HMSHost celebrates industry recognition

It was an evening to remember for global restaurateur HMSHost as it celebrated the highest industry recognition yesterday in all Large Food Operator categories by Airport Revenue News (ARN) for 2013. At the annual ARN Revenue Conference & Exhibition in Las Vegas, the company was awarded Best Overall Food & Beverage Operator for the sixth consecutive year; as well as Food Operator with Highest Regard for Customer Service; Best Food/Beverage Brand Operator; Best New Food & Beverage Concept for The Varsity at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport; and Best Restaurant Design for its proprietary Wicker Park Seafood & Sushi at Chicago O’Hare International Airport.

HMSHost President and CEO Tom Fricke responded to this momentous recognition by thanking the tens of thousands of company associates who helped make this possible by their constant efforts toward making the traveler’s day better.

“We are ecstatic to be recognized by the industry for the role we play at airports across North America,” said Fricke. “Our people are extremely dedicated to enhancing the traveler experience and it is a proud moment to be able to celebrate their accomplishments. We are also very grateful to have such strong partnerships with the airports in which we operate and to work with such great brand partners.”

The ARN show features the largest gathering of airport decision makers and concession executives at any conference throughout the year. The conference also awarded honors to many of HMSHost’s partner airports and select terminals for food & beverage programs, including Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Indianapolis International Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport , Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, Palm Beach International Airport, Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Salt Lake City International Airport, San Francisco International Airport and Tampa International Airport.


HMSHost is a world leader in creating dining for travel venues. HMSHost operates in more than 100 airports around the globe, including the 20 busiest airports in North America. The Company has annual sales in excess of $2.7 billion and employs more than 34,000 sales associates worldwide. HMSHost is a part of Autogrill Group, the world’s leading provider of food & beverage and retail services for people on the move. With sales of over €5.8 billion in 2011, the Group operates in 35 countries and employs some 62,800 people. It manages over 5,300 stores in more than 1,200 locations worldwide. Visit for more information. We can also be found on Facebook at and Twitter @HMSHost.