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Joe Bates

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Marie Brizard is about to break into Canada's Travel Retail channelMarie Brizard Wines & Spirits lines up Canada Travel Retail entry 8 March 2019

Marie Brizard Wines & Spirits has appointed ALFA Brands as its exclusive distributor for the Canadian Travel Retail channel

Global Travel Retails TFWA World Exhibition lands in France this weekendGlobal Travel Retail - The state of the union - TFWA 2017 Preview 28 September 2017

The TFWA World Exhibition returns to Cannes next week. Ahead of the six-day exhibition, which kicks off on 1 October, Global Travel Retail expert Joe Bates takes a look at the lay of the land for one of the more colourful strands of the drinks industry.

Diageo and Aer Rianta International are considering the roll out of further Guinness Export HousesDiageo opens Guinness-dedicated outlet at Dublin airport 15 May 2017

Diageo has opened a new Guinness concept store at Dublin international airport in partnership with duty free retailer Aer Rianta International (ARI).

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.

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