According to an inside source at Swedish Match speaking on condition of anonymity, Swedish Match will be discontinuing two snuses in their popular XRANGE brand: XRANGE Grov Slim Portion Snus and XRANGE Salmiac Slim Portion Snus....
The origins of what became GN Tobacco are somewhat murky. What was always clear is that the initial Oden's Snus marketing plan hinged on offering the snus with the highest nicotine levels available on the market. Everything else was secondary.
Fast-forwarding to 2016 and GNT's Q3 new product introductions, a trend had solidified into a huge change from 2009......
You will never see published a letter from a cigarette smoker thanking Altria or Reynolds American for addicting them to nicotine through cigarettes. Likewise, a short note saying "I'm a life-long smoker. So happy today to learn I have lung cancer!" is even more unlikely.
In the case of nicotine-addicts now cigarette-free because of Swedish snus, thank you letters and testimonials are more the rule than the exception.....
In Q2 2016 the Swedish government took two major actions concerning Swedish snus. At the time, the first seemed unnecessary and the second only confirmed the weakness of Stockholm when it came to their own free trade interests between Sweden and the EU.
On 1 July 2016 a third snus action was taken, this time not by the Swedish government but by Swedish snus manufacturing giant Swedish Match AB. Looking at all three actions together begs the question: were these coordinated actions by Sweden and Swedish Match to finally eliminate the EU ban on Swedish snus or just an odd coincidence?
Swedish Match North America (SMNA) is dramatically expanding the availability of ZYN nt tobacco-free nicotine pouch products into the western United States. Three questions come immediately to mind: 1) What the hell is ZYN, 2) If ZYN is tobacco-free but has nicotine, why is Swedish Match making it? and 3) As a Swedish Match snus user, why should I be interested in ZYN nt?
Fortunately, I am now in position to answer those questions and more.....
In a historic referendum on 23 June 2016, the UK voted to leave the European Union. The ramifications of Brexit, both the good and the bad, have been the leading discussion topic in the UK, the EU, and around much of the world ever since.
As a Swedish Snus Ambassador, my first thought was "does this mean Swedish snus is (or will be) legal to purchase in the UK?". Let's take a look at that.....
Once again, the Swedish government caved to EU interference concerning Swedish snus. On May 20, 2016 the EU's Tobacco Products Directive was implemented in Swedish legislation, which among other things means new health warnings on snus cans.....
UPDATE 23 May 2016: This is the first time the new Super Slim portion was used in a production environment and machine calibration was more challenging than anticipated.
General G.3 Super Slim Strong Mint Portion Snus is now finally available to purchase!
The Swedish National Food Agency (think FDA in the US) is the authority that issues regulations for snus/chewing tobacco manufacturers in Sweden.
A revised regulation specifying the permitted content of any snus sold on the Swedish market was issued on 11 April 2016, specifying not only which additives may be used, but the permitted maximum levels for certain undesirable substances.....
Snus flavored with spirits is a tradition going back hundreds of years to the beginnings of snus itself. Farmers in Sweden who made the first snuses for their own use often went beyond the basic tobacco, water, and salt recipe. It comes as no surprise that wine and spirits were among the different ingredients added to home-made snus.
Mass-marketed Swedish snus flavored with alcoholic beverages have come a long way since Probe Whiskey Portion Snus was launched in 1994. While Probe has been delisted this year, 2016 will bring forth new snuses flavored with whisky, rum, and bourbon....
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