With less than a week until the opening of the 2013 IPCPR Convention and Trade Show, halfwheel has learned that Gurkha Cigar Group has purchased Martin Family of Cigars.
On June 21, halfwheel reported that Martin Family of Cigars had ceased operations, though today it was disclosed that was only partially the case.
On Monday, Maria Martin said that her former company had been purchased by Gurkha and was going to become part of the East India Trading Company. A representative from Gurkha confirmed the news, though it remained uncertain how Martin’s cigars would be positioned in the Gurkha/East India Trading Co. portfolio. However, it was confirmed that there are plans in the works to rebrand the line and introduce new blends “down the road.”
Martin recently joined Gurkha Cigar Group, though her role has not been specified as of yet.
The companies plan on making a formal announcement during the IPCPR Convention and Trade Show, which begins on Sunday, July 13.
The East India Trading Company was as a subsidiary of Gurkha Cigar Group (then known as Beach Cigar Group/Gurkha) in November 2011. Its first release was the Wicked Indie, followed by the Red Witch, with upcoming releases including the Rogue and Prize Fighter.