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Spring Tabletop Market Promises Strategic Intelligence

Forty One Madison is set to welcome attendees to The New York Tabletop Market, Tuesday, April 10 through Friday, April 13, with the promise of an information-packed seminar program, an array of new products, and several renovated showrooms.

Industry veteran Warren Shoulberg is headlining the Wednesday, April 11th annual breakfast seminar, serving as moderator for a discussion on Changing the Dinnerware Destiny, a look at how the tabletop market can reinvent itself for the future. Joining him on the panel are Joe Derochowski, Home Industry Analyst for NPD, and Designer and trend forecaster Patti Carpenter. The group will present results emerging from a recent consumer survey conducted by NPD in partnership with Forty One Madison that examines dinnerware buying trends and preferences among today’s generation of shoppers.

“In commissioning this research, our aim was to help uncover the attitudes of consumers about dinnerware choices and purchases that can inform how our Forty One community of manufacturers and brands, retailers and buyers decide their business strategies,” said Kristi Forbes, Director of Forty One Madison. “We’re proud to offer this seminar and, of course, to host a market week that will be abuzz with dozens of new products from the 120-plus brands represented here.”

The April show will be Forbes’s first as Forty One Madison Director and Senior Vice President, having been named to the position in December. She recommends registering in advance for the 8 a.m. breakfast seminar session since space is limited; email to reserve.

Prodyne Unveils Exciting New Introductions

With Prodyne’s new BRAVADA collection, it saw the opportunity to introduce to the marketplace a fresh new look in pantryware. Each of The BRAVADA items are crafted using a unique combination of high quality materials, including stainless steel, black polypropylene and wood. They offer above ordinary design, function and convenience for today’s modern kitchen.

New introductions from the BRAVADA collection include the Spinning Salad Bowl, an innovative salad bowl that spins naturally while you toss for faster, more complete salad prep (not to mention more fun). The Fruit Bin with Banana Hanger features a polypropylene bin with dual compartments, one deep and one sloped, for better fruit organization and a high quality stainless steel banana hanger. Fruit and veggies are gently suspended in the soft, open weave, nylon net of the Fruit & Veggie Hammock for complete air circulation that encourages even ripening, longer freshness and less spoiling. The Utensil Holder Spoon Rest Combo features a removable stainless steel spoon rest in this clever design to save counter space. Other introductions in the BRAVADA collection include a Stay-Put Napkin Holder and Flatware Caddy.

Prodyne is expanding its large selection of wine buckets and tubs with two new introductions. Entertain in grand style with the impressive Le Grand party tub. Beautifully designed with an elegant sloped rim that rises from front to back, the extra large capacity tub holds lots of ice with up to eight wine bottles or a 12 pack and more. The handsome acrylic BUBBLE BUCKET brings a breathtaking new look to wine and champagne service. The stylish contoured rim serves as a convenient handle grip.
Other introductions include Spiral Stainless Steel Martini Picks. This set of six quality picks feature spiral heads that rest beautifully on the glass rim so you do not have to go “fishing” your pick out of your glass. Two decorative and fun colorful stemware charms sets in Eiffel Tower and Skulls designs. Both sides of the charms show full detail design and sets of six include a holding ring for display and convenient storage. Attractive and functional, the barbecue tablecloth weights are a must for all outdoor entertaining. Simply clip these four themed polished metal weights around the bottom of your tablecloth to keep it from blowing in the wind.

With these exciting new additions, Prodyne expands its line of quality kitchenware, serveware and barware.

The Peugeot Oslo Mill Collection: Four Unique Mills with a New Acrylic/Metal Design

A trend-forward tribute to modernity in design, the Peugeot Oslo Mill combines acrylic and stainless steel, with clean lines and a gently tapered silhouette. This new 5.5-inch mill comes in four SKUs, each with a different function: Pepper Mill, Salt Mill, Wet Salt Mill, and Combi Pepper Mill/Salt Shaker.

Peugeot’s spice-specific mechanisms distinguish the designs. The iconic Peugeot mechanism is the strongest on the market, and the pepper and salt mechanisms are each optimized for that specific ingredient. Peugeot’s patented 100 percent ceramic wet salt mechanism is the first to offer a higher and more consistent output for this gourmet ingredient, with an anti-clogging spiral system that accommodates the corrosive texture of wet salt.

The collection also includes a Combi Mill, targeting consumers who prefer salt and pepper service in one compact unit.

Made in France, the Oslo Mill features the highest quality acrylic, which showcases the natural beauty of the salt and pepper inside. The clear see-through design also makes it easy to monitor ingredients to determine the need to refill.

It is a Peugeot tradition to name its mills after beautiful locations from around the world. The Oslo Mill was inspired by Oslo, Norway, which is known for its high quality of life and its natural beauty between mountains and the sea.

Each Oslo Mill comes filled with gourmet pepper and/or salt. Peugeot offers a lifetime warranty on the mechanism, and a 5-year warranty on the body of the mills.

The Oslo Pepper and Salt Mill has a suggested retail price of $32 each; Wet Salt Mill is $35 and the Combi Mill is $32. The Oslo Collection is available for immediate shipment.

MIXX Duo from Dexas Offers Best-of-Worlds Style

MIXX Duo from Dexas uses mixed materials and patters to create an unforgettable look and unlimited possibilities for food presentations.  MIXX Duo is actually three boards that nest together to create one dynamic serving piece – a natural, beveled edge bamboo frame with special wells that hold two beautifully unique PolyMarble cutting boards.  Dexas is once again leading the way in realistic stone looks that are actually knife-friendly poly cutting boards.  This set is the best of both worlds:  the natural warmth and sustainability of bamboo and the food safety and ease of use of poly.

Fiesta Introduces New Color, Designs

Homer Laughlin™ has announced the Fiesta® Dinnerware brand’s 50th color since its introduction in 1936. Fiesta’s 2018 color is Mulberry, a rich, jewel-tone shade of purple with a red cast. Fiesta debuted its new color at the Atlanta International Gift & Home Furnishings Market®. “Mulberry complements every shade in the Fiesta color palette,” says Rich Brinkman, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at Homer Laughlin. “It was important for us to add purple to our lineup. Mulberry is very on trend with what we’ve been seeing in fashion and home decor recently. It offers a lot of versatility. Mulberry lends itself to a wide assortment of color combinations.”

“Fiesta’s Mulberry is a flavorful, robust and full-bodied shade, tempting to the eye and taste buds,” says color expert Leatrice Eiseman, author of “The Complete Color Harmony, Pantone edition.” “It’s a great pick-me-up next to neutrals and a terrific companion to so many other colors on the tabletop, including vineyard greens, honeyed yellows and chocolate browns.” At any given time, Fiesta Dinnerware has 14 or 15 colors in its spectrum. With the addition of Mulberry, Tangerine and Claret are retiring. Tangerine was in production since 2003. Claret was in production since 2016. Fiesta’s 2018 colors include Ivory, Slate, Sage, Scarlet, Poppy, Daffodil, Sunflower, Lemongrass, Shamrock, Turquoise, Lapis, Cobalt, Mulberry and White. The lineup also includes Foundry, a cast-iron like finish that has the ease of use of ceramic dinnerware. Standard dinnerware pieces will be available in Mulberry, including three-, four- and five-piece sets, three-piece Bistro Place Settings, and a variety of plates, platters, bowls, mugs, the signature disk pitcher and serving pieces. Suggested retail price for the four- and five-piece place settings is $32.99 and $56. Presale for the line starts May 1.

Fiesta has also debuted new items in the Floral Bouquet collection. Floral Bouquet features a bouquet of fresh roses and mixed flowers with shades of signature Fiesta colors like Scarlet, Poppy, Sunflower, Lapis, Shamrock, Lemongrass and Daffodil. The vibrant florals are showcased against a white ceramic background. ͞”Floral Bouquet is one of our most popular decorated collections,” said Brinkman. ͞”We’re really looking forward to offering these expanded pieces to consumers. The timeless pattern, featuring a wide assortment of Fiesta signature colors, adds visual interest and whimsy to the Fiesta family of products.” In addition to Fiesta’s dinnerware collection, Floral Bouquet is available in select license products, including a tablecloth and napkins from Town & Country and Tervis insulated tumblers. Flatware from Cambridge Silversmiths and glassware from Culver Glass are newly added to the collection as well.

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