While part of the International Home + Housewares Show is spent seeing new products from established vendors and discussing business strategies around top-sellers, an important part of the show is scoping out new, unique goods that can be brought into one’s store, offering customers something new and fresh.
This year, GOURMET INSIDER® put together a panel of four retailers who are keeping their eyes and ears out for products they feel are worth checking out.
The group consists of Dan and Diana Saklad, owners, Whisk in Cary, NC; Mary Behrens, owner, Kitchen Outfitters in Crystal Lake, IL; Leah Daniels, owner, Hill’s Kitchen, Washington, D.C. and Holly Mangelsen, owner of Rochester, MN-based Cook’s Pantry and Siren, WI-based Acorn Pantry.
This is what they saw on Saturday, March 10 at IH+HS:
- TasteTro: TasteTro incorporates RFID and Bluetooth technologies into the small appliance and brings a portal of flavor exploration, convenience and customization directly to the consumer’s kitchen counter, the company said. At the touch of a button, consumers have access to more than 50 pre-programmed spice blends. (L14000)
- GAIA Natural Cleaners: Created by a mother and father, GAIA Natural Cleaners uses a select list of natural ingredients, including plant and mineral based ingredients and pure essential oils, the company said. (N7065)
- GIR: Get It Right: The expanded line of colorful spatulas and new utensils, included a slotted spoon, caught the eye of Mangelsen. “I love how they are all one piece so there’s no where for food or bacteria to get stuck,” she said. (N8312)