ELECTRONIC CIGARETTES INTERNATIONAL GROUP LAUNCHES VICTORY® BRAND WITH WESTERN REFINING ACROSS THE SOUTHWEST US
• Leading convenience store operator with over 230 premium outlets across the Giant, Mustang, Sundial and Howdy’s stores
• Further expands availability of ECIG’s portfolio of brands and leading products in the convenience and gas channel in the US
SPRING LAKE, MICHIGAN, August 4, 2014 – Electronic Cigarettes International Group Ltd. (formerly Victory Electronic Cigarettes Inc.) (OTCQB: ECIG), today announced the launch of their Victory Brand Electronic Cigarettes across the 230 Western Refining convenience stores throughout the Southwest United States. Western Refining, which currently also carries the Electronic Cigarettes International Group’s FIN® brand, made the decision to also bring in the Group’s Victory® brand based on its attractive retailer margins and customer support, and resonance with their customers.
Western Refining is an NYSE publicly traded independent oil refiner and marketer based in El Paso, Texas. The group operates approximately 230 premium convenience stores and gas stations located in throughout the Southwest United States under the brands of Giant, Mustang, Sundial and Howdy’s. Western is a principally-centered firm committed to serving the communities where the Company operates and employees are active, involved members. They encourage employees to participate, to give back, and to make a positive difference along with the efforts of the Company to enhance the local life experience in the communities they serve.
Complementing ECIG’s line of FIN® branded e-cigarettes currently available throughout Western’s retail locations, ECIG’s Victory® brand tobacco and menthol e-cigarettes will now be rolling out throughout the chain. The Victory® brand has recently been expanding to a number of convenience outlets building on the Group’s availability in more than 50,000 outlets and leading position in the Food Drug and Mass Channel amongst independent e-cig companies. Victory’s product line includes traditional disposable and rechargeable electronic cigarettes as well as a full line of vaping items.
This increase in distribution of ECIG brands and products across leading retailers like Western continues ECIG’s efforts to make their leading portfolio of brands and leading portfolio of innovative e-cig products available for consumers and builds on its array of dedicated retail distribution partners in the United States and globally.
Gary Rawlings, ECIG’s Chief Commercial Officer, commented, “We are very excited that Western is making our Victory® brand available to their shoppers. It is always great when a retail customer decides to carry more of our brands and products to meet the different needs of their consumers. Compared to other brands, we know the Victory® brand performs very well, and we expect to build on this new distribution platform with Western with the rollout of our proprietary “vaping” items later this year. Western’s customers seeking an alternative to traditional tobacco will enjoy the great taste of FIN® and now Victory® branded products. Having more of our products available at the almost 250 Western convenience stores located throughout Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Texas, helps build our brand and business, and further enhances Western’s position as a destination for outstanding products.”
The Electronic Cigarettes International Group, Ltd. (ECIG) is dedicated to empowering smokers to choose an alternative to traditional cigarettes. ECIG is one of the leading electronic cigarette companies in the world, and owns the trademarks VAPESTICK®, FIN®, Victory®, GreenStix®, VIP® and others. The Company owns multiple subsidiary companies and has operations in North America, Latin America, Western Europe, and Asia. ECIG offers consumers a full product portfolio that incorporates the highest quality and latest technology, and has been rated as superior in real tobacco taste amongst major brands. The Company’s website is www.ecig.co
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