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BREAKING: Retail Council announces Canadian Grand Prix award finalists


The Retail Council of Canada has announced the finalists for its 29th Canadian Grand Prix New Product Awards. The 121 products represent CPG and grocery retail private label, launched in the Canadian market in 2021.

Unique flavour combinations in aged cheese, fresh and frozen meat products with unique ingredient combinations, plant-based meat and dairy alternatives and innovative food and beverages snacks both indulgent and healthy dominated the list of finalists.

“It’s exciting to see brands introducing new packaged goods products in Canada are listening to Canadian consumers” says Diane J. Brisebois, president and CEO, Retail Council of Canada. “We hear from retailers, restauranteurs, and food influencers that Canadians are looking for ways to recreate restaurant-like meals at home while also looking for healthier plant-based options, and more environmentally friendly packaging.  And that is what we are seeing in many of this year’s finalists.”

The Canadian Grand Prix New Product Awards, and the feedback provided to product developers, are widely viewed as an endorsement of achieving the level of excellence that will satisfy consumers’ evolving desires and become a commercial success.   

Chef and Jury Chair Marcus A. Von Albrecht, who has overseen the Canadian Grand Prix New Product Awards judging for 23 years, has directly witnessed the influence of these awards. “I see the past feedback from our expert jury reflected in the most innovative products and exceptionally smart packaging we have seen in this year’s entries. There have been, for example, huge quality improvements in plant-based eggs, vegan cheeses, and foods that are now strong alternatives to the more traditional food choices.  Packaging, as another example, is quickly moving to using more sustainable materials and showing more of the product.”

This year’s jury of 34 food and grocery industry experts evaluated products based on innovation, taste, texture, consumer value, and packaging. The rigorous evaluation process requires that to become a finalist, a product needs to receive an overall score of at least 70 per cent.  Jurors review food and non-food products in the four categories of innovation and originality, product characteristics, presentation and packaging, and overall consumer value. Finalists can use the Canadian Grand Prix New Product Award finalist seal on their products.  Finalists also receive extensive exposure in a variety of digital and printed publications, distributed to Canadians across the country.   

Here is a complete list of the finalists. Winners will be announced during the STORE Conference, which runs May 31 and June 1, 2022 during the 29th Canadian Grand Prix New Product Awards Gala June. This year’s Gala dinner and awards show will be hosted by international food and travel celebrity Mijune Pak, known to many as the founder of and judge on both Top Chef Canada and Iron Chef Canada.

See the list of finalists below. To see all product finalist images, visit the Candian Grand Prix New Product Awards website here.


A. Lassonde

Oasis Health Break

Kiju Organic

Rougemont Orchard Collection


AB World Foods

Al’Fez Marinades


Agropur Dairy Cooperative

Monsieur Gustav Gouda

Agropur Grand Cheddar


BCC Foods



Bee Maid Honey

Li’l Honeys


Bel Canada

Boursin Dairy Free

Boursin Minis


Bimbo Canada

Bon Matin – No fat, No Sugar Added

Stonemill Roasted Garlic & Sea Salt Bread

Oroweat Organic Bread 22 Grain Thin


Biscuits Leclerc

Go Pure Oat Bars


Bonduelle Canada

Veggie Made Pasta



Sliced Croissant Bread



Low-Carb Gluten-Free Bread


Cavendish Farms

Waffle Fries


Chocolat Lamontagne

Tuxedo Inspiration – Triple Chocolate Bites


Conagra Brands

Angie’s BOOMCHICKPOP Salted Maple Flavoured Kettle Corn


Healthy Choice Power Bowls


Dare Foods

Realfruit Gummies


Eat Just

JUST Egg Folded, Plant-Based Egg

JUST Egg, Plant-Based Egg



Homestyle Omelettes


Finica Food Specialties

Rock Star cheese

Roussas Barrel Aged Feta


GoGo Quinoa

GoGo Quinoa Breakfast Cereal


Honey Bunny

Peace River Hot Honey


Island Abbey Foods

Honibe Honey Drop

Honibe Travel Gummy


The J.M. Smucker Co.

Jif Squeeze

Robin Hood Specialty Flour



Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts Bites Mini-Pastries


Lactalis Canada

Balderson Truffle Cheddar


Maple Lodge Farms

ULTIMATE Chicken Sausages


Les aliments MiGiGi Foods

Vegan Organic Pizza Crusts


Millennia Tea

Superfood TEA Cubes


Mimi Foods Artistic Dough Products

Crokkia (kro-kia): A True Roman Style Pizza


Oggi Foods

Tartufo – Detroit Style Pizza


Organic Meadow

Zero-Carbon Milk Carton

Whole Milk Kids Yogurt


Patience Fruit & Co.

SourCran Real Dried Cranberries


Premier Foods

Mr Kipling Slices

Sharwood’s Cooking Sauce


Promise Gluten Free

Soft White Loaf


Saputo Dairy Products Canada

Armstrong Natural Cheese Slices


Siwin Foods

Plant-Based Chicken Flavour Dumpling



Pepsi & 7up for SodaStream


The Not Company



The Spice Tailor

Biryani Kit by Anjum Anand


Three Farmers

Roasted Fava Beans


Village Brewery



Von Slick’s Finishing Touch

Made with Real Butter


Zoglos Incredible Food

Zoglo’s Plant Based Appetizer

Zoglo’s Incredible Plant Based Prepared Meals

Classic Touch Foods with Zoglo’s Plant Based



Carlton Cards

Papyrus – Quilling Hummingbird

Papyrus – 3D Unicorn Scene

Magic Moments


Cascades Tissue Group

Cascades Fluff & Tuff


Coastal Coffee

Coastal Coffee Traveller – single service coffee pour over



6-Piece Steak Knife Set


Kruger Products

SpongeTowels UltraPRO


Reynolds Consumer Products Canada

ALCAN Recycled Aluminum Foil


Whirlpool Canada

Swash Laundry Detergent



Federated Co-operatives

Co-op Gold Flat Tail Pale Ale Alcohol-Free

Co-op Gold Chocolate

Co-op Gold Salami

Co-op Gold PURE Plant Based Protein Twists

Co-op Gold PURE Plant Based Protein Frozen Dessert


Longo Brothers Fruit Markets

Frozen Chicken Souvlaki

Curato Hazelnut Crostata

Original Almond Thins


Metro Inc.

Irresistibles Fruit Cake

Life Smart Organic Seeds

Life Smart Flours

Invitation Alcohol Free Wine

Discovered by Irresistibles Sauces

Irresistibles Spices

Discovered by Irresistibles Cheeses

Life Smart Plant-Based Iced Bars

Irresistibles Dips

Irresistibles Frozen Fruit

Life Smart Organic Rice

Life Smart Instant Oatmeals

Life Smart Crispy Rice Bars

Irresistibles Biscuits

Life Smart Naturalia Frozen Fish Fillet

Selection Premium Truffles

Irresistibles Shrimp Appetizers

Irresistibles Gingerbreadman Ice Cream Sandwich


Rexall Pharmacy Group

Nosh & Co. Everything Bagel Cashews

Nosh & Co. Lavender Lemon Cookies

Be Better Meal Replacement Bar



Macaroni & Cheese Bites

Bacon Wrapped Prawns Extra Large

Ice Cream Waffle Sandwiches



Panche Bumbleberry Crisp

Compliments Smoked Gouda Cheese Beef Burgers Stuffed

Compliments Plant-Based Blue Cheese-Type Dressing

Compliments Naturally Simple Rice Pilaf


Walmart Canada

Our Finest All Butter Double Chocolate Chunk & Espresso Cookies

Our Finest Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

Your Fresh Market Ricotta & Spinach Ravioli

Great Value Laksa Cooking Sauce

Great Value Sliced Kiwi

Great Value 100% Superfine Almond Flour

Great Value BBQ Protein Trail Mix

Our Finest Luminoso Medium Roast Pods

Our Finest Red Leicester Cheese



Canadian Tire

Vida by Paderno Essence Series 4-Burner Convertible Gas Barbeque

Paderno Classic Non-Stick Cast Iron Frypan, 32 cm.


Metro Inc.

Home Exclusives Ice Cream Maker

Home Exclusives Cauliflower Ricer

Liv Cup Personnelle

Personnelle Cosmetics Eyebrow Liner



Be Better Scented Epsom Salts


Walmart Canada

Special Kitty Flavour Cat Treats

Great Value Disinfecting Wet Mop Cloths



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