Ciguardian Products has announced that it will be adding effective dates to all of its products, a step the company says will help better serve both consumers and retailers.

“For years, traditional PG based humidification solution and gel jars have been the most reliable and economical choice,” said Belinda Doyle, owner of Ciguardian Products, in a press release. “Whether the retailer buys our product or someone else’s, the question of when it was made and how long it will last should be asked. There needs to be an effective date on the packaging telling the retailer and consumer that the product will do it’s job.”

The effective dates will span 18 months from the date of manufacture at the company’s facilities in Arizona. For consumers, this ensures they will be buying fresh product that they can feel confident will work for an established period of time.

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For retailers, they will be able to exchange any stock not sold by the labeled effective date. Ciguardian Products will also be working with retailers to insure they have fresh stock for the holiday rush. Doyle thinks that by giving consumers guaranteed dates for humidification products, consumers will buy more cigars knowing that they can store them properly.

Ciguardian Products offers propylene glycol solutions, gel jars, and the Ciguardian humidification pouch, a portable humidification product that can humidify up to 50 cigars.

Ciguardian is distributed by The Lotus Group/Integral Logistics.

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