Five leading airline catering providers have announced the launch of a new trade body.

Do & Co, the LSG Group, dnata, gategroup and Newrest have come together to create the Airline Catering Association (ACA), a non-profit global organisation based in Belgium.

The ACA has been formed to represent and promote the interests of the airline catering industry regarding food, health and safety issues, environmental concerns and taxation affairs. It will also monitor and support regulatory enterprises at a global, European and national level.

The association is open to all companies with large international activities in the industry. All issues affecting the airline catering industry will be addressed by the ACA’s strategic committee represented by each company’s CEO.

LSG Group CEO and ACA strategic committee president, Erdmann Rauer said: “The ideas brought up and discussions that took place during our first strategic committee meeting clearly underlined the need for and the purpose of the ACA.

“Initially, we will focus our efforts on dealing with the regulatory challenges in Europe that presently require particular attention.

“Mid-term, however, we are targeting a global reach of our activities and initiatives in order to leverage the combined know-how of our industry in order to foster the quality, safety and reliability of our services and products for our airline customers and the passengers.”

Experienced trade body and air transport manager Fabio Gamba will take on the role of managing ACA from March 2018.

Gamba said: “I am very excited about the opportunity to shape this brand new Association as its first Managing Director.

“The airline caterers bring a wealth of experience and know-how in handling a central and complex part of the commercial aviation business. I see great benefits for all stakeholders in bringing this know-how together to improve regulations and standards in the industry.”