Most innovative new product awardsProduct submissions were taste-tested by more than 20 retail experts representing nearly 85 percent of the U.S. buying power. Four weighted criteria were used to assess each item including taste, packaging, innovation and go-to market feasibility. From the nominated and winning products view, users can drill down to every submission in across all nine segments including: chocolate, non-chocolate, sweet, salty, savory, novelty, seasonal, gourmet/premium, and gum & mints. Each product also includes an innovation statement written by the exhibitor on why their item can give retailers a competitive edge in the marketplace, setting this gallery apart from other platforms. We invite you to explore!    


  Most innovative new product awards best in show
Hostess Brands, LLC

Cake Delights / Double Chocolate

SRP: 3.69 | 7.9 oz Hostess is fueling category growth with new decadent small batch treats. Bakery Petites offer permissible indulgence in bite-size cakes, cleaner ingredient decks, and the first-ever stand-up resealable pouch in the category.


MINPA Winner 2018
That’s How We Roll


SRP: 3.99 | 1.8 oz Trios brings a high-protein Charcuterie Board to your pocket. ParmCrisps Trios offers a shelf stable, curated blend of sweet dried fruit, crunchy nuts and seeds, and crispy Parm Crisps.
Gourmet/Premium Nominees
Chuao Chocolatier
Ravishing Rocky Road Joy-Filled Caramels
Native Andean Potato Chip Mix
Hammond’s Brands
Chocolate Chocolate-Chip Marshmallows
Mars Wrigley Confectionery US, LLC
Dove Chocolate – cashews dipped in milk chocolate

Gum & Mints

MINPA Winner 2018
Ferrero U.S.A., Inc.

Cool Tropical

SRP: 1.39 | 0.95 oz Tic Tac Gum is a unique gum unlike any other in the market. The hard shell coating gives you a crunch from first bite, & our sweet Tropical mix flavor provides a cool refreshing flavor that lasts.
Gum & Mints Nominees
Perfetti Van Melle USA, Inc.
Mentos CleanBreath
Mars Wrigley Confectionery US, LLC
Juicy Fruit Gum Collisions Strawberry Watermelon
The Hershey Company
Ice Breakers Deep Freeze Peppermint
Simply Gum
Cleanse / Grapefruit – Prickly Pear – Cayenne – Sea Salt


MINPA Winner 2018
The Hershey Company

Hershey’s Gold Standard Bar

SRP: 0.99 | 1.4 oz Features a rich caramelized crème that delivers a buttery, sweet flavor that is a distinctively new experience. Includes a combo of salty, crunchy bits of peanuts & pretzels that delivers a creamy, crunchy satisfaction.
Chocolate Nominees
Tootsie Roll Industries, Inc.
Junior Mint Minis
Seattle Chocolate
Seattle Chocolate Strawberry Shortcake Truffle Bar
R.M. Palmer Company
Football FANtasy
Tru Fru LLC
Coconut Melts Freeze-Dried & Immersed in Dark Chocolate


MINPA Winner 2018
Nestle USA

Big Chewy Nerds

SRP: 1.99 | 6 oz Moves NERDS into the growing Chewy candy segment. A chewy center, covered in a crunchy NERDS candy shell. Eye-catching packaging graphics feature the biggest NERD character ever and nerdy flavor names. No Artificial flavors.
Non-Chocolate Nominees
Ferrara Candy Co.
Sour Brite Sneaks
The Hershey Company
Jolly Rancher Misfits
Impact Confections, Inc.
HOTHEADS Scorching Heat Twists
Hammond’s Brands
Vanilla Caramel Marshmallow


MINPA Winner 2018
Ferrero U.S.A., Inc.

Golden Heart for You & Me

SRP: 6.79 | 4.4 oz The Ferrero Rocher Golden heart is a milk chocolate & hazelnut shell with 2 Ferrero Rocher chocolates inside. This unique experience is beautifully packaged in classic Ferrero gold foil and while it makes an impressive gift.
Seasonal Nominees
Nestle USA
Big Chewy Nerds Reindeer Stocking Hanger
Jelly Belly Candy Company
Jelly Belly Love Beans Valentine’s Gift Box
Mars Wrigley Confectionery US, LLC
Mars Wrigley Chocolate Variety mix party bowl
The Hershey Company
Hershey’s Kisses Hot Cocoa

Savory Snacks

MINPA Winner 2018
Alli & Rose

Trail Mix Crackers

SRP: 4.99 | 2.5 oz In Season’s new Trail Mix Crackers combine everyone’s favorite snacks. Each cracker contains a mix of nuts, seeds and fruit that are baked, not fried, onto the cracker. Individually wrapped, each cracker is only 60 calories!
Savory Snacks Nominees
Cheesewich Factory
Bacon and Eggs
Cheez-It Duoz® Caramel Popcorn & Cheddar
Land O’Frost
Gone Rogue High Protein Chips
Clever Cookie
Baked Cheddar Protein Crisps

Salty Snacks

MINPA Winner 2018
Sahale Snacks

Sahale Snacks Tangerine Vanilla Cashew-Macadamia Glazed Mix

SRP: 4.29 | 4 oz Inspired by an orange and vanilla popsicle. We re-imagined this classic combination by pairing pure ground Madagascar Vanilla Bean and Tangerine with crunchy dry-roasted Cashews and buttery Macadamia nuts. Beyond Ordinary.®
Salty Snacks Nominees
From the Ground Up
Cauliflower Pretzel Sticks
Perfect Snax
Made in Nature, LLC
Veggie Pops / Salt and Pepper
Rudolph Foods Co, Inc
Oven Baked Pork Rinds/Blackberry Habanero

Sweet Snacks

MINPA Winner 2018

Justin’s Organic White Chocolate Mini Peanut Butter Cups

SRP: 5.99 | 4.07 oz Crafted with high-quality organic ingredients, Justin’s offers the ONLY organic White Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup on the market.This NEW bite-sized sweet treat addresses consumers growing desire for variety in snacking forms.
Sweet Snacks Nominees
That’s How We Roll
Cinnamon Crumb Cake Thins
Edward Marc Brands, Inc.
Cookie Butter Snappers
Vidal Candies USA, INC.
Spicy Mangos
The Promotion In Motion Companies, Inc.
Superfruit Mix

Novelty / Licensed

MINPA Winner 2018
Impact Confections, Inc.

WARHEADS Dippin’ Ring

SRP: 1.49 | 0.88 oz WARHEADS Dippin’ Rings allow consumers to create their own sour experience with a candy ring and sour dipping powder. With great fruit flavors, extreme sour powders and colorful packaging, it’s a fun product for all ages.
Novelty / Licensed Nominees
Ferrero U.S.A., Inc.
Bazooka Candy Brands, a Division of The Topps Company
Baby Bottle Popping Powder
PEZ Candy, Inc.
PEZ Jurassic World Click & Play Gift Tin
Jelly Belly Candy Company
Jelly Belly Krispy Kreme Doughnut Tin