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Give a dictator Fidel Castro making a rare appearance on Cuban TV just a short while -- is very big deal for the star of our small business spotlight can be a Riddell family -- fled Fidel Castro's Cuba in the sixties and establish themselves.
As one of the premier cigar manufactures in the United States.
Founding -- -- -- imported cigars in 1987 later acquired the popular -- not Jo brand -- -- so we'll find out.
-- -- -- Iran is joins us now from Miami.
I am not enjoying your -- and I just came back from Spain right that night I must smoke every cigar possible and is there any cigars left in the world.
It's on my way you know -- it took a pretty good wrestling -- he did pretty well that relates to thank you.
We'll we'll -- I don't but I don't -- so bad look at.
I love the idea that you got a couple things first -- started from nothing that's the American -- secondarily.
You built this thing up there and now you're like have a drink pitchers would.
You know the Bayer group and -- -- -- dots that you.
Guys -- -- big time right.
A you know where we're trying to do things differently you know that this -- -- things are real interest in project you know it's it's funny because -- you get this impression in the US and all -- do is make aspirin but they really are very much involved in the whole agricultural process in central and Latin America.
So you guys are essentially taking this to the next level -- I was in Spain I could buy you know Cuban cigars at a reasonable price.
You -- we always think of Cuban cigars -- -- ribeiro did you know that the the best -- you guys are so wait a minute we can produce the same quality.
And you don't have to pay ten dollars a cigar right.
That that's certainly that's certainly -- the idea that the that -- would try to explain to people is that the yes cigar industry outside in Cuba.
In in Honduras Nicaragua Dominica republic was actually started by the same Cubans -- started the industry -- So but yet we cigars are fantastic we use a lot of the SECs that were -- Cuba just we -- different and many growing practices.
Matter of fact -- help us where there are better growing practices and better manufacturing practices which is actually just finished doing -- -- now.
And do you you know I was on cigars and the Rowling is the -- of -- -- if if you -- how do you guys.
You know take all as tobacco turn it into one of these beauties right it was vital I think -- was some of the boxes nobody's getting any of these I don't care what anybody says -- you know.
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- As you know the the tobacco prices so interesting that by the time a -- is done about 300 hands -- -- that product.
So it and now wanting them -- Sweeney is that we start all the way from the the plants -- in the farms.
We grow that -- -- -- the we grow with the back we do the fermentation ourselves right we roll cigars we make the cigar box we do it all over wow now we can't blame anybody.
Fred that's good that's clear cut -- -- -- models need did right now.
What do you think about the -- have Fey coming back here is is Castro helping you guys would you like to see him you know -- a little bit lessons and get us back and good relations.
Had a feeling this question is gonna come I didn't.
You know what you know I was watching some of the -- right now and I guarantee and have a lot of disappointed people here and it might happen is that right is he looks pretty healthy does -- it.
He looks healthy and you know up here this is and you know I need to tell you with his comments coming from below the border Honduras.
My father is Cuban might cause one of these guys that -- the US army.
And went on the Bay of Pigs invasion.
So he's he's diehard anti -- And I can tell you this is it's it's really shocking how how this guy looked as far as being healthy.
You know I must be spoken like two or three cigars today and it makes him so well because I -- for me after -- fifties and -- last week I feel a lot healthier you know.
Maybe that's the men are health care systems all messed up what do you sets.
I agree with that -- On the percent.
It I'll out myself you've been done American dream -- sold out what's the next mountain to climb here -- -- you're an inspiration do all good Americans Cuban.
Irish were ever.
Thank you tell -- don't part of what we're doing now you know I'm part of this new generation of business people in Honduras where Honduras is still an agricultural country.
So we're trying to give back to what we -- you don't like -- told me stories of when he first got to Honduras and 62.
Everything was jungle and of course you broke the back media at some some feels share and to make cigar boxes union issued a boxes.
So we've taken a whole lot new environment to approach.
You'll Bayer has helped us so -- their better cultural practices now in the farms we leave -- absolutely zero footprint on the environment.
At ten in the factories.
Everything we've also change the culture of our workers you know -- cigars are -- percent hygienic.
You'll win that the workers walked into the factory and yet it's that there's something they go through a shower.
Kristen Rafael even that got her start I'm sorry I'm I'm you know I get excited when I enlisted I love it you're -- it breaks into -- -- Thanks for being with this then you know that -- -- -- -- -- about.
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