Category: Editorial Archives

The natural way

The natural way

| April 1, 2012

The organic approach to tobacco production continues to grow in the United States By Chris Bickers The future of organic tobacco looks bright to Aaron Sink of High Point, North Carolina, USA—so bright, in fact, that earlier this year he bought a farm specifically to grow organic tobacco. “We are getting a good vibe about […]

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In the big league

In the big league

| March 1, 2012

A small manufacturer in Georgia pursues multinational standards. By Taco Tuinstra Nick Asanidze, managing director of the OGT tobacco company in Tbilisi, Georgia, is more than committed to product quality—he is passionate about it. Touring the factory with a foreign visitor, he ticks off the many stringent tests OGT cigarettes and packaging are subjected to: […]

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Best in class

Best in class

| December 1, 2011

Golden Leaf Award winners accept trophies in Prague TR Staff Report   Representatives of Alliance One International, Reconex, Eco2, NDC Infrared Engineering and Vrijdag Premium Printing accepted Golden Leaf Awards during the TABEXPO gala dinner on Nov. 16 at the famous Restaurant Francouzska in Prague. Andromeda Forwarding took home the People’s Choice Award due to […]

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Symbiotic relationship

Symbiotic relationship

| March 1, 2011

Having added the Impex business to its portfolio, Airco DIET is busier than ever. By George Gay A once-popular saying had it that if you wanted to get something done, you were best off asking a busy person to do it. If this remains true, I would suggest that those with a project call the […]

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Trade boost

Trade boost

| March 1, 2011

Members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations are selling and buying more cigarettes among themselves.   By John Parker   The 10 countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) have a combined population of about 600 million. Cigarette imports reported by these countries increased to a combined total of more than 111 […]

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Stretched thin

Stretched thin

| March 1, 2011

Suppliers of classical oriental tobacco have matched production to diminished demand. Will they be able to accommodate a potential rebound? TR Staff Report The market for classical oriental tobacco has shrunk significantly in recent years. Following the European Union’s decoupling of tobacco subsidies from production and Turkey’s withdrawal of support for tobacco growers, production in […]

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Elephant in the room

Elephant in the room

| March 1, 2011

A recent conference on illicit cigarette trade dodges the real issue. By George Gay I’d like to start this piece by asking a question. Would you want to live in a country where the government encouraged people to break the law and then used the law to punish those people? Probably most if not all […]

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Critical condition

Critical condition

| March 1, 2011

The future of U.S. tobacco manufacturer Lorillard hangs in the balance while the government decides whether to ban menthol.   By Brandy Brinson   This month is critical to the future of Lorillard Inc., the third-largest manufacturer of cigarettes in the United States. On March 23, the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee (TPSAC) is scheduled […]

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Fight against flavor

Fight against flavor

| March 1, 2011

The tobacco industry braces for the fallout of “Uruguay” and the recommendations about to be issued by the FDA’s tobacco products committee. By George Gay In a report to the executive board of the World Health Organization earlier this year, Director General Dr. Margaret Chan said the organization was not performing well enough across all of […]

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Tobacco substitute

Tobacco substitute

| March 1, 2011

Electronic cigarettes are proving more effective than conventional nicotine-replacement products. Perhaps that’s why they are meeting so much resistance. By John Luik <please run author’s photo with intro> When I last discussed electronic cigarettes in these columns (“Inconveniently Effective,” Tobacco Reporter, May 2010), the U.S. Food and Drug Administration was furiously trying to prohibit their […]

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Growth through innovation

Growth through innovation

| March 1, 2011

Andrew Hopkins, BAT’s head of manufacturing, talks about the challenge of building a globally integrated supply chain and the importance of flexibility in an increasingly competitive market. By George Gay Facing fiercer competition and stricter regulations, cigarette makers are increasingly demanding of their equipment suppliers. Tobacco machinery must be fast, efficient and versatile—and of course […]

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Committed to quality

Committed to quality

| February 1, 2011

The EDAPS Consortium continues to live up to its Golden Leaf Award in the BMJ most committed to quality category. By Brandy Brinson After the Ukraine-based EDAPS Consortium won its Golden Leaf Award last year (See “And the winners are…,” Tobacco Reporter, December 2010), the company said it was ready to prove the quality of […]

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Beyond mechanization

Beyond mechanization

| February 1, 2011

The potential and limitations of automation in the tobacco industry By George Gay There is what seems to be a fully automated system within my head that allows me to grasp what somebody is saying when they tell me they have just bought a blue car, even though they don’t provide information about the shade […]

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On demand

On demand

| February 1, 2011

New printing technology simplifies primary, secondary packaging processes for Top Tobacco By Paul Schildhouse The roll-your-own cigarette and pipe tobacco industry is a small but growing segment of the tobacco industry. Sales have increased over the past five years, according to the U.S. Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau. Since 1987, Top Tobacco, with […]

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Fanning out

Fanning out

| February 1, 2011

The Indian group of companies that includes Chaitanya Packaging now also supplies rotary dies for use on packaging and converting machines.   By George Gay   As I traveled with T.R. Prabhu, the chairman of a group of companies that includes Chaitanya Packaging, between some of his factories and godowns on the outskirts of Guntur, […]

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Long march

Long march

| February 1, 2011

China remains the world’s biggest producer and consumer of tobacco products. Succeeding there requires an equally big commitment. TR Staff Report Despite growing health awareness and attempts to clamp down on smoking, the Chinese tobacco industry continues to thrive. Industry sales and government tax collections increased almost 17 percent in 2010, according to the State […]

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Tax to the max

Tax to the max

| February 1, 2011

The challenge of squaring public health with government revenue objectives By George Gay I think that I should declare an interest. It has to be said that I am not an objective observer when it comes to taxation. I tend to the view of the 19th century French economist Frédérick Bastiat, who apparently defined taxation […]

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After Uruguay

After Uruguay

| February 1, 2011

The FCTC Conference of Parties’ recent meeting has put the spotlight back on tobacco ingredients. But the case for a ban remains flimsy. By John Luik With the fourth session of the Conference of the Parties to the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention for Tobacco Control (FCTC) in Punta Del Este, Uruguay, at the end […]

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Ground-breaking

Ground-breaking

| February 1, 2011

Cross Creek’s seeds offer unparalleled disease resistance.   By Brandy Brinson   When tobacco plants grown from Cross Creek’s seeds break ground, they are more likely to resist diseases and nematodes than plants grown from other seeds. The company has collaborated with international breeders to develop flue-cured and burley varieties that are showing resistance at […]

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And the winners are…

And the winners are…

| December 1, 2010

Tobacco Reporter and BMJ present their annual Golden Leaf Awards. TR Staff Report Representatives of Universal Leaf Tobacco Co., Iggesund Paperboard, Amcor Rentsch, Manifattura Italiana Tabacco, Godioli E Bellanti and the EDAPS Consortium collected their 2010 Golden Leaf Award trophies during a festive ceremony in the ballroom of the Royal Gardenia Hotel in Bangalore, India. […]

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And the winners are

And the winners are

| December 1, 2008

Golden Leaf Awards winners accept trophies in festive atmosphere Representatives of Universal Leaf Tobacco, Tobaccotoday, U.S. Flue-Cured Tobacco Growers and Andromeda Forwarding received their Golden Leaf Awards trophies at a festive ceremony held during Tobacco Reporter’s first Global Tobacco Networking Forum at the Intercontinental Hotel in Rio de Janeiro. George Hendrata, CEO of the Golden […]

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And the winners are …

And the winners are …

| December 3, 2007

Announcing the 2007 winners of the BMJ-sponsored Golden Leaf Awards TR Staff Report Tobacco Reporter is proud to announce the winners of the second Global Leaf Awards competition. The winners are ILTD, the Uncommitted Tobacco Auction, GCH, Colin Mear Engineering and Andromeda Forwarding. Sponsored exclusively by Indonesian paper manufacturer BMJ, the Golden Leaf Awards were […]

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And the winners are…

And the winners are…

| November 5, 2006

Winners of the first Golden Leaf Awards competition. TR Staff Report Tobacco Reporter is pleased to announce the winners of the first Golden Leaf Awards competition. Sponsored exclusively by Indonesian paper manufacturer BMJ, the Golden Leaf Awards were created to recognize professional excellence and dedication in the tobacco industry. We’ve granted awards in five categories—most […]

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Closing Quotes: Aras B. Jaff

Closing Quotes: Aras B. Jaff

| October 3, 2004

IRAQ’S FIRST PRIVATE CIGARETTE MANUFACTURER TR Staff Reports After America’s Coalition Provisional Authority took charge in Iraq last year, it moved quickly to cancel legislation from the Saddam Hussein era. One of the first laws to be repealed was that on tobacco import duties. In the name of free enterprise, Iraq’s tariffs—on all products—were reduced […]

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Rewriting the Book

Rewriting the Book

| June 30, 2004

Many “innovative” packs have been launched in recent years; BAT’s wallet pack, produced on machinery from Colin Mear Engineering is truly different. TR Staff Report The shrinking availability of public space to promote tobacco products has forced cigarette manufacturers to become extremely creative. In recent years, packaging has emerged as the tool of choice for […]

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