Function and flavour
Free-from foods are in high demand and new catering brand Libero aims to put more
choices on the onboard menu. Julie Baxter discovers more
Demand for free-from food is at an all time high, with high street options up around 30% in the last year alone.
Now a new brand, Libero, launching this April, aims to help meet this demand onboard with a fresh solution presented in a stylish box, fully sealed and certified, and focused on great taste.
Libero is the brainchild of chef and restauranteur, Marc Warde, who says:
“No box can be all things to all people but we have developed options that combine special meal credentials with fresh seasonal menus. We specialise in developing for the free-from market because we are clear that demand for special meals is set to increase. All of our meals are gluten-free regardless of variety.”
The range aims to offer customers a fully compliant, tasty meal that caters for a dietary need without fear of cross contamination. Nutritional analysis and provenance are provided for each meal.
Warde adds: “Libero specialises in gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan and vegetarian meals in addition to 18 of the IATA-coded meal choices, plus some additional choices for current dietary demands. Meals are sealed completely and given to the customer to enjoy with all the relevant nutritional information.”
The new range includes meals for diabetics, low calorie/fat/salt, gluten- and lactose-free, vegetarian, vegan, raw, jain, lacto-ovo, babies/kids, sports or paleo diets, low FODMAP, dysphalgic and seafood.
For First and Business passengers, a full meal kit is offered for crew plating onboard which means less risk of cross contamination from crew and the opportunity to use the airline’s own crockery for special meals.
In Premium Economy and Economy cabins the meals are based on either the standard Economy meal or a Business box.
For second service, Libero offers a range of approved snacks and hot hold items. There are also canapés, finger food, bar snacks and petit fours.
Warde says: “Customers with food allergies, food intolerances and dietary needs are greater in number than ever before. Catering for those customers is now essential for every airline. Our goal is to help businesses successfully negotiate the arduous journey that is airline catering, so they can cater well for those special dietary needs in a way that is modern, delicious and truly mitigates risk of cross contamination. We believe we can help airlines give their customers a really special meal, catering for their needs and tastes with a range of delicious options.” liberoda.co.uk
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