Home » Tobacco, Video » The Tobacco Industry in the Baltic States


July 21, 2010

The Tobacco Industry in the Baltic States

Rusne Naujokaityte, Senior Research Analyst at Euromonitor, explains the situation of the tobacco industry in the Baltic States. In 2009, the recession heavily impacted the economic situation in Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. The credit crunch was primarily to blame; lowering consumer expenditure and raising the unemployment rate. Governments raised taxes in hopes to put more money into the economy.

Due to the tax increase, a regular pack of Marlboro cigarettes jumped in price from 1.7 Euros in 2008 to 2.5 Euros in 2009. Such a price increase in regular cigarettes forced consumers to search for a cheaper alternative. They turned to open markets and bazaars, which often sell tobacco products illicitly. Penetration of illicit trade in the Baltic States jumped to nearly 35% in 2009 as a result of these circumstances.

Illicit trade is not expected to decrease in the upcoming years, mainly due to the government's inability to deal with organized crime in the economic downturn. In addition, contraband from countries like Russia and Belarus, where cigarettes are six times cheaper, is expected to keep the Baltic States full of illicitly traded tobacco products.

Illicit trade has impacted the economy brands of tobacco in the Baltic States as well. Economy cigarettes are often the most illegally traded - leaving premium cigarettes to gain a bigger share in legal sales. However, since many consumers opted for illicitly traded economy brands, companies with mostly premium brands in their portfolios suffered the most. In fact, Phillip Morris is the only company still manufacturing cigarettes in the Baltic States.

This video is also available to watch on View our YouTube Channel


« Q&A: Biofuel production and its economic and environmental implications | Main | Join Euromonitor at the Latin American Food Show 2010 »

Subscribe

 RSS Feed

Receive New Posts via Email:

 

Join us on...


View our YouTube Channel Follow Euromonitor on Twitter Become a Fan on Facebook Connect with Euromonitor on LinkedIn

Filter by Category

Filter by Geography

Filter by Industry

Recent Posts

Procter & Gamble Selling Pet Food Brands to Mars is a Win for both Companies and Consumers

A New Consumer Health Powerhouse: GSK and Novartis to Form a Joint Venture

China in 2030: The Future Demographic

Environmentally Friendly Home Care Packaging is the new Trend in the UAE

Freshpet Rapidly Expanding in Mass-Market Retail in Canada

Catering to the “Golden Traveller” – Accessible and Respite Tourism

Is Europe Addicted to Gas?

Euromonitor Awarded Queen's Award for Enterprise: International Trade

At-Home Soft Drinks Machines Should Focus On Variety, Not Replication

Euromonitor to Speak at World Perfumery Congress 2014