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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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