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British American Tobacco aims to create ‘vintage’ cigarettes market

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Britain’s biggest tobacco firm has turned to the wine industry for ideas on how to give its cigarettes some cachet.

British American Tobacco is bringing out premium packets of Dunhill cigarettes, containing details of the lineage of the leaf used, along with the year of harvest.

Its aim is to create a market in limited edition vintage cigarettes, similar to that found in fine wines.
The firm is trying to cash in on the move by consumers towards premium brands. Its packs of 20 will cost a hefty £18 – double the price of a standard pack

The packets could prove controversial among health campaigners, who may claim it is an attempt to glamorise a product that can kill.

 
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Posted by on November 26, 2013 in Tobacco Facts

 

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BAT plans new cigarette brands

Global tobacco giant British American Tobacco is looking to launch new brands, including a budget-oriented one, in the Philippines as part of efforts to increase its market share and tap a wider client base.

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BAT produces famous selling brands Lucky Strike, Dunhill, Kent, and Pall Mall, which accounted for more than 30 percent of the group’s worldwide volumes in 2011 or 226 billion cigarettes.

It only sells Lucky Strike in the Philippines with total sales of a few million cigarette sticks last year.

“We’re looking at introducing new brands.  We have Lucky Strike now but we’ll have multiple brands in the market as we go along.  Lucky Strike is quickly establishing itself in the marketplace.  We’re seeing an opportunity to bring in new brands here.  We may bring in a low-tier brand,” BAT Philippines general manager James Lafferty said in a briefing.

Lafferty said the introduction of new brands is also part of BAT’s commitment to invest around $200 million over a five-year period in the Philippine market  following  the passage of  the controversial sin tax bill.

Lafferty said the group is mulling the establishment of a manufacturing plant in the Philippines but noted that  nothing has been firmed up.

 
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Posted by on February 19, 2013 in Tobacco News

 

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Tobacco companies are biggest political spenders

The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) has released financial disclosure returns that show the donations of more than $11,500 made to political parties and the political expenditure of donors.

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Large tobacco companies spent about $14 million as they fought against the Federal Government’s plain packaging laws.

British American Tobacco, Phillip Morris and Imperial Tobacco gave a total of $9 million to the Alliance of Australian Retailers, which led the campaign against the laws.

Imperial Tobacco also separately spent more than $4 million fighting the move with printed material and broadcast advertising and Philip Morris added to that with nearly $500,000.

The Coalition also received donations worth $184,000 from British American Tobacco and $79,000 from Philip Morris.

Mining companies and associated lobby groups were also big donors and big campaigners as they fought the Government’s tax on mining profits and the carbon pricing scheme.

The Minerals Council of Australia spent nearly $4 million fighting the tax, with most of that spent on broadcast advertising.

The Association of Mining and Exploration Companies spent another $2.2 million.

Clive Palmer’s Mineralogy gave the Coalition parties, at federal and state levels, nearly $500,000.

His Queensland Nickel gave another $500,000 to Queensland’s LNP.

 
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Posted by on February 2, 2012 in Tobacco News

 

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