2021 Shortlist

“Once again an epic number of entries graced this year’s Quality Food Awards. The judges were thoroughly impressed by the thought and innovation that had gone into the products we tried this year. Recent challenges have clearly not impeded the food industry’s ability to come up with brilliant concepts and deliver them well. After much discussion we are really pleased with this year’s shortlist. Well done to everyone who entered!” 

Simon Wright, Chair of Judges, Quality Food Awards

We are delighted to share the 2021 Quality Food Awards shortlist with you. Many congratulations to all those who have been shortlisted this year! Don't forget to view the Quality Food Awards Foodservice shortlist and our 2021 Shortlist Showcase for further information on all of the fantastic products shortlisted this year.

Please note that some categories will be further sub-categorised when we announce the winners in November.

Bake at Home

Around the World Bakes Herby Goats Cheese & Beetroot Börek, The Russian Food Company

Asda Bake at Home Cinnamon Swirl

Asda Bake at Home Pizza Dough, Country Style Foods

Morrisons Bake at Home Pain Au Raisin

Morrisons Milk Choc Chip Cookie Dough



Hot Beverages

Asda Italian Style Roast & Ground Coffee

Co-op After Dinner Blend

Co-op Irresistible Limited Edition Coffee Pods


Juices and Smoothies

Co-op Purple Power Smoothie

Firefly Kiwi, Lime and Mint, Purity Soft Drinks

Mindful Chef Berry Blast Smoothie

Mindful Chef Passion Fruit Breakfast Smoothie

Mindful Chef Supergreen Smoothie

Morrisons The Best Pink Lady Apple Juice with Strawberry


Soft Drinks

Aldi Ridge Valley Mediterranean Tonic

Asda Extra Special Apple & Elderflower Pressé, Glenpatrick Spring Water

Asda Extra Special Rhubarb & Ginger Pressé, Glenpatrick Spring Water

Co-op Iced Coffee Skinny Latte, Crediton Dairy

Co-op No Added Sugar Blackcurrant High Juice

Emunity, Nettle, Chamomile, Strawberry and Cucumber, Nasslor Healthdrinks

Morrisons The Best Elderflower Cordial

The Turmeric Co. Raw Turmeric & Ginger



Biscuits Savoury

Aldi Specially Selected Lockerbie Cheddar Oatcake Bites

Asda Cheese Twists

Asda Extra Special Gruyere & Poppy Seed Twists, Arden Fine Foods

Asda Poppy & Sesame Seed Crackers, Pladis


Biscuits Sweet

Aldi Specially Selected All Butter Shortbread Rounds

Asda Cherry Bakewell Filled Cookie, Rich Products

Asda Happy Birthday Celebration Cookie, Just Love Food Company

Lidl Deluxe Stem Ginger All Butter Cookies



Crumpets, Muffins and Pancakes

Co-op Irresistible Sourdough Crumpets, The Village Bakery

Morrisons The Best Sourdough Crumpets


Flatbreads, Pittas and Wraps

Aldi Specially Selected Mozzarella, Pesto & Sundried Tomato Flatbreads

Asda Kebab Breads, Signature Flatbreads

Asda Plain Naan Wraps, Signature Flatbreads

Morrisons The Best Cherrybell Pepper & Mozzarella Pantafola


Garlic Breads

Aldi Carlos Giant Garlic Pizza Bread

Asda Extra Special Roasted Garlic Ciabatta, Bakkavor

Iceland Stuffed Crust Ultimate Garlic and Cheese Pizza Bread


Loaves and Rolls

Asda Extra Special White Sourdough Rolls, Country Style Foods

Co-op Irresistible Fruit Loaf, Nicholas and Harris - Finsbury Food Group

Co-op White & Bran Loaf, Jacksons

Jason's White Ciabattin Sourdough



Judges’ choice




Large Cakes

Asda Smores Avalanche Celebration Cake, BBF

Asda Wild Inside Cake

Co-op Irresistible Hand Finished Carrot Cake, Memory Lane Cakes - Finsbury Food Group

Morrisons Rainbow Celebration Cake


Small and Bitesize Cakes

Aldi Specially Selected Caramel Shortcake

Aldi Specially Selected Chocolate Tiffin

Aldi Specially Selected Hand Finished Rocky Road Slices

Asda Brookie Bites, Finsbury Food Group

Asda Madeleines Plain

Morrisons The Best White Chocolate Caramel Shortbread


Cereals and Porridge

Asda Extra Special Triple Chocolate Granola, Pioneer Foods

Asda Honey Nut Corn Flakes, Cereal Partners

Asda Malted Wheaties, Weetabix

Bio&Me Super Seedy & Nutty Gut-Loving Granola




Hard Cheese

Aldi Specially Selected Caledonian Extra Mature Cheddar

Aldi Specially Selected Comte

Aldi Specially Selected Gruyere

Aldi Specially Selected Scottish Vintage Cheddar

Asda Extra Special Vintage Red Fox, Belton Farm

Booker Euro Shopper Mild White Cheese

Morrisons The Best Somerset Crunch Cheddar


Soft Cheese and Bakes

Asda Somerset Brie, Lactalis UK & Ireland

Morrisons The Best Davidstow Cheddar Bake

Morrisons The Best Langres


Speciality Cheese

Asda Extra Special Goats Milk Camembert, Eurilait

Asda Extra Special Ossau Irraty

Morrisons The Best Cinco Lanzas 16 Months



Crisps and Snacks

Chocolate and Confectionery

Asda Extra Special Handmade Salted Caramel Fudge, The Serious Sweet Company

Asda Extra Special Peruvian 70% Cocoa Dark Chocolate Bar, Icam

Asda Extra Special Raspberry Indulgence Chocolate Bar

Asda Pick N Mix Cup, World of Sweets

Asda Snack Size Chocolate Nutty Bars, Ludwig Chocolate

Asda Under the Sea Mix

Co-op Irresistible Single Origin Millionaire's Bar, Icam

Just Wholefoods Vegehogs

Milliways Super Natural Gum



Aldi Specially Selected Sea Salt & Chardonnay Vinegar Hand Cooked Crisps

Asda Extra Special Cheddar & Red Onion Hand Cooked Crisps

Co-op Irresistible Sea Salt and Chardonnay Wine Vinegar Crisps, KP Snacks

Made for Drink Tapas Fries



Asda Extra Special Medjoul Dates

Asda Honey Roast Peanuts

Asda Toffee Popcorn

Bodega Smoky Salami




Aldi Peach & Passion Fruit Protein Yogurt Pouch

Asda Extra Special Traditional Cornish Clotted Cream, Arla Foods

Asda Mango & Passion Fruit Bircher Breakfast Pot, Yeo Valley

Bio&Me Original Gut-Loving Prebiotic Yoghurt

Castle Dairies Welsh Butter Roll with Halen Môn Sea Salt Crystals

Clandeboye Estate Madagascan Vanilla Greek Style Yoghurt

Co-op Spoonable Raspberry Kefir, Yeo Valley

Morrisons The Best Brittany Butter with Sea Salt





Aldi Seeded Chunky Houmous

Holy Moly Dips Original Guacamole

Lidl Deluxe Red Pepper Houmous Topped with Harissa, Chickpeas & Peppadew Piquant Peppers

Marmite Houmous, Fresh-Pak Chilled Foods


Meat Antipasti

Aldi French Torchon Ham

Aldi Specially Selected Spicy Chorizo Ring

Morrisons The Best Saltaire Blonde Ale Ham


Meat Based Items and Platters

Asda Chicken Tikka Filler, Freshpak Chilled Foods

Morrisons The Best Brussels Pâté with Caramelised Shallots

Morrisons The Best Deli Ultimate Hog Roast Roll



Aldi Specially Selected Luxury Olive Salad Selection

Asda Extra Special Pitted Mixed Greek Olives, R H Amar & Co

Asda Extra Special Sicilian Lemon Stone-In Giarraffa Olives

Morrisons The Best Nocellara Olives

Vegetable Antipasti

Aldi The Deli Limited Edition Chargrilled Peppers

Asda Antipasti Sharing Selection

Asda Mexican Inspired Street Corn with Feta, Cranswick Continental Foods

Asda Mozzarella Pearls with Pesto



Desserts and Puddings

Aldi Specially Selected Belgian Chocolate Ganache Pots

Asda Extra Special Choc & Salted Caramel Cheesecake

Asda Extra Special Millionaire's Cheesecake, Emmi Desserts International

Asda Jaffa Cake Gateau, Coppenrath & Wiese KG

Asda Mango and Passion Fruit Panna Cotta, Emmi Desserts International

Asda Mocha Coffee Cup

Co-op Irresistible Raspberry & Passion Fruit Cheesecake Slices



Fakeaway Boxes

Judges’ choice





Chilled Fish

Asda Whole Sea Bass, New England Seafood

Morrisons The Best Fresh Haddock Loins

Morrisons The Best Lightly Smoked Scottish Salmon


Prepared Fish

Aldi Salt and Vinegar Flavoured Haddock Goujons

Aldi Specially Selected Katsu Fishcakes

Asda Frozen Fish Pie Mix, Northcoast Seafoods

Asda Kiln Roasted Peppered Mackerel Fillets


Shellfish and Seafood

Aldi Katsu Curry Breaded Prawns

Aldi Salt and Chilli Breaded Prawns

Aldi Specially Selected Peeled Argentinian Red Prawns

Asda King Prawns


Smoked Fish

Asda Extra Special Mild and Delicate Smoked Salmon, Youngs Seafood

Asda Smoked Salmon, Youngs Seafood


Food to Go

Food to Go Hot and Heat to Eat

Around the World Bakes Basque Chicken & Chorizo Pastel, The Russian Food Company

Co-op Chicken Ramen Noodle Pot, Greencore Salads

Co-op Green Thai Chicken Noodle Pot, Greencore Salads

Morrisons Market Kitchen Roast Chicken Sunday Roast

Morrisons Market Kitchen Steak Wrap


Food to Go Salads

Aldi Specially Selected Onion Bhaji & Sweet Potato with Rice

Asda Green Quinoa & Kale Salad, Greencore

Co-op Irresistible Chicken Pomodoro Pasta Salad, Greencore Salads

Morrisons Market Street Teriyaki Crispy Chicken Rice Bowl

YO! Salmon & Avocado Poke, Taiko Foods


Food to Go Sandwiches and Wraps

Morrisons The Best New York Deli with British Pastrami on a Rye Roll

Morrisons The Best Triple Smoked Salmon & Free Range Egg Mayo on a Seeded Roll


Food to Go Sushi

Samurai Salmon 5 Ways, Hana Group UK & Ireland

Taiko Signature Rolls


Free From

Free From Bread

Asda Free From Garlic Baguette

Asda Free From Seeded Brown Rolls, Just Gluten Free Bakery


Free From Breakfast Goods

Asda Free From Rice Snaps

Morrisons Free From Gluten Free Pain Aux Chocolate Swirl

Stacks of Goodness Vanilla & Blueberry Protein Pancake Mix, Sweetpea Pantry


Free From Cakes

Creative Nature Carrot Loaf Cake Baking Mix

Morrisons Free From Carrot & Walnut Cake

Morrisons Free From Jam Tarts


Free From Chocolate and Confectionery

Asda Extra Special Easter Free From Belgian Dark Chocolate Egg with Vanilla Truffles

Creative Nature Salted Caramel Gnawbles


Free From Desserts

Asda Extra Special Free From Melt in the Middle Belgian Chocolate Puddings

Asda Free From Chocolate Mousse, Andros UK

Asda Free From Sticky Toffee Sponge Pudding, Matthew Walker


Free From Savoury

Asda Free From Green Pesto, CLAS SPA

Asda Free From Onion Rings, Kitchen Range Foods

Co-op GRO Arrabbiata Ravioli, Rondanini

Morrisons Free From Dinosaurs Pasta


Free From Snacks

Cornitos Nacho Crisps Spicy Tikka Masala, Blaze XK

Morrisons The Best Free From Maple & Pecan Shortbread

Own Label Range of the Year
Asda Extra Special
Asda Free From
Co-op GRO
Euro Shopper
Morrisons Nourish


Supplier of the Year

Fairoaks Foods

Kerry Foods Attleborough (now Pilgrims Food Masters) 

Praana Products 


Fresh Produce


Aldi 2kg Bag of Apples

BerryWorld Eves Delight Strawberries

Co-op Irresistible Raspberries, BerryWorld Group

Tesco Berry Bowl, PrepWorld



Aldi Specially Selected Piccolo Tomatoes

Asda Extra Special Sweet & Spicy Infused Baby Beetroot, G's Fresh Beetroot

Asda Extra Special Pea Shoots, Red Chard, Red Pak Choi & Purple Radish Salad, PDM Produce UK

Co-op Irresistible Burger Slaw, Greencore Salads

Lidl Deluxe Spinach & Pine Nut Pasta

Morrisons The Best Coleslaw

Morrisons The Best Piccolo Tomatoes

Red and Green Living Lettuce, JEPCO



Asda Extra Special Baby Vegetable Stir Fry

Asda Scratch Cook Vegetable Base Mix


Fresh Recipe Boxes

Judges’ choice


Ice Cream and Ice Lollies

Aldi Specially Selected Sea Salt & Caramel Scottish Ice Cream

Asda Caramel Popcorn Ice Cream

Asda Heavenly Moments Chocolate Almond Crunch Ice Creams, R&R Ice Cream

Asda Sour Watermelon Lollies, Yearsley Food

Caliendo's Gelato Bronte Pistachio

Co-op Irresistible Rich & Indulgent Dark Chocolate & Orange Ice Creams, Froneri

Morrisons The Best Pink Lemonade Ice Lollies


Meal Accompaniments

Asda Creamy Cabbage, Ferndale Foods

Asda Indian Dahl Side, Kerry Foods

Mash Direct Curry Chips

Morrisons The Best Maris Piper Dauphinoise Potatoes

Morrisons The Best Wagyu Beef Dripping Roast Potatoes


Meal Kits

Aldi Indian Goan Curry Kit

Aldi Indian Keralan Curry Kit

Aldi South East Asian Massaman Curry Kit

Morrisons BBQ Ribs Kit




Asda Extra Special Thick Cut Dry Cured Unsmoked Back Bacon

Morrisons The Best Old English Cured Back Bacon Rashers



Asda Extra Special Aberdeen Angus Ribeye Steak 30 Day Matured, ABP Food Group

Asda Extra Special Aberdeen Angus Sirloin Steak 30 Day Matured, ABP Food Group

Asda Extra Special Sirloin Steaks Béarnaise Butter & Rosemary, ABP Food Group

Lidl Birchwood 28 Day Matured Beef Sirloin Steak with Parmesan & Thyme Butter, Dunbia

Lidl Birchwood Steakhouse Selection Extra Thick Cut, Grass Fed 12oz Sirloin Beef Steak 36 Days Matured, Dunbia

Morrisons Market Street British Bavette Steak

Morrisons Market Street British Beef Rump Picanha with Salt and Pepper Rub and Garlic Butter


Burgers, Meatballs and Kofta

Aldi Specially Selected Chilli Flavoured British Gourmet Burgers

Aldi Specially Selected Scotch Ultimate Burger

Asda Bacon & Cheese British Beef Quarter Pounders, ABP Wessex Foods

Asda Extra Special Aberdeen Angus Mini Meatballs, ABP Food Group

Co-op Irresistible Rib and Brisket Burger with Creamy Vintage Cheddar and Caramelised Onion Melt, Dunbia

Morrisons Global Grill British Lamb Kofta Kebabs



Judges’ choice



Asda Extra Special Lamb Rack with Salt, Pepper and Garlic, Dunbia

Lidl Deluxe Dry Aged Lamb Chops 10 Days Matured, Dunbia

Morrisons British Lamb Guard of Honour

Morrisons Market Street Lamb Neck Fillet



Aldi BBQ Ribs

Aldi Specially Selected Pork Loin Steaks

Lidl Birchwood Maple Belly Slices

Lidl Birchwood Salt & Pepper Pork Belly Joint



Aldi Coronation Chicken Sizzle with a Drizzle

Asda BBQ Chicken Spatchcock

Asda Extra Special Free Range Corn Fed Whole Chicken

Asda Extra Special Roast in Bag Chicken, Avara Foods

Co-op Piri Piri Spatchcock Chicken, Kerry Foods

Lidl Birchwood Southern Fried Mini Fillets

Morrisons Piri Piri Chicken King Kebab



Reduced Fat Meat

Iceland Lean Beef Steak Mince

Morrisons 12 Beef Meatballs 5% Fat



Aldi Specially Selected Tomato & Mozzarella Flavoured Chipolatas

Aldi Specially Selected Honey & Mustard Flavoured Sausages

Asda Butchers Selection Maple & Bacon Sausage Squares, Finnebrogue Artisan


Pasta, Rice, Grains and Pulses

Asda Special Fried Rice

Lidl Deluxe Italian Linguini

Morrisons The Best Spinach & Ricotta Mezzalune



Aldi Specially Selected Chicken, Leek & Smoked Bacon Gastro Pies

Aldi Specially Selected Steak & Ale Pie

Aldi Specially Selected Rainbow Vegetable Veg Pies

Ping Perfect Pastry Beef & Red Wine Pie, Green Tomato Foods

Lidl Deluxe Premium Sweet Potato, Feta & Sunflower Seed Vegetarian Pies

Morrisons The Best Shorthorn Steak Pie



Aldi Specially Selected Wood Fired Semi-Dried Cherry Tomato & Buffalo Mozzarella Pizza

Asda Cheese Burger Pizza

Co-op Irresistible Pesto Chicken Pizza, Stateside Foods

Co-op Irresistible Quattro Formaggi Pizza, Stateside Foods

Morrisons The Best Spicy Milano Salami & Nduja Pizza



Aldi Specially Selected Balsamic Onion & Cheddar Quiche

Aldi Specially Selected Bacon & Cheddar Quiche

Asda Extra Special Sundried Tomato, Pesto & Extra Mature Cheddar Quiche, Addo Food Group


Ready Meals

Co-op Irresistible Butternut Squash and Sage Ravioli, Oscar Mayer - Rowan Foods

Co-op Irresistible Smoked Haddock Florentine, Oscar Mayer - Rowan Foods

Morrisons The Best Korean BBQ Mushroom with Sticky Rice


Ready to Cook

Aldi Specially Selected Chicken Balmoral

Asda Simple to Cook Nduja Chicken

Asda Szechuan Chicken Mini Fillets, Avara Foods

Co-op One Pan Tandoori Cauliflower Makhani

Morrisons The Best Fish, Chips & Mushy Peas

Waitrose Halibut Fillets with Capers, Lemon & Parsley Butter, Flatfish

Waitrose Traditionally Smoked Haddock Classic Rarebit, Flatfish


Reduced/ Low

Aldi Reduced Salt and Sugar Tomato Ketchup

Asda BBQ Chicken

Asda Good & Balanced Red Thai Chicken Curry

Morrisons Low Calorie High Protein Salted Caramel Ice Cream


Savoury Pastries

Asda Extra Special Pork Sausage Rolls, Palethorpes Bakery

Aldi Specially Selected Pork, Cheddar & Bacon Rolls

Asda Steak Bake



Aldi Specially Selected Tomato & Chorizo Soup

Asda No Added Sugar Tomato Soup, Princes

Co-op Irresistible Wild Mushroom Soup, Greencore Prepared Meals

Re:Nourish Immunity Soup Kale, Spinach & Turmeric


Store Cupboard

Cans and Jars

Asda Smart Price Chilli Con Carne

Cirio Polpa da Pelati, Finely Chopped Tomatoes from Puglia, Conserve Italia

Morrisons The Best Smoked Mackerel Fillets



Asda Tomato Ketchup

Fused By Fiona Uyema Cheeky Chilli Soy Sauce

Morrisons Glaze with Balsamic Vinegar of Modena

Morrisons The Best French Dressing


Cooking Ingredients

Bird Dust Crunchy Fried Chicken Coating, White's Gourmet Fried Chicken

Camelēr Spice Co. Advieh-e Halegh

Fused By Fiona Uyema Organic Coconut Milk

Kingfisher Rich and Creamy Coconut Milk, Lovering Foods


Cooking Sauces

Asda Bolognese Pasta Sauce, Greencore

Asda Extra Special Royal Pistachio Korma Cooking Sauce, Greencore

Fused By Fiona Uyema Chinese Curry Stir Fry Sauce

Murgh Makhani Curry Sauce, Panesar Foods

Sacla' Rooted In Nature Organic Tomato and Basil Pasta Sauce



Aldi British Blue Eggs

Aldi Golden Yolk Eggs

Morrisons The Best Medium Free Range Golden Yolk Eggs


Home Baking Kits

Asda Poop Fairy Cake Kit, Symington's

Asda Rainbow Cupcake Kit, Symington's

Morrisons The Best Blueberry & Lemon Shortbread Kit


Oils and Vinegars

Aldi Coco Loco Coconut Oil

Aldi Toscana Olive Oil

Morrisons The Best Balsamic Vinegar of Modena


Pickled and Fermented

Superkraut Red Hot Firekraut, Good Nude Food

Superkraut Supergreens with Spirulina, Good Nude Food

Superkraut Turmeric & Ginger, Good Nude Food


Preserves and Sweet Spreads

Asda Cookies & Cream Flavour Spread, Kruger UK

Asda Hazelnut Chocolate Spread

Morrisons The Best Sicilian Blood Orange Marmalade

St Lawrence Gold Limited Edition Golden, Delicate Taste Maple Syrup, DJM Food Solutions

St Lawrence Gold Pure Blueberry Honey, DJM Food Solutions


Relishes and Chutneys

Aldi Specially Selected Chutney for Cheese

Asda Extra Special Caramelised Onion Chutney, English Provender Company

Morrisons The Best Tomato & Habanero Chilli Chutney

Pelagonia Aivar, Meridiano Import



Dairy Free

Asda Free From Salted Caramel Ice Cream, Bute Island Foods

Asda Free From Soft Cheese Alternative, Bute Island Foods

Asda UHT Chilled Coconut Drink

Co-op GRO The Oaty One

Morrisons V Taste Strawberry Ice Cream Cones

Sheese Creamy Garlic & Herb, Bute Island Foods


Vegan Desserts and Sweet Treats

Asda Extra Special Vegan Chocolate Torte, Country Style Foods

Co-op Irresistible Sour Cherry and Belgian Chocolate Brownies, Baker and Baker


Vegan Food to Go

Asda Plant Based Moroccan Butternut Salad

Co-op GRO The Vegan Steak Bake, David Wood Baking

Morrisons Market Kitchen Pie Shop Vegan Bacon & Cheeze Turnover


Vegan Meat and Fish Substitutes

Asda Plant Based Fishless Fillets, Finnebrogue Artisan

Asda Plant Based Meat Free Chicken Style Kievs, Finnebrogue Artisan

Asda Vegan Katsu Kiev

Asda Vegan Mexican Chicken Bake

Morrisons V Taste Tex Mex Burgers

Naked Without the Cluck No Chicken Kievs, Finnebrogue Artisan

Naked Without the Splash No Fish Goujons, Finnebrogue Artisan


Vegan Pizza, Pastries and Pasta

Aldi Legume Chickpea Fusilli

Aldi Legume Green Pea Penne

Aldi Legume Red Lentil & Beetroot Fusilli

Asda Vegan Cherry Tomato and Spinach Quiche, Addo Food Group

Asda Vegan Chicken Pie, Addo Food Group

Morrisons V Taste Snack No Pork Pie


Vegan Ready Meals and Sides

Asda Good & Balanced Vegan Mixed Bean Chilli

Asda Plant Based Katsu Curry

Asda Plant Based Smoky Tofu Burrito, SK Foods

Co-op GRO Meatball Marinara Linguine, Oscar Mayer - Rowan Foods

Morrisons The Best Parmentier Potatoes


Vegan Snacking

Asda Plant Based Teriyaki Broccoli, Paren SRL

Co-op GRO Dark Choc Chunk Cookies, Rich Products

Morrisons Free From Cocoa Orange Protein Ball

Nudie Snacks Cauliflower Crisps Vegan Cheese & Caramelised Onion


Vegan Store Cupboard

Asda Plant Based Pesto Dressing, Kanes Foods

Asda Vegan Cornbread Pumpkin Seed and Jalapeño Breakfast Muffin Kit, Symington's

Morrisons V Taste Caesar Style Dressing

Morrisons V Taste Italian Creamy Tomato Pasta Cooking Sauce