Retail Observer

December 2015

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DECEMBER 2015 RETAILOBSERVER.COM 17 Almo to add to the Premium Appliance portfolio of products," said Steve Terry, senior vice president of Almo Corporation. The brand's introduction is headlined by two collections – NEXT and DECO ranges and hoods – engineered specifically for the U.S. market. The NEXT product line, contemporary in design, is available in 30", 36" and 48" gas ranges and gives consumers access to an industry exclusive gas / induction combination in the 48" model for ultimate flexibility. In addition to hand polished stainless steel, a striking design feature is the PANORAMA "wide screen" window, crafted with triple layered glass for maximum thermal insulation so the door remains cool to touch even when the oven is heated to 500 degrees. The DECO line, in 36" and 48" models, represents inspiration from 20th century Italian art and offers the consumer the opportunity to totally customize their appliances in color and finish. DECO ranges and hoods come in a variety of matte finishes including Classic Black, Brown, Red or Cream, as well as a choice of brass, gold or chrome trim. "We're thrilled to partner with Almo Premium Appliances for distribution of our world-class brand in the United States," said Antonio Di Tommaso, CEO of Tecnogas SUPERIORE. "We foster the spirit and pleasure of good food shared with family and friends in our products, and we're happy to offer these incredible culinary and style features in an appealing price segment." Almo introduced the Tecnogas SUPERIORE products at their launch event at the Biltmore Hotel on Wednesday, October 28 in Coral Gables, Florida. Following the launch, Almo hosted market launch events at the Regis Hotel in Buckhead, GA, and in the Washington, DC, New York City, Dallas, and Chicago Metro Areas. The following products will be available through Almo from the Tecnogas SUPERIORE NEXT and DECO collections: • NEXT 30", 36", and 48" ranges with gas burners (available with Panorama or Classic window) • NEXT 48" range with 4 induction zones (available with Panorama or Classic window) • NEXT 48" hood with hidden electronic controls or unique retro style controls with black glass accents • DECO 36" and 48" range with gas burners (available in brown, red, black or cream) • DECO 36" and 48" hoods with hidden electronic controls or unique retro style controls (available in brown, red, black or cream) • PRO Stainless 30", 36" and 48" hoods Tecno is a family owned company, specialized in the manufacturing of ranges, wall ovens, and cooking systems, and characterized by its rich and strong design, iconic details, and premium Italian finishing. Founded in 1952, its products are sold in more than 70 countries and it is considered a leader in the premium cooking appliances. NEW CONNECTED WALL OVEN FROM JENN-AIR OFFERS TOTAL CONTROL VIA MOBILE APP Those visiting Jenn-Air at this year's WestEdge Design Fair had an opportunity to experience the brand's sleek, new dual convection wall ovens featuring wireless connectivity and a fully functioning application for iOS and Android devices. The app will give users control of the oven's functions and performance from their smartphones and tablets, including cooking innovations unique to Jenn-Air. "Enabling users to keep any eye on what's happening in the kitchen while entertaining in the living room is just a tiny part of what the oven and app can do," notes Brian Maynard, Jenn-Air marketing director. "We've also incorporated diagnostics and a range of other highly intuitive functions that will encourage users to explore and control the oven's advanced features and performance right at the touch of their fingertips." According to Maynard, the double oven's connectivity and app are a natural outgrowth of other user interface innovations from Jenn-Air. They include the industry's first 7-inch full-color touch- anywhere LCD display and first slider technology under glass, which allows users to slide a bar on the touchscreen to achieve desired temperatures without entering numbers. Among many unique features accessible via the app is the Jenn- Air ® Culinary Center, an interactive, image-driven system that uses

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