ATLANTA—See and scan the newest products hitting store shelves by visiting this year’s Cool New Products Preview Room, which opened to retailers today. Located in B401, this recurring favorite displays 300 new products, services and opportunities from across the U.S. and abroad.
Nicole Walbe, NACS membership manager, supplier relations, says these products give attendees a look at industry novelties, trends and must-haves.
“There’s a heavy emphasis on merchandise and foodservice, more so this year than last year,” Walbe said.
“As far as trends, there seems to be a continuation of low carb, high protein snack items, such as meat and cheese combinations, nuts and seeds and yogurt. Attendees will also see ‘special diet’ items, such as gluten free and alternative milks. Exhibitors are also showcasing new cold brew products and specialty alcoholic beverages (hard seltzers, flavored beers).”
The Cool New Products Preview Room is based on the Show expo and organized into five categories—Facility Operations, Foodservice, Fuel Equipment & Services, Merchandise Candy & Snacks and Technology.
A trip to the Cool New Products Preview Room offers attendees a chance to get up close and actually capture product and exhibitor details by using a handheld scanner. This allows attendees to create a personal shopping list. Last year, attendees accrued about 37,000 scans across the Show, with an average of 122 leads per product. The accumulation of scans is automatically tallied to produce a “Top 10 Cool New Products” list that is published each day here in NACS Show Daily News.
Of the more than 300 products featured in the Preview Room, the top 10 (based on scans from retailers) as of 4 p.m. today were:
- Mondelez International—Oreo Most Stuf (Booth 1619)
- Krispy Kreme Doughnut Corp.—Krispy Creme Doughnut Items (Booth 6023)
- Goetze’s Candy Co. Inc.—Goetze’s Candy Co. (Booth 6723)
- Lancer Corporation—Lancer TwinPour (Booth 7453)
- Mobile Merchandisers—Mobile Stocker (Booth 3622)
- WinCup—Phade (Booth 8808)
- Marmon Foodservice—ED300 Digital (Booth 7605)
- Honey Stinger—Honey Stinger (Booth 404)
- Last Call Beverages—Last Call Beverages (Booth 608)
- SandenVendo America Inc.—Hot Food Open Topper (Booth 7717)
Located in Building B 401/402, the Cool New Products Preview Room is open during the following hours:
- Wednesday: 8 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. (retailers only); 11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (open to all)
- Thursday: 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
- Friday: 8 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
NACS Show Daily will report on the updated Top 10 Cool Products this week as attendees visit the Preview Room and scan their favorite products.