DFS continues winning streak at DFNI Americas Awards

DFS Group took home top DFNI awards, announced at the IAADFS show yesterday.

Leading suppliers and operators gathered yesterday for the announcement of the 2017 DFNI Americas Awards for Travel Retail Excellence during the IAADFS show.

Retailers and suppliers operating in the duty free industry in the Americas voted for the companies that have impressed them the most and been most supportive to their respective businesses in 2016.

Headlining this year’s winners was DFS Group, which was crowned Americas Travel Retailer of the Year and Airport Retailer of the Year, overcoming DFASS and Dufry.

The Best Border/Downtown Store prize was won by London Supply, ahead of the likes of Importations Guay Ltée (IGL) and Duty Free Americas. Last year, IGL overcame competition from Blue Water Bridge Duty Free Shop and Peace Arch DutyFree Shop.

The Best Cruise/Ferry/Port Store nominees were Harding Retail, Princess Cruises, and Starboard Cruise Services, the latter once again deemed the winning cruise retailer, as per the last couple of years of the DFNI Americas Awards.

DFASS, which was nominated in the Airport Travel Retailer of the Year category for the first time as the company increases its ground store presence, continued to reign the skies, winning Best Inflight Retailer in the Americas 2017 against Duty Free Partners and Duty Free World.

Travel retailers across the Americas also voted for the suppliers and brands that outperformed in their stores in 2016. The Americas Supplier of the Year prize was awarded to liquor supplier Brown-Forman. Nominees this year included Diageo, Hershey World Travel Retail, and William Grant & Sons.

In 2016, LVMH claimed the Best New Product launch (in 2015) award for James Hennessy by Moët Hennessy. The Best New Product launch (in 2016) nominees were Good Girl by Carolina Herrera (Puig), Johnnie Walker Island Green (Diageo), and Mr Burberry (Burberry). The trophy was awarded to last year’s Supplier of the Year, Puig, for its Good Girl fragrance.



Americas Travel Retailer
of the Year

Winner: DFS Group

Nominees: DFASS, DUFRY

Airport Retailer of the Year

Winner: DFS Group

Nominees:  DFASS, DUFRY

Best Border/Downtown Store

Winner: London Supply — Duty Free Shop Puerto Iguazu

Nominees: Importations Guay Ltée, Duty Free Americas

Best Cruise/Ferry/Port Store

Winner: Starboard Cruise Services

Nominees:  Harding Retail, Princess Cruises

Best Inflight Retailer

Winner: DFASS

Nominees: Duty Free Partners,
Duty Free World

Americas Supplier of the Year

Winner: Brown-Forman

Nominees: Diageo, Hershey World Travel Retail, William Grant & Sons

Best New Product

Winner: Good Girl By Carolina Herrera (Puig)

Nominees:  Johnnie Walker Island Green (Diageo), Mr Burberry (Burberry)