SSP America debuts award-winning brands at Orlando International Airport

SSP’s operations shine a spotlight on creative, proprietary brands


SSP America, a division of SSP Group, a leading operator of food and beverage brands in travel locations worldwide, has debuted a portfolio of multiple award-winning proprietary brands in Airsides 1 and 3 at Orlando International Airport (MCO).  The four new food and beverage locations are inclusive of the 7-year $70 million contract awarded to SSP America last year.

SSP America’s latest openings include innovative proprietary brands with proven financial results operating in partner airports throughout North America including Vancouver International, San Diego International, New York’s John F. Kennedy International, Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental and Toronto Pearson International airports.

“Providing our passengers with a variety of world-class food and beverage options only helps to enhance their overall Orlando Experience,” says Phil Brown, Executive Director of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. “Post security dining is essential in today’s modern airport environment and SSP America’s selection of Urban Crave, Le Grand Comptoir and Camden food co. will help us meet this growing demand.”

Michael Svagdis, president and CEO of SSP America, commented, “SSP is extremely excited to showcase the strength and quality of our highly original, award-winning brands at Orlando International Airport.  Thoughtfully positioned near JetBlue’s gates at Airside 1, our award-winning Urban Crave delivers the country’s hottest street food trend, báhn mi sandwiches, in a modern, hipster-magnet setting—perfect for the JetBlue passenger. These brands allow us the opportunity to offer our airport partners innovative, specifically tailored restaurants that serve on-trend foods, draw passengers and yield excellent financial results.”

SSP’s new units include:

Urban Crave (Airside 1, Gates 1-9): Recognizing early on that “street food” was enjoying a renaissance across North America, SSP created Urban Crave, a brand that brought the first “street eats” to the airport arena. First opened at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport in 2011, Urban Crave became an instant hit in the industry, winning ACI North America’s Richard A. Griesbach Excellence in Airport Excellence award for “Best New Food and Beverage Concept” in 2011 and Airport Revenue News’ “Best New Food & Beverage Concept” in 2012.  Urban Crave combines classic street food options and delivers them in a fun and contemporary style.

Le Grand Comptoir (Airside 1, Gates 20-29): Created by SSP France, Le Grand Comptoir promises today’s travelers a new level of expectation—a beautifully designed travel oasis, where travelers can sit and wind down over a perfectly chosen, exquisitely presented glass of wine paired with exceptional food.  Winner of multiple industry awards, Le Grand Comptoir was recently named “Airport Bar of the Year” at the 2016 Airport Revenue News’ Awards Gala in Dallas, Texas.  Le Grand Comptoir has also been recognized by leading national publications including The Wall Street Journal, Conde Nast Traveler and Travel & Leisure as one of the best airport bars in the world.

 Camden food co. (two locations—Airside 3, Gates 50-59 and Gates 40-49): Camden food co. is an SSP proprietary brand that is a traveler’s haven for choice and healthy eating.  Camden brings a balanced approach—providing an abundance of healthy options, alongside more indulgent, yet affordably priced treats, giving the consumer a vast amount of choice.  First introduced to the North American market in 2009, Camden has proven its success at Vancouver International, Toronto Pearson International, New York’s John F. Kennedy International, Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental and San Diego International airports.  Camden is the winner of two Airport Revenue News’ awards for “Best New Food & Beverage Concept” and “Best Airport Restaurant Design.”