12 Convenience-Store Products Named Product of the Year

2017 Product of the Year Award

Culled from a national survey of 40,000 consumers, the 2017 Product of the Year Award winners represent a variety of products across all store categories. The 12 winners that could appear on c-store shelves were released in the past year and "demonstrate innovation within their industry." There are 28 new-product winners in all. The 2017 Product of the Year Awards were named February 9 at a gala hosted by Saturday Night Live alumnae Rachel Dratch and Ana Gasteyer.

"Competition is fierce among consumer brands, with thousands of new products introduced to the market each year," said Mike Nolan, CEO of Product of the Year USA. "This year's winners will have a true advantage over competitors as they are able to utilize the distinctive red Product of the Year logo on packaging and in brand advertising to show shoppers that 40,000 consumers recommend their product against the competition."

Click through to see which c-store products were chosen for 2017 Product of the Year.

Broken Clouds Pinot Noir

Broken Clouds Pinot Noir

Broken Clouds Pinot Noir won Product of the Year for the wine category. Available at Aldi, the wine has notes of strawberries, raspberries and allspice.

Carmex Comfort Care Lip Balm

Carmex Comfort Care Lip Balm

The new Carmex Comfort Care Lip Balm was named the winner in the lip-care category. This new product is a natural, nonmedicated lip balm formulated with colloidal oatmeal to provide deep soothing, long-lasting moisture for healthy-looking lips. Formulated with antioxidant rich, cold-pressed fruit seed oil, Carmex Comfort Care is ideal for daily use year-round. Available flavors include Mixed Berry, Sugar Plum and Watermelon Blast.

Charmin Essentials Soft

Charmin Essentials Soft

Charmin Essentials Soft won Product of the Year distinction in the bath-tissue category. This new product from Charmin provides shoppers with the same Charmin-like softness they know at a lower price point. It is clog and septic-safe.

Del Monte Fruit Refreshers

Del Monte Fruit Refreshers

The winner in the healthy snacks category is Del Monte Fruit Refreshers. This fruit-cup snack is made exclusively for adults. It combines fruit chunks with slightly sweetened fruit water to create several flavor combinations, including Pineapple in Passion Fruit Water and Mandarin Oranges in Coconut Water. The fruit cups contain 100 calories or fewer per serving.

Inspired by Happiness Cravin' for Cookies & Cream Layered Cake

Inspired by Happiness Cravin' for Cookies & Cream Layered Cake

Inspired by Happiness' Cravin' for Cookies & Cream Layered Cake won in the dessert category. Cravin' for Cookies & Cream Layered Cake has layers of cake, cubes of cookies and vanilla cream mousse made with real cream cheese. It is smothered with dark chocolate ganache and a white chocolate drizzle. The product is gluten-free.

Rain-X Latitude Water Repellency Wiper Blades

Rain-X Latitude Water Repellency Wiper Blades

Winning in the car-care category, Rain‑X Latitude Water Repellency Wiper Blades provide a two-in-one solution to clear and repel the elements for better driving visibility. These wiper blades also treat your windshield with a water-repelling coating. They work by transferring a Rain‑X water-repelling coating from the wiper squeegee to the windshield during initial use.

Russell Stover Pecan Delights

Russell Stover Pecan Delights

Winning in the chocolate category, Russell Stover Pecan Delights feature "crunchy pecans, buttery caramel and sweet milk chocolate."

Sara Lee Artesano Bakery Bread

Sara Lee Artesano Bakery Bread

The newest addition to the Sara Lee Bread family, Artesano, artisanal-style bread, won in the specialty bread category. Sliced thick with a soft texture, Artesano has a rich flavor and distinctly creamy character. The bread is made without high fructose corn syrup, added flavors or colors.

Smirnoff Red, White & Berry

Smirnoff Red, White & Berry

Smirnoff Red, White & Berry is the winner in the spirits category. This vodka ​combines the flavors of cherry, citrus and sweet blue raspberry flavors for a "refreshingly delicious taste of freedom." This product is ideal chilled or mixed in a favorite summer cocktail​.

Tetley Super Tea

Tetley Super Tea

Tetley Super Tea is the 2017 Product of the Year in the beverage category. The Tetley Super Tea line includes items infused with vitamins such as vitamin C, B6 and B7 to help promote a balanced lifestyle. Tetley Super Tea varieties with vitamins provide drinkers with 20% of the recommended daily intake.

Werther's Original Soft Caramels

Werther's Original Soft Caramels

This riff on the old standard won Product of the Year in the sugar confections category. Werther's Original Soft Caramels have the same rich, smooth taste of Werther’s Original hard candies, only they're soft, creamy caramels.

SimplyNature Organic White Cheddar Puffs

SimplyNature Organic White Cheddar Puffs

Available at Aldi stores, this better-for-you snack won Product of the Year in the salty-snacks category. SimplyNature Organic White Cheddar Puffs are certified gluten-free and made of baked rice and corn. They also have no added sugar.

Click here to see the complete list of winning products.