INTERNATIONAL. A high-class roll-call of food & beverage operations features in the short-list for the annual Airport FAB Awards to be named in Helsinki, Finland next month.

The Airport Food & Beverage (FAB) Conference & Awards will be hosted by Finavia Corporation, operator of Helsinki Vantaa Airport, on 20-21 June. The FAB Awards will be revealed at the Gala Dinner on the concluding night.

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.

Autogrill, HMSHost, HMSHost International, OTG and SSP are Platinum Partners for this year’s event. Areas and Lagardère Travel Retail are Silver Partners, and Emirates Leisure Retail, Mango Tree, Travel Food Services and TRG Concessions supporting sponsors.

Coffee break partners are Grab, QikServe and Reco-Air.

Copper Dog whisky is once again sponsoring the innovative #Airofthedog Great Airport Cocktail Award, for which the finalists will be revealed next week after a pre-finals testing and sampling.

The Moodie Davitt Report Founder & Chairman Martin Moodie said: “The volume, depth, diversity and quality of entries in FAB 2018 has been hugely impressive. Judging of over 250 extremely detailed and often brilliantly creative entries has been an arduous and often contentious process, with four different judging perspectives ensuring healthy debate and a robust process. The F&B class of 2018 is certainly the best yet.”

(Left to right) Judges Anders Barsøe, David King and Alan Gluck joined Martin Moodie in the tough but thrilling task of judging some 250 entries in FAB 2018

Overall and regional winners, together with any highly commended selections and special judges’ awards, will be revealed at the Gala Dinner on 21 June.

This year’s judges were UK industry consultant David King of King & King (Convener of Judges); North American airport commercial revenues specialist and consultant Alan Gluck; ex-chef, former Copenhagen Airport F&B Category Manager and now CEO of Letz Sushi Anders Barsøe; and Martin Moodie.

This year’s main awards shortlist follows. As mentioned, a number of special Judges’ awards will be made on the night recognising particular aspects of merit from some nominations.

AIRPORT COFFEE, TEA, NON-ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE SHOP OF THE YEAR

Areas, Caffè Vergnano, Italy

BTA Havalimanlari Yiyecek Icecek Hizmetleri a.ş, Cakes and Bakes, Turkish airports

HMSHost International, Djournal Coffee, Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta Airport

HWH Hospitality Investments, Treehouse Juicery, Dubai International Airport

SSP America, Café con Leche, Tampa International Airport

SSP Sweden, Barino Coffee, Stockholm Arlanda Airport

AIRPORT FOOD TO GO OF THE YEAR

Emirates Leisure Retail, Giraffe Stop, Dubai International Airport

High Flying Foods, Phil’s BBQ, San Diego International Airport

HMSHost International, Doner Kebab & Pommes Frites, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

HMSHost North America, Shake Shack, Los Angeles International Airport

SSP America, Kenny & Zuke’s Delicatessen and Market,  Portland International Airport

SSP Asia Pacific, Upper Crust, Brisbane Airport

SSP Norway, Haven, Oslo Airport

AIRPORT F&B OFFER OF THE YEAR WITHIN A RETAIL/CONVENIENCE STORE

Areas, Sibarium, Multiple locations (Spain)

Crews, Cafe Intermezzo/Buckhead Books, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

Irelands Eye Seafoods, Wrights of Howth, Dublin Airport

Lagardère Travel Retail, Premium Food Gate, Gdansk Lech Walesa Airport

SSP Norway, Point, Oslo Airport

AIRPORT BAR(S) OF THE YEAR (ABOVE AND BELOW US$3 MILLION IN SALES)

Areas, Rock & Reilly’s, Los Angeles International Airport

Dallas Cowboys Club, Dallas Fort Worth Airport

High Flying Foods, Stone Brewing Co, San Diego International Airport

Lagardère Travel Retail, Brezel Meister, Vienna Airport

Marqette, Dublin Airport

SSP America, LoLo American Kitchen & Craft Bar, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

SSP UK, The Factory, Birmingham Airport

Travel Food Services, The Irish House, Indira Gandhi International Airport

TRG Concessions, The Curator, London Heathrow Airport

TRG Concessions, The Smithfield, London Luton Airport

WA Airport Hospitality, Loco Poco Bar, Perth Airport

AIRPORT WINE BAR OF THE YEAR

CRU Food and Wine Bar, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport

HMSHost North America, Bubbles, Chicago O’Hare International Airport

OTG, Wibar, La Guardia Airport

SSP America, Le Grand Comptoir, New York John F. Kennedy International Airport

AIRPORT CASUAL DINING RESTAURANT(S) OF THE YEAR (ABOVE AND BELOW US$3 MILLION IN SALES)

Areas, CPK, Los Angeles International Airport

Casual Dining Group, Oriel Grande Brasserie, London Heathrow Airport

Delaware North, Three Bears, Perth Airport

Emirates Leisure Retail, Kitchen by Mike, Sydney Airport

High Flying Foods, Gott’s Roadside, San Francisco International Airport

HMSHost North America, The Hearth by Lynn Crawford, Toronto Pearson International Airport

OTG, Q, George Bush Intercontinental Airport

Paradies Lagardère Travel Retail, Hickory, Dallas Fort Worth Airport

Paradies Lagardère Travel Retail, Second Bar + Kitchen, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport

Pontus in the Air, Stockholm-Arlanda Airport

SSP America, 1300 on Fillmore, San Francisco International Airport

Travel Food Services, ID, Chennai International Airport

AIRPORT STREET FOOD OFFER OF THE YEAR

Areas, StrEAT, Ibiza Airport

Banh Shop, Dallas Fort Worth Airport

HMSHost International, Food Truck Festival, Oslo Airport

HMSHost North America, Food & Bounty, Los Angeles International Airport

SSP America, Five Borough Food Hall, New York John F. Kennedy International Airport

AIRPORT ULTRA-FINE DINING RESTAURANT OF THE YEAR

Areas, Kirei, Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport

HMSHost North America, Landry’s Seafood, Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport

Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen, Dallas Fort Worth Airport

AIRPORT FOOD HALL OF THE YEAR

HMSHost International, Food Market Lounge 1, Amsterdam Airport Schiphol

HMSHost North America, 1897 Market, Charlotte Douglas International

Metropolitan Airports Commission, Food Truck Alley, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

Marqette, Dublin Airport

OTG, Global Bazaar, Newark Liberty International Airport

SSP Hong Kong, East to West, Hong Kong International Airport

Tastes on the Fly, Napa Farms Market, San Francisco International Airport

NEW FOOD & BEVERAGE CONCEPT OF THE YEAR

Air, Zürich Airport

Changi Airport Group, The Most Authentic Japanese Culinary Experience in An Airport Outside Japan, Changi Airport

Delaware North, Three Bears, Perth Airport

HMSHost International, Food Truck Festival, Oslo Airport

HWH Hospitality Investments, Treehouse Juicery, Dubai International Airport

SSP America, 1300 on Fillmore, San Francisco International Airport

SSP America, LoLo American Kitchen & Craft Bar, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

SSP France, Bellota-Bellota, Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport

Tastes on the Fly, Samovar Tea Lounge & Bar, San Francisco International Airport

Travel Food Services, Frshly, Chennai International Airport

F&B MARKETING & PROMOTIONS CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR

Autogrill, Le Petit Chef, Geneva Airport

Finavia Helsinki Airport, #LifeInhel, Helsinki Airport

Greater Toronto Airports Authority, Grey Goose Toronto Pearson Holiday Experience, Toronto Pearson International Airport

HMSHost North America, Share Your Love, Multiple locations

Lagardère Travel Retail, SO! COFFEE barista contest, Multiple locations

Metropolitan Airports Commission, World Record Donut Stacking Attempt, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

OTG, Tsukiji Fishroom, Newark Liberty International Airport

CUSTOMER SERVICE INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR

Finavia, CX Academy, Helsinki Airport

HMSHost North America, HMSHost Guest Experience

Incheon International Airport Corporation, Smart Service, Incheon International Airport

OTG, Digital Amenities, Newark Liberty International Airport and Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport

SSP America, The Passion Tour, Multiple locations

INDIVIDUAL FOOD & BEVERAGE OFFER OF THE YEAR IN A RAILWAY STATION

Areas, COMO (Spain), Barcelona Sants Station, Spain

Areas, Super Wild Coffee, Multiple locations, France

Mango Tree Japan Co; Ltd, Mango Tree Kitchen Brand, Multiple locations, Japan

Network Rail, Three Guineas, Reading Station, UK

SSP UK, Knead – Paul Hollywood, Euston Station, UK

MOTORWAY SERVICES F&B OFFER OF THE YEAR

Areas, ATable!, Multiple locations

Autogrill, Bistrot Cantagallo, Cantagallo

Autogrill, Villoresi Est, Milan

HMSHost North America, Grover Cleveland Service Plaza – New Jersey Turnpike

AIRPORT FOOD & BEVERAGE OFFER BEST REFLECTING SENSE OF PLACE

Areas, Exploring the World + Yandiola, Bilbao Airport

Autogrill, Bistrot, Multiple locations

Changi Airport Group, Food for the Generations, Singapore Changi Airport

Copenhagen Airport, A Sense of Copenhagen

Emirates Leisure Retail, The Tiger Den, Changi Airport

Finavia, Helsinki Airport

HMSHost North America, Whisky River, Charlotte Douglas International Airport

Lagardère Travel Retail, Ísey Skyr Bar, Keflavik International Airport

Marqette, Dublin Airport

Metropolitan Airports Commission, Stone Arch, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

OTG, Ember, Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport

SSP Finland, Rovaniemi Café, Rovaniemi Airport

Travel Food Services, Travel Club, Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport

FOOD & BEVERAGE OUTSTANDING DESIGN OF THE YEAR

OTG, Global Bazaar, Newark Liberty International Airport

OTG, Q, Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport

Retail Services Brasil, La Bonbonniere Paulista, São Paulo–Guarulhos International Airport

SPC, Incheon International Airport Terminal 2

SSP Norway, Norgesglasset, Oslo Airport

Tastes on the Fly, Samovar Tea Lounge & Bar, San Francisco International Airport

TRG Concessions, The Smithfield, London Luton Airport

‘LA SPIRITO DE VOJAĜADO’ – ‘THE SPIRIT OF TRAVEL’ CULINARY CREATION AWARD

‘Empanaditas Viajeras’, La Bonbonniere, Jorge Chávez International Airport, Peru

Huevos de Pollo Ahumado, TRG Concessions, UK

F&B TEAM MEMBER OF THE YEAR*

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (SSP and Cousins BBQ), Carolyn ‘Suzie’ Grider, Dallas Fort Worth International Airport

HMSHost North America, Lily Olson, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

SSP America, D’Angelo Charles, Phoenix International Airport

SSP UK, Darren McLean, Manchester Victoria Station

TRG Concessions, Fabio Azevedo Dos Reis, London Heathrow Airport

*Each of the five finalists is invited to FAB 2018.

AIRPORT FOOD & BEVERAGE OFFER OF THE YEAR

Changi Airport Group, The Language of Food, Changi Airport

Copenhagen Airport

Finavia, Helsinki Airport

Greater Toronto Airports Authority, Toronto Pearson International Airport

HMSHost International, Kempegowda International Airport Bengaluru

MAG, London Stansted Airport