【DE】InterTabac and InterSupply celebrate the comeback of the year

After a two-year break, the tobacco industry is looking forward to the “Comeback of the Year” at Messe Dortmund: From the 15th to the 17th In September, the world’s leading trade fairs for the tobacco industry will take place with InterTabac and InterSupply. More than 600 bookings are available for InterTabac and InterSupply, 160 exhibitors are represented for the first time in the trade fair duo, for some of them it is even the premiere on the international or European market. And two superstars from Germany and the USA do not let the visit Dortmund take away either.


InterTabac and InterSupply had to pause for two years due to the corona pandemic, but now they are back in full strength: More than 600 exhibitors from 69 countries are planning from the 15th to the 17th. September to be present in nine halls of Messe Dortmund and to meet trade visitors, partners and media representatives. Live on site, the focus is then on the exchange with each other and the presentation as well as the tasting of new products. Exhibitors as well as visitors can also look forward to novelties such as the ‘International Cigar Pavilion’ and the proven diverse program, which consists of exciting key notes, discussion forums and comprehensive information about current trends and topics in the industry. So a visit is worthwhile in any case – and accordingly the who’s who of the tobacco industry will meet again at Messe Dortmund.


Among other things, there will be two real superstars from the USA and Germany who will not miss the “Comeback of the Year”: The multiple boxing world champion Mike Tyson will visit InterTabac on Friday (16. September) and is on site at the stand of the exhibitor “Futurola” with his own collection. As a star guest, the German Hollywood actor and former bodybuilder Ralf Moeller also visits the trade fair duo and will be available to visitors on Saturday (17. September) free of charge for a joint tour of the fair and for photos on the social media wall in the modern entrance north.


For more than 40 years, InterTabac has established itself as the world’s largest trade fair for tobacco products and smoking supplies, in 2015, InterSupply, which has since taken place in parallel, celebrated its premiere as an international trade fair for the production process of tobacco products, e-cigarettes, pipes and hookahs.


Experience the diversity of the industry in nine halls


This year, the exhibitors of the trade fair duo occupy a total of nine halls. As at the beginning of InterTabac and InterSupply, the classic segment around cigar, cigarette, pipes, pipe tobacco and fine cut is once again strongly represented this year. The exhibitors from these segments occupy the largest area at Messe Dortmund with halls 4 to 7. In addition to established and long-standing exhibitors, there are also many new companies that present themselves to trade visitors – for example in the ‘International Cigar Pavilion’. This year will take place for the first time at InterTabac and combines some exclusive names such as “JRE Tobacco”, “Black Star Line Cigars”, “Blue Mountain Cigars” or “Cornelio Cigar”. Thematically, in the “classic segment” this year’s focus is in particular on hand-picked cigars from family-run manufactories and limited editions or new, high-quality designs for pipe lovers.


In the neighboring hall 6, visitors will find everything about ‘Point of Sale’. Various exhibitors with a focus on specialist retailers as well as renowned wholesalers are represented here. They give retailers and other interested parties a comprehensive overview of current topics and trends. Of course, shopfitting equipment and POS systems for the trade are included as well as supplementary assortments, which include press products, spirits or lighters.


In the Westfalenhalle and Halls 1 and 2, visitors will find the Next Generation Products (NGP), which are very trendy and have been supplementing the classic segments for several years. NGP includes “heat-not-burn” products, everything related to vaping, e-cigarettes and e-liquids as well as potentially risk-reduced products (PRRP) and cannabidiol (CBD). The ‘snus’ already popular in Scandinavia will also be presented on site. A special feature is the possibility to test different products and flavors, because as in the other halls, tasting is expressly desired here as well. For example, retailers have the opportunity to take home impulses for their own assortment composition – even beyond the classic segment.


Shisha suppliers and the associated accessories such as coals are again represented in part of Hall 6 and the entire Hall 8 this year.


In Hall 3, the InterSupply Hall, visitors can find out about the comprehensive range around the production processes of tobacco products and liquids as well as their processing and packaging. As in the other halls, there are dozens of new exhibitors to discover here.


Visitors can reach all nine halls via three entrances and exits: In addition to the main entrance of the Westfalenhalle, the trade fair entrances North and West are open as in previous years. In this way, all exhibitors can be reached quickly and conveniently by visitors.


Comprehensive program for trade visitors and interested parties


In addition to the new exhibitors, products and trends, those present can look forward to a comprehensive program that reflects all current topics and challenges of the entire industry. It was developed together with leading industry experts and thus offers real added value for every trade fair visitor.


In the Classic segment, the “Cigar & Rum Pairing” on the 15th and 16th September can be tasted, smoked and tasted. Experts create completely new taste experiences for the trade audience through extraordinary compilations and offer suggestions for consulting in retail, among other things, through combination with spirits. The pairing will take place on the 15th and 16th. September from 3.30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Bergen conference room, entrance north. In the exciting lecture “How the west was won” on the 16th In September, Scott Pearce and Josh Habursky from the “Premium Cigar Assocation” from the USA will also present the strategies with which their organization has successfully combated the overregulation of the premium cigar market by the US federal government.


You can also look forward to an exciting program in the NGP area. Two special program items were created in cooperation with the Deutsche Tabakzeitung (DTZ) and are moderated exclusively by editor-in-chief Marc Reisner: In the “Speed Fire Presentations on NGPs” on the 15th September from 1.30 p.m. in the London/Bruges conference room some aspiring newcomers from the field of next generation products. Speaking in the same conference room on the 16th. September at 11 a.m. leading industry experts on the trend topic of cannabis in the “Hemp Talk by DTZ.”

Of course, the program also sheds light on the political situation of the tobacco market: Interested parties will receive exciting insights into current e-cigarette regulations from China and how they affect the export market on the 15th. September at 3 p.m. in the London/Bruges area at Jason Q.’s lecture. Tian from the e-cigarette platform 2FIRSTS. Lawyer Pablo Cano Trilla will also give important impulses on the legal dimension of the NGP market on Friday at 1.30 p.m. in the London/Bruges area in his lecture “EU overview: market and regulatory trends about alternative tobacco products.” Directly afterwards, the European Confederation of Tobacco Retailers (C.E.D.T.) invites you to an open discussion on cutting-edge topics such as nicotine couches, cannabis light, tobacco heaters and e-cigarettes in the same room.


Shisha lovers can look forward to a very special event: the Hookah Battle Europe Cup 2022. A jury consisting of leading personalities of large international hookah companies will decide which of the competing teams will build the best hookah on site. The competition will take place on the 16th. September 2022 from 4 p.m. Space Novgorod in the North Entrance.


The varied supporting program will be rounded off on the 17th. September with the solemn award ceremony of the InterTabac Stars. The candidates for the awards will be selected by the trade fair visitors. The product with the most votes wins the coveted award.


Worth visiting InterTabac and InterSupply


Discover innovations, try new products and get a comprehensive overview of the current topics and trends in the tobacco industry: The visit to InterTabac and InterSupply is always worthwhile. “In many conversations we have had in recent months, it was heard that InterTabac and InterSupply were really missing from the international and national tobacco industry as a one-stop shop. Now they are back again and you can get back together in Dortmund, try out new products and get to know new providers. More than 600 bookings are available for InterTabac and InterSupply, of which more than 160 exhibitors are present for the first time on site. This shows that the industry is behind the trade fairs. And content innovations such as the ‘International Cigar Pavilion’ or our content platform ‘Business Insights’ are also very well received and will complement the trade fairs accordingly in the future,” says Sabine Loos, Managing Director of the Westfalenhallen Group of Companies.

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