Japanese housewares company Takeya Chemical Industry Co. Ltd. is moving into the U.S. market with its line of plastic pitchers, glasses and bottles.
John Lown, former CEO of Snapware Corp., is heading up subsidiary Takeya USA from Huntington Beach, Calif.
The company will import items from Asia designed and produced by its Habakino, Japan-based parent.
Takeya USA used the International Home + Housewares show, held March 14-16 in Chicago, to introduce itself to North American retailers, Lown said.
The company has been in the housewares industry for 50 years in Japan.
It tweaked some of its products for the U.S. market to meet consumer expectations for sizes and style, Lown said.
The bulk of its plastic products use a clear, bisphenol A-free resin marketed under the AcraGlass brand name. However, Takeya also has a line of PET wine and cocktail tumblers marketed for use at picnics and other outdoor events.
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