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Kitchenware News February 2018

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News ..............................................3 Ad Index .......................................23 GENERAL NEWS Signature Kitchen Suite 3 THE PANTRY authentic FlavorS 18 FOODIES FOCUS global inFluenceS 15 THE KNIFE RACK oKami all-in-one 21 PRODUCT REVIEW Dmt DiamonD Sharpener 14 TRADESHOW CALENDAR 23 VOLUME 24, NUMBER 2 FEBRUARY 2018 n $7.00 Continued on PAGE 7 BY MICAH CHEEK More shopping options and mobile payments at checkout rank among the top trends for grocer y in 2018, according to John Karolefski, former senior editor of Supermarket News who now blogs at www.grocer ystories.com. He predicts the launch of supermarket-branded meal kits, more wine bars and caf├ęs in stores and easily-accessed product information for curious shoppers. According to Karolefski, we can expect to see more meal kits and pre-prepped products showing up in grocery stores as consumers streamline their relationships with grocery stores. Among other things, this could mean a de-emphasizing of vegetable prep tools, as many ser vices will cut and portion vegetables before deliver y. In Food Culture Evolution Drives Kitchenware Market Continued on PAGE 21 BY MICAH CHEEK It 's scar y to sharpen knives. Nobody wants to damage their knife, especially if it's their new handmade santoku. For retailers selling fine cutler y, the sharpening process can be a great conversation starter and a way to offer customers the right sharpening tool for the particular knife. Steve Watkins, Knife Maker and Owner of Ironman Forge, says that a lot of sharpening difficulties come f rom the steel used to make the knife. If the steel is hard, it will hold an edge well, but the blade will be brittle. If the steel is soft, it will be flexible, but won't hold an edge. "Most people's f rustration with sharpening knives is because the knives are heat-treated in a way that doesn't hold an edge," says Watkins. "In the 1950s, steel manufacturers started developing alloys. Once they developed hardenable stainless steel, the Keeping Knives Sharp at Home Requires True Grit www.kitchenwarenews.com KITCHENWARE NEWS & Housewares Review Serving the Spanish Sensation Small Store for Small Kitchens in The Big Apple Continued on PAGE 13 Continued on PAGE 5

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