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Strong Interest In Kind + Jugend 2005 Among North American Companies

KIND + JUGEND, the world's largest fair for juvenile products has become a major attraction for North American companies looking for worldwide distribution. A total of 20 North American companies will showcase their products at this event, many of them will participate in the USA Pavilion at KIND + JUGEND. This annual event will take place from September 16-18, 2005 in Cologne, Germany.

Says Sharon Forshpan, Marketing Manager of Arms Reach: "Response to our website indicates a very strong, international demand for our line of co-sleeper products which allows infants to sleep alongside their parents. As a result we need to find a way to sell via international distributors. Participation at the USA Pavilion at KIND + JUGEND seems to be the logical choice for us to create a network of international distributors."

Added Peter Listro, President of Unisar Inc.: "We are excited about our new product which is a device that can monitor a baby's fever while they are asleep. We decided the current dollar strength provides an ideal time to introduce this product along with our line of Baby Sounds and Heart Listeners to international markets during KIND + JUGEND."

"We visited Kind & Jugend last year and decided to exhibit this year", says Greg Adams, Product Manager at Baby Jogger.  We have made some adjustments regarding the design and color schemes we offer and are now ready to re-establish Baby Jogger as the originator of the jogging stroller in international markets. To achieve that goal, our international distributors have strongly advised us to exhibit at KIND + JUGEND this year." 

For the first time Koelnmesse will introduce the "KIND + JUGEND INNOVATION AWARD". The competition is open to exhibitors with innovations and products currently not available in the international market place. The Jury is made up of international trade magazines as well as health and safety experts.

The last event in September 2004 attracted 504 exhibitors from 41 countries and 11,314 trade visitors from 87 countries.

Products will include children's furniture, safety seats, buggies, hygiene articles, toys and games as well as apparel for infants, children and teenagers. 

Complete details on all aspects of exhibiting or attending can be obtained by contacting Ken Dickerson, U.S. Project Manager of KIND + JUGEND at Koelnmesse, Inc. Phone: (773) 325-9926; Fax: (773) 714-0063; /

Kind + Jugend
16th to 18th September 2005

ABC Kids Expo Sets Record Attendance

After selling out all booth space for the 2005 show in Las Vegas and adding an additional 350 more booths, the 2005 ABC Kids Expo is once again sold out. A total of 650 exhibitors, nearly 1,600 booths, 15 private showrooms and 460,000 square feet makes this event the largest juvenile products specialty store trade show in the world.  Buyer registrations are also coming in very strong every day and will definitely surpass last years show record attendance of nearly 3,000 buyers.

Exhibitors that are still interested in obtaining booth space for the September 9-12th show should register to be placed on the waiting list at:

Information on the show, including hotel, airline and rental car discounts as well as show registration for retailers, sales representatives, distributors and media can also be found online at:

For further information, please contact the ABC Kids Expo at:

ABC Kids Exp Hotline:            (210) 691-4848
ABC Kids Expo FAX:            (210) 691-4849
ABC Kids Expo E-Mail:  
ABC Kids Expo Website:  


JPMA Announces Most Innovative Products at the 2005 International Show

The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) kicked off the 2005 International JPMA Show this morning with the much-anticipated announcement of the 2005 Innovation Awards Competition Winners.

Internationally recognized, the Innovation Awards highlight some of the most exciting new products in the marketplace today. Each exhibiting company at the show is invited to submit one new product.  Entries are evaluated by a selection committee of trade media representatives and industry retail buyers, and judged on their innovation, marketability, trend-setting potential, appeal and usefulness.

More than 100 cutting edge products were entered, but only 10 winners were selected.  They include:

Baby Bella Maya – Baby Bella Maya Designer Cover Baby Bella Maya's new product in baby gear allows moms to take an ordinary front pack carrier and turn it into a chic fashion statement.  These designer covers come in 6 fabrics and are also reversible.  The matching straps attach with Velcro to complete the stylish look, and the cover slips on easily and is machine washable.

Bela Baby – Nurse - N – Glow — The Nurse - N - Glow lighted nursing pillow is a simple solution to the complex mechanics of breast-feeding in bed.  The patented crescent shape supports baby's Neck, spine and pelvis so tired moms can relax, and the pillow keeps partners from rolling onto baby.  Smart touches include on-board lighting, a pocket for nursing necessities, and a zip-off washable cover.

Boon, Inc. – Frog Pod — The Frog Pod is a bath toy scoop, drain, and storage unit designed to simplify maintenance of a typical toddler bathtub environment.  Its removable scoop enables the user to scoop up and rinse bath toys in bulk to help eliminate dangerous mildew and bath residue on toys. The fingers and toes are used to hang bath accessories and the hidden shelf provides a convenient space for shampoo and other bath products. The Frog Pod can be attached to virtually any shower or bathtub wall, and the frog base is simple to detach from the adhesive bracket for easy cleaning.

Bugaboo North America – Cameleon — The Bugaboo Cameleon features adjustable suspension, a telescopic handlebar, and maximum comfort at larger dimensions. It offers a wide range of tailored fabrics in a new innovative fleece that is anti-static, anti-pill and has climate control properties to enhance the child's comfort. The Bugaboo Cameleon offers 4 base colors and 8 tailored fabrics to transform it into an expression of individual taste, mood, and personal style through customization.

Kelty KidsSpeedster Deluxe Stroller — The Kelty Kids Speedster Deluxe Stroller introduces an innovative cable/pulley mechanism to their product, allowing parents to fold and unfold the stroller in one simple action.  The Speedster Deluxe also features a height adjustable handle, reclining seat, full-coverage fender, retractable sunshade, reflective trim, and safety bell.

Kolcraft Enterprises, Inc. – Tour Sport® Universal Umbrella Stroller — Kolcraft's new lightweight umbrella stroller fits most brands of infant car seats and easily transforms umbrella strollers into travel systems.  This stroller also features a quick, compact umbrella fold, adjustable canopy to block the sun, parent cup holder, multi-position reclining seat, large basket for storage, ergonomically designed handles and a roomy extra wide seat and easy child access. 

Peg-Pérego – A3 — Peg-Pérego's new A3 stroller converts quickly and easily from stroller to carriage.  The multipurpose upholstery easily adapts from comfortable stroller seat to plush baby bed with a "zip, fold and zip."  With a spacious seat area and all-wheel suspension, baby rides comfortably and has plenty of room to move about or stretch out.  The A3's large removable/reversible hood and dual collapsible cup holders enhance the functionality of this stroller. 

Reach Global Industries, Inc. – Travel John Jr.™ — Travel John Jr.™ is a portable disposable urinal designed for boys AND girls. It is a convenient, sanitary, discrete, compact solution for when they have to go! The ingredients absorb liquid waste instantly and turn it into an odorless, spill proof gel that is non-toxic and waste disposal safe. The unisex adapter makes it easy for anyone and everyone to use while sitting or standing. 

The First Years – Wave-to-Sleep — The First Years innovative Wave-to-Sleep makes soothing, rhythmic wave patterns that engage baby's focus and help transition baby to sleep. This unique wave pattern encourages baby's tracking skills and helps develop neck strength.  Four friendly animals captivate baby's attention as they gently wave up and down while one of four musical selections – classical, lullaby, soothing spa, or nature sounds – plays softly in the background. Other features include optional remote control activation, auto-shut off after 10 minutes, adjustable volume and detachable music box.

Vincent Foods, LLC. – Oh Mama! Nutrition Bar Oh Mama! is the first nutritional bar formulated specifically to meet the needs of women who are trying to conceive, who are pregnant, or who are breast-feeding.  Oh Mama! was developed with input from doctors, nutritionists and food chemists, and contains 14 vitamins and minerals recommended during pregnancy.  Oh Mama! is a low-fat, low-calorie, high protein food that supports active lifestyles. 

The Innovation Awards Competition started in 1989 as the Most Innovative Product Contest and has evolved through the years to a highly recognized competition. It was officially named the "Show Off" Product Competition in 1992, however in 2003 JPMA renamed the contest to the Innovation Awards to more accurately represent the focus on innovation.

The 2005 International JPMA Show offers an ideal opportunity for hundreds of manufacturers to attract new business and grow existing accounts. Industry buyers come to choose from thousands of the newest, most innovative products for their retail stores.

The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association, Inc. is an international trade organization of 400 companies in the United States, Canada and Mexico.  These companies manufacture and/or import infant products such as cribs, car seats, strollers, bedding, and a wide range of accessories and decorative items.

For more information on the 2005 International JPMA Show, visit the JPMA Web site at or call (856) 638-0420.

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