U.S. Food and Drug Administration Public Hearing

U.S. Food and Drug Administration Public Hearing

Drew Newman Testifies Before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Drew Newman, fourth generation owner of J.C. Newman Cigar Co., testified before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration at its public hearing on the proposed Tobacco Product Manufacturing Standards (Cigar Aficionado article; Halfwheel article).  From the rolling room at J.C. Newman’s historic El Reloj cigar factory in Tampa, Newman showed how premium cigars are rolled and explained why FDA’s proposed standards won’t work for the small businesses that make up the premium cigar industry.

Prepared Testimony

 

Good Morning.  My name is Drew Newman and I am coming to you from our 113-year-old El Reloj cigar factory in the Cigar City of Tampa, Florida.   This is not a virtual background.  Behind me we are handcrafting cigars just like my great-grandfather did when we founded our company in 1895.

 

I want to thank CTP for holding today’s public hearing and allowing small family businesses like ours to testify.  I’ve read through the 300 pages in the Federal Register and, in my brief time today, I want to highlight four things:

  1. Flexibility is essential
  2. It’s a ton a records
  3. Qualifying suppliers is difficult
  4. Batch reports are hard
    1. Flexibility is essential.

    Throughout the proposed rule, CTP writes that the “proposed requirements are written in general terms” – an “umbrella approach” – to allow manufacturers to tailor them to their own businesses.  This is essential.  We are a 127-year-old cigar company.  The way we handcraft cigars is so different from how cigarettes or ENDS products are made.  A one-size-fits-all policy would crush our industry and the small businesses like ours that make up the majority of our industry.  Therefore, please keep this flexibility in the final rule.

     

    2. It’s a ton of records.

    The proposal would require us to keep detailed records on everything we do, including training, cleaning, staff clothing, pest control, water, product testing, sampling, risk assessments, purchases, and so much more for 4 years.  Honestly, this is a tremendous amount of records and work, and cost for small businesses.  We would have to hire new staff to record all of this.

     

    3. Qualifying suppliers is difficult.

    I’m very nervous about qualifying suppliers.  We buy our tobacco from a collection of family farmers from around the world.  For example, our Connecticut Broadleaf tobacco is grown by an 8th generation family farmer.  Maintaining all of the detailed records of our own activities will be very hard.  Doing the same and being responsible for the activities of our tobacco farmers, many of whom do not speak English and live in Latin America will be much worse.

     

    4. Batch reports are hard

    The proposal would require us to roll cigars in batches, keep detailed batch records, and put batch codes on every package.  No one in our industry does this now, and it would be a big challenge to do so.  Here is just one reason why:

    • When we roll cigars, we know when they were rolled and who rolled them.  It’s on this production card.
    • We then age the cigars at least 6-12 months in our aging rooms.  Sometimes a lot longer.
    • When they come back up to be packed, we mix cigars together and sort them by color so that when you open a box, every cigar inside is the same shade of brown.
    • This is how cigars have been made for more than 100 years.
    • Batching makes sense when you make, pack, and ship a product all at once.  But for products like cigars that are aged and sorted, it’s a lot harder.

     

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    Conclusion

    As I am running out of time, I’ll put the rest of our concerns in our written comments, but I have some final thoughts:

    1. My family has been rolling cigars the same way for 100 years.  The process hasn’t changed.  Our one goal is to roll cigars the same way for another 100 years.  We’ll fill out whatever paperwork and keep whatever records are necessary.  Just please give us the flexibility to continue rolling cigars like we’ve been doing since 1895.
    2. If you’d like to learn more, please visit us here in Tampa. Just like wineries and distilleries, we offer guided tours, cigar rolling classes and much more as we work to keep the centuries-old tradition of American cigar making alive.
    3. Cigars are just like wine.  They are a natural agricultural product.  Just like with wine, cigar tobacco varies greatly depending on the seed type and the soil where it is grown.  The amount of sunlight, wind, and rain also causes cigar tobacco to vary from year to year.  As cigar makers, we harness this natural variation to create unique and interesting cigars.  It’s an art, not a science.  There is no textbook or rulebook.  Instead, it’s a tradition that has been passed down from generation to generation.

     

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    Honoring the 1st Cigar Hand Rolled in Ybor-Sanchez y Haya

    Honoring the 1st Cigar Hand Rolled in Ybor-Sanchez y Haya

    J.C. Newman Celebrates the 137th Anniversary of First Cigar Rolled in Tampa By Reintroducing Sanchez y Haya Cigars

    Sanchez y Haya Rolled the First Cigar in Tampa on April 13, 1886

    One hundred thirty-seven years ago today, Sanchez y Haya rolled the first cigar in Tampa, Florida.  Many others followed, causing Tampa to become known as “Cigar City” and the “Fine Cigar Capital of the World.”  In celebration of this anniversary, J.C. Newman has recreated the original Sanchez y Haya cigars and will reintroduce them at a celebration this evening at Hotel Haya in Ybor City.  Hotel Haya is located on the site of the original Sanchez y Haya cigar factory in Tampa’s Ybor City historic cigar district.

    Sanchez y Haya cigars open box

    Although Vicente Martinez Ybor decided to build the first cigar factory in Tampa, his friends Serafin Sanchez and Ignacio Haya opened their factory a few weeks before Ybor’s factory was complete.  Because of this, Sanchez y Haya was designated as “Factory No. 1” in Tampa.

    Because cigars were much smaller a century ago, J.C. Newman’s recreated Sanchez y Haya cigars are short robustos measuring 4.5” x 50.  Each is hand rolled with either a Sumatra Sungrown or a Oscuro Maduro wrapper and Cuban-seed binder and filler tobaccos, just like Sanchez y Haya used in 1886.  These cigars are sold individually inside vintage Sanchez y Haya cigar boxes with a suggested retail price of $8.  Sanchez y Haya cigars are sold exclusively in Tampa.  In addition to Hotel Haya, they are available at the J.C. Newman Factory Store in the historic El Reloj Cigar factory and other select premium cigar retailers in Cigar City.

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      Diamond Crown Black Diamond Named 2022 Cigar of the Year by Cigar and Spirits

      Diamond Crown Black Diamond Named 2022 Cigar of the Year by Cigar and Spirits

      J.C. Newman Cigar Co. Diamond Crown Black Diamond #1 Cigar of 2022 by Cigar & Spirits
       

      “The DCBD Emerald is another stellar collaboration between the Newmans and their Arturo Fuente partners. The strength of the 2022 version has been bumped up a couple of notches from the original 2016 blend- all for the better. Flavors include bittersweet chocolate, earth and a long walnut finish. There’s a touch of brown sugar in the final third- a perfect dessert cigar but any hour of the day or night works just as well. This cigar is notable for its balance of traditional craft with an updated profile that creates a memorable smoking experience.”-Cigar & Spirits Magazine

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      Statement from Drew Newman:
       
      We are very honored that Cigar & Spirits magazine has named our Diamond Crown Black Diamond as its 2022 “Cigar of the Year!”
       
      We first introduced Black Diamond in 2016. It was a good cigar that many people enjoyed, but we weren’t satisfied with it. Both the cigar and its packaging felt a little off, and I wanted to try to make it better. After two years of work, I am very happy with the improvements we made to Black Diamond’s blend and packaging and, I am humbled by the many accolades it has already received. 
       
      As we receive this award, I am very grateful to everyone involved in creating this special cigar, most notably our long-time partners who hand roll Black Diamond at Tabacalera A. Fuente, the world’s finest cigar factory.
       
      My hope for our 127-year-old, 4-generation family business is that we will continue to not be satisfied and strive to handcraft better and better cigars each day.

       

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        Eric Newman Inducted into the Cigar Hall of Fame

        Eric Newman Inducted into the Cigar Hall of Fame
         

        Tampa, FL – This week, Cigar Aficionado magazine inducted Eric Newman, president and third-generation owner of J.C. Newman Cigar Co., into its Cigar Hall of Fame.  Established in 1997, the Cigar Hall of Fame has recognized 23 leaders for their extraordinary lifetime achievements in the cigar industry.  Eric’s father, Stanford J. Newman, was in the inaugural Cigar Hall of Fame class.  The Newman family now joins the Fuentes and Padrons with two family members in the Cigar Hall of Fame.

        A grandson of company founder Julius C. Newman, Eric Newman was born into the cigar industry.  When he joined the family business in 1972, Eric’s first job was curing tobacco leaves in the basement of J.C. Newman’s historic El Reloj cigar factory in Tampa.  During the past 50 years, Eric worked his way up in the company and became its president in 1986.  His many achievements include relaunching the Brick House brand in 2007, building what is now the second-largest cigar factory in Nicaragua, and keeping the last traditional cigar factory in the United States open.  He is also a past Chairman of the Cigar Association of America.

        Eric Newman Cigar Hall of Fame

        “I am very honored and humbled,” said Eric.  “It is a privilege to continue our family’s 127-year tradition of cigar making.  It is especially meaningful to receive the same recognition that my father did 25 years ago.”

        Today, Eric and his brother Bobby Newman lead J.C. Newman along with Eric’s son, Drew.  After 50 years in the cigar industry, Eric has no plans to retire.

        “I wake up every day excited to go to work,” he said.  “Working in our family business is invigorating.  Cigars today are better than they have ever been.  I have witnessed the transformation of cigar industry over the past 50 years, and I continue to be excited for the future of our family, our company, and the cigar industry.”

         

          The following is Cigar Aficionado’s description of this award:

          “His familial roots in the tobacco industry are four generations deep. His knowledge of Tampa’s cigar history is encyclopedic. And his time in the cigar world spans half a century. That’s why conversations with Eric Newman are not only fascinating but highly educational.

          “The family business started in the late 1800s in Cleveland, Ohio, eventually moving to the landmark El Reloj building in Tampa in the 1950s. J.C. Newman Cigar Co. has some 22 million cigars made by hand in Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic and a small amount in Tampa-all under Newman’s supervision
          and guidance.

          “Newman made a brave decision in 1986 when he, along with his brother Bobby and father, Stanford, bought the remaining shares of the business from his other family members. They mortgaged the factory for a bank loan to pay out the family in cash and put the company in negative equity. The La Unica brand, a premium smoke presented as a bundle cigar, helped to get them out of the red.

          “Today, J.C. Newman produces stalwart brands such as Cuesta-Rey, Diamond Crown, Brick House and El Baton. Newman has been industrious in his ability to lead his company into the 21st century by creating cigars that are both traditional and modern in style.” – Cigar Aficionado

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          Honoring Veterans Day with The American Cigar

          J.C. Newman Honors Veterans Day with The American Cigar
           

          Tampa, FL- In honor of Veterans Day on Friday, November 11, J.C. Newman Cigar Co. is partnering with 14 premium cigar retailers across the United States for a special promotion featuring The American cigars.  Third and fourth-generation owners Bobby and Drew Newman will personally attend the event at Corona Cigar Co. in Tampa from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Friday.

          “As the first all-American cigar, The American is the perfect cigar to recognize and celebrate the veterans who have served our country,” said fourth-generation owner Drew Newman.  “We proudly hand roll The American in our 112-year-old El Reloj cigar factory in Tampa, Florida with heirloom American cigar tobaccos.   Not only is every leaf of tobacco grown in the United States but all of the packaging, from the cigar boxes to the cellophane tubes, is made in America as well.”

          Close Up on The American Cigar Band on top of American Flag

          Each retailer will have a special selection of The American cigars that were rolled with the 2019 crop of Florida Sun Grown wrapper and have been aged for one year.   Each retailer will also be giving away a selection of The American hats and felt pennants, which are also made in the United States.  The grand prize at each store is an authentic Louisville Slugger baseball bat emblazoned with The American shield.

          The American is a highly acclaimed medium-bodied cigar.  As J.C. Newman rolls just 160 of them per day, The American is a very special, limited, boutique cigar.  The American received the Cigar Trophy for Best Brand and Cigar from the United States in 2020, 2021, and 2022.

          “There is simply no cigar like The American,” said Drew Newman.  “We invite cigar enthusiasts to tour our El Reloj cigar factory in Tampa so that we can show you how we hand roll The American and keep America’s historic cigar-making tradition alive.”

           

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            Cuesta-Rey No. 95 Cameroon Launch

            Cuesta-Rey No. 95 Cameroon Launch

            J.C. Newman Celebrates 127 Years with Cuesta-Rey No. 95 Cameroon
            These special cigars are an El Reloj factory exclusive.
             

            Tampa, FL – Because Julius Caeser Newman founded his cigar company on May 5, 1895, today is J.C. Newman Cigar Company’s 127th anniversary.  In celebration, J.C. Newman is releasing the new Cuesta-Rey No. 95 Cameroon cigar as an exclusive at its historic El Reloj cigar factory in Tampa, Florida.
             
            Fourth-generation owner, Drew Newman, explains:

            Close up of Cuesta-Rey No. 95 Cameroon 5-Pack

            “After the Cuban Embargo was imposed in 1962, my grandfather, Stanford J. Newman, scoured the world for new types of tobacco. He discovered exquisite African Cameroon Wrapper (ACW) and was the first premium cigar maker to use it in the United States. Stanford wrapped ACW with a Connecticut Broadleaf binder and long filler tobaccos grown in the Dominican Republic to create the Cuesta-Rey No. 95. It was smooth, elegant, and flavorful, and became the top-selling premium cigar in the United States in the 1960s and 1970s.  Sixty years later, we are proud to have recreated the original blend of my grandfather’s most famous cigar, the Cuesta-Rey No. 95.”

              Cuesta-Rey No. 95 Cameroon is handmade in J.C. Newman’s historic El Reloj cigar factory in the “Cigar City” of Tampa, Florida.  It’s a 6.25 x 42 cigar that retails for $15 each.  Beginning today, J.C. Newman is selling this special cigar in limited edition packs of 5 cigars as a factory exclusive.  Cigar enthusiasts who visit J.C. Newman’s cigar museum, take a factory tour, or attend a special event at its El Reloj factory will be able to enjoy this very special cigar.
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              Cuesta-Rey No. 95 Cameroon 5-Pack on display
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              J.C. Newman Brings “El Reloj” to The Premium Cigar Association Trade Show

              J.C. Newman Brings “El Reloj” to The Premium Cigar Association Trade Show

              J.C. Newman Recognized for its El Reloj Booth at PCA 2021
              Won “Best in Show” and was the world’s largest cardboard trade show booth

              Drew Newman, fourth generation cigar maker, said:

              “It was wonderful seeing so many friends at the Premium Cigar Association trade show last week.  We were honored that our J.C. Newman booth won “Best in Show!”  My father, uncle, and I are especially grateful to our friends at GOKARTONwho recreated our historic El Reloj cigar factory out of 2,000 pieces of recycled cardboard.  Because I am very proud of the restoration of our 111-year-old cigar factory in Tampa, I wanted to bring a replica of El Reloj and our cigar museum to the trade show in Las Vegas. 

              My family and I hope that you will visit us in Tampa, tour El Reloj, and experience our new three-level cigar museum, interactive theater, and hand rolling room.  Our goal is to continue our centuries-old tradition of American cigar making.  Just as many wineries, breweries, and distilleries welcome visitors, we hope that El Reloj will become the premier cigar tourism destination in the United States.”

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              J.C. Newman Brings “El Reloj” to The Premium Cigar Association Trade Show

              J.C. Newman Brings “El Reloj” to The Premium Cigar Association Trade Show

              Constructs World’s Largest Cardboard Trade Show Booth

              LAS VEGAS, NV – J.C. Newman Cigar Co. has recreated its iconic “El Reloj” cigar factory to the 2021 Premium Cigar Association Trade Show in Las Vegas this weekend.  J.C. Newman’s booth is a quarter-scale model of the west end of its 111-year-old cigar factory in Tampa and features a 26-foot-tall clock tower.  Visitors can walk inside El Reloj, tour a replica of J.C. Newman’s cigar museum, and view cigar artifacts from the company’s history.  Photos of the booth are below.

              “In celebration of our company’s 125th anniversary last year, we restored our historic El Reloj factory in Tampa and opened a new three-level cigar museum, interactive theater, private events space, hand rolling cigar room, and factory store,” said Drew Newman, general counsel and fourth generation cigar maker.  “For the 2021 Premium Cigar Association Trade Show, I wanted to bring El Reloj to Las Vegas.” 

               J.C. Newman’s historian, Holden Rasmussen, will be giving tours of El Reloj to trade show visitors and sharing the history of the cigar industry in Ybor City and the United States.  J.C. Newman is the only cigar company with a full-time historian on staff.

              “My family attended the first cigar trade show in 1933 and every show since then,” said Newman.  “Our replica of El Reloj is unlike any booth that has ever appeared at a cigar trade show.  It highlights the history of our family business and the premium cigar industry in America.”

              The replica of El Reloj was built entirely out of recycled cardboard by GOKARTON, the leader in cardboard displays.  It is the world’s largest cardboard trade show booth.  After the trade show, it will be recycled.

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              Tampa Bay Lightning Celebrate Stanley Cup Win with J.C. Newman Cigars

              Tampa Bay Lightning Celebrate Stanley Cup Win with J.C. Newman Cigars

               

               

              Tampa Bay Lightning Celebrate Stanley Cup Win with J.C. Newman Cigars
              J.C. Newman is the Exclusive Cigar Partner of the Tampa Bay Lightning

              TAMPA, FL – Last night, the Tampa Bay Lightning celebrated winning their second Stanley Cup Final in a row with custom Cuesta-Rey Aristocrat cigars. Imprinted with the Tampa Bay Lightning logo, these commemorative cigars were specially rolled for J.C. Newman Cigar Co. by Tabacalera A. Fuente in the Dominican Republic.

              “For 145 years, Tampa has been known as ‘Cigar City,’” said Drew Newman, general counsel and fourth-generation cigar maker. “Today, Tampa is also known as ‘Champa Bay,” a city of champions. Because we handcraft cigars for relaxation and celebration, it is only fitting that Tampa’s latest championship was celebrated with some of Tampa’s finest cigars.”

              “Last night, the Lightning were smokin’ – first on the ice and then in their locker room with our Cuesta-Rey cigars,” said Eric Newman, president and third-generation cigar maker.

              “Our historic El Reloj cigar factory in Tampa is famous for its giant neon ‘Home of Cuesta-Rey Cigars’ sign,” said Bobby Newman, executive vice president and third-generation cigar maker. “Last night, the Lightning proved once again that Tampa is also the ‘Home of Champions.’”

              As the Exclusive Cigar Partner of the Tampa Bay Lightning, J.C. Newman sponsors a Diamond Crown Cigar Lounge overlooking the ice at Amalie Arena, the only place in the National Hockey League where cigar enthusiasts can enjoy a fine cigar while watching a game live. Last week, J.C. Newman’s master cigar roller Luis Gonzalez hand rolled cigars at Amalie Arena for fans attending Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

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              J.C. Newman Cigar Co. Petitions to Import Cuban Tobacco Again

              J.C. Newman Cigar Co. Petitions to Import Cuban Tobacco Again

              J.C. Newman Cigar Co. Petitions to Import Cuban Tobacco Again
              The last bale of pre-embargo Cuban tobacco in the United States is in J.C. Newman’s Tampa cigar factory. 

              TAMPA, FL – J.C. Newman Cigar Co., the last operating cigar factory in the “Cigar City” of Tampa, Florida, filed a petition with the U.S. Department of State requesting authorization to import Cuban tobacco grown by “independent Cuban entrepreneurs” into the United States.  The State Department currently allows American companies to legally import coffee and a few other products from Cuba.  If granted, J.C. Newman will be able to import the first Cuban tobacco into the United States in 60 years. 

              “My family has a long history with Cuban tobacco,” said Drew Newman, great-grandson of company founder J.C. Newman.  “From 1895 until President Kennedy imposed the Cuban Embargo in 1962, my grandfather and great-grandfather imported millions of pounds of tobacco from Cuba through Tampa.  Our last shipment of Cuban tobacco was the subject of a legal dispute decided by the Supreme Court.”

              J.C. Newman saved its final bale Cuban tobacco, which is now the last bale of pre-embargo Cuban tobacco in the United States.  This sixty-year-old tobacco continues to age in the basement of J.C. Newman’s historic El Reloj cigar factory in Ybor City.  

              Under the so-called Sec. 515.582 program, the State Department allows “commercial imports of certain specified goods and services produced by independent Cuban entrepreneurs” in order to “help promote [the Cuban people’s] independence from Cuban authorities.”  To help support Cuban independence, J.C. Newman is requesting that the State Department include raw tobacco grown by independent farmers in this program.

              “Prior to the Embargo, far more cigars were rolled with Cuban tobacco in Tampa than in Cuba because Tampa was home to the world’s best cigar factories,” said Newman. “Authorizing the importation of raw tobacco grown in Cuba would allow us to support independent Cuban entrepreneurs and to prove, once again, that we can roll better cigars with Cuban tobacco than Cuba can.”

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