More than two dozen members of the Gourmet Catalog Buying Group toured Las Vegas Market and the new gourmet showrooms at C11 last week.
Stores and Gourmet Catalog staff visited showrooms of vendor members, reviewing recent product introductions and making notes for future assortment planning. Other scheduled events for the Gourmet Catalog group during market included a cocktail reception on Monday evening in the beautiful, new Jura showroom on C1, pictured right, where retailers were invited to personally test the innovative coffee, tea and espresso makers.
A special breakfast on Tuesday morning was hosted by Garry Schermann and the Creative Co-op team in the Gourmet Catalog hospitality meeting room at the Las Vegas Market Center. Several Gourmet Catalog members attended TGR’s Gourmet Insights education and networking event on Tuesday afternoon.
“Once again, Gourmet Catalog helped make market a great experience. From the private product tour to the Jura reception and the Creative Co-op breakfast, GC staff was there to help connect buyers with vendors,” said Khris Dunham owner of Khristopher’s Culinaire in Ouray, Colo.
The buying group, which is celebrating 34 years in business, works to ensure the success of the indepdenent housewares retail community.
“At Gourmet Catalog we’re always looking for additional ways that our store and vendor members can interact and learn from each other,” said Janis Johnson, president and founder of Gourmet Catalog. “The IMC has created a regional market opportunity for our GC members on the West Coast and in the mountain states.”