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Showcasing tobacco

22 Aug 2018. As an introduction to this InterSupply trade fair issue, TJI spoke to Sabine Loos, managing director at  Westfalenhallen, about the decades of history behind the InterTabac event, the state of tobacco trade expos, and this year’s event.
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Special

Buzzing with ideas

22 Aug 2018. The past couple of months have seen a wealth of high-tech developments emerge in the e-vapour products sector. These range from a device with its own pulse to a slightly saltier ‧offering ready to challenge the incomparable Juul …
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NGPs bring industry into blossom

22 Aug 2018. In the last twelve months, the tobacco supply chain has actively responded to significant changes, and opportunities, in world tobacco markets. Many of these are the result of roll-on effects from the disruption caused by Next Generation Products (NGPs), as detailed in this TJI trend review of the period August 2017 – September 2018.
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Hitting the industry where it hurts

22 Aug 2018. Plain packaging rules, or approximations, are growing around the world, but the tobacco sector still argues that these controls are overreaches that do not reduce smoking and instead encourage counterfeiting and smuggling.
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Illicit trade: industry killer or ultimate market?

22 Aug 2018. Warren Buffett famously said that he liked the cigarette because, “It cost a penny to make. Sell it for a dollar. It’s addictive. And there’s a fantastic brand loyalty.” But the Sage of Omaha’s equation left out the little matter of tax. For criminals, who don’t suffer the inconvenience of tax, smuggling cigarettes is even more profitable than making them.
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Global compass

Protecting Malawi’s leaf sector

22 Aug 2018. Malawi, a major African tobacco exporter, is seeking to modernise its leaf production through a comprehensive new law, which is now under discussion in its parliament. The new legislation would aim to protect the future of Malawi’s key tobacco leaf sector.
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US tobacco under pressure

22 Aug 2018. The US tobacco leaf industry has had to face up to retaliatory safeguard duties on imports into the European Union (EU) of US-made tobacco and tobacco products, after US President Donald Trump imposed import duties on EU-made aluminium and steel imports, says Keith Nuthall and Ed Zwir. What‘s next for US tobacco producers?
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Bhutan struggles to enforce tobacco ban

22 Aug 2018. The Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan may have a ban on smoking in public spaces under the Tobacco Control Act of 2010, but it is not hard to find smokers flouting this law, writes TJI correspondent, Ugyen Penjor, from the capital.
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Leaf & tobacco processing

Salvaging the US crop

22 Aug 2018. This season, many US growers experienced wet conditions in pre-transplanting, and both a wet and dry post-transplanting period. These conditions mean the quality of the crop may depend on “what happens from here on out.” TJI correspondent Rocky Womack spoke with experts on responding to the effects of the weather.
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Malawi prices stubbornly low

22 Aug 2018. Malawi’s 2018 tobacco auctions are not playing according to traditional market rules. Over 5 per cent fewer farmers grew tobacco compared to the previous year and drought conditions dragged ‘all types’ production well below projected buyer demand. Such trends would normally harden prices but farmers experienced a fall in 2018 compared with 2017.
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Manufacturing & technology

Italian-made machinery moves with the times

24 Aug 2018. Italy has a long tradition of building machines for cigarette making and product packaging, with companies displaying a passion for innovation and becoming global players in the machinery sector. Senzani Brevetti is one of them ...
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PMI'S heated Greek project

24 Aug 2018. Greece’s leading cigarette producer Papastratos, an affiliate of PMI, has launched a new production facility as part of an investment estimated to be worth about EUR 300 million (USD 347 million). But it’s heated tobacco sticks, not cigarettes, that will be produced.
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Rebuilds for CBD cig suppliers

24 Aug 2018. The Swiss company Reto Iten Metals (RIM), which has been a leading supplier of rebuilt machines and spare parts for the tobacco industry for nearly 30 years, has recently added Swiss CBD (cannabidiol) cannabis cigarette retailers to its supplier and consulting list. Reto Iten, managing director of RIM, gave TJI the lowdown on CBD cigarette machinery and an update on last year
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Customers want it customised

24 Aug 2018. The Italy-based manufacturer Godioli & Bellanti says that customised tobacco processing machinery is becoming more popular than ever before. TJI spoke with Business Manager Francesco Benedetti to find out more about the topic.
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Testing tobacco, and much more

24 Aug 2018. Global Laboratory Services (GLS) says it has built its reputation on reliable product testing. TJI spoke with Kimberly Hesse, business development manager at GLS, about regulatory concerns and other driving forces behind customer enquiries.
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Keeping sensors intelligent

24 Aug 2018. Perten Instruments offers instrumentation for laboratory, over-line, and in-line product component analysis and the company says the return on investment provided by its instruments is proven. In this submitted editorial, the company says intelligent sensors are what is needed to meet the needs of a changing industry.
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Measuring moisture

24 Aug 2018. MoistTech says its near-infrared technology is “one of a kind”. In this submitted editorial, the company explains why its moisture-measuring wares are used in thousands of applications to increase energy efficiency and lower cost.
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A new generation of in vitro tools

24 Aug 2018. In order to offer advancements in the evaluation of Next Generation Products, such as e-cigarettes, Vitrocell Systems, an in vitro systems specialist based in Germany, is expanding its portfolio of products for health risk assessment and regulatory science.
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New products in the pipeline at NDC

24 Aug 2018. 2018 has been a busy year so far for US process measurement and control instrumentation specialist, NDC, with new and old tobacco products driving development. TJI spoke with NDC’s Global Marketing Director, Dr Ian Benson, to find out more ...
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Cigar machinery soars

22 Aug 2018. TJI caught up with Netherlands-based company ATD Machinery, which specialises in making, upgrading and overhauling cigar machinery. ATD shared its view on the cigar segment, and on the outlook for cigar and cigarillo production machinery.
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Products & trends

The end of ENDS in Russia?

24 Aug 2018. The new Russian government has decided that electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS) in Russia will not have a separate law and, ‧instead, will be governed by the 2013 anti-tobacco law (FZ-15). This means a halt to further development of the ENDS business in the country.
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Is e-vapour blowing itself away?

24 Aug 2018. Introducing new cigarette brands means meeting and exceeding consumer expectations. It also requires a lot of luck in convincing habitual smokers to switch – let’s not forget that vapers are, or were, until recently, cigarette smokers. By offering less convenience, open e-vapour systems are making the task difficult, while also tempting overregulation, writes Dr John Lauterbach.
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