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 445 (8/7/21)


The Headlines

Drew Estate Cancels In-Person Events for 2021

In what could be a foreshadowing of what we will see in the cigar industry for the last 4 1/2 months of 2021, Drew Estate announced it has suspended its in-person events for the remainder of 2021. This includes the cancellation of the 2021 Barn Smoker Season as well as the postponement of the DE25 celebration in Dallas, Texas. The action is being taken due to increasing health and safety concerns resulting from the rise of the COVID-19 Delta Variant, which continues to spread rapidly throughout the country. We’ve got the details here.

Oliva Cigar Company Acquires Cuba Aliados, Puros Indios and Roly Brands

Oliva Cigar Company has purchased the trademarks for three well-known brands from the Reyes Family in Honduras. These brands are the Cuba Aliados, Puros Indios and Roly. We’ve got the details here.


The News

PCA Product Coverage

PCA Post Game Reports

Other News

Legislative News

  • House of Representatives: HR 3982 is a proposed piece of legislation that calls for an exemption from FDA Regulation for premium handmade cigars. This week Kelly Armstrong [R-ND] signed on as a co-sponsor. The total number of sponsors is now at 22.
  • U.S. Senate: S.438 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 nine. In addition, language to protect premium cigars has been included in the latest Senate Appropriations Bill.

Premium Cigars—The Committee notes that the issuance of regulations under the Family Smoking Prevention & Tobacco Control Act may place burdens on the legal production of premium cigars that were in production before this rule was finalized. The Committee directs FDA to periodically report back to Congress on the status of premarket review with regard to premium cigars. The Committee encourages the FDA to re-evaluate these regulations. Further, the agency may want to develop recommendations that consider the concerns of premium cigar manufacturers while taking a risk based approach to public health. The Committee directs the FDA to provide a report to the Committee with its recommendation within 90 days, including recommendations on whether or not to exempt premium cigars from these efforts.”


Cigar Reviews


Agile Cigar Reviews

  • None This Week

The Smoking Syndicate

Features and Blog


Feature Story

  • See Headlines

The Blog

Prime Time Podcasts

Prime Time Show

Prime Time Special Edition

Prime Time Jukebox

  • No Show This Week

Upcoming Schedule

8/9: Prime Time Jukebox Episode 46: The Anthony Boudain Show
8/19: Prime Time Episode 198: José Blanco. Arturo Fuente
8/24: Prime Time Special Edition 105: E.P. Carrillo Mt Rushmore

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