CANADA. Abbotsford Duty Free and Importations Guay Limitee captured Platinum Awards in recognition of their outstanding recent performances at the annual Frontier Duty Free Association (FDFA) Awards in Toronto this week. The awards were the centrepiece of the Gala Evening, which traditionally closes the FDFA Convention.

Best Marketing Award went to West Coast Duty Free, while Niagara Duty Free won Best New Idea. Also among land border stores, Sault Ste. Marie Duty Free won the National Brand Integration accolade.


The big winners of the FDFA Awards on stage at the gala evening in Toronto

Aer Rianta International-North America won Best Airport Duty Free Company. JTI-MacDonald and Michel German took the Supplier of the Year prizes.

The Moodie Davitt Report and Travel Markets Insider co-sponsored a number of the product awards, won respectively by brands Dior, Crown Royal, Maple Cream cookies and Relic handbags.

The full list of award winners appears below. Images of the winners will follow.

Click here for our round-up of the latest news from the FDFA show, with further stories to follow.



The Importations Guay team with their Platinum Award (above); Paul Dickinson of Abbotsford Duty Free (below) with his company’s prize




DFS Ventures’ Carolyn Shwark won an award for Outstanding Customer Service; she is flanked by owners Michael and Simon Resch