Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS) Highlights

By Bianca

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The Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS), January 21-23, is the largest trade show in North America, where each year over 600 leading brands come together to showcase new designs and innovations.  with the opportunity for both attendees and exhibitors to network, exchange ideas and build upon their businesses. Located at the Las Vegas Convention Center, KBIS is not only a learning opportunity but also a platform for both attendees and exhibitors to network, exchange ideas and build upon their businesses alongside one another.  Attendees include people from all trades: architects, dealers, hardware professionals and more. In conjunction with the business advancement aspect, events and concerts add a fun flair to the schedule, with big acts like The Doobie Brothers. While all exhibitors presented spectacular products, we wanted to provide a brief spotlight on some of our favorites:

Kick-off party in Las Vegas on January 20th. Posted on KBIS Instagram. @kbis_official

These products as well as the Sorrento, Amalfi, Verona and Positano Lines are a part of their Murano Collection which will be available in March of this year.  

Sorrento | Bianco Series Sorrento is also available in the Abalone and Beachcomber Series. Native Trails

Labelled as “The World’s Most Advanced Drinking Water System,” Zip Water was founded in 1947, but was just recently acquired, in 2017, by Culligan International, allowing the company to expand into the North America market. Zip Water prides themselves on the HydroTap, their filtration system that removes taste, odor, dirt, contaminants and heavy metals, as well as up to 97% of chlorine and 99.9% of microbiological cysts from tap water. The company is unrivaled in instant filtered boiling, chilled and sparkling water taps and demonstrated their success at the show this week. The HydroTap comes in four basic formats, with the Classic Style in particular having an adaptation for both the home and the office. Customers have the ability to select the type of water they would like from the faucet which could be any combination of boiling, chilled and sparkling for select models. Spotlighting a specific model, the HydroTap Cube BCS For Home (pictured below) comes in seven different finishes and even includes a child safety lock.

Fisher & Paykel were also among the brands who showcased new styles, innovations and advancements within their company. Having been designing products since 1934, Fisher and Paykel have sold products in more than 50 countries worldwide. They began in New Zealand with Maurice Paykel and Woolf Fisher and they haven’t stopped since. Their brand consists of five design categories which include: Professional, Integrated, Contemporary, Minimal and Classic. New introductions include the 48” Dual Fuel Professional Range, the 24” Integrated Wine Column, the 30” Wall Oven and the DCS Power Burner. Each new development invites its user into a new domain for cooking. Whether it is the Professional Range varying the number of burners or The Integrated Column Wine Cabinet offering a 91 bottle capacity, Fisher & Paykel are not slowing down to the increasingly industrialized world. These advancements will soon be available to the public, so be on the lookout for any announcements on their website or social media accounts!

Alongside new appliances and technologies, Fisher & Paykel also brought back their Social Kitchen feature at KBIS. Those who visited their booth were invited to try four signature tastes from New Zealand which included: Kawakawa tea, toasted Manuka honey marshmallows, Noble Riesling sherbert and gold kiwifruit syrup served over shaved ice.

The final shoutout in our KBIS highlights is from NATUFIA, the innovators behind the Hydroponic Home Kitchen Garden, in their effort to promote healthy and sustainable living. NATUFIA’s team consists of technologists, architects, botanists and chefs, who in a united effort, advocate for families to have the the ability to grow their own produce right in their own homes. NATUFIA sells their Demeter seeds online and emphasizes the absence of pesticides, herbicides or fungicides in their products. The Hydroponic Garden holds 32 pods and is built from high-grade stainless steel and ceramics. All of their seeds are non-GMO and certified organic, ranging from basil to lemongrass and lavender to thyme. The garden waters itself and controls pH levels to ensure optimal health for the plants. NATUFIA announced at the end of last year on their Instagram that they have a new partnership with the Four Seasons Kitchens in Leeds, UK.

The WHIT Kitchen in Lake Nona, Orlando FL Wellness Home on Innovation & Technology featuring the first NATUFIA Kitchen Garden in the USA (Medium.com)

After spending either an hour or the entire three days at KBIS, every attendee can agree that at least one booth snagged his/her attention. Be sure to follow your favorite companies/brands/products on their social media accounts, or maybe even subscribe to a newsletter on their website. Networking connections don’t need to end at the close of KBIS, in fact, that is where they begin!

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