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Beam Inc's Travel Retail distributor, Maxxium, has opened a replica Jim Beam still house in Frankfurt airport ahead of the Christmas season.

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The still house will operate throughout this month and December, Beam said today (5 November). It will give out Jim Beam samples, and information on the distillation process at Jim Beam's home distillery in Kentucky.

Consumers will also be able to take part in a seven-second competition that offers the chance to win a trip to the Kentucky site.

Maxxium Travel Retail MD, Glen Williams, said: “Jim Beam is one of Maxxium Travel Retail’s three largest brands. The Bourbon has outperformed the category in the Europe travel retail channel, growing more than 17% in volume over the last year.”

The campaign is supported by in-store promotional activity on the Jim Beam range as well as advertising throughout the airport, Beam said. A Kentucky still house app will detail the full range of Jim Beam Bourbons and cocktail recommendations.

Beam posted a 3% sales increase for its Jim Beam portfolio in year-to-date results, released last week, down from a 10% jump in full-year 2012.  An analyst said the slowdown was down to distributor inventory reductions in the US and Australia and that Beam's Bourbon franchise remains strong.

This article was ammended on 6 December. The original article stated that a replica still house was also on show at Gatwick airport. Gatwick only had a stillhouse-themed tasting bar.


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