INTERNATIONAL. The best and most innovative concepts in travel-related food & beverage were recognised on Thursday evening at the 2017 FAB Awards.

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

Absolutely FAB-ulous: The FAB 2017 winners gather on stage to celebrate their collective recognition of excellence

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

The winners, regional winners and commendations are:

Airport Coffee or Non-Alcoholic Beverage Shop of the Year

Winner: HMSHost North America; Starbucks, Los Angeles International Airport

HMSHost North America President & CEO Steve Johnson receives the Airport Coffee, Non-Alcoholic Beverage Shop of the Year

Regional winner (Middle East & India): Emirates Leisure Retail; Costa Coffee, Dubai International Airport

Regional winner (ASPAC): Emirates Leisure Retail; Hudson Coffee, Sydney International Airport

Regional winner (Americas): HMSHost North America; Starbucks, Los Angeles International Airport

Regional winner (Europe): Lagardère Travel Retail; So! Coffee, Krakow Balice Airport

Highly commended: Argo Tea; Argo Tea, Chicago O’Hare International Terminal 2

Airport ‘Food to Go’ Offer of the Year

Winner: Pret A Manger; London Heathrow Airport

Pret A Manger Head of Partnership Food Sandy Collyer collects the Airport ‘Food to Go’ Offer of the Year award

Regional winner (Middle East & India): Emirates Leisure Retail; Giraffe Stop, Dubai International Airport

Regional winner (ASPAC): Sydney Airport; Joe & The Juice, Sydney Airport

Regional winner (Americas): OTG; Dynamic Concepts, Newark Airport

Regional winner (Europe): Pret A Manger; Pret A Manger, Heathrow Airport

Highly commended: Autogrill Group; Exki Takeaway, Brussels Airport

Airport Bar of the Year

Winner: Crews; Rock & Brews Bar & Grill, Los Angeles International Airport

Crews Managing Partner and COO Nick Buford captures the Airport Bar of the Year award

Regional winner (Middle East & India): Emirates Leisure Retail; The Draft House, Dubai International Airport

Regional winner (ASPAC): Emirates Leisure Retail; Heineken Bar, Sydney International Airport

Regional winner (Americas): Crews; Rock & Brews Bar & Grill, Los Angeles International Airport

Regional winner (Europe): TRG Concessions; Nicholas Culpeper, London Gatwick Airport

Highly commended: TRG Concessions; Nicholas Culpeper, London Gatwick Airport

Airport Wine Bar of the Year

Winner: Areas; Ferrari Spazio Bollicine, Milan Malpensa Airport

Areas Chief Executive Officer – United States Xavier Rabell collects the Airport Wine Bar of the Year award for Ferrari Spazio Bollicine, Milano Malpensa

Regional winner (Americas): SSP America; Le Grand Comptoir, George Bush Intercontinental Airport

Regional winner (Europe): Areas; Ferrari Spazio Bollicine, Milan Malpensa Airport

Highly commended: SSP America; Le Grand Comptoir, Houston George Bush Intercontinental Airport

Airport Casual Dining Restaurant of the Year

Winner: TRG Concessions; Wondertree, London Gatwick Airport

TRG Concessions Drink Trainer Dominic Hawksworth captures the Airport Casual Dining Restaurant of the Year award

Regional winner (ASPAC): Emirates Leisure Retail; The Bistro by Wolfgang Puck, Sydney International Airport

Regional winner (Americas): Dan Food Service Corporation; Gachi House of Sushi, BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport

Regional winner (Europe):  TRG Concessions; Wondertree, London Gatwick Airport

Highly commended: Dan Food Service Corporation; Gachi House of Sushi, BWI Thurgood Marshall Airport,

Airport Upscale Dining Restaurant of the Year

Winner: SSP America; Lift Bar and Grill, Vancouver International Airport

SSP America; Lift Bar and Grill, Vancouver International Airport wins the Airport Upscale Dining Offer of the Year; pictured is SSP America CEO Michael Svagdis

Regional winner (ASPAC): HMSHost International; Crystal Jade, Beijing Capital International Airport

Regional winner (Europe): SSP Denmark; Aamanns, Copenhagen Airport

Regional winner (Americas): SSP America; Lift Bar and Grill, Vancouver International Airport

Airport Food Hall of the Year

Winner: Michael J.F Wright Hospitality Group; Marqette, Dublin Airport

Congratulations to Michael J.F Wright Hospitality Group; Marqette, Dublin Airport, winner of the Airport Food Hall of the Year

Regional winner (ASPAC): OURHOME; Food Empire, Incheon International Airport

Regional winner (Americas): Tastes on the Fly; Napa Farms Market, San Francisco International Airport

Regional winner (Europe): Michael J.F Wright Hospitality Group; Marqette, Dublin Airport

Highly commended: OURHOME; Food Empire, Incheon International Airport

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

New Food & Beverage Concept of the Year

Winner: Changi Airport Group; Hello Kitty Orchid Garden – A Kitty-fied Dining Experience, Singapore Changi Airport

Changi Airport Group VP Landside Concession Division James Fong collects the New Food & Beverage Concept of the Year award

Regional winner (Middle East & India): Emirates Leisure Retail; The Draft House, Dubai International Airport

Regional winner (ASPAC): Changi Airport Group; Hello Kitty Orchid Garden – A Kitty-fied Dining Experience, Singapore Changi Airport

Regional winner (Americas): HMSHost North America; Book & Bourbon, Louisville International Airport

Regional winner (Europe): CasualFood; Goodman & Filippo, Dusseldorf Airport

F&B Marketing & Promotions Campaign of the Year

Winner: OTG; Truffle Week, Newark Liberty International Airport

OTG CEO Rick Blatstein collects the F&B Marketing & Promotions Campaign of the Year award for Truffle Week at Newark Liberty Airport

Regional winner (Europe): Autogrill Group; Bistrot Digital Communication Strategy

Regional winner (ASPAC):  Changi Airport Group; Changi Loves Kids, Singapore Changi

Regional winner (Americas): OTG; Truffle Week; Newark Liberty International

Regional winner (Middle East & India): Travel Food Services; Indonesian Festival at GVK Lounge, Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International T2

Customer Service Initiative of the Year

Winner: Incheon International Airport; CS 3.0, Incheon International Airport

The Customer Service Initiative of the Year award goes to Incheon International Airport for its CS 3.0 campaign

Regional winner (Europe): Areas; Areas Increase Customer Satisfaction program, multiple locations

Regional winner (Asia Pacific): CS 3.0; Incheon International Airport

Regional winner (Americas): MarketPlace Development; Merchant Development Program, Reagan National and Dulles International

Highly commended: Areas; Areas Increase Customer Satisfaction program, Multiple Locations

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

Winner: SSP UK; Gino D’Acampo – My Restaurant, London Euston Station

SSP Group Director of Strategic Client Relationships Nick Inkster collects the Individual Food & Beverage Offer of the Year in a Railway Station award

Highly commended: Lagardère Travel Retail; L’Etoile du Nord, Paris Gare du Nord Station

Travel Food Services; Raildhaba – Visakhapatnam (Vizag) Railway Station

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

Winner: Lagardère Travel Retail; La Plage & Pan Garni, Nice Côte d’Azur Airport

Lagardère Travel Retail; La Plage & Pan Garni, Nice Côte d’Azur Airport received the Airport Food & Beverage Offer Best Reflecting ‘Sense of Place’ award

Regional winner (Middle East & India): Travel Food Services; GVK Lounge (Domestic) by TFS Performa, Mumbai Airport

Regional winner (ASPAC): Emirates Leisure Retail; James Boag’s Upper Deck, Launceston Airport

Regional winner (Americas): HMSHost North America; Book & Bourbon, Louisville International Airport

Regional winner (Europe): Lagardère Travel Retail; La Plage & Pan Garni, Nice Côte d’Azur Airport

Highly commended: Copenhagen Airports; Copenhagen Airport

‘La spirito de vojaĝado’ – ‘The spirit of travel’

Winner: Autogrill; Creative Carbohydrates

Autogrill Global Director of Brand Development and Strategic Partnerships Frank Sickelsmith receives the ‘La spirito de vojaĝado’ – ‘The spirit of travel’ award

Highly commended: Tastes on the Fly; Mariskoj Aventuro

Sustained Commitment to Quality and Excellence

Winner: Caviar House & Prunier

Caviar House & Prunier Franchise & Development Director Emmanuel Collomb collects the Sustained Commitment to Quality and Excellence award

The FAB Dining Transformation Award (Airports)

Winner: OTG; Newark Liberty International Airport

The Great Transformation in F&B of the Year (Airport) award goes to OTG Newark Liberty International Airport

The FAB Dining Transformation Award (Railway stations)

Winner: Travel Food Services; Raildhaba – Visakhapatnam (Vizag) Railway Station

TFS Head of Business Development Darpan Mehta captures the FAB Dining Transformation Award (Railway stations)

#AiroftheDog Great Airport Cocktail Award

Gavin George (centre) won the #AiroftheDog Great Airport Cocktail award for his The Copper Dog Carry-On creation

 Winner: Gavin George; OTG Aprops; Toronto Pearson International

The FAB ‘Wow’ Factor 2017

 Winner: HMSHost International; Pier Zero, Helsinki Airport

HMSHost International CEO Walter Seib collects the FAB Wow Factor award

The FAB Award for Outstanding Individual Contribution to Airport Food & Beverage

Winner: Zenola Campbell Vice President Concessions Dallas Fort Worth International Airport

A special FAB Award for Outstanding Individual Contribution to Airport Food & Beverage was awarded to Dallas Fort/Worth VP Concessions Zenola Campbell

Airport Food & Beverage Offer of the Year

Winner: Changi Airport Group; A Foodie’s Gastronomic Experience, Singapore Changi Airport

The evening’s big winner: Airport Food & Beverage Offer of the Year went to Changi Airport Group; Singapore Changi

Regional winner (Middle East & India): Dubai Airports Company; Concourse D, Dubai International Airport

Regional winner (ASPAC): Changi Airport Group; A Foodie’s Gastronomic Experience, Singapore Changi Airport

Regional winner (Americas): Greater Toronto Airports Authority; Toronto Pearson International Airport

Regional winner (Europe): Copenhagen Airports; Copenhagen Airport

Highly commended: Copenhagen Airports