Dry ice the future for catering company?

Written by: Alwyn Brice |
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Gate Gourmet has partnered with synthetic dry ice provider, EcoSlice, to test a more environmentally-friendly dry ice on board commercial aircraft.

This trial is the first of its kind for global commercial aviation and is another example of the sector's green thinking.

Developed in Australia, Gate Gourmet and EcoSlice's green dry ice project has received the prestigious Innovation Award in the 2017 New South Wales Green Globe Awards. Gate Gourmet Australia’s Head of Compliance, Mark Naylor said that the airline caterer has completed real-time aircraft trials with great success.

“Reducing our environmental impact is a guiding principle, not only for Gate Gourmet but for aviation and food manufacturing in general. It’s part of our responsibility to our airline customers, their airline passengers and the aviation industry,” he added.

“Through partnering with EcoSlice, we’ve been able to test a synthetic dry ice which gives us a better quality of refrigeration than normal dry ice, with less greenhouse emissions. Thanks also to Virgin Australia, we’ve run real-time aircraft trials with great results.

“These trials, held in March and June 2017, are not only the first of their kind in Australia, but also a first in the global commercial airline catering market."

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