AdultEx , Australia and New Zealand’s B2B adult retail trade show concluded last week with the 2014 AdultEx Adult Retail Industry Awards. The show, hosted by Calvista, is now in its 10th year and is open to vendors and retailers from Australian and New Zealand. Over 250 guests attended the three-day show and the awards were presented by Calvista CEO, Michael Bassett at show sponsor Doc Johnson’s ‘American Icons’ gala event at Jupiter’s Casino on the Gold Coast.
The winners were: Erotic Ink by Rocks Off [Best Pleasure Product Range]; Ceramix by Pipedream [Best New Pleasure Product Range]; We-Vibe 4 [Best Selling Pleasure Product and Best Pleasure Product Design]; iVibe by Doc Johnson [Best Selling Pleasure Product Range]; Scandal by California Exotic Novelties [Best Pleasure Product Packaging]; Infinit by NS Novelties [Most Innovative Female Pleasure Product]; Hydromax by Bathmate [Most Innovative Male Pleasure Product]; WOW by Wet [Best Lubricant/Lotion Product]; Pipedream’s Nick Orlandino [Services to the Industry]; Doc Johnson [Manufacturer of the Year]; California Exotic Novelties [Best Social Media]; Pjur Group [Best Point of Sale]; and Sex and Mischief by Sportsheets [Best Bondage, Restraints & Positioning Range].
“We are so grateful to be recognised for the extensive research, design and marketing we have invested in We-Vibe 4,” said We-Vibe CEO Danny Osadca. “We-Vibe 4 is the product of years of work with consumers, retailers and sexual health experts. We thank our retail and distribution partners, as well as AdultEx, for recognising the hard work that created such a high quality product.”
“Pipedream brands continue to dominate the Australian market, owning at least half of all retail store space and online offerings,” said Pipedream VP Ruben Deitz. “Our new brands were well received by all, and we’re honoured to have our Ceramix collection recognised as the Best New Product Range.”
Pipedream CEO Nick Orlandino added: “I’m honoured to receive this esteemed lifetime achievement award, and I’m proud of how we continue to expand our brand presence throughout Australia and New Zealand, making Pipedream the number one brand down under.”
Rocks-Off’s international sales director Andrea Duffy [pictured] commented: “We were actually nominated for the range in four different categories, and to win Best Product Range was fantastic. Erotic Ink is doing incredibly well for us and working with Lal Hardy made it just that little bit extra special as the tattoo designs were specifically inked by the man himself. If you love tattoos you will just fall head over heels in lust with Erotic Ink.”
“Trigg Laboratories is honoured that Wet WOW Arousal Gel Gentle O and Wet WOW Arousal Max O has been chosen by an executive committee at AdultEx, as Best Lubricant/Lotion Products,” said Michael Trigg, founder and CEO of Trigg Labs. “Adultex is a very important trade show and we appreciate their recognition among so many colleagues and peers. It validates our product development research which inspires us to continue to create superior products that enhance intimacy and enjoyment.”
Susan Colvin, president and CEO of California Exotic Novelties and Jopen said of the awards for Best Pleasure Product Packaging and the Best Social Media: “We’re incredibly honoured by both of these amazing awards. Thank you to Calvista, Michael Bassett, and everyone who was involved with the AdultEx show. We’re always excited to be a part of it.”