It’s the end of the year and you know what that means — the November/December issue is out and results of the annual GOURMET INSIDER® State Of The Industry report are in.
The 13th Annual State Of The Industry results have shifted a bit this year, especially in marketing and operations. Additionally, gourmet housewares retailers feel as if the economic climate had an impact on sales throughout the year, which was explored in the Consumer Insights section. But it wouldn’t be the same without category breakdowns. Find out what categories are dipping, increasing or seeing new life on store shelves.
In this issue, we profiled retailer Mindy Bergstrom who took the reins at Cooks’ Emporium in 2017. In just two short years, she has made the store her own and has caught the eye of both her local community and the independent gourmet housewares industry.
Also in this issue is the Registry Report. We spoke to two retailers about the evolution of bridal registry into life registry. We also got advice from a chef regarding his top picks for outfitting a new kitchen and a designer who has some ideas of what home décor items everyone should register for.
And don’t miss The Dish story on Ketchum, ID-based Ketchum Kitchen’s unique customer service tool. It’s one for the books.