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CHA @ Autumn Fair awards announced

Award winners from the recent CHA @ Autumn Fair Awards, which celebrates 2014’s best cookshop and housewares products, are revealed

A panel of judges from The Cookshop and Housewares Association (CHA) have voted Pinny Pockets’ apron and oven glove set as Best Product at their annual awards ceremony at Autumn Fair at Birmingham’s NEC, this week.

The panel of independent retailers, who are members of the CHA, a division of the British Independent Retailers Association (bira), spent time picking out their favourite products and seeing what new and innovative products were on offer and then debated which ones deserved the coveted CHA @ Autumn Fair Awards.

Pinny Pockets won the Best Product award (pictured) for their cost effective and saleable apron which incorporates a pair of oven gloves, perfect for those that often lose them around the kitchen! The runner up award for Best Product went to Cuisipro’s new mandolin slicer.

In other categories Wild & Wolf won Best New Product for their striking style and strong brand of Mr Men mugs, which the panel thought would sell well with their customers. Neat Ideas’ new App Tray for children came in second place.

Redmond won Most Innovative Product for their Multi Cooker, due to its ability to cook everything in every way, which is perfect for families. It also cuts down on the number of products needed in the kitchen, as it does it all.

The Best Packaging Award went to Artscape for their range of stackable and space saving aprons, a product notoriously difficult for cookshops to display. Their quirky and exciting messages on the front of the boxes grabbed the attention of the judges.

Trevor Draper, CHA Chairman said: “I was really pleased to be invited to present these awards, which honour the best and most innovative products in the industry. My fellow judges and I saw some incredibly exciting products, both our favourites and brand new ones. I was particularly impressed by the Redmond Multi Cooker that I can see being very useful in family kitchens.”

Paul Woolley, Executive Secretary of the CHA said: “As Managing Director of the buying arm of the British Independent Retailers Association- bira direct, it is very important to stay focussed on what products sell well and excite independent retailers, and awards chosen by our members helps us to do this. The array of products in the winners list show just how diverse cookshop and housewares retailing is.”

Runners up on the day were Churchill China’s nursery sets for best packaging and Charles Viancin’s rigid lids, which were awarded for most innovative product. Special mentions were also given for Paxton and Whitfield for their packaging and Pad Home’s London Brick range for their innovation.

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