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Inspired Home Show 2021 Moved To August
The International Housewares Association announced today that its annual home + housewares gathering, The Inspired Home Show, will be held in-person August 7-10, 2021 at McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago. The event had previously been scheduled for March 13-16, 2021. “As the pandemic continued into the summer, we had multiple conversations with our Board of Directors, exhibiting members and retail buyers, all of whom were experiencing apprehension about the ability to safely convene the industry as soon as March of 2021,” said Derek Miller, IHA president. “While the Show continues to be a critical part of their businesses, the ...
Questex Cancels World Tea Conference & Expo 2020 Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
NEW YORK, July 15, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Questex, the parent company of World Tea Conference + Expo, today announces the event will be forced to cancel, as the Colorado Convention Center has declared no large-scale events can take place in the building for the rest of the year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. World Tea Conference + Expo was originally scheduled to run October 15-18, 2020 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, CO. World Tea Conference + Expo has been the hub for tea industry professionals to come together with their passion of tea to learn, grow their businesses, and ...
New Board of Directors Elected at Specialty Food Association
New York, NY (July 15, 2020) Specialty Food Association (SFA) members voted in record numbers for their 2020 Board of Directors. The election results were announced at the Annual Membership Meeting of the Association held on June 29, 2020. For the first time, due to pandemic-driven cancellation, that meeting was held virtually rather than in conjunction with the Association’s Summer Fancy Food Show. “It was wonderful to see how engaged SFA members are, even in these turbulent times,” said Bill Lynch, SFA Interim President. “We had more members than ever cast ballots compared to prior elections. We are especially gratified that ...
Omaha Steaks Fourth-Generation Family Owner, Alan Simon, Passes Away
Omaha Steaks is saddened to announce Alan D. Simon, a fourth-generation family owner of Omaha Steaks, has passed away at the age of 85. Simon was Chairman of the Board for the company, which was founded by his great-grandfather and grandfather in 1917. Alan is preceded in death by his parents Lester and Trudy Simon and his brothers Stephen Simon and Frederick Simon. He is survived by his wife Anne Simon, son Bruce (Stacy), daughter Janice Tecimur (Timur), and four grandchildren Talia, Ellie, Natalie, and Chase. Born August 8, 1934 in Omaha, Nebraska, one of the fourth-generation destined for the ...
IMC Repositions August Markets as Showroom-Only Buying Opportunities
ATLANTA / HIGH POINT / LAS VEGAS – (July 15, 2020) – International Market Centers (IMC) announced today that its August markets in Atlanta and Las Vegas will run as scheduled, but will be staged as showroom-only buying opportunities – with no tradeshow component – based on recent developments and guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic.  “IMC’s mission is to create efficient, effective and compelling markets, but our markets must also be safe, secure and comfortable experiences for our customers - both tenants and buyers,” said CEO Bob Maricich. “During these unprecedented times, with the acceleration of COVID-19 cases and travel ...
SIAL Paris 2020 Postponed
Dear Visitors, Everyone in the SIAL Paris team has remained fully mobilized to support businesses and provide them with this export springboard which is so keenly awaited to get the economy back on track. To enable such an international event to take place during this pandemic-hit period, we put together a multitude of initiatives to safeguard individual and collective safety and maintain the quality of business exchanges and inspiration: • Deployment of a ruthless public health protocol  • Reinforcement of personal and public transport services • A hybrid offer to enable everyone to interact within the event  • Multiple studies ...
Shoppe Object To Postpone October Show in NYC
July 8, 2020, NEW YORK, NY: Shoppe Object, the biannual independent tradeshow for home and gift, announces today the cancellation of its October show in NYC, due to safety concerns surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic. The show plans to resume the physical edition in February 2021. Shoppe Object will launch Shoppe On, an online experience and digital platform on August 24, 2020. Shoppe On will serve as a curated, content rich bridge between the Shoppe Object community of brands and top-tier retailers from around the world and deliver the best of the Shoppe Object show experience in a digital format with ...
John Brennan to Manage JURA’s Expanding Premium Gifts Sales Program 
MONTVALE, NJ — JURA’s premium gifts program, a growing sales segment for the company, is now managed by John Brennan, Director of Sales Midwest, of JURA, Inc.  The baton was passed from Becky Sawicki, former director of special markets for JURA, to Brennan when Sawicki retired after 25 years with the company in April 2020.    John Brennan reports to Michael Loughnane, Vice President of Sales.    “Becky Sawicki saw the potential of the premium gifts market and ran with it for years, building it into a substantial market for both the JURA and Capresso brands.  John Brennan is building on that success at a time when this segment is more important than ever.  When it’s hard to thank and honor people with group events and face-to-face recognition, ...
Tramontina Invests in Expanded Production for Tri-Ply Clad Cookware
SUGAR LAND, Texas –Tramontina has expanded its production capabilities, including a new state-of-the-art manufacturing line for its premium Tri-Ply Clad Cookware.  Located in Brazil, the new production line reflects the company’s commitment to continuous investment in manufacturing technology.Attention to detail is a hallmark of Tramontina production. Tramontina is one of the few cookware manufacturers in the world that produces aluminum coil and applies stainless steel layers to produce the clad material used in the line.Tri-Ply Clad is a growing and important segment of Tramontina’s business.  Ideal for home and professional cooks, it has a premium 18/10 stainless steel interior layer, an aluminum core, and a magnetic stainless steel exterior layer. This construction offers excellent heat ...
GC Buying Group Kicks Off Virtual Summer Series This Week
DALLAS, July 13, 2020:  In keeping with the ten-year tradition of Summer School and through the support of loyal vendors, GC is set to begin three weeks of virtual trainings and product features. Since 2011, GC store and vendor members have assembled at AmericasMart in Atlanta for the annual Summer School. This year with market centers not allowing group meetings, GC will host virtual live and on-demand vendor trainings. Live versions will feature virtual contact between stores and vendors, along with Q&A opportunities. Each session in the series will be recorded and available for anytime viewing by store members.  Event ...
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