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Quarter 4, 2008


J. Cortès | Neos Minis Brand Gets International Launch

Belgium-based J. Cortès Cigar Company’s popular Neos Mini brand cigarillos have been known for being thinner than the average cigarillo and catering to smokers in the market for a quick, smooth smoke. Recently the brand created a test launch for three flavor variations Java, Reserva, and Vanilla in France, which quickly became France’s best-selling cigarillos. This September the new variations will be available internationally. The Mini Java offers a Java wrapper for an easy smoking experience. The Reserva features 50 % Cuban Filler, for consumers looking for full-flavor cigarillos. The Vanilla variation is a smooth smoke with a touch of vanilla flavoring. The Minis are available internationally in elegant tins of 10 cigarillos.

J. Cortès | Pannenbakkersstraat 1, B-8552 Zwevegem-Moen, Belgium | tel: +32 56 75 94 00 | fax: +32 56 75 92 46 | info@jcortes.com | www.jcortes.com.

Republic Tobacco | New Turkish Style Tobacco for Gambler

Republic Tobacco’s line of Gambler cigarette tobacco has gone beyond expectations with the addition of new Turkish Style Cigarette Tobacco.

Available in re-sealable pouches and medium size bags, both include cigarette papers to make the consumer purchase an even better deal.

Republic Tobacco | tel: +1 800 288 8888

Tabacos de la Cordillera | Adds Two Maduros

The Fundación Ancestral Luxury Cigar Line from Tabacos de la Cordillera has been expanded with two maduro additions: the Vuelta Arriba 1942 and Villa Clara 1943. Cordillera grows all its own leaf from seeds coming from “Cuba’s Golden Age of tobacco and cigars,” according to Director and Tobacco Geneticist John Vogel. “Cuban researchers developed and introduced these five blends’ seeds in the legendary growing regions of the island, from 1940 through 1944. These first of these two latest varieties was catalogued only as ‘Villa Clara 1943.’ The origin of the second seeds was more located more scenically in Villa Clara Province’s world-renowned Vuelta Arriba region, in 1942.”

In addition to the all-Costa-Rican tobaccos, The Fundación Ancestral series also uses the etubado bunching Cuban method of cigar rolling, called Dead-Center Ligero, and finally, is finished with a panuelo (handkerchief) cap for easier cutting and to prevent unraveling.

Puroserve SA | Apdo. #70, Sarchi, 4150, Costa Rica | tel/fax: +1 928 222 7898 | www.tabacordillera.com | puroserve@tabacordillera.com.

Pöschl Tabak | Pueblo Blue

Following the successful launch of American Spirits cigarette brand, the Germany-based Pöschl Tabak company had a successful jump on the “additive-free” cigarette bandwagon with their Pueblo launch. They have now introduced Pubelo Blue, a light version of their popular Pueblo brand available in 20 markets throughout Europe and Asia.

Pöschl Tabak GmbH & Co. KG | Dieselstr. 1, 84144 Geisenhausen, Germany | tel: +49 8743 971 0 | fax: +49 8743 971 110 | poeschl@poeschl-tobacco.com | www.poeschl-tobacco.com.

Tobacco Products International - Quarter 4, 2008
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