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1Sep 2018

International Duty Free: A STORY OF 60 YEARS

In 1958, Belgian businessman Aldo Vastapane, created the first duty free shop at Brussels Airport; a retail proposal that, at the time, only existed at Shannon Airport in Ireland.

This proved to be a successful concept, as IDF kept growing over the years. It later extended its activities to Charleroi Airport, which has witnessed an impressive growth in passenger traffic over the last decade.

Today, IDF is a major player in the travel retail industry with an established presence in Europe, the Middle-East and Africa.

International Duty Free-timeline


The success of IDF was built on its strong, innovative, award-winning store concepts.


Passengers have been enjoying our stores for over 60 years and for good reason: they offer the perfect product mix within carefully selected product categories.

Thanks to our strong relationship with all international players, we have access to the newest product assortments and to numerous airport exclusivities.

Of course, we always make sure that our offers target our customers’ specific and seasonal needs.

International Duty Free-walkthrough


In addition to our walkthroughs, we also operate various multi-categories and standalone specialist stores offering the best of Beauty, Alcohol, Fine Food and Souvenirs categories.

All these store concepts are customer centric, aiming to offer an unforgettable shopping experience to every passenger. As to match the current market trends, we constantly evolve and adapt our brand portfolio.

International Duty Free-epicure


Hermès, Breitling, Longines, Omega, Tag Heuer, Chopard, Ermenegildo Zegna, Salvatore Ferragamo, Montblanc… are just some of the brands that have dedicated loyalty towards IDF. We maintain strong relationships with AAA luxury brands due to our high sales performance and our ability to convey each brand’s image with utmost respect to established guidelines.

International Duty Free- luxury hall


Belgium is famous worldwide for its luxury chocolate and “pralines”. We were able to turn this local specialty into a real success story : with 860 tons of chocolate sold each year, IDF is the biggest chocolate retailer worldwide. A sales performance never reached so far by any international airport retailer. With consumers now considering chocolate as a “daily luxury”, the market segment is also growing very rapidly.

The Belgian Chocolate House is our unique store concept. It showcases the top 4 Belgian chocolate brands : Neuhaus, Pierre Marcolini, Godiva and Corné-Port Royal.

Our TBCH concept has been widely recognized and awarded by industry experts; winning both the DFNI Best New Store Award in 2015 followed by the Mercury Award in 2017.

International Duty Free-The Belgian Chocolate House

RTL_news_International Duty Free
8Aug 2018

Take a look behind the scenes at International Duty Free

50.000 departing passengers at Brussels Airport

Summer months are the busiest period at Brussels Airport. Employees at the airport are working day and night to help in their travels. With more than 50.000 departing passengers, Monday July 30th was the busiest day of the year for Brussels Airport. RTL INFO, French tv channel, spoke with one of our colleagues, Thierry Impanis, warehouse worker at International Duty Free.

Brussels Airport, biggest selling point of chocolate in the world

Thierry Impanis: “Each day, 7 days a week, we are busy filling up the store shelves. From morning to evening”

Passengers can enjoy a relaxed shopping experience in the many shops at the airport while waiting for their flight. IDF, International Duty Free,  offers a wide selection of products ranging from perfumes and cosmetics to gastronomyfashionwines and spirits and even toys and sweets. Brussels Airport is the biggest selling point of chocolate in the world. Each year more than 800 ton of chocolate is sold at The Belgian Chocolate House , an initiative of International Duty Free, at the airport in Zaventem. That’s 1.4 kg of chocolate per minute, 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

 Safety above all

Every day three trucks arrive at the airport filled with 20 carts full of products. These are 60 carts a day, filled with products that end up in the store shelves thanks to Thierry and his colleagues.

Working at the airport always involves a great responsibility. Nothing goes inside or outside without a thorough check. From the warehouse to the store shelves, the products are checked up to 4 times. Safety is therefore very important at the airport.

Watch the video here, from minute 2:55 you can hear the story of Thierry (only in French).

Image and video: RTL INFO

so waffelous-new brand
30Jul 2018

So Waffelous, real Belgian waffles

We are delighted to welcome a new brand in our IDF boutiques at Charleroi and Brussels airport. Launched in 2001 by two sisters, Belgian artisan waffle company So Waffelous offers a range of varied, authentic products. The different versions of the range are made following an ancestral recipe and are produced using noble ingredients. Moreover, the waffles are without preservative!

Travellers wanting to bring a slice of Belgium back in their suitcases will be delighted to take these waffles home with them.  Purists will adore the plain waffles whilst children and adults will love the chocolate-coated version of the Belgian specialty, which blends black chocolate with soft and sweet deliciousness. On a diet? Fear not! So Waffelous offers a range for the health-conscious: the brand’s plain waffles are also available in a “non-added sugar” version. Want some crunch? Waffle Crisps were made for you! The delightful plain waffles are crispy and crunchy for a moment of noisy albeit unadulterated joy! So Waffelous!

Wait not a moment longer and come and discover the delicious range in your favourite IDF boutique.

sweet-switch-new brand
25Jul 2018

Sweet-Switch: New brand in assortment

All pleasure, no sugar

Sweet-Switch stands for tasty and healthy. This new range of sweets and chocolates is delicious, made of the best quality ingredients, and actually contains no added sugars.

The range is designed for people who want to live a healthier lifestyle without giving up on their sweet tooth.

Stevia, a key ingredient

Enjoying sweet treats that contain no sugars is made possible by Stevia. Stevia is a 100% natural sweetener coming from an herb like plant. Its sweetening power is 300 times higher than sugar’s, but it contains zero calories and has a glycemic index of zero. Unlike some artificial sweeteners, Stevia causes no side effects.

A wide assortment

Sweet-Switch now offers a wide range of products: Belgian chocolate, of course, but also chocolate truffles, sweets and lollipops, biscuits, hazelnut spread and several fruit jams.

We picked a few favourites from the range:

Yummy Gummy Bears:

A sugar free, gelatine free and vegan friendly version of the all-time favourite gummy bear, in a resealable 150g pouch.

Chocolate Chip Cookies:

Delicious cookies with Belgian chocolate chips in 150g packs

Chocolate Almond Dragées:

A pouch of Southern European Almonds enrobed in Stevia sweetened smooth milk chocolate


Sweet-Switch is now available in select IDF shops : Charleroi main (Charleroi), TA Walkthrough, The Candy Shop and TB Welcome (Brussels Airport).

More product information is available on http://www.sweet-switch.com/

5Mar 2018

The crocodile is waiting for you!

Great news for Lacoste aficionados: the world-renowned polo shirt brand finally makes its grand entrance at Brussels Airport.

Created by legendary tennis champion René Lacoste in 1933, the polo shirt bearing a grinning (or famished!) reptile is an indispensable item in any urban wardrobe. The timelessly elegant shirt is truly ageless and its impressive range of colours can be adapted to every style, making it the perfect gift idea, since everyone loves easy, classic pieces…

Lacoste is synonymous with quality: the shirts are made out of resistant and soft cotton, carefully selected by the brand according to a very strict range of quality criteria that take into consideration essential preoccupations, such as sustainability for instance.

Quick. Come and discover the new 2018 collection at Terminal A’s Fashion Studio and at Terminal B’s Luxury Hall.


1Feb 2018

Valentine’s Day…

How shall I please my lover? Jewellery, chocolate or perfume… IDF offers a wide selection of wonderful gifts by prestigious brands at unbeatable prices.

… For her

St Valentin - For Her

Is anything better than jewellery to symbolise everlasting love? Swarovski thinks not and created a bow-shaped ring adorned with crystals to illustrate the unbreakable link binding two people. On the bracelet, a crystal-covered heart circled by a ring symbolises this union. You won’t have to worry about size either: a sliding clasp adapts to all wrists.

If you decide to buy her some perfume, fall under the spell of blackberries with Gucci Guilty Absolute from the brand’s GuiltyNotGuilty. The intense scent boasts irresistible and addictive notes celebrating free love.

Chocolate lovers are spoiled for choice: Godiva offers a limited edition chocolate hearts in a delightful golden heart-shaped box. Dark, milk or white… they are all gorgeous.

… For him

A watch is a timeless gift and will spend every breathing moment with your loved one. Simultaneously elegant and sportive, Swatch’ Grandino watch is perfect for every occasion. Its brushed steel casing is equipped with a date indicator at three o’clock and SuperLuminova hands.

St Valentin - For Him

For refined and multifaceted, dark handsome lovers, Prada’s Eau de l’Homme is an intense perfume that effortlessly treads the line between the freshness of red ginger and neroli essence and the intense amber and iris mixed with sandalwood and cedar wood.

St Valentin - LansonNow for the big night… Lanson Champagne especially imagined a duet of mini-bottles: Black Label and Rose Label. The mythical Black Label illustrates the power and finesse of the Lanson style, whilst the second paved the way to the trend of rosé champagnes, which are particularly fine and delicate. Are there such things as masculine or feminine wines? Try both and decide for yourself!

1Feb 2018

The ultimate Valentine’s Day gift: champagne & chocolate!

With the most romantic day of the year coming up, don’t forget to pick up a little something to express your love, even when you’re travelling! When you’re passing though the Walkthrough shops in Terminal A or B and you’re looking for a surprise for your partner, then we’ve got the ideal present for you to take home.

How about surprising him or her with a combination of two luxurious treats: a bottle of Pommery Rosé and a special heart-shaped Valentine’s box of delicious Godiva chocolates. The perfect delicacies to share once you get home! This special discounted ensemble is yours for €52 (when travelling outside AND inside the EU!) and is available throughout the month of February in the abovementioned Walkthrough shops.

We wish you a wonderful and romantic Valentine’s Day!

Foie gras
20Nov 2017

Enjoy the best things in life

Get ready for the Christmas season and let your mouth water in anticipation of gastronomic and authentic repasts to be enjoyed with your friends and family.

Comeos Mercuriusprijs
27Oct 2017

The Belgian Chocolate House has won the 2017 Mercury Prize!

COMEOS, the Belgian federation for retail and services, presented its Mercury Award on Wednesday, 25 October 2017. The Belgian Chocolate House (TBCH) is proud to have been voted the winner: the Mercury Award is a prestigious award reserved exclusively for the most successful retail concept of the year.

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