TURKEY. In big breaking news, Istanbul Airport is to host the annual Airport Food & Beverage (FAB) Conference & Awards on 23-24 June 2020. The event will be a celebration not only of the best in international airport dining but also of Turkish cuisine and culture. The event will be supported strongly by Tum & Ictur, the concessionaire managing 34,000sq m of food & beverage space at Istanbul Airport.

FAB 2020 will also be a showcase for the magnificent new Istanbul hub, which opened in April 2019.

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 a showcase for Turkish culture and cuisine, with guests having the opportunity to sample the many delights of Istanbul

FAB 2020 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.

Click here to read a special edition of the FAB eZine dedicated to the FAB conference and awards held in Dallas in June 2019

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.

The FAB Awards, evaluated by an independent panel of judges, represent the pinnacle of airport food & beverage excellence. The 2020 categories and nominations procedure will be announced very soon.

The spectacular new airport houses an eclectic dining offer run by partners Tum & Ictur and BTA; below, İGA Business Development Director Fırat Ocak looks forward to a ‘FAB-ulous event’

Istanbul Airport is run by the İGA consortium under a 25-year contract. İGA Business Development Director Fırat Ocak said: “We are very honoured and excited to welcome the 2020 Airport Food & Beverage (FAB) Conference & Awards to Istanbul. With the world’s largest dining area under one roof, Istanbul Airport is a great and convenient place to host the only event for the fast-growing airport food & beverage business.

“Providing first-class customer experience is a key part of our daily work at Turkey’s new hub for the world. We are really looking forward to the exchange with international executives from the airport food & beverage industry as well as various industry partners and will offer them a unique platform in a truly inspiring and welcoming atmosphere. Let’s have a FAB-ulous event!”

FAB Founder and Chairman of The Moodie Davitt Report Martin Moodie commented: “We are so excited to bring FAB to Turkey, which is home to some of the most diverse and richly varied cuisine in the world. That diversity is on full show at the magnificent new Istanbul Airport, which features the best of Turkish food and drink blended with international flavours, and a breadth of offer that befits Istanbul’s fast-growing status as a leading hub.

“Guests at FAB 2020 will experience this extraordinary state-of-the-art airport environment, alongside the delights of the great east-west crossroads city of Istanbul, in June next year.”


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

Istanbul Airport lies 35km north of Istanbul with construction occurring across four phases. The first was finalised when two runways and a terminal with a passenger capacity of 90 million were commissioned and opened in April. Once complete, the airport will host flights to more than 300 destinations and have an annual capacity of 200 million passengers.

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SCENES FROM FAB 2019

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

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

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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

The FAB Instagrammable Experience Award went to OTG’s stunning Yume at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas. The award was accepted by Cassandra Bozeman, Eric Brinker and Justin Blatstein.