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An Interview with Ernesto Perez-Carrillo

Owner, El Credito Cigar Co., makers of La Gloria Cubana, La Hoja Selecta, El Rico Habano and Dos Gonzales cigars.
Marvin R. Shanken
From the Print Edition:
James Woods, May/Jun 97

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Carrillo: We ended up with 2.2 million cigars.

CA: What percentage was La Gloria Cubana?

Carrillo: About 60 percent.

CA: And the next largest brand?

Carrillo: Second was El Rico Habano and third was La Hoja Selecta.

CA: So in 1997 you'll produce 1.2 million in Miami and how many in the Dominican Republic?

Carrillo: In the D.R., about six million.

CA: You will go to six million?

Carrillo: That's what we're shooting for. The only thing that might hold us back is lack of tobacco, which is a big problem now.

CA: I think people are interested to know, first of all, is there a designation on the cigar band that says whether it's from Miami or from the Dominican Republic?

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