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The 2021 Virtual Summit of the Americas: The View from the Top – Days 1 & 2

The 2021 Summit of the Americas, organized by South American Duty Free Association ASUTIL and the International Association of Airport and Duty Free Stores, along with The Moodie Davitt Report, presented one of the most comprehensive and relevant conference programs focusing on travel retail in the region ever held. As conference moderator Dermot Davitt, of […]

Relationships times three lead WEBB Banks to powerful new brands and growing business

With tourism essentially shut down, WEBB Banks’ focus on the Caribbean local markets during the coronavirus pandemic has helped propel the leading wine and spirits distribution company to a stronger position than it was in a year ago, says WEBB Banks CEO Andy Consuegra. TMI met recently with Consuegra; Phillip Jarrell, Vice President, Marketing & […]

Duty Free Global’s Barry Geoghegan doubles down on travel retail worldwide

When the coronavirus pandemic essentially shut down international travel, Duty Free Global doubled down on its core travel retail business. Duty Free Global Founder & Commercial Director Barry Geoghegan tells TMI that as wine and spirits duty free specialists to travel retailers worldwide, DFG did not pivot to domestic markets. “Duty Free is what we […]

Logistics: WTDC’s diversification from core business delivers added benefits

Miami’s family-owned Foreign Trade Zone company WTDC, which specializes in logistics for spirits for the duty free/travel retail and cruise industries, diversified its business as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. WTDC President & CEO Sean Gazitua tells TMI that this expansion away from its core duty free/travel retail business has strengthened his company and […]

Lancôme TR Americas and Dufry open Lancôme’s biggest flagship in South America

Lancôme Travel Retail Americas and Dufry have partnered to open Lancôme’s biggest flagship in South America. The 43sqm store opened at the international departures area of Terminal 3 of São Paulo International Airport (GRU Airport) on January 31, 2021. Lancôme’s new flagship features numerous eye-catching screens and embraces the values of the brand – joy, […]

The Macallan launches The Macallan Anecdotes of Ages Collection, an art and whisky collaboration with Sir Peter Blake

In a special global virtual launch this week, The Macallan unveiled the Anecdotes of Ages Collection, an art and whisky collaboration with globally renowned British pop artist, Sir Peter Blake.  The collaboration, which is The Macallan’s third with the iconic artist and is part of a relationship which has spanned more than three decades, celebrates […]

Nestlé’s Smarties becomes the first global confectionery brand to switch to recyclable paper packaging

In a major move, Nestlé announced that its popular Smarties brand is now using recyclable paper packaging for its confectionery products worldwide. This represents a transition of 90% of the Smarties range, as 10% was previously already packed in recyclable paper packaging.  Smarties is the first global confectionery brand to switch to recyclable paper packaging, removing approximately 250 million […]

IAADFS & ASUTIL announce impressive roster of speakers for Virtual Summit of the Americas in April

The International Association of Airport and Duty Free Stores (IAADFS) and South American Duty Free Association ASUTIL have unveiled the first line-up of speakers for the Summit of the Americas – A Virtual Experience, which takes place on April 5-9, 2021. The list of speakers includes a roster of leading airport and border travel retailers […]

SeaTrade goes virtual for 2020 and focuses on health, safety, sustainability and optimism

One of the biggest items of news that that came out of the 2020 SeaTrade Cruise Virtual Experience that began on Oct. 5, was the announcement by Cruise Lines International Association President and CEO Kelly Craighead that all of the organization’s members worldwide had agreed to 100% testing of passengers and crew for COVID-19 prior […]