Food concessions at airports can be a very hit and miss affair some days. It seems Dublin Airport wants to change that by partnering with SSP and various local brands to bring in local tastes to the airport.
The new contract with SSP will run for 10 years. It will bring some rather nice Irish brands into the airport including:
- Bretzel Bakery
- Camile Thai
- Cloud Picker Coffee
- Handsome Burger
- Offbeat Donuts
- 3fe coffee
You author in particular is very happy to see Could Picker Coffee and Offbeat Donuts make it on the list.
Ok, I’ll come clean here – More for Offbeat Donuts than anything else.
24 outlets will be operated by SSP, both landside and airside. They will take over from existing suppliers in early February, and rebranded over time to incorporate a mix of Irish and international brands, and new concepts.
There will be a focus on sustainability, with a focus to remove the use of single-use plastics at the outlets, as well as the use of local ingredients. There will be focused outlets too – such as at Terminal 2, where SSP will open several outlets that will celebrate the close links between Ireland and North America to appeal to transatlantic passengers.
The new outlets will incorporate the latest technology, including mobile ‘order at table’ services to provide a smoother and quicker customer experience too.
Currently, 300 people work for SSP at Dublin Airport. A further 200 people will transfer over when SSP takes over the contracts.
Dublin Airport managing director Vincent Harrison said
“Ireland has a thriving food and drink scene and with this new partnership with SSP Dublin Airport will be able to offer some really exciting Irish concepts to the travelling public,” said
“Almost 100,000 passengers use Dublin Airport every day and we want to ensure that our customers have a quality dining experience, with a sense of connectedness to Ireland using fresh and local quality produce,”
Richard Lewis, CEO of SSP UK & Ireland, said the company was
“thrilled to be working in partnership with Dublin Airport to enhance and elevate the food and beverage offering” at the airport.
“We are confident that our bespoke line-up will meet the diverse needs of all of our customers, providing a true Irish experience to the international traveller as well as those looking to enjoy a real taste of home.”
Bring on the Donuts
Whilst it a mutational working in an airport (which is nothing new), it’s welcome to see them bring in local brands to the airport, with the possibility of coffee tasting like coffee – and donuts that are rather nice.
And yes – I’m rather excited for really nice donuts at an airport kiosk.
There might have been another train of thought that I was going to type… but now I fancy booking a day trip to Dublin for donuts.
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