Restaurant Business wins 5 gold Azbee Awards for business-to-business journalism

The publication won two overall excellence awards, for Website of the Year and Multi-Platform Package of the Year. It won eight awards overall.
Killer in the Kitchen took home two of the five Gold awards. / Photo by Jonathan Maze

Restaurant Business took home five national gold Azbee Awards of Excellence from the American Society of Business Publication Editors at a ceremony in Atlanta on Thursday, including two prestigious awards for overall excellence.

The publication won the overall excellence award for Website of the Year, with judges citing the site for its interest and readability. It is the second national award Restaurant Business has received for the best website this year, following the Best Website honor from the Jesse H. Neal Awards last month.

RB also won the overall excellence award for Multi-Platform Package of the Year for its coverage of the Technomic Top 500 Chain Restaurant Report, with judges citing its innovative use of data to examine the state of the restaurant industry, including profiles of companies on the ranking and its use of podcasts and video to help tell the story.

“This is an incredible honor,” said Restaurant Business Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Maze. “Restaurant Business consistently produces quality journalism about the restaurant industry and these awards prove it. I’m just thrilled.”

Killer in the Kitchen, an examination of the impact of addiction in the restaurant industry, came home with two gold awards and one silver award. The golds were for Online Single Topic Coverage, by a team, and for Online Feature Article Design, by Restaurant Business Art Director Nico Heins. The package won a silver for Web Feature Series.

The package has won several national awards, including an award for Best Subject-Related Package from the Jesse H. Neal Awards, where it was the runner-up for the Grand Neal, the top overall prize.

The Restaurant Business social media team of Digital Specialist Kimberly Kaczmarek, Heins and Social Strategist Kathleen Fatica won a gold for Best Social Media Campaign for the Top 100 Restaurants package.

“I could not be prouder of this team,” said Abbey Lewis, VP of content strategy for Winsight Media. “We’ve always known how well this group performs and it’s just wonderful to see it recognized on a national level like this.”

Heins also won a silver for Best Infographics, and the Top 500 package also won a silver award for Best Online State of the Industry. Senior Editor Pat Cobe won a bronze award for Best Enterprise Story for a feature last year on the trend of sober bars.

Restaurant Business sister publication CSP, meanwhile, won a gold award for Opening Page or Spread for an illustration with the print story “BP Rethinks the Future of the Oil Company.” It also won bronze awards for News Analysis for that same story and for best online Web Microsite or Special Section for its annual Top 202.

The Azbee’s annually recognizes the best journalism from business-to-business publications across the country.

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