Quality Food Awards Categories

The Quality Food Awards recognise and celebrate the best in retail 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. Please note that categories have been grouped by relevance and not A-Z, your category may appear further down the page.

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. 

Entry fee per product: £464 + VAT.
Small producer entry fee (fewer than 10 staff and annual sales under £2 million): £125 + VAT. Click here to request your Small Producer discount promo code.


Enter by Friday 2 July. 

Bread

Inclusive of all bread products whether they are ambient, chilled or frozen.

Cakes

Inclusive of all cakes whether they are ambient, chilled or frozen.

Click through for categories for large, small and bitesize cakes.

Biscuits

Click through to see all categories including sweet and savoury biscuits

Bake at Home

Any ready to bake at home sweet or savoury product whether they be stored ambient, chilled or frozen. This could be a batch of cookie dough that you simply slice and bake, a pizza dough you add your own toppings to or a pre-prepared item such as a croissant, bread roll or cinnamon swirl that you pop in the oven and heat to eat. Please note dry baking mixes should be entered into Home Baking.

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Cereals and Porridge

Any cereal or porridge e.g. porridge, cereal, granola

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Cheese

Click through to see all categories including Hard, Soft and Speciality Cheese, as well as Cheese Bakes

Excludes Christmas Cheeses (see Christmas)

Chocolate and Confectionery

Chocolate bars, boxes, sharing bags e.g. fudge, tablets, truffles, seasonal (excludes Christmas), sweets, nougat, marshmallows

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Condiments

Anything you add to your meal after preparation to enhance the flavour, ie. mayonnaise, ketchup, balsamic glaze etc.

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Cooking Sauces

Anything you add to your meal during the cooking stage, i.e. stir-in pasta sauce or pesto etc.

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Pickled and Fermented

Any food which has been pickled or fermented i.e. kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha etc

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Relishes and Chutneys

Any relish or chutney including savoury jams or marmalades suitable for cheese e.g. pickled chutney, onion marmalade

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Dairy

Includes butters and spreads, milk, cream, yoghurt, kefir. Excludes cheese

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Deli

Click through to see all categories covering products that are sold on the delicatessen shelves or counter.

Dairy Free

Alternatives to dairy products e.g. dairy free cheese, alternative milks, ice cream etc

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Ice Cream

Any ice cream product including individual hand-held lollies, tubs and pots, frozen yoghurt, sorbet

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Desserts and Puddings

Sweet pudding or desserts, whether they be stored ambient, chilled or frozen e.g. cheesecakes, tarts, crumbles, pies, crème brulée, sticky toffee pudding

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Food to Go

Click through to see all categories including pre-prepared, ready to eat sandwiches, wraps and salads, ready to heat/eat hot food products, sushi

Fish

Click through to see all categories including fresh fillets; prepared fish e.g. breaded fish, fishcakes; shellfish and smoked fish

Fruit

Fresh or frozen fruit including prepared or unprepared e.g. whole fruits, pre-cut fruit pots, frozen mixed berries

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Free From

Products specifically created and marketed so as to exclude at least one of the following allergens: celery; crustaceans; eggs; gluten; fish; lupin; milk; mustard; molluscs; nuts; peanuts; sesame; soya; sulphates

Click through for full list of categories

Salad

Fresh salads, prepared or unprepared, not intended to provide a whole meal e.g. whole lettuces, salad bags, coleslaw, potato salad

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Vegetables

Fresh or frozen vegetables including prepared or unprepared e.g. whole vegetables, vegetable roasting trays, stir fry kits, frozen broccoli

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Meal Accompaniments

Any prepared or unprepared accompaniments to a main meal whether ambient, chilled or frozen

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Hot Beverages

Includes coffee ground, instant and pots (excludes beans); tea and herbal tea; hot chocolate etc

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Meat

Includes both chilled and frozen, and roast-in-the-bag. Products can include sauces, garnish, crumb, and can be plain or stuffed. If specifically reduced fat products, please enter the ‘Reduced Fat Meat’ category. 

Click through to see full list of categories.

Meal Kits

Kits that include all the flavouring and accompaniments to a meal that needs additional ingredients such as protein or rice added e.g. fajita kits, curry kits

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Pizza

Pizza with any type of toppings, including chilled and frozen. For garlic pizza bread, see Garlic Bread.

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Pasta, Rice, Grains and Pulses

Pasta or noodles, can be fresh or dried, with or without filling; rice; grains and pulses of any variety e.g. couscous, pearl barley

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Quiches, Pies and Savoury Pastries

Includes ambient, chilled or frozen. Also includes sausage rolls, slices and savoury tarts

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Preserves and Sweet Spreads

Including jams, marmalades, sweet spreads, syrups, honey, nut butters

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Ready Meals

Pre-prepared products that just require heating up at home e.g. seafood linguine, curry and rice, chilli and rice. Products may be split by Cuisine at judging.

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Ready to Cook

A prepared protein or a meal that contains raw proteins and needs to be cooked out at home e.g. fish with butter or sauce to cook in, whole stir fry kit including chicken, hunter's chicken. For fishcakes or goujons, see ‘Prepared Fish’ category.

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Fakeaway Boxes

A dine at home box replicating a takeaway, with multiple components to be individually heated at home for one or more people. For example, Indian, Chinese, Mexican, Peri-Peri Chicken

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Reduced/Low

Products 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, ice cream etc. Does not include reduced fat meat products or Ready Meals, see 'MEAT' or 'READY MEALS'.

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Fresh Recipe Boxes

A box delivered to the home that contains all ingredients required to create a meal. With a recipe card or step by step process.

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Subscription Boxes

Subscription items delivered to the home e.g. nut boxes, coffee, meat, fresh produce, vegan items (does not include alcohol)

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Snacks

Sweet and Savoury food designed for snacking includes crisps, nuts, popcorn, jerky, bars. Does not include Chocolate.

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Soup

Including ambient, tinned, and chilled soups

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Soft Drinks

Includes all juices, smoothies, cold pressed, carbonates, waters, cordials, milkshakes, whether sparkling, still or flavoured

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Store Cupboard

Click through to see all categories including home baking kits, herbs and spices, cooking ingredients salts, oils and vinegars, all canned goods, except soup

Vegan

Products specifically created to cater to the vegan market

Click through for a full list of Vegan categories