Shake Shack at JFK T4 Wins "Best QSR"

SSP News Release 10-October-2013

Award singles Shake Shack out as being best in category worldwide

Lansdowne, VA, October 10, 2013: SSP America, in partnership with JFKIAT, is pleased to announce Shake Shack’s location in John F. Kennedy International Airport’s Terminal 4 has been named the “Best Fast Food/Quick Service Restaurant” by The Moodie Report at its 2013 annual Airport Food & Beverage (FAB) Awards held in Dubai, UAE.  Shake Shack was selected by a panel of industry experts among a record number of entries from airports and railway stations around the globe.  This distinct honor recognizes Shake Shack as the very best in its category worldwide.

Shake Shack’s location in the newly expanded Terminal 4 on Delta’s B Concourse is operated in partnership with SSP America and is the restaurant’s first location in a U.S. airport. Terminal 4 is home to 30 international and domestic airlines with an annual passenger volume approaching 15 million.

Shake Shack CEO, Randy Garutti, enthused, “We’re thrilled to bring the experience of Shake Shack to JFK! Together with SSP America, we’re working to change the paradigm on what travelers should expect from airport dining.  We hope our commitment to high quality ingredients and sincere hospitality will make the Shack the place busy travelers will choose to gather for years to come.”

Shake Shack® is a modern day “roadside” burger stand known for its all-natural burgers, flat-top dogs, frozen custard, beer, wine and more. With its fresh and simple, high-quality food at a great value, Shake Shack is a fun and lively community-gathering spot with widespread appeal. From its ingredients and employment practices to its environmental responsibility, design and community investment, Shake Shack’s mission is to continually Stand for Something Good®.

Shake Shack is part of celebrated restaurateur Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group (USHG). Since the original Shake Shack opened in 2004 in NYC’s Madison Square Park, it now has multiple locations in New York, Washington, DC, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Florida and Massachusetts, as well as international locations throughout the Middle East, Turkey and United Kingdom.  Shake Shack’s location at JFK Terminal 4 is the first airport Shack in North America.

SSP America’s President and CEO, Les Cappetta, commented, “We are extremely proud of our partnerships with Shake Shack and JFKIAT and are honored to share this truly prestigious award with them.  Shake Shack is one of the most innovative and forward-thinking brands in the industry and will no doubt garner more awards and accolades as it continues its expansion worldwide.”

“SSP America’s food and beverage program at JFK Terminal 4 in Delta’s all new concourse is one of the best at JFK and Shake Shack is the star of the lineup,” said Alain Maca, president, JFKIAT LLC. “This award confirms Shake Shack’s status as a top Quick Service Restaurant, not just in New York but when compared to airport offerings around the world. Congratulations to our partner SSP America and to Shake Shack for providing the high-quality dining experience passengers expect and deserve.”

Organized by The Moodie Report and its sister title, The Foodie Report, FAB was hosted by Dubai Airports and serves as a showcase for the best in travel-related food & beverage worldwide.

 

About SSP

SSP is the leading dedicated provider of food and beverage brands in travel locations, operating restaurants, bars, cafes, food courts, lounges and convenience stores in airports, train stations, motorway service stations and other leisure locations. With a heritage stretching back over 60 years, today SSP has 30,000 employees, serving over a million customers every day. It has business at over 140 airports and over 250 rail stations, and operates more than 2,100 units in 30 countries around the world.

SSP operates an extensive portfolio of over 200 international, national, local and specialty brands. These include Upper Crust, Starbucks, Caffè Ritazza, Burger King, M&S Simply Food, Millie's Cookies, O'Learys, Caviar House & Prunier, and leading Asian brands Ajisen Ramen and Saboten, as well as stunning bespoke concepts such as the Montreux Jazz Cafe in Geneva and the award winning Center Bar at Zurich.

Its brand portfolio is tailored for each specific location, depending on variables such as passenger profile, consumer need states, location type, size and design.

About SSP America/SSP Canada

SSP America/Canada operates in more than 40 airports across North America bringing a variety of local, regional and national brands to the traveling consumer at a vast array of price ranges.  Third party brands in the company's broad portfolio include The Palm Restaurant, Einstein Bros. Bagels, Gordon Biersch, Panda Express, Tigín, Peet's Coffee & Tea, T.G.I. Friday's, Tim Hortons, The Great American Bagel and Buffalo Wild Wings.  SSP America's brand portfolio also includes strong, local award-winning icons such as Laurelwood Public House & Brewery, Harry & Izzy's, Nonna Bartolotta's, and Alterra Coffee. For more information, please visit www.foodtravelexperts.com/America.

About JFKIAT

JFKIAT LLC leases and operates Terminal 4 at John F. Kennedy International Airport in a public/private partnership with the Port Authority of NY & NJ.  JFKIAT is the only private, non-airline company to operate a terminal at JFK.

Terminal 4 is one of the largest air terminals in the New York area, serving 30 international and domestic airlines with an annual passenger volume approaching 15 million in 2014. With a major expansion currently underway to make Terminal 4 the new home of Delta Air Lines at JFK Airport, the 1.5-million-square-foot Terminal 4 will grow to nearly two million square feet and accommodate up to 16 million passengers. Phase I of the expansion project, completed in May 2013, resulted in improvements and enhancements to benefit Terminal 4 airline partners and their passengers including an in-line baggage system, a centralized passenger security checkpoint and a host of new retail and restaurant offerings.

JFKIAT, through its sole member, is a partly-owned subsidiary of Schiphol USA Inc. (SUSA).  SUSA is an indirect U.S. subsidiary of Schiphol Group.  For more information visit www.jfkiat.com.

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