The entire portfolio of Kafie 1901 cigars is about to get a bit more expensive, as today the company announced a 5 percent increase across all of its non-bundled lines, while its bundle lines will increase by a flat $2 per bundle. It’s a move necessitated by an increase in the cost of production as well as further expenses related to FDA compliance, wrote Dr. Gaby Kafie.

“We value tremendously our distributors & retail partners across the globe and want you all to understand that this is being done in order to always deliver the finest quality premium cigars we can,” he said, noting that the company has resisted taking increases in recent months, even amidst construction of the company’s new factory and other pressures. “At this time it is inevitable,” he added, saying that to continue to negate these two factors “would be detrimental to our continued success.”

Kafie stated that this is the first time since the company’s inception six years ago that he has taken such an increase.

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