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NDC appoints Patterson VP global customer care

| October 31, 2013

terriNDC Infrared Engineering has appointed Terry Patterson as vice president of global customer care for its sensors, systems and metals divisions. Patterson’s responsibilities involve managing NDC’s customer care division and for developing its various support products that are designed to maximize the return on investment for its customers.

Patterson has 25 years of experience in service management in higher education and companies such as NCR, AT&T, Northrop Grumman, Art Center College of Design and Rapiscan Systems. He holds both a Bachelor of Science and an MBA from the University of Redlands in California, USA.

 

New logo BMJ

| October 31, 2013

bmjCigarette paper manufacturer BMJ has a new logo and slogan. The logo comprises a blue square and red letter type that appears to peel away in the left bottom corner. The square is meant to represent BMJ’s confidence and pursuit of perfection, according to BMJ CEO Omar Rahmanadi, while the peel effect symbolizes the company’s passion for unveiling new solutions. BMJ’s new slogan, “Eureka Everyday!” summarizes BMJ’s commitment to innovation. Alongside the new logo, BMJ will also be unveiling a new corporate website, www.bmjpaperpack.com.

 

JT’s volume inches up but JTI’s volume drops sharply in first six months

| October 31, 2013

Japan Tobacco Inc.’s domestic cigarette sales volume during the six months from April to September, at 59.6 billion, was up by 0.1 percent on that of April–September 2012.

In announcing this morning its consolidated results, JT said that a strong performance by Mevius had contributed to its domestic market share reaching 60.6 percent for April–September, up from 59.5 percent for April–September 2012.

The share increase had been led by a number of new product and sales promotion initiatives, including the introduction of value-added products into the growing menthol segment, it said.

At the same time, the company’s core revenue from domestic cigarette sales grew by 0.2 percent to ¥335.8 billion, but its adjusted EBITDA fell by 0.6 percent to ¥153.3 billion.

Meanwhile, Japan Tobacco International’s total cigarette and cigarette-equivalent shipment volume during the six months from January to June, at 201.6 billion, was down by 5.1 percent on that of January–June 2012.

Within that total, GFB (global flagship brand) shipment volume was down by 2.3 percent to 127.9 billion.

The fall in total volume was put down to continuing industry contraction and trade inventory adjustments in the first quarter.

“Year-on-year market share continued to grow in most key markets,” JT reported. “In Russia, we increased GFB share of market and, as a result, total share of value.”

GFB shipment volume declined as growth in the Caucasus markets, Czech Republic, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Russia and other CIS markets could not fully offset industry contraction in other markets, particularly those of Europe.

JTI’s core revenue and adjusted EBITDA in U.S. dollars grew by 2.0 percent and 4.9 percent respectively as a price/mix improvement more than compensated for the volume decline and unfavorable currency movements. At constant rates of exchange, core revenue and adjusted EBITDA grew by 4.1 percent and 7.0 percent, respectively.

Including the results of its other businesses, JT’s April–September revenue increased by 9.6 percent to ¥1,159.1 billion and its adjusted EBITDA increased by 13.0 percent to ¥371.7.

Operating profit was up by 30.8 percent to ¥347.4 billion and the profit attributable to the owners of the parent increased by 40.5 percent to ¥237.1 billion.

JT’s president and CEO, Mitsuomi Koizumi, who yesterday announced that JT was slashing its domestic workforce by about 18 percent, shutting factories and cutting back on certain operations so as to protect profits, said today, in part, that the company was confident it would continue to deliver double-digit full-year earnings growth on a constant currency basis. “The overall results of the first two quarters indicate that we are on track to achieve our full-year targets,” he said.

JTI reported separately that its total cigarette shipment during January to September, at 311.2 billion, was down by 5.1 percent on that of January–September 2012, with GFB volume down by 2.1 percent to 198.2 billion.

Tobacconists want exclusive right to sell e-cigarettes in France

| October 31, 2013

Tobacconists in France are claiming that e-cigarettes fall under the tobacco sale monopoly law and should therefore be sold exclusively by them, according to a EurActiv story.

“We want that the sale of the electronic cigarette is done exclusively within the framework of the network of tobacconists,” said Jean-Luc Renaud, secretary general of the confederation of tobacconists.

At present, e-cigarettes are sold in a variety of shops, but a tobacconist is said to have lodged an “unfair competition” complaint against a supplier on the grounds that the product can be considered to be a derivative of tobacco.

The EurActiv story said there was a legal vacuum on the matter in France, even though a law of 1983 stated that cigarettes and smoking products “fall under the monopoly distribution of tobacconists,” “even if they do not contain tobacco.”

Meanwhile, another legal controversy is enveloping e-cigarettes, and that has to do with advertising. Tobacco advertising is prohibited in France under the Evin law, but this does not seem to cover e-cigarettes.

French Health Minister Marisol Touraine has said several times that advertising for e-cigarettes would be prohibited, but she has not tabled legislation.

Lifting tobacco smoking ban could hinder not help Bulgaria’s tourism industry

| October 31, 2013

Bulgaria’s National Tourism Board has warned that lifting the tobacco smoking ban in enclosed public places could result in a wave of reimbursement claims, according to a Novinite story quoting the Bulgarian Telegraph Agency.

Rumen Draganov, a member of the NTB, said the government should refrain from canceling the smoking ban for the time being.

Speaking after a meeting of representatives of the NTB and MPs of the center-right party GERB (Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria), he said that contracts had been signed with foreign tour operators for 4,800,000 holidays in 2014 and that 150,000 sales had been registered.

Draganov warned that any change to the terms of the contracts would give the other party a reason to claim compensation.

He suggested also that claims by those trying to have the smoking ban lifted that the tourism industry was in dire straits were untrue.

There were problems in the sector but these could not be laid at the feet of the introduction of the smoking ban, he added.

Sorry, we can’t sell gutka; have you tried pan masala—and chewing tobacco?

| October 31, 2013

The Health and Family Welfare minister of India’s Karnataka state, U.T. Khader, has said that his government will explore what options it has to plug loopholes in regulations designed to prevent the consumption of certain oral tobaccos, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter.

Khader said he will be writing to the Union government on issues raised in respect of the Food Safety and Standards (Prohibition and Restrictions on Sales) Regulations (FSSR), 2011.

The Bangalore Urban District Health Officer has also called for an amendment to the regulation banning the consumption of gutka.

The minister’s intervention follows checks carried out on retailers that discovered that sachets of pan masala and chewing tobacco, the ingredients of gutka, were being sold separately but alongside each other. Often, the pan masala and chewing tobacco were of the same brand.

The FSSR bans the sale of food items such as pan masala containing tobacco and nicotine, but there is no prohibition on selling either pan masala or chewing tobacco.