General Press Releases Wednesday July 18, 2018 12:40
Bangkok--18 Jul--Delivering Asia Communications
Leading Asian restaurant operator, Mango Tree Worldwide, has been honoured at the largest and most prestigious event dedicated to the transport food & beverage industry, FAB 2018.

The global conference, which took place in Helsinki on 20th and 21st June, culminated with a gala dinner and the FAB Awards 2018. At the glittering evening ceremony, Mango Tree scooped the "Best Individual Food & Beverage Offer of the Year in a Railway Station" award for its Mango Tree Kitchen brand in Japan.

In doing so, the Asian company secured its position alongside some of the world's leading transport F&B operators. Trevor MacKenzie, Mango Tree Worldwide's Global Managing Director, was invited to speak at last year's FAB event. He used the global platform to discuss the strong rise of transport F&B in the Asia Pacific region, which currently accounts for more than one-in-three travellers globally.

"The Asian travel boom has presented tremendous opportunities for the F&B industry. Asia Pacific is now home to the world's busiest railway station, second busiest airport and eight of the ten busiest international air routes. Transport F&B operators who want to prosper in future will need to successfully cater for Asian appetites," Mr MacKenzie commented.

"At Mango Tree, we have our roots in Asian culture and understand the needs of consumers in the region. We have developed a successful strategy of providing authentic Thai and Asian cuisine to diners in prime locations with high footfalls, such as airports, railway stations and popular shopping malls. We also have a wide range of brands that are suitable for a variety of different occasions, from full-service Mango Tree restaurants to convenient Mango Tree Cafes & Kitchens," he added.

Mango Tree and COCA Restaurants CEO, Natalie Phanphensophon (left) and Mango Tree Worldwide Managing Director, Trevor MacKenzie (right), present COCA Restaurants Japan President, Yoshio Kojima with the award.

This award demonstrates how Mango Tree is acting as a pioneer for Asian F&B operators, breaking into airport and transport spaces with creative brand concepts while remaining true to its Thai culinary roots.

Organised by The Moodie Davitt Report and its sister title The Foodie Report, and hosted by Finavia, Finland's airport authority, FAB 2018 was attended by many leading global figures in the transport F&B sector. Other major players at the event included Autogrill and HMSHost, which serve more than one million people per day all over the world; SSP, the world's second largest airport F&B operator; and Lagardiere Travel Retail, the biggest travel retailer in the world. Now in its seventh year, FAB continues to attract the biggest names in the industry.

Mango Tree Worldwide now operates approximately 70 restaurant outlets in 14 countries around the globe. These include key locations at major transport hubs including Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport and Tokyo Station. The company is also set to announce a new "grab and go" concept that will launch at Bangkok airport in the near future.

By 2020 the group expects to operate a total of 100 outlets worldwide, and much of this growth will be driven by grab and go concepts such as Mango Tree Cafe & Kitchen, which are perfectly suited to transport hubs. As a result, Asian and international diners will have plenty of opportunities to enjoy authentic Thai cuisine in the coming years, whenever in the world they travel.

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