Category: Markets

Volume down, share up

Volume down, share up

| February 16, 2018

January saw Japan Tobacco Inc.’s domestic cigarette sales volume fall by 14.3 percent, year-on-year, but its market share was up on that of January 2017.

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Seeking new alliances

Seeking new alliances

| February 9, 2018

Alliance One International, which yesterday announced a rise in volume sales, is seeking to expand into new, added-value business lines that offer improved margins and good growth potential.

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Star Tobacco expanding

Star Tobacco expanding

| February 8, 2018

Star Tobacco’s recent expansion is being reflected in the establishment of bigger facilities in Turkey and Indonesia.

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Tracking an export ban

Tracking an export ban

| February 8, 2018

A question has been raised about the possible de facto ban on the export of cigarettes from the EU to countries that won’t accept track-and-trace coding on tobacco packaging.

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Universal looking forward

Universal looking forward

| February 7, 2018

Green-leaf purchases have begun in Brazil, and Universal Corporation believes already that its fiscal year 2019 volumes will rise, given a recovery in African volumes and overall market stability.

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More spent on TV adverts

More spent on TV adverts

| February 5, 2018

Indonesia-based tobacco companies increased their spending on television advertising by 12 percent during 2017.

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Price hike due in Iran

Price hike due in Iran

| February 5, 2018

The number of cigarettes smuggled into Iran fell sharply during the first 10 months of the current financial year, but local cigarette prices are set to rise by 50 percent.

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Pod-device is guaranteed

Pod-device is guaranteed

| February 2, 2018

A new pod-based, e-vapor device has been launched on to the US market supported by a lifetime device-warranty.

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Warning: middlemen

Warning: middlemen

| February 2, 2018

It is not just the weather that can turn a good season into a poor one for Zimbabwe’s tobacco growers. Middlemen blowing in after harvest time can do the same.

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Norwegians turn to snus

Norwegians turn to snus

| January 19, 2018

Tobacco smoking is going out of favor in Norway, where the incidence of smoking is now below that of snus use.

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Belarus upping production

Belarus upping production

| January 18, 2018

Belarus is apparently increasing its production of cigarettes and at least one EU member of parliament is not happy that some EU member states are the target markets for these products.

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Quality issues in Malawi

Quality issues in Malawi

| January 17, 2018

With what might be a ‘short’ tobacco crop and with concern about the quality of some of the tobacco being produced; it will be interesting to watch Malawi’s grower prices evolving.

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Russians hit by health bug

Russians hit by health bug

| January 17, 2018

During the past five years, Russians have reduced significantly their drinking and tobacco smoking, and they have increased their interest in sports.

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Tobacco season delayed

Tobacco season delayed

| January 12, 2018

The late onset of rains in Zimbabwe is expected to delay the opening of the flue-cured tobacco selling season, which could have a knock-on effect through the economy.

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Tobacco dominates trade

Tobacco dominates trade

| January 9, 2018

A major increase in trade between North Korea and Mongolia was driven by tobacco imports into the former.

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Interesting times

Interesting times

| January 5, 2018

The biggest challenge facing Japan Tobacco Inc’s new CEO will involve getting to grips with the evolving, complex issues surrounding next-generation products.

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Keep digging

Keep digging

| January 4, 2018

Often, if a policy, such as an anti-tobacco policy, is seen not to have worked, the reaction is to call for more of that policy rather than a change to that policy.

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Better times ahead

Better times ahead

| January 4, 2018

This year should be better than last year for Malaysia’s cigarette manufacturers and, therefore, for government revenues. Only the illegal trade is expected to lose.

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HNB demand boosts imports

HNB demand boosts imports

| January 2, 2018

In some early-take-up markets, demand for heat-not-burn products is starting to have a measurable effect on international trade.

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Small retailers cry foul

Small retailers cry foul

| December 22, 2017

India’s small-scale retailers believe that their bigger rivals are working with anti-tobacco activists to take their customers.

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