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Richard L. DiMeola

Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, Consolidated Cigar Corporation
From the Print Edition:
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Summer 96

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CA: So what I'm hearing is that the Indonesian wrapper is somewhere between Cameroon and Connecticut?

DiMeola: That's a good way to describe it, but then again, that's my taste. You might think differently.

CA: In your Dominican factory, you use tobaccos in the blending process from various countries. Which tobaccos are more important to you?

DiMeola: Dominican. Dominican filler of all kinds and Dominican binder.

CA: So in the case of the Don Diego, which has a Connecticut wrapper, the binder and the filler is all Dominican Republic.

DiMeola: There's a little bit of Brazil in the filler.

CA: In the case of H. Upmann, which is an Indonesian wrapper, is it 100 percent Dominican binder and filler?

DiMeola: No. It's not 100 percent. There are some other things in it.

CA: What else besides Brazilian tobacco--other than Dominican--do you use for binder?

DiMeola: We use Mexican and Indonesian.

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