CHICAGO (March 10, 2012)—Twelve housewares suppliers ranging from name brands to small entrepreneurs were honored as winners of the first annual IHA Innovation Awards today. The winners in each of 12 categories were announced on the first day of the 2012 International Home + Housewares Show, now taking place through Tuesday, March 13 at McCormick Place in Chicago.
Bath + Personal Care: Gleener, Gleener The Ultimate Fuzz Remover
Cleaning: Casabella Holdings LLC, Quick Scrub Double Sided Microfiber Spray Mop
Cook + Bakeware: Kuhn Rikon Corp., Kuhn Rikon PushPan™
Floor + Carpet Care: Rowenta, Groupe SEB USA, Rowenta Delta Force Stick Vacuum
Home Décor + Gifts: Energizer Household Lighting, Energizer Ambiana Desk Light
Home Organization + Storage: Clean Cubes LLC, Clean Cubes
Household Electrics + Home Environment: Humanscale, Horizon LED Task Light
Kitchen Electrics: Jura Capresso, Inc., Jura IMPRESSA J9 One Touch TFT
Kitchen Hand Tools + Cutlery: Rush3 LLC, Kebo
Kitchenware: Browne USA, Date Dial Sealing Lids
Personal Care + Home Healthcare: Veridian Healthcare, iBaby Monitoring System
Tabletop: Harold Import Co., Inc., Blossom Trivet
“Congratulations to these winners, they are excellent representatives of the cutting-edge innovation and creation happening in the housewares industry,” said Phil Brandl, IHA president. “Based on the efforts of these and other design-focused companies in our industry, consumers are able to fill their homes with innovative products that meet their individual needs and varied lifestyles.”
More than 400 products were entered in the inaugural IHA Innovation Awards. The 60 finalists in all categories are featured in the New Product Showcases in the Buyers Club in each Show building and the 12 category winners are on display in the Hall of Global Innovation in the Lakeside Center.
The 2012 International Home + Housewares Show features more than 2,100 exhibitors, including over 500 new companies, and 60,000 total attendees from around the globe. To view the IHA Innovation Award winners and exhibitors in the Show, please visit www.housewares.org/housewaresconnect 365.