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This Year’s Best New Product Contest Finalists Are …

Polls open for retailers to elect winners for 2016 in 26 categories

CHICAGO -- Which products will be voted the best of 2016? That’s for convenience-store retailers to decide. Before visiting a polling place to elect the next president of the United States, elect CSP’s 2016 Best New Product Contest winner.

The new product committee—also known as the esteemed editors of CSP magazine—sifted through hundreds of worthy nominees and selected three finalists each in 26 product categories. Now it’s up to c-store retailers to select the winners of CSP’s 13th annual Retailer Choice Best New Product Contest by filling out their official ticket at www.cspdailynews.com/2016bestnewproduct or by tweeting the company name and product with the hashtag #CSPnpc2016.

Voting is open Aug. 2 through Sept. 9.

“The quality and innovation of new products launched every year makes it more and more difficult to name just three products per category as finalists,” said Abbey Lewis, editor in chief of Winsight Media’s Convenience Store Products magazine. “It’s a testament to how well suppliers are meeting and exceeding the rapidly increasing expectations of the consumer. Your vote helps recognize the deserving suppliers and continues the great trend of quality products introduced to the industry.”

The group of finalists represents products that have been introduced into the c-store market between Aug. 1, 2015, and July 31, 2016.

Winners will be announced and will receive an award plaque at the NACS Show in October. They also will be mentioned in an article that will appear online at www.cspdailynews.com and in the December issue of CSP magazine.

The full list of finalists includes:


Product CategorySupplier NameProduct Name
Best New PackagingAnheuser-BuschBudweiser (America Packaging)
Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc.Del Monte® Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Grab n Go cups
J&J Snack Foods Corp.Mary B's Biscuit Melts
Candy (Chocolate)Mars Chocolate North AmericaSNICKERS® Crisper
Prairie City BakerySNICKERS® Crisper
The Hershey CompanyReese's Pieces Peanut Butter Cups King Size
Candy (Non-Chocolate)HARIBOHARIBO Twin Snakes
Mondelez InternationalSour Patch Kids Strawberry re-sealable stand up pouch
The Hershey CompanyAllan Big Foot Gummy Candy
MasonWays Indestructible PlasticsMixed Recyclables Center
Replications UnlimitedUrestone Faux Brick and Stone Panels
Dispensed Beverage EquipmentCornelius a Marmon/Berkshire Hathaway CompanyIDC Pro
Lancer DirectTouchscreen Tower
Dispensed BeveragesKerry Convenience / Insight BeveragesOREO Hot Chocolate
Nestlé USANestle Carnation Half & Half Liquid Creamer Singles
Sunny Sky ProductsSour Punch Sip -N- Sour Slushies
Edible GroceryGeneral Mills, Inc.Cheerios Protein
KYVAN FoodsKYVAN® Mild Honey Apple Salsa
Reichel FoodsPRO2snax
Energy DrinksCelsiusCelsius Sparkling Watermelon and Sparkling Grape Rush flavors
Red Bull North AmericaRed Bull Summer Edition
Rocky Mountain HighHemp Energy Drink
Energy Shots/SupplementsHaider Corp dba Tweaker Energy Drink Co.Tweaker Energy Shots  Watermelon
Life SupportLife Support Recovery Shot
Living Essentials5-Hour Energy Extra Strength Cherry
Equipment - FoodserviceHatco CorporationRound Heated Well
Merrychef/Manitowoc FoodserviceMerrychef eikon e2s
Tomlinson Industries513H Humidified Merchandiser
Foodservice Products (dessert)f'real foodsf'real Cinnabon Cinnamon Roll Milkshake
J&J Snack Foods Corp.Superpretzel Sweet Cinnamon Soft Pretzel Bites
Sara Lee FoodserviceSara Lee Pie slices
Foodservice Products (Snacks and Sides)Brakebush Brothers, Inc.Tater Chip Strips
Home Market FoodsSriracha Chicken RollerBites
Hot Stuff PizzaPepperoni Pizza Roll
Foodservice Products (general)AdvancePierre FoodsBIG AZ Biscuit Stacker
Johnsonville SausageSausage, Egg & Cheese Biscuit
Ruiz FoodsEl Monterey® Empanadas
General MerchandiseArmor All Professional® Extreme Shine WaxZep Vehicle Care Inc.
Briggs & StrattonGas Off
ICEESip-N-See Straws
Health & BeautyConvenience ValetKaomojibalms™
Lil' Drug Store ProductsRolaids Advanced
Convenience ValetWaterless Disposable Razor
Meat SnacksJack Link's Protein SnacksLorissa's Kitchen Szechuan Peppercorn Beef Premium Steak Strips
THANASI FoodsDuke's Chorizo & Lime Smoked SHORTY Sausages
Tyson ConvenienceBall Bark Flame Grilled Jerky
Packaged Beverages (Alcohol)Anheuser-BuschBest Damn Cherry Cola
Boston Beer CompanyTwisted Tea Bourbon Barrel
MillerCoorsHenry's Hard Soda
Snacks (Bars)Clif Bar & CompanyCLIF Nut Butter Filled Energy Bar
Quest NutritionQuest Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Bar
thinkThinUnwrapped Protein Bites
Snacks (Salty)General Mills ConvenienceChex® Xtreme™
Tyson ConvenienceHillshire Snacking Small Plates
Van Holten'sVan Holten's Pickle-Ice
Snacks (Sweet)Hostess BrandsHostess Suzy Q's
Leaf Brands, LLCHydrox Sandwich Cookies
Mondelez InternationalbelVita Sandwich Peanut Butter
Technology - HardwareEchoSat, IncPaySafe SPG
Minor Decliner LLCMinor Decliner Age Verification System
Wand Corp.Digital Menu Board
Technology - SoftwareGSPPrint on Demand Technology
Hot Stuff PizzaiGnG - Intelligent Grab N Go
VerifoneMobile Payment API
Tobacco (Accessories)KretekDjeep prepacked display
BIC Consumer ProductsBohemian Series
Republic TobaccoOCB® Organic Hemp Cigarette Paper Display
Tobacco (Cigars)Cheyenne International, LLCCheyenne Limited Edition Tropical Cigars
Swedish MatchGame Leaf Black Cherry
Swisher International, Inc.Swisher Sweets Wild Rush Cigarillos
Tobacco (Vaping Products)blu eCigsblu Carolina Bold Tanks
LogicLogic Power Refills 3-Count

Chicago-based Winsight LLC is a business-to-business media and information services company specializing in the convenience-retailing, restaurant and noncommercial foodservice industries. Its media portfolio includes CSP, Restaurant Business, FoodService Director and Convenience Store Products magazines, a suite of digital products including websites, e-newsletters (CSP Daily News and Restaurant Business Daily) 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., a food-industry provider of primary and secondary market information and advisory services.


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