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: Edition 416 (1/16/21)
2020 Prime Time Awards
This week we announced the winners of the 2020 Prime Time Awards
- Small/Medium Factory of the Year – Fabrica Oveja Negra
- Large Factory of the Year – Fábrica de Tabacos Joya de Nicaragua, S.A.
- Small/Medium Company of the Year – Oveja Negra Brands
- Large Company of the Year – Drew Estate
Year in Review
This week we completed our Performance Rankings for 2020.
- Factory Performance Rankings
- Country of Origin Performance Rankings
- Vitola Performance Rankings
- Company Performance Rankings
Scandinavian Tobacco Group Splits General Cigar Portfolio and Launches Forged Cigar Company
Scandinavian Tobacco Group (STG) has announced it is dividing its portfolio of premium cigar brands. Several brands will be moving into a new subsidiary known as Forged Cigar Company while other brands will remain under the existing General Cigar Company umbrella. We’ve got the details here.
- AJ Fernandez Cigars: Shipped the New World Double Corona
- JC Newman Cigar Company: Officially announced the Havana Q line.
- Foundation Cigar Company/United Cigars: Announced the The Wise Man Maduro Firecracker
- Protocol Cigars: Announced the Protocol Coppers shop exclusive.
- Xikar: Announced the Xi2 Nightlife Series and its new upgraded Pipeline Series
- Stallone Cigars: Announced a price Increase on its Toro offerings
- Tarazona Cigars: . Named Benigno “Ben” Rosario has been Vice President of International Sales and Development and Justin Sandlin will be the Southwest Regional Sales Manager.
- No updates this week
Features and Blog
- No blog entries this week
Prime Time Podcasts
Prime Time Show
Prime Time Special Edition
- No Show This Week
Prime Time Jukebox
- No Show This Week
Live from the Library
This week we ran a series of live podcasts around Cigar Aficionado’s Top 25 Reveal:
- Live from the Library: The 2020 CA Top 25 Reveal – Day One (1/11/21)
- Live from the Library: The 2020 CA Top 25 Reveal – Day Two (1/12/21)
- Live from the Library: The 2020 CA Top 25 Reveal – Day Three (1/13/21)
- Live from the Library: The 2020 CA Top 25 Reveal – Day Four (1/14/21)
- Live from the Library: The 2020 CA Top 25 Reveal – Day Five (1/15/21)
1/18 Prime Time Jukebox Episode 28: Out of the Comfort Zone
1/19 Prime Time Special Edition 91: 2020 Top Ten Recap and Year in Review
1/21 Prime Time Episode 171: Abe Dababneh – The Great Smoke Pre-Game Show
On This Date…
On this date January 16th…
- Jan 16, 2012: We previewed projects Tatuaje had planned for 2012.
- Jan 16, 2012: We assessed the Rocky Patel Winter Collection 2012.
- Jan 16, 2013: We previewed the H. Upmann Legacy by Altadis.
- Jan 16,2013: We reposted a press release announcing the Cubanacan Habano.
- Jan 16, 2013: We assessed the Alec Bradley Maxx Brazil.
- Jan 16, 2014: We assessed the Pedro Martin Limited Edition.
- Jan 16, 2015: We reported on Warped Cigars’ plans to launch the La Hacienda Line.
- Jan 16, 2015: We did an Assessment Update on the Nomad S-307 Robusto.
- Jan 16, 2015: We reported on the Davidoff Pause sampler.
- Jan 16, 2015: The Cigar Media Association named Cigar Dojo its Cigar Media Member of the Year.
- Jan 16, 2015: The Cigar Media Association named the Illusione Fume D’Amour its Cigar of the Year
- Jan 16, 2015: The Cigar Media Association named Crowned Heads its Brand of the Year
- Jan 16, 2016: We reported on the Rocky Patel Ice Arrives at JR Cigar
- Jan 16, 2016: We published the Cigar Industry Report: Volume 5, Number 8 (1/16/16)
- Jan 16, 2017: We reported on PDR Cigars’ Flores y Rodriguez Connecticut Valley Reserve Gen2
- Jan 16, 2017: We published Editor’s Corner Volume 6 Number 2a: Footnotes on the Petition to Support HR 564
- Jan 16, 2017: Announced La Zona as our 2016 Small Factory of the Year.
- Jan 16, 2018: We assessed the Plasencia Cosecha 146 San Agustin
- Jan 16, 2018: We unveiled our #4 Cigar for 2017, the Crux Limitada Show Exclusive 2016
- Jan 16, 2018: Announced Southern Draw Cigars as our 2017 Small Company of the Year
- Jan 16, 2019: We reported on the Padilla Finest Hour
- Jan 16, 2019: We reported on the Viaje Super Shot 2019
- Jan 16, 2019: Announced Joya De Nicaragua as our 2018: Large Company of the Year
- Jan 16, 2020: We reported on Micallef Cigars plans to attend PCA 2020 Trade Show and its vision for the year ahead
- Jan 16, 2020: We reported on C.L.E. Cigar Company’s plans to attend the 2020 PCA Trade Show
- Jan 16, 2020: We published the blog entry How to Cut, Light, and Enjoy Your Cigar with Nick Perdomo
- Jan 16, 2020: We reported on the Montecristo Volume 1: 100 Days
- Jan 16, 2020: We reported on the FDA reaffirming ongoing enforcement of age compliance for tobacco purchases
- Jan 16, 2020: We published our Country of Origin Performance Ratings for 2019