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How Black Friday Has Evolved in the UK – Plans for 2022

Most know Black Friday as the day of amazing sales that mark the start of Christmas shopping. But over the years Black Friday has changed and no longer is it restricted to just the US.

Originally in the US, Black Friday was named for the financial crash in 1869 but was later coined as the day after Thanksgiving. At first Black Friday held a negative connotation as it was often used to label the Friday after Thanksgiving when there were staff shortages or other issues. But it was regarded as a sales point in the 1950s when it was used to refer to an influx of shoppers the day after Thanksgiving.

Since then, it’s only given rise to the Black Friday movement as becoming a sale-orientated promotion.

Black Friday in the UK

On the flip side, in the UK, Black Friday was still used as a way for the Police and NHS to refer to the Friday before Christmas when there tends to be an influx of emergencies. So, when US-based companies like Amazon and Asda began to hold Black Friday-style promotions, there was an initial worry about the negative connotations behind the name.

It did little to dissuade customers in search of discounts however as it’s quickly grown to outpace the Boxing Day sales which predominantly in the UK, was the most profitable sales day for retail.

The evolution of Black Friday

In the retail world, Black Friday started to become a race between competitors. Who could launch their Black Friday deals first and who could offer the best deals? And as many Black Friday deals moved online with online retail booming during recent years with the pandemic, the ease of creating online promotions allowed for retailers to expand from a day of sales to a week of sales.

Now there are retailers who have Black Friday offers throughout the entire month of November. With pre-Black Friday offers and Black November offers, it’s easily become one of the biggest promotions in the UK.

Before the boom in Black Friday promotions that now can range the entire month, the start of Winter sales was the Black Friday weekend. The shift to longer promotions, it’s made the previous retail calendar somewhat obsolete. Retailers instead have noticed that customers tend to shop earlier/before the holiday season, potentially giving rise to a preference for Black Friday promotions over Boxing Day sales.

With Black Friday sales now lasting longer, retailers have also had to action plans for helping to retain shoppers’ interest. Rather than offering blanket-wide savings across their stores, intermittent offers or promoting product categories on specific days/weeks, help to keep customers interested.

How you can prepare for Black Friday 2022

Stock is going to be one of the most important things to have in mind with your promotions. The last thing you want is for your offers to run out of stock too quickly. Ordering now and getting ahead is best not only for you but for your manufacturer.

Around this time E-Liquid manufacturers will be receiving orders for Black Friday stock and to be able to meet demand, they will need to know the full extent of the demand. This year (2022), our cut-off for Black Friday products to be delivered before the day is September 30th.

When planning your Black Friday offers this year, you may want to take the current inflated cost of living, into consideration. This could potentially mean your standard customers have less disposable income to spend. For the vaping industry, it could mean that marketing around Black Friday is tailored to highlight the savings to be made for those swapping from smoking to vaping.

Although online sales have been booming thanks to the pandemic, customers have been returning to the high street in favour of shopping in person. But there has been a decline in this with the recent cost of living crisis. It’s important to ensure that stores also offer promotions, and offering in-store exclusive offers may help to entice more back to your stores.

If you are looking to stock up before the Black Friday rush, make sure to place your order before the 30th of September, to get your order before Black Friday.

British Manufacturer for E-Liquids & CBD

A leading E-Liquid and CBD manufacturer in the UK.

Why should you choose Xyfil for your manufacturing needs? There are a lot of reasons why we make a great fit for those looking to start an E-Liquid or CBD brand. We’ve already helped hundreds of brands take their products to market, including several award-winning names (Pod Salt, Cali Greens and more) that continue be recognised by the industry.

Here are a few of the reasons why you should choose Xyfil for your manufacturing needs.

ISO & GMP certified

Xyfil is one of the very few British E-Liquid manufacturers that has not only been ISO 9001 certified, but GMP certified also. This is a massive step for us in showcasing our commitment to quality and safety.

ISO 9001 sets out the criteria for a quality management system and is a certified standard used by all good quality manufactures. This standard is based on several management principles used to ensure quality. These include: a strong customer focus, motivation, and involvement of top management, plus processes for continual improvement.

ISO 9001 certification ensures that companies provide customers with consistent, good quality products and services. As a manufacturing company, we at Xyfil are proud of our ISO 9001 accreditation as it shows we are consistently pushing to provide our customers with only the very best.

GMP (Good Manufacturing Practice) is often used by many manufacturers as a guideline system for ensuring that products are consistently produced and controlled according to quality standards. It is designed to minimise risks involved in production that cannot be eliminated by testing the final product.

Most companies use this, but few are GMP certified. We have gone the extra mile to ensure that our customers can have the utmost peace of mind with us, and have been certified to GMP standards, showcasing our continued effort in providing the very best possible.

Quality assurance with full traceability

We ensure that your products are in safe hands whether they are manufactured here or delivered to us ready to be bottled and labelled. There are a variety of ways we do this following our ISO and GMP practices, but also through our full traceability process.

At Xyfil, we like to make sure that from start to finish, we have full accountability for every aspect. This includes supply chains and ingredients, to manufacturing and production work, all the way to the creative studio designs and eventual dispatch from our doors. Every step of the way is tracked so that should any errors occur, we can quickly and efficiently find the point of issue and correct it with as little impact on the product as possible.

Versatile toll manufacturing

Xyfil not only offers white label manufacturing and OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer), but we also operate as a Toll Manufacturer. This essentially means that at whatever point in the process you may require work, we are able to help. Not all who are in the market for a E-Liquid or CBD manufacturer in the UK require the full manufacturing process.

Some may only need the ability to bottle their products, or need the creative aspects such as logos, POS, packaging & labelling. There are some who are looking for help with regarding compliance testing of products to ensure they meet market regulations. No matter the scale of your products or business, no matter the step of manufacturing you are currently in, Xyfil can help.

Bottling

Already have a formulation ready for bottling, but don’t have the means to do so? We can offer our bottling services for any non-edible liquid including E-Liquids, CBD, hand sanitiser and more. With a wide range of bottle solutions that cover many of the industry standard sizes and shapes for E-Liquids, CBD and cosmetic products, there is a bottle/container for everything.

Creative studio

Work with us on your branding, product labels, product packaging and more. Our in-house creative studio is able to offer white label and OEM solutions for your brand. With experts in all things creative, we are able to effectively create stunning product & packaging designs, full media kits including web content, and POS for stores.

Compliance

Seeking regulatory compliance can be tricky and time-consuming, but we make it as simple as possible. Our in-house compliance team are here to help you make sure your products are market-specific and meet the trade licenses of the country you wish to sell in. This includes both E-Liquid and CBD. We are uniquely experienced in securing regulatory approval in the UK, EU and across many international markets including the Middle East.

Adaptable, capable, sustainable

In a market as ever-changing as the vaping industry, it is important to remain versatile and adaptable to changes. Vaping regulations often change around the globe with some having long-standing effects. To be able to remain present as a brand, under these situations can be daunting but it is something that we strive to work with. Whether it be flavour bans, limits on nicotine strength or E-Liquid capacities, Xyfil is capable of rectifying such changes.

Seen before in the application of the TPD regulations in the UK and EU, Xyfil was among the very first to update product lines to create compliant products that were immediately back on shelves for consumers.

Whether regulatory changes mean a flavour ban on all things other than tobacco, Xyfil offer a wide range of tobacco flavours in our white label packages, or new regulations on nicotine-containing products, we are able to adapt and are capable of meeting the new demands quickly and efficiently.

If you think that Xyfil would be a great fit for you, contact us today to find out exactly how we can help you.

E-Liquid Case Study: The Evolution of Big Tasty

Big Tasty – Big bottles, big flavour, bigger experience.

Designed with big flavours at its heart, Big Tasty has been carefully designed by renowned flavour artists to inspire and delight. With concoctions derived from countries both exotic and rural, take a trip with Big Tasty in a swirl of flavours.

A brand of shortfills, there is a true focus on flavours with these nicotine-free E-Liquids.

The Juiced range focuses on fruity tastes with fruit combinations both juicy and refreshing.

The Blast range delivers delightful icy tones to new fruity mixes that are a cool treat to enjoy.

The Exotic range delivers truly exquisite tastes with exotic flavour blends inspired by sunny shores, paradise islands and places of wonder.

Each range prides itself on delivering authentic flavours and with each inhale you can enjoy a variety of tastes from start to exhale and aftertaste.

Where Big Tasty first began

From the get-go, Big Tasty, a brand exclusively manufactured and produced by us here at Xyfil, was to be a brand of shortfills that focuses on creating unique and inspired flavours. And it certainly has achieved that with the expansive ranges of flavours that continue to prove popular.

If you saw the original Big Tasty packaging however you would be surprised to see that it has since changed. Originally, Big Tasty bottles were wrapped in a metallic label with bright colours and large images of fruit along with a script-style logo. This design was very in-keeping with the popular launches of its time but as time wore on and the market began to change, we re-launched Big Tasty with a whole new look.

A fresh new look and feel

Simplicity and contemporary designs make up the basis of Big Tasty’s new designs. With clean, white designs offset by a modern take on showcasing flavours with geometric shapes to reflect the flavours. These geometric designs are cleverly designed to showcase the fruits in shape and colour, in a simple but pleasing way that almost makes the design a puzzle to be deciphered. Not only this but the logo was redesigned to reflect the principle of the brand, highlighting ‘BIG’ as the focus for the products. Big in flavour and big in size.

Our first iterations showcased a smaller logo atop the product label and packaging, but this was then changed to make the logo slightly larger and more noticeable. Overall, it helped the brand take on a much cleaner, modern look that appeals to mature audiences.

The latest addition to Big Tasty was the newest range, Candy Rush. These flavours combine all things sweet and sour. With tastes inspired by many classic candies and sweets, get transported back to days gone by with each inhale.

How Xyfil can help you manufacture the next best shortfill brand

As one of the leading UK E-Liquid, CBD and personal care manufacturers, we support brands worldwide as they develop. We provide end-to-end white label manufacturing services, helping you develop your brand at every stage from flavour development to the design and production of your liquids. We offer TPD E-liquid compliance, regulatory compliance and E-Liquid analysis so that you can have confidence in the quality and safety of your products.

If you think your brand is due a refresh or re-launch to incite new interest, then Xyfil can help you. We pride ourselves on being able to help you no matter what stage you are at, whether it’s launching a new range, updating existing products or even if you’re just looking for advice. Get in contact with us today to find out how we can help you.

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.

Important Points for Making Your Product Designs Better

You’ve settled on your flavours and even possibly produced your batches of E-liquid already. But have you thought about the packaging? Sometimes the design of a product gets left until last resulting in hurriedly designed packaging and labels that can feel subpar in comparison to market leaders. But is it important to make sure your products have the best packaging and design?

Countless studies have shown that packaging has a superior influence on consumers, and can make a difference in acquiring and retaining customers for new products. Are your products receiving the attention they deserve? Here are our top tips for making sure that your product packaging is attractive and brings in the right attention.

Define your target audience

The first and most important step you should think about is your target audience. Who is your product for?

When it comes to vape products and E-Liquids, it's vitally important to make sure that your products are not targeted at younger audiences. One stigma that refuses to budge for vaping products is the claim that they are targeted toward underage audiences who shouldn’t be vaping. And it is safe to say there are some brands whose designs do lean towards those who are perhaps younger than 18. Making sure your products are not targeted toward younger audiences should be a priority.

Age isn’t just the only type of audience you should cater for; in fact, it can be more to do with the types of people and interests of potential consumers. For example, if you want to cater more towards the sort of vaper who enjoy parties, your design will be very different than if you were targeting vapers who enjoy chic and vintage products. Defining who you want to target will drive your design from the very start.

Using influences from other industries

Researching and referencing existing designs is a common practice by many industries and designers. Taking ideas from existing designs, and improving or tweaking them to create something new, is a great way to create attractive packaging that catches the eye. That’s not to say you should copy other designs, in fact, all this can do is potentially harm your own products which could be unfairly labelled as a lesser comparison. It’s important to understand influence as inspiration and not as a copy and paste. There are a lot of great designs already on the market but there will always be gaps between them that allow for new designs to rise alongside, and even overtake them.

Similarly, the vaping industry has a habit of falling into the stereotypes of ‘vaping design’. By using the same imagery and styles used by other typical vape brands may help your product become more easily recognisable for what it is but doesn’t help it stand out from a crowd. These sorts of designs also run the risk of appearing as child-appealing or cheap looking.

Instead, you can try using influences from other industries to create new, innovative designs for vape products. These could be designs for alcohol, beauty, food, travel and more. Many of these boast designs that don’t necessarily reflect their product literally, but the type of product/meaning consumers pay attention to. Some of the best designs for product packaging and logos are often simple, reflective of the brand and hold meaning.

Don’t be afraid to make something simple

Minimalism is a powerful way to make your brand stand apart from the rest. Especially in the vaping industry where designs can easily become overwhelmed with patterns, colours and graphics that swamp a product’s design. These may seem eye-catching but can often be too much to look at or vital information like flavour, brand name etc, can get lost.

With a minimal design it is much easier to single out important information, and especially clean designs that highlight a single focus, are much more eye-catching and can create a natural curiosity with a consumer. It should be enough to note that popular brands in a variety of industries are all looking at ways to make their logos more minimal. See for example the changes in designs from Amazon, Facebook, Starbucks, and Pringles to name a few.

Although many of these have stemmed from their brand awareness peaking, allowing them to simplify their designs, many are also aware that simple and minimal designs are much more digestible and memorable for consumers. A good practice would be to show someone your logo design and if, after a short period of time, they are able to recall your design quite clearly or at least the keynotes of it, then it’s a good logo design.

This also stems from the product labels and packaging. Overwhelming the vital product information with in-your-face graphics, patterns and colours can be a turn-off for many consumers. Your core product message can also get lost amid the graphical chaos. Simplicity doesn’t have to mean adding a logo and product information to a white background and calling it there (although this could be quite effective depending on the branding and logo). It means choosing what you want customers to know about your product and the first thing you want them to see that would draw them to your product.

Function vs form

It’s very important to understand the form and function of your product when designing packaging and labels. The form stands for the overall look and feel of the design from its font, graphical elements, texture and colour. The function is the practical element of the design that suits the purpose of the product. Form without function is merely pretty packaging, and function without form can’t achieve its goal. Establishing the purpose of your product, whether it be to offer impressive flavours, help smokers quit, or work best for sub-ohm vaping, will help lead your product designs form.

Considering finishing from the outset (what finishes you want)

Naturally most think of finishes as being the tail-end of the design process but in actual fact, it’s worth deciding on the finish of your product packaging from the beginning. Deciding on this can impact the actual design of your packaging and can make the finish feel more organic, rather than some fancy foiling tacked on at the end.

Exploring new finishes is also a great way of helping make your product stand out from the crowd. There is a wide variety of finishes from glossy to matt lamination, to soft-touch, textured and metalised foil, to UV varnish and even unique ones such as glow-in-the-dark lacquer ad thermal lacquer. Some of these may not suit the product type but introducing something different and unique looks more interesting than simple silver or gold foil.

Listen to your designers

Probably the most important aspect of the design process is to listen to your designers. Often it can be easy to have a picture in mind of how you think it should look, but rarely does the images in our mind translate well to reality. Designers are tasked with this venture and use their experience and expertise to try and translate your ideas to reality. Sometimes this may not match exactly with your original concept, but more than often these changes are purposeful. Make sure to communicate with your designers and listen to their reasoning behind the changes. The answers may surprise you!

Hopefully, this provides you with some food for thought on your next product launch, or perhaps if you’re thinking of refreshing your current product offers with new artwork. Whatever it is, Xyfil can help with our dedicated Studio team who have years of experience in helping brands develop their logos, labelling and packaging. Many award-winning brands have benefitted from our expertise, and you can too. Contact us to find out how we can help you.

How to Bring Your Brand to the UK Market

Looking to expand and take your product elsewhere? Understanding the regulations for the country you wish to sell your vaping products, is essential as they differ around the globe. And it is certainly worth taking your product to other markets, especially if it’s already receiving great success elsewhere. Let’s briefly look at the different regulations that govern the three main territories, and how they might differ from those in the UK.

The regulations for other countries

If your products are already listed in these countries, then chances are you are already aware of the different regulations. Here’s a brief list of the key regulations across the EU, US and Middle East.

EU Regulations

  • Child-resistant & tamper-proof packaging
  • Must notify the appropriate regulatory body with ingredients in E-Liquids components in devices and refilling mechanisms of devices
  • Devices must be protected against breakage and leakage
  • It must be possible to refill devices without leakage
  • Devices must deliver a consistent dose of nicotine per puff
  • Capacity of tanks, pods and cartridges must be no more than 2ml
  • E-Liquids containing nicotine must be sold in volumes of 10ml or less
  • Nicotine strengths of E-Liquids must not exceed 20mg/ml
  • Legal age for vaping is set at 18 for most EU countries
  • E-Cigarettes and re-fill containers can’t be advertised or promoted, directly or in-directly

These TPD regulations guide the majority of EU countries in their handling of E-Cigarettes and vape products. However, there are some countries that have begun to implement flavour bans or ban vaping entirely. Find out more about EU regulations here.

US Regulations

  • Register your establishment and submit a list of products, labelling and advertisements
  • Submit data and pay user fees
  • Submit an ingredient listing
  • Apply to market a new tobacco product via one of three pathways
  • Submit quantities of harmful and potentially harmful constituents
  • Submit tobacco health documents
  • Submit a warning plan for smokeless tobacco
  • Include required warning statements on packages and advertisements
  • Submit a modified risk tobacco product (MRTP) application
  • Age-restricted for those under 21 years of age

It’s important to note that some states in the US have also implemented flavour bans. This means they only accept tobacco-flavoured vapes and E-Liquids. Some of the regulations differ between states with some outright banning vaping altogether.

UAE & Middle East Regulations

  • maximum nicotine concentration is capped at 20mg/ml
  • maximum tank capacity is no more than 10ml
  • maximum capacity of refill packages is no more than 50ml
  • must display all health warnings in Arabic and English that must cover at least 50% of the main display area. English to appear on the lower front, Arabic on the lower back.
  • must also display a health warning in Arabic and English: “This product may pose a health hazard when inhaled, swallowed or gets in contact with the skin.”
  • must not contain a variety of harmful ingredients & additives including cinnamic compounds
  • Prohibited to those under the age of 18

Some of these regulations can differ depending on the country as some Middle Eastern countries have outright banned vaping.

Many of these share similar restrictions with the main ones to take note of, are the limitations on size, strength, and ingredients, as these have an impact on the product you manufacture. Products that do not abide by the regulations of the country for reselling, will be classified as illegal and could be disposed of by authorities. Find out more about UAE regulations here.

Regulations for the UK

When bringing your brand and established products to the UK, you need to take into account the regulations established by TRPR (Tobacco and Related Products Regulations).

  • E-Liquid bottles that contain nicotine can be no larger than 10ml
  • Tanks, pods and cartridges can be no larger than 2ml
  • The maximum nicotine strength allowed is 20mg/ml (2%)
  • E-Liquids must not contain any ingredients that are disallowed
  • E-Cigarette packages must include an information leaflet
  • Packaging must include nicotine warnings on the front and back, covering 30% of the size

These regulations are very similar to the EU regulations with only small differences, but it’s important to make sure that your E-Liquid products match the specified strengths, max capacity, and warnings. Find out more about UK regulations here.

It is also worth noting that in the UK, advertising E-Cigarettes and vaping products is strictly regulated with only a few exceptions. Similarly, vaping products are age-restricted for those under the age of 18 and it should be a brand’s interest to ensure their products do not appeal to those who are underage.

For those with brands that cross different countries with different regulations, it could become the norm to label vaping products with the country it is intended to be sold in. Products like ELUX vapes have now begun including a ‘not for sale in the UK’ to their packaging for products intended for US markets. This is intended to help retailers from accidentally stocking products not legal in their country.

How Xyfil can help get you into the UK market

As a leading British E-Liquid Manufacturer, we have over ten years of experience in manufacturing and the production of E-Liquids suitable worldwide. We have helped hundreds of brands to market in the EU, UK and Middle East and more. Between our in-house compliance team and highly experienced members in all departments, we ensure that the products you want are suitable for the market you wish to hit. Whether that’s from the ground up with our white label and OEM E-Liquid manufacture, or with your pre-produced E-Liquids, we cover it all.

Xyfil is equipped to bottle your products in compliant bottling solutions, and our creative teams are able to create/edit product packaging to suit your needs. We offer many white label products which are already created and compliant for EU, UK and the Middle East to help you hit markets quicker. Or alternatively, if you’re looking to alter your existing products to suit new markets, we are more than equipped to handle any changes in product capacity, testing, packaging and more.

Contact us today to find out more about how we can help you.

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.

Most Popular E-Liquid Flavours for 2022

The vaping market is often flooded with flavours, new variations of well-loved fruits, re-imaginings of flavours you thought you knew and inspired combinations that create new experiences. Last year the most popular flavour for vape juice was certainly raspberry, or blue raspberry to be precise. What’s not to love about the soft, sweet taste of raspberries or zingy blue raspberry?

Keep in the loop with the most in-demand flavours with us here at Xyfil.

This year’s in-demand flavour

It may come as no surprise that vapers are choosing to revisit beverage flavours this year. Maybe it’s the taste of nostalgia vapers are craving but soda/beverage E-Liquids are proving popular for 2022.

What’s great for brands is the variety of flavours available in the beverage section to choose from. The top two are certainly Cola and Lemonade, flavours that have been done before, but the introduction of flavours combined with these have taken the market by storm.

Flavours like Cola Lime and Pink Lemonade are dominating and it’s not hard to see why. These fun and fruity flavours can often be enjoyed all day long, as long as the sweetness is managed well. Creating the familiar fizzy taste is certainly a challenge for any flavour mixologist but making the flavours as accurate as possible is paramount. But you don’t have to stop just there with Cola Lime, there are a variety of flavours that compliment Cola perfectly and can be found in other places outside of the vaping market.

Have you thought about the next big Cola flavour? Perhaps the next flavour you should be creating Is Cola Cherry? Or perhaps Vanilla Cola for those looking to create a smoother taste? The possibilities are almost endless and Xyfil can help take you on that flavour journey.

Develop your next beverage E-Liquid with Xyfil

Our in-house mixologists create the flavours you want and vapers desire. We welcome the challenge to create new and never-seen-before flavours or impressive new twists on those familiar favourites that hook vapers from the first puff. With thousands of high-quality ingredients to create hundreds of flavours, every flavour we create is unique to each brand. We ensure that each flavour is somewhat unique in some way be it in sweetness, underlying flavours, strength and more.

Are you looking to develop your next E-Liquid brand with a leading UK E-Liquid manufacturer? Take the next step and develop your beverage vape juice with Xyfil for premium quality tailored to you.

Check out our white label vape juice beverage flavours, or work with us to create your own bespoke beverage E-Liquid.

How We Help You Develop Your Flavours – Flavour Development

One of the vital aspects of product development and E-Liquid manufacture is of course the flavours. Flavours are what set E-Liquids truly apart and secure brand loyalty with flavours that are well-received and well-loved by users. Of course, the vaping industry is full of products with similar flavours which can make it hard to get your products to stand out. That’s where we step in.

Suleman Umar, Product Developer Manager

“We are here to support your brand every step of the way. No matter what your product is or what services you require from us, I’ll be your first point of call in helping develop your products to the specifications you need.”

As a product development manager, I’m involved in most aspects of product creation. From market research, development, compliance, budget control, flavour creation, and working alongside our creative studio to get the perfect look that symbolises what the products are – I’m there the entire way.

Having in-depth knowledge of compliance within the industry, across various countries, helps accelerate the development of flavours that are guaranteed to be approved by consumers and respective authorities. Not only that, but I work exclusively with many of our clients to produce their award-winning brands, develop new flavours never-seen-before and provide insights into the industry.

What does the Flavour Development Department do?

The journey always begins with a customer brief handed to us by the sales team. This usually relays all the necessary information from a customer that they’re looking to receive from us, be it flavour profiles, certain ingredients, overall theme etc. We then create a checklist to go through for flavour development – is the flavour intended to be candy sweet or subtly sweet? Is the flavour complex or simple? Is it a combination of flavours?

This process itself can be lengthy as we must first develop the flavour, especially if it’s a new or a unique variation – this is often the most challenging and rewarding type of flavours to create. Once we’ve put together the flavour it must then be tested with the customer, and this can go back and forth a few times until the perfect flavour is made. Even the slightest adjustment can mean a lot in terms of flavour – if it’s not quite got that fruity sweet flavour the customer imagined then we work on it some more to ensure it does.

We specialise in providing what the customer wants and need. Every flavour we create will be somewhat unique to them; a specific flavour profile that won’t be available elsewhere. Even with common flavours like fruits or menthol, we like to ensure that your flavours stand out from the crowd. And with over 2000 flavours already created, there’s still a lot of room for variety.

What does the Flavour Development department have to offer?

Here at Xyfil, we offer a truly unique, customer-focused service that puts the customer at the forefront of every decision. No matter which department you are dealing with, including Flavour Development and R&D, our goal is to make sure that you get exactly what you need. I love tinkering with flavours so when customers come forward with requests for unusual flavours, I’m more than happy to get working on them. No flavour is too strange and making each flavour unique to a brand is crucial.

You can always expect communication with us as we are very hands-on with helping our customers. There’s a reason why our customers develop with us and keep coming back, and it’s our guarantee to provide customers with exactly what they want. Whether it’s white label manufactured E-Liquids and CBD, or OEM, we aim to provide any service a customer may need when looking to take a product to market. The Flavour Development team is here to help you create unique flavours and, combined with our other departments, help you develop products that fly off the shelves.

UK Becomes the First Country to Regulate CBD Market

The UK has recently become the first country to regulate orally consumed CBD products. Currently, CBD has been touted as a novel food group item or supplementary, but the new move to regulate CBD hopes to “de-risk” CBD (Cannabidiol) to spur innovation. With a clear set of guidelines for orally consumed CBD products, there is a growing likelihood of improvement in the sort of products offered.

In response to this move, the FSA (Food Standards Agency) and the ACI (Association for the Cannabinoid Industry) has created a list featuring CBD products. These products have been given the green light to remain on shelves in line with the UK’s new novel foods regulations. Products that do not appear on the list can no longer be sold.

Ensuring these guidelines are met by CBD products not only helps to ensure the quality and safety of products in England and Wales, but also for investors looking to take part in the CBD industry. Trading Standards will also be enforcing the new rules with immediate effect on retailers selling CBD products.

Regulating orally consumed CBD products

From February 13th, 2020, no new CBD extracts, isolates or associated final products using the novel ingredient CBD, are allowed to be sold until they receive the necessary authorisation. Products that were available beforehand were required to send an application for assessment by the FSA. The complete process of evaluation can take around a year to complete. One month is allowed for the validation process, then up to nine months for the risk assessment, and up to seven months for any subsequent risk management and authorisation decisions.

Most applicants will be manufacturers of CBD brands including us here at Xyfil. A detailed dossier must be provided for existing and new orally consumed CBD products.

There are three parts involved. Firstly, part one should contain all administrative data such as information relating to the applicant. Part two should contain information specific to the novel food (along with a list of references) such as:

  • identity of the novel food
  • production process
  • compositional data
  • specifications
  • the history of use of the novel food and/or its source
  • proposed uses and use level and anticipated intake
  • absorption, distribution, metabolism and excretion
  • nutritional information
  • toxicological information and allergenicity

Part three should include the glossary or abbreviations of terms quoted in the dossier, certifications (on the accreditation of laboratories, certificates of analyses), full copies/reprints of all pertinent scientific data (published and unpublished), full study reports and scientific opinion of national/international regulatory bodies.

Ensuring the quality of the dossier, and the information provided significantly affects the time needed for assessment and authorisation.

Xyfil makes the process simpler for you

Brands can apply for authorisation of CBD extracts and isolates via our compliance and White Label service. We will guide you through the process and secure your products ready for sale. Here at Xyfil, we have worked on countless successful applications for CBD-based products. Our market-ready approach means less paperwork and less hassle in getting your business off the ground.

By working with us you can benefit from our purpose-built analytical laboratory, including patent-pending equipment for generating accurate emissions samples. Work with our dedicated scientists and let us handle your brand compliance from end to end. Get in touch today to get started on your CBD brand.