ITC had approached the court to restrain the Godfrey Phillips from infringing their copyright, and also from infringing company’s registered trademark ‘Flake’, which according to the company has enjoyed the gross sales of around Rs 6,603 crore during FY 2018-19. Now, ITC claims that the Mumbai-based company has launched new ‘deceptively similar’ packaging of its existing brand ‘Select’ to piggyback on its popular cigarette brand.
The Union Health Ministry Thursday notified new sets of specified health warnings with enhanced pictorial images to be printed on all tobacco products. The Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products (Packaging and Labelling) Third Amendment Rules, 2020 will come into effect from December 1.
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The financial investigations into the dealings of the mastermind, who was recently arrested by the DGGI in another case, has indicated that he had opened a media house in which he declared his circulation of newspaper copies at 1.2-1.5 lakh per day while actually circulation was only 4,000-6,000 per day, it said.
FICCI CASCADE (Committee Against Smuggling and Counterfeiting Activities Destroying the Economy), said the seizure of foreign brand cigarettes worth Rs 11.88 crore from a container at Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) in Navi Mumbai on June 12, by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) is one of the biggest seizures since lockdown.
International Tobacco Co Ltd, which does contract manufacturing exclusively for the company, resumed partial operations with restricted capacity and manpower at its Ghaziabad factory, Godfrey Phillips India (GPI) said in a regulatory filing.
This may come as a relief for smokers who are paying through their nose for cigarettes with retailers over-charging them over the printed price citing poor supplies and higher prices charged by distributors. The company spokesperson said it has opened around 150 factories, 2,000 wholesale distribution points and 45 warehouses in total.
Federation of All India Farmer Associations (FAIFA), which claims to represent farmers and farm workers said demand for tobacco has weakened due to declining volumes of tobacco products thus sought government intervention to reschedule crop loans for next two to three seasons and allow farmers to repay the loans in splits of 30% each per season.
Due to delay in supplies and also health advisories on COVID-19, there may be muted demand this year. Tobacco Board expects about 20 per cent dip in demand this year. As per PTI, Tobacco Board may ask farmers to cut down sowing in Karnataka this year following the plunge in demand.
In view of the increasing danger of the coronavirus pandemic, the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) has also appealed to people to refrain from consuming smokeless tobacco products and spitting in public places.
While grocery shops are the only ones selling cigarettes since pan-and-cigarette shops remaining closed for the 21 days lockdown, these retailers are selling packs at Rs 5-15 more than their printed price citing limited stock, a senior industry executive said.
"As an organisation what is of utmost importance to us is our employees' health and safety. In fact about 10 days ago, we announced work from home just to ensure that nobody gets exposed, much before the lockdown," Wadhera told PTI.
Industry sources said that ITC has been introducing new variants and augmenting its product portfolio in the cigarette business.
"Key market interventions in recent months include the launch of innovative and differentiated offerings such as Gold Flake Indie Mint, Gold Flake Neo and Classic Rich & Smooth in the premium end," according to sources.
The committee, besides increasing the legal age of tobacco consumption, has also recommended increasing the fine amount for violation of rules and introducing a provision of tracking and tracking mechanism to check illicit trade of cigarette and tobacco products, an official said.