November 2 2023  |  Associations

Frontier Duty Free Association announces 2023 Gold Standard Award finalists

By GTR Magazine Staff

The Frontier Duty Free Association (FDFA), the industry association for Canada’s land border duty free shops, has named the finalists for the 2023 Gold Standard Awards.

The ceremony will take place at the 2023 FDFA Convention from November 27 in Toronto.

For over two decades, the FDFA has selected winners for the 13 unique Gold Standards awards, to showcase the best in duty free. From products, to suppliers, to innovative practices, the awards were designed to recognize the hard-working FDFA member stores, owners, employees, and suppliers.

“The finalists were voted on by a panel of judges consisting of stakeholders from the industry. Canada’s Duty Free industry is a vital component to supporting our tourism economy, and the 2023 FDFA Convention is a great way to showcase that,” said Barbara Barrett, Executive Director, FDFA.

“We would also like to thank our generous sponsors for their support of our awards program this year. We look forward to hosting you in Toronto.”

The awards and finalists include:

OUTSTANDING DUTY FREE EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR (Sponsored by Retail Council of Canada): Mia Zagordo, Sault Ste. Marie Duty Free Store; Frank Cross, Windsor-Detroit Tunnel Duty Free Shop; Yvonne Graham, Altan Duty Free Shops Ltd.

BEST NEW OR RELAUNCHED BRAND OF THE YEAR JEWELRY/WATCHES/ HANDBAGS/ ACCESSORIES (Sponsored by Travel Markets Insider and The Moodie Davitt Report): Swatch Group Canada; Citizen Watches of Canada; Sayan Handbags.

BEST NEW OR RELAUNCHED BRAND OF THE YEAR CONFECTIONARY/FOOD/SOUVENIRS (Sponsored by: Travel Markets Insider and The Moodie Davitt Report): Turkey Hill Maple Fudge, Turkey Hill Sugarbush; Nestle KitKat Vegan, Beler Holdings Inc; Cleary’s Maple Creme Cookies, Distribution Fontaine Inc.

BEST NEW OR RELAUNCHED BRAND OF THE YEAR FRAGRANCE/COSMETIC (Sponsored by Travel Markets Insider and The Moodie Davitt Report): Carolina Herrera Good Girl Blush, Distribution Fontaine Inc.; Givenchy Society,Beler Holdings In.; Sol de Janeiro Bum Bum Cream, Distribution Fontaine Inc.

BEST NEW OR RELAUNCHED BRAND OF THE YEAR SPIRITS/BEER/WINE/TOBACCO (Sponsored by Travel Markets Insider and The Moodie Davitt Report): Jameson Triple Triple, Pernod Ricard Travel Retail Americas; Jose Cuervo, Proximo Spirits Canada; Patrón Core Range, Bacardi Canada.

BEST MARKETING/MERCHANDISING AWARD: Boutique Hors Taxes de la Beauce; Windsor-Detroit Tunnel Duty Free Shop; Sault Ste. Marie Duty Free Store.

SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR CATEGORY A: Fielding Group; Northern Souvenirs; V.P.I. Canada.

SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR CATEGORY B: Andrew Peller Limited; Labatt Breweries of Canada; Scandinavian Tobacco Group.

SUPPLIER OF THE YEAR DISTRIBUTOR/AGENT: Beler Holdings Inc.; Proximo Spirits Canada Inc.; Distribution Fontaine Inc.

PLATINUM AWARD CATEGORY A (Sponsored by Motor Coach Canada): Sault Ste. Marie Duty Free Store; Johnstown Duty Free Shop; Boutique Hors Taxes de la Beauce.

PLATINUM AWARD CATEGORY B (Sponsored by Motor Coach Canada): Windsor-Detroit Tunnel Duty Free Shop; Queenston-Lewiston Duty Free Shop; Blue Water Bridge Duty Free Shop.

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