Williams Sonoma has debuted an exclusive licensed Disney collection of kitchenware. The new collection features classic Disney characters including Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy and Pluto.
Chicago Metallic from Lifetime Brands has introduced Aurora Bakeware, which is made with an iridescent finish evocative of popular trends like unicorns, mermaids, and all things galactic, the company said.
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.
The Cookware Manufacturers Association (CMA) has elected a new board member, Mike Otterman, CEO of Lodge Manufacturing Company, and reelected three board members to serve a second three-year term: Kurt Mecray, consumer marketing manager at PPG; and Chris Welch, director of marketing at Bradshaw Home.
As consumers are spending more time at home during this time of social distancing, many are looking to the comforts of the kitchen to provide some normalcy. Others are delving into home cooking and baking projects that they never felt they had the time for before now. However, none have become more popular than baking bread. Yeast and flour have been in short supply around the country, while social media pages have been inundated with photos of homemade baguettes, sourdoughs and challahs.
Harold Import Co. (HIC) is adding to its Mrs. Anderson’s line of bakeware with a new baking mini brownie pan. The pan is designed to make bite-sized treats.
Lifetime Brands has reported a decrease in consolidated net sales, with a net loss for the quarter ended March 31. The company noted that the loss in part was the result of brick-and-mortar store closings and supply chain disruptions earlier this year as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.