Welcome to FAB eZine – the world’s only media focused on airport (and other travel-related) food & beverage.

From Houston to Istanbul, and from Munich to Doha, this issue spans the globe in search of the best our industry has to offer.

OTG is renowned for its triple focus on design, technology and cuisine, and thrilling examples of all of these elements are showcased to dazzling effect at George Bush Intercontinental in Houston, across multiple concepts and locations. Martin Moodie goes on a multi-sensorial journey through the airport in our cover story.

The food & beverage industry will gather in Istanbul in June 2020 for the annual Airport Food & Beverage (FAB) Conference & Awards. As well as providing more details on what promises to be a spectacular event, we see how host Istanbul Airport and the main F&B operator there, Tum & Ictur, are achieving their goal of “leading the world and becoming the definitive airport culinary destination”.

Elsewhere in this issue, we spotlight Munich Airport’s fantastic restaurant and beer garden concept Airbräu, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

We are also on location for a major opening at Hamad International in Doha, and get HMSHost’s take on a vibrant and varied new line-up at Minneapolis-St. Paul International.

Finally, it is with great pleasure that we introduce a regular new column championing the best in customer service in our industry – The F&B Front Line. In it, we celebrate the real heroes of our industry – staff members who go the extra mile every day when serving the travelling public – starting with the winner of the F&B Team Member of the Year award at FAB 2019: Tastes on the Fly’s Antonio Alicea.

Please enjoy this edition of FAB eZine with our compliments.

Jason Holland

Editor, FAB eZine


4-9 F&B highlights

Sustainability is high on the agenda in our regular look at the best new openings, innovations and events as DXB goes plastic-free and Air New Zealand trials edible coffee cups.


13 FAB heads to Istanbul

Save the date – Istanbul Airport is to host the annual Airport Food & Beverage (FAB) Conference & Awards on 23-24 June 2020, and is promising a “truly inspiring and welcoming” event.


15 Spirit of Bavaria

Munich Airport’s Airbräu celebrated its 20th anniversary earlier this year. The ever-popular concept combines a delightful restaurant, Europe's largest roofed beer garden and the world's first airport brewery.


17 The view from India

#Miles2Go Consulting Services Founder Shriram Sanjeevi examines the rise and rise of Travel Food Services and how it has led a revolution in Indian airport food standards.


20 The F&B Front Line

This regular new column champions the best in customer service in the food & beverage industry.



10-11 Houston we have a solution

OTG’s triple focus on design, technology and cuisine is showcased to thrilling effect across multiple concepts and locations at George Bush Intercontinental Airport’s United Airlines terminals in Houston to create an F&B offer that is just about as cutting edge as it gets.


14 Istanbul Airport in profile

FAB 2020 host Istanbul Airport is aiming to become the “definitive airport culinary destination”. Main operator Tum & Ictur is adopting a strategy based on blending the best local and international concepts.


16 Tea and tradition

Harrods Tea Room is the latest high-class addition to the eclectic food & beverage line-up at Hamad International Airport. We were on location for the launch.


19 Minneapolis magic

HMSHost Vice President of Business Development Michael Price discusses a major revamp of the F&B space at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

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FAB eZine

December 2019

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