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Deadline For Checkout’s National Grocery Retail Awards Is Today

By Maev Martin
Deadline For Checkout’s National Grocery Retail Awards Is Today

Ireland’s premier awards for fresh food retailing, the Checkout Best in Fresh awards, has joined forces with the leading awards for suppliers to the industry, the National Retail Supplier awards, to create the National Grocery Retail Awards.

Last month, Checkout announced that the inaugural National Grocery Retail Awards would take place online in December 2020. Following the government announcement on 19 October that the country is moving to Level 5 restrictions for six weeks, and given the rigorous two-stage judging process that we operate, which includes store visits, we have decided to defer the awards presentation until February 2021.

The deadline for receipt of entries is today (Monday) 16 November, 2020.

The new National Grocery Retail Awards continue the important work carried out by our previous two awards - they highlight best in class retailing and honour the companies and suppliers that help Ireland’s pioneering stores and retail chains to achieve levels of service and product excellence that set them apart from their competitors.

However, the National Grocery Retail Awards will also include a number of new and exciting categories, including the award for Ireland’s Retail Group of the Year, Ireland’s Best Off-Licence, Ireland’s Best Cash & Carry, Ireland’s Best Sustainability Initiative, Ireland’s Best Private Label Range, and Ireland’s Best Fresh Food Retail Chain.


By amalgamating these awards, and adding some new award categories, Checkout is creating the most prestigious and inclusive awards for the grocery retail sector in Ireland. As such, the National Grocery Retail Awards is set to become one of the most eagerly anticipated events in the Irish grocery retail calendar.

Why Enter?

There are numerous benefits for companies that enter or win a category in the National Grocery Retail Awards. These include:

  • Being recognised as best in class – achieving success in the NGRAs will help you company or store to stand out from the crowd
  • Increasing business enquiries, revenue and footfall – a winner’s emblem highlighting your achievements will distinguish your store or company from local and national competition
  • Boosting employee morale – being successful in the NGRAs will send a positive message to employees that their store or company is doing well and will further enhance the pride that they already have in their work
  • Bolstering employee retention and recruitment – these awards recognise the employees’ contribution to the success of the business
  • Heightening brand awareness – being nominated for, or winning, a National Grocery Retail award is a cost-effective way of raising brand awareness and sending a positive message to clients and customers, reassuring them that they are making the right choice.

The Categories

Individual Retail Store Awards


Ireland’s Best Off-Licence

Ireland’s Best Cash & Carry

Ireland’s Best Forecourt

Ireland’s Best Convenience Store

Ireland’s Best Supporter of Local Community Initiatives


Ireland’s New Store Build of the Year

Ireland’s Independent/Non-Affiliated Retailer of the Year

Ireland’s Best Food-To-Go Offering

Ireland’s Best Deli Offering

Ireland’s Best In-Store Off-Licence


Ireland’s Best Fresh Meat Offering

Ireland’s Best Fresh Fish/Seafood Offering

Ireland’s Best Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Offering

Ireland’s Best Fresh Bakery Offering

Ireland’s Best Fresh Dairy Offering

Ireland’s Best Sustainability Initiative

Ireland’s Best Non-Affiliated Fresh Food Retailer

Ireland’s Most Creative Fresh Food Retailer

Excellence in Fresh Food Retailing in a Supermarket
– over 15,000 square feet
- 10,000 – 15,000 square feet
- 4,000 - 10,000 square feet
- less than 4,000 square feet

Excellence in Fresh Food Retailing in a Convenience Store

Excellence in Fresh Food Retailing in a Forecourt Store

Excellence in Fresh Food Retailing in a Discounter Store


Group/Chain Awards

Ireland’s Best Large Supermarket Chain

Ireland’s Best Medium Supermarket chain

Ireland’s Best Small Supermarket Chain

Ireland’s Retail Group of the Year

Ireland’s Discounter of the Year

Ireland’s Best Fresh Food Retail Chain

Ireland’s Best Supporter of Local Suppliers

Ireland’s Best Private Label Range


Supplier Awards

Ireland’s Best Shop Equipment Supplier

Ireland’s Best Technology/Software Provider

Ireland’s Best Recruitment Provider

Ireland’s Best Fresh Produce Supplier

Ireland’s Best Deli Supplier

For further information on Checkout’s National Grocery Retail Awards, please contact Colette O’Brien on (01) 236 5823 or email: [email protected].

How do I enter?

To enter an award category or categories, please visit where you will find a description of the criteria for each category. Just click the apply button and you will be asked to fill out a short online application form.

The deadline for receipt of entries is now Monday, 16 November 2020.

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