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Meyer Debuts Anolon Vesta Cast Iron and Stoneware in New Umber

Anolon Vesta image for webFollowing the success of Anolon® Advanced™ Umber, a rich brown hue offered in Anolon hard anodized cookware, Umber is the newest color addition to Anolon Vesta™ Cast Iron cookware and Anolon Vesta Stoneware. The new Umber color in Vesta Cast Iron and Vesta™ Stoneware will be available at retail nationwide in June 2017.

Anolon Vesta Cast Iron cookware merges cast iron’s superior durability and heat retention with distinctive stovetop-to-oven-to-table style and performance. The nonreactive, matte black enamel cooking surface resists stains and does not require seasoning, while the beautiful porcelain enamel exterior – now offered in rich, warm Umber – is both easy to clean and beautiful to display. The self-basting lid features a nubbed-interior for natural redistribution of flavorful cooking liquid back into the pot for continuous self-basting properties. The lid also features an elegant and generously proportioned stainless steel handle large enough to fit an oven mitt. Similarly, side handles are styled with a wide flare to make them easier to hold. For the ultimate in versatility and convenience, each item in the collection is suitable for all ranges, including induction cooktops, and is oven safe to 500 degrees Fahrenheit.

Anolon Vesta Cast Iron cookware in new Umber is offered in a 10-inch Skillet; 12-inch Skillet; 4 Quart Oval Dutch Oven; 5 Quart Covered Braiser; 5 Quart Round Covered Dutch Oven and 7 Quart Round Covered Dutch Oven. Other colors offered in Anolon Vesta Cast Iron include Paprika Red and Cobalt Blue.

Complementing Anolon’s cast iron cookware is the elegantly styled Anolon Vesta Stoneware collection of durable oven-to-table bakers, casseroles, ramekins, and more. Made of non-reactive and stain-resistant stoneware with a rich glaze in solid hues, each item features sturdy flared side handles for easy lifting and carrying from the oven or cook top to the table. All items are dishwasher, microwave and freezer safe, and oven safe up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. Anolon Vesta Stoneware is available in new Umber as well as Paprika Red, Pumpkin Orange and Cobalt Blue.

Red Dot Award for Single Serve Steamer from Tomorrow’s Kitchen

The new Single Serve Steamer from Tomorrow’s Kitchen garnered the coveted 2017 Red Dot Award for innovative product design. The Red Dot Award jury of 39 experts selected this steamer as one of the best products of the year from a field of 5,500 product entries. The Red Dot Award program has been marking outstanding international product design with its famous dot since 1955.

SingleServeSteamer_TKThe Single Serve Steamer is designed so cooks can prepare healthy, nutritious meals fast. The borosilicate glass bowl and silicone lid steams foods in the microwave in minutes without losing minerals or vitamins or colors and flavors. A small vent at the top of the lid allows a small amount of steam to escape, preventing pressure from building up while maintaining moisture and nutrients in the food. Some foods naturally produce excess water, which can be drained from the steamer through the opening on the lip of the lid so cooks don’t have to dirty a colander. The tabs on the silicone lid serve as mini potholders allowing cooks to safely remove the steamer from the microwave oven.

The steamer’s slightly oblong design makes good use of space in the microwave so cooks can fit three of the steamers into a standard-size microwave oven. Both the bowl and the lid are dishwasher safe. The steamer retails for $14.99 and is available in gray or green.

The product is designed and manufactured in Europe by the International Innovation Company, the parent company of Tomorrow’s Kitchen and Vacu Vin. The United States subsidiary is based in Indian Trail, North Carolina.

Granite Ware Updates Packaging to Appeal to Younger Consumers

Granite·Ware®, the original speckled porcelain on steel cookware that has been produced since 1871 and has helped generations of families turn holiday feasts and everyday meals into cherished memories, is reinventing its packaging. It now reflects a brighter, simpler, more natural expression of the brand while celebrating its legacy and reaching a whole new generation of consumers. What’s old is new again.

When younger consumers were asked what they were looking for in cookware, the characteristics most sought after were those that are inherent in Granite·Ware and have been since its beginning. Made local – Granite·Ware is made in Indiana. All-natural – Granite·Ware is just glass fused to steel. Chemical free – Granite·Ware contains no PFOA, PTFE or any harmful chemicals that will alter the color, taste or nutritional value of food. Healthy cooking – Granite·Ware surface is naturally nonstick and requires little to no added fat for healthy cooking.
The authenticity of the brand’s healthy features that have been a part of the product since its beginning are now brought to the forefront in an easy to read packaging format. With one quick glance a consumer can see that the use of the cookware is healthy, provides pure taste, is safe to use and has been approved for use by generations of families.

The logo is now a graphic simulation of the actual porcelain on steel finish – white speckles on a dark background, while the tag line “the original all natural” reinforces the originality and legacy of the brand. The hexagon that now encases the Granite·Ware name completes the logo with its rounded corners to naturally reflect the round shapes and round handles of the Granite·Ware pots and pans. The bold, sun-fire yellow background of the packaging situated behind the dark logo helps the packaging to pop at shelf and against the product’s dark porcelain finish, instilling a confident choice in the consumer.

The round graphics off to the sides of the logo are affectionately known as “pods” and are there to educate and communicate the strongest qualities of each piece of cookware. For example, the covered roasters tout the juices and flavors that are preserved during cooking while the pots with steamers applaud the pure taste and healthy nutrients that are retained in the food.

Granite·Ware has been a mainstay in American kitchens for nearly 150 years. Some things get better with age and some things are best just as they are – the healthy, all natural qualities of Granite·Ware have been and continue to be best just as they are. A little bit of package tweaking though, never hurts.

Lodge Celebrates Successful Succession

Lodge®, America’s Original Cookware Company, promoted Henry Lodge to CEO in mid-2016. Henry Lodge previously served as company COO-President, beginning in 2001. Henry Lodge succeeds Robert (Bob) F. Kellermann, who has served as the company’s Chairman-CEO since 2001.

Kellermann, president of the company from 1984 to 2001, is Lodge CEO Emeritus until his retirement in December 2017. Henry Lodge will retire at the end of 2019. Upon Henry Lodge’s retirement, the company will have its first ever non Lodge-Kellermann family members in senior management positions.

Through the years Henry Lodge and Bob Kellermann, great-grandsons of company founder Joseph Lodge, led the company through the most successful era in its history. In 2002, Lodge launched foundry seasoned cast iron cookware, Lodge Logic. The product enhancement earned accolades throughout the housewares industry, with Lodge Logic receiving a Good Housekeeping “Good Buy” Award in 2003. During the remainder of the decade, sales of the U.S. made cast iron cookware reached unprecedented heights, leading to a major foundry expansion (2013-15) and the construction of a new 127,000-square foot foundry and 212,000-square foot distribution center (2016-17). The new foundry will increase production capacity by 75 percent and is expected to be commissioned in late fall of 2017.

In 1991, Henry Lodge, acting as Executive Vice President, set the standard for environmentally sensitive manufacturing, replacing a coke-fired cupola melt system with induction furnaces. The update in technology changed the company’s status from a large quantity generator of hazardous waste to a small quantity generator. Tennessee Governor Ned McWherter, praised the innovation, bestowing Lodge Manufacturing Company with the 1994 Governor’s Award for Excellence in Hazardous Waste Reduction.

Members of the Lodge/Kellermann family have maintained senior leadership positions since Joseph Lodge opened the Blacklock Foundry in 1896. Successive leaders include Richard Leslie Lodge (1931-1949), Charles Richard Kellermann, Jr. (1949-1973) and William Leslie Kellermann (1973-1984).

Duromatic Micro Microwave Pressure Cooker from Kuhn Rikon

Kuhn Rikon introduces a new concept in cookware: the Duromatic® Micro Microwave Pressure Cooker. This Swiss-designed innovation combines pressure cooking and microwaving for a fast and easy route to tasty, nutritious home cooked meals. The Duromatic Micro stands out for its speed, ease of use, and energy efficiency.

It outperforms conventional cookware for fast meal preparation. Pressure cooking reduces cooking times by up to 70 percent, and microwaving takes about a half or a third of the time it would take on the stove – so the combination of the two is unbeatable for speed.

Kuhn Rikon Duromatic Micro_red3Fast cooking makes home cooking easier for time-pressed consumers, and it has nutritional benefits. Prolonged heating can degrade and damage the vitamins and minerals in food. Speed cooking is regarded as the best cooking method for preserving vitamins and minerals – in addition to aromatic taste and texture.

“The development of the Duromatic® pressure cooker is based on the practical idea of cooking in a faster, healthier and energy-saving way,” said Pascal Gull, Product Manager.

The Duromatic Micro is energy efficient, and highly cost effective, because it makes cooking at home fast and doable.

Constructed with the attention to detail for which Kuhn Rikon is known, the Duromatic Micro features an accurate pressure indicator and two safety elements that protect against excess pressure. There are foldout handles on the sides and a locking lid that secures to the base.

Anyone accustomed to conventional microwave cooking will be excited by the versatility of the Duromatic Micro. It comes with a recipe book with 40 delicious recipes – such as Cauliflower and Carrot Curry and Nutella Chocolate Bake – plus a quick reference guide for beans, grains and vegetables.

The Kuhn Rikon Duromatic® Micro Microwave Pressure Cooker has a 4-quart capacity and comes in Red with Red Accents or Grey with Green Accents. It is available for immediate shipment, with a suggested retail price of $60.

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