The International Home + Housewares Show, in its third day, has been notable for new products along with celebrity chefs greeting excited crowds.
A long line formed to meet Rick Bayless at the Gorham/Dansk booth; Cake Boss Buddy Valantro greeted hundreds of fans at the Meyer booth; Ingrid Hoffman hugged fawning fans at the Gibson show space; Guy Fieri cooked for partiers at a Lifetime Brands event; and Paula Deen mingled with a packed McCormick Place cooking theater.
All-Clad returned to the show following a one-year absence with several new programs and products. Its Independent/Gourmet exclusives program for the specialty retailer has newly launched, and it unveiled a new Chefs Ambassador Program with eight chefs, including Hugh Acheson, Paul Kahan and David Chang. The program includes videos and recipes … KitchenAid moved its cookware inhouse, after licensing it out to Meyer for a number of years … Celebrating its 30th anniversary, TeleBrands expanded its OrGreenic cookware line, which uses ceramic nonstick coating, to include an 8-and 10-inch pan, a 10-inch fry pan, an 11-inch square grill pan, a roaster and a 10-piece set … Cuisinart launched a complete tabletop program at the show, including a two-tiered flatware program, a two-tiered glassware program and an extensive dinnerware program that includes stoneware and porcelain options. It has also brought cutlery in-house (it previously had a license agreement with Lifetime Brands) … Lifetime Brands has obtained the license for cutlery for Guy Fieri (previously held by Ergo Chef). It is a two-tiered program featuring many of Fieri’s signature looks, such as tattoo art.
Dansk has expanded its Kobenstyle cookware program to include an 18/10 stainless steel version as well as oven-to-table porcelain bakeware and barware; it has also added chocolate, gray and teal colorways to the cookware line … Everyware has added flatware to the Anchor Hocking brand in an effort to be a total tabletop resource. It debuted 11 patterns of 18/0 stainless steel in a variety of finishes. They will be offered in 20-piece sets. Anchor has also signed a license agreement with the owners of the Baked brand, which operate a bakery in Brooklyn with food products sold at Williams Sonoma. The glass bakeware and food prep line, containing many archive-inspired lines, will be called Baked by Fire King, reflecting Anchor’s glass bakeware brand from long ago … Tervis has signed a license agreement with the Smithsonian and is presenting four themes on its plastic tumblers, each with an educational component: zoo, botanical, air and space and patriotic … iCoffee is making its debut at the show with its Remington-branded coffeemaker. The multicup brewer works with a technology that infuses more of the flavor into the coffee during brewing.
The show ends tomorrow.