IH+HS Plans Hydration Focus During Product Preview Session

About 60 exhibitors will showcase beverageware and related products
September 12, 2017Joanne Friedrick

Housewares Show Exhibitor preview2017’s New Exhibitor Preview at the Housewares Show
ROSEMONT, Ill.—The International Housewares Association is adding to its pre-show events at the 2018 International Home + Housewares Show, showcasing hydration-related products at a new Trending Today Preview.

The preview will run concurrently with the IH+HS’s New Exhibitor Preview on the opening day of the show, Saturday, March 10 from 8-10 a.m. in Room S100 in the South Building. About 60 hydration and hydration-related exhibitors will be featured in the Trending Today section. The event is open exclusively to buyers and news media.

Carley Knobloch, a smart home expert, noted the portable beverageware category is becoming more competitive as companies embrace smart home technology, another key trend. For example, she noted some hydration products now allow the consumer to connect the water bottle to a fitness tracker so consumers can monitor their daily water intake.

Hydration, as part of the healthy living movement, has made portable beverageware one of the top-growing categories in terms of housewares sales, according to Joe Derochowski, home industry analyst for The NPD Group. Fueled by the interest in healthy living, portable beverageware was the top-selling category in the first six months this year, Derochowski said in a prepared release.

Joanne FriedrickJoanne Friedrick | Contributing Editor

Joanne Friedrick is a contributing editor for HFN with more than 20 years of retail and housewares business reporting, writing and editing. For the past 15 years she has been operating her own business with clients that include Convenience Distribution, Seafood Source and Zest, a Maine-focused consumer food and lifestyle magazine.

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