HTI Buying Group has announced its “Best Of 2017” award winners. The recipients were awarded at the HTI dinner on March 17 which was held at the Hyatt at McCormick Place.
For retailers, Creative Kitchen was named the Best Overall Retailer by the buying group. Whisk, located in Cary, NC, was named both Best In Buying and Best In marketing. Best Merchandising went to Minneapolis, MN-based Cooks of Crocus Hill.
New this year is the Rising Star category for both retailers and vendors. The 2017 Rising Star retailer is Artichoke, based in Cincinnati, OH.
For the second year in a row, Wellness Mats was named Best Overall Vendor. Best In Product went to OXO for 2017, while Emile Henry was named Best In Customer Service. Wüsthof was awarded Best In Sales Force, Zwilling J.A. Henckels was named Best In Marketing/Promotion and RSVP International was given a Best Of award for shipping and fulfillment. The Rising Star award in the vendor category was a tie between Dexas and Epicurean.