CHICAGO– As the industry follows the larger consumer-based trend of online shopping, CSP’s sister publication, Convenience Store Products, amassed a collection of its most-clicked items for its first-ever, digital-driven Hot 100.
To their surprise, editors discovered a huge interest in one category: tobacco. From that list of 100 items—everything from dipping sauces to beacon technology—emerged 25 tobacco products that garnered the most attention from readers. Here they are as ranked in the Top 100 list …
NJOY Daily is a disposable e-cig that features a lightweight and distinct visual design, as well as a soft touch. The innovative design delivers an authentic smoking experience, because it’s more than 90% as satisfying as a cigarette during the first seven minutes of use, according to the company. NJOY Pre-Filled Tanks offer innovative technology; the new Convenience Vaping System includes ready-to-use, prefilled tanks and a high-performance 1,000-mAh pen-style battery.
Gaiatrend is expanding to U.S. markets within its Gaiatrend USA division, and it is introducing its leading brand, Alfaliquid. Commanding more than 50% of the e-liquid market in France, Alfaliquid will initially be available in 15 flavors across three e-liquid collections: Heritage, Harvest and Reserve. Alfaliquid e-liquids are manufactured in the French region of Lorraine at a 75,000-square-foot manufacturing facility.
22. Tin Star Pipe Tobacco pouches—Republic Tobacco
Republic Tobacco is pleased to introduce Tin Star Pipe Tobacco. Available in Regular, Menthol and Gold medium and large bags, the new blend is a flavorful combination of premium tobaccos with a smooth, mellow taste. With Tin Star, retailers can satisfy the demand for a great pipe tobacco at the lowest price.
21. Boulder Rock combo pack—Boulder International
Boulder International’s new Rock (KP1) vapor pen/e-liquid combo pack combines a no-hassle fill system, unique design and competitive price. The company’s fine e-liquids are available in banana, berry mix, blueberry, blackberry and cherry flavors. They are made using USP-grade ingredients and flavorings imported from Switzerland and Italy. Packaging features a cap with a mountain motif top and easy-to-use bottle with a long spout.
20. Cheyenne Cigars Tropical 100’s—Cheyenne International
Cheyenne Cigars is releasing the brand’s first limited-edition style, Tropical 100’s, which was inspired and selected exclusively by its adult consumers. It was selected over strawberry and wine flavors. Tropical 100’s is a tangy, citrus-infused cigar that delivers the taste, quality and profit that is expected from the Cheyenne Cigar brand, the company says. Each cyan-colored 100’s pack houses 20 filtered cigars.
VTM’s eTron 3T (True Tobacco Taste) e-liquids and e-cigarettes have been certified organic under the USDA’s National Organic Program and will carry the USDA Organic Seal. Available in American Blend and Virginia Blend flavors, both varieties are offered in full and light strengths (Red and Gold). Sold in child-resistant 15-mL glass bottles, as well as in prefilled eTron 3T disposable e-cigarettes, the organic e-liquid contains just three ingredients: organic tobacco, organic glycerin and water. The Virginia Blend is made from organic flue-cured tobacco, while the American Blend is made from a blend of organic tobaccos.
18. Logic Pro Series—Logic Technology Development LLC
The Logic Pro starter kit includes a Pro Series vaporizer with a powerful 600mAH battery, USB charger, wall adapter and Logic Pro lanyard. The Logic Pro Advanced Vapor System is a "closed-system" vaporizer pen that uses proprietary capsules instead of e-liquids. The Logic Pro works only with prefilled, vacuum-sealed e-liquid capsules, which are featured at retail, the company says.
17. 21st Century Smoke Vapin Plus vaping pen e-juice—CB Distributors Inc.
Vapin Plus e-liquids are available in 1.6-mL, 2.4-mL and zero nicotine strength, and in 15-mL size bottles with child-safe caps. The vaping pen features quality batteries with a chip to enable automatic shutoff for additional safety. The manufacturer is also introducing soft cartridge refills with a real filter compatible with its full line of rechargeable batteries.
16. Djarum Black Ultra Menthol cigars—Kretek International
The importer and marketer of Djarum and Djarum Black filtered cigars is rolling out new Djarum Black Ultra Menthol cigars. The new cigars feature menthol blended with Djarum’s signature clove taste. The new offering was motivated by the maker constantly seeking new taste experiences to offer cigar smokers. The first new Djarum filtered line extension since 2012, Djarum Black Ultra Menthol cigars are packaged in 12-pack boxes for display in 10-count side-by-side cartons and new counter merchandisers.
15. LEX12 vape products—S&M Brands Inc.
S&M Brands is offering its LEX12 expanded line of new vaping products nationwide. The lineup includes 16 flavors of e-liquid bottles with a slender, extended-applicator tip for easy use. Each bottle is available in five nicotine strengths: 0%, 0.6%, 1.2%, 1.8% and 2.4%. Flavors include the LEX12 Classic Tobacco, Menthol Chrome, Napa Night Wine and Sweet Chaos Clove, as well as newer additions such as Broken Dawn Coffee, Exotic Fusion Pineapple, Red Krush Cherry and Temptation Apple. LEX12 e-liquids are manufactured in the United States and bottled with child-proof, tamper-proof caps.
14. Klondike Premium Moist Tobacco—Cheyenne International
Klondike Premium Moist Tobacco from Cheyenne International offers adult consumers fresh, high-quality smokeless tobacco in the price-value category. As the price-value smokeless segment grows, Klondike’s smokeless tobacco delivers a strong penny profit at an everyday low price, according to the company. Premium Moist Tobacco is available in peppermint, wintergreen, cherry and straight varieties, long cut, fine cut and pouches.
Derringer Premium Moist Tobacco 6-Shooter Tub is available in Long Cut Wintergreen. The variety eliminates the time-consuming task of filling cans with loose moist tobacco. Offering adult consumers six prepacked cans of fresh smokeless tobacco in a single tub, the Derringer 6-Shooter Tub delivers the value of buying in bulk within the ease of a single can, according to the manufacturer.
12. White Owl Very Berry
White Owl is introducing a fresh seasonal offering—White Owl Very Berry—that is bursting with berry flavor, the company says. The seasonal offering is available in two formats—two-for-99 cents and save-on-two cigars in FoilFresh pouches. Other recent brand launches include the limited-edition FoilFresh Black Cherry flavor, which joined Pineapple and Mango flavors in the lineup.
11. Dutch cigarillos—Imperial Tobacco Group PLC
Crafting cigars since 1912, Dutch Masters is introducing Dutch, a cigarillo available in three “fusion concepts”: Mint Fusion, Berry Fusion and Java Fusion. Available in specially marked two-for-99-cents packs, the new varieties blend smooth tobaccos, aromas and natural leaf wrappers, according to the manufacturer.
10. Splitarillos Extendos—Trendsettah USA Inc.
Extendos extended cigarillos by Splitarillos are double the length of a standard 4.25-inch cigarillo. Sold two to a pouch, Extendos are available in the signature flavor, OG Sweet, and the new ultrasweet flavor profile called Loud. The product was created as a response to tobacco enthusiasts’ request for a larger, longer-lasting product, according to the company.
9. Game Leaf Black Cherry and Game Mango—Swedish Match North America
Game Leaf has introduced its first limited-edition flavor, Black Cherry, to its lineup of natural rolled leaf cigars. It joins the lineup of four everyday flavors: Sweet Aromatic, Wild Berry, Natural and Cognac. The limited-edition cigarillo is offered in two-for-99 cents and save-on-two pricing formats. Due to popular demand, Game brought back Game Mango cigarillo, which is available in two-for-99 cents, two-for-$1.49 and save-on-two formats.
8. Gladiator Maximus and Maximus-Mini—Crown Seven
The Crown Seven Gladiator Maximus and Maximus-Mini is a dry-herb/loose-leaf tobacco vaporizer system. The Maximus-Mini features more portability than the Maximus system, which is equipped with a heating chamber three times larger than that of competing models, according to the manufacturer. The mouthpiece on both units works as a built-in packing tool, with each unit offering universal threading that’s compatible with either a 650- or 1300-mAh battery. The kit includes one dry-herb vaporizer unit, three replacement coils and one cleaning brush. (Gladiator Battery not included.)
7. Kayak Man Can—Swisher International Inc.
The new Kayak Man Can was introduced nationally at the end of October 2015. This newly designed packaging contains 12 regular-sized cans of moist snuff tobacco and fits in a cup holder, so customers can take it in the car, truck or boat. The Man Can includes a refillable 1.2-ounce can, the equivalent of 12 cans for the price of 11. It is available in Long-Cut Wintergreen, Long-Cut Straight and Fine-Cut Natural blends. Eight Kayak Man Cans come in each case.
6. Royal Comfort cigarillos—John Middleton Co.
Royal Comfort cigarillos are available in four varieties: Tropical, Sweets, White Wine and Black. Royal Comfort non-prepriced cigarillos are offered in a foil pouch, with each pouch containing two cigarillos. Other cigar brands offered by the manufacturer include Black & Mild, Middleton's Cherry Blend, Gold & Mild and Prince Albert’s. Its tipped cigars are filled with high-quality pipe tobacco.
5. Global cigar line—New Image Global Inc.
New Image Global Inc.'s Royal Blunts cigar line consists of two products: Royal Blunts Cigarillos and 2XXL Cigar Wraps Kush Flavor Collection. 2XXL Cigar Wraps feature extra-large wraps that offer consumers twice the product for the cost of one. The Royal Blunts line is available in five flavors: blueberry, sour apple, natural, wet mango and purple haze. The new Kush Flavor Collection is available in kush Kush, blueberry Kush, wet mango Kush, sour apple Kush, naked Kush, peach Kush, purple haze Kush and white grape Kush.
4. Pappy Van Winkle Barrel Fermented Cigars—Drew Estate
A long-filler, premium cigar made by hand in small batches at Drew Estate in Estelí, Nicaragua, the Pappy Van Winkle Barrel Fermented cigar features Kentucky seed and Kentucky-grown tobacco that’s fire-cured and barrel-fermented. The blend includes a barrel fermented “tapa negra”-style wrapper over a Mexican San Andres base wrapper, as well as aged Nicaraguan filler tobaccos. The cigars are packaged in 10-count boxes in two sizes: a 5.25 by 52 Robusto (SRP of $130 per box) and 6 by 54 Toro (SRP of $150 per box).
3. Black & Mild Casino—John Middleton Co., Altria Group Distribution Co.
Black & Mild Casino is a robust blend that complements the manufacturer’s existing portfolio. The cigar features a dark tip to reinforce the brand’s essence of style and sophistication, according to the company. The new variety joins existing cigars such as Black & Mild Apple, Black & Mild Cream, Black & Mild Jazz and Black & Mild Royale.
2. Marlboro Edge—Altria Group Distribution Co.
Available only in a king-size box, Marlboro Edge is a non-menthol cigarette containing a bold and smooth flavor that extends the Marlboro Black family to meet adult smokers’ preferences. The product features a cork tip and is available nationally.
1. Swisher LTO cigars—Swisher International Inc.
Swisher is nothing if not prolific, and its dedication to limited-edition cigar and cigarillo flavors has retailers interested—big time. Of all the Swisher LTO products on CStoreProductsOnline.com, 11 individual products all ranked high for readership, including Wild Rush, Cherry Dynamite and Arctic Ice (shown). Many of the Swisher product entries are two-for-99-cents or two-for-$1.49 promotional items, and those broad yellow bands on the top of all its cigars are paying off via retailer interest and attention. This top-clicked group of products fits the trend of retailer interest in all things smokeable (at least on our list), consumers' desire for high-flavor LTOs and a unique selling opportunity within a tumultuous tobacco category.