Fallout from the unified announcement that Drew Estate, Davidoff, General Cigar and Altadis have pulled out of the 2020 premium Cigar association trade show continues today as the Cigar Rights of America has issued their own statement which reads as follows:
Cigar Rights of America, as a coalition of consumers, retail tobacconists and family-owned manufacturers of premium handmade cigars announced its support for the Premium Cigar Association trade show, as well as the legislative and regulatory agenda that has been forged by the two organizations.
CRA Executive Director Glynn Loope stated, “CRA has been built by the traditional family-owned companies that manufacturer premium handmade cigars, and those same companies will support the 2020 Premium Cigar Association trade show. Now, more than ever, it is important for the industry to gather with its retail partners.”
Cigar Rights of America and the Premium Cigar Association have forged a common agenda for addressing threats posed by government at all levels. “This has resulted in critical stays, delays and reversals in regulations most threatening to the industry. CRA and PCA have expended a combined $4.5 million just on litigation against FDA regulatory oversight not to mention the millions spent on the legislative agenda. This litigation has benefited the entire industry,” Loope added.
Board Chairman Robert Levin stated, “The CRA member manufacturers will be working together with our retail partners to strengthen our industry and protect premium cigar companies, and our customers, at this unique time in this industry’s history. That’s why we will be there.”
Points of interest…
- The talking point “family-owned” describing remaining manufacturers and retailers is echoed from the PCA response.
- CRA claims they have a common agenda with PCA.
- CRA affirms it will support and attend the 2020 PCA trade show