Questex’s Vibe Conference Presents 2024 Vibe Vista Award Winners

February 28, 2024


Vibe Conference, the premiere on-premise beverage conference for executives, today announces the 2024 Vista Awards. Vibe Vista Awards recognize the top performers in the beverage industry through the creation, training, execution, management, and on-going positive results of beverage programs.

IMI Agency would like to congratulate Allison Glassman Kafalas of Hilton on winning Best Overall: Hotels: Beverage Program at this year’s Vibe Conference.

2024 Vibe Vista Award Winner Allison Glassman Kafalas of Hilton won ‘Best Overall Beverage Program-Hotel’

The Vibe Vista Award winners include:
  • Best Overall: Casinos: PENN Entertainment
  • Best Overall: Cruise Lines: Virgin Voyages
  • Best Overall: Hotels: Hilton Managed Hotels
  • Best Overall: Multi-Unit Chain Restaurants: BJ’s Restaurants
  • Best Spirits Program: Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Best Wine Program: Royal Caribbean International
  • Best Beer Program: Hooters of America
  • Best Adult Alcohol-Free Beverage Program: Virgin Voyages
  • Best Beverage Limited Time Offer: SSP America
  • Best Beverage Menu: Norwegian Cruise Line

Tim McLucas, Vice President, Bar & Restaurant, said, “Congratulations to the 2024 Vibe Vista Awards winners. These individuals and venues represent the best of the best in our industry, and we are proud to recognize their achievements and contributions.”

Vibe Vista Awards entries were judged by a panel of Johnson & Wales University beverage faculty, staff and alumni, together with Technomic and SevenFifty Daily and Beverage Media Group. Winners were chosen based on positive beverage sales initiatives, efficient operational innovations, and training and service programs producing high-quality standards.

Awards were judged on positive beverage sales initiatives, efficient operational innovations and training and service programs producing high-quality standards.

The judging panel includes:
  • Brian Warrener, Associate Professor & Director of the Center for Beverage Education & Innovation, Johnson & Wales University (Judging Chair)
  • Michael Sabitoni, Associate Professor & Dept. Chair, Food & Beverage + Travel & Tourism Studies, Johnson & Wales University
  • Brian Van Gyzen, Associate Professor, Johnson & Wales University
  • Donna Hood Crecca, Principal, Technomic
  • Julie Heseman, Director, Research & Insights, Technomic
  • Courtney Schiessl Magrini, Editor-in-Chief, SevenFifty Daily & Beverage Media Group

For more than ten years, the Supplier Awards have invited beverage operators to rate their respective supplier companies on key attributes, including business-building support as well as service and support performance through live interviews. To ensure efficient, fair and unbiased balloting and analysis, results were analyzed by food and beverage industry research and consulting firm CM Profit Group. Winners were then identified in four categories including beer, wine, spirits and non-alcohol beverages, categorized by total annual case volume.

The 2024 Supplier Awards finalists:

Beer
  • Large Company: Casinos: Molson Coors Beverage Company
  • Medium Company: Boston Beer Company
  • Small Company: Sapporo-Stone Brewing
Wine
  • Large Company: E. & J. Gallo
  • Medium Company: Jackson Family Wines
  • Small Company: J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines
Spirits
  • Large Company: Bacardi USA
  • Medium Company: Campari Group
  • Small Company: Uncle Nearest Premium Whiskey
Non-alcohol
  • Large Company: Red Bull North America
  • Medium Company: Monin
  • Small Company: Fever-Tree

IMI Agency would like to congratulate all 2024 Vibe Vista Award winners!

To learn more about Vibe Conference, visit:https://www.vibeconference.com. Stay connected with Vibe Conference and industry news at https://www.barandrestaurant.com/chains

About Vibe Conference

Vibe Conference is the premier event for chain and hotel adult beverage executives and suppliers. The top on-premise conference is held annually and involves high-level content, tastings and networking opportunities. The 2024 conference will be held February 26-28 at the Town and Country Resort in San Diego, CA.

About Questex

Questex helps people live better and longer. Questex brings people together in the markets that help people live better: travel, hospitality and wellness; the industries that help people live longer: life science and healthcare; and the technologies that enable and fuel these new experiences. We live in the experience economy – connecting our ecosystem through live events, surrounded by data insights and digital communities. We deliver experience and real results. It happens here.

About CM Profit Group

CM Profit Group works in the areas of National Account research, training and consulting primarily for beverage alcohol suppliers and distributors. The annual PARTNERING STUDY is syndicated research. CM Profit Group clients have included virtually every major (and many smaller) beverage alcohol supplier in the United States. http://www.cmprofit.com