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Two of My Father Cigars’ lines will be getting new sizes in the coming weeks, as the company has announced a corona gorda for The Judge line and a box-pressed torpedo for La Opulencia that are scheduled to begin shipping in March. The Judge Corona Gorda will measure 5 5/8 x 46, will be priced...
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Platinum Nova—a relatively new brand launched by Leonor “Leo” Abzaradel and Aurelio “Ari” Riego—will now be distributed by Sutliff Tobacco Co., a pipe tobacco company. “Sutliff brings a multitude of third party distribution experience and success. Their top notch customer service and order fulfilment experience allows us, your Nova Sales Team, the opportunity to focus...
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Illusione will add a new size to its Cigares Privé brand that will only be available to retailers who place orders at the 2020 PCA Convention & Trade Show. The cigar is a 5 1/2 x 56 vitola that has a soft press. It uses an Ecuadorian habano wrapper over a Nicaraguan binder and Nicaraguan...
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The Kentucky House Budget Committee has passed a bill that would nearly double the state’s taxes on cigars. H.B. 32 would increase the tax on other tobacco products, including cigars, from 15 percent to 27.5 percent of the wholesale price. A cigar with an MSRP of $9.50 likely costs about $10.93 in Kentucky before sales...
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Kretek International has announced that it has completed its acquisition of five former SpecComm tobacco media properties, including: Cigars & Leisure CTS Report Pipes & Tobacco Magazine Tobacconist Magazine TobaccoReviews.com The deal was originally announced last July following SpecComm’s sale to the Tobacco Merchants Association (TMA). At that time, TMA said it would continue to operate...
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Our annual packaging award list is always an interesting activity for me. All four of us nominate and vote on items and it sheds a light on what we each think about in terms of style and design. There’s also something that seems to happen each year when I try to see the nominations in...
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In October 2018, Pittsburgh-based “Island” Jim Robinson’s Leaf & Bean Strip cigar shop released the latest addition in its Leaf by line, a series of cigars produced for the store by various cigar makers that are made at different factories. The new addition was Leaf by Omar, the name of which refers to Omar González Alemán’s...
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J. Cortès, the owner of Oliva Cigar Co., has purchased tobacco farms in Condega, Nicaragua. There are multiple transactions. One of them included the purchasing of a new 132-hectare farm. Cortès also had a separate transaction with the Oliva family, which involved the purchasing of the family’s Condega growing operations. That deal includes the physical...
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