The American-owned catering firm whose strike has cost British Airways almost £50m faces the sack when its £130m annual contract comes up for renewal next year. BA chief executive Sir Rod Eddington is said to be "sickened" by the way Gate Gourmet sacked 670 staff by megaphone and email last week. Airline bosses are looking for other firms capable of providing 80,000 meals every day for passengers flying out of Heathrow. They don't want to have to rely on a single supplier in future. Meanwhile Gate Gourmet is threatening to shut down its entire Heathrow operation, which would leave BA passengers without food for at least a month. The Mail on Sunday 14/08/05 page 5 The Sunday Times 14/08/05 page 5 The Sunday Telegraph 14/08/05 (Business) page 1