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News Brief: Cigar Industry News For 3.28.12.

This week saw the arrival of a limited quantity of Viaje’s new Skull and Bones MOAB (Mother of All Bombs) and FOAB(Father of All Bombs) cigars to our humidor shelves. Both vitolas of this Viaje White Label Project release are Nicaraguan puros with Criollo wrappers, measuring up to 4 ½ x 54, and 4 ½ x 56 respectively. The names chosen for these high-octane stogies refer to the strength of the cigars, though I think the boutique-style packaging says it best, with each box of 25 bearing the cryptic, foreboding message: “Be Warned.”

The J.C. Newman cigar company has announced the addition of new sizes to both their Diamond Crown and Diamond Crown Maximus lines. The Torpedo #8, a 5 x 58 belicoso vitola marks the eighth size for the regular Diamond Crown line, while the Maximus line will expand to its seventh available size, the new Double Robusto #6, which will measure in at 5 x 56. For the time being, the new sizes will only be available at Diamond Crown smoking lounges, but are slated to see a wider release on Father’s Day, June 17th.

In other new stogie news, the best-selling Romeo y Julieta brand has announced the release of a new cigar that will be “unlike any other Romeo y Julieta cigar to come before”, according to Altadis USA. The new blend, dubbed “Romeo- by Romeo y Julieta”, is described as a robust, full-bodied cigar with rich and complex flavor nuances that aims to appeal to the modern cigar smoker. Romeo will initially be available in four sizes, Churchill, Piramide, Robusto, and Toro, and should hit shelves sometime in May.

The Oettinger Davidoff Group has recently appointed Javier Plantada as new senior vice-president of Global Productions. Plantada, a tobacco industry veteran with over 20 years experience will now oversee the company’s operations in the Dominican Republic, where Davidoff and Avo cigars are produced, as well as Honduras, home to Camacho cigars. In a press release Plantada was quoted as saying, “It was a visit to the old Davidoff factory in the Dominican Republic that shifted my professional life into tobacco some 20 years ago and it is now an honor to be able to contribute in developing the synergies between the operations in Honduras and the Dominican Republic.”

And finally, on a very sad note, Emmanuel “Manny” Ferrero, senior vice-president of Ashton passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday at the Tobacconists’ Association of America retail convention in Los Cabos, Mexico. He was 63 years old.  An outgoing and personable member of the cigar community, Ferrero was known for his passion for cigars and his legendary toasts at Ashton company dinners. BestCigarPrices would like to extend our deepest condolences to the Ferrero family, as well as the Ashton Cigar family.