Food & Beverage


Worldwide, the food & beverage market for travellers is worth about € 15 billion to € 20 billion 1.

Autogrill first set up food & beverage operations along Italian motorways, expanding into other countries in the mid-1990s. The Group developed mainly through acquisitions, soon becoming one of the largest motorway caterers in Europe, with a presence in the railway channel as well. In 1999, with the acquisition of North American airport and motorway leader HMSHost, Autogrill became the world’s leading provider of food & beverage services for travellers. A series of acquisitions and new contracts then bolstered the Group’s position, by expanding its presence in geographical areas and travel channels where it had previously been less active (European airports) and giving it a foothold in new markets (motorways in Eastern Europe).

Food & beverage offerings are geared primarily to domestic travellers and are strongly influenced by the local palate, which is catered to with proprietary and licensed brands.

The breadth of the portfolio and the ability to develop menus reflecting the local identity of each location is a key competitive advantage. Proprietary brands and recipes prevail in Europe, where cuisine is strongly linked to customs and traditions, while most North American offerings are under license.

The Group’s food & beverage operations are performed in North America (United States and Canada) by HMSHost, which also serves Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam and a number of airports in Europe, Asia and the Pacific; in Italy by Autogrill Italy; and in other European countries (Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom) by Autogrill's foreign divisions.

1 Source: Group estimates based on Gira figures
* Refers to HMSHost activities in North America, in Schiphol airport (The Netherlands) and in some airports in Asia and in the Pacific region

Food & Beverage locations by region

  North America
and Pacific
 Italy Other
Motorways 90 367 253 710
Airports 98 17 32 147
Railway stations - 12 44 56
Other channels: shopping malls,
high streets, trade fairs
15 123 31 169
Total 203 519 360 1.082

Food and beverage