Hefty Havanas
Cuban cigars are getting thicker and thicker each year
Twenty years ago, the thickest cigar coming out of Cuban cigar factories had a ring gauge of 52. Today, Cuba has 30 cigars that come in at 56 ring gauge or wider, including the Cohiba 50 Aniversario cigar, at 60. And the response to the global trend toward thicker cigars led by consumers and cigarmakers for the U.S. market is planned to grow. Habanos S.A. co-president Luis Sánchez-Harguindey Pardo de Vera says that the Cuban cigar monopoly is going to keep pursuing its strategy of producing fat cigars because that’s what consumers around the world are asking for. Walid Saleh, managing director of Phoenicia Trading A.A., which distributes cigars throughout the Middle …
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