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E-Cig Sales Growth Continues

Cigarette pricing remains strong. All channel (mass channel + c-stores) e-cig dollar sales growth continued to accelerate sequentially to +28.9% in the period ending May 16, 2015, driven by +66.5% unit growth, partially offset by -22.5% net pricing, according to Wells Fargo Securities and Nielsen data. While year-over-year e-cigarette pricing has been negative for 12

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Calypso Cream Cigarillos

Swisher Sweets offers an unforgettable journey of enchanting blends with its newest limited-edition cigarillo—Swisher Sweets Calypso Cream. Customers will love the magical blend of Oranges and Sweet Cream, with a slight hint of Blueberry to complete the taste. Swisher Sweets Calypso Cream are available to ship to participating stores nationwide beginning July 1, 2015. They […]

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NATO Executive Director Talks Tobacco Regulations

Tom Briant outlines upcoming bills at the state level. Some 26 state legislatures have considered bills to raise the cigarette or tobacco product tax rate, but so far this year the bills have either died or failed in 10 states, including Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia and Wyoming.

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RAI and Lorillard Follow Philip Morris’ Price Increase Lead

Pricing remains a critical driver of revenue and remains necessary to drive top-line growth, says Wells Fargo Securities spokesperson. Altria/Philip Morris USA announced a cigarette list price increase of $0.07 per pack (roughly 2-3% increase), or 70 cents per carton, across all of its core brands and a $0.07/tin increase on Marlboro snus tins, on

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NATO Outlines FDA Guidance on No-Tobacco-Sales Order

FDA seeking comments on draft guidance. This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Tobacco Products issued a guidance document titled “Determination of the Period Covered by a No-Tobacco-Sale Order and Compliance with an Order,” the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) reported. Under the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act

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E-Cigs Dollar Sales Growth Accelerates Again

“We remain encouraged that category dollar sales continue to grow, driven by Big Tobacco’s national e-cig rollouts,” says Wells Fargo spokesperson. All channel (mass channel + c-stores) e-cig dollar sales growth continued to accelerate sequentially to +24.1% in the period ending May 2, 2015, driven by +57.7% unit growth, partially offset by -21.3% net pricing,

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Natural Leaf Cigarillos

Scandinavian Tobacco Group Lane has introduced Cubero cigarillos in a new two‐pack foil pouch available in three custom‐blends—Wine, Mocha and Sweet. Masterfully blended, Cubero natural leaf cigars combine fresh flavors with subtle hints of sweetness to create uniquely modern blends for a rich and relaxing smoke. Blend No 07 (Wine) offers a sweet mixture rich […]

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Accessorizing Tobacco Sales

With tobacco sales picking up, customers are also relying on c-stores for tobacco accessories. By Anne Baye Ericksen, Contributing Editor At an average price of less $2 per unit, tobacco accessories, such as lighters, rolling papers, cigar cutters and pipe accessories, may seem like a low-demand category for convenience stores. However, according to Information Resources

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SFATA Conference Takeaways

E-cigarette/nicotine debate needs to be re-focused. Wells Fargo Securities LLC recently attended the Smoke-Free Alternatives Trade Association (SFATA) Conference outside of Chicago, “headlined” by Mitch Zeller, Director of the FDA’s Center for Tobacco Products. “Encouragingly, Director Zeller underscored the importance of ‘opening up the dialogue’ across various stakeholders in the nicotine space, suggesting to us

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JT Acquires Logic

Agreement gives JT a global footprint in the e-cigarette market. Japan Tobacco Inc. (JT) has entered into an agreement to acquire Logic Technology Development LLC, one of the leading U.S. e-cigarette brands. Founded in 2010, Logic sells a full range of high quality rechargeable, ready-to-use and disposable e-cigarettes, including the Logic Pro tank system, newly

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Wells Fargo Shares Key Takeaways from NATO Conference

“Director Zeller continues to believe the FDA has a huge opportunity to develop a ‘comprehensive nicotine regulatory policy’ taking into account the continuum of risk,” says Wells Fargo spokesperson. Wells Fargo Securities LLC recently attended and participated in the National Association of Tobacco Outlet (NATO) Show in Las Vegas where Mitch Zeller, director of the

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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Extended Cigarillos

Innovative lifestyle brands manufacturer, Trendsettah USA Inc., is blazing its trail in the tobacco industry once again with its newest product, Extendos by Splitarillos.  At 8.5-inches long, Extendos are extended cigarillos—double the length of a standard 4.25-inch cigarillo. Extendos are sold two to a pouch and will be introduced in Splitarillos’ signature flavor, OG Sweet […]

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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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