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Press Release: PDR Cigars Announces Distribution Agreement with El Primer Mundo Cigars

Posted on Monday, May 13, 2013 in News

1PDR Cigars Announces Distribution Agreement with El Primer Mundo Cigars

(Miami, FL) – May 8, 2013: PDR Cigars based in Doral FL is strengthening their relationship with El Primer Mundo Cigars based in Atlanta GA. PDR Cigars will be the exclusive distributor of EPM Cigars managing the sales and distribution of the EPM brand throughout the U.S. and international markets. As a smaller brand, EPM has a limited nationwide presence but this partnership will significantly increase brand availability throughout the country. “This is a great opportunity for the EPM brand. Abe and I have worked well together with launching La Hermandad and have some good synergies with our overlap on sales reps and key accounts. This move will just make things a lot more efficient for our reps and our retailers”, said Sean Williams of EPM Cigars. EPM’s La Hermandad has been made with Abe Flores at PDR Cigars since its launch last spring and has enjoyed solid success. At his factory in the Dominican Republic Abe Flores also makes cigars for brands such as Ghurka and La Palina among others. All of EPM’s lines going forward will be produced at PDR’s Dominican factory. However, EPM’s Little Havana Series will continue to be produced with Titan de Bronze in the Little Havana section of Miami.

This partnership will also allow both companies to optimize sales force and retailer support efforts. Abe Flores says, “With all of the growth we’re experiencing at PDR I barely have time to be away from the factory. With EPM and Sean in the fold this gives us more opportunity to drive promotional activities with both brands”. Abe and PDR have enjoyed strong success with a number of lines produced at their factory. La Palina’s Classic Toro, which is rolled at PDR, recently received a 93 rating in Cigar Aficionado’s Cigar Insider. A number of other PDR rolled cigars have received high acclaim in major industry publications as well. “I’m excited about this partnership. This is going to be great for both companies. Abe has grown PDR Cigars into a strong player in the market and the growth of the EPM brand will only add to the success”, adds Sean Williams. PDR and EPM Cigars are looking forward to introducing new brand extensions for La Hermandad this year and are working on more projects for the future.

  • wcfennell

    My girlfriend’s dad gave me an EPM black label perfecto and I have it sitting in my humidor, I can’t wait to try it he said they’re great!

    • JJO

      Bryan didn’t have a good experience with his, but the one I had was outstanding, once I got past the tight beginning (always a factor with the vitola). You might even want to clip a bit off the foot to give it a headstart, which is something I didn’t do.

      • smokethis

        yes..good tip there. I had a good exp with mine.

  • jpculp57

    Seems like Abe Flores is really starting to become a big player these days. It’ll be interesting to see how PDR influences the smaller labels with this relationship.

  • JJO

    I’m glad for Sean that Primer Mundo will be getting wider exposure now. Well deserved.

  • vscarpine

    Never had this brand…is it worth a try? and does anyone know price point?

    • http://www.cigarobsession.com Bryan Glynn

      Mid price…check out the reviews section above…

  • mufdvr6976

    sounds like something to look into…….price point and availability?

    • http://www.cigarobsession.com Bryan Glynn

      They are mid priced, been out for years just a bit hard to find

  • weimerad

    Good combination

  • Joseph Szeremet

    I will keep my eyes open for these. I love PDR cigars so I hope these will deliver the same consistent quality.

  • garlar10

    Should be seeing more EPM cigars in shops up here in the midwest…

  • rgmenke

    The reviews (Bryan’s) would indicate that this is good news! With General controlling so much of the market, it must be hard for a boutique brand to gain exposure.

    • Craig

      I find that interesting too. I would like to know more.

  • seanking4

    Hey guys, this has NOTHING to do with this post, but I’m all over the web looking at reviews and I keep finding people who suck. Stick with this site for your reviews this guy really knows what he’s talking about. That is all thanks.

  • dbfr181

    Agreed with the post above ^^^ love the site ill be on the lookout for these cigars!!

  • stevenknisley

    New cigars to look for this is good

  • smokethis

    Hopefully good things will come of this.

  • TheSmokingGunman

    Awesome, I can’t wait!