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CSP Opens Nominations for Retailer Choice Best New Products Contest

15th annual competition will honor the most innovative and inspired launches from the past year
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CHICAGO — Today’s innovation is tomorrow’s core, and convenience stores are the perfect breeding ground for products to flourish and become a staple of modern life. For the past 14 years, CSP has honored the best in product innovation with its Retailer Choice Best New Products Contest as suppliers have proven their ability to innovate, improve and inspire.

Through June 25, CSP is asking both retailers and suppliers to submit their nominations for best new products across key c-store categories in this 15th annual contest. Up to five submissions can be made by visiting

Eligible submissions include products available in c-store formats between Aug. 1, 2018, and June 1, 2019, and should show product innovation, uniqueness and/or groundbreaking advancement. Winners will be announced during the NACS Show®, Oct. 1-4 in Atlanta, and featured in CSP’s December issue.

“With several key product categories in flux—I’m thinking about packaged beverages or tobacco, even health and beauty care—the industry is at a point where product innovation can truly make a difference in a store’s bottom line,” said Steve Holtz, content director for CSP. “For 14 years, we’ve honored the product launches that have driven sales and store traffic. I expect this year’s batch of nominees to be true pacesetters in their categories and for the c-store industry.”

Following the close of the nomination period, finalists will be identified and organized into core subcategories that reflect the year’s product innovation, determined by a panel of CSP and Convenience Store Products editors. C-store retailers will then have a chance to vote on the finalists in each of the categories to determine the winners.

CSP magazine is the leading source of information for the $600 billion convenience-retailing industry. Our award-winning editors provide actionable solutions and data-driven trends to key decision-makers who rely on this information to combat disruption. CSP annually hosts Convenience Retailing University and the Outlook Leadership conference—two large-scale leadership events—as well as 15 small format meetings in its EduNetworking series. The CSP team also delivers insights via print publications, its website and daily newsletters.

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