Restaurant Business was named best media brand for overall editorial excellence by the Jesse H. Neal Awards on Friday.
It is the first time in the publication’s history that it has won the highly coveted award, considered the highest accolade in business-to-business journalism.
“Being named best media brand at the 2020 Neal Awards is a great honor, and it’s truly exceptional to be recognized even as the media landscape is changing so quickly,” said Abbey Lewis, vice president of content strategy for Winsight. “We are so proud of how we have evolved along with the changing times, balancing the digital with traditional, innovating in areas that benefit our readership and growing the ways in which we are able to deliver that great Restaurant Business content.”
“I am so proud of the team and how nimble and thoughtful they are—always putting our readers first and being a trusted and sought-after source, even as the world is at a crossroads,” she said.
Restaurant Business was also recognized for best overall art direction.
The Jesse H. Neal Awards recognize the best work of the year in business-to-business media, and Restaurant Business was a finalist for four awards overall.
“I’m thrilled,” said Jonathan Maze, editor-in-chief of RB. “This is a great honor. Our entire team has worked extremely hard to cover this industry, and this award reflects the quality they put in every single day.”
Restaurant Business sister publications FoodService Director, CSP and Winsight Grocery Business all won awards Friday. CSP also won for best overall art direction, and FSD was awarded for best cover.
The Winsight creative team won three awards overall.
“I’m really proud of my team,” Creative Director Sara Stewart said. “They’re full of great, creative people, and this confirms just how incredible they are.”
Jon Springer, executive editor for Winsight Grocery Business, won a Neal Award for his Basket Economics blog.