The Road Trip to Sweden Series: June 2009, chronicals Larry Waters' diplomatic mission to Stockholm and Gothenburg Sweden. Swedish Match AB "suggested" he come visit them concerning the Joakim/Markus in "alleged" captivity issue and some other things. SnusCENTRAL in Sweden: it wasn't like the old Danish invasions of centuries past, but comes pretty close!
During our tour of the Swedish Match Gothenburg Snus Factory, we were shown a number of places we were not allowed to photograph. For example, this photo is from the upper level shooting down to the Gothenburg factory production floor.
In a diplomatic coup, we were allowed to walk the production floor and get a close-up look at a number of things like how the Star Formations are made and placed in the snus cans. I was actually inches away from the legendary "rewetting process".
Absolutely no pictures were allowed on the production floor. This wasn't necessarily bad as the next photo illustrates how one dresses for a clean room environment. At this point we had left the production floor and taken off our sanitary hats. I won't describe the disinfecting process prior to dressing and there are no pictures of that happening which I know of. I won't even tell my wife the procedure.
They didn't always tell us we couldn't photograph something, but there were many times that as I pulled out my camera, I heard a Swedish Match Security Guard unholstering and cocking his pistol. When I put my camera away, I heard the firearm decocked and reholstered. I caught on pretty quickly.
One of the rooms at the Gothenburg Snus Factory we were not allowed to photograph or film was the Flavoring Room. Here, rows of sealed shiny stainless steel containers labeled with each Swedish Match snus name made in Gothenburg and containing the particular tobacco mix used in that brand received the flavoring which make each so unique.
Today, JTI made their new Swedish CAMEL Snus official with a 10 AM (GMT 1) press conference. I received an email early this morning from Joakim Nilsson of JTI with more information and Official JTI Press Release on CAMEL Snus. We start below with a short excerpt from the email I received:
SnusCENTRAL.org, the most comprehensive snus website on the planet, revealed today that two high-ranking Swedish Match AB Officials have accepted sanctuary at the SnusCENTRAL Command Bunker which is located at an undisclosed location somewhere in the United States. Swedish Match AB is the largest manufacturer of Swedish Snus in the world as well as being an industry leader in the manufacturing and distribution of cigars, American smokeless tobacco, pipe tobacco, and matches/lights.
Wake Up, tobacco users of all kinds (except cigars): the Tobacco War of 2009 has already begun. It's going to get bloody too.
It's a shame DallasNews.com, the on-line version of the Dallas Morning News, believes only short stories will bring visitors to the site. This article on www.dallasnews.com leaves out many of points relevant to tobacco users in general. Fortunately, I'm here to fill the missing blanks.
NOTE: For those readers unaware, R.J Reynolds Tobacco Company (RJRT) , which markets Camel SNUS is an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Reynolds American Inc.
So first, let me congratulate Susan Ivey on her promotion to Chairman, President, and CEO of Reynolds American Inc. and to her successor at RJRT as Chairman, President and CEO of that company, Daniel Delen.
And since it’s fitting as I’m writing you, I bought my first can of Camel SNUS Frost yesterday and am on my 3rd portion now as I write this. I will be exclusively using Frost until I’m done with this piece so as not to compromise its taste unfairly by using Swedish Snus.
PART 2: Philip Morris USA and the Great American Snus Experiment:
NOW it's time to take a hard look at the tobacco industry and ESPECIALLY Philip Morris USA, who embarrassed America to snus lovers world-wide with their current so-called snus product, Marlboro snus and their original, even worse debacle with Taboka ....I can't even stomach putting the word "snus" after it.
This series is designed to show how Big American Tobacco is intentionally taking advantage of cigarette and other tobacco users' lack of knowledge with their new "snus" products to market inferior products; in quality, taste, and health risks, at obscenely inflated prices compared to REAL Snus. Philip Morris USA and R.J. Reynolds Tobacco are being used as examples since they were the first US Big Tobacco Companies to begin test marketing a snus product.
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