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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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Every time I traveled, people came up to me to express support for our family and their belief in our integrity and our honor, people that I never even met before: cigar lovers, retailers, people in the business, people outside the business--all of them. The kind of support we received during this very challenging time made me realize that in life you have to have purpose and meaning. I realized that our struggles, our long hours of hard work, our drive to do something to the extent of obsession in making great cigars, was something that had great meaning.

CA: Do you have any message to give to people from Mondavi or Mouton-Rothschild should they read this interview?

Fuente:It's not necessary for them. But it's just sad that all this happened. Cigars are not meant to be battled over. Cigars are meant to be enjoyed, and for people who enjoy cigars, there's a certain bond or bridge that brings them together. This is something that's very sad that happened, but it did happen and we learned. I think that today our family is stronger because we were able to persevere during the struggle.

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