Turning what was formerly a retail store into a food service outlet was once inconceivable at airports due to the lack of air extraction systems. But casualfood has come up with a solution: together with their partner they have developed an innovative solution comprising an indirect grill and special recirculating air technology for their new Hermann’s restaurant at Frankfurt Airport. This has been put to use and has passed all the tests and met all of Frankfurt Airport’s stringent specifications. This means up to 250 sausages can now be grilled every hour within a retail space – and without any exhaust air or unpleasant odours. Read more
- Sales up eleven per cent year on year
- New stores and mobile stands opened
- Multiple awards for innovative concepts
- Strong focus on employee development and retention
2018 was another successful year for casualfood: the company finished the year with net sales of €57.3 million, representing year-on-year growth of eleven per cent. Two new concepts were launched in 2018 – Brezel Lovers and Beans & Barley. Several other concepts were relaunched and the successful QUICKER’s stores are due a makeover in 2019. In addition to all this, casualfood is building additional ServiceStore DB shops in conjunction with the railway company Deutsche Bahn. At the same time, the company appreciates the value of its staff and has put extensive employee development and retention programmes in place.
Swiss food group Orior recently took a 35% stake in casualfood. The German travel food & beverage specialist sees the partnership as an ideal platform to further develop the company and ramp up expansion. Jason Holland spoke to casualfood Managing Partner Stefan Weber to get the latest on the company’s ambitious growth plans.
Travel food specialist Casualfood has unveiled a new Beans & Barley concept at Berlin-Schönefeld Airport. The Terminal A airside Level 1 outlet offers craft beer and coffee, along with a range of sweet and savoury snacks in a space just under 40sq m.
Yet more innovation: not long after the launch of Brezel Lovers, casualfood is introducing another new concept. The company is opening “Beans & Barley – Crafted Coffee and Beer” at Berlin-Schönefeld Airport, offering customers crafted beer and high-quality speciality coffees around the clock in space of just under 40 square metres. The concept also offers sweet and savoury snacks. Beans & Barley is located air side on Level 1 of Berlin-Schönefeld’s Terminal A, in other words after security. With this new concept, casualfood is expanding its portfolio to twelve food service and store brands with a total of 56 outlets.
As part of a partnership, casualfood GmbH is transferring a 35 per cent stake in the company to ORIOR AG, a Swiss publicly quoted food corporation. In doing so, casualfood is taking its growth to the next level. Over the coming years, the stake will be increased in several tranches. The two founders, Stefan Weber and Michael Weigel, will remain shareholders and managing directors of casualfood. They will continue to pursue the strategic objectives of the last few years.
casualfood embraces innovations: Google Pay has only just been launched in Germany and can already be used as a convenient method of payment at all casualfood stores and restaurants. Payment is made contactlessly using an Android smartphone or a smartwatch. To use Google Pay, all customers need to do is download the corresponding app and add their credit card details.
It all began with a pretzel cart in 2005, and casualfood is now launching its new Brezel Lovers concept at Frankfurt Airport. The new pretzel cart is now airside in Terminal 1, selling all kinds of the world’s favourite to-go food item. There are pretzels of all conceivable varieties and to suit every taste and all dietary requirements – sweet or spicy, plain or with a filling, vegetarian or vegan. It goes without saying that all the pretzels are freshly baked and are topped/filled by hand by casualfood. Everything else at the cart revolves around pretzels too – among other things, there’s a pretzel salad and Snyder’s Honey Mustard & Onion Pretzel Pieces.