Innovative food technology solution comes to Brisbane Airport

Brisbane Airport partners with leading readymade manufacturer to deliver a meals vending machine

snapfresh vending machine

Thursday 24 September 2020: It’s no secret that COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the Australian and global aviation industry. From airlines, airports, airline service providers and in-terminal retailers, the effect has been felt across the board.  

But what do you do when the impact has been so great on travel demand, that food and beverage outlets at airports have been forced to temporarily close? This is where food technology solutions come in. 

With around 28 weekly international flights scheduled at Brisbane Airport, there is demand for food and beverage – but not enough for the in-terminal retailers to remain open. 

Together, Brisbane Airport and leading readymade meals provider snapfresh, have partnered to deliver a food retail solution – a readymade meals vending machine. 

Martin Ryan, Executive General Manager Commercial, Brisbane Airport Corporation says the machine is a great addition to the International Terminal at a time where passenger numbers are down 98 per cent. “Not only does it ensure there are additional food options available for travellers transiting through our airport, but our staff and employees within the airport can also access delicious readymade meal solutions.” 

Hiranjan Aloysius, dnata catering Chief Executive Officer says “we are excited to be able to deliver our high-quality readymade meals created by world class Chefs, to consumers utilising industry leading technology. With six meal varieties on rotation, the machine dispenses a hot ready to eat meal in 70 seconds, or a cold meal to heat and eat later, almost simultaneously”. 


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A Queensland based company employing locals, Snapfresh is Australia’s leading readymade meal manufacturer, servicing a wide range of industries including retail brands and outlets, health and aged care, education facilities, government services, global export, and many other industries including airlines.  Snapfresh recently launched their range of consumer products, which are available by shopping online at  

Snapfresh is part of the dnata catering Australian portfolio - Australia’s leading inflight caterer.  Founded in 1982 with humble beginnings selling sandwiches to one customer, Gold Coast based dnata catering was acquired by parent company dnata – part of the Emirates Group - in 2010. Since then, the company has invested in their Australian operations with the addition of new catering locations, builds, refurbishments and acquisitions.  Pre COVID-19, dnata catering employed over 4,000 people across 9 cities and 17 locations, produced over 64 million meals and serviced over 246 thousand flights each year.