Torano Family Cigars, are thankful for all our supporters and fans. We would like to take a moment to reflect on the very exciting 2013, made possible by your support.
We kicked off the year with a very cool national contest. The Grand Prize Package was an all-expense paid trip to Miami, where the winners got to sit courtside during a Miami Heat game alongside Charlie Torano. As it turns out, the winners of the contest were not the only Torano fans at the game as you might have seen pictures of Lebron James and Dwyane Wade enjoying Exodus â€™59 Gold and Salutem Cigars after their championship win.
Also during that first quarter of the year, the much anticipated partnership between Torano and Leccia Tobacco hit the ground running. We also began a distribution deal with Palio Cutters and Lighters, known in the industry as some of the best cigar accessories, a great addition to our portfolio.
As summer rolled around, planning for the IPCPR was in full swing. This year we unveiled not only Torano blends but Leccia as well. Torano launched two new blends, Vault D-042 and Exodus Finite. We also redesigned one of our flagship brands, Reserva Selecta and also added a 60 ring gauge line extensions for our Vault A-008, Casa Torano and Cameroon 1916. Leccia Tobacco released Black and White. Black was the first release of the partnership and it featured Kentucky darkfire tobacco. All additions and changes were extremely well received by the industry and public alike.
Fall brought us some unexpected changes. Our VP of Sales & Marketing, Bruce Lewis, made the decision to move back to Australia with his family. Though we will miss Bruce, we are very excited to work with our new National Sales Manager, Miguel Schoedel who has been with our company since 2008. Miguel brings a wealth of experience to the job and he will be leading Torano in 2014 and beyond.
In the last quarter of the year, we kicked off the â€œBlends from the Vault Tour.â€ that will feature our two Vault blends as well as a chance to win 1 of only 100 boxes of Vault Gold. The Tour will run well into next year in shops nationwide.
As we say goodbye to 2013, we do so with an eye on 2014. We just canâ€™t wait to get started! We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your support and to wish you and yours a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2014. And donâ€™t forget: Always, always MAKE TIME TO BURN.
From our Family to Yours.