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GMDC announces GM17 product showcase winners

July 12, 2017

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – July 11, 2017 – Global Market Development Center (GMDC), an association that connects its members to advance innovation in the marketplace, reveals the top 10 products and board chair’s choice winners from its 2017 General Merchandise (GM17) conference product showcase.

GM17, which was held June 23 – 27 in Orlando, included more than 3,500 products and innovative in-store displays as part of the showcase. Those with the highest number of product interest scans by participating GM17 retailers and wholesalers, include:

  1. True Brands/Barware/Drinkware Display   
  2. Fire Buggz/Campfire Roaster
  3. Core Home/Perfect Food Prep Section
  4. Kwik Tek/Summer Sporting Goods Display
  5. Value Max Products/Glowmax Light Display
  6. Feldstein & Associates, Inc./No Drop Inverted Umbrella
  7. Buddeez, Inc./Charcoal Dispenser
  8. Adnart, Inc./Asobu Kool Brew and Crew
  9. DC Premier Sales DBA/Showaflops
  10. Fit & Fresh, Inc./Healthy Living Food Storage Display


“A primary reason retailers attend our GM conference each year is to discover the most innovative products and brands in a rapidly evolving and disruptive marketplace,” said Patrick Spear, president and CEO of GMDC. “It’s the ultimate treasure hunt for the newest product offerings for their customers. Our participating suppliers responded to the challenge by bringing a variety of new innovations and first to market items.”

GMDC Board Chair, Stephen Davis of Weis Markets Inc., also selected three products from the showcase as his Board Chair’s Choice winners. “The factors involved when I pick items for this prestigious award are – will it drive anticipated sales at the retail level, does it have the ability to be among the top consumer choice, and does it have everyday use for the targeted consumer of my stores,” said Davis. His winners are:

  1. Kwik Tek, DryPack Waterproof Cellphone Bags
  2. White Mountain Puzzles
  3. Highlights, Activity Books


Following the conference, GMDC and the showcase participants donated the products included in the showcase to Harbor House.

For a comprehensive overview of GM17, see the event’s digital magazine, Innovations. This year’s conference was a sold-out event. GMDC’s next member event is the 2017 Health Beauty Wellness conference taking place Sept. 7 – 11, 2017 in Phoenix. GM18 will be held June 21 – 25, 2018 in Orlando at the JW Marriott Grande Lakes.  For conference information, visit