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ShopRite, Wegmans in New Jersey to stop carrying cigarettes

BY Jenna Duncan

ELIZABETH, N.J. Six ShopRite stores in the New Jersey area will stop selling tobacco products this month. Wegmans has also ended tobacco sales in 70 of its stores since last month.

Many retailers have concluded that it is simply not profitable to stock cigarettes because the New Jersey state excise tax is so high. In fact, New Jersey has the highest tax on tobacco in the U.S. at $2.58 cents per pack, before the federal tax of 39 cents. Many smokers in the state shell out more than $7 per pack.

The state tax on cigarettes is $1.15 in neighboring Delaware, $1.35 per pack in Pennsylvania and $1.50 per pack in New York State.

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Bacardi creates ready-to-drink mojito

BY Jenna Duncan

MIAMI Bacardi has announced that its ready-to-serve bottled mojito, made with Bacardi Superior Rum and natural lime and mint flavors, will grace liquor store shelves starting this month.

Brand director of Bacardi Traditional Rums, Joe Metevier, said, “The Bacardi Classic Cocktail Mojito delivers real mojito taste in a ready-to-drink package.”

The company says the ready-to-sip cocktail comes in a glass bottle with a distinctive green cap. It contains 15-percent alcohol and has a suggested retail price around $19.99 for a 1.75-liter. Bacardi says a 750-ml sized bottle is soon to come.

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Market trend spotter names new confectionery creations

BY Jenna Duncan

LONDON New confectionery items to hit the market include an energy-boosting lollipop in a can, chocolate-flavored sea salt and edible flowers, according to international trend spotter Datamonitor’s Productscan database, a server that tracks launches of new products.

A lollipop-flavored energy drink, MAXXED, infused with B vitamins, ginseng, guarana and taurine, and also containing caffeine is being produced by the Charms Company (under umbrella company, Tootsie Roll Industries, Chicago, Ill.).

A chocolate-flavored sea salt is being produced by Barhyte Specialty Foods of Pendleton, Ore., as part of the company’s Lords of Salt line. Barhyte says it uses Dagoba Organic Chocolate, organically harvested by hand from the Ria Formosa nature park in southern Portugal.

And edible flowers by Flor & Flor are now being imported to the U.S. from Grasse, France’s confection maker Florinnov. The company “crystallizes” whole jasmine, rose and violet buds for use as garnishes and cake decorations.

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