Suppliers and distributors at the 2016 Executive Planning Conference, hosted by Distribution America and PRO Group, selected World and Main’s Comfort Zone brand propane heater and stove as the best new product in the housewares and seasonal category, the company said.

According to the company, the conference featured a new product display where attendees selected the best new products in major hardline categories. “The Comfort Zone 2-in-1 propane heater and stove is a unique, multi-seasonal product that has a broad appeal to everyone from die-hard football tailgaters to campers looking for a powerful yet compact cooking essential,” said Barry Jacobs, senior director, home environment, World and Main. “It’s an item that has wide consumer application, a beneficial pricepoint and can be featured in any season and for many activities.”

The Comfort Zone 2-in-1 propane heater and stove is designed for outdoor heating and cooking. The multi-functional portable heater is said to direct 6,500 BTUs sideways to heat or upwards to its built-in cast iron cooktop. It carries a suggested retail price of $89.99.

“We submit new items every year for the purpose of expanding our presence within the wholesale hardware industry. The Executive Planning Conference encourages innovation and new product launches with its participating wholesale hardware distributors. We are excited that the members voted our combination heater and stove as their choice for the best new item this year in the housewares category,” said Robert Fischer, vp/sales wholesale hardware, World and Main.