Click to open Issue 213 of The Moodie Davitt e-Zine

Click to open Issue 213 of The Moodie Davitt e-Zine

INTERNATIONAL. Welcome to the latest issue of The Moodie Davitt e-Zine, in which we examine HNA Group’s swoop for 16.79% of Dufry. The big question on everyone’s lips is what happens next? Is the investment a portent of a full take-over bid? Has the industry’s arch-acquisitor of the 21st century become the next prize? The hunter become the hunted?

In a special report, we look at some possible scenarios, gauge reaction from the investment community, and profile an investor that just keeps on acquiring.

China Duty Free Group has long been the dominant travel retail force in China; but now the company is stepping up its expansion outside the Mainland with plans to open downtown stores in Europe and Asia Pacific, as well as increasing its presence in the cruise, railway station, airport arrivals and downtown duty free channels in China. We present a Q&A with President Charles Chen.

A rocking Irish whiskey brand and an experimental Johnnie Walker blend feature in our regular look at the industry’s best new launches, campaigns, activations and openings.

In The Foodie Report, we present a pictorial special on a cook-off and a cocktail masterclass which will help decide the winners of two exciting new categories at the 2017 Airport Food & Beverage (FAB) Conference & Awards, which will be held in Toronto between 21 and 23 June.

We also explore HMSHost International’s first openings in the designer outlet shopping centre business and assess recent research which suggests airports are underestimating the importance passengers place on the food & beverage offer.

Please enjoy this edition of The Moodie Davitt e-Zine with our compliments.