

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