Vacuum blending is a game-changer for making smoothies | Staub has perfect cookware for holiday cooking | Hugh Acheson's latest cookbook celebrates the slow cooker
October 20, 2017
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Vacuum blending is a game-changer for making smoothies
A vacuum blender lets home cooks remove air from what they are blending using an airtight seal and vacuum pump. resulting in tastier smoothies with less foam. The primary benefits of vacuum blending include a more concentrated mixture and reduced oxidation.
Gadget Review (10/18) 
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Staub has perfect cookware for holiday cooking
The 3½-quart Staub Heritage Braiser, which was originally designed for chefs, goes from the stove to the dining table. The sloping enameled cast iron cookware weighs a hefty 14 pounds and can cook a variety of dishes for festive occasions, including frittatas, paellas and risottos, as well as braise meats and poultry.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (10/16) 
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Trends & Innovations
Hugh Acheson's latest cookbook celebrates the slow cooker
"The Chef and The Slow Cooker" by Hugh Acheson is filled with 100 recipes, spanning poached eggs to brisket. "Even to the simplest pot roast you can add a really big flourish at the end of fermented chilis and chickpeas -- things that show off the flavors of the world," Acheson said of adding global flavors to slow cooker meals.
Bloomberg (free registration) (10/17),  National Public Radio (10/14) 
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Meal-kit service Blue Apron laying off 6% of its workers
Blue Apron, the meal-kit company that has run into rough times since its initial public offering earlier this year, says it will reduce its workforce by 6% as result of a recently completed "roadmapping and reprioritization exercise." The company's shares have lost 47% of their value since the IPO.
GeekWire (10/18) 
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Retail News
Incentives to play a big part in Amazon's HQ2 choice
Incentives to play a big part in Amazon's HQ2 choice
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Municipalities and states vying to become the site of Amazon's second North American headquarters have offered billions in incentives to the e-commerce giant, which has said it will invest $5 billion in its HQ2 project in the coming years. The window to submit proposals for Amazon's new headquarters closes Thursday.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (10/19) 
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Survey: Mass retail chains win with in-store shoppers
Survey: Mass retail chains win with in-store shoppers
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Mass merchants like Target and Walmart are the favored retail destinations for the 29.7% of survey respondents who favor in-store shopping over online, according to Imprint Plus. Supermarket chains and food retailers ranked second, followed by drugstores.
Chain Drug Review (10/16) 
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Finance & Policy
US inflation rate remains below target
The US inflation rate remains below the Federal Reserve's 2% target, currently sitting at 1.3%, according to the Fed's preferred inflation measure. Meanwhile, shortages in qualified workers in many industries have held back business growth, said the Fed.
Reuters (10/18) 
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IHA News
Inventors wanted for Inventors Corner pavilion
Are you an inventor with a new housewares item but need help with manufacturing and distribution? Exhibit in the Inventors Corner at the 2018 International Home + Housewares Show. The Inventors Corner is a hot destination at the Show as both retail buyers and exhibitors know it is the place to find the latest, most creative product concepts. Booth packages include free IHA membership, free product evaluation by industry experts, educational seminars at the Inventors Revue, signage, booth space, carpeting and furniture, along with IHA’s marketing and promotional services just for exhibitors. For more information, email Ginny Costello.
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Rep association offers "finder" service for IHA members
IHA members looking for manufacturer's representatives can take advantage of IHA's online rep finder service offered by the International Housewares Representatives Association (IHRA) or email info@ihra.org and state what line you need a rep for, the territory and products. IHRA's Instant Hot Line will send a one-time email that provides immediate information on your line only to reps covering the US and international markets. Learn more.
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