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Waking the Green Giants: World's largest airlines caterer Gate Gourmet to implement sustainable policies

By Zarina Holmes

Last updated 7/6/2008 5:42:09 PM

Gate Gourmet's global operations consists of 20,000 employees and 99 kitchens in 25 countries spanning five continents. Around 200 million meals are served to over 250 airline customers every year

Gate Gourmet, the world's largest independent provider of airline catering and provisioning services has set an example to the wider business world by researching and implementing a series of green policies.

The outfit is the first airline caterer to have undertaken such an exercise and the only organisation in the industry compliant with the recognised DEFRA environmental guidelines. Gate Gourmet's global operations consists of 20,000 employees and 99 kitchens in 25 countries spanning five continents.

Around 200 million meals are served to over 250 airline customers every year, resulting in an annual turnover of 2.5 billion CHF (2006).

To further register its intent and demonstrate its credentials the company's global umbrella brand, gategroup, recently collaborated with Trucost, an environmental research organisation, to undertake a complete environmental analysis in major Gate Gourmet units and all member companies of gategroup to measure their carbon footprint.

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