Thirteen housewares suppliers ranging from well-established brands to first-time exhibitors were honored as winners of the IHA Innovation Awards today. The winners in each of 13 categories were announced on the first day of the 2015 International Home + Housewares Show, now taking place through Tuesday, March 10 at McCormick Place in Chicago.
The winner in the Tabletop category was Metrokane Inc. for its innovative Rabbit Push Muddler (pictured). Spring-loaded to make muddling a breeze, the specially designed head crushes ingredients rather than cutting, thereby preserving the flavours. Pushing down causes the Muddler head to spin, crushing the ingredients with unparalleled speed and ease.
All the winners of the awards are:
➢ Bath + Personal Care: simplehuman, Adjustable Shower Caddy
➢ Cleaning: FusionBrands, WaveRack
➢ Cook + Bakeware: Frieling USA, Inc., BLACK CUBE™ Cookware
➢ Floor + Carpet Care: Techko Maid Inc., SuperMaid
➢ Home Décor + Gifts: Paint Handy LLC, Paint Handy
➢ Home Organization + Storage: YouCopia, StoraStack
➢ Household Electrics + Home Environment: Miro, CleanPot
➢ Kitchen Electrics: Boyd Coffee Company, Brazen Connected 8 Cup Brew System by Behmor
➢ Kitchen Hand Tools + Cutlery: IMCG, Inc., Butter Mill
➢ Kitchenware: Bruer LLC, Cold Bruer
➢ Personal Care + Home Healthcare: Crane USA, Inc., Mini Travel Humidifier
➢ Pet Products: DOMO Elektro (LINEA 2000 bvba), Dog Biscuit Maker
➢ Tabletop: Metrokane Inc., Rabbit Push Muddler
“Congratulations to these winners; they are excellent representatives of the cutting-edge innovation and creativity that is driving the housewares industry today,” said Phil Brandl, IHA president & CEO. “Based on the efforts of these and other design-focused companies in our industry, consumers are able to fill their homes with innovative products that meet their individual needs and varied lifestyles.”
More than 500 products were entered in the IHA Innovation Awards competition. The 63 finalists in all categories are featured in the New Product Showcases in the Buyers Club in each Show building and the 13 category winners are on display in the Hall of Global Innovation in the Lakeside Center.
The 2015 International Home + Housewares Show features more than 2,100 exhibitors including 400 new companies and over 60,000 total attendees from around the globe.
To view the list of finalists for the IHA Innovation Awards, please go to www.housewares.org/press/releases/show/371.aspx. For more information about exhibitors and the Show, please visit www.housewares.org/housewaresconnect365