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Golden Leaf Awards

| March 30, 2012

Tobacco Reporter, in association with our exclusive sponsor, BMJ, has presented the industry’s only annual awards for excellence since 2006, recognizing companies, products or individuals for performance in the following categories:

Most impressive public service initiative

Most promising new product introduction

Most exciting newcomer to the industry

Most outstanding service to the industry

BMJ Most committed to quality

Complete the latest Golden Leaf Awards entry form here

Trophies have been presented and winners recognized at an awards banquet, hosted by BMJ, each year. Our 2012 winners will be unveiled at Tobacco Reporter’s 2012 GTNF in June in Antwerp, Belgium.

Enter your company, products or co-workers in our next Golden Leaf Awards by submitting the appropriate forms, found here.

2012 Golden Leaf Award winners, recognized in Antwerp, Belgium

Alliance One International                        Most impressive public service initiative

Heinen Koehl                                                    Most promising new product introduction

Perten Instruments AB                                 Most exciting newcomer to the industry

Mane                                                                     Most outstanding service to the industry

Mane                                                                     BMJ Most committed to quality

 

 

Previous winners include

2011 Golden Leaf Award winners, recognized in Prague, Czech Republic

Alliance One International                          Most impressive public service initiative

Reconex                                                              Most promising new product introduction

ECO2                                                                     Most exciting newcomer to the industry

NDC Infrared Engineering                            Most outstanding service to the industry

Vrijdag Premuim Printing                            BMJ Most committed to quality

 

2010 Golden Leaf Award winners, recognized in Balgalore, India

Universal Leaf Africa                                       Most impressive public service initiative

Iggesund Paperboard                                      Most promising new product introduction

Manifattura Italiana Tabacco                       Most exciting newcomer to the industry

Godioli e Bellanti                                               Most outstanding service to the industry

EDAPS Consortium                                           BMJ Most committed to quality

 

2009 Golden Leaf Award winners, recognized in Bangkok, Thailand

Sopariwala Exports                                          Most impressive public service initiative

Filligent Ltd.                                                        Most promising new product introduction

Arabian Nights                                                  Most exciting newcomer to the industry

U.S. Flue-Cured Tobacco Growers            Most outstanding service to the industry

Bimo Italia SpA                                                  BMJ Most committed to quality

 

2008 Golden Leaf Award winners, recognized in Rio de Janiero, Brazil

Universal Leaf Tobacco Co.                          Most impressive public service initiative

U.S. Flue-Cured Tobacco Growers            Most promising new product introduction

Tobaccotoday.info                                          Most exciting newcomer to the industry

Universal Leaf Tobacco Co.                          Most outstanding service to the industry

ITC Printing & Packaging                                BMJ Most committed to quality

 

2007 Golden Leaf Award winners, recognized in Paris, France

ILTD (ITC)                                                            Most impressive public service initiative

GCH                                                                         Most promising new product introduction

Uncommitted Tobacco Auction                 Most exciting newcomer to the industry

Colin Mear Engineering                                  Most outstanding service to the industry

ILTD (ITC)                                                             BMJ Most committed to quality

 

2006 Golden Leaf Award winners, recognized in Bali, Indonesia

Lakson Tobacco Company                            Most impressive public service initiative

Titan Adhesives                                                 Most promising new product introduction

TobaccoPeople                                                  Most exciting newcomer to the industry

Celenese Acetate                                               Most outstanding service to the industry

WinterBell                                                            BMJ Most committed to quality

BAT CEO interviewed on full-year 2011 results

| February 23, 2012

The tobacco manufacturer British American Tobacco posts results that see organic revenue up 7% and adjusted EPS up 11%.

Dalli looks to make tobacco products less attractive

| February 17, 2012

The European Commissioner for Health, John Dalli, told a conference last week that it was necessary to ensure that tobacco products, and cigarettes in particular, were produced and presented across the EU in such a way that they did not encourage or facilitate the uptake of smoking by young people.

Dalli was speaking at a conference on pictorial health warnings and standardized packaging for tobacco products held in Brussels on Wednesday under the aegis of the Smoke Free Partnership and the Belgian Foundation against Cancer.

He said the key issue was the need to reduce “the attractiveness of cigarettes”.

“Cigarette packages are increasingly used as marketing tools. Slim, colourful, attractive packages are available on the market,” he said.

“Such appealing packaging can mislead people into believing that these products are harmless products like any other, when clearly they are not.”

Dalli then turned briefly to the additives used in some cigarettes.

There were now vanilla flavored and strawberry flavored cigarettes that could make it easier to smoke earlier in life, he said.

“There are also pink coloured and slim shaped cigarettes that could make smoking appear much more alluring and seductive, in particular to young girls,” he added.

“But tobacco is tobacco – even if it is presented in an appealing way.

“So we need to take further action to make tobacco less appealing – in particular to young people – and to ensure that people know exactly what they can expect from tobacco in terms of bad health.

“It is in this spirit that I am considering different possibilities to improve the rules on health warnings and packaging so that people get accurate, effective information about tobacco products.

“Tobacco packages should look dissuasive, not appealing. When people look at a package of cigarettes, they need to get the message that this product can harm their health.”

Dalli said also that he was considering how to regulate additives in tobacco products, more stringent regulation on “access to tobacco”, and how to address new types of nicotine products on the market, such as electronic cigarettes.

UK rogues’ league published

| February 15, 2012 | Reply

Newtownabbey in Northern Ireland was ‘top’ of the UK’s league of towns for the consumption of illicit cigarettes at the end of last year, according to a Press Association story quoting the results of a survey commissioned by Philip Morris.

About 66 per cent of the cigarette packs bought in Newtownabbey between October and December were illicit.

Lisburn, with a 43 per cent illicit rating, ranked second in the UK-wide survey, and it was followed by Crawley (close to London’s Gatwick airport), with 31.6 per cent, Coventry, with 30.3 per cent, and London, with 28.5 per cent.

According to the analysis of the last quarter of 2011, the illicit trade is on the rise. Almost 15 per cent of the cigarettes smoked across the UK between October and December had not had UK duty paid on them, compared with just over 10 per cent during the previous three months.

And things could get worse. The UK is currently considering the issue of plain packaging, which many observers believe would increase the illicit trade.

Plain packaging put through the HOOPS

| February 5, 2012

The UK’s Hands Off Our Packs (HOOPS) campaign has made two videos available online.

HOOPS, which is being managed by Forest and which was launched officially last week at a party in London, is aimed at countering efforts to have so-called ‘plain packaging’ imposed on tobacco products in the UK.

The HOOPS website is at: www.handsoffourpacks.com.

FDA to appeal against graphic warning ruling

| February 4, 2012

The US government is appealing against a federal judge’s ruling that has overturned a requirement for graphic warning labels to be included on cigarette packs, according to a Bloomberg News story.

The Food and Drug Administration has filed a notice of appeal in the US District Court in Washington seeking to overturn Judge Richard Leon’s February 29 decision that the government’s requirement violates the tobacco companies’ rights to free speech.

The US Court of Appeals in Washington is already scheduled to hear arguments on April 10 on the government’s challenge to a ruling Leon issued in November that cancelled a September 22 deadline for tobacco companies to begin including the graphic images.

It is unclear whether the three-judge panel will consider the latest appeal on April 10.

The graphic images – nine in all – would have had to have taken up the top halves of the front and back of all cigarette packages and the top fifth of all advertising.

However, the requirement was challenged by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco, Lorillard, the Liggett Group, Commonwealth Brands, and Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Co Inc on the grounds that it would force them to engage in anti-smoking advocacy against their own legal products.

In a statement posted on its website, Reynolds said that Judge Leon had agreed with the tobacco companies that the proposed warnings violated the First Amendment by forcing manufacturers to distribute an anti-smoking policy message.

The court cited data included in the FDA’s regulation that showed the graphic warnings would have little to no effect in reducing tobacco use. In particular, the FDA’s analysis of the regulation estimated that the warnings would likely cause no statistically significant change in US smoking rates.

The court noted also that the chief expert report relied on by the FDA conceded that the goal of such graphic warnings ‘is not to promote informed choice but rather to discourage consumption of tobacco products’.