Small Producer Award
Sponsored by Dunnes Stores Simply Better



Are you a small producer? Enter the awards today!

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 awards, and will benefit from a reduced entry fee and detailed feedback from industry experts. All companies will be put forward for the Small Producer Award sponsored by Dunnes Stores Simply Better, where the winner will have the opportunity to launch a product within the Simply Better range.

Daragh Lawless, Design Brand Manager, Simply Better, said "We are delighted to continue our sponsorship of the Small Producer Award this year. It’s been a pleasure working with our previous winners and we look forward to seeing some new and innovative products from producers around Ireland."

Click here and fill in the form for your Small Producer Promo Code 

Benefits of Entering 

  • Reduced fee of 125 + VAT ( €210 saving)
  • Detailed feedback from industry experts for every entry
  • Great way to catch the eye of buyers & developers/food experts
  • All small producers who have an e-commerce site will be offered a listing on Oonagh Eats Producer Directory
  • PR support through site, videos, social media & email marketing for finalists
  • Opportunity to launch a product within the Simply Better range at Dunnes Stores

How does it work?

Stage 1
Simply enter your product into any of the Irish Quality Food and Drink Awards for the reduced fee of €125 + VAT by Friday 16 July.

Stage 2
In addition to your entry being judged in the Irish Quality Food and Drink Awards, our expert judging panel will also select products to be put forward for the Small Producer Award.

Stage 3
Companies shortlisted for the Small Producer Award will be invited to pitch their product to the Simply Better team

Stage 4
The Small Producer winner will be announced at the Irish Quality Food and Drink Awards.



What previous winners have to say about the awards…



"Our success in the Irish Quality Food and Drink Awards helped to open the door for us to exciting new business opportunities. Recognition through these awards is a great testament to the dedication of our team."
Mary O’Neill, O'Neills Dry Cure Bacon - 2019 Small Producer Winner  






“The Irish Quality Food Awards and the UK Quality Food Awards give you credibility, they’re very highly thought of, so it’s a great introduction to a new company just to be in the Awards.”

Susan Robbins Fehily, Wildberry Bakery - 2018 Small Producer Winner





“Winning IQFA small producer 2017 means so much to us as a small family run business. Not only has all our hard work been rewarded but the opportunity to grow our business with Dunnes Stores Simply Better range is so exciting. When we attend a tasting or a market, telling people of our awards, changes the way they taste our products. Having these awards has become a tool that we can use, it gives us a different edge."

Orlaigh Meere, Meere's Pork Products - 2017 Small Producer Winner