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Grand Prix new product award finalists announced

Procter & Gamble leads the pack with 12 nominations; Metro nets 10

Cookies that double as chips, whipped cream made with coconut and–of course–yogurt, yogurt, yogurt are among the finalists for the coveted Canadian Grand Prix New Product Awards this year.

The short list was announced by the Retail Council of Canada Thursday. It includes 91 products in three broad categories: food, non-food and private label.

The Grand Prixs recognize the best of the best in Canadian grocery product innovation– from subtle to category bending.

An example of the latter this year is Dare Cookie Chips (pictured), a light cookie so thin its texture is more like a chip. On the more subtle side is Gay Lea Real Coconut Whipped Cream, a non-dairy topping, perfect for lactose intolerant shoppers who still crave the frothy treat.

Yogurt, the darling of grocery shelves in recent years, was prominent among the finalists once again: Hain Celestial’s Greek Gods honey salted caramel yogurt; Olympic Dairy’s chia yogurt and Ultima Foods’ Iögo Moment. Yogurt is also the star ingredient of another finalist: Metro Brands’ Irresistible Greek Yogurt Cheesecake.

Among companies, Procter & Gamble is up for the most awards this year. It has 12 finalists in non-food.

In private label, Metro Brands has the most finalists (10), followed by Walmart (six) and Sobeys (four).

Parmalat has four nominations this year, the most of any company in the food category. Other food CPGs with multiple nominations include Kraft, Tree of Life, McCormick and Mars.

The Grand Prixs are now in their 22nd year. The award program is open to manufacturers and distributors of all sizes in Canada. This year’s awards recognize products introduced during 2014.

Finalists were chosen by a 30-person jury comprised of food industry professionals, including people working in grocery, consumer packaged goods, journalists and dietitians.

To become a finalist, a product must score at least 70% in judging.

Winners will be announced June 3 at the Grand Prix gala at the Toronto Congress Centre, as part of the “Store 2015” retail conference.

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


A. Lassonde: Oasis Smoothie Greek Yogurt

Agropur Co-operative: Natrel Partly Skimmed Maple Milk

Burnbrae Farms: Burnbrae Farms Nanny Hudson’s Homestyle Ketchup

Canada Bread: Dempster’s 100% Whole Grains Signature Blends

Coca-Cola: Coca-Cola

Dare Foods: Breton Bean Crackers (Gluten-free)

Dare Foods: Dare Cookie Chips

Ferrero: Nutella & Go

Gardein: Gardein

Gay Lea Foods Co-Operative: Gay Lee Real Coconut Whipped Cream

Hain Celestial: Europe's Best Fruit Cups

Hain Celestial Greek Gods Honey Salted Caramel Yogurt

Happy Planet Foods: Happy Planet Fresh Soup

High Liner Foods: High Liner Simply Fish

Industrie Gastronomique Cascajares: Porchetta Festive Box

Kisko Products: Mr. Freeze ElectroIce Sport

Kraft: Kraft Peanut Butter Holiday Cookie Kit

Kraft Limited Edition Kraft Peanut Butter Plush Bear + 500g Smooth Peanut Butter

Mars: M&M’S Bottles

Mars: Snickers Bites

McCormick: Club House Extract

McCormick: Club House Skillet Sauce

Monaghan Mushrooms: Belle Grove Mushrooms

Naturally Homegrown Foods: Hardbite Chips

Nupasta: NuPasta

Nutrinor Co-operative: Organic Nordic Milk

Olympic Dairy Products: Chia Yogurt

Parmalat: Astro Original

Parmalat: Black Diamond Cheese Spread

Parmalat: Président Feta Cheese Crumbled

Parmalat: Président Spreadable

Scotsburn Dairy Group: Scotsburn Premium Inclusion Ice Cream Bars

Sofina Foods: Deli Naturally

Tree of Life: Keebler Mini Graham Cracker Pie Crust

Tree of Life: MADD Virgin Craft Brewed Lager

Ultima Foods: Iögo Moment

Veg Pro International: Asian-Style Stir Fries

Weston Bakeries: Country Harvest

Weston Bakeries: D'Italiano Bagelli


Baby Gourmet Foods: Baby Gourmet Plus

Bernardin (Jarden): Bernardin Frozen Herb Starter Tray

Bernardin (Jarden): Bernardin Sip & Straw Lids

Bernardin (Jarden): Vintage Collection Green Jar Pint by Bernardin

Clorox Company: Liquid-Plumr Hair Clog Eliminator

Clorox Company: Pine-Sol Multi-Surface Cleaner, Mandarin Sunrise

Dart: Solo Premium Strength Plates

DLM Foods: Milk-Bone Brushing Chews

King's Crown: King's Crown Ultra-Rich Shaving Cream

Procter & Gamble: Always Discreet

Procter & Gamble: Crest 3-D White Luxe Whitestrips Supreme Flexfit

Procter & Gamble: Crest Sensi-Relief Whitening + Scope

Procter & Gamble: Charmin Basics

Procter & Gamble: Febreze First Defense Allergen Reducer

Procter & Gamble: Full Lash Bloom by Lashblast Mascara

Procter & Gamble: Gain Flings Original

Procter & Gamble: Gillette Fusion ProGlide with FlexBall Technology

Procter & Gamble: Herbal Essence Naked Volume Collection

Procter & Gamble: Mr. Clean Liquid Muscle

Procter & Gamble: Olay Regenerist Luminous Tone Perfecting Treatment

Procter & Gamble: Tampax Pearl Active

S. C. Johnson and Son: Scrubbing Bubbles Mega Shower Foamer with Ultra Cling Rain Shower

S. C. Johnson and Son: Windex Electronics Wipe& Go Wipe

Whirlpool Canada: KitchenAid Produce Preserver


Federated Co-operatives: Co-Op Gold Cookies

Federated Co-operatives: Co-Op Gold Trail Mix

Longo’s: Longo's Signature Keylime Cheesecake

Longo’s: Longo's Signature Fully Cooked Pulled Pork

Metro Brands: Irresistibles Cream Cheese and Greek Yogurt Spread

Metro Brands: Irresistibles Dish soap

Metro Brands: Irresistibles Flatbread

Metro Brands: Irresistibles Gourmet Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Metro Brands: Irresistible Greek yogourt cheesecake

Metro Brands: Irresistibles Herbal Tea

Metro Brands: Irresistibles La Collezione

Metro Brands: Irresistibles Life Smart Bread

Metro Brands: Irresistibles Life Smart Juice Blend

Metro Brands: Irresistibles Quinoa

Mondou: Vetdiet

Mondou: Vetdiet Care

Mondou: Vetdiet Dental Care

Sobeys: Compliments Balance Fruit & Vegetable Bars

Sobeys:Compliments Gluten Free Breads

Sobeys:Compliments presents Jamie Oliver Condiments

Sobeys:Compliments presents Jamie Oliver Sausages

Sobeys Quebec: Flattened Chicken

Walmart Canada: Great Value Paper Towels – Strong and Absorbent (Family Size)

Walmart Canada: Our Finest Angus Beef Meatballs

Walmart Canada: Our Finest Luscious Lemon Cookies

Walmart Canada: Our Finest Luscious Lemon Pie Ice Cream

Walmart Canada: Our Finest Mini Croissants

Walmart Canada: Parent’s Choice Infant Formula (For babies sensitive to lactose)

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