In a recently published study, London-based Technavio named its top five vendors in the global, flavored-cigar market:
General Cigar. The Richmond, Va.-based company is a manufacturer and marketer of premium cigars. It holds a portfolio of brands like Macanudo, Cohiba, Partagas, La Gloria Cubana, CAO, Hoyo de Monterrey, Excalibur, Foundry and others.
Drew Estate. The Miami-based company specializes in manufacturing and supplying various brands of cigars. It has been operating as a subsidiary of Swisher International. Its key brands include Acid Cigars, Acid Krush Classic Cigars, Undercrown Shade, Undercrown Cigars, Liga Privada No. 9 Cigars, Liga Privada T52 Cigars and Liga Privada Unico Serie Cigars.
Gurkha Cigars. Known for its limited-edition release of luxury cigars and rare tobacco products with aesthetically appealing packaging, Gurkha Cigars, Tamarac, Fla., is focusing on expanding its portfolio of luxury cigars and incorporating different flavors to attract consumers.
Imperial Tobacco. With business in countries like the United Kingdom, Poland, Russia and Ukraine, Imperial Tobacco, Bristol, U.K., includes three types of brands: growth brands such as Gauloises Blondes, Davidoff, JPS, West and Fine; specialist brands such as Style, Gitanes (cigarettes), Drum Route 66 (fine-cut tobacco) and Golden Virginia; and portfolio brands.
Miami Cigar & Company. The Miami-based, full-service, premium-cigar distributor holds brands like La Aurora, Tatiana and Nestor Miranda.