ITG Brands Executive Team Appointed

“This group represents a wealth of experience across all functional areas and will allow ITG Brands to establish itself as a major competitive player in the U.S. tobacco market,” says CEO ITG Brands. ITG Brands LLC, the wholly-owned subsidiary of Imperial Tobacco Group PLC, has announced the appointment of executive team members following the expected

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Balvor Reports Strong March Performance for Smokeless Tobacco

Dollar sales up 8% over the previous year. According to the Balvor Retailer Composite (BRC), Smokeless Tobacco posted positive gains across all key performance metrics for the four weeks-ending March 29, 2015. Dollars sales increased 8% versus the previous year, aided by Moist growing at nearly similar rates, SNUs increasing over 12%, and Loose Leaf

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Balvor Reports Electronic Nicotine Devices March Sales Up 7%

Disposable sales dip but rechargeable remains strong. The latest Balvor Retailer Composite (BRC) shows that convenience stores continue to grow Electronic Nicotine Devices (ENDs) with dollar sales up 7.1% while retail units sold grew 26.4%. “It’s critical to have a deeper knowledge of the business as there are many factors causing fluctuations in the category’s

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CDC Finds Declines in Youth Smoking As Vaping Increases

“There remains no evidence that e-cigarettes are acting as gateway products for youth,” says president of the American Vaping Association. The American Vaping Association, an advocate for the benefits of vapor products such as electronic cigarettes, has reacted to the release of new 2014 survey data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC)

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New Cigarillo Flavors

Innovative lifestyle brands manufacturer, Trendsettah USA Inc., has introduced two new flavors of its signature Splitarillos, high quality cigarillos produced in the Dominican Republic. The new flavors are 18k Gold, made with a honey-maple syrup base and LOUD, an ultra sweet flavor profile. “The ultra sweet LOUD™ flavor profile is the equivalent of adding French […]

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More Military Tobacco Restrictions Likely

Increased regulations and price increases may continue to dissuade military members from smoking. As military bases look to discourage tobacco use, increased tobacco prices and more tobacco-free areas on military bases are options that will be presented to Defense Secretary Ash Carter by an advisory committee, according to a defense spokeswoman, the NavyTimes reported. It’s

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Smokeless Growth Continues

Customer loyalty and smart retailing are helping the category prosper. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Despite the 2015 federal budget proposal calling for tax increases on other tobacco products, which could negatively impact the category, c-stores report continued growth in the smokeless tobacco category known for brand loyalty. According to the Chicago-based market research firm

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The E-volution of Vapor

As e-cigarettes continue to generate headlines, c-stores are addressing a maturing product category. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor In 2006, retailers were unsure as to how American consumers would react to a non-combustible smoking product. Would it catch on or taper off as an unsuccessful experiment? Nearly a decade later, the category has more

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E-Cig Sales Re-Accelerate

Cigarette dollar sales up 2%. E-cigs dollar sales growth across all channels (mass + c-stores) re-accelerated sequentially to +9.6% in the period ending March 21, 2015, driven by +40.5% unit growth, partially offset by -22% net pricing, reported Wells Fargo Securities LLC, quoting the latest Nielsen data. “Though e-cig year-over-year pricing has been negative for

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Dark Wintergreen Snuff

American Snuff Co.’s Grizzly brand of moist snuff is continuing its momentum with Dark Wintergreen, a style innovation for the brand expanding nationwide as of March 30, 2015. Grizzly Dark Wintergreen uses leaves that are dark-fired to bring the tobacco’s naturally bold flavor to the forefront, with the best being selected to ensure a premium […]

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E-Cig Kit

blu eCigs is now offering a new Xpress Kit. The Xpress Kit includes the same satisfying blu PLUS+ electronic cigarette, only without the recharging pack to offer consumers a lower price point. It will be $14.99, and will include two blu Tanks in the Classic Tobacco flavor, one PLUS+ Battery and one USB Charger. It’s […]

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NATO Responds To IOM Study On Tobacco Age Requirements

Study confirms that most underage users rely on social sources to get tobacco. The Institute of Medicine (IOM) has released a study that concludes raising the minimum legal age to purchase tobacco products “will likely prevent or delay initiation of tobacco use by adolescents and young adults,” according to the National Association of Tobacco Outlets

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Cigarettes Category Still In-Store Leader

Lower gasoline prices and trends in tobacco alternatives will both play a role in determining the kind of year 2015 will be for cigarettes—as will well-stocked sections and clear in-store messaging that trumpets value. Nevertheless, cigarettes remain the tobacco category’s top product performer in terms of in-store sales. C-store operators watching the cigarette market in

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Cigars Might Surprise in 2015

The cigar category may just prove a pleasant surprise for convenience stores in 2015. Lower gas prices should translate into higher in-store rings and additional impulse sales. And while the lower-price tier remains the staple, many see greater opportunity for more expensive cigars. Cigar singles will continue to fuel the category throughout the year. To

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Smokeless Tobacco Looking Good, For Now

Growth in smokeless tobacco this year will depend on the variety of offerings, adequate inventory and focus on roll pricing. Total smokeless tobacco sales experienced a 5% rise over the last 12 months, according to Nielsen. However, enthusiasm among retailers was tempered recently when President Obama released a proposed federal budget that included a 94-cents-per-pack

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E-Cigarettes Continue to Evolve

Sales of e-cigarettes in the U.S. are set to grow 24.2% per year through 2018, according to a projection from market provider Research and Markets Ltd. Those are promising figures for many convenience retailers who continue to take stock in data from such groups as StatisticBrain.com, which estimates that 2.7% of U.S. adults have tried

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Vaping Products Add Juice for Retailers

Vaping products and production processes continue to develop, spurring a category full of potential for convenience stores. As the category continues to evolve with new technology, retailers can expect a big push from many smaller manufacturers to the closed systems, as the majors take over the traditional e-cigarette category. The open systems continue to experience

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RYO Spells Profit Potential

With some smart retailing, assistance from suppliers and a bit of help from Capitol Hill, roll-your-own (RYO) tobacco over the past year has accounted for nearly half of total other tobacco products (OTP) sales, according to Information Resources Inc. (IRI). Going forward, RYO should continue to be a productive part of c-store tobacco sets, led

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Accessories Make Tobacco Category Complete

Cigarette and cigar lighters, as well as rolling papers, electronic cigarette accessories, ash trays, cigar cases, cutters and humidors, pipes and pipe accessories, will continue to provide add-on sales at c-stores throughout 2015. Tobacco accessories accounted for $246 million in sales last year, according to Information Resources Inc. (IRI) data. Sales of cigarette lighters, far

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New York State And Counties Consider E-Cig Bans

Age requirement increases for purchasing electronic cigarettes also being considered. E-cigarette users in New York may soon face vaping bans in workplaces and restaurants as their local governments, as well as the state of New York, both consider extending smoking bans to electronic cigarettes, according to lohud.com. For example, Westchester County, N.Y. lawmakers are considering

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Consumer-Centric Vaping

iSmoke has introduced iSmoke OneHitter, a small, discrete loose leaf tobacco vaporizer designed to “heat, not burn” tobacco. Perfect for on-the-go adult smokers who are looking for a portable, discrete, and technologically advanced way to vape their loose tobacco. The battery is rechargeable and comes with a cleaning tool set. Additionally, the iSmoke “3-in-1” device

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Kentucky Smoking Ban Dead Again

Cigar Association of America lobbies successfully to prevent smoking ban in Kentucky. Thanks in part to the lobbying efforts of the Cigar Association of America (CAA), the International Premium Cigar and Pipe Retailers (IPCPR) and others, a bill that would have enacted a statewide smoking ban in Kentucky is dead for the fifth consecutive year,

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Refreshed Look, New Variants

Dutch Masters is making the biggest change in the brand’s 100-year-old history, including a major refresh to its iconic logo, to meet current adult cigar smokers’ lifestyles and preferences. It is also adding ‘Crafted to Burn Slow’ messaging on the new packaging to emphasize the use of traditional natural leaf cigar wrappers and its commitment

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JTI Acquires Ploom Intellectual Property Rights

“This agreement is a natural evolution of our fruitful partnership and enables both companies to concentrate independently on their areas of expertise,” says JTI’s deputy CEO. JTI has acquired from Ploom Inc. a number of patents and trademarks relating to Ploom Inc.’s devices, such as the Ploom modelOne and modelTwo and the Ploom tobacco vapor

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NATO Launches “Not One Cent, Not One Percent” Campaign

Opposes proposal to raise taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products. NATO is launching its “Not One Cent, Not One Percent” campaign aimed at urging U.S. Senators and U.S. Representatives to oppose President Obama’s budget proposal to raise the federal cigarette tax by 94 cents per pack and increase the federal excise tax rate on

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