HPBA releases 2016 top barbecue, patio and fireplace trends

HPBAARLINGTON, Va. – More than 7,500 manufacturers and retailers will gather at the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association’s HPBExpo, March 17-19, in New Orleans to showcase new products. Linear fireplaces, out-of-the-box barbecue accessories and app-friendly technologies are just some of the hot, new product finds the industry anticipates seeing showcased.

“As the largest North American trade show for the hearth, patio and barbecue industries, HPBExpo sets the stage for the latest trends and the best products that the industry offers,” said Jack Goldman, president and CEO, HPBA. “HPBExpo showcases the hottest, new products developed for every type of consumer, from the novice griller to pit masters and homebuilders to DIY designers.”

HPBA has identified the top trends for the hearth and barbecue industries for 2016:

1. Integrating smart technologies: From fireplace temperatures controls to grills and propane tank monitoring systems, app-friendly products will abound in 2016.

2. Experimenting with accessories: According to recent HPBA consumer research, pizza stones, fish/broiling baskets, cedar planks, rotisseries and grill woks are among the top accessories consumers plan to purchase.

3. Improving biomass-burning products: This is the first HPBExpo since the new EPA regulations on woodstoves were announced in May 2015. New mandates for wood burning and pellet products will affect how manufacturers may redesign products to meet stricter emission standards.

4. Upgrading outdoor kitchens: Already 10% of grill owners have an outdoor kitchen, featuring primarily premium grills, furniture, lighting and outdoor fireplaces and fire pits. Of these outdoor kitchen owners, 35% are likely to upgrade in the next three years.

5. Clean, modern fireplaces: Linear fireplaces continue to interest consumers in both indoors and outdoor products with their sleek, modern design.

HPBExpo 2016 is not open to the public, but registration is still open.



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