NEW YORK — Several convenience-store staples were winners of the 2020 Product of the Year Awards.
Product of the Year USA’s consumer-voted awards for product innovation are determined through a national study of 40,000 consumers conducted by Kantar, a global leader in consumer research.
The awards span 41 categories and are designed to champion brands for product quality and innovation, according to Product of the Year USA, based in New York. It selects a category winner based on the product’s function, design, packaging or ingredients.
“For Product of the Year, it’s always been about innovation, yesterday, today and tomorrow—that’s what we love, are laser-focused on and champion. Coupled with that, our unique process of polling 40,000 independent voters means shoppers, retailers and manufacturers continue to genuinely trust the seal,” said Mike Nolan, global CEO of Product of the Year Management. “2020 sees new and exciting categories added that reflect the ever-changing face of innovation in the U.S., delivering us another great set of winners.”
C-store products that are the leaders in their category include Baby Ruth, Trident Vibes and more. Private-label products from Aldi and Walgreens also fared well.
Click through to see some of this year’s winners …
Aunt Jemima Pancake on the Go
Consumers can make pancakes in a disposable cup with Aunt Jemima Pancake on the Go. The product, from Purchase, N.Y.-based PepsiCo., lets consumers make pancakes by adding water, stirring and microwaving the pancake in a cup. It’s available in Chocolate Chip and Buttermilk & Maple flavors for $1.29.
cbdMD Freeze uses CBD and menthol to help relieve pain. The applicator can be used to deliver targeted relief to stiff joints and muscles, according to the company. The gel formula uses aloe vera and tea tree oil to keep skin soft, and it includes the company’s THC-free and non-GMO CBD.
Del Monte Veggieful Veggie Bowls
Walnut Creek, Calif.-based Del Monte Foods Inc.'s Veggieful Veggie Bowls, which feature a blend of veggies, whole grains and a savory sauce, can be eaten as a snack or meal. The snack comes in Roasted Red Pepper, Garlic and Herb, Southwest Style Corn and Asian Style Soy Sesame. It needs to be mixed and heated up before consumption. It sells for $2.99.
Tide Pods 2.0
Cincinnati-based Procter & Gamble’s Tide Pods 2.0 are new and improved Tide Pods laundry detergent packs that are "super concentrated," the company said. Each pod has a three-in-one laundry solution with highly concentrated detergent, stain remover and color protector. The pods sell for $9.
Carmex Comfort Care Lip Balm With Beeswax
Carmex Comfort Care With Beeswax is made with beeswax and cold-pressed antioxidant-rich fruit seed oil to lock in moisture for softer and smoother lips, according to Franklin, Wis.-based Carma Laboratories. It comes in a Peppermint flavor and is free of petroleum, parabens, minter oil and preservatives. The product sells for $11.97 for a two-pack.
Aldi Park Street Deli Snack Selects Three-Pack
Aldi’s Park Street Deli Snack Selects Three-Packs are on-the-go snacks that have 7 grams of protein per serving.
The combinations include pepper jack cheese with raisins and honey-roasted peanuts; sharp yellow cheddar cheese with cherry juice-infused dried cranberries; and salted roasted cashew splits and sharp white cheddar cheese with dried cranberries and sea-salted roasted almonds. The snack packs sell for $2.49.
BuzzTallz Classic Wine Cocktails, made by Carrollton, Texas-based BuzzBallz LLC/Southern Champion, are 13% ABV, premixed cocktails in 375-mL plastic cans. The drink comes in Lime ’Rita, Ruby Red Grapefruit, Lotta Colada, Chocolate Tease, Stiff Lemonade and Horchata. The drinks are blended with natural ingredients and premium alcohol, according to the company. They sell for $3.99 a can.
Aldi Quarter Cut Bourbon Barrel-Aged Cabernet Sauvignon
Aldi's Quarter Cut Bourbon Barrel-Aged Cabernet Sauvignon draws its flavors from charred barrels that once aged American whiskey. The wine has notes of vanilla, black cherry and dried herbs. It sells for $9.99.