As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads, the number of Nicaraguan cigar factories suspending full operations continues to grow, and as of midday on Tuesday, the number of closures has reached double digits.
Note: This article was originally published on March 27, the list of closures continues to be updated but the rest of the article remains as it was written originally.
Factories including Tabacalera Aragon S.A. and Mombacho Cigars’ Casa Favilli began announcing closures last week. On Monday, Drew Estate, the country’s largest factory, announced that it would be implementing an extended closure due to concerns about the coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic. It was the first large factory to announce such a closure, and was soon followed by a number of other factories announcing similar measures.
So far, nine factories have confirmed to halfwheel that they are shut down, while Black Label Trading Co. has announced that it will be closed for additional time following holy week.
- AGANORSA Leaf (Tabacos Valle de Jalapa S.A.) — Closed March 30-April 10
- Black Label Trading Co. (Fabrica Oveja Negra) — Closing April 4-18
- Drew Estate (La Gran Fabrica Drew Estate/DEII) — Closed March 30-April 13
- Espinosa Premium Cigars (La Zona Cigar Factory) — Closed April 3-13
- Joya de Nicaragua — Closed March 30-April 13
- Mombacho Cigars S.A. (Casa Favilli) — Closed March 28-April 12
- Nicaraguan American Cigars S.A. (NACSA) — Closed March 30-April 12
- Plasencia Cigars S.A. — Closed March 30-April 13
- RoMa Craft Tobac (Fabrica de Tabacos NicaSueño S.A.) — Closed March 25-April 13
- Tabacalera Aragon S.A. — Closed March 20-April 20