Tobacco Business Awards 2020 Nominees Revealed

    The third annual Tobacco Business Awards aims to honor and recognize the best businesses, products and entrepreneurs of the tobacco industry.

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    Tobacco Business Awards 2020

    Tobacco Business Magazine is excited to announce the 2020 nominees for the Tobacco Business Awards. These awards are designed to honor the best businesses, entrepreneurs, and products in various categories of the tobacco, vapor and alternative industries. The Tobacco Business Awards will be presented at an exclusive ceremony in Las Vegas on Jan. 30, 2020, during Tobacco Plus Expo (TPE).

    “We are so excited to host the Tobacco Business Awards for the third year running. It’s a great opportunity to thank and give back those industry titans, innovators and visionaries who have contributed so much to our industry. This year, we changed things up on the voting process, giving total control to the our readers to choose the final nominees. The response was overwhelming and shows a true connect with the global brands and entrepreneurs who allow us to share their stories,” says Ben Stimpson, managing director of Tobacco Media Group (TMG), publisher of Tobacco Business Magazine.

    2020 nominees were chosen through an open nomination period held from Oct. 7-20, 2019. Over 1.5K people nominated different premium cigars, accessories, mass-market products, retailers and entrepreneurs in the tobacco space with those receiving the most votes making it to the final round. All categories are open to voting with the exception of the Hugo Chairman Award which is chosen by the Tobacco Business Magazine staff and is awarded to a tobacco industry icon or titan who has had a great impact on the tobacco industry for much of their career.

    Nominees for the 2020 Tobacco Business Awards are as follows:

     DOMINICAN CIGAR OF THE YEAR
    Altadis U.S.A.– H. Upmann Hispanola by Jose Mendez
    Arturo Fuente– Arturo Fuente Hemingway Untold Story
    Davidoff Cigars– Winston Churchill The Late Hour
    E.P. Carrillo– E.P. Carrillo Dusk
    Kristoff– Kristoff Vengeance
    La Flor Dominicana– Double Ligero Digger

    NICARAGUAN CIGAR OF THE YEAR
    Drew Estate–ACID 20
    Gurkha Cigars–Gurkha Treinta
    My Father Cigars–Don Pepin Garcia Original
    Oliva Cigar Co.–Oliva Serie V Melanio
    Perdomo Cigars– Perdomo Habano Bourbon-Aged Maduro
    Plasencia Cigars–Alma del Fuego

    HONDURAN CIGAR OF THE YEAR
    Alec Bradley Cigars–Magic Toast
    C.L.E. Cigar Company–Eiroa The First 20 years
    Camacho Cigars–Camacho Nicaragua Barrel Aged Toro
    General Cigar Company–Macanudo Inspirado Orange
    JRE Tobacco–Aladino Corojo Reserva
    Rocky Patel Premium Cigars–Rocky Patel The Edge

    BOUTIQUE CIGAR OF THE YEAR
    Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust– Dunbarton Sobremesa Brûlée
    Foundation Cigar Co.–The Tabernacle
    Jas Sum Kral– JSK Nuggs
    La Barba Cigars–Ricochet
    Oscar Valladares Tobacco & Co– Super Fly
    Room101–Doomsayer

    MASS-MARKET PRODUCTS
    Davidoff Cigars–Davidoff Mini Cigarillos Gold
    John Middleton Co.–Black & Mild
    Premier Manufacturing–Manitou Cigarettes
    Swisher International–Swisher Sweets
    Villiger Cigars North America–Villiger Export

    ACCESSORY MANUFACTURER OF THE YEAR
    Boveda
    Colibri
    Kentucky Double
    Les Fines Lames
    S.T. Dupont
    Xikar

    TOBACCONIST OF THE YEAR
    Anstead’s Tobacco Company (Fayetteville, NC)
    Boss Cigars (Carrollton, GA)
    Lord Puffer Cigars (Escondido, CA)
    Queensbury Cigar & Pipe (Queensbury, NY)
    Shore Thing Cigars (Watersound, FL)
    Twins Smoke Shop (Londonderry, NH)

    TOBACCO CHAIN OR FRANCHISE
    Cigars International
    Corona Cigar Company
    Old Virginia Tobacco Company
    Smoke Inn
    Smoker Friendly
    Tinder Box

    ENTREPRENUER OF THE YEAR
    Alan Rubin (Alec Bradley Cigars)
    Dave Garafolo (Two Guys Smoke Shop)
    Glen Case (Kristoff Cigars)
    Matt Booth (Room101)
    Pete Johnson (Tatuaje Cigars)
    Robert Caldwell (Caldwell Cigar Co.)

    WOMAN OF THE YEAR
    Indiana Ortez (Agroindustrial Nicaragüense de Tabacos S.A (Agrotabacos))
    Janine Perdomo (Perdomo Cigars)
    Karen Berger (Don Kiki)
    Lana Fraser (Davidoff of Geneva Americas)
    Maya Selva (Maya Selva Cigars)
    Nirka Reyes (De Los Reyes)

    LEGACY AWARD
    Carlos “Carlito” Fuente Jr. (Arturo Fuente)
    Don Pepin Garcia (My Father Cigars)
    Rocky Patel (Rocky Patel Premium Cigars)
    Nick Perdomo Jr. (Perdomo Cigars)
    Manuel Quesada (Quesada Cigars)
    Heinrich Villiger (Villiger Cigars)

    Voting is open from Nov. 1, 2019 through Dec. 31, 2019.

    To vote, visit tobaccobusiness.com/awards20.