From The Moodie Report comes The Foodie Report: New F&B title born

INTERNATIONAL.. The Moodie Report today unveiled a new title called The Foodie Report, dedicated to travel-related, revenue-generating food & beverage. The title adopts the new, multi-media e-Zine format that’s proved so popular with sister title The Moodie Report.

Publisher Martin Moodie said: “Airport food & beverage is, we estimate, a US$10 billion business worldwide. Add in railway station F&B and revenue-generating food and drink sales onboard airlines, ferries and cruiselines and you have a huge global business. And it’s one that’s set to grow and grow.

“It’s precisely that need for focus on such a growing and lucrative revenue stream that inspired The Moodie Report to launch this new sister title. Swap an “˜M’ for an “˜F’ and hey presto, The Foodie Report is born.

“We’re going to be championing excellence, studying trends, debating issues. And we’re starting right here in issue one.”

The launch issues announces the June 20-22 2012 dates and venue (the prestigious Hotel Okura) for The Moodie Report’s second Airport Food & Beverage (FAB) Conference & Awards to be held in Amsterdam and hosted by Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

Underlining The Foodie Report’s focus on diverse travel channels, we speak to Network Rail UK’s Head of Retail Gavin McKechnie about his move from the airport sector to the world of railway stations. He talks of his aspirations for the spectacular new King’s Cross Western Concourse in London, which will boast a highly ambitious F&B offer.

In what will become a regular Consumer Focus section, top American pastry chef and food writer David Lebovitz, representing the consumer, and French airport operator Aéroports de Paris, the industry, engage in a call-and-response style discussion on the quality and development of Paris Charles de Gaulles and Orly’s F&B offers.

We also feature a new regular section, The Front Line, where we champion excellence in service. This issue takes us to Bristol Airport Burger King in the UK to meet a very talented young lady named Marija, who has been singled out by customers and her employer, SSP for her attitude and friendly service.

Moodie commented: “Food & beverage is a sector that is intrinsically linked to countries and cultures, tastes and traditions. Food binds humanity together, always acting as a talking point and as one of the most fundamental pleasures in life. A high-quality food & beverage offer makes a huge difference to an airport’s reputation, besides driving vital commercial revenues.

“It’s a sector crammed with challenges (especially in the airport environment), issues, trends and opportunities. It’s about combining international and national (or regional) tastes. And it’s about creating that all-important, much-abused concept of Sense of Place.

“We have long believed that food & beverage receives scant coverage in the wider travel retail media. We vowed to change that with the launch of the Airport Food & Beverage (FAB) conference and Awards earlier this year – an event that, as we announce in this issue, moves to Amsterdam in 2012. And now we’re reinforcing that identity with the sector’s first dedicated business-to-business magazine.”

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