Tobacco Expo to Feature Interactive ‘Barn’

Trade-show exhibit to re-create cigar-making experience
Photograph by CSP Staff

LAS VEGAS -- The Tobacco Plus Expo (TPE) scheduled for Feb. 11-13 in Las Vegas will feature many new and unique experiences, including a “barn smoker” event held by sponsor Drew Estate, TPE officials said.

Planned for the cigar-lounge area of the trade-show floor, the West Coast Barn Smoker event will offer an interactive and educational experience that celebrates the American tobacco industry, event sponsors said.

The brainchild of Jonathan Drew, president of Miami-based Drew Estate, these Drew Estate Barn Smoker events bring cigar aficionados, businesses and brands together to learn about tobacco growing, processing and manufacturing. Drew Estate is a subsidiary of Swisher International, Darien, Conn.

Other educational opportunities begin Feb. 11, with Lakeville, Minn.-based NATO hosting its Industry Outlook, providing insights on growth trends and guiding retailers as they later browse the exhibition space. A NATO cocktail reception at 4 p.m. will give attendees time to mingle, talk with colleagues and toast to industrywide profits in 2019.

Additional educational seminars will be held throughout the show, touching on vapor and alternative industries, guiding retailers’ growth initiatives and providing insight to exhibitors about current customer demands. These seminars include:

  • Wall Street Update on the Tobacco Industry
  • How Innovation Is Changing the Vape Category
  • A to Z of CBD
  • Best Practices Executing Core Tobacco Categories in the C-Store Market, moderated by Angel Abcede, senior editor of from CSP magazine, TPE’s convenience-retailing media partner.

“Everything’s coming up aces for TPE 2019,” says Jason Carignan, chief marketing officer of Kretek International, the Moorpark, Calif.-based parent company of the event organizers, Tobacco Media Group (TMG). “The vapor and alternative industries are going to be well-educated and well-represented at the show. We’ve reached beyond the expected, and have brought together a diverse group of speakers and topics, an exclusive Drew Estate West Coast Barn Smoker [event] and exhibitors committed to showing products that consumers will want.”

In addition to adding new events, TMG will bring in an advisory board as they develop this year’s show. Comprised of manufacturers and retailers, the board’s main role is to offer insights and guidance on creating a trade-show experience that everyone can benefit from, TMG officials said.

TPE 2019 will take place Feb. 11-13 in Las Vegas.

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