Fratello Cigars has sets its sights on the next frontier in its distribution: Germany. Today, the company announced that it has entered into a distribution agreement with the Kleinlagel family.

“We are very excited to be partnering with Klaus and Martina Kleinlagel,” said Omar de Frias in a press release. “Their history in the tobacco industry, their family owned operation and passion for premium cigars was a perfect match for our growing brand.” he added.

As part of the brand’s launch in Germany, Fratello will be hosting a series of events between June 16 and 24 in Duesseldorf, Koeln, Gevelsberg, Wehringen, and Wuerzburg.

“We are very happy to get to work with Omar and bring his outstanding cigars to Germany,” said Klaus Kleinlagel. Martina, his sister, added that “our business is truly a family business. As the name Fratello, which means brother already says, Omar belong to our small family.”

Consumers in Germany should expect to see Fratello’s portfolio on retail shelves by April 15, according to Mariela Matos Bisono, Fratello’s brand marketing manager.

Outside of the United States, Fratello Cigars currently has distribution in the Netherlands, Dominican Republic, Thailand, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Switzerland.

In addition to Fratello, Klaus Kleinlagel also distributes Kristoff, Epic Cigars, Gurkha, Brun del Ré and Bossner, among others.

Patrick Lagreid

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