The Prime Time Awards are voted on by members of the Cigar Coop team. The awards look at the impact on the cigar industry. Today, we unveil our choice for 2021 Large Factory of the Year. This award factors in things such as innovation, continued quality, and impact on the industry.


“We will never rush the hands of time” is the mantra of Arturo Fuente Cigar Company. It’s no better personified than in the excellent products that have come out of its Dominican factory, Tabacalera A. Fuente y Cia. It’s a big reason why it wins the 2021 Prime Time Award for Large Factory of the Year.

There is such a wide variety of cigars produced from this factory, from regular production to limited editions to uber-limited editions; from mild cigars to powerhouse blends; from tried and true vitola sizes to artisan shapes. The factory has executed flawlessly on so many levels over the years, and 2021 was one that really shined and showcased the versatility and consistency of quality. Most importantly, the end products delivered were outstanding.

Tabacalera A. Fuente y Cia is a contender every year for our Prime Time Awards, and it’s the second time we are delivering this honor to it. This was perhaps one of the most competitive categories we had this year, and in the end this factory came out on top.

For more details on our selection process, click here.

The full vote results appear here.

Complete List Winners (Refined as Large Factory of the Year in 2017)

2014 Casa Fernandez (Multiple locations: Nicaragua, United States)
2015 Davidoff, Dominican Republic, Honduras
2016 Tabacalera A. Fuente y Cia, Dominican Republic
2017 Plasencia S.A., Nicaragua
2018 Fábrica de Tabacos Joya de Nicaragua, S.A., Nicaragua
2019 Tabacalera AJ Fernandez Cigars de Nicaragua S.A., Nicaragua
2020 Fábrica de Tabacos Joya de Nicaragua, S.A., Nicaragua
2021 Tabacalera A. Fuente y Cia, Dominican Republic