MATILDE CIGARS AND MLB CIGAR VENTURES FORM SEIBEL DISTRIBUTION
A pair of cigar brands have parted ways from Quesada Cigars for their distribution, choosing to form their own new distribution company.
Matilde Cigars and MLB Cigar Ventures have announced the formation of SeiBel Distribution, which will be based in Miami, Fla. and handle the distribution for both companies’ portfolios effective immediately.
“SeiBel Distribution will allow us to have a more direct control over our warehousing, shipping, and customer service, enhancing our current relationship with our retail partners, said Enrique Seijas, co-founder of Matilde Cigars, via a press release. He went onto say that he and Mike Bellody, founder and ceo of MLB Cigar Ventures, share similar business philosophies when it comes to brand growth and distribution.
Bellody echoed that sentiment, calling Seijas both a business partner and close friend. “I’m extremely grateful that we have come together to create a pathway for continued success for both of our companies,” he said in a statement.
Both Seijas and Bellody spoke highly of their time with the Quesada family.
Bellody will maintain his production relationship with Quesada Cigars, however; the Dominican company makes several of the lines in his portfolio, including the Imperia by Mike Bellody, Imperia Aventador, and Imperia Islero. His David P. Erlich line of cigars will continue to be made at Ernesto Perez-Carrillo’s Tabacalera La Alianza S.A.
Matilde Cigars will also keep its production at Tabacalera Palma in the Dominican Republic.
Quesada’s distribution relationship with Bellody’s cigars lasted less than a year, having been announced in June 2017. Matilde began distributing its cigars through Quesada in May 2015.