Royal Salute unveils TR activation in South Korea

Pernod Ricard-owned blended Scotch brand Royal Salute has created a series of activations in South Korea’s Incheon Airport to celebrate the redesign of its 21-year-old whisky. The brand invited South Korean ‘influencers’ to an area dedicated to Royal Salute 21 Year Old Signature Blend, featuring an in-store photo booth that showcases the new design from illustrator Kristjana S Williams. The design “brings to life” the brand’s royal heritage with a “contemporary” drawing of the British…

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Edrington Americas ends third-party TR contracts

Edrington’s travel retail business in the Americas will cease distribution of third-party spirits from Illva Saronno, Sazerac and Tito’s Handmade Vodka. From 30 September, Edrington Americas Travel Retail will no longer distribute Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Illva Saronno’s brands, while its distribution agreement with Buffalo Trace maker Sazerac will end on 31 December. The move will allow The Macallan maker Edrington to focus on its portfolio of wholly-owned super-premium brands. “This rationalisation of our portfolio…

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The Travel Retail Masters 2019 results

Travel retail is an exciting place for new brands, which are prompting established players to up their games. With so many expressions in the market, our annual Travel Retail Masters assessed whether quality remains high. Gone are the days when only the established categories and brands dominated shelf space in airports, on airline trolleys and on board cruise ships. Today, shoppers are spoilt for choice in travel retail, where there is a greater variety of…

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DFS to close Changi Airport alcohol stores after 40 years

Travel retail operator DFS has decided to close its liquor and tobacco concessions at Singapore’s Changi Airport after almost 40 years. DFS has operated the concession at Changi since 1980 and will withdraw from the airport in June 2020. In a statement released by the travel retail operator, Ed Brennan, DFS group chairman and chief executive officer, said: “Our decision not to bid was based on our unique understanding of the business environment as the…

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Lagavulin launches ‘sweet and salty’ 10-year-old

Diageo-owned Islay Scotch brand Lagavulin has launched a travel retail-exclusive 10-year-old whisky, which has been matured in three different cask types. Available exclusively through travel retail operator Dufry, Lagavulin 10 Year Old is described as being “sweet and salty at first, before it builds to a fiery crescendo with a spicy and smoky finish”.  The whisky has been matured in refill, Bourbon and freshly-charred casks. Dr Craig Wilson, master of malts at Diageo, said: “To…

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