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To the next 100 years ...

25 Oct 2018. 2018 marks Universal Corporation‘s 100-year anniversary. Sales Director and Executive Vice President, Theodore G. Broome (pictured left), and Executive Vice President and CCO, Airton L. Hentschke, briefly recapped the last 100 years and got candid about plans for the next century.
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Special

Bloomberg announces Leaders of STOP

25 Oct 2018. In March, Bloomberg Philanthropies opened a competitive application process to find the organisations that would lead its new tobacco industry watchdog STOP. In August, it revealed the winners of the multi-million dollar grant. So who are they and what are their credentials?
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A new protocol is born

25 Oct 2018. The FCTC Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products (ITP) is now in effect and the first Meeting of Parties to the Protocol (MOP1) has already taken place. The FCTC says illicit trade is a serious threat to tobacco control and the ITP is looking to the industry’s supply to nullify it.
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On the ground at COP8

25 Oct 2018. The eighth Conference of the Parties (COP8) of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) was held in Geneva, Switzerland from 1 – 6 October. Over 1,200 delegates from 137 countries, along with numerous other representatives of United Nation agencies and intergovernmental organisations attended. Outside the Centre International de Conférences Genève (CICG), TJI was on hand to report on the tobacco control discussions taking place inside.
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United against tobacco

25 Oct 2018. This autumn, the eighth Conference of the Parties (COP) to the World Health Organisation Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (WHO, FCTC) was convened in Geneva, Switzerland. Days later, the very first Meeting of the Parties (MOP) to the WHO Protocol to Eliminate Illicit Trade in Tobacco Products (ITP) was also underway in the city. These abbreviations spell trouble for the tobacco industry, and blossoms or butts for those charged with regulating it, including other UN agencies ...
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Global compass

Premium cig sales soar in China

25 Oct 2018. Between 2016 and 2020, China‘s State Tobacco Monopoly Administration (STMA) aims to double domestic sales of ‧premium cigarettes that have retail prices that exceed CNY 200 per carton of 10 packs, compared to 2011–2015 sales, writes TJI ‧correspondent Wang Fangquig.
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Heated tobacco takes off in Japan

25 Oct 2018. Japan’s traditional tobacco market continues to contract, with fewer people smoking and more smokers expressing a desire to stop, but sales in the heated tobacco sector remain positive and are growing, reports Julian Ryall.
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Leaf & tobacco processing

Alliance One becomes Pyxus International

25 Oct 2018. On 12 September, at an investor and analyst day in New York, Alliance One International officially became Pyxus International. Pieter Sikkel, president, CEO, and chairman of the board of directors of Pyxus, joined by the management of the rebranded company’s new divisions at Investor Day, unveiled the details of the company’s “One Tomorrow” transformation, which was first announced in February.
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Philippine tobacco rises up

25 Oct 2018. Philippine tobacco is beating world market odds. While prices paid for flue-cured Virginia (FCV) and light air-cured burley tobacco are falling on an international buyers’ market, the country is holding its own and maintaining prices paid to farmers. What’s more, earnest, creative support from the country’s tobacco authority is setting this leaf origin apart in terms of sustainability.
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Canada’s legal pot offers investment gains

25 Oct 2018. Faced with ever tightening restrictions on production, marketing and distribution, the tobacco sector is keeping a close eye on how the legalisation in Canada of another widely-smoked product – cannabis – rolls out. TJI Ottawa correspondents Jonathan Dyson and Keith Nuthall investigated ...
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Manufacturing & technology

JT to invest in Polish vapour plant

25 Oct 2018. Japan Tobacco Inc. (JT) has announced it is expanding its manufacturing capacities in Poland, where the company invested some USD 100 million (EUR 85 million) to launch a new production facility in Stary Gostków, located in the central part of the country.
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Designing tips with prospect

25 Oct 2018. 2018 commemorates both the Austrian-run and owned printing manufacturer Flexprint’s fifth anniversary and a booming year for the company’s tipping paper and flexible packaging segments. TJI recently toured the Bulgarian-based headquarters at its welcoming five-year anniversary celebration in sun-soaked Plovdiv, one of the oldest and most culturally rich cities existing in Europe today.
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Packaging & design

InlineCan provides packaging solution at JTI

30 Oct 2018. A look into the production hall at Japan Tobacco International‘s (JTI) facility in Trier, Germany proves that the Optima CFS and the InlineCan manufacturing machine from Hörauf are a good fit, as Optima explains.
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High-tech coding dominates tobacco

30 Oct 2018. The United Kingdom-based supplier of printing and coding technologies, Domino Printing Sciences, recently spoke to TJI about its latest product identification, coding and traceability solutions for the tobacco industry.
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VideoJet tracks packs

30 Oct 2018. The coding and marking developer and manufacturer, VideoJet Technologies, recently spoke to TJI about major changes to the coding and marking sector due to the introduction of the EU Tobacco Products Directive (TPD). The industry is now faced with the challenge of tracking and tracing packs of cigarettes throughout the whole supply chain.
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Products & trends

When will the Wild West of e-vapour end?

30 Oct 2018. One of the complicating factors for e-vapour consumers has been the sheer array of products available, and this has also muddied the testing and regulating of these new entrants. But the frontier that these products have opened up has also proven lawless, writes Dr John Lauterbach.
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A new spin on an age-old tradition

30 Oct 2018. Continental Tobacco Group (CTG) recently launched Marif, its new shisha product, at InterTabac in Dortmund at the end of September. Group CEO, János Santa Jr, spoke to TJI about his role, the company and its launch onto the shisha market.
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Papers for the continents

30 Oct 2018. While many manufacturers of papers for RYO have moved production eastward, EU markets still hold the key to success, and competition remains high. TJI spoke to one company striving to deliver quality products to European consumers - The Rolling Paper Company.
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Specialising in DIY

30 Oct 2018. Machine-made cigarettes have had their ups and downs over recent years but suppliers of RYO/MYO products have seen their businesses remain competitive and dynamic, especially in today’s rapidly changing industry.
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OCB turns 100

30 Oct 2018. Revolutionising an industry is a continuous and challenging process and moving with the market is only one side of it. The story of OCB, one of the flagship brands of rolling papers and filters from Republic Technologies International, shows us the other side.
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RYO demand remains high

30 Oct 2018. While the global tobacco market is declining, the demand worldwide for RYO cigarette filters remains relatively stable. According to Euromonitor data, it is predicted that the global demand for RYO will only decrease by 0.7 per cent from 2018 to 2019, according to filter maker Essentra.
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DIY provides an alternative

30 Oct 2018. The trend towards natural materials is widespread in cigarette manufacturing but is particularly well established in RYO/MYO. In this niche sector, the most prominent brands have adopted sustainable, additive-free approach, underlining mainstream innovation in this cult DIY segment.
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Events

Twins celebrate in Dortmund

30 Oct 2018. This year’s InterTabac and InterSupply trade fairs marked 40 years of tobacco shows in the western German city of Dortmund. As the tobacco industry has come to expect, the Dortmund shows provided an exposé of the tobacco industry’s health in Europe: the prognosis is good.
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