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SSP to bring new Soul + Grain concept to Australia's Darwin International Airport

The UK-based travel food and beverage operator has signed a 10-year partnership agreement with Australia’s Airport Development Group to transform the food and beverage offering at Darwin International and Alice Springs airports

The Airport Development Group agreement will see new SSP brand Soul + Grain introduced at Darwin International | Photo credit: SSP Group


Travel food and beverage operator SSP Group is set to open several new brands and concepts in Darwin International Airport and Alice Springs Airport, following a new partnership agreement with Australia’s Airport Development Group. 

SSP, which already operates at Sydney, Brisbane, Hobart, Melbourne and Perth airports, said that it will progressively open several new brands and concepts in the existing tenancies across both Darwin International and Alice Springs.  

Alongside Australian brands, such as Vietnamese street food restaurant Roll’d and food-to-go chain PRONTO by Macchinetta, the agreement will also see new SSP brand Soul + Grain introduced at Darwin International. 

The fresh-to-go concept opened at London’s Victoria station in June 2022 with its menu complimented by a new partnership with UK-based Extract Coffee Roasters. 

A similar partnership is expected in the Northern Territory of Australia with SSP opening a new concept called The Blue Bilby Café in Alice Springs, stating that the new outlet, alongside existing Discovered Café and Bar, will use local produce including locally roasted coffee. 

SSP already works with Queensland-based Fonzie Abbott Coffee Roasters, which has operated a café at Brisbane Airport since 2015. 

“This new venture will be our first business in the important Northern Territory of Australia… Developed in close partnership with our colleagues at the airport, the mix offered will appeal to all passengers, catering for all day parts late into the evening. The project will be an outstanding showcase of our ability to provide a truly impressive F&B offer for the Australian market,” said Shane Beyer, COO of SSP APAC. 

SSP operates over 23 units in Australia, with the portfolio including international franchised stores, such as Starbucks and YO! Sushi, alongside own brands Upper Crust and Marketplace. 

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