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CSP’s 2016 Best New Product Winners Are ...

The industry’s most significant new-product awards to be presented at the NACS Show

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 nameProduct nameCategory
Anheuser-BuschBudweiser (America Packaging)Best New Packaging
The Hershey Co.Reese’s Pieces Peanut Butter Cups King SizeCandy (Chocolate)
Mondelez InternationalSour Patch Kids Strawberry resealable stand-up pouchCandy (Nonchocolate)
MasonWays Indestructible PlasticsMixed Recyclables CenterDesign/Construction/Display
FrankeA600Dispensed Beverage Equipment
Kerry Convenience/Insight BeveragesOreo Hot ChocolateDispensed Beverages
General Mills Inc.Cheerios ProteinEdible Grocery
Red Bull North AmericaRed Bull Summer EditionEnergy Drinks
Life SupportLife Support Recovery ShotEnergy Shots/Supplements
Tomlinson Industries513H Humidified MerchandiserEquipment (Foodservice)
f’real foodsf’real Cinnabon Cinnamon Roll MilkshakeFoodservice Products (Dessert)
Johnsonville SausageSausage, Egg & Cheese BiscuitFoodservice Products (General)
Hot Stuff PizzaPepperoni Pizza RollFoodservice Products (Snacks and Sides)
The ICEE Co.Sip-N-See StrawsGeneral Merchandise
Convenience ValetWaterless Disposable RazorHealth & Beauty
Tyson ConvenienceBall Park Flame Grilled JerkyMeat Snacks
MillerCoorsHenry’s Hard SodaPackaged Beverages (Alcohol)
The Coca-Cola Co.smartwater sparklingPackaged Beverages (Nonalcohol)
Clif Bar & Co.Clif Nut Butter Filled Energy BarSnacks (Bars)
Tyson ConvenienceHillshire Snacking Small PlatesSnacks (Salty)
Hostess BrandsHostess Suzy Q’sSnacks (Sweet)
Minor Decliner LLCMinor Decliner Age Verification SystemTechnology (Hardware)
Hot Stuff PizzaiGnG – Intelligent Grab N GoTechnology (Software)
BIC Consumer ProductsBohemian SeriesTobacco (Accessories)
Cheyenne International LLCCheyenne Limited Edition Tropical CigarsTobacco (Cigars)
blu eCigsblu Carolina Bold TanksTobacco (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.


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