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Martin Moodie
Martin Moodie is the Founder & Chairman of The Moodie Report.

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The Moodie Report is in Mumbai, the city newly synonymous with Oscar-winning movie Slumdog Millionaire but one of the world’s great cities long before the blockbuster novel and film were ever conceived.

We’re here to report on the launch of a major new foray into the food & beverage scene by a company called Travel Food Services, headed by Sunil Kapur and Amit Thacker.

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The company says it will “enhance the travel experience through a range of food offerings targeted to appease the varied preferences of contemporary society”.¬†Effectively this represents India’s first airport-focused food company. It is a major play, a point underlined by a guest list tonight that reads like a who’s who of Indian aviation. We are delighted to be invited as the sole international media and look forward to bringing you the full story in coming days.

Having left Singapore – and TFWA Asia Pacific – early this morning, I flew out of Changi Airport T2 via Air India and into Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai.

That gave me my first look at DFS Group/Flemingo’s Arrivals duty free operation (I had previously only seen Departures) and as the pictures show it has come a long way.

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There’s a great high-profile promotion at the front of the store with Chivas Regal – win a Suzuki Hayabusa motorcycle), and the liquor, tobacco and beauty categories are looking good. There are some stocking issues in confectionery but overall it is a good, wide-ranging offer in a much-enhanced environment from Indian travel retail of days gone by.

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