Fire & Ice Cigarillos

Do you have a taste for spicy hot cinnamon or icy cool mint? Swisher Sweets satisfies both with the introduction of its latest limited edition cigarillos. Swisher Sweets Blazing Fire has an intense cinnamon taste that’s both sweet and spicy. Swisher Sweets Arctic Ice provides a cold and frosty blast of icy mint. These two


Tantus Tobacco Welcomes New Vice President of Sales

Hubbard comes to Tantus Tobacco with more than 28 years of experience. Tantus Tobacco Sales announced that Steve Hubbard has joined the Tantus team as vice president of sales. With over 28 years of sales experience, Hubbard was formerly vice president of sales and operations for The Britt Hunt Co. LLC, which is the largest

Kretek Announces Employee Promotions

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 Sean Teninty as trade marketing director and Kevin Newman as director of marketing of Phillips & King, Kretek’s specialty tobacco distribution company. Trade Marketing

Imperial Selects Greensboro As Headquarters For New Company

“This wonderful facility is in the heart of tobacco country, near our factories and has the infrastructure to accommodate the enlarged business,” the company says. Imperial Tobacco Group has announced that it has selected Greensboro, N.C. as the location of the new company it is forming from its existing business in the U.S. and the

Swisher International To Acquire Drew Estate

“As a family business, they understood the culture we have created and completely supported our desire to keep our family at Drew Estate intact,” says Drew Estate Co-Founder. Swisher International Inc. and Drew Estate Tobacco Co. disclosed today that they have entered into a definitive purchase agreement whereby Swisher International will acquire Drew Estate in

Finding a Niche

Vaping products are helping offset declining cigarette sales. Howard Riell, Associate Editor With cigarette sales continuing their seemingly irreversible decline, c-store operators are making up lost dollars with electronic cigarettes and, most recently, refillable vapor tanks. Driving that business forward, however, is a bit trickier than traditional cigarettes, requiring better merchandising and an increased knowledge

New Rechargeable E-Cig Kit

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

E-Cig Brands Vie For Dollar Share

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.

New VTM Offerings Could Boost Vapor Growth in C-Stores

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

Vapor Retailer Survey Shows Growth Remains Robust

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:

Vapor Pen and E-Liquid

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

Doo You Voodoo?

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

Banking on Cigarettes

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

Wells Fargo Offers Insights On Non-Combustible Nicotine Industry

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

Kretek Names Five New Key Account Managers

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

FDA Increases Maximum Retail Tobacco Violation Fine

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

R.J. Reynolds Launches New Pall Mall Packaging

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

NATO Releases Updated Tobacco Tax Maps

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,  

Black Cherry Cigarillos

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.

FDA Schedules Workshops on E-Cigarettes

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

Chuck Welz Named Kretek Southern Region Sale Director

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

Ruling on Smokeless Tobacco

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%

NJOY Launches New Digital Education Resource

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 By providing specialized category and product knowledge, the new Website serves to educate retail partners, vaping enthusiasts and adult smokers who


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

LOGIC Dominates Top Spot In Total U.S. Unit Share

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