Last June, USSTC rolled out Skoal Apple Blend, which Schwartz says is the latest in a line of unique new flavors from Skoal; it followed 2003's successful launch of Skoal Vanilla Blend.
In October, USSTC unveiled Skoal Mint Pouches, the third flavor in the Skoal Pouches line.
In October, USSTC launched two new products--Copenhagen and Skoal pouches--into the marketplace.
On the promotional side, USSTC is conducting the Skoal 4-speed sweepstakes, which will provide 10 randomly selected adult grand prize winners with four speed adventures involving cars, boats, trucks and airplanes in a variety of exciting locations.
While adjusted smokeless products volume is difficult to estimate on a quarterly basis, USSTC and PM USA believe that their combined 2012 first-quarter adjusted domestic smokeless products shipment volume grew ahead of recent category volume trends due to strong 2012 first-quarter retail share gains.
Note: Other includes USSTC and PM USA smokeless products.
Dillard joined USSTC in 2001 as vice president, science and technology, providing strategic direction in the areas of research, product development, technology and quality.
Strickland has most recently been USSTC director, research and development at the company's manufacturing facility in Nashville, TN.
Under his leadership, USSTC launched a multi-year strategic plan focused on growing the smokeless tobacco category by attracting adult smokers to the category through innovative new products and communication efforts.
Kessler joined USSTC in 2000 with more than 18 years of consumer packaged goods experience at companies including Campbell Soup and Clorox.
begins test-market of new spit-free smokeless tobacco pouch product
Altria's reporting segments are Cigarettes, manufactured by PM USA; Smokeless Products, manufactured by or on behalf of USSTC
and PM USA; Cigars, manufactured by Middleton; Wine, produced and/or distributed by Ste.