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FAMOUS SMOKE SHOP ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF FUENTE DON CARLOS PERSONAL RESERVE FAMOUS 80TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION Limited Release of Don Carlos Edición de Aniversario Personal Reserve, “The Man's 80th” Pays Tribute to Two 80 Year Milestones EASTON, PA — (Ju

fuente80FAMOUS SMOKE SHOP ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF FUENTE DON CARLOS PERSONAL RESERVE FAMOUS 80TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Limited Release of Don Carlos Edición de Aniversario Personal Reserve,

The Man's 80th” Pays Tribute to Two 80 Year Milestones

EASTON, PA — (July 21, 2020) — Famous Smoke Shop, a leading online distributor of discounted premium cigars, has announced the arrival of the Fuente Don Carlos Personal Reserve, “The Man's 80th” selection in a special, limited release box of 10 Robusto made exclusively for Famous Smoke Shop's 80th Anniversary.

This release also represents another important 80-year milestone. Released in 2015, the Don Carlos Personal Reserve Robusto was made in honor of the late Don Carlos Fuente Sr.'s 80th birthday.

At the heart of this selection is a core of select Dominican tobaccos grown on Fuente's estate farms, seamlessly rolled in a specially-aged, sweet-spicy African Cameroon wrapper. It's a slightly modified version of Don Carlos Sr.'s blend made for his own private use, yet faithfully reflects "The Man's" personal flavor profile.

Don Carlos was my grandfather’s blend,” said Liana Fuente. “He loved it very much. Until the day he died, he always had two sticks in his pocket – one to give to a guest, and one for him to smoke.”

The Fuente Don Carlos Personal Reserve Famous 80th Anniversary Edition also represents the last chapter in the company's 80th Anniversary Cigar Series, which has also included special editions from Ernesto Perez-Carrillo, A.J. Fernandez, Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust, and Romeo y Julieta.

We are pleased that we were able to collaborate with Carlito Fuente in making this special selection to honor our establishment,” said Famous Smoke Shop CEO, Arthur Zaretsky. “The Fuentes have been doing business with our family since 1970. We go back a long way and are honored that Carlito and his family would do something like this to honor our 80 years in business.”

Fuente Don Carlos Personal Reserve Famous 80th Anniversary Edition

Size: 5" x 50

Strength: Medium-Full

Wrapper: African Cameroon

Binder & Filler: Dominican

Presentation: Box of 10 Robusto

Famous Price: $144.99/Box (at press time)

Those interested in learning more about Fuente Don Carlos Personal Reserve Famous 80th Anniversary cigars or Famous Smoke Shop should visit https://www.famous-smoke.com/ or call 1-800-564-2486.

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Contact Information

Famous Smoke Shop

90 Mort Drive

Easton, PA 18040

1-800-564-2486

About Famous Smoke Shop 

Celebrating its 81st year in business, Famous Smoke Shop is the nation’s #1 discount retailer of premium cigars online, offering one of the largest selections of handmade cigars, machine-made cigars, cigar humidors and accessories. Famous offers the web’s lowest prices on a wide selection of cigar brands including Acid, Davidoff, Macanudo, Romeo y Julieta, Ashton, Padron, Oliva and Perdomo cigars, and many more. Famous offers their customers the best prices on all premium cigars as well as friendly and knowledgeable customer service.

 

Limited Release of Don Carlos Edición de Aniversario Personal Reserve,

The Man's 80th” Pays Tribute to Two 80 Year Milestones

EASTON, PA — (July 21, 2020) — Famous Smoke Shop, a leading online distributor of discounted premium cigars, has announced the arrival of the Fuente Don Carlos Personal Reserve, “The Man's 80th” selection in a special, limited release box of 10 Robusto made exclusively for Famous Smoke Shop's 80th Anniversary.

This release also represents another important 80-year milestone. Released in 2015, the Don Carlos Personal Reserve Robusto was made in honor of the late Don Carlos Fuente Sr.'s 80th birthday.

At the heart of this selection is a core of select Dominican tobaccos grown on Fuente's estate farms, seamlessly rolled in a specially-aged, sweet-spicy African Cameroon wrapper. It's a slightly modified version of Don Carlos Sr.'s blend made for his own private use, yet faithfully reflects "The Man's" personal flavor profile.

Don Carlos was my grandfather’s blend,” said Liana Fuente. “He loved it very much. Until the day he died, he always had two sticks in his pocket – one to give to a guest, and one for him to smoke.”

The Fuente Don Carlos Personal Reserve Famous 80th Anniversary Edition also represents the last chapter in the company's 80th Anniversary Cigar Series, which has also included special editions from Ernesto Perez-Carrillo, A.J. Fernandez, Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust, and Romeo y Julieta.

We are pleased that we were able to collaborate with Carlito Fuente in making this special selection to honor our establishment,” said Famous Smoke Shop CEO, Arthur Zaretsky. “The Fuentes have been doing business with our family since 1970. We go back a long way and are honored that Carlito and his family would do something like this to honor our 80 years in business.”

Fuente Don Carlos Personal Reserve Famous 80th Anniversary Edition

Size: 5" x 50

Strength: Medium-Full

Wrapper: African Cameroon

Binder & Filler: Dominican

Presentation: Box of 10 Robusto

Famous Price: $144.99/Box (at press time)

Those interested in learning more about Fuente Don Carlos Personal Reserve Famous 80th Anniversary cigars or Famous Smoke Shop should visit https://www.famous-smoke.com/ or call 1-800-564-2486.

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Contact Information

Famous Smoke Shop

90 Mort Drive

Easton, PA 18040

1-800-564-2486

About Famous Smoke Shop 

Celebrating its 81st year in business, Famous Smoke Shop is the nation’s #1 discount retailer of premium cigars online, offering one of the largest selections of handmade cigars, machine-made cigars, cigar humidors and accessories. Famous offers the web’s lowest prices on a wide selection of cigar brands including Acid, Davidoff, Macanudo, Romeo y Julieta, Ashton, Padron, Oliva and Perdomo cigars, and many more. Famous offers their customers the best prices on all premium cigars as well as friendly and knowledgeable customer service.

WITH A NEW LOOK, “LA MANDARRIA” BY CASA CUEVAS CIGARS ADDED AS PART OF CORE LINE

WITH A NEW LOOK, “LA MANDARRIA” BY CASA CUEVAS CIGARS ADDED AS PART OF CORE LINE

Originally a limited-edition brand, LA Mandarria now part of regular production

 

cclm(Miami, Florida) January 24, 2020— Casa Cuevas Cigars, makers of handmade premium cigars to add the “La Mandarria” (translates to the sledgehammer brand) to their core line up of cigars.  La Mandarria was initially a limited Edition 500 count box run. The brand was born out of the unfortunate burglary which occurred in February 2019 at the Casa Cuevas Cigars distribution center in Miami.  Burglars used sledgehammers to break in and steal over 25,000 units of the Casa Cuevas brands, which included the Casa Cuevas Limited Edition Flaco, and Casa Cuevas core line of cigars. The Cuevas family made the decision to forge ahead and create a cigar, that will mark the era where they faced and overcame adversity.

La Mandarria will also sport a secondary band which elegantly highlights the “La Mandarria” logo.

President of Casa Cuevas Cigars, Luis Cuevas Jr. said;” We were completely overwhelmed by the response for La Mandarria. This brand was a smash hit at the 2019 IPCPR and sales have remained strong. We are grateful to the public for accepting the product with open arms.”

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EMPIRE SOCIAL LOUNGE NOW OPEN

empiresocialEMPIRE SOCIAL LOUNGE LOCATED IN SOUTH MIAMI (DOWNTOWN DADELAND) NOW OPEN

The much-anticipated Empire Social Lounge is the newest project by the proprietors

of Casa De Montecristo by Prime Cigar & Whiskey Bar

July 14, 2020- South Miami welcomes Empire Social Lounge, the second Miami location by the founders of the Prime Cigar brand. Located in Downtown Dadeland at 8955 Dadeland Blvd #D-170, Miami, Florida 33156, Empire Social is bringing a dose of “Sophisticated Relaxation” to South Miami. Proprietors Jason Reznik, Ryan Leeds and Peter Berntsen will proudly unveil Empire Social (which is the evolution of the Prime Cigar brand). Hour of operation Sunday – Saturday, 12:00 Noon until close.

“Sophisticated Relaxation” is a motto created by Empire Social/Prime Cigars founders, Jason Reznik and Ryan Leeds. It was embraced by patrons of their first venture which was Prime Cigar Boca Raton, considered THE cigar & whiskey lounge in all of Florida. The popularity of Prime Cigar Boca Raton carried over to their second venture, the widely acclaimed Casa de Montecristo by Prime Cigar & Whiskey Bar in Brickell-Miami. The success of these two locations created a demand in the Magic City which will spawn the much-anticipated Empire Social Lounge.

The Empire Social brand is a sophisticated lounge, which features a walk-in humidor, full bar stocked with rare and hard to find whiskeys, member’s lounge, and patio. Custom furniture and design elements (which exude simple elegance) will please the cigar aficionados, or those looking for a unique experience, a rare whiskey, craft cocktails, or a nightcap. Empire Social is perfect anchor location for one of Miami’s most dynamic neighborhoods, Downtown Dadeland.

The owners and management are well known for being customer-centric which led to the commission of a state-of-the-art air control system for Empire Social Lounge. This innovative A/C replaces 100 percent of the air constantly to provide an environment which will curb smoke and create a comfortable environment for patrons.

The Prime Cigar/Empire Social brand was born out of the life experiences between father and son. Ryan Leeds and his father shared a close relationship, as they bonded over the love of premium cigars, fine spirits, traveling, and all things luxury. Ryan was inspired to bring together best elements of his travels under one roof. Today, guests come from all over the world to experience “Sophisticated Relaxation.”

About Empire Social Lounge
Empire Social is the evolution of the Prime Cigar brand, founded in 2010, which ushered in a new way to engage those who enjoy sophisticated experiences. Empire Social Lounge will feature premium cigars, top-shelf spirits, and fine wines while boasting a state-of-the-art air control system, ensuring a comfortable smoke-friendly environment. Empire Social Lounge will open its doors respecting all CDC guidelines including social distancing.

Drew Estate to Launch Undercrown Corona Pequena Line Extension at TPE 2020

DEDrew Estate is announcing the national launch of the Undercrown Corona Pequena in both a Maduro and Shade wrapper. These cigars will make their debut at the Tobacco Plus Expo (TPE) trade show in Las Vegas, Jan. 29-31, 2020.

“Corona Pequena’s are short, squat, flavor bombs that sit between the tin size and the robusto size in the Undercrown brand family,” explains Jonathan Drew, founder and president of Drew Estate. “We could go on and on about the “functionality” of this short smoke during winter months– but there is something absolutely beautiful about the Corona Pequena that is more meaningful than just utilitarianism. This cigar is a stunner in both taste and trade dress. The whole DE team is really proud of this little gem.”

The Undercrown Corona Pequena is a 4 x 44 petite corona, perfect for those cigar smokers who are looking for a cigar to light up on the go or on those cold winter days. The Undercrown Maduro Corona Pequena features a Mexican San Andres Maduro wrapper, Connecticut Stalk Cut and Sun cured Habano binder, and Brazilian and Nicaraguan filler leaves. The Undercrown Shade Corona Pequena features an Ecuadorian Connecticut Shade wrapper over a Sumatra binder with Dominican and Nicaraguan filler leaves.

The Undercrown Corona Pequena is packaged in 32-count boxes with an MSRP of $176 per box. It is available in both Maduro and Shade and is expected to ship in early February 2020.

For all the latest news from Drew Estate, visit drewestate.com.

FRATELLO CIGARS ANNOUNCES DISTRIBUTION IN SWITZERLAND

fratellonewlogoSpringfield, VA (July 10, 2020) – Omar de Frias is proud to announce Fratello Cigars newest distribution partner in Switzerland, Importadora Corazza GmbH. Importadora Corazza has been in the cigar industry since 2010 and is headquartered in Switzerland.

What first started as a friendly chat at one of the international trade shows years ago ended in a focused and highly motivated cooperation. After keeping in touch over all those years we soon realized that Omar is a straightforward, hardworking and fast thinking person. Since our industry truly is about relationships, we didn’t hesitate to agree on this venture. This does not take away the merit of the great product Fratello is - but puts emphasis on the big person behind the brand. But of course, it helps that Fratello is an amazing smoke with tremendous potential.”. said Dr. Marcello R. Corazza

We are very excited to be partnering with Importadora Corazza GmbH. Being a young company that has its origins in the classic import trade, I’m certain it will be a great opportunity for us to expand Fratello’s footprint across Europe.” said de Frias.

Fratello Cigars currently has distribution in Germany, The Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, Dominican Republic, Thailand, Czech Republic, Slovakia and Switzerland. This partnership will open new doors and continue to expand on Fratello Cigars accelerated international growth.

ISLAND LIFESTYLE/TOMMY BAHAMA SEVER TIES WITH KRETEK

Island Lifestyle/Tommy Bahama Sever Ties With Kretek

Island Lifestyle Importers has announced the termination of their exclusive marketing and distribution agreement with Kretek International for Island Lifestyle Importers’ Tommy Bahama Luxury Cigar Accessories.  Effective immediately all marketing and distribution functions will be facilitated by Island Lifestyle Importers out of their Florida headquarters.  All sales and marketing inquiries should be directed to Island Lifestyle Importers at (941) 378-3200.  

Island Lifestyle Importers will be communicating with the network of Tommy Bahama dealers in the coming days.  No additional public comments are being made available at this time.

 

Island Lifestyle Importers is the exclusive designer, manufacturer and distributor of Tommy Bahama Luxury Cigar Accessories.  These accessories are known for their beauty, leading edge technology and outstanding quality.  Island Lifestyle Importers is also the manufacturer of Island Lifestyle and Island Club Cigars. 

Alec & Bradley To Feature ‘Kintsugi’ at The Traveling Roadshow

Update: Alec & Bradley To Feature ‘Kintsugi’ at The Traveling Roadshow
Brothers and Second Generation Cigarmakers, Alec and Bradley Rubin To Ship Third Release in Fall

Fort Lauderdale, FL (July 8, 2020)- Alec & Bradley Cigars, founded by brothers Alec and Bradley Rubin in 2018, announced today that their third full line release- Alec & Bradley ‘Kintsugi’ (pronounced Kint-Su-Gee) will be featured at "The Traveling Roadshow", beginning July 13, 2020.

Alec & Bradley announced 'Kintsugi' in March of 2020. The goal was to have the new line completed for shipment in June. Unfortunately, due to Covid-19 shutdowns, production of Kinstugi cigars and packaging was halted.  

Production has since resumed and the brothers are now prepared to present and sell 'Kintsugi' to tobacconists at "The Traveling Roadshow". Delivery to tobacconist shelves is slated for Fall 2020.

Alec & Bradley created an elegant, multifaceted medium bodied cigar for 'Kintsugi'. A silky-smooth Habano wrapper form the Trojes region of Honduras is set atop two binders (Nicaraguan and Honduran) and filler tobaccos from Honduras and Nicaragua. 


Alec & Bradley 'Kintsugi' is being presented in 24 count boxes, adorned with a golden filled-in crack pattern. The bands and inside box labels take styling cues from traditional Japanese themes and artwork. 'Kintsugi' is being produced at Alec Bradley’s critically acclaimed Raices Cubanas Factory in Danli, Honduras. 'Kintsugi' will be offered in four sizes: Robusto 5” x 50 ($7.95) , Toro 6” x 52 ($8.80), Gordo 6” x 60 ($9.85) and Corona Gorda 5 5/8" x 46 ($7.25). MSRP is per cigar before any applicable taxes. 

On June 11, 2020 the media announced that in response to the cancellation of the 2020 PCA Trade Show, four cigar companies banded together to create a 15 city mini-trade show tour dubbed "The Traveling Roadshow". Alec Bradley Cigar Company, the distributor of Alec & Bradley Cigars, is one of those companies.

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KRETEK PULLS OUT OF PCA SHOW

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From Tobacco Business Magazine:

EDITOR'S NOTE: To our knowledge, a press release was not sent out.

Kretek International, Inc., parent company of Tobacco Media Group (TMG), the publisher of Tobacco Business Magazine and owner of the Tobacco Plus Expo (TPE), has announced its decision not to exhibit at the Premium Cigar Association (PCA) trade show this July.

This decision affects all of the company’s subsidiaries, including Ventura Cigar Company and Philips & King International, Inc. Historically, Kretek has been a major presence at the PCA trade show, formerly known as the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR) and according to a press release from the company, this decision was not made lightly. Kretek has had a presence at the trade show for over 35 years, dating back to when the trade show was known as the RTDA, and Phillips & King has been a buyer and exhibitor at the show for over 50 years.

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FRATELLO CAMO SERIES SHIPS TODAY

fratello camoSpringfield, VA (June 11, 2020) – Omar de Frias is proud to announce that the Fratello Camo Bundles announced at this year’s TPE trade show are heading to stores this week. 

Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic that halted operations in the Dominican Republic and placed the US on a “Stay At Home” order for several weeks, the original March release was delayed.

As crazy as the last few months have been for us all, it’s good to be able to get back to a little normalcy…and to share 3 great cigars at great price points for our retail partners and supporters.”

The 3 blends, Fratello Blue (Maduro), Fratello Rosso (Habano), and Fratello Verde (Connecticut), come in 15-count bundles, and are offered in two sizes; a 5 x 50 robusto and a 6 x 50 toro. Individual cigars are slated to retail starting at $3.25 each and $49.00 per bundle. 

The Fratello Camo Bundles are produced at the La Aurora Factory in Santiago, Dominican Republic.

VILLIGER CIGARS TO LAUNCH “VILLIGER DO BRASIL” AT THE TPE 2020

Villiger DoBrasil Maduro Robusto(Miami, Florida) January 22, 2020—Villiger Cigars to release the “Villiger do Brasil” cigar brand at the TPE 2020 taking place this January 29-31 at the Las Vegas Conventions Center. Villiger do Brasil is a Brazilian puro which features two blends, Claro and Maduro, created to celebrate Villiger’s century long history with Brazilian tobacco. Villiger’s new factory in Bahia, Brazil also named “Villiger do Brasil” (Villiger of Brazil, translated from Portuguese) opened its doors in 2018.

The Villiger family’s relationship with Brazilian tobacco dates to Villiger Cigars’ beginnings in 1888, when Jean and his wife Louise Villiger imported Brazilian tobacco, shortly after founding the company. Later in 1979 a Villiger subsidiary company opened Porto Alegre (Rio Grande do Sul), Brazil. The company was named CHARUTOS TOBAJARA LIMITADA and produced handmade cigars for export to Germany and Switzerland. Later Villiger moved operations to Northern Brazil (Bahia) where the new Villiger do Brazil factory was opened.

The Villiger Do Brasil cigar brands promise a multifaceted journey into the land of passion and it shows in its two versions: CLARO and MADURO. The light Brazil Connecticut Shade wrapper gives the CLARO version a velvety light brown tone, that visually supports its balance and fine aromas. Typical notes of coffee and wood meet a subtle sweetness with hints of cedar and pepper. Arapiraca tobacco gives the darker MADURO version its silky dark brown and a fruity character, which plays around with notes of leather and coffee. Both varieties have a medium taste, whereby the MADURO tastes a shade stronger.

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PUNCH TO LAUNCH “KNUCKLE BUSTER”

knuckle busterPunch is set to launch a full-time, wallet and palate-pleasing line called “Knuckle Buster.” The three-cigar collection will begin shipping to retailers in March.

Named for a phrase made famous by a university basketball coach who described a rough and tumble physical game as a “Blue Collar Knuckle Buster,” the Punch Knuckle Buster was created to deliver a hardworking blend for hard working people.

Ed Lahmann, senior brand manager for Punch said, “Punch is committed to staying true to what the brand has represented over the last six decades: a consistent, well-made, no-nonsense cigar at a price that’s fair and reasonable. Punch Knuckle Buster honors this commitment with a solid, enticing blend for the people who work hard to enjoy the good life.”

Punch’s blending team at the HATSA cigar factory set out to make a medium-bodied cigar that would appeal to both new and seasoned smokers. They selected only Habano-seed tobaccos from Nicaragua and Honduras to deliver when it comes to balancing flavor and strength with complexity. Knuckle Buster has a Nicaraguan Habano wrapper, a Nicaraguan Habano binder and its filler tobaccos are from Nicaragua and Honduras.

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Southern Draw to reveal the CEDRUS Lancero at TPE 2020

sdlancero1And announces NO price increases for 2020!


The love of lanceros, those long, thin cigars is nothing new for the Southern Draw Cigars family as they are our true favorite smoking experience. The family never likes to show up empty handed to a trade show or event, so it is excited to share something new with TPE 2020 attendees.


“Southern Draw Cigars has been quietly enjoying this size for several years (in fact I am smoking one as I draft this PR) and plans to reveal the CEDRUS Lancero 7.5x40 in celebration of our first ever attendance at the Tobacco Plus Expo in Las Vegas, NV. From January 29th - 31st. The family and the CEDRUS lancero may be found in a quaint little corner of Booth #4059.

We have previously offered a lancero size in each of our core blends including the popular Rose of Sharon, Firethorn, Kudzu and Jacobs Ladder and this new addition will complement the CEDRUS line nicely. Although lanceros reportedly do not make up a large portion of sales for most brands, Southern Draw Cigars has been blessed with solid sales over the previous five years, sales that are on par with our more traditional robusto and toro sizes. We will have a limited number of samples on hand and will be taking pre-orders for April and July 2020 deliveries,” per Robert Holt.

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Crux Cigars Epicure Maduro Shipping Two New Sizes

cruxlogoCrux Cigars will begin shipping two new vitolas of the Epicure Maduro next week.
For the first time, Crux Cigars ships the Epicure Maduro in Corona Gorda and Gordo vitolas. Released in 2018, the Epicure Maduro is the second blend released under the popular Crux Epicure line. The blend features a San Andres Maduro Wrapper and is produced by AJ Fernandez in Estelí, Nicaragua.
Available sizes:
  • Corona Gorda 5.375 x 46 (MSRP $9.25) - NEW
  • Robusto 5 x 50 (MSRP $10.00) 
  • Toro 6.25 x 52 (MSRP $11.50) 
  • Robusto Extra 5.75 x 54 (MSRP $10.75) 
  • Gordo 6 x 60 (MSRP $12.50) - NEW
20 Count Boxes.
See more:
CruxCigars.com
Instagram: @CruxCigars
Twitter: @CruxCigars
Facebook: Facebook.com/CruxCigars

ACE PRIME CIGARS IS DOUBLING DOWN ON ITS COMMITMENT TO THE PCA TRADE SHOW

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"Having the opportunity to meet face-to-face with the everyday heroes of our industry has proved to be a tremendous success for our brand,” said ACE PRIME co-founder Luciano Meirelles. He continued, “at the 2020 PCA trade show, we’re excited to showcase our great cigars and launch new products.”


We have been producing award-winning cigars for some of the most high-profile brands in the industry for over 12 years. When it was time to launch our own brands, we decided PCA was the best place to leverage our existing relationships and also connect with retailers, boutique lounges, media partners, and experts, all in one place. PCA brings together the heart and soul of the cigar sector – it's family, and we are truly grateful for the support of new brands - especially for making ACE PRIME a success.


We’re excited about the #PCA2020 (trade show). We’re doubling down on our commitment to the event and look forward to rising above the noise.


As the ACE PRIME co-founder, Luciano Meirelles, says - "Everybody deserves a fine cigar experience."

Crux Cigars Hires Direct Sales Executive

cruxlogoCrux Cigars hires another direct Sales Executive, Tony Haugen.
Effective immediately, Tony will be covering select territories throughout the country.  His role will include servicing existing accounts, hosting events and growing the retail partner base. 
Although Tony is a new direct hire, he’s been part of the Crux Cigars team for trade show operations since 2015.
“We are proud to welcome someone with 10 years of retail experience and a deep knowledge of Crux Cigars.” Said VP Casey Haugen, “Plus working with family is priceless.”
Crux will continue growing their national sales team throughout 2020.
See more:
CruxCigars.com
Instagram: @CruxCigars
Twitter: @CruxCigars
 

ACE PRIME RELEASES DIAMOND EDITION, COMMEMORATIVE BOX TO CELEBRATE 60TH BIRTHDAY OF NBA LEGEND DOMINIQUE WILKINS. UPDATE: (January 13th, 2019)

dom3Both a basketball legend and a cigar connoisseur, Dominique Wilkins released his special M.X.S. Signature Series cigar in 2019. The cigar has been a slam dunk with fans, retailers and aficionados alike, and has received wonderful reviews.

“Dominique Wilkins is a great friend, who’s career and reputation for Excellence and Success is unparalleled. He is genuinely one of the greatest NBA athletes of all-time, and we have thoroughly enjoyed the partnership in developing his M.X.S. Signature Series cigar” said ACE PRIME co-founder Luciano Meirelles.


To celebrate Dominique Wilkins's 60th Birthday (Jan 12), ACE PRIME is releasing a collectors edition limited release box – Dominique Wilkins individually signs the DIAMOND EDITION, COMMEMORATIVE BOX. It features a beautiful 3D printed image of the NBA superstar in flight and contains the reserved, super-aged first batch of the M.X.S. Dominique Wilkins cigars.

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GRAN HABANO PRICE INCREASE GOES INTO EFFECT

gran habano logo2Doral, Florida, February 19, 2020 – Gran Habano is announcing that as of February 19, 2020, we will be implementing a price increase of five cents per stick on all our cigar lines.

Due to an increase in our importation costs, we are forced to increase prices in order to allow us to continue producing cigars without compromising quality control.

At Gran Habano we strive for quality in every leaf and cigar in production. We would like to express our appreciation and apologize for the inconvenience. We are currently looking into finding a resolution to remedy the issue with the hope that we can go back to our regular prices in the near future.

CASA CUEVAS CIGARS NAMES ALEC CUEVAS DOO

cuevasdoo(Miami, Florida) January 9, 2020— Casa Cuevas Cigars, announces that Alec Cuevas has been named Director of Operations. Alec Cuevas is the son of President Luis Cuevas Jr. and grandson of Master Blender Luis Cuevas Sr. Alec is the fifth generation Cuevas to join the family business.

Alec Cuevas, a Miami native, grew up around tobacco. He spent entire summers in the Dominican Republic, with his grandfather at the Cuevas’ cigar factory, Las Lavas Cigar Factory. His passion for tobacco was cemented when he smoked his first cigar, given to him by his grandfather during a New Year’s celebration, at age 17.

“I couldn’t finish it but smoking my very first cigar with my father and grandfather during that New Year’s Eve celebration was one of my most memorable moments in my life.”

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District Court Judge Throws Out Warning Labels for Premium Cigars

Today, United States District Court Judge, Amit Mehta, threw out the warning requirements for premium cigars contending that the FDA did not properly analyze the different usage patterns between premium cigars.

The Court pointed to evidence that “premium cigars have different usage patterns than other cigar and tobacco products, they are almost never used by youth, and they are instead used by older, higher income, and better educated consumers.” According to the Court, the FDA did not adequately deal with this evidence when it imposed 30 percent health warnings on premium cigars. The opinion vacates the labeling requirements for premium cigars and remands a portion of the rule for further analysis by the FDA.

FRATELLO CIGARS INTRODUCES: BLU, ROSSO AND VERDE

fratellorossoSpringfield, VA (January, 8th 2020) –Fratello Cigars and Omar de Frias are pleased to announce three new products to debut at the January TPE trade show in Las Vegas, NV.


Fratello Blu, Fratello Rosso and Fratello Verde are bundles that are intended to cater to “Fratello lovers that want a little extra bang for their buck,” says de Frias. “This is an exciting time for us as we’re diving into a new segment of the market, one that we hope will grow our family and our footprint in the industry.”

Produced by La Aurora in Santiago Dominican Republic, the 15-count bundles aim to keep it simple by only offering two sizes in each blend; a 5 x 50 Robusto and a 6 x 50 Toro. The blends are:

Blu: Maduro

Rosso: Habano

Verde: Connecticut

Individual cigars are slated to retail for $3.25 each and packed in bundles of 15 cigars. Fratello plans to begin shipping March 15th 2020.