SSP signs seven-year deal to open international food hall at Brisbane Airport


SSP Group, a leading operator of food and beverage outlets in travel locations worldwide, has secured a seven-year contract worth circa. £40m to open a new international food hall at Brisbane Airport.

Food Collective will be the first of its kind in an Australian airport, drawing inspiration from local outdoor hawker street dining and farmers markets. The concept will feature a large centralised seating area, creating a community feel. Additionally, technology is being used to enhance the customer experience with on-site self-order kiosks allowing passengers to order food across all five restaurants: Ze Pickle, Upper West Side Deli, YO! Sushi, Nippon Ramen and Mi Casa Burritos.

Travellers will find a mix of leading global and local food and beverage brands, reflecting Brisbane’s diverse city culture, including popular Australian burger bar, Ze Pickle, providing travellers with wholesome, down-to-earth food and a rotating selection of high-quality craft beer, along with Upper West Side Deli, a New York-inspired concept offering sandwiches, bagels and other traditional deli lines.

Two renowned brands will also join the line-up: YO! Sushi, offering sushi, sashimi and other classic Japanese dishes, while Nippon Ramen will serve up a delicious selection of dumplings and ramen noodles.

Completing the line-up is Mi Casa Burritos, with a menu comprising classic Mexican dishes including burritos, tortillas and tacos. A newly refurbished Roll’d concept store will also return to the Domestic Terminal.

As global culinary tastes and trends continually evolve, SSP will rotate in new food and beverage offers into the Food Collective precinct midway through the contract, ensuring the consumer offer continues to remain relevant.

Mark Angela, CEO of SSP Asia Pacific, said; “We’re proud to be working in co-operation with Brisbane Airport to develop the Food Collective, which is a style of concept that has never been seen before in Australian travel retail. With our strong range of local and international brands and cutting-edge design, our intention is to create a welcoming environment that captures the true spirit of Brisbane. This is SSP’s largest commercial win in Australia to date and will cement our reputation in this important market.”

Martin Ryan, Executive General Manager Consumers Brisbane Airport Corporation (BAC), said; “The upgraded Café Court in the Northern end of the terminal forms the centrepiece of Stage 2 of the Domestic Terminal redevelopment and SSP’s exciting hawker-style dining options will bring a unique point of difference to Brisbane Airport’s Domestic Terminal.

“Brisbane travellers are already familiar with the fresh and tasty food and excellent service offerings of SSP-managed stores, which opened three F&B stores in the Domestic Terminal in 2016.

“Food Collective will further complement the high-quality in-terminal offerings, while providing travellers with an exciting range of pre-flight dining options that draw inspiration from popular food styles around the world.”

“SSP’s concept also beautifully captures elements of the South East Queensland lifestyle and incorporates them into the terminal in ways that haven’t been seen before, so we’re excited for the opening,” Mr Ryan said.

Food Collective will open in November 2019 on Level 2 Departures (Northern end) of Brisbane Airport’s Domestic Terminal.