Manufacturers may submit any food or beverage product* introduced to the U.S. Foodservice market between May 1, 2015 and May 20, 2017. The product will be evaluated by our independent panel of experts based on the following criteria:
  • High Differentiation—unlike any product currently in-market
  • High Interest—intriguing to the operator community
  • High Potential—solves a foodservice operator challenge and/or creates a new opportunity
  • Credibility—where applicable, product meets specific standards and/or criteria for acceptance (i.e. a product for K-12 school foodservice that meets standardized levels of nutritional requirements)
  • Tastiness—deemed to have excellent taste relevant to the product category, as perceived by judging panel
*Food and beverage product may include new packaging/delivery systems for existing products


  • You must be a current NRA Show exhibitor in order to be considered.
  • Applications due January 11, 2017 along with a fee of $750; refundable if not selected.
  • NOTE: FABI Award recipients are required to exhibit and must sample/demonstrate the product in their booth at NRA Show 2017.