The Cigar Industry Report is a one stop place to catch up on the activity here at Cigar Coop and Stogie Geeks. It is a combination of our news reports, cigar reviews, and assessment updates we do throughout the week. We will also recap what happened on our Stogie Geeks show. Finally, each week we will look back at Cigar Coop history. Look for this report every Saturday morning at 8am Eastern time.

Cigar Industry Report: Volume 5, Number 49 (Edition 198 10/29/16)

Feature of the Week: Jose Blanco Joins E.P. Carrillo

Industry icon Jose Blanco has left the day to day operations of the company he founded Las Cumbres Tabaco and has joined E.P. Carrillo full-time as its new Senior Vice President of Sales. Meanwhile Blanco’s wife Emma Viktorsson will take over the daily operations of Las Cumbres Tabaco and will base her operations from Skopje Macedonia. We got the details here.

News Recap

Legislative News

  • Senate Bill S. 441: S. 441 is the Senate Bill to gain an exemption from the FDA on premium cigars. This week, no new co-sponsors were added.  The total sponsor count remains at 21.
  • House Bill HR 662: H.R. 662 is House Bill to gain an exemption from the FDA on premium cigars. This week, no new co-sponsors were added.  The total sponsor count remainsat 169
  • House Bill 2058:  H.R. 2058 is the House Bill to change the effective date for cigars subject to FDA regulation from 2007 to 21 months following any proposed regulations are put into effect. This week no new co-sponsors were added. The total number of sponsors remains at 78.
  • FederalTwo Members of Congress have written a letter to President Obama expressing concern for the recent trade easements with Cuba.
  • FDA: We reported on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration filing a response in court to the lawsuit filed by the Trade Associations as well as the one by Global Premium Cigars.


Feature Story

Stogie Geeks

This week was Episode 206 for Stogie Geeks. We welcomed Juan Cancel and Bill Ives of Cubariqueno Cigar Company. For our Debonaire Ideal, we talked about Cigar Dogs. Finally we had our Stogies of the Week which included:

Stogie Geeks Shorts

This week’s topic was on The Newcomers

Stogie Geeks News

This week on Stogie Geeks News, we look at the Jose Blanco joining E.P. Carrillo, Dunbarton Tobacco and Trust’s new Muestra de Saka, the FDA’s decision confirming a ban on cigar companies making charitable donations, and Marco Rubio’s visit to J.C. Newman.

On this date October 29th…