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Cigarettes Continue to Draw Customers

Under fire now for more than a decade, cigarettes remain among the most important in-store categories in convenience stores. Cigarettes, along with other tobacco products (OTP), combined to account for 40.7% of in-store sales, according to the 2013 NACS State of the Industry Report. However, according to Information Resources Inc. (IRI), cigarette sales in the

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Healthcare Reform, Tobacco and the Future of Fuels Among the Burning Issues to be addressed at the 2013 NAG Conference

The 2013 National Advisory Group (NAG) conference, to be held September 12-15, 2013 at the Loews Vanderbilt Nashville, will attract convenience retail professionals from across the country thanks to its full schedule of dynamic programming. The topics and content were mapped out by your peers, our the NAG Retailer Advisory Board. This conference addresses the

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Canada Cracks Down on Illegal Tobacco Sales

The Ontario Convenience Stores Association (OCSA) is applauding Canadian police for their recent seizure of cash, an automobile and 220 cartons of illegal cigarettes at a local convenience store in the Windsor, Ontario area. “The OCSA maintains that it is never acceptable to purchase or sell illegal tobacco products, nor do we condone this activity

NATO Talks Tobacco Taxes

As of June 28, 2013, three states have enacted either cigarette and/or tobacco tax rate increases or decreases, reports the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO). The new tax law changes and the respective effective dates are as follows: * Kentucky:House Bill 361 was passed and signed into law which lowers the state tax on

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Cipolla Joins FIN Branding Group

Former Kraft and Campbell Soup executive to oversee the supply chain for the e-cigarette manufacturer. FIN Branding Group, a leading supplier of electronic cigarettes, has appointed Joe Cipolla as vice president of supply chain. Cipolla is a 20-year veteran with broad based experience from Campbell Soup and Kraft Foods. At FIN, he will oversee the

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Dealing with the Transforming Tobacco Industry

R.J. Reynolds launches TransformTobacco.com to help retailers get more active in tobacco legislation. Convenience store retailers and tobacco wholesalers have long known about the impact of higher cigarette excise taxes. But as the industry changes, so do the risks of individual rights. In addition to fighting higher cigarette taxes, retailers and wholesalers have a litany

Convenience Store Sales Topped $700 Billion in 2012

The convenience store industry had record sales of $700.3 billion in 2012, with in-store sales increasing 2.2% to reach a record $199.3 billion and motor fuels sales increasing 2.9% to a record $501.0 billion, according to figures released yesterday by NACS. The industry’s 2012 numbers were announced at the NACS State of the Industry Summit,

Commonwealth-Altadis Bulks Up Staff

Commonwealth-Altadis Inc. has appointed Al Dejewski senior vice president for consumer marketing, and Eric Workman, senior vice president for strategic operations. Both report directly to Kevin Freudenthal, president & CEO of the tobacco company. “We are quite pleased to have Al join the team,” Freudenthal said. “He brings not only the strategically creative vision of

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Seizing Control of Smokeless Tobacco

With new flavors, brand extensions and increased promotional activity, MST sales continue to post strong gains at convenience stores. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. The smokeless tobacco category remains strong, and not just because legislators have chased consumers away from cigarettes. New products and flavors combined with competitive pricing, increased promotional activity and effective merchandising

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CIGALECTRIC Adds New Senior Director of Sales

“His blend of tobacco industry, distribution and electronic cigarette experience uniquely qualifies him for this high profile CIGALECTRIC position,” says DNA Distributors president.    DNA Distributors, maker of CIGALECTRIC electronic cigarettes, has announced that Thomas Hartman has joined their Sales Team as its new senior director of sales.  Hartman’s primary role will be to develop

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New Bull Dog E-Cigs

Bull Dog Wholesale released its new line of flavored e-cigarettes, offering Cherry Ice, Vanilla Cream, Jamaican Java, Seductive Kiss (strawberry chocolate), Classic Tobacco and Crisp Menthol. The new flavors are available in 500 puff disposable e-cigarettes with rechargeable refills. The disposables and the 2-pack refills have a suggested retail price of $8.99 and $9.99 respectfully,

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Well-Fashioned Disposable E-Cigs

Kretek International Inc. announced the introduction of EZ Cig disposable electronic cigarettes. EZ Cig brand is available in 12 smooth, fresh flavors including Double Apple, Java, Peach and Wild Berry in addition to Tobacco and Menthol. Each stick, packaged in its own carrying tube to keep the product clean, delivers 600 puffs with 2.1% nicotine.

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Dispensed Beverage Sales Heating Up

Fueled by new flavors and supported by high-quality equipment, the cold and frozen category shows unlimited potential. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor The cold facts go like this: with margins from tobacco and fuel still lagging headed into the summer of 2012, the booming frozen beverage segment has been a pleasant top-performing surprise for convenience

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Swisher Offers New E-Cig Line

Swisher Sweets introduces its e-cig products to c-store retailers. Swisher Sweets entered the electronic cigarette and cigar business this summer season. The company plans to begin selling its line of e-cigs on Aug. 1 this year, giving consumers an alternative way to smoke Swisher’s products. Murphy Oil, Hess and several other major c-store retailers plan

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RYO Amendment In Congressional Bill

The House and Senate Conference Committee version of the transportation bill containing the RYO amendment must be voted on by both the full House and the full Senate this week. A new RYO machine amendment has been included in a Congressional transportation bill, the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) reported. The U.S. House and

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Ontario Fights Contraband Cigarettes

“Cigarette butt studies conducted in London, Ontario show the consumption of contraband cigarettes at 20% and at local high schools, as many as 35% of cigarettes smoked by youth were illegal,” says CEO of OCSA. The Ontario Convenience Stores Association (OCSA) is pleased to recognize the work and support of all members of the London

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Understanding Today’s Tobacco Customers Presentation Available

cciPanel gives retailers and marketers the scoop on what are today’s tobacco buying trends. Management Science Associates (MSA), Paradigm Sample and Convenience Store Decisions teamed to present a free Webcast Thursday afternoon to discuss the habits of tobacco consumers at U.S. c-stores. The Webcast will be archived and available for all people at csdecisions.com later

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Vapor Corp. Files Patent Application For Soft Padded Electronic Cigarette Cartridge

“We believe the soft padded electronic cartridge is the most significant innovation to e-cigarettes, since their invention and introduction to the U.S. marketplace,” says CEO of Vapor. Vapor Corp., a U.S. based electronic cigarette company, filed a non-provisional patent for a “Padded Cartridge For An Electronic Cigarette Apparatus” on June 5, 2012. The patent was

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Flavorful E-Cigs

Now available in 10 flavors, Krave 300 is everything you love about a disposable electronic cigarette, plus it offers much more than your typical, traditional tobacco and menthol flavors. Enjoy great flavors from Krave’s 10-unit, point-of-purchase (POP) boxes, available in either a Fruits Collection (Sour Apple, Blueberry, Great Grape, Juicy Peach, Strawberry) or a Sweets

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Red Buck and Richwood Tipped Cigarillos

Tantus Tobacco, a company dedicated to bringing high-quality, value-priced filtered cigars, cigarettes and pipe tobacco to the market, has added tipped cigarillos to its product line. Red Buck Tipped Cigarillos are available in Pipe Tobacco, Wine Pipe Tobacco, Sweet and Wine. Richwood Grooves Tipped Cigarillos are available in Pipe Tobacco and Wine Pipe Tobacco. For

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Leveling The RYO Playing Field

In recent years, roll-your-own tobacco machines have surfaced at various retail locations putting convenience stores at a competitive disadvantage on price. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor America, and in particular its lawmakers, remains caught in a love-hate relationship with tobacco. That push-pull has resulted in very well-publicized attempts to dissuade Americans from using tobacco, or

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Understanding Today’s Tobacco Customers

MSA and Paradigm Sample, in partnership with Convenience Store Decisions, examine the purchasing habits of adult tobacco consumers at U.S. convenience stores. By Trish Temmerman, Management Science Associates, and John Lofstock, Editor. The tobacco industry continues to face challenges on multiple fronts, namely ongoing legislative initiatives and the ever-present high rate of taxation. These persistent

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Eco-Cigs Prepares for Retail Expansion

Industry veteran Roger Grogman joins the Illinois firm to help guide its expansion strategy into new sales channels. Eco-Cigs, Inc., a leading electronic cigarette company, has hired Roger Grogman as their Vice President of Sales & Marketing. Grogman will be responsible for the expansion and growth of the Eco-Cigs brands within opportunistic retail channels. “The

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Decoding Haverstraw’s Questionable Tobacco Display Ban

With various federal laws banning or limiting certain cigarette product advertising, cigarette packaging itself has become a commercially accepted form of advertising. By John Lofstock, Editor. In early April, the Village of Haverstraw, N.Y., adopted a first-of-its-kind ordinance in the U.S. that requires retailers to keep tobacco out of public view. To learn more about

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Dispelling the Myths of Tobacco Control

A response to the recent misleading “Deadly Alliance” report implicating convenience stores. By Seth A. Mailhot, Special Counsel, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP. This is the first of what will be a continuing series on the regulation of tobacco retailing. In future articles, I will address the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) regulation

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