Libbey is to expand its tableware offering after inking a new exclusive deal with German manufacturer and distributor, Assheuer + Pott GmbH & Co. KG (APS Germany).
The agreement will see Ohio-based foodservice company add more than 300 catering, buffet and tabletop products to its portfolio, and brings the European collection to the US and Canada for the first time.
The product range includes buffet display stands and risers in metal and wood options, high quality melamine serving trays and bowls in a variety of styles, including faux wood, faux concrete and faux cast iron; chafing dishes and beverage dispensers.
The APS serveware and buffetware will join Libbey’s upscale Artistry Collection of curated, premium tableware brands.
Joe Huhn, vice president, general manager, US and Canada, Libbey, Inc, says: “APS has a strong reputation and prestige for the high quality, beautifully designed metal products it manufactures and the range of products it distributes throughout Europe. Their rich heritage and dedication to exceptional product quality aligns well with the other brands in our Artistry Collection.
“We believe APS’ innovative serveware solutions will complement Libbey’s extensive foodservice product assortment and provide a wide range of stylish and functional options for our customers.”
Bastian Becker of APS said: “Libbey’s leadership, category expertise and comprehensive product offering makes them an ideal partner for introducing APS products to the foodservice industry in the US and Canada.”
Libbey will feature a sampling of its new collection of APS serveware and buffetware products at the National Restaurant Association Show in Chicago, which kicked off on Friday and runs until tomorrow.
The products will be available to ship in the fourth quarter.
In addition to the new APS serveware and buffetware products, the Artistry Collection includes SCHÖNWALD and Playground dinnerware, Spiegelau and Nachtmann glassware, and VIVA Scandinavia teaware, in select markets.