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January 30, 2013
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  Industry Update 
  • Study suggests melamine tableware affects blood levels
    The use of melamine in the manufacture of tableware is raising health concerns in the wake of a study from Kaohsiung Medical University in Taiwan showing elevated chemical levels in the blood of those using such products. The study did not assess the clinical significance of the elevated levels, but previous research has suggested a link between melamine and kidney disease. (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Innovations 
  • Silpat unveils baking dish
    Silpat has come forward with a baking dish version of its popular non-stick cookie sheet liners. The pan is currently available in a 10- by 13-inch size. Gizmodo (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Microwave losing favor among British consumers
    Around a quarter of Britons no longer use, or even own, a microwave, according to a new study from British Lion Eggs. British consumers, increasingly concerned with healthier eating habits, are turning away from microwaved meals to healthier, quick home-cooked options. (U.K.) (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail News 
  • Lavazza plans to open stores across U.K.
    Italian coffee company Lavazzo has unveiled plans to open 400 stores across the U.K. over the next decade in a bid to capitalize on the growing popularity of coffee among British consumers. Over the next three years, the company plans to open 50 Lavazzo Expression shops in London alone. The Independent (London) (1/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Luxury retailers use mobile to fight showrooming
    Luxury retailers need to embrace mobile and incorporate it further into the shopping experience to reduce the risk of showrooming, experts say. "Wise marketers are embracing the idea of mobile devices in the hands of shoppers rather than fearing it," said marketer Jeff Hasen. Luxury Daily (1/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Finance & Policy 
  IHA News 
  • Complimentary specialty retailer consulting sessions offered at Show
    Specialty and independent retailers can take advantage of free, confidential consulting at the Housewares Show. The 45-minute sessions features experts in many business areas, including video vloging; social media strategy; mobile media application design and development; promotions and marketing; managing inventory, cash and profits; visual merchandising; green remodeling; creating a green category and building and living a sustainable life. The consultants will be available Saturday through Tuesday. Sign up today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • James Beard chefs take spotlight at HCF gala
    James Beard Award-winning chefs Hugh Acheson, Rick Bayless, Sarah Grueneberg, Emily Luchetti, Maricel Presilla and Jacques Torres will create their culinary specialties for dinner at the Housewares Charity Foundation (HCF) 16th annual gala dinner March 4 during the International Home + Housewares Show. The gala will honor two industry veterans for their philanthropy: Kathryn Bufano, president and chief merchandising officer of Belk, and Keith Jaffee of O2 Cool, with proceeds benefiting The Breast Cancer Research Foundation and two Hurricane Sandy relief organizations. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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