Airline Catering Association
|Formation||12 February 2018|
|Type||International trade association|
|5 airline catering companies (2018)|
The Airline Catering Association (ACA), headquartered in Brussels, Belgium, is a global trade association of airline catering companies. This international non-profit organisation represents and promotes the common interests of the airline catering industry. ACA focuses on regulatory, food quality, safety, taxation and environmental matters.
The Airline Catering Association was founded in February 2018 by five inflight catering companies: Do_&_Co, dnata, Gategroup, LSG_Sky_Chefs and Newrest.
The association is dealing mainly with the regulatory challenges in the European Union. Mid-term, the association is targeting a global reach of its activities and initiatives.
EU Plastic Ban
In October 2018, the European Parliament has voted to ban a range of single-use plastics by 2021. Airlines and catering providers use plastics onboard flights for its low cost, light weight and utility. The current European rules on international catering waste (ICW) dictate that airlines incinerate or bury all catering waste arriving from outside EU borders in deep landfill, in order to avoid the transfer of diseases. Many regulators take a precautionary approach and insist that all cabin waste - even from intra-EU flights - is incinerated regardless of source. For this reason, airline and catering industry officials think that the new policy will bring little environmental benefit. Nevertheless, ACA is not opposed to the new EU rules. ACA wants to list which alternatives are available that are fit for purpose for onboard use in terms of hygiene, resistance to high temperature, and storage on long flights. The organisation expects that airlines will pass on the cost associated with replacing plastic with sustainable or biodegradable materials to the passenger. 
- Jason Holland (12 February 2018). "Five airline catering companies join forces to create new trade body".
- "Airline Catering Association formed in Brussels". breakingtravelnews.com. 13 February 2018. Retrieved 2018-12-19.
- "Airline Caterers Launch Trade Body, the Airline Catering Association". costsectorcatering.co.uk. 16 February 2018. Retrieved 2018-12-19.
- "Plastic Oceans: MEPs back EU ban on throwaway plastics by 2021". Retrieved 24 October 2018.
- Cathy Buyck. "EU Plans To Ban Plastic Cutlery and Plates on Airliners". Retrieved 12 June 2018.
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