Iconic Locations: North America

Since the launch of The Food Travel Experts in America in 2006, SSP's growth in the region has been meteoric. It recently announced contract wins at some of the country's most prestigious airports, including Phoenix Sky Harbor, San Diego, JFK and Toronto Pearson.

Toronto Pearson International Airport

Toronto Pearson is Canada's largest and busiest airport, in Canada's largest and busiest city. The airport is the hub for some 400,000 flights and serves nearly 32 million passengers a year, which is a striking figure in a country with a population of just over 34.5 million.

SSP has been operating at the airport since 1999. In 2012, it introduced a number of new facilities as part of a wider improvement initiative by the airport, resulting in a substantial increase in its business at Pearson. One of the new brands introduced was long-established Canadian Brewpub Mill Street Brewery. Later in the year, SSP joined forces with leading Canadian chef Massimo Capra to open Italian restaurant Boccone Trattoria Veloce, and its quick-service counter-part Boccone Pronto.

John F Kennedy International Airport

SSP first began operating at JFK in May 2001. In 2013 we developed an additional nine new outlets as well as expanding existing restaurants as part of a $28 million refurbishment in Delta's terminal.

The terminal, which is expected to handle 15 million passengers a year by 2015.  The offer has a strong local flavour, combined with bespoke concepts and big-name brands with international appeal.

Among the dining options are Uptown Brasserie, a New York-style brasserie created by Marcus Samuelsson.  SSP introduced the first ever airport outlet of the popular downtown concept Shake Shack , from restaurateur Danny Meyer and Union Square Hospitality Group. Inspired by Meyer's flagship barbecue restaurant in Manhattan, there is also an outlet called Blue Smoke On The Road.

SSP's french-style brasserie Le Grand Comptoir which opened at JFK in 2014, was highly commended in the Airport Wine Bar of the Year category at the FAB awards in June 2014.

San Diego International Airport

As the location of Charles Lindbergh's flight test of the Spirit of St Louis before his historic transatlantic flight in 1927, San Diego could rightly claim to be the birth-place of modern aviation. Today, San Diego International Airport is the busiest single-runway commercial service airport in the US.

In April 2012, SSP became the largest food and beverage concessionaire at San Diego International Airport when it was awarded a new contract to operate an additional six restaurants. This took the total number of SSP operated outlets to 17.

Brands featured: Vin De Syrah, Pacifica Restaurant, Ryan Bros. Coffee, Jack in the Box, Qdoba, Panda Express, Peet's Coffee & Tea, Red Mango, UrbanCrave, Upper Crust, Camden Food Co. and Mango Taco Truck.

George Bush Intercontinental Airport

Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport is America's fourth busiest, with 43 million passengers passing through its gates every year. In 2010, SSP opened a number of new outlets at this fast-growing hub.

When it first opened, the real food company food court was completely unlike anything ever seen in the US market. It incorporates a number of separate stations offering a wide range of cuisines from Italian to Chinese. Le Grand Comptoir made its US debut at Houston, and offers a restful venue at which to enjoy a meal, a beer or glass of fine wine.

Brands featured: Camden Food Company, Panopolis, Upper Crust, Tacqueria and Cantina, El Pinto, Red Mango, The Palm, Le Grand Comptior, Z Pizza, Einstein Bros Bagels, Peet's, Center Bar and Rice Tales.

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport

Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport is one of the ten busiest in the US, and one of the busiest in the world. Over 1,200 aircraft arrive and depart and more than 100,000 passengers use the airport every day.

In May 2012, SSP announced that it had won a contract to operate over 20 outlets at Phoenix Sky Harbor Terminal 4, marking the company's first appearance at the airport.

Among the local brands that will be featured are Lola Coffee from artisan roaster Daniel Wayne, Zinc Bistro named by Food and Wine one of the top ten bistros in North America, as well as long-standing Valley bakery Tammie Coe Cakes.

Brands featured: Lola Coffee, Zinc Bistro, Tammie Coe Cakes, Four Peaks Brewing Company, Delux Burger, Pei Wei, Humble Pie, Wildflower Bread Company, Panda Express, Nocawich, Matt's Big Breakfast, MidCity Kitchen, Sweet Republic, Wendy's, Peet's Coffee & Tea, Los Taquitos, Joe's Real BBQ, Yogurtology, America's Taco Shop, Lo-Lo's Chicken & Waffles, Cheuvront Restaurant & Wine Bar and Smashburger.

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