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Lawmakers Targeting Electronic Cigarettes

As their popularity soars in convenience stores, e-cigs are becoming the target of new smoking bans and tax regulations. By Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Once speculated to be a passing fad, e-cigarettes are increasing in sales and popularity and pushing their way toward becoming a mainstream product. Celebrities from Leonardo DiCaprio to Britney Spears have

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Convenience Store Sales Topped $680 Billion in 2011

Convenience store sales, both at the pump and inside the store, set new records in 2011, according to data released today by NACS. In-store convenience store sales grew 2.4%, reaching a record $195.0 billion. Combined with $486.9 billion in motor fuels sales, total convenience store sales in 2011 were $681.9 billion, or one out of

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R.J. Reynolds Introduces Camel SNUS Mint

R.J. Reynolds has announced the expansion of its Camel SNUS line, now available in select retail outlets in a Mint style. Camel SNUS Mint is the latest innovation from the brand known for transforming tobacco, giving adult tobacco consumers the freedom to “Break Free” and enjoy tobacco pleasure on their own terms. Offering innovative smoke-free

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FDA Introduces Draft Guidance on MRTPs and HPHCs for Tobacco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 Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released two separate draft guidance documents to “help fight the tobacco epidemic and stop children from using tobacco.”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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United Supermarkets Offers Fuel Discount Promotion

United Express to accept fuel discount vouchers earned through grocery purchases. United Supermarkets plans to help its store guests combat the rising cost of driving this spring by offering a fuel discount with their in-store purchases. Between March 28 and May 22, guests can earn discounts on their fuel purchases at all United Express fuel

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Cushion Tipped Cigars

From one of America’s leading cigar brands comes an exciting new line of products: Cheyenne Cushion Tipped Cigars. Cheyenne Cushion Tipped Cigars are a larger cigar, offering full flavor, wine, vanilla and wild cherry styles in a five-count pack. The cigars represent a new standard from the brand you count on to offer high-quality products

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Emerging Opportunities for HBC

Retailers have come to accept that the health and beauty category (HBC) could never compete with tobacco or foodservice in terms of profits or volume, but it serves an important purpose for convenience store customers. For that reason alone, a diverse offering of cold medicines and personal hygiene products should be a staple on convenience

E-Cig Users Celebrate World Vaping Day

As e-cig sales globally hit  $200 million, with over $100 million of business in the U.S., e-cig consumer organizations encourage vapers to celebrate the product around the world. Thousands of smokers and ex-smokers across the world will be celebrating World Vaping Day March 22 to celebrate the success of the electronic cigarette, and to encourage

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New Report Attacks Tobacco Sales, Targets C-Stores

Report by anti-smoking groups condemns c-stores for point-of-sale tobacco marketing. A new report, titled “Deadly Alliance: How Tobacco Companies and Convenience Stores Partner to Market Tobacco Products and Fight Life-Saving Policies” has been released by the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Counter Tobacco (a project that works to counter tobacco product sales and marketing at the

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Lighting Your Way to Profitability

When sold responsibly, lighters are a dependable source of revenue, even as the number of smokers declines. Lighters are a much-needed tool for the home grill and candles. Another trend helping push lighter sales in c-stores is flavored cigars, which continues to grow at an impressive rate. “Tobacco accessories are alive and well, evolving with

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FDA Appeals Federal Court Tobacco Ruling

Administration continues to push for graphic warning labels on cigarette packages. Yesterday, the Food and Drug Administration appealed the February 29, 2012  decision issued by Federal District Court Judge Richard Leon which held that the FDA’s new graphic images and text warnings for cigarette packaging and cigarette advertisements violate free speech protections under the First

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Pace of Retail Prices Gains Should Slow But…

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor, Telvent DTN The Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) U.S. retail regular grade gasoline average has now gained for four consecutive weeks through Jan. 9 to a $3.382 gallon two-month high, climbing 15.3 cents since Dec. 19. Of that total advance, 8.3cts of the gain took place during the week-ended

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FDA, NIH Announce Joint Tobacco Study

Tobacco use and risk perceptions will be reviewed during this collaboration—the first since the passing of the 2009 Tobacco Control Act.  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have announced a joint, large-scale, national study of tobacco users to monitor and assess the behavioral and health impacts of

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NACS Celebrates the Past, Looks to Redefine the Future

As NACS celebrates the convenience and fuel retailing industry’s remarkable achievements since it was founded 50 years ago, the association is equally looking toward the future, said NACS President and CEO Hank Armour during the NACS Show Opening General Session. It is expected that more than 22,000 attendees from 50 countries will attend the 2011

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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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Wholesale Gasoline Mostly Higher Through Labor Day

By Brian L. Milne, Refined Fuels Editor for Telvent DTN Still feeling the impact from last month’s Hurricane Irene, wholesale gasoline costs in most metropolitan markets across the United States moved higher Labor Day, the celebrated end to the summer driving season. Irene made a rare appearance by a hurricane in the Northeast, impacting the

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Wholesale Gasoline Costs Mixed in Mid-August

Wholesale gasoline costs were mixed through the week-ended Aug. 22, while the New York Mercantile Exchange September RBOB (gasoline) futures contract edged higher. In California, wholesale gasoline costs moved up on a sharp drawdown from state specific gasoline inventories, while in the Midwest costs were higher as refining activity eased. Gasoline costs in the Northeast

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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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CEFCO Opens Prototype Unit in Texas

A crowning achievement of the CEFCO organization, the new store is the next generation of store design and guest experience. It incorporates a number of innovative operational enhancements made possible by an open, fresh design with modern treatments and upgraded finishes. “We are tremendously proud of what the newest CEFCO store means to the organization,”

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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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New Dates for the 2012 Sweets & Snacks Expo

One week after the National Restaurant Association announced new dates for its annual conference, the National Confectioners Association, sponsor of the SWweets & Snacks Expo, said that the dates of the 2012 EXPO have changed to May 8-10 in an effort to avoid G8 Summit activities happening later in the month. Last week, NATO announced

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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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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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