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An Interview with Litto Gomez and Ines Lorenzo-Gomez

Owners, La Flor Dominicana
Gordon Mott
From the Print Edition:
Laurence Fishburne, Jan/Feb 00

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Gomez: No, it is great. The company that is selling the Cameroon, we were their first customers. They have put a lot of resources into the area, and this year's crop is fantastic. There are plenty of large-sized leaves.


CA: Initially, there were a lot of whispers in the industry that the project wouldn't be successful, and you wouldn't be able to keep making cigars with a Cameroon wrapper.


Gomez: True. But you should see the funds that they put into the infrastructure. Prefabricated warehouses. They bought trucks from the army. It is going to work fine. There was concern, and that's normal when you see a new thing.


CA: Is there a shortage of maduro wrapper now?


Gomez: No. Connecticut had a little bit of a problem in the past couple of years with blue mold, which has hurt a lot. But 1999 was a blessing for Connecticut and there is going to be a lot of tobacco; everything was perfect. Blue mold is not a very common thing in Connecticut. So, hopefully, going forward, it is going to be great for all of us.

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