Product of the Year

Innovation In Consumer Products Celebrated At 2022 PRODUCT OF THE YEAR

South Africa’s most innovative consumer products were celebrated at the 2022 PRODUCT OF THE YEAR awards with Unilever and Samsung claiming most of the categories.


  • PRODUCT OF THE YEAR is South Africa’s largest independent consumer-voted survey which focuses specifically on product innovation.
  • Winners in innovation from 19 categories were announced at a boutique event.
  • Edith Venter Promotions took over the management of PRODUCT OF THE YEAR South Africa in 2020.
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Over the past 2 years as the COVID-19 pandemic ripped through economies, Edith and her team have been busy behind the scenes rebuilding the PRODUCT OF THE YEAR South Africa brand and the hard work has paid off with strong winners in 2022. She invited Margaret Hirsch to be the Ambassador of PRODUCT OF THE YEAR South Africa and this wonderful relationship has produces successful results.

There is no better ambassador for PRODUCT OF THE YEAR than Margaret as she is a highly recognisable brand herself as well as being passionate about the Consumer Goods industry. Thank you to Margaret for her invaluable assistance in obtaining the incredible entries for 2022.

// General Manager of Product of the Year South Africa, Edith Venter


Established over 30 years ago in France, PRODUCT OF THE YEAR currently operates in over 40 countries with an effort to guide consumers to the best products in their market and reward manufacturers for quality and innovation.

Globally we are seeing consistent engagement from market leaders as well as challenger brands. South Africa is an emerging market, and we are excited to see the growth of electrical appliances in the categories. We know the trading environment has been exceptionally difficult and 2022 is a brighter more exciting time to enter, showcasing all innovation.

// CEO of Product of the Year Management, Mike Nolan


And the winners are:


Category Winner Company
Refrigerators LG InstaView Door-in-Door LG
Smart TV Samsung 65″ Frame TV Samsung
Large Smart TV Samsung Neo Qled 8k TV Samsung
Confectionery i.e. Sweets, Biscuits and Chocolates Ferrero Rondnoir T14 Ferrero
Vape Devices VUSE EPOD Device and Kit BAT
Hand Washing Powder – Heritage Sunlight Spring Sensations 2-in-1 Hand Washing Powder Unilever
Dishwashing Liquid Sunlight Dishwashing Liquid Full Range Unilever
Multi-Purpose Cleaner Sunlight Pine Gel 1l Unilever
Cellphones Samsung S22 Ultra Samsung
Machine Dishwashing Tablets Sunlight 5-In-1 Auto Dish Machine Dish Washing Tablets (90s) Unilever
Laundry Bars – Heritage Sunlight Laundry Bar Unilever
Kitchen Appliances Hisense Smart Front Loader Hisense
Entertainment System Hisense Sound Bar U5120G 5.1.2CH Dolby Atmos Hisense
Smart Watches Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Samsung
Auto Washing Liquid – Laundry Sunlight Summer Sensations 2-in-1 Auto Washing Liquid 1,5l Unilever
Airfryers Philips XL Essential Connected Airfryer 6,2l Philips
Tablets Samsung Galaxy Tab S8 Ultra Samsung
Baby Cereal – Hertiage Cerelac Regular Range Nestle
Growing Children – Heritage Nestle NIDO 3+ Powdered Milk For Growing Children Nestle

From everyone at PRODUCT OF THE YEAR South Africa, we would like to thank Kantar for managing the Independent research to over 2’000 households around the country. Their team has been absolutely amazing! Congratulations once again to all the winners in their respective categories and we are so excited to see all their advertising with the red seal!

// General Manager of Product of the Year South Africa, Edith Venter


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