The International Home & Housewares Show (IHHS) started today with thirteen housewares suppliers ranging from well-established brands to first-time exhibitors honored as Global Honorees of the IHA Global Innovation Awards (gia) for product design.

More than 500 products were entered in the IHA Global Innovation Awards (gia) competition.  The 65 finalists in all categories are featured in the New Product Showcases in the Buyers Club in each Show building and the 13 category Global Honorees are on display in the Hall of Global Innovation in the Lakeside Center.

The Global Honorees in each of 13 categories were announced during the invitation-only gia dinner on the first evening of the 2017 International Home + Housewares Show, now taking place through Tuesday, March 21 at McCormick Place.

Global Honorees are:

Bath + Personal Care: Polder Products, LLC, 2-in-1 Hot Sleeve™
Cleaning: Sanimaid ApS, PARIS Toilet Brush & Wall Holder
Cook + Bakeware: Kuhn Rikon Corp., Duromatic® Micro Microwave Pressure Cooker
Home Décor + Gifts: Mark Feldstein & Assoc., Inc., No Drip Inverted Umbrella
Home Organization + Storage: Progressive International Corp., Prepworks Produce ProKeeper
Household Electrics + Home Environment: Equator Appliances, Super Combo Washer-Dryer EZ 4400 CV
Kitchen Electrics: Chefman, Perfect Pour Volcano Waffle Maker
Kitchen Hand Tools + Cutlery: Joseph Joseph Inc., Helix Citrus Juicer
Kitchenware: Gourmet Kitchen Works LLC, GEFU Sprouting Jar Bivita
Personal Care: KOHLER Co., Touchless Foaming Soap Dispenser
Pet Products: Dexas International, Ltd., MudBuster
Smart Home: Anova Culinary LLC, Precision Cooker Nano
Tabletop: Magisso North America, Pino Wine Glass

“Congratulations to these winners of the IHA Global Innovation Awards for product design; they are excellent representatives of the cutting-edge innovation and creativity that is driving the housewares industry today,” 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.”

Stay tuned for our “Best in Show” Green Products to be chosen on Tuesday, March 21.

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