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IHA Announces Finalists for Global Innovation Awards (gia) for Product Design

13 Categories, 65 Finalists Named

ROSEMONT, Ill (Feb 19, 2018) –The 65 finalists in the IHA Global Innovations Awards (gia) for product design have been announced by the International Housewares Association. Global honorees in each of 13 categories will be announced in during the invitation-only gia dinner Saturday, March 10. The finalists and global honorees will be on display in the Hall of Global Innovation in the Lakeside Center Lobby. The 2018 International Home + Housewares Show opens at 10 a.m. on March 10 and runs through 3 p.m. March 13.

More than 500 entries were received and were judged by a panel of industry experts and news media. The finalists will also be on display in the New Product Showcases located in the Buyers Club in each Show building.

“Congratulations to all of the finalists for an IHA Global Innovation Award for product design,” said Phil Brandl, IHA president & CEO. “Our world-renowned gia program is the ultimate awards event in the industry, honoring excellence in both housewares retail and product design.”

The finalists are:

Bath & Personal Care
Better Living Products Int'l., Inc.                    LOOEEGEE Hygienic Toilet Squeegee
Compac Industries, Inc.                                   Brilliant! Super Soft Toothbrush
Creekside Creative LLC                                    Stedi Pedi
Dreamfarm                                                        Spindry - toilet brush spins dry
Joseph Joseph Inc.                                             flex - toilet brush

Cleaning
AT2 Inc.                                                               FluteSpa
Clou Innovations GmbH                                  Bügel-Clou/Sleeve Ironing Sensation
EasyDo Products Ltd.                                       Dishmatic Glide Brush
Jascor Housewares, Inc.                                   Ta Da Over the Sink Drying Mat
Lavario Washer Corp.                                       Lavario Portable Clothes Washer

Cook & Bakeware
BakerStone                                                         Stove Top Pizza Oven
Browne USA                                                       Combekk Dutch Oven with Thermometer - 24cm/9.5" 4L/4.2QT
Hamilton Housewares Pvt. Ltd.                      One Touch Microwow Hot Pot
Mauviel USA                                                       Coffee Pot
The Fulham Group                                            Cuisinart® Venture™ Portable Gas Grill

Home Décor & Gifts
Articulate Scotland Ltd.                                   The Articulate Gallery
Brightz, Ltd.                                                       FlameWave Frosted Hurricane with Battery Module
Eva Solo A/S                                                       Eva Solo - Globe Watering Can
Gourmet Kitchen Works LLC                           Florida Vase
THE FOUNDATION                                            magnaframe

Home Organization & Storage
Alldock USA LLC                                                 Alldock
Hailo US                                                              TP1
Kuhn Rikon Corp.                                              Slider Ties
Tailor Made Products, Inc.                               One Tie Reusable Tie Strap 14" 2 Pack
Travelon                                                              LockDown Cut-Proof Bag

Household & Home Electrics
JIA Inc.                                                                 Aroma Aureole Cold Air Diffuser-travel set
JMATEK North America LLC                             Quilo QE1S Fan with Evaporative Cooler & Humidifier
Joseph Joseph Inc.                                             Titan - trash compactor
Karcher North America                                    FC5 Hard Surface Cleaner
Xodus Innovations                                            Nite Finder LED Flashlight

Kitchen Electrics
Frigondas                                                           FW-103 Microwave Oven
Jura Inc.                                                               JURA S8 Moonlight silver
Kalorik                                                                Easy Pour Waffle Maker
KitchenAid                                                          Digital Precision Gooseneck Kettle
LAGRANGE                                                         Ligne Yogurt Maker

Kitchen Hand Tools & Cutlery
CapaBunga                                                        THE Corkscrew by CapaBunga®
Dreamfarm                                                        Fledge - flip edge cutting board
Epare                                                                  Epare Manual Coffee Grinder
Fusionbrands LLC                                             EggXactPeel
Rapid Slicer, LLC                                                Rapid Slicer

Kitchenware
Fizzing Cool Ltd.                                               Fizzing Bottle
KitchenAid                                                        Creative Bakeware - Dual Layer Cupcake Pan
Linden Sweden, Inc.                                        Smart Funnel
MMTUM inc.                                                     Kombucha Brewing Jar - 5L
That Inventions Inc.                                        ThawTHAT! Dexlue

Personal Care Electrics
AeroGrow International, Inc.                         AeroGarden Herbie
Bluecare                                                            Blue Oxygen™ Mouth Rinse System
Groupe SEB USA                                              XCEL Steam Plus
Pretika Corporation                                         Shiatsu Foot Massager with Thermal Technology
simplehuman                                                   sensor mirror compact

Pet Products
Currency Creek International                        Boost88 Environmentally Friendly Designer Pet Feeding Mat
Jascor Housewares, Inc.                                  Messy Mutts Travel Water Bottle & Bowl
Jobar International, Inc.                                  Pet Parade Peture Perfect Treat Launcher
Perfect Curve Inc.                                            Lick Lick Pad Dog Washing Distraction Device
Primetime Petz                                                Nest Egg - Raised Cat Bed & Side Table

Smart Home Products
Growgreen Limited                                         aspara
Mastrad, Inc.                                                    Meat it®
PLOTT                                                               Cubit
TasteTro Inc.                                                    TasteTro Spice System
Thermomix                                                      Thermomix

Tabletop
Eva Solo A/S                                                    MyFlavour Oil Carafe
Full Circle                                                         Soma Water Filtration Carafe
Promeco                                                          Calido
RayVio                                                              QUARTZ Bottle
Thermos LLC                                                   Genuine Thermos® Brand 47-Ounce Stainless King™ Food Jar

The judging panel for the annual IHA Global Innovation Awards (gia) included housewares merchants from retailers including Ace Hardware, The Chopping Block, The Container Store, The Cook’s Warehouse, Detroit Institute of Art, GC Buying Group, Kitchen Ala Mode, Kitchen Window, Leon & Lulu, National Building Museum, Rolling Pin, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Sign of the Bear, Spoon and Whisk and Target. Other judges included consumer editors, bloggers and many distinguished industry designers.

The International Home + Housewares Show will feature more than 2,200 exhibitors and 60,000 total attendees. For more information or to register for a badge, please visit www.housewares.org.

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The International Housewares Association is the 80-year-old voice of the housewares industry, which accounted for (US)$355.4 billion at retail worldwide in 2016 ($87.1 billion at retail in the U.S.). 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 www.housewares.org and group buying discounts on business solutions services.