Carma stands for Carl Maentier, who founded a company in 1931 to supply high-quality products for patissiers. The Carma production centre in Dübendorf provides the Swiss chocolate used by the Karl Hug Confiserie to make the Schoggi, with which SWISS says "thank you" a million times a day.
The Swiss caterer Gate Gourmet cooks for thousands of passengers every day. Gate Gourmet creates and produces high-quality meals for our flights that taste as good as they look. The same applies to SWISS Taste of Switzerland, the gourmet concept that brings top cuisine to SWISS flights.
The quality, flavour and mineral content of water are defined by its origins. The source of Henniez is in a protected natural forest, halfway between Berne and Lausanne. Balanced and revitalising Henniez has been bottled here since 1905.
In the 1960s, dedicated Swiss chefs were looking for new flavours and textures for ice cream – and created Mövenpick ice cream. This 100% natural dessert features marbling, creamy coulis and crispy extras. Mövenpick in Bursins continues to produce fascinating new ice cream creations to this day.
Some 4,000 wineries share the 1,000-hectare wine growing region in Ticino – Switzerland's "sun lounge". Over 80% of the vineyards are cultivated with the merlot grape, which originated from Bordeaux and thrives in the Mediterranean climate. "Ticino D.O.C. Merlot" indicates the origin of the wines that carry the Ticino warmth within them.
Most of the terraced vineyards of Valais are on steep slopes with poor soil. The vine-growing areas of Visperterminen soar to over 1,100 metres above sea level. According to the experts, "only vines that suffer produce great wines." And special wines: defined by the typical characteristics of traditional Valais grape varieties.
Over 1,800 hours of sun a year are ideal for growing wine. The white Chasselas grape, one of the oldest varieties in the world, is grown in a good two-thirds of the Vaud wine-growing region. Six growing regions produce a total of 20 appellations. The wine-growing terraces of Laveau by Lake Geneva are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
There are a number of vineyards – like green islands – in the middle of urban Zurich, where traditional city wines thrive. Many of these classic vineyards can still be found around Lake Zurich, on the "Gold Coast", where they contribute to the landscape and Switzerland's variety of wines. Zurich's innovative vintners continue to produce high-quality modern red and white wines.
Benedictine monks in Schaffhausen were already growing grapes for wine in the 10th century. Today, around 30 different grape varieties are cultivated in the area, mainly pinot noir, which has its own unique, subtly fruity flavour in the Schaffhausen region. The classic Riesling x Silvaner dominates the white wines.
Four municipalities in the Bündner Rhine valley, on sun-spoilt slopes at the foot of steep mountainsides: that's the Bündner Herrschaft. This small area has the perfect climate for growing grapes. Here, the warm autumn wind is called the "Traubenkocher", or "grape cooker", because it promotes the development of sugar in the grapes, which in turn produces strong wines. And has been doing so for around 2,000 years.
Switzerland is a country of bread – there are hundreds of different varieties. The selection of bread chosen by SWISS is provided by the Bertschi bakery in Kloten, very close to SWISS's home airport in Zurich. And because Bertschi bakes around the clock, 365 days a year, the bread on every flight is always fresh and crispy.
Carefully crafted with love and the finest ingredients, these chocolates are the pride and joy of the Maître chocolatier of Lindt & Sprüngli in Kilchberg. It all began in a tiny confectionery on the Marktgasse in Zurich, where Sprüngli and his son tried something bold and new in 1845: they started making chocolate.
A touch of "Sprüngli" – the legendary "confiserie" on Zurich's Paradeplatz – is always on board with SWISS. These premium chocolates are freshly made every day and have formed the basis of Sprüngli's worldwide reputation since the 20th century. Classics such as Truffes du Jour and Blanc & Noir still appeal every bit as much today as the company's new creations and seasonal delights.
Ramseier is the most popular brand of fruit juice in Switzerland. For 100 years, Ramseier has been dedicated to producing healthy and delicious drinks. With no added sugars or artificial ingredients. Today, Ramseier of Sursee produces natural, high-quality fruit juices made from vitamin-rich raw ingredients such as oranges.
No two beers are the same. Appenzeller Quöllfrisch is the only beer in the world that is made with fresh spring water from the mountains of the Alpstein. And organic barley, cultivated in the Swiss Alps by the Locher brewery in fields between 1,200 and 1,500 metres above sea level.
SWISS serves the finest tea specialities from Sirocco, a traditional family business in Schmerikon on Lake Zurich. Only top quality tea leaves and herbs – all organic, of course – are included in its excellent varieties and blends. For pure aromatic pleasure.
"Chäs Vreneli" is a specialist shop in the heart of Zurich that sells cheese delicacies. They expertly manage everything from the purchasing to storage, processing, packaging and delivery. They supply a wide variety of cheese, including the three Swiss classics Appenzeller, Gruyère and Tête de Moine, which fly all over the world with SWISS.
The Kloeti dairy in Dürnten dates back to the milk collecting point created by the Dürnten agricultural cooperative, which was founded in 1928 in the Zurich Oberland region. Kloeti still uses fresh country milk to make quality products every day, such as yoghurt, which is available in a variety of delicious flavours.
Made from pure Swiss cream – no emulsifiers, stabilisers, colours or flavours. It takes between 22 and 25 litres of milk to make one kilogram of Floralp premium butter. The milk processor Cremo in Villars-sur-Glâne sources its milk from farmers in the region. This guarantees a high nutritional value and prevents excessive transportation.
In 1886, a specialist in food preservation and a fruit grower in Lenzburg created the first Hero jams, which were always available regardless of the season. Today, Hero is an international company that combines traditional quality with the latest technology to make fresh food stay tasty for longer.
Café Crème, a cup of coffee with a dash of cream, was created in Switzerland. The cream lightens the coffee and refines the flavour both of coffee and of tea. Coffee cream from Emmi in Lucerne, Switzerland's biggest milk processor, contains 15 percent creamy milk fat.
The dressing that SWISS serves with its salads never overpowers the salad ingredients; it simply accentuates and refines their natural flavours. Our salad dressings come from Traitafina in Lenzburg. The company's balanced French dressing with herbs won the gold medal in the quality category at the mefa trade fair in 2013.
Otto Kägi Senior started out making biscuits, and later waffles, at the "Bäckerei zum Hecht" bakery in Lichtensteig in 1934. His aim was to achieve the perfect balance between the flavours of the waffles and the triple layer of cream filling, which he covered with homemade milk chocolate. The company continues to produce this mouthwatering dessert today – and the recipe is still a closely-guarded secret!
Blasercafé is a traditional Swiss coffee roastery in Berne. Their staff can tell almost exactly which on plantation every single one of its beans was grown. Personal relationships with suppliers all over the world help to ensure that the quality of the raw materials remains consistently high. It's the ideal basis for innovative coffee creations.
The fruit brandies produced by the Etter family of Zug date back to their great-grandfather Johann Baptist, who distilled the formidable "Chriesiwasser" almost two hundred years ago. To this day, the cherries used come from the region around Lake Zug. The pears that Etter turns into an exclusive Williams pear brandy are grown on the right bank of the Rhône in the Valais.
It all began in India, where the cashew nuts are simply excellent – and led to Zurich, where Pakka was founded in 2006. "Pakka" is Hindi and means "of good quality, genuine, authentic". To this day, the cashew project is the biggest of several Pakka projects for organically grown, fair trade products from the tropics.
Zweifel Pomy-Chips of Zurich uses only choice potato varieties that are expertly grown – ideally on Swiss farms. The potato slices are gently baked in non-hydrogenated sunflower oil until crispy. One of the secrets behind the success of these popular crisps is their unique combinations of spices.
The Dettling distillery, a family-owned and run company in Brunnen on Lake Lucerne, has been making exclusive cherry brandies for almost 150 years. Since the beginning, the company has macerated only carefully selected ripe cherries and gently fermented them in stone cellars. The distillate, the "kirsch", lies at the heart of the brandy.
Balik is a proven technique for smoking salmon that was practised at the court of the Russian tsars. Today, Balik salmon comes from Toggenburg. Fresh mountain air, spring water, wood from the mountains, the original recipe and organically reared salmon from Norway are the ingredients for this exclusive smoked salmon.
Nestlé was originally launched near Lake Geneva, where the Swiss food company's head office is now located. It is home to world-renowned brands such as Nespresso, the first ever coffee pod system. Nespresso pods, which contain finely ground Grands Crus coffee, are completely sealed so the coffee stays fresh for a very long time.
Jowa in Volketswil is the leading Swiss company for bread and fine baked goods. Over 80 years of baking experience have finely honed the company's skills and understanding of pure ingredients and flavour. SWISS delights its guests every day with freshly baked goods from Jowa: so there's lots of crunching and munching on board!
Croissants are one of the world's most popular breakfast pastries and Hiestand's butter croissants are the epitome of fine "Gipfeli" (the Swiss word for croissants). The secret behind the Hiestand bakery's success: the frozen pastry is baked on-site until crisp and golden. Which is why SWISS always serve freshly baked, genuine Swiss Gipfeli.
Caroline Flueler of Oberwil near Zug has been designing for SWISS since 2002. She is responsible for the design of the seat covers, curtains and carpets in the cabin. And the crews' uniforms and accessories. Caroline Flueler creates the subtle yet unmistakeable character of the colours and textiles on SWISS aircraft.
Oscar R. Kambly baked the first "Bretzeli" in 1906 using his grandmother's recipe and in 1910 turned the Trubschach village bakery in Emmental into a biscuit factory. In 1953, Oscar J. Kambly began transforming the company into a uniquely Swiss brand and in 1983 went global with his premium Swiss biscuits.
The cosmetics specialist Valmont of Morges on Lake Geneva enriches its products with the perfectly balanced mineral content of pure, soft glacier water from the Valais Alps. This boosts the exchange processes in the tissue and stimulates cell metabolism in the skin. Great for during and after a SWISS flight.
Bags by Qwstion of Zurich are designed to make life easier in an age that presents new requirements for mobility. The amenity kits created for SWISS by Qwstion combine simple design with functionality. They set new standards in terms of quality, the use of materials and sustainability.
Ricola was founded in Laufen in 1930 and manufactures herbal sweets with a secret blend of 13 cleverly combined herbs grown according to organic guidelines in the Swiss mountains. Ricola herbal sweets sooth the mouth and throat – and provide lasting freshness.
The La Prairie laboratories in Volketswil are an offshoot of the La Prairie clinic in Montreux, a pioneer in the field of anti-ageing cell treatment. Their revolutionary skincare formulas are based on rare ingredients, innovative bio technology and the patented Cellular Complex, all of which work effectively to preserve your skin's beauty.
Zimmerli of Switzerland in Aarburg has stood for the finest underwear in the world since 1871. The pyjamas designed especially for SWISS feature organic Indian cotton, making them particularly soft to the touch. The jersey is produced using specially configured machines.
Wonderfully crispy, light-as-a-feather "flûtes" add the final touch to any drinks reception. This savoury classic is still made freshly every day, by hand, from carefully prepared dough. Such craftsmanship is quite rare in the world today.
Whether you call it an amenity kit, toiletries bag or sponge bag, or even a "Necessaire" as they do in German-speaking Switzerland – if it was made by the Swiss luxury brand Bally of Caslano especially for SWISS, you know it will be practical, elegant and chic.
Kern & Sammet of Wädenswil has been making frozen bakery goods for over three decades. Their sophisticated catering concept never fails to surprise and delight. There's a good chance that the savoury snack or sweet biscuit offered to you aboard a SWISS flight originated from the IDO- and FSSC-certified Kern & Sammet.
The most important thing is where the cows, sheep and goats graze. Secondly, how their milk is processed. And finally, how long the cheese is left to mature. For over 30 years, Rolf Beeler of Nesselnbach has been committed to the whole process: for Swiss cheeses that embody the unique character of their origins.
Swiss designer Patrick Lindon of Walchwil specialises in aircraft interior design. His top priority is finding sustainable solutions. The ultra-light, completely recyclable SWISS Business seats offer maximum comfort – and their reduced weight helps to lower emissions and fuel consumption.
First Catering of Bassersdorf near Zurich airport uses fresh ingredients and local resources to provide customised catering for specific destinations and service classes that takes into account all the latest dietary trends. The quality is controlled in line with the international HACCP concept.