Urth Caffé at LAX Named Airport Coffee Shop of the Year in International Food and Beverage Awards

07/02/2019 01:23 PM

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For Immediate Release
July 2, 2019

Olga Gallardo
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Urth Caffé in Terminal 1 at Los Angeles International Airport has been named Best Airport Coffee Shop of the Year.

(Los Angeles, CA) – Urth Caffé & Bar, which is located in Los Angeles International Airport’s (LAX) Terminal 1 and managed by Areas, has been named the Best Airport Coffee, Tea, Non-alcoholic Beverage Outlet of the Year at The Moodie Davitt Report’s 2019 Airport Food & Beverage Conference & Awards (FAB). The international FAB Awards honor the best in the airport food and beverage industry who are championing innovation and excellence.

“With a world-class destination as enticing as Los Angeles, we are not only committed to building an airport of the future, but also to creating exceptional facilities and experiences for our guests that offer a taste of L.A.,” said Jeffrey Utterback, Deputy Executive Director for Commercial Development, LAWA. “We are pleased that a local L.A. favorite, Urth Caffé has been recognized as one of the best airport coffee concessions in the world. This award is another indication that LAX’s transformation continues to wow our guests.”

Urth Caffé was founded over 25 years ago by Jilla and Shallom Berkman and currently has eight locations in Southern California, including a location at LAX which opened last year and was formally unveiled with the rest of the recently renovated Terminal 1, where Southwest Airlines is located.

"Urth Caffé is honored to be at LAX Terminal 1. We are also pleased to be a leading pioneer of healthy, sustainable travel at the airport by being the first to serve The Traveler's Blend, a certified organically grown, heirloom coffee blend," said Shallom Berkman, founder of Urth Caffé. "We are excited to be recognized as offering the best airport coffee location. We will continue to offer exclusive, highest quality, organic and cutting-edge coffee, teas, breakfast & lunch menu, and fine desserts."

The LAX Urth Caffé location is managed by operating partner Areas, a food and beverage and travel retail company.

"It is a joy to be able to bring an iconic local brand to our guests,” said Sergio Rodriguez, CEO of Areas in the U.S. “Our strong partnership with Urth Caffé has produced an impressive offer to LAX travelers featuring superior quality, organic coffee, teas, and specialty beverages. This brand brings a healthy and unique approach to its coffee shop fare of fresh pastries, sandwiches and salads. These, along with our great service, deliver a sense of place and a noteworthy concept."

LAX is the fourth-busiest airport in the world and the second-busiest in the United States, and is currently in the midst of a $14 billion capital improvement program that will ease traffic congestion and improve the guest experience, and is responsive to and mindful of the wellbeing of its neighboring communities. This award is another example of how LAWA is committed to providing world-class customer service at LAX.

View the complete list of winners from the 2019 Airport Food & Beverage Conference & Awards (FAB) by clicking here.

About Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)

LAX, the fourth-busiest airport in the world and second busiest in the United States, was named a top-10 U.S. airport by SKYTRAX. LAX served more than 87.5 million passengers in 2018 and offers an average of 700 daily nonstop flights to 109 cities in the U.S. and 1,281 weekly nonstop flights to 93 markets in 47 countries on 69 commercial airlines. LAX ranks 10th in the world in air cargo tonnage processed, with more than 2.4 million tons of air cargo. LAX handled 707,883 operations (landings and takeoffs) in 2018.

LAX generated 620,600 jobs in Southern California, with labor income of $37.3 billion and economic output (business revenues) of more than $126.6 billion, according to an economic study based on 2014 operations. This activity added $6.2 billion to local and state revenues and $8.7 billion in federal tax revenues. The study also reported that LAX’s ongoing capital improvement program creates an additional 121,640 annual jobs with labor income of $7.6 billion and economic output of $20.3 billion; $966 million in state and local taxes; and $1.6 billion in federal tax revenues.

LAX was honored as having the “Best Overall Customer Service Program” by Airports Council International-North America; named the “Best Airport for Breastfeeding Moms” by Mamava; selected for the Top 10 “Best of the U.S.’s Big Airports” (Wall Street Journal) and “Most Pet-Friendly Airports in the U.S. (Mental Floss); named the second-most improved airport in the U.S. by JD Power; received an “Innovation Award” from the L.A. Better Business Challenge for its Central Utility Plant; and named a “Business Leader in Air Quality” by the South Coast Air Quality Management District.

LAX is also the second-most popular airport in the world to appear on Instagram, according to wego.com. LAX is part of a system of two Southern California airports – along with Van Nuys general aviation – that are owned and operated by Los Angeles World Airports, a proprietary department of the City of Los Angeles that receives no funding from the City’s general fund.

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