Nicholas Melillo

Rick Ardito Joins Foundation Cigar Co.

Rick Ardito will be joining Foundation Cigar Co. as the brand manager for the company’s upcoming line, The Upsetters. Ardito is best known for his time...
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Miami Cigar & Co. Distributing Foundation’s The Upsetters

Nicholas Melillo’s latest cigar, The Upsetters, will be distributed by Miami Cigar & Co. The Upsetters is the sophomore release from Melillo’s Foundation Cigar Co., and...
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Foundation Travels to Jamaica for Sophomore Release

Nicholas Melillo has a new cigar. Next month, his Foundation Cigar Co. will release The Upsetters, an eight-size line that features Jamaican tobacco in the...
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2015 Awards: Factory of the Year

There are some that look forward to this award even more than our top 25 list, and I understand why. Factory of the Year isn’t...
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2015 Awards: New Company of the Year

Launching a new company is a significant challenge, a big part of which is making sure that what you promise gets delivered and that there...
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El Güegüense Corona Gorda

In January 2014,  Nicholas Melillo left his job as the evp of international operations for Drew Estate Tobacco Co., after being with the company for 11...
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Foundation Ships El Güegüense

Nicholas Melillo’s debut cigar is debuting. El Güegüense, the first release from Melillo’s Foundation Cigar Co., is now on its way to retailers. The Nicaraguan...
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IPCPR 2015: Foundation Cigar Co.

One of the first-time exhibitors at this year’s IPCPR Convention & Trade Show was no stranger to the show floor, but now with his own...
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Foundation Cigar Co. Announces First Release, El Güegüense

Nicholas Melillo’s Foundation Cigar Co. has announced its first release, El Güegüense. As has been mentioned earlier, Melillo’s first new cigar will not use any broadleaf,...
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David Sather Joining Foundation Cigar Co.

Foundation Cigar Co. is making its first hire, David Sather. Sather, the former sales director at Drew Estate, is joining Foundation Cigar Co. as its...
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