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NRA seeks FABI award applicants

The National Restaurant Association is accepting applications for the 2014 FABI awards, which recognizes and celebrates innovation among food and beverage manufacturers.

An independent panel of judges will select the award recipients, who will be featured at next year’s NRA Show, May 17-20 in Chicago.

“Successful operators continually seek and adopt new products that reflect consumer trends, are highly marketable and can add incremental value and benefits to their operations,” said Mary Pat Heftman, the NRA’s executive vice president of convention and strategic alliances. “The FABI Awards were created to identify emerging products that operators can use to enhance their business."

"We are looking for trailblazing products that will help drive customer satisfaction and profitability for restaurants,” said John Li, senior vice president of research and development for Bloomin’ Brands Inc. and FABI awards judge. “I have seen how introducing a FABI Award can contribute to improving operators’ businesses. That is why it is so important to bring these cutting-edge innovations to the forefront of the industry.”

The deadline to apply for the awards is Jan. 10, 2014. All food and beverage products being considered must be introduced into the U.S. foodservice marketplace between Jan. 1, 2013 and May 17, 2014. The products must meet four criteria:

• Unique with meaningful differentiation
• Superior to directly competing products
• Documentation for claims made and proof of performance
• Deliver significant benefit(s) to targeted operators as judged by the panel

For more information or to apply, go to Restaurant.org/Show/FABI.

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