Swisher International Promotes Sales Executives

Changes to take effect Oct. 1, 2017. Swisher International Inc. has announced the promotion of three of its most successful sales executives. Dean Simmons, field vice president of National Accounts, will become Swisher’s new vice president of sales; a position previously held by Bill Dunn. Joe Curoe, vice president of the West, will take his

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Is the FDA Coming After Menthol Cigarettes?

After the FDA announced plans to open a comment period on menthol, a number of senators pen letter urging the agency to ban menthol cigarette sales. A number of Democratic senators are taking a stand against menthol cigarettes and imploring the FDA to take action. U.S. Senators Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren, (D-Mass) appealed to

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Wells Fargo Anticipates Cigarette Price Increase

Could the next cigarette price increase appear this September? Convenience store retailers should expect the next cigarette price increase to arrive sooner than the normal November cycle, according to a report by Wells Fargo Securities LLC. Wells Fargo conducted a survey of its tobacco retailer and wholesaler contacts representing approximately 60,000 U.S. convenience stores to

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Cigars Fend Off Challengers

Cigars remain a popular c-store category, but like other tobacco products, are targeted by taxes, community bans and age restrictions pushed by state and local legislators. By Howard Riell, Associate Editor According to market research firm Information Resources Inc. (IRI), convenience store sales of cigars totaled $2.9 billion for the 52-week period ending June 11,

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Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival Celebrates Eighth Year

More than 2,000 customers and over 100 vendors are expected to attend. Boulder, Colo.-based tobacco retailer Smoker Friendly announces that the Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival is set to take place at the Omni Interlocken Resort in Broomfield, Colo. on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017. The Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival, now in its eighth year, has become

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Minneapolis Restricts Menthol Tobacco Sales

C-stores in the city must cease menthol tobacco sales. Minneapolis is set to restrict menthol tobacco, after the Minneapolis City Council approved limiting the sale of menthol tobacco to adult-only tobacco shops and liquor stores. According to a report in the Star Tribune, the ordinance adds to an existing citywide limit on flavored tobacco sales

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Despite Previous Veto, Maine Ups Smoking Age to 21

Maine joins California, Hawaii and New Jersey in increasing the tobacco purchase age. Maine will become the fourth state—following in the footsteps of California, Hawaii and New Jersey—to raise the smoking age to 21, after lawmakers overrode Maine Gov. Paul LePage’s veto. According to an article in The New York Times, lawmakers  passed the legislation,

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FDA Targets Nicotine Levels in Tobacco

Lowering the levels of nicotine in combustible cigarette products could adversely affect tobacco manufacturers. In a major regulatory shift, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on Friday to its intention to reduce nicotine levels in cigarettes while exploring measures to move smokers toward e-cigarettes. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb made the announcement. The FDA’s

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Kretek Becomes Exclusive Distributor of Fantasia Products

“Fantasia embodies Phillips & King’s long-standing value of quality,” says general manager of Phillips & King, a subsidiary of Kretek International Inc. Kretek International Inc., the nation’s largest importer, marketer and distributor of specialty tobacco products, will expand its portfolio on Aug. 1, 2017 to become the exclusive distributor of Fantasia products in the United

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Maine Keeps Tobacco Age at 18

Governor vetoed bill that looked to up tobacco purchase age to 21. Maine’s Gov. Paul LePage has vetoed a bill that aimed to increase the tobacco purchase age to 21 in the state of Maine. According to a report by WGME News Online, lawmakers will return in early August to hold override votes. The anti-smoking

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New Jersey Ups Smoking Age

Effective Nov. 1, smokers must be 21 to purchase tobacco products in the state. New Jersey has become the third state to decide to increase its legal smoking age to 21, following in the footsteps of Hawaii and California. According to a report by CNN, Gov. Chris Christie signed the bill Friday, officially moving the

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Strawberry Kiwi Cigarillos

White Owl continues to expand upon the award-winning Limited Edition FoilFresh franchise to now include Strawberry Kiwi. The complementary flavors of sweet strawberries and tangy kiwis are paired perfectly for a fresh new flavor twist. White Owl Strawberry Kiwi Cigarillos are bursting with a delicious, fruity flavor and are now in season for a limited

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Shareholders Clear Way for BAT’s RAI Acquisition

RAI shareholders approve three proposals to move merger forward. Reynolds American Inc. (RAI) announced that its shareholders have given their approval for the company’s acquisition by British American Tobacco p.l.c.’s (BAT). The transaction is expected to close on or about July 25, 2017, and once completed the merged company will be the world’s largest publicly-traded

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New Menthol Cigarette

As part of its commitment to offering smoking pleasure for adult smokers, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco’s Newport brand is now making its Newport Platinum styles available nationally. Newport Platinum styles offer adult smokers a fresh take on Newport cigarettes with a refreshingly smooth menthol taste that is different from the traditional Newport family. Newport Platinum will

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Wells Fargo Talks San Francisco Menthol Ban

Retailers to feel biggest negative impact from the ban. Wells Fargo weighed in on the potential impact of San Francisco’s ban on menthol cigarettes and all flavored tobacco products, which is set to go into effect on April 1, 2018. While Wells Fargo noted the ban is a “significant historic event,” it said the ban

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Drew Estate Co-Founder and President Named Keynote Speaker of TPE 2018

Educational sessions to focus on building your business as well as specific industry tracks. With a renewed focus on the premium cigar and pipe tobacco industry, TPE 2018 (Tobacco Plus Expo) is proud to announce Jonathan Drew, Drew Estate co-founder and president as a keynote speaker for this year’s show. Held at the Las Vegas

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Grape-Flavored Cigarillos

Optimo Natural Leaf Cigarillos continue a tradition of quality and innovation as Optimo Cigarillos are now available in a grape blend finished in first-class candela leaf wrapper. Optimo Natural Leaf Grape Cigarillos are packaged in two-count, resealable foil pouches. Each Optimo Cigarillo pairs a top-quality natural leaf wrapper with an artful blend of imported tobaccos […]

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Tropical Ice Cigarillos

Swisher Sweets has introduced Limited Edition Tropical Ice cigarillos. The icy tropical fusion is the perfect blend of coconut and pineapple with an icy blast to get you through any sizzling summer day. Swisher Sweets Tropical Ice cigarillos are available in the popular pricing options of “2 for 99 cents”, “2 for $1.49” and “Save […]

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Coming Soon to Your Neighborhood

Pressing mandates involving tobacco products aren’t just playing at the federal and state levels anymore. Increasingly, local ordinances are having a direct impact on tobacco sales within the convenience store channel. By Mary Szarmach When Convenience Store Decisions asked me to write an article about state and local issues regarding tobacco products, I wasn’t quite

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San Francisco Aims To Ban Flavored Tobacco, Menthol Cigarettes

If ordinance becomes law, San Francisco would become the first city to approve a sales ban on flavored tobacco. San Francisco has introduced an ordinance —approved by city supervisors—that would ban the sale of flavored e-cigarette juices that include nicotine, as well as flavored tobacco products, including menthol cigarettes—citing concerns that the flavors entice children.

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Smokeless Makes a Comeback

A recent manufacturer’s recall of several popular smokeless brands produced some unexpected benefits for retailers. By Andrea Myers The last time there was so much chatter in the industry about smokeless tobacco was when the two largest American cigarette manufacturers acquired the two largest American smokeless companies. Those were exciting times. On Jan. 31, 2017,

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Realizing E-Cigarette Potential

Evolving with e-cigs requires commitment, but it can pay dividends for c-store retailers. By Anne Flint In order to be successful with the electronic cigarettes segment, convenience store retailers have to think about the broader tobacco category and the role that electronic cigarettes play in total store profitability. The role of electronic cigarettes is evolving

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Euromonitor Sees Tobacco Industry Shift

Tobacco focus expected to continue to move toward vaping and heated tobacco. New research from Euromonitor International, a market research provider, shows the global tobacco industry is shifting from cigarettes to vaping and heated tobacco. In fact, Euromonitor research shows that the cigarettes market will record a US$7.7 billion loss by 2021, compensated by the

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Tobacco Pressed by Local Laws

C-stores are finding the burden of tobacco control regulations is often heaviest within the communities where they operate. By David Bennett, Senior Editor In 2016, tobacco was the c-store industry’s biggest growth driver, generating $53 billion in sales, according to new Nielsen Homescan data. In fact, the tobacco category accounted for 38% of total c-store

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Organic Hemp Cigarette Papers

The nation’s largest roll-your-own (RYO)/ make-your-own distributor, Republic Tobacco L.P. has introduced JOB Organic Hemp Cigarette Papers. JOB is an iconic brand and the No. 1 selling premium cigarette paper brand in the U.S. The innovative new Organic Hemp range represents the brand’s dedication to serving the high-end consumer of today, by appealing to their […]

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