Gatwick Airport invites local food producers to its very first ‘Meet the Local Producer’ event

  • Over 40 local food and beverage producers to attend Gatwick’s inaugural ‘Meet the Local Producer’ event
  • Gatwick to give producers in its locality the opportunity to network with businesses interested in purchasing their goods
  • Meet the Local Producer will take place 15th October 2019, Gatwick Hilton, 3pm – 6pm

LONDON, UK, 2019-Sep-20 — /Travel PR News/ — Gatwick Airport is opening its doors to invite local food producers to its very first ‘Meet the Local Producer’ event. The event will play host to over 40 local food and beverage producers with buyers across the region from shops, restaurants and hotels, including those at Gatwick, attending.

With an abundance of quality unique food and beverage in the region the airport is keen to give producers in its locality the opportunity to network with businesses interested in purchasing their goods.

The event will play host to very initial start-ups to more established producers, already suppling major supermarkets. Confirmed producers exhibiting at the event include Crumbs Brewing, Kent Crisps and Harley House Distillery to name just a few.

Businesses are attracted by airports and choose to locate themselves close to airports. As well as continuing to play this pivotal role for the UK economy, the airport is keen to shine a light on the quality food and beverage the region has to offer, from bespoke artisan suppliers.

The airport already stocks several local suppliers. Surrey’s Silent Pool Gin and Kent’s Fudge Kitchen are stocked in the airport’s World Duty Free stores. Marks and Spencer is home to Wimbledon Ale, Kentish Pip ciders and Five Hop Lager from the Hogs Back Brewery Co. in Surrey.

While many of the airport’s restaurants are also home to local producers. Gatwick’s London Bar serves Bathtub Gin from Tunbridge, Ridgeview Wine from East Sussex, Brighton Gin plus Chapeldown Brut from Kent. While the airport’s pubs serve ales from Westerham Brewery and Denbies Whitedown Brut from Surrey.

‘Meet the Local Producer’ will take place 15th October 2019, Gatwick Hilton, 3pm – 6pm.

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Gatwick Airport, Head of Community Engagement, Alison Addy said:

“We know that many businesses are in proximity to Gatwick, basing themselves in Kent, Surrey or Sussex, as they enjoy having the airport on their doorstep – providing a route to export their produce, travel for business or welcome business colleagues from aboard.

“With so many companies choosing to locate themselves close to the airport, we are delighted to open our doors and give local food producers the opportunity to network with businesses requiring their goods, as well as potential buyers from across the Gatwick campus. In just one afternoon producers will be able to meet a huge volume of potential buyers – considerably cutting down the legwork involved which might take months otherwise.

“The four counties of Kent, Surrey, East and West Sussex have a superb range of local products, including award winning cheeses and sparkling wine to all manner of artisan produce. At Gatwick we want to not only celebrate the very best of the surrounding counties produce but also help buyers from local businesses discover what is on their doorstep.”

About Gatwick Airport

Gatwick is the UK’s second largest airport. It serves more than 230 destinations in 74 countries for 46 million passengers a year on short and long-haul point-to-point services. Gatwick is also a major economic driver and generates around 85,000 jobs nationally, with 24,000 of these located on the airport.

Since May 2019, a new long-term partnership was formed with VINCI Airports who purchased a 50.01% stake in the airport. This partnership sees Gatwick Airport integrate into the network of VINCI Airports, the leading private airport operator in the world, which manages the development and operation of 46 airports across the globe. Served by around 250 airlines, VINCI Airports’ network handled 240 million passengers in 2018 – including traffic at London Gatwick. VINCI Airports develops, finances, builds and operates airports, leveraging its investment capability, international network and know-how to optimise performance of existing airport infrastructure, facility extensions and new-build construction projects.

Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP), which manages the remaining 49.99% interest in Gatwick, is an independent infrastructure investor that makes equity investments in high quality infrastructure assets in the energy, transport and water/waste sectors. GIP has US$56 billion of Assets under Management. Its 18 portfolio companies operate in over 50 countries with circa 54,000 employees and generate annual revenues of circa US$50 billion.

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