Convenience Store Sales Post Record Sales

U.S. convenience stores reached record in-store sales in 2013, with sales climbing 2.4% to $204 billion. Combined with motor fuels sales of $491.5 billion, overall convenience store sales were $695.5 billion, according to figures released today by the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS). The industry’s 2013 numbers were announced at the NACS State of

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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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Couche-Tard Profits, Revenue Rise

Canadian convenience store Alimentation Couche-Tard reported a profit of $146.4-million (U.S.), up 24% for the fourth quarter, driven mainly by acquisitions, but the results came in below analysts’ expectations. In the U.S., Couche-Tard, which owns and operates the Circle K brand, also saw sales increases. Sales at established stores rose 2%, excluding tobacco products. Same-store

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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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Hershey’s Tom Joyce Honored by the American Jewish Committee

Joyce and Kathleen Evans, president of AMCON Distributing Co., are the recipients of AJC’s 2013 National Human Relations Award. By John Lofstock, Editor Tom Joyce, vice president of global customer and industry affairs for The Hershey Co., was honored last night by the American Jewish Committee (AJC) at the New York Hilton, receiving the organization’s

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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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NJOY Kings Launches Nationally With NYC Party

Electronic cigarette maker NJOY celebrated the nationwide launch of its newest electronic cigarette, the NJOY Kings, with an impressive gala at New York City’s historic Jane Hotel. The release of the NJOY Kings is the realization of NJOY’s commitment to innovation. From a technology standpoint, NJOY continues to build its business by leveraging award-winning technology

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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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Maintaining Strong Cigar Sales

Despite a demand from adult consumers, retailers are continually forced to defend their right to sell flavored cigars responsibly. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor While tobacco has long been a bread-and-butter product for convenience stores, accounting for millions in individual unit sales and boosting the profits from the average smoker’s market basket, it remains a

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OCSA Lauds Local City Motion Against Contraband Tobacco

“The OCSA will continue to offer its support to any and all municipalities that wish to join the fight against contraband tobacco,” says Dave Bryans, CEO of the Ontario Convenience Store Association. The Ontario Convenience Store Association (OCSA) applauded members of the Thunder Bay City Council, who passed a motion against contraband tobacco at a

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Smoker Friendly Chooses Keynote Speaker For Conference

Eric Chester, author and speaker, will teach retailers about reviving work ethic with Generation Y at this year’s Smoker Friendly Conference and Tobacco Festival. The 16th Annual Smoker Friendly Conference and Tobacco Festival is set for Aug. 25 to Aug. 28 in Boulder, Colo., and Eric Chester, a well-known author and speaker, plans to give

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More Smokers Turn To E-Cigarettes

E-cigs “are growing in popularity . . . no question about that,” says Chad Maynard, spokesman for ElectronicCigarette.net on the category. Electronic cigarettes might not be marketed as smoking cessation aids, but recent studies posted in the American Journal of Public Health suggest that many smokers are turning the the product for that reason. Smokers

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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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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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Dual-Use Lighter

Scripto releases the first 2in1 Dual Flame Utility Lighter to the c-store market. The product features two flames in one lighter where consumers can choose between standard flame and wind resistant flame settings, which allows flexibility of use for all occasions. The 2in1 Dual Flame Utility Lighter works great indoors and outdoors. The product is

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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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Tobacco Merchandising In C-Stores

As more tobacco companies are charging retailers for tobacco merchandising displays, Pan-Oston, an expert retail manufacturing company, releases its full line of customizable tobacco merchandising equipment for convenience stores. Although strict FDA regulations on tobacco packaging and labeling make it difficult to advertise the product in stores, Pan-Oston’s merchandising can help make sure the tobacco

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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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Circle K Enters Agreement With NJOY

Circle K focuses on evolving its sale of e-cigarettes through a partnership with NJOY. Circle K entered a partnership with NJOY electronic cigarettes for chain-wide corporate store distribution in 3,100 U.S. retail locations as of August 2012. Circle K has been an early leader in the e-cigarette category, and this new partnership further strengthens NJOY’s

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Bursting With Energy

The energy shots and drinks market has been on an upward growth trajectory since 2010 and with the improvement in the economy is expected to continue on this growth. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Americans need all the energy they can get their hands on, which goes a long way to explaining the enduring success

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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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