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Inside Cuban Cigars—A Talk With Cubatabaco Head Francisco Padron

Cigar Aficionado meets with Cubatabaco's top official, Francisco Padron, to discuss Cuba's cigar industry.
Marvin R. Shanken
From the Print Edition:
Rush Limbaugh, Spring 94

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C.A.: And those would be 3 million or 4 million cigars each?
Padron: More or less in this range.

C.A.: But Cohiba is in the range more or less?
Padron: No. You have less than that now.

C.A.: I thought it was 4 million cigars for Cohiba?
Padron: No. No. That would be with a wonderful crop...two wonderful crops in a row.

C.A.: So the 4 million cigars we have heard is really the limit when everything is working properly?
Padron: Yes. Yes.

C.A.: In this past year, what was the total production of Cohiba?
Padron: Half that. Two million, or a little more.

C.A.: But the Siglo series 1 through 5 was 1 million: 200,000 per new cigar?
Padron: That was the original plan.

C.A.: But what was produced?
Padron: I launched the new Siglo range because I promised that I would do this, but I have already sold what we produced. It is an incredible thing.

C.A.: But give me some idea what you sold of Siglo, half a million, a quarter of a million?
Padron: We did more or less half of what we planned, about a half million.

C.A.: So you only did about 4,000 boxes of each size. When will you have some more Siglo cigars to send people?
Padron: We should have some Siglos available during the first quarter of 1994.

C.A.: Is the production for 1994 of the five sizes of Siglo going to be a half a million or more?
Padron: More or less a half million.


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