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Edgar Cullman Jr.

CEO, General Cigar Company
Marvin R. Shanken
From the Print Edition:
Demi Moore, Autumn 96

(continued from page 11)

Cullman: That's the problem. Not only does it take time to develop the tobacco, but once you feel you have it and even in small quantities, it takes time to age it. And then, once you have made the cigars, you have to age it again. It is a very painstaking process.

CA: That's very interesting. Could you tell me how many acres of wrapper tobacco you have under cultivation?

Cullman: In this area?

CA: Yes.

Cullman: It's probably less than 20 acres at this point.

CA: For wrappers, that can be a huge amount.

Cullman: It could be, but much of it is not usable. It is not a commercial seed yet, so we're developing it.

CA: But even a few acres of wrapper tobacco would be a lot.

Cullman: Oh, it would be a lot if it were all good. The problem is there is a lot of waste.

CA: What happens to all the waste?

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