SSP Awarded Major Food And Beverage Contract At Sky Harbor

Company announces a ten-year, $800 million contract with Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

Lansdowne, VA, May 17 2012:  SSP America, the North American division of SSP, the leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide is proud to announce today its 10 year, $800 million contract with Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport that will bring the diverse culinary arts of Phoenix’s most celebrated restaurants, coffee houses, burger joints, pizza parlors, bakeries, breweries, taquerias  and wine bars to passengers traveling to and from Terminal 4 in “America’s Friendliest Airport”.


Commenting on the news, Andrew Lynch, Group CEO of SSP, said: “Phoenix Sky Harbor is an airport that truly values its customers and the concession programs that serve them. We are honored to be delivering a portfolio that is not only reflective of their reputation for outstanding service, but one that also exemplifies the extraordinary diversity and quality of Phoenix’s cuisine. This is an extremely important step for SSP as we look to replicate the success and dominance of our European business in the exciting and ever-evolving North American market.”


With over 40,000,000 annual passengers,PhoenixSkyHarborInternationalAirportis one of the top ten busiest airports in the nation for passenger traffic and number 23 in the world.  The airport boasts a direct, $90 million daily impact on the greater Phoenix economy and supports over 30,000 jobs.   


Sky Harbor’s Terminal 4 serves an estimated 80 percent of the airport’s passenger traffic and is home to national carriers, Southwest, AirTran, US Airways and WestJet as well as international airlines Aeromexico, Air Canada and British Airways.  First opened in 1990, the Terminal has seven concourses with additional room for growth.


“We are excited to offer high quality local flavors and new dining options to our customers,” said Tamie Fisher, Acting Assistant Aviation Director.


To meet the diverse and growing needs of Terminal 4 while remaining faithful to the airport’s vision of offering passengers world-class services that reflect  a true taste of Phoenix, SSP America has created an impressive portfolio that includes 18 unique, Phoenix area-based local businesses. The mix also includes five national brands that are easily recognizable on the streets of Phoenix.


SSP America’s team of outstanding operators includes:


Zinc Bistro – named by Food and Wine Magazine as one of the “Top 10 Bistros in North America”, Phoenix-born Chef Matt Carter has created a taste ofParis in theArizona desert.


Lola Coffee – local artisan roaster, Daniel Wayne, serves freshly roasted organic coffees, latte art and in-house baked goods in a hip local hangout with a fresh, modern vibe.


Tammie Coe CakesTammie Coe’s signature cakes and pastries have a way of turning any moment into a joyous occasion.


Four Peaks Brewing Company - Jim Scussel and his partners deliver great local beer in a non-typical bar hangout.


Delux Burger – nationally acclaimed gourmet burger bar by owner Lenny Rosenberg serving all-natural, Niman Ranch beef burgers, sandwiches, salads, soups and desserts.


Pei Wei – nationally famous pan-Asian cuisine, serving delicious dishes from five cultures: China,Japan,Thailand,Korea andVietnam.


Humble Pie - one of the great pizza companies ofPhoenix serving ‘wood-fired’ pizzas with unique and traditional ingredients in an approachable setting.


Wildflower Bread Company – owner Louis Basile’sArizona breads are kneaded and shaped by hand using aSan Francisco starter and a steam infused baking process.

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