Launch of Tasting HEIMAT by Lufthansa

Neu-Isenburg, Germany, 6 September 2021 – deSter, leading supplier of airline equipment, is proud to introduce Tasting HEIMAT, Lufthansa’s new continental business class meal concept. Passengers will discover the traditional cuisine, newly invented, of different German metropolises. deSter and Gate Gourmet, which are part of gategroup, partnered up with the airline to create a unique food and equipment experience with a focus on sustainability, in line with our mission of “creating sustainable food and travel experiences”.

Lufthansa and deSter have a longstanding and close relationship, and Tasting HEIMAT was developed in collaboration between Lufthansa, Gate Gourmet and deSter. All the equipment was designed to create a unique customer experience while assuring operational requirements are met. Combining global trends with the DNA of Lufthansa and with a strong focus on sustainability, Tasting HEIMAT is an integrated concept of food and equipment that elevates the onboard dining experience.

Klaus Berger, Head of Hospitality and Catering Management at Lufthansa: “Tasting HEIMAT is another example of the successful collaboration between Lufthansa and deSter and a great start for the partnership with gategroup. We are confident that our passengers will love the concept.”

Regarding sustainability, two key aspects were considered:

  • Material Selection: all paper products are made of either PaperWise®, or recycled paper; disposable plastics needed for hygiene reasons are made from recycled PET;
  • Product Design and Supply Chain: re-usable equipment is used for the majority of the concept, reducing waste and enhancing the appeal of the products; most of the items are produced in Germany, EU or Turkey resulting in a short supply chain with lower CO2 emissions;

Florian von Oertzen, deSter: “We are always excited to create new products for Lufthansa and help enhance the passenger experience. This project was carried out in record time and under adverse conditions, highlighting the benefits of the close collaboration between all teams.”

We are very proud of this unique concept, flying on Lufthansa planes as of 1st September – make sure to check it out!

If you would like to know more about Tasting HEIMAT visit the website

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gategroup is the global leader in airline catering, retail-on-board and hospitality products and services. gategroup provides passengers with superior culinary and retail experiences, leveraging innovation and advanced technology solutions. Headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, gategroup delivers operational excellence through the most extensive catering network in the aviation industry, serving more than 700 million passengers annually from over 200 operating units in over 60 countries/territories across all continents. In 2019, gategroup reached CHF 4.9 billion in revenues generated by approximately 43,000 employees worldwide. For further information, please visit