Irish Quality Food Awards 2019


These awards are open to all food products aimed at the mainstream retail market in Ireland. 

If your product is Free From or is a healthy alternative to a mainstream product, enter into the Irish Good Choice! Awards here.

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 category for your product to be entered. This year we have made the entry process clearer and simpler for you, by combining products into headline categories and including the Foodservice awards in the main entry process. Products will be sorted and judged in their appropriate subcategory and awarded in the same way as previous years.

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. 

Awards Evening

Entry fee per product: €335 + VAT.

Small producer entry fee (fewer than 10 staff and annual sales under €1 million): €125 + VAT.
Click here to request your Small Producer discount promo code.

(IQFA) Bakery

inclusive all bread, breakfast baked goods and cake products; whether they are ambient, chilled or frozen 

(IQFA) Biscuits

Any biscuit item inclusive of biscuits for cheese, crackers, oatcakes, cookies, shortbreads etc

This category is now closed

(IQFA) Breakfast Products

Items typically targeting the breakfast market

This category is now closed

(IQFA) Cheeses

Inclusive of all cheeses


This category is now closed

(IQFA) Children's Food

Food that is specially designed and marketed for children can be ambient, chilled or frozen.

This category is now closed

(IQFA) Chocolate and Confectionery

Any chocolate product or sweets

This category is now closed

(IQFA) Christmas Q

Any product created and marketed to be sold at Christmas

This category is now closed

(IQFA) Cold Beverages

Inclusive of juices, smoothies, cold pressed, carbonates, waters and cordials; fizzy, still, flavoured etc

This category is now closed

(IQFA) Condiments and Cooking Sauces

Including all condiment and cooking sauces; whether they are ambient or chilled 

(IQFA) Dairy and Eggs

Any type of Dairy and Egg products including butters and spreads, yoghurts, eggs, milk and cream

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(IQFA) Delicatessen Goods

Products that are sold on the deli shelves or at the deli counter

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(IQFA) Desserts and Puddings

Any sweet pudding or dessert ambient, chilled or frozen

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(IQFA) Fish

Fish products that are either fresh, frozen, prepared (eg breaded) or smoked.

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(IQFA) Food To Go

Pre-prepared, ready to eat food and snacks inclusive of sushi

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(IQFA) Fresh Produce

Inclusive of prepared or unprepared fruit, salad and vegetables e.g. pre-cut fruit pots, whole fruits, stir fry kits, vegetable roasting trays, whole vegetables, salad bags, coleslaw, potato salad etc 

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(IQFA) Hot Beverages

This category includes coffee (instant or pods), tea (black, white, herbal, fruit and infusions). They can be of any variety and country of origin. Alternative hot drinks also include e.g. hot chocolate, malted milks.

N.B. The Kitchen Team will have a coffee grinder, cafetiere, nespresso machine and frother available

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(IQFA) Jams, Sweet Spreads and Sauces

Sweet products e.g jams, honey, marmalade, maple syrup, lemon curd, dessert sauce

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(IQFA) Meal Accompaniments

Any prepared or unprepared accompaniments to a meal e.g.  stuffing, red cabbage, gratins, chips, frozen vegetables whether ambient, chilled or frozen

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(IQFA) Meat

Includes both chilled and frozen, and roast-in-the-bag. Products can include sauces, garnish, crumb, and can be plain or stuffed.  

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(IQFA) Pasta, Rice & Grains

Pasta can be fresh or dried, with or without filling. Rice and grains e.g. couscous and pearl barley, can be of any variety or flavouring.

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(IQFA) Pizzas

Chilled or frozen pizzas, ready to cook or prepare

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(IQFA) Quiches, Pies and Pasties

Inclusive of ambient, chilled or frozen; also includes sausage rolls 

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(IQFA) Ready Meals

Pre-prepared, ready to cook and eat as a whole meal 

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(IQFA) Seasonal Occasions

Products produced specifically with an occasion in mind e.g. Easter, Valentines Day and Halloween.  This category does not include Christmas products, which can be should be entered in the Christmas category.

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(IQFA) Snacks

Any snack that is sold in a bag or packet 

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(IQFA) Soups

These can be ambient or chilled, of any variety

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(IQFA) Store Cupboard Items

Items typically found in store cupboard used to enhance or accompany a dish

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(IQFA) Value Q

Products sold as part of a company’s ‘value’ led range only e.g. Basics Range, Essentials, Family Favourites, Daily Basics, Everyday Value

This category is now closed

(IQFA) Vegetarian/Vegan

This category includes: Meat substitutes, meat alternatives and other vegetarian/vegan items

This category is now closed