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TRENDS Refrigeration Requirements Food preservation is most important to homeowners today, but what's on the horizon? The keys to the consumer's heart when it comes to refrigeration are great performance, ease of use, freedom of design, excellent space management and - perhaps most importantly - the ability to keep food fresh for longer periods of time. "A greater focus on health and well-being is one lifestyle trend being carried over into home appliance selection," said Josef Steigmiller, vice president of Liebherr Refrigeration, The Americas. "Consumers recognize that proper food storage can help preserve food quality, including nutrients, flavor and texture. Additionally, homeowners can make the most of their food dollar by preventing spoilage and saving time spent at the grocery store." As people care more about what they are putting into their bodies, as well as the quality of ingredients with which they cook, this attribute will become more important. Today, people are spending more money on quality food, making the preservation and storage of this food essential," said Scott Davies, North American marketing manager for Fisher & Paykel. What's New in Design and Accessories? Stainless steel is the appliance material of choice for its timelessness, but integrating refrigeration into cabinetry for a seamless look is gaining in popularity. "This look offers customers infinite design possibilities and complete customization," said Michele Bedard, vice president of marketing for Sub-Zero/Wolf. "We're seeing designers and owners alike continue to be innovative in cabinetry finishes for appliances." According to Steigmiller, new technology and techniques are available to make refrigerators virtually invisible, which is a big leap forward in built-in refrigeration. "Cabinetry panels can discreetly hide these appliances, allowing the room's style to take center stage," he added. French door refrigerators continue to be in high demand, and according to Jessica McConnell, lead color, finish and material designer for Whirlpool Corp.'s Global Design Team, bottom-mount models are specified more often than the more traditional side-by-side models. Under-counter units are also extremely popular, as are additional options like LED illumination and carbonated water dispensers. As food preservation is a must with today's homeowner, manufacturers are offering such things as precise temperature controls, quick chill and freeze functions, air purification and antimicrobial systems, dual-zone wine centers, refrigerated drawers that can serve multiple uses in multiples places and dual refrigeration - separate systems in refrigerators and freezers to cool different foods at different temperatures. What's to Come? Consumers are beginning to see the necessity for refrigeration units in areas besides kitchens, which include rec rooms, master suites and outdoor spaces. This is known as point-of-use or anywhere refrigeration. "Consumers want product variety and flexibility," said Bedard, "and to essentially have refrigeration anywhere they want it regardless of space limitations." 40 + K BB November/December 2013 / www.kbbonline.com / The Official Sponsor of KBIS www.kbis.com http://www.kbbonline.com http://www.kbis.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of KBB - November/December 2013

KBB - November/December 2013
Contents
Online Contents
Editor’s Note
Show Director’s Note
Celebrity Design with...Martha Stewart
Industry Viewpoint
Business Practice
Product Innovator Awards
KBIS Countdown to Design & Construction Week
Trends
Products
Timeless Update
Flexible Function
Solutions
Learning Corner

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