Archive for June, 2011

DC

DC

| June 5, 2011

Currently waiting at Washington Dulles for the last leg of my return trip to Raleigh-Durham. The flight from Addis Ababa arrived early and I could probably have caught an earlier onward flight to RDU—but United Airlines now charges $75 for traveling standby, so as a good Dutchman I’ll keep the cash in my pocket and […]

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VPN fun

VPN fun

| June 4, 2011

As tobacco veterans know, travel is hurry up and wait. During the down times you need something to entertain yourself. Technology makes that easier. I have downloaded to my smart phone an application that allows me to access my computer at work. That enhances productivity, but it can also be used to play tricks on […]

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Bursting at the seams

Bursting at the seams

| June 3, 2011

To appreciate the shift that has taken place in the Zimbabwean tobacco industry over the past decade, consider these figures: In 2000, approximately 4,000 growers sold 240 million kg. This year, the Zimbabwe Tobacco Association is expecting sales of about 160 million kg—produced by a whopping 60,000 farmers. Designed for commercial production, the country’s marketing […]

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Approaching TSF

Approaching TSF

| June 2, 2011

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Going, going, gone

Going, going, gone

| June 2, 2011

Auctioning of leaf at the Tobacco Sales Floors in Harare this morning

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Peaceful rise

Peaceful rise

| June 2, 2011

I was surprised to run into Patrick Rose at Northern Tobacco in Harare. I had met Patrick several years ago when he was looking after BAT’s leaf growing operations in Uganda, and he seemed to enjoy being back in his home country. Later that morning, I caught up with Zhang Qinggang, managing director of Tianze […]

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Whirlwind

Whirlwind

| June 1, 2011

I visited the Tobacco Sales Floors this morning, interviewed Greg McDonald at Inter-Continental Leaf and caught up with Dr. Andrew Matibiri at the Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board, who introduced me to Rudo Boka. Rudo is the daughter of the late Roger Boka, a controversial black-empowerment entrepreneur who in the 1990s built what was supposed […]

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From the leaf lands

Lebanon suffers leaf losses

Lebanon suffers leaf losses

A survey is to be carried out to determine the extent of losses incurred by tobacco growers in southern Lebanon, where viruses are said to have caused extensive damage.

| May 24, 2018
Universal presents results

Universal presents results

Universal Corporation expects to make higher volume sales from the next tobacco-crop cycle, given that the global market remains stable.

| May 24, 2018
Contracting Burley

Contracting Burley

Tennessee’s Burley crop is expected to fall by 20 percent or more following Alliance One International’s decision not to buy US Burley.

| May 22, 2018
Leaf prices increased

Leaf prices increased

Flue-cured tobacco growers in Zimbabwe will be hoping that the “encouraging” prices being paid for their leaf will stand up for the rest of the season.

| May 22, 2018
Growers up in arms

Growers up in arms

Some tobacco growers in Pakistan are claiming that tobacco manufacturers are exploiting them, and they have vowed to fight back.

| May 22, 2018
Universal results webcast

Universal results webcast

Candace C. Formacek, vice president and treasurer at Universal Corporation, will host a results webcast on May 23.

| May 21, 2018

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Web exclusives

Discussing challenges

Discussing challenges

Tobacco growers convene in Indonesia.

| April 2, 2018
The promise of heated tobacco

The promise of heated tobacco

Peter Nixon, PMI’s U.K. and Ireland MD, praises England’s progressive approach to new technologies.

| February 28, 2018
Celebrating cigars at Puro Sabor

Celebrating cigars at Puro Sabor

Five days of factory tours, farm visits, recreational activities and many, many cigars.

| February 5, 2018
Farmers concerned

Farmers concerned

The ITGA worries about slumping demand for leaf tobacco and a lack of alternative crops

| November 2, 2017
Their fair share

Their fair share

Tobacco growers deserve better

| November 1, 2017
Lease on life

Lease on life

Industry leaders respond to the FDA’s new attitude toward vapor products.

| October 1, 2017
The Vype Dossier

The Vype Dossier

Proving the reduced-risk potential of an e-cigarette

| October 1, 2017

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