Categories

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. If unsure please contact the Event Manager.

To enter our 'Christmas' specific categories please click here.

To enter, please click on 'Enter Now' next to the category of your choice and you will be taken to the online entry form. You can enter multiple categories within one form.

Entry fee per product: £464 + VAT
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(QFA) Bakery - Bread Chilled

Breads that are sold refrigerated - chilled garlic bread, chilled flatbread, chilled focaccia etc

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(QFA) Bakery - Bread Packaged Loaves

Loaves of bread that are pre-sliced - can be small, medium or large

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(QFA) Bakery - Bread Rolls and Wraps

Individual portioned breads - rolls, buns, baguettes and wraps etc

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(QFA) Bakery - Bread Speciality Loaves

Bread that has a particular niche quality that is not common in bread and provides a unique selling point including instore bakery - Seed bread, sourdough, corn bread etc

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(QFA) Bakery - Cakes Celebration

Cakes for special occasions, such as birthdays, weddings etc.

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(QFA) Bakery - Cakes Large

Cakes that are sliced for serving - Victoria sponge, banana bread, carrot cake etc 

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(QFA) Bakery - Cakes Small

Cake sold in an individual serving - muffins, fairy cakes, cupcakes etc

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(QFA) Bakery - Morning Goods Savoury

Savoury products sold in the bread aisle, that target the breakfast market e.g. English Muffins, Crumpets etc

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(QFA) Bakery - Morning Goods Sweet

Sweet products sold in the bread aisle, that target the breakfast market e.g. croissants, petit pan de chocolate, crepes

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(QFA) Biscuits - Savoury

Any biscuit item which has a savoury flavour - biscuits for cheese, crackers, oatcakes

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(QFA) Biscuits - Sweet

Any biscuit item which has a sweet flavour - cookies, shortbread, sweet biscuits etc

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(QFA) Cereal Bars

Bars that are made for convenience to eat on the go - Cereal Bars, Granola bars etc 

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(QFA) Cereals

Cereal that is sold in a packet - Corn Flakes, Granola, Muesli etc 

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(QFA) Cheese - British Cheddar Cheese

Cheddar cheese of British origin

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(QFA) Cheese – British Other

Cheese that is typically created in Britain either hard or soft - Red Leicester, Wensleydale

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(QFA) Cheese - Continental

Cheese that is typically created abroad, either hard or soft - Brie, Camembert, Roquefort

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(QFA) Cheese - Speciality

Cheese that has a particular niche quality that is not common in cheese and provides a unique selling point e.g. cheese made from milk other than cows, flavoured cheeses, cheese sold seasonally etc

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(QFA) Children’s Ready Meals

Ready meals designed specifically for children from the age of 2 years

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(QFA) Children’s Snacks and Treats

Crisps, popcorn, dairy (cheese, yogurts), sweets designed specifically for children from the age of 2 years

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(QFA) Children’s Frozen Food

Ice cream, sorbets, lollies designed specifically for children from the age of 2 years

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(QFA) Chocolate

Any chocolate - chocolate bars, chocolate boxes, dark, milk or white chocolate

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(QFA) Coffee – Beans & Ground

Any beans for coffee machine use or ground coffee suitable for use in any cafetiere.

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(QFA) Coffee – Coffee Pods

Pods suitable for use in pod-based coffee machine systems. 

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(QFA) Coffee – Instant

Any instant single origin or blended coffee.

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(QFA) Cold Beverages - Juices and Smoothies

Cold drinks that are made out of fruit - fruit juices, cold press juices, fruit smoothies etc

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(QFA) Cold Beverages - Carbonates, Waters & Cordials

Any other cold beverages - cordials, fizzy drinks or flavoured water

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(QFA) Confectionery

Any sweets - boiled sweets, gummy sweets, laces or liquorice 

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(QFA) Cooking Sauces

Includes cooking sauces and marinades applied to food prior to cooking and serving

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(QFA) Dairy Products - Butters and Spreads

Any dairy product that can be spread - butter, soft cheeses, margarine etc

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(QFA) Dairy Products - Yogurts

Any type of yogurt product - fruit yogurt, flavoured yogurt, natural yogurt etc

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(QFA) Dairy Products - Chilled

Dairy products refrigerated at home e.g. milks, creams, crème fraiche 

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(QFA) Delicatessen - Antipasti

Products that are sold on the delicatessen shelves or counter- olives, stuffed peppers, sundried tomatoes etc

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(QFA) Delicatessen - British Meats

Products that are sold in the delicatessen shelves or counter typically produced in the UK - sliced ham and cooked chicken etc

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(QFA) Delicatessen - Continental Meats

Products that are sold in the delicatessen shelves or counter typically produced in the rest of the world - Parma ham, chorizo, salami etc

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(QFA) Dips

Any dip product - Hummus, sour cream, salsa etc

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(QFA) Other Counter Products

Any other products sold in on a deli counter or shelves - pork pies, pate, Scotch egg etc

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(QFA) Desserts and Puddings

Any sweet pudding or dessert - cakes, pie, pudding etc

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(QFA) Eggs

Any variety of eggs, in whole or liquid form e.g. hens eggs, duck eggs, quail eggs, liquid egg whites

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(QFA) Fish - Fresh

Fish that is stored and cooked from chilled e.g. seafood, fillets, shellfish

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(QFA) Fish - Prepared Fish

Fresh or frozen fish that is pre-prepared and ready to be cooked e.g. breaded fish, marinated fish, fish goujons

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(QFA) Fish - Shellfish

Any shellfish product e.g. Prawns, mussels, crab etc

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(QFA) Fish - Smoked

Fish that is smoked and ready to eat e.g. smoked salmon, smoked mackerel

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(QFA) Food to Go - Sandwiches and Wraps

Pre-prepared, ready to eat sandwiches and wraps 

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(QFA) Food to Go - Salads

Pre-prepared, ready to eat salads

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(QFA) Food to Go - Other

Other pre-prepared, ready to eat products - instore bakery pizzas, sushi 

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(QFA) Fresh Produce - Fruit Prepared

Fruit that is sold pre-cut e.g. fruit pots, pre-cut bags of fruit, pineapple slices or fruit salads

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(QFA) Fresh Produce - Fruit Unprepared

Whole fruits bought in their natural, un-cut state e.g. apples, berries, nectarines, peaches

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(QFA) Fresh Produce - Salad Prepared

These are pre-prepared salad products e.g. coleslaw, potato salad, salad kits

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(QFA) Fresh Produce - Salad Unprepared

Salad items bought in their natural, un-cut state e.g. tomatoes, lettuce

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(QFA) Fresh Produce - Vegetables Prepared

These are pre-prepared vegetable products e.g. stir fry kits, roasting trays, pre-cut vegetables ready to cook

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(QFA) Fresh Produce - Vegetables Unprepared

Whole vegetables bought in their natural, un-cut state e.g. potatoes, peppers, broccoli

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(QFA) Frozen Foods - Desserts & Pastry

Any desserts or pastry that are stored frozen at home

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(QFA) Frozen Foods - Fish

Fish that is stored and cooked from frozen e.g. frozen seafood, frozen fillets, frozen shellfish

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(QFA) Frozen Foods - Ice Cream

Any ice cream that is stored frozen at home

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(QFA) Frozen Foods - Meat

Any meat or poultry products that are stored frozen at home e.g. burgers, meat joints, chicken nuggets 

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(QFA) Frozen Foods - Meal Accompaniments

Frozen products that are added to a meal - Yorkshire puddings, chips etc

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(QFA) Frozen Foods - Pizzas and Pies

Any pizza or pies that are stored frozen at home, also includes Garlic Bread

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(QFA) Frozen Foods - Ready Meals

Any ready meals that are stored frozen at home

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(QFA) Frozen Foods - Vegetable Side Dishes

Any vegetable which is stored frozen at home - frozen pre chopped vegetables, peas, and falafel

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(QFA) Home Baking

Products used by the home baker e.g. cooking chocolate, pre-made mixes, fruit mixes, syrups  

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(QFA) Jams, Sweet Spreads and Sauces

Products such as jams, honey, maple syrup, lemon curd, dessert sauce, peanut butter

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(QFA) Meal Kits

Products that include everything to make a meal by adding a few simple ingredients like protein  - fajita kits, Curry kits, Asian cooking kits, taco kits, burrito kits etc 

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(QFA) Meat - Bacon

Bacon products sold as bacon rasher, smoked and un-smoked. Includes gammon.

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(QFA) Meat - Beef

Beef products e.g. beef joints, diced beef, prepared beef cuts. These can be stuffed and with garnish, crumb or sauce.

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(QFA) Meat - Beef Steaks

Beef steaks from all cuts. 

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(QFA) Meat - Burgers and Meatballs

Burgers and meatballs of any meat type, including similar options such as kebabs. Products can include sauces and flavours

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(QFA) Meat - Game

Game meats and birds e.g. duck, pheasant, venison, rabbit. These can be plain, stuffed or with garnish, crumb or sauce.

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(QFA) Meat - Lamb

Lamb products e.g. lamb joints or prepared lamb cuts. These can be plain, stuffed or with garnish, crumb or sauce.

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(QFA) Meat - Pork

Pork products e.g. pork joints or prepared pork cuts. These can be plain, stuffed or with garnish, crumb or sauce.

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(QFA) Meat - Poultry

Poultry products e.g. chicken, turkey, goose. These can be plain, stuffed or with garnish, crumb or sauce.

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(QFA) Meat - Sausages

Sausages can be of any meat variety and can be plain or flavoured.

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(QFA) Oils and Vinegars

For example olive oil, flavoured oil or balsamic vinegar

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(QFA) Party Food

Food created to be served at a party, either sweet or savoury, and can be ambient, chilled or frozen - mini pizzas, wedges, canapes, mini cakes

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(QFA) 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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(QFA) Pizzas

Chilled Pizza, ready to cook or prepare.

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(QFA) Quiches, Pies and Pasties

These are products bought fresh, either cooked or un-cooked. If your product is frozen please enter 'Frozen Food - Pizza & Pies'

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(QFA) Ready Meals - Ethnic

Pre-prepared, ready to cook and eat as a whole ethnic flavoured meal e.g. Chinese, Indian, Thai

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(QFA) Ready Meals - Meat

Pre-prepared, ready to cook and eat as a whole meal using meat as its primary ingredient 

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(QFA) Ready Meals - Vegetable

Pre-prepared , ready to cook and eat as a whole meal using vegetables  as the primary ingredient

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(QFA) Ready to Cook

Products comprising the main ‘ready to cook’ component of a meal. The consumer adds a garnish or side dish themselves e.g. marinated / stuffed meat portions, en croute dishes, ribs, stuffed vegetables

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(QFA) Recipe Boxes

Any delivery or retail box that contains all the ingredients required to create a recipe 

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(QFA) Relishes and Chutneys

Any piquant condiment, sauce or pickle eaten with food to add flavour e.g. red onion relish, cucumber pickle, mango chutney

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(QFA) Sauces and Salad Dressings - Ambient

Products used straight from the bottle as a pouring condiment or dressing alongside a meal e.g. ketchups, dressings, sweet chilli sauce, vinegars

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(QFA) Sauces and Salad Dressings - Chilled

Chilled products used straight from the bottle as a pouring condiment or dressing alongside a meal e.g. fresh pesto, refrigerated dressings

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(QFA) Seasonal Occasions

Products sold for specific time periods during the year like Easter, Valentine's Day, Mother's Day, Halloween,  (excluding Christmas as we have Christmas Q categories) e.g. hot cross buns, Halloween cookies, mother’s day chocolates.  Specialist BBQ products can also be entered here.

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(QFA) Side Dishes

Any pre-prepared or partly prepared dish which serves the purpose of accompanying a meal e.g. stuffings, red cabbage, gratins

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(QFA) Snacks - Crisps

Any crisp product - large packets of crisps, individual portions, hand cooked etc

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(QFA) Snacks - Savoury

Any snack that has a savoury flavour - savoury nuts, savoury popcorn, beef jerky etc

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(QFA) Snacks - Sweet

Any snack that is sold in a packet that has a sweet flavour - sweet popcorn, sweet fruit, nuts mixes etc

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(QFA) Soups - Ambient

Any soup that requires ambient storage

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(QFA) Soups - Chilled

Any soup that requires chilled storage

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(QFA) Store Cupboard Ingredients

Products such as seasonings, salts, rubs and spice mixes. Also includes products in tins etc.  

(Please ensure you are very clear how you would like these to be prepared)

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(QFA) Subscription Boxes

Any recurring delivery of products, of any frequency (weekly, monthly etc.)

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(QFA) Tea and Other Hot Beverages

This category includes black, white, herbal, fruit teas and infusions. They can be of any variety and country of origin. Alternatives hot drinks also included e.g. hot chocolate, hot cordials, spiced juices, malted milks.

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