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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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Optimism for RYO Tobacco

Roll-your-own (RYO) tobacco will continue to put convenience store operators to the test over the next couple of years—enduring the ongoing legislative assault on all tobacco products while continuing to carry it to provide greater variety and service to loyal consumers. “Roll-your-own tobacco is important for those retailers that are creating a ‘destination stop’ for

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Smokeless Tobacco Still Dominates OTP

The smokeless tobacco category continued its upward trajectory in 2013 thanks to ongoing manufacturer promotions and a growing customer interest in alternative tobacco products to supplement their smoking habits. Manufacturers are capitalizing on the strong sales demand by introducing more products in an array of flavors. For the 52 weeks ended Jan. 20, 2014, the

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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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Omaha Seeks 7% Occupation Tax On Tobacco Products

All tobacco products from cigarettes to OTP, including e-cigarettes, and even smoking devices like pipes, would be impacted by the tobacco taxation. The Omaha, Neb. City Council is introducing an ordinance today that if adopted would require an “occupational privilege tax” on tobacco retailers equal to 7% of the gross receipts from the sale of

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FDA Announces New Compliance Check Inspection Notice

If a minor succeeds in purchasing a regulated tobacco product during a compliance inspection, the FDA will now send the retailer a “Compliance Check Inspection Notice” after the inspection occurs. Last week, during an FDA-hosted compliance training Webinar for retailers, the FDA announced it plans to use a new Compliance Check Inspection Notice if a

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Couche-Tard Profits Up

While merchandise sales are up, the tobacco category remains a challenge, says chief executive of Couche-Tard.  Canadian convenience store operator Alimentation Couche-Tard Inc.’s adjusted quarterly profit is up, boosted in part by recent acquisitions, stronger merchandise sales and higher fuel margins, Reuters reported. Net earnings for the company fell, however, due to one-time costs associated

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TTB Addresses RYO Cigarette Machine Ruling

Anyone manufacturing tobacco products without first obtaining the necessary permit is subject to civil and/or criminal penalties.  The federal Alcohol, Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) issued an announcement regarding the impact of the Aug. 20 ruling on RYO cigarette machines by the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the National Association

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Customers ‘Krave’ Electronic Tobacco

E-cigarettes offer consumers an alternative to traditional cigarettes. They are also virtually odorless, allowing them to be consumed in locations where traditional smoking is commonly prohibited. By CSD Staff Vapor Corp., one of the only publicly traded companies (OTCBB: VPCO) servicing the electronic cigarette and vaporizer industry, maintains its integrity in a fiercely competitive market

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Reynolds America Inc. Entering New Tobacco Categories

Reynolds’ is launching an NRT gum made by its Niconovum pharmaceutical subsidiary, among other products. Reynolds American Inc. is preparing, within the next six months, to delve into several categories, including vapor (likely electronic cigarettes), nicotine-replacement therapy (NRT) and nicotine extract products, such as lozenges, Winston-Salem Journal reported. Reynolds also plans to launch new styles

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AWMA & Merchants Grocery Co. Host FDA Plant Tour

Merchants Grocery Co. plant tour aims to help FDA better understand the distributor’s role in the tobacco distribution process. A group of Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulators visited AWMA member Merchants Grocery Co. in Culpeper, Va., on Wednesday, July 18, and viewed the company’s tobacco processing operation at the invitation of AWMA and Merchants. 

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Darker Cigarillos

Mild cigarillos are popular products in the cigar category by a 10 to 1 margin. Swedish Match wants to expand across both its cigar brands, as White Owl and Game introduce Black Cigarillos. Each black cigarillo is covered in a dark wrapper, and filled with finely blended tobaccos. They deliver a smooth, sweet flavor with

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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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HillBilly Brand Pocket Lighters

Scripto introduces new HillBilly Brand Licensed Pocket Lighters to its product line. Designed to target a rapidly growing fan base of patriotic, fun loving, country music fans and outdoor enthusiasts: the HillBilly Nation. The lighters will be available in five assorted designs featuring fishing, patriotic, HillBilly Hottie, camouflage and a country music guitar. The HillBilly

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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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FDA Scrutiny Clouds Cigar Outlook

While flavored and pre-priced cigar sales are booming, FDA’s pending regulation of the category could upset trends and profits. by Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Tedeschi Food Shops does a strong cigar business, and with 3-4 feet of space reserved for cigars on the back bar, consumers take notice. Sales on cigars were up for the

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Fresh Hand-Wrapped Cigars

Imported Ashford Bentley’s factory-fresh, hand-wrapped cigars have a natural shade wrapper with a mild, smooth taste, and consistent smoke with a perfect draw every time. The cigars are always imported fresh from the factory. Ashford Bentleys are packaged in a 20-cigar bundle and feature printed quotes from the most famous cigar smokers in world history.

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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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FDA Announces Intent to Regulate OTP

FDA expects to issue a deeming regulation in summer 2012 to cover other tobacco products. Cigars, e-cigs and cigarillos are among tobacco products about to meet with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) scrutiny. The agency has announced its intent to issue a “deeming regulation” sometime during the summer of 2012 to cover other tobacco

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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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Mandatory Receipts at Convenience Stores?

A Philadelphia City Councilman wants to make receipts mandatory at all convenience stores in the city. Philadelphia City Councilman Curtis Jones told CBS News that he is frustrated that not all convenience stores readily offer receipts. Some, he said in the report, are hoping to keep cash transactions off the records. Jones, in the report,

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Specially Priced Black Cigarillos

Swisher International has introduced new Swisher Sweets Black Cigarillos with a dark maduro-like wrapper that delivers a distinctive, rich aroma as well as a slower-burning, smoother smoke. The convenient cigarillo size is ideal for today’s on-the-go lifestyles, offering retailers the opportunity to take advantage of strong consumer demand for a truly distinctive tobacco product. Exceptionally

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Satisfy Your Krave

Vapor Corp.’s Krave brand of e-cigarettes offers Krave1000 / Krave1001, a complete retail rack-ready, rechargeable e-cigarette program. Simple to use and simple to sell, Krave is a favorite among e-cigarette users for its taste and design. Krave1000 / Krave1001 is available in four varying nicotine levels and in tobacco and menthol flavors, along with starter

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Blueberry Mini Cigarillos

Swisher International has introduced its new Swisher Sweets Blueberry Mini Cigarillos. Following closely on the heels of the recently introduced blueberry flavor in the larger, cigarillo size, the new product is designed to meet consumer demand for a smaller size, convenient for on-the-go lifestyles. Consumer response to Swisher’s blueberry flavor has been extremely favorable, prompting

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FDA Introduces Draft Guidance on MRTPs and HPHCs for Tobacco

FDA intends to focus reporting enforcement on 20 HPHCs during 2012, and provides details for those seeking to market a tobacco product as modified or lower risk. Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released two separate draft guidance documents to “help fight the tobacco epidemic and stop children from using tobacco.” The draft

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