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Edgar Cullman Jr.

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

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Cullman: Well, most of it will be sold as binders or as unusable tobacco. It's experimentation. We're taking various seeds that are well known and seeing if we can develop them.

CA: Is your farm where you're experimenting on the wrapper at all near where the Fuentes' farm is?

Cullman: No. It's about an hour outside of Santiago.

CA: Are your people convinced that you can grow commercially a wrapper in a different location of similar quality to the Fuentes?

Cullman: We are not convinced that it necessarily will be in the Dominican Republic. But over the years, we have developed seeds that we grow both in the Dominican Republic and in Connecticut. This allows us actually to have two crops per year because [the Connecticut tobacco grows in] our summertime and the Dominican grows in our wintertime, so we actually can get two crops.

CA: I'm a little confused. So, what I am hearing now is that the new Cohiba will not necessarily have a Dominican wrapper?

Cullman: Exactly.

CA: Earlier, I think you said it would be.

Cullman: No, all I'm saying is that it will be a new wrapper. I don't know whether it will come from the Dominican Republic or Connecticut.

CA: Backing off the premium brands for a second, you have machine-made cigar businesses of approximately how many cigars?

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