INTERNATIONAL. The best and most innovative projects in travel-related food & beverage were recognised on Thursday evening at the 2016 FAB Awards.

The awards were presented at a glittering gala event held during the fifth annual Airport Food and Beverage (FAB) Conference & Awards in Geneva this week, organised by The Moodie Davitt Report and The Foodie Report.

The gala evening was hosted by Caviar House Airport Premium. A special e-Zine exploring the winning concepts – and reviewing the FAB conference – will be published in coming weeks.

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The FAB 2016 winners celebrate their success at the Gala Dinner, sponsored by Caviar House Airport Premium

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John Lungstrom of Copenhagen Airports accepts the evening’s top prize of Airport Food & Beverage Offer of the Year

The winners and commendations are:

Airport Coffee Shop of the Year

Winner: Emirates Leisure Retail: Hudsons, Brisbane Airport

Highly Commended: Caffè Nero, London Heathrow Airport Terminal 2 Arrivals; Red Rock Leisure, Brunetti, Melbourne Airport

Airport Food To Go Offer of the Year

Winner: Tastes on the Fly, Modmarket, Denver International

Highly Commended: Wrights of Howth, Dublin Airport; Lagardère Travel Retail, Sumo Green Label, Sydney Airport

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TRG’s Nick Ayerst was on hand to collect two accolades: The FAB Consumer Choice Award for Frankie & Benny’s and The Outstanding Originality Award for The Nicolas Culpeper Pub & Dining at London Gatwick Airport

Airport Bar of the Year

Winner: JD Wetherspoon, The Windmill, London Stansted Airport

Highly Commended: JD Wetherspoon, Birmingham Airport;

Lagardère Travel Retail, Loksins Bar, Keflavik Airport

Airport Wine Bar of the Year

Winner: SSP Finland, Wine & View, Helsinki Airport

Highly Commended: OTG, Vinifera, Toronto Pearson International Airport;

Feudi di San Gregorio, Dubl Lounge, Naples International Airport

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OTG’s Justin and Samantha Blatstein collect the award for Food & Beverage-Related Innovation of the Year

Airport Casual Dining Restaurant of the Year

Winner: Hausmann’s Flughafen Gastronomie, Hausmann’s, Frankfurt Airport

Highly Commended: HMSHost Corporation, Lee Kitchen, Toronto Pearson International Airport; TRG Concessions, Wondertree, London Heathrow Airport

Airport Chef-led/Fine Dining Offer of the Year

Winner: Areas, I love Paris, Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport

Highly Commended: Gordon Ramsay Group, Gordon Ramsay’s Plane Food, London Heathrow Airport

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Winning the big digital award was Autogrill, Le Chef; (l-r): Alessandro Preda, Benjamin Luzuy, Theo Hofstetter and Beat Grau

Airport Food Court of the Year

Winner: Universal Dining, Straits Food Village, Singapore Changi Airport

Highly Commended: Areas, MyChef, Milan Malpensa Airport; Marqette and ARI: Marqette, Dublin Airport

Fast Food/Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) of the Year

Winner: HMSHost International, Leon, London Heathrow Airport

Highly Commended: Crews, Cava Mezze Grill, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport; HMSHost Corporation, Local Food Truck, Los Angeles International Airport

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Walter Seib accepts the award for Fast Food/Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) of the Year

Food & Beverage Marketing & Promotions Campaign of the Year

Winner: CJ Foodville, CJ Airtown Marketing Campaign, Incheon International Airport

Highly Commended: HMSHost Corporation, Channel your Inner Chef, Chicago O’Hare International Airport; London Heathrow Airport: Kids Eat Free

Digital or Social Media Initiative of the Year

Winner: Autogrill, Le Chef, Geneva Airport

Highly Commended: Zone: London Gatwick & Symmetry Breakfast, Gatwick Airport

Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative of the Year

Winner: Autogrill: Ten years of sustainability looking at the future

Highly Commended: HMSHost International, Made Blue, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol; London Heathrow Airport: Ingredients for Success: A guide to sustainable food services at Heathrow

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Hausmann’s Tim Plasse collects the award for Airport Casual Dining Restaurant of the Year

Individual Food & Beverage Offer of the Year in a Railway Station

Winner: SSP France, Le Train Bleu, Gare de Lyon, France

Highly Commended: JD Wetherspoon, The North Western, Liverpool Lime Street Station; Tim Ho Wan, Hong Kong Station

Overall Food & Beverage Offer of the Year in a Railway Station

Winner: HS1: London St Pancras International, UK

Highly Commended: MTR Corporation, Hong Kong MTR Station

Food & Beverage-Related Innovation of the Year

Winner: OTG: Tech Integration

Highly Commended: Universal Dining, Straits Food Village, Singapore Changi Airport; Incheon International Airport, F&B transformation programme

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SSP’s Nick Inkster and Lars Edengreen collect the award for Airport Wine Bar of the Year for Wine & View at Helsinki Airport

Airport Food & Beverage Offer Best Reflecting ‘Sense of Place’

Winner: Xi’an Xianyang International Airport Co

Highly Commended: Copenhagen Airport: CPH – A Sense of Home; BTA Cafés & Restaurants: Tadında Anadolu, Istanbul Atatürk Airport

The FAB Consumer Choice Award

Winner: TRG Concessions, Frankie & Benny’s (multiple UK airports)

Highly Commended: Travel Food Services, GVK Lounge by TFS Performa, Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport

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Michael Levine, CEO of Tastes on the Fly at Denver Airport, captures the Airport Food To Go Offer of the Year Award

Outstanding Originality in Airport Food & Beverage

Winners: Airport Retail Group, The Coffee Club, Brisbane Airport; TRG Concessions,
The Nicholas Culpeper Pub & Dining, London Gatwick Airport

The Great Transformation in Airport Food & Beverage Award

Winner: Brisbane Airport Corporation:
Brisbane International Airport Terminal Development

Highly Commended: Finavia Corporation, Helsinki Airport

Airport Food & Beverage Offer of the Year

Highly Commended: London Heathrow Airport; Brisbane Airport

Winner: Copenhagen Airport