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German Tobacco Tax Impacts E-Liquids Per ml

Back in 2011, the German Bundestag made a sudden amendment to the Tobacco Tax Act in an effort to modernise it. This resulted in an increase in tax for tobacco-containing products. But as of the 1st of July 2022, E-Cigarettes and E-Liquids, even those that do not contain nicotine, will also be subject to tobacco taxation.

The reform of the Tobacco Tax Act

On the 11th of June 2021, the German Bundestag made amendments to their Tobacco Tax Act with the Tobacco Tax Modernisation Act (TabStMoG). Originally it had been put forward that April but after various meetings, the Finance Committee further tightened the planned changes. The changes were aimed at increasing the tobacco tax for conventional cigarettes, cigars, cigarillos and fine-cut tobacco, as well as heated tobacco and water pipe tobacco.

All of this, of course, is in aid of trying to meet the EU's demand for becoming smoke-free. Therefore, as of 2022, smokers will have to pay more rising to 10 cents per pack, with a further 10 cents being added each year until 2025 and 2026 when it will increase to 15 cents per pack.

The new update to include E-Cigarettes & nicotine-free products

The new changes also dictated the future of E-Cigarettes in Germany. At the time of the amendments, it was mentioned that E-Cigarettes and nicotine-free products would be included in the future. And as of 1st July 2022, these will now constitute as a taxable item.

These changes have resulted due to an assumption by the German government, that vaping products are equally as harmful to health as tobacco products. Despite the expert advice and countless pieces of evidence that suggest the opposite, they hope this new tax will reduce the usage of vaping devices.

Taxation is calculated on a millilitre basis based on the volume of the substance. Products with high ml counts such as shortfills are likely to become much more expensive. As of July 2022, the tax rate is 16 cents per millilitre, which will then rise to 32 cents per millilitre from 2026.

Possible consequences of the taxation

It’s no surprise that these changes are going to impact businesses and consumers. Wildly criticised for its demonising approach to vaping, there are obvious concerns that it may drive fewer people to quit smoking. There's also the possibility it may push consumers to purchase cheaper products from other places in the EU. Even more questionably, the inclusion of nicotine-free products in this agenda means that shortfills no longer are likely to be a popular choice for vapers looking to get more for their money.

For businesses, investing in smaller bottle sizes is more likely to become the go-to in an effort to keep prices low for consumers. Rather than the typical 10ml bottles, smaller sizes like 5ml are likely to become more popular. The new taxation is likely to impact the pricing of products which quickly becomes a battle of profit vs sellability. Will consumers pay a higher price point for the products they enjoy? Especially if they can buy them elsewhere, cheaper.

Helping businesses establish updated product ranges to suit market changes and regulations is a speciality of Xyfil. We constantly keep up to date on the latest from the vaping industry to ensure that we can cater to global needs.

Here at Xyfil, we offer a wide variety of E-Liquid types and sizes including small bottle concentrates. Already we are working with brands who wish to keep their products in Germany, to update their products and packaging to reflect the new regulations. If you want to take your E-Liquid products to Germany, get in contact with us today.

Celebrating Our Hard-working Teams with the Xyfil BBQ

It’s been a busy 7 months in 2022 and after a particularly scorching heatwave, we decided to arrange the perfect ‘thank you’ event for our Xyfil family.

Great food and great company really do set the mood. For all the hard work over the past year, Xyfil arranged for our favourite BBQ team, A2Z BBQ catering, to come to visit once again. This year was just as much a hit as last year!

The entire company was invited outside to enjoy flame-roasted delights. It’s the perfect time for us all to unwind, and enjoy the food, and the company of our colleagues that make up the Xyfil family. From the warehouse, production, office, cleaning, lab, management and more. And the weather has certainly improved much from last year’s BBQ!

It’s July now and there’s still much work to be done, but it’s these things that really help create a sense of family among the Xyfil crew. We’re excited for the year ahead and you should be too – keep in the know with Xyfil and follow us on LinkedIn and our Info Hub to see what’s next in store.

Meet Our Key Team Members – Important Contacts

Get in contact with the person you need to talk to at Xyfil with these important contacts. Whether you’re looking for a quote, more information or regarding a project already in the works, these are our key contacts.

Sales team

Our sales teams are dedicated to helping you from start to finish. Whether that’s a new range you have in mind or a product idea you want to scope out, our sales team can answer the questions. The first point of call for your product needs, our sales team are here to help.

For all things sales related our top contacts for you are:

Zain Patel

Email | Linkedin

Ismail Hansrod

Email | Linkedin

Flavourists

As a leading E-Liquid and CBD manufacturer in the UK, our Flavourist and Product Development manager can help you see your ideas become real. With expert knowledge on the latest trends in the vaping and CBD industry, developing new products and E-Liquid flavours has never been easier than with Xyfil.

For all things flavour and product development you can contact:

Suleman Umar

Email | Linkedin

Compliance

Ensuring that your products meet legal requirements is yet another service that we provide for CBD and E-Liquid manufacture. Our compliance team offer expert knowledge for regulations including UK, EU and the Middle East; work with our teams in-house to ensure that products are compliant throughout the process.

For all things compliance and regulations, you can contact:

Pradip Suwal

Email | Linkedin

Design

Our creative studio handles all things design when it comes to your products, be it product design, logos, packaging & labels, POS, web banners and more. The team have helped hundreds of brands hit the market with eye-catching, unique E-Liquid and CBD designs. If you’re looking to create a new range or simply give your products an updated design, we can help.

For all things creative you can contact:

Jack Tidy

Email | Linkedin

Operations

A quality operations team ensures the production process is completed from start to finish, and our operations department strives to ensure customer satisfaction. Between meeting deadlines, establishing supply chains and running production to push your products out for your deadlines, operations is one of the key cogs in the E-Liquid and CBD manufacture process.

For all things relating to production, you can contact:

Anisha Hansrod

Email | Linkedin

UK Government Plans Raising Legal Age for Smoking

You may have already heard that the UK government is currently in talks about how to approach the fast-approaching deadline for Smoke-Free UK. Currently, there are plans to increase the legal age for smoking from 18 to 21 in a bid to bring smoking prevalence down in the UK to below 5%. But an alternative has been suggested by ex-charity boss Javed Khan.

Increasing age restriction year by year

There have been calls that raising the legal age of smokers to 21 is not likely to help the government’s plan to make the UK smoke-free by 2030. Instead, it has been suggested that we should follow in the steps of several other countries like New Zealand. There they have adopted a method of increasing the legal age to smoke by one year, each year. Effectively this is to make smoking no longer legal for any age, after a long enough period, but the hopes are that this could dissuade new smokers from starting.

At the moment, there has been no agreement by the government on these plans, and many believe they are unlikely to pass such a plan. More than likely the legal age will be raised to a fixed age unless the UK government listens to concerned parties. But what does this mean for the vaping industry?

Luckily, the UK government continues to back vaping and E-Cigarettes as a useful method for quitting smoking. Any proposed changes are not likely to affect the vaping industry too much.

What changes could occur in the vaping industry?

As mentioned before, the changes to raising the legal age of smoking should impact the vaping industry very little. Instead, the biggest push from these reforms should be in the government’s increasing positive stance on vaping. If the government does more to incentivise and correct vaping misinformation, we may very well see vaping continue to grow.

Although there have been talks about whether the TPD (now known as TRPR in the UK) regulations need amending post-Brexit, and currently there are no major changes involved, more must be done to help the UK hit the Smoke-Free deadline in time.

There have been suggestions from the NNA(New Nicotine Alliance) that many smokers are unaware of the various tools they can use to help quit, due to the inability to market such products. Among other issues such as tank sizes being too small to be of real benefit to smokers still struggling to quit. Perhaps the closer to the 2030 deadline we get, the more the government may rethink their stance on these regulations.

Currently, it is argued that strict vaping regulations could be in the way of stopping potential quitters from taking up vaping. With a change in tank size and nicotine strength, we could potentially see more smokers quitting for good. And with statistics showing that pod kits and tank kits are still the most popular method to vape it’s time for brands to start investing more in reusable methods of vaping like pod kits and E-Liquids for refillable devices to help with this push.

Market growth is still strong in the UK and has the potential to continue growing with statistics suggesting a 13% increase by 2025. With the continued momentum of pushing vaping as a much less harmful alternative to smoking, this can only grow.

As always, we continue to keep a close eye on the UK government and vaping industry news. Check our Info Hub for more information about Xyfil and what’s going on in the vaping industry.

What is the Role of a Production Scheduler?

Some of our most valuable team members often work behind the scenes. With so many moving components and teams at play, maintaining organisation is key. Although our work is the result of many diligent teams, there is one who helps to co-ordinate between them – the Production Scheduler.

We sat down with our Production Scheduler to find out what a day in her life was like, and who might want to consider becoming a Production Scheduler.

The Production Scheduler Role

“The production scheduler role is similar to conducting an orchestra. You’re responsible for ensuring that all the players and instruments come together to make the final symphony. The role requires working with a lot of people and getting involved with almost every part of the business. It’s challenging but satisfying to co-ordinate behind-the-scenes and see everything come together.”

Munira Patel, Production Scheduler, Xyfil.

As a Production Scheduler, my role includes much of the production and organisation of production elements to ensure customer orders are fulfilled in a timely manner. It requires strong flexibility to deal with problems, and work around them without issue. As with anything in life, things don’t always go smoothly when there are problems like machine malfunctions or personnel on sick leave. Being able to catch these issues early and adapt just becomes second nature. There’s never a dull moment!

How does the day-to-day for a Production Scheduler, look?

A typical day begins with a daily meeting with all production teams involved to understand any issues, challenges and forward planning for the day ahead. This could be delivery deadlines, staff shortages, or issues with machinery, all will be addressed first thing. Everyone has a voice in the production team and it’s this time of day especially, that their issues are worked around. No one wants a customer’s product to be delayed so we work hard to put measures in place from this meeting.

After this, the day truly begins and this can really vary on the day-to-day due to the nature of the role. The first task after the daily meeting and establishing any potential issues is dealing with them. So, the start of my day could be amending work schedules, communicating with procurement and logistics teams to resolve or firm up delayed deliveries, and liaising with technicians for fixing machinery. Whatever the issue, it’s important that I’m able to be proactive, adaptable, and responsive.

The second part of my day revolves around loading and planning orders. When customers provide us with information about upcoming launches beforehand, it allows me and our operations teams to create capacity and order components. This includes ingredients, bottles etc, before they’re needed means we’re more likely to be able to provide the product when customers need it. This can also include liaising with our customers and procurement teams to negotiate timelines and staffing levels.

As the day begins to draw to a close, it’s important to assess the day’s production and identify any issues that may have arisen during the day. Talking with production team members helps to stay updated on the state of production. All of which means that I can start pre-planning for the next day. It’s a cycle of consolidation, action, and planning, on repeat that helps to ensure we continue to produce products each day and efficiently use all our capacity.

What makes the Production Scheduler role so important?

Production is the conceptualisation of a customer’s product that’s been imagined by the customer and passed through R&D and design teams. Months of work have already happened before we get the production order. As the Production Scheduler, my role is to ensure the transition from concept to reality is as smooth as possible from receiving the product order to producing, packing and sending it out of our doors.

On any given day I could be managing between 700-1000 dependencies that require some form of forethought or action, to ensure those products pass through our lines and departments, to schedule. In the operations team, we put the puzzle pieces together to create the complete picture and realise exactly with the customer wants. And I am here to oversee and organise those puzzle pieces so that they fit correctly.

It's this, that really makes being a Production Scheduler a rewarding role. Seeing the plan come together as products leave the facility, knowing that the hard work of multiple teams helped to deliver this product to shelves. Even for those products that may have had roadblocks along the way; getting these out on time despite the problems offers a great feeling of satisfaction.

Looking to become a Production Scheduler?

Those looking to become a Production Scheduler must be adaptable and work well under pressure. It’s not just managing those in production, but also managing customer relationships, and liaising with internal and external departments. As a Production Scheduler, you are the hub of communication and information. There will be challenges and changes, so being a perfectionist won’t work, being someone who is flexible with the ability to think proactively is key.

If you have an analytical mind there’s a good chance you would enjoy this fast-paced, ever-changing role. Apply with us today to join Xyfil as a Production Scheduler.

Industry News – Lithuania Bans Flavoured E-Liquid

Lithuania becomes the next country to ban flavoured E-Liquids as part of a worrying trend we are starting to see. It becomes yet another country that has decided to ban flavours bar tobacco E-Liquids. A move that is highly questioned by vaping advocates.

They join the likes of the US, Finland, Ukraine, Estonia and Hungary who have also introduced flavour bans. Denmark and Netherlands are also looking to introduce the same ban.

Like many, they claim that by banning sales of flavoured E-Liquids, young adults are less likely to take up E-Cigarettes. A problematic opinion for many as flavoured E-Liquids have been shown to be a key factor for many vapers making the switch from smoking.

Why have they banned flavoured vapes?

The Lithuanian parliament, Seimas, have argued that sales of E-Cigarettes have been growing increasingly popular in Lithuania. By banning flavours other than tobacco they hope to stem the tide of sales, and potentially deter any possible young adults from taking up vaping. This ban will prohibit the production and sales of flavoured E-Liquid as of July 1st 2022, including those that don’t contain nicotine (shortfills).

There have been arguments that suggest Lithuania’s ban on flavours could potentially result in many vapers returning to cigarette smoking. Although Lithuania is one of Europe’s smallest countries with under 3 million residents, almost 30% of Lithuania’s adults smoke cigarettes giving them one of the highest smoking rates in the EU.

It’s important to note that Lithuania also ban the selling of E-Liquids or E-Cigarettes that contain vitamins or other additives, that create an impression that they are good or do less damage.

What does this mean for manufacturers and brands?

The ban in Lithuania means that E-Liquids (including non-nicotine shortfills) that contain flavours other than tobacco, will be banned in the country. Brands looking to remain on shelves in Lithuania will have to shift to tobacco flavoured E-Liquids or find an alternative around the ban.

At Xyfil we are actively on the alert for any market changes that could impact brands and help them manoeuvre the market. Whether it’s updates to regulations, changing flavour recipes, updating information on product labelling and more, we’re here to help. Our in-house compliance team are dedicated to ensuring that your products meet the necessary requirements for the market you wish to target. And with our 10+ years of experience in manufacturing, R&D, production, flavour development, logistics and more, Xyfil are more than ready to help.

Keep in the loop with changes to the industry, with Xyfil.

Anticipating the Future – Disposing of Disposables

Disposable vapes have exploded in popularity with consumers and brands in the last few years. And it’s not hard to see why with their simple design, ease of use and cheap production. Disposable vapes have also been touted as a great method for introducing newcomers to vaping due to their ease of use. They require little to no prior knowledge of vaping and are predominantly draw-activated, much like a normal cigarette. But for all their positives, there can also be negatives associated with disposable vapes.

Although they may start off cheap, in a short amount of time they quickly become more expensive in the long run for consumers. Not to mention the environmental impact caused by these un-recyclable devices that are tossed away sometimes only hours after use.


How disposable and rechargeable E-Cigarettes compare?

Although there is still some environmental impact from pod devices, as they need to be responsibly recycled also, with proper care they can last far longer than their disposable cousins. In general, disposable devices offer anywhere from 300-500 puffs on average per device which can last the casual vaper a couple of days - even less for those who vape more. In comparison, a pod device can last 6-7 months before its components need replacing.

Pod devices offer refillable pods or pre-filled pods, each with built-in coils. So rather than having to replace the device, users can simply top up their pod or pop in a fresh one. Users don’t even need to know how to replace a coil as the pods come pre-built with coils ready to use. Refillable pods are certainly more environmentally friendly but will need replacing after a few top-ups due to the coils getting clogged up with E-Liquid over time, but this is still less waste than with disposable devices. Pod devices also mean that once the battery runs out, vapers no longer need to worry about buying a new device as they can simply recharge and go.

With the push for more environmentally friendly options, we believe that pod kits will truly be the next best thing for both new and seasoned vapers.


The future is pod devices?

Not only do new vapers benefit from pod kits, but many existing vapers look to pod kits as a cheap and easy alternative for vaping on the go, rather than taking expensive mod kits out and about. Being friendlier to the wallet and the environment, pod kits should be the next big push in the vaping market by conscience brands.

With growing technology and understanding of vaping growing with the general population, it’s only natural that the market starts leaning more towards these middle-ground devices. And with pod devices working exceptionally well with nicotine salts, the revolutionary way of delivering nicotine in E-Liquids now’s the time to become the market leader and get ahead of the trends.

Are you thinking about jumping ahead and working on your next launch of E-Liquid and vape products? Contact us now to see how we can help get your prepared for the future.

Xyfil Gets Festive with Secret Santa

It’s the holiday season already at Xyfil! We can’t help but get into the festive mood early, and with our offices and warehouse closing on the 22nd December, we decided now’s a good time to spread some Christmas cheer.

Christmas arrived early with our Secret Santa haul. The whole company took part in this festive gift-giving event where there was something for everyone who took part. There were tons of gifts lined up waiting for their destined owners, all from mysterious gift-givers. Before long there was the ripping of wrapping paper and sounds of surprise and laughter. It’s safe to say that everyone loved their Secret Santa presents.

We also had a lovely speech from our very own Anisha (Operations Director) who rounded up the year we’ve had at Xyfil. From our growth and achievements to the many new starters we’ve taken on in an ever-growing company and giving thanks for another wonderful year surrounded by wonderful people.

To finish off the day we celebrated with a classic slice of pizza (or three) together; all departments across the company enjoying a moment together truly encapsulate the family feeling we strive to deliver at Xyfil.

It’s been another interesting year but as always, we’ve come out stronger than ever. We will all soon be off for a well-deserved break but look forward to what next year brings.

A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone, from Xyfil.

The Importance of Market Research

Why is market research so important?

For your products and services to be well-received by consumers, you must know who your target consumers are and what it is they are looking for. Market research helps provide you with this essential information from your competitors and existing products. No one wants to launch a product that simply gets swept away by other similar ones. Finding your niche or targeting consumers un-fulfilled needs is key to success.

Those who already have existing products and services may already have a wealth of information that can help to understand consumers. In turn, they reveal key aspects relevant to launching a new product or service. Assessing key trends and anticipating the market are just one of the elements of market research. If there’s a gap in the market, then you want to be the first to know about it. Even for those already established, keeping in touch with the customers’ needs as well as market trends can give you an edge over your competitors.


Where do you begin – How to plan market research

It all begins with a plan. Knowing what you are trying to accomplish and what information you will need for your product/service launch is a great start. There are things you can do yourself such as speaking with potential customers or performing your own analysis of your topic. Of course, there are also ways to outsource your market research that helps to offer an outside opinion that’s truly unbiased, allowing you to gather rich qualitative and quantitative data.

By completing effective market research, you can hope to develop new and effective marketing strategies. Solve your business’ biggest challenges, investigate expansion opportunities, and identify how to tap into these opportunities. In this effort, we reached out to deal with Groundswell Innovation, a goal-driven company with 12 years of experience in helping companies make a return on investment.


Our work with Groundswell Innovation

Groundswell Innovation is a Northern Powerhouse Partner and being based in Preston, alongside a proven track record of success with previous clients, helped us to choose them as a means for market research. Having worked alongside other manufacturing businesses and well-known companies such as Visa Europe, BT Openreach and the Public Sector, we were confident in their abilities. 

We were fortunate enough to work alongside Groundswell Innovation to help us understand and achieve our goal for an upcoming product*.

The exceptional team helped to provide us with rich qualitative data (conducting 12 interviews with Mobility Healthcare Professionals) and quantitative research conducted by two students from Lancaster University – a great partnership that not only benefits local companies but local students.

The research exceeded our expectations and was well executed within the tight deadline.

“I think it's crucial to work with a company like Groundswell who understand what your objective is, because they will work to reach (and exceed) your expectations and execute the deliverables on time... And any work that they do will be fully backed up and fully researched.”

Nikita, Production Manager at Xyfil.

The questions we wanted answering through market research were:

  • How best can we commercialise our new product?
  • Is there a clear space for it on the market?
  • How do we create a clear and credible ‘go to market’ plan?

And we were not disappointed by the evidence-based strategy provided by Groundswell Innovation. By helping us to define the key messages of the product and providing competitor’s analysis plus feedback, we’ve been able to take a decisive step forward with the future of this new product.


Here at Xyfil, we pride ourselves in also being able to help our customers through their journey in the market. With our 10+ years of experience in the market, alongside valuable insights gained from working with partners like Groundswell Innovation, you can rest assured that we will take your brand from concept to reality and all the way to market.

*Please note, the product cannot be named due to its commercially confidential nature.

Get to know us more and meet the team over on LinkedIn.

The Future of E-Liquid Manufacture After Brexit

While Brexit may have shaken up many businesses and worried others about its implications, the vaping industry is one that we feel could benefit from this sudden shift. It certainly came as a surprise from some when much of the country voted to go ahead with Brexit. Immediately concerns were raised about how the UK would handle the change. From trade deals to an economic crisis, everything was on the table and the pandemic didn’t help. But there may be a silver lining for those in the vaping industry.

Pre-Brexit industry

The UK is currently regulated under the Tobacco and Related Products Regulations 2016 (TRPR), the equivalent of the EU’s Tobacco Products Directive (TPD). These regulations cover:

  • Bottles of nicotine-containing E-Liquids containing no more than 10ml
  • Disposable E-Cigarettes and single use cartridges or tanks must not exceed 2ml in volume
  • E-Liquids must not include harmful ingredients that pose a risk to health in a heated or unheated form
  • Nicotine strength in nicotine-containing products is restricted to a maximum of 20mg/ml
  • All nicotine-containing E-Liquids must be first passed by the MHRA before they can be sold

There are also strict rules around the packaging and labelling of these products to ensure that they are not aimed at young people and children, and clear warnings that the product contains nicotine. In the UK in particular, our regulations also include that these products cannot be sold to anyone under the age of 18.

Post-Brexit industry

With the newfound freedom there will undoubtedly be reviews on many of the UK’s laws and regulations that were previously imposed by members of the EU. As the UK has always been a staunch supporter of vaping as a safer alternative to smoking, with the means of aiding smoking cessation, it is very likely that these regulations could be amended.

With an ambitious target of making the UK smoke-free by 2030, it’s certainly in the UK government’s best interests to take another look at the rules and regulations that could potentially be hampering some from making the change.

Although of course, the vape market is not the only thing to be hit by Brexit. There have been many issues, not just due to Brexit, with imports and exports of goods. Between Brexit and COVID-19, it’s hard to say for certain which contributed more to the prevailing issues. As trade agreements fall into place, the issues will be ironed out in time.

This year, manufacturers are seeing the need to drive inefficiency and delays from their supply chains by deploying highly flexible ecosystems that let them handle disruption. It’s an unfortunate fact that while things are still stabilising, we may have to get used to disruption in the long-term. Establishing a resilient supply chain is quickly becoming a necessity for manufacture.

At Xyfil we had established risk management systems before the pandemic, to ensure flexibility with our suppliers. We created backups for our suppliers and backups for those. These prior plans really showed in our ability to remain open without a single day of manufacturing lost because of our extensive strategies. Making sure that your supply chain remains running is but one of the ways to keep your manufacturing business devoid of disruption.

The Possibilities of the Future

Talks are soon to go ahead regarding the way vaping is treated by governments, and although the EU may be bending to the will of the WHO (World Health Organisation) and their aggressive stance against vaping, the UK is in a great position to make impactful changes.

For vapers and businesses, making changes to the tank size, amount of E-Liquid, nicotine strength levels and restrictions on advertising could have a massive impact in the UK. By making changes to these things, it would allow brands to create more diverse ranges of products, tailored even more towards those looking to quit smoking.

Often, 20mg/ml is not enough for smokers to make the change as they don’t get the strong nicotine hit, they need. This ends up ultimately turning them back towards smoking. Similarly, by being able to properly advertise vaping products, businesses would be able to reach more people than before and be able to proactively help smokers make the change to a less harmful alternative.

What do you think? Has Brexit impacted your business for better or for worse? Keep posted with us for any new developments in the E-Liquid and CBD industry.