Convenience Store News is accepting entries for the 2019 Best New Products Awards, which honor outstanding consumer packaged goods in 46 different categories. Products introduced to the market between April 1, 2018 and April 30, 2019 are eligible for entry.

Only products designed for resale to consumers will be considered; no store equipment, fixtures or technology products are eligible. Products will be judged on value, convenience, appearance and packaging, along with attributes such as taste and ingredients for food items.

Categories in the 2019 Best New Products Awards are:

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

Each entry must include a completed entry form; three samples of the product; supporting documents; logos and product shots; and a $125 handling fee.

Winners will be announced in September and receive a crystal engraved award, coverage in the Convenience Store News September issue and in the Convenience Store News Show Daily at the NACS Show, and the right to use the 2019 Best New Products Awards logo in all future promotional materials.