42 foods and beverages shaping what's next on menus

The National Restaurant Association Show’s 2023 FABI award winners showcase the most influential new foodservice products and trends.
Among the 42 award winners, the judges selected eight products as FABI Favorites. /Image courtesy of National Restaurant Association Show

The National Restaurant Association Show announced the recipients of the 2023 Food and Beverage (FABI) Awards Wednesday, naming a record-breaking 42 products as winners.

Awardees were selected for their taste, uniqueness, appeal to the operator community and innovative approach to meeting operator challenges. The winners reflected and advanced some of the major trends impacting menus, including plant-based proteins, zero-proof wine and spirits, global cuisines, flavor complexity and veggie-forward menu items.

Each FABI entry was sampled and evaluated by an independent panel of judges from across the foodservice industry. New this year, the judges singled out eight awardees as FABI Favorites—the most groundbreaking and influential of the products submitted.

FABI Favorites

Brown Sugar Instant Boba Kit from Boba Bam

Plant-Based Tuna Filet from Current Foods

Propellant-free Nonstick Cooking Spray from La Tourangelle

V’DGZ Corn R’Bz, vegetable appetizers from McCain Foods

Classic Cutlet made with mushroom root from Meati

Nounos whole-milk Greek Yogurt from Nounos Creamery LLC

Spring in a Bottle alcohol-free sparkling rose from Wolffer Estate Vineyard

Yo Plant-Based Sunny-Side Up Egg from Yo Foods

“I’m honored to have been part of the selection process and excited for the foodservice community to get a taste of the judges’ top picks, with the new FABI Favorites category,” said Chef Marion Gibson, Director of Culinary Innovation at Aramark and a FABI judge.

Gibson added, “all the 2023 FABI awardees are prime examples of the delicious creativity and innovation that drives the industry forward.”

Here is a complete list of the remaining FABI winners:

Mongolian Plant-Based Steak, Alchemeat

Plant-Based Pepperoni, Before the Butcher

Beyond Steak, Beyond Meat

Briette brie cheese, Champignon North America, Inc.

Simply Mixology, The Coca-Cola Company

Italian 4 Cheese Style Blend Shreds, Daiya Foods, Inc.

EQUII High Protein Bake Mix, EQUII Foods

HealthSavor Organic Miso Mustard, Great Eastern Sun

Impossible Fully Cooked Burger Patty, Impossible Foods

Mini Mashers, McCain Foods

Unsweetened Barista Milk, Milkadamia

Pourable Plant Milk Mozzarella, Miyoko’s Creamery

Vegan Boneless Chicken Wings, Myrtle Greens

Vegan Kung Pao Chicken Steamed Dumplings, Myrtle Greens

Plantspired Korean BBQ Steak, Nasoya

Bakeable Cajun Breaded Plant-Based New Wave Shrimp, New Wave Foods

Oatly Soft Serve, Oatly

Grill House Burger, Ocean Beauty Seafoods

Cold Brew with Chocolate Liqueur

Organic Mixology

Regal Harvest Smoked Basmati Rice, Pari Foods Inc.

Cream Cheese Spread, Perfect Day, Inc.

Sabatino Tartufi Truffle & Honey, Sabatino Truffles

No-Soy Sauce, Sempio Foods Company

Organic Gochujang, Sempio Foods Company

Premium Mason Jar Desserts, Taste It Presents

Grab & Go Blueberry Parfait Popper Hyper-Chilled Fresh in Yogurt & Granola, Tru Fru LLC

Grab & Go Raspberry Parfait Popper Hyper-Chilled Fresh in Yogurt & Granola, Tru Fru LLC

Grab & Go Strawberry Parfait Popper Hyper-Chilled Fresh in Yogurt & Granola, Tru Fru LLC

Hillshire Farm Fully Cooked Carved Pork Belly, Tyson Foods

Plant-Based Korean BBQ, UNLIMEAT

2 oz. Frittatas, Veggies Made Great

B’Lure Butterfly Pea Flower Extract, Wild Hibiscus Flower Company

Cutting Vedge Veggie Forward Meatballs, World Finer Foods

Yo Plant-Based Poached Egg, Yo Foods, Inc.

FABI Awardees will receive industry-wide exposure during the National Restaurant Association Show, taking place May 20-23 at McCormick Place in Chicago, with attendees invited to taste the products.

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