Dubai's dnata acquires travel market caterer

  • Share via facebook
  • Tweet this
  • Bookmark and Share
Gary Chapman, president of dnata. (Photo for illustrative purposes only)

Gary Chapman, president of dnata. (Photo for illustrative purposes only)

Dubai-based dnata on Wednesday said it has acquired a majority stake in En Route International Ltd, a supplier of bakery and packaged food solutions with operations in London, Dubai and the United States of America.

En Route International has ten years’ catering experience in the travel market and has an annual turnover of £12m, dnata said in a statement.

It provides a range of premium quality products and boasts a growing client list which includes British Airways, Delta and Emirates.

En Route also operates key distribution centres at two of the world’s busiest airports – London Heathrow in the UK and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in the USA, the statement added.

Dnata said the latest deal represents a further investment in the airline catering sector, whose recent acquisitions in Alpha Flight Group Ltd and Wings Inflight Service extended the company’s international network to 75 airports in 39 countries.

“En Route is a niche player which offers highly creative and innovative food solutions, supported by robust logistics”, said Stewart Angus, divisional senior vice president, Associated Companies.

He said it would continue to operate independently and was looking forward to "developing and growing the business and to expanding its capability elsewhere”.

“Becoming part of dnata brings a number of new opportunities to En Route and will undoubtedly enhance our ability to develop and distribute our products to a wider audience,” said Alison Lessmann, managing director, En Route.

“That will enable us to both grow the business and provide greater opportunities and a secure future for our employees.”

Dnata is one of the world’s largest combined air services providers and is wholly owned by the Investment Corporation of Dubai (ICD).

Related:
Topics
Companies
Join the Discussion

Disclaimer:The view expressed here by our readers are not necessarily shared by Arabian Business, its employees, sponsors or its advertisers.

Please post responsibly. Commenter Rules

  • No comments yet, be the first!

Enter the words above: Enter the numbers you hear:

All comments are subject to approval before appearing

Further reading

Features & Analysis
Playing by the numbers: Saudi Arabian Airlines

Playing by the numbers: Saudi Arabian Airlines

Why is Saudia only mentioned as an afterthought when one talks...

Ports of change

Ports of change

Investment in ports in the GCC region is at a record high, as...

Crowded skies in the Middle East

Crowded skies in the Middle East

Aviation experts give their suggestions on how to solve the Middle...

Most Discussed
  • 15
    ‘How my Dubai mortgage landed me in a police cell’

    Not to undermine the ordeal Paris had to go through however I believe that buying a property no matter how busy I am should be followed up. Having said... more

    Friday, 31 October 2014 2:41 PM - sami
  • 10
    Do you actually own your house?

    This is unbelievable from Nakheel. In a case where we want landscape our garden with some tiles and grass costing around 12500, Nakheel is demanding a... more

    Thursday, 30 October 2014 9:06 PM - skp
  • 1
    Men arrested for working in women's shops in Saudi

    “We won’t spare any mall or shop employing expatriate men to sell women’s accessories,” the ministry’s director general in Makkah, Abdul Monem Al Shahri... more

    Friday, 31 October 2014 12:22 PM - cba