Donald and David Sobey received the Lifetime Achievement Award for their contributions to the grocery industry in Canada

Now in its 26th year, the Canadian Grand Prix New Product Awards is a highlight of the Retail Council of Canada (RCC)’s STORE Conference. The awards recognize excellence and innovation in food, non-food and private label grocery products launched in 2018. Click on a photo to enter the gallery 



Baking Needs & Dried Bakery: Conagra Brands for Duncan Hines Perfect Size for 1. From left: Angel Liang, Vanessa Mercado, Teresa Blakney, Michael Bryan, Tebbie Chuchla, John Black and Leslie MackayBeverages: A. Lassonde Inc. for Apple & Eve Vegan Protein Smoothie. From left: Martin Lauziere, Solange Doré, Caroline Croteau and Jean GattusoCondiments & Snacks: Smucker Foods of Canada Corp. for Adams Dark Roast. From left: Leah Milne, Adam Zitney, Nancy Murphy and Aurelio CalabrettaConfectionery & Shelf-Stable Desserts: Chocolat Lamontagne for Grab & Go Collection. Tina and Richard LamontagneGay Lea Foods Co-operative Ltd. won in the Food category - Dairy (Milk, Yogurt, Cheese & Spredables) and a Special Award for Innovation and Originality for Nordica Smooth Dips. Deli Meats and Cheeses: Yorkshire Valley Farms for Organic Sliced Chicken and Turkey Deli. Guy Gordon and Liz KowpakPrepared Foods & Entrees (Frozen or Refrigerated): Federated Co-operatives Ltd. for Co-op Potstickers. Federated Co-op also won in the Meat, Egg & Seafood (Fresh/Refrigerated or Frozen) category for Co-op Gold PURE Fillets and in the Private Label: Non-Food Personal Care category for Co-op Gold PURE Soap. Left to right: Ron Welke, Sav Bellissimo and Jessica NiekampPrepared Foods & Entrees (Frozen or Refrigerated): Oggi Foods Inc. for Cauliflower Pizza Crust. Oggi also won a Special Award in the All Canadian category for the same productFruit, Vegetable & produce (Fresh/Refrigerated or Frozen): Bonduelle Canada for Riced Cauliflower. From left: Jessica Loiselle and Joelle BrodeurMeat, Egg & Seafood (Fresh/Refrigerated or Frozen): Cedar Bay Bay Grilling Co. for Sous Chef Kits. From left: Doug Park, Barbara Park, Greg LeBlanc and Robert MooreShelf-Stable Prepared Foods & Entrees: The Spice Tailor Ltd. for The Spice Tailor Daal - which also won a Special Award in the Innovative Packaging category. Left to right: Lauren Wasley, Liz Cairns and Carolyn KilbourneSnack (Savoury): Bimbo Canada for Sanissimo Chia & Flax. Santiago SarmientoSnack (Sweet): Kashi Company for Kashi JOI - Nut Bars and Energy Nut Bars. Chet Dhole and Louise Jansen


General Merchandise: Carlton Cards for Papyrus - Gemmed Thank You. From left: Brad Van Laare, Tammy Barrett and Rod Sturtridge

Canadian Tire won in the Non-Food category for NOMA Advanced Constant-Light Cluster Lights (Light Show) and in the Private Label: Non-Food category, Household Products for Paderno Dutch Ovens, 6.2 L. The following two photos show the Canadian Tire team on hand to accept the awards.

Canadian Tire. From left: Brent Baillie, Kaitlyn Jung and Carolyn MacPhersonCanadian Tire. From left: James Elson, Esther Ifrah and Jeff Labalestra


Hair Care: Hain Celestial Canada, ULC for Live Clean Mineral Clay Rebalancing Shampoo & Conditioner. From left: Luciana Cioffi, Shawna Campigotto and Sandro D'AscanioHealth Care (OTC): ProSante, distributor for winner Namëna Biosciences, which won for Biosync 24h Continuous Release. From left: ProSante partner Greg Staley, John S. Andrews, Namëna Biosciences and James Staley, ProSante partnerHealth Care - Oral Hygiene: Sunstar Americas Inc. (Canada) for GUM Actival Sonic Deep Clean. Don Crowe and Cathy HayesPaper, Plastic & Foil: Reynolds Consumer Products Canada Inc. for Alcan Non-Stick. Vince CamuaPet Needs: Nestle Purina PetCare for Beyond Natural Pet Food. From left: Sharen Hills, David Hutchison and Sophie Nais

Not pictured: Winner in Household Products category: SodaStream for SodaStream Black Fizzi One Touch Sparkling Water Maker



Walmart Canada won awards in three categories under Private Label: Food: Confectionery & Shelf-Stable Desserts for Our Finest Fudge Selection; Dairy (Milk, Yogurt, Cheese & Spreadables) for Great Value Greek Yogurt Dips; and Fruit, Vegetable & Produce (Fresh/Refrigerated or Frozen) for Great Value Easy-Blends Fruit & Vegetable Mix (which also won the Special Award for Overall Consumer Value). Also in the Private Label: Non Food category for Pet Needs, for its Pure Balance Freeze Dried Treats for Dogs. 

Walmart Canada: John Paul Agati and Monika PareteWalmart Canada: Andrew GugulaWalmart Canada, from left: John Paul Agati, Nina Butchko and Monika Parete


Metro Inc. also won awards in three categories under Private Label: Food: Bakery: Fresh for Irresistibles Tree-Shaped Log; Beverages for Irresistibles Carbonated Spring Water; and Snack: Sweet for Irresistibles Naturalia Granola Cereals. Metro also won two awards under Private Label: Non-Food: Baby Care for Personnelle Teething and Health Care (OTC) for Personnelle Microfilter Nasal Wash System.

Metro Inc.: Guy Jinchereau, private label Jean Coutu Group and Marie-France Gibson, corporate brands, MetroMetro Inc.: Ingrid Weckers and Paula DeaneMetro In. (Metro Richelieu): Marie Horodecki-Aymes and Paula DeaneMetro Inc.: Marie-France Gibson


Sobeys Inc. won twice under Private Label: Food: Condiments & Sauces for Sensations by Compliments Spirited Mickie BBQ Sauce and Snack (Savoury) for Sensations by Compliments Extra Crunchy Kettle-Cooked Potato Chips. From left::Alison Tulett, Sarah Stover, Sarah Lowry and Jennifer Priaro

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