As you guys probably know there are some onerous new EU regulations coming into force on November 19th.
How does that affect us?
Well, I just got off the phone with Dave at Sharrow Mills (Wilsons) and they will be discontinuing 70 of their 97 flavors. You read that correctly.
Worse: ALL the F&T tubes, both the 25g and the 50g, will disappear and the flavors offered in the rinky dink little tins will be reduced to a couple of the best sellers.
According to Dave it will be a very similar story with SG and GH snuffs, though I have yet to confirm. I will let you know.
I spent a long time trying to convince him that he could keep selling to me "for export only" which means that I would at least be able to continue selling outside the EU, but he did not seemed convinced. I do have another evil plan up my sleeve which I will share at a later date if I can pull it off.
However for now we have to assume the worst.
I am waiting for a list of the discontinued snuffs which I will post here. We have a very small window of opportunity to stock up on soon to be non-existent snuffs. He will no longer be able to ship them to me after the 19th and they all have to be sold by May17th of next year.
I would greatly appreciate your input as to what you are interested in (when I post the list) so I can put in a sensible last order. Should I get any discount, I will pass it along to you guys. I consider it 'our' discount for being stand up folks who are helping Wilsons' out with their problem of having redundant barrels of snuff sitting in their warehouse.
The only bright side of this is that Roderick (Toque) and I have had several lengthy conversations about this and he will have no problem continuing to supply me for export.We will do this until they tell us we can't.
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. Trust me though, I will find a way round this if there is one.