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Richard L. DiMeola

Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer, Consolidated Cigar Corporation
From the Print Edition:
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Summer 96

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CA: Is there any Jamaican tobacco that goes into it?

DiMeola: Absolutely. There always has been.

CA: In the filler? The binder?

DiMeola: Filler.

CA: What percentage of it might be...

DiMeola: The vast majority. It's a majority.

CA: Is it a fact that it's going to happen?

DiMeola: It's not a fact. It's still in negotiations.

CA: And you hope to resolve that negotiation in the coming months?

DiMeola: We hope to resolve it in the coming weeks. It won't be totally resolved, but we're getting close. [Weeks after the interview, DiMeola informed Cigar Aficionado that the first cigars would come out of Consolidated's Jamaican plant in June.]

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