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An Interview with Edgar M. Cullman Sr.

Chairman of the Culbro Corporation
Marvin R. Shanken
From the Print Edition:
Bill Cosby, Autumn 94

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C.A.: Do you buy these at auction or under long-term contracts?

Cullman: We used to buy at auction but now the auction process has stopped. Now we buy under negotiation. There are certain people who are growing tobacco there that are supplying the money to the Cameroons.

C.A.: Is there a shortage in all Cameroon wrappers of quality or is it particularly large-leaf Cameroon?

Cullman: Particularly large-leaf and the type of tobacco that we like.

C.A.: Is that the reason Partagas No. 10 is in short supply?

Cullman: Yes, and some of the other new Partagas Limited Reserves.

C.A.: Right now you don't see any solution to the problem?

Cullman: We haven't seen one yet. We are looking for it.

C.A.: If the production of Cameroon doesn't increase, would you then look at other sources, other countries for Partagas wrappers?

Cullman: Well, we always have to look at other sources, but like anything else, people like a certain taste and this wrapper has a certain special taste that people like. We are going to try to protect that. We are encouraging the people who are supplying the money to grow tobacco in the Cameroons to grow more for us. I think they will. Right now there is a problem.

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Ed Harvey — Auburn, WA, United States,  —  August 31, 2011 3:19am ET

Mr, Cullman you will be missed, and it would have been interesting to see, an updated interview, since things have changed quite a bit since this one was done, along with the loss of smoking rights, and the Cigar Industry in general...

Derek Wotton — Deltona , Florida ,  —  July 21, 2013 6:56pm ET

Wow a look into the past!

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