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UK ups duty-free alcohol limits for all as EU travellers join the rest

14 September 2020 | Joe Bates

The UK Government is lining up the return of duty-free sales for EU-bound travellers, with alcohol limits set to be raised markedly for all passengers returning to the country.... read more

Global Travel Retail - The state of the union - TFWA 2019 Preview

26 September 2019 | Joe Bates

This year's TFWA World Exhibition & Conference kicks off on Sunday. Ahead of the six-day Global Travel Retail event, channel commentator Joe Bates looks at the latest data, which underlines the resilience of the wider alcohol category in this most diverse of retail channels. Challenges, however, still remain.... read more

Bruichladdich poised to expand production operations

5 April 2019 | Joe Bates

Bruichladdich has announced plans to build on-site maltings next to its distillery by 2023 as part of a series of measures to reduce its carbon footprint.... read more

Marie Brizard Wines & Spirits lines up Canada Travel Retail entry

8 March 2019 | Joe Bates

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

Global Travel Retail - The state of the union - TFWA 2017 Preview

28 September 2017 | Joe Bates

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.... read more

Diageo opens Guinness-dedicated outlet at Dublin airport

15 May 2017 | Joe Bates

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

Champagnes Piper-Heidsieck et Charles Heidsieck names Cecile Vangelisti as new Global Travel Retail director

6 April 2017 | Joe Bates

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.... read more

Travel Retail's race to remain relevant - IAADFS Duty Free Show of the Americas - Preview

23 March 2017 | Joe Bates

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.... read more

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

29 September 2016 | Joe Bates

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.... read more

Beam Suntory’s The Chita Japanese single grain whisky - Product Launch

13 May 2016 | Joe Bates

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.... read more

Diageo's Guinness The 1798 Double Extra Stout - Product Launch

31 March 2016 | Joe Bates

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.... read more

Has the Travel Retail bubble burst? - Comment

23 February 2016 | Joe Bates

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.... read more

Tax Free World Association World Exhibition 2015 - Preview

15 October 2015 | Joe Bates

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.... read more

Product Launch - Moet Hennessy's James Hennessy

9 September 2015 | Joe Bates

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

Preview - Tax Free World Association Asia Pacific Exhibition & Conference

7 May 2015 | Joe Bates

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.... read more

Hype Energy Drinks strikes Formula One sponsorship deal

16 March 2015 | Joe Bates

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

Gluten-free brewer to launch in Scotland

15 December 2014 | Joe Bates

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.... read more

Preview - Tax Free World Association World Exhibition 2014

23 October 2014 | Joe Bates

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.... read more

Moët Hennessy unveils first Travel Retail outlet

17 October 2014 | Joe Bates

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.... read more

Groupe Danone unveils first Evian branded Travel Retail outlet

10 October 2014 | Joe Bates

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. ... read more

Preview - Tax Free World Association Asia Pacific Conference & Exhibition 2014

9 May 2014 | Joe Bates

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.... read more

SPAIN: Diego Zamora appoints duty-free director

22 January 2014 | Joe Bates

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.... read more

Product Launch - GLOBAL: Distell’s Amarula Gold

8 November 2013 | Joe Bates

Distell has released details of the first line extension for its Amarula liqueur brand.... read more

Preview - Tax Free World Association World Exhibition 2013

17 October 2013 | Joe Bates

Ahead of this year's Tax Free World Association World Exhibition, which returns to Cannes next week, Joe Bates considers the travel retail landscape.... read more

Product Launch - ASIA PACIFIC TRAVEL RETAIL: Bacardi’s B&B Liqueur

7 August 2013 | Joe Bates

Bacardi’s B&B Liqueur... read more

Product Launch – GLOBAL: Edrington Group's The Famous Grouse 40 Year Old

19 July 2013 | Joe Bates

The Famous Grouse 40 Year Old is the oldest variant ever to be released by the brand's owners, The Edrington Group. ... read more

Preview - Tax Free World Association Asia Pacific Conference & Exhibition 2013

9 May 2013 | Joe Bates

The Travel Retail world will start making its way to Singapore this weekend, in time for next week's TFWA Asia Pacific Conference & Exhibition. Joe Bates takes a look at what visitors to the event can expect as well as how the TR channel in the region is fairing.... read more

FRANCE: Baron Philippe de Rothschild secures Ryder Cup deal for Mouton Cadet

11 April 2013 | Joe Bates

Bordeaux wine brand Mouton Cadet is set to be the official wine supplier to the 2014 Ryder Cup in Gleneagles, Scotland, and the 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National, France.... read more

MEXICO: Heineken creates duty-free sales manager role for South America

25 March 2013 | Joe Bates

Heineken has appointed Ernesto Milan to the new position of duty free sales manager for South America as the brewer steps up its focus on its fast-growing Americas duty-free business.... read more

UK: U’Luvka vodka founder leaves company

10 January 2013 | Joe Bates

The founder of the U'Luvka Polish vodka brand is set to step down from the namesake company.... read more

FRANCE/CHINA: Louis Roederer sells Château Bernadotte to Hong Kong group

7 December 2012 | Joe Bates

Champagne Louis Roederer group has sold the Bordeaux wine producer Château Bernadotte to Hong Kong-based retail conglomerate King Power Group for an undisclosed sum. ... read more

Product Launch - TRAVEL RETAIL: William Grant & Sons’ Glenfiddich 125th Anniversary Edition

7 December 2012 | Joe Bates

William Grant & Sons’ Glenfiddich 125th Anniversary Edition... read more

Preview - Tax Free World Association World Exhibition 2012

18 October 2012 | Joe Bates

Next week’s TFWA World Exhibition reverts to its traditional late October time slot after last year’s G20 Summit in Cannes forced the show to set up shop a month earlier in sunny September. Yet the prospect of chillier nights and a shower or two on the Croisette is unlikely to dampen the spirits of the 104 liquor exhibitors attending this year’s event. Indeed, all things considered, Joe Bates believes that the duty-free wine and spirit business is in pretty good shape.... read more

TRAVEL RETAIL: William Grant & Sons tempts Edrington exec to head European travel retail

6 July 2012 | Joe Bates

William Grant & Sons has appointed André de Almeida to the role of director Europe travel retail.... read more

GERMANY/SPAIN: Henkell & Co snaps up Cavas Hill

26 March 2012 | Joe Bates

German sparkling wine producer Henkell & Co has continued its international expansion strategy by acquiring Spanish firm Cavas Hill for an undisclosed sum.... read more