AUSTRALIA. What does an airport do when it has kick-started international flights again, meaning there is demand for food & beverage services – but not enough to justify terminal operators reopening for business?

For Brisbane Airport the answer lay in technology. The Queensland airport operator has partnered with leading readymade meals provider snapfresh to deliver a food retail solution – a readymade meals vending machine.

Brisbane Airport is currently operating a mere 28 or so weekly international flights, an encouraging but nonetheless modest uptick compared with the nadir of the COVID-19 crisis.

Grab and go with a difference at Brisbane Airport

Brisbane Airport Corporation Executive General Manager Commercial Martin Ryan said that the machine is a great addition to the International Terminal at a time where passenger numbers are down -98%. “Not only does it ensure there are additional food options available for travellers transiting through our airport, but our staff and employees within the airport can also access delicious readymade meal solutions,” he said.

dnata catering Chief Executive Officer Hiranjan Aloysius said, “We are excited to be able to deliver our high-quality readymade meals created by world-class Chefs to consumers utilising industry leading technology. With six meal varieties on rotation, the machine dispenses a hot ready to eat meal in 70 seconds, or a cold meal to heat and eat later, almost simultaneously.”

Queensland company Snapfresh is Australia’s leading readymade meal manufacturer, servicing a wide range of industries including retail brands and outlets, health and aged care, education facilities, government services, global export, and many other industries including airlines.

Snapfresh is part of the dnata catering Australian portfolio, Australia’s leading inflight caterer. dnata catering is part of dnata, owned by Dubai-based Emirates Group.