SPECIALTY CATERING Radnor Hills’ new specifically designed range of drinks designed for on board consumption addresses the hydration needs of today’s passengers with added health benefits
New from DFMi is Kiki’s Gluten Free products, ranging from glutenfree pockets to pitas, desserts, pizzas, pastas, baked goods and more
on increasing the quality of inflight food, as well as greater interest in sustainable sourcing. Part of both companies’ activities involve creating Special Meal Request (SPML) meals for Business and Economy class service. For example, like all of Delta Dailyfood’s meals, their SPML meals are made from scratch, and are not immediately distinguishable from the company’s regular meals, thanks to the quality ingredients used. Fleury Michon Catering and Delta Dailyfood anticipate an increased presence of more organic, natural, non-GMO and preservative-free food items available on board in the coming years, and not only are they ready for this shift, but also excited. “Our nutritional savoir-faire leads us to develop meals that can meet people’s expectations and specificities in order to help them to eat better,” the companies share.
U.K.-based beverage company Radnor Hills says in addition to the interest in having free-from food on board, there has been an equal interest in having healthier drink options available as well. “Specialty drinks are also rising, and it’s important to remember the health benefits of keeping hydrated whilst on flights,” says Chris Butler, International Accounts Manager for Radnor Hills. “Often consumers won’t want to drink alcohol, so a good soft drinks selection is important.” The company launched a range of drinks designed for on board consumption, where hydration is a top mind for many travelers. Featuring a non-spill mechanism, the tetra carton’s prismatic shape — featuring eight sides —provides an easy grip for on-thego consumption and renders it “anti-roll” when on meal trays. Each tetra carton offers a 12-month shelf life, is completely preservative free and is available in 125ml, 72 | PAX INTERNATIONAL | MARCH/APRIL 2017
200ml and 250ml pack sizes. DFMi, a specialty sales and marketing company, focusing on the travel and transportation industry, has been aware of the increased interest in healthier food options on board for many years — specifically in Europe where non-GMO regulations have been in effect for some time — but has only noticed it making a real impact in the U.S. within the past five years, with the last two being especially impactful. According to Graham Felton, CEO and Owner of DFMi, there are several factors that have contributed to this impact, including: a higher percentage of flying passengers routinely reading labels before making selections and/or consuming products; food manufacturers globally are now making tasty, clean-label products; airlines have made menu ingredients and allergen information readily available to flight attendants and passengers; and airlines are financially positioned to cost justify the added expenses and view it more as social responsibility than just a cost burden. DFMi is offering a new selection of freefrom and healthier food items, including: gluten-free and halal-certified Chickbean Crisps from Saffron Road, featuring four grams of plant-based protein; Honey & Oats Bars (1.3 oz) from Nature’s Bakery (strawberry, apple cinnamon and blueberry) that are USDA organic, certified non-GMO, kosher, vegan, dairy free, cholesterol free, with 0% trans-fat and low sodium; and Kiki’s Gluten Free products, ranging from gluten-free pockets to pitas, desserts, pizzas, pastas, baked goods and more.
label adds more credence and value to our products that are already GMO-free, preservative-free, colorant-free and additive-free,” says the company. Frankenberg remains confident about meeting airlines’ increasing free-from needs, largely because offering healthier food options without GMO ingredients is one of the company’s key philosophies. “We have also noticed in the other markets we provide for, an increased demand for sugar-free products,” the company adds. “In general, we find that the demand for SPML is increasing, from vegetarian and vegan options to gluten-free and ethnic meals.” Chicago-based James Calvetti Meats and Calvetti Culinary Creations has invested in the study of Islamic dietary concepts and practices in order to present its customers with a more diverse, inclusionary and in-demand offering. “The production and sales of halal foods are an important part of our product mix,” says Jamie Calvetti, President of James Calvetti Meats. With the halal food sales soaring in North America, Calvetti says it is clear that many consumers — and passengers — are making food decisions based on personal choice, not just religion. “It’s about a differ-
From free to fair
German meal service company Frankenberg is launching meals made from Fairtrade ingredients for its SPML meals and also for Standard Meals. “The Fairtrade
Group SOI’s Crocus D’oro, the finest organic farmed saffron threads, is made in the historic town of Nepi