Espinosa Premium Cigars will no longer handle the distribution of Pure Aroma Cigars, Inc., parent of the D’Crossier brand.
Both parties said the termination of the agreement was mutual and both blamed it on production levels from the Pure Aroma Cigars S.A. factory in Costa Rica.
“The biggest factor is my aging process,” said Isaias Santana Diaz, owner of Pure Aroma Cigars, in a statement to halfwheel. “It is really hard for me to release cigars that in (my belief) are not matured enough to be enjoyable. The game plan was to grow the factory to obtain production capability, unfortunately all my protections were put on halt due to the new FDA deeming regulation(s).”
Erik Espinosa, owner of Espinosa Premium Cigars, echoed the issues with production saying the previous agreement made it challenging for both parties to make money.
“It was a mutual agreement,” said Espinosa to halfwheel. “He might still be in our booth at the show. And we’re friends. I want to wish him luck, hope he sells a lot of cigars and makes a lot of money. We’re like family.”
Diaz told halfwheel he plans on handling distribution on his own now and gradually growing the number of accounts as production allows.