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News: Royal Agio Cigars U.S.A. Corporate Headquarters Opens Doors.

Royal Agio Cigars U.S.A. Corporate Headquarters Opens Doors

 

Monday, December 4, 2017 — Bradenton, Florida – Drew Estate & Royal Agio Cigars formally announce the opening of the Royal Agio Cigars U.S.A. headquarters in Bradenton, Florida. The two companies joined forces globally on April 1, 2014 with Drew Estate distributing Royal Agio Cigars’ products in the United States, and Royal Agio distributing Drew Estate products in key European markets, such as Holland, France, Belgium and Germany. As part of Royal Agio Cigars’ strengthening commitment to the U.S. market and related establishment of their new U.S. headquarters, Drew Estate & Royal Agio Cigars will officially end the U.S. distribution agreement on December 18, 2017.  The existing, successful distribution partnership in Europe will continue uninterrupted.

As of December 18th, Royal Agio Cigars U.S.A. will directly manage all U.S. corporate functions, including distribution, sales and marketing from the Bradenton office for its key handmade (Balmoral Anejo XO) and premium cigarillo (Panter and Mehari’s) brands.  Following is the U.S. office location and contact / customer order information:

  • Royal Agio Cigars U.S.A.
  • Address: 1812 44th Avenue East, Bradenton, FL 34210
  • Office Phone: (941) 896-6969
  • Customer Orders: Orders@agiocigarsusa.com or (941) 896-6969

Any trade or consumer inquiries related to this press release can be made to Jaime Florez-Estrada, VP of Marketing, at jfestrada@agiocigarsusa.com.

George Margioukla, President of Royal Agio U.S.A., commented, “Since the official commencement of the U.S. distribution partnership between Royal Agio Cigars and Drew Estate on April 1, 2014, we have been honored to be part of the Drew Estate family.  We are grateful for the enthusiastic support and significant contributions made on behalf of the Drew Estate organization that have helped improve distribution and awareness for our premium cigar brands over the past three and a half years.  Thanks in large part to these efforts, Royal Agio Cigars is now in a position to strengthen our U.S. presence and enhance direct support for our highly-valued trade partners and consumers.”

“On behalf of the entire Drew Estate team, we congratulate Royal Agio and the Wintermans Family on this historic milestone in the company’s history. We are thankful to be a part of it and excited to continue to work together in The Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, France, Luxemburg, Austria, Italy and Lithuania. Our partnership has been crucial in many strategic focus areas in our company histories and it stands the test of time and change. Congratulations!” noted Glenn C. Wolfson, CEO of Drew Estate.

About Royal Agio Cigars:

Royal Agio Cigars is a leading global cigar manufacturer offering internationally renowned premium brands such as Balmoral, Panter and Mehari’s.  Established by Jacques Wintermans in 1904, Royal Agio Cigars continues to be an independent family company of cigar makers, located in Holland and currently headed by Boris Wintermans (4th generation).  During the company’s 100 year anniversary, Agio Cigars was awarded the Royal warrant of appointment by Her Majesty, Queen of the Netherlands, formally changing the name of the company to Royal Agio Cigars.  Production facilities are located in the Dominican Republic, the Netherlands, Belgium and Sri Lanka.

Priority focus for US market

Royal Agio’s commitment to the US market remains strong as ever and the company will be adding dedicated staff in order to strengthen its US presence and enhance its support of all trade partners and consumers. The ongoing success of Royal Agio’s premium cigar brands in the US, as well as the success of Drew Estate – our current distribution partner – has led to the decision to apply more focus on each company’s own products for the benefit of the trade channel. In an effort to provide the highest level of customer service to both Royal Agio Cigars and Drew Estate’s brands, the two companies have decided to each have their own dedicated sales and marketing organizations in the US market. Both companies are committed to providing a smooth transition and the continuation of the best possible service for all customers. Royal Agio is in the process of adding Trade Development and Retailer support staff while continuing to work with Drew Estate to prepare for and then execute a seamless transition.  As such, no logistical changes are being taken at the moment. As a testament to their excellent business relationship, Royal Agio and Drew Estate will continue their business relationship through international collaboration and European distribution.

Royal Agio Cigars independent in the US

Royal Agio Cigars has been doing business in the US for over 40 years.

Boris Wintermans, CEO at Royal Agio Cigars, says “Agio is recognized worldwide as a premium tobacco company with a rich history of making cigars with uncompromising quality. While the art of selecting and blending premium tobacco is accepted worldwide, the US market fully appreciates the artisan style of producing larger vitolas, primarily by hand. Our Balmoral Anejo has been rated 92 and was honored in the “Top 10” cigars by Cigar Journal. We will continue to demonstrate our larger cigar and handmade acumen in the US as our full resources come into place through our US headquarters.  We are proud and confident to open our own operations in the largest cigar market worldwide.”

Ongoing business relationship

Drew Estate and Royal Agio Cigars will continue their successful business relationship. During the 2017 IPCPR events (scheduled for July 10 – 14th 2017) at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Royal Agio will continue to be featured in the Drew Estate booth, as in recent years.  Additionally, Royal Agio Cigars USA will also have additional space (Booth #447) where customers and interested spectators, as well as media, are welcomed to stop by and try all their products.

“We are pleased to have played a key role in reaching this ‘historical milestone’ for Royal Agio Cigars, as they transition toward building a dedicated distribution capability and forging  direct trade relations in the USA.’’ according to Glenn C. Wolfson, CEO of Drew Estate. Our part of deepening the successful ongoing worldwide relationship with Royal Agio means retailers can count on a smooth transition over time and gain additional support and attention for each company’s individual brand families. We will continue to be connected and work together globally.”

The freedom to explore

Royal Agio Cigars is an independent family business of cigar makers with a heritage over 113 years. From the belief that everyone is free to enjoy and discover, the company travels across the globe to find the best possible tobacco for its cigars. With brands such as Balmoral (handmade in the Dominican Republic), Panter and Mehari’s, the company has been producing premium tobacco cigars for over a century. With the opening of the US office, Royal Agio Cigars adds to their existing operations in the Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, Germany and France. Besides these sales organizations, Royal Agio Cigars owns production facilities in Sri Lanka, the Dominican Republic and Belgium.

About Royal Agio Cigars: 

Royal Agio Cigars is a leading global manufacturer of premium cigars offering internationally renowned brands such as Mehari ́s, Panter and Balmoral. Established by Jacques Wintermans in 1904 and headed by 4th generation Boris Wintermans, Royal Agio Cigars has always been an independent family-owned company. At their centennial, Agio Cigars was awarded with the Royal warrant of appointment by Her Majesty Queen of the Netherlands. From its home base in the Dutch town of Duizel, cigars are being sent to more than 100 countries worldwide. Production facilities in the Netherlands, Belgium, Sri Lanka and the Dominican Republic combine state of the art technology with the best Tobaccos available to result in the highest quality cigars for cigar lovers all over the world.

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ABOUT DREW ESTATE

Founded in 1996, Drew Estate is one of the largest and fastest growing cigar companies in the world. Under their mantra “The Rebirth of Cigars” Drew Estate has disrupted the premium cigar industry by creating a raw authenticity that has engaged cigar enthusiasts with iconic brands, unique tobaccos, and distinctive blending styles that attract new and old seasoned cigar enthusiasts. Their Gran Fabrica Drew Estate in Nicaragua produces more premium cigars than any other single factory in the world, producing a variety of brands including ACID, Liga Privada, Herrera Estelí, Herrera Estelí Norteño, Isla del Sol, Kentucky Fired Cured, MUWAT, Larutan by Drew Estate, Nica Rustica, Pappy Van Winkle Barrel Fermented Cigars, Tabak Especial, Undercrown, and Java by Drew Estate.

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