The Quality Food Awards recognise and celebrate the best in retail food products available in the UK.
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 place for your product to be entered. Please note that categories have been grouped by relevance and not A-Z, your category may appear further down the page.
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.
Small producer entry fee (fewer than 10 staff and annual sales under £2 million): £125 + VAT. Click here to request your Small Producer discount promo code.
Bake at Home
Any ready to bake at home sweet or savoury product whether they be stored ambient, chilled or frozen. This could be a batch of cookie dough that you simply slice and bake, a pizza dough you add your own toppings to or a pre-prepared item such as a croissant, bread roll or cinnamon swirl that you pop in the oven and heat to eat. Please note dry baking mixes should be entered into Home Baking.
Cereals and Porridge
Any cereal or porridge e.g. porridge, cereal, granola
Chocolate and Confectionery
Chocolate bars, boxes, sharing bags e.g. fudge, tablets, truffles, seasonal (excludes Christmas), sweets, nougat, marshmallows
Anything you add to your meal after preparation to enhance the flavour, ie. mayonnaise, ketchup, balsamic glaze etc.
Anything you add to your meal during the cooking stage, i.e. stir-in pasta sauce or pesto etc.
Pickled and Fermented
Any food which has been pickled or fermented i.e. kimchi, sauerkraut, kombucha etc
Relishes and Chutneys
Any relish or chutney including savoury jams or marmalades suitable for cheese e.g. pickled chutney, onion marmalade
Includes butters and spreads, milk, cream, yoghurt, kefir. Excludes cheese
Desserts and Puddings
Sweet pudding or desserts, whether they be stored ambient, chilled or frozen e.g. cheesecakes, tarts, crumbles, pies, crème brulée, sticky toffee pudding
Any ice cream product including individual hand-held lollies, tubs and pots, frozen yoghurt, sorbet
Products specifically created and marketed so as to exclude at least one of the following allergens: celery; crustaceans; eggs; gluten; fish; lupin; milk; mustard; molluscs; nuts; peanuts; sesame; soya; sulphates
Fresh or frozen fruit including prepared or unprepared e.g. whole fruits, pre-cut fruit pots, frozen mixed berries
Fresh or frozen vegetables including prepared or unprepared e.g. whole vegetables, vegetable roasting trays, stir fry kits, frozen broccoli
Fresh salads, prepared or unprepared, not intended to provide a whole meal e.g. whole lettuces, salad bags, coleslaw, potato salad
Includes coffee ground, instant and pots (excludes beans); tea and herbal tea; hot chocolate etc
Any prepared or unprepared accompaniments to a main meal whether ambient, chilled or frozen
Kits that include all the flavouring and accompaniments to a meal that needs additional ingredients such as protein or rice added e.g. fajita kits, curry kits
Includes both chilled and frozen, and roast-in-the-bag. Products can include sauces, garnish, crumb, and can be plain or stuffed. If specifically reduced fat products, please enter the ‘Reduced Fat Meat’ category.
Pasta, Rice, Grains and Pulses
Pasta or noodles, can be fresh or dried, with or without filling; rice; grains and pulses of any variety e.g. couscous, pearl barley
Pizza with any type of toppings, including chilled and frozen. For garlic pizza bread, see Garlic Bread.
Preserves and Sweet Spreads
Including jams, marmalades, sweet spreads, syrups, honey, nut butters
Quiches, Pies and Savoury Pastries
Includes ambient, chilled or frozen. Also includes sausage rolls, slices and savoury tarts
Ready to Cook
An entire meal that still needs to be cooked from raw at home e.g. stir fry kit, hunter's chicken. For fishcakes or goujons, see the 'Prepared Fish' category
Pre-prepared products that just require heating up at home e.g. seafood linguine, curry and rice, chilli and rice. Products may be split by Cuisine at judging.
Subscription items delivered to the home e.g. nut boxes, coffee, meat, fresh produce, vegan items (does not include alcohol)
Fresh Recipe Boxes
A box delivered to the home that contains all ingredients required to create a meal. With a recipe card or step by step process.
Products specifically created with reduced sugars, salts, fats in comparison to their standard counterparts e.g. reduced fat salad dressings, reduced salt condiments, sugar-free drinks, ice cream etc. Does not include reduced fat meat products or Ready Meals, see 'MEAT' or 'READY MEALS'.
Sweet and Savoury food designed for snacking includes crisps, nuts, popcorn, jerky, bars. Does not include Chocolate.
Includes all juices, smoothies, cold pressed, carbonates, waters, cordials, milkshakes, whether sparkling, still or flavoured
Including ambient, tinned, and chilled soups