Since my return to San Diego I have renewed a friendship with a pal who is a licensed tobacco manufacturer. On a recent visit I pointed out how making nasal snuff could be integrated into his operation and it looks promising for me to head up that part of the enterprise. He had an immediate grasp of the potential, given the current anti smoking climate and the positive reaction his team had upon trying nasal for the first time.
It was impressive for me to see a shipment of 200 kg of his custom blended leaf arrive in a huge box from North Carolina. I will work with this blend for the time being, as it is quite good on it's own and accepts flavors well. While it is cured, it is rather young and will no doubt improve when aged under proper conditions. I sampled some of this plain and it is promising indeed! I will also look into what's available in cigar leaf. I learned suppliers are happy to send a few kilos for a "small scale test". However the minimum purchase for any custom blend is a metric ton - 1000 kg!
In several to six months I expect to be able to send out some generous samples for snuffhouse members to evaluate. If there is huge enthusiasm for the product we will secure the necessary licensing enhancements to go into production. I would also like to hear from members as to what they like and don't like about what's available on the market today. What sizes, packaging and other preferences do you have? We are not looking to duplicate what's currently available, though certain popular flavors will probably be on the menu. I am committed to excellence above all in scented and plain snuffs. I personally favor packing in bulk quantities - quarter, half and full kilo tubs. The snuff is best preserved this way and will continue to improve over time. Plus the unit cost can be much, much lower. Looking at the numbers, I think we will have no problem being extremely competitive on price.
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