Spirits

InnoTRI opens in new Brazilian Cell Shop Duty Free on Brazilian border in Iguaçu

Miami-based specialist distribution company InnoTRI has partnered with Cell Shop Duty Free for the opening of the largest land-based free shop in Brazil this month. Christoph Henkel, InnoTRI co-founder and manager, tells TMI the collaboration with the Brazilian land border operator for its new 2,000 sqm store located in the Catuaí Palladium Shopping Mall in […]

Bottega produces gold bottles for two Francis Ford Coppola limited-edition “Awards” wines

Bottega S.p.A. is going to the Oscars! Travel retail’s favorite winery has created two exclusive golden bottles for the Francis Ford Coppola Winery, which has produced two limited-edition wines in honor of “Hollywood’s most prestigious cinema awards.” The Northern California winery has created a Chardonnay and a Cabernet Sauvignon, both from 2019, made from grapes […]

Brown-Forman’s iconic brands cushion travel retail sales decline during year of lockdown

Aude Bourdier started her new position as Vice President, Managing Director Global Travel Retail for Brown-Forman in August, right in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic which has hit the duty free industry so hard. Bourdier tells TMI that even with these COVID-19 setbacks, Brown-Forman Global Travel Retail is in a strong position to rebound […]

Tito’s Handmade Vodka revs up giving back in times of need

Giving back has always been fundamentally at the core of Tito’s Handmade Vodka’s business, which was founded by Bert “Tito” Beveridge in 1997. This philosophy was never more evident than during the COVID-19 pandemic, when the Austin, Texas-based vodka powerhouse revved up its support for nonprofit organizations and essential workers, especially for people who work […]

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 & […]

MONARQ Group reaches customers with digital innovations

As international tourism dried up MONARQ Group shifted its focus to digital marketing, social media and e-commerce, Managing Director Robert de Monchy tells TMI. To promote its brands on social media, the independent premium wine and spirits distributor launched MONARQ’s Social Club early on during the pandemic with overwhelmingly positive feedback from participants. The company […]

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 […]

Juan Gentile creates Distribution Spirits Company to build premium brands in the Caribbean

Respected spirits executive Juan Gentile has created his own wine and spirits distribution company based in Miami with a focus on the Caribbean and duty free markets. Gentile, who worked for Edrington for almost 20 years most recently as Senior Vice President, Managing Director Americas Travel Retail at Edrington Americas, tells TMI he will use […]