PM USA Raises Prices Again

Altria Group Inc.’s Philip Morris USA is pushing through a price increase of six cents per pack across all of the company’s cigarette brands, the second round of price rises this year, reported Dow Jones. The maker of Marlboro and L&M cigarettes confirmed it would enact the price increase on shipments effective December 3rd. The…

Central Grocers Buys Chicago Distributor

Central Grocers, a member-owned grocery wholesaler, said it has agreed to acquire the distribution arm of Chicago-based Dearborn Wholesale Grocers. Terms were not disclosed. 
According to its website, Dearborn, founded as a wholesaler in 1919, operates a 350,000-square-foot main distribution center in Chicago. The company also operates a 120,000-square-foot facility for reserve stock, health and…

Foodservice Key Opportunity for Convenience Stores

As revenues from gasoline and tobacco products fall, foodservice sales are increasingly becoming c-stores’ most profitable category. Convenience store foodservice is an $11 billion industry, and the second-largest retail host foodservice category behind supermarkets. 
The c-store segment comprises about 29% of retail foodservice and almost 2% of the total foodservice industry. Technomic projects that c-store…

The E-Cig Space Barrier


There’s little doubt within the tobacco industry that electronic cigarette enthusiasm is high. So it makes sense that Wells Fargo senior analyst Bonnie Herzog decided to center her most recent “Tobacco Talk” series around the nascent category, inviting Kevin Frija of Vapor Corp. to share his insights on the segment.

 “The retailers are definitely open…

Teen Smoking Drops

The American Legacy Foundation says that smoking by high-school students has fallen 18 percent since 2000, adding that antismoking ads deserve some of the credit, the Washington Post reported recently. The National Youth Tobacco Survey also said smoking among middle-school students dropped 5.4 percent.

 The survey, conducted with the federal Centers for Disease Control and…