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Carlos Fuente

Carlos Fuente Jr. has become one of the most recognizable people in the cigar business. While at the helm of Tabacalera A. Fuente y Cia., he has seen the company rise to one of the preeminent positions in the industry.
Marvin R. Shanken
From the Print Edition:
John F. Kennedy, Nov/Dec 98

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CA: How many cigars do you expect to produce from all your factories in 1998?

Fuente:It's hard to answer that, but roughly, we will reach about 40 million cigars.

CA: What was it last year?

Fuente:Last year, we were just under 40 million.

CA: Can you give us the approximate production of each of your major brands?

Fuente:Arturo Fuente shipped around 17.8 million cigars in 1997. This year, there will be some increase for Arturo Fuente, but not much; maybe just over 18 million.

CA: You already said OpusX, you expect...

Fuente:For Fuente Fuente OpusX, between 750,000 and a million. But it will end up under a million this year.

CA: Do those numbers for Arturo Fuente include all the brand extensions--Don Carlos and the others?

Fuente:Yes. For all the cigars that carry the Fuente name, we will produce just over 18 million.

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