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Grizzly MST Brand Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Grizzly, the flagship moist snuff tobacco brand of Memphis-based American Snuff Co., is celebrating 10 years of unprecedented success. Grizzly has become the best-selling smokeless tobacco brand on the U.S. market in 10 short years — something unique to the industry that has never been done before. From its introduction in 2001, Grizzly grown to

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FDA Seeks Comments on Draft Guidance

FDA has posted a draft guidance to help persons submitting applications for new tobacco products understand the premarket tobacco product application process. The draft guidance addresses questions such as: •    Who may submit a new tobacco product application •    When to submit a new tobacco product application •    What information the FD&C Act requires you

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Smoker Friendly, Freedom Smokeless Extend Agreement

“This has truly been a great partnership and we are delighted that our agreement has been renewed,” says Freedom’s president. Smoker Friendly International has renewed its exclusive private brand manufacturing agreement with Freedom Smokeless.  Freedom Smokeless is a manufacturer of U.S. made Premium Brand Electronic Cigarettes. Since 2009, Freedom has been manufacturing and distributing the

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Updating the State of the Industry

NACS Chairman Jeff Miller discusses card fees, fuel and the future of convenience stores. By John Lofstock, Editor. Jeff Miller, president of Miller Oil Co. in Virginia, wears many hats. He is an oilman, an industry advocate and a leader.   For the past year, he has also been the chairman of NACS, which could

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Disposable Electronic Cigarettes

PureSmoke has launched its next generation of disposable e-cigarettes in two flavors: Classic Tobacco and Cool Mint.  Pre-priced at $9.99, each stick is equivalent to two packs of traditional cigarettes, offering the greatest value to adult tobacco consumers. The 12-count retail carton converts into a countertop display making it easy to merchandise. Build your category

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FDA Center for Tobacco Products Invites Retailer Comments

Retailers with comments on tobacco regulations, risk, etc., have a chance to present their views to the FDA’s Center for Tobacco (CTP) products: 1. Public Workshop on Modified Risk Tobacco Product Applications (MRTP) This workshop <http://www.fda.gov/TobaccoProducts/NewsEvents/ucm268472.htm> will provide an opportunity to discuss issues pertinent to the scientific evaluation of MRTP applications.  Aug. 25 – 26,

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Are You Prepared for FDA Tobacco Inspections?

As the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products (CTP) begins to implement tobacco regulations, the tumult surrounding tobacco at retail shows no sign of abating. In fact, the future of cigarette retailing will depend largely on retailers themselves. This issue and more will be addressed at the National Advisory Group (NAG) conference, September 10-13th in Savannah,

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Attracting and Keeping 18-34-Year-Old Consumers

Do you fully understand your core demographic of 18-34 year old shoppers? Wonder about their price sensitivity toward key products like foodservice and beverages? Join us at the 2011 National Advisory Group (NAG) conference, September 10-13th to hear an exclusive MSA report from its pioneering cciPanel, the consumer research field’s first mobile panel to capture

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Premium E-Cigarettes

Kretek International Inc. offers a new line of CIG2O e-cigarette products. The CIG2O rechargeable water vapor cigar was developed in the U.S. for Kretek by Spark Industries. CIG2O e-cigarettes were successfully launched in smoke shops early in 2010. The strength of adult consumer response led to the current nationwide roll out. The initial product line

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Are Your Stores Compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?

Is your chain meeting the rigid ADA compliance standards? Many operators think they, but are not and as a result find themselves facing federal fines and even litigation. Join us at the 2011 National Advisory Group (NAG) conference and hear from M. Bradley Gaskins, a leading accessibility architect who specializes in helping retail operators, including

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Employee Unionization: Is Your Chain Ready?

How versed are you on current labor laws regarding union organizing? Do you know about the rules changes in regulations occurring within the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) and the Department of Labor? Do you have a strategy plan for maintaining positive employee relations and effective union organizing strategies and tactics? If not, plan on

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Mississippi Retailer Challenges Tobacco Warning Labels

A Mississippi tobacco retailer is questioning the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s plan that will require tobacco makers to include graphic health warnings and graphic images on cigarette packaging and advertisements, “It’s another form of Big Daddy trying to tell people what to do,” said Frank Williams of Gulfport, who owns three Smokey’s Discount Tobacco

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New Lagunas Premium Cigarettes

Kretek International Inc. has launched Lagunas brand premium imported cigarettes by Djarum in the U.S. The Lagunas blend was developed by an international team from Djarum and Kretek over a two-year period of blending and testing. Lagunas’ taste is characterized by a unique combination of tobaccos from the U. S., Brazil Indonesia, Turkey and Greece,

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July Brings New Tobacco Prices

This summer, many states see increases in tobacco taxes, while a few enact small decreases. Starting July 1, several state cigarette and tobacco tax rates changed due to action by state legislatures, the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) reported. Following are updates from NATO on cigarette and tobacco taxes as of July 1.  

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Assessment On Impact of Menthol Cigarettes Expected in July

The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act requires the FDA’s TPSAC to submit a report and recommendation on the impact of menthol cigarettes on public health. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) plans to submit its draft independent review of the science related to the impact of menthol in cigarettes on public health

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Knudsen Joins DNA Distributors

“His vast tobacco industry knowledge combined with his consulting experience uniquely qualifies him for this important and demanding role,” says DNA Distributors president. DNA Distributors, the makers of Cigalectric Electronic Cigarettes has hired Kraig Knudsen as vice president of business development. In this role, Knudsen will be responsible for all aspects of market penetration and

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FDA Reveals Final Cigarette Warning Labels

The new graphic health warnings must appear on all cigarette packs, cartons and ads by September 2012. This morning FDA announced the nine cigarette health warnings required to appear on every pack of cigarettes sold in the U.S. and in every cigarette advertisement. This bold measure is aimed at making sure that every American understands

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Smokeless Sales Show Promise

While managing new products and planograms is vital, retailers will need to keep an eye out for federal tax increases and FDA intervention over the next 12 months. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. Smokeless tobacco has outperformed expectations for three straight years—which, while good, leaves many in the industry fearing it’s only a matter of

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Strong Demand for Cigars

Flavored and single-serve cigars represent a real opportunity for convenience stores to boost tobacco sales. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. With flavored cigarettes no longer available in the U.S., flavored cigars are in line for sharp sales gains. But with FDA having declared last year that it’s got the cigar industry in its sights, retailers

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Tobacco Forges an Electronic Transformation

E-cigarettes are a relatively new product, but for convenience stores they are beginning to make a big impact on sales. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. While electronic cigarettes show promise as a growing tobacco subcategory, two issues are threatening its widespread growth. One is the looming threat of government regulation, which most agree is inevitable,

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Two-Pack Filtered Cigar Pouches

Tantus Tobacco has added two-pack filtered cigar pouches to its Red Buck and Richwood product lines. The new packaging is currently in production at Tantus’ facility in Russell Springs, Ky. The Red Buck foil fresh pouches are available in five flavors: Regular, Special Blend, Mild, Menthol and Cherry. The Richwood foil fresh pouches are available

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FDA Sends Warning Letter To Adult-Only Tobacco Stores

As FDA cracks down on adult-only tobacco stores, NATO seeks clarification from FDA on whether a “bouncer” is needed at the door to check IDs. Some adult-only tobacco stores have been receiving warning letters regarding a failure to ensure that no minors enter the store, and for failure to have a staff member checking IDs

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Serving Today’s Smokers

Led by the Gallagher family, Smoker Friendly continues the fight to sell tobacco legally and responsibly. By John Lofstock, Editor. While the federal government seems intent on eliminating tobacco products altogether, tobacco remains a legal product in the U.S. enjoyed by legal-aged adults exercising their right to smoke, dip or chew. The right to enjoy

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Maintaining Cigarette Sales

Despite taxation and regulation, convenience store retailers remain optimistic about this lucrative category, though a potential ban on menthol products is looming. By John Lofstock, Editor. In an era in which the sports page sounds like the business page, talk of selling cigarettes inevitably sounds like political rhetoric. When c-store operators talk cigarettes these days

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Untipped Cigarillos

John Middleton’s Black & Mild is launching two premium untipped cigarillo products nationally: Classic and Sweets. Classic is for adult cigar smokers interested in a classic Black & Mild pipe tobacco taste, while Sweets is a more traditional cigarillo taste made from primarily air-cured tobaccos. Both products are available in five-packs and singles. During initial

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