Canary Islands
Cigars, Co.

A subsidiary of the versatile European tobacco enterprise Cita Tabacos de Canarias S.L., this company follows in the rich history and tradition of its parent as it renews its ties to the U.S. premium cigar market.

Staff Report

More than fifty years ago Over time, Cita has succeeded in combining tradition and modern methods to become a solid Canarian company, diversified and actively pursuing new markets in Europe, Latin America, Asia, Africa and, through its Miami, Florida-based subsidiary Canary Islands Cigars - the United States.

Following in this tradition, Cita manufactures some of the leading tobacco brands in the market, incorporating top talent and the latest technology. Cigars from Cita's factories are well-accepted by consumers, who appreciate the top quality of the tobaccos used.

Cita manufactures and distributes a number of premium cigar brands including Peņamil Oro, Condal, S.T. Dupont, El Greco, Peņamil Clasico (D.R.), Capote, La Favorita, La Belleza, and Albero, as well as machine made-cigars including Peņamil Plata, Alvaro, and Coronas Reserva Cigarrillos.

To effectively support the marketplace, Cita operates an efficient distribution network to supply European, Asian, and North and South American markets with top tobacco brands and other products. In the U.S., distribution is handle by Canary Islands Cigars Co.

Tobacco and the Canary Islands
The history of tobacco is, essentially, the history of modern industry in the Canary Islands, relating centuries of tradition in a familiar activity. It now combines modern processes with the original principles that inspired its inception.

Tobacco has been linked to the Island life since America was discovered, but it was in the 17th century when this marriage became closer yet, when many Canarian people arrived in Cuba, where they would participate actively in tobacco production there.

Cuba, which was then a promised land where Spaniards were offered opportunities to improve their standard of living, received a tremendous flood of Canary Island residents: up to 120,000 moved to Cuba. There were so many of them, that their Cuban descendants are still called isleņos, or islanders.

In exchange for this re-population, the Canary Islanders were given the licenses to grow and process tobacco. In Cuba, the Canary Islanders learned the way to treat tobacco and perfected it, honing their own craftsmanship, with care, coddling, and pride in a job well done. It was a process that Canary Islanders had already begun in their native country, as there are records of tobacco products being made in the Canary Islands as early as 1723. In Cuba, Canary Islanders gained further experience in this art, already familiar to them, which they would take back home.

Canary Islands Cigars Co. brings this tradition in making premium handmade cigars to the U.S, steeped in tradition, but modernized with the latest technology, putting in the a smoker's hands what Spain's ancestors loved so much: a splendid cigar.

Canary Islands Cigars, Co., 741 Lincoln Road, Miami Beach, FL 33139, Tel: (305) 604-9690, Fax: (305) 538-2717, Email: cicigars@bellsouth.net, Web: www.cp-house.com.

SMOKESHOP - Aug/Sept, 2002