June 05, 2019



27th May 2019, HO CHI MINH CITY -- Airport restaurateur Autogrill VFS F&B have celebrated the impressive news revealed in the short-list for the annual worldwide Airport FAB Awards. In the category of F&B Team Member of the Year, Miss Mai Vu Binh Minh from Da Nang International Airport has been named among other 8 finalists who come from the busiest airports in US and Europe such as Dallas Fort Worth International Airport, Montréal Elliott Trudeau International Airport, Tampa International Airport, Boston Logan International Airport and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol.

The Airport Food & Beverage (FAB) Conference & Awards, organized by The Moodie Davitt Report, will be hosted by Dallas Fort Worth International Airport at The Westin Galleria Dallas on 26-27 June. The only industry event dedicated solely to the airport F&B sector, FAB attracts senior representatives from the world’s leading airports, food & beverage concessionaires and brands.

“I started my career in Da Nang Airport as a server and part of the opening team. For the past 8 years, the company has facilitated a development program to support and coach me to become a team leader, supervisor, then assistant restaurant manager, and manager of the two Burger King restaurants in Da Nang Airport since May 2017.” Binh Minh expressed “I’m just a local girl that was fortunate enough to join and work in such a dynamic, professional and world-class environment like Autogrill VFS F&B, the leading food and beverage operator at international airports in Vietnam.”

Autogrill VFS F&B Managing Director, Mr. Simon Stansfield said, “Ms Binh Minh is an absolute example of Vietnam’s enthusiastic younger generation and of the Da Nang people. Her journey is not one of self-promotion or self-ambition, it is a story of sacrifice and dedication, motivated by selflessness, in which she tackles life head on and always with a smile.” He continued “Working with Ms Binh Minh and watching her successfully progress as part of our company is the greatest pleasure and privilege of our Vietnam team and one in which I am proud to be part of”.

Binh Minh herself took out the ‘Fastest Whopper’ challenge at the 2017 Burger King APAC convention in Shanghai. She has always demonstrated strong leadership capabilities and pushed the Da Nang International Burger King outlet to regularly become the highest turnover and greatest performer in terms of quality assurance and customer service at the outlets Autogrill VFS F&B operates across the 5 major airports in Vietnam.

This year’s FAB Awards attracted a record 302 entries, 18% up on last year’s record level. The judging line-up was extended to include more diversity of background, region and gender. Regular judges Martin Moodie; US airport commercial management consultant Alan Gluck; and former chef and Copenhagen Airport Food & Beverage Category Manager Anders Barsøe, now CEO for Denmark’s largest sushi chain Letz Sushi, once again played a lead role.

About Autogrill® VFS F&B Co. Ltd 

Autogrill® VFS F&B Co. Ltd. is a joint-venture between HMSHost International, a subsidiary of Autogrill® S.p.A and Vietnam Food & Beverage Services Company (VFS). Autogrill VFS F&B Co. Ltd. was founded in 2013 and offers unparalleled dining services at the major international airports throughout Vietnam. We are committed to make the travelers “Feeling Good On The Move” through providing outstanding customer service, a wide variety of quality food and beverage in stylish airport outlets that best present local favorites and our many internationally recognized brands.

About Autogrill® S.p.A

Autogrill® S.p.A is the world’s leading provider of food & beverage services for travelers. Established in 1977, the Italian group operate mainly in airports, motorways and railway stations but also on high streets and in selected commercial sites and cultural venues. We serve a world on the move, travelers or urban moving in the city. With around 4,000 points of sale managed in 32 different countries, we are the world leader in food & beverage service for travelers.