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Grand Prix New Product finalists announced

P&G leads the pack with 12 nominated products

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The finalists for the 20th annual Canadian Grand Prix New Product Awards have been announced.

Some 127 products were chosen (listed below) in food, non-food and private label categories. They were selected by a jury comprised of people working in the grocery industry, packaging experts, food editors, ad executives and consumers.

Several companies have multiple products among the finalists, including Procter & Gamble (12 products); Canada Safeway (13); and Metro Richelieu (12).

To become a finalist, a product had to receive at least a score of 70 per cent in judging.

This year’s jury was led by Marcus Von Albrecht, a well-known B.C. chef who is president of Mava Foods.

Von Albrecht said he was impressed with the research and development that went into this year’s finalists. “These aren’t small improvements but big changes in everything from flavour profiles to sustainable practices.”

The Grand Prix Awards celebrate innovative new products in the grocery industry and are organized by the Retail Council of Canada.

“The growth of the consumer products industry depends on new product development and innovation,” Diane Brisebois, president of the Retail Council of Canada noted.

This year’s Grand Prix program was open to manufacturers and distributors of all sizes for products introduced during 2012.

Winners in 26 individual categories will be announced June 5th at an event at the Toronto Congress Centre that’s being held as part of “Store”, the Retail Council of Canada’s annual conference.

Here is a complete list of the finalists by company name in three categories: food, non-food and private label.

FOOD

7000 ISLANDS FOOD CORP.

Pulo Philippine Cuisine

A ACADIEN ATLANTIC

Smoked Salmon Pâté

A. LASSONDE INC.

Oasis Smoothie

AGROPUR – NATREL DIVISION

Natrel Baboo

BEE MAID HONEY LIMITED

Li`l Honeys by Beemaid

BENTO EXPRESS

Bento Express

BEST BRANDS LTD.

St-Hubert Chicken Broths (900mL)

BURNBRAE FARMS LIMITED

Burnbrae Farms Nestlaid Eggs

CAMPBELL COMPANY OF CANADA

Campbell’s Stock First

Pepperidge Farms Cracker Chips

CANADA BREAD BAKERY

Dempster’s Smooth Multigrains baked with 16 whole grains

CITADELLE, MAPLE SYRUP PRODUCERS’ COOPERATIVE

SmartSak – 100% Pure Maple Syrup

CLOVER LEAF SEAFOODS, L.P.

Gourmet Flavoured White Tuna in Olive Oil

DARE FOODS LIMITED

RealFruit Gummies

EARTH’S OWN FOOD COMPANY INC.

Almond Fresh Coconut

FERRERO CANADA LTD.

Kinder Surprise for Girls

FRUIT D’OR INC.

Organic juice blend with apple juice concentrate – Cranberry – Blueberry

GARDEN PROTEIN INTERNATIONAL

Gardein

HAIN CELESTIAL CANADA

Casbah Side Dish Grain

Garden of Eatin

HAPPY PLANET FOODS, INC.

Happy Planet Fresh Soup

Happy Planet Organic Juice

HIGH LINER FOODS INC.

Flame Savours

JANES FAMILY FOODS LTD.

Boneless Bites

KRAFT CANADA INC.

Cracker Barrel & P’tit Quebec Natural Cheese Slices

Nabob Bold

L.H. GRAY & SON LIMITED

Golden D Eggs

LIBERTÉ

Liberté Froúto Greek Yogurt

McCORMICK CANADA

Billy Bee* Honey Bottle 375 gr, Pure Natural Honey

Club House La Grille BBQ Sauce

MONDELEZ CANADA

Ritz Crackerfuls

Wheat Thins Baked with Real Vegetables

MOTHER PARKERS TEA & COFFEE INC.

Higgins & Burke Organics Tea

NATURE’S PATH FOODS INC.

Nature’s Path Frozen Waffles

NOVIDEV SANTE ACTIVE

Anti+

OLD DUTCH FOODS LTD.

Northern Choice Chickpea Tortilla Chips

OLYMEL L.P.

Olymel Smart Nature

PARMALAT CANADA

Astro Kik Drinkable Yogurt

Balderson Holiday Gift Box

Lactantia Lactose Free Homogenized Milk

PILLER’S FINE FOODS

Piller’s Simply Free Sliced Deli Meats

SMUCKER FOODS OF CANADA CORP.

Double Fruit Simple Blends Fruit Spread

SUNRISE SOYA FOODS

Sunrise Super Squeezies Dessert Tubes

THREEWORKS INC.

ThreeWorks Apple Ch!ps

TROPHY FOODS INC.

Trophy Soft Fruit

ULTIMA FOODS INC.

Iögo Greko

Iögo Nano – Drinkable Yogurt

Iögo Probio – Heart of Fruit

VITALA FOODS

Vita-D Sunshine Eggs

WAFU INC.

Natural Wafu Japanese Dressing

WESTON BAKERIES LIMITED

Country Harvest 100% Whole Grain Bread

Country Harvest Fruit Bread

Flat Oven Bakery – Barbari

Flat Oven Bakery – Naan

NON FOOD

BABY GOURMET FOODS INC

Squoosh

BIC INC.

Bic FlameDisk

Bic Soleil Savy

CARLTON CARDS LIMITED

Lost Socks

DLM FOODS CANADA CORP.

Milk-Bone Healthy Favorites

GLAXOSMITHKLINE CONSUMER HEALTHCARE INC.

Abreva Pump

Tums Freshers Antacid

HAIN CELESTIAL CANADA

Avalon Organics Essential Lift

NESTLÉ PURINA PETCARE

Purina Busy Chewnola Chew Treat

PROCTER & GAMBLE INC.

Always Radiant Infinity Pads

Covergirl + Olay Tone Rehab 2-in-1 Foundation

Dawn Power Lift

Downy Unstopables

Febreze Car

Gillette Fusion ProGlide Styler

Gillette Venus and Olay System Shaver

Head & Shoulders

Old Spice Red Zone Invisible Solid

Pantene Pro-V Aqua Light

Tampax Radiant Tampons

Tide Pods

S. C. JOHNSON AND SON, LIMITED

Glade Expressions Fragrance Mist

Glade Expressions Oil Diffusers

Off! Clip-on

Ziploc Brand Perfect Portions

SOLO CUP CANADA

Solo Holiday Collection

UNILEVER CANADA

Clear Scalp and Hair Therapy

PRIVATE LABEL

CANADA SAFEWAY LIMITED

Debi Lilly Illusion Vase X-Large

Debi Lilly Savoy Candle

Edwards Coffee, 326 g

Lucerne Greek Fat Free Yogourt, 500 g

Open Nature Bacon, 375 g

Open Nature Bread, 680 g

Open Nature Frozen Greek Yogourt, 946 ml

Open Nature Honey Nut Bar, 40g

Open Nature Ice Cream Bars, 4 x 100 ml

Safeway Tuna, 170 g

The Snack Artist Cookies, 255 G

Waterfront Bistro Cocktail Sauce, 227 g

Waterfront Bistro Crab Cakes

LOBLAW BRANDS LIMITED

PC “Free From” Angus Beef Burgers

PC Ice Cream Black Label

PC Partly Skimmed Milk

President Choice “Nutrition First” Senior Pet Food

President’s Choice “Recipe to Riches” Butter Chicken Lasagna

President’s Choice Cheesecake Lollipops

President’s Choice Fouée  – Pocket Flatbreads

President’s Choice Refrigerated Condiments

LONGO’S

Longo’s Signature Ricotta

METRO RICHELIEU INC.

Fresh 2 Go Toscana Focaccia

Irresistibles Bio Organic Bread RTB

Irresistibles Chicken Wings

Irresistibles Dark Chocolate Covered Caramels with sea salt

Irresistibles Dry Sausage

Irresistibles Fruity’n’ Creamy Ice cream & sorbet blend

Irresistibles Les Hors-d’oeuvre

Irresistibles Life Smart Mediterranean Style Quiche

Irresistibles Marinated Angus Beef Flank Steak

Irresistibles Mini Crisps

Life Smart Margarine Irresistibles

Sélection Ice Cream 1.66 L

SOBEYS INC.

Compliments Thin Crust Pizza

Sensation by Compliments Petite Mousse Parfait Collection

Sensations by Compliments Extra Virgin Olive Oil 3L

THRIFTY FOODS

Cheesy Crab Dip

WALMART CANADA

Great Value – Peanut Butter Milk Chocolate Bar

Our Finest – Cheese Cake

Our Finest – Extra Thick Cut Chips

Our Finest – Lattice Top Pies

Our Finest – Salad Dressing

Our Finest – Single Serve Entree

Our Finest – Stuffing Topped Mini Turkey Pies Appetizer

Your Fresh Market Cookies

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