Projects

During his time in the industry, Mike Ridgway has spearheaded many projects for some of the largest packaging organisations in the industry, as well as negotiating with the European Union and UK and Irish governments in relation to tobacco packaging regulation. Here are some of the most recent projects.

NST - Malaysia

Industry: PACKAGING

Date: December 2017

Tags: 'Plain vs Glitzy'

To read the article Click Here

WORLD TRADEMARK REVIEW

Industry: Tobacco

Date: 17th November 2017

Tags: 'Increased Illicit Trade'

CPMA has claimed that the introduction of Plain Packaging has led to increased Illicit trade in tobacco ...

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PACKAGING NEWS

Industry: Tobacco

Date: 14th November 2017

Tags: Counterfeit Packs

CPMA - Counterfeit Plain Packs a 'major concern'

Click Here to read the full article.

Packaging Materials

Industry: Packaging

Date: 6th November 2017

Tags: Canada

PLAIN PACKAGING does not work according to the latest research findings.  Click Here

PACKAGING NEWS

Industry: Packaging

Date: 5th October 2017

Tags: Conservative Conference

CPMA reports some packaging positives at Conservative Conference.

To read the article Click Here


PRINTWEEK

Industry: PACKAGING

Date: 20th September 2017

Tags: BREXIT

CPMA comments on 'PACKAGING HOLDS UP IN FACE OF 'BREXIT' THREATS'.  To read the article

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PACKAGING NEWS

Industry: Drinks - Alcohol

Date: 1st September 2017

Tags: Plain Packaging

'IS PLAIN THE FUTURE?' - Alcoholic Drinks

To read the full article Click Here.

PACKAGING NEWS

Industry: Tobacco

Date: 21st July 2017

Tags: Tobacco Laws Post BREXIT

Report Claims Tobacco Laws Could Change Post BREXIT .....  To read the article

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PACKAGING NEWS

Industry: Confectionery - Sweets

Date: 29th June 2017

Tags: Label Warnings on Sweets

CPMA FEELS LABEL WARNINGS ON SWEETS MIGHT LEAVE SOUR TASTE

To read the full article ...   Click Here

PUBLIC HEALTH ZEALOTS

Industry: ALCOHOL

Date: 14th June 2017

Tags: Alcohol in Plain Packaging

CPMA respond to 'Public Health zealots who want to put alcohol in plain packaging'.

The CPMA have longed been mindful that the introduction of excessive and disproportionate packaging regulation into a consumer market sector would only lead to the start of a 'slippery slope' into other areas which would have adverse affect onto the packaging industry.

There is no doubt that the restrictions on the tobacco sector have encouraged a further appetite for regulatory trends to continue and recent statements by Public Health England and most recently by the World Health Organisation (WHO) have further demonstrated this ongoing feature.  It must be remembered that alcohol, like tobacco, is a legal product and although problems stem from over consumption there is no evidence that packaging plays a part in any consumer choice or decision at the point of purchase.

Mike Ridgway, Director or the CPMA has warned that this creeping influence of regulation and control could dramatically affect the design, product innovation and the production value within the packaging manufacturing industry which must  oblivious to the consequences of those who patronise the consumer by a 'we know best' for you attitude.

Ridgway concludes ..... 'The packaging industry needs to mobilise its forces now in the face of these worrying influences which could seriously damage the successful futures of business in the sector'.

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PRINT WEEK

Industry: Tobacco

Date: 22nd May 2017

Tags: Tobacco Branding

Tobacco Brands can no longer have logistics and brand names on the packs; with new regulations coming into force on 20th May plain packaging has now become a reality ..... Click Here for full article and comment by the CPMA regarding fears that it may be the start of a trend into other sectors.

C P M A

Industry: Packaging - Tobacco

Date: 20th May 2017

Tags: 'PLAIN PACKAGING DAY'

20th MAY - "PLAIN PACKAGING DAY"

19th May 2017:

Mike Ridgway, spokesman for the Consumer Packaging Manufacturers Alliance (CPMA) commenting on the full implementation of plain packaging for tobacco products said:

"On Saturday 20th May 2017 the introduction of the most intrusive legislation in the history of the U.K. Packaging industry will come fully into effect - Plain Packaging Day.

The legislation allows the elimination of branding, logos, design aspects and other intellectual property rights associated with tobacco products.  These all disproportionately attack the packaging sector more than any other.

The introduction of the plain packaging is in effect 'Brand banning'.  The adoption of plain packaging has seen unforeseen consequences seriously affect the packaging industry with site closures and job reductions across the sector from advanced manufacturing businesses.  These were producing not only a range of packs but also sophisticated tear strips, printed filter paper, metallic film for design applications in addition to the hinged lid folding carton none of which are now printed and produced in the U.K.

The cigarette pack is a complex product providing a major barrier against the counterfeiter and those involved in the illicit trade.  Plain packaging will now see an increase if trends are followed as has happened in Australia where it has now reached levels approaching 15% of usage.

The packaging industry supports efforts to reduce smoking but the regulation must be based upon evidence and effectiveness.  The Consumer Packaging Manufacturers Alliance has long campaigned against excessive regulation of packaging products and will now turn its attention against any further efforts to regulate packaging in other market sectors like alcohol, certain confectionery and products where brand identity and intellectual property rights could be seriously under attack."

ENDS

Mike Ridgway is available for interview on 0777 1551 828

PACKAGING NEWS

Industry: TOBACCO

Date: 13th April 2017

Tags: Supreme Court Ruling

Mike Ridgway - Supreme Court Ruling ....  To read the article please          Click Here

FINANCIAL TIMES

Industry: Tobacco

Date: 22nd February 2017

Tags: Alcohol to Defend Brands

BIG TOBACCO SETS STAGE FOR ALCOHOL TO DEFEND BRANDS

Mike Ridgway of the CPMA has been raising concerns about the proliferation of branding restrictions on consumer packaging for a considerable time.  With the tobacco regulations becoming fully into law on 20th May 2017 the next target for those wishing to restrict consumer product marketing will turn towards alcohol.  A recent report from Public Health England has proposed the measure with the consequences for brand identity, intellectual property rights and more importantly for the packaging manufacturers potentially severe.  A recent article in the FT quoted the CPMA ........ 'That plain packaging on alcohol would curtail an area of brand design and development in which the UK is a "world specialist" at a time when "brands need to be protected and intellectual property rights maintained in the globalised trading environment".'

For full details .... Click Here

PACKAGING NEWS

Industry: Alcohol

Date: 1st February 2017

Tags: Plain Packaging

CPMA RESPONDS TO NEW CALLS FOR ALCOHOL PLAIN PACKS.  For full details please Click Here

THE GUARDIAN

Industry: Alcohol

Date: Saturday 28th January 2017

Tags: Plain Packaging For Beer ??

PLAIN PACKAGING FOR BEER ??

Mike Ridgway of the CPMA states that it should really come as no surprise that the Public Health England government advisory body is now going after alcoholic products for increased regulation in the form of large health warnings including graphic images and even plain packaging.  The aim following the legal restrictions on tobacco packaging, which comes fully into force on 20th May this year, has been to ban alcohol advertising, restrict the alcohol companies sponsorship of events and calling for plain packaging will have a decimating effect on creative brand development and packaging production added value he concludes.  Brands need to be protected and developed further which is a marketing area in which the UK are global specialists.  For further information please see the link below.

Please Click Here  to read the article.

ROMANIA INSIDER

Industry: TOBACCO

Date: 25th January 2017

Tags: Romania Cigarette Smuggling

ROMANIA LOSES REVENUES DUE TO CIGARETTE SMUGGLING

Mike Ridgway of the CPMA stated that the figures recorded indicate how a Member State of the European Union can have its finances damaged by the illicit trade emulating from a neighbouring country.  The black market figures of some 42% are amongst the highest within the whole of the EU with the source of the trade from Moldova and parts of the Ukraine.  For a full report please Click Here 


PACKAGING NEWS

Industry: Packaging Industry

Date: Tuesday 24th January 2017

Tags: Industrial Strategy

INDUSTRIAL STRATEGY GETS MIXED REACTION FROM PACKAGING INDUSTRY.

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PRINT WEEK

Industry: Packaging

Date: Monday 23rd January 2017

Tags: Packaging Sector Growth

PACKAGING Sector continues to see growth ...........

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PACKAGING NEWS

Industry: Alcohol

Date: 15th December 2016

Tags: Plain Pack Alcohol Lobby

Mike Ridgway, Director of the CPMA commented following publication of the Public Health England Report, that he was not surprised as it has always been the objective of the public health lobby to turn their attention to other market sectors and alcohol would obviously be high on the target list.  The effect on the packaging industry should this come about would be enormous with not only folding carton and label producers be adversely affected but also material, foil and specialist ink manufacturers find their added value opportunities severely reduced.  It is a very worrying trend stated Ridgway who has been raising concerns about the trend towards plain packaging in other market sectors in addition to tobacco for many years and the packaging industry needs to really wake up to the threat to their businesses he concluded.

For further details in Packaging News please Click Here

PACKAGING NEWS

Industry: Tobacco

Date: 1st December 2016

Tags: Plain Pack Appeal

CPMA SLAMS REJECTION OF PLAIN PACK APPEAL

To read the full article CLICK HERE

PACKAGING NEWS

Industry: Tobacco

Date: 11th October 2016

Tags: Regulation

CPMA REPORTS ON REGULATION AND BREXIT AT CONSERVATIVE CONFERENCE

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TALKING RETAIL

Industry: Tobacco

Date: 3rd October 2016

Tags: Plain Packaging

RETAILERS FACE 'TESTING TIME' OVER PLAIN PACKS!!

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PACKAGING NEWS

Industry: Soft Drinks

Date: 12th September 2016

Tags: New Zealand

CPMA Warns of Soft Drinks - Plain Packaging following NZ Report

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PACKAGING NEWS

Industry: Tobacco Packaging

Date: 8th August 2016

Tags: Factory Closure

AMCOR to Close Tobacco Packaging Factory

To read article Click Here


PACKAGING SCOTLAND

Industry: Packaging

Date: August 2016

Tags: Double Trouble for Packaging Sector

DOUBLE TROUBLE FOR PACKAGING SECTOR


To read the article Click Here

FINANCIAL POST

Industry: Tobacco

Date: 7th June 2016

Tags: Australia's Warning to Canada

PLAIN TOBACCO PACKAGES CAN BACKFIRE ......

To read the article Click Here

WORLD NO TOBACCO DAY

Industry: Tobacco

Date: 31st May 2016

Tags: CPMA Comments

CPMA REACTION TO WORLD NO TOBACCO DAY

Mike Ridgway, spokesman for the Consumer Packaging Manufacturers Alliance (CPMA), commented:

"I question the effectiveness of additional regulation when no measure has been made of previous regulations.  In the UK, plain packaging was introduced last week.  But has anyone determined the effectiveness of the display ban introduced several years ago to all retail outlets?  and how did they calculate it?

Answer:  Nobody did.  Plain packaging is likely to be in the same category; introduced but with no evaluation of its impact.  Taken together with the EU's Tobacco Product Directive, this is just more Brussels regulation which will affect many businesses in the consumer market sectors".

YORKSHIRE POST

Industry: Tobacco Products

Date: Thursday 26th May 2016

Tags: Illegal Tobacco Packaging

PROSECUTION:   A man has been prosecuted by York Council for the possession and illegal sale of illicit tobacco.  Stephen Patrick Dockerty of Bouthwaite Drive, York, was prosecuted for possession to sell illicit tobacco.

He was given a community order with a curfew from 6pm to 6am for 12 weeks.  He was also ordered to pay costs.  The tobacco sold was illegal because its packaging was incorrectly labelled as it did not carry the required picture warning.  Some items also did not carry one of the required health warnings.

ILLEGAL PACKS

Industry: Tobacco Products

Date: May 2016

Tags: York Court Case

PACKAGING DETECTS ILLEGAL PACKS

A recent court case in York and reported in the Yorkshire Post of 26th May 2016 further demonstrates the role of packaging in combatting the counterfeiter and the trader in illegal tobacco products.

The report from the Court clearly stated that the tobacco being sold was identified by the 'incorrectly labelled' packaging.  The CPMA have been stating for many years throughout the debate concerning packaging regulation of tobacco products that the packaging manufacturers ... 'act as a barrier to trade in Counterfeit and Illicit Products'.

Mike Ridgway - Director CPMA

May 2016


YORKSHIRE POST

Industry: Tobacco Packaging

Date: May 2016

Tags: Illegal Cigarettes

ILLEGAL CIGARETTES FLOOD ONTO THE BLACK MARKET -----

Click Here  to read the article.

The CPMA has constantly warned that the illicit trade in tobacco products is increasing and becoming readily available to young people as well as to the committed regular smoker --- Yorkshire Post 14th May 2016.

The introduction of Plain 'standardised' Packaging from May 2016 will, if following trends in Australia, see the increase where now 1 cigarette in 7 is from the illegal trade since its inception in that country nearly four years ago.

Regular tax rises and ease of supply and now ease of counterfeiting through less complexity in the specification of the packaging will all lead to the same end ---

* INCREASED RISK TO ALL SMOKERS -- BOTH YOUNG AND OLD

* LOWER REVENUE TO THE EXCHEQUER

* THREAT TO THE FUTURE EXISTENCE OF THE SMALL RETAILER

* ENHANCED BANK BALANCES FOR THE CRIMINALS

Mike Ridgway - Director

Consumer Packaging Manufacturers Alliance


TELEGRAPH & ARGUS - BRADFORD

Industry: Tobacco Packaging

Date: 24th May 2016

Tags: New Tobacco Plain Pack Rules

New tobacco 'plain pack' rules - threat to packaging jobs.

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TALKING RETAIL

Industry: Tobacco

Date: 16th May 2016

Tags: Tobacco Restrictions

TRADE BRACED FOR NEW TOBACCO RESTRICTIONS -

To read the article Click Here

PRINTWEEK

Industry: Tobacco

Date: 16th May 2016

Tags: Packaging

No Good News on Packaging Regulations ........ to read the article

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PACKAGING NEWS

Industry: Tobacco Packaging

Date: 16th May 2016

Tags: Tobacco 'Plain Pack' Law

Implementation of Tobacco 'Plain Pack' Law Approaches - to read more

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ASIAN TRADER

Industry: Tobacco

Date: 9th May 2016

Tags: ECJ Tobacco Ruling

The CPMA is disappointed but not surprised at ECJ Tobacco Ruling.  Read the article

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LUBS

Industry: PACKAGING

Date: 6TH MAY 2016

Tags: Apointed Guest Lecturer

Mike Ridgway has been appointed a Guest Lecturer at the Leeds University Business School (LUBS).

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PACKAGING NEWS

Industry: Tobacco Packaging

Date: Thursday 21st April 2016

Tags: Middle East

Mike Ridgway, Director of Consumer Packaging Manufacturers Alliance, visited the Middle East this month to examine packaging trends and in particular Tobacco packaging.  To read the article ...

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THE VERGE

Industry: Tobacco

Date: 4th April 2016

Tags: Plain Cigarette Pack Law - France

To read the article -

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PACKAGING NEWS

Industry: Tobacco Packaging

Date: Tuesday 16th February 2016

Tags: Plain Packaging

Australia Plain Pack 'concerns' slows New Zealand progress according to the CPMA.  To read the article Click Here

PACKAGING NEWS

Industry: Drinks

Date: 18th January 2016

Tags: Alcohol Consumption Proposals

What Alcohol Consumption Proposals could mean for Packaging.  To read the article -

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Packaging News

Industry: Tobacco

Date: Thursday 10th December 2015

Tags: Plain Packaging Rules

TOBACCO firms challenge Plain Packaging Rules.  Click Here

ASIAN TRADER

Industry: Tobacco

Date: December 1st 2015

Tags: Plain Packaging

FRANCE votes for Plain Cigarette Packaging.  To read the article -

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PACKAGING NEWS

Industry: Tobacco Packs

Date: 27th November 2015

Tags: FRANCE

FRANCE passes Plain Tobacco Pack Law.

Click Here  for Article.

To read the Director's response (Consumer Packaging Manufacturers Alliance) to the article

Click Here


PACKAGING NEWS

Industry: Packaging

Date: 28th July 2015

Tags: Concerns about Plain Packaging

MARS VOICES CONCERNS OVER PLAIN PACKAGING

To read the article  Click Here




PACKAGING NEWS

Industry: Packaging

Date: 28th July 2015

Tags: How Far Will The Regulators Go ?

HOW  FAR  WILL  THE  REGULATORS  GO ?      Click Here

Packaging News - Law Firm warns of Plain Packaging Extension   Click Here

Packaging News - Plain Packaging For Fast Food  Click Here


THE SPIRITS BUSINESS

Industry: Plain Packaging

Date: 27th July 2015

Tags: Alcohol

IS  ALCOHOL  THE  NEXT  TARGET  FOR  PLAIN  PACKAGING ?

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DAILY MAIL

Industry: Packaging - Australia

Date: 27th July 2015

Tags: Fast Food and Alcohol

PLAIN PACKAGING EXTENDS INTO OTHER SECTORS ?

Mike Ridgway, the founder and Director of the Consumer Packaging Manufacturers Alliance (CPMA) a collection of packaging producers and brand owners, stated in reaction to the news of this possible increased regulation into consumer market sectors by Australia was one of 'no surprise'!!!

For a considerable period of time the CPMA has been warning brand owners and packaging manufacturers that legislation of this type was 'just around the corner' and following a visit to Australia in February this year he was more convinced than before that it would happen.

The public health lobby will undoubtedly have in their sights a range of consumer products with alcohol and certain foodstuffs being at the top of the list.  The question for the packaging producers and printers is ..... How will any anticipated regulations affect the industry and if anything is to go by ..... the answer is if tobacco is anything to go by ..... significantly!!

With simplified designs, elimination of added value features e.g. multi-coloured printing, banning of hot foil logos and other pack embellishments all brand identities will be potentially affected.

The national problems of obesity and diabetes have been well publicised and action is needed to address these health issues but this should be by education from an early age and not by a knee-jerk or easy reaction of ..... 'Lets attack the packaging' ..... with no evidence that it will be an effective policy that works.

The time is now for the industry to register concerns with governments that the consumer's choice and options to purchase branded products could be about to change.  Now is the time to speak up to the politicians ..... before it is too late.

Mike Ridgway - Director - Consumer Packaging Manufacturers Alliance.

To read the Daily Mail article ..... Click Here

PACKAGING NEWS

Industry: Packaging

Date: Thursday 9th July 2015

Tags: Packaging Industry responds to the Budget

PACKAGING INDUSTRY RESPONDS TO THE BUDGET 2015

Read the article  ...  Click Here

THE SUN

Industry: Tobacco - Packaging

Date: Sunday July 5th 2015

Tags: Ban ..... ten-pack

BAR ON 10-CIGS PACKET

Blow to hard-up

PACKS of ten cigarettes will be banned within months under new EU rules - clobbering millions of hard-up smokers.

A Brussels edict is setting a minimum packet size so huge health warnings can be slapped on the side.

It means packs of ten, 18 or 19 cigarettes will be outlawed, forcing smokers to shell out for 20.

The EU says the measure will boost health and stop kids taking up smoking.  A Government consultation admits it will hurt tobacco addicts.

John O'Connell, director of the TaxPayers' Alliance warned:  "These bonkers rules simply mean people will buy from the black market."

Around 650million ten-packs were sold in Britain last year, a fifth of the overall total along with 172million 18-packs and 715million 19-packs.  Boxes of ten cost around £4.97, and 20s cost £9.30.

The new Tobacco Products Directive is due to come in by next May.  A European Commission spokesman said elected politicians, including from the UK, voted on the TPD, which will "make sure the dangers of smoking are clearer than ever."

Mike Ridgway, the Director of the Consumer Packaging Manufacturers Alliance condemned the measure as unnecessary Brussels interference being imposed onto the smoker by the Directive.  The banning of 10's packs together with the introduction of a 30g minimum weight for Roll-Your-Own products for loose tobacco will be an added financial burden to the consumer when introduced next year.  The UK packaging industry will have fewer packs to produce threatening employment within the sector in supporting a measure upon which there is no evidence that it will reduce smoking trends and may even increase consumption according to Ridgway.




PACKAGING NEWS

Industry: Packaging Industry

Date: Wednesday 10th June 2015

Tags: 2015 Election

THE BIG QUESTION - Will the 2015 Election change anything for the industry ?

Mike Ridgway, director - Consumer Packaging Manufacturers Alliance says .....

Yes.  Because of pressure for on-going packaging regulation from NGO's extending further throughout next year.  This is also international with future EU legislation binding any UK government, of any political colour, by additional restrictions.  An alcohol strategy, both at Westminster and Brussels, is on the cards next year together with potential 'health' taxes for certain confectionery, foodstuffs and fizzy-drink products which, when marketed, will add further labelling warnings directed at the consumer.  Any plain packaging introduction into tobacco will be seen as a future model for further packaging regulation in other sectors.


PACKAGING NEWS

Industry: Tobacco

Date: MAY 2015

Tags: Legal Action

TOBACCO firms threaten legal action, and more ...  Click here

PACKAGING NEWS

Industry: Tobacco Sector

Date: Thursday 28th May 2015

Tags: Plain Packaging Introduction

CPMA calls for delay for Plain Packaging introduction.  For full article Click here

PACKAGING NEWS

Industry: Tobacco

Date: APRIL 2015

Tags: Consequences of display ban

CLOSING THE DOORS ON PACKAGING!!

Mike Ridgway the Director of the CPMA records the views of the display ban extension from a packaging perspective.  Click on the link Click Here

AUSTRALIAN REPORT

Industry: Packaging 'Plain'

Date: 10th March 2015

Tags: Research Project

Mike Ridgway, the Director of the CPMA, recently returned from Australia where he carried out a research project into the effects of Plain Packaging introduction into that market over the last two years and the influence onto smoking trends.  A Press Release concerning this is attached.  Please Click Here

LIVELINE RADIO - IRELAND

Industry: PLAIN PACKAGING

Date: 9th March 2015

Tags: Counterfeit Benefits from Plain Packaging

RADIO RTE - IRELAND INTERVIEW

Mike Ridgway, a spokesperson for UK Packaging firms was interviewed today on Radio RTE - Ireland.  To see the article - Click Here



AUSTRALIAN INVESTIGATION

Industry: Packaging 'Plain'

Date: February 2015

Tags: Plain packs for tobacco products

AUSTRALIAN INVESTIGATION SHOWS PLAIN PACKAGING FOR TOBACCO PRODUCTS HAS FAILED.  To Read the article Click Here

VARIOUS NEWSPAPER ARTICLES

Industry: PACKAGING

Date: JANUARY 2015

Tags: TOBACCO SECTOR

Below are some Newspaper articles published over the last week relating to Plain Packaging and the Tobacco Sector.

1.  Click Here   -   Packaging News

2.  Click Here   -   Retail Times

3.  Click Here  -   Print Week

4. Click Here   -   Telegraph and Argus

5. Click Here   -   Wholesale News

DAILY MAIL

Industry: Plain Packaging and Counterfeiting

Date: Wednesday 21st January 2015

Tags: Forgeries

50 million £1 coins are forgeries

Those shiny £1 coins in your pocket may look real, but the Bank of England has admitted there are almost 50 million fakes in circulation.

Experts believe almost one in every 30 pound coins is counterfeit - and around half of these are good enough to fool vending machines and automated tills.  The problem is so bad the Government is to introduce a new £1 coin in 2017.  It has been designed by the Royal Mint to be much more difficult to fake and will be made of two metals like the £2 coin and be 12-sided.

Companies are expected to have to pay £100 million to update their automatic tills, parking meters and vending machines to accept the new coins.

                                                        Only a £50 million loss to the Government !

The Government is attacking the counterfeiter of the £1 coin with estimates that 50 million are in circulation ! - only £50 million ?

This is completely dwarfed by the current losses to the Government of the illicit tobacco trade which amounts to £8 million per day (or £2.9 billion per year) according to HMRC figures.

The Director of the Consumer Packaging Manufacturers Alliance, Mike Ridgway states that the introduction of Plain Packaging will be a gift to the counterfeiter and see tax losses far greater than £50 million !

The Australian experience after two years report an increase in illegal tobacco from 11.5% in 2012 rising to 14.3% in 2014 - an increase of 25%.

The Government are shooting at the wrong target, states Ridgway, while the counterfeiter can increase his share of the £13.5 billion raised annually by tobacco revenues by introducing Plain Packaging into the market.

Leave packaging alone state the CPMA.

PACKAGING NEWS

Industry: Plain Packaging

Date: Tuesday 20th January 2015

Tags: Plain Pack Plans Opposed

DENNY BROS new MD, Labour plain pack plans opposed and more .....  Click Here

TELEGRAPH & ARGUS

Industry: Manufacturing

Date: 10th December 2014

Tags: Question & Answer

Mike Ridgway - Director of MR Business Services and packaging industry spokesman answered questions in the Local Press.

Where were you born? - Teddington, Middlesex.

Where did you start your working life? - Thatcham, Berkshire in 1969.

What were your ambitions - and do you still have any? - My preference to work in the manufacturing industry.  My ambition was to be in a role that usefully employed people to produce added value products.  Would you rather be doing something else? - I have been extremely fortunate working in the packaging industry both being a learning experience and never being bored.

What do you regard as being your biggest achievement? - In 2008 a part of  my company in Bradford was set for closure and by convincing the Board to sell to the Weidenhammer Packaging Group of Germany then saw a 'world class' modern production factory built in Bradford.

What are your key tips for success? - Be passionate and tenacious, never give up!

What regrets do you have? - Missing one number of the National Lottery a few years ago!! ... but seriously not spending more time with my wife during my business life.

How do you relax? - Reading, swimming, watching cricket and attending horse race meetings.

What are your hobbies/outside interests? - Horse racing ownership with others, foreign travel, attending cultural events and following domestic and international politics.

What is your favourite book/film/play and song? - Book: anything about the Battle of Waterloo.  Film: Heimat (development of Germany over last 200 years).  Play: Man For All Seasons by Robert Bolt.  Song: Ruby Tuesday by Rolling Stones or Melanie.

Who is your hero? - Due of Wellington.

What do you think of Bradford and its prospects? -  Bradford is a great place whose citizens are loyal to past industrial and cultural heritage of the City.

TELEGRAPH & ARGUS

Industry: Plain Packaging

Date: Wednesday December 10th 2014

Tags: Australia and Plain Packaging

Mike Ridgway - Director of the CPMA recently had a letter published at the time of the two year adoption of Plain Packaging into Australia.

MOVE IS PLAINLY WRONG

SIR - I write in response to the article "Plain Packets Call" (T&A, December 2).  The article claimed "In Australia the pioneering move to adopt plain packaging has led to falling smoking rates without creating an illegal black market".  This is wrong on both counts.

Information from the first year of plain packaging in Australia shows that tobacco sales volumes increased by 59 million sticks.  There is also strong evidence of consumers shifting to lower priced brands and less expensive hand rolled tobacco.

A KMPG report, published November 2014 found that in the 12 months to June 2014 the volume of illicit tobacco consumption in Australia grew by 10 per cent.

I worked in the packaging industry for over 40 years and am now director of the Consumer Packaging Manufacturing Alliance.  The introduction of plain packaging in the UK would lead to a collapse in the value of a packaging sector that is currently worth many hundreds of millions of pounds to the UK economy as well as employing over 60,000 people.

The packaging industry believes it would be a mistake to adopt a policy that has failed to improve public health, loses the exchequer revenue and in fact may have the opposite effect by opening up further the illicit supply chain to vulnerable and young people.

ON-LINE OPINION - Australia

Industry: Alcohol

Date: December 2014

Tags: Patrick Basham

WILL ALCOHOL BE PLAIN PACKAGING'S NEXT CASUALTY?

PART ONE

A recent on-line article by Patrick Basham from Australia has revealed the following interesting opinion coinciding with the two year anniversary of plain packaging introduction for tobacco.

Two years after its implementation, plain packaging's impact upon smoking and the illicit cigarette trade remains the subject of vigorous debate.  No longer debatable, however, is plain packaging's negative affect upon the alcohol industry and other non-tobacco sectors of the Australian economy.

THE UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES ARE NOW AFFECTING TRADE AND INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS!

The unintended effects of plain packaging have the potential to vastly outweigh the legislation's intended public health benefits, real or imagined.  In fact, Australia's imposition of plain packaging on tobacco opened a Pandora's Box of potential trade costs with the nation's alcohol sector set to become the first example of the policy's collateral damage.

Indonesian farmers recently rallied in front of the Australian embassy in Jakarta in support of their government's targeting of Australian alcohol.  The Indonesian trade ministry is preparing to mandate the plain packaging of alcohol products, including Australian wine, with the respective labelling devoted to warnings of the adverse health consequences associated with alcohol consumption.

Such support would not have mattered to the Indonesian government if Australia had not opted for plain packaging in late 2011.  But, then-Prime Minister Julia Gillard's Labour government could not resist the temptation to become the global 'leader' in tobacco control policy.  Consequently, Australia is now embroiled in a messy trade dispute that may spill over into a costly trade war.

ON-LINE OPINION - Australia

Industry: Alcohol

Date: December 2014

Tags: Patrick Basham

WILL ALCOHOL BE PLAIN PACKAGING'S NEXT CASUALTY?

PART TWO - AND WHAT COMES NEXT?

Indonesia and four other countries are challenging Australia's plain packaging law at the World Trade Organization (WTO).  This particular trade challenge is shaping up to be one of the most significant in recent years, given the sheer number of parties involved, as well as the substantive effect regarding the interpretation of WTO provisions.  The latter will define how key global trade rules are interpreted and applied in the future, not just in relation to tobacco, but to other controversial products, including alcohol.

The WTO framework provides stability ad consistency in international trade rules.  The rules, which are the result of decades of negotiations, were drafted to provide regulators with the flexibility to implement measures to protect public health, the environment, and public morality.  These global rules require all regulators to ensure that any measure that is adopted is actually effective in practice and is proportional in achieving its public policy objectives.

From a trade perspective, plain packaging's fundamental problem is it requires the confiscation of the intellectual property owned by the companies that manufacture, brand and label the affected products.  Specifically, Australia's plain packaging law constitutes a fundamental attack on the global protection of intellectual property rights contained in the General Agreement on Trade and Tariffs "Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights" (TRIPS).

Indonesia and her fellow WTO complainants argue that, among other effects, plain packaging amounts to an unjustifiable infringement of corporate trademarks, which is in direct violation of TRIPS Article 20.  They also assert that plain packaging violates Article 2.2.

ON-LINE OPINION - Australia

Industry: Alcohol

Date: December 2014

Tags: Patrick Basham

WILL ALCOHOL BE PLAIN PACKAGING'S NEXT CASUALTY?

PART THREE  - THE FUTURE?

Of course, if Australia prevails at he WTO, plain packaging would be legitimized as a valid regulatory measure to curb consumption of harmful consumer goods, such as tobacco, or potentially harmful goods, such as alcohol.  However the tangible economic downside is that Australian producers of wine, beer and spirits would face the very real prospect of plain packaging being applied on some or all alcoholic beverages for reasons of public health, morality, or both.

The bottom-line is that Australia's alcohol sector could face packaging restrictions in overseas markets solely because the Australian government mandated comparable restrictions on domestic tobacco products.

POTENTIAL RISKS TO U.K. PRODUCERS!

The dispute between Australia and Indonesia boils down to a high-stakes, tit-for-tat political row.  Regulatory retribution, if you will.  Nonetheless, it is an expensive political reality that now confronts the Abbott government.

Its predecessor should have thought more carefully about the unintended, yet entirely predictable, domino effect of plain packaging-induced trade retribution.  The United Kingdom, New Zealand, Ireland and other trade-dependent countries currently considering plain packaging should think twice before setting into motion a comparable fiasco.

The above is an abridged version of an article by Patrick Basham from On-Line Opinion - Australia.

Mike Ridgway - the Director of the Consumer Packaging Manufacturers Alliance totally supports the views expressed and has been warning the brand owners and packaging companies supplying the sector that increased regulation affecting labelling, marketing and packaging 'is on the way!!'

PACKAGING NEWS

Industry: Packaging

Date: December 2014

Tags: New Government

BIG QUESTION

Will a new government in 2015 make a difference to the packaging industry?

Mike Ridgway, the Director of the Consumer Packaging Manufacturers Alliance was asked by Packaging News to respond to the packaging 'Big Question' feature to be published in the January 2015 .... WILL THE ELECTION CHANGE ANYTHING? ..... his answer is recorded below.

"Political and business uncertainties make 2015 projections problematical.  YES is my answer with the pressure for - on-going regulation continuing from NGO's extending further throughout the year.  This is becoming international in context with the E.U. binding any U.K. government, of any colour, by additional regulation.  An alcohol strategy both at Westminster and Brussels is on the cards next year as are potential 'health' taxes directed at certain confectionery, foodstuffs and drinks can only be coupled with further labelling requirements directed at the consumer.  Any plain packaging move in tobacco will be seized upon as a future model in other sectors."

Mike Ridgway

Director - Consumer Goods Manufacturing Alliance

PACKAGING NEWS

Industry: Tobacco Packaging

Date: Sunday 7th December 2014

Tags: Australia

AUSTRALIA'S STANDARDISED PACKS 'NOT WORKING'

Mike Ridgway - Director of Consumer Packaging Manufacturers Alliance states ... the Australian situation regarding standardised cigarette packaging is not working after two years of implementation.  For the full article Click Here

YORKSHIRE POST

Industry: Tobacco

Date: Saturday 6th December 2014

Tags: Shipment Seized at Docks

TOBACCO SHIPMENT SEIZED AT DOCKS

HULL - Border Force officers at Hull Docks have seized eight tonnes of tobacco.

The seizure was made as officials identified a container which had arrived on a cargo ship from Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

The container was searched and found to contain 16 pallets, each loaded with three large boxes which had been shrink wrapped.

The boxes contained large clear plastic bags filled with loose leaf tobacco, which will now be destroyed.

This is the second reported major seizure of tobacco products within one week in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.  This product would all be destined for the illicit tobacco trade in U.K. robbing the Exchequer of valuable tax revenue.

The introduction of Plain Packaging would allow the counterfeit and illicit trade to expand in the U.K. as it has done for the last two years since the introduction in Australia in December 2012.

DAILY MAIL

Industry: Coin - Forgery

Date: Tuesday 2nd December 2014

Tags: Counterfeiting

WHY THE NEW £1 WILL COST MILLIONS

The cost of upgrading vending machines and self-service tills to accept the new £1 coin will run to millions, according to businesses.

Chancellor George Osborne unveiled the coin, which is based on the old threepenny bit, in September in a bid to combat forgeries.  It is due to enter circulation in 2017.

The Treasury said the current £1 coin is 'increasingly vulnerable' to forgery and around three in 100 are now fake.

Mike Ridgway - the Director of the CPMA states ..... while it should be applauded that the Government are going to fight forged £1 coins by introducing a new shape and complex design features, it is potentially considering the exact opposite with packaging materials!

Why and Where?  -  the introduction of 'plain packaging' into the tobacco sector would allow counterfeiters to copy and reproduce tobacco products in a far easier and less complicated way by eliminating sophisticated design features; the use of special materials and printing techniques.  The losses to the Exchequer of £2.9bn per year (HMRC figures) or £8 million per day could increase dramatically with the introduction of easy to reproduce 'plain packaging'.

YORKSHIRE POST

Industry: Tobacco

Date: Tuesday 2nd December 2014

Tags: Smuggled Cigarettes

MILLIONS OF SMUGGLED CIGARETTES SEIZED

IMMINGHAM:  Border Forcer officers have seized a container load of 10 million smuggled cigarettes.

Mark Robinson, Assistant Director for Border Force, said: "I would like to praise the hard work and vigilance of our officers in making such a significant seizure, keeping a large amount of illegal cigarettes off our streets.  The black market cheats honest traders."

LANCASHIRE EVENING POST

Industry: PLAIN PACKAGING

Date: 25TH NOVEMBER 2014

Tags: Packaging Fakes

MIKE RIDGWAY - Director of the CPMA speaks out against packaging fakes. 

For more information Click Here For Full Article

PACKAGING NEWS

Industry: POWERBOOK 2014/5

Date: November 2014

Tags: Players in the Packaging Industry

THE PACKAGING NEWS POWERBOOK & DIRECTORY 2014/5

All the players driving our vibrant industry forward

Here you will find a comprehensive breakdown of the players in the industry; from the individuals who make the sector tick to the vast array of suppliers covering everything from materials, manufacturing and machinery to design, recruitment and marketing services.  We've based our choices on the names that are driving the industry forward and heading up the biggest companies in the sector.  We've also thrown a spotlight on individuals who have had a particularly busy year; industry players who have been at the centre of some big deals and fresh, innovative thinking. Others are working hard to defend packaging's corner and carry the fight against legislation that will have a negative impact on our industry.

MIKE RIDGWAY

Director - Consumer Packaging Manufacturers Alliance

A long-term campaigner against plain packaging for tobacco products.  Ridgway is a former managing director of Weidenhammer UK and spokesman (on the tobacco issue) for seven packaging manufacturers.  Often in the media spotlight over the last year, he has fought relentlessly against the introduction of plain packs in the tobacco industry, a battle that, as the PowerBook went to press, was still in the balance.  Ridgway is also active in lobbying Brussels and the European Parliament in relation to the EU Tobacco Products Directive.  And it's now not just about tobacco:  Ridgway has founded the Consumer Packaging Manufacturers Alliance that aims to fight back against any plain pack threat to other products such as alcohol.

Philip Chadwick - Deputy Editor of Packaging News

FOOD SAFETY CONFERENCE - FoodManufacture.co.uk

Industry: Food producing companies

Date: October 2014

Tags: Food and Drink Businesses

LABELLING CHANGES STRIKE 'FEAR' INTO SMEs

Changes to food labelling rules have shaken small to medium sized food and drink businesses (SMEs), which fear being put out of business, a leading industry advisor has revealed.

Companies producing small batches of artisanal products, such as cheese or bread, would not meet the rules forced upon them by the new Food Information for Consumers Regulation (FIR), Duncan Swift, partner and head of food advisory at Moore Stephens claimed.

"They are fearful that the potential implications of FIR will mean they cannot continue to be artisanal and could go out of business as a result, " Swift told FoodManufacture.co.uk at the Food Manufacture Group's food safety conference last week.

Impossible for SMEs

The essence of producing small batches of artisanal products meant there were often big differences in the nutritional properties from one product to another, which would be impossible for SMEs to keep track of and label on pack, he said.

SMEs had already made changes to labels to comply with the first round of FIR this December 13 - enforcing minimum font size and highlighting allergens in the ingredients list - he said.

But nutritional labelling changes, due to be enforced in 2016, would be too much for SMEs to handle, as they didn't have the technical capabilities to analyse the full composition of products, he added.

"The rules are all very well for major food companies, which can absorb the cost", explained Swift.

"But changes to the rules risk destroying the basis of those SMEs that cannot deal with the costs that come with the changes."

The CPMA monitors proposed regulatory changes and advises where these will affect both brand owners and packaging manufacturers.

FOOD AND DRINK MATTERS

Industry: Packaging

Date: October 2014

Tags: Food and Drink

PACKAGING ADVISORY SERVICE

Mike Ridgway, who has headed the packaging industry's fight against a move to plain tobacco packaging, has launched the Consumer Packaging Manufacturer's Alliance (CPMA).  The subscriber service will offer advice and updates on regulatory reform, EU proposals and parliamentary debates as well as regular newsletters targeted specifically at the packaging industry and brand owners.

Ridgway said: "I wanted to do this to protect the packaging industry primarily from the onslaught of regulation that we are facing, so it is really for packaging producers and particularly for brand owners who are looking at increasing regulatory directives that are going to affect them, not just on tobacco but alcohol, food and drinks."

Ridgway said that he aimed not only to provide an accessible source of regulatory information but that he would also act as a spokesperson on this subject for companies: "I will provide a response service on behalf of those that it will affect.  There hasn't been a voice on this matter on the side of packaging so far."

"I don't have a problem with regulation, some of it is necessary, but I do have a problem when it is excessive and not effective," Ridgway added.

So far eleven companies have signed up to the service, which can be accessed online.

For more information, please call  07771 551828 or visit  www.cpm-alliance.co.uk

PACKAGING NEWS

Industry: Packaging Regulation Latest

Date: Sunday October 19th 2014

Tags: Tobacco, Plain Packaging

WTO DELAYS TOBACCO PACKAGING RULING

Mike Ridgway, Director of the CPMA, calls for suspension on all further decisions on plain packaging within the UK and EU.

Click here for full article.

DAILY MAIL

Industry: Packaging

Date: Wednesday October 15th 2014

Tags: Plain Packaging

THE ROAD TO PLAIN PACKAGING AND THE ATTACK ON BRANDS!

WILL WE SEE ALCOHOL AND CERTAIN FOODSTUFFS FOLLOW THE SAME ROUTE?

12-year crackdown on our tobacco habit

2002 - Ban on all tobacco advertising and sponsorship

2007 - Smoking ban in public places such as bars and restaurants in England

2008 - Introduction of graphic images on cigarette packets

2011 - Ban on tobacco vending machines

2013 - Ban on display of cigarettes in shops starts to be rolled out

2014 - Parliament votes to ban the smoking of cigarettes in cars when children are present

THE FUTURE - Government is considering mandatory plain cigarette packages

WHAT WILL BE THE AFFECT ON THE PACKAGING INDUSTRY?

WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO BRANDED PACKAGING?

Mike Ridgway

Director - CPMA

October 2014


 

SUNDAY EXPRESS

Industry: Alcohol

Date: October 12th 2014

Tags: Drinking 'health warnings'

PREGNANT DRINKERS WARNING!!

Every bottle of alcohol could soon be labelled with cigarette-style warnings about the risks of drinking during pregnancy.

A group of MPs wants prominent warnings to reduce the soaring number of babies born with foetal alcohol syndrome.

A Labour MP, who is spearheading the campaign, said: "The only safe amount of alcohol to drink during pregnancy is zero."

The CPMA always supports effective regulation - but will this proposal extend to all bottles and cans including beer and lager?

Will the 'health warnings' include graphic pictorials?

What about buying wine by the glass - does this proposal include health warnings being engraved into the surface of wine glasses?

All the consequence of such regulation affecting packaging must be considered in its entirety rather than the initial consideration that ... 'it is a good idea' states Mike Ridgway - Director CPMA.

The Blaze.com - Part Two

Industry: Packaging

Date: Thursday 2nd October 2014

Tags: Packaging

WHERE NEXT WITH OTHER MARKETS AND PRODUCTS?

A further disturbing possibility - If governments can completely strip tobacco companies of their ability to label their products, could it happen in other industries?

In Thailand, the government is introducing graphic health warnings on alcohol and Chile is moving to mandate 'STOP' signs on junk food packaging.

Back in Australia, there's a push to put 'plain packaging' on slot machines - no more dollar signs and gold doubloons to lure in gamblers.

Could this happen in U.K. betting offices and pubs?

The CPMA state that the elimination of brands infringe basic rights of business.

'It destroys our intellectual property, steals our branding from us, provides no compensation for that theft and has the cherry on top that it doesn't work.  Many people just move to illicit cigarettes,' said a public relations manager with a major tobacco firm.  'There is always going to be a percentage of adults who are unwilling to quit and if it's cheaper to buy from the street then they will.'

In the U.S., courts have ruled that mandated graphic warnings on tobacco packaging are a violation of the First Amendment's free speech protections, but other countries are pushing plain packaging forward with Ireland leading the way.

The U.K. packaging industry supports regulation that is effective and based upon evidence in all matters affecting public health states the CPMA.

The Blaze.com - Part One

Industry: Packaging

Date: Thursday 2nd October 2014

Tags: Packaging

WILL PLAIN PACKAGING SPREAD TO OTHER MARKETS?

A recent Washington Post article opened with this thought -

Is so-called 'plain packaging' really such a good idea?

The Post pointed to two studies that found that cigarettes in plain packaging are less appealing than branded packs.

The newspaper also noted that calls to a smoking cessation help-line have jumped 80 percent since plain packaging was introduced in December 2012.

But there are major issues with the Australian case.

First, despite the phone calls, there's no hard evidence that plain packaging has actually reduced smoking levels and Australia's smoking rate has been steadily declining for years before the ban on branded packs.  After plain packaging Australia's tobacco sales actually increased by 0.3 percent in 2013.

A tobacco-industry commissioned report from KPMG found that black market cigarette sales spiked in Australia in 2013, driven by a 151 percent rise in the illegal sale of branded cigarette packs and as brand loyalty reduced smokers simply seek out the cheapest product.

'Since the last 12.5 percent excise (tax) increase on 1 December 2013, the low price segment (of the cigarette market) has grown almost 5 percent,' British American Tobacco Australia state.  'That's more smokers, smoking cheaper cigarettes in the last six months.'

PACKAGING NEWS

Industry: Packaging

Date: Monday 29th September 2014

Tags: The Packaging Industry - Labour Proposed Tax Increases

PACKAGING FIRMS OPPOSE LABOUR TOBACCO TAX PLAN

The packaging industry has criticised Labour leader Ed Milliband for proposing increased taxes on British tobacco companies to raise £150m for NHS spending.

Mike Ridgway, director of the Consumer Packaging Manufacturers Alliance (CPMA), said while the matter was between the tobacco industry and a future Labour Government, he did not believe it made 'any sense'.

'The biggest loss of taxation and excise revenue in this area is because of the illicit trade which HMRC quoted at £2.9bn in 2012/2013 - an increase of £500m on the previous year.  We believe that he is targeting the wrong area.'

He added that any further 'anti-business' measures such as plain packaging in alcohol including beverages or certain foodstuffs would have an adverse affect on the U.K. packaging manufacturing industry.

THE TIMES

Industry: ALCOHOL

Date: MONDAY 11TH AUGUST 2014

Tags: Alcohol Health Warnings

THE TIMES - Monday 11th August 2014

The Times reported today (11/8) that the recent reports from the All Party Parliamentary Group on Alcohol Misuse (APPG) promoted that health warnings should be placed on wine bottles and other alcoholic products to warn people against the dangers of drinking too much.  Also there should be a clampdown on sports sponsorship of football and a range of other sports.  The Chairman of the APPG, Tracey Crouch MP said that the current 'tiny' voluntary logos were not enough but in future should contain 'evidence based' health warnings.

The NGO, Alcohol Concern and spokesperson Jackie Ballard are also linking alcohol branding awareness to school children, and see this as a future problem.

The CPMA state this has all the makings of a re-run of the tobacco debate with initially a small step towards regulation gathering speed and ultimately a proposal that full scale plain packaging is introduced seeing the logical consequence of the elimination of branding.

The plain packaging debate has now significantly widened, stated Mike Ridgway the Director of the CPMA.

DAILY EXPRESS

Industry: ALCOHOL

Date: MONDAY 11TH AUGUST 2014

Tags: Alcohol Risk

DAILY EXPRESS - Monday 11th August 2014

ALCOHOL RISK - MUST BE ON LABELS STATE MP's

Cigarette style health warnings should be placed on bottles and cans of alcohol products states a group of MP's.  With health warnings on tobacco products the All Party Parliamentary Group on Alcohol Misuse (APPG) reported that in order to inform consumers about the risk every alcohol label should include evidence based health warnings.

Will this extend to all packaging in the future --- the Director of the CPMA Mike Ridgway asks ?

Earlier MP's also called for the introduction of the minimum pricing and the strengthening of regulations around marketing of alcoholic products.  The Vice Chairman of the Group, Lord Brooke said "After smoking, alcohol is the biggest preventable killer", and Jackie Ballard from the NGO Alcohol Concern said "We need urgent action".

The familiar trend, in similar fashion to tobacco, has now been established - more regulation ... followed by more regulation and then more regulation to make the first regulation work !! ... How long before graphic health warnings appear on packs ? ... How long before alcohol products are stored in lockable cabinets in store ? ... How long before total plain packaging will be proposed ?

Mike Ridgway of the CPMA states that branded consumer products companies and the packaging sector need to be less complacent ... as they are under increasing attack !!

PACKAGING NEWS REPORT

Industry: CONFECTIONERY

Date: 28TH JULY 2014

Tags: Confectionery Market

MARS VOICES CONCERNS ABOUT PLAIN PACKAGING - Packaging News Reported - 28th July 2014

Confectionery giant Mars has been advised by its lawyers that plain packaging for tobacco could have a detrimental impact in the food and drinks sector.

Recently disclosed government documents show Mars wrote to the Department of Health (DOH) in 2012, expressing concern about plain packaging being introduced to other sectors including food and drink suppliers, insisting intellectual property rights and branding could be infringed, the effects on consumer recognition, the impact on consumers' health and safety, and an increase in counterfeit products.

"As well as depriving brand owners of their intellectual property rights without compensation, in the food and non-alcoholic beverages industries the introduction of such legislation would lead not only to consumer confusion (as to both origin and quality), but also to a significant increase of counterfeit products and hence negatively impact on consumers' health and safety."  Mars stated in the correspondence with the DOH.

Mike Ridgway, director of the Consumer Packaging Manufacturers Alliance, told Packaging News that when the plain packaging debate commenced, 'unforeseen consequences' was a phrase used by the packaging industry but largely discounted by sceptics.

"Westminster has alcohol marketing and labelling on its agenda for review while supermarkets are introducing confectionery free checkout lanes.  What next?  Could sweets have non-glitzy plain packs?  Will fizzy drinks have health warnings?"

Confectionery-free checkouts register with NZ consumers

Industry: Confectionery

Date: 18th July 2014

Tags: Confectionery at checkout zones

CONFECTIONERY - FREE CHECKOUTS REGISTER WITH NZ CONSUMERS

Report by Confectionery News - 18th July 2014

The impulse checkout channel may be under further threat after a survey revealed a third of consumers in New Zealand supported candy-free checkout zones.

A study of 2,271 Kiwi consumers by Horizon Poll found that 34.1% believed supermarkets should remove confectionery and sugary goods from all checkout lanes.

17.7% were against the idea, while the majority were indifferent.

UK CHECKOUTS GOING CANDY-FREE - Calls for candy-free cash registers in other markets have already gained traction.

Earlier this year, Discount retailer Lidl removed all chocolate and sweets from checkouts except for Wrigley's gum across its UK stores.  Major UK supermarket Tesco also committed to removing sweets and chocolates from all of its checkouts by the end of the year.

This followed 'a Junk Free Checkouts' campaign, led by the British Dietetic Association's and the Children's Food Campaign.

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSP) also recently attacked US retailers for stocking confectionery at checkout counters.

A 2012 article in the New England Journal of Medicine said that candy near cash registers created an obesity risk and should be banned.

WILL HEALTH WARNINGS AND PLAIN PACKAGING BE THE NEXT STEP ?

Countdown, a New Zealand supermarket chain owned by Woolworths, already runs a sugar free cash zone in each of its supermarkets.  Other supermarkets have said they would make similar moves if there was enough public support.

First domino ready to fall as alcohol plain packaging move pondered

Industry: Tobacco & Alcohol

Date: 7th July 2014

Tags: Plain Packaging

WORLD TRADEMARK REVIEW - By Trevor Little

Speaking last month to Drinks Industry Ireland, Mike Ridgway, spokesman for the Consumer Packaging Manufacturers Alliance said: "We've long feared that introducing plain packs for tobacco products would eventually lead to plain packaging in other sectors.  It now looks like these fears could become reality sooner than anyone expected.  Indonesia represents a market of nearly 250 million consumers and if they retaliate to plain pack cigarettes by adopting branding bans for alcohol it would affect all alcohol products sold to Indonesia from anywhere in the world."


 

Call For Fizzy Drinks Sugar Tax

Industry: Drinks

Date: 9th June 2014

Tags: Sugary Drinks

SUNDAY EXPRESS - Sunday 8th June 2014

A sugar tax on fizzy drinks has moved a step closer as health chiefs battle to stem the obesity epidemic plaguing the nation.

Leading doctors have called for sugary drinks to be labelled with health warnings to make them as socially unacceptable as cigarettes.

The Government seemed reluctant to take on the might of the food and drinks industry but after meetings last week hosted by Public Health England (PHE) a tax on fizzy drinks packed with sugar is being considered as a genuine possibility.

This would prove controversial for food and drink producers which have been concentrating on reducing overall calories and particularly saturated fat in their products.

A proposed sugar reduction strategy will be unveiled by PHE on June 26.

A PHE spokeswoman admitted a tax on fizzy drinks could be part of the new strategy, saying "This will be considered alongside other measures that have the potential to be effective."


 

Is This The Future?

Industry: Packaging

Date: 28th April 2014

Tags: News Snippet

DAILY MAIL - Friday 11th April 2014

Pensioner Keith Ballantine developed a rare nervous condition called Guillan-Barre Syndrome after eating Liquorice Allsorts.  How long before elf'n'safety bans Bertie Bassett and insists that all sweets containing liquorice are either withdrawn from sale or sold in plain boxes with appropriate health warnings?

Packet in

Industry: Packaging

Date: 28th April 2014

Tags: News Snippet

THE TIMES - Thursday 3rd April 2014

The Consumer Packaging Manufacturers Alliance, which advises the packaging industry, is the latest business voice to speak out against plain tobacco packaging.

Ministers, it notes, want to change the design of the £1 coin to combat counterfeiting.  Yet, with 13 percent of all cigarettes sold in the UK already counterfeit - at an annual cost to the Treasury of £3 billion - those same ministers may enforce plain packaging, helping counterfeiters.  It has a point.


 

New Packaging Advisory Service Launched

Industry: Packaging

Date: March 2014

Tags: Packaging

EXTRACT FROM PRINTWEEK ARTICLE - NEW PACKAGING ADVISORY SERVICE LAUNCHED

The subscriber service will offer advice and updates on regulatory reform, EU proposals and parliamentary debates as well as regular newsletters targeted specifically at the packaging industry and brand owners.

"This has evolved out of the work I have been doing on behalf of Weidenhammer Packaging Group, Essentra Packaging, Parkside Flexibles and API Group in relation to tobacco packaging regulations," Ridgway said.

"I wanted to do this to protect the packaging industry primarily from the onslaught of regulation that we are facing so it is really for packaging producers and particularly for brand owners who are looking at increasing regulatory directives that are going to affect them, not just on tobacco but alcohol, foods and drinks," he added. 

Ridgway, former managing director of Weidenhammer, said that he aimed not only to provide an accessible source of regulatory information but that he would also act as a spokesperson for companies within and related to the packaging industry.

"I am alerting people to the potential new regulations they are facing.  It starts with NGOs that want to increase regulation, and I will provide a response service on behalf of those that it will affect.  There hasn't been a voice on the side of packaging so far."

"I don't have a problem with regulation, some of it is necessary, but I do have a problem when it is excessive and isn't necessarily doing any good."

So far eleven companies have signed up to the service, which can be accessed at www.cpm-alliance.co.uk.

One of the first to back the new entity is Essentra Packaging.  The company's head of marketing and regulatory matters, Simon Wildash, said it was a natural progression following recent lobbying on plain tobacco packaging.

"We found that through Mike's representation, as a group of companies we were having more impact and getting more people listening.  So for us it made sense to join the CPMA on that basis."

He added: "We feel an association like this will provide the industry with a greater understanding of legislation, an overview of trends and a stronger voice to represent a number of companies rather than just one of us responding to issues and consultations."

The Future of Brands?

Industry: Packaging

Date: February 2014

Tags: Packaging, Tobacco, Alcohol, Confectionery, Snack Foods

BRANDS ARE UNDER ATTACK

With governments around the world looking at increased tobacco packaging regulation and the European Union introducing restrictions under the umbrella of the Tobacco Products Directive, which will be law in 2014, the producers and users of all types of consumer packaging need to be aware!

As head of a group lobbying against plain packaging Mike Ridgway has been at the forefront of pushing the benefits of complex and sophisticated packaging in consumer markets.  Taking tobacco as a topical example, the use of packaging plays a major part in combating the counterfeiter. This has been the main strand of the argument in a market sector that is seeing its brands being undermined by the illicit trade.  Mike has written countless news articles and given media interviews on the subject in addition to confronting the Prime Minister on a visit to West Yorkshire in April 2013 as recorded live on Sky News.

Representation at Westminster and political links in Brussels has helped get the message across to politicians who are largely unaware of the details of the manufacturing processes and the role of packaging.

Other market sectors are being examined in relation to packaging and with potential restrictions include alcohol (wines and spirits); confectionery (sugar and chocolate) and snack foods.

Packaging Communication

Industry: Packaging

Date: January 2014

Tags: Packaging, Manufacturing, Communication, Retail, BBC Radio 4, Radio Scotland, Radio Wales, Radio Ireland

WHY BRAND PACKAGING? 

The role of packaging in consumer markets is a subject that requires a fuller understanding by the media, politicians and the public.

Packaging covers a range of manufactured products, sold daily by supermarkets and other consumer goods retail outlets, which are used and then disposed of with little understanding of the role it plays. There is a constant need for the benefits to be promoted and the subject to be more appreciated by the consumer.

Mike Ridgway has spent considerable time in presenting the benefits of packaging (such as anti-counterfeiting, product protection and marketing) to the media, the retailers and the consumer.

Press and media interviews have been regularly given to both the national and regional newspapers, trade journals and to the radio including BBC Radio 4, Radio Scotland, Radio Wales and to two stations in the Irish Republic.

Mike is available to the media, local authorities and trade journals to provide views on all subjects relating to consumer packaging.


Packaging Research

Industry: Europe-wide Packaging

Date: December 2013

Tags: Market Research, UK, Europe

PACKAGING MANUFACTURING GLOBAL RESEARCH

As packaging manufacturing becomes more pan-European and global, not only the large, but the small and medium enterprises are looking to improve their marketing and sales opportunities and understanding of other national markets.

In 2012 Compositub S.A. of Barcelona, Spain needed greater knowledge about the UK rigid cylindrical container market.  This information required a marketing report covering market size, sector breakdown by segmentation, product type and specification requirements.  This included face to face research data and visits to established industry contacts. A report was produced providing market entry options and business potential.

This service is available for individual company’s requiring further information for future investment, due diligence reports and sales and marketing planning purposes.

For more information:email info@cpm-alliance.co.uk Call 07771 551828