Important notice regarding the Padrón Box Recycling Program

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Dear Customer,

We would like to thank you for your participation in our box recycling program. Our program has been in place for over 20 years and has helped us conserve valuable natural resources.

It has recently come to our attention that many of the boxes we are receiving are damaged beyond the point of repair. In order to help us recycle as many boxes as possible and to give you full credit, we ask that you please take as much care as possible in protecting the integrity of the boxes.

When opening the boxes, please do not use box cutters to slice the lids or bottoms of the boxes. These cuts are permanently etched in the box and therefore render them unrepairable. In addition, it would also be very helpful if you could provide us with following information:

  • Your best estimate of or the actual weight of the package(s).
  • The quantity of boxes that are being returned per shipping carton.
  • Call tags for multiple box shipments will each display a weight. When applying these call tags please match the weights to the corresponding shipping carton.
  • Provide us with dimensions of each shipping carton.

We are very proud that our program has proven to be a worthwhile endeavor. Please help us to maintain it by protecting the boxes as much as possible.

If you are not familiar with our recycling program and would like to participate, please call 800.453.5635 or email us at .

We thank you for your help in this important matter.

The Padrón Family

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Villiger Company History

Villiger Cigars was established in 1888 by Jean Villiger in the small town of Pfeffikon, Switzerland, where Villiger remains headquartered to this day. The company manufactures and sells more than 1.5 billion cigars annually, world-wide. Today, under the leadership of Heinrich Villiger, the company prides itself in its commitment to quality in all their products made in many countries around the globe.

JMG International, Inc. is the exclusive distributor for Villiger Cigars North America for products going into California, Oregon and Washington.

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Villiger Taps JMG International For West Coast Distribution

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September 5, 2018

By: Blake Droesch - Cigar Aficionado

The company behind handmade cigar brands such as Villiger La Flor de Ynclan and Villiger San'Doro is outsourcing its sales effort for the West Coast market. Beginning next week, all Villiger Cigars North America products going to California, Oregon and Washington will be distributed by JMG International, Inc. 

"Over the span of 22 years [JMG International] has become one of the most respected, and well-known distributors of premium cigars on the West Coast," said Rene Castaneda, president of Villiger Cigars North America, which is headquartered in Miami, Florida. "We look forward to a fruitful partership that will help spread the Villiger lifestyle to a larger audience."

Founded in 1996 as a cigar brokerage company, JMG International is based in San Jose, California, and already works with well-known companies like Padron Cigars, General Cigar Co., Davidoff of Geneva and My Father Cigars. On September 10, Villiger will join the list of clients, hoping to continue its growth in the U.S. marketplace by utilizing JMG's relationships, which boasts more than 1,000 retailers on the West Coast. 

Villiger's internal sales team will continue to manage the rest of the U.S. market.

Villiger Cigars North America is the premium cigar division of Switzerland's Villiger Sohne AG, one of the world's largest producers of machine-made cigars. Its premium cigars are manufactured at the ABAM factory in the Dominican Republic, as well as its factory in Brazil. Additional Villiger production is handled at the Joya de Nicaragua factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. 

Strikes End In Nicaragua, Country Remains In Turmoil

June 18, 2018

By Gregory Mottola - Cigar Aficionado

Cigar factories in Nicaragua are operating once again, as the country’s nationwide, 24-hour labor strike staged last week has ended. Many sources in the industry have confirmed to Cigar Aficionado that cigar operations are up and running, though the political situation in Nicaragua is still unstable.

“Our people were back to work Friday,” said John Oliva Jr. of Oliva Tobacco Co., a tobacco growing and brokerage operation. Along with his father and other family members, Oliva owns a tobacco processing facility in Nicaragua called Procenicsa, which supplies much of the premium industry with raw leaf.  

“Our operations are in Estelí and we have not experienced any violence,” Oliva said.

Companies including J.C. Newman, A.J. Fernandez and Plasencia Cigars have all stated that cigar production has resumed.

“Everybody went back to work,” Nestor Andrés Plasencia said. “We are so proud of our people that they are committed to making great cigars despite the situation.”

The strike began last Thursday at midnight and ended on Friday morning, prompting peace talks between the government and opposition officials. Mediated by the Catholic Church, the dialogue resulted in a cease-fire. 

The government has also agreed to allow to an independent investigation commission into the country, but one thing was made clear— President Daniel Ortega intends to finish his presidential term, which ends in 2021. 

Despite the cease-fire, the peace deteriorated shortly after. According to a report by BBC News, the truce was violated the next day, as six more people were reported killed in an arson attack on Saturday morning. 

To further complicate things, the Pan-American Highway, Nicaragua’s main causeway for commerce and logistics, remains besieged by roadblocks and barricades, preventing trucks from delivering cigar shipments to the airport or to the ports of Honduras in a timely fashion. The blockades have delayed some 6,000 trucks, according to news reports.

The political unrest began in April when Ortega announced an overhaul to the country’s social security system. He quickly rescinded the proposed tax increase once the country erupted into violence, but the situation has only escalated since.

Some reports have the death toll as high as 170.

“There have been some adverse effects in regards to the transportation situation in the country due to road blocks,” Oliva said. “Though things are tenuous in the country right now we’re obviously hopeful for a peaceful resolution.”