Niels Frederiksen Scandinavian Tobacco Group

Lighting the Way: Scandinavian Tobacco Group’s CEO Niels Frederiksen, Part 1

Macanudo, CAO, Borkum Riff, Captain Black, Bugler, Bali Shag and Cafe Creme are just a few of the more than 200 brands that Scandinavian...
Dr. Alejandro Martinez-Cuenca |Joya de Nicaragua

National Pride: Celebrating Joya de Nicaragua’s 50th Anniversary, Part 2

In part 2 of National Pride, Tobacco Business continues to examine the history of Joya de Nicaragua as it celebrates its 50th anniversary ....
Mombacho Cigars

Mombacho Cigars: Redefining Boutique

Claudio Sgroi, president and master blender at Mombacho Cigars, wants to redefine how the cigar industry thinks of the word boutique as it’s used...
Michael Giannini of Ventura Cigar Co.

Fearless: An Interview with Michael Giannini of Ventura Cigar Company

A great business sense, a background in marketing, an eye for opportunity—these are all things that make for a great entrepreneur or a successful...
Matt Booth, Owner of Room101

Room101’s Matt Booth on Creating Brand Magic

Room101 means different things to different people. In the tobacco industry, many see it as a premium cigar brand, while outside the industry it’s...
Toscano Cigars

Sweet Smell of Success: Celebrating 200 Years of Toscano Cigars

Toscano’s story begins in the summer of 1815 in Florence, Italy, during a storm. When a bale of tobacco got drenched during a rainstorm...
Juan Lopez, National Sales Manager of Gurkha Cigars

Listen Up: Marketing Tips from Gurkha’s Juan Lopez

When he was 19 years old, Juan Lopez had his first cigar at San Francisco’s Just a Cigar. That first cigar—a Joya de Nicaragua—was...
Joya de Nicaragua

National Pride: Celebrating Joya de Nicaragua’s 50th Anniversary, Part 1

If it’s true that adversity that doesn’t kill us, rather it only makes us stronger, then Nicaragua’s first cigar factory, Joya de Nicaragua, is...
Rene Castaneda, President of Villiger Cigars North America

Lead by Example: Villiger Cigars North America’s Rene Castañeda

A business is only as successful as the person who leads it. Rene Castañeda, president of Villiger Cigars North America, has spent the past...
Maya Selva

Gaining Traction: Maya Selva Cigars

Worldwide smoking bans, higher tobacco taxes and more stringent governmental regulations are making it increasingly difficult for small, boutique cigar manufacturers to eke out...
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