INTERNATIONAL. A high-class roll-call of food & beverage operations is today revealed in the short-list for the annual Airport FAB Awards to be named in Dallas next month.
The Airport Food & Beverage (FAB) Conference & Awards, organised by The Moodie Davitt Report, will be hosted by Dallas Fort Worth International Airport at The Westin Galleria Dallas on 26-27 June.
FAB is owned and organised by The Moodie Davitt Report with sister title The Foodie Report. The only industry event dedicated solely to the airport F&B sector, FAB attracts senior representatives from the world’s leading airports, food & beverage concessionaires and brands.
“This year’s FAB Awards attracted a record 302 entries, 18% up on last year’s record level. But it was the diversity and quality of entries in FAB 2019 that really impressed.”
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).
Chick-fil-A is lunch partner; while other partners include Booster Juice, Crews, Grab, High Flying Foods, Jackmont Hospitality, MAG Hospitality, Reco-Air, Robolab (Yanu), Tea Forté, Travel Food Services and TRG Concessions.
The Moodie Davitt Report Founder & Chairman Martin Moodie said: “This year’s FAB Awards attracted a record 302 entries, 18% up on last year’s record level. But it was the diversity and quality of entries in FAB 2019 that really impressed. To make this shortlist is an achievement in itself and we can promise the FAB audience that the winners, regional winners, Highly Commendeds and special judge’s prizes represent a collective state of excellence within the sector.”
This year’s judging line-up was extended to include more diversity of background, region and gender. Regular judges Martin Moodie; US airport commercial management consultant Alan Gluck; and fomer chef and Copenhagen Airport Food & Beverage Category Manager Anders Barsøe, now CEO for Denmark’s largest sushi chain Letz Sushi, once again played a lead role.
They were joined by Nick Goddard-Palmer, the co-founder of Hunter Palmer – Global Retail Solutions, a UK-based strategic travel retail partnership; author, journalist and luxury cuisine consultant Michele Tchea, based in Melbourne Australia; New York-based wine critic Marisa D’Vari; toxicologist, chef, and dietitian; Suzy Badaracco; and journalist and influencer, Cristina Alcivar, Founder of Vane Airport Media, which publishes news about health and wellness services and amenities in airports globally.