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Thomas Schmid

SEKE: Quality Leaf from Greece’s Largest Supplier

Image courtesy of S.E.K.E. S.A.

With multinationals comprising its by far largest customer segment, SEKE S.A. is today Greece’s top tobacco merchant by total volume and value, making the cooperative a poster child for Greece’s economic recovery. more

May 24, 2017 12:00 AM Features

Kavex: Supplying the World from Thessaloniki

Image courtesy of Nicos Gleoudis Kavex S.A.

Having managed to survive the economic upheaval that gripped Greece in recent years and saw the demise of many local tobacco merchants, Nicos Gleoudis Kavex S.A. has emerged as a stronger entity, selling its products on four continents. more

May 23, 2017 12:00 AM Features

Lumina Cigarette Tipping: A Stylish New Safety Feature

Image courtesy of Tannpapier GmbH, a subsidiary of Trierenberg Holdings

Cigarette manufacturers are always looking for effective ways to protect their products against counterfeiting. Innovative Austrian company TANNPAPIER’s ingenious “Lumina Tipping” technology not only achieves that. more

May 22, 2017 12:00 AM Features

Greek Leaf: Out of the Doldrums Yet?

Image courtesy of S.E.K.E. S.A.

The Balkan region has a long tradition of tobacco growing. Greece is no exception and is indeed one of the world’s foremost suppliers of oriental leaf. Nevertheless, the country’s growers and traders have experienced a veritable rollercoaster ride. more

May 22, 2017 12:00 AM Features

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One may adore, loathe, or just ignore buzz words like “industry 4.0”, “the internet of things”, or “smart computerization”, but one thing is for certain: the wheels are turning and the future is unstoppable. more

May 17, 2017 12:00 AM Features

In a region where RYO is uncommon, rolling paper sales remain sluggish compared with the rest of the world. International paper companies primarily concentrate on maintaining a brand presence, holding up their hopes that better times might arrive. more

May 12, 2017 12:00 AM Features

Taiwan: A Tough, Mature Market

Courtesy of Taiwan Tobacco & Liquor Corporation

When Taiwan’s state tobacco monopoly was abolished in 2002, competition between the local TTL Corp. and foreign tobacco companies started heating up. But a plethora of tough regulations make the country a difficult place to handle for everybody. more

Mar 10, 2017 8:52 PM Features

As counterfeiters of brand cigarettes are becoming increasingly skilled in perfecting the art of emulating cigarette packaging, TOBACCO ASIA explores what tobacco companies can do to stem the tide and how packaging manufacturers assist them. more

Mar 9, 2017 12:00 AM Features

Malawi: Premium Burley to the World

Courtesy of Premium Tama Tobacco Malawi Ltd.

Geographically relatively obscure, the African country of Malawi nevertheless has a global reputation for producing the finest burley leaf outside the US. TOBACCO ASIA talks to some of the main players. more

Mar 8, 2017 12:00 AM Features

An elegant looking filter tip and laser printing-enhanced packaging go a long way in establishing brand appeal among consumers – and nobody knows that better than China’s paper and packaging suppliers. more

Nov 1, 2016 3:00 PM Features

Sustainable farming is practiced with many agricultural commodities including tobacco. Tobacco Asia asks international tobacco traders where sustainability measures are warranted, how they’re comprised, and what it takes to implement them. more

Nov 1, 2016 8:00 AM Features

Huge in landmass yet tiny in population and boasting one on the strictest tobacco laws on the planet, Mongolia nevertheless is a coveted market for both local and multinational companies. more

Nov 1, 2016 8:00 AM Features

High-Quality Leaf from Indonesia The Merchants’ P.O.V.

Photo courtesy of Alliance One International

The Indonesian archipelago looks back at a long history of cultivating tobacco crops. But what are merchants doing to maintain and improve high-quality output to help Indonesian tobacco stay competitive in the world market? more

Sep 6, 2016 12:00 AM Features

Tobacco Leaf Track & Trace Laborious but Indispensable

Photo courtesy Alliance One International

It’s been long-standing industry consensus that tobacco leaf must be tracked and traced in an uninterrupted chain from grower to manufacturing facility. While the majority of parties involved comply, there are always those who flaunt the system. more

Sep 5, 2016 12:00 AM Features

Part of our ongoing series on independent leaf suppliers, TOBACCO ASIA is venturing to opposite ends of the globe, introducing a cooperative in Kentucky as well as what is called the first privately operated leaf processor in Laos. more

Jul 1, 2016 12:00 AM Features

With China being the country where the e-cigarette was invented, the rest of Asia has a somewhat confused relationship with electronic smoking devices as far as legislation is concerned. TOBACCO ASIA takes a closer look at e-smoking regulations. more

May 2, 2016 12:00 AM Features


From the Associate editor


Another big year
for the industry

The tobacco industry has always shown that, in the face of challenges, it is not only resilient but also consistently innovative.

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