The 2020 GTNF would have been impossible without the support of these generous sponsors.
TR Staff Report
In a crowded field of tobacco and nicotine events, the Global Tobacco & Nicotine Forum (GTNF) stands out. It is one of the few forums that brings together all stakeholders, including regulators and public health advocates, for a respectful dialogue and constructive exchange of ideas. The GTNF would not be possible without the support of our generous sponsors. We are honored to recognize them below.
Alliance One International is a tobacco leaf supplier that offers customers high-quality leaf they can trust. With more than 145 years of agricultural experience and customers in approximately 90 countries, Alliance One International purchases tobacco from a network of more than 300,000 farmers worldwide to produce products that are sustainable and fully traceable. Visit the company’s website at www.aointl.com.
Altria Group holds diversified positions across the tobacco, alcohol and cannabis industries. Through its wholly owned subsidiaries and strategic investments in other companies, Altria Group seeks to provide category leading choices to adult consumers while returning maximum value to shareholders through dividends and growth. Altria Group’s tobacco companies include Philip Morris USA, U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co., John Middleton and Nat Sherman. Altria owns an 80 percent interest in Helix Innovations. Altria holds equity investments in Anheuser-Busch InBev, Juul Labs and Cronos Group. Visit the company’s website at www.altria.com.
Based in Richmond, Virginia, USA, Avail is a premium retailer that offers a broad array of products online and in its 97 stores across 12 states. The company delivers on the promise of quality and transparency. Information on Avail products is available through its retail stores and on the web at www.availvapor.com.
BMJ is the world’s No. 1 partner for specialty paper and packaging materials in the cigarette industry. BMJ produces cigarette paper, plugwrap paper, base tipping paper and printed tipping paper with standard weights of 18 grams to 40 grams per square meter. As a printing packaging company, BMJ represents high-quality packaging utilizing both rotogravure and offset. Visit BMJ’s website at www.bmjpaperpack.com.
Boegli-Gravures designs, develops and manufactures stateof- the-art embossing tools and solutions for an exacting worldwide clientele. The company’s combination of artistic vision and engineering excellence has brought it recognition as a world leader in high-precision embossing and as an original equipment manufacturer supplier. The secret of Boegli-Gravures’ success lies in the company’s vision and passion for innovation. Visit www.boegli.ch for more information.
British American Tobacco (BAT) is a leading multicategory consumer goods business. Its purpose is to build “a better tomorrow” by reducing the business’ health impact through offering a greater choice of enjoyable and less risky products. BAT’s ambition is to increasingly transition revenues from cigarettes to noncombustible products over time. BAT employs more than 53,000 people, operates in more than 180 countries and has factories in 43 of those countries. The company’s strategic portfolio comprises its global cigarette brands and a growing range of potentially reduced-risk products. These include vapor, tobacco-heating products, modern oral products, including tobacco-free nicotine pouches, as well as traditional oral products such as snus and moist snuff. In 2019, the BAT Group generated revenue of £25.8 billion ($33.86 million) and profit from operations of more than £9 billion. Visit BAT’s website at www.bat.com.
Broughton Nicotine Services (BNS) is a privately owned global contract research organization (CRO) offering fully integrated end-to-end services to deliver U.S. premarket tobacco product applications, EU medicinal product applications and EU tobacco product directive notifications. Its business culture is to continue to invest in new science and innovations. By partnering with BNS, clients will know they have access to some of the most experienced electronic nicotine-delivery system project managers and scientific professionals in the world combined with regulatory compliant CRO laboratory facilities committed to developing safer nicotine products. Find the company’s website at www.broughton-ns.com.
CNT is the world’s largest supplier of highly purified tobacco-derived nicotine to the pharmaceutical and e-cigarette industries. In addition to offering pure nicotine and derivatives such as Nicotine Polacrilex, CNT supplies pure synthetic S-Nicotine. The processing is done in Switzerland by CNT’s exclusive contract manufacturer, Siegfried, under pharmaceutical current good manufacturing practices. Complimentary to its nicotine platform, CNT is one of the world’s leading suppliers of sustainably produced tobacco leaf. For more information, visit http://nicotineusp.com.
Headquartered in Austria, Delfort is a global leader in tailor-made specialty papers. In addition to thin print paper, release base paper, food packaging paper and electrical applications paper, the company manufactures a complete portfolio of top-quality cigarette paper, plugwrap paper, tipping base paper and printed papers. By utilizing pure and certified raw materials with the most advanced equipment, Delfort ensures that its products meet the most stringent quality requirements. For more information, visit www.delfortgroup.com.
Part of Smoore, Feelm is a high-end atomization technology brand, a world leader in atomization. Focused on cutting-edge atomization technology research, Feelm also specializes in the development and manufacturing of high-quality atomization devices driven by Feelm black ceramic coil with metallic film. As the research engine of the global electronic atomization industry, Feelm delivers premium experience. Ever since the successful development of Feelm black ceramic coil in 2016, Feelm has had a significant impact on the research and manufacturing of closed vapor products, changing the whole competitive landscape. Feelm has won several domestic and international awards, including a Golden Leaf Award in 2018, a China Patent Award and the iF Design Award in 2020. For more information, visit www.feelmtech.com.
Imperial Brands is a dynamic global business borne out of a strong tobacco heritage. Its core business is built around a tobacco portfolio that offers a comprehensive range of cigarettes, fine-cut and smokeless tobaccos, papers and cigars. As nicotine consumption trends continue to evolve, Imperial has broadened its portfolio to proactively transition adult smokers to next-generation products, potentially harm-reducing innovations that deliver nicotine without tobacco combustion. Visit www.imperialbrandsplc.com.
Japan Tobacco International (JTI) is a leading international tobacco and vapor company with operations in more than 130 countries. It is the global owner of Winston, the world’s No. 2 cigarette brand, and Camel outside the U.S. and has the largest share in sales for both brands. Other global brands include Mevius and LD. JTI is also a major player in the international vapor market with its Logic brand and its tobacco vapor brand Ploom. Headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, JTI employs more than 44,000 people and was recognized with a Global Top Employer award for the sixth consecutive year. JTI is a member of the Japan Tobacco Group of Companies. For more information, visit www.jti.com.
Juul Labs was founded with the goal of helping to transition the world’s 1 billion adult smokers away from combustible cigarettes. The company believes that vapor products can offer adult smokers an alternative to combustible cigarettes and, in so doing, reduce the harm associated with tobacco. At the same time, Juul Labs also knows that providing an alternative to adult smokers is at risk if it comes at the expense of underage use. The company is committed to helping adult smokers transition away from combustible cigarettes while combating the serious problem of underage use. Visit the company’s website at www.juullabs.com.
Philip Morris International (PMI) is leading a transformation to ultimately replace cigarettes with smoke-free products to the benefit of adults who would otherwise continue to smoke, society, the company and its shareholders. PMI manufactures cigarettes as well as smoke-free products and associated electronic devices and accessories and other nicotine-containing products in markets outside the United States. In addition, PMI ships a version of its IQOS Platform 1 device and its consumables authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to Altria Group for sale in the U.S. under license. PMI is building a future on a new category of smoke-free products that, while not risk-free, are a much better choice than continuing to smoke. Through multidisciplinary capabilities in product development, state-of-the-art facilities and scientific substantiation, PMI aims to ensure that its smoke-free products meet adult consumer preferences and rigorous regulatory requirements. PMI’s smoke-free IQOS product portfolio includes heat-not-burn and nicotine-containing vapor products. As of June 30, 2020, PMI estimates that approximately 11.2 million adult smokers around the world have already stopped smoking and switched to PMI’s heat-not-burn product, available for sale in 57 markets in key cities or nationwide under the IQOS brand. Visit www.pmi.com and www.pmiscience.com for more information.
Founded in January 2018, Relx is Asia’s leading e-cigarette brand. Relx’s mission is to empower adult smokers through technology, product and science ethically. Relx independently develops its e-cigarette products at its CNASstandard R&D center and continues to make significant investments in R&D, e-liquid testing and new product development to deliver the best possible experience to its adult users. To protect minors from accessing e-cigarette products, Relx developed the guardian program, a companywide initiative that stretches from product development to sales and marketing, leveraging cutting-edge facial recognition technologies, GPS data and cloud technologies. The company has attracted global talent from Uber, Proctor and Gamble, Huawei, Beats and L’Oreal. Visit https://relxnow.com for more information.
Smoore is a global leader in offering vapor technology solutions, including manufacturing vapor devices and vapor components for heat-not-burn products on an original design manufacturer basis with advanced R&D technology, strong manufacturing capacity, wide-spectrum product portfolio and diverse customer base. According to Frost & Sullivan, Smoore was the world’s largest vapor device manufacturer in terms of revenue, accounting for 16.5 percent of the total market in 2019. For more information, visit www.feelmtech.com.
Turning Point Brands continues to grow and evolve to meet changing consumer preferences. Along with a tobacco portfolio that features iconic, historic brands such as Zig-Zag and Stoker’s, the company has expanded into the vapor and tobacco alternative segments with innovative brands such as VaporBeast, VaporFi, Vapor Shark, RipTide and Nu-X. A highly effective sales force and distribution network ensure that consumers, retailers, partners and shareholders benefit from these products. Visit www.turningpointbrands.com for more information.
For more than 100 years, Universal Corp. has been finding innovative solutions to serve its customers and meet their agriproducts needs. The company built a global presence, solidified long-term relationships with customers and suppliers, adapted to changing agricultural practices, embraced state-of-the-art technology and emerged as the recognized industry leader. The company conducts business in more than 30 countries on five continents and employs more than 20,000 permanent and seasonal workers. Visit the company’s website at www.universalcorp.com.