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Casual Dining Group to invest £1m in Jersey Airport contract

13 January 2017 by

Casual Dining Group (CDG) has announced it will invest £1m in five air and landside outlets after securing a contract with Jersey Airport.

The group, which operates Bella Italia, Café Rouge and Las Iguanas, will also introduce a Rapide Kitchen to departures and arrivals, and two new brands created especially for the airport: Brasserie Forty Five and Bar Forty Five airside. Rapide Kitchen offers grab-and-go food such as pastries, porridge, baguettes, sandwiches, salads, health pots and hot food.

Brasserie Forty Five will offer breakfast, lunch and dinner. The restaurant, which will serve food via table service, will be complemented by Bar Forty Five.

Throughout the year, CDG will operate a series of pop-ups, showcasing the best produce of Jersey.

The concessions contract for the airport was put out to competitive tender after being held by another company for 34 years. The contract, which will commence on 1 March, was tendered by Ports of Jersey Ltd.

Mark Nelson, managing director of concessions and franchising at CDG, said: "We're investing a significant amount, employing up to 80 staff and planning to take on more, and encouraging island suppliers and businesses, including Liberation Brewery, to sell their products through our outlets.

"We'll offer travellers competitive pricing, value-led meal deals, seasonal promotions, excellent quality, fresh food and drink featuring the finest ingredients and presentation. They can also expect superb customer service in comfortable, well-designed spaces. All of this, together with the Bella Italia we already have in St Helier, will combine to strengthen our position in Jersey."

On behalf of Ports of Jersey, chief executive Doug Bannister said: "As we move into our 80th year at Jersey Airport, we are delighted to welcome CDG as our newest airport partner. 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."

CDG currently operates five restaurants at London's Heathrow Airport and a Rapide grab-and-go outlet at Inverness Airport, in Scotland. It is set to open a Bella Italia and Oriel Grande Brasserie at London Luton Airport early in 2017.

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