INTERNATIONAL. Leading travel food & beverage concessionaires will complement a strong presence from senior airport executives from the USA and around the world at the 2019 Airport Food & Beverage (FAB) Conference & Awards.

The two-day event, organised by The Moodie Davitt Report, will take place in Dallas this year, hosted by Dallas Fort Worth International Airport at The Westin Galleria Dallas on 26-27 June.

In addition to other airport company speakers announced recently, Manchester Airport Head of Retail Mike Ward will also address the conference, while delegates will hear insights fromsenior executives representing the major airport F&B concessionaires.

Among them are Emirates Leisure Retail CEO Andrew Day; HMSHost Corporation President and CEO Steve Johnson and Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer Sarah Naqvi; SSP Group Chief Strategy Officer Jonathan Sharp and SSP North America VP Business Development Pat Murray and OTG Founder and Chief Executive Rick Blatstein.

Also speaking will be HWH Hospitality Investments Co-Founder Mustafa Al Hashimi; Paradies Lagardère President, Dining Division Regynald Washington and Travel Food Services Executive Director Varun Kapur. Plaza Premium Founder and CEO Song Hoi-see will offer the independent lounge operator’s view of the channel.

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport CEO Sean Donohue will open FAB 2019 with a welcome address.

Other food & beverage experts from diverse sectors will also share insights on a variety of issues facing the business. Speaking on health and wellness will be Rob Laing, CEO and Founder of Farm One, a New York hydroponic farming company. He will be joined by food trends analyst and forecaster Suzy Badaracco.

Redesign Group Managing Director & Owner Jo Pennycuick will share her perspective on the impact of design on the culinary experience at airports.

Crews Managing Partner and President Nicolas Buford and Chick-Fil-A New Restaurant Growth Director Sean Warren will both take part in a session assessing how hospitality is best served up in the USA. Qikserve Founder and President Daniel Rogers and Wow Bao President Geoff Alexander will discuss the impact of technology and innovation on the airport dining and customer experience.

The programme will also feature industry trends analysts who will share customer insights across a number of themes. Kathy Casey, celebrity chef, mixologist and owner of Kathy Casey Food Studios – Liquid Kitchen, will discuss food trends and their impact on airports, with contributions from Menu Matters President Maeve Webster and Vane Airport Media Founder Cristina Alcivar.

M1nd-set Travel Research Director Clara Perez will share a quantitative analysis of consumer insights across global airport F&B outlets. Wally Doolin, Founder and Chairman at TDn2K, will be joined by ACI ASQ Director Dimitri Coll to discuss the importance of employee engagement on the customer experience at airport bars and restaurants.

The conference will open with a welcome address from host airport CEO Sean Donohue. The full agenda is online at the FAB 2019 website.

The Westin Galleria Hotel is a high-class venue for this year’s FAB Conference and Awards.

As announced, HMSHost/Autogrill and SSP Group are Platinum Partners for FAB 2019. Other confirmed sponsors so far include Areas (Gold) Lagardère Travel Retail (Silver) and HWH Hospitality Investments (Bronze). Additional partners include Grab, MAG Hospitality, Reco-Air, Robolab, Tea Forté, Travel Food Services, and TRG Concessions.

For speaker, programme and logistics details please contact Michael Barrett at Michael@MoodieDavittReport.com.

For commercial and sponsorship opportunities please contact Irene Revilla at Irene@MoodieDavittReport.com or Sarah Genest at Sarah@MoodieDavittReport.com