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.
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
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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