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Panasonic ramps up aesthetics in kitchen appliances

Company will offer a toaster, coffee maker and tea kettle later this year.

LAS VEGAS — Panasonic, a worldwide leader in consumer electronics technology, announced the Panasonic Breakfast Collection from the floor of the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show. The company will offer three small kitchen appliances: a toaster, coffee maker and kettle, each featuring bold aesthetics.

"With our new breakfast collection, Panasonic aimed to create functional small kitchen appliances that offered sleek, modern looks for today's kitchens," said Nicholas Monaco, product manager of small appliances for Panasonic Consumer Marketing Co. of North America. "Instead of storing a toaster or coffee maker when they aren't in use, the Panasonic products were designed to stand out and become a part of a consumer's kitchen."

The Panasonic NT-ZP1 Toaster is designed with transparent glass and stainless steel. The toaster displays seven browning levels, reheat and defrost indicators directly onto the glass front in blue LED, while convenient controls allow for easy selection of menu items. The Panasonic Toaster is equipped with ultra-wide bread slots to fit even thicker styles of bread or bagels and offers a built-in warming rack, ideal for keeping buns and croissants warm prior to eating. Seven browning levels allow users to perfectly toast bread to their desired taste, and a reheat and defrost function makes it quick and easy to toast frozen foods or leftovers.

The Panasonic NC-ZF1 Coffee Maker fuses well-engineered design with modern functionality. Featuring a strong cubic shape and a stainless steel and glass finish, the coffee maker complements any kitchen style. For single users or families who enjoy different strengths of coffee, the aroma selector allows for the easy adjustment of water flow into the pot, making coffee stronger or milder. This function allows multiple users to purchase the same coffee grinds but get a different pot taste based on their needs. An eight-cup capacity double walled stainless steel carafe will help keep coffee warm and fresh, and an automatic shut-off function provides a safety guard for users who may forget to turn off the pot. The Panasonic Coffee Maker also features an easy-to-see water level gauge on the exterior, transparent blue LED to indicate power and a convenient paperless filter.

And the Panasonic NC-ZK1 Kettle offers users a quick and easy way to boil water, without waiting minutes for their traditional tea kettle to heat up on the stove. With a 1.4-L water capacity, the Panasonic Kettle is designed with high-quality stainless steel on both the interior and exterior that can help keep water warm longer. A pop-open top makes filling water a cinch and an ergonomic handle and spout makes it easy to pour water without spilling. The Panasonic Kettle is also equipped with a washable scale filter to prevent scale particles from entering a user's drinking water. Family-friendly features include a cool-touch exterior and automatic shut-off.

All three products in the Panasonic Breakfast Collection will be available this May in two color options, violet or smoke. Pricing and availability will be announced prior to shipment.


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