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YVR Announces Revamped Food and Beverage and Retail Options

More than 20 new food and beverage concepts set to open over the next two years as well as 10 new retail offerings

Today, Vancouver International Airport (YVR) announced its enhanced food and beverage and retail offerings with locations opening up as early as summer 2019. As YVR grows into a world-class sustainable hub airport, travellers can look forward to more than 30 new food and beverage and retail options, including many first-time concepts to YVR. This complements the airport’s existing award-winning portfolio of more than 170 shops, services and restaurants located before and after security.

“At YVR, we strive to provide an outstanding customer experience and that includes offering a variety of compelling concepts that appeal to a diverse group of travellers across our food and beverage and retail portfolio. We are excited about expanding on our strong commercial portfolio with the addition of these concepts,” said Scott Norris, Vice President, Commercial Development, Vancouver Airport Authority. “Our vision for YVR’s commercial experience is to remain relevant and authentic, while creating an engaging environment with a balance of local and international brands.”

SSP Canada, a leading operator of food and beverage outlets in travel locations worldwide, is introducing ten new concepts that will combine award-winning culinary teams with fresh, local ingredients. Concepts include:

  • Hawksworth Kitchen: In 2020, internationally renowned Canadian chef, David Hawksworth, will open his first airport location in the Domestic Terminal. Taking inspiration from his celebrated Hawksworth and Nightingale restaurants’ the traveller friendly menu will feature farm fresh dishes including organic salads, oven-fired pizzas, house pastas and cured meats.
  • The Dirty Apron: This award-winning, chef-driven hometown deli will serve freshly baked breads, locally sourced seasonal produce and meats sourced from regional producers.
  • Steamworks Bar & Restaurant, Whistler Brewing Lodge and Red Truck Beer Stop developed in conjunction with Red Truck Beer Co. These concepts will add to YVR’s artisanal craft beer scene, while also delivering a mix of traditional mountain cuisine and hearty, brewpub fare.
  • Other additions include Heritage Asian Eatery which specializes in contemporary Asian comfort food, Left Coast Café & Bar, BUILT Custom Burgers and for those heading off to the U.S., Wahlburgers to round out the offering with concepts that appeal to a range of local and international travellers. 

Tastes on the Fly, a boutique airport restaurant operator headquartered in San Francisco and creator of the award-winning Napa Farms Market, is bringing a local marketplace concept to YVR—Pacific Farms Market. Inspired by British Columbia’s vibrant and high-quality food scene, this concept will be operated in both the Domestic and International Terminals. The International Terminal food market will be anchored with five made-to-order food stations including a grab-and-go section with 49th Parallel, one of Vancouver’s favourite coffee purveyors, and a selection of baked on-site goods from Purebread Bakery; a Market Fresh station with a breakfast bar in the morning and freshly made entrees, soups and other goods in the afternoons and evenings; a sushi and poke station serving the freshest regional fish; Live Fire Pizza with artisan, hand-made, oven-fired pizzas and a juice bar with freshly squeezed juices and smoothies.  The International Terminal market will be flanked by a full-service restaurant and bar featuring a seafood-inspired menu offering the best of fresh, local catches.

A number of independent operators will add to the portfolio with a variety of on-the-go options including Coastal Coffee, Subway and Japadog.  

When looking at our food and beverage portfolio, we put a lot of focus on local and authentic flavours that provide a distinct British Columbian character, while offering a variety of strong international brands. We listened to feedback and this new line up will ensure our passengers have a range of options for different tastes and price points,” added Norris.

In terms of additional retail options, Paradies Lagardère, a travel retail leader in North America, is introducing the internationally renowned travel essential brand Relay, as well as three Vancouver inspired travel essentials concepts. Accompanying Relay will be a full-service illy Café, which will feature a wide variety of authentic Italian coffee, pastries and other treats on the go.

For more information about YVR’s food and beverage and retail offering, please click here.

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