gategroup Expands Partnership with Cremonini in Spanish Rail MarketBy Gategroup, PRNE
Monday, November 30, 2009
ZURICH, December 1 - Gate Gourmet, a member of gategroup and the world's largest independent
provider of onboard catering and provisioning services, today expanded its
presence in the rail business due to a new contract in Spain with Cremonini,
a leader in European rail catering.
RENFE, the Spanish national railway company, has awarded Cremonini Rail
Iberica S.a. a new contract, which broadens Cremonini's catering business to
the railroad's entire Spanish network. As a result, the scope of Gate
Gourmet's existing business as a provider to Cremonini quadrupled.
"gategroup welcomes the opportunity to grow its business with Cremonini
and our position in the rail sector. The expanded business with rail catering
and logistics in Spain underscores gategroup's strategy to expand its onboard
expertise into markets adjacent to its core business of serving airlines,"
said gategroup CEO Guy Dubois.
Gate Gourmet has been supplying meals to Cremonini in its Madrid facility
for RENFE, and under the new arrangement also is producing food for Cremonini
in Barcelona. The railway requires more than 400 menus to cover its various
service classes and corridors, including the premium high-speed AVE services.
The number of food trays produced per year under the expanded business will
total more than 5.5 million.
In addition, Gate Gourmet is managing the provision and delivery of meals
to Cremonini in Valencia and Alicante. The company has added approximately
150 positions in Spain to handle the new business.
"The European rail sector is growing steadily and represents a
substantial opportunity in which to market our capabilities," Dubois said.
"The brands of gategroup bring unparalleled expertise in catering, supply
chain and onboard solutions to serve people on the move. What we do so well
for airlines quite naturally translates to railways," he said.
gategroup is the leading independent global provider of onboard services
to companies serving people on the move. gategroup comprises 11 member
companies, including its core brand Gate Gourmet. The company's world-class
capabilities are focused in catering and hospitality; provisioning; and
onboard solutions. Shares of Zurich-based gategroup are traded on the SIX
Swiss Exchange under the symbol GATE. Please visit www.gategroup.com.
Cremonini, headquartered in Castelvetro di Modena, Italy, is one of the
largest food groups in Europe and operates in three business areas:
production, distribution and catering, where it has a significant presence in
the concession catering sector on-board trains and in railway stations,
airports and motorway service areas. Visit www.cremonini.com for more
John Bronson, Managing Director Corporate Communications, +1-703-964-2362, jbronson at gategourmet.com, or Brigitt Trindler, Corporate Communications Manager, +41-43-812-5578, btrindler at gategourmet.com, both of Gate Gourmet
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