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Where Do I Find The Information? The Product Discussions category houses detailed reviews and information about the tools and equipment you use in the kitchen. A summary of the most recent posts are found below, each contain links to the full length article.
Following the “Latest Articles” section below is an area providing blurbs about interesting culinary news and kitchen product give-away information. These give-away offers are most often links to other blogs or manufacturer websites and most of the time, ones that I will enter myself.
The Other Musings category contains press releases, interesting kitchenware news and other miscellaneous culinary commentary.
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 kitchenware concern, drop us an email. Many of the posts on this site were inspired by reader questions.
Fake Online Reviews - The scourge of web commerce is the fake online reviews created by companies to affect public opinion. Combined with unwarranted angry customer reviews, can you really believe those online ratings? Find out how bad it is at Fake Online Reviews Hurt Everyone
Spring Kitchen Tools – Our latest article takes a look at a few tools that can help make prepping and processing the bounty of spring fruits, greens and vegetables an easier task. Find our which tools you need in Spring Fever Kitchen Tools
3 Books For Your Summer Reading List – If you are like me you can read cookbooks and interesting nonfiction with the same enthusiasm as a thrilling adventure. With that in mind let’s look at three books you might find intriguing. There is something for everyone, East and West Coast dreamers, and home cooks everywhere. To discover my first, and probably only, reading list peruse 3 Books For Summer Reading
Kitchen News & Other Fun Stuff
Nuwave Oven Reaches Milestone – Hearthware, Inc. is celebrating a major sales milestone having sold 3 million NuWave Pro Infrared Ovens. As noted in the NuWave Pro Infrared Oven promotional material it combines infrared, conduction and convection heat, using up to 85% less energy than conventional ovens.
The popular kitchen tool can broil, roast, bake, barbecue, steam, dehydrate and air-dry food up to 50% faster than standard ovens and can cook food right out of the freezer, with no preheating or defrosting.
I have not tested or reviewed the product, but you can’t deny its popularity among busy household cooks; any tool that makes someone’s life easier is bound to be a hit. Congratulations to Hearthware on this achievement!
Starbucks, Green Mountain Extend Partnership – In news first reported by Homeworld Business, Starbucks and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. (GMCR) have signed an extension on the original deal begun in 2011. The expansion of their partnership is for the manufacturing, marketing, distribution and sale of Starbucks and Tazo brand single-serve packs for use in GMCR’s Keurig single-serve brewing systems globally. Since the launch, Starbucks has shipped more than 850 million Starbucks coffee K-Cup packs, according to a statement released by the companies.
Under the terms of the new, minimum five-year agreement, Starbucks will add brands and varietals to the Starbucks K-Cup and Vue pack portfolio of offerings for Keurig single-cup brewers, ultimately tripling the number of Starbucks products and adding brands offered on the Keurig platform.
Two years ago when Starbucks announced the creation of its Verismo Single Serve machine, Starbucks CEO Howard Schult announced, “This is not about any disappointment with Green Mountain; it’s about controlling our own destiny.” Schultz added, “They (Verismo and Keurig machines) can and they will co-exist.”
At the time, GMCR did not have its own espresso based machine, Rivo Cappuccino and Latte System launched in November of 2012, but now GMCR and Starbucks do compete head to head on the hardware front. At the time I wrote of Starbucks machine launch, I doubted their partnership would last, clearly I was wrong.
I believe this is a purely financial decision by Starbucks based on 850 million of their K-Cup packs being snatched up by Keurig owners and coupled with what I believe to be a lack of real market impact by the Verismo. It is clear that GMCR is in no way threatened by Starbucks single serve machine and Starbucks sees the financial gain too great to pass up. I still feel had the Versimo been a bigger success or made more of a splash on the marketplace, this extension would not have occurred nor been as robust.
Statements from both CEOs made no mention of the Verismo, nothing other than building on the Keurig machine, Starbucks coffee success.
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