CHICAGO -- Thirty-three percent: That’s how many products in this year’s Convenience Store ProductsHot 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 ...
No. 25: Swisher Sweets Green Sweets Cigarillos
Launched to coincide with spring, Swisher Sweets Green Sweets Cigarillos are created using the naturally mild Candela leaf. They feature a distinctive green color and pleasant aroma. The slow-burning Swisher Sweets Green Sweets come in a two-count resealable pouch.
No. 21: New Image Global cigar line
The Royal Blunts product line has two products including Royal Blunts Cigarillos and 2XXL Cigar Wraps Kush Flavor Collection. 2XXL Cigar Wraps feature extra-large wraps offering consumers twice the product for the cost of one. They are now available in a Kush Collection. The EZ Roll cigarillos are available in five flavors: blueberry, sour apple, natural, wet mango and purple haze.
No. 19: Backwoods Honey Berry
Backwoods Honey Berry single cigars from Commonwealth-Altadis offer fresh, all-natural tobacco in convenient packaging at an affordable price point (generally under $1, depending on state taxes). Backwoods’ unusual shape and frayed end differentiates it in the marketplace. It’s constructed with only filler and wrapper leaves and no binder for a smooth experience.
No. 18: Swisher Sweets Wild Rush
Users can experience the flavorful blend of sweet fruits and watermelon with Swisher Sweets Wild Rush limited-edition cigarillo. Swisher Sweets Wild Rush comes in a resealable two-count pouch with the “Sealed Fresh” guarantee. It is available in “2-for-99 cents” and “Save-on-2” options. Swisher Sweets limited-edition cigarillos with retailer-friendly pricing options help convenience stores drive incremental volume, according to the company.
No. 15: Crocs Handy Lighter
The Crocs Handy Lighter is made with a POM (polyoxymethylene) fuel tank, a preadjusted fixed flame, electronic ignition and a large fuel tank. The extended-reach disposable lighter is available in a single-pack blister card and a 25-count counter unit. All Crocs lighters have proper DOT and hazmat certification and meet ASTM standards.
No. 14: Longhorn snuff
Longhorn snuff is now available in a 7.2-ounce value tub. The launch follows the introduction of the 14.4-ounce tub last spring. The larger size—equivalent to six cans—provides the consumer convenience with a value price. The tub comes with a refillable can and is available in six flavors and cuts: Long Cut Wintergreen, Straight and Natural, and Fine Cut Natural, Wintergreen and Mint.
No. 13: Juul e-cigarette
PAX Labs calls Juul “the intelligently engineered and intensely satisfying new vapor experience.” Featuring a new, integrated system of technology and chemistry, Juul provides three times more vapor than leading competitor products, according to the company. With cartridges available in four robust flavors, Juul's patented juice formula delivers a nicotine experience akin to a cigarette to meet the standards of vapers and smokers alike.
No. 12: Crocs Lighter disposable lighters
A new line of disposable lighters under the Crocs brand is made with a larger POM (polyoxymethlene) fuel tank and a preadjusted fixed flame, according to the company. Available in sparkwheel or electronic varieties, the lighters include merchandising display materials such as counter trays and a three-tier rack program. With an SRP of $1, all lighters have proper DOT and hazmat certification and meet ASTM standards.
No. 10: Winston Select cigarettes
Winston is expanding its offering in the nonmenthol gold segment with the new Select brand. The smooth blend joins the full-bodied Red style and the lighter Gold and White brands. Selects are packaged in a kings box and feature a white filter tip.
No. 9: Swisher Goodies 504
A Louisiana favorite, Goodies 504 are made with a blend of imported tobaccos to deliver a smooth and rich taste. Each colorful pouch of natural-leaf cigarillos celebrates New Orleans heritage by showcasing the work of local artists Diane Milsap, Amzie Adams and Diane Parks. Varieties include Natural Leaf, Chocolate Amaretto, Praline and Strawberry Daiquiri, with a two-count resealable pouch available for an SRP of $1.49 and 89 cents for a single cigar.
No. 8: Swisher Sweets Finest Fusion Mini Cigarillos
Swisher Sweets’ Finest Fusion Mini Cigarillos have two tropical tastes: Tropical Storm and Island Bash. Tropical Storm Mini Cigarillos have a blend of citrus and raspberry while Island Bash Mini Cigarillos blend fruit punch and watermelon. The new varieties join the Swisher Sweets Mini Cigarillos line that consists of Original, Blueberry and Grape in a redesigned and resealable three-count foil pouch. All Mini Cigarillos are available in “Buy 2 and Get 3.”
No. 7: Boulder Rock combo pack
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 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 long spout.
No. 5: Swisher Sweets Black Cigarillos
Swisher International’s Swisher Sweets Black Cigarillos have a dark maduro-like wrapper that delivers a distinctive, rich aroma as well as a slower-burning, smoother smoke. The convenient cigarillo size is ideal for today’s on-the-go lifestyles, offering retailers the opportunity to take advantage of strong consumer demand for a truly distinctive tobacco product. Exceptionally bold and smooth, the sweet cigar is designed to appeal to those who truly savor the black-wrapper cigarillo experience.
No. 1: L.A. Lighter Eagle Torch
The new lineup for the Torch lighter by Eagle Torch represents the next level of premium, high-quality torch lighters, according to the company. Several features include: child-resistant and CPSC approved, lockable ignite button, easy flame adjustable level, available with up to four butane tanks, extreme high-temperature flame, soft-touch body for smooth feeling and a variety of price points to fit various demographics.