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Joe Bates

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Societe Europeenne de Participations Industrielles bought Charles Heidsieck and Piper-Heidsieck six years agoChampagnes Piper-Heidsieck et Charles Heidsieck names Cecile Vangelisti as new Global Travel Retail director 6 April 2017

Societe Europeenne de Participations Industrielles (EPI) has appointed Cecile Vangelisti to the new position of director for Global Travel Retail at its Champagnes Piper-Heidsieck et Charles Heidsieck unit.

The Travel Retail channel is struggling to remain relevant to MillennialsTravel Retail's race to remain relevant - IAADFS Duty Free Show of the Americas - Preview 23 March 2017

Next week sees the International Association of Airport & Duty Free Stores host its annual 'Duty Free Show of the Americas' in Orlando. But, this year's exhibition marks the end of an era. Joe Bates reports.

Will Brexit make a winner out of Travel Retail? - TFWA 2016 Preview 29 September 2016

As the Travel Retail industry gathers for next week's TFWA World Exhibition amid the luxury yachts and pampered pooches of sunny Cannes, this most global of sales channels has much to ponder.

Beam Suntory’s The Chita Japanese single grain whiskyBeam Suntory’s The Chita Japanese single grain whisky - Product Launch 13 May 2016

Responding to a significant increase in demand for Japanese whisky in duty-free markets worldwide, Beam Suntory has released the travel-retail exclusive The Chita.

Diageo's Guinness The 1798 Double Extra StoutDiageo's Guinness The 1798 Double Extra Stout - Product Launch 31 March 2016

Diageo has rolled out another extension of its Guinness beer brand. The 1798 Double Extra Stout is a limited-edition batch Guinness that has been matured in oak vats for 18 months and is packaged in a 75cl corked and caged bottle.

Has the Travel Retail channel peaked for drinks companies?Has the Travel Retail bubble burst? - Comment 23 February 2016

These are undoubtedly turbulent times for the Global Travel Retail business. An industry notoriously susceptible to external shocks has been tossed around like a vintage bi-plane flying through a tropical typhoon. The decline in spend among Chinese travellers, the dramatic drop in the value of the Russian Ruble, the sclerotic Eurozone economies, the strong US Dollar and its impact on the spending power of Latin America travellers are just some of the headwinds blowing Travel Retail off course.

This year's TFWA World Exhibition & Conference kicks off this weekendTax Free World Association World Exhibition 2015 - Preview 15 October 2015

As over 100 beer, spirits and wine firms head to flood-hit Cannes this weekend for the Tax Free World Association's World Exhibition - the biggest event in the Travel Retail industry’s calendar - they can look back on a tumultuous year. On the one hand, the number of international travellers continues to rise worldwide. Yet, a growing number of destabilising factors have hit the Travel Retail sector hard in recent times, jeopardising a niche, but high-profile business that, according to The IWSR, was worth in the region of US$9bn last year.

Moet Hennessy's James HennessyProduct Launch - Moet Hennessy's James Hennessy 9 September 2015

James Hennessy is the first travel-retail exclusive Hennessy expression since the release of Hennessy Privé in 2009.

This year's TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition & Conference kicks off this weekendPreview - Tax Free World Association Asia Pacific Exhibition & Conference 7 May 2015

Ahead of next week's TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition & Conference in Singapore, which starts on Sunday, Joe Bates surveys the Travel Retail landscape in the region.

Hype Energy Drinks will join Smirnoff on the Sahara Force India F1 carsHype Energy Drinks strikes Formula One sponsorship deal 16 March 2015

Hype Energy Drinks has signed a sponsorship deal with the Sahara Force India Formula One motor racing team for the 2015 race calendar.

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