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Top New Products Awards



Entry form is now closed!

The Top New Products Awards presented by Convenience Store News Canada, is no longer accepting entries for its 2019 awards competition.

Consumer packaged goods introduced to Canadian convenience store shelves between January 1, 2018 and June 30, 2019 are eligible for entry in 37 categories. Only products designed for resale to consumers will be considered; no store equipment, fixtures or technology products are eligible. Alcohol, tobacco and vaping products will not be included for 2019.

Products will be judged by a panel of consumers across Canada on value, convenience, appearance and packaging, along with attributes such as taste and ingredients for food items.

Each entry must include a completed entry form; four (4) samples of the product; supporting documents; logos and product shots; and a $195+tax entry fee (see official rules below).

Send your products to: Decision Point Research (DPR), Anton Nicolaides, 164 Eglinton Avenue East, Suite 400, Toronto, ON M4P 1G4

About Decision Point Research: DPR is one of the largest research companies in Canada offering comprehensive B2C market research to organizations in Canada and across the globe.

Winners will be announced in October and receive the following:

  1. A crystal engraved award
  2. Product coverage in the All Convenience e-newsletter
  3. Product profile on
  4. Editorial coverage in the Nov/Dec 2019 issue of Convenience Store News Canada
  5. Rights to use the 2019 Top New Products Awards logo in all future promotional materials

2019 categories include:

  • Carbonated Soft Drinks
  • Energy Drinks
  • Juice Drinks
  • Other Packaged Beverages
  • Sports Drinks
  • Bottled Water (including flavored and enhanced)
  • RTD Iced Tea
  • RTD Coffee Drinks
  • Gum
  • Mints
  • Chocolate Candy
  • Non-Chocolate Candy
  • Novelty Candy/Seasonal Candy
  • Protein Snacks
  • Salty Snacks
  • Packaged Sweet Snacks
  • Alternative Snacks
  • Foodservice – Breakfast
  • Foodservice – Lunch
  • Foodservice – Dinner/Home
  • Meal Replacement
  • Foodservice – Snacks
  • Foodservice – Bakery
  • Foodservice – Healthy
  • Packaged Ice Cream
  • Dairy Products (including yogurt)
  • Dairy Beverages
  • Frozen Foods
  • Frozen Novelties
  • Deli Products
  • Edible Grocery
  • Non-Edible Grocery
  • Health & Beauty Care
  • General Merchandise
  • Automotive Products
  • Prepaid Cards
  • Overall Innovation

For additional information, please contact: Michelle Warren |


  1. All consumer packaged goods SUPPLIERS are eligible.
  2. Products introduced  to Canadian convenience store shelves from January 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019 are eligible. CONSUMER GOODS ONLY, PLEASE. ONLY PRODUCTS DESIGNED FOR RESALE TO CONSUMERS WILL BE CONSIDERED. No store equipment or technology products are eligible.
  3. Entries should include supporting information such as press releases, product/service history, ingredient list (food/cosmetics etc.), when introduced, c-store sales data since introduction, explanation of why this product is deserving of the award, why the product is important to the c-store channel, and what niche it fills. Entries must also include an Illustrator EPS or high-res jpeg/tiff of your company or product logo and product shots for the awards and editorial coverage. INCOMPLETE ENTRIES WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY DISQUALIFIED DUE TO HIGH VOLUME OF ENTRIES RECEIVED.
  4. Entrants must send 4 samples of the product along with the receipt for their online entry and payment all in the same package to: Decision Point Research (DPR), Anton Nicolaides, 164 Eglinton Avenue East, Suite 400, Toronto, ON M4P 1G4.
  5. Complete entries must be received by September 19, 2019. Clearly mark on the outside of all shipping packages “2019 CSNC.” In addition, frozen/refrigerated or other perishables need to be clearly marked “PERISHABLE.”
  6. There are 37 award categories. Each product may be entered in one category.
  7. Each entry requires an entry fee of $195+tax.
  8. Winners will be announced in October and receive a crystal engraved award, coverage in the All Convenience e-newsletter, featured in Convenience Store News Canada Nov/Dec issue and online at, and the right to use the 2019 Top New Products Awards logo in all future promotional materials.
  9. Products will be judged on the following criteria:
  • Taste: The most important attribute of any food. Non-food items will be based on utility/efficiency (30 points)
  • Value: Is it worth it? (20 points)
  • Convenience: Is size/packaging appropriate for a convenience store or to be consumed by shoppers on-the-go? (15 points)
  • Healthfulness: Based on nutritional information, is it nutritionally balanced? (10 points)
  • Ingredience: What’s in it, how natural is it, does it meet current consumer trends? (10 points)
  • Preparation requirements*: When applicable, how accurate or good are the directions, or how easy is it to prepare (microwavable in the store)? (5 points)
  • Appearance: Is it appetizing and does it resemble its photo or description? (5 points)
  • Packaging: Is it appropriate for the product and does it have any benefits such as resealability, added freshness, better storage, etc? (5 points)

* Products that do not have any preparation will have the full value of points included in their total score.



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