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Industry Update RAIL CATERING First Great Western unveils Larder Box


En Route International and Rail Gourmet have launched their latest joint foodie initiative, the Great Western Larder Box, on all First Great Western trains out of Paddington station to the South West. Each smart-looking box is packed with cheese, crackers and chutney sourced from local suppliers in the region. The tasty West Country Farmhouse Mature Cheddar is made in Somerset by the Alvis family at Lye Cross Farm. Firm-bodied and smooth in texture, it is matured for nine to 12 months to ensure it has a full, rounded flavour. Complementing the cheese, are a selection of oat, charcoal and malted wheat savoury biscuits made by artisan baker Fudges in neighbouring Dorset. The finishing touch is provided by a country garden chutney, handmade by Tracklements, a Cotswold producer that scooped Silver in the 2012 Taste of the West Awards. The slick, contemporary packaging devotes


one side to promoting the South West as a family-fun destination with the slogan: “This little box will give you a taste of the very best of the region”. Open it up and jaunty red and white gingham artwork conjures up a picnic blanket. Open it a bit more and the box unfolds into a customer-friendly tray. The Great Western Larder Box is also easy for crew to pack and store, making it ideal


"Each smart looking box is packed with cheese, crackers and chutney sourced from local suppliers in the West Country region"


for onboard sales. When passengers make a purchase, crew simply pop a chilled portion of cheese into the box, which is pre-packed with crackers and chutney. For customers who would prefer it a pot of delicious chicken liver pâté, with sun dried tomato from Patchwork in South Wales, is available as an alternative.


This launch consolidates demand for En Route’s provision of quality cheeses for the travel industry. It recently introduced a cheese board into First and Business Class cabins on ex-UK Emirates flights. firstgreatwestern.co.uk railgourmet.com


ON THE GROUND


London City Airport plans for growth


The UK capital's most central airport, London City, has submitted a planning application for permission to expand its current infrastructure.


The infrastructure proposals will allow the airport to double its passenger numbers (to six million) over the next 10 years and includes £200 million investment in new aircraft parking stands, a parallel taxi-lane to optimise runway capacity in peak operating hours and a terminal extension to ensure speedy passenger transit.


Based in the Royal Docks, London City Airport predominantly serves the business and political centres of Canary Wharf, The City and Westminster and currently handles 70,000 flight movements and three million passengers a year. londoncityairport.com


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