New Tri-Stone Sharpener from WÜSTHOF

WÜSTHOF introduces its new Tri-Stone Sharpener (model 2911). As its name implies, the Tri-Stone Sharpener distinguishes itself from other whetstone sharpeners by featuring sharpening stones with three different and precisely engineered grit surfaces for optimum sharpening and honing results.

Wusthof sharpenerDesigned for professional chefs and avid home cooks, the new Tri-Stone Sharpener is available now at retail nationwide for $49.99 suggested retail.

The Tri-Stone Sharpener features Fine (3000#), Medium (1000#) and Coarse (240#) grit sharpening surfaces. Each stone’s firm yet still porous structure continuously releases small particles during the sharpening process. This powder, in combination with water, sharpens knives with professional results.

Providing a comprehensive and versatile system to maintain a razor-sharp edge to all types of fine cutlery, the Tri-Stone Sharpener can be used to sharpen and hone knives with standard double-edge blades, as well as knives with single-bevel edges, such as WÜSTHOF’s newly introduced Classic 9-inch Sushi Knife.

As a helpful reminder to keep the sharpening stones well saturated during use, a small plastic water bottle is included. The sharpening stones and water bottle nestle neatly inside a compact wooden base that also functions as the sharpener’s container for compact storage in a kitchen pantry or drawer.

The new Tri-Stone Sharpener can be used to sharpen and hone all knives offered by WÜSTHOF, as well as other brands.

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Capresso Now Offers Bestselling Grinder in Stainless Steel Finish

Offering an improved grinding mechanism and a stylish new look, Capresso’s bestselling Cool Grind Coffee & Spice blade grinder is now available in a stylish stainless finish.

Capresso_Cool Grind 300 dpi_Stainless FinishAlso available in black and white, this newly updated model features a gently curved silhouette topped by a clear see-through lid. Perfect for grinding beans right before brewing drip, French press or percolator coffee, this affordable blade grinder brings Capresso technology, ease of use and style to the category.

With a large stainless steel grinding chamber and stainless steel blade, this efficient model operates with low heat build-up to better preserve flavor and aroma. It has a large 3.5 ounce capacity, so it can grind enough beans at once for more that 15 cups of coffee. Pulse action allows the user to control the fineness of the grind.

The Cool Grind can also be used to grind dried spices and herbs, such as rosemary, cardamom, fennel seeds, lavender and more.

The Cool Grind is designed for fast stopping action for maximum safety. Recessed cord storage is conveniently provided in the base of the grinder.

Available for immediate shipment, the new Capresso Cool Grind Coffee & Spice blade grinder with a stainless finish has an actual retail price of $24.99. It is also available in white or black for $19.99.

Capresso offers the right grind for any taste, with nine coffee grinders ranging from $19.99 to $139.99.

For more information, contact Jura Capresso at 201-767-3999, or visit

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Vista Alegre Previews Tabletop Show Introductions

Vista Alegre is building on the broad array of porcelain and crystal collections that were introduced at the April 2013 Tabletop Show.  New products include home décor and giftware items in the Transatlântica collection, as well as similar offerings from four new collections: Triadic, Jardinière, Plissé, Corais, and Printemps.

Vista Alegre JardiniereTransatlântica is a dinnerware set created by renowned Brazilian designer Bruno Jahara that reunites two worlds in a remarkable collection that will now have new and exciting pieces (jars, jugs and other decorative items) to build on its introduction during April’s market. Celebrating “The Year of Portugal in Brazil,” this luscious pattern crosses the Atlantic to show the grand union of blood between two worlds, in a multicultural, original interpretation.   Also new for this show, the company’s Triadic line of contemporary vases and a centerpiece was inspired by the work of Oskar Schlemmer, the creator of the Triadic Ballet, one of the most popular avant-garde dance performances from the golden age of the Bauhaus school.  The collection uses stark geometrical forms and bold lines and colors to evoke human figures in a puppet theater style.

Also being shown is the new Jardinière collection of decorative porcelain baskets with leather handles.  The designer, Carsten Gollnick, contrasted the warm tones of the leather with the exquisite shine of porcelain, maintaining the aesthetic and cultural identity of the objects themselves.

The Plissé and Corais lines are debuting as well, offering a variety of gorgeous pieces that can be used on the table and throughout the home.  Plissé is a collection of decorative boxes with organic teardrop shapes that unites the refined look of cut crystal with the elegance and luxury of fine porcelain.

Designed by Bartek Major, the Corais centerpiece is visually stunning as a result of its alternately convex and concave surface, the play of light on which evokes the waves of the ocean and the magnificence of coral formations.

These new introductions will further increase Vista Alegre’s presence at the tabletop market and at retail.  Since its U.S. debut in April, 2013, the brand has become available in more than 85 retailers and is being permanently shown in mini-showrooms in Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.  The flagship showroom of Vista Alegre USA continues to be located on the ninth floor of FortyOne Madison in New York City.

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OXO Batter Dispenser for Drip-Free Pancakes

Oxo Batter DispenserOXO is bringing a new dispenser for pancake batter to the market. It is the only batter dispenser with a valve in the spout that keeps batter from leaking between squeezes. The flexible, contoured body makes it easy to create uniform pancakes or fun shapes and words, and is also easy to use one-handed. The Batter Dispenser snaps into a convenient base when not in use for storage. It has two openings for easy filling and cleaning, and all parts are dishwasher safe. It is currently available in white and will be available in red in December.

Suggested Retail: $11.99

Available in Red: December

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KRUPS Introducces Latteccino Coffee Maker

KRUPS Latteccino is a truly versatile and unique machine capable of creating multiple specialty coffee, latte, and cappuccino recipes in one machine. The Latteccino also offers professional-quality frothing at an affordable price.

KRUPS LattechinoIt features a modern and dynamic design complete with both an eight-cup glass coffee carafe and 8.5-ounce milk frother to easily prepare froth for up to four beverages at once. The two-function milk frother heats milk and froths at the same time, and the easy-to-use control panel with a coffee, milk heating and milk heating and frothing button makes the machine extremely easy to operate. A cappuccino accessory is included for each pouring along with a recipe book.

      • STEP 1 : Pour frothed, hot milk into a cup
      • STEP 2 : Pour coffee into the cup with the easy cappuccino accessory
      • RESULT : A perfect cappuccino!

KRUPS Latteccino machine will launch October 2013 and can be found at multiple retail locations nationwide as well as


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KRUPS Wine Aerator-Preservation System

KRUPS is making its first foray into wine with the KRUPS 2-Door Wine Aerator and Preserver. Designed for the wine enthusiast and home entertainer, the KRUPS Wine Aerator offers a perfect pour, storage, and preservation at exactly the right temperature for two different varieties of wine at once.

KRUPS wine aeratorFor the perfect pour, store and preserve two varieties of wine at once with this state-of-the-art wine keeper-dispenser. Two 50-degree pre-set chilling chambers can be customized separately to your preferred temperature between 7 to 68 degrees Fahrenheit. Each is outfitted with an aerator to advance the “breathing” process and open up the full bouquet of wines quickly, while simultaneously vacuum-pressurizing contents to delay oxidation (5–7 days for white wine, 7–10 days for red wine). Twenty permanent settings are coded by wine type, or you can choose your own. When switched on, the system begins cooling/preservation mode, and automatically stops if no bottle is in place. Designed for use with traditional glass wine bottles (with cork tops). The KRUPS Wine Aerator and Dispenser will be sold at Crate and Barrel locations beginning November 2013. The unit retails for 499.99.

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Smith’s Consumer Products Names Vice President of Marketing

troy-davis_photoSmith’s Consumer Products, Inc., which makes a full line of manual and electric knife, scissors and tool sharpeners as well as an expanding line of kitchen and grilling tools, today announced that Troy Davis has been appointed Vice President of Marketing. As a member of the firm’s executive team, Davis will lead the company’s worldwide branding initiatives and oversee marketing, advertising, public relations, consumer and trade promotions, social media and digital strategy, and marketing research. He joins the marketing team of Russ Cowen, Sporting Goods and Hardware Marketing Manager and Melissa Moore, Housewares Marketing Manager.

“Delivering innovative, consumer-centric strategic marketing programs will accelerate the execution of our strategy and drive our continued market expansion,” said Dan Glidden, CEO of Smith’s Consumer Products, Inc. “Troy has proven skills in driving strategies for market penetration, brand awareness and revenue growth. He’s going to have an immediate positive impact on Smith’s business. We’re excited to welcome such a proven marketing strategist to the team.”

This is a newly created position that reports directly to Glidden. “The opportunity to work for such a highly-regarded company in the consumer goods industry was one I couldn’t pass up,” said Davis. “Smith’s strong portfolio of brands is uniquely positioned to provide consumers with specialized tools that help them live a more satisfying life. “I’m very excited to be joining such a smart and accomplished management team.”

Davis brings more than 20 years of experience in marketing strategy and execution, product and channel marketing, brand development, advertising, social media marketing and retail merchandising. Prior to joining Smith’s, Davis served as Director of Marketing for The Evogi Group and has held executive level marketing positions of increasing responsibility with Macy’s, Inc., Kraft Foods Group Inc., Wells’ Dairy Inc., ConAgra Foods Inc., and Sargento Foods, Inc. Davis holds a BA in History from Sam Houston State University and an MBA from The University of Iowa Tippie School of Management.

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Harney & Sons Adds Hydro Flask to Product Line

Hydro Flask will now be carried by Harney & Sons, a 30-year-old company that specializes in high quality loose teas. The Harney & Sons logo will be featured on white 18-ounce Wide Mouth Hydro Flasks with the Hydro Flip Lid.

Hydro Flask entered the coffee and tea market last year with the 18-ounce Wide Mouth Flask, which has received high praise for its outstanding performance. The flask keeps coffee and tea hot for 12 hours and iced coffee, iced tea and smoothies icy cold for 24 hours.

The flasks are a great fit for Harney & Sons tea products, which are distributed to major retailers like Target, Barnes & Noble and the Four Seasons, in addition to its catalog business, which has more than 100,000 subscribers.

“We are incredibly pleased to partner with such a well-known and widely respected brand within the tea industry as Harney & Sons,” said Charlie Ortega, the Hydro Flask Vice President of Sales for Food and Beverage. “This partnership should help us continue to make great strides in this important category.”

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Maker of CompoKeeper Compost Collection Bin Turns to Crowdfunding

CompoKeeper, the innovative disposal bin for small-scale indoor compost collection, launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign Sept. 24, according to the bin’s inventor, Van Hess of Boulder.

Read about options for high-quality compostable dinnerware in the November issue of Kitchenware News & Housewares Review, which will include comments from Jeff Delkin, President and CEO of bambu Veneerware, Branch Founder and President Paul Donald, and Aspenware Director Michael Fedchyshyn.

The user-friendly compost bin provides an odor-free way for consumers to dispose of and store food waste, making it easy to move such waste from the kitchen or office to the curb or garden. CompoKeeper presents a design that was shaped by users who share a commitment to composting, sustainability and healthful living.

The goal of the Kickstarter campaign is to raise $100,000 in funds so CompoKeeper can establish manufacturing in the U.S., thereby keeping its footprint small and supporting local jobs. CompoKeeper promotes the ever-increasing practice of composting, making it easier for homes and businesses to participate in community curbside programs.

To visit CompoKeeper’s Kickstarter campaign page, click here.

The compact, attractive CompoKeeper bin comes with a carbon filter inside which absorbs the odors normally associated with composting. What’s truly innovative, though, is the use of a patented foot pedal that seals the inner bag, locking odors in. The bag itself is compostable.

Home and office users say they have found CompoKeeper to be just the solution they are looking for, touting its ability to reduce waste output.
“We have a CompoKeeper in our kitchen at Scrib, and our members love it,” said Shaw Lathrop, Director at the shared workspace community in downtown Boulder. “We have reduced our office waste by one-third.”

“We love our CompoKeeper!” said Jessica Burtenshaw of The Tea Spot, Boulder. “It gets filled with tons of used tea leaves and fruit peels here in our office kitchen, and I’m shocked that it really has no smell. It’s such a great item for offices that want to promote eco habits and make it truly simple.”

Composting is becoming increasingly popular throughout the U.S., with more and more cities approving mandatory curbside programs. Seattle and San Francisco already require it, and in June 2013 New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced he will pursue a mandate that New Yorkers separate their food scraps from ordinary trash and recyclables.

CompoKeeper is a great solution for helping San Francisco residents and businesses sort their compostables, said Jack Macy of the city’s Department of the Environment.

“We were very pleased with the design as it allows air to flow through, thus removing any odor that accumulates,” Macy said. “Their creative and effective solution to clasp and seal the lined container reduces the occurrence of fruit flies, and the foot pedal assists in CompoKeeper’s ease of use.”

“I believe the CompoKeeper is a great storage option that could help increase participation in our curbside composting program helping our city move toward its zero waste goals,” said Dan Matsch of EcoCycle in Boulder.

For more information, to purchase or carry the product in your retail store, contact Kristen Hess, CompoKeeper co-founder,, 720.532.3218 or Sami Udell, relations,, 847.917.7264.

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Chef’sChoice Introduces Two New Small Electrics

Just in time for the holidays, Chef’sChoice is now shipping two new small electrics — ideal kitchen accessories for fresh baked goodness and for entertaining family and friends:

ChefsChoice Pie makerCreate Sweet and Savory Treats, Reinvent Leftovers in Minutes! Make breakfast, lunch, dinner or snacks with one versatile appliance! The new Chef’sChoice® PetitePie™ Maker Model 860 by EdgeCraft Corporation is now shipping to retailers across the country. It’s the ideal kitchen accessory for quickly preparing sweet or savory mini treats and reinventing leftovers. Keep it simple or step up your culinary creativity with the Chef’sChoice® PetitePie™ Maker–adults and children alike will enjoy the sumptuous home baked results! In just minutes, the Model 860 bakes four delicious individual size pies that can be filled with a variety of flavorful fillings. Whether you follow the recipes included with the PetitePie™ Maker or create your own, it’s a must have addition to your kitchen for quickly and easily preparing a variety of tasty homemade delights including quiches, muffins, savory meat, veggie or potato pies, fruit pies, cakes, tarts and so much more!

The deep-pocketed, non-stick, easy release pie plates are four inches in diameter, ideal for making perfectly sized personal pies. The PetitePie™ Maker features a precise Digital Timer and “Ready” beeper that work together to eliminate guesswork and create superb results every time. The convenient “Baking” and “Ready” to bake LED indicator lights let you know when the unit is powered on and ready to bake the next batch of delicious pies. The PetitePie™ Maker Model 860 is a beautifully designed professional baking system that comes complete with the pie maker, pastry cutter, pastry press and many delicious recipes. Its’ convenient locking latch handle and built in edge crimper insure perfectly sealed pie edges every time. The unit includes a convenient built-in cord wrap for easy storage. The Chef’sChoice PetitePie™ Maker Model 860 is now available for $79.99 US and $89.99 in Canada through leading department stores, mail-order catalogs and specialty stores. It comes with a one year limited household warranty.

ChefsChoice WafflemakerEnjoy Fresh Baked Waffles In less Than Three Minutes! Less than three minutes is all it takes to enjoy delicious homemade waffles with the new and extremely fast Classic WafflePro® Model 854 waffle maker! No matter how hectic your schedule, it’s easy to put waffles on the menu and delight palettes young and old with the fresh baked goodness and aroma of homemade waffles.

The Classic WafflePro® 854 now brings to the home features found only in commercial waffle makers. Using Chef’sChoice’s exclusive Quad® Baking System, it quickly bakes four delicious four-inch waffles in under three minutes. The advanced Quad® Baking System provides twice the heating elements of conventional waffle makers and a separate Taste/Texture Select® button. Simply press the Taste/Texture Select® button to choose either “Fast Bake” waffles that are crispy outside with a moist, oven fresh interior; or “Slow Bake” for crunchier waffles with uniform texture. The precise temperature control ensures consistent even baking and the floating hinge and latching handle guarantees uniform waffle thickness for perfect waffles, time after time.

The Classic WafflePro® Model 854 is always ready to bake with its incredibly fast heat-up time, short bake cycle and quick recovery time. The “Waffle Ready” beeper; and “Baking” and “Ready” to bake LED indicator lights let you know when the waffles are ready to be served and savored! And serving the waffles is easy with the superior, non-stick waffle plate coating that provides optimal, no-fuss waffle release and easy clean-up. The WafflePro® also features a convenient built-in cord wrap for easy storage. Whether entertaining or serving friends and family, the Chef’sChoice® Classic WafflePro® 854 can create a variety of waffles. including breakfast and dessert waffles; waffles for sandwiches and much more. Ideal for homemade or quick mix batters, the unit comes with a selection of delicious recipes. Currently shipping to retailers across the country, the Classic WafflePro® Model 854 is available for $99.99 US and $119.99 Canada through leading department stores, mail-order catalogs, and specialty stores. For further information, call (800) 342-3255 or visit

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