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Grand Prix winners announced

Gay Lea and Nutrinor double up on awards at Wednesday's ceremony

It was a banner year for whipped cream and milk at the Canadian Grand Prix New Product Awards, as Gay Lea Foods and Nutrinor each took home two awards.

On Wednesday night, the grocery industry feted the innovative products of 2014 at the Retail Council of Canada’s annual Grand Prix awards. A total of 34 awards were presented, as chosen by a 30-member jury.

Gay Lea Foods Co-operative won for best condiment and sauce, as well as the coveted All-Canadian award for its Gay Lea Foods Real Coconut Whipped Cream. The sweet treat is geared towards lactose-free and vegan dessert lovers.

Nutrinor Co-operative also doubled down with awards, taking home the best dairy product for its Organic Nordic Milk, a 3.8% milk produced by 15 farmers in Quebec. The product also picked up the Healthy Innovation Award.

The 2014 Consumer Acceptance award went to Parmalat Canada’s Astro Original.

In two other special awards categories, Veg Pro International’s Asian-Style Stir Fries (pictured) was recognized for Innovation and Originality, while Clorox was singled out for Innovative Packaging for its Liquid-Plumr Hair Clog Eliminator.

Procter & Gamble was up for the most awards this year, with 12 finalists in non-food categories. The company scooped up three awards last night for best health care product, paper, plastic and foil, and personal care.

In private label, Walmart, Metro and Sobeys each won three awards. Quebec retailer Mondou took home an award for pet needs.

The Grand Prixs are now in their 22nd year. The 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.

Here is a complete list of the winning products from last night:


All Canadian: Gay Lea Foods Real Coconut Whipped Cream, Gay Lea Foods

Consumer Acceptance: Astro Original, Parmalat

Canadian Grand Prix Healthy Innovation New Product Award:
Organic Nordic Milk, Nutrinor

Innovation and Originality: Asian-Style Stir Fries, Veg Pro International

Innovative Packaging: Liquid-Plum – Hair Clog Eliminator, Clorox


Weston Bakeries: Country Harvest

Baking Needs:
Kraft: Kraft Peanut Butter Holiday Cookie Kit

Tree of Life:
MADD Virgin Craft Brewed Lager

Condiments & Sauces
Gay Lea Foods: Gay Lea Foods Real Coconut Whipped Cream

Mars: M&M’S Bottles

Dairy Products
Nutrinor: Organic Nordic Milk

Deli, Egg, Meat & Seafood
Sofina Foods: Deli Naturally

Scotsburn Dairy Group: Scotsburn Premium Inclusion Ice Cream Bars

Frozen or Refrigerated Prepared Food & Entrees
Industrie Gastronomique Cascajares: Porchetta Festive Box

Fruits, Vegetables & Produce
Gardein: Gardein

Shelf Stable Prepared Food & Entrees
Nupasta: Nupasta

Dare Foods: Dare Cookie Chips


Baby Care
Baby Gourmet Foods: Baby Gourmet Plus

General Merchandise
Bernardin: Bernardin Sip & Straw Lids

Health Care
Procter & Gamble: Crest Sensi-Relief Whitening and Scope

Household Products
S.C. Johnson and Son, Scrubbing Bubbles Mega Shower Foamer with Ultra Cling – Rain Shower

Paper, Plastic & Foil
Procter & Gamble: Charmin Basics

Personal Care
Procter & Gamble: Gillette Fusion ProGlide with FlexBall Technology

Pet Needs
DLM Foods: Milk-Bone Brushing Chews


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

Walmart: Our Finest Mini Croissants

Metro: Irresistibles Life Smart Juice Blend

Condiments & Sauces
Sobeys: Compliments presents Jamie Oliver Condiments

Confectionery, Snack & Dessert
Sobeys: Compliments Balance Fruit & Vegetable Bars

Dairy, Egg, Meat & Seafood
Sobeys: Compliments presents Jamie Oliver Sausages

Household Products
Metro: Irresistibles Dish Soap

Paper, Plastic & Foil
Walmart: Great Value Paper Towels

Pet Needs
Mondou: Vetdiet Care

Prepared Foods & Entrees
Metro: Irresistibles Flatbread

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