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˅ Exhibition Overview ˅

Lectures 2019

A visit to this year's InterTabac was doubly worth it.
For the first time, InterTabac offered its visitors a wide range of high-quality information in the form of lectures and seminars accompanying the trade fair. The lectures during the trade fair were free of charge for all trade fair visitors. 

Felix Stehle from the TU Dortmund will gave a lecture on the topic: Generation of a nicotine-free, non-transgenic tobacco plant. In cooperation with the C.E.D.T. (CONFÉDÉRATION EUROPÉENNE DES DÉTAILLANTS EN TABAC (G.E.I.E)) InterTabac invited to the session "Retail trade in Europe - quo vadis?".

That was the 2019 program:

Is the end of the cigarette near? – Alternatives for the trade

The ‘ Die Tabak Zeitung’ tobacco newspaper and the InterTabac trade fair jointly invite you to the following event:

Is the end of the cigarette near? – Alternatives for the trade – Trends and innovations in the tobacco market and their impact on the European market

Products like heat-not-burn tobacco, cannabis/hemp, vape, and nicotine pouches are new trends in the market. These products have an impact on the consumption of burnable cigarettes. Various manufacturers will present their new products and responses to the change in smoking consumption in brief lectures:  

  • Representative of the Alliance of tobacco-free Enjoyment (BfTG), Union of the German e-cigarette industry
  • Dr. Alexander Nussbaum, Manager of Scientific & Medical Affairs, Philipp Morris GmbH
  • Bernd Lutter, National Sales Manager NGP, Reemtsma Cigarettenfabriken GmbH
  • Roger Koch, Founder and Managing Director of Koch & Gsell AG

The speakers will be available for roundtable discussions afterwards.

Marc Reisner, Chief Editor of the ‘Tabak Zeitung’ tobacco newspaper / Smokers Club / and Tobacco Journal International, will be the presenter of the entire event and shed light on the following questions: 

  • What are the political framework conditions within the EU and the domestic market? 
  • How great is the impact and which opportunities and risks await the market players and the trade?

We invite all participants and speakers to the Meet & Greet in the Key Buyer Lounge in Hall 3 at 18:00. 

When? 21 September2019 at 13:00 

Where? Room Bergen, North Entrance 

The talk will be held in German and translated into English.

Retail Trade in Europe – quo vadis?

In co-operation with C.E.D.T. (CONFÉDÉRATION EUROPÉENNES DEL DÉTAILLANTS EN TABAC (G.E.I.E.) InterTabac invites to the session "Retail trade in Europe - quo vadis?"

After a short introduction in the work of C.E.D.T. representatives from different European retail associations will report about the current situation in their home markets:  

  • Chances and risks 
  • Experiences 
  • Future of the markets
  • Discussion 

Presentation: Peter Schweinschwaller, President C.E.D.T.

All speakers and participants of the session are invited to the Meet & Greet at 6 pm in the key buyer lounge in hall 3. 

When? 2019/09/21 - 4 pm

Where? Room London, Entrance North 

The session will be in English

Generation of a nicotine-free, nontransgenic tobacco plant

Tobacco alkaloids, especially nicotine as the most abundant alkaloid, represent a large group of secondary metabolites with a great research interest. Some approaches were already done to reduce the nicotine level of tobacco plants (Nicotiana tabacum L.) according to health benefits or to investigate the function of these enzymes in nicotine biosynthesis. Proteins of the berberine bridge enzyme-like (BBL) family, encoded by six different genes, catalyze the final oxidation step of alkaloid biosynthesis. It was previously shown, that lower expression levels of three of the six related genes resulted in a lowered nicotine level. Therefore, the BBL genes represent promising targets for knockout studies concerning a nicotine-free plant. Here we present the generation of the first nicotine-free, non-transgenic tobacco plant by a CRISPR-Cas9 mediated knockout approach of the whole BBL-gene family. We confirmed the knockout of all six members of the gene family by sequencing. Interestingly, we observed no significant changes in the metabolic pattern by 1H-NMR measurements in our tobacco. Thus, our results open the possibility to produce nicotine-free cigarettes.

Felix Stehle studied biochemistry in Halle and received his doctorate in 2009 from the Leibniz Institute for Plant Biochemistry. After a postdoc period in the group of Professor Wessjohann he joined the chair of Technical Biochemistry under the leadership of Professor Kayser at TU Dortmund University. Since the end of 2014, he has headed the group "Applied Genetic Engineering". He is interested in synthetic biology and genetic engineering. His current projects are dealing with metabolic engineering of multi-enzyme pathways creating designer organisms.

When? 22.09.2019 - 11:30 a.m. 

Where? Room Bergen, Entrance North

The lecture will be in English. The session will be translated in German. 

Cigar & Rum Tasting - booked out

We are very sorry, but the event has now reached full capacity. A registration is unfortunately no longer possible.

Rum Meets Cigar at InterTabac 2019

The pairing of international premium rum brands and Nicaraguan cigars results in an exciting taste experience for the senses. Special experts will accompany the event, provide information on the production and give a chronological account of the history of the traditional brands.

The Sierra Madre company will showcase a part of its international portfolio of premium rum brands including Don Papa Rum, Ron Centenario 20 and the own label Remedy Spiced Rum. 

The perfect complement is the Nicaraguan cigar. It enhances the breath-taking taste experience at the pairing event. The selected products will be made available by Members of the traditional CNT Association. They will also bring special experts in this field. The quality of the cigars provided by My Fathers Cigars, JC Newman and Drew Estate is an important criterion. The pairing will take place in the ‘Soest’ conference room on 22 September from 14:00 to 15:00. 

Secure your places quickly because the number of participants is limited to 20.

When? 2019/09/22, 2 pm until 3 pm

Where? Room Soest, Entrance North (Öffnet internen Link im aktuellen FensterPlan)


Remedy Spiced Rum

The history of Remedy starts in the United States in the 1920s.That was the time of the Prohibition when only pharmacies were allowed to sell small quantities of spirits for medicinal purposes. The alchemist Frank M. Farrington, owner of the New York Farrington’s Drugstore, was known for supplying his customers with the finest alcoholic beverages. His objective was to process his own high-quality distillates that were preferably made from rum.

He had a contact that supplied him with high-quality rum from Trinidad & Tobago, the Dominican Republic and Barbados. The pharmacist combined them and was already convinced of the taste of this blend. To make the rum even more diverse, he tried to enhance it with various spices.

The addition of vanilla, orange zest, cinnamon and pepper gave the rum its unique flavour that revealed its characterful aroma both neat and mixed in drinks.

Don Papa Rum

The Don Pap premium rum has aged in US oak barrels in the Philippine sugar capital of the Negros Occidental island for more than seven years before it is subjected to blending.

The fertile soil at the foot of the Mount Kanlaon volcano and the tropical climate of the region not only make the sugar cane flourish but also provide optimum conditions for the aging process.

The bottle is decorated with a picture of Dionisio Magbuelas – also known as Papa Isio or Don Papa. At the end of the 19th century, Don Papa led the revolution against the Spanish colonial power which resulted in the island’s independence within a short time.

Careful handiwork, the fertile nature and the cultural spirit of the island guarantee the extraordinary and unique flavour of Don Papa Rum.

Ron Centenario 20 Fundación

Ron Centenario 20 Fundación is the result of the aging tradition and made of rums selected on the basis of their age and the associated flavour. 

The Solera process uses 6 to 20 years old rums that boast elegance, oak flavours and mild vanilla flavours with a touch of brandy.