NEW YORK -- Product of the Year USA, a company that awards brands for product innovation, has revealed the winners of the 2019 Product of the Year Awards—more than half of which are convenience-store staples.
The awards are based on the votes of 40,000 consumers and span 36 categories, such as candy, gum, cookies and even laundry detergent. The winning products must have been launched within the past year.
- Click here to view last year’s Product of the Year winners.
“Backed by the votes of over 40,000 everyday consumers, the distinctive Product of the Year logo helps shoppers identify the best new products in the supermarket and saves them valuable time and money during the shopping experience,” said Mike Nolan, CEO of Product of the Year. “In an increasingly competitive and saturated marketplace, the Product of the Year seal of approval gives our winning products a powerful tool proven to increase product trial, consumer awareness, distribution and sales."
Here are 20 convenience-store items that won Products of the Year …
Finish Max-in-1 Powerball
Finish Max-in-1 Powerball by HBC producer Reckitt Benckiser was named automatic dish care product of the year. The dish pod’s chemical formula aims to get rid of grease stains on dishes, and its dissolvable wrapper eliminates the need for unwrapping the pod altogether.
Java House Cold Brew Dual Use Coffee Liquid Pods
Java House Cold Brew Dual Use Coffee Liquid Pods were named caffeinated product of the year. The pods, produced by Heartland Foods Products Group, are made with premium coffee beans that simmer in cold water for more than 12 hours during the brewing process.
Butterfinger was named candy bar of the year. Ferrara Candy Co. recently changed its Butterfinger recipe for the first time in more than a decade, and the bar now features U.S.-grown peanuts and is free of hydrogenated oils. The bar is sealed with double-layer, higher-quality packaging material.
Rain-X Waterless Car Wash & Rain Repellent
Rain X-Waterless Car Wash & Rain Repellent, a new spray from ITW Global Brands, was named car care product of the year. The spray-on, wipe-off formula cleans vehicles without water and applies a water-repelling coating to all exterior surfaces.
Bush’s Savory Beans
Savory Beans from Bush Brothers Co. was named convenience meal of the year. The beans are made with North American-grown beans and come in four varieties: Black Bean Fiesta, Southern Style White Beans, New Orleans Style Red Beans and Southwestern Style Pinto Beans.
Oreo Thins Bites
Mondelez International’s Oreo Thins Bites were named cookie product of the year. The treats are a twist on Oreo Thins cookies and are made with the signature cream and cocoa outer layer of traditional Oreos. They come in three flavors: Original, Mint and Coconut.
Lean Cuisine Origins
Nestle USA’s Lean Cuisine Origins was named frozen entree of the year. Lean Cuisine Origins is a new line of 14 meatless recipes made with organic ingredients, plant-based proteins and vegetables. The line even has vegan options, including Coconut Chickpea Curry and Sicilian-Style Pesto with Lentil Pasta.
Zyn, a bottled drink from Holistic Wellness Beverage, was named healthy beverage of the year. Each bottle contains 200 milligrams of curcumin—an antioxidant derived from turmeric—and is blended with piperine, an alkaloid that gives pepper its pungency. Zyn comes in two flavors: Mixed Berry and Mango Lychee.
Nightfood’s ice cream was named ice cream of the year. The brand was created to target consumers looking to satisfy their ice cream craving late at night and before bed, according to the company. Each pint features the brand’s trademark CraveMonster packaging and is infused with sleep-supporting minerals, enzymes and amino acids. Flavors include Midnight Chocolate, Full Moon Vanilla, Cookies n’ Dreams, After-Dinner Mint Chip, Cold-Brew Decaf, Milk & Cookie Dough, Cherry Eclipse and Breakfast in Bed (maple ice cream with waffle chunks).
Halls Kids Pops
Mondelez’s Halls Kids Pops were named immediate relief product of the year. These items come in two varieties: Halls Kids Cough & Sore Throat Pops (Cherry and Strawberry flavors), which provide effective temporary relief for coughs and sore throats; and Halls Kids Vitamin C Pops (Orange and other natural flavors).
Crest Gum Detoxify
The Tide Pods weren’t the only Procter & Gamble product to make the list: The company’s Crest Gum Detoxify toothpaste was named oral care product of the year. The toothpaste aims to neutralize harmful plaque bacteria and help prevent gingivitis. Crest Gum Detoxify is available in Deep Clean, Extra Fresh, Gentle Whitening and Two-Step flavors.
Honu Sunscreen from Starco Brands was named skin protection product of the year. The Hawaiian-inspired, SPF 50 sunscreen comes with a wand that allows users to reach body parts that are often the brunt of sunburn. Honu is water-resistant for up to 80 minutes and is “reef safe,” meaning it doesn’t contain oxybenzone or octinoxate.