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The CMA Names Fran Groesbeck Managing Director
Announcing the CMA’s New Managing Director The Cookware Manufacturers Association (CMA) Board of Directors is pleased to announce and welcome Fran Groesbeck as the new Managing Director.  Fran steps in to fill the position held by Penny Rosema as she retires mid-2021. “Fran brings a career of market experience, from retail, product development and manufacturing” said Andy Padawer, CMA President.  “Her industry relationships and experiences will ensure that the CMA will grow and evolve to serve the cookware and bakeware industry. Fran’s ability to foster strong relationships will support our mission at trade shows, with the media, and among consumers.”  ...
Summer Fancy Food Show Postponed Until September ‘21
After an extensive evaluation, the Specialty Food Association (SFA) is pleased to announce that our Summer Fancy Food Show will move to September 27-29, 2021 and will still be held at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City.  After surveying buyers and consulting with SFA members, New York City and State officials, the Javits Center, and health experts to gauge the safety and viability of moving forward with a live event, we have determined that a modified, late third-quarter Fancy Food Show has the best chance of success in a safe environment. Given pandemic restrictions in place since March 2020, this will be the sole Fancy Food Show of the year. ...
WÜSTHOF Announces the Hire of Tom Fowler to Lead the Company’s Americas Business Unit
WÜSTHOF is pleased to announce the hire of Tom Fowler to lead the company’s Americas business unit. He will be based out of the company’s Norwalk, CT office and will report to WÜSTHOF’s global CEO, Jan-Patrick Schmitz. Fowler joins WÜSTHOF as the company continues its evolution from a Solingen-based knife manufacturer to a global premium consumer brand. With more than thirty years of executive leadership across multiple categories around the world, he will lead all aspects of the company’s operation throughout the region. Fowler joins the company from Polar Electro USA, a venerable brand in the sports wearable tech industry, ...
Natural Products West Cancels In Person Show, Moves Virtual
For the past 40 years, Natural Products Expo West has gathered the natural and organic products industry each March in Anaheim to capture and propel the incredible innovation, connections and inspiration that exist within our community. We all felt the impact of not being able to gather in person in 2020, and Informa Markets’ New Hope Network was hopeful that postponing Expo West 2021 to end of May would result in us being able to confidently convene this important community event this Spring. Unfortunately, we have now reached the incredibly difficult decision to cancel the in-person Expo West event this ...
Cibus 2021 Trade Fair Is Confirmed
(Parma, 2021, January 14th) – Cibus 2021 is confirmed; the International Food Exhibition 20th edition will be the first show of the year entirely and exclusively dedicated to Made in Italy foods. The pandemic’s unpredictability suggests that Fiere di Parma will postpone the opening of the show initially scheduled on May 4.To fix the new date, 2 surveys were launched at the end of 2020: one involving a selection of exhibitors of all food categories and the other, a panel of 1000 Italian and international buyers. Two possibilities are coming out: either launch Cibus during the 3rd week of June – just before Vinitaly- ...
James McArdle Named Managing Director of Fissler USA 
CHARLOTTE, NC — James McArdle has been named Managing Director of Fissler USA.  McArdle, who has served as Interim Managing Director since July 2020, has been appointed to a permanent position to continue the strong growth and development of the brand in the US market. Under McArdle’s leadership, Fissler has focused on expanding its premium product lines and strengthening its supply chain and systems, including upgraded warehousing and customer support.  Fissler is renowned for innovative cookware made in Germany to unsurpassed quality standards, such as the Original-Profi Collection, Pure-Profi Collection and Adamant lines, and Vitaquick and Vitavit Premium stovetop pressure cookers. “After a record year in 2020, we go into 2021 in stock and ready ...
IHA Announces Updated Digital Marketplace and New Virtual Industry Events Planned for March & April
ROSEMONT, IL (Jan. 21, 2021) – With The Inspired Home Show 2021 postponed to August, the International Housewares Association has announced several new initiatives to be launched in the first quarter of the year with two new virtual events taking place in March and early April. “By the time the August 2021 Show is here, it will have been a year and a half since the industry has been able to convene in a meaningful way,” said Derek Miller, IHA president. “All of the retailers and suppliers with whom we regularly communicate are telling us that there is an immediate need ...
Optimism And Confidence Apparent At Winter 2021 Atlanta Market
ATLANTA – January 20, 2021 – Optimism, confidence and demand for fresh, in-stock product were the overwhelming sentiments of buyers and sellers at the first Atlanta Market of 2021. The nation’s largest home and gift trade show is reporting healthy order writing, national traffic and positive projections for 2021 at the close of its eight-day market, January 12-19, 2021. “Recovery from the pandemic is a journey and after this week in Atlanta, I can confirm that we have taken a giant step forward,” said Bob Maricich, International Market Centers (IMC) CEO. “We provided the platform – with safety measures and the return ...
Ambiente in Frankfurt Germany Postponed Until 2022
Prolight + Sound, Heimtextil, Techtextil and Texprocess postponed until 2022; International Consumer Goods Show cancelled Back in September 2020, a decision was reached by Messe Frankfurt and the industries involved to forgo any physical events at our home base in the first quarter of 2021. Now, following close consultation with customers, it has become necessary to postpone the international physical trade fairs planned for April and May – Prolight + Sound, the International Consumer Goods Show, Heimtextil, Techtextil and Texprocess – as a result of the regulations and travel restrictions that have been imposed. There is currently no end to ...
Farmer Brothers Announces Strategic Partnership with High Brew Coffee
NORTHLAKE, Texas, Jan. 12, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE)-- Farmer Bros. Co. (NASDAQ: FARM) (the “Company”), a leading national coffee roaster, wholesaler, and distributor of coffee, tea, and culinary products, today announced a strategic partnership with High Brew Coffee (“High Brew”), a leading manufacturer of ready-to-drink (“RTD”) coffee products. Under the agreement, Farmer Brothers will distribute three flavors of High Brew’s premium RTD cold brew coffee via their Direct-Store-Delivery (“DSD”) routes. The routes are part of the Company’s DSD network, which made over 50,000 points-of-delivery in the U.S. in the 2020 fiscal year. The cold brew products will initially be pilot tested ...
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