Autogrill Group knows some travelers hunger for more than just transportation. Operating as HMSHost, the company is a leading contract foodservice operator focused on the travel market. It has restaurant operations in about 110 airports in North America, Europe, and parts of the Asia Pacific. Its eateries operate under such licensed brands as Burger King, Chili's Too, California Pizza Kitchen, Quiznos, and Starbucks, as well as proprietary names Fresh Attractions Deli and Flatbreadz. HMSHost also has service operations at almost 100 highway rest areas and runs newsstands and other retail locations in addition to restaurants. HMSHost is a unit of Italian contract foodservices giant Autogrill.
HMSHost operates worldwide including North America , Europe, and Asia Pacific, including the top 20 busiest airports in North America.
Sales and Marketing
HMSHost, like most other foodservice contractors, competes primarily through bids to operate dining and retail locations at specific sites. Its contracts are typically long-term agreements that need to be renewed on a periodic basis. In North America, the travel dining industry has largely centralized around a few large players such as HMSHost, ARAMARK, and SSP Group.
Air travel has suffered a decline due to the recent recession, but HMSHost has benefited from the fact that many airlines have cut back on in-flight meals. To help boost business, the company has added some new brands such as Pinkberry frozen yogurt to its restaurant and snack bar portfolio. It also won new services contracts, adding San Antonio International Airport in Texas among others in recent years.