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BEST NEW PRODUCT COMPETITION & DISPLAY

 


Submissions open January 15, 2020 and close March 15, 2020.

COMPETITION RULES

Best New Product entries must meet the following three (3) criteria:

(a)  Be manufactured by a company exhibiting at the 2020 Specialty Coffee Expo, and
(b)  be introduced to the market after the 2020 Expo (April 24-26, 2020), and
(c)  be available for shipment

Best New Product Rules: 

  • Must be an exhibitor in the 2020 Exhibit Hall 

  • Coffee cannot be a main ingredient in Specialty Beverage Stand-Alone, Specialty Beverage Flavor Additive, or Food categories

  • Entry must be new to your company since April 15, 2019

  • Entry can be debuted at 2020 Expo, but must be available for sale to the industry

  • Prototypes are not allowed

  • Entries must be available in the exhibitor booth and have supporting data indicating the entry's intended use

  • The SCA reserves the right to reclassify or decline an entry

  • Awards are solely at the discretion of the SCA

  • Entries will be judged on at least three (3) out of five (5) judging criteria

  • Each entry is $500


COMPETITION CATEGORIES

COMMERCIAL COFFEE OR TEA PREPARATION AND SERVING EQUIPMENT
Any equipment used to prepare or serve coffee or tea in a commercial environment. For example, grinders, brewers, espresso machines, roasters, thermal pots, and servers.

CONSUMER COFFEE OR TEA PREPARATION AND SERVING EQUIPMENT (ELECTRICAL)
Any equipment used to prepare or serve coffee or tea in a non-commercial environment (e.g., grinders, brewers, espresso machines, roasters, thermal pots, and servers) in enhancing the quality of specialty coffee and tea beverages in the consumer marketplace.

CONSUMER COFFEE OR TEA PREPARATION AND SERVING EQUIPMENT (NON-ELECTRICAL)
Any equipment used to prepare or serve coffee or tea in a non-commercial environment (e.g., grinders, brewers, espresso machines, roasters, thermal pots, and servers) in enhancing the quality of specialty coffee and tea beverages in the consumer marketplace.

COFFEE ACCESSORIES
For example, mugs, cups, lids, cleaning brushes, dump boxes, tampers, measuring items, etc.

SPECIALTY BEVERAGE STAND ALONE
Is a beverage or beverage mix. Entries are limited to one flavor for judging per single paid entry.

SPECIALTY BEVERAGE FLAVOR ADDITIVE (one flavor only)
Is a syrup, flavor, creamer, or sweetener that is designed to add flavor to coffee or tea beverages. Entries are limited to one flavor for judging per single paid entry.

PACKAGING
A package is defined as material which is removed or opened to be able to use the product inside. This category includes any packaged beverage or product (does not include cups or lids).

FOOD
This category includes all foods, not in liquid form.

OPEN CLASS
Open to products that do not fit in any of the above entry categories, and align with the current industry trends.

TECHNOLOGY
Open to computer and mobile applications.

Judging Criteria

  • Innovation and/or Improvements – does the good or service create value for which customers will pay more, is it cost effective and does it satisfy a specific need?  Is it a new twist or a spin on a classic? Is there anything similar on the market? If yes, why is this entry better?  Is this product in line with current industry trends and consumer preferences?

  • Design – is the product aesthetically appealing? Is the overall result a positive, creative experience? Does the process of creating the product minimize material use or incorporate recycled, upcycled, or otherwise sustainable materials (or in the case of food and beverage products, ingredients from sustainable sources)?

  • Education – how does this entry contribute to the enhancement or improve the knowledge of the coffee community? What is the greatest potential of this product?

  • Agro-ecology – how does this entry impact origin? Does the formulation or manufacturing process make the entry healthier and/or sustainable? Does the entry use science, business models, policies to support healthy relationships between the producers and the consumers?

  • Science – does this entry impact the science of coffee? If so, how? What science, if any, was utilized in the development of this entry?

Questions for All Categories:

  • Is there anything similar on the market? If yes, why is this entry better?

  • Is this product in line with current industry trends and consumer preferences?


Apply to be a Best New Product Competition Judge

Who can be a Best New Product Competition Judge?

  • Must be an SCA member (company or individual) in good standing

  • Must have a minimum of 3 years experience in a category to judge

  • Must be available to judge on Friday, April 24, 9 am - 5:30 pm and Saturday, April 25, 9 am - 12 pm

  • At least three and no more than five judges will be qualified per award category


 
 

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2019 best new product winners

Meet the winners in the ten BNP Award categories…