The Quality Food Awards recognise and celebrate the best in retail, wholesale and foodservice food products available in the UK.
Each category has been specifically tailored to represent the key drivers in today’s ever-changing marketplace. Category definitions have been provided to help you select the right place for your product to be entered. This year we have made the entry process clearer and simpler for you, by combining products into headline categories. You will be asked to choose a subcategory during the entry process which will help determine which category your product will be judged in.
We have also included Foodservice and Local Shop in our main entry process, however these will continue to be judged and awarded separate to the main Quality Food and Drink Awards. If you are entering these categories please ensure you fill out the form below to obtain an entry code to receive the reduced entry fee. Remember to select the correct awards when prompted in the entry form.
To enter, click on the category below and you will be taken to the online entry form. You can enter multiple categories within one entry form.
Please note: that if you are entering Local Shop or Foodservice products alongside the main Quality Food and Drinks Awards these will need to be entered as a separate transaction.
Local Shop and Foodservice entry fee per product: £385 + VAT. Click here to request entry fee code for these awards.
Entry Deadline: Friday 14th June
Including sweet or savoury varieties - biscuits
for cheese, crackers, oatcakes, cookies, shortbreads etc
(QFA) Breakfast Products
Products marketed as a breakfast item;
cereals, granola, cereal bars, breakfast biscuits
Including all cheese products; British, Continental,
hard, soft, speciality, goats cheese etc
Food that is specially designed and marketed for children over the age of 2 years; including ready meals, snacks, treats, yoghurts, drinks; whether they are ambient, chilled or frozen
(QFA) Chocolate and Confectionery
Including chocolate bars, chocolate boxes, all
(QFA) Cold Beverages
Including juices, smoothies, cold pressed, carbonates, waters and cordials; fizzy, still, flavoured etc
(QFA) Condiments and Cooking Sauces
Including cooking sauces and marinades applied to food prior to cooking and serving, relishes and chutneys, salad dressings, ketchups, mayonnaise whether they be ambient or chilled
(QFA) Dairy (including Eggs)
Including butters and spreads, milk, cream,
(QFA) Dairy Free
For any product that would usually be made
with dairy, but has been specifically created without e.g. dairy free yoghurts,
cheese, ice cream etc
(QFA) Delicatessen Goods (including Dips)
Products that are sold on the delicatessen shelves or counter- antipasti, olives, stuffed peppers, sundried tomatoes, cured meats, dip, pork pies, pates, scotch eggs etc
(QFA) Desserts and Puddings
Any sweet pudding or dessert, including ice cream, whether they be ambient, chilled or frozen
(QFA) Enhanced Foods
Including protein shakes, powders, products
with additional protein/nutrients added e.g. bars, breads
Including fresh fish, prepared fish e.g.
breaded fish, shellfish, smoked fish, frozen or chilled
(QFA) Food to Go
Including pre-prepared, ready to eat sandwiches, wraps and salads, ready to eat food products; including sushi
(QFA) Fresh Produce
Including prepared or unprepared fruit, salad and vegetables e.g. pre-cut fruit pots, whole fruits, stir fry kits, vegetable roasting trays, whole vegetables, salad bags, coleslaw, potato salad etc
(QFA) Home Baking
Products used by the home baker e.g. cooking
chocolate, pre-made mixes
(QFA) Hot Beverages
Including coffee - beans, ground, instant, pod; teas – black, white, herbal, fruit, infusions; other hot beverages – hot chocolates, hot cordials, malted drinks
(QFA) Meal Accompaniments
Any prepared or unprepared accompaniments to a meal e.g. stuffing, red cabbage, gratins, chips, frozen vegetables whether ambient, chilled or frozen
(QFA) Meal Kits
Products that include everything to make a meal by adding a few simple ingredients - fajita kits, taco kits and burrito kits, pad thai kits, curry kits etc?
(QFA) Party Food
Food created to be served at a party, either
sweet or savoury, and can be ambient, chilled or frozen - mini pizzas, wedges, canapés,
(QFA) Pasta, Rice & Grains
Pasta can be fresh or dried, with or without filling; rice and grains e.g. couscous and pearl barley, can be of any variety or flavouring.
Including chilled and frozen; prepared or to
jams, sweet spreads, honey, peanut butter etc
(QFA) Quiches, Pies and Pasties
Including ambient, chilled or frozen; also includes sausage rolls
(QFA) Ready Meals
Pre-prepared, ready to cook and eat as a whole
meal e.g. roast dinners, filled potatoes, stew, curry etc
(QFA) Recipe Boxes
Any delivery or retail box that contains all the ingredients required to create a recipe or a kit that requires just the addition of main protein ingredient.
specifically created with reduced sugars, salts, fats in comparison to their
standard counterparts e.g. reduced fat salad dressings, reduced salt
condiments, sugar-free drinks etc. Also includes reduced fat meat products
Including crisps, popcorn, nuts, savoury
snacks e.g. beef jerky, sweet snacks, fruit & nut mixes etc
Including ambient and chilled soups
(QFA) Store Cupboard Ingredients
Including herbs and spices, salts, rubs, oils and vinegars, canned goods Including tinned fruit & veg, fish and meat
This category includes: Meat Substitutes, Meat Alternatives and other Items; e.g. vegetarian/vegan condiments, spreads, cheeses etc