The National Restaurant Association® Craves the Next Breakthrough in Taste, Creativity and Profit Potential

CHICAGO, IL – The National Restaurant Association (NRA) is accepting applications for the 2018 FABI Awards, its annual celebration of the year’s most inventive and impactful food and beverage products. Award recipients will be recognized at the National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show® 2018, which runs May 19-22, at McCormick Place in Chicago.
NRA Show® exhibitors value the industry validation and excitement generated by the FABI Award program. “Receiving a FABI recognition is truly an honor and gives us pride in knowing we are helping our customers drive what is next with consumer food and beverage experiences,” says Sumi DeBenedittis, Director, Foodservice Development at PepsiCo Foodservice. “NRA Show FABI Awards is one of the only awards where operators validate new products and innovation for the foodservice industry.”
An independent panel of industry operators and experts judge FABI Award submissions for their exciting new tastes, uniqueness in the market, appeal to the operator community, creative approach to operator challenges or introduction of new opportunities and profit potential.
FABI Award recipient benefits include: prominent placement in pre-Show promotional efforts; company logo and product information on NRA Show website; inclusion in an official press release announcing FABI Award recipients; priority placement in on-site opportunities with broadcast media; participation in sampling events; FABI recipient booth signage; and extensive coverage via NRA Show media relations. Last year’s recipients enjoyed more than 7.5 million media impressions. This year, to generate extra buzz for FABI-awarded products, NRA Show will be hosting sampling events in the Foodamental Studio, an on-floor event area.
To apply for a FABI Award, please visit Submission deadline is January 10, 2018. Manufacturers may enter any food or beverage product introduced to the U.S. foodservice market between May 1, 2016 and May 19, 2018. The product will be evaluated by the FABI Award’s independent panel of experts, including:
• Timothy J. Dietzler, Director of Dining Services, Villanova University
• Lori Estrada, Senior Vice President of R&D, Wendy’s
• Christopher Koetke, CEC, CCE, HAAC, Vice President, The School of Culinary Arts, Kendall College
• John Li, Senior Vice President of R&D, Bloomin’ Brands
• Robin Rosenberg, Vice President, Chef de Cuisine, Levy Restaurants
• Lee Ann Shaw, Global Procurement Director, Hot Beverages and Snacks, Aramark
• Bret Thorn, Senior Food & Beverage Editor, Nation’s Restaurant News; Senior Food Editor, Restaurant Hospitality
For more information on the FABI Awards program, please visit
The National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show is the largest annual gathering of restaurant, foodservice and lodging professionals in the world. NRA Show 2018 will be held May 19-22, 2018 at McCormick Place in Chicago. NRA Show attracts more than 66,000 attendees from all 50 states and 100+ countries, and showcases the latest products and services as well as up-to-the-minute information about trends and issues and growth opportunities. For more information, visit NRA Show can also be found on Twitter (@NRAShow), Facebook and Instagram (@NRAShow).