Copenhagen Rolling Out New Packaging

U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Company (USSTC) has rolled out new packaging for its Copenhagen line of moist smokeless tobacco products. The new packaging is designed to provide a more consistent look for the entire line. Debuting at retail in July, the new designs can be found on original Copenhagen Snuff, Copenhagen Long Cut, Copenhagen Pouches, and bourbon-flavored Copenhagen Black. In early 2007, it will be applied to the line's latest offering, Copenhagen Long Cut Straight, which was just launched this past February.

"The objective of this new packaging is to enhance the premium presentation of the Copenhagen brand," said brand manager Joan Pedley, who oversaw the changes.

The Copenhagen packaging changes will be promoted in an email to adult consumers, in point-of-sale materials, and in a consumer magazine advertising campaign.

U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co., Greenwich, Conn., Tel: (203) 661-1100, Fax: (203) 622-3626.

United Tobacco Unveils 601 Cigars

United Tobacco, a distributor of premium cigars, has launched 601, its newest cigar line under its "EO Premium Brands" trademark. Manufactured in Nicaragua by Pepin Garcia, 601 is blended with Nicaraguan fillers and binders and finished with a Nicaraguan Habano wrapper. The cigars are described as full-bodied and recommended for "serious smokers only."

The 601 are packaged in 20-count boxes and are available in four shapes: Churchill (7 x 52), $7.90 each retail; Esplendido (7 x 49), $7.50; Torpedo (6 x 52), $7.90; and Robusto (5 1/2 x 50), $6.50.

United Tobacco, Plantation, Fla., Tel: (954) 625-6988.

i80 Little Cigars

International Tobacco Partners, Ltd. (ITP) has created i80 Little Cigars, now available in seven varieties: full flavor, light, menthol, cherry, chocolate, vanilla, and peach. i80's are packed ten packs per carton, 30 cartons to a master case. The manufacturer offers complementary P.O.S. material plus attractive acrylic pack racks for retail. Each display showcases 45 packs.

ITP, Ltd., Great Neck, N.Y., Toll-free: (877) 566-0700.

Rocky Patel Vintage 1999 Debuts

Rocky Patel Premium Cigars has released the Rocky Patel Vintage 1999, featuring a seven-year-old shade grown wrapper from Connecticut. Golden brown in appearance, Rocky Patel Vintage 1999 is a rich but mild cigar line with creamy, nutty flavors along with a hint of cedar. Patel worked with Daniel Nuñez, president and master blender of General Cigar Co., to create this cigar line comprising the Vintage blend and a special wrapper. "We set out to make an elegant, mild cigar that's smooth and clean, like an aged port," said Patel, president and c.e.o., of Rocky Patel Cigar Co. "This Vintage series makes our cigar portfolio complete - from the exquisite and mild Vintage 1999s to the rich and balanced, full-bodied Olde World Reserve."

Rocky Patel Vintage 1999 is rolled at General Cigar's Honduran American Tobacco S.A. (Hatsa) factory in Danlí, Honduras and has the same interior blend as the 1990 and 1992 series - aged Nicaraguan and Dominican ligero filler tobaccos and a Nicaraguan binder. But because the matured Connecticut shade wrapper is a more fragile leaf, the Vintage 1999s are not box pressed. The new line is available in the same primary sizes as the 1990s and 1992s: Churchill, Toro, Robusto, Torpedo, Petit Corona, The 60, and a brand new size called Perfecto.

Rocky Patel Cigar Co., Naples, Fla., Tel: (239) 593-1833, Toll-free: (888) 766-5387.

New Gurkha G3 and Second Releases of Gurkha Beast, Titan

Gurkha G3 from Beach Cigar Group is "reasonably priced" for the super-premium status Gurkha cigars enjoy, says Kaizad Hansotia, president and c.e.o. of Beach Cigar Group. The powerful new cigar has a "Super fuerte, triple ligero wrapper so powerful we warn smokers on the box, 'Please be seated when smoking this cigar; not for the amateur,' explains Hansotia. Still, the cigar never crosses over into harshness or bitterness, Hansotia says, adding, "it's an incredibly smooth smoke."

Gurkha G3 is available in a single 6" x 52 frontmark and is priced at $178 for a box of 20. The box itself is a black genuine leather binocular-style case with edge stitching and a wrap-around strap with snap closure to secure the lid. Felt-lined tubes hold 10 cigars each.

Beach Cigar has also debuted the second release of two cigars originally introduced at RTDA 2005. Only 1,000 boxes each of the original Gurkha Beast and Gurkha Titan were produced and sold out within 10 months, prompting a second 1,000-box limited release. "We're calling them Beast II and Titan II," says Hansotia, "but the blends are unchanged."

Suggested retail for the 6 1/2 x 52 Beast II is $700 per box of 35; the 6 1/2 x 50 Titan II is $750 for 31 cigars. Packaging for the Titan consists of a high-tech aircraft aluminum box with swing-up doors holding two trays of eight cigars each; a corrugated box holds another 15 for subsequent refilling. The Beast comes in a conventional black lacquer box with metallic magnetic closure for the lid and a metallic plaque inside the lid.

A new catalog featuring the entire Gurkha line is available to retailers directly or by contacting the company's local representatives.

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

Zen Cigarette Tubes Now in Four Fruit Flavors

Consumer purchases of Make Your Own (MYO) tobacco products have doubled and consumer purchases of flavored products have tripled in recent years. HBI has moved to capitalize on this market by producing a flavored MYO product: Zen Flavored Cigarette Tubes. A first in the marketplace, these empty cigarette tubes are produced in the category-leading King Size and available in four flavors - Blueberry, Peach, Cherry, and Strawberry. They work with any cigarette injector or maker.

HBI Tobacco, Phoenix, Az., Toll-free: (888) 420-4372, Email: sales@hbiinternational.com, Web: www.hbiinternational.com.

Camacho Cigars Now Offers a True Corojo Maduro

Camacho Cigars is now shipping all of its Camacho Corojo cigars and El Legend-Ario Authentic Corojo cigars with the new 2004 Corojo harvest tobacco. All sizes of the Camacho Corojo line are now available in Corojo Maduro, and Camacho Cigars is eliminating the Mexican wrapper from the Monarca Maduro and Diploma Maduro frontmarks. The Camacho Corojo cigars and the El Legend-Ario Authentic Corojo cigars are now classified as either Natural or Maduro. The Camacho Corojo Dark Naturals will be eliminated once the Dark Natural inventory has been exhausted.

Camacho Cigars, Miami, Fla., Tel: (800) 367-0782, Web: www.camachocigars.com.

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