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10/21/2021

An Up-Close Look at the 2021 Best New Products Awards Winners

This year’s 44 honorees create a tale of two c-stores: healthy products on one side and comforting, fun products on the other.

NATIONAL REPORT — From among nearly 100 entries, consumer judges chose 44 products new to convenience store shelves for recognition in the 2021 Convenience Store News Best New Products Awards competition.  

Now in its 25th year, the Best New Products Awards program recognizes the marketers that introduced the most innovative, high-quality products that meet consumers' evolving needs and fit a convenience store's value proposition. 

Entries were rated and awarded points by consumers based on the criteria of taste, value, convenience, healthfulness, ingredients, preparation requirements, appearance and packaging. Judging was supervised and tallied by Past Times Marketing, a New York-based consumer research and product-testing firm.

The 2021 Best New Products Awards winners are:

ALTERNATIVE SNACKS: ENERGY BARS

CLIF Bar Duos, CLIF Bar & Co.

ALTERNATIVE SNACKS: MEAT SNACKS

Country Archer Footlongs, Country Archer Provisions

ALTERNATIVE SNACKS: PROTEIN BARS

Cinnamon Toast Crunch Protein Bar, General Mills Convenience

BEER

Coors Pure, Molson Coors Beverage Co.

CANDY: CHOCOLATE

Reese's Big Cup with Pretzels, The Hershey Co.

CANDY: GUM

ORBIT Mega Pack — Peppermint, Mars Wrigley

CANDY: NON-CHOCOLATE

HARIBO Funtastic Mix, HARIBO of America

CANDY: NOVELTY/SEASONAL

Skittles Shriekers!, Mars Wrigley

CBD: EDIBLES

Hemp Bombs CBD Gummies, Hemp Bombs

CBD: JUICE DRINKS

Forth CBD-Infused Juice Drinks, E-Alternative Solutions

CBD: SHOTS

Mad Tasty Wellness Boost, Mad Tasty LLC

DELI PRODUCTS

Van's Kitchen 4-Pack Egg Rolls — Chili Lime Chicken, Van's Kitchen

FLAVORED MALT BEVERAGES: HARD SELTZER

Truly Punch Hard Seltzer — Berry Punch, Truly Hard Seltzer

FLAVORED MALT BEVERAGES: ORGANIC HARD SELTZER

Michelob ULTRA Organic Seltzer, Michelob

FOODSERVICE: BAKERY

Rich's Ready to Finish Dessert Donuts — Banana Cream Pie, Rich Products Corp.

FOODSERVICE: BASE INGREDIENTS

Garrett Valley Pork Belly, Wellshire Farms LLC

FOODSERVICE: BREAKFAST

Market Sandwich — Sausage & Jalapeno Bacon with Egg & Cheese on a Biscuit, E.A. Sween Co.

FOODSERVICE: COLD DISPENSED BEVERAGES

Southern Breeze Ready Sweet Flavor Pak — Peach, Harris Tea Foodservice

FOODSERVICE: CONDIMENTS

Chester's Dipping Sauces — Chester's Sauce, Chester’s International

FOODSERVICE: DINNER/HOME MEAL REPLACEMENT

Smoked Honey & BBQ Sausage, Johnsonville

FOODSERVICE: LUNCH

UNO Pizzeria & Grill Calzones — Chicken Bacon Ranch, UNO Foods Inc.

FOODSERVICE: SNACKS

Jimmy Dean Loaded Sausage Bites, Tyson Foodservice

FROZEN FOODS

Prairie City Ooey Gooey Molten Lava Cake — Fudge, Prairie City Bakery

FROZEN NOVELTIES

Snickers Peanut Brownie Ice Cream Bars, Mars Wrigley

GENERAL MERCHANDISE

Scripto Hybrid Jet Flame, Calico Brands Inc.

HEALTH & BEAUTY CARE

Headache Man, No More Pills LLC

HEALTHY SNACKS

OH SNAP! Sassy Bites, GLK Foods

HEALTHY SNACKS: KITS

Tessemae's Keto Box, Tessemae's

LIQUOR

LIQS — Cinnamon Orange Tequila, E. & J. Gallo Winery

NON-EDIBLE GROCERY

BIC EZ Reach Lighter, BIC Corp.

OTHER TOBACCO PRODUCTS: CIGARS

White Owl Swirl — Chocolate & Vanilla, Swedish Match North America

OTHER TOBACCO PRODUCTS: PAPERS

Hempire Wraps, Swisher

OTHER TOBACCO PRODUCTS: SMOKELESS TOBACCO

Black Buffalo Wintergreen Long Cut, Black Buffalo Inc.

PACKAGED BEVERAGES: BOTTLED WATER

VOSS+ Vitamin D, Voss USA

PACKAGED BEVERAGES: CARBONATED SOFT DRINKS

Sunkist Berry Lemonade, Keurig Dr Pepper

PACKAGED BEVERAGES: JUICE DRINKS

Amarumayu Superfruit Juices, Amarumayu LLC

PACKAGED BEVERAGES: OTHER

Twang Reserve Cocktail Mixes, Twang Partners Ltd.

PACKAGED BEVERAGES: RTD COFFEE DRINKS

Community Coffee Expresso + Cream, Community Coffee

PACKAGED BEVERAGES: RTD ICED TEA

POM Pomegranate Orange Blossom White Tea, POM Wonderful

PACKAGED SWEET SNACKS

7Days Cake Bars, 7Days-EPTA America LLC

SALTY SNACKS: NUTS & SEEDS

South 40 Snacks Sunflower Seeds, South 40 Snacks Inc.

SALTY SNACKS: POTATO CHIPS

Pringles Scorchin', Kellogg's Co.

SALTY SNACKS: PRETZELS

Dot's Honey Mustard Pretzels, Dot's Pretzels

SALTY SNACKS: READY-TO-EAT POPCORN

Gold Medal Gourmet Popcorn, Gold Medal Products Co.