Up to 20% of c-store tobacco stock still branded

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Up to 20% of tobacco packs sold in convenience stores were still branded just days before the sell-through period for branded products expired on Saturday (20 May), new research reveals.

C-stores can only now sell tobacco with standardised packaging under new legislation, but the Retail Data Partnership research suggests there is still a “long way to go” before retailers are ready for this change.

Of the 882,000+ factory-made cigarette packs, 23.27% were sold in non-compliant, branded packs in convenience stores in mid-May, the research revealed.

Of the 127,000+ Roll Your Own Tobacco pouches, 10.56% were sold in non-compliant, branded packs, while only 4.65% of retailers exclusively sold compliant, non-branded packs – up from 3.67% the previous week.

The Retail Data Partnership is warning retailers not to continue selling their remaining branded stock.

“This is obviously risky for retailers who may face prosecution from Trading Standards as well as retribution from their Tobacco gantry provider,” said managing director Stephen Burnett.

The Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) has produced comprehensive guidance for retailers on the new changes to tobacco retailing as part of the revised EU Tobacco Products Directive and Standardised Packaging legislation.

 

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  • Any retailer who has been left with what is now illegal stock ,have only themselves to blame.Everyone had enough time to prepare.

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  • As I've said before, there are too many amateurs in this business.

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  • A lot of them do not read info given to them.Too interested in getting to the cash and carry to lie to their mates about how well they are not doing.NUMPTYS.

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  • To be fair to amateurs like me, tobacco companies and wholesalers have not been helpful over the past year.
    They produced too much branded stock, failed to rotate their stock properly, and mishandled returns arrangements.
    "Dear Jac" will soon get complaints about companies failing to collect old stock for credit.

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  • Redmond, good luck with getting credit.When this was made law, there was ample time to start phasing out PM stock and being savvy about how you did it.Joe Public also very ignorant about the whole thing.

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  • Never trust a promise of future performance from a manufacturer or wholesaler or rep!
    I sold my last branded pack (Mayfair King Size White, 19) last Friday. Hooray!
    Joe Public is certainly ignorant, but we have customers this week expecting us to have 10s and 12.5g, because so many other shops they go to are still selling them.

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  • Redmond, it is your job to run your shop. Not a rep, not a wholesaler, not a manufacturer. Your shop. Your responsibility. No excuses.

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  • I am just hoping that local councils are on the ball with retailers who are still selling 10"s etc.JTI and Imperial have looked after some pet retailers with regards to credit/swaps etc.Most wholesalers are NOT uplifting or giving credit.

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