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Japan Tobacco International’s president and CEO, Thomas A. McCoy, will be retiring on March 31, 2017. Eddy Pirard, currently executive VP, Business Development, Corporate Affairs and Corporate Communications, will succeed him.

Consumer confidence was a bit manic in 2012, hitting a five-year high in November and then dropping again in December as consumers doubted an end to the fiscal cliff.

When it comes to the health of the consumer goods market, is the glass half full or half empty? According to the results of the 2010 Consumer Goods Registry, which ranks the top 100 public companies according to 2009 annual revenues, both viewpoints are correct.

Overall, the economy still wasn't looking pretty in 2010, but it wasn't completely ugly either. Most of the consumer goods companies on CGT's Top 100 list made modest sales gains. A few leapfrogged the competition. Yet, many others were still fighting an uphill battle.

National Tobacco Company has doubled its business over the last five years, a feat that it strongly attributes to an adaptable sales force automation system.

Faced with more public scrutiny than any other industry, most of the companies on this list are refocusing on smokeless tobacco products to stay afloat.

It's a similar story every year for this highly regulated, highly scrutinized industry. The trend continues toward innovating nicotine products, with British American Tobacco leading the way.

The Great Recession is finally over! That statement may not ring true for most Americans, but it does for chief executives from the 500 biggest U.S. companies. McKesson's CEO took the No.

Some things are simply out of our control. Find out how the earthquake that hit Japan literally shook the Tobacco market in 2011.

As a result of the acquisition, Lorillard is a wholly owned subsidiary of RAI, and former Lorillard shareholders will own approximately 15 percent of RAI's common stock.

Following the transaction, RAI is projected to have over $11 billion in revenues and approximately $5 billion in operating income.

With funding from Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Co., TerraCycle is launching a national program to reduce and recycle cigarette butt litter, regardless of which manufacturer made the cigarettes.

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