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Imperial ups fight against illicit trade

| August 5, 2014

Imperial Tobacco said today it had rolled out Case Trace technology in four European factories and six markets to enable it better to combat the illicit trade in tobacco products.

“A cross-functional project team comprising Group IS, Global Engineering and Supply Chain plus factory and market teams worked for two years to successfully implement the technology,” according to a note posted on its website.

“Markets can use Case Trace to track bulk supplies to customers and identify any that falls outside the legitimate supply chain.

“This can be used as evidence for authorities to seize illegal product and demonstrates our commitment to the OLAF [EU anti-fraud office] anti-illicit trade agreement.”

“The Coding and Tracking project managers have done a fantastic job in driving this work, but they couldn’t have done so without the efforts of hundreds of others all working together,” said Olaf Huderitz, head of Supply Chain Services and project sponsor.

Case Trace is now operational in 11 factories covering 13 EU markets.

The next phase will see it rolled out in Germany and global duty free.

Keeping tabs on cigarettes.

Keeping tabs on cigarettes.

E-cigarette store at Dublin airport

| August 5, 2014

The Electronic Cigarettes International Group says that its subsidiary, VIP Electronic Cigarettes, has opened a new flagship retail store within Dublin International Airport’s Terminal 2.

According to a Business Wire press note, the Dublin airport store is the first dedicated e-cigarette store to be located in an airport in Ireland.

VIP says that it now has 32 retail stores and mobile retail kiosks “throughout Ireland, cementing the company’s position as the market leader for electronic cigarettes in Ireland.”

The opening of a store at Dublin Airport is said to be part of ECIG’s and VIP’s initiative to locate retail stores and retail merchandising units within high consumer traffic locations, including airport and train transit venues, and other key locations where smokers are looking to vape.

China vapor forum

| August 4, 2014

The CECMOL forum 2014 will take place Sept. 2-4 at the Kirin Parkview Hotel in Shenzhen, China on. This is the first major international forum in China dedicated to the vapor market. Experts will discuss issues such as public policy, standardization, R&D and manufacturing.

This forum is an opportunity for visitors to meet China’s major e-cigarette and e-liquid manufacturers and major players in the global vapor industry. Among other things, visitors will learn more how the standards of safety, technologies, and production processes in China correspond with the standards of other regions.

The Chinese consumer market is gradually opening to the e-cigarette industry and may one day become the biggest vapor market in the world.

More information visit http://sf2014en.cecmol.com.

ITC seeks e-cigarette policy in India

| August 4, 2014

ITC is ready to enter the e-cigarette era and is engaging with the government in the hope of developing a policy that would allow the launch of these products on to the Indian market, according to a story in The Economic Times quoting chairman Y.C. Deveshwar.
The chairman said he expected that the new government would look favorably on the e-cigarette business and divulged that ITC was “ready with e-cigarettes.”
However, he said that some people wanted to ban these products in India.
And he warned that this could lead to a situation whereby, by the time it was established that e-cigarettes were less harmful than were tobacco cigarettes, foreign brands would be able to swamp the market, leaving Indian companies out in the cold.

EU detains fewer items on IPR grounds

| August 4, 2014

Cigarettes comprised the third most frequently detained specific article at the EU’s borders during 2013, according to the commission’s annual report on customs actions to enforce intellectual property rights (IPR).
First place was taken by clothing, which accounted for 12.33 percent of the items detained, and next came medicines (10.10 percent).
Cigarettes accounted for 8.95 percent of detained articles, just ahead of packaging materials, 8.83 percent, and toys, 7.63 percent.
An “other goods” category of articles—distinct from the “all other category” (41.03 percent)—including items such as insecticides, shoe polish, light bulbs, glue, batteries, air refreshers and washing powder accounted for 11.13 percent of detained goods.
A commission press note on the report, which didn’t mention cigarettes or tobacco, said that customs authorities in the EU had detained almost 36 million items suspected of violating IPR.
Although this was fewer than the number of articles detained in previous years, the value of the intercepted goods had been more than €760 million.
“Postal and courier packages accounted for around 70 percent of customs interventions in 2013, with 19 percent of the detentions in postal traffic concerning medicines,” the press note said.
Around 90 percent of all detained goods were either destroyed or a court case was initiated to determine the infringement.
“China continues being the main source of fake products, with 66 percent of all products detained coming from China and 13 percent coming from Hong Kong.
“Other countries, however, were the top source for specific product categories, such as Turkey for perfumes and cosmetics and Egypt for foodstuffs.”

Reynolds American marks 10th birthday

| August 4, 2014

Reynolds American (RAI) celebrated its 10th anniversary on Friday with a closing bell ceremony at the New York Stock Exchange.
Susan M. Cameron, RAI’s president and CEO, joined a group of other company employees in ringing the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange in recognition of the decade since the newly created company started publicly trading in 2004 after the merger of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco and Brown & Williamson.
“I couldn’t be more proud of the great progress we’ve made since the merger and the start of our transformation journey,” Cameron said.
“Over the past decade, we’ve driven change across our companies and industry, found new opportunities for sustainable growth, and returned excellent value to our shareholders.
“Thanks to our employees and our companies’ powerful key brands, we’re well on the way to our ultimate goal of achieving market leadership in a transformed tobacco industry.”
In the 10-year period through June 30, 2014, RAI said, it had generated a total shareholder return of 542 percent, outpacing the S&P 500’s 112 percent.
It said too that on July 15 it had announced a plan to acquire Lorillard and its strong flagship cigarette brand, Newport. The transaction was expected to close during the first half of 2015 after regulatory clearance, and shareholder and other approvals.

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