About Us

continuum-h.jpgThank you for shopping at Gourmac, the gourmet division of Hutzler Manufacturing Company.
 
Our family has been designing and producing safe quality kitchenwares since 1938. We have a rich history of manufacturing plastic housewares right here in the USA, and we continue to do so today. We are dedicated to bringing innovative products to life that simplify food preparation and food storage, empowering you and your family with the freedom to make healthy choices.
  
 
Want to know more? Here's our whole story.....

Hutzler Manufacturing Company Inc. has been in business in the United States as producers of high quality plastic housewares since 1938. Yet we look back to 1902 when Ludwig Hutzler started the production of metal housewares in Germany. His son, Lothar Hutzler, founder of Hutzler Manufacturing, immigrated to the United States and took with him the experience he learned from his father. 

As they say, necessity is the mother of invention. When metal supplies were scarce during World War II, Lothar Hutzler became a pioneer in plastic housewares. The very first products produced were plastic cookie cutters, plastic measuring spoons and plastic funnels... all of which are still part of our product assortment today! In 1947 Hutzler purchased a 10,000 sq. ft. building in Long Island City, NY and later added additional warehouse space. During these years, Hutzler grew and expanded.

In 1966 Hutzler began molding utensils and mixing bowls from melamine, the highest quality plastic available. Until this time, melamine had never been used for this purpose. Hutzler's Danish Design 6-Pc. Melamine Serving Set was awarded the Housewares Design Award in 1968 as selected by the National Design Center Board of Design. These melamine utensils have also been exhibited in the Museum of Contemporary Crafts in New York City, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and a 2-year traveling exhibition under the auspices of the Smithsonian Institute. Today you can see these same designs copied but not duplicated by manufacturers from all over the world.

In the 1970's Hutzler made the engineering breakthrough that fiberglass can give additional strength that is lacking from traditional nylon. They used this knowledge to produce Fiberglass Reinforced Nylon Utensils which are still used daily by McDonalds, Burger King and Pizza Hut.

In 1977 Hutzler moved its facilities from New York to a 10 acre site in Canaan, CT in the heart of the Berkshire Mountains. This is where we are located today.

The 1980's brought the start of the gourmet industry. With that in mind, Hutzler designed and created a line of very unique baking gadgets which received great acclaim as they worked effortlessly and made baking so much easier: the Easy Action Cookie Press®, the Fun Gun® food decorator, and the Quick Whip® whipped cream and milk frother. In order to serve the needs of the growing specialty retail sector, we created a new division called Gourmac, the gourmet merchandising specialists. 

The 1990's brought enormous expansion. In addition to packaging, warehousing and shipping, Hutzler began to mold in-house. We became fully computerized, adding EDI and an in-house art staff. And, we built a new warehouse. The 1990's also brought Hutzler full circle back to its roots of metal housewares with the acquisition of the Progressus Company, a leading manufacturer & importer of quality wood and metal housewares.

As we entered the new century, Hutzler created a brand new kitchenware category: The Food Saver. Hutzler’s Onion Saver® Tomato Saver®, Lemon /Lime Saver® and others are easily recognized and sold around the world. This line grew into the Snack Attack To-Go containers for healthy snacking anytime and anywhere.

Throughout our 75+ years, we have remained a family-run business. We are a team of dedicated and talented individuals, forming an extended Hutzler family. We offer exceptional value, outstanding quality, and superior customer service.  We hold hundreds of product patents throughout the world and we are continually designing new ways to make healthy living a bit easier. At Hutzler, we are committed to bringing innovative products to life that simplify food preparation and food storage, empowering you and your family with the freedom to make healthy choices.

 

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