TURKEY/INTERNATIONAL. The Airport Food & Beverage (FAB) Conference and Awards, due to take place on 23-24 June in Istanbul, will move to the new dates of 2-3 September in the same city.

The date change is due to the disruption caused across the industry by the COVID-19 outbreak, its impact on business, and restrictions on travel and other cost-cutting measures forced on many companies in the sector.

The event, which gathers together decision makers from across the global food & beverage business, is organised by The Moodie Davitt Report. This year’s co-hosts are Istanbul Airport operator IGA and its lead F&B partner, Tum & Ictur.

The decision to postpone FAB 2020 was agreed and confirmed by all parties. Details of the hotel venue and agenda and speaker line-up will appear soon.

The vibrant city of Istanbul will host FAB 2020 on the revised dates of 2-3 September; the event will be a showcase for Turkish culture and cuisine, with guests having the opportunity to sample the many delights of Istanbul

In related news, the deadline for entries for the annual FAB Awards moves to 5 June, after which judging from our independent panel will take place.

The Moodie Davitt Report Founder & Chairman and FAB creator Martin Moodie said: “Given the great disruption and uncertainty that the COVID-19 outbreak is bringing to our industry, we feel we simply have to be proactive and defer this key event to a later date. The airport F&B sector, in common with all sector stakeholders, has been severely disrupted by the ongoing health crisis and the delay will hopefully allow for a successful event in a much-improved business climate. Our priority must be the welfare, personally and business-wise of all attendees. We thank our hosts and sponsors for their understanding and support through this difficult period.”

FAB 2020 will begin with a half-day session and the Opening Cocktail on 2 September. Day two will feature a full-day conference, culminating with a celebration of excellence in airport dining at the FAB Awards Gala dinner.

Rollcall of excellence: The 2019 awards winners at last year’s event in Dallas

Click here to read a special edition of the FAB eZine dedicated to FAB 2019

ABOUT FAB 2020

FAB, conceived, owned and organised by The Moodie Davitt Report, is the only event dedicated to the burgeoning airport food & beverage business. Since its launch in 2011, FAB has flourished and become the key global gathering for a constantly evolving sector, serving as a litmus test of its challenges, opportunities and quality aspirations.

FAB 2020 will be hosted by Istanbul Airport and Tum & Ictur, the concessionaire managing 34,000sq m of food & beverage space at the Istanbul gateway. The event will be a showcase for the magnificent new hub, which opened in April 2019. It will bring together senior executives from airports and food & beverage concessionaires worldwide as well as varied industry partners, including design agencies, research companies and technology providers.

The conference programme will showcase the latest F&B developments, innovations and trends at major airports, featuring presentations by some of the world’s leading airport commercial directors, concessionaires, chefs, key industry opinion leaders and analysts.

For speaking opportunities, please reach out to Martin@MoodieDavittReport.com. For commercial and sponsorship opportunities please contact FAB Publisher Sarah Genest at Sarah@MoodieDavittReport.com.

NOTE: The Moodie Davitt Report also publishes FAB, the world’s only media focused on airport (and other travel-related) food & beverage. The FAB Newsletter is published every two weeks and The FAB eZine every month.

Please send all news of food & beverage outlet openings, together with images, menus, video etc to Martin@MoodieDavittReport.com to ensure unrivalled global exposure.