With selecting items for your restaurant tabletop, selecting the right manufacturer is often as important as selecting the right product. Design, quality, and continuity of supply are just a few of the reasons to consider the company, as well as the product. There are many exciting companies right now in the tabletop category, but TabletopJournal will be keeping an especially watchful eye on a handful in 2013.
In no particular order, some of the hospitality tabletop companies that will be on our radar screen are:
Not only in the USA, but in other markets around the world, Bauscher has aligned itself with WMF/Hepp. We think this is an excellent fit and, as of yesterday, in USA, Canada, and the Caribbean, Bauscher has added Luigi Bormioli, another great complimentary product range. Bringing these powerhouse, upscale brands to the hospitality market should make 2013 an interesting year for Bauscher and its portfolio of brands.
It’s hard to mention exciting tabletop and not mention Steelite. The recently announced acquisition of Royal Crown Derby is going to make this UK juggernaut even stronger, especially with the long-term benefits being added by the new factory to be built in Stoke. With the growing portfolio of exciting products showing no signs of letting up, Steelite will remain a company to watch in 2013.
Tuxton China has been slowing changing and evolving for several years. TabletopJournal believes that 2013 will likely be the breakout year for this "off the radar screen” company. New products, new collateral materials, new trade show booth, new personnel.....all signal that Tuxton is ready to play with the “big boys" of tabletop. 2013 should be Tuxton's year.
This UK flatware company has been quietly (ok, sometimes, not so quietly) finding its way onto some of the best restaurant tabletops around the world, not to mention the Victoria & Albert Museum. At TabletopJournal, we love the Studio William inspiration that brings things to market like their new LEAF dessert spoon and their new MEAT BLADES. Look for sensory dining flatware items from Studio William to continue to be used by discerning restaurateurs in 2013.
With more than a year since this marriage took place, expectations are high for this high-powered combination to accelerate to the front of the tabletop pack in North America and around the world. This company has the people, the products, and the supply chain to furnish growing global hotel chains of all levels. The already strong lineup of flatware, dinnerware, and glassware has recently been strengthened by the new STRATA buffet series. Look for this company to really take off in the coming months.
As a part of the world’s largest ceramic manufacturer, RAK Porcelain continues to expand its brand presence around the globe. With the switch in America to the RAK name, this brand will come to be recognized as one of the truly great tabletop brands in the world very soon. Led by designers like Mikaela Dörfel and Alain Vavro, RAK Porcelain’s designs are both elegant and practical. RAK’s “state of the art” production give this company a great edge on quality and costing….all that seems left to do is to continue to build brand awareness globally. TabletopJournal expects big things from RAK Porcelain in 2013.
Libbey has been a company that has quietly gone about its business for a number of years. Always a supplier of great glassware, its World Tableware and Syracuse brands seem to have been afterthoughts, at times. Not the case any more, as TabletopJournal has made note of vastly improved dinnerware quality and expanded flatware ranges to go with a continually improving glassware range – note the recent addition of Spiegelau as a high-end glassware addition. But the real change happening at Libbey is likely a cultural change. Led by CEO Stephanie Streeter, we’ve noticed new changes in foodservice marketing….and re-configured HQ office to allow for better communication, and just a little more spring in the step of the Libbey salesforce lately. TabletopJournal thinks that the global foodservice industry will see a “new”, re-invigorated Libbey in 2013.
Fortessa, through the years, has developed a strong reputation for quality hospitality tabletop products … and, of marching to their own beat. So, for many reasons, Fortessa has always been someone to keep your eye on as it. The launch of their BASICS line and the SPICE collection at the IHMRS Show in New York was very impressive, but TabletopJournal has the feeling that these introductions might just be the beginning of a new push from this company….we're thinking that early ’13 will produce some new and exciting buzz from this tabletop leader.
Ten Strawberry Street
Always a company that was around the edges of the American foodservice hospitality business, Ten Strawberry Street has, to this point, been a great source for rental companies, caterers, and other banquet operators. Strong in retail, it seemed like that was their focus and they were glad to have whatever foodservice/hospitality business that came their way. After seeing their presence at last May’s NRA Show, we won’t be surprised if this “stealth” tabletop source is no longer so stealth. Ten Strawberry Street is one of our top darkhouse hospitality tabletop companies for the coming year.
Elite Global Solutions
Long a supplier of creative melamine, for food service operators, EGS differentiates itself quickly with its catalog, website, and overall image. But, behind the marketing and the sexy literature is a company built upon great product quality and design, supported by legendary customer service. Companies that truly have great customer service (and not just talk about having great customer service) are not as plentiful as you might think. EGS has it and we think that 2013 might just be a banner year for them, so we are keeping a watchful eye on them.
There are a number of other tabletop companies that also merit watching. Corby Hall, Rosenthal/Sambonet, Arc Intl/Cardinal, Candle Lamp/Sterno, Churchill ….are all bringing new products to market, adjusting their way of doing business, and generally, doing some pretty cool things to help operators differentiate their restaurants.
There’s also a few of you out there who asked us not to mention your companies….you know who you are…..who are ready to make some pretty big news of your own.
So, while we’re just getting started, we think 2013 is going to be a very good year!
Just remember…..tabletop matters!
A company that continues to impress is Cardinal/Arc Int'l.
Their 2013 catalog is out and is nearly 10% larger than the previous edition.
While known throughout the world for their glassware, the dinnerware collection, featuring their Zenix
mineralized material, continues to grow and show up on more and more top restaurant tabletops. This line carries not only 5 year chip warranty, but a first-ever 10 year shape warranty, as well.
and Chef & Sommelier
flatware ranges of 18/10 stainless combine elegant and modern shapes with heavyweight gauge steel for that top-of-the-line feel and quality.
And, of course, the Cardinal/Arc
stemware range is legendary. From their sturdy everyday Arcoroc
collection to their Chef & Sommelier
series of refined stems, this company does a terrific job at all levels of glass drinkware.
To learn more about Cardinal's
collection for the American hospitality market, go here:http://www.cardinalglass.com/
To learn more about Arcoroc
product ranges for the hospitality industry worldwide, go here:http://hotel-restaurant.arcoroc.com/accueil.aspx
Arc International has been a worldwide leader in tabletop for the past 187 years.
Don't forget to check out Tabletop Channel
, our newest section for information on the best products for hospitality tabletops. Videos from tabletop leaders like RAK Porcelain
, Candle Lamp
and other top tabletop leaders are being loaded daily so be sure to check it. Now, you don't have to hunt all over Al Gore's internet to find the best informative videos for creative tabletop. It's all right here on Tabletop Channel
The latest uploaded video is from Arc International
and their U.S. foodservice arm Cardinal Glassware
highlighting the ZENIX
dinnerware product and why it strikes the perfect balance for hospitality tabletops everywhere.
acquired the Arc Distribution France Group ("ADF")
including all its French subsidiaries. ADF
is a leading supplier of tableware and cookware brands in France and generated a turnover of EUR 90 million in 2011. The company currently employs about 320 people at its' four sites. mutares AG
is an industrial holding company that focuses on acquiring companies in special situations, e.g. owner or management succession, turn-around, re-funding, etc.
The wide range of ADF's well-known brands offers its customers a large selection of products for every end- consumer segment. The customer base of ADF consists of some of the most reputable French retailers, such as Carrefour, Intermarché, Auchan, Leclerc, Casino and Système U, as well as a number of specialized retailers and online-shops. Robin Laik
, founder and member of the executive board of mutares AG
, states: "given the leading market position of ADF, combined with the strong brand recognition of its product labels Luminarc, Pyrex®* and Cristal d'Arques®, we are confident that ADF will realize its growth potential and further expand its position as the market leader"
The Arc International Group
sold ADF as part of its strategic reorganisation program. mutares AG,
based in Munich, Germany, acquires medium-sized companies, which are sold by their owners as part of a repositioning process and exhibit a clear operational improvement potential. Getting engaged with their own teams, mutares actively supports their portfolio companies to generate a significant value increase. The focus of the operational work is to ensure sustainable, long-term growth.
*Pyrex®, a trademark of Corning Inc. is operated by Arc International Cookware SAS under exclusive license in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Recently, we wrote an article that included a video from Cardinal Glass
, the American subsidiary of global glassware leader Arc International
. That article and video provided an "insider's look"
and how they manufacture and supply to glassware products to North American foodservice operators.
Well, Cardinal Glass
has released another video and this one is more specific, showing how having the the right wine glass is important in 2 ways: A)
to enhance the overall wine experience for the guest; and, B)
to help increase operator profits through a controlled pour, preventing over servingCardinal Glass
has been helping operators save money and increase profit for over 75 years. This quick 3 minute video makes it clear that by choosing the right wine glass, operators can begin adding to their bottom line immediately .....and, adding to the overall dining experience of their guests.
, the American subsidiary of Arc International
, has been supplying foodservice operators of all types with some of the finest glassware in the world made in their Millville, New Jersey production facility. This short, five minute video will take you inside and show why Cardinal
have been a leader in foodservice for decades.
Additionally, viewers will get an idea on where Cardinal
fits into Arc International's
global portfolio and see how the Arc
brand offers so much more than just simply a glass.
According to The Moscow Times
, glassware producer ARC International Group
has begun a multimillion-dollar renovation and modernization of Opytny Steklony Zavod, OSZ, glassware factory in the Vladimir region. The French manufacturing group purchased a majority share in OSZ, located in Gus-Khrustalny, the traditional center of Russian glassware production, at the end of October.
After a process of modernization, the factory, 300 kilometers from Moscow, will have new glass production lines and will be able to produce not only ARC International Group's
glassware, but that of Luminarc
. The plant currently employs 1,200 people and has two sodium-calcium glass ovens. "Tens of millions of euros,"
will be invested in the modernization, the company said.
Chairman of the Board of ARC International
Guillaume de Fougieres said, "our goal is to win market share."
With its expansion into Russia, the company has also appointed a new chief executive, Francois Bonneville, for Russia and Eastern Europe. ARC International
said it already has a 32 percent market share of the glassware market in Russia and Eastern Europe. It estimates the sector's annual growth will be about 15 percent.