Product of the Year Canada Unveils the Most Innovative New Products for 2014

- Product of the Year guides Canadians to the best, most innovative products in the marketplace - 

TORONTO, April 16, 2014 /CNW/ - At a celebration held in downtown Toronto last night, 39 new products were awarded the Product of the Year Canada™ seal of approval. From food and spirits to health and beauty products, these award-winners were all singled out for their innovation. 

For the past 27 years, Product of the Year has been the gold standard worldwide for consumer-voted product innovation for hundreds of brands. In Canada for the fifth year, the program provides guidance and quality assurance to shoppers.

"According to our research, innovation is an important factor for Canadians in choosing products," said Jennifer Litterick, Group Publisher, Marketing and Retail Group, Rogers Media. "This year's winners are not only innovative, they are convenient and easy to use. Consumers are faced with so many choices when they shop, and the Product of the Year seal helps them make decisions and leads them to quality products they can trust." 

How are they chosen?
After products are entered into Product of the Year Canada, they are tested and reviewed by an expert jury panel made up of product experts, academics and media personalities who choose the finalists. The selected products are then presented to consumer respondents and are rated on four distinct variables: Product Satisfaction, Product Innovation, Product Appeal and Intent to Purchase. From this group of finalists, 39 Canadian winners were chosen.

The one thing they all have in common? Innovation! 

Product of the Year Canada 2014 winners are: 

Category 2014 Product of the Year Canada Winners
Beverage Packaging Aronia by Golijska Aronia Inc.
Breakfast Cereal Lotus Fine Foods Quinoa Granola
Canadian Spirits Canadian Club Whiskey and Ginger Ale
Cleaning Products Home Hardware Ultimate Scrubber
Condiments Organika Organic Coconut Sauce
Cosmetics The Body Shop All-In-One BB Cream
Crispy Snacks That's How We Roll, LLC. Veggie Dippin Chips
Deodorant Degree Motionsense Sheer Powder Antiperspirant
Electronics Blue Piston Wireless Bluetooth Speaker & Handsfree
Eye Care Crizal Prevencia
Flavoured Spirits Skinnygirl White Peach Margarita
Food Packaging That's How We Roll, LLC. Veggie Dippin Chips
Fresh Packaged Burgers Schneider's® Country Naturals® Angus Burgers
Fresh Packaged Sausages Schneider's® Country Naturals® Maple Syrup Countryside Pork Sausage in Natural Lamb Casing
Frozen Snacks Chapman's Sport Lolly   
Fruit Based Blends Aronia by Golijska Aronia Inc.
Granola/Energy Bars Quaker Harvest Quinoa Granola Bar
Hair Products The Wet Brush
Healthy Beverages Aronia by Golijska Aronia Inc.
Healthy Products iögo 0% with stevia extract
Healthy Snacks Quaker Harvest Quinoa Granola Bar
Home Appliance Home Hardware Classic Portable Infrared PTC Heater
Home Care Snap N'Go
Home & Renovation LePage® 100% Glue
Lip Cosmetics ALMAY color + care™ liquid lip balm
Milk Drinks Milk2Go Sport
Nail Care Emjoi MICRO Pedi
Natural Health Aronia by Golijska Aronia Inc.
OTC Cardioviva
Personal Care Vaseline Spray & Go
Personal Care Cleaning Dial®/ᴹᴰ Coconut Water & Bamboo Leaf Extract
Pet Foods Pet Valu Head to Tail
Popcorn Snacks Popcorn Indiana LLC. Fit Popcorn
Prepared Foods Longo's Chicken Pad Thai Stir Fry
Prepared Lunch Foods McDonald's® Mediterranean Veggie Signature McWrap®
Rewards / Financial Services Programs Vicinity
Savory Snacks Twistos Baked Snack Bites - Balsamic Vinegar and Olive Oil
Skincare Device Silk'n SensEpil 65K
Sweet Snacks Templeman's Cashew Butter Crunch

For more information on Product of the Year Canada and this year's winning products, visit: productoftheyear.ca

Social Media Links
Visit: www.productoftheyear.ca
Follow: @productoftheyr (#POYCAN) 

About Product of the Year Canada
Product of the Year is the world's largest consumer-voted award for product innovation. Product of the Year currently operates in 39 countries with the same common goal: to guide consumers to the most innovative products in their market and reward the manufacturers for quality and innovation. This consumer-driven award is presented annually in over 39 countries, including the U.S., the U.K., Brazil, Italy, Australia, South Africa, India and Canada.

SOURCE: Rogers Media

For further information:

Media Contact
Saphyre Haliburton, Product of the Year, saphyre.haliburton@rci.rogers.com, 416.764.1719


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