Readers’ Choice 2022 New Product of the Year Awards Announced: A Winning Range
As the country emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, many Americans are beginning to return to in-person work. Over the past two years, consumers have developed new habits and different food and taste preferences. Manufacturers have continued to provide operators with equipment and products that will help them expand their offerings, especially as companies look to operators to entice employees back to the office.
This year, Automatic Merchandiser asked operators of vending machines, micro-markets and OCS to vote for their most successful or in-demand products and equipment that were introduced in 2021. The winners in 11 categories – salty snack, health , protein and meat snack, cold drink, equipment, cookies and pastries, sweets, food, technology, OCS product, OCS equipment and systems – are in line with market trends for bolder flavors, smarter technology and top quality ingredients.
The winners are: Dot’s Pretzels Honey Mustard, Soley Dried Organic Mango Pieces, Righteous Felon Craft Jerky, Celsius Holdings Tropical Vibe, 365 Retail Markets PicoMarket, McKee Foods Debbie Star Crunch, Van Wyk Confections Sweet & Salty Pretzel Rods, White Castle Chicken and Cheese Slider, Panoptyc, Alliant Coffee Solutions Authentic Donut Shop Drive Thru Soft Coffee Pods and BUNN Fast Cup.
Dot’s Pretzels LLC won the gold medal with the most votes in the Savory Snacks category. The company has expanded its line of pretzel twists with the new variety Honey Mustard.
Following in a close second place is Deep River Snacks Zesty Lime Kettle Baked Potato Chips with a bold lime flavor. These crisps contain no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives and are cooked in sunflower oil only.
IN GOOD HEALTH
For customers looking for a healthy on-the-go solution, look no further than Uniquely new single ingredient dried organic mango chunks –
Musselman’s applesauce in Knouse Cups and Pouches was the runner up in the Healthy category.
PROTEIN AND MEAT SNACK
According to Food Insight’s 2021 survey, “From ‘Chemical’ to ‘Clean’: Consumer Perspectives on Food Ingredients,” Americans are paying more attention to ingredient lists, choosing clean ingredients over ingredients. chemical sounding.
Coming in second place is Baja Jerky Street Taco flavor.
In July 2021, Celsius Fund launched its new flavor, and winner in AM’s cold drink category, Tropical Vibe. A combination of star fruit and pineapple,
RISE Brewing Co. Original Black Cold Brew Coffee Multi-Serve was a finalist in the Cold Drinks category.
In the Equipment category, 365 retail markets‘ PicoMarket won gold. The 365 PicoMarket is aimed at both small and large surfaces.
The runner-up in the Equipment category was API Tech’s Smart Pizza vending machine.
COOKIE AND PASTRY
In the Cookie & Pastry category, McKee Foods received the most votes for her cover of Little Debbie Star Crunch, a chewy cookie topped with caramel and crispy rice, covered in fudge. The new individually wrapped cookie is 3 oz, shelf stable and with a fresh date code. They are sold in a 72-ct. crate (six caddies/12 packages per caddie).
Little Debbie’s parent, McKee Foods, started Little Debbie Vending in 2012 to accommodate sizes and packaging to meet the needs of the convenience channel.
Prairie City Bakery’s New Ooey Gooey Butter Cake Birthday Cake came in second place.
Confectionery Van Wyk won gold in the Candy category for its new Sweet and Salty Pretzel Rods flavor launching in October 2021.
AWAKE Caffeine Chunks from Awake Chocolate was the finalist in the Candy category.
This year’s winner in the coveted Food category goes to White Castle Chicken and Cheese Slider.
Taking second place is J&J Snack Foods Buffalo Cheddar Stuffed Soft Pretzel made with Frank’s RedHot. Soft pretzel dough is stuffed with white cheddar cheese infused with Frank’s RedHot hot sauce and lightly dusted with ranch dressing powder.
Panoptych, this year’s winner in the Technology category, is a game-changer for micro-operators. Panoptyc leverages artificial intelligence through a software and hardware solution to recognize theft and alert the micromarket operator to suspicious behavior.
Launched in May 2021, ePort Engage by Cantaloupe Inc. was a finalist in the Technology category.
Alliant Coffee Solutions Authentic Donut Shop Drive Thru Soft Coffee Pods garnered the most votes in the OCS product category. Alliant Coffee Solutions’ line of basic coffees features a smoother taste profile and no-frills packaging for large work environments that want:
Smile Beverage Werks Compostable K-Cup Compatible Coffee Pods took second place in the OCS product category.
OCS EQUIPMENT AND SYSTEMS
Coffee consumption has hit a two-decade high, according to findings from the National Coffee Association (NCA).
Introduced in April 2021, the Elkay Smartwell Touchless Countertop Beverage Dispenser came in second place.
Check out all of these products in the Product Guide at VendingMarketWatch.com/directory.