Areas, the global concession catering brand of Elior Group, announces that it has been awarded a 10-year catering concession contract to manage 15 restaurants at Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport. Together with AERO Service Group and Innovative Retail Group, Areas has designed an innovative catering offering based on a balanced mix of internationally renowned brands and emblematic regional chains that promote local cuisine.

Areas CEO Pedro Fontana declared: "We are very proud of our consolidation of the American airport market. After Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta, Miami, Newark, Washington, Indianapolis, Orlando and Detroit, this contract underscores our ability to attract major international airports thanks to our portfolio of brand franchises as well as our expertise in appealing to local brands that are in vogue. With our in-depth knowledge of travel catering trends our goal is to provide international travelers with excellent service and innovative catering concepts.”  

Areas’ offering provides a variety of complementary brands ranging from the relaxed coffee shop format to take-away vendors and the most upscale restaurants, all strategically installed in the various terminals to accommodate the natural flow and needs of travelers as they pass through the airport.

In terminal A, Areas will be proposing a variety of catering solutions, including:  Leann Chin, an Asian restaurant; People’s Organic, a local brand specialized in organically grown food produce; The Cook & the Ox, a meat and seafood restaurant run by chef Jack Riebel, as well as a Bruegger’s Bagels, a Chick-Fil-A, a Panda Express and The Blue Door Pub, famed for its classic Minnesota burger. 

Moving on to terminal B, passengers will be able to discover the City Point Bar, a bar-cum-restaurant specially designed by Areas. 

Finally, at Terminal F, Areas will be installing a food court which offers travelers a choice of menu between Chick-Fil-A, Wendy’s, Panda Express, People’s Organic, Auntie Anne’s & Cinnabon, Buffalo Wild Wings, the Mexican restaurant Zona Cocina, and Minneapolis' own iconic restaurant, Hi-Lo Diner.

The first points of sale will open in 2018 and the complete offering should be installed and up and running by 2019.