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    NONFOODS: FMI Show Preview: A sneak peek

    Following are some of the general merchandise items retailers can expect to see at the FMI Show this month in Chicago.

    Stir things up

    The Cooking Master from Gourmet Simplicity is a fast cooker with automated stirring that can prepare most meals in three to six minutes. Users load ingredients raw, close the lid, and start the operation with the touch of a button. Automation allows a closed lid while food stirs, retaining moisture and flavor, according to the company. Fast cooking is ideal for nutrient-rich vegetables and tender meats. A nonstick inner pot allows for easy cleanup, says Gourmet Simplicity. (Booth No. 9369)

    Contact:

    Gourmet Simplicity

    41750 Michigan Ave. Suite A

    Canton, MI 48188

    734.397.4856

    www.gourmet-simplicity.com

    Low-carb dog treats

    The low-carb craze and the humanization of pets meet in the form of low-carb dog treats made with real beef protein. Pet Central, the Sylvania, Ohio-based maker of Waggers brand dog treats, developed Waggers Champion Chips, a beef protein treat sourced from USDA-inspected facilities. Champion Chips are made with minimal ingredients: no wheat, no corn, and no fillers. The treat is also easy to break into small pieces for training or treating dogs of any size. The products are available in preloaded power wing formats or clip strips, in addition to open stock. Pet Central also offers sampling programs for retailers. (Booth No. 3882)

    Contact:

    Waggers Brand Pet Products

    6100 Monroe St.

    Sylvania, OH 43560

    419-882-4116, ext. 205

    www.waggers.com

    Nuke and steam

    Healthy Fx has developed a microwavable pressure/steamer system that allows consumers to enjoy the benefits of steaming with a microwave oven. It's a closed-loop steaming system that captures nutrients, vitamins, and moisture, which is healthier, significantly reduces cooking time, and eliminates microwave splatter, according to the company. The recirculating steam will self-vent from the multiple exits each time the optimum pressure is reached. The system is suitable for most fresh and frozen foods. The product is available in reusable two-way-venting zippered pouches or one-time-use roll stock. (Booth No. 4130)

    Contact:

    Healthy Fx

    P.O. Box 264

    Alliston, Ontario, Canada

    L9R 1V5

    (866) 822-5316

    www.healthyfx.ca

    Front end pet candy

    Chomp's pet "candy for the front end includes treats and mints for dogs and cats. With 70 million dog and cat owners in the United States, research shows the front end pet candy display helps retailers boost revenues at the checkout. Racks of all types and sizes can be customized to fit any store's needs. Since it's incremental to existing front end displays, any sales generated are also add-on. Products include Yip Yap breath mints for dogs, Sniffers dog snacks, and Pit'r Pat cat candy.

    Contact:

    Chomp, Inc.

    20 Mathewson Drive

    Weymouth, MA 02189

    (781) 340-3340

    www.chompinc.com

    One-stop ink-jet shopping

    Visitors of Ferrania Technologies' booth will find 28 kinds of ink-jet papers, representing 11 finishes and styles. Sample print albums are also available for retailers to view and touch. Ferrania says its family of ink-jet cartridges provides retailers with the opportunity to sell high-quality compatibles at lower prices in tamper-proof clamshell packaging. Ferrania will also provide FMI attendees with new ideas for energizing ready-to-use camera sales. (Booth No. 4320)

    Contact:

    Ferrania Technologies

    6063 Hudson Road

    Woodbury, MN 55125

    (888) 846-2846

    www.ferraniait.com

    End caps of love

    American Greetings is introducing at this year's FMI Show a new merchandising system. New end caps invite shoppers into the department by featuring the art of the greeting cards. The new fixtures display more of the card face, making it easier for the shopper to find the cards they need. (Booth No. 2642)

    Contact:

    American Greetings

    One American Road

    Cleveland, OH 44144

    (216) 252.7300

    www.amgreetings.com

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