Topics: Food & Tobacco

FDA Issues Tobacco 21 Statement

FDA Issues Tobacco 21 Statement

The Food and Drug Administration on Jan. 15 issued a statement clarifying for retailers that as of Dec. 20, 2019, it is illegal to sell tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21. More

FDA Releases Final Guidance Banning Flavored Cartridge-Based E-Cigarettes

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Jan. 2 published final guidance banning most flavored cartridge-based e-cigarettes, except for tobacco and menthol flavors. The guidance permits the sale of e-liquid flavors used in open vaping systems and in disposable, single-use vape products. More

Tobacco 21 Takes Effect, NATSO Urges Delay Until Implementing Regulations Issued

The end of year appropriations legislation signed by President Trump on Dec. 20 that renewed the biodiesel tax credit also raised the federal minimum purchase age for all tobacco products from 18 to 21. Although the law wasn't expected to take effect until several months into 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) posted a notice on Dec. 26 stating that the law is in immediate effect. Retailers cannot sell any tobacco products to customers younger than age 21. More

Trend to Watch: Fresh Offerings Add Up to Big Success at Your Truckstop

Trend to Watch: Fresh Offerings Add Up to Big Success at Your Truckstop

Those truckstop and travel center operators who have embraced food as part of their conversion rate, experience and store environment improvement plan are really knocking it out of the park. More

HHS, FDA Move to Ban All Flavored E-Cigarettes

Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar announced on September 11 that Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will finalize a compliance policy that would effectively ban all flavored e-cigarettes. More

FDA to Assess Menu-Labeling Compliance

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (USDA) on Aug. 13 said that it plans to assess industry compliance with the menu labeling requirements that went into effect more than a year ago. FDA has up until now refrained from enforcing its menu labeling regulations for restaurants and convenience stores and instead focused on education and outreach to help chain restaurants or similar retail food establishments understand the new menu labeling regulations. The Aug. 13 update, however, clearly indicates that enforcement efforts will increase in earnest. More

NATSO Submits Comments on FNS Proposed Variety Definition for SNAP

NATSO on June 4 submitted comments on the Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Service’s proposed rule providing regulatory flexibility for retailers in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), also formerly known as Food Stamps. More

FDA Moves to Restrict Flavored E-Cigarette Sales

The Food and Drug Administration issued a proposal March 13 to restrict sales of flavored e-cigarettes and require that retailers establish adult-only areas or take other steps to limit access to flavored e-cigarettes to anyone under age 18. The move marks the latest in a string of aggressive steps targeting convenience stores and other smaller format retail establishments that sell tobacco and e-cigarette products, including truckstops, in recent weeks. More

FDA Aggressively Targets, Threatens Convenience Stores over E-Cigarette Sales

In the last week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has taken several aggressive steps that target convenience stores and other smaller format retail establishments that sell tobacco and e-cigarette and vaping products. It is part of a growing history of FDA Administrator Scott Gottlieb targeting the convenience store industry. Last year, in a televised interview on CNBC, Administrator Gottlieb specifically mentioned "truckstops" when citing stores that do not sufficiently comply with underage tobacco sales restrictions. NATSO is very troubled by such remarks and any effort to specifically target travel centers or convenience stores. More

Truckstops Use Private Labeling to Build Loyalty and Boost Profits

Truckstops Use Private Labeling to Build Loyalty and Boost Profits Members Only Join or Login

Private labeling of products can increase profits as well as customer loyalty. More

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