Wicklow-based food company The Happy Pear has today opened Dublin Airport’s first plant based café.
Happy Pear founders Stephen and David Flynn were at Dublin Airport this morning to launch the new outlet and to serve some of its first customers.
The co-founders said that they were "thrilled" that their healthy food ideas are among some "amazing" Irish brands at the airport.
The grab and go offering features a wide range of healthy food, with both hot and cold breakfast, lunch and dinner options available.
“More and more people are seeking healthier food options and our new Dublin Airport café is an amazing opportunity to offer that option for people while they are on the move," said Stephen and David Flynn.
The menu at the new vegetarian outlet at the airport features hand-roasted coffee, healthy cakes, a selection of vegan and vegetarian offerings, and signature sandwiches, salads, soups and hot food bowls.
It also includes The Happy Pear’s award-winning pesto and hummus products.
"Our entire product range is made from natural ingredients with no artificial preservatives, colours or flavourings and this is something that we are very proud of.”
The Happy Pear, which was founded in Greystones, Co Wicklow in 2004 and now employs 120 people, currently comprises three cafes, a farm, a branded product range, a coffee roastery, and a range of online courses for 'happier, healthier living'.
The new outlet at Dublin airport, is the Happy Pear’s fourth café, and currently employs 20 people.
The plant based café is located after the security screening in Terminal 1.
The new Happy Pear outlet at Dublin Airport will use fully compostable take-away food containers, cups, cutlery and straws. Customers will also be rewarded through incentives such as a 20% discount on hot drinks if they use a reusable cup.
The Happy Pear cafés also donate any surplus food to local charities through the food redistribution charity, FoodCloud and coffee grinds are used by local gardeners.
More than 19 million passengers have travelled through Dublin Airport in the seven months to the end of July and is the 11th busiest airport in the European Union.
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