Four Little Cigar Manufacturers Receive FDA Warning Letters

FDA claims the little cigars in question are actually flavored cigarettes that have been labeled as little cigars. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued warning letters to four tobacco manufacturers for selling flavored cigarettes that are labeled as little cigars or cigars, according to a press release that FDA issued Dec. 9.

NATO Visionary Don Bores Passes Away

Bores helped form the National Association of Tobacco Outlets. Don Bores, the individual who saw the need for a national retail tobacco association and the vision to help form the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO), passed away peacefully yesterday, NATO reported. NATO gave the following tribute: “In 2000, Don was one of the owners

Will New Congress Eliminate Vaping Regulations?

Senator Johnson takes the lead in fighting for the vaping industry. With a new President soon to take office, U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) is warning the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) that Congress is likely to undo the FDA’s costly new rules on vapor products. Johnson wrote to FDA Commissioner Robert Califf last week

E-Cigs at Critical Juncture

After a meteoric rise in the market during the last few years, the future of e-cigarettes now rests with regulators, innovators. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)’s deeming regulations on vapor products could shift the $3 billion that e-cigarettes/vape are estimated to generate this year in brick-and-mortar stores to

Cigars Press On

More regulatory policies continue to exert a downward pressure on the resilient category. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor As fall turns into winter, convenience store operators continue to track the trends—both commercial and legislative—affecting the cigar category. From concerns over deeming regulations to consumers’ ongoing desire for smaller, cheaper cigarillos, new flavors and limited-time promotional

Tobacco Product Dollar Sales See Boost

Cigarette volume sales on the decline. Wells Fargo Securities has outlined cigarette, smokeless and electronic cigarette dollar sales numbers for the four-week period ending Nov. 5, 2016. Cigarette dollar sales continue to be driven by solid pricing, while volume sees historic declines. Wells Fargo reported that cigarette dollar sales increased 1.3% during the recent four-week

Closed-Tank System

R.J. Reynolds Vapor Co. made its VUSE VUBE closed-tank system available nationally at more than 25,000 stores in November, serving as yet another example of the company’s commitment to providing innovative, smoke-free alternatives for adult tobacco consumers to consider. The device is sold at retail with a rechargeable battery, a pre-filled two-milliliter tank and a […]

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Cue Vapor System

E-Alternative Solutions (EAS) announces the widespread release of the Cue Vapor System, which was unveiled during the National Association of Conveniences (NACS) Show in October and is set to be distributed to high volume retail locations starting early next year. The Cue Vapor System is a revolutionary patent-pending technology that delivers full-flavor, all day vaping with […]

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Voters Approve Tobacco Tax Increase in California

Ballot measures to raise tobacco taxes in other states failed. On Nov. 8, California voted to raise taxes on tobacco products. California’s Proposition 56 to raise the state excise tax on tobacco products by $2/pack on cigarettes to $2.87/pack and an equivalent amount on other tobacco products including e-cigs, passed by a wide margin on

Evaluating Your OTP Set

Do you have the right mix of products and accessories? Here are tips for improving sales. By Steve Sandman For many years I have been involved in tobacco department “sets.” I’ve looked at them from a hundred different angles, moved products around, put tags in the right places, hung advertising on the shelves and above

Carr to Join ITG Brands as President

Carr to oversee sales, marketing and operations in new role. Dan Carr, a veteran consumer packaged goods and tobacco industry leader, is joining ITG Brands LLC as president, effective Nov. 7. ITG Brands, based in Greensboro, N.C., was formed in 2015 and is the third-largest tobacco manufacturer and marketer of tobacco products in the U.S.,

E-Alternative Solutions Introduces Cue Vapor System

EAS becomes exclusive distributor of the Cue Vapor System technology in the U.S. E-Alternative Solutions (EAS) introduced the Cue Vapor System— a revolutionary patent-pending technology that delivers full-flavor and all day vaping with just the push of a button—during the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) Show in Atlanta. Cue is set to be distributed

FDA Deeming Regs Discussed at NACS

Electronic nicotine delivery systems face hazy future because of stricter a regulatory policy. By CSD Staff Because of the deeming rule published by the U.S Food and Drug Admiration earlier this year, more tobacco products now fall under the same scrutiny as cigarettes. Today, cigars, pipe tobacco, other tobacco products including vape items and e-cigarettes

Premier Manufacturing Acquiring King Maker Marketing Inc.

Through acquisition, Premier Manufacturing to add four MSA Signatory brands to its consumer products portfolio. The consumer products division of U.S. Tobacco Cooperative Inc. (USTC), Premier Manufacturing of Chesterfield, Mo., has reached an agreement to purchase 100% of the stock of King Maker Marketing, Inc. (KMM) of Paramus, N.J. from its parent company ITC Limited.

Altria Completes SABMiller Deal, Gains Major Share of Anheuser-Busch InBev

Altria now owns 185,115,417 restricted shares of Anheuser-Busch InBev, representing a 9.6% economic and voting interest. On Oct. 10, 2016, Anheuser-Busch InBev completed its business combination with SABMiller plc (SABMiller). As previously announced, the combined group will retain the name Anheuser-Busch InBev SA/NV. In connection with the closing, Altria Group Inc. received 185,115,417 restricted shares

22nd Century Offers Clinical Trial Update

Names 10 major research centers as study locations in very low nicotine content tobacco cigarette clinical trial. 22nd Century Group Inc. announced that an update has been issued on the pivotal Phase III study entitled “Strategies for Reducing Nicotine Content in Cigarettes.” Funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and led by Eric Donny,

Vapor Merchandising Solution

Spark Vapor brands, the makers of Cig2o and Vapage electronic vaping products, has introduced the “Vapor Station,” a complete 50-piece countertop Vape Shop in one space saving, compact display. The Vapor Station contains six, Ready-to-Vape, Solstice brand sub-ohm kits, three Solstice adjustable air-flow pyrex replacement tanks, five Solstice Two-Pack atomizer replacements and 36 15-milliliter bottles […]

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Berry Flavored Cigarillos

Swisher Sweets has announced the release of the new Swisher Sweets Limited Edition Twisted Berry cigarillos. These new cigarillos are the perfect blend of sweet grapes and tangy raspberries. Twisted Berry is sure to delight customers with its sweet, satisfying taste and popular pricing. Limited edition cigarillos continue to be a huge hit and Twisted […]

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Ramping Up Regulation

Even as cities and states invoke new legislation, cigarette sales remain steady. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor On Election Day this year, voters in North Dakota will decide on who will be the next president and whether to approve a proposed tax hike on cigarettes. Since 1993, the state tax has held at a

E-Cigs See Market Lift

As vaping and e-cigarette manufacturers adjust to FDA regulations, c-stores experience a reactionary marketplace. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor When the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) released its final deeming regulations officially classifying electronic nicotine delivery systems as tobacco products, it granted manufacturers and retailers a 90-day grace period before the new restrictions

Sales of Accessories Heat Up

Though lighters and other tobacco accessories remain fortified by cigarettes, other tobacco products and related offerings promise to generate robust sales. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Business remains steady in the tobacco accessories category, with much of the industry buzz focusing on accessories for a pair of unrelated product lines—electronic cigarettes and legalized marijuana. In

2016 Tobacco Legislative Roundup

Par for the course, a number of U.S. states are looking to score budgetary relief by levying taxes on tobacco. By CSD Staff Now that almost all of the state legislatures have concluded their 2016 legislative sessions, Thomas Briant, executive director of the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) recently sat down with Convenience Store

A Cool Mint Experience

In an effort to capitalize on the success of the blu PLUS+ Tanks and growing consumer demand on mint flavor, blu has launched the new Glacier Mint PLUS+ Tanks. The new tanks will be made available in retail stores in October 2016. In creating this new flavor formulation, blu added cool undertones of peppermint and […]

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Tobacco Industry Displays Category Shifts

Tobacco category shifts continue to indicate a shift back towards combustible cigarettes. Cigarette sales are heading back towards historical declines, and the recent +0.7% growth over the past four weeks was driven by solid pricing. Cigarette pricing over the past four week period, ending Sept. 9, 2016, pricing was up a solid +3.7%, while volume

Revolutionary Open Vaping System

Boulder International has introduced the Rock, a revolutionary open vaping system. The new Boulder Rock vaping system is sold with a bottle of the company’s best-selling e-liquid, and it is competitively priced to bring vapor sales to your door. With the new Rock, the choices of an open system meet closed system ease of use. […]

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