ZURICH GLATTBRUGG – gategroup has moved its Gate Gourmet Madrid catering operation to a newly-fitted, modern facility at Coslada, just south of Adolfo Suarez Madrid Barajas Airport.
The investment in the 9,600 sq. meter facility features a cutting-edge kitchen which allows our Michelin star Gate Gourmet chefs to showcase their culinary expertise and deliver innovative and inspired meals to all classes of airline passengers.
The brand-new production kitchen has been furnished with the latest culinary equipment including digitalized devices which link the kitchen to a centralized recipe library via hand held devices and through enhanced control, achieve even better execution of the exceptional menus that our chefs create. This new hot kitchen is also linked to a state-of-the-art meal assembly area, also featuring digitalized equipment and will serve more than 12 international airlines and produce 18,000 passenger meals per day. The facility will additionally feature a new culinary experience center where our chefs can develop new techniques, dishes and menus, a place where customers will experience hospitality through the lens of the passenger through dedicated menu presentations.
With sustainability in mind, the Madrid catering facility was built under LEED (Leadership, Energy and Environment Design) principles featuring solar panels to generate hot water for showers and sinks. Its dishwashers have heat recovery as standard and can raise the temperature of the incoming wash water and therefore reduce the energy normally required to reach operating temperature. Further the dishwashers feature intelligent sensors to automatically control the use of water and all of which deliver savings in water, chemicals, energy and thus lower the environmental footprint of the facility.
The Madrid building features 16 door docks for trucks on the exterior for maximum access and will be able to allocate up to 2,500 pallets in its warehouse for dry goods and an additional 260 pallet spaces for frozen goods. This pallet storage capacity will also enable Gate Gourmet Madrid to become the regulatory warehouse for all the company’s retail activity in Spain.
The Gate Gourmet team in Spain has worked to LEAN principles (the collaborative team effort to improve performance by systematically removing waste and reducing variation throughout the process) during the implementation process to ensure a zero-defect start-up for its customers.