The National Restaurant Association announced the recipients of the 2016 Food and Beverage (FABI) Awards, recognizing progressive food and beverage products that make a significant impact in the restaurant industry. Each award recipient and their product will be showcased throughout the exhibit halls at the 2016 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show, held from May 21-24 in Chicago at McCormick Place.
An independent panel of experts, representing a variety of both commercial and non-commercial industry segments, selected this year’s 26 FABI Award recipients based on their exciting benefits to restaurant operators as well as the end consumer.
“The FABI Awards provide restaurant operators a sneak peek at innovative menu items that address the desires customers are seeking, as well as meeting operators desire for cost effective solutions,” says Lisa Ingram, convention chair for NRA Show 2016 and president and CEO of White Castle System, Inc. “The FABI award recipients demonstrate the craftsmanship and creativity today’s world increasingly demands - from creating more flavorful dishes for the end consumer to offering ingredient alternatives for gluten-free, paleo, and additional dietary restrictions.”
The 2016 FABI Award recipients include:
L’Estornell Smoked Oil
This olive oil is the perfect marriage of the native extra virgin olive oil with cold smoke. The delicate processing creates a beautiful balance between the Arbequina olive oil’s classic fruit flavor profile with hints of subtle smokiness to round out this carefully crafted product.
These incomparable sauces bring authentic Peruvian flavors to adventurous palates looking for exciting new global flavors. These sauces offer up bold, diverse flavor profiles ranging from spicy and creamy to piquant and fresh and add depth in bases, sauces, and as a finisher.
Australis Aquaculture, LLC
Australis offers a pre-scored 6 oz. skin-on barramundi that is consistently priced, convenient and sustainable. Each thoughtfully raised, hand-trimmed center cut portion is flash frozen within hours of harvest and individually vacuum-packed for the best quality.
Bai Bubbles are sparkling fruit flavored beverages infused with the antioxidants from coffeefruit. With only one gram of sugar, five calories, and no artificial sweeteners, Bai Bubbles serves up a low calorie beverage boasting bold fruit flavor without any unwanted sweeteners.
Perfectly portioned Ciabatta Bites are non-GMO Project Verified and do not contain additives, preservatives, or added sugar, making them a perfect snack on their own or for dipping. They’re made with the purest ingredients and are available in a variety of flavors.
Brands of Britain, LLC
Fever-Tree Naturally Light Ginger Beer
This naturally brewed reduced calorie ginger beer uses natural fruit sugars and three types of ginger. It maintains the distinctive ginger character of Fever-Tree Ginger Beer with 42% fewer calories, making it a perfect mixer for cocktails or a refreshing soft drink on its own.