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1. All consumer packaged goods SUPPLIERS are eligible.
2. Products introduced from April 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014 are eligible. CONSUMER GOODS ONLY, PLEASE. ONLY PRODUCTS DESIGNED FOR RESALE TO CONSUMERS WILL BE CONSIDERED. No store equipment or technology products are eligible.
3. Entries should include supporting information such as press releases,product/service history, when introduced, C-store sales data since introduction, explanation of why this product is deserving of the award, why the product is important to the C-store channel, and what niche it fills.
4. Entrants must send 3 samples of the product along with the entry form, entry fee (if paying by check) and any supporting material all in the same package to: Susan Durtschi, CEO and President, Past Times Research, 77 Hudson Watch Drive, Ossining, NY 10562. Entries should also enclose a MAC format disk or flash drive with an Illustrator EPS or high-res jpeg/ti of your company or product logo and product shots for the awards and editorial coverage. INCOMPLETE ENTRIES WILL BE AUTOMATICALLY DISQUALIFIED DUE TO HIGH VOLUME OF ENTRIES RECEIVED.
5. Complete entries must be received by July 25, 2014. Clearly mark on the outside of all shipping packages "2014 CSNEWS.” In addition, frozen/refrigerated or other perishables need to be clearly marked “PERISHABLE.”
6. There are 28 award categories (see entry form for list). Please clearly indicate which award category you are entering.
7. Each entry requires a handling fee of $125. Checks should be made payable to “Stagnito Media.” Credit card payments will also be accepted online.
8. Winners will receive: a crystal engraved award, coverage in CSNews Dailies at the NACS Show and Post-NACS issue, and the right to use the 2013 Best New Product Award logo in all future promotion materials
9. Products will be judged on the following criteria:
- Taste: The most important attribute of any food. Non-food items will be based on utility/efficiency (30 points)
- Value: Is it worth it? (20 points)
- Convenience: Is size/packaging appropriate for a convenience store or to be consumed by shoppers on-the-go? (15 points)
- Health: Based on nutritional information, is it nutritionally balanced? (10 points)
- Ingredients: What’s in it, how natural is it, does it meet current consumer trends? (10 points)
- Preparation*: When applicable, how accurate or good are the directions, or how easy is it to prepare (microwavable in the store)?
- Appearance: Is it appetizing and does it resemble its photo or description? (5 points)
- Packaging: Is it appropriate for the product and does it have any benefits such as resealability, added freshness, better storage, etc? (5 points)
* Products that do not have any preparation will have the full value of points included in their total score.