Gate Gourmet is a global organisation that produces meals served on board flights. Many airlines have contracts with them, which means you have probably eaten something prepared by them at some point.
With the slowdown in flying, the airlines are not requiring the meals already prepared. Instead of letting them go to waste, the caterer is selling directly to the public.
Gate Gourmet Meals
There are three packs on offer, for example the Mixed Breakfast Pack. In this one, you get a variety of 10 meals, which can be heated up to eat at your convenience.
How long does it take to make? Well, in a microwave it will take two to five minutes. Alternatively, the meals can be defrosted and then cooked for 20 minutes at 160 degrees centigrade.
In addition to the breakfast pack, there is a Mixed Combo pack of 20 meals and a Mixed Lunch/Dinner pack of 10 meals. Expiry dates are not able to be chosen and will vary, which gives a hint as to why they are selling these to the public now.
How Much and Do I Get Some?
Pricing is extremely good. The breakfast meals at A$20 for 10 which is A$2 each, while the lunch/dinner pack is A$25, so A$2.50 each. The combination pack of 20 meals is A$40, so again, A$2 each.
To purchase these, you need to live in Australia, specifically in Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane. Perth is already sold out. You order online at the Gate Gourmet web site and have to collect the meals yourself from the facility at the airport.
It makes sense that Gate Gourmet would sell off their excess stock to consumers rather than binning it all. It means the food will get eaten as intended. The prices are extremely low, which should make it popular for people on a tight budget.
For those wondering, two Australian dollars translates to US$1.38, £1.11, €1.23, or 104 Indian Rupees at today’s exchange rate. This makes me very curious about how much the per-meal cost is for airlines.
What do you think of this initiative from Gate Gourmet in Australia and will you be purchasing some meals? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.
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