24/7 Trendi Smoothie Machines land at YVR increasing healthy in-terminal food options

January 24, 2023 · YVR

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Man uses smoothie machine at airport

Grab a nutritional snack before jumping on your next flight at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) – no matter what time it is!

Whether travellers need breakfast, lunch or a late-night snack – YVR is proud to announce its partnership with Trendi Tech Inc, a local Burnaby-based company, to install five of its 24/7 robotic Smoothie Machines across YVR’s terminal. These machines use rescued fruit to deliver a refreshing snack into the hands of YVR travellers, making healthy options more accessible.

At the touch of a button, Trendi smoothies are the perfect option for travellers in a pinch – dispensing a freshly-blended smoothie in under a minute. Machines are available 24/7 and can be found at Gates B13, B27 and B28 in domestic departures, gate D62 in international departures and E74 in US departures. Travellers will have the choice between four yummy, 100% plant-based smoothies on-the-go:

  • Strawburst (strawberry, banana, orange, beet and apple)
  • Berry Breeze (strawberry, raspberry, blackberry and apple)
  • Mango Tango (mango, banana, passion fruit, ginger and lemon)
  • Groovy Guava (guava, papaya, soursop, apple, lime and turmeric)

Trendi’s Smoothies are made with no added sugar, no preservatives and are gluten-free. A first for North American airports, these new machines support YVR’s commitment to providing healthy food options for travellers, and its journey to transform food and beverage offerings throughout the airport.

Not only will these machines satisfy cravings – they also play an important role in YVR’s sustainability efforts and goal to being the one of the world’s greenest airports. Trendi reduces food waste by upcycling surplus fruit or fruit with visual imperfections that otherwise would not make it to retail. These fruits, picked directly from a farm, are sent to Trendi to blend into their smoothies.

The result? A delicious and refreshing treat made from nutritional ingredients that would have otherwise slipped through the cracks of food production!

YVR is boldly pursuing a greener and more resilient future alongside our food and beverage partners. This newest food service provider’s approach to reducing food waste complements YVR’s existing waste diversion program, which encourages more sustainable practices across the airport.

Try this on-the-go sustainability solution next time you’re travelling through YVR, you won’t regret it!

More information on YVR’s dining options can be found at yvr.ca/dine.

YVR outlines series of initiatives in response to travel disruption during 2022 holiday season

MUSQUEAM TERRITORY, BC and RICHMOND, BC, Jan. 11, 2023 /CNW/ – Today, Tamara Vrooman, President & CEO at Vancouver Airport Authority, issued the following statement regarding a series of initiatives following the travel disruptions caused by winter storms in December.

“We recognize that this past holiday season was very hard on travellers, their friends, and families. Many people were looking forward to travelling again, particularly since this was the first December in three years where most travel restrictions were lifted.

We have seen that the systems and processes our airport community has relied on for decades must be improved given the realities our industry has experienced post-pandemic along with increasing climate-related weather events.

YVR is undertaking an enhanced after-action review that will bring together input from airlines, partners, suppliers, and employees. We have engaged KPMG and global aviation planning and advisory firm, Arup, to assist in this review. YVR will also be engaging the travelling public to hear directly about their experiences and suggestions for improvement relating to information and support during the December travel disruption. Both processes will commence next week. Further information will be available on YVR.ca.

In addition, we have implemented initial measures to help ensure a similar situation does not occur while the review is ongoing. These measures include greater communication and coordination with airlines around gating, towing, and communication with passengers.

These initiatives and learnings will inform continued improvements at YVR and allow the airport to work across the aviation ecosystem to enhance the overall travel experience for passengers.

The pandemic was tough on aviation and travel. And the industry is still recovering from it. The 26,000 employees who work at YVR have been resilient, creative and empathetic throughout. All qualities on display recently and all qualities needed in the future.”

YVR Operational Update

YVR limits international arrivals over next 48 hours to enable recovery from major storm, get travellers moving again

December 21, 2022 · Richmond, B.C.

The winter storm that hit Metro Vancouver and Southern British Columbia Tuesday evening caused widespread flight delays and cancellations. As a result, a significant number of aircraft remain at YVR, which has led to congestion on our airfield and limited our ability to facilitate arriving and departing flights.

Our focus is to depart aircraft from the airport and get crews and passengers safely on their way. Therefore, we will be temporarily limiting arriving international flights for approximately 48 hours, effective Wednesday, December 21 at 7:00 a.m. through Friday, December 23 at 5:00 a.m.

We anticipate that approximately 30 arriving international flights with 17 airlines will be affected, including All Nippon Airways, Air China, Air France, Air India, Air New Zealand, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, China Airlines, Eurowings, Eva Air, Hainan, Japan Airlines, Korean Air, Philippine Airlines, Qantas, Singapore Airlines, Turkish Airlines.

We fully recognize the impact this will have on individuals and families over the holiday season. However, the congestion caused by Tuesday’s storm events make this action necessary.

Those scheduled to fly with the above airlines or who are expecting to welcome someone who is are encouraged to contact their airline for latest information or to rebook. YVR representatives are also available to answer questions: customercallcentre@yvr.ca.

ABOUT YVR

Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is a diverse global hub that connects people, cargo, data, and ideas and serves as a platform for our community to come together and thrive. We are motivated by supporting regional economic development and making a positive difference in the lives of British Columbians. We do this with a focus on serving our passengers, partners, workers, and community through digital modernization, climate leadership, reconciliation, and financial sustainability.