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Irish Foodservice Quality Food Awards Categories

These awards are aimed at the Foodservice and wholesale markets.  If your product is a retail product, click here to go the Irish Quality Food Awards.

Each category has been specifically tailored to represent the key drivers in today’s ever-changing foodservice marketplace. Category definitions have been provided to help you select the right place for your product to be entered. If you are unsure where your product belongs, unsure please contact Beth Treleaven (beth.treleaven@irishqualityfoodawards.com).

To enter, click on the name below and you will be taken to the online entry form. You can enter multiple categories within one form. 

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.

Café of the Year Entries


For the below four categories which are FREE TO ENTER, companies are asked to support their nominations by providing documentation of their achievements across key criteria including:


  • Financial performance
  • Company development
  • Range and product development
  • Staff training and development
  • Marketing, advertising and promotion
  • Customer service innovation
  • Community involvement
  • Supplier relationships
  • Logistics improvements
  • Environmental efforts e.g. Fairtrade, ethical policies, sustainability


Contract Catering Café of the Year

This is open to any contract catering companies operating cafés within the ROI/NI


Independent Café of the Year

Entrants must be independent café chains who own 5 outlets or fewer in the ROI / NI. Entries must be for a single nominated café, and all submitted information should relate to the performance of that café.


National Café of the Year

This category is aimed at any national café chains operating 10 or more outlets in the ROI / NI.

 All eligible café chains will automatically be entered for this award, but are also encouraged to submit their own entries.


Regional Café Chain of the Year

This category is open to all regional café chains in the ROI / NI with stores solely within one of the four provinces.


 To enter please email your PowerPoint presentation of up to 10 slides to beth.treleaven@irishqualityfoodawards.com by 1 June 2018.

(FS) Added Ingredients

Any savoury or sweet ingredient used by cafés or available for use in a café e.g. cooking sauce, chutney, sachets, jams, syrups
€ 335.00 +VAT (23%)

(FS) Bagged Snacks

Any savoury or sweet snack that is sold in a packet e.g. crisps, nuts, popcorn, dried fruit

€ 335.00 +VAT (23%)

(FS) Bakery & Morning Goods

Any bread or breakfast bakery products used in a foodservice outlet, e.g. bread rolls, garlic bread, croissants, crumpets

€ 335.00 +VAT (23%)

(FS) Biscuits & Cakes

Any biscuits or baked cakes served in a foodservice outlet, e.g. victoria sponge, muffins, crackers, shortbread

€ 335.00 +VAT (23%)

(FS) Chocolate & Confectionery

Any chocolate product or sweets e.g. chocolate bars, fudge, packets of sweets

€ 335.00 +VAT (23%)

(FS) Cold Beverages

Any cold beverage sold to serve within a foodservice outlet. This can be bought pre-made or ready-to-mix, e.g. fruit juices, cordials, smoothies, fizzy drinks, waters

€ 335.00 +VAT (23%)

(FS) Dairy Products

Any chilled dairy product used within a foodservice outlet, e.g. butters, spreads, yoghurts, cheese

€ 335.00 +VAT (23%)

(FS) Desserts & Puddings

Any sweet pudding or dessert e.g. mousses, pies, roulades, cheesecakes

€ 335.00 +VAT (23%)

(FS) Fish and Shellfish

Any filleted or whole fish or shellfish product used within a foodservice outlet, e.g. salmon fillets, whole seabass, king prawns, mussels, crab

€ 335.00 +VAT (23%)

(FS) Fresh Produce

Any prepared or unprepared fresh fruit, vegetable or salad items for use within foodservice outlets, e.g. whole fruits, pre-cut fruit bags, pre-cut vegetables, stir-fry kits, whole vegetables

€ 335.00 +VAT (23%)

(FS) Frozen Food - Savoury and Sweet

All frozen food items can be entered here

€ 335.00 +VAT (23%)

(FS) Hot Beverages

Hot drinks sold in a café e.g. teas, coffee, instant coffee, milk drinks. The Kitchen Team will have a coffee grinder, cafetiere, nespresso machine and frother available.  N.B. Depending on the number of entries, coffee may be separated out. Specialist Coffee either needs to be delivered to the LIT on the morning of judging if specialist equipment required (please contact beth.treleaven@irishqualityfoodawards.com), or can be prepared by our home economist team according to your detailed instructions.

€ 335.00 +VAT (23%)

(FS) Meal Solutions

Products comprising the main ‘ready to cook’ component of a meal sold for consumption within foodservice outlets. The outlet with then add a garnish or side dish themselves e.g. marinated / stuffed meat portions, en croute dishes, ribs, stuffed vegetables, lasagne

€ 335.00 +VAT (23%)

(FS) Meat

Any meat product sold to serve within a foodservice outlet.

€ 335.00 +VAT (23%)

(FS) Meat Free Alternatives

Any product or ready meal that is free from meat and sold to serve within a foodservice outlet, e.g. vegetable curries, nut cutlets, bean burgers

€ 335.00 +VAT (23%)