UPDATED: Swedish snus manufacturers and Swedish Match in particular have a problem: unauthorized information on future product releases leaking all over social media and other sources prior to the official release.....
Earlier today, we reported that the 3 ml IceTool loose snus portioning tool had been discontinued by the manufacturer. Stainless steel IceTools are now only available in 5 ml and the recently introduced 4 ml versions. At the SnusCentral Snus Store, this caused some unnecessary confusion. The SnusCIA has traced back the communications failure to (no surprise here) none other than Moe Unz; Manager of SnusCentral.com.
* UPDATE: 3:28 AM Stockholm Time: The President of Icetools has released the following statement: "Folks, we haven't discontinued 3 ml stainless steel Icetool and never will. It was the first we ever designed and people still likes it a lot. 3 ml ss Icetools were out of stock for awhile, but right now available as usual and there shouldn't be any Icetool chaos anywhere - and if there really is, the best way to handle it is to contact Icetool office, we'll fix it."
The SnusCIA is in an uproar over this. What does this mean? Could Moe Unz be smarter than everyone thought? Why did he set up this bizarre plot? What is he really hiding? OR could this have been a set-up by the SnusCentral Snus Store staff to make Moe look bad? Heads will roll over this, whatever the real story turns out to be.
Below is our original report. Once we know what actually happened, the new Director of the SnusCENTRAL Intelligence Agency will be making a statement. Who knew the alleged cover-up of a simple inventory error would grow into this giant SnusCENTRAL Scandal? Grandma Unz is furious. This story will continue.......
Swedish sources have confirmed the rumors are true concerning new snus from Gotlandssnus. Official sources in Sweden speaking on condition of anonymity, stated that Gotlandssnus will soon be releasing two new products under their Jakobsson's Snus line.
Jakobsson's Classic Strong Portion will be a high nicotine version of the popular Jakobsson's Classic Portion Snus. We can not confirm but suspect is that the new Classic Strong will contain 14mg/g of nicotine and the higher pH levels also used in Jakobsson's Wintergreen to boost free nicotine levels and provide faster absorption.
Jakobsson's Mint Portion Snus is alleged to have 9mg/g of nicotine. The taste profile will be patterned along the lines of General Large Mint Snus but will be an original portion as opposed to the white portion used in the General Large Mint Snus product.
Both new snus products will contain approx. 20 portions per can like the current Jakobsson's Wintergreen Strong Portion Snus.
Test cans are already available of both with public distribution scheduled at or prior to Week 45, according to our sources in Sweden. Both products are designed for the American market although the Classic Strong Portion may have viability in Norway. Like the USA, Norwegian snus users prefer strong and extra strong snus.
We will update this story as new information becomes available.
LARRY WATERS and the SnusCENTRAL Intelligence AgencyTelling you stuff we know and others don't
Back in September of 2009 when I wrote First Review: 0102 Lab Series Snus, I predicted every snus manufacturer in Scandinavia would be lining up to buy and copy this revolutionary new longer and thinner version of Portion snus. I was partially correct in that they all bought some....and pretty much stopped at that point.
Unlike other snus manufacturers, the Vogel brothers of V2 Tobacco actually decided to do something. Last month, their intent to produce their own version of the long, thin portion pouch came to the attention of the SnusCIA. At great personal risk, one of our Agents "borrowed" two of the prototype cans and delivered them to me last week at the SnusCENTRAL Bunker.
The new V2 pouches are now officially named Long +. I couldn't have thought of a better name to describe them myself. This below picture shows a Thunder Original portion at left, a Thunder Mini Portion at the right, and in the center is the new Long + Portion.
December 17, 2009.........Confirmed......Top Secret........Preliminary Announcement
The SnusCIA Copenhagen Office has obtained one can each of two brand new Thunder Extra Stark Portion snuses from a V2 Tobacco insider with a gambling problem. These products are post-Thunder Berry. The cans arrived at the SnusCENTRAL Bunker this morning. Both the cans and the snus were carefully hand-crafted and reported to have been produced in very limited quantities......call it Thunder's version of Swedish Match's Kardus. This is the first V2 snus under any brand with strong historical ties to early snus history.
December 15th 2009....Opereration AlchoPop......URGENT.....Confirmed but Confused Data
It seems like just last week that Tobacco and CPG Insider Andrew Romeo left the United States for an indeterminate period of at least 4 months. It actually was last week, come to think of it. Romeo confirmed he would be based in St. Petersburg Russia although "Consulting" for Big Russian Drink thoughout Russia.
In a heavily censored mail intercepted by SnusCIA assets in Russia, Romeo is now said to be returning "briefly" to the United States in 3 days. The cover story revolves around a holiday factory closing. We find this rather difficult to believe. Unless Mr. Romeo is a frequent flyer mile junkie, the thought of NYC to Frankfurt to St. Petersburg to Frankfort to NYC to Frankfurt to St. Petersburg in less than one month streaches credibility.
There are simply too many unanswered questions concerning Andrew Romeo's (formerly) secret visit back to New York City to accept a simple Christmas visit at face value. Awaiting more information.......
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Swedish Match AB, the largest snus manufacturer in Sweden, is about to get hit with its second scandal in less than 30 days. Most communications from Stockholm have been cut off. SnusCIA Agents in Stockholm and Gothenburg report panic among SMAB executives who are drinking fine alcoholic beverages and passing around a couple boxes of Kardus. Our agents discount their laughing and good spirits to nervous breakdowns. This behavior is quite understandable considering the pounding Swedish Match has taken over the last month.
The First Scandal was revealed on October 25, 2009. The Swedish hard-hitting news show Kalla Fakta on TV4 released an explosive broadcast which proved that Swedish Match snus has nicotine in it!!! Aside from reading the label, Kalla Fakta raided Swedish Match with investigative journalists.....who were given total access, all information requested, an an inordinate amount of Swedish Match's Executives time without even asking for it.
Kalla Fakta's blockbuster conclusion: Swedish Match used a 'secret ingredient', E500, to boost the bio-availability of the nicotine in all Swedish Match snus! Somehow, the fact-checkers at Kalla Fakta missed the fact that E500 (sodium carbonate) is used as acidity regulator in not only Swedish Match snus, but virtually all Swedish Snuses. More shocking was Kalla Fakta missing the fact that E500 has been used by Swedish Snus makers for years and is an approved food additive by the Swedish Government's equivalent of America's FDA.
UPDATED: October 19th 2009! This is the time of year REAL Snus lovers wait all year for. Week 42 of each year is the customary time for Swedish and Scandinavian Snus Makes to start releasing new and special snus product for 2009.
Kind of like Black Friday in the United States: the day after Thanksgiving which used to signal the start of the Christmas Shopping Season. I say "used to" because the Christmas Sales and products are arriving earlier and earlier as retailers duke it out for the big 4th Quarter win they need to turn a profit for the year.
How 2009 will shake out for American retail in general is a big unknown right now....
Swedish Match announced the long-awaited Nick and Johnny Black Portion Strong Snus will be released in November. The SnusCIA Stockholm office learned two weeks ago that for unknown reasons, Nick and Johnny Black was being held back until the 0102 Lab Series was released.
Sources at Swedish Match AB, who spoke on condition we didn't tell anyone they did, had no idea why LS-01 and LS-02 were released first.
Back on August 7th, SnusCIA released the first look and review of Nick and Johnny Black.
More information to follow.............................
SnusCENTRAL Intelligence AgencyTelling you stuff we know and others don't
UPDATED !!! Sept. 11, 2009
On September 10th 2009, the SnusCENTRAL Intelligence Agency @ SnusCENTRAL.org release the below information, speculation and clandestine photographs. Today we uncovered the earth-shattering "rest of the story". Short answer: is Swedish Match releasing a new line of snus? YES! Are the below pictures the first published of the new line? NO.
First our original report; then the fascinating and shocking TRUTH!
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