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Belgium Flag Tobacco in Belgium

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Tobacco industry suffers further woes in 2013 as cigarette volumes decline

The excise duty rise in 2013 on cigarettes had a very significant impact on the tobacco industry in Belgium. With domestic consumption of cigarettes declining, the most important growth driver in 2012 was cross-border trade. As cigarette prices in Belgium are significantly lower than in France, the Netherlands and the UK, it was common for consumers in neighbouring countries to buy their cigarettes in Belgium. In 2013, however, price rises significantly hit cross-border trade, with cigarette volume sales slumping as a result.

Smoking tobacco benefits from cigarette price increases

In 2013, price rises on cigarettes affected mainly mid-priced and economy brands and had the effect of bringing to a halt the trading down phenomenon. However, smokers of economy brands did not quit smoking altogether, instead switching to RYO tobacco. More precisely, make-your-own (MYO) products within smoking tobacco became very successful in 2013 as a substitute for cigarette smokers.

Big four multinationals dominate the market

Four multinational companies (Philip Morris, British American Tobacco, Imperial Tobacco and Japan Tobacco Inc) dominated the Belgian market in 2013, a situation also seen in many other countries globally. The competitive landscape in 2013 was rather static, with the main development coming mostly from British American Tobacco, which benefited from the positive trend in smoking tobacco. The only domestic company present in the Belgian market, Gryson NV, was bought by JT International in August 2012.

Tobacco specialists lose share

Sales through tobacco specialists declined in 2013 for both cigarettes and smoking tobacco, while they grew slightly for cigars. Independent small grocers, on the other hand, performed very well with regard to cigarettes and smoking tobacco, mainly at the expense of forecourt retailers and newsagent-tobacconists/kiosks. The supermarket channel maintained its leadership in 2013 despite suffering slightly from the increasing popularity of smoking tobacco.

A difficult future ahead

With domestic consumption declining and the looming updated European directive on tobacco, the Belgian tobacco market is predicted a negative forecast period performance. With cigarettes and cigars most likely affected by declining demand, the only category set to experience positive growth over the forecast period will be smoking tobacco thanks to its lower unit prices and the ongoing popularity of MYO products.

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Overview


Discover the latest market trends and uncover sources of future market growth for the Tobacco industry in Belgium with research from Euromonitor's team of in-country analysts.

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The Tobacco in Belgium market research report includes:

  • Analysis of key supply-side and demand trends
  • Detailed segmentation of international and local products
  • Historic volumes and values, company and brand market shares
  • Five year forecasts of market trends and market growth
  • Production, imports by origin, exports by destination
  • Robust and transparent market research methodology, conducted in-country

Our market research reports answer questions such as:

  • What is the market size of Tobacco in Belgium?
  • What are the major brands in Belgium?
  • Which sector of the tobacco products market is the largest by value sales in Belgium?
  • Which sector of the tobacco products market has been growing the fastest, by volume and value, in Belgium?
  • Which sector is the most heavily taxed in Belgium?
  • Which companies dominate in the total tobacco market in Belgium in terms of market share?
  • What is the distribution channel split for the tobacco products market in Belgium?

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This industry report originates from Passport, our Tobacco market research database.

Table of Contents

Tobacco in Belgium - Industry Overview

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Tobacco industry suffers further woes in 2013 as cigarette volumes decline

Smoking tobacco benefits from cigarette price increases

Big four multinationals dominate the market

Tobacco specialists lose share

A difficult future ahead

OPERATING ENVIRONMENT

Legislation

  • Summary 1 Legislation Summary at a Glance

Country-specific legislation

Minimum legal smoking age

Smoking prevalence

  • Table 1 Smoking Prevalence in Adult Population 2008-2013
  • Table 2 Number of Adult Smokers by Gender 2008-2013

Tar levels

Health warnings

Advertising and sponsorship

Point-of-sale display bans

Smoking in public places

Low ignition propensity (LIP) regulation

Flavoured tobacco product ban

Plain packaging

‘Reduced harm’

Electronic cigarettes

Litigation

Death by cause

  • Table 3 Death by Cause 2009-2013

TAXATION AND PRICING

Duty paid packet marks

Taxation rates

Average cigarette pack price breakdown

  • Table 4 Average Cigarette Pack Price Breakdown: Brand Examples

PRODUCTION/IMPORTS/EXPORTS

  • Table 5 Trade Statistics – Cigarettes 2009-2013

Illicit trade in cigarettes

MARKET INDICATORS

  • Table 6 Illicit Trade Estimate of Cigarettes: Volume 2008-2013

MARKET DATA

  • Table 7 Sales of Tobacco by Category: Volume 2008-2013
  • Table 8 Sales of Tobacco by Category: Value 2008-2013
  • Table 9 Sales of Tobacco by Category: % Volume Growth 2008-2013
  • Table 10 Sales of Tobacco by Category: % Value Growth 2008-2013
  • Table 11 Forecast Sales of Tobacco by Category: Volume 2013-2018
  • Table 12 Forecast Sales of Tobacco by Category: Value 2013-2018
  • Table 13 Forecast Sales of Tobacco by Category: % Volume Growth 2013-2018
  • Table 14 Forecast Sales of Tobacco by Category: % Value Growth 2013-2018

SOURCES

  • Summary 2 Research Sources

Tobacco in Belgium - Company Profiles

British American Tobacco Belgium SA in Tobacco (Belgium)

STRATEGIC DIRECTION

KEY FACTS

  • Summary 3 British American Tobacco Belgium SA: Key Facts
  • Summary 4 British American Tobacco Belgium SA: Operational Indicators

COMPANY BACKGROUND

PRODUCTION

COMPETITIVE POSITIONING

  • Summary 5 British American Tobacco Belgium SA: Competitive Position 2013

Imperial Tobacco Belgium in Tobacco (Belgium)

STRATEGIC DIRECTION

KEY FACTS

  • Summary 6 Imperial Tobacco Belgium: Key Facts

COMPANY BACKGROUND

PRODUCTION

COMPETITIVE POSITIONING

  • Summary 7 Imperial Tobacco Belgium: Competitive Position 2013

Philip Morris Belgium BVBA in Tobacco (Belgium)

STRATEGIC DIRECTION

KEY FACTS

  • Summary 8 Philip Morris Belgium BVBA: Key Facts
  • Summary 9 Philip Morris Belgium BVBA: Operational Indicators

COMPANY BACKGROUND

PRODUCTION

COMPETITIVE POSITIONING

  • Summary 10 Philip Morris Belgium BVBA: Competitive Position 2013

Cigarettes in Belgium - Category Analysis

HEADLINES

TRENDS

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

NEW PRODUCT DEVELOPMENTS

  • Summary 11 Cigarettes: New Product Launches

DISTRIBUTION

PROSPECTS

CATEGORY BACKGROUND

Cigarettes: Price bands

  • Summary 12 Cigarette Price Band Definitions

Cigarettes: Tobacco blend

Cigarettes: Standard/menthol/capsule

Cigarettes: Filter/non-filter

Cigarettes: Carbon/standard filter

Cigarettes: Filter length

Cigarettes: Regular vs slims vs superslims vs microslims

Cigarettes: Pack size

Cigarettes: Pack type

CATEGORY DATA

  • Table 15 Sales of Cigarettes by Tar Level: Volume 2008-2013
  • Table 16 Sales of Cigarettes by Tar Level: Value 2008-2013
  • Table 17 Sales of Cigarettes by Tar Level: % Volume Growth 2008-2013
  • Table 18 Sales of Cigarettes by Tar Level: % Value Growth 2008-2013
  • Table 19 Sales of Cigarettes by Price Band: % Volume Breakdown 2008-2013
  • Table 20 Sales of Cigarettes by Standard/Menthol/Capsule: % Volume Breakdown 2008-2013
  • Table 21 Sales of Cigarettes by Tobacco Type: % Volume Breakdown 2008-2013
  • Table 22 Sales of Cigarettes by Filter vs Non-filter: % Volume 2008-2013
  • Table 23 Sales of Filter Cigarettes by Carbon vs Non-carbon: % Volume 2008-2013
  • Table 24 Sales of Cigarettes by Length: % Volume 2008-2013
  • Table 25 Sales of Cigarettes by Regular/Slim/Superslim/Microslim: % Volume 2008-2013
  • Table 26 Sales of Cigarettes by Pack Size: % Volume 2008-2013
  • Table 27 Sales of Cigarettes by Pack Type: % Volume 2008-2013
  • Table 28 NBO Company Shares of Cigarettes: % Volume 2009-2013
  • Table 29 LBN Brand Shares of Cigarettes: % Volume 2009-2012
  • Table 30 Sales of Cigarettes by Distribution Format: % Volume 2008-2013
  • Table 31 Production, Imports and Exports of Cigarettes: Total Volume 2008-2013
  • Table 32 Forecast Sales of Cigarettes by Tar Level: Volume 2013-2018
  • Table 33 Forecast Sales of Cigarettes by Tar Level: Value 2013-2018
  • Table 34 Forecast Sales of Cigarettes by Tar Level: % Volume Growth 2013-2018
  • Table 35 Forecast Sales of Cigarettes by Tar Level: % Value Growth 2013-2018
  • Table 36 Forecast Sales of Cigarettes by Price Band: % Volume Breakdown 2013-2018
  • Table 37 Forecast Sales of Cigarettes by Standard/Menthol/Capsule: % Volume Breakdown 2013-2018
  • Table 38 Forecast Sales of Cigarettes by Tobacco Type: % Volume Breakdown 2013-2018
  • Table 39 Forecast Sales of Cigarettes by Filter vs Non-filter: % Volume 2013-2018
  • Table 40 Forecast Sales of Filter Cigarettes by Carbon vs Non-carbon: % Volume 2013-2018
  • Table 41 Forecast Sales of Cigarettes by Length: % Volume 2013-2018
  • Table 42 Forecast Sales of Cigarettes by Regular/Slim/Superslim/Microslim: % Volume 2013-2018
  • Table 43 Forecast Sales of Cigarettes by Pack Size: % Volume 2013-2018
  • Table 44 Forecast Sales of Cigarettes by Pack Type: % Volume 2013-2018

Cigars in Belgium - Category Analysis

HEADLINES

TRENDS

HANDMADE VS MACHINE-MANUFACTURED SPLITS

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

NEW PRODUCT DEVELOPMENTS

  • Summary 13 Cigars: New Product Launches

DISTRIBUTION

PROSPECTS

CATEGORY DATA

  • Table 45 Sales of Cigars by Category: Volume 2008-2013
  • Table 46 Sales of Cigars by Category: Value 2008-2013
  • Table 47 Sales of Cigars by Category: % Volume Growth 2008-2013
  • Table 48 Sales of Cigars by Category: % Value Growth 2008-2013
  • Table 49 Sales of Cigars by Handmade vs Machine-manufactured: % Volume Breakdown 2008-2013
  • Table 50 Sales of Cigars by Handmade vs Machine-manufactured: % Value Breakdown 2008-2013
  • Table 51 NBO Company Shares of Cigars Excluding Cigarillos: % Volume 2009-2013
  • Table 52 LBN Brand Shares of Cigars Excluding Cigarillos: % Volume 2009-2012
  • Table 53 NBO Company Shares of Cigarillos: % Volume 2009-2013
  • Table 54 LBN Brand Shares of Cigarillos: % Volume 2009-2012
  • Table 55 Distribution of Cigars by Format: % Volume 2008-2013
  • Table 56 Forecast Sales of Cigars by Category: Volume 2013-2018
  • Table 57 Forecast Sales of Cigars by Category: Value 2013-2018
  • Table 58 Forecast Sales of Cigars by Category: % Volume Growth 2013-2018
  • Table 59 Forecast Sales of Cigars by Category: % Value Growth 2013-2018

Smoking Tobacco in Belgium - Category Analysis

HEADLINES

TRENDS

The role and effect of cannabis/marijuana

DISTRIBUTION

COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

NEW PRODUCT DEVELOPMENTS

PROSPECTS

CATEGORY DATA

  • Table 60 Sales of Smoking Tobacco by Category: Volume 2008-2013
  • Table 61 Sales of Smoking Tobacco by Category: Value 2008-2013
  • Table 62 Sales of Smoking Tobacco by Category: % Volume Growth 2008-2013
  • Table 63 Sales of Smoking Tobacco by Category: % Value Growth 2008-2013
  • Table 64 NBO Company Shares of RYO Tobacco: % Volume 2009-2013
  • Table 65 LBN Brand Shares of RYO Tobacco: % Volume 2009-2012
  • Table 66 NBO Company Shares of Pipe Tobacco: % Volume 2009-2013
  • Table 67 LBN Brand Shares of Pipe Tobacco: % Volume 2009-2012
  • Table 68 Distribution of Smoking Tobacco by Format: % Volume 2008-2013
  • Table 69 Forecast Sales of Smoking Tobacco by Category: Volume 2013-2018
  • Table 70 Forecast Sales of Smoking Tobacco by Category: Value 2013-2018
  • Table 71 Forecast Sales of Smoking Tobacco by Category: % Volume Growth 2013-2018
  • Table 72 Forecast Sales of Smoking Tobacco by Category: % Value Growth 2013-2018

Segmentation

This market research report includes the following:

  • Tobacco
    • Cigarettes
      • High Tar Cigarettes
      • Mid Tar Cigarettes
      • Low Tar Cigarettes
      • Ultra Low Tar Cigarettes
    • Cigars
      • Cigars Excluding Cigarillos
        • Large Cigars
        • Standard Cigars
        • Small Cigars
      • Cigarillos
    • Smoking Tobacco
      • RYO Tobacco
      • Pipe Tobacco
    • Smokeless Tobacco
      • Chewing Tobacco
        • Asian-Style Chewing Tobacco
        • US-Style Chewing Tobacco
        • Other Chewing Tobacco
      • Snuff
        • Moist Snuff
          • US-Style Moist Snuff ('Dip')
            • Loose US-Style Moist Snuff
            • Portion US-Style Moist Snuff
          • Swedish-Style Snus
            • Loose Swedish-Style Snus
            • Portion Swedish-Style Snus
          • Asian Style Creamy Snuff
        • Dry Snuff
        • Hard Snuff
    • Cigarettes Including RYO Stick Equivalent
      • High Tar Cigarettes
      • Mid Tar Cigarettes
      • Low Tar Cigarettes
      • Ultra Low Tar Cigarettes
      • RYO Cigarettes

Statistics Included

For each category and subcategory you will receive the following data in Excel format:

From Passport

  • Market Sizes
  • Company Shares
  • Brand Shares
  • Distribution
  • Pricing
  • Analysis by Type
  • Cigarettes by Blend
  • Cigarettes by Carbon Filter/Non-Carbon Filter
  • Cigarettes by Filtered/Unfiltered
  • Cigarettes by Length
  • Cigarettes by Pack Size
  • Cigarettes by Pack Type
  • Cigarettes by Price Band
  • Cigarettes by Slim/Superslim/Microslim/Regular
  • Cigarettes by Standard/Menthol/Capsule
  • Illicit Trade Penetration
  • Products by Ingredient
  • Smoking population - number of adult smokers
  • Smoking prevalence - % of adult population
  • Taxation
  • Trade Statistics - Volume

Market size details:

  • Retail volume
  • Retail volume % growth
  • Retail volume per capita
  • Retail value retail selling price % growth
  • Retail value retail selling price local currency, USD, EUR, GBP, CHF, JPY
  • Retail value retail selling price per capita local currency, USD, EUR, GBP, CHF, JPY
  • Illicit trade volume
  • Illicit trade volume % growth
  • Illicit trade volume per capita
  • Retail volume (sticks)
  • Retail volume (sticks) % growth
  • Retail volume (sticks) per capita
  • Retail plus illicit trade
  • Retail plus illicit trade % growth
  • Retail plus illicit trade per capita

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