The prestigious Gala event, which recognises South Africa's most innovative consumer products, was held at Langhams Lifestyle Experience in Fourways, on Thursday 27th June.
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Product of the Year South Africa (POYSA) is proud to announce the 2024 Product of the Year winners.

The prestigious Gala event, which recognises South Africa’s most innovative consumer products, was held at Langhams Lifestyle Experience in Fourways, on Thursday 27th June. Amongst the attendees were brand supremos, VIP invited guests, celebrities and the media.

Product of the Year is the largest consumer voted award for product innovation in South Africa. It is part of a global network of over 40 national programmes and was created specifically to champion new product innovation and provide shoppers with a shortcut to the most pioneering new products on the market.

Product innovation adds new-found value to customers

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In order to be accepted in the research study and stand a chance of being bestowed the Product of the Year seal, products are required to have national distribution and demonstrate meaningful consumer innovation in one of the following areas: function, design, packaging, ingredients. This could be an entirely new product or a useful innovation to an existing product or brand, such as a new ingredient, redesigned shape or size, new formulation – such as reduced sugar, or new packaging – such as user-friendly or “green”.

Entry into the 2024 Awards were open to new products which were launched after January 1st 2022, as well as products that have been in the market for 10 years or more. This year, products in 21 categories were evaluated across several criteria including product appeal, purchase interest, uniqueness and relevance.

Edith Venter, General Manager at Product of the Year South Africa, says: “Product of the Year recognition serves as the standard for consumer confidence, particularly within a retail environment where customers are faced with tough decisions at point of purchase. Research shows that being recognised as a Product of the Year enables a consumer to make a quicker, more reliable and informed decision.”

The Research

Product of the Year is voted for by 2000 connected adult consumers in South Africa. According to leading consumer research partner Kantar, 77% of people surveyed find that a Product of the Year logo influences their decision to try a new product.

Belinda Reyneke, Research Consultant for Kantar’s Insights Division in South Africa says: “For Product of the Year, we analyse and present the data that serves as a reference point for selecting winners, allowing them to stand out in a competitive market. The dual impact of our research means that it helps manufacturers better understand their consumers and get closer to their needs, while also empowering consumers to find the best new products. Congratulations to the winners, as well as the entrants, outshining competitors in an increasingly competitive market is an enormous achievement.”

The 2024 Product of the Year Winners are:



Baby Care Baby Diapers

Clicks Made 4 Baby DryProtect Range

Baby Care Baby Pull Up Pants

Lovies Pull Up Pants


Standard Bank ACHIEVATM

Banking: Youth Banking

Standard Bank MyMo Youth Account

Cold Beverages: Oat Milk

Jungle Oat Drink Range

Heat & Eat Meals: Ready to Eat

Rhodes Quality Veggie Bowl Full Range

Hot Beverages

Society Caramel Toffee Cappuccino

Household Cleaning: Handwashing Powder

Sunlight Handwashing Powder 2kg

Household Cleaning: Laundry Bars

Sunlight Laundry Bar 500g

Household Cleaning: Auto Washing Detergent

Sunlight Summer Sensations 2in1 Auto Washing Liquid

Kitchen Cleaning: Dishwashing Liquid

Sunlight Dishwashing Liquid 750ml

Personal Care: Hair Care

MPL Sure2Gro Fermented Rice Water Treatment

Personal Care: Body Wash

Satiskin Blissful Berry Concentrated Refill 1l

Personal Care: Personal Health

Microlax Micro–Enema

Personal Care: Shaving

BIC Soleil Escape Jasmine and Eucalyptus 5 Blade

Personal Care:  Facial Care

Sorbet BB Cream

Spices: Curry Powders

Hinds Spices Mild & Spicy Curry Powder

Spices: Refillable Spices

Robertsons Spice 85g

Spices: Food Coating

Hinds Southern Coating Seasoned Breadcrumbs


Vuse Go Edition 01 (3000 puff)

Household Appliances: Cordless Floor Cleaner

Kärcher FC7 Cordless Floor Cleaner


“It is encouraging to note that through the Product of the Year research globally, brands remain consistent in building a high level of trust with consumers. Through the evolving challenges that come with the integration of physical and digital market places, products manage to stay relevant, and meet consumers where their values and money converge,” says Mike Nolan, Global CEO of Product of the Year.

“I enjoyed the 2024 submissions and I commend the South African market for its tenacity in being innovative, its market knowledge and product design responses. The 2024 submissions have set a new standard, benefitting the consumer even more. We look forward to the 2025 entries, and encourage brands to take advantage of this most valuable accolade by participating next year,” concludes Nolan. 

Entries for the 2025 Product of the Year Awards will be accepted from September 2024.

For more information about the programme visit www.productoftheyear.co.za

About Product of the Year

Product of the Year is the largest consumer-voted award for product innovation. Established over 30 years ago, POY currently operates in over 43 countries with the same purpose: Guide consumers to the best products in their market and reward manufacturers for quality and innovation. Product of the Year South Africa winners are backed by the votes of 2,000 consumers in a national representative study conducted by research partner Kantar, a global leader in consumer research.  The award is a powerful merchandising program for marketers proven to increase product sales, distribution, and awareness.  Winning products are announced in June each year and receive the right to use the Product of the Year logo in marketing communications for one year.  For more information, visit productoftheyear.co.za.

About Kantar:

Kantar is the world’s leading marketing data, insight and consultancy company. We know more about how people live, feel, shop, vote, watch and post worldwide than any other company. Working across the entire sales and marketing lifecycle, we help brands uncover growth in an extraordinary world. Kantar is part of WPP and its services are employed by over half of the Fortune 500 companies in 100 countries.