Northern Ireland companies shortlisted in Irish Food and Drink Quality Awards

Almost 30 innovative products from 20 Northern Ireland companies have been shortlisted for the finals of this year’s prestigious Irish Quality Food and Drink Awards 2021 to be held in Dublin later this month.

The Irish Quality Food and Drink Awards, which includes Invest NI among its sponsors, is the most important awards for food and drink retailing on the island of Ireland.

The influential awards, supported by food and drink retailers, celebrates the achievements and outstanding quality and tastes of products from the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland every year. The winners are chosen by a panel of expert food judges and announced on 23 November.

The Northern Ireland successs:

Inclusive of Ales, Cider, Lager, Porters and Stouts

·        Aldi Armagh Craft Cider Sweet, Armagh Cider Company, Armagh, Co Armagh

 Food Service

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

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

 Breakfast Products

Inclusive of Ambient Breakfast Products and Breakfast Baked Goods

·       Lidl Deluxe Organic Wafer Oats, Whites Oats, Co Armagh

Store Cupboard Items

·       Balsamic Sugar, Burren Balsamics, Richhill, Co Armagh

 Oils, Vinegars and Dressings

·        Burren Balsamics, Blackberry and Thyme Infused Balsamic Vinegar


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

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

·        Green Fingers Family, Larne, Co Antrim Berry Bliss Raspberry Granola

 Ready Meals

·        Carlos Mexican Bean Enchiladas, Deli Lites, Warrenpoint, Co Down

·        Lidl Deluxe Beef Ragu, Daily Bake, Portadown, Co Armagh

·        Lidl Deluxe Chicken & Mushroom Risotto, Daily Bake

Quiches, Pies and Pasties

·        Lidl Deluxe Maple Cured Bacon and Gruyere Cheese Quiche, McColgan’s, Strabane, Co Tyrone

Pasta and Pizza

Inclusive of Pasta, Rice and Grains and Pizzas

·        Lidl Deluxe Tomato & Mozzarella Sourdough Pizza, Crust & Crumb, Derrylin, Co Fermanagh

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

·        Pizzado, Choice Pizza, Portaferry, Co Down

 Meal Accompaniments

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

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

·        Carrot & Parsnip Mash, Mash Direct, Comber, Co Down

·        Flame Grilled Steak Flavour Crispy Onions, Milgro, Coleraine, Co Derry

·       Original Flavour Crispy Onions, Milgro

 Food to Go

·        Applegreen Salt and Chilli Chicken Wrap, Deli Lites


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

·        Glens of Antrim Crisps, Sweet Sriracha Chilli

Fresh Produce

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

·        Aldi Specially Selected Fiery Green Stir Fry, Willowbrook Foods, Killinchy, Co Down

 Vegetarian/Vegan – Main Meals

·        Vegan Butternut Squash & Chipotle Bean, Big Pot, Cookstown, Co Tyrone


·        Naked Smoked Streaky Bacon, Finnebrogue Artisan, Downpatrick, Co Down

·       Naked Unsmoked Back Bacon, Finnebrogue Artisan

Sausages and Puddings

Inclusive of Sausages – Flavoured, Sausages – Traditional, Puddings

·        Kin & Kind, Hellbent Boerewors, Belfast


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

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