AUSTRALIA has spoken and the most innovative new products of the year have been revealed in the ninth annual Product of the Year Awards.
Retail giants Aldi and Coles battled for top spot, with Aldi edging ahead with 13 wins and Coles 12.
Product of the Year newcomers Metcash (IGA Supermarkets) and Chemist Warehouse made impressive debuts with Metcash winning five awards and Chemist Warehouse two.
Independent research company Nielsen conducted the consumer research, involving more than 13,000 Australians.
“We’ve seen a lot of winning products which are made in Australia with local ingredients,” Product of the Year Director Sarah Connelly said.
“There’s a definite move in the right direction to ensure local producers and communities are rewarded for their hard work in helping to keep farming and manufacturing in Australia.
“Winning Product of the Year is a huge stamp of approval from the Australian public.
“Shoppers can be confident when they are buying products – whether it be fresh food, beauty items or larger purchases such as electric toothbrushes – that all the guess work has already been taken out by shoppers just like themselves.”
Products of the Year for 2018
Purewick Reed Diffuser, 75ml Pastel Pines, Aldi
Kids Organic Goat Range, Chemist Warehouse/My Chemist Baby
Coles Comfy Bots Nappies, Coles
Coles Comfy Bots Baby Wipes, Coles
Coles Organic Baby Food Pouches, Coles
Bakers Life Kornig 14 Seeds & Grains Bread 670g, Aldi
Barker’s New Zealand Premium Crafted Cordial, Barker’s New Zealand Beverages
Community Co. Fresh Parmesan Cheese, Metcash/IGA
Coles Blueberry Cheesecake, Coles
Coles Belgian Chocolate, Coles
Lavazza Prontissimo Coffee, Lavazza
Community Co. Extra Virgin Olive Oil Spray, Metcash/IGA
Lacura 24 hour Duo Lipstick, Aldi
Green Action Dishwashing Liquid 500ml, Aldi
Logix Platinum Dishwashing Tablets 40pk, Aldi
Birch & Waite Asian Dressings, Birch & Waite
Philips Sonicare DiamondClean Rose Gold Electric Toothbrush, Philips
ABLE Asthma Spacer with Mask, ABLE Asthma WyMedical P/L
Nexcare™ Foot Protection Tape, 3M
Coles Chilled Soups, Coles
Coles Gloves Variety Pack, Coles
Pantene 3 Minute Miracle Daily Moisture Renewal Conditioner
Lacura Naturals Verde Hand Wash, Aldi
Coles Australian Vegetable Rice and Noodles range, Coles
Coles Smoothies, Coles
Coles Crumbed Chicken, Coles
Power Force Pro Bath and Shower Cleaner Power, Aldi
Bulla Creamy Classics Ice Cream Sandwich, Bulla
Bulla Creamy Classics Frozen Custard, Bulla
ALMAT Laundry Liquid, Aldi
Heinz [Seriously] Good Garlic Aioli Heinz, Heinz
Mersynofen Paracetamol and Ibuprofen, Sanofi Consumer Healthcare
Betadine Anaesthetic Lozenges, Sanofi Consumer Healthcare
Confidence 3ply Double Length Toilet Tissue 8pk, Aldi
Farmers Market Dog Food, The Real Petfood Company
Coles Stone Baked Pizza Bases, Coles
Hillcrest Protein Bars 5pk 200g, Aldi
Coles Chilled Ready Meals, Coles
Community Co. Nibbles – Snacking Nuts, Metcash/IGA
Natural Instinct Dark Circle + Wrinkle Correction Eye Crme, Mentholatum Australasia Pty Ltd
Lacura Naturals Anti Aging Face Care Range, Aldi
Community Co. Short Cut Rindless Bacon, Metcash/IGA Small Goods
Goat Soap, Chemist Warehouse/My Chemist
D’Orsogna Maple Streaky Bacon 200g, D’Orsogna
Choceur Liviano Wafer Bar 150g, Aldi
Just Organic Apple Cider Vinegar, Aldi
Community Co. Tortilla Wraps, Metcash/IGA