Importada y Exportadora de Puros y Tabacos, S.A. de C.V. (IEPT), the importer of Habanos S.A. products into Mexico, is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and commemorating the event with a new book that chronicles 30 years of Habanos in Mexico.

The book, “El Habano en México, La Historia del Hombre que Organizó su Distribución,” was written by Adargello Garrido and narrates the origins, challenges and adversities that IEPT has gone through in its first three decades since being launched in 1991. The company is owned by Max Gutmann, who is also well known for being the creator of the first La Casa del Habano in Cancún, along with his business partner, Rodolfo Velasco.

IEPT will be hosting an online event with Garrido and the company’s founders and ceos via its Facebook page celebrating the release of the book on Wed., Dec. 8 at 8:30pm ET.

Image courtesy of IEPT.

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