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.)

 Health & Safety 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.

Nitin Malhotra

Senior Director of Enterprise PMO

Chipotle Mexican Grill  

Jorge Hernandez

VP, Quality Assurance

The Wendy’s Company 

Shannon Tolliver

Social Responsibility and Environmental Sustainability Manager

White Castle 

Laura Abshire

Director, Sustainability Policy and Government Affairs

National Restaurant Association 

Kevin Steele


National Restaurant Association 

Amy Sung

Director of Content

Food & Travel, SmartBrief

Janet Forgrieve

Writer & Editor

Food & Travel, Retail, SmartBrief

Tricia Contreras


Food & Travel, SmartBrief

If you have any questions about our categories, judges and criteria, check out the FAQs.