Etihad Airways brings Abu Dhabi organic food on board

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A view of the organic plantation at the Abu Dhabi Organic Farms. Photo - verbakel-bomkas.com

Etihad Airways announced an exclusive partnership with the UAE’s first internationally certified organic farm to supply fresh organic produce for its inflight First Class dining menus.

The UAE’s national flag carrier will be sourcing fresh organic produce daily from the Abu Dhabi Organics Farm which produces high quality food in accordance with international quality standards and follows best sustainable farming practices. A range of fresh food products, from eggs to vegetables to honey, will be served onboard Etihad Airways.

The chefs for Etihad Airways’ First Class will start incorporating fresh organic ingredients in their onboard service while plans to launch the farm-to-table concept across all cabin classes are currently underway.

Abu Dhabi Organics Farms was established in 1997 by Khalid Al Shamsi, an Emirati national passionate about organic living. Sitting on more than 55 hectares of land, featuring both greenhouses and outside fields, the farm grows a wide range of vegetables and fruits from around the world, as well as raising livestock such as camels, cows, chickens and goats.

The farm also offers daily field trips to educate children on the importance of natural organic food, sustainability and recycling, and delivering them the first-hand experience of desert farming.

“The Abu Dhabi Organics Farms works with the Food & Agricultural Organization of the United Nations and has been awarded the food security medal. We are a member of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), which issues accreditation and certificates for organic produce, and we have received HACCP (Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points) certification for our hygiene and food safety measures,” Khalid Al Shamsi, the organic farm owner, said in an interview.

He also added that Abu Dhabi Organics Farms is the only farm in the world to receive the Social Value Award from the Valore Sociale, a center of excellence for corporate social responsibility, for our favourable worker conditions. “Our Sidr Honey was recognised as the best in the world at the Biol Miel Internaitional Competition for Organic Honey,” he said.

Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways’ Chief Commercial Officer, also praised the quality of Abu Dhabi Organics Farm and hoped his airlines would be able to benefit from the top quality farming initiative.

“Etihad Airways has always stressed the importance of partnering with local companies and we are proud to support organizations such as the Abu Dhabi Organics Farms as part of our ‘Product of the UAE’ initiative to bring local products to the world,” he said in an interview.

“Abu Dhabi Organics Farms is also a great fit with our aim to offer the very best in the air. We have always offered the freshest and healthiest foods available, but with this new partnership, our guests can even enjoy produce the same day it was harvested or even an egg the same day it was laid. Our ‘Farm-to-Table’ initiative is again setting the ultimate inflight standards,” the top Etihad Airways executive added.

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