DFNI Americas Awards celebrates positivity & perseverance

The 2021 DFNI Americas Awards, which this year celebrated positivity, perseverance and partnership in a time of crisis, were revealed during last week’s Virtual Summit of the Americas.

According to DFNI, the awards were reimagined to focus on the positives to emerge from the past year, with special categories to reflect the changes and challenges to businesses.

The big winner this year was Aer Rianta International North America, who went home with both the Americas Travel Retail of the Year award and the Exceptional Achievement by an Airport Retailer for its launch of theloopdutyfree.ca

Another Canada-based company also won accolades:  Jessie, Sabrina, Agnes, Candy, Maggie, Shannon, Holly, Fanni, Jenny and Anne from Heidi Van Roon’s SPARK Group of Companies was named “Team of the Year,” one of the special new categories this year.  

The rest of the awards went to:

Exceptional Achievement by a Retailer in both Cruise and Inflight channels: Omnichannel Digital Platform – 3Sixty Duty Free & More

Airport in the Americas with the Most Supportive Approach to RetailBermuda Skyport Corporation

Best New Shop Opening: The Macallan Boutique, JFK Airport – Edrington Global Travel Retail

Exceptional Achievement by a Cruise Retailer: Carnival Miracle – Retail Reimagined, Starboard Cruise Services

Exceptional Achievement by an Inflight Retailer: Omnichannel Digital Platform – 3Sixty Duty Free & More

Hero Fashion, Jewelry, Watches or Electronics/Gifting Product of the Year: Carnival Fun Ship Speaker – Carnival Cruise Lines

Hero Confectionery & Fine Food Product of the Year: Toblerone Gingery Orange Range – Mondelez World Travel Retail

Hero Beauty Product of the Year: Long Haul Spa Inflight Spa Kits – Long Haul Spa

Hero Wines & Spirits Product of the Year: South Cause – VSPT Wine Group

Americas Supplier of the Year: The Hershey Company

Sustainability Initiative of the Year: Joseph’s – Manufacture Belge de Chocolats