“The awards garnered today confirm the fact that as a united group we can create value for all the stakeholders” — Xavier Rossinyol

THAILAND. Dufry and Autogrill are celebrating multiple wins at the recently concluded 2023 Airport Fab+ Hospitality Awards, hosted by The Moodie Davitt Report.

As reported, Dufry and Autogrill won six prestigious awards and three commendations at the event, which they describe as “one of the most significant global events in the airport food & beverage industry”.

Dufry CEO Xavier Rossinyol commented: “As the leading global travel experience player we’re very proud to have taken part in an internationally significant event like the FAB+ Hospitality Awards.

“2023 was a crucial year for us. Our two companies, Dufry and Autogrill, combined to create a powerful player in the market. The awards garnered today confirm the fact that as a united group we can create value for all the stakeholders.”

He added: “On this special occasion, we’re very happy to have joined our business partners in learning and discussion, sharing our vision of revolutionising the traveller’s experience and building on our Destination 2027 strategy. This strategy has been crafted based on a deep understanding of our stakeholders’ needs, customer insights and the evolution of current market trends.”

Dufry President & CEO Asia Pacific Freda Cheung with the accolade presented to Dufry and Autogrill for its exciting activity around the James Beard Foundation event in Chicago

Dufry and Autogrill won Airport Customer/Hospitality of the Year for the James Beard Foundation @ORD Chef Series in Chicago O’Hare International Airport with HMSHost North America.

They also won Airport Food Hall of the Year for the Food Hall in Rome Fiumicino Airport Terminal 1 and Airport Health-Centred Offer of the Year for the Exki concept in Brussels Airport.

Dufry Regional Managing Director David Mackay accepts the Health-Centred Offer of the Year award

Dufry President & CEO Asia Pacific Freda Cheung with the prestigious Food Hall award (airside)

Dufry and Autogrill also won three commendations for the High Tide Bar, which was the regional winner APAC for the Airport Customer/Hospitality of the Year Award and the Path Water initiative, which was highly commended for the Food & Beverage Marketing Campaign of the Year Award.

Finally, Dufry and Autogrill’s ‘Make it Happen’ ESG strategy at Seattle-Tacoma Airport was highly commended for the Sustainability & Environmental Initiative of the Year accolade.

Dufry and Autogrill won three awards in FAB Superstars, which honours the teams and employees on-the-ground that bring the airport food & beverage industry to life. ✈

Dufry and Autogrill won the following FAB Superstars Awards

  • Star Team Europe – Back of House: Product Innovation & Concept Development & Training Europe & Italy, Various Airports, Autogrill Europe
  • Star Team Americas – Back of House: F&B Team at Toronto Pearson International Airport, HMSHost North America
  • Star Individual APAC – Back of House: Arianna Brezigar, Headquarter, HMSHost International


The Moodie Davitt Report is delighted to announce the return of the FAB eZine, a standalone digital magazine dedicated to airport and other travel-related food & beverage views, news, trends, tastes, people, products and principles.

Initially quarterly, beginning in Q4 2023, The FAB eZine will devote year-round coverage to the burgeoning airport food & beverage sector, including broader hospitality services such as hotels and lounges.

The FAB eZine will continue to explore the evolution of the travel-related F&B sector worldwide as we did back in 2019 in this on-location report from Houston, Texas. Click on the image to read.

The FAB eZine will complement the annual Airport Food & Beverage (FAB) Conference & Awards and our already extensive F&B and hospitality coverage on The Moodie Davitt Report.com and in The FAB Newsletter.

Elişa pictured with Jamie Oliver

Elişa Roche has been appointed Editor-in-Chief, bringing a rare combination of culinary and journalistic excellence and experience to the role. Elişa trained as a chef as part of ‘Jamie’s Kitchen’, a British TV show watched by millions and fronted by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver. She went on to work as Chef de Partie at some of London’s top Michelin-starred kitchens, e.g. Fino (now Barrafina), The Ivy and Bambou.

Cooking later turned to food writing and presenting, most recently as overseeing editorial partnerships at Food Matters Live. Elişa was also Host and Producer of award-winning B2B podcast ‘Career Conversations’, encouraging young people into the food & drinks industry.

*For editorial enquiries, please contact Elişa Roche at Elisa@MoodieDavittReport.com. For advertising, please reach out to Martin Moodie at Martin@MoodieDavittReport.com