Tobacco, cigarette and e-cig category news for the convenience store retail industry.

Analysts differ on possible acquisition of smokeless tobacco company

NEW YORK -- A long-anticipated deal by Altria Group Inc. to buy smokeless tobacco company UST Inc. could be reached within months, but the price remains the toughest sticking point, sources familiar with the potential deal told Reuters on Friday. Altria has been seen for years as poised to make an...

Pokorski, senior manager, passes away

RICHMOND, Va. -- Swedish Match North America has announced that Richard “Dick” Pokorski, 61, died on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2008. Pokorski began working for Swedish Match in 2000 and most recently held the position of senior manager of customer service and sales administration. In this role, he oversaw...

Altria confirms PMI's separation, commitment to OTP tests in U.S.

NEW YORK -- As long expected, Altria Group Inc. formally announced the spinoff of Philip Morris International Inc. (PMI) yesterday while discussing its yearend financials. At the same time, Altria officials reaffirmed their satisfaction with domestic testing of both its smokeless, Marlboro-branded...

Lack of U.S. scrutiny will allow for new-product blitz
Suit hopes to force governor to enforce existing laws
PM USA “pleased” with results; analyst says share has dropped
C-store industry pushes measureto complement existing sales limits
PM USA says suit was properly dismissed by federal judge
Available at retail in Indianapolis area in March; discontinuing Taboka test there
Cigarette makers face thousands of new Florida lawsuits