Phillips & King International

Phillips & King Unveils New Branding, Announces New Digital Strategy

Phillips & King International has revealed a new and updated corporate brand identity, as well as plans to launch a new wholesale e-commerce platform. In…

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…

IPCPR 2019: Island Lifestyle Importers

Shortly before last year’s IPCPR Convention & Trade Show, Island Lifestyle Importers made a rather large announcement for the company. The brand—most noted for its…

TPE 2019: Day 2

I suspect that day two of the Tobacco Plus Expo will in fact be the best attended day of the trio. Historically, the show would…

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…

Ventura Ships Archetype Crystals, Curses and Cloaks

Ventura Cigar Co.’s new Archetype Fantasy Miniseries is now en route to retailers. It’s a collection of three cigars: Crystals, Curses and Cloaks. Each is…

IPCPR 2018: Phillips & King

While readers of this site might be more familiar with Ventura Cigar Co. than its parent Phillips & King, or even its parent Kretek International,…

TPE 2018: Day 2 + Conclusion

My goal for Thursday: cover TPE. By the time I got to the Las Vegas Convention Center on Wednesday, it was already well past noon….

TPE 2018: Day 1

So Wednesday was interesting. But before we get started, a quick refresher on the Tobacco Plus Expo (TPE). It’s an annual trade show hosted by…

Archetype Strange Passage Robusto

In 2016, Ventura Cigar Co., the premium cigar division of Phillips & King, released an absolutely massive amount of new cigars at IPCPR Convention &…