Travel Retail and Duty Free Business Intelligence    Friday 29 April 2016

Railways and Motorways

Autogrill opens Bistrot concept in the motorway channel for the first time

Source: ©The Moodie Davitt Report - 05/04/16

ITALY. With a focus on craft techniques and the use of local Italian products, the outlet will be located in the Fiorenzuola d’Arda service area on Italy’s A1.

SSP opens Boston Grill and revamped O'Learys at Stockholm Central Station

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 14/03/16

SWEDEN. SSP opens American-themed restaurant concepts Boston Grill and an updated O’Learys sports bar at Stockholm Central Station.

Free Duty suffers from decline in Chinese visitors and spending

Source: ©The Moodie Report China - 24/02/16

CHINA. NWS Holdings’ Facilities Management division, which includes Free Duty, posted a -19% year-on-year fall in operating profit for the first six months.

Interest builds in FAB 2016 in Geneva; Travel Food Services adds support

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 29/01/16

INTERNATIONAL. Interest is building in this year’s Airport Food & Beverage Conference & Awards, with leading Indian F&B player TFS a sponsoring partner.

Metro Melbourne rolls out award-winning campaign to Denver

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 21/01/16

AUSTRALIA/USA. Metro Trains Melbourne has launched its 'Dumb Ways to Die' safety campaign on Denver trains, tapping into the popularity of the video and gaming app.

SSP extends coffee offer at London Euston with Starbucks and Caffè Ritazza

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 11/01/16

UK. SSP brings coffee brands Starbucks and Caffè Ritazza to London Euston as a major refurbishment of the railway station's commercial offer continues.

Calling for FAB Awards nominations as registration opens for Geneva event

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 06/01/16

INTERNATIONAL. Get set for the 2016 Airport Food & Beverage (FAB) Awards, recognising excellence in travel-related dining.

SSP introduces a taste of Boston to Stockholm Central Station

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 17/12/15

SWEDEN. Boston Grill, which specialises in clam chowder and Tomahawk steak, complements the offer at other food and drinks outlets at the station.

HMSHost goes Dutch with railway network contract worth €305 million

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 02/12/15

THE NETHERLANDS. Restaurateur will operate 20 food & drinks locations across a number of stations in the country, including 17 Burger King outlets.

SSP set for debut in Hong Kong rail market after key contract gain

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 27/11/15

HONG KONG. SSP Asia Pacific will enter the Chinese rail market next year after it won a deal at Hung Hom Station, which handles China-Hong Kong border traffic.

Interest runs high in MTR duty free tender at Hong Kong railway stations

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 20/11/15

HONG KONG. Interested parties have until 15 January to express interest in an exciting duty free opportunity advertised through The Moodie Report.

Gatwick introduces improved ticketing options as part of rail transformation

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 10/11/15

UK. Airport says seamless onward connections to London’s transport network are now possible as it continues case for additional runway approval.

Heathrow Express the launch partner as FLIO app adds payment system

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 06/11/15

UK. In-app functionality allows users to purchase lounge access and train tickets as FLIO extends service to new areas of the airport experience.

Strong coffee sales add spark to Network Rail retail business

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 08/09/15

UK. Network Rail’s 18 stations showed a +3.67% rise in retail income for the three months to June 2015, with the business buoyed by surging coffee sales.

Network Rail appoints SpaceandPeople to deliver new experiences at stations

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 02/09/15

UK.Network Rail has awarded experiential sales company SpaceandPeople the contract to sell event and distribution space at its 18 stations in the UK.

MTR records solid +8.5% commercial revenue increase in first half of 2015

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 17/08/15

HONG KONG. First half revenue from the station commercial businesses reaches HK$2.58 billion (US$333 million) with station retail revenue rising +11.2%.

Major retail and dining hub to open at London’s Paddington railway station

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 30/07/15

UK. Graphic renderings of how a new retail and dining hub at London’s Paddington station will look have been released by rail operator Network Rail.

SSP opens M&S Simply Food at Newcastle Central Station

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 23/07/15

UK. A new M&S Simply Food outlet opened today at Newcastle Central Station, managed by concession partner SSP, amid a national roll-out of the brand.

SSP opens Junction Urban Street Food at London Euston station

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 22/06/15

UK. SSP UK has opened a new ‘street food’ offer at London Euston railway station featuring three concepts: Big Apple Hot Dogs, The Rib Man and Beany Australia.

SSP opens largest Marks & Spencer store in rail channel at London Waterloo

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 17/06/15

UK. SSP UK, in partnership with Network Rail, has opened the largest Marks & Spencer (M&S) store in the rail channel at London Waterloo station.

Network Rail retail sales growth outstrips UK High Street

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 05/06/15

UK. Network Rail’s retail sales climbed by +6.16% year-on-year in the 12 months to March 2015, once again outstripping UK High Street retail growth.

SSP posts healthy profits and like-for-like sales growth in H1

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 21/05/15

UK/INTERNATIONAL. SSP has revealed revenue growth of +2.6% for the half year to 31 March, as well as a sharp profit rise, though the strong Pound had a negative impact.

Autogrill revenues dip marginally in 2014 but EBITDA climbs

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 13/03/15

INTERNATIONAL. A strong showing from Autogrill’s International division (northern Europe, Middle East & Asia) partially offsets weaknesses in other markets.

St Pancras International launches mobile app for railway users

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 13/01/15

UK. The StP App provides commuters with details about the London train station and the St Pancras area and includes special retail offers and travel information.

Network Rail retail and F&B sales buck UK trend in third quarter

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 18/11/14

UK. Sales at the company’s 18 rail stations grew by +6.23% like-for-like between July and September as high street sales in the UK fell by -0.05%.

Autogrill Group posts marginal decline in nine-month revenue and EBITDA

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 13/11/14

INTERNATIONAL. Autogrill Group consolidated revenues for the first nine months of 2014 hit €2,868.6 million, down by -0.9% year-on-year.

WHSmith Travel sales climb by +7% in first ten weeks of financial year

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 12/11/14

UK. Sales at WHSmith’s Travel division climbed by +7% (+2% like-for-like) in the first ten weeks of the financial year, the group reported today in a trading update.

Autogrill division HMSHost extends footprint in key UK locations

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 06/11/14

UK. HMSHost has captured new concessions at London Stansted Airport and London Euston station, and added a seven-year contract at Manchester Airport.

SSP to open YO! To Go kiosk at London Charing Cross Station

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 05/11/14

UK. F&B operator SSP will open a YO! Sushi 'grab n go' concept this December at London Charing Cross station. YO! To Go will offer classic and new dishes.

Flemingo targets US$1 billion in sales by 2015; looks ahead to IPO

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 28/10/14

INTERNATIONAL. Emerging markets specialist travel retailer Flemingo International says it is on track to hit its target of US$2 billion in sales by 2020.

Rémy Martin to unveil Louis XIII Black Pearl Anniversary Edition in Cannes

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 17/10/14

The Louis XIII brand is celebrating its 140th year with the launch of the US$13,000 Rémy Martin Louis XIII Black Pearl Anniversary Edition in Cannes.

Network Rail delivers +6.1% retail growth in latest quarter

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 05/09/14

UK. Network Rail station retail sales rose +6.1% year-on-year in the latest quarter, with King's Cross and Liverpool Lime Street the strongest performing locations.

Canadian airport duty free sales surge in July; land border sales up over +1%

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 03/09/14

CANADA. Canadian duty free sales saw positive growth in July, with airports posting sales growth of +20% and land border stores seeing sales increases of +1.09%.

Strong Pound Sterling impact hits SSP Group sales in latest quarter

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 07/08/14

UK. SSP Group sales dipped by -1.4% year-on-year in the period from 1 April to 30 June, with currency changes the big factor, the company noted in a trading update.

Aviation group Avia Solutions creates new duty free company

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 04/08/14

LITHUANIA. Avia Solutions Group, a provider of aviation business solutions, has created a duty free retailer called Globus Distribution, with plans to open 40 stores.

LS travel retail performance lifts Lagardère Services in first half

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 01/08/14

FRANCE. LS travel retail sales climbed by +8.1% on a reported basis, and +4.3% like-for-like in the first half of 2014, parent group Lagardère has reported.

Network Rail reveals brand line-up for Birmingham New Street project

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 31/07/14

UK. Network Rail has revealed details of a major project to redevelop Birmingham New Street station, including new brands that will feature at the location.

Matthew Fort named as St Pancras International Food Curator

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 24/07/14

UK. St Pancras International has appointed BBC2 Great British Menu judge and food writer Matthew Fort as its first ever Food Curator.

SSP Group shares priced at 210 pence in initial public offering

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 10/07/14

UK. SSP Group set its initial public offering share price at 210 pence on Thursday morning, valuing the company at around £997 million as share trading began.

LS travel retail set to open Marks & Spencer Food store at Paris station

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 24/06/14

FRANCE. Marks & Spencer and LS travel retail France will open the first Marks & Spencer Food store in Paris at La Défense RER station on 25 June.

Travel food specialist SSP posts surge in operating profit in first half

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 09/06/14

INTERNATIONAL. SSP has posted a +16.6% surge in operating profit (+28.2% at constant exchange rates) for the six months to 31 March.

Network Rail outperforms high street with +5.6% quarterly sales growth

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 05/06/14

UK. Network Rail has reported +5.6% sales growth across its 16 stations in the quarter ended March 2014, exceeding high street growth of +0.5% during the same period.

Novo IVC to unveil new iOS version of SkyPOS software at ARC 2014

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 03/06/14

Novo IVC will be unveiling and demonstrating a new Apple iOS version of its SkyPOS onboard point of sale solution at the Airline Retail Conference 2014.

Championing airport food & beverage: interest builds as FAB event nears

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 29/05/14

INTERNATIONAL. There is still time to book your place at the eagerly anticipated FAB 2014 Conference and Awards, which take place in Copenhagen on 9-11 June.

SSP and Edeka to expand Spar Express brand at German rail stations

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 27/05/14

GERMANY. SSP and supermarket group Edeka are to rebrand 40 of SSP’s Point outlets under the Spar Express name at German rail stations.

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.