CHICAGO -- Thirty-three percent: That’s how many products in this year’s Convenience Store Products Hot 100 belong to the tobacco, vaping and tobacco-accessory category. What’s even more impressive is that of the top 25 most-clicked items on CSProducts' website thus far in 2017, 15 are tobacco products—including Nos. 1 and 2.
Across all the in-store categories, major launches from the first half of this year are well represented. But as retailers and consumers alike search through the CStoreProductsOnline.com product database, nearly one-third of them are looking for tobacco products.
It’s surprising, given the stifling effects of federal regulations on tobacco innovation. There simply aren’t as many new products compared with other areas of the store. Despite this, innovation in flavors across subcategories, from little cigars to smokeless tobacco, are driving interest in this crucial c-store category.
The Hot 100 list is generated by tracking the most-clicked products on CStoreProductsOnline.com from Dec. 14, 2016, to June 20, 2017.
Here are the top 15 most-clicked tobacco products listed by their ranking in the Hot 100 ...