2011 Gold Standards Awards

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Sponsored by: Americas Duty Free & Travel Retailing, Travel Markets Insider, The Moodie Report and the Frontier Duty Free Association.

FDFA 2011 Gold Standard Award Winners

The Frontier Duty Free Association held their annual Gold Standards awards ceremony during the Imperial Gala at the 26th Annual Convention in Niagara Falls, Ontario on November 16th, 2011. The Gold Standards Awards recognizes and awards excellence in Canadian duty free retailing for both supplier and store members. This year’s winners represented the 2011 winners for over 10 duty free categories. 

To view the entire photo gallery taken during the Gala awards ceremony please click here

To view the entire photo gallery taken during the TFWA Luncheon including select trade floor booths and the Gold Standards participating stores photo - click here

To Purchase Photos Please Note - if you would like to order a 5x7 print copy of the photos from the links above, please contact the photographer Cathy White from Absolute Image with your request. Photos are $16.95 per 5x7 copy and include some minor touch-ups (photoshop). All orders, including payment and delivery arrangements should be sent directly to Cathy White at 905-358-1670 or kwhite@absoluteimage.org

FDFA’s 2011 Gold Standards winners and participating stores

(Please see winning submissions where applicable)

Best New Specialized Product

Presented by - Michael Pasternak from Travel Markets Insider

Sponsored by

Finalists 

Caliber 8700 - Citizen Eco-Drive Watch
- Citizen Watch Company of Canada

King Henry's All Natural Lines 
- Distributed by ALFA Brands

Troika Keychains 
- Distributed by Distribution Fontaine Inc.

The winner - Troika Keychains 
- Distributed by Distribution Fontaine Inc.

Accepting - Carolina Marini -Troika
(from left - Laurie Karson-FDFA, Carolina Martini)

Best Fragrance/Cosmetic Product

Presented by - Michael Pasternak from Travel Markets Insider

Sponsored by

Finalists 

Daisy Eau So Fresh by Marc Jacobs - 
Distributed by Coty Prestige Retail & Export

Givenchy Le Bouquet Absolu -
Distributed by DFX Distribution/BHI. 

Gucci Guilty Pour Homme -  -
Distributed by Distribution Fontaine Inc.

Winner - Daisy Eau So Fresh 
by Marc Jacobs 
- Distributed by Coty Prestige Retail 
& Export

Accepting on behalf of Coty Prestige - Andrea Poirier
(from left - Andrea Poirier, Laurie Karson-FDFA)

Best New Spirits/Tobacco/Beer Product

Presented by - Michael Pasternak from Travel Markets Insider

Sponsored by

Finalists

Johnny Walker Double Black - 
Distributed by Diageo Global Travel

Crystal Head Vodka - 
Distributed by Intrabrands Inc. 

Crown Royal Black - 
Distributed by Diageo Global Travel

Winner - Johnny Walker Double Black - 
Distributed by Diageo Global Travel

Accepting - Peter Zielinski & Scott Bradley - Diageo Global Travel
(from left - Peter Zielinski, Scott Bradley)

Outstanding Customer Service Award

Sponsored by

Finalists

Juliet Estanol 
from Blue Water Bridge Duty Free Shop Inc.

Judy Johnson 
from Altan Duty Free Shops

Ivana Boston 
from Sault Ste. Marie Duty Free Store

Winner - Ivana Boston 
from Sault Ste. Marie Duty Free Store

click here to view the winning submission

Ivana Boston - Sault Ste. Marie Duty Free Store
(from left - Ivana Boston, Ralph Caria)

Best Marketing Award

Sponsored by

Finalists

Blue Water Bridge Duty Free Shop

Peace Bridge Duty Free Inc.

Winner - Peace Bridge Duty Free Inc.

click here to view the winning submission

Accepting - Glenn Mills - Peace Bridge Duty Free Inc. 
(from left - Glenn Mills, Laurie Karson-FDFA)

Best Marketing/Promotion of a "Canadian-Made" Product

Sponsored by

Finalists

Importations Guay

Niagara Duty Free

Winner - Niagara Duty Free

click here to view the winning submission

Accepting - Steve Richardson 
- Niagara Duty Free

Best New Idea Award

Sponsored by

Finalists

Altan Duty Free Shops

Niagara Duty Free

Sault Ste. Marie Duty Free Store

Winner - Niagara Duty Free

click here to view the winning submission

Accepting - Steve Richardson - Niagara Duty Free
(from left - Steve Richardson, Laurie Karson-FDFA)

2011 Supplier of the Year - Small Supplier

Sponsored by

Finalists

Turkey Hill Sugarbush Ltd.

Peter Mielzynski Agencies Ltd.

Michel Germain Parfums Ltd.

Winner - Peter Mielzynski Agencies Ltd.

Accepting - Jeff Orson & Peter D. Mielzynski 
- Peter Mielzynski Agencies Ltd.

2011 Supplier of the Year - Large Supplier

Sponsored by

Finalists

Distribution Fontaine Inc.

Pernod Ricard Americas Travel Retail

Imperial Tobacco Company

Winner - Distribution Fontaine Inc.

Accepting - Jennifer & Claude Fontaine
- Distribution Fontaine Inc.

Platinum Award - Category A

Sponsored by

Finalists

Niagara Duty Free

Altan Duty Free

Boutique Hors-Taxes de Philipsburg

Winner - Boutique Hors-Taxes de Philipsburg

Accepting - Pierre Bachand & Philippe Bachand
- Boutique Hors-Taxes de Philipsburg
(from left - Pierre Bachand, Laurie Karson-FDFA, Philippe Bachand )

Platinum Award - Category B

Sponsored by

Finalists

Peace Bridge Duty Free Inc.

Blue Water Bridge Duty Free

West Coast Duty Free Store

Winner - Blue Water Bridge 
Duty Free Shop

Accepting - Tania Lee & Garvin Lee
- Blue Water Bridge Duty Free Shop

2011 FDFA Gold Standards Awards Program Participating Stores

gold participating

Abbotsford Duty Free
Altan Duty Free Shops Ltd.
Ambassador Bridge Duty Free Store
Blue Water Bridge Duty Free Shop Inc.
Boutique Hors Taxes de Highwater
Boutique Hors-Taxes de l’Est Inc.
Boutique Hors-Taxes de Philipsburg Inc.
DFS Ventures Inc.
Importations Guay Ltée
Niagara Duty Free Shops Inc.
Peace Bridge Duty Free Inc.
Sault Ste. Marie Duty Free Store
Tobacco Plains Duty Free Shop
West Coast Duty Free Store Ltd.
Windsor Detroit Tunnel Duty Free Shop