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“Plain packaging touches every part of the business”

26 Apr 2017. Head of Brand Marketing at BAT Germany, Blagoje Jovanovic, discusses the consequences of plain packaging for tobacco companies and consumers - and explains why he still enjoys his job even as brand identity fades from shelves worldwide.
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Special

Monetizing heat-not-burn

26 Apr 2017. Tobacco heating devices have come out of cautious and very selective test marketings with such a bang that their makers say they cannot meet the exploding demand. Big investments are being made to mass market these products around the world.
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Storm hits iQOS launches

26 Apr 2017. Buoyed by the success of the iQOS heat-not-burn device in Japan, Philip Morris International (PMI) plans to drastically increase capacity for iQOS consumables over 2017. But overseas launches have hit rough seas as regulators question the device.
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BAT bets on diversity

26 Apr 2017. British American Tobacco has spent less on its own reduced-risk R&D programme than arch-rival Philip Morris International, often opting to buy the technology via acquisitions and, at least for now, marketing a broader product palette. Using different approaches, their goals are similar.
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Double-edged sword

26 Apr 2017. Japan Tobacco has had a heat-not-burn product on the market longer than rivals Philip Morris International and British American Tobacco, and sales of its Ploom TECH have been strong. But the success of Ploom and of competitor products has begun to erode JT’s traditional business.
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Global compass

The new silk road

26 Apr 2017. A fabled trade route revived by the Chinese government could present a golden opportunity for that country’s tobacco monopoly to grow beyond its borders, writes analyst Don Hedley. For companies outside China, the project opens a door to the country’s huge domestic market.
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Challenging taboos

26 Apr 2017. Despite the health risks and social conventions, more women are making the choice to smoke in one of the world’s most conservative regions, North Africa. We asked women in Libya, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Egypt about their experiences.
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Russia cold on tobacco

26 Apr 2017. Maxim Korolev warns that tobacco concerns should start thinking strategically about their ‧operations in Russia as tobacco production in the nation continues to fall and draft legislation put ‧forward by the heath ministry tries “to outlaw the tobacco business”.
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Tobacco Traveller: Indonesia

26 Apr 2017. Get the lowdown on the tobacco giant of Southeast Asia.
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Leaf & tobacco processing

Pest prevention

26 Apr 2017. There is a lot of tobacco stored in Antwerp, several hundred thousand tons according to one estimate. Though shipments arrive from just about anywhere on the planet where leaf is grown, the problem of controlling pests can be summed up in two words; tobacco beetle.
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Leaf perspectives

26 Apr 2017. It’s curious how society blurs ideological boundaries, writes António Abrunhosa of the International Tobacco Growers Association.
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Evans MacTavish launches cannabis make-pack

26 Apr 2017. Equipment specialist, Evans MacTavish, has taken its expertise in tobacco and applied it to ‧another recreational smoking pleasure. The company’s new Cannabis Cigarette Make-Pack Production Line has been designed to meet growing demand for legal green smokes.
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Changing face of Uganda

26 Apr 2017. Some of the world’s finest burley is grown in Uganda but the country’s leaf processing capability took a hit when BAT left in 2014. Things may be changing for the better. This May a processing plant operated by Meridian Tobacco Co. (MTC) is scheduled to be formally unveiled.
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Precision packing

26 Apr 2017. Blending, threshing, casing and drying represent time and money. Those are some reasons why accurate weighing is important when the processed tobacco leaves primary. Equally important is automating without unnecessary damage to tobacco quality.
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Oversupply fears dampen outlook

26 Apr 2017. US tobacco growers will likely see the ugly side of supply and demand this year as a strong Brazilian crop moves to saturate flue-cured markets. Largely reliant on exports, US growers will have to focus on their strengths, writes Rocky Womack.
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Watershed for Indian FCV?

26 Apr 2017. Quota reductions for the FCV crop may have done the Indian market a favour. Tobacco sales were substantially higher at this year’s auctions in the tobacco growing state of Karnataka. In Andhra Pradesh, where auctions open later, growers are hopeful that the trend will continue.
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Manufacturing & technology

Belts to go the distance

26 Apr 2017. Manufacturers of tobacco conveyor belt systems are continuing to find new ways to keep their belts clean and the tobacco on them uncontaminated. This year has seen leading companies focus even more on production optimisation and operating efficiency.
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Industry voices 4.0

26 Apr 2017. Industry 4.0 means widely varying things to the hundreds of companies that make up the tobacco industry supply chain. We asked a selection what 4.0 means to them, how it affects their manufacturing operations and where they think the revolution will take us.
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Factory of the future

26 Apr 2017. How exactly will factory operations change as Industry 4.0 technologies are implemented in the manufacturing process? TJI asked Hauni, well-known supplier of machinery and technologies to the tobacco industry, what it thinks the factory of the future will look like and, most importantly, how it will function.
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Packaging & design

Change is our business

26 Apr 2017. Since it was founded in 1973, family-owned adhesives application systems manufacturer ‧‧‧‧C.B. Kaymich has become adept at handling whatever changes are thrown at it – be it strict ‧regulations, new technologies or even the dreaded Brexit!
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Never stuck for ideas

26 Apr 2017. You may think that there’s not much left to innovate in the adhesive applications sector; that once there’s a pump that can keep up with super-fast filter and cigarette makers and a nozzle that doesn’t plug, the job is done. But, as SPI Developments explained when TJI visited its Rotherham facility in March, nothing could be further from the truth.
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Kenya gets QR code stamp

26 Apr 2017. Illicit trade costs treasuries billions each year. As part of the rollout of a wider system to strengthen revenues and fight black market goods, the Kenya Revenue Association’s (KRA) new generation of tax stamps has had a big impact, writes the International Tax Stamp Association.
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Products & trends

Value over volume

26 Apr 2017. Cigarette brands continue to grow in value in the face of tough regulations in most markets. Companies from all sectors of the industry are also looking to add value – be it through newly-designed packs, expansion of facilities, keeping in touch or updating ingredients.
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Events

The road to Jakarta

26 Apr 2017. Are you already at WT Asia, holding this issue in your hands? If so, please see the official show catalogue for all the info. If you’re thinking of heading to Indo, the following pages will help you get there on time, provide you with a sneak preview of new exhibitors and also a few travel ideas.
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Big issues on Campus

26 Apr 2017. The TJI Campus TPD2 congress event was held on 23 February in Mainz, Germany. Delegates from all over Europe joined representatives of major tobacco companies and experts on law and securities to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the EU’s 28 tobacco markets.
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Change of venue

26 Apr 2017. TMA has held annual meetings since it was founded as the Tobacco Merchants Association in 1915. A Virginia golf resort has been its recent base. This year the 102nd gathering will be held in a new venue near Washington DC.
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