M-PACT Reveals Burning Tobacco Issues

The threat of local ordinances is the most pressing threat to tobacco retailers now. By David Bennett, Senior Editor Tobacco took a front seat at M-PACT 2017 as attendees on the last day had the opportunity to learn the latest issues affecting an important category for convenience retailers. The session, Tobacco Outlook: Cigarettes, Cigars, Smokeless

New York Cigar Tax Shift Defeated

Also rejected in the budget was the Governor’s proposed new excise tax on e-cigarettes and liquid nicotine. New York convenience store retailers and suppliers worked together to keep a harmful shift in cigar excise tax out of the new state budget approved this week by Governor Cuomo and the Legislature. Jim Calvin, president of the

‘Un-Flavored’ Cigars

Swedish Match North America is introducing new White Owl Emerald & White Owl Platinum. White Owl Emerald and Platinum are ‘un-flavored,’ ‘un-sweet’ cigars made with an all-natural premium blend of the finest tobaccos from around the world. White Owl Emerald has a distinct green wrapper and White Owl Platinum has a traditional brown wrapper. Both […]

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Swisher Appoints Dunn Vice President, Industry Relations

A tobacco veteran at Swisher International, Bill Dunn transitions to a role with a customer engagement focus. Swisher International Inc. has appointed Bill Dunn to vice president, industry relations. Formerly vice president of field sales, Dunn has held more than 10 different positions of increasing responsibility within the organization spanning a 35-year career. “It goes

All-Channel Tobacco Numbers Fluctuate

Cigarette volume deceleration persists while industry maintains firm pricing.  At the close of the recent quarter, the tobacco segments remained steady overall, despite deceleration in cigarette volume. A new report from Wells Fargo has revealed the driver of growth in the multiple market divisions, and the report also indicates that some segments are doing better

White Owl Emerald and Platinum Cigarillos

Introducing New White Owl Emerald & White Owl Platinum. White Owl Emerald and Platinum are un-flavored, un-sweet cigars made with an all-natural premium blend of the finest tobacco’s from around the world. White Owl Emerald has a distinct green wrapper and White Owl Platinum has a traditional brown wrapper. Both are being introduced with eye-catching

Bill Looks to Limit Smoking at VA Facilities

By October 2022, many veterans would need to curb their smoking habit if proposed legislation becomes law. Lawmakers are looking to end tobacco use among not only troops, but also veterans. According to an article in the Military Times, lawmakers from both parties this week looked to limit tobacco use at Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities.

Clearing a Path for Smokeless

Despite unexpected challenges, smokeless tobacco sales continue strong gains. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Expectations are high for the long-term health of the smokeless tobacco category, which has been performing strongly since last year. Bonnie Herzog, managing director–equity research beverage, household & personal care, tobacco & c-stores for Wells Fargo Securities LLC, reported recently that

Indiana Cigarette Tax Hike Proposal Hangs in the Balance

A Senate budget nixes the call for a $1 per pack tax increase after the House approves a version of its bill including the tax. After the Indiana House put forth a budget that raises the cigarette tax by $1 per pack to help pay for Medicaid and smoking-cessation programs and shifts the sales tax

FDA Proposes Smokeless Product Standard

The standard would limit the level of N-nitrosonornicotine in finished smokeless tobacco products. The National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) has outlined FDA’s proposed product standard on N-nitrosonornicotine (NNN) in smokeless tobacco: When speaking at NATO Shows in the past, Mitch Zeller, the Director of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Tobacco Products,

Accessories Add Up

Certain product categories rarely undergo major shifts, whether it’s a spike in popularity or a significant drop. You can count tobacco accessories among those in that classification. Sales of lighters, matches, pipes and other accessories either register minimal gains, or at the very least don’t lose major ground in year-to-year comparisons. This is good news

NYACS Battles Cigar Tax Changes

Excise tax would exceed the product price of the cigars, hurting blue-collar customers. The New York Association of Convenience Stores (NYACS) is fighting Governor Cuomo’s budget recommendation to change the method of taxing cigars from a percentage of wholesale value to 45 cents per cigar. “You’re talking about a massive shift of tax burden from

Swisher International Welcomes Stephan Qarimi

Qarimi brings extensive global sales experience and a successful track record in opening new international markets. Swisher International has hired Stephan Qarimi as an international market manager and director of travel retail. Qarimi will focus on marketing Swisher products that are currently distributed in more than 60 countries as part of the company’s global vision.

What’s the Future of Vapor?

Vaping sales haven’t completely vaporized in the aftermath of deeming regulations passed last fall by U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). For the time being, vaping and e-liquid c-store sales have maintained an upward trajectory in the convenience channel. Information Resources Inc. (IRI), a Chicago-based market research firm, reported electronic smoking devices earned more than

E-Cig Retailers Watching RRPs

Six months after the official enactment of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) deeming regulations that classify e-cigarettes as tobacco products, the retail space now appears to be less unpredictable. Sales figures from all retail channels show the segment is regaining positive footing. Nielsen, as reported by Wells Fargo Securities, determined dollar sales for

RYO Remains Viable to Consumers

Roll-your-own (RYO) tobacco should remain a potentially profitable segment throughout 2017, despite lagging sales in 2016. The higher taxation on traditional cigarettes drove many consumers to RYO in previous years, but the increasing parity in taxes since 2009 has prompted a dip in sales. Despite that, solid margins and a growing appeal in the eyes

Smallest Cigarette Filter

AIRIO Micro Filter is the world’s smallest cigarette filter. AIRIO filters are pressure applied to the end of traditional cigarettes, making them extremely easy to use. AIRIO only adds one-fourth of an inch to the end of a cigarette making it the ultimate choice in discreet filtering. AIRIO’s patent-pending design uses cyclonic action to take […]

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Smokeless Sales Grow Strong

On Feb. 7, 2017 the U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co. (USSTC), a division of Altria Group Inc., issued a nationwide recall of numerous Copenhagen, Skoal, Cope and Husky smokeless tobacco product lines after receiving complaints of foreign objects found in containers. “We go through manufacturer product recalls pretty regularly, but this is the biggest one as

Burning Issues for Cigars

Cigar sales in convenience stores rose 8.58% to $2.8 billion for the 52-week period ending Jan. 22, 2016, according to Chicago-based market research firm Information Resources Inc. (IRI)’s Total U.S. Convenience Store All Scan data. For a number of years now little cigars, which resemble cigarettes in appearance, have incrementally gained appeal with some smokers,

Countdown in the Cigarette Category

Tobacco remains a major driver of sales for convenience stores. Within the category, cigarettes still claim the No. 1 position. But fiscal quarter after fiscal quarter, channel reports show the in-store sales generator has struggled to generate the gross margin dollars it did years ago. Consequently, manufacturers have raised prices time and time again to

Indiana C-Stores Fight Cigarette Tax Hike

Indiana Grocery and Convenience Store Association warns sales would fall if rates are increased to the same rate as neighboring states. Indiana convenience stores are fighting against a proposal by House Republicans to raise cigarette taxes by $1 per pack. According to WIBC News, the Indiana Grocery and Convenience Store Association is speaking out to

Cue Vapor Launches National Ad Campaign

Educates smokers and vapers on its “Click and Vape” technology. E-Alternative Solutions (EAS), a sister company to Jacksonville, Fla.-based Swisher International, has launched a national advertising campaign for the Cue Vapor System (Cue) (patent pending), a breakthrough alternative to smoking. Cue is vaping made simple, providing fulfilling satisfaction in a premium-performance, stylish device that any

Cumberland Farm’s Flint Influences Industry

Work with government regulators, NATO and legislative committees are just some examples of Anne Flint’s dedication to helping the tobacco category succeed. By Erin Rigik Del Conte, Senior Editor In February, Anne Flint became the director of category management —tobacco for Cumberland Farms after 16 years managing the tobacco category for the Westborough, Mass.-based chain

NJOY Finishes Financial Restructuring

Following the restructuring, NJOY is majority-owned by Mudrick Capital Management, a multi-billion dollar investment firm, specializing in corporate turnarounds. NJOY LLC announced the acquisition of the assets of NJOY Inc. in connection with NJOY Inc.’s financial restructuring. In conjunction with this acquisition, NJOY completed a $35 million equity capital raise, and is now a well-capitalized

Cigar Market Remains Competitive

Despite a full-court press from regulators, cigar sales are still on the rebound. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor When the original Tobacco Control Act was signed into law on June 22, 2009, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) was given “authority to regulate the manufacture, distribution and marketing of tobacco products.” The government was