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New Progressive Vaping Laws in the Philippines Welcomed

Vaping regulations change each year and differ around the globe. Some countries offer much tighter restrictions than others, and some regulations change to the detriment of vapers. However, the recent moves from the Philippines government have been welcomed by vaping activists.

Earlier in the year, legislation was proposed to make changes to the vaping laws in the country, and as of July 25, the bill became law.

What is the updated law for vaping now?

The most important takeaway from the updated law is that it legitimizes the use of vapes as a means for quitting smoking. This helps put the Philippines in line with most of Europe, setting them apart as one of the very few Asian countries to have reasonable vaping regulations.

The new laws allow for nicotine strengths of up to 65mg/ml (6.5%) and lowers the legal age of purchase from 21 to 18. These of course offer great benefits for customers who feel the need for higher strengths and help introduce aid for smokers aged 18-21.

In the Philippines, the legal age for buying cigarettes had always been 18 meaning that until this legislation changed, young smokers had at least 3 years of smoking before being able to legally purchase vapes. The hope is therefore that these changes will help 16 million smokers in the country, including the youngest adult smokers.

These changes also include restrictions on where vaping products can be sold and penalties for stores and online retailers for selling to minors. In a move similar to the UK and Europe, they have also restricted advertising with social media influencers and celebrities.

Another slight change to the laws revolves around flavours. Although the law does not ban flavours outright (a ban on flavours other than menthol and tobacco already exists), it prohibits labels and advertising that use flavour descriptors that may appeal to minors. This includes wording such as those relating to fruit, candy, desserts or cartoon characters.

One of the biggest changes is the change in the authority of who manages vaping. Rather than the FDA, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will have control over the regulations on vaping and heated tobacco products.

The politics behind the changes

At the time of the bill first being introduced, there were some parties who disagreed with the proposed changes including the Philippines Department of Health. However, the FDA had previously angered many after it was revealed that American billionaire Michael Bloomberg attempted to influence Philippines policies with money sent to anti-vaping groups.

The bill was also under review at the same time as the presidency began to change hands, suggesting that possibly it flew under the radar.

Here's hoping that the Philippines continue to trial the new regulations and allow time for them to work, without bending under opposition that aims to oppress vaping as a quit-smoking tool.

The impact of the law changes on manufacturers and brands

As part of the improved regulations, the importation, manufacture, sale, packaging and distribution have also been overhauled. These have been brought in line with internationally accepted standards. But there are still some regulations that brands need to be aware of if they wish to take their products to the Philippines.

For one, the flavour ban restricts vape products to menthol and tobacco flavours only. These also cannot be labelled with fruity/candy/dessert names. Therefore, brands should be careful of product labels, flavour names and flavour descriptions.

Although some tobacco flavours may have naturally fruity tones, they should not be used as a descriptor. With the change of the legal vaping age from 21 to 18, age restriction labels on products will also require updating.

How Xyfil can help E-Liquid brands as a Toll Manufacturer

We pride ourselves in being able to help you through any and every step of the process, from concept to shelf. Whether you’re new to the business and want to take your first steps into creating an E-Liquid brand, looking for an E-Liquid manufacturer in the UK to develop your products, or have an existing product that needs some re-work. We’re here to help.

Our services cover all aspects of manufacturing, including white label and OEM, and compliance. We offer expert teams who can develop unique flavours, manufacture and produce your E-Liquids, bottle and label your products, and even offer a creative studio that can develop/update packaging, labels, logos and POS.

As a leading E-Liquid manufacturer in the UK, Xyfil has the trust of the many brands we have already helped take to market in the UK, EU and overseas. Get in contact with us today to see how we can help you.

Malaysia Vape Tax to Hit E-Liquid Hard

The Malaysian tax on nicotine E-Liquid

Last year, the Malaysian government decided that vaping needed to become more regulated due to its increasing popularity. Along with the sudden Tobacco and Smoking Control Bill approved July 13, 2022, that bans the sale of vape products to those born after 2005, they are going ahead with their planned tax increase on nicotine-containing products including nicotine-free E-Liquids. Originally the new taxation on E-Liquids was due to take effect on January 1st 2022 but was delayed due to complaints from consumers and the vaping industry.

The plans would see the price of vaping products triple their current prices.

Currently vaping products that contain nicotine are not legally allowed for sale in Malaysia. At first vapers rejoiced at hearing the government’s plans to legalise and regulate vaping, however, the cost may be too great. The current tax rate on nicotine-free products is RM 0.40, but with the tax hike, it will go up to 1.20 RM per millilitre. That’s around an extra $17 on a 60ml bottle of E-Liquid.

How popular is vaping in Malaysia?

Originally, vaping was seen as a niche market in Malaysia however since then there are approximately 1.12 million vapers in Malaysia and is touted to continue to grow. 94% of these were previous smokers, a number that should be celebrated considering the reduction in harm by swapping to vaping. Not only this but there are more than 3,300 businesses related to the vaping industry, and so feeding the growth is likely to grow the economy and potentially invite foreign direct investment (FDI). Data collected in 2021 suggested that 80% of Malaysian people are in favour of regulations being introduced for vape products.

However, all of these great things can be hindered by the wrong sort of regulations.

Problems with the proposed vape tax going forward

One of the problems with this tax hike on vaping products means that incredibly, E-Liquids will become more expensive than cigarettes. Considering that vaping is generally agreed on being much less harmful than smoking, the fact that vaping products will be taxed harsher than cigarettes has many rightly concerned.

Similarly, there are worries that because of the sharp increase in price that manufacturers and retailers will have to make decisions on, put these legal products at odds with the much cheaper, black market products. Due to the legal state of nicotine-containing products in Malaysia, a black market has arisen to cater for the needs of vapers who want these products. With the increase in prices of vaping products which will see them become more of a luxury item, those using vaping to quit smoking could possibly quit vaping and re-take up smoking or purchase the much cheaper black market options. Neither are ideal.

This is not to say that regulations are a bad thing, on the contrary, we’ve seen that regulations can be beneficial. They help to establish a safe vaping market with products that are intended to help reduce harm. As seen by us here in the UK, our vaping regulations are some of the strictest in the world and yet it has allowed the vaping industry here to flourish.

In the case of the Malaysian government, an open conversation needs to be had between the governing bodies and representatives from the industry. Establishing regulations is ideal but ensuring that those regulations are fair and just, is a must to avoid creating more harm than good.

What do you think, should Malaysia opt for similar regulations to that in the UK?

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.

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.

E-Liquid Brand Case Study: Drop E-Liquids

Who are Drop E-Liquids?

Drop E-Liquids offer a range of fantastical fruit flavour combos that create sweet and sharp, refreshing vapes. Fruit Drop aims to create authentic fruit flavours that vapers crave and create exciting fruit blends you can’t get anywhere else. They also include a range of candy-inspired flavours called Sweet Drop, focusing on classic British sweet flavours.

Fruit Drop boasts flavours such as Citrus Lychee Ice, Passion Fruit Mango & Pineapple and Grapefruit Blood Orange. There are even a couple of candy-inspired flavours as part of their Sweet Drop range from Drumstick to the classic Rhubarb & Custard.

This range of E-Liquids is offered as 100ml shortfills with a 70/30 (VG/PG) ratio that is ideal for Sub-Ohm vaping.

With a simplistic design, these E-Liquids can seem unassuming, but the minimalist approach works well in drawing the eye to their signature ‘drop’ design. Each drop features a distinct blend of colours that suggest the flavours of each bottle.

Who manufactures Fruit Drop?

Drop E-Liquids are manufactured here in the UK by Xyfil Ltd, a premium UK manufacturer of E-Liquid and CBD products. We work with Drop E-Liquids to provide the base ingredients for their chosen flavour profiles, to create unique blends you’ll find nowhere else. To make sure the flavours are authentic we only use premium food-grade ingredients sourced from the UK and overseas. Some brands choose a specific flavour blend to create a very specific type of profile, while others choose a flavour for us to recreate. We are able to work with as much or as little information towards a brand’s vision to help them create the product they wish to take to market.

All E-Liquids are mixed and bottled in our ISO 9001 accredited facilities which go through stringent checks to ensure the safety and quality of each batch. Throughout the process we work closely with Drop E-Liquids to make sure that flavours remain consistent, and that the brand’s image remains the same throughout the process. A premium brand means premium quality. In such a large market where flavours mean everything, coming up with new and unique blends is what sets brands apart. Ensuring that the flavour blends match up to a brand’s expectations is key.

Drop E-Liquids provide their own artwork for their shortfill bottles, which we apply during the production process. Some brands require us to design and create their ideal packaging and logos. Drop E-Liquids however already had a clear image of their intended packaging. Applying a brand’s existing artwork to the products we manufacture for them is but one part of the bespoke service we can provide.

From the ground up to the store shelf

Xyfil offers a bespoke manufacturing service for E-Liquids and CBD products, with a choice of white label or OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer). No matter what step of the process your product is at, be it production, manufacturing, or development, Xyfil can help take your brand from paper to reality.

We work closely with our customers to ensure their vision becomes a reality whether it’s in flavour development, production, bottling, packaging, or any stage of the process. If you are looking for help with E-Liquid compliance and regulations, we are also able to provide this service by submitting compliance for you or guiding your brand on the right path.

If you’d like to work with us to manufacture your next premium E-Liquid brand, get in touch today to find out more.

Raids on Vape Stores in the UK – The Importance of Compliance

Recently, vape stores in the UK are seeing visits from Council and Police members in a surge to crackdown on illegal vape products. Up and down the country some vape stores are finding themselves missing thousands of pounds worth of goods. This is due to some vape stores selling products that are illegal by UK trading standards. Which has left a few store owners with fines to pay and lessons to be learnt.

Stores around the UK cleared of illegal vape products

Vaping has reached all-time high popularity in the UK with new products added to the market around the clock. Especially with the rise in disposable vape devices, the market has certainly seen an explosion of interest from brands looking to add their own disposables. To keep up with demand shelves are being heavily stocked with the products that consumers are looking for. But in the midst of the rush it’s easy for non-compliant products to slip through.

In the UK there have been numerous cases of vapers using illegal and sometimes counterfeit products. Not only is this harmful to customers but also to brands of counterfeited products, stores that sell them unknowingly and the vaping industry as a whole.

Only recently, a vape store on Oxford Street, Westminster, was cleared of £100,000 worth of items from their shelves. These counterfeit and illegal goods were removed by Met Police and Westminster City Council with a variety of these products pertaining to vapes. These were disposables that were counterfeit along with products not suitable for UK retail due to not meeting compliance requirements.

What are the legal requirements for selling in the UK?

If products are TPD/TRPR compliant there will be several key factors that you can easily look out for.

  • Disposables and vape kits will have a max capacity tank of 2ml.
  • The max strength nicotine allowed in the UK is 20mg/ml.
  • Packaging should include UK manufacturer’s contact details and name.
  • Packaging should include all necessary warnings.
  • Must be registered on the MHRA’s (Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency) website.

For the full list of regulations, you can read the UKVIA’s (United Kingdom Vaping Industry Association) concise guide for compliant disposable vapes here.

How you can be careful when selling vape products

Avoiding illegal and counterfeit products means you avoid potential losses and fines. The biggest issue in the UK vaping market is certainly high strength vapes or those with bigger capacity than is legally allowed. If a product is more than 20mg/ml (2%) or has a capacity greater than 2ml, then it cannot be legally sold in the UK. Check out these top tips on how to sell vapes legally in the UK.

Restrictions and regulations across the globe differ meaning that it’s quite easy for higher strength vape products to exist legally. For example, for products in the UAE the max capacity of vape tanks is no more than 10ml. Although these are legal for sale in the UAE, they are not in the UK, and sometimes this confusion can lead to incorrect products being stocked on shelves.

Compliance made easy with Xyfil

Navigating compliance can be challenging with the many regulations and differences between countries. Here at Xyfil we have a dedicated compliance team that ensure our brands and the brands of our partners, are compliant with whatever market they wish to sell in. If you’re looking to create your own UK-compliant brand of E-Liquids and vape products, you can contact us to find out more, and make the most of our award-winning, premium products. If you’re looking to stock the products we manufacture, you can talk with our sister company My Vapery who can offer you premium, UK-compliant products that customers want.

Is it Profitable to Start a Vape Shop in 2022?

It’s fair to say that the vaping industry really is booming especially in the UK where vaping is positively approved by the government and health organisations. So, it’s no surprise if you’re looking to set up your own vape store and jump in on the action. With the industry continuing to grow there’s always room for more, but are there problems of oversaturation?

In some cities, it’s hard to not go more than 10 metres without seeing a vape shop. And let’s not forget that the pandemic has shaken the high street and retail as we know it – and not just retail but manufacturing has felt the burn of the pandemic. So, in 2022, is it still viable to open a vape shop and be profitable?

COVID’s effects on the high street

Many businesses are noticing that brick-and-mortar store traffic has decreased since 2020, and this is not limited to vape stores. Across the board, after the numerous lockdowns and worries of transmitting the virus, many stores have seen decreased footfall and unfortunately many have had to close due to this. However now, months after a very successful vaccine rollout some sort of normality seems to have returned and with it, shoppers have started to return to the high street.

Although it wouldn’t be pertinent to ignore the rise in online sales due to the pandemic. During COVID, online stores saw a massive boom in popularity and the new, convenient option that had become forced on people, has remained popular. But it’s not to say that brick-and-mortar stores are not viable anymore. On the contrary, there are many things a physical store can offer over online sites that are likely to have people walking in your store. And optimising for those reasons is certainly key to success.

The competitive market

The vaping market is probably one of the most competitive out there. Whether you’re looking to start your own brand or open your own retail store, there are undoubtedly many more like it, out there. Opening an online store is even worse due to the competition no longer being restricted to your area. Do you choose to open a shop in a city that already has ten vape shops, or a small village without a single one?

Launching into the vaping industry certainly has the potential to become a profitable one, but the road there could be long. And this industry often faces changes to regulations that could result in problems with products, stocking or selling. Yet navigating these issues are all part-and-parcel of the task of opening a business and turning profit. And the same can be said for those looking to create a new brand of E-Liquid to take to market. All it takes is finding what makes you or your product different and learning how to market it into something that creates profit.

How to start a vape store successfully

Here are some of the top ways that you can make sure that your vape store or brand take off successfully.

Complete market research

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. Read more about the importance of market research.

Make things simpler & cost effective

Partner with an E-Liquid wholesale manufacturer such as Xyfil – we can provide high quality white label products to get on your shelves quicker, or OEM for tailor-made products. Not only this but you get access to our award-winning nicotine salts and high-quality ingredients. Our people become your people and our goal is to help you be the very best you can be. Don’t worry about having to source your materials, setting up a lab, testing and reporting of liquids, registering products for compliance – we sort it all for you. Whether it’s creating a new brand of looking for business insights, Xyfil are ready to help with over 10 years of experience in the vaping industry.

Get your branding right

We’re not just talking your shop name and logo, but also the layout of your store. Is there a particular feel you want to bring to your vape shop that sets it apart from others? Learning how to place products effectively around the store can naturally help a potential customer see products you want them to and entice them to buy. The creative studio here at Xyfil not only have years of experience in building brands, labelling, logos and POS material for products, but have also worked on designs for layouts within stores to help drive sales.

Sell quality, UK manufactured products – be compliant

It is vitally important that compliance be at the forefront of your thoughts when looking to purchase vaping products for your store. Although it might seem ideal to stock these ‘high demand’ products, many of them are illegal by UK guidelines. Recently there have been great shakeups within the high street to ensure that stores selling vape products not only stock only compliant products but adhere to the age restrictions for said products. Making sure to stick to the rules and regulations will mean you miss out on hefty fines or worse.

Products manufactured in the UK bring their own sense of quality and of course are TPD/TRPR compliant. Here at Xyfil we are proud to create premium UK manufactured E-Liquids that have gone on to win awards for our flavours and out nicotine salt formula.

But above all else, providing products that potential customers are looking for, and are in demand, is a way to ensure satisfaction. Listen to your customers for feedback and keep an eye on trends but don’t focus too much on short-lived trends that are likely to pass in a month – autumn inspired flavours aren’t likely to be popular once spring comes round!

If you want to talk more about setting up an E-Liquid business or looking to partner with a E-Liquid manufacturer, get in contact with us today to see how we can help.

Industry news – Danish Government Proposes Nicotine Ban

In a move that mirrors New Zealand’s prior shift in nicotine-containing products, Denmark is following in their steps. Recently, the Danish government have proposed a nicotine ban to anyone born in 2010 or after. No doubt in hopes of ensuring future generations remain nicotine-free.

The proposed bill is believed to help reduce the number of smokers, coming into effect in 2028 – when those born in 2010 turn 18. From then on, the legal age requirement for buying nicotine-containing products will increase each year. Importantly though, it is noted that they are not banning the use of nicotine-containing products, just the ability to buy them. So, what does this mean?

There are concerns that this style of strategy fails to consider tobacco harm reduction by limiting items such as E-Cigarettes and E-Liquid. Any vaping product that contains nicotine will also fall under this ruling and therefore manufacturers and brands need to be on the lookout.

Compliance labelling – Keep your vaping products compliant

These new market changes can happen quickly and sometimes before companies have a chance to react. Luckily this occurs less and less nowadays but changes to regulations do still occur. And these require brands and companies to rethink their strategies and their products.

Lately, there have been many countries that have started to lean towards banning flavours. This has resulted in brands having to limit their flavour lists or create whole new ranges to remain relevant. Similarly, the move towards changing the legal age for purchasing nicotine-containing items may require brands to change up their product warning labels each year, to mirror the changing age limit.

This could be quite costly for companies having to re-print/re-package their products each year. Or perhaps compliance guidelines for these countries may take on a new approach?

In our opinion, we believe it is possible that governments will change the legislation for product labelling for nicotine-containing products. Currently, to be TPD compliant, vape products that contain nicotine must have an ’18’ age restriction symbol on the packaging and labels. Thereby it could be very likely that a new symbol to signify age restriction is created and will become a requirement for products to be sold in affected countries. But at this moment in time, there have been no talks on the subject, possibly due to the legislation not yet coming into effect. We’ll keep you posted as soon as we know.

The ability to cope with market changes

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.

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