What will happen with the distribution of CAO and Dunhill Pipe Tobaccos?
UPDATE: NOVEMBER 17 - Tim Ozgener will be leaving CAO. The offices are closing and the operations are being taken over by General Cigar.
It’s funny how you start working on one thing, and then something unexpected sends you in an entirely different direction. I started working on a tobacco review of Dunhill De Luxe Navy Rolls, and in the midst of gathering information found out that CAO headquarters may be closing. As a result of the Swedish Match and Scandinavian Tobacco merger, General Cigar will now be the distributor of CAO Cigars. General Cigar is owned by Swedish Match, which is now owned by Scandinavian Tobacco, which bought CAO a few years ago.
The big question is; "What will happen with the distribution of CAO and Dunhill Pipe Tobaccos?"
We made calls to CAO, General Cigar and other sources, but as of yet have no answers. Retailers have not been informed of this either. Keep in mind that we do not have official statements from authorized company representatives, but we did talk to someone directly affected that will be looking for employment. We expect many others will be too.
Up until this point, I have been one of the faithful believers that Dunhill Pipe Tobaccos were coming back to the US, but now I am not so sure. This likely also explains why Toraño Cigars took back their distribution from CAO earlier this year. I will start smoking my samples much slower now. The Navy De Luxe is excellent, and now I am afraid I won’t be able to get more.
As of press time, we received one response from a source at the Orlik factory in Denmark that a shipment of Dunhill tobaccos bound for the US has left their factory. They could not tell us an arrival date.
Our original source tells us that all orders received from retailers at the IPCPR Show in August will be shipped from CAO in Tennessee. The source could not tell us where they will ship from after CAO’s facilities close, leaving the distribution in question.
Will General Cigar be distributing the pipe tobaccos? If not, then who? Will there be shortages or disruption in supplies? Will they no longer be available?
All of these questions remain unanswered.