The National Restaurant Association announced the recipients of the 2018 Food and Beverage (FABI) Awards, recognizing food and beverage products that stand out for taste, creativity and profit potential and will make a substantial impact in the restaurant industry.
Officials add that each award recipient and their product will be highlighted throughout the exhibit halls at the National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show, May 19-22 at Chicago’s McCormick Place.
This year’s 36 FABI Award recipients were selected by an independent panel of experts and represent a variety of both commercial and non-commercial industry segments.
FABI Award recipients include the following beverage company honorees:
Company: BCGA Concept Corporation
Product: Brooklyn Crafted Mini
Description: Unlike many competing products, Brooklyn Crafted Mini Ginger Beer is made with 100% real, unfiltered ginger pieces. The 7oz mini bottles are perfect on their own or incorporated into cocktails. Made with no artificial ingredients, no high-fructose corn syrup and no preservatives, it provides all the health benefits of ginger. Flavor profiles include Traditional, Earl Grey, Lemon & Lime and Mango.
Company: Belvoir Fruit Farms
Product: Organic Elderflower and Rose Lemonade
Description: The delicate scent of elderflowers, grown on Belvoir’s own farms and hand-picked at the height of spring, combines with the heady floral taste of real rose petals for a perfumed sparkling drink that stands on its own and also makes the perfect base for unique summer cocktails and mocktails. Belvoir organic sparkling lemonades always blend the freshest flowers, 100% real pressed fruit juice and lightly sparkling water.
Company: La Colombe
Product: Draft Latte
Description: This revolutionary cold coffee beverage delivers a unique, café-style drinking experience. The InnoValve can, a patent-pending process, enhances the ready-to-drink Draft Latte with the foam traditionally found in a hot latte for a quality, on-the-go treat.
Company: Natalie’s Juice
Product: Matcha Lemonade
Description: Bartenders and mixologists looking for exotic ingredients and healthy lemonade alternatives will like this authentically clean juice. Made from only four minimally processed ingredients—water, Florida pure cane sugar, lemons and brewed matcha—it is rich in vitamin C and antioxidants.
Company: SomPriya Fine Spirits, LLC
Product: SomruS Original
Description: The world’s most awarded cream liqueur blends handcrafted rum with cardamom, saffron, almond, pistachio and rose for an exotic tasting spirit. An Indian-inspired liqueur named for the elusive “nectar of the gods,” SomruS Original shines on its own, mixed in a beverage, baked into dessert or even added to a cup of tea for a decadent hard chai latte.
For more information about the FABI Award program and this year’s award recipients, visit Restaurant.org/Show/FABI
Originally appeared in the April, 2018 issue of Prepared Foods as Cheers! New Drinks Honored with NRA 2018 Food and Beverage Awards.