400 Gradi Goes to New Zealand

“Modern and vibrant dining”: Delaware North wins Auckland Airport food & beverage contract.

Originally published by Jason Holland on Moodiedavittreport.com, The Moodie Davitt Report on April 30, 2018

Delaware North has been awarded a contract to operate nine food & beverage concepts at Auckland Airport.

The privately-owned hospitality service company said it had partnered with celebrity chefs from both New Zealand and Australia.

Johnny Di Francesco will bring his wood-fired Neapolitan pizza and pasta concept 400 Gradi to the international terminal. Al Brown’s Montreal-style bagel concept Best Ugly Bagels will be located at two outlets servicing both the domestic and international terminals.

Tea Garden by Dilmah is a high tea cuisine concept inspired by celebrity chef Simon Gault, Dilmah and led by Delaware North Master Chef Markus Werner.  Delaware North has also partnered with celebrity baker Isabel Pasch for Oma Artisan Bakery & Café, which will be located in the international terminal.

Other new concepts include local favourite Better Burger, which features fresh New Zealand produce and will be located airside at the international terminal. Mexico celebrates the fresh and lighter side of Mexican cuisine and features a colourful and vibrant design to reflect its namesake nation. It will be located airside at the international terminal.

Blue Marble Lane is a new bar and eatery developed by Delaware North and the Britomart Hospitality Group, and will be located landside in the international terminal.

Finally, New Orleans-inspired southern fried chicken and waffles will be offered at quick service concept Orleans Chicken & Waffles, to be located in the domestic terminal.

“We will be showcasing the best New Zealand tastes and flavours alongside an increased variety of popular international cuisines, all set in a modern and vibrant dining environment,” said Auckland Airport General Manager Retail and Commercial Richard Barker.

“There will be something for everyone, with a choice of in-terminal restaurants, casual dining, fast food, and grab-and-go outlets.

“Delaware North’s impressive track record and unique approach made them a natural fit as a partner to help us realise our vision and to ensure travellers get to taste the very best of New Zealand and the world.”

Delaware North also announced contract wins at Wellington’s Westpac Stadium and Queensland hotel Pinewood Lodge.

“Our business in the region is poised for an exciting phase of growth that will create employment opportunities for hospitality and food services workers,” said Delaware North Australia, New Zealand and Singapore Managing Director Gary Brown.

“Over time, these new partnerships will contribute to New Zealand’s economic prosperity, particularly for businesses that are active in the leisure and hospitality service industries. We’re pleased to be expanding our footprint across the country.”

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