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Safe Snacker from Kid Basix, LLC

KidBasixThe Safe Snacker stainless steel lunchbox containers from Kid Basix are clean, eco-friendly and perfect for kids and moms. Features include a single-flapped attached lid that is easy for kids to open and close, a removable collared lid and gasket for easy washing and a base made of high grade stainless steel. The Snacker is available in three sizes: 7-ounce, 13-ounce and 23-ounce.

Paula Deen Country Barnyard Collection Brings Bucolic to the Kitchen

Inspired by Paula Deen’s love of country farms, Meyer Corporation, U.S. introduces Paula Deen® Country Barnyard, a new assortment of kitchen accessories spotlighting a quartet of classic farm animals – cow, pig, sheep and rooster. Designed in crisp white with illustrations of each farm animal in shades of blue, Paula Deen Country Barnyard is crafted in a mix of materials, including durable ceramic, sturdy and lightweight melamine, stain-resistant enamel on steel, and natural acacia wood. The collection’s nostalgic and playful styling celebrates the peaceful charms of country life and timeless appeal of farm animals. Faux hand-painted soft blue stripes on some of the items, which echo the design of country-style kitchen linens from the 1940s, further accentuate and enhance the collection’s nod to our pastoral past.

Countertop items in the Paula Deen Country Barnyard collection include a ceramic Tool Crock ($19.99), and an assortment of kitchen tools featuring solid acacia wood, and acacia wood handles with silicone heads that are each decorated with various farm-life motifs. The Kitchen Tools line includes a 12.5-inch Spatula and Spoonula in a set of two, a 10-inch and 12.5-inch Solid Spoons sold as a set of two, a set that includes a 12.5-inch Solid Spoon and a Slotted Spoon, a 12.5-inch Solid Turner, a 12.5-inch Slotted Turner and a 10-inch Solid Spoon.

For baking and serving dessert, Paula Deen Country Barnyard offers the following accessories made from dishwasher safe melamine: 3 Piece Mixing Bowl Set (Rooster 1 Quart, Pig 2 Quart, Cow 3 Quart), Cake Stand; Cake Serve and 2 Piece Set (Cake Stand and Cake Server). The Cake Stand and Cake Server feature a delightful stacked farm animal motif, and the mixing bowls include a rubberized base for added countertop stability, along with a generously sized lip for extra support when lifting the bowls.

The retro-style, enamel on steel Paula Deen Country Barnyard Pie & Cake Carrier is durably constructed to protect baked goods during transport. The locking lid – which provides 4.5 inches of height clearance – includes a sturdy handle for easy carrying of all types of desserts, including layer cakes, pies, tarts, and more.

Also made of easy to maintain enamel on steel is the Paula Deen Country Barnyard 3 Piece Canister Set, which offers tight-fitting acacia wood lids and silver knobs. Ideal for countertop display and storage of often-used dry ingredients, the small, medium and large-size canisters whimsically blend the collection’s signature motif of farm animals and retro country kitchen linen.

The new Paula Deen Country Barnyard collection will be available at retail nationwide in fall 2017.

A New Style For Picnics

by Micah Cheek

We’re finally approaching spring, and consumers are getting outside and shaking the cold off. Picnics are an affordable and fun entertainment option for the season, and developers are moving to serve the growing market of Millenials headed outdoors.

Igloo made a splash with the Daytripper line the company introduced at last year’s International Housewares Show, and the response was strong enough the product was actually released early. “The Daytripper sparked out of a design language meeting we had a year and a half ago, when we started to look at who our consumer is and how they live,” says Lisa Hayashi, Director of Brands, Igloo. “We have a customer segment called the ‘Downtowners.’ Female-centric, fun-loving, she buys for her or them, she likes to entertain, and her primary focus is urban exploration.” Igloo started developing designs that would accommodate these young professionals.

DayTripper for webThe growing interest in urban exploration is in part due to these Downtowners looking for events or gathering places that are more active and less expensive. “Even if you’re going to go out and find something that’s less expensive, there’s still ways to pack up nice food and have a great experience,” says Hayashi. “We’re not going out to fancy dinners all the time, but maybe we’re finding ways to gather outside while creating memories.” This sentiment was reflected in product testing. The line resonated with customers who were looking to try something new. “We did some fun events with REI-sponsored Outessa this summer, and this event was designed to get women out there and try guided experiences. We tought women how to pack out the Daytripper with nicely curated food and drinks,” says Hayashi. “Every class was packed. It was exciting to be with like-minded women who love great food, drinks and the outdoors.”

During research, Hayashi was able to identify some changes in direction they needed to take. More traditional picnic and travel sets were often large and cumbersome. Their functionality was often compromised by being overloaded with added tools and accessories. For the Daytripper, Igloo tried to bring it back to basics. “Our pack-ins were very conscious. We selected for quality. We did research to take out pack-ins that people wouldn’t necessarily find helpful,” says Hayashi. “When you turn the backpack around, there’s spaces for carabiners, a bottle opener and there’s support for lumbar support when you’re carrying around your goods. I am a pretty small person, and I have zero trouble using this bag.”

The Daytripper Tote is designed to hold snacks for two to four people, and comes with a cutting board, cheese knives, corkscrew and fold-out tray. The larger Backpack has more storage space along with the cutting board, cheese knives and corkscrew. Both are made in charcoal grey with orange accents.

French Bull Unveils Holiday Collection

French Bull has debuted its first holiday collection, a natural extension of the celebratory lifestyle brand’s LIVE VIVID® attitude. The collection FrenchBullcomes packaged with dangling ornaments and gift tags, ready for gifting. The festive mix includes a Cookie Platter for Santa, a four piece dessert plate set in the brand’s cheery Dotty Tree pattern, four neatly wrapped spreaders in a candy-cane pattern and a set of two nesting storage containers in a merry ornament-inspired pattern for treats and left overs.

Jackie Shapiro says, “My favorites are the candy cane spreaders because of the sparkling dangling ornament around the set of four. Since nobody remembers who brought the wine, I think our customers will make a lasting impression with whomever they celebrate the season, and they will make fantastic stocking stuffers.”

Charleston Basket from Picnic Time

300-92-187-000-0_h1The Charleston Basket from Picnic Time is the essential picnic basket. It includes everything AND the kitchen sink. For service for four, the basket has beautiful porcelain plates and stemless glasses. The set also includes a full-sized wooden serving tray, as well as a blanket to sit on. Included is our Made-in America festival blanket that features a wide array of colorful patters for style and comfort. Also included are an insulated wine tote and food cooler to keep food and drinks at the perfect temperature. With its premium 18/10 stainless steel flatware and paddle cheese board and cheese knife, this is a truly functional basket. You’ll be having the perfect picnic for years to come.

For more information, call Picnic Time at 805.529.7400.

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