Each day, those who have a tobacco business are faced with the task of recreating their visions and reinventing their brands and companies to help them both move forward. The fear of stagnation and a loss of inspiration is what keeps many motivated—the success of these products and brands are your passion, your life and what inspires you to wake up every day and live your dream. It’s too bad that in the pursuit of success and entrepreneurship we have our dear friend, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), to also contend with.
Since the last issue of Tobacco Business, the FDA has issued a 90-day extension for many of its compliance deadlines. This is a topic we’ve been covering and reporting on extensively through tobaccobusiness.com because we know how important FDA regulation is to many of you and how it’s changing how we all do business. This extension was brought on by the change in administration and the FDA needing additional time to review and respond to the lawsuit brought on by the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR), Cigar Rights of America (CRA) and the Cigar Association of America (CAA). In addition to maintaining innovation and creating something customers and consumers will continue to buy, now we also have to work toward compliance and meeting the standards set by the FDA—as if we needed another challenge or obstacle in our daily grind.
Here’s the truth of the matter: The FDA may have changed how many conduct business and it may have slowed new product releases, but it hasn’t killed the entrepreneurial spirit. We saw it in full effect at this year’s Tobacco Plus Expo (TPE) and expect to see it at this year’s IPCPR show in just a few weeks. Manufacturers are continually working on complying with the FDA’s deeming rules, but they aren’t closing up shop and calling it a day by any means. To show that the premium cigar and tobacco industry is very much alive and well, Tobacco Business has an extra-special IPCPR show-themed issue for you this month.
This issue is jam-packed with editorial coverage from more than 13 different premium cigar and tobacco companies, including our cover feature with entrepreneur and visionary, Jonathan Drew, president and co-founder of Drew Estate and the recently launched John Drew Brands. We have a special interview with Mark Pursell, CEO of the IPCPR, where he discusses the current work and focus of the IPCPR beyond the trade show. Our spirits writer, Nick Douglas, writes on the timely topic of established heritage brands and why your store’s humidor needs these cigars and products in stock. We also have a “Best of Las Vegas” feature that includes inside information on where to smoke so you can enjoy your favorite cigars after the IPCPR show or during your next trip to Vegas.
Tobacco Business and its parent company Tobacco Media Group (TMG) are serious about helping you stay ahead of the FDA and other challenges your business will face. Our magazine and trade show, the TPE, provide you with the information and resources needed to be successful in today’s marketplace. Despite the FDA, we’re excited about what’s ahead. The magazine is breaking barriers, and we’ve got some exciting things planned for it and the TPE coming up—including the announcement that Jonathan Drew himself will not only be at TPE 2018 but will be our keynote speaker come January. Visit us at IPCPR Booth #2170 to learn more about the magazine and TPE 2018 and how you can be part of both. When it comes to helping you achieve success and navigate through all the changes happening to our industry, we mean business.
Managing Director, Tobacco Business
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