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    FMI Names Winners of 2006 Retailers' Choice Awards

    CHICAGO -- The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) yesterday announced the winners of the 2006 Retailers' Choice Awards, a global competition recognizing some of the grocery industry's most dynamic and innovative new food, beverage, and consumer products. The awards were presented during a special ceremony at the 2006 FMI Show in Chicago.

    CHICAGO -- The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) yesterday announced the winners of the 2006 Retailers' Choice Awards, a global competition recognizing some of the grocery industry's most dynamic and innovative new food, beverage, and consumer products. The awards were presented during a special ceremony at the 2006 FMI Show in Chicago.

    The categories, winning companies and products are as follows:
    -- Bakery -- Big Shott's, Big Shott's Edible Shooters.
    -- Beverages -- Unistraw International, Sipahh Milk Flavouring Straws.
    -- Condiments and Sauces -- Unilever, Inc., Wish-Bone Salad Spritzer.
    -- Dairy and Dairy Substitutions -- Old Fashioned Foods, Inc., Aerosol Cream Cheese.
    -- Entrees/Prepared Foods/Meal Solutions -- Alexia Foods, Alexia Artisan Breads.
    -- Equipment -- Robinson Rubber Products, Altra Ware Silicon Cookware.
    -- Health and Beauty -- American Home Health, Inc., PS Sanitizing No Rinse Hand Spray.
    -- Pet Products -- Chomp, Inc., Yip Yap, Pit Pat and Sniffers.
    -- Shelf Grocery -- ACH Food Companies, Mazola Pure Cooking Spray.
    -- Snack, Confectionary, Candies and General Merchandise -- C-Me LLC,Eat It! Snacks & Sweets Trivia Game.

    To qualify for the competition, products must have been introduced in the past year and be completely new, a category or line extension, or relaunched or repackaged.

    Products were displayed in the New Product Showcase on the FMI Show exhibit floor May 6-8. Retailer and wholesaler attendees voted for their favorite products, and votes were tallied May 8.

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