l Duty-free operator Alpha MKVB has struck an exclusive distribution deal with Moët Hennessy covering both the domestic and duty-free markets in the Maldives. The three-year contract covers all the French compan y's wine, spirit and Champagne brands.
l The Falic Group, owner of the US's largest duty-free operator Duty Free Americas , has purchased Californian niche spirits firm 267 Infusions for an undisclosed sum. Producing a range of premium spirits infused with real fruit, 267 Infusions will now trade as Innovative Liquors and be rolled out and promoted across DFA's store network.
l The Bulgarian government has ruled that the country's duty-free border shops are to close after mounting pressure from the European Commission, which has alleged they are a focal point for organised crime.