Category: Breaking News

Golden Leaf Awards

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 […]

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BAT CEO interviewed on full-year 2011 results

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%.

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Dalli looks to make tobacco products less attractive

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 […]

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UK rogues’ league published

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 […]

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Plain packaging put through the HOOPS

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: […]

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FDA to appeal against graphic warning ruling

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 […]

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India preparing something to chew on

India preparing something to chew on

| February 3, 2012

The Indian Health Ministry seems set to codify a ban on gutkha, pan masala and other chewable forms of tobacco, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. For some time, the situation regarding these products has been confusing with the sale of chewable forms of tobacco seemingly illegal […]

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Siemens motors united under Simotics name

Siemens motors united under Simotics name

| February 2, 2012

The Siemens Drive Technologies Division has combined all of its electric motors under one brand name, Simotics, a move designed to integrate its portfolio and improve clarity for customers. The range of motors encompasses low-voltage induction motors, motors for motion control applications, DC motors, and high-voltage motors. “Siemens motors represent reliability, energy efficiency, dynamic response, […]

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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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Dutch treat

Dutch treat

| May 31, 2011

“The devil shits Dutchmen,” complained Sir William Batten in 1667 as he watched the English fleet burning in the Thames estuary. The famous British naval administrator was exasperated by Dutch challenges to English rule in the east Indies, on the high seas, and now even at home. While few would accuse the Netherlands of having […]

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Witchcraft

Witchcraft

| May 31, 2011

In addition to the rising cost of production, unclear property rights and limited access to capital, the tobacco grower I visited this morning had to deal with another challenge recently—witchcraft. After several of his workers were killed in a car crash and others contracted mysterious illnesses, farm laborers started accusing each other of casting spells. […]

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In a nutshell

In a nutshell

| May 31, 2011

After visiting a commercial tobacco farm and several leaf merchants, the story that emerges is as follows: Zimbabwe tobacco production used to be dominated by a small number of large-scale tobacco farmers. The majority of these commercial growers were white descendants of British colonists. At independence in 1980, the Zimbabwean government announced it would purchase […]

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Table topics

Table topics

| May 30, 2011

I had dinner with three fellow guests at York Lodge—a Belgian diamond trader, a Brazilian AIDS consultant and a member of the Danish embassy in Zambia. The diamond trader was in Zimbabwe to help the government secure the spoils of a recently discovered field—supposedly among the largest and most easily accessible in the world—and the […]

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Not your money’s worth

Not your money’s worth

| May 30, 2011

I met John Robertson today, a local economist whom I have always admired for his common sense and willingness to speak truth to power. He said the game changer in Zimbabwe has been the “dollarization” of the economy in 2009, which has restored a degree of order to the marketplace. Prior to that, hyperinflation, combined […]

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