Wednesday, 27 July 2022

BAT Gets Logistic Centre in Northeast Croatia to Store Tobacco from 26 Countries

ZAGREB, 27 July 2022 - The Hrvatski Duhani company specialised in tobacco wholesale trade, which operates within British American Tobacco (BAT), has opened a regional logistics and distribution centre in Pitomača, northeastern Croatia, BAT said in a press release on Wednesday.

The 4,000-square-large facility will store tobacco supplies from 26 countries and will be the central point for the provision of tobacco supplies to BAT's factories in Augustow, Poland, Bayreuth, Germany and Pecs, Hungary.

The capacity of the Pitomača-based logistics and distribution centre is 18,500 standard boxes of tobacco.

This investment in the centre ensued after BAT recently invested HRK 400 million in new production lines in its factory in Kanfanar and employed 70 more people at that plant. Last year, it also invested 200 million kuna in the Kanfanar factory.

By investing a total of HRK 600 million in its factory in Kanfanar, Istria this and last year, BAT has positioned Croatia firmly at the centre of transformation in line with the group's strategy aimed at building a better tomorrow, Tamás Nyaka, Head of Operations at BAT Adria was quoted as saying. 

The Kanfanar factory is one of the four factories in Europe that will be producing new categories of tobacco products.

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Friday, 21 January 2022

HD Tobacco Processing Company Begins Negotiations on New Production Season

ZAGREB, 21 Jan 2022 - The Croatian tobacco processing company Hrvatski Duhani (HD), a member of the British American Tobacco Group, has begun negotiations on the new production season, the company said on Friday.

The new season is the continuation of the successful purchase of tobacco in 2021 when a total of HRK 81.6 million was paid out to tobacco producers, which is as much as HRK 6 million more than in 2020, HD said.

This is the largest volume and value of production in the last four harvests despite major challenges last year when inclement weather, including draught, hail, and frost, affected the quality and yield of tobacco. Given that HD had ensured the most favorable insurance terms, producers were paid more than HRK 16 million, the company said.

The company said that last year it had invested over HRK 18 million in machine harvesting and that about 50 percent of tobacco had been harvested mechanically. New technology helped reduce costs and increase yields while at the same time helping producers to overcome the problem of labor shortage.

HD said its goal was to continue to increase the quality and yield of tobacco and the profitability of producers in 2022.

(€1 = HRK 7.5)

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