Scandic continues to focus on food & beverages – has appointed Mats Åstrand as Group’s new Vice President Food & Beverage

Scandic, which today is already an industry leader in hotel breakfasts and other areas, is now intensifying the Group’s focus on food and beverages by recruiting Mats Åstrand as new Vice President Food & Beverage.

Food and beverage is an increasingly important part of a hotel guest’s total customer experience and it is expected to continue to contribute positive revenue growth within Scandic. To further focus on and strengthen this strategic area, Mats Åstrand has been recruited as new VP Food & Beverage.

Today, Mats Åstrand is Director of Operations at Fazer Food Services AB, which operates more than 200 restaurants in Sweden. Mats has extensive experience from the service industry including his position as President & CEO of Addici Group. Mats will start on September 1, 2015.

"Scandic already has a very popular offering within food and beverage at close to 230 hotels in the Nordic region. We are now in a phase where we want to improve our offering and service further to meet our customers’ demands going forward. Mats Åstrand has broad experience from working in consumer-oriented operations where quality and service development has been central. This gives him an excellent foundation for his new position at Scandic,” says Frank Fiskers, President & CEO Scandic Hotels. 
 
"I am very much looking forward to starting at Scandic. I have vast experience from hotels and restaurants and a great passion for both. My ambition is for Scandic’s restaurants and hotels to develop together so that guests enjoy a positive total experience when they visit,” says Mats Åstrand, future VP Food & Beverage, Scandic Hotels.
 
Food and beverages at Scandic
In the last few years, Scandic has invested in product development within food and beverages. Today, Scandic boasts an industry-leading breakfast and the most popular children’s menu in the market, together with a number of highly appreciated and popular restaurants.

For more information, please contact:
Ann-Charlotte Johansson, Vice President Communication & IR Scandic Hotels,

+46 721 80 22 44, ann-charlotte.johansson@scandichotels.com

About Scandic Hotels
Scandic is the market leader in Nordic hospitality with an unbeatable network of almost 230 hotels with 42,000 hotel rooms and run by 14,000 committed team members. Scandic Friends is the biggest loyalty program in the Nordic hotel industry with 1.5 million members. Scandic is the ‘best hotel brand’ in the Nordics (BDRC 2014). Responsibility is a part of Scandic’s DNA and for the fourth year running, Scandic has been designated the most sustainable hotel operator according to a Sustainable Brands survey. www.scandichotels.com

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Scandic is the market leader in Nordic hospitality with an network of almost 230 hotels with 45,000 rooms in seven countries and run by 15,000 team members. Scandic Friends is the biggest loyalty program in the Nordic hotel industry with 2 million members. Responsibility is a part of Scandic’s DNA and Scandic is the ‘best hotel brand’ in the Nordics (BDRC 2014).

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Scandic already has a very popular offering within food and beverage at close to 230 hotels in the Nordic region. We are now in a phase where we want to improve our offering and service further to meet our customers’ demands going forward. Mats Åstrand has broad experience from working in consumer-oriented operations where quality and service development has been central. This gives him an excellent foundation for his new position at Scandic
Frank Fiskers, President & CEO of Scandic Hotels