Premium E-Liquid

As part of the new business endeavor between Republic Tobacco and Johnson Creek Enterprises, Republic has introduced the new REAL Ultra Premium e-Liquid line. Made in the USA from U.S.-sourced ingredients, the manufacturing process is ISO 9001 Certified. The robust flavor of our American, Turkish, and Virginia Blends all provide a palate pleasing vapor experience


Lighter Display

Kretek International Inc. has announced DjEEP’s new 24-count lighter tray display. The new compact unit uses less than one-fourth of a square foot of counter space, and each disposable tray can deliver more than $24 of retail profit. The unique DjEEP shape and design offers instant visibility and around $1 profit per lighter.  The trays

SFATA Responds to CDC E-Cig Study

CDC finds poison control calls regarding e-cigarettes are on the rise. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a study published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, noting that the number of calls to poison centers involving e-cigarette liquids containing nicotine rose from one per month in September 2010 to 215 per month

New Vaporizers

In December 2013, 21st Century Smoke introduced its first line of Vaporizers and USA-made e-juice, made in a GMP, FDA approved facility, “VAPIN PLUS.” The company conducted a substantial amount of research with different manufacturers before launching the product. 21st Century Smoke is using the best factory to manufacture its Vaporizer pens and EVE batteries,

Tobacco-Free Snuff

Smokey Mountain Chew Inc. is America’s original and best-selling tobacco-free smokeless brand.  The company is dedicated to providing the best tobacco-free smokeless alternatives on the market, in flavors that adult consumers demand.  Smokey Mountain Snuff is a loose smokeless product, and is available in seven great flavors.  Smokey Mountain Pouches are a single portion product,

Lorillard Leads As E-Cigs Continue To Grow

Increased penetration of kits could be impacting negative pricing trends, Wells Fargo reports. Lorillard claimed the No. 1 spot among e-cigarette companies in c-stores, with 45.5% dollar share in the recent period ended March 15, 2014, up 17.6 share points, year over year, according to a report by Wells Fargo. E-cigarette dollar sales overall continue

UK’s Skycig Becomes Blu Following Lorillard Acquisition

Marketing campaign to accompany rebranding initiative.   UK electronic cigarette company Skycig is rebranding as Blu eCigs in May, following the acquisition of the company by Lorillard, owner of U.S. electronic cigarette brand Blu eCigs, Design Week reported. Skycig plans to adopt the identity of the Blu, ‘using the striking designs as well as the

Navy and Marine Corps Exchange Stores Consider Tobacco Ban

Questions remain about the scope of the potential ban, which could be implemented as early as Oct. 1. The Navy is considering a ban on the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products at Navy and Marine Corps exchange stores as part of an initiative to improve the culture of fitness in the services. Navy

Commemorative Cigar

Drew Estate is releasing a new size within its Undercrown cigar line. The size will be called Undercrown “Dogma,” and has been created to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the online community Cigar Dojo. The blend of “Dogma” is based on the Undercrown Corona ¡Viva! and is comprised of Mexican San Andreas wrapper, Connecticut Stalk-Cut

Kretek Goes All In With Three-Brand E-Vapor Launch

Cig2o, Voodoo and EZ Cig e-vapor products give retailers a trusted single source for growth. Kretek International announced it is launching the most complete lineup of e-liquids, personal vaporizers, e-pens, mods and e-vapor accessories in the e-vapor category. “We’ve been an innovation leader in the e-cigarette business for five years,” noted Kretek CEO Mark Cassar.

Lighters Lead Tobacco Accessories

As turbulent as the tobacco business has been in recent years, accessories, such as lighters, have remained calm and consistent, if not a bright spot on the front counter for most convenience store chains. “This is one of the most profitable parts of the business,” said Tariq Khan, CEO of Sentar Oil Inc., a four-store

Cigarettes Continue to Draw Customers

Under fire now for more than a decade, cigarettes remain among the most important in-store categories in convenience stores. Cigarettes, along with other tobacco products (OTP), combined to account for 40.7% of in-store sales, according to the 2013 NACS State of the Industry Report. However, according to Information Resources Inc. (IRI), cigarette sales in the

Optimism for RYO Tobacco

Roll-your-own (RYO) tobacco will continue to put convenience store operators to the test over the next couple of years—enduring the ongoing legislative assault on all tobacco products while continuing to carry it to provide greater variety and service to loyal consumers. “Roll-your-own tobacco is important for those retailers that are creating a ‘destination stop’ for

Smokeless Tobacco Still Dominates OTP

The smokeless tobacco category continued its upward trajectory in 2013 thanks to ongoing manufacturer promotions and a growing customer interest in alternative tobacco products to supplement their smoking habits. Manufacturers are capitalizing on the strong sales demand by introducing more products in an array of flavors. For the 52 weeks ended Jan. 20, 2014, the

E-Cigarette Sales Set to Surge in 2014

Even though e-cigarette category dollar sales started 2014 with slight deceleration, growth is expected to remain “robust” going forward, according to Wells Fargo Securities. The convenience store channel saw $45.2 million in sales over the four weeks ended Jan. 18, 2014, plus e-cigs accounted for another $12.4 million in national, cross-outlet markets. “This implies about

Growing Cigar Sales

Not much has been predictable about the tobacco category over the past 18 months. Huge tax increases have renewed questions about just how much money smokers are willing to invest in their habit, and whether cigarette smokers would merely switch their nicotine fixes to other tobacco products, such as cigars. Amid the upheaval, the cigar

E-Vapor Liquids & E-Pen Vaporizers

Kretek International Inc. announced the rollout of its new line of Voodoo brand e-vapor liquids and personal e-pens.  The expanded Voodoo lineup was introduced on Jan.29 at the TPC Show in Las Vegas and will be available for the U. S. market in April.  Voodoo brand’s new line allows ‘Vapers’ to customize and mix e-liquid

Judge Stays Enforcement of NYC Tobacco Ordinance

Coupon, promotional price and minimum pack price restrictions on hold. At a federal district court hearing on Friday, March 14, 2014, a federal judge ordered New York City not to enforce Section 6 of the recently enacted New York City tobacco ordinance until the later of May 23, 2014, or the adoption of final regulations

Republic Tobacco And Johnson Creek Announce “Strategic Endeavor”

“Our customers should be very pleased that Republic is stepping into the forefront of the ‘e’ category with such an outstanding producer as Johnson Creek,” notes Republic Tobacco president. Johnson Creek Enterprises LLC, makers of America’s No. 1 Smoke Juice used in e-cigarettes around the world, has announced a new strategic endeavor with Republic Tobacco,

NACS Issues Position Relating to the Sale of E-Cigarettes

“Given the uncertain status of e-cigarettes, it just makes sense that convenience stores check IDs as part of the more than 4.5 million age-verification checks that we already conduct every day,” says NACS president and CEO. Convenience stores selling e-cigarettes are encouraged to adopt, as a best practice, a policy of treating these products as

Old Denim Lighters

Kretek International Inc. has introduced DjEEP’s Old Denim collection, available to ship May 10. 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. Rather than imprinting the DJEEP logo on the lighters, the lighters themselves are part of

Disposable E-Cigs

Electronic cigarette manufacturer, Vapor4Life, unveiled its new WOW Vapor King disposable e-cigarettes at the Tobacco Plus Convenience Expo in Las Vegas on Jan. 29, 2014. After four years in development and over 200 hours of taste testing, the Vapor4Life company has leveraged its experience and expertise in vaping products to create a disposable e-cig unlike

Proposed Flavored Cigar Ban Defeated in Maryland

Bills in the House and Senate both aimed to ban flavored cigar sales. A Maryland bill that aimed to prohibit the sale of flavored cigars and limit the sale and distribution of single cigars has been defeated, according to the Cigar Association of America (CAA), which lobbied extensively to prevent the bill from becoming law.

Kretek International Appoints Vice President of Field Sales

New product lines and expansion into new categories leads to appointment of new vice president of field sales. Kretek International Inc. has appointed Russell Mancuso as vice president of field sales, with responsibility for direction and focus of the Kretek national sales force for all Kretek brands.  Mancuso will report to Kretek National Sales Vice

Lorillard Purchase Could Add To Retailers’ Margins

If Reynolds American does acquire rival Lorillard, it could prove financially beneficial to convenient stores down the road.   By David Bennett, Senior Editor The possible purchase of  Lorillard Inc. (LO) by rival tobacco manufacturer Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) could help retailers’ profit margins relating to future tobacco trade programs, according to one industry analyst.