dnata set to acquire Qantas' catering businesses

Published: 12 April 2018 - 7:14 a.m.
By: Alexander Pieri

Qantas’ catering business, which includes wholly-owned subsidiaries Q Catering Limited and Snap Fresh Pty Limited, is set to be acquired by global air services provider dnata.

With its largest airline customer being Qantas, Q Catering maintains centres in the ports of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Perth, while Snap Fresh’s meal production plant in Queensland specialises in Australian-made frozen meals for airlines and customers in the healthcare and food retail industries.

The agreement is subject to approval from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC).

Robin Padgett, dnata's divisional SVP of catering, said: "This agreement reflects our confidence in Australia as a market and the ongoing growth potential into the future.”

“By combining dnata’s network strength and international talent with Qantas’ domestic catering expertise, this will allow us to further grow our presence and deliver catering excellence to more customers across Australia than ever before. This includes investing in more infrastructure, starting with a new catering facility in Sydney.”

“We look forward to the opportunity to welcome the employees from Qantas’ inflight catering businesses to the dnata team.”

As per the agreement, danata will supply catering for Qantas flights for an initial period of 10 years, while Qantas will continue to collaborate with key suppliers for menu design.

To date, dnata operates 11 catering facilities in Australia under the dnata catering brand. Additionally, the Dubai-based company employs a workforce of 4,000 individuals in Australia, spread across various operations including catering, cargo and ground handling businesses.

Qantas Domestic CEO, Andrew David, added: “The catering businesses will benefit significantly from dnata’s global footprint, catering expertise, and ability to drive investment and growth for what is a core focus of its operation.”

“Customers will continue to enjoy Qantas’ premium service, including unique Rockpool-designed menus for First and Business passengers, showcasing the best of Australian produce for millions of travellers each year."

“Together with dnata, we’ll continue to deliver the inflight food and beverage experience we know our customers value, just as we work with catering companies in offshore ports for our international flights.”

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