2020 CIGAR TROPHY AWARDS

Best Brand Dom. Rep. 2020: A. Fuente Don Carlos

There are many awards, but only a few are conferred by you, the consumers. The greater the suspense on Friday evening, when the winners of the coveted public awards were announced in the presence of the biggest names of the industry.

To determine the shortlists our readers were asked to nominate their top-candidates in the categories Best Brand, Best Cigar, Best Value, Best Accessory, and Best Lounge and then to determine the winner from the top five. We are particularly pleased that the public awards are enjoying unwavering growth and popularity with cigar smokers from all over the world.

Cigar Trophy Awards 2020

 

The Cigar Trophy Award Ceremony 2020 will take place virtually due to the cancellation of the InterTabac trade fair and due to travel restrictions. “It will be a virtual live gala,” said Reinhold C. Widmayer.

As always, the manufacturers and brand owners will participate live. It will be a meeting with the Who’s Who of the cigar industry.

Cigar Trophy Awards 2020
Friday, September 18, 2020
11AM Miami | 5PM Berlin | 11PM Hong Kong
Will last approximately 1 hour

Virtual-only ZOOM event streamed LIVE via social media channels:
www.facebook.com/CigarJournal
Instagram:@cigarjournalmag

They will start with a short introduction and proceed with the trophies voted by the consumers:
BEST BRAND all countries alphabetically
BEST CIGAR all countries alphabetically
BEST VALUE all countries alphabetically
BEST ACCESSORY
BEST CIGAR LOUNGE

Then they will announce the winners decided by Cigar Journal magazine:
Outstanding Art
Charity & Community
Ambassador
Lifetime Achievement

DM XXXVIII ANNIVERSARY CIGAR BY CARLOS FUENTE

February 5, 2020 • Cigar Journal

 

Daniel Marshall and Carlos Fuente, entrepreneurs and friends, introduced the DM 38th Anniversary cigar at the Daniel Marshall Cigar Lounge in Kitzbühel, Austria. The jewel of a cigar honors and symbolizes their 38 years of friendship.

In speaking on their collaboration, Fuente told Marshall, “I want to do something for you very, very special. I am making a cigar for you, which I do for no one, to commemorate our long time friendship and my highest respect and admiration for you and your story. It’s an honor to be able to participate with you on this special anniversary. I poured my heart in to every detail, hoping to make you proud. I will give you my best.”

The pyramid shaped cigars will be made available to collectors at Daniel Marshall Campfire events around the world and allocated to 38 of the world’s top tobacconists and iconic hotels. Designed by Marshall and Fuente, each humidor is individually numbered. The DM humidor holds eight cigars and includes a removable Spanish cedar tray that can increase the capacity to 16 cigars. The collectible humidors are embellished with a golden DM motif on the top as well as on the front in gold: “Daniel Marshall by Carlos Fuente – XXXVIII Limited Edition January 2020.”

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2019 COMPANY OF THE YEAR — ARTURO FUENTE

JANUARY 15, 2020 CHARLIE MINATO AWARDS – HALFWHEEL

For the last four years, Arturo Fuente has been on the most aggressive modernization campaign this industry has seen. Its main factory in the Dominican Republic has been renovated, new buildings are up at its Chateau de la Fuente tobacco field, the company is buying more fields in Nicaragua, there are plans for an ornate factory in Estelí, a box factory—perhaps the largest in the western world—is set to open soon and the company built a new bonded warehouse in Tampa. Most of these things didn’t happen in 2019, but the Arturo Fuente Construction Co. has been as active as any in the cigar industry and 2019 was no exception.

Beyond buildings, Fuente has revamped its international distribution with the launch of Arturo Fuente International. Perhaps most importantly, the company has made massive commitments to supplying these markets with products. There are new partnerships with companies like Stefano Ricci, and new developments in partnerships with its longtime partners: the Newmans and Meerapfels.

What is perhaps the most interesting aspect to this is that 2020 might be Fuente’s biggest year to date: it marks the 25th anniversary of OpusX and the 20th anniversary of Añejo.

If there is one metric where Fuente stands clearly above everyone else, it is popularity on halfwheel in 2019. If we focus solely on the articles we write about a singular company or a singular cigar, i.e. no legislation or editorial, half of the 10 most read articles about a singular company were about Fuente.

So while there might be no singular metric or moment that crowns our winner, Fuente’s body of work was as good as any in 2019.

CigarsLover Magazine Awards Best Brand Dominican Rep.

WINTER 2019 – CigarsLover Magazine

One of the most prestigious brands in the cigar world had his humble beginning in 1912 in West Tampa, Florida. Arturo Fuente, after a fire burned down the factory in 1924, restarted the brand 22 years later and produced cigars, made out of Cuban tobacco and for the local market, on his back porch. In 1958, the company was sold to his younger son Carlos Fuente Sr. for exactly $1. Carlos expanded the company outside of Florida to New York. After the embargo and no more access to Cuban tobacco, Carlos started looking for tobacco from new regions. With the labor costs increasing the family trying to move production to other countries, but the quality of these factories was insufficient. In 1970 they built their factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. Disaster would strike again only nine years later, as the factory was burned down during the Nicarguan Revolution. Carlos, together with his son Carlito, invested everything that was left and in 1980 built their factory in Santiago, in the Dominican Republic. Many disasters struck again, but the family always stood back up. In they 1980s they scored their first success with introducing the Hemingway line. They also, against all odds, grew their own wrapper in the Dominican Republic, which is used for the Opus X line. Today, Arturo Fuente Cigars are famous for their many lines, such as the Hemingway, the Don Carlos and many more. Their Opus X line is one of the most luxurious cigar lines in the world, which recently celebrated its 20 year anniversary. Over the years they have enjoyed continues success with great ratings in our magazine. This year, to continue their growth worldwide, they, together with the Meerapfel family, launched Arturo Fuente International. With this launch, they now have a warehouse, located in Belgium, that can cover the demand worldwide. In a fast moving world, with the focus always going to the next best thing, Arturo Fuente has to stay relevant and on top of the cigar world.

How One of the World’s Best Cigar Makers Helps Thousands of People Every Year

The production of 30,000 cigars annually supports schooling, healthcare and organic farming for thousands in the Dominican Republic.

It’s an unfortunate paradox that nearly all of the most coveted and costly hand-rolled cigars are made in the some of the poorest developing countries. The Dominican Republic produces more premium cigars than any other nation, including Cuba, and Dominican cigars, both hand- and machine-made, account for more than $600 million a year in spending. Their manufacture has also created more than 120,000 jobs for farmers, cigar rollers, box makers and countless other tobacco industry workers.

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Liana Fuente, the multi-talented woman behind the Fuente brand, talks vision, family legacy and the future

by Natalie Glorney

BEING THE GRANDDAUGHTER OF the late Carlos Fuente, Sr. and daughter of Carlos Fuente, Jr. must carry quite a responsibility. The Arturo Fuente brand is renowned in the cigar world as the manufacturer of the world’s finest cigars. Celebrating 100 years of hard work, dedication and family tradition in 2012, Fuente cigars are a global benchmark for the cigar industry. From humble beginnings, the company has grown from strength to strength and most importantly, is still family-owned and operated in the Dominican Republic.  Read Entire Story!

WINNERS OF THE 2019 CIGAR TROPHY AWARDS ANNOUNCED

There are many awards, but only a few are conferred by you, the consumers. The greater the suspense on Friday evening, when the winners of the coveted public awards were announced in the presence of the biggest names of the industry.

To determine the shortlists our readers were asked to nominate their top-candidates in the categories Best Brand, Best Cigar, Best Value, Best Accessory, and Best Lounge and then to determine the winner from the top five. We are particularly pleased that the public awards are enjoying unwavering growth and popularity with cigar smokers from all over the world.