2018 Gold Standards Awards

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FDFA 2018 Gold Standards Award winners

The Frontier Duty Free Association held their annual Gold Standards Awards ceremony during the Imperial Gala at the Convention in Toronto, November 2018. The Gold Standards Awards recognizes excellence in Canadian duty free retailing for both supplier and store operator members. Please see the voting format noted for the various categories below - the award criteria is available on the FDFA Gold Standards 2018 web page should you require it.

(Please see winning submissions where applicable)

 


 

Outstanding Land Border Duty Free Employee Award 2018

Voted by the Duty Free Media & Sponsors

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FINALISTS

 Heather Atkinson
Emerson Duty Free

Willie Deplonty
Sault Ste. Marie Duty Free

 Alice Beaulieu
Philipsburg Duty Free Inc.

Winner -  Willie Deplonty
Sault Ste. Marie Duty Free Store

 

View the winning submission 


 

Outstanding Airport Duty Free Employee Award 2018

Voted by the Duty Free Media & Sponsors

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FINALISTS

Vanessa Wong
The Loop Duty Free Montreal

Amily Ng
World Duty Free Vancouver

 

 

The Winner - Vanessa Wong
The Loop Duty Free Montreal

View the Winning submission 


 

Best Specialty Product - Jewellery, Watches, Handbags and Accessories

Voted by the FDFA Operator Members

Sponsored by

 

FINALISTS

 

Bulova Men’s Curv Collection
Bulova Watch Company

Swatch Watches
Swatch Group Canada

 Plaid Jacket
Northern Souvenirs

 

 

The Winner - Swatch Watches
Swatch Group Canada


 

Best Specialty Product - Confectionery, Food and Souvenirs

Voted by the FDFA Operator Members

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Finalists

Tic Tac Mini
Distribution Fontaine Inc.

Kinder Schoko-bons
Distribution Fontaine Inc.

Maple Cream Cookies
Turkey Hill Sugarbush Ltd.

 

 

The Winner - Maple Cream Cookies
Turkey Hill Sugarbush Ltd

 


 

Best New Fragrance/Cosmetic Product

Voted by the FDFA Operator Members

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FINALISTS

Good Girl by Carolina Herrera
Distribution Fontaine Inc.

Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Italian Zest
DFX Distribution/BHI

 Versace Dylan Blue
Distribution Fontaine Inc.

 

 

The Winner - Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Italian Zest
DFX Distribution/BHI

 

 


 

Best New Spirits/Tobacco/Beer Product

Voted by the FDFA Operator Members

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FINALISTS

 

Ciroc French Vanilla Flavoured Vodka
Diageo GTME

Whitley Neill Handcrafted Dry Gin
Haleybrooke International

Wayne Gretzky N.99 Red Cask Whiskey
Peller Estates

 

 

The Winner - Whitley Neill Handcrafted Dry Gin
Haleybrooke International


 

Best Marketing Award

Voted by the Duty Free Media & Sponsors

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FINALISTS

 Importations Guay Ltée

 Sault Ste. Marie Duty Free

 Niagara Duty Free

 

 

The Winner - Sault Ste. Marie Duty Free

View the winning submission


 

New Idea Award

Voted by the Duty Free Media & Sponsors

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FINALISTS

 Sault Ste. Marie Duty Free Store

 Importations Guay Ltée

 

 

The Winner - Importations Guay Ltée

View the winning submission


Supplier of the Year 2018 - Small Supplier

Voted by the Duty Free Media & Sponsors

Sponsored by

 

FINALISTS

 Havana House Cigar & Tobacco

 Scandinavian Tobacco Group

 Sleeman Breweries

 

The Winner -  Havana House Cigar & Tobacco


 

Supplier of the Year 2018 - Large Supplier

Voted by the Duty Free Media & Sponsors

Sponsored by

 

FINALISTS

 Turkey Hill Sugarbush Ltd.

 Peller Estates

 Bacardi Canada

 

The Winner - Turkey Hill Sugarbush Ltd.


 

Duty Free Distributor/Agent of the Year 2018

Voted by the Duty Free Media & Sponsors

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FINALISTS

Wine Classics International

ALFA Brands

 Distribution Fontaine Inc.

 

The Winner - Distribution Fontaine Inc.


 

Platinum Award - Category A

Voted by the Duty Free Media & Sponsors

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FINALISTS

 Boutique Hors Taxes de la Beauce

 Abbotsford Duty Free

 Sault Ste. Marie Duty Free

 

 

The Winner - Abbotsford Duty Free

 


 

Platinum Award - Category B

Voted by the Duty Free Media & Sponsors

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FINALISTS

 Queenston-Lewiston Duty Free

Importations Guay Ltée

 Blue Water Bridge Duty Free

 

The Winner - Blue Water Bridge Duty Free

 

 


 

Congratulations to all the 2018 Gold Standards Award winners - recognizing the Best in Canadian Travel Retailing!