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A Conversation With Oliva Cigar Co. Owner: Fred Vandermarliere

By Andrew Nagy | From The Bond Legacy, July/August 2020
A Conversation With Oliva Cigar Co. Owner: Fred Vandermarliere
Photos/Peter Garritano
Affable and energetic, Fred Vandermarliere is committed to maintaining the high standards of Oliva Cigar Co. now that his company owns the operation.
It’s difficult to not smile while speaking with Frederik Vandermarliere, the third-generation owner of J. Cortès Cigars N.V., a private, family-owned business based in Zwevegem, Belgium, that specializes in machine-made cigars. Affable and intelligent with a charming Belgian accent and boundless energy, Vandermarliere oversees the 94-year-old company that was started in an attic by his grandfather, Maurits. Frederik’s father, Guido, expanded the business exponentially during his time as chief, but it was Frederik who brought the family into handmade cigars, the driving force behind the company’s acquisition of Oliva Cigar Co. in 2016. Earlier this year, senior …
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