Quality Food Awards 2019

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. 


Entry fee per product: £464 + VAT.
Local Shop and Foodservice entry fee per product: £385 + VAT. 
Click here to request entry fee code for these awards. 

Small producer entry fee (fewer than 10 staff and annual sales under €1 million): £125 + VAT. Click here to request your Small Producer discount promo code.



(QFA) Bakery

Including all bread and cake products; whether they are ambient, chilled or frozen 

(QFA) Biscuits

Including sweet or savoury varieties - biscuits for cheese, crackers, oatcakes, cookies, shortbreads etc

This category is now closed

(QFA) Breakfast Products

Products marketed as a breakfast item; cereals, granola, cereal bars, breakfast biscuits


This category is now closed

(QFA) Cheese

Including all cheese products; British, Continental, hard, soft, speciality, goats cheese etc


This category is now closed

(QFA) Children’s

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

This category is now closed

(QFA) Chocolate and Confectionery

Including chocolate bars, chocolate boxes, all sweets 

This category is now closed

(QFA) Christmas

Including any Christmas product marketed specifically for Christmas

(QFA) Cold Beverages

Including juices, smoothies, cold pressed, carbonates, waters and cordials; fizzy, still, flavoured etc

This category is now closed

(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

This category is now closed

(QFA) Dairy (including Eggs)

Including butters and spreads, milk, cream, yoghurt, eggs


This category is now closed

(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


This category is now closed

(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

This category is now closed

(QFA) Desserts and Puddings

Any sweet pudding or dessert, including ice cream, whether they be ambient, chilled or frozen

This category is now closed

(QFA) Enhanced Foods

Including protein shakes, powders, products with additional protein/nutrients added e.g. bars, breads

This category is now closed

(QFA) Fish

Including fresh fish, prepared fish e.g. breaded fish, shellfish, smoked fish, frozen or chilled

This category is now closed

(QFA) Food to Go

Including pre-prepared, ready to eat sandwiches, wraps and salads, ready to eat food products; including sushi

This category is now closed

(QFA) Free-From

Any product marketed at the allergen free market incorporating the 14 major allergens and is specifically created to be 'Free-From' 

(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 

This category is now closed

(QFA) Home Baking

Products used by the home baker e.g. cooking chocolate, pre-made mixes


This category is now closed

(QFA) Hot Beverages

Including coffee - beans, ground, instant, pod; teas – black, white, herbal, fruit, infusions; other hot beverages – hot chocolates, hot cordials, malted drinks

This category is now closed

(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

This category is now closed

(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?

This category is now closed

(QFA) Meat

Includes both chilled and frozen, and roast-in-bag. Products can include sauces, garnish, crumb, and can be plain or stuffed. If specifically reduced fat, enter the 'Reduced/Low' category 

(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, mini cakes.

This category is now closed

(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.

This category is now closed

(QFA) Pizzas

Including chilled and frozen; prepared or to prepare

This category is now closed

(QFA) Preserves

Including jams, sweet spreads, honey, peanut butter etc

This category is now closed

(QFA) Quiches, Pies and Pasties

Including ambient, chilled or frozen; also includes sausage rolls 

This category is now closed

(QFA) Ready Meals

Pre-prepared, ready to cook and eat as a whole meal e.g. roast dinners, filled potatoes, stew, curry etc

This category is now closed

(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. 

This category is now closed

(QFA) Reduced/Low

Including 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 etc. Also includes reduced fat meat products

This category is now closed

(QFA) Snacks

Including crisps, popcorn, nuts, savoury snacks e.g. beef jerky, sweet snacks, fruit & nut mixes etc




This category is now closed

(QFA) Soups

Including ambient and chilled soups



This category is now closed

(QFA) Store Cupboard

Including herbs and spices, salts, rubs, oils and vinegars, canned goods Including tinned fruit & veg, fish and meat

This category is now closed

(QFA) Vegan/Vegetarian

This category includes: Meat Substitutes, Meat Alternatives and other Items; e.g. vegetarian/vegan condiments, spreads, cheeses etc

This category is now closed