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Scandinavian Tobacco Group acquires Royal Agio Cigars

Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) has acquired all the shares of Agio Beheer BV (Royal Agio), which is the holding company of the Royal Agio Cigars group.

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Rizla introduces solution to Menthol ban

Imperial Tobacco has unveiled new products from Rizla to help retailers protect their sales ahead of the menthol ban in May.

Vape Dinner Lady extends range of e-liquids

Vape Dinner Lady has extended its autumn winter line-up by introducing Blue Menthol to its Ice range and Pink Berry to its Fruits family of e-liquids.

Imperial Tobacco launches combi pouch format for Riverstone

Imperial Tobacco is claiming an industry first as it has launched a new combi pouch format for Riverstone, saying it is the first combi pouch to hit the UK market.

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Euro Garages partners JUUL to develop vaping concept

JUUL, the closed pod vaping system, has agreed a partnership with Euro Garages.

Vapouriz Retail Solutions introduces vaping displays

Vapouriz Retail Solutions has introduced two new, high-impact units intended to allow retailers to create a compact, eye-catching and profitable vape category in any size of store.

Breathing space

We all know that vaping is big business but is it big enough for you to make space for it by stopping selling alcohol, most of your grocery and most of your household ranges? For most of you the answer is probably a 'no' but not for Rusdene Services, which has given over 35-40% of its shopfloor to a Vapestore 'shop within a shop' at its Waterlooville site. And the company has smaller versions of these 'shops within a shop' at its four other sites.

Bigger smokes

Cigars, once saved just for special occasions and celebrations, have far wider appeal than you might imagine. Research conducted by Censuswide UK on behalf of Scandinavian Tobacco Group UK Limited (STG UK) has found that 59% of male smokers who don't normally smoke cigars would be willing to buy them. The company surveyed 1,000 adults, who smoke daily and also visit their local convenience store at least once a week.

Puffing out profits

Public Health England (PHE) is currently doing its bit for the vaping sector with a new film showing the harm that traditional smoking does to the body and how this can be avoided by switching to an e-cigarette. The film, which has been released as part of PHE's Health Harms campaign to encourage smokers to give up smoking, shows the high levels of cancer-causing chemicals and tar inhaled by an average smoker over a month, compared to not smoking or using an e-cigarette.

Tobacco expertise

The total tobacco category in multiple forecourts is worth over £683m a year, with cigarettes accounting for over £572m-worth of sales (Nielsen data). The multiple forecourt sector has a more premium product mix than the total market, with mid-price products and more expensive ones over-indexing in terms of market share. The number one cigarette brand in multiple forecourts is Sterling, with a 16.2% share. But B&H Blue has been the fastest-growing cigarette brand over the past year and is now the number two best-selling brand in multiple forecourts, with a market share of 10.7%.

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RegionDieselLPGSuper ULUL
East112.4663.50123.15106.89
East Midlands112.21122.26106.78
London113.5664.90124.71108.57
North East110.8763.90125.50105.36
North West111.4965.90121.74106.55
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West Midlands112.13125.92106.81
Yorkshire & Humber111.7057.70123.12106.23

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