CDG to invest £1m refurbishing outlets after airport coup

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Casual Dining Group (CDG) has signed a 10-year agreement with Jersey Airport which will see the brand invest £1m to enhance the site’s five outlets and deliver a variety of high quality freshly prepared food with a different service style. The agreement will come into effect from 1 March 2017.

Following a comprehensive tender process, Ports of Jersey identified CDG as its preferred food and beverage operator to provide catering and refreshment services at Jersey Airport.

CDG already operates some of the UK’s most well-known restaurant brands, including Café Rouge, Las Iguanas and Bella Italia and currently manages a number of franchises in UK airports, including Heathrow, Inverness and Luton.

The investment will include a Rapide Kitchen in both the arrivals and departures terminal, providing freshly prepared grab-and-go items, including breakfast pastries, baguettes, sandwiches, salads and health pots, as well as hot food, available to take away or sit in. This will be complemented by a Brasserie in the airside departures lounge, offering breakfast, lunch and dinner, featuring table service.

Until March, the catering and refreshment concessions at Jersey Airport will continue to be operated by Autogrill, which has worked with Ports of Jersey for many years. Existing staff will undergo training and transfer to the CDG concessions while further opportunities are likely to become available to employ additional staff.

Ports of Jersey, CEO Doug Bannister, said: “Having a progressive and experienced operator for our food and beverage concession will bring new experiences and offerings as part of our overall customer journey experience. I would also like to acknowledge our current catering company Autogrill and thank everyone involved for their support of Jersey Airport over many years.”

Mark Nelson, managing director of concessions and franchising for CDG, commented: “This is quite a coup and shows our determination to take our strong all-day restaurant brands into new locations and to expand the CDG concession presence in airports. All of this, together with the Bella Italia restaurant we already operate in St Helier will combine to strengthen our position in Jersey.”

During peak summer season and at select intervals throughout the year, CDG will operate a series of pop-ups, presenting the best that Jersey food and drink suppliers have to offer, including seafood, Black Butter and Liberation Brewery beer.

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