Introducing gategroup - The Leading Provider of Above-the-Wing Services

2008-02-12 13:01 1009

New brand reflects expansion of Gate Gourmet service portfolio

RESTON, Va., Feb. 13 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ --

The aviation services industry has a new player today -- gategroup, an umbrella brand representing global airline catering provider Gate Gourmet and its recent acquisitions.

"We are proud and excited to introduce gategroup, a unique partnership of 11 brands that offer airline and other travel-industry customers comprehensive end-to-end solutions. These range from cuisine to cabin cleaning to sophisticated supply chain management and everything in between," said David Siegel, Chairman and CEO of gategroup.

At the group's core is Gate Gourmet, the world's largest independent provider of airline catering, provisioning and logistics. Over the past year, Gate Gourmet embarked on a strategic plan to update its business model through acquisitions to expand choices for its customers.

"We felt we needed a new brand with a clearly defined identity to reflect the diversity of the group, yet with an identification that honors our past and retains the market recognition enjoyed by Gate Gourmet. The gategroup name fulfills that need," Siegel said.

"The expanded portfolio of gategroup integrates the world-class competencies of our new partner companies in three major areas - catering and hospitality solutions, airport handling and logistics, and in-flight solutions," said gategroup President Guy Dubois. "Together we offer powerful and attractive solutions to customers under one roof."

The business units of gategroup and their primary areas of services are:

Gate Gourmet - Airline catering and hospitality; aircraft provisioning

Supplair - Innovative food solutions through off-airport central

production and partnerships with major brands

Pourshins - Sophisticated procurement and supply chain solutions

deSter - Food contact items, such as chinaware, glasses and cutlery; airline cabin equipment

potmstudios - Packaging and industrial design

Harmony - Comfort items, such as amenity kits, headsets and blankets

eGate Solutions - Business applications, such as galley planning and invoice validation

Performa - Product and branding design services, lounges

Elan - Recruiting, training and contracting services for cabin staff

Gate Aviation - (Formerly called IAS/Fernley) Aviation services including cabin cleaning, aircraft exterior washing and de-icing, passengers and security services

Gate Safe - Catering and cargo security, inspection and validation services

gategroup reported approximately 2.5 billion CHF revenue for 2007. The global customer base for gategroup includes more than 270 airlines, both network and low-fare carriers. With a presence in over 100 locations in 30 countries on six continents, gategroup companies employ approximately 22,000 people.

"Our broad geographic reach and comprehensive portfolio of products and services, positions gategroup as the one-stop provider for all segments and carrier types in the airline industry -- network and low-fare carriers, premium and economy cabins, and long- and short-haul services," Siegel said.

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