IHA’s Inspired Home Preps Consumer Kitchen For Holiday

NEW YORK— At the recent Inspired Home “Housewares for the Holidays” event, the International Housewares Association provided a peek at home goods design innovations consumers can expect to see this season.

The event focused on food prep, storage and beverageware, but it also demonstrated that new trends in the market are driving variation and invention as consumers become more price and space conscious.

Kitchen Gadgets

Food preparation tools were the most abundant at the Inspired Home event. Brilliant Inventors featured The Knife Glider, which pairs a safety shield with an element that holds the food steady for cutting, to make food prep safer.

In a colorful example of cooking accessories, Kitchen Innovations’ Reflecting Nature collection tulip cooks spoons and crocus measuring spoons are silicone tools formed so that, stored or displayed together, they look like flowers.

The Messermeister Oliva Elite knife line incorporates Italian olive wood in a handle that houses a hammer-forged blade. New Star Foodservice introduced multiple lines under the Cangshan label crafted with high-design aesthetics, with multi-piece sets priced to sell for about $200 at retail.

WBM Himalayan Salt and Health Products offers ceramic grinders, block food prep and serving items at a direct-sourced price that can generate sub $10 retails. The Companion Group offered the Himalayan Salt plate to provide to serve up and spice up dishes, and the Pizzeria Pronto stovetop pizza oven.

DKB’s Cole & Mason Inverta Select range of mills flip to operate and

so don’t dump excess spice when set aside. A new wet salt mill from Peugeot has an anti-clog spiral operation to make working with the moist spice easier, while the Zanzibar pepper mill, sold with three interchangeable compartments.

Kitchen Electrics

Mexican cuisine as prepared at home has become increasingly popular, and the Nuni Tortilla Toaster debuted as a way to make it more authentic by effectively warming tortillas. The toaster employs a magnetic system that engages power but also makes the item easy to set and empty.

Speaking of novel approaches to toasting, Pangea Brands has reinforced its Darth Vader toaster by bringing on the new Stormtrooper toaster, equipped with wider slots to better accommodate foods such as bagels. The company expanded its Star Wars line to include the Death Star popcorn maker and the Anakin immersion blender with a blue mixing element that references the light saber.

In another twist on technology, StoreBound featured the PancakeBot, essentially a variation on a 3D printer that makes flapjacks in various forms, including the Eiffel Tower.

Filtration & Beverage

On the water filtration front, Bluewater promoted its point-of-use Cleone, Spirit and Pro water purifiers designed to remove heavy metals, pesticides, dioxins and petro chemicals while also cutting down on water waste. To maximize flexibility, Mavea’s MicroDisk filtration system uses a single filter type that fits a water bottle, carafe and pitcher.

Wine and cocktails have continued to inspire the consumer to try new products that enhance the home entertaining experience. The Epare double-wall champagne flute complements a double-wall wine glass set. The Zoku mixology set offers big geometric silicone ice molds that confer a chilling and novel finish to cocktails.

Tea and coffee continue to invite new ideas, as in the Bean Me Up coffee grinder from Finum North America Corp., with its pear-shaped body and ceramic mechanism. The Typhoon Homewares’ Kilner coffee grinder processes the grounds into a clear airtight mason-style jar and complements a similarly designed home butter churn.

For those who want to take their beverages on the go, the freezable wine bag from PackIt keeps wine cool at a $15.99 SRP. In contrast, the growler and tote combo from Picnic Time has an adjustable strap that allows consumers to conveniently carry home 64-ounces of fresh-poured beer.

Thermos’ adjustable flow infuser bottle, with a 24-ounce capacity, addresses the ongoing trend for flavored water with an adjustable flow and open spout.

Food Storage & Organization 

To better protect stored food, Anchor Hocking developed the Glass Conrad Jars with TrueFit lids, in half- and one-gallon sizes, suggested retail prices $16.99 and $19.99.

Bradshaw International featured the T-Fal Thermoseal food storage system, which uses a patented valve to allow microwaving without opening. For Good Cook, the Square Meals Lunch Set is a 9-piece system providing compartments that can hold a sandwich or salad, cut veggies, fruit, nuts or toppings, with lids that provide interchangeability.

Blueavocado’s (re)zip stand-up tall reusable bags, in four-, six- and eight-cup sizes have leak-proof seals, are freezer safe and transparent to make arranging and locating stored food easy. Brabantia USA’s roll top bread box has a shiny steel retro look but is space saving with a flat top that allows storage.

In storage, Honey-Can-Do introduced multicolored wall-mounted storage bins, a 12-piece set, as well as a magnetic storage kit from the company’s Urbio operation, which marries a wall-mounted base and decorative containers. The Meori outdoor box is a collapsible storage solution that uses fabric to establish a water-repellent alternative for outdoor use.