In partnership with The National Restaurant Association, this award will celebrate exceptional innovation in the foodservice industry. If your product is helping restaurants work smarter, safer, and more sustainably enter the awards today!  

Sustainability Solutions
products in this category could include but are not limited to:

  • Front-end sustainability (plastics, disposables, etc.)
  • Food waste reduction
  • Back-end sustainability (production systems) 

Technology Solutions
products in this category could include, but are not limited to:

  • Delivery management systems/online ordering for takeout and delivery
  • Workforce management tools
  • Convenience technology (contactless ordering, payment, etc.)

 Safety and Health Solutions
products in this category could include, but are not limited to:

  • Food safety sanitation
  • Employee hygiene



Winners are selected by a panel of judges comprised of SmartBrief editors and executives of well-known organizations and brands in the foodservice industry.

Damian Hanft,
Vice President of Training & Team Member Activation
Buffalo Wild Wings

Jorge Hernandez,
VP, Quality Assurance,
The Wendy’s Company 

Karim Webb,
PCF Restaurant Management;
CEO of 4thMVMT


Matt McMillin,

VP Culinary & Beverage Innovation

Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants

Nitin Malhotra
 Senior Director of Enterprise PMO
 Chipotle Mexican Grill  

Larry Lynch, SVP,
Certification and Operations, National Restaurant Association  

Jeff Clark,
Director, Food Safety, Nutrition & Sustainability
 National Restaurant Association  

 Perry Quinn, SVP,
Business Innovation Development, National Restaurant Association  

Amy Sung, Director of Content,
Food & Travel, SmartBrief

Janet Forgrieve, Writer & Editor,
Food & Travel, Retail, SmartBrief

Tricia Contreras , Editor,
Food & Travel, SmartBrief

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