Smoking tobacco continues to attract cigarette smokers looking for cheaper and less harmful products. In response to the economic crisis and rising price sensitivity, consumers are shifting from mainstream and economic cigarettes to more economical smoking tobacco.
Cigars remains the largest category within cigars and cigarillos and continues to post strong double-digit growth. Cuban and Dominican Republic origin brands continue to dominate cigars and cigarillos sales, following a rebound from years of negative growth prior to 2016.
For cigars and cigarillos, tobacco specialists continue to dominate distribution, focusing on higher-quality products. Newsagent-tobacconists/kiosks rank second, followed at a distance by forecourt retailers, which principally market low-quality products.
The recent entry of leading multinational tobacco producers British American Tobacco and Philip Morris International with their respective Richmond and Jockey brands has helped to boost competition within smoking tobacco in Argentina and drive growth.
puro tabaco is one of the leading companies in cigars in Argentina as it is the exclusive distributor for Corporación Habanos, which sells a wide range of premium Cuban cigars. The company posted a strong increase in volume share within cigars in 2018 due to the growing popularity of brands such as Cohiba, Montecristo, Romeo y Julieta, Partagas, Bolivar, Rafael Gonzalez, Vegueros, Quintero, Cuaba and Fonseca.
Café Crème continues to lead sales in cigarillos, gaining further sales share in 2018. The brand’s unique selling point is its offering of a wide variety of flavoured cigarillos, with its producer, CW Schelp, being one of the major importers of cigarillos in Argentina.
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