Brazil

Royal Agio introduces San Pedro de Macorís cigars

Royal Agio Cigars USA announced the launch of San Pedro de Macorís, brand meant to add accessibly priced products to the company’s lineup up handmade cigars. The brand, named for the Dominican town that’s home to Agio’s factory, will debut with two blends, one called “Ecuador” and the other “Brazil.

The Ecuador blend features a shade-grown Ecuadorian Connecticut wrapper, while the San Pedro de Macorís Brazil has a sun-grown Brazilian Arapiraca wrapper. Both blends incorporate Dominican binders and fillers from the Dominican Republic and Brazil.

Both San Pedro de Macorís blends will be packages in 20-count boxes and will be available in three vitolas: Perla (4 ⅛ x 40), Corona (5 ⅞ x 42) and Robusto (5 ⅛ x 52). They’ll range in price from $4.75 to $5.50 per cigar.

Villiger opens new Brazilian cigar factory

Villiger Cigars announced the opening of its new Brazilian factory, Villiger Do Brasil (Portuguese for “Villiger of Brazil”).

Villiger chairman Heinrich Villiger

Villiger chairman Heinrich Villiger

Villiger has been importing Brazilian tobacco since 1888. In 1979, the company opened a Brazilian Villiger subsidiary as well as a factory named Charutos Tobajara Limitada. The name Tobajara is a nod to a native tribe known for growing tobacco.

That facility is being replaced by this newer, larger one in Feira de Santana, the second largest city in the State of Bahia. For now, the factory produces only Brazilian puros like Villiger San’Doro Maduro and brands distributed exclusively in Europe, like Villiger Celebration, and Corrida.

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“Brazilian tobacco holds a special place in my heart,” said Villiger chairman Heinrich Villiger, who was present for the factory opening. “My grandparents saw the value in Brazilian tobacco when they began Villiger Cigars as very small operation in 1888, and we have continued the tradition of using this very special tobacco in many of our brands. We feel that the hard working and passionate team at Villiger do Brasil will help us increase the awareness of Brazilian tobacco worldwide.”