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Imperial Tobacco launches Lambert & Butler limited editions

17 May 2016 | By Beth Gault

Packs form part of the Lambert & Butler Says ‘Hi’ campaign


Cigarette makers blast EU Court of Justice over tobacco directive Subscription

04 May 2016 | By Daniel Selwood

Philip Morris International, British American Tobacco and Imperial Brands had challenged legislation

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JTI scheme to support retailers through tobacco rule changes Subscription

19 Feb 2016 | By Ronan Hegarty

Japan Tobacco International is launching an initiative to support retailers ahead of the new EU Tobacco Products Directive

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EU court ruling boosts chances of plain tobacco packs Subscription

24 Dec 2015 | By Ronan Hegarty

EU advocate general deals tobacco manufacturers a blow over plain packs

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High Court to rule on plain packaging for tobacco in new year Subscription

08 Dec 2015 | By Andrew Don

Tobacco giants take plain packs bid to High Court this week

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Blakemore Wholesale cuts cost of top-selling tobacco lines Subscription

31 Oct 2015 | By Ellis Hawthorne

Blakemore Wholesale has brought down tobacco prices for its cash & carry customers


BAT: price-marked packs ban will 'confuse' indies Subscription

20 Oct 2015 | By Ellis Hawthorne

BAT says not enough independent retailers are aware price-marked packs will be banned under plain packaging laws

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Tobacco sales fall in more than a third of c-stores after display ban Subscription

16 Oct 2015 | By Ronan Hegarty

They had three years to prepare for the tobacco display ban, but since April the window has slammed down on c-stores

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Washout summer adds to tobacco woes for c-stores Subscription

28 Aug 2015 | By Ronan Hegarty

An escalation of the illicit trade in tobacco is piling the pressure on convenience store operators


Five arrests made in illicit tobacco raid

24 Aug 2015 | By Michelle Perrett

HMRC officers seized 3,500,000 cigarettes and over 150,000 cans of beer and cider from industrial units in the Tottenham area

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Imperial Tobacco volumes and revenues dip in first nine months Subscription

19 Aug 2015 | By Andrew Don

Imperial Tobacco, manufacturer of major tobacco brands, including JPS, Lambert & Butler and Golden Virginia, has reported tobacco net revenue down 4% to £4.4bn in the nine months to the end of June.

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Electronic cigarettes 95% less harmful than tobacco says government body

19 Aug 2015 | By Andrew Don

Electronic cigarettes are 95% less harmful to health than conventional tobacco products, according to a new report from Public Health England.

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Imperial Tobacco targets car boot sales as source of illegal tobacco

11 Aug 2015 | By Andrew Don

Poll claims 1 in 3 smokers purchase illegal tobacco from pubs, market stalls and car boot sales

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Smugglers get 15 years in £3m illicit tobacco case

22 Jul 2015 | By Michelle Perrett

Group used a freight company as a cover to smuggle the cigarettes inside boxes of fruit and vegetables


Tobacco display ban: independents hail smooth implementation Subscription

19 Jun 2015 | By Fiona McLelland

The vast majority of c-stores have complied fully with the tobacco display ban extended to small shops in April…


E-cigarette users in Wales face government clampdown

09 Jun 2015 | By Andrew Don

Welsh government aims to bring e-cigarette laws in line with current tobacco restrictions

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Ice cream vans among non-traditional illegal tobacco distributors, Imperial Tobacco warns Subscription

09 Jun 2015 | By Andrew Don

The manufacturer of leading brands has highlighted the issue in the latest instalment of its Suspect it? Report it! Anti-illicit trade campaign


JTI to challenge tobacco plain packaging in the High Court

27 May 2015 | By Andrew Don

The move comes just days after Philip Morris International (PMI) also said it intended to challenge the law in the High Court

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Imperial Tobacco sees benefits of savings Subscription

06 May 2015 | By Andrew Don

The company’s cost optimisation programme is on track to deliver further incremental savings of £85m in the full year

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Tobacco: local authorities pose restriction threat, warns ACS Subscription

27 Apr 2015 | By Beth Brooks

The increasing powers being handed to local authorities could lead to further restrictions on tobacco, the ACS has warned…

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McDonnell’s DIY gantry solution is top drawer Subscription

10 Apr 2015

Kieran McDonnell, a member of the NFRN executive committee, installed his own under-the-counter drawers from a kitchen shop


Philip Morris e-cig firm slated over failure to deliver gantries Subscription

10 Apr 2015 | By Helen Gilbert, Ronan Hegarty

Retailers contacted The Grocer this week expressing their anger as their promised gantry had not been fitted in time - leaving them to come up with a DIY solution at short notice

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HMRC seizes huge amounts of illicit tobacco

02 Apr 2015 | By Andrew Don

The biggest haul involved HMRC in co-operation with the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) which seized more than 43m smuggled cigarettes in Croatia and Greece

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HMRC illict tobacco strategy unambitious says ACS Subscription

01 Apr 2015 | By Andrew Don

The targets are included in HMRC’s new tobacco smuggling strategy unveiled last week

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Tobacco category report 2016

17 Feb 2016

The fat lady is singing for tobacco

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E-cigarette category report 2016 Subscription

12 Feb 2016 | By Tania O’Donnell

If specialist players leave town after Brussels regulators ride in, will traditional c-stores and grocery outlets benefit?

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The fat lady sings: tobacco category report 2016 Subscription

11 Feb 2016 | By Tania O’Donnell

With tough new rules imminent, brands are preparing last gasp bids to encourage loyalty. What’s ahead for the market?

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Grocers still need help getting to grips with e-cigs Subscription

10 Feb 2016 | By Rob Brown

As specialist vaping chains and online players cashed in, it seems the grocers were unworried, or out the back having a fag

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Can grocers keep pace as e-cigs evolve? Subscription

18 Dec 2015 | By Ronan Hegarty

By most category standards, e-cigarettes is still a booming market

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Dark market weighs down indie sales Subscription

18 Dec 2015 | By Ronan Hegarty

The recovering economy has had little impact on the purchasing habits of smokers

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Panorama shines a light on shady behaviour of Big Tobacco Subscription

03 Dec 2015 | By James Halliwell

Shady behaviour doesn’t sound like the sort of thing Big Tobacco would get caught up in at all

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Making the most of the tobacco display ban Subscription

15 Oct 2015 | By James Halliwell

Six months on, has the impact of the tobacco display ban for small shops been as bad as many feared?


OC&C Global 50: International expansion still holds key for struggling tobacco firms Subscription

15 Jul 2015 | By Alec Mattinson

Revenues and margins both fell for the globe’s biggest tobacco firms last year according to the OC&C Global 50, but an industry struggling with declining cigarette volumes is still looking to new markets to underpin future growth.

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Higgins takes on the display ban Subscription

10 Apr 2015 | By Higgins

Our cartoonist’s interpretation of the best options for stores in the wake of tobacco gantries going dark

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Tobacco display ban for independent retailers looms Subscription

13 Mar 2015 | By Ronan Hegarty

They had three more years than supermarkets to prepare, so are indies ready for the tobacco display ban?

E-cigarette vaper

Fears of e-cigarette stagnation are just a case of the vapours Subscription

17 Feb 2015 | By Ronan Hegarty

Reports this morning over the stunted growth of the e-cigarette market fail to capture the whole picture

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