Blog: Housewares Show to Leave Lasting Impression
CHICAGO-The International Home + Housewares Show, which wraps up today, continues to attract attendees with newness around every corner.
Top-to-bottom: Jose Andres's new line with Castey; Items for Mexican cooking from Imusa's new Global Kitchen line; Epicurious.com cookware by TTU
This week's show marks the unofficial launch of Blueair's Pro XL, a high-performance air purifier with a sleek design and particle and gas sensors....Nespresso's VertuoLine coffeemaker is the brand's first coffee machine that produces coffee for large, U.S.-style cups....Panasonic's 5-blade wet/dry washable shaver (ES-LV95-S) has a five-blade, arc foil design with a pivoting head and shaving-sensor technology that reduces irritation....Coway's Juicepresso is a slow, cold-press juicer that maximizes the nutrients from the ingredients in each juice....Fit & Fresh is offering the Go Bakeware line, with a heavy-duty industrial insulator and room for either an ice pack or a hot pack....Groupe SEB's Krups brand is offering the Barista, which makes any kind of coffee that a barista can make, and which has 17 preprogrammed coffee recipes...Casabella's Neon line of cleaning products, with bold packaging and bright colors, is part of the company's strategy targeting millennial consumers....Fagor is offering the Platino Plus, a new version of the Platino slow juicer, which can also make sorbets...Gibson Overseas will bring the Regency name (known for the Kaldun & Bogle brand) to market with a line of figurative pieces and complementary dinnerware. The collection is marketed by season and is designed to strike an emotional chord with the giftware consumer...Among Meyer's numerous introductions include a focus on kids. Now a year old, the Cake Boss line added Cake Boss Junior "to get kids interested in baking," said Buddy Valastro, TLC's Cake Boss. The Rachael Ray line also added a line for children, called Rachael Ray Young Cooks. Meyer also added a lot of color, including high-end cast iron and stoneware in its Anolon brand, a new color palette for its Circulon tea kettles and ceramic cookware and bakeware in its relaunched SilverStone line...Imusa launched its multi-ethnic Global Kitchen line, with product focused on items specific to foods from Asia, the Caribbean, Mediterranean and Mexico. A step up from its International Kitchen line in terms of materials, quality and sizes, Global Kitchen targets foodies, millennials and people looking for a "modern, authentic look to cookware," said Manny Gaunaurd, president of Imusa...Chef Jose Andres has teamed up with Castey for his first cookware collection. Both of Spanish origins, the chef and Castey "have common values," said Andres, who uses Castey flatware in his Jaleo restaurants. Details include a slight bend in the fry pan "for extra dimension," he added, and pots that can easily stack together for easy storage...Ireland-based company La Cuisine is debuting its line to the U.S. for the first time. The two-toned cast iron cookware has an ombre look, and the interior features a Japanese matte black coating...TTU has obtained the license for Epicurious.com and has launched an extensive collection of cookware, bakeware and pantry items, all geared to the serious home cook who entertains often at home. The line is positioned at the upper price point tier and includes stainless-steel cookware; nonstick, heavy-gauge aluminum cookware with induction-ready bottoms; enamel cast-iron and pre-seasoned cast-iron cookware; ceramic bakeware; and a cook and prep line with measurement indicators. "Conde Nast [the publishing company that owns the Epicurious brand] has a captured audience. They have quite a lot of marketing behind the brand that we feel can help us drive sales at the retail level," said Rami Izadyar, brand manager...in a similar vein, Gorham has signed a license with Food & Wine magazine for a collection of dinnerware, flatware, glassware and bakeware designed to appeal to readers of the food magazine. Gorham also launched The Mexican Kitchen by Rick Bayless collection, which includes a wide range of cookware, bakeware and tabletop designed for Mexican cooking and casual serving...World Kitchen and Corning, Inc. have signed an agreement in which Corning will share some of its newest manufacturing technology with the housewares company, which will be applied in future product development. In addition, World Kitchen's Corningware brand launched the CW by Corningware line of solid-colored bakeware in vibrant hues designed with the millennial consumer in mind.