This year too welcomed the Airport Food & Beverage (FAB) Conference & Awards, one of the foodservice sector’s most important events, acclaiming airport food & beverage operators of particular excellence and quality. Like last year, the 2022 edition was virtual, taking place on 12 and 13 September, and saw the Group play a leading role in the debates, discussions and seminars that have always characterized the way forward in this industry.
This year’s theme: People, Partnership, Progress, Planet
Last year it was only right to stress not so much foodservice for its own sake but the resilience of the people doing it, as they’d showed admirable spirit of sacrifice and love their work to keep the quality of service high despite the pandemic.
This year, with the worst of the pandemic emergency behind us, it was possible to enjoy a sigh of relief, albeit with a wary eye on the challenges ahead. New challenges demanding progress above all in terms of sustainability, as also reflected in the current international agenda.
So Autogrill was particularly well prepared for this major event, given the Group’s ongoing commitment to a vision of sustainability based on its three strategic pillars of People, Food Experiences and Planet.
And the winner is...
Given our record, it was no surprise that the nine awards garnered were spread across the following two categories: the FAB Superstars Awards, introduced last year to acclaim the thousands of heroes and heroines working every day with passion and reliability both up front and behind the scenes, and the FAB ESG AWARDS, this year featuring for the first time, acclaiming both people and initiatives that have had a positive impact in the environmental and social governance (ESG) area.
Once again, the haul of accolades highlighted the Group’s internationalism, with award-winning teams and projects from a conspicuous variety of countries.
Yet another demonstration of why Autorgill is “recognized as the world’s best provider of foodservice for travellers in terms of reliability and focus on the customer”.
Winners in the FAB SUPERSTAR AWARDS category
Star Team Asia Pacific -Back of House: Cairns Airport Operations Team, HMSHost International
Star Team Europe - Back of House: Eataly Team, Autogrill, Rome Fiumicino Airport
Star Individual Americas- Back of House: Brad Maher, Executive Director of Operations, HMSHost North America, Chicago O’Hare
Star Individual Asia Pacific -Back of House: Nguyen Cong Khoa, Purchasing Officer, HMSHost International, Da Nang International Airport
Star Individual Europe -Back of House: Andy Goss, Food & Beverage Manager, HMSHost, UK
Star Innovation Europe -Front of House: Human Resources Italy, Autogrill ‘Work with the Army
Winners in the FAB ESG AWARDS category
Champion of Cultural Change: Bastiaan van Asten, Senior Vice President Commercial, HMSHost International
Sustainability & Environmental Stewardship: Winner: ‘Make It Happen’ Strategy, Autogrill
Best Health & Wellbeing in the Workplace: Wellbeing Podcast Series, HMSHost International