Entry Deadline:
Friday 18 June

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.


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


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


Categories include 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.

£ 464.00 +VAT (20%)

Cereals and Porridge

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

£ 464.00 +VAT (20%)

Chocolate and Confectionery

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

£ 464.00 +VAT (20%)


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

£ 464.00 +VAT (20%)

Cooking Sauces

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

£ 464.00 +VAT (20%)

Pickled and Fermented

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

£ 464.00 +VAT (20%)

Relishes and Chutneys

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

£ 464.00 +VAT (20%)


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

£ 464.00 +VAT (20%)


Products that are sold on the delicatessen shelves or counter

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

£ 464.00 +VAT (20%)

Ice Cream

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

£ 464.00 +VAT (20%)


Categories include fresh fillets; prepared fish e.g. breaded fish, fishcakes; shellfish and smoked fish

Food to Go

Including pre-prepared, ready to eat sandwiches, wraps and salads, ready to heat/eat hot food products, sushi

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


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

£ 464.00 +VAT (20%)


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

£ 464.00 +VAT (20%)


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

£ 464.00 +VAT (20%)

Hot Beverages

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

£ 464.00 +VAT (20%)

Meal Accompaniments

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

£ 464.00 +VAT (20%)

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

£ 464.00 +VAT (20%)


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. 

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

£ 464.00 +VAT (20%)


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

£ 464.00 +VAT (20%)

Preserves and Sweet Spreads

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

£ 464.00 +VAT (20%)

Quiches, Pies and Savoury Pastries

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

£ 464.00 +VAT (20%)

Ready to Cook

An entire meal that still needs to be cooked from raw at home e.g. stir fry kit, hunter's chicken. For fishcakes or goujons, see the 'Prepared Fish' category

£ 464.00 +VAT (20%)

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.

£ 464.00 +VAT (20%)

Subscription Boxes

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

£ 464.00 +VAT (20%)

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.

£ 464.00 +VAT (20%)


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'.

£ 464.00 +VAT (20%)


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

£ 464.00 +VAT (20%)

Soft Drinks

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

£ 464.00 +VAT (20%)


Including ambient, tinned, and chilled soups

£ 464.00 +VAT (20%)

Store Cupboard

Includes home baking kits, herbs and spices, salts, oils and vinegars, all canned goods, except soup


Products specifically created to cater to the vegan market