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BCP News Brief –Changes for Padilla, CLE Cigars Confirmed, & Davidoff Names New VP

Ernesto Padilla will be making some drastic changes to Padilla Cigars, including the discontinuation of four of his most popular cigar lines, as reported by Halfwheel.com.

The discontinued cigars include the Padilla Dominus, 1932, Artemis, and Miami lines, all of which were previously made in Nicaragua at factories owned by Eduardo Fernandez and Paul Palmer of Tabacalera Tropical. The company will instead introduce two new blends that will be made in Miami; the Invictus, a small-batch-production line that will be produced at El Titan de Bronze in Calle Ocho, and a yet-unnamed Maduro line. Be sure to check back with BCP News, as we will keep you up to speed as more details are released.

Former president of Camacho cigars Christian Eiroa has confirmed his return to the industry with a new brand, CLE Cigar Co. The new brand, which is named for Christian’s initials, will kick off just in time for this years IPCPR trade show in South Orlando with two different blends, the CLE Cuarenta, and CLE Corojo.  The new cigars are said to reflect Eiroa’s changing preferences in regards to wrappers and sizes, and, taking a page from the wine industry, will also be vintage dated to reflect actual production dates. Eiroa was quoted as saying, “Tobacco changes every year, just like wine changes every year. I’m going to use the same varieties, but the cigars could vary, because it’s a different batch.” Though specific blend details have not been released, Eiroa has been buying various tobaccos from the Jamastran Valley, Ecuador, Nicaragua, and Davidoff’s Henke Kelner in the Dominican Republic. Look for the new CLE Cigars to arrive on shelves sometime in July.

And lastly, industry giant Davidoff has named a new Senior Vice President Europe. Albert Manzone, who has formerly held senior positions at Philip Morris, PepsiCo, and Wrigley, will now oversee the Oettinger Davidoff Group’s operations for the entire European market, including subsidiaries and export markets. In an official press release for the company, Manzone had this to say: “I am delighted to join the Oettinger Davidoff Group, its organization, and its management team built around Hans-Kristian Hoejsgaard. Davidoff premium branded cigars, tobacco products, and accessories are synonymous globally with savoir-faire, lifestyle, and the celebration of special moments. Thanks to a strong “crop-to-shop” philosophy, this experience is incarnated in the products, stores, and smoking lounges for the greatest pleasure of our customers. I look forward to seize upon the many exciting opportunities to continue to enhance the Davidoff experience and expand its presence across Europe with our Davidoff employees and business partners.”