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Polder Wins Four 2017 Good Design Awards

Polder Products has received the 2017 Chicago Athenaeum Good Design Award for excellence in product design, quality and innovation on four of its recent product innovations.

f8b4b105d7fbf9bb91b55886e6daPolder received the awards across several categories including Household for its Fold-Away Dish Rack, Tabletop for its Chill Station ice bucket and integrated bottle chiller and Personal Care for its Nail Station portable nail salon and 2-in-1 Hot Sleeve hot styling tool storage items.

“To be recognized with a Good Design award is always a special honor,” said Kerry Cooper, Executive Vice President at Polder. “But to win on four of our new products is exceptional, and truly validates our efforts and focus on innovation and solutions-based design.”

All four products are currently available at retail across the U.S. and at select retailers internationally.

Whirlpool Corporation Completes Expansion of Manufacturing Facility in Argentina

Whirlpool Corporation announced the completion of its manufacturing facility expansion in La Tablada city, located in Buenos Aires Province, Argentina. The development is part of a more than $20 million dollar investment plan, which began last year when the facility started manufacturing ranges. The facility will now also manufacture front load washing machines with Sense Inverter technology.

This investment will result in the addition of approximately 100 new and 300 indirect jobs.

“We’re thrilled this significant facility expansion will help us bring the latest innovations to the Argentine market faster, and allow us to hire top talent,” said Armando Valle Jr., Vice President of Whirlpool Latin America. “We’re also proud to be part of a milestone in Whirlpool Corporation history, adding Argentina to the company’s roster of facilities that already includes 70 manufacturing and technology research centers around the world.”

This facility represents the completion of a two-year project to allow the company to bring its global platform and new innovation to this important market, and to customize those innovations to meet the needs of consumers in this region.

Gourmet Coffee Trends: A Slim-Line One-Cup for Coffee Purists

JURA-A1The new JURA A1 stands out for its elegance, compact design, and clear focus on a unique coffee result. This slim-line one-cup machine prepares coffee to the high standards you would expect in a coffee bar, and thanks to JURA’s exclusive Pulse Extraction Process (P.E.P.®), it also produces ristretto and espresso to the same standard.

P.E.P. optimizes extraction time to guarantee professional quality, barista-style coffee, with a thick layer of foamy crema on top. This new machine also features JURA’s Aroma G3 grinder, now twice as fast to fully preserve aroma. The touch panel makes it easy to use, offering three user-defined cup sizes and two aroma levels to choose from.

The A1 was designed with attention to detail for which JURA is known. Coffee beans are protected by an aroma preservation cover on the bean container. A CLEARYL Blue filter ensures water purity. The coffee strength can be adjusted from 6 to 10 grams, and JURA’s Intelligent Pre-Brew Aroma System (I.P.B.A.S.©) serves to maximize flavor. The coffee spout is height adjustable. Integrated rinsing, cleaning and descaling programs make the machine easy to maintain. The A1 also features an Energy Save Mode (E.S.M.®) and Zero-Energy Switch to save energy.

 

Midea Introduces Range of Countertop Cookers

Midea is ready to take on autumn with its latest portable cookers. Now available for purchase, Midea’s 6.5- and 6.0-quart slow cookers, multi-functional cooker and triple slow cooker are ideal for special occasions both big and small, at home and on the go.

“With Midea’s new portable cookers, families can steer clear of fried fare and instead cook delicious and healthy foods with minimal effort and supervision,” said Kurt Jovais, President of Midea America Corp. Enjoy family gatherings and tailgates with great dips, appetizers and even desserts anywhere!”

Multi-Functional Cooker (MMC1710-B)

With eight one-touch presets, Midea’s new TasteMaker™ All-in-One MMC1710 multi-functional cooker can create everyday dishes, one pot wonders, or gourmet masterpieces. The removable, super thick hemisphere bowl and its honeycomb surface provide uniform heating for perfect cooking every time. Choose to brown/sauté before slow cooking or use Midea’s unique DEFROST feature to cook frozen chicken all the way through, without that rubbery taste. Families can even use the MMC1710 to cook healthy grains, quinoa, brown rice, oatmeal and more. The MMC1710 is available now on Amazon for $99.99.

6.5 Quart Slow Cooker (MSC1765DIP)

Midea’s MSC1765DIP 6.5-quart slow cooker has a tempered glass lid, stainless steel exterior housing, oval stoneware pot with slide-proof rubber feet, and is equipped with Midea’s Feather Touch Technology for precise control over multiple cooking functions. It also comes with a 16-ounce warmer pot with a glass lid to keep dips and sauces warm while serving. The MSC1765DIP is available now on Amazon for $59.99.

6.0 Quart Slow Cooker with Locking Lid (MSC176TGDIP)

Create healthy and shareable dishes with the minimum amount of effort with Midea’s new MSC176TGDIP 6.0-quart slow cooker. The MSC176TGDIP has a tempered glass tailgater locking lid, which is perfect for dinner on the go. With a stainless-steel exterior housing, oval stoneware pots with slide-proof rubber feet, and Midea’s Feather Touch Technology for precise control over multiple cooking functions, this slow cooker is easy to use and easier to clean. Like the MSC1765DIP, it comes with a 16-ounce warmer pot with a glass lid. The MSC176TGDIP is available now on Amazon for $69.99

Triple Crock Slow Cooker (M3SC1715-B)

Easily create and serve multiple meal options with Midea’s Triple Crock Slow Cooker. The M3SC1715-B is equipped with three 1.5-quart crocks each with adjustable heat settings – low, medium and high. Each crock also has a nonstick ceramic body which is dishwasher safe, ensuring easy cleaning, as well as glass lids with heat-proof handles. The M3SC1715-B is available now on Amazon for $59.99.

KitchenAid Introduces New High Performance Series Blender

KitchenAid-HighPerformanceKitchenAid has introduced a new High Performance Series Blender designed to provide maximum control in customizing the texture and taste of everything from soups and smoothies to sauces and dips.  Available now, this newest addition to the brand’s blender collection features a 3.0 Peak HP motor, a variable speed dial and durable, long lasting construction.

“The new High Performance Series Blender is not only powerful but also exceptionally easy to use,” says Nikki Lockett, U.S. Marketing Leader for KitchenAid Small Appliances. “The streamlined design and thoughtful features allow home cooks to tackle tough ingredients, and to add ingredients and seasonings, during blending, with the simple push of a button.”

Beyond sheer power, the new blender features a variable speed dial with nine speed settings and two switches that offer a range of power for even the most challenging ingredients. The die-cast metal base and controls are made to last with hefty commercial grade components. Additional features include a 60-ounce rated volume blender jar, an ingredient measuring cup and a tamper that doubles as a spatula for scraping ingredients off the sides of the jar. In addition, the ultra-strong lid fits securely on the jar to minimize spills during use.

The High Performance Series Blender is offered in Matte Black, Matte Gray and Matte White at a suggested retail price of $564.99.

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