LAS VEGAS – Attendees of the upcoming Tobacco Plus Expo (TPE) can attend a convenience-store panel featuring the head of the newly created ExtraMile Convenience Stores, the joint-venture entity formed by Chevron USA Inc. and Idaho retailer Jackson Food Stores.
Scheduled for Feb. 11-13, 2019, at the Las Vegas Convention Center, the TPE conference and trade show will feature a wide range of industry speakers, as well as a full floor of exhibitors representing an array of tobacco products.
The c-store panel is set for 11 a.m. Feb. 13 and will feature Paul Casadont, president of ExtraMile Convenience Stores, Pleasanton, Calif.; Bill McCloskey, COO of Rmarts, Deerfield, Ill.; John Zikias, former executive adviser for Holmes Oil Co., Chapel Hill, N.C.; and attorney Henry Roemer from Finger, Roemer, Brown and Mariani, Winston-Salem, N.C.
As in past years, Lakeville, Minn.-based NATO will lead tobacco-focused educational sessions on Feb. 11, with topics ranging from regulatory issues to product-movement trends.
Officials with TPE 2019 say the annual event “brings together the entire tobacco, vapor and alternative industries for three days of networking, learning, exhibiting and buying. It’s a show aimed at building relationships and partnerships, and honoring every facet of our ever-evolving, always-growing industry.”
The TPE show is operated through companies owned by Kretek International, Moorpark, Calif.
LAS VEGAS -- Retailers saw a growing focus on vaping and closed-system e-cigarettes on the 2018 NACS Show floor this year, even while cigarettes, cigars and cigarillos garnered a lot of attention.
From fourth-tier cigarettes to flavored cigars, traditional combustibles and other tobacco products (OTP) retained a solid presence with tobacco manufacturers at the annual convention and trade show.
Here’s a sampling of what was on display …
Unless otherwise noted, photographs by CSP Staff
Altria Group Inc., Richmond, Va., introduced its new campaign, “Reducing Risk, Expanding Choice,” and featured several products that deliver nicotine without the combustible element of traditional cigarettes. Among these products were its heat-not-burn device, iQOS; a closed-system vaping unit called MarkTen Elite; and an oral nicotine product called Verve.
JTI International, Teaneck, N.J., featured two of its products: its fourth-tier cigarette, LD, and its Logic vaping device. The company said demand for value products has pushed growth for LD cigarettes, while at the same time, consumer interest in closed-system, pod-based e-cigarettes has buoyed its Logic e-cigarette, with sales over the late summer, early fall surpassing the same time frame from a year before, officials said.
Swedish Match North America, Richmond, Va., featured its White Owl and Game lines of cigars. Its White Owl Summer Sampler product won CSP’s Retailer Choice Best New Product award for 2018 in the Tobacco/OTP category.