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December,
2008

TOBACCO PRODUCTS & MANUFACTURERS PROMOTIONS

General Tobacco Launches GT One, Bronco RYO

The maker of GT One and Bronco cigarettes has added new RYO lines to these brands. “For years, the GT One and Bronco family of products have been favorites among the GT consumer,” said J. Ronald Denman, executive vice president and general counsel for General Tobacco. “This is yet another way to show our appreciation for their loyalty.” GT One and Bronco RYO are both available in Full Flavor, Lights, and Menthol flavors, and are packaged in re-sealable six and 16-ounce bags.

General Tobacco Co. is the sixth largest tobacco company in the nation with approximately $300 million in annual sales and is a full participating member of the Master Settlement Agreement. The company’s other brands include GT One, Bronco, Silver, 32 Degrees, Vaquero Little Cigars, and Champion.

General Tobacco Co., Mayodan, N.C., Fla., Toll-free: (877) 500-9595, Web: www.generaltobacco.com.


Acid Subculture Madre from House of Oxford

The latest addition to the Acid Subculture series from Drew Estate is the Acid Subculture Madre available exclusively through House of Oxford Distributors. This cigar is a box-pressed toro (6 1/4 x 54) aged for a full year before release. It’s wrapped in a San Andreas Maduro leaf that adds “hints of dark chocolate to the Madre’s alluring floral and herbal infusion,” says the manufacturer. Acid Subculture Madre comes in boxes of 24.

House of Oxford Distributors, Somerset, N.J., Tel: (800) 831-8893, Fax: (877) 329-4699, Email: info@houseofoxford.com, Web: www.houseofoxford.com.


Short Robusto added to PG Soiree Line

Paul Garmirian Inc. has added a new size to its all-Nicaraguan Soiree cigar line. The short robusto (4 x 50) joins the line’s belicoso (6 1/4 x 50), Connoisseur (6 x 50 toro), and robusto (5 x 50). With this addition, the short robusto size is available in six out of the seven cigar lines offered by Paul Garmirian, who states that the size was not seen in the United States until the PG Torito was introduced.

Paul Garmirian, Inc. McLean, Va., Tel: (703) 448-1260, Fax: (703) 448-1965, Web: www.pgcigars.com.


Hermanos Argenti Sub-band Added to Cuban Imports Cigars

Cigars produced for Cuban Imports, Inc. now carry a new and distinctive Hermanos Argenti (Argenti Brothers) label. Elegantly displayed as cigar sub-bands and box emblems, the new labels are featured on the company’s Exile, Exile Wired, H. Upmann Signature, and El Rey del Mundo Olvidados super-premium cigars brands.

“The Hermanos Argenti label signifies that our cigars have met the rigorous standards of quality and craftsmanship that my brother and I demand,” says company president and co-founder Michael Argenti. “Because our cigars are produced in tightly controlled, limited batches, we’re able to dictate that only the highest quality tobaccos are used, and the most experienced craftsman are engaged in producing our cigars. This pursuit of the highest quality and caliber in the production process is the heart of our company and vision, and that message will be more easily conveyed to consumers observing the new Hermanos Argenti label.”

Cuban Imports, Inc., Miami Lakes, Fla., Toll-free: (866) 731-2822, Tel: (305) 823-4047.


Rocky Patel Cigars to Include Humidipaks

Rocky Patel Premium Cigars and Humidipak Inc. have partnered to include custom-printed Humidipak two-way humidity control packs in all boxes of Rocky Patel premium cigars starting in the summer of 2009.

The Humidipak is a disposable humidity control product specifically designed to maintain a predetermined level of humidity inside the cigar box, helping to keep the humidity consistent from factory to purchasing. The packet itself will feature both the Humidipak logo as well as an image of a line of Rocky Patel cigars against a farm and factory backdrop, a picture of Rocky Patel himself, a quote, and photos of the cigar bands.

“We are honored to have Rocky Patel include our Humidipak technology in their cigar boxes,” said Sean Knutsen, president and c.e.o. of Humidipak. “Consumers have recognized the quality of Rocky Patel cigars and made them one of the hottest brands on the market, and we are glad to be part of their overall quality program.”

“By using Humidipak in our packaging, we are extending our quality control efforts beyond our factory door all the way to the retailer’s shelves and our customer’s hands,” said Rocky Patel. Humidipak, Wayzata, Minn., Tel: (952) 745-2900,

Web: www.HumidiPak.com; Rocky Patel Cigar Co., Bonita Springs, Fla., Tel: (239) 593-1833, Toll-free: (888) 766-5387, Web: www.rockypatel.com.


Alec Bradley Releases Tempus Five-cigar Gift Collection

All five sizes of the Alec Bradley Tempus premium cigar line are now available in a five-cigar gift collection. The cigars are presented in a Spanish cedar box bearing the Tempus logo and contain one each of the Alec Bradley Tempus Genesis (5 1/2 x 42), Terra Novo (5 x 50), Imperator (6 1/8 x 52), Creo (7 1/2 x 41), and the Centuria (7 x 49). This is a limited release of 1,000 boxes for the holiday season. “We were looking for a way to offer consumers a high-end gift at an affordable price,” said George Sosa, Alec Bradley’s national sales manager. “Most cigar manufacturers put out gift box samplers this time of year, and we wanted to offer something that was a cut above…for a great experience and an even better gift idea.” Alec Bradley continues to promote the Tempus line side-by-side with Nespresso coffees at all of their in-store events in the U.S.A.

Alec Bradley Cigar Co., Dania, Fla., Tel: (888) 426-4397, Fax: (954) 321-9968, Web: www.alecbradley.com.


Drum RYO Adds New “World Blends” Series

Republic Tobacco is expanding its line of signature Drum “European Style” rolling tobacco with four new blends under the Drum World Blends moniker: Perique, Latakia, Piloto Cubano, and Turkish.

Perique, a tobacco native to New Orleans, has a rich and spicy taste, and is cured in hickory barrels and pressed with oak blocks.

Latakia leaf originally comes from the Mediterranean. Curing the leaf over stone, pine, and oak wood fires helps to give it a sweet, smoky flavor likened to a fine, vintage Port.

Piloto Cubano, coming from the seeds of Cuban tobaccos, has an impressive, uncommon richness and robust flavor.

Turkish is a unique tobacco from the Orient that has gained its mild, rich, and aromatic flavor form a century-old curing process.

“Discerning smokers have valued and sought after these special tobaccos for centuries,” explains Tamas Malacsina, marketing director. “We’ve invested a lot of time finding and blending them to deliver each unique smoking experience.”

The Drum World Blends are packed in six pouches per sleeve, and 24 sleeves per case; an acrylic counter display is also available to merchandise the line.

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


Smoking Brand Rolling Papers Reintroduced

Since their introduction to the market in 1924, Smoking brand Spanish rolling papers have maintained their status as a quality brand that has immense variety. Now, the Smoking brand is being reintroduced into the American market by Kretek International.

Aiming for distribution in smoke shops and convenience stores nationally, Kretek is offering special introductory pricing and promotions to retailers. The Smoking line includes pocket rollers in addition to filters.

Kretek International, Inc., Moorpark, Calif., Toll-free: (800) 358-8100, Email: salesinfo@kretek.com, Web: www.kretek.com.


Tabacos de Cordillera Offers Variety Samplers

Tabacos de la Cordillera has released a set of economically-priced samplers for their line of Fundación Ancestral premium cigars. Each contains one of each of the five Fundación Ancestral blends, all of which come from Puriscal, Costa Rica, and are available in four sizes: Churchill, corona, robusto, and torpedo.

“We don’t claim to make Cuban cigars, or say they contain Cuban tobacco,” says John Vogel, director of Tabacos de la Cordillera. “What sets us apart from every other company is that we grow all Fundación Ancestral tobacco from our proprietary Cuban seed varieties that pre-date Castro by 20 years. These are the only surviving seeds from that era. They offer all the power, flavor, and aroma of the classic Havanas Antiguas.”

The five blends of the Fundación Ancestral use tobaccos called “Serie 1940” through “Serie 1944,” signifying the year each was developed by researchers in Cuba. According to the manufacturer, these seeds became the archetypes for Cuban cigars until the embargo.

“Now, smokers can satisfy their curiosity and save substantially over the price of buying our regular 5-pack samplers of each of the Fundación Ancestral cigar lines,” says Vogel. Serie 1940, 1941, and 1944 have neutral wrappers, while Serie 1942 and 1943 are maduros. The samplers carry a price tag between $56.25 (robusto) and $58.50 (Churchill) per box.

Arango Cigar Co., Northbrook, Ill., Toll-free: (800) 222-4427, Fax: (847) 480-1221, Email: arangocigar@aol.com.


Beretta to Launch Designer MYO Tubes

Beretta filtered cigarette tubes are the newest innovation in the MYO industry. Beretta Tubes feature a unique tipping paper that is “specially designed for today’s smoker.” The full flavored tubes offer “the style and quality of a luxury tube at a fraction of the cost.” The tubes will be available to retailers in January 2009.

Beretta Tube Co., Pink Hill, N.C., Toll-free: (800) 979-0661, Web: www.berettatube.com.


New Casa Gomez Cigars Honor Gomez Family History

Benny Gomez Jr., whose father once made cigars in Little Havana as La Roma Cigars, has partnered with La Tradicion Cubana to make his new line, Casa Gomez, a medium-bodied premium long-filler cigar with a taste profile that comes in on the sweet side, according to the manufacturer. Made in the Dominican Republic at Tabacalera LTC with Dominican filler, Honduran binder, and Ecuadorian wrapper, Casa Gomez is available in four sizes: Senior (7 1/2 x 50), Benjamin (6 1/2 x 54 torpedo), Lorens (6 1/2 x 44 corona), and Junior (5 3/4 x 52 robusto). They are packaged in boxes of 25, and retail at $5.50 - $6.50 per cigar. In the future, Gomez expects to extend this line using a different wrapper as well as new packaging.

Gomez’s grandfather, Ralph Gomez Arango, migrated from Spain to Cuba in the early 1900s, and established a deposito de tabacos that supplied tobacco products to hotels, restaurants, clubs, and cruise ships in Havana. Gomez’s father, Benjamin Gomez Perez, fled Cuba in 1961 and established La Roma Cigars in 1963. That factory was later sold to Ernesto Perez Carillo Sr., and became El Credito Cigars.

Inter-American Cigar Co., Miami, Fla., Email: smkcgrs2@aol.com, Web: www.casagomezcigars.com.


Nestor Miranda Special Selection by Pepin Garcia

Nestor Miranda, president of Miami Cigar & Company, has announced that Jaime Garcia, president of Tabacalera Garcia, is the new manufacturer of his Nestor Miranda Special Selection cigar line. In addition, the line has been re-blended by Garcia’s father, José “Pepin” Garcia, and is now being manufactured at Jaime’s new Tabacalera Garcia factory in Estelí, Nicaragua.

The Nestor Miranda Special Selection is available in four sizes – 5 1/2 x 54, 6 x 60, 7 1/2 x 40 (lancero), and 4 1/2 x 50 - and packed in boxes of 20, with the lancero available in boxes of 25.

The new blend is available in two Nicaraguan Habano wrappers, one Rosado and the other Oscuro, and Pepin has selected Dominican leaf for the new filler blend, “to be true to Nestor’s roots in the cigar business,” said Rene J. Castaneda, national sales manager of Miami Cigar & Co. Nestor Miranda Special Selection is the first new line of cigars to be produced at Tabacalera Garcia.

Miami Cigar & Company, Miami, Fla., Toll-free: (800) 643-7209, Web: www.miamicigarcompany.com.


Pinar del Río Debuts New Cigar Lines

Juan Rodriguez of the 80-year-old Tabacos Don Leoncio, S.A. cigar factory in the Dominican Republic, and Abraham Flores - whose family has farmed tobacco for two generations - have joined together to blend and produce a new line of premium cigars. The partners have named their venture after the tobacco-growing province Pinar del Río of Cuba, and have recently released two lines: Pinar Del Río Habano Sun-Grown and Pinar Del Río Oscuro.

The Pinar Del Río Habano Sun-Grown is a medium- to full-bodied cigar that uses Nicaraguan and Dominican tobaccos, as well as a Habano wrapper, a “reminder of the great wrappers grown in Pinar Del Río, Cuba - wrappers that are deep red-brown in tone with a silky texture,” said Flores.

Pinar Del Río Oscuro is a strong cigar “layered notes of rich toasty molasses and brown sugar on the palate,” being made specifically for the “dark wrapper enthusiast,” a strong but “supremely clean” cigar with a maduro wrapper leaf and Dominican and Nicaraguan filler tobaccos that are “not for the faint of heart.”

Both blends are available in robusto (5 x 50), toro (6 x 50), torpedo (6 1/2 x 52), and Churchill (7 x 50) formats, presented in hinge-lid, cabinet-style cedar boxes of 20.

Pinar Del Río Cigar Co., New Orleans, La. Toll-free: (800) 641-5645, Fax: (504) 527-6560, Email: sales@pdrcigar.com, Web: www.pdrcigar.com.


Ryfal Tobacco Named Distributor of VPapers

Sustainable Trading Limited, developers of the self-stick rolling paper VPapers, has named Ryfal Tobacco Company as the distributor of their roll-your-own products in North America.

Mark Harrison, of Sustainable Trading Limited said, “With distribution capacity now firmly established in the U.S., we look forward to expanding the markets for our revolutionary RYO product, proudly made in America.”

Sustainable Trading owns the patents for self stick cigarette papers in the USA and Europe and has been working since 2002 to develop the product. Lorne Kastner of Ryfal Tobacco Company based in Plattsburgh, New York, is a well-known sales and marketing specialist within the North American tobacco industry. Order fulfillment will be conducted by American Thrust Tobacco LLC.

American Thrust Tobacco LLC, Champlain, N.Y., Tel: (888) 223-3605, Fax: (888) 223-3610.


Heavenly Extends Entire Flavored Line to Cherub Tin Format

Heaven Cherub-sized flavored cigars from Heavenly Cigar Co. are now available in all 14 of the company’s exotic flavors, including their newest Mango-Licious and Mojito Madness flavors and their top selling Heavenly Vanilla, Cupid’s Cherry Cream, Celestial Cognac, Heather’s Honey Nut, and Raging Rum.

Heavenly’s Cherubs (3 1/2 x 26) are “a top-quality premium cigar,” explains Heather Phillips, C.E.O. of Heavenly Cigar Co. “Being mini-cigars, they provide a short but satisfying smoke and are reasonably priced ... important in today’s economy. These powerful sales benefits, plus the attractive new ten-Cherub Tin packaging, made them a crowd-pleaser for us at IPCPR 2008,” says Phillips.

“Now, Cherub lovers can carry their favorite flavors everywhere,” says Phillips.

The Cherubs, like all of Heavenly’s cigars, are 100 percent long filler, handmade premium cigars, and use the company’s five-point flavoring process, which “results in a perfect complement to the select Dominican tobaccos we use in all our products. The subtle, elegant flavoring and choice tobacco are harmonious, never competing with each other.”

The Cherub Tins are offered in 10-tin disposable displays.

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


Camel Crush from Reynolds Tobacco Goes National

Following an initial lead-market launch in Pennsylvania in April, R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. has taken its innovative Camel Crush menthol cigarette brand national.

Camel Crush is a standard Camel Light cigarette that contains a tiny flavor capsule inside the filter. When smokers squeeze and crush the capsule, menthol flavor is released. The innovative design allows a smoker to enjoy a menthol cigarette “when and if they choose,” says David Howard, director of communications at R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. Smokers can crush it a little and get a slight flavor; they can crush it completely and get “a fresh menthol blast,” or they can choose to not crush it at all.

The new brand is packaged in sleek black and blue boxes with rounded corners, and are available in 85mm Kings. Menthol brands account for 28 percent of the U.S. cigarette market.

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., Winston-Salem, N.C., Web: www.reynoldsamerican.com.



SMOKESHOP - December, 2008