CHICAGO — The thousands of retailers that voted in CSP’s 18th annual Retailer Choice Best New Product Contest chose quite a diverse bunch of winners this year. These new products—introduced to c-stores between June 1, 2020, and June 1, 2021—represent some of the hottest trends in c-stores and retailing right now, including cannabidiol (CBD), grab-and-go, the evolution of beer and spicy foods.
Retailers voted for their favorite new products from 22 categories, and awards were given to the contest winners during the NACS Show in Chicago. This year’s winners include a first-ever tie, and a single product winning in two categories.
Here’s a first look at the winners. CSP congratulates the winners and thanks the thousands of retailers who voted.
Hempire Wraps are the modern “green” take on the traditional tobacco blunt. The wraps are infused with aromatics and terpenes. Flavors include Strawblurry Clouds, Blueblurry Blaze, Honey Fu-Fu, Cali Cream, Rilla-G and Clemen-Terp.
CBDaF! Gummies 8 Pack 160mg
CBDaf! Gummies contain 20 mg of pure cannabidiol (CBD) per gummy. The gummies come in assorted tropical and berry fruit flavors.
Hemp Bombs Delta-8 Gummies
Hemp Bombs Delta-8 Gummies contain premium hemp derived, Delta-8 THC and come in three flavors: Mixed Berry Blast, Mellow Mango and Peach Paradise.
The Donut Hole Individually Wrapped Donuts
Baker Boy Inc.
Baker Boy’s individually wrapped doughnuts under The Donut Hole brand are shipped frozen and ready to thaw and serve. The line features eight flavors, including Chocolate Iced Chocolate & Creme Filled Magic Ring Donuts, White Iced Raspberry Filled Magic Ring Donuts, Glazed Donuts and Maple Iced Long Johns.
Bunn Fast Cup
The Bunn Fast Cup is a bean-to-cup coffee brewer that features an intuitive touchscreen experience, a drip-style flavor profile, and accommodations for larger cup sizes dispensed in approximately 30 seconds.
Fri-Jado Multideck Merchandiser
The multideck Fri-Jado merchandiser boosts hot food-to-go sales with an irresistible product presentation, the company said. It can be used anywhere in the store to stimulate customers to pick up hot grab-and-go products.
The iCombi Pro oven offers commercial kitchens higher productivity, shorter cooking times and lower energy consumption compared to the previous model, while still providing consistency of results, according to the company.
Forecourt & Technology
Dover Fueling Solutions
A winner in both the Forecourt and Technology categories, DX Promote enables retail fueling stations to give their customers a fully integrated digital experience at the fuel dispenser, making it simple to upload and change promotional and media content customers see at every stage of the fueling process.
Gone Rogue Turkey Bites
Gone Rogue Snacks
Gone Rogue Turkey Bites are balanced in protein and bold in flavor, according to the manufacturer. Available in four flavors: Honey Mustard, Maple Brown Sugar, Nashville Hot-Inspired and Sea Salt & Black Pepper.
Packaged Beverages: Bottled Water
Nxt Lvl Hydrogen Water
Takeover Industries Inc.
Nxt Lvl Hydrogen Water with Quad-C is powered by H2forLife technology, which ensures a high potency of active hydrogen, the manufacturer says. The functional spring water improves energy, immunity, cognition, recovery and well-being, according to TakeOver Industries.
Packaged Beverages: Nonalcohol
Black Rifle Coffee
Black Rifle Coffee Co.
First launch as a whole-bean coffee company, Black Rifle Coffee is now available in two ready-to-drink styles: Espresso Mocha and Espresso With Cream with 200 mg of caffeine per can, and Espresso 300 Triple Shot in Rich Mocha and Caramel Vanilla.
Clif Bar Duos
Clif Bar & Co.
With 190 calories or less and 6 or 7 grams of protein, Clif Bar Duos are smaller energy bar ideal for fueling fitness routines and daily physical activity, the company says. Duos are available in two flavor combinations: Chocolate Brownie + Crunchy Peanut Butter and Chocolate Brownie + White Chocolate Macadamia Nut.
Bitcoin Depot is a multi-cryptocurrency ATM Network offering users the ability to buy and sell Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum and more than 30 other cryptocurrencies instantly at locations across the United States.
Black Buffalo Smokeless Tobacco Alternative
Black Buffalo Inc.
Black Buffalo is a smokeless tobacco alternative in the modern oral category. The product is intended to provide adult consumers the same pack, aroma, color, flavor and nicotine buzz of traditional moist smokeless tobacco (MST) products without the harmful constituents of tobacco leaf or tobacco stem.
BIC EZ Reach Lighter
The BIC EZ Reach lighter is designed for lighting hard-to-reach places while keeping fingers safe from the flame. The design combines the BIC Pocket Lighter and longer-reaching BIC Multi-Purpose Lighter. It features a 1.45-inch extendable wand in a pocket size that can fit in bags and pockets.