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Joe Bates

Articles by Joe Bates

This yearTax 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.

Product 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 yearPreview - 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.

Gluten-free brewer to launch in Scotland 15 December 2014

A brewery which claims to the be the UK's first to produce only gluten-free beers is due to open in Edinburgh next year.

This yearPreview - Tax Free World Association World Exhibition 2014 23 October 2014

There should be a celebratory atmosphere in Cannes when this year’s TFWA World Exhibition kicks off on Sunday (26 October). After all, it’s the trade show’s 30th anniversary this year and organiser TFWA is putting on a number of events to mark the occasion, most notably a mass Charity Run along the Cannes Croisette.

Moet HennessyMoët Hennessy unveils first Travel Retail outlet 17 October 2014

Moët Hennessy has opened its first permanent airport store, at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport, in collaboration with Aéroports de Paris and French duty-free operator Ls Travel Retail.

DanoneGroupe Danone unveils first Evian branded Travel Retail outlet 10 October 2014

Groupe Danone has opened its first branded airport outlet for its Evian bottled water brand at Madrid Barajas airport in partnership with Spanish Travel Retail firm Arèas.

The TFWA Asia Pacific exhibition kicks off this weekendPreview - Tax Free World Association Asia Pacific Conference & Exhibition 2014 9 May 2014

On Sunday (11 May), the Asia Pacific leg of Tax Free World Association's exhibition series kicks off. The event takes place against a backdrop of trading ills for international drinks companies in the domestic Chinese market. Joe Bates previews the exhibition and considers whether the China travails will seep into the region's broader Travel Retail channel.

Diego Zamora is targeting the travel retail channel for future growthSPAIN: Diego Zamora appoints duty-free director 22 January 2014

Spanish wines and spirits company Diego Zamora Group has appointed Antony Kime to the newly-created position of global duty-free director.Spanish wines and spirits company Diego Zamora Group has appointed Antony Kime to the newly-created position of global duty-free director.

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