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General Cigar Co. Announces Seizure of Thousands of Counterfeit Cohibas

According to a BusinessWire press release, General Cigar Co. just announced the seizure of more than 3,000 counterfeit Cohiba cigars by federal and Florida state officials. The counterfeit stogies were being sold for $20 a piece out of seven tobacco shops in busy tourist areas of Key West, Florida, totaling in at a street value …

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General Cigar Co. Picks out Crop for Macanudo Vintage 2010

Following the success of the 2010 harvest of their Connecticut crop, General Cigar Co. has declared that this year’s harvest will be set aside for a Macanudo vintage, according to an article in Cigar Aficionado. Jhonys Diaz, vice president of operations at General Cigar Dominicana, explained that the normal yield for grades one, two, and …

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C.A.O.’s Chairman Leaves Company

Given the pattern we’ve seen in the last few months with Sam Leccia leaving Oliva Cigar Co., Tim Ozgener leaving C.A.O., and Dr. Reto Cina leaving Davidoff, it came as only a small surprise that Gary Hyams, chairman of C.A.O., stepped down from the position on Monday according to a press release from General Cigar. …

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Tim Ozgener Leaves CAO, Possibly Cigar Industry Altogether

Almost immediately following Sam Leccia’s unexplained departure from Oliva Cigar Co., CAO’s president, Tim Ozgener, has decided to leave the company, and with that, the cigar industry altogether. This is due to the company’s impending move from Nashville, TN to Richmond, VA, a result of the merger between Swedish Match and Scandinavian Tobacco. “It is …

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