Gate Gourmet is an airline catering firm with headquarters on the grounds of Zürich Airport, Switzerland, near Zürich.
Gate Gourmet was founded in 1992, and is the world's largest independent airline catering, hospitality and logistics company. As a part of parent company Gate Group, the company has substantially expanded its products and services recently through acquisitions and strategic investments. The portfolio now includes cabin service ware (deSter); comfort/entertainment items (Harmony); packaged food components assembled in central production units (Supplair); aviation services such as cabin cleaning, aircraft washing and de-icing and passenger services (Gate Aviation ); catering security (Gate Safe); business applications (eGate Solutions) and supply chain optimization (partnership with Pourshins).
As of 2004, it had 22,000 employees, had a revenue of 2.4 billion Swiss Francs, and produced 195 million flight meals per year. Some of its clients are British Airways, LAN Airlines, Air Algérie, American Airlines, United Airlines, Qantas Airways, Aerolíneas Argentinas, Avianca, Iberia Airlines, airblue, Air France, Delta Air Lines, Emirates Airline, Thai Airways International, Swiss International Air Lines, TAM Airlines, Airblue, Amtrak and EasyJet.
Gate Gourmet's roots are in Swissair. For a long time, Gate Gourmet was considered Swissair's "Crown Jewel". The company was worth roughly 6 billion Swiss Francs before September 11 and the bankruptcy of Swissair. The rise of oil prices damaged the airlines and many of Gate Gourmet's main customers went bankrupt or narrowly avoided bankruptcy. The weakness of the airlines affected the industries that cater to or support it. This eventually set the stage for Swissair's crown jewel requiring a restructuring effort, which soon burdened its employees. The company was then sold in 2002 to Texas Pacific Group for USD $870 million, and later its ownership became known as GateGroup.
... Gate Gourmet is an airline catering firm with headquarters on the grounds of Zürich Airport, Switzerland, near Zürich ... Gate Gourmet was founded in 1992, and is the world's largest independent airline catering, hospitality and logistics company ... As a part of parent company Gate Group, the company has substantially expanded its products and services recently through acquisitions and strategic investments ...
... British Airways staff at the airport walked out, and mass pickets of Gate Gourmet were organised by the Transport and General Workers' Union ... Several workers alleged that Gate Gourmet had manufactured the dispute, in order to employ non-union workers at lower rates of pay and with worse conditions of employment ... On 1 March 2007, Texas Pacific Group sold its remaining shares in Gate Gourmet to Merrill Lynch ...
... Shigella after eating contaminated carrots provided by Gate Gourmet ... Food and Drug Administration (FDA) inspected Gate Gourmet’s Honolulu facility and determined that there were substantial problems ... Gate Gourmet was warned that unless the problems were rectified, its facility would be shut down ...
... in the UK was in 2005 which involved the sacking of over 600 Gate Gourmet workers at Heathrow Airport was viewed as a union busting tactic and caused a great deal of media ... The BBC Reported that "Gate Gourmet sacked more than 600 staff last week in a working practices row, prompting a walkout by British Airways ground staff that paralysed flights and stranded ... The BBC additionally reported that Andy Cook, Gate Gourmet's director of human resources at that time, said "the company had not been looking to cut the size of the protests, only stop the ...
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