The Irish Quality Food and Drink Awards are back for 2021 with our full awards programme with categories for products, people and performance and we are more excited than ever to recognise and celebrate excellence in the Irish grocery sector. 

We understand how busy you are and so we have decided to extend the 2021 entry deadline to Friday 16 July. We hope that by giving you a few more weeks, this will give you ample time to complete your entries.

Don’t forget that companies with fewer than 10 staff and annual sales under €1 million are eligible to enter all categories at a reduced fee and will consequently be considered for our Small Producer Award in association with Dunnes Stores Simply Better.

The Irish Quality Food and Drink Awards logo is widely recognised, used by many of our winners in their marketing campaigns, including TV and print advertising, in store, and of course, on products. It is a fantastic endorsement that can help drive sales and build recognition, to help you stand out from the crowd and build your brand’s presence.

As a result of the ongoing impact of COVID-19 across Ireland, the IQFDA team will be working closely with all key stakeholders to ensure the awards programme can be delivered safely and successfully this year and judging will take place in August.

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you need any assistance with your entries.

We wish you the best of luck and look forward to seeing your fantastic products.


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.


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.


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.



Drink Categories

The drinks categories comprise of categories for wine, beer, cider and spirits. These categories 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.


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.