A scotch whisky distiller, when asked recently if he made any blends, was gloriously sniffy and dismissive of blended whisky. It would have been interesting to see and hear what he would have made of the Johnnie Walker Directors Blends, which I got to taste last Thursday (November 28) in London.
Global travel retail sales are up 9.4% to US55.8 billion, according to the president of the Tax Free World Association president, Erik Juul-Mortensen.
South African drinks company Distell has moved its Asia Pacific MD to head up its duty free business.
Pernod Ricard’s furture leader Alexandre Ricard has told the drinks trade the group's travel retail business is strong enough to be one of its top national markets.
Vodka brand Absolut has opened its first 'brand store' at Kuala Lumpur International airport.
Pernod Ricard has rolled out the rosé anise-based drink, 51 Rosé, to French travel retail.
Brown-Forman’s Global Travel Retail, India, Middle East & Africa (GTR IMEA) region has announced several new appointments.
The Bacardi Global Travel Retail Division has announced three director-level appointments in a bid to “create a leadership team with a wealth of experience and global expertise”.
Brown-Forman Duty Free has announced the appointments of Pierre-Hubert Plessis, Susanna Leslie and Hannah Lyons, effective immediately.
International Beverage Holdings will unveil the 1995 vintage of Balblair single malt scotch whisky at TFWA Asia Pacific.
Beam Global Spirits & Wine has launched gin brand, Larios 12, to Spanish travel retail.
Beam and Maxxium Travel Retail are poised to unveil the new Courvoiser range, Le Voyage de Napoleon, at London Heathrow ahead of a European roll out in April.
The European Commission has postponed next year’s deadline to lift EU airport security restrictions on air passengers carrying liquids, aerosol and gels (LAGs) in their hand luggage.
Pernod Ricard Travel Retail has opened two permanent bars branded to Havana Club and Malibu onboard the Danish cruise ship Birka Paradise.
Drinks International is at the TFWA in Cannes and will be bringing daily videos to drinksint.com. Click the link for the first installment.
William Grant & Sons Global Travel Retail has partnered with travel retailer DFS Group to release a 50-year old, $17,000 bottle of Glenfiddich at Los Angeles International Airport.
Drinks International is pleased to announce that beer group ABInbev has joined Prosecco brand Follador as sponsors of this year's Travel Retail Awards.
Sparkling wine brand Follador has launched its premium range of Proseccos to travel retail.
The Dalmore was the fastest-growing single malt whisky brand by value among the 10 largest malt brands in duty free and travel retail in 2011, according to figures released by the International Wine & Spirit Research (IWSR).
Cognac house Martell has announced it will unveil the first expression of its Millésimes Collection in Asian duty free on November 23.
The European Travel Retail Council (ETRC) has welcomed the European Parliament’s recent motion to stop budget airlines charging passengers for carrying more than one bag in their hand luggage.
Pernod Ricard has unveiled Absolut Gustafson at the TFWA in Cannes, a new limited edition for global travel retail.
Brown-Forman Duty Free has made four senior-level appointments, effective immediately.
Malaysia: Ian Macleod Distillers has set a new sales record for the company and the Malaysian Travel Retail industry.
Drinks International is at the TFWA in Cannes to bring daily videos of the action. Click the link for the third installment.
Maxxium Travel Retail’s sales grew by 11% last year, outpacing European travel retail growth of 8%, according to findings by International Wine and Spirits Research (IWSR).
US: Brugal rum brand-owner the Edrington Group, their distributors Rémy Cointreau Travel Retail Americas and retailer International Shoppes have combined forces to promote travel retail exclusive Brugal Extra Viejo Reserva and Brugal Añejo Reserva - starting in New York JFK.
Glenfarclas is to launch an 18-year old single malt to global travel retail.
Rémy Cointreau Global Travel Retail has rolled out St-Rémy à la Crème to travel retail.
Rémy Cointreau is to launch Cointreau Noir in travel retail.
Diageo unveiled the first whiskies of its Johnnie Walker Explorers’ Club Collection at TFWA Cannes yesterday.
Bacardi Global Travel Retail was named Supreme Champion of the Travel Retail Awards yesterday at TFWA Cannes, after its brands scooped four gongs.
Brown-Forman has launched Jack Daniel’s Sinatra Select to global travel retail.
New travel retail exclusive editions of The Balvenie, Laphroaig, Brugal and Cointreau were unveiled at Cannes yesterday (Tuesday October 23).
Beam has announced the 2013 launch of Courvoisier Le Voyage de Napoleon, an exclusive travel retail range of cognacs.
Pernod Ricard launched Absolut Exposure last night at an event at TFWA Cannes.
For the first time Asia-Pacific is the largest duty free/travel retail region in the world, having overtaken Europe, says the president of TFWA.
Beam has launched its Courvoisier age statement cognac collection in India at Delhi Duty Free Services.
The Tax Free World Association (TFWA) and the Middle East Duty Free Association (MEDFA) have released the programme for the 2012 MEDFA Conference.
Morrison Bowmore Distillers has launched a travel retail-exclusive Glen Garioch single malt whisky.
Former US secretary of state Madeleine Albright is to speak at the TFWA opening conference in Cannes.
Diageo is rolling out the travel retail launch of Johnnie Walker Blue Label - The Casks Edition.
World Duty Free Group, William Grant & Sons Travel Retail and Heathrow airport have collaborated to produce a UK travel retail exclusive Glenfiddich vintage to celebrate 2012.
Diageo Global Travel & Middle East (GTME) has reported that successful in-store promotions and product innovation have led to a strong start to 2012 in Asian duty-free.
Camus Wines & Spirits is set to unveil a new look for its Calvados Berneroy range in global duty free.
Two Kiwi breweries have fallen out over which was the first to enter the New Zealand duty free market.
The world’s single largest travel retailer, Dubai Duty Free, has said a rise in the number of Chinese passengers is one of the main factors behind a strong 17% increase in liquor sales over the first nine months of 2011.
Rémy Cointreau has created a limited edition bottle for its Cointreau orange liqueur brand, especially for Dubai Duty Free.
Drambuie’s premium expression Drambuie 15 is to be offered onboard all British Airways routes from December.
The latest addition of Highland Park’s Viking series, Drakkar, has been launched by Maxxium to travel retail outlets operated by Gebr Heinemann.
Drinks International is at the TFWA in Cannes to bring daily videos of the action. Click the link for the second installment.