May 21

TFWA APEC 2019 & Duty Calls Charity Dinner

Last week, the DFG team were exhibiting at TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition Centre in the Marina Bay Sands Convention Centre, Singapore, where Barry and Nathalie were joined by new team member, Khimnoy Yeo, Sales Manager, Asia. The event is a really important calendar date in the duty free and travel retail industry,  with visitor and exhibitor numbers again reflecting the region’s continued momentum.

Just before the exhibition week kicked off, Barry began energetically in the role of auctioneer for the Duty Calls Charity Dinner, an event put on by The Moodie Davitt Report to raise much needed funds for Friends International. During the evening, an incredible US$60,000 was raised through both live and silent auctions, taking the total amount raised to date to US$265,000. Please see our Media page for more info on this charity endeavour.

For the rest of the week, the DFG team were then kept busy on their stand, meeting and networking with operators and brand partners, whilst expertly showcasing new products and ranges as well as offering many tastings to stand visitors. Many of their brand partners’ products were also available in the official Asia Pacific bar, the place to retire to after the exhibition closed every day to carry on with networking and business talks.

From left to right: David Spillane – Director, GTRS; Nathalie Roelands – Sales Manager Europe, DFG; Stuart Gregor – Founder, Four Pillars Gin; Niamh Madden – Key Account Manager, CIDF; James Kfouri – Director of Sales Australia, SE Asia & GTR, Wonderful Pistachios; Sarah Hamilton; Scott Hamilton – Head of Liquor Buying Hong Kong, Lagardère Travel Retail; David Ho – Asia Regional Manager, Sazerac; Barry Geoghegan – Owner & Commercial Director, DFG; Michael Barrett – Events & Corporate Social Responsibility Director, The Moodie Davitt Report
Barry & Nathalie enjoy welcoming their guests to the DFG table
The Duty Calls Charity Dinner taking place at the spectacular Jewel, Changi
Barry starts the evening’s live auction event
Warming the crowd up with a fast game of Rock, Paper, Scissors
Barry cajoles the crowd to reach into their pockets
The DFG team enjoy a toast to a successful event
Nathalie, Khimnoy and Barry at the DFG stand, looking forward to a busy and productive week
One of the many meetings of the week on what was a very busy stand, meeting here with Chris Morriss and Mathieu Vazart of Concourse
Some of DFG’s brand partner products displayed in the Asia Pacific bar
Barry, Nathalie, Khimnoy and Chris Davis of Taylors Wines, showcase Legacy 2014, an exquisite wine produced to celebrate the wine company’s 50th anniversary

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