CHICAGO — Hundreds of retailers voted in CSP’s 19th annual Retailer Choice Best New Product Contest (BNPC), choosing a diverse bunch of winners this year. These new products—introduced to c-stores between June 1, 2021, and June 1, 2022—represent some of the hottest trends in c-stores and retailing right now, including candy and snack mashups, grab-and-go, the evolution of beer and spicy foods.
Retailers voted for their favorite new products from 29 categories, and awards will be given to the contest winners during the NACS Show in Las Vegas. This year’s winners include packaging, celebrity endorsements, limited-time offers and more.
Here’s a first look at the winners. CSP congratulates the winners and thanks the retailers who voted.
Chester’s Honey Stung Chicken Sandwich
Chester’s Honey Stung Chicken Sandwich features Chester’s signature marinated, double-breaded and fried fresh chicken sauced and tossed in Frank's RedHot Stingin' Honey Garlic Sauce, served on a Brioche bun and topped with dill pickle chips.
Foodservice Equipment: Dispensed Beverage
Bunn Ultra NX Frozen Beverage Dispenser
The Bunn Ultra NX provides system enhancements that promote sustainability, a reduction of ownership costs and ease of use while producing the quality frozen beverages customers have come to expect from the Ultra family, the company says.
Foodservice Equipment: Oven
Vector Wide Multi-Cook Ovens
Vector series Multi-Cook Ovens feature a simple user interface along with a sleek design and custom exterior color options, Alto-Shaam says. Alto-Shaam’s Structured Air Technology creates four ovens in one.
United Dairy Farmers’ Main Avenue Creamery
United Dairy Farmers’ new super-premium line of house made ice cream, Main Avenue Creamery, is rich and creamier ice cream made from cream, milk, eggs and sugar cane and no artificial flavors, the company said.
Packaged Beverage: CSD
Coca-Cola Starlight is part of the Coca-Cola Creations platform, an initiative to share limited-time products and experiences that drive engagement and cultural relevance with Gen Z. Coca-Cola Starlight fuses signature Coca-Cola taste with a subtle cooling sensation that increases with each sip.
Packaged Beverage: Energy
T-Pain’s NXT LVL Gamer Shot
Rapper and gamer T-Pain’s NXT LVL Gamer Shot by Takeover Industries is “Winner’s Juice” flavored and provides focus and energy for those that play games, sit in front of computers, truckers and others who need a boost, the company says.
Packaged Beverage: Enhanced
Pwr Lift is a modern, zero-sugar sports drink with 10 grams of lactose-free whey protein, five electrolytes and a boost of b-vitamins, the company says. Available in four flavors: Orange Mango, Lemon Lime, Berry Strawberry and Blueberry Pomegranate.