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Aldi celebrates record 'Quality Food & Drink' award wins
11 Nov 2016

  • Aldi named Drinks Retailer of the Year
  • The retailer won more awards than any other supermarket

Discount supermarket Aldi has beaten stiff competition at this year’s Quality Food & Drink Awards to scoop a record 58 accolades at last night’s ceremony, including the prestigious Drinks Retailer of the Year Award for the second time in a row.

With 41 winning products, this year’s ceremony saw Aldi win more awards than any other retailer, rounding off a year of amazing success for the discounter, which has won over 300 awards and accolades to date in 2016.

Considered the most esteemed awards in the UK grocery sector, the Quality Food and Drink awards are recognised for their impartial and robust judging process.

Aldi’s Christmas products did incredibly well, securing wins for its Specially Selected Exquisite Jewelled Layered Pie, Specially Selected Exquisite Christmas Cake, and Specially Selected Salted Maple Fudge with Cornish Sea Salt – beating competition from Marks and Spencer, Tesco and Asda.

Aldi’s Glen Marnoch Speyside Single Malt Whisky excelled against Asda, Spar and Co-op in the Whisky and Bourbon category at the awards, while the Red Rye beat Marks and Spencer to be crowned best IPA, Gold Ale and Rest of the World Ale product.

Other wins included Aldi’s Specially Selected 30 Day Aged Sirloin Steak and Specially Selected Spicy Salami Pizza.

The supermarket also picked up 17 Highly Commended and Commended awards across the remaining food and drink categories.

Aldi’s triumphant haul didn’t end there as the retailer also won four awards at the Pizza and Pasta Association Awards last night for Best Frozen Pizza Multiple Retailer, Chilled Pizza Multiple Retailer and wins for its Sourdough Chicken and Chorizo Pizza and Specially Selected Filled Pasta, making it a truly successful evening for award wins.

Tony Baines, Joint Managing Director of Corporate Buying at Aldi UK, said: “We’re thrilled to have won so many awards at this year’s Quality Food and Drink Awards.  At Aldi, we’re committed to providing customers with top quality products at unbeatable prices, and the results of these awards are testament to this.

“Our products are sourced from some of the best food and drink producers in the world, and winning these accolades reinforces  that shoppers can get everything they need at Aldi for a luxury Christmas this year.’’

The results come shortly after the Good Choice! Quality Food Awards announcement where Aldi won awards for its Specially Selected Infusion Tea Bags - Peppermint & Liquorice, Benefit Granola - Raspberry & Apple and Cacao Covered Goldenberries, as well as two Highly Commended and six Commended accolades.

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Quality Food Awards:
1.       Specially Selected Handcooked - Goats Cheese Beetroot Crisps
2.       Specially Selected Orkney Caramel Shortbreads
3.       Specially Selected Carrot Cake
4.       Specially Selected Granola - Super Berry
5.       Specially Selected Exquisite Yule Log
6.       Specially Selected Exquisite Jewelled Layered Pie
7.       Specially Selected Fudge - Salted Maple Fudge with Cornish Sea Salt
8.       Specially Selected Champagne Rhubarb
9.       Specially Selected Italian Antipasto
10.   Specially Selected Jewelled Giant Couscous
11.   Specially Selected Cullen Skink
12.   BLT Sandwich
13.   Fish Sushi Selection
14.   Specially Selected Outdoor Bred Dry Cured Oak and Beechwood Smoked Back Bacon
15.   Specially Selected 30 Day Aged Sirloin Steak
16.   Specially Selected Spicy Salami Pizza
17.   Baby Kale, Pak Choi & Baby Leaf Salad
18.   Specially Selected BBQ Marinade Tins
Highly Commended:
1.       Savour Bakes Flatbread Thins - Multiseed
2.       Specially Selected Oatcake Bites - Lockerbie Cheddar
3.       Specially Selected Croquembouche
4.       Specially Selected Exquisite Christmas Cake
5.       All Natural Sparkling Orange & Lemon Beverage
6.       The Fishmonger Seabass Fillet
7.       Edamame and Sugarsnap Snack Pot
8.       Specially Selected Apricot Conserves
9.       Specially Selected Duck Breast Fillets
10.   Specially Selected Bloody Mary Ketchup
1.       Popouts - Sour Cream
2.       Craft Bloomer - Malted
3.       Turkey Parcel - Cranberry and Orange
4.       Specially Selected Prosciutto Cotto
5.       Specially Selected Salmon Pâté
6.       Specially Selected Moussaka
7.       Hoisin Duck Wrap
Quality Drink Awards:
1.       Retailer of the Year
2.       Spill the Beans - Silver
3.       Red Rye – Winner
4.       Specially Selected Perfect Storm IPA – Silver
5.       Specially Selected Golden Ratio Golden Ale – Bronze
6.       All 4 One – Sliver
7.       Glen Marnoch Speyside Single Malt Whisky – Winner
8.       Glen Marnoch 12 Year Old Single Malt Whisky – Silver
9.       Glen Marnoch Highland Single Malt Whisky – Bronze
10.   Muscat Masterclass Australian Show Liqueur – Silver
11.   Iron Horse Barossa Valley Shiraz – Winner
12.   Exquisite Collection Malbec
13.   Wrattonbully Shiraz – Winner
14.   Callia Magna Malbec – Gold
15.   Doro Grande Reserva – Silver
16.   Exquisite Collection Cotes de Provence Rose – Winner
17.   Exquisite Collection Limoux Chardonnay – Winner
18.   Baden Pinot Blanc – Gold
19.   Argentinian Chardonnay – Silver
20.   Exquisite Collection Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc – Silver
21.   Veuve Monsigny Champagne Brut – Bronze
22.   Iron Horse Barossa Valley Shiraz – Gold
23.   Callia Magna Malbec – Bronze 
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