Welcome to the Irish Quality Food and Drink Awards 2020 



COVID-19 has changed the world in which we live in and with that has had huge impact on the food and drink industry across the globe. Following a period of consultation, the Irish Quality Food and Drink awards have adapted their key focus for 2020 to ensure that we can continue to recognise and celebrate achievements for outstanding produce in the Irish retail sector.  Find out more about the changes we have made  here .

Following these changes, we have decided to extend our entry deadline until Friday 7 August. Judging will now take place in September and entrants will be sent delivery instructions for our new judging venue after entries have closed.  


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.

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. 

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