Irish Good Choice! Quality Food Awards Categories

These categories aim to showcase the best in Free From, vegan, reduced salt/sugar/fat, and healthier alternatives to mainstream products.  Items such as low fat % meat, baked low salt crisps, and low sugar hot chocolate would be Good Choice! products.

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 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.

(GC) Added Ingredients and Powders

Any product that is used to add or enhance healthy properties of a dish such as ground flaxseed or chia seed, mixed nuts, greens powder

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(GC) Children’s Food

Food that is specially designed and marketed for children to be a healthier option; infant food is not included.

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(GC) Dairy

Dairy products that are created with a healthier focus or for an alternative diet e.g. Fat Free Yogurts, Low Fat Cheese

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(GC) Dairy Free

For any product that would normally contain dairy but has been created without e.g. dairy free ice cream, dairy free cheese, dairy free yoghurts

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(GC) Food To Go - Healthier

Pre-prepared, ready to eat food that is created with a healthier focus or for an alternative diet e.g. sandwiches, salads, fruit pots 

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(GC) Free From - Ambient Savoury

Any savoury flavoured, ambient products aimed at the allergen free market e.g. breadcrumbs, marinades, curry sauces

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(GC) Free From - Ambient Sweet

Any sweet flavoured, ambient products aimed at the allergen free market e.g. biscuits, bars, spreads, ready to mix baking

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(GC) Free From - Bread & Bakery

Any bread or bakery item specifically made for the free from market, such as gluten free bread, egg free cakes

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(GC) Free From - Cereals

Cereal that is sold in a packet - Corn Flakes, Granola, Muesli etc aimed at the allergen free market e.g. gluten free muesli

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(GC) Free From - Chilled Savoury

Chilled, savoury products aimed at the allergen free market e.g. gluten free pies, quiches or pizza

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(GC) Free From - Chilled Sweet

Chilled, sweet products aimed at the allergen free market e.g soya dessert

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(GC) Free From - Frozen Savoury

Frozen, savoury products aimed at the allergen free market e.g. frozen gluten free Yorkshire puddings

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(GC) Free From - Frozen Sweet

Frozen, sweet products aimed at the allergen free market e.g. gluten free ice cream cones, egg free cakes

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(GC) Grocery Ambient: Healthy and Alternative

Products often stored in a larder created with a healthier focus e.g. Soup, Coconut oil or nut butters

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(GC) Hot Beverages

Any hot beverages that are created for healthy/alternative diets e.g. fruit teas, caffeine free products, low cal hot chocolate

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(GC) Meat Free

Meat substitute products targeting the vegetarian/vegan market or those who can’t eat meat, a single product and not a ready meal e.g. Meat Free Sausages, Meat Bacon, meat free mince 

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(GC) Protein Supplements/Protein Enhanced Food

Ready mixed protein shakes, protein powders or any product with additional protein added such as cookies, cereal bars, or bread

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(GC) Ready Meals - Healthy

Ready Meals from a healthy range or with a healthier focus

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(GC) Reduced Fat Meats

Any meat item specifically produced to have a lower fat percentage than its mainstream counterpart e.g. 30%less fat burgers, 5% fat mince

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(GC) Reduced/Low - Fat

A product whose aim in the market place is to be lower in fat - crustless quiche, reduced fat salad dressing. Does not include Dairy – specific category above

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(GC) Reduced/Low - Salt

A product whose aim in the market place is to be lower in salt - reduced salt sauces, no added/salt reduced bread

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(GC) Reduced/Low - Sugar

A product whose aim in the market place is to be lower in sugar - sugar free drinks, diabetic chocolate, reduced sugar jams

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(GC) Snacks – Savoury & Sweet Healthy Snacks

Any product that can be seen as a snack with healthier or alternative diet properties and savoury flavouring - vegetables crisps, bags of nuts, crackers, popcorn, granola bars, raw fruit and nut bars etc

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(GC) Soft Drinks

Products that target the health market and have either have fruit and/or vegetables as their main ingredient, or made with flavourings to add to water e.g. wheatgrass, vegetable and fruit smoothies, sugar free cordial, flavoured water

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