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October 28, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Ever wonder about how much food is used by airline passengers each day? Must be mind boggling – along with the waste. You also have to wonder what happens to unused meals – particularly in business and first class cabins given there are so many hungry people in our world.
To give you some idea here are some statistics from Emirates. The carrier serves more than 100 million meals a year, catering for more than 55 million dine-in guests travelling to and from 144 cities across six continents. More than 9.6 million tea bags are used each year with more than 10 tea varieties on offer.

In 2016, customers consumed three million eggs, 70 tonnes of strawberries, 58 million baked bread rolls, 110,000kg of hummus, 165 tonnes of salmon fillet, 27 tonnes of fresh broccoli and 43,000kg of cream cheese. With a catering investment of US$1 billion per year, Emirates runs a round-the-clock kitchen with 1,200 chefs based in Dubai whipping up 12,450 recipes. To keep in line with regional and seasonal food trends, the carrier continually reviews its menus, with onboard menus changed monthly. Most recent catering updates include a new menu on Australian routes using the ideas of chefs from each of the five Australian cities the carrier flies to. After receiving over 300 submissions, the team then spent 14 months reviewing and testing the ideas until they were able to create a high quality menu that could be easily served onboard. The menu leverages several partnerships with notable local suppliers from the food industry, including South Australian Angus beef, Brasserie bread and Yarra Valley cheese. The wine list includes Penfolds and a range of exclusive wines which are purchased years before they are ready to be released, allowing them to mature and reach their full potential for serving onboard. Emirates has also designed children friendly menus as well as dedicated menus for medical or religious meal requirements.

Written by :  Ian McIntosh

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