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Partners in machinery

23 Oct 2017. Hauni and Decouflé work together to provide different solutions for tobacco. During the recent Decouflé in-house event, TJI spoke with Managing Director, Nicholas Muellem, and Hauni CSO and executive board member, Dr Jürgen Heller, about partnership and the state of the industry.
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Special

A burning issue

23 Oct 2017. The tobacco industry is continuing its efforts to create the perfect non-combustible tobacco cigarette: a mission that began in the mid 1980s. The latest incarnation is PMI’s Teeps, which will be introduced into test markets later this year. But, with a quarter of a century’s worth of failures behind it, will the heat-not-burn cigarette ever catch fire?
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A century without nicotine

23 Oct 2017. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants to sink nicotine levels in cigarettes sold in the country. The question of where Very Low Nicotine (VLN) tobaccos will come from has put a spotlight on 22nd Century Group, which says it’s in the best position to provide it.
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Reimagining the cigarette

23 Oct 2017. History has taught us that if you tamper too much with any one element of the classic cigarette in the hope of making it “safer”, you are likely to have a commercial failure on your hands. But how long will this hold true? In this Special section, TJI explores the possibilities presented by changing regulatory and consumer attitudes to tobacco products, and asks if the “safer cigarette” has finally found its moment.
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“I see a bright future for heated ‧tobacco products”

23 Oct 2017. JTI’s Reduced-Risk Products Vice President, Dr Ian Jones, discusses the development of Ploom Tech, the role of temperature and his view on the future of heat-not-burn products.
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Global compass

Turning point for tobacco

24 Oct 2017. To quote the writer and philosopher Jorge Luis Borges, the tobacco industry has been heading into its own ‘Garden of Forking Paths’ for some time. Various possible turning points lie ahead, perhaps epitomised by what is currently happening in major markets – China, Japan and the US.
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Lax laws in Somalia

23 Oct 2017. Weak regulation, illegal trade and underage smoking paint a chaotic picture of tobacco sales and consumption in Somalia. Sources told TJI the situation is allowing illicit trade to thrive.
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East Africa regs lack effect

23 Oct 2017. Although governments in East Africa have been passing legislation to control the tobacco sector, the effectiveness of such laws is being weakened by a lack of implementation, TJI’s Nairobi correspondent, ‧Ramadhan Rajab, reports.
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Leaf & tobacco processing

The dark horse Pakistan

23 Oct 2017. Like other tobacco origins, Pakistan’s crop has experienced a recent downturn in production, export volume and earnings. And yet Pakistan’s crop looks better placed than most, due to the range of tobaccos grown and strong domestic ‧demand – a dark horse in the tobacco stakes?
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Don't let the pests bug you

23 Oct 2017. ... says Eric van der Zwet, sales manager at Dutch company Besseling Group which specialises in controlled atmosphere (CA) solutions that disinfest ‧tobacco and other commodities. Van der Zwet says the company’s solution is simple – low oxygen kills pests.
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Introducing Leaf & More

23 Oct 2017. This year’s InterSupply fair welcomed leaf merchants from Poland, Thailand and China. Yet the most exotic newcomer of all was Leaf & More from Belgium. Why? Because it is run by two women.
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Exploring niche markets

23 Oct 2017. Parvomay BT is a private tobacco trading and processing company named after the central Bulgarian town in which its headquarters and processing facilities are located. The company’s expertise in green leaf threshing and blending has seen it grow quickly to seek out new markets.
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Preventing the wilt virus

23 Oct 2017. Tobacco farmers in the Carolinas and Georgia reported accounts of  Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus on plants in early 2017. In this article, three extension tobacco specialists give instructions on how to prevent and manage the impact of the virus on crops in the future.
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Manufacturing & technology

Getting modular on smoking tobacco

23 Oct 2017. Christine Camilleri of independent metrology specialist, Sodim, tells TJI about the modular focus of the company’s Sodiqube testing station.
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New factory for Davidoff

23 Oct 2017. Oettinger Davidoff AG announced the inauguration of a new cigar factory in Danlí, Honduras in May. First came the acquisition of prime tobacco-growing land, then the site and the new facility. And now comes new opportunities, says the Basel-based maker of premium tobacco products.
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BAT to invest in Romania

23 Oct 2017. British American Tobacco (BAT) tripled its investment plans in Romania following acquisition of brands from Bulgartabac, and as part of a shift in its manufacturing to Eastern Europe. BAT says it will now invest EUR 60 million (USD 70.5 million) to expand its production facility in Ploiesti.
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Testing cigars and cigarillos

23 Oct 2017. Borgwaldt KC dispayed its portfolio for testing cigars and cigarillos at the Decouflé open-house exhibition in Paris. TJI spoke with Marc Naruga of the company to find out how the portfolio fits together.
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Packaging & design

TPD2 challenge ahead, says Domino

23 Oct 2017. TPD2 called for an EU track ‘n’ trace rehaul and draft legislation is now out. But getting unique identifiers onto packs across the bloc won’t be a picnic, says James Cutforth, global tobacco sector manager of leading printing tech company, Domino.
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Say Hello to Jaholo

23 Oct 2017. The result of a collaboration between German pre-press specialist and printing cylinder manufacturer, Janoschka, and global packaging company, Amcor Group, this new packaging effect is a monochromatic twist on the hologram without the customary price tag.
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Hassle-free labelling from Logopack

23 Oct 2017. The German manufacturer of labelling systems has developed two new label applicators, both of which it will present at WT Middle East in December. The P3 is designed to help companies label trays and containers quickly and efficiently, while the QTB facilitates the application of endless labels without backing paper.
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Products & trends

Shedding light on OCB

23 Oct 2017. Ultra-transparent paper and efforts to protect the brand have been drivers of change at Republic Technologies. The company introduced new and revamped OCB products and product authentication technology to the RYO sector at InterTabac 2017.
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A Spanish paper trail

23 Oct 2017. You may be aware of the principal role the Spanish played in bringing tobacco, and its cultivation, to Europe; but did you know that they are also responsible for the invention of rolling paper? With a history dating back to 18th century Alcoy, Spain, ‘Pay-Pay’ is widely believed to be the world’s oldest rolling paper brand. The company which makes it today believes that to tell the story of Pay-Pay is to tell the story of rolling paper itself...
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Trends in tobacco

23 Oct 2017. A decade ago, it might have been fair to say the only constant in tobacco is volume decline. But, as this press briefing on trends in the industry in the last twelve months shows, the new constant in tobacco is change and it’s being driven by new products.
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Is nicotine the wronged stimulant

23 Oct 2017. The FDA could be heading down the wrong path by naming and shaming nicotine. For one, the agency’s strategy would embrace high nicotine-delivery tobacco products which could appeal to former smokers. At the very least, new science will be needed, writes Dr John Lauterbach.
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Vape domination

23 Oct 2017. The world’s largest vaping company, BAT is poised to take over the world’s largest vaping market, the US. With market-leader VUSE now in its arsenal, and the US FDA set to adopt a more lenient approach to vapour product regulation, is global domination of the vapour product category just around the corner?
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RYO retains cult status in EU

23 Oct 2017. “Can you, um… roll me one of those, cowboy?” Seeing Vincent Vega roll a smoke for Miss Mia Wallace in the 1994 film, Pulp Fiction, may have led some smokers to try their hand at RYO. How many? It’s impossible to say. But we can assume the majority who did lived in Western Europe.
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Multiplying paper possibilities

23 Oct 2017. Gizeh extended its already diverse range of rolling papers when it launched a new two-in-one papers and tips pack at InterTabac in Dortmund. Consumer demand for diversity has become the leading motivation for developing new products, the company says.
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Events

Expect news from Dubai

23 Oct 2017. WT Middle East will land in the showy UAE capital from 5-6 December. With over 160 confirmed exhibitors as of September, this year’s fixture looks poised to top even its own 2015 incarnation as the biggest ‧supply chain exhibition of recent years. Here’s a quick preview of what’s new ...
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Twins excell in Dortmund

23 Oct 2017. The tobacco industry converged on Dortmund, Germany once again in September for the twin trade fairs, InterTabac and InterSupply. While mainstay InterTabac easily retained its title of Don of all finished product shows, InterSupply showed serious signs of coming into its own.
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