Marking ten years of its popular Craft range, Steelite International has introduced a glorious new glaze â€“ Craft Raspberry.
Led by designer Andrew Klimecki at Steeliteâ€™s manufacturing facility in Stoke-on-Trent, the Craft range was originally designed to bring stability and comfort to diners in a post-recession market. Over the past decade, Craft has become the leading, and most imitated design in the world, as major restaurant groups continue to switch from white crockery to Craft glazes.
Andrew Klimecki, VP Design, Steelite International said: â€œWith Craft, Steelite demonstrated to the industry that a range doesnâ€™t have to be white to show that the food is serious. Craft showed that plating food on the right colours and textures can enhance what the chef is trying to achieve.â€
The pink hues of Craft Raspberry naturally lend the range to desserts, and the report highlights a key opportunity in the category as consumers continue to look to treat themselves during moments of uncertainty. Klimecki says the slightly acidic pink colour of Craft Raspberry enhances the dark richness of chocolate, elevating the dessert experience. The designer said it was important to get the shade exactly right.
â€œWe have been experimenting with pink for quite a while but hadnâ€™t felt that the glazes we developed had quite the affinity for food that we know chefs enjoy with all the other colours in the Craft range. That is until now,â€ Klimecki explained. â€œThe pink we chose is very close to a natural raspberry juice hue and therefore has a great affinity with other natural ingredients. The new pink adds more warmth and playfulness to the Craft range and is an exciting way to celebrate Craftâ€™s tenth anniversary by pointing to the future.â€
Steelite has marked Craftâ€™s 10-year milestone, as well as the launch of Craft Raspberry, with a celebratory report called: â€œThe tableware that changed the hospitality industryâ€. The brochure looks back at the history and importance of the Craft movement within the hospitality industry with an exclusive interview with Andrew Klimecki, VP Design at Steelite. The report also highlights an operator experience about their transition to Craft during their brand transformation of 400+ sites.
The Craft Raspberry range includes plates, bowls and beverage items.
To download/receive your copy of The tableware that changed the hospitality industry report and find out more about Craft Raspberry visit https://www.steelite.com/literature