CORELLE ~ Every Kitchen Needs This Popular Dinnerware
Corelle Dinnerware is Made in the U.S.A.
Known worldwide for its unique features, Corelle has continued its popularity for over 40 years. At times, Corelle has actually sold faster than can be produced. Estimates now show that nearly half of all households have Corelle dinnerware in their kitchens today.
The Early Years of Corelle 1970
Scientists in the Corning Glass Works Research & Development Department developed an exclusive lamination process which thermally bonds three layers of glass. The layers include a core center encircled by top and bottom layers of what is called “skin”. The result of the lamination process is referred to as Vitrelle glass, highly known for its exceptional durability as it greatly exceeds the strength created by any single glass composition.
Embellishments are then added using special enamels that literally become part of the glass. This creates consistent designs that are scratch resistant. There is a great video below that shows the Vitrelle lamination process and how Corelle dinnerware is made.
Why Corelle Dishware and Glassware Remains So Popular
- Thin and Lightweight
- Easily Stackable and Saves Space
- Extremely Durable
- Break and Chip Resistant Under Normal Use
- Fade and Stain Resistant
- Chemical Resistant
- Dishwasher, Microwave and Oven Safe
- Non-Porous, Will Not Retain Odors
- Very Easy To Clean
My Personal Experience With Corelle
First, I must say that I LOVE CORELLE DISHES. I have used them daily in my household for over 25 years. I like how they stack to save cupboard space. They are more durable than any dishware I have ever used. The pattern I own is called the Impressions Pink Trio. I can tell you 100%, my dishes still look as good as the day I purchased them.
Over the years, as an aunt to my many nieces and nephews, I was never worried about my Corelle dishes with the little ones. In addition, I have been a caregiver to dozens of elderly people throughout the years. On many occasions, I have suggested use of Corelle dinnerware since it is so light and easily transportable from the counter to the table, etc.
Corelle's International Market
The international market for the Corelle brand is growing fast and now represents 40% of total sales. Corelle is now available in more than 30 countries. Key markets include India, Korea and China.
Corelle is offered in many different patterns and shapes sure to please any consumer. It is still manufactured at the same Pressware Manufacturing Plant in Corning, New York, although it is now owned and operated by World Kitchen, LCC.
This extremely fast production phenomenon produces up to 100 million pieces of Corelle every year.
Today, production lines including Corelle’s Livingware, Impressions, Vive and Square dishware continue to be made from what is now called Vitrelle 1. A new glass product called Vitrelle 2, goes through the same lamination process yet its core is 70% thicker than the original material.
Third Glass Melting Tank Built to Keep Up With Demand
Since its first introduction in 1970, Corelle dinnerware has been in non-stop production 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
On October 24, 2011, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to celebrate the completion of its third glass-melting tank, located in Corning, NY, which will enhance production capacity by up to 50%. This 14-month expansion project cost $50 million. When all three tanks are running at full capacity, the plant can now output 135 million pieces annually.
Discontinued Corelle Patterns
Over the years, Corelle has produced hundreds of patterns. When Corelle was sold to World Kitchen, LCC, most of the previous patterns were retired.
These retired patterns are still in demand and can be found for purchase in places like Amazon.com and eBay.
Under normal household use, Corelle will replace any Vitrelle item that breaks or chips. There is a three-year warranty on Vitrelle 1 glass as well as a five-year warranty on Vitrelle 2 glass items. Be sure to keep the item since you may be asked to return it. If you have Corelle that needs to be replaced under the warranty, please confirm this information to be sure it has not changed.
WHAT ABOUT YOU
Do You Have Corelle Dinnerware In Your Kitchen?
Why Buy Corelle
Corelle dinnerware can be purchased by individual piece or in sets. They offer a beautiful array of patterns and shapes to fit your own sense of style and today's trends.
The legendary Corelle durability gives them a leading edge that cannot be offered by other brands. I love my Corelle dinnerware. I have no doubt that you will too!
This is Sharyn's Slant
Corelle 16-Piece Sets: Amazon
Corelle Commercial: Short & Funny
Corelle Serving Pieces: Amazon
VERY COOL How It's Made VIDEO: The result of the lamination process is called Vitrelle Glass.
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