Our Group

Originally formed by nine train companies.

IRCG members are all experts in their own areas of the food travel market – regionally, nationally or internationally.

Combined, the group serves millions of customers every day, with tens of thousands of on-board catering and station retail services every week.

Originally formed by nine train companies with their own catering departments, we now include privately owned catering companies, retail franchisees, culinary and logistics experts, independent rail catering professionals and product and equipment manufacturers and suppliers.

A full list of members is shown in the membership section. | Get membership >>

Our Aims

We are non-political, not-for-profit and run by the members for the benefit of the members.

IRCG represents a large and complex industry, providing catering services to railways transporting billions of passengers every year.

We are non-political, not-for-profit and run by the members for the benefit of the members, with a clear agenda for sustainable, continuous improvement.

Our aims are to:

Be the focal point for the rail catering community.

Stimulate innovation and encourage best practice.

Facilitate professional learning and development.

Highlight the huge added value of catering for rail.

“We are all in this together”

With the Covid-19 situation seriously affecting our industry, we are here to provide support, practical advice and motivation to all rail caterers. If you need help please do not hesitate to contact us – we have experienced members and partners that may be able to assist.

Coffee and Newspaper on a table
Coffee & Newspaper on a table
Lunch on a table

Networking Activities

Arranging priority for IRCG member presentations.

IRCG’s networking events and activities are a great way for members to focus on the trends, ideas and solutions that represent the best of today’s food travel market.

We also work with external partners such as Reed Exhibitions, Onboard Hospitality and the “Taste of Travel Theatre” to promote the true added value of rail catering.

  • Group attendance at the World Travel Catering and Onboard Services Expo in Hamburg, where we have a stand and are represented on the Advisory Board.

  • Arranging priority for IRCG member presentations at the Taste of Travel Theatre in WTCE.

  • Feature articles in Onboard Hospitality Magazine – the leading magazine for the Food Travel Market.

  • IRCG members’ conference and dinner, combining member presentations, tours of stations and trains and the Most Innovative Caterer competition.

IRCG Heritage

Today, we continue to support the industry.

Although railway catering services date back to the 1800’s, IRCG was not formed until 1965, when nine railway companies held a conference in Karuna, Sweden.

The nine companies agreed to form a rail catering study group to help their internal catering departments develop better designs and technology – and so IRCG was born.

For over 55 years, we’ve supported significant change and innovation in catering products, equipment, logistics, technology, training, sustainability and service design.

Today, we continue to support the industry, still providing a unique platform for the networking of like-minded businesses and individuals in this complex market.

We are a friendly group and are always happy to welcome new members. If you are interested in joining, you can apply on line here. | Join >>