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Cuba's 21st Century Factories

The world's most storied cigar producer is creating modern manufacturing sites for its premium hand-rolled products.
James Suckling
From the Print Edition:
Edgar Bronfman Jr., Mar/Apr 03

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Obviously, this is not going to be the case for big names such as Montecristo or Partagas, in which tens of millions of cigars a year are sold under their distinctive labels. But small brands are going to be made in specific factories, according to Lopez. He added that Cuba has 34 cigar brands (not all are in wide use) and that the production of about two dozen of them are concentrated, or are being concentrated, into single factories.

Here is a partial list of the factories where most of the brands are or will be made. The brands in boldface are made in more than one factory, but the one where they are listed in bold type simply oversees all the production, even those sizes made at other sites:

 

• Nueva La Corona (Miguel Fernández Roig), Havana: Punch, San Cristóbal de la Habana, Hoyo de Monterrey, Flor de Cano, Por Larrañaga, Belinda and Cabañas

• Partagas (Francisco Pérez Germán), Havana: Partagas, Bolivar, La Gloria Cubana and Ramón Allones

• Romeo y Julieta (Antonio Briones Montoto), Havana: Romeo y Julieta, Cuaba, Saint Luis Rey, Quai d'Orsay, and Rey del Mundo

• Nueva H. Upmann (José Martí), Havana: Montecristo, H. Upmann and Diplomáticos

• El Laguito, Havana: Cohiba and Trinidad

• La Habana, Havana: Fonseca, Sancho Panza and Juan López

• Rey del Mundo (mostly machine-made), Havana: Statos de Luxe, Troya and Gispert.


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