CANADA. In an outstanding finale, the 23rd annual Frontier Duty Free Association (FDFA) Convention in Montreal concluded with the FDFA Gold Standard Awards for Excellence.

The Platinum awards were given to Tobacco Plains Duty Free Shop, Boutique Hors-Taxes de Philipsburg Inc and Blue Water Bridge Duty Free Shop. Blue Water Bridge also took home the award for Best Marketing.

Pernod Ricard North America Travel Retail scooped the Large Supplier of the Year award while Turkey Hill Sugarbush Ltd won the award for Small Supplier of the Year.

The Outstanding Customer Service award went to Denise Gamble of Altan Duty Free Shops Ltd while West Coast Duty Free Shop received the Best New Idea accolade.

The FDFA Convention was held at the Quebec Le Centre Sheraton Montreal from 13-16 January. Over 90 suppliers took space at the show, split between the trade floor and hotel suites.

Full list of FDFA Gold Standard Awards 2007

Platinum Award – Category A
Tobacco Plains Duty Free Shop

Platinum Award – Category B
Boutique Hors-Taxes de Philipsburg Inc.

Platinum Award – Category C
Blue Water Bridge Duty Free Shop

Supplier of the Year – Large
Pernod Ricard North America Travel Retail

Supplier of the Year – Small
Turkey Hill Sugarbush Ltd

Best Fragrance/Cosmetic Product
Distributions Fontaine Inc
Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue for Men

Best New Spirits/Tobacco/Beer Product
Maxxium Travel Retail Americas
Absolut Pears

Best New Specialized Product
Fill-A-Niche Trading Co Ltd
Sleepy-head Pillows

Outstanding Customer Service Award
Altan Duty Free Shops Ltd
Denise Gamble

Best Marketing Award
Blue Water Bridge Duty Free Shop

Best New Idea Award
West Coast Duty Free Shop

Doug Waldie Student Scholarship Award
Nominating Store: West Coast Duty Free Shop
Winner: Karan Bola

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