John Player & Sons, most often known simply as Player’s, was a tobacco and cigarette manufacturer based in Nottingham, England. In 1901, the company merged with other companies to form The Imperial Tobacco Company to face competition from US manufacturers.
As of 2018, the Player’s Navy Cut, Players and John Player Special (JPS) brands are manufactured by Imperial Brands in the UK, whereas John Player Gold Leaf is manufactured by British American Tobacco (in some countries), and ranks as one of the best selling and most popular tobacco products in Pakistan.
As of 2017, John Player Special (JPS) sell the following cigarettes in the UK:
- JPS Black King Size
- JPS Real Blue King Size and Superkings
- JPS Silver Stream King Size and Superkings
- JPS Crushball King Size
- JPS Green Edge King Size and Superkings
- JPS Triple Flow King Size
They also sell a lower-cost product marketed under the JPS Players Brand:
- JPS Players Real Red King Size and Superkings
- JPS Players Bright Blue King Size and Superkings
- JPS Players Crushball King Size
- JPS Players Green Superkings
Also the following rolling tobacco in 30g and 50g pouches:
- JPS Hand Rolling Tobacco
- JPS Players Tobacco
- Gold Leaf JPS Quality Blend Tobacco
Along with this, all JPS cigarettes, with all other brands sold also, are now only sold in packs of 20s as of the 2017 introduction of the plain packaging laws.