On April 25, 2014, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration published the long-awaited “deeming regulations” that extend the agency’s regulatory authority to six additional categories of tobacco products. In its 241-page deeming-regulation document, the FDA includes 218 pages of explanation, commentary, rationale, questions and requests for additional input and research on regulating these additional tobacco products, along with 23 pages of the proposed deeming regulatory language.
Convenience store sales of salty snacks were a mixed bag in 2013, judging by IRI figures. The largest segment, potato chips, saw units off 2.6%, and cheese and corn snacks both lost unit volume as well. On the upswing: tortilla/tostada chips, snack nuts, pretzels, trail mixes and ready-to-eat popcorn, among others.