In response to retailer survey results, the Gourmet
Housewares Show will be held each summer in New York
City, beginning in August 2011, within the New York
International Gift Fair (NYIGF).
This permanent move to summer – which is a change
from previously announced plans – was based upon
results of a retailer survey, which indicated a clear
preference for a third-quarter buying opportunity.
Gourmet Housewares Show owner, GLM, surveyed
some 10,000 retailers – Gourmet Housewares Show
participants, members of two specialty store buying
groups (HTI and The Gourmet Catalog) and a wide
cross-section of independent specialty stores from
gourmet-appropriate retail channels – regarding
optimal market timing and location. Some 70 percent
of respondents supported the New York venue and
indicated preference for an August market.
“Independent specialty retail feedback was the lynchpin
of our decision-making process, and gourmet products
buyers indicate clear support for a third-quarter buying
opportunity as a complement to other first- and second-quarter industry events,” said Dorothy Belshaw, NYIGF
director and GLM senior vice president.
According to Belshaw, survey results also indicated that
primary categories of interest are gadgets, cookware,
cutlery, bakeware, kitchen textiles, tabletop, serveware,
small kitchen electrics, wine accessories and barware.
“By positioning the Gourmet Housewares Show adjacent
to NYIGF’s Tabletop & Housewares and General Gift
divisions at the Javits Center, we can provide a strong
assortment of key resources for independent specialty
gourmet retailers, as well as a wealth of conveniently
located complementary resources.” In total, NYIGF offers
10 divisions presenting over 100,000 lines of home, lifestyle and gift products.
The Gourmet Housewares Show will run Aug. 14-18,
2011, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.
For more information, visit www.thegourmetshow.com.
Gourmet Housewares Paired with
Housewares Charity Foundation in 2011
Barbara Turf, CEO and president of Crate and Barrel, and
Jerry Rubin, chairman, CEO and president of Helen of Troy,
will be honored at the 14th Annual Housewares Charity Foundation (HCF) Gala on Monday evening, March 7, during the
2011 International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago.
Turf, who will receive the Lifetime Humanitarian Award, is CEO
and president of noted multi-channel home furnishings retailer
Crate and Barrel. Founded in 1962, Crate and Barrel was
among the first to make globally sourced contemporary table-
top and kitchenwares designs available
and affordable to American consumers.
Rubin will receive the Humanitarian of
the Year Award. He is the founder, chairman of the board, president and CEO of Helen of Troy Limited,
a worldwide leader in the design, development and marketing
of brand-name personal care and household consumer products, sold under numerous well-recognized brands, including
Revlon®, Vidal Sassoon®, Bed Head®, Pro Beauty Tools®, Dr.
Scholl’s®, OXO®, Good Grips®, Infusium 23®, Brut®, Pert
Plus® and Sure®.
Co-chairs for the 2011 event are Phil Brandl, president of the
International Housewares Association, and Keith Jaffee of
Focus Investments. In a collaborative effort among industry
manufacturers, retailers and allied industry partners, the non-profit Foundation
hosts this annual event to raise funds for critical causes, unite the housewares
industry and honor its leaders. Honorees are selected for their humanitarian efforts
and exceptional leadership.
Since the first gala in 1998, HCF has raised $20 million and has contributed $10
million to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, the HCF’s legacy charity. In 2009
and 2010, amidst the most challenging of economic times, HCF raised more than
$2 million each year – record amounts – at its 12th and 13th annual galas in March
during the International Home + Housewares Show. In 2011, the charities benefiting
from the gala will be BCRF; Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Paul L.
Foster School of Medicine University Breast Care Center; Cookies for Kids’ Cancer.
The 2011 gala will be held Monday, March 7, at the Hilton Chicago and, once again,
will feature James Beard Award-winning chefs and auctions. For more information
about the HCF, its honorees and its charities, please visit
www.housewareschar-ity.org or contact Paul Murphy at 508-272-0717 or email@example.com.