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.
Van's Kitchen 4-Pack Egg Rolls – Vegetable; Van’s Kitchen
Del Monte Fruit Crunch Parfait – Blueberry; Del Monte Foods
FLAVORED MALT BEVERAGES
Mighty Swell Cherry Lime; Mighty Swell
Donut Hole Thaw and Serve Glazed Apple Filled Fritter; Baker Boy
Southwest Muffin Sandwich; Orion Land Mark
KETO Vanilla Bean Syrup with MCT; Jordan's Skinny Mixes/GoodWest Industries
FOODSERVICE/DINNER & HOME MEAL REPLACEMENT
Ready-to-Stretch Sheeted Pizza Dough; Rich Products
Ultimate Jalapeno Cheddar Sausage; Johnsonville
Caulipower Riced Cauliflower – Baja Style; Caulipower
Twix Cookies & Creme Ice Cream Bars; Mars Inc.
Scripto Hybrid Lighter; Calico Brands Inc.
HEALTH & BEAUTY CARE
Tums Chewy Bites Mixed Berry; Convenience Valet
CLIF Coffee Collection Dark Chocolate Mocha Energy Bars; CLIF Bar
OTHER TOBACCO PRODUCTS/CIGARS
White Owl Blackberry Mojito Limited Edition; Swedish Match
OTHER TOBACCO PRODUCTS/ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES & VAPOR PRODUCTS
Legal Lean Disposable Grape Pod Device; Legal Lean
OTHER TOBACCO PRODUCTS/SMOKELESS
Velo Nicotine Lozenges; R.J. Reynolds Vapor Products
PACKAGED BEVERAGES/CARBONATED SOFT DRINKS
Sparkling Ice Cherry Vanilla +Caffeine; Sparkling Ice
PACKAGED BEVERAGES/ENERGY DRINKS
AMIN.O Energy Sparkling + Electrolytes – Mango Pineapple Limeade; Glanbia Performance Nutrition NA
PACKAGED BEVERAGES/JUICE DRINKS
OKF Watermelon with Aloe; OKF Aloe Vera King
PACKAGED BEVERAGES/RTD COFFEE DRINKS
Black Rifle Coffee Co. Expresso with Cream; Black Rifle Coffee Co.
PACKAGED BEVERAGES/RTD ICED TEA
INOTEA Bubble Tea – Honeydew; DD&B Solutions LLC
PACKAGED BEVERAGES/SPORTS DRINKS
POWERADE Ultra; The Coca-Cola Co.
AHA Sparkling Water – Orange + Grapefruit; The Coca-Cola Co.
PACKAGED SWEET SNACKS
Down Home Delights Chocolate Almond Coconut Dessert Bar; Prairie City Bakery
Chex Mix MAX'D – Spicy Dill; General Mills
SALTY SNACKS/NUTS & SEEDS
Wonderful Pistachios No Shells Honey Roasted; The Wonderful Co.
Uptown Wine Cocktails – Chocolatini; Southern Champion
Fry Baby Clear; Anchor Packaging