The ACE Prime portfolio is now available in Brazil, as the company has announced a distribution agreement with D’Angelo Importadora, Consulado do Tobacco and Distribuidora de Tabacos. The three entities will be joining forces to distribute ACE Prime throughout the country according to a press release by ACE Prime.

D’Angelo Importadora is owned by Rafaelle D’Angelo, who previously imported Cuban cigars into the country but has since shifted his focus onto Nicaraguan cigars.

“We could not be more satisfied with this partnership,” D’Angelo said via a press release. “I have known Luciano and Pichardo for over a decade and all the products of Tabacalera Pichardo are known in Brazil for their quality and impeccable construction. ACE Prime is doing an amazing job and the brands are extremely attractive!”

Consulado do Tobacco and Distribuidora de Tabacos are owned by Eduardo Llerena, who owns several cigar shops in Brazil, and makes his own lines of cigars at Tabacalera Pichardo, the home factory of ACE Prime. He also distributes to several cigar shops throughout the country.

“We just brought in our first batch and sold out in just a few days,” Llerena said. “These cigars have quality. I’m proud to be part of their history and witness their growth. Their hard work paid off!”

The connection to Llerena came by way of Eradio Pichardo, co-owner of ACE Prime and Tabacalera Pichardo, as the two knew each other when they lived in Cuba and worked for Habanos S.A. Pichardo said that after being one of Tabacalera Pichardo’s clients for more than 10 years, the development of the partnership “couldn’t be more natural,” adding that D’Angelo has also been a long-time colleague as well.

It brings a close to what Luciano Meirelles, master blender and co-owner of ACE Prime Cigars and Tabacalera Pichardo referred to as a year of remarkable growth for the company, including the creation of a strategic alliance with Crowned Heads, as well as expansion into European and South American markets.

“We put our soul into everything we produce, and it’s humbling to see the growth and acceptance of these cigars,” Meirelles said via a press release. “As 2020 comes to a close, we are truly excited for our growth in the European and South American market as we continue to share our cigars with the world.”

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