Remington® Introduces the iCup™ “Lifestyle Series™” at the 2014 International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago

a New Line of Six Single-Serve Brewers Compatible with Keurig® and K-Type cups, Designed to Accommodate Every Coffee Lover’s Lifestyle

The iCup Lifestyle Series Features the World’s First Single-Serve Coffee Brewing System with Rotational SteamBrew™ Technology and the 28-ounce iCarafe™ for Dramatically Smoother and Better-Tasting Coffee in Any Size

Remington® introduces a comprehensive lineup in its new “Lifestyle Series™” with iCup™ — the world’s first single-serve coffee brewing system to use rotational SteamBrew™ technology. Featuring the iCarafe™, a stainless steel (non-plastic) thermal carafe, the iCup system will brew up to 28 ounces of coffee into iCarafe with a larger single-serve K-type cup. The new Remington Lifestyle Series featuring iCup and the iCarafe is debuting at the International Home+Housewares Show (IHHS) in Chicago, March 15-18, 2014 and will be showcased in demonstrations.

Bruce Burrows, Remington CEO, explains, “Our iCup Lifestyle Series and the iCarafe is breakthrough technology for the single-serve brewer industry, providing a superior tasting cup of coffee from your favorite Keurig® K-Cup® or K-type equivalent.

iCup uses patent pending rotational SteamBrew technology to steam and stir the coffee grounds in all Keurig and K-Type compatible cups. This revolutionary rotational brewing technology is similar to that of iCoffee®, featured on the cover of Consumer Reports’ 2014 “Hot List”, which creates a brewing environment that extracts rich, smooth flavors without the bitter-acidic aftertaste often associated with drip and single-serve coffee brewers.

We have changed the game by creating a system that accepts all Keurig K-Cups, including the new 2.0 interactive K-Cups, as well as any K-type equivalent. Our iCoffee lovers requested that we put the ‘impossibly smooth’ taste that they experience with iCoffee in a single-serve machine, and we are thrilled to be able to do that with iCup.”

Remington launched iCoffee in 2013. iCoffee was the first-ever coffee brewer to utilize rotational steam jets inside the brew basket to crack open the grounds, unlocking all the rich coffee flavors while eliminating any bitter or acidic aftertaste. iCup uses a patent pending rotational jet inside the K-Cup® or K-type cup that steams and stirs the coffee at the optimum brewing temperature to release maximum flavor. The iCup brewer is also the first to use a patent pending Dial-a-Brew cup size selector that provides the user with any brew strength between 6 and 28 ounces of beverage size depending on the Lifestyle Series model.

The iCup brewer will be produced in six models and comes loaded with different features to accommodate every coffee lover’s lifestyle. Some models will include a built-in K-cup® storage space within the brewer that conveniently holds eight coffee pods.

Burrows added that Keurig has announced a 2.0 interactive K-Cup reader system that will both eliminate choice and will ultimately be more expensive by requiring consumers to use only Keurig-licensed interactive K-cups.

With iCup, coffee lovers will experience a dramatically better tasting coffee and the ability to use their favorite Keurig  K-Cup or K-type equivalent from makers including Kraft (Maxwell House, Gevalia), Mother Parkers (Real Cup), Rogers Family Coffee, Sturm Foods, Kroger and Safeway, just to name a few. By delivering this game-changing brewer technology for a cost that is substantially less than the competition, we are offering coffee lovers – and our retail partners – value and freedom of choice while supplying a 28-ounce iCarafe full of delicious coffee,” Burrows added.

iCup will be available at retail by third quarter, 2014. For more information about the company, please visitwww.icoffee.com.

Panasonic Showcases Innovative Home, Personal Care Products at 2014 International Home & Housewares Show

 Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company is showcasing its latest in innovative consumer products for the home at the 2014 International Home & Housewares Show being held in Chicago’s McCormick Place, Saturday March 15 through Tuesday March 18.  Based in Newark, NJ, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company is a division of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation. The company offers a wide range of consumer solutions in the U.S.including products from VIERA Life+ Screen, Blu-ray players, LUMIX Digital Cameras, Camcorders, Home Audio, Cordless Phones, Home Appliances, Wellness and Personal Care products and more. 

The Panasonic booth (#L12505) will offer convention-goers an interactive look at some of the company’s popular home products; a stylist station will provide women with on-site hair styles and touch-ups; and a barber station will offer men hair cuts and shaves with the company’s award-winning men’s grooming tools.  All of the products featured in the Panasonic booth are available immediately on www.shop.panasonic.com.

For Beauty and Grooming

Panasonic will display the large selection of men’s grooming, women’s beauty and oral care products currently available.  The interactive styling station will offer hair styling by appointment with the nanoe™ Hair Dryer and nanoe™ Flat Iron, products that are effective in enhancing hair’s smoothness and shine. Attendees will also be able to view Panasonic’s full range of Compact Beauty Tools, designed for on-the-go beauty needs, and the new Facial Ionic Steamer.  Offering a quick 3-minute or 6-minute steam session, the Facial Ionic Steamer utilizes ultra-fine nano steam particles to supplement moisture in the skin.

The booth’s barber station will offer hair cuts using Panasonic’s award-winning Wet/Dry Beard/Hair Trimmers, including the ER-GB40, and close, luxurious shaves with the new ES-LV95 Arc5 Men’s Shaver.  Designed to provide men with the ultimate shave, the new Arc5 Men’s Shaver offers a five blade cutting system, a 14,000-cycles per minute linear motor drive and new shave sensor technology which automatically detects beard density to adjust motor speed for a powerful yet gentle shave.

For the Home

Panasonic offers a full range of appliance products for the home – from the kitchen to the living room.  The Genius Prestige Microwave Ovens with Inverter Technology will be a focal point in the booth along with the classic FlashXpress Toaster Oven, a favorite among consumers, and the new Immersion Blender, which will all be available in late 2014.  The sleek and modernBreakfast Collection (Toaster, Kettle and Coffee Maker) will once again be on display and will be joined by the new Espresso Machine providing show-goers delicious coffee concoctions throughout the four days of the event.

From cooking to cleaning, Panasonic has got home appliances covered.  A colorful array of Panasonic vacuum cleaners will be included in the booth display, including the new MC-UL429 bagless JetForce vacuum which features a lightweight design and uses JetForce technology to separate dust and air via centrifugal force in combination with the unique hour–glass dust container. 

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For home communication, Panasonic will offer a hands-on look at the newest premium cordless phones now available.  The Panasonic Premium Design Series, including the KX-PRL262BKX-PRX-120WKX-PRW130WKX-PRW120W, and the new Link2Cell phone models, including the KX-TGH263B and KX-TGE275S. These models offer sleek new designs coupled with enhanced technologies including Link2Cell, which allows users to make and receive cell phone calls from their cordless handset with or without a landline;  Talking Text Sender alert which announces the name and number of an incoming text message; key detector, and an integrated baby monitor which alerts other handsets when baby starts crying.

For more information on Panasonic’s full line of consumer products for the home please visit www.shop.panasonic.com.

2014 International Home + Housewares Show Almost Sold Out

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With less than five months to go before opening day, the 2014 International Home + Housewares Show is over 90 percent sold out, according to the International Housewares Association, the Show’s owner and operator. The Show begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 15 and closes at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18.

Chef Fabio Viviani prepares pasta at the Show's Cooking Theater at 2013 International Home + Housewares Show

Chef Fabio Viviani prepares pasta at the Show’s Cooking Theater at 2013 International Home + Housewares Show

Chef Ming Tsai shares cooking tips at the Show's popular Cooking Theater at 2013 International Home + Housewares Show

Chef Ming Tsai shares cooking tips at the Show’s popular Cooking Theater at 2013 International Home + Housewares Show

We are very pleased with the response from exhibitors and expect to be completely sold out very soon,” said Phil Brandl, IHA president & CEO. “We are also encouraged by the return of several familiar companies who are exhibiting after a brief absence.”

The Show will host more than 2,100 exhibitors from around the world, including 400 new companies exhibiting for the first time. Among the well-known suppliers returning to the Show are Philips Saeco and Samsung Electronics America. A sampling of other well-known suppliers returning after an absence as well as some new exhibitors includes:

  • Dine + Design Expo: CamelBak Products, Christy Designs, Couleur Nature/Mas D’Ousvan, Creative Co-Op, FunkyChunky, Gaiam (Allsop, Inc), Portmeirion Potteries and Pujol’s Kitchen.
  • Discover Design: Ary Trays AB, David Rasmussen Design, Ekobo Ecology & Design, Finell, R.F. Yamakawa Co., Rosendahl Timepieces and Waechtersbach USA.
  • Wired + Well Expo: Caso Germany, Hypercel Corp., iDevices LLC and Jerdon Style.
  • Clean, Contain + Sustain Expo: ALIFE, L.C. Industries, Protect Plus Industries, Really Useful Products Ltd. and WorldWise, Inc.

To view the entire Show lineup, buyers may visit http://www.housewares.org and search Housewares Connect 365 to download a complete list of 2014 exhibitors as well as to view floor plans, product catalogs, new product photos and videos and complete company contact information for each exhibitor.

Discover Design Nears Sell-Out With More Than 100 Exhibitors Of High-Design For The Home And Kitchen at 2014 International Home + Housewares Show in Chicago

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Discover Design, a destination for buyers seeking unique products from high-design and innovative companies, is nearly sold-out for the 2014 International Home + Housewares Show. Discover Design is a juried category and located in the Dine + Design Expo in the South Building.

Crowds flood the Show's Dine + Design Expo at 2013 International Home + Housewares Show

Crowds flood the Show’s Dine + Design Expo at 2013 International Home + Housewares Show

Among the 100+ exhibitors, buyers will discover new exhibitors including Ary Trays, David Rasmussen, Ekobo Ecology, Finell, Make International, Rosendahl Timepieces, R.F. Yamakawa, Scandinavian Child and Winestor. Well-known returning suppliers for 2014 are Alessi, Blomus, Charles Viancin, Govino, Joseph Joseph, Koziol, Nambe, Present Time, Robert Welch, Room Copenhagen and Sagaform.

Design Debut, the Show’s design incubator program located within Discover Design, expands this year with 10 new-to-the-Show exhibitors who will bring their special brand of innovation to the buyer audience at the International Home + Housewares Show. Participating this year are Andie Olive, Chisel & Mouse, Exclusivas Saigo, Johnny Hermann, Maia Ming Designs, Manual, Materious, Nicole Porter, Port Living and S2BH.

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For a full list of Discover Design exhibitors, go to http://www.housewares.org/discoverdesign. 

Other events planned for Discover Design include:

  • A Discover Design Gallery showcasing products competing for Global Innovation Award (gia). The gallery is open to registered buyers and media.
  • An invitation-only Discover Design Specialty Retailer & Media Reception at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 15, in the Gallery where buyers and media can mingle with the exhibitors and their designers.
  • A Discover Design Global Innovation Awards ceremony at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, March 17.
  • A Discover Design Lounge with Wine Bar and Cafe.

Once again, Discover Design companies are eligible to compete for a Global Innovation Award (gia) for product innovation and booth design. Each company can submit two new products and one collection for consideration for a gia award. The 11 winners will be announced at the invitation-only gia dinner on Sunday, March 16, held at the Radisson Blu Chicago.

The 2014 International Home + Housewares Show features more than 2,100 exhibitors from 125 countries and attracts more than 60,000 attendees. The Show opens at 10 a.m. Saturday, March 15 and closes at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 18. To register for a Show badge or for more information, please visit http://www.housewares.org