Kretek International Now Exclusive Importer of Mac Baren Pipe Tobacco

Mac Baren Tobacco Co., Svendborg, Denmark, has appointed Kretek International, Moorpark, Calif. as the exclusive U.S. importer of Mac Baren tobacco. "For years Mac Baren has offered one of the best selling lines of pipe tobacco to the most discriminating smokers in the world, and Kretek International is proud to become part of this tradition," said Kretek in a statement.

Beginning in April, distributors that provide Mac Baren Tobacco products will be able to continue promotion and sales of these popular items knowing that ample supply is on the way and should be in good supply at all times.

"The Mac Baren Tobacco line is one of the most extensive lines of premium pipe tobacco on the market today," said Kretek International's c.o.o., Mark Cassar. "The addition of Mac Baren Tobacco to our already wide line of premium items will allow Kretek International and its distribution partners to continue to provide the most complete line of specialty tobacco product in the U.S. We are proud to add the Mac Baren Tobacco flag to our product assortment."

Kretek International, Moorpark, Calif., Tel: (805) 531-8888, Toll-free: (800) 358-8100, Fax: (805) 531-8899, Web: www.kretek.com.

Arango Cigar Co. Introduces Balkan Supreme Pipe Tobacco

Tobacco distributor Arango Cigar Co. has introduced a new pipe tobacco blend, Balkan Supreme. This mixture is made exclusively for Arango by Peter Stokkebye International, a leading Danish manufacturer of premium tobacco products such as Orlik and Skandinavik.

According to Michael Gold, Arango's president, "Many experienced and uncompromising pipe smokers favor the 'Balkan mixture.' Arango's new Balkan Supreme fills this growing market with a blend of select tobaccos, crafted by an internationally respected tobacco firm with a 120-year history of consistent excellence."

The classic flavor and aroma of Balkan blends fall within the full-bodied family of tobaccos. Balkan Supreme uses no flavoring in its blend, is loose cut, and contains a generous amount of Latakia. Some of the finest Orientals and old belt Virginias are also mixed into this tobacco. Balkan Supreme's traditional English blend is finished off with Black Cavendish and Turkish Samsun. The mixture produces a variety of distinctive flavors, and is best smoked with no other blending. Currently available in 5-lb. bags, Balkan Supreme will soon be offered in 2-lb. bags, as well. Wholesale cost from Arango Cigar is competitive.

Arango Cigar Company, Northbrook, Ill., Tel: (800) 222-4427, Toll-free: (800) 222-4427, Fax: (847) 480-1221.

Monjure Named Robert Lewis Distributor

Robert Lewis, the longest established tobacco merchant in London and one of the oldest in the world, has traditionally only sold its tobaccos from its shop, founded in 1787. But now Monjure International USA, Jamestown, N.C., is distributing the company's Robert Lewis Special Tobacco Blends in the U.S.

"The wonderful mixtures are the finest available and are expertly blended from only the very best tobaccos," says company president Stephen Monjure.

Orcilla Mixture is a classic Oriental blend made from the finest tobaccos available, and has been a favorite of discerning smokers; Wingfield Mixture, a mixture of fine Virginias, has been carefully blended with sun cured and dark leaf; Tree Mixture, a fine Latakia mixture expertly blended originally as a "private blend" for a frequent customer; and Robert Lewis 123, an "incredible blend" containing superfine Havana seed leaf with the taste and aroma of a fine Cuban cigar. Each blend is packed in 50 gm tins, $11 retail.

Monjure International USA, Jamestown, N.C., Tel: (336) 889-2390, Fax: (336) 889-9437.

SMOKESHOP - April, 2003