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TOBACCO PRODUCTS AND INDUSTRY PROMOTIONS (cont.)

Cubanitos, Handmade Cigarillos from Fuente
Arturo Fuente has released a new brand of petit cigar called Cubanitos to be sold in antique-style tins of 10. The cigars are 41/4 inches long with a 32 ring gauge. They come wrapped in a vintage Cameroon wrapper that Fuente has aged at least 10 years. Like all Fuente cigars, the Cubanitos are being manufactured in the Dominican Republic, where the filler and binder leaf are grown. The suggested retail price is $12.85.

Fuente & Newman Premium Cigars, P.O. Box 76219, Tampa, FL 33605; Tel.: (813) 248-2124; (813) 247-2135.


Djarum Clove Cigarettes Now in American-Style Hard Packs
Kretek International and Djarum are providing smokers with a great way to enjoy the same great taste of the number one selling clove cigarette, but in familiar, 85mm flip-top American-style box packaging.

There are six exciting varieties, including Bali Hai, Black, Splash, and Special. Plus, due to popular demand, two new flavors are being offered: Special Lights and Special Menthol. To generate additional retail excitement, each is being made available in a colorful, pre-packaged display. Contact Kretek International for further information and other promotions.

Kretek International, 5400 Tech Circle, Moorpark, CA 93021, Tel: (800) 358-8100, Fax: (805) 531-8899.


Philip Morris Extends Parliament Line
Parliament Full Flavor Menthol cigarettes are now available in limited areas from Philip Morris, Inc. Packaged in a flip-top hard pack box, the king size cigarettes each contain on average 15 mg. of tar and 1 mg. of nicotine, based on FTC testing methods.

Drum US, or Euro-Drum?
Drum Premium Handrolling Tobacco, distributed by Republic Tobacco, Glenview, Ill., is manufactured by the company at its facilities in North Carolina. Formulated to be as "close as possible to the original European blend" according to a company spokesman, Republicís product is not related to Imperial Tobacco Nederland B.V.ís Drum tobacco, formerly imported from Holland and distributed by Douwe Egberts Van Nelle, Inc. Douwe Egberts Drum was withdrawn from the U.S. market in 1998.

New Modern Look for Rizla
Rizla, the internationally top-selling brand of roll-your-own (RYO) papers, has undergone a makeover, introducing a new logo and packaging to further enhance the brand. The new look covers Rizla Regular, Rizla Doubles, Rizla 78mm, and Rizla King Size products. The brandís new logo has a more modern look with an enhanced typeface for clearer brand identity. The booklet covers have also been enhanced with brighter colors and a greater visual impact.



SMOKESHOP - December 1999