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Apr 27, 2015

HMSHost Awarded at Airports Council International-North America Conference

HMSHost recognized by ACI-NA at the Business of Airports Conference with Excellence in Airport Concessions Awards

PHOENIX, AZ — Global restaurateur HMSHost was recognized by Airports Council International-North America (ACI-NA) through the Excellence in Airport Concessions Awards contest with awards for Real Food Daily at Los Angeles International Airport and for Cool River Café at Dallas Love Field. HMSHost also received recognition for the Wall Street Journal Newsstand / Travel Store with Starbucks Coffee at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport.

Real Food Daily has been serving its delicious vegan, organic fare like tempeh vegetable burgers to Angelenos for years, however the HMSHost location in Terminal 4 of Los Angeles International Airport is the first ever vegan restaurant in an airport. Cool River Café is a well-known brand in the Dallas area for its certified Angus steaks and upscale ambiance. HMSHost’s version of the street side favorite in Dallas Love Field has garnered a similar reputation as a premier travel dining destination where travelers can indulge in dishes like a petite filet with side of sautéed mushrooms and glass of wine.

Several airport food & beverage programs where HMSHost operates were also recognized. These include Los Angeles International Airport’s Tom Bradley International Terminal where HMSHost operates brands such as ink.sack, Border Grill, Chaya, Vanilla Bake Shop, Umami Burger, Larder at Tavern, 800 Degrees Pizza, and Starbucks Evenings; as well as Toronto Pearson International Airport where HMSHost operates Caplansky’s Delicatessen, Twist by Roger Mooking, Paramount Fine Foods, and others. Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport was also recognized, where HMSHost operates Jim N’ Nick’s BBQ, Good People Brewing, Talladega Grille, and Farmers Market.

“We are honored to receive these awards as they indicate that HMSHost continues to be a leader in the industry by offering advanced and innovative dining options and an outstanding overall traveler experience,” said HMSHost President and CEO Steve Johnson. “Further, as we continue to work hard and set an even higher standard for the industry, we feel fortunate to be able to take a moment to appreciate the invaluable efforts made by the entire HMSHost team. It is these dedicated efforts that make this sort of recognition possible.”

The purpose of the ACI-NA Excellence in Airport Concessions Awards is to inspire creativity in the industry and to recognize innovative and outstanding airport concessions. The awards were announced this week at the first ever Business of Airports Conference gala in Phoenix.

About HMSHost
Global restaurateur HMSHost is a world leader in creating dining for travel venues. HMSHost operates locations all over North America, and is part of Autogrill Group, the world's leading provider of food & beverage services for people on the move. Visit for more information.