Toronto – The results are in and the names of the winners of the Canadian Grand Prix New Product Awards are out.
The Retail Council of Canada (RCC) announced the winners at its annual STORE conference.
The Grand Prix program honours the top new food, non-food and private label products across 24 categories and it includes five special awards.
Finica Food Specialties Limited was a big winner, earning two awards for its Zerto Fresh Mozzarella Pre-Sliced: one for best Dairy Product category and the All-Canadian Award for the highest-scoring overall Canadian product in the competition.
Another food product took home two awards. Beneful Baked Delights Dog Snacks from Nestlé Purina Petcare won in the Pet Needs category and earned an award for Innovation and Originality.
Metro Brands won three awards, two for food products in its Irresistibles private label line: the Beverages category for its Irresistibles Life Smart Smoothie; and the Confectionery, Snack & Dessert category for its Irresistibles Mini Sorbet Bars.
Sobey’s Inc. won in the Dairy, Eggs, Meat & Seafood category for Sensations Stuffed Burger. And Dempster’s Garden Vegetable Bread from Canada Bread Company won for Consumer Acceptance.
The 32-member Grand Prix jury included consumers, students, media, distributors and award sponsors. Marcus Von Albrecht, a B.C. chef and president of Mava Foods, served as chair.
The jury evaluated the food and private label products in March at Montreal’s Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec, and assessed the non-food products at home over six weeks.
Grand Prix winners and finalists can use the Grand Prix Awards logo on their packaging for the next two years.
Here are all the food product winners:
Mini pastries 189 Harwood by Première Moisson
SMUCKER FOODS OF CANADA CORP.
Robin Hood Nutri Flour Blend
A. LASSONDE INC.
Del Monte World
Condiments & Sauces
B&G FOODS, INC.
CrockPot Seasoning Mixes
TREE OF LIFE CANADA ULC
Green & Black’s Organic Chocolate
FINICA FOOD SPECIALTIES LIMITED
Zerto Fresh Mozzarella Pre-Sliced
Deli, Egg, Meat & Seafood
Clearwater Scallops & Sauce
Fruttare Frozen Fruit Bars
Frozen or Refrigerated Prepared Food & Entrees
HAPPY PLANET FOODS, INC.
Happy Planet Fresh Soup
Fruits, vegetables & produce
GARDEN PROTEIN INTERNATIONAL
Shelf Stable Prepared Food & Entrees
A&V 2000 INC.
DARE FOODS LIMITED
Boulangerie Grissol Sweet Thins
Irresistibles Life Smart Smoothie.
Condiments & Sauces
Longo’s White Balsamic Vinegar
Confectionery, Snack & Dessert
Irresistibles Mini Sorbet Bars
Dairy, Eggs, Meat & Seafood
Sensations Stuffed Burger
Prepared Food & Entrees
Irresistibles Gluten Free Frozen Meal