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Despite stalled growth in China, Brazil and Russia, a wave of newly middle-class travelers from the BRICs and beyond will start visiting international destinations in the coming decades — dwarfing the numbers we’ve seen thus far.
This list of best airport and rail food and beverage outlets is missing new and innovative initiatives, especially local ones in Asia. But still worth perusing for what the industry overall considers the best in breed.
It is time to rethink how we think about airports. It is a theme we have been talking about here at Skift a lot lately, including our latest in-depth report: “Airports as Destinations: The Rise of User Experience.”
As part of that, the food and drink experience at airports has been getting better and better, as consumer consciousness about better quality and healthier choices has risen, and as digital allows passengers to get more information about the choices available at airports.
Among the big winners were juice and snack store Joe & The Juice at Copenhagen Airport and The Red Lion pub managed by Wetherspoon at London Gatwick Airport. Four U.S. airports won six different awards, which is surprising (and maybe a sign of better days ahead) and Copenhagen Airport got three awards.
The full list, below, is still missing a lot of new and innovative initiatives — especially local ones in Asia — but is still worth perusing for what the industry overall considers the best in breed:
Best Airport Coffee Shop
Winner: Copenhagen Airport – Joe & The Juice
Commendation: Chicago O’Hare International Airport – Argo Tea
Best Airport ‘Food To Go’
Winner: San Francisco International Airport – Tastes on the Fly, Napa Farms Market
Best Airport Bar
Winner: Gatwick Airport North Terminal – JD Wetherspoon, The Red Lion
Commendation: Dubai International Terminal 3, Concourse A – Emirates Leisure Retail, Jack’s Bar & Grill
Commendation: Manchester Airport Terminal 1 – SSP, The Grain Loft
Best Airport Wine Bar
Winner: Denver International Airport – HMSHost, CRU
Best Airport Casual Dining Restaurant
Winner: London Heathrow Airport Terminal 5 – The Restaurant Group, Giraffe
Best Airport Chef-Led Dining
Winner: Copenhagen Airport – SSP, Le Sommelier
Best Airport Food Court
Winner: Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, F Concourse – HMSHost
Best Fast Food/Quick Service Restaurant
Winner: New York JFK Airport – SSP America, Shake Shack
Best Food & Beverage Marketing & Promotions Campaign
Winner: Copenhagen Airport – Nordic Dining
Commendation: Dublin & Cork Airports – ARI, The Loop, Feed your Family
Best Digital or Social Media Initiative
Winner: Autogrill – Vyaggio
Best Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative
Winner: Autogrill – A Future
Best Railway Station Food & Beverage Offer – Best Individual Station F&B
Winner: Milano Centrale Station – Autogrill, Bistrot Milano Centrale
Commendation: Waterloo Station, London – Sports Bar & Grill
Best Railway Station Food & Beverage Offer – Best Overall Station F&B
Winner: Waterloo Station, London – Network Rail
Best Food & Beverage-Related Innovation
Winner: Denver International Airport – Premium Value Concessions Program
Commendation: LaGuardia, Minneapolis–Saint Paul, Toronto Pearson airports – OTG, Language Support on iPads
Best Airport Food & Beverage Reflecting Sense of Place
Winner: San Francisco International Airport, Terminal 2 – Tastes on the Fly, Napa Farms Market
Airport Food & Beverage Offer of the Year
Winner: Dubai International
Commendation: Copenhagen Airport
To understand more about how airports are changing, get our latest report: “Airports as Destinations: The Rise of User Experience.”
This 26-page report will show how the changing business environment is turning airports into more welcoming places. It will explain the history and context for the trend and what’s coming next.
Check out the extract below, and buy the report here.