An Interview with Manuel Quesada
Owner, MATASA, makers of Fonseca, Licenciados, Romeo y Julieta, Jose Benito, Cubita, Royal Dominicana, Credo and Casa Blanca cigars.
Marvin R. Shanken
From the Print Edition:
Denzel Washington, Jan/Feb 98
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Quesada: In 1998 we plan to grow maybe 5 or 7 percent.
CA: Does that include your new facilities?
Quesada: No sir, just MATASA.
CA: When does the new joint venture facility come on the scene?
Quesada: Tabacalera Nacionale Dominicana already started June 2. And Cotabex actually started three days ago, Monday.
CA: What kind of production are those factories going to have?
Quesada: When they come to full production, they should be doing 60,000 cigars a day at Tabacalera Nacionale Dominicana, and Cotabex should probably be double that level.
CA: What does that work out to on an annual basis?
Quesada: Fourteen million to 15 million cigars.
CA: Per factory?
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