RCC reveals 2023 Grand Prix winners

Metro, Sobeys, Longo's, Pattison Food Group and other retailers recognized
retail council of canada 2023 canadian grand prix winners

The Retail Council of Canada (RCC) announced the winners of the 30th annual Canadian Grand Prix New Product Awards Wednesday (May 31) at a gala ceremony held during its Store 2023 Conference in Toronto.

A total of 51 Canadian Grand Prix New Product Awards were presented to companies that introduced products into the Canadian market in 2022. 

Several companies distinguished themselves this year as multiple-category winners, including Metro, Sobeys Inc., Finica Food Specialities Ltd., Pattison Food Group, The Spice Tailor, Canadian Tire Corp. and Mastermind Toys.  

Additionally, five recipients received special awards. 

The Spice Tailor, for the second consecutive year, secured the Excellence in Ethnic Product award for their Asian Curry Kits. 

Metro received the prestigious All-Canadian trophy for their Irresistible Ice Creams. The grocer was also recognized for Innovative Packaging for their Advent Calendar.  

Finica Food Specialties Ltd. received the Overall Consumer Value award for their Sheep’s Milk Cheese.

"These products have captivated consumers, from snack foods that offer tantalizing flavor exploration to foods that provide essential nutritional supplementation. Equally impressive is the packaging, featuring soothing and contemporary designs that enhance the overall experience,” Diane J. Brisebois, president and CEO of the RCC, said in a statement. “This exceptional lineup of new items reflects a growing alignment between product developers and the voices of consumers. The invaluable feedback provided by the jury over the years has undeniably shaped these remarkable innovations."

A panel of 31 food and grocery industry experts evaluated the products based on innovation, taste, texture, consumer value and packaging. Each product needed to achieve a minimum overall score of 70% to be selected as a finalist.

As part of the Canadian Grand Prix Award Gala, two individuals received the 2023 Canadian Grand Prix Lifetime Achievement Awards. The recipients were John Pigott, CEO of Club Coffee and Morrison Lamonthe Inc., and Serge Boulanger from Metro. 

See the 2023 winners of the Canadian Grand Prix New Product Awards below:


Bimbo Canada | Dempster’s Zero Zero Bread
Cora | Cora Crepe Mix
A. Lassonde inc. | Simple Drop Enhanced Water Beverage
Patreats | Infus'd Fruit Gourmet Spread
Purdys Chocolatier | Vegan Hawaiian Black Salt Caramels
Finica Food Specialties Ltd. | Sheeps Milk Cheese
Quality Cheese Inc. | Stracciatella
Tim Hortons | Tim Hortons Ice Cream
Oggi Foods Inc. | Four Cheese Tortellini Pasta
Arctic Gardens | Roastable Market Harvest
Rossdown Farms & Natural Foods | Marinated Meal Helpers
The Spice Tailor | The Spice Tailor Asian Curry Kits
Naturally Homegrown Foods Ltd. | Hardbite Rugged
Three Farmers Foods | Roasted Chickpeas


Carlton Cards Ltd. | Magic Momments Birthday
Sunstar Americas Inc. | Gym Dual-Defence Twisted Floss
Johnson & Johnson Inc. | Children’s Tylenol Easy Dissolve Powder, 16 Packs
Prelam Enterprises Ltd. | EZ Pur Eco Concentrated Laundry Detergent
The J.M. Smucker Company | Nature’s Recipe Premium Paté Recipes
SodaStream Inc. | SodaStream Art Sparkling Water Maker


Metro Inc. | Irresistibles Raisin Loaf
Metro Inc. | Irresistibles Advent Calendar
Metro Inc. | Irresistibles Ice Creams
Metro Inc. | Irresistibles Probiotics Yogurts
Metro Inc. | Irresistibles Plant-Based Frozen Bars
Metro Inc. | Life Smart Plant-Based Sauces
Sobeys Inc. | Compliments Baking Chips
Sobeys Inc. | Panache French Onion Soup Bites
Farm Boy Inc. | Farm Boy Organic Flavoured Sparkling Water
Pattison Food Group | Only Goodness Plant Based Almond Dip Garlic & Herb
Pattison Food Group | Only Goodness Smoothie Blend with Dragon Fruit, Pineapple, Mango and Sliced Bananas
Pattison Food Group | Western Family Spicy All Dressed Flavoured Kettle Cooked Potato Chips 
Pattison Food Group | Western Family 4 Cheese Breakfast Bites
Longo Brothers Fruit Markets Inc. | Longo's Curato Uno Spuntino
Longo Brothers Fruit Markets Inc. | Longo's Candied Almonds


Canadian Tire Corp. | Paderno Signature 10-Piece Stacking Stainless Steel Cookware Set
Canadian Tire Corp. | Stainless Steel Patio Heater
Mastermind Toys | Mastermind Toys Baby Stacking Wave Puzzle 8 Pieces
Mastermind Toys | Mastermind Toys DIY Fort Construction Set
Metro Inc. | Personnelle Nature's Secrets Repairing Shampoo
Metro Inc. | Personnelle Whitening Mouthwash
Metro Inc. | Selection Eco Compostable Sandwich Bags
Rexall Pharmacy Group ULC | Be Better Whey Protein Concentrate Powder
Federated Co-operatives Ltd. | Co-op Gold Multi-Purpose Cleaner
Calgary Co-operative Association Ltd. | Cal & Gary's bar soap
Pet Valu | Performatrin Ultra Freeze-Dried Raw Bites

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