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Retail Council Unveils Grand Prix New Product Award Winners


Finica Food Specialties Limited was the big winner at the 21st Canadian Grand Prix New Product Awards, held June 4 in Toronto. The company earned two awards for its Zerto Fresh Mozzarella Pre-Sliced – best Dairy Product category, and the coveted All-Canadian Award for the highest-scoring overall Canadian product in the competition.

The awards, presented by Retail Council of Canada (RCC), were handed out at a gala as part of RCC's annual STORE conference. The Grand Prix program honours the top new food, non-food and private label products across 24 categories, and includes five special awards.

Judges evaluated uniqueness and innovation, product characteristics, presentation and packaging, and overall consumer value, and also factored in consumer acceptance (the household penetration rate).

"These qualities underscore what's at the heart of the grocery industry – a commitment to create products that reflect and shape consumer preferences and trends," says Diane J.Brisebois, RCC's president and CEO.

Two other products each took home two awards. Beneful Baked Delights Dog Snacks from Nestlé Purina Petcare won in the Pet Needs category, and earned a special award for Innovation and Originality.

The other multiple winner was güd shampoo and conditioner from Burt's Bees, part of The Clorox Company of Canada Ltd., which captured Grand Prix awards for Personal Care and for Innovative Packaging. Clorox took a third award in Paper, Plastic & Foil for Glad Indoor Easy-Tie Kitchen Catchers with Odour Guard & Febreze Freshness.

That tied Clorox with Metro Brands, which won three awards for their Irresistibles private label line: Beverages for Irresistibles Life Smart Smoothie; Confectionery, Snack & Dessert for Irresistibles Mini Sorbet Bars.; and Prepared Food & Entrees for Irresistibles Gluten Free Frozen Meal.

The only other company to win multiple Grand Prix Awards was Sobey's Inc., which grabbed private label awards in the Dairy, Eggs, Meat & Seafood category for Sensations Stuffed Burger, and in the Non-Food category for Debi Lilly Fluted Petite Vase.

In the night's two other special award categories, Dempster's Garden Vegetable Bread from Canada Bread Company, Limited won for Consumer Acceptance. T-Fall OptiGrill from Groupe SEB – an indoor grill with built-in technology that senses the thickness of food and indicates the level of cooking – won the special award for Healthy Innovation.

The 32-member Grand Prix jury included consumers, students, media, distributors and award sponsors.

Grand Prix winners and finalists can use the Grand Prix Awards logo on their packaging for the next two years.

2013 Canadian Grand Prix New Product Awards: Winners by Category

FOOD

Bakery
PREMIÈRE MOISSON
Mini pastries 189 Harwood by Première Moisson

Baking Needs
SMUCKER FOODS OF CANADA CORP.
Robin Hood® Nutri Flour Blend™

Beverages
A. LASSONDE INC.
Del Monte World

Condiments & Sauces
B&G FOODS, INC.
CrockPot® Seasoning Mixes

Confectionery
TREE OF LIFE CANADA ULC
Green & Black's Organic Chocolate

Dairy Products
FINICA FOOD SPECIALTIES LIMITED
Zerto Fresh Mozzarella Pre-Sliced

Deli, Egg, Meat & Seafood
CLEARWATER SEAFOODS
Clearwater® Scallops & Sauce

Dessert
UNILEVER CANADA
Fruttare™ Frozen Fruit Bars

Frozen or Refrigerated Prepared Food & Entrees
HAPPY PLANET FOODS, INC.
Happy Planet™ Fresh Soup

Fruits, vegetables & produce
GARDEN PROTEIN INTERNATIONAL
gardein

Shelf Stable Prepared Food & Entrees
A&V 2000 INC.
NuTerra™ Granola

Snack
DARE FOODS LIMITED
Boulangerie Grissol® Sweet Thins™

NON-FOOD

General Merchandise
JARDEN BRANDED CONSUMABLES
First Alert ATOM Smoke Alarm.

Health Care
JOHNSON & JOHNSON INC.
Polysporin Eczema Essentials Daily Moisturizing Cream

Household Products
S.C JOHNSON AND SON, LIMITED
Glade Wax Melts

Paper, Plastic & Foil
THE CLOROX COMPANY OF CANADA LTD.
Glad Indoor Easy-Tie Kitchen Catchers with Odour Guard & Febreze Freshness

Personal Care
THE CLOROX COMPANY OF CANADA LTD.
güd from Burt's Bees

Pet Needs
NESTLÉ PURINA PETCARE
Beneful Baked Delights Dog Snacks

PRIVATE LABEL

Beverages
METRO BRANDS
Irresistibles Life Smart Smoothie.

Condiments & Sauces
LONGO'S
Longo's White Balsamic Vinegar

Confectionery, Snack & Dessert
METRO BRANDS
Irresistibles Mini Sorbet Bars

Dairy, Eggs, Meat & Seafood
SOBEYS INC.
Sensations Stuffed Burger

Non-Food
SOBEYS INC.
Debi Lilly Fluted Petite Vase

Prepared Food & Entrees
METRO BRANDS
Irresistibles Gluten Free Frozen Meal

SPECIAL AWARDS

All-Canadian
FINICA FOOD SPECIALTIES LIMITED
Zerto Fresh Mozzarella Pre-Sliced

Consumer Acceptance
CANADA BREAD COMPANY, LIMITED
Dempster's Garden Vegetable Bread

Innovation and Originality
NESTLÉ PURINA PETCARE
Beneful Baked Delights Dog Snacks

Innovative Packaging
THE CLOROX COMPANY OF CANADA LTD.
güd from Burt's Bees

Healthy Innovation
GROUPE SEB
T-Fall® OptiGrill™


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