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January 7, 2020

The New Year Brings More Vegan and Health-Forward Airport Dining Choices

HMSHost expands Eat Well. Travel Further. with more health-forward food choices, including a youth chef created dish

The New Year rings in new ways for travelers to eat healthy in airports across North America. More health-forward and plant-based snacks and meals will debut starting later this year thanks to global restaurateur HMSHost.

As the vegan and vegetarian movement continues to grow in popularity, HMSHost is expanding its Eat Well. Travel Further. lifestyle dining initiative to more airports, including the addition of new menu items at its casual dining airport restaurants.

HMSHost will soon debut four unique culinary dishes on a specialty menu that aligns with the Eat Well. Travel Further. nutritional promise to guests. The new menu items, including vegan and plant-based offerings, will launch later this year at more than 20 airports across the country.

“HMSHost has the honor of serving diverse travelers, all with different eating preferences and needs. Eat Well. Travel Further. was the first-of-its-kind lifestyle dining platform in airports, and we’re continuing to transform the airport culinary scene to deliver more choices than ever before,” said HMSHost President and CEO Steve Johnson. “Whether you choose to eat healthy as a New Year’s resolution or for the long haul, we have you covered during your travels.”  

HMSHost Foundation grant recipient, Black Girls Cook will curate one of the four new Eat Well. Travel Further. menu items. Black Girls Cook is a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching inner-city adolescent girls of color the true meaning of farm-to-table by operating hands on cooking classes and growing edible gardens.  

The dish will be selected during a cooking competition among Black Girls Cook contestants. HMSHost and HMSHost Foundation will hold the competition in February, with the winning dish scheduled to land on airport menus later in the year.

Eat Well. Travel Further. debuted at airports and travel plazas to fulfill the needs of health-conscious travelers that desire wholesome and nutritious options. Eat Well. Travel Further. features food and beverage choices based off of popular health food trends, such as the lifestyle diet bento boxes – the Paleo Snack Box and the Vegan Lunch Box. 

Based upon continued popularity and traveler demand, this year travelers will also see new dedicated Eat Well. Travel Further. kiosk locations in airports across the U.S. These colorful kiosks will serve travelers easily accessible health-forward to-go options.

Eat Well. Travel Further. offerings meet “Our Promise” to traveling guests: 
500 calories or less per serving - to energize travelers with delicious nutrient-dense foods without excess calories to slow them down 
No artificial colors/flavors/sweeteners - to support travelers’ quests to eat “cleaner” by avoiding FD&C colors, artificial flavors and sweeteners 
No hydrogenated fats or high fructose corn syrup – to fuel travelers’ journeys to a healthier lifestyle with more wholesome ingredients 

Eat Well. Travel Further. has received recognition and awards from the Airports Council International – North America and the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association International Adrian Awards and has been featured in The New York Times and QSR Magazine. Additional details, along with a list of Eat Well. Travel Further. locations is available at the following link:

HMSHost Leading the Industry
HMSHost is recognized by the industry as the top provider of travel dining with awards such as Restaurateur with the Highest Regard Customer Service, as well as Best Brand Restaurateur for Shake Shack by Airport Experience News. USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards gave first place honors to both of HMSHost’s Whisky River locations at Charlotte Douglas International Airport and Raleigh-Durham International Airport. HMSHost is a leader in sustainability practices which includes its award-winning food donation program, as well as plans to eliminate conventional plastic straw use by 2020. The company also creates original award-winning events and campaigns including Airport Restaurant MonthChannel Your Inner Chef live culinary contest, 1,000 Acts of Kindness, and Eat Well. Travel Further. 

About HMSHost
Global restaurateur HMSHost is a world leader in creating dining for travel venues. HMSHost operates in more than 120 airports around the globe and at more than 80 travel plazas in North America. The company has annual sales of more than $3.5 billion and employs approximately 41,000 associates worldwide. HMSHost is a part of Autogrill Group, the world’s leading provider of food & beverage services for people on the move. With sales of €4.7 billion in 2018, the group operates in 31 countries and employs over 60,000 people. It manages more than 4,000 stores in more than 1,000 locations worldwide. Visit for more information and connect with HMSHost on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram

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