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Gulf Beverages honours Colm McLoughlin with rare 44-year-old Bushmills single malt whisky : Moodie Davitt Report

UAE. Gulf Beverages has presented Colm McLoughlin with a limited edition bottle of Bushmills 44-year-old Single Malt Whiskey in honour of one of the travel retail industry’s greatest leaders, pioneers and statesmen.

The gift was presented by Gulf Beverages Chief Commercial Officer Salim AR and Chief Business Officer, Travel Retail, Chirag Aggarwal.

This incredibly rare expression is the oldest single malt released by Old Bushmills Distillery and only 40 bottles have been made available worldwide, throughout Dubai Duty Free. Only ten bottles remain.

Colm McLoughlin (second from left) received an ultra-rare bottle of 44-year-old Bushmills Single Malt Whisky from Gulf Beverages Chief Commercial Officer Salim AR (left). They were joined by Dubai Duty Free Managing Director Ramesh Cidambi (second from right) and Gulf Beverages Business Manager – Travel Retail Chirag Aggarwal (far right).

The limited edition whisky has been launched to mark the 40th anniversary of Dubai Duty Free on December 20. Gulf Beverages is the exclusive retail distributor of Bushmills in the Middle East.

Bottle No. 1 was presented to Colm McLoughlin, who retired from his position as executive vice president and general manager of Dubai Duty Free in May.

Gulf Beverages is the preferred distribution partner of a leading travel retailer, supporting the growth of the spirits category with a portfolio of international premium alcohol brands. The distributor represents many of these premium brands exclusively in the duty free zone at IMEA.

The scope of services offered by the company includes brand management, provision of professionally trained ambassadors, creation and implementation of HPP projects and a calendar for introducing innovations to the market in 2024 and beyond.

Gulf Beverages Chief Commercial Officer, Salim AR, said: “We are delighted to celebrate our partnership with Dubai Duty Free and in particular recognise the inspirational leadership of Colm McLoughlin.

“We have worked closely with Colm, Ramesh Cidambi and the Dubai Duty Free team for many years on their mission to transform the Premium Spirits category through near-constant introductions of exciting new releases for customers to enjoy, making Dubai Duty Free the shopping destination for discerning consumers.

“One of our core values ​​at Gulf Beverages is to look after the portfolio we represent as if each brand was our own and we are incredibly proud of our talented team of brand ambassadors who bring these brands to life at Dubai Duty Free. We wish Colm all the best in his retirement and look forward to building on our partnership with Ramesh and Salah Tahla to achieve even greater success together.”