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Blog: At the Housewares Show

Anchor Hocking-branded flatware from EverywareAnchor Hocking-branded flatware from Everyware

The International Home + Housewares Show, in its third day, has been notable for new products along with celebrity chefs greeting excited crowds.

A long line formed to meet Rick Bayless at the Gorham/Dansk booth; Cake Boss Buddy Valantro greeted hundreds of fans at the Meyer booth; Ingrid Hoffman hugged fawning fans at the Gibson show space; Guy Fieri cooked for partiers at a Lifetime Brands event; and Paula Deen mingled with a packed McCormick Place cooking theater.

All-Clad returned to the show following a one-year absence with several new programs and products. Its Independent/Gourmet exclusives program for the specialty retailer has newly launched, and it unveiled a new Chefs Ambassador Program with eight chefs, including Hugh Acheson, Paul Kahan and David Chang. The program includes videos and recipes ... KitchenAid moved its cookware inhouse, after licensing it out to Meyer for a number of years ... Celebrating its 30th anniversary, TeleBrands expanded its OrGreenic cookware line, which uses ceramic nonstick coating, to include an 8-and 10-inch pan, a 10-inch fry pan, an 11-inch square grill pan, a roaster and a 10-piece set ... Cuisinart launched a complete tabletop program at the show, including a two-tiered flatware program, a two-tiered glassware program and an extensive dinnerware program that includes stoneware and porcelain options. It has also brought cutlery in-house (it previously had a license agreement with Lifetime Brands) ... Lifetime Brands has obtained the license for cutlery for Guy Fieri (previously held by Ergo Chef). It is a two-tiered program featuring many of Fieri's signature looks, such as tattoo art.

Dansk has expanded its Kobenstyle cookware program to include an 18/10 stainless steel version as well as oven-to-table porcelain bakeware and barware; it has also added chocolate, gray and teal colorways to the cookware line ... Everyware has added flatware to the Anchor Hocking brand in an effort to be a total tabletop resource. It debuted 11 patterns of 18/0 stainless steel in a variety of finishes. They will be offered in 20-piece sets. Anchor has also signed a license agreement with the owners of the Baked brand, which operate a bakery in Brooklyn with food products sold at Williams Sonoma. The glass bakeware and food prep line, containing many archive-inspired lines, will be called Baked by Fire King, reflecting Anchor's glass bakeware brand from long ago ... Tervis has signed a license agreement with the Smithsonian and is presenting four themes on its plastic tumblers, each with an educational component: zoo, botanical, air and space and patriotic ... iCoffee is making its debut at the show with its Remington-branded coffeemaker. The multicup brewer works with a technology that infuses more of the flavor into the coffee during brewing.

The show ends tomorrow.