UK illegal tobacco market highlights for June.
Jul21

UK illegal tobacco market highlights for June.

 UK illegal tobacco market highlights for June. M&S  News – Birmingham The former owner of M&S News in Birmingham has been ordered to pay £228,737 through a POCA order or face two years in prison after pleading guilty to 10 offences in relation to selling illegal tobacco. 6,328 packs of cigarettes and 692 packs of RYO were found hidden at the store, and, following a further conviction in October 2015, JTI removed the...

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COVENTRY RETAILER SELLS UP AFTER REPEATED SUCCESSFUL ILLEGAL TOBACCO RAIDS BY TRADING STANDARDS
Jun29

COVENTRY RETAILER SELLS UP AFTER REPEATED SUCCESSFUL ILLEGAL TOBACCO RAIDS BY TRADING STANDARDS

The owner of the ‘Babylon Halal’ located in King William Street, Coventry has sold his shop after multiple raids by Trading Standards Officers during a 12 month period, where illegal tobacco was discovered and seized. Numerous concealments were found within the premises on various raids and illegal tobacco was also ‘fed’ into the shop down a tube from a flat above the premises. The Coventry store also had its gantry confiscated by...

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EUTPD II DEADLINE IS HERE – Key advice from blu for retailers now that the 20th May deadline has arrived -
May23

EUTPD II DEADLINE IS HERE – Key advice from blu for retailers now that the 20th May deadline has arrived -

The final part of the EUTPD II legislation officially came into effect on 20th May and retailers need to be aware of what this means for their stores and e-cigarette sales.   Recent research, conducted by blu, has identified that for new vapers, the convenience channel is their first port of call, over the supermarkets, and the interaction that convenience and independent retailers have with their customers provides a huge opportunity...

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Imperial assists Devon and Cornwall Police as HMP Dartmoor prison officer convicted of illegal tobacco offences
May12

Imperial assists Devon and Cornwall Police as HMP Dartmoor prison officer convicted of illegal tobacco offences

Imperial Tobacco has assisted Devon and Cornwall Police in securing the conviction of a prison officer who was attempting to smuggle counterfeit tobacco into HMP Dartmoor. Daryl Keenan, from Paignton, was arrested and charged in October last year after a routine staff search upon entering HMP Dartmoor – a ‘smoke free’ prison – uncovered several counterfeit 50g pouches of Golden Virginia tobacco hidden in his bag. A member of...

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Imperial Tobacco and FWD launch wholesaler-focused instalment in Suspect it? Report it! anti-illicit trade poster campaign
Mar06

Imperial Tobacco and FWD launch wholesaler-focused instalment in Suspect it? Report it! anti-illicit trade poster campaign

The illicit trade continues to be a scourge on the UK’s retail sector. 1 in 81 independent stores are under threat from the damage being done to sales and associated basket spend by illegal tobacco, and illicit tobacco purchases cheat UK shops out of around £3.4 billion2 in lost revenue each year. This dishonest trade inevitably has a devastating impact on UK wholesalers, from whom the vast majority of honest independent retailers...

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Savor the Moment with New Panatella Launch
Mar04

Savor the Moment with New Panatella Launch

  Small Cigars Segment Set to Deliver Big Sales with Latest NPD from STG UK - Scandinavian Tobacco Group UK Limited (STG UK) is set to reinvigorate the Small Cigar segment with its latest new product launch, Moments Panatella. As the Tobacco category braces itself for the impact of EUTPD 2, this new launch will provide retailers with a visible value alternative that will attract existing smokers to their stores. The new Moments...

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