Reusable coffee cups, compost bin among top 10 innovative products at trade show

TORONTO - The environment seems to be top of mind for Canadian grocers with a recyclable compost bin and single-serve coffee cups snagging spots on a top 10 list of innovative products.

The items were named during Grocery Innovations Canada this week.

Canadian grocers and industry delegates voted on the innovative products at the grocery industry conference and trade show. Attendees had the chance to test and review hundreds of new products for the year ahead.

It is the fifth year the competition has been held.

In no particular order, the top 10 products are:

— Aronia Fruit Juice is made from the aronia berry, touted as having twice as much antioxidant power as cranberries and four times as much as pomegranates, strawberries, goji berries, noni and blueberries (Golijska Aronia Inc.).

— Honibe Honey Lozenges are made with pure dried honey (Island Abbey Foods).

— Earth Friendly Bakeware double as containers you can bake in and then use to store your baked items (On Green Go Solutions).

— The Green Lid Compost Bin, made from locally sourced recycled paper, is leakproof for up to 10 days and comes with a reusable lid (The Green Lid - Autom River Inc.).

— Pico de Gallo Salsa, free of preservatives and gluten, is uncooked and chopped Mexican-style (Mad Mexican).

— Seaweed-based Kelp Caviar, with no fish in it, is a vegetarian option (I-D Foods).

— Kurtzio’s Artisanal Hand Crafted Salami is made in Whitby, Ont., using Canadian ingredients (Great Canadian Meat Company).

— President Parma Spreadable Brie is super creamy and without a rind so it can be easily spread or used as a dip (Parmalat Canada Inc.).

— 100% Recyclable Single Serving Coffee Cups. Peel off the lid, dump the grounds in the compost and toss the cup in the recycling (Beaver Rock Roastery Inc.).

— Bertolli 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil Spray can be sprayed directly on salads or pastas. It is a propellent-free oil and contains no additives or chemicals (Advantage Sales).