World’s best airport and rail station F&B recognised at FAB awards

Source: ©The Moodie Report

By The Moodie Report News Room

INTERNATIONAL. The best airport and railway food & beverage operators in the world were revealed on Wednesday evening (2 October) at the third annual Airport Food & Beverage (FAB) Awards in Dubai.

Among the big winners were juice and snack concept Joe & The Juice at Copenhagen Airport and The Red Lion pub managed by Wetherspoon at London Gatwick Airport. HMSHost, Autogrill and SSP were all multiple winners, while Dubai International captured the award for Airport Food & Beverage Offer of the Year. The full list is presented below.

The FAB 2013 award winners and highly commended companies
Dubai Airports CEO Paul Griffiths (left) and Senior Vice President Commercial Eugene Barry accept their award from The Moodie Report's Dermot Davitt last night
The awards were presented at a Gala Dinner sponsored by HMSHost, held at the end of the second day of The FAB Conference and Awards, hosted by Dubai Airports. The conference is being held at Atlantis, The Palm - and the hotel's spectacular Asateer provided a suitably elegant venue for the prestigious awards.

Judging the awards were The Moodie Report Founder & Chairman Martin Moodie, The David King Partnership Founder David King and Bartlett Mitchell Managing Director Wendy Bartlett.

Atlantis, The Palm has been hosting the 2013 FAB Conference & Awards


Best Airport Coffee Shop
Winner: Copenhagen Airport - Joe & The Juice
Commendation: Chicago O’Hare International Airport - Argo Tea

Best Airport ‘Food To Go’
Winner: San Francisco International Airport – Tastes on the Fly, Napa Farms Market

Best Airport Bar
Winner: Gatwick Airport North Terminal – JD Wetherspoon, The Red Lion
Commendation: Dubai International Terminal 3, Concourse A – Emirates Leisure Retail, Jack’s Bar & Grill
Commendation: Manchester Airport Terminal 1 – SSP, The Grain Loft

Best Airport Wine Bar
Winner: Denver International Airport – HMSHost, CRU

Best Airport Casual Dining Restaurant
Winner: London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 – The Restaurant Group, Giraffe

Best Airport Chef-Led Dining
Winner: Copenhagen Airport – SSP, Le Sommelier

Best Airport Food Court
Winner: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, F Concourse – HMSHost

Best Fast Food/Quick Service Restaurant
Winner: New York JFK Airport – SSP America, Shake Shack

Best Food & Beverage Marketing & Promotions Campaign
Winner: Copenhagen Airport – Nordic Dining
Commendation: Dublin & Cork Airports - ARI, The Loop, Feed your Family

Best Digital or Social Media Initiative
Winner: Autogrill – Vyaggio

Best Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative
Winner: Autogrill – A Future

Best Railway Station Food & Beverage Offer – Best Individual Station F&B
Winner: Milano Centrale Station – Autogrill, Bistrot Milano Centrale
Commendation: Waterloo Station, London – Sports Bar & Grill

Best Railway Station Food & Beverage Offer – Best Overall Station F&B
Winner: Waterloo Station, London – Network Rail

Best Food & Beverage-Related Innovation
Winner: Denver International Airport – Premium Value Concessions Program
Commendation: LaGuardia, Minneapolis–Saint Paul, Toronto Pearson airports – OTG, Language Support on iPads

Best Airport Food & Beverage Reflecting Sense of Place
Winner: San Francisco International Airport, Terminal 2 – Tastes on the Fly, Napa Farms Market

Airport Food & Beverage Offer of the Year
Winner: Dubai International
Commendation: Copenhagen Airport

HMSHost hosted the Gala Evening and served up a fabulous feast from five continents