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Benchmade Knife Co. has announced its latest cigar focused product: 381 Aller Fumée ($160). For this cutter, Benchmade updated its existing 380 knife and created new design using a Richlite handle with a hole in it capable of fitting a 56 ring gauge cigar. The company says this is the first time it has used...
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And now for something completely different. If the halfwheel staff was asked to rank its collective favorite restaurant, my money would be on Tei-an. And if I had to bet which restaurant I’ve spent the most money at in the last year, my money would also be on—err, at—Tei-an. In 2009, after operating a few of Dallas’...
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Earlier this year, L.J. Zucca announced that Black Label Trading Co. would be effectively taking over the Emilio brand. Fabrica Oveja Negra—the factory that is owned by James and Angela Brown of Black Label—was already producing Emilio cigars, but now the Browns would also be in charge of branding and marketing. Emilio’s history is one...
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It would appear that some of the cost cutting measures taken by Scandanavian Tobacco Group (STG) are working. STG—the parent of General Cigar Co., Cigars International, Thompson Cigar and others—has announced its financial results for Q3 2019 and some of the news is good. Most importantly, the company reported an EBITDA before special items—a measure...
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Casa Cuevas has announced that it has accepted the resignation of Gabriel Alvarez, who has served as the national sales director for the company since October 2016. The Casa Cuevas brand is owned by the Cuevas family, which owns the Tabacalera Las Lavas S.R.L. factory in the Dominican Republic. Alvarez joined the company before the...
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A proposal to ban flavored tobacco got the overwhelming support of the Massachusetts House of Representatives on Wednesday, passing by a 127-31 vote and moving on to the Senate. Of note about the ban is that it includes both mint and menthol. In addition, the bill would place a new 75 percent tax on the sale...
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Considering that A.C.E. Prime—the acronym stands for A Cuban Experience—debuted 11 than skus during this year’s IPCPR Convention & Trade Show—including blends made in collaboration with former NBA players Dominique Wilkins and Tiago Splitter—it would not be surprising that some of the other releases might get lost in the shuffle. One of those releases is Luciano...
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A ban on the sale of flavored tobacco products is coming to Woodland, Calif., as the city council recently approved a new law that will go into effect on April 1, 2020. Per the legislation adopted, a flavored tobacco product is one “that contains a constituent that imparts a characterizing flavor to the tobacco product...
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One of the strongest federal anti-tobacco bills proposed in recent memory passed its first hurdle earlier today. The U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Health passed H.R. 2339, also known as the Reversing the Youth Tobacco Epidemic Act of 2019. It is one of four pieces of legislation that have been introduced in Congress this...
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