Winfield is a brand of cigarette that is popular in Australia and New Zealand. They are also sold in other markets in Europe, Canada, South Africa and Asia. They are manufactured under license by British American Tobacco Australia (BATA) and have been available in Australia since 1972.
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.
|Hard Pack (King Size 25's & 20's)||Soft Pack (King Size 20's)- Deleted 2008||Charcoal Filter (King Size 25's)||Roll-Your-Own (30g and 50g)|
|Winfield Red (16mg)||Winfield Red||Winfield Blue||Winfield Red|
|Winfield Blue (12mg)||Winfield Blue||Winfield Gold||Winfield Blue|
|Winfield Gold (8mg)||Winfield Gold||Winfield Sky Blue||Winfield Gold|
|Winfield Sky Blue (6mg)||Winfield Sky Blue||Winfield White|
|Winfield Grey (4mg)|
|Winfield White (2mg)- Deleted 2006|
|Winfield Ultimate (1mg)|
|Winfield Menthol (8mg)|
|Winfield Cool Menthol (4mg)|
Tar content is shown after the product name. Changes to tobacco regulations in Australia have prevented companies from labelling the tar content of their cigarettes to prevent people from believing that lower-tar products are better for their health.
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.
Today, the 'anyhow' slogan is very rare, except for appearing in some limited marketing materials. For a period of time, the slogan was cheekily placed on the opposite side of the Australian Government's health authority warning, meaning no matter what the warning states, a user can open the packet and read '...anyhow, have a Winfield'.
Other slogans found on an Australian Winfield packet today include "Australia's own since 1972" which is located on the silver foil insert, and "The Genuine Australian" on the top of the lid. Also, if looked closely onto the emblem of Winfield the motto "Force no friend, Fear no foe" can be seen. If a Winfield packet is turned upside down the word "PLAY" can be seen clearly.
Winfield's market dominance encouraged the development of menthol and lower tar varieties. Differing tar strengths are easily distinguished within the Winfield brand family by the pack colour—i.e the strongest variety come in predominantly dark red packaging, the menthol variety in green etc. The differing tar strengths once gave the cigarettes different "official" names. The strongest variety, containing on average 16 mg of tar were Winfield Filters. The next strongest variety, containing on average 12 mg of tar were Winfield Extra Mild. However due to the distinctive packaging the brand was colloquially referred to by the colour. A recent settlement between the ACCC and the tobacco industry in Australia resulted in the withdrawal of such descriptors as "Mild" "Extra Mild" and "Light" in relation to cigarettes, on the grounds that this may mislead smokers into thinking one cigarette was safer than another. This has mirrored recent developments in the United Kingdom as well. Other brands under BATA's control have opted to use "approved" descriptors such as "Smooth" "Rich" and "Fine", that the ACCC has approved as not misleading. However with the Winfield brand BATA has opted to use the pack colouring as the descriptor. Thus the brand's differing products are now officially known by names which they had been colloquially known anyway, i.e. Winfield Red, Winfield Blue, etc.
Winfield entered the Australian market in 1972 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 20's or 25's.
In 1998, a "Deluxe Soft Pack 20" variant on the brand was released. These cigarettes were aimed at a more premium market, and differed in taste and strength from the traditional Winfields available in packs of 25. Winfield Deluxe Filters for example, contained 14 mg of tar, whereas the traditional Winfield Filter contained (and contains) 16 mg. This variant attracted a disappointing market share, and was consequently withdrawn from the market. Soft pack Winfields were relaunched in 2000, and have become the best selling soft pack cigarette on the Australian market. Apart from the packaging though, there is nothing to differentiate them from their hard pack counterparts. These have been discontinued in 2008, with information distributed to the trade in February announcing this decision. 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).