PCA 2022: High quality Importers Buying and selling Co.

PCA 2022: High quality Importers Buying and selling Co.

Having coated the IPCPR/PCA Conference & Business Display for a number of years now, there

Having coated the IPCPR/PCA Conference & Business Display for a number of years now, there are nonetheless corporations the place I’ve to pause and remind myself what all could be watching for me throughout the sales space ahead of I input. A kind of corporations is High quality Importers Buying and selling Co., which within the decade or in order that I’ve been doing this has added a lot of manufacturers to its portfolio and now comprises XIKAR, Palió, Pungent, Humidor Best, Cigar Caddy, Hydra, Hygroset, Shuriken, Get-a-Grip Cigar Clip, and Div Professional.

However what I additionally needed to remind myself of used to be that the corporate added two new other folks because the closing industry display: Alex Goldman, who joined the corporate in August 2021 as leader running officer and added president to his identify in July; and Michael Giannini, who joined the corporate in June as its new leader of shopper engagement. Whilst this website online writes so much about new merchandise, there are other folks at the back of the ones merchandise, and the addition of Goldman and Giannini—turns out like there’s a nickname ready to be created there—will take High quality Importers and its manufacturers into its subsequent bankruptcy, which used to be being known as QI 3.0. We all know from his time at Basic Cigar Co. with L. a. Gloria Cubana and Ventura Cigar Co. that Giannini brings a novel and unique strategy to branding and advertising, so I’m intrigued to look how he makes his mark on this new function.

PCA 2022: High quality Importers Buying and selling Co.

Along with the brand new merchandise that had been on show within the instances at the perimeter of the sales space, High quality Importers used to be additionally making particular point out of what it refers to because the Swag Bunker, its in-house customization studio that may upload emblems and paintings to a lot of the corporate’s merchandise. It’s been the most important a part of High quality Importers’ choices for a number of years, and the corporate just lately invested in new, upgraded apparatus to supply upper high quality choices and to supply greater than it were in a position to up to now.

Humidor Best Porto First Responder Sequence

High quality Importers is paying tribute to firefighters, law enforcement officials and contributors of the army with its First Responder Sequence of humidors. Every is outlined on the corporate’s Swag Bunker and holds between 40 and 70 cigars. The humidor measures 12.5 x 8.75 x 4.5 inches and features a humidifier, cedar covered internal, Spanish cedar divider, a hygrometer and gold-plated hinges.

MSRP: $139.99

Manufacturing: Common Manufacturing

Liberate Date: September 2022

Humidor Best Traveler 20 Greek Mythology Sequence

The Traveler 20 is getting a trio of latest designs that draw on Greek mythology, specifically Hercules, Poseidon and Atlas, from left to proper. The Traveler 20 is a smaller humidor that holds about 20 cigars and measures 10.625 x 8.75 x 3.1875 inches and is derived with a humidifier.

MSRP: $57.99

Manufacturing: Common Manufacturing

Liberate Date: October 2022

Hydra BLACK

The Hydra digital humidifier is including a black colour choice. The Hydra is obtainable in two sizes, the LG—or huge—which will take care of humidors as much as 16 cubic ft, whilst the SM—or small—is designed for humidors as much as 8 cubic ft. Each characteristic a big LED show, humidity studies each 30 seconds, Hygroset adjustable era, two exterior fan ports, and an audible and visible low water indicator. The LG provides a 2d inner fan and a hand-held far flung with a 54″ cord.

MSRP: $340.99 (Huge), $177.99 (Small)

Manufacturing: Common Manufacturing.

Liberate Date: September 2022

Palió Lazio

The Lazio is a slender unmarried torch lighter designed to be each pocket- and wallet-friendly. The flame is angled up and clear of the frame of the lighter’s steel frame, whilst a big flame adjuster at the backside makes dialing within the ideally suited flame peak simple, and a big gas window presentations how a lot butane is left within the tank. It’s presented in 5 colours: crimson, blue, black with a rubberized end, chrome plated and gunmetal plated.

MSRP: $14.99

Manufacturing: Common Manufacturing

Liberate Date: July 2022

Palió Tazza

This new ashtray from Palió options 8 cigar rests and contours an inner bowl size of  7 x 4 inches. It’s fabricated from steel and completed in plating or powder coating for sturdiness, with 4 colours presented: polished stainless-steel, black nickel plated, copper plated and matte blue.

MSRP: $59.99 – $69.99

Manufacturing: Common Manufacturing

Liberate Date: October 2022

Palió Tazza Alta

The Tazza is to be had in any other configuration, nonetheless providing 8 cigar rests, even though the hoop in this model is detachable in order that the bowl can also be custom designed by way of the Swag Bunker crew. This is a relatively other form, with its inner dimensions measuring 6 x 6 inches. Just like the Tazza above, the Alta model is fabricated from steel and completed in plating or powder coating for sturdiness, and is available in polished stainless-steel, black nickel plated, copper plated and matte blue.

MSRP: $64.99-75.99

Manufacturing: Common Manufacturing

Liberate Date: October 2022

Palió V-Cutter

The Palió emblem will get a brand new, refreshed v-cutter that may take care of cigars as much as 64 ring gauge. The composite frame additionally includes a little bit of texture for additonal grip and keep an eye on, and it’s contoured in order that the cutter can double as a cigar relaxation. It will also be custom designed by way of High quality Importers’ Swag Bunker.

MSRP: $24.99

Manufacturing: Common Manufacturing

Liberate Date: October 2022

Pungent Mini Me Ashtray

The Pungent line of ashtrays will get a smaller model with 3 stirrups and measures 5 inches in diameter and a pair of.5 inches tall. The Pungent Mini Me is all steel and to be had in seven colours: polished stainless-steel, copper plated, black nickel plated, matte black, matte brown, crimson, and matte blue.

MSRP: $34.99-35.99

Manufacturing: Common Manufacturing

Liberate Date: August 2022

XIKAR 10mm Punch

This new punch includes a middle axe that permits the consumer to middle the cutter at the cigar cap extra exactly ahead of transferring ahead with the real reduce from the stainless-steel blade. It additionally gives two slicing depths, as twisting the punch from closed to open comes with a couple of stops. The punch comes with a keyring and is to be had in 4 colours: bronze, gunmetal, gold and silver. If this appears like any other product you’ve observed at the display ground, you’re no longer loopy—the 2 corporations have a dating and are sharing the design.

MSRP: $64.99

Manufacturing: Common Manufacturing

Liberate Date: July 2022

XIKAR Xi80

In case your cigars have outgrown your present XIKAR cutter, right here’s a possible substitute. This cutter makes use of the corporate’s Xi silhouette and will take care of cigars as much as 80 ring gauge. It’s fabricated from a light-weight ABS plastic frame, whilst the double guillotine blades are fabricated from stainless-steel. The Xi80 is lately to be had in black, and the corporate famous that it makes for an ideal custom designed piece by way of the Swag Bunker, High quality Importers’ in-house personalization studio.

MSRP: $49.99

Manufacturing: Common Manufacturing

Liberate Date: November 2022

XIKAR Revolution

This is among the maximum attention-grabbing new pieces within the sales space and for excellent explanation why. XIKAR is understood for its cutters—the Xi1 is an icon within the cigar equipment sport—and this new design can pay tribute to it whilst including a novel spin on slicing a cigar.

As you’ll see within the video, the blades are spring-loaded after which makes use of a rotary motion to chop cigars as much as a 70 ring gauge, which the corporate refers to it as a power-assisted slicing motion. Having used it simply a few occasions, the movement is without a doubt new and other from just about each cutter I’ve ever used, and I’m intrigued to look how lengthy it could take me so to succeed in some degree the place I will be able to persistently get the type of reduce I would like with this cutter. It’s lately to be had in simply 3 colours: black with stainless-steel blades and silver with black stainless-steel blades and a restricted version 22-karat rose gold choice that includes black stainless-steel baldes.

It’s in my opinion numbered to 250 items and priced at $249.99.

MSRP: $159.99/$249.99

Manufacturing: Common Manufacturing/250 Cutters (Rose Gold)

Liberate Date: July 2022

Patrick Lagreid

I attempt to seize the essence of a cigar and the folk at the back of them in my paintings – each cigar you remove darkness from is the end result of the paintings of numerous other folks and regularly represents generations of battle and tales. For me, it’s about so a lot more than the cigar – it’s in regards to the tale at the back of it, the revel in of taking part in the paintings of artisans and the best way {that a} excellent cigar can deliver other folks in combination. Along with my paintings with halfwheel, I’m the general public cope with announcer for the Colorado Rockies and Arizona Diamondbacks all over spring coaching, in addition to for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League, the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury and the Arizona Rattlers of the Indoor Soccer League. I additionally paintings in a lot of roles for MLB.com, plus I am a voice over artist. I up to now coated the Phoenix and nationwide cigar scene for Examiner.com, and used to be an editor for Cigar Snob mag.