A panel of retailer judges from The Cookshop and Housewares Association (CHA) have voted the Gefu Spiralfix Spiral Slicer as the Best Product at the Autumn Fair, which took place at the NEC in Birmingham earlier this month.
The Gefu Spiralfix is distributed by Haus. It won because of its ease of use and ability to add creativity to the presentation of vegetables. Runner-up was Staybowlizer, distributed by Loxfield Distribution: a product created to stop bowls slipping on a work surface with its suction capability
The Best New Product was scooped by Martin Baxendell Agencies for Quench foldable silicone drinkware, because of its originality and ability to fit in a bag for picnic or camping trips. The runner up in this category was the Finum Tea Control by ICTC.
The Most Innovative Product was awarded to the Staybowlizer, while Finum Tea Control was the runner up in this category as well.
The Best Packaging Award went to Tempour by Forma House, because the judges felt the packaging clearly displayed exactly what the product is and what its key features are – ‘essentially selling itself from the shelf’. The judges agreed it would also wrap easily as a gift and would display well within the shop. Joint runners-up were The DRH Collection Soup Mug range and Eddington’s Pizza Express range.
CHA Chairman Sarah Wood said: “This year’s awards have highlighted those suppliers who have pushed ahead with bringing innovation and creativity to the industry. As well as seeing some of our cookshop favourites, we have really enjoyed looking at the new products on offer and debating who best deserved the prize.”
The judging team also gave a special mention to Artscape, for its range of tongue in cheek aprons, which made the judges smile during their deliberations.