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CSP’s 2017 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 14th 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, 2016, and July 31, 2017, were tried, tested and tinkered with to determine the top three finalists in 20 key categories. More than 1,000 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.”

Special awards will be presented to contest winners during the 2017 NACS Show, held Oct. 17-20 at McCormick Place in Chicago, to certify that these company’s products “have arrived” to the marketplace. Congratulations on this prestigious achievement!

Candy—ChocolateM&M’s Caramel Chocolate CandiesMars Chocolate North America
Candy—NonchocolateStarburst GummiesWm. Wrigley Jr. Co.
DairyDrink ChobaniChobani
Foodservice Products—DessertsSea Salt Caramel and Chocolate Chip Ooey Gooey Butter CakesPrairie City Bakery
Fodservice Products—oDispensed BeveragesTwinkies CappuccinoKerry Convenience
Foodservice Products—HandheldsBig Az Sriracha Grilled Chicken SandwichAdvancePierre Foods Inc.
Foodservice Products—SnacksEgg, Sausage & Cheese EmpanadasRuiz Foods
Equipment—FoodserviceToast-Qwik Conveyor ToasterHatco Corp.
Holding & Display Equipment—FoodservicePush N Go Lid DispenserPlastic & Products Marketing
General Merchandise—Energy ShotsLife Support Recovery Shot – Red LabelLife Support Development
General Merchandise—Health & Beauty CareNicorette GumConvenience Valet
Packaged Beverages—AlcoholRedd’s Wicked Blood OrangeMillerCoors
Packaged Beverages—EnergyMonster HydroMonster
Packaged Beverages—NonalcoholNesteaNestle Waters North America
Meat SnacksJack Link’s Applewood Breakfast BaconJack Link’s
Snack—BarsClif Whey Protein BarClif Bar & Co. 
Snacks—SaltyPringles LoudKellogg’s
Snacks—SweetNature Valley Granola CupsGeneral Mills Convenience
TechnologyGasBuddy Business PagesGasBuddy
Tobacco—CigarsSwisher Sweets Banana SmashSwisher International

Winsight LLC is a recognized leader in business-to-business media and information services for the convenience-retailing, foodservice and grocery industries. Winsight has an extensive media portfolio, including five publications: CSP, Restaurant Business, FoodService Director, Convenience Store Products and Grocery Headquarters. Winsight also offers a suite of digital products, including websites, e-newsletters, webinars, video products, mobile and tablet apps, and custom marketing solutions. In addition to more than 12 major EduNetworking conferences and advisory meetings, Winsight also produces six exclusive, large-scale executive-level conferences: Restaurant Leadership Conference, Outlook Leadership Conference, Convenience Retailing University, FSTEC, MenuDirections and Restaurant Directions. Winsight also acquired Technomic Inc., a provider of primary and secondary market information and advisory services for the food industry. For more information on Winsight and its brands, go to

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