With 24 amazing and innovative new products to choose from, the judges of the inaugural New Product Showcase at Glee at Spring Fair had their work cut out deciding on a winner. However, after much deliberation, the winners are now confirmed!
Judged by Mike Cook of Choice Marketing, Steve Myatt, MD of Garden Retail Success, Simon Bourne of Perrywood Garden Centre, and Neil Gow, owner of Fresh @ Burcot, this year five products were selected, recognised for their unique designs, saleability and innovative approach to bringing to market products that will drive profits in the coming seasons.
The first product selected and taking home ‘fifth place’ is the Fast Fix Hook & Loop Tape from Creative Products. This tape offers a quick and easy way to secure plants, branches, and young trees. Durable, waterproof, flexible and soft, it’s quick to fit and delicate on tender plant material.
Fourth place was rewarded to the Redwood Gazebo from River Co. Handmade in the UK using the finest FSC certified redwood, the gazebo features louvre walls, a tongue and groove upgrade, and is perfect for use as an outside bar or gazebo cover.
Woodlodge’s Bespoke Pot Service scooped the third-place runner-up prize. A simple, yet effective concept, this new service sees the UK market leaders provide customers with bespoke printed terracotta pots. Available on terracotta pots of all sizes, customers can print logos, images or slogans onto the pots, creating a visual feast and a personalised pot offering.
Just missing out on the title of ‘winner’ was Pouff Daddy’s Extended Curve. At 1.8m in length, fully waterproof and UV stable, this perfect poolside lounging cushion is available in three colours – including the hottest colour around ’rose gold’ – and comes with a lifetime stitch guarantee.
But it was Jardinopia Limited who scooped this year’s top prize with Potty Feet. A new approach to pot feet, these resin feet come shaped in a variety of shapes such as squirrels, dogs, and gnomes.
Choice Marketing’s Mike Cook, said of the winners: “Potty Feet is a fab idea. It’s a new take on a traditional product, but done so in a way that is fun, and will have mass appeal. It’s an exciting product, and even more so when you consider that Jardinopia launched just five months ago!”
Matthew Mein, Event Director for Glee, said of the winners: “Congratulations to all the winners of this, the inaugural Glee at Spring Fair New Product Showcase. The quality of the product on display is of the highest possible standard and demonstrate the breadth of products on offer from Glee at Spring Fair exhibitors. Congratulations to all those that were recognised as part of this awards programme, and thanks to all those that entered. Finally, thanks to the judges. Their time and input are greatly appreciated.”
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Glee is the UK’s leading garden retail show – taking place biannually (February in the form of Glee at Spring Fair and September). Both events focus on building year-round profits within core product categories including garden care, landscaping, outdoor living, garden design, pet, specialty food and catering, home, gift and clothing, and plants. Each year the two events attract thousands of buyers from top retailers, such as leading UK garden centres, builders’ merchants, multiple retailers, and DIY stores. To keep up-to-date on all the latest news visit www.gleebirmingham.com or for details on exhibiting at Glee 2018 or Glee at Spring Fair 2019, call 0203 033 2160.