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Oct 2, 2013

HMSHost Celebrates Top Industry Awards at 2013 Moodie Food & Beverage Conference

Company’s Denver and Atlanta Programs Recognized for Excellence in Airport Dining


NORTH AMERICA & DUBAI — In a spectacular gala event this evening at Atlantis, The Palm Hotel & Resort in Dubai, global restaurateur HMSHost, a world leader in travel dining, was honored by the 2013 Moodie Food & Beverage (FAB) Awards. HMSHost received awards for Best Airport Wine Bar for Crú at Denver International Airport and Best Airport Food Court for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Concourse F. HMSHost’s parent company, Autogrill Group, was also honored with awards for Best Digital or Social Media Initiative for Vyaggio, Best Railway Station Food & Beverage Offer for Bistro Milano Centrale and Best Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative for A Future. The Moodie FAB Conference and Awards, hosted annually by The Moodie Report and its sister title, The Foodie Report, seeks to promote excellence in the consumer offering.

“This important recognition celebrates our efforts toward bringing a first-class dining experience to travelers around the world,” said Tom Fricke, President & CEO, HMSHost. “By delivering superior food and customer service, we are able to take airport dining to new levels.”

“As the global leader in the travel F&B industry, innovation is what drives us, both to reshape our offering and enhance our operating model,” said Ezio Balarini, Autogrill Group Chief Marketing Officer. “We are extremely proud that our innovative attitude and efforts have been recognized with the prestigious FAB awards for the third consecutive year and we shall proceed with even more energy along this exciting path.”

The Moodie FAB Awards judges included David King, industry veteran and Director of the David King Partnership; Bartlett Mitchell Managing Director Wendy Bartlett; and The Moodie Report Founder & Chairman Martin Moodie. Winners were selected among 209 entries, spanning airports on every continent, as well as the best in railway station food & beverage.

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.