Entry Deadline:
Friday 18 June

Performance Awards 

The Quality Food Awards are renowned for recognising and celebrating the best food products in the UK retail, wholesale and foodservice sectors. However, it is the individuals and teams behind these products’ development, production and distribution that makes them award winning. It is in recognition of this that we have included the performance awards to the Quality Food Awards line-up.

There are no fees for entering any of these categories and anyone can nominate, including QFA judges and the company themselves.

Entry Deadline: XXXX

Rising Star Award

In partnership with Working Options, The Quality Food Awards aims to celebrate the talent and the hard work of the industry’s young rising stars.

The Rising Star Award recognises individuals aged 30 and under who have a passion for food and drink, and are making strides within the industry.

If you know a young person who is working in the food sector, for example as a chef, in the retail grocery sector, be it in a small convenience store or a large supermarket, studying food technology, or making a name for themselves in any part of the food industry, encourage and appreciate them by nominating them for this award.

Criteria against which you will be judged:

•Has this person gone above and beyond to support their business? What impact have they had?
•Have they made a significant impact on their business, the industry and/or local community?
•Do they show significant promise? Are they taking charge of their own career? e.g. personal development

This person must have made a demonstrable impact on their business in the past 12 months, and show huge promise. They must have joined the business within last three years.

Own Label Range of the Year

We are delighted to bring back the Own Label Range of the Year for a second year.

Own brands have long been part of a retailer’s strategies, recognising consumer need for a point of difference offering choice, value and innovation across the board. This award recognises those retailers who are leading the way in grocery own label.  This can be a tier range, such as premium tier or value tier, or could be a dietary specific range such as Free From or Vegan.

Entries will be judged on innovation, product development, quality and business performance. Please provide empirical evidence to support your entry.

Your entry should include:

An overview of the range to include launch date, scale (number of categories and SKUs)
Growth in the last 12 months (product range growth, revenue growth)
Developments to the range in the last 12 months (innovation, product development, solutions, strategies)
Include as much financial information as possible e.g. market share compared to an equivalent competitor range; consumer engagement

Supplier of the Year

Behind every great product lies an army of suppliers. The relationship between grocery buyer and supplier is fundamental to the success of any product. Now more than ever, we should be recognising these grocery heroes.

Nominate your favourite supplier, whether it is an individual or a company, this award is your opportunity to highlight their excellence.

Entries will be judged on the below criteria. Please provide evidence to support your entry.

· What were the objectives and how were they met?
· What impact has the partnership had on the business?
· How has the supplier gone above and beyond to help you achieve your business goals?

Best Initiative by a Foodservice Provider

 At the Quality Food Awards we recognise the seismic changes to society that the Coronavirus epidemic has caused. We have been particularly impressed by the way that the Foodservice industry has rapidly adapted to serve the needs of retail customers and in some cases has switched to a Direct to Consumer model. Therefore, for this year we are introducing a new category, Best Initiative by a Foodservice Provider.

This award is open to anyone who would usually be selling in the out-of-home sector and is now adapting their business in new and innovative ways to serve customers.