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Wayne Anstead | Anstead's Tobacco Company

The Perfect Purchase: Anstead’s Tobacco Company

One’s career path can often go in a direction that he or she never intended or expected. This is true of Wayne Anstead, the...
Manuel Inoa | Master Blender for La Aurora Cigars

An Interview with La Aurora’s Master Blender Manuel Inoa

Manuel Inoa, La Aurora’s master blender, has made making memorable cigars his career for the past 35 years. The 59-year-old Dominican studied industrial engineering...
Benji Menendez (left) and Michael Giannini.

Historic Smokes: Ventura Cigar Co.’s Cuban Cigar Factory Brand

At the 2019 International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association trade show and convention, Ventura Cigar Company introduced its latest brand, Cuban Cigar Factory....
HVC Cigars’ Reinier Lorenzo

The Personal Touch: HVC Cigars

It might be natural to jump to the conclusion that Reinier Lorenzo, the owner of HVC Cigars, has always dreamed of being the owner...
Karl Malone | TPE 2020

The Mailman Delivers: Karl Malone Takes on TPE 2020

Karl Malone got his nickname “The Mailman” for always delivering in the clutch. In a professional basketball career that spanned 20 years in the...
Tobacco Business Awards 2020 Winners Revealed

Tobacco Business Awards 2020 Winners Revealed

The third annual Tobacco Business Awards ceremony were held at an exclusive invite-only in Las Vegas on Jan. 30, 2020. The awards were held...
It's Showtime: A Guide to TPE 2020

It’s Showtime: Your Guide to Tobacco Plus Expo 2020

Set to take over Las Vegas from Jan. 29-31, 2020, Tobacco Plus Expo (TPE) has transformed over the years along with the tobacco, vapor...
Erik Espinosa | Espinosa Cigars

A Recipe for Success: Espinosa Cigars

Erik Espinosa entered the cigar business in 1997, when he began working in the warehouse of Caribe Imported Cigars, a company founded by Julio...
Altadis Connect

Making the Connection: The Altadis Connect Digital Platform

Within the premium tobacco industry there is a common misconception that innovation only occurs within the space of product development. Manufacturers like Altadis U.S.A....
David Garofalo | 2 Guys Smoke Shop | David vs. Goliath

Slaying Giants: 2 Guys Smoke Shop’s David Garofalo

In 2019, David Garofalo, the owner of 2 Guys Smoke Shop, which is based in Salem, New Hampshire, seems to be licensed to print...
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