Swisher International Launches New Premium Cigar Division

Hires industry veteran Goldman to spearhead operation

Alex Goldman

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Swisher International has announced that Alex Goldman has joined the company as president of Royal Gold Cigars, a new premium cigar division. Goldman's tenure began on Jan. 2, 2013, to spearhead the division specifically created to build upon his extensive industry experience.

"Alex's leadership of House of Oxford/Mom's Cigars as its owner and president for the past 20 years positions him perfectly to develop and market our new premium cigar lineup," said Peter Ghiloni, president of Swisher International.

Goldman will lead Royal Gold Cigars in developing and introducing various cigar lines to compete with key players in the premium cigar market. The company plans test marketing of the new lineup is for April, with a national launch set for the International Premium Cigar & Pipe Retailers Association (IPCPR) Annual Convention & International Trade Show in July in Las Vegas.

"As a fourth-generation tobacconist, I have cemented relationships that will enable Royal Gold Cigars to develop, source and market an array of premium products that customers will enjoy at competitive price points," Goldman said. "Operating as a division of Swisher International gives Royal Gold Cigar the opportunity to tap into Swisher's leadership and leverage its resources, while maintaining an independent business model."

Ghiloni added, "This as an exciting new chapter for Swisher International, which aligns with our growth plans in several key areas of the overall tobacco market."

Jacksonville, Fla.-based Swisher International has manufactured quality tobacco products since 1861. The company ships over one billion cigars a year to more than 60 countries.