Submitted by Chris Lavelle on Tue, 2014-07-15 15:07
Electronic Vapor Trends
- The electronic nicotine delivery category is continuously evolving and now includes both cig-a-likes and liquids/vapors/mods products
- Measuring wholesale shipments to retail outlets, the majority of e-Vapor volume is sold through convenience stores, followed by tobacco outlets
- Since Q4 2013, liquids have been gaining some traction, accounting for at least 10% of total e-vapor volume in recent periods
- Through Q1 2014, the distribution of e-Vapor products increased to 42% of all retail outlets versus 30% year-ago
- 62% of c-stores and 74% of tobacco outlets sell at least one e-Vapor product
- Tobacco outlets have deeper penetration by product type than c-stores
- There is jockeying for leading brand position by both major and smaller tobacco manufacturers to capture adult consumers’ initial interest and continued loyalty to their brands
- Convenience retailers can grow e-Vapor volume by stocking these top selling products, as well as considering newer entrants with attributes that would have high appeal to adult consumers in this changing and expanding category
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