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Altria to webcast conference presentation

Altria to webcast conference presentation

| February 11, 2013

The Altria Group is due to host a webcast of its business presentation at the annual Consumer Analyst Group of New York (CAGNY) conference in Boca   Raton, Florida, starting about 13.45 hours Eastern Time on February 19. The webcast, which will be in listen-only mode at www.altria.com, will feature a presentation by chairman and […]

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Imperial’s market manager earns medal for customer engagement in Finland

Imperial’s market manager earns medal for customer engagement in Finland

| February 11, 2013

Imperial Tobacco’s market manager in Finland has been honoured for excellence in customer engagement by one of the country’s largest retail organizations. Kari Heikkila was recently guest of honour at the centenary dinner for the Finnish K-Retailers’ Association, where he was presented with a medal in recognition of his efforts working with trade partners over […]

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Sikkel new CEO Alliance One

Sikkel new CEO Alliance One

| February 8, 2013

Pieter Sikkel will become president and chief executive officer of Alliance One International on March 1. Sikkel is currently the company’s president and a member of its board of directors. Mark W. Kehaya, currently chairman of the board of directors and interim CEO, will continue as nonexecutive chairman of the board of directors and will […]

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ATD Machinery declares independence

ATD Machinery declares independence

| February 8, 2013

ATD Machinery of the Netherlands has become an independent company, ATD Machinery BV, as of Jan. 1, 2013. Previously the technical department of Agio Cigars, ATD has over the years evolved into a full-fledged supplier of machinery to the global cigar industry. To learn more about the newly independent ATD Machinery, visit www.atdmachinery.nl.

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Goldman to lead new Swisher division

Goldman to lead new Swisher division

| February 7, 2013

Alex Goldman has joined Swisher International as president of its new premium cigars division, Royal Gold Cigars. Goldman’s tenure began on Jan. 2, 2013, to spearhead the division specifically created to build upon his extensive industry experience. “Alex’s leadership of House of Oxford/Mom’s Cigars as its owner and president for the past 20 years positions […]

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New pouch manufacturing solution from TDC

New pouch manufacturing solution from TDC

| February 7, 2013

Technical Development Corp. (TDC) of the Netherlands, a sister company of International Tobacco Machinery, has developed the Osiris, a new nonstop inline pouch-manufacturing machine. Using advanced and reliable technology, the machine can produce perfectly shaped pouches without compromising flexibility, according to TDC. The Osiris can produce pouches with a variety of specifications. Width and height […]

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Taxing questions about EU funding to fight illicit trade in tobacco products

Taxing questions about EU funding to fight illicit trade in tobacco products

| February 4, 2013

The funds contributed by four multinational tobacco manufacturers to the EU purportedly to help fight the illicit trade in tobacco products are paid into the EU’s general budget. There is no earmarking of the funds. This was made clear by the European Commission in answer to two written parliamentary questions by the Irish member of […]

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Creepy warning creep

Creepy warning creep

| February 4, 2013

Thailand is aiming to become the country with the largest cigarette-pack health warnings, according to a story in The Nation. At present, its warnings are said to take up 55 per cent of a pack’s surface area, but that is set to rise to 85 per cent, the country’s Public Health Minister, Pradit Sinthawanarong, said. […]

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Ombudsman asked to rule on release of ‘Dalligate’ documents

Ombudsman asked to rule on release of ‘Dalligate’ documents

| February 4, 2013

Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) has submitted a formal complaint to the EU Ombudsman about the European Commission’s handling of what has become known as ‘Dalligate’. The former European Commissioner for health and consumer affairs, John Dalli, resigned in October in circumstances that were examined by OLAF, the European Anti-fraud Office, and that are still being […]

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Smoking incidence down in Slovenia

Smoking incidence down in Slovenia

| February 4, 2013

The incidence of smoking in Slovenia is declining but nearly a quarter of the country’s population still smokes, according to a story in Slovenska Tiskovna Agencija quoting figures from the latest survey by the Public Health Institute (IVZ). The survey, which was conducted during 2011 and 2012 among 7,500 respondents between the ages of 15 […]

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MEP questions whether Spanish tobacco import restrictions are discriminatory

MEP questions whether Spanish tobacco import restrictions are discriminatory

| February 4, 2013

A member of the European parliament has asked whether newly imposed limits by Spain on the import of cigarettes across the La Línea de la Concepción border with Gibraltar amount to discrimination. In a written question to the European Commission, the English MEP, Sir Graham Watson, said that, under the rules, introduced at the start […]

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PM USA’s cigarette volume stable against background of declining market

PM USA’s cigarette volume stable against background of declining market

| February 1, 2013

Philip Morris USA’s cigarette shipment volume during the 12 months to the end of December, at 134,874 million, was down by 0.2 per cent on that of the 12 months to the end of December 2011. Marlboro shipments were down by 0.7 per cent to 116,377 million while shipments of other premium brands were down […]

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Altria board member to retire

Altria board member to retire

| February 1, 2013

Dr. Elizabeth E. Bailey, is to retire from the board of directors of the Altria Group following completion of her current term. She will not stand for re-election at the 2013 annual general meeting of shareholders. Bailey, who has been a board member since 1989, currently serves as a member of the Compensation, Finance and […]

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Universal to host results conference call

Universal to host results conference call

| February 1, 2013

Universal Corp is due to webcast a conference call at www.universalcorp.com from 17.00 hours Eastern Time on February 5 following the release of its results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2013 after market close on that day. The conference call, which will be in listen-only mode, will be hosted by Candace C. Formacek, […]

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PMI to host results webcast

PMI to host results webcast

| February 1, 2013

Philip Morris International is due to host a live audio webcast at www.pmi.com starting at 13.00 hours Eastern Time on February 7 to discuss its 2012 full-year and fourth-quarter results, which will be issued at mid-morning of the same day. During the webcast, Louis C. Camilleri, chairman and CEO, and Jacek Olczak, CFO, will discuss […]

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Japan Tobacco increases volume sales at home and internationally

Japan Tobacco increases volume sales at home and internationally

| January 31, 2013

Japan Tobacco Inc’s domestic cigarette sales during the nine months to the end of December, at 89.4 billion, were increased by 10.5 per cent on those of the nine months to the end of December 2011. The 2011 figure was negatively impacted by the manufacturing and distribution challenges JT faced following the earthquake and tsunami […]

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Indian growers want representation at next Conference of the Parties

Indian growers want representation at next Conference of the Parties

| January 31, 2013

Tobacco growers from the states of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka are asking the Indian government to ensure that they are represented in the group currently being formed to attend the next working session of the World Health Organization’s Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, according to a story in the latest issue of the BBM Bommidala […]

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Proposed public places smoking ban includes Melbourne city footpaths

Proposed public places smoking ban includes Melbourne city footpaths

| January 31, 2013

A new councilor, Richard Foster, is pushing for a ban on smoking in public places ‘throughout the city of Melbourne’, Australia, according to a story by Vittorio Hernandez for the IBTimes and quoting The Age. The ban would include footpaths. Foster said that cutting the impact of smoking would help make Melbourne healthier. “We have […]

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Going for a song

Going for a song

| January 31, 2013

A Canadian tobacco manufacturer established by ethnic Koreans plans to launch a cigarette named Gangnam, following Psy’s global hit, ‘Gangnam Style’, according to a story in The Korea Times. Gangnam is the area south of the Han River that is now an affluent district of Seoul. Canada Tobacco & Global (CT&G), set up by 38 […]

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Upwardly mobile Imperial employees to shun lifts and use the stairs

Upwardly mobile Imperial employees to shun lifts and use the stairs

| January 31, 2013

Imperial Tobacco employees are due to test their fitness levels in a contest to encourage improved health and well being. Around 16 teams from the company’s operations in Australia, France, Poland, Spain and the UK have signed up for the 2013 Global Corporate Challenge. ‘Evidence shows that, as well as helping to keep fit, exercise […]

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Imperial’s fine-cut sales up nine per cent in three months to end of December

Imperial’s fine-cut sales up nine per cent in three months to end of December

| January 30, 2013

Imperial Tobacco’s fine-cut sales during the three months to the end of December, boosted by strong growth in make-your-own tobacco sales in Western and Central Europe, were nine per cent higher than those of the three months to the end of December 2011. Nevertheless, Imperial’s total stick equivalent volumes (cigarettes and fine-cut) were down by […]

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Dyrbus to retire from Imperial Tobacco

Dyrbus to retire from Imperial Tobacco

| January 30, 2013

Mark Williamson has been appointed deputy chairman of the board at Imperial Tobacco Group PLC, effective immediately. Williamson joined the board in July 2007 and was appointed senior independent non-executive director in 2012, a role that he will continue to perform. He was formerly CFO of International Power PLC and is a non-executive director of […]

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Former physician to US presidents joins BAT as non-executive director

Former physician to US presidents joins BAT as non-executive director

| January 30, 2013

Dr. Richard Tubb, a US citizen and former brigadier general, has been appointed as a non-executive director of British American Tobacco plc with effect from January 28. A BAT press note said that Tubb was one of the longest serving White House physicians, with his leadership spanning more than 14 years and serving the administrations […]

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Vietnam to impose 18 year limit on buying and selling tobacco products

Vietnam to impose 18 year limit on buying and selling tobacco products

| January 30, 2013

Vietnam is set to impose a ban in which those under 18 years of age will not be allowed to sell tobacco products at retail outlets, nor buy them, according to a Vietnam News story. The ban is part of a long-term national plan approved by Prime Minister, Nguyen Tan Dung. It aims, in part, […]

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Mid-February start for Zimbabwe sales

Mid-February start for Zimbabwe sales

| January 30, 2013

Zimbabwe’s tobacco marketing season is due to start with auction sales on February 15 and contract sales the following day. Tobacco Industry and Marketing Board chairperson, Monica Chinamasa, told journalists yesterday that four auction floors and seven buying teams would be operating this year. The auction floors are: Tobacco Sales Floor, Boka Tobacco Auction Floors, […]

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