Travel Retail and Duty Free Business Intelligence    Thursday 24 April 2014

Railways and Motorways

Calling for FAB Awards nominations as interest builds in Copenhagen event

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 27/02/14

INTERNATIONAL. The Moodie Report is calling for nominations for the annual Airport Food & Beverage (FAB) Awards with a submission deadline of 18 April.

Network Rail posts robust retail growth in three months to December

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 24/02/14

UK. Network Rail retail sales climbed by +7.8% in like-for-like terms from September to December 2013, led by King's Cross and Manchester Piccadilly stations.

Áreas starts operations in rebuilt Maryland House Travel Plaza

Source: ©The Foodie Report* - 29/01/14

USA. The new 4,000sq m travel plaza is one of two operated by Áreas USA on the busy I-95 highway between New York and Washington D.C.

Travel F&B group SSP posts solid rise in sales, strong growth in EBITDA

Source: ©The Foodie Report - 17/01/14

UK.Travel F&B specialist SSP Group posts strong EBITDA growth for the year ended 30 September 2013. UPDATED story with comments from CEO Kate Swann.

SSP opens Starbucks outlet at Stockholm Central Station

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 17/12/13

SWEDEN. The first Starbucks in the city of Stockholm opened today at the capital’s Central Station. The new SSP-operated store is the sixth Starbucks in Sweden.

Russian Railways opens first ever duty free shop on China border

Source: The Voice of Russia - 12/12/13

The government-owned rail operator has opened its first duty free shop at Zabaikalsk station bordering China, according to The Voice of Russia.

Network Rail posts solid retail growth at UK stations in third quarter

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 11/12/13

UK. Retail and F&B sales at railway stations across the UK continued to grow faster than High Street sales in the three months to the end of September.

Montreux Jazz Café makes station debut at Paris Gare de Lyon

Source: ©The Foodie Report - 05/12/13

FRANCE. Travel food & beverage concessionaire SSP has introduced the brand for the first time in France, adjacent to the iconic Le Train Bleu restaurant.

SSP partners with research company on customer feedback scheme

Source: ©The Foodie Report - 20/11/13

INTERNATIONAL. SSP is to extend the rollout of an instant customer feedback programme developed by market research specialist eDigitalResearch.

LS travel retail posts robust sales growth in Q3 and first nine months

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 12/11/13

FRANCE. LS travel retail posted a +6.1% rise in net sales year-on-year in the first nine months of 2013, with duty free and food services performing strongly.

New-look Autogrill Group reports stable nine-month F&B revenues

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 12/11/13

INTERNATIONAL. Autogrill has reported stable revenues for the first nine months in F&B; the now separate travel retail business was driven by healthy UK growth.

SSP acquires Cabin bar at Waterloo Station from Corney & Barrow

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 29/10/13

UK. Travel food & beverage specialist SSP will take over the running of Cabin bar at Waterloo, which serves premium food and drink, from 13 November.

Marks & Spencer and Relay France to open stand-alone food stores

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 28/10/13

FRANCE. Marks & Spencer has struck a franchise partnership with Relay France, part of Lagardère Services, to operate M&S Food stores at travel locations.

SSP to open first Starbucks in Stockholm at Central Station

Source: ©The Foodie Report - 25/10/13

SWEDEN. The branch at Stockholm Central Station, which serves 300,000 visitors each day, will be the brand’s first in the Swedish capital.

Network Rail signs up brands to Birmingham Grand Central project

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 23/10/13

UK. The White Company, L’Occitane and Kiehl’s join the line-up as the landmark rail station development, to open in 2015, reaches 80% occupancy.

HMSHost wins Eurotunnel and East Midlands Airport concessions

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 17/10/13

UK.The company expects the two food & beverage contracts - covering eight stations and an airport - to generate £175 million in revenue over the next decade.

Ayaz Furniturewalla joins The Estée Lauder Companies

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 16/10/13

Ayaz Furniturewalla, former Vice President Global Travel Retail at Elizabeth Arden, has joined Estée Lauder Travel Retailing Worldwide as Vice President/GM.

Airport Food & Beverage Conference & Awards set to begin in Dubai

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 01/10/13

UAE. The annual Airport Food & Beverage (FAB) Conference & Awards event begins this evening at the stunning Atlantis, The Palm venue in Dubai.

Network Rail outperforms high street with +6.4% sales growth in Q2

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 24/09/13

UK. Investment programmes at major stations, an earlier Easter and good weather helped to drive retail and food & beverage sales between April and June.

Excess Baggage Company enters India with Mumbai Airport services

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 18/09/13

INDIA. Excess Baggage Company has started services at Mumbai International Airport, marking its debut in India with a two-year contract.

Celebrating excellence in airport and railway F&B: 'FAB' shortlist revealed

Source: ©The Foodie Report* - 11/09/13

INTERNATIONAL. The Foodie Report and parent title The Moodie Report have revealed the shortlist for the Airport Food & Beverage (FAB) Awards 2013.

UXUS designs fresh F&B concept for Autogrill at Villoresi Est

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 06/09/13

ITALY. The design agency created a concept which replaced the traditional dining experience with something more explorative and theatrical.

'FAB' shortlist reveals roll-call of excellence in airport and railway F&B

Source: ©The Foodie Report* - 05/09/13

INTERNATIONAL. The Foodie Report and parent title The Moodie Report have revealed the shortlist for the Airport Food & Beverage (FAB) Awards 2013.

FAB Awards momentum builds as judges pore over record entries

Source: ©The Foodie Report - 20/08/13

INTERNATIONAL. Judges are deliberating over a record number of entries for the third annual FAB Awards, with short lists set to be revealed soon.

FAB Awards judging begins as nominations reach record high

Source: ©The Foodie Report - 08/08/13

INTERNATIONAL. Judges are poring over 208 entries for the third annual FAB Awards, which will be announced during the FAB Conference in October.

Excess Baggage extends reach amid airport expansion drive

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 05/08/13

UK. Excess Baggage is seeking to expand its geographical base and its range of services for airports, following its latest big contract award at Heathrow T2.

Autogrill’s Travel Retail arm puts in strong H1 revenue performance

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 31/07/13

INTERNATIONAL. Autogrill Group today revealed first-half results, with the Travel Retail & Duty Free division performing solidly ahead of its demerger.

Network Rail announces major retail expansion at London Victoria Station

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 24/07/13

UK. The £15 million project at Victoria Station in London will see 10,000sq ft of extra retail space added, a new visual identity and improved access.

WHSmith's Kate Swann is named CEO at F&B concessionaire SSP

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 08/07/13

UK/INTERNATIONAL. Leading food & beverage concessionaire SSP has named Kate Swann as Chief Executive Officer effective from 4 September.

Network Rail drives retail sales with launch of summer promotion

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 01/07/13

UK. Network Rail, with help from Blackjack Promotions, has launched its ‘Get Set For Summer’ campaign amid a drive to promote retail at its London stations.

Early registration deadline looms for FAB 2013 event in Dubai

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 14/06/13

INTERNATIONAL. The early registration deadline of 21 June is looming for The Moodie Report’s annual Airport Food & Beverage Conference and Awards.

SSP UK names Barista Championship winner at London event

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 13/05/13

UK. SSP UK has crowned Matteo Pavoni winner of its 2013 Barista Championship, which took place in front of a live audience at Dickens Inn, London.

Emirates Leisure Retail, MMI named Platinum Sponsor of FAB 2013

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 03/05/13

INTERNATIONAL. Emirates Leisure Retail and sister company MMI have taken Platinum Sponsorship of the Airport Food & Beverage Conference and Awards.

New chief marketing officer to drive SSP UK brand development

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 10/04/13

UK. Former Corney & Barrow Managing Director Lucy Knowles will oversee the development of SSP UK's own brands and franchised operations.

Dubai to host Airport Food & Beverage (FAB) Conference & Awards

Source: ©The Foodie Report - 02/04/13

INTERNATIONAL.The third annual Airport Food & Beverage (FAB) Conference and Awards will be hosted this year by Dubai Airports at Atlantis, The Palm.

Waipara West toasts its recognition by Japan Airlines

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 14/03/13

In an important breakthrough, the boutique New Zealand winery will supply Sauvignon Blanc to Japan Airlines' business class customers on all international flights.

Russian Railways to pilot onboard duty free on Moscow-Kiev route

Source: Prime news agency; The Moodie Report - 11/03/13

RUSSIA. The state-owned railway company will run a duty free pilot scheme for one year, say local reports, with the option to extend it to other routes.

Organic growth and acquisitions spur LS travel retail sales

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 07/03/13

INTERNATIONAL. LS travel retail has revealed further details of its 2012 performance, which was driven by strong organic growth plus acquisitions.

UK railway stations outperform high street again in third quarter 2012

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 12/02/13

UK. Retail sales at 17 of Britain’s biggest and busiest railway stations were up +2.54% between October and December, reports owner and operator Network Rail.

WHSmith reports weak Travel division sales in interim statement

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 24/01/13

UK. WHSmith says it is seeking growth within its Travel division in the UK and internationally, after revealing a -4% fall in like-for-like sales to 20 January.

The Foodie Report December edition: live and downloadable online now

Source: ©The Foodie Report - 19/12/12

INTERNATIONAL. The December issue of The Foodie Report, the only magazine dedicated to travel-related food & beverage, is now online.

SSP hails resilient travel markets as annual sales hit £1.74 billion

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 12/12/12

UK. The food & beverage operator posted a +3.2% sales increase for the year ended 30 September. UPDATED STORY WITH CFO COMMENT

Blackjack in promotional drive for London's revamped Waterloo station

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 03/12/12

Blackjack Promotions is helping rail operator Network Rail promote new retailers trading at London's newly revamped Waterloo station.

Autogrill and Burger King enter major new agreement in Europe

Source: ©The Foodie Report* - 29/11/12

EUROPE. Autogrill Group and Burger King Worldwide have entered a new agreement to extend their partnership to France, Switzerland and Poland.

London Stansted Airport set to extend dining and retail offer

Source: ©The Foodie Report* - 28/11/12

UK. London Stansted Airport is introducing several new food & beverage and retail concepts to its commercial offer over the coming months.

SSP UK opens craft beer house at London Waterloo railway station

Source: ©The Foodie Report* - 28/11/12

UK. SSP UK has opened The Beer House at London Waterloo railway station, serving a range of craft beers and classic pub food with a twist.

Network Rail appoints former Stansted Airport director to key retail post

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 27/11/12

UK. UK railway station operator Network Rail has appointed Stansted Airport's Jonathan Crick as its new Commercial Director of Retail.

Lancôme hails success of La Vie Est Belle feminine fragrance

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 20/11/12

Lancôme’s new flagship women’s fragrance, La Vie Est Belle, has got off to a flying start in both domestic and travel retail markets, according to the brand.

Autogrill and SSP flatly deny acquisition discussions

Source: ©The Foodie Report - 19/11/12

ITALY. Autogrill and SSP both deny Italian reports of talks for Autogrill to acquire EQT Partners' 72% stake in its food & beverage rival.

SSP secures €60 million F&B contract at Bordeaux Saint-Jean station

Source: ©The Foodie Report* - 16/11/12

FRANCE. SSP has secured a 12-year contract, valued at €60 million, to operate five new food & beverage outlets at Bordeaux Saint-Jean railway station.