SSP secures £175m seven F&B site deal at Spanish airport

SSP Group PLC, the major operator of food and beverage outlets in travel locations worldwide, has secured an eight-year contract worth circa £175m to open seven food and beverage units at Alicante-Elche Airport.

In a first for the company, SSP will partner with BrewDog, the UK’s leading independent craft brewery, to launch a bar in the Departures area in June. Founded in 2007, BrewDog opened its first bar in Aberdeen in 2010 and now operates more than 80 bars globally.

SSP will also launch a mix of renowned international brands and popular local concepts both airside and landside under the new deal.

Burger King was the first brand to launch with three units opened in March. SSP will also debut its first Häagen-Dazs ice cream shop in Spain and open a new restaurant from one of North America’s largest chains, Tim Hortons, in June. A new outlet from Spanish charcuterie experts Enrique Tomas will follow in November.

Blanca Ripoll, Managing Director of SSP Spain, said, “We are delighted to have been awarded this new contract at Alicante-Elche, which reaffirms our position as a leading operator in the travel market in Spain.

'We look forward to opening with these new on-trend and exciting brands, which will no doubt provide a wide choice of food and drink options to our valued customers.”