Autogrill (Milano: AGL IM) announces that its subsidiary HMSHost has signed a partnership agreement with Shake Shack (NYSE: SHAK) for the development of new locations of the well-known New York chain at airports and on motorways in North America.
Based on this agreement, HMSHost will develop and run the new restaurants, the first of which has already been successfully opened inside Los Angeles International Airport’s Terminal 3.
Shake Shack, listed on the New York Stock Exchange, is a very popular and fast-growing brand known for its 100% all-natural Angus beef burgers and cage-free chicken sandwiches (no added hormones or antibiotics – ever), spun-fresh frozen custard, crinkle cut fries, craft beer and wine and much more. Shake Shack’s fine dining heritage and commitment to premium ingredients, coupled with its fun and lively environment has earned the brand a cult-like following around the world.
The Shake Shack restaurants opened by HMSHost at airports and on motorways will also respect this approach and will feature Shake Shack’s signature items including the ShackBurger®, the Smokeshack®, the Chick’n Shack™, and the ‘Shroom Burger, along with a breakfast menu featuring Shake Shack’s signature breakfast sandwiches: Sausage, Egg N’ Cheese, Bacon, Egg N’ Cheese and Egg N’ Cheese. All three sandwiches consist of griddled-fresh cage-free eggs, all-natural Shack pork sausage or all-natural applewood smoked bacon, American cheese and are served on a toasted potato bun.
Shake Shack is a New York institution and a global brand. Over its thirteen years of history, the company has received much recognition including being ranked 16th in Bon Appétit’s list of “The 20 Most Important Restaurants in America”, while the ShackBurger® was ranked 7th in Time Magazine’s “17 Most Influential Burgers of All Time” and was voted the best hamburger at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival’s Burger Bash in 2007 and 2014.
“With this new partnership – commented Gianmario Tondato Da Ruos, Chief Executive Officer of the Autogrill Group – Autogrill is enhancing its portfolio with another important, fast growing brand, which has a big impact on an increasingly demanding and conscious public. Our Group, thanks to its vast experience in providing food and beverage services for travelers, will be able to make a significant contribution to the expansion and, we hope, the success of Shake Shack throughout North America”.