CHICAGO -- CSP magazine is proud to announce the leaders in product innovation for the 13th consecutive year with its Retailer Choice Best New Products Contest winners (list below).
Nominations of hundreds of eligible new products introduced into the convenience-retailing format between Aug. 1, 2015, and July 31, 2016, were tried, tested and tinkered with to determine the top three finalists in 26 key categories. A panel of CSP magazine’s editorial team—the new product committee—chose the finalists. Approximately 1,500 c-store retailers elected the winning products with much satisfaction and amazement.
“New products drive traffic, generate buzz and fuel innovation for the entire c-store industry, and this year’s winners reflect that drive to create the ‘next big thing,’ ” said Abbie Westra, retail content director for Winsight, including CSP and Convenience Store Products. “They are a barometer of both consumer trends and supplier innovation.” All of the nominated products showed innovation, uniqueness and groundbreaking advancement in each category, and Winsight thanks all the retailers who voted and every supplier nominee. We look forward to seeing what’s in store for 2017.
Special awards will be presented to contest winners during the 2016 NACS Show held Oct. 18-21 at the Georgia World Congress Center to certify that these company’s products “have arrived” to the marketplace. Congratulations on this prestigious achievement!
|Company name||Product name||Category|
|Anheuser-Busch||Budweiser (America Packaging)||Best New Packaging|
|The Hershey Co.||Reese’s Pieces Peanut Butter Cups King Size||Candy (Chocolate)|
|Mondelez International||Sour Patch Kids Strawberry resealable stand-up pouch||Candy (Nonchocolate)|
|MasonWays Indestructible Plastics||Mixed Recyclables Center||Design/Construction/Display|
|Franke||A600||Dispensed Beverage Equipment|
|Kerry Convenience/Insight Beverages||Oreo Hot Chocolate||Dispensed Beverages|
|General Mills Inc.||Cheerios Protein||Edible Grocery|
|Red Bull North America||Red Bull Summer Edition||Energy Drinks|
|Life Support||Life Support Recovery Shot||Energy Shots/Supplements|
|Tomlinson Industries||513H Humidified Merchandiser||Equipment (Foodservice)|
|f’real foods||f’real Cinnabon Cinnamon Roll Milkshake||Foodservice Products (Dessert)|
|Johnsonville Sausage||Sausage, Egg & Cheese Biscuit||Foodservice Products (General)|
|Hot Stuff Pizza||Pepperoni Pizza Roll||Foodservice Products (Snacks and Sides)|
|The ICEE Co.||Sip-N-See Straws||General Merchandise|
|Convenience Valet||Waterless Disposable Razor||Health & Beauty|
|Tyson Convenience||Ball Park Flame Grilled Jerky||Meat Snacks|
|MillerCoors||Henry’s Hard Soda||Packaged Beverages (Alcohol)|
|The Coca-Cola Co.||smartwater sparkling||Packaged Beverages (Nonalcohol)|
|Clif Bar & Co.||Clif Nut Butter Filled Energy Bar||Snacks (Bars)|
|Tyson Convenience||Hillshire Snacking Small Plates||Snacks (Salty)|
|Hostess Brands||Hostess Suzy Q’s||Snacks (Sweet)|
|Minor Decliner LLC||Minor Decliner Age Verification System||Technology (Hardware)|
|Hot Stuff Pizza||iGnG – Intelligent Grab N Go||Technology (Software)|
|BIC Consumer Products||Bohemian Series||Tobacco (Accessories)|
|Cheyenne International LLC||Cheyenne Limited Edition Tropical Cigars||Tobacco (Cigars)|
|blu eCigs||blu Carolina Bold Tanks||Tobacco (Vaping Products)|
Winsight, LLC is a market-dominant, business-to-business media and information company specializing in the convenience-retailing, restaurant and noncommercial foodservice industries. Winsight has an extensive media portfolio of leading publications, including CSP, Restaurant Business, Foodservice Director and Convenience Store Products; a suite of digital products, including websites, e-newsletters (Restaurant Business Daily and CSP Daily News) and webinars; plus video products, mobile and tablet apps, custom marketing solutions and the convenience-retailer intelligence tool, CSPedia. The Winsight Events group produces six exclusive, large-scale executive-level conferences—Restaurant Leadership Conference, FARE Conference, Outlook Leadership, Convenience Retailing University, FSTEC and MenuDirections—in addition to more than 12 major EduNetworking conferences and advisory meetings. Winsight recently acquired Technomic, Inc., the leading provider of primary and secondary market information and advisory services to the food industry. Winsight is the recognized leader in the markets it serves. For more information on Winsight and its brands, go to www.winsightmedia.com.