J.C. Newman at this year’s InterTabac

For the second time, J.C. Newman boosted InterTabac 20222 (first time in 2019) with its own booth.

„It’s the best trade show for us here in decades, “ Cristal Blackwell-Lastra is pleased. „We have a lot of new clients in terms of the international market, and we’re growing tremendously here,“ the go-getting Vice President of Sales & Marketing at J.C. Newman Cigar Co. informs us.

The traditional manufacturer based in Ybor City (Tampa) is the oldest family-owned cigar factory in the USA. The company’s most premium brands, such as Julius Caeser, The American (unfortunately only available in the U.S. – a great cigar!) and Brick House, grace the booth. The focus, however, is on the company’s three redesigned brands: Perla Del Mar, Diamond Crown and El Baton. All three have not only been visually jazzed up, but also the blend has been tweaked.


She learned her journalistic skills from scratch at a regional daily newspaper, for which she wrote articles for many years. Through working for the magazine Der Spiegel in Rome she had the opportunity to increase her professional knowledge in the field of media. Katja studied art history and Romance studies in Heidelberg, Palermo and Rome and, during the course of her studies, spent many years in Italy. The country was her teacher in things related to pleasure and lifestyle. She has been working for Cigar Journal since 2004. In 2010 she became editor-in-chief.


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