April 26, 2012

HMSHost Expands B4 YOU BOARD™ to Sacramento International Airport

Free mobile app lets airport travelers order food for gate delivery or pick up

SACRAMENTO, Calif.—HMSHost, airport restaurateur and world leader in travel dining and shopping, and Sacramento International Airport (SMF) have teamed up to bring smartphone technology to West Coast fliers looking for a bite to eat before boarding a flight, or, to take with them on the plane.

“We are always looking for new ideas to improve the travel experience at Sacramento International Airport,” said G. Hardy Acree, Director of Airports. “B4 YOU BOARD is a great way to take some of the stress out of flying.”

SMF’s travelers can now use HMSHost’s B4 YOU BOARD mobile app to order a delicious meal from Esquire Grill or Burgers & Brew and have it delivered to them at the gate while they wait for their flight. The selection includes lunch and dinner offerings of a Turkey Avocado Melt or Portabella Burger and Sweet Potato Fries from Burgers & Brew, or, a Seared Ahi Tuna Salad or Niman Ranch Angus Beef Burger from Esquire. Classics and favorites are available on the menus—even Esquire’s famous Macaroni & Cheese. Serving hours are between 10:30 am and 6:30 pm daily.

“Launching B4 YOU BOARD at Sacramento International Airport is a great way to celebrate the one year anniversary of B4 YOU BOARD’S debut at JFK. It has been an exciting year. USA Today named B4 YOU BOARD one of the five apps every flier should have and we are a finalist for the National Restaurant Association’s prestigious Operator Innovation Award,” said HMSHost’s Vice President of Business Development Joe Waller.

Waller added, “We are thrilled with the response and are looking forward to bringing B4 YOU BOARD to more airports in the coming year.”

B4 YOU BOARD is free and is available from the Apple App Store and from Google Play.

HMSHost employs 180 associates in 14 restaurants at Sacramento International Airport.

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 $2.7 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 €5.8 billion in 2011, the Group operates in 35 countries and employs some 62,800 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.

About Sacramento County Airport System

Sacramento County Airport System is responsible for planning, developing, operating and maintaining the county’s four airports: Sacramento International Airport, Executive Airport, Mather Airport and Franklin Field. The economic impact of the Sacramento County Airport System is more than $4 billion annually. For more information, visit www.sacramento.aero