Fruita inventor’s tray to be shown on QVC
Party-to-Go container will be special item Thursday
Joy Clymer of Fruita was fed up when she made her famous deviled eggs, only to have the slippery treats smeared everywhere by the time she arrived at a barbecue.
Five years after that event, Clymer is confident that food faux pas won’t happen to her again.
With the help of a design company, Clymer invented a plastic food carrier to keep those deviled-egg delights in place. Her idea was expanded to include interchangeable holders for cupcakes, cookies, pies and veggies. The resulting product, called Party-to-Go, will be the featured “Today’s Special Value” item all day Thursday on the popular home-shopping television channel QVC, Clymer said.
“I just believed in it,” said Clymer, who described herself as a practical person. “I just really felt strongly that something needed to be done. Yes, it did take a lot of work and research and time.”
Clymer said she loves to make deviled eggs, and enjoys that they’re usually a big hit when she brings them to parties. She was stymied, however, after not finding a container in local grocery stores for a product to carry the eggs.
She wanted something better than a pie tin covered with plastic wrap.
After concocting the idea of a custom carrier, Clymer searched online for a company to help her design the product, finding new product development firm Davison, which expanded the idea to include the other trays. She shares licensing rights on the product with a company named XHP, a housewares company that assisted in the manufacturing.
According to terms of the agreement, Clymer can’t disclose what her share of the percentage of sales will be. She also doesn’t know how much the product will sell for on QVC. Her invention, though, may be sold to a different company, which might have the potential to earn her even more money. She would love to see the product on local grocery store shelves one day.
Clymer received a prototype of the food carrier this week. The circular tray has a green base and a green handle, with a clear locking lid.
Clymer, who also runs a medical transcription business out of her home, said she’ll tape the television show Thursday and watch it when she’s through working. She’s told a few friends to watch for it on TV — and to be sure to pick up the phone and buy.
Clymer said she has another idea for a housewares product that she is considering developing, though that idea is still under wraps. She also has plans to create a children’s book.
For now, Clymer can’t wait until the next gathering of her ATV club, where she’ll show off her invention.
“Next month, when I’m there, I want to see everybody with one of these,” she said laughing.