And so it begins.
If you are reading this, the IPCPR convention and trade show has kicked off. Expect live reporting throughout the next four days regarding the specific, but a few observations from the last few days.
- FDA — The IPCPR’s legislative seminar was, how does one put it, poorly attended. There were more people at the Circle Bar—the traditional hang-out—than at the three-hour legislative seminar hosted by the organization. One attendee walked out before it started, saying lunch was more important. It was a sad and concerning reality, but not entirely unexpected. If you were expecting a formalized definition of what a “premium cigar” is by the IPCPR, don’t. The organization did not announce one and is unlikely to do so in the coming days.
- New Product — There’s seem to a bit of concern on the manufacturing side about the amount of new product and the pace that’s now being expected. That being said, almost everyone I spoke to then began to tell me about all of the new products they had.
- New Booths — There are a few redesigned booths from established companies, if you expect anyone other than Drew Estate to win the award for best large exhibitor, you should not be in Vegas betting money.
- Finally congrats to Nikki Covington and Matt Booth of Room101. The couple got engaged earlier in the week, which I think counts as the first surprise of the trade show.