May 28 2024  |  Food & Beverage

WTCE issue: DFMi debuts inflight delights

By Jane Hobson

This is a special feature from PAX International's May 2024 WTCE issue, on page 117.

Around Noon’s vegan falafel & sweet potato wrap

Premiere specialty sales and marketing company DFMi has provided innovative solutions to global airline customers for more than 35 years. The company offers snacks, bakery, sandwiches, hot handheld, entrees and bespoke items in all categories.

DFMi CEO Graham Felton at IFSA 2023

Expanding its product offerings in Europe and the U.K. will continue to be a large focus for 2024, Graham Felton, CEO, DFMi, tells PAX International.

“We are excited about the growth of our company and the global opportunities we are able to provide our airline customers. We are looking forward to strengthening our partnerships with the following European supplier partners that will have a large presence at WTCE,” Felton says.

Here is a closer look at what visitors to DFMi’s booth can expect to see and sample.

Dolce Carollo authentic Italian offerings
Made in Italy, Industria Dolciaria Carollo (I.D.C.) Srl’s brand Dolce Carollo offers Sicilian quality meals with an appreciation for its origins and traditions while meeting the standards of the modern market. I.D.C. was founded in 1966 by Vincenzo Carollo and is today run by the family’s grandchildren.

Dolce Carollo offers handmade first courses, pastries and frozen meals

Dolce Carollo offers handmade first courses, pastries and frozen meals. Combining artisanal authenticity with industrial efficiency, the company’s rapid freezing process generates ice microcrystals that do not alter the structure of the food and do not generate excess liquids during the defrosting phase. Products are brought to a temperature of -18°C through a constant transit lasting two hours inside rooms at a controlled temperature of -40°C. This allows the dishes to maintain their quality, taste and characteristics.

Around Noon wide reach and capabilities 

Around Noon was established in 1989 at the Chambers’ family kitchen table and has grown to become a leading food-to-go manufacturer in the U.K. and Ireland. The product range includes chilled, hot and frozen food across various product categories, such as sandwiches, wraps, salads, breakfast, hot deli options, snack pots and bakery products.

Headquartered in Northern Ireland, Around Noon employs more than 800 staff across its six manufacturing facilities in Newry and London, including a fully bespoke label print facility, allowing it to print own-label and white label lines. 

Producing more than 4.4 million products each month, Around Noon delivers direct to customers throughout Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and Great Britain, and delivers frozen products across Europe in sectors including travel, forecourt, convenience, supermarket retail, coffee shops, contract catering, healthcare, education and corporate.

Laurieri celebrates growth and Scrocchi
Laurieri was founded in Matera, Italy in the 1970s and has made digital transformation the key to its success. With a turnover of €14 million (US$14.9 million) and 25 percent annual growth, the company exports 90 percent of its products worldwide and supplies major airlines such as Lufthansa, Air France, SWISS and American Airlines.

Laurieri’s Scrocchi crackers are flavoured with olive oil and do not contain preservatives, colourings and GMOs

The company has a 16,000 square meter factory, 65 employees and four production lines for one million single-serve portions daily. Its flagship Scrocchi® are thin crackers flavoured with olive oil that do not contain preservatives, colourings and GMOs.

To meet the demands of international markets, Laurieri has obtained various certifications, including kosher and halal. It has adopted sustainable practices, recycling 80 percent of its waste. In the future, Laurieri aims to expand its presence in international markets and launch new products, such as the gluten-free line coming in June.

Joe & Seph’s award-winning popcorn
Joe & Seph’s was founded in 2010 and delivers popcorn from 100 percent natural ingredients. With roots in the family kitchen trialling and taste-testing different flavour combinations, the perfect recipe finally emerged.

Joe & Seph’s popcorn range

The range now includes more than 80 innovative gourmet popcorn flavours, plus a range of other confectionary offerings, including award-winning caramel sauces and Belgian chocolate truffles, which have won 96 Great Taste awards from the Guild of Fine Food.

The products now fly onboard Virgin Atlantic, easyJet, Hong Kong Airlines and Singapore Airlines. Products are available in seven-gram to 335-gram packaging for Economy Class, galley baskets, buy-on-board and premium cabins.

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