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December,
2007

TOBACCO PRODUCTS & MANUFACTURERS PROMOTIONS

Alec Bradley Maxx Adds Hefty Vice Shape

Alec Bradley president Alan Rubin has announced the debut of the largest cigar in the Alec Bradley Maxx line, the Vice, a box-pressed 6 1/2 x 62 ring gauge cigar. The filler contains Colombian, Nicaraguan, Mexican, and Honduran tobaccos. The binder features Colombian and Costa Rican leaves that are double-wrapped and then finished with a Nicaraguan wrapper that has been aging since 2003. Rubin describes the Vice as “medium- to full-bodied, deeply rich and complex, with a smoothness that tames the upper filler leaves’ strength.” The Vice come packaged in a 50-count box and carry a price of $8.50 per cigar.

Alec Bradley Cigar Co., Dania, Fla., Toll-free: (888) 426-4397, Tel: (954) 321-5991, E-mail: alan@alecbradley.com, Web: www.alecbradley.com.


Laramie Valued-Priced 89¢ 1 1/4 Rolling Papers from HBI

New Laramie brand rolling papers from HBI Tobacco were designed with the price-valued consumer in mind, yet the product’s easily recognizable name and bold packaging establishes brand recognition.

“A low price point is necessary to capitalize on retail sales from price conscious consumers,” states a company announcement. “Rather than take away from your current RYO sales, Laramie papers fill a niche that increases sales by expanding your customer base.”

Laramie Orange 89¢ papers are offered in the U.S. market’s most popular 1 1/4 size and contain 32 sheets per pack. They are available in both an “easy-grab” clear bowl, or the traditional cardboard POP display. The bright orange and red packaging demands consumer attention, while the 89¢ price point stimulates an impulse purchase.

HBI Tobacco, 836 E. University Drive #101, Phoenix, Ariz., Toll-free: (800) 420-4372, Fax: (602) 955-3330, Email: inquiry@hbiinternational.com, Web: www.hbiinternational.com.


Juicy Blunts Boost Flavor, Change to Double Packs

Juicy has developed a new way to add more flavor to their line of Dominican-made flavored blunts. To celebrate the launch of these new, extra-flavored blunts - called Juicy Double Blunts - Juicy has changed all of their packs to ‘buy one, get one free’ double-packs. The product is presented in a highly-graphic self-contained display box. A free six-slot acrylic display is also available to promote counter-top sales.

HBI Tobacco, Phoenix, Ariz., Toll-free: (800) 420-4372, Tel: (602) 955-6688, E-mail: Inquiry@hbiinternational.com, Web: www.hbiinternational.com.


Emprise Debuts Ted’s Made by Hand Cigars

Ted Jackson, president and founder of English Emprise and Emprise Cigars (creator of Maker’s Mark Bourbon Seasoned Cigar) has taken his formerly personal cigar - known to friends and associates simply as “Ted’s cigar” - and launched a new line of premium hand made cigars called Ted’s Made by Hand.

Produced in the Dominican Republic, the line features a blend of Brazilian, Nicaraguan, and Dominican Republic tobaccos; a Dominican Republic binder; and a Connecticut shade wrapper. Three shapes are offered: 5 x 50 ($7.00–$8.00 suggested retail), 6 x 50 ($7.75–$8.75 retail), and 7 x 50 ($8.25–$9.25 retail). Cigars are individually boxed in full-color cartons and presented in 20-count black boxes. The cigars feature an oversized second ring at the foot and the entire presentation features simple, bold graphic design.

Emprise Cigars, Louisville, Ky., Toll-free: (866) 804-7983, Tel: (502) 498-8978, Fax: (502) 499-9187, Web: www.tedsmadebyhand.com.


Natural American Spirit Offers New POS Display

Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Co. is offering a new Natural American Spirit cigarette display free to retailers and distributors. Designed to fit into numerous retail situations and in any channel of trade, the easy-loading unit features a five-style, spring-loaded display that holds five full cartons of cigarettes and features an interchangeable and reversible front graphic panel card in blue or yellow. “It makes a bold statement that lets the brand’s distinctive pack colors really ‘pop’ for high visibility,” says Elise Rodgers, retail marketing manger for Santa Fe. Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Co.,

Santa Fe, N.M., Toll-free: (800) 982-7454, Tel: (505) 982-4257, Fax: (505) 982-0156, Web: www.sfntc.com.


Savinelli Special Selection 2005 Series Debuts

A new blend is the cornerstone of the recently-released Savinelli Special Selection 2005 Series made by the Oliva family in Estelí, Nicaragua. This medium- to full-bodied line consists of 100 percent all-Nicaraguan Cuban-seed tobaccos and an Ecuadorian Habano wrapper. Three shapes are available: toro (6 x 52), $6.75 suggested retail; robusto (5 1/2 x 50), $6.50 retail; and torpedo (6 1/2 x 54), $7.00 retail. The cigars are aged four months, and are presented in 20-count cedar boxes.

Savinelli USA, Inc., Morrisville, N.C., Toll-free: (800) 633-9182, Tel: (919) 481-0511, Fax: (919) 481-1948, Web: www.savinelliusa.com.


Cuban Imports Debuts El Rey Del Mundo Olvidados

El Rey del Mundo Olvidados is a new full-bodied, super-premium cigar line from Cuban Imports, Inc. crafted at General Cigar Co.’s H.A.T.S.A. (formerly Villazon & Co.) factory in Cofradia, Honduras. “It is the strongest blend our factory produces,” stated H.A.T.S.A. production manager Marco Lean.

Spanish for “The Forgotten,” Olvidados is the newest sequel to the famed El Rey del Mundo (“King of the World”) brand originally created in 1848 in Cuba. Michael Argenti, president of Cuban Imports, developed the new brand extension to pay homage to the men who built the El Rey del Mundo brand in the U.S. - Villazon patriarch Frank Llaneza, Estelo Padron, and Manuel ZaVala.

The new blend is comprised of deeply aged Nicaraguan ligero, Honduran viso, and Dominican seco filler tobaccos; a smooth Connecticut Broadleaf binder; and a dark Ecuadorian Sumatra wrapper. Presented in lustrous rosewood cigar boxes, El Rey del Mundo Olvidados is available in five sizes: Chateaux R (5 x 54 robusto); Chateaux E (6 x 52 epicure); Chateaux T (6 1/8 x 54 torpedo); Chateaux X (6 x 60) and Chateaux D (7 1/4 x 54 double corona). The suggested retail price of each cigar ranges from $7.99 to $11.99.

Cuban Imports, Miami Lakes, Fla., Tel: (305) 823-4047, Web: www.cubanimports.com.


Gambler Rolls Out 100mm Filter Tubes, Injectors

Republic Tobacco has extended its line of Gambler cigarette tobaccos and accessories with new 100mm filter cigarette tubes in both regular and light varieties, as well as a 100mm size cigarette making injector machine.

The Gambler 100mm Tubes are packed in 200-count boxes, five per sleeve, and 50 boxes per case. The Gambler 100mm Injectors include easy-to-follow instructions and an extra nozzle. They are packed six per display box, four displays per case.

Gambler cigarette tobacco is the nation’s leading value bag, offered in regular, menthol, light, ultra-light, and menthol light cigarette tobaccos in both medium and large bags; regular and menthol cigarette tobacco in pocket pouch size; regular and light king size filter tubes; and king size injector machines. All tobacco brands from Republic Tobacco, including Gambler, are protected by MSA participation.

Republic Tobacco, L.P., Glenview, Ill., Toll-free: (800) 288-8888, Tel: (847) 832-9700, Fax: (847) 832-9710.


TOP Debuts Pouch Dispensers, King Tips, Injectors

Republic Tobacco has introduced a new gravity feed dispenser for TOP pouch size cigarette tobacco; TOP King Size Filter Tips; and new and improved TOP King Size Cigarette Injector Machines.

Ideal for convenience stores, the new high-impact TOP dispenser comes loaded with 12 pouches of Regular or Light cigarette tobacco. The space-saving, billboard-like facing chipboard display offers easy dispensing and can be wall mounted, pegged, or placed on the counter. The displays are packed 12 per case and are available for immediate shipping for a limited time only.

The TOP King-Size Cigarette Injector Machine features a new ergonomic design for easier handling and usage. It makes perfect filtered cigarettes easily and has a non-slip padded grip base. A tamper and extra nozzle are included, along with tri-lingual easy-to-follow instructions. The injectors are individually boxed and packed six units per display box, with four displays per case.

TOP’s new King Size Filter Tips are packed in 200 count re-sealable bags for value-minded consumers. The slightly longer 18mm tip provides increased filtration for smokers who prefer a lighter taste. The 16-bag display box features a pull-out tray for easy access, packed 12 displays per case.

Republic Tobacco, L.P., Glenview, Ill., Toll-free: (800) 288-8888, Tel: (847) 832-9700, Fax: (847) 832-9710.


Gurkha Launches Status, G-5 Avenger Cigars

Two new Gurkha premium cigars are now available from Beach Cigar Group.

Gurkha Status is a medium-bodied natural (non-flavor infused) version of the cognac flavored Gurkha Grand Reserve. The blend is Dominican with a Connecticut shade wrapper, and the cigars are available in a 7 x 50 Churchill and a 6 1/2 x 52 torpedo. Status shares the same striking presentation as the Grand Reserve - frosted white crystal tubes standing erect in a black-lacquered wooden counter-top base that is refillable from 30-cigar bundles. Suggested retail prices are $380 and $390 respectively for 30-cigar boxes.

The G5 Avenger is a full-bodied Nicaraguan puro, which Kaizad Hansotia, c.e.o. of Beach Cigar Group, describes as “the father of our popular

G-3, deeply complex and powerful.” Available in a 6 x 50 toro and 6 x 52 torpedo, it is presented in boxes of 20 cigars of the same quality and unique style typical of all Gurkha cigars. Suggested retail prices are $186 and $190, respectively.

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


Helix Remix Introduces Café Mocha

Helix Remix has debuted a new four-cigar collection steeped in the flavor of aromatic coffee liqueur. “Helix Remix Café Mocha appeals to the taste of the modern smoker,” says J.T. Gurvin, senior brand manager of Helix Remix cigars; “We see Helix Remix Café Mocha becoming a fast favorite among a new generation of cigar smokers, while also being adopted by the more tenured smoker who welcomes unique new tastes into his smoking repertoire.”

Handcrafted in Honduras, Helix Remix cigars are made from Dominican Olor and Piloto Cubano longfill tobacco bound with Indonesian leaf and finished with a Connecticut Shade wrapper. A proprietary process then imparts flavor into the tobacco yielding a mild premium cigar with undertones of rich coffee.

Helix Remix continues the base brand’s non-conformist approach to packaging. The cigars are presented in an avant-garde metallic copper-colored box, accented by Helix’s signature swirl “H.” Four frontmarks are available: petit corona (5 x 38), $2.70 each or $33.75 per 25-count box; corona (5 1/2 x 44), $3.00 each, $75.00 per box; robusto (5 1/2 x 50), $3.40 each, $85.00 per box; and esplendido (4 3/16 x 32), $11.00 per ten-count tin.

General Cigar Co., Inc., Richmond, Va., Toll-free: (800) 273-8044, Tel: (804) 302-1700, Web: www.cigarworld.com.



SMOKESHOP - December, 2007