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Future-proofing tobacco

25 Apr 2018. Star Agritech International has invested in corporate rebranding and expansion in old and new product segments. President and CEO of the company, Dr Iqbal Lambat, spoke to TJI about SAI’s latest projects and the shape of tobacco derivatives.
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Special

The battles for snus

25 Apr 2018. Designed to be cleaner (no spitting) and to give a fresher flavour than other oral tobacco products, snus was the heated tobacco of the 1820s. Now, almost 200 years later, the oldest next generation tobacco product lies squarely under the upper lip of a public health battle, and Big Tobacco wants a bigger piece of the puck.
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Snus is up to snuff

25 Apr 2018. In 2016, smokeless tobacco giant, Swedish Match, challenged the ban on snus in the EU and asked the British High Court to revisit the arguments that led to the ban. The case was later referred to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for preliminary ruling. What was the outcome of the court hearing on 25 January and what will be the next steps?
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Struggle for snus share intensifies

25 Apr 2018. Surviving heir to the Swedish tobacco monopoly, Swedish Match has seen a large chunk of its once overwhelming share of the Nordic snus market eaten away by multinational competitors since JTI entered the market in 2003. Now, as Big Tobacco expands its ‧reduced risk portfolio, gaining control of the Scandi snus sector is more of a priority than ever before.
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Global compass

Distribution of illegal cigarettes in Russia

25 Apr 2018. In the last issue, we discussed in detail the emergence of a substantial illegal cigarette market in Russia. The volume of illegal product is estimated to have reached at least 100 billion sticks and an organised system of distribution lies behind it, writes Maxim Korolev in Moscow.
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Trump’s import duties put US exporters in firing line 

25 Apr 2018. The European Union (EU) has warned that it is prepared to impose temporary safeguard duties on imports into the EU of US-made tobacco and tobacco products, if the US government imposes import duties on EU-made aluminium and steel imports.
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A new direction for the industry?

25 Apr 2018. The game changer for cannabis has been its legalisation for recreational use in a number of US states, quickly creating a vibrant industry whose brands and marketing bear more semblance to viniculture or health foods than the tobacco cigarette. But what are the implications of this sea(weed) change for a tobacco industry searching for new earnings streams?
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Leaf & tobacco processing

Remove O2 and kill pests

25 Apr 2018. Tobacco beetles and tobacco moths are a nuisance when it comes to stored tobacco. Eric Van der Zwet, sales manager at the Dutch-based company, Besseling Group, spoke to TJI about ‧Controlled Atmosphere (CA), an alternative treatment to traditional fumigants for tobacco pest control.
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Luring in pests with sex

25 Apr 2018. TJI spoke to two of the industry’s leading manufacturers of pheromone traps for cigarette beetles and tobacco moths. The experts gave advice on the best integrated approach to control these bothersome bugs.
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Star expands activities

25 Apr 2018. Star Agritech International (SAI) supplies tobacco leaf, derivatives and more to smaller manufacturers and monopolies. But meeting the growing demand for derivatives is not the only major project going on at the company, as TJI discovered on a recent visit to Istanbul ...
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Processing demand in 2018

25 Apr 2018. 2017 was a tricky year in the business of supplying tobacco processing equipment, but 2018 is shaping up to be better, according to two companies based on two different continents. We asked them what they expect for 2018 and what is driving demand.
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Finding hidden potential

25 Apr 2018. Riedel Filtertechnik specialises in solutions that make processing and production plants more profitable. Making the best use of raw materials and cutting energy costs are two key focuses for Riedel’s solutions for tobacco, and it says there is still much advancement to be made in this area.
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Greek industry rallies against setbacks

25 Apr 2018. The economic crisis, anti-smoking legislation, increased product taxation and new tax regimes for producers are taking their toll on the Greek manufactured tobacco and leaf sectors. The industry is rallying against this series of setbacks, reports Michael Kosmides from Athens.
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India stands with farmers

25 Apr 2018. The Indian government and Tobacco Board demonstrated renewed confidence in flue-cured Virginia (FCV) tobacco when it increased certain authorised crop sizes last year – a bold move that puts farmers first, despite pressure from the anti-tobacco lobby.
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Altria reports volume slip

25 Apr 2018. Altria, owner of Philip Morris USA and the largest manufacturer of tobacco products in the US, ‧reported sharp slips in volume for its flagship Marlboro brand, as well as other premium- and discount-brand cigarettes over 2017. Smokeless sales were better for the major buyer of US-grown FCV and burley tobaccos.
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Brazil's importance waning

25 Apr 2018. The importance of Brazil as the world’s top supplier of internationally-traded tobacco leaf and manufactured products has been waning for the past decade, with India, notably, improving its position, according to the latest World Trade Organisation (WTO) figures.
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US growers talk heated tobacco

25 Apr 2018. As major tobacco companies invest in next generation products (NGPs), growers in the US are questioning what impact heated tobacco products will have on cigarette consumption and crop production in the US. Growers want to see US leaf in the sticks, says Rocky Womack.
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Manufacturing & technology

Belting out new products

25 Apr 2018. Jerry Brothers Industries, Inc. (JBI), one of the industry’s leading lightweight conveyor belt distributors, has recently introduced three new products to its extensive tobacco belting line. Mandy Lushch, President of the United States-based company with long-standing tradition, caught up with TJI and spoke about why JBI developed its JB1173, JB1055H and JB1055HI belting solutions.
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Optimising belts and processes

25 Apr 2018. The ever-shifting tide of changes in the tobacco industry forces belt manufacturers for tobacco processing and secondary manufacturing to optimise their products constantly. TJI reached out to the well-known German-based belt manufacturer, Max Schlatterer GmbH & Co. KG, to ask about what current challenges the company is facing and how it‘s staying on top of its game.
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UAE producer invests in Montenegro

25 Apr 2018. The United Arab Emirate-based cigarette producer, BMJ Industries, has unveiled plans to invest GBP 18 million (EUR 20.6 million) to modernise and expand the production capacities of & Montenegro’s leading tobacco company Novi Duvanski Kombinat (NDK).
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Open house at Focke

25 Apr 2018. With 60 years of corporate history behind it, and 20,000 machines sold, cigarette packaging and OTP expert, Focke & Co., held its first ever open house event in October 2017. It was well worth the wait. Brand new packs and data-harnessing solutions left visitors impressed …
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Packaging & design

Tradition in a box

25 Apr 2018. Following our look at long-fillers cigars in Honduras, this article looks at packaging them for export. One of the last vestiges of handmade packaging to be found in highly regulated tobacco markets, restrictions in importing countries may ultimately change cigar packaging from Middle American origins. Or has it already?
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Applying solutions

25 Apr 2018. Kaymich has long been recognised as a key supplier of adhesive and fluid application systems and continues to provide innovative solutions to a demanding tobacco industry. TJI caught up with Tim Williams, business development manager at the company, to survey its current offering.
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H.B. Fuller poised for growth

25 Apr 2018. In October, adhesives specialist H.B. Fuller announced it had finalised the acquisition of fellow adhesives specialist, Royal Adhesives & Sealants. With the final deal valued at USD 1.575 billion (EUR 1.268 billion), H.B. Fuller says it is now poised for global growth.
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API introduces new laminating adhesive

25 Apr 2018. With its roots in the British paper industry, API manufactures foils, laminates and holographic materials that enhance branding on consumer goods. Late last year, API announced a new laminating adhesive designed to meet market demand for technically challenging laminates.
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Products & trends

Was it really substantially equivalent?

25 Apr 2018. One of the more controversial aspects of the US FDA’s control of the tobacco industry is its Substantially Equivalent (SE) programme, as administered by its Center for Tobacco Products (CTP). Altria’s smokeless tobacco division has now called out the agency on a recent SE rejection.
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Taking the sting out of snus

25 Apr 2018. Since it was patented last year, Bengt Wiberg’s sting-free snus pouch has not only garnered the interest of international snus manufacturers, it has also made him a tobacco harm reduction celebrity. His #EUforsnus social media campaign has helped stimulate what he calls “a young snus revolution”, advancing the snus cause in both the EU and the US.
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Events

TPE exceeds expectations

25 Apr 2018. A popular fixture of the US B2B tobacco calendar, Tobacco Plus Expo (TPE) 2018 was held at the Las Vegas Convention Center in February. Organisers said this tobacco, vapour and so-called “alternative” industries event exceeded expectations to get the year off to a solid start.
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