The National Restaurant Association Show recently announced the recipients of the 2021 Food and Beverage (FABI) Awards, which celebrates the year’s food and beverage products that are breaking new ground in taste, creativity and profit potential. These industry-altering products will shape what’s new and next for the future of food and beverage with flavorful and marketable items designed to satisfy customers’ taste and boost sales for years to come.

“We are proud to recognize this year’s FABI Award recipients. These 24 products showcase the innovation and creativity that our industry continues to produce,” says Tom Cindric, president of Winsight Exhibitions. “From Free Wave Non-Alcoholic Hazy IPA to White Truffle Infused Spray Oil to UNCUT® Plant-Based Taco Ground and Beyond Chicken® Tenders, these FABI Award recipients are being recognized for inspiring new tastes, flavors, and craftsmanship during a time when it was needed most. Congratulations to all of the recipients.”

One of the notable recipients of this year’s awards is Eli’s Cheesecake. The Chicago-based bakery was honored for its Confetti Cheesecake, a double celebration with a housemade layer of yellow confetti cake topped with birthday cake confetti cheesecake and hand-piped vanilla mousse with more sprinkles. It also received an award for its Mini Dulce De Leche Pie, featuring creamy dulce de leche caramel, baked in an all-butter shortbread crust and sprinkled with coarse sugar.

Other award recipients include Athletic Brewing Company, Before the Butcher, Beyond Meat, Brooklyn Food & Beverage, Gourmet Culinary Partners, Incogmeato, ItalCrust, La Colombe Coffee Roasters, La Tourangelle, MorningStar Farms, Natalie's Orchid Island Juice Co., Red Gold, RISE Brewing Co., Sarah’s Homegrown, Sevillo Fine Foods, Tribe 9 Foods and Tyson Foods Inc.

Each FABI Award submission was evaluated by an independent panel of judges who represent some of the most well-known brands and organizations from the foodservice industry. The award recipients were selected for their exciting new tastes, uniqueness in the market, appeal to the operator community, creative approach to operator challenges or introduction of new opportunities and profit potential.