Travel Retail and Duty Free Business Intelligence    Sunday 31 August 2014

Railways and Motorways

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.

Russian Railways opens first ever duty free shop on China border

Source: The Voice of Russia - 12/12/13

The government-owned rail operator has opened its first duty free shop at Zabaikalsk station bordering China, according to The Voice of Russia.

Network Rail posts solid retail growth at UK stations in third quarter

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 11/12/13

UK. Retail and F&B sales at railway stations across the UK continued to grow faster than High Street sales in the three months to the end of September.

Montreux Jazz Café makes station debut at Paris Gare de Lyon

Source: ©The Foodie Report - 05/12/13

FRANCE. Travel food & beverage concessionaire SSP has introduced the brand for the first time in France, adjacent to the iconic Le Train Bleu restaurant.

SSP partners with research company on customer feedback scheme

Source: ©The Foodie Report - 20/11/13

INTERNATIONAL. SSP is to extend the rollout of an instant customer feedback programme developed by market research specialist eDigitalResearch.

LS travel retail posts robust sales growth in Q3 and first nine months

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 12/11/13

FRANCE. LS travel retail posted a +6.1% rise in net sales year-on-year in the first nine months of 2013, with duty free and food services performing strongly.

New-look Autogrill Group reports stable nine-month F&B revenues

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 12/11/13

INTERNATIONAL. Autogrill has reported stable revenues for the first nine months in F&B; the now separate travel retail business was driven by healthy UK growth.

SSP acquires Cabin bar at Waterloo Station from Corney & Barrow

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 29/10/13

UK. Travel food & beverage specialist SSP will take over the running of Cabin bar at Waterloo, which serves premium food and drink, from 13 November.

Marks & Spencer and Relay France to open stand-alone food stores

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 28/10/13

FRANCE. Marks & Spencer has struck a franchise partnership with Relay France, part of Lagardère Services, to operate M&S Food stores at travel locations.

SSP to open first Starbucks in Stockholm at Central Station

Source: ©The Foodie Report - 25/10/13

SWEDEN. The branch at Stockholm Central Station, which serves 300,000 visitors each day, will be the brand’s first in the Swedish capital.

Network Rail signs up brands to Birmingham Grand Central project

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 23/10/13

UK. The White Company, L’Occitane and Kiehl’s join the line-up as the landmark rail station development, to open in 2015, reaches 80% occupancy.

HMSHost wins Eurotunnel and East Midlands Airport concessions

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 17/10/13

UK.The company expects the two food & beverage contracts - covering eight stations and an airport - to generate £175 million in revenue over the next decade.

Ayaz Furniturewalla joins The Estée Lauder Companies

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 16/10/13

Ayaz Furniturewalla, former Vice President Global Travel Retail at Elizabeth Arden, has joined Estée Lauder Travel Retailing Worldwide as Vice President/GM.

Airport Food & Beverage Conference & Awards set to begin in Dubai

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 01/10/13

UAE. The annual Airport Food & Beverage (FAB) Conference & Awards event begins this evening at the stunning Atlantis, The Palm venue in Dubai.

Network Rail outperforms high street with +6.4% sales growth in Q2

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 24/09/13

UK. Investment programmes at major stations, an earlier Easter and good weather helped to drive retail and food & beverage sales between April and June.

Excess Baggage Company enters India with Mumbai Airport services

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 18/09/13

INDIA. Excess Baggage Company has started services at Mumbai International Airport, marking its debut in India with a two-year contract.

Celebrating excellence in airport and railway F&B: 'FAB' shortlist revealed

Source: ©The Foodie Report* - 11/09/13

INTERNATIONAL. The Foodie Report and parent title The Moodie Report have revealed the shortlist for the Airport Food & Beverage (FAB) Awards 2013.

UXUS designs fresh F&B concept for Autogrill at Villoresi Est

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 06/09/13

ITALY. The design agency created a concept which replaced the traditional dining experience with something more explorative and theatrical.

'FAB' shortlist reveals roll-call of excellence in airport and railway F&B

Source: ©The Foodie Report* - 05/09/13

INTERNATIONAL. The Foodie Report and parent title The Moodie Report have revealed the shortlist for the Airport Food & Beverage (FAB) Awards 2013.

FAB Awards momentum builds as judges pore over record entries

Source: ©The Foodie Report - 20/08/13

INTERNATIONAL. Judges are deliberating over a record number of entries for the third annual FAB Awards, with short lists set to be revealed soon.

FAB Awards judging begins as nominations reach record high

Source: ©The Foodie Report - 08/08/13

INTERNATIONAL. Judges are poring over 208 entries for the third annual FAB Awards, which will be announced during the FAB Conference in October.

Excess Baggage extends reach amid airport expansion drive

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 05/08/13

UK. Excess Baggage is seeking to expand its geographical base and its range of services for airports, following its latest big contract award at Heathrow T2.

Autogrill’s Travel Retail arm puts in strong H1 revenue performance

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 31/07/13

INTERNATIONAL. Autogrill Group today revealed first-half results, with the Travel Retail & Duty Free division performing solidly ahead of its demerger.

Network Rail announces major retail expansion at London Victoria Station

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 24/07/13

UK. The £15 million project at Victoria Station in London will see 10,000sq ft of extra retail space added, a new visual identity and improved access.

WHSmith's Kate Swann is named CEO at F&B concessionaire SSP

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 08/07/13

UK/INTERNATIONAL. Leading food & beverage concessionaire SSP has named Kate Swann as Chief Executive Officer effective from 4 September.

Network Rail drives retail sales with launch of summer promotion

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 01/07/13

UK. Network Rail, with help from Blackjack Promotions, has launched its ‘Get Set For Summer’ campaign amid a drive to promote retail at its London stations.

Early registration deadline looms for FAB 2013 event in Dubai

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 14/06/13

INTERNATIONAL. The early registration deadline of 21 June is looming for The Moodie Report’s annual Airport Food & Beverage Conference and Awards.

SSP UK names Barista Championship winner at London event

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 13/05/13

UK. SSP UK has crowned Matteo Pavoni winner of its 2013 Barista Championship, which took place in front of a live audience at Dickens Inn, London.

Emirates Leisure Retail, MMI named Platinum Sponsor of FAB 2013

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 03/05/13

INTERNATIONAL. Emirates Leisure Retail and sister company MMI have taken Platinum Sponsorship of the Airport Food & Beverage Conference and Awards.

New chief marketing officer to drive SSP UK brand development

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 10/04/13

UK. Former Corney & Barrow Managing Director Lucy Knowles will oversee the development of SSP UK's own brands and franchised operations.

Dubai to host Airport Food & Beverage (FAB) Conference & Awards

Source: ©The Foodie Report - 02/04/13

INTERNATIONAL.The third annual Airport Food & Beverage (FAB) Conference and Awards will be hosted this year by Dubai Airports at Atlantis, The Palm.

Waipara West toasts its recognition by Japan Airlines

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 14/03/13

In an important breakthrough, the boutique New Zealand winery will supply Sauvignon Blanc to Japan Airlines' business class customers on all international flights.

Russian Railways to pilot onboard duty free on Moscow-Kiev route

Source: Prime news agency; The Moodie Report - 11/03/13

RUSSIA. The state-owned railway company will run a duty free pilot scheme for one year, say local reports, with the option to extend it to other routes.

Organic growth and acquisitions spur LS travel retail sales

Source: ©The Moodie Report - 07/03/13

INTERNATIONAL. LS travel retail has revealed further details of its 2012 performance, which was driven by strong organic growth plus acquisitions.