Kretek International

Kretek International Promotes Jason Carignan, Albert Jose

Jason Carignan is now the new president of Phillips & King International, one of America’s largest tobacco distributors. Kretek International announced that it has promoted…

PCA 2021: A List of Companies Not Exhibiting

The following is a list of companies that have confirmed to halfwheel that they are not exhibiting at the 2021 PCA Convention & Trade Show. All…

Patrick Hurd, Kretek’s Chief Sales Officer, Announces Departure

Kretek International, Inc. has announced the upcoming departure of Patrick Hurd, the company’s chief sales officer. Hurd joined the company in November 2000 while launching…

Kretek Completes Acquisition of Tobacconist, Pipes & Tobacco, Cigars & Leisure

Kretek International has announced that it has completed its acquisition of five former SpecComm tobacco media properties, including: Cigars & Leisure CTS Report Pipes &…

Island Lifestyle Ends Distribution Agreement with Kretek

The distribution and marketing agreement between Island Lifestyle Importers and Kretek International is over. On Wednesday, Island Lifestyle announced that effective immediately, it will be…

Phillips & King/Ventura Cigar Co. Pull Out of PCA 2020

Phillips & King and Ventura Cigar Co., both owned by Kretek International, will not be exhibiting at the 2020 PCA Convention & Trade Show. The…

Kretek International Restructures, Ventura Cigar Co. Staff Reduced (Update)

Kretek International, the parent company of Phillips & King International, Tobacco Media Group and Ventura Cigar Co. is undergoing a major restructuring that will include…

Kretek International Acquires Tobacconist, Pipes & Tobacco, Cigars & Leisure and TobaccoReviews.com

Kretek International—the parent company behind Phillips & King, Ventura Cigar Co., Tobacco Plus Expo and others—has announced that it has acquired some of the former…

Kretek Announces Changes to its Sales Leadership Team

Kretek International, Inc. has announced a trio of appointments to its sales leadership team that the company says will help better align brands and efforts,…

Ventura Cigar Co. Becomes Standalone Unit

Beginning today, Ventura Cigar Co. will become a standalone unit as part of the larger Kretek International business. Ventura’s salesforce—currently seven outside sales representatives with…

Kretek Acquires Foundry

Michael Giannini will once again be heading Foundry. Kretek International has announced that it has acquired Foundry Tobacco Co. from Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG). Terms of…