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Traeger reported earnings this week and the early results are that the new Ironwood pellet grill and Flatrock griddle are successful. Traeger is big on social media metrics, that they quoted, but also said it translated to sell-through. They had some margin challenges, but expect to ride a tailwind from reduced freight costs through the year.
Middleby also reported earnings this week and noted that they’ve seen success from their connected grills. The Gravity Series is building momentum, and like Traeger’s new products, the Konnected Joe is driving awareness that will hopefully translate to sales.
Solo Brands announced the acquisition of TerraFlame, which will sit within the Solo Stove brand. TerraFlame is sort of like Solo Stove, but for the indoors. They sell isopropyl and ethanol fueled indoor fire products and accessories. The SEC filings with deal terms haven’t been released yet.
Gozney has continued building their pizza oven brand through unique food centered experiences. This week they announced a remote pop-up restaurant for one day only on the Jurassic Coast. The meal will be cooked by Chris “Flamebaster” Roberts all on the Gozney Roccbox.
The 2023 BBQ Hall of Fame semi-finalists were announced this week on The BBQ Central Show. The group of 10 will be voted on by current Hall of Fame inductees, with the top 4 vote getters making up the 2023 class. The 4 selected will be announced on May 24th, also on The BBQ Central Show.
Finally, there’s been a trend recently of outdoor cooking companies releasing carts for pizza ovens and food prep. Oklahoma Joe’s may have released the best of the bunch. Their Workstationn Prep & Storage Cart has everything you need including a paper towel holder, a garbage holder, and multiple different means of storage.