February 2017

In This Issue

Perspective:
How Hot Was It?

Well, 2016 wasn’t the hottest year since recording of temperatures began in 1895. It was the second hottest. July, 2016, wasn’t only hot – it was the hottest month ever recorded.

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Heart & Soul

By Lisa Readie Mayer

Grillworks has parlayed its business from backyard hobby to big-city restaurants, from residential use to commercial favorite.

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Seeking Shade

By Mark Brock

We all want to be outdoors, but as temperatures increase, so too does the need for shade. It’s a great time to be selling shade products!

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Still Smokin' Hot

By Lisa Readie Mayer

Smokers and kamados continue to do well, thanks to a passionate fan base and growing interest in low-and-slow cooking.

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Outside The Box

By James E. Houck

Manufacturers, are you interested in a new opportunity?

Here are a few that you might consider, one of which involves shedding your present business model of high-cost, high-technology products, for one of low-cost, very simple units – but with 3 billion potential customers.

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2016 December Business Climate

In early January, Hearth & Home faxed a survey to 2,500 specialty retailers of hearth, barbecue and patio products, asking them to compare December 2016 sales to December 2015. The accompanying charts and selected comments are from the 197 useable returns.

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