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Investing in Innovation

As the introduction of rules and regulations set forth by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has changed how many manufacturers operate, the...
Plasencia Cigars

Plasencia Cigars: The Soul of the Tobacco Industry

The Plasencia family has been growing top-quality tobacco for five generations. Today, Plasencia Cigars manufactures more than 35 million handmade cigars each year and...

Macanudo: The Evolution of an Icon

The story of Macanudo begins with Edgar M. Cullman, a brilliant entrepreneur with a great vision, who built Macanudo to become one of the...
David Joyce, General Manager of Santa Clara

Santa Clara: A Premium Partner

Since 1971, Burlington, North Carolina-based Santa Clara has been distributing tobacco products to wholesale accounts throughout the country. Its clients include other distributors, brick-and-mortar...
Avanti Cigar

Avanti: An American Dream

Avanti Cigar Company’s history dates back more than 100 years to when the founders of the company wanted to capitalize on their love for...
IPCPR 2017 JM Tobacco

IPCPR 2017: Product Highlights

Amidst U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)  filings and industry lawsuits, the show must go on! And with it, so do product unveilings, limited...
Jonathan Drew by Candace West

Jonathan Drew on Reinventing Drew Estate, Part 1

There’s no denying that Jonathan Drew is a maverick. He and his partners at Drew Estate broke virtually every unspoken rule in an industry...
JM Tobacco Anto Mahroukian

JM Tobacco: 20 Years and Going Strong

Last year, JM Tobacco marked its 20th birthday with the reintroduction of the company’s very first cigar: Española, first launched in 1996. In addition...
Jonathan Drew and Willy Herrera of Drew Estate at Rocky Mountain Cigar Festival

Cigar Event ”Wow” Power

Ask top tobacco retailers to describe their current premium cigar business and you will hear words such as “growing,” “opportunity” and “comeback.” Ask about...
Heinrich Villiger of Villiger Sohne AG

Villiger Söhne AG: A Long-term Commitment

In an age where tobacco companies are under the attack of increasing regulations and anti-smoking movements, any company that manages to beat the odds...
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