Over the last 61 years we have grown rapidly to become a global force in the food travel sector.
Here are some of the key moments in our history.
In 2022, we won a tender to open our first units at Reykjavík airport, which will mark our entry to Iceland.
We sign a six-year deal with Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport to open 34 units.
We enter the West Indies markets with a win in Martinique.
We become the first airport operator to launch an AI-powered, contactless retail concept in partnership with Zippin at JFK Airport, New York.
We form a joint venture with Groupe ADP in Paris to improve the hospitality and retail experience at Paris-Orly and Paris-Charles de Gaulle airports.
We enter the Malaysian market and win a tender for more than 20 units at Dublin Airport. We also announce plans to buy Station Food, a travel catering subsidiary of Germany’s national rail company, Deutsche Bahn AG
Our first units are opened in Brazil and the first ever Burger King in a Belgian airport is opened at Brussels South Charleroi. We also take majority control of Red Rock’s food travel operations in Australia
We debut in both Israel and the Philippines and win a contract at Chicago Midway International Airport.
We boost our presence in India, taking a 49% stake in the Travel Food Services joint venture with K Hospitality
SSP lists on the London Stock Exchange
We close a $100 million deal to operate at Sacramento International
We make our debut in Australia at Sydney Airport
We acquire Lufthansa’s airport restaurant business. SSP is rebranded as ‘Food Travel Experts’ underlining our leading position in the food travel sector
EQT partners, the private equity group, acquires SSP for £1.2 billion
Further international acquisitions follow including Mitropa AG and Creative Host Services in the US. SSP is set up as a specialist division within Compass
Our first move into the Asian market comes when we win a contract in Bangkok.
Compass acquires SAS Service Partner, changing its name to Scandinavian Service Partner
Compass plc buys Travellers Fare
SAS Catering changes its name to SAS Service Partner
British Rail Catering becomes Travellers Fare
British Rail Catering is formed as part of British Transport Hotels
SAS catering, part of the SAS airline group, is founded