USA/INTERNATIONAL. Auckland Airport in New Zealand took the top overall award as the best and most innovative concepts in travel-related food & beverage were recognised at the 2019 Airport Food & Beverage (FAB) Awards in Dallas on 27 June, with DXB (Dubai International) among the other big winners.

A FAB-ulous lineup of winners at the glittering awards ceremony in Dallas, Texas

The awards were presented at a glittering gala event, the climax of the eighth annual Airport Food and Beverage (FAB) Conference & Awards, hosted by Dallas Fort Worth International Airport and organised by The Moodie Davitt Report. The gala evening was hosted by Autogrill and HMSHost.

Auckland Airport received the prestigious Airport Food & Beverage Offer of the Year award, while the imaginative Glamp Grounds Bar concept at the airport received The FAB Innovation Award.

One of the most memorable moments from the ceremony was the award of F&B Team Member of the Year, with Tastes on the Fly’s Antonio Alicea the winner. Alicea, who works at Stephanie’s in Boston Logan International Airport, was one of eight finalists who were recognised for their outstanding dedication and customer service.

Auckland Airport Retail Commercial Manager – Leasing Kelly Hodder accepts the Airport Food & Beverage Offer of the Year award from The Moodie Davitt Report President Dermot Davitt

Travel food & beverage industry veteran Nick Inkster, who recently announced his retirement from SSP after a career spanning a quarter of a century with SSP, was honoured for Outstanding Career Contribution to Airport Food and Beverage, receiving a standing ovation.

“He has played a pivotal role not only in SSP’s burgeoning success on the international stage but also its, and the whole sector’s, tremendous qualitative rise over recent years,” said FAB Awards host and The Moodie Davitt Report President and Co-Owner Dermot Davitt during the ceremony.

Another vital component of the dining experience – the chefs who create the cuisine that travellers consume – were recognised this year in a new award: Airport Chef of the Year. From the vast number of extraordinary chefs working in our industry, Areas Italy’s outstanding Michelangelo Citino was named the winner.

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport was presented with The FAB Industry Contribution Award for sustained commitment to excellence and innovation in airport food & beverage.

An upcoming special edition of The Foodie Report will showcase all the winning concepts, as well as the winners of the highly commended awards and regional winners. It will be published in the coming weeks.

Retiring SSP CEO Nordics & Spain, and Group Director Strategic Client Partnerships Nick Inkster was honoured with the Outstanding Career Contribution to Airport Food and Beverage Award

The winners, highly commended awards and regional winners are listed in full below:

Airport Coffee, Tea, Non-alcoholic Beverage Shop of the Year

Winner: Areas, Urth Caffé, LAX International

Highly Commended: LaTrelle’s, Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Portland International Airport

Regional winner (Europe): Areas, Farine, Italy, Spain, Chile

Regional winner (Asia Pacific): Delaware North Companies NZ Retail, Oma Artisan Bakery & Café, Auckland Airport

Regional winner (Americas): Areas, Urth Caffé, LA International

Regional winner (Middle East, Africa & India): HWH Investments, S34, DXB (Dubai International)

Airport Smoothie or Juice Bar of the Year

Winner: Lagardère Travel Retail, Natoo, Venice Marco Polo Airport

Regional winner (Europe): Lagardère Travel Retail, Natoo, Venice Marco Polo Airport

Regional winner (Americas): Booster Juice, Fit & Fun store, Toronto Pearson International T3

Regional winner (Middle East, Africa & India): HWH Investments, Treehouse Juicery, DXB (Dubai International)

Tastes on the Fly’s Antonio Alicea was named FAB Team Member of the Year

Airport ‘Food to Go’ of the Year

Winner: HWH Investments, Flour & Stone, DXB (Dubai International)

Regional winner (Europe): TRG Concessions, Barburrito, Edinburgh Airport

Regional winner (Asia Pacific): Auckland Airport, Hayama Sushi & Noodles

Regional winner (Americas): OTG, Tsukiji Fishroom, Newark Liberty International Airport

Regional winner (Middle East, Africa & India): HWH Investments, Flour & Stone, DXB (Dubai International)

Airport Bar of the Year (Under 15 million Passengers)

Winner: Brewdog, TRG Concessions, Edinburgh International Airport

Airport Bar of the Year (Over 15 million Passengers and Best Overall)

Winner: Mikkeller, Copenhagen Airport

Airport Bar of the Year (Highly commended and regional winners)

Highly Commended: High Flying Foods, Stone Brewing Co., San Diego International Airport

Regional winner (Europe): Mikkeller, Copenhagen Airport

Regional winner (Asia Pacific): SSP Asia Pacific, The Cabin, Mactan Cebu International Airport

Regional winner (Americas): High Flying Foods, Stone Brewing Co., San Diego International Airport

Regional winner (Middle East, Africa & India): Emirates Leisure Retail, Draft House, DXB (Dubai International)

Best in class: The Moodie Davitt Report team celebrate a job well done

Airport Wine Bar of the Year

Winner: Vin Room, Calgary Airport

The FAB Innovation Award

Winner: Auckland Airport, Glamp Grounds Bar

Airport Casual Dining Restaurant of the Year

Winner: Lagardère Travel Retail, Teppan, Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport

Highly Commended: Pontus in the Air, Stockholm Arlanda Airport

Highly Commended: TRG Concessions, Spuntino, London Heathrow Airport

Regional winner (Europe): Lagardère Travel Retail, Teppan, Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport

Regional winner (Asia Pacific): Delaware North Companies NZ Retail, Blue Marble Lane Bar & Bistro, Auckland Airport

Regional winner (Americas): Paradies Lagardère, Shinsei, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport

Regional winner (Middle East, Africa & India): HWH Investments, Tranzeet Diner, DXB (Dubai International)

The Moodie Davitt Report Founder & Chairman Martin Moodie with Chick-fil-A Director, New Restaurant Growth – Licensing Sean Warren and Stefanie Rakes, Senior Principal Program Lead, New Restaurant Growth. Chick-fil-A won the Americas regional award for Family Friendly F&B Concept of the Year

Not one, not two, but three FAB Awards on a huge night for Areas. Here Global Business Development Director Mireia Marti Isern (right) and Mexico Marketing and Procurement Subdirector Christina Gonzalez celebrate the triple success with The Moodie Davitt Report Founder & Chairman Martin Moodie

FAB 2019 saw a rare double success for the brilliantly innovative and creative independent Dubai company HWH Investments. Here owners Mustafa Al Hashimi (left) and Talha Al Hashimi celebrate with Martin Moodie

Airport Health-Centred or Vegan Offer of the Year

Winner: Mission Yoghurt, Root Down, Denver International Airport

Highly Commended: HealthyTOKYO K.K., Healthy Tokyo Café & Shop, Tokyo Haneda Airport

Regional winner (Europe): HMSHost International, VIT, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

Regional winner (Asia Pacific): HealthyTOKYO K.K., Healthy Tokyo Café & Shop, Tokyo Haneda Airport

Regional winner (Americas): Mission Yoghurt, Root Down, Denver International Airport

Airport Food Hall of the Year

Winner: Lagardère Travel Retail, The Daily DXB – DXB (Dubai International)

Regional winner (Europe): Copenhagen Airport, New Food Hall

Regional winner (Asia Pacific): Our Home, Incheon International Airport

Regional winner (Americas): Delaware North (USA), Denver Central Market – Denver International Airport

Regional winner (Middle East, Africa & India): Lagardère Travel Retail, The Daily DXB – DXB (Dubai International)

Regynald Washington, President, Dining Division at Paradies Lagardère, accepted three awards, including the FAB Airport Food Hall of the Year Award on behalf of Lagardère Travel Retail for its acclaimed The Daily DXB at DXB (Dubai International)

New Food & Beverage Concept of the Year

Winner: Retail Services Sac, Haytu, Jorge Chávez International Airport

Highly Commended: Delaware North Companies NZ Retail, Blue Marble Lane Bar & Bistro, Auckland Airport

Highly Commended: HWH Investments, Nutella@DXB, DXB (Dubai International)

Regional winner (Europe): SSP Spain, Alas by Hermanos Torres, Barcelona Airport

Regional winner (Asia Pacific): SSP Asia Pacific, Line Café, Hong Kong International Airport

Regional winner (Americas): Retail Services Sac, Haytu, Jorge Chávez International Airport

Regional winner (Middle East, Africa & India): HWH Investments, Nutella@DXB, DXB (Dubai International)

Ruth Simon and Sandra Wong of Changi Airport Group accept the FAB Marketing & Promotions Campaign of the Year for the exuberantly brilliant ‘Discover the Fun Side of Changi with Sesame Street’ campaign

F&B Marketing & Promotions Campaign of the Year

Winner: Changi Airport, Discover the Fun Side of Changi with Sesame Street

Highly Commended: HMSHost North America, 1,000 Acts of Kindness, various US airports

Regional winner (Europe): London Stansted Airport, Sky High Sandwich, Europe

Regional winner (Asia Pacific): Changi Airport, Discover the Fun Side of Changi with Sesame Street

Regional winner (Americas): HMSHost North America, 1,000 Acts of Kindness, various US airports

Regional winner (Middle East, Africa & India): TFS, Dilli Streat launch, Indira Gandhi International Airport

FAB 2019 hosts Dallas Fort Worth International Airport received The FAB Industry Contribution Award for sustained commitment to innovation and excellence. Here Vice President Concessions Zenola Campbell and Executive Vice President Customer Experience & Revenue Management Kenneth Buchanan accept the award from The Moodie Davitt Report President Dermot Davitt

Environmental Initiative of the Year

Winner: SSP Sweden, Airport and Rail, Multiple locations

Highly Commended: JFKIAT and SSP America, JFK International Airport Terminal 4

Regional winner (Europe): SSP Sweden, Airport and Rail, Multiple locations

Regional winner (Asia Pacific): HMSHost International, BioCups and BYO Cups, Australia

Regional winner (Americas): SSP America, JFK International Airport Terminal 4

Regional winner (Middle East, Africa & India): TFS, Chennai International Airport – Plastic Free Campaign

Airport Food & Beverage Offer Best Reflecting Sense of Place

Winner: HWH Investments, S34, DXB (Dubai International)

It was a big night for HWH Investments in Dubai, which snapped up a flurry of awards, including the Airport F&B Offer Best Reflecting Sense of Place for S34 at DXB (Dubai International). Here Mustafa and Talha Al Hashimi collect the award from The Moodie Davitt Report President Dermot Davitt

 

Highly Commended: Auckland Airport, Glamp Grounds

Regional winner (Europe): Copenhagen Airport, A Sense of Copenhagen

Regional winner (Asia Pacific): Auckland Airport, Glamp Grounds

Regional winner (Americas): Tastes on the Fly, SF Giants Clubhouse, San Francisco International Airport

Regional winner (Middle East, Africa & India): HWH Investments, S34, DXB (Dubai International)

The FAB Instagrammable Experience Award

Winner: OTG, Yume Asian Kitchen & Market, Houston George Bush International Airport

In an age dominated by social media, visual impressions count. The judges were unanimous in their view that out of a number of brilliantly impactful restaurants, OTG’s stunning Yume at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas was best in class. The award was accepted by Cassandra Bozeman, Eric Brinker and Justin Blatstein

The FAB Award for an Outstanding Small Airport Food & Beverage Offer

Winner: HMSHost North America, Bia Mara, Halifax Stanfield International Airport

You don’t have to be big to be beautiful. HMSHost President and CEO Steve Johnson accepts the Best F&B Offer in a Small Airport for the outstanding Bia Mara at Halifax Stanfield International Airport in Canada

Outstanding Airport Restaurant Design of the Year

Winner: Autogrill Group, AIR, Zürich Airport

Regional winner (Europe): Autogrill Group, AIR, Zürich Airport

Regional winner (Asia Pacific): Delaware North Companies NZ Retail, Blue Marble Lane Bar & Bistro – Auckland

Regional winner (Americas): OTG, Yume, Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport

Regional winner (Middle East, Africa & India): HWH Investments, Tranzeet, DXB (Dubai International)

Airport Family Friendly F&B Concept of the Year

Winner: Incheon International Airport, Multi-Functional Family Center

The excellent Multi-Functional Family Center at Incheon International Airport was named Airport Family Friendly F&B Concept of the Year

Highly Commended: Auckland Airport, Glamp Grounds

Regional winner (Europe): TRG Concessions, Giraffe World Kitchen – London Heathrow Airport

Regional winner (Asia Pacific): Incheon International Airport, Multi-Functional Family Center

Regional winner (Americas): Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, Food Hall Chick-fil-A/Subway

Regional winner (Middle East, Africa & India): HWH Investments, Nutella@DXB, DXB (Dubai International)

The FAB Judges’ Distinction Award for Foodie Flair

Winner: Delaware North Companies NZ Retail’s Oma Artisan Bakery & Café.

The FAB Special Distinction Award

Winner: Bitco, Avesta Café, Erbil International Airport, Iraq

Winner: Areas, The French Taste by Guy Martin, Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport

Airport Chef of the Year

Winner: Michelangelo Citino, Areas Italy

Highly commended: Raymond Cash – American Express Centurion Lounge, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport

Highly commended: Murali Murthy Gantashala – HMSHost International India

Highly commended: Jeff Steelman – HMSHost North America

Highly commended: Peter Brennan – Marqette

Highly commended: Sergio Reyes – Midway Partnership, Chicago International Midway Airport

Highly commended: Paul George – OTG Paul George, Toronto Pearson International Airport

Highly commended: Judith Hernandez – Paradies Lagardère, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport

Highly commended: Renata DeGeorge – SSP America

Highly commended: Luca Sangiuliano – SSP Frabel, Lyon Airport

Highly commended: Rajesh Shetty – TFS, Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport

Michelangelo Citino of Areas Italy was named Chef of the Year among a glittering lineup of wonderful talent around the world. His award was accepted by Mireia Marti Isern, Global Business Development Director and Christina Gonzalez, Mexico Marketing and Procurement Subdirector

The FAB Industry Contribution Award

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport

F&B Team Member of the Year

Winner: Antonio Alicea, Tastes on the fly, Stephanie’s – Boston Logan International Airport

Highly Commended: Chef Gustavo Pinedo, Maggiano’s Little Italy, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport

Highly Commended: Nicole Teagno, Flying Saucer, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport

Highly Commended: Adda Amrani, HMSHost International, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

Highly Commended: Mai vu Binh Minh (Jasmine), HMSHost International, Da Nang International Airport

Highly Commended: Emily Moreira, HMSHost North America, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport

Highly Commended: Freddie Maldonado, HMSHost North America, Tampa International Airport

Highly Commended: Tatjana Djukanovic, SSP America, Montréal Elliot Trudeau International Airport

The Outstanding Career Contribution to Airport Food and Beverage Award

Nick Inkster

Airport Food & Beverage Offer of the Year

Winner: Auckland Airport International Terminal

Highly Commended: DXB (Dubai International) Concourse B

Regional winner (Europe): Copenhagen Airport

Regional winner (Asia Pacific): Auckland Airport International Terminal

Regional winner (Americas): Minneapolis–Saint Paul International Airport

Regional winner (Middle East, Africa & India): DXB (Dubai International) Concourse B