Easier Produce Prep
Cutting fresh fruits and vegetables has been a longtime woe
for home cooks, which has driven the demand for in-store
produce “butchers” as well as gadgets that help speed up the
task. Swiss manufacturer Zyliss has launched gadgets such as
a pepper corer that also works on jalapenos, and a grapefruit
tool that removes the core and segments without squirting juice
everywhere. Other products to look out for include pineapple
peelers; cherry and olive pitters; kiwi corers; strawberry hullers;
watermelon wedgers; two-in-one avocado pitter and mashers;
herb and kale strippers; tomato slicers and presses; cauli;ower
stemmers; and apple corers with improved grips or that are
operated with a crank.
While some home cooks enjoy having tools designed for each
speci;c task, others prefer multipurpose tools that allow them
to have fewer gadgets to store. Enter products such as Sarco
Products’ Fat Spatula, which can be used as a spatula, tongs and
a strainer. These kitchen hybrids are getting more innovative by
the day, with cutting boards attached to strainers or with built-in knife sharpeners; multi-vegetable choppers with catching
containers; and a “vinegar mister” that mixes oil and vinegar
into a sprayable salad dressing, among other highlights. Amazon
is even selling a set of eight kitchen tools, including a lemon
squeezer, egg separator and cheese grater, that ;t into one sleek
bottle that can also act as a measuring cup, funnel and vase.
s e-tailers continue to threaten brick-and-mortar’s nonfoods sales, impulse buys are the secret ingredient that
can enable the category to continue to thrive in-store.
Most online nonfoods purchases are planned in
advance, according to the Global Market Development Center
;GMDC;, but stocking grocery shelves with items that o;er shoppers
something that they need last minute, or didn’t know they needed at
all, is a great way for brick-and-mortar to stay competitive.
Kitchen items are among the top drivers of these impulse buys.
Kitchenware was the top-trending category among the most popular
products highlighted at GMDC’s General Merchandise Conference.
Also, grilling items have seen a surge in popularity, with ;;; of grillers reporting grilling occasions throughout the year in ;;;;, according
to GMDC. WGB takes a look at some of the top-trending and newest
kitchen gadgets on the market.
WGB takes a look at some of the hippest culinary gadgets
on the market today, from safer knives to kiwi corers.
By Rebekah Marcarelli