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10 most innovative products in B.C. grocery stores

Food production is an industry that affects the province's households on a daily basis and high quality, innovative products go a long way in bettering the health of British Columbians.

At the Grocery & Specialty Food West exhibition, held recently in Vancouver, a panel of local food experts announced the Top 10 Most Innovative Products on B.C. grocery store shelves.

The ten products were chosen by the local food experts who anonymously evaluated a series of products from a new product showcase, based on criteria including: overall innovation, benefit, packaging and originality.

Check for these items next time you're in the grocery store!

Oasis Hydrafruit & Oasis Infusion

Oasis Hydrafruit & Oasis Infusion, produced by A Lassonde Inc., is a low-calorie fruit beverage made from spring water with no added sweeteners. Enjoy the refreshing taste of fruit juice without all the added unhealthy simple sugars.

<who> Photo Credit: Oasis Facebook.

Ethical Bean Compostable Pods

The coffee industry has a poor history when it comes to ethics. A big issue with new 'pod' type coffee machines is the waste from the plastic pods. Here's a way to enjoy your morning joe without the associated guilt. Ethical Bean Compostable Pods are 100% compostable, which means they're a zero waste product.

<who> Photo Credit: Ethical Bean's Facebook.

Assorted Nut Oils

Assorted Nut Oils, by Bosa Foods, offer a range of flavours for all cooking needs from pistachio to hazelnut and walnut, there’s an oil for every recipe.

<who> Photo Credit: Bosa Foods.

Egg Creations

Made by Brunbrae Farms, Egg Creations take some of the steps out of your morning cooking routine. Simply shake, pour and heat. They come in six flavours such as cheese and chive, and can be used for every meal.

<who> Photo Credit: Listen to Linda.

Assorted Artisan Cheese Dips

Great when combined with appetizers or even hors d'oeuvres, these locally made dips are created using the finest and freshest ingredients, organic when possible.

<who> Photo Credit: Phil Chin

Sahara Delights

Dates aren't just for Grandma, Sahara Delights made by Rivale International take freshly steamed dates and turn them into an assortment of products like date spreads and date vinegar.

<who> Photo Credit: Phil Chin.

Gourmet Jams & Unique Spicy Jellies

Gourmet Jams & Unique Spicy Jellies, by Saunders Family Farm, tastes like how grandma used to make jellies and jams.

<who> Photo Credit: Phil Chin.

Shelf Buddy

Shelf Buddy, by Brencar, is a new product benefitting stores themselves. They’re portable and magnetic, considered a game-changing stand for grocery store shelves.

<who> Photo Credit: Phil Chin.

Freeze-Dried Pet Products

Freeze-Dried Pet Products, by Canature Processing, treat your puppies! These dog treats have your pets health in mind. Ubite's come in multiple flavours and are made using meat from humane farming practices.

<who> Photo Credit: Canature Processing

Bad Duck Caramel

Bad Duck Caramel may not be the most nutritious food on the list, but when the sweet tooth strikes, it’s a choice made purely, with just three ingredients: butter, sugar and milk.

Photo Credit: Bad Duck.

What are your favorite new products in B.C.'s grocery stores? Let us know in the comment section below!

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