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…

Grocers Stock More Healthy Snacks

Fresh fruit with yogurt dip, single sliders, and mini-whoopie pies are all part of a trend in grocery stores to market more healthful snacks, Supermarket News reports. As the snack trend continues to accelerate, supermarkets are drawing attention to the healthy offerings with banners, signs, and displays. 

 A Mintel study found that 65% of…

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…