The Cigar Industry Report is a one-stop place to catch up on the activity here at Cigar Coop. It is a combination of the news reports, cigar reviews, and assessment updates we do throughout the week. In addition, 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 7, Number 21 (Edition 274 4/14/18)

Feature of the Week: Mike Bellody and Enrique Seijas Form SeiBel Distribution

Quesada Cigars continues to undergo major changes. This week, Mike Bellody of MLB Cigar Ventures and Enrique Seijas of Matilde Cigars announced that they are ending their U.S. distribution agreements with Quesada Cigars effective immediately. The two have become partners on a new distribution company called SeiBel Distribution. Both companies say production will not change, including the fact that Quesada will continue to produce Bellody’s Imperia branded cigars.

News and Previews

Legislative News

  • House of Representatives: H.R. 564 is a proposed piece of legislation that calls for an exemption from FDA Regulation for premium handmade cigars. This week no new co-sponsors were added. The total number of sponsors remains at 143.
  • U.S. SenateS.294 is the Senate companion bill to H.R. 564. This week no new co-sponsors were added. The total number of sponsors remains at 20.
  • House Bill 1136: H.R. 1136 is the legislation to change the Grandfather Date for Deeming Tobacco products subject to FDA Regulation from February 15, 2017, to 21 days after enactment of the regulations. This week Lloyd Smucker [R-Pennsylvania] was added as a co-sponsor. The total number of sponsors is now at 93.
  • Missouri: There is a petition drive to implement a more restrictive smoking ban in St Louis County – which includes the city of St. Louis


Agile Cigar Reviews

Feature Story

Cigar Coop Coffee Collection

We have partnered with Layne Coffee to offer two unique coffee blends. We have the details here. You can also order your coffee here.

Prime Time Show

For Episode 49, we celebrated the One Year Anniversary of the Prime Time Show. We also celebrated 30 Years of AVO Cigars as we welcomed Scott Kolesaire, the longtime brand manager as our special guest.

Prime Time Show Schedule

This week for Special Edition #27, we welcomed Todd Naifeh of ZT Cigars as our special guest. We also gave our thoughts on the ANPRM comments.

Upcoming Schedule (Subject to Change)

Prime Time

Episode 50 (4/19/18): Dean Parsons, Epic Cigars
No Show (4/26/18)
Episode 51 (5/3/18): Steve Saka, Dunbarton Tobacco & Trust
Episode 52 (5/10/18): Juan Lopez, Gurkha Cigars
Episode 53 (5/17/18): The Drew Estate Barn Smoker Pre Game Show w/ Jeff Borysiewicz – Live from Orlando, Florida

Prime Time Special Edition

Special Edition #28 (4/17/18) Industry Faux Pas  (Note: Ernesto Perez-Carrillo Jr who was slated for this date is being rescheduled)_
Special Edition TBD (4/27/18): Christian Eiroa, CLE Cigar Company

On this date April 14th.