Price of Skoal and Copenhagen pouches being reduced one dollar or more..

September 28, 2009 - Starting today, September 28th, at least in North Carolina the price of Skoal and Copenhagen pouches are
reduced a dollar (actually even more in at least one c-store from $3.99 to $2.49). The price of these pouches is now $2.49. The price of price value/discount Grizzly is $2.09. U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company maker of Skoal and Copenhagen is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Altria Group (parent company of Philip Morris USA, U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company, John Middleton, Ste. Michelle Wine Estates and Philip Morris Capital Corporation).

Grizzly pouches don't sell very well. Grizzly (the nations number one moist snuff brand) expanded its market share to 25.5 percent, up 2.2 percentage points in the second quarter 2009. Grizzly pouches (2-pouch styles, mint and straight), launched in the 1st quarter 2009 only accounted for 0.2 of a share point. (Reynolds American Inc. Q2 2009 Earnings..) Conwood makes Grizzly brands and operates as a subsidiary of Reynolds American, Inc.

Note: the margin of difference in price from premium to discount is getting smaller and smaller.

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