What’s New and Cool?

See who made the top 10 in the Cool New Products Showroom.

November 09, 2020

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—See and favorite the newest products hitting store shelves by visiting the interactive Cool New Products Showroom, part of the five-week NACS Crack the Code Experience, which runs through December 4.

The showroom features 77 exhibitors and more than 165 products. Nicole Walbe, NACS Cool New Products Showroom manager, said the Cool New Products Showroom gives retailers signed up for the Crack the Code Experience a chance to explore industry novelties, trends and must-haves at their own pace. Retailers use the “favorite” button to vote for the best products in each category, and these picks are automatically tallied to produce a “Top 10 Cool New Products” list available under the Highlights section on the Crack the Code homepage. 

“Innovations around snacking and alcoholic beverages stand out, as well as new foodservice dispensers, packaging and displays. You’ll also see products mentioning touchless, sanitary and disinfecting qualities—perhaps a sign of the times,” Walbe said. 

Of the more than 165 products featured in the Showroom, the top 10 (based on votes from retailers) as of 4 p.m. Friday were: 

  1. The Push N Go Sanitary Lid Dispenser (Variations)—Plastic & Products Marketing
  2. Flav-R 2-Go® Locker System—Hatco Corporation
  3. Portion Control Condiment Dispenser—Plastic & Products Marketing
  4. smoodi—Smoodi, Inc.
  5. Sahale Snacks White Cheddar Black Pepper Bean + Nut—The J.M. Smucker Company
  6. Wholly® Homestyle Guacamole & Chip Snack Cup 9/2.8 oz—MegaMex Foods
  7. Roltini Singles: Mozzarella & Pepperoni—Volpi Foods
  8. Sargento® Balanced Breaks® Cheese and Crackers—Sargento Foods Inc.
  9. RockitTM Apple Tubes—Rockit Global
  10. Supreme Stuffers® Individually Wrapped Filled Bagel Twists—J&J Snack Foods 

NACS Daily will report on the updated Top 10 Cool Products each Monday as attendees browse the Cool New Products Showroom and vote for their favorite products. And don’t miss the dynamic exhibitors with interactive demos in the Exhibitor Showrooms. In the showrooms, retailers can live chat with suppliers, request samples and view demos. They can create “wish lists” and share with the other category managers on their team.

Retailers can browse the Amazon-like showroom (easily filter by brand, category, price) in the same product categories they are used to seeing at the NACS Show.

The Cool New Products Showroom is organized into these categories: Beer/Wine/Spirits, Candy and Snacks, CBD, Frozen/Refrigerated, General Merchandise, Grocery, Packaged Beverages, Tobacco and OTP, Store Services, Foodservice, Food Equipment, Facility Development, Store Operations, Technology, Alternative Fuels, Fuels Equipment and Fuel Services.

Register here for Crack the Code, which launched last week and runs through December 4.