Before, during and following the TFWA Asia Pacific Exhibition and Conference in Singapore last month, APTRA saw interest in the association spike as six new companies joined the association ranks. Here is a brief insight into each of the new member companies. To find out more, you can visit their websites or contact the respective company representatives. The full contact details can be found in the members’ only section on the APTRA website.
Etro was founded in Milan in 1968 when Gerolamo “Gimmo” Etro, a world traveller educated in economics, established his own prêt-a-porter and haute couture textile company. The Milanese Etro Headquarters, which boast an in-house library archiving rare books and textile art are located on the central Via Spartaco,. In the late 80s, Etro launched its fragrances collection to complement the existing product ranges. From the mid-90s, Etro began its international expansion with store openings in Paris and then New York. The flagship store in Tokyo opened in 2000 and in 2008, the company hosted Etro Circus, to celebrate its 40th anniversary in Tokyo. Today the company employs over 1100 staff and has an annual turnover of US$ 350 million.
For more information on Etro, visit the company website: www.etro.com or contact Travel Retail Manager, Claudia Matteini.
Incorporated in 1995, Goodman Classic started as an importer and distributor primarily for fine wines and spirits for the duty free and travel retail market for Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines and Vietnam. In 2005, a tobacco division was set-up as an addition to the company’s line of business. With some of the most renowned brands in its portfolio, it continues to expand in search of more prominent international brands. The company also aims to expand its distribution channels into other markets in and around the region.
For more information on Goodman Classic, visit the company website: www.goodmanclassic.com.my or contact Zona Ann Pinto, Managing Director.
APTRA’s 100th member Pashma was founded by Shilu Kumar in 1999 . Debuting at a high-end trade-show in Milan that same year, Pashma evoked an instant “bellissimo” from the fashionistas of Europe who embraced the refreshing culturally-inspired and authentic take on luxury as opposed to the proliferation of brands from conventional “first world” cultures.
Today the brand is sold at over 1200 single and multi-branded outlets worldwide, including some of the world’s finest department and specialty stores as well as at leading luxury shopping destinations across India. Pashma is distributed today in over 30 prime duty-free sales points in leading airports as well as on international airlines and has 18 stand-alone stores in Singapore, USA, Japan, Hong Kong and Macau.
For more information on Pashma, visit the company website: www.pashma.com or contact Deepti Kumar.
Nutworks commenced operations in the early 1990’s in a small factory on a farm property in Verrierdale on Australia’s Sunshine Coast in Queensland, employing six people. Thanks to rapid expansion, the company established a new factory and tourist facility and commenced processing Macadamias at the new facility in 1997. The company continued to grow rapidly as demand for the Macadamia Nut and associated products has increased, and is now a major employer of locals on the Sunshine Coast. Nutworks diversified into chocolate and confectionery in 2002 and now provides a strong product base of panned, enrobed and hand made products. The company’s extensive range of products can now be found on the shelves of many major supermarkets and Airport Duty Free Outlets throughout Australia.
For more information on Nutworks, visit the company website: www.nutworks.com.au or contact Sales & Marketing Manager Sarah Leonard.
Big Retail is responsible for the inflight retail operations for AirAsia and its subsidiary airlines as well as Big Retail ecommerce and ground retail store activity. The company was founded recently by Tony Fernandes, the Malaysian-based entrepreneur whose business portfolio includes Air Asia Group, TUNE Hotels, F1 Caterham, BIG media and Queens Park Rangers Football Club.
For more information on Big Retail, please contact CEO Max Williams.
The Cocoa Trees
The Cocoa Trees, which is wholly owned and operated by Focus Network Agencies (FNA) Singapore, was founded in 1991 by Mr Loo Lip Giam. FNA was born with 5 staff and 2 Agency lines: Hawaiian Host & Droste. Today, the company offers the widest range of the world’s leading confectionery brands – including Hershey’s, Toblerone, M&M’s and Ferrero Rocher. Since the inception of FNA, Mr and Mrs Loo, together with a team of committed staff and partners, have steadfastly grown the business from a distributor of just 2 agency lines to a recognized leader in the distribution and retailing of chocolate and confectionery in the Asia Pacific realm. Today, the company employs more than 650 staff and Group CEO Mr Loo Lip Giam, continues to be at the helm of FNA’s outstanding growth in both travel retail and aggressive regional expansion.
For more information on The Cocoa Trees, visit the company website: www.thecocoatrees.com or contact CEO, Paul Loo.