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Polls Open for 15th Annual Best New Product Contest

Retailers asked to vote in 23 categories

CHICAGO -- Voting is now open for CSP’s 15th annual Retailer Choice Best New Product Contest. CSP announced the finalists in 23 product categories this week, and the complete list is below.

The editors of CSP and Convenience Store Products magazines identified all finalists from products nominated by convenience-store industry members. Now it’s up to c-store retailers to select the winners of this coveted award. Retailers can fill out a ballot now through Sept. 7 at CSPDailyNews.com/BestNewProductsContest.

"We've seen so many of the previous winners in our New Product Contest become mainstays in convenience stores; it's really a testament to the value and accuracy of this annual survey," said Steve Holtz, content director of the convenience group for Winsight. "Personally, I can't wait to see who the winners are as they highlight the trends driving consumer choice today."

The group of finalists represents new products that were introduced into the c-store market between Aug. 1, 2017, and May 26, 2018.

Winners will be announced and receive their awards at the NACS Show® in October. They will also be mentioned in an article that will appear online at CSPDailyNews.com and in the December 2018 issue of CSP magazine.

The full list of finalists:

Product CategorySupplierProduct
CandyMars Wrigley ConfectionerySnickers Peanut Butter Crisper
 Promotion In MotionOriginal Gummi FunMix
 The Hershey Co.Hershey's Gold
Dispensed Beverages—CoffeeDanone North AmericaStok Bulk Cold Brew CoffeeMocha
 Hudson-Leramo Beverage GroupInverse Cold Brew Coffee
 The ICEE Co.Nitro Cold Brew Coffee: Twisted Chill by ICEE
Dispensed Beverages—FrozenRed DiamondFruzen Frozen Tea
 Sunny Sky ProductsJolly Ranchers Hotties Slush
 The ICEE Co.ICEE Warheads
Foodservice—BreakfastGeneral Mills ConveniencePillsbury Stuffed Waffles
 Johnsonville LLCSavory Breakfast Croissant
 Rich ProductsHashtag Donuts
Foodservice—Coffee BarDanone North AmericaSilk Dairy-Free Vanilla Protein Control Coffee Creamer
 MoninMonin Caramel Apple Butter Syrup
 Nestle ProfessionalCoffee-mate Natural Bliss Vanilla Flavor Liquid Creamer Singles
Foodservice—GeneralBrakebush Brothers Inc.Flame Grilled Chicken Burger
 Core-MarkBasilio's Pizza
 Elohi Strategic AdvisorsThe Impossible Burger
Foodservice—HandheldsJohnsonville LLCSmoked Bourbon BBQ Sausage
 Land Mark ProductsThe Original Maid-Rite
 Tyson FoodsHillshire Farm Sausage Rolls
Foodservice—SnacksMcCain FoodserviceMcCain Seasoned Tots—Ranch
 Ruiz FoodsChicken, Bacon & Cheddar Tornados
 Van's KitchenCrispy Stix
Foodservice Equipment—OtherMarkov Corp.Level Oven
 SPM USAI-Pro Slushy Machine
 Spirit Specialty Solutions Inc.Roller Grill Sneezeguard/Canopy
Foodservice Equipment—CoffeeFranke Coffee SystemsA800 Fresh Brew
 Schaerer USA Corp.Schaerer Coffee Art C
 Wilbur Curtis Co.GemX
Foodservice Equipment—Holding & DisplayHatco Corp.Intelligent Heated Display Cabinet With Humidity
 Spirit Specialty Solutions Inc.LED Banner Bar
 Tomlinson IndustriesGlenray Mini Warmer
ForecourtGrabbies Media LLCGrabbies Gloves
 MasonWays Indestructible Plastics LLCMasonWays Emergency Spill Center
 OPW, a Dover CompanyPetro Vend 200 Fuel Island Terminal
Packaged Beverages—AlcoholAnheuser-BuschBud Light Lime and Bud Light Orange
 E. & J. Gallo WineryDark Horse Cans
 MillerCoorsArnold Palmer Spiked Half & Half
Packaged Beverages—EnergyMonster Energy Co.Monster Energy Hydro
 Red Bull North AmericaRed Bull Summer Edition—Coconut Berry
 RunaRuna Clean Energy Drink
Packaged Beverages—NonalcoholPeet's CoffeePeet's Cold Brew
 Sparkling IceSparkling Ice Ginger Lime
 The Coca-Cola Co.Dasani Sparkling
PackagingPerfetti Van MelleMentos Pure Fresh Gum Wallet Packs With Velcro Press-Lok Closure
 The Hershey Co.Ice Breakers Ice Cubes Blister Pack—Peppermint
 Tyson FoodsTyson Chicken To Go Packaging
Snacks—BarsClif Bar & Co.Clif Bar—Peanut Butter Banana With Dark Chocolate
 General Mills ConvenienceNature Valley Layered Bars
 Kellogg'sSpecial K Protein Trail Mix Inspired Meal Bars
Snacks—MeatStryve Foods LLCOriginal Sliced Beef Biltong
 Tyson FoodsHillshire Snacking Small Plates—All Natural Uncured Pepperoni With White Cheddar Cheese & Toasted Rounds
 Western's SmokehouseSimply Good Meat Snack Sticks
Snacks—OtherElohi Strategic AdvisorsProBar Bites
 Hsin Tung YangSeaweed Crisps With Purple Rice
 RxBarRx Nut Butter—Vanilla Almond Butter
Snacks—SaltyGeneral Mills ConvenienceBold BBQ Bugles
 Kellogg'sCheez-It Duoz Caramel Popcorm & Cheddar
 Mars Wrigley ConfectioneryCombos Honey Sriracha
Snacks—SweetOtis SpunkmeyerOtis Spunkmeyer's Grab N' Go Portfolio
 Prairie City BakeryPeanut Butter and Key Lime Oooey Gooey Butter Cakes
 TastykakeLemon Mini Donuts
TechnologyFireKing Security GroupellVate
 GSPAccuStore Mobile App Version 5.0
 Verifone Systems Inc.EZ Receipt
Tobacco/OTPCheyenne International LLCCheyenne Sweet Mint Cigar
 Crown7Pro Pod System
 Swedish MatchWhite Owl Summer Sampler

CSP is part of the Winsight family. Chicago-based Winsight LLC is a business-to-business media, event, data and information company specializing in the convenience-retailing, restaurant and noncommercial foodservice industries. Winsight has an extensive media portfolio with leading publications, including CSP, Convenience Store Products, Restaurant Business, FoodService Director, and Winsight Grocery Business. Winsight Media offers a suite of digital products, including websites, e-newsletters, webinars, video, apps and custom marketing solutions.

The Winsight Events group produces exclusive large-scale executive-level conferences, including Restaurant Leadership, Global Restaurant Leadership, Restaurant Directions, Outlook Leadership, Convenience Retailing University, FSTEC and MenuDirections. Winsight also owns Technomic Inc., the leading provider of market information and advisory services for the food industry. For more information on Winsight and its brands, go to www.winsightmedia.com or www.technomic.com.

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