Convenience Store News Reveals Winners of 2020 Best New Products Awards
Susan Durtschi, Past Times Marketing
NATIONAL REPORT — A record number of entries in the 2020 Convenience Store News Best New Products Awards contest resulted in some keen competition among suppliers jockeying to introduce the most innovative new items to the convenience store industry in the past year.
From among nearly 100 entries, consumer judges chose 38 products new to convenience store shelves for recognition in the 24th annual competition. 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.
Products honored this year range from sparkling waters, wine cocktails, hard seltzers and caffeine-laced drinks, to no-sugar, keto and better-for-you items — many in COVID-19-friendly packaging.
The 2020 Best New Products Awards winners are:
ONE Peanut Butter Cup; ONE Brands
ALTERNATIVE SNACKS/MEAT SNACKS
Old Trapper Old Fashioned Beef Jerky Big Bag; Old Trapper
Big John’s Pickled Eggs; Red Smith Foods Inc.
Blue Moon LightSky Citrus Wheat; Molson Coors Beverage Co.
KIT KAT Duos Mint + Dark Chocolate; The Hershey Co.
REV Energy Gum – Peppermint; Rev Gum
Starburst Swirlers – Cherry-Lemon; Mars Inc.
CANDY/NOVELTY & SEASONAL
Sour Punch Straws – Grape; American Licorice Co.
Forth CBD Chews; E-Alternative Solutions
Frigo Cheese Heads 2-Pack Combo; Saputo Cheese USA Inc.