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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

Tobacco Asia Profile: The Total KARDIEN Solution

Image courtesy of KARDIEN Co., a subsidiary of KT&G

A relative newcomer, Korean company KARDIEN, a subsidiary of KT&G, has nevertheless already made promising inroads in providing a broad range of easy-to-use yet very reliable tobacco product testing equipment. more

Mar 3, 2016 12:00 AM Features

Filters: A Sometimes Overlooked High-Tech Cigarette Component

Photo courtesy of Essentra

Filter manufacturers and cigarette companies are inextricably intertwined and depend on each other. Cigarette sales volumes also affect filter suppliers and they have to come up with ingenious solutions to stay competitive. more

Mar 3, 2016 12:00 AM Features

While the global leaf tobacco trade is dominated by large multinationals, independent suppliers fill a gap through fast response times and the ability to fill specialized orders. more

Dec 1, 2015 12:00 AM Features

A Lot of Smoke over MRTPs?

Image courtesy of British American Tobacco

As the industry continues writhing to appease anti-tobacco lobbyists, national regulators, and health authorities alike on all fronts, MRTPs (modified risk tobacco products) may offer at least partial respite – or do they? more

Sep 1, 2015 12:00 AM Features

Established as early as 1901 in the UK, Imperial Tobacco Group has for decades been a global force to be reckoned with, offering a string of often iconic cigarette brands and other tobacco products in its diverse portfolio. more

Sep 1, 2015 12:00 AM Features

Hank Mozingo celebrates his 25th anniversary with Tobacco Associates this year. Tobacco Associates represents 2,400 US tobacco growers. more

Jul 1, 2015 12:00 AM Features


From the Publisher header


 

Baby. Bathwater.
Throw out much?

One would think the invention of reduced risk products would be welcomed by the
anti-tobacconists. Isn’t the very core of their existence the goal of reducing exposure to smoke and
smoking related diseases? But they are unsettled and unable to fully enjoy the success
of their regulatory labor and continue their march against e-cigarettes.

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