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The Best Grocery Store Products of 2021, According to New National Survey

The winners of the best breakfast, chip, and cookie categories are all on this list!

Grocery stores are full of thousands of products, so it may be hard to pick your favorites. Luckily, 40,000 of your fellow shoppers just picked the winners of the 2021 Product of the Year Awards.

Customers are currently spending less time in stores, but one thing remains the same—they still want dependable products. Participants answered a survey from Kantar, a global consumer research company, and the top products in 41 different categories were chosen.

Below, we've gathered the winners for the food and drink categories. (Others included household and personal care products—find that list here.) Grab a pen now, so you can start your next grocery list! And to stay up to date on the latest supermarket news, sign up for our daily email newsletter!

Produce and Fresh Food Winner

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Americans chose Del Monte Deluxe Gold Pineapple as the Fruit product of the year. It comes in a can—a super suave black one at that—in either chunks or rings. They're guaranteed to be fresh all year long, since they're picked at the time of perfect ripeness.

Related: 10 Fruit Juices to Always Leave on Grocery Store Shelves

Healthy Food Winners

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The 41 categories included four related to health. Powerade Ultra is the best Sport Nutrition product, and Live Better Apple Cider Vinegar with Ginger and Turmeric at CVS is the best Functional Beverage, according to thousands of survey participants. Two Aldi-exclusive products—its Specially Selected Indulgent Greek Yogurt and Clancy's White Cheddar Cheese Popcorn—won for the best Yogurt and best Healthy Snack.

For more on what's good for you at your grocery store, here are 20 Healthy Foods to Add To Your Coronavirus Grocery List.

Meal Winners


One of the many perks of grocery stores is all of the options for Convenient Meals, and America says Del Monte Veggieful Pocket Pies is the winner in this category. The pocket pies come in a pack of two, and you can even get a coupon for $1 off on Del Monte's website!

Not surprisingly, two more Aldi products are also in this section—this time for breakfast. Friendly Farms Almondmilk Coffee Creamer won the top spot in the Coffee category, and Aunt Maple's Protein Pancake Mix won for the overall best Breakfast item. If you don't already shop at the discount grocery store, you may want to do so to help start your day strong.

Related: 8 Breakfast Foods That Will Make You Look Younger, According to Dietitians

Packaged Food Winners

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These snacks take the cake (or maybe the cookies!) among the best grocery products. Speaking of which, Keebler Chips Deluxe Original is #1 in the Cookie category, proving these iconic treats are still just as popular as ever!

Also in the packaged food section are the winners of the best Condiment, Chips, and Cheese categories. Though we may sound like a broken record, here are three more reasons to shop at Aldi. The store's Stonemill Everything Bagel Seasoning was voted the top-ranked Condiment, while Simply Nature Bean Chips was voted best Chips. Meanwhile, Emporium Selection 1,000 Day Gouda and 4 Year Cheddar are the overall favorite Cheeses among Americans.

Before you go, be sure to check out the 30 Worst Grocery Foods With the Most Sugar (so you know not to leave off of your shopping list).

Amanda McDonald
Amanda has a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a bachelor's degree in digital journalism from Loyola University Chicago. Read more about Amanda