October 12, 2011

Portland International Jetport Extends HMSHost’s Contract

PORTLAND, MAINE − Travelers to and from Portland, Maine—the gateway to the Pine Tree State— will now have expanded offerings under Portland International Jetport’s (PWM) new ten-year agreement with HMSHost. The extension began this month and includes estimated total revenues of almost $60 million during the ten-year period until 2021.

“Expanding our partnership with HMSHost is one that we know will be successful and offers our travelers a wider range of choices. It will build upon the more than 30-year partnership that PWM has built with HMSHost,” said Paul Bradbury, Portland’s Airport Director.

Linda Bean’s Maine Lobster Café is the newest name to join the HMSHost roster at PWM. As part of the agreement, Starbucks Coffee, Shipyard Pub, Shipyard Brewport and Great American Bagel will be renovated to greet travelers in up-to-date settings.

“We have solid partners in the Portland International Jetport and HMSHost. We’re looking forward to offering the best of Linda Bean’s Maine Lobster Café to Maine’s travelers and natives alike, and sharing the fresh, sustainable lobster tradition that we work to maintain,” said Linda Bean, founder and CEO of Linda Bean’s Perfect Maine LLC.

Travelers to PWM who stop by Linda Bean’s Maine Lobster Café will enjoy one of Maine’s freshest lobster rolls and light fare of a field greens salad topped with a choice of fresh Maine lobster meat, wild shrimp or crab. Non-seafood selections include a smoked turkey BLT or a chicken salad Panini.

“We’re thrilled that our Shipyard Pub and Shipyard Brewport will be renovated to make our pre- and post-security locations more traveler-friendly. Visitors to Portland’s airport and our restaurants will now get a taste of the best that Maine has to offer,” said Fred Forsley, founder and co-owner of The Shipyard Brewing Company.

The Shipyard Brewport—based on the Shipyard Brewing Company—launched in 1994 from its flagship location on the Portland waterfront. The airport’s pre-security Shipyard Brewport and the post-security Shipyard Pub offer travelers a selection of New England favorites including Clam Chowder and Lobster Wraps. Classic favorites include the Chicken Cobb Salad, Classic Cheeseburger and the Turkey Bacon Bistro. Both the Brewport and Pub feature Shipyard Beer, which is hand-crafted from recipes developed by master brewer Alan Pugsley. The company brews more than a dozen year-round and seasonal English-style ales which are available in 38 states.

“We’re glad to be making the traveler’s day better at PWM. Our long-term relationship with Shipyard Brewing and now, our new partnership with Linda Bean will benefit visitors as they arrive at the gateway to this beautiful state, Portland’s International Jetport,” said Michael Fetchko, Senior Director, Business Development, HMSHost.

HMSHost’s existing Great American Bagel kiosk will be expanded into a full-sized space in the post-security area. The Starbucks Coffee will be refreshed with the company’s 2011 store design palate, including new lighting and wall murals. A new Burger King will also be added post-security.

About HMSHost

HMSHost is a world leader in creating dining and shopping for travel venues. HMSHost operates in more than 100 airports around the globe, including the 20 busiest airports in North America. The Company has annual sales in excess of $2.5 billion and employs more than 34,000 sales associates worldwide. HMSHost is a part of Autogrill Group, the world’s leading provider of food & beverage and retail services for people on the move. With sales of over €5.7 billion in 2010, the Group operates in 37 countries and employs some 62,000 people. It manages over 5,300 stores in more than 1,200 locations worldwide. Visit www.HMSHost.com for more information and find us on Facebook at HMSHost Making the Traveler’s Day Better.