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July 24, 2014
Cornelius & Anthony Debuts With New Premium Cigar Line, Avant Garde

The Cornelius & Anthony family, who has been steeped in the tradition of cultivating premium tobaccos since the 1860’s, presents Avant Garde, a new ultra premium hand-rolled, handcrafted cigar experience. The flavor is a true and masterful classic blend of Cuban seed tobacco, grown in the Dominican Republic, complemented with a Brazilian Habano wrapper that delivers satisfaction that is rich and well balanced, medium yet full bodied.

Avant Garde is based on a classic shape and flavor profile. Steven Bailey, founder of Cornelius & Anthony Cigars, shared, “We invested time in the art of blending to create the Avant Garde cigar. When the people who make cigars choose our cigar, then we know it’s good and a memorable smoke from start to finish.”

Appealing to the most discriminating aficionados, Avant Garde cigars are presented in a substantial, well-crafted box with its distinctive black lacquered lid and natural wood interior, showcasing 20 cigars. Cornelius & Anthony is offering Avant Garde in three sizes: the Legrand measures 6 inches, with a ring gauge of 54; Melange measures 5 inches by 50 ring gauge; and the Aerial measures 5.5 inches by 42 ring gauge.

Avant Garde embodies the unique details and nuances of an exceptional cigar and is available in premium tobacconist locations.

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July 9, 2014
S&M Brands, Inc. Announces FDA Approval On Its Newly Redesigned Riverside® Cigarette Brands

VIRGINIA, USA - S&M Brands, Inc., one of Virginia’s largest privately held growers, manufacturers and distributors of premium quality tobacco products, announced today that it has received Substantial Equivalent orders from the FDA on its newly redesigned Riverside® Cigarette brand. A significant factor in this announcement is that S&M Brands, Inc. is one of the few companies, behind Lorillard, Inc. that has navigated the Tobacco Control Act to obtain approval of a new cigarette tobacco product, and the first to obtain approval of a full line of king and 100s in regular and menthol.

On the Company’s receipt of approval from the FDA, Steven Bailey, President, stated, “We are treating this as a milestone in the industry, for our company and the industry as a whole. Introducing a new tobacco product under FDA regulation is an arduous, technical and scientific process that takes substantial time and resources. We felt, however, that improving our Riverside® product was paramount for our adult customers, so our excellent in-house team, together with our outside consultants, worked tirelessly with the FDA to navigate the Substantial Equivalent process. We believe this achievement demonstrates that our company is staffed up for regulatory compliance to be around for our distributor and retail partners and customers for the long haul.”

About S&M Brands, Inc.
S&M Brands, Inc. is run by the Bailey family which has been in the tobacco business for five generations. S&M Brands, Inc. offers a full line of tobacco and vapor products. The company markets Bailey’s®, Tahoe® and Riverside® Cigarettes, roll your own tobacco and pipe tobacco; filtered cigars under the LEX12® brand; and Avant Garde premium traditional cigars under the Cornelius and Anthony brand. Electronic cigarettes, e-liquids and vaping products are currently offered in limited market areas for Bailey’s®, Tahoe®, Riverside®, LEX12® and a new brand, CONTACT.

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March/April 2014
Electrifying S&M Brands
By Jennifer Gelfand

"We've been busy," Steven Bailey, president of S&M Brands, told TBI at the recent Tobacco Plus Convenience Expo. Judging by the wide array of new products on display at the company's booth, it was something of an understatement. . .

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