2021 Finalists

We are delighted to announce the 2021 Irish Quality Food and Drink Awards finalists.

Find out which products have made it through to this year's final and are in the running to win a coveted Irish Quality Food and Drink Award.

The Performance Awards and Product of the Year Awards finalists will be announced as part of the 2021 Irish Quality Food and Drink awards ceremony that will take place on Tuesday 23 November. 

Register for free to attend the awards here .

Inclusive of Ales, Cider, Lager, Porters and Stouts

·        Aldi Armagh Craft Cider Sweet, Armagh Cider Company

·        Aldi Brown Bear Double IPA, Alltech Beverage Division IRE

·        Aldi Brown Bear IPL, Alltech Beverage Division IRE

·        Aldi O'SHEA'S Cold Dark Heart Stout, Carlow Brewing Company

·        Lidl The Crafty Brewing Company Irish Craft India Pale Ale, Rye River Brewing Co.

·        Lidl The Crafty Brewing Company Irish Craft Lager, Rye River Brewing Co.

·        Lidl The Crafty Brewing Company Irish Craft Pale Ale, Rye River Brewing Co.

·        Lidl The Crafty Brewing Company Irish Craft Saison, Rye River Brewing Co.



Inclusive of Brandy and Cognac, Gin, Liqueurs, Speciality Spirits and Fortified Wine, Whiskey and Bourbon

·        3 SQ. MILES Irish Island Gin, Cape Clear Island Distillery
·        Aldi Ardfallen Blended Irish Whiskey, Sazerac Ireland

·        Aldi Boyle's Gin, Blackwater Distillery

·        Lidl Deluxe Irish Chocolate Cream Liqueur, Terra

·        Lidl Deluxe Irish Cream Liqueur, Terra

·        Lidl Dundalgan Reserve Blend Charred Cask Irish Whiskey, West Cork Distillers

·        Lidl Majestat Brandy X.O., Bimmerle 

·        Lidl Wild Burrow Irish Gin, West Cork Distillers



Inclusive of Red Wine up to €12, Rosé Wine, Sparkling Wine, White Wine up to €12

·        Lidl Cepa Lebrel Rioja DOCa Reserva, Solis Avantis
·        Lidl Corte alle Mura Chianti DOCG Reserva, Niederrhein Gold

·        Lidl Hachón Ribera del Duero DO Reserva, Solis Avantis

·        Lidl IGP Pinot Noir Rosé, Grandsvins Selection

·        Lidl Macon Villages AOP Blanc, Grandsvins Selection

·        Lidl Prosecco Valdobbiadene Superiore, La Marca Vini e Spum

·        Lidl Winemaker's Selection Australian Cabernet Sauvignon Coonawarra, Niederrhein Gold

·        Lidl Winemaker's Selection Australian Premium Chardonnay Limestone Coast, Niederrhein Gold

·        Lidl Winemaker's Selection Australian Premium Shiraz Barossa Valley, Niederrhein Gold

·        Lidl Winemaker's Selection New Zealand Pinot Gris Gisborne, Niederrhein Gold

·        Lidl Winemaker's Selection South African Fairtrade Premium Sauvignon Blanc Western Cape, Niederrhein Gold


Food Service

Inclusive of Foodservice BOH Dry Goods/ Ingredients, Foodservice Bread and Morning Goods, Foodservice Food to Go, Foodservice Meat

·        Brady Family Cooked Hot Carvery Ham Joint, O'Brien Fine Foods     

·        Irish Hereford Prime Tomahawk Steak, ABP Foodgroup

·        Meade Farm Potato Starch, Meade Farm Group

·        Pulled Ham Hock and Whole Grain Mustard Tosta, Deli Lites

·        TDA Dry Aged Striploin Steak, ABP Foodgroup

·        Triple Pain au Chocolate, Délifrance


Bread and Bakery

Inclusive of Breads – Speciality, Cakes, Loaves, Wheaten and Soda, Seasonal Occasions

·        Aldi Specially Selected Atlantic Wheaten, O'Donnells Bakery

·        Aldi Specially Selected Lemon Split Cake, O'Haras

·        Cuisine de France Parisien Baguette, Aryzta Food Solutions

·        Dunnes Stores Simply Better Irish Made Belgian Dark Chocolate & Orange Hot Cross Buns, McCloskey's Bakery

·        Lidl Brioche Burger Buns, Cloghlans Bakery

·        Lidl Deluxe Salted Caramel Cake, Seerys

·        Sodalicious Rosemary & Olive Oil

·        The Breadski Brothers Spelt Sourdough Cob, MMM Family Bakery


Breakfast Products

Inclusive of Ambient Breakfast Products and Breakfast Baked Goods

·        Dromod Boxty Pancakes

·        Lidl Deluxe Organic Wafer Oats, Whites

·        Lidl Deluxe Super Berry Granola, Pioneer

·        Lidl Deluxe Super Nutty Granola, Pioneer


Biscuits and Snacks

Inclusive of Biscuits – Sweet, Snacks – Savoury, Snacks - Sweet

·        Aldi Chocolate Enrobed Cookies, East Coast Bakehouse

·        Aldi Specially Selected Popcorn Extra Buttery Toffee, East Coast Bakehouse

·        Keoghs Butter and Sea Salt Popcorn


Dairy and Eggs

Inclusive of Creams and Custards, Eggs, Milk, Yogurt

·        Aldi Sour Cream 200ML Full Fat, Green Pastures

·        Aldi Specially Selected Corn Fed with Omega 3 Eggs, 6 Pack, Connolly Organic Eggs

·        Dunnes Stores Simply Better Irish Made Vanilla Bean Custard, Spice O Life 

·        Dunnes Stores Simply Better Irish Triple Berry Glass Jar Yogurt, Killowen Farm

·        Dunnes Stores Simply Better Whole Organic Jersey Milk, The Village Dairy

·        Lidl 6 Corn Fed Free Range Eggs Omega 3 Enriched, Connolly Organic Eggs

·        Lidl 6 Jumbo Free Range Eggs, Belview Eggs

·        Lidl Irish Premium Canadian Blueberry, Irish Yogurts

·        Lidl Irish Premium Champagne Rhubarb Yogurt, Irish Yogurts

·        Lidl Mango & Passionfruit Yogurt in Glass Jar, Glenilen Farm


Butters and Spreads

·        Connacht Gold Creamery Butter, Aurivo Consumer Foods

·        Lidl Deluxe Cracked Peppercorn Butter, VOA Foods

·        Lidl Sundried Tomato Pesto Butter, VOA Foods

·        North Cork Pure Irish Creamery Butter, North Cork Creameries



Inclusive of Irish Hard Cheese, Irish Soft Cheese, Speciality Cheese

·        Dunnes Stores Simply Better West Cork Co-Op Vintage Drinagh Cheddar, Bandon Vale Cheese

·        Killowen Farm Cream Cheese Natural - Rich & Creamy

·        Lidl Cashel Blue, Traditional Cheese

·        Lidl Cooleeney Camembert, Traditional Cheese




Inclusive of Good Choice Beverages, Hot Beverages, Juices and Smoothies, Presse and Cordials

·        Aldi Mc Grath's Fairtrade Reserve, Bewley's

·        Aldi ProKulture Organic Kombucha, Kildare Brewing Co

·        Aldi Specially Selected Apple Juice, P Mulrine's & Sons

·        Aldi Specially Selected Orange Juice, Sunshine Juices

·        Aldi Specially Selected Single Origin Roast & Ground Coffee, Bewley's

·        Carters Real Lemonade

·        Feighery's Farm Irish Beetroot Juice

·        Keeling's Orange Juice

·        Lidl Deluxe Orange Juice with Bits, Sunmagic

·        Lidl Deluxe Pressed Irish Apple Juice, Mulrines

·        Lidl Mango, Passionfruit and Orange Smoothie, Fruity Line 

·        Lidl Sparkling Italian Apple PresséGlenpatrick Spring Water

·        Lidl Sparkling Sicilian Lemonade, Glenpatrick Spring Water

·        Niks Tea Coconut Almond Rooibos

·        Niks Tea Organic Green Tea

·        Slow Bró, BR038




·        Blackwater Honey - Blossom Honey 

·        Blackwater Honey - Heather Honey 

·        Dunnes Stores Simply Better Handmade Irish Mixed Berry Preserve, Wexford Home Preserves 

·        Lidl Breakfast Marmalade , Abbey Farm Foods 

·        Lidl Raw Honeycomb, Healy's Honey

·        Lidl Strawberry Preserve, Abbey Farm Foods 

·        Wexford Home Preserves Handmade Seville Marmalade

·        Wexford Home Preserves Irish Raspberry Jam

·        Wexford Home Preserves Wexford Blackcurrant Jam



Relishes and Chutneys

·        Aldi Specially Selected Jalapeno Pepper Irish Relish, Follain Teoranta

·        Dunnes Stores Simply Better Handmade Irish Caramelised Red Onion Relish, Wexford Home Preserves

·        Lidl Apple & Fig Relish, Folláin

·        Lidl Irish Country Tomato Relish, The Scullery

·        YR Habanero Spicy Relish


Store Cupboard Items

·       Aldi Specially Selected Himalayan Pink Salt, Drgheria E Alimentari 

·       Balsamic Sugar, Burren Balsamics

·       Fused Chopped Garlic, Fused by Fiona Uyema

·       Fused Japanese Style White Miso Paste,  Fused by Fiona Uyema 



·        Drummond House Irish Garlic Scape Sauce & Dip

·        Sage Ranch


Cooking Sauces

·        Aldi Specially Selected Sundried Tomato Irish Pasta Sauce, Blenders 

·        Aldi Specially Selected Tikka Masala Curry Sauce, AB World Foods 

·        Dunnes Stores Simply Better Italian Red Pepper & Ricotta Pasta Sauce, Taste With Gusto Import

·        Fused Katsu Curry Stir Fry Sauce, Fused by Fiona Uyema 

·        Lidl Irish Tomato & Chilli Pasta Sauce, Blenders


Oils, Vinegars and Dressings

·        Burren Balsamics, Blackberry and Thyme Infused Balsamic Vinegar

·        Donegal Rapeseed Oil Classic

·        Lidl Irish Rapeseed Oil, Donegal Rapeseed Oil



·        Lidl Deluxe Chickpea & Coconut Soup, Galmere

·        Lidl Deluxe Sweet Potato & Chicken Soup, Glanbia

·        Lidl Deluxe Tomato & Basil Soup, Glanbia

·        Lidl Deluxe Wild Mushroom Soup, Galmere


Free From

Inclusive of Good Choice Free From Allergens – Savoury, Good Choice Free From Allergens – Sweet, Good Choice Free From Gluten - Biscuits and Cakes and Good Choice Free From Gluten - Meats and Fish

·        Aldi Specially Selected Dry Aged Tipperary Black Angus Rib Steak Burgers with Beechwood Dry Cured Bacon Medallion and a Smoke House Cheese Melt, ABP Foodgroup

·        Aldi Sweet Potato Pakora 200g, Gosh!

·        Green Farm Cooked Chicken Breast Fillets with a Garlic and Chilli Seasoning, O'Brien Fine Foods

·        Green Farm Sliced Cajun Chicken Breast, O'Brien Fine Foods 

·        Lidl Deluxe Gluten Free Luxury Cookies - Triple Chocolate, Northumbrian

·        Lidl Deluxe Gluten Free Luxury Cookies - White Chocolate & Cranberry, Northumbrian

·        Lidl Just Free Gluten Free White Pudding Traditional Style, Sean Loughnanes

·        Nobó Passion Fruit and Mango Frozen Goodness

·        Nobó Smooth and Creamy Choc



Inclusive of Good Choice Snacks – Savoury and Good Choice Snacks - Sweet

·        Gourmet Crunch Thai Sweet Chilli 5 x18g Multipack, Golden Popcorn

·        Green Fingers Family Berry Bliss Raspberry Granola


Ready Meals

·        Carlos Mexican Bean Enchiladas, Deli Lites

·        Homebird Cooked Irish Chicken Wings with a Rich, Hot & Smoky Sauce, O'Brien Fine Foods 

·        Lidl Deluxe Beef Ragu, Daily Bake

·        Lidl Deluxe Chicken & Mushroom Risotto, Daily Bake

·        Lidl Deluxe Ham & Mushroom Tagliatelle, Aveo




Quiches, Pies and Pasties

·        Lidl Deluxe Maple Cured Bacon and Gruyere Cheese Quiche, McColgan's

·        Mallon's 8 Luxury Mini Irish Pork Sausage Rolls, Arthur Mallon Foods


Pasta and Pizza

Inclusive of Pasta, Rice and Grains and Pizzas

·        Aldi Specially Selected Chicken Pesto Pizza on a Sourdough Base, Freshways Food Co

·        Aldi Specially Selected Italian Pasta – Spaghetti, Horst Heier

·        Dunnes Stores Simply Better Italian Egg Bronze Die Pappardelle, Taste With Gusto Import

·        Lidl Deluxe Tomato & Mozzarella Sourdough Pizza, Crust & Crumb

·        Lidl Sourdough Pizza Half & Half - Goat's Cheese, Onion & Spinach / 'Nduja, Picante Salami, Red Peppers, Crust & Crumb

·        Pizzado, Choice Pizza


Meal Accompaniments

·        Aldi Bulgur Wheat, Irish Spinach & Roast Veg Salad, Natures Best

·        Aldi Specially Selected Cranberry, Apricot & Orange Stuffing, TS Foods

·        Aldi Specially Selected Smoked Bacon & Butter Leek Stuffing, TS Foods

·        Dromod Boxty

·        Dunnes Stores Simply Better Irish Garlic Roasting Potatoes, Wonderfoods

·        Fresh Chunky Chips - Meade Farm, Meade Potato Company

·        Mash Direct Carrot & Parsnip Mash

·        Meade Fresh Skinny Chips, Meade Farm Group

·        Milgro's Flame Grilled Steak Flavour Crispy Onions

·        Milgro's Original Flavour Crispy Onions


Food to Go

·        Applegreen Salt and Chilli Chicken Wrap, Deli Lites

·        Lidl Rice & Quinoa Salad with Chilli Coriander Dressing, Nature's Best


Deli Goods

Inclusive of Meat Antipasti and Sliced Meats and Vegetable Antipasti

·        Aldi Deli Express Honey Ham Thick Cut Cooked On The Bone, Carroll Cuisine

·        Aldi Specially Selected Colossal Greek Olives – H M Weihs 

·        Aldi Specially Selected Roast Sweet Maple Wiltshire Cure Thick Cut Carved Ham, Kerry Foods

·        Brady Family At the Delicatessan Crumbed Irish Ham, O'Brien Fine Foods

·        Brady Family Irish Angus Cured Beef, O'Brien Fine Foods

·        Brady Family, Master Butcher 7 Day Dry Aged Glazed Ham, O'Brien Fine Foods

·        Homebird Irish Roast Turkey Slices, O'Brien Fine Foods

·        Lidl Deluxe Baked Irish Topside Ham Slices Honey & Orange, O'Brien Fine Foods

·        Lidl Deluxe Butcher Style Irish Wiltshire Cured Crumbed Ham, O'Brien Fine Foods

·        Lidl Deluxe Butcher Style Irish Wiltshire Cured Smoked Ham, O'Brien Fine Foods

·        Lidl Deluxe Carved Topside Ham, O'Brien Fine Foods

·        Lidl Deluxe Irish Angus Carved Topside Beef, O'Brien Fine Foods

·        Lidl Deluxe Irish Angus Carved Topside Beef with a Garlic and Herb Seasoning, Glen Aine

·        Lidl Deluxe Irish Roast Chicken Breast, O'Brien Fine Foods


Children's Food

·        Aldi Mamia Chicken & Veg Hot Pot, Fitzeally Foods

·        Superstar Pasta, Fitzeally Foods

·        Tutti Fruity Chicken Curry, Fitzeally Foods



·        Dunnes Stores Simply Better Hand Cooked Clogherhead Sea Salt & White Wine Vinegar Crisps, Glens of Antrim Potatoes

·        Glens of Antrim Crisps, Sweet Sriracha Chilli

·        Keoghs Crinkle Cut Atlantic Sea Salt and Balsamic Vinegar

·        Keoghs Mature Irish Cheese & Onion

·        O'Donnells Irish Cider Vinegar & Sea Salt Crisps

·        O'Donnells FURROWS Crinkle Cut Irish Cider vinegar & Sea Salt Crisps

·        O'Donnells FURROWS Crinkle Cut Mature Cheese & Red Onion Crisps

·        O'Donnells Irish Sea Salt Crisps

·        O'Donnells Mature Irish Cheese & Red Onion Crisps


Chocolate and Confectionery

·        Aldi Valencia Orange Dark Chocolate Bar, Aines Chocolates 

·        Food of the Gods - Chocolate, Gra agus Solas 

·        Lidl Chocolate Bar 32%, Ludwig Weinrich

·        Lidl Single Origin Chocolate, JR Die Schokolade


Desserts and Puddings

Inclusive of Desserts and Puddings – Fresh and Desserts and Puddings - Frozen

·        Aldi Specially Selected Belgian Chocolate Cheesecake, Prestige

·        Lidl Deluxe Raspberry Hazelnut Roulade, Fuscos

·        Lidl Deluxe Sticky Toffee, Hain Daniels


Fish and Shellfish

Inclusive of Fish – Prepared, Fresh Fish, Seafood and Shellfish

·        Dunnes Stores Simply Better Succulent Garlic & Herb Black Tiger Prawns, Keohane Seafoods

·        Lidl Cod with Ginger Chili & Lime, Keohane Seafoods

·        Lidl Cod with Wild Garlic & Pepper, Keohane Seafoods

·        Lidl Marinated Prawns with Garlic Butter, Keohane Seafoods

·        Lidl Organic Irish Salmon Fillets, Keohane Seafoods

·        Lidl Salmon Sensation, Dunn's Seafare

·        Lidl Scallops with Deluxe Black Pudding, Keohane Seafoods


Fresh Produce

Inclusive of Fruit Unprepared, Salad Prepared, Vegetables Prepared, Vegetables Unprepared

·        Aldi Specially Selected Fiery Green Stir Fry, Willowbrook Foods

·        Aldi Specially Selected Glenselect Strawberry, IVERK

·        Aldi Specially Selected Irish Bramley Apple, Donnelly Fresh Foods 

·        Aldi Specially Selected Wexford Strawberry, Donnelly Fresh Foods 

·        Keeling's Kol'or Pineapple

·        Keeling's Sweet Irish Strawberries

·        Lidl Deluxe Deli Style Coleslaw, Nature's Best

·        Meade 2kg White Potatoes (in 100% Compostable Bag)


Vegetarian/Vegan - Other Items

·        Nobó Irish Salted Caramel Frozen Goodness

·        Nobó Orange Choc

·        Only Plant Based Chipotle Sauce

·        Only Plant Based Ranch Sauce

·        Only Plant Based Sriracha Sauce


Vegetarian/Vegan - Main Meals

·        Aldi Sweet Chilli & Pumpkin Falafel, Gosh!

·        Big Pot Vegan Butternut Squash & Chipotle Bean

·        Lidl Plant to Plate Curried Cauliflower Vegan Burger, Sean Loughnanes

·        Son's Of Butchers Cheatballs, Sean Loughnanes



·        Aldi Specially Selected Hickory Smoked Dry Cured Streaky Rasher, Oakpark Foods

·        Finnebrogue Artisan Naked Smoked Streaky Bacon

·        Finnebrogue Artisan Naked Unsmoked Back Bacon

·        J Crowe and Sons Dry Cured Streaky Rashers

·        Lidl Deluxe Dry Cure Unsmoked Streaky Rasher, Oakpark Foods

·        Oakpark Italian Style Pancetta


Sausages and Puddings

Inclusive of Sausages – Flavoured, Sausages – Traditional, Puddings

·        Bacon, Mushroom & Black Pudding Flavoured Pork Sausages, Barry John Sausages 

·        Hellbent Boerewors, Kin & Kind

·        Kearns Pork Sausages (16's) 454g, Arthur Mallon Foods 

·        Lidl Deluxe Cumberland Pork Sausages Infused with a Distinctive Spice Seasoning, Sean Loughnanes

·        Lidl Deluxe Irish White Pudding Traditional Style , Sean Loughnanes

·        Lidl Deluxe Three Chilli Pork Sausages Infused with 3 Exotic Chillies, Sean Loughnanes

·        Rudd's Butcher Style Sausage, Sean Loughnanes



·        Aldi Butchers Selection Irish Pork Fillet with Piri Piri Marinate, ABP Foodgroup

·        Aldi Pork Rack with Garlic and Herb Seasoning, ABP Foodgroup

·        Aldi Specially Selected Irish Pork Fillet with Bacon Shallot and and Parsley Stuffing Wrapped in Dry Cured Pancetta, ABP Foodgroup

·        Aldi Specially Selected Irish Pork Fillet with Harissa, Raisin and Red Pepper Stuffing Wrapped in Honey Glazed Dry Cured Streaky Bacon, ABP Foodgroup

·        J Crowe and Sons Easy Carve Ham Fillet

·        Lidl Deluxe Irish Pork Porchetta with Lemon and Herbs, Dunbia

·        Lidl Deluxe Irish Stuffed Pork Fillet with Apple and Rosemary Stuffing, Karro Food



·        Lidl Confit Duck Legs, Silver Hill Foods

·        Lidl Duck Breast with Garlic & Pepper, Silver Hill Foods

·        Lidl Irish Crispy Roast Half Duckling With Pancakes & Hoisin Sauce, Silver Hill Foods



·        Lidl Chicken Supreme with Garlic Butter, Carton Brothers

·        Lidl 2 Part Boned Corn Fed Chicken Breast with Tomato & Basil Stuffing, Carton Brothers

·        Lidl 2 Part Boned Corn Fed Chicken Breast with Wheaten Bread, Caramelised Plum & Ginger Stuffing, Carton Brothers



·        Aldi Boned & Rolled Lamb Leg - Sea Salt & Herb, Dawn Meats

·        Lidl Fresh Irish Country Wexford Guard of Honour Rack of Lamb with a Garlic and Rosemary Crumb, Irish Country Meats

·        Lidl Fresh Irish Stuffed Carvery Lamb Leg, Irish Country Meats


Burgers and Meatballs

·        Aldi Specially Selected Irish Black Angus Ultimate Beef Burger with Bone Marrow, ABP Foodgroup

·        Aldi Specially Selected Tipperary Black Angus Dry Aged Beef Burger, ABP Foodgroup

·        Aldi Specially Selected Tipperary Black Angus Dry Aged Rib Steak Beef Burger with a Beechwood Dry Cured Bacon Medallion and a Mozarella, Tomato and Rocket Cheese Melt, ABP Foodgroup

·        Aldi Specially Selected Dry Aged Tipperary Black Angus Rib Steak Burger with Beechwood Dry Cured Bacon Medallion and a Smokehouse Cheese Melt, ABP Foodgroup

·        Butchers Selection Lamb Koftas, Dawn Meats 


Beef Steaks - Striploin and Sirloin

Inclusive of Beef Steaks - Sirloin and Beef Steaks – Striploin

·        Aldi Specially Selected Irish Black Angus Striploin Steak, ABP Foodgroup 

·        Aldi Specially Selected Tipperary Dry Aged Angus Striploin Steak, ABP Foodgroup 

·        Dunnes Stores Simply Better Irish Angus 35 Day Dry Aged Striploin Steak, Tendermeats

·        Lidl 2 Irish Sirloin Steaks 30 Days Aged, Liffey Meats

·        Lidl 2 Irish Striploin Steaks 30 Days Aged, Liffey Meats


Beef Steaks – Ribeye

·        Aldi Specially Selected Irish Black Angus Rib Eye Steak, ABP Foodgroup 

·        Aldi Specially Selected Tipperary Dry Aged Angus Rib Eye Steak, ABP Foodgroup 


Beef Steaks – Fillet

·        Aldi Butchers Selection Fillet Steak, ABP Foodgroup

·        Aldi Specially Selected Irish Black Angus Fillet Steak, ABP Foodgroup

·        Lidl Angus Fillet Steaks 32 Day Aged, Liffey Meats



·        Aldi Butcher's Selection Irish Beef Striploin Joint, ABP Foodgroup 

·        Aldi Specially Selected Irish Black Angus Rib on The Bone, ABP Foodgroup

·        Platinum Prime Irish Black Angus Beef Center Cut Sirloin Joint with Garlic and Herb Butter, ABP Foodgroup