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

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

E-Tobacco: What’s Next?

C-stores remain cautious with regards to what direction the e-cigarette and vaping industry is headed this year. By Anne Baye Ericksen Between the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) deeming regulations finally released last year and a bevy of new state taxes and regulations restricting who can sell or purchase tobacco and other-tobacco products, 2016

TPE Show Sees Increased Traffic

New Product Showcase gave awards to standout products during revamped two-day tradeshow. The 2017 TPE (Tobacco Plus Expo) Show, held Jan 25-26 in Las Vegas, showcased hundreds of industry-leading exhibits and saw a 200% increase in booth traffic. Newly expanded and revamped this year, TPE 2017 was a one-stop show for buyers, featuring top vendors

‘Shorty’ Pipe

Danish master carver Erik Nording has debuted his popularly priced “Shorty” pipe. It follows the recent success of the black Eriksen Starter and Eriksen Colors pipes. Arango Cigar Co. is the exclusive U.S. distributor for all Erik Nording products. Named for its four-inch length and quick smoke, Shorty fits easily into a pocket. Its one-piece […]

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Strawberry Cigars

Cheyenne International has introduced Strawberry 100’s to the Cheyenne Cigar brand lineup. New to the field, Strawberry is made at the company’s manufacturing facility in Grover, N.C. and joins 11 other styles in the brands roster. The new SKU debuted at the 2017 Convenience Distribution Marketplace this week. As a leader in the filtered cigar […]

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Drew Estate Welcomes Senior Vice President of Sales

David Lazarus to handle field and inside sales as well as in-store events and wholesale. Estate announced David Lazarus as (SVP) senior vice president of sales at its Annual Sales Meeting effective immediately. In this role, Lazarus will have overall accountability for field sales, inside sales, key national accounts, in-store events and wholesale. Lazarus will

Tobacco Talk Survey Shows Positive Tobacco Outlook

Competitive market and strong adult tobacco consumer among bright spots. Results from Wells Fargo’s recent “Tobacco Talk” survey of retailer and wholesalers representing roughly 25,000 convenience stores in the U.S., showed the overall tobacco environment remains “in good shape despite a well-telegraphed deceleration in cigarette volume,” according to Bonnie Herzog, senior analyst for Wells Fargo.

TMG Welcomes New Members To Management Team

Tobacco Business magazine to receive a makeover and new focus on digital reach. The Tobacco Media Group (TMG) is starting 2017 with a strong foot forward, announcing the recent hires of Ben Stimpson and Antoine Reid to their Management Team. Their hiring is part of a strategic initiative to grow TMG properties in the coming

ISFA Supports SB1

Joins with National Vapor Technology Association to fight monopolistic effects of previous law that hurt small vapor businesses in Indiana. The Indiana Smoke Free Alliance (ISFA) issued the following statement in support of SB1 (E-liquids): SB1 is a critical piece of legislation that will reverse the harmful, monopoly created when HB 1432 was signed into

FDA Addresses Synthetic Nicotine

E-liquids made with synthetic nicotine will NOT be regulated. Generation Labs, the makers of proprietary TFN Nicotine – a non-tobacco derived synthetic nicotine –reported an update from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that addresses the question of synthetic nicotine, confirming that e-liquids made with synthetic nicotine will not be regulated. “The FDA is slowly

FDA Releases Tobacco Free Sample Draft Guidance

FDA is seeking comments on the draft guidance for 60 days. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued draft guidance on Tuesday, Jan. 17 that allows manufacturers to provide free samples to retailers in “limited quantities” if it is part of an effort to market or sell that product to the retailer. This guidance is

Mango Cigarillos All Year

Mangos are now in season all year long with Swisher Sweets’ addition to its classic cigarillo line. Swisher Sweets Mango cigarillos deliver a tangy, smooth and sweet taste that’ll have customers going mad for the mango blend. Swisher Sweets Mango comes in a resealable two-count pouch with the “Sealed Fresh” guarantee that is available for […]

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Reynolds American Inc. To Merge with British American Tobacco

Combination will create a global tobacco company with multiple iconic tobacco brands, and a world-class pipeline of next-generation vapor and tobacco-heating products, says RAI’s executive chairman of the board of directors. Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) today announced that it has reached an agreement with British American Tobacco p.l.c. (BATS.L) under which BAT will acquire the

Cigarette Sales Decline as Smokeless Sales Grow

Cigarette industry volumes expected to dip 3.4% in fiscal year 2017. Wells Fargo reported that cigarette dollar sales dipped as volume decelerated significantly and pricing held steady at the end of 2016. Cigarette dollar sales decreased -1.9% during the recent four-week period ending Dec. 31, 2016 (+0.2% for 12-weeks; +1.2% for 52-weeks) driven by a