TabExpo

TabExpo

08 May - 09 May 2025
Geneva Switzerland


TabExpo was back with a bang in 2023 and we can't wait to land in beautiful Geneva in 2025, the home of some of the world's largest cigarette companies.

WVS - Meet the Buyer UK

WVS - Meet the Buyer UK

08 May 2024
East Side Rooms, Birmingham, UK


A unique opportunity for UK brands, retailers, and distributors to meet at an intimate networking event.

WVS - Meet the Buyer Asia

WVS - Meet the Buyer Asia

05 February 2024
Sofitel, Manila, Philippines


A unique opportunity for brands, retailers, and distributors in the Philippines to meet at an intimate networking event.

WVS - Meet the Buyer Europe

WVS - Meet the Buyer Europe

16 April 2024
The Westin, Warsaw, Poland


A unique opportunity for brands, retailers, and distributors in Poland to meet at an intimate networking event.

Straight Talk from the U.S. FCV Farmers to You

Thursday 21st September 10:40 - 11:00

Main Stage

U.S. FCV receiving stations and auctions have been wide-open since mid-August. More than 300 million pounds (farm sales weight) are expected in 2023. Excellent quality being received means an extremely high demand as U.S. growers remain committed to supply the leaf required for their customers

Speakers

Fredrick Cook

Executive Vice President of Leaf

Golden Leaf Tobacco

Fredrick (Spider) grew up walking the rows of tobacco bales at auction following his father who was a Ticket Marker. The call of the auctioneer and the smell of the cured golden leaves fascinated him. His years in the tobacco industry have taken Spider to Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky and Pennsylvania all the while refining his industry knowledge. During this time, he met and impressed Mac Bailey and thus began his 39 year employment with Golden Leaf Tobacco.

Today, Spider serves as Executive Vice President of Leaf and personally oversees the purchasing and processing of all U.S. Flue Cured, Maryland 609 and Burley Tobacco.

Anne Froke

International Sales Director

Golden Leaf Tobacco

Anne (Kovach) Froke began her career in the tobacco industry in 1993 following a desire to return to Southern Maryland after college and a timely phone call from folks in North Carolina to spearhead efforts in Washington, D.C. on behalf of U.S. farmers. Lobbying domestically for Burley and Dark Leaf Association led to an opportunity to represent U.S. Flue-Cured growers internationally with Tobacco Associates for over a decade. She later represented Continental Tobacco of Hungary and then served as Sales Manager for longtime flavor house Tobacco Technology Inc.

Twenty-nine years later, Anne remains grateful to be a member of our global tobacco family: Committed to creating a home for US leaf abroad. She is proudly working with Mac Bailey and Spider as International Sales Director for the Golden Leaf Tobacco team.

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