Our History

Always evolving, never slowing down

1992

Gate Gourmet is founded from Swissair Catering

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1994

Gate Gourmet's size doubles with the acquisition of SAS Service Partners and it becomes the third largest airline catering company worldwide

1995

A period of steady growth with acquisitions in Europe, Latin America, Asia and the U.S. begins

1999

Gate Gourmet merges with Dobbs International Services which had served boxed lunches on flights out of Memphis since 1941

2001

Parent company Swissair collapses, halts operations unexpectedly, and goes into receivership

2002

Swissair Group sells Gate Gourmet to investment firm Texas Pacific Group

2003

Gate Gourmet acquires remaining 70 percent shares of Iber-Swiss catering from Iberia

2005

Major restructuring and refinancing project is launched and new key labor agreements are reached in the U.S. and UK

2007

Acquisition strategy is launched to diversify the business to include services to the airline industry beyond catering under new and broader ownership structure

2008

gategroup brand introduced as the umbrella brand to represent Gate Gourmet and 10 other companies

2009

gategroup is listed on SIX Swiss Exchange

2010

gategroup acquires Cara Airline Solutions in Canada and expands footprint in Indian market with Skygourmet

2011

gateOPEX program is launched for catering operations to drive sustainable cost, quality, reliability and safety

2012

New brand Gate Retail (Onboard) provides the entire spectrum of onboard sales management

2013

gategroup expands presence in Oceania by integrating Australian Qantas Catering assets and taking on business activities of Pacific Flight Catering in New Zealand

2015

gategroup strategy "Gateway 2020" introduced with focus on four pillars: Focus on the Core, Commercial Innovation, Geographical Expansion and Standardization/Efficiency

2016

HNA Group, a leading Chinese company with activities in aviation, tourism, logistics and financial services, acquires gategroup

2017

gategroup acquires control over its competitor Servair from Air France, adding a major presence on the African continent to its global network