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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

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Canada Cracks Down on Illegal Tobacco Sales

The Ontario Convenience Stores Association (OCSA) is applauding Canadian police for their recent seizure of cash, an automobile and 220 cartons of illegal cigarettes at a local convenience store in the Windsor, Ontario area. “The OCSA maintains that it is never acceptable to purchase or sell illegal tobacco products, nor do we condone this activity

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Game Introduces its Newest Mild Offering of Red

Game by Garcia y Vega proudly announces the latest innovation in cigarillos, FoilFresh Red. Cigarillo lovers will enjoy the light mild taste of this natural leaf cigar. Small natural leaf is the fastest growing segment in the cigar category. This latest offering is yet another response to consumer demand from Game. Game Red is a

NATO Talks Tobacco Taxes

As of June 28, 2013, three states have enacted either cigarette and/or tobacco tax rate increases or decreases, reports the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO). The new tax law changes and the respective effective dates are as follows: * Kentucky:House Bill 361 was passed and signed into law which lowers the state tax on

Commonwealth-Altadis Bulks Up Staff

Commonwealth-Altadis Inc. has appointed Al Dejewski senior vice president for consumer marketing, and Eric Workman, senior vice president for strategic operations. Both report directly to Kevin Freudenthal, president & CEO of the tobacco company. “We are quite pleased to have Al join the team,” Freudenthal said. “He brings not only the strategically creative vision of

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Omaha Seeks 7% Occupation Tax On Tobacco Products

All tobacco products from cigarettes to OTP, including e-cigarettes, and even smoking devices like pipes, would be impacted by the tobacco taxation. The Omaha, Neb. City Council is introducing an ordinance today that if adopted would require an “occupational privilege tax” on tobacco retailers equal to 7% of the gross receipts from the sale of

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Maintaining Strong Cigar Sales

Despite a demand from adult consumers, retailers are continually forced to defend their right to sell flavored cigars responsibly. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor While tobacco has long been a bread-and-butter product for convenience stores, accounting for millions in individual unit sales and boosting the profits from the average smoker’s market basket, it remains a

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RYO Amendment In Congressional Bill

The House and Senate Conference Committee version of the transportation bill containing the RYO amendment must be voted on by both the full House and the full Senate this week. A new RYO machine amendment has been included in a Congressional transportation bill, the National Association of Tobacco Outlets (NATO) reported. The U.S. House and

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Lou Maiellano Joins CSD’s Tobacco Webcast

Management Science Associates (MSA) and Paradigm Sample, in partnership with Convenience Store Decisions, are teaming up to offer a free Webcast tomorrow that will examine the purchasing habits of adult tobacco consumers at U.S. convenience stores. The tobacco industry continues to face challenges on multiple fronts, namely ongoing legislative initiatives and the ever-present high rate

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FDA Scrutiny Clouds Cigar Outlook

While flavored and pre-priced cigar sales are booming, FDA’s pending regulation of the category could upset trends and profits. by Erin Rigik, Associate Editor. Tedeschi Food Shops does a strong cigar business, and with 3-4 feet of space reserved for cigars on the back bar, consumers take notice. Sales on cigars were up for the

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Fresh Hand-Wrapped Cigars

Imported Ashford Bentley’s factory-fresh, hand-wrapped cigars have a natural shade wrapper with a mild, smooth taste, and consistent smoke with a perfect draw every time. The cigars are always imported fresh from the factory. Ashford Bentleys are packaged in a 20-cigar bundle and feature printed quotes from the most famous cigar smokers in world history.

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Red Buck and Richwood Tipped Cigarillos

Tantus Tobacco, a company dedicated to bringing high-quality, value-priced filtered cigars, cigarettes and pipe tobacco to the market, has added tipped cigarillos to its product line. Red Buck Tipped Cigarillos are available in Pipe Tobacco, Wine Pipe Tobacco, Sweet and Wine. Richwood Grooves Tipped Cigarillos are available in Pipe Tobacco and Wine Pipe Tobacco. For

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Understanding Today’s Tobacco Customers

MSA and Paradigm Sample, in partnership with Convenience Store Decisions, examine the purchasing habits of adult tobacco consumers at U.S. convenience stores. By Trish Temmerman, Management Science Associates, and John Lofstock, Editor. The tobacco industry continues to face challenges on multiple fronts, namely ongoing legislative initiatives and the ever-present high rate of taxation. These persistent

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Eco-Cigs Prepares for Retail Expansion

Industry veteran Roger Grogman joins the Illinois firm to help guide its expansion strategy into new sales channels. Eco-Cigs, Inc., a leading electronic cigarette company, has hired Roger Grogman as their Vice President of Sales & Marketing. Grogman will be responsible for the expansion and growth of the Eco-Cigs brands within opportunistic retail channels. “The

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FDA Announces Intent to Regulate OTP

FDA expects to issue a deeming regulation in summer 2012 to cover other tobacco products. Cigars, e-cigs and cigarillos are among tobacco products about to meet with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) scrutiny. The agency has announced its intent to issue a “deeming regulation” sometime during the summer of 2012 to cover other tobacco

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Dispelling the Myths of Tobacco Control

A response to the recent misleading “Deadly Alliance” report implicating convenience stores. By Seth A. Mailhot, Special Counsel, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP. This is the first of what will be a continuing series on the regulation of tobacco retailing. In future articles, I will address the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) regulation

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GAO Suggests Equalizing Tobacco Tax Rates

A new report finds shift in using pipe versus roll-your-own tobacco and large cigars versus small cigars to avoid hefty taxes. This week, the federal Government Accounting Office (GAO) issued a report titled “Large Disparities in Rates for Smoking Products Trigger Significant Market Shifts to Avoid Higher Taxes.” The document shows the impact of the

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E-Cigarettes Are Here to Stay

Until recently, e-cigs have been sold through traditional tobacco stores that normally expect a keystone or 100% markup on items other than cigarettes. Though it is hard to determine the number of e-cig users in the U.S., the National Vapers Club estimated that about a million people used e-cigs last year, so it certainly is

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Navigating OTP’s Legal Battleground

The prospects for OTP throughout 2012 are good, as growth remains strong. But a swelling number of revenue-strapped state legislatures continue to hungrily eye the category. “I think the category will continue to expand,” predicted Matt Hieb, category manager for Gate Petroleum, which operates 225 convenience stores in six Southeastern states.“The growth of the brands

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FDA Appeals Federal Court Tobacco Ruling

Administration continues to push for graphic warning labels on cigarette packages. Yesterday, the Food and Drug Administration appealed the February 29, 2012  decision issued by Federal District Court Judge Richard Leon which held that the FDA’s new graphic images and text warnings for cigarette packaging and cigarette advertisements violate free speech protections under the First

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Today’s cigar smokers are looking for quality, value, variety and taste. Watch this video from Kretek to learn how adding DJARUM Natural Leave Wood Tipped Cigars in four premium flavor blends: classic clove, cherry, vanilla and rum, combined with Kretek’s strong introductory program, display allowances, promotions and merchandising will increase your cigar sales.

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Today’s cigar smokers are looking for quality, value, variety and taste. Watch this video from Kretek to learn how adding DJARUM Natural Leave Wood Tipped Cigars in four premium flavor blends: classic clove, cherry, vanilla and rum, combined with Kretek’s strong introductory program, display allowances, promotions and merchandising will increase your cigar sales.

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New Lagunas Premium Cigarettes

Kretek International Inc. has launched Lagunas brand premium imported cigarettes by Djarum in the U.S. The Lagunas blend was developed by an international team from Djarum and Kretek over a two-year period of blending and testing. Lagunas’ taste is characterized by a unique combination of tobaccos from the U. S., Brazil Indonesia, Turkey and Greece,

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Strong Demand for Cigars

Flavored and single-serve cigars represent a real opportunity for convenience stores to boost tobacco sales. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor. With flavored cigarettes no longer available in the U.S., flavored cigars are in line for sharp sales gains. But with FDA having declared last year that it’s got the cigar industry in its sights, retailers

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Two-Pack Filtered Cigar Pouches

Tantus Tobacco has added two-pack filtered cigar pouches to its Red Buck and Richwood product lines. The new packaging is currently in production at Tantus’ facility in Russell Springs, Ky. The Red Buck foil fresh pouches are available in five flavors: Regular, Special Blend, Mild, Menthol and Cherry. The Richwood foil fresh pouches are available

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