The Government is to fast-track legislation on plain packaging for cigarettes before the General Election, it emerged last night (January 21). The announcement comes after years of uncertainty, delay and conflicting claims about the success of an Australian scheme.

While the move has been welcomed by doctors and health campaigners, tobacco manufacturers and other interested parties appear to have been united in their condemnation of last night’s announcement that the Government will be pushing through a vote on plain packaging of tobacco products before May’s General Election – meaning that plain packs could be on shelves as soon as 2016.

Natural and organic wholesaler and distributor Tree of Life is exclusively launching US brand Sencha Naturals into the UK with Green Tea Leaf Mints.

Popcorn brand Butterkist is back on television for the first time since 2011 with a £2m TV campaign.

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