Edgar Cullman Jr.
CEO, General Cigar Company
Marvin R. Shanken
From the Print Edition:
Demi Moore, Autumn 96
(continued from page 19)
Cullman: We should have at least a 50 percent increase. I mean, if the demand still holds up.
CA: In 1995, how many handmade cigars did General Cigar make and sell?
Cullman: Without being specific, it exceeded 25 million cigars.
CA: And so in '96, there will be a 20 percent increase.
CA: And in '97 it could be 30 or 40 percent above the 30 million?
CA: One cannot have a discussion of handmade cigars, obviously, without talking about what happens when we wake up one morning and read that the embargo's over.
Cullman: It will be like the afterburners kicking in for the cigar business. I was talking to one individual in the industry a couple of weeks ago, who flatly said that five out of every six Cuban cigars that are made are being consumed in the United States.
CA: That's ridiculous.
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