Cookware & Bakeware
While the COVID-19 pandemic may have spurred the growth of cookware and bakeware in a variety of ways, the category is now up against an increasing battle of supply and demand. Retailers of differing sizes have been looking to add to their assortments or bolster holiday offerings, but suppliers have been backing down, citing too much demand and not enough product.
Regal Ware has appointed Andrew Mielke to the post of global sourcing director for the company.
The Fissler Pure-Profi Collection of cookware has won the 2020 iF Product Design Award. According to Fissler, more than 7,200 entries from 56 countries competed for this internationally-recognized award, which was given to 75 products in a wide assortment of categories.
iMedia Brands, the parent company of ShopHQ, has secured retail distribution for select items in its Shaquille O’Neal branded kitchenware, cookware and grill products. Beginning in October 2020, select Shaq products will be available in over 2,000 Target and Sam’s Club stores nationwide.
Vasconia Brands is launching Ekco Brands LLC to serve the U.S. market in the cookware business, supported by the company’s manufacturing plants in Mexico. The company has hired David Trigiani as managing director to lead the new U.S. business unit.
Le Creuset is bringing more housewares products to its deep teal collection. The line is now expanding into enameled cast iron, enamel on steel and stoneware, including cookware, storage and prep, tabletop, bakeware (signature and heritage), kettles, stockpots and cafe products.
As the microwave cookware segment continues to grow, Nordic Ware is rolling out its new QuickCrisp microwaveable cookware.