International Market Centers has announced that 25 gourmet and specialty housewares brands have confirmed their intention to participate in the launch of the new World Market Center Las Vegas permanent showroom floor dedicated to gourmet products, including housewares, tabletop and specialty food.
C-11 will debut at the Summer 2015 Las Vegas Market, August 2 to 6, 2015, an event that will mark the third and final phase of IMC’s strategic growth plan to position itself as a leading buying platform for furniture, home décor and gifts in the western U.S.
Gourmet-focused product categories slated for C11 include cookware, bakeware, woodenware, serveware, glassware and bar accessories, hydration products, kitchen tools and gadgets, kitchen textiles, casual tabletop, home and health items, publishing/cookbooks and specialty foods. Among the 25 brands that have confirmed their intent to participate in the Summer Market are several current Las Vegas Market participants that are making a longer-term commitment to the market by transitioning from temporary exhibit space into new permanent showroom. These include: Knack3, a supplier of new approaches in melamine, acrylic and ceramic tableware, Top Shelf Glasses, a provider of hand-painted barware, wine glasses, pilsners, steins, wine stoppers, frames, journals and figural pillar candles, and Chukar Cherries, Columbia Empire Farms, Iveta Gourmet, New Canaan Farms, Pacific NW Gourmet and Spokandy.
“Our three-year strategic plan culminates this summer with the addition of a new boutique showroom floor devoted to gourmet housewares, tabletop and specialty food resources on floor C11,” said Dorothy Belshaw, IMC president of gift and home décor. “For its August debut, C11 will showcase a gift-oriented assortment of housewares and tabletop items, including melamine tableware, gadgets, serveware and specialty food, presenting a compelling, cross-category assortment designed to appeal to our existing gift and home décor buyers, as well as offer a new market opportunity for specialty gourmet retailers from the western region.”