Manufacturers and retailers displayed the hottest trends for kitchen gadgets at the International Home + Housewares Show. Multifunction devices, cooking as entertainment and kitchen tools available in a range of bold colors are among the top trends.
A stand mixer can replace more than two dozen kitchen tools and clear out kitchen clutter, according to Macy's. Stand mixer attachments can replace items including knives, graters, whisks, juicers, grain mills and meat grinders.
Matchbox has been selected as the Australian winner of the 2012 Global Innovation Award, the leading award program for the housewares industry. Matchbox, a kitchenware and cookware retailer, operates more than two dozen stores that feature specialist products from brands including Jamie Oliver and Lavazza.
The Kalita Wave is gaining popularity among coffee aficionados because the pour-over brewer uses flat-bottom filters to more evenly extract flavor. Users slowly pour water over coffee grounds to send brewed liquid through the filter into the stainless steel Wave.
Big Lots Inc. reported results for the fiscal year ending Feb. 2, posting net sales of $5.4 billion for the year, up from $5.2 billion in 2011. The company also reported that comparable store sales for outlets in the U.S. dropped 3.5% in the fourth quarter year over year.