Over the last 60+ 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.


We won our first contract in New Zealand, marking out first entry into this market.

We expanded our presence in Australia with the acquisition of Airport Retail Enterprises Pty Ltd (“ARE”).

We made our debut in the Finland rail market with a contract win at Helsinki Central Station.

We partnered with Airport Dimensions and Travel Food Services to offer travellers an exclusive lounge destination at Hong Kong International Airport called Kyra.


We expanded our presence in North America with the acquisitions of Calgary-based ECG Ventures Limited (ECG) and Midfield Concession business.

We made our debut in Italy.

We signed a new contract in Saudi Arabia with Jeddah Airport to operate 26 units.


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 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