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What is KitchenBoy.net about? Our goal is to provide useful news, reviews and informative commentary about new or existing housewares products as they relate to cooking, baking and beverages.

Where Do I Find The Information? The Product Discussions category houses news, reviews and information about the various products you use to prepare and serve a meal. A summary of the most recent posts are found below with links to the full length articles.

Following the “Latest Product Articles” section, “Kitchen News & Other Fun Stuff” provides miscellaneous culinary news, product recalls and even kitchen product give-away offers. These offers are typically links to manufacturer or other culinary websites, ones that I will enter myself.

Favorite Kitchen Shops is a list of fun and exciting kitchen shops from around the world. We started the list and it has been expanded by submissions from readers like you. I love a good kitchen shop and am always interested in learning about new places to haunt when I travel.

Questions? If you have a question about a culinary product or need an answer to a kitchen related item, drop us an email. Many of the posts on this site were inspired by reader questions.

Latest Product Articles

Innovative Update to the Humble Waffle Maker Recognized – Chefman’s innovative “Perfect Pour Volcano” Belgian Waffle maker won the Global Innovation Award in Product Design at the 2017 International Housewares Show. It has a couple of truly innovative upgrades over the standard waffle iron that should strike a chord with home cooks – Chefman’s Perfect Pour Volcano Belgian Waffle Maker Wins IHA 2017 Global Innovation Award

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Chefman’s Perfect Pour Volcano Belgian Waffle Maker Wins IHA 2017 Global Innovation Award

 

Sad End For Two Highly Regarded Water Filtration Companies – I learned recently about the end of two water filtration companies that I touted frequently – Gobie h2o and Mavea. The former was sold to a Shark Tank investor, who apparently didn’t do well with the product. The latter, Mavea, has shut down North American operations. I will soon publish a more detailed look at Mavea, also known as Brita Germany. The fact that two quality products couldn’t make it in the long run tells you how tough the housewares business can be for even the most innovative.

 

2017 gia Award Winners For Product Design – Not long ago, the thirteen Global Innovation Award winners for product design were announced. There were a couple surprise winners, and some very tough category choices, but there were also truly innovative winners – Thirteen Companies Honored with 2017 IHA Global Innovation Awards for Product Design

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Thirteen Companies Honored with 2017 IHA Global Innovation Awards for Product Design

 

Kichenboy Looks Back on IHHS 2017 – Our look back at the five wonderfully hectic days in Chicago for the 2017 International Home + Housewares show. These quick observations from IHHS serve as a preamble of sorts for the many articles to come – Kitchenboy’s Quick Thoughts From the 2017 International Home + Housewares Show

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Kitchenboy’s Quick Thoughts From the 2017 International Home + Housewares Show

 

Lifetime Brands Confirms They Have Received Acquisition Interest – Lifetime Brands confirmed receipt of unsolicited, non-binding acquisition interest from Mill Road Capital Management to acquire outstanding shares they don’t already own. This action by a minority share holder could spook investors and consumers if they news isn’t viewed properly. The board reached its decision, check out their response in this updated article – Lifetime Brands Confirms Receipt of Unsolicited Acquisition Interest

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Lifetime Brands Confirms Receipt of Unsolicited Acquisition Interest

 

Legacy Companies Continue Growth By Acquisition, Adding Two Brands – The Legacy Companies has acquired not one, but two brands, from Focus Products Group International, LLC: Vinturi and West Bend Electrics. Legacy is now a seriously diverse, broad spectrum of housewares brands and products – The Legacy Companies Completes Acquisition of Vinturi & West Bend Electrics

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The Legacy Companies Completes Acquisition of Vinturi & West Bend Electrics

 

Celebrated Japanese Knife Company Shun Celebrates 15th Anniversary in the U.S. – The popular Japanese knife brand Shun is celebrating its 15th year of retail presence in the United States. This article takes a quick look at history of Shun & compares Japanese vs German knives – Kai Group Celebrates 15 Years of Super Sharp Shun Knives in the United States

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Kai Group Celebrates 15 Years of Super Sharp Shun Knives in the United States

 

Kitchen News & Other Fun Topics

Food Dehydrator Recalled For Fire and Burn Hazard – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a recall of Greenfield World Trade’s EZDRY food dehydrator for faulty drying element which can overheat, posing fire & burn hazards to consumers. The details can be found here – Food Dehydrators Recalled by Greenfield World Trade Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

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Food Dehydrators Recalled by Greenfield World Trade Due to Fire and Burn Hazards

 

Recently Crowned Masters Champion Attends Inaugural Charity Event – The Taste of the Master Chefs welcomed Masters Champion Sergio Garcia to 1st annual event during Masters Week, who attended at the personal invitation of Chef José Andrés. The championship pair are friends off the links and I imagine some great food was shared – Masters Champion Sergio Garcia Joins 1st Annual Taste of the Master Chefs

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Masters Champion Sergio Garcia Joins 1st Annual Taste of the Master Chefs

 

Another Product Recall Affecting U.S. & Canadian Consumers – Yet another recall spanning the U.S. Canadian borders, this time involving Teavana/Starbucks products. The recall affects the 14 oz. Teavana flip tumblers used for steeping hot tea which can leak hot liquid, posing a risk of burn – Teavana Recalls Flip Tumblers Due to Burn Hazard

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Teavana Recalls Flip Tumblers Due to Burn Hazard

 

Product Recall Affecting U.S. & Canadian Consumers – This recall involves humangear’s capCAP accessory bottle cap, affecting about 61,000 units, including approximately 360 that were sold in Canada. If you or a friend purchased this product, find out how to get a refund – humangear Recalls capCAP Bottle Caps In U.S. & Canada Due to Burn Hazard

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humangear Recalls capCAP Bottle Caps In U.S. & Canada Due to Burn Hazard

 

Austin Texas’s Original Craft Brewery Is Reborn – Celis Brewery, originally founded by Belgian brewer Pierre Celis in 1992 in Austin TX, is reborn under Christine Celis, Pierre’s daughter & original partner. The creation and travails of Celis are both inspiring and cautionary, but good news for lovers of Belgian Witbier – Celis Brewery, Austin’s First Craft Brewery, is Returning With Belgian Beer & History

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Celis Brewery, Austin’s First Craft Brewery, is Returning With Belgian Beer & History

 

Spate of Illnesses Linked To Soynut Butter – The SoyNut Butter Co. of Glenview, IL is recalling I.M. Healthy Original Creamy SoyNut Butter product because it may be contaminated with Escherichia coli. The FDA and the CDC, along with state and local health officials, are investigating the outbreak. The FDA’s investigation of the firm and production methods continues, and the agency will share more information as it becomes available. March 7th the recall was expanded to include ALL best-by dates of ALL varieties of I.M. Healthy SoyNut Butters & Granola products due to E. coli – CDC Links Illnesses to I.M. Healthy Brand SoyNut Butter Prompting Recall

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CDC Links Illnesses to I.M. Healthy Brand SoyNut Butter Prompting Recall

 

Popular Olive Oil Brand Settles Lawsuit, Consumers Eligible For Small Payment – The North American company responsible for Filippo Berio Olive Oil settled a lawsuit regarding falsely labeled & misleading products. The company will remove phrase “Imported from Italy” or any such derivation from olive oil sold in the U.S. & pay consumers based on the number of bottles they purchased – Filippo Berio Olive Oil Class Action Settlement May Afford Buyers Small Cash Payback

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Filippo Berio Olive Oil Class Action Settlement May Afford Buyers Small Cash Payback