HMSHost named as Platinum Sponsor for inaugural FAB event

INTERNATIONAL. HMSHost has been named as Platinum Sponsor of the inaugural Airport Food & Beverage (FAB) Conference and Awards, to be run by The Moodie Report and hosted by Manchester Airport on September 5-7.

HMSHost, a division of Autogrill, is one of the world’s leading airport food & beverage service providers, with particular strengths in the North American market. The company’s President and CEO Elie Maalouf will be among the heavyweight speakers at the September event.

Maalouf said: “The inaugural Airport Food & Beverage Conference will cover a range of strategies that make the traveller’s day better-from design, to food & beverage offerings, to customer service. When these elements come together successfully, the airport experience is elevated to new levels. This conference is sure to be one of the top events of 2010.”

HMSHost’s support underlines the high level of interest in the event, which has already drawn strong interest from the world’s food & beverage operators, as well as airports and brand owners.

A full information pack, including entry forms, is also now available for the inaugural Airport Food & Beverage (FAB) Awards that will take place at the Gala Dinner on September 6 (click on the PDF icon on this page or the right-hand advertisement to download). Entries have already begun to flow in. Award nominations are due in by 14 July.

Delegates are also urged to take advantage of an “˜early bird’ rate of £699 (£799 from 2 July), plus a highly preferential hotel booking rate of £115 at The Radisson Blu Hotel Manchester Airport (including breakfast). Please visit for full details on hotel and delegate registration, plus programme and sponsorship details.

The event will kick off with an informal Opening Cocktail on 5 September. FAB 2010 is themed “˜Championing Innovation and Excellence in Airport Food & Beverage’.

Confirmed speakers at the conference include Manchester Airport Managing Director Andrew Cornish; Rick Blatstein, President and Founder of acclaimed independent US airport F&B operator OTG Management; SSP Chief Executive Andrew Lynch; HMSHost President and CEO Elie W. Maalouf; Heathrow Airport Retail Concessions Director Brian Woodhead and Caviar House & Prunier President Peter Rebeiz.

They will be joined by Manchester Airport Commercial Director Andrew Harrison; Doug Tomlinson, CEO of US airport wine bar specialists Vino Volo; Rajeev Panjwani, Managing Director of India’s leading F&B concessionaire Travel Food Services; Peter Martin, Founder, Peach Factory and Peach Report; and David King, Director of The David King Partnership.

This strong speakers’ contingent is capped by Manfred Funke, Manager HORECA at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol; Puan Faizah Khairuddin, Senior General Manager, Commercial Services Malaysia Airports, Malaysia; Mark Hallstein, Senior Manager Category Food & Beverages, Fraport/Frankfurt Airport Services Worldwide; The Moodie Report Founder & Publisher Martin Moodie; and Jonathan Tribe, International Managing Director, Delaware North.

The awards cover all aspects of airport F&B operations:
1. Best Non-Alcoholic Beverage Outlet
2. Best Airport Bar
3. Best Sandwich Offer
4. Best Full Service Restaurant
5. Best Self Service/Assisted Service Food Operation
6. Best Fast Food/Quick Service Restaurant
7. Best F&B Marketing and Promotions Campaign
8. Best Supplier
9. Best Concessionaire Innovation
10. Best Airport Innovation
11. Best Design of Overall F&B facilities
12. Best F&B Employee
13. Best Outstanding Individual Contribution
14. Best Concession Programme
15. Best Concession Partner as Voted by an Airport
16. Best Overall Airport F&B Offer:
-For airports with less than 5 million passengers
-For airports with 5-10 million passengers
-For airports with 10-25 million passengers
-For airports with more than 25 million passengers
-The Best Overall F&B Offer in an Airport in the world

David King, Director of The David King Partnership*, is Convenor of Judges. He is joined on the judging panel by The Moodie Report Publisher Martin Moodie; Dr Patricia Ryan, President of Florida-based Decision Services International and one of the airport sector’s most experienced and respected commercial executives; and one more judge to be named.

For sponsorship queries please contact Sarah Genest at

ABOUT THE MOODIE REPORT: The Moodie Report ( is the world’s leading information provider for the airport commercial revenues sector, from duty free retailing to food & beverage operations.

ABOUT MANCHESTER AIRPORT: Manchester Airport ( is the only global gateway to Northern England.

Over 100 airlines offer direct flights to more than 200 destinations worldwide, connecting over 20 million passengers to more places than any other airport in the UK.

It employs around 19,000 people directly on-site and is a vital economic contributor to both the city of Manchester and the whole region. It is the flagship facility of the Manchester Airports Group – the country’s largest UK-owned airport operator (which also operates East Midlands, Bournemouth and Humberside airports).

*ABOUT THE DAVID KING PARTNERSHIP: The David King Partnership ( specialises in advising airport shareholders and management teams in developing all aspects of non-aeronautical revenue streams.

David King was formerly an Executive Director of Alpha Airports Group, responsible for the company’s worldwide tax and duty free business and the airport F&B retail operations in the UK, Ireland and Sweden. He also has 20 years experience working in the UK hospitality business, operating pubs, restaurants and hotels and previously worked in the ferry industry as Retail Director with Hoverspeed.

The Concorde Conference Centre (above and below) at Manchester Airport will offer an iconic experience for delegates

Deep Blue at JFK Airport T5, run by OTG Management whose President and Founder Rick Blatstein will speak at FAB

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