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ZIMBABWE

TIMB cuts tobacco forecast due to rains

03 Mar 2015. Rains have lowered expectations for this year’s harvest of flue-cured Virginia to between 183 million and 194 million kilogrammes, well below the 222 million kg forecast by the government, according to data cited by the Zimbabwe Herald.
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UNITED STATES

Universal to supply PMI with Mexican leaf

03 Mar 2015. Universal subsidiary Tabacos del Pacifico Norte (TPN) will buy more tobacco in Mexico following a new leaf supply deal under which TPN will supply processed grades to Philip Morris International Management (PMIMSA), Universal said.
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UNITED KINGDOM

BAT files Souza Cruz offer with Brazilian regulator

03 Mar 2015. British American Tobacco (BAT) asked Comissão de Valores Mobiliários (CVM), the Brazilian securities exchange regulator, to authorize a public tender offer for the rest of cigarette maker Souza Cruz, dpa-AFX news said.
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MALAWI

Tobacco output seen below 2014 due to floods

02 Mar 2015. The Tobacco Control Commission estimates crop damage from floods early this year will reduce output to about 180 million kg, which is 10 million kg below 2014, according to Malawi 24.
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IRELAND

Plain-pack bill before upper house on 3 March

02 Mar 2015. Legislation mandating standardised packaging for tobacco products by mid-2017 requires only upper house approval of technical amendments before it is sent to President Michael Higgins for signature.
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UNITED STATES

Orlowsky leaves Imperial; differences cited

27 Feb 2015. Former Lorillard chief executive Martin Orlowsky, who was to head Imperial Tobacco’s expanded US business, voluntarily resigned due to differences over management style, Imperial said.
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UNITED KINGDOM

BAT 2014 global brands volume gains 5.8 per cent

26 Feb 2015. British American Tobacco (BAT) global drive brands volume rose 5.8 per cent last year, driven by Dunhill, Rothmans and Pall Mall, but adverse foreign exchange rates cut into sales and profit, the company said.
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UNITED STATES

Cigarette makers settle federal Engle suits for USD 100 mln

25 Feb 2015. Philip Morris USA, RJ Reynolds Tobacco and Lorillard negotiated a USD 100 million (EUR 88.3 million) settlement of nearly all Engle progeny cases pending in federal courts, the tobacco companies said.
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Appeals court may scale back Kessler warnings

25 Feb 2015. Two of the three judges on a federal appeals court panel signalled a decision by Judge Gladys Kessler requiring product warnings admitting deliberate deception by tobacco companies may have gone too far, the Wall Street Journal reported.
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Proposed ballpark bans target smokeless tobacco

25 Feb 2015. California may ban use of smokeless tobacco in baseball parks, ending use of chewing tobacco by ballplayers and vaping in the grandstand. A prominent anti-smoking group says it is working on a nationwide ban.
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