Winfield (cigarette)

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Winfield
Winfield cigarettes logo.png
Product typeCigarette
OwnerBritish American Tobacco
Produced byBAT Australia
CountryAustralia
Introduced1972; 48 years ago (1972)
MarketsSee Markets
Tagline"...anyhow, have a Winfield", "Australia's own since 1972", "The Genuine Australian", "Suck them down long and hard and make sure to never exhale"

Winfield is an Australian brand of cigarettes, currently owned by multinational company British American Tobacco. Cigarettes are manufactured by British American Tobacco Australia (BATA), its local subsidiary.[1]

History[edit]

Winfield was launched in 1972 and entered the Australian market in the common pack size of 20's. They were the first brand in Australia to launch a pack size of 25's and used this to convey their image of being good value to the everyday Australian. Typical advertisements at the time noted that Winfield was "5 smokes ahead of the rest". Winfield remain available in Australia today in packs of 20, 25, 30 or 40 cigarettes.

In 2004, British American Tobacco Australia shipped 853 billion Winfield cigarettes in 2004, which made it the second largest tobacco company and Winfield the second largest brand in Australia after Altria and Longbeach. Both BATA and Philip Morris had a 40% market share on the Australian cigarette market.[2]

In 2006, a new product extension was made available in the Australian market, with a number of varieties being released in a charcoal filter. The packaging for these products varies from the traditional products with a predominantly brushed-silver package and coloured lettering indicating the strength (Blue, Gold, Sky Blue or White).

As of 2015, a 25-pack of Winfield Red costs $23.65 Australian Dollars.[3] The price was once again increased in 2017, meaning that a 30-pack of Winfield Blues went from $32.50 to $35.20 Australian Dollars, a tax increase of $2.70.[4][5]

Advertising and promotions[edit]

The slogan "...anyhow, have a Winfield 25's" is still easily recalled today, even after cigarette advertising has long been banned in Australia.[6][7][8][9]

Today, the 'anyhow' slogan is very rare, except for appearing in some limited marketing materials.

Other slogans found on an Australian Winfield packet prior to introduction of plain packaging laws include "Australia's own since 1972" which is located on the silver foil insert, and "The Genuine Australian" on the top of the lid.[citation needed] Also, if looked closely onto the emblem of Winfield the motto "Force no friend, fear no foe" can be seen on older packets. If an old Winfield packet is turned upside down the word "PLAY" can be seen clearly. Since introduction of plain packaging, none of these mottos or slogans have been visible on cigarette packaging.

Sport sponsorship[edit]

Winfield was a major sponsor of sport in Australia until outlawed by the Tobacco Advertising Prohibition Act 1992 that banned all tobacco advertising and sponsorship from December 1995 onwards.[10] Some limited exemptions were granted for the Australian Grand Prix and the Australian Open Golf, hence Winfield was seen at the Australian Grand Prix in 1998 and 1999 when it was the title sponsor of the Williams F1 Team.[11][12]

Auto sponsorship[edit]

Winfield was the main sponsor of the Williams F1 Team in 1998 and 1999, when Rothmans International opted to promote their Winfield brand, replacing the popular blue and white livery with a red one.[13][14][15] In 1998, the team won no races and took only 3 podiums during the season, with Frentzen finishing in third at the first round in Australia and Villeneuve finishing third in Germany and Hungary. Williams finished third in the Constructors' Championship, scoring 38 points, while Villeneuve finished fifth in the Drivers' Championship with 21 points and his German teammate, Frentzen, finished 4 points behind him in seventh. In 1999, the team managed to get three podiums, all scored by Ralf Schumacher, with third place in the Australia and the Britain and a second place in Italy. The team finished fifth in the Constructors' Championship, the lowest finish for Williams in the 1990s; the team finished behind Stewart and Jordan, scoring a total of 35 points. Of those points, all were scored by Schumacher as Zanardi, who had not performed well in his previous stint in F1, failed to finish in the top six in any race. In 2000, Rothmans International had been purchased in 1999 by British American Tobacco, which owned British American Racing and chose not to renew the contract with Williams, ending the sponsorship of Winfield and earlier with Rothmans on the Williams cars.

From 1992 until 1995, Winfield was title sponsor of Australian motor racing team Gibson Motorsport. Highlights included Mark Skaife winning two Australian Touring Car Championships in 1992 and 1994, as well as the Australian Drivers' Championship in 1992 and 1993. Skaife and Jim Richards also won the 1992 Bathurst 1000.[16][17]

From the 1970s until 1995, Winfield sponsored a number of high-profile teams in Speedway and Drag racing.

Motor sponsorship[edit]

Winfield also sponsored the Honda Team in the Australian Superbike Championship from 1986 until 1995. Malcolm Campbell won the 1986, 1989 and 1990 editions in the Winfield-sponsored Honda VFR750F and Honda VFR750R bikes. and later Troy Corser and Anthony Gobert would also win the 1994 and 1995 editions with their Honda RC30 and Honda RC45 bikes.[18] After the Tobacco Advertising Prohibition Act 1992 was passed, Winfield no longer sponsored the team.

Winfield also sponsored the regular Superbike World Championship in 1994 and 1995,[19][20] as well as the annual Triple Challenge at Eastern Creek each January between 1992 and 1995.

Other sponsorship[edit]

From 1982 until 1995, it was title sponsor of the New South Wales Rugby League premiership with the winner of the grand final receiving the Winfield Cup. It also sponsored both test and club/franchise international rugby union in South Africa from 1995 until 1999 when tobacco advertising was prohibited there.[citation needed]

Controversy[edit]

Fake cigarettes containing more tobacco[edit]

In 2011, it was reported that various fake Winfield cigarettes were smuggled into Australia and were sold onto the black market.

Independent tests were carried out on a pack of Winfield Blues from both a real version and an illegal copy made in Asia and smuggled into Australia to be sold on the black market. The real Winfield Blues weighed 0.58g, whereas the fakes weighed 0.66g. The real ones lost 87 per cent of their weight when smoked, while the fakes lost only 84 per cent. The tests - performed by chemist firm Sharp and Howells and commissioned by The Daily Telegraph - appear to rubbish claims that fake cigarettes are significantly different or more dangerous than the real product. "The fake Winfield Blues come up higher." Sharp and Howells laboratory manager John Franceschini said. "The genuine Winfield Blues and the fake Intershop ones were quite similar."

A spokesman for British American Tobacco Australia, the maker of Winfield, said the tests were not exhaustive enough to determine true quality, although he acknowledged there was no such thing as a safe cigarette. "At the end of the day, smoking is harmful regardless of whether it's legal or illegal." the BATA spokesman said. "The issue with illegal tobacco is that 100 per cent of the profits go to the pockets of criminals while 70 per cent of the legal product sale goes to taxpayers through tobacco excise and tax."[21][22][23]

Markets[edit]

Winfield is mainly popular in Australia and New Zealand, but also was or still is sold in Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Malaysia, Canada, Luxembourg, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Austria, Italy and South Africa.[1][24][25][14]

Winfield products[edit]

The table below is a summary of the complete Winfield product line in Australia. Whilst different descriptors may be used, the Red and Blue varieties are typically always available in all markets where Winfield are sold. Furthermore, in some markets, Winfield appears in a standard pack size of 30 or 20, whereas 25 is the standard in Australia. Winfield is available in packs of 20, 25, and 30 in Australia.[citation needed]

French pack of Winfield
Hard Pack
(King Size 25's & 20's)
Soft Pack
(King Size 20's) 1
Charcoal Filter
(King Size 25's)
Roll-Your-Own
(20g and 50g)
Winfield Red (16 mg) Winfield Red Winfield Red Winfield Red
Winfield Blue (12 mg) Winfield Blue Winfield Blue Winfield Blue

Winfield Yellow Export

Winfield Gold (8 mg) Winfield Gold Winfield Gold Winfield Gold
Winfield Sky Blue (6 mg) Winfield Sky Blue Winfield Sky Blue
Winfield Grey (4 mg)
Winfield White (1 mg)
Winfield Menthol (8 mg)
Winfield Cool Menthol (4 mg)
Notes

1 (No longer available since 2008)

Tar content is shown after the product name. In response to action by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) in 2005, the major tobacco companies have agreed to remove the terms 'light' and 'mild' from their packaging.[citation needed]

Also, BATA is the only manufacturer to have clear "use by" date codes on their packets, unlike ITA and PMI, which use codes only known in the industry.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

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