Dubai Duty Free wins the “Retailer of the Year” Award At The Drinks Business Awards 2013
Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman of Dubai Duty Free with The Drinks Business "Retailer of the Year" Award along with Saba Tahir, Vice President- Purchasing, Sharon Beecham, Manager - Purchasing & Vendor Support and Ajay Bhatia, Senior Buyer.

Dubai Duty Free was a standout winner at the annual Drinks Business Awards held recently in London, where the airport retailer competed with the likes of Waitrose to win the highly contested “Retailer of the Year” Award.

The Drinks Business Awards, which celebrated its 10th anniversary this year, recognize the most innovative and well-run companies within the drinks industry with the awards night itself attracting hundreds of guests from the industry.


Dubai Duty Free was recognised for defining excellence in drinks retailing in 2012 in all retail channels (both tax & tax free), with the judges praising Dubai Duty Free for its quality of service, excellent merchandising and specialist selection of wines and spirits, which accounted for sales of US$235 million in 2012.


The judges noted that “Dubai Duty Free had a thorough understanding of its customer base and demands which is matched by peerless staff training and an exciting range of exclusive product promotions”.


Commenting on winning The Drinks Business Award, Colm McLoughlin, Executive Vice Chairman of Dubai Duty Free said, “This award marks a great achievement for Dubai Duty Free, which was competing against some of the UK’s biggest high street chains in the selection process. Congratulations to our Purchasing team who submitted the entry and to our shopfloor staff who are both knowledgeable and passionate about our business.”


At The Drinks Business Awards last year, the Dubai Duty Free Purchasing Team received a special commendation in the “Retail Buying Team of the Year” category.

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