HMSHost awarded F&B contracts in the Middle East

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Concessionaire HMSHost International, a subsidiary of Autogrill, has expanded its presence in the Middle East after being awarded two new food and beverage (F&B) contracts for Hamad International Airport in Doha and Abu Dhabi International Airport in the UAE.

In Abu Dhabi, HMSHost will be responsible for operating a total of 11 points of sale within the new midfield terminal, which is currently under construction. The contracts are estimated to be worth US$190m across a period of more than seven years, and are scheduled to open in late 2017.

The concepts include the Wedgewood Tearoom, a revisiting of the afternoon tea ritual; Jones the Grocer, an artisan-style gourmet deli (above); Urban Food Market, a market-style fresh F&B offering; Comptoir Libanais, a fast casual Lebanese restaurant; Bottega, specializing in Italian-style lunches and aperitifs; Outback Steakhouse, of Australian inspiration; Puro Gusto, a contemporary Italian coffee concept; Fournil de Pierre, a French patisserie; Masale, an Indian restaurant; Cricket SportsClub, a sports bar; and Juicy Details, offering fresh juices.

At Doha Airport, HMSHost will operate four new points of sale worth approximately US$90m across the seven-year term. The offerings include Burger Federation, specializing in gourmet hamburgers; Great Eastern Market, providing pan-Asiatic street food (right); Spizzico, a pizza and pasta Restaurant; and Harvest Market, serving various international dishes using fresh ingredients.

Walter Seib, CEO, HMSHost International, said, “This new partnership in Qatar with one of the fastest growing airports in the Gulf region and the agreement for 11 new points of sale at Abu Dhabi with one of our strategic partners represent a significant step forward in our growth strategy for the dynamic, fast growing Middle East market.”

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