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International Housewares Association

Contact: Deborah A.Teschke
Senior Manager, Public Relations & Communications
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Iha Trade Mission Explores Australian, New Zealand Markets

ROSEMONT, Ill. (Oct. 6, 2015) - Housewares suppliers interested in the home and housewares markets in Australia and New Zealand can meet with key retailers and learn more about the business climate during a trade mission to Sydney and Auckland Nov. 8 to 13 sponsored by the International Housewares Association. Spots are still available in the trade mission, which is limited to 12 IHA member companies.

In Sydney, key retailers include Big W, David Jones, Harris Scarfe, House, Howards Storage World, Myer, Peter's of Kensington and TVSN. In Auckland, targeted retailers include Farmers, Milly's Kitchen Shop, Mitre 10, Nood, Smith & Caughey's and The Warehouse.

IHA's trade missions offer members turn-key introductions to international markets through retail tours and one-on-one retailer and distributor buyer meetings. Participation is limited so that companies will receive optimal exposure to the market and retail contacts.

"The registration fee includes meeting arrangements, group transportation and several group meals. IHA does all the work so participants can focus on their business rather than the logistical details," explains Lori Szudarek, manager, international trade development.

Complete information and sign-up details for the trade mission are available on IHA's website at

For more information about the trade mission or IHA's international events and marketing opportunities, contact Lori Szudarek, manager, international trade development, at


The International Housewares Association is the 77-year-old voice of the housewares industry, which accounted for (US)$322.6 billion at retail worldwide in 2013. The not-for-profit, full-service association sponsors the world's premier exposition of products for the home, the International Home + Housewares Show, and offers its 1,700 member companies a wide range of services, including industry and government advocacy, export assistance, State-of-the-Industry reports, point-of-sale and consumer panel data through Housewares MarketWatch, executive management peer groups, a unique Web-based community at and group buying discounts on business solutions services.