Circle K Launches Traffic Cigarettes

Traffic-Cigarettes_072716Raleigh, NC based convenience store Circle K has introduced a new control/private brand in cigarettes, Traffic. The retailer is stocking the brand in its stores in 40 states. The consumer products division of U.S. Tobacco Cooperative Inc. (USTC), Premier Manufacturing of Chesterfield, Mo., is supplying the cigarettes.

Traffic is a control-label cigarette brands for Circle K vs. private label, according to USTC, which retains ownership of the brand.

Circle K already carries its own private brand cigarettes, Crown, which parent company Couche-Tard launched in across its retail brand in 2012.

traffic-cigarette-packs“We are extremely pleased to be partnering with Circle K. We look forward to supplying Circle K convenience stores with the highest quality U.S. tobacco products as they continue their growth here,” said USTC CEO Stuart Thompson. 

The national rollout of Traffic cigarettes into Circle K locations was completed in June. The cigarettes will be supported with a national advertising campaign and on-going promotional support in Circle K c-stores.

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Christopher Durham
Christopher Durham is the President of My Private Brand and the Co-founder of The Vertex Awards. He is a strategist, author, and consultant who has worked with Family Dollar, Petco, Staples, Office Depot, Best Buy, Metro, Lowe’s, Food Lion, Hannaford and more building private brands. Durham has published five definitive books on private brands including his first book Fifty2: The My Private Brand Project. In 2017, he will debut his latest book Vanguard: Vintage Originals a look at innovation and disruption in private brand going back to the mid-1800’s. Durham lives in Charlotte, NC with his wife Laraine and two daughters Olivia and Sarah.