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PMI to webcast conference presentation

PMI to webcast conference presentation

| November 14, 2013

Philip Morris International is due to host a live audio webcast at www.pmi.com/webcasts of a presentation and question-and-answer session by CEO André Calantzopoulos at the Morgan Stanley Global Consumer Conference starting about 12 p.m. Eastern Time on Nov. 20. The webcast, which will be in listen-only mode, will provide live audio of the entire PMI […]

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Football wasn’t the only goal

Football wasn’t the only goal

| November 14, 2013

Imperial Tobacco employees from Germany and Poland recently competed in a football competition staged near to the company’s Tarnowo plant in Poland. The weekend tournament involved teams from Radom, near Warsaw, and Langenhagen, near Hannover, as well as two teams from Tarnowo. “It was great for our people from Poland and Germany to meet up […]

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Karnataka grower prices surge on strong demand for high-quality flue-cured

Karnataka grower prices surge on strong demand for high-quality flue-cured

| November 13, 2013

Flue-cured prices in Karnataka, India, have risen sharply this year with the highest bid during the 51 days of auctions up to Nov. 8 having reached INR176.40 per kg, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala Group newsletter. By Nov. 8, growers had sold 38.12 million kg of the 100 […]

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Call for ‘repulsive’ warnings in Korea

Call for ‘repulsive’ warnings in Korea

| November 13, 2013

Moon Hyung-pyo, who has been nominated for the position of minister of health and welfare in South Korea, said yesterday that cigarette prices should be increased in order to deter people from smoking, according to a story in The Korea Times. Before a confirmation hearing at the National Assembly, Moon said the government needed actively […]

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Scotland to follow Australia on packaging

Scotland to follow Australia on packaging

| November 13, 2013

Scotland is aiming to become the second country after Australia to impose standardized packaging requirements on tobacco manufacturers, according to Ria Patel, writing in TopNews. Since Dec. 1, Australia has required that all tobacco products be sold in packaging designed on behalf of the previous Labor government to be as ugly as possible. Packs are […]

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US government thinking of muscling in on manufacturer payments to growers

US government thinking of muscling in on manufacturer payments to growers

| November 13, 2013

The U.S. government has come under fire for considering appropriating millions of dollars that otherwise would be paid by tobacco manufacturers to tobacco growers. This is not taxpayer money, but the government is in a position to appropriate it because the money passes through the hands of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). “The U.S. […]

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Tax-free event review available online

Tax-free event review available online

| November 13, 2013

A digital review of the TFWA World Exhibition 2013 has been made available at http://www.tfwa.com/inreview/TFWA-World-Exhibition-in-Review. The TFWA (Tax Free World Association) event, which included an exhibition, conference, workshops and social events, was held in Cannes, France, on Oct. 25–26.

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Manufacturing interaction at Imperial

Manufacturing interaction at Imperial

| November 13, 2013

Factory managers from all of Imperial Tobacco’s production sites worldwide recently gathered at Santander in Spain. This was the first time that such a gathering had taken place. “The event was an opportunity to celebrate achievements in the last 12 months, and awards were handed to those factories with outstanding results in safety, quality and […]

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Test 2

Test 2

| November 12, 2013

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Japan’s growers to receive 0.84 percent more for 2014 crop than for 2012 crop

Japan’s growers to receive 0.84 percent more for 2014 crop than for 2012 crop

| November 12, 2013

Japan’s 2014 leaf tobacco crop will be grown on 8,964 ha, down by 2.7 percent on the area under tobacco this year, 9,245 ha, which was down by 1.4 percent on that of 2012. The flue-cured production area, at 5,805 ha, will be down by 98 ha or 1.7 percent; the burley production area, at […]

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Tobacco-industry CSR in Asia linked to marketing, say anti-tobacco activists

Tobacco-industry CSR in Asia linked to marketing, say anti-tobacco activists

| November 12, 2013

Tobacco control advocates in Southeast Asia are calling for tougher rules to ban cigarette-company contributions and sponsorships, according to a story in The Philippine Star. The director of the Southeast Asian Tobacco Control Alliance, Bunon Ritthiphakdee, said tobacco companies were making sponsorship a part of their corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs so as to skirt […]

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Reynolds sharing information on tobacco

Reynolds sharing information on tobacco

| November 12, 2013

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co says that it has transformed its non-corporate website intended to inform adult tobacco consumers, retailers and wholesalers about tobacco tax issues. The site, www.transformtobacco.com, has added a new e-mail alert feature that allows individuals to sign up to receive electronic notifications anytime an alert is issued for their state. “This new […]

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RAI to webcast performance and plans

RAI to webcast performance and plans

| November 12, 2013

The managers of Reynolds American Inc. and its operating companies are due to discuss the companies’ performance and plans during presentations to the investment community on Nov. 18. The presentations will be webcast in listen-only mode at www.reynoldsamerican.com from about 9 a.m. Eastern Time. Registration is available under Events & Presentations at the Investors section […]

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Cigarette taxes to fund anti-campaign

Cigarette taxes to fund anti-campaign

| November 6, 2013

The Jakarta city administration is to target students and low-income residents in a new anti-smoking campaign funded by cigarette tax revenue, according to a story in The Jakarta Post. Starting from next year, the city is expected to receive about IDR400 billion (US$35.2 million) a year in revenue from cigarette excise tax. “We are currently […]

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Teenage smoking rates ‘shocking’

Teenage smoking rates ‘shocking’

| November 6, 2013

Levels of tobacco use by young people in the UAE were described as shocking on Monday after a new study had found that more than one in five boys aged 13 to 15 was a smoker, according to a story in The National. The teenage smoking problem was being blamed on the availability of cheap […]

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Young Koreans least health-conscious

Young Koreans least health-conscious

| November 6, 2013

The Ministry of Health and Welfare says that women in their 20s and men in their 30s are the least health-conscious Koreans, according to a story in the Korea Joongang Daily. The ministry’s concerns were based on the results of a national health survey. It is thought that young women and men smoke and drink […]

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Imperial’s stick-equivalent volume down 7 percent over full year

Imperial’s stick-equivalent volume down 7 percent over full year

| November 5, 2013

Imperial Tobacco’s stick-equivalent volume sales during the year to the end of September, at 317 billion, were down by 7 percent on those of the year to the end of September 2012. Stick-equivalent sales include sales of cigarettes, and those of fine-cut, cigars and snus converted to cigarette-stick equivalents. Meanwhile, the company reported that its […]

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UK-bound fakes seized in Philippines

UK-bound fakes seized in Philippines

| November 4, 2013

The Philippines’ Bureau of Customs last week seized a shipment of counterfeit cigarettes from China worth PHP18 million, according to a story in the Philippine Daily Inquirer. The fake Marlboro cigarettes, which had been declared as mono-acetate filter rods, arrived at the Manila International Container Port on Tuesday. Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon, who was reported […]

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Imperial’s results to be webcast tomorrow

Imperial’s results to be webcast tomorrow

| November 4, 2013

Imperial Tobacco is due to publish its preliminary results for the year to the end of September on Nov. 5. A live webcast and the slides of the presentation to analysts and investors will be available at http://www.imperial-tobacco.com from 8:30 a.m. U.K. time. The presentation transcript will be available on the same site from 10 […]

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Sikora to succeed Stanikowski at ITM Poland

Sikora to succeed Stanikowski at ITM Poland

| November 1, 2013

Andrew Stanikowski will step down in March as CEO of International Tobacco Machinery Poland after leading the company for 22 years. He will continue in a nonexecutive role. Stanikowski was instrumental in the creation of ITM Poland, which helped turn the ITM Group into a respected OEM and a leading innovator. Leszek Sikora will take […]

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New York City raises to 21 minimum tobacco-products purchase age

New York City raises to 21 minimum tobacco-products purchase age

| November 1, 2013

New York City Council members have voted to raise the minimum age at which people can buy tobacco products from 18 to 21, according to a story by Cheryl K. Chumley for the Washington Times. One hundred and eighty days after the mayor, Michael Bloomberg, signs the measure, which he is expected to do, the […]

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Ending proves this is no shaggy dog tale

Ending proves this is no shaggy dog tale

| November 1, 2013

Imperial Tobacco’s Czech operations have supported a competition to find the best sniffer dogs used by customs officials to detect illicit tobacco. The contest, staged at the customs training centre in north Bohemia, involved dogs from Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Poland and Slovenia, as well as Czech dogs. The aim of the competition was to recognize […]

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Universal to webcast 2Q conference call

Universal to webcast 2Q conference call

| November 1, 2013

Universal Corporation is due to webcast a conference call from 5 p.m. Eastern Time on Nov. 5 following the release of its second-quarter results after market close on that date. The conference call, which will be available on a listen-only basis at www.universalcorp.com, will be hosted by Candace C. Formacek, vice president and treasurer. A […]

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NDC appoints Patterson VP global customer care

NDC appoints Patterson VP global customer care

| October 31, 2013

NDC 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 […]

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New logo BMJ

New logo BMJ

| October 31, 2013

Cigarette 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 […]

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