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June,
2006

TOBACCO PRODUCTS AND INDUSTRY PROMOTIONS

Tinned Premium Cigars Debut from Gurkha

Miami-based Beach Cigar Group’s Gurkha brand has entered the tinned premium cigar market with two new offerings. One features natural cigars; the other, new and unique flavored cigars - a first for Gurkha. Both new launches are presented in European-style hinged clamshell tins. The Big Gurkha Tins hold 10 3 1/4 x 24 cigars and retail at $11.95 per tin. The long-filler natural cigars are handmade in Nicaragua, and are available in five blends. Dark Blend #8 and Havana Select Blend #85 are maduros, while Classic Blend #44, Natural Light Blend #224, and Mild Light Blend #967 have natural wrappers.

The Little Gurkha Tins hold seven cigarillos in each pocket-sized tin, with 13 flavor choices, including the company’s popular Ancient Warrior cigar in natural Brazilian Wrapper. The other exotic flavors are Gurkha Classic Blend, Passion Mint, Cognac, Mango Cream, Orange Spice, Exotic Orient, Kiwi Vanilla, Tiramisu, Caffe Tobac, Vanilla, Chocolate, and Passion Fruit. The cigars are machine-made in Belgium and packaged in the Dominican Republic. Suggested retail is $6.50 per tin.

Gurkha Big and Small Tins are shipped in packages that open out into countertop displays, featuring familiar Gurkha graphics, and holding 10 each of four different cigars. In addition, the company will soon offer high-quality metal and Lucite small-footprint countertop displays.

Beach Cigar Group, Miami, Fla., Tel: (305) 593-2254, Fax: (305) 593-2256, Web: www.gurkhacigars.com.


Swisher Debuts Sweets Mini-Cigarillos, New Kayak Peach

Swisher International, manufacturer of Swisher Sweets, has responded to the changing marketplace with a new product, Swisher Sweets Mini-Cigarillos, targeted at busy consumers who only have time for a short smoke break. Swisher Sweets Mini-Cigarillos offer the same “full flavor and great taste” as the existing cigars, and are available in six-packs and 60-count boxes.

In the smokeless category, Swisher’s Kayak brand of price-value moist snuff is adding a new flavor, Kayak Peach Long Cut, to the existing lineup of Fine Cut Natural, Fine Cut Wintergreen, Long Cut Wintergreen, Long Cut Straight, and Long Cut Apple. Kayak Peach Long Cut comes in single cans and five-count rolls, and is described as having “rich, satisfying tobacco taste bursting with a pleasant Peach flavor.”

Swisher International, Inc., Jacksonville, Fla., Tel: (904) 353-4311, Web: www.swisher.com.


Paired Maduro Joins Cusano 18 Cigar Line

Cusano Cigars has slowly increased production of its Cusano 18 Paired Maduro, a cigar previously produced in very limited quantity. The cigar “pairs” two popular Maduro wrappers - a Brazilian Mata Fina and a Connecticut Broadleaf, in a cigar described as medium-to full-bodied, and “rich” and “juicy” in flavor.

Both the Cusano 18 line and the new Cusano 18 Paired Maduro premium cigar lines are the result of over two years of blending and testing.

“The limited release was offered to existing customers only, and it has taken until now to fill those original orders,” says company head Michael Chiusano. “We are proud to now be able to make this fantastic cigar available to more people. There is nothing like it in the market; it is a ‘Must Try’ for every maduro smoker.”

Cusano Cigars, Bradenton, Fla., Toll-free: (800) 347-1921, Tel: (941) 360-8200, Web: www.cusanocigars.com.


La Perla Habana Cigars Adds Specialty Coffee

La Perla Habana Cigars is introducing a line of specialty coffee under the Black Pearl Gourmet Coffee label. “We have been encouraged by our retailers and their customers, and decided to offer coffee to all our shops.” reports Doug Wood, president of La Perla Habana. Black Pearl Coffee uses only fresh roasted 100% Arabica beans, which have greater flavor and aroma than commercially blended-canned coffees. Only 5% of Arabica beans worldwide are considered specialty grade. The coffee that Black Pearl uses comes from that 5% specialty grade.

The first of the new blends, “Rojo Roast,” is a tribute to the boutique brand’s Black Pearl Rojo (Red) cigar line. Rojo Roast is described as an intense blend characterized by rich flavor and aroma. “This dark roast is blended with beans from three continents,” Wood says, “including an Estate-grown Papua New Guinea coffee.”

Espresso Cubano pays homage to the original La Perla Habana cigar line first introduced ten years ago. Roasted medium-dark, this blend captures the spirit of Cuba during the 1940s and 1950s.

All coffee is vacuum-packed for freshness in 12-ounce bags and feature La Perla Habana’s familiar Black Pearl turn-of the century artwork.

La Perla Habana, Port Hueneme, Calif., Tel: (805) 985 9085, Fax: (805) 985 9086, Email: dwood@laperlahabana.com.


Altadis Rolls out Quintero Maduro

Following on the heels of its recent launch of the natural-wrapped Quintero premium cigar, Altadis U.S.A. has added the Quintero Maduro.

Manufactured in Honduras, the new line extension features a rich, Mexican Morron Maduro wrapper and is targeted to smokers who love fuller-bodied cigars. Both natural and maduro versions are box pressed and are offered in five shapes: Toro (6 x 56), Churchill (7 1/4 x 54), Robusto (5 x 54), Belicoso (6 1/8 x 52), and Corona (5 5/8 x 45).

The company held a launch party for the new cigar in Charlotte, N.C. on May 20, sponsored by Tinder Box of Charlotte. Held at the city’s Southend Brewery, the huge cigar event allowed attendees to sample the new cigar and to take advantage of special offers, and featured a live broadcast of the nationally syndicated cigar-oriented “Cigar Dave” radio talk show.

Altadis, U.S.A., Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Toll-free: (888) 262-2511, Web: www.altadisusa.com.


Heavenly Cigar to Add Two New Flavors

Two new Heaven premium flavored cigars will greet visitors to Heavenly Cigar Company's booth at RTDA 2006, according to Heather L. Phillips, company founder and c.e.o. The flavors - Strawberry-Banana and Mocha Creme - fill the Heaven line out to 12 flavors.

Heaven cigars are rolled with top-quality Dominican long filler tobacco and binder with a Sumatran wrapper. "As with all our other Heaven cigars," says Phillips, "we add only the finest flavoring essences, using our secret 5-point process."

Each of Heaven's 12 flavored cigar varieties are offered in Corona (5 1/2 x 46) and Petite (5 x 30) sizes, packaged in standard 25-count cedar boxes and bundles. Suggested retail pricing for the Corona is $89 per box and $79 per bundle; the Petite is priced at $79 per box and $69 per bundle.

Heavenly Cigar Company, Naples, Fla., Toll-free: (800) 647-8196, Fax: (239) 262-0141, Web: www.heavencigar.com.


Camacho Rolls Out El Legend-Ario Authentic Corojo

Camacho Cigars introduced the El Legend-Ario by Camacho at last year’s Retail Tobacco Dealers of America (RTDA) show in New Orleans, La. In response to overwhelming marketplace response, Camacho Cigars is now introducing the next member of the El Legend-Ario line, the El Legend-Ario Authentic Corojo.

“To the best of our knowledge, we are the only people growing the Authentic Corojo seed and we want to make sure that consumers are aware of this,” states Christian L. Eiroa, president of Camacho Cigars. “So, for the first time we have decided to use our Authentic Corojo Seed on another cigar.”

The El Legend-Ario Authentic Corojo will be presented in a wooden display box containing 100 cigars. Each box will contain the three following sizes, Toro (6 x 50, 35 cigars); Figurado (6 x 54, 35 cigars) and Bertha (6 x 60, 30 cigars), at a suggested retail price of $5.50 per cigar.

Camacho Cigars, Inc., Miami, Fla., Tel: (305) 592-0722, Fax: (305) 592-8702, Web: www.camachocigars.com.



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