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Welcome to the Irish Quality Food and Drink Awards 2020 

For eight years the Irish Quality Food and Drink Awards have been the most notable mark of quality for retailers, manufacturers, foodservice providers, wholesalers, suppliers and small producers alike. The 2020 
awards will be returning to the Clayton Hotel, Burlington Road, Dublin on 29 October 2020 where the whole industry meets to network and reward the best products on sale in Ireland today.


Staying true to a heritage spanning over four decades, the Irish Quality Food and Drink Awards will once again proudly uphold what is renowned as the industry’s most recognised and respected judging process. Our month long judging brings together a 200-strong panel of independent judges to debate and evaluate every product. This ensures that you can be confident that your products are judged by experts in the field.


This year, we are introducing a number of champion awards which will be awarded alongside our existing Retailer of the Year and Christmas Retailer of the Year accolades. Retailers will automatically qualify for these awards. Find out more here. 


The Irish Quality Food and Drink Awards judging will take place throughout August. All entrants will be provided with delivery details in July. 


Entry Deadline Friday 17 July

The Irish Quality Food and Drink Awards recognise and celebrate the best in retail, wholesale and foodservice food and drink products available in Ireland.

Food Categories

These categories are specific to retail and convenience products available in Ireland. Each category has been tailored to represent the key drivers in today’s ever-changing marketplace.


Foodservice Categories

These categories are specific to foodservice and wholesale products available in Ireland, and will be judged with a foodservice focused set of judges and judging criteria.


Good Choice Categories

The Good Choice categories are open to food products that are specifically designed and marketed as Free From, for an alternative diet, or are healthier options to mainstream products. These categories focus on healthier options or products for a specific dietary need, and include reduced sugar and reduced fat categories.


Drink Categories

The Quality Drink Awards comprise of categories for wine, beer, cider and spirits. These awards are open to alcoholic or 0% alcohol products. Each judge brings their expertise to bear on the drinks submitted and rewards according to industry standard marks of excellence and quality.


Small Producer Award sponsored by Dunnes Stores Simply Better

The Small Producer Award is open to all companies with fewer than 10 staff and annual sales under €1 million. Each entry will be judged alongside all other products in the Irish Quality Food Awards and will benefit from a reduced entry fee and detailed feedback from industry experts. Small producers will also have the potential opportunity to pitch to Dunnes Stores Simply Better buyers to create a Simply Better product.


Champion Awards

New for 2020 the Champion Awards reward retailers who perform the best across a selection of categories. Retailers will automatically qualify for these awards. 

Reasons to Enter 

Media Coverage 

An Irish Quality Food and Drink Award is a powerful endorsement of your product. Winning an award doesn't stop after you've been presented your trophy. It is a high-powered marketing tool that you can use to promote your product line and increase your sales. The Irish Quality Food and Drink awards logo gives you the opportunity to use the highly respected logo, which regularly features in TV and print marketing campaigns for major multiples. 

Click on our logo to see how other companies have used the logo to promote their success.