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The list of countries, where Davidoff cigarette brand is the most popular (in alphabetical order): Australia, Canada and United States of America (US) and European countries: France, Germany and United Kingdom (UK).

The scale of popularity is based on search queries of those users who try to buy cigarettes online.

Soon we’ll make the list of cigarettes popularity according to discount cigarettes sales online.

Also we are planning to observe the cigarette prices in different countries.
So, we will be thankful for your responds about the most popular cigarettes brands you are buying and about prices of cigarettes which are on sale in your countries. Write e-mails: Buy [at] MorningCigarette.com.

Davidoff cigarettes are manufactured in following countries: Bulgaria, England, Germany, Greece, Spain, Taiwan.

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Davidoff Strategic Brand Review

Since 1994, REEMTSMA has continued to increase ATL spend at over 10% p.a. on Davidoff which has grown volume at 29% p.a. Davidoff’s global sales of 8 bn sticks in 1998 represented 0.15% of the international cigarette market and 34% share in the global super premium segment.
Davidoff has established a unique selling proposition with a combination of luxury length, beveled edge boxes and charcoal filter in Japan. Davidoff was the first brand to launch beveled edge boxes worldwide.
Key markets are currently Taiwan, China, Germany and Russia. We anticipate that the emerging markets will be Netherlands, Japan and Poland. In the last five years, Taiwan has demonstrated impressive growth rate of 35%, with sales increasing from 1 bn sticks in 1994 to 3.3 bn sticks in 1998. Germany has grown 35% whilst Netherlands and Russia grew at 40% and 135% respectively.
Strategically positioned in the super premium segment, Davidoff has maintained its pricing for all variants at over 10% above Marlboro. Positioning Magnum as the Image Leading Variant for new market entry, Davidoff has created its “above all else” super premium image. It provides a destination brand for upgrading from Davidoff Classic and Marlboro variants.
In the dark market environment Davidoff has invested in TMDs, Direct Mailing and BTL. Successful Davidoff TMDs such as Cool Water and Cool life fragrances as well as Davidoff Coffee were developed to create alibi advertising opportunities for the brand. These have made ATL market communication possible even in dark markets such as Germany and Taiwan.
The development of a showcase feeder brand – ZINO Davidoff, has indicated the brand’s intent to attract ASU30 smokers. Rather than riding on existing brand imagery Zino imagery and packaging appear more ASU 30 oriented.
In light of the rapid growth in the Global Super Premium Segment, it is anticipated that Davidoff’s growth by year 2002 is likely to be focused on Europe and Asia. Davidoff will be a major competitor for SE555 International and Dunhill International in the future. It is crucial to understand its strategic direction in terms of brand portfolio, market entry strategy and communication platform exploitations in order to implement successful pre-emptive moves with BAT brands.

The Davidoff Portrait Campaign

In light of the growth of Davidoff in the global premium segment over recent years, a strategic review of the brand’s current performance, global positioning and possible future strategies was conducted.
Davidoff was first launched by Zino Davidoff in 1985. The brand has established a unique brand positioning world-wide. It is a cigar heritage brand priced in the super premium segment. With extensive exploitations of different marketing communication platforms, it depicts a brand world of sophistication, exclusiveness and luxurious. The claim of the brand is to offer connoisseurs supreme pleasure.
Davidoff is a global rival to SE555 International and Dunhill International in the super premium segment. This brand may be a threat to SE555’s positioning in Asia and Dunhill’s in Europe. Its target market and consumer segments appear similar to SE555’s and Dunhill’s propositions.

Performance Overview

Since 1997, Davidoff has overtaken More to become the leading brand in the global super premium segment. Davidoff grew from 9% share in 1994 to 24% in 1998 at 8 bn sticks.
SE555 International is the only other growth-contributing variant in this segment between 1994 to 1998. SE555 International grew from 1% share of segment in 1994 to 9% in 1998 at 3 bn sticks.
REEMTSMA is likely to further exploit growth in the super premium segment by engineering new brand entries or introducing brand extensions in other super premium markets, e.g. Japan.

Global Super Premium Segment

In the Global Duty Free Market, Davidoff Classic is positioned fourth in the premium segment with 11% share of segment after Dunhill Int’l, 555 Int’l and Cartier.
In 1998, the primary source of Davidoff’s Duty Free business was Europe, followed by Asia Pacific and Japan.
With the abolition of European Duty Free in July 1999, this has resulted in volume lost for Davidoff from this market. It is anticipated that REEMTSMA is likely to shift focus to other Duty Free regions, e.g. Asia Pacific, to support their growth in other duty paid markets such as Taiwan.

Davidoff Volume By Region 1992 – 98

With the presence of Taiwan, Asia Pacific accounts for 78% of Davidoff’s total volume. The region has established a growth rate of 38% for Davidoff since 1992.
The emerging region is Europe, driven by growth in Russia at over 100% and Germany at 40% over the past five years.
In APN Capitalise and further invest on the growth in China, Taiwan and Japan.
Rebound strategy for Russia Invest in Russia to regain brand volume when it re-emerges from the economic crisis.

Volume Of Top Five Davidoff Markets 1992-98

Key volume contributors Davidoff’s top five markets represent 90% of Davidoff’s global volume in 1998. The core markets are Taiwan, Germany, China, Hong Kong and Russia.
Taiwan accounts for 62% of total volume Taiwan is the no.1 market for Davidoff accounting for 62% of total global volume in 1998. In the course of six years, Davidoff has emerged from a 0.9 bn sticks brand to a 5 bn sticks brand.
Rapid growth in Russia
Russia has been the fastest growing market world-wide since 1995. However, since the Russian economic crisis hit in 1998, its volume contribution has dropped by 80%.
Reinvesting in Germany
Sales in Germany has grown by over 30% annually between 96 and 98 as a result of the Heritage Campaign, which was launched first in Germany prior to the global launch in 1998.
Volume In Hong Kong grew by 30%
Volume in Hong Kong has increased by 30% between 97 and 98 as a result of Davidoff’s in market Testimonial campaign launch and increased marketing expenditure.
Crowing markets
The fastest growing countries between 1994 and 1998 were Russia, China, Netherlands, Poland, Japan, Germany and Greece.
Taiwan, the growing market
Taiwan is the largest volume contributor, selling over 5 bn sticks in 1998, Davidoff has grown at 35% CAGR with market share increased from 2.3% in 1994 to 7.4% in 1998.

Looking To the Year 2002

Core markets
In the year 2002, the key markets will be Taiwan, China, Russia and Netherlands for volume growth.
Secondary markets
Davidoff is projected to maintain its market share in Germany, which provides the brand and company with heritage associations. Belgium and Greece are likely to be the secondary markets for expansion in the European markets.
Davidoff, though not positioned as a lights brand, has achieved relatively higher lights share vs market share in all markets except Taiwan.
Davidoff smokers are predominantly male skewed except in Russia, where 60% of the smokers are female. The dominant smokers’ group across markets is ASU 30 except in Taiwan , where the dominant group is older (30-44). Its ASU30 share is lower than that of Marlboro across all key markets, except in Germany by 2 p.p.
Main switching in and switching out are both to and from Marlboro FF and Marlboro Lights.
Target ASU30 In Japan
Target to increase share of ASU 30 in Taiwan to match the profile of Marlboro smokers in preparation for uptrading.
Target female segment In Russia
Davidoff should ride on its competitive advantage in Russia and focus on growth in the female segment.

Marketing Strategy

(n 1998, the focus of new brand launches was in Europe, where new Davidoff variants were launched in seven countries.
With new brand launches in four countries, Middle East was the second most popular region for brand launch in 1998.
In China, over seven variants were launched between 1997 and 1998. These include Classic Slim, Mild, Lights Slim, Magnum Mild, F&L, Supreme and Lights Menthol. It seems that this was the strategy employed by Davidoff to obtain sales quota from the CNTC.
REEMTSMA has always applied a seeding strategy entering new markets with MAGNUM. Judging from the location of their new brand launches of 1998 in the region, REEMTSMA is inclined to expand in the CIS markets in Europe. BAT should consider seeding these markets with a super premium variant and secure a first mover advantage ahead of REEMTSMA.
After Taiwan, China is the key priority for REEMTSMA in the Asia region. It is anticipated that further investment will be placed in the Chinese market to secure the super premium price positioning of the brand as the market is going dark. BAT should consider investing in a super premium variant to pre-empt further investment by REEMTSMA.

New Brand Launches

MAGNUM is always the first variant launch in all key markets. At the time of launch it is priced above the other Davidoff variants.
KING or LIGHT variants are used as second wave launch brands. Priced at super premium segment above Marlboro variants and below Davidoff MAGNUM.
The third wave of brand launch often includes LIGHTS SLIM and / or CLASSIC SLIM, which are launched as extensions to their parent versions. In markets such as China, Greece, Germany and Italy, variants such as MILD, ULTRA LIGHTS, F&L and LIGHTS MENTHOL have also been launched in this wave.
Continue to position Davidoff MAGNUM as the premium price destination brand and utilize this feeder strategy for future new market entries.
Consider positioning a super premium price destination brand to promote a line extension feeder strategy. This might be particularly useful for dark market entries to the super premium and premium segments.
There were not many markets where Davidoff was launched and withdrawn. The only three cases in the last 20 years were Davidoff KING in Canary Island and Luxembourg and MAGNUM in Greece.
This does not indicate a history of Hit and Run practice for the brand.


The Davidoff Classic and Magnum are both full flavor variants at 12-15 mg tar level.
Lights, Mild and F&L are the medium tar variants similar to Marlboro Lights in tar level.
Ultra Lights was a new variant launched in 1998 at 1mg in Greece. In other countries the variant is positioned at 3 mg and was launched in Abu Dhabi, Bahrain, Dubai, Japan, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
In Japan, Davidoff is characterized by its white tipping and charcoal filter, which is unique only to the Japanese market.
Launch low tar variants to exploit growth in the ultra lights segment.
The top four variants of the super premium segment account for 85% of all the luxury length cigarette volume.
93% of all Davidoff variants were in the luxury length category. These luxury length products are mainly for consumption in the Asia market.
Mostly consumed in Europe, 6% of the Davidoff variants are of King Size length (83 – 87mm). 3% of Davidoff Classic and 8% of Davidoff Lights are of king size length. These two variants need to be standardized in length to achieve global product alignment.
Menthol variants are launched in only three countries – Hong Kong, Italy and Taiwan.
Japan is the only market where Davidoff has a charcoal filter. However, Magnum in Japan is still in a normal filter.
REEMTSMA is likely to standardise the product length of ail Classic and Lights variants. Small scale product launches are anticipated in markets such as Austria, France, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, UK, Lebanon, Slovenia and Macedonia.
Taiwan is likely to continue to be the testing ground for future new variants.
Found in 28 markets, the most popular variant is Classic; followed by Lights in 17 markets and Magnum in 23 markets. The main driver of volume growth in the 1990s was Davidoff Classic.
Davidoff King has been diminishing in total house share since early 1990s.
Increase focus on the Ultra Lights variant, position as an extension to the Davidoff House after Classic and Lights.


Davidoff Magnum has been positioned as the image leading variant at super premium price positioning.
All Davidoff variants are priced above Marlboro variants in Taiwan, China, Hong Kong and Russia.
The pricing of Davidoff Magnum is superior to both 555 International and Dunhill International in all Davidoff key markets in 1999.
In 1997, Davidoff spend accounted for 12% of REEMTSMA’s total advertising spend. Despite its increment in spend of 12% in absolute terms (from 6mn in 1996 to 6.7mn in 1997); its share in REEMTSMA’s portfolio has remained stable.
REEMTSMA has increased brand support for Davidoff in absolute terms but the increment of West has outweighed Davidoff in terms of portfolio weighting.
Davidoff’s current usage of media type is as follows:
1. Outdoor (48%)
2. Magazine (45%)
3. Newspaper (3%)
4. TV (3%)
If the launch of Davidoff Coffee in Taiwan is successful, a similar TMD strategy can be rolled out to other Dark markets such as China, Netherlands and the Ukraine to gain ATL exposure.
If the launch of Davidoff TMD is successful in Asia Pacific, it will raise Davidoff’s share of voice significantly in these markets. Arguably BAT should speed up its development of TMDs for the super premium brands such as SE555 and Dunhill Internationals.

Marketing Communication

Davidoff has been very clear and consistent in its communication of a brand world within each of its markets. Its communication employs some variation on “Heritage” and “The Connoisseur Experience”, with an emphasis on philosophical and premium quality aspiration cues. Davidoff projects sophisticated, successful and prestigious imagery. The communication fits well with Davidoff’s pricing and upscale image.
Brand Offer: The claim of the brand is offer connoisseurs supreme
The Davidoff Brand Wheel was developed by BATES to represent the brand essence, personality, values, benefit and attributes.
Davidoff has established a few TMDs globally. They include whiskey, coffee and fragrance for men and women. The TMDs allowed Davidoff to pursue brand communication in ATL channels despite the tobacco advertising restrictions in dark market environments.
TMD – Coffee
Davidoff cafe was first rolled out in Germany in 1998 and subsequently Taiwan in 1999. It is produced by a major German coffee company named Tschibo, which is owned by the owner of REEMTSMA- Genter Hertz.
TMD – Fragrance
Copy: “Dedicated to Passion”
The Davidoff Cool Water fragrance for man and woman were distributed globally to provide brand name support through alibi advertising.
Launched in Germany in 1988 Cool Water was the pioneer of “Water” fragrances. The trademark was owned by Lancaster/Benckiser.
The assumed target consumers are male/female, 18+, upper to middle class, mid-income. Educated, confidant, at the start of their career. Aspired to trustworthy well-known brands.
The executions feature relaxed and passionate close-ups of male/female faces. All imageries are outdoor with sea/water, sky (refreshing color cues). All ads include the Davidoff signature which demonstrates the branding.
TMD – Fragrance
Copy: “The new fragrance for men”
The Davidoff Goodlife cologne for man was another fragrance launched in 1999 to provide brand name support through alibi advertising.
The assumed target consumers are similar to those of Cool Water with lesser of a fresh and outdoor image.
The executions feature relaxed, sophisticated & confident close-ups of male/female faces. All imageries are black and white outdoor shots. All ads include the Davidoff signature with the brand name Goodlife.

Davidoff Connection

A direct marketing scheme named Davidoff Connection was established in Hong Kong in 1998. Once becoming a member of the Davidoff Connection scheme, members can enjoy discount opportunities with golf resorts, classical concerts, Davidoff merchandising as well as the purchase of cigarettes with gifts. A new brand identifier for the dark market is developed – “D”.
Objective: Effective reach of targeted consumers, database building exercise reinforcement of exclusivity & prestige, stimulation of purchase & trial.
Members of Davidoff Connection scheme provided access to selected venues -e.g. shops, restaurants, clubs.

SWOT Analysis

After two rounds of strategic information review sessions with members of the IBG and global research team, a SWOT analysis was conducted to assess the strategic positioning of the brand Davidoff.
Focused super premium price strategy across countries gives Davidoff a high net contribution. Magnum, the leading image variant at above super premium price positioning, has been the new market entry variant in most of Davidoff’s new launches.
Strong cigar heritage, luxury length, premium quality product and beveled edge packaging denote premium and unique values to create a perception of status, which is a relevant proposition for the Asian market.
International brand image and distribution. Consistent marketing communication to project a Davidoff brand world through time.
Consistent family packaging through the years.
Established world-wide TMD – Blue Water & Goodlife perfume, Davidoff coffee.
Established sponsorship – music scholarship, classical concerts.
Established dark market identifier – “D”.
Volume dependent on two countries – Taiwan, Germany.
Low level of combined volume.
Unfocused variant and line extensions.
The expansion of WEST has reduced available resources on Davidoff.
Invest in premium segment growth.
Focus on lifestyle psychographics instead of demographics.
Exploit dark market strategy with established identifier.
To establish tie with JTI for a foothold in Japanese market.
As the tobacco industry consolidates, REEMTSMA’s power to compete reduces.
Constraint by financial resources for market expansion.

Scenarios and Strategic Implications

After two rounds of strategic information review sessions with members of the IBG and global research team, two potential future scenarios projected over the next 10 years were developed. The purpose of these competitive scenarios is to stimulate thoughts and contribute to our current strategies in the super premium segment.
Defend Future growth markets
The future growth markets of Davidoff are likely to be Taiwan and China in the Asia Pacific Region and Germany, Netherlands and Russia in the European region.
Investigate the price repositioning of SE5S5 International and Dunhill International Both SE555 and Dunhill Internationals’ pricing is sub optimal to Davidoff Magnum’s in most markets. There is a need to investigate repositioning these super premium brands’ pricing at parity or above Davidoff Magnum to project a super premium image.
Explore new channels for distribution for the Super Premium Brand Davidoff will continue to exploit established cigar outlets for both product display and distribution. This facilitates the perception of a super premium image.
Defend Asia
It is crucial to defend Asia and not allow Davidoff to lead the Super Premium segment. Increased investment strategically in a super premium offer, such as Equinox.
Defend the premium/ high price segment brands Global economic decline would lead to downtrading from Davidoff and Marlboro worldwide. It is necessary to defend BAT variants at premium / high price segments should Davidoff pursue direct investment in a high price line extension.
Seed super premium brands in Asia If JTI acquires REEMTSMA, it can assist in the growth of Davidoff in the super premium segment. BAT need to seed and grow the super premium market in Asia to anticipate Davidoff’s expansion.
The assumed smokers are status and prestige orientated smokers who demonstrate personal success through their choice of cigarette. They are prestige-orientated, success minded, extroverted, materialistic, efficient (smart) in business.
Upwardly mobile, having quickly adapted to the western economic system. They have high to average income and lead extrovert, self-confident lives.

New Campagne Copy in 1998/9

The main campaign copy “the more you know” was introduced in 1998 worldwide.
This new branding devise was a prominent cigarette placement in all the headlines.
This thematic campaign displays a close up of male faces (25+) sometimes at a smoking moment. It features an open pack with the cigarette shown with variations. The mainstream variant is always the pack shown on display. The brand image projected is modern, individualistic feel, sophisticated and knowledgeable.
“Those who know choose Davidoff, as it’s the most exclusive cigarette”.
Print & Duty Free
To support/bust sales, ties in with premium quality St international image in global duty free channel, positions it as most exclusive & prestigious tobacco brand.
Print Ads with thematic advertising to support and build brand image are placed in all In-flight and Duty Free shopping guides through out the year.
Advertorial Advertising
In Hong Kong, advertorial advertising was used to create a liaison between the brand world and its consumer lifestyle. Articles detailing the typical lifestyle of a Davidoff smoker were printed in local magazines. All of the restaurants and bars mentioned in the articles are part of the Davidoff Connection group, which provides discounts for Davidoff Connection smokers.
The objective is to increase relevance and appeal of the brand amongst the target group. The brand world depicts high living and yuppie style after work leisure moments.
Btl: Davidoff Cigar and Merchandise Shops
Davidoff shops are the specialist shops that sell cigars and cigarettes. They provide premium pricing opportunity for the Davidoff cigarette variants. They are located across the world in Asia, Europe, Duty Free and America.
These shops facilitate opportunities for building the relevant brand world and reinforce brand heritage. An image of stature, prestige and exclusivity is communicated to consumers. By selling cigarettes in the cigar shops, it also creates an opportunity for alibi advertising.
In Germany, a Davidoff line extension (sun cured tobacco, 0.9mg of nicotine) named Zino Davidoff was launched in October ’98
Proposition: “For people where sense and pride belong to the daily business. For people who dream of this world and attracted by it.”
The pack features bold Zino branding with traditional Davidoff signature. The assumed target consumers are ASU30, male and female, upper to middle class and well educated. Their aim is to succeed in life and enjoy its pleasures. These smokers have assumed sophisticated taste and aspire to luxury goods and leisure
Summary On Marketing Communication
Davidoff’s marketing communication has successfully portrayed the brand’s premium positioning. It is consistent and provides synergetic communication of brand imagery “through-the-line”.
Its promotional strategy is focused at target consumers, whilst the premiums and give-aways are of premium quality.
Sponsorship activities aimed to reinforce brand’s premium positioning via high quality music, fashion and sports events.
The successful use of TMD in dark market environment to support brand positioning with Davidoff coffee and Cool Water fragrance has enabled brand communication despite the advertising restrictions imposed by key markets such as Germany and Taiwan.
The launch of “feeder brand”, Davidoff Zino, was launched on the back of the “Cool Water” success targeting at younger consumers. It has created a cross generation bridge for the brand. On the one hand, the Davidoff parent’s thematic portrays a Sean Connery style sophisticated and knowledgeable image; whilst the Zino thematic depicts a Joseph Finnes’ style, young and passionate. With both brands sharing the common name of Davidoff, this creates a liaison for the two brands despite the different target consumers.