Qantas bought a ton - literally - of strawberries to help out the industry

QantasSome of the Qantas team prep the 1000kg of strawberries bought to help out the industry

The Qantas catering department normally gets through around 23 tonnes of strawberries annually – some of them no doubt popped into glasses filled from the 130,000 bottles of champagne the airline pours a year.

So when strawberry growers hit their own turbulence recently, Qantas stepped in to help out, placing a special order for a ton of the fresh fruit – the equivalent of 4000 punnets, sent to the Sydney flight kitchen. A team of Qantas chefs and staff volunteers have been cutting them up to for strawberry daiquiris and compote served in the airline’s Sydney lounges and on selected flights this week to support the Australian strawberry industry.

Head of Qantas Inflight Services Marcel Weissel-Nund said a member of staff came up with the idea of placing the special order and the airline, which works with more than 1100 regional suppliers, was keen to play its part.

“As one of the largest buyers of Australian produce we believe it’s important to stand with the industry and help avoid perfectly good fruit from going to waste,” Weissel-Nund said.

“Qantas customers in our lounges will be able to enjoy a chilled strawberry daiquiri and onboard a delicious strawberry compote as part of our breakfast and brunch flights.”

The special strawberry-based drinks and dishes will be served from October 5.

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