Convenience Store Decisions » Tobacco http://www.cstoredecisions.com Convenience Store Community and News Wed, 15 Oct 2014 21:06:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 New Rechargeable E-Cig Kit http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/15/new-rechargeable-e-cig-kit/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/15/new-rechargeable-e-cig-kit/#respond Wed, 15 Oct 2014 20:59:55 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54805 blu eCigs recently unveiled its new blu PLUS+ Rechargeable Kit, offering an enhanced rechargeable kit that has been redesigned to better fulfill adult smokers’ desire for more satisfaction through a consistent, enjoyable experience. Only one week into pre-order sales, blu eCigs quickly experienced a sellout of this product. In response to the sellout, blu eCigs

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E-Cig Brands Vie For Dollar Share http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/15/e-cig-brands-vie-dollar-share/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/15/e-cig-brands-vie-dollar-share/#respond Wed, 15 Oct 2014 15:00:02 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54792 Wells Fargo examines electronic cigarette market leaders. In the electronic cigarette segment, Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) quickly hit the No. 1 dollar share position in the c-store channel, with Lorillard falling to the No. 2 position, followed by Logic and Altria (MO), Wells Fargo Securities LLC reported, citing Nielsen data for the period ended Sept.

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New VTM Offerings Could Boost Vapor Growth in C-Stores http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/07/new-vtm-offerings-boost-vapor-growth-c-stores/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/07/new-vtm-offerings-boost-vapor-growth-c-stores/#respond Tue, 07 Oct 2014 16:01:17 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54697 As LOGIC and blu expand offerings, Wells Fargo expects growth acceleration of VTMs in c-stores. LOGIC and blu are expanding into personal vapor products with LOGIC Pro and blu+, spurring Wells Fargo Securities analysts to predict that the products should generate faster growth than e-cigarettes and held re-accelerate vapor growth in c-stores. “These introductions are

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Vapor Retailer Survey Shows Growth Remains Robust http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/02/vapor-retailer-survey-shows-growth-remains-robust/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/02/vapor-retailer-survey-shows-growth-remains-robust/#respond Thu, 02 Oct 2014 14:40:50 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54539 Slowly but surely, vapor category displacing more combustible cigarette volume. Wells Fargo Securities LLC recently conducted a survey of tobacco retailer and wholesaler contacts representing 20,000+ convenience stores in the U.S. The survey focused on c-store vapor trends given the dynamics in the vapor category (including e-cigarettes). Key takeaways from the Wells Fargo survey included:

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Vapor Pen and E-Liquid http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/02/vapor-pen-e-liquid/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/02/vapor-pen-e-liquid/#respond Thu, 02 Oct 2014 12:54:42 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54516 CB Distributors announces its Vapin Plus line. Its pens and accessories are the latest technology and quality at competitive pricing. Vapin Plus Pens offers a wickless design and gravity fed bottom coil that produce more vapor with a cleaner taste. The five-volt battery and 2.5-milliliter tank allow for extended usage. Vapin Plus E-Liquid is made

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Doo You Voodoo? http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/02/doo-voodoo/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/10/02/doo-voodoo/#respond Thu, 02 Oct 2014 12:33:30 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54498 Doo You Voodoo? Your Customers Doo. The vaporizer and e-liquid brand with true vapor attitude is most certainly Voodoo. The Voodoo cachet captivates vape customers. Voodoo offers c-store operators the ‘cool’ they need for their section. Voodoo magic is the answer to the question “How should I build a profitable vapor section?” Voodoo full line

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Banking on Cigarettes http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/30/banking-cigarettes/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/30/banking-cigarettes/#respond Tue, 30 Sep 2014 18:24:08 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54411 Declining sales, consolidation and consumer alternatives pose challenges for retailers who rely on cigarette sales to maintain margins. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor Cigarettes Are still a vital c-store category despite recent declining sales. Restrictive regulations and new competition in the form of both dollar stores and alternative products like e-cigarettes and vapor tanks are

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Wells Fargo Offers Insights On Non-Combustible Nicotine Industry http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/30/wells-fargo-offers-insights-non-combustible-nicotine-industry/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/30/wells-fargo-offers-insights-non-combustible-nicotine-industry/#respond Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:44:47 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54386 Following the recent ECig Vegas Conference Wells Fargo offers key takeaways, predictions. Wells Fargo Securities recently spoke on the “Views From Wall Street” panel at the ECig Vegas Industry Conference. “After attending/speaking at this conference, we continue to sense uncertainty around the broad vapor category, likely driven by eventual increased regulation and where the industry

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Kretek Names Five New Key Account Managers http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/30/kretek-names-five-new-key-account-managers/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/30/kretek-names-five-new-key-account-managers/#respond Tue, 30 Sep 2014 12:48:37 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54388 Business growth and new retail chains are driving the need for greater account service. Kretek International Inc., exclusive importer and marketer of Djarum and Cuban Rounds Cigars, Voodoo and EZ Cig e-vapor products, DjEEP lighters, Nuvino Wines, and VirMax male performance products, has added five new key account sales managers in their Central and Northeast

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FDA Increases Maximum Retail Tobacco Violation Fine http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/26/fda-increases-maximum-retail-tobacco-violation-fine/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/26/fda-increases-maximum-retail-tobacco-violation-fine/#comments Fri, 26 Sep 2014 12:46:57 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54289 The fine for a sixth tobacco violation has increased. The FDA has revised its schedule of fines imposed on retailers that violate the agency’s federal tobacco regulations, including the sale of cigarettes, roll-your-own tobacco, or smokeless tobacco to a minor, the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) reported. Under the Tobacco Control Act, there are

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R.J. Reynolds Launches New Pall Mall Packaging http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/26/r-j-reynolds-launches-new-pall-mall-packaging/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/26/r-j-reynolds-launches-new-pall-mall-packaging/#comments Fri, 26 Sep 2014 11:00:54 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54286 Packs and cartons to get a new look. Beginning in September 2014, Pall Mall will be sporting a new, more contemporary look, according to company spokesperson Richard Smith. The move reflects the continued positive interest from adult smokers, making Pall Mall the No. 1 value cigarette brand in the U.S., and the No. 4 best-selling

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NATO Releases Updated Tobacco Tax Maps http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/25/nato-releases-updated-tobacco-tax-maps/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/25/nato-releases-updated-tobacco-tax-maps/#respond Thu, 25 Sep 2014 14:27:12 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54245 The National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) has released two corrected maps, one of state excise taxes on cigarettes in the U.S., effective Oct. 1, and one on state excise taxes on large cigars, effective Oct. 1. Additional maps showing other tobacco product tax rates can be found on NATO’s Website, www.natocentral.org.  

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Black Cherry Cigarillos http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/24/black-cherry-cigarillos/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/24/black-cherry-cigarillos/#respond Wed, 24 Sep 2014 19:18:28 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54222 Swedish Match believes it’s important to keep coming up with fresh ideas: In September 2014, White Owl and Game are expanding their award-winning limited edition FoilFresh cigarillo franchise to include Black Cherry.  After extensive consumer testing utilizing the proprietary Swedish Match Innovation process, Black Cherry emerged as the clear winner, just like Pineapple and Mango.

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FDA Schedules Workshops on E-Cigarettes http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/24/fda-schedules-workshops-e-cigarettes/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/24/fda-schedules-workshops-e-cigarettes/#respond Wed, 24 Sep 2014 14:45:18 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54171 FDA intends to use the scientific information obtained through the workshops to carry out its authority to regulate e-cigarettes. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is launching a series of three public workshops to gather scientific information and provide a forum for discussion of e-cigarettes and the public health, the National Association of Tobacco

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Chuck Welz Named Kretek Southern Region Sale Director http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/22/chuck-welz-named-kretek-southern-region-sale-director/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/22/chuck-welz-named-kretek-southern-region-sale-director/#respond Mon, 22 Sep 2014 12:48:32 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54114 Business development and retail chain growth will be key focus. Kretek International Inc., exclusive importer and marketer of Djarum and Cuban Rounds Cigars, Voodoo and EZ Cig e-vapor products, DjEEP lighters, Nuvino Wines, and VirMax male performance products, has named Chuck Welz as Southern Region sales director. Welz will report to Kretek Vice President of

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Ruling on Smokeless Tobacco http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/18/ruling-smokeless-tobacco/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/18/ruling-smokeless-tobacco/#respond Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:44:56 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54083 Although smokeless tobacco has successfully held off most margin pressures, the category cannot escape the scrutiny of regulators. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor As sales of traditional cigarettes continue to decline, many convenience stores are making the most of the swelling popularity of the smokeless tobacco category. C-store sales of smokeless tobacco climbed by 7.6%

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NJOY Launches New Digital Education Resource http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/18/njoy-launches-new-digital-education-resource/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/18/njoy-launches-new-digital-education-resource/#respond Thu, 18 Sep 2014 14:35:55 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54080 Vaping segment thrives where store personnel share product expertise with consumers. NJOY, one of the world’s premiere vaping companies with a diverse portfolio of e-cigarette and vaping products, has announced the launch of www.HowToNJOYvaping.com. By providing specialized category and product knowledge, the new Website serves to educate retail partners, vaping enthusiasts and adult smokers who

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E-Liquids http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/17/e-liquids/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/17/e-liquids/#respond Wed, 17 Sep 2014 18:39:14 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54040 NJOY has expanded its product line by introducing a vapor-tank-mod (VTM) and a line of 10 e-liquid flavors, including classic tobacco, menthol, vanilla bean, pomegranate, blood orange, black and blueberry, peach tea, single malt scotch, butter crunch and double espresso. To develop its e-liquid flavors, NJOY teamed scientists with flavor experts from the food and

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LOGIC Dominates Top Spot In Total U.S. Unit Share http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/15/logic-dominates-top-spot-total-u-s-unit-share/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/15/logic-dominates-top-spot-total-u-s-unit-share/#respond Mon, 15 Sep 2014 19:51:03 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=54003 Leading electronic cigarette company maintains No. 1 spot in the category. LOGIC Technology, makers of premium electronic cigarettes, announced the latest results from Nielsen’s C-Track Database. The report indicates that LOGIC has maintained the No. 1 position for unit share in convenience stores nationwide for another consecutive month. Furthermore, LOGIC continues to maintain a strong

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E-Liquid Varieties http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/09/e-liquid-varieties/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/09/e-liquid-varieties/#respond Wed, 10 Sep 2014 03:05:37 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53869 24/7 e-liquids are now available in four nicotine strengths (0%, 0.6%, 1.2%, and 1.8%) in a variety of flavors in 10-milliliter and 30-milliliter child-proof bottles. 24/7 e-liquids are made and bottled in the U.S. using quality ingredients, under the industry’s highest standards for production control. Flavors are produced in an FDA-approved food grade facility and

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Special Edition Lighters http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/09/special-edition-lighters-2/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/09/special-edition-lighters-2/#respond Wed, 10 Sep 2014 03:04:01 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53871 The new designs in the BIC Special Edition Astrology Lighter Series feature 12 eye-catching holographic images, each representing a different zodiac sign. There are also four limited-edition designs that celebrate the Chinese New Year with “Year of the Horse” artwork. The lighters made in the USA with a suggested retail price of $1.89 per lighter.

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Reynolds American Wants FDA To Ban Vapor E-Cigs http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/09/big-3-tobacco-want-fda-ban-vapor-e-cigs/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/09/big-3-tobacco-want-fda-ban-vapor-e-cigs/#comments Tue, 09 Sep 2014 15:56:02 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53851 Reynolds American Inc. has submitted a 119-page document to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) asking it to ban vapor electronic cigarettes, Winston-Salem Journal reported. The manufacturers have kept e-cigarette flavor choices to a minimum, mainly due to expectations that the FDA would regulate flavors as they have with traditional cigarettes. Meanwhile, vapor/tank/mods (VTM)  offer

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We Card Preps Retailers For New Requirements http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/08/card-preps-retailers-new-requirements/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/08/card-preps-retailers-new-requirements/#respond Mon, 08 Sep 2014 12:46:53 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53819 New FDA regulations on the horizon and 40+ states now forbid e-cig sales to minors. For every 18-year old, there has always been “We Card.” The iconic yellow and red logo “UNDER 18, NO TOBACCO: WE CARD” is everywhere at the nation’s tobacco-selling retailers and has been for 18 years running. September is We Card

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New Lighters And Merchandiser http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/03/new-lighters-merchandiser/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/03/new-lighters-merchandiser/#respond Wed, 03 Sep 2014 19:25:50 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53763 Kretek International Inc. has announced the rollout of its new DjEEP 108-count combo merchandiser, featuring new award winning Worn Denim lighters. The new unit began shipping starting Sept. 1. The Worn Denim series of lighters features photo-images of the most comfortable jeans on the planet from the most dependable and durable lighter on the planet.

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Hand-rolled Cigarillos http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/03/hand-rolled-cigarillos/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/09/03/hand-rolled-cigarillos/#respond Wed, 03 Sep 2014 19:06:17 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53739 Swisher International has introduced the new King Edward VII Cigarillos. Named for the extremely popular and fun-loving ruler of early 1900s Great Britain, these cigarillos are hand rolled in a natural Connecticut shade wrapper and have a rich, royal taste. The premium tobacco tastes come in a choice of two enticing blends—vanilla and natural. The

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Voodoo Merchandisers http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/08/27/voodoo-merchandisers/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/08/27/voodoo-merchandisers/#comments Thu, 28 Aug 2014 01:46:29 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53652 Kretek International  has announced a new series of Voodoo acrylic displays and pre-packed merchandisers, with choices ranging from a complete line of pre-packed six-count e-liquid and disposable e-vaporizer display cartons to 74-count and 144-count permanent acrylic Voodoo merchandisers with up to 17 different SKUs of e-liquids, e-pens, and accessories. A 12-count refillable acrylic cube of

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TVECA Weighs In On The Safety of E-Cigs on Planes http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/08/19/tveca-weighs-safety-e-cigs-planes/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/08/19/tveca-weighs-safety-e-cigs-planes/#respond Tue, 19 Aug 2014 16:06:44 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53505 Some point fingers at lithium-ion batteries in e-cigs as a fire hazard, but laptop computers contain the same batteries. By Erin Rigik, Senior Editor After the New York Times reported that airport officials were asking the Transportation Department to classify e-cigarettes as hazardous materials after an e-cig allegedly caused a bag to smolder and be

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E-Cigarettes Facing Scrutiny After Jet Incident http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/08/18/e-cigarettes-facing-scrutiny-jet-incident/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/08/18/e-cigarettes-facing-scrutiny-jet-incident/#respond Mon, 18 Aug 2014 15:04:26 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53483 After a bag begins smoldering, officials consider adding e-cigs to banned items on airplanes. After a smoldering bag was removed from a JetBlue flight bound for Buffalo last week, it appears an e-cigarette could be to blame. The incident has caused airport officials to ask the Transportation Department to consider classifying e-cigarettes as hazardous materials,

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LOGIC Captures No. 1 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/08/14/logic-captures-1/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/08/14/logic-captures-1/#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 13:39:46 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53442 As electronic cigarettes gain popularity among consumers, LOGIC Technology is topping its competitors. By CSD Staff Just a little over a year into his job as president of LOGIC Technology Development LLC, Miguel Martin has been about results. The latest is a surely noteworthy. The latest results from Nielsen’s C-Track Database, indicating that the brand

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Logic Expands Into Canada http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/08/12/logic-expands-canada/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/08/12/logic-expands-canada/#respond Tue, 12 Aug 2014 15:17:36 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53382 The No. 2 electronic cigarette company in the U.S. extends international distribution. LOGIC Technology, makers of premium electronic cigarettes, announced plans for international retail distribution in Canada. Through a partnership with Hilary’s Salesmaster Inc., LOGIC’s line of electronic cigarettes will be brought to more than 30,000 accounts operated by the distributor nationwide. LOGIC holds the

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CAA Submits Comments On FDA Proposed Regulations http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/08/08/caa-submits-comments-fda-proposed-regulations/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/08/08/caa-submits-comments-fda-proposed-regulations/#respond Fri, 08 Aug 2014 15:14:56 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53358 “Our message to the FDA is that when it comes to regulating the cigar industry, fairness means flexibility,” said CAA president. Arguing for regulations that reflect “the unique character of the cigar industry,” the Cigar Association of America (CAA), the national trade association representing cigar manufacturers, importers, distributors, and other suppliers, has submitted comments on

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Cigars Face Uncertain Future http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/08/06/cigars-face-uncertain-future/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/08/06/cigars-face-uncertain-future/#respond Wed, 06 Aug 2014 18:31:37 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53302 The c-store industry continues to monitor the FDA’s deeming rules regarding cigars and what it means going forward. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor The federal government’s recent decisions concerning tobacco products, specifically cigars, underscore the need for vigilance and involvement on the part of convenience store operators, not just to maintain category sales, but to

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Western Refining Adds Victory Brand E-Cigs http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/08/04/western-refining-adds-victory-brand-e-cigs/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/08/04/western-refining-adds-victory-brand-e-cigs/#respond Mon, 04 Aug 2014 12:41:21 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53226 Western’s 230 c-stores and gas stations to offer the product. Western Refining convenience stores, with 230 locations throughout the Southwest U.S. has added Electronic Cigarettes International Group Ltd.’s Victory Brand Electronic Cigarettes. The stores already carry Electronic Cigarettes International Group’s (ECIG) FIN brand, and made the decision to also bring in ECIG’s Victory brand based

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CAA Receives 2014 Best of Washington Award http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/08/01/caa-receives-2014-best-washington-award/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/08/01/caa-receives-2014-best-washington-award/#respond Fri, 01 Aug 2014 12:13:42 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53214 Honored for exceptional marketing success in the local community and business category. The Cigar Association of America (CAA) has been selected for the 2014 Best of Washington Award in the Trade Associations category by the Washington Award Program. Each year, the Washington Award Program identifies companies and organizations that have achieved exceptional marketing success in

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Introducing Dutch http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/07/30/introducing-dutch/ http://www.cstoredecisions.com/2014/07/30/introducing-dutch/#respond Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:27:05 +0000 http://www.cstoredecisions.com/?p=53182 America’s iconic Dutch Masters brand is introducing “Dutch” by Dutch Masters for August distribution. Available in three unique fusion concepts—Mint Fusion, Berry Fusion and Java Fusion—Dutch is using the expertise at Dutch Masters to offer a unique pairing of tobacco blends and natural leaf wrappers. Ordering for these pouches specially marked at two-for-99 cents began

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