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May 20, 2024

HMSHost to Bring More Food and Beverage Offerings to John Wayne Airport with 15-year Contract Win

Under a new 15-year contract that creates a win:win for the airport and HMSHost, over a dozen new dining venues will open, including local concepts, national brands, and fun, fast vending options.

BETHESDA, Maryland (May 20, 2024) – Global restaurateur HMSHost, part of Avolta AG (SIX: AVOL) and a world leader in creating dining for travel venues, today announced it will grow its presence at John Wayne Airport (SNA) to offer travelers more food and beverage options throughout the concourse.

Under a newly awarded 15-year contract to develop more than 32,100 ft2 of concessions space across Terminals A, B, and C, HMSHost will open over a dozen new dining venues, including outposts of several iconic Orange County-born brands: Mama’s Comfort Food & Cocktails, Wahoo’s Fish Taco, Sgt. Pepperoni’s Pizza Store, Tacos La Piña, Five Vines Wine Bar, Chaupain Bakery, and Left Coast Brewing.

A variety of fun, fast, 24/7 vending options dubbed OC To Go will also be landing at John Wayne Airport, serving everything from hot, made-to-order pizza, Krispy Kreme donuts, and Wow Bao bao and dumplings, to fresh salads, smoothies, and coffee. And soon passengers will be able to enjoy a revamped Anaheim Ducks Breakaway Bar & Grill with a bold new look and menu, along with several national and globally recognized quick-service brands, including Dunkin’, Panera Bread, Starbucks, Auntie Anne’s, Bonchon, The Habit Burger Grill, and Earl of Sandwich.

“This is a significant and very exciting upgrade to our food and beverage offerings at John Wayne Airport. HMSHost has built its reputation on carefully crafting concessions programs that deliver exceptional dining experiences and a sense of place, and we are confident that travelers will love the variety and tasting local flavors of Orange County,” said Steve Johnson, President and CEO, North America, Avolta. “We are proud of our continued partnership with John Wayne Airport and the County of Orange, and are thrilled by their support of our vision to create the future of dining at the airport.”

“John Wayne Airport is thrilled to partner with HMSHost in bringing exciting new dining options to the terminal, reflecting the rich culinary diversity of Orange County. These improvements underscore our commitment to providing guests with a unique and memorable dining experience showcasing local favorites and beloved national brands,” said Charlene Reynolds, Airport Director.

HMSHost will operate the new dining venues as joint ventures with multiple Airport Concessions Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (ACDBE) partners, S&C Robinson Enterprise, LLC, Albright International, Inc., and Kind Hospitality, Inc.

About John Wayne Airport (SNA)

John Wayne Airport (SNA) is owned by the County of Orange and is operated as a self-supporting enterprise that receives no general fund tax revenue. The Airport serves more than 11.3 million passengers annually and reaches more than 40 nonstop destinations in the United States, Canada and Mexico. More information can be found at Like us on, or follow us on X (formerly Twitter) @johnwayneair and Instagram @johnwayneair.

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About HMSHost
HMSHost, part of Avolta AG (SIX: AVOL), is a leader in creating dining for travel venues. The restaurateur operates over 1,000 locations in nearly 80 airports across North America, including proprietary concepts, local, regional, and national brands, and partnerships with award-winning chefs. For decades, HMSHost has curated food and beverage programs that make a traveler’s journey as exciting as the destination.

The industry has repeatedly recognized HMSHost with awards such as Restaurateur with the Highest Regard for Customer Service and Best Brand Restaurateur for Shake Shack by Airport Experience News. In recent years, USA TODAY's 10Best Readers' Choice Awards has awarded first place honors to HMSHost's Three Kings Public House at St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL) and its Whisky River locations at Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) and Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU). ACI-NA, the trade association representing commercial service airports in the United States and Canada, recognized HMSHost with the 2020 Associate Inclusion Champion Award for leadership and achievement in the ongoing inclusion of business and workforce diversity, outreach, and advocacy. Additionally, ACI-NA awarded HMSHost the 2022 Excellence in Airport Concessions Award for the Best Employee Recognition Program. The company also creates original, award-winning events and campaigns including Airport Restaurant Month, Channel Your Inner Chef live culinary contest, 1,000 Acts of Kindness, JBF@ORD Chef Series, and Eat Well. Travel Further.

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