Johnnie Walker Gifting Studio opens in Changi Airport

Diageo Global Travel Retail has partnered with Singapore Changi Airport and travel retailer DFS to open a studio where travellers can personalise bottles and gifts. The Johnnie Walker Gifting Studio at Singapore Changi Airport will allow travellers to add charms, ribbons and gift tags to bottles of Johnnie Walker. The travel retail activation will also feature a “fortune telling” washing machine and limited edition Johnnie Walker whiskies. Paulo Guludjian, general manager for global travel in…

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Aberfeldy adds 19-year-old to Exceptional Cask Series

Bacardi Global Travel Retail (GTR) has partnered with Dubai Duty Free to launch a limited edition Aberfeldy 19-year-old single malt Scotch whisky as part of its Exceptional Cask Series. The small batch release was chosen by malt master Stephanie McLeod and was blended from four Aberfeldy casks. One component of the blend was aged in an ex-Sherry cask, while the other three liquids spent 15 years in refill casks before being transferred into oloroso Sherry…

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Travel retail must address climate change or ‘appear arrogant’

The global travel retail channel must start to act on climate change or risk “appearing arrogant”, the TFWA president has warned. Speaking at the TFWA World Exhibition & Conference in Cannes, France, last week, Alain Maingreaud, president of the TFWA, stressed the importance of creating a sustainable industry across the travel retail and duty free channels. Maingreaud noted how recent protests by climate activists have given the issues surrounding sustainability greater prominence and stressed the…

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Pernod CEO: Headwinds can be ‘sources of opportunity’

The spirits industry will always be faced with challenges but if companies are diverse enough they will be able to “leverage these as sources of opportunity”, the CEO of Pernod Ricard has said. Speaking to The Spirits Business during the TFWA World Exhibition & Conference in Cannes, France, last week, Alxandre Ricard, Pernod Ricard CEO, commented on challenges facing the spirits industry in travel retail at the moment. When asked about Brexit, Ricard noted the…

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TFWA visitor numbers soar 7% in record attendance

The TFWA World Exhibition & Conference in Cannes has reported record attendance for the 2019 show, with visitor numbers up 7% compared with last year. A total of 7,531 delegates attended this year’s event, which took place from 29 September to 4 October in the French Riviera town. In 2018, visitor numbers surpassed the 7,000 mark for the first time. The opening conference, which took place on Monday 30 September, also recorded the highest number…

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