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 532 (4/8/23)

The Headlines

La Aurora USA Officially Launches

Back in November 2022, La Aurora announced the formation of La Aurora USA LLC (LUSA). The new entity will assume sales and marketing efforts for La Aurora’s cigar brands in the U.S. This month marks the official launch of LUSA, and with that move, the transition from former distributor Miami Cigar and Company has officially taken place. Concurrently, LUSA has announced its team handling sales and operations going forward. We’ve got the details here.

2023 Cigar Coop Coalition Big Board Launched

The Cigar Coop Coalition is launching its 2023 Big Board for the Premium Cigar Association (PCA) Trade Show. Think of this as a living document that is updated several times a week.  On the Big Board, we will update who is going to the trade show, and what products you can expect. After the Trade Show, you can find our Trade Show coverage organized by company. Much is in the early preliminary stages, but expect the board to fill up over the upcoming weeks leading up to the Trade Show. You can access it directly at

Prime Time Jukebox Battle of the Bands 80s Madness

This year the Battle of the Bands Competition is 80s Madness!  While last year we selected artists, this year we have decided to focus on albums – specifically from the decade of the 1980s. To add to the fun, Hector Alfonso of Espinosa Cigars and John McTavish of Developing Palates are once again participating.

We will be offering incentives to vote. This year the prize pool has really been amped up! Three winners will be chosen this year. Prizes offered include the following:

  • A $50.00 Vinyl Me Please Gift Card (you heard us talk about VMP on Jukebox!!!)
  • A Drew Estate DE 25 Leather Pack Pack + Cigar Case
  • An Alec Bradley Red Badge Ceramic Ashtray

For details on how to participate, click here.



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Product Reports

Other News


Cigar Reviews


Agile Cigar Reviews

The Smoking Syndicate


Features and Blog


Feature Story

The Blog

Prime Time Podcasts

Prime Time Show

Prime Time Special Edition

Prime Time Jukebox

  • Prime Time Jukebox Episode 94: Three Hit Albums in a Row

Upcoming Schedule

4/10 Prime Time Jukebox Episode 94: Three Hit Albums in a Row
4/13 Prime Time Episode 263: TBA
TBD Prime Time Special Edition 140: TBA

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