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TAATtm Begins Focused Initiative on In-Store Activation for Existing Placements in National U.S. Gas Station Chains

LAS VEGAS and VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Jan. 21, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- TAATtm GLOBAL ALTERNATIVES INC. (CSE: TAAT) (OTCQX: TOBAF) (FRANKFURT: 2TP) (the "Company" or "TAATtm") announces that in 2022 it is commencing a targeted in-store activation strategy for national gas station chains in the United States, a key retail segment for the tobacco industry that represents a steadily growing share of TAATtm retailers. In its January 18, 2022 press release the Company stated its plan to enhance in-store activation strategies to further strengthen its volume of repeat orders. TAATtm has elected to place a specialized focus on developing in-store activation tactics to engage smokers aged 21+ in gas stations where tobacco products are sold, as the relatively standard in-store experience of purchasing tobacco in gas stations could allow for such tactics to be scaled rapidly across the United States without significant modification. Furthermore, the existing presence of TAATtm in major national gas station chains enables the Company to execute these tactics in short order through its network of tobacco wholesalers. Current locations of TAATtm retailers can be viewed on the recently updated store locator feature on TryTAAT: https://trytaat.com/pages/sca-store-locator

By driving in-store conversions in settings such as gas stations through focused initiatives, the Company believes it can more efficiently acquire smokers aged 21+ as users of TAATtm which could lead to long-term repeat purchases of TAATtm products at retail. One of the Company's objectives in 2022 is to further grow its wholesale reorder rate, which is generally propelled by robust in-store sales on a repeat basis.

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Approximately one month after launching TAATtm for the first time in Ohio, the Company announced a statewide video advertisement campaign on over 10,400 gas pump displays, reportedly leading to numerous smokers aged 21+ requesting TAATtm in a given station's retail store after viewing the video advertisement. After evaluating purchasing interactions at fuel retail points of sale, the Company has identified several opportunities to optimize its in-store activations in gas stations, to include the following:

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TAATtm Chief Executive Officer Setti Coscarella commented, "We are very pleased to have landed placements of TAATtm in over 2,000 stores in the United States in about one year of selling TAATtm at retail, and we are excited to have the opportunity to leverage this presence by optimizing our in-store activation tactics to prompt more smokers aged 21+ to try TAATtm. Although this is something we plan to do in all of our existing and newly added points of sale, gas stations represent a unique opportunity for us based on the initial performance of TAATtm in some of the largest chains across the country whose stores already carry the product. For motorists who are smokers aged 21+ filling up on gas wherever their travels may take them, the process of pumping gas, going into the store, and buying a pack of cigarettes is fairly routine and may appear to provide little opportunity to influence them to purchase an alternative such as TAATtm instead. However, between our initial gas station advertisements in Ohio last January and the performance of TAATtm in national chain gas stations across the country over the course of the year, we have come to better understand how to navigate the activation process effectively in that setting. As we develop relationships with these national gas station chains as well as the tobacco wholesalers with whom they do business, we have recognized this is a key segment of retailers for us in line with our objective to fortify our market share in the United States in 2022. We therefore look forward to executing these strategies in partnership with our tobacco wholesalers, capitalizing on our existing presence in gas stations to bring smokers aged 21+ a better choice."

On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Company,


"Setti Coscarella"

Setti Coscarella, CEO and Director

For further information, please contact:

TAATtm Investor Relations
1-833-TAAT-USA (1-833-822-8872)
[email protected]


About TAATtm Global Alternatives Inc.

The Company has developed TAATtm, which is a tobacco-free and nicotine-free alternative to traditional cigarettes offered in "Original", "Smooth", and "Menthol" varieties. TAATtm's base material is Beyond Tobaccotm, a proprietary blend which undergoes a patent-pending refinement technique causing its scent and taste to resemble tobacco. Under executive leadership with "Big Tobacco" pedigree, TAATtm was launched first in the United States in Q4 2020 as the Company seeks to position itself in the $814 billion1 global tobacco industry.

For more information, please visit http://taatglobal.com.


1 British American Tobacco - The Global Market

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